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October 18, 2013

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FFA club participates in Tractor Day with the elementary students

NEWS By: Alyssa Smith News Editor ‘16

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FEATURE

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OPINION

Students at Ithaca’s elementary schools lined up outside anxiously awaiting the tractor parade Friday morning, September 27. Ithaca’s FFA students signed up beforehand to bring a tractor to drive in the parade. The parade began at eight-thirty in the morning and FFA members drove their tractors over to the North School and then at one-thirty, they went to South School to repeat the same process. “FFA prepared for tractor day a few weeks beforehand. Sign up sheets were sent home with those who were interested in participating and there was also a sign up on the board for those who were interested in it also,” explained Dave Horny, agriculture teacher at Ithaca High School and FFA advisor at Ithaca. At North School, the tractor parade was led throughout the neighborhood around the school. Then, the tractors lined up in the North School parking lot. Once everything was

ready to go, students came out in classes for ten minutes and looped around viewing each tractor. At each tractor, the FFA member who drove the tractor explained the year and what the job of the tractor is. Although there are very many students in FFA, only a few participated in tractor day. Due to the small amount of members volunteering for tractor day, there were not very many tractors. Four year participant, Matt Dwyer said, “There was quite a good turnout this year with how many tractors there were and they all came in quite a variety.” As students wrapped and gazed around the tractors in awe, junior Lacie Mates asked different questions about each tractor. Students’ hands shot up with every question as they attempted to answer with eagerness. After the students were done with the tour, donuts were provided for each class. At the end of the day, students are left with new knowledge about different tractors.

“I hope that the elementary kids took in knowledge about the different types of tractors and different implements. The FFA students get a chance to learn a little about leadership and organization,” said Horny. After the parade at North School, FFA students were invited back to the agriculture barn at the high school for pizza and pop. New ideas were discussed for next year although most tractor days remain similar. “We switched up quite a bit this year compared to the previous years, but every year is getting better and better,” Dwyer said. Around one-thirty in the afternoon, tractors were led through the town to the South School. As soon as the tractors arrived, students were jumping up and down for joy with the biggest smile on all of their faces. “My favorite part about being around the kids on tractor day is just having the kids learn about everything; how tractors

used to look to how they look today,” said FFA officer, Jacob Pierce. Similar to North School, tractors lined up in the South School parking lot and by class, students moved to each tractor station. Students walked around the tractors and ask as many questions as they desired until it was time to move to the next station. South School students were also offered donuts after they finished the tour. Yet, both tours were quite similar, South School interacted much more with the tractors. “I wish it was tractor day everyday at IHS, it is so much fun,” tweeted Mates. FFA members look forward to making tractor day better each year for the elementary students. “I love seeing how interested each student is and how cool they think the tractors are because not all of them get to be around farm equipment like us,” said Mates.

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Growler News

October 18, 2013

Homecoming recap: A splash of colors

COURTESY PHOTO BY KAITLYN PRZYBYLSKI

COURTESY PHOTO BY EMILY REEVES

COURTESY PHOTO BY MASIA DICKMAN

COURTESY PHOTO BY EMILY REEVES

Insta-pics of the month

This week’s submission was a photo of your favorite homecoming event. Each month, there will be a new topic and you can join in by hashtaging IHSGrowler to get a chance to have your photo be the Insta-pic of the month.


News

October 18, 2013

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Youth advisory council meets to create leaders Caden Wilson News Reporter ‘17

Since 1993, the Youth Advisory Council members met diligently to provide Gratiot County students with the essentials to make not only our community better but to improve the quality of life for people in the area with service projects and awarded grants. The YAC meets once a month at the Youth for Christ building, where members plan, work, and complete service projects. Students from different schools come together to make decisions on ways to make Gratiot County a better place. Two decades ago, funds from the Foundation’s Youth Endowment Fund started the YAC. It started with a challenge grant from the Kellogg Foundation and from contributions from the community. The YAC Endowment Fund grew

over $400,000 in twenty years. The council gives back to the community in the form of grants, which renders awards in the fall and spring to support programs created and implemented by youth. When asked about the Youth Advisory Council’s role in the community, Hannah Faustmann, the program officer for the Gratiot County Community Foundation and advisor of the team commented on the purpose,“YAC awards grants to help other youth do service projects. Classrooms, 4-H Clubs and other youth groups have received grants ranging from $50 up to $5,000 for projects like planting trees in a park, making blankets for animal shelters, or giving books for children. The whole grant process is youth-driven. The youths complete applications even Kindergartners do it. YAC members review

the applications and decide which will receive funding and how much, then the youths complete their service projects and learn the value of giving back. YAC has awarded nearly $150,000 in projects since 1993,” said Faustmann. “Future goals of YAC would be to continue serving the community in diverse and meaningful ways. Additionally, YAC hopes to diversify the student population to include representation from all the high schools of Gratiot County. All high school students from around the county are welcome and encouraged to join. Our ultimate longterm goal is that YACers will develop a passion for volunteering and philanthropy and become adults who care about and give back to their communities,” said Faustmann. “I recommend to anyone who wants

to sign up for the YAC to do so. Ithaca used to be the stronghold for YAC, but up until last year, I was the only person from Ithaca there. So Ashtyn [Stambersky] and I are determined to get people to sign up,” said sophomore Mike Meier, who is on his fourth year in the Youth Advisory Council. According to Meier, the best part of the YAC is helping the community as a whole. “I like the organization of it, how everyone comes together to help the community, and we do it effectively,” said junior Ashtyn Stambersky, who has been in the Youth Advisory Council for two years. “A couple years ago, Ithaca dominated the majority of YAC so this year we are trying to get more people interested,” Stambersky said.

Preparing seventh graders for success By: Derrick Patton The 2013 school year offered a new, helpful class for seventh graders known as student orientation, a single trimester class that creates a better plateau to better prepare incoming seventh graders. The curriculum includes bullying prevention and awareness, note taking strategies, reading apprenticeship, teaching paragraph structure, and organization. Student orientation originated from an idea founded by junior high Principal Renee Sopel with an effort to provide students with the necessary skills for the future. Student orientation accommodates young indi-

viduals in transitioning from elementary school to junior high school. Student orientation also influences students for involvement in extracurricular activities . Spanish and orientation teacher, Jessica Dancy of Ithaca High School worked through the summer to implement a meaningful and sound curriculum which is also taught by science and orientation teacher, Lisa Dailey. “Hopefully they will have good study skills and continue to use their planner outside of class and take good notes,” said Dancy, when asked how student

orientation will benefit students in the future. “Student orientation is a class to learn how to study effectively and manage time wisely, said seventh grader, Brevon Walker. “Student orientation affects you very well. You will have better learning skills for college.” Walker believes that student orientation is a helpful class for his future in managing time wisely and applying useful note taking for upcoming tests. So far, after only a month of school, this class has provided students with the necessary skills for the future.

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News Reporter ‘15

Lisa Daily teaches her seventh grader orientation class skills needed to succeed in all classrooms.

AP stats class creates polls and interprets results By: Sam Smolka News Reporter ‘17

they picked or if there were any factors that may have made peoples’ opinions.” This class is an amazing experience, and a great

way to learn mathematics. Stats class is enjoyed by all of the students. Many students who take the class suggest it because it is very helpful when trying to understand

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AP statistics, a college level math class taught by Mark Strong, has been offered to advanced sophomore students, all juniors, and seniors. Although statistics class is extremely difficult, the class teaches things students will need for the future. Staticians are always in high demand, therefore the class helps you prepare for certain jobs. Careers that involve statistics include government, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, and business. Most of these jobs are in high demand and pay is interested in number crunching and percentages would enjoy statistics class. This class does problems on some things that are modern and happening now. For example, a few weeks ago the statistics class did a survey they used to study in class on the Syria crisis. They gave the results to the Growler staff to feature in the first issue. “It’s fun. Mr. Strong is a great teacher,” said sophomore Jake Smith. He also talked about how the class is tough, but it is a great challenge for him and his classmates. In order to know how statistics works, Maci Helms, senior at Ithaca High School explains, “to pick poll topics, the class thinks of topics they can go against and makes sure no one is suade one way or another. To tabulate results, the students each go out and choose four people from a different grade, hand them a slip with the questions, then use the results to make a graph. To analyze the results, they look at the graphs and see why they have the results. They question whether the people

Mark Strong’s AP statistics class interprets multiple graphs including those featured in the center spread on texting and driving.


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Growler Opinion

October 18, 2013

Our Voice

Letter to the Editor

By: Growler Staff Section Reporter ‘13

Growler Staff Editor-In-Chief Emily Reeves Assistant Editor-In-Chief Nathan Goffnett News Editor Alyssa Smith News Reporters Taylor Deni Derrick Patton Caden Wilson Megan Silvers Shannon Whitaker Samantha Smolka Voice Editor Claire Reeves Voice Reporters Amber Black Feature Editor Cierra Hessbrook Feature Reporters Haley Dutton JoElla Fitzpatrick Brooklyn Goffnett Alexa Robbennolt Amber Warn Mikayla Eitzen Sports Editor Brock Hardman Sports Columnist Joe Whitaker Sports Reporters Mikayla Fairchild Kaeden Greer Kyle Greer Kelsey Hessbrook Adriana Santana Photo Editors Hannah Andrews Sidney Sparks Photographer Jared Macha Graphics Jeremy Edmondson Business Natpanee Watanaputhiprued Adviser Kristin Willey

You can not stop at a red light without seeing someone texting away on their phone. What these people may not realize, however, is that they are putting every driver and passenger around them at risk. An alarming 10% of students say that they regularly text while driving. That is an extremely scary thought when roughly 250 students at Ithaca are of the age to drive. That equals out to 25 students who put their lives at risk on a daily basis. That means there are 25

families who could lose a loved one. There are 25 different groups of friends who could lose someone they have been close to since elementary school. Students need to realize that not only will it be themselves and other drivers they are putting at risk, but also their families. Every student who goes through driver’s training is required to watch videos of crash victims’ families talk about drinking and driving, but what they do not see are the families who lost someone while they

were driving “intexticated.” While you are texting and driving, you are able to focus about as much as someone who has been drinking. They can not focus on both tasks, so their chances of crashing increase consistently with every task they continually do. Even just reaching for a cellular device or dialing a contact makes a crash almost twice as likely to occur. Students can make everyone safer, including themselves, just by simply turning off their phones in the car. It can wait.

Claire Reeves

Editor-in-chief ‘13

At the end of September, all anyone could look forward to was homecoming, and I was one of those many students who was so excited for dress up days and the dance. The Monday before homecoming week, however, I thought my chances of even going to be at school were slim to none. I was admitted to the hospital as a patient the Tuesday before homecoming after being in and out of the emergency room for two days. Meningitis was ruled

Dear Ithaca Community, The Ithaca High School Student Council would like to give a sincere THANK YOU to everyone that helped make this year’s homecoming a success. We appreciate all the time and effort Mandy Symonds put forth to help with coordinating the police and fire departments. To both of those agencies, we thank you for keeping everyone safe during the many parades and bonfire, Dave Nelson Roy McCallum and Darrel Cooper were great to work with. Also, Kellie Thompson was a huge help with parade line-up again this year. The Sky Lantern event was a big hit, so thank you for your support, and we will be making a donation to the Ithaca Food Pantry soon from the sales of the Lanterns. We would also like to extend our gratitude to Kristin Willey for making the bouquets, corsages and boutonnières for the homecoming court, they were awesome! Without the support of the administration, teachers, students and community, this event would not be as amazing as it has become. Finally, to everyone that took time out to attend any of the events, we appreciate your continued support of our schools. We do have some tricks up our sleeves for next year to keep things interesting. Until next year, thank you for continued support of school efforts to make Ithaca the best. -Sincerely, Darin Evon

Staff Policy

My Voice A new beginning

Emily Reeves

The Growler invites students, parents, staff, and community members to write letters to the editor. Only correspondence with a signature (e-mail exception), address and phone number will be considered. E-mail or mail submissions to: kwilley@ithacaschools.net or 710 N. Union, Ithaca, MI 48847 cc/Growler.

out, but then the blood results came back. My white blood cell count was critically low. I did not understand what the nurses meant by this until the doctor came in and told me that I could possibly have leukemia. That was when everything came to halt. Did the doctor really just say the L-word? Maybe I had heard him wrong. I had heard him correctly. I was in shock. I was sad, but angry all at the same time. I cried, but I wanted to know why it was me. Leukemia felt almost like a death sentence to me. There was so much more I felt that I had left to accomplish in life. I want to go to law school, travel, and someday have my own family. I did not know why I would be put here if I was just going to be ripped away from everything later on. I kept fearing the doctor would come in and tell me that

it was for sure leukemia. I am almost positive that I cried every night I stayed in hospital. I thought about my family, and what would happen to them if it was for sure cancer. I thought about my nephew and my friends. I thought of everything I had going for me in life, and it would all just be gone. When the doctor finally came in and told us that it was a severe allergic reaction to an antibiotic I had been taking, and not leukemia, I cried because I felt like I was getting a second chance at everything. It made me realize what is really important in life. The people who are mean to me do not even matter in the grand scheme of things. They are so insignificant to where I am headed and the life I plan to live. I realized that being nice to others is extremely important. As of right now, I am striving to be ten

times the person I was before. I can not imagine having been in the hospital without all of the support I had from other students and teachers here at school, friends, family, and even people I have never met. It is the least I can do to be supportive and kind to everyone around me. Never again will I take for granted the little things in life. Homecomings, band competitions, pom practices, being at school and learning, sleeping in my own bed, petting my dog, and even just being able to walk around on my own seem like no big deal, but I have realized that they mean so much to me. I know that I have to take in everything while I can because you never know when it could all be gone. It is like Dr. Seuss once said, “Today I shall behave as if this is the day I will be remembered.”

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Opinion

October 18, 2013 Grand Theft Auto Pros By: Nathan Goffnett

Assistant-Editor-In-Chief ‘16

Over the past decade, Grand Theft Auto, a video game created by Rockstar Games, has been classified as a negative influence on society. Most of these claims are due to major news and parental corporations constantly trying to link the violence in the Grand Theft Auto games to real life crime. On August 26, 2013 an eightyear-old boy intentionally shot and killed his grandmother after playing a violent video game. The media attached this story as an example of how Grand Theft Auto took another life. This is not really the case, the lack of parental supervision caused the child to shoot his grandmother. In the first twelve years of a child’s life, their brains are not fully developed. This causes many forms of media to influence their minds which is why parents should intervene in their child’s media input. There have been controversial parts of the Grand Theft Auto series including full nudity, excessive profanity, and extreme violence. Although inappropriate, these social cues can be seen on television, social media feeds and all around the world. Full nudity is allowed in a PG-13 movie; which young children should not see. Also, profanity is in every form of media, almost every song has to use at least one curse word. Violence is probably the most eminent in society today, even children shows have a large amount of violence in some way. All of Grand Theft Auto’s “impurities” can be found in any form of media, and children should not see them. It doesn’t make sense that Grand Theft Auto gets all the blame. The public views the Grand Theft Auto series as inappropriate and violent. The violence is in fact a big part of the game, but there is so much more than that. For example, in the latest expansion to the series, players can perform many different hobbies and pastimes like golfing, yoga, cycling, and triathlons. As well as fun hobbies, the players can also get into the economic side of the game by investing in stocks and shops to earn money to spend on customizing vehicles. The public put a label on the Grand Theft Auto series as a negative influence on society. It was exposed that music, movies, and television have all of the same inappropriate themes that the Grand Theft Auto series has. These themes were said to corrupt children’s minds and cause them to hurt people they love; but actually the game was not the problem but rather the adults judgement that allowed this to happen. Grand Theft Auto is not the problem in our society.

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Is Grand Theft Auto’s violence healthy for society?

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Grand Theft Auto Cons By: Amber Black Voice Reporter ‘14

Talk of the new Grand Theft Auto video game has spread like wildfire. The violent scenes and repulsive language seems to have captured the publics attention. When asked about some of the scenes, English teacher Daniel Gowell said, “One scene I participated in while playing Grand Theft Auto (GTA) was so horrific, I had to pause the game and hug my wife.” Many people have stated that the scenes are very graphic. If that was not bad enough, the language used by the characters make it substantially worse. With so much violence compacted into one game, the stability of its player’s sanity is brought to the question. “It’s no doubt the game makes me more violent. Not in a dangerous way, it just gets my adrenaline going at times,” said junior, Cody Cassady. Teens are finding satisfaction in adrenaline rushes from playing this game. Throughout the years, Rockstar games have created a series of games called Grand Theft Auto, which has caused a violent tole on its players. For years, parental figures have attempted to link the game with real life crimes. With the birth of a new Grand Theft Auto game, their theories may finally come to focus. “Both of my sons play Grand Theft Auto, it seems a little gory to me,” said English teacher, Julie Evitts. Although some get a thrill from playing, many people are fearful for the effect it will have on the players actions. It is no secret that people feel better when they win at something. Some individuals think that winning a game like Grand Theft Auto, makes players feel better. Many passionate Rockstar fans admit that the actuality of violence in the world is associated with violent video games. “Yes it does, I feel like I could rob a bank,” said senior, John Evitts. Some people think that the amount of time you spend playing Grand Theft Auto affects your thinking process. Most of the concern is coming from family members whose loved ones play the game. “My wife hates it. She refuses to even be near the television while I’m playing. Being African-American she despises hearing the “N” word which is said A LOT in the game,” said Gowell. Which leads to an even greater issue; how different races are being portrayed as gangsters and killers throughout the game. Throughout the decade, different races have been portrayed as criminals. For some people this has become offensive. Grand Theft Auto is not healthy for society, and this issue needs to be resolved.


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Growler News

October 18, 2013

Spanish club plans a trip to Costa Rica in 2015 By: Taylor Deni

Art in the Second City

paring for the trip, Cervantes responded, “Saving money...I mean, the trip is pretty pricey, $2,090. The way the company works is small payments. We will get there,” said Cervantes. “Students will spend nine days traveling around Costa Rica experiencing the culture first hand,” said Dancy. “They will get to explore nature through the volcano and hot springs. They will also do more adventurous activities such as kayaking, ziplining, hiking, and white water rafting.” Since the trip will be taking place in 2015, only students who will be juniors and seniors can sign up, but there are also some requirements to meet. “Students need to fill out an application, which is based on teacher/coach recommendations,” said Dancy. “Once approved by me, they may sign up online.” “There is still room for more students to sign up, but they save money if they do it before the end of the month,” said

By: Caden Wilson News Reporter ‘17

On May 4, 2014 the fine arts students will be taking a charter bus nearly 280 miles to the biggest city in the midwest- Chicago. In three days, students will be able to explore the arts of the Windy City, seeing everything from great art at the Art Institute, to the crowds and excitement at at Navy Pier, as well as the famous Blue Man Group. “Last year it was awesome exploring it with the kids, and this time should be too,” said Jason Marcy, Ithaca’s art teacher. The arts are a major part of Chicago’s culture, and have

Jessica Dancy and Jose Cervantes discusses the Costa Rica trip in 2015.

Dancy. The company that Dancy is using is called EF Tours. They specialize in helping students learn different languages, and help schools travel all around

the world. If students have trouble paying the fee, the service also provides a monthly payment plan that spreads out the payments into manageable amounts.

The students meet each Friday and discuss their plans for Costa Rica and future events. For now, they are planning fundraisers at the football games to help raise money for the club.

been for over a century. The film industry has roots in Chicago, dating back to the silent films featuring great artists such as Charlie Chaplin. However, by the twenties, much of the film industry had been moved to Hollywood, California, where temperatures were persistent throughout the year. Chicago is still a favorite for films, major movies such as Transformers and The Dark Knight were shot in the streets of the city. Many people consider Chicago a work of art itself. In October, 1871, a enormous inferno decimated the city, nearly leveling it. From the ruins, Daniel Burnham envisioned a new

Chicago, with planned streets, bridges, and community parks in every square mile. Famous areas such as Lincoln Park, Lincoln Park Zoo, Buckingham Fountain, and the Miracle Mile are just some of the results. Architecture has always played a major part of Chicago’s history, with dozens of world renowned buildings, like the John Hancock building, the Willis tower, (formerly the Sears Tower) the Tribune tower, Water Tower place, and many other famous skyscrapers. Architecture flourished in the Windy City because of the Chicago School, where architects pioneered in steel frame and plate grass construction.

After the Great Chicago Fire in 1871, Chicago became the architectural hub or America for its originality and uniqueness in its buildings. “The thing I’m looking forward to the most is seeing the Blue Man Group with my friends,” said senior Damion Howell. “It will be a really good experience because I like art,” said junior Taylor Konsdor. “I’ve never gone to see any kind of new art.” The trip is now open to everyone, due to a lack of participants. See Mr. Smith for more information.

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Ithaca High School Spanish club members are being given a very rare opportunity. The students will be traveling to Costa Rica sometime during spring break of the year 2015. “We wanted to offer the students the opportunity to be part of an international educational program,” said Spanish teacher and club advisor Jessica Dancy. “Since students in Ithaca must take Spanish class, we wanted to make sure [the trip] was to a Spanish speaking country. Costa Rica is a great trip because students not only get to experience the language and culture but also the rainforest and ecology that Costa Rica offers.” As president of the Spanish club, Jose Cervantes has an important role in helping its members. “The best role that I play is just helping Ms. Dancy get ideas,” said Cervantes. “We kind of bounce ideas back and forth and decide what we are going to do.” When asked how he is pre-

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News Reporter ‘16


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Punny Costume Ideas By: Brooklyn Goffnett Feature Reporter ‘17

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about. Take the actual meaning of this by cutting a hole in a cardboard book and attaching a piece of elastic. A mask is easily created to top off this costume. Everyone will be saying, “Why didn’t I think of that?” Speaking of books, bookworms will laugh because of the bookworm costume. Wear all green and carry some books around. Fitting in as a bookworm will not be a problem at all. Butterflies are all over, but butter has never actually flown. That is what will be happening with this butterfly costume. Transform a piece of cardboard into a stick of butter. Then, attach straps to it so it can be worn. Finally, as a finishing touch, add some wings to make the perfect butter-fly. So, if you are scrambling for a fly costume for Halloween, don’t forget about these punny costumes.

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hands this makes a perfect costume for both the donut and basketball lovers. That one friend that gets all the chicks will be in awe of this chick magnet costume. Take a large piece of cardboard and cut a “U” shape out of it. Color the cardboard like a magnet and tape Barbies to it. The chicks are sure to be drawn to this costume. With this costume, rapping will be a reality. Take a plain white T-Shirt and glue candy wrappers to it. Carry a microphone around to top off the look. Deviled eggs are a delicious snack, but they can be worn, too. Take a white T-Shirt and put a giant yellow dot on it. Add devil horns and a deviled egg is the perfect costume for Halloween. Facebook is a popular website for social media that everyone knows

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Halloween puns are a play on words using costumes to give a message. With Halloween just around the corner, costumes need to be decided. Finding original costumes can bring stress. These costumes will impress both friends and family with their humorous puns. One well known saying is, it’s raining cats and dogs. It has never actually rained cats and dogs though - until today, that is. By taking something as simple as an umbrella and stapling toy cats and dogs to it, an amazing costume can be created in the blink of an eye. For an extra pop, add a raincoat to the costume. Dunkin’ Donuts is a popular coffee shop, but the literal meaning of the name brings up a topic on its own. With a donut belt and a basketball in


The Law on Texting All Michigan drivers are prohibited from texting while driving. Under Michigan's anti-texting law (sec. 257.602.b) a driver shall not "read, manually type, or send a text message on a wireless 2-way communication device that is located in the person's hand or in the person's lap, including a wireless telephone used in cellular telephone service or personal communication service, while operating a motor vehicle that is moving on a highway or street in this state. "The exceptions include drivers who... Report a traffic accident, medical emergency, or serious road hazard. Report a situation in which the person believes his or her personal safety is in jeopardy. Report or avert the perpetration or potential perpetration of a criminal act against the individual or another person. Carry out official duties as a police officer, law enforcement official, member of a paid or volunteer fire department, or operator of an emergency vehicle.”

How is it Enforced?

Fines for texting are $100 for a first offense and $200 for subsequent offenses. Michigan’s texting law is considered a “primary” law. A primary law means that an officer can pull you over for the offense without having to witness some other violation.

Polls on Texting and Driving Results compiled by the AP statistics class

What can you do?

Staff

1. Sign a pledge to stop texting and driving. Go to www.itcanwait.com to pledge and change your Twitter or Facebook profile to be an advocate

2. Experience the texting and driving simulator http://www.itcanwaitsimulator.org/

3. Use a mobile application to make your driving habits safer.

AT&T Drive Mode Control the urge to text while driving with the newly enhanced AT&T DriveMode® app. When enabled and the vehicle is moving 25 mph, the app automatically sends a customizable auto-reply message to incoming texts, letting your friends know you’re behind the wheel and will reply when it’s safe. Blackberry

Verizon Safely Go Stay focused while driving. Let Safely Go receive your calls and texts while on the road, keeping you connected and responsible, and making you — and the road — safer.

Safely Go for Sprint Make it a habit to focus on driving by using Safely Go to automatically reply to texts and send your calls to voicemail. Be the hero who makes the road a safer place.

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Polls on Texting and Driving Results compiled by the AP statistics class

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Growler Feature

October 18, 2013

How will you carve this Halloween season? By: Amber Warn Feature Reporter ‘17

Photos by: Jared Macha Photographer ‘17

Make Edward proud

Holey Moley

Make a Twlight inspired pumpkin. Carve a small white pumpkin. Make a rectangle to place glow in the dark fangs.

Just web it

With your parent’s help, use large drill bits to drill SLOWLY into a carved pumpkin.

Cover the Cinderella pumpkin in glue and wrap a spider web table runner from Rite Aid. Hot glue a ribbon on the stem.

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Make Willie proud

Glitzy

Use tooth picks to secure a Duck Dynasty inspired wig and beard on the pumpkin. Secure a bandana around the lid.

Place glue on the pumpkin and roll in a dark colored glitter found at craft stores. Shake off excess.

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Movie Madness

By: Alexa Robbennolt and Michayla Eitzen Feature Reporters ‘13 and ‘17

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ABC Family: Halloween Blockbuster Marathon ALL DAY Hocus Pocus @ 8:00 p.m.

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Disney: SCREAM FEST @ 1:00-8:00 p.m. ABC Family: Monster House @ Noon Matilda @ 2:00 p.m.

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AMC :Friday the 13th- Final Chapter at 9:00 p.m. Friday the 13th- A New Beginning @ 11:00 p.m.

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ABC Family: Tim Burton Movie Marathon ALL DAY

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ABC Family: Halloween Blockbuster Marathon ALL DAY Sorcere’s Apprentice Premiere @ 7:00 p.m.

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Syfy: Nightmare on Elm Street 5 @ 3:00 p.m

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ABC Family: Practical Magic @ 9:00 p.m.

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Disney: Hocus Pocus @ 8:30 p.m. ABC Family: The Mummy @ 8:30 p.m.

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ABC Family: Toy Story of Terror Premiere @ 8:00 p.m.

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Disney: Monster’s Inc. @ 8:30 p.m.

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ABC Family: Edward Scissorhands @ 7:00 pm.

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AMC: Scary Movie 2 @ 11:00 a.m.

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ABC Family: Scooby Doo @ 7:00 p.m. Scooby Doo II - Monsters Unleashed @ 9:00 p.m.

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ABC Family: Halloween Blockbuster Marathon Hocus Pocus @8:00 p.m. Syfy: Freddy vs. Jason @ 11:00 p.m.

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Disney: The Little Vampire @ 8:30 p.m. Toy Story of Terror Premiere @ 8:00 p.m.

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ABC Family: The Addam’s Family @ 7:00 p.m. The Addam’s Family Values @ 9:00 p.m.

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ABC Family: Practical Magic @ 9:00 p.m.

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Feature

September 25, 2013

Growler

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Jack took the October Instagram Challenge

By: Michayla Eitzen, Hannah Andrews, Kaeden Greer and Sidney Sparks

#IHSGrowler 1. Selfie

2. Fall leaves

3. Cuddle buddy

4. School

5. Handwriting

6. Eye

7. No make up

8. In my cup

9. Holding hands

10. Necklace

11. OOTD

12. Sky

13. Favorite place

14. Best friend

15. Made me smile

16. Black and white

17. Favorite Class

18. Confession

19. Vampire

20. Lazy day attire

21. Crush

22. Homework

23. Lucky number

24. Magazine

25. In your town

26. On the road

27. Jeans

28. Something scary

29. Pumpkin

30. Halloween throwback

31. Halloween

Runway Trend Report: Fiery hues, such as orange and reds are making their way from lips, to clothes, bags, and shoes. Army boots, leather pants, jackets, and boots are also great style worn right now.

Smokey Eyes are becoming popular evMusic: erywhere, not just on Miley Cyrus - Wrecking Ball the red carpet. The Jay Z and Justin Timberlake - Holy smokey eye gives you By: Haley Dutton a more sophisticated Grail and JoElla Fitzpatrick look.

Movies and T.V. Shows: Prisoners-The epic tale of a race against time, this movie depicts the struggle of a man to find and rescue his kidnapped daughter and her friend. Duck Dynasty- This television series features five southern men who became rich off of duck calls and other hunting equipment. Gravity- Viewers are awestruck from the incredible story of an astronaut’s experience in space.

FRESHMAN: Haylee Sigafoose:

SENIORS: Journey Teegardin:

Beauty: Loose Waves are a must this fall, as they can be worn from day to night.

Section Reporter ‘17

Favorite stores:

Love Culture and Zumiez

Fashion idol:

SOPHMORES: Paige Shaw: Favorite stores:

Forever 21 and Buckle

Fashion idol:

She enjoys having her own unique Lady Gaga style Favorite article

Favorite article of clothing: Leather boots

Matt Aplin Favorite stores:

None

Favorite article of clothing:

Shoes; specifically his Lebron 10’’s

of clothing:

Homecoming dress

Jacob Smith Favorite stores: Fashion idol: No one

Favorite article of clothing: Jordan’s

Favorite stores:

PacSun, and Buckle

Fashion idol: ASAP Rocky

Nike, American Eagle, and Dick’s Sporting Goods, Foot Lock- Dick’s Sporting Goods er, Finish Line

Fashion idol:

JUNIORS: Cody Cassady:

Favorite article of clothing: Shirts

Jordan Town: Favorite stores:

American Eagle

Favorite stores:

TJ Maxx, Forever 21, and H&M

Fashion idol:

Abby Andrews

Favorite article of clothing: Leggings and anything denim

Bryan Shaw: Favorite stores:

Fashion idol:

Abercrombie, Polo, and JCrew

Favorite article of clothing:

Bruno Mars

She uses herself as an idol

Fashion idol:

Miss Me jeans with the “blingy Favorite Shoes butt”

article of clothing:


Growler Feature

October 18, 2013

ROZENA HARRISON/BAKERY OWNER

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Rozena’s family is gathered around decorating cupcakes to sell at Rozena’s Recipies.

Trick-or-sweets By: JoElla Fitzpatrick Feature Reporter ‘17

This October, Halloween costume upon Halloween costume, endless bags of candy, and fall decorations to last a lifetime will be in various store fronts. However, something that cannot be found anywhere but here at home are the delicious Halloween cupcakes made at Rozena’s Recipiez. Originally started in 2012, with the purpose of creating an income for the growing family of nine, Rozena’s Recipiez’s doors opened. With the recent adoption of their youngest daughter, Zoey,

the family decided to open a bake shop to help support Zoey and her medical needs, along with the rest of the kids. “We took all of our savings we had, put it in a basket, and started a business. Now, John and I don’t take any money out of the business, we just donate our time, but the kids get paid when they work,” said Rozena Harrison, owner of Rozena’s Recipiez. And as they say, the rest is history. Starting a business requires hard work, but so does creating

new recipes, which happens to be the family owned business trademark. “Some of them (recipes) are handed down from family generations. They’re tweaked a little bit, and some of them are from friends of family,” said Rozena Harrison. Nothing goes better with a great tasting cupcake than a great looking one. At Rozena’s Recipiez, that is exactly what can be expected. “Rozena and Coralyn deco-

Superstitious superstars By: Mikayla Fairchild Feature Reporter ‘17

Just as the football team runs underneath the banner held by JV or junior high football players, many teams or individual players may have a ritual or tradition that they must do before a game. These rituals or superstitions might be just the luck the athletes need to get into the zone for their game day. A superstition is a belief that a player or athlete has that enhances their athletic performance. Most of these superstitions may be extremely weird or some of them could be very normal. Here at Ithaca High School, there are a few athletes that have a superstition or a pre-game ritual for their games, meets, tournaments, or matches. The Ithaca girls varsity golf team has a specific ritual they do before every match. At the practice green, the girls huddle before each match and give each other pep talks. What the golf team does before their matches seem to work. “A little pep talk can help with anything,” said senior Shelby Clark, captain of the varsity golf team. “Hard work and dedication

has made our golf team what it is. Both work in and out of practice has helped so much. Each of these girls works so hard and it truly is showing, we are constantly improving.” The girls varsity cross country has a very special pre-game ritual that they do. Gene Lebron, the girls cross country coach, gives a little pep talk as the girls are in a huddle. They talk about their strategy and what they expect to get in their races. “We don’t have superstitions,” said Morgan Baublitz, one of the varsity girls cross country captains. “A good attitude and support from your teammates is all you need to succeed. I encourage my team and push them to be the best they can be. Every person on the team contributes.” Not only do just everyday athletes do it for their games, matches, or tournaments, but some of the most famous athletes do it, too. Michael Jordan, a famous NBA basketball player, had a superstition that led University of North Carolina to the NCAA Championships in 1982 and believed the lucky shorts brought

him luck. In order to cover his lucky pair, Jordan began wearing longer shorts, which inspired a trend in the NBA. Michael Jordan was not the only one who had a superstition. Serena Williams, one of the most feared female tennis players of all time, also had a couple superstitions that included bringing her shower sandals to the court, tying her shoelaces a specific way and bouncing the ball five times before her first serve and twice before her second. She believed those routines helped her out majorly. When she lost, she blamed herself for not following her routines as planned. Hall of Fame third baseman, Wade Boggs, with the New York Yankees, has an insane pre-game ritual. He would field exactly 150 ground balls in the infield, start his batting practice at exactly 5:17 p.m. during the night games and run wind sprints at exactly 7:17 p.m. Then, Boggs would eat chicken before every game which then he earned his nickname, “Chicken Man.”

rate the cupcakes, they draw everything by hand,” said Journey Teegardin, an Ithaca senior, who works at Rozena’s Recipiez. To keep up with the times, Rozena’s Recipiez is releasing new cupcakes this fall. “For Halloween we’re doing candy corn, pumpkin spice, black licorice, nutella, and Chai tea cupcakes,” said Dominique Harrison, daughter of Rozena and John. With more than 157 cupcake flavors, it may be hard to decide which to eat.

“My favorite cupcake flavor is carrot cake,” said Coralyn Harrison, John and Rozena’s daughter, who works at Rozena’s Recipiez as well. While picking out the perfect Halloween costume and putting up the fall decorations, make sure to stop by Rozena’s Recipiez and pick up some cupcakes. “Typically they’re a $1.50 in the case, for the small cupcakes. Gourmet cupcakes are $28 for a dozen,” said Rozena Harrison.

Meet Taylor By: Alexa Robbennolt Feature Reporter ‘14

Taylor came to Ithaca because her mother got a job offer at the Saint Louis Correctional Facility. Also, her mom was a graduate from Ithaca and wanted Taylor to do so also. She dearly misses her friends and the wrestling team from her old school. Taylor’s role model is her mom’s boyfriend, Gary Miniard. School is going okay for Taylor so far, although, it could be better. Taylor has made new friends here at Ithaca. She also enjoys her favorite class, Digital Media, with her favorite teacher, Mr. Marcy. Taylor’s favorite thing to do outside of school is sports such as volleyball, wrestling, and track. She also enjoys her time by writing and playing music. Her favorite thing about living in Ithaca is that her home is near everything.

Sign up for Growler next trimester! We need reporters. If you are interested in writing, see Mrs. Willey for more information.


October 18, 2013

Feature

Growler

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Halloween Photo Shoot Fundraiser What: Get a Halloween portrait in costume taken by Growler photographers with a backdrop and props Where: North School gym When: 12-3:00 p.m. Cost: $5.00 for 4 4X6s or $5.00 for 2 5X7s Please be in costume. Pictures will also be e-mailed for no additional cost so you have the chance to upload them on your social media outlets on Halloween. The public is welcome. Your child does not have to be in school to participate. There will be a line formed outside of the gym. There is no sign up required. For information e-mail kwilley@ithacaschools.net


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Growler Sports

October 18, 2013

Rack’n the wins By: Kaeden Greer Sports Reporter ‘14

Joe in the know By: Joe Whitaker Sports Reporter ‘14

When you walk down the hallways at Ithaca, nothing screams louder than the success of our sports teams. Huge pictures surround the cement walls along the main office and three large showcases display the success of the football team. Although the football team, along with the rest of the varsity teams, are incontestably the foundation of the athletic program, the middle school should not be overlooked. Middle school sports can be looked at as the “gateway” to a successful varsity program. If the coaches push the kids from a young age, they will not only improve, but also begin to properly practice and develop their skills in a way that will benefit them at the next level. The coaches of the middle school teams know just how much their seemingly “unimportant” teams overall success actually means to the whole school. I remember going through what seemed like pointless drills, that did not seem to be related to the game at all, almost everyday and wondering why the coaches were wasting our time with it. What I did not realize at the time was that the coaches know exactly what their doing and every “pointless” drill, no matter what sport, truly is helping make the athletes into better players. Every middle school athlete would agree that they cannot wait to get their opportunity to represent the school at the varsity level. Personally, I always looked up to the varsity players when I was that age and knowing that they now feel the same way about me is a great feeling. I remember going to the varsity football games on Friday nights and just being amazed at the amount of respect the community gave the teams. Seeing this always made me wish that my team had the same kind of atmosphere. Even with all the evidence that middle school sports have a direct result on the success of the varsity, none of the teams ever experience a fan base or get any recognition. It is understandable that Saturday mornings may not be the most intriguing time to go watch a middle school football game, but do not consider it watching the middle school, consider it watching the future of Ithaca’s athletic program. As for the other middle school sports, they also deserve more recognition. It may seem as if they are completely irrelevant to the school, but they make so much more of an impact than people realize. Nobody is asking you to travel with the teams, but everyone should try to make it to the home games just so the athletes know that are not unrecognized.

As the fall season ends, the boys tennis team is wrapping up their season with some impressive achievements this year. Leaders, Jessie Cunningham and Derian Lorentz, make strong contributions to the victorious varsity boys tennis team. Even the underclassmen like Jake Ozust also help the team in this successful year. “Every team has its own character and different personalities each year. This year has been a very funny, and hardworking because we have a young squad out on the court,” said the boys tennis coach Marc Mercer. Coach Mercer explains that his team is different and being a comical team helps them work together to win games. In addition, their team is inexperienced due to all the young people, the younger players play doubles. Doubles consist of two people on the court. This helps the underclassmen gain experience while learning to play. Singles are for the more talented or experienced. “Derian and Jessie have been helpful on and off the court. They are like co-coaches,

they help with the team and many other important factors to help keep this team in tiptop shape,” said Mercer. Not only are these young men teaching the team, but they showed their younger teammates how it is done by clinching first place finishes at the Ovid-Elsie invite. The leadership that these two display helps their team be as successful as they are. Being the only seniors on the team, they have played like they have nothing to lose. They have the streaks and achievements to prove it. “I believe it is the only way to play, if you don’t give everything you got you can’t be a very successful team,” said senior Derian Lorentz when asked about his playing “motto.” Cunningham, Lorentz, and junior Jake Ozust had major winning streaks. They play many opponents, having more than five is abnormally good. Ozust is the only player with a winning streak of seven and counting. They hope to have this winning streak continue into the conference tournament, and into regionals which would give the team

and the captains a big morale boost to push through and go to states. However, it is not just Derian and Jessie leading the team. Junior Gage Middleton and sophomore Jeff Harrison both captured major victories this year. They won a set of doubles at the Alma invite, which they played at night. “It was the best match of doubles I have seen. They won the biggest match yet,” said Mercer. This is the first existing match played in the dark this season and the team seemed to like it. Alma supplied items for the matches like lights so they can see and seats for the spectators. “It was a different experience, and it was very fun. I have never played under the lights like that and I love it,” said captain Derian Lorentz. It is a team effort and it seems that everybody is participating in a very successful season. The year is not over, however, as they have their minds set on the prize to go to states.

Senior Shelby Clark, one of two captains of the girls varsity golf team, chips to the pin.

Strong senior leaders reflect on a memorable season By: Kyle Greer Sports Reporter ‘14

Ranked top ten in the state last year, the girls golf team thrives to be the greatest. Lady jackets lost many skilled golfers from last year. They did continue to battle striving for first place in the conference. Senior captains this year, Shelby Clark and Leah Bontrager, gave a lot of information about this team of golfers. Right now, the girls are currently placed fifth in their conference and are battling for fourth place. “We’re pretty good! We are hoping we go to states this year, we’ve been working really hard,” said senior Shelby Clark. When talking about the expectations for this season, senior Leah Bontrager also gave her information about their team. “Pretty good, we lost a few good golfers from last year but we will be okay,” said Bontrager.

Shelby and Leah are very talented golfers and they bring their talents to the course. “The best I have golfed was a 46 for nine holes, and a 98 for 18 holes,” said Clark. “The best I have shot on the course was a 44 for nine holes, and a 98 for 18 holes,” said Bontrager. Leah and Shelby also contribute as leaders. “I always try to keep a positive attitude. I also try to help the younger golfers if they are struggling with a certain club or a certain shot,” said Clark. When talking to senior Leah Bontrager, she gave some input on how she leads the team. “I give inspirational speeches and try to boost morale for everyone on my team,” said Bontrager. Even though Shelby and Leah are both big parts in this team,

they are seniors, which means after this year they are gone. They were both asked on who would fill the shoes of the two great and helpful golfers that this team brings to the table. “I think after I am gone, Taylor Evon is going to be the next big thing in this sport,” said senior captain Shelby Clark. “When I graduate, the one that fills into my shoes would have to be, Hannah Bowen,” said senior Leah Bontrager. Shelby and Leah have a lot of faith in these two girls to step up and dominate and lead the team and not miss a beat from when they, too, were leading this team. Not only Shelby and Leah, but coach Jessie Rayburn also will want these girls to be leaders because a team is nothing without a leader or motivator that the team can talk to and ask questions to

someone that they feel comfortable asking questions to. The courses these girls are playing are very hard and not easy to put a little ball in a little hole not to mention how hard the game of golf really is. The girls might not have the best team they had in the past, but every single one of the girl golfers have a big heart and are very competitive and will try to win every tournament they will enter. This is what every coach strives for in every sport you can think of. The girls golf team and the coach, Mrs. Rayburn, would like nothing more than to for students and all parents coming out and supporting this Ithaca sport team. So come out and support this team as they try to capture 1st place in the conference.


Sports

October 18, 2013

Growler

Scooting at the Scottie

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Girls Cross Country team competes in the Scottie Invitational By: Adriana Santana After placing first at the Laingsburg Invitational, Spartan Invitational and the first and second TVC meet, the girls varsity cross country team looks forward to the Scottie Invitational and especially Regionals. The girls did not get those wins because of luck. “The summer miles are the foundation for everything we do,” said Gene Lebron, the girls’ coach. “Not only in cross country but all year long. There is a direct correlation between the girls who run a lot during the summer and the girls who improve consistently.” The Scottie meet is always a favorite for the girls. This meet usually includes Personal records, great finishes, and beating friends from all over the county. “We’ve worked really hard at practice to get where we are. We’re all excited for the Scottie Invitational, but Regionals and even the State meet are still ahead. All of those meets are approaching pretty fast, but I think our girls are ready for Scottie at this point,” said junior captain Morgan Baublitz. The performance at the meets relate to the amount of concentration that they displayed at practice. Focus and a balance between seriousness and joking around plays an immense role in preparing for meets.

Junior captain Morgan Baublitz and sophomore captain Kurstin Kalisek agree with Lebron in saying that upon arriving at a meet they follow a schedule that includes: setting up camp, going to the bathroom, warming up, and stretching. “I like to stay away from the girls after we warm up, and let them focus. With about five minutes until race time we come together and have a final word before the race and finish our talk with ‘Go Jackets!’” said Lebron. To prepare for the season, the girls follow a certain routine that they do at practices the day before a meet. “Early on in the season, we will run more the day before a meet, four to six miles. But as the season gets closer to the championship meets we sacrifice everything for freshness. We will sometimes run two to three miles and do strides the day before. At that point, the hay is in the barn,” said Lebron. The number of excellent runners in the state of Michigan is quite large, and some of them will run at the Scottie Invitational and especially at Regionals. “Shepherd, Lansing Catholic, and Bath will be our biggest opponents when it comes to regionals. They have a lot of girls that

will be tough to beat, so we’ll have to work extra hard,” said sophomore captain Kurstin Kalisek. Regionals will be held in Carson City-Crystal, and will use the same course that they used for the 40th annual Don Baese Invitational. “It should be good for us because we run at the Don Baese Invitational this Saturday, September 28 and that is the same course as Regionals. Some of the girls have run that course six or seven times going back to junior high,” said Lebron. Going into a meet, the right mindset is essential. If a team enters a race thinking that a loss in the future, it will be. “All of us girls show up with smiles on our faces, and our minds are on running. We don’t really talk about the race until our group huddle. We stay positive about performing to the best of our abilities during the day of the meet. If we put ourselves down, then we’ve beaten ourselves before we even have the chance to race.” Being ranked first in the league does not just come by having a positive attitude. It is a lot of hard work. “We have an amazing group of talented underclassmen runners and a good group of experi-

COURTESY OF EUGENE LEBRON

Sports Reporter ‘17

Kurstin Kalisek, sophomore cross country runner, pushes herself to the finish line at the Don Baese Invitational on September 28.

enced upperclassmen,” said Lebron. “They are all willing to do

what it takes to get better and that is a recipe for success.”

Sharks and Yellowjackets go head-to-head Kelsey Hessbrook Sports Reporter ‘17

On Friday, October 18, the Ithaca varsity football team will take home-field advantage against their long-standing rivals, the St. Louis Sharks. However, this game means more than just winning and losing. The players, coaches, and community know how big of an honor it is to win possession of the victory bell. “The bell gives the rivalry a special touch because you are playing for something other than just a win," said senior wide receiver/defensive back Eli Villalobos. The fact that St. Louis is just eight miles up the road from Ithaca contributes to the atmosphere and determination to win. “It is a great rivalry,” said defensive coordinator Brad Showers. “Anytime you are this close in vicinity to another town, it’s always nice to have bragging rights.” “The rivalry is a lot of fun because we play for the bell and we know a lot of the players on their team,” said Villalobos. The game against St. Louis means a

lot to the community of Ithaca as well. “As a community, it is well known for the long tradition of who wins the bell,” said Steve Foglesong, a committed Ithaca fan and citizen. “The competition, spirit, and attendance are always well represented.” Consequently, being so close to each other, there is always trash-talking when Ithaca plays St. Louis. “I think the players enjoy the rivalry because again it goes back to bragging rights. St. Louis typically plays us very tough,” said Showers. “They want to beat us bad, and with social media the way it is now, it seems there is always someone out there saying something to add fuel to the fire.” Ithaca fans and players seem to know everyone who goes to St. Louis and they all seem to know everyone in Ithaca. At every Ithaca football game is a reliable, impressive attendance. “It is always great to see such a strong showing of support,” said Foglesong.

The Yellowjacket football team has not lost to St. Louis for 33 consecutive years. But every season brings new challenges. "St. Louis has been playing very well this year. They have a new coaching staff that we have a lot of respect for and it appears that the players are responding well," said Showers. "It looks like they have a running back that has been getting good yardage against everyone." That talented running back is senior Matt Hasler, a two-year starter for the Sharks. Sophomore kicker Kaden Keon is ranked 4th in the nation for the class of 2016. "I think they will be better than they have [been] in the past," Villalobos said. "But...we will keep the bell." “You want to play hard and make sure that your rival doesn’t have the opportunity to come over and ring that bell in front of you,” said Showers. “It is always great to hear that bell ringing, especially when an Ithaca student is ringing it.”


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October 18, 2013

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