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rowler Ithaca Jr./Sr. High School

January 24, 2014

Check out the 2014 Sochi Olympics on pages 8 and 9

Sneak Peak NEWS

TRIG provides technology training for staff




Horn section Taylor Strait, Abby Workman, Damion Howell, and Nick Palmer (front row), Chase Gruesbeck, Blake Gulick, Jason Derry and Levi Lehman, (back row) prepares for their first festival CMU Jazz Festival on February 7.

Which social media app would you delete?



Musical puts on Beauty and the Beast

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Wrestling season is in full swing


Jazz band prepares for festival By: Taylor Clark News Reporter ‘15

Jazz band, unlike other forms of band, began as a new style of playing music, known as improvisation. “It is definitely not what I expected. I thought we would play what was on the paper, but a lot of times you play based off of how you interpret the music,” said junior trumpet player Kathryne Beck. Jazz music can range from different forms of improvisation that use a specific scale, to a strong trumpet feature that flows over the top of the band. “Each person has their own unique and individual parts to play. Therefore, it is mandatory that each person can play their parts as well as anyone else,” said band director Kevin Smith. This year the band is at its

highest amount of members with a group of 18 members, which includes seven rookies. In previous years of competitions, the jazz band has received awards such as first runner-up, Class C Band. Others include runner-up sections of the trumpets, saxophones, trombones, and rhythm section. “S’Wonderful,” opens the competition, which will be accompanied by vocals from Taylor Strait. Next is “Basque in the Sun,” which features Ithaca’s very own senior trumpet player John Derry Closing the set is an upbeat jazz number known as “Give it One,” featuring a solo by senior alto saxophone player Damion Howell.

The first competition will be the annual CMU Jazz Festival. “This is one of the most popular festivals in Michigan, sometimes there are so many bands that CMU has to turn them away,” said Smith. The jazz band has performed here for the past few years. The performance will be on February 7, and the weeks leading up to it are always the most brutal. “I am not disappointed when one of our groups does not win first place, as long as they do their best to prepare and then to perform,” said Smith. The group this year is flowing with new members ranging from freshman to junior. “After gaining several new members this year, I think if we really focus on the music and dy-

namics, we could be really good,” said senior vocalist and tenor saxophone player Taylor Strait. It can sometimes be a struggle to catch new members up to the swing of things. “When gaining new members, we gained new opportunities. If we can all work together we will do very well,” said junior tenor saxophone player Taylor Evon. This jazz band has been very successful in past years, and they plan to strive for even higher achievements as they learn to blend and balance. “I believe that the jazz band will perform well. Hopefully to the best of their abilities,” said Smith.

Growler News

January 24, 2014



Teachers Kevin Smith, Craig Snyder, Jim Thompson, and Adam Lincoln attend the TRIG grant meeting to learn how to implement technology into their classrooms and lesson plans.

Technology Readiness Infostructure Grant provides technology training opportunity for staff By: Ashlee Campbell News Editor ‘14

The North Elementary and the Junior/Senior High School received a grant from the Michigan Department of Education (MDE). Referred as the TRIG grant. It’s purpose is increase the number of Michigan educators to create and implement online assessments through a motto of “Any time, any place, any way, any pace.” At the end of the course, which is rolled out through modules, teachers will know how to access resources to aid with tech readiness, understand how to use resources introduces in the course, make connections with experts to enhance classroom instruction and online test readiness and finally transfer

the learning to practice improving proficiency in a tech environment. Each school who received the grant, chose tech coaches, who received additional training so they could instruct their staff during the module training. “The building level principals chose their coaches, based on who has the aptitude towards using technology,” said superintendent Nathan Bootz. Coaches include: Jennifer Foglesong, Keagan Hartman, Adam Lincoln, Jason Ostrander, Sharyn Root, Shelby Shankel, and Tammy Wilson. “Coaches are expected to spend 25 hours assisting teach-

ers throughout the year and an additional 15 hours,” said teacher Sharyn Root. Coaches also have to attend virtual meetings and three to four days of training sessions. The teachers must go through an estimated number of 25 hours of training during provided professional development days, staff meetings and off-the-clock to finish the grant’s modules. Teachers will be trained in a digital environment through online modules created by a team of instructional technologists from RESDs and ISDs around Michigan. Module zero includes an introduction to the course and Moodle.

The next module reinforces the state and technology standards. Module two, Best Practices in Technology, reviews the nine categories of best practice instruction and introduces technology tools to achieve best practice. The third module focuses on blended learning which goes back to the motto of “any time, any place, any way and place.” “Module three is practical and provides endless tools for teachers to use daily,” said English teacher Kristin Willey. Fourth, the teaches explore Next Generation Assessments where they experience pilot online tests. In the next module, training is delivered to create the Next Gen-

eration Assessments to be prepare students and staff for future online assessments. Lastly, teacher collaborate and use data collection to confer. “Not only will this assist students with online assessments, but also post-secondary experiences,” said Root. The grant provided the district with the ability to train all staff members and introduce them to the tech tools to create a blended learning classroom and time to experience and create online assessments. “It’s time to make the transition to the digital era, and say goodbye to analog,” said Bootz.

North principal, Paula Peterson, changes careers causing a staff shuffle By: Ashlee Campbell Over winter break, there was significant changes within the Ithaca School district. North school principal, Paula Peterson made the decision to take a job at Chesaning Public Schools as their business manager for the district. North Elementary was then in need of a new principal. Renee Sopel was the person who took over. Superintendent Nathan Bootz was the person who made the decision to move Sopel over to North. She had experience teaching at North and was the most qualified for the position with her elementary background. Her responsibilities now consist of taking care of North Elementary students and staff. “It was sad to leave the junior high students and staff, but having worked earlier at North Elementary earlier in my teaching career is making the transition easier,” said current North principal Sopel. Sopel’s move created another

shift at the Junior/Senior High. Terry Hessbrook picked to fill some of Sopel’s responsibilities. the position that Mrs. Sopel has left behind. He is now considered the Assistant Principal/Athletic Director. Hessbrook will no longer be teaching gym classes. He will be in charge of discipline for grades 7-10 and assist Steven Netzley with building supervision during the day. He will also fill his day with athletic duties. Hessbrook is prepared for his new position with a masters in Education Administration from Central Michigan University. The change was made very quickly and Bootz made the decision to slide him into the vacant spot. “I am very excited about the opportunity to try something new,” said Hessbrook. Steven Netzley has picked up the principal duties. He will be handling all the evaluations and

curriculum work for the building. Luke Kanine will be brought back to teach PE the first two hours this trimester to cover Hessbrook’s classes. Third trimester is still be rearranged. Bootz wants to evaluate how this short-term plan works out. He wants to see how this works with the students and the staff at the school. This will not affect the students much unless sent to the principal’s office. By having Sopel take over the job at North, this saves the school about $30,000 according to Bootz. They are no longer paying Peterson and are just replacing her with someone who is already here. These changes that happened over break are not only new, but challenging. This gives the chance for Sopel and Hessbrook to show their leadership skills in a new light. Now all there is to do is wait and see if this short term plan turns into a long-term arrangement.


News Editor ‘14

Assistant Principal Terry Hessbrook’s roles have increased since Paula Peterson’s move out of the district and to a business manager role.


January 24, 2014



In Brief: Clubs and Class By: Kyle Augustine

News Reporter ‘16


AP Biology

In Todd Slater’s AP Biology class, students are completing osmosis in a plant cell or plant cell plasmolysis. During the lab, the students will be collecting data. The students will draw a model illustrating three different mechanisms of membrane.

By: Emily Reeves Editor-In-Chief ‘16

Ithaca Boy Scout Troop 631 Eagle Scout Board of Review gave the final approval for junior Dilyn Schooley to become an Eagle Scout. The achievement is the highest recognition in the Boy Scout rank. According to the federation, only seven perfect of all scouts earned the Eagle recognition in 2012, which proves this is an elite category. Scouts are the usually around the age of 17 when they try to earn the award, and Schooley is only 16. Scouts who plan to earn such a rank must follow the order of tenderfoot, second class, first class, star, life and then eagle. Upon completing such a feat,

the scout will earn 21 merit badges including first aid, citizenship in the community, nation and world, communications and enviornmental science or stainability, personal fitness, camping, family life, personal management, emergency preparedness or lifesaving, cycling/hiking/swimming, and serve six months in a troop leadership position. Near the end of the long list of requirements, one must plan, develop, and give leadership to a service project, take part in a conference and complete the board of review. To achieve the last set of goals, Schooley focused on the “Living Laboratory” property out on Fillmore Road where he cleared down

trees and cut them into stumps. The purpose was to make a “learning circle” for children. “I discussed with my mom and Mr. Bootz as to what my project should be, and he helped me to come up with the idea,” said Schooley. Birdhouses that his neighbors helped build, and over 80 yards of woodchips donated by the city of Breckenridge were also installed on the property. Over 135 hours of work for Ithaca Public Schools, finalized Schooley’s approval from the board. “It takes a lot of hardwork and dedication, but in the end the scholarships and other benefits are well worth it,” said Schooley.

so Smith will just sit down with them and finish up some minor things they did not do with their EDPs when Ken Gothman, came in from the Montcalm RESD to help them out. “In the past, I did all the EDPs, and Mrs. Gavenda did all the scheduling” said Smith. She has already started the organizing process of the EDPs, and starting the week of January 13, students will be pulled out of classes in small groups to discuss the classes

they want to take next year. Smith hopes to be through with all the EDPs by mid February, but she never knows how things could change. She might have to make readjustments to some of the students schedules if teachers retire at the last minute. “I feel relaxed when EDPs are done, because I feel like I can do my main job which is to help students with their issues and problems, and being able to talk to students one on one,” said Smith.

Terre Smith starts EDPs

MUN students will attend the Red Cedar Model United Nations competition on February 15 at Michigan State University. Students will represent one of the countries in the United Nations. They have to research an assigned topic and help write resolutions that will help the world deal with the issues at hand. This is the first year junior high MUN will be repeated.


Schooley receives Eagle Scout award



Junior High Model UN

At the BPA competition at Central Michigan University, 15 out of the 25 BPA members placed in the top six to move on to the state competition in Grand Rapids on March 20 through the 23.

Introduction to Vet

By: Amber Warn News Reporter ‘17

It is the time of year to start thinking about your Education Development Plan. Guidance counselor Terre Smith will call students down to her office to update their Educational Development Plans. She starts with the juniors and works her way down to the seventh graders. Smith will work with students to choose the best plan for their future. Early this year, the seventh and eighth graders did their EDP’s

Students are learning the different types of systems for an animal. So far, they have learned about the muscular and skeletal systems. In the next week or so, they will be learning about the other systems like the reproductive, nervous systems.


Growler Opinion

January 24, 2014

My Sketch

Our Voice Electives are slim pickings

Growler Staff

Editor-In-Chief Emily Reeves Assistant Editor-In-Chief Nathan Goffnett News Editor Ashlee Campbell News Reporters Kyle Augustine News Reporter Taylor Clark News Reporter Michayla Eitzen News Reporter Holly Qualkenbush News Reporter Amber Warn Opinion Editor Amber Black Voice Reporters Samantha Abell Voice Reporter and Cartoonest Julie Anna Feature Editor Cierra Hessbrook Feature Reporters Ashtyn Pendell Feature Reporter Samantha Smolka Feature Reporter Madison F. Sports Editor Brock Hardman Sports Columnist Joe Whitaker Sports Reporters Mikayla Fairchild Sports Reporter Kaeden Greer Sports Reporter Brooklyn Goffnett Photo Editors Hannah Andrews Sidney Sparks Business Champoo Watanaputhiprued Adviser Kristin Willey

Staff Policy The Growler is published by students of the Ithaca High School newspaper production class. The Growler is made possible by advertisements, subscriptions, and fund raising, which pay for printing and other expenses. Our primary purpose is to entertain, inform and educate our readers, which include students, faculty, community members and subscribers, about issues that affect the student body. The Growler is an open forum of student voice; therefore, the opinions and Letters to the Editor reflect the view of the writer and not necessarily the opinion of the staff, advisor, administration, faculty, or student body. The editorial board determines the publications content, including staff editorials. The Growler staff accepts full responsibility for writing published in the Growler. There will be no responsibility placed upon the administration for content of this publication. The adviser is in place strictly to offer advice and guidance to maintain the legal, accurate and ethical manner of publication. The Growler will not be reviewed, reserved, or withheld from distribution by Ithaca High School officials prior to publication. Space will be provided for Letters to the Editor from faculty, students, administration, community residents and the general public. Readers are encouraged to express their opinions here. All letters must be signed and are subject for denial if they are libelous, obscene, disruptive, or are an invasion of privacy. The Growler staff has the right to edit letters due to length, obscenity, potential libel, or grammatical errors.

My Voice Taking teachers for granted

Emily Reeves Editor-in-chief ‘16

The school year seems to drag on slower and slower each day. We dread going to classes, doing our homework, and trying not to fall asleep in class. We get frustrated. As I walk through the halls I increasingly hear more complaints about teachers, even I am guilty of it. Sometimes students do not enjoy a certain subject, their personality does not match up with the teacher’s, or they do not like the way they run the classroom. However, what all students need to realize is how hard the staff at our school works. Coming from a family with three teachers, it is easy for me to say this and understand. I go home everyday and see my mom staying up until 11 p.m. grading essays, going to school on

the weekend to get lesson plans done, driving to see her students in all of their athletic events, and even taking on the task of advising extra curricular activities. I see my sister in the halls at school stressed over parent meetings and late assignments. My brother-in-law is constantly going between his own college assignments and grading all of his students’ homework. Being a teacher is stressful, and even that is an understatement. So many teachers at our high school come to work an hour early or stay an hour after school just so they are available to students who need help. Yet, we continually complain about teachers. Saying they do not care about students, or are doing a crappy job teaching. As with any job, there are bound to be a select few who do not enjoy their work. However, it takes a special person to be a teacher. They deal with over 100 high school students a day and somehow remember our names, get to know each of us individually, and give us the knowledge we will someday use in college, and then in our lives and own jobs.

I have always thought of considering going into the education field but with the way teachers are thrown on the chopping block in the government, especially in Michigan, and parents who blame their child’s grades on teachers, it seems like an unappealing and daunting career path. In the past, I have asked my mom that if she had the chance, would she do it all over again and be a teacher. Each time she answers she tells me that she would never give it up for any other career, unless of course she won the lottery. She loves watching her students grow and learn, both through their education and as a person. She always tells me to pick a career that I love, I will never have to work a day in my life. Each day she does not go to work, but to her other family. The next time we want to complain about teachers, think about how often they put up with our excuses, late homework, and every other little thing that they probably should not tolerate. Our staff at IHS is special, and we should appreciate them and be thankful for all they do.

Growler Awards Employees of the month

Taylor Clark always meets the deadline and an excellent role model.

Samantha Abell is always willing to work above and beyond to get the issue done.

Julie Anna makes a great argument and convinced Mrs. Willey Snapchat is awful!

Starting next week, students meet with Terre Smith, the guidance counselor, to decide which classes they need in order to have enough credits to graduate and schedule for the school year. Core classes like English, math, science, and history do not require much decisionmaking, but after core classes are chosen, electives are proving to be slim pickings. Currently, there is a shortage of electives, which cause students to repeat, dual-enroll, coop, or take online classes. Although dual enrolling and co-op are vital to some student’s career path, it forces the student to go to another location and not utilize the staff at Ithaca. Our online classes are getting larger and the quality of instruction is not close to the face to face interaction with the teachers we have in the building. We urge administrators to increase the amount of elective teachers to try to give us more opportunities in front of a teacher versus force us to choose a class offered online or at a different site. The students at Ithaca High School realize the staff is talented and qualified to teach such electives, but with a smaller staff each year, it restricts the student body’s options for such courses. With more electives students will have the freedom to explore different new venues that will prepare for them future careers or college courses.

Letter to the Editor

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 Cc/Growler or 710 N. Union, Ithaca, MI 48847. Hi Kristin, Just wanted to let you and the staff know how much I enjoy the Growler. The quality is outstanding. I served on the staff of the Growler when I was in high school and my husband was the editor. His senior year, he received the state's MIPA top journalist award. The quality of the paper has always been important to both of us. The paper was an award-winning paper in our day and we think you have returned the publication to that same level of excellence. Well done! Val


January 24, 2014




Which social media apps need to be deleted?

By:Samantha Abell Voice Reporter ‘15

According to the New York Times, “more than half of Americans had a social media website” in 2011, most of the demographic being teenagers. Since teenagers are the main focus, the creators of the site will do anything to gain their attention. From Facebook to Instagram, social media websites are

By:Julie Anna Voice Reporter ‘16

Snapchat is popular with most teens; it is an app that allows the user to share images and videos with friends. Having the message automatically delete itself after ten seconds is an appealing idea and is not hard to imagine why it has become so popular. But with 2014 just beginning, it is a good time for some spring cleaning. Along with all of the papers left over from last trimester that still need to be thrown out, consider letting this app follow with them. Snapchat’s whole idea is to be a self-deleting video or picture sharing app, however, the problem really starts there. The Internet doesn’t work that way, it never has, and snapchat is no exception.

becoming a big thing in today’s society. The bigger they get, the more threats these sites pose to the well-being of teenagers. Twitter is a recent social media platform that is gaining popularity. This social media site can be seen as a fun site to connect with people around the world, interact with friends, find the latest trends, and try to get in touch with celebrities. However, Twitter is not always the safest place for teenagers. Teenagers these days will do anything to keep in-touch with their friends even if it means spending a majority of their time online. They often think it poses no threat to them, but it can actually cause numerous issues. People also think they can say whatever they want on Twit-

ter without being held accountable. Most of the time, what is said gets misconstrued and turned into a rumor or gets people into an online fight. Not only do people like to put their business out in the open, but many do not set their account to private so future employers can see what is happening in their life-good or bad. A trend that has been going on around Twitter is “sub-tweeting.” This is the act of reading a tweet then composing your own tweet in response to it, but not mentioning the person’s Twitterhandle. Usually, “sub-tweeting” is done in poor taste and can be used as a way to be deliberately mean to people and cut others down. Most do not realize this,

but “sub-tweeting” can actually be taken as cyber-bullying. Another issue the Twitter universe seems to have is people putting out very personal information. This can include their address, phone number, school, etc. This not only threatens users, but also friends. Nothing is private online, and a lot of people seem to forget that because it is so easy to forget cyberspace has a way to save everything. People become instant friends with others from around the area and just give out their number to them. If profiles are not set to private, anybody from anywhere can view their personal information. Despite the attention the public gives Twitter, it can be a dangerous place on the Internet.

The site is often a malicious place for people to be-little others and not be reprimanded for their actions. Most users do not use Twitter for its intended purpose and abuse the social networking site. The new found freedom on the site does not come with any limitations and that is what makes Twitter so unpleasant. It may seem like a cool, new way to communicate with the world, but teenagers do not realize all the damage that Twitter can cause.

When an image is shared on the internet, it never goes away. It can be copied onto other devices and traced back to its origin. A snap is logged at the sender’s phone, the sender’s phone service, through the snapchat servers, the recipients phone service, to the recipients phone. Not only that, but in Snapchat’s Terms of Service they clearly state that the messages are stored on the Snapchat servers ‘temporarily’. They also say that deletion cannot be guaranteed to occur within a specific timeframe; which is not particularly comforting. More importantly, they also state if Snapchat is bought by another company, that all that data would also go to them. This means the supposedly private snaps could easily be posted somewhere and even linked to the user’s name. In May of 2013, the Electronic Privacy Information Center filed a complaint about the images and videos being extremely easy to recover. They called it false advertising, but Snapchat never responded. It is also a common misconception that the app was created

to be a cute app that would let you send quick, funny picture or video messages to friends. In reality, Snapchat was first named Picaboo, and was made with the intention to make it a safe platform to sext. The ghost logo was actually designed as a representation of this, the ghost meaning that the images sent would not come back to haunt you after sending. Even if a teen is using snapchat innocently, they can never say for sure where their pictures could end up thanks to the app. Another issue most don’t put any thought to is who exactly they are supporting by using the app. Evan Spiegal and Robert Murphy were the two Stanford University students credited with the creation of Snapchat. To get people to promote the app, Spiegal contacted popular bloggers, stating in one email that he had created an app with his friends, “certified bros” and went on to include that their fraternity had been kicked off campus. In other messages between creators, they had repeatedly used a crude slang term to refer to women. But it’s all up to the users to decide

if they want to support people like this. Snapchat has even proven their irresponsibility when in August they were given an alert that there was a problem with their security. Through the address lookup tool, hackers could easily make an automated program to generate numbers and match them to numbers of Snapchat users. Snapchat did not bother responding to the alert. In December, there was another alert along with a published code to prove how simple it would be to do. Snapchat gave shallow reassurances in blog posts, stating that they had taken further security measures. However, over New Year’s Eve hackers stole the usernames and phone numbers of some 4.6 million users. The hackers then posted the information onto a website, which has since been suspended. Snapchat issued an update and claimed that new measures had been taken to improve security, then apologized briefly at the end of a blog post early on January 9. Behavior like that is not acceptable

from such a widely used, and trusted app. Snapchat was disrespectful to its users by delaying the apology, and completely irresponsible to the researchers who alerted them to the issue in the first place. It is frightening to think that an app like this is used on almost 19% of all iPhones in the United States today. Snapchat might seem innocent, but it is made by people with questionable character, based on a lie, and has even proved itself unreliable. This app could be dangerous not only to a person’s reputation, or like what happened on New Year’s, a person’s phone number could be stolen. As little as that seems, that is just one more piece of information a criminal needs so they can steal your identity. So while the smashed remains of mechanical pencils and crumpled notes are being tossed away, trash Snapchat too.

Growler staff shares the social media app they would delete

Samantha Smolka/9th Twitter

Brock Hardman/10th Tumblr

Taylor Clark/11th Facebook

Joe Whitaker/12th Pinterest

Kristin Willey/Advisor Instagram

It’s just like Facebook.

It has a bunch of useless information.

It makes it easier for people to stalk others.

I have no idea what the point is.

Selfies are annoying.


Growler Feature

January 24, 2014

Anchorman II Was the movie worth the hype?

By: Madison Johnson Lombard Feature Reporter ‘17

Lauren Sheets/8th

Casey Ordway/9th

“The movie was funny. I liked the part when the Anchorman thought he was dead. I recommend watching it.”

“It was funny. It was a very good movie.”

Chelsea Maclennan/11th

Ryan Cameron/12th

“There was parts in the movie that where stupid and funny but I would not recommend you see it at the theatre.”

“I thought that Anchorman II was a good sequel to the first. It showed many references to the first. For the most part, I liked it, but some parts I even wonder what was going on.”

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“After watching Anchorman II, I found it very funny and really stupid. It had many parts that didn’t make any sense to me but it was a very good movie to watch.”

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“It was funny movie, but not as funny as Anchorman.”

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January 24, 2014

Senior, Isabella Foulguim, plays a studious, lovable, Disney character, which the world knows as Belle. Sophomore, Chase Gruesbeck, depicts the hulking, terrifying monster known as the Beast. This picture shows Belle and the Beast connecting as friends. Be sure to attend Ithaca HIgh School’s Musical, Beauty and the Beast, in the high school cafeteria on January 24, 25, and 26.

Musical puts on Beauty and the Beast By: Brooklyn Goffnett Feature Reporter ‘17

Ithaca’s musical cast is putting on a Broadway Production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, the musical. In the feature, Prince Adam was cursed to a beast form by an enchantress, who saw no love in his arrogant heart for others. The only way he could break the spell was to learn to love and earn her love in return. Belle, a misunderstood bookworm finds the Beast’s castle, and is imprisoned. The two fall in love and the spell is broken. New director Deb Klein decided to take on this production. Klein’s interest in theatre developed at a very young age.

“I directed my first play when I was eight years old, so it was actually a skit but it was still theatre to me...” said Klein. She has been involved in theatre ever since. “...I just like the idea of telling a story,” said Klein. The cast of the musical was chosen very precisely. “We had auditions, the first thing, and I listened and watched them very carefully,” said Klein. She had the people who auditioned sing a song, read a few lines, and show her a few dance steps. Approximately 30 people auditioned for the musical. After auditions, the cast got Reach Out For Christ

to work right away. Practicing at least six days a week, two hours a day, the cast of Beauty and the Beast have been very busy. “Rehearsal, that’s the biggest part of preparation,” said Klein. Though they are a big part, rehearsals are not all that take place. The cast has to learn their lines and practice the songs. They also helped create all the sets in the play. “We had work sessions where we just built the set…,” said sophomore lead role Chase Gruesbeck. Gruesbeck has been involved in previous musicals both inside and outside of school.

“I’ve done plays and musicals before and I always thought they were fun and I love to sing and I love to act,” said Gruesbeck. The cast is not the only ones who have put a lot into the play. Their family and friends have helped and supported them through it all. “My friends help me get the part in the play and my family helped me just by always supporting me and taking me to practice and helping me rehearse and what not,” said Gruesbeck. April Emory, a local resident, created the sets for the musical. Emory graduated from

Alma College with a theatre degree. She watched the movies and imagined the sets in her mind and applied them in real life. The musical will be performed January 24, 25, and 26 at the Ithaca High School’s Cafetorium. The musical will be performed January 24 at 7:00 p.m., January 25 at 7:00 p.m. (and the Be Our Guest dinner starts at 6:00 p.m.) and January 26 at 3:00. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, and $5 for students. The dinner tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children 10 and under.

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The U.S. 2014 Olympic Team Shawn White m pi c y l O r e t Wi n Medal


Norway 107 106










Germany 78















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Anyone who has heard of snowboarding, knows Shawn White. The two-time defending gold medalist is coming back looking for multiple medals. This year Shawn will be competing in not just the hald pipe, but also slopstyle. Even though Mark McMorris (Canada) is the favorite, White still has an excellent shot at getting the gold.

Age: 27 Height: 5’8 Weight: 154 Career Gold Medals: 27

Meryl Davis and Charlie White

The United States Olympic Team has one of the most dynamic Ice Dancing duo in the game. Meryl Davis and Charlie White are the five-time defending national ice dance champions. Davis and White received a silver in the 2010 Olympics, but are looking Height: 5’3 + 5’9 for gold this year.

Age: 27 + 26 Career Gold Medals: 16

Shani Davis Shani Davis could make history this year. With a win in the 1,000m Speed Skate, he could become the first person in history to win a gold three conAge: 31 Height: 6’2 secutive Olympic Games. Davis was the first African Weight: 190 Gold Medals: 13 American to win a gold in 2006 and in 2010 became the first to ever defend his gold in the 1,000m.

J.R. Celski

Age: 23 Height: 5’8 Weight: 140 Gold Medals: 4

After Apollo Ohno’s retirement, Team U.S.A. needs someone else to bring home the gold. Celski has been to the 2006 and 2010 Olympic games, winning a bronze in both games in 1,500m short speed-skating. This year he looks to come out from under Apollo’s shadow to take on a new level of competition and to receive his first gold at the Olympic Games.

Bobsleigh In the Bobsleigh event, individuals run down the course with the crew pushing for 50 meters before boarding. Once in, they cannot steer or adjust the sled. Although poor form during the initial push can cause a team to loose time and the heat. The times are recorded in hundredths of seconds, so even the smallest of error can have an affect on the final race standings.


Skeleton is a quick, winter sleding sport. An individual athlete rides a small sled down an icy track face down. As the individual flies down the track, they adjust their body weight to steer down the track while leaning forward to increase their speed. The fastest time recorded wins the race.

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Although, there are many variations of this sport, the main goal is to ski laps on a track. While skiing, the biathletes will stop at four shooting lanes. At the lanes, the biathlete will have to shoot targets standing prone. For each missed target a penalty will be added to the final time. Competitors starts are staggered normally by 30 seconds. The sport also has spring, pursuits, mass start, relay, mixed relay and team variations

Nordic Combined Nordic Combined is composed of two jumps. Points are scored for distance and style. Distance is two points per meter and style points range between three and 30 per jump. The player with the most points at the end wins.



Growler Feature

January 24, 2014

By: Cierra Hessbrook


Feature Editor ‘15

Ithaca High School sophomore Jose Cervantes, gives an inspirational speech about his past and teaches teens that they are not always in the dark. There is people out there that love you and will always be your friend. He has assured Ithaca High School students, that he will always be their friend.

Jose Cervantes: The story of my life Student uses life experiences and speaks out against negative influences By: Michayla Eitzen Feature Reporter ‘17

we are feeling down we feel that we can never change or fix it. But the most amazing thing is that we can fix it and it is not always easy but it is always possible to accomplish.” said Cervantes. The ability to help others is the best ability yet. A lot of people struggle with drug and alcohol abuse, especially teenagers under the influence. Get-

6:2 “Bear one another’s burdens, and thus fulfill the law of Christ.” Just like the biblical quote inspired Cervantes, the assembly affected his peers. Senior Joslyn Garcia was one of them. “It inspired me to be a better person and help out others who need it. To just be nice to everyone so people won’t take [it] to heart,” said Garcia. “I

“I enjoy speaking and talking to different youth groups because you build such a great trust with almost everyone. It is awesome to talk to people when I finish my speeches because a lot of them come and pour out their whole life stories,” said Cervantes. ting back up and going through a change is one of the hardest things to do. Not many people have the strenght to do this on their own. That is why many teenagers seek help of others with the same problem or look to religion for inspiration. “My aspiration is to help others that are struggling in bad choices and for me to reach out and at least try to touch the hearts of the blind and try to help them scrap of the eyes and be able to see once more, the great way of life. And so I feel that what better way to do the that then show others that it’s never too late to change. I also had a lot of support from my family.” One of the powerful inspirations Cervantes fell on to was a biblical phrase from Galatians

would just say to make sure to always make the right choices and stay in the right crowd with the right people.” Another student touched was junior Dilyn Schooley. “The assembly didn’t really affect me personally, but I feel it helped those who needed it. JJ did a fantastic job,” said Schooley. The most surprising part to both of these students is when Cervantes revealed that he was his friend “John” all along. It takes great courage for someone to stand up alone on a stage and pour out all of their life problems to hundreds of strangers all within less than two hours. If anybody has any problems, with peer pressure, it is easy to get help. Just say “no”

and try to walk away. Never rely on drugs or alcohol/substance abuse to help get through tough times. There will always be somebody willing to listen. Even someone like a therapist. Do not end up like one of those celebrities that are in rehab and usually end up on the news or in magazines. Peer pressure is not supported and if there is anybody dealing with this problem, go to a counselor or try to help this person. This is a serious issue, and for Cervantes to have opened up and shared his story was a very brave feat. If he can get through the pressure, anybody can. Look for some kind of an inspiration like Cervantes did. Whether it be religion, friends, family or even yourself. If anybody has any questions, email Jose Cervantes at “adviceforme1on1@”

Sophomore Jose Cervantes, gives an inspirational speech about his past and teaches teens that they are not always in the dark. There are people out there that love you and will always be your friend. He has assured Ithaca High School students, that he will always be their freind.


On December 18, 2013, sophomore Jose Cervantes spoke about peer pressure to the high school students. Peer pressure is a very big concern today. Teenagers and high school students all over the world have to face the troubles with peer pressure. Not very many people can say “no” to others who are trying to convince them to do things. It takes a lot of self courage to say “no”. “I have a story and I have been telling it to youth groups all around the country. I was part of a trip that lasted two weeks and it went as far down as New Mexico. I was sharing my story to many youth groups and it was then that I realized, I had a story to tell.” said Cervantes. Public speaking is very difficult and frightening for a lot of people. To Cervantes, it just comes naturally. “I enjoy speaking and talking to different youth groups because you build such a great trust with almost everyone. It is awesome to talk to people when I finish my speeches because a lot of them come and pour out their whole life stories,” said Cervantes. Cervantes has been sharing his story for quite a long time. He has opened himself up to many people. “It is an amazing feeling knowing that I can and will make differences in others lives.” continued Cervantes. “I have always loved public speaking but I have always struggled when it came to finding the right topic. It came to me that my story could help others that have the same struggles that I have faced in my past. When

One of the major problems that we humans have is that we are too naive. As much as we say that we understand what is happening around us, a lot of times, we have no idea. Our minds are too hungup on the movies we watch, the books we read, and the things we hear. It is good that we understand that there are people out there who do not have much, but we cannot seem to grasp the idea that these people are closer to us than we thought. A common phrase used when people do not finish their meals is “there are starving kids in Africa.” But have you ever stopped to think that there are starving kids in your neighborhood, too? Sometimes, all it takes is an eye opening experience to figure this out. This sudden epiphany came to me when I decided to volunteer at the Community Cafe for National Honor Society. I had no idea what to expect when I walked into the church. It was mentioned to us volunteers that we would encounter many different types of people that night. As true as that was, each person that we served had something in common; they were happy. They did not have the latest iPhones or the newest clothes. They were not sitting at their tables tweeting or texting. But each and every one of them had a smile on their faces. As everyone was finishing their meals, we were able to walk around and chat with them. They were all very alive and animated, which made it an even better experience. One woman made pins and gave them to each of us volunteers. Overall, this was an eye-opening experience that I feel everyone should take part in at some point in their lives. Not only does it open your eyes to the fact that not everyone has it that easy, but also how much we take for granted. It is crazy that something that was originally meant to get hours for NHS ended up actually teaching a life lesson, of sorts. It blew my mind that the people we were serving were right in Alma. Honestly, it makes me wonder how many more people there are around here who did not show up to the Cafe that night. Thankfully there are people out there, such as those who run the Community Cafe, who do recognize the challenges others face and will help provide for their needs. Someday, hopefully sooner than later, I hope to see more people who are willing to help others in such a way that they are putting others before themselves. This experience opened the eyes of the other volunteers and myself and changed the way we view things.




January 24, 2014

One student was chosen out of each grade that has curly hair. The students from left to right were, freshman JoElla Fitzpatrick, sophomore Anna Schaffer, junior Rebekah Stack, senior Madison Riley.

The root of curly hair does not just start at the scalp By: Samantha Smolka Feature Reporter ‘17

About 65 percent of women, worldwide, have naturally curly hair. This means that curly hair is deemed to be the most popular, natural hairstyle. Although curly hair is common, it is rare for two women to have the exact same curls. According to Woman’s Day Magazine, in North America alone, 34 percent of women have wavy hair, and 11 percent of women have curly hair. At some point in their lives, 40 percent of women wish that their hair was curlier. “I really do wish my hair was curly sometimes, on some people it looks great,” said freshman Kennedy Handy.

There are ups and downs to having curly hair. Women with curly hair are more likely to have a spunky or outgoing personality. Even though curly and wavy haired women have great personalities, curly hair is more likely to be frizzy and dry. If a girl has thick hair, she is more likely to have curly hair than straight. These are just some of the reasons that women with curly hair sometimes wish they had straight hair. Curly hair forms when women are born with a hooked follicle, which means when the very tip of a strand of hair curves. If a piece of curly hair falls

out, a clump of nutrients will be inside the white tip. When the hair is alive this clump helps keep the hair healthy. More light gets trapped into curly hair causing it to be less shiny, and more frizzy, this makes the hair look dry. According to the television show The Doctors, curly haired women need to be careful of the products used in their hair, such as products bought at the store. Some have been known to cause memory loss and even burn holes in the scalp. On each head of a woman with curly hair, there are about two to four different types of curls growing all at once.

Senior Joslyn Garcia uses hair products to create a better curl. “To maintain my curly hair, I put mouse, hairspray and gel in it. It makes it not frizzy,” said Garcia. Since women with curly hair have issues with their hair being less healthy and drier than normal, their hair grows slower than the average. Curly hair only grows on average one centimeter a month. According to, all hair is primarily made of keratin, but curly hair has less keratin than straight hair. Sophmore Alysa Betcher has more keratin and wishes for


“There are days I wish my hair was curly because it takes a while to curl,” said Betcher. People with curly hair need to take extra care of their hair and use the right products in order to keep their hair healthy and easy to handle. Contrary to popular belief, curly hair does not require less maintenance than straight hair. This means that people with curly hair need to take care of their hair the best they can. It is best for women with curly hair to use washes with keratin or other minerals. It is important to keep the keratin and other minerals in your hair and healthy.

Growler Feature

January 24, 2014



Foreign exchange student, Champoo reflects on her spending her experience in America as an Ithaca High School Student.

Life as a foreign exchange student Thailand student calls IHS home for the year By: Ashtyn Pendall Feature Reporter ‘17

Champoo Watanaputhiprued, a foreign exchange student, is 8,328 miles away from her home country, Thailand. She is staying with Valerie, Troy, and Victoria Turner, and Christian Rodriguez. “I like it very much here. It has many things that I have never seen in Thailand, like snow, this is my first time ever that I have seen it,” said senior Watanaputhiprued. Having exchange students here is a great experience. Students can learn about culture and their way of living. “It took a year and three months. I have to take a test from AFS in May 2012 and interview in June 2012. Then, I have a health check-up, get some vaccines, study with a tutor [to improve my English] and talk with my school. I got here September 13, 2013.” Since Champoo has arrived,

she has made many friends, such as senior Vanessa Waldron. “Vanessa is very nice and she used to help me a lot in Government class,” said Watanaputhiprued. Some people look for a new experiences through changes like a new hair color, however Champoo took a chance to learn about another culture and to adjust to a new environment. She also came here because she got capital from Kimberly-Clarks Company and her dad did not have to pay. Having to leave your hometown can be extremely rough. “I miss my family the most. I don’t get to contact my family too much, only about once a month,” said Watanaputhiprued. Champoo has to adjust to food, school, and time differences. “The food is different. In

Thailand, the food is very spicy and no fat. Here, there’s a lot of cheese and oil. School is very different too. I don’t have to study hard like in Thailand. In my school, we have 7-8 classes per day and my schedule is not the same everyday.” Champoo must go to five classes like everyone else here at Ithaca High School. Champoo’s

teachers are, Mark Strong, Todd Slater, Marc Mercer, Kristin Willey, Julie Evitts and advisory teacher Terry Hessbrook. It could be pretty difficult to teach a foreign exchange student. “She’s a good student and a hard worker,” said teacher Marc Mercer. Champoo has contributed

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in newspaper. She is a big help with advisor Kristin Willey and has worked diligently. Champoo works in business, advertising, and voice. For a class that writes so much, Champoo is learning new ways to express herself. “I really wish I could get to know her better,” said teacher Marc Mercer.


January 24, 2014



Winter activities you need to try

Try one of these activities during the next snow day

By: Joe Whitaker


Sports Reporter ‘14

If you own skis, then why walk when you can take a leisurely stroll while cross country skiing. This is not only a fun way to get around, but also a great cardio exercise.

Joe in the Snow Super “Snow” bowl By: Joe Whitaker

1 For a leisurely, yet fun time, grab your sled and head on down to the Woodland Park hill for some exhilarating downhill thrills. For more speed, try waxing the bottom of your sled.

4 For those die-hard fishermen, ice fishing could be a great way to pass the time, as long as you do not mind the cold. Before ice fishing, make sure the ice is at least three to four inches thick.


Snowmobiling has become a very popular winter activity in Michigan. With the mass amounts of snowfall this winter, snowmobiling could not be any better. Head up to Traverse City for some exhilarating trail riding.



If you feel like bringing out your inner child, pile up some snow and dig yourself out a fort. You could also make blocks of snow to make an igloo.

Simply add food coloring to water and make the snow your canvas. You can also fill a balloon with water and add food coloring and wait for it to freeze to make a marble like substance to decorate your yard.

For a fun way to vent, get your friends together and have an old fashion snowball fight. There is even a tool that makes snowballs for you, which can be bought at Toys R Us.

7 An American past time, ice skating is still a winter favorite. If this sounds like something up your alley, head on down to Woodland Park. Another revenue is Morey Courts, just pay the $6 entry fee and enjoy.


Sports Reporter ‘14 The Super Bowl is by far one of the most prestigious games in all of sports. Ever since the first Super Bowl back in 1967 when the Green Bay Packers, coached by Hall of Fame coach Vince Lambardi, defeated the Kansas City Chiefs, thus giving the Lambardi trophy its name. No other sports game is watched more around the world. This year will be the fortyeighth time this game has been played. It will be played between the AFC champions the Denver Broncos and the NFC champions the Seattle Seahawks. For those who do not know, the Super Bowl is usually played in either a warm city, or a city with a dome. This is so the players do not have to worry about the weather coming into effect and can just focus on the game. However, this year the game will be played at the New York Giants stadium, in East Rutherford, New Jersey. This means that this Super Bowl will be the first ever played in the cold. This years game has the potential to be even more exciting than last years game when the Ravens held out in the final seconds against the 49ers failed comeback. The Denver Broncos, led by Peyton Manning who had the best year statistically by a quarterback in NFL history, have a high powered offense with many weapons and can hurt you in a variety of ways. Their passing game of course is their most intimidating. Peyton Manning is an elite quarterback with fantastic field vision and can find his receivers with ease. The Broncos defense, although not as impressive as their high octane offense, can hold there own against most teams. The Seattle Seahawks have made it to this game with their terrific play on defense. Although people may have a bad vibe after a very controversial post game interview by cornerback Richard Sherman, that does not take away from the fact that this defense has played very productive all year. Their best bet in this game is to continue to force takeaways like they have all year. Seattles offense, led by second year man Russell Wilson, always has the big play potential. Wilson’s ability to scramble out of the pocket to create more time will play a huge role in the game. I personally believe that this will be a high scoring game with many big plays, which will make this one of the most entertaining games in recent years. I predicted that at the end of the game, it will be the Denver Broncos holding up the Lambardi trophy.

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January 24, 2014



Jordan Town and Kaitlyn Przybylski perform at halftime during the boy’s basketball game.

Poms reach peak of the season Varsity poms wrap up the Christmas routine and look toward state By: Kaeden Greer Sports Reporter ‘14

performed on January 14, 2014 at the varsity basketball game. To prepare for such a rigorous routine, practice is a must. “At the beginning of every

practice, we do warm-up which consists of walking exercises, ten minutes of cardio, and stretching. We then work on kickline. After that, we work on the cur-


The varsity pom pon team is working diligently as the end of the season nears. The girls have been working on their state routine, which they recently

Starting from left: Masia Dickman, Katlin Kindel, and Jayde Beracv are mid-kick during their state routine that they performed at the basketball game on Friday, January 17.

rent routine,” said coach Allison Doran. The four to five days a week they work on their routine is strenuous. The team has even taken on morning practices to increase the quality of their performance. The determination the girls have to win with their routine and make it enjoyable to watch is tremendous. During practice, Coach Doran sticks to a strict formula for success. “To perfect each routine, we review each formation, and the same move on the correct count. After perfecting the routine once, we then go back and perfect specific sections/moves,” said Doran. At practice, the girls sometimes perform the same move on the same count repeatedly. In competitions, the judges will look for things like being oncount and other minor details. For the past seven years, the pom pon team made an appearance at the state competition, but with only one state title. The team stresses that they can return to state and perform at that level. The girl’s will to win and crush anybody that stands in their way shows to be true each year. The girls have tremendous respect for the captains and to everybody on the team. “I think the team is doing fantastic, and I see a lot of improvement from last year to this year,” said pom mom Terri Reeves.

“The captians are big leaders and are a positive influence on the rest of the girls. They really set the tone for the whole season, and I think they are doing a great job leading the team.” Ollivia Strong and Katlin Kindel are this year’s captains, and they have taken the role nicely, dedicating countless hours to the team and routines. One of the many victories the team has achieved this year is finishing fourth place at the kickline competition. This competition is one of the biggest competitions in the state. It is very important to place well in their division, which the team accomplished. “It was so much fun. I liked our costumes and the fact that we all had to be like, in character in order to give off our ninja moves. We all had to pull out our inner ninja,” said senior Maisia Dickman. It took most of the season for this team to get kickline down. The countless hours they put into the routine helped this team get a statisfying fourth place. On January 25, the team has a crucial regional competition. If the girls perform well and score 70 percent of total possible points, they will move onto state, which is February 8. “The team has grown as a whole. I am very proud of these girls and how hard they work,” said Doran.

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Ithaca Yellowjackets Name: Travis Smith Number: 10 Height: 6’2” Grade: 12 Position: Forward Points: 7.3 Rebounds: 3.3 Assists: 1.6 *Average per game*

Ithaca Yellowjackets Name: Josh Hafner Number: 14 Height: 6’2” Grade:12 Position: Forward Points: 14.1 Rebounds: 3.9 Assists: 1.6 *Average per game*

Ithaca Yellowjackets Name: Spence DeMull Number: 30 Height: 5’10” Grade: 10 Position: Guard Points: 6.3 Rebounds: 2.9 Assists: 1.4 *Average per game*

Ithaca Yellowjackets Name: Jacob Smith Number: 32 Height: 6’0” Grade: 10 Position: Guard Points: 6.3 Rebounds: 3.3 Assists: 1.3 *Average per game*

Ithaca Yellowjackets Name: Levi Lehman Number: 42 Height: 6’6” Grade: 9 Position: Center Points: 3.7 Rebounds: 3.1 Assists: 0 *Average per game*



Ithaca Yellowjackets Name: Eli Villalobos Number: 12 Height: 5’9” Grade: 12 Position: Guard Points: 7.7 Rebounds: 3.1 Assists: 2.7 *Average per game*

Ithaca Yellowjackets Name: Myles Waldron Number: 20 Height: 6’2” Grade: 11 Position: Forward Points: 3.1 Rebounds: 3.7 Assists: .4 *Average per game*

Ithaca Yellowjackets Name Logan Hessbrook Number: 24 Height: 6’3” Grade: 12 Position: Forward Points: 11.4 Rebounds: 5.3 Assists: .7 *Average per game*

Ithaca Yellowjackets Name: Jacob Pierce Number: 40 Height: 5’10” Grade: 11 Position: Forward Points: 2.2 Rebounds: .6 Assists: .4 *Average per game*

Ithaca Yellowjackets Name: Jim Thompson Varsity Head Coach Career Wins: 57 Career Losses: 21 Years Coaching: 4



January 24, 2014

Growler Sports January 24, 2014 Wrestling season is in full swing 16

Ithaca wrestlers dominate the mat time and time again

By: Mikayla Fairchild This year’s varsity wrestling team has very high expectations for the rest of the season. “The season has been great. We have a hard working group of kids and we are working to come out on top at TVC and districts,” said junior wrestler Jaron Czachowrski. The young team includes only one senior, two juniors, six sophomores, and four freshmen. Although the team is young, improvement is obvious in their performances. “ a team we are getting better and better,” said frshmen wrestler Dawson Sherman. Conditioning is always a key to success, and it is obvious that the long runs in the hallway pay off. “One of the teams favorite drills right now is simple called “6 minuets”. In this drill we simple run, sprint, jump, do sit ups and push ups, and just about anything that pops in my head for a solid 6 minuets. This is to simulate a match and the grueling nature of it,” said coach Daryl Dawe.

Each member has their own signature move they like to do in the matches. Two moves include a double leg or chicken wing. “The double leg is a quick move where you take a penetration step and double the legs off for a take-down and the chicken wing is where ya fry them up for victory,” said Czachowrski. To concentrate, the wrestlers clear their mind before approaching the mat and put it all into their wrestling. “When I step out on the mat nothing else matters but to win, and when I do, its the best feeling in the world knowing that I just helped the team to pull off a win,” said sophomore wrestler James O’Boyle. “Wrestling is a sport that demands incredible conditions and everything we do aids in our conditions. I truly feel that is one reason wrestlers make great athletes and why wrestling will help anyone improve their abilities in other sports,” said Dawe.

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