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rom selling pizzas to choreographing dances, the Ladue Dance Marathon team's fundraising efforts will culminate with a dance event held Feb. 4. Hosted by high schools and colleges nationwide, dance marathons raise money for Children’s Miracle Network, a non-profit organization that advocates for children’s health awareness and research. Ladue Dance Marathon hosts fundraisers and events throughout the year for the same cause, which will benefit local patients at St. Louis Children’s Hospital and SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital. This year, the team hopes to fundraise at least $40,000 for charity. “[Ladue Dance Marathon’s] motto is ‘For the Kids’ or ‘FTK,’” senior and Executive Director Shirley Gelman said. “The whole event is symbolic of the fact that we stand and we dance for six hours, which represents how the kids are always in hospitals and how the nurses are always working hard. We’re trying to walk in their shoes.” In the Ladue Dance Marathon, participants dance for a specified number of hours and learn a pre-fabricated dance choreographed by the Dance Marathon morale team, which hopes to keep the energy high, according to senior and Morale Chair Evan Mack. The event will take place in the cafeteria from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
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A miracle child, a patient from Children's Miracle Network who travels the St. Louis region to share her story, dance battles her sister at the 2016 Dance Marathon. Dancers circled around the sisters to cheer them on. At Ladue Dance Marathon, there are four different theme hours; the dancers pictured are dressed for the theme "Summer." The other themes last year were "Hollywood," "Mix and Match" and "Mojo Madness." (File photo by Sydney Ellis)
“We create the dance so that we can get the dancers involved and make the event special,” Mack said. “The morale group has a chance to bring something unique and happy to the dance, and it helps get the energy up with the dancers.” Last year, Ladue Dance Marathon raised $33,000 for Children’s Miracle Network. This year, however, the team hopes to raise the stakes to $40,000. All proceeds
ficially meet everyone at the Feb. 4 event. “The money we raise will go toward research and treatments at these hospitals, but it will also go toward the fun stuff that happens there as well,” junior and Miracle Families Relations Chair Elizabeth Minifie said. “There are dogs that walk around and visit kids; there are clowns that come. Basically, the money is for all those fun things.” To achieve the fundraising goal of $40,000, Dance Marathon members began the planning process last T TIS year. They conferenced evR A n glo ery week, visited hospitals, tried k j ac to find sponsors and fundraised at a variety of locations. Fundraisers have been held at grocery stores, football and basketball games and even at Waterway and Saint Louis Bread Company. Despite these numerous fundraising efforts, the team still plans on raising money throughout the rest of January until the main event in February. “We set up events all year long and try to get teacher and student involvement,” Gelman said. “It’s a full-year event.” will be donated to local chilThe Dance Marathon team dren’s hospitals to fund activities hopes an entire year’s worth of such as research, treatment and efforts will allow them to reach even diversions, which will most this year’s fundraising goal. By directly benefit miracle families doing so, they can support better and patients of Cardinal Glennon healthcare and better childhoods and Children’s Hospital who are for the kids. going through extensive surgery “Childhood is an important or chemotherapy. The Miracle part of life that sets you up for Family Relations group coordieverything else,” Minifie said. nates much of this communica“The fact that these kids are havtion, hosting various activities, ing to go through this at such a such as visiting the Saint Louis young age is really hard and not Art Museum, in order to get the something that I can even imagpatients involved before they ofine. It’s really eye-opening.” h w
Dance Marathon Dictionary CMN: an abbreviation for "Children's Miracle Network,"
which is an organization that gives the money fundraised to St. Louis Children's Hospital and SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital.
Crew: a group of students who set up and clean up on the day of the event. They also make sure everything runs smoothly.
DM: an abbreviation for "dance marathon" FTK: an abbreviation for "for the kids." This is a saying
to represent that all donations benefit children in local hospitals.
Morale: a team of students who create a dance with
songs from the different theme hours. At the event, at the beginning of each theme hour, morale teaches a section of the dance that corresponds with the theme.
Over the years In 2014 Ladue Dance Marathon raised
$24,497.80 In 2015 Ladue Dance Marathon raised
$27,852.38 In 2016 Ladue Dance Marathon raised
$33,220.08 Save these dates
Jan. 27 Come to the cafeteria during seminar for an in-
formational meeting for all of the dancers about what to expect at the event. Also, students can sign up this day.
Jan. 29 Join Dance Marathon at Kendra Scott in Plaza
Frontenac from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Twenty percent of all proceeds will benefit Dance Marathon.
Feb. 4 Get ready to dance all day for the kids. The event is in the cafeteria from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Olympics Throwback Fiesta
panorama NEWS 4 4330, Ladue’s robotics Ready to rumble: Rambunction team, kicks off the new 2017 season felix HU
ambunction 4330 began its building season Jan. 7. Each year, the team builds a robot to compete both locally and internationally. The work is divided among members of mechanical, electrical, programming and driving teams. The mechanical team designs the body of the machine to best complement its needs, achieving a balance between agility and dexterity. After the layout has been planned, electricians wire the pieces together. Subsequent tweaking of the cabling completes the hardware. In terms of software, robots must also be programmed to perform a multitude of tasks. The Java language of programming controls body movements, whereas C++ processes visual input. Programmers take into account all aspects of machinery when coding; all parts must be fully functional. “Everything is refined to the point where it will work consistently and precisely,” junior Dasun Gunasinghe said. “The hardest aspect is to fine-tune the
code to the point where it works clockwork-style mechanics, even if the drivers place the and fashion and design are still robot a bit off from where it’s Victorian.” supposed to be.” When the game starts, robots After hours of building, a race to fly their team’s “airship.” team will examine the robot. In To do so, they retrieve gears, competition, the students and shoot wiffle balls and complete the robot must demonstrate their other objectives. After each superior ability to adapt to new match, teams rotate. In the end, environments and challenges. Ladue’s qualifying standings During regionals March 8-11, will be based off of the win-toLadue will face off against aploss ratio. proximately 70 teams. The top In the past, Ladue has consisthree teams advance to internatently obtained first or second in tionals in April, and as many as St. Louis’ local event hosted by 600 teams from across the globe FIRST Robotics. The internawill attend internationals. tional competition has been During competition, teams more of a challenge— last year, are arranged in a three versus Rambunction 4330 was knocked three format. In a match, teams out of the pool. will face off This year, the against one I’ve noticed some good in- team faces several another and dications so far. Primarily, changes. Perhaps complete the most noticeit’s the passion. various reable alteration is quirements to sponsor Stephen Schmidt its workspace. win the game. “We were a Each year, the bit overwhelmed matches have a unique theme. with the amount of new team “This year the theme is stemembers last year, so commuampunk— it’s sort of a fictional nication took some figuring out world in which we went through and experimentation,” junior the first industrial revolution Kyler Schulz said. “You need a but not the second,” senior balance of veterans and novices Anna Cramblitt said. “Everyas the veterans can lead the novthing is powered by steam and ices and show them the ropes,
CUT IT OUT w Creating a prototype for part of the robot, sophomores Claudia Zegel and Anna Mumford get to business. In order to climb the rope in competitions, the robot will need a part to latch onto the rope. (Photo by Faith Deddens) thus training the novices to do the same when it’s their time to lead.” Additional changes include the size reduction of the robotics “clean room,” which stores tools. The team has now grown to 40 members, allowing more minds to take on the challenges. “Rapid growth has definitely changed the team dynamics; when you have a larger number of people, brainstorming and decision-making get chaotic a lot faster,” Cramblitt said.
Despite the various changes, team members have adapted their work habits. After the first meeting, robotics sponsor Stephen Schmidt expressed his hopes for the new year. “I’ve noticed some good indications so far. Primarily, it’s the passion. We have good attendance— everyone always shows up, and that shows me that they really want to succeed,” Schmidt said. “Secondly, I’ve seen some people already stand up and take leadership roles.”h
Tri-M Music Honor Society hosts spring concert copy editor
he Ladue chapter of the Tri-M Music Honor Society is hosting a benefit concert Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. in the orchestra room. The concert will benefit Play It Forward, a St. Louis-based program that works to provide all students in the community with the opportunity to explore their interest in music, according to the organization’s website. “We are raising money and collecting instruments for the charity,” senior and Tri-M co-president Maya Mutic said. “Anybody attending the concert is asked to bring an old musical instrument that they have but no longer use. If they don’t have an old instrument, they can bring some money or other useful musical items, like reeds for clarinets or rosin for violins.” Mutic believes that Tri-M’s ability to combine music with
types of music for listeners, from solo works to duets and chamber music pieces. Although most performers will play classical music, junior and Tri-M vice president Julia
my friend is playing the violin, which is kind of a weird combo, but it should be really fun.” To spread the word about the concert, Mutic, Wang and other Tri-M officers sent out emails, wrote morning announcements and made posters. They hope that their efforts will convince more people to participate and donate. “Most of us have busy schedules, so the most challenging part about being in TriM is probably the time comg en zh e i mitment,” Wang ann said. “But my favorite part is [seeing] peoples’ faces brighten when we play for them. The response we get makes all of our hard work worth it.” Although the upcoming benefit concert is intended to attract donors, Tri-M members typically AR TE DIT OR
charity will interest not only Ladue students, but members of the community as well. She hopes that the unique format for raising money and donations will entice more people to come to the concert. “I know that all the performers will sound great at the concert,” Mutic said. “It’ll be a great time.” The Tri-M members are currently practicing and polishing their pieces for the performance. For many members, their commitment to helping others makes the challenging work engaging and satisfying. “I’m excited to [perform in] the concert because I think the instrument collection aspect is awesome,” junior and Tri-M member Macey Goldstein said. “It’s great to be part of that experience.” Mutic said that the concert will offer a variety of different
Wang has decided to take a different approach. “I’m excited to be playing ‘[Somewhere] Over the Rainbow’ as a duet,” Wang said. “I’m playing the ukulele and
play for people who are less fortunate. Throughout the year, the members perform at many different venues in order to make a positive difference in the lives of others. “We go to different places around our community, mostly hospitals and nursing homes, to perform for the people who are living in those areas,” Mutic said. “I love meeting the people we perform for and seeing how happy they are after they listen to our music.” Tri-M members hope to help others through a shared love for music. Wang believes that music unites not only the Tri-M members, but the community as a whole. “Music is something that we all can feel and appreciate, and it’s so nice that we can serve the community while sharing what we love,” Wang said. “We bring happiness to people we play for, and they bring happiness to us. So everyone involved gets a smile in the end.” h
Renovation update: select spaces finished 2017
Ladue students will see new facilities next semester sophia LI
he renovation of the front hallway and both administrative and counseling rooms will be completed before the next school year. Construction began after the April 5 passage of Proposition R. Despite some new additions to the building, temporary classrooms will continue to be used. “Places that are pretty critical in terms of the operations of the building, [like the] administrative and counseling [spaces], have to be done over the summer months because we cannot take those out during the course of the year,” principal Brad Griffith said. “The big thing for students is that we will be opening the second and third floor of the West Wing in second semester of next year. ” The renovation project involves both the school administration and the construction man-
agement team. They are working together to ensure efficient construction while maintaining normal school functions. “We’ve been balancing that with student schedules and what we need here in the building to continue to the extent of business as usual. That’s where our communication and our work has really been for the last six months,” Griffith said. To outline the main goals, the administration and construction team created a three-phase plan. Each phase marks the completion of an important task. “The goal of phase one is to renovate the administrative and counseling portions of the building and get that ready before students return next year,” Griffith said. “The goal of phase two is to vacate the building so that work can begin on abatement and [we can] place all of those [temporary] classrooms into our completed new edition. Phase three is going to take those
classes we moved into the new edition and then push them back into the renovated spaces for the next school year.” The renovation was proposed to replace old parts of the building. The new building is meant to cater to students’ modern needs. “Even though I will not benefit from the renovation, I think that our school needs to be updated and changed to make it more functional,” senior and STUCO secretary Taylor Avery said. “The classrooms are dated currently and, with new equipment and technology, [the renovation] will better help the students learn.” Since the renovation’s beginning, the various construction machinery have changed the familiar school environment. However, many students have adjusted to the sight and sound of construction equipment. “I’m excited for the staff and underclassmen to have updated faculties,” senior and STUCO
NEW YEAR, NEW SCHOOL w The West Wing’s upper floors will be completed by the 2017-2018 school year. The band and orchestra rooms will be finished during this time as well. (Photo by Ula Lijowska) president Neely Lochmoeller said. “[The renovation] will improve everyone’s mood because there will be more natural lighting. To me, looking out a window and [seeing] the sun makes me a little happier.” Some students have felt impatient with the classroom changes. Griffith understands their feelings but believes the end results
will more than make up for any temporary inconveniences. “Long-term is [to] have a facility that is really going to match the needs of this building,” Griffith said. “When I say that, I mean all of our needs, be it our biomedical program, the STEM edition or additional space. All of those pieces really reflect what we know about Ladue.” h
What in the world? Looking at big news LONDON, ENGLANDU.K. government officials approved a plan Jan. 12 to build a tunnel underneath the famous Stonehenge site.
CHICAGO, ILLINOISPresident Barack Obama gave his farewell address Jan. 10.
ACCRA, GHANA- Yam Pro Energy announced Jan. 3 its plans to harness wave energy from the oceans and build a plant in the city.
MANILA, PHILIPPINESAt least a million Catholics participated Jan. 10 in the religious Traslacion parade to touch the Black Nazarene, a life-size wooden statue of Jesus.
VILLAVICENCIO, COLOMBIAA wooden bridge in a nature preserve collapsed and killed seven people Jan. 10.
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Turning, jumping and studying: Students exceed in school and dance
are less technical and more fun in my opinion,” Patil said. “Also, features editor I like dancing to more upbeat albert LIU songs, so that makes these styles features writer more enjoyable.” ancing captures intensity Sophomore and Center of and passion, matching Creative Arts dancer Sunny Lu the rhythm of the music and enjoys musical theater and jazz overcoming cultural boundas well. She began as a ballet aries. As dancers take the dancer at a Russian dance school stage, audiences are capbut decided that musical theater tivated as they watch the was her passion when she audiperformers pirouette and tioned for her first musical. promenade in bright white “I learned so much in my lights. Applause lights up the musical theater and hip hop and theater as the dancers take modern dance classes,” Lu said. their final bow. Behind the “I have never been, and am not scenes, however, dancers by any means, an incredible push themselves tirelessly as dancer. My philosophy is that if they try to perform with pasyou’re passionate about somesion and finesse. thing and you practice, you can get good at it.” Many of these dedicated While spending hours in dancers roam the hallways of studios, one reason Ladue dancLadue, balancing their rigorous ers enjoy attending classes is dance schedules and academic because of the connections and curricula. Junior Sara Eastlund friendships they have made. Patil dances 14 hours every week at attends classes at a studio with the St. Louis Academy of Dance. a considerable number of Ladue She dances ballet, tap, students, so she has made contemporary, modern and I have never been, and am not by any many new Ladue friends in musical theater. Out of the means, an incredible dancer, but my unconventional ways. five styles, contemporary is “We become pretty philosophy is that if you’re passionate her favorite. great friends, and dance “My favorite part about about something and you practice, you has brought us all together can get good at it. dance is when I’m there, through a common interall of my problems don’t est,” Patil said. sophomore Sunny Lu matter,” Eastlund said. “I Though dancing brings forget them for a couple of them joy, it can be stresshours.” Olympiad, Math Club and more. ful to complete all of their Eastlund participated in The Patil dedicates several hours of homework in a timely manner. Big Muddy Dance Company’s her life to dance at Dimensions However, because they have student project Elevate, which Dance Center every week. There been dancing for years, they unfeatured pre-professional dancers she does ballet, hip-hop, tap, jazz derstand how to properly manage ages 14 to 18. Elevate included and lyrical dancing. their time. five weekly rehearsals which “Probably hip hop or jazz [are “Sometimes it can get hard to culminated in a contemporary my favorite styles], since they deal with all the work and still lily HAUPTMAN
performance that opened one of The Big Muddy Dance Company’s shows. “I liked dancing with my friend because I had a friend in it with me, and I liked meeting new people; that was fun,” Eastlund said. Eastlund also had the chance to go to a dance intensive in Chicago. Because of her dedication and abilities, she was granted a scholarship inviting her to go. In Chicago, Eastlund further developed her passion for dancing, refined her dance skills and met with people who shared her interest. “[My] favorite part was being in a different place,” Eastlund said. “All of the dancers there [were] super dedicated. It challenged me in class to push harder.” Another student hard at work behind the scenes is sophomore Seema Patil. Alongside dance, Patil pursues many academic activities, such as Science
double takes freshman Mirabelle Mockler
“Paper Towns” actress Halston Sage
teacher Richard Witt
DANCING HER HEART OUT w Dancing in her free leotard, junior Sara Eastlund hits a contemporary pose. Eastlund received the Zilliewear Standout Scholarship for the leotard after she demonstrated her dance abilities at Chicago Dance Connection, a dance convention. “People bond over dance at school,” Eastlund said. (Photo courtesy of Sara Eastlund)
having to go to dance,” Patil said. “It’s not a big problem, especially if I finish my homework before I go to dance, or if I do my homework in school during Seminar or any other free time.” Lu believes that feeling the pressure to get homework done before dance forces her to be more productive. She is a cast member in the Gateway Center for Performing Arts musical “In the Heights,” yet she always finds time to finish schoolwork. “I actually find that staying busy with doing shows like this actually really ups my productivity levels in terms of schoolwork,” Lu said. “It really forces me to be proactive, think ahead and manage my time
wisely. I’m rarely overwhelmed or anxious over trying to balance schoolwork and ‘In the Heights’ rehearsals.” Regardless of the amount of time and perseverance it takes, the dance continues to go on and the dancers push through to their next performance. In addition to being a way to make friends, dancing allows them to express themselves and share their passion with others. “I dance because it’s like a mix of a sport and an art, since you can express yourself in a physical motion,” Patil said. “And I love being able to put my own twist or feel to a specific dance, which makes it particularly special to me.”h
We scoured the halls in search of Ladue’s best look-alikes... here’s what we found.
“Blues Clues” actor Steve Burns
junior Dravin Kennedy
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Spotlight on the highlights of the past year
Panorama’s selections for the best trends and tops of 2016 ope FALAKO features writer
Top musical artist:
Teacher spotlight: Jim Goldwasser
Beyoncé eyoncé whipped 2016 into formation with the release of her album “Lemonade.” She gave the word “slay” a new meaning with her electric performance at the Super Bowl 50 in February and her stunning visual album that premiered on HBO in April. In the album, not only does Queen Bey sing about the different stages a woman goes through when she finds out that her significant other is cheating on her with songs like “Pray You Catch Me” and “Hold Up,” she also advocates for the empowerment of black women with “Formation.” She’s the top artist of 2016 because she taught her faithful followers that appearance does not reveal personality and showed that musical artists could talk about politics, all while strutting in her Givenchy dress.h
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Top beauty trend:
Lily Hauptman: What is a fact about you that not many people know about?
Face masks n a time when one’s contour must be on point and one’s eyebrows have to be on fleek, one beauty trend that reigned this year was face masks. Beauty gurus and laymen alike hopped on the Internet to show the world either their homemade face masks or their peeling off of the masks, the most popular being the charcoal masks. There were some good and bad times with these face masks; some people were successful, proudly displaying a sea of blackheads extracted from their pores, and some were not so fortunate, as in the case of a girl getting the mask stuck in her hair and being forced to cut it out. Face masks were the top beauty trend of 2016 because they provided people with a natural remedy to their facial imperfections.h
Jim Goldwasser: My high school job was [being] a vendor for the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago White Sox at Wrigley Field and Kaminski Park.
LH: Why do you enjoy teaching?
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“Finding Dory” he long-awaited sequel to “Finding Nemo” rocked hearts and the box office in 2016. The heart-wrenching sequel followed Dory, a blue tang fish, and her quest to find her parents. She looked in the most unusual places like the Marine Life Institute, and she met peculiar characters like Hank the chameleonic octopus who helped transport Dory around the institute. Throughout the entire movie, Dory stayed true to herself, forgetting constantly. The movie raked in $135 million in its first weekend alone and reached $422.5 million in its first month. This was the top movie of 2016 because not only was the movie familyfriendly, it also had the capability to teach great life lessons and allowed young adults to relive one of the most memorable Pixar movies of their childhoods.h
JG: I like teaching because every day is different, and every day I have to think. Every class, I have to think a little bit differently so that I can explain important concepts and skills to different students. My explanation isn’t always the same. It depends on who I’m explaining it to.
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Joe Biden fter President-elect Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 presidential election, Joe Biden memes, also called Jobama memes, flooded the Internet. The memes include photographs of President Barack Obama and Vice President Biden together, with descriptions of what the meme creators think they are talking about. Many of the memes show Obama and Biden saying trivial things during serious meetings and in the White House. One such meme features Biden shows holding Obama’s hand. These memes ruled 2016 because they allowed people to cherish the friendship, chemistry and bromance between Biden and Obama. Additionally, they allowed netizens to reminisce about the past eight years, before a new president takes office.h
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“My favorite part about school is seeing all of my friends. When I grow up, I either want to be an early childhood teacher or a singer. I like working with little kids. I’ve always had a passion for music since I was born.”
Don’t let the ball drop on your
Looking into the tradition that comes with the arrival of the
Tips for sticking to resolutions 1. Pick one specific goal. When the new year rolls around, you may want to change everything about your life. That’s great, but if you bite off more than you can chew, you could end up dropping everything. The most successful changes come when you can focus on one thing at a time.
2. Make it realistic. When creating your specific New Year’s resolution, make it something reasonable that you are able to attain. If you don’t, you may ditch your resolution at the first sight of failure.
3. Schedule it out. Adding or giving up a habit in life takes time and energy. Create a schedule with monthly goals that will keep you on track.
4. Hold yourself accountable. Tell your friends and family what your goal is, keep a journal tracking your progress or post on social media. If you keep your New Year’s resolution a secret, it is easier to make excuses or give up because nothing is holding you to it.
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... 2... 1... Happy New Year! As the clo strikes midnight Jan. 1 the country eru celebration. After the partying comes self-reflection and ultimately change. Members of Western cultures create goa themselves at the ringing of the new year th sist primarily of promises to lose weight, st habits, eat better or save money. This tradition can be traced back to over years ago when the ancient Babylonians wo ebrate the new year with a 12 day celebratio called Akitu. Unlike now, however, the Bab nians would celebrate the new year in Marc the harvest would take place. According to livescience.com, they wou this ritual as a way to make promises to the return for a good harvest and a good year. T lieved that if they did not keep their promis
5. Stay Positive. Remind yourself that you can do this.
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“I do not make New Year’s resolutions. I do not feel like I need them because I am happy with who I am as a person.”
- freshman Eli Dribben
“My New Year’s resolution is to read more books because I never have time to read books anymore but I love to. I think that it is good to set goals for yourself because it pushes you to meet them.” - sophomore Jordan Ganzer
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would be severely punished by the gods, which motivated them to keep them all year. Instead of making promises to the gods, modern day humans make promises to themselves in order to enact self change. It turns out this is not as effective, as only 45 percent of people maintain their resolutions for longer than six months, according to statisticbrain.com. Most issues that arise when people attempt to keep their resolutions originate from the resolutions they choose. When people choose resolutions that are too unrealistic and unattainable, they are more likely to fail. So, when people try to cut back on chocolate cake, hit the gym and turn out the lights earlier for a good night’s sleep, this new year they should note that they are taking part in a tradition that dates back 4,000 years before they were born. h
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- senior Kate Stieglitz
- junior Soloman Owolabi
“I don’t make New Year’s resolutions because I feel like you don’t need the new year to try something new, so if you want to change something about your life just do it whenever. Don’t wait for the new year.”
“My New Year’s resolution this year is to care about less things. It is a reflection of my past year and how I can better myself and be more comfortable with who I am.”
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work and patience to overcome their opponents. “All the guys on the team get along both on and off the court,” senior guard Tate Hotz said. “Everyone on our team always is looking to work the ball and find the open man.” That’s a luxury most high school teams cannot afford. Luckily, Ladue has a lineup that
In addition to shooting, Ladue had to play stout defense in every game of the tournament. This became the team’s top priority after getting behind against Whitfield and Parkway South. “Our defense is really what we drive off of,” Bush said. “We can’t get out to the fast break unless they miss. Everything comes from defense.”
Simple Stuff To Look Buff Shoulders and Upper Back: Bench Press
Quads and Hamstrings: Bosu Ball Squat
GM: Who is your favorite musical artist? JS: Probably Gucci Mane or Young Thug.
varsity boys’ basketball team celebrates its victory at the MICDS Holiday Invitational Tournament. (Photo courtesy of Tate Hotz)
How To: Start with arms wider than shoulder width but not too far apart. Lower the bar and tap to chest; then, push the bar back up. Make sure you have a spotter to help push yourself safely.
Biceps: Kettle Bell Row
How To: Start by balancing on a bosu ball. Raise a weight and squat while keeping back straight. Increase weight while maintaining good back posture. Stay there for five seconds; then, return back up.
Abs and Core: Criss Cross Crunch
GM: Who are your role models? JS: If I’m talking hockeywise, it’s [St. Louis Blues defender] Alex Pietrangelo.
Every player was instrumental in the team’s tournament championship. Key non-starters made big contributions, including senior forward Toiyon Drummer and freshman guard Jaylen Boyd. Anderson made use of that team-wide efficiency to propel the team to victory. “The strength of our team is how balanced we are,” Anderson said. “For example, in the semifinal game against Parkway South, our leading scorer... who is averaging 19 points per game, had only three points that game. We still scored 77 points without our leading scorer scoring.” With a tournament championship under its belt, the basketball team is looking to carry that success into February and March. It might be a challenge, though, with basketball powerhouses such as Chaminade and SLUH in their district. “This tournament told us a lot about who we are, what we can do and who we can beat,” junior forward Josh Horwitz said. “The goal is to beat the SLUH’s and the Chaminade’s and to compete for district titles and conference championships. The only way we can do that is to focus on the games coming up so we can get better every day. If we can stay focused, I think we can have a really successful season.” •
How To: Start with legs shoulder width apart and hands at your knees. While keeping your back straight, pull up on kettle bells until your hands are even with your side. Return back down and repeat.
GM: What will you miss most about Ladue hockey after you graduate? JS: I’ll miss all the kids on the team and all the fun. The hockey team is like a family, and next year there is going to be a missing part.
includes seven seniors who can shoot the lights out. “Our shooting ability is our strong point of the team,” senior forward River Rhoads said. “Also, since we have seven seniors on the team, our chemistry is amazing. It’s a great feeling to know that everyone will do what they can to get the win.”
ALL SMILES w Holding up the championship trophy, the
GM: What was your favorite Ladue High School hockey experience? JS: Besides the team having its best record ever this year, last year we made it to the state quarterfinals... The teams keep on getting better and better every year.
Glen Morgenstern: What got you interested in hockey at first? Jordan Stern: When I was two years old, I was watching a Blues game, and I got really into it. I asked to play, and my dad wanted to put me on skates, so it worked out.
On the next possession, junior guard Trent Stiebler cuts to the basket and lays it in after receiving a pass from the wing to make the score Ladue 58-55 Parkway Central. A floater from Parkway Central follows to trim the deficit to one, but it’s not enough. Ladue makes its free throws, and Central’s final possession is fruitless. As the final buzzer sounds, the scoreboard reveals the 64-60 result of a nailbiter game in the first round of the 2016 MICDS Holiday Invitational Tournament. The game set the tone for the rest of Ladue’s success. A tight second-round win against Whitfield and a narrow victory against Parkway South followed before the final against Francis Howell, where Ladue finally lifted the championship trophy, their first since 2013. “I thought we had a chance to win it all,” Coach Chad Anderson said. “There was no team that was completely dominant
coming into it, but there were a lot of good teams. We found a way to do it, so I was happy about that.” It didn’t always look like Ladue was on the path to victory. The games against both Parkway South and Francis Howell were tied after three quarters. The team had to rely on both team-
Each month, Panorama sits down with a senior athlete. This month’s featured player is hockey player Jordan Stern.
Boys’ basketball team wins 2016 MICDS Holiday Tournament
Senior Sit Down
panorama SPORTS Holiday hoops have Ladue hopeful
How To: Start by placing arms behind your head and elevating legs 3 inches off the ground. Touch elbow to opposite knee by crunching, and then alternate. Do not let your resting leg touch the ground. (Photos by Sam Shevitz)
panorama Taking a stranglehold on the season
Wrestling team takes the John Burroughs tournament, looks to the future and explains the details of its sport joel HSIEH
O STARE DOWN w Staring
down his opponent, senior Jacob Orsay prepares to pounce.
WRAPPED UP w Locked in fierce competition with his opponent, senior Evan Mack holds his opponent on the floor.
MAT WORK w Pinning his
opponent, freshman Will Minifie makes sure his victory is secure. (Photos by Carolina Alisio)
n the mat, the only tools available to each competitor are his skills and mental toughness. The tense opening moments before the start of a match are full of high school wrestlers sizing each other up: their size, their quickness and how much of a struggle they would be willing to endure so their school can secure the most points possible. The members of the Ladue wrestling team are no strangers to pressure. Led by senior captains Kyle Cody, Kendall Whited and Leor Goldfarb, the team qualified four wrestlers to the state competition in the 2015-2016 school year and took 12th out of 29 teams at the AllSuburban Wrestling Tournament Jan. 6-7. Senior Jacob Orsay led the charge, achieving first place at the tournament for the second year in a row. Whited and junior Aidan Morley contributed strong performances as well, finishing in fourth and fifth place at the
tournament, respectively. With a successful history, the team is looking to continue that success into further competitions. “We’ve had seasons where we’ve qualified up to nine kids [for state] and other seasons where we’ve qualified only one,” coach Kevin Clawson said. “We’re looking this year at around five or six. That would be a really good season for us.” Many people, especially young people, have seen nothing of wrestling but the pop-culture phenomenon of WWE. In addition to being more realistic, high school wrestling is much more personal and is a true test of who is the better competitor in all aspects of the sport. “It’s a pretty grueling sport,” Morley said. “You can’t be weak going into it. It’s more of a competition than working out.” Morley has been wrestling for more than eight years. He knows the struggles and rewards of rigorous wrestling training as well as any other. “The best part of wrestling is that you get out of it what you put in,” Morley said. “You can’t cheat yourself, and you have
nobody else to rely on to help you win.” Aside from the difficulty of making weight, wrestlers take frequent beatings, and the athletes must be able to withstand them to have a chance of success. It takes a great amount of self-dicipline just to earn a spot on the team. “I think the biggest thing is the mental toughness of it,” Clawson said. “You’re going to leave practice every day sore. If you don’t leave practice sore, you probably didn’t work out that hard.” The difficulty of beginning to wrestle is a sentiment commonly echoed among the current members of the team. However, the end result is also always the same regardless of the struggle– a love for the sport. “When I first started, I can guarantee you I wanted to quit the first week,” junior Eric Prager said. “It was really tough. Mentally, it was terrible, and physically it was even worse. You were just running all the time, wrestling all the time. But it does grow on you, and it does become a lot of fun.” •
The number of goals scored by junior Zach Levy in one hockey game. Levy scored all seven goals in the first two periods of the Jan. 2 game against the Priory Rebels, the secondplace team in the division. Ladue went on to win the game 10-3. This year, the Rams hockey team is 17-1 and has won its past 14 games in a row. “I have never scored seven goals in a game before. It felt good, but I was more happy about the team winning than scoring seven goals,” Levy said. “We have a really good team, and depending on how we are seeded in playoffs, we can make a very strong run at state.”
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John Burroughs School
Webster Groves Recreation Ice Rink
Varsity Boys’ Wrestling
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Ladue High School
Varsity Girls’ Basketball
Fox High School
Ladue High School
JV Boys’ Basketball
Ladue High School
Varsity Girls’ Basketball
Francis Howell North
Ladue High School
Varsity Boys’ Wrestling
McCluer South High School
Varsity Boys’ Basketball
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Surviving senioritis annie
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ecently, people have come up to me and said, “So, now that you’ve gotten into college, you basically don’t have to come to school!” It’s a quote I’ve been hearing ever since I received my University of Chicago acceptance letter Dec. 19. The euphoria I felt when reading that one perfect word, “Congratulations,” was not only validating, but relieving. With the goal of my entire academic career achieved, senior year stress seemed to melt away. Yet, just an hour after my tears of joy dried, I was back to studying for finals, reviewing supply and demand curves and history’s greatest psychologists. Then it dawned on me that this was the last true finals week I’d have to study for in high school. So many lasts of high school are already behind us: we picked out our construction-themed outfits for our last first day of school, we cheered at our last football game and we danced at our last Homecoming. But before I could get too emotional, I suddenly remembered: we still have a whole semester left! Getting accepted into college helped me truly understand that, whether we like it or not, our time in high school is coming to a swift end. Though this last semester is often dragged down by words like “senioritis” and “checking-out,” the reality is that the majority of us will continue practicing the same academic habits that we’ve developed throughout high school, good or bad, for now and years to come. That is, it’s hard to go from turning in assignments and studying for exams to completely blowing off school. Old habits die hard, and it’s not wise to end your semester with a slew of bad grades, especially because most colleges can rescind your admission because of poor second semester grades. With the time-consuming and stress-inducing college application process behind us, it’s only natural to occasionally wonder, “What’s the point?” However, it’s still important to not only maintain good grades, but have fun. While I don’t agree with the classic John Mellencamp song “Jack and Diane” that the “thrill of living” solely exists within the confines of our high school years, I do believe that these next few months will be some of the best of high school. Put all your petty arguments with your friends aside; you’ll miss them and barely see them next year. Take pictures, take videos, maybe write in a journal; future you will be thankful. Hang out with your siblings and parents more. Netflix can wait; go out with your friends instead. Sing in the car until you lose your voice, play with your sports team until your legs burn and laugh until you can’t breathe. Thank your teachers, especially the ones who wrote your letters of recommendation. Enjoy the familiarity of the Ladue community, and get excited for the uncertainty of your future community. And lastly, look forward to graduation– not just for the freedom that comes with completing high school, but the pride that you’ll feel when you receive your diploma. We all deserve this last semester, so let’s make the best of it.h
(This column represents the opinion of the writer)
Staff Editorial Fake Instagram accounts can cause problems
Scrolling through their Instagram feeds, many social media users will see posts carefully filtered and captioned in order to get the most likes and comments. While these accounts have hundreds of followers and many likes on each photograph, many teenagers behind these profiles turn to a different type of account to post more authentic, unedited pictures from their daily lives. Ironically, these accounts are called “finstas” or fake Instagrams, even though the photos posted usually portray a truer version of the person, through embarassing photos and inner thoughts, than the main profile does. A fake Instagram is a private account on which the user more closely monitors the follow requests to ensure that the people seeing the posts are his close friends. Because of the increased sense of privacy from the ability to moderate who follows the account, people feel comfortable sharing thoughts that they might not say in person or on their real accounts. Many times, people post on their finstas when they want to share something just with their close friends– whether it be a funny picture or a daily update– and many times they do it quickly, without the same tedious planning they would use for a post on their main accounts. Without this planning, users do not consider the potential consequences. This can give way to cyberbullying, as posting without thought can lead to hateful comments. These posts, although technically private, can easily be shared by followers who screenshot the posts. Therefore, people who aren’t even following the account can see the negative comments written about them. This type of cyberbullying is not exclusive to finstas and Instagram;
according to the Huffington Post, up to 15,000 tweets of a bullying nature are shared daily. Writing hurtful comments becomes even easier for social media users when finstas come into play because users believe their audience is limited to their followers, which is simply untrue. According to Daniel Patterson, a school administrator in California, “finstas that create mental, social or emotional trauma are subject to school-related discipline if and when they eventually... disrupt the school learning environment.” This happened at Clayton High School, mere miles from Ladue, when an anti-Semitic post was shared on a private account, according to a Dec. 14 KMOV article. The post necessitated school intervention and discipline because it opposed Clayton’s efforts to maintain an inclusive environment. With the rise of finstas, teenagers are becoming too comfortable on social media. The hateful comments and posts made by some users demonstrate how people forget that even if their followers won’t be hurt by the post, it still can be shared. However, finstas do not always have to be harmful. Teenagers enjoy sharing more personal posts with their friends in a medium they know they will not be judged. In fact, without the hateful comments they can be beneficial. According to psychologist Sandy Rea, instead of using social media for affirmation based on the amount of likes and followers, people can use finstas to show who they are without fear of judgement. While finstas have potential benefits if used to gain confidence, there is a fine line between being able to show authenticity on a finsta and plain cyberbullying. h
(Unsigned editorials reflect the majority opinion of the Editorial Board.)
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Should records be sent to colleges?
Universities must know applicants’ history grace KIM
or many students, college is a crucial phase through which they can reach adulthood. In order to create the best learning environment, colleges want only the best candidates– in terms of character and academics– to attend their schools. One of the greatest indicators of whether or not a student will be a positive influence in their college communities is his high school disciplinary record. Though some may argue that it is unfair, those records should be reported to colleges so that admissions committees can determine whether a student is a suitable applicant for their school. Colleges, especially private ones, have the right to choose whom they perceive to be the most appropriate students for their institution. Todd Rinehart, chairman of the admissions practices committee of the National Association for College Admission Counseling said, “When [admissions workers are] doing a holistic review, [they are] really shaping a community. [They] should have every bit of information that’s possible. If the student has done something severe and has a pattern of bad behavior, in my mind, the college or university has the right to know that and not offer admission.” A student with a record of behavioral issues or academic dishonesty could detract from other students’ learning experiences and reflect badly on the school’s name. Because many colleges use a holistic approach when reviewing applications, students are judged on multiple bases, and those with serious disciplinary issues seldom have stellar academic
records and are likely to have been rejected anyway, according to Rinehart. Critics of this policy argue that high school students lack the mental capacity to make mature decisions and thus should not be punished for them with college admissions. However, according to The Medical Institute for Sexual Health, incomplete cognitive development of the brain lasts well through the college years, not just through high school. In other words, students don’t just suddenly mature and correct past behaviors upon arriving at college. Therefore, it is unreasonable to expect that students with a high school disciplinary record will change quickly and drastically enough to become model candidates for college admissions. Though teenagers are by no means expected to fully mature at their age, they should at least be able to understand basic standards of academic and moral integrity. Furthermore, the majority of high school students already retain the necessary characteristics to succeed in college. According to a study conducted by the IZA Institute of Labor Economics, a private German research organization, there is no evidence that universities shape personality traits such as work ethic and intellect, which are commonly associated with success. In other words, if students lacks honesty or determination, they are likely to continue being dishonest or troublesome in their future endeavors as well. Such behavior may degrade the integrity of the college community and encourage others to follow. To withhold important information that may reflect a large amount about a student’s character is not only unfair to the colleges, but also to other competing applicants and future peers. h
Disciplinary records should stay in high school ethan SHUCHART
n an attempt to get a full picture of every applicant, college admissions officials often request a disciplinary report from the applicant’s high school. While not always mandatory, most students and counselors oblige, not wishing to appear fraudulent on their applications. However, students and high schools should not be required, or even encouraged, to release disciplinary history records to college admissions officials, else they undermine the very nature of negative consequence punishment systems. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines discipline as “training that corrects, molds or perfects the mental faculties or moral character.” This correction in public high schools is conducted primarily through negative reinforcement. If someone cheats on a test or verbally abuses another student, the perpetrator may be academically penalized, placed on athletic or activity probation or given a suspension as a result of their behavior. This negative consequence will, in theory, condition the student not to commit the same offense, as he has already experienced the negative repercussions of his actions. This conditioning is designed to correct for behaviors not conducive to one’s own education and the education of those around him. These negative consequences and the initial incidents necessitating them are what interest the college admissions officials. However, this negates the very idea of discipline as a corrector of improper behavior. If the
actions taken in fixing the student’s behavior are successful, then that student should no longer be engaging in the prior negative moral conduct. Why, then, should a college need to hear about a past behavior that has already been resolved? The current system of requiring disciplinary reports does not show how a student may mature or grow over an incredibly dynamic stage of life. If John Doe cheats on a test as a freshman, Ladue policy stipulates that he receive a zero on the assignment and also potentially face further actions, including an out of school suspension, depending on the extent of the cheating. From a college application standpoint, the zero on the assignment already hurts Doe, as the assignment might have an impact on his grade in the class and his overall GPA. The threat of the grade and potential suspension should curb the negative behavior of cheating on the test. Theoretically, by the time he is a senior, Doe has learned better, and that should be sufficient. Therefore, whichever colleges want to consider Doe for admission shouldn’t need to worry about the time he cheated, as the discipline itself should have curbed that tendency. Obviously, there must be some exception to the theoretical perfection of discipline. In cases of repeated, violent offenses, colleges should be able to review the school’s handling of the student’s repeated aggression. This is in the best interest of the college. However, in other cases, a student suffers discipline in order to correct for past mistakes. If discipline ultimately improves a student's character and morality, colleges shouldn’t feel the need to highlight a past mistake. Instead, admissions officers should focus on a student's potential and all he can offer to the campus over his four years there. h
Polls of the People Do you currently have a job outside of school? Read more about the student jobs on pg. 16.
Which social media do you use the most? Read more about social media on pg. 14. 50
Snapchat Facebook Twitter Instagram Other
Which of the following is your favorite meme from 2016? Read more about memes on pg. 7.
of students said Joe Biden
of students said Harambe
of students said Dark Kermit
of students said Arthur’s fist
(First survey based on 338 people sampled. Second and third surveys based on 310 people sampled)
Everybody's workin' on the weekend Students share their weekend, after school and summer jobs
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adue students are some of the busiest high school students in St. Louis. We strive for good grades, we play JV, varsity and club sports, we participate in honor societies and extracurricular activities such as Hunger Outreach Project, Dance Marathon, Mu Alpha Theta and DECA. However, about one-third of students somehow find time in their crowded schedules to hold a job. Employed students learn time management skills in addition to independence, money and responsibility. This is just a sample of the wide variety of jobs that Ladue students have. h
Waterway Carwash Senior Brian Carter Michael Burke: What do you do on a typical day of work? Brian Carter: The cars come out and I dry them off. I do anything from vacuuming to washing windows and tires, and for an hour every day I prep cars. MB: Do you enjoy working at Waterway? BC: I love it. It’s a great job to have. You get to wash your car for free, and you also get good tips. MB: What’s one thing you don’t like about your job? BC: The weather. Baskin-Robbins Senior Kate Milburn MB: What are your duties at your job? Kate Milburn: I scoop ice cream and put toppings on it. I also make milkshakes, help customers and take cake orders. I sometimes have to clean the store and close it. MB: What’s your favorite part about working at Baskin-Robbins? KM: Getting to eat all the ice cream I want. Ladue Pharmacy Senior Journey Smith MB: What are some things you do at work? Journey Smith: We do a lot of things, actually. I check out people, I help restock the shelves and coolers and I also gift wrap things and help clean the counters. MB: What’s the best thing about your job? JS: It’s close to my house, and I like the discount on food.
Gourmet to Go Seniors Beth Ayanaw, Adina Barg and Lulu Flotron MB: What are your duties at your job and what is your favorite part? Beth Ayanaw: I serve food to customers at the counter, package catering orders, sweep, mop and wash dishes. I love helping customers and working with my “GTG family.” Camp Taum Sauk Sophomore Luke Minkler MB: What’s something you do at your job? Luke Minkler: I wake up before the rest of the camp and set over 100 plate sets for every camper in the mornings, among other things. MB: What’s your favorite part of your job? LM: The kitchen staff is a huge family. You get first servings and all the really good food. Ladue Horton Watkins High School Pro Tech Sophomore Abigail Yearout MB: What do you have to do for your Pro Tech job? Abigail Yearout: We help out when people rent the PAC space. We can run any technical aspect such as lights, sound, curtains and other things. I’ve worked concerts, college meetings, movie premieres and more. Pei Wei Asian Diner Senior Margaret Moran MB: What do you do as front of house staff? Margaret Moran: My job entails working at the cashier station, boxing to-go orders, serving people at their tables and bussing their dishes after they finish eating. MB: What do you like best about working at Pei Wei? MM: Probably my co-workers and meeting new people. I meet so many interesting people. The best times are when I can help customers.