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In this issue... 5. 4. holiday gift
â€˜tis the season to tune in
reviews of classic holiday movies, tv shows and music
to buy for everyone on guide what your list!
is this the end?
will December 21st, 2012 prove the Mayan calendar correct?
and the winner is... your complete guide to the 2012 Lahscars
whatâ€™s the deal with the
see how your favorite fast food restaurants stack up!
fast food fight
see what 2013 has in store!
knights give back how you and your friends are changing the world this holiday season.
Knight Life Staff. Editors in Chief
Erin Antonishen Courtney Eathorne Michael Gawlik
Jazmynn Croskey Reilly Manz Matthew Webster
Mrs. Terri Thav
Junior Editors Austin Burchill Julia Lee
Ryan Moonka Annie Reed Jacqueline Shandler
Daniel Bordener Caroline Cooke Regina DiMaggio Brendan Eathorne Chris Garcia Colby Gilette Ross Hall Martez Jones Jordan Ricarte Madeline Rohr Chase Smith Emily Steig Sarah Thomas
Twenty balloons tied to a Newtown, Connecticut mailbox in memory of the schoolchildren slain on December 14th, 2012.
Our hearts are forever with the angels of Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Following the tragedy in Newton, Connecticut, Knights are reminded that there is nothing more important than love for each other and love for ourselves.
Editor in Chief
The original intent of this holiday edition of Knight Life was one of light cheer. Its entirety was to be received with minimal bearing. However, terribly unfortunately, I pen with a heavier purpose. The heart of America was violently broken Friday morning when tragedy visited Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. There are no words to place upon what happened that morning, and this must not be seen as an attempt to do so. But inhumanity of this caliber cannot be ignored. When word of the horror in Connecticut reached my corner of the world on Friday afternoon I was physically compromised. I got sick to stomach. My entire body shook with cries of an emotion I could not identify. Why was this happening? What had come over me? Here I stood, a thousand miles from Newtown, completely taken down by the propensity of its tragedy. I was taken aback by how strongly I felt the pain of strangers, even though I had heard this sort of news before. I was in first grade when terror attacked America in September of 2001. I remember my teacher, my hero, carrying out a normal day of reading, writing and first grade fun, and little else of the tragedy. First grade has no space for tragedy; yet here we are, a decade later, and all bets of allowed evil are off. What happened Friday is not solely Newtown’s tragedy. That senseless morning belongs to all of America, and most importantly to 21st century youth. This was a perpetrator of our generation acting unto others of our own. Although we more easily identify with the young victims of this tragedy, we are closer in age to its villian. What terrifies me the most is the small amount of time lapsed between this killer’s own first grade days and his path of destruction. Was he not born an angel just like each of the ones he took from us? Why did his blood turn so cold? And how can we prevent this from happening again? Although our generation has seen a great deal of tragedy in our very few years, with 9/11 and more recent tragedies in Tuscon, Arizona and Aurora, Colorado, school violence is different; it can never be considered a wrong-place-at-the-wrong-time situation. Attending school each day is not a highly questioned action. We cannot grow numb to violence simply because we believe we were raised by it. In doing so, we are hurting each other and we’re hurting ourselves. This issue of Knight Life is meant to encompass what being in high school in 2012 should be about: you. We want to celebrate how important and special you are. These senseless acts of our generation do not define us and with your help, they will be erased from our generation’s legacy. The best way to do so is to focus on all the wonderful things you are. Our paper hopes to give you a voice and recognize your achievements. We hope to provide an escape, if only temporary, from the sometimes very cruel world in which we live. We hope to shed light on your fears and show you the only thing you have to fear is fear itself. Most importantly, we remind you that you are not alone. Even if you don’t believe it, we, as a school community, desperately need you. We need your smile. We need your opinion. We need the unique talents and interests that you bring to our Lahser family. Family. That’s what we truly are as Knights. Through thick and thin we will always share a common home. And if you look close enough, you will always, always, always find someone who is on your side. This holiday season you are loved. You are an important part of the Lahser High School community and we are glad to call you one of our own. Forgive others, forgive yourself. We are only human; we are still just kids. Take nothing for granted; and remember that the time you are given on earth is not a right, but it is the most precious gift you will ever receive.
This edition of Knight Life is dedicated to the teachers of Bloomfield Hills and the rest of the nation. For our childhoods, we thank you.
Photo: The Chicago Tribune
You are loved.
The Art of Gift Giving The Far-Off Friend For a long distance friendship, send a dozen Georgetown cupcakes to show your love!
The Significant Other Buy your favorite guy or gal the gift of memories that will last a lifetime! Buy them tickets to a concert or musical, and treat yourself to special date!
Pamper your pup! Don’t forget about your furry friend this holiday season! Treat them to a couple Pawpsicles!
Malls are packed full of holiday shoppers, stores put out elaborate displays showcasing this year’s best-selling products; it’s the most wonderful time of the year. For most, the holiday season serves as a joyous time during the year’s end; but for some, the stress of finding the “perfect” gift for friends and loved ones is a serious cause for concern. What exactly makes the act of giving somebody a present so stressful? Is it the fear of the gift being rejected? Or is it the competition for the most favorite gift amongst fellow gift givers? It seems that the only sure fire way to be satisfied with your gift giving crusade is to find a gift that means as much to the gifter as it would to the “giftee”, if you will. But so many factors go into the thought behind a gift. If it’s for your mother, keep in mind that this middle-aged woman might not particularly enjoy a new string bikini. And for your father, despite his greatest efforts to be good at your latest video game, he may not consider the latest Super Mario game a novel gift. Just because an item looks good on display, what happens after the gift-wrap is taken off is far more important than how expensive the latest technology was at Target. Usage is key. A gift may shock and awe for the meantime, but what the giftee does with it after Christmas day might deserve more consideration than most of us give credit. And for all of you holiday stressor’s, relax. I’ve got you covered. Here’s simple guide to gift giving for the 2012 holiday season!
The Hardmorking Mama Take back any of the stress you may have put on your mother this year with a scalp massager, aromatherapy candles or her favorite scented bath products
Replacement Sibling Leaving a little brother or sister at home when go away to college? Gift them a replacement sibling! Goldfish are fun and affordable, and now at Crate & Barrel, you can buy stackable fish hotel suites for only $25!
The Indecisive Chick Have a girl in your life whose heart belongs to someone new every week? Buy her this chalkboard necklace to keep her jewelry current! The Proud Grandparent Seniors: have you decided on plans for next year? Give your beloved grandparent spiritwear from the university of your choice!
by Reilly Manz
Give Dad a lunar landing! For only about $30, you can lay claim tou your own piece of property on our very own moon!
“All I Want For Christmas Is You”
“The Most Wonderful Time of the Year”
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
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Nat King Cole “The Christmas Song”
By Austin Burchill
1.“White Christmas” Bing Crosby
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
It’s A Wonderful Life
Knight Life counts down our favorite holiday movies and music!
Lahscars 2012 AND the
Best Knight Best Baron Attached at the Hip Faux Senior Most Likely to Go Pro Most Likely to Make a Million Most Likely to Get Married Most Likely to be in Vogue Biggest Mooch Most Likely to be on SNL Most Likely to Star in Axe Commercial Best Flow Most likely to be Late for Class Most Likely to Win a Grammy Most Likely to Pull the Science Shower
Derek Segers Lorenzo Lorenzetti Eddie Okuniewski Reilly Manz Michael Reitmeyer Sam Murray Luke Ross Clark Robinson
Jordan Segasser Megan Budden Courtney E. Katelyn A. Lucy Ramonat Monica Milberg Maddie Padilla Amika Nandi
Griffin DiMaggio Marc Mcmanus Ryan/Andrew/Reilly Charlie Dauch Yante Maten Rohan Sinha
Jubille Jackson Sydney Rich Maddie/Katleen Kali Smith Suzanne Miller Margaret Zach Tornow & Claire Oilla Metzger
hi·jab [hih-jahb, -jab] Junior Heba Al-saghir explains the meaning behind the Islamic veil.
History of the islamic veil The Niqab covers the entire body, head & face, but leaves an opening for the eyes. Most common in the Gulf States.
The Burqa is a full body veil. Mesh is placed over the eyes to allow vision. Its use was mandated by law in Afghanistan under the Taliban from 1996-2001.
The Chador is a full body length shawl that is pinned/held at the neck. Often black and worn most commonly in Iran.
The Hijab covers the hair and neck. It is the most common of Islamic veils.
For centuries, Islamic women have been fighting battles of discrimation against their individual choices in free expression. The hijab, considered by some as a symbol of oppression for the social chastisement it attracts, is meant to serve as a symbol of modesty and respect for oneself. Junior Heba A-saghir explains the beauty of the Islamic veil that is often outshadowed by society’s ignorance, “Wearing the hijab shows modesty. It allows people to appreciate you for your personality instead of solely for your appearance.” What some may not understand is the fact that wearing the The hijab rephijab is, in fact, resents who you a choice. The are as a person Islamic interpreapart from your tation of the hiappearance. jab is in no way perceived to be a guide line for the dress code of women. It is simply a symbol of beauty in its purest form. Though Al-saghir has never felt the weight of discrimination brought to light by the hijab, she acknowledged that family and friends have been personally impacted by it. “I’m lucky because, in this community, we are very diverse,” Al-saghir says. “In some communities, they look at it as a means of discrimination and a way to single certain people out. I, however, have found my community very accepting.” Similar to the varying views on hijabs, many do not realize the various fashion statements these scarves showcase. The hijab leaves room for individuality and self-expression through variation in style, pattern and color. “I use mine as an accesory. It helps me to make a personal expression,” Al-saghir continues. “My hijab makes me me.” Though its true meaning is unfamiliar to those who don’t practice the religion, many Islamic women view it as far more than a right of passage. (Pictured to the right, AlSaghir demonstrating the bow style hijab).
Erin Antonishen Editor in Chief
New Yearâ€™s Eve traditions world wide
In the States, New Yearâ€™s Eve is a time to ring in the new year with celebration and confetti. As the ball drops and the clock strikes twelve Americans make a toast, reminscing over the memories that the past 365 days have encompassed. Whiles Americans are busy concocting hopeful resolutions for the new coming year, what is the rest of the world up to?
Cubans fill giant vases with water and slosh them out of there windows to wash away the departing year.
In Chile, taking a stroll around the block with your suitcase is said to bring lots of travel in the up and coming year.
In England, people decorate their homes with mistletoe twigs to symbolize the revival of life that comes after the Winter Solstice.
In Spain, you eat 12 grapes, one for each strike of the clock at midnight.
In Brazil people wear different colored underwear to symbolize hopes for the new year. Red bring love, yellow- money, and fresh white underwear- peace.
On New Year’s Eve, Italians throw old belongings out of their windows to dispose of the problems and troubles of the past year and make room for the joys of the new year.
Chinese New Year starts on the first day of the full moon and ends 15 days later. These 15 days are full of parades and decadent cultural eats.
The Victoria and Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town host a massive party every New Year’s Eve.
In Sweden, people are known to break dishes over the door steps of their closets friends to bring “luck”.
In the Philippines, people wear polka dots and eat round foods to symbolize coins and bring prosperity in the coming year.
Traditional New Zealanders celebrate Matariki, the Maori New Year. This is a celebration of the coming season’s crops that are determined by the Matariki.
Erin Antonishen Editor in Chief
Knight Life exposes a popular new fad among high-seeking teens with a yule-
tide twist! Chase Smith
Kids today are always looking for a new mode to fulfill their daily requirements for stimulation. Whether its spray painting graffiti or exStaff Writer perimenting with illegal substances, 1.Wayne County Lightfest: Features a four-mile route of more than kids will go to ridiculous lengths to one million and more than 45 animated displays. It is the longest and largest light get the feeling that they are alive. display in the Midwest. It is $5 per vehicle and is open now through December 31 Most teenagers horizon for the future only lies a day ahead so they (Not Christmas day). in the moment oblivious to the 2.Holiday Walk at Meadow Brook Hall: Go back in time and dwell potential consequences that could enter stories of some of the most fashionable parties in history. Sit back and relax stumble their way. with the roaring fires, twinkling trees, and live organ playing holiday tunes. “Puttin’ During the holiday season parents on the Glitz” is open daily, now through December 22. are occupied with gift gathering, 3.The Big Bright Light Show in Downtown Rochester: family plans and decorations while Every night from 6-12pm the buildings of downtown Rochester are lit up by over 1.5 the kids are trapped inside by the million lights. frigid weather that lingers outside 4.Holiday Nights at Greenfield Village: On selected nights in their windows. Distracted parents December, the village features carolers and other entertainers, period-clothed cos- and bored kids never leads to good tumed presenters, ice-skating, Santa and live reindeer, and carriage and Model T things which is probably how the trend of obtaining a “nutmeg” high rides. came about. 5.Campus Martius Park: In the center of the park stands the official No, you didn’t misread it. A perDetroit Christmas Tree, standing 55 feet tall and lit up by over 18,000 lights. The ice son can really get high from eating rink next to it is open daily and gives off a wonderful holiday feeling. Every Friday an excessive amount of nutmeg! and Saturday throughout December horse and carriage rides are offered to take a ride Nutmeg is a grounded up nut most around the town. associated with eggnog. Due to Metro Detroit’s greatest attractions for holiday cheer, such as the City of Birmingham Tree Lighting, shown above. Maddie Rohr
its unpleasant flavor, it’s usually only found in homes around the holiday season. This nut contains psychedelic chemicals similar to those found in ecstasy and LSD and is totally legal. Multiple grams of nutmeg are needed in order to feel an effect. A user won’t experience any effects of the nutmeg until nearly 6 long hours after they ingest it which potentially makes it very inconvenient . If enough nutmeg is taken hallucinations, delirium, and change of perspective can rattle a users brain leaving them confused and feeling psychologically different. Smaller doses create a euphoric feeling similar to alcohol and marijuana. So why isn’t this taken as seriously as other grade 1 drugs? Shouldn’t we be cracking down on major nutmeg dealers? Well the effects of nutmeg are so harsh and miserable that very few people ever try it more than once. Just the taste alone of nutmeg can make one feel sick and
once it gets into your system many people experience unpleasant digestive problems. Nutmeg also causes the user to have an extremely dry mouth. If you think it’s still worth one days misery to experience the nutmeg high, you’re wrong. You would also experience feeling light headed and lacking focus for up to a week after ingesting it. Just as one infers that is a bad idea to snort glue fumes, nutmeg should also be seen as a terrible idea. Parents should not be overly paranoid about having nutmeg in their house as long as they are confident that they distilled a minimal amount of common sense into their children. As to kids, there are many other legal ways of getting a rush during the winter time. Snow covered mountains provide an excellent playground for snowboarders and skiers. But be sure to wear a helmet or you could mess up your head as much as you would from eating nutmeg!
You can’t stop the beats
Sophomore Ashwin Ganesan credits award-winning graphic design inspiration to the music in his ears Brendan Eathorne Soph. Ashwin Ganesan and his beloved Beats
He strolls into class silently, keeping to himself as he sets his backpack on the floor. A pair of Beats by Dr. Dre headphones straddle his head, with a steady bass thump flowing out. Though many people see him cruise the halls in his bulky Beats, few really know what’s beneath them. “I listen to a lot of old-school rap,” says Soph. Ashwin Ganesan. “Guys like NWA and Public Enemy. I like stuff like that.” But travel a bit deeper into the mind of Ganesan, and you will find something incredible: a creative talent for graphic design. The sophomore was one of sixteen award winners in the 2013 North American Auto Show Poster Contest. Lahser’s own Ganesan, as well as sophomore Micha Paulateer won cash prizes for their designs. “It started as just an assignment for my graphic design class,” Ganesan explains. “But I got the idea to incorporate the flags of North American countries and I ran with it.” His poster, featuring the stars and stripes, maple leaf, and golden eagle in the Auto Show logo, won Ganesan the Best Theme Award, along with $250. “The money is pretty cool, not to mention that I will be able to put this on a college application. I was really just surprised to win at all.” Look for Ganesan’s and others’ designs featured at the 2013 North American International Auto Show, January 14-27 at the Cobo Center in downtown Detroit. When asked what he may do with the contest money, Ganesan flashed a grin and replied. “I don’t know, maybe spend it on some more Beats.”
12/21/12 Pictured above, a mural from the Denver, CO airport. Courtney Eathorne Editor in Chief
December 19th, 2012. While a planet prone to colorful imagination bends its knees and braces for the landing of the end, is it possible that Blue Ivy Carter, heir to the Beyoncé and Jay-Z throne, is preparing for her world takeover? Blue Ivy spelled backwards, Eulb Yvi, claims the rumored translation of Lucifer’s Daughter. As the highly anticipated end of the world according to the Mayan calendar draws near, this “devil child” could become the new leader of the New World Order, or the Illuminati, a group of world leaders, entertainers and influential folk that will inherit the Earth come this very Friday. Beyoncé, Jay-Z, the Queen of England, the Pope, John Gosselin: these are only a few members of the Illuminati that have plans to reduce the world population from 7 billion to approximately 2 billion in just two days. The New World Order has been an established part of society for generations dating back to the Free Masons of the American Revolution, and now their time has come. The day after tomorrow The New World Order will begin a mass genocide at the airport in the city of Denver, Colorado. Don’t believe me? Take a look at the distinctly swastika-shaped runways or the serrated-edge roof, literally
stabbing the peaceful Colorado skies. Inside the airport things get even heebie-jeebi-er. Murals featuring white-supremacist efforts line the walls. One particularly frightening display shows a giant storm-trooper slaying a white dove, a universal sign of peace. Another mural centers on an Aryan boy collecting the weapons of the rest of the world’s children. By far the most off-setting component of the Denver Airport is the underground system of concrete tunnels. There is no practical use for the tunnels and yet they still exist. These tunnels feature a system of overhead sprinklers that have never been filled with water and more importantly, have no irrigation needs. It is believed that these tunnels will become the site of the mass population control of the New World Order. Many big-name members of the Illuminati, such as the Queen of England, have recently purchased property close to the Denver site. Has the mysterious end of the world according to the Mayans been hiding in plain sight? *The preceding information is only one opinion of conspiracy and its theorist would prefer not to be told “I told you so,” come December 22nd, 2012.
THEORIES BEHIND THE END OF THE WORLD ° As the Winter Solstice occurs, our planet will collide with Planet X. ° There will be a dramtic shift in Earth’s magnetic poles. ° A supernova will occur that will wipe Earth out of the Milkway Galaxy. ° A massive seismic event will shake civilization to the ground.
By Michael Gawlik Editor in Chief McDonald’s, Burger King, and Wendy’s are things of the past. The classic American burger joint has been supplanted by a new breed of fast food- one which favors ceramic plates over greasy paper bags, attention to detail over speed of delivery, and quality over price. Though hardly newPanera, Chipotle, and Noodles & Company were all founded in the 80s and early 90s- these so called “fast casual restaurants” have recently surged forward in their appeal and size. Each specializes in a type of cuisine and offers food of a higher caliber than traditional fast food counterparts. Though pricier than an Arby’s or Taco Bell, these establishments offer fresh ingredients made to order; many of them also only buy organic crops and holistically raised animals. The food is varied and is very good. Take Noodles for instance; though
it focuses primarily on a single type of dish (funny enough, noodles) it finds great diversity in covering the palates of three continents. A staple base is the only thing that holds together an otherwise mixed menu, allowing the restaurant to retain a theme while offering options for a wide crowd. Because of the elevated price of meals at these restaurants as compared to Mickey D’s, this wide crowd is often of the more yuppie contingent. It’s not uncommon to see businesspeople stopping in for lunch or to hear their Birmingham children claim they’ve never tasted anything better than a bean burrito. These eateries are not, however, opulent or overpriced. They provide a tasty and affordable meal which requires the customer to sacrifice a few dollars for superior food. Their meteoric rise to prominence is well deserved and each of Knight Life’s reviewed chains is well worth a visit.
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The New Fast Food
“Food with Integrity”; organ-
ic and locally grown. Gives fair wages to
farmers. Made to order; customers can
Noodles & Co.
Mediterranean, ask for a dish sans topping, Asian, and spicier and can American add meat or tofu. Diverse choices; menu includes
food from China, Korea, Japan, Thailand and
daily; breads and pastries are made every morning and coffee is refeshed often.
$$ $$ $$ $$$
Sleek and shiny; unique combination of Mexican and metallic decor.
14 Mile & Woodward, Royal Oak 6 miles from Lahser
Penne Rosa w/ Chicken
Playful and worldly; pictures of various continents adorn brightly painted walls.
Crooks & Big Beaver, Troy 8 miles from Lahser
South of 13 Mile & Woodward, Royal Oak 8 miles from Pei Wei Spicy Lahser Chicken Sophisticated North of and quaint; Square Lake open environ& Telegraph, ment thick Bloomfield with profesSmokehouse sionals and 2.5 miles from Turkey Panini young families. Lahser Chinese modern; pots and pans hang above preparation counter amidst dim, tranquil lighting.
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An International Experience at Home
Students go to Detroit’s Dakota Inn to experience German food and culture. By Cole Gillette Staff Writer
Due to being half a world apart, it seems impossible that students in Bloomfield Hills could experience Germany. But Lahser’s German class had the chance to do that. But rather than traveling 14 hours or more to experience Berlin or Munich, students journeyed 42 minutes south to the Dakota Inn Rathskeller in Detroit. The Dakota Inn is the prime restaurant for anyone who wants to experience the German lifestyle first hand through food and drink. An ownership spanning three generations has allowed the Inn to uphold its original mission of bringing authentic German culture to Metro-Detroiters. It’s the perfect place for a German class field trip. “The main purposes for going are to taste authentic German food and see the interesting architecture and décor of the restaurant,” says Lahser German teacher Herr Trottier. “Besides learning about the food directly (rather than just through talks in the classroom) and seeing the
architecture, I want students to learn that the German language and culture exist outside of school.” The trip is one that Trottier’s students have treasured for quite a while. “This is a field trip I have taken every year for the past eight or nine years,” he says. “It was great,” comments Sr. Roman Trotskyy. “The food was delicious.” He also hopes that future years will provide other opportunities to experience Detroit’s ample German tradition. “Next year I hope to include a side trip to the Highland Park Ford plant, which is about three minutes away from the restaurant,” says Trottier. “The plant is where the assembly line was first used for automobiles. It was also designed by Albert Kahn, a German architect who designed many famous buildings in the area.” The chance to experience German culture certainly extends outside of Europe. Lahser students are lucky to be provided with opportunities to see another society without leaving their backyards.
A group of German students enjoy a tradiontal meal at the Dakota Inn.
Clouds, or massive computer storage systems, are respectable but fearsome entities which should be approached with caution. By Jazmynn Croskey Arts Editor You are sitting at your computer on Amazon, ready to purchase those Beats headphones you lusted over for months. You wait for the perfect time to buy them. You type in your first name, last name, address, and all the other information needed to bring your long awaited gift to your doorstep. Yet, it’s the last step that many people don’t consider. How do you pay for those headphones? Cash is irrelevant; credit card is the best option. You whip out the card and start typing in the magical numbers. You happily click submit order and ponder when you can begin enjoying your gift, when you really should be wondering where all of your submitted information just went. The answer is a cloud, a collection of vast computers spanning the size of over three Lahsers. They contain cooling systems that are about the size of four field houses and can make a room feel like an Artic winter. While it is a relatively secure place to store information, it is not impossible for a skilled hacker to break into
a portion of a cloud, stealing any valuable information stored within it such as credit card information from online purchases. And not only your credit card is in danger; anything from Social Security Numbers to Facebook
careful with anything you do online. There are easy ways to spot if you are being scammed into a trap you can’t escape. Make sure that you are using your own personal computer, because it eliminates username and password theft when
er to surf the Internet, one can obtain any personal information including web history is not saved anywhere in the system. It’s safe to say that term think before you click can save you from not only fraud, but also a lot money reserved
and Twitter login information stored in the cloud can be accessed. It’s the simplest things we do on the Internet that we don’t realize could potentially be our detriment. With the chaos of the holiday season, consumers are trying left and right to expedite the gift giving process, whether or not they are wary of they are truly doing. This is the time to be exceedingly
sharing a computer with multiple people. A trusted Wi-Fi connection is also key because it is very easy to password snoop onto various networks. Plus, using someone else’s Wi-Fi without their approval, or leeching, is illegal in most states. While it isn’t against the law everywhere, do you truly know what is on the other side of the network you are using? Using a private brows-
for gifts instead of legal fees. At the end of the day, the Internet is a vast, unknown place in which we put too much faith. It’s always smart to keep in your head “Where is my information going?” and to keep the online shopping and Facebooking to a safe minimum.
Why Lahser Should Lend a Hockey Team Gives Back During Holiday Season Paw Chargers organize food drive for the less fortunate.
Sr. Lexi Kelter’s passion and love for animals fuses with holiday spirit to make a difference this winter.
By Julia Lee Junior Editor During the holidays, our pets are a part of the celebration as much as they are a part of the family. Sr. Lexi Kelter aims to provide for the pets without a family to care for them this holiday season. Lend a Paw, a project Kelter and her friends, Paige Sambor, Kelly Montgomery, Jordan Segassar, and Maddy Peters launched in order to provide food and pet supplies for the animal shelter, makes this seasonal celebration a little brighter for the animals. The project was started to aid her participation in the National Honor Society, but Kelt-
er always had a love for animals. “I’ve always had a big interest in animals,” she says. “I’ve also been volunteering at the animal shelter since eighth grade, so I know the people there pretty well, too.” Through this project, students at Lahser are asked to bring in new or gently used blankets, rags, towels, leashes, toys, and cat food or dog food. All donations will proceed to the Michigan Animal Rescue League. “The people at the shelter really appreciate what we’re doing for them,” Kelter continued, “and I know the animals there will really appreciate it too, because they need all the supplies they can get.”
Kelter is happy to be doing this for the animals as well as the community, and sees the importance of giving back to the community. Kelter said smiling, “For Christmas, I get my dog toys, and I want the animals at the shelter to enjoy just as good of a holiday as any other pet.”
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By Chris Garcia Staff Writer The Holidays are a time of giving that bring out best in everyone. People do all different types of services ranging from working in a soup kitchen to simply donating money to their church and everything else in between. The Bloomfield Hills Chargers is no exception to this holiday spirit. Giving back to the community is an important lesson this team has come to learn. Their goal this year is to collect canned food for those in need, particularly at Grace Centers of Hope in Pontiac. In past years, students have piled into to the rink for
A DYNAMIC FAMILY Sr. Jourdan Paige comes from an extensive and unique home life. By Jordan Ricarte Staff Writer The weather is nippy. Frank Sinatra, Mariah Carey and Michael Buble are on repeat while minds are tuned to holiday spirit. As the holidays near, it’s duty to show undying passion for each and every single person abut whom one cares. Jourdan Paige is someone who knows exactly that. With an adopted family of eight children, Christmas and Hanukkah are celebrated with equal enthusiasm amidst a rapid come and go atmosphere. Ten people bring constant traffic to the Paiges’ three-story home. “My house is always buzzing,” says Paige. “Someone always needs to go somewhere and it’s hard to
find a quiet place. It’s crazy, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything.” The fourth out of the 8 siblings, ranging between the ages of three and twenty-five, Paige is always humble when it comes to her family. While she admits that babysitting younger sibling almost everyday becomes exhausting, Paige acknowledges that in the long run, it’s rewarding to be part of such a large, diverse family. “We love any holiday that celebrates the spirit and appreciation of family,” she says. “Not much goes for granted when you’re part of a family this big. Each and every family member plays a certain role in the family, no matter what their age is.”
A self-driven student, Paige is built up and influenced by her siblings beyond holiday celebrations. She will be the first of eight to attend a university and is anticipating her future endeavors. In tandem, she is ecstatic that she is fulfilling her role as a role model for her younger and older siblings. But, she isn’t satisfied with herself yet. Not yet decided on what she wants to pursue in college, she plans
on enjoying the rest of her senior year while continuing to live in one of the most unique families imaginable. December is a special time of celebration with Jourdan and the Paiges. It draws upon the traditions and lessons of all its diverse members in order to create a beautiful and cohesive mosaic.
free give-away Chargers long sleeve t-shirts. This year, however, the team has a vision to collect as many cans as possible by incorporating the giveaway with the collection of cans. To promote the gesture of giving, the agreement is “Give a can, receive a t-shirt”. Students are encourage to bring any canned or boxed food to donate in return for a Bloomfield Chargers shirt. The hope is to spread the holiday spirit, and provide heart warming satisfaction of those who donate. Brain Keener, a Senior captain on the Chargers Hockey Team, states “It’s a great way to get publicity for the hock-
ey team while giving back to those in need around the holidays.” Indeed, the Bloomfield Chargers are doing their part to help the less fortunate and make the holiday season a little bit more satisfying for giving students.
New Yearâ€™s Day
Martin Luther King Jr. Day- No School
Second Semester Begins
Final Exams: 1st and 3rd Hour
BHHS Incoming Freshmen Orientation
Final Exams: 2nd and 4th Hour
Final Exams: 5th and 7th Hour
Winter Informal Dance
Return from Break
National Winnie the Pooh Day
National Popcorn Day
Final Exams: 6th Hour and Make-up