December/ January 2014 Issue
inside this edition... Noah Hall Harrison Guitar
Ashes girlsâ€™ Soccer
Movie Reviews Monsanto Khianti Terry
Forrest Cunningham LHS Alumni Fundraiser 5k on Jan. 11 p. 7-8
Lakeland High Schoolâ€™s monthly news magazine
a note from the editor
table of contents In this Edition Opinion & Entertainmetn
3 | Noah Hall
Step into the world of video games and learn to design one.
Writers Summer Nasr Savanna Collins Kristen Crespo Ryan Jenkins Abbey Laine Hunter Moa
4 | Reviews
See how good the book “Ashes” movies “Ride Along” and “Secret life of Walter Mitty” really are.
Community 5 | Marching Against Corruption
Photographers Abbey Laine
Madison Navarro Summer Nasr Leonard’s Photography Design Savanna Collins Hunter Moa Summer Nasr Graphics Jonathan Hulzebos Jorge De-Jesus-Angeles Summer Nasr Editor Summer Nasr Adviser Janell Marmon
My final days as editor and staffer for the Bagpipe along with being a Dreadnaught have now come and gone; I have graduated early which has its pros and cons. I now have time to relax, get a job and prepare for my college future. Yet saying goodbye to my friends and influential teachers half way through the year was emotional. I cried many tears and by the end of the day felt drained, yet happy. I am proud of myself for never giving up and graduating, yet know I will miss high school too. I will miss the random singing, dancing and off the wall conversations from the peers around me that gave me my daily laugh. I will miss the advice my teachers gave me and their constant support. I will definitely miss my journalism friends who have become more like my family; they have been here for support, encouragement and laughter. We have all spent long hours of work together, competitions, classes, and criticism, yet there is no group of people with whom I have become closer. Attending Lakeland High School and getting involved in MCA was the best decision I have ever made. The opportunities, the teachers and the friends it gave me have given me the best experiences I have ever had. If I could redo my life and graduated at a different time or stayed at my old school, I would not have done it because no other school could give me what Lakeland High School has. I look forward to my future and graduation day when my official goodbyes will be said. I put a lot of time and effort in my last weeks of school and hope that everyone reading this issue sees the passion I have formed here and hope to carry into my future career. I hope to see all my senior friends graduate on May 31 and see them in our future too. I have faith in all my classmates to live amazing lives, just like the faith they placed in me. Good luck to everyone in their future endeavors. It has been a joy and honor to write articles that hopefully informed you and touched you all in one way or another. -Summer Nasr
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Learn about the Bee VW bus that is fighting against Monsanto.
Feature 7 | Forrest Cunningham Lakeland High School techer raises money for Alumni burn victim.
Student Life/ Harrison 9 | MLK Winner
Lakeland Senior takes first in contest.
10 | Strums at Disney
HSA guitar plays at Disney.
Sports 11 | Girls Soccer and Dereck Boles Girls kick their way to the championship and Boles gets an offer from Boise.
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The Ashes Trilogy- Ashes
Noah Hall: Designing A Future
“I’m remaking it in a different style than the way it was going to be” -Noah Hall
n early 1997, a game by the name of Sonic X-treme, originally scheduled to release Christmas of 1996, was suddenly cancelled due to complications. If Sonic X-treme had gone on the market, it would have been the first Sonic game in the series to be fully 3-D. End of the story? Not quite.
The present year is 2014 and Harrison School of the Arts freshman, Noah Hall, has made it his goal to re-create the Sonic game that never made it to the Sega Saturn. “I was making a prequel to the first Sonic game but it turned out somebody else was already doing that. So somebody suggested remaking the cancelled game from 96,” Hall explained. “I’m remaking it in a different style than the way it was going to be.” From what Hall says, designing a video game is very time consuming. Even before doing any of the programming work and such, the idea itself takes a while to process. “Once you have enough ideas to start structuring a story and have all of your ideas, that’s when you can start programming the game,” Hall said. “And before you start making it, you have to come up with designs for characters, how you think certain things will play out, what characters you’ll meet and things like that.” Hall is ‘in progress.’ As of now, Hall has not yet finished writing ideas for his own original game, saying that it has yet to be named and that he has been “jotting down ideas” for the past few months. While that might seem tentative, there’s nothing uncertain about Hall’s future. Hall says that intends on going to Full Sail University in Orlando for college, taking advantage of that college’s industry-wide reputation for producing designers and technicians whose work is known world-wide.
The character above is Knuckles, from the Sonic series. There are up to 5 different playable characters in the game, Sonic X-treme.
We all know the nursery rhyme “Ashes to Ashes’ and most of us know the history behind this song, but in the book “Ashes” this song takes on new meaning. When readers fall down they’ll be the unlucky ones who don’t get back up or become crazed cannibals. This new trilogy written by Ilsa J. Bick is setting everyone off kilter and even if readers are not big fans of cannibalism, this book will keep them reading from the first page. The story starts off with a young 17 year old girl named Alexandra (Alex), who has been diagnosed with cancer. It seems not unusual that she should die because her parents had died as well when she was young. Due to the tennis ball shaped tumor on her brain she has lost both her sense of smell and taste as the book begins. While making her way to a lake located somewhere in the mountains, Alex encounters an old man and his granddaughter. The annoying eight year old, Ellie, seems to hate everything and everyone. Suddenly the birds start to go wild and Alex was hit with a numbing headache. Instantly, the world as she knew it went up in smoke.
Luckily Alex and Ellie survive the ordeal; Ellie’s grandfather does not and the nightmare begins. Alex is determined to keep Ellie safe and make sure that they make it to the rangers’ station about two or three days away. On the way they find kids not that much older than Alex herself eating an elderly woman and enjoying every bite. Whatever the cause of the catastrophe has killed people and made about every kid in the world crazy; but not every child is affected in a bad way. Alex calls the phenomena that has happened the Zap. While the Zap has made kids go crazy, Alex get her senses back and regains memories that she had long forgotten. Alex no longer smells a scent, but the truth. She can tell if someone is lying. It’s what that skill does that turns this book into a great read. This is an action packed thriller that has everything from romance to survival, a good read for those interested in a new trilogy with a twist.
By Kris Cress
Ride Along Ride Along is a new comedy movie that premiered on January 17, starring comedian Kevin Hart and actor Ice Cube. Kevin Hart plays loser Ben Barber who sets his goals on being a cop to impress his future brother-in-law James Payton played by Ice Cube. James is an accomplished cop who hates Ben so takes him on a ride along to scare him out of his ambitions and away from his sister. Things don’t go according to plan though when Ben’s abilities are better than originally thought to be. Ride Along is full of surprises and laughs. With a full movie theatre, there wasn’t a single straight face in sight throughout the entire movie. I personally have a distaste for most comedies and find them stupid, yet this movie pleasantly surprised me. I laughed till I cried in most scenes. I also found that most of the humor and story line was intelligent and even worthy of another watch. If you choose see this movie, you will be glad that you did.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Walter Mitty, played by Ben Stiller, isn’t really a go get’r; he’s a day dreamer by day and a dreamer by night. This is a lonely man whose only thing to show is that his job is not being shut down. Instead, Time Magazine is going online and Mitty, while thinking he is no longer important, finds himself in charge of developing the last cover for the last published magazine, which comes up missing. After encounters with a drunken man who takes him to a boat, being almost eaten by a shark and long-boarding into a volcano, Mitty still has not found the cover, so while in Greenland he decides to just go home. When he does that, he finds a clue that leads him to Mt. Everest where he finds the missing picture and the surprise adds an ironic twist to the film’s adaptation of the novel. Stiller, who is also the film’s director, made some changes to the original story in this adaptation. For instance, in the original story, Walter has a wife who treats him more like a boy rather than a man, but in the movie Walter is an E-Harmony member who doesn’t have a chance with a woman. That’s just one of the many changes that Stiller made to “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”. The box office expects $150 million to be made, but $200 million could still happen if Oscar nominations come out before this movie leaves theaters. Although the acting won’t receive any nominations, best picture or best screenplay might receive nominations for the adaptation of the original and the cinematic developments such as the day dreaming scenes, which may get people confused at first, may have a shot at winning an award. By Ryan Jenkins
By Summer Nasr
Sinn Mctavish - Marching against Corruption
Local musician and activist Sinn Mctavish shakes the ground with “Bee against Monsanto”, a slogan also painted across his yellow Volkswagen van, often seen in Downtown Lakeland. Now the owner of Chucks Organic Health Food store in Brandon, Sinn spent his early years living in many places as part of a military family. In 1984 he graduated from University of South Florida with a masters degree in geography. He now uses his knowledge to aid him in raising awareness of social and political issues, such as the Bee against Monsanto movement. “The thing about the bus is that everywhere I go, people are coming up and they take pictures; they take video, they talk, they see the Monsanto and the bees, then they start realizing what they didn’t know,” Mctavish said. Monsanto is an American international chemical and agricultural biotechnology corporation. Monsanto is infamous for its involvement in the farming industry, and as the leading producer of genetically modified seeds marketed under the “Roundup” brand. According to studies conducted by the Rowett Research Institute, the Roundup products’ origins are traced back to a chemical waste dump neighboring the Monsanto factory. Scientists found bacteria growing in the chemical waste which allowed the Roundup to survive. It has since been used as the main ingredient in Monsanto soy beans. Biochemist and Nutritionist, Arpad Pusztai led these studies throughout his 36 years at the Institute.
Data from the California Environmental Protection Agency shows that no human clinical trials have been tested on the brand, and Roundup has been the number one selling herbicide since 1980.
“We do Food Not Bombs every Tuesday, organize for the local March Against Monsanto, and whatever else we can get into... and we’re just a short walk from WMNF,” Partridge noted.
“Almost everything is controlled by them, from Aunt Jemima to the oatmeal, to sugar… just about everything. If it isn’t Monsanto it’s Con Agra and if it’s not Con Agra it’s some other multi- conglomerate that does GMO’s,” Mctavish said.
Through their endeavors, Partridge and Mctavish have simultaneously realized the significance of revealing their concerns to the media. The bus idea took a total of six hours to complete, and is on video at www. beeagainstmonsanto.com.
Sinn and his co-workers at Chuck’s Health Food Store aim to encourage an organic only diet, ranging from bulk grains to several types of meat. Chuck’s also features a salt room, cafe, deli, and a 30 seat movie theater where customers can watch documentaries such as Seeds of Change and Farmegeddon; never failing to incorporate information for consumers about the products surrounding them and their contents.
“You have to get to media. If the media doesn’t know this, then it’s a slow going,” Mctavish said.
“This is what the bus is saying. I don’t want to be a part of your system that exploits and hurts people all over the world. You’re still doing it; and I’m not going to be a part of it,” Mctavish said. Sinn and a friend of his, Kriz Partridge, have been holding rallies against Monsanto for years. The latest, held in Tampa on October 12th called “Mom’s against Monsanto”, resulted in approximately 300 mothers making an appearance for the cause. The rally was only one of many events where the pair hope to raise awareness.
Partridge and Mctavish have done everything from protesting Christopher Columbus on Thanksgiving to rainbow gatherings and save the rainforest rallys. Now their main focus is exposing the repercussions of a company they believe thrives through sales of a product that risks consumers, and has an impact on the lives of farmers and their agriculture. “You want to kill the monster? Don’t feed it. Don’t go to Walmart, don’t go to McDonalds, don’t shop for GMO’s,” Mctavish warns. “Once you stop, they die. It’s over. It’s very simple. We control it, it’s us. We make people stars, we make people famous, we make people politicians. All we have to do is just stop,” Mctavish said.
- Abbey Laine
Mctavish isn’t just an activiist; he spent several years growing his own farm crops in North Carolina for ten years before migrating back south. “Farmers are having trouble getting seeds because everywhere you buy the seeds, they belong to Monsanto. Their seeds are not organic, and most farmer don’t want that.”
Lakeland Gathers for Forrest Cunningham Photos By Madison Navarro
On January 11, at 8 a.m. a 5k was held as a fundraiser for Lakeland High School alumni Forrest Cunningham. Cunningham fell asleep at the wheel of his SUV on November 17, 2013, resulting in a crash that burned 40 percent of his body. He was saved by two friends who pulled him out of the burning vehicle. Justin Troller, a teacher at LHS, heard about the news about Forrest and was “devastated”; he immediately drove to Gainesville where Cunningham was being treated for his injuries at Shands Hospital. Cunningham was still in a semi-coma state and Troller knew he had to do something to help Cunningham and his family. Troller’s brother Jason helped him organize a walk, skate, bike or run 5k to help raise money for the medical bills. “We said we have to do something. He is just that type of kid that you have to do something for and his family is awesome. We thought about something that could incorporate different demographics because he was avid in football and skating so we thought ‘how about we go ahead and do a 5k, but instead of a race let’s do a skate, bike, walk or run, so all different age groups and different interests (can) support Forrest” Troller said. The 5k took 5 weeks to plan and ended up being a bigger success than expected. More than 500 people showed up to participate. The efforts to raise money included the registration fee, T-shirt sales, raffles, a 50/50, selling peanuts, taking donations and PDQ, a restaurant on South Florida Avenue, donated 10% of the bill of those who came in and mentioned Cunningham on January 11. Jason Troller estimated that $35,000 had been raised. Everyone who participated had the opportunity to say something to Cunningham and give him their best by signing a large banner that by the end of the morning was covered with hundreds of signatures and notes, that will be given to Cunningham. All types of people showed up to participate from LHS students, alumni, those with no connections and friends and family of Cunningham. Including cousin Johnathan Hamlet who was moved by the turn out and Cunningham’s recovery progress. “It breaks you down, it does, to see the support; you can tell he is loved by everyone.” “Recovery for intensive care it is supposed to be a day for every percentage that is burned, so it was 40% but he is already out ahead of schedule and in rehab now; he is doing a lot better.” Hamlet said.
Cunningham’s father, Tom Cunningham, also showed up to the event to thank everyone for their help and their support, taking the mic to address the audience. “I can’t say anything other than thank you to Cory and Tyler, to Jason and Justin and everyone who came out here today. It means so much to me, Forrest, and our family,” Tom Cunningham said. “People keep saying ‘how did you find the time to put this together?’ and I say ‘I didn’t do any of this, I’ve been in Gainseville,’ so thank you everyone.” While Tom Cunningham addressed the crowd, there was hardly a dry eye in the crowd, while everyone took in the emotions that the 5k brought out in him. Tyler Suddeth and Cory Dorman, the two young men who pulled Cunningham from the car, also showed up along with all their Delta Tau Delta fraternity brothers who were later photographed with the banner for Cunningham. Suddeth and Dorman were thanked again by Cunningham’s father, godfather and numerous friends, but said that “Forrest would do the same” for them. Hundreds of those who came out signed a banner for Forrest that will be given to him. Of the hundreds, some barely knew Cunningham and others hadn’t known him at all. “I didn’t know him that well, only met him a couple times but he is a good person, funny, always happy so I’m glad I am here to help support him along with everyone else,” Jorge Garcet, senior at LHS, said. “I had no connection with him or his family but my husband knows Justin Troller so he came home and told me about it,” Lisa Bates, a Lakeland resident, said. “Both of us entered the race… it is a really tough situation when anyone goes through those injuries, so it’s great to be out here and help out.” Justin Troller feels that the support of Lakeland is what made all the difference when it came to reflecting about the 5k. “It really speaks volumes for our community to rally around a family that some don’t even know, but since Lakeland is so caring and loving and compassionate, people just showed up.” By Summer Nasr
Harrison Strums At Disney
KhiantiTerry Takes First The Annual Martin Luther King Jr. essay encourages students of all grades to participate for the chance to win recognition while honoring one of our country’s best-loved Civil Rights heroes. In this year’s contest, open to all Polk County students, Lakeland high School’s very own Khianti Terry, senior, won first place in the high school category. Terry first learned about the essay as an extra credit opportunity that her teacher Brittany Sampson gave out. “Mrs. Sampson first offered the assignment to us as an extra credit assignment and I really needed the grade, so I did it,” Terry said.
“MLK did so much for our society but people don’t recognize it and that alone got me so deep within it, and I got lost in the essay.”
The essay that won first place came straight from the heart and took very little time to write, said Terry. Terry completed the essay in one class period and then turned it into Sampson the same day, fairly confident in what she wrote. Writing the essay in such a short time period would be difficult for most and bring on writers’ block but Terry got so emotionally involved in it that she just wrote from the heart. “When I actually started writing the essay…I really got deep into the topic, how MLK did so much for our society but people don’t recognize it and that alone got me so deep within it, and I got lost in the essay.” Brittany Sampson had never had a student win before but knew from the beginning that Terry’s essay was something special. “It was very good. I remember handing it back to her telling her
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‘wow this is good!’ It showed me a different side of her and her writing capabilities,” Sampson said.
“A little kid walked up and was just so excited to see and watch us,
The main theme of her essay wasn’t just about the changes of society or Martin Luther King Jr. himself but also about what he stood for and how she should stand for the same things too. “The changes of society and respect, honor, and pride and just everything about what MLK embodied, and how I am supposed to embody that as a person in this society,” Terry said was the content of her esay. Terry first found out she won on December 17. It came as a surprise to her, considering she learned about it in the office. “Everyone knew but me! I walked into the attendance office and everyone said ‘Congratulations, you won something for an essay’ I wasn’t sure, so they doubled check and they said they were sure I was the one who won,” Terry said. Terry received her reward at a breakfast award ceremony at the Bartow Civic Center on January 15. Principal Arthur Martinez, recognized her over the intercom that morning for her work. Terry now feels like everything that she does has paid off for her. “ You work as hard as you can and do what you’re supposed to and sometimes it doesn’t seem like it will pay off but now it feels like it finally is,” Terry said. By Summer Nasr
Permission to use photo by Dr. Phillips Guitar program students at Harrison School for the Arts had the opportunity to perform December 19 at Walt Disney World to add Christmas spirit to the park. The first time any Harrison students had participated in the program, students were required to audition and once chosen, prepared under the direction of Dr. Robert Phillips.
Most of the students claim they didn’t get nervous before a performance, with the crowds rushing through the lobby throughout the day. It was more than they had expected, but still they kept their cool and carried on. “I think it was more fun than anything, plus everyone is there to support us so there was really no reason to be nervous,” Evan Budd, junior, said.
The students performed two thirty minute sessions in the lobby of the Riverside Resort at Disney in front of a Christmas tree with garland wrapped around the interior of the building, creating a fitting backdrop for their holiday set list which included the hits “Do you Hear What I Hear”, “Holly Jolly Christmas” and “The Christmas Song”.
The day was not all work and no play; after their performances the group walked around Downtown Disney, ate at The House of Blues, and finished the day with Ghiradelli chocolate milkshakes. “As much fun as the performance was, I have to say that getting shakes afterward was pretty excellent. They were wonderful,” Budd said.
The set list was put together by Harrison guitar instructor Phillips, who this year sees the first class of his program graduating in June. The holiday concert at Disney is only one of many his guitar students - Jasmine Abram, Jacob Bowen, Jacob Brinkerhoff, Evan Budd, Daniel Del Castillo, Jonathan Harper, Cathleen Hollon and Rikki Ocampos - have participated in as part of Harrison’s public performances.
For one of the other performers, the highlight of her day was peaking interest of a small child. “My favorite part of performing was when this little kid walked up and was just so excited to see and watch us,” Jasmine Abraham, senior, said.
“Just looking for stuff that would be interesting to play, fun to play, and resonates with the people that would be listening,” Dr. Phillips said of the pieces selected and played for the Disney event. Phillips has been teaching at Harrison for four years and could not be more proud of his students’ performance and their behavior. “They really represented the school really well; they were poised. They looked sharp and they did everything they were supposed to do in terms of behaving and looking good on their performance area. They played magnificently,” Dr. Phillips said.
Disney cannot take credit for all of individuals best momentssometimes just being together can bring the funniest memories. Dr. Phillips shared that his favorite moment of the day did not even take place at Disney but on the ride home. “My favorite part of the day was driving back with Jonathan’s heavy metal music playing in the car and being able to tell him that the lead singer sounded like Popeye,” Dr. Phillips laughed. Dr. Phillips plans continuing the experience for his students next year and feels confident that they will be chosen once again for the prestigious opportunity.
By Summer Nasr
With the hopes of moving on and shaving Nance’s head, the team was ready to win and have no reserves in their chances to beat Winter Haven High School in the championship game.
their way to the
“We have played them before and they are no better than us, as long as we work as a team and play the way I know we can , we can win,” Bacon said. While their aspirations fell short of their hoped for District Championship, the Dreadnaught Ladies finished their season strong, looking forward to a building season in 2014-2015 when they hope to bring home the gold. All Photos by Leonard’s Photography
Lakeland High School’s Girls’ Soccer team advanced their way to the district championships for the second year in a row, but this year was proven more difficult on the way. “We kicked tail last season but this season we have had our ups and downs, mostly because of injuries throughout the season,” Coach Graig Nance, said. With several seniors lost from last year and injuries occurring throughout the year, it was a struggle to get to the championship again.
“One of the hardest things… was having a lot of injured players but we are all good now and ready to play,” Erica Baranski, cocaptain, said. After winning to Bartow High School once, and also losing to them, LHS was once again facing off with them to advance to the championship. LHS ended up beating Bartow 2-0 on January 15, granting them access to the District Championship against Winter Haven High School. Coming together as a team was another obstacle that LHS had to overcome to get where they were today. “In soccer you have to talk and work together as a team, it is really important,” Jen Bacon said.
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Baranski mentioned how not working together was coming between them winning games that they should have won, but since going out to eat together and spending outside time together, their playing has reflected their efforts.
“As long as we work as a team and play the way I know we can, we can win” -Jen Bacon
“In the beginning we started off shaky and we really didn’t work together as a team but then we have been coming together and working together, we are going to move to regionals I just have a feeling,” Baranski said.
Other than pure competitive spirit, inspiration has also helped them advance to this level of this season. “Our head coach[Nance] promised us that if we win this game[against Bartow High School] and win the next game then we get to shave his head,” Mackenzie Hatch, co-captain, said in the days leading up to the championship. The girls had other things in mind than just shaving his head bald, they hoped to get a little more creative than that. “We hope that we may be able to even shave some symbols on his head, so we are all going to try really hard to win, to make that happen,” Baranski said.
Dereck Boles- A Future Bronco?
The Dreadnaught family extends its sincere condolances to the family of LHS alumnus, 1994 graduate Brent Bates. The Lakeland High School JROTC honored Brent and his family at his January 24 memorial. Rest in Peace, Brent.
After a series of connections through coaches, Dereck Boles, senior defensive lineman, found himself with an offer from Boise State University. The college football program just underwent major coaching transitions, including a Polk County native and graduate of Kathleen High School. The Red Devil alumni was coached by Lakeland’s wide receivers coach, Will Bahler during his high school career. When looking for a defensive lineman, Bahler referred him to 250 lbs, 6’3”, Dereck Boles. Boles, a major impact player made First Team All-County for Defensive Line and an All-State selection for Class 7A. “I think it’s a great opportunity for Dereck and a great opportunity for our program to establish ties with a respective program like Boise State,” assistant head coach and athletic director, Dan Talbot said. The decision about Boles was quick and easy for Boise State; after receiving film and discussing academics over the weekend, they made an offer for Dereck on the following Tuesday, January 14, and his flight departed for Idaho at 8:30 Friday morning. “If you know anything about Dereck’s past and what he’s been through throughout his life- the hard work and determination that he put forth paid off.” Boles will sign for Boise on Feburary 5 during National Signing Day and will be coached by the newly aquired head coach Bryan Harsin. Although far from Lakeland, Boles will have the opportunity to coninue his football career and move from one turf to the next- even if it is blue.
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