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93 Students Awarded the Lancer Medallion by Logan Bray

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The Lancer Medallion recipients waited patient and proud for their awards

On April 16 in the Belleville East Performing Arts Center, 93 students were recognized for their integrity and character and were awarded a Lancer Medallion. Earlier this year, teachers and staff members were instructed to select a single student that embodies one or more of the character traits posted around the Lancer campus. The ceremony started at 7 pm with opening and closing remarks by Mrs. Stephanie Posey. Mr. Norm Dahm and Mr. Ross Kincaid hosted the event and read comments about the winners as each teacher or staff member presented their nominee with a Lancer Medallion. Mrs. Amy Seel gave an explanation of the Lancer Medallion. The idea of the Lancer Medallion began with East teachers, Mrs. Marci Reeves and Mrs. Monica Evans. After five years, it was passed on to a committee of teachers including Brittany Cox, Kyla Kloever, Julie Siebers, Mark Crask, Amy Seel and Hilary Sternberg. The committee holds

the Lancer Medallion ceremony every spring. The class of 2016 student recipients included Cody Gonzalez, Daniel Kellmeyer, Jessica Knee, Eleanor Munie, Scinqula Partee, Erin Pruett, Emerson Ratliff, Christian Rau, Ahnya Richardson, Elizabeth Robben, Alizabeth Taylor and Veach Wyatt. The class of 2015 student recipients included William Astle, Elle Badgley, Latrece Calhoun, Tehillah Carr, John Cochran, Danielle Cook, Justin Flowers, Meghan Gingrich, Dominique Henderson, Kierra Hollencamp, Tawnee Kramer, Nicholas Newcome, Justin Nunn, Kristopher Poettgen, Keidrion Redd, Benjamin Schlueter, Phillip Schultz, Kelsey Smith, Markayle Wicks, Shabazz Williams and Ramon Wright. The class of 2014 student recipients included Lovie Beckman, Jeffery Brown, Clifford Dellamano, Amy Dopp, Jeremy Dorsey, Kameshia Gibson, Amais Glass, Sarah Heilig, Kevin Horner, Devon Hunt,

Anna Kurtz, Brooke Little, Breanna Poston, Darreon Reddick, Amelia Reichling, Frederick Rice, Demetrius Robinson, Aahd Sabrah and Audrey Winn. The class of 2013 student recipients included Rayonna Austin, Samuel Bassett, Jalen Blake, Robert Brunk, Tristan Carr, Clara Carraway, Christina Collins, Pierre Collins, Elizabeth Cooper, Jacquelyn Crockett, Emily Dahm, Lauren Dermody, Rosanna Drinkhouse, Brionna Emerson, Zachary Fields, Sydne Garrett, Miranda Gould, Tyler Haren, Allison Harres, Malcolm Hill, Jacqueline Hill, Brittany Hodge, Brandon Hoguet, Corinne Kwapis, Tim Le, Charles Lewis-Alston, Kayla Mahaffey, Nicholas Malloyd, Samuel Marek, Daniel Massie, Nicholas O’Reilly, Grace Pavlovec, Morgan Ramos, Nathan Reames, Nathan Schmittling, Kendrick Settler, Patrick Smith, LeeAnna Studt, Adriana Wagendorp, James White, Amber Willman and Jacqueline Yokoyama.

Young Women of Achievement by Ari Brown

of Achievement Award had been created by the city of Belleville to acknowledge and celebrate those who exhibit strong leadership characteristics and represent their high school at its best. How, exactly, are the winners chosen? The Young Women of Achievement Award is presented to four seniors each year in the categories of academics, arts, community service, and athletics. Staff at Photo Courtesy of Tonya Brown East as well as West, Althoff Award ceremony keynote speaker Adrian Bracy with 14 Young and Governor French high Women of Achievement from Belleville high schools, including East’s winners: (bottom, 4th from left) Haley Koch, (top, starting schools nominate students for 7th from left), Darneisha Coleman, Miranda Lidisky, and Jacqueline these four categories. These Yokoyama. nominees then go to a panel of judges who review each There are powerful women all nominee’s qualifications. In the end, four over the world- women that are strong, women from each school are chosen to confident and succeed at what they do. represent each category and are given the From elderly, wise women to young award. and ambitious teenagers, these girls Darneisha Coleman, the award help shape the world and make it a recipient for arts, comments, “I’m very better place. Some of these teenagers proud to receive this award. It means go to Belleville East— a great place that I’m on the road to accomplishing to learn and grow. The Young Women my dreams of being a performer. When I

Days to Remember

April 26- Coffee and Choir Concert April 29 - May 3- Character Craze Week May 2- Jazz Band, Ensemble, and Concert Orchestra Bands May 3- Lancerfest May 11- East Prom

came to high school I knew I had talent, but I knew very little about performance arts… [I’ve] dealt with stage fright, and there were a lot of times I was ready to quit- but I stuck with it and worked hard.” And hard work is only one of the qualities the recipients possess. Good grades, a good attitude and a willingness to persevere has not only helped Coleman, but Haley Koch, the winner for academics, Miranda Lidisky for athletics, and Jacqueline Yokoyama for community service have also represented East in winning the award. Receiving The Young Women’s of Achievement Award would be an honor bestowed on anybody. As Darneisha Coleman says, “I’ve been seeing my dreams slowly come to fruition, and this award is the manifestation of all the hours I’ve put in both on and off stage.” Surely the others would agree. Achieving success as a young woman is not an easy task, but in the end, it pays off.

Freddie Rice rocks his “daisy dukes” as Sonny Malone in Xanadu. See more on p. 12.

April Celebrates National Garden Month, Earth Day, & Autism Awareness

What’s On The Inside News- 2 & 3

Recently students have been taking walks in others shoes to help the world go green. Poets have been here and students have been forming resolutions for the entire world. Boston’s security was rocked during the Boston Marathon bombing

Features - 4 & 5

A look into the dangers of heroin use in our area. Learn what you should expect at the Belleville East choir’s POPS concert. Keep you head out of the Clouds when dreaming about what to do this summer.

Centerspread - 6 & 7

Does Belleville East still care about school spirit? Are you ready for the upcoming Character Craze week?

Entertainment - 8 & 9

Don’t live under a rock. Journey into the world and check out a few of the local theatres. You just might find a movie that knocks the ball out of the park!

Sports - 10

The boys volleyball team has been quite a hit this season. Stay on your toes for cheer try-outs and learn about our athletes through the Player Profiles.

Activities - 11

Have fun with numbers on the Sudoku. Can you spot the difference in the spring themed picture?

Xanadu - 12

Was Xanadu really Xanadu?

Semester 2



A Walk In Her Shoes by Arkayla Tenney-Howard

to support their peers in bad relationships and gain insight about the situations they could be thrown into. Around 30 girls and boys filed into the second floor of A-building for the event. For a few minutes, students conversed and enjoyed the snacks (pizza and drinks) that were offered. After that, small groups, around 2-3 students, selected color coordinated cards with different stories on them. The stories revolved around a Staff Photo character that was Boys and girls talked with teachers in each classroom about the events in facing a problem the bad relationship stories they followed. that each student could face in real On April 10, Empower Me hosted a life. Only a short excerpt of the story was program titled “A Walk In Her Shoes.” shown on each card and at the bottom The program gave students the chance to understand the difference between healthy students had to decide what they would do if they were in that persons’ shoes. Their and unhealthy relationships. decision would lead them to the next part Girls (and boys) attended the event of the story located on a different card in

Area Poet Kicks Off National Poetry Month by Jacquelyn Crockett

1, 2013 by Coffeetown Press out of Seattle and his novel Baxter’s Friends will be released June 1, 2013, also by Coffeetown Press. Ned Randle spoke to a diverse group of students from different classes over three different class times and stayed afterwards to give students constructive criticism on their own literature. Lines from songs by recording music artists Photo by Jacquelyn Crockett d Mumford and Sons and Poet Ned Randle reads an excerpt from his previous Stubborn Love were published works to Belleville East students. read and literary devices Former Belleville East Lancer, were discussed. Randle told students now published fiction author and poet that, “Songs are poems put to music.” Ned Randle returned to his high school Students laughed when told the real life Belleville East on Tuesday, April 9 experiences that were turned into poems and spoke to students about the writby Randle. ing process and shared his works. His A practicing pharmacist by trade, works have been printed in a number of Ned Randle was Belleville East’s first literary publications such as The Spoon Student Council President and graduRiver Quarterly, Circus Maximus, Seven ated from East’s first class in 1966. Stars Poetry, Poydras Review, Emerge He studied writing at Washington Literary Journal, Barnwood InternaUniversity, Webster University, and tional Poetry Magazine, The New Poet, Southwestern Illinois College. Randle’s Hamilton Stone Review and Four Ties publications can be viewed and purLiterary Review. Randle’s collection chased on and up to of poetry Running at Night-Collected date information is listed on his website, Poems 1976-2012 was released April

a different classroom. Girls read and walked through the story of a fictional person and gained knowledge about what to do in different situations. Sophomore Dominique Morris attended the event and expected to listen to the stories of actual victims. The event was quite a bit Staff Photo more active. She explained The girls sat in the A building hallway to discuss the that she learned important lessons they learned about healthy relationships. information about decision making and received the “show two different sides of a story.” chance “to see how it feels to walk in Because of this, students learned how to others’ shoes.” handle multiple situations. After the first Corrine Kwapis, the founder of activity, students were taught additional Empower Me, planned the entire event. information about relationships. The She was contacted by the Domestic dangers of underage drinking, the way Violence Prevention Center and others “playful” fighting can quickly escalate, that asked her about hosting an event and how to get help for themselves regarding unhealthy teen relationships. or their friends were all explained to Corrine was excited about the topic students. Overall, the event gave girls because she believes that understanding and boys a new insight and preparedness unhealthy relationships is “an important regarding domestic abuse and unhealthy part of being an empowered girl.” relationships. On campus, the counselors Brandon Bishop, one of the few boys in are available to help students cope with attendance, helped Corrine plan the event. these problems. He was impressed by how the activities

Freshmen Orientation Calms Future Lancers by Abi Agne

High school bound 8th graders from middle schools across the area excitedly arrived at Belleville East for Freshman Orientation on Apr. 9. The purpose of the event was to ensure 8th graders that high school is nothing to stress or worry about, but to enjoy! The future Lancers were divided into classes across campus. Current Belleville East students encouraged the middle school students to mix and mingle with each other and then explained the expectations that come along with being a high school student, such as being punctual for class, acting appropriately, and having a good attitude towards school. The students were also introduced to the idea of dress code and the suitable options including polos, khakis, and sweaters. The students’ common concerns over being late to class, Freshman Friday, and getting lost on Belleville East’s large campus were comforted by current Lancers who explained the layout of the campus and promised not to be too cruel on Freshman Friday. Aly Larsons, sophomore, says some 8th graders are scared and anxious about Freshman Friday. Many of the middle-schoolers proclaimed, “We get beat up!” However, Aly reassured them that the usual antics of Freshman Friday include

throwing candy and drawing “F’s” in black marker on the Freshmen. With the key tips provided, the future Lancers are sure to achieve success which is bound to enhance Belleville East. After the 8th grade students were given fundamental information about Belleville East and what being a Lancer truly means, the students were encouraged to venture to the Gym and Gym Annex to explore and obtain better knowledge of the extensive variety of sports, organizations, and clubs offered at Belleville East. The students had wide eyes and anxious faces at the amount of clubs and sports offered, from Football to Comic Book Club, the options are endless. When asked about Freshman Orientation, a group of students from Central Middle School concluded that the event was both “fun and informative,” giving them better insight on high school and what is expected of Belleville East students. As the 2012-2013 school year at Belleville East is coming to an end, The Lancers say goodbye to our admired, beloved seniors and hello to the incoming freshman, who we will have to learn to love and go lightly on when it comes to Freshman Friday next school year.

Upcoming Events Teeter-Totter-A-Thon

The renowned Teeter-Totter-Athon is being held on Friday May 3rd at Belleville East this year. Teams are encouraged to embrace this year’s theme: Around The World. All of the proceeds will benefit Project Compassion. This is a non-profit organization that helps homeless and disadvantaged women and children.

Empower Me Rally

There will be an Empower Me Rally this afternoon from 4-6 pm in the main gym for girls who signed up with Rachel Jackson-Bramwell. Guest speakers, music, snacks, goodie bags and prizes will be there. Girls will be enjoying the chance to Empower one another once again. The guest D.J will be Jade Harrell from Magic 104.9.

Coffee Choir Concert

This evening, our Vocal Jazz choir will be hosting another Coffee Concert. It starts at 7 pm in the cafeteria. Come for entertainment and refreshments.

Air Quality Specialist Fuels Student Interest

by Jacquelyn Crockett Air Quality Project Specialist at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Amy Funk, spoke to the leadership council of the Belleville East Ecology Club and the Advanced Ecology & Field Biology students Tuesday, April 9. Funk, of Fairview Heights, is currently working on the Metro East Community Air Project, “A Community-Based Initiative to Protect Healthy Living.” Funk Photo by Jacquelyn Crockett is a Fairview Heights Planning Commission Air Quality Project Specialist Amy Funk speaks to the Belleville Member and a District Ecology & Field Biology students on Apr. 9. 105 School Board of respiratory tract infections for students. Member. Idling also increases concentrations of Funk, who has worked as Project known carcinogens near school camAdministrator at Sustainable Resources puses, and results in a significant loss of Group International Inc and as Research gas money, which is a common concern Assistant at Global Environmental & amongst high school students. Energy in the 21st Century now works Funk showed students graphs and with Outreach in Education in an attempt handouts concerning air quality, fossil to give listeners information on how to fuel, and other environmental topics. One go about creating “greener” campuses, as such handout stated that in the Greater well as the knowledge to do so. Ecology Saint Louis area, energy comes primarily students at East will work alongside Funk to put together a solar panel initiative next from the following sources: coal, nuclear, hydro, gas, non-hydro renewables, and oil. month. According to the National RenewAuto emissions is a major source of toxins able Energy Laboratory, it is possible that by the year 2050, eighty percent of United in the Metro-East air, Funk is interested in working with Belleville East science States energy may be powered by renewstudents to monitor air pollutants. Ultiable energy. A project that aims to lessen mately, she would like to see a working exhaust emissions on the Belleville East partnership with the Ecology Club and campus will also be discussed further this Campus Greens to work on efforts to May. According to the Clean Air Partnerimprove air quality on campus and our ship, idling exhaust creates unnecessary surrounding community. air pollution at schools, which aggravates asthma symptoms and increases the risk

Going Green in 2013 by Arkayla Tenney-Hoaard

Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, and although it has already passed, simple things can be continuously done to improve the world around us. Earth Day became a national holiday after an oil spill off the coast of California. Senator Gaylord Nelson decided that our nation needed to be educated about how to preserve the world around us. In a letter explaining his reason for creating Earth Day, Nelson wrote “The wealth of the nation is its air, water, soil, forests, minerals, rivers, lakes, oceans, scenic beauty, wildlife habitats and biodiversity…That’s all there is. That’s the whole economy.” At East, Dr. Phil Short is the sponsor of Ecology Club. The club held a Loop Creek Habitat Work Day, Sunday, April 21. Short said that he is happy that we celebrate Earth Day but said, “To create a

truly sustainable society, for the long-term, requires continual efforts, constant self-examination, and decisions that are often difficult or unpalatable.” Students and teachers use many papers every day. Periodically, binders and desks need to be cleared out. The Belleville Recycling Inc, located at 501 Hecker St. Belleville, IL, collects paper throughout the year. They also collect metals, including aluminum cans, motors, and batteries. Compensation is offered for some of those items. If driving to the Belleville Recycling Inc is too much work, then try some of these simpler tasks: switch off computers when not in use, plant a native tree, carpool with friends numerous times throughout the week, use a clothesline instead of dryer, only wash full loads of clothes, take shorter showers, turn off the tap when brushing teeth, manually wash the dishes instead of using a dishwasher, turn off lights when not in use, turn off or fix dripping taps, and unplug cell phone chargers when not in use. Personal actions are definitely helpful, but why not go global? Many organizations exist to bring people together to “go green.” Besides the Belleville East Ecology Club and Recycling Team, try these organizations: Biodiversity Conservation Alliance, Environment Illinois, St. Clair County Greenspace Foundation, and many others.


by Chandriss McAllister-Lang On April 15, two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. These explosions would kill three people and injure more 100. The two brothers held responsible turned the annual festivity into chaos and destruction. One suspect was killed in a shootout with police, and the other, 19 year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, led police into a citywide manhunt that would subsequently put the city of Boston on lockdown. These events would bring the lives of Boston citizens to a screeching halt. The people were advised to stay inside until after police had Tsarnaev in custody. The city of Boston is still grieving the lives lost and event that was once a celebration. These events would prove to put the entire nation on edge. Days after the Boston Marathon bombings, Paul Kevin Curtis, 45, was arrested for allegedly mailing

letters containing ricin to national leaders, including President Barack Obama. Ricin, extracted from castor beans, can kill an adult human if exposed to it via injection or inhalation. Curtis, of Mississippi, sent two letters that both reportedly said, “To see a wrong and not expose it, is to become a silent partner in its continuance.” Closer to home, an 18-year-old Thomas Lee Stanton of Lebanon was indicted by a grand jury for possessing potentially destructive devices. These devices, specifically a “cricket bomb” were found in his home, where police searched with consent of the home owners. O’Fallon Township High School, where Stanton is a student, went under lockdown while bomb sniffing dogs and the Illinois Bomb Squad searched for any “hazardous materials” If convicted, Stanton faces up to ten years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Students of the Month

Photo by Sean Mills

April Students of the Month enjoyed their limo lunch date on April 17. Pictured from L to R are Mr. Ryan Wiggs (Social Studies teacher), Tequera Anderson (senior), Anna Kurtz (junior), Seth Wheatley (sophomore), and Bailey Bennett (freshman).

Model U.N. by Jeremy Bruno

Dealing with the World’s problems is no easy task, but one club at East is tackling global troubles one at a time. Model U.N, led by Mr. Marc Novaria, assigns each member a country and a certain problem that country is facing. Members work all year long on resolutions for the problem they have been assigned. Problems could be associated with the country’s economy, foreign relations, military, or multiple other issues. During meetings, students discuss or debate which solution to the problem would work the best. There are currently 19 members in Model U.N, and the most recent conference was on April 9 at McKendree College. At conferences, students compare their resolutions and debate which would work out the best. Around twenty schools compete, and outsmarting other students can be difficult. “You’re only going to be as good as you make yourself” says Mr. Novaria when asked about the amount of effort students put into the club. Resolutions reflect the amount of effort a student puts into Model U.N, and if a student performs well enough, they could gain some collegiate attention. Students also have the opportunity to learn a lot about a country’s history and background. Model U.N is beneficial to students in a number of ways. “It’s not a competition, it is more about working together.” Mr. Novaria states. Cooperation is essential, which can help students work better with others and be

more tolerant or open minded when facing problems. Not only does Model U.N look good on college resumes, help students work together, and educate students about different countries, but it is a lot of fun and an insightful way to get involved here at East.

The Drug That Does Not Care by Arkayla Tenney-Howard

On April 3, parents filed into our PAC to attend a parent forum concerning the newfound killer in our community: heroin. The following day, April 4, all students watched an hour long presentation about heroin. Some find it hard to believe that a drug with such a bad rap is found in this area. According to our Police Chief, William Clay,

current average purity level is 31% which is three times higher than it was ten years ago. Due to this, users no longer have to “shoot-up,” they can simply snort or smoke heroin. Along with easier usage, parents also learned that the price for a button (1/2 gram) can be sold for around ten dollars. For users, ten dollars is a very cheap price to pay for an eight to ten hour high.

been working, attending school, and frequenting the gym. She showed no signs of drug use.

Heroin Facts

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The map shows that Belleville has one of the highest number of drug related deaths in our area

the drug has been found in and around our community. During the parent forum, the panel members were: United States Attorney Stephen R. Wigginton, St. Clair County States Attorney Brendan Kelly, Superintendent Jeff Dosier, Drug Enforcement Administration Analyst Mike Shah, St. Clair County Chief Deputy Coroner Daniel Haskenhoff, Madison Country Coroner Stephen P. Nonn, Belleville East Principal Stephanie Posey, and Belleville Police Chief William Clay. Chris Duran, who lost her son to heroin slightly over a year ago, spoke to parents and students. During the parent forum, concerned mother Ann Kinder explained that she was not aware that heroin was such a large problem. She does not suspect her son is using heroin, but she came to the meeting because she is concerned about his peers and would like to be better informed. Many other parents had similar intentions of being better informed. They received this information through the data charts and tables presented. Data taken over the past two decades showed that heroin is replacing cocaine as one of the topselling drugs. Heroin has increased in availability and at a much lower cost. People can become hooked after only a single use because the purity levels have increased. The

• Deprived from morphine, which comes from the seedpod of the opium Asian poppy plant • The drug reaches the brain within seconds • A single dose could be instantly fatal • It can be used through snorting, smoking, or injecting into the veins • Signs of abuse are: track marks on arms, vomiting, drowsiness, euphoria, slurred speech, and constricted pupils • Signs of overdose are: cold and clammy skin, blue lips and fingernails, muscle spasms, pinpont pupils, weak pulse, seizures, and low blood pressure

Symptoms of usage were also explained to the audience at both events. Signs such as lack of hygiene, lethargic and non-caring behavior, constricted pupils, rubbing of the face, euphoria, along with the renowned “nod” indicate drug users. The “nod” is seen when users seem distant and often stare into space and don’t acknowledge the world around them. Lastly, the panel informed parents that drugs have recently shifted -- from cocaine to heroin, from low-income urban areas to communities like our own. All were silent as the students watched the videos made by the mothers of Rachel Mary Sharkey and Branden Duran. Both mothers lost a child to “the drug that doesn’t care.” Both mothers spoke about how their children lived normal lives. Rachel was in girl scouts, soccer, t-ball, and volleyball. She loved children and animals. She adored her siblings’ children. Her mom even said she was “the best auntie a child could have.” Around the time of Rachel’s death she had

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Rachel Mary Sharkey was always willing to spend time with her niece.

Unfortunately, Rachel’s family had no way of knowing about the addiction, so they couldn’t help her. Her father found her dead on September 24, 2011. Rachel had been using heroin for four to six weeks prior to her death. A friend had told her to try heroin to help with any pain she had. Sadly, Rachel’s mother, Wendy Sharkey, had to deal with this loss because “heroin’s grip was too strong.” Branden has a similar story. He was a normal child. He enjoyed spending time with his family, participated in sports and was “so full of life,” according to his mother Chris Duran. The family lived in Red Bud. At age 20, Branden decided to move to Belleville. This was the mistake that changed his life. He met new friends and began using heroin. Branden overdosed a few times and his mother assumed that it was prescription drugs causing the problems. A close friend of Branden’s passed away due to a heroin overdose and he reacted with such remorse that Chris knew he was also using the drug. Branden went through a 40 day rehabilitation treatment. Statistics show that there is less than a 5% heroin success rate after rehab. Branden broke his mother’s heart when he told her that heroin had become his one true love. After partying with a few new “friends,” Branden went to a hotel where he used heroin once again. This was his last time because his so-called “friends” found him nearing death the next morning. Instead of calling the paramedics, they dragged his

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Branden’s mother, Chris Duren, made posters showing her son’s happy face before heroin in comparison to his sad death after heroin.

body away. Someone at the hotel called the paramedics, but it was too late. Branden was dead. Chris told students that, “in the drug world, you have no friends.” Her closing words were spoken between tears: “Please don’t make your parents, family, or friends go through what I’m going through.”

How to Get Help Facilities for rehabilitation: 1. Bridgeway 314-535-5246 2. Gateway 618-345-3970 3. Salvation Army Harbor Light Center for Men 314-6523310 4. Queen of Peace Center For Women 314-531-0511 Hotline Numbers: 1. Narcotics Anonymous 314-830-3232 2. Youth in Need 636-946-3771 Additonal Resources: 1. STL Heroin Help 2. HERO Foundation


Advancing Into the Cloud by Natig Kurbanov

Dropbox, iCloud, SkyDrive and Google Drive are among the most popular Cloud services on the Web right now. They offer free online storage from 2GB to 7GB, but can also give you more, if you don’t mind paying. But do we really need it? Can we even trust it? I first started to use the Cloud around 3 years ago, when I switched to the Ubuntu Operating System and signed up for an Ubuntu One account. Why not? 5GB of free storage, so that I can’t lose my very important files and documents. All I have ever needed was to log in to the account and upload the file or document. Though I switched to other Operating Systems over the years, I still had that storage and used it for various activities in life, including school homework. There are times when you forget your Flash Drive at home or lose it on your way to school (your dog could have eaten it, too). I have finished most of my high school presentations in English classes, but there have been days when I actually forgot my flash drive. Getting an “F” on an assignment taught me to start using my cloud storage exclusively where I could access any file, any time or anywhere. Though the technologies advance every day and many services get safer

on the web, there is always a chance that it may have vulnerabilities. Federal government websites have been hacked; do you think your Cloud can’t? In most cases, “what gets on the Cloud, stays on the Cloud,” which may affect your future career negatively. So, why do you want to store your private files on the World Wide Web? Every single thing you post on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Instagram, or even Snapchat go to the Cloud. Are you sure your privacy is protected? Even though there is a risk that your private files can get into the hands of a person or organization that may abuse it, Cloud is the technology that has the future, as most of the leading companies link all their services to it. Check your iOS or Android device and you will notice that many of the services linked to your personal account are linked to a storage where all of this is kept. To avoid trouble and scandal in life, it’s always better to think before you post or upload something. It doesn’t matter if it is on on your personal cloud or social network page. The best question to ask yourself is: What would Grandma say if she saw it?

Belleville East Choir POPS by Madison Bradshaw

With less than half the semester left, the Belleville East Choir Department is preparing for their biggest concert of the year. The POPS Concert is the most anticipated concert of the whole school year and will be held at 7 pm on May 7th in the Belleville East Performing Arts Center. The concert only features music in the rock and pop genres. The participating students will wear custom tie-dye t-shirts with a pattern for each grade level. There will be no tuxedos or formal dress at this concert. This years POPS Concert will feature songs like Fix You by Coldplay, Bruno Mars’ greatest hits, Firework by Katy Perry, Bubbly by Colbie Caillat, Some Nights by FUN, Somebody to Love by Queen,

Soul Man by The Blues Brothers, Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen, Higher Ground by Stevie Wonder, as well as many different mash-ups, medleys, and Glee versions of popular songs. The concert should have a full light show as well as a few surprises for the audience. The concert will end with a finale in which all the participants will sing “Imagine” by John Lennon. At that time, the seniors will have a “spotlight moment” says Mrs. Stamps, the choir director. Each day the Belleville East Choir students are busy participating and preparing for this spectacular concert dedicated to current music. Christian Hayward, a freshman in concert choir, says, “It’s so awesome singing popular songs that we know already.”

Summer Spots

by Abi Agne Just around the corner, the month of May supplies numerous events to look forward to. The budding and blooming of flowers, the plentiful amount of rain, and the warm sunny weather lures people out of their dark homes, where they were dormant during the frigid winter. Spring leading into summer brings refreshing attitudes for all. Adding to the excitement, upcoming spring and summer events supply a never-ending amount of fun. The highly celebrated holiday of Cinco de Mayo is fast approaching. Cinco de Mayo, or the fifth of May, celebrates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France during the Franco-Mexican War. The highly acclaimed celebrations in the United States focus on Mexican culture and heritage. Favored Cinco de Mayo traditions include parades, festivals, and mariachi musical performances. Awareness of the holiday was raised in the 1960’s, which evolved the holiday into extravagant celebrations in the United States. Popular spots for Cinco de Mayo celebrations include Mariachi’s, located in downtown Belleville, along with numerous other Mexican restaurants in the Belleville area. If you are looking for an authentic festival to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, then perhaps the 7th annual Cinco de Mayo Festival, located in the south St. Louis area, will provide fulfilling enjoyment as the festival includes live music, ethnic food, and street performers. The suitable, sunny weather means that outdoor events are in their prime. From festivals to fairs, the wide selection of events in St. Louis means there is something that will appeal to anyone and everyone. The Art Fair at Laumeier Sculpture Park is a nationally acclaimed craft and fine art fair. Laumeire Sculpture Park is a 105 acre park, focusing on the relationship between contemporary art and the natural environment. The art fair, lasting from May 10 - May 12, includes national artists who will be displaying photography, paintings, sculptures, and an ample amount of other areas of expertise such as clay and mixed media. Contrary to the awe-inspiring location of Laumeier Sculpture park, another art festival, Art

on the Square, has been affirmed as the #2 art fair in the nation when compared to art fairs across the country. Art on the Square originating in Belleville is a 3 day sensational celebration of art which takes place May 17 lasting until May 19. As Art on the Square approaches its 12 year anniversary, this leads to the idea that the renowned art fair will have new ideas and enhancements to better the 2013 art fair and hopefully advance Art on the Square to the #1 art fair in the country. The blistering dog days of summer will shortly arrive within the coming months. The blazing sun rays beaming down may only lure people into the comfort of air-conditioning. However, this does not mean that those times spent indoors are lost moments of summer vacation. Instead view those moments as time to reminisce and think of the once cooler days of spring—perhaps even cool down yourself with ice-cream or frozen yogurt. Ted Drewes’ frozen custard, located in St. Louis, MO. has supplied this rich and creamy frozen treat since 1931. A St. Louis tradition, Ted Drewes’ is a place of quality that continues to supply nothing but the best for their customers. St. Louis, a city of tradition, has unveiled a new innovative frozen treat within the last years-frozen yogurt. FroYo, Orangeleaf and Peachy Yogurt Bar are just a few of the frozen yogurt havens in the area. Despite the fact that these are all separate businesses and locations, all have one thing in common—the craving to supply the popular frozen yogurt delight to their customers. These frozen yogurt shops are self-serve, enabling customers to make their confectionery dreams come true as they choose their favorite flavors, mix them as they choose, and then add toppings. Fresh fruits and tasty treats, such as syrups and sweet candies, are only a few of many flavorful toppings offered. This upcoming summer vacation, whether you choose to venture out to a local festival and celebrate summer holidays, or find comfort inside in the air conditioning, remember that your summer adventure could be just around the corner.

Lancer Spirit: I Lancer Spirit There Then Gone by Jeremy Bruno

How many students actually enjoy going to East? Is Belleville East really the best school around? Academic statistics and sports teams’ records don’t even compare to the true test of how good an educational institution really is; school spirit is the real judge. Sure, a school could have the best teachers, the most athletic and talented teams, but does it really matter if the students hate going there? Thinking about the years spent in high school should be relaxing, enjoyable even. The years should be full of fond memories about time spent with friends in classes you enjoyed. Classes taught by teachers that made an impact on your life, and all that jazz. Talking to adults, most will say high school was the best time of their lives. Looking around East, I don’t see a lot of students having the time of their lives. I know I am, and I know a lot of other students that are too, but the overwhelming majority seem to not care. I don’t blame the teachers; the faculty here at East is exceptional in every way possible! I blame the students. That’s right, it’s your fault. Well what has caused this attitude change in today’s youth? Is it technology, new trends, the everchanging mentality of our youth? I think not. Having to deal with the same people five days out of the week, every week for nine months out of the year, for four years in a row can be a little

Photo from1967 yearbook.

Lancer family welcomes incoming freshman.

daunting. I don’t think anybody in high school thinks “Well these will be the best four years of my life, I better excel in every way that I can!” I think they are a little more focused on the social aspect of high school. Don’t get me wrong, high school is where most people will form the strongest bonds they will ever experience with other people. It is a great time to make new friends. But it’s easy to see that a student’s social life can start to interfere with their school work, and more importantly, how much they actually enjoy the school. The term “High School Drama” has been around for decades, and can take a toll on students. After all, students attending East are not the first to hate the school they go to. In twenty years, maybe some people will think differently. It’s often when one reminisces about a time in their life when they see how great it really was. The literal definition of school spirit is “the emotional support for one’s educational institution”. Well, student’s juggle so many hardships at one time it might be hard to support anything else, especially something that gives them more difficult tasks to accomplish and more drama to handle. I’m not going to bash East as a whole, and I very easily could. It’s easy to just point a finger at something and say “That’s why”. It’s much more difficult to trace the problem to its roots and analyze

why it’s a problem. With that being said, why don’t students have school spirit at East? It’s hard to say. For starters, expectations here are not low, to say the least. Students are expected to do their best every single day. The Honors and Advanced Placement courses can quickly discourage even the toughest students. And if the classes aren’t hard enough, the physical challenge of trying to navigate the sprawling open campus in order to be on time to class will break most students. If you haven’t experienced it yet, try getting to the third floor of F building from the third floor of Q building in five minutes, while literally swimming through hallways of students who are in just as much of a rush as you are. Don’t get me wrong, Belleville East tries very hard to keep our spirits high. Pep rallies and Lancerfest are just two examples of how the administration tries to encourage students. What’s troubling to see is the number of students who simply leave when they have the opportunity to participate in said events. The open denial of school spirit can again be attributed to Senioritis or simply lack of interest on the whole, but it is so easy to just attempt to connect with and support your school. I’m an optimist, and I encourage others to get involved in any way they can. It could improve their High School experience.

Photos from 1981 yearbook Photo from 1967 yearbook. Students gather around East students cheer while on a parade float and Marching Lancers walk through the streets of a bonfire during “Loyalty Belleville during “Loyalty Week” (Homecoming) Parade. Week” (Homecoming).


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“I just don’t see it.” —James McCurdy, Sophomore “The band doesn’t even have spirit. We don’t show any enthusiasm whatsoever in the school song, even. It’s the band that’s supposed to get everyone revved up and we don’t even care.” —Mikaela Mongeon, Junior “People are more proud of themselves than they are of the school.” —Cameron Heimann, Freshman “You see it, but not really as much as there was. There aren’t as many people in senior olympics. Pep rallies are different, and there aren’t as many. We used to have elaborate rallies. We even had a Christmas one where Santa came. We have nothing like that anymore.” —Mrs. Smith, Science Department


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“I see at all the games, people really get into it. We have a lot of pride in our school.” —Darneisha Coleman, Senior

“I think we have a lot of spirit. I walk around and see people with their spirit wear on. There’s lots of spirit at assemblies.” —Mr. O’Chiu, Language Department


Lancer Spirit Staying Strong by Thema Thomas

The Belleville East students’ spirit is definitely still alive, it just doesn’t seem like it right now. With all of the homework and long weeks that comes with second semester, we can be easily swayed to become a little under the weather. “School spirit” can be seen as wearing face paint and showing up to sports events, which East does well with. The gym and field are always packed with fans cheering on the Lancers, and sometimes there were even themes to the games in which many people participated. “I feel like the games are really energetic and lively,” says Brianna Ward, sophomore. “Everyone is excited for our teams to give us a good game and our student section is always big to show our support for our school teams”. Lancers are especially excited

when welcoming new people into East, as seen with freshman orientations this year. The most recent on April 9th had many students from all of the clubs at East came together to welcome incoming students and introduce them to clubs that they could come to love. The French Club’s enthusiasm and liveliness rallied many potential members. Making new students feel comfortable is a great way to show school spirit, since it will eventually pass on to them. “Seeing students so excited about their clubs and teams really gets me excited to join,” said Ally Agne, an aspiring Lancer from Grant Middle School. However, school spirit can be much more than participation. Spirit can simply be having a positive attitude when you get

Photos Courtesy of Laura Sauerwein The crowd stayed excited during the 2012-2013 Homecoming rally.

to school, or even try to take a stand in an attempt to improve the school. It can get a little hard to stay happy, especially during second semester. School spirit is simply enthusiasm. It can seem like a lot of homework and projects, but Ericka Harris has a tactic she uses to push forward through the last few weeks. “I just take it step by step, and try not to long for summer as much. I aim for weekends for now! Around the middle of May, I usually start getting excited for summer, but that’s also when I start getting ready for finals. I just imagine it as the last stretch of a race, and I can pull through.” So, Lancer spirit hasn’t died; we see it every day. Although it can be overshadowed by homework and stress.

Photo Courtesy of Laure Sauerwein During the 2012-2013 East vs. West football game, Lancers showed school spirit by having a “blue out”.

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The Croods

42: The Man Who Changed Baseball

What, have you been living under a rock? by Laura Kern

This newest animated creation from DreamWorks Animation centers on a family of cavemen faced with the end of the world as they know it. The Croods boasts a host of big names, such as Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds, and Emma Stone. In it, Eep, a young caveteenager played by Emma Stone (Easy A), is curious about the world outside of her family’s cave; however, her father Grug, played by Nicolas Cage (National Treasure) does not approve of her adventurous spirit. In fact, the Crood family motto is “Never not be afraid.” In a world filled with strange, interesting creatures, they must make the journey to safety, accompanied by Guy, an adventurous inventor who Eep can’t help but swoon over, voiced by Ryan Reynolds (Green Lantern). Soon enough, Guy’s ideas begin to wow the rest of the stir-crazy Croods, threatening Grug’s spot at the head of the family. The Croods is touching and funny, a perfect family movie if there ever

was one. Some of the jokes are more suited to a younger crowd, but most leave the entire theatre chuckling.

Eep’s awkward, inept brother Thunk is sweetly played by the hilarious Clark Duke (The Office), a surprising but welcome addition to the film. Surprisingly, Nicolas Cage voices the Crood patriarch quite well. The plot is relatively simple, part coming-of-age story and part end-of-the-world, and the dialogue is heartfelt and well-written. Even in regular 2D, the visual effects are absolutely stunning. The animators created a world of frightening, yet beautiful prehistoric creatures, colorful and detailed. Cat-owls, turtle-birds, and parrot-tigers were a few of the myriad hybrid animals that roamed the earth during the time of the Croods. Guy’s pet orangutan-

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sloth, Belt, was cute as a button, and Thunk’s newfound friend Douglas, an alligator-dog, was an adorable caveman’s best friend. Though wildly historically inaccurate, The Croods is humorous and fun to watch. It falls squarely in the middle of DreamWorks’s best films, somewhere below Megamind but scores above Shrek Forever After. It deserves a rocksolid three stars out of four. Certainly, it makes you a little more thankful for the family you have at home-- and also for the fact that you don’t have to chase a giant, scary bird for each meal.

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Just in time for Jackie Robinson Day, the film depicting this epic baseball player’s journey to fame has hit the box office. 42 follows Jackie (Chadwick Boseman) as he struggles to make it to the big leagues with help from Major League executive Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford). As the first African American to play at the highest level of baseball, Jackie Robinson saw prejudice and blatant racism. He was forced with a choice: overcome this obstacle and fulfill his dream of playing Major League baseball, or give in to the raucous jeering and racism?

Based on a story with a wellknown ending, 42 had its work cut out for it in regards to giving a dramatic narrative. And to put it bluntly, the writing did not pull its weight. Much of the film could be considered corny, which strays from the ultimate theme of overcoming a huge obstacle. However, the phenomenal acting by Boseman and co-star Nicole Beharie was able to pull the story through. The film was able to stick to its baseball roots and give the action that many sports enthusiasts were hoping for. America’s favorite pastime was portrayed accurately, with many instances for connections with people that have played or know the sport. The film uses modern techniques that allow for a heroic story to be told. Music is used well to enhance the wellfilmed visuals. The acting is mostly commendable, and the serious narrative is often offset by comedic relief. Drama hangs heavily over the characters, but in this case, nothing is cliché. At the end of the day, 42 shows one of the most important stories in sports and, more importantly, in the early stages of the civil rights movement. It offers a glimpse at American culture and one of our greatest heroes. This movie, simply put, is a must-see.

Sitting on the Edge of Your Seat

by Abi Agne The films at the stage. a Biology teacher at Belleville East, of today have Still, they was able to provide exclusive facts on acquired comare plenty The Edge, as he has family relations to plex plots which up-to-date, the current owners, Mary Dahm-Schell mesmerize viewboasting and Keith Schell. Mr. Dahm declares ers with the use new digital “Where else in a radius of 50 miles, do of bluescreen projectors you have under one roof, state of the art and prosthetic and 3D movie theater, the world’s largest laser makeup effects. technology. tag arena, a 21st century video arcade, a These new Along with sports-bar and a restaurant?” The answer technologies can the great to that elaborate question: nowhere. The create anything concesEdge is truly one-of-a-kind and being from ghoulsions, centrally located, is an “easy draw for ish zombies to which surrounding communities.” Mr. Dahm beloved superheinclude concludes that he is happy to say, “The The historic Lincoln Theatre in Downtown Belleville. roes. Blockbuster films award winEdge is a place to socialize in a safe seem to emerge each month, garnering ning popcorn, and the environment.” millions, if not billions, of dollars at the unsurpassable prices, The Wehrenbox-office. Luckily, the local theaters, the Lincoln is a theater berg 15, located in three in particular, of tradiO’Fallon, is where provide easy action and a majority of loyal cess to the popular grandeur. movie-goers call movies of today. The home. Despite the On October 6, Edge, an pricier ticket prices 1921 the historic enterat this theater, the Lincoln Theatre tainment perks are well opened with adult destination worth it. Plush admission for for famitheater seating and The popular Wehrenberg O’Fallon 15. films priced at a lies, kids, extensive concesmere 27¢. The students and even sions, along with a large variety of theatre was readults has been revamped, movies, create a comforting and pleasant stored from 1980 bringing about a new and atmosphere. to 2000, yet manexciting element. The After reviewing the three beloved aged to uphold Edge has recently been re- local theaters,the conclusion can be the feelings of instated as both a laser tag made that whether you are in search of a majesty and tradiThe Edge, Belleville’s newest cinema. haven and a movie theatre. theater of tradition and nostalgia, modtion. The Lincoln has The Edge supplies a variety ern amenities, or a fun packed haven the ability to create a sense of nostalgia of forms of entertainment for reasonable offering a variety of fun, the theaters of for all movie-goers, from the highprices, as well as a luxurious excluO’Fallon and Belleville are sure to supceilings to the velvet curtains that drape sively 21-and-over theater. Mr. Dahm, ply you with enjoyment.

G.I. Joe: Retaliation From toys to men by Laura Kern

Strangely enough, this sequel has very little in common with its predecessor, G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra, except for its general quality, which isn’t something to be proud of. Directed by John M. Chu (as opposed to Cobra’s Stephen Sommers), Retaliation follows a small, elite group of American soldiers as the United States is threatened with the villain Cobra Commander and his gang of cronies. First of all, no, you didn’t miss anything-- Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was not, in fact, in the last movie, despite the insinuation that his character Roadblock has been around for a long, long time. In reality, only five members of the cast reprised their roles. Among the newbies are Lady Jaye (Adrienne Palicki) and Flint (D.J. Cotrona), Roadblock’s teammates throughout the entire movie. After surviving a strike on their camp, the Joes are on the run from

: Minecraft in a New Dimension

by William Astle For those of you who have played the popular indie game Minecraft, you understand how addicting it can be. Other games restrict you to following the campaign mode of the game only to be done with it in a few days, or worse, hours. Minecraft is a like a virtual sandbox with a nearly infinite amount of things to do. I recently was recommended a game by a close friend because they knew how much I liked Minecraft. The game was yet another indie game by the name of Terraria. So I went on my computer and found the game for around ten dollars on Steam. After it was finished downloading, I began to play it and was caught off guard right away by one thing: the game was in 2-D. I must say though, after wasting nearly a whole week of my free time on this game, I can honestly say that I like this game just as much, if not better, than Minecraft. When you begin the game, you start off by making a character. I was very impressed by the amount of player customization options. You can choose from several different haircuts and outfit colors to match your style. You then get the choice to choose the difficulty level of your player. There are three modes to choose from: softcore, mediumcore, and hardcore. Each one is suited for a different kind of person. Softcore is most suited for beginners to the game. It allows you to keep the items in your inventory upon death and only drop some in-game currency you were carrying with you when you died. Mediumcore is for more advanced players. In this mode, upon death you drop everything in your inventory. This adds a level of strategy to the game so you must really think about what you need in your inventory and what you are better off leaving at your base

before you go. Lastly, there is hardcore mode. This is similar to the hardcore mode of Minecraft in that your character only gets one life. This is for people who want a big challenge with risk involved. You have to think twice before doing anything that could get your player killed; when you die, your character is gone for good. After character creation, you then create and name a world to play in. This is

a neat feature not included in Minecraft. In Minecraft, your character and the world they play in comes as a package deal. You cannot have one without the other. In Terraria, you are free to make as many characters and worlds as you want. You can then take a character you created and explore many worlds with them or have many characters made for playing in one world. The choice is up to you! When making your world, you also get to choose how big you want it to be. The three choices are, surprising I know, small, medium, and large. Smaller worlds are for people who want to get more out of the game without dedicating much time to it. This is because all of the different items and areas to explore are closer together and more accessible. Medium worlds are a basic, standard world size. Then, large worlds are extremely big and suited for gamers who want to dedicate a lot of time to their world, exploring. Once you start in your world, you

begin as a new character with only a sword, an axe, and a pickaxe. These are the tools to cultivate the land around you and to protect you from enemies. Just like in Minecraft, I would suggest committing your first day to building a shelter. Once that is done you can do what you like until nightfall. If you choose to explore, you will probably run into your first enemy, a slime. These are not that hard to kill; a few hits with your sword should take care of it. At night, enemies come out and will attack you if you are somewhere they can get access to. The most common enemies at night are the zombie and demon eye (a demonic flying eyeball). Without armor and/or good weapons, you will probably die if you try to take on several zombies or demon eyes. When night is finally over, you can then get out to explore your world. Because the world is in 2-D, you basically have four options: forward, backward, left, or right. After walking for awhile, you will eventually arrive in a new biome. Common biomes are the forest, desert, jungle, and ocean. Just a tip of advice: if you stumble into a biome of purple grass, dead trees in the background, and creepy music before getting better weapons and/or armor, I suggest turning around and going the other way. This zone is called the Corruption and has difficult monsters like eater of souls and devourers. After playing around in the game for about a week I also discovered that there are boss monsters in the game. These monsters can either be summoned or encountered naturally and fought for good items that are dropped as spoils of battle. Don’t feel bad if during your first boss battle you get killed-- I would be lying if I said I wasn’t when I faced my first boss. All in all, after playing this game for a long time, I would wholeheartedly suggest it to anyone who likes playing Minecraft. My only disclaimer is that when you play it once, you’ll be addicted. I know I was.

the Cobra-controlled government and trying to save the U.S. from devastating nuclear war, part of an elaborate plot set in motion by Cobra Commander’s crew. The movie also jumps to the martial arts experts Snake Eyes (a Joe) and Storm Shadow (a Cobra), dealing with their own set of problems. If you are looking for a bland, mindless, cheesy action movie, then Retaliation is your cup of tea. It takes absolutely zero thought to make it through this movie. However, if you are even searching for the slightest sliver of clever humor or anything that makes any real sense whatsoever, skip this one. The snippets of dramatic music that somehow wormed their way into the film were irritating and cliché. Giant plot holes peppered the script and some components of the film were completely nonsensical (does no one care Britain was just destroyed by a nuclear missile? No one?). The blind martial arts master, confusingly portrayed by the Wu Tang Clan’s RZA, speaks in a completely bogus Asian accent. Also, Bruce Willis keeps calling Lady Jaye “Brenda” for absolutely no reason. If that isn’t enough to deter you, I don’t know what will. Certainly, G.I. Joe: Retaliation is no better than the previous film. In fact, it may actually be worse. It was laughable, true, so for that it deserves a measly one-and-a-half stars. And although this sounds very harsh, it may be the best review one of Dwayne Johnson’s movies has seen in years.

Cheerleader Tryouts by Arkayla Tenney-Howard

Cheerleading try outs and clinics will begin on April 29th. Students have a choice of which team to join. Students can choose Varsity football, JV basketball, or Varsity basketball. The basketball cheerleaders also compete throughout the season. This past season, the competitive cheerleaders went to multiple IHSA competitions and did exceedingly well. For the past three years, they received first place at Mt. Vernon, and won the Grand Champion award at University of Illinois. Coaches for next year, Ms. Kristin Dinga, Ms. Megan Gouge (basketball) and Mrs. Meagan Hemmer (football), hope to continue this streak. The clinics and tryouts will last through Friday, May 3. There will be two clinic days followed by a final tryout day. On the final day, small groups of girls will perform for a panel of judges. They will perform the material learned during the clinics. During clinics, girls will learn a mixture of sideline and floor cheers. Coaches said they want hard-working girls who display a positive attitude and maintain good grades. Enthusiasm, precision, and crowd appeal will be evaluated during the final tryout. For JV basketball cheer, tumbling

skills are not required because they will be taught at clinics. Although it is not required, previous knowledge will set girls ahead of the pack. For our Varsity team, boys and girls trying out should be able to do standing backhand springs and a running pass. The best way to prepare is to work out, practice jumps and flexibility. Stretch periodically during the day. Practice moves in a mirror and practice good facials. Both of the teams expect girls to show discipline, flexibility, and good motion (tight motions and good jumps with pointed toes). Regarding discipline, girls should follow the rules of tryouts. Do not show up wearing jewelry or nail polish. Follow the guidelines listed in the tryout packets for attire. These packets can be obtained from Ms. Dinga or Mrs. Hemmer. Ms. Dinga’s advice to hopefuls is, “Try your best and if you do not make it the first time, do not give up if it’s something you really want. Use the experience to motivate you to work hard and prepare for the next season. Not everybody makes it their first try! If you mess up while auditioning, just smile and join back in when you can. We all mess up, but we like to see how you recover from it.”

P L AY E R P R O F I L E S by Felesha Lee

Zachary Fields

Abby Burgdorf

Boys’ Volleyball Bumps Their Way to the Top by Felesha Lee

Photo courtesy of Laura Sauerwein

Belleville East boys’ volleyball team huddles before their game against Althoff on March 25.

forth. During tough games, Coach Belleville East’s boys’ volleyGaubatz just encourages the boys to ball team is off to a great start with play error free. Coach Gaubatz says, a record of 10-1-1, and both Coach Stefanie Gaubatz and the players have “The players know what to expect, and so do the coaches.” The team has high expectations for the team this great chemistry, for several of the season. players also play on a club volleyball The team won first place in the team called High Performance. Rockwood Summit tournament on Though boys’ volleyball is a April 6, and have two other tournanewer sport at Belleville East, the ments coming soon, one in Missouri, team has established a great reputation and one in Chicago. One of the team’s leading players, by working hard and being dedicated. Patrick Smith, who started playing volleyball in 5th grade at a private school, says, “We have high expectations for the team. We will definitely work to win conference.” Last year, the team also had an outstanding season, but missed the state tournament by one game. To prepare for their big games, the team watches their oppoPhoto by Felesha Lee nents, then they “pepper,” Coach Gaubatz recognized Belleville East which is when two players boys’volleyball team players (from left to right) Patrick Smith, John Mathews, Josiah Bergt , and Taylor Quinley bump the ball back and as outstanding player.

Zachary is a senior at Belleville East and a member of the boys’ tennis team. He has been playing tennis since he was in 7th grade. Zachary says, “It was not hard to get to an average level, but to get to the next level took, and is still taking, a lot of work.” He describes one of his strong points as being tough to outlast simply because of his will to win. Because Zachary is a senior, he is faced with parting from his team at the end of this season. He describes the team as a “brotherhood,” saying, “It will be hard to replace them.” Though he does not plan to play on a college team, he says he may continue to play on a club team. The Lancer family appreciates Zachary for being a perfect example of a Belleville East athlete.

Abby Burgdorf is the captain of the girls’ soccer team at Belleville East. She has been starting as varsity goalie since her freshman year. Abby has been playing soccer since she was 4 years old, despite her parents’ doubts of her athleticism, since she was late beginning to walk. With the help of her soccer family, Abby plans to break the girls’ soccer curse of not making it past the first game of playoffs. Though she is the captain, she gives credit where it is due. She credits the team’s successful season to the defense, saying, “They are by far the best defensive line that I have seen in our conference.” Abby does not plan to continue playing soccer in college. She has decided to pursue Army ROTC at Wheaton College instead. The Lancer family wishes the best to her.

Upcoming Games, Meets, and Matches Varsity Baseball: 4/30- vs East St. Louis, 4:30 pm

Boys’ Volleyball: 4/27- Lafayette Inv., Time TBA

Varsity Softball: 4/27- vs Carterville, 11 am

Boys’ Varsity Tennis: 4/26- Tiger Duals Tournament @ Edwardsville, 1 pm 4/26- Pitchford Tournament, 3pm

Track & Field: Boys: 4/27- @ Marion Freeman Track Inv., 8:30 am Girls: 4/29- @ Edwardsville, 4 pm

Jim Reynolds Memorial Golf Tournament Saturday, May 18th

Girls Soccer: 4/26- Adidas Tournament of Champs @ Burlington Reg. Rec Plex, 1 pm

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Unbeknownst to most people, Dr. Short is licensed to marry couples. Although he rarely does, he has officiated 5 different weddings in five different states. In which 5 states has Dr. Short joined couples in Holy matrimony?

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MOVIE QUOTE MAZE Hint: The Plastics and the Conspirators The letters of a quote are inside this maze and it will form a continuous link with no crosses. It may go right, left, up, or down. The puzzle starts in the left shaded square and ends with the right shaded square. Can you find the hidden quote?

FIND THE DIFFERENCE - There are 5 differences in the drawings. Can you find them all?

They Call It Xanadu by Lindsay Smith

Staff Photo Xanadu opened with a “chalk drawing” on Venice Beach. Seen here are muses Korey Prosise (Terpsichore), Thema Thomas (Euterpe), Anna Kurtz (Melpomene), LeeAnna Studt (Clio/Kira), Geary Graham (Thalia), Chloe Fike (Calliope), Ivana Nathavong (Erato).

Belleville East’s spring musical, Xanadu, directed by Mr. Zach Rogers, came to a close on Saturday, April 20th. The show was also student directed by Darneisha Coleman, Molly Compton, Robert Lounsbury, and Malik McRath. The show ran on Friday and Saturday for two consecutive weekends and starred 9 cast members. Xanadu is a musical set in the 1980’s, primarily focused around one Sonny Malone (Freddie Rice), a sidewalk artist in Venice Beach,

love with a mortal, Sonny Malone, which is forbidden to the Muses. The abandoned building in which Sonny and Kira decide to put their roller disco is owned by Danny Maguire (Danny Massie), a real estate mogul. Danny initially dismisses Sonny as a dreamer but later warms up after Kira appears to him in a memory as his long-lost love, Kitty. Sonny and Kira fix up the old auditorium with the help of the other Muses: Thalia (Geary Graham), Erato (Ivana Nanthavong), Terpsichore (Korey Prosise), and Euterpe (Thema Thomas). However, Kira is worried about the damnation that comes with breaking Zeus’ rules and confesses her identity. Sonny thinks she is crazy but is later convinced that she is telling the truth and follows her to Mount Olympus, where she awaits Zeus’ judgment. On Mt. Olympus, Zeus’ wives convince him that she is truly in love

Staff Photo Chloe Fike (Calliope) and Anna Kurtz (Melpomene) work their “Strange Magic” on Freddie Rice (Sonny) and LeeAnna Studt (Kira).

others to inspire Sonny to create a great work of art. The Muses may not tell mortals of their godly nature, so Clio disguises herself as an Australian roller skater named Kira. Kira later reveals that she is destined Staff Photo to receive Musical genres are combined as the muses compete against rockers, Geary the gift of Graham (Thalia), Freddie Rice (Sonny) and Korey Prosise (Terpischore). Xanadu, “the gift so grand that none of us truly knows California. Malone begins the show what it is.” Her sisters Melpomene angry and frustrated because he can(Anna Kurtz) and Calliope (Chloe not complete his mural of the Greek Fike) are jealous of the attention Muses. The Muses subsequently their sister always receives and place come to life, with their leader, Clio a curse on her, causing her to fall in (LeeAnna Studt), convincing the

Staff Photo LeeAnna Studt (Clio), was the leader of the muses and fell in love with Freddie Rice (Sonny).

Staff Photo In a flashback, the audience sees LeeAnna Studt (Kira) dancing with a younger Danny Massie (Danny).

condition and the 80’s, Xanadu was surely a crowd-pleaser. Clever quips by the talented cast kept the audience roaring with laughter for the duration of the night. Those that chose to sit in the set, via onstageseating (created by the tech crew under the direction of Mr. Brad Schmidt), were almost as much a part of the show as the cast – they were crawled on, talked to, and given props. The orchestra, directed by Mr. Mark Tessereau, performed behind the set and drove the pop and rock music that accompanied the actors. Mrs. Kim Stamps helped with the wonderful music, costuming, and choreography. All in all, the show was a riot and credit should be given to the wonderful cast, crew, and direction of Xanadu.

with Sonny. Zeus is also impressed with Sonny’s courage in saying that he will fight the Gods to prove his love for Kira. Zeus agrees to let Kira become a mortal so she may be with Sonny. He reveals that he will grant them the greatest gift mortals can receive, which is to be in love and create art. He explains that these two things comprise Staff Photo Xanadu. LeeAnna Studt (Clio) rode the Pegasus to Mt. Olympus to receive Full of satire her punishment for falling in love with a mortal. on both the human

The Lancer, Apr. 26, 2013  
The Lancer, Apr. 26, 2013  

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