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Volume 22 Issue 2 May 2014
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Medals of Honor
Debate Has Another Good Year
UIL Academic Team Advances to Regionals Nikki O’Connor, Editor
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The numbers were coming in as fast as the tabulator could enter them into the system. It was touch and go for a little while as the overall rankings kept changing. Then, the final tally appeared on the screen. The Lindale UIL Academic Team won the 16AAAA District Championship on March 25 and secured a place at regional Photo by N. Morrow competition being held at UT Arlington in May. “I like to test my skills and see all the hard work come into fruition when I get a medal,” journalism team member, Bethany Thompson said. “I am very excited about regionals because there is more competition and it’s a chance for me to go to state for the first time.” Amanda English, Computer Applications and Science coach is proud of the hard work and dedication of her teams. At competition, the students are given 12 problems to program to run a certain output. The team successfully programmed five of the programs. “They did a great job and dominated the competition,” English said. “It’s extremely difficult because the competition requires the students to use problem-solving skills, math skill and lots of programming concepts.” “These students will definitely need these skills throughout their college experience and I am very excited about this win,” English said. UIL UPDATE The LHS students who will be advancing to state are: Lily Hering, Bethany Thompson, and Jessie Elliott in Journalism. Ryan Clayton also advanced in Computer Applications.
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Joshua Yarbrough sets down his thick stack of papers and exhales a sigh of relief. As a senior, he has just won first place in district and advanced to the first ever state competition for congressional debate. His success is yet another one achieved through Lindale High School’s superior debate program. “My favorite thing about debate is the communication you have, and that you learn how to effectively display your opinions to people while being open to new ideas,” Yarbrough said. “The debate students always have a lot of fun, especially at tournaments where we have downtime between events where we can just relax.” The debate team competed in 17 tournaments this year. They won either 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place sweepstakes in almost every one. “Debate gives me a chance to talk about the Photo by Holley Snow topics I like in an argumentative fashion,” senior Charles Turner said. “I really enjoy debating at tournaments because there is nothing like feeling like you are smarter than someone when you beat them intellectually.” They also won the top three district spots from cross examination debating. The three teams who placed were: 1st place – Cody Gustafson and Barron Wolter, 2nd place – Alec Ramsey and Jonas Thrasher-Evers and 3rd place – Kylen Kuslak and Colton Parker.
Students Medal at State Vase competition Drew Austin, Staff Writer
LHS art students traveled to Bryan, Texas to compete at the state level of the Visual Arts Scholastic Event (VASE). Drew Austin, Hailey Long, Veronica Churchill, Chris Hilton, Natalee Lopez, and Maggie Pierce all qualified for state at the regional level of the VASE competition in early February. “I took the photograph [I entered] last year, and spent a couple hours editing it,” junior Maggie Pierce said. “I feel very accomplished. I love tangible proof of achievement.” Three out of the seven students who advanced to state medaled, which is the most Lindale has ever had. Veronica, Natalee, and Maggie all got 4 ratings on a 1 to 4 scale. Veronica got a perfect score, a 20, Maggie got a 17, and Natalee got a 15. “It’s really exciting to have medaled at state,” senior Veronica Churchill said.”At first you are Photos by N. Lopez looking at all of the other artwork, and you sort of feel inadequate. Then we you see that you actually medaled you think to yourself ‘Oh my gosh. Really?’.” Along the way, the students made a stop at Davey Dogwood Park in Palestine to take photos and enjoy the weather. When they arrived in Bryan, they spent time at an art and music festival. “I enjoyed getting to know other art students from all across the state,” Maggie said. “The trip was very enjoyable, and I can’t believe three of us medaled. It was all very exciting.” 3
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Where are you planning on attending college? What is your planned major? In the fall, I will be attending the University of Texas at Austin to study Nursing. I’d like to become either a pre-natal or NICU Nurse. What are your future plans? I am so excited for the opportunities that lie ahead of me. I may return to school after a few years to achieve a Bachelor’s Degree in American Sign Language and a Family Nurse Practitioner’s License, so I can open a bilingual clinic in the Austin area that will serve both deaf and hearing families. Graduation is sometimes scary to think about, because Austin will be such a different place than Lindale. But I believe that the experiences I’ve had and the friends that I have made here at LHS will keep me grounded, even in the big city.
Where are you planning on attending college? What is your planned major? I will be attending Texas A&M University at College Station in the fall. I will be majoring in biology so that I can become a nurse, and I will minor in journalism. I’m uncertain as to how far I will go in the medical field, but my ultimate goal would be to become a nurse practitioner or eye surgeon. My first year’s tuition is completely covered by the state’s valedictorian scholarship. What are your future plans? I want to return to Africa and continue my work in the mission field. There is a huge need for doctors and adequate health care there, and I feel that it is where I can do the most good. Beyond the desire to help, I genuinely love Africa and I am incredibly excited to get the opportunity to return someday. What teacher has inspired you the most? I want to give a huge shout-out to Coach Stanley, my 8th grade history teacher. You were one of the kindest, most supportive teachers I have ever met, even though you were going through one of the toughest years of your life when I walked into your classroom. You encouraged me to keep writing and you maintained my love for history. More than anything, I am thankful that you were kind to my sister too. Instead of comparing us, you let her be an individual, and I am forever thankful for that and so much more.
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He can almost feel the seconds ticking down. He dodges around a defender and receives the ball, then takes the shot. Rebound. He sees his
New faces, old foes
When people think of rivalries, they think of a fierce game between two sports teams, each vying for the winning score so that they may tout their victory until their next meeting. However, if you take a step back and examine this in further detail, you will realize that rivalries can go much further than just the players playing the game. “Rivalries can involve everyone into a little healthy competition,” senior Mikey Bowers said. “Students,
teammate snatch the ball and pass it back to him. Time: forty-five seconds. Score: 4344, and they’re not winning. It’s in his hands. Sophomore Jordan Gray spins around the opposing team’s member to half court, and takes the shot. Swish. Nothing but net. The boys’ basketball team had their next game Feb 14 at 6 at Trinity Valley Community College in Athens. They played Corsicana on Feb 12
and won 47-44. “It was definitely the most important game I’ve played in high school,” Gray said. “It was also the most satisfying win, knowing that we had to win to continue playing. We just ended up playing our best when we needed to – when our backs were against the wall.” The team will be playing Corsicana tomorrow at the chance to be third in the district and continue on to playoffs. If they win the game, they will play Mansfield Summit in the first round of playoffs. However, if they lose the game, the team will play Jacksonville
at 4:00 on Saturday for fourth place in the district. “When we won, I was excited and relieved all at the same time,” Scott Albritton, varsity boys’ basketball coach, said. “The guys came out and didn’t play the way they should have. After the first three quarters, we still weren’t doing well, but the guys just put the mistakes behind them and made a huge comeback at the end.” The team’s district record is 4 wins and 6 losses. The top shooters at Wednesday’s game were Gray with 20 points, senior Mason Terry with nine pointer and senior Court Brown with 6 points.
“Coming into this season, I had some higher expectations than what we did last year,” Albritton said. “Last year, we were a really young team, and this year, we have a a lot of experience. I really do think that our team has gotten this far because of our senior leadership.” The most the team has lost by this year was by 15 points to a 5A team. The team’s record for this season is currently 14 wins and 15 losses. “I feel like we’re better than we were last year, and Jordan was a big add to our team,” Terry said. “We have a few guys who come off
We just ended up playing our best when we needed to – when our backs were against the wall.
siblings and even parents can get actively involved when playing rival teams. It’s just a lot of fun to get into, especially when you know that anything can happen.” Rivalries typically span generations between two relatively close towns with sports teams who usually have good close games. While they are most common on the high
school level, they are also prevalent among colleges, and even sometimes in professional sports. “Most rivalries are all hype until you get between the lines,” senior Tate Coomer, a football and baseball player, said. “But as soon as that game starts, I honestly don’t care who you are, or where you come from, all I want to do is win.” While bad blood is often a theme in rivalry games, they often produce good sportsmanship. Because
of this, good players often improve morally and get better at their sports. “For me, rivalry games are always big, no matter what the sport is,” senior Clayton Baldwin said. “People are always talking trash before the game, but when all is said and done, the sweetest feeling is beating them above anyone else that you play.” Lindale has two main rivals, Van in non-district play and Whitehouse in district play. These teams have been
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the bench to back us up and it’s really good for us. This year, we have people who have stepped up on our team and now I feel like I can relax and have more fun on the court.” The team was down 13-7 at the end of the first quarter, 23-13 at halftime and 33-23. At the end of the third quarter. At 1:25 left, they were losing 44-41. “From the beginning, we were picked as the underdogs,” Gray said. “We were supposed to get almost last in our district, and we came out surprising a lot of people from the very beginning of the season. The feeling we’ve had after this comeback has been amazing.”
“Those games always had so much hype, so that as soon as the tip off happened you could just feel the energy coursing through your veins,” former Lindale student Zack Huseth said. “The atmosphere was always alive, and that is a feeling that I will always 9 remember.”
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Lindale girls go to state in powerlifting
Chassity Sims and Nicole Borger traveled to Corpus Christi on March 15th to compete in the girls State Powerlifting Competition. “It was fun to compete because a lot of kids don’t make it to state,” Nicole said. “But it was nervewracking, too. A lot of people look up to you when you go to state.” Sophomore Chassity Sims placed at the competition, despite it only being her second year to compete. “Chassity got
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If you could talk to your pancreas, what would you say?
“CHAD! (that’s my pancreas’s name) Could you please come back to life? Because that would be awesome.” Junior Abbey Giles was diagnosed with type one diabetes a little over a year ago. She takes insulin through a pump, which acts as an artifical pancreas outside the body. Giles inputs the amount of carbs eaten during her meal into her pump (pictured above).
Bethany Thompson Staff Writer The people around her go in and out of focus, asking questions she can not process in the haze of what is happening. It only lasts for a few minutes before her mind is once again overcome by darkness. Only days later, Junior Abbey Giles wakes to her mom’s familiar face in an unfamiliar room. Abbey is a type one diabetic. She was diagnosed a little over a year ago after going into a coma from high blood sugar of over one thousand. “It was really hard to get used to, but now it isn’t that bad,” Abbey said. “I don’t even remember what life was like before becoming diabetic. The things I have to do, like counting carbs and taking insulin, have all become a part of my everyday life.” After Abbey’s mother, Judy Giles, found her in a coma one morning, Judy and some of Abbey’s brothers rushed her to the hospital. She was then life-flighted in a helicopter to the Dallas Children’s hospital. After being in the ER for a couple of hours, she was moved to the ICU.
“We kept calling her name and praying for her to hang in there with us,” Judy said. “It wasn’t until after we were at the emergency room that I even stopped to think. In situations like that you only pray. Looking back I can see how God orchestrated her brothers being there.” Diabetes is caused by the lack of insulin produced by the pancreas. Though controlling her blood sugar can be tiresome at times, Abbey says not everything about it is bad. “I went to diabetes camp, which was really cool because I got to meet a bunch of different people that I wouldn’t have met otherwise,” Abbey said. “I never would have met, talked or become friends with these people if it wasn’t for diabetes. It’s an instant connection.” Abbey has to check her blood sugar at least four times a day. She used to take insulin from a syringe, but now she has an insulin pump she replaces every three days. “Diabetes has made me conquer my fears,” Abbey said. “Before diabetes, I hated needles, but now it’s no big deal. This has just been one new obstacle that I have learned to overcome.”
Abbey Giles, Junior Senior Kayla Welvaert also has type one diabetes. She was diagnosed 12 years ago at the age of six. “I think it was easier that I got diabetes when I did rather than now,” Welvert said. “Its easier to change your lifestyle and you are more susceptible to change at a younger age.”
FFA competes across Texas
Alisha Keller, Staff Writer On April 8 the Lindale Livestock team competed at A&M Commerce against 218 other students. In the livestock competition students judge steers, beef heifers, breeding heifers, market swine, breeding swine, breeding goats, breeding lambs, market lambs, market goats, breeding bulls, and slaughter and feeder cattle; it is Texas high school students who judge it, and junior Kayla Fields placed ninth overall. “I’m very proud of my accomplishment of placing ninth,” Fields said. “I’ve been judging livestock since my freshman year, so you can imagine my excitement when they called my name for placing top ten.” There were 58 chapters that competed in livestock judging in our area. After this competition the top eight teams advanced to state. Lindale placed sixth, therefore the team will be advancing. “I am SO proud of my team,” Fields said. “We have worked very hard the past couple of years, and I feel like each one of these guys deserve to advance.” The contest for this year is going to be held in May, and there will be 6080 livestock judging teams from across the state. Usually, it is held in the fall and there are two different contests. However, this will be a one-day judging event and they will be competing until they get to the top 10. “At this next contest, I expect each of us to score at least 600 points out of 675. That was out goal for the area contest and two of us reached that goal,” Fields said. “At state, I hope for all four of us to score higher and possibly place” “There is no one that I look up to more than my Ag teachers, and I hope to be able to do the same for students and be an inspiration and a light in their lives.” The students who are judging CDE, Career Development Events, have the opportunity, especially after making it to state, to get a scholarship to an agricultural school that has a judging team. For now, they get to go and compete against many more teams across the state of Texas. W“I want to attend Tarleton State University and major in animal science and become an Ag teacher,”Kayla said.
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Tyler Burkham, Staff Writer Senior Dylan Bacon won the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo Agricultural Public Speaking Contest Saturday, February 15. The competition had over 150 contestants and lasted over a span of 10 hours with the top 3 speakers winning $10,000 scholarships. “When I found out that I had won the competition and one of the 3 scholarships, my knees physically went weak and I honestly couldn’t think clearly,” Bacon said. “Winning the scholarship was especially big for me, because I have had this hunger to win some money to support my end of my college expenses so I could take some of the burden off of my family.” The competition consisted of two rounds, prelims and finals, where the contestants would give a 6-8 minute speech, followed by a 5 minute questioning period by a panel of judges who would determine the contestants’ knowledge over their subject area. At the end of prelims, the top 2 speakers of each room would advance to the finals, where all finalists would repeat the process. “I knew how badly Dylan wanted to win that contest, so when he was announced to be one of the top three finalists and that he had won a scholarship, you could see him grab onto the stage to steady himself,” freshman Whitney Bacon, Dylan’s younger sister, said. “He had been working for quite a while on the speech, and had put in a lot of research. It had gotten to the point so that on the way up to San Antonio you could even hear him practicing his speech under his breath.” Dylan’s teachers and peers alike are all extremely proud of the time and dedication he put forward into this competition. He has represented not only the school well, but also the town of Lindale. “Dylan is a great young man who is incredibly enthusiastic about everything he does whether it be academics, being a drum major, or being our local FFA chapter’s president,” teacher Rebecca Curry said. “His enthusiasm is very contagious, so it is very easy for people to want to do and be like him. He is an awesome young man with a lot of integrity, great work ethic, and he always motivates others to do more than they think they can.” “I actually felt horrible after prelims because I went into the room and everything in my speech I did was good except for this little ‘flub’ I had in the middle, but luckily I managed to keep it together and finished it out strong,” Bacon said. “Honestly, however, I did not expect to make it to finals and thought that my family and I had wasted our time and money, but when it was announced that I had advanced, I told myself I definitely had to win this thing because I certainly didn’t want to mess up twice and waste this trip and opportunity. I am mostly grateful for the San Antonio Livestock show because they have given out over 134 million dollars towards student education like Photo Credit: Holley Snow 15 mine.”
7th annual spring show Dancers of all ages performed on April 17 at Lindale’s Performing Arts Center (PAC) in the LHS Spring Show. The performances included the Star Steppers, the high school dance classes, and students from Keri’s Dance Factory. “We started preparation for Spring Show back in November,” drill team coach Keri Pierce said. “We learned squad routines and the opening number. We also have class five days a week, and practice every Tuesday after school to prepare.” The show is a long-standing tradition in Lindale. This is the 7th consecutive Spring Show held at Lindale High School, and has been ever changing and growing. “The show went very well,” Pierce said. “The whole operation ran very smoothly, and I thought the girls did a great job.” The turnout at the PAC for the show was great, and the show went according to plan. According to Star Stepper Mya Santschi, the show was a success. “Except for a few minor mistakes, all of our practice paid off,” Mya said. “The show was really good, and tons of people came up to congratulate us afterwards. I really enjoy doing this, and I hope to continue doing this throughout high school.”
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After volunteer firefighter Joe Yeakley was injured in a local house fire, the Lindale community has come together through various fundraisers to support the Yeakley family. The community has raised over $30,000 and has numerous benefits planned for the coming weeks. On Jan 30 Pizza Inn had a fundraiser for Joe Yeakley. 10% of the proceeds went to the Yeakley Family. “By the end of the night we raised around $9,000,” Pizza Inn employee Claudia Charles said. “I participated in the fun run becauswe I wanted to lead people and show that we can come together as a community. One thing that’s great about Lindale is when something bad happens we all come together.” Fightin’ for Joe shirts can be purchased through the Lindale Fire Department’s Women’s Auxiliary or by contacting Angela Green at (903) 920-4679. The shirts are selling for $20 each or 3 for $50. “I bought a Fightin’ for Joe shirt because the proceeds are going towards a great cause,” senior Heather Partridge said. “It’s been amazing to see what great things our community is cable of. The fact that over $30,000 has been raised for a loved community member says a lot.” The Not Your Average Joe Community Fun Run will be held on Feb 8 at Pickers Pavilion. The 5K run will begin at 10 am and there is a $25 donation that includes a t-shirt. “I’m planning on attending the fun run to help support someone in need in our community,” senior Victoria Gibbs said. “Joe has sacrificed a lot for us by being a firefighter and it feels good being able to give back to him. I’ll do anything to help him get better faster.” After the Community Run, there will be a BBQ Lunch (donations only), music and singing. Lindale resident Dayna Crenshaw is one of Joe’s many friends who are organizing the fun run. “We can’t imagine not doing our very best to help them through this challenging time,” Crenshaw said. “There has been an overwhelming response to the fun run via social media and word of mouth so far, and we are expecting a large turnout. We realize the weather may be uncomfortable but so are the struggles that Joe is facing. Get out and show your support. Rain, sleet or snow–just do it for Joe.”
On Jan 16, Lindale firefighter Joe Yeakley was severely injured due to a roof collapse in an effort to control a local house fire. Yeakley was flown to Parkland Medical Hospital in Dallas and remained in stable but critical condition with burns on over 50% of his body. The Lindale community has gathered together in support of Yeakley. Signs saying “Pray for Joe” have been scattering across Lindale in hopes of a fast recovery. “The Yeakleys are members of our church so we’re very close to them and have been for many years,” speech and debate teacher Janice Caldwell said. “I’ve never seen a community do something like this, it’s just an amazing thing. When I was visiting them at the hospital, they just couldn’t believe what this community has done for them.” A donation account has been set up for Yeakley at Texas Bank and Trust under Lindale Volunteer Fire Department, FBO Joe Yeakley. Blood donations can also be made in his honor. “Lindale is a very close and compassionate community,” band director Steven Moore said. “After living here for the past 24 years I see time and time again people rise to the occasion to help others in need especially those in our community involved in tragedies like this.” A community fun run was held on Saturday, Feb 8 at Picker’s Pavilion in downtown Lindale to raise funds for Yeakley. A $25 donation included a t-shirt and 100% of proceeds benefited Yeakley and his family. “Lindale is different from any other community because we still have that small town spirit,” senior Jason Misenheimer said. “When someone in our community has a need, we will stick up for them and make sure everything comes together.” A benefit concert for Yeakley was held in the PAC on March 5 featuring Casey Rivers. All proceeds went to the Yeakleys. “Times like these make this area more special because it shows that we have concerns,” senior Kelsey Guillaum said. “It’s really important to help people in their time of need. I love the fact that Lindale is setting up funds to benefit the Yeakley family and putting up signs around town.”
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LHS Senior Awarded $18,000 Katelyn Boone Receives C.J Scholarship for FCCLA
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Nikki O’Connor, Editor FCCLA President Katelyn Boone received the C.J. Davidson scholarship valued at $18,000 April 10th. Boone qualified for the scholarship by being an active member of FCCLA, majoring in Family Consumer Science, and by attending the FCCLA state meeting to receive the scholarship. “I want to major in FCS because it is something everyone should be involved in and there is something for everyone to learn,” Boone said. “The class helps you prepare for adult life.” Boone received the scholarship from a fund that was set up by C.J Davidson. In addition to the C.J. Davidson scholarship, Boone also received the Smith County Jr. Livestock show scholarship that is a local opportunity given by being a FCCLA member. “I was very excited when I found out that I had won the scholarship,” Boone said. “I get $2,250 a semester, which will cover a big portion of my overall expenses.” Boone is planning on attending Stephen F. Austin and majoring in Family Computer Science Education. “I want to thank Mr. Davidson for his generosity and for believing in the goals of Photo by A. Allen FCCLA,” Boone said. “I also want to thank Mrs. Allen for introducing me to FCCLA, for impacting my life and for inspiring me to want to be a teacher.”
Academic Rodeo Team members hosted a fashion show in January. It was a two-part event including Construction and Consumer Buying. There are different rules for each category; however, both deal with garments that the girls made themselves. In the construction portion of the show the girls are judged 70 percent on their construction techniques of the garment that they turned in. The last 30 percent of judging comes Photo By Taylor Ritchie from the night of modeling. In this category Freshman Kamryn Stacks placed second in class and third overall. “I am actually very surprised about my placing,” Stacks said. “I thought that I wasn’t going to place at all because I made errors in my turns.” Katelyn Free placed first in class and second overall. Breanna Marsh placed first in class and first overall. “‘I was really nervous about the competition,” Marsh said. “I had really high expectations going to the show, and it definitely exceeded those expectations.” The second category, Consumer Buying, involves comparison-shopping to get the best value for their money and to find things that are trendy. After this, they must fill out paperwork that handles comparisons of construction techniques, fiber content, and uses for the garment such as how it blends with their wardrobe. The paperwork is 70 percent of the judging, and modeling is the last 30 percent. Abbie Anderson placed second in class and first overall in this category. “I loved people watching before the show,” Stacks said. “It was just the funniest thing. There was somebody in a stitch outfit and other really interesting attire.”
Leaving a Legacy Staff Writer, Drew Austin Human services teacher Alethea Allen will be retiring after many years of dedicated service to our students. Allen has been involved with FCCLA for 33 years. She was honored this year with the FCCLA Advisor of the Year award. This prestigious award is only given once a year to a FCCLA advisor in the state of Texas. “Its pretty neat to be honored by your peers,” Allen said. “Sure, it’s great to be honored by an organization, but its not often you are honored by your peers.” Photo By N. Morrow
Not your ordinary printer Bethany Thompson Staff Writer
The LHS engineering department is working with cutting-edge 3-D printing technology in Brent Berryman’s engineering classes. 3D printers make parts and products using a computer-driven, additive process, one layer at a time. The school purchased their own 3D printer for $10,000 in 2012. “3D printers are being used in almost every industry,” Brent Berryman said. “They are especially popular in the medical
Animating young minds Many people have dreams of how they want to spend their future starting when they were very young. Many aspire to be firefighters, doctors, astronauts, etc. For Amanda English, college began with the dream of being an accountant; however, she decided to be a teacher instead, and now she is the new computer science teacher at LHS. “I taught at Chapel Hill for 10 years and truly enjoyed my years there,” Mrs. English said. “However, I grew up in Lindale and
currently live in Lindale, so when this teaching job opened up I was excited to take the position.” English has been teaching 11 years. She teaches programming, animation, web technology, and business. “Having students get excited about what they are learning and even working on projects in their free time and on the weekend has been one of the highlights
field reproducing prosthetics, etc.” The printer can produce solid parts from 3D drawing software. LHS students have made i-phone cases, rubber band launchers, sunglasses and more. “If the students go into any type of engineering or design career they will need to understand the importance of this tool and how to operate it,” Berryman said. “The printer helps them understand the importance of precision and tolerances in the engineering and design process.”
Michaela Blanchard Staff Writer of the year,” English said. “Also, taking students to UIL Academics and having them place has been exciting.” English brings two teams of students to UIL events to compete. These include Computer Science and Computer Programming. “I love working in the same building where I attended high school,” English said. “I love that the traditions haven’t changed since I was here 15 years ago.”
Screws and nuts and bolts, oh my! Lily Hering Staff Writer Robotics class members participated April 17 in an in-class double-elimination competition using robots they constructed. “They learned how to build and program the robot, but this also puts a lot of fun into it,” robotics teacher Duane Walton said. “They got to enjoy the competition aspect as well. While we’ve been doing this project, they’ve worked a lot harder and more steadily to get everything done.” Teams were given materials to use when constructing their robots, but received no outside help. The students were given about 5 weeks to design, assemble and program their robots to remotely perform tasks. “It was hard to not give them ideas and to refrain from helping them, but I tried to not do that so the work would be their own,” Walton said. “As they worked on it, they continued to test their robots and improve them, and it was fun to see them make progress.” Each team had a quarantined area in which to put their robot, along with multiple foam footballs and soccer balls. The objective was to pick up and launch as many balls as they could into the other team’s section of the playing field. “A lot of this project was trial and error,” senior Nick Martin said. “We tried several designs and each one had different strengths and flaws. At times it was difficult to figure out, but in the end it was nice to enjoy seeing what we created.” 23
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Staff Writer Drew Austin Now that 2013 has rounded off, we begin to hear about this year’s big music releases. Fan bases expect the best, and 2013 was a big year for music. Lindale students have voiced their opinion, stating their favorite genres of music and what they think of the state of music this past year. “This year was really great because some of my favorite bands released new albums,” Emma Johnsen said. “Fall Out Boy, Mayday Parade and Panic! at the Disco were among these bands. I even got to see all of them in concert this past year.” Most high schools are very diverse, and each student has his or her own individual taste in music. There are some who like rap and hip-hop, and some like rock and punk. “I like punk music and any kind of alternative rock, and almost anything in the rock genre, as well as some metal,” Matthew Smith said. “I like some pop music, but not much else. I am open to a lot of kinds of music, so I think I have a pretty big variety in my taste in music.” There are obviously the fans of ‘Top 40’ music, or the very popular artists like Katy Perry and Bruno Mars. Some people, though, like to deviate from the status quo. “To be honest, I don’t really care about that popular music, and I only listen to my kind of music,” Alec Ramsey said. “I think that all music that people put out that’s mainstream is terrible. It’s like a cult following, for example MIley Cyrus, who is terrible.” For the most part, students have agreed that this past year has been one for a lot of good music. A lot of new music was released, and some of it was even tolerable. “2013 was actually a pretty solid year for music,” Lucas Bonds said. “I like punk rock-and-roll, and one of my favourite punk bands, The Wonder Years, released their new album. That and many other releases made this a great year for music.”
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Students need later start times to achieve success Staff Writer, Lily Hering
Students are required to make the difficult conversion every year from waking up far past noon to rising practically at the crack of dawn. At least, that’s how it feels when adjusting one’s schedule to early school start times. As the year wears on, students don’t truly become accustomed to the early mornings, but instead, they just learn how to run on less and less sleep. School start times should be pushed back at least to 8:30 a.m. because of a general improvement in each student’s health, well-being, behavior and grades. At least five days a week, 180 days a year, students are subject to the horrendous buzz of an alarm clock telling them to “rise and shine!” for an exhaustion-filled day at school. They drag themselves out of bed in order to spend the day trying to concentrate and fight the urge to zone out or sleep. Many students simply can’t fight this urge, and therefore end up not learning information that they very much need. This, in turn, results in poor grades or even unfinished work when students forgo their homework in favor of much-needed sleep. In contrast to students who feel the need to nap during the day, some teens find that sleep deprivation affects their behavior. Instead of passively floating through the day, many teens will experience irritability, a short temper or even depression when going through a typical school day. This leads to students being punished externally or internally for things that never should have happened, and probably wouldn’t have if the student had been properly rested. Many people brush this sleep deprivation off as teenagers being lazy or not going to sleep at a decent time. However, this is absolutely not true because teenagers are biologically drawn to going to sleep later in the evening and having a belated waking time. This means that it is not uncommon for a teen to not be able to fall asleep until 11 PM and to wake up fully rested at 8 AM. Besides naturally starting the day at 8 AM, students need time to get dressed, eat breakfast and get to school in the mornings. This puts students’ biological clocks at a stark contrast to early mornings. All of these issues related to sleep deprivation have already started stirring changes in school schedules all across the nation and the world. School administrations should continue to make these changes because of all the benefits to delaying school by even 30 minutes to an hour. The delay would increase general day to day issues for students, as well as those who come in contact with said students.
Pro/Con Social Media Staff Writer, Michaela Blanchard - Con
Staff Writer, Alisha Keller- Pro
In our modern world social media is used to communicate more often than face to face conversation. Social media has negatively affected our ability to communicate and live peacefully with other people and ourselves, and will affect our future generations as they will not know the value of face to face personal communication. Social media is an outlet for many people to post about their feelings. People are drawn towards this easy, simple, immediate way to get their feelings across. But when one posts about how they feel, nothing is resolved. This results in social media users feeling lonely and keeping to themselves. As you walk into any place where many people are congregated, such as a food court at a mall, you will see people looking down at their phones rather than conversing with each other. They do not even take the opportunities they have for personal, face to face conversations when they have it. As well as people missing out on conversation opportunities for social media-chats, people have lost their ability to hold a conversation in person. This can be resolved if people practice more self control to be sociable in person. If someone needs to vent feelings, they should consult a person and not a twitter update. When in a group, people should all put their phones in the center of the table or group and save social media time for when they are alone. These two options could improve people’s non-cyber socialization.
Today’s society is completely dependent on modern technology. It is used in doctors’ offices, schools, and everyday life. However, most people’s troubles lie within the aspect of social media. There are concerns, especially for the generations to come, that the use of social media is creating more anti-social behaviors within communities. However, if anything, social media is helping younger generations to become more socialized. How can anyone put a bad name on social media when it is giving children the means to succeed? Granted, they may already have what it takes to go out into the big, bad world and dominate the workplace, but what if they don’t? What happens to the kids who lack the determination to flourish and thrive in the world? They are the ones who get pushed to the back burner, passed up for promotions and looked over for substantial opportunities. Social media gives these people a way out of the shadows. It provides an outlet for bottled-up emotions, and it satisfies the need for companionship. Online these kids can be anyone that they wish to be. They don’t have to fear judgement or ridicule; they have the chance to be prosperous and successful. There are concerns for the loss of physical, face-to-face communication. Yet, there is plenty of that in the workplace with coworkers, in school with teachers and friends, even in the grocery store people have some form of tangible contact. Therefore, the entire argument of reduced face-toface communication is completely invalid. Social media is the Superman of today’s generation. It should be commended, not 27 criticized.
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