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For some students, inspiration to serve the country came at an early age, and they have already begun to prepare. Rachel Swedberg D.Anne Vollmayer, Staff Reporters September 11, 2001 is a day that will always be remembered for its tragic events. Despite the catastrophic blow to America’s spirit, it had a profound effect on the entire nation, particularly two current seniors and a Lafayette alumnus. While 9/11 may have solidified their choice to enter the armed forces, they have been drawn since their childhood. According to Air Force Junior Reserved Officer Training Corps (ROTC) teachers Colonel Michael Berenc and Sergeant David Cugier, fewer than four Lafayette students show real interest in going into the armed forces later in life. Some choose to answer the call.
Semper Fi This newfound patriotism was sparked in senior Joe Deavenport, reassuring him that his desire to join the Marines was the right one for him. “9/11 was the day I decided that I wanted to be in the Marines someday. It was a sad day for a lot of people and made me respect [the Marines] even more,” he said. His grandfather was a Marine and he always had a lot of respect for them and what they do. Deavenport recently finished his essay for the Marine Option Scholarship which will pay for all four years of his college; in return he
will do five years of active duty and five years of reserve duty. Deavenport always knew he wanted to be a Marine after college. He is considering attending Ohio State to major in business but is also keeping the Marine Option Scholarship in mind which may affect his decision.
read and write are other things that would benefit in preparation to going into the armed forces. Deavenport said he would want to be stationed somewhere in the Middle East. “I really just want to be in the action,” he said. Deavenport wants to make a career out of the Marines because he knows it will be a valuable experience and The values I was taught to something he would uphold in scouting such as really enjoy.
patriotism, fitness, spirituality and honor became my core life values. The only institution in America designed to train men and women to uphold all of these values is the armed forces.”
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Senior Seth Henke had also considered joining before Sept. 11, 2001, but that day definitely affected his decision. It increased his pa -Jeffrey Feldmann triotism and let him Lafayette Class of 2005 know something had to be done. Rather than enlist“If I do ROTC with the scholar- ing in the Marines, Henke wants to ship I will become a second Lieu- join the Army. tenant right out of school,” DeavHe is an Eagle Scout and is heavenport said. ily involved in the ROTC program. In a few weeks, Deavenport is “The reason why I chose the getting his physical fitness testing Army branch is because it has the for the scholarship he applied for. best infantry force, which also helps In addition to that, he does me with my future career and interworkouts at Velocity and the YMCA est,” said Henke. working on pull-ups and the timed Henke either wants to attend the three mile run. University of Missouri-Columbia He also does community service (Mizzou) or West Point, a military at the YMCA, teaches children mar- academy. tial arts and works hard to keep his He has talked with recruiters at grades up. the Mizzou about physical training, Cugier and Berenc said math, such as running and participating science, English and the ability to in other outdoor activities.
Though he would prefer to be stationed in Germany, he is willing to go anywhere necessary. “If I had to go to Iraq I would because my country is the greatest. I’ve had the perfect life here and I would do anything to keep it that way,” Henke said.
Anchors Away Class of 2005 graduate Jeffrey Feldmann is currently serving in the US Navy. He said his decision to enter the Navy was as natural as breathing. “I was a member of the Boy Scouts in an active and adventurous scout troop. It combined high adventure activities with leadership training as well as character development,” Feldmann said. “The values I was taught to uphold in scouting such as patriotism, fitness, spirituality and honor became my core life values. The only institution in America designed to train men and women to uphold all of these values is the armed forces.” Feldmann joined the Navy in June 2005 with the intention of making a positive impact on the world, because the Navy and Marine Corps are the front line of interaction between the United States and foreign countries. “For military members, it is in our profession to prove to the world that we, America, stand for peace, prosperity, liberty and justice everywhere in the world,” he said.
Sept. 23 STUCO Meeting 7 p.m. Sept. 25 Parent-Teacher Conferences 4:30-8 p.m. Sept. 27 Lancer Regiment Contest of Champions 4:30-8 p.m.
Students share their political beliefs and what factors influence their decisions.
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very morning at 8:20, the school’s doors are all locked tightly, the hall monitors are all on duty and the parking lot attendants are out on the lot enforcing the rules and keeping things in check. Set procedures are in place to keep all of us here safe on our way into school, during the school day and on our way home from campus. If a threat arises, our staff and student body are prepared for it. The Image staff believes we are kept safe at school each day, and we want to share with you why. Bomb threats are handled in an efficient manner, with “the safety of students and personnel being the primary concern,” according to Rockwood School District Board policy. The main procedures include evacuation and notification of legal authorities, along with administrative response to the situation’s legitimacy. Intruder alerts are handled
much in the same manner. Authorities are contacted, necessary evacuations, in this case hiding, are carried out, and administration takes over. Though no campus invasions have yet to occur, we believe if an intruder set foot on school grounds, our school would aptly handle it. Video surveillance is another useful tool administration has at their disposal to ensure safety on a daily basis. Under its current contract with the district, Lafayette reserves the right to survey any grounds not “under an expectation of privacy”
to ensure the safety of its students. Though video surveillance can cause discomfort, our staff believes it is necessary to make things run smoothly on a daily routine. In addition to district policy, Lafayette has its fair share of unique ways of keeping students out of harm’s way. After school ends and all athletic activities have come to a close for the evening, each locker room is locked to ensure theft is kept to a bare minimum. Every door is locked each morning after the beginning of 1st Hour, except the Welcome Center entrance. Anyone wanting to enter the school must sign in at the Welcome Center, and subsequently receive a brightly colored, easily identifiable neon yellow guest pass to wear on school grounds. With this procedure set in stone, everyone who is allowed to enter the school is here for a
I got to T.R. Hughes ballpark in St. Peters, we were scrambling for seats (we had gotten there a little late). Somehow, we finagled our way right behind where McCain and Palin were going to speak. It was thrilling. We got there and we just looked at each other and said, ‘can you believe this!’ So the rally progressed, and it actually was pretty entertaining. John Rich from the country band ‘Big & Rich’ showed up, and performed a couple songs for the crowd, which was huge. After awhile, the ‘Straight Talk Express’ rolled into the stadium, and out of the bus walks Romney, Huckabee, McCain and the newly appointed running mate, Sarah Palin. After the three men, she started to speak, and being about 20 yards away from her made it especially cool. I did notice however, her words were sounding much different then McCain’s or Obama’s had. And no, it wasn’t just the estrogen; it was her tone. It didn’t sound like she was trying to please anybody. What impressed me the most was that it sounded like I was listening to a concerned leader. Someone who actually cared about all the issues in our society. And while I consider myself halfway observant of our nation’s
issues, I feel safe to say that with her in office, things won’t be about rampant change. I also don’t think it will be about discarding potential solvents for our state, either. Palin actually has the thoughts of a leader, and an outstanding work ethic. What grosses me out the most is that Democrats actually have the audacity to attack her family, as much as they have, and as quickly as they have done so. Seventeen-year-olds can get pregnant, big whoop. Twenty-twoyear-olds drink alcohol, who would have dreamed it? Since when were these surprises? By the sounds of it, you would guess that the Democrats all failed Biology in high school. If a girl gets pregnant, don’t discuss it publicly. Palin’s husband got in trouble 20 years ago, but no one’s perfect. Leave him alone. If anything, the Democrats should look at themselves and wonder what they are doing to a family, first and foremost. An issue that I am sure was grueling on the daughter and the parents, which has probably resolved itself within the familial unit, is now being discussed on CNN. Now that’s good for the kid. Not the one coming, the one that is carrying the one coming.
productive reason. The most unique and vital part of the school’s safety is our hall monitors. Stationed at every entrance, these staff members are all more than capable of protecting us from any unwanted outside invaders. Regarding the effectiveness of hall monitors, Associate Principal Jodi Davidson said, “I came from a school without them, and I think they make a huge difference in keeping the school safe.” As a staff, we truly believe the district and our administration do an exemplary job of keeping us safe every day at school. All set procedures have proven to be effective, and practiced each year. Legitimately, no threat has arisen in this school that has not been dealt with swiftly, and in a fair and lawful manner. We thank all of those who take part in ensuring our safety. We sincerely appreciate you keeping us safe, day-to-day.
The only thing that could stop this ‘Obamarama’ When I was thinking about what to write about, it seemed ridiculous how oblivious I was to the one obvious issue dangling in front of my face. This small little white space was almost filled with me resorting back to the world of sports, with me discussing excessive celebration in college football, and how absurd the calls are getting. Yes, while I do believe that to be true, it would be a disservice to lend my opinion on these highly valued pages to something on such a small scale as that. And while the topic I chose does not serve for much eternal significance either, it plays a bigger role in our immediate society, so that’s why I have opted to give you all my two cents on ‘The Natural State’s’ governor, Sarah Palin. The idea I have come up with is that Palin has been nothing but a breath of fresh air. So far. As lucky as I am, my friendship ties somehow led to a John McCain rally ticket falling into my hands on Aug. 31. I was thrilled that I got this opportunity. I mean, yeah, sure I didn’t really see the need to go to a rally and pump ourselves up over him; it just seemed like a false sense of assurance, but I still wanted to show support However, when my friends and
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What kid doesn’t love to have their issues put under a microscope by political analysts from the Atlantic to the Pacific? Hello, has anyone heard that she is actually keeping the kid? That’s pretty commendable all in itself, considering the amount of teenage abortions that do take place. And you know what, this should not even be an issue. It’s a huge non-factor when considering Palin’s ability to lead. If anything, this adversity will only show more of her courage and leadership. No more of the pregnant teen. But listening to Palin, especially at the convention, is awesome. She is someone the country can rally around, on a much bigger scale than where the River City Rascals play. Metaphorically of course.
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Student speaks on the August Issue’s Rolling the Crease
As I was flipping through the August edition of the Image, one particular article caught my eye: Ms. Melanie Hinzpeter’s column about the controversy surrounding the 2008 Beijing Olympics. After reading the aforementioned piece, I must conclude that Ms. Hinzpeter is a gifted co-sports editor and I look forward to all of her articles that are to be written in the not-so-distant future. That being said, I was a bit perplexed by Ms. Hinzpeter’s accusation that President Bush’s decision to attend the Olympics was criticized simply because he is neglecting the “bad air quality” in China as well as the athletes who are doping,
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wearing face masks, etc. I find this accusation ironic because Bush’s decision to attend the Olympics was actually being criticized because of China’s lack of support in regards to a current global issue that was not mentioned in Ms. Hinzpeter’s article: the crisis in Sudan’s Darfur region. Because it was President Bush
who pronounced the violence in Darfur as genocide, activists are denouncing him as a hypocrite for attending a ceremony run by the very country that isn’t doing much to help out. Congress urged Bush not to attend - to no avail - and now Hollywood seems to be following their example. Last February, Steven Spielberg pulled out of his role as advisor to the opening ceremony of the Olympics, meaning it as a form of protest against China’s inactivity over the Darfur conflict. As we all know, China is run by a Communist government, so no
citizens are allowed to speak out against their inactivity in regards to the Darfur conflict. Even Americans who went to the county just to protest were deported back to the United States anyway, so nothing we do is going to change a thing. But I find it questionable that the Olympics should be ‘a model for the world.’ Is the world supposed to be represented by a country that stands back and yawns while its own neighbor is slipping down an edge of self-destruction? That wasn’t the world I remember 10 years ago, and it shouldn’t be the world right now.
incerely, Adam Zanzie
Putting on a mask in any social situation can only result in your unhappiness, so take it off
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us still do, and that’s okay. But we don’t have to struggle to fit in, and within this struggle is my first point: the only person who needs to be satisfied with yourself is you. Though there will be haters and doubters, and they will bother you, tell them to shove off. Who really cares what they think anyway? It’s simple: if you are satisfied with the way you are no one else really matters. If someone does not enjoy you for who you are, they are not worth your time. Recent events have tested this belief, the one of self-satisfaction above all, that I have held for two years now. I have met a plethora of other people in my days, some of whom have become closer than others to me. I have met great enemies, and close friends. I have also met myself in many ways, especially within the past few months. I have been wearing a mask. A hideously ugly and fake mask that has been killing me on the inside, and harming others close to me on the outside. I have become the one thing I have vowed never to be: Selfish. Not selfish in the traditional sense, necessarily; I still have put
others’ interests before me as much as I see the chance to in regards to sharing things and time. Rather, I have become selfish because I have put my feelings before those around me. Essentially, I have come to realize that I matter. Quite frankly, I am glad I did. I had been living a tall tale underneath my mask, acting out lies to others on a few occasions but for the most part lying to myself daily inside my mind. I’m glad to say that I am finished with that, and I’m moving on. I am taking off my metaphorical mask. No, this removal has no correlation to the fact that I just shaved the majority of my beloved facial hair off. Instead, I’m taking off my mask because I am done being unfair. I am done lying to myself. No longer will I tell myself I feel a certain way because it’s the social standard or because it is convenient. I am an individual, and now at 18 years of age it is time to face up to my true feelings. Enough about me, though. I truly believe the vast majority of us have worn or wear a mask within this building.
Until now, I’ve always been a bit outspoken about mostly everything. When it comes to sports, school, girls and politics, I almost always have something to say, and I almost always think I’m right. Things get bitter sometimes, and I’ve had my fair share of heated debates in my short 18 years on this planet. However, I do have a soft side, as we all do, and would like to share a bit of that side with you. As time has begun to slip by in my final year of high school, I am coming to realize many things about myself. These things are not tailored only to me though; I would like to think that we can all learn from the past, in this specific case, my own. The past closely resembles a personal history to me, and I would like to share a few general observations with you about what I’ve learned from it. Yes, I am going to give you my abridged high school life history; pay attention if you like gossip, or if you are searching for advice or direction. When I began my career here, I had no idea what to expect. To be honest, I struggled to fit in. Each day was a new, different struggle to find my place We struggled in this as underclassmen, and to this day some of
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I encourage you to take it off. Be true to yourself. It’s a bit selfish, but not in the sense that I once thought; it’s what is right for you and for everyone you associate with. Every lie you tell takes its toll, on you and on others. Be honest with others. In doing so, you will grow as a person, you will become happier instantly. It doesn’t take much not to lie; it comes down to will power. I challenge you-keep it real. Don’t fake your emotions to anyone, especially not yourself. Start being realistic, either before you become someone you hate like I did, or before you really do turn into something you are not. All of us have great characteristics about us; it’s just up to us to buy into what makes us great and act on it every day.
safe do you feel inside the school How on a day-to-day basis?
“I don’t feel overprotected, but I don’t want to either.”
Sara Denney “I feel safe. I don’t feel like anyone’s going to hurt me.”
“Extremely safe because it is a good school. We don’t have gangs or anything.”
3 stars & gripes stars to: •Senior T-shirts. As our oldest student leaders sport this design, quite possibly the coolest ever, underclassmen will be stopped dead in their tracks staring. •Recently revamped login system onto Rockwood computers. Say goodbye to those unwieldy I/D numbers with zeros in front; now all someone has to do to hack into your account is know your name and password. •The one and only United States of America. Where else can you eat apple pie and have a cold one without feeling self-conscious? •Our lovely new scoreboard. The only thing that would make the yellow ‘Lancers’ writing better is if it lit up at night in neon. •Graduation has moved to Chaifetz arena downtown. No more ticket limits, as the arena seats 10,600 people. •Sweet healthy food in Lancer’s Landing. Who knew you could grab some apples with caramel for a nice dessert before any hour of the day?
gripes to: •The lack of diversity in our Coca-Cola machines. It’s too bad the machines don’t carry their most coveted product, Coca-Cola Classic. •The Zero Hour bus just happens to share its passenger load with a bunch of middle school students. Nothing like listening to middle school gossip at 7 a.m. •Lunch schedules on half days. Now, 3rd lunch is no longer allowed to exit the campus early, making for even more traffic jams getting out of here. •No clocks on the walls in the upstairs eating area. Since we can’t check our phones for the time, clocks would be a big help in reducing the ever-rising tardy count.
“I feel safe enough, but if someone wants to throw down, it’s happening.”
•Hurricanes, especially Gustav. The weather produced by these terrible storms caused further damage where it’s needed least in Louisiana and Mississippi, and messed up the football game on Sept. 5.
4 News Briefs Grants
The Lancer Parent Organization (LPO), with membership fees and profits from the school store, Lancer’s Landing, brought in $42,000 last year. Nearly $24,000 was used to provide grants to principals, teachers and staff who applied to receive one. Grants awarded by the LPO were used to furnish the Incentive Program Coffee House, buy 60 calculators for the math department and provide a high-quality commercial camcorder for DVD Yearbook, and more. A full list of awards can be found in Lancer’s Landing.
Senior Brent Folan has been named Missouri Junior ROTC Cadet of the Year and will be recognized by the American Legion in Jefferson City this October. Selection was based on academics, service to the community, extracurricular activities and success in aerospace science. Nominated by Colonel Mike Berenc, Folan believes he was selected because of his leadership abilities. “I have held a leadership position each semester since freshman year. Some of them include Assistant of Public Affairs, Flight Leader, Director of Public Affairs, Academic Officer and Liaison Commander,” Folan said. Folan is the third LHS recipient of the award, joining Lisa Meier and Ryan Senciboy.
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Flex growth prompts expansion Bre Vickers, Staff Reporter In 1971, the Flex Program was implemented as an honors program opportunity, giving high school students the option of independent studies on days without classes, preparing them for a college schedule. Today’s Flex courses hold the same purpose and include an AP option. The program started small and stayed at a level size until the early 1990s when the maximum number of students enrolled in the program was 200. During the 2007-2008 school year about 450 students were enrolled, and for the first semester of this year, the number enrolled is just over 500. To accommodate for the growth of the program, the 2008 Bond issue includes plans to create more space for Flex classrooms by expanding the existing Library and adding a second lecture hall. This gives the opportunity to schedule two large groups in one block, adding to the number of classes available. “[The Flex Program expanding] is important for students to grow academically and better their work habits, their work habits even help them in other courses,” Jean Peters, Flex Chair, said. “Part of what sets Lafayette apart [academically] is the Flex Program. The Flex Program serves as an important transition before college,” she added. Currently the Flex Program offers five social studies courses, four language arts courses, three science courses and one art course. But as courses have expanded, the area available for resource has not. With area expansions, Peters said she looks forward to being able to have the Flex Program offer
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Students in 4th Hour AP Psychology-Flex take notes during a large-group seminar lecture. The large enrollment forced the class to meet in the Theater for large groups instead of the normal lecture room. more courses, which she hopes will encourage more student to enroll in the program. The project to expand the Library is expected to be complete by late fall 2009. “After the project is complete and we have more room the only thing I see being a problem is students fitting classes in on the new hybrid schedule,” Peters said. The Flex Program offers many advantages to students, proving to be beneficial in its preparations for college. “You have to be independent in learning in college and Flex prepares you for that. You get to sign up for classes like a college student,” junior Maddi Enzmann said. Enzmann enrolled in Flex courses because it gave her variety in her schedule and the opportunity to do
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The Democratic and Republican tickets have sparked interest in many students Caleb Cavarretta, Staff Reporter Presidential candidates have selected their running mates, both parties have held their convention and commercials both praising and smearing dominate air time. The political season is in full swing and Election Day is fast approaching. Commentaries in TIME Magazine claim this is the year of the youth vote. But what do young people base their politics on? Senior Laura Dick is supporting Senator Barack Obama because “he is interested in foreign policy, and because he has lived overseas and knows what it is like.” She said Obama’s interest in diplomacy and going against the “us vs. them” mentality are some of the things she agrees with most. Obama, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said he supports direct negotiations with hostile nations, such as Iran, without preconditions. Dick describes herself as a liberal democrat and said social justice is an important issue for her. “I really care about helping people,” Dick said. When asked about Senator John McCain, she agreed with his views on one thing: the environment. “(McCain’s) environmental policy is probably what I agree with most,” she said. McCain supports an “all of the above” approach to the fuel crisis. While he does support an expansion in “green” technology and energy, he also supports the use of nuclear power and lifting the ban on offshore drilling.
Of McCain’s support of expansion of offshore drilling, Dick said, “Off-shore drilling does not solve anything.” Dick said she would consider voting for a third party candidate, but added she wasn’t sure if it “really makes a difference.” “I am more interested in how [a third party candidate] can affect major party candidates,” she said. When it comes to the major candidates running mates she says it does not affect who she supports a lot. But what makes this election different from any other? Social studies teacher Brittany Trott said, “People are more aware of things going on and more aware of the historical importance this election has to offer.” This election holds a new level of historical importance, since the end result will be the first female Vice President, John McCain’s running mate Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska, or the first African-American president, Barack Obama. Trott said a majority of her students are usually conservative. She said many students get their views from their parents, and “Parents are usually more conservative so they pass down morals and beliefs [to their children].” Social studies teacher Lori Zang said, “[This election] is no different than previous election years” when it comes to who her students usually support and the amount of enthusiasm for the election. Of her students, Zang said, “The really vocal ones tend to be conservative” and “many kids pick up on what mom and dad say.” In her opinion, quite a few students are influenced by their religion. Senior Alex Mace is one of those students. Mace describes himself as a social conservative but on other issues believes he is more moderate. He also said
he is a constitutionalist. Mace, who is currently “up in the air” about who to vote for, said, “I am leaning towards John McCain.” “The big thing between McCain and Obama is experience,” Mace said. Experience has been the focus of debate throughout this election. John McCain has been in Congress since 1982, while Obama has been in congress since 2004, prompting debate about whether Obama has enough experience. Mace said, Obama “has spent much of his time in Congress running for president”, but Mace added, he is “really impressed with his ability to capture enthusiasm.” “[McCain] has been pretty much voting how he sees fit and not on party lines,” Mace said. McCain is known for reaching across party lines in many key issues such as immigration reform and campaign finance reform. When it comes to whether he would vote for a third party candidate, such as Libertarian Bob Barr or Independent Ralph Nader, Mace responded, “Absolutely. It all comes down to the issues.” “Sometimes people miss what our political system is about due to partisan politics,” Mace said. He added that a vote for a third party candidate is not a “waste.” Social issues are very important to Mace, such as the issue and same-sex marriage. Mace believes marriage “should be preserved as between a man and a woman,” but has no problem with legal unions. McCain said he would nominate judges who would not “legislate from the bench,” and believes marriage should be defined as between one man and one woman. Mace is open to any fiscal policy, but is “not big on government being in [his] life all the time.”
Obama supports “Fair Trade,” letting the “Bush tax cuts” expire, and making a windfall profits tax on oil companies. This policy is highly criticized by McCain. He also plans on increasing spending on health care, as well as investing in “green” energy and technology. Mace said he wonders where Obama would come up with the money for the many programs he wants to start. When it comes to Palin, McCain’s running mate, “She brings a new feel to it because she would be the first female vice-president,” Mace said. “She helps with disgruntled Hillary supporters,” he added. The youth vote will no doubt have an effect on this election. What they choose to base their political views on, whether it is faith, the environment or the economy, youth will be the deciding factor on who they support in this historical election.
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5 Club News Marching Band
After a strong performance at the Rockwood Review, the Lancer Regiment has a full schedule for the month of September. They will be competing at Farmington on Sept. 20 and hosting the Contest of Champions on Sept. 27.
Fellowship of Christian Athletes meets every Tuesday in Room 180 at 7:30 p.m. Half an hour of fellowship and games is followed by small group discussion, scripture, videos or skits that allow members to grow in their faith. “We are made up of a very diverse group of kids from all walks of life and all love coming together to worship the Lord,” sponsor Brittany Trott said.
The Caring School Community Council (CSCC), formerly CARE Team, meets Tuesdays in Room 223. Members are focusing on preparing for Red Ribbon Week, which will take place Oct. 20-24. “We make posters and organize spirit days to promote drug prevention,” sponsor Betsy Rivas said.
Class News Class Officers The 2008-2009 Freshman Class Officers are:
President: Jean-Luc Panchot Vice President: Maddie Van House Secretary: Kelsey Clayman Treasurer: Dominic Bisesi
Ask the Chef... 1. What do the different sizes of the chef hats mean? The toques, or chef hats, are different sizes to symbolize status in the kitchen. The taller the toque, the more responsibility he/she has. For example, the Executive Chef would have the tallest toque because he/she is in charge.
2. Why do certain chefs wear different colored neckerchiefs? Not all chefs choose to wear neckerchiefs but at some locations, it is a requirement. For example, at Kendall Culinary College freshman and sophomores wear turquoise neckerchiefs symbolizing a “beginner”. Juniors and seniors wear black neckerchiefs. However, if a student is in the Pastry Program, that student will wear a black and white checkered neckerchief no matter the level of experience. Master chefs may wear a white neckerchief, or choose not to wear one at all.
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Changes demand time, sacrifice Chelsea Coleman, Staff Reporter A month into the year, students and staff reflect on what changes have and have not worked.
In 2006, any students graduating after 2009 had graduation requirements changed from 22 credits to 24 credits. In response, the Board of Education passed a hybrid schedule for this year, allowing students to take an extra class. But, there have been some glitches with the schedule making students unable to take certain classes because of conflicts and crowded study halls. Some students even complain of class time not being used efficiently. Associate Principal Jodi Davidson said it may take some time for everyone to get use to the new schedule. “Teachers are still adjusting to the new schedule,” Davidson said. She believes some students need daily practice in certain classes like math or foreign language. Various staff members believe students and teachers are doing well with the changes. Counselor Deborah Parker said, “I honestly do not believe there has been a large increase in problems with students not being able to get into certain classes because of the new blocked schedule.” But some students like junior Caitlyn Rumsey have had problems
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Not the ‘Real Thing’
A Coca-Cola refrigerator offers juices, Vitamin Water, Powerade and diet sodas, but not Coke. Per a district policy that bans regular sodas, Lancers Landing is following the trend toward healthier choices in the building. due to the hybrid schedule. “I got kicked out of Lifetime Recreational Sports because I had to take blocked AP Chemistry class, and they were both assigned to the same first hour blocked slot. Unless this hybrid scheduling changes, next year I won’t be able to take AP Latin because it will interfere with Orchestra,” she said. Some believe it might take a complete school year to fix all the minor problems. Rumsey agrees. “I really appreciate that Rockwood is trying
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to make it so that we can get all of our credits in and have choices, but I think that they are going to have to limit the amount of choices they give students in order for blocked scheduling to be more effective,” she said.
That little store by the Freshman Hallway known as the Lancers Landing is typically filled with candy, chips and sugary drinks. This year there are some new healthy choices to balance out all those unwholesome treats.
The new foods include baked chips, Special K bars and Oatmeal to Go. Along with the new food the store no longer sells regular soda, “All sodas must be sugar-free. It was mandated by the school. Now not even vending machines have regular soda,” Lancers Landing manager Susan Buttram said. Now that many students are buying their lunch from Lancers Landing, parents called for healthier options. “It was the parents’ idea because more and more kids now eat lunch out of the store. We often sell as many as 100 lunches and now there are healthier choices for lunch,” Buttram said. Instead of M&Ms and chips for lunch students can decide between cheese sticks, apple slices, Go Lean bars or V8 Splash drinks. Junior Brittany Handler is a regular at Lancers Landing. She said she feels good about the new healthy choices she can now make. “It’s better than some of the food that is offer in the lunch line. I feel like I’m making healthier choices. I really like the apple slices with caramel and the cheese sticks,” Handler said Buttram doesn’t think there will be any decrease in sales at the store, but thinks that students are actually happy about the changes. “Students seem to be excited about the changes. Kids are definitely buying the new foods,” Buttram said.
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Great gig offers outlet for students Mary Buttram, Staff Reporter Low lights: reds, purples, dark blues, eclectic smells, festive coffee mugs, bean bag chairs and a variety of people. The Beatnik café-styled coffee house offers all of these things. “About nine years ago, the ‘brain-child’ of legendary Language Arts teacher, Rob Neal,” social studies teacher Steve Klawiter said, “started the coffee houses in his classroom.” It soon grew to be an annual school event. “Coffee House offers students to showcase their talents in more of a laidback, intimate setting, rather than the variety show. There is also an open-mic portion of the show for members of the audience. Coffee House serves as a valuable fundraiser for the Drama Department and the Thespian Society,” Klawiter added. “I think Coffee House is a great place for individuals to showcase their skills and talents. It is enjoyable and entertaining. Everybody should go,” Assistant Principal Matt Dieckhaus said. Once a year Clayton Road becomes Delmar Boulevard and the building holds a ‘Coffee House’ of its own. Senior Wendie Weldon said, “It gives anyone the chance to express themselves in front of everybody and show their talent.” Whether it is poetry, songs, drums or interpretive dance, students interested in displaying
their talents come to the annual ‘mini talent show’ to show their stuff. “Basically, they want it to be like a beatnik Coffee House,” se-
It gives anyone the chance to express themselves in front of everybody and show their talent.” -Wendie
nior Rob Eames said. Last year, Eames played and sang ‘Constellation’ by John McLaughlin on his guitar. The atmosphere is really laid back, creating an environment where students can relax, be themselves and connect through their music. Many students enjoy
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this time to just play for fun, but others like junior Amy Diaz de Leon take it seriously. Diaz de Leon has been working with Shock City Records for about a year now, singing her original ‘alternative indie’ style music. “I like it because I like people to hear my songs,” she said about playing at Coffee House. “I am amazed about how talented that young people are and that they have the courage to go up there and perform in front of their peers,” junior Leanne Cooke said. Poetry reading, standup comedy, bands and other acts are popular. Senior Blake Douglass has been doing magic for a while and Coffee House is just the spot for him to pull tricks out of his hat. This year, Douglass is undecided on whether to sing or perform magic. “It’s more chill than the variety show but it still shows off the talented students at Lafayette,” senior Sarah Satchell said. Auditions were held Sept. 11 in Room 129, and the performance is set to be held on Sept. 18. Tickets are $3 for anyone interested in attending the Coffee House performance.
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Wild Thing, I think I love you Wildwood, has been drastically improving over the years. Below are a few aspects of this town that make it one of the best cities around.
Gym houses diverse activities Blast from the past: Melina Loggia, Staff Reporter
Reaching New Heights Lifetime Fitness has its own rock climbing area that has different walls for different experience levels. For the more experienced climbers, there is only a crack in the wall the climber uses to grip and get to the top. Photos courtesy of Chris Lichtenberger.
The total buzz around the Lafayette community has been Lifetime Fitness; a working place for some, while others see it as just a gym, but it’s much more than that. There is perfect detailing in each room; the yoga room even has small candles scattered around it all creating a serene feeling. Along with the yoga room, Lifetime Fitness is fully equipped with a ballet room, pilates room, taekwondo room and the ever so popular rock climbing wall, all joined together as one. Besides the specialty rooms, Lifetime has a cardio and weight center plus indoor and outdoor pools. “We wanted to incorporate everything that multiple clubs have but have it all under one roof,” general manager Chris Lichtenberger said. It’s a place for everyone. “We have kids coming in who are three and people in their 90s,” Lichtenberger said. Senior Steven Stallis, who works at the rock climbing wall, said, “A lot of dads bring their kids in to climb.” Being open 24 hours opens the opportunities up to an even broader range of people. “We want to give everyone, regardless of where they work, a chance to get in shape,” Lichtenberger said. Lifetime Fitness offers workout time for the younger crowd because of its twenty-four, seven availability.
And if a night is being spent at Lifetime Fitness, why not go to the movies as well? In addition, 60 cardio bikes are lined up stadium style facing two projector screens to watch movies while working out. Large vents were installed to cool off the bikers. The numerous swimming pools are another way to stay cool at the club. There are multiple indoor pools, perfect for swimming laps, accented with a couple hot tubs to relax in. One of the hot tubs has a waterfall coming through the side, which Lichtenberger said is very relaxing on your neck muscles. Outside of the club an outdoor play land of water is found. Two water slides provide fun for the whole family. Another hot tub can also be found outdoors. The most popular facility, according to Lichtenberger, is “in the summer it’s the pool, but in the winter it’s the 400 hundred machine cardio area.” Even the locker rooms have the right touch, complete with towels, hairdryers, self locking lockers showers, a sauna and a steam room. For all that Lifetime Fitness has to offer, the cost is $59.95 a month and $104 to join, although, there are other ways to get in. Many Lafayette students have started working at Lifetime Fitness. “The kids that work here from Lafayette are some of the hardest working employees I have,” Lichtenberger commented. A lifeguard at Lifetime Fitness, junior Ashleigh Grammar said a perk of working there was being able “to work with a wide variety of people who are skilled in different areas of fitness.” Another lifeguard at Lifetime Fitness, junior Chelsea Dysko, said, “They give you full membership and discounts on the spa and personal trainers.”
Two wheels, opposed to four Right of Way
Lifetime Fitness is just one way the community is staying healthy. The bike paths around Wildwood also encourage people to exercise. Eventually the paths continue to Babler Park. Several run along Highway 100/ Manchester. The set-up of the Wildwood Town Center has turned health-centric. It was designed for people to park their cars and walk around. Trader Joe’s on Clarkson Road and a Whole Foods off Clayton Road offer more organic food options for healthconscious students. All these chances for exercise and better foods allow citizens to strive for a healthy lifestyle.
Photo courtesy of city of Wildwood
Surrounding fitness clubs in the area to check out: Here’s some other places to check out for different pricing and locations Wildwood Family YMCA 2641 Highway 109 Wildwood, MO 63040 $49 Fitness Together 17404 Chesterfield Airport Rd. Chesterfield, MO 63005 636.536.7370 $55+ per session Velocity 17363 Edison Ave. Chesterfield, MO 636.537.0077 $30 per session 24 Hour Fitness 14885 Clayton Rd. Chesterfield, MO 63017 636-386-3324 $161.84+$34.99 a month
Over the years, Wildwood has become something great Kara Campbell, Staff Reporter
Decades ago, Wildwood was farms and rural population. Since its establishment as a city in 1995, Wildwood has changed. City councilwoman Johanna Browning agreed. She said development has moved this way, there have been more planned growth and an increased population and nice commercial areas have been established. The population has increased from 16,000 people to 32,000 people, city councilman Ron James said. James has been a resident for 35 years, before Wildwood was a city. “Everything has changed,” James said. Years ago Wildwood was farm land and City Hall was a grocery store, the closest one to James. Now, City Hall will be moved to the Dierbergs Shopping Center in January. The Police Department will also be moving out of the Fire Department House to a new location down the street. James said, “Both need more room.” Also, Browning added that she has lived here since 1984 before Wildwood was a city. “Sound planning, a government made for the people by the people, park land and a well-planed town center area,” are the things Browning thinks
Then and Now
of when she hears Wildwood. The Town Center and the new bike paths were both built to promote physical health awareness. Along with health consciousness, Wildwood is also known as a great parkland, due to Babler’s Memorial State Park’s huge 2,441 acre plot, which was acquired in 1937. And the growth has continued. Browning said, “Additional walking trails are also being put in. And in the near future Wildwood is purchasing a large park in the general area of [Highways] 100 and 109 for more recreational area. The location as of now is undecided. The recommendation was made by the Citizens’ Committee of Park Progress.” Two new parks have also been added lately. One is in Glencoe, which is considered part of Wildwood, and is also behind the newly-renovated one-room Pond Schoolhouse. The second is by Anna Marie’s shopping center. Sharon Hutson from Sage Properties said, “The growth started in the 70’s. It started Photo courtesy of Joe Vujnich in Chesterfield and worked it Birds-Eye View way out to Wildwood.” Browning believes, “City Above features an aerial map of Wildwood in 1997. Much development has occurred in the surrounding area, progress develops every day. especially since it all used to be farm land. More development is sure to follow as more residents move into the [Wildwood] is a big area that area and commercial developers take advantage of the space. sees changes.”
Builders strive to use earth-friendly products Brooke Thibodaux, Feature Editor
Going green. The term is commercialized in magazines and on HGTV (Home and Garden Television); even car dealerships are boasting green products. Along with this trend to improve the environment and the earth, builders have been using different materials to go ‘green’. But what else do these green buildings do? Green buildings, also called “sustainable” buildings, use resources like energy, water, materials and land more efficiently than buildings that are built to standard construction code. Green buildings cost less to heat, cool and light. They also produce less pollution because they use less energy. “Environmental benefits include protecting ecosystems and biodiversity, improving air and water quality, reducing solid waste and conserving natural resources,” Patricia Aumann of the Wildwood Community College said.
The college is among some of the buildings in the area that feature the green concept. It is the largest community college in the United States to receive a U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold certification. LEED is a governmental organization that has set procedures, materials and requirements for anyone going green. “A large proportion of the materials used in the building construction were recycled. Many other materials were manufactured within a 500 mile radius of the site, which reduces the environmental effects of shipping long distances. Low VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) paint, glue, wood and carpet were used throughout the building,” Aumann said. Some of the prominent features that helped the Wildwood campus achieve a LEED gold rating are: the green roof, light sensors, waterless and low volume toilets, use of recycled materials, daylight harvesting, optimal energy
systems, cisterns collecting rain water to irrigate property, air filtration system and use of native plants and prairie grasses in the landscape surrounding the campus. Real-estate agent Sharon Hutson agrees that St. Louis overall, including the Wildwood area, has caught on to the trend. “We’re seeing a lot more builders using the materials as they are becoming more conscious and aware of green products. Especially in the St. Louis area, with all the new lofts [downtown], but more are looking for green materials to incorporate,” Hutson said. Sage Homebuilders is one of the builders in the area that has integrated these improvements into their own buildings. Owner Jason Stone said, “For the structure of the house, we use straight oriented stand wood that’s a combination of waste wood with resin that binds. Inside in every house we’ve really begun to use NOVOC paint. NOVOC stands for no volatile organic compound, so
it’s better for the air. If you’ve ever been in a painted room that smells bad from the fumes, the NOVOC won’t do that since it won’t gas off.” For things to do at home, www.buiilgingreen.com has numerous products and ideas for simple improvements. “Communities should explore how sustainability and green building practices can bring both environmental and economic benefits. Sustainable construction protects the environment for future generations and promotes responsible use of energy and natural resources,” Aumann said. Stone agrees communities should be focusing on ways to incorporate green products and buildings into their towns and neighborhoods. Stone added, “I think they [Wildwood community] should embrace it (going green). It’s the right thing to do. I don’t know if legislation needs to be passed, but they should choose to do it, since it’s the right thing.”
Sans-sugar not always ‘healthy’ choice Sydney Miller, In-Depth Editor The reason senior Amanda Vanderheyden does not drink diet soda is simple. Vanderheyden doesn’t like that diet soda contains aspartame, a ‘diet’ chemical that tastes like sugar. Why? Studies have shown when diet soda reaches about 77 degrees, the aspartame breaks down into DKP and formaldehyde, “what they put on dead bodies to preserve them,” Vanderheyden said. Those two ingredients can cause several nervous system problems. As a five-year contract between the Rockwood School District (RSD) and Coca-Cola was winding down last year, new beverage guidelines were created and there were doubts as to whether it would be “Always Coca Cola.” Part of last year’s struggle in creating a contract was due to the passing of new beverage guidelines by the American Beverage Association (ABA). The new five-year contract includes annual $60,000 payments to the district (a total $50,000 payment to Lafayette over five years), 600 free cases per year and $2 case rebates to the district. Another result of this year’s new contract, worth $300,000, was the replacement of regular soda in vending machines and Lancers Landing. ABA guidelines called for all drinks in school to be low calorie or no calorie. “There is a group called the
Clinton Foundation and the ABA that are really trying to limit sugar intake,” Director of Purchasing and Transportation Bill Sloan said. Regular Coca-Cola was replaced
sweet things,” Vanderheyden said. “They’re not helping us, they’re hurting us,” she added. She seems to be right about fake sugars. According to WebMD. com, a research study was conducted at the Is it [aspartame] safe? It’s University of Texas Health Science Cenquestionable. Does it reduce ter that found for diet caloric intake? soda drinkers, there Also questionable. was a 41 percent risk increase over regular -Amy Wehr soda drinkers of being Supervisor of Health and Wellness overweight. So while the ABA’s reasoning behind rewith Diet Coke or Coke Zero, and moving regular soda from schools several fans of regular soda have to prevent obesity was honorable, been irritated by the change. the study shows it may not be ac“I like regular soda better. You curate. may as well drink regular soda in In defense of the ABA, the Webmoderation. Plus, with fake sugars MD article states “a study of this [diet soda] makes you crave more kind does not prove that diet soda
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causes obesity,” but rather, “it shows that something linked to diet soda drinking is also linked to obesity.” Also, Coca-Cola Representative Brian Radle said the guidelines were approved by 88 percent of doctors nationwide and are geared towards “teaching children the importance of a balanced diet and exercise.” Rockwood Director of Health and Wellness Amy Wehr said, “I think it would be beneficial to replace regular soda with other low calorie drinks, not necessarily diet soda. I’m not sure that aspartame is good to put in drinks, especially for children. Is it safe? It’s questionable. Does it reduce caloric intake? Also questionable.” In fact, a majority of diet soda drinkers at Lafayette are only concerned with calorie amount. “Girls drink Diet Coke because it has no calories in it, and I think it has the same taste. So why drink the empty calories [in Coke]?” Senior Jordan Fullmer said. A goal of the Alliance for Healthier Generation is to reduce obesity in children, which is reflected in the new beverage guidelines. “It shows we’re [ABA, Coca-Cola and RSD] working together to try and give students better choices,” Sloan said. Wehr said that although, as far as nutrition, RSD has “made great strides,” that she would “like to see all aspects of the District setting the example, and serving healthy food.” Wehr said, “We teach proper nutrition; it’s giving an inconsistent message if we turn around and serve junk food.” “We’ll get there,” she added, “it’ll just take time.”
Rockwood, Coca-Cola Contract Coca-Cola won over Pepsi and Dynamic Vending for the 2008 Rockwood Contract bid. Director of Purchasing and Transportation Bill Sloan said Pepsi and Dynamic Vending, “gave us very little incentives at all.” The new contract includes: *$60,000 payment per year *600 Free Cases per year *$2 Case Rebates *Vending commissions “This decision wasn’t made in a vacuum in Central Office. We had representatives from high schools, principals from the middle and elementary schools,” Sloan said.
ABA Key Findings According to the ABA’s website, their new beverage guidelines are in compliance with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation for these reasons: *Full calorie soda shipments decreased by 45 percent between 2004 and 2007 *Water shipments increased 23 percent *90 percent of new contracts are in compliance with the new guidelines
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Our Town, Her Life
First LTC show presented in new theatre opens soon Rachel Brown, Staff Reporter Two booming new sound towers, improved special effects and enhanced flyspace create a dynamic play-viewing environment. The new Theater is really a piece of work. This fall, Thorton Wilder’s Our Town will be the first Lafayette production to take place in the Theater. Its storyline includes three acts: everyday life in the small New Hampshire Town of Grover’s Corner, the courtship and wedding of two characters and lastly, death. “I won’t divulge it [who dies] because you need to either read this great piece of American Literature or come see the show,” Kate Slovinski, drama teacher and director of the play, said. The show will be performed Oct. 16-18. A classically sparse play, Our Town utilizes little scenery, no sets and only a handful of props: including two rolling ladders, one flying window, two benches, a trellis, 16 chairs and two tables. All other props will be pantomimed. Junior Lucas Klein, who will play Mr. Webb said, “If you’re just pantomiming objects then there are never any malfunctions with them or things that break. Because they’re imaginary.” Even with the new Theater space, Slovinski wanted the actors to shine through. “We are going to try to focus more on the actors than on doing fancy stuff with the lighting,” senior Lexi Thoman, lighting technician, said. “It’s not because of the sets and costumes that a play comes alive. It’s because of the performers,” Slovinski said, “I’d feel guilty and greedy [to put on a play with more props]. It’s too much for me to ask for. I already have exceptional space and exceptional students.” Thoman is one of these students. As a lighting technician her job is to position and operate lights for the play. She continued, “Depending on the magnitude of the lighting structure, light
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Performing in the opening scene of Our Town, the townspeople gather around senior Matt Voigt [center stage] who will play the role of the Stage Manager. His character’s job is to walk the audience through the show, narrating the events and happenings in the fictional town of Grover’s Corners. hang can take you anywhere from two hours to two days.” Techies come in on two weeks before the performance to chart out where lights are needed and then plot their position. Before this, Thoman said, they “gel” the lights, adding heat resistant plastic colors for different hues and tints. “That’s the beginning,” Thoman said. “They have different colors and they work really hard to put up all the lights,” Klein said. Besides lighting there is nonstop work to be done in makeup, sound, props, managing, stage crew, ushering, ticket-taking and advertising. “If I was working the lights and sound and acting it would be a horrible train wreck,” Klein said, who is overjoyed to be on stage.
“It’s a lot of fun to go to rehearsals with people who enjoy doing the same thing that you do,” Klein said. “It doesn’t matter if there is a finished Theater,” Slovinski said. “Theater only involves there being something to watch, an audience to watch it and a safe environment for the show to take place. A hillside could be a theater.” “Besides,” she said, “A Theater is never quite ‘done.’ Just this week we got a new screen and a new projector.” Our Town, was chosen, not for its convenience, but for karma. “My life has been marked by Our Town,” Slovinski said, who saw the play on her first date and starred in it as her first play in her thespian troop. The coincidences don’t stop there. Later on, Our Town was also the first
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and last play she ever performed in with an instructor. Even stranger, her college drama teacher, who she had not known at the time, was the director of the very show she had seen on her first date ever. “It seemed like a good blessing to open with Our Town,” Slovinski said. Slovinski has starred in Our Town four times but this is her first time to direct it. “It has meaning to Mrs. Slovinski and she wants it to have meaning to us,” Klein said. “Our Town, is symbolism of new beginnings,” senior Garret Tripp, who will play Mr. Gibbs, said. Tripp added, “And with this new Theater I believe we’re starting over. I feel like this is a powerful way to renew ourselves.”
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Birds, planes and Superfans Superfans reach new heights attaining groundbreaking numbers volleyball. what is being witnessed this year. “I think it will be awesome to have “Superfans take a loss just as hard as the players,” Mehrotra said. more fans at our games; it makes you Whether it is the tailgating at the home focus just a little harder,” junior softball football games or the $40 shirts, the whole player Megan Otis said. Sponsors, language arts teachers David student body is catching on. Choate and Don “It’s pretty sweet seeing a Kreienkamp meetings cloud of fans all Lafayette has always been hold going crazy with and help orgaa tough place for teams to play nize chants to black and gold and this year it is going try to make the clothes, let alone group an effecfaces,” junior to be even worse.” tive force durGrant Hinkle said. -Varun Mehrotra ing the game. With only “We want to Junior Superfan get involved in five home footother sports to ball games, and about a half dozen basketball games, the show athletes that we care more than just Superfans are beginning to migrate into about football and basketball,” Mehrotra almost all Lancer sports. said. They are expected at even more sports With even more members than expectthan last year like baseball, softball and ed already, they are planning on ‘Black
Austin Goodman, Staff Reporter
There are players, and then there are champions. There are teams, and then there are dynasties. There are fans, then there are Superfans. This fall season marks the fifth year of the Superfans. Seniors Tyler Sellers and Michael Tomaro, along with junior Varun Mehrotra lead one of the most well known clubs at LHS. “We want people to want to come to the games again, and to sit in the same section and have fun cheering on our team,” Sellers said. Only having a mere 60 members last year, they have tripled in size to just over 220 members. With tradition that traces back to the first years of Lafayette history, there have always been groups of people to cheer for the Lancers, but nothing to the caliber of
outs’ and ‘White outs’ to special upcoming games. “Having events such as these, we hope that the students will come together even more to form a central base to help cheer on the Lancers,” Mehrotra said. Tomaro continues Superfan tradition and wears the afro worn by the Superfan founder, Class of 2006 graduate Anchit Mehrotra. Many students are realizing the ‘Superfan phenomenon’ and are choosing to become a part of this display of school spirit. “Their effect doesn’t just help whatever team is on the field, but it also carries over into the classroom,” Activities Director Steve Berry said. There might be fans, but there is only one group of Superfans. “Lafayette has always been a tough place for teams to play and this year it is going to be even worse,” Mehrotra said.
Sports preparation adapts with new training Adam Harris, Staff Reporter
specific strength, speed, agility and energy system development,” trainer Meade Smith from VSP said. With the places like VSP, it is no surprise athletes are reaching higher levels of performance than in the last decade. Another way athletes get the training they need is from personalized training sessions, such as pitching lessons. “Pitching lessons keeps my arm loose and it keeps my pitching form good so I don’t pick up any bad habits,” sophomore Sam Enright said. “I have been taking the lessons for four years at St. Louis Baseball Academy, and I have learned to throw harder and more accurate which really helps be keep an edge on my competition,” Enright said. Even without places like VSP or personal lessons athletes can find ways to improve their game throughout the season. “I like to keep in shape by going to Skyzone and playing ultimate Frisbee and volleyball, and just chilling playing backyard football,” Gross said. “Quickness and speed are key for being up to par in my position, and of course being one step faster than the competition,” Gross said. With the training comes the advancement in nutrition and overall health. “Hydration plays a big role but back in the day it was not drinking water that made you tougher but the medical change has adapted by knowing what athletes
Between daily two-hour practices, weight lifting, sprints and endless laps, it seems training for sports has always stayed the same. But the reality is athletes are in a completely new age of preparation. “Kids are stronger, faster, taller and can be trained harder and different than kids 25 years ago,” football and track coach Roger Fischer said. “I have noticed a big change in training, getting bigger is one thing but training as a team is the other. Working out with football buddies helps me stay focused,” senior Zach Gross said. Because of the new generation of more advanced athletes, ways have been found to accommodate athlete’s needs by creating sports training facilities. “I work out at Velocity Sports Performance (VSP) to improve my speed, endurance and agility. After two years of going there I have noticed a big difference in my performance,” sophomore Jeff Holiday said. VSP in Chesterfield is just one of the many places where athletes go throughout the year to train. “Our program is based on movement. Meaning we specifically work on making our athletes faster and more explosive, it is a very holistic approach to training. It focuses on flexibility, muscle activation, core strength, injury prevention, sport
need,” Fischer said. “Besides exercising, trying to eat right is a big key and making sure not to get over weight for the next season,” Gross said. At Velocity they tell their clients about all aspects of nutrition. “We discuss correct eating habits and more importantly the timing of their meals. Hydration and sleeping go right along with Photo illustration by Melanie Hinzpeter the nutrition dis- Old School To New School cussions. What As the pages in time keep turning, many athletes turn to ‘new age’ our athletes do ways of keeping their competitive edge in the offseason. Students outside of the fa- nowadays have regular, calculated workout regiments that are able cility plays just as to focus on certain aspects of nutrition and fitness. an important facing has changed the ways athletes pretor in the overall outcome as the training they receive in- pare for competition. Sports performance training five years ago allowed the athside our facility,” Smith said. Without these concepts the athletes lete to have an edge on their competition these days wouldn’t even make it through where today every athlete must be doing some type of training just to stay with a two-hour practice let alone a season. “In general, sports performance train- their competition,” Smith said.
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Losing the prized possession: Seniors
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Blocking a hit, senior Morgan Geile and junior Abbey Meier score a point at a scrimmage against the junior varsity team during practice. Geile and Meier are two key players, each having three years on the varsity squad.
Volleyball regains ground after losing two top players Melanie Hinzpeter, Co-Sports Editor Last year, the girls volleyball team was the best it’s ever been. They were ranked 23 in the nation. They placed third in state. And they had two of the best Stats This Season 4-0 Record players in the Offensive Leaders nation. Boggs- 31 Kills Idel- 24 Kills “ C a s e y Stellern- 21 Kills (Chernin) was a Geile- 19 Kills Defensive Leaders four year starter Seaton- 69 Digs so it was really Boggs- 45 Digs big losing such a permanent fixture. Even though Natalie (Emro) was only here for two years, her impact was so great that I feel like she had been here longer,” Coach Steve Burkard said. Last May, the team lost 6’1” Chernin and 6’1” Emro to graduation. Both are now in college playing Division 1 volleyball, with Chernin at St. Louis University and Emro at Michigan State. The team has begun to rebuild
from the loss, and this year, they will focus a lot on defense since Chernin and Emro are gone. “It’s gone from us being on offensive team to having a main focus on defense,” senior Brooke Boggs said. Boggs is a four year returning varsity starter, so she will play a huge role on the team this year. Senior Whitney Seaton is also a four year returning varsity starter. Senior Morgan Geile, and juniors Berkley Idel and Abbey Meier have all been on the varsity team for three years. “Not many teams in the area can match our experience. Our job this year will be to use that experience to our advantage,” Burkard said. Despite their loss, the team is having one of their best starts yet. They beat their rival St. Joe with a sweep of 3-0. Last year, they lost to St. Joe 1-2 in their season opener. The team is set to play at Borgia on Sept. 15.
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Boys soccer reconstructs after 14 seniors graduate Daniel Clutter, Staff Reporter Boys soccer has begun rebuilding its team after losing 14 seniors to graduation. This calls for many returning varsity players to step up and fill the lineup. “Of the holes we had to fill in our lineup, the guys we chose will be solid so we can be as tough as we were last year,” Matt Bleazard said. “We lost 14 seniors and many of them started or were major contributors off the bench,” Coach Tim Walters said, “It will take longer than most seasons to try to fill the void and find the right combination.” Walters said he has seven returning players who will make the transition into this season much smoother and he hopes the team will climb above .500. However, this year, he will have his main starters from last year. “I think Boston [Kyle Biernacki] is a pure goal scorer and he can
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Practicing inside at Rockwood Valley Middle School due to inclement weather, members of the boys soccer team work on their footwork. This year’s team returns only a few starters due 14 seniors graduating last May.
take the place of Steve McMahon,” Bleazard said. Coach Walters is not the only one who has high expectations for the team this year. “My expectations for the team are to beat Marquette and win districts,” Bleazard said. Districts should still be a challenge with the new lineup. With CBC no longer in the District, it is up for grabs on who will advance to State rounds. “CBC not being in our District is a huge sign of relief and gives all the guys more confidence.” Bleazard said. “Districts are up for grabs,” Walters said, “even with us being fairly new we hope to set ourselves up with a chance.” Even with the loss of many seniors, the team is off to a good start. The team has only been able to play one game against Notre Dame which they lost. But they have a hefty schedule coming up including Marquette and Oakville.
13 Fall Commits Another senior class means new athletes signing to play college sports. Recently Brooke Boggs committed to Creighton University (CU) in Omaha, Nebraska and she will sign in November on a volleyball scholarship. “When it came time to make a decision, it really was all about academics. It’s a great school and being able to play volleyball is a great bonus. I also loved the idea of getting to play a lot of girls from St. Louis who go to the Missouri Valley schools in our Conference,” she said. Boggs went to CU over the summer and loved the coaches and got along with the 2009 recruits. “I met the other girls coming in 2009 at camp and we all got along so well,” Boggs said. After going to visit, Boggs learned there would be a brand new facility specifically for volleyball when she gets there. “I was amazed when I found out about the new volleyball facility when I get there,” Boggs said. Helping her make her final decision a bit easier is the fact that her family will be able to be around even at away games. “I have a lot of family that lives right by the Missouri Valley schools, so it will be very easy for them to come watch. Also its only an hour flight away so my parents will be able to fly on game day and leave that night,” she said. Boggs is not the only athlete, Nate Goro committed to Wichita State on a baseball scholarship. “Wichita State felt really comfortable when I was there and it felt like it was the place for me to go,” Goro said. Along with Boggs and Goro, Emily Brcic committed to Missouri State on a field hockey scholarship. “It was a good offer. I loved the size and it is far enough away from my parents,” Brcic said.
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The Olympics are over, it’s time to move on So the Olympics are over. The medals are awarded, winners returned home and yet we still want to complain. We brought home the most medals, having 110 total, but we want more. Our gymnastics team received silver medals to the Chinese that they believe should be gold because of age. We argue that they are too young and should not be allowed to compete, but come on. Can’t we just get over the fact we lost to the Chinese in something? Of course not, we want to be better. We want more gold. I watched gymnastics every time it was on. The Chinese girls were amazing. They stuck every landing and trick, made everything look so easy and proved to be Olympians. The Games are supposed to bring the world together, everyone of all ages. Then why put an age limit on a competition that is to show you are the best in the world? Gymnastics is causing way too much drama. When you are good, you are good and age should not matter. Even if the results
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come out and they are too young, China’s gymnasts should keep their medals. They might be underage but they won. Judges voted fairly and everyone knows they are better. Honestly, if we can’t get over the fact we lost then it doesn’t make us any better than the Chinese allowing younger girls to participate. Don’t get me wrong, I am all for the US winning medals and being the best they can be. But that doesn’t mean we should take medals away from anyone that is too young to compete when they were already giving higher scores than everyone else. What happens if they turn out to be the right age? It makes us look like idiots and desperate for gold. Or if we would have won gold and they got silver, we wouldn’t care. So why care now? Okay, so Nastia Liukin becomes first in the world at an event instead of second. Would it really make her feel that much better about herself? She would still know that she was beat by someone younger than her proving she truly isn’t the gold medalist.
That goes the same for the whole team. If the Chinese are too young and US gets the all around team gold, it really wouldn’t be gold because they would know there is a team out there that is better. But competing in the Olympics is a huge reward in itself. Saying you won a silver medal is a lot more than most of the athletes at the Olympics can say they achieved. Most don’t even make it out of preliminaries, let alone make the finals. What is next? Are we going to say not only do you have to be a certain age but now you can only represent the country you were born in? If you think about it, the Olympics began as a way to put aside political and religious differences. Not just those differences but to put aside all the arguing for a couple of weeks. This event that takes place only once every four years is supposed to build a stronger world. Yet we want to be immature and act like 5-year-olds fighting over a toy just to win another gold. Anyone who goes to the Olympics is a winner just for making it that far. A gold
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Remembered Nina Walters medal isn’t going to make a difference weeks after the events are over. Either way, too young or old enough, the Chinese gymnasts proved they were meant to be victorious. So we need to get over the fact we might have lost to girls younger than us. To be an Olympian you need to accept defeat and be thankful for the opportunity of a lifetime. So if the US gymnastics team wants the gold that bad, I will go and personally make them gold medals like the ones given out and present them myself.
Pitcher returns for another round at State Nina Walters, Co-Sports Editor
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Q: When and how did you know this was the sport for you?
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A: When I lived in Colorado I would watch my neighbor pitch. After watching I decided I wanted lessons so I got them at the age of 7.
Q: Why do you love softball over other sports? A: Because I am pitching, it makes me feel like I’m in control and not just someone standing and waiting for the ball to come to me.
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A: Winning State was awesome, the best feeling was striking them out for my school.
Q: What are you looking forward to this season? A: The girls, I love the whole team and I can’t wait to kidnap the rookies.
Q: Who is your biggest rival? A: Marquette of course and
Oakville because we beat them in the State finals.
Q: What do you do in your free time? A: I work and hang out with my boyfriend and my friends or I go to youth group.
Q: What are your plans for college? A: I have a scholarship to Northwestern University. I am going to sign in November.
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Fall sports start off the season on the right foot Field Hockey
Field hockey season started by winning pool A of the Gateway Classics. In the tournament, they faced Illinois State Champs, New Trier, and Missouri State Champs, Villa Duschene, beating both. The team beat another private school, Cor Jesu, 2-1 in regular season. In four games they have only allowed three goals and scored 12. Senior Nina Walters leads the team with 12 points (six goals) followed by junior Hillary Lawless with five points (two goals, one assist). The next games are on Sept. 15 at Marquette and Sept. 16 at home against University City.
The girls volleyball team started with a win against St. Joe’s, and then going on to beat Seckman and Eureka. Even though the powerhouses Casey Chernin and Natalie Emro graduated, the team isn’t wasting any time covering new ground. Already this season, senior Brooke Boggs has 105 attacks and 31 kills in just 3 games. Junior Torrie Stellern is following close behind, with 69 attacks and 21 kills. Senior Whitney Seaton is once again covering the defensive side of the team as the libero, with 59 digs.The team plays Borgia on Sept. 15.
This season, the cross country team is off to a good start. Their first meet was the First Capitol Invitational on Sept. 5, at McNair Park. In the girls meet, junior Elizabeth Worley placed second and senior Brooke Thibodaux placed sixth. Freshman Hannah Thurauf placed 12th. The girls took second placed, losing to Washington by one point. On the boy’s end, senior Steven Stallis placed 18th and senior Shawn Brands placed 33rd. The team placed second overall, only losing to SLUH. The team’s next meet is the Stan Nelson Invitational on Sept. 13.
Having lost only three seniors and a few underclassmen, the team comes back with 35 swimmers. Of those, a good number of them are sophomores and freshmen, and the gain of 10 seniors to lead the team this season. This year’s relay team is lead by seniors Spencer Wells, Matt Welsh and Andrew Wiles. Head Coach Todd Gabel anticipates a good season and hopes to add another Suburban West Conference title for the Lancers. The Lancers will face off against Conference rivals in their upcoming meet on Sept.23 against Marquette and Sept. 25 against Parkway South.
So far, the softball team has gone 9-1, since their first win on Aug. 26, only losing to Hickman. “We are working really hard as a team to have a sweet repeat. After winning state last year we have a huge target on our backs and all the teams want to beat us. So it will be hard but we think we can do it,” junior Megan Otis said. Returning star pitcher, senior Meghan Lamberth, will be a major asset in the outcome of this year’s season. The next game will be Sept. 15 at Mehlville and Sept. 16 against Marquette.
Girls Tennis started off their season very well with victory over conference rival, Lindbergh. Their next three matches were all wins against Ladue, Oakville, and Eureka along with two more shutout victories. Their next match will take place at Kirkwood Park against Kirkwood. This match will take place on Monday Sept. 15. That match is followed up by an away match against Mehlville and a home match against Webster Grove. The team will be playing to keep their undefeated record so far this season.
15 Fall Sports Line-Up Football 9/12 @ Fox 9/19 @ Kirkwood 9/ 26 vs. Lindbergh Boys Soccer 9/22 @ Hazelwood Tourney 10/6 @ Lafayette Tourney 10/13 @ Wentzville Boys Swimming 9/12 @ Marquette Relays 9/16 @ Ladue 9/18 vs. Parkway South Boys/Girls Cross Country 9/13 @ Stan Nelson Invitational 9/18 @ Parkway Central Invitational 9/26 @ Warrior Invitational Field Hockey 9/15 @ Marquette 9/17 vs. Rockwood Summit 9/22 @ Ursuline Girls Golf 9/16 @ Parkway West 9/17 vs. Lindbergh 9/18 @ Eureka
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The Lancer football squad opened up the season with a loss to cross town rival Eureka, 7-12. They followed up their tough loss with a win against Northwest the next week 41-13. Senior wide receivers Jordan Levy and Ian Moore have over 180 yards combined in only two games, and junior Kyle Green has 160 yards total offense. Senior Robert Easterby and sophomore Jimmy DeStefano have 11 tackles followed by seniors Danny Crowe and Zach Gross and junior Alex Caito, who have 10 tackles. The team plays Sept. 12 at Fox High School.
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The Lady Lancer golf team is returning their number one and two from last year in juniors Sarah Whitman and Lindsey Carper. Both capped off a stellar season placing in the State Tournament. The team started their quest of dominance against rival Marquette, winning by nearly fifteen strokes at Forest Hills Country Club. Coach Gaylen Laster, in his last season of coaching, anticipates a strong, talented team with many returning players. The Lady Lancers play in their first 18 hole tournament Sept 12, in the Troy Tournament.
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The boys soccer team started off the season with a loss to Cape Notre Dame. However, because of poor weather they were not able to play their second game against Pacific. Their next games will take place at home against Marquette on Sept. 16, McCluer North on Sept. 18, and Oakville on Sept. 30. This year, the Lancers will not face District rival, CBC during the regular season due to a change in District schedules. “CBC no longer being in our District is a huge sign of relief and gives all the guys more confidence going into Districts,” Matt Bleazard said.
Girls Tennis 9/16 @ Parkway Central 9/22 @ Conference Tourney 9/29 @ Marquette Girls Volleyball 9/13 @ St. Charles West 9/20 @ Kickapoo Tourney Softball 9/15 @ Mehlville 9/16 @ Marquette 9/19 @ CMSU Tourney
It’s Greek to Me October 4 Homecoming 2008
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Fine Dining Oishi Sushi & Steakhouse
To prepare for Homecoming, the Image picked local elegant restaurants that are sure to impress. Kendall Brewer, Staff Reporter
-Treat reservations like appointments, be on time or call.
“A meal at the Melting Pot is fun because it’s interactive. The restaurant setting is good for a romantic couple or a lively group. You get to take time with your meal and we offer four courses. The environment is inviting, with dim lights to set the mood.” -JJ Johnson, Manager
“We offer two dinner options: a steakhouse and sushi bar. On the sushi side, people make their selection from the bar. At the steakhouse you can order what you want; there’s chicken, steak and seafood. You can also get a combo of the options. We cook in front of you, which is very entertaining. We make a big fire; it’s a great time.” -Joe Sakchai, Manager
-Unfold napkin once seated and don’t use it to clean the cutlery or wipe one’s nose.
“My meal at Oishi was really cool. There were flames and stuff shooting out of the onions while they cook in front of you. It gets kind of messy though, so girls should be careful not to ruin their dresses. The food is really good, it’s worth the price.” -Sam Baker, freshman
“I went there last year for Homecoming with a group of 10 girls. It was really good, plus you can eat as fast as needed because they give you the course when you’re ready. The speed was perfect; we weren’t too late or too early to the dance. The food is amazing and really filling, so I don’t recommend eating too much.” -Caroline Bartelsmeyer, sophomore Basic information
Oishi is a Japanese word that means “delicious.” The menu divisions are Oishi specialities, ocean delight, Oishi entrees, little ninja and combinations of the entrees. There is a separate menu for the Sushi portion of the restaurant. For dinner they are open from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. The address is 100 Chesterfield Valley Dr., located behind the Galaxy Theatre.
They are open from 3 p.m. to midnight. The address is 294 Lamp and Lantern Village in Town and Country. Reservations are taken by telephone or the website. Groups of six or less can make reservations online, whereas groups of 15 or more can sit in the party room. The restaurant offers a four course fondue. The courses are cheese fondue, salad, entrée and cooking style and chocolate fondue.
Yia Yia’s Euro Bistro
“Our restaurant is a long standing favorite with students from Lafayette. We host many big tables for dances. We offer quick service because kids want to eat and get to the dance. You can eat a light meal or a heavy one, and our setting accommodates both intimate couples and big groups.” -Jay Olson, Manager
“Students should have a good meal here; it’s what you make it. We have an energetic staff and great food. I don’t see why you wouldn’t have a great time at Annie Gunn’s.” -Dan O’Conner, Manager Student’s say
“The servers are really nice. The service is fast and the food is phenomenal. Anything you order at Annie Gunn’s will be good. I suggest eating out on the patio if it’s open because it’s nice and quiet. The meal is expensive, but it’s very nice for couples.” -Erin Carter, senior
The menu offers appetizers, greens, bistro specials, wood fired pizza, pasta and chocolate soufflé at 15601 Olive Blvd. You can call in to make a reservation.
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“I really like the desserts at Yia Yia’s. The food used to taste nasty, but it’s pretty delicious now that they re-did their menu. My family goes there about once a year. The portions are a bit small, but the food is still enjoyable.”-Brad Solomon, senior
The menu consists of appetizers, salads and soup, dinner entrees, steaks & chops, sandwiches and hamburgers. Annie Gunn’s takes reservations. The address is 16086 Chesterfield Airport Rd. and they are open from 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. They are located past the valley, next to the Smokehouse Market.
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