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Oct. 10 2008

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A Hidden Debacle


LHS graduate Rob Lowery has made it into the national spotlight, breaking into the Top 20 of America’s Got Talent.

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Local ski resort’s

Future up in the air

Lafayette has many managers on many teams. But, there are a few who stand out.

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Photo courtesy of Hidden Valley Ski

Caleb Cavarretta, Staff Reporter

After this season, the popular Hidden Valley ski resort may quite possibly be Finished.

The Greater St. Louis area may be saying goodbye to its only ski resort after this upcoming winter season. Slopes would become hills and the community would no longer have a place to take part in winter activities like skiing and snowboarding. It appears that Wildwood city requirements drove Hidden Valley Ski and Golf owner Tim Boyd to withdraw his request outlining the construction of a tubing hill and other additions. Hidden Valley general manager Bill Brandes said if those requirements were not adjusted or removed, there would be a possibility Boyd would opt to leave Wildwood completely, closing the resort.

The Dispute In the spring, Hidden Valley submitted a proposal for several improvements, which included a new tubing hill, 800 feet with 8-10 lanes, where maintenance buildings are currently located, an additional 247 parking spaces, doubling the size of the parking lot, and taller light towers. The City of Wildwood approved the new tubing area and the parking lot expansion. “Everything was going fairly well, and then we had our Sept. 2 meeting and at that time I got (the Sept. 2 Planning and Zoning Commission report) off their webpage,” Brandes said. According to Wildwood’s Planning and Zoning Commission’s Sept. 2 report, they agreed to the new tubing area and parking lot expansion, but they put restrictions on Hidden Valley’s hours of operation, prohibiting them to operate between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. The report also said that to accommodate for adding spaces to the parking lot, Hidden Valley would have to make a public space dedication equating to 1.65 acres, pay a fee of $251,559 or a combination of the two. “This was the first time that they had shown anything like this to us. They just sprung it on us,” Brandes said. “I called my boss (Tim Boyd, Hidden Valley owner) and said, ‘Hey, you got to see this.’ This was nothing we had discussed when we submitted our plans to them.” In the Sept. 10 report from the City of Wildwood, it was suggested that Hidden Valley dedicate the 1.65 acres that borders Greensfelder Park to be used as public space. When these actions were taken by the Wildwood Planning and Zoning Commission, Brandes expressed dissatisfaction with the decision and Hidden Valley pulled their request. This resulted in the Planning and Zoning Commission agreeing to reconsider their vote,

overturn it and postpone further action until an undetermined later date. “We have been trying to reconstruct recommended requirements that the owner considers unacceptable,” Wildwood Director of Planning and Parks Joe Vujnich said. Wildwood is now also considering allowing Hidden Valley to operate during the hours of 11 p.m. to 6 a.m., but only with permission of the City Council. “The City Council is open to all options,” Vujnich said. The Image attempted to contact Boyd for a comment, but he could not be reached.

Public Response If Hidden Valley were to close, it would take an economic toll on Wildwood and the surrounding area. It would take out one of the city’s largest employers, as well taking a hobby away from the youth in the area. “I think that they are closing something important to us. It allows us to hang with friends and just have a good time,” sophomore Mike Conroy said. Conroy was one of the many concerned citizens who attended the Sept. 22 City Council meeting to protest the possible closing. So many people showed up that the crowed spilled over to the outside where they listened to the meeting on speakers. “I wanted to express my feeling, and maybe help save it by allowing the City of Wildwood to see how many people they are affecting,” Conroy said. Another student who attended the meeting was freshman Mia Schenone. “I would be really upset (if Hidden Valley closed) because I would not be able to see my friends that I see there,” she said. “We would have nothing to do anymore (if Hidden Valley closed), and we would all just go back to going to the mall.” Local businesses would also be effected by the closing, especially ones like Fox Creek Outfitters. Owner Scott Baker said 75-80 percent of his sales are snow gear, and he said he would most likely have to close if Hidden Valley would. In response, Baker created the website www., which features an online petition that had 2,703 names at press time. Several Facebook groups have also been gaining members in support of Hidden Valley, including “SAVE HIDDEN VALLEY!” which has 3,552 members. Additional Information gathered and interviews completed by Erik Dauster

The fall sports season is wrapping up, and many of the teams are looking toward a promising postseason.

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comingsoon Oct. 14 Senior Assembly, 12:30 p.m. Oct. 15 Early Dismissal PSAT Test Senior Meeting, 9:15 a.m. Oct. 16 Picture Retakes Oct. 16-18 Our Town 7 p.m. Oct. 20 NHS Meeting, 7 p.m. Oct. 21 Sophomore PLAN Testing, 8:30 a.m. Oct. 22 Amnesty Int’l, 3:15 p.m. STAR, 6 p.m. Oct. 24 No School Oct. 25 ACT Test Oct. 28 STUCO, 7:45 a.m. MIOS Choir Concert, 7 p.m. Oct. 29 Key Club, 7 p.m. Nov. 4 No School Nov. 6 MIOS Orchestra Concert, 7 p.m.




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Homecoming traditions escalate to irresponsibility


ince this school opened, Homecoming has been an event everyone looks forward to and everyone remembers. Traditions have been passed down from class to class, like throwing toilet paper into everyone’s trees, and the Powder Puff Football game. Every year new traditions emerge, some more appropriate than others, while others stick around. And, 2008 proved to be no different. Copious amounts of toilet paper were most certainly thrown into trees, and the seniors continued their domination as the Class of 2009 won the Powder Puff game. Unfortunately, the Image staff feels a certain action was taken too far this year. Pre-gaming. Pre-gaming is known, according to Urban Dictionary, as “Getting

drunk or generally intoxicated before a party or social event regardless if there will be alcohol or other substances available at said event.” Prior to Powder Puff, approximately 10 members of the Junior Class participated in what proved to be a bit too much pre-gaming, and paid the price for it. They got caught. It’s beyond comprehension why this ever took place. Along with being illegal, these actions were flat out stupid. Ironically enough, the Supporting Teens at Risk (STAR) demonstration on drunk driving took

place the morning before Powder Puff to show the consequences of driving under the influence.   Clearly, STAR is correct in assuming these problems with drinking are relevant within these school hallways. The very things the demonstration warned against happened. Underage students drank too much alcohol, and they were somehow transported to school. Though no one was arrested for driving under the influence, we know people did. And, we also know those caught represent only a sample of the juniors and seniors who found it necessary to pre-game. As high school students, no matter how great we are, we are not invincible. In this particular case, we are lucky that nothing more serious arose from the actions of all those people who demonstrated very poor judgment

Cosmopolitan magazine is an entertaining publication that provides insight into the lives of many American women. Mainly due to a challenge from the Image staff, and partly due to my own curiosity, I decided to see what all the hubbub is all about. After some investigating into the October issue of Cosmopolitan magazine, titled “For Naughty Girls Only,” I’ve come up with some conclusions, but one rules above all. My most important discovery is the real purpose of these hoochie magazines: to get inside the minds of men. Every article and every picture is meant to profile men as a single gender. Sadly enough, it works, as the magazine has been in print since 1886, though it didn’t enter the tramp category until 1965 when Helen Gurley Brown took over as its editor in chief. An extremely attractive Kate Hudson graces the magazine’s recognizable cover, touting the latest and most attractive fashions. Though this initially makes Cosmo look like just another beauty magazine, the text written on the cover, and inside the magazine, tells another story. The first story that caught my

eye was, “His Body: The nonverbal clues that let you read his mind!” My curiosity was too much and my staff was eager, so I opened the story up and began to analyze it. Five images of a man in different “thinking postures” spread the page, complete with in-depth analysis of each position. The author, Holly Eagleson, seems to think she has quite a grasp on the male mind. Apparently, when confused, men will show it blatantly. My favorite example of this was the “Slumped Posture” position. In this case, men will fold their hands in front of their most masculine area, to signal that their ego has taken a blow. Though I think Eagleson is way off in writing this article, at least she’s consistently caring. I thought it was nice of her to give women tips on how to solve problems when their men aren’t completely fine. However, I didn’t appreciate the massive stereotyping she used or the feelings of male inferiority she implied in her article. Unfortunately, this trend was consistent throughout the issue. The entire magazine was devoted solely to picking apart the male

brain. It has a section called “Man Manual” after all. This brings me to the second finding I unearthed: Cosmo is entertaining. Cosmo’s capability to entertain somehow manages to surpass its intellectual prowess. Its female writers obviously delve into the male mind effectively, as the magazine is still a best-seller on newsstands everywhere for its completely flawless analysis. But Cosmo is more than just analysis. It’s trendy, fun and ingenious. Who wouldn’t want to read about the latest and greatest ways to get the most out of trips to the bedroom? Sex sells, and reading this stuff proves it. I almost regret venturing into the explicit pages of Cosmo. I feel like I cheated in the game of life in a way. The material within the magazine provided way too much insight for my mind to handle. Like the cover story, “15 Date ideas he’ll be into.” It blows my mind that this kind of stuff is actually out there for adventurous guys like me to take a peek at. Some of these ideas are actually pretty feasible. One date which




on that night. Something very serious could have happened. They could have been killed or injured in a car accident. They could have plowed into an innocent victim. They could have been seriously hurt in the actual game. The Image staff feels it’s time for students to step up to the plate and be more responsible. First, high school offers plenty of opportunity to have fun--without drinking beforehand. If you don’t think you can fun without being wasted, re-examine your life. Second, it is illegal. Consequences for that behavior are severe. Live with it. Third, we are all defined as a group. We don’t appreciate being embarrassed by your actions. We are not naïve enough to think underage drinking will stop, but the tradition of pre-gaming is not one that should continue.

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sounded particularly appealing to me was looking through YouTube to find inspiration for making an original clip. I would do this. Unfortunately, there were other ideas I would venture to say that very few men would even consider. The measurably worst idea was sketching naked people. Not only is this idea awkward, it’s a complete contradiction. I don’t know about you, but I sure don’t want to spend time with someone I’m interested in while looking at naked people and drawing them. It just doesn’t make sense. However ridiculous print magazines have become, I’m glad I took up the staff’s challenge. At least I have 14 other surefire date ideas to try.



Oct. 10 2008

Students respond to STAR meeting and Powder Puff Dear Editor,

On Thursday Oct. 2, 2008, I was one of many juniors and seniors who signed up to witness STAR’s accident re-enactment. Returning to class after the discussion on what we had witnessed, I was asked the same question multiple times: “How was it?” I didn’t know how to answer this. It was a very serious event followed by a serious question. I would not say it was “awesome” or “horrifying” or “intense.” I would say it was something I will never forget. I would say I learned the consequences of such actions. But most of all, I would say I hope I am not the only one who took the demonstration to heart. I hope what everyone learned that day was put into action not only Homecoming weekend, but all

weekends; although I know it won’t be true. People will still make stupid decisions whether they drink and drive or get hit by someone drinking and driving. All I can do is pray that I will see all of my friends and fellow classmates on every Monday morning.

Dear Editor,

Editor’s note: The following are excerpts from two letters the Image received concerning the events that transpired before the Powder Puff game during Homecoming week. The authors of these letters asked to remain anonymous based on the sensitivity of the events that occurred.

While the Powder Puff football game is a fun and traditional event, I was shocked to see the amount of girls in my class being escorted away from our sideline due to having the scent of alcohol on their breath or being drunk. They are a part of what defines the Class of 2010 and pulling a stunt like that showed a huge lack of respect to the event and the Junior Class. Why get drunk on a school night? I can’t tell you how sick I am of seeing pictures on Facebook of all the same people drinking their body weight in alcohol then going to school and hearing about it the following week, at least the parts they remember. I say this in my most sarcastic voice: Thank you to those junior girls who, for representing the Ju-

Brands like BigOx and JustOxygen are initiating the fad of tomorrow, which has been influenced off of oxygen bars across the country. And once again, for those of you who are unaware, there are actually places that function as oxygen bars. After a hard week, who wouldn’t love to go inhale some oxygen? And that’s exactly what these places are. You go in, hook up some sort of tube to your nose as if you were in the hospital, and you breathe for 20 minutes. This sounds absolutely refreshing. Along with a massage, these places are leading the U.S nightlife into a faction of existence it has never seen before. Not only are these places providing you with oxygen, but scented and flavored oxygen. That’s right, you finally get to inhale something that smells like pine fresh forest or tropical citrus. This tops just smelling a flower or a lemon, and that’s due to the oxygen you are breathing in while you are doing it. You’ll get these 30-35 breathe cans at convenient stores, and walk out into the world with a headstrong look and a satisfied grinning, knowing, that you are about to breathe some of the purest, best tasting oxygen you have ever had. My question is, how do you know if the bottle is full? I mean, with bottled water, you have a clear line that slowly goes

down and a dramatic weight change when it is empty. But with oxygen, it is virtually air (go figure), and if you walk out and it all gets away from you, what now? Do they just expect me to walk around without oxygen? Or what now, I pay $9.99 for another bottle? I see that as a totally suitable price for this in a market sure to expand. Should I pay $1.50 for something that quenches my thirst and helps hydrate me? Nah, soda tastes better and why do I need to be hydrated? It’s not like I am out playing football in the heat of the day or anything. No, $9.99 for a can of flavored oxygen is much better. I mean, a simple flower will not suffice, how could it ever? Now that this sort of thing is going to be accessible to all of us, it’s time for a convergence in homes across the nation. I am calling for it now. I want every house to be offering guests with bottled oxygen as if they are just getting back onto the space shuttle from the atmosphere of the moon. Atmosphere, by the way, has a sweet word that is related to it. A word I learned the other day, an optical system used to simulate cloud formations, storms and day and night, on the inside of a dome. An atmosphere, which I may remind you, is only composed of 21 percent oxygen. It’s time for everybody to realize




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nior Class in such a classy manor at the Powder Puff game and in general. You are what defines us. I thought Powder Puff would be the most memorable time of my life. Yet, while my experience at the game was fun and enjoyable, it made me embarrassed to be a junior. So instead of having fun and focusing on the game, girls were getting pulled out left and right for being drunk. Did they think they weren’t going to get caught? I have lost all respect for those girls who I once thought of as being wellrounded individuals. Powder Puff was supposed to be a memorable night, but now all I can think about is the stupid girls who got wasted. Thanks 2010, Dub what? Dub too drunk to function.

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they are not getting enough oxygen. The only way to fix this problem is by inhaling some more oxygen. And no, I do not believe that this will ever pose as an issue in the fabric of our society. Sure, oxygen is flammable; sure you are out inhaling from a bottle, which could potentially be a medium for other drugs. Maybe it is similar to aerosol, but I am confident in the fact that no one will be out at clubs saying, ‘hey, you ready to hit some oxy?” Or, ‘Hey, I got a liter of O2 the other night.” The effects of these bottles, and the simple idea to bottle something which is everywhere around us, and that we have been receiving since the second we were conceived into existence, is genius. So, the next time I am out and I feel like I am getting a little impure, I am going to ask, “Where’s the closest place that I can get some oxygen?” And when I do, the answer better be Quik Trip.

What are your feelings in regards to

the closing of Hidden Valley?

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•Homecoming 2008. It was hard to say goodbye to a week of less homework, midnight mayhem and dancing, but all good things come to an end. •Perfect Attendance Breakfast. This new student-sponsored breakfast rewards students for arriving to 1st and 2nd Hour on time. Getting to class never tasted better. •Bottled soda only costs $1. The days of pocket change are over as we move into a new era in bottled drinks, and spend our extra cash on candy with real sugar. •New school pizza. All those rumors about terrible school food are dispelled as you sink your teeth into these slices of heaven.

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Dear Editor,

No need to take a deep breath, just buy one If I told you that one day, one of the world’s most abundant resources will be bottled, mass-produced, marketed and sold commercially, what kind of reaction do you think that would induce? Before you answer lets turn the clocks back 30 years ago and ask a very similar question. Then; the idea would be rendered useless once you just go to your tap and fill a glass of H20. Of course, this scene pertains to the explosion of bottled water. But what about now? How do you think that idea could be utilized in this day-in-age? And when I say it, don’t think it’s ridiculous, as I have already pointed out, bottled water is now a commodity in every household; even ones that include taps. Are you ready for it? Bottled Oxygen. Some of you reading this may already know what I am talking about. But, up until about a month ago, I had no idea that this sort of innovation was taking place. People are actually bottling oxygen and selling it. Each bottle containing 89 percent oxygen or more (depending on which brand you choose to go with), and making a profit off of breathing. Revival and refreshment, apparently, has never been so hip. But that’s what it does. Revives and refreshes. Clearing out your brain and all the impurities that come from our boring 21 percent oxygen.


•Missouri. Already number one in meth production and puppy mills, we now have a $1 million winner in our very own Neil E. Boyd, who won this prize from America’s Got Talent. •Joanne Smith, the ultimate bargain hunter. For only $1.75 on eBay and $850 in taxes, Smith bought an abandoned house in Saginaw, MI.

gripes to: •Laffy Taffy is now only two for 25 cents. Apparently even candy companies need to cut costs as the economy bottoms out. •Parents parking in the drop off lane at the end of the day to pick up Johnny Freshman. Kindly don’t park in the lanes that are supposed to be used for the student body’s exit from campus, and we’ll stop honking at you. •The potential closing of Hidden Valley at the end of the 2009 season. Journeys to Colorado or other ski havens will soon be needed to hit the slopes. •Phantom Homecoming “forkers.” Nice try, but you stick the prongs of the fork into the ground, not the handle. Duh! •The head safety gear for inflatable jousting. The gear did not pass safety standards, and first lunch missed out on the jousting, as football helmets had to be used as a substitute.

Alex Verde “[I’m] mad because if they close, kids won’t have anything to do in the winter.”


Taylor Durham “I stopped going two years ago, but my friends still go, so it kind of stinks.”


Gasper Gasperlin “I used to go all the time and it was fun, but it’s too bad it’s closing down now.”


Kelsey Calvert “Our hills aren’t that good, but it’s like taking away a swimming pool; it’s unfair.”


•Rockwood Summit’s administration for canceling Homecoming due to excessive vandalism. It’s too bad many were punished because of the irresponsible actions of a few. Could Lafayette be next?


4 EOC Exams Test that were given at the end of the 20072008 school year as pilot (practice to see if test is reliable) will be a portion of final grade in addition to semester finals. End of Course exams will replace MAP testing. The district will create the test based on curriculum required to be taught in certain courses. “Students will have more understanding to this test because it’s the course they currently have,” Associate Principal Jodi Davidson said. End of Course exams offer the recording of achievement in the course for teachers. Courses that will take the non-pilot test for the 2008-2009 school year will be biology, two-year biology, algebra, two-year algebra, and 10 grade language arts.

Oct. 10 News 2008 Committee assesses grading policies Bre Vickers, Staff Reporter “In a traditional high school classroom, success is measured by the accumulation of points. In a standards based system, success is determined by demonstrating proficiency of course curriculum,” Social Studies Coordinator Roxanna Mechem said.   Mechem served as the head of Rockwood’s Assessment/Grading Advisory Committee from fall of 2005-2008. For the past three years, the committee has gathered to determine a more sufficient way to grade students. In accordance to the committee’s meeting notes [from the Dec. 12, 2006 and Nov. 15, 2007 meetings], members of the committee suggested that a 1-4 grading scale would be more appropriate than grading students with an A-F on assessments. It was also determined that semester grading should no longer have a 40/40/20 split (first quarter grade 40 percent, second quarter grade 40 percent, final exam 20 percent). Language arts teacher Cheryl Hermach said, “We [the committee] have a timeline that we’re working off of, the spring meeting will determine procedures. Regulations are like laws, the procedures are the way they are interpreted and comply.” French teacher Gina Luerding

started using the 1-4 grading scale when a teacher shared the idea GPA will reflect ability, not with her. She has used how well you can memorize for a several other teaching test … [Those students] doing well methods, but believes the 1-4 grading scale is on tests but failing in the homework section, why shouldn’t they be in Rebest. naissance?” The levels established by the committee measure students -Gina Luerding with a range of 1-4. A Foreign Language four demonstrates advanced knowledge and dent of Luerding, said students still application of the essential academic standards while a had to work hard and give the class one demonstrates minimal knowl- the same amount of effort. “[Luerding is] really good at edge and application of those stangiving the grade you deserve. She dards. In Luerding’s classes, grades grades by getting to know you, and are determined in five categories, grading on an individual scale,” Evwhich are then weighted equally ans said. During the November 2007 and averaged to determine the meeting the Committee agreed to overall grade. Luerding said, “GPA will reflect divide work into two categories: ability, not how well you can mem- formative work, which consists orize for a test…[Those students] of homework and in-class assigndoing well on tests but failing in the ments (practice), and summative homework section, why shouldn’t work, which consists of assessments. they be in Renaissance?” The 1-4 grading method will asSophomore Nicolas Tolmais said he prefers the regular grading scale sess students only by performance because grades are calculated with on summative assessments. Homemore categories, making it easier to work will no longer count toward a student’s grade. earn an A. “Teachers, in math for example, “[The 1-4] grading hurts more than it helps, it’s really hard to get can grade homework for accuracy, a four. At first most of the class not just completeness. Grading for got a lot of twos, then moved up to completion doesn’t really reflect achievement,” Hermach said. threes,” Tolmais said. While the change in grading has Senior Sian Evans, a former stu-

been agreed upon, it won’t take effect in high schools until the 20122013 school year. Mechem said the district is working to implement changes in grading systematically. The roll up plan, which starts in lower grade levels, allows the district to make changes in the report card and ensure staff training. Since the district is large, there are related tasks that have to be completed before the 1-4 grading scale will be implemented. Along with the changes the district makes, it is equally important for parents and teachers to understand the change. “I think that it is important for people to realize that it is a shift in thinking. Standards based grading is about learning how students are performing against clearly identified standards. It is not a point accumulation,” Mechem said. Luerding supports the time allotted to make the 1-4 grading scale the required way to grade but encourages teachers to use it earlier. She believes it is important because it gives time to adapt for teachers, students and parents. Luerding said, “Lafayette teachers are phenomenal in being flexible. It [the 1-4 grading scale] can be done.” Students also agree with having time to fully comprehend the grading system. “The 1-4 is hard to understand at first but it grows on you,” Evans said.

News Getting accepted into college starts early on with making wise decisions



Oct. 10 2008

Chelsea Coleman, Staff Reporter As college expectations and requirements become more demanding, high school students must begin to prepare for them when they start their freshman year. Taking the right classes, having strong extracurricular activities and creating a résumé are among the many things a student must do for college admissions. But now there are more obstacles that students will face, like colleges peering into applicants’ private lives through social networks like Facebook.

Balancing Act When picking a college, a student must consider many things: private college or public college, big or small college, and the location. But before a student consider any that they must have two critical pieces of information that is part of the college application process, a good GPA and extracurricular activities. But which is more important? Do colleges want a student with an amazing GPA and no clubs or sports or a student with an average GPA and many consistent extracurricular activities? “Ultimately grades and test scores are the strongest factors in determining admission, but all schools are interested in the ‘whole student’, so all extracurriculars should be emphasized, especially for a borderline admission decision or scholarship consideration,” College Specialist Christopher Ramsay said. Ramsay believes it is important for students to show a strong involvement in a club or activity and specify what exactly what he or she has done within that activity. “Having too many clubs makes it look like you only showed up for one meeting just to put it on your résumé,” senior Laura Hamrick said. College Specialist Beth Brasel said students should stick to a couple activities they are interested in. “Overall they would prefer to see a student who has been involved in just a couple of activities and have stuck with those activities versus

Photo by Chelsea Coleman

Talk It Out

To prepare for the next four years, senior Jonathan Citrin sits down to talk with College Specialist Christopher Ramsay. The two specialists, Ramsay and Beth Brasel, keep busy by meeting with students who wish to continue their education elsewhere. Students are encouraged to start planning for the college admissions process from the beginning of their high school career. a student with a laundry list of activities. They also want to see students who have taken on leadership roles,” Brasel said. Truman State University college admission counselor Hope Slaby agrees. “Consistency in extracurricular activities is good, but just because a student tried a club or sport and realized that it wasn’t for them doesn’t mean that the college will hold that against him,” she said. Some colleges hold extracurricular in such a high regard that they may be the deciding factor in an admissions decision. “For the top schools, having a lot of extracurricular activities could make a difference between two candidates for admission,” Hamrick said. Another important component for any student is leadership. Ramsay believes this ANY is the key for $50 that OFF an impressive résumé. COLLEGE PREP   Showing you can take initiative PROGRAM and have good guidance skills apSYLVAN THEandONLY peals to all IS colleges, having

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Facebook Profiling Students always worrying about their GPA and test score as well as if they have the right extracurricular activities can make a student dread the college admissions process. But thanks to 21st century technology, students have another thing to worry about: the content of their Facebook profile. Between pictures and wall-towall conversations, Facebook allows almost anyone to peak right into anybody’s personal life. Many colleges have taken notice of this resource and have started to check applicants’ profiles. According to the Wall Street Journal, “a new survey of 500 top colleges found that 10 percent of admissions officers acknowledged looking at social-networking sites to evaluate applicants.” Many believe because they know all the people who can access their


account there is nothing protected. “Some college counselors are 22 or 23 years old so they might still have Facebook. They are very used to Facebook, easily navigate and look up accounts,” Ramsay said. While many students don’t give second thought to what they put on their profile, some are concerned about the impression they leave. Junior Megan Hasenmueller isn’t pleased with this new change in the application process. “I think it is completely absurd that colleges can access that kind of personal information and can take it into account during the admissions process,” Hasenmueller said. Colleges look for underage drinking, drug use, and signs of anything else that suggests the students could jeopardize integrity of the school. Junior Chris Slevin believes setting Facebook profiles to a private setting is the best option. “I am a little concerned if they were to browse personal pictures and read messages, but they can’t see anything as long as it is private,” Slevin said. The Wall Street Journal says that some schools, like Princeton and the University of New York, have not checked applicants’ profiles for inappropriate content. Another school that does not participate in this practice is Truman State University. “We don’t check profiles at Truman, we only check what the students send into us. Our admission process mainly includes application, the essay the student sends in, the student’s transcript and test scores,” Slaby said. Having offensive material or information on a student’s profile can also hinder chances of receiving scholarship or awards from a number of schools. This generation has new, less private ways of communicating with friends and family. Students must be aware of the consequences that their actions online and knowing that what is displaced can have negative results. Using common sense when on Facebook is always smart, but for upperclassmen, maybe a little ‘editing’ on their profiles could help the college admission process go off without a hitch.

College Essays When considering the topic of a college admission essay there are a few topic that students must avoid. Depressing subjects like death, divorce, or drugs should never be used. Selecting optimistic, inspiring themes is always a smart choice. Write about what your audience is interested in, it will keep the readers attention and possibly make the essay stand out from the many other essays. Avoid using second person and past tense throughout the essay. Cliché topics can be over used and can extremely dull. AP Language and Composition teacher Melissa Noel said the best topic consist of, “small incidents that had a big impact on the student’s life.”   Noel suggest purchasing the book The College Application Essay by Sarah Myers McGinty. It is available at CollegBoard’s website

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Hosted by Players Guild and Student Council (STUCO), Rocktober will give students and staff a chance to play Rock Band during all lunch shifts during the last week of October. The songs will be played over the speakers and on the televisions for everyone to hear and see. More details will be announced this month.

Oct. 10 2008

District ‘shakes up’ nutrition policy D.Anne Vollmayer, Staff Reporter

ucation teacher, thinks obesity is a problem because a lot of people don’t think they are obese when, in High school students usually aren’t reality, they are. interested in their sodium intake, “Sodium raises cholesterol and cholesterol and other health relatprepared foods have salt already. ed issues. But now they are taking It dehydrates you and makes your notice. body retain water,” she said. Due to federal guidelines of the But, physical education teacher, United States Department of AgAshley Lewis, thinks instead of riculture (USDA), the Rockwood taking salt away, students should School District is required to folbe more educated about their bodlow, Lafayette removed salt packies. ets from the Cafeteria. For her nutrition unit in health, Carmen Fischer, Director of Amnesty Int’l Child Nutrition Services, said even students watch Super Size Me and Amnesty International study the new, more personalized, though desiring the taste of salt will be “reverse trickfood guide pyramid. is a habit, students need healthier or-treating” on Oct. 31, The student response to these options. educating people about healthy policies varies from very Cafeteria Manager Wendie Befair trade alternatives. passionate to indecisive. Amnesty International ning said, “The importance for us has been selling fair is your thatad we just to follow Please review prior toare printing and trying make any corrections. Sign and returnBening one copy assaid soon asthey possible.were sometrade candy at Lancers what disappointed at first but guidelines set by government manLanding since last year, thinks students seem to be handates to help students make healthy and will be all this year. dling it pretty well now. and nutrition based choices and to One passionate student is seform better eating habits.” Mu Alpha Theta nior Adam Goldberg. He said just Though it may seem sudden, Math tutoring is sponbecause people want salt and other Rockwood has been making changsored by Kim Maricic in foods isn’t a bad thing. es in cafeterias since 2001. First, the Academic Learning “Salt is an element. We need it,” there was the transition from two Center. These sessions he said. percent milk to one percent milk. are held every Tuesday, On the other end, junior Chase Soon after, the number of times Wednesday and ThursLangan said, “I’m not going to go day from 3:15 to 4:15 french fries were offered was lowp.m. Anyone who needs home and cry about it.” ered to two times a week. Finally math in help is invited to Assistant Principal Matt DieckHostess products were eliminated come. haus said, “I miss the salt because last year. I’m used to finishing my fries then In their place, many healthy opClub News information using my finger to swoop up the tions have been offered including complied by Alexa Bensalt [at the bottom] and licking it.” salad bars, deli sandwiches with son, Mackenzie Miller Junior Kendra Spaulding isn’t whole grain bread, baked chips, and Elle Swedberg. taking the salt situation lightly. fruit smoothies and yogurt parShe goes to McDonald’s, orders faits. french fries and asks for extra salt Christine Bodine, physical ed-

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Despite the new healthy school policies, junior Christine Hibler adds salt to her Ramen Noodles. Despite the removal of salt from the Cafeteria, Lancers Landing still gives students the choice to put salt on their food. packets. Then she brings them to school to put onto her fries and tater tots. “I understand why they’re doing it, but the food tastes bad. If the food was halfway decent, kids wouldn’t mind,” Spaulding said. Spaulding believes either these changes will end or they will gradually get rid of everything in the cafeterias. Bening also said those choices that aren’t healthy will be phased out eventually. As an alternative to salt, Lafayette has switched to Mrs. Dash. Bening said Mrs. Dash is a blend of seasonings that adds fla-

vor without all the sodium. “I didn’t even know they had [Mrs. Dash]. Are they hiding it?” Spaulding said. The kitchen staff still uses salt in some of their recipes, but they aren’t adding extra when it is unnecessary. Senior Jake Finley doesn’t care about the salt. He didn’t notice the change after it was taken out of the cafeteria. However, for some students shaking the habit still seems out of the question. Freshman Abbey Hine, said, “Let’s bring back the salt!”

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Lafayette grad makes television debut Former students of Band Director Brad Balog and Lauren Sakowski, art teacher, perform in Las Vegas with percussion band, Cadence, in America’s Got Talent’s “Top 20.” Sydney Miller, In-Depth Editor

Photos Courtesy of Robert Lowery, Sr.

In 2003, Rob Lowery was a senior, playing with the Lancer Regiment and the then-new Winter Drumline. In September, old friends and teachers were shocked to see him on national television. Lowery’s participation in a percussion band, Cadence, landed him a spot in America’s Got Talent’s top 20. The band, which regularly performs at ICON Nightclub in Springfield, MO, performs with unique mediums such as piping and buckets alongside traditional percussion instruments. “Anything we can play on [we use],” Lowery said. The band was first formed when the owner of ICON was opening the nightclub. “He was looking for a cheap way, that was a little different to bring people to the club,” Lowery said. Not only was Lowery projected into the world of 15 minute fame, Cadence member Jason Polsgrove, a graduate of Eureka High School and former drumline student of Lauren Sakowski, art teacher, was alongside Lowery in their television debut. Sakowski was also a percussionist in high school, and continued in drumline after graduation through Drum and Bugle Corps groups like the Rams drumline and Gateway Indoor Percussions. She is known nationally as a cymbal instructor. When Polsgrove auditioned for Gateway, Sakowski was a teacher there. “In a text, Jason said Sharon Osbourne has nothing on me as a teacher,” Sakowski joked. Sakowski teaches for the “upper echelon” of drumlines, and said, “It’s such a huge thing to us [percussionists], but the average person would have no idea that these competitions go on all year around.” “I got a text message from one of the kids that marched with Jason, and it was something along the lines of, ‘Oh my God! Jason’s on national television!’” Sakowski said. “Of course I watched it [America’s Got Talent]. It felt really amazing and strange. I thought, ‘I know that kid!’ I’m really proud of him. That’s a pretty major thing, and he’s one of my students. It’s a shame [Cadence] didn’t make it any farther, but they made it into the Top 20. The idea to audition for America’s Got Talent was born when the manager of the Cadence MySpace

saw an ad for a MySpace video Contest for NBC. Cadence sent in a video, which “producers sifted through, [and] two weeks later we were in Las Vegas playing,” Lowery said. During auditions their future on the show was wary, Lowery said, as producers explained to the band, “I can’t watch you for 90 minutes without a backtrack.” Cadence then faced the challenge of putting together a unique show, directed at a different audience. Never before had the band played with a backtrack, and Lowery said the band worked 16-17 hour days to adjust to the changes from ICON’s audience to an audience with Vegas-worthy expectations. “We had to change our game up a lot. We play for 800 people when we perform at Icon, [so] we know how to work a crowd,” Lowery explained. The group of seven progressed to the show’s Top 20 level, which Lowery said was “very exciting.”

“I was in shock, like we had been through the entire season,” he said. However, their immediate plans of a show in Las Vegas ended when it was announced Cadence had not been voted into the Top 10. “I thought we had a pretty good chance, but apparently not. I was shocked,” Lowery said. “I would’ve liked to move on.” Though rejection came as a surprise to the group, those who taught them, Sakowski and Band Director Brad Balog, saw it as a possibility. “If you compare it to something Jason did with Gateway, I don’t know if it’s the same caliber,” Sakowski said. “But it was very entertaining for the average person. It was a great performance, [but] it was reminiscent of [Blast, Stomp, Blue Man Group]. I think if this is the avenue they choose to pursue,

they’re going to have to find their own innovative way to do it, in order to make it marketable.” Balog agreed. “I know one of the things [Cadence] had an uphill climb with, while [their act was] unique to the competition, and you haven’t seen anything quite like it… there were some [bands] out there that are successful and similar to them.” “But [Cadence] is a tough act to follow,” Balog added. Sakowski and Balog agreed the world of competitive reality television is a different stage than live performance. Lowery has a theory ­on why they were voted off, as well. “Most of the people that would’ve watched the show, watched American Idol. It turned into American Idol- [the audience] was trained to focus on singers,” Lowery said. Although they did not “win”,

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(Above) Rob Lowery performed in Lancer Regiment during his time at Lafayette. Band director Brad Balog said, “He was a very nice guy, enthusiastic drum player and a good kid.”

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(Left) 2003 graduate Rob Lowery, second to the right, with his band “Cadence” at America’s Got Talent in Las Vegas. The band was voted into the Top 20, but failed to receive enough votes to continue.

both teachers said the experience was a win for the drumline community. “From our side of things and the things we do in the music community, it was good for [Cadence] of carrying that torch, taking the activity we’re so proud of and putting it on the national landscape. And they did it well, too,” Balog said. Despite being voted from the show, Cadence has no plans to stop performing. Lowery said the band was building an hour long show and hoping to eventually get it to Las Vegas. “Right now, [Cadence] we’re all best friends. We get great drink specials at ICON, [and] it’s just a great time performing,” Lowery said. “Now we see a great future up the road. I guess [America’s Got Talent] puts it in a different ball game.”

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Lauren Sakowski, art teacher, is a teacher in all aspects of her life. By day, she teaches photography at Lafayette. In the summer, she teaches drumline in the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps, a run-off organization of Drum Corps International (DCI). Sakowski also works for Gateway International, a branch of Winter Guard International (WGI), an organization which she said “literally organizes everything.” Sakowski said she began playing the snare drum in band during high school, upon the wishes of her parents, and stuck with it once she realized her talent. “We were really competitive at my high school and it’s fun to be good, right? You get really used to that feeling and you really like it and you want to keep doing it,” Sakowski said. It was during her time at Gateway International two years ago that Gateway approached the Rams about starting a drumline, to which the Rams originally replied “no”. Sakowski said “after [other NFL teams] have a drumline, the Rams called Gateway and said, ‘Hey, how about it?’ A lot of NFL teams are getting drumlines now. It’s the ‘new thing’ to do.” The teachers at Gateway decided to create a 15-person drumline consisting of “staff of Gateway and some friends of ours,” Sakowski said. “Every group that I work with is a youth group, so once you are no longer youthful the only other option is to really go for it and [perform] for a living,” Sakowski said. “The next best thing is to teach. But I really love teaching, too. So whether I’m teaching art, or whether I’m teaching cymbals, I’m teaching and it’s what I love to do.” “I miss the feeling [of performing]. The little bit of anxiousness before we run out on the field and do what we do,” she said. “[Performing] is a lot of fun.”

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Oct. 10 2008

Breaking out the kilt

Lancer Lass successful in competition Mary Buttram, Staff Reporter

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Balancing the caber, Jessie Dantin prepares for her throw. Her best toss earned her a score of 11 out of 12. Caber toss is one of the events Dantin competes in.

Unless one’s a Scot, or have some kind of Scottish background, the Scottish Highland Games might not ring a bell. Jessie Dantin, on the other hand, knows all about it. The games are held by different Scottish organizations around the U.S. and Canada. The Gateway Caberman organizes the competition says Dantin, Champion of the Kansas City games in June of this year. The games may seem a little foreign, but Dantin has them down pat. Twice a year nationals are held in Scotland. Because Dantin opts out of going to Scotland, she keeps to local competitions. “There are seven events that the competitors compete in. Two different weights are thrown for distance: light [14 pounds] and heavy [28 pounds],” Dantin said. “Weight over Bar is an event where a 28 pounds weight is thrown for height (over the bar). The caber is the event most people have seen. The caber is an 11 feet to 13 feet pole that weighs forty to seventy pounds. We ‘turn it’ (toss it end over end). The light hammer [16 pounds] is thrown for distance,” Dantin said. She added, “The braemer stone ranges from 12-16 pounds- a big rock- and is thrown like a shot put for distance. The last event is the sheaf toss. The sheaf is a 10-pound burlap sack filled with twine. The sheaf is picked up with a pitch fork, and then thrown for height over a standard that looks like what pole-vaulters

jump over. These weights are for women competitors. The men compete with heavier ones,” she said. Dantin has been participating in the Scottish Games for over two years, and has been very successful. Her best scores are as follows: lightweight for distance is 48 feet 1 inch, and heavy weight is 23 feet 6 inches. Her best height in weight over bar is 10 feet, while her best score for the caber toss is 11. Scores are determined from a clock face with 12 as the highest possible one can receive. In the light hammer event, Dantin threw 47 feet 9 inches, for the braemer stone, she threw a 16 pound braemer stone 20 feet 6 inches. And last but not least, Dantin slung the sheaf 20 feet. In addition to her first place in Kansas City, Dantin placed second in the Des Moines games this year and third in the St. Louis games in 2007. “I do it mostly to stay in shape.” Dantin does shot put in the spring for track. She tries to get in at least one game a month to practice for track season. The funny thing is, that is the only time she practices is when she participates in the games themselves. “I normally don’t practice because of all of the activities I am involved in. Basically, I only practice when I compete,” Dantin said. The neat thing about the practices is that there is no coach- it is all peer teaching.



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Dantin said, “The cool thing about it [peer teaching] is that there could be someone professional and they will just come over and help you.” Dantin said about the professional players, “During the games, I am usually the youngest competitor by about 10-15 years. I’ve even met the [Women’s] World Champion from 2007 in Kansas City. Luckily, I didn’t compete in her class. She was really nice and it was weird because she was really tiny so it shows that anyone can compete,” Dantin said. Anyone can compete, as long as they wear a kilt. “I am what you call ‘Mutt-Dog Stew’ because my ancestors were from the British Isles. But I am predominately Scottish. I have two Scottish families,” Dantin said about her Scottish decent. Her mother, language arts teacher Cathy Dantin, said, “She’s amazing. She’s ranked at least 40th in the nation, competing against adults. I tried once, and it was very hard.” She said, “I plan on competing in the games for as long as my body will allow me. I find it a really great way to keep in shape for the school season. I really love competing because it helps me connect with my Scottish Heritage.” The Scottish Highland Games are a great way for Scots to become more connected with their heritage and people that share the same cultural backgrounds. For Dantin, it is a wonderful way to stay in shape and have fun as well as celebrating her heritage.



Oct. 10 2008


Z eta O mega E psilon Local youth leaders discuss recent growth, ZOE explodes Alex Davis, Editor in Chief Walking into the office of ZOE director Phillip Hunter, with a Mizzou hat rested on his head and a computer monitor displaying a list of shoes from, it is a surprise this is the man who has developed one of the most populous youth groups in the Wildwood area.   In the past several years, many students who are already overwhelmed with academically and activities are making room for one more thing in their busy schedules: religion.   Area religious-based youth groups are seeing a huge growth in the number of participants. Hunter, along with ZOE girls director Ashley King, leads what now encompasses around 450 students from the Parkway and Rockwood school districts every Wednesday night, the ZOE Youth Ministries. ZOE, which stands for ‘Zeta, Omega, Epsilon,’ stands as a ‘fraternity’ of Christian fellowship. Hunter, who graduated from Lafayette in 1994, has had the idea of what he has wanted his youth group to be like for quite some time. After high school, Hunter went off to college at Southwest Baptist University (SBU) and graduate school at North Carolina University (UNC), leaving behind his home city for a full eight years. Hunter’s father, Phil Hunter, is the Director of West County Community (WCC), the church which ZOE is affiliated with. It is located right off Highway 100 near Pond Road. It hasn’t always been a goal for Hunter, though. He spent time in Branson working with Kanakuk Christian Camp, which is sort of how he landed the idea for ZOE. “While I was at Kanakuk, I went to a conference in Chicago and I had a vision of what ZOE could be. After that, I went straight to my Dad,” Hunter said. From there, Hunter planned to have his youth group be affiliated with his father’s church in Wildwood. “When I came back, he [Hunter’s Dad] had pulled together a board of men and women that would support this idea [ZOE],” Hunter said. However, this minister-mindset has not always been instilled in Hunter’s head. While in college, Hunter was “ticked at some family stuff, and wasn’t very turned on to the church.” He said, however, he has “always had a heart for Jesus.” King, who graduated high school from School of the Osage, in Lake of the Ozark, MO, also graduated from Southwest Baptist University. In 2006, King had graduated the Focus on the Family Institute, and was ready and searching for a teaching job.


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Sans the balcony, ZOE features larger numbers then they have ever experienced at this youth meeting. Every Wednesday night area high school students attend the youth group meeting in the ZOE house, which is affiliated with West County Community Church. “I was actually looking for a job teaching, but I got a call from Phillip wondering if I wanted to come on [at ZOE],” King said. Although King has only been a part of the ministry for two years now, she has definitely enjoyed her stay. “This is such a different ministry then I have ever been a part of. It really has to do a lot with Phillip. I came here just wanting to learn about good ministry. Being able to see the effect on people’s lives [that ZOE has] is awesome,” King said. The ministry was formed in 2002, when Hunter and his brother, Matt, a Eureka graduate, held bible studies on Wednesday nights. They had 37 people at their first meeting on Sept 1, 2002. At this point, ZOE was just an idea; not a place. Hunter said the group began with people ‘hanging out’ in basements and talking about God and learning from the bible. As of now, ZOE has its own house dedicated for just this; youth ministry. It is connected to the WCC. Although the growth of ZOE has been quite exponential, its meetings on Wednesday nights have plans to be “put on steroids,” Hunter said. “We are already working on taking ZOE to a bigger venue,” Hunter said. “In the next three to four years, we would like to have over 1,500 people each week. Once we reach that number, we are going to try and beat that, because each life represents a life that can be fulfilled with Jesus Christ.” The next projects will be to establish larger ZOE meetings within the WCC Sanctuary, allowing more seats for people, and adding a coffee house which is open every day after school, so kids have a place to hang out and do homework. The coffee house will be added to the basement which already has four Xbox 360’s, a pool table and a kitchen. It will be staffed by the ZOE interns. Offer expires 11/05/08

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Senior Lesley Wilkinson, has also started a bible study for students. The group is called X-Structure and has recently split into two subgroups: Overflow and Wildfire. “It’s [X-Structure] a star in the milky way galaxy that is shaped like a cross, and the scientist who found it called it the ‘XStructure,’” Wilkinson said. Overflow, which is the girls group, has been meeting in Wilkinson’s basement every Monday night. The guy’s group, referred to as ‘Wildfire,’ is led by Eureka senior Cole Barker and actually has been working with ZOE and meets every Monday night as well. In addition to the Wednesday night meeting, ZOE holds a meeting for middle schoolers on Tuesdays. The Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), led by FCA President, junior Kam Klimes, meets at Lafayette on Tuesday nights, and in the past couple of years, has seen an increase in its numbers. Featuring 50 people a meeting, and at

times as many as 80 students, former president Alex Johnson, Class of 2008, was ‘honestly surprised with how fast it grew.’ FCA, at one point, was actually held at the ZOE house because of how many people were showing up. “My goal was to turn it into an outward organization readily available to students,” Johnson said. “Everyone knew the cause was fellowship in Jesus, so more than just athletes would come. I wanted it to be more than just another club. It needed to be a time for real learning/growth and genuine fellowship.” One secondary outcome of the increase in student interest in religious youth groups is that organizations like FCA, Wildfire and ZOE have brought students from Lafayette and Eureka together. “It doesn’t matter who they are, what their background or even if they have ever been to church, we want people to know they belong,” Hunter said. “We are a bunch of people who welcome everyone.”

In the next three to four years, we would like to have over 1,500 people each week. Once we reach that number, we are going to try and beat that, because each life represents a life that can be fulfilled with Jesus Christ.” Phillip Hunter ZOE Director

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Special students help outside of classroom Manager’s Gallery

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one of the guys. They tell stories, jokes and help look after the team. The boys have all formed a special bond. The players are great with the kids,” Manne said. The fall sport athletes, out on the field, scoring The three have a passion for football, which points and shooting goals, are known for their makes them efficient managers. Godlewski’s hard work. However, the hard work continues mother, Dee Ann Guffey, notices the joy her off the field, on the sidelines. son receives from his hard work. Junior Kelly Pinney, sophomores Sean “The boys make my son feel important and Godlewski, Robin Holbrook, Ryan Key, fresh- accepted. Sean has improved his social confimen Lauren Hennicke and Joe Linneman dence since joining the team. The football boys work behind the scenes as managers. always have his back, and Sean loves wearing Hennicke, Holbrook and Pinney all have his jersey,” Guffey said. Down syndrome. Key suffers from cerebral Godlewski, number 11, said, “My favorite palsy and is partially deaf. Godlewski also has part of being on the team is being out of the a hearing disability, and has undergone over field. While we are out there, we get water and 30 surgeries. run around.” These managers help their varsity teams The football team’s positive impact on overcome challenges on the field as they all Godlewski has also affected his mother. Guffey cope with their own challenges off the field. is thrilled to see her son as a part of the team. She added, “I think it’s awesome he’s on the team. It’s great for me to see how the boys The Longest Yard accept him, like he’s a part of them. It’s a great Team members say that without Godlewski, opportunity I didn’t think would happen for Key and Linneman, the varsity football team him.” would be incomplete. Linneman’s father also notices the posiThe boys don’t receive playing time on the tive impact the football team has had on his field, but play a vital role on the team every son. Linneman referred to himself as the “new Friday night. kid in town,” before the school year, and he Coach Boyd Manne said, “The boys help planned on joining the football team for his with water and equipment and they build freshman year. team camaraderie with their energy, humor “Joe is basically a semi-mascot for the and passion for football.” team. He loves it. Joe goes to the practices, Manne not only coaches the football team, games and gets to ride on the bus. He’s excited but he is Key’s father. He said he loves having to go to school every day. The boys watch out Key, with Godlewski and Linneman out on the for him by making sure he gets in the right car field. and such. They have really had a positive imHe said, “Joe and Sean help lead stretches pact on him,” David Linneman said. some days or do any odd job we need taken Godlewski, Key and Linneman have a trecare of. Ryan keeps Coach Ski in line; Ryan mendous impact on the team as well. and Coach Ski are buddies and enjoy each Senior Matt Harris said, “The guys bring us other’s company.” up whenever we are down. They are so funny. Key, jersey number three, agreed his favor- They will always put a smile on your face. They ite part of being on the team spending time are like family; when we see each other in the with Coach Ski and the players. halls we high five and just have a great time. He said, “I like being a part of the team The managers are like our brothers.” so I can hang out with the fellas. I’ve wanted The manager’s passion for football moto be on the team for two years because I’ve tivates the team to work their hardest. Linknown the guys for a neman’s spirit is long time.” especially noticeThe managers help able, as he can be The guys bring us up when seen clapping his with necessary tasks, ever we are down. They are hands and pumpsuch as giving the boys so funny; they will always put a smile ing up the crowd. water, but they have a on your face. They are like family; more important role When asked his when we see each other in the halls reasons for cheeron the team. we high five and just have a great The boys are teaming on the team time. The managers are like our mates, and have a close and rallying the friendship with the crowd, Linneman, brothers.” players. jersey number Senior Kyle Beiser seven, said, “I did -Matt Harris said, “I think it’s great that because we Senior they are out there, and needed it.” I for one enjoy having He added, “My them there. They wear favorite part of being on the team is winning. their jerseys on game day with great pride; I’ve wanted to join the team forever because you can see it on their faces. They keep us mo- I want to have a job like this, where I can yell tivated and hydrated. What more can you ask and scream.” for?” Next time the Friday night lights shine, noThough neither Godlewski, Key nor Lin- tice numbers 3, 7 and 11 standing out on sideneman play on the field, coaches and parents lines.They might not get any playing time, but notice their close bond with the players. they have a tremendous impact that helps the “[Godlewski, Key and Linneman] hang out team reach victory. with the boys at practice and get them fired up for football. Sometimes, the players get too More Than Baskets fired up too early. Joe, Sean and Ryan are just Junior Kelly Pinney doesn’t shoot baskets;

Aiming for Perfection

Photo courtesy of Chris Hibler

Leaving the field spotless, freshman Lauren Hennicke throws field hockey balls into the bin. Her involvement has led to Hennicke calling herself the Tony LaRussa of the field hockey team.

Photo by Daniel Clutter

Spirit Boost

As managers of the varsity football team, freshman Joe Linneman (left) watches as sophomore Sean Godlewski (right) gives senior Sean Siebert (middle) a high five. The football managers, numbers 3, 7 and 11, gave water to the team and cheered them on during the football game. The players said the three managers built a team camaraderie through their energy and positive spirit.

however, she still helps the varsity basketball team score. Pinney’s basketball coach, Jennifer Porter, has known Pinney since she was a little girl. Porter and Pinney are neighbors. Porter describes her as outgoing, and a real keeper of secrets. Also Porter said, “Kelly loves school and loves to come to basketball. She’s the only kid I know who does not like snow days.” She goes above and beyond to get done what she needs to, “She helps us get the gym ready for practice, she gets the girls water during the games and she is our biggest fan and cheerleader from the bench,” Porter said. Pinney said her favorite part about being on the basketball team is, “I get to go to the games and be one of the girls.” Pinney was awarded a special honor last year. “Our girls love her. They see how much the team means to her, too. She’s been such a great influence that the girls voted for her for the Un-Sung Hero award last season,” Porter said.

“This honor usually goes to a player who is very valuable to the team, but the fans and other outsiders may not recognize all the little things she does to help the team, whether that be diving on the floor for loose balls, putting signs on people’s lockers, or being the first to slap hands with a player coming off the court,” Porter said. All the girls get along great with Pinney. Porter said, “She is often caught writing them notes that she gives them at practice. The notes usually tell them how much the players make her smile and laugh. The girls love getting notes from Kelly. ” Pinney works hard to help the team with tasks which are not noticed by the fans. However, the team knows of Pinney’s asset to the team. “Kelly jokes with the team, rebounds for them, cheers for them and even goes to team dinners and get-togethers with them,” Porter said. Porter believes “being on the team has made Kelly feel like she belongs to something now at Lafayette. This has probably

made her more confident, because now she has all the girls as friends, and she constantly has people talking to her and giving her high fives.” She added, “Being on the team has helped her in the classroom as well. She knows she has to follow all the same guidelines as the girls, so she makes sure she does her work and makes sure she doesn’t get in trouble.” Porter is grateful to have Pinney as a manager for the basketball team and thankful that Pinney can help out in the ways she does. “Our team is lucky to have Kelly. We set out to help her and make her a part of something at Lafayette, and she has given us more than we ever expected,” Porter said.

Going the Extra Mile With hard work and determination, sophomore Robin Holbrook manages the boys swimming and diving team. Along, with this job comes the responsibility of going to all of the home meets, her favorite

part being, “taking the scores to the officials,” Holbrook said. Her mom, Diane Holbrook said, since she joined the team, “She feels very involved in school sports programs. Robin’s position with the swim team gives her a chance to be part of Lafayette’s extra curricular activities.” Swimming and Diving Coach Todd Gabel, said, “Robin does a great job for the swim team. She does the most important job for the running of the meets.” Holbrook also achieved Renaissance and her Silver Award in Girl Scouts. Holbrook’s brother is on the swim team, which is how she got involved. “One of the mothers said the team needed help and suggested that Robin could do this,” Diane Holbrook said.

Sticking With It Freshman Lauren Hennicke is one of the “chicks with sticks”, as the girls field hockey shirts say, doing more for the team than most

Lady Lancer Basketball

Photo courtesy of Jennifer Porter

The 2007 girls basketball team, including manager Kelly Pinney holding the plaque, holds up their District Championship plaque. Coach Jennifer Porter said “being on the team has made [Pinney] feel like she belongs to something.”

realize. Coach Kelly Yates said, “She helps set up cones, turn on the clock, pick up balls and cheers the team on at practice and games. We love having her there being a part of an activity.” Hennicke’s mom, Jan Hennicke, said since Hennicke has become part of the team, “She always says she is the Tony La Russa, manager of the team. She also loves getting in the middle of things and high-fiving everyone.” Hennicke’s mom added, “She has always been outgoing, but now since she joined the team, she is more confident.” Hennicke said her favorite part about being on the team is, “meeting new friends and helping the team win.” Yates said, “As each day passes they [team] get to know her [Lauren] and become more outgoing towards her.” “She has become more comfortable and knows what to do. She gets up for our huddles and cheers for the girls when they score,” Yates said.

“She is a very positive role model for our team. Just when you think something is difficult, look at Lauren and she lights up the practice. I give her parents a lot of credit for getting her there to practice and games and making sure she is there to help,” Yates said.

Inspirational Role Activities Director Steve Berry recognizes the importance of the team managers and appreciates their role on the team. He said, “It [managing] is not only positive for those young students, but helps our own students realize various problems.” “If they can exist with the problems they have to face, then so can everyone else, he added.” Through managing, the six are part of a true team. The school sports teams would not be the same without these hard working managers, as both the managers and their teammates are impacted by their dedication.



Oct. 10 2008

Read at your own risk

To prepare for Halloween students, talk about

their experiences at haunted houses & favorite horror movies

Story written and information gathered by Melina Loggia, Staff Reporter

Haunted Houses Creepyworld Creepyworld consists of five different areas: Grisly’s Graveyard, Silo X, Tombstone, Hornbuckel’s Cornfield and Raven’s Manor. Raven’s Manor is a huge haunted mansion with a theme of ‘experiments gone wrong’. Grisly’s Graveyard is the home of the experiments, dead and undead. A maze of corn and farm family looking for human jerky to munch on can be found in Hornbuckel’s Cornfield. Complete with a haunted hayride, Tombstone is a haunted western ghost town. The main attraction, Silo X, has come back this year with just about everything imaginable, including flesh eating zombies, chainsaws and a military prison. Location: 1400 S Old Highway 141 Fenton, MO 63026 (636) 305-8999 The Darkness The Darkness is all new this year and now even has a floor that will shake under your feet. guaranteeing screams all around. A ‘City of the Dead’ can be found inside with all sorts of things that attack, such as a T-Rex, snakes, savages and monsters. There is a house on a swamp that is cursed with voodoo. The new Darkness also features a mirror maze and Hollywood special effects. Location: 1525 S 8th St St Louis, MO 63104 (314) 241-34566 What Students Say: The Darkness: “The things there are ugly, it wasn’t all that scary, but they walked around with little chainsaw things.” –April Gordon, 11 Creepyworld, (Silo-X): “The first time it was (scary), the second time it was more of a humorous aspect. If you bring people that have never been you get to freak them out, which is really fun.” –Andrew Wiles, 12 Creepyworld, (Silo-X): “I got lost in it, they don’t have directions, it’s just like green smoke and you’re just like get me out!” –Holly Livingston, 10

Horror Movies

Students were polled about what their favorite horror movies were, here are the results. 1. Disturbia- Set on house arrest, a teenager becomes obsessed with his neighbor who he thinks is a serial killer. 2. The Strangers- A couple stays in a vacation home where they receive an unpleasant visit from three masked strangers. 3. The Saw Series- Victims are forced to go through puzzles and games that are created to kill them in order to survive. 4. 28 Days Later- The UK is infected with a violent disease in which the diseased try to infect the others. A few try to scrape through the city and survive. Information collected from

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Ghosts and the stories about them are especially popular around Halloween. They range from a silly kid dressed up in a sheet to the eerie light looming in the graveyard. And if you are looking for a great ghost story, Life magazine reported the St. Louis’ own Lemp Mansion as, “one of the 10 most haunted places in America.” According to Legends of America, the original owner was the Lemp Family. They had their own brewery, which was the most popular in St. Louis at one time. The first tragedy to befall on the family was when the son of William Lemp died of heart failure. To add to the pain, William’s best friend died soon after. Crippling under his misery, he shot himself with a .38 caliber Smith & Wesson. Soon after, William Lemp, Jr. took over the company with his wife, Lillian. Lemp, Jr. eventually became bored of his wife and would throw elaborate parties with prostitutes. Legend has it another woman became pregnant during this time. Ashamed, Lemp, Jr. hid his illegitimate son up in the attic, away from society’s prying eyes. Lillian and Lemp, Jr. finally got divorced. William’s mother died of cancer and the company failed due to prohibition. The tragedy continued as William’s sister followed in her father’s footsteps and shot herself. After losing everything, Lemp, Jr. shot himself. His brother, Charles, lived in the mansion at this point along with William’s hidden son. With a .38 caliber, Charles, too, lived out the family’s fate and shot himself, but only after shooting his dog as well. Edwin, a brother who distanced himself from the family, was the end of the line for the Lemp family and died naturally with a dying wish for the butler to burn all of the Lemp’s paintings and artifacts. Now the mansion is used as a restaurant and inn. It is said the most occurrences happen in the attic, girls’ bathroom and William, Sr.’s room. The attic is where William, Jr.’s hidden son was kept and is sometimes seen looking through the attic window or playing with toys. The bathroom was where William Jr. spent a lot of his time, and still does today. He’s been reported sneaking peeks of the girls. People have said they heard running and kicking of a door. The owners believe the noise is from Lemp Jr. Doors locking and unlocking, glasses being thrown, lights turning on and off and the piano playing by itself have also been reported. The mansion invites any of the willing in. The house is located near the Mississippi River and hosts tours as well as other events. If interest contact the mansion at 314-664-8024.



Oct. 10 2008


Smokin’ the competition:

Assistant Principal racks in the awards for BBQ Bash Brooke Thibodaux, Feature Editor

How does he rank? Ballwin Bash 2006

. 1st place in brisket Ballwin Bash 2007

..1st place in brisket 2nd place in ribs Ballwin Bash 2008

. 5th place in brisket . 3rd place in ribs . 5th place in pork butt

. 16th place in chicken

. 5th place in chili . 9th place in desert . 4th place overall

Standing over the BBQ, Assistant Principal Matt Dieckhaus tweaks the temperature and uses the perfect combination of seasoning and herbs. Dieckhaus and his partner, David Burchardt, competed in the Ballwin BBQ Bash with 85 teams on Sept. 26-27. “We [Dieckhaus and his partner] started just as backyard BBQ. Then we were asked to BBQ at functions. We found the bash locally two years ago. Our first time was miserable. It was a rainy night we cooked through. We said we were never doing that again. We ended up winning 1st and were like well now we got to go back,” Dieckhaus said. He started on camping trips with a traditional menu like hot dogs, hamburgers, etc. “Family and friends love it, they always tell me that they want to go camping with me because it’s more gourmet,” he said. For Burchardt his love of BBQ started even in high school. “It kind of evolved for me. I started grilling in the backyard, which progressed to cooking for friends, who seemed to like it,” Burchardt said. Burchardt and Dieckhaus history goes way back. “We meet in kindergarten in Mrs. Feller’s a.m. class and we’ve been friends ever since. Even though we both have moved, we never really lost touch. We would go and visit each other, but it just so happened that we both moved back here,” Burchardt said. After his first competition, the following year he won first in brisket and second in ribs, and then went pro. He’s been to Kansas City, Arkansas and Central Missouri. “We heard about this bash. Well I actually heard it from Matt. He came over one day and said, ‘I signed us up, we’re going professional,” Burchardt said. His son Jake, Class of 2006, has gone to a couple out of town competitions, while his wife, Mary Joe, attends all local BBQs. She said his love for BBQ developed after he asked for a grill as a wedding present. “He’s a great cook with smoking.

Photo by Brooke Thibodaux

On Fire

Before sending the meat to the judges, Assistant Principal Matt Dieckhaus and David Burchardt make sure the cooker’s temperature is correct. To the left, Dieckhaus and Burchardt pose with their 4th place ribbons. I let him do his own thing,” she said, “He would anytime if he could. He does at least once or twice a week and on the weekends.” Over the summer he BBQs generally five days a week and at every holiday. He has acquired numerous ingredients and techniques from cookbooks, cooking and plane old trail and error. His favorite cook is Bobby Flay, who specializes in BBQ. Dieckhaus suggests using Sweet Baby Rays BBQ and injecting marinades with dry rubs into the meat to intensify the flavor. “We use wood which provides the smoky flavor and slow cook the meat. Brisket takes 14 hours, pork is nine, ribs are five and a half, while chicken takes anywhere from two and a half to three hours. With slow n’ low temps it’s good,” he said. Unlike grilling, which is fatty

meats cooked temperatures anywhere from 350-500 degrees Fahrenheit, smoking is cooked from 175-275 degrees Fahrenheit. Fatty meats are considered chicken, beef and hamburgers, while turkey, hams and jerky are better for smoking. “You could do the same thing in a pot for three hours, but you don’t get the same affect,” Dieckhaus said. He suggests that inexperienced cook should acquire, “a good cook book, a good understanding of how different meats are cooking in different ways and using seasonings and sauces you enjoy.” Burchardt said that the best way to improve one’s cooking is to, “experiment and try different flavors and seasonings. Use what tastes good to you.” In total he has competed in six competitions so far.

At the Ballwin BBQ Bash his team won fourth over all. He made a pineapple upside down cake [on the grill caste iron skillet], chili, pork butt, chicken, ribs, brisket and pork butt/shoulder. Burchardt made balsamic vinegar pork tenderloin. They took fifth in brisket and pork butt, while taking fourth in ribs. Each team was judged on a composite score. “They are judged on appearance, taste and tenderness. Taste is the most important because a product doesn’t have to look good or tender, but still be amazing,” Richard Schmidt, a master certified judge, said. He said to look, “on the internet, in cook books and talking to more experienced cooks. But skill comes from practice, practice and more practice. An experienced cook can grill on a basic cooker. What it all comes down to is skill.”

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Oct. 10 2008

Artificial field turf still a possibility Adam Harris, Sports Reporter

When it rains, it pours. Another game is cancelled because of the condition of the athletic fields. But with the help of artificial turf, a little rain won’t keep the athletic fields from being unusable. It is still a struggle to get the turf approved, or to even show up on some of the bond issues. “We put Artificial Turf on a bond issue three bond issues ago and it became very controversial. Survey data of voters after the bond issue failed indicated that Artificial Turf was a primary reason that many people who normally vote ‘yes’ for our bond issues voted ‘no’,” Rockwood Superintendent Craig Larson said. Looking more recently at the latest bond, artificial turf was not included in the 2008 Proposition K. “On the last two bond issues the Board of Education and I have agreed at the beginning of the bond development not to put artificial turf on the ballot to avoid further controversy,” Larson said. However progress is being made in getting artificial turf. “There is talk from the Central Office of putting together an ‘Athletic Package’ that would include addressing all of the outside needs, including turf,” Athletic Director Steve Berry said. But, this artificial turf comes with a price. It would cost approximately $1 million to do for installation. “If you do all four high schools, it would be around $600,000 to $750,000 (per school). If Parkway and Rockwood got together and contracted all of their

high schools, it could be around $500,000 to $600,000 (per school),” Berry said. “While this may seem like a lot of up front cash, and it is, it is cost effective when you figure the man hours for keeping the field (mowing, lining, fertilizing) watering the field and the supplies to keep it in great shape,” Berry said. “The best thing about field turf is that we could rent it out and it would eventually pay for it back,” field hockey coach and physical education teacher Kate O’Connell said. Getting the turf would also lead to a number of advantages for its use of sports and activities. “Artificial turf fields can be used without damage in the midPhoto by Daniel Clutter dle of a rain and certainly imme- Multi-Purpose Use diately after a rain. This means Along with the varsity soccer and football teams, the Lancer Regiment takes over the field before the field would always be usable. and at half time during home football games. They, too, could benefit from the addition of artificial There is no damage to the (turf) turf, as they use the field for their main fundraiser, the annual Contest of Champions, that takes field by using it, so many more place in September. sports and activities, such as band practice could occur on the Every home game that is cancelled raiser. Every year we hold our breath as ‘varsity field’ without risking damage to it due to weather costs the school marching we watch the weather for the week,” Balog that harmed use for major games,” Larson band money. said. said. “We lose concessions for every game Having the artificial turf would not “Turf guarantees that you will play and that is cancelled. That usually translates only help the sports program, but money certainly would help the athletic depart- into a couple of $1000 lost,” Band Direc- would be made from renting it to outside ments with rain out problems. Most soc- tor Brad Balog said. activities. cer players will lose about 10 games over “We also host our 21st annual Contest It would also save the money lost from a four year span... the high school experi- of Champions marching band festival in band concessions and possibly make more ence is too short for this to happen,” boys which 22 bands from Missouri, Illinois, money. soccer Coach Tim Walters said. and Iowa compete for a panel of 6 judges. “If Oakville and Mehlville can have turf The bad field conditions after rain not 6000 to 8000 spectators attend this event fields, Rockwood can have turf fields,” only affects sports, but band as well. every year and it is the bands largest fund- O’Connell said.

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Oct. 10 2008


In the Pursuit of Dominance Nina Walters, Co-Sports Editor Austin Goodman, Staff Reporter

Pulling Ahead

Photo courtesy of Edie Thibodaux

Jabbing Away

Photo courtesy of Joe O’Connell

Smooth Swingin’

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Keeping pace, senior Kelsey Pischel and junior Carly Michaelis run together. The team competed well in all events this year.

Stealing the ball, junior Maddie Conklin gets in front of a Cor Jesu forward. The Lancers went on to win the game with a score of 2-1 .

Cross Country looks towards Districts

Field Hockey continues winning streak Lady Lancers remain undefeated

In the world of cross country, many eyes focus on speed and endurance, but experience plays an important role. Steven Stallis is currently third in long course times, and leads the team. Fellow teammate, senior Scott Van Nest is in fourth with solid times at McNair Park in University City. The team, led by Coach Randy Seagrist, has a lot to look forward to with a handful of contenders that will bid for the Conference title and State title. “I believe that we have a really good shot at making it to State as a team. We have really focused runners and they all are experienced with multiple years on the Varsity squad,” Seagrist said. With senior leadership from Shawn Brands, Stallis and Van Nest, the team also has talent from junior Eric Volstromer and freshman Hank Schofield. The team heads into in the Conference Championship, with hopes of making it to State for the fourth time in six years. The squad has placed well in all events this season and hopes to continue that success as the season comes down to the wire. Along with the boys, the girls team is proving to be just as strong. “We’ve got a lot of younger girls who have added a new energy to the team,” senior Brooke Thibodaux said. Thibodaux and junior Elizabeth Worley are ranked fifth and second in long course times, respectively. Freshman Hannah Thurauf is also in the top ten being ranked seventh in long course. The team has done well so far this year and hopes to continue to do so. “We have had this rivalry with Lindbergh since they beat us in Sectionals last year. Hopefully the team will get through Districts and to State,” Worley said.

With a new assistant coach, but the same team, field hockey started season out to prove a point. And by their record they are doing just that. “Everyone is stepping up in their own way and plays a different role which contributes to the success we are having,” Assistant Coach Kate O’Connell said. Losing only two games to respectable teams, including undefeated Ursuline and powerhouse Holland Hall from Oklahoma, the team has embarked on a remarkable season. “Our loss to Ursuline has been the biggest highlight of the season because it makes the team realize this is our year and could be the last chance for us,” senior Kelsey Calvert said. Currently the team leads the Suburban West Conference offensively with 80 goals and defensively only allowing eight goals. Along with leading the Conference, several players are on top of the area leaders list including senior Nina Walters, who is first with 21 goals; junior Christine Hibler, who is tied for second with 14 goals; and junior Hillary Lawless who is fourth with 9 goals. Seniors Korie Klosterman, Chelsey Medlock and Walters are the top three assists leaders in the conference having 12, 8, and 15 assists, respectively. Not only is each person strong, they impact the team and bring their own skills to the playing field. “Everyone has stepped up in their own way and plays a different role which contributes to the success we are having this year as a team. We have a lot of depth and we work on a lot more advanced skills,” O’Connell said. The team will round out the season against teams including conference rivals Clayton, Ladue and Marquette, along with private school Nerinx Hall at the end of this month, leading up to State.

Watching her shot, junior Sarah Whitman finishes her swing. The team has consistently scored low throughout the entire season

Whether it is the peaceful views in the game of golf or two coaches that love the game, something is working out for the Lady Lancer golf team. With strong finishes last year from juniors Lindsey Carper and Sarah Whitman, the team is getting more and more experienced in each round. The team has found themselves undefeated so far this season with three tournament wins, including the Conference win. “Our team always is focused and we respect the game,” Whitman said. The team played well in Conference with quality wins against powerhouse rival Marquette, winning by 12 strokes. They also competed against Conference contender Oakville and won by an impressive 25 strokes at Forest Hills Country Club. The Lady Lancers finished first at Conference on Sept. 30. Sophomore Kelly Lamarche and Carper had low scores, shooting 83 and 84 respectively. “The girls are playing great and shooting low scores. We are looking forward to the State Finals as we have a tremendous opportunity to compete well against some pretty talented teams,” Coach Gaylen Laster said. The Lady Lancers have been atop the Suburban West for the past few seasons. Laster believes this team has the best opportunity to pose a threat the weekend of Oct. 10 in Springfield where they will compete to be the first State Final winners in over 10 years. Districts took place on Wednesday Oct. 8 at Landings at Spirit Golf Course which, where the team tried to qualify for State. “The team has been shooting low scores all season, now is the time where low scores keep the season going,” Laster said.

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Hockey team has success during season, so far Daniel Clutter, Sports Reporter

The Lafayette hockey team has started the season with a solid record of 6-2. Along with these wins, they placed first in the Firestorm Tournament in Indianapolis, shutting out the Louisville Storm in the championship match. “We have great hockey being played across the board and the players that you expect to score have come through,” Head Coach Todd Ewen said. Ewen also said sophomore Max Garlik and freshman Andrew Higgins and junior Chris Iervolino played exceptionally well in the tournament in Indianapolis. Along with the new season comes the problem of the loss of seniors. Ewen hopes his players will be able to fill the void left by the seniors who graduated in May. “Solid leadership from the seniors will continue to move the team in the right direction,” senior captain Eric Wendt said. With these seniors gone new leaders will have to step up this year Ewen said. “With leaders like Wendt, (Jack and Jacob) Huber, (Scott) Thompson, and (Matt) Parks up front along with a fantastic defensive core with (Brandon) Finney, Thompson, (Ryan) Judd, (Aaron) Reynolds and (Kevin) Witbrodt we hope to have a well balanced team in front of (Ryan) Wholers,” Ewen said. The secret to the hockey teams success so far this season is teamwork. “In order to be effective, we must work together,” Wendt said, “Also, goalie Wholers has come up with some big saves in key games.” Ewen said you have to go into every season hoping that you worked hard enough to win it all.

the program and the team was ranked 22nd. After three years of coaching there are now 50+ players and Lafayette is now in the top ten in the rankings. Along with competing for a spot in the playoffs the Lafayette team will be competing for the Silver Skate which is a trophy given to the team that wins the series between Lafayette and Marquette. Lafayette won the Silver Skate last year and has already won their first game against Marquette this year with a score of 4-3. “(We) look forward to having as many of them (fans) out to us as we attempt to keep the Silver Skate located in the trophy case at Lafayette,” Ewen said. The team seems to be pretty confident about winning the Silver Skate again this year. Photo By Adam Harris “The Marquette hockResting Proud ey team always gives us a The Silver Skate trophy sits in the trophy case to boast Lafayette’s victory over Marquette. This season, the team has good game and the score is usually pretty close,” successfully beaten Marquette once already, paving the way sophomore Josh Horn for another Silver Skate championship win. said. The previous Lafay“During the regular season, we will put ourselves in a position to succeed in the ette head coach accepted a job as the hockey coach at Marquette and some playoffs,” senior Wendt said. When Ewen began coaching at Lafay- players have friends that play for the Marette there were only around 30 players in quette hockey team.

“When I put on the Lafayette jersey I must put all friendships aside so that our team has a chance to achieve our goals,” Wendt said. “I really enjoy the games that we play against Marquette. I want to thank all the students at Lafayette who make those games a pleasure to be at,” Ewen said. It has become a tradition to eat at Olive Garden in preparation for the Marquette games. During these dinners the team tries to keep the atmosphere relaxed. “If they get tense way before the game, they cannot perform at their best come game time,” Wendt said. During the games against Marquette, things happen that result in fights on and off the ice. Because Lafayette is not a school sponsored sport fans and players feel like they go wild more than usual Wendt said. In some cases things from been thrown onto the ice from either teams stands but sometimes these things can cause penalties that effect the team. The regular season will begin in late October and they play 21 games throughout the season. Teams in their division include Marquette, Kirkwood, Lindbergh, Oakville, Parkway South, Parkway West, and Webster Groves. They will play each of these teams in their division twice. Lafayette will also play teams outside their division including Francis Howell Central, Francis Howell North, Parkway Central, Chaminade, Vianney, and DeSmet. “Our schedule this year allows for many opportunities to put ourselves in good position for the playoffs,” Wendt said. For more schedules and results, visit the team’s website at lhshockey.



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Oct. 10 2008

Oh captain, my captain Fall sports captains take time out to boast their seniority


Rundown Of Commits

Volleyball Brooke Boggs -Creighton University

Field Hockey Emily Brcic -Missouri State

Baseball Not Pictured: Matt Bleazard, Paige Park, Lexi Thoman, Tori Thoman Photo by Melanie Hinzpeter


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Q: Now that you are a captain, what have you done


that you never thought you would have to do Girls Tennis

“I had to emotionally hurt people’s pride by putting makeup on their faces for the new player breakfast.” - Anna Prasch 12

Softball “I have to call the coin toss before tournament games.” - Kristen Carter 12

Boys Cross Country

Boys Soccer “I have to work hard every game and practice.” - Danny Kenny 12

“I have to drive a lot of the younger people on the team home.” - Shawn Brands12

“There is a lot more work involved, but it’s always worth it.” - Tori Thoman12

“I have to get to know all of the JV team outside of school.” -Nicole Migliazzo 12

Basketball Tyler Griffey -Illinois

Softball Meghan Lamberth -Northwestern University


Girls Golf

Field Hockey “I have to help the team by being a part of important plays during the games.” - Chelsey Medlock 12

Girls Cross Country

Nate Goro -Wichita State

“I write letters to each varsity player for each match for fun to pump them up.” -Whitney Seaton 12

Momentarily Absent

Photo by Daniel Clutter

The football team (above) makes their way onto the field before a game for warm-ups, while the boys swim team (left) switches swimmers for a race during a meet at Lafayette. Both the football team and the boys swim team have yet to pick their captains. The football captains are announced at the end of the year banquet based on a player vote at the end of the season.

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Oct. 10 2008

Superfans take charge, but there’s room for improvement As the fall sports season starts towards the end of their season, I started thinking about everything that was happening at Lafayette. We have so many different sports teams and abilities, it is pretty amazing when you step back and really look. I tried really looking, and I found that there isn’t one team that stands out as the schools best. All of the teams are grouped together, and there isn’t one single team that our school takes pride in. Some schools take pride in their football team or their basketball team, just like Eureka revolves around their one and only good athletic team: football. As far as I’m concerned, we don’t really take pride in any team. It’s because all of the teams at Lafayette are so good. We take pride in all of our athletic teams. Not just football or basketball, but every team.

games besides football and basketball. But I’d like to applaud the Superfans this year. olling I have seen them make a conscious effort to attend as Melanie many games as possible, and Hinzpeter the tailgates that they have beCo-Sports Editor fore the football games is pretty impressive. Granted, I am always on the field before games, but I can still hear all the music and people from that far away. The entrance they make is pretty good too. I don’t see any It took me a while to realize this, other fans running to their seats. but it finally dawned on me. Their T-shirts unite them and But it’s not just the teams, it’s the also fans that are good. Good their captains represent them, fans produce good teams and this which is one thing that many clubs year, the fans have been incredible. at Lafayette can’t boast. Michael Tomaro and Tyler SellMaybe it is just me, but I have certainly seen more fans at games ers have done a tremendous job this year with the Superfans, and this year than last year. And I think it has something to all my props go out to them. But I still think it could be betdo with the Superfans. I always hear hype about how ter. There are still plenty of people the Superfans are never at any at Lafayette that don’t play sports




Athlete of the Month: Steven Stallis Melanie Hinzpeter, Co-Sports Editor

Height: •5’11”

What he likes most about running: I’m very competitive and it is a very competitive sport. It relieves a lot of stress.

Hobbies: •Rock climbing •Watching movies •Pool (billiards)

Photo by Melanie Hinzpeter

Varsity Standout

(Above) Steven Stallis leads the rest of his team in a walking cool-down after a long run at practice. Stallis has been on the boys cross country team for four years and will be a likely qualifier for the State tournament in November. Stallis is also one of the team captains. Photo by Melanie Hinzpeter

but should still go to games. As Matthew Robinson said, “It’s all about expanding your fan base. If you educate someone about a sport, they might not like it. But if you add an entertaining aspect to it and market it to them, you’ll draw them in, and they’ll become fans even if they don’t like the sport at first”. The Superfans are that entertaining aspect, and they should be able to lure as many people to games as possible. So let it be my challenge to you: go to one fall sports game that you have never been to, and see what you think. It’s not anything impossible, just a small thing to show your school spirit. Go ahead and try it, you may see that you find that you actually like the sport. I thought I didn’t like football, but now that I am at every game, I decided that I love it.

Outstanding races: •18th at the First Capitol Invitational •5th at the Stan Nelson Invitational •37th at the Parkway Central Invitational •5th at the Warrior Invitational •17:07.38, which was his best time, at the First Capitol Invitational How did he get involved?: “I did it in middle school and I was pretty good. I decided to give it a try freshman year. I almost quit the first day. I’m glad I didn’t. We ran four miles the first day and I think I walked probably two of them.”

What does the coach say?: “He works hard. He cares. I think he fell in love with running as a freshman and has been working very hard for 4 years.” - Randy Seagrist Coach

Fall Line-up Football 10/10 @ Oakville 10/17 @ Parkway South 10/24 @ CBC Boys Soccer 10/13 @ WentzvilleHolt 10/20 @ Pattonville 10/21 @ Mehlville Girls Golf 10/20 @ State Girls Tennis 10/13 @ Regionals 10/18 @ Sectionals 10/23 @ State Girls Volleyball 10/10 vs. Westminster Christian Academy 10/16 vs. Fox 10/21 vs. Ft. Zumwalt West Softball 10/15 @ Sectional 10/18 @ Quarterfinals 10/24 @ State Boys Swimming 10/14 vs. Oakville 10/24 vs. SLU 10/28 @ Cape Central Boys Cross Country 10/18 @ Suburban West Conference 10/25 @ Districts 11/01 @ Sectional Girls Cross Country 10/18 @ Suburban West Conference 10/25 @ Districts 11/01 @ Sectional

What do others say?: “Steven puts his whole heart into everything he does even at the end of practice. He never makes up excuses, he is everything that a true athlete is.” - Brooke Thibodaux, Girls Cross Country What don’t we know about him: I have a 7-month-old little brother.


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Fall sports head into postseason

Setting a ball, junior Torrie Stellern successfully puts the ball down on the other side of the net to score a point. Photo by Melanie Hinzpeter

Up to bat, senior Kristen Carter waits for the pitch from the Parkway Central team. Photo by Melanie Hinzpeter

Attempting to stop the Lindbergh offense, senior Jared Anderson gets ready for the snap. Photo by Daniel Clutter

Volleyball continues with one loss

Softball beats Oakville once again

Football keeps winning streak alive

The Lady Lancer volleyball team looks to be on their way to another State appearance. With only one upsetting loss to Parkway South, the team has a very solid 21-1 record. Leading the team in kills and aces is senior captain Brooke Boggs. After serving 271 serves, she has racked up 67 aces with only 28 errors, and also has 233 kills. Junior Torrie Stellern has 138 kills with only 35 errors. Seniors Morgan Geile and Natalie Davis have blocked 33 and 29 kills, respectively. On the defensive end, senior captain Whitney Seaton has 368 digs with only 29 errors. Stellern is also close behind Seaton with 278 digs. Junior Abbey Meier has successfully filled in the graduated Natalie Emro’s shoes, with 568 assists as the main setter. The varsity team is second in the Conference behind their only loss to Parkway South. They play the second place team at State in Class 3 Westminster Oct. 10 at 5:30 p.m. at Lafayette.

As the softball team heads into the post season, they have kept a firm 22-3 record. The defending State Champions have lost to Hickman, Marquette and Parkway Central by only one run each. But, they beat Oakville with a score of 1-0, which is the same score when they faced Oakville in the State Championship. Senior Meghan Lamberth continues to be the primary pitcher, leading the overall Suburban West League with 173 strikeouts. She has only walked 9 batters, and has had 11 shut out games. Senior Kristen Carter has 17 RBIs and 28 hits. Lamberth has 16 RBIs and sophomore Dana Lawson has 11 RBIs. Lamberth leads the team with 5 homeruns and junior Elizabeth Desloge has 1 homerun. The team is third in the league, only behind rivals Parkway South and Oakville. They played Parkway South on Oct. 6 and Francis Howell North on Oct. 7.

Whether it was the halftime streaker or the extensive practice last week, the Lancers overcame a previously undefeated in conference Mehlville Panthers 26-8 and have improved their record to 5-1. Led by the defense, the Lancers shut out the Panthers on defense only letting them score on a safety and a returned kickoff. The Lancers have won five straight games mainly to the defenses’ ability to force turnovers. Senior Ian Moore leads the team with six turnovers followed by Zach Gross’ three. “Turnovers are crucial for the success of the team; it gives the offense a chance to score,” Moore said. The team plays Oct. 10 against Oakville and will finish out the season with conference games against Parkway South and Marquette in hopes of winning the first Conference Championship in over ten years. “Our team is beginning to come together and focus on our postseason goals with the Conference Title as our first step,” senior Kyle Grana said.

During a match against Rockwood Summit, seniors Anna Prasch and Chelsea Travis get set to begin play. Photo by Melanie Hinzpeter

Gaining momentum to perform a dive, junior Taylor Foye practices after school. Photo by Ali Balducci

Kicking the ball, senior Danny Kenny watches his footwork as he runs down the field.

Photo courtesy of Paul Dryden

Girls tennis gets set for Districts

Swimming remains perfect

Boys soccer sits atop the league

Girls tennis has started off exceptionally well being undefeated so far this season. The only team so far this year to come close to defeating the tennis team is Marquette with a score of 4-3. Along with the undefeated record, they have won with shutouts 7 times. The Girls Tennis team is 6-0 inside their league and 13-0 overall. To go with these impressive records, the team has scored 79 points against their opponents and have only had 12 points scored against them. In their most recent matches they defeated Parkway South, Rockwood Summit and Parkway West, who was undefeated until facing Lafayette. In these matches they shutout Rockwood Summit 7-0. They defeated Parkway West and Parkway South, both by a score of 5-2. The girls tennis team is now entering Districts in which they have two entries for singles and two entries for doubles.

Already half way into the season, the boys swimming and diving record is an undefeated 8-0. On Sept. 23 the team went head to head against their rivals Marquette and won with a final score of 104-81. Leading the team were junior Tucker Nythan in the 200 IM, and junior Conner Peters in the 100 butterfly. From there the team continued to win meets against Parkway South, Kirkwood, and DeSmet, all by at least 30 points. Senior Matt Welsh helped win the meet against DeSmet in the 200 Medley Relay with a time of 1:48.67. In their next meet they will host Oakville high school on Oct. 14. The following day, Oct. 15, they will swim in the quad meet against Parkway central, Kennedy, and Timberland High Schools. On Oct. 24 they will host St. Louis University High school at 4 p.m. Their final meet for the month of October will be Oct. 28 against Cape Central High School.

With the season half way over and districts around the corner the soccer team feels pretty solid. “The team started slow but we are now working well together and have a shot at Districts,” senior Kyle Biernacki said. So far this season the team has big wins against rival Marquette and Oakville. Beating these teams 3-2 and 5-0. Their record is 7-3 with two of the losses coming from Fort Zumwalt South. Leading the league in goals is senior Matt Bleazard with five goals and Biernacki is right behind him with three. Senior Kyle Leonard is ranked number two in the Suburban West Conference with three assists. The team is second offensively to Marquette scoring 27 goals and third defensively, only allowing nine goals in 10 games. Wrapping up the season, the Lancers will face conference rivals Kirkwood, Lindbergh and Mehlville. They will first face Lindbergh on Oct. 14 at 4:15 p.m. followed by Kirkwood on Oct. 16 at 6 p.m.



20 Homecoming 2008 started with a Fun Run and ended with the Lancers running over the Mehlville Panthers and the annual dance. In between, students showed their spirit by dressing up the halls and themselves. And, the Class of 2009 demonstrated their SENIORITY.

Oct. 10 2008


Greek to Me



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Homecoming 2008 1. Throw Down

With the spirit of a Greek warrior, junior Brian McDonald tries to push sophomore Justin Naumann off the pedestal. Seniors won the jousting and arm wrestling lunch time activities, while the juniors won pie eating.

2. Block Stop

As the juniors prepare for the snap, the seniors are ready to block any forward motion. The seniors continued their winning streak by defeating the juniors 32-18.

3. Taking It Off

At the start of the Male Escadrille performance during the Homecoming Pep Assembly, seniors Nate Goro and Cory Griffin show off their dance moves. Male Escadrille, under the direction of driver education teacher Matt Landwehr, also performed at Powder Puff game.

4. Tight Grip


In the final round of tug-of-war, seniors Katie Moorkamp and Lauren Smith dig in for the team. The seniors won the official competition, but were defeated by the staff team in an exhibition match.

5. Crowned Gods

After making their entrance, freshmen Maid and Knight Mary Welchans and Khahyil Moore wave to the crowd. Seniors Ian Moore and Lashondra McKinney were named King and Queen.

6. School Spirit

Carefully, senior Nancy Pappas decorates junior Matt Martin with war paint. Several Superfans donned face paintings of Lancers and other Lafayette spirit symbols for the football game.

7. In Step

Promoting school spirit, the Lancer Regiment marches in formation, leading the Homecoming Parade down Clayton Road. photos by Ashley Coffman, Caitlin Condren, Chelsea Dysko, Kelly Lacey and Cecilia Radetic

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