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iDo or iDon’t
Rockwood has yet to join the nationwide shift to mobile learning devices in the classroom. Although educational iPads do offer many benefits, there are downsides to consider as well.
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Scientists have debated if handwriting analysis can truly determine personality traits or not. Here’s an unprofessional analysis of selected students’ and teachers’ handwriting.
WHEN IN ROME/ Juniors Beth Nondorf, Shelby Fechter and Amy Cui work on posters for the Latin room during a Latin Club meeting. Latin Club President Nondorf said, “These are things we don’t normally get to do in class. Latin Club involves more culture instead of grammar. [Coloring] is a good way to relax.” (photo by Emily Pascoe)
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March 15-22/ Spring Break, No School March 27 Community Bond Issue Meeting 6:30 p.m. in the Commons March 27/ Senior Cap and Gown photos 11 a.m. in the Theatre March 29/ Spring Holiday, No School April 3/ Choice Awards 7 a.m. in the Theatre April 10/ Staff Development Day
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What does your handwriting mean?
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With the popular new song, thrifting is becoming all the rage again. From Goodwill to St. Vincent de Paul, you can find practically anything, even if you only have $20 in your pocket.
Athletes to watch
Spring sports are in session and senior Matt Goro and junior Natalie Quisenberry are hopeful for a successful year in baseball and soccer, respectively.
20/ A slice of life
Is it true that you have to be born and raised to like St. Louis style pizza? Students provide their opinion on this myth and discuss if they are in favor of the thin crust pizza, or if they prefer a different style.
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The Big Zang Theory
Q: How long have you been
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“She’s very involved with her students. She finds herself staying after class a lot and she even comes back to school after picking up her kids.” adamjohnson /12
for the past 13, I have been at Lafayette. Q: What classes do you teach and which is your favorite? A: I teach both AP Government and Politics and an elective called Law and Justice. Just like my children, I like the students in both classes equally; however, if I had to pick, I probably like the content of Comparative Government the most. Q: What is your favorite thing about teaching and why? A: That would have to be the
HUMBLY HONORED/ Zang has been named 2012-2013 Teacher of the Year in her 13th year of teaching at Lafayette. She was nominated by senior Adam Johnson. (photo by McKayla Treat)
students, of course. I love when students pick up on a news story about something we’ve talked about in class or they watch Saturday Night Live and get the political sketch.
PRAISE FOR ZANG “She’s a good teacher because she really knows her material and you can tell that she knows what she’s doing.” elliebednarek /12
A: This is my 20th year teaching;
Q&A WITH ZANG
ori Zang, social studies teacher, is passionate about teaching and loves her students. She is sarcastic and funny when the time is right and teaches what could be considered a boring subject in an interesting way. She is the 2012-2013 Teacher of the Year. The process began when senior Adam Johnson nominated Zang. He said he believes she is an awesome teacher and deserving of the award. “She’s very involved with the students in that she not only teaches AP Government, but she also does Model UN and Mock Trial,” Johnson said. On Zang’s end, the process was fairly simple. “I had to submit a resume and answer a few questions for the committee to review. There really wasn’t much to do after that,” Zang said. Principal John Shaughnessy said staff members voted for the candidate they believed was most deserving this year. “I was very surprised when [Shaughnessy] told me I won. The other nominees are all very
deserving of this award,” Zang said. The other 2012-2013 finalists included social studies teachers Vince DeBlasi, Brittany Trott and Jamie Waeckerle. One perk that comes along with being named Teacher of the Year is a reserved parking spot in the first row. “Unless they can move the parking spot to the side of the building where I park, I probably won’t be taking advantage of that,” Zang said. Zang will also get her picture on the wall with the pictures of every past Teacher of the Year. She noted that while this will be awkward for her, it is also an honor. “There is absolutely nothing that makes me stand out. Lafayette is full of teachers that do what I do,” she said. Shaughnessy said he is honored to have Zang represent Lafayette Teacher of the Year. “She’s a good role model and certainly a good person to reflect what we believe is good teaching and good standards here,” he said. She will now move on to represent Lafayette in the Rockwood District Teacher of the Year competition later this year.
Q: Why did you become a teacher?
“I’m in Model UN and Mock Trial with her and besides being a good teacher, she’s a good person so she definitely deserves it.” joeflannery /12 “She works really hard at what she does and I’m glad she got the award.” ninatheobald /11
“She really knows her stuff. She kind of teaches a boring class but she spices it up with jokes.” chaseshelton /11 “I think she really deserves it because she’s a really good teacher and she’s super involved because she’s in charge of Model UN and Mock Trial.” rachelradecki / 11
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A: I thought about becoming a teacher at a very young age. Teaching allows me to combine both my love of history and government and my desire to work with young people. Every day is different and brings new challenges. The students at Lafayette are extremely bright and keep me on my toes.
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he Courtyard was added to the school with the Library addition in the Fall of 2009. However, some students don’t know the true purpose of the area. The Courtyard is complete with three grills, two fountains, flower gardens, picnic tables, two benches and handicap access. Some students believe they are not able to use the Courtyard for lunch or hanging out. Principal John Shaughnessy said, “Students are free to use this space during the day. The only issue is noise since there are classrooms that have windows that open to the courtyard. Students using the courtyard need to be respectful of the classes that
might be in session that would be affected by noise coming from the Courtyard.” The Courtyard was always a part of the Library addition plans. “We tried to keep the natural sunlight from the existing classrooms available as we built the new classrooms and Library addition. This allowed us to build the Courtyard,” Shaughnessy said. Someone must maintain and preserve the courtyard. This task was taken up by Counselor JoAnn Goehler who tends to the plants in the Courtyard. Assistant Principal Tim Jones takes care of the fountains. They were a Senior Class gift for the two flower beds in the Courtyard. The Courtyard is open
seasonally for use during lunch and class. However, it is locked currently due to the weather and season. When the weather turns pleasant, students and staff will be allowed to use it. Although students and staff are not currently using it, they have in the past. Sophomore Kassie Bennett said, “[My class] liked it more [than the classroom] because we had more fun out there. We got more work done faster because we liked it outside.” Students who have not had the opportunity to use the Courtyard said they would enjoy being able to if they could in the future. Senior Lizzy Adcock said, “If I had the opportunity to go out in the Courtyard for class I would because getting stuffed up in classrooms all day, we lose interest and stop
The Courtyard was added in the Fall of 2009, providing an outdoor area for students to relax during lunch and get some fresh air before class. However, not many students realize all the Courtyard has to offer. paying attention in class. But when teachers let you have a little bit of freedom, then you’re more inclined to pay attention to them because it’s like a pay back of respect.” Many teachers agree the Courtyard is helpful to learning, including Katie Bekebrede, health teacher. She has taken her health class out in the Courtyard. “I think the students enjoy going outside and the change of scenery. It adds a little spice to the day. I enjoy going outside, so anything that helps relax or give the students a pick-me-up is a positive,” Bekebrede said. Even though not many are aware of the uses of the Courtyard, for those who have used it, it has provided an escape from the confines of the classroom.
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Do you believe you are allowed to use the Courtyard?
Would you use the Courtyard if you could?
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iDo or iDon’t to iPads
With Kirkwood School District adding iPads to curriculum, Rockwood weighs pros/cons of introducing this technology to students in the classroom Grace Yun / reporter
ducational iPads are being used in schools nationwide, proving to effectively engage students in lessons and give teachers the ability to teach with a more practical approach as technology is becoming increasingly standard in everyday life. The Kirkwood School District is the first in St. Louis County to use these interactive, versatile tools to help students not only develop communication skills and media literacy, but also save money normally used for paper and books. Although iPads offer benefits, Rockwood has not considered such mobile devices in our schools yet. A program similar to Kirkwood’s One-to-One iPad Learning, the program that introduced iPads into their school, could be expected if Rockwood were to ever implement school-issued iPads. Kirkwood is still in the process of testing out the idea as 625 iPad Minis are planned to be provided to students in classrooms with teachers who are a part of Kirkwood’s Technology Leadership Group. Within this test group, third graders and older will be assigned iPads that can be taken home. Second graders and below will have iPads on carts that
will stay at school. Data will be collected throughout the end of this school year. Then their district will present their findings to the School Board before deciding whether to officially issue iPads to all students in the upcoming years. Administrators held informational meetings with parents of students receiving the iPads. The parents were asked to pay an insurance fee of $28 per year, waived for students who receive free or reduced priced lunches. The total cost of this plan is about $213.87, which is to be paid for with their dedicated technology funds. iPads were chosen by Kirkwood’s School District as the best mobile learning devices because they provide active learning through sharing and collaborating electronically. There will also be easier communication between the teachers and students as iPads provide fast Internet access, ensuring a variety of ways work can easily be submitted, assessed and returned. Moreover, iPads are lightweight and easy to carry around. iBooks would replace current textbooks with something more dynamic that can be regularly updated. Many classic books that are used in language arts classes are already available free online, resulting in immediate savings. However, iPads could easily become
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a distraction for students. There may be technological difficulties as there already are with laptops and Smart Boards. Misuse, irresponsible use or damages are inevitable. Like any other learning tool such as text books, iPads may be left at home or uncharged, leading to classroom problems. Also, connection to Internet is necessary for many uses but some students may not have Wi-Fi at home. Students and teachers at Lafayette recognize these downsides, claiming that such disadvantages out weigh the advantages. “I think it’d be a really innovative and different way to learn, but at the same time I think there’d be a greater chance of people losing information and notes. And if something doesn’t work right or if there’s too much on the server, it could end up creating problems. But it’d be fun to use in an interactive way, just as another resource, not as our whole backpack turning into a tablet,” junior Anna Weiner said. Dawn Indelicato-Faw, language arts teacher, said although the financial aspects of replacing actual books with iBooks are positive, there is still a big price to pay since students would lose the ability to annotate their texts. “It’s harder for me [to read on a tablet] since I can’t annotate the text
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and I think a lot of other students don’t really get what they’re supposed to be reading. There have been studies that show the downsides of eReaders with reading comprehension so I think if we want better readers, unfortunately, we’re going to have to find other ways to include technology but not to be completely reliant on that technology,” Indelicato-Faw said. Rockwood’s Director of Technology Will Blaylock offers insight to why Rockwood is opting out of this shift to newer technologies. “I believe iPads provide value to the classroom, but I do not believe that an implementation of iPads is something that we can maintain effectively at this time. We currently have 16,000 computers within the district that are all Windows 7. Adding the need to support a separate operating system that doesn’t easily connect to our network is problematic,” Blaylock said. However, for students who view the idea of school-issued learning tablets as interesting and worthwhile, Blaylock does mention alternate possibilities. “We have been reviewing the effectiveness of Android and Windows 8 tablets. The tablet platform as a whole shows promise. The key is that the tablet will need to essentially replace the capabilities of a laptop or a desktop,” Blaylock said.
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n the United States, people born in a foreign country represent 13 percent of society, according to the 2010 U.S. Census. Of the foreign-born population, about 85 percent spoke a language other than English at home. Several students at Lafayette discuss their experiences of moving from a different country and their new life in the U.S.
Massiel Islas-Malanco/ Freshman Massiel Islas-Malanco was born in Mexico City, the capital of Mexico, which in 2012 had a population of almost 9 million. Islas-Malanco moved to the United States at the age of 12. Although Islas-Malanco’s native language is Spanish, which she speaks at home, she studied English for seven years in school in Mexico. However, immersing herself into a society where English is spoken was difficult. “I already knew English, but I still had to ask what a lot of words were,” she said. “It took me a while to just speak fluently.” The Mexican schooling system is very different from that of the United States.
Carolina d’Andrea/ Sophomore Carolina d’Andrea and her brother, senior Felipe d’Andrea, are from Sao Paulo, Brazil. Their native language is Portuguese, which they speak at home. d’Andrea and her brother have moved overseas not once, but twice. When d’Andrea was just 4 years old, she and her family were moved from Sao Paulo to Germany. She said, “The first time I moved I didn’t realize there was such a thing as a different language. I’d go up to kids and speak Portuguese and they would just walk away from me.” Eventually, she realized that not
“Schools are really different; everyone goes to private schools. You go to a bicultural school then you have to take a year of entirely English. You finish elementary school in 6th grade, and then three years of middle school and three years of high school,” she said. Along with the difference between schooling systems, Islas-Malanco struggled as she began adjusting to education in a new country. “School wasn’t an easy adjustment. Having to learn math in a different language was pretty hard and language arts was tough,” she said. Islas-Malanco also described the weather and the cultural differences in Mexico City. “We have a 60 degree winter so it’s really different and it’s a lot more crowded [in Mexico City].”
FAMILY CELEBRATIONS/ Islas-Malanco is pictured second from the left with her family during her graduation from 6th grade, which, in Mexico, is a very significant event. (photo courtesy of Massiel Islas-Malanco)
everyone spoke the same language, and was tutored in German after school. When d’Andrea was 6 years old, she moved to Pittsburgh, PA. Once again, she had to start fresh with another language. “It was a huge struggle, especially coming from Germany because I was bilingual and I got here and it was over my head. It was really hard,” d’Andrea said. In terms of school, d’Andrea felt it was an easy adjustment. “Besides the language barrier, for the most part school was an easy adjustment. I moved at a good time.
I went to preschool in Germany, and moved to the U.S. second semester of my kindergarten year, so it was easier,” she said. However, on the social spectrum, d’Andrea struggled. She said, “It was really hard to make friends because some people were nice about it and some people alienated me. People don’t really want to talk to you if you don’t speak their language.” In terms of culture, d’Andrea feels that Brazil is different from the U.S. “In Brazil, it’s expected for a teenager to go out and go to parties. Not everyone does, but it’s common
there,” she said. In Brazil, people greet each other more personally than in the U.S. “When you greet people here, you wave, but in Brazil you hug everyone and kiss them on the cheek,” she said, “It’s more touchy-feely.” At home in the United States, d’Andrea speaks Portuguese, but finds it easy to drift in and out of her native language. “I’m pretty adapted to it. I think in English, but whenever we go to Brazil and I spend a month down there, Portuguese becomes my main language again,” she said.
Sophomore twins Liane and Matt Keegans were born in North York Toronto, Canada and moved to the United States at age 12. Although they did speak English at home as a first language, they were put into a French immersion school where they learned to speak French. Because she was so used to speaking French in school, Liane had difficulty getting used to an allEnglish school. “I would speak to my teachers in French and then realize I’m not at my old school anymore,” he said. In terms of sports, hockey is very popular in Canada, whereas in the U.S., it’s just another sport. Just because they already knew English doesn’t mean moving wasn’t hard for Liane and Matt. Matt plays hockey and feels moving may have been a minor setback. “Sometimes moving cities sets you back because many of the top teams involve politics and being the new kid, it takes a year or two to break into the higher programs,” he said. Canada also has a different schooling system than the U.S. “In Canada, elementary school is kindergarten through 6th, junior high is 7-9 or 7-8, and senior high is either 9-12 or 10-12, but it used to go to grade 13,” Liane said. As many Americans know, a popular phrase in Canada is “eh.” There are also many different pronunciations of different words, such as the word “sorry.” Another thing Canadians say differently is the letter ‘z.’ “In Canada, we say the letter ‘z’ as ‘zed,’” Liane said. The weather is another aspect of Canada that differs. “It’s definitely colder in Canada. There’s a really cold wind-chill and it snows a lot. It’s really humid here and not there, and it gets warm but not unbearable like it does here. We lived in a few different provinces, and Manitoba is by far one of the coldest places you can live,” Liane said.
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With handwriting varying as much as personality, students, teachers offer handwriting samples for analysis
Graphology seeks to understand personality through handwriting Avery Cantor / reporter Graphology, the study of handwriting in relation to human psychology, is said to to determine personality traits based on handwriting characteristics alone. However, many scientists and psychologists debate the legitimacy of the science. AP Psychology teacher Susan Glenn said most psychologists would disagree with handwriting analysis and has defined it as “pseudoscientific,” or not following the scientific method. “There just isn’t much empirical evidence to support the claims of handwriting analysis,” Glenn said. On the other hand, some believe handwriting is a reflection of one’s personality, which is determined by the brain. Glenn said, “There are many parts of the brain that control handwriting; any part dealing with voluntary motor
skills is involved.” Therefore, since handwriting is determined by the subconscious mind, graphologists say certain personality characteristics are reflected in the subconscious. To determine what each trait means, graphologists study handwriting samples from certain individuals who have certain characteristics, and look for similarities between samples. Graphologists can identify several characteristics including intelligence level, emotional stability, leadership qualities, level of honesty, performance in work or school, special talents and substance abuse. Whether one believes there is a relationship between handwriting and personality or not, there are hundreds of tests said to determine personality through samples. All analysis to the right were evaluated with resources from Psychology Today.
A messy signature shows self-consciousness about public image.
A large middle zone indicates love for attention and praise.
“The results are pretty accurate. I’m pretty optimistic so I think it’s interesting how my handwriting says that. I don’t really agree with the fact that it says I’m concerned about my self image, because I’m really not. Other than that though, everything else seems accurate.”
A left letter slant indicates introversive tendencies.
Tight loops show protective tendencies.
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A legible signature shows an interest in self image.
An overall base upward slant shows optimism.
“They’re fairly accurate, with a few minor exceptions. I was kind of surprised with the results, because when I took the test I thought ‘There is no way that this is going to accurately describe my personality,’ but it was really close so that’s pretty impressive.”
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Consistent spaces indicate organization.
A short upper zone shows short-term mindedness.
A small middle zone shows intelligence and modesty.
A straight letter slant shows independence and self reliance.
Do you think handwriting really portrays certain personality traits?
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“It’s just 100 percent true. Some of the traits like independence and self-reliance were repeated in the analysis, which makes it seem emphasized. It really reflects my personality because those are two really important qualities for me.”
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gamer girls, Heckemeyer thinks that the type of games girls play puts themselves into a gaming stereotype. “Girls that play Call of Duty are probably more stereotyped than other girls because it is categorized as a ‘boy game’,” Heckemeyer said. According to her, the more “masculine” a game is characterized to be, the more masculine and unappealed view of the girls that play are then envisioned; however that is incorrect. A girl who plays mostly male dominant games is freshman Eleni Tambassis, who plays various games such as Black Ops, Modern Warfare and Legend of Zelda. Tambassis, originally encouraged by her boyfriend and friends to play video games, grew to love the gaming world in her own way. Every Friday, Tambassis, along with her boyfriend, junior Brad Boucher, play video games after a long day of school. “I love playing video games with her; I think she’s fun,” Boucher said. To Tambassis, the best aspects of gaming are things that are impossible in real life like being able to die and come back to life. Many girls don’t think it’s socially acceptable to intermingle in the video gaming world and that it should be left for the boys to enjoy and
rom collecting mythical creatures to shooting down opposing forces, video game content has always varied; however, the player of the games has always remained the same. Until now. More than ever, females are becoming a prominent figure in the video gaming world in comparison to their male counterparts. The female heroes in video games have taken storm in video game conferences all across the world as well as into the homes of hundreds of thousands of gamers. In response to the increase in female lead characters, more girls have begun to play video games, introducing the term of “gamer girl.” One of those girls is Junior Erika Heckemeyer, who plays games such as Skyrim and Portal, after learning about the game from one of her friends’ sisters 11 years ago. “I think it’s perfectly fine for girls to play games; it shouldn’t be any different if a guy were playing them,” Heckemeyer said. Playing three to four times a week, Heckemeyer has grown confident in her gaming skills. Although there is a universal stereotype for
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discuss. “Gaming is something fun to talk about; as a girl, it’s a good thing to have knowledge about when meeting new people,” Tambassis said. Although the majority of the gaming population consists of male teenagers and children, the presence of female gamers is steadily increasing. According to the market information hub the numbers of females playing video games has increased from 23 to 28 percent in the past year. Freshman Madison Weaver has been playing video games like Assassin’s Creed and World of Warcraft for over six years. Despite caring what others’ think, Weaver, like Tambassis, plays for the sheer enjoyment that games give her. “Gaming is very stereotypical; it’s kind of funny to see guys’ reactions as a girl gamer,” Weaver said. As a female gamer, it’s helping to pave a way for girls in other aspects of society that men are commonly associated with dominating. “It doesn’t matter if you have a female character; you’re always to assumed to be a guy,” Weaver said. Weaver frequently plays games with her
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boyfriend, senior Deen Kelley. They enjoy competing against each other. Although Kelley knows more about the gaming spectrum as a whole, Weaver is able to keep up with him and stand on her own as a player. Many times, Weaver has witnessed male gamers get angry and throw fits when they lose to a girl gamer. “A guy’s pride takes over and he can’t stand losing to a girl in his own element,” Kelley said. Along with this, the stigma that comes with being a gamer girl is very negative and full of stereotypes. “[The basic stereotype] is a girl who is very unattractive, lonely and will basically amount to nothing,” Weaver said. Although this isn’t true about all girl gamers, many girls still shy away from the video gaming world. Fortunately, Kelley sees an increase of females in the gaming world spectrum. “Half of my friends online are girls; out of the 15 million players, I’d say that about three to four million are girls, if not more,” Kelley said. In spite of these negative stereotypes, Heckemeyer, Tambassis and Weaver persevere and continue to do what they love, making them the ultimate gamer girls.
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Thrift shopping is like a treasure hunt. The gold is out there somewhere—you just have to know where to look. West Country thrift shops just may be the solution.
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An unwanted Christmas sweater from your aunt, a shirt that has inched its way up to your belly button, or even that pair of pants that went out of style years ago: everyone has those certain items that have resorted to serving as a waste of space in a closet. An alternative to throwing away these items is donating to Goodwill. They accept various donations from the community and sells the items at an affordable price. Junior Shelby Foley said that the key to successful thrifting is patience. “Sometimes, if you look long enough, you can find brand name items,” she said. Goodwill accepts items of all quality. Matt Zemanek, the manager of Goodwill located in the Chesterfield Valley said, “Since we receive an abundance of donations, we are able to put out the better quality clothing. Some of the stuff is brand new with the tags still on it.” “Because of our location, we tend to get nice clothing brands,” Zemanek added. Zemanek stated that the most popular purchase at Goodwill is clothes, although furniture sells quickly as well. Besides the basics of clothing and furniture, Goodwill offers a wide stock of odd hand-me-downs, including DVDs and records. Junior Matt Glanvill said that he shops at Goodwill not only because of the nice, cheap clothing, but also due to the fact that they have other items, including TVs. Many students have recently turned to second hand
Since their recent opening in Ballwin, Savers has attracted many people with their quality products and pleasing organization. According to the Savers website, they maintain their goal of providing “customers with the best selection and shopping experience of any thrift store in the world.” One of the most attractive aspects of this store is the overall appearance, where Savers maintains a nice, clean reputation, instead of the grungy atmosphere of most thrift stores. Retail manager Angela Osgood said, “Our store is well-lit and clean; the clothes and products look almost new.” She added all products are organized neatly by brands and conditions. This is good news for shoppers on a hunt to find treasures, where someone can easily find an old blouse and trans-
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shopping at Goodwill. Although senior Matt Lucken said he doesn’t visit Goodwill frequently, he still enjoys looking through the low priced items to see what he can find. “There’s one item each time that catches your eye,” he said. Junior Gabby Breiten said that she goes more for the experience. She said, “You could end up with something great, and if not you still have a really good time.” A common reason to thrift shop among students is spenping less money. “You can save a lot of money, they have really good prices,” Glanvill said. “It’s a great way to get more stuff for your money,” Breiten added. Zemanek said that Goodwill’s items run on a base price scale, but newer clothing items tend to be pricier. “Since the economic times have gotten harder on people, people realize they can get brand new things for not brand new prices,” Zemanek said. Besides helping people save money, Goodwill also offers various assisting services to people in the area. Although the company has many shops scattered across the USA, they all share a common mission: “To provide opportunities for persons with barriers to employment to work and live more independently in the community.” The local Goodwill is located at 17355 Edison Avenue and is open Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
form it into a cute outfit for school. “It’s cheap and has lots of sweaters, it’s more organized, clean and everything makes sense to where it should be,” senior Becca Moss said. Although retail stores may strive to imitate that natural aging look of a vintage sweater, their price can’t compare with the cost of a similar $5 sweater. However, at Savers, there’s a lot more than just sweaters. Osgood said, “We have 6,000-8,000 pieces of everything. Some moms will buy all the toys, while others prefer the books and movies. It really depends what the customer is looking for.” Junior Joel Swisher added said he likes to look at the blazers and jackets. “They’re cheap and cool, but they’re also classy. They let you do your own thing which is cool, and the people at the register are always nice,” he said.
With the copious donations flooding the store each week, a customer can be sure that no two trips to Savers will be the same. There will always be new treasures to discover. All excess donations are distributed to various non-profit charities and recycling centers in the area. “Our store supports the Vietnam veterans and we pay them per pound of donations,” Osgood said. Their business does the same with more than 140 other non-profit organizations and helps inspire each other in doing business according to the Savers website. No matter what they purchase, all Savers customers contribute to the cause of serving the community and supporting one another. Savers is located at 15892 Clayton Rd. and is open Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVDP) is a non-profit organization to help provide the needy with services and necessities based on Catholic principles. With their merchandise consisting of clothes, furniture and new mattress program, customers can find everything they need. SVDP employee Marie Berdhardt said, “Everything that you would have in your home is in our store such as clothes, furniture, couches, shoes, etc.” While the SVDP thrift shop provides for the needy, it is also open for the rest of the community, welcoming any interested thrift shopper to explore the endless possibilities of their merchandise. One who takes full advantage of the store’s opportunities is junior Chris D’Agostino. D’Agostino said, “I like to look for electronics and things that are usable. Very high quality, it just needs to be cleaned up a little. Otherwise, it’s still nice. They have really nice prices on everything—most stuff is under $10.” The first thing that overwhelms the customer’s eye when they walk through the door is the amount of clothing, which, like most thrift shops, fills a majority of the store. Customers can expect to find any clothing they’re on the hunt for, just not in the fashion they’re used to. Berdhardt said, “Clothes are our biggest seller. We have a lot of things that were worn but we try not to pick up things that are too tattered,” She said the rest of the damaged clothing is recycled.
Plato’s Closet, a chain of thrift shops found around the country, was created in Minneapolis for the purpose of providing high quality, brand name items at low prices. Products in the store include major brands; anything from Guess to Aeropostale, and everything in between. Cindy Henry, manager of the Chesterfield Plato’s Closet, said her store is mostly for teenagers. “Jewelry, gloves, bags, lots of teen-oriented items. We stock clothing for teens and 20-something year olds.” Henry said. To keep with recent fashion trends, the stores buy items no older than 12 to 18 months old in close to mint condition. They do not buy clothing that is stained, clearly worn or with non-functioning zippers, clasps, etc. “We’re very critical about quality,” Henry said, “but this is so we can provide the best quality at the lowest prices.” According to Henry, clothing prices are generated by a computer. The employee inputs the brand, clothing item and size and comes back with a price at a 75 percent discount of the original price of the garment. The customer gets approximately 30 to 35 percent of the reduced price back in cash. “A lot more people are trying to spend wisely, and are coming in for the low prices,” Henry said.
One factor that overrules the rest is the cost. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure; this is especially evident through the numerous donated furniture where a finely made desk can be marked down from $500 to $75. One who enjoys looking for furniture at thrift stores is science teacher Ryan Bixby. He said, “The furniture is good to look at because solid good furniture now-a-days is hard to come by.” However, the SVDP thrift store receives tens and hundreds of donations each week, leaving an abundance of merchandise left over. So what do they do with the extras? “Some things are standard priced, but if there’s an abundance of something, we put it all on sale,” said Berdhardt. According to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of St. Louis’s website, they’ve sold over 1 million units of value priced merchandise to their customers. The SVDP has also partnered the local parishes to create SDVP conferences, and together they’ve given a total of over $160,000 worth of free merchandise to those in need. Lastly, in order to add to their revenue and be more responsible with all the donated goods, the organization initiated a new recycling program and recycled more than 350,000 pounds of unsalable goods in 2011. So whether the customer purchases or donates products, it still contributes to the good of the community. The local SVDP thrift shop is located at 14660 Manchester Rd. and is open Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m-8 p.m.
Junior Danielle Christian, while on a back to school shopping spree, went into the Plato’s Closet for the first time. She found herself a pair of jeans and a few jackets for $25. “It was a good experience,” Christian said. Senior Annie Henning can attest for the fun in finding a new favorite clothing item among the many racks. “It’s always fun to find hidden stuff; the store is organized by color so you can look for things easily,” she said. “Since our school is sponsored by them, I can also get a discount.” These discounts, which vary based on Renaissance level, can be anywhere from 30 percent of a single item to 20 percent of any item. In addition, Plato’s donates multiple $5 and $10 coupons to various academic events, including the Academic Credit Card giveaway. Principal John Shaughnessy believes Plato’s is a good supporter of Lafayette. “[Plato’s] has been a great supporters of Renaissance for many years,” Shaughnessy said. In addition to their clothing, Plato’s has an assortment of miscellaneous books, DVDs and CDs to choose from. The Chesterfield Plato’s Closet is located on 1674 Clarkson Rd., Chesterfield.
Sunglasses: Plato’s Closet- $4 Vest: Savers: $7 Blouse: Goodwill: $3 Romper: SVDP: $6
$20 in your pocket... What can you find? The Image went to these various thrift shops to see if it was possible to find an entire outfit for $20.
sports / 12 March 14, 2013
Winter teams wrap-up seasons in final events Dylan Corbet / sports editor
The Lady Lancers ended with a heart-breaking loss to Parkway South (24-3) by a score of 5157. The team certainly had their ups and downs during the season as they finished at 12-15. When simply looking at their record, you’d think it was an ordinary year for the Lady Lancers; however, when looking at their strength of schedule this year, 12-15 is far from mediocre. Some of the tough opponents the Lady Lancers faced include, Nerinx Hall (17-11), Webster Groves (18-9), Parkway South (24-3) twice and Parkway North (25-1). Riding a losing streak of five going into Districts, seniors Hannah Finley and Hannah Schneider were desperate to keep their careers at LHS alive. The duo combined for 28 of the teams 42 total points in their win over Rockwood Summit in the first round, keeping the season alive. They would move on to face Parkway South for a second time this season, losing the first matchup 60-38. This game was different; everything was on the line for the Lady Lancers, especially for the seniors. The Lady Lancers shocked the crowd at Marquette, by scoring an astounding 16 points in the first quarter and holding on to a two-point lead. They were in it the whole game, but costly turnovers eventually gave the game to the Patriots for the second time this year. This time there was no next game for the Lady Lancers. Finley led the team this season with 13.3 ppg and also averaged 6.3 rpg during her senior season. Schneider led the team in rebounds with 7.0 rpg and also put up 9.8 ppg. Looking on to next year, the Lady Lancers will lose their two top scorers and rebounders; however, they do keep three of their starters. Junior Kate Pennington will look to lead the team as a senior next year, after recording 3.9 ppg this year. Also two underclassmen standouts, sophomore Maddie Seifert and freshman Jenny Kohl who had outstanding seasons, will look to do even more damage next year.
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Senior Nick Olejnik has been ruling the mats at LHS since he was only a freshman. Now he walks into Mizzou Arena knowing any one of these matches could be his last. In the 138-pound weight class, Olejnik started off the first round with a 3:38 pin over Hickman’s Alex Shea. In the Quarterfinal, Olejnik would move on to the Semifinals by defeating Liberty’s Jarred Payne-Queen with a 5-0 decision. Olejnik would face his toughest opponent in the Semifinals, Blue Springs Darick Lapaglia. Lapaglia would beat Olejnik by a decision of 3-1. Lapaglia would go on to be the State Champ for the 138-pound weight class. Olejnik’s career wasn’t over just yet however, in the consolation round for the Semifinals Olejnik defeated CBC’s Alec Maglione by a decision of 6-0, moving on to the third place match. Olejnik would end his career finishing third at State by defeating Ozark’s Grant Godfrey by a tight decision of 6-5. His final record on the season was 44-2, ending a fabulous career at LHS, one that will definitely be remembered. As a team, the Lancers would finish 17th out of 45 schools with an overall school of 35.
The ending to the Lancers’ season is very similar to that of last years— a tough loss in the District Championship; however, the road there was a whole different story. Last year the Lancers held a high pre-season ranking, and for good reason too with returning senior starters Luke Kreienkamp, Nick Messer and Joel Pennington. They had a strong season, with a few key losses to teams they should have blown out however they found themselves right where they were expected to be, in the District Finals. They faced Marquette, who they had beaten earlier in the season, however they would lose by just one basket, ending their season. This year, no one was talking about the Lanc-
PRE-GAME RITUAL/ The Lady Lancers do their usual team huddle before tip-off during one of their regular season games. (photo courtesy of Prestige Portraits) ers. They returned only two starters: juniors Nate Messer and Evan Scales. The 4-8 start to the season didn’t help the Lancers’ case either. However after their loss to SLUH for the second time of the season, something clicked with the team that would completely change the course of their season. The very next game, the Lancers gave powerhouse DeSmet a run for their money. They led practically the whole game before just losing by only two points. The Lancers realized their potential and never looked back after that game. They had incredible leadership from senior Kamron Emamjomeh, who went on an absolute tear after the DeSmet game. Along with Emamjomeh, Messer and Scales led the team to winning eight of their final nine games of the season headed into Districts. Despite their hot streak, the Lancers were stuck with the four seed and would have to win two games just to make it to the Finals again. They escaped Parkway South 56-55 and then proceeded to dominate the number one seed Rockwood Summit the very next day 70-61 Hopes were high for the Championship against Eureka, however the Lancers couldn’t get it done and finished second in the District for the second year in a row.
Messer finished the season as the team’s leading scorer with 13.1 ppg. Messer and Scales look to lead the team next year as seniors and hopefully make it back to the District Championship, this time coming away with a victory.
Numerous Lady Lancers made a splash at the St. Peter’s Complex for the State Competition. Sophomore Claire Kirchhoefer placed the highest individually for the Lady Lancers, placing third in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:07.14. Junior Mae Riordan finished sixth in two different competitions during the weekend. She placed 6th in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:55.92 and in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:07.64 Senior leader Laura Paskoff would finish her career at LHS finishing sixth in the 50-yard freestyle and 4th in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 52.45. Paskoff will be swimming for Illinois State University next year. As a team, the Lady Lancers finished just 64 points behind State Champ Glendale and placed 5th overall for the 2012-2013 season. High hopes remain for next year’s squad with Kirchhoeffer and Riordan returning to look to do more damage in State next year.
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pring sports officially began on Feb. 25; however, the St. Louis weather turned from just another mild winter to freezing snow storms right about that same time. The athletes were obligated to practice inside, which only consisted of running for most sports. Losing a solid two weeks of outside practice could cause problems and create some disorganization among teams once games begin. Despite the setback, the coaches and players have made the most of their time indoors, hoping to kick off their seasons strong after returning from Spring Break.
Entering a rebuilding year, the boys lacrosse team faces strong competition this spring after losing several senior starters. With young potential, the boys hope to advance to the playoffs ,and eventually, the final four. “Most of the teams we play have lost seniors, too. We have the talent to do well this year against any team,” junior Tim Slocum said. With experience on varsity, juniors Justin Ruck, Slocum and senior Jeremy Crowe will lead their team against powerhouse teams CBC, De Smet Jesuit, SLUH and MICDS. To prepare for season, juniors Bryce Rommel and Slocum traveled to lacrosse tournaments on the East Coast during their summers. “It’s really good to be back playing for Lafayette. My favorite part is being able to come together as a team and compete against our rival schools,” Slocum said. Hoping to improve their record this year, the Lady Lancer lacrosse team consists of upcoming underclassman and dynamic seniors who have the potential to be successful this season. Committed to playing for McKendree University next year, senior Hannah Schneider looks to lead her team against any opponent. “All three levels of lacrosse are looking great. Since this is my last year before playing college lacrosse, I am looking forward to having a good time and helping my teammates improve,” Schneider said. On the first day back from Spring Break, the girls face rival Cor Jesu to kick off their season. Last year, LHS easily defeated the Chargers, 17-8, and the Lancers look to repeat in a couple weeks. In April, the team will travel to Memphis for a two-day tournament. Giving them a chance to bond and grow as a team, the girls compete for two days and then return just in time to prepare for postseason competition. “I just want it to be a competitive year and for everyone to have fun. It will definitely be a season to remember,” Schneider said.
After only losing one senior last year, the water polo team hopes to use their strong starting line up to dominate the upcoming spring season. “For most of the team, this is our final year
together. We believe that we will have a winning record and make an impressive run in the State tournament at the end of the season,” senior James Murphy said. Although the squad struggled to find success last season, the boys look to bounce back, leaving nothing on the table. During the off-season, they have developed a tough offense, while the goalies, junior Matt Mannion and senior Rodney McKenna, stood out in early season practices. “The private schools (SLUH and MICDS) always field a strong lineup, so we will have to play to the best of our abilities and focus on teamwork in order to win,” Murphy said
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Looking to defend their title as Conference champions, the girls track and field team has continued to grow in numbers and talent. “We have a lot of dedicated athletes who are willing to push themselves to their full potential and become the best that they can be,” senior Alex Voss said. Committed to run for Missouri Baptist University, senior Lindsey Jansen hopes to lead her team to another successful season, and eventually advance as many events to the State competition as possible. “I look forward to getting close with all of my new teammates and making it a great season for them, just as the seniors have done for me in the past few years,” Voss said. Despite losing seniors Kayla Hall, Patricia Miller and Mackenzie Schweitz, the young team has shown potential to remain on top. With their sights set on defeating powerhouses Eureka, Marquette and Lindbergh, the girls will have to work hard and find chemistry within their relay teams before meets begin in late March. After a devastating baton drop in the 4x100 State championship, the boys track and field team look to avenge their bitter defeat this spring season. “The team is looking good. We have quite a few returning varsity sprinters, jumpers, and distance. So I think our team is as strong or stronger than we were last year,” senior Elliot Montgomery said. Advancing to the collegiate level in their event, seniors Kenny Boyer, Jordan West and Derek Legenzoff may experience some extra pressure to impress their future coaches. This season, each athlete hopes to obtain a State medal. “Our biggest competition would be each other pushing each other at practice because I believe we have some of the fastest guys in the state at our school,” Montgomery said.
Coached by Doug Ell and Sue Tillery, the boys volleyball team looks to acquire another solid record, despite losing some key seniors. “The team is looking great so far, but of course there is always room for improvement. I can already tell, though, we have great team chemistry,” senior Jake Steinberg said. After a tough loss last year against SLUH in
the Final Four, Ell and the boys are hoping to make it all the way and claim a State championship this season. Although the weather has prevented other sports from accomplishing productive practices, volleyball has consistently spent hours of hard work in the gym. When the season kicks off in late March, the team will be well prepared and ready to play. “I think we have the potential to make some noise in our area. I’m looking forward to getting better as a player and doing what I can to help the team,” Steinberg said.
With several returning varsity seniors, the girls soccer team has the potential to make an impact this season. Coached by Tim Walters, the team contains a solid core group, but hopes underclassmen will step up and assist the girls to a State championship. “Every team has lost key players so we can definitely go far this year. Eureka will be one of our toughest competitors, but we should have the talent to beat them,” senior Ashley Parks said. Last year, the team ended regular season with a solid record of 14-4, but they struggled to find their offense against Marquette in the first game of Districts. This season, the girls have prepared during the off-season and look to redeem themselves in post-season play. “I am most looking forward to playing our rival Eureka. To prepare for the game, the seniors will go get and listen to our pregame songs,” Parks said.
At the District Championship last year, the Lancer baseball team were unable to clinch the victory against Parkway South, but are looking to come back strong this season. “I predict that we could run the table in Districts and hopefully bring home a District title. I’m looking forward to my senior season and spending it with all of my teammates,” senior EJ Myers said. With a strong batting line up and talented pitchers, the squad will be a tough match-up against any opponent. With a tough schedule ahead, rival schools Marquette and Eureka will be ready to put up a fight against LHS.
Hoping to advance their whole team to the State tournament, the boys golf squad will face some tough opponents as they enter their spring season. “This will probably be our best season yet. The team looks great, we have a lot of new upcoming players,” senior Jordan Srote said. Due to the harsh winter conditions, the team struggled to find adequate time to practice during the early weeks of season. The boys have great potential, though, to have success in the next few months.
After a shaky District match last year to end their season short, the boys tennis team looks to clinch a position in State competition this upcoming spring. Entering his last season in a varsity uniform, senior Sean Hoel hopes to lead his team to success. After dedicated practices during the off-season, Hoel and the boys should put up a fight against their strong competition. “Our goals for the boys tennis season are to win our district, sectionals and qualify for state as a team. We will have good depth this year so we have the potential do achieve our goals,” Coach Mark McAllister said.
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Opening Game: March 25 vs. Cor Jesu @ Home
Opening Game: March 13 vs. St. John Vianney @ Crestview Middle
Opening Game: March 12 vs Fort Zumwalt West @ Home
Girls Track and Field/ Opening Meet: March 27 @ Marquette
Boys Track and Field/ Opening Meet: March 28 @ Home
Pre-season Blast Tournament: March 22 Opening Game: March 26 @ Kirkwood
Opening Game: March 25 vs. Fort Zumwalt East @ Home
Opening Game: Midwest Classic Tournament starting March 25
Opening Match: March 25 vs. Fox and Northwest @ Spirit at Landings Golf Course
Opening Match: April 1 vs. Parkway Central @ Home
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sports / 14 March 14, 2013
The Extra Mile
Voit to take discipline, football to next level at West Point Lucas Meyrer / reporter
he legacy that precedes the United States Military Academy (USMA) as one of America’s most intimidating and illustrious institutions is well deserved. The path to becoming an officer in the United States Military goes through West Point, New York and four grueling years of pain, punishment, perseverance and ultimately prize in graduating from one of the United States’ most prestigious universities. Academically, USMA, or “West Point,” ranks among the top academies in the country. According to westpoint.edu, the current Class of 2016 contains only 7.86 percent of those who applied for a total of 1,193 freshmen. And, 72 percent of those freshmen were in the top fifth of their graduating class, 100 were class valedictorians and 46 were salutatorians. The excellence in the classroom is matched by the physical schedule cadets contend with in their four years as well. Senior John Voit knows all about the daily rigors of cadet life. Voit said wake-up calls can come as early as 5:30 a.m. every day and are followed by hours of regimented training before classes. Time to study is allotted after training and classes. The life of a West Point cadet can be brutal. Now can you imagine playing a Division I (DI) sport on top of all of that? Voit can and will, because on Feb. 6 of this year he signed to play football at the USMA. Voit’s varsity football Head Coach Boyd Manne thinks Voit’s personal traits will allow him to excel at West Point on the field. “He’s a tremendous, tireless worker. He’s a self-motivated starter and has the team’s best interest at heart as well as doing what he needs to do to make himself compete and be ready to play,” Manne said. Manne, Voit’s coach for his three-year varsity career, noted that the senior was the only two-way player the Lancers had this season, starting at both tight end and defensive end on
opposite sides of the ball. Voit is only the second LHS football player to go to a military academy in Manne’s tenure. Former linebacker Matt Brewer committed to the Naval Academy out of Lafayette in 2007. Voit, who had standing offers to play football at other DI schools, chose West Point for the chance to serve and still compete athletically. “I just saw an opportunity that I didn’t want to go to waste, and I took it,” Voit said. USMA began to enter the picture when a recruiter came to speak with Voit about coming to West Point on a football scholarship. Their meeting sparked something in Voit, who “just got hooked” on the thought of getting to play DI sports and still be able to serve in the military upon graduating as an officer after four years. On the gridiron, Voit’s merit has been proven during his time with the Lancers no more than in his final year in the black and white. In his senior season, Voit was voted team captain by his peers and was key in the Lancers’ perfect 7-0 record in the Suburban West Conference. The Lancers, under Voit’s leadership, made it all the way to the Missouri Class Four State Semi-Final. Though Voit connected with junior quarterback Evan Scales for a 63-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter, the team’s efforts proved too little as they fell 17-6 to the favored Francis Howell Vikings. Stlhighschoolsports.com showed Voit led the Lancers in receiving with 545 yards and six receiving touchdowns this past season. He amassed 568 total yards on the year, tied for second on the team, as well as 44 total points, fourth on the team. Defensively, Voit collected 58 tackles and recorded eight sacks, both second most on the team. According to recruiting site hudl.com, Voit’s top on-the-field honors include First-Team All-Conference Defensive Lineman in 2011
COMMITMENT/ Voit connects with a hard tackle on Marquette wide receiver Mitch Carr during their Sept. 8 meeting. The Lancers won 46-7 at home, improving their record to 3-0 at the time. Almost five months to the date after that game, Voit pens his commitment to play Division I collegiate football at the United States Military Academy on Feb. 6. Voit was one of 17 Lancer athletes to commit that day. (photos by Sydney Ockerhausen)
and 2012 and First-Team All-State Defensive Lineman this year. Off the field, Manne believes Voit’s strong character will serve him well at the USMA. “He cares about people. He doesn’t like to brag and boast, he’s very humble. He’s just a genuine good person,” Manne said. After West Point, Voit didn’t rule out possibly continuing his football career, despite his desire to enter his mandatory 5-year service period in the Army immediately after college.
“I’d love to [continue playing football], we’ll see what happens,” Voit said Despite all the pressures and hardships Voit will have to face at West Point, Manne thinks Voit will succeed. “If a person really wants to do something he’s going to find a way to get it done. I think he’ll find a way to pursue his goals and his dreams, and he’ll find a way to make it happen,” Manne said.
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s the beginning of spring sports arrives, athletes look foward to the new season. Senior Matt Goro and junior Natalie Quisenberry are March’s Athletes to Watch.
Goro will be ready to compete this upcoming baseball season. Signing with Webster University, Goro is excited to take on a new challenge. Last year the Lancers went 21-8-1, with Goro as a major contributor. Goro says he hopes to lead his team to a District title. Personally he hopes to improve on his pitching.
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Goro, Quisenberry hope for successful seasons
Coach Scott DeNoyer said, “He’s a very confident and consistent pitcher. He is also competitive and loves the challenge of pitching every chance he gets.” Preparing for the tough competition the Lancers face, Goro spends his off-season playing football and playing for an extremely competitive summer baseball team. The recruiting process began this summer when scouts started coming to watch as he played with his summer team. He said scouts viewed his online stats and would then follow up and come to watch him play. Goro is following in the footsteps of his older brother, Nate. He has became successful in baseball and is someone that Goro looks up to. Some athletes would say older siblings cause more pressure to compete, but for Goro he doesn’t find it a problem. “Having an older brother doesn’t add any extra stress. If anything it’s easier because the coaches already know my name,” he said. Heading into his last season of high school baseball, Goro feels less stress then compared to last year. Having already signed with Webster University in St. Louis, he hopes he will be
able to spend the season enjoying it with teammates and leading the team to a victory. “Although next year will be a new experience, what I’m going to miss most about the team is the camaraderie and the bond that we all share,” Goro said.
Looking to dominate in her third season of varsity girls soccer, Quisenberry has lined up many goals for her to accomplish her junior season. Since freshman year, she has played a large supporting role in the team’s overall success. Last year, the team compiled a solid record and achieved many of the goals they began with. However, this season, the Lancers have a new set of goals. She said, “I hope all the girls will be able to mesh well and by the beginning of the season we will be playing as a team. With that said, hopefully we can make it far.” When Quisenberry isn’t participating in Lafayette’s soccer program, she’s still playing competitively and training in the offseason. In fact, she was originally discovered through
her club team, St. Louis Scott Gallagher, not Lafayette’s team. After senior year, Quisenberry will attend Quincy University in Illinois where she has already signed to play soccer. She said, “Being signed to a college is more stressful because you still are constantly trying to get better, but now you have to deal with also preparing to play at college level.” Quisenberry worries about the changes after her senior year, “Being put into a situation of having to play with a new group of girls and being forced to play as well as you can be very difficult.” She helps deal with the pressure of preparing for college by going on runs and working on her footwork both at practice and at home.
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opinions / 16 March 14, 2013
[Staff Ed] Rockwood needs to get its act together Opinions expressed on the editorial pages do not necessarily reflect the viewpoints or official policies of the school administration. All editorials (unsigned) represent a majority opinion of the Editorial Board. Signed, columns, blogs, editorial cartoons and reviews reflect the views of the author and not necessarily those of the Image Editorial Board.
Rockwood is in the news again. And, it is not anything good. Depending who you talk to, the district either has a surplus or is broke. Some argue there are millions in reserve funds above and beyond what the district is required to maintain. Others point to a deficit that will require cuts in future spending. The Superintendent’s proposed budget for 2013-2014 asks for additional funds in some areas that could require major cuts in others. In the meantime, there are serious needs in our schools. All of this comes at the same time that a state audit of Rockwood’s finances show problems. The audit showed the district had several problem areas specifically
in handling construction contracts, obtaining services without competitive bidding, not providing receipts for money spent, not conducting an annual inventory of district property, using the same provider to serve as financial adviser and bond underwriter and not analyzing which staff members do and do not need procurement credit cards. On April 2, Rockwood will ask voters to approve Prop S, a $38.4 million bond issue, focused on renovating and repairing schools. But, the audit revealed that $1.2 million was misspent from previous bond issues during the period of 2003-2010. That doesn’t bode well for this upcoming vote. Additionally, the board extended the contract of Superintendent
Bruce Borchers when surveys of district patrons have indicated a distrust in the district’s leaders. That doesn’t help either. Something needs to change in order for a positive turnaround to occur in Rockwood. How does the district expect this bond to pass with so much negativity surrounding decision making by its leaders? Sensing discontent by residents, Board member Steve Smith, who has been embroiled in a controversy over the hiring of Glenn Construction for bond contracts, has resigned from his position. He hoped to direct the focus back to the students and our needs. We hope it is not too late. All these recent issues involve things that are not just little mis-
takes; they exposed irresponsible decision making in several areas. The district audit received a rating of fair. If a student earned a fair on state assessment, that would not be acceptable to district leaders and definitely not to our teachers and parents. The adults running Rockwood should be held to the same high expectations that we are. Students are depending on Rockwood to get its act together and untangle the mess they have created in the past few years. Time is up. An “action plan” is nice but what we need is something to restore the faith of voters before they head to the polls and express their dissatisfaction at our expense.
Girls preparing for the future cannot rely solely on a domestic life There are young women across the world trying to earn the right to obtain an education and create a future for themselves. American women have a right to take whatever path in life they want, but not enough are taking advantage of it. My mom told me about how when she was driving to a concert with her friends someone stated how she went to college for her MRS degree. For those who don’t understand this clever saying, this woman essentially went to college to find a husband. Not to earn a degree and create a career for herself, but instead to set up her domestic future. I was once talking to one of my peers about what she would like to study in college and she
stated she is choosing a certain degree since it would only take four years to earn it. She explained that her reasoning behind this decision was because she only wanted to work for two years after college, since because she wanted to start a family and be a stay-at-home mom. So essentially, she was going to go to college for four years to earn a degree which would only be used for two years of her life. There are multiple problems with this plan. The first problem being she will put all of this time and effort into something that will only be used for a very short and limited amount of time. That’s like taking a four day flight somewhere and only staying for two days. It’s pretty much
pointless, makes no sense and is a complete waste of time and money. Already knowing that after you graduate you are going to only take advantage of your skill set for a couple of years and most likely never use it again seems ridiculous. Instead of planning out their future before knowing how they will actually feel in the coming years, teenage girls should leave their future open to any opportunity that comes their way. Who knows, you might not meet your husband in college, and you might figure out that having kids so early is not what you want in your life. Relying on marrying a successful man is not enough of a security blanket for someone’s future.
Outside The Box Gabby McDaris, Opinions Editor We have been given the chance to create a career for ourselves, and not taking advantage of what many other women in the world don’t have is a wasted opportunity.
12 appears to be the new 18 When I went to volunteer at the Babler Elementary Variety Show, I expected to see kids perform popular songs in Kidz Bop fashion, and Girl and Boy Scout troops performing dances and comedy routines to please the audience. Kids stuff. What I didn’t expect was sitting next to an elementary-schooler that looked more like something off Toddlers & Tiaras than any of the kids in Little Rascals. With eyes like a raccoon or wannabe hipster and more logos than she could probably count, it was hard to believe this girl was as young as she was. At first, I thought she had to be an act. That would explain the flashy clothes and overdone make-up. Maybe she was dancing a Lady Gaga song. But when I directed her toward where the rest of the acts were sitting, she told me she wasn’t in the show. Her next words to me were, “Oh my goodness; is that a Lululemon headband?” I
Grace Bueckendorf, Editor in Chief
was wearing a Lululemon headband, one that my friend had gotten for my birthday. But when I was her age, I wouldn’t have been able to tell blue jeans from sweatpants. I didn’t know brands, and was more concerned with the latest installment of the Harry Potter series than which clothing brands were in or out. It astounded me that such a young girl could already be so preoccupied
with fashion and name brands. She went on to explain to the raccoonlike twin beside her, who didn’t know what Lululemon was, that “Lululemon is just a store in Plaza Frontenac, right by Neiman’s. It’s kind of expensive, but, you know, it’s just money.” Just your parents’ money, maybe. I couldn’t believe a girl of her age had this kind of brand obsession, paired with a total disregard for her parents and what they provide for her. Rather than focusing on the things I know I cared about when I was her age, like dance class, school and hanging out with friends, she seemed hyper focused on material things, like the headband, rather than the friend she was sitting next to. I’m not saying our childhood of watching Boy Meets World, and collecting Pokémon cards obsessively was as wholesome as we like to make it out to be. But, it’s better than obsessing over what clothes you wear or what stores you shop at.
[My Turn Now]
Where to draw the line in high school athletics Jack Rogan / reporter There are so many athletes that participate in a sport simply because they think it is fun and they enjoy it. However, there is a great amount of kids that play a particular sport because they have talent or because they have nothing better to do. For example, as a freshman I joined the cross country team because I wanted to enjoy myself and meet new people. As my own season went on during freshmen year, I discovered I had a good running ability, which came with the pressure to constantly become faster and focus more on dropping my time than having fun with my friends. I continued running, and joined the track and field team that spring. I was constantly expected to drop my time and practice hard to ensure I gained speed. Sometimes, it just was not enjoyable. Coming into the season of my sophomore year, the pressure continued when I was on the line between junior varsity and varsity.
Although I love my sport and placing high State this past fall was incredible, the sport can sometimes be demanding and stressful, my case certainly not being the only one. For so many of our student athletes at Lafayette, their sport becomes a job, a task that he or she feels compelled to do, because he or she is talented or has the potential to be great. If a person is good at a particular sport he or she should try it out, but continue only if he or she enjoys it. Is being good at a sport a good enough reason to continue? The pressure of a student athlete to succeed and involve him or herself in a sport simply due to skill is not fair; the athlete should have some motive for doing that activity, whether it is to stay in shape, reach a goal, or just because it is fun. Of course, winning a big accolade, on a state or national level, for instance, can be exceptionally rewarding. Getting third place at State this year for cross country, for example, was an extreme accomplishment for my team and me, but regular
seasons are long and sometimes an athlete may not want to struggle so long for the reward to be so far away. For most high school sporting teams, the main goal is to get to a larger competition, usually at the state level. It can be difficult to work hard every day to not reach the final goal until two and a half months later, and some teams or individuals do not even make it there. So, how do you enjoy yourself for such a long time when your target goal seems so far away, so unreachable? The key is to have fun, to constantly remember that the sport should be taken very seriously, but not to the extreme where it consumes your whole life and your whole mind. Keep in mind that it is just a high school sport, and that while competitiveness should play a large part in your sport, you should still enjoy yourself. Remember that you never get these four years of high school back, so involve yourself in something you love, something that you’re sure you won’t regret.
opinions / 17 March 14, 2013 stars & gripes Stars To:
• A 2-year-old is cured of HIV in Mississippi. Dr. Katherine Gay was the leading doctor on the girl’s case. #gaysavestheday •New Ferrari model, the LaFerrari, has hybrid characteristics, making it safer for the environment. #creativename • Actor Harrison Ford for signing on to return as Han Solo in the Star Wars reboots. #hesnotflyingsoloeither • The Dow for jumping 100 points, a new all time high. #moneyinthebank
• Sinkhole swallowed a Florida man’s house, trapping and killing him. #mothernaturestrikesagain • The TSA for now allowing knives shorter than six centimeters in length on flights. #dontseeanyproblemswiththat • Microsoft for not allowing users to pick their own web browser, breaking their contract with the European Union worth a $730 million fine. #justchumpchange • Taylor Swift for being angered by Tina Fey’s and Amy Poehler’s comments at the Golden Globes about her several boyfriends. #whytheygottabesomean? • A new bacteria , CRE, that kills up to half the people who come in contact with it. If that wasn’t enough, the bacteria is highly resistant to most drugs. #thatsjustgreat • A college student in Ohio for arriving to class in Ku Klux Klan robes. #noklassesforyou
entertainment / 18 March 14, 2013
Picks of the Month
Reporter Hannah Marshall chooses the entertainment picks for the month of March.
Movie/ The Host
On March 29, Open Road Films is releasing Stephanie Meyer’s book The Host. The Host is a look into the future where another species has enslaved the human race. Main character Melanie Stryder (Saoirse Ronan) and brother Jamie (Chandler Canterbury) are rebels who are in hiding when they meet Jared (Max Irons). The three team up in order to survive and then to find Melanie’s Uncle Jeb (William Hurt) who had supposedly set up a colony for rebels against the parasites. Plans drastically change when Melanie is caught. For those wary about another Meyer film, The Host shouldn’t be like the vampire romance. This film is rated PG-13 and directed by Andrew Niccol.
Justin Timberlake is not only bringing sexy back, but after five years of a music hiatus, he is finally releasing his third solo album. His new song, Suit and Tie, which he performed at the Grammy’s, is only one of the 10 songs featured on this bluesy, modernistic album. Timberlake teamed up with Timbaland to produce The 20/20 Experience set to be released March 19. Mirrors, another new song of Timberlake’s which was also performed at the Grammy’s, is currently the only song available for purchase from this highly anticipated album, which can be pre-ordered on iTunes.
After taking over for the previous morning show host, MJ, on FM 107.7, Bobby Bones and his crew have made getting up for school a little easier. Bobby, Amy, Lunchbox and Ray make one crazy funny group who fill the 5-9 a.m. time slot with pranks, bets and musical guests who perform live. On Feb. 25, Bobby and the gang, broadcasting Pop songs from Texas, moved from just a few FM channels to the capital of country music…Nashville! The Bobby Bones Show is now a national broadcast on XM channel 57 “WSIX” and also on local St. Louis radio, FM 93.7 “The Bull.” So tune in while you are on the way to school! The Bobby Bones Show will brighten your day.
“Jack” is back! The Robertson’s are on A&E with a new season of Duck Dynasty. This crazy family, featuring Willie and his wife Korie, Jase and Missy, Phil and Miss Kay and fan favorite Uncle Si, have turned a family-operated business into a multi-million dollar industry of making handmade duck calls. The Robertson’s are always on the move and coming up with crazy things to pass the time whether it’s creating a water park for the kids, interrupting the teenagers during their dates or blowing up trucks. If you haven’t checked out this hysterical show, you are missing out. New episodes of Duck Dynasty are on A&E Wednesdays at 9 p.m.
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WHAT’S ON THE TELE TONIGHT? Alex LaMar / reporter
Though the Doctor Who series originally ran from 1963 to 1989, the series was rebooted in 2005 and quickly became an underground success. “The concept is pretty good: a super cool guy who can travel around time in a Police Call Box,” freshman Noah Mickel said. Due to its imaginative nature, Doctor Who has inspired countless internet memes and references. “It has all the good stuff,” freshman Eleutherios Gialouris said, “Good characters and great writing. It really says a lot about the human condition. I love it.” The main character of the series is The Doctor. The role has been played by multiple different actors throughout the series’ history. “Doctor Who is a Time Lord who travels through time and space with his companions and helps
people,” junior Satchel Perry said, “My favorite Doctor is the tenth Doctor, David Tennant. He did the best job of embracing the role.” Mickel believes shows like Doctor Who in general have unique components that make them better than shows found on American broadcast channels. “British shows tend to have a bit better character development. In American TV, a lot of the characters are mostly static. In British shows, the characters seem to develop and grow throughout the series,” Mickel said.
Top Gear began in 1977 and was re-launched in 2002. The show is hosted by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May. The three explore and discuss the capabilities and limitations of different automobiles. “All they do is test out a
bunch of cool cars and stuff,” junior Austin Garnett said, “They have an entire abandoned airfield to do it.” Top Gear has a reputation for toeing the line a bit when it comes to reckless stunts and foul language. “It’s a little bit more quirky than most shows. There are less limits on stuff you can’t usually get away with on American TV,” Garnett said.
“Sherlock is a mystery drama,” junior Connor Knutson said, “If you don’t come out of each episode completely confused, then you need to re-watch it.” Sherlock is a modern-day adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s iconic detective character, Sherlock Holmes. “It’s a play off the novels of course; everything is these days,” junior Sara Ruby said. “They basically just mod-
Over the past few years, British television has become somewhat of a national phenomenon in America. There are multiple theories as to why so many people have turned to overseas broadcasting. Some say that the shows are simply more dramatic, making them emotionally appealing, while others claim higher standards in character and plot development. Some students have also found entertainment value in programs broadcast on the British Broadcasting Company (BBC). ernized the story. Sherlock Holmes and John Watson go around solving crimes. Sherlock is very mean, but Watson helps him out, and Sherlock helps Watson get over the time he spent in the war. Everybody’s rooting for them.” “It’s very emotional. There are a lot of plot twists and very unexpected character choices,” Knutson said, “My friend Katie watched all of the episodes and convinced me it was good enough for me to watch.” The show introduces multiple familiar characters from the novels into this modern setting, including Holmes’ companion Watson and arch-rival James Moriarty. “I think they did a good job casting the roles of Sherlock and Watson for television,” sophomore Michael Fitzmaurice said. Since it first aired in 2010, Sherlock’s mysterious and dramatic style has captivated audiences across the country. “A lot of the shows on BBC always seem to be more
dramatic. American shows tend to go to the comedic side a bit more. The drama just makes things a lot more interesting,” Knutson said.
The Mighty Boosh began as a stage show in 1998, then evolved into a popular radio program in 2001. By 2004, the comedy troupe had gained a large cult following, and received its own television show. The show focuses on two zoo keepers, Howard Moon and Vince Noir, as they embark on surreal adventures riddled with comical characters and pop-culture references. “The Mighty Boosh is about two zoo keepers who are also musicians. It’s pretty much the best show ever made considering how original and ridiculous it is,” senior Drew Livingston said.
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entertainment / 20 March 14, 2013
The GreatPIZZADebate Hannah Marshall / reporter Emily Pascoe / reporter
The St. Louis Style Pizza Myth/
Legend is that St. Louis Style pizza is only appreciated by those born and raised in St. Louis, and those not from St. Louis can’t come to terms with the unique style.
NOT Born & Raisied in STL
Born & Raised in STL
Doesn’t like St. Louis pizza
“I think St. Louis style pizza tastes like cheese on crackers. Instead, I prefer Chicago style deep dish pizza.”
Likes St. Louis pizza
“I like all kinds of pizza really, but I like how you can get a lot of St. Louis style pizza for pretty cheap.”
annawest / 9
Likes St. Louis Style pizza “I like the thin crust, even though I’m used to East Coast pizza which has a thick crust. I like the provel cheese and the sauce. I could eat a whole one by myself.”
rodneymckenna / 12
Doesn’t like St. Louis pizza “I’m from Chicago and I grew up with deep dish pizza. But I’m okay with any other type of pizza, just not St. Louis style.”
shelbyfoley / 11
What exactly is St. Louis Style Pizza? St. Louis Style pizza is very unique to the Midwest, especially (and obviously) St. Louis. STL Style has a cracker thin crust made without yeast and then smothered with a sweet pizza sauce. The cheese is definitely what makes STL Style unique. It is called provel, which is a processed combination of swiss, provolone and white cheddar. The round pizza is then covered in toppings and cut into squares.
Who serves STL style pizza? grantnorfleet / 10
Imo’s, Cecil Whittaker’s, Faraci’s, Rich and Charlie’s, Massa’s, Farroto’s
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