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Record Flooding This month’s flooding in Eureka and the surrounding area created problems for staff and students across the district. Catch up on everything that happened. See Page 10
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What’s In Your Stars? To read more about the different horoscope signs and what they mean, see page 7
Human Trafficking Concerns There are dangers that lie closer to home than you might imagine. Experts have some warnings. See Page 6
May 19, 2017 [Volume 48, Number 9]
Lafayette High School 17050 Clayton Road Wildwood, MO 63011
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Students need trusted adults in school Do students at LHS feel as if they have a trusted adult? As teenagers, we rely on the guidance of older and wiser people. We need these individuals to confide in, to be able to rely on and to purge our feelings to. A survey was conducted at the beginning of the school year for students to share whether or not they felt as if they had a trusted adult in school. Out of the 1,663 students who responded, 163 students listed that they had only one trusted adult, and 121 students reported having no trusted adult at school. Although the majority of students reported having at least two trusted adults in school, it is still concerning that so many teens don’t feel as if they can reach out to an adult at school. Bonding with teachers and finding an adult to confide in at school is necessary. If students cannot open up to staff members, then they could potentially be suffering in silence. Granted, this data included incoming freshmen who didn’t know their teachers well yet. Assistant Principal Mandy Lewis said, “We reached out to teachers and shared who had only one or no trusted adult. They made an effort to make these students feel more comfortable in school.” This effort is reassuring, and hopefully will improve the bond between teachers and students. The majority of adults that students reported that they can trust are the leaders of large groups, such as sports staff and music directors. Students should also be able to place their trust in school guidance counselors. “The Guidance Department strives to enable students
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The ninth annual Taste of Maplewood takes place May 20. The festival features vendors selling a variety of food and other goods, as well as live music.
to reach their academic and human potential. To attain this goal, they offer the following services: academic counseling, individual counseling, parent conferences, group counseling, and crisis counseling,” as stated in the student handbook. Our counselors are supposed to be there to support us and offer advice and guidance. Unfortunately, some students may not know how to schedule an appointment or reach out to their counselor. There’s also an issue that students may not be compatible with their assigned counselor. What are they to do if this is the case? We need to be able to trust the adults we talk to. Parents are not always accessible for students or may be the problem themselves. If teens don’t feel as if they have an adult to talk to in school, there’s a risk for trouble. And even if we have an adult we can talk to, there’s still the trust element. Do we feel as if our information will be confidential or will they tell another teacher, an administrator or even our parents without our consent? If someone is a harm to themselves or others, that legally must be reported. But there’s always the possibility of having information that doesn’t need to be spread getting out. Teachers and counselors need to make sure that students know that they are there to support them. They need to make sure that students feel validated and cared for. In turn, students should know that it’s okay to reach out. You don’t need to go through anything alone, and getting help will ultimately help you in the long run. Any problem, no matter how big or small, can be troublesome. It truly is worth it to reach out. If students feel helpless or alone, then there are adults here they can talk to.
PrideFest is taking place June 23-25 at Soldiers Memorial Park. The parade, which celebrates the LGBTQ community, will feature 20 hours of live entertainment. The Missouri Botanical Gardens is hosting the Garden of Glass event, featuring glass sculptures by Craig Mitchell Smith. The event runs through July 17, and is the largest glass art display in the world.
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Heavy metal powerhouse Metallica will play at Busch Stadium on June 4. This is the first time they’ve performed in St. Louis since their Scottrade Center concert in 2008. Glee Actress Jane Lynch will take Powell Symphony Hall in Grand Center on June 9. The show will include comedy and performance of classic broadway songs from shows such as Hello Muddah and I Feel Good.
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Stars Boys lacrosse had its 300th program win against Rockwood Summit! Too bad you’re still not a school sport, but congrats anyway. Flood Week: a prelude to summer! Executive producer Dr. Eric Knost. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson says he may be running for president? If only . . . our nation will be in good (and massive) hands. Finally, my Snaps can last endlessly! Now my friends can look at pictures of my face for as long as they want. Summer is right around the corner. We may still have our winter bodies, but it is what it is.
Gripes Finals week. Enough said. Who needs to go on a vacation to the coast when the coast came to Eureka? Pretty soon, Donald Trump will have no one left to fire but himself! That’s a tricky situation! I would’ve rather had a pontoon boat than a limo on prom night. Was the theme for the 2017 Met Gala to look like an alien or did Katy Perry just jump out of bed feeling a little... extraterrestrial? The LouFest 2017 lineup is finally out! You may be wondering why this is a bad thing, and that’s because you haven’t seen it for yourself yet. Yawn!
Modern Liberalism is the new Nazism Tyler Burnett sports editor Yes, you read that headline correctly. Oh yes, I said it. If you are reading this right now and are feeling a slight notion of indignation, you may be a Liberal Nazi yourself. But, I am simply delivering the truth and stating the facts. The identical ideals and morals of the modern liberal world today are very related to those of the Nazi regime during Hitler’s rise to power. We have been blind to the enemy within our borders as they have been veiled behind a plethora of false claims, denial and cover up stories. Take, for example, our recent election for the President of the United States of America. After Donald Trump was elected into office, the leftist party immediately started to present false
ideas that the Russians “hacked” our polling stations to sway the vote and conclude that Donald Trump simply shouldn’t have won the race for president. But there hasn’t been a solid, tangible piece of evidence that the election was rigged. Which leads me to my first point. Liberals cannot accept defeat. They simply can’t. When Donald Trump won the presidency, the leftist party didn’t know what to do. So they decided to spew false claims, with no backbone, in an attempt to reverse the election results. But let me ask you something. Why was Donald Trump elected into office? Simply put: America needs change. The people of the United States are fed up with a system that has failed us for the past eight years. If liberalism is so great, then why should the liberal party have to hide
everything they do and keep the truth from the public? If liberalism is so great then it should be able to stand on its own, right? But guess what? It can’t. Nazism was the same way. It wasn’t able to stand on it’s own without crucial key factors that played a pivotal role in how the government controlled Germany and other countries that were under Hitler’s rule. Those crucial factors are almost carbon-copy in relation to liberalism and Nazism. Issues such as a uniform education system, gun control, censorship in the media, a vast government, high taxes and the blame game. Sound familiar? Liberalism embodies the ideals and morals of Nazism to a tee. But of course, the left won’t admit it. They’re too busy being “politically correct.” In fact, the liberals of today want political correctness to the point
School dress code sexualizes females
Delaney Stulce reporter
hroughout time, women have been told they should dress modestly, to not distract men. Although society has changed a lot in the last century, this message is still being pressed today, especially in our schools. Dress codes make it almost impossible for girls to express themselves, while there is almost no rules for how men have to dress. For example, in Lafayette’s dress code, the only rules that pertain to males are things like no clothing promoting alcohol or drug use or caps and hats worn in the building, but those rules also apply to females. The rest of the list of rules are directed entirely at women.
No bra straps, no shorts or skirts that are “inappropriate”, no shirts that are revealing of the chest “regardless of body type” and many more restrictions and rules. If one does not follow these rules, it can lead to detentions or even suspensions, which defeats the purpose of equal learning opportunities. The point of dress codes is to try to create an equal learning environment, and to not sexualize girls more than they already are, but the way the dress code is handled does the exact opposite. Making a point to call a girl out and punish her for how her body looks further sexualizes her. How does making her change her clothes, cover up her body, and suspending her create an equal
learning environment? Oh yeah, it doesn’t. This not only takes the female out of the classroom, but it makes a male’s learning experience more important than that girl’s. Suspending a girl to create a better environment for a boy only drags her behind in her education. Doesn’t that kind of seem like the school thinks education of a male is more important than a female’s? It is not a woman’s fault if someone else is distracted by her ohso-alluring bra strap. If a guy is going to be distracted by a girl, then he is going to be distracted if she is wearing a turtleneck and loose fitting pants or if she is wearing shorts and a tank top. This kind of mindset that it is more important to make girls cover
Big Little Lies impresses in every aspect Travis Bodell social media editor We can never anticipate the introduction of our favorite shows into our lives. No one predicted that shows like Stranger Things and 13 Reasons Why would appear on our screens and captivate audiences worldwide. Our favorite shows pop up out of nowhere, and that’s how Big Little Lies, an HBO miniseries based off of the novel of the same name by Liane Moriarty, came to my attention. The show unfolds in the upscale beachside town of Monterey, California. The inhabitants are largely upper class, and the community appears to be tightly strung. Under this facade of a ‘perfect’ neighborhood, however, lies inevitable gossiping and drama, two things the citizens of Monterey would like to believe are absent from their community. The story of Monterey’s secret flaws is told through the perspective of three women: Madeline
where people can’t speak their mind or express their beliefs due to the fear of offending others. Just like in Nazi Germany when Hitler rose to power, he silenced the public in order to have complete control over the people. We cannot let that happen. Liberalism has become an autocratic ideal that despises outside opinions and no longer cares about the wellbeing of America and its citizens. The time to act is now. Americans can no longer be complacent towards liberalism, we have to stand up to the bigotry of the left and put our country on the right track. Some of you reading this may be offended by what I’ve said and may be expecting an apology from me. But, I will not apologize for speaking the truth. This is the world we live in today and it’s up to us, the American people, to conduct change that makes, and keeps, America great.
Mackenzie (Reese Witherspoon), a hyperactive and witty woman who has two children, one of which is from an earlier marriage; Celeste Wright (Nicole Kidman), an ex-lawyer seen as the “beauty” of Monterey and Jane Chapman (Shailene Woodley), a single mother new to the area. The three women all have children in the same first grade class. Now, I know what you’re thinking. Lies sounds like just another drama; what could possibly interesting about rich suburban women being disingenuous and bickering with one another? Throughout the entirety of the series, the show flashes forward to a PTA fundraiser, an extravagant event that was being coordinated during the time the episodes take place and ended in the murder of an attendee that remains unidentified until the series’ climax. Behind the mask of living a perfect, luxurious life, the characters deal with problems such as domestic
violence and life as a single parent, which are situations that are common in the real world. These problems add a hint of realism to the lavish and seemingly unattainable lifestyles the characters live. With only seven episodes, fitting in realistic and relevant character development is definitely a challenge. The Lies writers were up to the task for the most part, although a few characters underwent a change of heart or opinion slightly too fast to be considered realistic. The lighting and overall filmography is what initially caught my attention. Director Jean-Marc Vallée frequently includes landscape shots, almost always with a thick layer of fog looming above. Vallée also implements fast-paced and flickering transitions. Having a shot of one of the characters dancing intensely to hard rock music by themselves transition to a peaceful shot of the beach is a masterful juxtaposition of two contrasting shots that really caught my attention as a
viewer. These mysterious and ominous visuals are supported by an astonishing soundtrack. Tracks like “River” by Leon Bridges compliment the picturesque views of the setting with gentle vocals and acoustic guitar, while more upbeat tracks like The Flaming Lips’ “Silver Trembling Hands” capture the more intense moments from the series with uptempo instrumentals. As someone who seldom watches TV, much less watches an entire show in one sitting, Big Little Lies undoubtedly succeeded in capturing my attention and making me feel for the characters, something that most shows fail to do. The seven episodes proved to be a doable commitment, easy to finish in just a day or two. With an almost surprising thrilling and exciting plot, Lies is riveting from the first episode to the last and never ceased to capture my attention and amaze me with the more or less outstanding screenplay, filmography and soundtrack.
up instead of teaching boys to control themselves only promotes rape culture and blaming the victim because “her skirt was too short” or “she was asking for it” Women have worked too hard in the last 60 years to become equal beings to let something as silly and irrelevant as a school dress code to stand in their way. I don’t necessarily believe it is acceptable to dress overly sexual in a place meant for learning, but it is just plain wrong to punish women because their natural bodies are too “tempting” to men. An equal learning environment will only be achieved when the schools realize that letting all people express themselves as they please is more important than punishing women for having bodies.
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10 staff members will retire at end of year Steve Berry, Activities Director
Activities Director Steve Berry will retire after 29 years in education. In his time at Lafayette, Berry created many memories with both students and faculty. “The most memorable moment for me at Lafayette is seeing a student understand that they can achieve something,” Berry said There will be opportunities for Berry to create more memories while retired. During retirement he plans to spend time with his family, and do things around his home. It is also possible he will take up a part time position in something that he enjoys. Berry said, “Choosing to retire now was just simply the best option for me.” -by Teriona Gurlly
Cathy Kraemer, Alternative Education After 32 years of educating and counseling, alternative education teacher Cathy Kraemer will be wrapping up her career as a math teacher and counselor. Starting her career at St. Charles High School and ending at Lafayette High School, Kraemer said, “It was fun, challenging and exhausting.” After retirement, Kraemer is looking at opportunities in the real estate field with her son, or working with her colleague that owns a medical transportation company. With the flexibility of scheduling for work, she can work in the medical transporting company on her own time; much like Uber. She would be helping to transport patients in wheelchairs. The counselor looks at her retirement with much gratitude, satisfied with her career’s advantages and tribulations. -by Ronald Beasley
Nola Cochran, Class Secretary
Nola Cochran has been a secretary at LHS for 20 years, spending nine years as the Welcome Center receptionist before making the change to a class office as the secretary working with Assistant Principal Mandy Lewis. Despite being excited for retired life her future will still be busy. She’ll be helping her husband re-paint the house and fix up their kitchen. The two are hoping to sell their current home Afterwards, Cochran will be moving with her husband to their farm near Springfield. Cochran’s been procrastinating working on the farm. However, she is still optimistic. “Things I’ve been avoiding, I’ll learn to love,” Cochran said. -by Ally Hartmann
Gina LeurdingLooten, World Languages Gina Luerding-Looten has been teaching French at LHS for 30 years. Throughout Luerding-Looten’s years of teaching, she has been able to scrutinize many students. She has noticed the stress level in students is constantly rising. Luerding-Looten says technology is to blame. “Technology has made life extremely difficult for students. It puts a lot of pressure on students. It makes a lot of information immediately accessible,” Luerding-Looten said. That has made her more aware of her students’ well being outside of her classroom. “The biggest challenge has been to help my students balance between being a kid and being a responsible student that’s not yet an adult,” Luerding-Looten said, “Everybody has bad days, but sometimes those bad days go beyond bad days now, and I don’t remember seeing those.” -by Kayla Carpenter
Marybeth Desloge, Guidance Counselor
Marybeth Desloge’s 34 years in education have been spent at LHS. For seven of them, she worked as a teacher and then became a counselor. She said, “I wanted to be able to do more to help students who would come to me and discuss problems and issues they were struggling with.” To fill her time after retirement, she started working as an usher at Busch Stadium. After baseball season, she will spend the winter in her Seagrove Beach, FL condo. Desloge advised her replacement to “get involved at school and get to know the students on your caseload as well as the staff.” She will miss Lafayette’s energy and excitement, and the companionship of her colleagues and Friday morning coffees. -by Nico Schweikert
Jean Peters, Art History
Jean Peters has been working at Lafayette for 34 years, most recently teaching AP Art History part-time. She is planning to travel after she retires and has planned trips to Greece and to Mexico. Peters believes it is important to see the world and educate yourself about other cultures. Both she and her daughter, also a teacher, value travel and education. She is also looking forward to having more time with her 1 year old granddaughter when she is not hitting the road. The best advice Peters can give to her fellow teachers is to really know the subject they are teaching. She said teaching is hard job, but encourages any new teachers to be resilient and be able to bounce back. Peters said, “You have to push your students as you push yourself,” as her best advice for teachers. -by Chloe Baker
Susan Glenn, Social Studies
Social Studies Department Chair Susan Glenn will retire after 31 years at Lafayette. Currently she teaches AP Psychology Flex and Psychology Flex classes but has taught lots of other classes as well. She was the Escadrille coach for 21 years and was Teacher of the Year for 2007-2008. Once she retires, Glenn said she is planning on just relaxing for a while and doing lots of reading. “I want to read books that are more fun,” Glenn said. She is also going to travel with her sisters to Gulf Shores, AL in the fall and plans on “enjoying the movement as it comes.” Glenn wanted her students to know, “They’re important to me, I care about them, and I’ll miss them.” -by Ruthie Holland
Danna Phillips, Mathematics
After 42 years of teaching, including 17 years at Lafayette, Math Department Chair Danna Phillips will retire at the end of this school year. Phillips has taught Algebra II, Algebra III, Trigonometry and Precalculus. She also sponsored OSEP, an outdoor leadership program. “Those years of hiking in the woods and trusting my students to keep us from getting lost are some of my favorite memories,” Phillips said. After Phillips retires, she will still remain very busy. She and her husband plan to move back to their 100 acre home in Texas to enjoy the wide open space. They are also looking forward to traveling in their camper. However, Phillips is not finished with Lafayette just yet. She plans to move her camper back to Missouri during August and September to continue coaching the junior varsity girls golf team. -by Sydney Linsenbardt
Terry Hayes, Business
Business Education teacher Terry Hayes will retire after 32 years of teaching and 12 at Lafayette. In that time, he has coached basketball and taught Personal Finance, Sports Management and other computer based classes. Hayes was inspired to become a teacher by his teachers and coaches in high school. He said, “I wanted to follow my teacher’s’ footsteps because they were my biggest role models. They made learning fun and I could relate to them everyday.” Not only did his teachers make learning fun, but they also inspired him to enjoy helping other students. This passion for helping his peers led to a pursuit to becoming a teacher to continue helping young kids to learn. -by Justin Toenjes
Principal John Shaughnessy will retire at the end of this school year. He has worked in public education for 30 years. He started his first 11 years in Kirkwood. Then the next six years were in the Ladue School District. He worked at Lafayette for 13 years; two as an assistant principal, one as associate principal and 10 years as the building principal. Before administration, he was a math teacher and track coach. Shaughnessy has no specific plans for the future except to do some projects around the house. His advice for the next principal is to stay connected to the students, appreciate the traditions of excellence at Lafayette and challenge the school community to be more than they think they can be. He said students should “embrace the differences that each student brings to your school community!” -by Derek Berardi
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Staying sharp over the summer Shwetha Sundarrajan reporter What do you do over the summer? Sleep and watch Netflix? Not these students. Natalie White, junior, is far from lazy during her summer vacation. White started her track career in middle school, after trying out various sports. “I’m built for track. Track and field is a body dependent sport, and based on my build and my strengths and weaknesses, that’s what I’m really geared towards,” White said. Over the summer, White participates in summer track. “I do a heptathlon, which is seven events over the course of two days,” she said. A traditional heptathlon consists of 100 meter hurdles, 800 and 200 meter dash, javelin, shot put, high jump and long jump. During the school year, White participates in hurdles, dashes and relays. “My training changes drastically from what I do for school and training I do to prepare for the heptathlon,” said White. However, since Lafayette doesn’t have a specific summer track program, many students like White have personal trainers. “There’s the Rockwood Track and Field Club, but that’s geared towards primarily elementary and middle schoolers. Typically, high schoolers don’t do summer track because the track season can be so taxing.” “There’s two big governing bodies for summer track, the Amateur Athletics Union and the USA Track & Field,” White said. . “Every summer, those two associations host
Junior Natalie White competes in the 400 meter hurdles at Lafayette’s first track and field meet at Festus High School for the 2017 season. “I’m built for track, because it’s a very body dependent sport,” White said. [photo provided by Natalie White ]
a Junior Olympics, also known as Nationals for track & field. Junior Olympics is good for those who want to become D-1 athletes,” White said. Not only are athletic students the only ones staying active, but so are artistic students. Autumn Greenlee, junior, a violist will also use the summer months to train. “I’m going to a prestigious camp in Interlochen, Michigan for a week. I’m also studying with a professor at Northwestern University, as well as doing Summer Prep courses at Webster University throughout the whole summer,” Greenlee said. Her dream is to become a soloist, but in order to do that, she is trying to becoming a professor. “I want to be a music professor, preferably
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in viola. But to do that, I need to first become a music teacher for awhile. When you’re a professor, you get to do a lot of solo performing, which is what I want to do.” But to become a proficient soloist, Greenlee has to practice extensively. Nowadays, she typically practices three hours everyday. Due to the extensive strain she puts on her wrist, she’s developed tendonitis. “I’ve always had tendonitis, but it really gets aggravated when I jump from short periods of practice to long periods of practice. It’s been really hindering my musical development,”Greenlee said. Her tendonitis extends the length of her forearm on her left hand. “I can’t play for extended periods of time
like I used to because my wrist hurts too much, and I sound tense when I play,” Greenlee said. When she consulted the doctor, she was told to stop playing for 3 to 8 weeks. “I’m at this crucial point in my high school career that I need to keep practicing so I can become good enough for the colleges I want to attend,” she said. When Greenlee was 5 years old, she was diagnosed as deaf. At age 7, she started playing the viola. “Being deaf and playing the viola has made me realize how valuable music is in our lives.” A lot of students have summer jobs. Atul Srinivasan, junior, tutors at the Kumon Math and Reading Center of Wildwood. “Generally, students arrive at Kumon to strengthen their math and reading skills, however, I also believe younger children also learn how to behave in a public setting,” Srinivasan said. He’s been working at Kumon for about a year now, and teaches children both reading and math. “I can teach reading to the highest level, however, we have more experienced tutors with math who teach the highest levels,” Srinivasan said. The Kumon curriculum covers from basic counting to statistics, and in reading, covers from basic reading skills to teaching students to read critically. Srinivasan typically teaches children from ages 8 to 14, so it allows him to refresh his memory on old mathematics concepts. “In a way, it helps me remember basic skills and concepts that I’ve forgotten over the years, such as the concepts I learned in geometry,” Srinivasan said.
Human Trafficking hits home
Experts concerned about St. Louis area activity Delaney Stulce reporter
Human trafficking and modern-day slavery are tremendous problems all over the world, including St. Louis, which, like most major cities, is a hotspot for this horrific crime. Polaris, a national organization focused on ending human trafficking, said, globally, 20.9 million people are being impacted, and the State Department estimated 600,000 to 800,000 of those are in the United States alone. In Missouri of 2016, there were 421 calls to the National Human Trafficking Hotline. However, only 135 cases were actually investigated. The main types of human trafficking are sex trafficking, labor trafficking or a combination of both. In these operations, people are offered opportunities to what the traffickers claim will lead to financial gain or other success. These jobs include prostitution, traveling sales, landscaping, agriculture, health and beauty services and construction. The most common victim for human trafficking is an adult female U.S. citizen; however, people of all ages, race and citizenship are in danger of being victimized. Sgt. Adam Kavanaugh, Supervisor of Special Investigations in the St. Louis Police Department, estimated the department investigates about 100 cases yearly. The processes to get the victims clear of the dangerous situation are very time consuming and involved many law enforcement agencies. “We use the local disciplinary approach. It is a long process that involves law enforcement, prosecution and, eventually, St. Louis social services for things like drug rehab, foster care and anything they could possibly need,” Kavanaugh said. Although there is a risk anywhere, airports and downtown St. Louis are the most high risk spots in the area for people to be approached, taken or bribed. Usually, the traffickers will exploit their victim’s weaknesses, like financial stability, to draw them in, according to Polaris. These victims often think that they are getting a reliable job, but soon realize it was a ploy. These
people are unable to get themselves out of these situations because they have little money to start with, plus the traffickers control their revenue. Also, when these victims try to leave and warn the police, they are threatened with getting in trouble or deportation if they are from a different country. Once these people get into the States, they realize they realize their promised job was a trap, and are threatened with deportation if they tell the authorities. However, the highest risk to fall into human trafficking is through social media. “People, mostly young girls, need to be really careful about what they read on Facebook or Instagram,” Kavanaugh said, “ People will do anything to get you to fall in their trap, saying things like ‘I can get you into modeling’ or ‘I’ll get you a better life’,” he said. Although most of human trafficking is started through social media and the internet, it can happen anywhere and at anytime. That became reality for senior Sarah Robinson, who had a first hand encounter with a trafficker. “I was with senior Kenzie Hallahan and we went to the Loop to get lunch,” Robinson said. “We got out of the car, started walking towards the restaurant and this crying lady stopped me and told me her car broke down and she was trying to get to her daughter and she needed directions.” Traffickers, like this woman, use manipulation and the generosity of the
others to trap them and hurt them. “I pulled out my phone to start getting directions and I asked for the address she needed to get to then she asked, ‘Can you please drive me there?,’” Robinson said. Hallahan had a bad feeling about this woman and tried to pull Robinson away. Later, after contacting law enforcement, both of the girls discovered this woman has been arrested multiple times for trafficking and had been identified as a child molestor. Their situation could have gotten much more dangerous if they allowed this woman into their car. Avoiding being a victim is vital, but experts also say they need more help to end human trafficking. Trending across social media is the End It Movement. This coalition’s goal is to spread awareness worldwide and to end modern-day form of slavery. Many people have taken part in this movement by posting a picture of themselves with a red X, the organization’s symbol, on their hand. There are many organizations in the St. Louis area focused on decreasing trafficking. The Coalition Against Trafficking and Exploitation is a local organization that has put together a group
National Human Trafficking Hotline 1-888-373-7888 International Institute of St. Louis 314-773-9090
U.S. Department of Justice Human Trafficking and Worker Exploitation 1-888-428-7581 Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline: Missouri at 1-800-392-3738 If there is immediate danger, call 911 of government agencies, law enforcement, nonprofit groups and volunteers. Their purpose is to create and grow a community movement against human trafficking. Another way actions are underway in Missouri toward ending human trafficking have been made by Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley. He revealed his plans for fixing Missouri’s major human trafficking problem on April 3. Hawley has issued several new laws to make it easier to prosecute the criminals without putting the victims at risk, and has begun to create the Anti-Trafficking Enforcement Unit which is comprised of investigators and prosecutors completely focused on fighting human trafficking in Missouri. Hawley also has put other task forces and other laws into place to make it easier to find and prosecute the traffickers.
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What’s in the stars for you? Amisha Paul reporter
Erin Coogan reporter
Astrology has ancient roots in scientific calculations, religious beliefs in stars Since ancient times, people have been studying the influences of celestial bodies on the human existence. Astrology carefully links religious understandings to very scientific calculations. Over time, these practices have only gained popularity. To this very day, many check their horoscopes frequently. However, the way we determine and check our horoscopes have clearly changed since the Babylonians in 3000 BCE began their interpretations of the stars. As the concept of astrology spread to the Greeks, Romans and later the Arabs, it began to be used to predict weather, the rise and fall of dynasties and empires, and explain simple, day-to-day phenomenons. Most cultures and ancient religions have some roots in astrology. Not just Europe, but the Chinese, Indian and Native
American cultures all use the stars to understand the world they lived in. Not only this, but many world religions evolved from astrological beginnings and understandings. Branching off of the study of Astrology originally derived from the Babylonians in Mesopotamia, the Egyptians added the Zodiac. ‘Zodiac’ quite literally translates to ‘circle of animals’. The Egyptians’ observations of the lunar cycle and the constellations led them to develop a system of astrological predictions, which were the earliest form of horoscopes. The 12 zodiac signs, which take after the different constellations, are split into four groups that represent the corresponding seasons: fire, earth, air and water.
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The Signs Astrological Dates & Traits at LHS fire earth air water Ar i e s March 21-April 19 Adventurous, Energetic, Pioneering, Courageous, Enthusiastic, Confident, Selfish, Quick-Tempered, Implusive, Impatient
April 21-May 21
May 22-June 21
June 22-July 22
Patient, Reliable, Warmhearted, Loving, Persistent , Determined, Jealous, Possessive, Resentful, Inflexible
Adaptable, Versatile, Communicative, Witty, Intellectual, Eloquent, Superficial, Inconsistent, Nervous, Tense
Emotional, Loving, Intuitive, Imaginative, Shrewd, Cautious, Overemotional, Touchy, Changeable, Moody
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July 23-Aug 21
Aug 22-Sept 23
Sept 24-Oct 23
Generous, Warmhearted, Creative, Enthusiastic, Broad-minded, Expansive, Pompous, Patronizing, Bossy, Interfering
Modest, Shy, Meticulous, Reliable, Practical, Diligent, Fussy, Worrisome, Overcritical, Harsh
Diplomatic, Urbane, Romantic, Charming, Easygoing, Sociable, Indecisive, Changeable, Gullible, Easily Influenced
“I fit Pisces perfectly. I am sensitive, caring, and emotional. Every time I read my horoscope, I relate to it so much.”
Oct 24-Nov 22
Emilee Fischer, 11
“I am a stereotypical Virgo. My sign can be really critical, organized, and loyal, and all of those qualities Carly Shelmire, 11 describe me perfectly.”
Determined, Forceful, Emotional, Intuitive, Powerful, Passionate, Compulsive, Obsessive, Jealous, Resentful
“I fit my sign well. I am a Gemini, so I am pretty witty and good with people.” Pierce Terry, 10
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apricorn CDec 23-Jan 20
Aquarius Jan 21-Feb 19
Feb 20-Mar 20
Optimistic, Freedom-loving, Jovial, Good-humored, Honest, Straightforward, Blindly optimistic, Careless, Irresponsible, Superficial
Practical, Prudent, Ambitious, Disciplined, Patient, Careful, Pessimistic, Fatalistic, Miserly, Grudging
Friendly, Humanitarian, Honest, Loyal, Original, Inventive, Perverse, Unpredictable, Intractable, Contrary
Imaginative, Sensitive, Compassionate, Kind, Selfless, Unworldly, Escapist, Idealistic, Secretive, Vague
Nov 23-Dec 22
Audrey Agnew, 9
“As an Aries, I’m pretty independent and always like to take the lead in things I do. I am really energetic and competitive, but I am really loyal."
Historic Places in Wildwood
National Register recognizes city’s storied past Ty Prozorowski reporter Wildwood houses various historic locations recognized by the National Register of Historic Places for preserving the city’s past. According to the National Register of Historic Places website, “The National Register is the official Federal list of districts, sites, buildings, structures and objects significant in American history, architecture, archeology, engineering, and culture.” Wildwood supports and encourages preservation of such sites. Wildwood Mayor Jim Bowlin said, “Our Historic Preservation Commission is central to this, and it includes citizens from throughout our city who work with individuals who want to preserve treasures from Wildwood’s past. We also work closely with the Wildwood Historical Society.” Several benefits accompany historical designation. Bowlin said, “one of the biggest benefits to the classification of a place as historic is that it preserves the item so people in the future can visit and learn. It also preserves the work put into it by those who came before us.”
Big Chief Roadhouse Situated along historic Route 66, Big Chief Roadhouse offers an updated glimpse of an old rest stop that is now a restaurant and bar. Big Chief Roadhouse General Manager Mike Rempe said, “it was built along that to serve travellers that traveling from St. Louis, traveling out of town. They would stop here. It was built as a restaurant, motel, so they’d stop here, grab a bite to eat, stay for the night and then be on their way.” The building was built in 1929 but has changed drastically over its almost 90 year existence. “Over the course of the years it went through all different sorts of iterations and it was mid 1990s when it became the restaurant that it is today,” Rempe said. Big Chief’s current ownership bought the building five years ago, in March 2012. “When we took over we renovated much of the downstairs and the patio, but being that
it is an 88-year-old, building there’s always challenges keeping it up to date and intact and up to code but being that it’s registered on the National Historical Society, so that helps because we get different help and aid,” Rempe said. Being classified as historic also helps bring in business. “The city of Wildwood, they put signs on the road saying ‘Historic Wildwood’” Rempe said, “You just get noticed a little bit more because things will get published in different publications, different books and things like that.” Big Chief may have preserved the past a little too well. “Apparently the place is haunted. We’ve had several ghost hunters, investigators come up throughout the years. Apparently there are three ghosts that inhabit the building. I don’t know the names of all of them,” Rempe said. One of these phantoms, Clyde, has a wild sense of humor. Rempe said, “I guess he’s kind of a prankster with the women. The center stall in the women’s restroom gets stuck a lot when it rightfully shouldn’t. It swings freely, so that kind of creeps some women out and there’s noises that you hear every now and then when you’re here late at night but nothing too scary.”
Babler State Park Opened in 1938, Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park educates citizens about the park’s animal and plant life while maintaining the unique architecture of its buildings. The 2,441 acre park houses a mesic old growth forest, Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) buildings, eight cemeteries and a 39 foot bronze and stone statue of Dr. Edmund Babler. “Babler State Park represents a bond between two brothers, Jacob and Edmund Babler, which is rooted not only in family ties, but also in a desire to serve their fellow man. Although their interests lay in different professions, their commitment to service gave us the urban oasis we have here today,” Interpretive Resource Specialist III Andy Senters said. Jacob L. Babler built the park as a monument for Edmund, for whom the park is named after, after Edmund passed away in 1930.
The exterior of Big Chief Roadhouse remains relatively unchanged since its early days. The restaurant’s sign recognizes its historic designation (Photo by Ty Prozorowski). Babler employed workers from President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal program, the CCC, which was designed to give employment to young men during the Great Depression. By 1934, Babler had more than 4,000 CCC “boys” working on the land. “Because of the legacy from the CCC enrollees, Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park has 22 structures on the National Register of Historic Places. All were added to the register in 1985 under a mass state nomination entitled “Emergency Conservation Work Architecture in Missouri State Parks, 1933-1942, Thematic Resources”,” Senters said. Much care is taken to ensure the conservation of the land and buildings contained within the park. Senters said. “The park staff works with the Department of Natural Resource Cultural Resource Management team to preserve the cultural resources in the parks. We also use a checks and balance system for any work the park wants to do on a historical structure. We need to write a cultural resource management clearance and get this management plan approved before any work on the structure can be completed. This makes sure that the park staff is using the best management practices to preserve the cultural resources for future generations.” For more information on Wildwood’s historic places visit http://www.cityofwildwood.com/194/ National-Register-of-Historic-Places.
The bronze and stone statue of Dr. Edmund Babler stands as the focal point of Babler State Park. Jacob L. Babler commissioned New York sculptor Charles Keck to create the statue, which includes two mothers and their children and two men to commemorate his brother’s efforts helping others as a surgeon (Photo by Ty Prozorowski).
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Breaking Down Language Barriers ESOL students still have challenges to overcome after learning English
Above: Kadra Haji and Carlo Rodriguez de Alba complete assignments in the ESOL Room. Below: ESOL teacher Kathleen Palacek assists Abdi Sheikh with an assignment to incorporate 30 vocabulary words into a story (Photos courtesy of Gehrig Prozorowski).
Gehrig Prozorowski reporter Through the English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) course, some students have conquered the school year despite lack of proficiency in English. “Students are provided with opportunities to acquire both social and academic language that will allow them to be successful in and beyond the classroom,” according to the Lafayette course description guide. Freshman Carlo Rodriguez de Alba moved to the United States from Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico the first week of July 2016. At Lafayette, he is enrolled in ESOL. Of Rodriguez de Alba’s family, only his stepfather speaks English, and his stepfather would take his family on breaks to America. To learn English, Rodriguez de Alba listened to American music. He said trying to learn what the lyrics were saying was a good way to increase comprehension. Rodriguez de Alba’s Building Algebra Mastery (BAM) teacher Marietta Koziatek helped him because she knows Spanish and taught him words he was confused about. “Trying to explain myself was really hard,” Rodriguez de Alba said. “Actually I think it’s more easy to understand people than speech.” When making friends, Rodriguez de Alba said it was difficult the first few months. “Sometimes when I was wrong about something, people corrected me and it was really good for me. Also as I learned more and more, I could talk better with people.”
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The ESOL class aids Rodriguez de Alba in applying English to other subjects in school as well. “It helps me knowing weird words like apex or phobia. Weird words that maybe I will use in another kind of speaking like formal or something, maybe when I grow up or something. People in history use weird words, and now I know those words,” he said. Another student in ESOL, freshman Kadra Haji moved from Kenya in 2005, and she is Somali-Bantu, and her first language is Maay Maay. Unlike Rodriguez de Alba, her family doesn’t speak any English. “It’s difficult because they don’t know anything about English and they couldn’t help me with the homework or anything I asked them,” Haji said. However, Haji improved her English through the ESOL program. “When I first came here I was really bad at reading. I couldn’t read anything and my spelling, English, and grammar were horrible. It got better and [ESOL] helped me understand reading,” she said. Haji writes poetry to help her with spelling and reading. “Poetry was my thing. I first started it when I was in elementary school. I really enjoyed it because it showed who I am. It was my number one passion,” Haji said. “I talk about Islam and my culture and my religion and the racism that is going around and life and how to spread the word of peace.” Sophomore Abdi Sheikh was born in Kenya, but he grew up in Somalia, and he attended
I first came here I was “ When really bad at reading. It got
better and [ESOL] helped me understand reading.” Kadra Haji, 9
school in Kenya. Now Sheikh, his sister and his two brothers learned English since coming to America. Sheikh said “Even when I learned English, I got better at communicating with people and being social. When I first came here, I was afraid to talk to people. I thought of people as insensitive from a different place. People would judge you for your difference, but now I know better.” Sophomore Fatuma Abdalla was also born in Kenya, but moved to the United States from Somalia. Her first language was Somali, but she also knows Maay Maay which is the same language as Somali but a different dialect. She didn’t know any English when she moved here in 2004. “[ESOL] really helped me. At first I didn’t know how to read or write. It just step by step teaches me. Now I’m so fluent in English and I can write and read,” Abdalla said. ESOL teacher Kathleen Palacek recognizes the difficult work undertaken by her students. “Socially, they are dealing with finding their places in our school. The times I feel most proud of my students are when they take chances and try things that I know are difficult for them,” Palacek said.
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1. Starting April 30, volunteers worked to protect homes and businesses in downtown Eureka by building sandbag walls along South Central Avenue. Over 300 volunteers also worked to place sandbags around EHS. [photo by Jack Weaver]
2. As floodwaters rise, Eureka High School’s parking lot is overtaken by water. The flooding also re-damaged gyms that were hit in the December 2015 flood. [photo by Jack Weaver] 3. To remove any water that made its way past the wall, hoses attached to pumps were used to get rid of the water that seeped past the sandbags and plastic. [photo by Travis Bodell] 4. Due to the floodwaters, Highway 109 closed in front of Eureka High School and at Old State. This and the shutdown of Interstate 44 led district officials to close all Rockwood buildings. [photo by Jack Weaver]
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Lafayette sports bring home the hardware Tyler Burnett sports editor *Spring sports stats up to date as of May 12.
Due to flooding and multiple rain outs, the team has only played 15 games and started the season with a 13-2 record. The Lancers locked up the number one seed in the District tournament and will face either Parkway South or Parkway West on May 15.
The basketball team went 16-13 this season under new Head Coach Matt Landwehr and captured their fourth consecutive District title after beating Francis Howell 58-55.
Boys Cross Country:
At the State meet, senior Austin Hindman finished with the fastest overall time in Class 4 and came in first with a time of 15:22.30. Not far behind was senior Tommy Laarman with a time of 15:52.34 and a fifth place finish. The team finished third at State.
After being the freshman phenom last season, Max Kreikemeier has continued his dominance on the golf course. Thanks to a stellar performance by Kreikemeier and senior Jake Williams, the Lancers won the Class 4 District 3 team title and came in second at Sectionals.
The Lancers started off hot in the 20162017 campaign as they went 5-1 in their first six games, but then went on to lose four straight. After making the playoffs, the team fell at the hands of the De Smet Spartans 1-0 for the second year in a row. “I really enjoyed my career as a soccer player at Lafayette,” Senior goalkeeper Scott Caraway said. “[One] of my fondest memories was when we beat Eureka 3-0 in the Sectional match to advance in the postseason.”
Boys Swimming and Diving:
Thanks to the rise of some key athletes, the boys swim and dive team was able to claim a 12th place finish at State. On of those key athletes was junior Alex Wilmsen who was pleased with the team’s efforts at the State meet. “We did really good,” Wilmsen said. “I was really happy with our relay places and we all dropped time.”
The team had their fair share of struggles to start the season as they went 2-3 in their first five meets, but in their next 10 meets the team racked up seven wins thanks to a solid senior core and supporting cast. The Lancers defeated Eureka in the first round of the District tournament 5-0, but faced Marquette two days later and lost 5-1.
It’s fair to say Lafayette track has a target on their back with all of the recent years of success. After winning the 2015-2016 Class 5 State title, the team graduated many of the key pieces to that lineup. But, the team still has plenty of talent to help them to another State title.
After beating high powered SLUH on May 29, the Lancers increased their winning streak to 19 games. Their record currently stands at 28-1 and the team has secured the top spot in the Conference standings.
With an overall record of 16-7-1, the field hockey team went deep into the postseason, but eventually fell at the hands of Cor Jesu 2-1 in the Final Four match. “The girls fought hard every time they stepped on the field to the very end,” Head Coach Melissa Schroeder said. “Their effort can’t be faulted. They gave it their all, and as a coach, that’s all I can ask for.”
At the halfway point in the season, the football team was sitting at a record of 3-3
right after a tough loss to rival Marquette. But, the team went on a four game win streak before battling with Eureka in the playoffs. Unfortunately, the Wildcats emerged victorious and the Lancers season came to an end with a final record of 7-4.
With a handful of young talent that flooded into the program this year, the girls basketball team had their best record since the 2011-2012 season. The team finished with an overall record of 18-8, but lost to Washington in the District finals.
Girls Cross Country:
Meg Nicholson and Mollie Rogan led the charge for girls cross country this season, but despite Rogan placing 24th and Nicholson placing 87th, the team didn’t qualify for a placement.
Junior Paige Sanfelippo represented Lafayette at the State tournament this year and placed 29th. “We had a great season,” Head Coach Katrina Clark said. “We were 10-1, finished tied for first in one tournament, second in Conference and second in Districts which got us to Sectionals as a team. We have a lot to be proud of and to build on for next year.”
The girls lacrosse team has struggled to maintain consistency this season as they hold a record of 6-9. Despite a rough year, Lori Lohmann has been a bright spot for the Lady Lancers as she leads the team in goals with 40 and is tied for second in assists with six.
The underclassmen presence has been a key part to the success of the girls soccer team. The underclassmen have scored 13 of the 16 goals this season and have provided the energy and talent to make the Lady Lancers a formidable opponent.
Girls Swimming and Diving:
Only 3.5 points separated the first place
Lady Lancers from second place Rockbridge at the State meet, but nonetheless the team brought home their first State championship since the 2010 season.
Four years of playing Lafayette tennis has yielded Caroline Pozo three consecutive Class 2 State titles and a unbelievable 101-2 career record. The team as a whole was able to rack up a 12-2 record over the course of the season.
A fourth place finish was awarded to the Lady Lancers last season at the State meet, but with the departure of top runners the team will have to fight for a placing in this year’s State meet.
Six is a very serious number, especially for the varsity girls volleyball team. Over six years, the team claimed six consecutive State titles. “The team played with so much heart and as coaches, we’re so proud of them. They definitely earned this State championship,” Head Coach Zach Young said.
It was a streaky season to say the least for the softball team as they finished with a record of 8-15 record and lost to Washington, 9-4, in the first game of the District tournament.
After a dismal season in the 2015-2016 campaign, the team was a little more successful this year as they racked up 10 wins and 15 losses. The Lancers season ended at the hands of Parkway West with a 16-3 loss.
They were underdogs the whole year, but proved themselves when it mattered the most. The wrestling team brought home a fourth place plaque from the State tournament and senior standout Austin Stofer took second place in his respective weight class. Adam Hick’s and Jon Sumner won Assistant Coach and Head Coach of the Year honors as well.
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Beep! Beep! Time for school! Everyone is different when it comes to morning routines. Some like to take their time, while others rush to get things done. This depends on what type of mood a person is in or even time management. That being said, here is a variety of morning routines that most of the student body can relate to. Jessica Cargill webmaster
Some may live farther away than others, which impacts the time they need to get up to make it to school on time. Junior Myiah Hall is okay with procrastinating to the last second in order to make it to the bus on time. Q: What time do you get up in the morning? A: “I get up from 6-6:30 a.m. when I’m not really feeling it.” Q: What is your morning routine? A: “I get up, well, more like roll out of bed. Then, I use the bathroom and brush my teeth. After that, I go back to my room and lay down contemplating what I should wear, basically procrastinating. Once I’ve noticed I don’t have enough time, I rush to put my clothes on, throw my hair in a ponytail or bun and then wait for the bus.” Q: What time does your bus come? A: “My bus comes at 7 a.m. and I get to school around 7:45-8 a.m. depending on traffic.”
Everyone is late at least once in their life. Junior Gabe Deters is okay with being a couple of minutes late for class each day. Q: What time do you get up in the morning? A: “Normally around 7-7:30 a.m.” Q: What is your morning routine? A: “So, I wake up and lay in bed for like 15 minutes and then I decide to get up and make myself breakfast. After I do that, I go through the normal stuff like brush my teeth and just get myself ready to go to school That takes me until around 8:10 a.m. and then I always roll in like six minutes late.”
Most people like to be on time to class, so they aren’t missing anything or get to hang out with their friends before school starts. Freshman Sam Vishion is one of those people. Q: What is your morning routine? A: “My alarm goes off, usually 6:45 a.m. and it beeps a few times. I get up and the first thing I do is make my coffee because I’ll die without it. As I’m making coffee, I make toast with peanut butter and sit down at my computer and play computer games until like 7:30 a.m. and then I get ready to go. I leave at 7:40 a.m. I usually get to school around 7:55 or 8.”