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Lafayette High School
17050 Clayton Rd. Wildwood, MO 63011
Lafayette remembers 9/11
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September 9, 2011
7 7 bromance The bond between two bros is unique and irreplaceable.
10 9/11 remembered
Ten years later, the country reflects on the tragedy and makes plans for a new memorial.
12 battle of 109 victory
The Lancers emerge victorious and redeem last yearâ€™s loss.
20 90s are all that
To the delight of many, Nickelodeon is returning to its roots and replaying classic 1990s shows.
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From 8:46 a.m. eastern time on Sept. 11, 2001 when Flight 11 crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center, to earlier this summer when President Obama announced the death of Osama bin Laden, Americans have tried to come to grips with the consequences of the catastrophic event as the country has begun to rebuild from the ground up. Cover Photo Illustration By Max Thoman
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Wildwood announces plans for Highway 109 construction gabrielle mcdaris
Starting in two years, many students can expect their commute to and from school to change. The main road many students take to school, Route 109, will begin construction in the spring of 2013. “There is not an exact date [for the start of construction],” Wildwood Director of Public Works Ryan Thomas said, “but tentatively May 2013.” With $4,505,418 having been approved for funding the project, according to the Eureka-Wildwood Patch, construction project will attempt to, “widen Missouri Route 109 between Route 100 and Clayton Road to four lanes.” The project was announced by Thomas and approved by Wildwood City Council members at the July 11 City Council meeting. However, Highway 109 will not be closed during construction. “Two lanes, one in each direction, will be maintained throughout construction,” MoDOT Project Manager Thomas
A mock-up of what Highway 109 will look like after the construction shows an increase in the number of lanes from two to four and a roundabout to help the increased flow of traffic run smoothly. (Photo courtesy of the City of Wildwood)
Montes said. Montes added, “During construction the traffic flow will be slower due to a speed limit reduction in the work zone.” Thomas said they will try to take advantage of summer months in order to interfere with school commuters as little as possible. “If there is going to be construction that is going to impact traffic, then I am sure precautions will be put into place,” Principal John Shaughnessy said. “During construction it will be
somewhat of an inconvenience driving through the work zone, and with the speed limit reduced it will take a little longer to go through this segment. Our goal is to get as much of the work as possible completed during the school’s summer break,” Montes said. Shaughnessy said if the construction does impact bus routes, the district will discuss possibly running the busses earlier. However, some students will not be affected by construction at all. “I don’t
live close to 109 so it shouldn’t be a problem for me,” sophomore Erin Horner said. The main goal of the project is to improve safety for motorists and pedestrians, along with improving the vehicular capacity to minimize backups. “When completed, the speeds should be pretty close to what they are now, with the exception that we should see an improvement in the flow of traffic during the rush hour periods during the morning and afternoon,” Montes said.
4 campus September 9, 2011 STL Wheelspin car club gains traction max thoman
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For some, there’s nothing quite like the feeling of revving an engine, peeling out of an intersection or speeding down a highway. For these automotive enthusiasts, cars aren’t a pastime, a pleasure or a hobby—cars are a way of life. Three seniors—Kyle Bayer, Brian Hacker and Kyle Taylor—know the phenomena quite well and have taken their love for cars one step further. All three are now members of a car club known as STL Wheelspin. Boasting 21 members around St. Louis and a car collection ranging from a ’98 Chevy Camaro Z28 to an ’06 Subaru STi to an ’04 Ford Mustang Cobra SVT and even an ’04 Nissan 350Z Twin Turbo, STL Wheelspin covers a wide variety of enthusiasts, models and makes. The club even offers its services to performance motorcycles as well, with a ’07 Yamaha R6 in its ranks. Taylor described the car that got him into the club. “At the moment I have an ‘02 Mustang GT. Right now it’s pretty stock, besides the basic looks and audio,” Taylor said. “But recently I got a Bama Programmer that gives more horsepower to every mod [modification] I put on and better mileage per gallon.” Taylor, a proud member, described the club saying, “Basically, it’s a whole bunch of people who have nice cars that get together, usually on Fridays down in Lindbergh, and just go cruising.” “We cruise, we race—some of us even do Auto-
cross,” Taylor continued. Hacker, the owner of an ’01 Pontiac Trans Am WS6, said that he attempted Autocross once. “It’s a bimonthly thing down at the Family Arena, and even though the main kid who does it is Brandon Myers [Rockwood Summit Class of ’11], I tried it once,” Hacker said. “You go down to the Family Arena, and basically they have a course set up in cones. The judges time you, so after that it’s just a race against the clock to see who can finish the course first,” he said. Hacker also said Autocross was a challenge. Though the club is growing, Taylor explained that the three seniors found out about it through word of mouth. “We were down at Sonic one night and some kid had an STL Wheelspin bumper sticker on his car and we asked him about it,” Taylor said. He continued, “He said it was just a whole bunch of guys who got together and so we looked them up on Facebook.” Hacker agreed. He said, “Basically, we got recruited after we met and raced some guys down in the Valley.” Taylor also said that the acceptance process comes down to a basic vote. He said, “The main people who started the club have the final say on whether you are in or not.” According to the STL Wheelspin Facebook page, the club was founded in 2010 and goes by the motto, “Our engines don’t spit and our turbo’s don’t lag...but our
wheels spin.” On this page, the members freely post videos of themselves in action: racing and driving. Also, the members post photos of the club and their cars taken from all over St. Louis. “I love the photo shoots too,” Bayer said. “We go everywhere to get cool shots together and even alone.” Bayer owns an ‘05 Dodge SRT4 with various mods including a cold air intake and cosmetic updates. They even post links to various events such as “Dyno Days,” where competitors can put their cars to the test on a “Chasi Mobile Dyno” which measures the horsepower and torque of each car. The car with the highest horsepower wins and receives their dyno runs for free. Hacker said that the group is very tight and is also considering a business venture. “It’s a car club and a future company,” he said. Hacker continued, “We are going to try to build something like Pure Performance, which is a car store where you can get performance parts and dyno and all sorts of things like that. It’ll be a place where you can buy parts and where we can build up cars and such.” The group consists of enthusiasts from around the area. Hacker said, “We are made up of mainly Summit kids, but there are kids from Oakville, Eureka, Lafayette and one kid from Marquette, all our age or one year older.” All in all, it’s the love that drives these students. “I love to go fast and I love the history of all of them,” Hacker concluded.
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Walking through the halls during the first few weeks of school, one might expect students to wear their summer wardrobe for as long as possible. But instead of shorts and tank tops in the dead heat of early September, jeans and hoodies are more common. The fluctuating air conditioning is a conversation that’s always present in hallways and classrooms. Most of the school is very cold, with the exception of the warmer flex hallway. Assistant Principal Matt Dieckhaus said, “The difficulty is, because the system expands over the entire building, if you’re closest to the AC units and fan motors, guess which room’s most likely to be colder? That one. Rooms with windows are going to be most likely warmer than others.” Dieckhaus also said the district must stay within an eight degree temperature range. “We stay within those ranges all the time unless a unit malfunctions. Then we check the air temperature, we know what it is, and we dispatch somebody to repair it,” he said. Monique Merritt, world language teacher, said maintenance comes to her room often to fix the air conditioning unit in her closet. Gina Luerding-Looten, world language teacher, also said the temperature variations are based on whether the air-conditioner is in that room, whether it works or
not, or what the temperature is like outside. She said, “I’ve taught here forever and for years it has been that different rooms have different temperatures.” Luerding-Looten calls them the “Lafayette climate zones.” “I always tell my students that you have to dress in layers so that you can be prepared for any climate zone,” she said. But most of the time it is always cold, said sophomore Jeff Sirrine. “I’m freezing every hour of the day,” he said. For the past 11 or 12 years, Merritt has “I have to wear a jacket had blankets available [at school] when it’s in her classroom for 90 degrees outside.” students to help with this problem. “For whatever reason when the system is cold, and I never know when, that’s when they use the blankets,” she said. Dieckhaus said there are few circumstances in which teachers control the temperature of their rooms. “The main controls are established in the central offices. Rockwood has a central computer that controls most of the air conditioning and heat throughout all the buildings [in the district],” he said. This setup helps to control the cost of cooling and heating the school.
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Dieckhaus said, “If we leave it to every teacher to change, every teacher is going to change it to the way they feel and we would be spending a lot more money than we need to. The idea was to be consistent so that they can project the total cost annually.” Freshman Emily Blair is also attempting to adjust to the regulated school temperatures. Because of the cold temperatures, especially in her Spanish classroom, Emily wears sweaters to school. Junior Devin Moore also dresses according to the temperature inside the school, not outside. “I have to wear a jacket when it’s 90 degrees outside,” he said. Blair and other students find that the temperature not only affects how they dress, but it distracts them from their work. Devin Moore “Sometimes I find myself junior thinking more about the temperature of the room than what the teacher is saying,” junior Haley Reynolds said. Junior Jack Sippel also said, “It’s hard to focus because it’s always hot and cold everywhere in the school.” Even though the school always seems to be cold, students and teachers learn to make light of it. While many students realize the temperatures are an ever-present problem, they have accepted that Lafayette is known for its fluctuating temperatures.
6 campus September 9, 2011 Parents react to district budget woes hannah boxerman
As Rockwood faces increasing budget issues and the prospect of additional cuts, The Image asked parents to share their views on the current state of the district. Laura Eads, parent of Rachel Eads, 10
What are your thoughts on the current financial situation of Rockwood School District?
It’s in crunch-mode right now. There’ve been a lot of cuts, and I fear the things that make Rockwood what it is will have to be cut. It’s the special activities, the athletics and the efforts that are made for a higher level of success among our students so they get into college and get good jobs. The opportunities that exist in Rockwood don’t exist everywhere else. I would hate to see some of those things cut, because those are the things our kids need.
Are you concerned for Rockwood’s future? Yes. A family has to stay on top of their budget; Rockwood is no different. We have to make sure that we are spending our money wisely and investing wisely.
Jeff Eklund, parent of Ceci Eklund, 11
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Are you concerned for Rockwood’s future? I fear that Rockwood is too concerned with financing amenities for the school and not with teachers and education.
If Rockwood were to try and pass a tax referendum, would you support it? 19 parents polled
It depends on the specifics (28%)
What cuts have you noticed that took place this year? Driver Ed and the amount of teachers. These are things that are directly related to education.
Donna Marm parent of Alex Marm, 10
The Image asks:
Are you concerned for the future of Rockwood?
Yes; I don’t think we need to cut programs such as Strings. I think a lot of kids won’t even go into Strings because I know my son wouldn’t have if he hadn’t been forced to take it as a 4th grader. He loves violin and he’s in Symphonic now, and it’s because it was offered in Rockwood.
Yes (66%) No (6%)
Claire Clay, parent of Sarah Clay, 9
What cuts have you noticed that took place this year?
I really miss the Welcome Center where they had the guy who actually saw people come in. I think it’s safer to have that; the people in the office can’t exactly stop people easily.
The Art of Bromance
Bromances bloom, friends display deep bonds alyssa knowling
bro•mance noun ˈbrō-ˌman(t)s: a close, nonsexual friendship between men. Among the types of relationships found at LHS are acquaintances, friends, girlfriends and boyfriends, but one relationship stands apart from the others. Marked by both silliness and the close bond created within it, the bromance has effectively allowed males to find another term for their BFF status. Seniors Dominic Bisesi and Michael Mueller have been close friends since 6th grade. Bisesi says they define their bromance as, “When you think of one of us, you automatically think of the other.” When asked what the pair does together, Mueller responded, “What don’t we do together?” Bisesi continued, “We spend a ridiculous amount of hours together. We try to schedule all our of classes together, and last year we had every class together. We work together, we play sports together and we do all of the same extra-curricular activities. We have movie nights together with our girlfriends. They think that we are spending time with them, but the truth is that they are just being invited to our time.” When asked about the rumor
that the two cuddle in class, the pair responded simultaneously. “We’ve been accused of cuddling, but it hasn’t been proved,” Mueller said. Bisesi continued, “We did fall asleep on the same couch one time in class.” “It was head to foot,” Mueller said. Junior Jordan West has a different sort of bromance. For 16 years, he has had a “long-distance” bromance with Parkway South junior Trevor Kirkland. “Basically, I have known him since I was born. I guess you could say we met at our church Windsor Crossing when we were babies,” West said. During the school year, the pair sees each other about twice a week at church and each other’s houses, but in the summer it is a different story. “Every summer he comes to my house every day Monday-Thursday. Our parents work together, so it just works out that way. When he comes over, we usually end up watching a scary movie, followed by the Food Network, which makes us hungry. Then we’ll go find something to eat. We just sort of hang out,” West said. But regardless of how humorous bromances can appear to outsiders, the friendships that these students have are extremely important to one another.
The History of the Bromance
“We’ve thrown around the bullet question, as in would one take a bullet for another,” Mueller said. “We both said we would. It’s important to have someone to really relate to and be able to talk to. We have been positive influences on each other,” Bisesi said. West shared these feelings about his friendship with Kirkland. “He’s my best friend by far. I can go to him to talk. If I have any problem, I can bring it to him,” West said. With college coming up for all three LHS students, especially Bisesi and Mueller, they were asked if they would go to the same colleges to stay together.
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“We will keep in touch in college, but I don’t think we will go to the same one,” West said. Mueller and Bisesi have other plans. “My options are his options,” Bisesi said. “We’re not afraid of the package deal,” Mueller said.
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September 9, 2011
Soccer like you’ve never seen
Clarke, Walsh compete despite struggle with Muscular Dystrophy molly white
Athletes are often set apart by their strong muscles, superior hand-eye coordination, and if all else fails, the jersey on their back. Wheelchair-bound freshman Hayden Clarke and sophomore Connor Walsh defy this expectation. Clarke and Walsh are both competitive soccer players for a team that placed fifth at the Power Wheelchair Soccer Nationals Clarke suffers from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a progressive muscle weakness that begins in the legs and eventually moves up to the neck, causing difficulty in breathing. Walsh was born with Congenital Muscular Dystrophy. Despite these setbacks, the two stay active with soccer. Clarke was at a Muscular Dystrophy Association camp when he was shown a demonstration on how to play. “I used to play soccer before, when I was able to walk and I still wanted to play a sport when I was in a wheelchair, so I just joined the team,” Clarke said. There are differences between traditional soccer and a Power Wheel-
Competing in a national event for Power Wheelchair soccer, sophomore Connor Walsh travels down the court. His team, the DASA Firecrackers, placed fifth in the tournament. (Photo courtesy of Judy Walsh)
chair game. “It’s played in a regulation size basketball court instead of grass because that would make our chairs flip,” Walsh said. “We have guards that go around the front of our chair and we use a ball that’s probably twice the size of a regular sized ball so it won’t get stuck under our chair.” There are also different rules. “You can only go 6.2 mph forward, but backwards there’s no limit. So you
can go however fast the chair goes; some reach 8 mph,” Walsh said. The chair used for wheelchair soccer also differs from the norm. “It’s a separate chair that’s quicker, smaller and faster. All of them are set at speed limits and [officials] take one player after every game from each team just to check if the player was going over the speed,” Clarke said. Four people are allowed on the court at a time: a center, left wing, right wing
and a goalie. Place move the ball with a spin kick. “Spin kicks are when you’re starting off the ball and you generate a lot of power by doing a 180 degree turn the other way and then spin back,” Walsh said. “You hit the ball to another player and they take it from there.” Clarke and Walsh play for the Disabled Athlete Soccer Association Firecrackers. They are one of the only teams in St. Louis and they also travel. “We’ve been to Chattanooga, Birmingham, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Indianapolis and Madison,” Walsh said. “We also placed fifth at Nationals.” These results didn’t come without training. “We practice every Wednesday night and only take breaks for holidays,” Clarke said. “Plus I went to Power Soccer Camp where I was playing 30 minutes after breakfast all the way until dinner.” Clarke hopes his efforts will take him all the way to the US national team. “I want to make it on Team USA,” he said. “To make it on the team you have to be good all-around and willing to practice a lot.” Walsh said, “This is the best sport just because of the way the ball movessomething about it is just fun.”
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A Year in the Life: Sydnee Stottlemyre
Image reporter & Miss Missouri Teen USA reflects on year in spotlight
After reminiscing on an incredible year as Miss Missouri Teen USA 2011, I am reminded of how it all began. When I was 7, I started competing in National American Miss, a pageant geared toward building a strong foundation of public speaking and grace under pressure. When I was 14, I was crowned Miss Missouri’s Outstanding Teen 2008 and placed fourth runner-up to Miss America’s Outstanding Teen 2009. In November 2010, I won the title of Miss Missouri Teen USA, which advanced me to compete at Miss Teen USA. Miss Teen USA is a part of the Miss Universe organization, a Donald Trump and NBC Universal joint venture. As a Lafayette Image staff member, I took some notes to share. Here are just a few highlights of my year. sydnee stottlemyre
This marks the beginning of my year as Miss Missouri Teen USA 2011. The morning after crowning I signed the year into my director’s hands, Vanbros and Associates. It has proven to be quite the blessing. In all, I have traveled roughly 16,000 miles.
We headed to Branson for my first photo shoot as Miss Missouri Teen USA with Marshall Meadows of Meadows Images. It was especially memorable having Samantha Peterson with me.
Hope Driskill (Miss Missouri USA) and I visited patients at Shriner’s Hospital and went to the Central Missouri Foster Care and Adoption Association’s Winter Wonderland Ball. I can’t put into words how much it changed my perspective.
I spent Valentine’s Day with Hope visiting veterans at the Harry S. Truman Veteran’s Hospital in Columbia, which was priceless (lots of charmers).
Hope and I visited patients at the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in Columbia. Visits like these have become a constant reminder of why I loved my job for the year—it was impossible to walk away from these experiences without being changed.
I traveled to Las Vegas to take part in the crowning of the 60th Miss USA. The Miss Universe staff treated us well with several special events. We attended a welcome party that benefited breast cancer research, met with several former Miss USA and Miss Universe titleholders, walked the red carpet at “True Beauty Rocks the USA” and attended Miss USA 2011 LIVE in VIP seating.
It was a blur of excitement and no sleep! Unlike my “make-it-or-break-it” top 5 question at Miss Teen USA about the current sexting trend, I confessed my love for Jimmy Fallon in the warm -up question. To my surprise, the Atlantis Resort flew me back three weeks later with Audra Mari, Miss North Dakota Teen USA, to meet Jimmy Fallon and watch him perform live. I am still pinching myself to make sure it actually happened!
Hope and I traveled to Springfield for the Springfield Ballet Princess Tea and Children’s Fashion Show. I also began a great friendship with Allyce King, designer of Allyce King Swim when I modeled for her swimwear line at Lumiere Plaza.
Time for Miss Teen USA prep. I traveled to Vanbros and Associates headquarters in Kansas for “beauty boot camps.” I picked out my dress, designed by Ashley Litton. I was thrilled to be able to help design and customize my dress! I also joined the Love is Louder campaign with MTV and Miss Teen USA.
After months of preparation, I traveled to Paradise Island, Bahamas to compete in Miss Teen USA 2011 at Atlantis Resort. I was blessed to advance to the top 5, answer my question gracefully and place as fourth runner-up to Miss Teen USA 2011.
I continue to serve my state as its representative until I pass on the crown this November. I have had a whirlwind of a year. Pageants are an outlet for women unlike no other; I have earned over $70,000 in scholarships while serving my community and experiencing a world outside of my teenage years.
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Sept. 9, 2011
Community remembers day that changed America
The flags will fly high as people come together in their red, white and blue and bursting stripes and stars. This year marks the 10-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Even though this is an event that has impacted the daily lives of people around the world forever, each year Americans make 9/11 a special day to honor those who were lost. Looking back at that very day, most people can put themselves back in time and remember exactly when and how they heard of the attacks and even how they felt. Senior Chelsea Weise lived in New York during the time of the attacks. During that day at school, teachers wouldn’t tell the students about the tragedy because many of their parents worked in the twin towers. “The teachers were distraught and wouldn’t tell us what was going on, but even though we were young and just in the 2nd grade, we still sensed that something was wrong,” Weise said. Days later, Weise was able to see smoke from her home in Long Island. Language arts teacher Amy White was a junior at Lafayette during the attacks. She remembers finding out about the fateful news during passing period. Her chemistry teacher at the time, Jeff Marx, confirmed the rumors. That Friday, White performed along with other Escadrille members in a special memorial routine at the football game. “It was really cool to see our school community come together but I don’t think I had completely realized [the impact] of what had
happened until I got home and I watched coverage of the attacks with my dad. He was trying to explain to me what had happened, where this came from and how many people had died. It was just overwhelming,” White said. Schools and communities across the country, including Lafayette, all have their own way to commemorate. As of press time, a short ceremony out in the entrance to the stadium, with ROTC students presenting the colors as well as raising and lowering to half-mast the American flag on the stadium field, accompanied by a snare drum and the playing of taps on the trumpet was planned. During the school day, staff members plan on sharing articles and video clips pertaining to 9/11 during class. Currently in New York City, a memorial at Ground Zero is almost done being constructed and is scheduled to open on Sept. 12. It consists of two reflecting pools and waterfalls, placed in the exact location of where the twin towers were. Each pool is lined with bronze panels inscribed with the names of victims of the attacks. Over 400 acres of trees and plants surround the memorial plaza, which was designed to be eco-friendly. In addition to the actual memorial, a new museum has been constructed. According to its website, the museum “attests to the triumph of human dignity over human depravity and affirms an unwavering commitment to the fundamental value of human life.” The website concludes that the memorial serves as a, “powerful reminder of the largest loss of life resulting from a foreign attack on American soil and the greatest single loss of rescue personnel in American history.”
1. Honoring Sept. 11, 2001, the Image distributed a special edition on Oct. 12 revealing stories of how Lafayette reacted at the time. 2. Planning the new Memorial, the 9/11 Museum constructs models laying out the future plans to be revealed Sept. 12, 2011. 3. A few blocks from Ground Zero, a tribute to the fallen firefighters is presented laden with mementos. 4. After being struck by terrorist planes, the Twin Towers fall in New York City. 5. Currently under construction, Ground Zero is being prepared for the opening of the new memorial on Sept. 12, 2011. (Photo Credits: 1. Anisha Chellaswami, 2., 3., 5. Hannah Boxerman, 4. MCT Campus)
Where were you? “I thought my parents were watching a movie and I didn’t know what was significant about the same scene over and over.”
-Hannah Meuret, 11
“I was sitting in my classroom and a student came in and told me that a plane had hit the first tower. I just couldn’t believe it.”
“My mom was really upset and wouldn’t tell me anything. Then she called all of our relatives from Long Island and the city to make sure they were okay.”
“I was at school and they didn’t tell us anything but all the teachers seemed robotic. My dad saw what happened and he watched the towers burn from where he was.”
“I don’t know if I thought too much about it because I was so young, but I was creeped out because [the images on television] were so intense.”
“My dad was coming home from a business trip in a plane and saw the plane hit the building. They couldn’t land so they flew through New York.”
-Christine McLaughlin, 12
-Susan Glenn, psychology teacher
-Ami Dauster, 12
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-Angela Robinson, 11
September 9, 2011
A Black and Yellow Affair
Both fans, players have stories to tell about the night the Lancers took down Eureka 35-28 in the Battle of 109 on Aug. 26.
5 1. “We had finally defeated Eureka and it meant everything to us. That was one of our biggest goals of the season,” junior Shaquille Holley (11) said. (Photo by Alex Vanderheyden) 2. My favorite part of tailgating is getting together with friends and just the atmosphere of the game, and body painting is such a fun way to show spirit,” senior Lauren McFarland said. (Photo by Christine Jackson) 3. During halftime, Louie the Lancer slays Eureka’s mascot in a duel. (Photo by Alex Vanderheyden)
4. “I ran an out-and-up and Dom [Bisesi] threw a good pass...(I knew then) we were gonna win the game. They just scored on a big drive and it was nice to get back ahead,” senior Will Dupont said of his 80-yard touchdown in the first quarter. (Photo by James Perez) 5. “It was a quick dump pass, I saw Dom (Bisesi) roll out and just went with it...(The pass) was kind of behind me so i just went up and got it. We kept trading scores so it was a big momentum shift,” senior Brock Behrndt said of his five-yard touchdown in the second quarter. (Photo by Alex Vanderheyden)
6. “I decided to hop the fence and give a bunch of high fives. Then I looked back and saw that no one else was behind me, but I didn’t care,” senior Anthony Levy said. (Photo by James Perez)
Swim. Bike. Run.
Chobanian pursues goals through endurance racing christine jackson
From a young age, endurance races have interested junior Matt Chobanian. “I did my first triathlon in 3rd Grade. It was a kids triathlon but that was when I was first interested,” Chobanian said. However, it isn’t fun or competition that motivates Chobanian. He has a higher goal. “Freshman year I got really into it and started doing bigger races,” Chobanian said. He added, “What got me interested is I want to be a Navy SEAL. My goal is to possibly qualify for the Toyota Cup next year or Ironman 70.3 World Championship and to get in the best shape possible before I go through SEAL training.” His determination to become a SEAL has always been apparent to his mother. “I have known since Matt was very young that he would become a member of our military. His commitment and dedication to training is not only inspiring, but also proof that hard work and
dedication brings success,” Jill Chobanian said. The most intense step Chobanian takes towards his goals is in his training. “There isn’t one day that goes by that I don’t train in some way. I swim, bike and run certain distances each week, as well as weight lifting six days a week and lots of calisthenics,” Chobanian said. “I do two muscle groups a day and two sets for each muscle group, and for calisthenics I do six sets of 50 push ups and sit ups and four sets of 15 pull ups and dips.” This summer Chobanian placed first in his age group and 20th overall for men in the Iron Abe Olympic Triathlon on July 30 in Springfield, IL. The race consisted of a 0.9 mile swim, a 24.8 mile bike ride and 6.2 mile run which Chobanian completed in a time of 2:24:40.7. The desire to race and train full time has also put an end to his high school sports career. He used to compete with the
Lafayette swimming and diving team. “I don’t play school sports anymore,” Chobanian said. “It would get in the way of my training.” To help him on his way to becoming a top triathlete, Chobanian relies on his family and coach to help with his training. “I have support from my family. My mom helps with the nutrition I need, but I do have a coach who writes me my workouts,” Chobanian said. Jill Chobanian said, “After all is said and done, protein seems to be the key element towards excellence. She added, “Without it, recovery and rebuilding would be impossible. Furthermore, every day we talk about nutrition and everything that goes into Matt’s diet.” Chobanian is now in training for his next big race: the Branson Half Marathon on Sept. 18. He will have to swim 1.8 miles, bike 56 miles and run 13.1 miles to complete the race.
In the Aug. 28 Life Time Chicago Triathlon, junior Matt Chobanian participates in the running stage of the race. He finished with a time of 2:28:30, earning him fifth place in his age division. (Photo by Jill Chobanian)
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September 9, 2011
On to the Next One
Talented freshman joins brother on soccer team dominic corvington
Senior Jean-Luc Panchot (left) with his younger brother, freshman Austin Panchot. (Photo by Dominic Corvington)
The sight of a freshman’s name on any varsity roster often brings question to their skill level, knowing they had to outplay upperclassmen in order to reach the pinnacle of high school sports teams. When that same freshman is being dubbed as “phenomenal” and “amazing” by fellow players, it’s a completely different story. This is the case for newcomer Austin Panchot, a 5 foot 5 inch forward whose quick feet and craftiness with the ball are already living up to the hype created by his soccer résumé. In his first varsity game, Panchot had an assist and scored two goals, including a game winner in the second overtime in the Lancers 3-2 win over Pattonville. “I was just happy helping my team win,” he said, simply. As a 7th grader Panchot was invited to attend the 2009 US Club Soccer National Identification and Development Program training camp for the U13 national team tryouts.
He spent the summer playing club soccer on the St.Louis Scott Gallagher (SLSG) U14 Academy team, which competes regionally against other elite clubs. “[Playing club] helped a lot because my club team lets me play faster and be up to the speed of older people,” he said. Being a member of the varsity squad also means that Panchot will be playing alongside his older brother, senior Jean-Luc, who also played varsity as a freshman. “It’s good because we know how each other plays. We know each other’s strengths and weaknesses so it’ll help out on the field,” Austin said. “He’s got enough talent to where I’ve gotta try harder to make sure I don’t look bad since he’s offense and I’m defense,” Jean-Luc added. In light of his talents, Austin’s ability to remain humble and focused on the game is just as impressive as his skills on the field. “His cockiness is that he doesn’t react. He’d rather go get the ball and score again,” Head Coach Tim Walters said.
the staff editorial
Parental involvment demands knowledge Rockwood considers itself to be one of the top districts in the state of Missouri and has the numbers to back up that claim. The community brags about how privileged its children are to be in such rewarding and enriching schools. However, not everyone understands the decisions made and why some cuts, changes and implementations are necessary for a district to function. On the night of Open House, parents who attended were asked by Image staff members various questions regarding the state of the district’s budget for a story that appears on page 6 of this issue. But, nearly 80 percent of the parents approached refused to talk to our reporters either because they didn’t want to, “waste their time” or because they “didn’t know enough about the district’s current situation.” One woman said after refusing to be interviewed, “I’m just a mom.” There are really only three categories that make
up the Rockwood community: residents, parents and students. Parents make up a third of the voice of the public, meaning that they’re not, “just a mom.” Their input is vital. At a recent board meeting, a group of adults spoke to the board, asking them to remove the tax referendum from the November ballot. A good number of their comments to the Board were randomly bashing members of the board based on rumors, or they were blindly accusing different groups for causing the financial troubles. Many community members are under the impression that Rockwood teachers earn too much money and their salaries should be lowered or frozen. They also believed if teacher salaries were to be cut, teachers would stay with the district because they have “attachments to the community.” Those statement are arrogant, selfish and just plain wrong. Had these community members done their
research, they would have known that teachers make very little compared to area school, districts, especially considering how much they impact the community and support our community’s youth. If these parents were really educated about the way the board operates, they’d have realized that Superintendent Bruce Borchers does not simply “hire his friends” to work for him. Nearly everything the board does is visible to the public. It’s completely unacceptable for parents and students to expect the responsibility of being informed to fall on everyone else. Ignorance is not bliss, it’s fatal. Instead of wildly throwing biased, uninformed opinions at Rockwood, or having no idea what is going on at all, Rockwood residents need to become more active in understanding the district’s situation. It is vital to maintaining the quality of education the community likes to brag about.
Less than healthy options; artificial sweeteners Food is one of the most important things to humans. What we eat can help us live to be 100 or die at 30 of a heart attack. Food intake dictates our energy levels and how we function every day. Lafayette has multiple vending machines that dispense various Coca-Cola products. However, not a single vending machine sells any drinks with real sugar in them. All of the products are labeled “zero” or “diet.” The machines don’t even offer juice or sports drinks with sugar, both of which are healthier options than diet soda. When I go to buy a soda at the vending machine, I’m old enough to know that a Dr. Pepper is a poor choice. I fully understand that there’s loads of sugar dumped into the toxic brown mess we call food. At least I’m getting a toxic mess that tastes good though. Why drink something that’s bad for you that also tastes bad? Artificial sweeteners are proven carcinogens. Artificial sweeteners like Saccharin, Aspartame and Cyclamate found in these drinks have suggested numerous health risks proven through different studies, including associations with bladder cancer. I’d rather be overweight and alive than thin and dead from cancer. I can always exercise a little extra to make up for the sugar intake.
Unfiltered Sarah Greenlee
If I was given the option between artificial sweeteners and sugar, I’d choose the sugar even through the drink has more calories. However, Rockwood makes this decision for us. They’re under the impression that they are making a healthier choice for us. By eliminating the option of buying regular sodas, students are forced to either buy the artificially
sweetened drinks or water. With all the deadlines and expectations of high school, some students depend on caffeine to keep them functioning. If I stay up late the night before, and I’m falling asleep in class, I get a soda so I can keep going. When the only option I have is a cancer-causing bad-tasting soda, I’m even more irritated because I’m already tired and fighting sleep, but then I have to deal with drinking something I didn’t even want. The cafeteria also restricts student’s food choices. Lifestyle choices are what really affect students, and Rockwood can’t control students at home. Students who have self-control and discipline regarding their health shouldn’t be punished for the students who consistently make poor choices about their diet and exercise. Rockwood requires all students to take a health class before they graduate, therefore Rockwood can’t be held accountable for students’ poor lifestyles, because they’ve educated us on how to make healthy choices. If things like regular soda are consumed in moderation, they create no problem. Rockwood shouldn’t have the authority to allow some foods to be sold and ban others. Yoon-Jae Kim
September 9, 2011
Racially insensitive attitudes continue to live in Rockwood
At the recent Open House, other Image Facts and figures might be able conreporters and I took to the halls in search vince this parent and other non-supporters of parent opinions on Rockwood’s current of VICC that there are no financial costs of financial climate. the program. One parent, who declined to give me However, cultural attitudes and world his name, had an opinion on the issue that views are far more difficult to sway. was unlike anything I had heard during any It’s disappointing that after all the previous discussion on budget cuts. efforts of Rockwood and the state of “One of my concerns [with the Missouri to integrate schools and equalize Hannah Boxerman district]-because we’ve been in it now opportunities, people still feel that VICC for six years-is the prevalence of bussing students have so little to contribute to the and the liberal leanings towards that. It’s district. detrimental. I don’t believe in it, nor do I VICC students at Lafayette have been believe it should be supported,” he said. active in everything from theatre to I asked him if he was referring to Renaissance to Escadrille. They have been Voluntary Interdistrict Choice Corporation academic leaders and class leaders. And, (VICC). as any teacher or parent can tell you, teens The program, funded by the state of all races drop the “f-bomb.” of Missouri, allows African-American Using this as an example of why VICC students from St. Louis City to attend should not be supported reveals that Rockwood schools. Rockwood’s aims to promote (according He said yes, he was. to its VICC website) “positive racial attitudes and success I was puzzled. Bussing has nothing to do with Rockwood’s in integrated environments…and greater acceptance and local budget; therefore, I asked him what he thought the costs understanding of race and culture,” may not be working. of the program were to Rockwood, if not financial. But rather than using this type of attitude towards VICC as He told me, erroneously, that the federal government is an indication that the program should be terminated, it should supposed to offset the cost of transportation for these students be viewed as an incentive to continue integrating Rockwood’s but that he doesn’t believe the funds add up. classrooms. However, he took issue with more than the perceived Perhaps as each successive class of Rockwood students financial costs of the program. becomes more accustomed to diversity in the classroom, they “There’s a cultural aspect,” he said. “I come up here to pick will become more accustomed to diversity in the world. up my kids and I hear f-bombs dropping left and right. I don’t If all VICC does is change the attitudes of the next generathink that’s something that should happen.” tion, it will be worth it.
Take a Minute
Ten years later, ten years wiser Today’s America seems to dwell in the past. Negativity runs rampant and dreams of the old seem to be the constant state of mind: “Remember how good it was before?” “Where did we go wrong?” As the cliché goes, everyone remembers where they were when a few key events in American history took place— JFK’s assassination, Neil Armstrong’s first Max Thoman steps on the moon—and without a doubt one such event will forever be 9/11. A day of infamy, a day of pain. But why should we relive that pain each anniversary? Today’s America needs to focus on the future. Yes, times are hard. The debt crisis, followed by the downgrade of the AAA credit rating for the U.S. economy could possibly put us in another double-dip recession, markets are still reeling from their bipolar nature and wars are ongoing everywhere. But why should this slow us down? We are from a nation of the strong. We are from the stock of fighters, rebels, outcasts, freedom-seekers and pioneers. As such, we need not look behind us at the troubled, tormented road that we have crossed, but rather we must march ahead, always searching for a better path. I see no reason why the 10th anniversary of 9/11 should be greeted with the revived pain of a nation and I do not believe that those lost would like us to face it as such.
I believe they would want us to carry on. With them. True, we will never be able to forget the pain of terror that hit so close to home, but we do have a choice in this fight. We have the choice to move, hand in hand, forward. In two days, we have the opportunity to prove to the world why our reputation precedes us. In two days, we have the opportunity to rewrite the tears that have fallen from the terror attacks and the subsequent wars. In two days, we have the opportunity to finally close a chapter on a breathtaking piece of American history in the best kind of way—our own. This story can end in any way that we wish. My vote is for a hopeful conclusion. We’ve managed to eliminate those responsible for this unrelenting pain. We’ve managed to bring justice to our lives. We’ve managed to take our first steps forward, hopefully without stumbling. So let us not look toward the past in agony this Sept. 11. We are ten years older, ten years wiser. We are Americans. We are fighters, pioneers, “Comeback Kings.” So let’s refuse to follow the old cliché. Let us not ask where others were on Sept. 11, 2001. Let us ask where we are going on Sept. 11, 2011.
On the Contrary
stars & gripes Stars to: •Principal John Shaughnessy’s snazzy new wardrobe. Thanks for classin’ up the joint, J Shaughn. •LHS wins the Battle of 109. Need we say more? •Cardinal 3B and LHS alum, David Freese for his retweet of @LHSSuperFans. Ten years after graduation and he’s still giving back. •Beyoncé for finally having a protegé now that she’s preggers. •This year’s lunch music playlist, so what if it’s baby makin’ music? • New Associate Principal Nisha Patel, who made a flawless transition from Wildcat to Lancer. She picked a good time to join! We hope new science teacher Joe Weir can follow suit and make the transition from Marquette green to black and white before the Oct. 21 varsity football game.
Gripes to: •Fall athletes no longer getting into football games for free. Looks like their only options are to pick up a flute or take a hit. •Misnumbered parking spots. 230...231...233...I hope those painters didn’t graduate from here. •The unfinished football field entrance. Nothing welcomes people to a game like scaffolding and bricks. •The cookie stand being closed for the first month of school. Add chocolate chips to the list of budget cuts. •Senior Celebration being at Sports Fusion. Don’t worry juniors, yours will be at Chuck E Cheese’s. •People who complained about the cold and snow last winter. Happy now?
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Grillin’ for the kill
BBQ competition kicks off for the 7th year with great food, good times mia schenone
St. Louis is known for many things. Our sports teams, musical blues legends and even our savory BBQ. When many people think of BBQ they often don’t immediately think of St. Louis, but those who have tasted around the block know that St. Louis definitely has a staple BBQ taste. The area
cooks a lot of ribs, particularly spare ribs, and pork steak. Either cooked directly on the heat or slow roasted, St. Louis definitely loves a good BBQ meal. Sweet, smoky and acidic, St. Louis style sauce is another staple in the areas cooking. So the argument continues, where is the best place in St. Louis for BBQ? Well, that is exactly what the St. Louis Home Fires Hearth and Grill Gallery (STLHF) wanted to find out. STLHF decided to hold a BBQ competition between BBQ lovers and grillers alike. It started seven years ago in front of the STLHF store in Ballwin, with only seven teams. The second year kicked off with 30 teams. It has since moved locations and takes place in the Wildwood Town Center. Last year there were over 100 teams involved. It made St. Louis history as the biggest BBQ competition ever in St. Louis. And it is back this year on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 10 a.m.- 11 a.m., and Sunday, Sept. 25 from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. Due to limited parking, shuttles will be provided. More information will be available at www.cityofwildwood. com as the event approaches. The competition is open to the public. Buy food and drinks if you wish, otherwise admission is free and comes along with live music. And, there is even more reason to attend the event as you may see a familiar face. Assistant Principal Matt Dieckhaus and his BBQ partner Dave Burchardt from Smokin’ Daves BBQ will be competing.
Picks of the Month
Movie: Tanner Hall
Tanner Hall is a story about Fernanda, a senior at a strict boarding school in New England. Always the cautious one among her friends, things begin to change drastically when Fernada’s old childhood friend, Victoria, appears and shakes things up. Victoria convinces the girls to take more risks and break the rules, but what starts as fun soon turns into a big, hot mess.
Entertainment Editor Mia Schenone makes choices for September
TV Show: Book: The Rachel Zoe Project
Celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe lets the cameras back into her life as season four of The Rachel Zoe Project kicks off tonight on Bravo at 9 p.m. With trusty assistant Brad gone and Rachel pregnant, team Zoe has more work than ever. Now, Rachel has to conquer more than just the fashion world, but motherhood as well.
“We’ve been BBQing for many, many years but professionally for five,” Dieckhaus said. “We have been in 20 or 21 competitions and have placed and received awards in 18 of them,” he added. Last year out of 105 teams, Dieckhaus placed first in the chicken category. This year not much is changing as his plan stays for no messing around. “The game plan is to get out there, get set up, invite all our friends, have a great time during the day and then on Sunday kick their butts out of the way before competition starts because they’re just in our way!” Dieckhaus joked. There are eight categories this year: pork, ribs, brisket, chicken, pork steak, chili, dessert and chef’s choice. For chef’s choice the grillers are allowed to create any dish they desire. “For the chef’s choice my partner and I are thinking about creating a beef tenderloin chateau stuffed with lobster,” Deickhaus said. He continued, “When there were 80 teams we placed best overall BBQ in four categories: brisket, pulled pork, chicken and ribs. And were hoping to do that again. We’ve taken first place in brisket twice, second place in ribs before and as high as fourth in brisket.” Like any grill master, Dieckhaus has his secrets to success, but says he has learned a lot from the other competitors. “We’ve studied a lot of teams before and the fun part about BBQ is getting to know all these people, and the great fellowship, community, comradely that comes with it,” Dieckhaus said. “Everyone is hanging out, sharing secrets and having a great time.”
Jay’s Journal is a powerful true story that fallows a teenage boy as he experiments with drugs and a cult. Jay is always trying to over come obstacles in life, yet his biggest dilemma is himself. Jay’s Journal was founded by Dr. Beatrice Sparks who also discovered Go Ask Alice. This true story has a powerful impact.
St. Louis Art Fair
Sept. 9 marks opening day for the 18th Annual St. Louis Art Fair (SLAF) in Downtown Clayton. One of the nation’s top ranked fine arts and craft show, SLAF draws a crowd of over 15,000. SLAF will showcase artists from all over Missouri, with over $2 million worth of art being showcased and sold.
Red Hot Chili Peppers I’m With You
Red Hot Chili Peppers’s 13th album, I’m With You, is no exception to the band’s previous great records. Anthony Kiedis’s iconic voice flows with the classic Chilli Pepper’s sound and leads the album through melodies that simply melt together. “The Adventure’s of Rain Dance Maggie” put them on top of Billboard’s Alternative Chart.
September 9, 2011 18 entertainment Second Annual LouFest takes stage alyssa knowling
On Aug. 27-28, the Second Annual Loufest took over on the Central Field in Forest Park. Eighteen local and national bands played over the two days. Here are some of the highlights from the festival. 1. Singer Nik Offer of !!! (Chk Chk Chk) played on day two of LouFest. He captivated the crowd by jumping off the stage and dancing with fans. 2. On day two, rap group Das Racist performed. Categorized for their satirical approach to rap, Das Racist integrated humor and energy into their act. 3. Austin-based trio Ume played with high energy on day two. As their genre is considered heavy Indie-rock, singer/ guitarist Lauren Larson combines indie guitar riffs with punk-like spirit. 4. Crowds sat and watched bands in the midday heat. Fans stayed comfortable by bringing chairs and blankets to sit on. 5. Surfer Blood played indie-rock on day one. The fans sang along to the vocalguitar driven music. Photos by Alex Vanderheyden
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Up, Up and Away!
Annual balloon race set to take place in Forest Park It’s that time of year again. One event notorious to St. Louis. The Great Forest Park Balloon Race. Every year, thousands of people flock to view beautiful hot-air balloons float across the surrounding Saint Louis area. However, the two-day event isn’t just about watching balloons. There’s plenty going on to keep everyone entertained.
Day One (Sept. 16) •Event: Balloon Glow (7-8:30 p.m.) The night before the big race, all of the balloons participating in the race light their burners and set their balloons aglow. Allowing spectators to walk through the park and get up close and personal with the balloons, the Balloon Glow is the annual event that begins the festivities for the race the next day. •Before: The Boathouse. Located conveniently in Forest Park, The Boathouse offers a wide selection of American cuisine that will appeal to all tastes. Favorites include the Salmon BLT and BBQ Smoked Brisket Sandwich. The Boathouse also has live bands playing Friday and Saturday nights. Sept.16 features the Billy Engel Band and Sept. 17 features MUSYC. •After: Fireworks Show (9-10 p.m.) After the Balloon Glow, Forest Park is having a fireworks show. As a commemorative way to end the Balloon Glow and bring in the festivities for the race tomorrow, the fireworks finale will appeal to everyone and won’t disappoint.
Day Two (Sept. 17) •Event: Balloon Race (4:30-5:30 p.m.) Get here early, because the Great Forest Park Balloon Race is going to be big. The race begins with the Energizer Bunny Balloon taking off before the rest of the balloons. The classic, “hound” balloons then launch in pursuit. The winner of the race is then determined by who drops a bag of birdseed closest to the Energizer Bunny Balloon. There’s no way to track where the balloons will end up, but the race is sure to entertain all audiences. •Before: Live Music, Skydiving and Opening Ceremonies (1-3:30 p.m.) Starting the festivities for the day, live music will be played at 1 p.m. and continue all day as the race goes on. As another precursor to the race itself, at 3 p.m. a skydiving team will perform and land in the center of the launch field. Finally, the Opening Ceremony at 3:30 p.m. will officially start the race. •After: The Cup. A cupcake bakery located in the Central West End, The Cup offers dozens of freshbaked cupcakes daily. Serving familiar classics like Double Chocolate and Red Velvet Cake, they also mix in some unconventional flavors like Caramel Turtle and Peach Cobbler. For a fun, balloon-shaped snack after the race, The Cup is sure to please all tastes.
For Your Information...
•Parking will be in The Muny parking lot, but there will also parking on the streets near the race. Parking is free. There is no shuttle parking, but the Metrolink will be running to the park from the Central West End. •Parking will most likely fill up by 2 p.m. on race day, so get there early. •Admission is free to get into the race. •The race will take place east of the Muny, along Union Drive. •Concessions will be available. •A photography contest will be held during the race, and the winners of all age brackets will receive a year of movie passes for Wehrenberg Theaters.
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So, How Does it Work? The way a hot air balloon works can be simply explained through physics: warmer air rises over the cooler air. A cubic foot of air weighs about 28 grams. If you heat the air 100 degrees, the air will weigh about 7 grams less. To lift the average hot air balloon, which is about 1,000 pounds, you need 65,000 cubic feet of air. The air needs to stay hot, so the balloons use a burner to reheat the air whenever the air begins to cool, keeping the balloon afloat.
September 9, 2011
hannah boxerman jessica zadoks
lifestyle editor campus editor
Teenage Nickelodeon viewers can now relive their childhoods. Tuesday through Saturday from midnight to 2 a.m., that is. Beginning in July 2011, Nickolodeon brought back onto the air episodes of 90s favorites All That, Hey Arnold, Rocko's Modern Life and Kenan and Kel. To the delight of many, The 90s Are All That once again allows viewers to keep up with the adventures of Rocko, Arnold, Kenan, Kel and more. Although Nickolodeon plans to rotate other classic shows into the mix, the block begins with these four iconic shows designed to celebrate an era of television that, for many, represents childhood. photos courtesy of Nickelodeon and 90s Are All That
From 1994-2005, All That captivated kids and tweens across America, featuring a series of short comedy sketches. From comical costumes to laugh-outloud scenarios featuring a colorful cast of teens, the show delivered a memorable half hour of entertainment. Senior Abby Uphoff said, "I loved All That because the humor was perfect for me at that age. It was like a junior Saturday Night Live." Also, the program featured kidfriendly comedy presented in a format that hadn't been seen before in children's programming. Senior Molly Collins said,“I’m excited for them to come back on Nick because it's like watching my childhood come back to life. ”
The Image asks: What show would you like to see return to Nick?
Fourth grade is a playground and battle-field for the oddly-shaped hero of this animated show. Arnold, often called "football head", lives in a boardinghouse with his grandparents in the fictional city of Hillwood. Along with best friend Gerald and bully Helga (whose secret crush on Arnold makes her bitter), Arnold attends PS 118 and fills his days with adventure and hijinks. High points of the show include quirky boarding-house residents and a pig named Abner. As a child, senior Corinne Murphy looked up to the rambunctious "older" kids of Arnold's neighborhood. "I thought [Arnold and his friends] were cool and funny. I wanted to be like them," she said.
Rocko’s Modern Life
This animated comedy follows Rocko, a wallaby adjusting to an American life after recently immigrating from Australia. He and his friends, Heffer the cow and Filburt the turtle, take the city of O-Town by storm. Although intended to be a social satire, the slapstick humor kept children entertained. For junior Tanner Zaun, watching “Rocko” was a childhood routine. “I loved the show so much because I would watch it every morning at 7 a.m.,” he said. Senior Bradley Jacobs shared Zaun’s enthusiasm. “I just remember how funny it was, and I loved the show because his cow friend was a little bit stupid,” he said.
“I would like to see The Wild Thornberrys come back. It was what I watched every day when I came home from school. My mom even made me popcorn.” -Nate Davis, sophomore
“Rocket Power. When I was 6, it seemed really tight that they could do all those sports.” -Alec Morgan, senior
Kenan and Kel
After the success of the first two seasons of All That, stars Kenan and Kel seemed to be the perfect fit for a new show. The show focused on the comical adventures of two teenage boys, Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell. Because the show featured live actors rather than cartoons, Kenan and Kel attracted a wide range of age groups. Senior Megan Staszak said, “The show always made me laugh and gave me something I could watch with my older sister. It's one of the few things we both liked to watch.” As the show was an iconic part of 90s Nickelodeon, it is only fitting that Thompson makes an appearance during The 90s Are All That block every weeknight.
“I’d like to see Rugrats again. It was funny and cute! There was Tommy Pickles, a T-Rex and Angelica! It was my favorite show to watch when I was younger. I watched it every morning.” -Rachel Baich, sophomore
“Definitely The Amanda Show. Drake Bell is really hot and it’s very funny.” -Maria Pruess, freshman