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December 12, 2012 /Volume 58, Issue 3/ Lindbergh High School #LHSpilot

Lindbergh’s Holiday


In this season of giving, students share what they really want this year.


kennedy arling, andrew mcmunn, carmen binder, brooke swift, andrea radicic, esther raymond, trevor casey, caleb wells, nikki boliaux, riley bess, matt reinsel, ellen fields, anna polizzi, jamie gender, angela wells, brooke ervin, maggie mccune, hannah roberts, madison keller conner kaitlin sotir, zoe hall, aubuchon shelby schroll, kara maricic mirela husejinovic, megan stringer




letter from the editors-in-chief involved in and students’ holiday wishes. We even included a thorough review of everything trendy in movies, music and more from 2012. It might have some crazy moments, but YOLO... right? Also, if your English grade makes you blush, consider yourself luckier than the good sports spilling their embarrassing stories for everyone in the entire school to read.

Sarah Reinsel and Shannon Wood


Happy Ho-Ho-Holidays! We know that this time of year is packed with studying for finals, hot chocolate hoarding and trying to figure out what gift to get that person who always says ‘don’t get me anything.’ We’re here to offer a little distraction (as if Twitter isn’t enough). This issue has special holiday stories including delicious baking recipes, charitable causes LHS is


December 2012 contents

features Students make a claim to Internet fame

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What teachers were like in high school

Dr. Ronald Helms visits D.C. to accept the Blue Ribbon Award


Fans addicted to athletic excitement

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Charitable staff and students raise holiday cheer


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The time and sacrifice it takes to be a high school athlete

opinions The current state of chivalry



Do colleges prefer more spread out or centralized interests and activities?

entertainment Legendary family holiday sweets and treats


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2012 in review

That awkward moment when...


#letschat Get in on the conversation by tweeting via #LHSpilot and e-mailing the writers.

Charity Change

Students and teachers spread the cheer and get involved in holiday charities




Santa’s Helpers



he Christmas season is a time of cheer and joy for most. Fires are lit keeping giftfilled homes warm and hot chocolate is abundant, but what about the families and individuals less fortunate? The Environmental Club sends ten members to be Santa’s Helpers each year and donates almost $200 Santa bringing presents to the Angel Arms dollars. event. Many gifts were donated this year. The money is Photo by: Steve Tomey used to buy toys for kids in need. Environmental Club belives that every child should recieve multiple presents. “It gives you happiness, and it is an uplifting experience,” Steve Tomey said (Science Department). With the holiday season shifting into full gear, some decide to answer the call of duty and dedicate their time and money to the Santa’s Helpers charity. “Of course I participated in the Santas Helpers, it was extremely eye-opening,” Lydia Aiken (11) said.


amilies throughout the world barely scrape by on the very minimum, so it is logical that they look to their fellow neighbors and friends for a helping

hand. Future bussiness leaders of America (FBLA), led by Kristin Drinen (Business Department), collected donations for three weeks. These donations went to the top 100 neediest families in the Adopt-A-Family program. “Collecting money at school is a great idea, there are so many people that you can reach,” Stephanie Promitz (12) said. Adopt-A-Family hopes to change the lives of many, purely through christmas spirit and the thoughtfulness of the community. “I’ve participated in Christmas charities my whole life. You can never really help too much,” Kaitlin Schwent (11) said. With all these charities to choose from, it isn’t hard to involve yourself in helping others.

Angels’ Arms

Many hugs were exchanged as the children at the foster home thanked Santa for all of the toys he brought. Photo by: Steve Tomey

FBLA members wrapping presents for the event. They prepared many days in advance.

Photo by: Kristen Drinen



ngels’ Arms dedicated their time to a fundraiser at the Kemp Auto Museum this past November. They organized donations and even their own used items from home. Together they brought cheer and laughter to the mix during their time helping out. “I love the holiday season, nobody deserves to be alone and in need,” Maddy Wilkinson (11) said. Together, Angels’ Arms collects money and donates it to needy families which enables them to get by during the especially tough holiday season. “I would feel bad if I gave nothing, even if I only give a little it makes me feel good,” Alyssa Beard (11) said.


Internet Famous Students use YouTube to express themselves in videos.


Channel Name: davibeast Subscribers: 798 Most Views on a Video: 2,999,259


Channel Name: Neil Akers Subscribers: 349 Most Views on a Video: 6,209


Channel Name: clairek012 Subscribers: 63 Most Views on a Video: 2,833





or most students, YouTube is a site of procrastination. It’s where they go when they’re putting off homework, chores, or other responsibilities and just want to be entertained. But for some students, YouTube is a site of productivity. After all, someone has to be the one posting the videos. Making videos for YouTube can be a big undertaking, but David Mueller (10) enjoys it, and has been uploading new videos for three years. He even gets paid for it. “Eventually I got bored of doing normal stuff, so I decided to make YouTube videos. I like making reaction videos a lot, or pretending to get angry at something,” Mueller said.

Akers raps on YouTube, but others like to sing or create funny videos. Photo by: Kaitlin Sotir

One of Mueller’s videos shows what a person really looks like when playing Call of Duty, and how mad they can get. It’s comedy he strives for in his videos, and a lot of work goes into them. “It usually takes me a whole day to finish up a video, but some of the longer ones can take about a week to make. There is a reward though. I always hope to get more subscribers, or people who sign up to be notified when you post a new video. Right now I have about 750 subscribers,” Mueller said. There’s definitely a more tangible reward involved as well, for people willing to take the extra stride. Mueller is among a group of

to know that I can put myself out there and people actually listen. It’s nice getting feedback and seeing that people actually enjoy my stuff,” Akers said. Akers writes all of his own music, and discovers inspiration everywhere. The writing process is just as important to him as the actual rapping part. “I get inspiration everywhere, from listening to different artists or maybe just reading a story. Music can come from anything. The first part of doing something is sucking at it. You’re going to have to work at it to get better,” Akers said. Of course, not all feedback is good. After being on YouTube for so long, Akers makes sure to not pay too much attention to the “haters.” “The hate is going to come with anything you do. I used to get really irritated about it, but it doesn’t bother me anymore. They’re going to be there no matter what,” Akers said. As long as the haters stay around, Akers will too, and continue to make more music. A career in rap and hip-hop has always been a viable option for Neil “EnzRhyme” Akers. “If I can make a career out of something

I love, then I’m definitely going to do it. My music has given me a way to express myself, and let people know who I really am. Before all of this, I was a lot more introverted. Music is a passion of mine and I love to do it. Why would you give up on a passion,” Akers said. YouTube has become a source of selfexpression for many people. Claire Kaline (11) finds her self-expression in music as well. “My friends and I have been making videos covering songs for a while, and last November was when we realized we wanted to do more and got into making YouTube videos for our covers,” Kaline said. Kaline loves acoustic covers, because they’re fun and nothing is too serious. “I liked Taylor Swift a lot in 8th grade, and so I decided, why not cover some of her music,” Kaline said. YouTube offers a way for students to make a name for themselves outside of school. Kaline is always quick to confirm that, yes, she is ‘the girl you recognized on YouTube.’

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Hilse’s resemblance to Zac Efron has Gifboom girls heads over heels.

Student has large following on Gifb oom due to look-alike features.


hile YouTube is a great way to show expression, it’s not the only social networking site students use. Gifboom, an app used to make moving images called gifs, is becoming quite popular as well, and Scott Hilse (11) has around 13,600 followers. “When I started Gifboom I just wanted to be on the popular page with the most liked gifs from that day. Once, I was on that page 30 days in a row,” Hilse said. The Gifboom sensation makes gifs, or moving images, of himself. He’s managed to

convince his followers that he is Zac Efron’s cousin, and keeps the act up around school too. Everyone seems to know him as “Efron” now, which he’s okay with. “I’ve just always wanted to be famous one day. It’s pretty cool knowing that around 13,000 people followed me solely because of me. That’s like a third of Bush Stadium,” Hilse said. But what’s a famous teenage boy without creepy girls to stalk him? Hilse admits some of the comments can be a little weird. “One girl commented on at least 150 of

Photo by: Zoe Hall

my gifs saying that she wanted to marry me or at least text me, and she left her phone number right there in the comments. It can be pretty creepy sometimes,” Hilse said. Although Hilse’s Gifboom account is currently dying down due to the fact that it’s hard to update all the time, he still has advice about posting pictures and gifs on the Internet. “Just be original, don’t do what other people do,” Hilse said. Find Hilse on Gifboom under the username “Efronismycousin!”.


“YouTubers” that get paid for posting videos. “I got involved in a YouTube Partnership about a year ago, and I get paid so much for every view my videos get. I usually get about $50 to $100 a month. It’s nice because if I ever want a car or anything, I have that money,” Mueller said. Because this is something he enjoys, Mueller doesn’t see this as work, even though he does get paid. “I might as well do something with my time. There’s no reason for me not to make videos. It’s cool and different, and not everyone does it,” Mueller said. However, comedy videos are just one side of YouTube. Many people, including Neil Akers (10), find YouTube a way to share their own music, and work to make more. “I like to make hip-hop videos. To me, it’s just taking what’s real and interesting and transferring that into music,” Akers said. Akers has been posting his music on YouTube for almost three years now, and he’s become associated with it as well. “My friends and family support me with what I do, because they know I love it. YouTube is great because it’s awesome


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An inside look at what teachers were like in high school


ost students are familiar with the current personas of their teachers, but perhaps they would be surprised at what they were really like in high school. Maybe they were jocks, maybe they were brainiacs, maybe they were the kids that stayed in every weekend to bake cookies with their moms. Teenagers tend to think that their teachers went to school when there was no such thing as electricity and the only thing people did for fun was read and knit. While that may be true, the high school identity of many faculty members is far from expected. Some teachers mirror their personalities today. Mark Christian (Health Department) went to Riverview Gardens High School in North County.

“I was involved in the Honor Society, football, basketball and baseball,” Christian said. Just like students now, Christian was active with school and athletics. As the current Student Council sponsor, he is still active in many activities. Joan Hereford (Science Department) said she was stereotyped in high school, just like kids do now. “I was definitely a nerd,” Hereford said. While maybe not a nerd, Lindsay Capobianco (English Department) claims she was more like the Regina George character from the movie Mean Girls. “I was the mean, popular girl who was not very friendly and told other people what to do,” said Capobianco. Luckily for students, Capobianco

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isn’t like this today, although there still is the stereotypical mean girl walking through the halls of Lindbergh. “I was on poms and did DECA for a little bit,” Capobianco said. Her high school career was very similar to many girls at Lindbergh now. Contrary to what students would expect, Doug Barton (Science Department) was not a good student in high school. “I didn’t study much in high school until my senior year,” Barton said. The much-acclaimed science teacher was a slacker in high school. “I dated a girl who got a 33 on her ACT when she was a sophomore and I was pretty intimidated so I started studying,” Barton said. Out of fear of embarrassment, Barton was encouraged to start studying and improve his grades.

Many students know teacher Stephanie Droege (Math Department), but little do they know that she holds the discus record at LHS. When Droege was here, she broke the record at 130 feet. She is

the current discus and shotput coach for the girls track and field team. “I want one of my girls to break the record because records are meant to be broken,” Droege said.



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Dr. Ronald Helms gets into character as he makes his way towards the capital to start the weekend’s activities.


Dr. Ronald Helms poses proudly with the Blue Ribbon Award that will soon be on display at school.


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he academy award of schools” is one way to describe the honor Lindbergh recently received after being awarded the National Blue Ribbon. Only 300 schools in the entire nation are given this recognition. Eligible schools included all private, public, elementary, middle and high schools, with everything in-between including Department of Defense (DOD) schools. The state of Missouri nominated Lindbergh to be considered for this acknowledgement after the school repeatedly reached high test scores over several years. After the nomination, an application was drawn up of the school’s numerous accomplishments by both the teachers and

Dr. Ronald Helms goes sightseeing in D.C. where he got to see important monuments like the Capital Building, the Grand Mall and the Lincoln Memorial.

students. It was then sent to the capital to be reviewed. Dr. Helms, along with Lindbergh staff members Priscilla Frost (English Department), Amy Kaiser (Math Department), Eric Cochran (Central Office) and Stephen Banning (Science Department), were given the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C. to receive the award from the nation’s Secretary of Education. When asked about his trip, Dr. Helms described it as “absolutely amazing.” The group got to spend the weekend sightseeing the capital and were able to take a tour of the White House itself. “We got to meet the White House dog,

Bo,” Helms said. They also toured the Library of Congress and spent time observing the Grand Mall, a symbolic place in the capital with memorials of important events in United States history like the popular Lincoln Memorial. “My advice to everyone, is, if they can, visit Washington. Seeing the Vietnam and Korean War monuments in the Mall is a great experience,” Helms said. Both the hard work of the staff and the students of Lindbergh led to the school being awarded this honor. By receiving the Blue Ribbon Award, LHS is placed on a pedestal that will leave a legacy years to come with the rest of the Lindbergh student community.


Dr. Ronald Helms acts as if he is signing some important legislation as the president on his exclusive tour of the White House.

Dr. Helms goes on an adventure to D.C. to accept Lindbergh’s prestigious Blue Ribbon Award.


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Are you a true fan? Dressing up, cheering, traveling, and dedication make some students a true FANatic.

Students cheer on their varsity football team dressed in green and gold. During this season’s football games, students took spirit to a new level in many ways, from body paint, Morph suits, and new chants and cheers. Photo by: Shelby Schroll




hether it’s football or basketball, volleyball or soccer, the ultimate fan supports it all. What does it take to be a real FANatic? Wearing green and gold? Cheering along with the crowd? Face paint? Bringing noisemakers to sound when the Flyers score? At least doing one of these things depicts a fan; but a combination of all of these would definitely be considered a FANatic. “I wear green and gold, I bring my personality, and the horn because it’s tradition,” Tom Ratliff (12) said. Some students even go to the extreme by wearing full body suits to cheer on their favorite Lindbergh sport. Some suits are random objects or animals. The most popular suit this year is definitely the Morph suit. Most students are familiar with this

strange phenomenon. Morph suits cover the whole body from head to toe in one solid color. Students wear green or yellow ones and wear more green and gold on top of it to go above and beyond the characteristics of the ultimate fan. “I go all out, I once wore a banana suit to the hockey game,” Patrick Shuff (12) said. Lindbergh students enjoy going to all kinds of games. Some will go to any sporting event, while others have favorite games they like to attend. Whether they like going to certain games because their friends play on the team or whether it’s simply their favorite sport to watch, they’re still considered a fan. “[My favorite games to attend] are hockey, football, volleyball games,” Julian Sanchez (12) said.

Without cheers, a game just wouldn’t be the same. Students have specific cheers for specific sports and usually everyone joins in. It helps to show the players the support and love from the crowd. “I used to start cheers at the beginning of the hockey games,” Lindsey Bozdeck (11) said. The players really do appreciate the support they get from the crowd. Cheering is a way of giving more confidence to the player; it gives them the motivation they need when they’re tired and maybe feeling doubtful of the outcome. “It actually helps me when I hear someone cheer for me or tell me that I did a good job, it keeps me motivated to keep going when I play basketball,” Kelsey Arling (10) said.

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Lucy Vogt (12), Sierra Pett (11), and Joe Witt (9) cheer hardcore at a Lindbergh football game. Green and yellow facepaint were some of the rituals of the ultimate fan. Witt displays the “!” with the other six fans that spell out “FLYERS” on their stomachs. Photo by: Zoe Hall




“I spend 75% of my life playing or thinking about football,” Logan Offner (10) said. Photo by: Nikki Boliaux

“I have sacrificed a lot of time from school because practices are two to three hours a day, but I love it,” Val Hausler (11) said. Photo by: Shelby Schroll

“I sacrifice a social life because of baseball I am always out of town,” Jordan Harmon (12) said.

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Photo by: Jordan Harmon


“I sacrfice going out with friends on the weekends because we have early morning practices. A lot of my eating freedom is gone because I have to keep a certain weight. I cannot eat the things I like any more,”Jack Korenak (11) said. Photo by: Kaitlin Sotir

Photo by: Kaitlin Sotir

Imagine all the time spent hanging out with friends, watching TV, and enjoying free time. Students who participate in sports sacrifice all their time for their athletic passion. Even though they have so much on their plate they never lose sight of what is important. Athletes take up over half of Lindbergh’s population and work hard to balance grades, family, and sports. Some say this is all just part of high school, but what would high school really be like without athletes? There would be so many opertunities lost even for non sports players. Athletes are often on strict diets and miss out on holiday feasts. They wake up early every morning on school vacations just to make sure they are at practice. Are they trying to impress other students? No, they are having fun and making sure when students, parents, and friends come out to watch that they are not disappointed.

Photo by: Kaitlin Sotir

“I do not swim year round like some of the other girls because I play soccer year round, but when I am in season for swim I make it my main focus to catch up with other girls in my lane by working really hard at practice to cut down my times,” Lucy Vogt (12) said.

“I sacrificed hanging out with friends and my spring break because of cross country and track practice, but because of that I ran a 4.28 mile,” Tommy Skosky (12) said.

Photo by: Rachel Collins

“I have had to sacrfice all my ectra knitting time because of basketball games and practices,” Michael Mills (12) said.

Photo by: Kaitlin Sotir



“I sacrifice my time with my family during Thanksgiving and Christmas break, I have to wake up early but it’s not that bad.” Lindsey Bozdeck (11).


In this season of giving, LHS students tell what they want this year



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“I want to get taller,” Aaron Peek (10) said.

“World peace,” Danny Ganter (11) said.



“I don’t wish for anything because I’m happy with what I have. I have food to eat, a house to live in and a family,” Azra Sadikovic (12) said.

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“I wish my cousin would come home from Iraq. It’s been about a year since he’s been home,” Robyn Roland (12) said.

“A cake airbrush so I can airbrush my cakes,” Miranda Kroeger (12) said.


I “I’d say world peace, but that would be cliche so lots of snow,” Rachel Dunn (10) said.


“I want my boyfriend to take me swing dancing,” said Claire Stonner (12).

“A KU hoodie because I love KU and I want to make Mizzou fans mad,” Becky Crown (12) said.

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“I wish for a new guitar because I want to add to my collection. I have two right now and hopefully I will have three by winter,” Kyle Moss (10) said.




“A dog, I want a puppy. Either a wire fox terrier, a chihuahua, or a scottish fox terrier,” Mariel Seabaugh (9) said.

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“That me shaving my head [for cancer research] would actually help,” Ali Weatherford (12) said.

“It would be nice to get gas gift cards because gas is so expensive. I would also like to just pick out gifts for my family,” Maggie Murphy (12) said.

“To go skiing in Colorado. I can water ski but I’ve never snow skied,” Clare Goldkamp (10) said.


“I want to have the perfect mac n’ cheese,” Bridget Kohl (11) said.

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“For Christmas I want to go back to Russia and see my family,” Gafur Gafurov (10) said.

“I want one of those teddy bears with a camera in its eye to watch people with,” Jimmy Liang (11) said.



“A time machine because it would be pretty awesome to go back in time. First, I would go to Paris in the 1850’s and 1920’s,” Zoe Schirren (11) said.

“I wish for some good TV show to come on because I feel like right now there’s nothing good on,” Elizabeth Harter (10) said.


“A tattoo of a lion. My boyfriend had one and he passed away October 14, 2012,” Nataly Dussole (11) said.

24 “I wish I had a car. Any car, with wheels and a running engine,” DJ Schaffer (11) said.

20 “A round trip to London because last time I was there I absolutely loved it. I crave big cities, St. Louis is just too small,” Doan Ho (12) said.

22 23 “Wireless Beats, because I listen to music all the time,” Jamie Smiley (9) said.

“All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth. I’ve been waiting a while for it,” Aaron Latal (12) said.


“I want Nutella,” Emily Cohoon (10) said.

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“I want an Easy Bake oven because it makes awesome mini cupcakes,” Anne Massey (11) said.


Is it Decent to Be

Decent? Revealing the hidden chivalry in teenage relationships. CarmenBinder

Matt Guile (11) and Sarah Wayne (12) show Nathan Merkel (12) and Sarah Vlaich (11) the wrong way to treat a girl. Merkel didn’t need any coaching though, he hit the chivarly bullseye when he texted on his phone instead of paying attention to Vlaich.


Photo by : Kaitlin Sotir


population in Lindbergh that will make such a fatal mistake. Just the other day a group of romantic lads were walking the same way as me, one of them stopped about 10 feet in front of me and kicked a shoe so hard at my leg that it left a bruise. Then they continued on with their stroll as if nothing had happened. I know what you’re thinking, how could a group of three or four boys be so sweet as to give me the surprise I needed to wake up that morning? Well yes. I certainly appreciated it. It’s the wonderful age we live in that can produce such good manners in our youth. That wonderful time we live in should not have its credit cut short. Chivalrous role models can be found in every nook and cranny. Look at the movies, the T.V. shows, and even the celebrities. All of these play a huge role in shaping the minds of our potential hubbies. In 2008 one of the most realistic and romantic movies was released. 27 Dresses. For those of you who have not been enlightened yet, the movie is basically about a girl named Jane who is in love with one jerk, but then another jerk comes into the picture and publicly humiliates Jane. So by just the laws of common sense, the victimized girl falls madly in love with the man who permanently ruined her reputation and gave away 100% of the secrets she gave to him. What a fairy tale. Look at the TV shows young men are watching; i.e. Jersey Shore or Workahalics, need I say anymore? Or look at the celebrities that are paid to broadcast an uncensored message to all with access to the Internet, like Lil’ Wayne. His songs have nothing but strong advice on how to treat your “woman” right. It is the beautiful collaboration of every branch on the influence tree coming together in one epic burst of a chivalrous zenith that can bring the men to act in such esteemed ways. Without it, women would be nothing but pampered, and men would be nothing but classy. As a cynic, I hope I never see that day.

“I told him that he needs to stop treating me like such a princess. It was like he thought I was perfect and it annoyed me,” Capone said.



hivalry is like a fairy, if you say you don’t believe in it, it will die. Luckily here at Lindbergh, there’s been plenty of clapping and chanting “I believe in chivalry. I do! I do!”, and just like Tinkerbell, chivalry’s light is glowing once more. Whenever I feel down about love (which lately has become more often than I’d like) I look around to see one chivalrous relationship after another. Boys almost always hit the “push to open” button on the doors for their women. If there’s a large puddle on the side walk, rather than picking his girlfriend up so she doesn’t have to walk in the street, I see the girl benefited by getting to walk in the street to avoid ruining her shoes. Plus the extra walking is good for her heart, as is the jolt of adrenaline she’ll recieve when a car almost hits her. I’m not the only one who sees the underlying meaning of the clever boyfriend’s actions. “I remember he always would make me pay for the check when we went on dates,” Laura Woods (11) said. Clearly Woods’ boyfriend was trying to teach her responsibility, and he should be commended. Men who don’t measure up to the new standard of chivalry can do nothing but disappoint. Girls expect from their first day of school that the boy who likes her will express this by affectionately tormenting her; pulling a girls hair until she cries is like a schoolyard proposal. Soon we grow and the hair pulling turns into name calling, then rumor spreading, (alas the girl knows all along, that the worse he treats her, the more he loves her). I find myself pitying the clueless boy who tries absurd things like being kind, or making a girl feel good about herself just to get her attention. What is he thinking!?! “This guy who liked me last year was way too nice, and it freaked me out. I told him that he needs to stop treating me like such a princess. It was like he thought I was perfect and it annoyed me,” Danielle Capone (11) said. Have no fear- there is only a small percentage of the male


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t’s no secret that being a part of clubs, sports, and activities is key to being accepted to colleges and excelling in high school. But does being involved do more harm than good? Some might say that it’s better to join just two or three clubs. Others say that one should participate in many extracurriculars. While being involved in many

activities make a person seem more well rounded, it is better to just excel in one or two. “It is better for a student to be in one or two clubs and participate more hours per week [or] month than to be a member [of] many clubs. Students should make a point to join those activities which they really enjoy and feel a strong passion for,” Jenny Klug, the college and career counselor, said.

We should aim high without having to be part of every activity that is offered. Being in charge of foreign affairs for the international foods club won’t get you anywhere. Too many activities can wear a person out and leave students exhausted. However, being involved in multiple activities has an upside. Taking part in many activities will help students make friends, and you can meet different people that have different interests. “Especially since I was new here as a freshman, I didn’t know anyone. The more activities you are involved in the more people you will meet,” Breanna Ladd (10) said. Meeting new friends is definitely one of the perks of being involved in multiple activities, but you must chose your battles. “You want to be passionate about what you are doing, and you should put in all of the effort you can into those clubs. You want to meet a lot of people, but it might be better to be more passionate about something when all of the other people around you are, too,” Maggie Murphy (12) said. A good club to be a part of would be National English Honors Society or Key Club. These clubs help students develop a work ethic and are willing to make a difference. And trust me seniors, it isn’t too late for you to benefit from getting involved.

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he holidays are a time of tradition and family. Many families, like Priscilla Frost’s (English Department), combine the two through baking. “We always make sugar cookies and cut them out and decorate them with icing and sprinkles. It’s something we make sure we always do every holiday,” Frost said. Not only do they make their own sugar cookie creations, but Frost’s family also honors the memory of her grandmother by recreating her famous oatmeal raisin cookies. “My grandmother won a blue ribbon at the State fair for her oatmeal raisin cookies in 1940,” Frost said. By baking and carrying on the traditions of recipes passed down through generations, the holidays truly become a special time for families. “Baking together gives you a sense of family and togetherness. It’s something we can all do together,” Frost said.


This is the official recipe to Priscilla Frost’s (English Department) grandmother’s Oatmeal Raisin Cookies. Grandma Frost won a Blue ribbon for these in the Illinois State fair in 1940.


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ingredients for a happy holiday: love, family, and traditon

Miranda Kroeger (12) shares her grandmother’s chocolate fudge frosting recipe. They make this together every holiday season.

“My grandmother got me really interested in baking. My first memory is of baking with her,” Kroeger said. Every holiday season the Lorenzs’ pack up and travel to their aunt’s house for cookie crafting. They spend all day making and baking cookies, following the recipes passed down through generations. “We use my grandmother’s chocolate chip cookie recipe,” Ellie Lorenz (12) said. Also celebrating during the holiday’s, Ben Ledeaux (11) cherishes his time with family during Hanukkah. “We make latkes, which are potato pancakes fried in oil served in applesauce. The oil is symbolic of the oil that was only supposed to burn for one day but burned for eight,” Ledeaux said. Isabela Berbel (12), moved to America from Brazil 10 years ago. In Brazil there is no Thanksgiving, New Year’s is even bigger. “Any type of Holiday we just blow it up. It’s an excuse to get together as a family,” Berbel said. For New Year’s in Brazilian tradition, the Berbels eat 12 grapes, one for every hour of the New Year. Adapting to American tradition,

Ajla Huseinovic (12) makes the traditional baklava on Eid with her family from all across the country.

Berbel and her family celebrate Christmas with presents and a feast, but they add their own Brazilian twist. “We eat turkey and ham and my mom adds peas because they symbolize good luck and good fortune. We also eat a lot of rice and fezoaus, which is black beans with pork,” Berbel said. Another student that now calls America home, Joani Mitre (10), still celebrates in Greek fashion. “We eat lamb and roast it over a spit outside with family,” Mitre said. Family coming together to feast and celebrate is very important to Ajla Huseinovic (12) who sees her distant family every Eid, celebrated twice a year in September and November in between Ramadan. “The family all comes together and has a big feast. Family from Chicago and Washington come to one house here in St. Louis,” Hueseinovic said. The Huseinovic’s make traditional Bosnian food like Pita and Baklava, which they make and eat as a family.

Ellie Lorenz (12) travels to her aunt’s house every Christmas to bake cookies with her family, passing down her grandmother’s cookie recipe and continuing tradition.



raditions are a chance to carry on the family with you. It’s something I can take with me. It’s our family, its representative of us,” Miranda Kroeger (12) said. Baking runs in Kroeger‘s family. It’s more than just a past time; it’s a way of life. “My great-grandmother was an amazing baker. She didn’t measure anything; she just knew what to do. My grandma couldn’t do that so she followed recipes religiously and so do I,” Kroeger said. Creating baked goods brings Kroeger’s family together. They cherish their mutual ability to bake, as well as their lack of cooking skills. “Baking is something we have all kind of done. It’s one of the few things we can do. We’re terrible at cooking, but baking for some reason we can do,” Kroeger said. Though baking is a part of their everyday life, during the holidays the Kroegers’ come together to create the famous Kroeger fudge. “We put it on cakes, brownies, everything. It’s fudge but we use it as icing,” Kroeger said. For Kroeger the family tradition was instilled in her at a young age.


Review 2012 IN


2012 has been an exciting year. We have seen the creation of technologies and reached new discoveries in science. The music industry was quite successful, and many Hollywood blockbusters have been released for our entertainment. In the summer, London hosted the 2012 Olympics, and gave the world a chance to come together and compete in athletic events, as well as let girls drool over Ryan Lochte. Electronics manufacturer giant Apple released a shiny new play-thing and Adele won everything. With the new year dawning upon us, we look back into the past months and indulge in a recollection. January February 12th, 2012



Facebook acquires

Instagram In the Spring of 2012, Facebook acquired the mobile photo sharing service Instagram for one billion dollars in cash and stock. Mark Zuckerberg now owns your photo library of selfies. April 12th, 2012


2012 GRAMMYs Adele cleans up at the 2012 Grammys, winning six awards for her outstanding achievements in the music industry.



May 4th - July 20th, 2012

The Amazing Spiderman

Superhero movies dominated the summer box office. In a Lunchroom poll of roughly 100 Lindbergh students, Batman was favored highest of the trio.





The Dark Knight Rises

The Avengers 36%

Gangnam Style!



October 14th, 2012

London hosts the 2012 Olympics. United States emerges with 104 medals, 46 of which were gold.

August 6th, 2012


July 27th 2012 - August 12th, 2012

Felix Baumgartner, sponsered by Red Bull, sets the world record for the highest free fall by jumping from a helium weather balloon 24 miles above the earth’s surface.




September 21st, 2012

July 15th, 2012

Korean Pop music star PSY released a single for his sixth studio album, “PSY 6 (Six Rules), Part 1”. Accompanied with a hilarious music video and an addictive dance, the song soared to extreme popularity, and the video broke Justin Bieber’s record for most views on YouTube. What do Lindbergh students think? Nick Remphry (10) first heard the K-Pop hit around early September, and is no longer a fan. “Originally I liked it, but it became too mainstream and was all everyone talked about.” Remphry said. On the other hand, Hannah Sartorious (10) was introduced to “Gangnam Style” at the very end of summer break. “The song is really different because it’s from another country, but I like dancing to it with my friends!” Sartorious said.

Apple’s 6th generation cell phone is released. Anticipation was high, with 2 million devices preordered, nearly doubling the iPhone 4S’s pre-order amount.

YOLO (You Only Live Once)

The Mars Science Lab space rover dubbed “Curiosity” lands on Mars, making it the first manmade vehicle to land on the Red Planet.

YOLO, an eloquently coined acronym/phrase penned by the HipHop and R&B artist Drake reached annoying popularity in 2012, becoming the battlecry of teenagers around the country.The plague reached Twitter, and became cancer as it was hashtagged in a majority of the tweets to go out within the year, causing massive amounts of face palms.

Apple iOS 6.0 Maps

iPhone Operating System 6.0 was previewed on June 11th at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference. Shiny new functions for the Apple Map application were featured, included turn by turn navigation with everybody’s favorite cyberfemale Siri and a three-dimensional “Flyover” function. iPhone users eagerly anticipated the September 19th release. Until they used it. And got lost.


WORSTof 2012


That Awkward Moment When... Everyone has felt it.. That horribly uncomfortable moment. Your body tenses up, you look at your feet, your hands start to sweat.. Awkward. Everyone has them, including LHS students and staff. BrookeSwift

Wynter Kimball (11) “We had to do presentations in English class. I completely forgot what I was saying so I just sat down. Everyone laughed at me. It was extremely awkward,” Kimball said.

Keith Luebbert “Back in 1973 I was on a date at a restaurant called Louie the 19th by UMSL. I was sitting in the booth, my hair was down past my shoulders, I was a hippie. So all of the sudden these three rednecks came over and stuck their hands in my date’s food. Being a guy, I felt obligated to impress my date so I felt kind of stuck. So I go outside and I proceed to get hit and thrown across a car hood. Other than that, the date went really well,” Luebbert said.

Jen Faerber (11)


“I ran into the corner of the wall at work, I got a black eye and bruised my eye bone,” Faerber said.


Tommy Skosky (12) “One day at lunch I was eating applesauce, and I managed to spill it all over the front of my white shorts. The rest of the day I had to walk around school with a yellow applesauce stain, and the worst part was I had a presentation that day,” Skosky said.

“Me and my ex broke up and the next day our teachers picked us to be lab partners in science class,” Witte said.

Hayley Creech (11) “One time I got my hair stuck in the treadmill. I was running on it, and then someone turned it up really high, so I flew off and my hair got caught in the tracks,” Creech said.

Henry Patterson (11) “I was stopped in my car at the intersection of Lindbergh and Tesson Ferry pretty close to the sidewalk. All the sudden, I heard a knocking on my window. I turned and looked and the bag lady, “Cindy” or “Tesson Ferry Mary” was just staring at me. I didn’t want to be rude and ignore her, so I rolled down my window and I was just like ‘uh hey’ and she proceeded to ask me to take her somewhere to eat. I felt so awkward and didn’t know what to say at all but luckily the light turned green and I could escape from the awkwardness,” Patterson said.

Tiara Fry (11) “One time I was at my friend’s house and I was going to the bathroom, and I guess I was just in a big rush to get back to what I was doing. So I threw the toilet paper, and I guess I just didn’t watch where I was throwing it and I missed the toilet when I threw it in and pulled my pants up really fast. So when I came back out, there was toilet paper stuck in the top of my pants. Then my friend’s older brother came up to me and asked why I had toilet paper hanging on the back of my pants. I was so embarrassed that I threw the toilet paper and awkwardly acted like I had no idea how it got there,” Fry said.

Kupono Ronquillio (9) “One day at school I was walking to lunch and looking at my phone. I didn’t realize until ten minutes later that I sat down at the wrong table with none of my friends and no one that I knew. I got up and walked away awkwardly,” Ronquillio said.


Adam Witte (10)




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