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Fifth High School Nears Completion

City growth prompts District to resume Work on new campus

Paige Riley has been selected by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation to receive $2,500 toward her college education. Northrop Grumman awarded Ian Cook a corporate scholarship “It was kind of surprising because my SAT score wasn’t as good as my PSAT score, but I was happy,” Riley said.

Cook, who chose to attend the University of Texas at Dallas, also received an Academic Excellence Scholarship, which provides full tuition plus a stipend. “I wasn’t that surprised, having seen my scores already. I was very honored, but I tried not to make too big a deal about it,” Cook said.

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Last Day of School 7:15 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. MISD Schools

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Class of 2011 Graduation 7 p.m. Potter’s House

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tunities,” Dr. Morrison said. In 2006, as the district was growing 8 percent annually, MISD projected the need for the fifth campus. Following the economic crash in 2008, during which growth slowed to 3 percent, the plan to build the school went on a year’s hiatus to allow for additional growth. Principal David Wright believes the school will help distribute students more evenly across the campuses. “Legacy and Summit are not crowded yet,” Mr. Wright said, “however, Mansfield and Timberview are getting to the point where there are

Mansfield ISD will open a fifth high school for the 2012-2013 school year. As the student population continues to grow and overcrowding becomes an issue in both the Mansfield and Timberview High Schools, Superintendent Dr. Bob Morrison believes the addition of a fifth high school will provide students with more chances at success. “Every time you add a high school you provide students with additional leadership, athletic, or fine arts oppor350 Million Dollars

Less than 8,000 students received the title “Merit Scholar,” earning a collective total of nearly $35 million.

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by russell kirby news editor With less than two weeks remaining in this legislative session, Texas lawmakers have yet to come to a con-

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sensus on a finance bill, leaving school districts in a state of uncertainty. Despite lawmakers’ indecision, fiscal analysts have projected cuts in MISD to range from $10 mil-

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too many students.” Construction on high school five will total $60 million, $23 million below the original projected aerial photo of high school five construction site cost. As the An during March. high schools transition to the eight-pe- thinks the current financial riod hybrid schedule in situation will make staffing the coming years, the dis- the school difficult. “With all the teacher cuts trict will save four million dollars as they open the in the state, I can’t believe fifth high school. However, that we have the resources sophomore Zach McCartney see ‘Fifth High School’ page 5

District copes with financial changes Heading into 2012 school year

lion to $30 million. At accompanying vidnext month’s school eos recently reporting board meeting, district MISD’s sound financial officials will submit status in the wake of a five-year the impendstrategic ing budget plan for cuts. Students MISD deand teachers tailing the will begin to direction see changes in which next year as schools and administra this QR Code to a d m i n i s - Follow tors begin to see MISD’s financial tration will report video. implement employ cost district-wide cutting measures. adjustments. Superintendent Bob “You’re going to Morrison has released see changes in bell several statements and schedules and in de-

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livery of instruction,” Dr. Morrison said. “If it doesn’t turn around, eventually you could start seeing program changes in the next few years.” Next year, middle schools will shift to an eight-period hybrid schedule which high schools plan to emulate in coming years. The eight-period schedule intends to ultimately decrease the amount of teachers needed for the same number see ‘Budget Shortfalls’ page 2

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Technology Brings New Life To District Classrooms

Algebra teacher Tiffany Neelley takes advantage of her new equipment.

By Jessica Jones Staff Writer Recently classrooms have been outfitted with ELMO document cameras and projectors to keep MISD up to date with technology. “We have to instruct in

a technological way to keep up in a technological world,” Principal David Wright said. All classes with a full load of students and all schools within the district received updated technology as part of the district’s Extreme Makeover: High Tech Edition

project. Elementary schools acquired Promethean interactive white boards, Actiview document cameras and mounted projectors. Secondary schools received Promethean Active slates, ELMO document camera and mounted projectors. “Mansfield was lacking, kind of behind the times. There is so much more teachers can do structurally to improve students with updated technology,” Mr. Wright said. When surveyed in 2010, 85 percent of more than 1,700 elementary and secondary teachers answered that installing an integrated presentation system would “have the most positive impact on teaching and learning”. Ninety-six percent agreed or strongly agreed with the statement, “When used properly, technology really improves student learning.” “It’s another method to learn.” Mr. Wright said. “Students have different learning styles.” The new equipment resulted from a February 2009 technology audit suggesting computer and switch replacements, cable plant repair, software upgrades and renovations to the data cen-

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of students and allows for easier staff reallocation. As for program changes, they are predicted to involve cutbacks in athletic and fine arts sectors. Still, Athletic Coordinator Coach Melson’s outlook remains positive. “We’ll be fine,” Coach Melson said. “We might have to rely on the booster club fund raisers a little more, but overall we’ll have everything [we need] and then some.” If the Texas House and Senate do not agree on a finance bill, Governor Rick Perry will likely call for a special session. Considering the limited time remaining in this session, which ends

on May 31, chances lawmakers will settle financial debates during this session seem slim. “I don’t have any expectation that this will be resolved in the current session,” Dr. Morrison said, citing the legislators’ stalling on the issue. Unlike other school districts, MISD has announced it should not have to lay off teachers to buffer against the coming shortfalls. Comparatively, MISD has employed 512 less personnel than districts of similar size, which has left the district with considerably more funds to keep current teachers, administrators and support personnel employed. As district officials draft a stra-

tegic plan for the coming years, they plan to retain this conservative approach to maintain the stability of the district. “You don’t want to mortgage future generations for a decision you make today,” Dr. Morrison said. “[However] tighter budgets in the coming years are a reality.” The beginning of these cutbacks, Dr. Morrison says, should start in the administrative sectors before changes begin to show in the classroom. “I think students will be able to adjust as long as we’re willing to help them along the way,” Dr. Morrison said. “It’s all in how the staff incorporates that extra help.”

ter. Since then, most of these renovations have been completed. To pay for this makeover $6.7 million was set aside from the district’s natural gas leases and another $8.5 million was taken from the district’s fund balance. “They were necessary,” Mr. Wright said, “We’re in a technical world and we didn’t have a lot of technology in the classroom.” Although the new document cameras ultimately replaced the overheads, campuses around the district will still use them where needed. The televisions will still be used in the classroom to show DVDs and VHSs and for other uses the new technology is not capable of. “Some of the equipment is relevant to my class but portions of it remain to be implemented,” IPC teacher Anthony Wilde said, “I will have to wait on a yay or nay vote as to whether I will need some of it or not.” Teachers will not go without training on how to utilize the new technology. Training has been scheduled to prepare the teachers on how to

operate the new installation. To get even more familiar on how to operate the upgraded technology, teachers can take classes at the Tech Center and attend the district’s annual curriculum conference and new technology conference Aug 2 through 4. Although there are opportunities to learn how to operate the new equipment some teachers still find it difficult to adjust. “I hate new things because it stresses me out to learn new technology,” Algebra I teacher Shelly Burkett said. “It’s important to try and keep up to date with technology, but I stink at it.” The new technology will help teach to more students and benefit them as well as the teachers. “I do believe that the new equipment is needed because of all of the benefits that accrue to students and teachers as a result,” Assistant Superintendent of Technology and Information Services Doug Brubaker said.

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Seniors Receive Aid Through Scholarship Programs

Mansfield was lacking, kind of behind the times. -Principal David Wright

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to accept Yale’s proposition is the coaching staff and players. “The entire coaching staff is exceptional at what they do while maintaining high moral standards,” Brown said. “In addition, after meeting my potential teammates and living on campus with them for several days, I just had that feeling that I knew this team and campus was for me.” During his junior year, Brown ascertained Yale University had been following him since his sophomore year through the United States Soccer Federation Development Academy. Yale invited Brown to their college ID camp, and two weeks later they asked Brown to play for them. “After committing, and attending an official college visit, I fell in love with the coaches, team and campus life,” Brown said. Before Yale University revealed its offer, Brown communicated with California Polytechnic University, Colgate University, Drake University, Villanova University and several other universities across the country. However, Yale asked for a verbal commitment first. After he made his decision, Brown informed the other coaches he committed elsewhere. “Realistically, I could never see myself turning down a dream of mine such as attending Yale,” Brown said. “I had a dream to play Division I soccer, and obtain the best education possible; Yale offered both of these and more.”

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Senior Matt Shimp receives $150,000 from Virgina Military Institute at last Monday’s academic award ceremony. “It was really hard to get [the scholarship] and I honestly didn’t think I was one of the top applicants,” Shimp said. “I’ve always wanted to be a marine and now it’s my goal to prove to the board that they made the right choice.” Shimp plans to attend the Virginia Military Institute in Fall of 2011.

By Rebecca omorodion Staff Writer During January, senior and National Merit Scholar Ian Cook received a letter saying he earned the Academic Excellence Scholarship from The University of Texas at Dallas. The scholarship covers full tuition, $1500 a semester towards on campus housing, an additional $2500 in pocket money and if Cook stays in school for two years, he will receive $2,000 a semester to study abroad. “I’m honored, and I feel really fortunate, but less excited,” Cook said. “I’ve always had a hard time getting excited about money.” In addition to The Univer-

sity of Texas at Dallas’ offer, Cook received academic scholarships from The University of Houston, Oklahoma and Arizona. What really made UTD stand out is Cook’s campus visit. Cook liked that the UTD did not give him any VIP treatment while touring the campus. “The University of Houston’s offer was very tempting,” Cook said. “Seeing how well [UTD] treats their students really left an impression on me.” Cook’s parents were even happier than he was after seeing the scholarship offer from UTD. Cook’s mother put the letter on their refrigerator and refuses take it down. “I’m proud that he used his natural abilities and in-

telligence, but more that he applied himself the extra amount to accomplish what very few do nationwide,” Cook’s father said. In the fall of his senior year, senior and varsity soccer captain, Blake Brown committed to attending Yale University, and therefore accepted their offer to pay for the majority of his schooling. Since Ivy League universities do not give athletic scholarships, Yale put together a financial package in consideration of academic records and other circumstances. In order to keep the scholarship, Brown must maintain his grades and represent Yale in a positive manner on and off the field. One of the reasons Brown chose

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Mansfield ISD Shuts Down Facebook Page Inappropriate content prompts district action

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by Madison mondon staff writer After reaching out to parents, students, and the community through the use of the MISD Facebook page, the school district decided to shut it down. Instead of providing a way to communicate with the community, the Facebook page became a forum for people to bicker, talk bad about staff members, and post personal information about students. “Liabilities were starting to outweigh the benefits for us,” MISD spokesman Richie Escovedo said. “Additionally, too much staff resources were being used to properly monitor posts.” Senior Therese Mendez disagrees with MISD’s rea-

sons for deleting the Facebook page. “With the school district trying to keep up with social media, deleting the page was bad on their part,” Mendez said. “They should have expected something to come up.” Sophomore Alex Jantz believes the reasons for deleting the Facebook page held validity. “The Facebook page was meant to inform the community,” Jantz said. “Not for people to subjected to rude comments.” During bad weather days, the Facebook page was used to give out information about whether or not the district would cancel school. “During the snow days,” Jantz said. “Everybody fig-

ured out that there was no school through Facebook.” Even with the MISD facebook page being shutdown, clubs and organizations from the schools in the district continue to use Facebook as a way to inform to the community on upcoming events. “We use the theatre fan page on Facebook to advertise when there is a drama club meeting or when the next play will be showing,” theater teacher Jeremy Ferman said. “We have pictures from plays and other events to show students and other schools what we are doing.”

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Graduation Tips From Senior Sponsor Stephanie Shackelford: Boys and girls should use bobby pins to hold their hat on. Follow dress code. Seniors cannot walk the stage otherwise. Wear deodorant. Pockets are ideal since walkers will not be allowed to carry a purse or bag. Don’t go on an empty stomach. It’s a long ceremony. Carpool. Be prepared to shake your teachers’ hands afterwards. Girls should save their fancy shoes for parties and dinners afterward. Don’t do anything stupid.

SAT Vouchers

Juniors enrolled in Texas public schools, charter schools and home-schooling still have the opportunity to acquire one voucher allowing them to take the SAT or ACT for free. If using the voucher, students could choose from only two testing dates. Because the first date has passed, students who have not tested can only test on June 4. Students may register late online or over the phone until May 23. “The dates were the downside,” English teacher and SAT coordinator Misti Kilgore said. “There were only two and they had been virtually filled by other students who had signed up.”

Although the MISD Facebook page closed down, the school district remains open to feedback from the community and providing important information through other communication channels including Twitter and their online blog.

By distributing vouchers, College Board has given juniors the chance to measure their academic skills and prepare them for the competitive daily life awaiting them after high school. The 81 Texas Legislature provided money to the Texas Education Agency’s Texas College Preparation Program in order for juniors take the SAT or ACT for free. “I believe this is a great opportunity,” English teacher Stephanie Bonneau said. “I just hope the students will take it seriously even though they didn’t have to pay for it.”


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Following Ethan’s Road to Recovery

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Seniors Chris Collins and Dub Ingram lift up Ethan Hallmak at the LUCK week pep rally.

LUCK week recipient Ethan Hallmark currently endures immunotherapy as another type of treatment to boost his immune system and make him healthy. Although the treatment can be physically stressful, it gives Hallmark a greater chance of full recovery. Hallmark remains at home and stable. His ability to do normal childhood activities has increased over the past weeks. The treatment causes Ethan’s face to blister and his lips to become very chapped which makes him feel uncomfortable. English teacher and neighbor, Stephanie Shackelford,

hopes Ethan will heal. “I just hope he lives the life he wants,” Shackelford said. Immunotherapy enhances the immune system and can help Ethan succeed in the recovery process. This will make sure no toxins enter his body, causing even more complications, and can kill away the possibility of the cancer coming back. Although the treatment can affect the body in a negative way, Mrs. Hallmark thinks the possibility of him recovering is worth it. “My wish for Ethan is that he doesn’t have any pain,” Ethan’s mother Rachel Hallmark said. Immunotherapy gives Ethan a fifty percent chance of never developing cancer again.” Junior Jasmine Franklin

thinks Ethan will be fine, and he will overcome this sickness with the helping hand of his family. “I want him to keep fighting. I know he’s a strong boy and he should stay awesome,” Franklin said. “I think he can pull through, he has gone this far, and he has a great family that is really supportive and who obviously love him.” Rachel Hallmark hopes Ethan’s wishes come true and believes self perseverance can help him recover. “The toll that it has taken on our family has been difficult but it’s Ethan’s attitude which has helped us push through it.” Rachel Hallmark said. “His goal is to go to Disney Land, and we plan on taking him five years after remission.”

National Honor Society Inducts Twenty-Nine New Members By Matt Mondon and Kymber cullum Sophomore Landon Cowan stepped across the stage of the PAC feeling a sense of accomplishment as his family and peers watch him take the oath of the National Honor Society (NHS) at the induction ceremony for the 2011-2012 school year. Each year, students in all fifty states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Canada recite the same oath Cowan did after being inducted, and this year twenty eight other LHS students took the oath in front of family and friends. “It was a really cool ceremony. To be in front of my family and feeling that sense of accomplishment felt amazing,” Cowan said.

The National Honor Society was established in order to honor and recognize students who excelled in the four main criteria of Character, Leadership, Scholarship and Service. To be inducted, students must be on the A honor roll and must be accepted after the application process. “It’s really a big honor to be inducted into the NHS,” Cowan said. “It was very challenging to make sure I had everything where it needed to be in order to get inducted.” Junior Kevin Tillotson, vice president of NHS through the 2010-2011 school year, was re-inducted into the society as co-vice president and feels the weight of the commitment but views the respon-

It’s really a big honor to be inducted into the NHS. -Landon Cowan

NHS co-President Ian Cook speaks at the induction ceremony

sibility as easy to manage and the rewards as a major perk. “The organization is great and I like everything we do, but the recognition I’ll receive from colleges will be the best reward in the end,” Tillotson said. Along with recogniz-

ing students for their accomplishments in the four criteria, NHS encourages students to participate in their environment in ways that benefit themselves and their community. “Being inducted into NHS felt amazing but

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Students take oath last Monday at academic award ceremony

it’s only good if school is something you’re really into. It feels like it’s a real acknowledgement of high school accomplishments,” Junior Alana Miller said. “I feel like we are really helping to change lives and benefit others.”

Tarrant County College first session summer registration goes until May 24.

By Jesse Wright Staff Writer Summer break, a time often characterized by sleeping in and relaxing without the responsibilities of school, doesn’t mean the same thing for

every student. For some students summer break means recovering lost credits or getting ahead. This year summer school will fall under one of three categories depending on the course being taken: regular summer school,

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TCC summer courses, or Texas Tech University ISD supplemental courses. “I think it’s beneficial if the student has a purpose and a goal in mind,” Mr. Williams said. “If the student has a real reason to take the class it’s better, because there is cost involved. Most students who take the courses are not trying to fill time.” The courses, which will begin in mid-June, vary in cost based on the class chosen and range in subject from core classes to electives. With the addition of the Texas Tech University ISD supplemental classes, students will have the opportunity to take more in-depth cours-

Texas universities offer New course opportunities

es other forms of summer school may not offer. Junior Amanda Wendling has taken summer school since sixth grade due to failing grades. She regrets having to take credit recovery over the summer again because it takes up some of the time she could spend doing other things. “I’m disappointed in myself for not having passed,” We n d l i n g said. Sophomore Owen Cook believes his summer courses will benefit him in more ways than one. Because he has never taken summer school before, it will present him with new opportunities

Summer school will keep my work ethic from plummeting during the summer and give me a taste of college. -Owen Cook

he hopes will help him later in life.. “Summer school will keep my work ethic from plummeting during the summer and give me a taste of college,” Cook said. “Hopefully it will also open my schedule for other classes I’ve been wanting to take.” After letting his GPA drop, Cook signed up for summer school to help get him back on track and steady his future. Cook decided to take summer school for the classes he couldn’t fit into his next year schedule. “It fell because I didn’t care, so now I’m in the middle of my class,” Cook said. “I was making a lot of mistakes with my life, but I want better for myself. I’m trying to be productive for myself and my possible future.”

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to support another set of staff,” McCartney said. According to Mr. Wright, the district will exhaust all possible open positions within MISD before hiring any outside staff. The eight period schedule implemented at the middle schools next year and at the high schools in 2012, which requires fewer teachers than the block schedule, opens up MISD teachers for positions in the new high school. Also, whatever percentage of the other four high school’s student populations displaced by the new school will also be the same percentage of teachers that will move with their students. Chemistry teacher Celeste Mullis doesn’t think transferring teachers between schools will cause an issue. “The teachers moving are not usually as controversial as the students moving because there are usually enough teachers who move on a volunteer basis,” Mrs. Mullis said. “Some people want to be a department chair, so they can go over and have a better chance at being the

department chair, which is the same way students look at it. If they’ve always wanted to be the valedictorian, they can move and have a better chance at being the valedictorian.” With the district predicted to grow to over 40,000 students in the next eight years, Dr. Morrison believes the addition of fifth high school will provide students a wider ranger of opportunities. “The football team will need a new starting quarterback,” Dr. Morrison said. “The band will have a new drum major. Multiply that throughout all programs, and you have given students, who would not have had that opportunity, a chance to grow.” Zach McCartney, a band member, also sees the benefits of the new school to students. “I think it’s nice that some students will have more opportunities to be in leadership positions,” McCartney said. “There are always the prodigies that you feel you have no chance of beating, but [the new school] will give kids who didn’t have a chance an extra edge.”

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Sports

May 24, 2011

Top Legacy High School Athletes of 2011

Tossing for a State Title

Who is the best athlete at their sport at Legacy High School? The list presents a representative from a broad range of sports that displayed a large amount of athletic talent and leadership in their sport.

Tevin Mitchel Tevin Mitchel got the JoshStanding Doctson at a daunting

6’5” and weighing 180 lbs Josh Doctson has earned his picking as the number one athlete at Legacy High school by being multitalented in football and basketball—two sports that require a vast amount physical exertion and talent. Doctson has been on the varsity football team since his sophomore year. This past year, he led the varsity receivers with 35 receptions and was only one of two players on the team to be selected for 1st team all district. On the gridiron he does it all. He’s a guy you can’t play off of because he’ll beat you with his quick route running and at the same time you can’t play him too tight because he’ll beat you with his speed or just catch it over you. Doctson’s talents on the court were also impressive leading the team in scoring and showing off his ups with his dunks. Doctson was a pivotal reason for the success of the basketball team. The team fed off of his physical presence and leadership. Doctson’s talents attracted numerous college scouts and scholarships. Doctosn’s committed to Wyoming on a full scholarship for football.

reputation of being a shutdown safety for the Bronco football team. What many people don’t know is he excels at track. Mitchel placed fifth at regionals in the four by 100 relay and helped set the school record with a time of 42.09. Having considerable football talent, Mitchel was one of only 90 athletes out of the entire nation to be selected to play in the Army-All American Bowl. He’s considered by most analysts and scouts to be the best defensive back in Texas coming out of high school and his skill got him offers from pretty much every college in the nation. What most people don’t understand is that Mitchel plays arguably the toughest position in football at defensive back. It’s a position that requires considerable strength in both upper and lower body, indelible endurance, quick feet, and instinctive play against opposing receivers. Mitchel excels at all of the attributes necessary in being a great defensive back. Mitchell has committed to number nine ranked Arkansas University on a football scholarship. Not bad for a guy who’s only been playing organized football for three years.

Sarah Musselman Musselman has been

diving for seven years. Outside of Legacy, Musselman qualified for both spring and summer nationals every year since 2006. Her dive team, GC Divers, has won nationals for seven consecutive years. In 2008, Musselman’s talents in diving even earned her a trip to a world’s meet in Leed’s, England. Nationally, Musselman ranks 12 out of all other divers at the age of 15. Her freshman year at Legacy, Musselman made varsity and first team all-state, placing first at 4-A District Meet, first at regionals and fifth at state level competition. This past year, she placed first at the 5A District Meet, second at the Regional meet and ninth at the state level competition despite suffering a back injury and the move to a tougher 5A district. Musselman’s accomplishments and talents as only a sophomore justify her spot and can only show how her talent will progress over the next two years.

Blake Brown He may not be as ath-

letic as some others on the team but Brown’s instinct and smarts at his position make him a great goalie and the best overall player on the varsity soccer team. Brown’s had the starting job at goalie since he joined the team his sophomore year. He’s become known for his ability to shut the opposing team out. Brown’s reputation precedes him by being named the District 5-5A MVP for soccer; a great accomplishment with a district containing several talented teams such as Midlothian, Cedar Hill and Mansfield High School. Out of the 23 games the Broncos played this past season, Brown had 17 shutouts and averaged allowing only 0.3 goals per game. Not only was he solid in the regular season, but also clutch in the playoffs when it mattered most. In the 2010 playoffs, Brown allowed on one goal in six playoff games and in the year prior allowed only three in seven playoff games. Brown’s talent earned him a scholarship to Yale University as a goal keeper.

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May 24, 2011

Track Athletes Compete at UIL Level Championship

Shelbi Vaughan Vaughan has been on

varsity volleyball and track since her freshman year and was awarded First Team All-District honors in both sports. Vaughan has gone to state for both shot put and discus the past two years. Her sophomore year, Vaughan won first in discus and second in shot put. A year later, Vaughan placed first in discus and second in shot put, eve with the move to a tougher 5A district. Vaughan remains the only athlete to win first place in a state level competition. She was also a key aspect for the three consecutive years that the girls volleyball made the playoffs. Her talents she’s displayed on her club volleyball team have earned a tryout for the Junior Olympics team this summer. Vaughan’s impressive play in both track and volleyball have gotten the attention of many college scouts. Vaughan plans on choosing between Texas Tech and Texas A&M.

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Senior Kole Knutson practiced throwing discus for 12-15 hours a week in preparation for state competition.

By Nick Gross Staff Editor Kole Knutson stepped up to the throw mark. He knew he had to throw as hard as he ever had. Knutson didn’t want to repeat what happened to him last year at regionals. Knutson thought he was going to go to state last year when there were only two competitors left. Those two however were able to throw farther than him, putting Knutson into third place. In order for athletes to make state they have to

place either first or second in regionals. However, this year Knutson was able to place first in regionals this year clinching a spot for him. This also made Knutson the only male track and field member to travel to state this year. “To see him [Knutson] win regionals and to dominate the event this year was very satisfying for him,” Coach Tim Kilgore said. “To see a young man just reach his goal was very exciting.” Knutson knew he had to come back this year and perform better than last

year when he didn’t get past regionals. He wanted more than anything to qualify for state this year. “I know for one thing that he’ll compete,” Kilgore said, “and it only takes one throw. He has the talent to win the whole thing. I expect him to come out with a medal either first,

second or third.” Shelbi Vaughan also competed in shot put and discus. Vaughan placed first in both events to advance to state. She worked everyday after school with her coach, and increased her throws to make sure she could get to state this year. “Last year I made it to state in 4A,” Vaughan said. “Now I made it in 5A, and I’m hoping to finish better this year.” Kayla Taylor advanced to state in shot put and discus. These two girls are referred to as the “Discus Divas,” and both of them are getting recruited by Division 1 schools. The “Discus Divas” and Knutson competed May 13 and May 14 at the University of Texas at Austin for the state track meet. Coach Beckler was excited about them making it to state. “I expect them to be first and second in discus, and I know that Shelbi will fight for the win in the shot put,” Beckler said. All three of the competitors finished within the top five in the state meet. Vaughan achieved her season goal of breaking the state record in

“I am extremely proud of their performances at state and am excited to see what they can do next year,” Coach Beckler said. “We were second in the state with 2 kids. Next year, I anticipate them bringing a lot more with them.”

the discus competition with a 161 foot throw putting her in first place. Vaughan also competed in shot put, and was the state runner-up with a throw of 46 feet and 11 inches. Taylor also threw with a personal best throw in the discus of 138 feet and 9 inches landing her fourth behind third by two inches. Knutson placed fifth in the boys discus with a throw of 169 feet and four inches. “I am extremely proud of their performances at state and am excited to see what they can do next year,” Beckler said. “We were second in the state with two kids. Next year, I anticipate them bringing a lot more with them.”

Quick Stats State l Competition Results Kole Knutson -Fifth Place Discus Shelbi Vaughan -First Place Discus -Second Place Shot Put Kayla Taylor -Fourth Place Discus


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Award Winning Site By megan Henry Undergoes Redesigns feature editor

Since the launch of www.therideronline.com in 2009, the site earned top ratings from UIL, won a Gold Crown Award from CSPA and has been nominated for multiple Pacemakers from NSPA. Recently, however, the site has undergone a major rehaul to create a more refreshed and updated look. “We felt it was time to update the site and make it look more mature,” Advisor Leland Mallett said. The site contains the same material as before, including daily photos, recent stories, polls, videos and blogs. Old features have been made more easily accessible while still keeping the same basics of the original site. The interactive and sports pages have been given their own tabs, along with the addition of more content on the home page. “With the new design I think people will be more drawn to the site,” Assistant Editor Julianna DiNapoli said. “It’s very easy to look at, and simple to navigate.” With the decline in popularity of printed papers, the online site gives readers the availability of easy access, frequent updates and the ability to voice their opinions through comments. “The purpose of the redesign was to challenge ourselves and see if we could keep the spirit of our website while making our newspaper easier and more accessible for our readers,” staff writer Amanda Granato said.

New tabs have been created to make it easier for readers to choose which type of stories they are interested in reading. Rather than the old conjoined tab ‘Stories’, the new tabs give each section equal access. These new tabs also have drop down sections linked to specific pages.

Photos will be uploaded daily, with the most recent appearing on the front page. Our photographers attend sporting events and campus activities to document the memories each event offers. Old photos can be easily accessed from the Archive.

Most recent stories and comments appear in the right sidebar. Keep up with the latest News, Sports, Student Life and Entertainment stories our online newspaper has to offer, and see comments our viewers left while voicing their opinions.

Students who have a twitter account can follow therideronline or sign up to get our tweets to their phone. (send a text message ‘follow therideronline’ to 40404) Unlike Facebook, tweets are limited to 140 characters, making the tweets short, sweet and to the point. The latest tweets appear under breaking news and include the links to other websites.

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Day in the Life of a Special Needs Student

Ben Hart experiences high school while living with disabilities

senior Ben Hart The clapping begins to die down as Mrs. Harris pulls up the next ‘Where I live’ Power Point presentation that the partners in technology class worked on the previous class period. The class looks on with excitement while waiting for the next presentation to begin. “There’s mine,” Senior Benjamin Hart immediately says as his presentation

appears on the screen. “Yes, Ben. Now can you tell me what city you live in?” Mrs. Harris asks. “Mansfield,” Ben replies with the encouragement of his class partner. “Good job, “ Mrs. Harris says as she proceeds to the next slide. “Now can you tell me your address?” Hart readily replies with the address on the screen. As Mrs. Harris continues through the slides, Hart answers with the help of the aides. After the presentations ended, the students moved to their computers and began working on their next projects. Hart participates in Partners in Technology along with other various activities designed for his specialized needs. These activities include stocking shelves at Ross, shredding paper, academics, visiting partners in P.E., listening to and answering questions about the book ‘Eldest’, and doing ‘work jobs’ which consist of putting things together and following patterns. Hart begins everyday by taking several different medications, and then being driven to school by his mother, Joan Hart. After school, Hart returns home to unwind before doing his chores. Hart is required to keep his room clean and take out the recycling. Before going to sleep, Ben is required to take around seven different medications to keep his health issues under control. “Ben is a miracle. He was resuscitated twice at birth and did not have a good di-

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by brittany musser staff writer

agnosis,“ Joan said. “Despite what the doctors said Ben is with us today.” When Ben started school at age three he was unable to walk or talk, and did not begin speaking until he was eight. “Ben is always talking now,” Joan said. “I actually have to tell him to be quiet.” Despite his disabilities, Ben competes in the Special Olympics. He began at the age of eight, and participates in swimming, bowling, track, basketball, and boccie ball. “Ben loves the Special Olympics,” Joan said. “He may not be the top performing athlete, but he is the best cheerleader in the group. We call him Mr. Woo Hoo.” Ben has passed the torch at Summer State Games, and this year was named the Male Athlete of the Year for Area 11 which consists of several counties. “The exciting thing about the Special Olympics is that it is a lifelong event,” Joan said. “He can participate with a Community Delegation after he graduates.” Not only has Ben’s physical abilities progressed, but his social skills have also matured since beginning school. “Ben used to be a shy young man who would get anxious about new situations, but now he is excited about upcoming events and is always ready to go,” Joan said. “Ben enjoys being around others. He seems to get along with almost anyone. Everyone likes Ben.”

Mentally-handicapped face Difficulties in everyday life

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By amanda granato staff writer

For most people, the brain has its own built in ‘todo list’, full of things you really don’t have to think about doing. Wash your hair. Brush your teeth. Tie your shoes. But for the 1 to 3 percent of the population who live each day with a mental handicap, completing even those simple tasks requires intense concentration and sometimes even necessitates outside help. “Their perception of the world is very different from ours,” nurse Trayce Franks said. “Many have struggles we will never face.” Although the level of impairment varies from person to person, according to PubMed Health symptoms of mental retardation include continued infant-like behavior, a decreased ability to learn, failure to meet markers of intellectual development and educational demands as well as exhibiting a lack of curiosity. “Social acceptance and interaction with their peers are great challenges for them,” Pediatrician Dr. Toribio Garcia said. A variety of factors cause mental impairment, from genetic abnormalities to infections, as well as trauma and toxic exposure. Despite the many possible causes doctors only find specific reasons for mental retardation in 25 percent of cases. “Generally speaking mentally challenged persons, for whatever reason, usually are dependent on family members or a caregiver, depending on the severity of their debilitating condition,” Dr. Garcia said. “Medication administration, mobility, self-care in general and above all nutrition play important roles.” Designed to reflect the students’ needs, the FALS program for MISD teaches students how to organize and use basic life skills, rather than focusing on more advanced academic courses. Many people with mental impairments make it on their own, leading productive lives with little or no outside help, while others require a structured environment to be at their most successful. “They may miss out on things like relationships or going out to Six Flags with their friends,” Mrs. Franks said, “but usually the world as they see it is all they know.”

Their perception of the world is very different from ours. Many have struggles we will never face. -Nurse Trayce Franks

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by jesse wright staff writer Geometry teacher Julie Gross works her way around the classroom, directing the students as they anxiously cut out small boxes soon to be filled with popcorn. Some have cut cubes, others rectangles. To help them understand volume, she has them making these containers to see which will hold the “I do think geometry most popcorn based on its is important because our shape. world is made up of shapes. Mrs. Gross serves as one [As a teacher] I’m doing betof over 300,000 teachter,” Mrs. Gross said. ers in Texas. With the “This is the fourth second largest popuyear I’ve taught, and lace in the United I think that this is the States, Texas’ public best year.” and charter schools Probably every serve over 4.7 million student concerned students in America, Julie Gross with school holds a second only to Calihigh level of care fornia. As times change, for their grades. However, schools’ curriculum tend certain students think the to change with it, as do emphasis placed on grades people’s opinions on those throughout high school curriculum, some going should be lessened, as they from good to bad and oth- consider grades unimporters the opposite. Mrs. Gross ant, factor relevant only feels what she teaches does in any further education a have relevance in today’s student chooses. society and that she’s be“It’s important to get good gun to teach better than grades to go to college, but when she first began. what we’re learning is not

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critical to life,” junior Kiegan Mumaw said. With the economy in its current state, school districts have been forced to make cuts, and everybody believes they know what should go. Sophomore Alex Jantz feels not everything she learns in school should be required for graduation and questions certain classes’ importance. “I don’t think all of it is important,” Jantz said. “I don’t think that all of the things we’re being taught will be important in our jobs either. I’m not going to be a chemist, so why do I need to learn chemistry?” Even though MSU-Billings’ Center for Applied Economic Development ranks Texas higher than any other state

“Yes, to an extent. Half of the stuff we learn we’ll use Feleena once later, Moniz, 9 but it’s good to know.”

in teacher quality, state lawmakers, such as State Representative Diane Patrick, insist the education system the state employs needs at least some improvement. All scores and all grades included, Texas ranked eighteenth on the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), a test designed to compare states’ proficiency in teaching core subjects. “[What we are learning is important] because what we have now is average and/or mediocre, but we could be doing better. Also

“School defines what our life will Rudy be later on. Garza, 12 It sets a path for the way you go in life.”

[what we are learning is not important] because we need to change the structure. I wouldn’t make it as focused on academics. High schools should help you find out what you want to do,” Sophomore Canute Jacobsen said. While many think Texas education could do with just a little improvement, others view Texas’ education system as good if not excellent. In the past ten years alone, Texas has increased its funding for education by roughly $7 billion, increased teachers’ salaries for every level of experience, and more than doubled the number of students graduating under the distinguished achievement plan. “Compared to other states in the union, Texas has one of the largest public and higher education systems,” Patrick said. “Texas leads the nation in closing the gaps.”

It’s important to get good grades and to go to college, but what we’re learning is not critical to life. -Kiegan Mumaw, 11

“Yes. There’s always things I don’t want to learn and don’t find neces- Haliegh sary, however, Calhoun, 11 when applied to everyday life I learn the opposite.”


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Unrightful Closure by brett walker managing editor

Over the span of the last few years, social networking sites have become the quickest and most efficient news source. Recently, the district closed its Facebook page because of negative comments and the need to moderate the page. However, total closure of the page could have been avoided, and the district should have kept its profile. Facebook’s privacy settings allow for blocking the posting of profanity, videos, photos, or any user comments whatsoever. These set-

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May 24, 2011

tion on these updates will have to dig around on the district’s or schools’ individual sites—or wait until television stations reach the “M”s during their broadcast of closed school districts. Such service may not even be available during inclement weather, though mobile access to Facebook could be. Those in favor of closing the district’s Facebook page believe they thwarted the Internet vandals and naysayers who used the page as a tool to harass others. These cyberbullies, however, will just relocate to another venue and find a

Reusable bags are increasingly becoming a popular method among grocery shoppers as a way to help conserve the environment. These alternatives to the traditional plastic bags are creating more harm to both the environment and people as opposed to having a positive impact. The majority of shoppers who own reusable bags usually forget to actually use them. These bags remain stowed away in closets, pantries or in the trunks of their cars and eventually end up in a landfill. Because of the bags heavier material, they will most likely sit in the landfills longer compared to the conventional lighter and thinner plastic bags. The amount of waste doubles when shoppers forget their reusable bags and in turn end up using more plastic bags, adding to the already vast quantity of litter. In addition to their lack of use, reusable bags hold the increased risk of food borne illness. Most environmental-conscious shoppers do not wash their bags in between uses, much less at all. When these bags are constantly exposed to raw meats and vegetables, the likelihood of cross contamination rises leading to food poisoning. Reusable bags are a breeding ground

new way to cause disruption, and those who used the page for its intended purpose will be worse off than before. If the district wants to maintain a strong connection with the commu-

nity, they need to keep up with the speed of technology and the pace of social media. Officials should restart the Facebook page with a clean slate and updated privacy settings.

College Carry-On by jesse wright staff writer The United States contains over 4,300 colleges, only about 70 of which currently allow for concealed handguns to be brought on campus. In 2009 alone, 2,590 forcible sexual offenses, 1,866 robberies and 2,675 aggravated assaults were committed on college campuses. All of those crimes involved a culprit and a victim and could have been prevented had the victims been able to defend themselves. Like they say, “When

for bacterial growth and other potential diseases. A study done by the Environment and Plastics Industry Council (EPIC) found that the moist, dark and warm interior of reusable bags containing small traces of water is ideal for the development of bacteria. They also found the check-out staff at grocery stores are highly transferring the contaminants from bag to bag as the microbes get on their hands. Furthermore, in order for these bags to serve their original purpose of improving the environment, shoppers must continuously use them. According to an article on the Wall Street Journal, “An Inconvenient Bag”, four or five reusable bags could end up replacing 520 plastic bags every year if each one is used at least once a week . This idea seems excellent on paper, and could make all the difference if consumers choose to dedicate themselves to changing their shopping habits; a feat that could take years to happen. People need to make their usage of these bags habitual so they can achieve their intended purpose of being beneficial to the environment. As far as health and sanitary purposes go, these reusable bags need to be cleansed on a routine basis to avoid sickness. If consumers can take on the matter passionately, then the world will see a great difference in the long run.

State legislation may legalize Concealed handguns at colleges

seconds count, the police are only minutes away.” In a school shooting, every second counts. A licensee with a handgun can take down a gunman in those seconds or at least stall the shooter, preventing numerous deaths. The Virginia Tech Massacre, likely the most wellknown college campus shooting in America and one of the deadliest shootings in the U.S. by a single gunman, will have its anniversary on April 16. During a ten minute period, Sueng-Hui Cho, the gunman, had killed 30 inno-

cent people. With the average police response time at roughly eight minutes and the first 911 call being placed around one to two minutes after the initial gunshots, about nine out of the twelve minutes consisted of guaranteed massacre, with the majority of Cho’s victims coming early on or in the middle of that time period. Police alone simply cannot guarantee the safety of the people at college campuses. People should have the right to defend themselves, lest they rest that right solely in the hands of some-

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TheRider Editor-in-Chief Carly Smith

Custom lot spots Could generate Revenue for school

Shoppers Should Remember Their Reusable Grocery Bags by jamila obied staff writer

May 24, 2011

Painted Privelege

Officials could have avoided Cancellation of MISD Facebook

tings were never used, however, and vandals took advantage of the opportunity to slander the district. Had the settings been enabled, any possible controversy on the district’s Facebook page could have been avoided. The page provided an easy way for the district to communicate with all of its constituents and was a valuable tool for staying updated on inclement weather and school board developments. Removing it only serves to damage the connection between parents, students and the district. Without access to the Facebook page, those seeking quick informa-

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one else too far away to do anything. Some people, those against campus-carry, would claim schools need not allow students or faculty to carry handguns as they think their alternative methods to keep the students and faculty safe will suffice. Their methods include private security, less-dangerous weapons, and even survival classes. None of those options can be put into effect as easily as allowing students to defend themselves can, and none of them work as well. Private security could cost colleges hundreds of thousands of dollars

and would be too expensive for many colleges. Only the wealthiest of colleges would have the option to hire a private security company, meaning non-profit and community colleges would be left unprotected.

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Seniors across the country select, pay for and paint special parking spaces. However, this process has never been allowed in Mansfield ISD because administrators claim the money raised would not be enough to benefit the school, due to a lack of interest from the seniors. If seniors were able to create and paint their own parking spaces they would increase their school pride while raising money to help their school. Although the administrators think this fundraiser wouldn’t be a financial benefit, students prove them otherwise. Based on a one hundred person survey on this year’s senior class, 94 students would buy a senior parking spot at an average of $45 each. Meaning about 470 seniors out of the 500 would be interested in participating. Assuming only 350 seniors would follow through with paying the $45 and filling out the paperwork on time, the school would get around $16,000. Even if administrators decide to use a few thousand dollars to sandblast the parking lot at the end of the year instead of painting over the old paint, the school would still make an immense profit. With this hypothetical information, painting park-

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ing spaces would definitely be a financial benefit to the school. Students wait through years of high school in order to achieve the status of senior. Once achieved, they realize the only real perks are off periods, which academically rigorous students can’t take because of their busy schedules Looking forward to painting a parking spot, finally gaining access to that right would make all the hard years of work worth the effort. Seniors would finally have something to separate them

of belonging is important to many teenagers, and feeling like they belong at this school could potentially promote them to involve themselves in other school activities or events. Administrators doubt there would be enough support for painting senior parking spots by the students, but have left the possibility open to change in the future. If the administrators and the school board would agree for a test run in a future year, the students should show just how much they are interested and support it.

“I think it’s a great way to claim your space and show your creativity. I’d love to paint one when I’m a senior.” -Drew Alers, 11

“I think it would benefit the school financially, and seniors could express themselves while having their own space. I’d definitely do it when I’m a senior, it sounds really cool.” -Owen Cook, 10

“I’d totally do it, because I hate walking a mile to my class. If I had one I’d probably write my name really cool in graffiti, or have someone in my art class do it.” -Erica Johnson, 12

Fact or Fiction

FICTION: Sophomores won’t be allowed to drive to school anymore, and won’t be granted parking permits.

FACT: The schedule will change to an eightperiod day, but not until the 2012-2013 school year.

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Yay! Every 15 Minutes: The program designed to steer students away from drinking and driving has a lasting impact on the community and provides a building block to the school’s well-being.

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“It seems really cool, I would do it. I don’t know what I would paint because that’s still a long ways from now, but I think we should do it if enough people are interested.” -Jessica Fain, 9

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from the underclassmen, something they are always looking to do. Having designated, customized parking spaces to come to school would boost the students’ school pride. Not only could they display who they are as a person, but show they belong to this school, which is worth being proud of. At some Arlington schools, certain exceptional spaces are kept and auctioned off the next year. The leaving student feels as if they left behind a legacy, and the new owner has even more pride to inherit it. A sense

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Nay! Drunk Driving: Naturally, if we’re going to give a Yay! to Every 15 Minutes, we have to Nay! its nemesis, drunk driving. This monster is responsible for countless unnecessary deaths and injuries.

Nay! Gloomy Weather: Gray skies and a dreary hazed atmosphere set a mood opposite of what we’d like to see as we head into summer.

Yay! Blood Drive: Donors who support this cause provide an invaluable resource to those in need. It’s a great thing when people do all they can to give.

Yay! Summer Nears: Spring Break is long gone, and there is less than a month left in the school year. Two months of no waking up early (unless you’re into that sort of thing), no teachers, no homework and no classes

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Page 14 Jasmine’s Jabber:

A Recollection Of My Academic Career Because I do not have the talent of conversing easily with people I have never met before, the majority of my public school education has been characterized by a delirium of social awkwardness. I don’t possess the gifted ability of small talk; the farthest I can usually get is “How was your weekend?” before the conversation plummets, nosedives and ignites into flames that are fueled by silence. It goes without saying that me trying to make friends is analogous to a multi-car pile up on the highway probably involving causalities. Many years of grade school were riddled by anxiety, and my outward appearance didn’t lend me much aid. A brunette steel wool flurry of hair, rainbow braces, that Avril Lavigne, pseudo-punk look that no one can take seriously, especially when you’ve got acne comparable to the Gulf oil spill; these are only a few of my physical attributes that plagued me – some incurable, some self-induced. Attending the Academy of Animal Kingdom, I was the gazelle between the teeth of the lion as howler monkeys screeched cheers. Okay, maybe that’s an overstatement, but I have had my lunch taken and my ego eviscerated, and it stinks. Things didn’t change until I finally had a mind-set switch. You can go with the hallmark catchphrase of uniqueness and how different is good, or you can look at it on the other side of the mirror. To be trite, we’re all the same person, broken down into genetics and all that biological hoopla, but different occurrences inflect on us to shape our kismet in it’s own way. But the way in which our lives coexist and weave in and out makes it so that our identity is embedded within each other. On one hand, it’s the loss of identity through repetition, but on the other, it’s the celebration of a collective family within a population. Therefore, as I reach the tunnel at the end of the light that will be brutal art college, my lasting advice as a wise senior looking back on my past school years is just this; Live your life out unabashed. I now know that whatever feelings I project onto those surrounding me are reflected back, and what better aura to send out there than one of arms wide open to the unashamed. Alright, that about wraps up my sentimental goodbye to high school and my one corny parenthesis for the next four years. I’ll see you guys at graduation.

Many years of grade school were riddled by anxiety, and my outward appearance didn’t lend me much aid.

Owl City: All Things Bright and Beautiful Owl City’s new album ‘All Things Bright and Beautiful’ hits the shelves June 14. Along with the release of the new album, Owl City plans on touring to promote it. The tour comes to the DFW area on July 26 at the Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie.

Entertainment

May 24, 2011

Before They Were Famous

Celebrities who had crazy jobs before entering Hollywood By Travis st. john Staff writer

What People Know

Jason Statham has become one of the biggest action stars in Hollywood and frequently works with Guy Ritchie. He’s a perfect movie star with amazing athleticism, dashingly good looks and superb manliness. At the top of his game Statham has been having great success, but he has not always been an actor. uptopics.com

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First, Statham was a Olympic diver, which just raises his manliness so much more. Second, and most shocking, he was a black market salesman. People should be speechless, but when thinking about it, it makes sense. It probably explains why he plays mob roles so well. With his background he’s almost as awesome as Chuck Norris.

Brad Pitt has been in tons of movies, and has a fan base the size of Australia. Pitt has mastered every role that he has done. He was Mickey O’Neil in Snatch, and Lt. Aldo Raine in his film with Quentin Tarantino. He was labeled as the “pretty boy” of Hollywood for a good amount of time. The only bad idea he ever really had was being married to Angelina Jolie.

Brad Pitt was a chicken. One of the most valuable actors in Hollywood dressed up as a chicken to advertise the restaurant El Pollo Loco. Pitt was also a limo driver. I can only hope he was running late to a limo job and did not have time to go home and change out of his chicken suit.

Being the funny guy who looks like a rock star and has a British accent, Russell Brand now has a very large fan base. Starring in: Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Hop, Despicable Me, and most known for Get Him to the Greek, Brand has taken movies by storm. He married Katy Perry, and has started to get bigger than the world itself.

Russell Brand was a mailman. Before he became famous, Brand was walking door to door putting jury duty notices in peoples mail boxes, and saying, “Cheerio, please don’t bite me” to passing English bulldogs that had a bad day. In a sense it’s fitting for Brand. He can out run P. Diddy, so he definitely has the endurance for the job.

Tommy Lee Jones has been in great movies since the start of his career such as both Men in Black movies, No Country for Old Men and his amazing role in Sunset Limited. With a “just try and stop me” attitude that would make a nun have a heart attack and the face of a hardened war veteran, Jones has made a name for himself. Honestly, he’s very intimidating as well.

Jones worked on an oil rig and in underwater construction; basically two of the manliest jobs in the world. Jones has always been known to look professional at all times and can always be seen in a suit. Can you look professional, awesome and like a hard worker all at the same time on an oil rig? Well if you’re Tommy Lee Jones you can.

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Surfing the Web

May 24, 2011

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A list of websites to help solve Internet boredom By Josh Perry Entertainment Editor Computers plus the Internet equals a billion possibilities. Normally that’s what boredom rolls into, surfing the web hour upon hour just in search of something to do. We’ve created a list for Internet boredom.

Honestly, one of the most entertaining websites around. Don’t let the thought of taking quizzes turn you away form the site because it’s quite fun. The quizzes relate to anything from music and entertainment to science and religion. There are daily quizzes involving word scrambles and word ladders, kind of like a scrabble sort of thing. Making an account on Sporcle is free and easy. The fun part about having an account is if there isn’t a quiz to something and you feel there should be, you can make your own. Most people have heard about the Music Genome

Project Pandora has been conducting since its creation. Pandora allows you to create a radio station that plays music of the band of your choice, plus any band with a similar sound. You can give songs you like a thumbs up, telling the site to play that one again in the future, and give songs you dislike a thumbs down, letting the site know to never play that song again. It’s a great thing to run in the background of anything else you are doing and a great way to hear new music.

Digg is a wide collection of stories that people have “dugg”, which is the close equivalent of a Facebook like. When a person with a Digg profile diggs a story, photo or article with the capability of being dugg, it pops up on digg for everyone, with or without a profile, to see and read. If you make a free Digg account you can then join the crowd and digg

already dugg stories, making the digg count of the story rise before your eyes. The stories you digg are then accessible from your profile page to be viewed anytime you want.

Hulu is a wonderful place to watch full episodes of your favorite TV shows. Hulu can even restrict TV-MA shows from being played unless a signed in account is 18 or older. Creating an account on Hulu is completely free because the site obtains its profit from 30-60 second ads that show three times throughout the episodes like normal commercials. Hulu also has a paid version called hulu plus. It costs $7.99 a month and lets you watch several seasons of hit TV shows, brand new shows, and critically acclaimed movies. Hulu plus is also playable from iPhone, iPod, iPad, PS3, and now Xbox 360 with Kinect compatibility. It’s definitely something worth looking into.

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Rise AgainstEndgame The sixth studio album released by Rise Against.

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Video Game Valve has returned and delivered a gift. Hopefully this cake isn’t a lie.

Due Date-

On DVD Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis trek cross country in this outrageous comedy.

Sixx: A.M.-

This Is Gonna Hurt Nikki Sixx and the gang are back with their second studio album.

Crysis 2-

Video Game Put on the Nanosuit and join the fight to save New York from the invasion.

Skyline-

On DVD Follow a small group of people as they try to survive an alien attack.

Foo Fighters-

Suit Up for Battle

Wasting Light The seventh studio album released by the band.

Sexy Tuesday partisans declare war on Fresh Friday By nick failor business Manager Senior Caleb Downs struts down the hall in formal clothing to celebrate Sexy Tuesday, a day where students dress in suits and ties for fun. Fresh Friday was also created to pull in another day of the week to dress nice. Caleb has sworn allegiance to Sexy Tuesday and plans to go to war with those loyal to Fresh Friday by means of psychological warfare and party hats. “I can’t reveal my plans,” Downs said, “But I can say I want to destroy Fresh

Friday forever.” Sexy Tuesday was originally created by last year’s track team, but when Fresh Friday arose, it renewed Downs’ idea to bring it back this year. Downs began to tell friends and classmates of this new dressup day, and it returned. “I almost forced people to do it,” Downs said. “I wanted it to be bigger than last year.” Many students who know of both dress-up days participate in both, while Downs wants them to choose sides. He has called out those loyal to Fresh Friday for a war, believing that Sexy Tuesday should

I can’t reveal my plans, but I can say that I want to destroy Fresh Friday forever. -Caleb Downs

be the only dressup day of the week. Students like senior Brandon Grey finds partaking in both the better way to go. “It’s a way of life, it’s the only option,” Grey said. “My life would be nothing without Sexy Tuesday.” Senior Mike Kojder, upholder of Sexy Tuesday, supports Downs on the destruction of Fresh Friday. He has his reasons for keeping it going and plans to take the battle to college. “I only participated in it because I keep it classy,” Kojder said. “I’d support my roommate at UT with anything none the least destroying Fresh Friday.”

Upcoming Movies Kung Fu Panda 2: Jack Black returns as Po in this anticipated sequel May 26.

X-Men: First Class-

See the beginning of the X-men right before your eyes on June 3.

Fresh Friday supporter and junior Dustin Red Eagle always dresses for the day. He completely deflects the challenge presented by the Sexy Tuesday and plans to do nothing about it. “I would take him up on his challenge,” Red Eagle said, “But seeing how awesome I am, it would be a waste of my time.”

Transformers: Dark of the MoonThe Autobots are back again to save the Earth on July 1.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 2The battle of good versus evil ends on July 15.

Cowboys & Aliens-

Bulletstorm Bulletstorm delivers the action to you with a neatly wrapped kick to the face. Follow protagonist, using the word as lightly as possible, Grayson Hunt through his trek for redemption and revenge.

Portal 2-

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The fight to defend the west begins on July 29.


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May 24, 2011

2011 Sports Playoffs

Photo Essay

Basketball (Above) Dane Muhlbier, 12, runs through the line of cheerleaders to get pumped up for the last Varsity Basketball game. (Left) Pushing off his Cedar Hill opponent, Andrew Antia,12, prepares to shoot another basket during the varsity basketball game. (Below) Defensive varsity soccer player, Cody Sherwood, 11, strikes the ball away from his opponent during the aggressive rivalry game against Mansfield High School. Bella Moreno photo

Soccer

Varsity baseball players, tipped their hats to cheer on their teammates, Ryan Dean 11, (pictured bellow) who makes an attempt to score another run during the second round of playoffs.

mia ortega photo

other teams in playoffs this season

bella moreno photo

Track and Field

Academics

Brianna Walker, 10, and Taylor Watts,11, (pictured right) sprint to the bases in an attempt to continue to make it through the rounds of playoffs.

(Fourth from Bottom) Varsity soccer team lines up during the national anthem before a game at RLA Stadium. (Third from Bottom) Bracing himself, Diallo Dotson, 10, lands after jumping in the Legacy longjumping event. (Second from Bottom) Upside-down in midair, Kayla Long, 11, propels herself over the bar in the pole vaulting event during the Legacy track meet. (Last) Addressing fellow Academic Decathlon students, Ian Cook, 12, prepares them during class for an upcoming UIL event.

jasmine mcmasters photo

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