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2010 - 2011 Staff: EDITOR IN CHIEF: Megan Palmer DESIGN EDITOR: Kailee Griffis DESIGN EDITOR: Raegan Pack DESIGN EDITOR ASSISTANT: Brianna Brown DESIGN EDITOR ASSISTANT: Kaitlyn Tate STORY EDITOR: Cheyenne Lee BACK PAGE EDITOR: Persephone Harris COPY EDITOR: Joelle Tackett SPORTS EDITOR: Jessalyn Tackett PHOTO EDITOR: Shelbi Raysor PHOTO EDITOR: Sydney Wheat ASSISTANT: Lydia Evans REPORTERS: Rebecca Barger Daniel Brown Kaleigh Huff Brent Powell
Family Tree Project for Spanish
Sophomore Gloria Mendoza
04 Play around in Plato’s Colset!
08 See who had the best HUNTING moment!
06 Check out the TOP movies and TOP songs of this week!
09 Find out who is going to be in the TALENT SHOW!
12 See how Jessica Gardner felt about last softball season!
15 Get updated on DRAMA! 17 Running a life
14 Take me out to the
Freshman Toni Kelleybrew 19 How Jackeli Bryant
felt about the ACTAAP!
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places to spend Spring Break!
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Pan Panama City Beach offers many activities for people of all ages. These activities include zoo excursions, amusement parks, water parks, museums, and swimming with dolphins. While winding down at the end of the day, plan to go out to the many beach clubs or teen night clubs.
- Sophom Thomas Se ore bourn
Cancun, Mexico Cancun’s attractions and destinations make spring break to Cancun enjoyable and relaxing. Enjoy the waterfront restaurants, golf courses, and water sports around the islands and inlets.
South Padre Island, Texas South Padre Island, the longest undeveloped barrier island in the world, stretches for 110 miles along the Texas Gulf Coast. The attractions include nature centers, sea turtle exhibits, and much more.
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From Plato’s Closet to Amber’s Closet. 03
Senior Amber Schafer
Speak Out Here’s How It Works 1 1. Bring in gently used brand name clothing and accessories. By Kaileee Gr G Grif Griffi rif iffi fis
The Buckle, American ican Eagl Eagle, le, H Hollister, ollister, aand ndd Abercrombie and Fitch are just a few name bbrand rand stores where teens shop. At these trendy d stores, some cringe at the thought of the prices, but others pay no attention. Consignment, or secondhand, shops are an option. One new consignment shop located in North Little Rock is Plato’s Closet. Plato’s Closet buys and sells the latest brand name, gently used clothes and accessories at greatly reduced prices. Senior Amber Schafer decided to shop at Plato’s Closet after she heard they had cute clothes. The top name brands sold at Plato’s Closet range from True Religion and Miss Me, to PINK by Victoria’s Secret. Schafer was impressed when she first shopped there. “I loved all the Ralph Lauren polos I found for $12, and my favorite part was it wasn’t too busy,” said Schafer. Schafer has even taken clothes to sell. “I got about $60 for nine items,” said Schafer. “It’s a lot like TJMaxx. You don’t have to weed though the good and bad stuff. It’s a good place to keep your options open when you’re on a budget.” Plato’s Closet’s mission is to make it easy for all teenagers to have the latest name brand clothes.
Plato’s Top Trends #2
1) Cargo Skinnies 2) Slouch Boots
3) Studded Belts 4) Jeggings
5) “Clompity-Clomp” Clogs
2. The buyer will review your items. 3. The buyer will create an offer based on the style, condition, brand, and the store’s current stock levels. 4. Once the offer is accepted, you will be on your way with some cash in your pocket.
#9 Take a Military Approach
Military inspired trends remain popular and are more subtle than previous seasons. Gone are the flashier looks ala Coldplay; rather, military is now about functionality and utility in jackets, boots, and purses.
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Girly Floral (8 Subtle Military (9 Open Front Sweaters (10
-Freshman Jasmine Hatchett would like to see Little Fockers and Black Swan. “I would like to see the movie Black Swan.” Swan .” -Sophomore -S ophomore Mary Robin Clay
-Junior Sandra Best Favorite song: “Raise Your Glass” 05
Favorite songs: “Firework,” “The Time (Dirty Bit),” and “Tonight I am Loving You.”
-Senior Briana Tate
TOP 10 SONGS
1.) Born This Way 2.) Forget You 3.) S&M 4.) Freakin’ Perfect 5.) On the Floor
6.) Grenade 7.) Blow 8.) E.T. 9.) Tonight I’m Loving You 10.) Firework
1.) Rango 2.) Adjustment Bureau 3.) Beastly 4.) Hall Pass 5.) Gnomeo and Juliet
6.) Unknown 7.) Just Go With It 8.) The King’s Speech 9.) I Am Number Four 10.) Never Say Never
TOP 10 MOVIES 5 3 4
10 By Rebecca Barger and Kaitlyn Tate
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Grab Life by the Horns.
Life Style Memorable Moments Sophomore Brandon Russell Russell was sitting
when he heard a limb at the top of a tree shake. Then a squirrel came falling down. It hit the ground and took off running!
How BIG is Your
RACK? Junior Emily Rowton
Safety Tips While Hunting -Treat every firearm as if it is loaded. - Be certain of the target, and what is beyond it. - Keep the safety on until ready to shoot. - All firearm hunters on any land during daylight hunting hours must wear a hat, cap, vest, jacket, rainwear, or other outer garment of hunter orange, visible from all sides. - Let someone know where you are hunting and when you plan on returning.
“I was in the deer stand while four deer were standing around. I was picking out mine of the group, and the momma doe started stomping and snorting at me. I jumped and it scared all of the deer off!”
Senior Tanner Crow went hunting for the first time in Mountain View, Arkansas when he was just a little kid.
Sophomore Taylor Shaw “I went hunting with my Pepaw, and a huge ten point came out of the woods. I shot, killed him, and one side of his horns fell into the thicket. Good news: I found it. Bad news: we had to figure out how to put it back on for my wall.”
Sophomore Brent Sims shot an eight point buck that weighed 160 pounds in Tucker, Arkansas.
By Sydney Wheat
“We are going to be amazing.”
-Sophomore Leah Lavender
Marla Coleman & Doyleisha Holloway will hip-hop dance to a mixed CD.
Lacey Nyhuis, Hunter Spence, & Leah Lavendar along with Jacob Brown, Lance Cunningham, Raniesha Franklin, Megan Palmer, Patrick Pasley, Eric Sturba, Stephanie White, Nick Gebhardt, Cody Horner, Toni Mathews, Devyn Pasley, and Tori Lackey will dance and shake it to “Shake Loose” by Chosen.
Dance Around Act Out
LaQuanda Tatum will belt out the tune “Weak” by SWV..
Gabby bb Siler l will sing “I’m in Love with Another Man” by Jasmine Sullivean.
Life Style Talent Show By Raegan Pack
Today, March 18th, Student Council’s theme, ‘So You Think You Have Talent’ will challenge students to showcase their skills at the 3rd Annual Talent Show competition. There will be a total of 16 performances including singing, dancing, and sign language. These acts were selected from the auditions that took place March 7-10. “Everyone who has tried out is participating,” said Marcel Vincent, Student Council sponsor. The talent show is a way “to showcase talent and raise money for charitable organizations,” said Vincent. The $1.00 admission fee goes to the Wade Knox Child Advocacy Center and next year’s Angel Tree child. The top three places will receive a plaque. The judges will be Mike Brown, Manager of the Lonoke
“This is what we do.” - Carlton Harris Community Center, Shannon Clement, President of the Lonoke High School Alumni Association, Donnie Davis, President of the Booster Club, andAmanda Simpson, Assistant Manager of Lonoke Pizza Pro. The judges are looking for talent, crowd interaction, and preparedness of the contestants. Last year’s first place winner, junior Tyler Grady, can remember the nervousness he had before he played and how excited he was when found out he won. “Just have a great time performing and don’t worry about anything. You will do great,” said Grady. It is time to see who really has talent at Lonoke High School.
Carlton Harris & Gabriel Martin will rap original lyrics while Andrew Tripplett plays the Nick Harris & Destiny Mills SOLO PERFORMANCES Anna Criswell Sadie Pasley Gabby Siler Shelbi Smith Mark Sullivan Laquanda Tatum INTERMISSION ENTERTAINMENT Senior Powderpuff Cheerleaders Jordan Anderson
GROUP PERFORMANCES John Almaraz and Tiffany Beckham Matthew Brumley and Brooke Petty Logan DeWhitt, Jessalyn Tackett, and Joelle Tackett Marla Coleman and Doyleisha Holloway Tyler Grady and Guy Halbert Nick Harris and Destiny Mills Carlton Harris, Gabriel Martin, Andrew Tripplet, and Keylon Walker
GROUP DRAMA Jacob Brown, Lance Cunningham, Raneisha Franklin, Nick Gebhardt, Cody Horner, Tori Lackey, Leah Lavendar, Toni Mathews, Lacey Nyhuis, Megan Palmer, Devyn (Lani) Pasley, Patrick Pasley, Hunter Spence, Eric Sturba, and Stephanie White
Play Hard “I felt we did well, but we could have done better. I feel that next football season we’ll
Work Harder and be much Better.”
- Junior Brenden Ellington
11 Juniors Tyler Grady and Brenden Ellington
Play Hard Football Skills Competition By Jessalyn Tackett
Eric Williams was the grand champion of the competition. Wade Stout won the place kicking competition with Eric Williams behind him. Eric Williams won the passing competition with Wade Stout, and Brenden Ellington tied for 2nd. Wade Stout won the punt competition, while Brenden Ellington won first runner up. Eric Williams won the speed drill and the obstacle course, with Brenden Ellington winning 2nd place in both skills.
Students from grade 4-12 were able to show off football skills on Saturday, March 5, at the Lonoke High School football field in a competition coordinated by Deborah Dunn. Competition skills were: kick, punt, pass, speed drill, and obstacle course. For each skill, points were accumulated. The person with the most points in a particular skill received a medal, and the first runner-up received a ribbon. The person who accumulated the most points in the competition received a trophy as the grand champion. Deborah Dunn said she originally wanted to hold the competition “as a fundraiser for the Diamond Princess Pageant.” When Dunn coordinated the competition, she modeled it after the competitions held by the National Football League. She “thought the kids would enjoy it,” she said. There was no entry fee for participants, but spectators were charged a small entry fee.
“I felt we could’ve done better at state, but throughout the whole season I think we did good.” – Senior Jessica Gardner
“We had a bunch of t e k s sophomores and juniors, Ba it was a rebuilding Ball so year. Next year we should be a lot better.” – Sophomore Reid McKenzie
“I think it’ll be fun and Sof t I think we’ll have a good time. I think Ball we’ll go to state.” – Freshman Kashara Wilborn
“We have some good players this year. We should make it pretty far.” – Senior Matt Eby
JR High Wins It All By Joelle Tackett
The Junior High Jackrabbit basketball team was victorious this season becoming Conference Champs with a record 8-0 as well as District Champs. The team battled the Southside Batesville Southerners for the district title at Clinton High School February 16, 2011.
To make it to district, “everyone had to work together,” said freshman Tykel Gray. In preparation for the game, Gray said he studied plays the team went over in practice. Freshman Marty Maples said the team “put in a lot of effort” to make it to district. Gray said he was
nervous at first, but then “it all came back.” The Junior Jackrabbits were victorious with a final score of 40-33. Freshman Jamel Rankin led the team with a total of 12 points. Freshmen Darrius Mc Call, Cedric Cooney, and Gray scored 8 points each, and Maples scored 4 points.
Gray said he has high hopes for the team next year if they all stick together. “Anything is possible, and hopefully we win it all again next year,” said Gray.
Play Hard By Daniel Brown
Water flows over my skin as I use speed and grace to slice through the water. I get to the end and flip, using all my muscles, straining to push off the wall so that I may overtake my opponents. I dream of swimming. I live for competitions. I swim for winning. - RACHEL DENSON The swim team practiced throughout the summer to get ready for competitions. The team is coached by Laura Denson and assisted by Mrs. Sheryl Letteer. Team members consist of sophomores Tripp Weaver, John Michael Clay, and junior Rachel Denson. Swimming is “harder than other sports because you use different muscles. You have to be toned, not buff,” said Denson. Teams accumulate points in competition as a unit. “We have a really small team, so it hurts us in points,” said
More than Treading Water. - Lonoke Swim Team
Letteer. “Although we don’t have enough members to actually win, still the team almost made it to state, and we’ve placed a lot,” said Denson. Swimming competitively focuses on technique. Members practice and work towards “getting the strokes perfect, and the endurance for longer races,” said Letteer. Many colleges have swim teams and offer scholarships. “I would recommend people to join, and we would need more people to do a relay,” said Denson.
Play Hard Baseball
The 2011 softball team is working to make sure this is the best season ever. “We are getting more depth [with] every position,” said head coach Larry Smith. The team is led by Smith and assistant coaches Lou Ann Howell, Laura Park, and Roy Don Lewis. In workouts, “we warm up, hit infield and outfield, run bases, pitch and catch,” said pitcher Hannah Murray. Smith said this workout is effective because “it prepares us for all parts of the game.” The team’s first game was on March 4th against West Memphis at the Sylvan Hills tournament. Murray feels confident about this season. “I think good things will happen,” she said. In order to prepare for a game, the coaches try to find out as much about the opponent as possible. “We find their weaknesses and
The 2011 baseball team started the season with a home game against the Cabot Panthers on February 22, 2011. The baseball team is doing a lot to ensure that this season will be perfect. The team ended last season with a record of 13-16. The workouts include stretching, running, hitting, and fielding. Head Coach, Darrick Lowery, feels this workout is effective because “conditioning and flexibility are both key elements in baseball.” Before a baseball game, Lowery tries to get as much information as possible on the team’s opponent. The team then watches the opponent during the pre-game warm-up “to see if what we scouted was true,” said Lowery. Senior Matt Thompson feels that the baseball team is looking good, but “there is always room for improvement.” This year’s baseball team is younger than last year’s. “Sometimes we struggle to get the hang of what we are striving for,” said Lowery. However, the team is breaking down every element of the game a lot more this year, and
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2011 LHS Softball Team
Golf The 2010 golf team chipped onto the fairway last season. Senior Parker Cole, senior Will Joshlin, sophomore Sonny Chivers, and freshman Wyatt Howell made up the golf team last season. “We weren’t the best team out there, but probably the closest group of players. We had so much fun,” said Howell. “The camaraderie between all of the players is probably my favorite part of golf,” said Cole. Golf practices consisted of hitting golf balls off of the range, chipping and putting on the practice green, and playing a round of golf. To prepare for a golf match the team would “go to the practice range, and then eat some snacks,” said Howell. Joshlin finished second place and Cole finished third place in a tournament last season. The golf team also won the DeWitt Invitational Team match. This season the team’s goal is to go to more tournaments. Howell’s personal goal is to “play every shot perfectly.” Head coach Dean Campbell said, “there are no tryouts. If you have the equipment and are willing to put in the time, you can play.” Howell and Chivers will be returning to the team this season, and Campbell hopes to add more players. “I think these two, along with whoever we add, will be able to contend for some tournament honors,” said Campbell. By Kaleigh Huff
Play Hard Photo by Cheyenne Lee
This race was the Hardest Thing I have ever done. - Junior John Almaraz
The 26 Mile Race John Almaraz Goes the Distance The race was the hardest thing I have ever done. It really took everything to get through it. The pain was the worst thing. On the 19th mile, my leg went stiďŹ€ but I knew I had to ďŹ nish. But I know that if you want something, you have to give it your best even when it does hurt because once you get to where you want, the prize will be amazing. Same as life.
Q. How long have you been training for Q. When did you run your first marathon? this? my first marathon at 8:00 in I have been training A. A. I ran the morning on March 8, 2011. for three months. Q. Where did this marathon take Q. What makes you run? place? My dad and my brother ran. A. The marathon was held at the And I just love to run. A. River Market in Little Rock. Q. Who encourages you? Q. How did you find out about this encourages me. A. My whole family marathon? But mainly my brother randomly looked it up Jose Almaraz. A. I just and thought it would be a good experience. Q. Do you do any other sports? and A. I run track, cross-country, Q. Were you working out/running play soccer. before you decided to do the marathon? A. Yes. I was running two to three Q. What advice would you give to miles on the weekdays and 12 to 15 miles on the weekends.
Q. What does your training consist of? I ran off road all my life, A. but I started going to the community center to get the weight mostly in my legs.
Interview by Raegan Pack
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Taking LHS Drama to theNext Level
By Megan Palmer
The Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) While some created drama, has been involved in many activities throughout this these seniors lived it. By Megan Palmer
The LHS drama class participated in the Southside Forensics Olympiad on February 2526 at Fort Smith Southside High School in Fort Smith, Arkansas. 17 other schools entered this competition in hopes of making it to the finals. Seniors Kasey Carraway, Megan Palmer, Shelbi Raysor, and LaQuanda Tatum all competed and made it to the semi-finals. This was a bracketed competition, similar to a sports tournament, in which high school students competed in acting, speaking, and interpretive events. Eight seniors from Lonoke chose to prepare one or more pieces and stay a night at The Residence Inn in Fort Smith for the competition. “The invitation was open to all drama students,” said Drama teacher Mrs. Shelle House. Seniors Lance Cunningham, Raneisha Franklin, Allison James, and Gabby Siler competed in Interpretive and Acting competitions. Carraway was one of the eight students who participated in two or more events. He competed in Improvisation and Solo Acting, and made it to the semi-finals with his solo. “I went nuts,” said Carraway. “I was so excited!” It has been at least six years since the drama classes at Lonoke have participated in a Forensics Competition. “I’m extremely proud of these young ladies and gentlemen,” said House. The seniors competed against some students who have been in drama for four years. “I learned that a lot of people take it continued on pg 22
year. From creating school calendars to holding a Chili Supper, this club has been busy. FBLA went to the annual District Conference on January 26th. Forty schools competed at the University of Central Arkansas (UCA) including 60 LHS members. This was “It was a a conference in which moment I will students “elected District never forget! Officers, competed, and ed for state,” said It is a great qualifi FBLA club sponsor, Mrs. leadership Angela McCallie. Lonoke alone had over opportunity.” winners. Juniors John - Junior Emily 20 Pennington and Emily Danielson Danielson were elected into District Office. “It was a moment I will never forget,” said Danielson. “It is a great leadership opportunity!” FBLA will be attending the State Conference in the Little Rock Statehouse Convention Center and Robinson Auditorium April 4-5. “Thirtytwo LHS members [will attend] along with kids from all over Arkansas,” said McCallie. These students were selected to go by placing at the district conference. Senior Jordan Anderson is excited about going to state. “It’s my first time to go, but hopefully I’ll learn how to be a better leader and also have fun,” said Anderson. Senior Hassaan Nadeem
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Get Informed FFA members participate By Lydia Evans in FFA week activities.
In 50 years we will need to produce 100 percent more food than we do today in order to feed a much larger world population. The future farmers, scientists, business leaders,and teachers who will someday lead the world wide effort to provide safe and affordable food to all are celebrated by National FFA Week. FFA (Future Farmers of America) makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing the potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agriculture education. “With their optimism, enthusiasm, leadership skills, and knowledge, FFA members’ potential for success is infinite,” said agriculture teacher, Amanda Snider.
“FFA week was a great experience as well as a time for us to find our infinite potential through the activities we participated in.” - Secretary, Erin Ellis. Some of the events that were held in FFA week were the 3rd Annual Chili Cook Off, a Dairy Foods Contest Demonstration, Barn Yard Trivia Day, the FFA member luncheon. Sixteen students participated at ASU Beebe’s Agriculture Day Invitational CDE contest. Other events were, March 1st Eastern District FFA Foundation Kick Off at Brinkley High School,
and March 10th Eastern District CDE Contest at ASU Jonesboro. Upcoming events in FFA are: April 8th Arkansas FFA Association State CDE Contest U of A Fayetteville, April 28th Lonoke FFA Banquet, May 6th through 8th ASF Spring Livestock Show, and June 7th through June 10th Arkansas FFA State Convention. Students earned money from the Fall Fruit and Meat Sale, and proceeds will go to pay a portion of National Convention Fees, State Convention Fees, Livestock Team Supplies, and Community Projects.
FFA hosted the Annual Chili Cook Off at the Rusty Shack Cafe.
By Brent Powell
The FCCLA District conference took place in Pine Bluff, Arkansas in February to introduce and meet with over 100 schools. The FCCLA District conference was a student led organization, with students from multiple schools participating in different areas. The theme of the meeting was “Hot, hot, hot!” Two to three hundred students attended from across the state. “Schools discussed what they are doing in their communities,” said senior Laquanda Tatum, who participated in the planning of the ceremony. This year’s conference held a talent show, the FCCLA initiation ceremony, and student introduction. Officers and representatives of different organizations were also introduced. Tatum’s favorite part about the conference was the talent show. Tatum said that she had fun at the conference, and went mainly because she loves being in FCCLA. Nothing specific is planned for the next conference, but the FCCLA does regularly participate in activities such as fundraisers. The conferences are held annually for the FCCLA. This year’s conference was “short and sweet,” said Tatum.
Mrs. Melnick and Mrs. Letteer
Senior Colby Mahoney Mr. Wilson
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Math ClubWrap Up
By Cheyenne Lee
Math Club pulled out the calculators and began the year off with a busy calendar. Pi day was held They sponsored the Red Cross Blood on March 14th, 3.14. $94 Drive where over 30 pints of blood were donated in October. They dollars was earned and will be continued with over 60 pints of donated to the Wade Knox Child blood donated in February. Advocacy Center, and all canned goods Math Club also hosted will be given to the local Food Pantry. a Teacher Luncheon on Tickets were $2 for one ticket, or $5 for 3 February 23rd to give thanks tickets. Participating teachers who got pied to the teachers. were: Mr. Vincent, Mrs. Letteer, Mrs. Melnick, On March 5th, the Math Club went to the Regional Mrs. Jones, Mr. Wright, Mrs. Prado, Mr. Boyd, Math Competition where Mr. Wilson, and Mr. Hobson. Activities were students in the areas of held in the cafeteria during lunches. “I threw Algebra I and II, PreCal/ a pie at Vinny-Vinny...because I got an F in Trig, Calculus, Geometry, his class. It was great,” said senior Colby and Statistics competed with Mahoney. With the help from Math schools around the state. Club and Mrs. Prado, Pi Day Winners from this regional competition will compete at the was a creamy and tasteful state contest. success.
Arkansas JSHS The 45th Annual Arkansas Junior Science and Humanities Symposia (AJSHS) was held on March 11th and 12th at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville. AJSHS is a national program dedicated to promoting original research and experimentation in the sciences, engineering, and mathematics at a high school level. It recognizes students for outstanding achievements. Students grades 9-12 were able to compete in Research Paper Presentations or Poster Contests in an attempt to win scholarships continued on pg 22
“We got to sit down and control the microscope.” -Freshman Dylan Walker
Science Day was held on March 16th. Members went to the Elementary School to demonstrate a series of experiments to fifth grade students. The purpose was to show science experiments in a fun and entertaining way so that fifth graders would learn to engage and find enjoyment in the sciences. Several of the experiments that were on display were dissections, volcanoes, catapults, and flame tests.
Get Informed By Sydney Wheat
Testing Complete ACTAAP Tests Juniors’ Knowledge Teachers and juniors academically. The ACTAAP is now wait for the results of the biggest test of the standardized test the year. The Arkansas Arkansas uses. The state Comprehensive Testing, requires every student Assessment and who is classified as a Accountability Program junior to take the Literacy (ACTAAP), was March ACTAAP exam. The school’s scores 8th and 9th. Before the test, “I felt must improve yearly. nervous. Change that. I felt “Students who do not confident about the test,” score at the proficient level said Jackeli Bryant. “My must have an Academic Improvement Plan teachers prepared I and complete me well.” remediation Results of felt in order to this year’s confident receive A C TA A P about the credit for will be test... the course released My teachers in which in June. prepared the test Students me well.” was low.” scoring If a student proficient - Jackeli fails the math will receive Bryant portion of the rewards next ACTAAP, for year. Rewards include a senior skip example, the student will day for the entire class, be in remediation during individual skip day, cash advisory. The student will prizes, and senior out to not receive credit in math lunch. “I’m very excited until the remediation is because I want to win that complete. All juniors have been money,” said Bryant. “Adequate Yearly practicing skills every Progress (AYP) is a Tuesday and Thursday measurement defined by during advisory. “It helps the United States federal me with my writing and No Child Left Behind my confidence in making Act,” said Counselor proficient or advanced,” junior Russell Carrie Holt. Based on said standardized tests, the Kuvet. Freshmen and U.S. Department of Education determines how sophomores are already public schools and school preparing for future tests. Literacy teachers districts are performing continued on pg 22
Incentives for Scoring Proficient Individual skip day, class skip day, money, and off campus lunch are all incentives to motivate the Junior class to score proficient on the ACTAAP testing on March 8th and 9th. “I really like the senior out to lunch and the individual skip day. It motivated me to do better on the literacy test,” said junior Olivia Evans. The leadership team, made up of high school staff members, discussed their options with students, gave ideas, and decided which incentives would be most effective. Since the scores will not be known until June 2011, incentives will be awarded to this year’s juniors next year when they are seniors. If the entire class meets Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), the entire class will be awarded a Senior Skip Day. Individual students who scored proficient or advanced will be allowed to skip one day of their own choosing, without it counting against them in any way. A drawing will be hosted with 12 cash prizes of $100 being awarded to juniors. Students who scored proficient will be entered once and students who scored advanced will be entered twice. Proficient seniors will be allowed one day a month for off campus lunches. This year’s seniors who were unable to go would have enjoyed the privilege. continued on pg 22
Get Informed FBLA cont. from pg 17
Softball cont. from pg 14
take advantage of them,” said Smith. Both Murray and Smith are very excited and confident about this season. “Last year was good, but I think this year will be even better,” said Murray. Baseball cont. from pg 14
taking the time to learn every situation. Tryouts for this season were held January 4-5, and six seniors, four juniors, nine sophomores, and three freshmen were selected to be on the team. Lowery said, “We have a great group of kids who get along very well and play well together.” Lowery feels that team unity is very important in sports. “The baseball team would love to have as many fans at their games as possible. There’s nothing better than having a loud, rowdy Lonoke crowd,” said Lowery. Lowery and Thompson are both very optimistic about this season. “I feel confident that we will be very competitive this year,” said Lowery. Thompson said, “I feel really good about this season and what it holds in store. Go Rabbits!”
Drama cont. from pg 17
very seriously,” said Carraway. Lonoke took 11 entries to competition, and three came back with the honor of making it to semi-finals. “I hope that we can go to another competition and I would be ecstatic if we got to go to another one,” said Carraway. Although there is a possibility of attending another competition, House is not yet prepared to reveal any of that information. If acting and interpretation sound at all interesting, take part in this class. But no matter what, watch out for the drama!
How students place at state will determine who will go to the National FBLA Conference this year. It will be in Orlando, Florida June 28-July 1. The cost should range from $1,000-$1,500 per student. A garage sale will help fund the students who will be going to nationals. Although it may sound like fun, the main purpose for going is to compete and to learn new things at workshops. Conferences are not the only thing that FBLA offers. Part of the FBLA creed states “I believe every person should actively work towards improving
social, political, community and family life.” Multiple projects have been completed to improve the community. “March of Dimes, Literacy Council, Open Arms Drive, Angel Tree, Chamber of Commerce, Merry Thanks, American Enterprise, and a Chili Supper have all been very beneficial,” said Danielson. Sign-ups for the 20112012 FBLA will be the first week in September and dues will be $10. “FBLA makes me a better leader in all aspects of my life,” said Anderson. Help make the world a better place…for everyone.
Incentives cont. from pg 21 ACTAAP cont. from page 21
Jennifer Powers and Tonya Beeler teach students to circle, underline, and bracket (CUB), read the questions carefully, and try to make the best effort. “You can’t study or prepare for it overnight. You just have to listen to your teachers in class,” said English teacher Sheryl Murtha. “It was long. I started to lose track but I got back on because I had to get my perfect score,” said Bryant.
Senior skip days are “boring when no one else is around,” said senior Travis Reaves. “I felt left out,” said senior Deidra Webb. Students who do not score proficient will be placed in remediation classes next year.
Scores will be announced at the beginning of next year. “To be honest the test was difficult, but I tried hard and I did that thing. I feel like the incentives are something to strive for,” said junior Gabriel Martin.
AJSHS cont. from pg 20
and cash prizes, as well at had a honeybee and as a trip to the National we got to look at its tiny JSHS in April. Freshman hairs,” said Walker. “The Dylan Walker said he trip was a lot of fun and enjoyed the trip. “The I hope to go again.” microscope we looked Photos & Photo Illustrations by Sydney Wheat and Shelbi Raysor
When it comes to shoes, it is just like the height; it varies. Prom is more than a “walk in the park.” Shoes should be comfortable to stand in for hours. Prom is four hours of dancing, and do not forget about posing for the camera. Choose a shoe with an ankle strap for support. Do not forget the choices of heels. Go with a skinny stilleto if you have time to practice. No time to strut? Go with a chunky heel.
Have you found the dress yet? The dress sets the style. Jewelery, shoes, and tuxes all follow its trend. Popular trends this season are bright colors and pearls. Sherri Hill’s 2011 Prom Collection uses feminine pastels, pearls, and rhinestones to create the “Girly Girl” look. Tony Bowls’ 2011 collection is inspired by bright neon colors. Any style you choose is sure to be a STAR of the show.
Where to buy: Dillards, David’s Bridal, First Impressions, and Bakers.
Location: Clinton Library in Little Rock Date: April 2, 2011 Time: 8p.m - 11p.m.
LHS would like to give a special thanks to: Ms. Sajder Mrs. Mertsch The 2011 Prom Committee The Class of 2012
The Ozone layer will be hit hard over Lonoke, Arkansas on April 2nd, 2011. Hair can be one of the Transportation is key in arriving at prom. Guests can most important parts of the prom look. Hair can ride in groups, as couples, or even solo. For groups, assign one or two people to be in charge, to collect money, and also be the way to express oneself. There are multiple destinations to set up an appointment: The Little to rent the limo or bus. There is no alcohol allowed Hair Hut, Kreations, Extreme Hair, Sassyâ€™s Styles, and on the rented transportation. Bring the music most Debbieâ€™s Place are just some of the options. preferred by the people in the group.
Tips The limo may not be MP3 accessible. CDs are the best back-up plan!
Tips Call weeks before prom to set your hair appointment! By Kaitlyn Tate and Shelbi Raysor
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