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Vol. 59 • Issue 3

Fall Fashion Teen Pregnancy Matunda Ya Kwanzaa Student Inspiration Working Through the Holidays Do You Dare to Care?

duPont Manual High School, 120 West Lee Street


December 2010





Brainy Girl Comic Book Bonanza Horoscopes HP7 Review



Crimson Corner Ten Tips to Find Inspiration Plants vs. Zombies Review For Colored Girls Review



Miss World Basketball Teams Prepare Girls’ Soccer Makes History Senior Class Trip

the crimson record


Editors in Chief Alyssa Johnson Isiah Fish


Gabrielle Webb (Managing Editor) Tianjian Lai (Managing Editor) Trevor Griner (Copy Editor) Doc Surrell (News Editor) Craig Pearcy (Sports Editor) Virginia Johnson (Design Editor) Coty Capps (Photographer) John Kenney (Business Manager) Nick Beckman (Advertising Exectutive) Barrett Grider (Creative Director)


Mac Hahn Sarah Kinney Alexx Cooper Clara Campeau Malesha Griffin Juliette Rosado Nikia White Anna Dryden Rachel Niel Rodney Cox

extreme home makeover


by John Kenney Recently the Lampe Family of Fairdale, Kentucky was chosen to have a new home built to suit their needs by the Extreme Home Makeover team. Neighbors in the area have labeled them as a kind family with very active and athletic sons. This is the second time the Extreme Home Makeover Team has come to Kentucky; previously they visited Patrick Henry Hughes and his family. This time, the chosen family consists of a father with eye problems and a hernia, a 3-year-old child who suffers from Down syndrome, a mother and champion wrestling sons. Though some in the community believe the family is kind and deserving, some Courier Journal readers have pointed out that one

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of the sons is enrolled at Trinity and the Mrs. Lampe is a student at UK. They believe that these specifics shouldn’t qualify them as a family needing an extreme home makeover. The show asks on its application board, “Do you know a deserving family who desperately needs a home makeover?” Some local residents have mixed feelings if the family qualifies as desperate. On October 25th, the construction teams finished and the bus was moved, revealing the new house equipped to fulfill the family’s needs. The show is expected to air sometime in the next couple of weeks.


by Nick Beckman

Thursday Nov. 18 marked the opening day of KaLightoscope, a Christmas-themed light show held in the courtyard of the Galt House hotel, but many Louisvillians are wondering just what exactly the attraction is and why people from all across the nation are talking about it. The attraction displays hundreds of inflatable holiday decorations, which are painted, blown up and illuminated by bright lights. It lasts from Nov. 18th until January 3rd and has a total of five different attractions: the Gingerbread Village (held in the Galt House Conservatory), “Santa, Santa, Santa”, the “Colors of the Season” (holiday dinner show), and Mistletoe Marketplace where guests can shop and enjoy the festivities. “This kind of show has never been brought to the United States before,” says Mary Alice Greenamyer, primary spokesperson for KaLightoscope, “and we [the Galt House] have invested about $1 million in the show so we are banking a lot on its success.” A few of the artists that created the works come to the Mistletoe Marketplace in the Galt House to show off the techniques and the attractions for next year. In an interview with, Mary Mosely, CEO and President of the Al J. Schneider Co., said, “KaLightoscope Christmas will be a spectacular event that will bring to life the sites and sounds of the Christmas season in a way never before seen.”


December 2010


Do you Dare to Care? Extreme Make Over Home Edition chose another Kentucky family to help this year, but not only did they build a house this time, they also filled a bus with canned goods and donated it to Dare to Care. Dare to Care is going to use the food to stock the Kid’s Café. The Kid’s Café is set up when school is out of session, so that underprivileged students have a place to get food when their families are struggling. Manual was not given a lot of notice that JCPS was going to host a canned food drive on their behalf. Manual already had a drive for United Way in progress when the Dare to Care drive started. Not wanting to hurt the United Way’s progress, Mrs. Speigalhalter and Mr. Wilson, the liaisons for Dare to Care to Manual, decided not to advertise the “fill the bus” food drive. “We already had the United Way at Manual working on their stuff. We just didn’t want to step on any toes when we had another food drive coming up,” said Speigalhalter.

They were already planning on having a much bigger food drive for Dare to Care. This drive was going to be much more prevalent in the school than the unannounced and unadvertised “bus filling” food drive. The next drive will be from Nov. 15 to 19. “This drive has been planned for a while. We really had no warning of the last drive,” said Mr. Wilson. One in five children in the Louisville area fights a battle against hunger on a daily basis. Of all the children under age five in Kentucky, a quarter of them is not getting proper nutrition to develop properly. That gives The Dare to Care food drive was held at Manual during the Kentucky one of the highest weeks of ______ in order to collect donations of food for people who malnutrition rates in the United States. 67are less fortunate. “It’s a great cause because there are thousands of people who percent of families in Kentuckyare are food less fortunate than the rest of us, and nobody wants to be hungry this winter,” said Dave Carroll (11). insecure.

Manual’s Inspiration

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Other students inspire me and I imitate their work. Robin Zhao, 10, on drawing.

[I’m inspired by] the thought that someone will look at [my drawing] and like it. Maura Hayse, 9, on drawing.

[I’m inspired by] conversations around me. Anna Shelton, 10, on writing.

I’m inspired by people who are different and strive to be better and more creative than the rest of society. Elise Hagan, 11, on her band, Unleashed.

The things that inspire me the most are things that happen in my life. Molly Bruce, 9, on writing

Teen Pregnancy by Anna Dryden

In the media, teen pregnancy seems to be the hot new topic. It’s been glamorized on shows like 90210, Secret Life of the American Teenager, Glee, Private Practice and Juno. Well known celebrities like Jamie Lynn Spears and the stars of the MTV hit show Teen Mom are constantly on the covers of tabloid magazines. But none of this media coverage seems to illustrate the real hardships and struggles of teen parenthood. In fact, some believe that it’s making it worse. How are the teenagers of America supposed to separate fact from fiction? With one-third of all adolescent girls becoming pregnant before age 20, the United States has the highest teen pregnancy rate in the industrialized world. According to the Kentucky Teen Pregnancy Coalition (KTPC), Kentucky has the 25th highest pregnancy rate in the country, Over 67,000 teens are sexually active and of that, 66 per every 1000 girls become pregnant every year.

At Manual alone there have been six girls who have transferred to TAPP since 2004. These statistics are alarming but the numbers alone cannot tell their stories. Eighty percent of moms who have their first child during the early teenage years won’t get their GED before they reach thirty, if at all. To help decrease the dropout rate among teens who must choose between school, work and their child, JCPS has created the program TAPP (Teenage Pregnancy Program) that is available to all pregnant and parenting girls in middle and high school. Mrs. Cash, who teaches Life Skills and Foods classes at Manual, and her husband both work full time jobs in addition to caring for a two year old daughter. “Having a child is the hardest but most rewarding thing I’ve ever done. I spend $660 on daycare a month.” She said. If being a working mom is hard for a thirty-something college graduate

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by Sarah Kinney

Every person, no matter how young, can make a difference in the world. Holly Poore, 12, on Action for Africa.

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My sister inspires me; she always helps me out. Jennifer Fraser, 9, on Musical Theater. Coach Lucas is very inspirational to the Manual football team and to the school. Kameron Johnson, 11, on football.

with a husband, it could only be worse for a teen mom. “Becoming pregnant in high school is not the end of the world but I certainly wouldn’t recommend becoming pregnant in high school because it will change your life forever.” Says Cash. “I don’t believe that giving students birth control at school is necessary, health clinics offer all kinds of birth control for free. However, I do think that we should provide students with more information about sex, birth control, and the options available to pregnant girls. [Mrs. Speiglhalter] has told me that during the Bush Administration, teachers could only teach abstinence in their curriculum. If you were teaching something other than that, students had to have permission slips signed by their parents.” According to a study done by the Kaiser Foundation, Kentucky is one of twenty-two states that require both sex education as well as HIV/STD instruction between 7th and 12th grade.


Working Through the Holidays by Alexx Cooper

The time between November 1st and January 30th is a time filled with many holidays from many cultures. Thanksgiving, Dwiali, Christmas, New Year’s, Hanukkah, and Kwanza are just a few of the holidays that fall during these busy months. For most, this time is one of relaxation, family togetherness, and celebration. Nowadays, however, more and more teenagers and young adults are working through these holidays. Their reasons vary, from just wanting the extra cash to needing to feed themselves, from paying bills and debts to enjoying the work. “I like having the extra money,” says Matt Keith (23). Keith is a student at U of L, and works two jobs, one at Walden’s Books and another at Clear Channel Radio Station. “I need gas, cigarettes, and polar pops almost daily, and it’s always good to have a little extra cash in hand.” While Keith works for simple consumables that aren’t necessary, other students who work through the holidays do it to pay the bills and “bring home the bacon.” “[My car insurance] takes $120.00 out of my bank every month,” J.C.C. student Luke Jessie (18), an employee at Quizno’s Subs, complains. If he didn’t have his job, he wouldn’t have his car. Many teens and young adults need their jobs for food or clothes in this economy where not only is it not enough for only one parent to work, now it’s not enough for two to be working. With prices on cars, gas, clothing, and consumables rising at an alarming rate, plenty of teens will spend their holidays working just to get through the month. 

Comprehensive Sex Education was mandatory in the late 1980’s, but the Kentucky Reformation Act repealed it in 1990. (Comprehensive sex education includes discussions of human anatomy, reproduction, and sexually transmitted diseases.) Now the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Kentucky is saying it should be reinstated. Senate Bill 140 states: “A school district, public school, or family resource and youth services center that offers human sexuality education shall adopt science-based content standards and provide age-appropriate, culturally sensitive, and medically accurate information that includes but is not limited to abstinence education and contraception.” This means that schools would not be able to require a comprehensive sex education, but at least provide a more thorough and accurate source through which students can be taught about sex and the consequences. It’s not all the way there, but it’s a step in the right direction.


December 2010

best charities Louisville’s by Sarah Kinney

Metro United Dismas Way The Metro United Way wants to help the community in general, from tutoring to helping people have a place to sleep at night. The Metro United Way is very community oriented. Metro United Way needs many volunteers this winter. Volunteers can do a variety of jobs to help others in the area.

The mission of Dismas is “to provide quality, cost-effective, community-based supervision and treatment services to in dividuals within the justice system.” Dismas helps people re-establish themselves in the community after being pressed with criminal charges. Dismas wants to assist everyone who needs help leading lawful productive lives.

Matunda Ya Kwanza by malesha griffin

Created in 1966 by Maulana Karenga (born as Ronald McKinney Everett), the holiday Kwanzaa is a celebration on African heritage and culture. Maulana Karenga is an African-American author, political activist, and college professor at California State University. He created Kwanzaa as part of the Black Nationalist movement of the 1960s. Karenga said that Kwanzaa “gives Blacks an alternative to the existing holiday and gives Blacks an opportunity to celebrate themselves and history, rather than simply imitate the practice of the dominant society.” Kwanzaa is celebrated from December 26th until January 1st. Families celebrating Kwanzaa decorate their house with colorful African art, like Kente (a

Fall Fashion by CLARA CAMPEAU

The change of seasons is becoming more obvious and this recent switch to fall brings more than just cold weather. As students prepare for a second semester, lowering temperatures, and the holiday season, they’re also aware of the new fall wardrobe that awaits. Every year at Manual and around the country, there is a shift in attire that accompanies the holiday months. The fall season is a time for coats, sweaters, scarves, and coming soon- gloves and mittens. Some people have gone to the mall to check out a new winter wardrobe while others take another approach to changing weather.

Center for Women and Families

The Center for Women and Families is a safe place for anyone who is being abused or been sexually assaulted to seek refuge. The center offers families in dangerous homes a place to feel safe and secure. The center has an adopt-a-room program, where you sponsor everything a family will need. You can also give donations of used cell phones, twin-sized blankets, pillows, diapers, sweatshirts, and other supplies.

Home of the Innocent

The Home of the Innocent is committed to providing care and nurturing for neglected, abandoned, and abused children, as well as to children who are in need of medical assistance in order to survive. At the Home of the Innocent the children are treated by staff as “kids first, patients and residents second.” The home desperately needs school supplies for the children. Back packs, three ring binders, and folders with pockets would be greatly appreciated.

type of silk fabric made of interwoven cloth stripes, native to the Akan people of Ghana) and fresh fruit. Drumming, musical selection, libations, a reading of the African pledge, discussion, candle lighting, and a feast are all part of the Kwanzaa celebration. People who celebrate Kwanzaa light a Kinara (candle holder), each candle with its own specific meaning. The candles represent the following: Umoja (Unity), Kujichagulia (Self-Determination), Ujima (Collective Work & Responsibility), Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics), Nia (Purpose), Kuumba (Creativity), and Imani (Faith). While many people believe that by celebrating Kwanzaa, people are unable to celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah, but

that is untrue. Kwanzaa was first established as an alternative to Christmas and Hanukkah, but today many people incorporate Christmas/Hanukkah with their Kwanzaa festivities. In homes of African American families, and many non-African American families, there may be a Christmas tree or menorah next to the Kwanzaa kinara. Kwanzaa is the underdog holiday of winter in the United States, but this young holiday is just beginning to thrive. It won’t be very long before many more people begin celebrating the Matunda Ya Kwanza.

“Instead of buying a ton of new coats, I usually just layer up in the winter with sweaters, flannels, anything I can think of. I also love denim, it keeps me warm,” said senior Emily James. Flip flops are tossed to the back of the closet and boots are seen more and more.

want to walk outside. I put so much stuff on and just have to take it off when I get hot at school,” Greer explained. For those who don’t wear skirts or tights, fall fashion is a different story. Senior Sean Collier said, “A lot of my friends wear Carharts to stay warm, and I

Tank tops are less prominent and sweaters are often seen under pea coats as colorful socks protrude from winter shoes. “My favorite thing about winter is tights, I love tights and skirts so much,” said senior, Tessa Richardson. Senior Alison Greer would rather layer with long johns and jeans to keep warm. “Every morning, I turn on my heater, get down to the front door and don’t even

just grab anything I can find to keep me warm basically.” With the holidays approaching as well as another shift in season, keep your eyes open for those mittens and gloves as the walk into duPont Manual High School gets a little colder.



The Salvation Army Gives Back by malesha griffin

The Salvation Army’s annual Angel Giving Tree has begun in Louisville, KY. The Angel Giving Tree is a national adoption program that allows people to provide children and senior citizens in need with Christmas gifts. Children and senior citizens in the program are called “angels”. Receiving an angel is a quick process. You receive the angel’s wish list and information about where to ship your gifts. You get the angel’s sizing information in a confirmation email. All items that are given must be new, and you can shop at any store. The Salvationist Church in the south end of Louisville is busy getting things ready for this year’s Angel Giving Tree. Members of the church collect clothes, shoes, toys, books, and many other things. Then, it’s their job to organize the items. “I think the Angel Tree is a very good thing. Some families aren’t as fortunate as others, and if you’re willing to get help, then there should be someone there to help you. That’s where we come in,” says Stephanie Kennedy, junior at Atherton High School and member of the church. Other students have decided to give part of their Christmas away to help the less fortunate.

Letter from the Editors We hope you enjoy reading The Crimson Record, as it changes from month to month, and evolves into the neo-modern student publication that is our collective vision. We have tried to incorporate more eye catching and dramatic features into our design in order to bring aesthetics and news together. Who says news must be boring? Although we have made changes, the transformation is not complete. There will be themed issues, more entertainment and controversial topics included in the issues to come. Keep your eyes open for the finished makeover next year and be sure to get your hands on a hot copy. -Isiah Fish & Alyssa Johnson


rimson C Corner Dear Lady M, I’ve known this guy a really long time. I like him, but I’m confused about whether or not he likes me. We’re always talking and hanging out. And he’s always flirting with me. But he’s always flirting with a lot of other girls too. I mean, I don’t want to say something and ruin our friendship, but I really want to know what’s going on. How should I go about this? -Confused and Discombobulated Dear Discombobulated, I can honestly say I know exactly how you feel. It’s a really scary situation when you’re trying to tell someone how you feel about them, especially if you two are close. But that can be the good thing about the situation you’re in. This guy is your friend, and he must care about the way you feel. If he’s your true friend, he won’t think you’re weird or hold it against you. So if you really want him to know, I say just tell him. And who knows? Maybe things will work out in your favor. -Lady M

December 2010

Plants vs. Zombies by Virginia Johnson

My first experience with Plants vs. Zombies was not impressive, but it wasn’t horrible; the game play was fun and I liked the concept. My problem was simple; I was playing the PC version. The PC version is full-screen, and because most of my computer time is spent managing 10 different Internet tabs at a time, a full-screen game makes me feel trapped. For months I debated getting the iPhone version. Eventually, I

10 Tips For Finding Inspiration by isiah fish Sometimes inspiration comes to us when we least expect it, and other times it seems unattainable. The search for inspiration often proves to be frustrating and tiring, so here is a list of tips to make it easier to grab hold of inspiration: 1. Listen to a powerful song. 2. Watch a dramatic movie. 3. Go outdoors and hike or run. 4. Re-read a favorite book. 5. Close your eyes and relive a pivotal memory. 6. Go to an art gallery. 7. Watch a ballet. 8. Read some poetry. 9. Look at artistic photographs. 10. Read about accomplishments of young people.

For Colored Girls by Gabbrielle Webb

One word: classic. The movie “For Colored Girls” is another Tyler Perry classic. However, it’s not another Medea adventure so don’t go to the theater thinking it’s another side-splitting comedy. “For Colored Girls” has a deep underlying message explaining what black females go through. “For Colored Girls,” based on the chore poem (a collection of 20 poems) “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf,” echoes the poem using the same characters and subject matter: love, abandonment, rape and abortion. The movie grabs our attention with very graphic and controversial scenes. The movie will have a lasting impression like Perry’s early movie “Precious.” Just like that movie, “For Colored Girls” has many scenes that you would like to debate or discuss afterwards with a group of friends. With the star studded all African American cast including Kerry Washington, Janet Jackson, Anika Noni Rose, Kimberly Elise, Loretta Devine and Thandie Newton, these women act out the poetry to the tee that makes you want to read the book or reread the book. Even though the title of movie is For Colored Girls it doesn’t

mean only people of color should see the movie. Within 30 minutes of the film the issue of race disappears. Any female can relate to the stories told in the movie. “For Colored Girls” was released November 5th, 2010. Not meeting expectations, it came in the 3rd in the box offices and made 20.1 million dollars. My suggestion no matter what race you are, you can enjoy this 120 minute tear jerker, but be warned: be emotional prepared. The movie is rated R.

caved and forked over the three dollars. On the iPhone, Plants vs. Zombies is amazing. At first the game is simple. Zombies are attacking your house. You plant peashooters to kill the zombies and you collect sun to plant even more peashooters. Later, different kinds of zombies attack, requiring a more advanced strategy. For example, the pole-vaulting zombie runs fast until he jumps over one of your plants. To counter, you have to plant something at the front of your lawn so he slows down faster. The game gets very complicated; you eventually have plants that can only be planted in water and zombies attack your roof, where plants only grow in edible pots. One thing I absolutely love about Plants vs. Zombies is the music. It’s



creepy enough to fit the theme without being too creepy. The music is original and it enhances the mood of the game. I only have one problem; Quick Play (where you can pick any kind of level at any time without affecting Adventure Mode) isn’t available until the end of the game. This is very inconvenient when I get stuck on a level. When this happens, I want to be able to either replay old levels or have something else to do. Plants vs. Zombies is easy to play. You can start a level and pause it to check Facebook at any time. The short, fast-paced levels are perfect for the iPhone. I would recommend this game to casual and hardcore gamers alike. It’s fun, addictive, and humorous, and for three dollars, it’s one of the best buys you’ll make.


December 2010

by Virginia Johnson

Horoscopes Capricorn (December 22-January 20)Baby, it’s cold outside, but you can beat the chills by cuddling up with your friends. Aquarius (January 21-Febuary 19) It’s time for resolutions. Mars is pushing you to improve yourself. Make yourself a better person this year. Pisces (February 20-March 20) Venus wants to take you shopping this winter, but make sure you don’t overspend. Hit up thrift stores for a lucky (and cheap) surprise. Aries (March 21-April 20) It’s time to go out and party with your friends! The stars want you to have fun, fun, fun. Taurus (April 21-May 21) The spirit of giving will be very influential this winter. Look up local charities in need. Gemini (May 22-June 21) It’s time to go out and make new friends. Neptune will guide you to some interesting characters. Cancer (June 22-July 22) Don’t be a crab! The cold may be getting you down, but look on the bright side; winter can be fun too! Leo (July 23-August 22) Pluto may be encouraging you to curl up and hibernate for the upcoming snow, but don’t give in, get active. Virgo (August 23-September 23) Get creative with your gifts this year. Let Uranus guide your hand in making things for your friends and family. Libra (September 24-October 23) The music is in you right now; try letting it out. Sing like no one is listening. Dance like


The movie managed to retain its signature humor in almost every scene. Rowling can inspire a wide variety of emotions in a short time; I often found myself laughing one moment and crying the next. The last movie is filled with serious scenes interrupted by humorous actions. I have never seen a movie that balances humor and suspense so well. One disappointing thing about the movie it’s that the movies take so long to make, meaning Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint are four years older than their characters. Harry turns 17 at the beginning of the movie and Daniel Radcliffe is now 21. While Emma Watson and Rupert Grint don’t look too old for their characters, Daniel Radcliffe looks like a college student, not a Hogwarts seventh year. Even if you don’t like going to the theaters, see this movie. It’s well worth the ten dollars and two and a half hours of your time. You don’t have to wait two years for the next movie, either; just mark your calendar for July 15, 2011.

Movies of my favorite books rarely meet my expectations. The Harry Potter movies one through six did not disappoint, but Th eDeathy Hallows worried me. It was the slowest of all the books, and by far the most depressing. Though I was worried, I was also very, very excited. At least a year prior, I stumbled across a trailer online, and nothing increases anticipation like a trailer filled with dramatic scenes and equally dramatic music. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One is more than amazing. Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on who your favorite character is), the movie closely follows he events of the book. The main problem with the book, the slow paced camping trip, is almost eliminated in the movie. While still slow, it goes by much faster than expected. The movie is filled with suspense and danger between the few slow parts. You’ll find yourself holding your breath, whether you’ve read the book or not.

by Sarah Kinney


no one is watching. Scorpio (October 24-November 22) Silence is not a virtue. It’s time to let your opinion be heard; speak out loud and proud, Scorp. Sagittarius (November 23-December 21) It’s time for change and the fixing of things. Stick to your promises to get your work done and be kinder.



by Alexx Cooper

Looking for Alaska by John Green Looking for Alaska is a book written from the view-point of a tall, skinny “loser” from Flordia named Pudge. Pudge, who is obsessed with “last words”, goes in search of his “Great Prehaps” (Francois Rabelais’ Last Words) at a boarding school in Alabama. Pudge meets Alaska, the Colonel, and Takumi the Fox at Culver Creek boarding school, and his whole world is turned upside down. They aren’t the “wrong crowd”, but they aren’t the “right crowd” either. Alaska is bigger than life, the Colonel is the very epitome of hard work, and Takumi breaks out of the stereotypes. Each character is written so realistically that the reader can almost believe they are the reader’s own friends, and thus develop a deep connection with them. Pudge experiences his junior year to the fullest. He pulls pranks with

his crew, reads Kurt Vonnegut, falls in love, does inappropriate things, and, of course, gets chased by a goose. The book is good for people who don’t like reading or aren’t very good at it because it is a short book with easily understandable vocabulary. However, because of the complexity of the story, even people who prefer a more intellectual read will enjoy it. Boys as well as girls, men as well as women, equally love Looking for Alaska. Similar to this book: Paper Towns by John Green


December 2010

Seniors Take Off by Alyssa Johnson

On March 4, 2011, the senior class will be taking a trip to Chicago, Illinois with senior class sponsors Mrs. Hunt, Mrs. Spiegelhalter, and Mrs. Stottman in hopes to bond with their classmates. The trip, which costs $350, will include a trip to see the Blue Man Show, an architectural cruise by boat, a visit to the former Sears Tower (now known as the Willis Tower), a visit to Millennium Park, and a trip to the Science and Industry Museum. This will be an overnight trip with students leaving at 5:00 Friday morning and returning at 10:00 Saturday night. They will be traveling by bus. A senior trip is something that hasn’t

ever occurred at Manual. “For as long as I’ve been teaching here I’ve never heard word of the seniors taking a trip as a whole class,” said Mrs. Stottman. The senior class sponsors said that they wanted to give the students a chance to be together in a memorable setting outside of the classroom. “We wanted to have a trip because it’ll help the student’s to bond and give them one additional event that they can remember of their high school experience,” said Mrs. Stottman. With the first payment deposit due on November 1st, Mrs. Stottman said there were about 60 students planning to attend.

Girls’ Soccer by Craig Pearcy

The Lady Crimsons soccer team took a heartbreaking 4-2 loss to St. Henry High School at Georgetown College on a rainy Wednesday, November 3 in front of 1,237 fans. In light of the defeat, this 2010 season will go down as the best season in Manual girl’s soccer history. The girls finished with a record of 20-4-1 with key wins against Male, Mercy, and Sacred Heart. “It was really cool to end my Manual career with the best season in our school’s history,” said senior goalkeeper, Katie Pope. Manual senior, Casey Whitfield, scored both of the team’s goals in the 50th and

“I want to go so I can form a fellowship with my senior class,” said August Anderson (12), “Even if my close friends aren’t going, I’ll still get to bond with other seniors.” “I’m not going because I think it’s just too much [time and money] just to go to Chicago. Plus there’s only one person I’d hang out with while we’re up there,” said Kimber Matthews (12). There is a packet of information for the trip to be filled out by any student attending and picked up by Mrs. Hunt. It includes a permission slip, your medical information, rooming information, and the trip itinerary.

77th minute of the game. Whitfield, along with fellow senior, Emma Brown, earned all-tournament honors. Brown played in the game despite injuring her ankle in practice before the Sacred Heart game. She was cleared to play against St. Henry, but she says her ankle was far from onehundred percent. “I wanted to put the pain aside because I knew this could possibly be my last high school game,” said Brown. “I wasn’t going to just not play.” This year’s team was possibly one of the most talented teams to come through Manual. Casey Whitfield, Emma Brown, and Katie Pope have already committed to play soccer at the collegiate level.

Whitfield will play at the University of Louisville next year, Brown will play at the University of Kentucky, and Pope has committed to Nova Southeastern University. Other seniors are still considering the possibility of playing in college as are several of the underclassmen. With all of the talent the team had this year, many of the players agree that the team chemistry is what set them apart from other teams in the past. “All the girls really came together and played as a team,” said Casey Whitfield. “We were all really close and that helped us get as far as we did.” St. Henry would go on to defeat Lexington Christian in the finals 2-1.

ous being Gina Tolleson in 1990 and Marjorie Wallace. Mills is an 18-year old from Louisville, Kentucky who attended Hebron Middle School and was home-schooled during high school. The Miss World competition is the oldest surviving major international beauty pageant. Eric Morley started it in 1951. The competition draws millions of viewer’s worldwide. A major controversy of this year’s competition is that Miss Norway, who was a favorite to win, did not make it into the top five. Many pageant insiders believe that judges gave in to pressure from Beijing officials, who are involved in a political quarrel with Norway. Supposedly China felt they had

been scorned when the Norway-based Nobel Peace Prize committee awarded the prize to Liu Xiaobo, a human rights activist and current political prisoner in China. Kathrine Sorland, a Norwegian TV personality and former Miss World competitor, told the a local Norwegian news paper, “I was sure she would win. They must have mixed politics and business. Without jumping to conclusions I would stress that Miss World competitions have always been political. And the relations between China and Norway are very strained at the moment.” Alexandria Mills said in a recent interview that she hopes she can provide a good role model for girls everywhere. “I feel so blessed to have been given this opportunity, I really hope this shows girls everywhere that no matter how humble you beginnings or how small of a town you come from you really can be anything you want.”

Miss World by Anna Dryden

On October 30, 2010 Alexandria Mills made history as the first woman from Kentucky to win an international beauty pageant when she was crowned the winner of the Miss World competition. Mills is the third woman from the United States to win the competition, the previ-


Basketball Preview


by Craig Pearcy

With football season nearing its end, Coach Jimmy Just and the boy’s basketball team, along with Coach Stacy Pendleton and the girl’s basketball team, are gearing up for their seasons. Coach Just’s team started five seniors last year leaving many open spots in the starting lineup for the 2010-2011 season. Just says that losing that many starters is reason for concern, but there is no need to panic. “It will take us a while to get where we need to be because we lack a lot of varsity experience,” said Coach Just. “I think we have the potential to be pretty good, it may just take us a while.” Because the end of football season and the beginning of basketball season conflict, players who have contributed in the past have gotten a late start. Just was not sure yet how many kids from the football team will show up when football season is over, but he expected anywhere from four to six players. Aleksandar Nikolic was the team’s main low post presence last year standing at 6’10”. This year’s team has no one anywhere near that size which could potentially take a while to get used to. Despite the lack of size and experience, the team has many talented juniors and seniors who have played together for several years now; something Just thinks will help the team in the long run. The Running Rams were knocked out of the Regional Tournament last year by Ballard who would eventually become the State Runners-Up. Coach Just says it is too early to tell what the season has in store for Manual, but he does have confidence in his team’s ability. “I think we will be just fine,” he said. “We may just have to work harder and smarter to get the looks that we want.” The Lady Crimsons look to come back strong after losing to CAL in the first round of last year’s Regional Tournament. After losing only one senior, Coach Pendleton and the rest of the team have high expectations for his experienced team. “We should have an outstanding season,” said senior, Nicole Lauderbach. “We are closer than ever and our goal is to make it to the regional championship, which will then lead us to state.” The seniors on this year’s roster include Mechael Guess, Raven Hester, and Nicole Lauderbach. Taylor Zuberer has seen varsity playing time in the previous years, but is likely to miss this season due to a torn ACL. The team also returns several juniors who have earned quality playing times since their freshman year. These players include April Wilson, LeAsia Wright, Kara Wright, and Lauren Bodine. April Wilson has already made a verbal commitment to Purdue University, and Coach Pendleton expects others on the team to play at the college level as well.

Dec. 2010 - Volume 59, Issue 3  

In this issue: Extreme Home Makeover, video game reviews, Miss World, more.

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