The Bolt NOVEMBER 2008
Edsel Ford High School
Teens Fall for Twilight By DANIELLE AGUIRRE—EDITORIAL dates showing music videos, sneak peeks, blood-sucking novel dazand interviews with the characters. zles its audience further For those who have yet to hear of the by transforming it into an series and all the buzz about the book and anxiously awaited movie. movie, the popular novel is described as “a
Stephanie Meyer single-handedly took
Cast of Twilight
over teenage minds with her worldwide best selling novel, Twilight. Now, the highly anticipated movie based on the novel hits theaters Nov. 21 and fans everywhere are starving for its release. The Twilight saga has captured the hearts of readers across the globe, and the release of the major motion picture has taken the phenomena to a whole new level. There are published copies of the novel being sold around the world in over 10 different languages, such as in Japanese, German, and Indonesian. The series of four novels has taken over websites, magazines, television, and finally the big screen. Popular shows such as Entertainment Tonight, E! News and MTV News have continuous Twilight up-
modern-day love story between a vampire and a human.” “When I was writing the novel I saw the whole thing in my head like a movie. I really wanted to see it brought to life,” says Stephanie Meyer in the New York Comic-Con Sizzle Reel (www.stepheniemeyer.com). The thrilling book will be portrayed in an “action-packed” movie. Summit Entertainment and director Catherine Hardwicke took on the challenge of producing a film to match the quality of Stephenie Meyer’s first installment of the well known saga, Twilight. The movie stars Robert Pattinson as the unforgettable heartthrob, Edward Cullen and Kristen Stewart as the loveable and clumsy, Bella Swan. The movie is said to capture the love story and hardships of the “unorthodox romance” between the mortal and immortal, along with a story of vampires who choose to live a different lifestyle. Unlike ordinary vampires, the Cullen family does not drink human blood, and they choose to live their lives as “vegetarians” rather than monsters. I, like many other fanatics of Meyer’s series, am marking off the days on my calendar until the love story between Bella and Edward can be seen with my own eyes. We are excited for the official
portrayal of our generation’s Romeo and Juliet, and to see the much-loved characters we have formed images of in our minds being brought to life. No movie has received this much hype since Harry Potter made the transition from book to movie in 2001. “Twilighters” everywhere are anxiously counting down the days to the release as they pre-order their tickets to the movie that has gained acknowledgement all around the world.
Texting Addiction pg. 4
Obama plans to bring change pg. 2
Twilight Book Cover
Sports Awards pg. 7
Michelle Gaedke signs with MT pg. 6
Edsel Ford High School
Obama Brings Change
Election ‘08 Ends F
By ALYSSA GIRARDI
inally, voices screaming that McCain is a better candidate than Obama and vice versa are silenced. Now as the elecYes we can.” tion hysteria dies down, will celebrity Barack Obama be Those words were personified on the night of Nov. 4. as popular as President Barack Obama? History was made, barriers were There is no doubt in anybody’s broken and a sense of hope for the mind that this past election was monuUnited States was rekindled. mental and ground breaking. Now that Barack Obama was elected the the intense race for presidency is over, 44th president of the United States people need to start focusing on what and the first black president in history really matters—when, and how, this when less than a century ago African change that President Elect Barack Americans were deprived the right to Obama promised will come. vote. The first things that Obama pledges Obama beat Senator John McCain to work on when he takes his presidenwith 349 electoral votes, 79 more tial oath in January are tax cuts, energy, than he needed to win. His wins by the war in Afghanistan, healthcare, and significant margins in the most rural national unity. and unexpected areas mirrored the Obama has many thought out plans despondency citizens were feeling for for solving these dilemmas. For exthe past eight years and the faith that ample, he says he will circulate $75 bilSenator Obama created. lion into the economy through tax cuts, “Finally, an intelligent and well seek greater contributions from NATO spoken person will represent us. Now allies to aid the U.S. in Afghanistan, we need to give him time to change and propose a national health insurAmerica,” says Mrs. Reiter. ance program for those who don’t have He set a tone for all citizens. employer provided care and those who Young, old, black white, rich, and don’t qualify. poor. He presented himself not only Many people have a lot of faith in as a black, but as an American who the direction our country is headed. wanted to create change in a country “I think Obama as president will of opportunity. definitely be a change. As long as the “If there is anyone out there who American citizens support his choices still doubts that America is a place Obama Campaign Poster Promising Change We Can our country will only move forward,” where all things are possible, who still Believe In says Alex Gontarski, 11. wonders if the dream of our founders is Other citizens have a more pessimistic view that no matter alive in our time, who still questions the power of democracy, what Barack does, change will not come. tonight is your answer,” said President-elect Obama, during is “No matter who’s in office, nothing or not a lot is going to acceptance speech. change in eight years. Throwing money at every problem we “I feel like Obama is different. Not in just the color of his have won’t fix or start to fix anything. It’ll dig us deeper,” says skin, but in the happiness that he has made citizens feel,” said junior Alix Lyscas. Mona Musid, 12. Despite the opinions of the people in the U.S., it holds true “I am very excited about the possibilities that President-elect that no matter what happens, only time will be tell what change Obama brings. Hopefully things will start to turn around,” Obama is going to bring. says Ms. Lark.
By DEANNA SULEIMAN
Edsel Ford High School
Thanskgiving Around the World
By RANA ALHADI
hough not many people know, China celebrates Thanksgiving on the Thanksgiving is an internationsame day as Korea. Thanksgiving in China ally recognized holiday. is called the Moon Festival. Chinese families Does that mean it’s celebrated the and friends gather to admire the bright midsame in every country? Not really. autumn harvest moon and eat moon cakes and The difference in the celebrations pomeloe together. is the date, rituals, and customs. Every In Israel, the festival Sukkot lasts more country has its own traditions in the way than Korea’s festival. It lasts for seven days. they celebrate. During the seven days festival, Jewish famiBut the reason behind it remains the lies build outdoor booths. In the booths they same, and that’s what makes Thanksgivsleep and hold a long feast. Each day of the ing so important to everyone. ceremony they remember their ancestors and The main reason behind Thanksgivthank God for the harvest. Charlie Brown Thanksgiving ing is to show appreciation to God for In India the festival is called Onam. The his gifts. God’s gifts include health, shelter, food on the table, and people dress up in new clothes. They believe that by wearing new most importantly family. All countries celebrate Thanksgiving clothes they renew the heart by removing all the dreadful views for this purpose but celebrate it differently. and feelings for each other. In India the people serve banana In Korea, the harvest celebration is called Chusok. It is a leaves, four different dishes of rice, pickles, papadam, and mainly three-day holiday celebrated on the 15th day of the eighth month a dessert called payasam. of the lunar calendar. There are many more countries that celebrate Thanksgiving. On this day, Koreans return to their ancestral hometowns to However, not every country celebrates Thanksgiving in the same show their respects to the spirits of their ancestors providing way. Two beliefs unite them all: a Thanksgiving without family them with Korean traditional food and dessert like the songpyean members and friends is not a Thanksgiving, and it’s all about the which is a crescent-shaped cake. food.
Social Studies Switch It Up
By HANAN MURSHED s a result of social studies being taught to freshmen, the district hopes for higher ACT test scores. Since it is mandatory that all high school students take history for three years, the class of 2012 as well as upcoming freshmen won’t have to take social studies as a requirement their senior year. The district had the idea of freshmen taking history five years ago, but the delay for the change was a financial reason. Money was an issue because if social studies was to be taught to freshmen the district would need text books, classroom material, and teachers. Now there is enough financial support for this change. There are some ACT questions all juniors had to answer that weren’t being taught. To help students out most social studies teachers used similar prompts on their tests to what the ACT would use. As a result 85 percent of the students who took the MME passed social studies. With this new change, the district also asked teachers for their opinion on the order of social studies taken in high school. Edsel Ford, Fordson, and Dearborn high school teachers agreed that government and economics should be taken last as compared to previous years when government was intended for sophomores. “Now we are studying modern world and overall the freshmen are doing great; they have outstanding behavior, and they still have the enthusiasm to learn,” said Mr. Clairmont. “I think the best scope and sequence for social studies should be as follows: 10th grade world history; 11th U.S grade history; 12th grade U.S government and economics. Unfortunately, we have to align our curriculum with state and federal guidelines in order to prepare our students for standardized tests,” said Mr. Kotsogiannis. “This year’s ninth grade students will benefit from the curriculum change because they will learn skills that will aid them on the standardized tests that the state requires them to take,” said Mr. Whalen.
Edsel Ford High School
TXT U L8R
By MAY ASKAR—EDITORIAL s texting addicting? Teenagers text message each other all the time. We have an attachment to our cell phones. We choose to text during school, during meals or while doing anything else. When you text in school it’s a distraction to you and to the students around you. Lets face it—it’s rude. Our teachers are taking time to teach us and when six or seven of the students in a classroom are busy with their hands in their purses and pockets its hard not to notice this distraction. “Kids texting in class makes me insane, there is no need to inform your friends about every giddily detail of ones boring life,” said Mrs. Schmidt. When texting in school you’re hurting yourself. You’re not paying attention to your surroundings. You’re missing out on the lessons in class, directions for your homework and your latest assignment. Texting in class is becoming a “necessity.” But the question is why? Is texting slowly becoming an addiction? “It’s not like we text to cheat on tests or anything, we just do it because we’re bored,” says Saeb Haidar, 10. Schools have come up with numerous rules about having cell phones turned off and out of sight. But nothing seems to be working so far. Schools are coming up with new ways to stop this habit. An idea that is being talked about now is having signal poles outside of schools. These poles take cell phones signals in the building and won’t let you send text messages to any of your friends. Either way we need to try to stop texting in school. It’s becoming much too big of a distraction and is leading to many problems.
The WRITE Way? By DONOVAN GOLICH—EDITORIAL
oesn’t it make you mad when a teacher tells you to write in cursive? For me, cursive is becoming pointless. For many, cursive hasn’t even been taught to them. So, this leads me to think, “Why are English teachers requiring students to write in cursive?” According to an article in The Detroit News, cursive is not taught in college to aspiring teachers therefore they feel illequipped when it comes to teaching it. It’s a skill that requires practice to learn. Many teachers I’ve spoken to have said that incoming freshmen are coming to Edsel not even knowing how to write in cursive. “For practical purposes, students should know how to write in cursive,” said Ms. Sullivan. It should be taught to students at the elementary level just as it was to me in the third grade. “Cursive is a good thing and helps students to think creatively,” said Ms. Kraft. While I think it may be tedious to write an essay in cursive, students should still at least learn how to write in cursive. However, when it comes to requiring students to write in cursive in English class, I believe it’s a lost cause. Most colleges and universities could care less if students write in cursive or not. In fact, they discourage writing period. In the age of computers, students are required to type most papers. When I spoke to Mr. Rydzik about the policy, he saw cursive as a necessary burden. “Students should be able to write legibly in cursive, but I’m starting to question what’s being taught at the elementary and middle school levels regarding penmanship. It’s taking hours longer for me to grade sophomore papers than senior papers that I graded last year.” That alone gives me the impression that cursive is really becoming an old deed. As Henry David Thoreau said, “Old deeds for old people, and new deeds for new.” Considering this rule has been in effect since the first day this school opened in 1955, it’s time to let the irksome cursive rule go.
“Cursive is a good thing and helps students to think creatively.”
Edsel Ford High School
By AMBER KOLTS—EDITORIAL Go green” is a new slogan that is spreading from school to school. Going green means to recycle more to help out the environment and our own school. We do have paper recycle bins in classrooms, which the class of 2010 officers go around and collect and dump in the green and yellow recycle dumpster to earn an extra buck. But where are the can and bottle recycle bins? I think by putting green recycle bins in the hallways or in the cafeteria will help out the recycling system at our school tremendously. This will also
give us another bin to throw away our plastics, glass, cans. This way, less litter will appear around the school. By making the bins green, it will stand out to students more to throw away their recyclables. “I think it would be a great idea. We should definitely get recycle bins around the school,” said Danielle Cowart, 11. Not only will there be less littering, but by recycling or returning cans and bottles, you can earn money for your school or yourself. Also the trash cans will not have to be changed as much because the bottles or cans won’t be in there to take up a lot of the space. “I totally support this idea; I even have a tote bag that says ‘THINK GREEN’ that I carry my books in,” said Rosie Hartshorn, 12. I’m thinking its time to get some green recycle bins around the school and help out our community and environment.
Michigan Passes Proposal 2
By KAFAH HUSSEIN—EDITORIAL
ichigan voters had to face a controversial ultimatum: potential life verses potential cures.
Recently, Michigan voted to pass Proposal Two, which loosened restrictions on embryonic stem cell research. Embryonic stem cells are versatile cells, meaning they have the potential to become any one of the 220 cells in the body. These cells are obtained from a blastocyst, a very young, soon-to-be baby. A blastocyst is made up of 50-150 cells most of which are stem cell. When obtaining these cells from the blastocyst the embryo is destroyed, meaning it dies. Other ways of obtaining embryonic stem cells is through in-vitro fertilization and a process involving skin cells. In-vitro fertilization is for those couples that cannot conceive a baby. A doctor would extract eggs and sperm from potential parents and mix them in a lab then implant back into the womb of mother. Many mixes are made just in case the first one doesn’t work. All extras are put in the freezer and usually remain unused. Instead of throwing away all the extra researchers use them for research. Another alternative to obtain embryonic stem cells is a new process where researchers would “re-program” human skin cells turning them into embryonic stem cells. Both alternatives are great but the potential of using embryonic stem cells versus the alternatives is very high. “The potential with this research is now many diseases that were once thought incurable can possibly be cured,” said Mrs. Haddad. With the kind of research Michigan’s proposal two passed stem cells are going to come from embryos that are going to be discarded. So researchers and scientists would be working with embryos that would have died either way. “When I found out the embryos would be thrown out anyway, I voted for it,” said Farrah Saadi, 12. Since embryonic stem cells can replace any cell in the body research for treatments and cures for illnesses like cancer, Parkinson’s disease and even diabetes can be found. When the stem cells are obtained the embryo dies and some people may consider this a form of abortion or murder. Most people that are pro-life are against this kind of research but do support obtaining stem cells from adults and umbilical cords. I do not support abortions and if there was another way to obtain embryonic stem cells with such high potential I’d support it, but since there isn’t one and abortions are happening then this research would be a great alternative to discarding them. The state of Michigan has restrictions that apply before the stem cells can be obtained. The embryo cannot be older than 14 days. They also have to be embryos that would have been discarded. So now that this proposal has been passed, researchers and scientists can begin discovering cures that were once thought to be impossible.
Sports Edsel Ford High School
Welcome Winners Huskies Michelle Gaedke of the Mega Blue T
By LAUREN VALLEE his rising senior will be representing the very best of Edsel Ford next year on the Michigan Tech girls’ basketball team. Our very own basketball star, Michelle Gaedke, officially signed with By MIKE BOETTGER Division II Michigan Tech, on Saturday, Nov. 15. his season for the boys’ football team was one “I chose Michigan Tech because it has great academic where the players could walk off the field with programs, along with a great basketball team. I was able their heads held high. to play with them this summer, and I got along well with They went into the playoffs for the second year in a the team and really liked the coaches,” said Gaedke. She row. Just like last year the T-Birds faced off against the is unsure about her major, but wants to pursue a career in Wyandotte Bears but they ended this season with a hard the medical field. loss. Michelle Gaedke has made a positive impact on our varThe buzz around the school was that the boys had sity basketball squad since her arrival freshman year. The high expectations for the season. Many people feel that team went from a 10-10 record in 2005, her ninth grade the boys completed most of the goals that they set. season, to a 25-1 record the following year—the most “We had a lot of dedication during both the off season wins in school history. The and during the season. I just really wanted to be the first members of the 2006 team team in Edsel history to win in a playoff game. It sucks were City, District, League, that we fell short of achieving our goal, but overall it was and Regional Champions. a great season and very fun,” said senior Shawn Jason. Gaedke also set many inWith another good season under their belt, the boys’ dividual school records her football team went 8-1 overall and 6-1 in the league. In sophomore year, like most almost every game that the Thunderbirds won they were points scored in a season (461 the dominate team. pts.), most steals in a season “I thought the season went very good except we (143 steals), and most assists came up short. I think not playing Highland Park really in a season (86 assists). She was even named hurt our season because besides Inkster, we never really MVP as early as her freshman and sophomore played any good teams. We weren’t ready for some ad- years—an outstanding accomplishment for such a versity in the playoffs,” said Bruce Tebelman, 11. Gaedke and her new coach young player on a varsity team. After reaching the playoffs for a second season in a “Michelle has shown great leadership on the team, row, we all know that the returning players are looking even before she was named captain. Her teammates look up to her and try to to make Edsel Ford a team that is consistently in the emulate what she does,” said Ms. Smith, girls’ basketball coach. playoffs. During the summer before her junior year, Michelle tore her ACL, and the team captain had to spend the majority of her junior season recovering from knee surgery on the bench. “Tearing my ACL was hard on me, but I think it made me a better person, and a better teammate. I had to learn how to support my team without actually being in the game,” said Gaedke. Michelle has participated in AAU Basketball since the fourth grade, and has contributed to many State Champion and Runner-Up teams. In addition to basketball, she has been a member of Edsel Ford’s varsity volleyball, soccer, and track teams. “Even though I was injured during the most important recruiting period, I believe I ended up in the right place for me. I definitely wouldn’t change anything,” said Gaedke. Be sure to come support our girls this season as they take on the powerful teams in the Mega Red Division, and good luck Gaedke at Michigan Tech The T-Birds run onto the field next year!
Sports Edsel Ford High School
Athletes Honored at Sports Banquets
By LAUREN VALLEE his fall, many athletes were honored at sports’ banquets for their contribution to their team. These outstanding athletes received team awards, and/or All-City, State, Conference, or Division awards:
All-Area & All League
Raven Dunn, Abdul Hadarah, Abdullah Aljahmi
Most Outstanding Season
Raven Dunn, Abdullah Aljahmi
All Area & All Conference
Sarah Woolley, Stephanie Ferrante
Boys’ Cross Country
Girls’ Cross Country
Sarah Woolley, placed 99 out of 242 runners
Julie Ibettson Award (outstanding career)
Leah Boileau, Lilli Hawkins
Sarah Woolley, Stephanie Ferrante
Football Thunderbird Award
Salah Said, Jordan Hunt, Mike Boettger
Stephen Eads, Nick Lyscas
Salah Said, Jordan Hunt
Mike Boettger, Stephen Eads, Nick Lyscas
Kelly Mihalik, Colleen Ryan, Sarah Wroblewski, Alyssa Wilkins, Brittany Wilkins
Alyssa Wilkins, Brittany Wilkins
Brittany Wilkins, 200 and 500 freestyle
Jesse McIntyre, Drew Wydendorf, Joey Carty, Ryan Westa, Chad Westra
Bruce Tebelman, Michael Micallef
All-City, All-Conference, AllRegion
Danielle Coward, Charisse Carr, Michelle Gaedke
Madeline Grendel, Holly Tebelman, Amber Wszola
All-League Mega Red
Madeline Grendal, 9th place medal Amber Wszola, 10th place medal
Mega Conference League Tournament
Brittany Johnson, 6th place medal
Most Improved Defense
Press and Guide All-City Tournament
Amber Wszola, 6th place medal
Most Improved Offense
Features Edsel Ford High School
Is It Something You Really Need?
By MEGAN FILIPOWSKI
s teenagers most of our money is spent on our wants and needs, buying gifts for others or whatever item we desire; however, when it comes to wants versus necessities the people of Zambia do not get a choice. To us, money isn’t something scarce. As little kids we chanted, “find a penny, pick it up, all day long you’ll have good luck,” now we put our paychecks into bank accounts. To a Zambian any money they possess is to be treasured, because money isn’t something that they can drive up to an ATM and receive. When I went to the market to pick out all the souvenirs for my family, I found that the best way to get whatever item I had my eye on was by trading. The people that were selling items would take pretty much anything. I traded everything from my tennis shoes, to the protein bars that I took for lunch, and even the soap from the hotel bathroom. In addition, every single pair of socks that I had taken with me somehow didn’t make it home. Every year there is always a luggage problem and that left me to fit my clothes for 15 days into a carry-on suitcase. I managed and when I came home that suitcase had only a few t-shirts that I kept protecting all the souvenirs that I was bringing home. I even had to travel in pajamas because I didn’t have any clothes left to wear. When it came time to barter, you had to be clever. The merchants would try to take advantage of the girls since they The young girl who saw herself for the saw them as weak first time STAFF 2008
The Chief: Rydzik Editors in Chief: Megan Filipowski, Lauren Vallee Copy Editor: Deanna Suleiman Managing Editor: Lindsay Finnerty Sports Editor: Amber Kolts Layout: Megan Filipowski, Donovan Golich, Scott Werth Reporters: Danielle Aguirre, Rana Alhadi, May Askar, Mike Boettger, Emilee Curran, Alyssa Girardi, Kafah Hussien, Safa Kaid, Andrew Lyon, Cari Moore, Hanan Murshed, Gabby Toupin, Nina Toupin
and unable to trade well. Not only did they want clothes and snacks, but they wanted money as well, either the Kwacha (the Zambian currency) or American dollars. The amount that they usually asked for was ridiculous for something that you could probably buy at the store for a couple of dollars. The reason that A village’s grocery store people barter is because they cannot afford to buy the things that we take for granted. Sixty-eight percent of Zambians live below the nationally recognized poverty line. They are one of the poorest countries in the world, while we are one of the richest. In Zambia, students that go to school are provided with a uniform and sometimes that is the only clothes that they own. They usually don’t know what they look like because they don’t have a mirror to look in. How many times do you look in the mirror when you go to the bathroom? I took a picture of a young girl and when I showed it to her on the back of my digital camera she looked at me confused. Then I realized that it was the first time that she saw what she looked like. We can afford to buy iPods, cell phones and other expensive items that we don’t need, but want. It’s always “I want this…” or “I need this…” when in reality the things that we think we need are not the necessities. Food, water and shelter are all that a person needs to survive. If you walk into a gas station to buy a bottle of water you have several different choices, everything from Ice Mountain to SmartWater. Zambians only have water that is pumped from a well, the rain water, or the water from the nearest lake or stream; neither of these two options is very healthy. Would it be so hard to survive without your cell phone or your iPod?
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