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Oct. 24, 2013 Volume 59 / Issue 3
Dancing to New York BY Natalie Dresner Social Media editor
Many girls who are introduced to dance at a pre-school age dream of becoming ballerinas. Not many of these girls, however, can actually say they continue to pursue this dream twelve years later. Liz Chlanda, sophomore, started dancing when she was 3 years old and continues to progress in ballet. Chlanda recently took on a huge challenge in hopes to better advance in her ballet career. “I decided to start homeschooling so it would give me more time to practice dance and stretch. Plus I could fit homeschooling around my dance schedule,” said Chlanda. Chlanda works hard to juggle her time-consuming dance schedule while still focusing on education. “Sometimes I spend a lot of time after dance, which I
usually finish around 9 or 9:30 p.m., and then when I get home I’ll stay home really late to finish homework,” Chlanda said. The past two summers she participated in the summer dance program at Juilliard School, a college for performing arts. The program consists of five weeks of ballet with eight hours of dancing each day. “My first time I was nervous because I had never been anywhere alone before for such a long time, but my second time time I went I was more excited than nervous,” said Chlanda. Chlanda aspires to follow in the foot steps of two of her biggest inspirations, Suzanne Ferrell and Darci Kistler, and one day dance in the New York City Ballet. Photo by Erin Chlanda
Swimming Up Next Summer
BY EMILY PRESNELL WEB EDITOR
The next hot summer should be cooling down with a new aquatic center, a place to break out your swimsuits and go for a dive. Not only will the locals be able to enjoy a new pool, but a whole new water wonderland. The new center will be built in Jefferson Barracks and will be due just in time for the summer of 2014. Originally, the new center was going to be built at Broadway and Kingston, but it was revealed to have sinkholes and was unsafe to build on. The project has been in the workings since 2006. The project broke ground on Sept. 30 in Jefferson Barracks county park and many Lemay residents are looking forward to the change. “[The new aquatic center is a] smart [idea and], good for the community. It will bring unity to
Getting Published Students write play reviews for Post-Dispatch BY Julianne Wallinger REPORTER Writing for the local newspaper is not an opportunity that many high school students have, however, this now exists for a small group of students. The Cappies provides this opportunity to high school drama and journalism students. The organization started after the Columbine shootings to put a good light on high schools working together as well as a good light on drama and journalism programs. As a part of this organization, students attend plays put on by other high schools around the St. Louis area. The student critics then write a review of the play. These reviews are then sent to the St. Louis Post Dispatch with a chance be published. The organization is in its tenth year and this is the first year Mehlville students have gotten the chance to become a part of the program. The auditorium allows for enough seats for Cappies from other schools to come and watch the plays. In years past, the drama room would not have been
able to provide enough seating. Training took place Sept. 28 at Rockwood Summit High School for students throughout St. Louis interested in this opportunity. Mehlville students Davion Thomas, Emily Presnell, Kanisha Kellum, Emmilee Sinclair, Julianna Nguyen, Rhiannon Creighton, and Loralyn Clark all attended the training. Davion Thomas, senior, joined the Cappies in hopes of increasing his skills in drama and journalism. “I feel like the more experience I get in Cappies, I can take it into whatever I try to do whenever I,” said Thomas. The six person group goes to three plays tog e t h e r, while the lead critic goes to two other plays. The lead c r i t i c from Mehlville is Emily Presnell, journalism and drama student. Other high schools around the area are also excited about the Cappies program. Notre Dame student and lead critic Bridget Biundo loves being a part of the Cappies organization. “It is such a great way to come to-
is such a great way to come together with high school students who have the same passion for theater and to gain a broader appreciation of theater.”
gether with high school students who have the same passion for theater and to gain a broader appreciation of theater,” Biundo said. At the end of the school year, there are Cappies Awards, which are awarded to students that participated in all aspects of theater. Awards can be given to critics, actors, and crew members.
High School Play Dates:
10/25 - Wait Until Dark - Parkway Central - 7:30 10/25 - Who Walks in the Dark Bishop DuBourg - 7:30 10/27 - The Laramie Project Clayton - 2:00 11/07 - Play On - Northwest R1 7:00 11/08 - The Wayside Motor Inn Francis Howell - 7:00 11/09 - Almost, Maine - McCluer 7:00 11/09 - Titanic Aftermath - Notre Dame - 7:30 11/09 - Thoroughly Modler Millie Nerinx Hall - 7:30 11/16 - Little Women - Marquette - 7:00
the community that is already separated and bring people into the Mehlville area,” said Gabriel Gowen, senior. The new aquatic center is worth $12 million and includes a deep water swimming pool, a lazy river and a climbing wall. Along with the water wonderland, there will be a 41,000 square foot recreational center consisting of an athletic center, track and fitness room that will be opening next fall. The cost for this complex is not being paid by taxpayers’ dollars; in fact, River City Casino has already put $5 million into the project and plan to continue to do so due to a contractual agreement. Season passes will be sold and the new center will be open to the public.
UPCOMING EVENTS October
Oct. 25: Varsity Football Game against Lindbergh at home. Oct 26: ACT Testing Oct. 30: 2-Hour Early Dismissal
Nov. 1: Varsity Football Districts Nov. 5: Choir Fall Concert Nov. 7: Start of Fall Play Romeo and Juliet Nov. 9: Last Night of Fall Play Nov. 11: No School Nov. 18: 2- Hour Early Dismissal
Sean D. Van de Riet expresses his in front of congress. Web Editor Emily Presnell tells the story. Page 4
Features Editor Hannah Kippenberger gives her views on music in the classroom. Page 6
2 / NEWS Student Prints A Division of Mehlville Media The Staff
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Inductees Join National Honors Society BY SABINA OKANOVIC CO-EDITOR- IN- CHIEF
Fifty one students were inducted into the National Honors Society (NHS) on Oct. 7, and many new additions were made. “The new inductees are a bright group, they’ve got a lot going for them,” said Karl Rushing, history teacher. Before becoming a member, students must apply and meet the requirements of NHS. The requirements include a 3.0 grade point average or higher, being a junior or senior, and meeting the scholarship requirements as well. The purpose of NHS is to promote good leadership and
volunteer work. They participate in many different events throughout the year, as well as doing individual volunteering. Many of the new officers are looking forward to pushing the new members into helping out the community and volunteering. “I’m looking forward to helping put forth effort to do something great,” said John Revilla, junior officer. Throughout the year, NHS hosts many events for charity. They do a basketball wheelchair game to raise money, and around the holidays they do a shoebox projects where
they gather small items, shoe boxes, and wrapping paper to create small gift boxes for children in need. Aside from the major projects, members are asked to participate in their own volunteer work. A minimum of 20 service hours is required. Service hours can be earned at many local places, with a wide range or things to do. Many of the members already have some sort of idea as to what they want to do to help. “I really want to help out at an animal shelter, or something that has to do with kids,”
Driving With a Purpose
BY CHRISTOPHER KING COPY EDITOR Ford hosts test driving event for community. Test drivers were allowed to drive on a course around the SCOPE lot to help raise money for the basketball team.
Who wouldn’t want to drive a brand new Ford Mustang? No one, that’s who. On Sept. 20, anyone 18-years-old or older had an opportunity to test drive any brand new Ford vehicle through the Drive 4 UR School
Event. “[The event] is awesome because it raises a lot of money and some of it is sent to charity. There is no pressure to buy so it’s a lot of fun. People come in, drive a car and we get money,” said
Photo by Alen Dzafic
Brandon Warren, senior. The Ford Motor Company from Detroit brings cars down and allows anyone 18 or older test drive the car. Then Ford gives twenty dollars to the school for each test drive. The event first started last
said Morgan Walters, junior. Others that were inducted are hoping to bring new ideas to the table. “As an officer I feel like I have to be a role model, someone people can look up to,” said Kyle Kaletka, junior. Kaletka hopes to start a new project that involves the group doing a street clean up locally. “I’m just looking forward to hearing others’ ideas and helping organize things,” said Kaletka. For a complete list of inductees go to mehlvillemedia.com
year, in an effort to raise money for the basketball team. “Last year we maxed out the fundraiser and we raised $6,000. With that we bought new uniforms for the freshmen and for varsity teams” said Andy Guethle, head basketball coach. Fast-forwarding to this year, the fundraiser was not quite maxed out, however, the team still raised about $5,200 with 264 test drivers. “Although we didn’t max out, the fundraiser was still hugely successful. We teamed up with the volleyball team to help them out, too.” said Guethle. While the fundraiser was a way to help raise money for the team, it also acted as a way to give back to the community. “This year we donated $1,000 to the Wounded Warrior Project. This was a way for the school and faculty to give back,” said Guethle. The team partners with the Dave Sinclair Dealership and talk has already begun about doing the event again next year.
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Four of a Kind
BY JULIANNE WALLINGER REPORTER
Croatian. English. French. Japanese. Senior Gina Perhat uses her time inside and outside of school to learn multiple languages. At home, she speaks Croatian. Her parents wanted her to learn English in order to communicate in school. She has also taken the time to study French here and Japanese at a separate school. “I learned English through Scooby Doo and TV here,” Perhat said. Perhat’s family also helped her learn English. Photo By Alisa Coralic Now Perhat is learning Japanese from a separate organization straight from Japan. She takes classes in Webster Groves and learns the language along with students of Japanese descent. It is an advanced class that requires her to do extra homework outside of her regular school work. “I love the Japanese grammar structure and how the words are really funny,” Perhat said. This year, Perhat is taking both French IV and AP French, as well as studying French outside of the curriculum. “She [Perhat] is very hardworking and likes to go above and beyond the basics of what is offered in the class,” Bethany Johnson, French teacher said. Perhat spends time outside of the class looking for ways to learn the language better. She is also looking into a study abroad program to help perfect her French speaking abilities. Johnson marvels at the hard work and dedication Perhat puts into studying. “I think it’s pretty impressive. I know the hardest thing you can do is learn a second language and usually after you learn that second language they start coming easier and easier. It’s awesome that she’s taken her abilities and just kept going with it,” said Johnson. Perhat plans to study German at Meramec Community College starting in January. She also aspires to use these languages in her future of international business and traveling.
Photo Courtesy of the Chlanda Family
BY Sabina Okanovic CO-Editor-in-Chief Four. Four girls, four sisters, four completely different personalities. The Chlanda quads, Grace, Christine, Emily, and Elizabeth are four sisters who are nothing alike, despite being born together. “It’s a lot of fun because there is always something to do, but it can be hectic,” said Grace, sophomore. Being a quad is something not many get to experience. The chances of being born a quad are about 1000 to 1 according to mostonline.org. Even though the four girls are unique in the fact that they are quads, they are even more unique in the fact that they have very little in common. The four are com-
The Purrfect Class Pet
Photo By Erin Chlanda
BY ERIN CHLANDA REPORTER For science teacher Michael Saputo, science, discoveries and teaching are his specialty. Although one day while on his fiance’s dairy farm he came across a discovery he would never have expected. In the calf barn, only days old, lay a baby kitten. Abandoned and motherless, this kitten was probably hours near death and would have had no chance of survival if it weren’t for Saputo. “I have a little soft spot for animals,” said Saputo. The kitten would be another member to the Saputo family that includes a dog, a snake and fish. He took this kitten and its responsibilities in. This includes having to bottle feed the kitten every two to four hours and then giving it a mini bath like the mother cat would. He also has a lamp to keep the kitten warm in the absence of the mother cat. Due to the constant need to be cared
for, the kitten can be found in room 332 so Saputo can constantly check on it. “It’s always hungry and always meowing,” said Saputo’s sophomore student, Nadia Donahue. So far Saputo has been successful in replacing the mother cat and nursing this kitten back to health. The kitten is gaining weight at a healthy rate. “It really has grown since the first day I’ve seen it,” said Donahue. Because the kitten is so young, the sex cannot be confirmed yet, and Saputo is waiting to name the kitten. In the future, Saputo plans on having his classes vote on a name. “It brightens everyone up and makes everyone happier. I think it likes it here,” said Donahue. Saputo, his students, and other teachers enjoy the company of the kitten.
plete opposites. They have different hobbies, friend groups, and personalities. "Christine is more into makeup, I like horseback riding and they [Emily and Liz] like to dance," said Grace. Liz, who is very focused on dance, is currently being homeschooled. She has spent time in New York to help grow her dance skills and career opportunities. She believes homeschooling will help her focus on ballet, while still finishing school. Christine, on the other hand, expresses herself differently. “I really like cosmetology and doing my hair and stuff, and my sisters really don’t get into it as much,” said Christine. Their hobbies are not the only thing that sets them apart.
"Sometimes people question if we're really quads because we don't look very similar," said Emily. It is a common misconception that quads have to look alike, but the chances of that are even smaller. There is a 13 million to one chance of having identical quadruplets according to nbcwashington.com The four have similar features, but they are only noticed after you look at them for a while. “We’re so different. There isn’t much we have in common,” said Christine. Even with all these differences, the girls enjoy spending time together after school and on the weekends to catch up on each others lives.
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SMALL TOWN STORY Librarian, Sonia Mamroth, Talks About Growing Up in the Country. BY HANNAH KIPPENBERGER, fEATURES EDITOR
Sonia Mamroth has always wanted to be a librarian, and has been inspiring students with her love of reading for over five years. Growing up on her family’s farm in Iowa, Mamroth was a country girl before going to Truman State University. “I raised sheep, cattle, chickens, rabbits, and horses to show for the county fair,” said Mamroth. She played a great deal of sports including softball, volleyball, golf, track and field and cheerleading. Having grown up with three older brothers, Mamroth describes herself as a tomboy with a feminine charm since she was voted county fair queen back in Iowa. “I tried to do it all. In a small town you can kind of get away with doing everything,” said Mamroth. Today, Mamroth is married with three kids, two of which went to the United States Air Force Academy. Living out in Saint Charles County, it takes an hour for her to drive to school every morning. When asked why she makes this trip, Mamroth’s reply was simple. “I feel at home because of all my years living up here,” said Mamroth. Working as a librarian, she enjoys showing students how to take advantage of library resources. “When I work in the library, I am working to assist students for what they need now but I am also looking to the future and how the library might be changed,”
BY EMILY PRESNELL REPORTER
said Mamroth. Mamroth has been involved in education for more than 20 years, being a teacher, director of development and assistant principal at five schools before becoming a librarian. After her third child, she decided to go to the University of Missouri to get her master’s in library science and then became a librarian. “As a teacher, administrator, and a parent, I have had different opportunities to interact with students in different ways,” said Mamroth. Mamroth’s favorite books include the Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins and the Delirium series by Lauren Oliver. You can find her in the library overjoyed to help you with anything.
Front and Center BY MARIA MASSUD, REPORTER
Photo by Hannah Kippenberger
Van de Riet Speaks; Congress Listens
Photo Courtesty of Sonia Mamroth
Standing on a stage and performing in front of a crowd would typically make people nervous. For some, acting is their passion. This is the case for Rhiannon Creighton, freshman. When Creighton auditioned for the school’s fall play, Romeo and Juliet, she did not think she was going to get a part at all. What she got was far from what she expected. Creighton is playing the lead role of Juliet. Acting talent runs in the Creighton family. Her mother also acted when she was in high school. “She was in love with drama, and I’m a lot like my mom,” said Creighton. She is acting alongside Danny Bitter, sophomore, who is playing Romeo. “I was glad that it was somebody nice instead of somebody that’s like mean to me, because I can’t really play to be in love with you if you’re mean to me,” said Creighton. The play, although fun, is also a lot of hard work. “We have rehearsals just about every day. We have fight choreographies, so every day we have rehearsal after school until 4:30 p.m.,” said Creighton. Although she was nervous at first about the cast reactions, they all get along very well. “Everybody in drama is like the best group of people I’ve ever met,” Creighton said. Romeo and Juliet opens Nov. 7. The tickets are five dollars for pre-order and seven dollars at the door.They will be performing for the first time in the Nottleman Auditorium.
Sixteen-year old lobbyist Sean Van de Riet has walked the halls of U.S. Capitol Hill and spoken before Congress. Van de Riet lobbies for the amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) Association, a national nonprofit organization bent on helping and curing those with the disease. ALS also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease is a progressive disease affecting the brain and spinal cord’s nerve cells, often leading to death. In May of this year, Van de Riet traveled with his father to U.S. Capitol Hill to request $20 million for the ALS cause, which the government granted. When Van de Riet was born, his grandfather, Air Force veteran Raymond Robert Van de Riet Sr. was already diagnosed with ALS for two years. He is Van de Riet’s inspiration. “My only memories of him are riding around on his lap in a wheelchair,” said Van de Riet. Upon the Van de Riet celebrating his first gravestone of birthday two years before his his grandfather grandfathers passing. inscribes this quote: “To illumi- Photo Courtesy of Sean Van de Riet. nate others is better than simply to shine.” Van de Riet’s grandfather passed away on July 7, 2000, and inspires Van de Riet to do what he does and to continue doing what he does for the rest of his life. While at Capitol Hill, Van de Riet was able to meet many interesting people who also have had family die due to ALS, as well as some diagnosed with it themselves. “Their families had to helplessly watch them die after getting wheelchairs, feeding tubes, tracheostomies, and various other equipment. They remained mentally fine, trapped in a body that doesn’t work,” said Van de Riet. The stories he heard were so touching, he swore he saw tears in the congressmen and women’s eyes. Van de Riet was deeply touched at what he heard, and it changed him for the better. The ALS Association hosts a Walk to Defeat ALS, the next walk taking place on June 29, 2014. Debate Club is a wonderful place to start out if interested in public speaking and a good program for students interested in government is YMCA Youth In Government.
Students Nail It Michelle Jinks and Irene Nguyen Pursue Their Passion in Nail Art BY ERIN CHLANDA, REPORTER
Most students use a white canvas to create an artwork masterpiece, but for seniors Irene Nguyen and Michelle Jincks their canvas looks a lot smaller. These girls have taken painting their nails to a new level. Both started young and have continued to love doing nails. For Jincks, she has been painting her nails since before the fourth grade. “I just kind of taught myself,” said Jincks. While Nguyen had always taken an interest in painting her nails, she started getting serious with her nail art in eighth grade. “Girls like getting their nails done and I just thought it was really cool how people had different designs,” said Nguyen. Each girl takes pride in her work, but behind the scenes Nguyen and Jincks put a lot of effort into their personal work. Nguyen paints her nails almost ev-
ery week and spends around a half hour. For Jincks, depending on how much detail she goes into, it can take her up to four hours, and she usually paints her nails on average every two to three weeks. With the hard work comes results. Nguyen easily landed a job at local nail salon, K Nails. Nguyen loves working at K Nails because she is able to do what she loves while meeting lots of new people and spending time with her friendly coworkers. Luckily she has this job to buy more supplies because each bottle of nail polish costs nearly five dollars, Nguyen believes her addiction is costly, but worth it.
Jincks paints her nails for more of a recreational escape. “I think it is really relaxing. It’s kind of just me time and no one else messes with me,” said Jincks. She usually gets her inspiration for her designs from the events going on in her life such as homecoming. She will either paint her nails to tie in with the theme or color of her dress. Jincks also does nails for her friends. “Michelle has done my nails before and her hobby is so cool,” said Kaitlyn Krejci, senior. “I wish I had the talent and imagination that she does.” Through nail art it is easy For Nguyen and Jinks to express themselves and has opened doors to being creative all while having fun.
“It’s kind of just me
time and no one else messes with me.”
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The Evolution of Learning BY NISVETA FEJZIC, OPINION EDITOR High school is not for everyone. Scratch that, traditional high school is not for everyone. There are different types of alternative learning for students who do not follow the stereotypical high school quo. Alternative schooling is a great opportunity for students who would not be able to graduate from traditional high school. Some students choose online education. Students can choose to take these classes at home or go to places like SCOPE (South County Opportunity for the Purpose of Education). SCOPE allows students to continue their studies online. They also accept students who are not excelling in their regular schools or lack in credits. Multiple districts use SCOPE, including Bayless, Webster Groves and Affton. In an interview with Babson College, Todd Hitchcock, Senior Vice President of Pearson Learning Solutions, said, “Learning is no longer limited to four walls – learning can happen anywhere – and it already is happening everywhere, every day.” A recent study conducted by Babson Survey Research Group found that over 6.7 million students were taking at least one online course during the fall 2011 term, an increase of 570,000 students over the previous year. Students should have the option to experience alternative methods of learning. Several states including Alabama, Iowa and Michigan have made some type of virtual learning a requirement for graduation. Online education gives students a chance to either catch up on lessons or finish school. Another aspect of alternative learning is homeschooling. Missouri regulations for homeschooling are a lot looser than most states. Only 10 other states have the same regulations as Missouri, in which parents do not have to notify the district of their intent to homeschool. Parents do not have to sign forms to pull out children from public school to be homeschooled. The stereotype of the awkward homeschooled kid is something that homeschoolers try to avoid. “There are homeschoolers who are [awkward], but I was involved in a lot of things. I played sports and was around people,” said Amber Rickert, former homeschooled student and senior. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, an estimated 2 million students are homeschooled with roughly 39,000 residing in Missouri. Assumptions are made about kids that do not go through regular high school and those assumptions are usually close minded. In a survey given to 360 students, 28 percent of them had the thought of dropping out in their minds at one point in time. Students who have the thought of dropping out should have other options. Students should have the choice of what kind of school they attend. Some view alternative learning as an easier way to go through high school. But when it comes down to it, alternative learning is the same as traditional learning. Learning can happen no matter the institution that a student is in. In the words of Rabindranath Tagore, “Don’t limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time.”
CAUSE for ALARM? Photo by Christopher King
Blurred Game Lines BY CHRISTOPHER KING, COPY EDITOR
We have all played them. And we have all gotten frustrated with them. Recently, video games - specifically violent ones - have been in the spotlight. This attention has led many to question whether or not video games are to blame for violent behavior. In August 2013, an 8-year-old boy picked up a loaded gun and killed his grandmother shortly after playing Grand Theft Auto IV. Rather than questioning how the boy got his hands on a firearm or why the grandmother was not keeping a closer eye on the boy, media outlets such as CNN, Fox and MSNBC chose the video game as the scapegoat. Perhaps one of the most infuriating things is that no background research is done before making these claims. These outlets argue that violent video games desensitize players to violence by rewarding them for performing violent acts. Unfortunately for the media, this is absolutely false. A study done by Christopher J. Ferguson, a psychology professor at Stetson University, found that after following 165 10- to 14-year-old boys and girls over a three-year period, there was no long-term link between youth aggression or violence. In January 2013, U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander said that video games were a bigger problem than guns. He said this because video games actually affect kids.
High School, Not So Musical The Benefits of Music BY HANNAH KIPPENBERGER, FEATURES EDITOR
Music plays a big part in a teenager’s everyday life. It is around them all the time, yet we have to turn down the volume when school starts. Music improves math skills, memory, how well one pays attention and even helps to lower anxiety. Students love listening to music. Why can we not use it while we do our work? School is stressful and sometimes can feel overwhelming especially when it is a test day. In 2005 the University of North Carolina at Greensboro reported that students who play, listen and engage in music have increasingly better test scores. Music naturally makes peo-
ple feel calmer and it improves their mood. For most students, listening to their iPod before and even during a test could raise their scores. “I think music sets the tone in the classroom, so say you’re taking a test and you want the students to feel more relaxed and focused, I play soft music to set that kind of a tone for them,” said Corey Paffrath, science teacher. Confidence in your knowledge and trust in what you have studied is the majority of what makes a student succeed. If anxiety and nerves take over while testing, then students do worse. Music makes students feel
more at home and relaxed, therefore improving how well they do on their test. A national survey by the U.S. Department of Education took a national survey that revealed favorable mathematical advancement in high school students that engaged in music. According to research from Spotify, a music streaming service, listening to music while studying enhances learning and the creative side of the brain. In an interview with Spotify “Music in this range induces a state of relaxation where the mind is calm but alert, the imagination is stimulated and concentration is heightened (similar to a meditative state). And this is thought to be the best for learning,” said Dr. Emma Gray, clinical psychologist. Out of 300 Mehlville students, 90 percent of them say that listening to
This is a joke, right? In no way do video games pose more of a threat to kids than real guns. Clearly, this is an attempt to use video games as the scapegoat rather than deal with the issue of gun control. Video games can be frustrating while playing. However, those frustrations are limited to the game. Karl Rushing, history teacher and avid gamer, offers his view on the ordeal. “I play from 10 to 14 hours a week. All of those hours are spent playing violent games. Not once do I feel my behavior has been negatively affected. If anything, I’m more relaxed,” said Rushing. There is obvious truth in Ferguson’s study. According to FBI statistics, youth violence has dramatically declined in recent years. However, the video game industry has soared in popularity, becoming a multibillion dollar industry. Although this does not mean that video games caused the decline, it undermines the idea that video games cause violent behavior. “I play between 20 and 25 hours of games a week. Every game I play would probably be considered violent and I have noticed no change in my behavior. It’s all entertainment,” said Ken Pieper, senior. When the proper research is presented, the argument that video games are the cause of violence is nonexistent. “I think people are trying to find an easy solution to a complex problem,” said Rushing, “In no way do video games affect people more than TV, movies, or even books would.” And there is no easy solution. Before swiftly blaming video games for the cause of violent behavior, it would be wise to determine what other factors are at play. If a violent crime is committed, the mental state of the offender should be tested. As with the case of the 8-year-old boy, the parenting should have been questioned. Why was a child allowed within reach of a firearm? Why was a child allowed to play a game clearly rated for a mature audience? Today’s fears of violent video games seem to be in line with those prior fears of rock and jazz music. There is no evidence to suggest that violence in video games leads to violent behavior. In fact, the evidence suggests otherwise. These fears should be focused on poor parenting and the issue of gun control. However, like everything else, gaming should be enjoyed in moderation.
music while they study, and playing it before a test calms them down so they are ready for their test. If music assists students so much in their school work, then they should
be able to play it in TAP, in classes that allow work time and possibly softly during tests.
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Jared McKindley BY SAMUEL J. NUNNALLY SPORTS EDITOR In football, the defensive leader is usually the middle linebacker. That statement holds true for the Panther squad with middle linebacker Jared McKindley. McKindley, junior, wears number 32 for the team and plays middle linebacker and fullback. This is McKindley’s first year as a varsity starter and second year on the varsity roster. This is his sixth year playing football. He has been a key part of the defense this season. He leads the team in solo tackles (49), total tackles (65), assisted tackles (16) and is second in sacks (3). As well as being the team leader in these stats, he is also among the leaders in the conference. He is seventh in total tackles and fourth in solo tackles. All of this success is due mainly to a lot of hard work in the off season. “Nick Franey and I work out really hard in the off season,” said McKindley, “I went to a lot of camps as well.” McKindley is considered a great asset by defensive coordinator, Dale Gegg. “He makes a lot of calls on the field and makes a lot of the adjustments. His best quality is his intensity and he really sets the tone for the game when he is on the field,” said Gegg. McKindley is enjoying the fact that the team already has an improved record from last season, but still wants more improvement from his team, and himself. “My goals for myself are to hopefully be all conference and lead the team in tackles,” said McKindley, “As for the team, I want us to have a winning record and win the rest of our games.” The way Jared McKindley is playing, these goals are well within reach.
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DESTIN to Ride BY SAMUEL J. NUNNALLY SPORTS EDITOR
Sophomore competes in amateur motocross
The sport of motocross is not sponsored by many schools, but that does not stop sophomore Destin Juelfs from pursuing this sport. Juelfs has been racing motocross with his family for most of his life. His father started him in this sport when he was young and he never looked back. “I have done this my whole life and have always loved it,” said Juelfs. Juelfs’s younger brother Alex races motocross as well. He looks up to his brother as a role model in motocross. “He can do things that I can’t do on the track,” said Alex, “he gets better places than I do sometimes.” It takes a lot of hard work and training to excel at this sport as well. Being in peak physical condition is crucial. “I always try to stay fit,” said Juelfs, “you need to drink a lot of water and make sure to stay energetic if you want to be good at motocross.” Juelfs is obviously doing something right in this sport. He is usually first in the amatuer points series and usually has times around one minute or a minute and a half. He races all over Missouri, Illinois, and has even raced in Kentucky. All of this hard work is paying off for Juelfs. He is excelling at this sport and sees no reason to stop at the amatuer level. He hopes to turn motocross into a career.
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Making the Case For
Athletes Balance School and Spor ts BY CHRISTOPHER KING COPY EDITOR Imagine it is your final year of high school. The stress of work, school and sports is building. Some would argue much of that stress is unneeded “It’s a lot of late nights doing homework. I have to manage my time wisely,” said Megan Furlong, junior. Furlong has played soccer and basketball the past two years and has recently begun playing tennis. Along with that, she works at Delmar Gardens South serving the residents. However, a study done by Jay P. Greene, the head of the Department of Education Reform at the University of Arkansas, found that higher rates of athletic success and participation were associated with schools having higher overall test scores and high educational attainment. As senior Emily Fox prepares to play in her final year of basketball and soccer, she must keep this delicate
balancing act going. “I work at Friendship Village about 20 to 25 hours a week. Right now I’m thinking about going into a pharmacy or psychology program,” said Fox. And with those great aspirations, she must not let her academics slip away. “Playing sports has kept me motivated to do my best and work with others. I have to manage my time in school and out,” said Fox. Fortunately for some, the balancing act isn’t quite as delicate. “My workplace is actually very lenient, they only schedule me on weekends,” said Andy Fountaine, senior. As he plays in his fourth year of football, there is no doubt that this has benefited him greatly. “I can focus on school and practices during the week and then play on Fridays. It’s simple, easy for me and less stressful,” said Fountaine.
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Without a doubt, trying to balance school and sports can be difficult and stressful. But with hard work and determination, it can be accomplished.
A Night To Remember BY KAYLA HEZEL EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
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It’s a couple hours before your game, you just stare at your jersey knowing this will be one of the last times you’ll be putting it on. Before you even step on the field you can see signs and decorations celebrating you and your teammates. As you walk with your parents by your side you don’t even notice the voice telling the crowd what you plan to do with your future but instead your mind becomes flooded with the memories you’ve made over the past four seasons. Senior night is a time to honor the hard work of senior athletes and wish them luck in the future as they play in front of the home crowd one last time. Many athletes dream about senior night and count down the days until it’s their time. However, as the day approaches it becomes an emotional time as they say goodbye to their teammates and coaches. “I used to be excited for other seniors, but now that I’m a senior it’s
sad,” said Jennifer Pennington, senior softball player. For senior soccer player Lucas Meyer the thought of playing his last home game outweighs his excitement of walking across the field with his parents as his team honors his hard work. “I don’t look forward to senior night, that means it’s over,” said Meyer. Many seniors use this honorary night to reflect on their time as a high school athlete. “I’ll miss the team, the practices, the team bonding that has occurred over the years and just swimming in general,” said Ian Piskulic, senior swimmer. While the thought of knowing this will be one of their last games looming over their heads, it can also give athletes an extra boost to play their best. Senior tennis player Tara Becker headed into her match against one of the area’s top teams Ladue giving all she had knowing this was one of the last times she would pick up her racket.
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