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Volume 1 Number 2

November/December 2012

1200 Dallas Ave, Mena, Arkansas 71953

Mena High School hosts all-region jazz clinic by Ivy Powell

For the first time ever, Mena High School was the host school for the all region jazz clinic. This was an event in which the best musicians perform an amazing concert to the public. Students were selected through tryouts prior to the clinic where they demonstrate their skill be performing selected pieces, scales, sight-reading and improvisation. This day gave students a chance to show their talent to the public, achieve their goals, and excel as musicians. Prior to this, there were tryouts at Southside High School on November 6th. The students who made the All-region jazz band were Allison Austin as first band first chair tenor saxophone, Cameron Ulmer as second band second chair tenor saxophone, Luke Callahan as first band first chair baritone saxophone, Chase Fielder as second

band first chair baritone saxophone, Race Hobson as first band second chair tenor trombone, Connor Purvis as second alternate tenor trombone, Joseph Maddox as first band first chair bass trombone, Chris Henry as second band second chair trumpet, Trevor Coburn as second alternate trumpet, and David Chaney as first band second chair alto saxophone. They worked very hard and rehearse to earn their place among the top players in the region, and we congratulate and encourage them in their efforts. Mena High School was proud to host this honorary event because our new facilities were sufficient to the players migrating here for the performance. This gave musicians opportunities to express themselves and delight people from all around with the songs they play. We hope that students enjoyed our school and we will be able to host even more in the future.

NHS inducts 25 new members into the honorary club. The induction cermony was held at the Performing Arts Center on Monday, October 15, 2012. (photo by Lauryn Madison)

JAZZ CLINIC MUSICIANS Luke Callahan, Claire Williamson, Chris Henry, Cameron Ulmer, Allison Austin,and Jake Talamentez participate in a practice session with Mr. Morgan. (photo by Molly Lindsey)

NHS conducts induction ceremony

by Leon Gellings

The prestigious induction ceremony for the new NHS members of Mena High School took place on Oct. 15. Many new students were about to be introduced to the honors of NHS membership. To become a member it is necessary to satisfy many special conditions. First, you have to have good grades – membership requires a grade average of 3.25. If this requirement is fulfilled, it is possible to apply for NHS membership and to fill out a form for the faculty council, which tells about the applicant’s leadership qualities, community service, the clubs a student is involved in, etc. After acceptance, there are numerous responsibilities: As special representatives of the school, NHS members are responsible for the weekly recycling in our school, concessions at the basketball games, tours through the building (which includes introducing and welcoming new students to our school), and 14 hours of community service. This year’s NHS projects are, for example, candy selling at Christmas and

raising money for the wildlife center where injured animals are supplied with medicine and then are released in the wild again. The students who fulfilled all of these conditions this year are Kimmi Hanners, president, April Castro, secretary, Kayla Stone, service, and Kennedy Reeves, responsible for the recycling, all seniors. Furthermore, Cheyenne Anderson, Hannah Bell, Andrew Cockburn, Jeremiah Foster, Chris Gordon, Zeke McPherson, Ayla Powell, Kyle Roberts, Kate Self, RC Sims, Nathan Smallwood, Chase Van Deest and Taylor Ward fulfilled the special requirements as seniors. As juniors, the following students received NHS membership: Alex Atchley, Zach Atchley, Allison Austin, Anna Buckley, Jordan Butterfield, Luke Callahan, Britanny Fields, Carly Gear, Cassie Gear, Dacota Gray, Race Hobson, Maegan Kent, Hailey Knittig, Chelsea Laxamana, Maddison Liles, Hannah Lochala, Brooke Pearce, Connor Purvis, Natalie Rose, BJ Schuller, Madison Sherrer, Christa Super, Jake Talamantez, Stephanie Vidrine, and Claire Williamson.


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The Bear Facts - Editorials

November/December 2012

Florida creates a fracas by Ivy Powell

In our country, something extremely controversial is happening. In Florida, different academic standards are being administered to different ethnicities. By doing this, the state hopes to raise the number of students reading at or above grade level by 2018. They also plan to boost the percentage of children at or above level, in regards to mathematics. Kris Amundson, who presides over the Educational Sector shares her thoughts about the predicament by saying, “I understand that this is recognition that students are beginning at different places—and that’s honest—but I think it is, at best, ill-advised to set different learning standards for students based on the color of their skin.” There is truth to this vaguely racist precept—some children in ethnic groups do not have a chance to get a head start in education. Even so, measures that could be considered racist should not be applied. The state of Florida most likely did not intend to be racist; the state only desired to shrink the gap between scores. The Executive director of the Florida School Board Association, Dr. Wayne Blanton, states “The message could have been portrayed a little clearer, but as far as racism, I see nothing in wanting to raise test scores that would be racist. You’re trying to raise all test scores, not just in one particular group.” Even so, the method being used is highly suspicious. In addition to that, this policy is setting somewhat of a lower standard for certain ethnic students, instilling within them the idea that they do not have to do well or work hard. This could create a cycle that would lower the standards for ethnic groups each year because they would not feel the need to do the schoolwork. The method the state of Florida is utilizing is not effective. Every student is unique and may have any degree of intelligence, no matter the color of his or her skin. If the predicament is that other ethnic groups cannot get a head start or focus on education as much as they need to, then the state should begin programs to assuage this problem. They must introduce a major importance for education at an early age so that students understand and have the initiative to excel. The children all deserve equivalent treatment in the educational environment, and a different approach should be used in order to give them all an equal chance to achieve.

What does this mean for Mena? by Ivy Powell

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If Florida is adopting this policy, will our state eventually adopt it as well? If that does happen, we will be expected to produce better scores. In addition to that, our expected reading level will be raised to a higher standard (as you may recall, increased eighty-eight percent by 2018). Our school is predominantly Caucasian. That means that if this policy takes effect we will not be able to raise a din concerning racism in order to nullify it. However, because our school is not ethnically diverse, there might be no attempt made to raise scores and bridge the gap of educational standards for different ethnicities. In Florida, sixty-nine percent of white students scored at or above reading level during 2011 through 2012. If scores are similar in Arkansas, we needn’t worry about any mandatory changes to education--but it is needless to say that all of the states are varied in terms of grades. On the other hand, this process of raising the margin in Florida could cause the other states to follow suit. The government could simply look past the fact that schools like us are racially monotonous and focus on making us do better nonetheless. There is proof that many people idealize a world without racism, because Andy Ford, president of the Florida Education association mused, “This is just recognition of where kids are today. I would like to live in a world where race and economic status do not matter, but we’re not there yet as a society.” Upon speculation of this, if America does progress to be racist-free society, we will not be overlooked and there will be much upheaval in Mena.


November/December 2012

The Bear Facts - News

Bullying: an epidemic

Obama wins election

by Robert Lane

by Zach Atchley

On Nov. 6, 2012, the United States came together for a vote that would determine who would take the seat at the White House as the next U. S. President. For the Democratic Party, President Barack Obama ran for reelection with Vice-President Joe Biden, under the slogan, “Forward.” For the Republican Party, Mitt Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, ran with Paul Ryan, using the slogan, “Believe in America.” Primarily, Romney received votes from the Southern states who agreed with his campaign platform. The majority of Obama’s votes came from the northern and western states. In the end, the votes were split nearly in half in this close election race, with Obama receiving votes from 26 of the states and Romney receiving votes from 24 of the states. Ryan told reporters, “Obama won fair and square.” With the results of the election, President Barack Obama will be in office for another term. In the aftermath of the election, President Obama gave a victory speech that was entwined with his slogan “Forward.” Obama announced, “Tonight, more than 200 years after a former colony won the right to determine its own destiny, the task of perfecting our union moves forward.” Obama then said to America, “It moves forward because of you.”

National Mock Elections by Robert Lane

On Oct. 29-31 the National Mock Elections were held. Classes taught by Ms. Hendrix, Mrs. Gordon, Coach Lyle and Coach Atchley participated in the Mock Elections. The Republican candidates received 262 votes while the Democratic candidates received 58 votes. The two main candidates for US Congress District were Tom Cotton (R), who received 261 votes, and Senator Gene Jeffress (D), who received 45 votes. The winner of State Representative race was Representative Nate Bell (R), who received 238 votes. Polk County Circuit Clerk Sharon K. Simmons (D) won her seat receiving 287 votes. The new Polk County Treasurer is Tanya Fretz (I), who received 225 votes. Polk County Coroner Brian Bower (R) won his race, receiving 254 votes. Three hundred and thirty four voters turned out to vote for the National Mock Elections at Mena High School this year.

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SHAWNNA HOWARD AND Braxton Lance, working as election clerks during the National Student Mock Election, assist Georgie Davis and Nick Renard signing in to vote as Nathan Rhodes, Zach Moore, Aaron Burr, Kole Birtcher, and Brady Davis from Julie Gordon’s 8th period history class wait their turn to sign in. (photo by Annita Hendrix)

Extreme athlete completes the record jump by Leon Gellings

Felix Baumgartner is a phenomenon for extreme athletes. He has made over 2000 parachute jumps, and lots of them were very dangerous. Although he got hurt lots of times, he never gave up his hobby, finally reaching his biggest aim: the jump out of the stratosphere. Baumgartner dared his first considerable jump in 1999. He hopped from the 88th floor of Malaysia’s highest tower, the Petronas Tower in Kuala Lumpur. Although his actions were not always legal, he often found a way to climb the tower, jump off of it, and escape from security. Six years later, he tried to win a race against a ‘Pilates’ helicopter equipped with wings made of carbon so they were extremely light and fast in the air. Finally, Baumgartner won the race with a maximum speed of 149 miles per hour. In 2007, he went to Taiwan and scaled 91 floors (approximately 1280 ft high) of the Taipei 101. The day before Baumgartner performed that feat he gave his parachute to a friend who smuggled it through security. After he had jumped off the platform, he

landed on a garage and escaped by airplane. But his biggest success was about to follow. After longstanding preparation, he risked a jump out of the stratosphere, a height of 24.4 miles. During the time of preparation, two big companies helped Baumgartner and his team to realize the project. Filmed and broadcasted, the spectacular event took place at the Walker Air Force Base in Roswell, New Mexico. Although it was a very dangerous project and they had to change the start time several times, Baumgartner finally ventured and completed it. He first got in a balloon filled with helium which was taken into a pressurized cabin so that maximum safety was guaranteed for him. After he reached the final height for his jump, he got out of the balloon and went off in a protective suit which was additionally fitted out with a parachute. After he faced some problems in the air and thought he had to open it too early for a record, he reached the ground safely. This record jump finished his career as an extreme athlete. Several news reports are that he wants to coach other people in extreme athletics now.

Bullying is a common problem for many children and adolescents every day. A survey indicates that as many as half of all children are bullied at least once in their years of school and at least 10% are bullied on a daily basis. Children are bullied at school or online and more than half will not report to a parent or guardian. There are many warning signs of someone getting bullied. Some warning signs that child is bullying others are getting into physical or verbal fights, have friends who bully others, are increasingly aggressive, blame others for their problems, don’t accept responsibility for their actions, are competitive and worry about their reputation or popularity. What you can do to stop bullying? Intervene immediately. It is ok to get another adult to help. Separate the kids that are involved. Make sure everyone is not harmed. If needed meet any immediate medical health need. Make sure that you stay calm and reassure the kids involved, including bystanders. Avoid making mistakes like ignoring the bullying. Don’t try to sort out the fact right away. Don’t force a kid to say what they have seen in public.

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The Bear Facts - News

November/December 2012

Mena joins All Region Choir auditions and gets good results by Leon Gellings

On October 6th 2012, the All Region Choir Auditions took place at Lakeside High School, Hot Springs. 24 students from Mena High School participated and obtained respectable results. The participants had to perform segments of three prepared pieces of music; judged were musicianship, tone quality, and diction, by five adjudicators. Everyone had a single solo audition to perform. 30 schools, in total, joined the event with 597 students auditioning altogether. Mena students who placed in the prestigious Southwest All Region Choirs are: Soprano I: Sloan Hicks, 31st Chair, Amanda

Wiggins, 16th Chair, Stephanie Vidrine, 19th Chair. Soprano II: Chelsea Laxamana, 35th Chair, Emily O’Rear, 16th Chair, Brittany Presson, 40th Chair, Lauryn Madison, 43rd Chair and Kassidy Summit, 18th Chair. Placed in segment Alto II were Kameron Posey, 25th Chair and Tori Rudman, first alternate qualifier. Amanda Wiggins and Emily O’Rear are also second alternate for the all state auditions, and Ryan Lowery is first alternate qualifier for the great state auditions. Saturday afternoon, all of Mena’s participants came back with good impressions from the All Region Honor Choirs. TWENTY-FOUR CHOIR members were selected to participate in the Southwest All-Region Choirs in Oct. These students will perform at the All-Region Clinic and Concert in Benton in Nov. (photo contributed by Tammy Taylor)

US Marshall speaks by Tyler Richardson

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the judicial court was the creation of the U.S. Marshall Service. The Marshalls have been to tragedies like the Oklahoma bombing, the September 11th attacks, and the devastation of hurricane Katrina. The Marshalls have helped the nation through some of their largest struggles. There are only 94 U.S. Marshalls in the United States, and each has their own Deputy Marshalls. Some states have multiple districts such as Arkansas, which has two districts. One of the most important parts in a Marshall’s life is family, not only his family at home, but his brothers and sisters he is serving with. The Marshalls have progressed over the years from making payments and taking up the census, to making arrest and security for the nation.

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November/December 2012

The Bear Facts - Features

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Online game inspires fitness by Zach Atchley

Marcus Dickinson is a gamer at heart. Even at 40 years old, he still enjoys a good online gaming session. But recently, his gaming has sparked a new fire. EVE Online is a role-playing game in which players create their own unique character and compete with other players for territory, fame, and riches. When Dickinson, a 230 pound, bacon-loving advertising director from Canada, first created Roc Weiler, the two had very little in common. And Dickinson wanted to change that. “I’m a role player inherently. I take it seriously,” Dickinson told CNN. Roc, in a way, is a brand as well as an online persona to Dickinson. He has a blog (Roc’s Ramblings)

that he writes in daily as Roc. He also creates 3-D artwork and music albums under the character’s name. In 2009, Dickinson went to an annual EVE Online Fanfest, and reality crashed down like a ton of bricks. “We were all just a bunch of pathetic losers,” Dickinson said to CNN. “We paid good money to fly all the way to Iceland and instead of enjoying Iceland, most of us spent all our time sitting around playing the video game we already played back home.” This revelation convinced Dickinson to make a few changes. So he went to the gym. Now he weighs 185 pounds, squats 345 pounds, dead-lifts 450 punds, and leg presses 900 pounds. Dickinson has become a role-model to gamers everywhere who want to get fit.

MANY HAVE FOLLOWED Dickinson’s lead and gotten active for their fitness. Here, junior Austin Kain begins his workout. (photo by Zach Atchley)

Band claims their ranking at contest by Ivy Powell

On October 23, 2012, the Mena High School Marching Band received a rating of 1, the most superior rank that can be attained. They traveled to Northside High school in Fort Smith to compete against the top bands in the region and performed their show, “The music of Carlos Santana.” The band was diligent in their efforts to get this ranking. They rehearsed for long hours during the summer and perfected their show through after school practices--and now all of that work has paid off. The band’s efforts were zealous, but their creed for the event was to give the best performance they could

and prove to themselves that they were outstanding musicians. Mr. Morgan iterated that ratings didn’t matter--the only thing that mattered to them was to demonstrate excellence. The band knew that if they performed how they practiced that they would triumph. So far, the band has scored a 1 at this event and a 1 at the invitational contest just weeks before. In the spring, they will aim to make sweepstakes by obtaining a ranking of one at Region concert assessment. The band has accomplished amazing things and has never failed to impress the public. We wish them the best on their road to sweepstakes.

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The Bear Facts - Guys and November/December 2012

Guys &

ZANE SHERRER (NICELY-Nicely) leading the chorus in the show stopping number “Sit Down, You’re Rocking the Boat.” (photo contributed by Jessica Kropp)

ALLISON AUSTIN (ADELAIDE) and Tate Olgesby his gambling and her desire to get married. (photo

DUSTIN HORN AND Stormie Snow (tourists) pose for a picture on the street during “Guys and Dolls” (photo contributed by Jessica Kropp)

ZANE SHERRER (NICELY Nicely) talking about a dream he had. (photo contributed by Jessica Kropp)


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KALEN HASTEY (RUSTY Charlie), Zane Sherrer (Nicely-Nicely), and Austin Kain (Benny) sing about horse racing in “The Fugue for Tinhorns.” (photo contributed by Jessica Kropp)

y (Nathan Detroit) having a heated exchange about contributed by Jessica Kropp)

HANNAH BELL (ARVA), Carly Gear (Sarah), and Veronica Vanbuskirk (General) are talking to Alex Atchley (Sky). (photo contributed by Jessica Kropp)

ZACH ATCHLEY (BOXER) and Nick Renard (Manager) work out on Broadway. (photo contributed by Jessica Kropp)

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The Bear Facts - Christmas

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November/December 2012

Christmas: the same but different

Holiday Puzzle

by Leon Gellings

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“What is the one thing you want most for Christmas?” Some of the things Mena High School students want are very interesting. Several students were polled and this is what they said: 

All the food in the world

A genie with unlimited wishes and he has to be wearing a sombrero holding maracas and singing La Bamba

For Christmas to be like it was when I was little

Roy Morgan

Models

An Ibanez ART90

“My two front teeth”

Family getting along

50 gallon barrel of Reeses

Boycotting of No-Shave November in 2013

Not to be a ginger

Early graduation

Christmas is the same festivity in all countries, but the celebration is different everywhere. Although Christmas exists in almost every country in the world, it is different in every place. Some countries don’t even put up a Christmas tree, and some countries get their presents later than others. In Italy, the people celebrate “Natale,” the Italian word for Christmas. The Italian’s Christmas season lasts for three weeks and is very ceremonious. Traditionally, there is a strict fast the last 24 hours before Christmas Eve, followed by a big celebration meal, with which the birth of Christ is welcomed. Even though Christmas is celebrated on the 24th, the presents are given on January 6th, the Three Kings Day. The presents are brought by an ugly witch called “Befana.” After that, the Christmas season ends. France celebrates Christmas (Noel) traditionally on the morning of December 25th. On the evening of December 24 th, the children leave their shoes beneath the

fireplace, which “Pere Noel” is supposed to fill the next morning. Moreover, most French homes don’t have a Christmas tree. Sometimes, families display nativity scenes. Another tradition is to eat a special kind of cake called “Creche.” The German Christmas season officially starts on December 6th, St. Nikolaus Day. On the evening of December 5th, most children put shoes or plates near the door and find them filled with little presents and candy the next morning. Nevertheless, Christmas Eve is the most important day during Christmas time. Traditionally, the presents are brought by the “Christkind,” or the “Weihnachtsmann,” the German version of Santa Claus. The Three Kings Day rings in the end of the Christmas season. Lots of Christian children go from house to house and sing carols. For that, they get little gifts or money. These things are given to poor countries or to other charitable purposes. Although the day or the time of Christmas is different everywhere, this time of the year brings people together everywhere.


November/December 2012

The Bear Facts - Sports

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Ladycats contest their very last games and tournaments in season 2012 Oct. 18th

by Leon Gellings

Tournament in Paris, Oct. 13th

On Oct. 13 the Ladycats girls played in the Paris tournament. Mena started out coming up short to the Paris Eagles (1-2) in the first game. Playing their way through the loser bracket, they won every game on the way to the final. In the first games, they beat Paris 2-0 and Lavaca 2-0. After that, they beat Heritage, also 2-0. The semi-final against Fountain Lake was a very close game, but finally, the Ladycats triumphed (2-1). In the final, Mansfield was too strong and Mena too tired, after playing 4 games one behind the other. Mena ended up placing second in the tournament.

Arkadelphia was a difficult opponent for the Ladycats. Although Mena beat them in Sept. with 3-0, the game in Arkadelphia was much more challenging. In the first game, Mena made a lot of mistakes, and after the game was tied at 11-11, Arkadelphia went forward and won it (2517). Fortunately, the Ladycats got better and won the second game 25-20, the third 25-17, and the last 25-18. In this match-up, Mena showed great team spirit.

District Tournament in Mena, Oct. 20th

The district tournament in our own Union Bank Center was not a nice experience for the Ladycats. Although they got first runner-up, the girls were very disappointed about a 1-3 loss in the final against the big rival from Waldron. In the first game against Booneville, Mena had no problem with their opponent and won in superior style with 3-1. Later in the final, the Ladycats played as though they were nervous and too focused on the rivalry with Waldron.

Oct. 23rd

The game against Lakeside will not be remembered very long. It was a strange game, which Mena finally lost with 0-3. The first game was tight with Mena leading 24-22, but could not finish and lost 26-28. The both following games were not a big problem for Lakeside, and so they went home with a victory against our Ladycats. Between the junior and senior varsity games, senior Ladycats Megan Moon, Corey Moon, Kennedy Reeves, Lindsey Thacker and Manager Melissa Gamble were recognized for their service to the team before playing their last regular-season game for the team.

4A State Tournament in Harrison

The state volleyball tournament in Harrison was a nice ending of a long season for the Ladycats. In the first game, they were already trailing by one game, but were able to change it to a 3-1 victory. Southside was the first opponent, and in that game it seemed as though the tournament could be over for Mena right then. But suddenly, the Ladycats showed strength and spirit and turned the game completely over. Finally, they won in three superior last games (2515, 25-16, 25-17). Although some players had higher scores than others, it is thanks to the whole team, that the second round was reached. The second game was played on Oct. 31. The Ladycats’ opponent was the winner of the tournament the last two years, and when the game started everyone could see why. In three games, Valley View defeated the Ladycats. In the end, the Ladycats finished their season with two runner-up titles and a conference record of 10-0.

Oct. 16th

The game in Waldron was expected as a hard game, in which both rivals would play with lots of enthusiasm and emotion. Ultimately, the expectations weren’t in vain. In the first game, Mena was not very impressed by the noise all of the fans made and won 25-18. Especially the back row made a great game, with lots of very difficult hits from Waldron being saved. The second game had Mena winning 2514, but the last game was tough. First, the Ladycats seemed to win this one easily too, because they led with 6 points. But then, Waldron played very well and lead with 23-22. Finally, Mena just played three smart attacking plays and Waldron was beaten again.

RACHAEL WOOD HITS the ball against Lavaca at the Paris Tournament. Mena was runner-up in the tournament. (photo by Leon Gellings)

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November/December 2012

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Bowling team seeks repeat trip to state by Robert Lane

Bowling season is once again beginning. The first game was on Dec. 1 against VanCove and Acorn at the Pine Bowl at 10:00 am. Coach Karlene Hooker is excited about the first game of the new season. Last year the bowling team worked their hardest and went to conference. The Bearcats finished 2nd in their division or ‘conference’ with Justin Castor first and Nathan Rhodes 5th.  These two were named “All Conference”. RC Sims finished 21st. This qualified them for the state tournament. In the state tournament the Bearcats finished

second with a 3891, only 66 pins behind the champions from Siloam Springs. Justin Castor placed first and RC Sims was 7th. These two were named to the “All State” team. In the conference tournament, the Ladycats finished 7 th out of 12, which did not allow them to qualify for the state tournament. Hooker told us, “I am really looking forward to bowling season this year. I have good senior leadership in both groups and I expect great things from both the Ladycats and the Bearcats.” It shows that the Mena Bearcats can try their hardest and succeed.

Varsity Basketball 2012-13

Date Opponent Team Site Time 11/13 Lake Hamilton 1/2/4 Home 5:00 pm 11/15 DeQueen 1/2/3/4 Away 5:00 pm 11/17 Greenwood 4/7G Away 10:00 am 11/19 Poyen 1/2 Away 5:30 pm 11/20 Kirby 1/2/6 Away 5:00 pm 11/26-12/1 First National Bank Classic 1/2 Home 4:00 pm 12/4 Subiaco* 1/3/5 Home 5:00 pm 12/7 Maumelle* 1/2/4 Away 5:00 pm 12/8 Booneville @ The Rack 4/6/7G Away 10:00 am 12/11 Acorn 2 Away 6:00 pm 12/14 Dover* 1/2/6 Home 5:00 pm 12/17 Heavener 1/2 Away 5:30 pm 12/21 West Fork 1/2 Away 6:00 pm 12/27-29 Berryville Tourn. 1/2 Away TBA 1/4 Pottsville* 1/2/3/4 Away 5:00 pm 1/5 Waldron 4/6/7G Home 10:00 am 1/8 Booneville* 1/2/4 Home 5:30 pm 1/11 Dardanelle* 1/2/3 Home 5:30 pm 1/15 Waldron* 1/2/3/4 Away 5:30 pm 1/18 Dover* 1/2/5 Away 5:00 pm 1/22 Subiaco* 1/3/5 Away 5:00 pm 1/25 Maumelle* 1/2/3 Home 5:00 pm 1/26 Greenwood 4/6 Home 10:00 am 1/29 Booneville* 1/2/3 Away 5:30 pm 2/1 Dardanelle* 1/2/4 Away 5:30 pm 2/5 Waldron* 1/2/3/4 Home 5:00 pm 2/8 Pottsville* 1/2/4 Home 5:00 pm 2/11-16 District Tourn @ Booneville 1/2 Away TBA *Conference Games 1-Varsity Boys/2-Varsity Girls/3-JV Boys/4-JV Girls/5-JH Boys/6-JH Girls

Bowling 2012-13 1-Dec.

Saturday

Van-Cove and Acorn

Pine Bowl

10:00 AM

8-Dec.

Saturday

Van-Cove and Acorn

Pine Bowl

12:30 PM

15-Dec.

Saturday

Van-Cove and Acorn

Pine Bowl

10:00 AM

12-Jan.

Saturday

Van-Cove and Acorn

Pine Bowl

10:00 AM

19-Jan.

Saturday

Acorn, Mt. Pine & Van-Cove

Pine Bowl

10:30 AM

25-Jan.

Friday

Hot Springs

Pine Bowl

4:00 PM

26-Jan.

Saturday

Van-Cove and Acorn

Pine Bowl

10:00 AM

2-Feb.

Saturday

Van-Cove and Acorn

Pine Bowl

10:00 AM

6-Feb.

Wednesday

Conference Tournament

Little Rock 11:00 AM

12-Feb.

Tuesday

State Tournament

Conway

11:00 AM

Bearcats compete in state playoffs by Zach Atchley

On Oct. 26, the Bearcats played a very crucial game at Subiaco Academy. The outcome of the game would decide a very important situation: playoffs. The Bearcats left for Subiaco at 2:00 for the three-hour trip. The game began at 7:00 with Malachi McGee running in the opening kick-off for a touchdown without a second off the clock. With a head start in the game and an insane moral boost, the Bearcats leapt into action. By the end of the first half, the Bearcats held the lead with 20 points to Subiaco’s zero. The third quarter was an intense part of the game. Both teams fought for the ball and for the end zone. The defensive teams

held the offense on both sides. Finally, in the fourth quarter, the ball met the end zone. Unfortunately, that ball was held by a Subiaco runner. In the end, it would be the only score they’d see. The score rested at 20-7, Bearcats. The final quarter was almost over. They’d won. But they weren’t finished yet. With little time left on the clock, the Bearcats put it in the end zone one final time. When the final buzzer rang, the Bearcats walked off the field with a score of 28-7. Their spot in the playoffs was sealed. The Bearcats also played Dardanelle at home, losing 45 to 34, beat Arkadelphia, at Arkadelphia, causing a huge upset, with a winning score of 42-29, and ended their season on the road at Ozark, losing 33 to 12.

MALACHI MCGEE RETURNS the ball for a Bearcat touchdown against Arkadelphia, in the first round of the playoffs. (photo contributed by The Mena Star)


November/December 2012

The Bear Facts - Features

Page 11

Astronaut turned English teacher

Ewing joins Mena High

As a child, Mrs. Bledsoe wanted to be an astronaut. Alas, her instructive nature truly shined through at her early age when she would line up her dolls on the porch and teach them. As a student, she loved to write abundantly in all of her English classes; her interests grew and flourished as she did. Today, she still holds literature so close to her heart that she virtually reads a book a day, many of which possess 150 pages or more. Her favorite book is Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, which belongs to a genre having the traits of historical fiction and fantasy. Before coming here, Mrs. Bledsoe had taught at West Memphis High School for six years and Marion High School for four years. When asked what she thought of our school, she beamed, “I think it’s wonderful.” Other than reading and writing, which is in her nature as an English teacher, Mrs. Bledsoe enjoys sewing and watching movies.

Kathy Ewing is a new addition to the staff at Mena High School. This may be her first year teaching, but she’s not new to working with kids. Before she came here, she worked for the state of Arkansas in child abuse investigations and foster care. In an interview, she told us, “I knew that I always wanted to work with children and adolescents and be able to be a positive impact on their lives.” Though she may have moved from saving kids to teaching them, her influence is still the same. To get her Bachelor’s Degree she attended the University of Arkansas in Fort Smith and for her Master’s Degree she went to Arkansas Tech University. She sponsors the sci-fi club with Ms. Hooker and teaches 9th grade literacy.

by Zach Atchley

by Ivy Powell

NEW TEACHERS IN the MHS Literacy department this year include Nicole Bledsoe, who teaches AP English 12 and Pre-AP English 10, Krisanna Miller, who teaches 9th grade English and Journalism, and Kathy Ewing, who teaches 10th and 12th grade English classes. (photo by Zach Atchley)

Miller finds new home at Mena by Leon Gellings

Krisanna Miller started her work in our building in August, teaching three sections of 9th grade English, the Journalism class, and, moreover, she is the Bear Facts adviser. Miller is originally from Nashville, AR. By the time she was in the first grade she knew that she wanted to become a teacher and she also “really liked school and college.” After high school, she went to Arkansas Tech University in Russellville, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English Education. Miller completed her student teaching in Pottsville and taught at

Mineral Springs High School during the first year of her teaching career. Furthermore, Miller is a big book fan, her favorite being “The Book Thief, a very exciting book.” Also she likes “crafting and especially being around my family and friends.” She is very happy to teach at Mena High School, where she says she “likes the sense of community, in all sections: teachers, parents and students.” As for her big goal with the students she declares that she would like “ to prepare them to go out into the world.”

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Teachers have histories by Ivy Powell

Many teachers here at Mena High School have been here for years. Others are quite flighty, moving around from district to district, and some are brand new. Some veteran teachers here include Ms. Hendrix, who has taught for a diligent twenty-six years (solely at Mena) and Mr. Bates, who has taught for a whopping thirty-seven years, approximately thirty-five of those years being at our own school. Bentonville, Heber Springs, Green Briar and Cove were former schools that Mrs. Puckett had been an instructor at before she came here. She has been a teacher for thirteen years and has been in Mena for four years. Mr. Rowland has taught at Rich Mountain Community College for three years and his current occupation in the High School officially makes four. One of the new arrivals to our high school level, Mrs. Shumate, has taught at the Mena district for two years and previously had a job at Midland for nine years. There are numerous teachers in the world, some of which find their niche the first time and others who travel as they please. It is comforting to know that there have been teachers who have firmly stayed at Mena for years, reassuring to realize that some teachers have shared their vast knowledge with other schools, and refreshing to see new faces that are ready to teach and assist us


Page 12 The Bear Facts - Entertainment November/December 2012

The walkers keep coming back to AMC by Tyler Richardson

The most watched drama on cable television. The Walking Dead is back for its third season. This season aired Sunday October 14th to start out its sixteen episode season. It will be in two parts; eight episodes starting in October and the last eight episodes of the season showing in February of 2013. The series has one two Emmy Awards for outstanding Prosthetic make-up. It has also been nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series Drama, and a WGA Award for outstanding achievement

in writing derivative new media. This is not just a series that will give you chills, but it is also very character driven as you follow the survivors of a post-apocalyptic world. The Walking Dead is based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics. It follows a group of survivors after an apocalyptic zombie outbreak. In this new season not only will the survivors be fighting for their lives against the flesh eating “Walkers” but they must also watch out for the living. Many questions will be answered in this new season, such as: “Who is the hooded person with walkers chained as pets?” “What is the large concrete facility past the tree line?” “Who will be next to go from walking alive to being the walking dead.

James Bond is back! by Tyler Richardson

Skyfall is the twenty-third installment of the James Bond 007 movie series. James Bond was created by Ian Fleming and has become a popular series throughout its years of novelization and it’s representation in the motion picture business. Many have taken on the role of the secret-agent, such as Sean Connery, Pierce Brosnan, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, and George Lazenby. Daniel Craig is back to play James Bond. Skyfall will be Craig’s third Bond movie. Sam Mendes directs the new James Bond Skyfall. Skyfall was released Nov. 9, 2012. The MI6 (Military Intelligence, Section 6) building has been attacked by a former operative. The attack is also an attack on

the Head of Secret Intelligence Service M (Judi Dench), who’s past, is catching up with her. As James tracks down the threat on a mission to destroy whoever it is, he is faced with decisions that he must act on that could have an effect on him personally. As the plot thickens Bond must realize that he’s the only one that he can trust. Just like every Bond movie has this movie is sure to raise the bar once again on the Bond genre.

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Birthday Bunch by Tyler Richardson

November

Seniors: Kayla Stone (1), Victoria Rollins (4), Bradley Crawford (8), Alicia Biggerstaff (9), Presley Blaschka (10), Kenneth McCormick (18), Dakota Schaffer (23), Shawna Drew (26), Jared Whitaker (28), Autumn Wilcox (29), Matthew Cox (30) Juniors: Brooke Pearce (3), Tashiana Dancer (4), Jazmine Whitaker (8), Allison Austin (15), Morgan Bunyard (20), Allen Jewell (20), Mason Martin (24), Cheyenne Fairless (28) Sophomores: Trenton Martin (3), Garrett Maddox (6), Tyler Williams (6), Abbigail Goodner (7), Lauren Standridge (8), Emali Bilderbeck (11), Allie Herod (15), Ashlyn Fox (16), Quantel McGee (17), Anthony Julian (20), Jeremy Cain (21), Justice Diffee (21), Colten McDaniel (23), Madison Pettigrew (26), Cesar Sanchez (30), Cheyenne Soliz (30), Lola Ward (30) Freshmen: David Goodner (5), Brooklyn Wright (6), Keeley Jones (8), Brandon Rose (12), Elijah Kienitz (13), Nathaniel Cole (14), Faith Amidei (15), Natalie Anderson (18), Jack Harrison (20), Ana Linch (22), Christopher Webb (26), Lauren Duvak (28), Kacey Evans (28)

December

Seniors: Brooklyn Price (1), Hanna Milne (6), Kamara Taylor (7), Angela Brown (9), Joseph Maddox (10), Courtani McCauley (10), Sarah Josey (12), Ashley Fruen (13), Taylor Miller (14), BJ Schuller (14), Stephanie Vidrine (15), Cassie Gear (18), Brittney Duvak (19), Jade Allen (23), Damion Rodriguez (23), Benjamin Allen (25), Samantha Henry (26), Autumn Cunningham (27), Brittney Cunningham (27), Kim Erickson (31), Emilly O’Rear (31) Juniors: Keelan Baucom (2), Christopher Kuakahela (2), Erica Brown (4), Daniel May (5), Hadley Dahlem (8), Woody Osborn (9), Hailey Knittig (13), Jake Talamantez (16), Luke Callahan (25), Austin McMillan (27), Corey Howard (29) Sophomores: Haley Belknap (2), Stacy Reynolds (3), Alex Fuchsberger (5), Victoria Castillo (6), Georgie Davis (9), Nicholas Holmes (10), Kathryn Mitchell (10), Caleb Breeze (14), Gage Goff (17), Katherine Scarbrough (20), James Threet (20), Bob Wilcox (29) Freshmen: Elizabeth Baker (1), Scott Gladden (2), Kristin Kesterson (2), Christopher Henry (9), Cheyenne Cain (10), Kaylyn Wells (14), Cassandra Hicks (16), Lance Birtcher (18), Charlotte Cude (21), Shannon Davasher (21), Darrin Cannon (22), Destiny Wilkinson (23), Chet Conatser (25)

Wreck-It Ralph makes his way from arcade to theater by Tyler Richardson

The arcade game villain Wreck-It Ralph (John C. Reilly) is the arch nemesis to Fix-It Felix Jr. (Jack McBrayer) who is the outstanding hero who can rebuild anything that Wreck-It Ralph destroys. But what happens when the villain gets tired of being the villain and wants to be good for once? For thirty years, Wreck-It Ralph has been the villain who destroys thing. The same monotonous job over and over again. Attempting to be a hero, he escapes the game through a power cord, landing himself in another game in his arcade. This is where the villain can finally prove that he is good enough to be a hero. In this game he helps Sergeant Calhoun (Jane Lynch)

battle against evil alien invaders named “Cy-Bugs.” Another chance develops for him to prove himself. He enters the game Sugar Rush where he meets Vanellope von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman) and soon finds the horrifying truth that her game is in turmoil. This could be bad for the entire arcade. Wreck-It Ralph also finds out that he may have been the one to have caused this problem. Walt Disney Animation Studios brings you the three-dimensional computer animated comedy film Wreck-It Ralph. Wreck-It Ralph will be the fifty-second animated feature that Walt Disney Animated Classics will present to the world. The film was released Nov. 2, 2012.


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