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Welcome 2012! After the holidays, everyone tends to feel a little slow and down. This month, The Vibe is here to help you kick those holiday blues! We have stories on Seasonal Depression, Handling Stress and Sheading Holiday Pounds. We hope that with this advice, no students fall into the dreaded 3rd quarter slip, where people tend to have falling grades and major decrease in motivation. Get your exercise to continue feeling the alertness and attentiveness you felt back in September! And also remember that there is only two months until Spring Break and then another two month until summer!
people. I have talked to many people in my years in The Vibe who are influential in our community. This class will help your people skills as well as writing skills. Oh and did I mention that you can film videos in this class also? We have an unlimited amount of video story ideas that you can be on the internet for filming a story or interview.
I know I have hyped up the journalism program quite a bit, and it deserves every bit of it, but I also know it is not for everyone. For those who know journalism is not your calling, make sure to schedule classes that are not only fun, Speaking of third quarter, this is also but also get you to where you hope to be the time of scheduling for classes next Kick your post holiday in life. year for underclassmen and eighth blues! Make sure to look into the major you are grades. As an advocate for journalism, planning on to see classes you will need for it. If and member of the class for four years, I definitely you don't know what you are going to major in, recommend taking â€œIntro to Journalismâ€? next look into multiple degrees or subjects that interest year. It is a full year class where the first semester you. Above all, make sure to continue to challenge you learn about journalism with the laws, ethics yourself. You will learn much more in a class that and proper style. Then in the second semester, demay be a little hard for you, rather than a class pending on whether or not you pass two small you don't have to try in and can get an easy A. tests, you get to be a reporter for The Vibe! Not onEmily Mueting ly will you be able to write stories for our school, you will also have a chance to meet many new Editor-in-Chief
Have you ever sat in class wondering how the day‟s topic will ever apply to life? Do you find yourself questioning how you‟re going to thrive in the real world? Or are you simply looking to learn a new skill to add to your repertoire talents? If you answered yes to any or all of these questions and haven‟t ventured to the Family & Consumer Science classrooms, it‟s time to rewrite the “full” schedule you have planned for next year. Cross off at least one of your many study halls and don‟t bank on the two periods of senior release you have set aside for sleeping in. Take advantage of the resources available and do yourself a favor by adding a Wellness class. The newly revamped FCS classes will be more accessible due to the fact that next year they will all only one period long for one semester. Due to state mandates, the FCS classes are being remodeled next year in order to cover new standards. To highlight a few of these changes, Mrs. White, Wellness Department Chair, says classes will focus on “safety, nutrition, diversity and understanding global issues.” Although they are losing the extra period in the semester, classes will also be split up. For example, this year‟s Designing Housing and Clothing will be changed to Clothing & Sewing as one class and Housing & Interior design as another. Also, a different course offered this year and in previous years is called Smart Food, Smart Money. Next year, the Food portion is going to be one class and the Money aspect another. Junior Dalton Driscoll and current student in Food and Living thinks this change is beneficial, “With the nine period days it‟s hard to find electives that fit in your schedule.” He continued with, “It was
difficult to work around a blocked class.” White, although looking forward to the accessibility for students, has some concerns. “It will be a challenge fitting everything in the curriculum into the semester,” says White. She also added that what is most important is “picking out and condensing what I am going to teach that will most benefit my students.” Classroom time will be spent covering the
good. We‟re always looking for new resources and ways to improve in the classroom,” says White. With scheduling just around the corner, White wanted to place great emphasis on the importance of the FCS department. “These are skills you will always need. The classes are all about life and learning to go out on your own. Everyone can benefit,” explained White. Driscoll also agrees by saying, “these classes teach you how to handle life situations. You can really apply it to the real world.” In hopes of seeing more students come through her classroom as well as the other FCS rooms White hopes that more students will have the ability to schedule these classes due to the reduction of blocked to just a single period. If you‟re still confused about changes with these classes next year, be sure to stop by Mrs. White‟s classroom, C110/112, Miss Tracy‟s in C113/114 or Ms. McKenzie‟s in C111, with questions.
basics and standards. Extra time during the semester is spent going above and beyond what is required. There will be many cuts due Lauren Evans to the loss of time but students can focus their News Editor interests. “I would definitely take Smart Food over Smart Money. I just have more interest in learning how to safely prepare meals,” says Driscoll. Changes in requirements will come to the graduating class of 2014, this year‟s Visit the coursebook online for more insophomores, for they will be required to fulfill formation of credits, pre-requisites, fees a financial literacy class which would mean and if there are any grade requirements at taking Smart Money. In this way, the change http://www.marysville.k12.oh.us/site/ allows everyone to better benefit in class. schools/mhs/admin/documents/ With advances in our world in terms of technology and our generation White believes this adjustment is beneficial overall. “It keeps the teachers on our toes because change is always
As the end of the year begins to approach, itâ€™s time for seniors to narrow their choices and decide which college they will attend next fall. Here The Vibe offers advice on how to select the best college for you!
Many seniors like Juliana Scheiderer are still trying to choose between their colleges. Making that final decision is challenging because each school has a quality that is appealing.Juliana is debating between The Ohio State University, Ohio University, Capital, Kent State and Bowling Green. The best aspect of OSU and Bowling Green to Juliana is the size. Larger schools have more diversity and the locations appeal to her, being in the city with endless things to do. Ohio University has a great communications department and it will set her up for many job offers if she attends. Capital and Kent state are good competitors in her college decision because they both have good communication programs, but the location and size of these schools make it lower on her list. Of course scholarships and financial aid are a factor and Juliana is considering the full tuition scholarship OU offered her and the other scholarships from each school. Although she has the financial aspect covered, her main priority is to go to a school that will give her the best college experience. Scheiderer isnâ€&#x;t the only senior trying to pick the best college, but Public College and Universities Magazine has a few tips to help narrow down your options. The best way to get a feel of the campus is to go on a college tour. That is the perfect opportunity to get all your questions answered with a personal touch. Prepare a list of questions that pertain to that specific school and ask the tour guide what his experiences have been there. Maybe even ask
Senior Juliana Scheiderer now faces the challenge of choosing the best college for her. what he did or didnâ€&#x;t like about classes, campus or the food. Some other factors to take into consideration are the study abroad programs, living conditions and what the school is mainly known for? (sororities, sports, partying, etc.) Another resource to help you decide is collegeboard.com.You can create an account and then compare two schools to see what the good qualities in each university or you can see a list of schools across the nation. This website has endless possibilities. Mr. Starling, guidance counselor, says that there are resources in the guidance office that will help students locate schools based on major. If you talk to your guidance counselor, he may have a better understanding of what school fits you best. Though she has an idea of which college she wants to attend, Scheiderer has prioritized her list and is still debating. Since there is not a blanket policy deadline for choosing what school to attend, there is still some time to finalize the decision. Jessica Brown Reporter
We all know the boring statements about conserving waste in landfills: Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. However, did you ever think about the difference between a plastic bottle sitting in a landfill and electronic waste such as a computer monitor? The chemicals in a plastic bottle are harmful, yes, but they do not compare to those in e-waste. There are a total of about 44 harmful chemicals and metals in e-waste, and 70 percent of all the toxic waste in landfills is directly from e-waste. Some of these harmful elements include: mercury, fiberglass, lead, tin, copper, carbon, silicon, iron and aluminum. This is harmful to those who live close to landfills through both water and the air. But how is it harmful? Those chemicals are released over time through seepage into the ground and rivers as well as into the atmosphere by rotting away in landfills. It is important to keep harmful chemicals out of our rivers and air obviously, but what are the consequences? Enviromentalhealthnews.org states that exposure to these chemicals can lead to alteration and damaged DNA, and premature aging. The next time you get a new cell phone or new computer or any other electronic appliance, keep this in mind while thinking of a way to get rid of the old one. There are places that are created specifically for the recycling of electronic appliances. For example, there is a website called gazelle.com that will pay you for your old electronics. Also, shipping is free for anything worth one dollar or more. You contact them with a picture of the product, and they appraise it based on that. Next, you ship them your product and then they will send you an email with the final asking price. If you accept, they will send you the money in the mail. Also, here in Ohio there is an electronic waste collection facility called Ohio Drop Off. They are located all over Ohio and are easy to access. The closest Ohio Drop Off location is in Columbus at 2899 Morse Road. Bring in your appliance and they will look it over and tell you if it is able to be recycled. The only item that normally costs a small fee is TVs. However, just think what a couple dollars out of your pocket can do for our Earth. The most convenient place for Marysville residents to recycle electronics is the Recycle Center on State Route 36. The Center takes a large variety of items, some are harder to recycle than others, thus costing a small fee. Mr. Kain is on the Board at the Recycle Center. He says that, “April 21, we are taking TVs for 15 dollars a piece,” Also, “Best Buy will take TVs,” he says. Best
Buy will take them and give you a ten dollar coupon of store credit for your donation. They also have a bin right as you walk in the store that has different slots for old electronics. If you have any old TVs and don't make it to the Recycle Center in time for the deal in April, be sure to take them to Best Buy instead of throwing them out. Mr. Kain goes on to say, “If you donate old phones to the sheriffs department, they refurbish them and give them to elderly kids and adults.” This is better than phones sitting in landfills polluting our air and water. If you have any other questions about the Recycle Center or about what could be recycled, feel free to ask Mr. Kain in room C207. The landfills are certainly no place for the electronics we use daily. The places listed above would be more than happy to take your electronics off of your hands knowing that they are making an impact. Keep that in mind when you see your old computers, TVs, or phones collecting dust in your homes. Jordan Payne Reporter
Recycle Center Items *30 cents a pound* Computer Monitors Desktop Computers Laptops Printers Telephones
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Candy at Halloween, huge family dinners at Thanksgiving, and tons of holiday treats around Christmas: the end of the year is usually not the healthiest time of year. If you‟re looking to lose those extra holiday pounds or just want to get in better shape without much effort, the Vibe has the perfect tips for you! 1. Not getting enough sleep reduces the hormone leptin, which suppresses appetite, by 18 percent. It also increases the hormone ghrelin, which increases appetite, by 28 percent. 2. People have a tendency to eat everything that is on their plate rather than until they are full. Research shows that simply trading a 12-inch plate for a 9inch one can easily slash 500 calories, without leaving you feeling deprived. 3. It takes time for your body to register that you‟re feeling full, so it‟s a good idea to wait 20 to 30 minutes. This greatly decreases the chances that you‟ll go back for seconds, and if you do you‟re likely to get a smaller helping because hunger hormones aren‟t driving your appetite. 4. Substituting water for soda and other drinks can save you hundreds of calories. Not to mention drinking water helps to boost the metabolism and has several other health benefits. 5. This forces you to slow down as you eat.
6. As the previous tip, talking while eating forces you to slow down giving your body more time to register that you are full. 7.When eating out, research ahead. Most restaurants have their nutrition information available online, so take the time to find a healthy dish. Many restaurant items can be deceiving, looking healthy when they truly are not. When you go already knowing what to order you are less likely to act impulsively. 8. Mindlessly eating while distracted by other activities can you lead you to consume hundreds of unnecessary calories when you‟re truly not hungry. 9. During commercial breaks do simple exercises such as sit ups, push ups, or planks to sneak in some exercise while watching your favorite shows. 10.Ever notice how restaurants tend to be darkly lit? People eat more in a darker atmosphere, as they feel more comfortable and at ease. Turning on more lights can help you stay alert and aware of when your hunger is sufficiently suppressed. Lyndsie Anderson Layout Editor
The spring of her freshman year, Brexy Adams‟ mother informed her that she was homosexual. Adams said after a little while, she finally came to accept the changes she would have to face. “It‟s definitely different; it was really hard to get used to. When she had her first girlfriend, I felt left out and I didn‟t want to get involved.” As far as gay marriage goes, her views have not changed much, but they‟ve definitely developed to have a stronger meaning to her, she says, “People are born gay, they don‟t turn gay, it just took my mom 46 years to come out because to have a family, she thought there had to be a husband and a wife at the dinner table. My dad was married to a lesbian for ten years.” While there are some people that believe gay marriage is just wrong, it not the only reason that people oppose it. “From my understanding, in order to include homosexuals in the marriage laws, we‟d have to change the marriage laws, and I feel that would not only be a headache for everyone involved, but I also feel that we shouldn‟t change our laws. I‟m a traditionalist, though, and against change. I‟m not against gays or lesbians, just against change.” Said Hannah Greer, Junior. Opinions on gay marriage can be based off of religious views, politics, or home-life and relatives. But do you know the details behind the details? Why is it that Liberals tend to be Pro-Gay Marriage while Conservatives are not? Despite clashing views, support for same-sex marriage has significantly increased through the years. A recent CBS News/New York Times poll finds that 28 percent of Americans say same sex marriage should not be legally recognized, and 25 percent support civil unions as an alternative. Support is at its highest since CBS began asking about it in 2004 , with 42 percent of Americans now supporting same sex marriage. “I‟ve been teaching government for six years and my first year teaching, students‟ opinions were overwhelmingly anti-same sex marriage. Today, I don‟t know if it‟s to the point where the majority is for it, but there‟s definitely more students today for it,” said Mr. Evan Smith, American Government teacher. Supports Gay Marriage: By not legalizing it, the government is violating religious freedoms: The greatest reason as to why marriage between gay couples are denied is because all major religions consider it a sin, but a person‟s religious views or lack thereof is protected under the First Amendment. Marriage benefits should be available to all couples: This includes aspects such as joint-ownership, medical decision making capacity, and financial benefits that are not available in a civil union, but are already available to man-woman marriages. Legalizing gay marriage will not harm society in any way: Marriage is a personal commitment between two people. No one else. Love is the only thing that should matter in a marriage: Most heterosexual married couples do not marry for the legal status or to have joint taxes. They marry because it‟s the grandest way to express love from one to another. It is proven to not affect the family lifestyle: In fact, in some cases, it even improves it. A WebMD Mental Health study found that children who grow up in a gay household are more stable when it comes to selfesteem, discipline, and emotions than children who grow up in a divorced household.
It‟s around this time in our life, our teenage years, when we begin developing our own opinions on controversial matters such as gay marriage. We are beginning to question the things we‟ve been taught, we want to find our own answers, without the help of parents or teachers, and we want to be able to interpret them as we may. There are many, perfectly justifiable views for each side, being able to understand both sides are the best way to conclude where you stand on the matter. Balancedpolitics.org provides sufficient information from both sides of this ongoing debate. It is now all out on the table for you. Just be sure to do a little more research before you go throwing yourself into any debates, you‟ll find out that there‟s a lot more too complicated topics like gay marriage than a school article is capable of explaining. But above all else, don‟t forget to keep an open mind, while you should keep yourself educated, just remember that knowing what you believe in is very important. You‟ll find that knowing where you stand will make it easier to navigate yourself through life Jennifer Ellis Reporter
Against Gay Marriage: In most religion, homosexuality is a sin: This includes the major religions in the United States. It is offensive and an attack on the religious freedoms established by the legal system that evolved out of the laws contained in the Bible. It would weaken the definition of the institution of marriage: Allowing gay marriage would increase the number of non-serious marriages, for example, a couple of buddies that want to save on taxes. Marriage is a sacred institution that most countries recognize as between a man and a woman. Which makes biological sense, because you need a man and a woman to pro-create. It would weaken traditional family values: The United States has always recognized “traditional” family as a man, woman, and child. It‟s these traditional values that have gotten us through wars, depressions, and natural disasters. While friends and lovers come and go, family will always be together. It would create a “slippery slope” on marriage legality: Who knows what could be next, the whole idea of marriage could be destroyed. What if someone wants to marry their dog, or their brother or parent, or their stuffed animal? It sounds absurd, but all it takes is a few activist judge to spark it. Despite the majority of the population disagreeing, a judge can interpret laws they anyway they want. For example, two judges from California declared the Pledge of Allegiance unconstitutional, and if it was not overturned, it could have prevented students from reciting the pledge, despite the disagreement of over 95 percent of Americans. It could confuse children about gender roles, and that only a man and a woman can pro-create: Children learn from their parents and society. It would be hard for them to learn about the traditions of family when they learn from contradicting views.
Marysville High School has a history of sports teams that are competitive with other programs in Ohio, but as of late, that winning tradition has been lacking in some areas. There have been areas of recent success, in the golf program and in the wrestling program; but some of the larger programs at the high school have been on a down slide. The football program last made the State Playoffs in 2007, and came into this season considered one of the top teams in the OCC Cardinal division. They finished fourth in the division, and 6-4 overall. “We thought we would do better, but overall we are pleased with how we did. It was good to get back to a winning season.” says Senior Quarterback Connor Devine. The boy’s basketball team has a record of 3and 12, and hasn’t won their division since 2000- 2001. They haven’t had a winning record since 2003-2004. As schools around Marysville become more competitive, how does the future look for Marysville Athletics, and how much of that future is impacted by the youth programs in Marysville? Marysville currently has several options for youth athletics. Unlike some areas such as Hilliard or Dublin, Marysville has a youth football league, a youth baseball league, several soccer leagues and a YMCA which provides several sports programs mainly for younger kids, ages six to 12. As Mr. Bline, athletic director, sees it, this could be a problem. “We need a town or county sports program. Dublin and Hilliard have one, but it seems Marysville has too many separate programs.” By this he means, a large program affiliated with the city, such as parks and recreation programs. This could offer activities and sports to kids of all ages. Marysville’s current setup has its advantages, as it provides more opportunities for young kids. But this system comes with disadvantages too. Uncoordinated planning causes limited filed space, and schedule conflicts. Either way, youth have opportunities available to get better. Some high school coaches at Marysville have been trying to improve the skill of our youth and have taken it into their own hands. Mr. Grose, head basketball coach, held a camp to work with kids, grades four through nine, on their basketball skills. He believes a solid youth program is “extremely important.” “I have an opportunity to work with younger kids, and get them involved in basketball,” commented Grose. Grose isn’t the only one trying to improve the youth of the community. Head Baseball Coach John Carder has worked with the local youth baseball league, not only to improve youth baseball skills, but the quality of area coaches. “ Campwise, at the high school, we partnered with MJBSA for a coaches’ clinic.” Carder also mentioned he is looking at a summer baseball skills camp. You can’t work towards a future without having one and the future of Marysville Athletics
has another problem: budget cuts. “Money is always an issue,”says Carder, but he doesn’t believe it will affect the success of athletics. “Money doesn’t affect success, [instead] the opportunity.” If a kid is told he can’t play a sport for monetary reasons, chances are he isn’t going to play again. Grose believes the sports teams should “examine other avenues”, such as fundraising. This is possible and would still give kids the opportunity to play a sport. The future of Marysville athletics, according to coaches, is bright. “ I hope [Marysville basketball] is a winning program. It starts at a young age,” said Grose. Carder was positive as well in his outlook, saying “The number of people interested will rise.” Whatever lay ahead, Marysville sports will be profoundly influenced by the youth and the coaches trying to improve them. Hart Main Reporter
Marysville has several youth leagues for a variety of sports: MJBSA MJFL UCISL YMCA Variety of travel leagues Although Marysville has some of the dominant youth leagues in the area, how does it compare to local high school teams, such as Fairbanks or North Union? Noah Arbogast, sophomore, played football at Fairbanks, and this year at Marysville. He said, “There‟s tougher practices and a lot more competition”.
Music artists do not just live in Hollywood, our very own Emily Hawkes, Freshman, already has three songs on iTunes. Hawkes became interested in music at a very young age and felt that “music just fit [her].” She began writing songs at the age of 10 and was given her first guitar in 2008. She immediately began teaching herself to play and had written her first song that night. Hawkes says, “I grew everyday through music from that point on, also teaching myself piano. I love to perform every chance I get.” She began taking singing lessons through Gionne Music when she was very young. There, she met her producer, Gina „Rie. „Rie contacted Hawkes two years ago to get her into the recording studio. Over the past year, Hawkes recorded three of her original songs. One of her inspirations is, “what I go through and the things that happen to me. My songs let me express what I‟m feeling and help me deal with it.” For example, “It‟ll be Okay” is about teen suicide and other tragedies that can happen growing up. “It‟ll be Okay” was inspired by the death of a former classmate and another death in the community. Hawkes says that “my lyrics say it all and describe exactly what I am feeling.” Many teens go through these same experiences and play music, but how does that turn into songs played on iTunes? With the help of her producer, Hawkes got into a studio and her producer was able to put her songs onto iTunes. Her advice to others looking to begin a career in music is,
It‟s your senior year, you have deadline after deadline to meet, with schoolwork, and after school activities you‟re involved in, how do you handle it? There are five steps to handle the stress that a lot of people are feeling right now. First step is to avoid all unnecessary stress. Not all stress can be avoided and it‟s not healthy to avoid a situation that needs to be addressed. “When I stress out, I block out situations that are going to cause me more stress. I get everything done that needs to be done and I don‟t put any more things on my plate,” said Senior Heather Barker. Learn your limits and how to say no. Whether it‟s in your personal or professional life refuse to accept and added responsibilities. With added responsibilities it‟s going to cause you to stress more and you‟re taking on way more than you, as a person can handle. Also, try to avoid people who stress you out. If there is someone who is consistently causes stress in your life, avoid them completely. It‟s not going to help to be continually around, and you‟re going to keep stressing. “I handle stress by making time each day for myself to just relax and calm down. I forget about what happen that day and just focus on what I love,” said Logan Wagner, junior. Like Wagner said, make time for yourself, get away from all the things in life that are causing you stress. Second Step is to alter the situation if you‟re not able to avoid the situation then figure out how you can change it so the problem doesn‟t cause too much stress. You could suggest a compromise, figure something out that will help solve the problem with less stress as possible. “I stress and I stress all the time, and with it being senior year I‟m
“don‟t be afraid to share your music. Make sure it is something long term that you want to do because it takes a long time and patience. You can go to Gionne.com and find information.” Hawkes receives a portion of the money her songs make when bought on iTunes. Her producer as well as iTunes also receive a portion. Since Hawkes has had so much success on iTunes at such a young age and uses her profits to further her career, how do sites like Limewire where people can get her songs for free affect her? “I guess I don‟t mind it but at the same time it‟s kind of like one of those things where you can use the help with money and supports me through the advertising.” Hawkes‟ achievements have affected many people around her, especially her younger sister, Eryn who is 10. Eryn is inspired by her sister and is following her path in music. Along with her rising career, Hawkes participates in competition cheerleading at Integrity and also cheers during football season for MHS. She also enjoys drawing and describes herself as “artsy.” Hawkes is planning to get back into the recording studio soon and wants to mess around with her songs and write something fun. She may even try to rap in her further songs to mix things up. Hawkes has many plans for her future such writing new lyrics and becoming more successful, we wish her the best of luck. Mollie Walters Reporter
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stressing more. The way I stay calm is I have a schedule that I carry around with me everywhere. It helps me stay on track and I don‟t lose focus,” said Barker. With a schedule you‟re going to be able to keep track of all your plans and you‟re going to be able to make plans with friends. Ways to get a schedule is to write everything down in your planner, or mark things down in the cell phone that‟s attached to your hip, or even getting a day planner that‟s used to handle all your events Third step is to adapt to the stressor. Get use to the stress, it‟s not going to get easy, as life continues the stress is going to become more frequent and it‟s not going to be easy. Adjust your standards, perfectionism is a major source of avoidable stress. Just stop setting yourself up for failure by demanding perfection. Set reasonable standards for yourself and learn Step 1: One thing at a time. Step 2: Simplify your schedule. to be okay with “good enough”. Step 3: Get moving. Stress is always going to be around Step 4: Develop healthy habits. and there‟s no way to get rid of it, as Step 5: Do something calming. Step 6: Simplify your finances. teens we just need to learn how to deal with it and how to work around Step 7: Have a blast with everything. Step 8: Get creative. it. Jordan Fisher Sports Reporter
Step 9: Declutter. Step 10: Be on time to all things schedule.
LEADER IN THE ARTS
If you hear someone belting out some high notes during fourth period, you‟re most likely hearing the voice of our Leader in the Arts this month, Becky Smith. If it‟s not during a Choir Concert, you‟ve probably heard her wailing at the talent shows, musicals, sporting events, and many other activities. It‟s no question she‟s got talent, but in this month‟s Leader in the Arts, you‟ll discover some things you would never know about Becky, and maybe some things you wish you wouldn‟t know. What’s your favorite way to express yourself? I love to smile and laugh at things that aren‟t funny. I also talk a lot with my hands! What has been your favorite class? I‟m definitely a choir nerd. I‟ve done it all four years, plus three as a member of the Show Choir. What’s your favorite memory? Anytime I‟ve been with people who are in the arts; band, Show Choir, choir, there is always so much happiness. What college are you going to be attending? I‟m actually torn right now! [Kent State and Bowling Green]. What has been your favorite performance? My Solo Competition performance for the Fairfield Show Choir Crystal Classic. Becky, did you happen to win that particular competition? Yes, I did! Do you have any regrets? Saying “hello” to strangers in the halls more often. Make friends in life and enjoy every moment, just be
What clubs do you participate in? The Rising Stars Show Choir Camp, 4-H Junior Fair Board, Choir, Show Choir, the Susan B. Koman Breast Cancer performance, musicals, flags, and I volunteer. Name an unknown fact. I talk to myself. It‟s very intense and deep. Now, about your clothes- how do you express yourself there? Why? Well, my closet‟s not the same as everyone else‟s closet. I like to find odd clothes and bargains that are so outrageous and piece them together. How have you changed since your freshman year? I‟m slightly less obnoxious and more experienced. I‟ve matured and become closer to God. Do you have any recommendations? Embrace it [high school]. MHS is a big place even though it‟s in a small town. Take opportunities and live every day like it‟s your last. Name an embarrassing moment. Oh gosh… I‟ve had some costume malfunctions during performances on the stage where I‟ve had to run off and adjust myself, or worse, where I didn‟t even know it. Do you have any final words, Becky? I love my fans! I‟m excited for the future. Troy Daman Copy Editor
hether it be on the football or baseball fields, basket-
ball court or the classroom; Zach LaRoche, this month‟s featured athlete, has made his impact on the athletic culture here at MHS. With basketball season underway and only one semester left until graduation, I had the chance to sit down and catch up with this busy three sport student athlete. What sports have you played? Four years of football, basketball and baseball. As well as a summer travel league for baseball. Who has been your favorite coach and why? I would have to say Coach Brandfass be we get along really well, he‟s funny and a great coach. He definitely made me into a better player and a potential college athlete. Who has been your favorite teacher and why? Mr. Wirth because he makes class fun and enjoyable but still teaches you everything you need to know. If you could have one superhuman power, what would it be and why? I would like to be able to fly because I could go anywhere I want to go whenever. As a three sport athlete, time must be scarce. How do you spend your free time? I‟m usually in practice all year round, go home, relax and do my homework. On the weekends I go out with my girlfriend Lexi and hang out with friends.
school career? They have encouraged me to challenge myself both academically and athletically. My mom is always reminding me to keep my GPA up and my dad is always coaching me up to become a better athlete. Speaking of grades, what is your GPA? It is a cumulative 3.5. Do you intend to play sports at the collegiate level? I am hoping to play football but not sure as to where yet. What do you plan on majoring in? Physical therapy. What has been your favorite extracurricular and why? I would have to say FCA, because it is a good chance to grow in your faith with God as well as a chance to hang out with your friends. Any highlights of your high school career that you will never forget? Spending time with all of my friends and teammates, and scoring the first touchdown against Westerville North. What do many people not know about you? I always have to double knot my shoes. Even when I try them on in the store, it’s just a thing I have to do! What would be your ideal dream vacation?
Going on a cruise in The Bahamas. Joseph Boyd Business Manager
How have your parents influenced you throughout your high
mily Rea plays for the varsity girls‟ basketball team at
MHS. Rea is an outstanding leader, who helps those in need. She puts her heart on the court and leaves it there without any regrets. As a player, she hustles for the ball and gives 100 percent effort on and off the court. She makes sure everyone is fine and nothing is wrong with them. Rea has an amazing heart that she shares with everyone around them. What made you join basketball? I had always wanted to play when I was younger. So I tried out for the team in seventh grade and I made the team. Now I have been playing for six years. Are you glad that you stuck with basketball? Why? Yes. The sport in general has been very rewarding. I‟ve met many amazing people and made some great friendships. It has also made me a confident person, and has actually taught me some life lessons. I just personally love the sport. What sports did you play when you were younger? Soccer, I played when I was 7 then I was in gymnastics when I was 10 and now I run for fun. Do you wish that you kept with soccer and gymnastics? Why? No, I had fun with them but I enjoy basketball a lot and I am so much better at it than any of the other sports. Plus they didn‟t hold my interest like basketball did. Has there been anything that you have regretted? Why? No, everything that I have done, even the mistakes I have made, made me the person I am today. What has been your favorite moment in high school? Why? My favorite would have to be when Patrick Ralston asked me
out. He has been a big part of my life and has changed my life in so many positive ways. Who inspires you the most? Why? My grandma Mary, even though she has Alzheimer‟s, she is my best friend and has always been there for me. She has been so strong throughout her disease, which helps me push through anything. This is because she‟s fighting through something that has affected her physically and mentally and it shows that I can too if I set my mind to it. How have you changed throughout high school? When I was a freshman I was really quiet and I have come out of my shell a whole lot more. What’s something that you’ll miss the most after you graduate? Honestly, I will miss seeing my friends every day. My friends have helped me out through so much over the three years and it‟s going to be hard not having them there when I need them. Also I‟ll miss meeting all the new freshmen and getting to know them on the basketball team. I have met some great people from basketball and I‟ll miss having basketball to meet new people. What are your plans after high school? I am going to Kent State with one of my best friends, for nursing and hopefully playing intermural basketball. Where do you see yourself in 15 years? Hopefully married, and with a really good job as an RN. Jordan Fisher Sports Reporter
t seems like you can‟t turn a What has been your favorite memory over the corner without running into last four years? this month‟s featured senior. Easily I would say sitting in the stadium Whether it‟s presiding over the after the Homecoming Parade. It was Leo Club meetings, playing drums quiet and I was able to reflect on my for the show choir, or playing footfootball experiences and all the great ball, Ethan Joseph is definitely a famemories I have made with the team miliar face in these hallowed halls of and on game night. Marysville High School. Quick-wits As Leo Club president what are your responand plenty of jokes put teachers on sibilities? their toes and keep fellow classmates Leo Club is a great organization and belaughing. Learning to strive and ing the head of this club is really awestand out among peers is one accomsome. Other than setting an example as plishment this senior has surely far as volunteering goes, my biggest role achieved. With a charming personality and plenty going for him, there‟s no doubt that Joseph has is recruiting people and getting many more involved. It‟s great an exciting future ahead. As always, the Vibe wishes Ethan suc- to see growing attendance and higher membership. What has been your favorite volunteer activity? cess as he ventures on to bigger and better things! This year‟s Community Care Train Christmas Party was a lot of fun. I was dressed as Santa and over 100 families attended. How have you been involved in activities around the high school? Is there anything you would redo in regards to your high school caI‟ve done Leo Club, FCCLA, FCA, baseball, lacrosse, football, reer? NHS, Combo for Show Choir, and peer tutoring. I suggest I would have definitely gotten involved earlier. I waited until starting early and not waiting until junior year like I did! junior year to start doing extracurricular activities because I What are you looking forward to before you graduate? thought I needed it for college. After getting involved, I realI want to win Battle of the Bands again. ized they were fun and valuable, plus I enjoyed it! What are your plans after graduation? What would you suggest to underclassmen? It‟s between playing football at Otterbein or Washington and Don‟t get wrapped up in drama. Get involved with school and Jefferson. Or I possibly want to go to Ohio State. My colleges are narrowed down to Michigan, Cincinnati and Northwestern keep everything in perspective. Who would you like to thank? as well. I would like to thank my teachers, parents for their unwaverWhere do you see yourself in 10 years? ing support, and God. I see myself just out of grad school and starting a job. And I will obviously be living in an extravagant home in the Hamp- Quote you live by? I can do all things through He who gives me strength. tons and driving a Maybach. Who has made your high school experience memorable? As far as friends go I would have to say “The Hounds” and “Da Boys.” And of course Mrs. Powers!
Lauren Evans News Editor
mart, down to earth and dedicated; this month‟s featured senior Whitney Knox has a bright future ahead of her. As an active member in the MHS Show choir, Knox spends most of her time on the weekends at competitions and during the week when not studying is a member of her churches worship team. What extra-curricular activities are you involved in? Show choir, youth group, praise band, National Honors Society, A Capella Choir. Who is your favorite teacher and why? Mrs. Taylor, because she has been my French teacher since freshman year and she has taught me so much about the language and culture. What are some of your favorite subjects? Math class and French. Where would you like to live if it could be anywhere in the world? If I could live anywhere it would probably be France. I plan to minor in French and I would like to live there to learn more about the culture. What has been a defining moment of your high school career that you will never forget? Being involved in show choir has been an awesome experience and I‟ll never forget all of the moments in competition and practices that I‟ve had. Who has been your biggest supporter and why? My parents have been my biggest supporters. They are there for me in every situation and have always encour-
aged me to do my best. What are your plans after MHS? I plan to go to Cedarville University or Olivet Nazarene University. I haven‟t decided yet as to which school I will go to yet. What do you intend to major in? Electrical engineering and a minor in French. Besides studying, what else do you do in your free time? Hang out with my friends and family, listen to music and paint my nails. If you could have any superhuman power, what would it be? I would like to be able to fly because then I could go anywhere that I wanted whenever. Do you have any advice to underclassmen? Try your best to study and keep your grades up because that is extremely important when you are applying for college and scholarships. If you could go back in time and re-do a year of high school, what year would it be and why? Freshman year. I waited until sophomore year to get involved in extra-curriculars because I regret not getting involved sooner. What do you enjoy doing on the weekends? Show choir competitions are a blast, youth group, hanging out with friends. Describe a typical day in the life of Whitney Knox? School of course, studying and then show choir or youth group. Joseph Boyd Business Manager
Craig Runyan, senior1. When is your birthday? June 13, 1993
2. How many years have you been playing basketball? 9 years
3. What is your favorite holiday? Christmas!
4. What is your least favorite food? Anything green- Veggies
Morgan Ranker, juniorThe girlfriend 1.
When is Craig’s birthday? June 13, 1993
How many years has Craig been playing basketball? 10 years
What is Craig’s favorite holiday? Christmas
What is Craig’s least favorite food?
What is Craig’s shoe size?
Anything green 16
Who is Craig’s favorite teacher? Mrs. Tondra
What is Craig’s favorite restaurant? Chipotle
If Craig could be any athlete who would he be? Honestly, no idea
What is Craig’s favorite vacation spot?
6. Who is your favorite teacher? Tondra
7. What is your favorite restaurant? Mongolian BBQ
8. If you could be any athlete who would you be? Heath Miller- a football tight end for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
9. What is your favorite vacation spot? South Africa
10. What are your parents’ names? Chris and Noreen
Zach LaRoche, seniorThe best friend 1.
When is Craig’s birthday? June 13, 1993
How many years has Craig been playing basketball? X 7 or 8 years
What is Craig’s favorite holiday?
What is Craig’s least favorite food?
What is Craig’s shoe size? 16
Who is Craig’s favorite teacher? Tondra
What is Craig’s favorite restaurant? Chipotle
If Craig could be any athlete who would he be? Hines Ward
What is Craig’s favorite vacation spot? South Africa
10. What are Craig‟s parents‟ names?
10. What are Craig’s parents’ names? Chris and Noreen
5. What is your shoe size?
Chris and Noreen Emily Sweeney Reporter
t‟s that time of year again where there is ice on your car, you have to wear more than one layer and the sun is nowhere in sight. Although in Marysville it might not look or feel like the normal winter with the erratic temperature but some of us can still experience SAD or Seasonal Affective Disorders, which is when someone feels the symptoms of depression but only during the colder months of the years. The normal symptoms are poor sleep, being in a mad or sad mood for no reason, weight gain or weight loss, and not wanting to do much. These symptoms can start at the end of fall and the beginning of winter. It is believed that people experience SAD because the lack of sunlight we get during the winter, and of course not wanting to go outside because of the bitter cold. “During the winter I feel like I don‟t want to do anything, all I want to do it eat and lay around on the couch all day,” says Aubrey Moore, senior. This is a normal feeling for most people during the winter. All you want to do is curl up on the couch with a nice warm blanket and a hot cup of joe. But if you are having the symptoms of SAD this is the last thing you want to do. There are a lot of things you can do to beat the winter blues. Exercise: It‟s not just a good way to stay in shape during the winter; it‟s also good for relieving stress. When you work out your body release endorphins which puts you in a better mood and that feeling can last hours after a good workout. Embrace the Season: Even though it looks horrible outside, believe it or not it‟s good for you to go outside during the winter. Instead of sitting on your couch dreaming of the summer to come, get out there and do some winter activities, pick up snowboarding or go sledding the next time it snows. Give Back: It just doesn‟t make you feel better, but more importantly it makes others feel better. Places you can volunteer The Hope Center, Human Society, the elementary schools, the hospital, at your church. Treat Yourself: Take a fun weekend with your friends, have a snowball fight, or in our case go play in the rain. Just have fun. Socializing also helps beat SAD. Take Your Vitamins: During summer and spring the sun gives us vitamin D, and clearly during the winter we don‟t get vitamin D naturally so you have to make up for it. And what goes with taking you vitamins is eating healthier. Foods with vitamins D in it are salmon, catfish, tuna fish, eggs, and soymilk (all
flavors) Last, Light Therapy: Or you might have heard be called a Happy Light. This “lamp” that gives off a rather bright light. The most common happy light has fluorescent light bulbs. How this works is you turn on the lamp and sit in front of it for at least a half an hour. It works better in the morning (do not look directly into the lamp). The happy light acts as the sun, and this can help with a lot of the SAD symptoms. If you think this is crazy or don‟t believe just ask Mrs. Hinderer. She has a happy light in her classroom and uses it every day. “I got it as a gift, and when I use it I feel more awake and I have more energy,” says Hinderer “When I don‟t use it I feel blah.” There are many places you can get your very own happy light. You can go to amazon.com, verilux.com or walmart.com, these happy light range from $15-$30 it just depends of the deal you can get. Getting the motivation to do any of this can be the hardest part to beating the winter blues, but once you do, you will start to feel better, and just think spring is in four months. Ashley Grubb Feature Editor
Pictured on the right is a “Happy Light,” which has been proven to increase joy during months where the Sun isn‟t out as often.
“Joyful Noise” is Glee in an alternate universe. One where the school glee club “New Directions” is replaced with a church gospel choir which is on a journey to the Joyful Noise Competition. So understand now, if you absolutely hate the cheesy songs and acting on Glee, this is not a movie for you. As for me, this flick instantly flew toward the top of my favorite movies list. “Joyful Noise” brought together the known musical talents of Dolly Parton, Queen Latifah and Keke Palmer while bringing in up-andcoming star Jeremy Jordan. Joyful Noise is about a small town in Georgia. The town is having some hard times and the local church is counting on the church choir to lift its spirits by winning the National Joyful Noise Competition. The two leading ladies of the choir are fighting about the direction to take the choir. Vi Rose, played by Latifah, wants to stick with their tried-and-true traditional style, while G.G. played by Parton, wants to shake things up! The arrival of G.G.'s rebellious grandson, Randy, played by Jordan, sends the town into even more turmoil. And in addition, Randy has a crush on Vi Rose's daughter, Olivia, played by Palmer. As can be expected, the sparks begin to fly between the two teenagers. This movie also includes motifs on military parents, death and the joys of life! While the movie is packed with many themes and multiple directions that many may say is too much, I think they wrapped them up together very nicely to where they don‟t seem like a hodgepodge of ideas, but rather a story. And the best part of the movie was definite-
ly the singing! It had me wanting to stand up in my seat and scream “Can I get an Amen!” While I didn‟t go to the extreme of embarrassing myself in a theater full of ladies, I did have the catchy songs stuck in my head for a long time after. The choir mixed up songs to make them gospel choir compatible. “Yeah” by Usher was changed to say “I‟m at the church with my homies” and “Forever” by Chris Brown to "It's like I've waited my whole life, for this one night. It's going to be me, you and the Good Lord." I definitely recommend going and seeing this movie if you are a Gleek! 4.5/5 Emily Mueting Editor-in-Chief
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