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FEBRUARY 2014 Volume 16. Issue 6.


Jump Off 1 Future Mobile Devices 3 I Think I’m Learning Japanese 4 Ways to Find Non Academic Scholarships 5 Featured Senior: Lauren Hershberger 6-7 Featured Athlete: Bill Kidd 8-9 Featured Leader in The Arts: Hannah Heifner 10-11 Local Spring Break Getaways 12 Eating Healthy 13 Spring Fahsion 14-15 Black History Month; Honring or Discriminating? 16 The Future of Blizzard Bags at MHS 17 Involved Around the Clock 18 Junior Year College Planning 19 Cancer Free Tanning 20 The Monarch Vibe is a reliable information hotspot written by teens dedicated to fulfilling the student body's curiosity. Our goal is to provide insight regarding school, local and national news that is relevant to high schoolers. We pride ourselves on supplying news that is accurate and trustworthy delivered in a modern format.

Kacie Eckenrode...................Editor In Chief Hayley Daniels........................Layout Editor Taelor Born..............................Business Manager Kennedy Lenhart...................Copy Editor Collin Wallace.........................Sports Manager


Max Maelzer Paige Rossi Meagan Cline Tristyn Born Mackenzie Hinderer Kaylor Ramey Sierra Hoyt Alexus Watson Anna Rucker Josh Daman Nathaniel Johnson Regan Dilley Jessica Cowgill

Jump Off

“There’s nothing wrong with enjoying looking at the surface of the ocean itself, except that when you finally see what goes on underwater,you realize that you’ve been missing the whole point of the ocean. Staying on the surface all the time is like going to the circus and staring at the outside of the tent.” -Dave Berry

We’ve always been taught, “It’s always best to mind your business when it comes to other people.” I don't interpret it as showing blatant disregard for others, instead the opposite. That may seem contradictory, as it should for now. It’s easy to make quick judgements of others based on our own perceptions. This is because we don’t fully know all the factors that make a situation or characterize a person. We are unaware of motives, past history, current circumstances, and so on. We only know our personal motivations, and the rest is presented to us in black and white and seen as reality. This concept came to me the other day when I was running on the treadmill at my gym. I had my headphones in and was in my own little world. I started observing the different types of people in the room both male and female. Everyone was their own shape, size, height, color, and so forth. I started to look past the physical traits, and began making up different scenarios in my head. I wondered if the woman furiously running in front of me had lost a loved one dear to her. The African American male lifting weights may have a health condition that controls his life. The older woman in the corner may have survived cancer, but lost her only son in the war. The skinny teenage boy next to her could be struggling with self-esteem issues due to his father’s abuse and the lack of his mother intervening. The young couple sharing a water bottle could’ve been told they can’t have children, and the large woman staring at herself in the locker room mirror could have been told she’s not good enough. The older man with bags under his eyes could have lost his wife of fifty years and have adult children who don’t take the time to visit him. These rush of thoughts came to me as I panned the room, and I began to

feel a new level of respect for these complete strangers. I knew these scenarios were fabricated ideas in my head, but to me they still held some truth. The scenarios may not have lined up with the people I “assigned” them to, but the fact that they were true to some people in the room had me walking out of the gym understanding something new. I’ve always been the type to avoid divulging myself in others business, but this new logic suddenly came to me. Instead of blatantly disregarding others, why don’t we show so much regard, as to respect their history that we are unaware of, and the circumstances that currently define them. This is the reason it can be quick to judge and difficult to remember. We can’t see the “scenarios” that are hidden behind everyone. It’s like trying to read something that is written on your forehead, you know it’s there but you can’t see it. I certainly have experiences from my past that have an everlasting impact on my future. I am also currently experiencing some adjustments in my life that aren’t necessarily broadcasted to MHS or written on my forehead for others to read and take note of. In short, what I am conveying is that we should think of the conditions we don’t know prior to making judgements. Don’t forget to sign up for Monarch Idol! Kacie Eckenrode Editor-in-Chief




Tickets- $5 at the door

Come prepared to sing 30 seconds a capella, usually a chorus and a verse for the prelims on March 12. The first-round singers will be narrowed down to a top 7 who will have an opportunity for a photoshoot with a professionalphotographer, and will need to be available for the April 30 finale.

Sign Up in Room B228 1st place: Beats Pill, iPod 2nd place: Beats Pill 3rd place: $50 gift card 2

Future Mobile Devices Six years ago, mobile phones with an expandable keyboard were one of the best devices on the market. Just a few years later, we use virtual keyboards, operated with touchscreens. Mobile technologies have changed rapidly in recent years. Today, we have apps that assist us in our daily chores and activities. Devices did not only grow in capabilities, but they also became slimmer, handier and more efficient to use. Here are four future mobile technology predictions:

1. Google’s smartphone - OS will hit 1 billion users. Google offers services for almost every occasion in your life. It will take over the market and they plan to reach 5 billion people who currently have no smartphone yet. Affordable phones is the strategy. People usually switch their phones after two to four years. 2. Hands-free mobile devices are the future. Hands-free devices have been available for about one year. Google plans to sell its Google Glass this year. These glasses are connected with your smartphone and are controlled via voice control. You can take pictures, calls and write texts without even touching the device. Google Glass also fits on prescription lenses. The Google Glass will cost about $700 and Brandon Maisenbacher, freshman, says that this is too expensive. “But yeah, sounds cool.” 3. Mobile devices will be “wearable”. There are three smart watches that are relevant for 2014. Samsung has released the second generation of its Galaxy Gear. Pebble was the first company that created a smart watch. Apple will also release its iWatch in fall. Wearable devices really are in the early stage and will cost about $250 - $350. “I am not sure if I would buy a smart watch because I already have a Samsung phone and I am not a big watch person,” says Ella Livingston, sophomore. 4. Bendable, paper-thin smartphones. The first bendable smartphone prototypes were presented by Samsung one year ago. Also Apple and LG are working on bendable devices that can adapt your body shape manually. You can put it on your arm or other objects like the handlebar on a bike or the dashboard in your car. It is very handy because you do not necessarily need to hold it in your hands anymore while you are talking to someone on your phone. Max Maelzer Reporter


I Think I’m Learning Japanese According to Glovico. org, learning a foreign language can make improvements not only in your academics, but also your information retention (knowledge learned through study) point of view. Also, learning a new language can help your critical thinking skills, creativity and flexibility of the mind. Students who study a foreign language are said to perform better in other subjects in school as well. Mr. Cook says, “taking any language will just give you a well rounded education.” Next year, in addition to Spanish, MHS will be offering Japanese. After essentially losing the French program last year, many wondered if Marysville would continue to offer only one language choice to its students. Schools around the county such as Jonathan Alder, North Union and Fairbanks, which are thought to be smaller schools, offer Spanish and French for their students. Whereas some bigger schools such as Dublin and Hilliard offer German, French, Latin, Spanish, Japanese and Chinese. Many have questioned the choice to add Japanese after eliminating French just last year. Mr. Cook says, “[Japanese] is just an interesting language that many of our students have not

had exposure to. It can give you a potential skill set if you are interested in international business or anything along those lines.” How can you put your knowledge of the Japanese language to good use? According, you can find a Japanese company that does business where you are looking such as the top Japanese auto manufacturers: Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Mitsubishi, etc; High tech companies: Fujitsu, Toshiba, Tokyo Electron, Sony, Hitachi, Canon, NEC (information technology company), Sharp, Sanyo, Fujifilm; Airlines: JAL, ANA; Video game companies: Square-Enix, Capcom, Nintendo; and the list goes on. Next year, Japanese will be taught traditionally with the help of a new staff member. Mr. Cook says, “we are going to work with Ohio State and the University of Findlay who both have strong Japanese educator programs.” According to guidance, Japanese will be taught here at the high school. Kennedy Lenhart Copy Editor

According to, the top 10 most spoken language in the world are: 10. French - 129 million speakers 9. Malay Indonesian- 159 million speakers 8. Portuguese- 191 million speakers 7. Bengali- 211 million speakers 6. Arabic- 246 million speakers 5. Russian- 277 millions speakers 4. Spanish- 392 million speakers 3. Hindustani- 497 million speakers 2. English- 508 million speakers 1. Mandarin- 1 billion+


Ways to Find Nonacademic Scholarships Paying for college isn’t cheap, and every opportunity to receive money counts. One of the most well-known ways to receive money is through scholarships. For some, finding scholarships is easy because their grades are good, but for others finding scholarships is difficult. There are scholarships out there that don’t require good grades to apply for: non academic scholarships. Some non-academic scholarships are provided through MHS, for example the LEO Club Scholarship. At the end of the year LEO Club gives scholarships out to three senior the club members. The criteria for these scholarships are based on total hours of service and recommendations by the LEO Club coordinator. These scholarships are $500, $300 and $200 dollars. You can find nonacademic scholarships online, too. There are not a ton of nonacademic scholarships out there because most require a minimum GPA. A helpful website to find nonacademic scholarships would be If you are more of an artistic person whether it’s singing, dancing or drawing there are scholarships you can find on this website. Or, if you love writing, you can apply for scholarships by entering an essay competition and win money for college. There are different ways you can find non academic scholarships and it will help with your talents rather than the grades you received in high school. The website that is most helpful to find tons of scholarships is, according to Mrs. Proehl, one of the guidance counselors at MHS. A graduated senior from MHS, Lindsay Rossi said, “Take advantage of every opportunity you have and don’t put it off until the last minute.” Scholarships have deadlines and if you wait until the middle of summer you’ve already missed out on a lot that you could’ve applied for. Chance Nelson, a senior at MHS, has applied for at least eight scholarships, but hasn’t had a lot of trouble finding any, because he has focused on his grades. Academics is an important part for applying to scholarships, but Mrs. Proehl said that the lowest possible GPA for finding scholarships would be a 2.0. One of the best advantages of scholarships is there is no limit on how much you can apply for. Even though finding non academic scholarships is harder to do, putting in the effort to find scholarships that apply to you will pay off. Paige Rossi Reporter


Featured Senior

Lauren Hershberger


This month’s Featured Senior is Lauren Hershberger. Outgoing and driven, this senior balances a full plate. Lauren has played softball, volleyball and has been a football manager for two years. She is active within the school as she has been a member of Yearbook and Leo Club, FCCLA and HOSA. In her downtime, “If I even have any,” she said, she enjoys watching her favorite show How I Met Your Mother. Amanda King, a close friend of Lauren’s said, “Lauren is someone who can always make me laugh. She is goofy, fun and always looking out for others.”

1) Was high school what you expected it to be? Yeah, there is so much freedom and it’s a lot of fun. I am dreading leaving for college. 2) If you could start high school over, would you do anything differently? Not at all. Everything I have been through has made me stronger and made me who I am. 3) Do you think high school has given you good foundation for the next phase of your life? (Laughing) No. It hasn’t taught me anything about living on my own or how to become an adult, but at least I know how to solve for X and write an essay. 4) What is your favorite memory throughout your years at MHS? During the summer Amanda King and I got hot during football practice. At lunch we made a quick stop at Big Lots to buy a baby pool. We blew it up in the parking lot and drove it on the gator. All the football players and coaches stared at us but we didn’t care because we stayed cool during the rest of the summer. The pool was a tiger and we named him Thomas.

5) What are you looking forward to in the remainder of your senior year? Just getting through and having fun doing it. It’s senior year and I want to make the best of it. 6) What makes you happy? People. Mainly funny people. 7) In your opinion, what makes you unique? I can turn difficult times and have a positive outlook. I can bounce back fast. People also call me Smiley, I have no idea why (smiling). 8) Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Hopefully not on the streets! My goal is to be a nurse, and down the road a nurse practitioner. So I’ll probably still be in school. 9) What are your plans after high school? Wright State University for Nursing. Kacie Eckenrode Editor-in-Chief

Lauren and her family on Senior Night for her role as one of the football managers.



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Feautured Athlete Many people are familiar with the famous outlaw, Billy The Kid. Marysville’s own Billy Kidd is known here as the “Instigator” because of his sarcasm with his friends. Kidd has been involved with football, baseball and basketball for MHS, as well as being a part of the baseball team that won districts last year. He was awarded special mention all-metro, second team alldistricts, and first team all-league. Kidd’s girlfriend of two and a half years, Jessica Stephens, explains, “Billy’s always been there for me and he has always been so supportive of everything I do.” The Vibe got to sit down with The Kidd and ask him a few questions. 1) What school sports have you been involved in over your high school years? Football, Baseball and Basketball. 2) What’s your favorite memory throughout your high school sport career? Winning districts last year in baseball. 3) What are your plans after high school? Playing baseball at Sinclair Community College. 4) Who would you say has influenced you the most? My parents because they were always good role models to me. 5) What do you do in your spare time? I play my Playstation 4, and hang out with my girlfriend.

Billy and his girlfriend , Jessica at their last homecoming together.

6) If you could change anything about MHS what would it be? I would make the school day shorter. 7) Describe your typical Friday night. Hanging out with my friends or my girlfriend. 8) What’s your favorite TV show? Friday Night Lights. 9) Do you have any advice for underclassmen? Definitely being your own person is important.

One of Kidd’s last senior football games.


Featured Leader in the Arts

Hannah Heifner


February’s Leader in The Arts in none other than senior Hannah Heifner. You may know her from the video on Instagram where she was asked to prom on stage, but not all of MHS knows Heifner as the talented performer that she is. Heifner’s kindness, academic abilities and musical flair make her the perfect role model for aspiring artists. The Vibe is more than happy to feature Heifner as this month’s Leader in The Arts.

5) Do you play an instrument? I do not play an instrument. I used to be in percussion in middle school, but I quickly found out I can’t play an instrument to save my life.

1) When did you start singing? I probably started singing when I was in elementary school in those silly little musicals we did.

7) Do you intend on furthering your musical career in college? What college do you plan on attending and what would you like to major in? No I don’t intend on furthering my career [in dance] in college. My plan is to attend Bowling Green State University and become an elementary school teacher.

2) How long have you been singing in choir programs associated with school? I’ve been involved in choir since seventh grade and in show choir for two years. 3) Do you participate in any extracurricular activities involving music outside of show choir? Yes! I’ve been involved in dance since I was 3 years old. I do jazz and pointe and used to be involved in competition but quit when my schedule was too busy for it. 4) What kind of music do you listen to? Name some of your favorite bands or solo artists. I listen to alternative music like Imagine Dragons and Arctic Monkeys. I love Jack Johnson, too.

6) Would you consider yourself to be better at singing or dancing? Which are you more passionate about and why? I don’t know which I am better at, but I definitely feel more comfortable dancing than singing. I personally like dance more. It’s more fun!

8) You were recently asked to prom by your long-time boyfriend, Gary Springston, on stage at a show choir competition. Would you care to tell the story? The emcee said she made a new friend named Gary, who I thought was the superintendent [who] was also named Gary that was introduced earlier. But then Gary came out on stage and I was hoping it was a fluke and he came out on accident or was lost or something, but in the end it was very sweet. 9) What has been your favorite show choir memory? Getting Taco Bell after every Grand Championship we’ve won so far! Devon Stephen Business Manager


Local Spring Break Get�w�y� Spring Break is luckily just around the corner, starting on Monday, March 24 to Friday, March 31. Most family and friends start thinking of travel locations around this time. If you don’t want to spend your spring break the “typical way” there are other alternatives to what , Makala Thirkield, freshman, describes as her typical spring break. “Normally I like to go shopping and eat a lot of food then sleep.” If you’re not wanting to travel far, take a look at the list of hot spots for nearby travel ideas to make your spring break more fun and interesting without breaking your bank.

Yellow Springs, Ohio

The Village of Yellow Springs is a small town approximately an hour away from Marysville. It is an artistic community founded upon their local art school, Chester Spring Studio. “I went with my family, and the whole town was amazing. Everything there was about art. Even the buildings were painted in abnormal colors,” said Savanna Kelly, freshman. Activities in Yellow Springs include rock climbing or canoeing at the Rivers Edge Livery and outdoor educational classes. There are over 65 distinctive shops and galleries, and a historical walking tour. This town is the perfect place to go if you are interested in the adventure of art and the outdoors.

Hocking Hills State Park

Hocking Hills is located near Lancaster and Circleville, about a hour and a half drive. Places to go while visiting or enjoying your stay include Old Man’s Cave and Ash Cave, which is the most popular of all the Hocking areas. You can take a long or even short hike enjoying the peaceful nature. “We went hiking and ziplining all day as a family. It was beyond fun! The only bad part about the visit is when it started raining,” says Tori Young, freshman. At the Hocking Hills Canopy Tours packages start at $45.

Fort Rapids Waterpark

Fort Rapids is central Ohio's largest indoor water park resort. Within the entire water park there are 12 unique water rides, a lazy river to relax in as long as you want, a large arcade and equipped with guest rooms and restaurants for the overnight stayers. Fort Rapids is a great place to hang out with family and friends for any special occasion or just to have fun. “I just love water parks and just being able to have fun with my family,” said Makayla Penhorwood, sophomore. For visiting on the weekends (Friday-Sunday) admission is on average $30 per person. For the weekdays (Monday-Thursday), the average cost is $25 per person.

Meagan Cline Tristyn Born Reporters




The New Year has come and gone and swimsuit season is just around the corner… have you stuck to your resolution? According to website Statistic Brain, eating healthy and losing weight is the number one resolutions amongst Americans. However most people don’t take it seriously until signs of warm weather is approaching. Being healthy does not just mean eating well; it also deals with how much you sleep at night, stress level, and staying active. Most people think eating healthy automatically means you are dieting, which is not true. There are many different ways to eat healthy, like having 5 small meals a day, having 3 big main meals, and eating the right kinds of food. Instead of having white bread switch it out for wheat bread, you do not have to make big changes in your food choices to eat healthy. According to Young Women’s Health, you should never skip meals, skipping meals leads you to crave more food, and slows down your metabolism in the long run. Kayla, Junior at MHS says, “eating healthy makes me feel good but I also like working out it makes me feel healthier.” Working out while eating healthy is a great way to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Some people’s excuse to not eating healthy is the convenience of fast food and package food, which is filled with preservatives and other unhealthy ingredients. Even trying to shop at your local grocery store for healthier items can add up compared to package junk food. However in the long wrong, I think most people would agree the many benefits of eating healthy is worth any extra expense. People often mistake eating healthy as dieting. Eating healthy is so much more beneficial than just to lose a few pounds. It can help you live longer, make you happier, have a better completion, have less stress and enjoy your day to day life. Mackenzie Hinderer Reporter

Boys Age 14-18


Age 14-18

Calories Per Day Not Active 1,400 – 1,600 Not Active 1,400 – 1,600

Somewhat Active 1,600 – 2,000 Somewhat Active 1,600 – 2,000

Very Active 1,800 – 2,200 Very Active 1,800 – 2,200


Spring Charlotte Russe $12.50

Charlotte Russe $10.95

American Eagle $29.99

Forever 21 $5.95

Charlotte Russe $16.99

WHY IT WORKS: When going for a dressier look, more often than not the colors tend to be neutral. A pattern dress with a pop of color will still give you the classy look you're going for along with the vibrant color of spring you need. Pair the dress with a nude color shoe to keep the look dressy. To add some fun to the look add accessories that match the brightest color

Forever 21 $10

WHY IT WORKS: You can take a loose-fitting, brightly colored shirt and a pair of slim-fitting jeans anywhere. Salmon and brightcolored accessories such as teal blues or oranges, will always bring the look together- but add one neutral such as a white sweater to break up all the color.

Payless $21.99

Francescas $28

Macy’s $24.99

Francescas $34


Fashion H+M $20.99

H+M $39.95

WHY IT WORKS While the sweater may look warm for spring, its light blue color makes it very fashion forward. Layering with a white undershirt makes the outfit appear lighter. The light brown shoes are the perfect choice for spring and bring the look together.

H+M $10 H+M $29.99

WHY IT WORKS Are dark colors getting you down? Brighten up your wardrobe. Start with a light colored hoodie. This will brighten up your face as well as keep you warm. Pair that hoodie with a bright colored short. The short will give you the spring color your looking for as well as keep you from looking too toasty. Now that you're outfit is full of color, pair it with a neutral colored shoe. The neutral color will balance out the bright colors. Make sure to stray away from colored shoes...they will make you look like a rainbow. Kaylor Ramey and Sierra Hoyt Reporters

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For more spring fashion,log onto the vibe website and click on the February Vibe


Honoring or Discriminating? February is an important month regarding our history. It’s a month to appreciate African Americans who survived the slavery encounters or whoever strove to put an end to it, and to make up for the hardships and cruel torturous things that they endured. America as whole needs to look back and actually think about we have done wrong and what we do to make up for it. Many people believe that this is an important month to honor African Americans. Senior, Hayden Long, says, “Yeah, I think it’s important, but I think it should be more than February, I think it should be celebrated all the time.” Long also says she thinks of Martin Luther King when she hears ‘Black History Month.’ He helped end slavery immensely. We overlook the fact that African Americans have invented things, made world records.. For instance Jesse Owens who specialized in track and field. Also, George Washington Carver invented peanut butter. We never really recognize these things as very memorable. Many people say they appreciate, or respect it as well. Freshman, Taylor Patch, says, “Yeah, I appreciate it; I have people in my family that are African American.” Also, History teacher in Minnesota, Michael Moore, says “I rarely see people being prejudice towards African Americans, and if we do, we take it very serious. But, it was clearly a larger problem when I was teaching 10 years ago.” Aubrey Moore, former MHS student also agrees with Morgan Freeman saying, “They’re not slaves anymore, why do people have to continue to bring it up?” So not everyone is necessarily the same in what they view. But more people definitely believe it’s a good thing to be aware of Black History Month. So all in all, many people think it’s important, and now it’s not as big of a problem. The racist factor has gone down immensely, and many people have become aware of the fact that on the inside, we’re all human. Alexus Watson Anna Rucker



The Future of Blizzard Bags at MHS Everybody knows about the new way schools are making up days; Blizzard Bags. But will MHS ever have to use them again? It’s not very likely. Next year, Ohio will calculate calamity days bases on the number of hours a district includes in its school year, rather than just by how many days it includes. Schools in Ohio are required to go 175 days which includes parent teacher conferences, according to The school minimum for hours is 1,001 and at MHS we go 1,248 per school year. So, next year with the new hours rule, we should not have to make up any days, (unless we miss more than 25 days of school). According to district records, a winter this bad has not been recorded in the past seven years and records have not been kept for the years before then. While there still might be a lot of delays there most likely won’t be as many school days missed. Meaning that Blizzard Bags will not be a necessity after this year. Which works well based on the opinion of an English teacher at MHS, Mrs. Bise, who says that the Blizzard Bags “Should not take place of the a school day because you need that engaging interaction with your classmates and teachers. It needs to evolve a little more, that if we can’t all be in the same place then maybe have some online interaction where kids are commenting back and forth and having some sort of online discussion on whatever the topic might be.”

While Mrs. Bise might not like the entire idea of Blizzard Bags she does feel that “It’s a good way to explore deeper into ideas that have already been discussed in class.” Junior, Daniel Sparks, agrees with Mrs. Bise,”I don’t like them, they are unnecessary and I would rather make up a day.” However, the superintendent of Elida, Don Diglia, has another opinion on Blizzard Bags. Diglia states,”I see it as a way to provide some additional instruction via these Blizzard Bags prior to state testing.”(limaohio. com) As of right now we will be making up March 17 due to the closings we had earlier this year. Governer John Kasich approved to give schools more calamity days, however the senate still has to vote on the bill. They are set to vote Wednesday, Feb. 26.

Josh Daman & Nathaniel Johnson Reporters


Involved Ar��n� the Clock With Basketball, Swimming and Wrestling coming to an end, athletes in these sports may find themselves with a lot of time on their hands. There are still many of things you can do to stay involved! From school clubs to volunteer opportunities, there are plenty of activities to join in the off season. There are many benefits of staying involved in many extracurricular activities. Megan Mcintosh, Sophomore, soccer player says, “Staying involved really taught me discipline and responsibility.” Along with the lessons acquired from being in many activities, they also look great on college applications (according to involved you also get to explore diverse interests. When choosing activities, keep what you like to do in mind. Marysville High School offers many clubs that you can still join, such as Art club and Book club. Being in clubs helps introduce students who are interested in similar activities. “In addition to sports, students can also participate in band, choir, and any number of clubs. Each of these particular activities allows students to bond socially with peers, while also providing them with an opportunity to explore an activity that they are truly interested,” Mr. Chris Johnson.Clubs are a fantastic way to stay involved. There are more than just school clubs you can join, volunteering is also a great thing to do. Finding volunteer opportunities in Marysville is much easier than you think. The Hope Center, the Marysville Library, both have many opportunities to volunteer. You can visit their websites if you are interested. Regan Dilley Reporter

Clubs to Join at MHS

Art Club: Thursdays after school Book Club: Next meeting March 12 FCCLA Gay Straight Alliance Fridays after school In the Halls LEO Club Nellie’s Club Special Olympics (volunteer to help during games)


Junior Year:College Planning

As the school year comes to an end, seniors are making college plans. Sophomores and juniors then start to feel the stress of trying to figure out what they want to do for the rest of their lives. Philip Shaw, a freshman at Christ for the Nations Institute and former MHS student says, “It took my college a long time to accept me, it was risky.” If you use your resources planning for college can be relatively easy and stress free. Mrs. Watson, a guidance counselor at MHS says, “Colleges generally look for wellrounded students: GPA, SAT, volunteer work, jobs and after school activities.” The earlier you start planning the more time you’ll have to figure out what’s important to you. Morgan Dewitt, junior, says she has, “no clue” when she’ll make a solid decision about college. Yet another junior, Cassidy Rausch, says she wants, “to go to Hocking College and study in Ecotourism and Adventure Travel.” No matter where you are at in the planning process you still have time to improve the look of your chances of getting into your dream college. Some things you need to make sure you do are: 1. Visit a guidance counselor Guidance counselor are the best resource when it comes to college planning because they’ve helped tons of students and have been to college themselves. When you go to guidance ask for the senior symposium packet it has EVERYTHING you need and will be helpful in your planning. 2. Go to User ID: Marysville; Password: ohiocis03 Ohio Career Information System (OCIS) has fun ways for you to plan and figure out what field you want to go into. 3. Decide on a general location. Knowing where you want to go to college and what you want to study is extremely helpful in the process but most people don’t know. To help you narrow your choices choose a location in which to pick a college. Maybe you want to pick a college that’s at most two hours away from home. Maybe you want to go to another state. Maybe you want to study abroad. You have unlimited options. Know, however, that generally the farther away from home you go the more

expensive it will be. Check out- of- state prices vs. in- state prices. 4. SAT/ACT Once you’ve got it narrowed to your top schools check their required SAT/ACT to attend. Then schedule to take the test of your choice. Most schools will accept either test. The ACT includes a writing portion and the SAT does not. Colleges take into account your GPA and involvement in other activities if your score comes up low. 5. Schedule a visit Visiting schools is one of the best ways to narrow down your options based on opinion. It’s all about the atmosphere. Do you want to live in a small college town or in a big city? Juniors are allowed two unexcused absences for college visits and seniors are allowed four. 6. Apply The sooner you apply the better chance you will have of getting into the school of your choice. A lot of students will choose their top three schools and apply to all of them at once. Some colleges may accept you right away; others may take a longer time to accept you. If you’re not accepted, don’t worry there are plenty of other colleges waiting for your application. 7. Scholarships/loans There are so many available scholarships/loans. Once you’re accepted there will be scholarships specific to your college that are easy to apply for. Also businesses and organizations offer scholarships for all kinds of things. Applying for scholarships and loans are easy, you’ll get a certain amount of money based on your or your parents financial income. You can see Paige Rossi’s story for more on Scholarships. 8. Career There are endless career opportunities. In the end you go to college so you can find a job and make a little more money. No one can tell you what career was meant for you. Philip Shaw says, “Do what makes you happy and find a way to make money along the way.” Jessica Cowgill Reporter


Cancer Free Tanning With spring break rapidly approaching, more and more high school females are turning to the tanning beds to get that bronzy glow. But, how safe are tanning beds? According to “the use of tanning beds can cause damage to collagen and elastic fibers, dermal blood vessels and other structures.” This simply means that your skin will start sagging at a younger age and wrinkles will start appearing sooner. Wrinkles aren’t the only downfall of using tanning beds, there is also an increased risk of skin cancer. While the negative risks of tanning are well known, many people still choose this dangerous technique. According to Makalyn Washburn, junior, the worst thing about tanning is “the fact that it is bad for [her] skin.” Sophomore, Jamie Hites, is also well aware of the negative effects stating the biggest con of the bed is “high chance of skin cancer.” So what is a safe and healthy way to get the bronzed beach goddess look? Self tanners. The first image most people get when they think of self tanning is that awful Oompa Loompa look most girls come back to school with. But,when applied correctly it can leave skin looking like it just came back from a week at the beach. Kellar McCloy, Freshman, regularly uses self tanners. She states “not everyone can live in California and tanning beds can give you cancer, so I use Jergens self tanner, it works really well.” According to the following steps will help with achieving a spotless and even glow. The first step in this process is exfoliation. Exfoliation is key to removing dead skin cells keeping the tanner from sinking into the dry skin causing dark patches and streaking. Step two: Pick your product. Self tanners range from lotions, to mousses, to sprays. The key is picking a self-tanner that matches your current skin tone NOT the skin tone you WANT to be. There are two options when picking a self-tanner; gradual tanners and regular tanners. If you decide to do the gradual tanner, remember that this could take two to four applications before results will start to be seen. Step three: Start from the bottom. Start at the ankles and work up to the shoulders. This creates an even and non splotchy look. Now it’s time to start applying the tanner to your face. Step four: The face. Start with applying dime size portions on all the major places that you would naturally tan; cheeks, forehead, chin, and the bridge of your nose. Then using your fingers, start blending out toward your hairline and jawline. If you don't feel comfortable using a self tanner on your face, you can always apply a bronzer. Step five: Dry time! Always double the amount of time that the product says. If the bottle says wait 10 minutes, you should actually wait 20. At this point apply a talc free baby powder. This keeps the tanner from transferring to your clothes. You will want to avoid sweating and/or showering for at least six hours. Step six: Preserving the glow. There is no way to tell how long the color will stay on your skin, but you can take some measures to make it last. Wash with gentle cleansers and make sure to keep your skin moisturized. Be cautious when using acne creams with retinols because they can dissolve the color on your face making it uneven and spotty. The application process of self-tanner may seem long and tedious, but it is the only safe method for achieving a tan. Medical experts are worried that people getting spray tans are inhaling the chemical, causing it to enter the customer’s bloodstream. Dr. Rey Panettieri, a toxicologist and lung specialist at the University of Pennsylvania revealed to ABC News that “these compounds, in some cells, could actually promote the development of cancers or malignancies.” So, if you want to stay safe while tanning, simply fake it. Kayley Cline Kelsey Wells Reporters


Five Self-tanners less than $10

Hawaiian Tropic Island Radiance Self Tanner $6.47 Banana Boat Summer Color Self-Tanning Lotion $7.69 Equate Beauty Self Tan Bronzing Spray $7.98 L’oreal Paris Tinted Deep Natural Tan Body Expertise $8.48 Neutrogena Micro-Mist Airbrush Sunless Tan Spray $9.97 All of these tanners can be found at a local drug store!

Hats off to the Swingers Unlimited who have received five grand champion titles This year!

Congrats to our Monarch Wrestlers who qualified for the State Competition!

The Monarch wrestling team completed their season over the weekend in record fashion. Hayden Lee, David Sparks, Taleb Rhamani, Alex Sepeda and Austin Pfarr led the team to a 3rd place finish in the Division 1 State Wrestling Tournament. This is the highest finish of any team in the history of Marysville wrestling, and tied for the 2nd highest of any school from Central Ohio in Division 1 in the last 60 years. Individually Hayden Lee and Austin Pfarr became only the 5th and 6th state Champions from Marysville in wrestling in winning the 113lb and 220lb weight classes. Hayden was named outstanding wrestler in the State Tournament for Division 1 and Austin was just named the Casey Fredricks award winner given to the number 1 wrestler regardless of weight class or division in Central Ohio.

Austin Pfarr, senior

1st in State, weight class 220

Alex Sepeda, junior

Qualified for states, weight class 152

Taleb Rahmani, junior

4th in states, weight class 145

David Sparks, senior

5th in states, weight classs 138

Hayden Lee, senior

1st in states, weight class 113


Caught in the Halls

What is your new T.V. show obsession?

“Chicago Fire” Mrs. LaRoche

“American Horror Story” Lilly Kincaid, Junior

“The Walking Dead” Brendan Colvin, Senior

“Breaking Bad” Tabitha Rogan, Darius Walker, Seniors