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Read About... and Get involved; Join clubs Junior Release The New Mural
Cell Phone Policy Change Get the inside scoop on why the administration has allowed cell phones to become a part of the classroom. 1
Volume >> 15 Issue >> 1 Sep. 2012
Table of Contents: Page 2—Jump off Page 3—New Teachers Page 7—Shelby Knisley Page 8—Junior Release Page 9—Featured Senior: Danielle Kuzma Page 11-- Featured Senior: Jordan Bollman Page 13—Featured Athlete: Anna Mogielnicki Page 14—Featured Athlete: Aaron Cingle Page 15—Leader in the Arts: Andreas Kallinicou Page 17—New Cell Phony Policy Page 19—Exchange Students Page 23-- Clubs Page 25-- New Mural
Lyndsie Anderson—Editorin-Chief Jennifer Ellis—Business Manager Troy Daman—Layout Editor Mollie Walters—Reporter Hayley Daniels-- Reporter
This month The Vibe is all about change! If you’re interested in new policies, see page 17 for the scoop on the decision to allow cell phones during school hours. Want to get to know the many new teachers at MHS this year? Check out our story on page 3. Curious as to where the new mural in alumni hall came from? We have a story for that too (pg 25). As interesting as all of these changes are, the most important thing to remember is that with the start of the new school year comes the chance to make changes within yourself. It’s almost like a clean slate! Seize the opportunity to start fresh and take some chances. Join a club, take a class that further explores one of your interests, overall just get involved. MHS provides many different extracurricular activities for students to participate in, (for more information see page 23) and there is something for everyone. My challenge for everyone this year is to get out of your comfort zone and try something new. Within The Vibe we’ve undergone many changes already this year and will continue to. We’ve made the decision to give The Vibe a new look and will be revamping our website. We want to know what you think! What do you like? What could be improved? E-mail me at MHSvibe@gmail.com All opinions and suggestions are welcome. 3 Monarch Vibe
New Faces At MHS 1
Sarah Jacob: Geometry, Algebra 1
Jim Daugherty: Algebra 1, Transition to Algebra 2 What were you doing before this year?
“I taught math at Dublin Scioto for What were you doing before this year? one year, and then transferred to Marysville this year because I grew up “I was the assistant soccer coach at Purdue University. I moved to Maryshere and I love the community.” ville in order to be closer to my family and my wife’s family.” How can students get on your good
“Students can work hard in class, make an effort and try to be independent and motivate themselves, and talk to me.”
What is your biggest pet peeve?
“Laziness and students not caring or wanting to work.”
How can students get on your good side?
“Students can get on my good side by doing their work.”
What is your biggest pet peeve in teaching? “Laziness.”
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Chris Johnson: Geometry, Algebra 1
What were you doing before this year?
“I was subbing in this building, I tutored, and I went to Grad School.”
How can students get on your good side? “Large sums of money. I also like jokes. If they tell me a good joke, that’s all I like.”
What is your biggest pet peeve in teaching? “Sheer laziness.”
Brent Johnson: Science 1, Science 2
Scott Hamilton: American History, Psychology
Luke Sundermeier: American What were you doing before this year? What were you doing before this year? Government, “I was Dean of Students at Elgin High “Teaching in Columbus City Schools.” American History, School.” World Studies How can students get on your good How can students got on your good side? side? “Participate in class, be polite, have a “Recognize my outstanding strength.” sense of humor.”
What were you doing before this year?
What is your biggest pet peeve in teaching? “Kids not getting their homework done.”
How can students get on your good side?
What is your biggest pet peeve in teaching?
“I’m pretty laid back. I don’t have any.”
“For the last three years I’ve been substituting in Dublin.”
“By doing their homework and asking good questions.”
What is your biggest pet peeve in teaching?
“When students lose papers that I give them, because then I have to make more copies”
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Even More New Faces!
Joe Benneti: Intro to Woodworking, Advanced Woodworking, Computer Aided Drawing 1, Computer Aided Drawing 2, Intro Engineering 2 What were you doing before this year? “I was a substitute teacher in the Dublin school district and getting my Masters at Miami University”
How can students got on your good side? “Just have good manners.”
What is your biggest pet peeve in teaching?
“When I see students treating their peers with disrespect”
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Janel Chapman: Alex Witzky: Abby Student Support Intervention Specialist, Watson: Services, Peer Tutoring Study Skills Guidance Counselor for E-K What were you doing before this year? What were you doing before this year?
“I finished a Masters degree in School “I was getting my masters in Special Counseling.” Education and coaching mens soccer at Wilmington College.”
How can students got on your good side? “Effort.”
What is your biggest pet peeve in teaching? “Students who give up on themselves.”
How can students get on your good side? “Being themselves, I like to get to know my students.”
What is your biggest pet peeve in teaching?
“An attitude to not try new things”
What were you doing before this year? “I was a guidance counselor at an online school called E-Cot, and I lived in Savannah, Georgia before that, So I was a guidance counselor there for 2 years”
How can students got on your good side? “Just come and say hey. I love comedy.”
What is your biggest pet peeve in teaching?
“Bringing applications in the day they’re due and wanting me to write a letter of recommendation the day of, but I’ll still do it.” 7
A new freshman with skill and talent is starting for the freshman football team. But this just isn’t any new player; Shelby Knisley is the only girl on the team. Knisley plays many positions including wide receiver, kicker, field goal, punter, safety and even starts at kickoff. Why would a girl want to play a typically male-dominant sport? “I didn’t really know what I wanted to do and my friends kept talking about it. [My friends] Jason and Douglas got me into weightlifting and got me more interested in football,” says Knisley. Her experience as the only girl can be awkward but is overall really fun. “I feel accepted [by the boys] because they’re really nice. The coaches accept me too and for my first year of playing it is really fun.” Knisley feels the boys do not treat her differently and even considers them like family. Teammate Tristan Ratliff, freshman, says, “I think it’s really cool [that Knisley is on the team]. When I found out everyone started making of her, I told her to persevere.” Teammate Dominic Scranton, freshman, says, “I don’t have a problem with Shelby being on the team.” Though unsure at first, Kinsley’s family supports her decision to play. “At first my mom was afraid of me getting hurt,” says Knisley, “but she thinks it’s really cool now.” Coach Fleming commented, “She’s been dedicated and determined to accomplish her goal. She showed up to weightlifting all summer and throughout the winter to lift. She has a very positive attitude.” Knisley says she plans on playing the rest of high school and thinks it should be really fun. Mollie Walters
The previous years only seniors have enjoyed the luxuries of spending free periods off school grounds. This year, the juniors are also allowed to have release. Not as many juniors utilize release as seniors; however, it’s still helpful for some of the students. Some people have their doubts and questions about what junior release is or why it was allowed this year compared to past years. Mrs. Proehl, guidance counselor, talks about how so many kids were taking so many study halls it just made more sense to have release. Proehl later then describes the qualifications for junior release, “There’s no GPA required to be able to get junior release. You just need a parent’s signature.” Although there aren’t specific criteria for junior release, there are factors that would prevent a junior from choosing it. Sports require a participant to be enrolled in at least five classes . Proehl shared that it’s not recommended to use junior release because colleges are not impressed by it, unless you are using it for something useful, such as work or community service, etc.
To further answer the questions and doubts about junior release, two students both taking advantage of the release explain how they use it in different ways. Jaycee Barney, junior, uses her time strictly for sleep. She says junior and senior year are so much harder than freshman and sophomore year, and she needs more sleep because of the different levels of stress. However, Barney says she has noticed that she stays up later, knowing she gets up later. On the other hand, Nick Baird, junior, says he takes advantage of his release by being able to work late. He works from 3:00pm until 10:30pm, and then works on homework when he gets home. Baird’s release is spent sleeping but is considered used as work purpose because of the amount of hours he works after school. After talking to many people about the new release, almost everyone agreed it to be necessary for some students. However, it takes some consideration and a trip to your guidance counselor before scheduling to decide what’s right for you. Hayley Daniels
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“At a certain point you just have to do what makes you happy-- and I’ve learned how to do that” 10 Monarch Vibe
Danielle Kuzma Featured Senior With over a 4.0 GPA and four AP classes as well as a varsity cheerleader, president of Nellie’s Club, secretary of Leo Club, and National Honor Society member, senior Danielle Kuzma does not have much time. The Vibe sat down with Danielle to see just how she manages it all. Describe your typical morning. As soon as I hear my alarm I jump out of bed. It’s rough, but if I used my alarm there’s no way I would ever get up. I eat breakfast every morning—two Eggo waffles and a glass of water. Then I happily bring a cup of French vanilla coffee to first period every day.
. The sense of unity and pride is priceless. This year is so much different, it’s such an awesome feeling to look into the stands and see all of my friends in the front row, cheering back with us. I love it!
Who do you look up to? Definitely my mom! We are close and she doesn’t really act like my mom sometimes—like I’ve never been grounded. I think that helps.
How have you changed since high school began? I’ve grown up a lot. High school exposes you to so many new situations and people. You have no choice but to go with it. I am a lot more outgoing and I’m less worried about what others think of me. I care of course, but at a certain point you just have to do what makes you happy—and I’ve learned how to do that.
What do you like to do in your free time? I’m not left much free time, but when I have it I love taking pictures! And of course just spending time with my friends. What will you miss most about high school? A lot! At this point, especially as seniors, we’re all so close. I feel like in college there won’t be that same sense of unity and pride. I’ll miss the feeling on football Friday nights. It’s like being in a whole separate world for those three hours where everyone comes together to cheer for our Monarch Vibe
What words do you live by? If you can, you should.
What advice do you have for underclassmen? Take every opportunity there is- join clubs, go to dances, go watch one of the plays. There is so much to do! These years seriously go faster than you can even imagine. Don’t waste a second getting caught up in the drama—just enjoy yourself! 11
Jordan Bollman Featured Senior
This month’s featured senior has taken 8 AP classes during his time at MHS and managed to maintain an impressive 4.0 GPA while also being involved in Football, track, yearbook, FCA, NHS, and Leo Club. Where do you see yourself in the next five years? Ten years? In 5 years, I will be graduating college and on my way to medical school. In ten years I should be completing medical school and finishing my residency in order to become a neurosurgeon. Do you know where you want to go to college? I’m applying to Duke, Yale, Miami, Case Western, and maybe Notre Dame. What do you do in your free time? I don’t have free time! I’m always doing homework. When I’m not doing homework I’m at football, church or reading. What’s your favorite book? Jane Eyre because it is a classic novel and it’s not your typical fairy tale. She had a difficult life and made something out of it. It’s a story of victory. What languages do you speak and how did you learn them? I speak English, Spanish, French, and I know Latin. When I was little at Trinity I had a teacher from Colombia that taught Spanish and a teacher from Brussels who taught French. I didn’t remember much but I retained the accent. Outside of class, Zach Kisor and I speak spanish together because it’s fun for us.
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Africa... because it’s Africa [referencing Shakira song “Waka Waka”]. I would probably go with my mom. Describe your dream girl. She has to be able to carry on intelligent conversation, be pretty, athletic would be nice, and involved in church. If nothing else I would like her to be motivated, but I could overlook any of those qualities if she had a good heart. What is something about you most people probably don’t know? I can be rather forgetful and careless sometimes. My short term memory is horrible! The other day I was late for school because I was looking for my cell phone and it was in my pocket the whole time. What words do you live by? Live for yourself. Don’t live for anyone else because then it’s not your life. What advice do you have for underclassmen? Be nice to everybody. There’s no point in making enemies. You’re going to be stuck with them for the next four years. Who inspires or motivates you? My mom, my dad and my grandparents because they all have made tremendous sacrifices for me. I remember once my mom really needed a new pair of black pants because she had only one pair for work and they got a hole in them, but she went two months without them so she could put food on the table. How have you changed over the past four years? I’ve become a bit bolder. September 2012
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A star on the field and in the community, this month’s featured senior Anna Mogielnicki is a truly one-of-a-kind student. She keeps busy as a captain of the varsity soccer team and with her involvement in Leo club, Nellie’s Club, yearbook, peer tutoring, National Honor Society, and mock trial. She has also proven herself to be an excellent leader through her positions as a Freshman Focus mentor, student council representative and as the vice-chairman of TARS, or teenage republicans. In the midst of all of these activities Anna still finds time to work as a server at Boston’s. The Vibe sat down with Anna to get a peek into her busy life. How’s the soccer season going with your new coach? The season couldn’t be going better! Despite injuries and losing to Olentangy Liberty so far we all couldn’t be happier. Our new coach is definitely pushing us in the right direction and giving us the confidence we need, especially before tournament games come around. Do you have any pregame rituals? Before home games I always eat a snack after school and always take time out to take a nap. Other than that, nothing special. How do you typically start your mornings? Well, I’m probably the farthest from being a morning person, so I usually roll out of bed around 6:15 and try to get a big cup of coffee and extra food for the day. What’s something that most people probably don’t know about you? I have a really really bad habit of biting at my fingers and I 14 don’t like dogs at all.
Who has inspired you the most? Probably my parents. They always support me no matter what and I’m very thankful for them. How have you changed over the past four years? I’ve definitely become more responsible and self-aware. I’ve learned that everything that you do affects the people around you. Also, I’m a lot happier than I’ve ever been and I owe it to the positive people I surround myself with. What are your other interests? I love to work, be outside when it’s nice, and eat ice cream. I enjoy talking to and getting to know new people more than anything. And I can’t wait for Mock Trial to start! What song describes your life? So Long Sweet Summer by Dashboard Confessional. What advice do you have for underclassmen? Get involved! Also, don’t get too caught up in everyone around you, focus on yourself. High school will be over before you know it and it’s just not worth it sometimes. Life goes on.
Aaron Cingle As one of the most genuine and passionate athletes at Marysville High School, it’s no surprise Aaron Cingle, with a 4.1 GPA, is one of the first on the list for Featured Athlete. One of the fastest runners on both the cross country and track team, he maintains great grades and rigorous courses. What sport do you play? How long have you been playing it? Cross Country and Track. I have run all four years for both. Do you have a college in mind? I’m choosing between Findlay, OSU and OU. Why do you like to run? I enjoy the feeling of running and just gliding along. I was also good at it in middle school, so I decided to stick with it. What’s something most people don’t know about you? I have in line speed skated for 10 years and have gone all over the country for it. Do you have any other hobbies or talents? I’m in Youth Group, FCA, speed skating and hanging out with friends. Do you have a favorite class? Favorite teacher? History, but I really like my calculus teacher Mrs. Powers, who I’ve had for the past three years. What’s your favorite high school memory? The Pennsylvania trip our Cross Country team takes is amazing! We have so much fun and get so much closer as a team! Are you excited for this season? Definitely! We have a strong returning class and have some incoming freshmen who will help our team! We have an outside shot at Regionals, which Marysville has not qualified for in a long time. Do you have any recommendations for underclassmen? Be involved! High school seems like it will go on forever, but it doesn’t so enjoy it while you can! Troy Daman Layout Editor
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What’s your favorite art class you’ve ever taken? Advanced Art. It’s difficult because Mrs. Hasser has high expectations for us, but we also have longer deadlines. What’s your favorite piece you’ve made? My “Avengers” piece, it’s in the display case. What colleges are you looking at right now? Columbus College of Art and Design, Cleveland Art Institute and the Maryland Institute for Creative Art. What career would you like to have? I would like to be an illustrator. Name a fun fact about yourself. I’m a quadruplet and I’m from Greece. I lived there for six years. What’s your favorite high school memory? Scoring against Deleware Hayes my sophomore year. What other activities are you involved in? I played soccer for three years and I lettered my freshman year. What’s a misconception about Marysville High School? That we’re farmers. All my friends from Columbus think we’re hicks. Who is your favorite artist? Leonardo DaVinci because he makes lifelike paintings. What’s your favorite medium to use? Pencil! Do you have any recommendations for underclassmen wanting to pursue art? They should try to take as many art classes as they can because a lot of classes require pre-requisites.
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If you’ve walked by Ms.Hasser’s display case recently, it’s likely you’ve noticed two extremely detailed pieces of superheroes. The owner of these fantastic works is none other than Andres Kallinicou. With his unique style and creative ideas, it’s no surprise Andreas aspires to work in the visual arts professionally.
The piece pictured on the left titled “The Avengers” is Andres’ favorite work of art he has created . He made it using his favorite medium, pencil. If you are interested in seeing this great drawing in person, it is displayed outside of Ms. Hasser’s room in the downstairs C hallway.
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October 8 through the 12 is
Week Mythology 2012 The Theme:
Monday 10/8: Tie-Die Day
Tuesday 10/9: Twin Day Wednesday 10/10: Animal Day Thursday 10/11: Theme Day-- Seniors: Zeus Juniors: Poseidon Sophmores: Hades Freshmen: Apollo
Friday 10/12: Monarch Spirit Day
The homecoming parade/ Pep Rally and Bon Fire will be Thursday evening, October 11. Parade starts on Court/6th St through downtown Marysville at 6:15 pm. Followed by a Pep Rally at the football stadium and a Bon Fire, where weâ€™ll be burning the Upper Arlington Golden Bear. Dance will be held on Saturday, October 13 from 8-11pm. 17
MHS Allows Cell Phone Use The Vibe has the inside scoop on why this change was made, what exactly it means, and what people have to say about it! Walking through the halls of MHS, one thing is noticeably different: students openly texting their friends, making a quick call between classes, looking up information on Google, and all without fear of consequence. This is because, for the first time in MHS history, the use of cell phones during school hours is permitted. To put it more accurately, students may use their phones in class at the discretion of the individual teacher as well as during lunch and other free periods. Though a welcome change, students can’t help but wonder why they decided to make the change in the first place. Monarch Vibe
“It’s something that has been talked about for years. Obviously the kids have wanted it and increasingly teachers have wanted the technology in the classroom,” says Mr. Stackhouse, assistant principal. “The educational aspect is the greatest asset. It’s something that can be utilized in the classroom to enhance education and that’s the ultimate goal. The process of making this decision began with a faculty council group which meets monthly made up of a group of teachers. After the change was suggested, the council did research, primarily by looking at other schools in central Ohio who allow student cell phone September 2012 (17)
Ryan Evans, junior, uses his cell phone in Calculus to look up a formula.
use during school hours, and decided what would be best. “In the end, the benefits outweighed the downfalls,” says Stackhouse, which is reflected in the decision of the council. Students and teachers seem to have varying opinions on this change. “I think it’s really cool that we can use our phones now at school,” says Ryan Evans, junior. “Everyone seemed to use their phones at school already before, but now that it’s allowed kids don’t have to be sneaky about it and probably pay more
attention in class.” Ms. Hasser, art teacher, says that she agrees with the policy when it is being used for class purposes, but that the problem begins when a student is communicating with someone outside of class because that is not helping him. “How do I know [what they’re using their cell phones for] for real?” Hasser questions. She stops to ask a student in the class what he is using his cell phone for. He claims that he is using it for his art project, but is there any way to tell if this answer is truthful? “That’s where
you have to give trust,” she says. She admits that, “it can be handy for quick reference, but it’s not ideal for my class.” Dr. Koukis, English teacher, has an opinion of ambivalence regarding the decision. “It doesn’t make a difference one way or another to me because I can still enforce my policy in my room. Students were using their cell phones before. I don’t feel like this decision was ‘giving in’ to them.” And she raises an excellent point. It is important to remember the teachers still reserve the right to enforce their personal policy on the use of cell phones and other electronics within their classroom and if students choose to disregard this they will still be subject to the same consequences as prior years. Cheating seems to be the obvious concern to many teachers and parents. With the internet right at their fingertips and friends just a text away, what’s keeping students from using these newly permitted resources to boost their GPA? Stackhouse seems to believe that this will not be an issue. “It’s the kid, not the cell phone. I don’t think cheating will occur any more now than before.” Overall the community reaction has been positive. According to Mr. Stackhouse parents have praised the change because whereas before students were supposed to keep their phones turned off during school hours, now parents can send messages or call their children during the day in confidence that they will receive it in time. The general consensus of all parties seems to be that the transition is going smoothly. As for what role this technology will begin to play within the classroom, only time will tell.
Get to Know the Miceal attends a Catholic school in Hamburg, Germany and speaks Russian as well as English. He is on MHS cross country team and will continue his wrestling training while here. His twin was in Minnesota on exchange last year so Miceal is looking forward to personally learning about the Midwest.
Do you like America? Yes. What have you done since you’ve been here? Restaurants, Columbus crew game, and balloon fest. Are there things you can do here that you can’t do back at home? Free refills Is it hard adjusting to living here without your family? Not too bad, I’ll be alright. What is the hardest part about being here? Nothing really, some problems with slang In our language classes, we have requirements to graduate. Were there requirements to be able to come to America? Good enough in school, and you have to be approved by your school to able to go. Reporter Hayley Daniels
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Exchange Students! Jacques Achilles Why did you decide to come to America? I don’t know, America is kind of different. The culture is very different and I wanted to see something different and see new places. How is America different from Germany? Everything is bigger like the high school and lunch is cheaper What is your favorite memory so far of America? School because of the sports and the different classes. It is a different kind of experience and it is much more fun [than school in Germany]. What did you look forward to the most about coming to America? I don’t know. Was America what you expected it to be? Why/Why not? Yes, because it is amazing. How is your high school experience in Germany different than America? In Germany you can’t choose any of your classes and the day is much longer. Also, teachers are much funnier in America and they are really strict in Germany.
What do you miss about Norway? I don’t know, I love it here. I miss my friends, but I love America. Have you been to America before this trip? No, this is my first time. What’s something you have learned? Free refills! People are nice, and I thought people were big, but they’re not. How have you change since you’ve come to America? I’m more open and honest. Is there anything you don’t like about the US? Nothing as of now! Have you done anything cool since you’ve been here? I’ve been to Boston, Cedar Point, Michigan, and some other places. I loved Boston. What are your favorite memories from traveling America? When I went to Boston I was with a travel group, and I loved it. Troy Daman Layout Editor
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Yasmin Samadi What do you like to do in your free time? In my free time I try to get involved. I’m trying to go places with my friends that I’ve made here or my host family. Also I do things like FCA and powderpuff. Is the language barrier difficult for you? In the beginning it was hard to understand slang but now after one and a half months, I understand almost everything. There are still some missing words sometimes. What is your favorite thing about the United States? I love the school system and spirit! I also love football and the houses here. I love food and the free refills. Why did you decide to come to America? I decided to come because I wanted to become independent and have the most awesome experience of my whole life and of course to learn English perfectly. Is it difficult for you being away from your friends and family? It is really difficult for me being away from them especially when everything was so new. It starts to get bad sometimes and I feel alone here, but this feeling is only sometimes. Although I am homesick I would NOT want to go home right now. Do the classes you take here count towards your education in your country? The classes I take here don’t count at all, so I just took electives! What is the most fun thing that you’ve done in America? I guess one of the most fun things was going to Cedar Point! What countries have you visited? I’ve visited France, Spain, Iceland, Holland, the United States, Iran when I was a baby because I was born there, and Germany of course! How is MHS different from your school in Germany? The school is completely different! We don’t have hall passes or lunch. We bring out food and eat them in our ten to twenty minute breaks between classes or we buy little snacks at the small cafeteria we have. The schedule isn’t the same every day and school doesn’t start or end at the same time each day or for everybody. We have homeroom until eleventh grade. We don’t have electives. There are no school dances or sports and not much spirit, but there are sports clubs outside of school. Our schools aren’t very strict. In our study halls we can walk around school and meet friends and we don’t have a dress code.
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How old are you? 15 years old A lot of Americans think living in another country would be life changing hard, what is your options? Yeah, we don’t have a school bus and it’s not that strict. Like you can’t chew gum and you have to wait for her (the bus driver) to give them signal If you could have brought someone with you would you have? My twin sister Why? Because I would have a friend to talk to. What have you done since you’ve been here? Went to school, went shopping at Polaris, and went to Kings Island. Are Marysville schools any tougher/ easier than where you are from? Tougher If so, how? There’s more homework here Reporter Hayley Daniels
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’m sure you’re aware by now that there are plenty of clubs to occupy your time during your four years here at MHS. Participation in clubs are beneficial to you in the sense that you can learn new things while also being in a fun and casual environment. You can also meet new people have more material for college applications. If you’re concerned with not being able to find a club that fits your interest, then fear not, for we have a plethora of after-school activities for you to try out. Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA)
At some points you may find it difficult to be able to express yourself because you’re afraid of what others will think, but there is a group of students that meets on Fridays after school until 4 in the afternoon. They’re the Gay-Straight alliance, but don’t let the name confuse you. GSA is a club for anyone-- Gay, straight, bisexual, or anything else-- who wants to meet and make friends, and be able to open up in a judgmentfree environment. Here you can gain a greater sense of equality, make friends and acquire a better understanding of Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgendered (LGBT) groups. They’re hoping to have an “Other Prom” that is Pro-LGBT, and they’re planning on coming up with more activities during their meetings. Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) If you’ve ever had any remote interest in physical activities, and you also happen to be a Christian, then come to down to the cafeteria on Monday nights from 7-8:30 in the evening. Here, you get to experience fellowship, learn about the Bible, and further develop as a Christian. There are “Get to Know You” activities, worship and devotion, and once a month they host a Game Night. There will also be a retreat in November. If you’re interested, then attend some meetings to see if it’s for you. If you’re looking for more information, see Ms. Tracy in Rm C113.
Leo Club A part of the college applications you will be filling out your senior year will be requesting volunteer activities. If you’re eager to volunteer, but you don’t know where to start, then joining Leo Club will provide you with volunteer opportunities that you can not find anywhere else. They meet the first Tuesday of every month, but most of the work in outside of the meetings. You will gain a sense of giving back to the community, and it helps that college really enjoy seeing volunteer hours on an application. Some of Leo Club’s more famous projects include the Red Cross Blood Drive and stocking the food pantry on Halloween. Applications are available in Rm C112.
Art Club Some see it as an opportunity to work on projects after school, while others see it as a place to hang out with friends and be inspired together. Not only is it an opportunity to get extra help if need be, but it’s also a chance to be with other people who enjoy making art. It is an outlet for creativity and a chance to try new things. All you need to bring are your own consumable supplies (Paints, paper, etc.). It is mostly an open studio club. There are no trips or projects planned for this year yet, but they are always open to new ideas. Art club will possibly meet on Wednesdays, but as of right now, no day of the week has been set, so be sure to listen to the announcements or ask Mrs. Friend and Ms. Hasser in Rm C117 or Rm C115
Book Club Do you love reading, but sometimes find it difficult to find new material? Or maybe you just need a few extra points in your English class to bump your A- up to an A. Then you should be informed that we have a Book Club. Meeting once a month, usually on the third Wednesday or Thursday, you can sit down with other students and teachers and talk about the book of the month. Every month there is a new book, and every month is a new chance to join in. Don’t like the book for this month? No problem! There’s always next month. Students who enjoy reading are encouraged to participate. It pays off too, because depending on your English teacher, you can get up to 15 points extra credit for attending the meeting. You can ask any of your teachers in the English department to find out what books they’re reading this month and how much extra credit you could earn.
FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC)
Anyone interested in Japanese animation or culture will be tickled to find out that we have an Anime Club. Students can come to C201 every Monday to learn about a different culture, socialize, and yes, watch Anime. President Matt Browning is hoping to teach Japanese culture besides anime, and plan more diverse activities this year.
If you love volunteering but prefer big group projects over small individual ones, then inquire about FCCLA. Every month there’s something new planned, including visiting Children’s Hospital in September, helping with the special olympics bowling in October, and donating time to the Humane Society in November. During December they hold a large Christmas party for underprivileged children. Students can develop leadership skills as well as gain volunteer hours. For more information, see Mrs. White in Rm C112
Chess Club There are few people in this country that does not know what chess is. If you’re one of those few, then why don’t you come on down to chess club to find out? Chess improves logic and inclines you to use and develop problem-solving skills. Students can come to play casual games of chess. Don’t know how to play? Fear not, because you can also come to learn to play, from rules to openings to end-game strategy. They meet every Tuesday after school for an hour. If you have more questions about Chess Club, see Mr. Gerdeman in Rm A115
If you’ve ever had aspirations to go into a field of engineering or programming after college, then also think about joining FRC before your high school days are over. FRC spends 2 months building a robot in January and February, then active members take it to compete. Students can find great scholarship opportunities from the organization, as well as gain teamwork experience, use and apply real-world problem solving methods, and use and familiarize themselves with industrial equipment. If you’re not into engineering or programming, then be informed that there’s also a marketing and financial branch of the club, where you can apply graphic design and human resources skills. During build season they will meet three times a week and on Saturdays. For more information, see Mr. Corbett in Rm E102
Be aware that this is only skimming the surface, there are others clubs that can be opened up through taking certain classes, there is a complete list of clubs on the school website at http://www.marysville.k12.oh.us/mhs/ Club/Index.html , and don’t forget to listen to your daily announcements for updates on what clubs are meeting when and where. Jennifer Ellis
Class of 2012 Leaves Its Mark For those of us returning to MHS this year, it’s hard not to notice something different with the main entrance. A new mural was painted specifically for all the current and future students of MHS. Painted by Matt Indrutz of Muralworks, the mural consists of the old and new school, graduating students and other pictures involving Marysville High School. “We sat down with the artist to brainstorm ideas for the mural,” says Mrs. Welk, Class of 2012 advisor. “We looked at photos and yearbooks for refer-
ence.” Usually, the “gift” given to the senior class is discounted senior trip tickets, a t-shirt, but nothing as lasting as a mural. “The money used for the senior gift comes from funds left over from Prom,” adds Mrs. Welk. It’s no doubt the Class of 2012 has made its mark on MHS, and a new standard has been set for future graduating classes. Troy Daman
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England and Scotland Trip Come join the fun and go with MHS to England and Scotland during Spring Break for a fun, educational experience. Enjoy the beautiful countries and an adventure of a lifetime!
For more information visit: www.eftours.com/enroll Tour #: 1154617 Monarch Vibe
Places Visitors are going on trip. September 2012
What is your favorite fall snack?
Dairrin McClintock, Freshman “Hot Chocolate”
Bailee Groves, Junior “Apples and Caramel” 28
Trent Hoge, Sophomore “Apple Cider… With cinnamon!”
Amanda Schertzer and Phillip Shaw, Seniors “Toast!”
Read about the new cell phone policy, Junior release, the new mural, and how to get involved.