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(om-nish-ent) adj.: having infinite knowledge and awareness December 19, 2012 • Volume 6 • Issue 3
Holidays are here
The Omniscient looks at what the holidays mean to Northwood students.
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Dance program growing
Northwood’s expanding dance department was featured as an NBC 17 “Cool School.”
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On the hunt
Some of Northwood’s hunting enthusiasts share their experiences.
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Coping with Loss: You’re not alone One student shares her story
B y A lly D eJ ong S taff W riter
… so I kind of have to do it twice,” Jones said. Jones’ father was out early “He was screaming at headed to McDonald’s when me. That was the maddest a deer ran out in the middle he had ever been. He wasn’t of the road. He swerved off of really someone to yell or get the Haw River bridge, on 15mad because he was so easy- 501, flipped his car twice and going. It didn’t take long for was ejected from the vehicle. him to stop being mad. He He died on impact. took [me and my friends] Back at a friend’s house to Burger Jones King and received a was like, phone call ‘I’m sorry from family guys, I’m friend Shandone being non Wolfmad.’” gang, who This was Jones says Nov. 22, was hysteri2011, when cally crying freshman and really Photo courtesy of Kaitlyn Jones Kaitlyn confused. —Kaitlyn A MEMORIAL wreath gathered by Jones’ friends placed on the Jones and “[ShanHaw River bridge. her friends non] didn’t didn’t meet her father where know where he was or what I could put together was that know what to do. I remember they said they would. This was happening,” Jones said. he was in a car accident,” going back to my house and is Jones’ last memory of her “We didn’t know what to do, Jones said. I really thought I was going dad before he passed away so we went to the police staLike most people, Jones to throw up, so I just went two days later on Thankstion to file a missing persons giving. report. It was about 10 o’clock was expecting to have her dad to sleep. When I woke up, for much longer. The fact that I remember thinking ‘What Interviewed in early Noin the morning when they anhis death was so unexpected is just happened?’” Jones said. vember, Jones told her story. nounced him dead.” what she says was one of the “I didn’t think he was dead; “It’s not really a holiday At first, Jones couldn’t worst parts. it was kind of like he was on anymore and Thanksgiving believe it. “I never would have a long business trip the first was our favorite holiday. He “I was shocked. I was couple weeks. Even now, I died on Nov. 24, and this year thinking of different scenarios thought that he would have died that way. I didn’t really Thanksgiving is on Nov. 22 in my head but the only thing see COPING page 5
“We found pieces of his car and I was envisioning what happened in my head, and that was just terrible.”
Illinois students suspended for off-campus tweets By Katie R obbins S taff W riter Students get suspended for illegal drug use, insulting teachers, violating school rules and more, but should schools be allowed to suspend students for something they have done outside of school? This is what happened to 21 students in Granite City, Ill. A student tweeted a sexual remark about a female teacher on Twitter, and he, along with those who “favorited” or “retweeted” it, received a five-day suspension. After the school conducted further research, they found a tweet threatening to blow up the school. Students who “favorited” or “re-tweeted” this were suspended for 10 days and received an expulsion warning. The NHS handbook states that inappropriate messages written on school property may result in a 5-10 day suspension, but does not mention the consequences of inappropriate messages written outside of school. Assistant principal Jonté Hill says that since Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites are all blocked on school computers, the school does not get involved in most online or social networking issues. “We try to eliminate [issues] here at school by blocking those particular sites,” Hill said. “Things that happen outside of school as far as social networking sites are things we typically don’t handle here at Northwood because they happen off campus.”
Although Northwood tries not to get involved with online issues between students, they may have to intervene if it causes a disruption during school hours. “If it comes to school and creates a disruption or problem, then those are the issues that we will deal with here at school,” Hill said. Most students do not believe the school has a right to hand out suspensions for their online activities. “It’s outside of school and [we] have first amendment rights to freedom of speech,” sophomore Emma Caison said. Other students agree with Caison. “It’s more of a private thing, and it shouldn’t be a big deal outside of school,” junior Jeremiah Hartsock said. Northwood does not get involved in cyber-bullying or comments made online as long as it is not brought to school. Guidance counselor Telisa Hunter says that even if students cannot get in trouble for their actions online, the counselors will talk to the students to let them know what they are doing is inappropriate. “If what students are saying online is impacting school in any way, shape or form, then those students can get
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in trouble,” Hunter said. “If it is brought to our attention, we will try to deal with it in the best way we can.”
Briefs Holiday Spirit Week
Holiday Spirit Week was organized by the sophomore student council. It took place during the week of Dec. 10. The sophomores also organized a canned food drive for CORA.
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International Food Gala 2 named Morehead-Cain semifinalists The Foods classes hosted an International Food Gala Dec. 8. In addition to foods prepared by the advanced food classes, classes from Chatham Central, Jordan Matthews and SAGE prepared multicultural items. See www.nhsomniscient.com for details.
Diane Thompson and Sierra Atwater have been selected to move on to the next round of the Morehead-Cain scholarship. The Morehead-Cain is a merit scholarship to UNC-Chapel Hill, and only 15 percent of applicants advance to this stage. The students who win will have all of their expenses paid for all four years of college. The scholarship is awarded based on moral force of character, scholarship, physical vigor and leadership.
Can FX fix freshmen? New program hopes to reduce failure rate By Frances Beroset Staff Writer
Maybe you have heard the whispers. The rumor that last year’s freshmen class, class of 2015, had the highest failure rate ever. It turns out that that is not true, though freshmen did fail at a higher rate than any of the other classes. “Last year’s data was not an anomaly,” social studies teacher Phillip Little said. Though the failure rate for last year’s freshmen was high, it is not unusual for freshmen to do poorly their first year of high school. The failure data from last year shows that a lot of freshmen failed classes: 23 percent of regular-level World History students failed, 28 percent of Algebra I students failed and 36 percent of regular-level English I students failed. “Freshmen typically fail more classes than anybody else,” principal Chris Blice said. “That is why we started the FX program.” The Freshmen Experience program, known as FX, is the brainchild of Little, aided by Skip Thibault. Social studies teacher Mary Cox and health teachers Jason Amy, Jason Novak and Lyn Smith are the other instructors. “We noticed that freshmen failed at a much higher rate than all other classes,” Little said. “We looked at discipline records and saw that more freshmen got written up
than anybody else.” The creators of the FX program wanted to ease the transition from middle school to high school for incoming freshmen. “So as we look at the failure data, as we look at the discipline data, as we talked about what we feel it took for students to succeed in high school, [we realized] our freshmen were not getting that,” Little said. The teachers and staff are anxiously waiting for the data from the first semester to come in. “We’re tentatively optimistic, but we don’t know anything yet,” Blice said. Still, the information that they do have looks promising. “We can say that our first six weeks failure data, for freshmen, is better than it was last year,” Little said. Some of the freshmen who are members of the first batch of FX students have a different perspective. “The intentions of trying to keep a closer eye on students and [have them] develop a closer relationship with their teachers is basically a nice thought, but it’s being pursued the wrong way,” freshman Jacqueline Helgans said. Some of the students in the program think that the differences between the schedule of FX and the schedule of other classes is more of a problem than a solution. “Most people aren’t doing very well, and I think it’s because they have trouble retain-
ing information because they don’t have it every day,” said Helgans. Rachel Fields, who is not in the FX program, has similar concerns as Helgans. “I feel like [switching between Health and World History] would confuse me more because I should dedicate myself to one class, and if I’m switching back and forth, it’s harder,” Fields said. Administrators name the difference between middle school and high school as a major problem for freshmen. “When you get to high school, the schedule is different, you have that teacher for 90 minutes, and it’s go, go, go, go, go,” Little said. Freshmen also sometimes struggle with the higher level of responsibility demanded by high school teachers. “People are not going to chase you down or hold your hand,” Blice said. “I think it is a real surprise.” The problem of high freshmen failure rates is a complex one, with unclear solutions. “How do we define, and try to bottle, what it takes to be successful in high school, and hand it to freshmen immediately?” Little said. The creators of the FX program are determined to help freshmen students succeed. “We see a problem, and we just want to throw a bunch of spaghetti against the wall, and we are going to see what
sticks,” Little said. Little says that while the school has a responsibility to help students succeed, it is ultimately a student’s choice whether to succeed or to fail. “The bottom line is, that when a student walks out the door, it’s their grade,” Little said. Fields takes responsibility for her failures and has some advice for students in the same position. “Go to school. Pay attention,” Fields said. “Don’t sleep in class, because there’s a life out of high school.”
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FRESHMEN tend to fail more classes and get written up more than other students.
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From small town to big city: Sophomore auditions in Los Angeles By T aylor Maloch S taff W riter
and [I met] 15 Disney executives, which was so intimidating, but they were all really nice,” Cila said. “My parents tell me all the time that In this new show there are two main charthere is a one in a million shot, and you acters; Cila auditioned for one of the main can be that one; somebody is going to get character’s best friend, so if she gets the part, it, and it can be you,” sophomore Gabby she will be on the show regularly. Cila said. “The show is about two fraternal twins Acting enthusiast Cila recently got named Cole and Claire. They’re kind of an opportunity to audition in California awkward, but over the summer they get refor an upcoming TV series on the Disney ally hot, so they decide to throw a party to Channel. This become popular past June, Cila and I am audigot an agent to tioning for the book auditions best friend of the for her, and her girl twin,” Cila agent found a role said. “She’s like a for a new series ditzy hipster.” called I Didn’t Cila doesn’t Do It coming out know if she has next year. gotten the part “I was requestyet, but if she ed to submit a tape does, her plans for this role,” Cila are to move to said. “I didn’t think California to film anything would the show startcome of it, but ing in January then I got an email and come back to about six days after North Carolina I submitted the to visit. If she tape saying that doesn’t get the they wanted me part, she says to go to L.A. two she will continue Photo courtesy of Gabby Cila acting. days later.” A week before SOPHOMORE GABBY CILA flew to Los An“I’m looking geles to audition for a new TV show coming to forward to whatThanksgiving break, Cila flew to Disney Channel next year. ever will happen, California to meet because I know if the casting director of the show and read a it’s not this role, it will be something else. scene for the pilot episode. I’ll definitely keep acting because I have “I met the casting director of Two and been doing it for a while, so I’m not stopa Half Men and the creator of Sonny with ping now,” Cila said. a Chance and That’s so Raven. It’s like the Cila started acting at 11 years old, at a little kid in me came out when I met them; summer camp called The Second City in
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Sophomore Allie Harrington, who is a friend of Cila, says she was very proud of Cila when she told her about her new opportunity. “I was really proud of her, and honestly I wasn’t surprised,” Harrington said. “She is really talented [and] she is such a genuinely good person, I knew something like this would happen because she deserves it,” When Cila returned home from California, she had a welcome home gift at the airport from friends Harrington and junior Rachel Boyle. “We surprised her at the airport. We pretended we were paparazzi and made a sign that said: ‘Gabby, we’re your number one fan!’” Boyle said. “We had a camera and took pictures of her. She was so shocked.”
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Moving to bigger things
By Jessica Clayton Staff Writer
is very different from elementary or middle schools. He says it takes a bigger commitment to be a high school principal. “I am most looking forward to working “It takes a commitment to the time with other adults to create something that’s because in middle school and elementary new, successful and seeing that success school often times they are done at three reflected in the students.” o’clock and sometimes the biggest things we Northwood teacher Phillip Little is workdo don’t start until after three. So I think that ing towards [it takes] respect, becoming a high recognizing the school princirelationships and pal. In order to commitment to become a high the time,” Little school princisaid. pal, one must Administrators have a Master’s often seem to degree in school focus on the disciadministration. In pline of students. addition to teachHowever, Little ing social studies, wants to make Little is taking sure he focuses nine credit hours on other things as through UNC well. and is taking an “Unfortunately, administrative administrators internship. often times spend “My day is not a lot of time not over at 3:15. It’s working with over sometimes teaching and around 8 o’clock. learning,” Little And then I have said. “It’s all to grade papers,” about teaching Little said. and learning.” Little has been Still, Little teaching for the acknowledges dispast 14 years and cipline will play says though he Morgan Yigdal/The Omniscient a large role in his loves working PHILLIP LITTLE does jobs around the school to get new job. with students, he himself prepared for his upcoming principal duties. “A lot of it is thinks it’s time assigning ASD or for a career change. ISS or out of school suspension. Negotiating “I certainly love teaching, but what I have that, I think, is the least gratifying part of the discovered is that as much as I love working job unless it makes them change. If it makes with students, I also love working with adults a change in a student and suddenly everyand there are certain thing is better then it things that are sort of was certainly worth your crossovers,” Little said. while,” Little said. Northwood is the One model does not fit only place Little has every school. Different taught, but that is not the schools have different limit of his experience. needs and problems. He is looking at other “Just like everybody places he could be a that goes to the emerprincipal. gency rooms, everybody “My experiences are doesn’t get treated the certainly bigger than same way. Schools have that because I have been different strengths and to different schools different challenges,” and have given staff Little said. development and have To Little, at the end of been to other schools to the day, it is more than evaluate their programs. just creating a change in But right now I also one classroom, but in a like the idea of being involved with another whole school. school some place close where I can try out “I really think creating into a bigger product some good ideas,” Little said. and that product is not just a successful class, Little believes managing a high school it’s creating a successful school.”
“I certainly love teaching, but...as much as I love working with students, I also love working with adults, and there are certain things that are sort of crossovers” — Phillip Little, social studies teacher
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The Holiday Season
What it means to NHS students
By Morgan Yigdal Staff Writer
days like winter break and summer break, I travel a lot with my family,” Lambauer said. “[My family and I] go skiing during Everyone knows that time of year. The the winter.” time of year when Christmas music plays a During the holidays some students have month before December, where Thanksgiv- a certain something that their holidays ing is pushed aside in craft stores and you revolve around. really could not care less about getting fat “It’s a holiday,” Romero said. “Personfrom cookies: the winter holidays. During ally, for us, it’s usually just a holiday, noththis time of year, many people are excited ing religious.” about the prospect of gifts under the tree But some students see the holidays as a and the sense of family around them, but time to focus on religion. what do the holidays mean to the students “Holidays are pretty much the one time of Northwood High School? of the year that we actually go to Mass,” “[The holidays mean] we don’t have O’Neil said. “It’s our most religious day of school and stuff; we spend time with the year, but we also go see family.” our family and our friends,” sophomore While some would think that presents Christian Lambauer said. would be the thing that “You can sleep longer, students care about, that you can go on vacation, is not the case for most you have lots of fun.” students. Junior Kim O’Neil “[My family and I] agreed. are about being around “They mean hanging the people you love… out with family and reI mean it’s just stuff,” laxing and nothing going — Kim O’Neil, junior Romero said. on,” O’Neil said. O’Neil had a slightly While some students different idea. may feel that the holidays are about relax“At 16, I look forward to the presents,” ing, senior Julio Romero has a different said O’Neil. “But I also look forward to view of the holidays. seeing my family.” “The holidays to me are a time when For most students, they have that one you can… see how the year has been, the holiday memory that is their favorite. good and bad and see how you could do “I remember when I was a toddler and better in the future,” Romero said. we had one of my uncle’s games out and it Students commonly do things over the was like flicking this little disk and when holidays that they normally would not do. you flicked [the disk] it would go around a “The holidays are usually when my track,” said Gilbert. “I was always the one dad and mom have enough vacation and who would win and my family would always we’ll all drive up and see [my family],” make fun of me because I’m the youngest, so junior Becky Gilbert said. “It’s basically I always had my tongue out and so for the rest when I get to see my family again. The of the game everyone would have their tongue majority of my family lives up in New out when they were flicking [the disk].” York and Michigan and the northern states, and none of them really come down and visit us.” Freshman Susan McKnight had more to add. “I get to see my [mother’s] side of the family and do Secret Santas,” McKnight said. “Then I’ll come back and go to my grandma’s house and see the rest of my [mother’s] family and do Secret Santas and get presents.” Lambauer also has something that makes the holidays special to Morgan Yigdal/The Omniscient him. NORTHWOOD decorates the school for the holidays “For the big holievery year.
“It’s our most religious day of the year, but we also go see family.”
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still don’t fully get it.” A few days after the accident, Jones went to the Haw River Bridge to let balloons with letters attached go in remembrance of her dad. “We found pieces of his car and I was envisioning what happened in my head, and that was just terrible,” Jones said. “[After the accident], I used to get really overwhelmed [when crossing the bridge] and I wouldn’t look, but it has gotten a lot better though. I mean, I wish I didn’t have to cross it every day to go to school, but there is nothing I can do about it.” Jones’ parents were divorced, and she says that she has never had a good relationship with her mother who lives in Raleigh with Jones’ — younger sister, Caroline. Jones’ grandmother has full custody of Jones but she lives with Wolfgang, whom she calls Aunt Shannon. “I know that I need parents or a parental figure in my life, so that’s what I kind of look up to my Aunt Shannon as,” Jones said. “She’s like my best friend, my aunt and my mom. She loves me like I’m her own daughter.” It was hard for Jones not to shut everything and everyone out after the accident, but she knows she has a sister to be strong for as well. “[My sister] is only nine years old, she’s just a baby and really needs her dad. They didn’t really get to spend a lot of time together so I had to reassure her that he loved her with everything he had, he would always be there for her
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and that he didn’t leave,” Jones said. “I tried not to cry around her because I didn’t want her to be in pain. I knew how much I was hurting and I didn’t want to see her cry, too. It would have made me hurt more.” Although it has only been a year and there is still a lot of pain, it is not as crippling as it used to be. “My dad wouldn’t want me to be sad,” Jones said. “Of course I’m going to be sad and cry about it all the time, but that’s not what he wants me doing. He wants me making him proud and doing something successful and productive with my life.” Little things like the missing face in a family photograph, the empty seat at Kaitlyn Jones the dinner table and sporting events that she knew her dad would attend in a heartbeat are just a few of the hardships Jones faces on a daily basis. “I think the main thing that is really hard is not being able to hear his voice and hug him whenever I want to; he used to give the best hugs,” Jones said. “Everything is really hard but the worst part is not being able to talk to him or see him ever again.” Even though not much good can come of these horrible events, there is room for growth even in the worst of situations. “After my dad died, I didn’t really care what people said about me because it made me realize what the really important things are in life,” Jones said. “[You need to] cherish every single moment in
“Of course I’m going to be sad and cry about it all the time, but that’s not what he wants me doing.”
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KAITLYN JONES and her father, Sean Jones, during a trip to Epcot. life with everyone, because you never know what can happen.” Jones says her dad was the closest person to her and would give anything to be with him one last time. “[If I could talk to him one last time] I would tell him how much I love him and how I would see him again [in heaven], what he meant to me and the impact he had on my life,” she said. Jones realizes that she can take her experience and help others who are going through her same situation. She wants kids just like her who are strug-
gling with a death of a loved one to remember that it will get better. “Do what you love to do. Don’t really think about what it’s teaching you. Although something terrible and upsetting just happened to you, you have to see the good in it. Even though there is not much good, you have to understand that you’re a stronger person because of this,” Jones said. “That’s what your parents want you to do. You can’t let it affect you in a negative way, you really have to turn it around and say, ‘I’m going to make you proud one day.’”
Artist: One Direction Album: Take Me Home Go Download: “Little Things” On the follow up second album to the group’s charttopping debut Up All Night, the British-Irish quintet proves it can perform the same enjoyably catchy pop songs and slow melodies regarding young love, while generally producing an overall more mature sound. The album gives a good variety of songs from the five cheeky boy band members, and “Take Me Home” is a must for anybody who enjoys solidly crafted pop music, or is just looking for something that’s enjoyable and fun to listen to. — Meredith Norman
FILM The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey In The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey the audience is immediately immersed into the world of Middle Earth once again. For avid fans of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, they will enjoy the return of familiar places such as the Shire, and characters, like Gandalf. In The Hobbit, the audience meets a bumbling, band of dwarves and from that point on, the movie blends with humorous comebacks and serious situations. Not only does the film tell the story of The Hobbit written by J.R.R. Tolkien, but manages to successfully blend in The Silmarillion. This is a must see for anyone with a sense of adventure and imagination. — Morgan Yigdal
American Horror Story American Horror Story is the best show this year that you’re probably not watching. AHS transforms classic horror tropes by adding human drama. It’s scary, yes, but the originality lies in the character development. Last season, the major characters navigated infidelity and lust while living in a haunted house. This year, the show takes place in a 1960s asylum. It’s gorier than last season but still focuses on building dynamic characters. Whether you like horror or not, you’ll love American Horror Story. — Frances Beroset
NHS dance department grows By Tori Nothnagel Staff Writer The dance department moved forward this year in growth by hiring former student Kristen Norwood as a full time second dance teacher. About half of the dancers taking dance this semester would not be able to if it were not for this growth. “I feel [hiring another teacher] was absolutely necessary to keep our school growing and keep our school expanding and being a school that welcomes anyone and everyone,” dance teacher Leah Smith said. “If we had not hired a second teacher, the amount of students that were able to take the classes would be very limited.” When Smith first started teaching at Northwood, she had a class of eight students. They were in the old dance room and Dance I was not a part of the concerts at the end of each semester. “Lots of stuff has changed, just from the simple structure of the way I hold concerts, to the way I hold class, to the amount of students that are enrolled,” Smith said. “Going from a semester where I had 45-50 students, to now a semester where I have 137 is huge.” Smith believes this growth has also made the department “bigger and stronger.” Now that
so many students are able to take dance, she feels technique and intensity can improve within the program. “I think [adding another teacher] definitely helped in the fact that we’ve been able to allow all students who wanted to take dance to take dance,” Norwood said. “It has just doubled the amount of classes that we offer and it’s just Jessica Clayton/The Omniscient really awesome.” DANCE STUDENTS perform at this past weekend’s dance concert. With three If it were not new dance classes this year, the concert featured more students than past years. for Norwood, there would not public schools in North CaroSmith believes that as the be an additional Dance I and lina with two full-time dance community keeps growing, so two Dance II classes added to teachers. Because of this, Smith can the dance department and Smith’s Ensemble, Dance III and nominated Northwood as a “Cool there is “potential” for additional Dance I classes. School” on NBC 17. Smith, teachers eventually. She says that “I’m glad I got the opportunity Norwood, Dance Ensemble and this growth has helped the school to be in her class, because without various dance students appeared and students. her, I wouldn’t be in Dance I and on air 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. Nov. 14. “There’s a lot of happy dancI wouldn’t be able to progress in “I just thought it was a great ers walking around now,” Smith my dance career at Northwood,” thing to really get the awareness said. “I think [this growth] just said sophomore Emma Hollar out that there is dance in a high really helps our school to commit who is in Dance I with Norwood. school,” Smith said. “So many to our mission statement, one of Northwood is the only school people out there don’t understand which is the arts. Now so much in Chatham County with a dance that dance is a legitimate class in of the school’s population is department and one of the only a high school setting.” involved in an arts class.”
The end of an era:
Why we’ll miss The Twilight Saga B y Meredith N orman S taff W riter
After an entire year of waiting, fans eagerly went to go see the final You cannot help but film, hoping to feed that grin at the overwhelmthirst for all things Twiing feeling of excitement light, eager to see if the growing inside of you. end of the movie offered You and your friends sit some surprises. in the darkened theater, “The end of the series dressed up in your best was good,” Bonomolo fan-made or store-bought said. “The ending of the t-shirts. You have been movie was true to the waiting an entire year for book; but whoever saw this, and now it is finally that last movie, you’ll here. The all-too-familiar know what I’m talking Summit Entertainment about when I say there’s logo appears on the a part of the movie screen, and the music bewhere everyone in the gins. The conclusion you movie theatre practically have been waiting so long screams and jumps out of for is finally here. their seats.” “I’m a fan because it’s With the end of the a love story. It’s not somemovies, it can be hard thing I can relate to—I’ve saying goodbye to charMeredith Norman/The Omniscient acters you have watched never met a vampire—but it’s exciting,” junior Giana TWILIGHT FANS will now have to find a new way to occupy their time. on-screen for so long. Bonomolo said. “It’s a The entire Twilight feeling of sadness over having Dec. 17. series that we have practiseries turned actors Kristo part with their favorite on“It was popular, but origically grown up with, like Harry ten Stewart, Robert Pattinson screen characters. nally I wasn’t a super-fan like Potter.” and Taylor Lautner into global “I’m a major Twihard,” seeveryone else,” senior SamanThe Twilight Saga: Breaking superstars. nior Dionna Bright said. “I love tha Michels said. “A friend of Dawn-Part 2 finally hit theaters “I like [The Twilight movies] Twilight, but now that it’s over, I mine who had read the books Nov. 16, and fans of the megabecause Jacob (Lautner) is so don’t have anything to look forconvinced me to go to the first movie franchise, based on Stehot,” sophomore Shontai Totward to movie wise. Now that movie with her and I guess I phenie Meyer’s book series of ten said. “Twilight tells a great we don’t have the Harry Potter just sort of fell in love with the the same name, could not wait story, and I really like Jacob’s notion of vampires and the love to see it. But now that the series series, or the Twilight series, character; now that [Twilight’s] is over, some dedicated Twilight I’m sad I don’t have anything to story. As the movies went on over, there’s nothing to look forlook forward to.” they just got more exciting and fans will have to find some new ward to. You were always lookThe fifth and final movie more interesting, but part two of ing forward to another movie, way to occupy their time. With Breaking Dawn is absolutely my and seeing more of the characno more movies to look forward installment has grossed over $700 million worldwide as of favorite.” to, some fans were left with a ters, and now it’s just over.”
December 19, 2012
Why do celebrity break-ups matter?
By Kiada C apel S taff W riter
If you are anything like senior Sneha Sajan, the break-up of Justin Bieber and his girlfriend Selena Gomez took you totally by surprise. “Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez [surprised me] because I thought they were going to get married and have babies,” said Sajan. It seems like every other day in the media there are stories and rumors about celebrity couples breaking up. Although most celebrities try to keep break-ups low key, they usually do not remain a secret for too long. Once the word gets out, the frenzy begins, especially if the break-ups are totally unexpected. Some teenagers take these break-ups seriously, as if they know these celebrities personally. While some people take these break-up to heart, others do not put as much emphasis on them. “Just today we were talking about break-ups in my class for celebrities and stuff,” junior Kirsten Coleman said. “So I say [teens] are a little bit obsessed and they should just stay in their own relationships.” Some celebrity break-ups garner more interest than others. For example, the recent break-up of Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber caused quite a frenzy among Bieber fans when the break-up hit the Internet. The shock for some people came because they thought these two would never split, but others were excited at the thought of Bieber being single again. Another relationship that was really shock-
ing was the break-up of Chris Brown ups evoke all kinds of emotions from teens “The one between Ochocinco and and Rihanna in 2009. Although Brown and other people, whether it is happiness Evelyn surprised me because he headassaulted Rihanna, people responded to that the two are no longer together, sadbutted her and other stuff, but I wouldn’t both sides of the story. ness because they broke up, or anger and think he would’ve done something like “Chris Brown and Rihanna [surprised shock over the violence. Prime examples that,” Burnette said. me], because of how famous they were and of this were the violent break-ups of Chris Among other subjects, celebrity relaso many people started hating Rihanna afBrown and Rihanna and football player tionships are definitely a topic of discuster the incident,” junior Nija Burnette said. Chad Ochocinco and his wife Evelyn. These sion for teenagers. On the other hand, there are celebrity break-ups ended abruptly in violence and “They want something to talk about couples who everyone seems to know stirred up controversy and talk among teenand they want to base relationships off of are not going to last for a very long time. agers and people in general. what celebrities do,” Sajan said. When these couples break up it is not such a shock, but it may still cause a stir. “Kim Kardashian and [Kris Humphries] for sure,” Coleman said of the 72-day marriage. “I think we were all counting the days until they got divorced, and it was a really short time before they got married so I knew that wasn’t going to work out.” The significance of a celebrity break-up has a lot to do with how relevant and connected people feel to that certain celebrity. If people feel a connection to a certain celebrity, then they are probably going to be more interested in their relationships. “When you listen to somebody’s music and you like them a lot as a person, you just get involved in their lives, especially if it’s a celebrity because their lives are on TV and you hear about them a lot,” Burnette said. Most of the time, unexpected break-ups that end in violence really Meredith Norman/The Omniscient get teenagers talking. These break- KIM KARDASHIAN’S marriage to Kris Humphries only lasted 72 days.
Video game roundup:
A look at the hot new winter releases By Jack Teague Staff Writer
will continue to scratch the same itch that the previous games have satisfied. 343 Studios, who has taken over from Bungie since Halo: Reach, has done a really good job of having that same Halo feel as before while trying new things to expand the franchise. The multiplayer is as strong as ever, and the campaign goes in an interesting direction by fleshing out the alien race known as the Forerunners.
Dishonored Background: Set in a dystopian past, this game focuses on a supernatural assassin named Corvo. He has many special abilities, including the ability to possess animals and humans, travel short distances in the blink of an eye, Assassin’s Creed see through walls III and summon Background: gusts of wind to New assassin buffet foes. Connor joins the Why You Should series as DesBuy It: mond continues Dishonored is to try to find the very original. Besecrets of the First yond supporting Civilization. The it just because it’s American Revolua new franchise tion provides in a market that’s an interesting being increasbackdrop for this ingly saturated game. This time with Call of Duty around, you’re clones, you should even more mobile buy this because than before and it executes so well combat mechanics Screen shot courtesy of Arkane Studios have been tweaked on the one thing DISHONORED features the wall of light, which it promised to to make you even do: stealth. If you disintegrates enemies who pass through. more deadly than love, or even just ever before. like, stealth games, then you need to play Why You Should Buy It: this. Simply put, it is the best stealth game While this game doesn’t do anything available. drastically different from the other Assassin’s Creed games, it’s just as strong as the Halo 4 ones before. Connor is a compelling characBackground: ter, and so is his supporting cast. Ship comThis game is the triumphant return of bat feels appropriately violent and is faster Master Chief to the Halo universe. Chief paced than you would think. After you beat travels to the alien world Requiem, while this game, you’ll want to play more. The Cortana begins to lose her mind. multiplayer will give you that opportunity. Why You Should Buy It: It’s a fun addition to the series that you’ll be If you’ve played Halo before, this game glad has stuck around.
What students want for Christmas Dear Santa, This year students at Northwood want: 1. iPhone/Phone 2. Clothes 3. A Car 4. Laptop 5. Money $$$ 6. Shoes 7. Jewelry 8. Love 9. Video games 10. iPhone Case Here are some more student ideas: 1. Pony 2. Cat 3. Horse 4. Dolphin 5. Husky 6. My two front teeth 7. Pass my classes 8. And finally, for Daniel Burwell to play lacrosse
NHS students participate in the season of giving
It’s that time of year again. We’re all busy thinking about presents, glitter, a Christmas tree or a menorah. But most of us also use the holiday season to think about those who are not having such a great time. We use the holidays as a time to give back. Northwood clubs and organizations have been out in full force this giving season, from the blood drive, to the Student Council canned food drive, to the Key Club gifts for teens collection. Most of us at Northwood are getting into the charitable spirit. But there are probably some of you who aren’t. You are the kind of person who says, “Why should I?” when asked to help out. We all get a little caught up in the commercial aspects of the holidays; perhaps it is the reason we give so much more during the season—so that we remember that presents aren’t the most important things in the world. So there might be a lot of you who are probably more focused on getting presents than giving them, and if it doesn’t benefit you, you aren’t interested. But here’s the thing: giving to other people does help you. Skeptical? Keep reading. It makes you feel good. Giving to a cause makes us feel like we are a part of
something greater than ourselves. It gives us a sense of purpose and direction. It also helps us feel grateful, because we think about how lucky we are to have enough blood to give away, or enough food to eat that we can give some to someone else. It can even help ease our guilt—we have all done things that we are ashamed of, but giving is something to be proud of. It keeps us informed. When we donate to a cause, we learn more about it. You might not have known about the CORA food pantry until you donated cans last week. Maybe you didn’t know how many people need blood transfusions until you thought about giving blood for the blood drive. People will like you more. Did you notice the respectful nods people gave to students with the red bandage on their arm from giving blood last week? It’s because everybody likes someone who gives. It makes you seem worldly and compassionate. Maybe someday you will need help with something, but the organizations that could help you have closed their doors due to lack of funding. It’s a dramatic example, but it’s also entirely possible. That’s why giving blood and organ donations are so important—you never know when it could be you who needs a transfusion or a kidney. And just think, all those benefits for bringing in a can of green beans.
Is the dress code sexist? Females suffer at NHS
of the mostly subconscious sexism so deeply entrenched in our society? I’m sure that the people who wrote the dress code had nothing but the best intentions. The people who enforce the dress code, too, believe that they are doing the right thing. But sometimes, I think, the cards are stacked against female students. If you’re a female student at NorthYou could argue that boys don’t wear wood, you are probably quite familiar things that are offensive. But I would with the dress code. Maybe you’ve even counter that I have seen examples of gotten in trouble for violating it, or if you boys wearing distracting clothes, and you personally haven’t, you are most likely probably have too. friends with someone who has. Yes, Last year, a kid attended one of my thoughts of the dress code are always classes wearing a zippered sweatshirt looming in the backs of our minds, that he had unzipped to the bottom of whether it’s when we get dressed in the his sternum without a shirt underneath. morning or when we go shopping for new On Character Day, a boy chose to wear clothes. a short, gold-colored one-piece police But what about the male students? officer costume. While such items are not How often do they think about dress explicitly prohibited, a female student code? I think, wearing a lowat least for most cut sweatshirt of them, dress or a “sexy cop” code is rarely a costume would concern. probably not The stated be allowed to purpose of Chacontinue her day tham County’s without changdress code is to ing. It’s easy for minimize distraca male student tions during the violating dress school day. I fully code to simply support that ideal. take his hat off or Ally DeJong/The Omniscient pull up his pants, Schools make rules so that kids CHATHAM COUNTY’S dress code unfairly while a female targets girls. can be safe and student with learn. Here’s the long legs has to problem: there are miss most of her a lot of distracting things that a person classes as she waits for her parents to can wear. Many of them are not banned bring her a longer skirt. by the dress code. Female sexuality, particularly that of Sparkles, neon colors, high heels, young women, has always been more dyed hair, heavy makeup and t-shirts threatening than male sexuality. Counwith words on them are just a few of the terintuitively, this is because women things you can see at Northwood on a are viewed as sex objects. Our bodies daily basis that have a greater potential to are distractions and need to be covered, distract from learning than, say, a girl’s because obviously men can’t, instead, bare shoulders or legging-clad legs. be held responsible for staying focused. So the question we have to ask However, the school has a responsibilourselves is: does the dress code really ity to its students to be equitable in the minimize distractions, or is it a reflection enforcement of its rules.
Put people before animals: Animal testing is necessary Tyler White
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Among the propaganda of animal rights groups, like PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), are such slogans as “Ringling Beats Animals” and “Animals are Not Ours.” One slogan that stands out to me is “Test Tubes Not Bunnies.” Now we all know that PETA firmly opposes animal testing, but in this day and age, it is necessary for the development of safe drugs, medicine and other consumer products. Of course, almost everyone is against uncalled-for cruelty to animals, but this testing helps pave the way to human testing. There is no reason to test out a drug on a human without knowing what side effects it will cause. The unfortunate reality is that testing on animals is the sole way to make drugs available to consumers. I am against animals being hurt for no reason, but if there are lives that can be saved by testing out drugs on animals, then I am
definitely for that. Organizations like PETA and IDA (In Defense of Animals) exploit the public’s general scientific illiteracy by pointing out the cruel accounts of animal testing, while not explaining the gain that humanity is receiving from these experimentations. Until researchers can find a more reliable and cost effective way to ensure that drugs are safe for human trials, animal testing should and will remain the best way to test out consumer products. There are some problems in the animal testing world, as well as successes. For one, those who are carrying out tests badly cause the animals to suffer for no purpose, because the data gathered from these tests are inconstant and erratic. These errors and useless cruelties in experimentation give animal testing the reputation that PETA and others attack it for. Although these errors do occur, all in all testing is done correctly a vast majority of the time. Without animal testing, we would be without many of the things that we know and love today. For example: medicine, foods and even most cosmetic products. So without animal testing, we would not have the things we know and love today.
December 19, 2012
The pressure to be perfect: A look inside our world Meredith Norman
As the next generation, we’re supposed to be smarter, faster, prettier and generally better than the one before us. This is especially true for teenage girls, and I believe that teenage girls are under too much pressure. I’m not saying girls can’t undergo tons of pressure and make it through, nor am I saying that we’re not strong enough to do so: I’m only saying that life as a teenage girl presents more stress and pressures that threaten to explode on us at any time. As a girl, we’re expected to be pretty, sweet, dainty and nice to everyone, while on the other hand, be expected to be athletic, strong and fiercely competitive on the sports field and in the classroom. You’re not told what’s expected of you; you’re just supposed to know what people expect. You’re expected to be well rounded, intelligent and outgoing; you’re supposed to have the whole package. Oh yeah, and also be flawlessly perfect on top of it. So as girls, we’re held up to impossibly high standards, and sometimes we don’t even know what they are to begin with. We have expectations to make straight A’s and have the most perfect gentlemanly boyfriend; we should stay in and study all the time, but on the other hand go out with friends and be social, but of course we should never party; you wouldn’t want to ruin your reputation. Let’s be hon-
est, doing it all is impossible; we can try to do everything perfectly, but that’s just not going to happen, so that’s why people should stop holding girls to such impossibly high standards. The pressure itself comes from many different sources. While like everyone else, girls get a significant amount of pressure from school, friends and their parents, the pressure can come on a larger scale, like from the media and looking at celebrities as role models. Because society has such a specific idea about what “the perfect woman” should be like, girls try to live up to unrealistic images. For example, a girl could feel upset over not looking like a female celebrity, and become stressed over it, while a boy probably won’t worry over not looking like his favorite football star. Society expects perfection, and girls are put under extreme amounts of pressure that could line them up for a higher risk for problems like depression or eating disorders because they’re unhappy with themselves and try to change to fit society’s demands. Sure, it may seem like these are just run-ofthe-mill teenage complaints, but you should worry about these complaints. They demonstrate the all too real amount of stress to be perfect and please everyone. This overwhelming need to please can lead to disturbing clinical labels like obsessive dieting, hatred of themselves and the overwhelming feeling that they just aren’t good enough. So next time a girl seems stressed out, don’t just attribute it to “teenage angst” take a step back and think about all the things the average girl has to deal with. Try taking a walk in her shoes.
Jessica’s not afraid of the end of the world
every single day so that life is just passing you by on the way to your demise? My life has not stopped, nor will it until I see some explosions. Besides, everyone will die anyway if the world “ends” so how exactly are you supposed to prepare for something like that? Something that people have never seen or experienced before? I’d rather keep living as I always have I think people who are preparing to die and make each moment count with the people on 12/21 are wasting their time. I’m not that matter the most worried about it; if to me. it happens, it hapThis entire conpens. By spending spiracy was started every waking moby the revelation ment preparing for that the Mayan cal“the end”, you’re endar ends on Dec. ultimately wasting 21 and predicts a the time you have celestial event unleft if the world is like any other. For even going to end. starters, the Mayan Doomsday preparcalendar did not ers are ridiculous. account for leap How many years, so technically times have people we would already claimed that the be dead. Second of world was going to all, how do we actuend, or that some ally know that the catastrophic event reason they didn’t was going to hapfinish the calendar pen, and it never was that the world ended? In 2002, was ending? Unless Harold Camping you can bring me a claimed that May 21 was going to Mark Crosse/Fresno Bee/MCT Mayan on CNN to be “rapture” day. TONY WILLIAMS of the Aphesis Apostolic tell me the world is ending, I am not lisPeople believed the Ministry in Fresno, Ca., holds this sign on tening. There could end of the world the weekends. be thousands of reawas going to come sons why they didn’t finish the calendar, but with natural disasters such as the Great of course we as humans assume the worst. Fire of London in 1666 and when Pompeii To think that a group of people that lived so erupted in 79 A.D. The end is supposed long ago could predict the end of the world to be signaled by some never-before-seen is the most insane thing I have ever heard. cosmic action in the sky, just as in 2009 If I die in the catastrophic ending of the when the moon and Venus joined and world, I won’t know because I’ll be dead. people said ice would take over the world. But, I am pretty sure that I will be alive and All these things were predicted to cause an well on Christmas to open presents, dreadend to the world, but I’m pretty sure I’m fully return to school after break and then standing here on earth and still breathing. celebrate my birthday with joy. The world is Even if the world does end in a fiery ball not going to end as far as I am concerned. of smoke and explosions, why stress about it
GROUP PROJECTS are quite common. Should they be?
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Group projects: The epitome of class time horrors Morgan Yigdal
Students know of the trials of group projects. You are all put into a group of about three, you divide up the work and then you end up doing almost all the work. It is not fair, but teachers say they cannot do anything about it. I think that this has to stop. Teens are old enough now to know that a group project is an example of teamwork. The basic idea of teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision or product. It is the ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organized objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results and sadly, teens just do not do that very often. I am not saying that teens are incapable of joining together and producing a beautiful project, but it usually turns out that one person does most of the work. If we could solve that issue, group projects would not be such a dreaded task to the everyday high school student. For the people that do most of the work on the project, you feel like it has to be perfect.
You know that everyone in the group will get the same grade and that alone motivates you to try and do it all by yourself. More often than not, you end up working with someone who does not care about the grade they get. One way you can fix this is by standing up for yourself, tell your group members that you aren’t going to do all the work and they have to help. Go to the teacher if you have to, they can at least reprimand your group members. Another thing: if you are allowed to pick your partners, pick someone who you know will help with the work. They may not be your friend, but they will help with what has to be done. This goes out to those group members that know their fellow group member is doing most of the work: get your act together. I get it, you had a long day, lots of homework, you are tired, they’re willing to do the work, why bother? Wrong. They do it because they want a good grade, as should you, so get off your high horse and do something. Look up some information, help put it together, make suggestions, anything. I am sure the person you are talking to can wait. I know I sound like I am being mean and harsh, but I need to put it out there. This is overlooked in so many cases and it is a serious matter for a lot of students. So all of you try and remember what you were taught in elementary school: it is all about teamwork.
Pittsboro reaches a crossroads: Can it appeal to a younger generation? Kiada Capel
Pittsboro has always had its positives and negatives, just like any other small town. Some people love Pittsboro because it is a small and quiet town with not much excitement, but other people prefer a more exciting life. In some ways Pittsboro is just a place to pass through on the way to somewhere more exciting like Cary, Chapel Hill, or Durham. This raises a question about Pittsboro and whether it is going uphill or downhill in the future. What does Pittsboro possess that will keep the future generations wanting to be a part of this small and quiet community? It is no doubt that Pittsboro has a great high school, but after the high school years are over there is really nothing in Pittsboro that entices people to stay here besides family, which is a big thing. There are restaurants, banks and grocery stores to work at but as generations pass, people are realizing that better jobs are going to be needed to survive besides just bagging groceries. Pittsboro
is a historic town and does have a small community charm in its own way, but this is not enough to keep people coming here and living here if there are no careers to pursue. In other words, Pittsboro is going to downgrade quickly if there are not more opportunities for people. On the bright side, there are new businesses and buildings opening here such as the newly renovated courthouse, which is a great site to look at. At the same time, the old and burned down courthouse that sits in the middle of the traffic circle is not a site that attracts people to live here, besides knowing that they live in a place where a courthouse burned down. Unfortunately, Pittsboro is going to have to grow economically at a much faster rate by incorporating new businesses and more fun activities or it may run the risk of just being a pass through town to bigger and better places. Pittsboro has all the essentials, but so does every other place. The negatives of Pittsboro seem to be outweighing the positives for the younger generations of people who want to go to college and pursue a career. Pittsboro has a lot of work to do to get on track with the current economic times as well as catching up with all the exciting places that surround it.
Boys’ basketball stands at 3-4 The boys’ basketball team is 3-4. The Chargers won 69-58 over Voyager Academy Dec. 11, but lost to Carrboro 75-70 Dec. 14. “We’ve [meshed] as a team… but we’re not where we need to be right now,” coach Donald Williams said. Senior Parrish Marrow agreed, and noted a need to improve from the outside. “We’ve gotten a lot better at communication this year, [but] we need to work on being consistent in our three-point shooting.” NHS plays in the first round of the Lee County Christmas Tournament Dec. 27 and returns to conference play Jan. 4 with a home game against Cedar Ridge.
Is cheerleading a S-P-O-R-T?
By Jessica C layton S taff W riter
What makes a sport a sport? Some people may think competing against other teams or the presence of physical activity makes a sport a sport. Some argue that cheerleading is not considered a sport, while others disagree. “[I think cheerleading is a sport] because of all the activity we do. We’re just as active as anyone in any other sport. It’s just that we do different activities,” junior cheerleader Madison Cohen said. Junior Waverly Logan, who is also a cheerleader, agrees with Cohen. She believes the activities they do make cheerleading a sport. “It’s a lot of physical activity. We lift people up in the air, we have very sharp motions and we throw our bodies around in flips,” Logan said. Others believe that cheerleading is not a sport. “I don’t think high school cheerleading is a sport because they don’t really do anything but cheer on your teams,” junior Tyler Wall said. Logan thinks that people don’t believe cheer is a sport partly because of their attire. “[It’s] because of what we wear. We wear skirts and matching bows,” Logan said. “They probably think it’s teeny-bopper because we don’t have pads and shin guards and stuff like that.” Cohen believes that some aspects of cheerleading can be less athletic than other sports. “There [are] some parts that aren’t completely sporty. Cheering a team on may not be considered a sport, and it can be done by a fan, but being a cheerleader is more than
just cheering on the team,” Cohen said. In most sports, you compete against each other to eventually work toward a win or loss. That is not the case in high school cheerleading. “It’s athletic, but it’s not a sport. You can’t win or lose. If it were more competitive [it would be a sport]; I think competitive cheer is a sport, but not high school,” junior Dylan Clark said. Most believe that competitive cheerleading is more of a sport than high school cheerleading. “Competitive cheerleading is definitely more of a sport than high school cheerleading,” Cohen said. “You have different difficulty levels, so high school cheerleaders may not be able to hit all the stunts that competitive cheerleaders can do.” Wall agrees with Cohen that competitive cheerleading is more athletic. “I think competitive cheerleading is more of a sport and high school cheerleading is just for playing around. It’s not Ally DeJong/The Omniscient serious,” Wall said. NORTHWOOD CHEERLEADERS perform stunts at halfAlthough people disagree on time during a recent basketball game. whether it is a sport or not, most school girls. agree that it is dangerous. Logan “Other athletes go out and they run up says many people get concussions or other and down the court but cheerleaders can lift injuries every year. The National Center for other people. We throw ourselves around Catastrophic Sports Injury Research said and it’s considered one of the most dangerhigh school cheerleading is responsible for ous sports past football,” Cohen said. 65.1 percent of sports injuries among high
Teams clash: Rivalries between high schools By Jessica Clayton & Ally DeJong Staff Writers
Girls’ basketball off to 4-2 start The girls’ basketball team is off to a 4-2 start this season. The team’s only losses were to Panther Creek, and a five point loss to Jordan Matthews. The Chargers had a good week two weeks ago, beating Roxboro, Chapel Hill and a skilled Northern Durham team. Northwood has a young team with only one returning starter. “They’re a fast, athletic group compared to last year,” said coach Cameron Vernon. “The team is starting to come around, and realizing what they need to do better.” The team is looking to win the Lee County Tournament Dec. 2830 for the second year in a row. Wrestling boasts 2 wrestlers in the top 10 The wrestling team is currently 10-5. Thursday, Dec. 13, NHS lost to Southwest Guilford and won 60-24 against West Montgomery. Jourden Blackmon is 20-1 and No. 1 in the state. Arlo Estill is 9-2, Lorenzo Lamanna is 12-3 and Thadeus Tallman is 163, and ranked sixth in the state. “The team is working hard in pursuit of a state championship,” coach Jason Amy said. — By Jack Teague, Tyler White & Tori Nothnagel
“Everybody is crazy and ready to play. You have a bigger adrenaline rush because you know they’re out to get you just as much as you are to get them,” senior football player Jourden Blackmon said. Rivalries amongst high school sports teams can be traced back for generations. The differences lie between good sportsmanship and having no respect for the other teams. It is what fuels the players and intensifies the game. “Coach will always get on us more and tell us we need to step it up and do better when we play DSA (Durham School of the Arts),” sophomore wrestler Grayson Bryant said. “I tend to feel the pressure to do well and I don’t want to let down my team.” Rivalries are mostly sports related, and each sport has its own rivalry. Senior Gaby Mehringer plays basketball and says their rivals are Jordan Matthews. “It’s only a rivalry in basketball and football,” Mehringer said. “If you think we’re rivals in general, we’re not.” Blackmon says that the football rivalry is with Jordan Matthews, because that is how it has always been. “[They’re our rivals] because of the tradition of how long it has been going on. When I came in, everyone hated JM,” Blackmon said. Unlike football and basketball, soccer players say their chief rival is not JM, but Carrboro. “For some reason, when we hear Carrboro, we don’t get psyched out necessarily, but more anxious and always have the urge to beat them,” senior Diane Thompson said. “It’s a lot more high energy and positive with our team.” For some players, sportsmanship gets worse when they are playing rivalry games. “I’m definitely a little bit cockier. It’s like a
show; you’re putting on a show for people,” said Mehringer. “So if I win a ball or they foul me, I’ll clap in their face or something like that. [Sportsmanship] definitely goes down; I’ll still help them up, but if I made a good play and made them look stupid, I’ll rub it in their face.” Some players think they have more sportsmanship than the other team. “We are very composed when we play them and for some reason they don’t give us the same kind of courtesy,” Thompson said of Carrboro. Teams with rivalries usually participate in trash talking and display high levels of cockiness. Most Northwood students claim to be more respectful than the other teams. “We just let our playing do the talking. There is just one goal and it’s to beat them so they stop talking,” junior Jay Williams said. Sometimes trash talking is taken from the
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field to social media sites. “There is always a lot of tweeting going on about who’s going to win and maybe after about somebody cheated,” senior football player Kendrick Edwards said. Mehringer believes players should not be involved in social media trash talking. “I try and stay off of it because if I’m a player, I shouldn’t be getting into that because I don’t want to be punished [by my coach]. It’s just a bunch of crap talking; everyone forgets about it the next day,” Mehringer said. Some students will remain bitter from their losses against rivals and build up negative emotions for years to come. “I don’t respect them and I hate them. I have angry emotions [towards them]. I just want to beat them,” sophomore soccer player Jerry Silvestri said.
Grab your camo, it’s hunting season
December 19, 2012
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Imagine waking up at 5:30 a.m. on a weekend, dressed in camouflage from head to toe, going out to the tree stands or ground blinds, sitting and waiting. For most, the best part of hunting is hearing the sounds of something moving. For others, it is seeing the animal in the sights right before the big moment. These are the thrills of those who enjoy hunting. “My favorite part of hunting is when you are sitting in the stand and you hear
something walking, and you don’t know what it is. You look and stay as still as you can,” junior Trevor Hackney said. Many start out hunting when they are young. For some people, family members such as uncles or grandfathers take them, but others sometime go alone their first time. But no matter whom they go with, the first kill is always a proud moment for hunters. Sophomore Aaron Roberson was 10 years old when he killed his first deer. “Me and my uncle had been hunting there for about a month, and [the deer] finally showed up and we shot it,” Rob-
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JUNIOR TREVOR HACKNEY has been hunting since he was seven years old. Many Northwood students enjoy the sport.
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erson said. Although many people are taken by family members to hunt for their first time, sophomore Cody Harrell went by himself. “A five point buck walked up to my stand and I shot it. I was excited,” Harrell said. Harrell had to carry the deer back to his house after the kill, where his dad was proud to see his son’s first trophy. Some students try to hunt everyday while others get to go only once or twice every other month. “I only hunt over the holidays, so once or twice a year,” sophomore Brandon Kelly said. There are many reasons people hunt. Some hunt for sport, while some hunt for the meat that it provides. Senior John Adams first went hunting with his dad when he was seven years old. It is a tradition in his family and Adams’ father was taken hunting his first time by his father as well. Adams enjoys hunting for fun and also for food. “We can make [the meat] last all year, depending on how many deer we get,” Adams said. Though many students enjoy hunting, there are those that oppose it. “To shoot an animal, is to pierce the mold of an innocent miracle of life,” junior Jacob Friedman said. Some hunters feel that they are doing good by keeping the population of deer down, and preventing disease and starvation. “The deer in this area are lacking natural predators. That means that there would be a lot more [deer] dying from disease and starvation,’’ Adams said. “So it’s trying to keep them below the environmental capacity.”
Is hunting ethical?
Students offer a variety of opinions over the ethics of hunting.
“The deer gets to live a full life before you kill it, and it gets to live a natural life. If you don’t eat it, it’s wrong.”
— Arlo Estill
“I think humankind, as the dominant race, deserves such rights. But I don’t really care for hunting for sport.”
— Alex Watkins
“Hunting is not moral because you are killing animals for fun. [If you hunt for food] then you should use every bit of the animal.”
— Jennifer Greenlee
“We [humans] have been hunting for food since forever, so I think it’s okay.”
— Jack Maynard
Every month we’ll showcase an individual and his/her achievements from an ongoing sport. In order to qualify, one must be nominated by his/her coach for athletic ability, outstanding leadership, work ethic and sportsmanship.
Alyssa Gordon cheerleading
Compiled by Ryan Millis and Jack Teague
“Alyssa Gordon always has the best spirit out of anyone on the team. She’s the one that keeps us going.” — Sierra Atwater, Sr.
“He always puts in a lot of effort and he gets the team hyped during games.” — Parrish Marrow, Sr.
Jourden Blackmon wrestling “Jourden sets a good example. He makes sure the team is doing what needs to get done.” — Rob Hamlet, Jr.
Charles Hope boys’ basketball
Riley O’Dell swimming
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Alexis Brower girls’ basketball
“Riley is a really nice person and she is really supportive and spirited; she’s really nice to all the new people that we get.” — Samantha Conger, Jr.
“She is always positive. She’s just a good leader to have.” — Shontai Totten, So.
What’s Your Nickname? Nickname: Big D Actual Name: Diane Thompson Name Origin: “It started in 8th grade when I played softball; it’s from Maria Vanderford. It’s funny because I’m small and the complete opposite.”
Nickname: Fluffy Actual Name: Jay Williams Name Origin: “[I got it] my sophomore year; it’s another name for calling someone fat, they called me fluffy. It kind of sucked.”
Nickname: Mighty Mouse Actual Name: John Atwater Name Origin: “I was on the line, and I was like the smallest person, and I was awesome on the line.”
Nickname: 2 Ladderz Actual Name: Nathan Campbell Name Origin: “At practice I put the “ladders” on my neck and called myself 2 Ladderz. I started tweeting and everyone knew me as my rap superstar name.”
Nickname: Bambi-bird Actual Name: Samantha Yigdal Name Origin: “Big eyes and hair that resembles a bird’s nest.”
Nickname: Cold-Cut Actual Name: Cody Harrell Name Origin: When going to Subway, he ordered a Cold-Cut Combo in an extremely southern accent.
Nickname: Tweedledumb Actual Name: Jamie Palermo Name Origin: “My soccer coach gave it to me because I was a freshman and I was making stupid comments.”
Nickname: Rhino Actual Name: Christian Lassiter Name Origin: “[The football team calls me Rhino] because I am a beast on the football field.”