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Magazine Sale Once Again...Page 2

Athlete Spotlight: Caleb Chowbay...Page 4

New Teachers At MJHS...Pages 6&7

Tips and Tricks for Scholarships...Page 3

Trevecca Gains Two Bears...Page 4

Summer Events From MJHS...Page 10

By: Paige Brenner

Mount Juliet High School

Issue 1 August/September

N ew V P Ro a m s t h e H a l l s By: Lena Ayoub

Scott Walters is in demand; after being promoted to literacy specialist of Wilson County, he was almost immediately promoted to assistant principal of MJHS. Walters’ own teachers made a lasting impression on him when he was a student, and he wanted to follow their lead and make lasting impressions on his own students. Even though being in administration has always been a long-term goal, it will be bittersweet to leave the classroom. He will miss being on the soapbox teaching about what he knows best and seeing students understand new concepts. After two years of teaching at MJHS, the school has become his home. Being the literacy specialist meant moving around and going to different schools. Now, instead of exploring halls at foreign schools, he gets to wander his own halls with his new authority as assistant principal.

The transition to assistant principal means having to get a pile of work finished in a day’s time, but Walters will soon find the beauty in time management. While learning more about how the school operates, he wants teachers and students to feel his support and encouragement. Outside of school, Walters likes traveling, playing tennis and going to parks with his daughter Daisy and wife Emily Walters. Many students may not have even realized, but Emily Walters took over Scott Walters English III teacher, but she was only teaching position for two weeks. Due to district policies, she could not teach at the same school with her husband in such a high position. Emily Walters has decided to settle at home to spend more time with Daisy. Ultimately, Walters strives to see “all students get along all the time.” But, of course, he said that with a wink.

MJHS SCOREs A Good Review By: Brooke Bolus

MJHS has been nominated as one of the top three finalists in the S.C.O.R.E competition because of the school’s outstanding academic achievements. S.C.O.R.E representatives visited the school on Sept. 9 to interview students and observe classes. Everyone involved represented the school well and MJHS is anxiously awaiting the announcement of the results on Sept. 20.

Magazine Sale Once Again By: Lindsey Grah

The annual MJHS magazine sale has come and gone. The sale, which serves as a school-wide fundraiser, began Aug. 31 and ended Sept. 20. This year it was made more convenient for those purchasing magazines by allowing them to order online at with MJHS’ I.D. number: 1113988. ...continued on page 2

s.t.e.m. students reach for the moon By: Brooke Bolus

Led by David Haines, the new Science Technology Engineering and Math (S.T.E.M.) class has kicked into gear working on the NASA Moon Buggy Competition. While the class will be working on more than just the competition, the class does center around it, and it is the most exciting aspect for all those included. The competition involves two parts. First S.T.E.M students must build a moon buggy capable of traveling across the moon. In the second portion, the moon buggy will be used to race other competitors on a track simulating the terrain of the moon. Already, Haines and his class have begun designing the frame for the moon buggy. As of now, they are working with pipe cleaner models. However in a few weeks, students will be working with Solidworks, a 3-D program used to create models, in the new mini computer lab being installed

in Haines’ room. As plans for the moon buggy progress, students will start the construction of the vehicle. The majority of the hands-on labor will be completed by Garrett VanBrocklin’s auto mechanics class, but S.T.E.M students will also get experience in the garage. Along with the help of VanBrocklin’s class, Don Sullivan, president of Creative Technology, Inc., will also be advising the class on such topics as speed and efficiency. Sullivan worked 10 years for Boeing, NASA’s prime contractor, where he designed a lunar rover that has actually travelled on the moon during the Apollo missions. Sullivan came to know about the competition through MJHS drafting teacher Raymond Cothran who contacted Sullivan when he learned MJHS would be participating in the competition. Sullivan is happy to help the S.T.E.M class and believes

that the school will be a “strong competitor” by the time the race rolls around. In order to stay ahead of the other competition, additional work after school will be necessary to complete the moon buggy. The sooner the moon buggy is completed, the sooner students can begin practicing for the race. It will take place in April at Marshall Space Center in Huntsville, Ala. against teams from all over the U.S. and even from other countries. To show the school’s support, a special track will be constructed on school grounds for students to practice improving their race time. The team with the best time will be awarded with the chance to compete in the race. This first for MJHS is an exciting, new endeavor for the school. Haines and his S.T.E.M class are looking forward to the challenging project ahead.



Dressing Your Best Leads to Success

1. Shirts with collars are the standard. The only tshirts that are acceptable must represent MJHS. 2. Cheap MJHS shirts can be purchased from the Spirit Zone, Walgreens and select Wal-Mart stores. Look for school shirts to be sold in the cafeteria throughout the year. 3. Shorts, skirts and dresses 3’ below fully extended fingertips are permitted. -wear modest clothing (Girls, wear a tank top underneath your shirt; boys, pull your pants up). 4. If a student wishes to wear something representative, he or she should wear a Bear Pride shirt. 5. Save your hats, huge belt buckles and sunglasses for before and after school. 6. Use clear plugs for facial piercings and opt for necklaces and earrings as a substitution. 7. Sandals, flats, sneakers and heels are permitted. 8. Jeans, jeggings, basketball shorts and warm-up pants can be worn.

1. A shirt without a collar is a definite don’t. 2. However artistic a student may be, homemade MJHS t-shirts cannot be substituted for genuine school-labeled shirts. 3. Short shorts or tiny dresses and skirts that show a little too much are forbidden. 4. Revealing, ripped or torn clothing is extremely against the rules (Girls, don’t show cleavage; boys, don’t show off your panties). 5. Clothing that is profane cannot be worn, such as gang related or drug related. 6. Sunglasses, hats and oversized belt buckles should not be worn during school hours. 7. Visible facial piercings should not be visible. 8. Pajamas, baggy sweats and leggings (if worn alone) are not permitted.

German Students Awarded Grant

By: Chris West

Janine Zahuczky, German teacher and club sponsor, and the MJHS German students were surprised to hear that they were the recipients of a $200 grant. MJHS hosted an event sponsored by a New Jersey association that involved several schools from across the country. Each school gave a short presentation over why they deserved the grant. “We were very surprised,” Zahuczky pleasantly said of the result. Out of the $200 rewarded, $100 will be

put towards graduation cords awarded to select seniors with a high GPA who demonstrated hard work in the National German Honors Society. The other half of the money will go towards paying the test fee for students who cannot otherwise afford to take the National German Exam in December. Along with receiving this grant, Zahuczky and the German students are waiting on the results of another application for a $700 grant from the German government-the school

has been approved for $400 of aid thus far. The grant will go towards funding the teaching of foreign languages at The Learning Center, MJHS’ daycare program. “Toddlers that learn foreign languages have a much better advantage over normal toddlers academically,” stated Zahuczky. The German students are ecstatic about being awarded the $200 grant. The award is just a testament to the hard work of Zahuczky and her classes and will aid their program.

Bear Pride Mt. Juliet High

By: Hannah Ryan

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Though the school only raised $28,000 last year, the original goal of $50,000 was still encouraged this time around. Theresa Hill, sale coordinator, encouraged each student to sell at least one magazine in order to achieve this goal. Magazine sale counts are now in the works, and within a few days results will be announced to the MHJHS body, including the top sellers and the winning classroom. Not only will the school benefit from this involvement, but individuals and clubs will profit as well. Students were given incentives such as homework passes, late passes, and a fun day out of school, for selling magazines. Each student was also able to designate 40% of his magazine sales to a club or sport of his choice. It is sure to be a good year with school needs being met thanks to student and faculty involvement raising funds.

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mj partners to grant a wish By: Elaine Gunn

Over the summer, an MJHS senior had more on her mind than her last year of high school that was rapidly approaching: granting a wish. While at Tennessee Association of Student Council Camp (TASC) in Columbia, Tenn., Student Body Vice President Kate Redden was inspired by the Make A Wish Foundation (MAW). MAW foundation, for those who do not know, is a non-profit organization that partners with a sponsor to grant a wish to a child with a life-threatening illness. “I can only imagine how painful, tedious, and draining having a lifethreatening disease would be. So, I think it’s really important for those who are suffering to find an outlet,” says Redden, “to get a break for the monotonous routine of hospitals and medication. The program Kids for Wish Kids is a way for us kids to provide vacations, wishes, or a fulfillment to a dream, to those who need hope while fighting to restore their health.” Redden encouraged Wilson Central Student Body President senior Kaitlin Mosely and Vice President junior Emily Carney, as well as MJ Student Body President Charlie Kouldelka,

Treasurer junior Shelby Crawford, and executive board member senior McKinley Clark to help find a way for both schools to come together and raise $6,000 to grant a child’s wish. Once this goal is met, the child will be revealed and presented with his or her gift.

To make this goal achievable the team came up with multiple fund raisers. MJ’s most current event at which money was raised took place during this year’s most anticipated game. With Homecoming just around the bend (Sept. 19), ideas for floats among the clubs began floating around. Redden and her team worked at the home of WC senior class president, Lacey Tomlinson, to build a float for MJ’s annual Homecoming parade supporting the organization. During the parade donations were collected from those who wished to give.

Student Council in Full Swing By: Savannah Wilson

Student Council kicked off this school year on a solid note with various activities planned for the students. Theresa Wright, Student Council sponsor, believes she has a sublime group of kids to work with this year. Senior Charlie Koudelka is representing the entire school as Student Body president, while each class elected the following students to serve as its representative for the year: Senior Class President Daniel Jones, Junior Class President Zack Duncan, Sophomore Class President Joseph Perricone, and the newest member, Freshman Class President Brookelynn Weaver. These students will be working with Wright on different events this year such as Homecoming on Sept. 9 and the canned food drive in November. The canned food drive proceeds will be going to the Mt. Juliet Help Center and the Big Brother organization. Student Council also takes part in activities outside school like the leadership workshop which offers seminars on leadership, bonding and fundraising to advise students on how to better their school. There is also a convention held in March in Bristol, Tenn. for Student Council members from various schools around the state to come together and share ideas. Koudelka and Wright both have high hopes for Student Council and expect nothing but the best. “I plan on getting students more involved this year in student council than past years,” says Koudelka. While sophomore, junior and senior officers were elected at the end of last school year, freshmen elections were held in early August. Newly elected Brookelynn Weaver is not sure what to expect as this year’s new freshman president but anticipates this year to be a great run. “I have never been in Student Council before so I am not sure how everything works just yet,” she added. She hopes she is able to do her class justice this term. “Student Council represents every student at MJHS. If they have a question or any need, they can bring it to Student Council,” states Wright, “When students have a problem, they can bring it to attention at the meetings which are open to everyone.” If students want to be a part of Student Council, there are different ways to get involved. All students are welcome to the meetings every Tuesday morning at 7:35 in the small gym or can volunteer in multiple events which count as community service hours. These hours can be applied toward becoming a Tennessee Scholar. With these various events taking place, it is quite easy for any student to have a voice in their school. In order to be heard, take part in Student Council.

The Homecoming game against LaVergne was the group’s first appearance but not the last. The team plans to use MJ and WC’s constant competition to the organization’s advantage by selling Spirit Links for $1 per link at both schools. The rivals will each build a chain and present it on Oct. 28, at the WC-MJ game during half time to see which school has the most spirit. Along with Spirit Links and Homecoming, those staffers who are just dying to wear jeans to work can also contribute by paying a small fee of $5. Donations can be made payable to Ms. Wright’s room C136. The basketball schedule is not yet available, but it is known that both sponsors (MJ and WC) will play each other twice. By this date, the full goal is expected to be reached, if not exceeded. The recipients reveal will take place during the second game’s half time. “It’s really an emotional moment,” stated Redden. Making a difference is something Mr. Brown is always encouraging. This is an opportunity for MJ students to give to something greater than themselves.

MJHS Reaches Out By: Summer Adams

MJHS students have joined Grounded in Hope, a nonprofit organization that provides money for service trips, to help make their own impact on the world. Students, seniors Adrie Brown and Jackie Kuiack, junior Justin Angle, sophomores Rachel Jones and Andrew Vines and freshman Madison Trotter, are currently planning a silent auction and concert to raise money for a group to go to Africa. Not only are they helping to raise the money, but they are all planning on going on the trip as well. There the students will be working with a women’s center where they will teach women various job skills. Brown said of the opportunity, “Since 2008, I have longed to go to Africa to help the people who live with immense struggles at no fault of their own. I desire to experience the simplicity of their lives, to know the obstacles that they face and just to love them.” The silent auction will be held on Sept. 10 at Hermitage Church of the Nazarene. The doors will be open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. The concert will start soon after the conclusion of the auction. Local pop singer Paul Can will be headlining the event, but a few other artists will also be accompanying him as well. The church’s performance hall can hold up to 700 people, and they hope to have a full house. Tickets are on sale now, and anyone interested can contact Brown. General admission is $25 and reserved seating is $50. A trip to Africa can easily cost $50,000 for 20 people, and this one event will not raise the full amount needed. But the more the community is interested in investing the means, the more this dedicated group can help improve third world countries.


Best Reasons for Breakfast

By: Lindsey Grah

Besides simply being the first meal of the day, breakfast is essential in improving one’s day to day life. The reason teachers always encourage students to eat breakfast before a test is because students who eat breakfast score 30 percent better than students who do not. Besides being a source of nutrients, vitamins and minerals breakfast also improves strength and endurance throughout the day. Students who eat breakfast also have higher levels of concentration, performance and energy. For those in a hurry MJHS serves breakfast each morning offering students a variety of options such as sausage or chicken biscuits, cereal, doughnuts and fruit. Students should eat breakfast every day so that each day can be better than the last.

The Grades Add Up By: Aaron Gunn

Math tutoring at MJHS has been in full swing since Aug. 15. Students who are having difficulties with the subject are welcome to join the tutoring sessions at no cost. Assistance is provided by Tracy Lawless, the sponsor of the program and student tutors who have been enrolled in Algebra II or higher with an overall GPA of 3.5 and a math GPA of 3.0. Tutoring will be offered Mondays through Thursdays from 3:05 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. “We specialize in Algebra I and II, but we try to accommodate everyone’s math needs,” said Lawless. Math tutoring at MJHS is a good example of how Mt. Juliet students come together to help each other with their academic needs.

Collages Galore By: Lindsey Grah

To start off the new Honors Art IV class, Derek Elwell pitted students against one other in a competition to see who could create a collage that best represented the principles of design. The competition introduced students to concepts like proportion, balance, unity and rhythm that are crucial in developing any work of art. Each student was graded and critiqued on their representation of these principles in their collages by not only Elwell but peers as well. At the end of the competition, students voted on one another’s collages to narrow down the winners, seniors Kelsey and Aly Butler. As a reward, both girls were given hard bound sketch books. Currently all the collages are being displayed in the library where students may stop by to peruse the classes’ creativity.



Trevecca Gains Two Bears

By: Summer Adams

MJHS basketball duo Helen Mitchner and Paige Baugher signed with Trevecca Nazarene University. Mitchner and Baugher are looking forward to their last season at MJHS and hope to help take the Lady Bears to the state championship tournament this year. The girls will greatly miss their teammates. However, they will not miss each other. They will be rooming together and spending a lot of their time on the basketball court. When Mitchner was asked why she chose Trevecca, she replied, “The moment I stepped on campus I felt at home.” Having one of her best friends going there with her probably did not hurt Trevecca’s chance at getting a terrific

point guard like her. Baugher picked Trevecca because of its closeness to home and the fact that she will be

Athelete Spotlight:

Caleb Chowbay

By: Savannah Wilson

Top Row from left to right: Mr. and Mrs. Coach VanAtta, Coach Hill, coach sharp, Coach Fryer, Mr. Brown Bottom Row from left to right: Helen Mitchner, Curt Mitcher, Helen Mitchner, Helen Mitcher, and Justin Mitcher

Top Row: Coach Hill, Coach VanAtta, Coach VanAtta, Coach Fryer, and Mel Brown Bottom Row: Coach Sharp, Carrie Pagdent, Paige Baugher, and Coach Johnson

By: Tanner Primm

spending most of her time with Mitchner. Hard work, time and effort have made Mitchner and Baugher the players they are today. They have been playing basketball since they were in kindergarten and have played together since middle school. Their inspiration has always been their middle school basketball coach, Coach Rick Johnson. “He pushed us to our limits, but we still loved him,” says Baugher. Before Mitchner and Baugher take their talents to Trevecca next year, they hope to have a successful senior season both on and off the court.

Football Season Kicks Off

With the 2011 MJHS football season underway, head coach Roger Perry has high expectations for his team. Looking to improve each week and taking it one week at a time, the Bears look to go undefeated and win district, as well as a state championship. When asked about how the Bears plan to replace the seniors from last season, Perry easily responded by saying that the team has constantly maintained strong backups and those players will fill graduated seniors’ shoes. “Some of the key components to this year’s team are seniors, center Chase Howland and left tackle Brett Dillard,” said Perry. While interviewing some of the players, they all seemed to have the same goals in mind: go undefeated, win district, and win state. Perry, entering his sixth season as head football coach, has led the Bears far and plans to win this season’s state championship at MJHS. His teams have been successful in the past, going 8-2 last season. Stakes are still high this season, and the Bears have no intentions of letting up.

The upcoming players on the freshman and JV teams show promise for the following years. The main goal in mind for this year, coming from the players and coaches, is to win a state championship. The Bears have been close in the past to going to state but have never reached that point. The players believe that this year is different. They think the team is more mature and together then ever before. With leaders like Contrez McCathern, Cameron Fryer, Kaceem Street, and Keenan Grisham, they all to strive to make their teammates better. The team worked hard all summer on improving every aspect of its game. The players continue to show their dedication to success by showing up for before school and after school for practices in the grueling heat. The intensity level remains high, but yet players maintained impressive teamwork. As fans of this football team, MJHS wishes the Bears good luck on this year’s season. All of the team’s preparation will hopefully pay off and lead them to a state championship.

MJHS’ own double-threat dynamo, Caleb Chowbay, is waiting for football season to start, all while basking in the light of his recent signing with Belmont University, Nashville, Tenn. Chowbay expects nothing but the best for his final year of playing as a Mt. Juliet Bear quarterback. He hopes to have an undefeated regular season and carry his fellow teammates to victory at the state championship. That does not sound too difficult judging by his eleven years of experience and last year’s track record. He threw for 12 touchdown passes, as well as 900 passing yards last season. Chowbay, as well as the team, lifted weights and participated in weight competitions over the summer to prepare for this season. Training, lifting weights and practices are not even the best aspect of football according to Chowbay. “I love the atmosphere of it all,” he stated. Football is not the only sport he dominates. He is also a noteworthy athlete on the basketball court. He is MJHS’ starting point guard, and with the support of his family and coaches averaged 22 points last season. Chowbay has been impacted by his coaches in more ways than one. “They inspire me to be a better man and be respectful,” he adds. His father also inspired him to play each sport and pushes him to be all that he can be which is why he will be playing basketball at a Division I school next year. Chowbay signed with Belmont on a full scholarship after being offered a scholarship to play at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU), Murfreesboro, Tenn. He plans on majoring in business finance. Once he leaves college, he intends to find a good job, settle down and stay close to home. Chowbay will soon farewell to Mt. Juliet and all the friends he has made over the years. He wishes the best of luck for the basketball and football team. His future is very bright, and MJHS will miss having him around.

Sports Cross Country


At the Starting Line

By: Chris West

The MJHS Cross Country team has begun to hit the trails after weeks of practice and preparation. As of Sept. 9, Cross Country has had three meets. So far, runners have seen improvement in their times. Runners underwent several weeks of preparation ahead of time. Head Coach Marcus Christofferson described the player’s routine during the summer, “Players had to volunteer themselves for two days per week, and we’ve started practicing as a team since the first day of school.” Each day after school, runners devote a few hours improving their time. “We’ll do a warm-up, stretch and get to work,” said Katie Gibson, junior. The

Volleyball Works Together

By: Tanner Primm

The MJHS volleyball team is off to thing the team could improve on is an average start this season. following through completely during a With a 7-5 record and a second game and not giving up. place finish in the Smyrna Silver “Being a team and all getting D Tournament the team is is our best asset,” said “Being a along working hard on getting to Butler. When questioned team and all about what the teams a state championship. According to getting along is expectations are for this captains Kelsey Butler our best asset,” season Wilson responded, and Kirby Hudnall the “Just to continue to get -Kelsey Butler team has improved on better each week.” hitting, passing and overall The volleyball team’s comradery, but could still use an season is far from over but looks improvement on finishing out a whole like it may have a positive end if it game. keeps up the hard work. Three year head volleyball coach, Jennifer Wilson thinks the biggest

soccer kicks off the season

By: Tanner Primm

Although the MJHS soccer team is off to a rough start, the players are keeping a positive attitude about this season. Beginning the season with a 2-4 record, one of the number one goals as stated by Coach Ryan Hill is to have a .500 or better season. The soccer teams leading scorer Katie Swor said, “The team could improve more on working together and communication on the field.” Swor leads the team with four total goals in the season.

The soccer team practices every day after school for about two hours. They have been hard at work all season trying to improve from last year. With six seniors on the team this year the soccer team has good leadership and experience. With this leadership, the team plans to improve its attitude as a whole and not get frustrated with each other. Although the Bears are off to a slow beginning, they are working hard and trying to improve each day.

team runs a couple of miles around the school before going home for the day. It is still early in the season, but both team members and the coach would like to see some improvements. Christofferson hopes for his team to improve their prerace preparations-warming up and stretches. “I hope to decrease my time quite a bit. I have already noticed improvements this season,” said Gibson of her main goal this season. The first meet of the season has helped the team to get down to business and size up their competition. Both runners and the head coach hope to improve their endurance as the season goes on as they give it their all.

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On Sept. 17 MJHS wrestling hosted its second annual MJ Bear Crawl to raise funds for the Bear Club wrestling program. The Bear Crawl is a 5k run that started and ended at MJHS, and circled around Woodland Place. Participants represented the school by donating money to dress in “Bear Crawl” attire. The run was open to anyone wanting to partake in raising money for the wrestling team and show support for the school.

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y e n b a d . ms Before Hollye Dabney became a teacher, she was a flight attendant for Southwest Airlines. Now, she teaches physical science and biology. Dabney likes the small town feel of Wilson County even though the county is on the larger side. The hardest part about starting a new school is learning the “unwritten rules” of the school, as she puts it. Her first job as a teenager was a car-hop at Sonic.



Hey You!

If you could be on any Reality T.V. show what would it be? Caleb Collins, 12, “Celebrity Rehab” Courtney Jackson, 9, Jacob Fuller, 10, “16 and Pregnant” “Wipeout” Riley Parris, 9, “Nitro Circus” Jesse Mullinicks, 11, “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” Ebonee Davis, 10, “Real Housewives of Atlanta” Alexis Anderson, 9, “Jerry Springer” Travis Dakhil, 12, Matthew Douglas, 9, “Sons of Guns” Kelsey Wyatt, 10, “Kourtney and Kim Take New York” “The Real World: Las Vegas” Hanna Parker, 9, “Big Brother” Drew Siever, 11, “The Glee Project”

Nick Bergin, 9, “Food Network Star”

Sara Vaden, 12, “Say Yes to the Dress”

Brandon Gass, 12, “Hillbilly Handfishing” Katelyn Lee, 10, “The Bachelorette” Ricky Linville, 11, “Man vs. Food” Connor Reap, 9, “T.O. Show” Jordyn Crotts, 10, “Jerseylicious” Jacob Fryer, 12, “Operation Repo” Mia Harmon, 10, “Dance Moms” Amanda Burris, 9, “American Idol” Rosie Passamano, 9, “Flavor of Love” Ryan Folz, 12, “Canada’s Got Talent”

By: Lena Ayoub

Midori Johnson, 11, “Basketball Wives”


Theater Fall

Thomas Hudson, 9, “True Life”

Fall is known for its festivities, and MJHS has jumped on the bandwagon with its own fall festival. The drama club will host the festival during the last two weeks of October: Thursdays, 20 and 27; and Saturdays, 22 and 29. The night will start at 6 p.m. with a chili dinner catered by the parents of the night’s stars, then will move on the grand show. Each night will provide different shows and acts, ensuring new entertainment. Each of Rodney Parks’ theater classes will have its own acts. The drama club will also showcase its talent with an act. From songs, to dances, to acts from well-know Halloween thrillers, the audience will be on the edge of their seats with delight…if not fear. After the show, spectators will shuffle out of the theater into a haunted maze set up around the Agriculture Hall. Tickets will be around $58, and the money will go to funding the spring production. The drama department always likes to end the school year with a bang on stage, so the more money they raise the more elaborate the play can be. The department has grown tremendously in the last four years. The club has over 100 members, but it is expected that it will eventually filter down to the truly dedicated souls. With such a grand variety of students and talents, the actors expect a full crowd nightly. With a different show every night, there is no reason not to come…maybe even all four nights.

Margaret Holmes, 10, “Jersey Shore” Logan Salter, 10, “Cake Boss” Derek Cooper, 11, “Big Brother” Drew Fraley, 10, “Teen Mom” Thomas Hudson, 9, “True Life” Seccoreya Jones, 10, “Bad Girls Club” Katie Gipson, 11, “Top Chef ” Connor Buchanan, 12, “Fantasy Factory” Holly Stauss, 12, “The Price is Right” Hannah Johnston, 10, “Real Housewives”

FCCLA Takes the Win

By: Savannah Wilson

MJHS FCCLA showcased its many talents at this year’s state fair. FCCLA won the table top design contest. The group’s table represented the steps MJHS is taking to bridge the gap between thinking and doing. It displayed how the club and MJHS students take the knowledge learned in the classroom and apply it in real-world settings that benefit the community. By the looks of the table, there is no question why MJHS won the contest. In addition, the five winners in the MJHS Quick Loaf Bread Contest will be taking their recipes to the state fair. Sydney Ryan and Ashley Webster will compete in the freshmen division, while Mary Sissom, Jaylyn Cantrell and Madison Malone will compete in the senior division. These ladies anticipate the fair to be just as successful as the contest. Congratulate FCCLA for working hard and wish everyone the best of luck at the state fair.

Homecoming 2011 MJHS Rocks Spirit Week By: Savannah Wilson

Spirit Week went out with a bang as students strutted their stuff in clothes that rocked the theme for the day, battled out at the pep rally for the spirit stick and dominated in the bottle tab collection. There was great turn out this year for pajama day, wacky tacky day and spirit day. On Wednesday, everyone displayed their own crazy pajamas for the whole school to see. Then, wacky tacky day came full force with swim trunks, bottle headed girls and everything in between. Spirit day concluded spirit week that proved they saved the best for last because of how many students were decked out in black and gold. Also, a pep rally was held to get the students pumped up for the game. At the pep rally, each grade fought their hearts out for the spirit stick, but as always there can only be one winner which, by a huge surprise, was the freshmen. The spirit stick was not the only thing each class received bragging rights for. The tab collection was an adjustment from last year’s penny wars, but still was equally as fun and benefited the band tremendously. The seniors stole the victory this time around, but as it’s said all is fair in harmless competition. Homecoming ended great this year. MJHS is glad everyone participated in some way. Like always, it’s good to be a bear.

Bears Claw the Wolverines By: Summer Adams

On Friday, Sept. 9 MJHS Bears roasted the Lavergne High School Wolverines, 3518. Within the first five minutes of the game, MJ scored a touchdown, and one of the Wolverines was injured. The Bears later scored again making it 14-0 going into the second quarter. In the second quarter, Lavergne scored a touchdown


Parade Peps Up Student Body

By: Summer Adams

In preparation for the Homecoming game on Sept 9, MJHS students showed a huge amount of school spirit in the annual Homecoming parade and pep rally. The parade started at Joy Church, went through the middle school and finished at the high school. ROTC led the pack followed by the Band of Gold. Next in line was this year’s Homecoming Court and Grand Marshall, Theresa Wright, MJHS veteran teacher and Student Council sponsor. The step team, freshman cheerleaders, varsity cheerleaders, FCCLA, Fest, German Club, French Club, Green Team, FFA, and dance team each participated in the parade. The football team joined up with the parade as it reached the high school to hear its fellow classmates and supporters cheer them on for the upcoming came. Of course no Homecoming parade would be complete without the class floats that each class had worked hard, putting in countless hours to perfect. The judges voted the sophomores

but did not make the field goal for the extra point. The Bears later scored another touchdown and made their field goal, making the score 21-6 going into halftime. After halftime, the Bears came back refreshed and scored two more touchdowns, making the score 35-6.

float the best, with the freshmen coming in a close second. This year a new float, the Make A Wish float, was featured in order to raise money to grant one kid a wish. After the parade, students went back to class and waited for the pep rally to begin. The pep rally kicked off with a terrific performance by the dance team, followed by the step team’s and cheerleading squad’s routines. Afterward, the class officers played a game. The four officers of each class had to join hands and pass two hula hoops around their circle without letting go of each other’s hands. The juniors proved victorious. The juniors may have won the hula hoop contest, but they did not win the spirit stick. The spirit stick was rewarded to the underdogs, the freshmen. Everyone was surprised that the freshmen won. It was only the second time in ten years the freshmen have received the spirit stick. MJHS students spirit did not stop there, it continued on to the Homecoming game that night where the Bears defeated Lavergne.

During the fourth quarter the Wolverines scored twice. Even with this impressive drive, the Wolverines still did not have enough to pull out the win. The Bears won this year’s Homecoming game 35-19.

Homecoming Court 2011

Shelby Brown & Ryan Downs

Blair Stanton & CJ Ellis

Jayna Snider & Nate Diltz

Callie Redding & Andrew Mannella


By: Brooklynn Weaver

Brianna Robbins & Dalton Huber


Chelsea Hough & Jonathan Davis

The 2011 Homecoming Court represented MJHS with style on Homecoming night, with Hayley Fee taking home the crown as queen. Before the game, the Homecoming attendants and their escorts walked down the football field as the Band of Gold played, and the Mt. Juliet ROTC cadets raised their swords. The crowd cheered as each duo walked through the cadets’ tunnel to student body president, Charlie Koudelka, who handed the attendants their roses. Football player, Austin Camelli, presented the Homecoming crown to Hayley Fee, when it was announced that she won. The Homecoming court was a hit with the crowd, making it a great introduction to the successful Homecoming game.

Students Stay Active Over the Summer


Off to Europe

By: Lena Ayoub

The beginning of this past summer marked a new adventure for seven MJHS students. Edward Johnson, French teacher, hosted a trip to five European countries over a course of nine days. He has been ushering these excursions since 1973, so he is rather familiar with Europe and its best scenic areas. Trip number 14 went to England, France, Switzerland, Lichtenstein and Germany in less than two weeks. With barely any boring hotel time, the travelers bustled around the continent exploring. Juniors Cory Smith and Hannah Tunks both agree that London was the most enjoyed stop. From beautiful scenery, attractive boys with accents, to exclusive shopping, all of the girls thoroughly relished the trip. That is all except the long travel hours. “The plane ride was awful, and we learned every possible way to sleep on a bus,” comments Tunks. Johnson is considering planning another trip for the 2012 summer. If he does decide to host a trip, he needs at least six students to sign up. Trips can range from By: Brookelynn Weaver 9 to 20 days and can cost up to $5,000. Ask any of the seven from this year’s trip, For five days beginning this past June, 26 students traveled to and they will easily convince students that it is worth it. Doyle, Tenn. to take part in FFA’s Leadership Training Camp. While at the camp, students were not strictly limited to agricultural events. Other activities, such as the camp’s annual talent show, took place as well. The camp-goers learned leadership skills, built character and met new people. By: Aaron Gunn Over the summer, HOSA club member and recent graduate Lillian Thompson won “The camp taught me that if you don’t know someone, you can the state championship in a nutrition knowledge competition and went on to compete still get along and work together,” said Shannon Derryberry, senior. in nationals in Anaheim, Calif. The skills learned, and friendships made at the camp were what Of the 36 divisions at the competition, Thompson competed in nutrition knowlhelped make the camp enjoyable for the FFA students. edge and prepared for it by reading books and taking practice quizzes, but unfortunately, she did not win nationals. Although she did not achieve her goal, she and 70,000 other students got a chance to hear Micheal Rodriquez, a brain surgeon, speak about the body’s reactions to certain situations. By: Austen Jones The event was beneficial to everyone by learning about how the body while interactWhile most students were enjoying their summer on vacations or ing with others. at home, a few dedicated cadets of MJHS spend a week training for the new year with the help of the Cadet Leadership Camp held at Boxwell Boy Scout Reservation. Hendersonville High School hosted the camp from July 18-22. The other schools that attended were Tullahoma and Lebanon. “The camp showed us how to become better By: Brookelynn Weaver leaders and how to lead by example,” During the summer, band said senior Josh Bennett, cadet commembers took time out of their mander of MJHS. busy schedules to participate in Every morning the schools the annual band camp here at grouped together for physical trainMJHS. ing. The cadets performed stretches and ran up to one mile. While Despite the heat, dedicated the cadets ran, the comradery was evident as a few fell behind to band members spent 13 hours a encourage those in the back to keep going. day for a week and a half pracDuring the camp the cadets were thrown challenges, forcing them ticing different instruments and to overcome their own fears and techniques to prepare for the coming band season. learn to work as a team to accomplish The band’s familiarity with one another helped when it came to the goal. Each student had to climb memorizing routines. Memorization is a crucial key in band and is a tower secured by only a rope and the foundation for all band will be doing this year. then repelled down the 70 foot tower. All of this hard work paid off, making it an enjoyable experience They later had to shimmy across a for both members who have attended before and for first-timers. 150 foot rope while dangling upside The rest of the student body will be able to see the band’s hard down, hanging above water. These work in action during halftime of the football games. high adventure tasks helped build confidence and leadership. The camp was an overall success. While many strive to find the leader inside themselves, the cadets of MJHS have already conquered that challenge.

FFA Camp

HOSA Takes State

Cadet Leadership

Band Camp

Governor’s School

By: Summer Adams

Of the students who attended Governor’s School from MJHS, seniors Erin Harden and Emily Conner especially enjoyed their experience with agriculture sciences at UT Martin. Governor’s School is a state program that allows students going into their junior or senior year to get a taste of college life. Students who participate stay in an actual college dorm for one month and take college classes for free. At the end of the month, the students are rewarded with six hours of college credit that can be transferred to any college in Tennessee. To go to Governor’s School, Harden and Conner both had to fill out an extensive application and have a G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher. Once accepted, they chose what topic to study and what college they wanted to attend. They both chose to study agriculture science at UT Martin. While Harden found every aspect of Governor’s School rewarding, her highlight was the Vet Clinic because of her love for animals. Conner thought otherwise. She most enjoyed the connections with people she met there, especially with her roommate, whom she became close with during her month long stay at UT Martin. Governor’s School has greatly benefitted both of these girls’ futures. Along with six hours of college credit, they gained new friendships, knowledge and leadership skills. Governor’s School is a terrific opportunity for students and was greatly appreciated by Conner and Harden.

Conner (left); Harden (right)

Academics Club Frenzy Leads to New Fancies By: Paige Brenner

Students filed through the commons on Friday, Aug. 12, amongst brightly colored posters and excited club members promoting their respective clubs. New clubs on the block, like the Japanese Club, the Culinary Club and the Lacrosse Club, stood out as students made their way around the different displays. Cori Hardin, president of the Japanese Culture Club, urged students over dressed in a full kimono. “We are going to have a lot of fun this upcoming year exploring the different aspects of Japanese culture, and we would all love you to be a part of the fun,” said Hardin. The club promises culture lessons and authentic Japanese food tasting and will meet

every Monday from 3:10 p.m. to 4:10 p.m. in room A107. The new Culinary Club calls for anyone interested in simply sharing the love of cooking with others. The club will participate in such events as eating out at Panera Bread, learning how to cook meals and expanding on one’s knowledge of cooking techniques. Sophomores Lily Gamble and Lauren Dannon, co- presidents, call meetings to order every Friday after school in nutrition teacher Amanda Saladin’s room B108. The club has already sparked great interest with 130 students signing up. The new Lacrosse Club, started by students Daniel Moffit, Brandon Fuhrman and Vince Rand, is hitting

the ground running. At the first meeting the club will discuss their first practice and more meeting times. “We just wanted to start a club where we could all get together to play the game we love,” said club member and co-founder Brandon Fuhrman. Returning clubs include Beta Club and Student Council. Reed McCoy, supporter of Beta Club, encouraged his peers to get involved. “Beta Club is a great club to be a part of. Since it is a nationwide club, colleges are very impressed when they see the students that have signed up. ” The club, sponsored by Natalie Lutz’s, will be inducted at a ceremony to pledge them into the club. Clubs that promote school

involvement, community service, and high academic achievement like Beta Club and National Honor Society are great clubs to join and impress colleges. Anyone with school spirit or an interest in developing leadership skills should join Student Council. Student Council fills the year with many activities including t-shirt sales, homecoming parade, Make-A-Wish project and other charity work that the Student Council works with every year. There are no requirements to join, so be sure to show up at the meetings every Tuesday at 7:35 a.m. in the small gym. Whether old or new, it is crucial that every student get involved in a club to meet new people and have new experiences.

Wilson County School System’s Discrimination Policy The Wilson County School System does not discriminate due to age, race, color, gender, national origin, disability, religion, creed, or veteran status in the provision of services, in programs or activities, or in employment opportunities or benefits. Inquiries concerning Title VI or Title IX of the Civil Rights Act should be directed to Monty Wilson at (615) 444-3282. Inquiries concerning Section 504 should be directed to Denise McMillan at (615)453-7302. Inquiries concerning the American with Disabilities Act should be directed to David Burton at (615) 444-3282.

T h e L ow D ow n f o r F r e s h m e n

By: Jordan Steakin

*Be on time: Being on time is a huge deal in high school. When someone walks in late, it interrupts classes and distracts students. *Do not procrastinate: Procrastination leads to stress, and most of the time, failure. Do not take chances on grades or add this stress on top of school and home life. *Use the correct staircase: Do not go down the up staircase and vice versa. Most likely, someone will be standing at the bottom and make you go back up. *Do not stretch the dress code: Why risk chances of getting in trouble? Follow the dress code and you will not have to worry if someone is going to catch you out of it. *Do not use phones or iPods during school: Electronics are not allowed in school. Turn them off and keep them away. It is a distraction from school and a stress maker for teachers. *Study: Never wait until the last minute to study, cramming information is rarely the way to go. *Treat people and school property with respect: When respect is given, it is returned. Always be nice and treat the school with respect and the energy of MJHS will be much better. *Eat a healthy diet: Having a balanced diet helps sustain

energy throughout the day. Having a big breakfast helps wake you up and gives you a better attitude in the morning. Eating small healthy snacks throughout the day also helps keep your energy up. The other benefit to eating right is losing weight. People actually gain weight when they skip meals, especially breakfast. *Get involved, but do not overload: Be involved in school. Join clubs and sports that are interesting and reflect you. Remember, there are four years of high school to do many different things. *Participate in pep rallies: Showing school spirit is a big deal at MJHS. The whole school is in the gym, out do not worry about what you look like having fun and supporting the school. The sillier you look, the more fun you will have. *Always ask questions: Never be afraid to ask questions. Asking questions only betters your knowledge and possibly someone else’s. *Do not be afraid to be yourself: Falling into peer pressure and going along with the fads is not the way to begin your high school career. Have your own personality and do not worry about the $200 jacket that everybody is wearing but you.

11 Tips and Tricks for Scholarships By: Chris West

Over the next few months, seniors will have several opportunities for scholarships. Arlene Barlow, one of the guidance counselors at MJHS, had some tips for seniors and even underclassmen anxious for financial aid for college. “Be persistent,” Barlow said, “that is the way to find the most opportunities.” A good place to start looking is the school’s website: mjhs.bnn. com/mjhs. There, students can go to the guidance section for the latest scholarship information. is another helpful website established by the state to assist students in finding college information. Some of the most common methods of aid are state and federal grants and scholarships. The most well-known is the HOPE Scholarship, provided through the Tennessee Lottery. Students with at least a 3.0 GPA or a score of 21 on the ACT can receive up to $4,000 per year to any four year college in Tennessee, or $2,000 a year to any two year college. Pell Grants and other forms of aid are offered by the federal government, for those who meet educational requirements, but cannot meet the specific financial needs. In order to receive these forms of aid, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, must be filled out starting on Jan. 1. A workshop for seniors will be held in late January to help them fill this out. Scholarships offered by students’ parents’ employers are also often available, in addition to possible scholarships offered by a student’s employer. Churches might offer a scholarship or two as well. “The key is to look early and often; there’s new information all the time,” Barlow said. Other places to look are college fairs or even contacting a college directly. MJHS seniors will be attending the Wilson County College Fair at Cumberland University on Sept. 20. However, this is not the only opportunity for a college fair; the Catholic College Fair will be taking place at St. Cecelia High School on Sept. 26 from 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m., as well as the Metro County College Night, Sept. 28 5:00 p.m.8:00 p.m., at LP Field. Finding scholarships might seem confusing at first, but with these tips, the search can be made easier. As always, the MJHS guidance counselors will be helpful with any questions that may arise.

Your Golden Ray Staff Summer Adams, Savannah Wilson, Lindsey Grah , Hannah Ryan, Jordan Steakin, Lena Ayoub, Christopher West, Paige Brenner, Brooke Bolus, Elaine Gunn, Tanner Primm, Austen Jones, Brookelynn Weaver, and Aaron Gunn

MJHS Golden Ray Newspaper : August 2011  

The Mt. Juliet High School newspaper, The Golden Ray

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