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Norse News Volume 32 • Number 4

Spartanburg High School

500 Dupre Drive

February 12, 2014

Reflection of progress Kennedy inspires at Black History assembly


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sOn February 7 the basketball court of the Dobson Gynasium was dedicated to retired Varsity Boys’ Basketball coach and SHS graduate Doug Lowe. Lowe worked at SHS for 34 years, serving as Head Coach from 1979 to 2010. Lowe was a two-time State Coach of the Year and never had a losing season in 31 years of coaching.s

Kennedy’s administration the City is renovating some of its most run down neighborhoods. Kennedy’s speech began with the history of African Americans beginning with slavery and continuing to segregation. He mentioned how far the country has come since then using the election of President

Mitch Kennedy’s son, second grader Micah Kennedy, introduced his father at the assembly.

Obama as an example. Kennedy went on to mention the mentors and idols that he had in his life that made him into the man that he is today. His words of advice included talking to the student body about where they can go in life and who they can become. Sophomore Maya Cothran was inspired by Kennedy’s speech. “The motivational quotes that he shared with the student body really inspired me to be the best student that I can be,” Cothran said. The ceremony concluded with a gift presented to Kennedy by the Vice President of the Black History Club, Gabriel Rabiu, and a performance of “Lift Every Voice and Sing” by the chorus and orchestra. “The assembly was a complete success and showed how much African Americans have affected our country,” Brown said.

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City council member Mitch Kennedy was the keynote speaker at the Black History assembly. Kennedy reflected on the progress and history of African-Americans.

sMembers of the Corporation perform at the Reveal Party for the upcoming musical "Grease". The musical will be performed from Friday, May 30 to Suncay, June 1. s

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ach year the school reserves a day to commemorate the achievements of African Americans throughout American history. The school holds a ceremony that includes performances from the band and orchestra along with a motivational speech from a guest speaker. Student Body President Cameron Brown opened this year’s Black History assembly and the JROTC Color Guard presented the colors followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. The band chorus and orchestra entertained the student body with performances of the National Anthem and Alma Mater. The orchestra paid tribute to Michael Jackson with a medley of some of his famous songs. The wind ensemble followed with a thrilling performance of “Amazing Grace.” Member of the Black History Club Taylor Gibson gave a speech about all of the contributions that the Black History club has made to the community. She also spoke of the purpose for celebrating the history of African Americans. “Having the opportunity to speak in front of the student body was a great honor. It is crazy to think that I will be a part of such a great black history club legacy,” Gibson said. The guest speaker, Mitch Kennedy, brought his second grade son along with him. Micah Kennedy stole the crowd’s hearts during his proud introduction of his father. Mitch Kennedy is the community service director for the city of Spartanburg and a graduate of Spartanburg High School. Under

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sMembes of the JRTOC competed in and won the Team Spirit Competition at the City of Spartanburg Martin Luther King Unity Walk and 5K Run on Saturday, Jan. 18.s



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Having an empire state of mind

Student advisory council takes bite out of “Big Apple”

“My favorite part of New York City was the Madison Square Garden tour. I had never been there before and it was really interesting,” O’Shields said. The afternoon was spent exploring the area between the beautiful but busy Grand Central Station and Times Square. After dinner at John’s Pizzeria, the day ended New York is truly a at Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum, melting pot. There are no foreigners, just a city where students posed with celebrities and presidents alike. for everyone. The third day was a day of many tourist attractions. The group took a ferry in the snow to pass the Statue of Liberty to Ellis Island. Later, many mournful faces were seen at the 9/11 Memorial. The fourth and final day began at the Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum with 30 active exhibits, such as a trip on a simulation submarine and trying on the gloves that crew members had to wear to do everything. The day ended on a high note at the Top of the Rock, a lookout deck on top of the highest building in New York. During this time of exploration, students witnessed a multitude of cultures, styles, and architecture. The city was seen as a synthesis of cultures from across the world by many, especially freshman Evan Jones. “New York truly is a melting pot. There are no foreigners, just a city for everyone,” Jones said.

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-Freshman Evan Jones

New York travelers pose for a picture in front of the “Alice in Wonderland” sculpture in Central Park. The group left on Thursday, Jan. 15, and came back on Monday, Jan. 20.

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his January, 45 Vikings and seven chaperones embarked on a 14-hour journey to the “melting pot” of New York City. Day one started out with a bus tour of Midtown New York and a walk through Central Park. Participants learned about art pieces such as the “Imagine” mosaic and Strawberry Field. A photo stop led to students reading “The Ugly Duckling” with Hans Christian Anderson’s statue and posing with Lewis Carroll’s characters from “Alice in Wonderland.” The students experienced the arts when going through the Metropolitan Opera House and the Julliard School. The day My favorite part of New ended at the restaurant Bubba Gump’s, York City was the Madison named for the movie “Forrest Gump.” Day two began at the Madison Square Square Gardens tour. Garden Arena, a favorite stop for many including junior Cait O’Shields.

Seniors Chandler Brown, Dennis Henderson, Taylor Gung, and Joseph Myers met actress Sarah Jessica Parker during the Student Council’s trip to New York.


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Leaving history behind Townson plans life after retirement


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and is ready to retire. After working a number of small jobs during his teenage and young adult years, Townson entered the workforce at a hospital. He worked in health care for 25 years in asso-

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ntering the work force at the early age of 15, Charles Townson feels as if he has finally fulfilled all of his career goals

AP US History teacher Charles Townson plays a history game with his class to review for his semester exam. Townson has taught for 20 years and plans to retire at the end of the school year.

ciations and moved up to chief operating officer at Spartanbur Regional. Townson enjoyed his job in healthcare he always had a passion to work with children. Townson has taught at the high school level for 20 years. During his years as a teacher he has been very involved in the AP program and has taught several of the AP offered classes, most recently AP US History and AP American Comparative Government. After retirement Townson still hopes to be involved in the AP program as a reader and table overseer, grading AP exams. Townson has found the AP program at SHS to be the best he has ever been involved in. “I have really enjoyed working with the students here. This is by far the best AP program in the state of South Carolina. It is a fantastic program that I am proud to say I am affiliated with. It has been my privilege to work with the students here,” Townson said.


Townson is currently in the running for the State Teacher of the Year, and if he wins this title, he will spend a year fulfilling the duties of the State Teacher of the Year, which include traveling around the state and promoting educational excellence. His plans for retirement include having a more open schedule and taking time to travel with his wife, Kristin. Townson currently owns a cattle farm but plans to also retire from the farm life. As spring rolls around Townson has found a prospective buyer to sell his livestock to. In the future he plans to lease the farm land out. From retiring to selling his cattle and leasing his farm, Townson has big and exciting changes in his future. “My wife and I are just trying to get our lives set so that we can have as much flexibility as possible, we want to be able to travel and do what we want to do when we are still young and healthy enough,” Townson said.

Hawkins wins Poetry Out Loud Makrina Nayfa


competing in Poetry Out Loud. “We had to memorize a poem for Ms. [Jessica] Burke’s class and she told me to enter and she was right. I really enjoy doing it,” Shepard said. Competitors memorize two poems to perform for judges at the school level. Judges look at six categories: physical presence, voice, dramatic appropriateness, level of complexity, evidence of understanding, and overall performance. The contestants choose their poems

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rom Edgar Allen Poe to E.E. Cummings, poetry lovers all across the country are performing their favorite poems in front of judges for Poetry Out Loud. The high school competition for Poetry Out Loud took place on Dec. 5 for all poetry lovers who wanted to participate or attend. This year’s winner was sophomore Hawkins Shepard. Shepard did not even plan to start

Sophomore Hawkins Shephard, winner of the SHS Poetry Out Loud competition, will compete in Columbia on Sat., March 15.

Seniors Laura Britanisky and Brittany Clifton select delectable treats from Student Council’s bake sale. The money raised from the sale goes to support local charities and organizations.

President’s Corner Photo by E. Hinkle

Cameron Brown Hello Fellow Vikings, Thank you for continuing to make Spartanburg High School great! From supporting athletic teams at different competitions to helping donate money and other items to organizations, you all are continuing to help make our school one of the best in the state! I hope that everyone has a great second half of the year and remember to finish strong! If you have any questions

from a list on the Poetry Out Loud website, . Teacher sponsor Edwin Epps is very impressed with this year’s contestants. “Our winners have always been great.They always impress the judges,” Epps said. Judge Rita Weeks thoroughly enjoys poetry in general. “Poetry for me is a healing art—and it always makes me just a little bit high,” Weeks said.

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Teens perform favorite poems for judges and audience

or concerns about anything going on in our school, do not hesitate to ask me or any other members of the Student Advisory Council! Sincerely,

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Society becoming obsessed with brand names

Public’s love for labels affects how people are perceived


younger generation flashing their new high end watches, latest technology, and decadent outfits incite their peers to do the same. This fosters a need for lavish items in order to feel secure. Junior Wesley Ward agrees that branding comes from a more deeply rooted problem.

the brands, fellow peers are just as much to blame. A study presented at the 23rd Annual Association for Psychological Science Convention in Washington, D.C. proves this idea. College students were asked to view three different photographs of girls alike in attractiveness and in their early Marketers use branding to make it seem as if the brand’s products are nicer. However, many less expensive items are just as nice as their high end competitors.

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veryday Americans are constantly bombarded by commercials, magazines, and people telling them what they should buy and where they should buy it. With all these influences, it is easy to be swayed into buying brand name items just to impress people. Examples of branding are seen all the time. From shoe-obsessed teens known as “sneaker heads” trampling over customers in order to snag a new pair of shoes buzzing all over the internet, to girls sporting the newest purse from a popular designer. Label obsession is everywhere, and everyone is affected by it, whether they know it or not. The causes of materialism are often due to insecurities. People feel that in order to fit in they must show their personality through the things they buy and the way they dress. This is especially apparent in the lives of teenagers. With social media becoming more and more popular, pictures of the

“Materialism can stem from other reasons, like wanting to fit in or prove to people that you can pay for nice things,” Ward said. It is easy to see why materialism has been related to depression and anxiety. Although it is easy to point the finger completely at the people who are buying

twenties and rate them on factors such as status, intelligence, and sociability. They were also asked questions such as “Do you think this person has a lot of friends?” and “Do you think this person is important?” The only difference between the models in the photo were that one was wearing a grey sweatshirt

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Should men take on “feminine” colors?

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with no logo, one in a grey sweatshirt with a Kmart logo, and one in a grey sweatshirt with an Abercrombie and Fitch logo. Most people stated that the model in the Abercrombie and Fitch logo sweatshirt was the most popular and most important. The plain, grey sweatshirt came in second and the Kmart logo sweatshirt came in third. Sophomore Agnes King believes that branding gives a first impression as to what someone is like. “Appearance pulls you in but personality keeps you around,” King said. This study shows that society truly does judge people based on the label of their clothes and puts those people with nice things on a pedestal. Although it is easy to give in to the temptations of materialism, it is best not to get sucked in, especially when it comes to clothes. It is important to invest in quality rather than the name. As a consumer, one must be wary of the effects of branding and try not to buy something purely to be perceived a certain way.

n times past men were the protectors of women. These men were hunters who gathered food, they were defenders against any type of dangers, and they were the ones who vied for a lady’s affection. In 2014, society now finds it acceptable for men to get pedicures, for them to carry around “European shoulder bags” (aka purses), and to become overly concerned with their looks. There is also now a modern conception that “real men wear pink.” This conception is a lie! The only occasion for men to wear pink is in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month. Any other time of the year, it is a no-no. The color pink is often associated with unconditional love and nurturing, neither of which are a man’s top qualities. This color is feminine in nature and should be left to the ladies, who wear it better anyway. Some may argue that pink shows the “softer” and “emotional” side of a man. This side of a man should not be unleashed unless society wants a world of men carrying European shoulder bags, running to their next pedicure appointment. Men should therefore stick to the solid, basic colors and leave this pastel hue to the women. A real man does not wear pink. Therefore, this color should be worn by women only.


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nce upon a time before pink, sparkly Barbie clothes, pink was actually associated as a male color because of its strong striking hues. While blue was associated with females because it was the more dainty and delicate color. So why is it so hard for the male gender to stomach the idea of wearing the color pink? There is obviously general perception that “pink is a girl’s color and blue is a boy’s.” Take first born babies, for example. It is a new day and age, and it is time for some changes. Men, do not worry. It is not a loss of masculinity by wearing the color. A lot of people live by the statement “real men wear pink.” So go ahead, break out the pink shirts, shorts, and ties in all shades. Pink goes well with so many colors and is so easy to mix and match. Senior Garland Crowley believes that pink is a good look on guys. “I think guys should wear pink. Most guys are too afraid to show their sensitive side. Wearing pink allows them to be free and express their true feelings,” Crowley said. On the plus side, a lot of girls think it shows the sensitive side of a guy, automatic brownie points. That should be convincing on its own. Men, show a different side. Pink is the way to go!

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If you had a blog what would you blog about? How to cook easy breakfast foods for when you are hungry.

Drew Keefer, 10

Fashion and the new trends, and what to wear and what not to wear.

Keira Moore, 12

Political views and debates, because they are important for people our age to think about.

Geoffery Goode, 9 Bands, locally and in other countries, to review them. I love music so I think it would work out well for me.

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New currency a bit of a coin-cidence

Electronic currency makes for easy transactions


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t is the talk of the day that the world is becoming more computerized, as society drops the physical and leaps towards easier, more accurate, and more secure means of managing business with the help of cyber space. One recent development that has gained popularity worldwide is bitcoin. Bitcoin is a new system of virtual currency that uses bitcoins (virtual, immaterial money) as an easier way to buy, sell, or just make regular payments. The major difference between bitcoin and other methods of payment like cash, debit, or credit, is that bitcoin is a digital network of users called ‘peers’ who exchange, buy, and sell bitcoins or other items, using their bitcoin balance. There is no centralized bank that stores or prints literal bitcoins, and there is no set value for a bitcoin. Its value is determined by the rate of supply and demand among the peers. To begin as a bitcoin user, one would download or create an online bitcoin wallet.

Upon creating a bitcoin wallet, the user will have a bitcoin balance and address. To acquire bitcoins that are transferrable, one could begin accepting bitcoins as a form of payment, trade them for other traditional

I think Bitcoin is a great idea because it reduces the stress of keeping up with money

-Junior Kayla Werts

currencies, or purchase bitcoins online through a bank account. Junior Kayla Werts plans to have an international business career. “I think bitcoin is a great idea because it reduces the stress of keeping up with money. When I get older, I want to do international business, so I’ll be able to shop and spend money in a different country without conversions and all that hassle,” Werts said. For a transaction to occur, two peers

High school sports and highlights, because it is the main interest and topic of conversation in the school.

Arin Jeter, 11 I would blog about superheroes, and how they save and help the world.

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Africa Mercy provides healthcare to those in need


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hen there are no hospitals, let alone money to pay for one, what do people do? Try a giant, floating hospital, free of charge. In many developing countries, even basic medical care is a luxury. In Africa, nearly 50 percent of the people have no access to a doctor or hospital. While a ship is not the most conventional type of hospital around, it is perfect for the way it needs to be used. Nearly 75 percent of the world lives within 100 miles of a port city. A ship is also self-contained, so there is no need to rely on

Rainbows and unicorns, because I love them and their beauty.

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agree on a price or the value of their bitcoins, which is usually reasonable based on bitcoin rates at that time. Economics teacher Tony Thompson shares an economist’s view of bitcoin. “Economists don’t quite know what to make of a virtual currency that is not issued by governments or held by banks. It has been called a ‘coin with no realm.’ It sure is volatile: bitcoin has traded from a fraction of a cent to over $1200. You can use bitcoin for purchases at a fastgrowing number of firms, but for now, I think bitcoin is more about high-risk speculation in the investment arena. Where it will go in the long-term is anyone’s guess,” Thompson said. Junior Brenna Ryan believes bitcoin is good idea and a beneficial system. “Switching to virtual money could reduce the costs of resources needed to print, mint, and transfer money. Paper money itself is worthless, so we might as well switch to bitcoin. As long as there are working security measures in place, bitcoin seems like a good idea,” Ryan said.

Ship sails ocean to heal and rebuild

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A dream that began 35 years ago in a young man’s heart has become reality: a big, white, state-of-the-art hospital ship that delivers hope and healing to people around the world.

many countries’ poor water and power supplies. Sophomore Camille Stephens was surprised by the idea. “I would never have expected a ship could be a hospital, but I guess it makes sense,” Stephens said. People die all of the time from basic problems like malaria, diarrhea, and pneumonia that are easily treatable if you have access to the medicine. Africa Mercy, the flagship of this enterprise, performs major surgeries and operations, as well. They remove tumors, fix cleft lips, perform plastic reconstructive surgery, fix orthopedic problems like club feet, help with births, perform cataract surgeries, and diagnose mental illnesses. The ship stays in port for a few months, and in their most recent stop in Sierra Leone, they performed 3,300 life-changing surgeries, more than 2,600 eye surgeries, more than 34,700 dental treatments, and gave about 10,000 medical consultations. Even though the ship’s time in each place is limited, they try to see to the well-being of the area in their absence, training more than 450 local health-care professionals in advanced medical fields to help the area once the Mercy is no longer there. Reconstructive surgery gave Abel, a young boy from Togo with legs so crooked they were curving backwards, the ability to play soccer like he had always wanted. It gave three siblings, blind since birth, their sight back, allowing them to live like normal kids. Senior Christina Miyares is amazed by what is possible there. “These stories are amazing and I couldn’t imagine what it is like for the people they’ve healed,” Miyares said.



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Girl code, guy code

TV show dishes on social rules Staffer

irls and guys should always follow the rules of girl code and guy code. These rules are essential for social survival. Break one of these rules and it could be the end of a friendship. Following these rules is in the best interest of you and your comrades. Senior Emma Hall has learned this through her high school experiences. “Breaking girl code is a really big deal. It almost never turns out well.” Hall said “Guy Code” is a popular show on MTV2 that

Breaking girl code is a really big deal. It almost never turns out well.

– Senior Emma Hall

launched in November 2011. This show was such a success that MTV created a spinoff show for the opposite sex called “Girl Code.” The first show of “Girl Code” aired in April 2013. The show takes a comical approach to the code of conduct between comrades. “Girl Code” should be a mutual understanding between two or more female friends. The first and most important rule is to respect the fact that a man

is taken, especially if that man is taken by a friend. Messing with a spoken-for man is like a ticking time bomb. Something will blow up in the end. Even if the couple has broken up, give it 2-3 months and have permission from the friend. Next in line is the touchy “Girl Code” and “Guy Code” are both popular TV shows from the MTV network. subject of insecurities. Yes! It is true. EVERYONE has insecurities. Girls, should “My only guy code is that you shouldn’t have cats, not announce their insecurities. More importantly do because they are too feminine,” Fields said. not announce these problems on social media or to a Another thing that guys should be mindful of is their significant other. This just creates awkward situations maturity level. Being able to balance maturity will take and is an annoyance. Frivolous insecurities, like whether one far in life. A guy must know when it is OK to be or not your nose is too big, usually go unnoticed until funny and joke around, and when to be serious. you draw attention to how bad it is. Guys night out is a sacred event for boys. Keep it that Guy code is quite similar in that it is socially illegal way. Make sure when you go out on these escapades, to be romantic with a buddy’s significant other. When if you have a woman waiting at home; let her know around her, one must keep a safe distance, keep hugs where you will be going. Do not be the guy who goes under 10 seconds and be careful not to leak any out but does not have fun because he is texting his information that he might not want her to know. girlfriend the entire time. Most importantly do not Junior Henry Fields believes that there is only one bring personal issues to boys night out, the reason rule to follow when it comes to guy code. you are there in the first place is to let loose. Photo courtesy


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“Gimme Shelter” sheds light Hudgens gives dynamic performance


imme Shelter,’ directed by Ron Krauss, is no typical teen mom movie. Agnes ‘Apple’ Bailey, played by Vanessa Hudgens, escapes the care of her mother, who is an abusive drug addict, and goes to find her father, who abandoned her at birth. When Apple discovers she is pregnant, she runs away and returns to the streets, eventually ending up in a pregnant women’s shelter. Based on a true story, “Gimme Shelter” portrays life on the streets in violent and scary ways, and is not recommended for the faint of heart. For viewers that can take the elements used in the film, or at least cover their eyes, the story of Apple’s redemption is incredible. Hudgens’ tact at acting is shown through the harshness of how she plays the angry teen role. A cast-aside, abused character is far different than roles she has played in the past. Apple is dynamic, and Hudgens portrays her shifts to each new environment extremely well. Also a key aspect of the film is the idea of contrast. The image of bloody and bruised Apple against the clean, white rooms of her father’s mansion clearly shows the horrible situation Apple has come from. The movie shows the power of faith and the difficulties faced by adolescents overcoming their abusive pasts. Apple is able to find solace through the love of God and others who help her find love, making the movie truly inspiring.


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Unlikely teacher shows how to be strong Baskin sheds light on lives of autistic children in new release Eleanor Ericson iddle school is bad enough, but having to go through it with autism would make it ten times harder. “Anything But Typical”, a novel by Nora Raleigh Baskin, shows a side of autism that most people never see, the child’s point of view. Autism is a growing problem, and Baskin shows the readers that it is not just a terrible disease, but a strange and sometimes beautiful thing. Meet Jason, a high-functioning 12-year-old autistic sixth-grader trying to get through middle school. He is constantly bullied because he is different. He flaps his hands and is followed around by a one-on-one aide. His family, albeit protective and loving, does not quite understand him, and the rest of the world rarely tries. Like most people, sophomore Kathaleena Chhien does not know much about autism, either. “I don’t know much about autism beyond the stereotypes, and I doubt I would understand Jason any more than his parents,” Chhien said.

with Jason. He starts to think of her as his girlfriend, but when his parents surprise him with a trip to a convention for the site he writes on, he worries about how Rebecca will act when she sees him in real life.



This sort of ostracizing is enough to drive anybody crazy, but Jason finds an outlet: writing. Through his stories, he is able to let his feelings out, and because he does it online, he can do so without ever

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Baskin uses the mind of an autistic 12-year-old to show the entire experience of life,from the struggles of fitting in to the need to be true to oneself.

having to reveal his autism to anyone, so the readers actually know him the way he wants to be seen. One of these readers, PhoenixBird, or Rebecca, starts a correspondence

Freshman Olivia Bradley can identify with this problem. “Some of the people I talk to, I haven’t ever really met. I think with me it’s the reverse though. I’m more

worried about how people I always see will see me rather than people I’ve never met,” Bradley said. Although the main character in Baskins’ book is younger than the targeted audience, the themes of differences and conformity, which are also the themes in Jason’s writing, are applicable to teenagers everywhere. Booklist, a publication of the American Library Association that provides critical reviews of books and audiovisual materials, reviewed Baskin’s books and the review is glowing with praise. “Luminous... This is an enormously difficult subject, but Baskin, without dramatics or sentimentality, makes it universal,” Booklist states. “Anything But Typical” has won the prestigious ALA Schneider Family Book Award, in addition to others like Starred Review on both Kirkus and Booklist, Bank Street’s Best Books of the Year, and ALA Notable Children’s Books, to name a few. It was even selected as one of South Carolina’s Book Award nominees.


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ith all the changes in today’s society, many practices of chivalry are considered “outdated” and sometimes offensive. This can be difficult especially when it comes to dating. However, there is a steady set of rules to follow that will help any lady or gentleman come off as

polite without being offensive. Sophomore Anna Douglas Smith believes that practicing manners is still extremely important. “When someone is polite and uses manners, it shows that they care,” Smith said. Before the date, it is always a good idea to ask the other person what they would like to do. If they want their significant other to decide, the person should think about a date that would be fun for the both of them. It is always a good idea to send a text to the date and let them know the dress code for whatever it is they are planning.

The guy should usually be the one picking up for a first date. It is also important that he comes to the door and takes some time to meet the family. This shows that he is interested in his date. After the first date, both parties are free to pick each other up. Opening doors is essential when on a date. No girl wants to see a door hit her face after the boy has walked through it. Even though this rule seems silly it is one of the most important to follow. When the check arrives at dinner, the boy should usually pay. It’s nice for the girl to offer but just because they offer does not mean they should be paying. The boy must kindly decline her offer and pay himself, without griping about it. Sophomore Noah Nawabi agrees that it is a gentleman’s duty


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o pay for the date. “It’s not right for the girl to pay or the check on a date. I feel like he guy should always pay for it,” Nawabi says. The rules for manners during a date are simple. Both people hould be kind in what they say, keep a steady conversation going, and stay off the phone. The phone rule is especially mportant. When one is on their phone the whole date, the other person feels as if they are worthless. Keep the phone on silent and only use it for emergencies. At the end of the date both people should make sure to say hank you and that they had a good time, even if they did not. t is always a good idea to send a thank you text or a phone call o let each other know that they appreciated the date.

Top dating destinations

Alternatives to standard dates Nora Smith

Student Life Editor


hen taking the perfect girl or guy on a date, location is everything! Luckily, there are plenty of fun and romantic places nearby to choose from. The place for a date depends on personality. For the fun-loving types, try something active or competitive. A local bowling alley is great for any couple that wants to have some friendly competition. Junior Jillian Hoffman appreciates a date that wants a good time. “I would love for a guy to take me to the skate palace. It’s a super cool place to be,” Hoffman said. For first dates and long time daters alike, going out to eat is easy and classic. Monsoon Noodle House, Mon Amie, and Yanni’s all have a great environment and are easy to afford for those on a budget.

For the sensitive type, or anyone just looking to go the extra mile for their date, keep an eye out for

Ferris Wheel in the fall. Looking beyond meals and movies will show any special someone they are being thought about. Spartanburg offers many beautiful nature spots and hiking trails, which are perfect for active couples looking for quality time together. Nature walks are a fun alternative for the fit, active couple. Guys, do not forget to bring a picnic basket and blanket for after the walk. Sophomore Ben Vitale is looking for a place to appreciate all the nature Spartanburg is home to several trails such as Spartanburg has to offer. Cottonwood Trail. These are perfect locations for long, romantic nature walks. “I would take a girl to seasonal attractions. Some Sparkle Hatcher Gardens so I could compare City favorites are ice skating in the her beauty to the flowers growing winter, Spring Fling in May, and the there,” Vitale said

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Monumental experiences

Set a time, find a place, and make a memory Makrina Nayfa

When it comes to memorable dates, it is not necessary to do something as eave the cliché movie dates in the past and boring dinner dates extreme as skydiving to make the day special for both people. Just incorporate for the future. Creating the perfect date for that special person what that special person enjoys. The most memorable dates may be the corniest can be difficult, but it will all be of them all, but if corny works, do it. worth it in the end. Even if things do not go exactly as planned it can still Senior Grace Knox was left with a pleasant make for a memorable time. Senior Liam Schmitt had a surprise when her boyfriend asked her to prom real fiery dating experience. in an unexpected way. “On our one year anniversary my girlfriend and I were “It was my boyfriend’s birthday and we had riding in the car and she was playing with the cigarette just gone to eat with his family and then gone to lighter. She didn’t think that it worked and she mashed it his house for birthday cake. Afterward, he took into my arm and melted my skin,” Schmitt said. me home to come see my family so they could Trying to come up with a special date may be see him on his birthday. He had set up this huge stressful, but when people care about each other an sign while I was at lacrosse practice and he lit it awful lot it does not matter where or what they do for Grace Knox had a memorable experience by up when we got home. It had ‘Prom?’ written on their dates, every date will be a memorable one for the being asked to prom with a lit up poster. it,” Knox said. two of them. Photo by R. Knox


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Geocaching makes new hobby

Trinkets and treasures hidden and found in local spots

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has made its way into media through books Geocaching, a realsuch as North of Beautiful world, outdoor treasure by Justina Chen and has hunt, is a worldwide game been featured in television that has become the hobby shows like ABC Family’s of millions around the “Switched at Birth.” world who participate using Though geogaches are their GPS. placed everywhere, a maThe word ‘geocaching’ jority of the treasures can comes from the term “geo-” be found in nature, such as meaning earth and “cache” in the woods. meaning a hiding place. Junior Casey Anderson Geocaching was started enjoys this “back to nature” in May of 2000 by a group of Many geocaches can be found in the woods or in an outdoor area. aspect of the hobby. GPS enthusiasts, including After finding a geocache, people sometimes add their own unique tokens, such as stuffed animals, bottle caps, and personal poems. “I recommend going Dave Ulmer, who wanted There are approximately two million geocaches around the world! [geocaching] if you are a to test the accuracy of the new selective availability of the GPS. To required information in the logbook, nature person,” Anderson said. When geocaching in the woods, it conduct the test, Ulmer hid a target in and if taking something, leave something the woods and the hunt for it became behind. It is traditional for the treasure is a good idea to bring items such as a known as “The Great American GPS hunter to leave something behind. towel and shovel just in case extra work Always, always return the geocache to is required to find a certain cache. Stash Hunt.” Geocaching involves trial and error, A traditional geocache, or “cache,” is its original place so that other “cachers” so be prepared to learn a lot about an item hidden inside a container at a may find it as well. Junior Sarah Moss went geocaching the surrounding environment. When specific location. Some caches may be as small as a matchbook, in which case the with a friend and enjoyed the hunt for getting close to the specific location, some caches involve looking under container will hold only the logbook for the hidden object. “It was fun walking through the rocks, behind or inside trees, and in the finder to sign. Bigger caches usually woods with our GPS trying to figure out various parts of walls or other structures. contain the logbook as well as a prize. Sophomore Joe Delaney believes that The rules of geocaching are simple. where we were,” Moss said. For beginners, is such challenges are fun. Use a GPS or GPS-enabled cell phone to beneficial because it connects the person “Geocaching is a very awesome find a geocache location. After reading through online clues, with tips, experts, maps, other geocaches experience because it familiarizes you go searching the area for the hidden and even groups to go geocaching with. with the area you’re caching in and its Geocaching has become a popular just an overall awesome experience,” trinket in that particular location. Upon finding a geocache, fill in the pastime of many Americans. Thus, it Delaney said.

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Would nana approve? How to behave online


hoosh, the Twitter feed updates at a lightening speed, showing every post, both nice and not so nice. The internet has a way of making people feel like they can say or do anything, like vent angry thoughts or simply get back at someone, but the internet is no place to let off steam. Online etiquette is sometimes overlooked but is very crucial. Even if an account is private, there is certain software that allows for viewing of anything that was ever posted. So, a Facebook or Twitter status about how stupid your boss is will follow you. No fear, though, cleaning up your image is a cinch. First, look at your profile. Log out and google yourself. See what others see about you. People do judge books by their covers, and your Facebook account is an online book of your life. Think before you post. Type out the post and read it. If there is hesitation to hit enter, step away from the keyboard for a few minutes. Come back to it later and see if those words still seem questionable. Before sending out anything on social media, think of what Grandma would say. If she would not approve, then it is probably not a good idea to put that post out there. Make Grandma proud, and cut down on negative online presence. Try to own an account so positive that people want to follow. Do not brag or excessively complain, and do all friends a favor by not posting unflattering or embarrassing pictures of them. Much like the golden rule, tweet how you would like to be tweeted. Be a leader for others. Not only will this improve your image, but followers will appreciate it. If nothing works, consider withdrawing from social networks for a while. Not having an online presence is much better than having a bad one.


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Blogs becoming lucrative businesses Jack West


Cover Editor

ith internet more popular than ever, all types of online businesses are booming. Blogs, which appeared on the internet in the late 1990s, were once individually run, hobbylike pages, but now blogs are emerging as full-fledged profitable businesses. Many of the most successful blogs, like Chiara Ferragni’s “The Blonde Salad,” start out as an online hobby. For Ferragni, a fashion obsessed law student, new trends and interesting fashion designs were fun to

blog about. Ferragni began her blog in 2009 and, since then, has used its popularity and a bit of creativity to produce a lucrative shoe and jewelry line. As in Ferragni’s case, blogs sometimes open opportunities for people, provided they get the right kind of publicity. Ferragni got a job as a model for Tod’s, a European shoe company that reached out to her because of her blog. Freshman Hannah Stathakis loves Ferragni’s style. “Her blog is so creative, and I love how everything she wears has a cool, California

vibe,” Stathakis said. “Proper Kid Problems,” a blog created by an anonymous college prepster, has amassed over 51,000 social network followers. It also helped him publicize items in his clothes store, which sells tee shirts and bow ties. This blogger has been able to work with publications like Town and Country due to the quality and fame of his blog. But how do these people make an online hobby into a full-fledged business? The answer lies in advertising. Many websites, like AdSense. com, are designed specifically

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could never exist. I love how much it is being used in schools. It keeps me interested,” Cambria said. Advancements in technology continue to change education methods. And so far, holograms are promising an interesting and intellectual future for young students. Through holograms, expert surgeons will be able to demonstrate surgical procedure to medical students as if the students were actually there. Spanish-speaking students

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Through advertising and proper management, some bloggers become extremely successful and make money from their blogs.

for bloggers to register and search for potential advertisers. Advertisers pay bloggers to run their ads, and, depending on the advertiser, blog owners can make major commission from running these ads. To be most successful with a blog requires partnerships with large companies. For instance, “What Courtney Wore,” by Texas native, Courtney Kerr,

has led her to partnerships with jewelry labels like Gorjana and Bauble Bar. Sophomore Jayah GistHilton runs his own blog, hipsterhilton, on Tumblr. He has had it for over a year and hopes to make money from it one day. “I’m really jealous of people who run blogs and can make money,” said Gist-Hilton.

could connect to Englishspeaking students to engage in real conversations and participate actively without having to fly across the ocean. A schedule-filled and in-demand lecturer could present his lecture to multiple classrooms or lecture halls full of students at the same. Senior Mikayla Robinson is impressed by holograms. “I was amazed with the Tupac Shakur Hologram and I never would have imagined the same technology being used in

school,” Robinson said. Remote attendance-taking is an idea a step further. If and when the technology becomes feasible, personal holographic projectors would enable students at home to participate in a lecture with a teacher projected into their living room. As holographic technology becomes more commonplace, it brings the possibility of more engagement and excitement in the learning environment. It may even attract new students and encourage further studies.

Coming to life Holograms enhance education

H Holograms are especially helpful in the medical field, and other subjects, for teaching and demonstrating medical processes in a new, interesting way.

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olograms are changing life as we know it. Deceased musicians can perform live, Einstein can revisit a school to conduct an experiment, and Martin Luther King Jr. can share his famous speech in high schools all over the world. Holograms are starting to be incorporated into lessons and succeed in adding creativity to learning. Junior Melissa Cambria appreciates technology in class. “A world without technology

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Cheering with Allstar spirit

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Haley Patrick tumbles into world of competition eing born into a cheerleading family, and having a sister on the University of South Carolina’s cheerleading team has not stopped junior Haley Patrick from paving her own way in the Allstar cheer world. Allstar cheerleading is very different from high school cheerleading. Allstar teams are highly competitive and their sole purpose is to perform at competitions. They do not cheer at athletic events and most teammates do not go to the same school. Patrick has been a part of Allstar cheerleading for fourteen years and is currently on the “Rolling Stones” team, an international co-ed team. Patrick’s team is a level five team, which means that the team has advanced skills. Teams are a part of a gym, which is where the cheerleaders are trained in complicated tumbling and dance routines. Gyms have several teams, starting with level one teams, and the

Patrick cheers on the varsity cheerleading squad when not competing as an AllStar.

highest level teams being level five. A typical routine that is performed at a competition is about two minutes and thirty seconds long and consists of jumps, tumbling, stunts, a pyramid, and a dance. These routines are practiced for months in advance and are highly energetic and challenging. Allstar competitions are held on

the weekends in venues all across the country from Myrtle Beach to Atlanta and Texas to Florida. Competitions begin with warm-ups. Then teams wait backstage until their turn , and then they perform for the judges. After the performances, the first day of the competition is done. The following day, awards are given out and teams find out how they ranked. In the end, for Patrick, teamwork is the most important part of the sport, “When we get on the mat, and I see all of our rockstar coaches, teams, and parents, I get a feeling I cannot even describe. When the music starts, I forget about everything going on around me,” Patrick said. Patrick believes that her experience has helped her to be a strong leader and to be a stronger cheerleader, “My Allstar training has taught me how to become a leader and people at my gym have challenged me to be better,” Patrick said.

Smile for the camera crew On the scene with behind-the-scene sports filmers Hunter Hicklin


Staff Reporter

Photo by T. Eye

hen watching replays of football and basketball games or speakers on a screen at assemblies, people do not tend to think about those who work behind the scenes to make sure everything runs smoothly– the camera crew. The camera crew at SHS began by only recording the basketball games, but since then they have progressed tremendously. They now also control the cameras for the school board and the televisions in the atrium. Senior Dave Austin loves working with technology and has enjoyed every part of his camera crew duties.

The camera crew uses multiple cameras to create instant replays and control the big screen at a basketball game.

“I love what I do. It is a true honor to be able to work behind the scenes of games and to make sure everything is working correctly. The school depends on me and it’s my duty to not let them down,” Austin said. During assemblies the camera crew keeps the camera on the speaker and makes sure the microphones are working. At games they show footage on the big screen while creating replays on a second camera. Senior Anton Lee is part of the camera crew and is involved in recording games along with Austin. “I enjoy being around basketball and joining the crew was a way to stay around it. I’d like to be able to do the same thing through college with many different sports,” Lee said. There are a number of clubs to get involved in, but most do not take advantage of the privileges that go along with them. The camera crew offers many fun and rewarding opportunities such as being able to help out at games and get involved with the student body. Freshman Victoria Clowney participates in many extracurricular activities and is fascinated with the many opportunities available. “I never knew that the school had a camera crew. I think it would be cool to get involved, and I know a lot of students that would love to be behind scenes of games,” Clowney said.

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Legging Evolution

Fun, functional, and fashionable


eggings have been around for hundreds of years. They date all the way back to the 13th century, when they were used as protection from chapping and insect bites. They were also used in the 1800s in the army to avoid any dirt and debris from coming in direct contact with the legs. By the 20th century leggings became a popular women’s clothing item. They hit the fashion industry so hard that they were out-selling jeans. This versatile clothing item lost its popularity by the end of the decade. By 2005 leggings made a comeback. They came back new and improved with loud and outrageous designs. You can buy leggings in various materials such as cotton, nylon, and spandex, depending on what their function will be. Leggings are a staple item in any girls wardrobe. They are an easy alternative when jeans do not work with the outfit. They are also great to wear under dresses and skirts when the weather gets cold. Leggings are even emerging in men’s couture. They’re referred to as meggings and are worn in layers. They are most popular in the European electro scene and on the runways.


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Leggings come in many patterns and styles.


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Team for a season, friends for life Seniors maintain close relationships on and off court Timothy Lindsey Co-Editor in Chief


Photo by E. Ericson

t is said that friendships appear for a reason, a season, and even a lifetime. The varsity boys’ basketball friendships will certainly last that long since their close-knit relationships help them work as a team. The team’s seniors include Matthew Erps, Derek Brannon, Aundres Greene, Eli Parham, Isaac Sims, Ben Smith, Tae Stevenson, DeAngelo Thompson, and Hosea Williams. Starting point guard Erps enjoys playing with his team and believes the special chemistry they share makes Seniors Ben Smith, Dee Dee Thompson, Matthew Erps, Isaac Sims, Hosea them special. Williams, Tae Stevenson, Eli Parham, and Aundres Greene are members and leaders of the boys’ basketball team. “I love playing with this group of guys. I’ve known them since ninth grade, some of them even from middle school. Just being around them for so long really helps translate to how we play on the court,” Erps said. Erps then went on to share the fun the team has together. “We have so much fun off the court, too. We never have a dull moment with each other. I mean, from rapping, to cracking jokes, to just eating out, it’s always great spending time with them. We have become brothers over the years. They really are family to me,” Erps said.

Varsity Boys Wreslting Woodruff Broome Wren Ware Shoals SCSDB Christ Church Blue Ridge Walhalla Franklin Gaffney Fort Mill Boiling Springs Riverside Woodruff Mauldin Gaffney Dorman Byrnes Wade Hampton

39-21 (W) 36-45 (L) 67-6 (W) 66-18 (W) 84-0 (W) 75-6 (W) 36-33 (W) 33-39 (W) 60-18 (W) 37-32 (W) 37-45 (L) 15-52 (L) 24-43 (L) 44-21 (W) 36-48 (L) 39-42 (L) 0-64 (L) 43-32 (W) 17-21 (W)

JV Boys Basketball Riverside Woodruff Byrnes Dorman Boiling Springs Maudlin Wade Hampton Gaffney Riverside Brynes

71-42 (W) 80-28 (W) 42-50 (L) 38-36 (W) 57-35 (W) 71-27 (W) 52-29 (W) 37-29 (W) 56-25 (W) 37-35 (W)

The bonds these seniors have made allow them to rely on each other both on and off the court. So far, the team has accomplished many feats this season and this is especially attributed to their friendships. Starting center Brannon noted that the team has become more unified and that each team member is more comfortable with each other’s playing styles. “The team has become more of a unit. We returned with a lot of guys from last year and we are more familiar with each other and the way we play. The team is a great group of guys that are all very talented,” Brannon said. The team’s captains are Smith and Erps, who were both unanimously chosen as captains by their team two years in a row. Boys’ Varsity Basketball Coach Fred Ford said that the two serve as additional help with the boys and praises their positive influence on the team. “They are two additional coaches on the team. They are not only vocal, but lead by example, being present at all weight room practices and giving total effort the last two years,” Ford said. Since last year, the team has lost key players, such as Razeke Woodruff, Michael Faulhaber, and Korri Dawkins. However, the seniors have filled the voids and have contributed to the overall success of the team. “Every senior this year has played a crucial role on the team. We lost all of our big men last year. Derek Brannon, Hosea Williams, Eli Parham, and Aundres Green have filled the void left by Korri, Mike, and Razeke. Tae Stevenson is our returning All-Region player and has gotten off to a great start,” Ford said. Ford went on to complement the accomplishments of the rest of the team. “Dee Dee Thompson is getting back to his old self– handling the ball and passing like he has been playing varsity for three years. Isaac Sims, Jr., coming off on a torn ACL, along with Tae, shot the lights out of 6A Georgia powerhouse Collins Hill in the Holiday Classic,” Ford said.

Scoreboard Varsity Boys Basketball Chesnee Broome Newberry Chesnee Broome Riverside Byrnes Collins Hills

104-63 (W) 91-62 (W) 75-79 (L) 78-82 (L) 77-50 (W) 57-52 (W) 59-66 (L) 75-73 (W)

Varsity Girls Basketball Chesnee Broome Newberry Riverside Brynes Dorman Boiling Springs Mauldin Wade Hampton Gaffney Riverside Dorman

91-24 (W) 54-43 (L) 64-54 (W) 63-29 (W) 44-32 (W) 44-32 (W) 59-37 (W) 46-45 (W) 40-54 (L) 64-56 (W) 68-38 (W) 89-52 (L)

Dorman Boiling Springs Mauldin Wade Hampton Gaffney Brynes Dorman

60-61 (L) 79-65 (W) 78-75 (W) 86-76 (W) 91-93 (L) 76-74 (W) 72-93 (L)

JV Girls Basketball Broome Broome Clover Dorman Riverside Byrnes Dorman Boiling Springs Mauldin Wade Hampton Gaffney Riverside Byrnes Mauldin

52-25 (W) 46-26 (W) 44-20 (W) 31-41 (L) 47-19 (W) 34-40 (L) 36-30 (W) 54-32 (W) 37-13 (W) 41-17 (W) 34-14 (W) 43-22 (W) 34-38 (L) 56-26 (W)

C-Team Boys Basketabll Broome Broome Byrnes Boiling Springs Byrnes Dorman Boiling Springs Wade Hampton Gaffney Riverside Brynes

28-34 (L) 30-40 (L) 36-44 (L) 51-44 (W) 52-39 (L) 18-29 (L) 33-29 (L) 40-25 (W) 43-50 (L) 23-20 (W) 31-49 (L)

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“The expectation is to be competitive in all practices, matches, and tournments. –Coach Gerard Gauthier

who made it to State this season to represent his team. “It’s a great accomplishment. I’ve put in a lot of hard work,” Hinkle said. Gauthier’s demands paid off in the end. “The expectation is to be competitive in all practices, matches, and tournaments. I want each wrestler to give maximum effort

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restling is a very demanding sport and Coach Gerard Gauthier had high expectations for all his wrestlers all season long. Entering into the Region II4A match, the boys’ wrestling team had already achieved a winning record of 12-8. Finally, at the end of the regular season, on Feb. 1, eight teams competed in the Region II4A wrestling match. Eight of our wrestlers qualified for State: seniors Shaekwon Heard and Terry Wood; juniors Xavier Parks, Daron Mullins; sophomores Drew Keefer, Shonquez Caldwell, and Austin Hinkle; and freshman Grady Thomas. Hinkle was one of the eight wrestlers

Sophomore Austin Hinkle wins his match against a Broome wrestler. Hinkle has had an productive season and is one of eight wrestlers qualifying for State. He also swims summer league for the Hillbrook Dolphins.

in the classroom, in the weight room, on the track, while running bleachers, in the practice room, on the mat during competition, while managing proper weight and nutrition, and during friendly games of tiddlywinks,” Gauthier said. To prepare for Region, the team did a lot of running, lifting weights, participating in technique training, and wrestling each other for practice. Wrestling season starts in December, and practices every day are filled with 15 to 20 minute runs, lifting weights, jumping rope, wrestling drills, and mock wrestling matches. The practices do not end until the very last day of the season. One team ritual is their pre-match European warm up. This consists of jog-

ging, skipping, front rolls, bear crawls, crab walking, elephant walking, army crawling, and stretching. Senior Terry Wood has had a winning season, along with sophomore Drew Keefer, who is wrestling up a weight classification at 152 lbs. to help out the team. “It was exciting to see all the hard work in the practice room pay off. The whole team puts in a lot of effort, so qualifying was really exciting,” Keefer said. Through all the long practices and competitions, the team has had some comical moments, as well. Wrestlers have tripped over the mat tape, put their singlets on backwards, and even forgotten their mouth pieces, but when it mattered every wrestler gave his all.

e have all been there, waking up the next morning after hitting the gym and feeling the aches and pains from our tough workout. While it can be tempting to take the easy way out by finding some pain relievers and lying on the couch resting your way to recovery, there are many simple tips to help ease muscle soreness and continue on with daily workouts. Soreness is an effect of small microscopic tears in the muscle fibers and connective tissue. To help the tears heal faster, start in your workout. Always have a warm up routine that includes stretching to help ease your muscles into the more rigorous work. Then, after your workout, take ten minutes to cool down with a light walk or jog that ends with stretching. Replenishing your body after exercise is of the utmost importance. Measure the correct amount of water by drinking half an ounce per pound of body weight. Eat foods that are rich in protein to restore the nutrients your muscles lost in the workout. Immediately after a workout, ice your muscles in order to ease inflammation. After you have iced your muscles and they have returned to their normal temperature, use a heating pad to increase blood circulation. This same process can be used by taking hot and cold showers in which you switch the temperature regularly. Keeping blood flow is a key factor in easing muscle pain. Massages and epsom salt baths are a great way to help with the aches. The best thing you can do for your body is to keep moving. Don’t let the pain keep you from physical activity. Less vigorous exercises such as walking or swimming help to keep the muscles in motion while giving your body a break from a heavy workout.

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Playing for parents “App”licable Coaching Parent, hero, friend, coach 94Fifty helps improve skills


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hen asking a coach who their favorite player is, they will probably say that they do not have one. But when their child is on the team, it is not a hard decision. Parents who have children on the team they coach have a very hard

Ali smiles with her mother, Tanya, who has been her cheer coach for several years on the cheer team.

job, having to treat their child as just another person on the team. Although it seems like there would not be that many coaching parents, there are. From the football team to the cheerleading squad, there are many parent-kid combos out there. Sophomore Austin Scott has been coached by his dad for the football team for the past two years,and he knows that his dad is the best possible coach. “I have to have really thick skin, but I know he just wants the best for me. I love playing for my dad even though it can be tough,” Scott said. But coaching parents are not just limited to football. Senior Ali Ruff, a cheerleader that has been on the team for four years, has been coached by her mom, Tanya, as well. “Being coached by my mom is bittersweet. I love getting to share such a big part of my life with my mom, but then again, she is a lot harder on me. She was my first coach and she is going to be my last,” Ruff said.


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nfoMotion Sports Technologies, Inc. has developed the 94Fifty Smart Sensor Basketball and it is starting to take the sports technology world by storm. The 94Fifty is a regulation sized ball that connects through Bluetooth to Apple iOS devices. Senior Elijah Evelyn says that he would not buy the 94Fifty because it takes away the discipline used during a basketball game. However, he believes that it can help someone better a technique. “I wouldn’t buy this product because it takes away the hard work in training that can be used in game time situations. However, this product would be beneficial to someone who is training to master a technique,” Evelyn said. The 94Fifty ball helps players improve on their fundamental skills. For example, the ball’s sensors measure ball handling by tracking dribble force and shot speed. It also measures the strength and pressure of the user’s dribble. Senior Doug Jeter uses various forms of exercise to help improve his basketball skills. “I try to work on quickness and speed. The 94Fifty Smart Sensor Basketball Also ball handling is crucial, practicing connects with Apple iOS devices. The your handling and doing drills consistently ball is currently being sold for $299.95. can always improve your game,” Jeter said. The ball is currently priced at $299.95 and is only available for Apple devices. Junior Nathan Dennis thinks that consumers can better use their money. “For $300 it’s not worth buying. You could buy much better stuff with $300, like getting your pet neutered,” Dennis said. Photo courtesy

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