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Homeless but not hopeless A Northwest student shares his story

Grace King entertainment editor When he gets out of the car, he thinks back to the time when he used to live in one. Today, sophomore Emmett Walker* is grateful that he has a place to stay, food to eat and clothes to wear. Looking at him, one would not expect it. Walker just looks like any other student at Northwest. But unlike other Northwest students, Walker has experienced homelessness many times in his life. “From another person’s point of view who really has everything he needs, I don’t really know how that feels,” Walker said. Walker’s earliest memory is at the young age of two when he stayed in a homeless shelter with his mom and brother because his mother had lost her job. After living there for roughly six months, the family tried to move in with an aunt. However, when that fell through, Walker’s mother found an apartment near a convenience store and became employed at the store.

“We were too poor to afford a babysitter, so I had to sleep in the back of the store with my brother,” Walker said. For many years, Walker, his brother and his mother moved around because his mother could never find a stable job. But, the family could find consistency at their grandparents’ home. “Our grandparents were a place we could go if we had nowhere else to go,” Walker said. However, his mom, more times than not, wanted to be independent, so they would rarely stay with their grandparents, instead finding themselves in sub-par apartments with no air conditioning. Sadly, his grandfather passed away, leaving money to the family and family members to fight for it. “My mom quit her job so we could go live with our grandmother, but our uncle moved in, so she didn’t have a job. She couldn’t pay the payments for the apartment, so then we had to go live with friends [in the apartment complex],” he said. After a while of switching apartments, a neighbor told their landlord what was happening, and they were kicked out of the apartment complex.

“We had to go live in our car,” he said. Fortunately, Walker and his family only had to live in their car for about a day. Soon after this event, their grandmother called to tell them she had kicked their uncle out of the house so they could move in. Quickly thereafter, their grandmother was diagnosed with lung cancer. Six months after the diagnosis, their uncle convinced their grandmother to kick Walker, his brother and his mother out of the house. “And we had nowhere to live,” he said. Finally, after many hard years, Emmett Walker and his brother have found a home. They are currently living with a friend in a house with “lots of love and joy.” His mother, who is staying at a women’s shelter, recently graduated from college with a degree in criminal law and is hoping to become a paralegal. Walker is happy at the home he is now in, but “the only thing is, I don’t see my mom much,” he said. Through his experiences and the sharing of his story, Walker hopes to shine a new light on the often ignorant perception most

people have of the homeless. “Homelessness is not that you’re poor; it’s that you may have made bad mistakes, which we all have,” he said. “A lot of times, for a lot of homeless people, it’s not their fault, it’s other people’s fault. Their parents may have been poor, like my mom was, which technically makes me poor, but that’s no fault of my own.” Walker also feels that it is important for people to realize that homelessness doesn’t mean a person is bad. “There are great people that are homeless …like the man with the golden voice,” Walker said. Instead of having the “lock your car when I see a homeless person” reflex many of us tend to have, we should try to understand what the person is going through and that it may not be his or her fault. One thing Walker does not want is pity, nor does he want sympathy. Walker is just a teen who was dealt a bad hand, but he refuses to feel bad for himself because of it. Homelessness has shaped Walker’s character into a mature, kind and awe-inspiring person. “Being homeless has humbled me,” he said. *Name has been changed.

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A homeless boy seeks assistance in a parking lot in downtown Greensboro. Out of the 71,000 students enrolled in Guilford County Schools, over 1,350 (two percent) are currently homeless.

Business teacher wins 2012 Teacher of the Year Katie Kilmartin sports editor

“I jumped up and down,” business teacher Keesha Sinclair said upon hearing the news. “I just couldn’t really say anything.” After a staff-wide vote Feb. 15, Sinclair was declared Northwest’s 2012 Teacher of the Year. Sinclair is an involved Northwest teacher, performing administrative duties, helping with after-school events and advising the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) club. “Miss Sinclair is an enthusiastic member of the faculty,” freshman Alex Wirtz said. “[She has] at least 10 balls in the air at the same time but somehow is in control.”

Since the age of six, Sinclair has been passionate about teaching, and she would always play “teacher” with teddy bears and baby dolls every Saturday along with a chalk board that her mom gave her. Graduating from Fayetteville State University, Sinclair has a degree in business with a concentration in marketing. She currently teaches Business Law and Small Business Entrepreneurship, which focuses on contracts, laws, ethics and how to build and start corporations as they pertain to business. “My sister and I feel very lucky to have the opportunity at Northwest High School to have [Sinclair] as a teacher and mentor,” Wirtz said. “[Sinclair] is a very enthusiastic member of the faculty.”

Sinclair’s FBLA club enters into district, state and national competitions each year. Each individual has an event which varies among public speaking, business calculations or standardized tests. The club has been successful for the past 10 years, and there have been a number of national winners from Northwest. “We are definitely honored to have those kids and FBLA to represent us nationally,” Sinclair said. The best of part of teaching for Sinclair is the students, especially “their smile and their faces.” “When they give me a hug or [when] they say ‘Congratulations, Ms. Sinclair; you’re teacher of the year,’ that just makes me feel warm inside,” Sinclair said.


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Green delivers State of Our Schools Address Lauren Surber staff writer

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Superintendent Maurice Green poses at the Guilford County central office before adressing the GCS School Board and other community members. Green spoke about issues concerning construction and acedemics as well as 2012 budget and finance plans and goals.

Friday, Jan. 19, 2012 marked this year’s annual Guilford County State of Our Schools Address. Superintendent Maurice Green, among many others, highlighted the success of Guilford County and, at times, its failures, too. The night began with a dance to a video about the Aviation Academy at Andrews High School, a video appropriate to this year’s theme of “Raise Us Up.” Following that was an introduction from two members of Green’s Student Advisory Board, including Northwest’s Student Body President Matt Shears. “You will learn more about our budget, the progress of our construction and strategic plan initiatives like Parent Academy,” said Hailey Diaz, a senior at Page High School. “Tonight, we raise up our peers and prove that with hard work and compassion, Guilford County Schools students are achieving educational excellence.” For the bulk of the presentation, Green reviewed details of the progress of GCS through 2011. The theme of the night aimed to highlight how the community can ‘raise up’ Guilford County Schools. “Instead of critiquing, lend a hand,” Green said. “Instead of questioning our goals, encourage us to reach them and instead of putting us down, raise us up.” The opinions of the public were compared with the opinions of GCS parents,

SOPA to clean up internet piracy

Legislation proposed in Congress could threaten online freedom Sam Reinis staff writer As society advances, technology follows suit. But one age-old entity that has seemed to endure the centuries is piracy. Since 1717 when Blackbeard struck fear into the hearts of merchant ships, piracy has transformed into a more evasive form, now a part of the internet-driven world. This issue has been brought up recently due to a massive online protest against a bill called the Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA). “People are overreacting to SOPA,” senior Erin Comerford said, “It’s one of those mass things where you hear an idea about it, and they freak out without researching it on their own, which is really what they need to do.” SOPA and the companion bill from the Senate, PIPA (Protect Intellectual Property Act), were proposed in Congress to protect the intellectual property market.

Films and music are being pirated overseas, threatneing 19 million American jobs, and SOPA and PIPA intended to strengthen copyright laws. Popular websites including Twitter, Google, YouTube and Wikipedia reached out to their users to protest the bills, using slogans like “Save the Internet” and “End Piracy, Not Freedom.” Even with this publicity, the average citizen still relates this complicated piece of legislature to a simple issue of censorship of their favorite social media websites. While most would agree that something should be done about the violation of intellectual property, these bills became controversial because they would shut down all websites that commit piracy. Some techniques that these pieces of legislation use include allowing the internet provider to block the website, having the search engines remove the accused site from their search results and blocking any site accused of piracy from using certain businesses,

such as PayPal. These steps to destabilize a website are claimed to be for targeting foreign web sites exclusively, but it is the ambiguity of the word “foreign” that causes some concern. “It’s so ambiguous that it can be taken to extremes that people aren’t comfortable with,” junior Isabelle Lanser said. “SOPA stops ideas from being built upon and evolving, so that would really impede creative evolution [of an idea].” SOPA has been met with great resistance, including a oneday blackout from Wikipedia and Google on January 18. This widespread protest led to over 4.5 million people signing Google’s SOPA bill petition and the eventual postponement of the bill. Many believe that we have seen the end of SOPA altogether, but the issue is likely to be revived in the future. “I feel like it’s going to be an issue later,” Comerford said. “As the internet expands, so are opportunities to invade that privacy.”

Media Center receives additional grant, funding Jen Nelson news editor

Twenty-three boxes. 512 books. Thousands of pages. These staggering numbers may be intimidating to some students, but Northwest High School’s Media Center has taken on the daunting task of supplying students with new books purchased through a $10,000 LSTA School Library Collection Development Grant and an additional $2,500 from Northwest High School. The new collections include history, social studies and geography references, literature research resources and several new fiction titles. “The goal is to fill in our gaps and make our books more useful,” media specialist Jenny Shephard said. Northwest received this grant in June, and after analyzing the previous collections and ordering the new necessary books, the new material finally arrived Dec. 22. In addition to expanding the book collection, Northwest’s Media Center is also offering a survey to students to determine the demand for ebooks and other technology resources. To take this survey, students can visit

highlighting that the general public has a significantly more negative view of the school system than the parents do, particularly in the areas of safety and spending. “We noticed there’s a large discrepancy between the perception of our parents and the perception of our community at large,” Green said. “We have some work to do and I think that really goes back to getting more volunteers–those who may not have children in our schools–into our classrooms and working with our students.” Many speakers shared their stories throughout the night. Jerome Mack, a senior at High Point Central, depicted his story of dropping out of high school to graduating on time with the intent of being a future Marine. Other students shared their experiences with volunteering and the servicelearning program. “We remember Superintendent Green quoting the great Dr. King upon the launch of the strategic plan: ‘Intelligence plus character–that is the goal of true education,’ he said,” said junior Elizabeth Grady of Western high school. Though it was acknowledged that there is a lot of work to be done for Guilford County Schools, the attitude of its future was a generally positive one. “It’s important that we tell these stories tonight because it’s no secret that public education has been criticized, questioned and put down,” Diaz said. “We know there is much more work to be done in our public schools, but the education here in Guilford County is unmatched.”


German students participate in exchange program Michael Hrabosky staff writer Foreign travel. Auslandsreise. For 25 Northwest students and an additional 25 German students, these words are one in the same. This semester, German students will br visiting Northwest, and in the summer, students from Northwest Guilford High School will travel to Germany to take part in the German American Partnership Program (GAPP). Founded in 1972, the exchange program allows students from each country to visit a high school in another country. “The purpose is for young people from the United States to have the experience to travel to Germany and actually live in families and experience high school life in Germany,” German teacher Lisa Worthington-Groce said, “and for German teenagers to do the same.” Since its inception in 1972, over 265,000 students have participated, with over 800 school partnerships between the two countries. The 25 German students taking part in the exchange will be in America from March 14 to 29 and will stay with their host families, attend school at Northwest with their partners and go on various tours of Greensboro attractions and facilities for the duration of their two-week stay. In addition to touring Greensboro, the students will also visit the Outer Banks and Washington, D.C. Delia Ferrari, a student at Justus von-Liebig Gymnasium (which is the equivalent of an American high school), is the partner of junior Madeline Robless and will be one of the German students taking part in the exchange program. “I’m very excited about meeting all of the American students and to form new international friendships,” Ferrari said. “I also want to see how life is in the US and if it’s really like it’s portrayed in school or movies because I’m

interested in different cultures and I want to try new things.” Major purposes for the exchange program are meeting new people from other countries and experiencing the every-day life and culture of a teenager in another country. “I am most looking forward to going to Gymnasium to see what a German teenager’s school day is like,” Robless said. The main purpose for the GAPP program is to help build language skills as well as to give students a better view of the world and of different cultures. “It is my hope that they [American students] come away with a better understanding of other cultures and really not just the culture that we see on the Internet, or what we see in the textbook, but really for how people live,” Worthington-Groce said. “Later on in life, I want to work internationally and not necessarily in my home country, so I hope this exchange will give me some advantages to be able to know different cultures, and it could be possible that I am a more open-minded person,” Ferrari said. Following the Germans’ trip to America in March, the American students will travel to Augsburg, Germany from June 28 to July 18. They will live with their host families, who are the same students who stayed with them during the March trip. “I am most excited to be able to get to spend time with the German students so that I’ll be learning about German culture while having really fun experiences with them,” Robless said. Students from both countries have been meeting with other participants from their schools to plan fundraisers to raise money for the trips and welcoming parties for their host students’ arrivals. “I have never been to America, but I’ve heard that it is great,” Ferrari said. “I really don’t want to wait anymore for the trip.”

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Trading stocks after school

Aspiring entrepreneurs join Northwest’s investment club Jean Andre du Preez staff writer

In elementary school, most individuals are asked the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Often, the responses vary greatly, ranging from realistic to idealistic; however, by the time they reach high school, the question carries a greater weight when the reality of needing a job is more apparent. Members of Northwest’s Investment Club, including seniors Yuxuan Chen and Brian Garner, have decided to pursue their future career paths by competing with fellow high schoolers on Investopedia, an online stock simulator. The way the club works is simple. Members enroll in a private game on Investopedia’s website during the first quarter of the school year and conclude the tournament in the fourth quarter. Participants start with $100,000 of virtual “money” which they can use to invest in stocks mirroring those from the actual stock market. Although the simulator provides tips, competitors are still challenged to use their business knowledge in order to invest in the appropriate companies. Club members pay $5 dues at the beginning of the year which, according to Chen, “are used for [club] trips and gift card prizes awarded to those who do the best on the Investopedia game.” Recently accepted into UNCChapel Hill, Chen, the club’s president, plans on attending the university’s Kenan-Flagler Business School to earn a degree in business. “I hope to major in economics and transfer to the Kenan-Flagler

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Investment club senior members Luis Lachos, Thomas Harris, Wil Hoppe and Yuxuan Chen pose for a picture during their trip to UNC-Chapel Hill to tour the business school. Seniors Brian Garner (not pictured) and Chen have been accepted into UNC-Chapel Hill and plan to pursue a major in business.

business school at UNC to major in business and, eventually, earn my M.B.A.,” Chen said. Likewise, Garner, the club’s founder, has also been accepted into Chapel Hill. “I plan to major in business and then focus on finance when

I get into the business school. The career path is pretty much along those same lines with business and finance,” Garner said. Currently, as the only club of its kind in Guilford County, Northwest High School’s investment club is on its own, but its

members are attempting to meet with other colleges’ clubs, such as the ones present at UNCG and UNC-Chapel Hill. Past meetings of the club have included detailed information from outside sources, informative powerpoints and guest speakers.

Even though a majority of the club matriculates this year, Chen hopes that the club will continue to recruit members in the coming years. “I look forward to appointing the new officers at the end of the year,” Chen said.


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$3.9 million comes to Northwest Matt Shears editor in chief

Above and Right: Seniors Maggie Boulton and Will Ross address the Guilford County School Board. On Jan. 10, the board approved a $3.9 million athletic improvement project. Graphics from

Graphic by Matt Shears

At its Jan. 10 meeting, the Guilford County School Board allocated $3.9 million to make athletic improvements to Northwest High School’s athletic facilities. Northwest parents, students and staff attended to advocate for the project before the final vote was cast for fear of the denial of the money. “The [current] field house, track and stadium are all shoddy and dilapidated facilities,” student body vice-president Will Ross said while addressing the board. “When taking newly arrived students on a tour of the grounds, I am personally ashamed as we reach the athletic facilities. Not only does it embarrass us, but it detracts from the school spirit of incoming students and totally deprives us from what we believe we deserve as some of Guilford County’s finest students.” In addition to Ross’s pleas for the passage of the project, members of the football booster club and senior Maggie Boulton also addressed the school board specifically about the absence of a female locker room in the current fieldhouse, a potential Title 9 violation. “Female athletes like me are at a particular disadvantage when it comes to training,” Boulton said, “as we have little to no access to any form of weight training.” The final vote was almost

unanimous, with one member, Chairman Alan Duncan, dissenting. “Just because I am voting no doesn’t mean I am against the project,” Duncan said. Prior to the board meeting, numerous companies bid for the project, and the winning bid came from the Florida-based Morganti group. This construction project will include a brand new 1200-square foot field house, the removal of the current bleachers and the addition of new ones plus extra, a concrete walkway from the baseball field to the softball field and added storage area for athletic equipment. “These new facilities will allow all Northwest students to have access to better training and equipment, while also helping those who come to Northwest for games have a much improved experience,” Athletic Director John Hughes said. The groundbreaking ceremony for the project took place Feb. 21, and it is slated to be completed before the beginning of football season next year. “This [stadium] will be something we have school spirit about; something we are proud of and want to show off,” Principal Ralph Kitley said. “The patience of the Northwest High School community has been tremendous. It’s been a long, frustrating journey but the patience, support and advocacy has been huge.”

Representative Coble discusses Washington with students Jen Nelson news editor

Fourteen terms served and 28 years in office all culminated with donuts and coffee in Northwest High School’s media center. Republican Howard Coble visited Northwest on Jan. 27. He spoke with students about his time in the House of Representatives, opinions concerning Republican presidential candidates and current issues in the United States Congress in an open question-and-answer forum, in which he announced his plans to run for reelection. As Coble entered the media center, he greeted social studies teacher Ray Parrish by name and cordially conversed with students as he made his way to his seat. “This is the third year we have done this ‘Q-and-A with Mr. Coble’ at Northwest,” social studies teacher Phil Coley said. “In AP US Government, we discuss the federal government in depth, and I think it

is important to put a face to that, to understand that our congressman wants to know what students think.” As students began to ask questions, Coble made sure to make each student’s name known before answering the question asked of him. As the questions become more pointed, Coble jokingly referred to the students as “interrogators.” One of the issues discussed was Obama’s universal health care plan. “I think the ‘Obama Care’ is too expansive,” Coble said. “Healthcare is an issue that will have to be nurtured and studied.” Among other issues, Coble discussed the Republican presidential candidates and the method in which the candidates are campaigning. “We’re tearing ourselves up right now,” Coble said. “When I last checked, I didn’t see Jesus on the ballot. If you’re waiting for a perfect candidates, it’s going to be a long wait.”

Stemming from previous questions, Coble commented about serving in Congress under former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. “He was inflexible,” Coble said. “Newt Gingrich is the most brilliant visionary I have ever met personally. He’s smarter than a two-headed fox.” Despite his favorable words concerning other candidates, Coble endorsed Mitt Romney above the others. “He has very impeccable business skills,” Coble said. Before ending the question-and-answer session to join students for doughnuts and coffee, Coble made a point to address the group with advice. “Folks, you don’t have to be disagreeable to disagree; we need to take that on to Washington,” Coble said. “I have been richly blessed with a very fine staff. I don’t care how smart you are; you have to have good support. You can’t do it all by yourself.”

In Memoriam: Jonah Taub Junior Jonah Taub, 17, passed away Sunday, Jan. 8. He was a part-time student at Northwest High School. A funeral service was held Tuesday, Jan. 10 at 11 a.m. at Temple Emanual. Principal Ralph Kitley remembers him as a student with a hopeful future. “What is so sad is that Jonah passed away when he was so full of hope and when he was trying to make a full transition to Northwest,” Kitley said. “Jonah had some obstacles that continued to fall hard when he just wanted to come back to Northwest. He just wanted to be a part of Northwest life.” Jonah is survived by his parents, Steven and Deborah Taub, and his sister, Rose Taub. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that contributions be made to Jonah’s beloved Camp Jabberwocky, MVCPC Inc., (Camp Jabberwocky) P.O. Box 1357, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568.

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Teens are the new voice in government Jonathan Williams op/ed editor When a high school student reaches that almost miraculous age of 18, there are many different ways students celebrate. Some buy lottery tickets; others just enjoy the various other new freedoms of being a legal adult. Though not necessarily at the top of any typical 18-year-old’s list of new freedoms, voting is one of the most important.

For the first time in their lives, students can actually have a voice that can be heard when they complain. Not to say that everything we say is “correct,” but coming from the generation that has to fix the mistakes of those who preceded us, I’d say our voice in politics is more important than ever. “In 2008, for the first time in history, the 18 to 24 age group had a higher rate of turnout than did the 25 to 34 and the 35 to 44-yearold age groups,” Director of the Guilford County Boards of Elections George Gilbert said. “During the past two presidential elections,

18 to 24-year-olds have constituted nearly 11 percent of the total vote in Guilford County. This is a sufficient number of voters to be decisive in most contests on any ballot.” Our elders have faced war; they have faced pollution and environmental degradation; they have tried to solve poverty and famine, to fix the economy and to spread freedom across the globe. Yet for all their successes, it has been decided that our generation must suffer from the consequences of our ancestors. So I tip my hat to the politicians on both sides of govern-

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ment now who continue to make our already monumental mission near impossible. The following is true: our voices not only can be heard, but they must be heard. The upcoming presidential election will no doubt bring the usual mudslinging, debates and of course the hilarious Saturday Night Live skits of the candidates. But when the time comes to place the check on the ballot, our voices will finally be heard. “Voting is the one arena in which every individual is one of equal importance,” Gilbert said.

It is of our greatest concern that equality and fairness in Northwest Guilford High School is being threatened. Recently it has been brought to the attention of our group that there is a student organization that exists within the school that promotes the social empowerment of women. Is it too much to ask about male empowerment? What about us? This blatant discrimination and disregard for our rights is horrifying. We the Liberty Caucus propose an ingenious solution to this rampant problem. We propose a club that teaches the young men of this institution about their true capability as a male in today’s society. A social organization that is founded on American ideals of proper gender roles and the absolute sanctity of a patriarchal system. Why would anyone want to stunt the progression of young men within this great nation? Unfortunately, the answer is on the announcements every morning. The current Shears’ administration has halted the creation of this social organization most likely due to the inappropriate amount of sway the “Leading Ladies” President has within the Council of Students. We would like to urge for the immediate ratification of a student organization known as “The Way It Should Be.” This is a club that promotes the benefits of a male dominated society in an increasingly liberal world. With Love, The Liberty Caucus

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Adolescent apathy: Something’s gotta give

staff editorial Hate is the worst emotion to experience. No, wait, that’s not right. Edit: apathy is the worst emotional experience. Or should we say, lack of emotional experience? Apathy, defined as the “absence or suppression of passion, emotion or excitement,” is really the emotional shield for those who are not strong enough to form their own opinions. It is the “safe” route. Today in our politically correct society, we have become frightened by the idea of insulting someone simply by expressing our beliefs. But doesn’t the real tragedy lie in the fact that we cannot seem to pluck up enough courage to stand up and say, “Hey, I don’t like that,” or “No, I don’t agree with that” or the forbidden “Your beliefs are wrong.” In the high school life at Northwest, this

may not seem to be such a threatening issue. Students don’t seem to be scared of acting out or insulting one another; however, it seems that some students, dare we say that majority of students, do not display intense passion. Why are we not willing to show a strong fervor in our lives? Perhaps we are frightened because society has started to tell us that it’s okay to just be quiet. The world is collapsing, and the youth is supposed to take over in just a few short years, yet students are being told to follow the form and go with it. As advocates for student opinion, we disagree. It is not okay to allow things to happen to you. It is not okay to just go with it. As soon as you give up your choice and right to hold an opinion, you give up your right to control your life. You relinquish your right to choose what the world can become. Essentially with an apathetic attitude

or shield, you become a mindless drone conforming to the man. Yes, we love the 60s, a time of action and passion and argument. Now, we are not saying to go throw stuff and yell “free love” at everyone in the hallway; we are saying that you should arm yourselves with the adequate tools to form your own thoughts and educated opinions. At least when someone hates something, they are willing to say, “I hate that.” Apathetics aren’t even willing to say “I don’t care.” They just assume someone will say something for them. That’s how lacking apathy is. If you do not communicate, do you even exist at all? Isn’t it kind of like that whole “tree in the forest falls and no one hears it, is there still a sound?” If one doesn’t make a sound, does he exist? Now that we all understand that apathy isn’t really apathy at all, but it is instead the lack of courage (rather than the lack of


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emotion), we must attempt to correct this problem. We must start taking a stand. People have already started to put the American society back on the right track. An example of this is the Occupy Wall Street Movement that is recently made big headlines. “Occupy” was even named “Word of the Year” by the American Dialect Society. You do not have to start a movement (although we suggest that if you do feel passionately enough about something, then you should go for it); you just have to be willing to openly state your opinions. So what if someone does not agree with you or you don’t agree with someone else? Being strong enough to make a stand is better than just sitting in the background and letting events take you over. There is still hope in the world; there is still a chance that we can change the world. But first, we have to decide to take a stand. Come on, people, this is 2012 not 1984.

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Northwest: Over preparing or getting us ready?

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Michael Hrabosky staff writer

Graphic by Jonathan Williams

If you are a student at Northwest, chances are you have heard the saying, “Northwest is harder than college.” With six or seven classes a day, nightly homework in each class and extracurricular activities such as clubs and sports, a case can be made for this saying. Advanced Placement classes, better known as AP classes, add to the stress. These college-level courses are taken by many high school sophomores, juniors and seniors to prepare for the rigor of college classes and to potentially gain college credit. “In high school AP classes, there is a lot more outside work and you have to be more self-motivated than regular honors classes,” AP biology and AP environmental science teacher Lisa Holler said. “There is also a lot more homework and you have to understand the material more in depth.” With the strenuous workload and huge amount of homework, recent graduates of Northwest say they spent more time outside of the classroom working on assign-

ments than they do in college. “In the moment, high school feels difficult and frustrating, but from my perspective today, I am glad Northwest was challenging,” UNC-CH freshman Liz Crampton said. “I came into college with good study habits and motivation to do well.” In high school, students are required to take a set number of classes each year and must attend school for a minimum of seven hours a day. However, college students are given the ability to create their own workload: they decide when they want their classes to be and how many they want to take. “For one thing, unlike at Northwest, college does not include projects and presentations; it mostly focuses on lectures and speeches. The only way to be successful in college is to truly have a good work ethic,” senior Blake Shoenfield said. Teachers at Northwest, particularly of AP classes, instill the necessary work ethic in students to prepare them for the workload they will receive in college. “AP classes prepared me so well for college, and I cannot imagine anyone earning good grades in college without AP classes as a foundation,” Crampton said.

College costs cash

Are loans a wise option to help alleviate tuition worries? Danny Hage staff writer The sight of a high school senior pulling out his hair is not an uncommon image when it comes to college tuition. Many students try to “push off ” the price of college by relying on loans. College loans consist of nothing more than receiving money now just to pay it back later. Taking on debt is an investment: if you are able to take advantage of those loans to increase your earnings through college education,

you have made a wise investment. It has been said that bankruptcies of college graduates are on the rise, and according to CNN, 58 percent of people that declare bankruptcy have or at least have attempted to earn a college degree. “I feel like education is important enough to suffer the side effects that come later. I know it is going to be hard, and as I look to start my career, I may have to work part-time for a while, but my time spent in college is worth it,” UNCChapel Hill freshman and former Northwest student Adesua Edgal said. When assessing the decision of taking out loans, one has to take in

account the pros and cons. A major risk of relying on loans is that there is no way of absolutely knowing what job you will earn, so judging how much money should be taken out is not simple. Furthermore, parents often times aid the paying off of loans, so a family emergency could be deleterious to the student. “The risks are high,” Edgal said. “If one of my parents falls sick or if something bad happens that costs a lot of money, then I would be forced to face my loans by myself. I am not looking forward to being in debt.” From the opposing stance, the obvious and major reward is that

taking out loans can propel you to high levels of education, which could earn you a career with a rewarding salary. A major factor that determines the amount in loans that a student uses is scholarship money. If a student is able to earn a hefty amount in scholarships, life will be much easier when it comes to college debt. Catherine Brown, AP Statistics teacher, knows the benefits of not taking out loans, as she earned a full-ride scholarship when she attended Clemson University. “It was fantastic! I could get that new job…I was able to buy a new car, and I didn’t have to worry about paying back all the loans,”

Brown said. “[My financial situation] would have been harder in the beginning [if I had not received a scholarship].” In today’s economy, loans should try to be avoided as much as possible because finding a job has proven difficult, as explained by the 8.5 percent unemployment rate. However, in spite of this, some students look at loans as a blessing. “Without my loans, I would not be able to have such an opportunity to go to such a great school,” Edgal said. “Taking out loans helped me enter into the Tarheel family, and I would never give that up.”

Universities in other countries are cheaper than in America Grace King entertainment editor When many students think about college, they think about the freedom and how great it will be to finally be out of their parents’ house. However, many students should also be thinking about the cost. The expense of college has been steadily increasing, making public instate colleges the only near-reasonable tuition. With the lurking thought of money and student loans in American students’ minds, the cost of higher education in other countries is increasingly becoming a more interesting question. Someone who knows a lot about the price difference between American universities and European universities is former resident of Greensboro Adina Suomela, who moved to Finland with her family the summer of 2010. “My dad got an opportunity to work in a company that he wanted to work in since he went to university,” Suomela said. One reason to be ecstatic about the change of location? Going to university for free. While compared to a public school in America averaging around $18,000

per year, in Finland university is “free tuition plus the government gives living allowance,” Suomela said. Attending college for free would make a tremendous difference in a young adult’s life. Without having to worry about student loans to pay off, one could approach the world with money in his pocket and a new realm of knowledge. “It would be nice to go to college for free because it would be a burden right out of college because with the economy in its current state,” junior Chase Obenchain said. “It’s hard to find a job good enough to pay for your debt and the rest of your bills.” So why can’t America have a college education available at little to no cost to the student? Finland, and many other European countries, has higher taxes than America. Many people would grimace at the thought of paying higher taxes, but obviously there are many benefits, such as attending university on the government’s dime. Although it seems out of the realm of possibilities for American students to attend school in Europe, graduate school outside the United States is a viable option.

The European countries of Spain, France, Sweden and Germany all boast about very reasonably priced graduate schools. Also, graduate schools in Mexico, Singapore and South Africa have relatively low tuition costs. While college tuition will be increasing in America, many students should consider the pos-

sibility of attending graduate school internationally. Although being thousands of miles away from home may seem frightening, munching on a croissant and paying 190 euros a year for school in France seems like a pretty astonishing deal.

Average cost of university in other countries

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Head 2 Head 2012: It is not the end

Tw ed it in io n

Better to be safe than sorry Liz Deutchki staff writer

Sarah Deutchki staff writer We have all heard the rumors about 2012. “The world is going to end.” “We are all going to die.” Have you considered that the fears of the world ending are just rumor? “I don’t believe it is going to happen because people have predicted the world was going to end several times already and it hasn’t,” sophomore Shelby Davis said. According to research conducted by Thomas H. Corcoran of Tufts University, something went wrong many years ago. History is separated into two parts: events before Christ and events after Christ. The calendar was not constructed until 500 years after the birth of Christ and was made by a monk called Dionysius Exiguus. The problem with the calendar: He misplaced the year 1 A.D. six years early, meaning that every year should technically be pushed back six years. What does this mean exactly? If our calendar was made correctly, the year 2012 would actually be the year 2006. We are needlessly worrying about the world ending this year when “2012” is actually still six years away. “When I first [tell] that to my students, they ask me, ‘Can’t we just go back and change the dates?’” Latin teacher Sarah Wright said. “I just tell them ‘No. We cannot just change 1492.’” According to NASA, the 2012 myth began with claims that a planet, called Nibiru, was discovered by the Sumerians. They believed it was headed towards Earth. The disaster was initially predicted to happen in May 2003, but when nothing happened, the date was moved back to December 2012. These two legends were linked to the end of one of the cycles in the ancient Mayan calendar at the winter solstice; therefore, the doomsday date is December 21, 2012. Just like the calendar you have at home does not cease to exist after December 31, the Mayan calendar does not cease to exist on December 21, 2012. This date is merely the end of the Mayan long-count period and another long-count period will begin just as your calendar at home will begin again on January 1, 2013. “No one knows when the world will end. People can only speculate,” sophomore Matt Cook said. “I believe that only God truly knows when the world will end. In the Bible, in Matthew 24:42, it states, ‘Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.’ I don’t know. You don’t know. Only God knows.”

Imagine that it is 11:55 p.m. on Dec. 20, 2012. What will you be doing? It’s time to start thinking because the clock is ticking. There has been speculation about the end of the world. Some people think it is a scam, but I would disagree. The world could come to an end. “I don’t necessarily believe that the world will come to an end, but that does not mean that it won’t. It could happen,” senior Amy Peterson said. Just look at the signs. Many natural disasters have been occurring recently, as well as the man-made disasters we have inflicted upon ourselves. I believe the end is coming. As far as natural disasters go, Japan was hit by a 9.0 magnitude earthquake just last year. This triggered a 23foot tsunami that devastated Japan. With a natural disaster like this, one might start to think that the earth is giving out on us. In addition to the plentiful natural disasters, humans have made a few of their own. The Sept. 11 attacks come into mind. Man completely devastated his own kind on that day. It is said that Nostradamus, a well-known French apothecary, predicted the Sept. 11 events, among many others, a very long time ago. “In the city of God there will be great thunder/ Two brothers torn apart by Chaos/ While the fortress endures/ The great leader will succumb,” Nostradamus wrote in 1654. “I don’t believe that the world will end, but it is still freaky to think that people have been predicting these chaotic events so many years in advance,” sophomore Autumn Mowery said. Aside from all the disasters that plague the earth, humans have been the ones that are killing the Earth. We constantly pollute the world. I would not be surprised if the world could suddenly no longer take our abuse. This can not all just be a coincidence. No one needs anymore signs that suggest the end of the world. They have been clearly shown. The signs, however, do not tell us how the world will end. It could end in numerous ways: a meteor could hit the Earth, or man could create one too many disasters for the world to handle. We don’t know how it will end, but it is apparent that it will. “Even though I tell myself that it is not going to happen, I think I will feel relieved after 2012 has passed so that I do not have to think about it anymore,” said Mowery. You can call me Chicken Little for expecting the worst, but sometimes Chicken Little knows what he is talking about. Graphic by Jonathan Williams

Diminishing funds cause a lack of art appreciation Matthew Taylor graphics editor Walking down the average hall at Northwest High School, there is an abundance of lockers, people and noise; however, there is one thing missing. Art. The majority of hallways throughout the school are lined with endless rows of lockers, but the few that have the space to display artwork tend to remain bare. Although there is seemingly a lack of appreciation for art in our school, there are many explanations as to why this is so. “The fire department limits a lot of what can be displayed,” art teacher Laura Milloway said.

The goal of fire codes is to eliminate conditions that may contribute to the cause of any fire and assist schools in creating a fire-safe environment for their students. Under these regulations, paper is restricted to bulletin boards and no more than five percent of wall space may be covered at one time. “Board displays are really expensive,” Milloway said. “Certain artwork requires a glass covering for protection.” Not only has the lack of money for the art department affected what can be displayed around the school, but also it has limited the types of projects students can create in the classroom. “We function mostly on donated supplies,” art teacher Beth Herrick said. “So we have to be creative with our projects and even

make art from cardboard and other cheap materials.” Due to the lack of funds towards the arts, many of the students have had to provide their own supplies in order to complete projects. “I think the fact that students have had to buy their own materials has made them more respectful of the limited supplies,” Herrick said. “I certainly enforce more respect for supplies.” Although it may appear that more attention is centered in funding academic classes, there is a reason why the arts are seemingly overlooked when it comes to the distribution of funds. “Art is not like other departments where equipment can be reused from year to year,” Milloway said. “We tend to use up all of our

materials. Ever since I have been teaching, raising funds has been hard.” The lack of funding for the art department does not necessarily mean that the arts have been completely forgotten. Many Northwest students and faculty members often show their appreciation for the artwork other students have created. “Students will usually stop and comment on art and photography when they pass the art rooms,” Herrick said. “I think if more people were given the opportunity to create [art], they would appreciate it more.”

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More prevalent than they seem tivity, but lack of parental support clearly is a bigger problem,” Greensboro Police Officer Derrick Brown said. Shaunee Vazquez and Michael Hrabosky According to the Guilford County Gang Assessarts and culture editor and staff writer ment, 53 percent of students in the Guilford County School district are classified as economically disadvantaged, and these students are “overrepresented When you think of prime locations for gangs, in … higher dropout rates.” These students also appear to be at greater risk you typically think of big cities such as Los Angeles for gang involvement. GangNET states that a staror New York. Greensboro, however, is also a hub for gang ac- tling 36 percent are considered “youthful” offendtivity. Of the 922 validated gangs in North Caro- ers between the ages of 16 and 20, and roughly two percent of criminal gang violators are younger than lina, Greensboro plays host to 84 of them. “Overall, I think Greensboro is really safe, but 15. “Gangs give these kids status, a self-identity and there are definitely some areas that are a little they call that their family,” said James Howell, a shady,” junior Bayley Walsh said. Part of Greensboro’s notoriety comes from an senior research associate with the National Youth Gang Center. incident that took place in a MexiDuring 2008-2009, nearly can restaurant on High Point Road five years ago. Alejandro Enrique Gangs give these 33 percent of juvenile gang complaints were school-based Ramirez “Wizard” Umana, an ilkids status, a self- offenses. Ten SRO (School legal immigrant from El Salvador, Resource Officer) complaints came to Greensboro representidentity and they came from High Point Central, ing one of the world’s most lethal seven from Scales Academy and gangs, MS-13. call that their six each from Southwest GuilDec. 8, 2007, Umana was eating ford and Eastern Guilford. at Las Jarochitas when he encounfamily. Though gang-related activtered Stokesdale resident Manuel ity in Guilford County Schools Garcia Salinas and his younger senior research associate is an increasing concern, not brother Ruben Garcia Salinas. James Howell much data has been collected or The Salinas called Umana’s gang released on the matter. tattoos ‘fake,’ to which Umana’s Also, Northwest Guilford High School seems to pulled out a .45 and shot Manuel in the head and be safe from gang activity…for now. Ruben in the chest. “Though we have had some students who have “My parents don’t like me going by myself to the [Four Seasons] mall,” freshman Ashley Rodriguez been or wanted to be part of a gang here and there,” said. “They are afraid of crime that happens in that Northwest School Resource Officer Joe Pass said. “I believe that is due to the great students we have area [High Point Road].” In April 2010, a federal jury sentenced Umana to at Northwest.” However, in a youth survey conducted by UNCthe death penalty. This incident has given Greensboro, and specifically High Point Road, a bad repu- Greensboro in 2010, over 50 percent of the GCS student respondents acknowledged there were tation. “The jury’s finding sent a message to gang mem- gangs in their school, and 22 percent said gangs bers who think they can avoid responsibility for cause trouble “daily.” Even Grimsley High School, the second highest their deeds,” Owen D. Harris, an FBI Special Agent in North Carolina, said. “Gangs have no place in performing regular high school in the district, is affected by gangs (see map). our community.” “Gangs at Grimsley are not as big of a problem Greensboro has the 75th highest crime rate out of 393 US cities, and it was even recently featured as other places, but we clearly have some activity on the National Geographic Channel in a show here,” Grimsley sophomore Lucas Bouknight said. The prevailing gang problem in Greensboro is titled “Gang War USA.” Why are there gangs, though, and why do they not going unnoticed. The NC Governor’s Crime Commission provided Guilford County a two-year exist in Greensboro? Over 16 percent of Greensboro’s residents live grant of over $230,000 to assist with gang violence below the poverty level. According to the 2010 prevention programs. Nearly $500,000 was also Guilford County Comprehensive Gang Assess- awarded to the Greensboro Police Department for ment, poverty is the second highest reason why the Anti-Gang Initiative to prevent gang activity gang activity exists in Guilford County. A lack of among at least 2,100 youth ages 7-16. “I think that we are lucky to have such few gangs parental involvement was deemed the first reason at Northwest,” junior Sydney Forney said. “It could gangs proliferate. “Poverty is no doubt a big cause for gang ac- be much worse.”

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Ditch the workout, join the party

Callie Payne & Annabel Brunk editor in chief & web editor It’s a room full of blaring music, laughter and “woops” and sweat beads pouring off faces. It’s Zumba time. Zumba is a Latin-inspired exercise dance class that was started in the 1990s by aerobics teacher Beto Perez. He forgot his usual dance playlist but had a cassette tape of Latin songs to which he improvised dances. After a great response from his class, he began the Zumba revolution. Beto introduced Zumba to the United States when he brought the class to Miami, Florida in 1999. With increasing success, he created a global company and trademarked the word ‘zumba’ two years later. Originating in Colombia, the word ‘zumba’ means buzz like a bee or move very fast in Colombian slang. “Anybody or any age, you don’t have to be physically fit, can come in from day one because any move can be modified to suit any fitness level,” Zumba instructor at Stokesdale Business Center Alecia Smith said. “It’s contagious.” While some people assume that Zumba is just a fast-paced, complicated dance class, it is actually an easy-to-pick-up exercise routine that provides a great workout. An average person could burn anywhere from 400-1,200 or more calories per onehour workout, depending on one’s fitness level. “The thing that I really love about Zumba is how chill it is,” senior Shelby Thomas said. “Everyone is just there to have a good time while getting a great workout. It just doesn’t make sense because you’re laughing and then you realize how much you’re sweating, but I like it.” Zumba offers several varieties of classes such as classic Zumba, Zumba Toning, Aqua Zumba, Zumbatomic for kids and Zumba Gold for senior citizens. “I get more of a cardio burn doing [Zumba] than I would spending an hour on

Photos taken by Callie Payne and graphic by Josh Jones

Ladies dance off massive amounts of calories at a local Zumba class. In 1999, Beto Perez introduced the class to the United States. For more information on classes, go to

the treadmill,” Smith said. “The whole idea of Zumba is to take it up, bring it down so that your heart has to work to take it up and bring it down.” The idea of a group exercise class may not appeal to all people, but Zumba has been a program known to build self-confidence, stamina and motivation. “You don’t care what your neighbor is doing. You don’t watch them because you’re

Senior hits a home run with scholarship

Lauren Surber staff writer Nov. 9, senior Keaton Haack signed his official letter of intent to play college baseball for the University of Alabama. “To get a baseball scholarship, you have to go to tournaments and get seen,” Haack said. “You have to be good enough for certain colleges to like you, and then if they want you to come, they’ll offer you a scholarship.” Haack played on the varsity baseball team for three years and has also played on Northwest’s varsity basketball team. Outside of school athletics, Haack played on many travel teams, most notably a team named the Dirt Bags. The University of Alabama was not the only school to offer Haack a scholarship.

UNC-Chapel Hill, NC State, Wake Forest, Duke, Boston College, Clemson and many other colleges offered scholarships to Haak. Still, Haack felt that the University of Alabama was right for him. “When we went down there, the campus was just so nice and the coaches were so nice- more personal than anywhere else,” Haack said To ensure he will receive his scholarship, Haack must maintain his grades through this year. He intends to play on the Alabama team for four years, though that may not necessarily be the case. “There’s the possibility after three years to get drafted and go pro,” Haack said. “There is the possibility that I might get drafted this year.” Haack is determined to play his best in college and is looking forward to the start of next year.

Photo contributed by Keaton Haack

Senior Keaton Haack pitches at the East Coast Pro Showcase. He has been playing since he was five.

usually watching [the instructor],” Smith said. “Just come in because everybody has been in the same place you have with [self-confidence].” Zumba classes are located in practically any area, each accompanied by an instructor whose main goal is to have fun while melting off calories. More than ten million participants take Zumba classes every week. Zumba’s

popularity has spread to about 40,000 locations in 110 countries. “For someone who doesn’t want to try it, you don’t know what you’re missing,” Smith said. “Just come in and try it, come in and stay half an hour, or come see what we do. You don’t know what you’re missing until you come in and try it.”


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most dangerous high school sports 1. Football

5. Track and Field

Michael Hrabosky staff writer

Grace King entertainment editor

Football is a dangerous sport because of the “no boundaries” mentality players play with when it comes to making hard hits.. Concussions, broken bones and spinal cord injuries are the biggest risks of playing football. “Head Trauma is a big danger as far as concussions because if a concussion goes untreated in can be pretty bad,” senior Kelby Mckinney said. “It affects your vision, ability to remember things and you are zoned out, which is apparent to other people. Another danger is the speed of the game, if you aren’t at the same speed as your competitors, then you have a greater threat of broken bones.” Since 1982, there have been 111 fatalities and 308 permanent injuries due to football. For every one million players, there are 19 casualties.

“It’s a pretty tough sport in general,” senior Taylor Rhodes said. “In some of the big meets, and even sometimes the small dual meets, runners get very competitive and they cut each other off or throw elbows at each other.” Track and field is one of the most dangerous sports to play, because other than being very competitive, players are at risk for many different kinds of injuries. Players may get head and neck injuries from pole vaulting. There are also many overuse injuries such as “Runner’s knee” (Chondromalacia) and “Jumper’s knee” (Patellar Tendonitis), and runners also may suffer from stress fractures and shin splits. In one million, the average casualties is 4.7.

4. Wrestling

2. Cheerleading Christine Son spread editor Cheerleading is ranked as the second most dangerous high school sport due to the many injuries cheerleaders face while practicing and performing. Although this sport may seem casual, it can be as dangerous of a sport as any other. Having 13.7 casualties in a million, cheerleaders often get concussions and bruises. Cheerleading injuries may affect all areas of the body, especially the wrists, head, shoulders, ankles and neck. Flyers are on the spot for the greatest chance of getting hurt as they perform flips and land improperly at times. The sport’s rigorous aspect of practicing new rules and styles every year in high school and competitions has created a whole new dynamic, including its increased risk for injury. “It doesn’t really surprise me [that cheerleading is top two], but I guess it surprises other people because people underestimate it and don’t even think it’s a sport,” sophomore Haley Pressley said.

Sarah Deutchki staff writer Men’s wrestling is the fourth most dangerous high school sport with 9.1 casualties in a million. “It is very easy to get hurt on the mat by being slammed, headbutted, cross-faced, arms twisted, legs bent, and worst of all: groins torn,” freshman Cary Miller said. Wrestlers are often put in awkward positions that put strain on their muscles, especially their heads and spinal cords. When they Photo contributed by Paige Ward are wrestling, they do not pay attention to how they land on the mat. They focus more on pinning their opponent to the mat. In 2007, a young wrestler lost feeling from his entire neck down after landing uncomfortably on the mat. In 36 other cases, wrestlers suffered from permanent disabilities.

3. Lacrosse

Carson Beam staff writer With just about two 12.7 casualties per one million people, lacrosse is one of the most dangerous sports in high school. Lately though, the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) has been attempting to make the game safer for high school players by having the player receive penalties if he strikes an opposing player in the head or neck on purpose. Players can get the normal injuries that an athlete receives, such as sprains and bruises, but the added effect of the lacrosse stick makes it much more brutal. Over half of lacrosse related injuries deal directly with getting checked with a stick. “Anything you do is dangerous if you don’t do it right,” Coach Mark Goldsmith said. “If players Graphics by Matthew Taylor play lacrosse right, then they aren’t doing Statistics and information were gathered from the Business Insider. The above anything dangerous.” sports were selected because they are played at Northwest.

New lacrosse coach blown in from the north Katie Kilmartin sports editor From rolling field hockey balls to flying lacrosse balls, interim physical education teacher Kaitlin Foster became the coach for both of these girls’ sports teams at Northwest this year. Foster was inspired by her father, who was also a physical education teacher and head athletic director of the P.E. department where he taught. Growing up in New York, Foster played field hockey in high school and at Cattawba College in Salisbury, North Carolina. Although she only played lacrosse as a child, she is very familiar with the sport. “Football down here to Southerners is like lacrosse to Northerners,” Foster said. “Lacrosse, soccer and field hockey were the main

sports.” Foster was offered the girls’ lacrosse coaching position this year after she had coached the field hockey team. “My senior year when I was finishing school at Cattawba College, I was an assistant coach here [for field hockey], and I just fell in love with the school, the atmosphere and the girls,” Foster said. “Then when the position opened up, I really wanted it.” To pump up the team before a game, Foster and her field hockey team have a tradition of huddling and praying. They have also created another tradition in which the night before the game they have a ‘pasta party,’ where they carb-load, relax and do homework. “My favorite part of being a coach is just seeing the girls bond as more than a team but a family, and I think that it is

very important to me,” Foster said. Freshman Sarah Colby played field hockey this past season and fell in love with the sport. She is also playing lacrosse which is her “passion,” and knowing Foster became the new women’s lacrosse coach made her “excited for the lacrosse season.” “Not only off the field is she a great coach but she always drives us, as a team, to do our best,” Colby said. “During practices, she makes them fun, and she’s always there to correct what we are doing wrong.” Although Foster has had a limited knowledge of lacrosse, she is very excited for the new experience and is “very passionate about the sports” she coaches. Foster was involved with many sports when she was in grade school, including volleyball. “I think [playing sports in high school] gives students a whole different perspective of life,” Foster said. “I think it’s really hard

to be a student athlete and to balance school work, studying for tests, projects and also being prepared for practice.” As of right now, Foster is scheduled to teach physical education only this year because she is a temporary employee and is subbing for physical education teacher Anthony Long; however, she plans to return coaching even if she is not a full-time teacher next year. “I love [Northwest] so much. It’s everything more than I expected, and I am thankful to have it. My P.E. department is amazing,” Foster said. With a new challenge, Foster is looking forward to coaching a new group of girls in lacrosse. “My field hockey family and parents have been great to me,” Foster said. “I was blessed with them this year, and I know I’ll be blessed with the lacrosse family.”

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Alex Ford, senior


August Wyrick, sophomore

“My photograph is of a windmill in Mykonos, Greece. Mykonos was my favorite island because of all of the unique shops and restaurants we were able to visit. The island of Santorini serves as the quintessential example of Greek architecture with clean white plaster walls and blue domes, but Mykonos has this picturesque style and at the same time is not the hectic tourist location that the former is. The windmills were easily the highlight of Mykonos. They were so stately and elegant and antiquated, and the light hit the sides of the windmills in such a way that the sight of them was entirely enchanting.�



Katelynn Zack Wilsey, junior McCorquodale, sophomore

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Modern day slavery Human trafficking is on the rise

Lauren Surber staff writer On Super Bowl Sunday, 111 million people tuned in to watch the game. Eight million pounds of guacamole were eaten. Over 14,000 tons of chips were consumed. And, unfortunately, about 10,000 sex trafficking victims were thought to have been taken to and abused in Indiapolis, the city of this year’s Super Bowl. Human trafficking is tied for the place of second largest criminal enterprise in the world and is growing rapidly. Unfortunately, there are thought to be between 100,000 and 300,000 slaves in the United States alone. “Human trafficking is any crime in which any person is forced, frauded or coerced into being trafficked,” Katy Ferris said, a volunteer coordinator for World Relief International. “It could be anything from labor trafficking to sex trafficking.” North Carolina is the fourth most trafficked state in the US. The numerous military bases, port cities and interstates, as well as the high immigrant populations and agricultural economy, put North Carolina more at risk and Greensboro is no exception. In 2010, a woman was rescued from a Greensboro home as a victim of forced prostitution. She was the first modernday slave rescued in Guilford County. “We don’t know how large this problem is, but we know there is a problem here. Very few victims are rescued because most of the public are not aware that it happens here,” Sandra Johnson said, founder of Triad Ladder of Hope, regarding the case. “They think it happens in other countries, but not in ‘our city.’” There have been more cases since the first one was uncovered. “[A family living in the suburbs of Greensboro] brought in a nanny,” Ferris said. “But they kept her in the basement, gave her little to no food, didn’t pay her, didn’t let her leave or anything like that. That is labor trafficking.” However it is very important to know

that there is hope. Human trafficking can be eliminated through public involvement in the issue. Many organizations exist to help fight slavery and give hope to its victims. World Relief International is an organization with offices both in High Point and Greensboro that helps to aid victims who are rescued. Tiny Hands International, Triad Ladder of Hope and the Aboliton! Ministry at Westover church are just a few of the local organizations actively fighting against modern-day slavery. The greatest weapon against the atrocity of slavery is simply awareness. Increasing the community’s knowledge of human trafficking and its signs can greatly increase the rate at which victims are rescued. “When we first started working with survivors, we weren’t doing as much on awareness. Then about two-and-a-half years ago, we started doing more on awareness and doing big campaigns and talking to schools and since then, we had an increase of 600 percent of increase in clients,” Ferris said. High school students can also play a pivotal role in education of the public. “The club that I started at Page has had several awareness days where we passed out pamphlets and put up posters with statistics about human trafficking,” senior Emily Gebbie of Page High School said. There are simple signs one can look out for. Things such as barbed wire facing the inside of a fence and bars on the inside of windows indicate that people are trying to kept in rather than kept out. Human trafficking is a major issue in the world today. There are 27 million slaves worldwide, and hundreds of thousands in America alone. But it is not a war that that has already been lost. Through spreading the awareness of human trafficking and donating time and money to organizations fighting it, human trafficking could be made less frequent or even eliminated in the near future. “[I want people to know] that everyone can play a role in fighting this injustice, simply with the act of educating others,” Gebbie said.

Josh Jones business manager Bistro 150 is a Frenchinspired restaurant located in Oak Ridge Commons. The casual setting makes it easy to relax and enjoy a meal. The bistro is known for its wide selection of cheesecakes, coffees and wines, in addition to being a music venue for local artists. Every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday night, they offer live music. Northwest students have utilized the local hotspot for club meetings or to simply hang out with friends. Because free Wi-Fi is offered, it is a great place to get work done. The bistro is also a place where people can host private parties and fundraisers. “We are your neighborhood meeting place,” co-

owner Randy Floss said. The music played at the bistro suits the cozy atmosphere and is home to people such as Greg Phairas, who plays contemporary rock; Kris Ferris, an easy listening artist; and Serendipity, a light

portunity will be in March. “[The music] is upbeat,” freshman Sydney Flake said. “They have really good singers there too.” The music isn’t of course the only offering from the bistro; food is served during all meals including breakfast, lunch and dinner. With selections such as banana pancakes, pork sliders, quesadillas and sandwiches, there is food to suit every mood. Despite what people may think, Bistro 150 serves much more than just alcohol. Smoothies, coffees, milkshakes and more are offered daily. “The food is really good there, they have good pastries too,” senior Kirsten Flick said. “We want people to enter as a stranger and leave as a friend,” co-owner Vicki Floss said.

We want people to enter as a stranger and leave as a friend. co-owner Vicki Floss rock band. The couches surrounding the stage make listening to the music enjoyable and comfortable experience. The bistro also hosts an open mic night, most recently for teens only. It is a great venue for anyone who wants to showcase their talent to the community. The next op-

Photo by Josh Jones

Owners Randy and Vicki Floss proudly stand in front of the counter at Bistro. For years the Bistro has been the fruit of the couple’s long-time dream.


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Whirling Dervishes: the art of A circular lifestyle Carson Beam staff writer

From spinning in a circle of fire to putting on a show of lights, hula hooping is an art form that has changed and grown greatly throughout time. The ancient Greeks began hooping centuries ago as a form of exercise. Today, hula hooping is anything from a form of artistic or even spiritual expression to simply a social activity. Hula hooping became popular in the 1960s and 70s along with jambands like the Grateful Dead and the outdoor concerts they performed. Hooping then waned in popularity again until the 1990s when, along with the style of music it seems to accompany, it became popular once again. Some bands such as The String Cheese Incident even incorporate hooping into their live performances. Today, this conglomeration of art, dance, and sport serves as the center of a circle of activity. “There’s a whole hula hooping community that’s so easy to be a part of,” senior Dana Oglesby said. Hula hooping concentrates many of your core muscles and improves your spine, erasing many back problems, and even puts strain on your thighs and arms, effectively working out your whole body without the

hula hooper even noticing it. “My hoop continues to carve the person I was into the person I was meant to be,” Hooping instructor Tammy Shearer said. Shearer teaches a forn of hula hooping which is mainly centered around the idea of fitness. This sort of hooping attracts a different crowd of people, mostly appealing to older people, at Parties 2 Dye For in Greensboro. “I took off 15 pounds in 5 months. I didn’t expect that. My hoop melted off my spare tire— Amazing! Hooping brings joy!” Shearer said. While hooping burns fat and is great total body exercise, for most avid hoopers it is more of a fun way to unwind and have fun. Rather than methodically and ritualistically doing 40 crunches and running a mile every day, hula hooping allows you to achieve the same benefits by turning on some music and hooping along with friends or by yourself. Hooping enables you to find your own rhythm and explore the abilities of your body. It can start as a social activity, but the pure fun of hooping can push many beginners to explore further into the world that spins around hula hooping itself. For many hoopers it becomes more than simply something they do. It becomes part of who they are and something they truly adore.

“I had a hard time grasping that hooping is a back and forth or side to side motion. I wanted to go round and round. I finally got it, and haven’t wanted to put my hoop down since,” Shearer said. Hula hoops come in all forms and sizes. For example, a larger hoop makes the hula hooper spin more fluidly, while a smaller hoop requires a faster spin to keep it aloft. Hoops with wicks attached to light on fire or LED lights inside them create beautiful patterns and are often used for performances at festivals or concerts. “While my fire hoop limits some of the tricks I can do, it also opens new doors for exploration as I try to find new things to do that stretch those limits as I improve,” Oglesby said. Hula hooping is commonly found at music festivals and outdoor concerts. The type of music can influence the way people hoop. Different styles of “hoop dance” evolve within different styles of music. Music with more electronic influence is often faster and will result in a quicker spin of the hoop while music in a more jam-band or folk style will result in a slower and groovier spin. “People do so many different things with hula hoops, and there’s so many different styles influenced by so many different things,” Oglesby said.

Struggling students seek assistance Danny Nett staff writer

Students seeking additional help in a subject often go to their respective teachers after school for assistance. Issues arise, however, with the limited available time and attention provided by after-school tutoring. Both teachers and students are pressed for time after school, and tutoring frequently finds itself competing with other important commitments. Students are rushing off to work or extra curricular activities and teachers are crunched for time between grading, preparing for future courses and returning to their home lives. “Students and teachers have a lot of responsibilities outside of school,” junior Hannah Strickland said. “It’s unrealistic for either of them to stay until five o’clock for tutoring.” For those students who do find time to stay after school for tutoring sessions, they often realize that teachers are too overwhelmed to give them the attention they need

for specific concerns. If too many students come, the tutor is spread too thin and cannot give each child the necessary time that is required. “A lot of people can show up for a tutoring session, so getting the attention you need is hard,” junior Meg Ellison said. “There are too many distractions after school, and teachers can’t always devote enough time to students.” A common problem among school tutoring is that students only think to go to their own teacher rather than trying out different teaching styles from other members of the department. If a student does not understand something the first time in class, it is unlikely he will understand it when repeated. Sometimes a different way of explaining things can go a long way towards comprehension. “The biology department schedules ELP and EOC review classes deliberately so that all teachers are represented,” biology teacher Susan Riley said. “The flexible schedule is good for [a student’s] schedule, and it also gives him a different voice, and sometimes that’s just what you need to understand the material.”

If all else fails and a student is incapable of getting the help he or she needs from school tutoring, it is always possible to turn to an outside source. Private tutors, which can either be paid for through volunteer services, are an alternative route that works well for many students at Northwest.. “Private tutors are much more one-on-one with you and give personal attention,” Ellison said. “They’re getting paid, so they have incentive to focus on you; they aren’t distracted like school tutors can be.” A brief review of material may be sufficient for some students, while others require more in-depth assistance. Because of the different routes one may take when in need of a tutor, most individuals are able to find a strategy that works well for them and their schedule, and still provides them with the help they need. “I have been to paid tutoring sessions, and it was very focused,” Strickland said. “You ask your questions and get them answered quickly. It’s a realistic solution for busy students.”

Photo by Shaunee Vazquez

Northwest approved tutors Margaret Benoit Writing/Academic coaching Krystal Weeks Spanish I,II,III Elizabeth Keele Chemistry Marie-Eve Laberge French Tom Parker Algebra I/II, Pre-Calculus, Trigonomitry, Statistics Lisa Roberts History/AP History

Graphic by Morgan Von Steen


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Jehovah’s Witnesses Emily Jackson staff writer

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When I was younger, my mom took pride in her position as a Sunday school teacher at her Methodist church. There was a Christmas tree in the den every jolly December. My sisters were allowed to date and hang out with friends on weekends. Sounds pretty normal, right? Around the time of my parents’ divorce, my dad began immersing himself in the religion he was raised in and attempted to force it upon the rest of the family. I was torn. Every weekend, I alternated between my mother’s church and my father’s Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses. My parents were separated for four years before realizing they wanted to get back together; when they remarried each other in 2007, Mom agreed to be baptized in my father’s faith. At the time, I was young and indifferent about the transition. As an adolescent Jehovah’s Witness, I was not expected to participate much at meetings or out in service due to my age. On Saturday mornings, we go door-to-door and talk to people about our interpretation of the bible. This is referred to as “service” or the “field ministry.” However, over the years, I be-


came more and more troubled when I heard classmates badmouthing my faith. At our meetings, I had been taught that our belief was “The Truth,” so I felt conflicted when my peers questioned me. I was disturbed by their misunderstandings: Jehovah’s Witnesses don’t believe in Jesus; we do not accept health care and only a number of people in the thousands have the ability to gain God’s favor. On the contrary, Jehovah’s Witnesses are Christians who do believe in Jesus—it’s the core tenant of our faith. We do accept health care; we just do not permit blood transfusions because of a scripture in the Bible that explicitly states “abstain from blood.” We believe that there are 144,000 people who are chosen to rule with Jesus in Heaven, and the rest are judged by God to live on a paradise Earth. We do not believe in Hell. On the other hand, I do sometimes feel left out of the mainstream. When I’m invited to birthday or Christmas parties, I can not attend because we don’t celebrate holidays. We believe that the only holiday worth celebrating is Jesus’ Memorial. Another case was when I hit high school and my parents became more strict about with whom I can socialize. For Jehovah’s Witnesses, dating is only allowed when



someone feels that he or she is ready to marry. Naturally, I disagree with that and have rebelled against this rule at times. I understand some of the restrictions placed on me, but I challenge others. I have questioned some of what I’ve been taught, now that I am old enough to process them and think for myself. Who does not? Most teenagers at least wonder why they are here and if they should worship some higher power. Because I am almost 16, I am under certain expectations: prepare for and participate during meetings and speak to my neighbors on Saturday mornings. What most people do not seem to realize is that I am just a normal teenage girl. I have friends and a life outside of being a Jehovah’s Witness. No matter what, in two years I will be out of the house and free to decide how I want to live my life. I am not married to my religion, but it is essentially all I have ever known. I am interested in exploring other options, but I respect my parents enough to be involved for the time being. Right now, I am content in balancing school, family, friends and religion. One of those categories does not define who I am or determine my happiness. I do.




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Photos contributed by Emily Jackson and (reprinted with permission)

Clockwise from top left: 1) Jehovah’s Witnesses preach in the mid-1900s. 2) Much like other forms of Christianity, Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that Adam and Eve were shunned from the garden of Eden. 3) The grave represents the disbelief of an afterlife beyond the 144,000 they believe will go to heaven and the remainder that will be resurrected to enjoy a paradise earth. 4) A copy of the bible used in worship. 5) Jehovah’s Witnesses’ idea of paradise. 6) Jehovah’s Witnesses do not particapate in holidays other than Christ’s memorial. 7) An example of “informal witnessing” at random times. 8) Sophomore Emily Jackson with her mother in the field ministry. 9) Jackson sharing her beliefs from the bible. 10) Jackson and her mom approaching someone with the Watchtower and Awake! in hand. 11) Their place of worship, the Kingdom Hall. 12) A woman witnessing to an elderly lady. 13) Jehovah’s Witnesses do believe in Jesus and that he is God’s son. 14) The Watchtower, a form of literature they distribute.

Living with a tumor: One freshman’s uncommon distress

Christine Son spread editor Imagine how different your life would have been if you were forced to live with a tumor. Freshman Landon Kolessar endures life with hemangioma, a benign tumor on his left foot. Kolessar has known about his tumor since seventh grade; however, it has been growing on the side of his foot since birth. “[When I found out], I wanted God to help me,” Kolessar said. “I thought He would, and I still think that.” The tumor is located on the inner side of his left arch, the main organ, but people generally cannot distinguish by taking a cursory look. A reddish-purple lesion merely appears as a swelling or a bruise. “They would ask why I walk the way I do,” Kolessar said. “But [it doesn’t affect my social life] at all.”

Although Kolessar is restrained from doing most of the physical activities, his life is not much different from those of others. He can lift weights in the gym, run normally and socialize with his peers. Rigorous and dangerous physical activities can make the situation worse, which is why Kolessar is exempted from P.E. and avoids playing harsh sports. “The main reason why I can’t do it [play sports] is that they [doctors] are afraid it would burst and bleed inside,” Kolessar said. Kolessar mostly treats his foot with his foot braces and medicine, which enable him to walk. A doctor once suggested removing the tumor; however, because of the possibility that they would have to amputate his foot if surgery is not performed fast enough, Kolessar decided to keep it and deal with it for the rest of his life. “I just deal with it, but it both-

ers me. I have some random episodes where I couldn’t even get out of bed,” he said. Kolessar confesses to be late to his first period class often because of sudden pain in the morning. His tardies and absences are excused, but he still feels uncomfortable when he has to face unexpected problems because of his foot. “All of the close family friends had the same reaction ‘What? Can they remove it?,’” he said. “But it just depends on if it hurts or not.” Hemangioma can only be treated by two specialists in the world, one in Australia and one in Chicago. Kolessar could hope for a different answer about his tumor, but from the physical examinations he has received from Wake Forest and Duke, keeping the tumor is the best choice he has as of now. “The words that get me through the day are ‘I’m strong mentally and physically,’” Kolessar said.

Photo contributed by Landon Kolessar

An MRI of freshman Landon Kolessar’s tumor in his left arch was taken at Wake Forest Baptist Hospital on Feb. 7. Doctors speculate he has had this tumor since birth, though it was first discovered when he was in the seventh grade. He currently manages to live a relatively normal life; however, as the tumor grows, it may cause more problems in his future.

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Doodle Distractions what kids really do in school Jen Nelson news editor Swirls, flowers, hats, frogs, dogs, hearts, people and eyes. Although a seemingly unrelated group of objects, these things all have one thing in common: they can be found in the binders, on the notes and in the margins of tests belonging to Northwest students. Not literally, of course. Many students and staff at Northwest suffer from chronic doodling. “I’ve always been a doodler,” social studies teacher Ray Parrish said. While some teachers may frown upon doodling, it is actually a sacred art that has been proven to help improve memory and is used as an agent to retain information, which is usually what fills an hour-long class at Northwest. “I doodle in class because my mind sometimes wanders during a lecture, and if I doodle, it’s a way to channel that and help me to listen a little more,” junior Sam Smith said. Because doodling does not require one’s full attention, it can occupy the part of the brain that wanders when listening to a lecture or following a PowerPoint presentation. This can be very useful when the average student’s

attention span only lasts for about 15 to 20 minutes, which is much shorter than the 55-minute class schedule. Not only does doodling help a student focus, it can also provide an outlet for emotions, which may otherwise occupy a student’s attention during class. “Doodling in class helps me to get any unwanted or generally unpleasant thoughts out of my mind and onto paper, allowing me to learn the material easier,” senio-r Dylan Lewellyn said. Even though doodles can help certain people, it is not the endall-be-all cure for everyone. Some students prefer the traditional class notes with clean, white margins. “I don’t doodle because I retain the information by paying full attention and focus on getting my work done,” senior Trevor Michelson said. Some teachers have even implemented the idea of doodling as an educational tool in their classrooms. By using pictures and words as notes, Parrish hopes to help his students understand major themes and events in United States History. “When we remember, we remember in pictures, not in words,” Parrish said. “I think pictures help you see the big picture and concept. When students look in their notebooks, they see pictures instead of being overwhelmed by words.”

Doodles contributed by various Northwest students photo by Grace King

Sophomore Dylan Gibson’s brain tank explodes in a cloud of doodles. Many Northwest students confess to drawing when bored or trying to concentrate in class.

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Northwest Horizons - February 2012 Issue