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Northwest Guilford High • 5240 Northwest School Road • • Volume 49 Issue 2

What’s Four students awarded National Merit Scholarship Inside Danny Hage staff writer

Arts & Culture

Explore the history of tattoos and the meaning behind them

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Students talk about the stresses of high school

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Photos by Katerina Mansour, Callie Payne and Matt Shears

Northwest has the honor of having four National Merit Scholarships given students. The scholarship is earned by having a very high score on the PSAT taken at the beginning of the school year. The scholars are Ian Quillen (left), Angela Wang (middle), Braden Payne (top right) and Chris Lee (bottom right).

It’s a half-day. You’re taking the PSAT, but you’re not trying because you think it doesn’t matter. Later, it hits you that you should have tried when you see some of your peers receiving $2,500 scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation and receiving letters of invitations and more scholarship money from prestigious colleges in America. Last year’s PSAT yielded four Northwest semi-finalists for the National Merit Scholarship: seniors Angela Wang, Chris Lee, Ian Quillen and Braden Payne. To know if your PSAT score this year is high enough for scholarship consideration, you will be notified the following September that you are a semi-finalist and may later be chosen as one of the 15,000 finalists across the nation. “The selection process in order to be considered a finalist is like a condensed college application,” Lee said. “There are parts where you fill out extracurricular activities and need teacher recommendations.” Two requirements that need to be met in order to have the chance to be selected for the scholarship are U.S. citizenship and a PSAT score that exceeds the cut-off. The PSAT is out of 240, and the cut-off score in North Carolina for the class of 2012

was 217 which Lee and Wang both surpassed with scores of over 220. In addition, Payne scored a 219 while Quillen scored above a 230. “I was happy when I found out that I had qualified for the scholarship because I knew that I had capitalized on what my teachers taught me,” Wang said. Wang and Lee have automatically been granted a $2,500 scholarship to the school of their choice, excluding Ivy League schools, and they have a good chance of being offered numerous other scholarships of higher value. They know what it takes to do well on the PSAT. “Reading frequently is honestly the best way to improve your writing and reading scores,” Lee said. Lee is looking at colleges on the east coast, along with the University of Chicago and some universities in North Carolina. Wang is taking a similar path, focusing on colleges across the Northeast, Duke and Chapel Hill. Northwest offers two SAT prep courses, verbal and math, that students can take for a fee in order to enhance their chances of qualifying for the National Merit Scholarship as well as to prepare for the real SAT. “I’d suggest taking both the ACT and the SAT,” Wang said. “If you are better at science and math, take the ACT, as its focus lies less heavily on reading and writing.”

Northwest beats Grimsley’s SAT scores Op/Ed

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The SAT class offers a math and language section which reiterates basic principles of each subject. Classes are offered in the fall and spring. “You have to learn time management for the test,” Hudson said. “Taking the test is not all about knowledge. It’s about how to take the test.” Northwest’s average score rose by 34 points

this past year while Grimsley’s fell 57 points. Many viewed the school’s SAT score as the final hurdle in Northwest being proclaimed the highest academic achieving traditional high school in Guilford County. Northwest has now surpassed Grimsley, its biggest academic rival, in almost every means of academic measurement.

For the first time in Guilford County Schools’ history, Northwest High School has obtained a higher average SAT score than Grimsley High School. The last College Board yearly report showed that Northwest students scored an average of 1638 on the standardized test, the highest of any traditional high school in Guilford County, while Grimsley came in second with 1599 and Northern third with 1549. At the time of the report, 363 Northwest students had taken the SAT while Grimsley had 300 and Northern had 126. “I think a big part of [the SAT scores] is that we have an excellent math department that is tuned into teaching problem solving skills,” math teacher Rhonda Hudson said. “Also, we’ve got the brightest kids in Guilford County.” Many students attribute their personal high scores to the SAT prep class offered here at Northwest taught by Hudson and AP English teacher Sherilyn Little. “The [prep] class made taking the SAT less daunting because I felt like I was much Graphic by Matt Shears more prepared afterwards,” Graphic displays the average SAT scores in 2011 as of the September SAT for Guilford County’s traditional high schools in descending order. Northwest received the highest average SAT score out of the 15 schools. senior Tyler Cecil said.


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Policies rule over the new student body government Ana Nino Combs web editor

It is 9 a.m. and the Northwest students are sitting in their front office chairs with big grins across their faces. The daily morning announcements are about to begin. With catchy songs, interesting accents and upbeat personalities, President Matt Shears, Vice President Will Ross and Secretary Davis Derrico have tried to make the announcements more entertaining than in previous years. “I think the announcements are great, and they make the start to the school day better,” senior Jaimie Rachels said. For the new student body secretary, the announcements are also “supposed to remind students not to always take life so seriously, but rather to have fun and celebrate in each day’s blessings,” Derrico said. These student government officers have also changed the way the different grade levels are represented. In the previous years, elections took place in English class to choose representatives from each

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Club leaders are now able to participate in student council in order to help the school have greater school spirit. During the last meeting, the student body government came together to plan upcoming events.

class. This year, club leaders are automatically able to participate in student council. “I think the new policy will help the school,” CTE teacher Angela Wilkerson said. “If it’s reaching out to clubs, then the student council will have more involve-

ment.” As the year progresses, the student council will have to adapt to the changes, since now the leaders all have a greater responsibility with the school. For the representatives, it is one of their goals is to make a positive impact through-

out Northwest for years to come. “I believe that our school, one of excellence, is already the best in the county; however, we always should work to improve ourselves,” Derrico said. The optimism that the student government cultivates has made a

difference, not just with the morning announcements, but with the overall school spirit. “This is the best student government we’ve had in the six years that I’ve taught here,” Wilkerson said. “They are very lively. I like what they’re doing.”

Seven billionth baby tips the world population balance Danny Nett staff writer

The immobilizing pain is nearly unbearable. Doctors and nurses stir all around you. Amid the flashing cameras and swarming press, your nine-month wait is finally over. Your baby makes his debut, tipping the scale at just over seven…billion people. On Oct. 31 this year, the United Nations announced the estimated world population reached seven billion. The UN asked each contributing nation to designate one child born this Halloween as a symbol of the event and the potential issues related to it. “I think it’s a wake-up call, environmentally,” AP biology and environmental science teacher Lisa Holler said. “The planet can only hold so many people.” The concern of overpopulation stems from the rate at which the world population has grown in recent years. Between 1960 and 1999, the world population doubled from three to six billion. Official UN projections predict the human population will continue to increase over the next two centuries. They estimate that the population will stabilize at around ten billion people by the year 2200. For the time being, however, there is still concern

Graphic from United Nations Population Division

This graphic demonstrates the exponential rate at which the world population is increasing. The increasing rate of population will soon exceed the world’s carrying capacity is this rate continues.

over limited space and resources. “We think somehow this planet will keep growing [to accommodate the population],” Holler said. Organizations such as the Center for Sustainable Economy (CSE) allow individuals to calculate their environmental impact, focusing on the amount of land needed to support one’s lifestyle. The so-called “eco-

Intern influx within Northwest Danny Nett staff writer-

With tedious studying, long work hours and many duties around the school, teachers Rhonda Hudson, Diana Burdzy and Paul Egleston have their work cut out for them. These teachers are currently enrolled in a master’s program to learn the ropes of administration in public schools. Through the knowledge they gain, the interns hope to transition from being teachers to becoming administrators in the future. “I plan to be an AP [assistant principal] first, but I eventually want to be a principal,” Hudson said. “I just hope I enjoy it as much as I have enjoyed being a teacher.” The programs in which the interns are enrolled at Gardner-Webb University require a great deal of dedication. They complete nearly two years of classes, both in person and online. They are also expected to write several papers to submit for review and fulfill as many as 400 hours of advisory duty. “[I am] pretty much learning the process

of what [administrators] actually do,” Burdzy said. “A big thing is legal issues, knowing what the law says and what Guilford County’s policies are.” Currently, Burdzy is responsible for supervising sporting events, dances and overseeing behavioral incidences outside of what she covers as a teacher. Hudson is also responsible for supervising school events, attending principal meetings and researching what principals and APs are expected to manage. Egleston must make trips to see different types of curriculums and schools to better understand which methods are most effective. The events are numerous and often time consuming. Like Burdzy and Hudson, Egleston must get intern hours helping administrators around the school. “After I’ve started doing some of these things, I have a greater appreciation for what our principals do,” Egleston said. Despite the daunting challenges and strenuous workload, the interns continue to look forward to their future as principals and assistant principals.

logical footprint” estimates that if every person lived as the average American, humanity would need four and a half planets to be sustained. Many individuals believe that at the rate the United States and other developed nations are consuming resources, the world’s supply will eventually be spent. The potential results could lead to political turmoil and

put a strain on international relations. “It’s a challenge to figure out how to distribute the resources we have,” civics and economics teacher Scott Bennett said. Some countries have tried to address population growth through legislation. One of the most notorious measures was China’s “One-Child Policy” passed in 1980, which limited the number of children families could have to one or two, depending on specific circumstances. Other groups, such as the CSE, believe the solutions lie in efficiency. Through ecosystem services, cleaner and more efficient production of goods and smaller ecological footprints, they hope to develop a sustainable and resilient global society. Each solution, however, has proven to be wrought with difficulties. “The problem is that the solutions [to population growth] are not culturally acceptable,” Holler said. “Maybe there is not a solution.” For the time being, every suggested change involves a trade-in of personal liberties for environmental sustainability. Such a drastic change requires society to be turned on its head and is unlikely to be welcomed with open arms any time in the near future. “We [humans] are very adaptable, so we’ll figure it out,” Bennett said.

Northwest would like to also welcome

Marie Van Wynsberge We apologize for not including Wynsberge in the October issue welcoming new staff members to Northwest. Teaches: French I, II, and Honors French III and IV in the foreign language department. Looking forward to: I’m really looking forward to students or kids enjoying learning my native language. I also wanted to see my first prom, because we don’t have that in France. Favorite class: English, which is a foreign language over there [in France], because I used to love speaking English. Comments: I hope to bring enthusiasm towards French and the French language program because it kills me that there are only eight kids in French IV. I just hope to bring a lot of enthusiasm towards my native language and not just have all the kids take Spanish.

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Drug shortages affect many Americans. Shortages have tripled since 2005 with most of these drugs being used for life-threatening diseases.

Drug shortage: Helping the pills Carson Beam staff writer

The president recently passed an executive order on reducing prescription drug shortages on Oct. 31. This order mandates that drug manufacturers give the FDA (Federal Drug Administration) more detailed reports on drug shortages. Since 2005, drug shortages have tripled with most of these drugs being used against life-threatening sickness, such as cancer or malnutrition. These shortages place heavy loads on hospitals. Increasing drug prices caused by these shortages mandate that the hospitals spend more money in obtaining them or hoard drugs from others, making

the price rise even more. “The pharmaceutical industry is a huge moneymaker for our country,” English teacher Sarah Carpenter said. Contrary to popular belief, drug manufacturers are not in the business to save people’s lives; they are in the business to make a profit. When these companies release a new drug, they receive a five-year patent on it. Once this patent is up, anyone can produce it. Therefore, major drug companies must continually develop new drugs to maintain their profit. The pharmaceutical industry works like this because of stockholders. If profits drop, stockholders will take what they can and flee, eventually leaving the company

penniless or forcing them to relocate to other countries where the cost of work is cheaper, such as China. “The reason we’ve had all these amazing drugs in the past 25 years is profit-motive,” civics teacher Jim Thompson said. America’s most profound scientists are located in the medical industry because that is where the money is found today. The money produced by the drug companies has soared past the rest of the business sector, with profits rising five and a half times more than anything else. Now that the president has issued this order, these profits will most likely drop. The FDA now has the power to force drug manufacturers into making drugs that sell

to a minority of citizens. Producing nonprofitable drugs could potentially hurt the medical industry since just a small number of people require that specific type of medicine. “If the government wants to make sure these drugs are available to people, then the government should maybe step in and produce these drugs itself,” Thompson said. The Preamble of America’s Constitution states that the government shall “promote the general welfare.” Producing medicine that is in shortage will not only stop shortages but create jobs for citizens. “It seems to me that the executive is trying to manipulate the marketplace,” Thompson said.


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November 2011 Letters to the editor Dear Editor, I seek to elucidate an unseen side of the op-ed piece in favor of Barack Obama. It has appeared to me that the media and our newspaper has failed to be the unbiased censor on public opinion that it should be. Therefore, due to the public outcry towards said article, I feel the necessity of correcting this injustice of the press with my own response of equally inflammatory rhetoric. However, I seek the truth and it is my responsibility as a student of Northwest to correct the travesty committed by this newspaper. So on these grounds I begin: We are discussing Barack Obama, the 44th president of the United States, not the 43rd President. If you are to print an article that is this biased towards a liberal persuasion, it would be appropriate to present the opposing viewpoint. I understand that this is an oped, but that is just a wall liberal journalists hide behind because they lack an informed and intelligent conservative opinion. The LGBT community that had a legislative victory in New York is completely unrelated to Obama and his accomplishments. However, if he was involved in such tumultuous legislation, it would fit nicely into his plan to downgrade the moral standard of these United States. This article also gives credit where credit is hardly due. Although the killing of Bin Laden was quite an achievement for our military, Obama simply gave the order that any President would have. George W. Bush built the gun, Obama pulled the trigger. The effective unemployment rate in America is 18.7 percent. You have no specifics to support your claim that the stimulus package created any jobs at all. It is now the job of the American people to return to our founding principles. Limited government is the only way to restore America to its former glory. The American people have the responsibility to throw of the tyrannical bonds of oppression placed on us by Obama and the national government. Adam Griffin

Editorial Dear Editor, RESOLVED, An article praising Barrack Hussein Obama’s presidency was recently scribed and published by the Northwest Horizons newspaper. Said article shamelessly glorified and apotheosized Obama and his efforts as our nation’s leader at every given turn. Indeed, my attention was forcefully and immediately arrested from the moment I descried the subtitle of the decisively leftleaning article. Let it be explicitly clear that my issue with the article is not simply its obstreperous endorsement of the Democratic Candidate for the 2012 Presidential election. Rather, I vehemently protest because of the clear use of selective presentation of facts and the fact that any and all attempts to avoid journalistic bias were clearly discarded prior to selecting the subject of the article. First and foremost, I must elucidate my opposition to the bias incontrovertibly presented by the Northwest Horizons. To offer such a categorically liberal endorsement of Obama’s presidency without an opposing opinion is preposterous. If said article had been published beside a conservative piece published on the same subject, my voice would be forever unheard and my protests never to echo in the halls of Northwest Guilford High School. Regrettably, it is not so and accordingly, my words shall perpetually reverberate in the hearts and souls of the Northwest student body. Moreover, I recognized that all students interviewed for the article were overwhelmingly supportive of Obama and his efforts. Such selective presentation of facts misrepresents the Northwest student body in a way that must not go unnoticed. On this tangent, I must address the fact that although the article applauded Obama’s efforts in the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” it takes no time to address the reasoning behind the policy or even what the policy consisted of. I believe I am not absurd in my beliefs that such a ringing approval of his work would be followed by a brief explanation of what exactly it was that he did. The editorial then goes on to describe the passage of gay marriage in New York and, following trend, praises Obama for his involvement in such a monumental act. However, I find it quite odd that he was giv-

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en any credit for the passage of such a law considering that Obama has to this day not endorsed same-sex marriage. Yet, this act of throwing undeserved credit into Obama’s hands was somehow surpassed only several paragraphs later. The editorial trumpeted the fact that Osama Bin Laden was finally brought to justice under President Obama. Indeed, I must concede that Obama most certainly deserves credit for this triumph. However, the American military, the forces which actively searched for Osama for years, and eventually exterminated him, deserve the overwhelming majority of the credit. Also, let it not be forgotten that President Bush laid down the foundations that Obama later utilized to kill the now deceased leader of Al Qaeda. Once more, such sub rosa maneuverings have not passed unseen. Furthermore, I must proclaim that the many factual errors and misrepresentations in this article did not go unnoticed. Barrack Obama was the 44th president of the United States of America, not the 43rd. I can only hope that this was a simple typo and nothing else. However, I must state that although it was asserted that Obama’s stimulus plan had a significant, positive effect on the economy, no statistical evidence was offered to back such claims. Thus, I have done some numerical research on my own. The unemployment rate hovered somewhere between 7.6 and 7.7 percent when Barrack Obama took office. Today however, it towers at a prodigious 9.1 percent. This 1.4 to 1.5 percent hike in the unemployment rate seems quite contrary to the assertion that Obama has created jobs during his presidency. If reliable statistical evidence had been produced, I once more would have been silenced. Yet again, it was not so.   In conclusion, I must assert that my issues are with the article itself, and not the staff or writers of the Northwest Horizons Newspaper. I simply strive to illuminate an apparently ignored side in this issue. As George Washington once said, “Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains to bring it to light.” Respectfully signed, Keiler Pulling

Dear Misguided Liberal Editors, I was extremely disappointed in the article on Obama’s Legacy. Since I am a proud Viking, I have to point out the idiocy in the article to assure the students of our institution that they do not have to read such a poorly-written political article. Here is a list of my grievances: You said Obama is the “most scrutinized President in history.” I’m sure Abraham Lincoln would have something to say about that since when he was elected the South chose to secede and then Lincoln had to oversee a CIVIL WAR! You said Obama “has exceeded expectations.” However, a 9.1 percent unemployment rate, an unpopular healthcare law that most believe will be overturned by the Supreme Court, a failed stimulus package, the Solyndra Scandal, the Fast & Furious Scandal, and of course his debacle in the Debt Ceiling debate which led to a downgrade in the American credit rating by S&P. You cited Lady Gaga as a source in your article. Really? You mention the New York gay marriage law. Maybe it’s just me but I think that was an issue that Andrew Cuomo and the New York Legislature dealt with. Not Barack Obama. You state “his stimulus package was used in part to add money to construction plans, which in turn gave more jobs to the unemployed.” The only problem with that is unemployment has risen over 1 percent during that time and Barack Obama himself stated “those shovel-ready projects weren’t so shovel-ready.” By the way, if the stimulus worked, why are we still in a recession? You also leave out that before Obamacare, the poor you talk about could’ve qualified for Medicaid. 14 Million Americans to be exact would’ve qualified if they just applied. Anyone with half-a-brain would’ve ordered the killing of Osama Bin Laden. So next time you choose to write an article dealing with politics, my advice is “DON’T DO IT!” Leave the politics to someone who is willing to be fair and balanced, and is willing to use facts not quotes from individuals who are by no means experts in the subject. Mark Parent

staff editorial

There is a reason it is called the opinion section

The article in question, “Obama’s Legacy,” though tending to be more liberal, simply reveals some of the highlights of President Barack Obama’s time in office. The story was opinionated and therefore accordingly placed in the opinion section. It merely reflects the opinions of two of our staff members, and does not represent our staff as a whole. Not everyone on the Northwest Horizons staff is liberal; there are several conservative students, as well. Therefore, as a staff, we did not intend to further our so-called “liberal agenda,” nor did we try to pass it off as an unbiased article, in which case it would have been placed in the news section and

would have examined both sides. We do admit to incorrect wording when the article stated that Obama was elected as the 44th President. The writers’ intention was to state he was the 43rd man to be president (Grover Cleveland served non-consecutive terms). We apologize for the error. As members of the Northwest Horizons newspaper staff and of Northwest Guilford High School, we encourage open discussion of many topics and ideas. While people may not agree with us, and we might not agree with you, it is important to listen to others and respect one another’s right to free speech. Furthermore, as high school

journalists, it is our duty to ensure that we discuss and analyze many different ideas and issues. We also seek to be free of bias when presenting facts and news. But again, the article in question was not news, it was an opinion. Each and every opinion article we publish should not require a complementary article examining the other side. The denigrating tone of the above letters was unnecessary. The article in no way attacked Conservativism and it didn’t necessarily promote Liberalism-- it simply highlighted some of the positives of Obama’s presidency. However, in response, the above letters were blatant and insulting attacks against the left side of politics.


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Creative Director

Melanie Huynh-Duc

Morgan Von Steen

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Editors-in-Chief Matt Shears Callie Payne

News Editor Jen Nelson

Op/Ed Editor

Arts & Culture Editor Shaunee Vazquez

Entertainment Editor Grace King

Graphics Editor Matthew Taylor

Jonathan Williams

Web Editors

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Annabel Brunk Ana Nino Combs

Spread Editor Sports Editor Katie Kilmartin

Business Manager Josh Jones

Staff Photographer Katerina Mansour

Staff Writers

Carson Beam Liz Deutchki Sarah Deutchki Jean-Andre du Preez Danny Hage Michael Hrabosky Emily Jackson Danny Nett Samantha Reinis Lauren Surber

It gives us great pride as a newspaper staff to know that our newspaper is not only being read by the students but also being discussed. It lets us know that our hard work in interviewing, researching and writing articles is not going to waste. Not only that, but controversy reinforces our tireless effort that goes into fundraising for our publication. Of course, we had no intention of drastically altering anyone’s beliefs or values. The writers of this story merely sought to evaluate a period of history based on their experiences and beliefs, just as many historians have done previously. And we did not insult anyone when we wrote our article.

Just as you have the right to free speech, we also share these rights just as much as any other American citizen. If we were not allowed to share our opinions, our government might as well be a dictatorship. We will end this with the Northwest Horizons editorial policy that has existed since 2007: “Northwest Horizons serves as the primary printed forum for student opinions on campus. The inalienable right of free speech, granted under the United States Constitution, includes both the freedom and the responsibility to discuss, to question and to challenge the institution, and the right to express unpopular opinions.”

Policies and Intent Serving as the primary printed and online forum for student opinon, Northwest Horizons publishes six issues each year by the staff at Northwest Guilford High School. The paper is supported through community advertisers and is printed by Stone Printing of High Point. Editorials are unsigned. The stance of each editorial is voted upon in staff meetings, but it requires the approval of the majority of the editorial board. All members of the school community are encouraged to use Northwest Horizons to express their views. Letters must be signed when submitted. Visit our website:


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“‘Til death do us part” may now become “let’s give it a couple years and see.” A law in Mexico City has been proposed that in order to reduce divorce rates, newlyweds can sign a two-year marriage contract. After the contract expires, the couple may decide to renew their contract for another set time or just let the marriage dissolve. With about half of all marriages ending in divorce in Mexico City, lawmakers are recommending this option as major social reform. Although this issue is an isolated case in Mexico, it can be related to a larger moral issue on how marriage will be defined in the coming years. In the United States, the institution of marriage has been a controversial topic lately, most noticeably with the sexual orientation of its participants in question,

but never the length. This proposed revision is geared towards making families run smoother by making divorce easy and marriage complicated. Leonel Luna is the Mexico City assemblyman who helped create the bill; he believes it will help because “you wouldn’t have to go through the tortuous process of divorce.” But is it really the tedious paper work that is devastating to the families? “People don’t understand that when you put that much time into a person, and you are married, that when you then break that marriage, there is a lot of pain,” English teacher Sarah Hutchinson said, who was recently married over the summer. High school relationships can give us a glimpse into the kind of damage done when a couple parts ways. Just imagine the heartbreak that goes on during the short length of high school, but then complicate it with financial responsibilities, housing issues and the title of husband and wife.

Sex sells in advertising Jonathan Williams and Jen Nelson op/ed and news editor

Would you want to buy a shirt from an 85-year-old woman in a bikini? No. But statistics say you would buy one from a barely legal 18-year-old with a near-perfect boob job. Suddenly, that shirt seems like a oneway ticket to a live strip show. Let’s face it: Sex sells. “It is just business,” AP Psychology teacher Allison Lambert said. “However, if a business chooses to use sex and not represent their product, that is when it changes from a good business strategy to an unethical practice. Abercrombie uses near-nude models to represent their clothing. There is something wrong with that.” Of course, lumping all sexual advertising into a single category would be too simple for American consumers. These ads range from being a tad suggestive to what most perceive as soft-core pornography. Good to know that elementary school kids who now shop at Hollister or Abercrombie are influenced by scantily clad teenagers plastered on the walls. Sex is the second strongest of the psychological appeals, right behind self-preservation, according to Dr. Richard F. Taflinger. The human urge to merge gets its strength through biological impulses and instinct so that humanity may grow and prosper. However, sex seems to be less about humanity’s survival in today’s society.

“Evolutionary psychologists would say that we are programmed for sex,” Lambert said. “Since our ancestors have survived by continuing to have sex, our unconscious drive is to have sex, in order to keep the human race alive. It’s a survival mechanism. I might not agree with them, but that would be how they see it.” Knowing that sex is such a prominent idea in the human mind provides an explanation for why a company might choose to create a more provocative ad instead of one filled with plain product information. Though practical, facts do not sell as well as a fantasy. But that does not mean sex should be exploited on billboards or TV commercials. “I think that the more provocative things attract boys, and that’s why a lot of sports magazines have girls in bikinis and that kind of thing,” junior Courtney Neal said. “If you’re a girl, it’s annoying. It’s degrading.” Though there is the occasional sexy, shirtless man, such as the Old Spice Guy, women tend to favor the emotional intimacy and commitment that can surround the sexual relationship, while men are enticed by images of casual and recreational sex. No wonder Axe and Dos Equis ads portray men having rather scandalous relationships with multiple beautiful women, while women tend to be targeted as sexual objects, such as in Victoria’s Secret and even Venus products. “They use it because it works; people like edgy ads,” Lambert said.

E v e n though the contract would explicitly specify each partner’s marital duties, such as where the property and finances lie, the harmful effects of this proposition are plentiful. Results from temporary marriages can be seen in Iran, as some still practice mut’ah, which is a Shia Islam version of it that has been ongoing. There are tens of thousands of children produced from these temporary marriages and are subsequently considered illegitimate. Mut’ah has also been used as a cover for prostitution, and to ease the strict clothing rules placed onto unmarried women. In contrast, the Bible has a very different view on marriage. Matthew 9:6 states that “So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.” Temporary marriage as a whole cheapens the covenant of marriage by making divorce inevitable, and with an expiration date set on the relationship, the dynamic of the couple is bound to change. Marriage consists of

struggles, compromises and perseverance, but if given an easy escape such as this proposed reform, many will choose to skip resolving an issue by running away. “I feel that sometimes it’s necessary, but sometimes people have divorce just because they can. If things aren’t perfect, they just give up, so I think it’s just encouraging not trying to fight through the issues,” senior Linda Dehaan said. With the throwaway society we live in, some couples today are disillusioned with marriage and feel that if it’s not easy or satisfying all of the time, it’s not worth it. It’s the hard times that bring a couple closer; without that commitment, they are setting themselves up for failure. Couples will not develop a deeper connection if there is an exit button. “I am not a proponent of divorce; I think that we live in a fast-paced, quick-result world, and we are not willing to work through simple issues. It’s an easy fix to a very serious problem.” Hutchinson said. The Mexico City marriage contract bill is likely to be voted upon sometime in December, but the debates are sure to continue long after. The world is constantly moving, but will the future include the loss of a lifetime partner with whom to grow old? That is one question that will surely be answered in the near future.

What happened to MySpace?

MySpace falls into shade as Facebook leads the trend

Christine Son spread editor

First launched in Aug. 2003,

MySpace was once considered the leading social networking site, having more than 100 million users at its peak. Facebook began to surpass MySpace in 2008 with its cleaner blue and white design. It became the most prominent social networking site, targeting a more mainstream audience. In spite of its rapid decline with the appeal of Facebook, MySpace had some unique features that drew people’s attention. “What I like about MySpace is the music aspect of it,” senior Seth Stroud said. “It gave local bands the chance to get their names out.” While MySpace’s head start on the concept of social networking remains praiseworthy, some blatant drawbacks were indisputable in its decline in users. “I don’t like MySpace because it’s only for drama,” senior Paige Ward said. “It’s only open for

gossip, not social networking.” MySpace was not off the hook for some inevitable problems that all social networking sites face: gossip. Comments posted on a public forum that are open to millions of viewers seem to become a controversial issue, especially among teens. The danger of child predators also brought MySpace’s security into the point of question, as there is no regulation within its system to check with validity of current members’ information. Child predators would disguise themselves as younger by faking their ages and using their online friendship for their own advantage. “I think MySpace got really dirty,” junior Juliana Yi said. “As more people joined MySpace, there would be older men and women putting their pictures up as someone younger and would add younger kids randomly. There would be really gross pictures of girls, and I just felt violated.” In contrast with MySpace’s security measures, Facebook gives users the chance to get automatic notifications whenever their accounts have been accessed from

a computer or phone that they normally don’t use. Along with its management of users’ personal identities, it even seemed unavoidable and compulsory for people to follow the “social wave” Facebook has created. With its instant updates and live feeds of people’s activities, Facebook incorporated simple yet intuitive features that interested many. “Facebook is more fun. You can ‘like’ things, and it’s also easier to use and find friends,” sophomore Abby Turner said. It is now hard to find people who do not have a Facebook account. Allowing a vast range of age groups, Facebook is open to anyone who wants to be part of the trend. Even teachers have accounts, and a recent Guilford County policy was passed to prevent online fraternizing of teachers and students. “There’s no point in having a MySpace if no one else has one,” Ward said. It is questionable, however, if Facebook is becoming MySpace with its expectant fate of crash. Will people be able to keep their friendship with Facebook forever?


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Head Too much freedom at Northwest High School? 2 Let freedom ring through the halls of Northwest That’s a joke Head Shannon Carr creative director

Compared to other schools, Northwest students have very little freedom. Obviously, all teenagers need to be limited in some ways, but at Northwest, every aspect of the Viking school experience seems to be controlled. One example can be found with the lunch schedule. Even though Northwest is a “Honor School of Excellence” and the toprated school in Guilford County, students are still only allotted a mere 20 minutes for lunch (not including travel time). Last year, it was proposed that Northwest implement a onehour lunch period that could also include time for tutoring and club meetings. During this time, seniors would also have off-campus priviledges. However, the administration ultimately decided that one hour was too long and would lead to increased discipline issues due to a lack of sufficient supervision. There are other schools in the county who have this privilege, and they do not have half the credentials Northwest has. “I think as a school we’ve proven we’re responsible enough to handle open lunch. As a School of Excellence, I don’t understand why we are more restricted than other schools,” senior Hallie Moser said. Another example of Northwest’s stringent policies can be found at home football

games. Deep penetrating stares from some of the administratiors serve to intimidate students into behaving. Students are no longer allowed to hold each other in the air, a fun pasttime from previous years, and students dressing up to mock rival schools is closely restricted. “You’re supposed to have school spirit at these games but they limit the things you can do to show it. Games aren’t as fun this year because we don’t have as many privileges,” senior Taylor Lankford said. At a home game this year, one student started chanting “Northwest is a prison.” Eventually, the entire student section chimed in. Perhaps this alone is evidence that Northwest is overly restrictive as an institution. Ultimately, Northwest discourages anything that takes away from academics. The focus is solely on maintaining the ‘School of Excellence’ title. Vikings only get one pep rally a year during sixth period; there are no other attempts to foster school spirit. I am very proud to go to one of the highest ranked schools in Guilford County, but this is a school for the students. There is more to high school than just learning. It is supposed to be a place that helps you become the person you will be for the rest of your life, and I don’t think our school is giving us enough freedom to grow and demonstrate how responsible we really are.

Jean-Andre du Preez staff writer

Freedom, the quintessential concept that every student desires, often seems hard to come by. Whether it is during class or in the halls, it marks the difference between a heaven-on-earth or a 55-minute prison. Surprisingly, between some complaints, both former and current students agree that Northwest High School has more qualities of the former. Contrary to popular belief, Northwest already offers several liberties that other schools in the county do not. For example, unlike many Guilford County high schools, the Vikings are not required to adhere to SMOD (Standard Mode of Dress), which is a strict dress-code that requires students to wear a collared shirt paired with khaki, black or navy pants and closed-toe shoes. The Board of Education has designated SMOD to be a site-based decision—evidence that the administration of Northwest is more lenient than other schools. Students at Northwest also have the liberty to roam the halls in the mornings instead of attending homeroom or going directly to class. Northwest is also one of the few schools in the county that still operates using a traditional schedule instead of a

block or modified-block schedule that most of the other schools prefer. Former student Deborah Lee attests that Northwest offers many freedoms of which students should be appreciative. Lee was a Viking until the start of her junior year and now finds her new school in New Jersey not as amenable as Northwest. “I’d say [my new school] is more strict,” Lee said. “You can’t get anywhere without a pass. There are even teachers supervising the doors outside all the bathrooms.” According to Lee, classes may be easier with a different system, but homework is still “stricter” than Northwest. Junior Ahmad Ali is another Viking who finds our campus to have more freedom. Having transferred from Grimsley High School, he says that “teachers are more willing to help you out” at Northwest whereas at Grimsley, “teachers are much more strict.” Therefore, in comparison to other high schools in the county and the country, Northwest is not lax, but it definitely offers an acceptable level of freedom for its students. Certainly, complaints geared toward the ‘restrictive’ nature of NWHS must originate from individuals who take their independence for granted. If you think we do not have enough freedom, spend a day at the Oak Ridge Military Academy. Then we will see who has more freedom.

‘Occupy Wall Street’ Not just taking up space 3.


Photos by Morgan Von Steen

1. A pile of equipment used for protesting sits on Wall Street. There were many signs like these located around the site. 2. People use art supplies to make protest signs. All the materials were shared and anyone was free to make a sign.

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3. A protestor yells “mic check” and starts a chain reaction of other protestors echoing “mic check.” This was a frequent oocurence at the site because the protestors did not actually have microphones. 4. This is the site for children of Occupy Wall Street. The children were able to make signs for the protest with fingerpaint while they waited,

Morgan Von Steen features editor

The top one percent may have the money, but it’s the 99 percent that has the passion. Occupy Wall St. is an ongoing protest centered in downtown New York City, but it has spread as a movement all over the United States. The protest is an attempt to get the “big-budget bankers” that handle the money of major corporations and stocks to notice how their astronomical bonuses are affecting the rest of the nation. While traveling downtown to Wall St. through the subway on

Oct. 21, I was still a bit undecided whether I agreed with the protesters or if I should remain unbiased. I didn’t know what to expect once I got down to the park where it was held, but I knew that it was something I should not miss. “It has been absolutely touching and inspirational to see all these people come together and truly fight for what they believe in in a peaceful way,” said John, a 42-yearold New York City firefighter. The group was surprisingly smaller than I expected and made up of people of all different ages. The first section I happened upon was the “Occupy Safe Zone for Kids of Protesting Parents” where

the children were decorating signs that said “No Need for Greed.” Within my first few minutes at the site, I heard someone scream. I was expecting some wild protest, but instead it was a young man yelling “mic check.” Instantly afterwards everyone would repeat what he was saying as a form of public speaking to make sure the man could be heard without a blow horn. It was a method commonly used to build morale among the protestors, for it happened every few minutes. After hearing the man speak about denying the “pigs” access to our funds, I decided to walk around. The walkways within the

park were narrow, and it almost looked as if it were a gathering of homeless people. Instantly, I realized how they have almost set up a society within these few miles. There was a composting station, protestor library, a sleeping area and a few port-a-potties. People everywhere were painting, dancing and obviously enjoying themselves. “I love seeing people standing around a talking to everyone about their beliefs,” said 22-year-old Nathan, an unemployed college graduate from Florida who wished to remain anonymous. “Everyone is different, but we have found common ground and learned that not every protest has to be hostile. I’ve

only been out here for a week, but I don’t plan on leaving anytime soon.” When visiting the Occupy Greensboro protest in front of the YWCA in downtown Greensboro, I noticed that these were not just attempts to make people listen to the voices of the economically challenged, but a gathering to share ideas. If there is one thing most prevalent among the two campsites was the true spirit of hope for the future. “Whether in New York or North Carolina, this movement needed to happen. This is our chance to speak out,” protestor Daniel Restin said.

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Stress confess! Matthew Taylor graphics editor

“I get cranky.” Paige Guse

Homework, sports practice, chores, an after school job, tutoring and so much more. So many reasons, but one simple answer: Life at times can be just plain stressful. Although stress is often viewed as being more of a state of mind than a physical condition, there are many visible effects it can have on a person. Whether it is a headache, fatigue, lack of focus, upset stomach or even drastic changes in attitude or behavior, stress manifests itself differently for various people. For Northwest students, junior year is notoriously considered the hardest in a student’s high school career. This is the year that many of the students enroll in numerous AP courses and take the SAT in preparation for college. Here are just a few symptoms that a group of Northwest juniors confessed to having while they experience stress: “I have a really short temper with everyone and almost go insane and laugh.” Cody Morris

“I get really nervous and have to go to the bathroom.” Vincey Varghese

“I can’t sleep and get really tired.” Lindsay Davenport “I get headaches.” Deirdre Wegner

“My eyes get big and I freak out.” Kathryn Hamilton “I brush my teeth because it makes me feel refreshed.” Melynn Mueller

Photos by Katerina Mansour

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Stress Quiz

The reality of high school: stress hand are caffeine dependence, eating too much or spending large amounts of money. Students in high school live a life Stress can cause students to lose full of deadlines, jobs after school, sleep and necessary energy needed homework, sports and extracurricular to perform at the best of their ability. activities. When added all together, When grades are affected by stress and there is only one result: stress. one is lagging behind, it is important “I am the cheerleading captain, I try to remember how to cope with to excel in school, I have a job and I the pressures and not to indulge in try to have a social life,” unhealthy habits. senior Paige Ward said. sometimes, I don’t have time and“I run “These tasks all ask a it makes me lot of me, and after a feel relaxed,” Ward for friends and while, it just becomes said. “I can get out family by the time all my anger, and I stressful.” Stress can force one also take periodic to be motivated and can I am done with naps when I can get help one learn to accept cheerleading and them in.” deadlines; however, there Stress can also is a point when stress is school. affect one’s social too much. life, and students “I don’t have time for may find themselves senior Paige Ward friends and family by the engulfed by the time I am done with cheerleading and pressure. College applications, SAT school,” Ward said. preparation, AP classes and personal In an attempt to relieve the stresses relationships are all other factors that of life and school, students try to contribute to the stress many high relax and find peace once in a while by school students feel. listening to music, venting to friends or High school is just the beginning of going for a drive. learning how to deal with stress, and “Reading books you enjoy helps to it helps one prepare for the future to relax yourself, which in turn reduces come. stress,” sophomore Alan White said. “Sometimes you just need to stop However, there are certain stress what you’re doing and relax, especially relievers that are negative. A few with homework,” junior Josh Whiteindicators that stress becomes out of Sizer said. Katie Kilmartin sports editor

Test yourself and see what you are stressed about!* Sarah Deutchki staff writer

Choose three of the five pictures below: 1 2



Quiz Results House—you are stressed about things at home and family-related issues. Party—you are stressed about your relationships. They aren’t necessarily relationships with one person in particular, but with your friends. Valentine card—you are stressed with your love life. It isn’t exactly relationship issues, but more to do with being tired of trying to save your relationship with your boyfriend/girlfriend. Marathon runner—you are stressed with school and are running out of stream to keep going. Athlete holding trophy—you are stressed with your sport. You feel pressured to be the best and feel tired of trying to win every sporting event you are participating in. *This quiz was created by staff of Northwest Horizons. It is not meant to be taken literally, but more for entertainment purposes.


Graphics by Matthew Taylor

What are some ways students relieve their stress? Northwest Horizons asked students what they do to de-stress themselves. Here are some common paths students take:

Graph by Jen Nelson

The information in this survey was taken from 98 randomly polled students (34 males, 64 females). All grade levels were represented (21 freshmen, 26 sophomores, 25 juniors, 26 seniors).

A few of the write-in answers included: working out, playing sports, taking hot baths, playing videogames, driving and talking to friends. Listening to music was the most popular de-stresser, ranking first with 57 percent.

Photo by Katerina Mansour

Junior Max Nolta frequently listens to music in the media center in the morning to de-stress himself. Music has helped him to feel less stressed.

Sports Honoring lives and creating an alliance

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Northwest and Western students create forces to honor two students who have been lost Katie Kilmartin sports editor


It only takes two people to realize what matters in life. In an alliance between Western Guilford High School and Northwest Guilford High School, students from the former are honoring two students who have passed away: Chase Bunting, a student from Northwest and Ashton Miller, a Western graduate. “We both lost special people unexpectedly, and as rival schools, this gives a chance to unite in their honor,” Western junior Elizabeth Grady said. Ashton Miller was a 2006 graduate from Western. An avid artist, Miller was accepted to UNC-Chapel Hill with plans to major in art. Soon after, she was diagnosed with Embryonal Rhabdomyosarcoma (ERMS), a rare form of childhood cancer, and passed away in early 2010. “I remember Ashton as a very fun loving, but level headed young lady,” AP World teacher at Western Brett Stell said. “She was an extremely loyal friend and exuded love and kindness to everyone she came in contact with.” Stell taught Miller and came up with the idea of The Ashton Fund, a scholarship to raise awareness for childhood cancer. Because she fell into the category of ages 18-21, Miller was unable to receive cancer scholarships. Unfortunately, young adults do not have the same opportunity to receive financial aid during their struggles of this terminal disease. The Northwest/Western Boys’ Varsity basketball game Dec. 2, hosted at Western, is dedicated to raising money for The Ashton Fund. This game will provide a chance for the rival schools to express the common sympathies the two schools share. Students from Western will be selling The Ashton Fund shirts Nov. 30 at Northwest during all lunches for $10. The logo of the shirt was drawn by 2011 Western graduate Lizzy Sproles and features three birds with angel wings on the end. Miller’s favorite song was “Three Little Birds” by Bob Marley. The Ashton Fund divvies its proceeds among six categories. The first is Ashton’s Angels, a nonprofit organization created by Miller’s parents that provides financial assistance to young adults in their battle with cancer and strives to spread the awareness of people who fall into this category. The Ashton Fund will donate a portion of the proceeds to provide scholarships for UNC-CH art students wishing to study abroad. The remainder of the money will go to the Western Europe trip (open to anyone, not just Western students), the Western art department, college scholarships for Western students wishing to major in art and/or art history and a memorial art show that will be held in the spring of 2012. “Our last conversation together focused more on taking care of those around her and helping them deal with the situation, than the extreme struggles she was experiencing herself,” Stell, said. “It is only right that we take the memory of this wonderful young lady and use it to raise money to do what she enjoyed most: caring for others.” Along with honoring Miller, students from Western also want to honor Bunting who passed away in October of 2010. Students have already shown their support by wearing green (Bunting’s favorite color) Oct. 27, the date his fatal longboarding accident took place. “The loss of two special people unites even the biggest of rival schools,” Grady said. “After our community’s loss of Ashton, we understand what Northwest went through with the passing of Chase and wanted to honor both of them in any way we could.” Western students express their feelings of the second Northwest/Western basketball game at Northwest to be in honor of Bunting and have interest for Northwest students to sell Chase Bunting shirts at their school. “The loss of students like Ashton and Chase is tragic,” Western assistant principal Jade Nix said. “However, the strength of their personalities was larger than school cliques and rivalries. In watching students from both schools work together to remember and celebrate their lives, I’ve seen students band together to make positive gains.”





Photos contributed by the Bunting family







Photos contributed by the MIller family

1. Chase Bunting was born in September 1994 and would have been a junior this year. He passed away due to a tragic longboarding accident Oct. 29, 2010. 2. Bunting poses with a puppy as a child. 3. With friends Robert Lincks and Hunter Hensely, Bunting prepares for an upcoming dance at the school. 4. Bunting poses with his sister, Ashley, who is two years older than him. 5, Bunting was an avid lacrosse player and was on the Northwest Boys’ Lacrosse team. 6. This picture of Ashton Miller as a toddler is one of her family’s favorites as a child. She was the oldest of three and had two younger sisters. 7. Miller poses with her two sisters, Briana and Chandler, in the winter of 1996. 8. Miller and her good friend Spencer pose before Senior Prom spring of 2006. 9. Miller and her family were awarded the trip to Paris by the generous donations of Ashton’s Angels in Dec. 2009. Miller’s dream was to own an art gallery in Paris. 10. Miller, in the middle, poses with her two sisters while in Europe. European travel was one of her passions. 11. The tattoo of the three birds on Ashton’s wrist represent her favorite song “Three Little Birds” by Bob Marley. Some family members followed her actions and also had the image tattooed on their wrists.

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Conditioning months in advance

Many sports teams implement early conditioning workouts before season begins Sarah Deutchki staff writer

At the beginning of the school year, what most students think about is who their teachers will be and what their classes will be like. However, the Northwest Lacrosse boys have had another important thing on their minds: conditioning. The lacrosse team started their “9 Man Workouts” Sept. 7, which combine stick skills and conditioning. Why do they start so early when the season does not start until midFebruary? “We have over 90 students who would like to be a part of our program. These ‘9 Man Workouts’ give our boys a chance to improve their skills without having to pay any

money for them,” lacrosse coach and Spanish teacher Mark Goldsmith said. “If a player would like to improve from one season to the next, then he must play lacrosse in the off season. These workouts provide the player with the opportunity to play.” These workouts include intense sprint work and speed training with a stick and a ball. The boys do repetitive stick drills and many one-on-one offense and defense drills. The Boys’ Northwest Lacrosse team won the state championship last year against East Chapel Hill High. Goldsmith believes that the key to becoming state champions is the workouts. He does not want to become complacent, however. “We are state champions, but that was 2011, and now we are preparing for 2012,” Goldsmith said. Lacrosse is not the only sport that begins conditioning

earlier to improve their skills. The softball team workouts started Sept. 6. Workouts range anywhere from Indian runs to pitching and catching sessions, which are completed in separate workout sessions. The softball season also starts in the middle of February. As a “rule,” players must attend at least 20 preseason workouts to lessen the amount of conditioning they have to do during the season. Basketball workouts also began at the beginning of September. The players run and practice their ball handling to prepare for their season. “All of our workouts have a purpose. We have been doing them since I arrived at Northwest. We will continue to do them. These “9 Man Workouts” are just the beginning of what is necessary to win a state championship,” Goldsmith said.

you; if hit in the arm or leg, you lose said arm or leg and continue to play until you lose the other limb. Also, a player may use a shield if he or she so choses. There are separate, more complicated rules corresponding to different colored weapons; however, those are very confusing, so it is best to leave those to the “commander” of your game. The first game of Dagorhir I played, I felt as if I was pretty good at it. My confidence was quickly brought down once one of the large male “commanders” joined in and then proceeded to run at me with a giant foam sword. I, as many would, ran away screaming. I had a very interesting, enjoyable Dagorhir experience. Next time I need to take frustrations out by beating up on others, I know where to turn.

Junior Grace King prepares for the upcoming Dagorhir match. The journalism staff played Dagorhir at UNC-CH this past summer at the state’s annual media institute.

She is also used to accomplishing her goals. She was named Northwest’s Teacher of the Year for 2010-2011. However, marathon running has not been an easy feat for Clark. Although she has trained rigorously in previous years, several injuries in the past have halted her four previous attempts to complete the strenuous 26.2-mile commitment. “I had tendonitis twice, as well as a stress fracture in my femur,” Clark said. “The stress fracture had me on crutches for a while, and I had a really hard time mentally getting back into any kind of running because I was so paranoid about getting hurt again.” Clark believes that her change in approach to training for her upcoming marathon, as compared to previous years, has been the biggest factor in her positive health.  “I try to train smart now so I don’t get injured. I think in

years past I was going out every day, packing in the mileage, not stretching and not varying my training at all,” Clark said. Getting back into shape following time off due to injuries is arguably the biggest challenge for any athlete. Clark’s training schedule, whose marathon is scheduled for Nov. 19, has been rigorous ever since she began training back in July. “I run four or five days a week, although now that my race is approaching, my weekday runs are a little bit longer-about 7-10 miles,” Clark said. “My long runs are on Sunday; I recently ran 20 miles.” This new training routine, as well as the support from her family and colleagues, have all put Clark in a prime position to succeed in her fourth attempt to complete the 26.2 mile long test of endurance. “I want to make it to the start and finish. My goal is to finish in less than four hours,” Clark said.

Never have I ever played Dagorhir Grace King entertainment editor

Walking along the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill, I didn’t expect to find a woman in very strange clothing asking if I wanted to play a live-action combat game. Of course, I gladly accepted the invitation. Who wouldn’t? The name of the game is Dagorhir. The premise is to run around with foam weapons, annihilating others who are playing and perhaps some pedestrians who dare to stand in your way. Any shot from a weapon that hits your torso “kills”

Photo by Jean-Andre Du Preez

English teacher to complete first marathon Michael Hrabosky staff writer

Mar-a-thon – [mar-uh-thon] noun- a long-distance running race, strictly one of 26 miles and 385 yards (42.195 km). Run-ner – [ruhn-er] noun- a person who runs as part of a sport, for exercise, or in a race. Teach-er – [tee-cher] noun- one whose occupation is to instruct. The average person, when asked, would not put these words in the same sentence; however, ninth grade English teacher Monica Clark is changing the status quo. Clark is very familiar with challenges. A mother of two elementary-school-aged children and chair of the English department, she is arguably one of the busiest teachers at Northwest.

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Arts & Culture

Shaunee Vazquez arts and culture editor Put ink to skin and forever a bond is made; a bond synonymous to that of the canvas and paint. Whether the tattoo holds deep meaning or simply appeals to you, the moment the needle sends ink surging into your skin the tattoo becomes a part of you forever. Regardless of whether or not you like the result or regret the decision, you’ve made a commitment to the ink. While tattoos are sometimes chosen quickly and thoughtlessly from the flash wall, most have a great amount of thought put into them and often a powerful story behind them. This meaning, however, is not always blatantly apparent by the tattoo. “My tattoo is a dream catcher that I designed. It’s a family tradition; my brother and father have both gotten [similar tattoos],” senior AnnaBelle Brendle said. “It’s because we are part Cheyenne and Cherokee Indian. The Cheyenne were almost completely killed off. My grandmother is the only full-blooded Indian in the family. She has dementia and can’t teach us, the tattoos are a

way to remember.” Tattoos often memorialize, celebrate or represent something important; be it a lost loved one, love of a certain band or other interest, strength of faith or growth or change in oneself for the better. “My tattoo is a Celtic cross. It symbolizes my religion and some of my heritage,” senior Shane White said. “It’s definitely a huge commitment, but if you really want one, you need to think about it and have no regrets.” Tattoos can often represent something as deep as someone’s reason for living. “I dedicated my left arm, my weaker arm, to a sleeve honoring my guardians or symbols representing them. My first tattoo I got is a portrait of my pit bull puppy,” Kenleigh Vazquez said. “I got her just after I got out of the Moses Cone Behavioral Center. She helped me overcome a lot of my emotional instability because she depended on me for everything.” Simply the placement of tattoos can be exceedingly important. “My angel in repose came next,” Vazquez said. “Her placement on the outer side of my lower arm is meaningful because in self-defense, that is the bone you

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use as a shield, blocking blows to the more fragile parts of your body.” Tattoos are often also a reminder or symbol of hardship in one’s life and can serve as a reminder or representative of perseverance or triumph in a struggle. They can represent a person’s feelings about him or herself. “The third one I added to my sleeve was my Bioshock tattoo,” Vazquez said. I chose to get the Big Daddy and the Little Sister because something about the relationship between those characters echoed a lot of the attitudes that I had about myself. There was a small, innocent, vulnerable little girl inside me and I felt like I created a hulking iron protector on my exterior to protect her from being hurt... or spliced.” The dedication to whatever it is your tattoo is about is strikingly deep. Tattooing is an art form that means more than just decorating your wall. It is much more intimate; it is permanently applying meaning to your skin that is not there in nature. Opinions of tattoos vary widely; however, one thing is undeniably true, tattoos are an incredibly personal and meaningful form of art that is more than just skin deep.

Photos and Graphics by Shaunee Vazquez

November 2011

Arts & Culture

Jen Nelson news editor A buzzing sound is heard. A machine of needles is dipped into ink. A sting of pain is felt as the needle injects the ink under skin. Welcome to the world of tattoos, just one of the several body modification arts. Body modifications, including the now-prevalent tattooing and piercing, has been found on human fossils dated from 5,000 years ago. It is assumed that the first tattoos were created by accident, such as someone rubbing a small wound with dirt or ashes, which left a permanent mark. “[Body modification] has been around since the age of man,” said professional body piercer Robert “Tuna” Turner. “The oldest fossil found, which is the Ice Man, had over 40 tattoos and had his ear pierced. It’s throughout all

tribes in history from the Egyptians, Mayans and Indians. All of them had their own rituals with tattoos and piercings.” An accident has evolved into a fully cultured art form. In today’s time, tattoos and piercings have become a “mainstream” way of expressing one’s thoughts, emotions and experiences. “A lot of people thought that it used to be criminals and bikers and rednecks and gangsters, but it’s not like that any more,” Turner said. “That line has been thrown out. It’s everybody. It goes from the richest people in the world to the grimiest people you see in the world.” Despite the more mainstream acceptance of body modifications, there are still prejudices against tattooing and piercing. Many Christian beliefs reject tattooing as an art. This is especially evident in the Old Testament passage in Leviticus 19:28: “Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves.” Although some Christian teach-

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ings disapprove of body modifications, many use tattooing as a means to express their religious beliefs and spiritualism. “I had to pick something I knew I wouldn’t regret for the rest of my life,” senior Shane White said. “I knew I would never stop being a believer. My tattoo has definitely been something I haven’t regretted. I chose the cross because I knew it would be something I wouldn’t regret.” While tattoos hold a permanence many people do not seek, piercings offer an alternative body modification that is not permanent. Tattooing and piercing uphold as a sometimes-controvertible means of expressing oneself. As an art form, body modification allows people the change to express their views, opinions, beliefs and experiences. “[Body Modification] will stay on the front for a while,” Turner said. “It might die off a little bit, but it won’t ever completely go back behind closed doors.” Graphic by Shaunee Vazquez


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Photos taken by Lauren Surber and Shannon Carr, respectively

English teacher Harold Ashworth holds a platter he created. Ashworth recently sold his pottery at a local exhibition and at Soaplady’s store in Jamestown.

Molding minds and clay: Ashworth crafts pottery Parks and Recreation center in Durham, NC where he grew up, and he has not stopped since. “Pottery has allowed me to have a creative outlet throughout my life and has provided me with an opportunity to experience a community of dedicated and talented people,” Ashworth said. Ashworth has been an on-andoff potter for about 32 years but has consistently been “throwing clay” for the past 12 years. His works of art are created in his own home studio as well as the Cultural Arts Studio in downtown Greensboro. Ashworth, being very committed to his hobby, continues to take classes to improve his skills as a potter.

Liz Deutchki staff writer

When most students think of a teacher’s life outside of school, they see someone sitting at home grading papers and making lesson plans for upcoming school days. The case for Harold Ashworth, one of the school’s new English teachers this year, is a little different. Ashworth has had a passion since he was a teenager. It is not writing or reading like most would think of an English teacher. It is pottery. He fell in love with pottery at 19 years old through the local

Once he discovered his “second passion,” he went on to pursue his teaching career and even went on to receive a degree in administration. “I received my degree in administration through the North Carolina Principal Fellows Program this past May,” Ashworth said. Not many people encounter a career and a hobby which they feel so strongly about. Both Ashworth’s pottery and his teaching allow him to do what he truly loves in life. Ashworth’s pottery has been one of his prized possessions, and he has been glad to share it with others. He sells his pottery in a number of places including local pottery festivals and Soaplady’s store in

Jamestown. He also accepts special orders. Ashworth has acquired many skills over the years that have allowed him to improve his work since day one. He does not advertise his art work, but people have heard of it by word of mouth. He has not been selling his pottery for very long, but there are a few customers that come to the Piedmont Pottery Festival each year and buy his artwork. Ashworth has had the pleasure of finding not one, but two things that bring him great joy in life. He hopes to continue with both activities he has come to love so much.

What’s your flavor? We asked girls from around the school what their favorite perfume is, and then surveyed which scents the boys liked best.


Fancy by Jessica Simpson



8 by Abercrombie and Fitch

Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue



Princess by Vera Wang

Wonderstruck by Taylor Swift


Photos taken by Morgan Von Steen

“There has never really been another hobby which I am so committed to,” Ashworth said. Although it sounds like pottery is his main career, Ashworth is still very passionate about teaching. He did not always know he wanted to be a teacher, though. He started out working for his family’s business; they owned a chain of automotive parts stores that sold NAPA auto parts. He did the accounting for the business even though numbers were not his strong suit. “We got an offer in ’92 and decided to sell the business. I was able to then go to North Carolina State to receive a degree in English Education,” Ashworth said.

Pure Seduction by Victoria’s Secret


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Heads below the smoke: A day in the life of a smoking minor Carson Beam staff writer

Though it carries a negative stigma today, smoking is an activity that dates back to 5000 B.C. Native Americans smoked tobacco, Indians smoked opium and West Africans smoked cocaine. It wasn’t until the 1950s that doctors connected smoking with lung cancer, but even today, many high school students light up their first cigarette and get hooked on the unhealthy habit. On average, one in five teens smoke. “A lot of people do it. It’s just natural,” sophomore Matthew Fitzgerald said. Despite the fact that cigarettes have been proven highly addictive, millions of teens start smoking, with the number one reason being peer pressure. Many young adults pick up cigarettes because their friends urge them to. When put into a situation in which your best friend asks you to smoke, it’s harder to say no rather than if a random stranger asks you at a party. When your friend asks, it means that smoking helps you fit in and that everyone is doing it. Teens who smoke have a 33 percent higher chance of dying before they turn 20 than those who don’t. However, many teenagers turn

Photos contributed by Brenna Profit

It has been discovered that one in five American teenagers smoke. Here are two teenagers hanging in a parking lot smoking a cigarette.

to smoking because of high stress. Cigarettes help ease the stress that they feel, and possibly let them continue their lives normally. Adults and other peers often judge smoking minors, but few look behind the curtain at the lives they lead. Monetarily, smoking is devastating to the cash in teens’ wallets. After only a few months, many teens spend all their free

money on cigarettes. If they can’t afford it, they take cigarettes from people around them, stealing from parents or mooching off friends. “I can’t afford cigarettes. I usually just take a few from my mom or something,” senior Jessica Hartrack said. Cigarettes are a gateway drug, and the most prominent is marijuana. The ease at which people can grow marijuana has

enabled the street price of this illegal drug to sharply decline in the past decade, allowing teens to buy it in larger quantities. A student can generally get .5-1 gram of marijuana for 20 dollars, which is enough for a joint and a half. Although police and other authorities have attempted to crack down on distribution, their efforts have been in vain. With a 176 percent rise in homegrown

marijuana since 1994, authorities simply don’t have the man-power to shut down that many grow houses. The ease of cultivating illegal marijuana doesn’t help the police either. If you can grow a tomato plant on your back porch, you can easily have a few marijuana plants in your yard. “A lot of the population actually smokes a lot now,” junior Lisa Marie said. “I feel like if I didn’t start, then I would have started later.” This is the mind set many teenagers have, and they do not realize what kind of effect that smoking can have on their life. Smoking often makes teens apathetic to school, work, family and other things that are important to the average drug-free teenager. The decline in grades and reputation often foreshadows their future. Without good grades, a student cannot go to college. A man with a college degree is 95 percent more likely to be chosen for a job than a man who does not, so young smokers often stay in the hole they dig for themselves as teens. More than that, many minor smokers often regret their decision to start smoking. Even though most claim they are not addicted, many teenagers who smoke find that quitting is an impossible feat for them, and relapse. “I don’t want to end up like my mom, or my grandmother, who is actually dying from smoking,” Marie said.

Blast from the past Many people do not realize that North west’s school newspaper is almost 50 years old. We have a whole catalog of vintage school newspapers in the newsroom here and have decided to share some interesting stories from years past. This story is from:

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When I grow up I want to be... Remember the crazy job you dreamed of having when you were younger? Northwest Horizons asked students what those jobs were. Read and let the nostalgia begin!

“I wanted to be the Crocodile Hunter.” - Junior Ben Banick

“I wanted to be a rockstar.” -Senior Jenn White

“I wanted to be a football player because I loved watching football with my dad.” -Freshman Emily Sharpe

“I wanted to be some kind of magical magician, that way I could poof into any tv show I wanted to.” -Senior Sindora Baddam

“I wanted to be a fairy.” Senior Catherine Choi

“I wanted to be a gymnast in the Olympics.” -Freshman Mallory Peterson

“I wanted to be a cowgirl.” -Junior Caroline Hall

“I wanted to be a princess.” - Senior Megan Ponzo

photos by/contributed by Ben Banick Liz Deutchki Caroline Hall Sarah Deutchki Maggie Rand

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