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Changes made to core testing methods at NS

Well Said:

It’s the end of something old and the beginning of something new. Cliche or not, I’m freaking excitted!

--Senior Alyssa Shewell, on her thoughts on graduation.

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State Baseball

Tournament @ Dixie State Softball Tournament @ St. George

Friday: State Baseball Tournament @ Dixie State Softball Tournament @ St. George State Tennis @ BYU State Track @ BYU

Saturday: State Baseball Tournament @ Dixie State Softball Tournament @ St. George State Tennis @ BYU

BY KIMBERLY LARSEN For the first time ever, the state of Utah is allowing an alternative for the traditional core testing in Utah schools. Not all schools are a part of this change; only those who have been participating in Northwest Testing are. NS is one of these schools. The Northwest Testing is an adaptive test that NS adopted at the beginning of this school year. Students are given questions that get harder or easier depending on the answers students give. At the end of the test, they are given a “Rit” score that is equivalent to a grade level in the area being tested. The English and Math classes at NS have taken two practice tests of this kind so far, one in the fall and one in the winter. Instead of takk ing both the CRT and the Northwest test separately in the spring, schools participating are combining the two into one test. “To me, it’s the same as taking the core test,” said Tanya Roundy, an English teacher at NS. “I don’t think that either one is better than the other. They both do the same thing in the same way.” The set up of the Northwest/CRT combined seems to consist of about one third adaptive questions that are different ff for each student and two thirds regular core questions that students have in common. Over the past few weeks, core classes have been takk ing these tests and have found both advantages and disadvantages. “Probably the number one best thing is that at the end of the test you see your score,” said Kaylene Johnson, an English teacher at NS. “It’s immediate feedback.” Another advantage that teachers

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Sophomore Taylor Purcell and freshman Johnny Reyes take a core test in the library with their class.

have found is that the test is more focused on each individual student than the regular CRT. “I think the idea of an adaptive test is good because it really challenges students at their level,” said Dax Higgins, a science teacher at NS. As the English classes were testing over the past few weeks, one of the major disadvantages that they found to this test was time. With the old core test students could pause when they needed to, but the new test is different. ff On the reading portion especially, students have had a hard time finishing both the reading and the questions before class is over. Many have needed to stay after during flex time or into the next class pe-

riod. This posed a problem because not all of the students in the following classes could start on time. Another problem is that students can’t go back and change answers like they could before. After submitting answers, they are locked into place and students can’t reconsider their choice. Also, because this is a whole new experience for the school, the scores aren’t completely understood. “It’s hard to know what it’s telling me all the time,” said Roundy. It’s not only hard for teachers to know this, but students also. Many students found that when they completed the test, their scores were higher than on the practice tests. Al-

though this seems good, it may turn out differently ff because the two tests (CRT and Northwest) were combined. This may make a difference ff in the scoring. “We’ll have to wait and see what the state says is a high score,” Johnson said. As of right now, the school plans on keeping this new system because of future benefits that it may have. “It does have its limitations,” said Nan Ault, the assistant principle at NS, “but we’ve got new core coming up in the next couple of years and we’re hoping that this type of test will better tell us the instructional level of students over a CRT.”

State Track @ BYU Foundation 5K Run (Track)

By the Numbers:


Number of years that the NS Times has been printed after its revival

46.9 The percentage of NS seniors who plan to attend Snow College next fall.


Number of students attendd ing the trip to New York City this summer.


Region placing of both the softball and boys’ tennis teams.

Contents A & E................7 Crossword..........8 Features.............4 News..................1 Sports................5

Hawkstock returns to NS with changes in tow BY KAYTIE NIELSON On May 26th , the last day of school for 2010-2011, Hawkstock will take place. This year will be the second year that NS has held this festival, which will include inflatable activities, sporting events, face painting, live bands, and pie and watermelon eating contests. This event was thought up by last years SBO’s, who originally came up with the idea so that students could sign yearbooks while having a good time on their last day of school. “The first year was such a success,” said Ezra Hainsworth, the student body president at NS. “We decided to continue the tradition,” They came up with this idea to replace the yearbook signing day. From last year’s Hawkstock, there has been a ton of positive feedback from students. They felt the idea was good, but the events needed a little improvement. Ben Cox, English teacher and SBO advisor at NS, has helped the SBO’s plan and put into action the activities that will go on during this eventful day. A lot of preparation went into Hawkk stock, including getting a hold of businesses so the students have a large variety of activities for them to choose from. A lot of these businesses were invited as a way to earn money to pay for the festivities. Some of the things offered ff are t-shirts, frozen treats from Shave ‘n’ cream, and

Graduation approaches for NS seniors, juniors BY TIFFAN ANY CHRISTENSEN

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Students sign each other’s yearbooks during last year’s Hawkstock.

many others. The SBO’s are also trying to get with the booster club to provide food concessions, but they are trying to make this event as free as possible. This year there are going to be some changes from last year. Last year everything was spread out, there were things going on at the softball fields and at the baseball fields. Students had to walk back and forth, which wasn’t very convenient. “It was too spread out and divided,” said Cox. “We’re trying to keep it in a central location.” To fix this problem, all the stations will be located at the softball complex. Everything can happen in the same place and it’s away from the school so the teachers can enjoy themselves as well as the students.

“We’re adding more stuff ff this year and taking out stuff ff that didn’t work last year,” said Hainsworth. Some of those things are a rock wall and a slip ‘n’ slide. Students can only participate in the latter it if they wear appropriate clothing. Another thing that the SBO’s hope to do this year is a plane drop, where a plane drops ping-pong balls that have raffle tickets which can be used to win prizes (such as an iPad 2). A plane drop was attempted last year, but was cancelled due to weather complications. “I liked Hawkstock because it was different ff than what we’ve done before, I just hope that the weather will be good so that we can do all the things that we want to,” said Ana Ramirez, senior at NS.

As graduation draws closer, changes are being made and plans are getting set for the following years to come for the seniors at NS. Each student will continue with their own life plan, though only some know what that plan is. “It’s hard to say a number for how many will be in the graduation right now,” said Chet Keisel, “Some students are still finishing up credits. But there are roughly around one hundred and three that will be in the graduation ceremony.” In a recent survey, nearly 50% of the graduates said they are going to Snow next year. The seniors are quite scattered through out the colleges in Utah and some out of state. The next most popular colege was Dixie State with 6.17% of the students surveyed indicating that they plan to go there. “I am ready for a change and I am excited for all of the new experiences I have to SEE GRADUATION, PAGE #


13 NS students to visit New York City BY MARIA REYES On Wednesday, June 22, 13 students from NS will be arriving in New York City. There will be 11 other adults including mothers, grandmothers and two teachers from NS. This trip is a five day culinary/fashion tour. The tour consists of taking an Empire State Building tour, seeing Broadway show “Wicked,” visiting the Original Macy’s Department Store, walking through Central Park, visiting the Statue of Liberty and Ground Zero, plus many more activities. Auralee Brooks, Family & Consumer Science teacher at NS organized this trip. “One of my professors at BYU took us to New York,” said Brooks. “It was an incredible experience where I learned a lot, and I wanted to give the students here that same experience.” Brylee Madsen, junior from Mt. Pleasant, is one of the 13 students from NS who will be going to New York. “It’s a good opportunity,” said Madsen. “It isn’t offered ff everyday and we had to take advantage.” For Madsen, this trip is more like a family vacation. “My grandma wanted to go, so then my mom also decided to go,” said Madsen. “Also my cousin and her mom are going.” The tour agency that Brooks contacted required for at least 20 people to attend.

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“I told the FCCLA members to spread the word,” said Brooks. “If we didn’t get the 20 we wouldn’t have gone.” Luckily, they were able to get more than 20 people to participate. “The FCCLA girls send out the notifications,” said Kelsey Reed, senior from Spring City and also going to New York. Many people may have not heard about this trip because the school can not sponsor it. According to Nan Ault, assistant principal at NS, the district can’t sponsor an out of state trip. “The district can’t sponsor the trip because it’s out of state boundaries,”

said Ault. “It has to be privately sponsored just like the San Diego trip; Mr. Bentley is in charge of that.” Even though this trip isn’t the first to be privately sponsored at NS, Brooks plans other trips for the future. “I’m thinking taking another tour in the summer of 2013,” said Brooks. “It would be a tour of Italy and Greece.” Going on this trip provides many learning experience and different ff opportunities for the group. “It’s a neat opportunity to go with your classmates to see the big city of New York,” said Reed.


NS held annual Red Ribbon week from May 2nd to May 6th. The theme for Red Ribbon week was “Rise Above.” Rather then having ribbons, there were balloons. The event was put on by the NS Esteem Team club, advised by Leah Woodard. There were pledge cards available at the high school for students to sign to pledge to be drug and alcohol free, and to make the best choices. Although there were a lot of fun activities for the students, such as themed days to dress up and Prevention

Night, most did not participate. There were a lot of fun activities for the students that attended Prevention Night, including a guest speaker, Hank Smith. Hank Smith, an employee at BYU, is a motivational speaker, who travels around to different ff high schools in Utah, as well as different ff events and business parties. He speaks to high school students about making healthy choices, and shows kids how positive choices can impact your life. Some of the points that SEE PREVENTION NIGHT, PAGE 3

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Flex time found to be eff effective, despite problems

Hank Smith speaks at last week’s Prevention Night


Graduation, continued from page 1

For the past school year, NS has been experimenting with flex-time. Flex-time provided students with an opportunity work on homework and participate in many other activities during school hours. One of the ideas of this time is that kids who need more help with core subjects are required to go and receive that needed help from their teachers. “The goal of flex-time was to help students get work completed and pass classes,” said NS principal Jim Bowles. But it now comes to the time for flex time’s evaluation. Is it helping students to pass classes and do students think it is worthwhile? Ana Ramirez, a senior, commented that she believed that it is worthwhile to younger students who have a full schedule and need the time to get help with their homework. Many students feel that it is useful for students who need the help.

“It gives you time to do what you want to,” said senior David Kling. Flex can offer ff that much needed time to get help from teachers in subjects like math or English. “I think that the extra time really helps some students,” said NS choral director Carisa Hilton. Despite this extra time, some students think that one of the problems with flex is that these students who need help have somewhere to go, but the ones that don’t need help, don’t feel like they have positive options. “We need more places to go,” Kling said. Though some students feel options are limited, others feel that there are too many choices. Students are often pulled in too many directions during flex. “I think it can be useful, but it’s hard when [students] are required to go to ones, and there are so many options,” Hilton said. “People use it to call mandatory meetings that were not planned and it takes students away from previous obligations.”

Leah Woodard, a teacher at NS, believes that flex has the potential to be useful, but that it is not being used effec ff tively. “We don’t have a good way to make kids accountable for where they are,” Woodard said. Administration believes that this is one of the major flaws of flex-time. “[One of the problems] is how to keep students on campus,” Bowles said. This year there has been no real effective ff way to keep students in school during flex time and taking advantage of it. Monday, the only day that students attend their advisory period, is the only time in which all students are kept track of. Other than that, only students attending a required flex are kept track of. Many students take the time to leave school and get something to eat or find something to do. “I’ve never had any need for [flex time],” said senior Zac Hafen. “I just use it to get my fix of Mt. Dew.” Some students have ideas

for how to make flex better and more effective ff for them. “The library should more open instead of like a cage,” said Ramirez, referring to library study hall. Students who attend are not allowed to leave during flex time. Once a student goes to a place for flex, they are supposed to stay there for the duration of the period. People often feel that this inhibits the possibilities of flex. “The staff ff should not be ridiculously staunch,” said Trevor Carter, a senior at NS. Administration believes that another problem with flex is that students do not take proper advantage of the time they are given. “I think that it’s helped students that want to pass and needed help,” said Bowles, “But not ones that have not motivated themselves.” Members of the administration have mentioned that while they don’t have any clear ideas about how to fix flex’s problems it will be kept for next year.

look forward to,” said Hannah Aldridge, “However, I love my high school and I will miss it.” After being in a school for so many years there are some students ready to leave and others that will miss it. “[It’s] the end of something old and the beginning of something new,” said Alyssa Shewell, “Cliché or not I’m freaking excited!” Some students have gone over and beyond with their graduation, when others have no idea what they’re doing next year or how many college credits they have. Two juniors are graduating early, Elizabeth Miner and Mikali Sampson. In addition, there are four students graduating with an associate’s degree in science: Hannah Aldridge, Parker Christensen, Daniel Hardy, and Zac Hafen. “The associate’s program helps students to be further in their college and helps them to be closer to grad-

uating,” said Christy Bird, “Plus they get to take classes not just from one school but three; two classes from Snow, six from USU, and nine from UVU.” This program is just like taking normal college classes and going in class with the other college students. These students started when they were sophomores, and they have had the chance of going to high school and college at the same time. However this program isn’t for everyone since it is very time consuming. They had to work just like a college student, if not harder, trying to keep up in college classes and in high school classes. “Getting my associate’s degree in high school was an accomplishment that has greatly expanded my knowledge and academic skills, as well as financial benefits and social prestige,” said Zac Hafen, “However, I would not recommend that anybody do it.”


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NS Times Sta Editor-in-Chief Jesse Richmond Managing Editors Kimberly Larsen Alyssa Hall Business Manager Alyssa Hall Advisor Ben Cox News Christian Carr, editor Kimberly Larsen Kaytie Nielson Tiffany ff Christensen Maria Reyes Jenahsea Long Aimee Duncan Features Hunter Erickson, editor Tyler Glad Kaylee Holgreen Alyssa Hall

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continued from page 2 Freshmen and Sophomores can now schedule SEOP conferences with their counselors to prepare for next year.

Smith went across were drugs, pornography, and alcohol. Rather then lecturing the students, he involved them in his talk, and made it more humorous so it wasn’t such a heavy subject. Though Smith was glad to have an audience, he said it may not have been the right one. “The students that need to be here are usually the ones that don’t show up, for them I’d like to say, your choices define who you are far more then your abilities,� said Smith. Other then the guest speaker, there were differ ff ent local organizations with booths, such as MATR drug rehab, and the women’s shelter. The prevention night also had face painting for the younger kids, cookies and other refreshments.

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Tanning beds shown to cause undesirable results if used frequently BY KAYLEE HOLGREEN Why do we sunburn? Why does our skin turn an embarrassing shade of red and sting at the slightest touch? Sunlight contains two types of ultraviolet light; UVA and UVB rays. UV light stimulates melanin; the substance that gives skin and hair its natural color. The end result is a tan. Melanin is a pigment that gives skin its natural color. “Melanin is your body’s natural reaction to protect itself from burning and gives your body its tan,” said Dave Blackham, a pharmacist at Skyline Pharmacy. Blackham is one of the many victims of the harmful effects ff of UV radiation. He must make annual visits to a skin care doctor for his pre-cancerous conditions that show up on

his face and back. His visits are to get the conditions burned off ff with liquid nitrogen, because the spots on his body that the doctor has deemed dangerous keep coming back. So then why do people tan? Kathy Ericksen, a T.A. at NS goes to the tanning beds to be alone and to relax. Others also shared their opinions on why they tan saying that it gives them a more appealing complexion. “It makes the boys stop and stare,” said Casie Durrant, a junior at NS. The majority of the students that were asked about tanning agreed that the dark skin made them look better. “I think that if a person has a nice tan they look healthy,” said Ericksen. When asked if they used sun-

screen, one of the students at NS said that they used sunscreen on a regular basis. The other 87% said that they rarely if ever used sunscreen. Today in magazines, billboards and in many other varieties of advertisement, the stereotypical good looking person is usually a thin female or a very muscular male with nice bronze or tan skin. In recent years this has begun to put an enormous amount of pressure on young teens to become a “beautiful person.” This fact is being proven by the rates of fair skinned teens going to the tanning beds and accumulating skin conditions. Because of the exposure to sun, tanning beds and sun lamps the number of skin cancer cases has increased at a shocking rate. This year it is predicted that there will be more than one million diagnosed

cases of skin cancer. The United States alone is expecting 38,000 new cases and 7,300 deaths by the end of this year. Tanning beds emit 93% to 99% of UVA radiation. This is three times the UVA radiation given off by the sun. After a study done in Sweden on the effects ff of skin cancer the study concluded that malignant melanoma (the most deadly form of skin cancer) risks are increased by 300% for those who use tanning beds occasionally, and the risks increase by 800% for those who use tanning beds more than 10 times a year. Utah also has the highest rate of lip cancer in the country, mostly due to our high elevation. Overexposure to the sun can lead to malignant melanoma, damage to the immune system, weakening of the skins’ inner tissue (elas-

ticity), premature aging, wrinkles and other types of skin cancer. “There is no clinically good reason to tan at all,” said Blackham. “You only get one integumentary [epidermis] system in your life, when it is ruined it is ruined.” To protect your skin from harmful UV radiation Blackham suggests everyone to wear a sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher on a daily basis not only on your skin but your lips as well. He also suggested that we wear hats and long sleeves to protect our skin. To protect the eyes, doctors advise that every person should have a good pair of sunglasses. “Besides,” said Blackham, “There is always tan in a can.”

Basin Drive-In theater a long-standing tradition for Sanpete moviegoers BY ALYSSA A HALL L.C. Lund began his ventures as a part owner and operator of an old-time movie theater located in Fairview in the 1930s. Business went well for Lund, and the time eventually came when he passed along his dealings to his son, Trux Lund. In the late 1960s Trux ran with the opportunity, furthering his business when he found equipment for a drive-in theater located in the Uintah basin. Trux brought back the setup to Mt. Pleasant brick by brick, speakers and all. At the time, he owned the indoor Kinema theatre, (once located where Wheelers Drive-In currently resides on State Street of Mt. Pleasant), and decided to also provide a drive-in theater with the equipment he had accumulated. Kinema became the theater open during the winter months, while the drivein was a means for entertainment during the summer season. The new drive-in was

named the Basin Drive-In in favor of the region the original equipment came from. The popularity of the theaters was inevitable to those residing in the community. Shannon Mickel, lifetime resident of North Sanpete and previous employee of the drive-in during her teenage years, remembers having experiences as a child at the Kinema theatre. Mickk el recalls an annual Christmas event where a movie was shown for the children and Santa Clause came with gift bags of peanuts, candy, and oranges. These treats were a big deal to the kids in the community. Mickel also remembers the drive-in differently ff than most. Although there are poles with car-side speakers attached dispersed throughout the Basin Drive-In currently, the speakers do not work and are not used for audio anymore. However, in the early years of the drivein, vehicles would place the speaker inside of the car to receive the sound for the

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The Basin Drive-In, located at the edge of Mt. Pleasant

film. Now the audio is provided over a radio station that each car can tune into to be able to hear the film. As a waitress at the snackk bar Mickel remembers there being popular items of interest that aren’t as prominent today. They had coolers of red fruit punch and orange Fanta punch that had to be mixed by hand and was sold and enjoyed by a large portion of moviegoers. There were also giant chocolate chips for sale behind the counter. It was common for customers to dump boxes of M&Ms on their popcorn and have butter poured on top.

Also popular at the time were big pickles and famous drivein burgers. Those burgers are still a major attraction at the drive-in today. “A lot of people won’t go to the movie, but they’ll go to get a hamburger,” Mickel said. Mickel believes the secret ingredient that makes the burgers so delicious is the secret sauce. Molly Anderson, current fourth generation family owner of the Basin Drive-In with her husband Matt, feels that the drive-in cheeseburgers are a big reason they receive so much business from

the community. “I think that the cheeseburgers speak for themselves, and people have always loved them,” Anderson said. Students at NS seem to agree that the food is a big reason why they keep coming back. “The food is awesome,” sophomore moviegoer Jake Orton said. Orton is one of many at NS that enjoys attending the drive-in at NS. 92 percent of students surveyed have gone to the drive in, and nearly half attend at least once a month. “It’s always fun to go out in the back of a truck and watch a fun movie, and not get into the big crowds of movie theatres,” said Orton. Though the drive-in is enjoyed by many at NS, not everyone gets the opportunity to attend a drive-in in their lifetime. The Basin Drive-In is one of the remaining six drive-ins left in Utah. With the end of WWII the rise of American drive-in movie theaters peaked, since that time most states have lost

around 90 percent of their drive-in theatres. There are only about 420 drive-ins left in our country. “It’s a unique experience that a lot of people never have in their lives,” Anderson said. Although there has been a large decline of drive-in theatres in the country, Anderson doesn’t recall a time where it was ever difficult to keep the drive-in in business. Because of their additional movie theatres in Ephraim, the drive-in is just a boost to their revenue. Anderson believes that the reasonable prices, and the fact that they have maintained their facilities so well is a large contributor to the continuation of the Basin Drive-In. “[Those who attend the drive-in should expect a] great night, movie, treats, enjoyment of summer weather,” Anderson said. “And overall being able to spend time with family.”


Softball team comes from behind to take 2nd in region BY ALYSSA HALL The Ladyhawk softball team has earned a second place finish in region play, and is currently well on their way to a competitive weekk end at the 2011 state competition in St. George. After losing three region games against Manti and Richfield, NS faced the Emery Spartans on May 6 to decide their final position in region for the year. The game was only decided in the final inning. Going into the sixth inning NS had fallen behind 1-3. Senior Anna Ledingham stepped up to the plate with one out and hit a single. After stealing the next two bases she waited on third for her teammates to score her. Senior Alyssa Hall then drew a walk to get on base. After earning another out on a strike out, Emery was close to ending the inning with two outs when junior Brookelyn Allan hit a double, scoring Ledingham and placing Hall on third. With the score now 2-3 and runners on second and third, Makayli Jorgenson sent yet another hit to the outfield, and earned a double that scored Hall and Allan. The Spartans finished the inning with NS leading 4-3.

NS beats Carbon for 1st state victory

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Senior Jenifer Nuttall sends a ball into play during the Ladyhawk’s recent game against Westlake. This game was the final game played for this year’s seniors on their home field. NS defeated Westlake 4-3.

The Ladyhawks took the field in the top of the seventh knowing they needed to hold Emery in order to secure the win. Emery’s catcher Markette Tanner stepped up to the plate and hit a far fly ball to center field that looked to be over the fence. Ledingham stole the homerun from Tanner by making an catch that flipped her over the fence and broke the pole that held it in place. “Anna made the game,” Allan said. Two Emery players fol-

lowed by getting on base. With one out and runners on first and second, Allan caught a liner barely above the ground, and fired the ball to first, earning a double play and securing a second place title in region play. “[Emery] was a big game where we stepped up and played very well,” said head coach Tyler Bailey. “We pitched very well, we defended very well, and we delivered hits when needed.” “The last inning was a thriller,” said junior Makayli

New b-ball coach plans to build on last season’s success

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Coach Christopher Hoopes is hired on as NS new head boy’s basketball coach. Hoopes has played for Snow College and Southern Utah University.

BY DUSTIN ALLRED With the dismissal of NS’ head basketball coach Bull Keisel, the NS administration started searching for someone to fill the position of head boys’ basketball coach. The administration accepted 35 applications then narrowed the field to 14 applicants. Finally, Christopher Hoopes was hired as NS’ new boys’ head basketball coach. Coach Hoopes came to NS after being an assistant basketball coach at Monticello High School. He has been a graduate assistant and head of basketball operations at Southern Utah University. He also played basketball for both Southern Utah University and Snow College. “Hopefully I can bring the basketball knowledge that I have gained from my previous experiences,” said Hoopes. “Monticello has been a very winning and productive program, so I also hope to bring that winning attitude.” The NS basketball team players are excited to have Hoopes coming in, especially after last year’s winning season and region championship. “I’m super excited for coach Hoopes,” said junior Kyle Seely. “It was great that we won last year and now hopefully we can improve on that with coach Hoopes.” The last thing that a new coach wants to hear is that the administration of the new school that he will be coaching at fired a

coach coming off ff of a winning season. Unfortunately, this is the situation that coach Hoopes is in because of the dismissal of coach Keisel. Hoopes chooses to look at the situation with a positive attitude. “(The dismissal of coach Kiesel) obviously has to be a worry because this is a recession, but I look at it as a great opportunity,” said Hoopes. “Now, hopefully I can build on what he achieved and hopefully improve the record even more.” Hoopes has some high expectations set for him coming into this upcoming year, especially with this year’s region championship. But Hoopes has a set of goals for the upcoming season that will hopefully meet those expectations which have been set. “One of my major goals is to obtain a region championship again and I would also like to be able to compete for a state championship,” said Hoopes. “But, my main goal is of course to make sure that we have good young men that work hard. Even if we don’t produce, but we are working hard, being great young men, and progressing each week, then I will feel like I will have done my job.” Hoopes last coaching position was an assistant coaching job at Monticello High School which is a 1-A school. Because of this, he will have to make a transition to coaching on the 3-A level. “I think that there will be a little bit of a change going from a 1-A environment to a 3-A environment,” said Hoopes. “The kids will probably be bigger and there will be more depth in talent, but at the same time I think there will be a lot of advantages for me as a coach.” The change from 1-A to 3-A won’t be made any easier with the new classification realignment. Two new schools which were in the 4-A classification, will be added to the region. “With the new realignment, I think that the region got deeper,” said Hoopes. “But, I think that North Sanpete should still compete, especially where they have had success lately. I look at it as a challenge, and I’m excited to hopefully get up there and beat those bigger teams.” There is a lot of work in the months ahead for Hoopes, but he is definitely excited for the upcoming season and looks forward to the road ahead. “I’m just excited to be out here in the community and work with the great players that North Sanpete has,” said Hoopes.

Jorgensen. “Our work paid off.” ff After two consecutive years of region titles there are mixed emotions concerning placing second this year. Although Bailey feels placing second is successful, others have slight disagreements. “I think we could’ve done better, but I’m ok with it because we played our hardest to win that title against Emery,” Allan said. Losing the title to NS rivals the Manti Templars is a sore spot for the team, how-

ever it didn’t hit as a surprise. “They are a good team and they deserved it,” Jorgensen said. Bailey also agrees that Manti is a tough competitor. “Manti has played well, not just against us,” Bailey said. “They are definitely one of the top teams in 3A.” Following the Emery win NS traveled to Richfield where they lost to the Wildcats for a second time this season 12-20. This was a series of losses NS didn’t ex-

The Ladyhawks matched up against the Carbon Dinos at ten a.m. on May 14, pulling out a win in the seventh inning. After holding the Dinos to no runs in the top of the inning, the Ladyhawks came back on offense ff with a rip up the middle by Makayli Jorgensen. NS’ success with their small ball efforts ff put another runner on base, and advanced the two runners into scoring position. With two strikes and one out, Sophomore Angela Hatfield put another hit past the pitcher, scoring the winning run. The Ladyhawks won 4-3 and will be facing Bear River for their first game Thur. pect this year. “Both ties we jumped out to big leads and it seemed to wake them up,” Bailey said. “Sometimes teams just match up well against differ ff ent teams.” The latter Richfield game was completed over nearly four hours. With much rain and field repair laying over and delaying the game both teams had a hard time handling the ball, but in the end the SEE SOFTBALL, PAGE 6

Tennis team places 2nd in region, prepares for state

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Senior Hunter Erickson reaches for a shot in the final match of the season. Erickson helped the team to a second place finish in region and a fourth place finish at divisionals.

BY TYLER R GLAD L The NS boys’ tennis team is relatively young and inexperienced this year compared to most of the teams in the region. Despite this, the team has outdone itself and shown great amounts of skill and improvement. Brad Bentley, the assistant coach for the boys’ tennis team, feels that the team did pretty well over the course of the season. “I think that the season’s gone well” said Bentley.

At the end of the season the team had a 10–6 win/loss ratio. “I’m happy,” said Jeff ff Ericksen, the team’s head coach, “but I would’ve liked region.” The team took second at region and could have tied for first if they had taken Manti in at least one of the matches that they played against them. Despite the close second, the team earned great seeds for the divisional tournament that was to come. Seeds determine who a player SEE TENNIS, PAGE 6

Boys track has strong region showing BY MAN A DY DY PECKHAM H On May 10, North Sanpete’s Track and Field team competed in their region meet at Juab. The results were good for some and bad for others. They had either boys going to state in twelve events and seven girls going to state in five events. Overall, the boys’ team took fourth in region and the girls’ taking sixth. “Well for the most part [the region meet] good. The boys did really well,” said junior Paige Franks. “I think that the girls team could have done better but we tried out best.” Franks excelled in her events, scoring twenty and a half points at the re-

gion meet. She took second the 400 meters, second in the 300 hurdles, and fourth in the 200 meter dash. “I had a great time. It was so cool to be able to see how far and what I have accomplished since last year,” said Franks. They boys’ team is starting to build. A couple of the boy’s relays did really well. The boy’s medley relay including Abdil Silva, Sheldon Shelley, Dakota Kleven, and Kyle Anderson took fourth. “As a team, I think we did well. We all had a lot of events to run and we don’t really have the biggest team, so I think we did the best with what we had,” said senior Sheldon Shelley. “For myself, I didn’t run my best times

but my main focus was to get our relay teams to state.” With state being around the corner, the team members who qualified are training hard with determination to do well. “A couple of our relays have a chance of placing fairly well. If Dallen (Bird) and Rhett (Bird) have a good day they should place well in their fielding events,” said coach Scott Butler. “Paige (Franks) also should do well in her 300 hurdles.” “Well our teams have some great talent. So I think if we all just run our hardest then we can probably place really well. Like top five or better,” said Shelley.


Baseball unable to win, but finds lessons in tough season

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Pitcher Kyle Seely pitches in the team’s final game. The Hawks went 0-13, but will return many starters.

BY DUSTIN ALLRED The NS baseball team finished their season last Tuesday when they traveled to Richfield to take on the Wildcats. The team lost the game 14-5. With this loss, the team ends their season winless, going 0-13 on the season. Some team members feel that the season outcome had something to do with a lack of preparation on the team’s part. This year the team only got to participate in three preseason games when in years past, they have had up to ten. “The most frustrating part of this season is that we didn’t get ten preseason games, so I just am starting to feel like I am in shape and ready

for baseball season,” said senior Parker Christensen. “We should have had a better mind set from the get go. We came out and figured that we would have all kinds of time to get ready for region games, but it just jumped on us and we weren’t prepared to play the region games.” Even though the team struggled this year, team members are trying to look forward and take something positive away from the experience. One positive thing going into next year is that the team only has three graduating seniors, so six of the nine varsity starting positions will be returning to the team next year. “(Loosing these seniors is) nothing for a baseball team since you field nine, so six starters are going to

come back,” said Christensen. “All the sophomores and juniors who started this year are and they’ll just keep getting better, and they will be right back here starting next year.” Also, team members look at the experience as a lesson in hard work. They now know what needs to be done in order to have better seasons in the future. “After this season, the team knows how much harder we need to work to be able to win,” said junior Kyle Seely. “We need to work harder in practice and just put forward more effort.” ff Unfortunately, this season is the seventh consecutive losing season that the team has had. The team hasn’t won a home game in over

three years, and they haven’t had a winning season in over fourteen years since Ed Staker was the head coach. Also, this is the second time in five years that the team has had a winless season. Staker thinks that the losing streak may have something to do with the lack of a summer baseball program at NS. “The teams that are perennially successful are the teams that have a summer program,” said Stakk er. “They play summer league, they commute to play Utah Valley teams, and some of them even play American Legion teams from various places in the state. When I was coaching, we tried getting involved in some summer leagues, but the kids had had enough.” Staker also thought that a summer league would not be successful in NS because of a lack of interest in the sport and greater interest in sports other than baseball. “Around here, I think that baseball is taken more for the sake of enjoyment and sport rather than do anything at any cost to win,” said Staker. “(In NS), I think that football and basketball, for whatever reason, have a higher percentage of kids who have a natural interest in participating. So because of football and basketball camps that go on during the summer, baseball gets pushed to the back of the list. That’s why a summer program around here is very tough, and that is the one big difference ff and powerhouse baseball programs.” Others blame the losing streak on a lack of participation from ath-

TENNIS, CONTINUED FROM PAGE 5 goes against at a tournament. On Friday and Saturday the team went to St. George where they played in the divisional tournament. T h e team ended up taking two sixth places, a fifth, a third, and one second place position. These are good placings considering the schools they played against. “All of the boys qualified to go to state.” said Ericksen. The boys had to place seventh or above to get to the state competition. Cameron Sego, who took second in the third singles competition, went through the entire regional season undefeated. “That’s awesome,” said Bentley, “ I don’t remember any-

body going through an entire season undefeated.” Sego showed exceptional skill during his second divisional match where Sego had been down 1 – 5 in the third set and came back to take the match 7 – 5. That means that he won six games in a row under constant pressure and didn’t allow his opponent to win anything. “It’s better than having a loss.” said Sego, “Win is three letters, that’s my lucky number.” The NS boys’ tennis team also shows promise for doing well next year. The team is made up of many young players who are already doing well and will have time to improve even more while still on the team. “I’m really excited for next year’s team.” said Ericksen.

Soccer team finishes challenging season BY MAN A DY DY PECKHAM H The North Sanpete boys’ soccer team had a challenging but a great learning season this year. For the team this year, they started out with twentyeight players with sixteen of them being on varsity. At the end of the season, they lost many of their players. “Some [of the players] were ineligible and a lot were just talked into not playing this year,” said senior Alan Montano. “We also had a few key players decide not to play due to hobbies or work related things.” For the boys, they feel that they had a tough-luck season. “It was a pretty hard season. There were teams that we could have beat but lost by one goal. We had a lot of bad luck this year,” said coach Marcutio Montano. “It could have been eighty to ninety percent better. It’s hard to have a really good team and not win.” “It was a bit of a struggle. Between bad weather and short numbers, we

didn’t have the greatest luck,” said senior Zac Hafen. With all the challenges that the year threw at the boys, the team overcame them to grow stronger. “We had amazing defense up until the play of game. Our goal keepers were really great and our midfielders were on point when they had to be. We were pretty much a strong solid team,” said Alan Montano. “The only thing we lacked was forwards who could put them all in.” “For one thing, this is the first year we have been able to come back when we’re down. There were a lot of games that we came back and tied and even won one,” said Marcutio Montano. Even though the soccer team suff fered losses, they still feel good about the season and the success it did give them. “A lot of people look at our record and say that our last season was better because they won more games, but I think we had an amazing season;; we

SOFTBALL, CONTINUED FROM PAGE 5 Wildcats came out on top. NS didn’t allow the loss to get them down however as they faced Westlake at home the following day for the Ladyhawk’s senior night. NS defeated their opponents 11-6. “It was weird standing on that field for the last time,” Ison said. “It’s been a great four years and our team has molded into a family.” With the graduation of five of their starting varsity players at the end of this year the NS softball program will miss their seniors in years to come. “I love the seniors and I’m going to miss them,” Jorgensen said. “It’ll be hard because a lot of underclassmen are going to have to step up.” “Every year you lose seniors who

have played together for a long time you lose a lot,” Bailey said. “We’ll be losing lots of experience, fielding, batting and pitching, but that happens every year.” Bailey’s expectations for his team won’t change in the years to come regardless of who’s playing. He believes he has great players returning and expects to win region, play their best towards the end of the season, and to compete at state. NS is currently looking to achieve Bailey’s last expectation as they’ve begun the state competition by playing their first round on Saturday May 14. NS walked away with a win of 4-3 vs the Carbon Dinos. Bailey expected this to be the final outcome as he felt

just honestly had the worst luck at putting the ball in the back of the net,” said Alan Montano. “If you look at the scores of the games we tied about eight, and I think the ones we lost we lost by one goal. So it definitely was a good season.” “For our outrageously small numbers, we did outrageously well. When you have a nineteen-man team, junior varsity and varsity combined, and you play teams that have a thirty-man varsity alone, it’s hard to compete,” said Hafen, “Especially when everybody has to play varsity and junior varsity back to back, making up four games a week, as opposed to teams that have several substitutes for each player on each team.” Coach Montano also thinks that the boys did well and had a good season. “I think we still had a good season. Out stats were tied or losing by one goal and that is better than North Sanpete has been in the past. It was a good learning season,” said coach Montano. his team was more experienced and an all around better team than Carbon. The Ladyhawks will be traveling to St. George on Thursday to compete for the state title, where they expect to achieve great things. Bailey believes they have the opportunity to do well because his team has players with lots of experience in the state tournament, and the good senior leadership that’s also there. His concern is the need of scoring many runs this weekend, which he feels they have the potential to do. “It’s going to be hard after taking second at state last year, but there are high expectations all around from ourselves and our fans,” Ison said. “We’re not going down without a fight.”

letes at NS. Some team members think that if more kids would come and participate, the team could be much better than they are now. “I think our losing streak has a lot to do with the lack of kids who participate,” said Christensen. “Our senior class only had four kids who tried out as freshman, and you need much better numbers than that to be able to yield a winning team. You need kids to get out and get excited to be able to win, and that’s one of the reasons why the sophomore class is good because they have so many numbers.” Other team members also feel the same way as Christensen. They also think that lack of numbers is a big reason why the team has consistently lost. “We have a lack of numbers on our baseball team,” said Seely. “If we could get all of the athletes to come out that are good and could be there, we would have a much better team.” Staker agrees with these team members. He thinks that there are kids who love and are dedicated to baseball but there just aren’t enough. “There are a few kids who are good and absolutely love baseball more than anything else,” said Stakk er. “But because you need so many kids to participate, you can’t just have half a dozen kids to make a program go.” Now the NS baseball team looks forward to next season. With the returning starters hopefully they can finally break the current sevenyear losing season.

Golf struggles at state, prepares for next year

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Junior Sarah Fowles tees off during the state tournament. The team struggled with nerves while at state.

BY KAYLEE HOLGREEN The 2011 girls’ golf season has ended well despite challenges at the beginning of the season, when the golf team was not able to practice on the golf course until late in the season. Throughout the year they placed either third or second in each game during the season. At the Richfield region championship, the Lady Hawks placed third overall. “For such a late start in the season, the girls did really well,” said Tod Hansen, the head golf coach at NS. After playing at region Annie Johnson and Kallie McCulloch made the All-Region team meaning that they met the requirements to be among the top golfers in the state. “The girls worked really hard for this and have improved tons,” said Hansen. McCulloch, Johnson, Sara Fowles, and Charlette Holman were the four girls that qualified for state with Shannon Davidson as the alternate. The Ladyhawks felt they did well but did not place. Desert Hills took first with Delta and Judge placing second and third. McCulloch shot 57 andJohnson shot a 50. Sara Fowles shot a 42 and Charlette Holman shot a 33.

The girls felt that the formalness of state led to feelings of nervousness. “We just had a bad day,” said Fowles, a junior at NS. “We did all right overall but we were just stressed out and nervous.” This season was Holman’s first year playing golf, and she was the only senior that qualified for state. Because this was her last year to play, she felt that there were high expectations for her at state. “Because I was the only senior that went to state,” Holman said. “ I felt like I had a lot of pressure to do well because all the other girls have been playing for so much longer than me.” Some of the girls were disappointed with how state turned out, but others were optimistic about the experience. “I know that I could have done better,” said Holman, “ But for it being my first year I think I did well, and I am happy that I learned a new skill.” The coaches and girls are looking forward to next season. McCulloch, Fowles and Johnson are all juniors, and are excited to have another year to compete “I think we are going to be amazing,” said Fowles. “ We are going to have some really good girls and we will all know what we are up against now.”


It’s Friday, Friday, gotta get down on Friday BY JESSE RICHMOND They say there’s no such thing as bad publicity. If this is true, 14year-old Rebecca Black should have nothing to worry about. She has received nationwide recognition for her song “Friday,” which debuted on YouTube on February 10. However, the song, which has garnered over 100 million views, has also been called “The Worst Song Ever” by numerous critics. The song’s popularity, it has been claimed, is because of its sheer awfulness. As someone on the website dearblankpleaseblank said: “Dear Rebecca Black, We don’t hate you because you’re famous; you’re famous because we hate you. Sincerely, everyone.” As of May 2, the official video of Friday has been viewed 128,133,904 times (based on a estimate, this amount of views will have earned Black approximately $80,000). Using YouTube’s rating system, the song has been “liked” 352,399 times. That seems like a lot, until the number is compared to the 2,551,952 dislikes the video has received as of the aforementioned date. According to The Daily Beast, Black was involved in music and other performing arts long before Friday even came to be. Black was the lead in her school’s production of Oklahoma!, and she participated in a group called Celebration USA, which put on patriotic performances. Then, one day at school, a classmate told Black of ARK Music Factory, an independent record label

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Singer Rebecca Black, center in the backseat, has caught a lot of attention around the country, both positive and negative, with her youtube video “Friday”.

located in Anaheim (which, according to the BBC’s website, seeks to discover future #1 artists and produce them). Black submitted an audition, and qualified for recording. For $2000, she was given the opportunity to record a song and an accompanying music video to be posted on YouTube. Black was presented with two songs to choose from for recording. The first dealt with “adult love,” something Black said she hasn’t felt. She found the lyrics of the second song, “Friday,” to be more relatable, and so chose to record it. After the video was posted, views and negative feedback began to pour in (including, as reported by the ABC news website, two death threats and numerous violent comments on the video). Black was given the chance to take her video off ff of the web, but chose not to in

order to avoid giving her critics any feeling of triumph. “I decided not to give the haters the satisfaction that they got me so bad,” said Black in the Daily Beast interview. So, if Black didn’t write the lyrics to Friday, who did? In a seemingly unrelated question, who is the rapper in the truck who makes an appearance about two-thirds of the way through the song? The answer: Patrice Wilson, founder of ARK Music Factory. According to Yahoo Music News, Wilson takes full responsibility for the song. He claims that the simple (some would say mindless) lyrics were meant to convey basic ideas, and that they’re no worse than other contemporary pop songs. Now, Friday is not ARK Music’s first venture. In total, there are 13 songs currently on the label’s You-

NS students perform at state Solo and Ensemble

Tube channel, most of them predating Friday. It is interesting to note that another song (Butterflies by Alana Lee Hamilton) is both very similar and yet also very differ ff ent from Friday. Butterflies is currently ARK Music’s second most popular song, despite a significantly fewer number of views, namely 7,791,135. The song also has a greater like-dislike ratio than Friday. Regardless of whether or not Friday can stand up to other songs, NS Family and Consumer Science teacher Auralee Brooks does not like it, specifically Black’s pronunciation of the tititular word. “Just how she annunciates it makes me nutty,” said Brooks. Brooks said that her students have watched the video many times in her classes, but not because they like it. Rather, she said that they

“Thor” provides audiences with action and excitement BY KAYTIE NIELSON

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Galen Brady plays the song “Yellow After the Rain” at state solo and ensemble.

BY HUNTER ERICKSON On April 30, some students from NS were able to travel to Lone Peak High School to be judged on their musical performances at state Solo and Ensemble. Over 20 students from NS participated in this event. In order to do this, they first had to make it through region Solo and Ensemble with perfect scores. The performances are scored on a scale of 1 to 5, 1 being the highest possible score. In between numbers, the scores can also have a plus or minus. A lot of time was needed to prepare for state Solo and Ensemble. “I worked on the piece everyday,” said Taylor Purcell, aff ter his performance. “I feel like I played well enough to deserve a one, but the judges decide.” Purcell performed a piano solo, called “The Third Movement of the Apassionata Sonata” and received a 1 at state. Stephen Lewis also performed a piano solo. He played “Hungarian Rhapsody no. 5 in d-flat major” and received a 2 minus. Along with the soloists, the

high school percussion ensemble also worked hard to prepare. “We rehearsed and everybody had to learn their individual parts,” said Galen Brady, a member of the percussion ensemble. At first, the percussion ensemble had some difficulties with the piece. “People could play their parts on their own, but mashing them together was hard,” said Jesse Richmond, the percussion leader. The percussion ensemble played a piece called Diablo, and also received a perfect score of 1 at state. Galen Brady also performed a percussion solo on the marimba called “Yellow After the Rain” and was given a score of 2. “I could have done better,” said Brady, “But I felt confident about how I played, and I felt I got the score I deserved.” Some of the other performances from NS included vocal solos, vocal groups, a tuba solo and percussion solo. There were two vocal groups that performed. One was a Women’s trio, the other a Men’s quartet. The trio consisted of Alyssa Shewell, Sarah Allan, and Lyn-

sie Clark. They sang the song “The New Day” and received a 1 minus. “We did better than I thought we would,” said Clark. Allan also performed a vocal solo called “American Lulluby” and received a 1 minus. The quartet performed the song “Danny Boy” and received a 2 plus. This group consisted of Nathan Beck, Taylor Purcell, Christian Carr, and Hunter Erickson. Another vocal soloist was Nathan Glad, who sang “Lasciatemi Morire” and received a 2. Andrew Fryer played a tuba solo and was accompanied by Matthew Lindow. Fryer was given a 2 plus for his performance. Although not all of the performers received perfect scores, Carisa Hilton, the choir teacher at NS, thinks that this shouldn’t be the focus. “Despite the scoring, all have worked hard in preparation for state,” said Hilton, “Spending time learning the music and working with the others if they are in an ensemble, as well as having opportunities to perform for the class, is where the true success lies.”

kept watching it because it was annoying and they wanted to laugh at it. Brooks said that Friday doesn’t make sense to her, but that such feelings were not necessarily singular to that particular song. “A lot of music doesn’t make sense to me…,” said Brooks. Additionally, Brooks said that music that is difficult to understand is not a new trend. “There’s always music that leaves the adults (and sometimes even kids) scratching their heads and asking ‘What does this mean?’,” said Brooks. Senior Trevor Carter, on the other hand, said he likes the song. “[I like the song] because in my opinion, it doesn’t sound any differ ff ent from Justin Bieber,” said Carter. Carter said that “Friday” and Bieber’s song “Baby” are very similar, especially since they both frequently repeat a single word. Carter said that he feels similarly about “Friday” as Bieber’s fans feel about his music. “This [‘Friday’] is my Justin Bieber,” said Carter. Senior Cody Case also has a favorable opinion of the song. “I just feel like it’s a relatable song,” said Case. “…In all seriousness, it’s what we think about.” While Case said that he does believe “Friday” could be improved, he also argued that the same could go for any song. Lastly, while Carter said that there was no part of the song that annoyed him, Case said that he doesn’t like the lines about deciding which seat to sit in during a car ride, since he can’t relate to them.

Thor is a legend. Chiseled with muscles and a body that every girl dreams of, Chris Hemsworth, as Thor, adds a very eff fective touch to this action-packed movie. The story began with two enemies, Odin, king of Asgard, and Laufey, king of Jotunheim, home of the Frost Giants. The forces of good and evil clashed together. With the defeat of Laufey, Odin took away what power he could from him and locked it up, safely in the security of his home, so that no one could get to it. All seemed well at the time, and although all of Asgard knew that someday they would have to fight again, there was peace. Later, two brothers were born, although not to the same parents (they later discover), they were raised together and fought by each other’s sides, depending on each other. Thor is a valiant, brave, yet cocky, warrior, who believes nothing can be solved except by war. Loki, on the other hand, is somewhat quiet and stays in the background, appearing to be a peacekeeper. He is always watching out for Thor and tries to keep him from his foolish, impulsive actions. When both of the boys were young they were taught by their father that one of them would be king. They were reminded of this many times in their lives until the time came when one of them must take the crown. When it is found out that Thor will be king, there is a huge ceremony held proclaiming that he will be their next leader. During this celebration the Frost Giants break into the kingdom and try to steal back their casket. This casket would give back their power so they could have the strength to over-throw the Asgardians. Luckily, they are stopped before they can take it back to their leader. In Thor’s perspective, the people of Jotunheim needed to be punished and taught a lesson. His father didn’t agree with him though. Thor and his brother Loki, along with some other Asgard warriors, go through

the Bifrost, which is a portal to other realms. They go to Jotunheim so Thor can supposedly regain respect and show the Frost Giants where their place is. Although Thor and his fellow warriors are strong and overtake quite a few of their enemies, there are just too many to fight off. ff At his moment of despair, when it looks like it’s all going to come to and end and there’s no hope left, his father shows up and helps Thor get out of the situation. Even though Odin tries to talk to them and explain that it was a foolish accident, Laufey still decided that there should be a war to finish everything that they had started. Thor is banished by his father, he takes away all of his powers and Mjolnir, (Thor’s hammer) and sends him to earth until he can prove that he can use is power for good and is responsible enough to become king. The rest of this movie is about how Thor learns to love and care for others besides himself. Thor is a great movie for the whole family or just for someone looking for a movie that has just about everything in it: action, romance, thrill, and more. All in all this is a great, well-rounded movie.

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Chaos Word


By Kimberly Larsen and Jesse Richmond 



While walking down the halls at the school, you hear some bizarre things that make no sense when taken out of context. Here are a few of the funniest ones we’ve heard.

-- You don’t have a mirror all the time. You have to learn to look at your tounge to see what color it is.



-- Oh gross! You can see it coming out of his nose holes!

-- Stalkers are only good if they’re hot. 


-- Our bubbles just merged! -- How does it make you feel knowing I’m your mom? -- Stop smelling me with your fingers!

--Your boyfriend participates in jumprope contests? 

-- It’s not natural for a man to burp out a child. 

-- He slapped me with chicken so now I’ll be pregnant with a monkey. -- I want my chicken to pull me in a wagon.

1 5 8 9 10 16 17 20 21 22 27 28 29 30

Across The clear frount extension of the sclera in the eye Area in the Pacific where many earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur Location of the smallest bones in the human body The old name of Germany West Virginian hometown of Homer Hickam A name of one of the lion statues that guard the New York City Library A plastic piece at the end of a shoelace Author of “The Three Musketeers” Home of the first Ferris Wheel Co-founder of Calculus, also known for his discoveries concerning gravity Main character in “Crime and Punishment” The product of the pancreas Rebecca Black’s youtube video An underwater train in between England and France

-- My yogurt is alive! 2 3 4 6 7 11 12 13 14 15 18 19 23 24 25

Down Chinese mathematical tool Holds the record for the highest, longest, and fastest sky-dive Mother of Prince William of England Spanish for “We give” A semi-aquuatic egg-laying mammal of action Home of the “Old Faithful” geyser Ribonucleic acid Last president of the Confederate States of America Next year’s SBO president at NS Black History month The end of year celebration at NS Star of “Rebel Without a Cause” who died at age 24 in a car accident The “Voice of the Mighty Hawks” Winner of the 1992 Caldecott Medal Only animal with four knees

--Just give the kid a binkey, a nicotine binkey.

NS Times Volume 4 Issue 9

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