S t u de n t P r i n t s Sylvania Northview High School
November 22, 2006
NEWS Pages 1 & 2
EDITORIALS Pages 3 & 4
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FEATURES Pages 5 & 6
Inside the How will an Mind’s of the increase in Cat’s Meow minimum wage affect our economy writers! Page 3 Page 6
Election brings many changes
Students face fraud charges
Sta f f Wri te r The American Red Cross and Northview’s chapter of the National Honor Society will be hosting their annual blood drive on December 1 from 7:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. in the NV gymnasium. The drive will be open to eligible students, staff and the public. NV has earned the reputation as one of the largest annual blood drives in Northwest Ohio. The Red Cross is hoping to acquire 140 units of blood from NV this year. The blood donated is very important because each unit can save up to three lives. One unit of blood is needed every two seconds in the United States, according to the American Red Cross. The Toledo Red Cross supplies Toledo area hospitals with between 300 and 400 units of blood daily for surgeries alone not including emergencies. To be eligible to donate blood students must weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years of age on the day of donation. An ID is required for donation (a Red Cross donor card or a photo ID showing date of birth.) Representatives from the blood drive committee discussed the process and allowed students to sign up in junior and senior English classes on November 8. There will also be representatives in the lunch periods during the week after Thanksgiving to continue sign-ups. Donors with appointments will attend an assembly on the Tuesday before the drive in which a Red Cross representative will talk about what to expect and how to prepare for donation day. Blood donors will receive a free T - shirt at the drive and students will also receive a “blood drop” on their locker as recognition of their donation. “I want to donate because I’d be helping people out and it just feels good to help others,” said junior Amanda Hartnett. Many students from NHS are on the blood drive committee and they have been working hard since the beginning of the year.. The members attended a Red Cross session designed to help them prepare for the responsibilities they will have at the blood drive. NHS Vice President Jamie Schaffer is also helping to schedule donation appointments. NHS advisor Mrs. Fran Borchers said that the blood drive is “very, very important.” She stresses the need for blood not only in Northwest Ohio but also to help the ongoing efforts in Louisiana and other states affected by Hurricane Katrina. For more information or to sign up for donation, contact Mrs. Borchers at 419-824-8570 Extension 5186 or Jamie Schaffer.
Words written on bathroom wall cause students to stay home
NORTHVIEW STUDENTS experienced tighter security with three additional police ofﬁcers walking the halls on October 9.
Two students were involved in a money fraud of $5 bills at Northview. The students attempted to use the fake money in the school cafeteria last month. Cafeteria workers at NV noticed the phony $5 bills during a lunch period. “One student was making fake money outside of school,” said Sylvania Police Ofﬁcer Stacey Pack. Money fraud is known as a felony of the ﬁfth degree. According to Assistant Principal Ms. Teri Schwartz, both students were disciplined for the money fraud. “One student was given IRP and the other student was suspended,” said Ms. Schwartz. Charges are being ﬁled by the Sylvania Police Department for the counterfeit money. Usually the United Sates Secret Service deals with money fraud. “The student involved is cooperating and it does not appear that the Secret Service will get involved,” said Ofﬁcer Pack The use of counterfeit money has occurred one other time at NV, ten years ago. “Fake $20 bills were used before,” said Ms. Schwartz.
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Hockey starts preseason with big win
Threat increases NV security
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NHS prepares to collect gift of life
SPORTS Pages 7 & 8
photo by Meredith Lodge
K atie Li tzer & Jackie Zureich E di tor s A simple message on a wall transformed an ordinary day at Northview into one when safety was threatened, students were afraid to attend school, and police roamed the halls. An unnamed student threatened to cause harm during this particular school day and sent rumors ﬂying. The threat was found at approximately 1pm on October 19 and the administration immediately went to work attempting to identify the perpetrator. The phrase was written in the boys restroom located in A-hall near the band room and had a vague threat with a date of 10/20/06, according to Principal Stewart Jesse Students who were recently disciplined, cut from athletics, or sought counselor attention were contacted and questioned, according to Mr. Jesse. Any student who then seemed suspicious had their belongings searched in an attempt to locate a black permanent marker, which was what was used to write the message. The writer was identiﬁed and in order to provide further security that
day, several police ofﬁcers were called to NV, including on-road ofﬁcers who patrolled the school’s surrounding area, according to Mr. Jesse. “School safety is our number one priority,” said Ofﬁcer Hoff, one of the ofﬁcers on duty at NV. “With all the shootings happening around the country, we must make sure our community is safe.” The threat of a possible shooting at NV was enough to keep some students at home for the day. However, absences were not as bad as expected. Only about 150 students were out for the day and some had different reasons than simply the fear of a threat, like illnesses, according to Mr. Jesse. This is in comparison to an average of about 100 absence that NV has per day. “It’s safer to be in school than out on the streets,” said School Resource Ofﬁcer Stacey Pack. Students who attended school were a bit annoyed by the extra precautions taken throughout the day. “The cops in the school serve a valid purpose, especially for safety. But I sometimes think the school oversteps boundaries,” said senior Jamie Miller. Others who attended school felt better with the extra precautions. “It made me feel safer knowing that police ofﬁcers were on duty to protect the school from any threat,” said sophomore Grace Ramsdell.
Drug crackdowns increasing Drug suspensions four times higher than ﬁrst quarter last year Wil l C ousino Sta ff Wri te r Several students were arrested in a crackdown on drug possession on October 25 at Northview while others were caught on November 10. Drug abuse has been a problem growing in signiﬁcance in the last two years, according to Mrs. Mary Spilis, NV’s drug counselor. “National ﬁgures for drug use are decreasing; things have been getting better, but not for us in Sylvania,” said Mrs. Spilis. Police found and conﬁscated illegal drugs on the person and property of several students leading to varying disciplinary measures, depending on the number of offenses the student’s record carried. To date this year, there have been 16 drug related suspensions as opposed to last year’s four, according to Assistant Principal Ms. Teri Schwartz. The data reveals a four times increase in drug related suspensions. Though details about the students’ names and violations are withheld for privacy, their punishments included school suspension and in some cases, referrals to drug counseling according to Ms. Schwartz. “Before the students may resume attendance at NV they must be assessed by Drug Counselor Mr. Bill Geha,” said Ms. Schwartz. Mr. Geha gives an opinion to the administration whether or not he believes the student deserves the trust that he or she will not violate drug policies in the future, she said.
The stakes are high for the students that chose to use or bring controlled substances to NV. For a ﬁrst time offense, students can face a 10 day, out-of-school suspension and revocation of school parking privileges. Selling or distributing alcohol and other drugs results in a 10 day suspension or expulsion and a permanent loss of parking privileges. In most cases, the students arrested on October 25 had brought the drugs inside the school, meaning the contraband was on their person or in their lockers. A growing number of students were found in possession of marijuana, according to Ms. Schwartz. Police also arrested some students at Friday night football games. “I’ve noticed more drunk students in the cheer section at football games this season than in past years,” said junior Bailey Hunter. An alcohol violation leads to school related discipline for violating the Code of Conduct and police charges against those students arrested at games, according to Ms. Schwartz. Sylvania and Toledo area high schools have been hot spots for substance abuse, including cocaine and crystal meth. Yet, alcohol remains the most popular of all the drugs abused at NV and Southview, according to information provided to freshmen Health students. In comparison to Southview, NV typically has the same amount of drug related incidents each year. However, for the ﬁrst quarter of the school year, NV’s quantity of drug incidents far outnumbers that of SV.
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French Week spreads knowledge Tay lor He lbe rg Sta f f Wri te r National French Week was started by the American Association Teachers of French, A.A.T.F., to spread the knowledge of the French culture. It does not have to do with France because American French teachers started it. The week educates the public on the food, heritage, music, and other aspects, according to French teacher Mrs. Paula Yaniglos National French Week was from November 2 to November 8. It always falls over a weekend so groups can do out of school activities. There were many different activities in and out of the classroom. The week was kicked off with an in class art project of promotional poster making. French V did it on French careers and French II did it on French art. Friday was a food day. Students made or brought in a variety of French cuisine. There was a drink made of 7Up and cherry sauce, Brioux au Chocolate, chocolate croissants, and many other snacks. “My favorite day was food day. I liked trying all of the different French foods. I made chocolate mousse,” said junior French IV student Anna Snapp. On Monday, classes presented their posters they had made the past Wednesday. Talk to Me Day took place on Tuesday during classes. This is when French IV and French III students interview French II and French I students on material they have learned. French V students interviewed ﬂuent French speaking guests, former French teacher Mrs. Stein and a student’s mother, Mrs. Fatemi. Tuesday night was a movie night at 7 PM in Mrs. Yaniglos’ classroom. The ﬁlm, Parapluies De Cherbourg, was shown in French with English subtitles. Movie night was open to French club members, their families, and school administrators. A permission slip was sent home ahead of time to inform parents of the movie, the activities planned
Sta f f Wri te r This years fall play is “The Diviners”. It is an emotional and suspenseful play, according to Mr. Wachowiak the plays director. “The Diviners” takes place in Zion, Indiana. It has two plot lines but they eventually join together. Freshman Andrew Szczerba is playing the main character Buddy Layman who had a near death drowning experience when he was very young. The play takes place when Buddy is 14 years old.
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Meredith Lodge FRENCH CLUB ofﬁcers seniors Kaela Horn, Lauren Kotlarczyk, and Sara Myles present background information on the ﬁlm Parapluies De Cherbourg before it was shown to students during French Week. for the night, and to get an idea of how many people were going to attend. French snacks were provided along with background information on the ﬁlm. “I really enjoyed the ﬁlm because it was a musical. It helped broaden my horizons for the French language,” said Senior French V student, Nicole Munch. National French Week was wrapped up with desserts for teachers on Wednesday. French Club volunteers made three different French desserts: French sables, éclairs, and Tarte au Frais. French Sables are sugar cookies, éclairs are
a pastry ﬁlled with cream, and Tarte au Frais are strawberry tarts. The teachers also received small recipe books of the three desserts. The activities for National French Week were planned and put on by the French Club ofﬁcers and the French Club advisors and teachers, Mrs. Yaniglos and Miss Kimberly Gogel. “It was fun for teachers and the students. I especially enjoyed the fact that teachers from other disciplines incorporated French in their lesson plans,” said Mrs. Yuniglos.
The result of his near death experience when he was little leads him to become afraid of water. He no longer bathes, showers, or swims. However, he has a special gift of knowing when it’s about to rain. Buddy is befriended by a preacher named C.C. Showers who is being played by senior Justin Kruger. Showers does not want to be a preacher in his town anymore so he leaves and works for Buddy’s dad, Ferris, played by senior Isaac Cohen. The play focuses a lot on C.C. Showers helping Buddy over come his fears of being afraid of water.
“This play is going to be very different from the other plays in the past. The cast and crew have been working very hard all the time to make it great. We have worked so much we even got off book a week before our deadline. This play will be one to remember and I’m really excited for opening night,” said junior Lauren Owens, a member of the cast. The play will be held at NV in the Little Theatre from November 30 to December 2 at 7:30 P.M. and on December 3 at 2:30 P.M. Admission will be 8$ for adults and 6$ for students and seniors.
EMP Technology an increasing threat Greg Adkins News E di tor After the September 11 attack, the United States has become highly devoted to increasing security and ensuring nothing to that scale will happen again. However, there is one major possibility that has been overlooked by almost everyone helping to make the US a safer place. The threat of an attack by weapons utilizing ElectroMagnetic Pulse technology is, “the single most serious national-security challenge and certainly the least known,” as said by Frank J. Gaffney Jr., a former Pentagon ofﬁcial currently working for the Center for Security Policy. An EMP is a blast of high energy, electromagnetic radiation that travels rapidly through the air and is absorbed by electronic devises. It travels at such a high frequency that it fries the circuits of any electronics it passes through. This means that anything electronic, whether running off alternating current or battery operated, will be completely destroyed, according to James Carlini of Midwestbusiness.com. The effects of an EMP greatly surpass those of a power outage because a greater range of devices are affected and also because nothing hit by the blast will ever work again. Power cannot be just turned back on; the circuits are completely destroyed after being hit by an EMP so it will never work again. This means that cars, phones of any
kind, computers, refrigerators, and anything else using any type of electricity would be gone forever. Society is highly dependent on electricity today. In the year 2000, expenditures in the US for electricity were over $228 billion, according to the Appalachian Regional Commission. The Department of Energy reports that the average usage of electricity is increasing about 1.1% per year. This means that the US is becoming even more dependent on electricity. Everyday life depends on electricity. Without electricity, the systems that regulate a city’s water supply would not work. Keeping food fresh and preventing spoiling would be impossible. The everyday things often taken for granted would be eliminated and simply sustaining life would be a challenge. These weapons are included in the category of weapons of mass destruction for a reason. They are currently one of the biggest risks to America. The effects of another country, or worse, a terrorist group developing or acquiring the technology to develop these types of electronic weapons would be devastating, according to former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. “Their programs point to increasing risks of lethal weapons possibly ending up in the hands of non-state entities, folks that, unlike a nation, tend not to be deterred the way a nation-state would because they don’t have to worry about protecting real estate, population and leader-
ship,” said former Secretary Rumsfeld. He addressed some countries speciﬁcally such as North Korea who could create weapons of mass destruction and easily sell them to rogue terrorist groups with no home location. The threat of an attack from electronic weaponry is obviously great. They have a large area of effect and so it would not take a large quantity to inﬂict massive devastation. An EMP weapon detonated 30 miles above a city would effectively wipe out or damage electricity in a 480 mile radius, according to the House National Security Committee. That is enough to wipe out an entire city. Even more threatening, the same report giving the earlier statistic also stated that the same weapon detonated 300 miles above the surface of the land could cover a radius of 1470 miles, or enough to cover the entire United States. The threat is dangerous and needs to be more thoroughly considered. Most institutions across the country are not prepared for an attack and most electrical systems do not have the proper shielding to protect against an EMP, according to Midwestbusiness.com. The economic effects of a loss of electricity on such a widespread scale would be catastrophic. Businesses would be unable to run, the stock market would be a joke, and manufacturing would be halted. One well placed bomb could effectively disable the US and create massive desolation unlike anything seen to this point.
Many changes after Election Day for Ohioans E li z abeth Strick Sta f f Wri te r Elections took place on November 7. On the ballot were the election of state government ofﬁcials and representatives as well as many issues. The new governor for Ohio is Democrat Ted Strickland. He defeated Republican Ken Blackwell. Strickland is Ohio’s ﬁrst Democratic governor in 20 years according to the Toledo Blade. “I am excited about the new governor. Change is always fun and I cannot wait to see how the government will improve,” said sophomore Amit Goyal. Democrat Sherrod Brown defeated Republican Mark DeWine for Ohio’s Senate seat. DeWine was Ohio’s senator for more than two decades, according to his website. Brown’s victory helped the Democrats take control of the Senate away from the Republicans. Ohio’s Secretary of State is Democrat Jennifer Brunner, the Attorney General is Democrat Marc Dann, and the treasurer is Richard Cordray, also a Democrat. The new Ohio auditor is Mary Taylor. Taylor is one of the few Republicans to win ofﬁce in Ohio.
Student art displayed at focus exhibit Emily Nava rre
The Diviners takes center stage Je ssica Be sset te
In Lucas County, the Commissioner is Ben Konop and Auditor is Anita Lopez. Both are Democrats. Republican Dave Schultz, Independent Dave Davison, and Democrats Joe McNamara, James Mohn, Lourdes Santiago, and Bob Vasquez won the Toledo City Council positions. The primarily Democratic government is a change for Ohio and some Northview students are excited by the results of the elections. “I favor a Democratic party and I haven’t been around long enough to have seen a primarily Democratic government at home in Ohio, so I look forward to seeing the differences that impacts us as adolescents,” said Goyal. Others were not as happy. “I’m worried that because the Democrats have control of the House and Congress, the Republican’s won’t have a voice at all,” said sophomore Martha Fitzgerald. Many issues were also voted on. Issue 2, which is a constitutional amendment to raise the minimum wage from $5.15 an hour to $6.85 an hour, passed. “I am very enthusiastic about minimum wage going up because it makes time spent working more worth it. It’s hard to motivate yourself to work when you are making so little money,” said Fitzgerald.
Also passing was Issue 5, which bans smoking in all public places. “I think it is good. Now I don’t have to be choking in public places,” said sophomore Antonio Dixon. Other NV students agreed with Dixon. “Passing the smoking ban shows that people are taking health more seriously,” said junior Lauren Owens. Issue 4 did not pass. It would have allowed smoking in bars, bowling alleys, and restaurants with smoking areas. Issue 3 also failed. It would have permitted slot machines at horse racing tracks and two non-track sites. The proceeds would have gone towards college scholarships. The Toledo Zoo levy, Issue 13, passed which will provide $1 million to preserve and maintain the zoo and to keep the highest standards of animal care, according to the Toledo Zoo website. “I like that the zoo levy passed and it is for a good cause but it is $1 million that could be used to beneﬁt the people of Toledo,” said junior Curtis Deeter. Issue 11, the Cosi levy, failed by a mere 1,500 votes. Since the $0.167 million levy did not pass the community will not get the same Cosi it has come to expect according to the Cosi website.
The Visual Arts Gallery at the University of Toledo is displaying several pieces of artwork designed by Northview students, this exhibition is called Focus 2006. Now through December 3, this exhibition presents the best high school artwork of high school students from Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan. Of the artwork being presented, 11 pieces are from past and present NV students. To have a piece selected for this exhibition, the student entered their chosen piece to one of the NV art teachers, Mr. Ryan Creech or Mrs. Terri Seal-Roth. After that Mr. Creech or Mrs. Seal-Roth presented the artwork to a jury from the Toledo School for the Arts. “I selected my favorite piece of mine hoping it would get into this exhibition at the UT,” said junior Aleaha Violanti, one of the NV artists who has work displayed in the exhibition. Violanti was given the Superintendent Award. This award was chosen by the Superintendent, Dr. Brad Reiger and he pick ed one of Violanti’s ceramic pieces. Sarah Pietras, sophomore, got an award as well, she was given the Top Media Award for her print making. “The show this year is very strong, a lot of NV students were selected to be in the exhibition and it is very impressive this year,” Mr. Creech. On the last day of this exhibition there will be an award ceremony and reception for the selected artists.
NV Orchestra performs with community orchestra Ta r a Pate l Sta f f Wri te r The Northview Orchestras let their instruments ring with music for the ﬁrst time this year as they combined with the Sylvania Community Orchestra for a side by side concert on November 5 at Southview. This is the ﬁrst year NV has split the orchestra. Chamber Orchestra consists of mainly juniors and seniors, while Concert Orchestra contains freshmen and sophomores. “I like playing in the Chamber Orchestra because the music is more challenging and I feel we had a better tone quality this year,” said sophomore violinist Lauren Oberle. The concert started at 4 PM with the Sylvania Community Orchestra playing three movements from Petite Suite. NV Concert Orchestra started their ﬁrst performance ever with the ﬁrst movement from Symphony No. 14 by Hayden and Ashokan Farewell, the Grammy-winning and Emmy-nominated theme song of Ken Burn’s PBS documentary series, The Civil War. They ended their part of the concert with Danza, featuring freshman soloist Haley Armstrong. After intermission, NV Chamber Orchestra stole the stage with the decorated, hymn-like The Enchanted Garden by Maurice Ravel and Drifen, a composition abound with energy and excitement by Shirl Jae Atwell. The Community and NV Chamber Orchestras combined to ﬁll the auditorium with a 76-person symphony. The ﬁnale was a four-movement suite called Peer Gynt by Scandanavian composer Edward Grieg. The ﬁrst movement was the awakening Morning Mood and was followed by the sad and emotional Ase’s Death. The third movement was the light-hearted, spirited Anitra’s Dance. The concert wrapped up with the fourth movement, the intense, fast-paced and famous In the Hall of the Mountain King. “It was super fast but really effective because the crowd loved it,” said junior violinist Andrew Darmakasih. To prepare for this concert, NV Chamber Orchestra practiced for three nights with the Community Orchestra and their conductor David M. Smith. “Practicing with the Community Orchestra was really helpful and was a great learning experience. Plus, the conductor was really enthusiastic,” said senior violinist Olivia Lui. Two days later NV Chamber Orchestra participated in the Toledo Area String Orchestra Festival with Southview Start and Maumee at SV. They played much of the same music from their earlier concert and added Palladio. The NV Orchestras’ next performance will be a Holiday Concert in December.
EFFE CT Importance of giving thanks It’s almost time to indulge on tasty turkey, stupendous stufﬁng, and various other fantastic foods. That’s right, Thanksgiving is almost here and a break from school is on the way. Everyone knows the story of the first Thanksgiving, having learned about it since we were young, but what does the day mean to you on a personal level though? “Thanksgiving is always very loud because my whole family comes in and we all sit around the table for like six hours. I love it,” said senior Allison Malik. “Shopping with my family the day after Thanksgiving is the best,” said senior Olivia Liu. Thanksgiving is great for relaxing, eating, taking a break from school, and getting more sleep. However, I think many people miss out on certain aspects of it. Every day, people take so many things for granted and don’t consider just how much they have been blessed. It is easy to forget all the little things in life, especially when schedules are busy and much is going on. I think it might be nice if, just for one day, people would try to show appreciation for the great things in their lives. One day out of the year is not asking much. I am able to write this because I am guilty of the same things and can recognize how easy it can be to forget all the people who work to make our lives better. I think maybe it is time to do something different, even if it does only last one day. Try doing something radical, don’t be afraid to stand out. Maybe thank your teachers for spending their time to give you a great education. How many times are teachers thanked for the time they put into our futures? More often, students are found to be complaining about homework or other aspects of class. How hard would it be to say a simple “thank you” to the janitors who clean up after us students who can be very messy at times or to the lunch ladies that serve our food? I thin k this should extend beyond school as well. When was the last time you thanked your parents for anything? How many times have you told a close friend how much you appreciate them or thanked them for being there for you? Everyone has something to be thankful for, even if it is not evident at ﬁrst. “I love my family and am thankful for them,” said senior Mike Judge. “I am really thankful to have friends that hang out with me even when we do boring stuff,” said senior Chase Yacko. “I’m thankful for Matt Oberle <wink>” said senior Adam Wilson. People who say that they are thankful for others, whether friends or family, do those people know how grateful you are for them? Everyone loves to feel appreciated, so try just telling them that you are glad they are here. Sometimes volunteering or helping out someone else is a great way to show your thanks. Giving back to the community is something that can make you feel better about yourself while helping others. So many people do not have the money or even the family to have a Thanksgiving meal that many of us look forward to and take for granted every year. Therefore, if you wish to say thank you or show your gratitude, volunteering or donating is a great way to do so. Thanksgiving just seems like the ideal day to make up for the rest of the year. We should all be more appreciative throughout the year, but that is a rather large request I know. Start small. Don’t let this Thanksgiving slip by as just another day of the year. Make it special for someone else by showing that you care enough to just say “thanks.” That one word can go a long way. -Greg Adkins
November 22, 2006
Are connections a waste of time? There’s better things we can do
Great place to meet other students
Homerooms are established to help students get to know other students. Many students would like to argue that homerooms are dull and mind numbing but they do help students, especially with freshman, socializing with upperclassmen. NV, compared to SV, has very little social interaction between grades except for friendships made through sports. Personally I think that students who think homerooms are boring they should tell their advisors in their group of activities they would like to do. Some activities that I have heard students saying would be fun were Bingo, the guessing game, and another example. Homeroom activities from past years that have been enjoyed include the human knot, clue, and #3. Homerooms also provide an efﬁcient way to distribute important information such as grade cards. The distribution of such things as volunteer opportunities also help students stay connected and involved in the community. The new 20 minute homerooms are also safer and more practical than walk through homerooms. They help keep track of student, especially those who think they can not only skip homeroom but parts of their following classes. Walk through homerooms also causes problems for students that must run all the way across the school to get to their assigned classr o o m before rushing to make it to their next class. These types of situations occur commonly on walk through homeroom days and cause teachers to unnecessarily mark students absent, which then would have to lead to explanations of why you were late and making sure the ofﬁce knows that you are not absent. Homerooms are a great concept and if everyone contributed to them they could be a fun and exciting way to meet new people and take a break from class.
“Just a reminder we will be having a homeroom after ﬁrst hour” this comes over the intercom, and everyone sighs. Is this a sigh of relief? No. Homeroom is dreaded by every student at Northview. It takes away from productive class time and ends up being a miserable waste of energy. The concept of homeroom is to take random groups of students from our school community and try to unite them as one. Currently, however, the concept does NOT work. We always go to homeroom and ﬁnd that ONE familiar face to sit next to and that’s it. Instead of trying to unite random groups of students in a homeroom, we should focus on uniting classmates taking a subject together. If homeroom were incorporated as part of a class it would clearly unite more students. We already have one common bond: the subject we are taking. Imagine getting to know the classmates in your English class better, maybe you’d get the opportunity to form a study group and meet at Beaner’s to study for the next test. Obviously, homerooms aren’t just going to disappear or change any time soon, so what isn’t happening that could make it a better experience. One really important part of homeroom is the leader’s ability to get everyone involved, and, of course, the other students’ willingness to participate. People’s participation and ability to just have a good time and meet new people can make or break a homeroom. Everyone needs to go in with the attitude that they could potentially get something out of it, or at least have a good laugh and a break from class. Without this enthusiasm coming from everybody, homeroom has no charm, or appeal to students. And if that doesn’t do it for you, then lets look at it in another way. Homeroom is mandatory for everyone to go to, so why make it an awful experience if you have to be there. If you can’t change it, make the best of it.
How to prepare for college, year by year Wang Pan C o-E di tor-In- Chie f Many people wonder how to best navigate the perplexing paths that are offered to students on the road to college. The different potential routes are limitless; however, there are some steps that should be taken by every student wanting to attend college. Colleges look at four main criteria when determining who is accepted and rejected. Criterion One - School Academics This is the most important area of college admissions. Schools look at the difﬁculty of classes that you have taken along with your GPA and rank in your class. This essentially attests to how well you have performed in school and your classes. Criterion Two - Standardized Tests Standardized tests include SATs, ACTs, SAT IIs, and PSATs. Many schools accept both SATs and ACTs; however, some only accept one, so look at potential schools you might be interested in and see which test they take. SATs test more of your aptitude, or potential to perform, while the ACTs are more focused on the materials you learn in school. Some colleges require you to take SAT IIs, which are the subject tests for certain areas. Criterion Three - Extra Curricular Activities Extra curricular activities come in different forms. They might be awards won, sports played, or summer camps attended. In essence, they can be anything you spend your time on outside of class. Criterion Four - Character Your character is composed of your college essays, teacher recommendations, and interview. These three aspects of your college application are what colleges will base their decision regarding your character on. This aspect of your college application is the most important part if you are applying to very competitive schools like Harvard, Yale, Princeton, or Stanford. This is because the people who apply to these schools are already very qualiﬁed in the three other criteria, therefore the section that determines admission is this one. The main goal is to develop the four above criteria to the fullest extent. Below is a calendar that might be helpful in determining when to do this to fulﬁll the criteria. Freshman Year - Keep your mind open to all subjects and ﬁelds. Explore the different subjects and take all classes that might interest you. Be sure to challenge yourself by taking as many honors classes as you can; this will fulﬁll part of the ﬁrst criterion. Also, explore the different clubs and sports offered at school and determine which club(s) you would be interested in and be willing to commit yourself to. Do well in your classes and be committed to your extra curricular activities. Sophomore Year - Continue to take the hardest classes offered including AP and honors
classes. Narrow down clubs and sports that you are committed to and put the time and efforts into those activities. Prepare for your AP examination(s) in early May by taking practice tests and possibly buying review books. The AP examination score is out of a maximum of ﬁve with most colleges accepting college credit for scores three or higher. Take the practice PSATs to get a feel for the PSATs and SATs even though your score will not count towards National Merit Scholarship. Junior Year - Take as many AP and honors classes as you can to boost your GPA and rank. Be ready to take the PSATs, which will determine if you are a National Merit Scholar during your senior year. The PSATs are composed of three sections: Critical Reading, Math, and Writing that are all worth 80 points with a total 240 possible. Ohio’s cutoff for National Merit Semiﬁnalist is 215; however, it might increase in the future. Try to compete in competitions and gain leadership positions in your extra curricular activities. After receiving your PSAT score, determine your weaknesses and prepare for the SATs and ACTs in Spring. Also, take the SAT II Subject Tests in areas that you have studied. Usually, if you are taking an AP class, take that subject’s SAT II in May or June when you still have the material fresh in your mind. Take your AP examinations after preparing for them. Senior Year Semester 1 - Make a list of colleges with a good mix of reaches, matches, and safeties. Have the list be less than ten colleges. Get your recommendation forms to your teachers early and have your counselor ﬁll out our School Report. If you are applying to multiple colleges, a good idea might be applying with the Common Application since it allows you to apply to many schools with only one application. Keep taking the hardest classes and keep your rank and GPA high. Senior Year Semester 2 - Your rank is frozen, your applications are sent, and you are done. Don’t fail your classes, but at this point things don’t really matter. Summers - Take the time in your summer to visit potential schools you would like to attend. There are also summer programs that you might want to take advantage of. A rule of thumb is that programs you have to pay to attend will not help you get into college; however, programs you don’t have to pay for are very helpful because of their competitiveness. Volunteering - Though volunteering is not required to graduate, it is required to graduate with honors and colleges do look at your volunteering. Start volunteering early, as in freshman year, and spread out your hours over the next four years. Volunteering has many beneﬁts: it allows you to contribute back to the community and it gives you the opportunity to discover different jobs and careers. If you are interested in the medical profession, then volunteer at the local hospital. This allows you to observe jobs that you may want to pursue in the future while allowing you to give back to your community. These are some guidelines that might be useful for you to fulﬁll the four criteria that will determine the college you will be accepted into. This pathway is by no means the only way to get into a good college; I suggest you keep these things in mind but follow the path that best ﬁts you.
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Novembe r 22, 2006
by Kat ie Litzer
Tips For Holiday Eating The holidays are a time of festivities and fun for everyone. I especially love the holidays because it is a time for giving thanks and coming together to celebrate. With all the festivities, fun and food there is a chance that overeating will get the best of you. Here are a few reminders on how to not over indulge during Thanksgiving. Tip number one: Do not watch the food as it is being cooked. This can result in the “pre-game disorder.” Pre-game is when you eat prior to the meal being served, this can be devastating to your thanksgiving feast (not to mention your Aunt Amy’s famous mashed potatoes) all because you needed to nibble on something. Tip number two: Taking bets with your cousins on who can eat the most is a bad idea. I have been in this situation before. It always results in a stomachache and owing Jimmy $10. The best way to avoid this situation is to just walk away. Completely ignore them, until they ﬁnd somebody else to bet with. They will eventually leave you alone. Tip number three: DON’T EVEN THINK ABOUT HELPING CLEAN THE KITCHEN! This is the number one reason for over indulgence. Carrying in that delicious cheesecake, or the bowl of sugar-glazed squash will deﬁnitely result in just having “one more bite.” You do not need that last bite. You have already eaten to maximum capacity. You are full! Even though your stomach is telling you that you are hungry, listen to your conscious. Do you really want to gain ﬁve pounds? There are 100 calories in ever bite of cheesecake; do you really want that weighing over your head? To avoid this situation immediately leave the table after eating. Run to your room, close the door, and fall asleep. Even if you are not tired, which is impossible because of all the tryptophan you have eaten. Bottom line: go to sleep. Tip number four: Don’t go back for leftovers later that night. After your mid-afternoon feast, you will be full for at least three days; there is no need for more. Eat a piece of celery before you go to bed; this will be your new meal plan for the next two weeks. How else do you expect to lose those 20 pounds that you have gained during Thanksgiving? Tip number ﬁve: keep to the constraints of your plate. If you try to overload your plate to avoid going back for seconds or try to get the most of the stufﬁng before it is all gone then you will end up overeating. The plate is made to ﬁt all the food necessary for survival so there is really no need for overloading. Tip number six: Think about how good it will feel to ﬁt into those skinny jeans. Also think about how bad it will be if you think you look like a cow on Valentine’s Day. This is your motivation. Keep these thoughts in mind when digging into the holiday feast. In all actuality overeating is not a huge problem. Tip number seven: Listen to Kanye’s workout plan. You are going to need to embed this into your brain. Join the gym, do Pilates, run a 5k, whatever you do, do it now, don’t wait until your food settles. Tip number eight: Keep this attitude until about the middle of January. With Thanksgiving coming up, Christmas around the corner, and New’s Year following that, there will be many opportunities for overindulgence. However, if you keep these tips in mind, the pain that could have been caused by overeating will have been prevented. If you pace yourself and watch your portions, over indulgence can be avoided. Remember its is okay to eat during the holidays, but that doesn’t mean you have to consume the equivalent of a 500 pound kangaroo. Happy Holidays!
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Water bottles inspected intrusively Wil l C ousino Sta ff Wri te r Water bottles have become a heavily monitored substance at Northview because they can conceal transparent alcohol. According to a mandate issued by the administration, water bottles are banned outside of the cafeteria. It’s prohibited to drink water in classrooms or in hallways. Such restrictions have irritated many students that wish to hydrate during school for health or athletic purposes. During the week of October 23, a crack down on students possessing drugs took place. The week continued with vigilant faculty members watching for signs of drug abuse among students. One day during lunch, a teacher smelled students’ open water bottles to determine their content. Several students’ water bottles were inspected, including that of senior Justin Kruger. As Kruger and several friends were ﬁnishing their lunches, they each were drinking a bottle of the Dasani water vended in the cafeteria. A teacher approached Kruger and without making a comment picked up his water bottle, “put it directly under her nose and sniffed it,” said Kruger. After the incident, Kruger threw the half-full water away in disgust. “I was frustrated she practically touched my water bottle with her nose,” said Kruger, “The sanitary thing to have done would be to waft it, not sniff it.” None of the students’ water bottles in Kruger’s lunch period were found to contain alcohol. Regardless, it is unlawful for a teacher or police ofﬁcer to search a student or his possessions without a warrant or “reasonable suspicion”, according to the handbook’s search and seizure Policy 5771. The inspection of Kruger’s water bottle was conducted with insubstantial suspicion and without his consent, meaning it was an infringement upon his rights. “All that was accomplished by smelling Justin’s water was embarrassing him in front of his friends, everyone was drinking water; he was singled out,” said senior Julianne Judge. While I concede that water bottles containing alcohol are dangers threatening a safe and orderly school, I disagree with the administration’s implementation of the ‘no water bottle’ policy. To begin with, the NV faculty has been historically inconsistent in its enforcement of policies relating to students. As with dress code inconsistency, the rule that students are not to have water in class is not uniformly upheld. Some students carrying water from class to class throughout the day are stopped and their water bottles conﬁscated. Yet some teachers look the other way when they observe a student with a water bottle. “Every teacher varies, some choose to observe the rule, however many of my teachers let students drink water in class,” said junior Manish Karamchandani. At football games over the last several years, there
WATER BOTTLES HAVE BECOME CONTROVERSIAL at NV. Many students feel irritated about the restrictions in school. Senior Alex Baidel and junior Sheila Dowgiert follow school rules and only drink water in the cafeteria. are usually several unruly and intoxicated students mingling in the stands. Not all these students arrived at the game inebriated. Most students know for a fact that some students have concealed alcohol in their water bottles and drink while watching the game, yet water bottles are not prohibited in the stadium. The manner in which Kruger was searched was
Minimum wage raise will cause more inﬂation Issue 2, raising minimum wage, passed with a 56% to 44% margin. Starting January 1, 2007 minimum wage will be raised to $6.85 an hour. The $1.70 increase will be added to the Ohio Constitution. There are exceptions to the new law for employees under age 16, small businesses, family members working in a family-owned business, and employees who work and receive tips. QUOTE Raising the minimum wage will only lead to further inﬂation. Prices of products will have to increase regardless to help the owner make more money to pay their employees. This could help some people who feel that they are not making enough money for a standard living.
But what will happen to the people who are living on poverty line and who lose their job because the company they work for cannot afford to pay every employee an extra $1.70 an hour now? This will cause them to actually be in poverty without much hope of every getting a job to get themselves out of poverty. If the inﬂation rate continues to increase, the minimum wage will continue to increase, causing prices to increase. This could potentially increase at a rate that the country would not know how to handle. If the inﬂation rate increase three percent over the next year, that will cause minimum wage to increase another three percent, and so forth. Even if the inﬂation rate decreases, that doesn’t mean that minimum wage decreases.
What do you think about the recent election? “I’m glad the smoking ban passed because I hate going to restaurants and choking on smoke - Junior Josh Barnes
“I think bars and small business will suffer because of the smoking ban” - Senior Rachel Gildea
“I’m glad I don’t have to worry about second hand smoke anymore” - Freshman Elizabeth Gildea
“I was glad the minimum wage passed because most high schooler’s have minimum wage jobs” Ryan Bovee
handled inappropriately, without fair explanation, probable cause or respect for his possession. My message to the faculty is simple; rather than examining students’ water in the cafeteria without reasonable suspicion, search the suspicious students in the cheering sections at sporting events and keep drunken students off the roads.
Issue 7 decision a mistake On November 7, voters in Ohio made the wrong decision. Issue 3, or the legalized gambling issue, was voted down. By allowing an amendment to be added to Ohio’s constitution, revenues could have been put towards scholarships and tuition grants for college students. Many voters were concerned with the effects that gambling might have on Ohio. However, Ohio already allows a state sponsored lottery, horse racing, and charitable gaming. So what would be the harm in adding actual casino style games? Ohio residents are currently spending more than $900 million a year at casinos in Indiana, Michigan, and West Virginia, according to the Ohio Earn and Learn Committee. Who wouldn’t want to bring that money into our state and at the same time, possibly provide 56,000 jobs to Ohioans? Another question that arose is why shouldn’t we provide an estimated $64 million in scholarships and tuition assistance to our college students? Ohio has been given an “F” rating and ranked 49th out of 50 states in overall college affordability, according to the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education. The passing of Issue 3 could have set Ohio students back on course instead of in enormous amounts of debt caused by college costs. Also, for those who were worried about gambling addiction increasing in Ohio, plans were made to divide the revenues and provide gambling addiction services. According to the Ohio Earn and Learn committee, only 1.1% of the adult population is addicted to gambling. Therefore, the estimated $28 million to go to gambling addiction services shows more concern for the afﬂicted than any other dangerous activity would care to provide. Has anyone ever heard of drug dealers offering a recovery program? Many voters were also worried about the majority of the revenue just being returned to the casino owners. However, only 9.5% of the money being made, which would then be taxed at 35%, would actually become the owners’ proﬁt. All in all, voters should learn from this year’s mistake, and at the next election they should think about who the issues are really affecting.
F E AT U R E S
November 22, 2006
Turkey Day is Finally Here
Thanksgiving is nationally known as a day marked by good food, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade on TV, and giving thanks to those you care about. It was originally marked “Thanksgiving” by George Washington in 1789, but was not sanctioned by Congress as a legal holiday until 1941. From that day forward, Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November and serves as a time for families to reunite and spend time with one another. Students at Northview spend their holidays in their own unique way. Senior Candiss Schneider spends her Thanksgiving at the “Kold Keg” in Swanton. Her mother’s entire side of the family attends, and everybody brings a dish to share. Juniors Colton Barnhizer and Mike Biniecki both bring in the holiday with their families as well. While Colton spends the day with his family eating turkey and pie at his grandmothers, Mike spends each Thanksgiving at a Lion’s game with his family eating a catered dinner. This school year, Northview is again giving students the extra day before Thanksgiving off to spend time with their families. Math teacher Mrs. Curran said, “I think it’s great because it gives families much needed travel time to see loved ones.” She also said, “I think it is a necessity so people are not tired on Thanksgiving, and so students are not missing school.”
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The day after Thanksgiving is one of the major U.S. shopping days - The name came from when retailers went from being unprofitable, or “in the red,” to being profitable, or “in the black,” at a time when accounting records were kept by hand and red indicated loss and black indicated profit - The origin of Black Friday comes from the shift of negative numbers to profitability during the holiday season. -Elder Beerman, JC Penney, and Wal-Mart will all be opening at 5 am -Target, K-Mart, and Toys’ R Us will all be opening at 6am
Fun Facts about Thanksgiving
1) The average American eats 18 lbs of turkey a year 2) The average person consumes 4500 calories on Thanksgiving Day. 3) Thanksgiving is not only a U.S. holiday. Canada declared it a holiday in 1879. They celebrate it on the second Monday in October.
S t ude nts an d t he 2006 Ele c tio n Jackie Zureich A common misconception of young adults is that they can only participate in the election process by simply voting. However, students as young as 17 can get involved in the election polls by working alongside other adults at actual polling sites. During this midterm election, fourteen Northview students spent the day working the polls. Some worked as on-site poll workers and their duty was to assist with helping the voters at the voting sites. The requirements for being a poll worker are quite simple. You must be 18 years old, a registered voter, have access to a car, and have a working telephone. Other students were troubleshooters, who are in charge of keeping the electronic ballots up and running at the precincts. This position is open to people 17 years or older, who must have access to a car, have a cell phone, and are able to lift ﬁfty pounds in order to move the heavy voting machines. A few students were even presiding judges over the precinct and Red Bag Judges. A presiding judge is a person in charge the entire precinct, including the judges and activities, and a Red Bag Judge is the judge responsible for taking voting results to ﬁnal counting station. Requirements for a presiding judge are the same as a general poll worker and most students can request to be one when they register. All workers are required to attend one three-hour long training session and help set up the polls the night before the election. Senior Jessica Wirick worked as a troubleshooter during the midterm election. She attended the three-hour training session where she learned to set up the polls and ﬁx any problems that might occur. Wirick was glad that she attended the training because she knew more about the machines than the older people who had worked before. “They were glad I was there to ﬁx the glitches,” said Wirick. Throughout the day she was able to help ﬁx many problems that occurred with the new voting machines,
unlike many of the other workers at the polls. Wirick spent the day helping the voters with the machines and making sure that voting went smoothly. “Troubleshooting is a great way to learn how to run the polls so in the future I could do that and have younger people replace the older people working it,” said Wirick. Because of her experience, Wirick encourages anyone who is able to, to get involved in the next election. “It was a great way to see how the polls are ran at a local level,” said Wirick. Senior Jamie Schaffer also worked during this past election as a presiding judge and the Red Bag Judge at the precinct she was assigned to. For these jobs she was also required to attend the training session, but it was not as informative as other training sessions seemed to be. “The training session was not very helpful. I had lots of questions after class,” said Schaffer. The actual Election Day was very chaotic for Schaffer because there were many problems with the new machines. She was in charge of everything within the precinct, answering questions and taking care of all the aspects of the voting and sometimes it was hard to make the hasty decisions. “It was awkward being the youngest person and in charge. I felt very under prepared for the job and wished I had had more help,” said Schaffer when asked what the job was like. Other than minor problems, the voting went fairly well, and Schaffer said she values her experience a lot. “It taught me so much about the voting process in a very short time,” said Schaffer. Next year Schaffer says that she really would like to get involved with the election because she understands how important it is. “Exercising the right to vote, being part of the voting process, and helping others with it, really showed me the importance of it. The right to vote is something that not many other people have and working the polls made me feel like I was contributing in some way,” said Schaffer. Voting, working the polls, or being a troubleshooter are some of the ways a person can participate or get involved in our government.
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If you would like to work the polls during the next election, contact the Board of Elections at (419) 213-2630 or (419) 213-2640 during ofﬁce hours of 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM Monday through Friday.
To register to vote you must ﬁrst ﬁll out a registration card. These cards can be found at either a senior center or a public library, or call the Lucas County Board of Elections After ﬁlling out the card, send it to the Board of Elections. Registration must be completed at least 3 days prior to an election.
A shley McNair Sta ff Wri te r Voting is something that is very important if you are an American citizen. It is the responsibility of a person to cast your opinion within our government because so many others cannot do so. Many students at Northview voted for the ﬁst time during this past election. It may seem like a complicated process and this misconception could keep students from voting at all. However, it is quite easy to cast your vote in any election. All you have to do is register by mailing in a short questionnaire and then show up at your voting precinct location. Upon arriving at the voting polls, you must ﬁrst sign in with a driver’s license and or identiﬁcation card. There will also be people whom check your signature and compare it with the information card you had sent in. They will also check to see if you are on the list for that voting precinct and if you aren’t they will direct you to the correct one. If you are registered to vote, you should appear on the list. After the initial signing in, you will be sent to wait for a booth where you slide your card through. You then have a touch screen where the actual voting will take place. Many students were able to vote this year and work during the election process, “I was very excited to vote this year because the election was so controversial,” said senior Heather Pilewski. The next election will be a big one, so students should look into registering to vote while they have plenty of time to get the information they need.
Meredith Lodge SETTING UP the computer for the 2006 voting is senior Jessica Wirick. Jessica was a Troubleshooter at St. Stephen’s voting center.
Novembe r 22, 2006
F E AT U R E S
a closer look at Cat’s Meow
Neno Aou thm an y & Ta r a Pate l Sta f f Wri te r s After three months of secrecy, Cats Meow was ﬁnally unwrapped on November 10 and 11 at 7:30 PM in the Little Theater. The directors quickly reminded the audience before the show started that this has been the ﬁrst Cats Meow since 2004 and that it was going to be new and different. The title “Meow Remix” explains their new angle on Cats Meow. “We mixed it up. We made the show a series of unrelated skits instead of connecting it in one big story line,” said Advisor Mrs. Jennifer Owens. Planning for the show started three months before the production.
Seniors Adam Wilson and Matt Oberle were chosen to be the writers/directors and soon after they held tryouts for the lead acting positions. Seniors Aman Goyal, Isaac Cohen, Gordie Howe, Katie Litzer, Ashley McNair and Taylor Johnson landed the parts. The show turned out to be a collage of skits and talents lasting around one hour and 45 minutes. Seniors Heather Pilewski and Grifﬁn Browning were the ﬁrst talent act in the show and mixed voice and guitar to perform “All These Things I’ve done.” Choreographed by senior Nikki Klahn, 21 girls combined for the Girls Chorus Line to dance to a mix of various hip-hop songs. Senior Patrick McEwen, also known as “Patrick McNiﬁcent,” involved the audience when he demonstrated his unique talent of solving rubiks cubes in under two minutes. After the 15 minute intermission, the Guy’s Chorus,
choreographed by McEwen, took action and showed off their spectacular dance moves to “What is Love” by Haddaway. Senior Matt Slattery entertained the audience in a gray alien mask with an obscure talent of spastic movement called “A Little Something We Found Under the Bridge.” Klahn danced to the beat and showed off her moves and “crumping” technique. Stepping into the role of Glinda from “Wicked,” Litzer sang “Popular” which she had performed earlier at the choir “Fall Follies” concert. The last talent was a two-song performance by Rocktronica. Skits by the actors divided up the talents. The show started with “High School Musical,” a bunch of school-related parodies on songs such as “My Humps,” and “Promiscuous Girl”
The directors then threw in the classic chase scene, which has been a tradition since the ﬁrst Cats Meow. Lines such as “I…I…I…Football” characterized the next skit about three nerdy, video game obsessed guys trying to impress a group of girls. Other popular skits included an exact replica of The Sims, a Luke and Darth Vader Star Wars scene, and a campﬁre skit involving robots, bears, and dancing men. “Memoirs of a Calculator” was the title of the video featuring Goyal on the hunt for a lost calculator. The video contained excessive drool, ﬂying paper balls in slow motion and a ninja battle between Howe and Goyal. “I think the show was put together wonderfully the directors did a great job and the music was really diversiﬁed,” said junior Kristi Pierson.” Both nights brought the audience to their feet and the senior class raked in $5000 in proﬁt.
Inside the Brains of the Writers: Adam Wilson and Matt Oberle
To ﬁnish off the chase scene, the main stars, seniors Aman Goyal, Gordie Howe, Katie Litzer, Taylor Johnson, Isaac Cohen and Ashley McNair, pose for a ﬁnal shot. Every year the chase scene is at the end of the Cat’s Meow, but Meow Remix changed it up and put it at the beginning.
Senior Isaac Cohen, playing Luke Skywalker, gets picked on by his sister, senior Katie Litzer as Princess Leia. Luke also got to duke it out with father Darth Vader in a pretty cool and dark light saber scene.
Senior Gordie Howe, dressed as Pikachu, is mauled by a bear while acting out a story being told by the girls. The girls told campﬁre stories while the boys acted them out in the background.
formed because you start off freshman year not really knowing anybody but when senior year comes you get to know more people and Cat’s Meow just brings us closer together. We even found our identical twins and it strengthened our love for bears and robots. This was the best thing we have done in our high school career. Q: We noticed the video game theme . . . Adam: Everybody loves video games – even if they hide it. The jokes were accessible to anyone so that everybody can relate to them. Q: Did you have to revise the script to ﬁt school policies? Matt & Adam: Only one script was rejected, but it wasn’t that good anyway. We revised our scripts many times, always adding new ideas. Q: Was this your ﬁrst time on stage? Matt & Adam: Neither of us had been on stage before. We were nervous, but when we got out there we quickly forgot about it. Before going on we breathed deeply and held hands to relieve stress. The dark glasses helped us get over our fears. Q: What was your favorite part from it all? Adam: The cast parties were great. Matt: The standing ovation was an amazing feeling.
Three of the main stars, seniors Aman Goyal, Gordie Howe and Isaac Cohen, sit talking. In this skit the boys discussed some pretty sweet video games but when the ladies ran by they switched to sports talk.
Q: How long did you spend working on the show? Adam: We spent about three months, starting in about mid-September. At ﬁrst, all we did was work on the script, sometimes 12 hours a day. We practiced after school with the actors until about 6pm. Then I would go to Matt’s house or Arby’s and we would work some more on the scripts and think of new ideas. Q: What was your favorite line or part from the show? Matt: My personal favorite was “Grizzly bears don’t play games. They freaking charge you!” Adam: The Star Wars scene…”sweet chips ahoy! A doughnut!” Q: Can you explain Matt Slattery’s talent? Matt: This was a very random act and it basically embodied the whole show . . . the whole show was pretty random. It had no real purpose – just humor and entertainment. He was deﬁnitely placed under the wacky category. Q: What were the categories for picking the talents? Adam: They were singing, dancing, wacky and wild. Q: What did you gain from working on Cat’s Meow? Matt & Adam: We got a lot of rep points and a new outlook on the school year. New friendships were deﬁnitely
The three main ladies, seniors Katie Litzer, Ashley McNair and Taylor Johnson, sit around telling campﬁre stories. The stories got more and more extreme as they tried to top each other.
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Swimming, Diving start strong Kimm y Ya r k Sta f f Wri te r The Northview swimming and diving team has started off the season training and conditioning six days a week to help in sending a plethora of people to states. The team is returning strong with only one person graduating from last year’s class and a lot of experienced and talented freshman joining the team. The diving team is returning with a strong squad too, consisting of two seniors who made it to states last year and two underclassmen who both dove in highly competitive meets. The swim team practices Monday through Friday from 2:45 to 4:45 after school and early Saturday morning from 8 to 10am. “ In practice we mainly focus on stroke techniques and building our endurance,’ said senior captain Mike Pelechaty. After the team ﬁnishes their water workout they move to dry land where they have a very intense half an hour of ab workouts and a lot of plyometric activities. This year, there are a total of six captains, three boys and three girls; they are seniors Meghan Benson, Karen Borsyiak, Katelyn Heath, Matt Pierzchala, Derek Balogh, and Pelechaty. The captains led four days of pre-season workouts and open swims to push the other swimmers to focus even though they were still in pre-season. “ Having so many seniors on the girls team alone really helps with practices because there are so many leaders to motivate the underclassmen and keep people on task,” said senior Gabby Pardee. The team had time trails on October 10 to ﬁgure out where each athlete currently stands. Time trials help the team ﬁgure out not only their fastest times but also the strengths and weaknesses of the team. “ The time trials help the coaches ﬁgure out our partners for the relay meet on December 2 in Fremont Ross which is both teams ﬁrst meet,’ Benson. Both teams plan to do well at the meet bringing home as many ﬁrst place relays as possible. “ Hopefully we will place ﬁrst in every event because it would be a good start to our new season,” said Benson. The diving team although small, consisting of only four divers, looks to have an amazing year. Seniors Bill Pinnow and Stephanie Sallah have both made it to States
Sports E di tor As the fall sports season winds down the winter sports season starts right up. Indoor lacrosse is one of those sports that starts up after the fall sports end and it is something that all lacrosse players look forward to in the off season. It’s a sport that that involves a great amount of running, great hand-eye coordination, and is highly competitive. This year all the games are played at Tamo-Shanter ranging from 6 P.M. to 8 P.M. at night every Sunday. The
OSU or UM, who will win? E amonn Reynolds Sta f f Wri te r
Meredith Lodge SWIMMING IN FREESTYLE FOR PRACTICE is freshman Jacqueline Barnes. Barnes practices in the fastest lane this year. and are preparing in practice ﬁve days a week to help their chances. “ Going to States two years in a row has really motivated me to practice hard so I can place better at states if I make it,” said Sallah.
Indoor lacrosse season begins Ryan Stansley
November 22, 2006
games consist of two halves, both 25 minutes long with a non-stopping clock. Seven people play at a time including two midﬁelders, two defensemen, two attack men, and one goalie. The teams consist of about 10-15 kids and the players come from all the high schools in our area which include Northview, Southview, Perrysburg, Bedford, St. Johns, and St. Francis. These participants are then split up onto different teams and then given a team jersey. “Having kids come from different schools to play together is a great thing,” said junior lacrosse player Dan Bryan. “Playing with different kids every Sunday really helps bring schools together and also helps you meet new friends out of school.”
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As a result of the games in the past there have been changes in the rules and penalties this year. The one rule that got the attention of many players and coaches was the ﬁghting rule. This year the ofﬁcials decided to put a lot of their attention on this issue because there has been too much off it in the past seasons. The penalty for ﬁghting during a game is immediate ejection from the game and the league. “I think this rule should be enforced, not only in indoor but where ever we play,” said senior Chase Banochowski. “All ﬁghting does is just cause chaos and disrespect towards the people who do ﬁght. The people who do get into these ﬁghts should be penalized and should be disciplined.”
The Scarlet and Gray vs. The Maize and Blue. Woody vs. Bo. The Horseshoe vs. The Big House. What do these three sentences have in common? The answer is simple. Ohio State vs. Michigan. A rivalry so intense, so passionate, and so meaningful it is considered to be one of the biggest in all of sports. The rivalry between these two teams dates back to 1897, in which the Wolverines pounded the Buckeyes 34 - 0. Overall, Michigan leads the series 57 - 39 - 6. Together, the teams hold a great deal of college football history. Ohio State has won seven National Championships; their most recent coming in 2002. They have had six Heisman trophy winners including big names such as Eddie George and Archie Grifﬁn, and have won 30 Big Ten Titles. Michigan also has a great deal of impressive stats. The Wolverines have won 11 national championships; their most recent coming in 1997. They have had three Heisman trophy winners, including the only defensive winner Charles Woodson, and have won 42 Big Ten Titles. Each season, there is always a strong chance that the outcome of this game will have National Championship hopes on the line. Year in and year out, both of these teams show their passion for the rivalry and it makes for a great game. This year’s meeting between the Buckeyes and Wolverines on November 18 however, will be much different from recent ones. Currently, OSU holds the number one national ranking while UM follows in at number two. What does this mean? It means that the winner of this game will most likely play for the National Championship and the Big Ten title. Both teams have proven thus far that they deserve to be in the national spotlight. This year the Buckeyes have been nothing but impressive. Led by senior quarterback and Heisman frontrunner, Troy Smith along with the amazing receiver combination of Ted Ginn Jr. and Anthony Gonzalez, the Buckeyes have blown away the competition. They have left opponents in the dust and dominated games, including big wins over Texas, Penn State, and Iowa. Running back Antonio Pittman has also given the Buckeyes strong support on the ground, opening up the ﬁeld for their quick receivers. On the other side of the ball, the OSU defensive core has erased any doubts. Many critics felt the Buckeyes would be weak and have no defense due to losing nine starters. They were wrong. OSU currently has the leading scoring defense in the country with seven touchdowns and have proven they can play. James Lauranitis has become the leader of the defense and he has shown it on the ﬁeld. With a high powered offense, a stingy defense and a perfect record, the Buckeyes are at the top of their game. There were many questions regarding the Wolverines this season as well. After ﬁnishing with a disappointing 7 - 5 record last season, Head Coach Lloyd Carr was determined to correct that right away. You could say he did a pretty good job. With new faces at the offensive and defensive coordinators positions, the Wolverines also ﬁnd themselves undefeated. Not a bad turnaround from 7 - 5. Junior quarterback Chad Henne has really stepped up his game and matured into a solid quarterback. After suffering from an injury last season, junior running back Mike Hart has made up for last season and is currently the Big Ten’s second leading rusher. With help from receivers Steve Breaston, Adrian Arrington, and sophomore sensation Mario Manningham, the Wolverines have put up some large numbers. As far as the defense is concerned, nobody is questioning its ability. The Wolverines have been down right punishing when it comes to stopping the run. Currently, the Wolverines are only allowing around 30 rushing yards per game, which leads the country. Led by seniors Lamarr Woodley, Prescott Burgess, David Harris, and, the defense has been sacking quarterbacks left and right. The showdown in Columbus on November 18 was one of epic proportions. The game will be broadcasted on ABC at 3:30pm.
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Fall sports wrap up M at t Wade Sta f f Wri te r It seemed like it was just yesterday that the school year was starting, the weather was warm, and the anticipation for fall sports was intense. But that time has well passed and fall sports are coming to an end. Success was the name of the game for Northview sports in the fall of 2006.
The Boys’ Golf team continued the success they have had in recent years by ﬁnishing the season placing fourth in the Northern Lakes League. That success carried on to the Sectional and District State play-off tournament as they ﬁnished third at Sectionals and fourth at Districts. Individually, senior Chase Yacko ﬁnished ﬁrst at the District meet which qualiﬁed him for the State Tournament. In the State Tournament Yacko placed 17th. “It was a great experience for me and a perfect way to end my senior year,” said Yacko.
The NV football team ﬁnished their season with a bang, winning their last four games to ﬁnish the season with a 6-4 record. Beating Maumee, Southview, Rossford, and Bowling Green in their ﬁnal four games gave the Cats their second winning season in a row and placed them tied for second in the NLL. “It was a great way to end our season, it was nice to send our seniors out with a win and gave next year’s team momentum into next year,” said junior Bob Mathiot.
The NV boy’s soccer team played like a team possessed this season. Plowing down any competition in their way they played their way to a #6 ranking in the state. Their season may not have ended the way they have wanted, but they have nothing to hang their heads about. Finishing second in the NLL in one of the most competitive leagues in the state is an accomplishment on its own. Senior Kevin Okapal was Honored District Player of the Year and First Team All State.
The NV Girls’ Soccer team continued the dynasty that they have become in the NLL. Winning their eighth straight NLL crown, an accomplishment unheard of in Northwest Ohio girls soccer. Finishing with a phenomenal record of 13 - 3 - 4, it was another spectacular season for the LadyKats. The season came to an end in the District Finals as they were defeated by a highly touted St. Ursula team. The LadyKats return a number of players next season and hope to keep the streak of NLL titles alive.
Hockey looks to return to States Ty ler Puhl Sta ff Wri te r
Northview’s hockey season started with 12 returning lettermen and a group of talented newcomers, the team is looking to get back to the state championship. Coming off the greatest season in Northview history and losing a group of very talented seniors made the Wildcats work very hard this off season. With 7 a.m. runs and 7p.m. runs all summer and numerous tournaments, NV got in shape for a long season. As the season approached full week of all conditioning and hard work led into the grueling try-outs. There were 41 skaters present for the 5 a.m. skate November 5th before school. The weekend culminated in the Sunrise 10k, a 6.2-mile race around Olander’s track. Junior Brent Bain said, “Try-outs were awful and then there is a huge run afterwards, so I was dead tired.” After the run, the team is decided. The 2006/2007 wildcats are returning plenty of offense that includes seniors Ryan Burford, Jon Hymore, and captain Matt Cook. The junior forwards are Cody Bourland, Brent Bain, Brandon (Beanman) Snead, Tyler Cook, Christian Simon, and sophomore Kyle Hymore. The defense is returning senior Nic Saenz and juniors Eamonn Reynolds and Tyler Puhl. Junior goaltender Craig Trego would have all the goaltending duties to himself. To ﬁll in the loss of those seniors, rookies would need to step up in order to have a successful season. The forwards coming in are senior Anthony Keesecker, sophomores Nile Culver, Bob Napierala, and freshman Mark Hall. The new defensemen is senior Ian Kelsey and freshmen My Monteith, Jordan Jones, and Brian Wadsworth. “We hope to have these new guys step up, so we can get back to get back to the State Championship,” said Snead. NV kicks off the season with Upper Arlington. UA went to the state semi-ﬁnals, but lost 7-4 to Parma Padua who beat NV 6-5 in the ﬁnals. The Cats started their season with a 6-1 rout over UA. A goal by Ian Kelsey, two by Snead, and three by Bourland helped the Cats win their ﬁrst contest. On Saturday morning, the Cats powerplay was working ﬁve of the six goals.
SKATING DOWN THE ICE is sophomore forward Kyle Hymore. He was a pivotal part in the Wildcats win against Upper Arlington. Defense also stepped up with strong play from veterans and the newcomers Wadsworth, Jones, and Montieth. High school hockey guru, Brendan “Squiliy” Squillante said, “They looked really good against one of Columbus’ premier teams. They played a speed and ﬁnesse game that the other team just couldn’t match. It will hard for any team to match up with Bain, Bourland, and Snead’s line when they are at their best.”
Fall Sports in Review “This year turned out better than we had expected. Highlights were beating Bowling Green twice and winning the NLL.”
“The highlight of our season was beating Southview and coming in 2nd place at the Pete Michael’s Tennis Tournament”
Excitement by the team is only matched by the excitement from the fans. The game started at 8 a.m., but the fans had been at Tam-O-Shanter tail-gating since 6:30 that morning. Dozens of fans lined the bleachers showing NV’s support the hockey team. Senior fan Tom Snavely said, “I guarantee they will go back to states and win it all this year.”
“Although our start to the season wasn’t as strong as we wanted it to be, we pulled it together and ﬁnished strong.” football Bret Myers
tennis Mary Dickerson
Going from one NLL champion to the next, the NV volleyball team proved many wrong this season on their way to their title. Finishing the season with a 12 – 2 record, NV tied for ﬁrst in the league with BG. “With all my volleyball experiences at NV I feel that this was the closest and hardest working team I’ve had the honor to play with,” said junior Sarah Mignin.
Girls Cross Country
A team that did not get a lot of credit this year was the Girls Cross Country Team. A team that placed very well in the NLL and sent two girls to the State Championship meet. Those two girls were freshmen Meredith Wagner and Nicole Mangas. The girls held their own at the championship meet with Wagner placing 35th with a time of 19:18 and Mangas placing 81st with a time of 19:54.
Boys Cross Country
The Boys Cross Country team was another team that tasted the State Championship ﬂavor as they swept through the Districts and Regionals. They placed ﬁrst in Districts and fourth in Regionals. Individually, senior Austin Hendrix placed second at the District meet. At the State Championship meet NV ﬁnished 11th. They were lead by Hendrix who placed 14th and junior Nick Espin who placed 17th.
“I enjoyed being on the team with my little sister and having Coach Roth always being supportive and energetic.”
“The most memorable win we had was defeating St. Ursula.”
boys soccer Dylan Hanna
boys golf Tom Snavely
Boys Water Polo
Two other teams that probably had the most success and got the least amount of credit were the Boys Water Polo and the Boys Cross Country teams. The Boys Water Polo Team deﬁed history this season making it to the State Championships for the ﬁrst time since the 1970’s. On their way to States the boys had to face stiff competition including local rival St. Francis in the Regionals, it was a extremely close game and it came down to under the last minute of play until the boys squeaked in a goal to go ahead 9 – 7. The Sylvania Water polo team never looked back and beat Kilbourne 8 - 6, advancing to States. In the State Championship the team played Milford and was defeated 13 – 3. The team was losing big against Upper Arlington but in an amazing comeback was stopped just short of victory and lost 6 - 8.
“We had a wonderful season. A highlight of our season was beating Dublin Jerome 2 - 1.”
“It was a good season. Chase Yacko capped off a good senior year by making it to States.”
“We had a successful season with a great coach. We are a young team on the rise.”
girls golf Danielle Darah
girls soccer Karly Kasper
“This year we bonded as a team which was really fun. We will have a lot of experience for next year.” boys cross country
cheerleading Abby Liebenthal