Sylvania Northview Volume 83 Issue #8 March 10, 2009
Prints PEEK INSIDE Band and Orchestra shine at concert page >> 3
Students Dance like Egyptians at Turnabout pages >> 12 & 13
Challenge Day connects with freshmen
photo by Max Filby
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Students send art to Governor’s Youth Exhibit Co-Editor in Chief
Sports Editor Kate Doney, class of 2006, has been battling Hodgkin’s lymphoma for last four years. Doney is in need of a very expensive surgery in hopes of defeating this terrible disease. Hodgkin’s is a form of cancer that attacks the lymph nodes. Her surgery involves the transformation of stem cells. The stem cells will replace the damaged white blood cells. This is a treatable type of cancer, however patients often have relapses. Current and former students are putting on a fundraiser in order to raise money for her surgery. Sophomore Kristen Schoenrock, and former students, Megan Schoenrock and Nichole Forrester are hosting the fundraiser at Max and Erma’s on Thursday March 19. Twenty percent of all sales on that day will be given to Doney’s surgery fund. One must have a yellow flyer in order for their money to go toward the surgery. Information can be accessed by contacting either senior Joe Mehling or Kristen Schoenrock for a flyer.
Northview artists sent their best pieces of artwork to be juried for the regional level of the Governor’s Youth Art Exhibit on March 7. Students could choose to send artwork that they have created in a NV art class in the past year. “I really hope that one or more of my pieces get accepted into the state level Governor’s show,” said senior Martha Fitzgerald. “It would be a really good way to end my art career at NV.” Once a piece was chosen, the artwork was then matted and sent to be juried for the Regional show at Bowling Green High School on March 7. Judges at the Regional show will pick pieces to be accepted at the state level. “I am excited for this year because this year we are sending the most pieces we have ever sent, about 100 2D and 3D pieces,” said Mrs. Seal- Roth. “Some pieces that are being sent are really nice and I expect some to get to states.” The artwork that is accepted into the state level show will be returned to the creator to be framed for the display. The framed pieces are then sent to Columbus to be juried for the state level
Sam Weisman ARTWORK THAT WILL be going to the Governor’s Youth Art Exhibit regional show is stacked in Mrs. Terri Seal-Roth’s ofﬁce. show, according to Mrs. Seal-Roth. Out of the 2,500 pieces sent, judges will choose approximately 300 to be displayed in the state level Governor’s Youth Art Exhibit. The artwork will be displayed at the James A. Rhodes State Office Tower in Columbus. Every student who gets a piece into the state level show receives a t-shirt
that has a piece from last years show on it. This years t-shirt will display a piece that NV alumni Nick Dariano had in the Governor’s Youth Art Exhibit last year, according to Mrs. Seal-Roth. The awards ceremony for the show will be held on April 19. The Governor’s Youth Art Exhibit will run from April 19 to May 14.
New grading scale to take effect 2008-2009 Features Editor The 2009-2010 school year will bring many changes to Northview, one of the most important will be the enactment of a new grading scale. Not only will NV go to the standard ten percent grade intervals, but teachers will also use pluses and minuses based on students’ percentage score. This excludes A or A+ differences in percentage grades which will all be worth four points, according to information handed out by the administration. In addition there will be an extra
half a point added for honors classes implemented in the 1960s along with the and an extra point for those in advanced honors grading scale in the which began in the 1980s proved to be outdated, placement classes. “The grading scale change was according to information released by long overdue and will make Sylvania the administration. Switching the grading scale will also Northview more compatible with the help to make eSIS run grading scales to its full potential of colleges “It is not necessarily a and with less glitches, and other high schools,” harder or easier system, but according to Mr. Jesse. said Principal more fair.” Stewart Jesse. For current -Principal Stewart Jesse e S I S , f r e s h m e n , the new student information system, sophomores, and juniors, GPA’s will required the high schools to reexamine remain the same based on the old system. the grading system, according to Mr. Starting next year credit hours, based on Jesse. The old grading system that was the new system, will be averaged into the
existing GPA. The incoming freshman will start with the new grading system, which matches the junior highs as well, according to Mr. Jesse. “It is not necessarily a harder or easier system, but more fair. It will decrease grade inflation and motivate students to work harder for more GPA points,” said Mr. Jesse. Earlier this morning there was a parent meeting at the Computer Services Laboratory to help educate parents on the changes. There will also be one tomorrow at 12:15 p.m. in the NV Little Theater and Thursday at 7 p.m. at Southview’s Performing Arts Theater.
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Music department to districts, states Features Editor Music is thriving at Northview. The Band, Orchestra and Choir programs are preparing and competing at district and state level competitions. The NV Orchestras competed first at the Ohio Music Education state competition on February 21 in Sandusky. The Chamber and Concert Orchestras played three songs each, directed by Mrs. Pamela Thiel, both receiving a rating of I for a superior performance. “We worked so hard,” said junior Alex Gibson. “Thus, I wasn’t too surprised, but I was still very happy.” The premier Chamber Orchestra, made up of juniors and seniors, played Short Overture by Jean Berger, Nessun Dorma by Giacomo Puccini and America’s Cup by Alan Lee Silva in Class A. Performing in Class C with William Tell Finale by Perry Hall, Brandenbury Concerto No. 5 by Johann Sebastian Bach and River Song by Keith Sharp was the Concert Orchestra. Next, the NV Choirs will be performing at the OMEA district competition at Archbold High School, in Archbold, Ohio on March 7. All the choirs will be performing three pieces each, with the A Capella choir, made up of juniors and seniors, splitting into both separate men’s and women’s choruses.
The combined A Capella Choir will perform in class AA, the most difficult level in terms of song choice and harshness of grading by district adjudicators, according to OMEA standards. “We’ve been working hard all year to perform in class AA,” said junior Emily Holshoe. “We’ve been putting in a lot of effort.” Verbum Caro Factum Est, a flowing madrigal piece composed by Hans Leo Hassler, is first in the group’s repertoire. The A Capella Choir will next perform Silent Noon, a very natural and emotional piece by Ralph Vaughan Williams and arranged by Paul E. Oakley, a renowned musician who has even worked with the choir’s own accompanist Mrs. Theresa Blowers. C.A. Pinto Fonseca’s piece, Muie Rendera, a lively Brazilian composition is the choir’s final song. For the women’s only performance, the group sang the classic Simple Gifts, the difficult Exite Sion Filiae and La Lluvia, or the rain. The men’s chorus will sing the joyous Jubilate, the well-known Joshua Fit de Battle of Jericho and the melodic Dirait On. Next, the Symphonic choir will perform the thoughtful If Music Be Food, the traditional folk song Nelly Bly and the climactic Bashanah Haloa’ah in class B. Finally, the Northview Women’s Chorus, singing in class C are preparing
Megan Foster PLAYING IN THE BAND are junior Alexis Hall, senior Braden McCloskey and freshman James Donofrio. The band will be traveling to Disney World in April. I’m Going to Sing! by Ken Berg, the beautiful The River Sleeps Beneath the Sky by Mary Lightfoot and the happy Sing with Pleasure by George F. Handel. The NV Concert and Symphonic Bands will be competing in the regular district competition at Southview High School March 7. All bands prepared three pieces each. “In order to prepare for contest, we’ve been practicing every day on stage,” said sophomore Ted Garey. “We perfect our tempo and fix details to try and make all of our songs perfect.”
As of March 5, it was announced that the NV Wind Ensemble would no longer be attending contest. According to Mr. Eugene Bohland the Wind Ensemble will not be performing at contest because too many students had conflicts and could not attend. The NV and SV bands will be traveling to Orlando, Florida from April 4 to 8 to march in a Disney World parade. “It is going to be amazing,” said junior Jennifer Grimmer. “I am looking forward to marching in the big parade.”
PBS FRONTLINE explains ﬁ nancial crisis Business Editor To help students understand the financial crisis America is going through, the AP American Government classes have been watching the recent FRONTLINE video Inside the Meltdown. The video, released February 17, barely penetrates the surface of the economic downfall, beginning with why the economy went bad and why the government did what they did to help, according to the FRONTLINE website. Like much of the press, Ellen Gray from the Philadelphia Daily News thought the video provided one of the
clearest explanations on bailout she has heard yet. According to the video, the trouble began in the spring of 2008 when the housing bubble burst and the mortgage industry began to fall. Bear Stearns, one of the largest global investment banks, was the first in the economic scare to see money dry up, eventually dragging down the rest of Wall Street. The public was falsely assured that all was well after Bear’s bailout, but the world was shaken as the Federal National Mortgage Association, Fannie Mae, and the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, Freddie Mac, began to show signs of potential failure. After another two bail outs to save these
two giants, the government decided to let Lehman Brothers, a global financial services firm, fail in early September. But Lehman was very connected through Wall Street and soon the real crisis began as AIG, the world’s largest insurance company began to fail. Knowing that a failure would cause more problems the company was lent $85 million. A full-scale bail out was now required and a more direct involvement in the banking industry was necessary. On September 18, 2008, a meeting was held with the senior members of congress. At this meeting Hank Paulsen, the previous Secretary of the Treasury, was quoted as saying, “Unless you act, the financial system of this country and
the world will melt down in a matter of days.” As a further scare, Bernanke said, “If we don’t do this tomorrow, we won’t have an economy on Monday.” With these two statements, the video shows the public how extremely scary our economic condition was last year. Government students were left shocked after viewing the hour-long program. Seniors like Amanda Harlan were unaware of the severity of the economic crisis. “The show really proved how terrible America’s economic situation is,” said Harlan. The video Inside the Meltdown is the first in a series of videos to be released by the PBS organization, the next of which can be seen in March.
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‘Sexting’ causes exploitation, prosecution keep the pictures on their phones or computer can then be charged with possession of child pornography as “Hey hottie. Just getting undressed. well, according to msnbc.com. Want a pic? ;)” Sentences for these offenses differ Many messages similar or more from state to state but can range from revealing than this one have been sent few to many years in prison to being through text messages among teenagers. registered as a sex offender for a Such messages, along with those that minimum of ten years, according to include nude or semi-nude pictures, msnbc.com. have recently become known as ‘sexting,’ “Although I think the sending of according to racy pictures is abcnews. i n a p p ro p r i a t e com. and gross, I don’t Teens in know if prison middle and is the correct high schools consequence,” throughout said senior the country Grace Ramsdell, find sexting “I believe there to just be should be a flirty and punishment but fun. In -Senior Grace Ramsdell just not as harsh the eyes of one.” of the law It may seem ,however, sexting is considered child like a rare thing that teens do not usually pornography and can result in a prison hear about, but how many students sentence and possibly being registered actually do send nude or partially nude as a sex offender, according to cbsnews. pictures through texts? According to com. a survey done in December by The If someone is under 18 and sending National Campaign to Prevent Teen and nude pictures, they can be charged with Unplanned Pregnancy, 22% of teen girls the distribution of child pornography, and 18% of teen boys have participated even if the pictures are of themselves, in the sharing of racy pictures of according to msnbc.com. Those who themselves through texts.
“Although I think the sending of racy pictures is inappropriate and gross, I don’t know if prison is the correct consequence.”
Sam Weisman MANY TEENS ARE using text messages to send racy and pornographic pictures of themselves to their boyfriends or girlfriends. Teens caught with these pictures on their phones can be charged with possession of child pornography. Although most adolescents that send pictures say they were intended for their significant other or someone they are very close to, it can go beyond that. Pictures can easily get forwarded to other people and can also be uploaded to a computer for sharing. The survey also says that 33% of teen boys and 25% of teen girls have had
racy photos sent to them of someone else that had originally meant to be privately sent to one person. Ultimately, experts say that sexting is dangerous in many ways. Not only can teens be prosecuted and sentenced to prison, but according to msnbc.com, their privacy is eliminated the second they press the send button as well.
Annual winter band concert entertains Staff Writer The Northview Band held their annual winter band concert on March 3 in the Little Theater. The Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and the Wind Ensemble were able to play at the concert. Most of the songs that the bands played were fast paced and upbeat songs. The Concert Band, conducted by Mr. Mark Kroll, opened the concert with Alamo March, composed by Karl King. They then played Chant and Jubilee, composed by Elliot Del Borgo. The third and final piece that they played was Panther in the Sky, composed by James
played. Swearingen. practiced to do well.” They closed out the winter concert The Symphonic Band was next to The Wind Ensemble was the final with the slow, melodic piece America the play. Conducted by Mr. Eugene Bohland, group to perform for the night. they opened their portion of the concert They opened their portion of the Beautiful, by Samuel Augustus Ward. “The majestic overtones resonating with an upbeat Bonds of Unity March, show with an up tempo piece called The another song by King. Next, they played Klaxon, composed by Henry Fillmore. from the heavenly chorus of angels that is Courtly Airs and Dances, composed by The next piece was Where Never Lark the trombone section created the illusion Ron Nelson. It consisted of six different or Eagle Flew, by James Curnow. An of a translucent eagle soaring high over a raging river of sound that songs from five different flowed directly into my countries. ears and simultaneously Prairie Dances was the next into my heart,” said junior piece played, which had a quick trombonist Matt Jahns. and cheerful style. The final According to junior Jay song they played was Concert -Junior Brandon Coutts Colville, the concert was a Suite from Cirque Du Soleil, huge success with a near arranged by Victor Lopez. “Some of the songs were a bit of a Asian themed song called Variations on full house. The NV jazz festival will be challenge,” said junior Brandon Coutts. a Korean Folk Song, composed by John the next event for the band. It will be “But it just shows how hard we have Barnes Chance was the next song they held on March 25.
“Some of the songs were a bit of a challenge, but it just shows how hard we have practiced to do so well.”
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Spaghetti Darmahkasih wins American dinner aids Legion government test Schmidt Co-Editor in Chief family Staff Writer Northview students and families crowded into the cafeteria on February 19 for a spaghetti dinner to aid the Schmidt family. Austin, a sophomore at NV, and Jake, a senior, recently suffered the loss of their father. All of the proceeds from the dinner went to the Schmidt family. Over 900 people attended the spaghetti dinner, according to Austin Schmidt. “I didn’t expect many people to show up,” said Austin, “but I walked in and saw everyone, it was just amazing, I was stunned.”
“I walked in and saw everyone, it was just amazing, I was stunned.” - Austin Schmidt Many of Austin and Jake’s close friends attended, along with many of the NV sports teams. The dinner was held from 5pm-8pm in the cafeteria. They served spaghetti, salad, cookies, brownies, ice cream, and a variety of drinks. So much food was prepared that the Home Economics Room was used in addition to the cafeteria, according to Austin. “The dinner showed how a school can come together and help a family in their time of need. It demonstrated how caring the students and staff can be,” said sophomore Tyler Schinharl who attended the dinner. The Schmidt family is extremely thankful, according to Austin, their mom even wrote a thank you letter to the school. “Thank you so much,” said Austin.
Northview senior Andrea Darmahkasih is one step closer to college after winning a $500 scholarship through the American Legion. Each year, the American Legion gives an Americanism and Government test to Advanced Placement Government classes at NV and Southview, according to Darmahkasih. Darmahkasih’s score on the test was the highest in the Sylvania School District which is known as the post level. Because of this, she won a plaque, medal, pin, certificate and the scholarship to the college of her choice. “I want to go to either Wheaton or the University of Michigan. Wheaton is my top choice,” said Darmahkasih. The test itself was difficult, according to Darmahkasih. It consisted of 50 multiple choice questions that were about national, state, local, county and school government. Darmahkasih’s scores were sent to the county level where she again had the best score. Her scores are now being sent to the district level to compare against the other county level winners,
Sam Weisman NORTHVIEW SENIOR Andrea Darmahkasih won the Americanism and Government test sponsored by the American Legion. The test was taken by all Advanced Placement Government students at NV and Darmahkasih’s score was the highest in the post and county levels. according to Darmahkasih. “I was surprised that I won because I didn’t think I did very well,” said
Darmahkasih. “My brother won the test last year and I didn’t think I would be able to live up to his expectations.”
Edwards family honors Mr. Jesse Co-Editor in Chief The Star Spangled Banner echoed from the instruments of Northview orchestra members in honor of Principal Mr. Stewart Jesse on February 27. Junior Kelsey Edwards and her family surprised Mr. Jesse with several military awards. Mr. Jesse was first awarded with a certificate of appreciation from the 37th IBCT Special Troops Battalion (STB). Mr. Edwards then gave Mr. Jesse a Tomahawk from the 37th STB, according to Mr. Jesse. Mr. Jesse was also awarded a flag flown over Iraq on an F16C plane along with a picture of an F16C plane. “The gifts were very generous, said Mr. Jesse, “I didn’t know anything about it ahead of time.”
PRINCIPAL MR. STEWART JESSE poses with his award from the IBCT Special Troops Battalion awarded to him by the Edwards family. Photo By: Sam Weisman
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By Elizabeth Strick
Landfills have been filling up at an alarmingly fast rate in recent years. The reason for the incredible amount of garbage in our world is due to overpopulation. The human population has grown in enormous amounts since the Industrial Revolution. The world population is currently around 6.7 billion people, according to the United States Census Bureau. Just 50 years ago the world population was hitting three billion and already it is almost seven billion. That is an incredible increase. The U.S. Census Bureau predicts that if the population continues to grow at the rate it is currently growing at, the world population will reach nine billion people in the year 2040. If the population continues to grow, people will see even more impacts of the human race on the world. Already, coral reef systems are under stress because of the increase of CO2 in the atmosphere due to all the cars the world (especially the United States) relies on, according to overpopulation.org. Also, the wildfires that have become common throughout the world are due to poor land management and extreme weather. The extreme weather is most likely linked to climate change. And the climate change is possibly due to carbon emissions, according to overpopulation.org. Carbon emissions are also the cause of the melting of the Greenland ice sheet, according to overpopulation.org. This melting will raise the sea levels and alter the environment as we know it. The only solution to overpopulation is to initiate family planning programs and to take care of the people currently in the world. Many poor countries have problems with overpopulation due to the lack of contraceptives. The Green Umbrella Campaign for Family Planning started in Bangladesh in 1996. In 1998, the Scientific American reported that the average birthrate for women in Bangladesh had dropped from seven children in 1975 to three. This shows that a family planning program can work and needs to be implemented in other countries. Also, people in wealthy countries need to plan their families more carefully. Recently, a woman gave birth to octuplets in California after using invitro fertilization. And she had six children at home already. We must ask ourselves if this is morally and ethically right. She already had six children and then chose to have more. Couldn’t she have adopted eight children rather than bringing more children into this already overpopulated world? People need to think before they choose to give birth to so many children. Adoption is an option that is not just for those who cannot have children of their own, but for all people who want to care for the children already in our world. Adoption not only gives families to children who previously did not have one, but it will also reduce the number of people in the world. That will enable the environment the opportunity it needs to recover from the damage the overpopulated human race has done to it.
OGTs worth the prep OGTs. The Ohio Graduation Tests. A collective groan can be heard from all Northview underclassmen. So many emotions are associated with this state required graduation test. Fear, irritation, stress and anxiousness come to mind for many students. However, for most, there is a general indifference and lack of concern regarding the tests that determine whether one is able to graduate from high school. Yet, despite the negative connotation often associated with this test, we at NV need to change our view of the OGTs. The OGTs are, “assessments aligned to Ohio’s Academic Content Standards in reading, mathematics, science, social studies and writing that students in high school must take to demonstrate proficiency before graduation,” according to the Ohio Department of Education. They sound tough, but really, the test probably doesn’t even require any brain activity. Not the case. According to raw approximations from the ODE website, only 65% of all public high school tenthgraders passed all five of their OGTs as of March 2008. This means that a huge 35% of high school students fail at least one of their tests. Clearly, the OGTs must not be such a breeze. This may seem frightening, but it is an unfortunate reality. If one wants to graduate, one needs to put in some effort during their high school years. All right, but what can we actually do to make our views and our performances on the tests change? Teachers need to remind students that the tests are not something you just show up for without any planning. Broadcast the facts. Help students learn the right way to take the test. Students need to listen to their teachers when prepping
for the tests and remember to get a good night of sleep. Remember, the test will not kill you, but you still need to be prepared nonetheless. Put forth effort and look at the experience with a positive mindset. The OGTs are a tool for students and teachers alike. Are we really working our hardest in school? The tests are surely a wake up call and one can focus on improving study habits and writing skills. Teachers can review their lesson plans and methods of relaying difficult concepts to students. Believe me, I am not asking for more tests, nor am I excited when a big exam comes my way, but stopping to think about the OGTs’s true purpose helps to ease stress. The true point of education is to learn enough to make it out in the real world; we want to accomplish every single one of our goals. Think of the OGTs as a way of testing ourselves to make sure that we have not
forgotten why we begrudgingly wake up a 7a.m. to come learn everyday. We are testing our own knowledge and our ability to apply it and this is undeniably crucial. We are testing our plans for the future. The OGTs are a learning experience for all involved. Is NV preparing its students? We will surely find out. Thus, we need to take away the negative image we have come to associate with these graduation tests. Yes, they may be tests, but be mature enough to realize that the OGTs are only here to help ensure and strengthen our education. There is so much more to school and testing than simply the fact that they are requirements. And to all you underclassmen out there: Just remember, in one year or two, you too will get to spend an entire week sleeping in with that satisfaction of knowing that you will be handed that diploma: a ticket to the future.
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3D animation replacing timeless classics? A young girl begs to be freed from the ocean floor, all while bearing a fish tail. A Native American princess sprints to follow the boat of her lover. A golden-red sun rises high above the plains of Africa as a lion cub is proclaimed prince. These are several examples of the beautiful moments ferried into our minds from The Little Mermaid, Pocahontas, and The Lion King. What groups these films together, aside from their Disney affiliation, is the fact that they were created using 2D animation. The majority of recent animated features released to theatres have all been completed using computer generated imagery, or CGI. CGI helps to give these movies the 3D effect, which can be seen in movies like Shrek and Monsters, Inc. My “beef” with the animated movie industry is that making these movies seem more real may intrigue audiences, but the beauty and grace brought about by the 2D animated features of the 20th century cannot be beaten. Through studying the characters of the CGI films one can begin to see why audiences may assume that they are better than their second-
dimensional ancestors. For one, CGI characters are designed with the light in mind, making them appear to be shaded and to have more layers or look more real. I would not say this makes them any better than the shadow-less 2D figures. As apposed to having multiple “strands of hair” and a defined “collar bone,” the 2D characters are drawn to flow seamlessly. Their hair does not fall it cascades. And yes, they lack the shadows that would give some form of depth perception, but that makes them all the more glamorous. They exude a more complete reality; a form of perfection. That may be what made them more appealing. Why 2D animated films have been thrown on the cutting room floor, I do not know. However, why they are missed, I can understand. “They’re classics,” said sophomore Matt Babcock, “that’s simply why they’re better.” Though Babcock’s statement may seem vague at first, upon closer review, it actually could not make a clearer point.
www.Disney.com THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY has changed through its many years, while it continues to dominate the animation industry. Compared above are the Disney Princesses Aurora (left), from Sleeping Beauty (1959) and Rapunzel, from the upcoming CGI ﬁlm Disney’s Rapunzel (2010). The differences are clearly deﬁned. The old 2D films are classic, but what is to say that 20 years from now movies like Shrek will not be considered classic? I am nostalgic for the old ways of animation. Not just the visual aspects of the films, but also the atmosphere and story lines and music they carried with them. Alas, it boils down to a completely personal opinion.
Disney, as if to have heard my prayers, will be releasing a new film later this year entitled The Princess and the Frog and they will be doing so in traditional pencil and paper or second-dimensional animation. The corporation proposes that this is their last endeavor into the 2D world. All we are left to do is hope that it is anything but. ~Yianni Papadimos
Sexting teens should stop for own safety Boy meets girl. Boy and girl start dating. Girl texts half-naked picture of herself to boy on his phone for his birthday. Boy and girl break-up for whatever reason. Boy decides to take his revenge by sending the halfnaked picture of his ex-girlfriend to everybody he knows. Boy is charged with child-pornography. Girl is charged with indecent exposure and her reputation is ruined. Sadly, many girls nowadays are being exploited this way due to a new fad called “sexting”, which is basically boys and girls sending each other inappropriate messages and pictures via cellphone. Twenty percent of teenagers have admitted to “sexting”, according to www. cbsnews.com. As if the Internet
isn’t opportunity enough for people to expose themselves, sexting on a person’s phone allows them to have the dirty pictures and messages in the palm of their hand. That’s right; often times, these pictures are saved and can fall into the hands of anyone. The reason that most couples “sext” each other, is that they want to send each other a “sexy gift”. What happens when the couple breaks up and the pictures and messages end up elsewhere? The death of a reputation. Keep in mind that these pictures have the tendency to circulate. I respect that not every single person has the same values as one another, but documenting an explicit
picture of yourself is downright stupid. Take into account that relationships don’t last forever. What if you have a nasty break-up and the pictures end up elsewhere (as they often do)? And do not think that the person who receives the pictures and decides to take revenge on an ex by redistributing them gets the last laugh. Often, the distributers are charged with child pornography, setting a mark on their records. It’s a lose-lose situation for both sides once these pictures surface past the eyes of one person. Honestly, nothing good comes out of these photos except for a few minutes of instant gratification. It is a free country and people are
allowed to make their own choices, but they need to be smart about what they are doing. Do you really want to run the risk of exposing yourself to everyone that you know? Preaching to people to keep their clothes on would only be useless, as when people are told not to do something, it normally doubles their inclination to actually go ahead and do it. So instead, I’m asking you to first reconsider your values as well as your dignity. Does it really seem intelligent to expose yourself in a place where your moment in time can be saved, and easily, even with the accidental push of the wrong button, give everyone a taste of your so-called gift? ~Sarah Fatemi
March 10, 2009 Column
A Perspective On Politics By Max Filby
Normally, when people think about politics, they think about Washington D.C. However more localized levels of government such as counties, townships and school districts often go unrecognized as government. The teacher/student politics at Northview have recently proven to be very contradictory. Trying to find chaperones this year for the Turnabout Dance proved to be a very difficult task for Student Government Vice President Chris Garone and myself. Several teachers at NV decided against chaperoning at the “Sadie Hawkins” style dance this year. Certain excuses are completely acceptable such as a teacher coaching a team, having a family to care for, or already dedicating their weekend to another event. “I think the faculty should want to chaperone because it shows that they care about the safety of students,” said Garone. “The teachers that wanted to were greatly appreciated and I hope they had a lot of fun.” Although few teachers volunteered to chaperone the dance, student involvement seemed to be at an all time low as well when only three of the five hopeful kings walked onto the balcony at 10 p.m. Students need to stop complaining that there isn’t anything to do in Sylvania and start going to games, dances and other school sponsored events to not only show their spirit but participate in fun activities that other students and teachers work hard to prepare for them. When students and teachers do not see each other at any school event, it brings up the question that if a teacher or student does not want to be at NV then how do they expect their classroom counterpart to want to be here? Turnabout is not the only school event where teachers and students can choose to interact with each other outside of the classroom. If a teacher does not feel like watching 500 teens dancing a little too closely on a Saturday night, he or she could volunteer to chaperone Battle of the Bands or the senior picnic. Technically, teachers do not even have to volunteer their time with students during prime time hours. Myself and a few other students helped to design and paint the front lobby and the senior hallway over the summer; the assistance of a teacher or other students would have been thoroughly welcomed and enjoyed. Some students, like senior Amit Goyal, even helped out at NV over the summer by mulching the pre-school playground. Shouldn’t there have been more than just one of NV’s close to 1400 students helping out with Goyal’s summer school project? “It definitely would have been nice to have others help and share the experience with, “ said Goyal. If a teachers’ summer schedules might be too packed, he or she always has the opportunity to advise a club or event like Student Government or Cat’s Meow, which had trouble earlier this year finding an advisor. Altogether there are several opportunities for teachers to interact with their students outside of the classroom that will strengthen relationships. With more teacher/student involvement, NV will be able to dispel the cliche adult ideal “do as I say not as I do.” Teachers at NV already fulfill their jobs in the classroom, however if extracurricular options are expected to be taken by students like Garone, then why is it not expected out of all teachers? Obviously teachers continue their job after school hours by grading and lesson planning, but all teachers should be expected to participate in extracurricular activities instead of the now few that seem to be in charge of multiple activities and sports. For NV to truly become a “High School That Works,” as the banner in the cafeteria illustrates, then some teachers and students need to take more opportunities to engage in activity with each other outside of school.
OPINIONS When at NV wear what Wildcats wear
As I walk through the hallways of Northview, I am never sure what school I am actually in. Students breeze by me wearing their Southview hoodies or their St. Johns sweatpants and it makes me wonder, do you know what school you’re in? This is Sylvania Northview High School, located on 5403 Silica Drive, not SV and definitely not some Catholic school. So I pose the question, why are you wearing apparel from other schools? Maybe you feel cool representing other schools. Let me be the first to say that you are far from cool. I am sure that there were times at NV when you would get beaten for wearing another school’s clothing, but those days are over. Possibly you believe that it is a rebellious act to wear these despised garments. I understand that NV’s spirit has been on a steady decline for a while, but do you honestly have no respect for our school? This is the school that held your hand through your entire high school career. This is the school that gave you a place to learn all of the tools necessary to lead a successful life. Show some respect. I do not even consider SV our rival anymore; NV as a whole seems to be a giant fan of SV. I cannot even count how many SV Soccer and Football shirts I have seen this year and the majority of the people that wear these clothes do not even attend NV sporting events. You are a disgrace not only to NV, but to anybody who is loyal to something. If you attend NV, you have no excuse whatsoever to wear SV clothing. Even if you attend SV for a few periods a day, that doesn’t make you a Cougar. If your boyfriend, cousin, or sister goes to SV, you are still not a SV student. As much as I hate spotting brown and orange during the school day, I must admit that I am appalled at the amount of students who wear St. John’s hockey
sweatshirts. Hockey is one of the few sports that people actually care about at NV and yet you have the nerve to wear one of the most hated hockey team’s name in our school? You are wearing these shameful garments in front of the very players that work so hard to keep NV’s name what it is. You are a load of traitors, Benedict Arnold would be proud of your kind. When I asked Mr. Creech what he thought about students wearing other school’s clothing at NV, he responded, “it drives me nuts, they are a member of this school body, spirit is poor because of their lack of pride, if they l o v e d t h e i r school, t h e y wouldn’t w e a r o t h e r school’s colors.” Here is a simple solution. I would like to invite all of you phonies to a bonfire. Bring your favorite SV and Catholic school’s clothing and we will burn it, laughing the whole time, and then maybe you can say you are a Wildcat once again. If igniting your repulsing rags does not seem like a good plan to you, keep them locked up at home where they belong, or give them back to the person you got them from. If this upsets you other loyal NV students as much as it upsets me, please do me a favor, ridicule these traitors at every waking moment until they decide to stop wearing these condemned clothes at our school. We cannot allow this trend to continue. If the alumni from 50 years ago saw us today, they would be ashamed. Remember one thing, no one is forcing you to go to NV. Maybe you should transfer to a Catholic school and pay thousands of dollars a year. Or even worse, open enroll and attend SV, a school that you seem to love so much. If you admire these other schools so much, join them so we can get rid of your backstabbing existence at NV. -Andrew Miller
If you attend NV, you have no excuse whatsoever to wear SV clothing.
March 10, 2009
End of year hard for seniors, stay focused
Sam Weisman EVEN AS THE end of her high school career comes near senior Brittany Mason continues to work hard.
Senioritis. It sounds like a disease. In a way it is, invading the minds of many seniors as second semester quickly progresses, resulting in a lack of motivation, productivity, and success in school. Seniors are told by counselors and colleges to stay strong until the end since it is important to show the colleges a good finish with classes and grades, even though grade point averages and class rankings are frozen. Doing poorly in the last semester of high school can have disastrous results. Colleges can deny admissions and scholarships can be revoked. This is not ideal for any senior who wishes to attend college next year. One cannot fully understand senioritis until becoming a senior. Day after day they go through the same routine: going to the same classes and doing the same thing in class everyday. It becomes too easy not to try anymore. Staying focused daily can be very hard during second semester, especially after being cooped up all winter. It starts to get nice outside, and students do not want to be inside anymore. There are so many events to look forward to with spring break, Senior Skip Day, senior pranks, graduation, summer, and college. “There are so many better things to do with your time second semester,” said senior Jennifer Post, “I go to work, out to eat, and hang out with friends that I
will not see much next year since I’ll be going away to college.” For almost 13 years, many seniors have been working very hard in school without many breaks. Seniors feel the well-needed break after so many years of being dedicated to working hard in school. “We already have college applications in by second semester and we just give up,” said senior Sweta Rao, “teachers seem to give up hope on us trying too.” People within the school do not help the problem of senioritis either. Students and the administration can be very rude, leaving seniors more excited to get out of school. Some teachers seem to have given up teaching for Lent, so some classes are a joke. After four years in this jail cell we call a school, freedom is so close and yet so far away. “I’m looking forward to graduating and going away to college,” said senior Amanda Harlan, “there are so many more exciting things coming in the future outside of school.” While seniors understand the importance of staying focused during the last semester of high school, it can be very difficult at times. Somehow seniors must face all of the distractions and frustrations of second semester and persevere in order to successfully complete this year and move onto higher education.
Letters to the Editor
Letters in response to the article, “Teachers catch senioritis” in issue #7. I know why this article was published without an author name. The writer contradicted him or herself from one paragraph to the next. First, he or she states students cannot be motivated when teachers use online resources. In the following paragraph, he/she states students need more than surface material (books) but also all the technology and resources available. Have you not been taught that the internet does have many credible resources? Is it your thought that all teachers need to reinvent the wheel? We use resources as a method to enhance our teaching. We look for activities and ideas that other teachers have tried and had success with. We can find programs that have been peer reviewed and researched with data testing to show their effectiveness. Please allow yourself some time to review the CDC or Ohio Action for Healthy Kids websites to see how they can evaluate programs online. These are two that I use that may help you understand why teachers use online resources in the classroom. www. apps.nccd.cdc.gov/sher/ www.Ohioactionforhealthykids.org/news_ resources/index.htm - Ms. Galdys
Personally, I thought this was a good, well-written piece. The writer is bringing up some valid points that should be voiced. In my job, I see evidence of this on a regular basis. Technology comes to us as a double-edged sword. It can be a blessing as easily as a curse. It requires a conscientious, responsible educator to evaluate its role in educating our students - provoking one's thought; demanding new understanding. It requires responsibility and professionalism to know the difference between education and regurgitation. It also takes an administration to oversee and take on an active role promoting professional behavior. Technology is only another tool in the arsenal to assist in disseminating information. Used wisely, it is a blessing. Used only for the sake OF its use, usually results in just another incredible waste of time. - Nancy Deye
I am writing this letter in response to the editorial in the previous issue The Student Prints about teacher and their apparent case of “senioritis”. While this article contains some valid points, there is also an accusatory tone directed at teachers that do not necessarily deserve it. One topic that was brought up was the fact that teachers are lazy when all they do is sit and read from a PowerPoint presentation. While this can be a rather boring lesson to sit through, some teachers do manage to make it different using videos and relevant pictures. Also, organizing a mountain of information is most effectively done with the help of visual aids. A PowerPoint is sometimes the best way to help students take notes and remember the information. This requires a lot of work on the teacher’s behalf. Overall, it is an efficient way for teacher to present a lesson. Secondly, I want teachers to know that this view is not a representation of the student body as a whole. I know that I personally enjoy when class ends a few minutes early here and there because it gives me a chance to soak in the information, start some new homework for the night, or just relax before my next class. In addition to that, I know that some teachers truly do want their students to have fun while learning, and sometimes grinding through the notes on the PowerPoint is necessary to understand the background information. I know this letter did not cover all aspects of the previous article, but it did address the parts that I felt were the most important. I hope teachers who are doing what they love know that they are doing a good job and that there are many students who appreciate their efforts. - Anonymous Student
As expressed in our masthead printed in this issue on page 6, “Unsigned editorials published in the prints are written by staff members and agreed upon by a majority vote of the editorial board.” This means that the bulk of the editors agree with the opinion. That is why that particular editorial was not signed. - TSP Staff
March 10, 2009
CougaReview: risqué, yet hilarious Walking into the Southview theater, I knew a play entitled “Beauty and the Obese” was not going to be a G-rated production, especially since Southview does not have a reputation of prior review or harsh regulations. Despite its excruciating length at almost three hours, CougaReview provided a litany of laugh out loud moments, which in the area of performing arts, is a difficult and delicate task. Accompanied by my laughs, however, were gaffs and glances at my nearby friends, as if to ask, did they really just say that? I had a feeling it would be risqué, but not this risqué! I had heard the production had been revamped since the following evening’s performance when faculty members were extremely offended by a few lines. Naturally, I expected a slightly toned down version, but in true SV fashion,
the actors, dancers, and crew went big or went home. Among the many shocking parts were ethnic jokes, numerous sexual innuendos, scantily clad dancers and an entire scene that served as one major drug reference. But as the show went on, I found myself chuckling. I began to think, we would never get away with half of this stuff at Northview. And where some of the topics were indeed offensive, most were appropriate. Surprisingly candid, but appropriate nonetheless. It was an accurate portrayal of something produced, written, and directed by high school students, which is exactly what makes CougaReview so unique. Although Cats Meow aims to accomplish the same difficult feat, the restrictions placed upon the creators leave the audience with a watered down version
of ideas. I understand that anything put out there for the masses to see must coincide with the reputation and general mission statement of the school, but the administration have overstepped their bounds in terms of censorship. Most of the students I have talked to also feel stifled by these, at times, oppressive regulations. The stage, just as this paper, exists as a forum for ideas. When one begins to censor what can and cannot be said, she risks the potential of infringing upon another’s essential right to expression and speech. Students should be required to have things approved by the administration, but they should not have to worry that every word that comes out of their mouths will be analyzed and inspected
for double meanings or offense. The administration must consider who will be receiving the so-called inappropriate message. What may be unsuitable for a third grader is commonplace in the lives of a high school student. I do not condone complete freewill; the school has the right to exercise their control, but there is a way to maintain decency without becoming too tyrannical. The presumably “offensive” material probably would not cause much of a disturbance if such confines had not been placed on the students already. Loosening up the reins a little bit would be good for everyone. High school aims to prepare us for the real world; what is so real world about censoring how we express ourselves? -Sarah Squillante
World language week a good experience Walking into the refreshing warmth of the Auxiliary Gym entrance from my sister’s car, we are swamped by the aroma of Mexican rice and the delicious sangria that accompanies World Language Week. This wonderful week full of new experiences, languages, cultures, and friends brings us additional information and sayings from modern German, French, Chinese and Spanish speaking countries. Each day of the week brought new things for the “families” to learn. Each family was made up of different students from all grades, languages, and levels of language. When I was first introduced to my family on Friday, we broke the ice by filling out a questionnaire about ourselves. Some of the questions consisted of: “have you eaten foreign food in the past week?” or “does your family speak more than one language at home?” We would then write the person’s name that pertained to the question. After we broke the ice, we played a heated game of Jeopardy on Monday. Questions were asked about all of the languages and cultures so that different students would be involved in answering and bringing their team closer to victory. Without the buzzers that typically accompany Jeopardy, we used animal sounds as an alternative. Third period family seven’s noise was
the call of the American native barking tree frog. This was one of my favorite parts of the week; a very exciting day. On the third day of World Language Week, we were sent to different rooms to work on crafts. There were many activities offered including everyone’s favorite childhood art project, shrinkydinks. This was another successful day because coloring is one of my favorite past times. On the fourth and fifth days, each family was assigned a classroom where they would start their journey through the “village”. The activities that were scattered around the five rooms ranged from eating authentic foods to learning authentic dances. The majority of the foods were delicious and the dances were a lot of fun to learn. Other rooms were used to buy and sell the crafts that were made on Tuesday. In order to buy the crafts, you had to have enough euro to do so. Different articles had different prices: 15 for a mask and 30 for a shrinky-dink and marionettes. However, if you spoke with the person that was selling the items in their native languages, they would lower the price. This was my least favorite day of the week because we were forced to buy things that I really didn’t want. Also, we weren’t allowed to buy the crafts that we made, which defeats the purpose of
SPANISH TEACHER MRS. KARA WAGONER sells a hat to French student freshman Aaron Chelchowski at the market during World Language Week. putting effort into them. For the last day of World Language Week, the World Language classes gathered in the Little Theater to watch authentic films. The German and French films were very exciting and convinced me to rent them when I returned home that evening. The Spanish and Chinese films made me realize the extreme differences between our cultures. The uniqueness of the Chinese film was not taken as very
educational and was almost laughable. Overall, World Language Week was a successful and educational experience. The food, films, and languages of other cultures opened my eyes to the fact that people may look at America with the same curiosity that we look at other countries with. I, and I am sure many other students, would like to thank the World Language teachers for all of their hard work. ~ Mary Grace Fitzgerald
March 10, 2009
NV takes a cruise on the Nile Dress: check, dinner reservations: check, bid: check, date: check, ready for a Night on the Nile? Check! Northview students looked their best and were ready to dance the night away at Turnabout. Due to scheduling conflicts, hockey, basketball, and gymnastics all had games the day of the dance, February 28. Student Government sold bids a week before the dance hoping for a decent turn out. “At first it was really slow, up until Wednesday before the dance,” said senior Amit Goyal. “It was crazy; we sold 300 bids in two periods.” As students walked into the gym, decorations were in full swing, looking like an Egyptian paradise. In addition to the decorations this year, a black tarp was placed over the gym floor to protect it. The tarp cost around $9,000 according to Principal Mr. Stewart Jesse. Students also enjoyed taking pictures with friends in a photo booth, courtesy of Grand Lubell Photography. Throughout the dance, students were able to watch their pictures appear on the big screen. “The dance was fun,” said senior Zach McClurg. “They could have better music choices though.” Before the night was over students were able to see senior Dave Navarre crowned Turnabout king. “The dance turned out really well,” said Mr. Jesse. “We were happy with the number of students that attended.” ~Jordan Tomase
March 10, 2009
11 (Left) Freshman Amy Goldi, Blayne Weddington, Savanah King, Chelsea Hartberger, Mackenzie Cowden, Megan Kiker and Vikki Hiznay pose for a photo. (Right) Senior Alison Judge helps tear down decorations. (Bottom left) Senior Tim Bodie dances to “Saturday Night Fever,” while in the next picture he escorts his mother down the Nile. (Bottom right) Senior Dave Navarre dances in a gorilla suit. All photos by Grace Ramsdell
(Far left) Turnabout King David Navarre shares a touching moment with his “date” Taylor Delaney. Dancing on the opposite page are (from left to right) juniors Elizabeth Anteau, Seneca Perry, Morgan Melchert , and Lyndsey Hoot. Dancing across the bottom (from left to right) are sophomores Mamie Silver and Jared Summers, senior Colleen Dean with date Turnabout court member Daniel Cooperider. Following them are seniors Noël Luther, Bryan Munch, Stephanie Rentschler, and Kyle Scharfenberg. Senior Tess Matheny dances with her date, while senior Kelsey McCoy grooves with Dylan Schoettly. Finally, senior Kayla Kimmet gets down with junior Jacob Barnes. Eight pain-staking hours were put into the transformation of NV from suburban high school to Egyptian shore. The Class and Student Governments planned the dance close to three months ago.
March 10, 2009
Local Teacher Helps Cambodians Staff Writer Try to imagine life without running water and electricity, a school without computers or Smartboards, two or three people riding on one bicycle to get to school, and sharing a pencil and a book with a fellow classmate. This is the life that children lead in the poverty stricken country of Cambodia. Every year, Career Tech secretary Deb Wilson and her 22-year-old daughter Annie travel to Cambodia to teach these children the English language. Sometime soon, Mrs. Wilson hopes to take Sylvania students along with her. “Every year that we go back we are met with more enthusiasm and complete gratitude,” said Mrs. Wilson. Mrs. Wilson and her daughter visit the city of Kampot, which is about two and a half hours south of the capital city Phnom Penh. Usually their trips take place over Christmas break for five to six weeks, according to Mrs. Wilson. The country of Cambodia has been rebuilding after a mass genocide during the reign of the Khmer Rouge that took place 30 years ago. The Khmer Rouge was a communist organization that was formed in Cambodia and created a regime that killed about three million people, according to dictionary.com. To date, half the population is under 27 years old and the country is deeply impoverished. The average income for a nurse or teacher is $20. This paycheck is barely enough to buy food. Few families have running water and even less have electricity. The resources for schools and hospitals are very limited. “These wonderful people are relying on outside help,” said Mrs. Wilson. “They do not ask for handouts; they ask for a helping hand.” The children in Cambodia come and go to classes as they can afford them. Students go to school during the day, six days a week. Then at night, they attend English classes that are also six nights a week for three hours. Although the students vary in age, they all have one thing in common: the desire to learn English. It is understood that this is a way to help bring Cambodia
back from disaster. The condition of the classrooms are not conducive to learning. The rooms contain very little materials. Most have a whiteboard, some battered benches and a dirt floor. The cost for school is approximately $60 a year and for most families, this is very expensive. Parents pay the fee because they know it is essential for their children to know how to speak English in order to get better jobs. “The absolute kindness, curiosity and overall generosity of these people never ceases to amaze me,” said Mrs. Wilson. “They are bright, happy and industrious. The children are polite and full of laughter. They are grateful for everything.” In addition, Wilson and her daughter Annie have started a nonprofit organization called The Pilgrim Project. The organization brings books in English and educational materials to the children since many cannot afford their own books. Hopefully in the years to come, Mrs. Wilson can bring students along with her to continue helping in the Cambodian schools. Students who went on the trip would experience Cambodian culture, along with a first-hand teaching experience. They would visit many museums such as the Tuol Sleng Prison, which was a detention center during the reign of the Khmer Rouge. Students would also tour the Bohpa Kamphor Children’s hospital, which is free to
photos courtesy of Deb Wilson TOP LEFT A group of Cambodian children taught by Deb Wilson pose in front of the school. TOP AND MIDDLE RIGHT A typical Cambodian village and home. BOTTOM The Cambodian school where Mrs. Wilson teaches. children under 18. Lines of people wait outside daily in hope of receiving free medicine. Students who went on the trip would also be expected to use their skills to teach English with bare materials, according to Mrs. Wilson. Mrs. Wilson has also written Oprah Winfrey in hope of receiving funds to offer students scholarships to go on the trip. Students would have to fill out an application, write an essay, and have an interview in order to possibly be chosen for a scholarship, she said. Those interested in this cause can also help by using the search engine www.goodsearch.com and type in The
Pilgrim Project as the charity inside the charity box. The site will donate 1¢ to the organization for every search. If everyone used this instead of other search engines, more books could be bought for the children. “My dream is to take students to see another part of the world and actually see the result of war,” said Mrs. Wilson. “I come back with the realization that American truly is a great country. I think students will appreciate what they have, look at their lives, and examine what one really needs. Everyone who leaves Cambodia takes something back. It changes you.”
March 10, 2009
NV class of 2012 comes together Freshmen connect, build team work on annual Challenge Day
PREFORMING THE “ICE BREAKERS” SKIT are seniors Chris Garone, Dylan Schoettley and Dan Cooperider. It was meant to make the freshman feel more comfortable and to warm up to the day.
Staff Writer On February 25, freshmen were let out of class for part of the day, for a good reason. It was Challenge Day, hosted by the Challenge Cats. During first period the Challenge Cats and Mrs. April McGough set up, organized and got ready for the day ahead. The theme this year was Team-Building. As the freshmen filed into the gym through a human tunnel, they received their nametags and proceeded to the bleachers. The day started out with a skit by the Challenge Cat officers also known as the Ice Breakers. Senior Dylan Schoettley, the president of Challenge Cats, played Barry Johnson, senior treasurer Dan Cooperider was Dr. Mustard and senior Vice President Chris Garone was Duke. As part of their skit to “break the ice” they answered questions such as, what is in the taco meat, what’s the average number of locker stuffings that happen each year, the best electives to
GETTING TO KNOW each group member is senior Dan Cooperider, juniors Kate Mutchler, Alyse Rogerson and freshmen Austin Grycan and Macy Fretz. PLAYING “WHAT TO WHAT” are juniors Kristen Schoenrock and Melissa Rondinelli with freshmen Ealla Atari and Melissa Hrovat. During Challenge Day, many games such as this were played to help freshmen to get to know each other and also the upperclassmen members of Challenge Cats. Photos by Max Filby
take, and the most important question what was Challenge Day all about. Teen Pep performed a skit on bullying and showed the effects of spreading a bad picture of someone through a text. Junior Meredith Wagner played a student that partied too hard and had pictures of her spread throughout the school. She was made fun of by other classmates but her true friends came to support her.
Each station leader got their supplies for the activity they had. One station was PVC pipes, where each group had to transfer a marble through the PVC pipes and into a cup. There were not enough pipes to reach the cup so the freshmen had to work together to figure out a solution. The second station was Straws; the objective of this activity was to move around while holding a straw with your partner using only one finger.
The second half of the alphabet got a treat as the staff competed against each other in PVC pipes. It was girls vs. guys; the boys were not able to put a marble in the pipes and lost to the girls. The last activity was the Circle. Everyone was asked several serious questions and asked to answer honestly by standing up. The questions pertained to situations students may have experienced in life. “Overall the day went smoothly, it was great. I could not of picked a better group of workers,” said Mrs. McGough.
March 10, 2009
World Language Week cultures students News Editor Have you ever wanted to travel to Spain, Germany, France and China all in one week? Then one look down the world language hall would prove that this dream is very realistic. During the week of February 23 to the 27, students celebrated World Language Week. The celebration of World Language Week has been a tradition at Northview for the past six years, according to Mrs. Chris Monday. “World Language Week is a great way to unify all the languages,” said Mrs. Lindsey Jurski. “This week is a great way to show students how important it is to understand the importance of being global.” To start off the week, the students in all language classes were divided into families. These families included students from Spanish, German, French and Chinese to allow students to mingle with peers from different languages. On Monday, the different families participated in a game of Jeopardy to test their knowledge about other countries. What does abrazo mean and who is the current chancellor of Germany, were only a few of the questions asked during the game. Tuesday was craft day. The students could choose to make a German Jester Hat, a French puppet (marionette), a Latin American carnival mask or Mayan shrinky dinks. After working all class period on the craft, students had to turn their hard work back into the teacher, so that it could be placed in the market. Many students’ favorite days of World Language Week were Wednesday and Thursday. During these two days students had the opportunity to visit many different stations revolving around the languages. At the market station, students could buy back their crafts. However, there was a twist: the students had to buy their crafts speaking the language that the craft represented. If someone wanted to purchase a Spanish carnival mask they had to ask for it in Spanish. The teachers and students volunteering at the different market stations would overprice the item, in order to get the student to try and lower
Katie Koffman SOPHOMORE YIANNI PAPADIMOS teaches World Language students a traditional Greek war dance called the “Bulgarian.” It is done to send soldiers off to battle in hopes that they will come home safely. Many cities and villages in Greece have traditional dances which they perform at local celebrations, according to Papadimos. the price. “It was difficult to try and bargain down the prices of certain items,” said junior Leah Smith. “But it was a great way to practice speaking in a different language.” Presented at the dance station were two different cultural dances. One was a typical German dance taught by the German teacher Ms. Christina Forster. The second dance taught to the students was a Greek dance. NV sophomores Nick Irmen and Yianni Papadimos taught students this traditional Greek dance, the Bulgarian. Abajo, arriba, al centro, pa’ dentro! In English that translates to down, up, to the center, and pull in. These words were sung by the students at the singing station. Vamos a Bailar (let’s dance) is a popular song performed by the Cumbia Kings. The students also had to do the movements that corresponded to each of the words. “It was really interesting singing in a different language,” said sophomore Brittany Von Stein. “It was a challenge trying to do the actions that corresponded with the words we were singing.”
Along with this Spanish song, the students also had to sing in French. The most highly-anticipated station was the international food buffet. Every year, students look forward to trying all the different cultural foods offered at this diverse station. This year French, German, Spanish and Chinese foods were all presented. There were many dishes that exemplified the Hispanic culture including, Cuban chile, paella and tortilla Española. To give students a taste of France many traditional French foods were brought in. Those different foods were, Chocolate Mousse, apple pie, an assortment of cheeses and couscous. Potato salads and apple streusel were among some of the many German foods present. Some Chinese foods represented were chicken and an assortment of noodle dishes. The international food buffet made students order Spanish, German, Chinese and French foods in the native language. To add a new flare, the World Language Department invited native speakers to help serve the food. The guests encouraged the students to order
their food in the target language. On the final day, students watched clips from four interesting foreign films. Students viewed clips from the French film The Chorus: Les Choristes, the Chinese film Liu San Jie, the popular Spanish film Pan’s Labyrinth and the German film Run Lola Run: Lola Rennt. Each clip was presented to the students with English subtitles so they could understand what was happening. The students also had to fill out a previewing, during viewing and post viewing worksheet. “My favorite video clip was from the Spanish movie Pan’s Labyrinth,” said freshman Ryan Keesecker. “It was definitely off the hook.” All in all, World Language Week was a success. Although it was a lot of work, the students and teachers had a great time being able to share the very different cultures of Germany, France and Spain, according to Mrs. Monday. “World Language Week was a lot of work, but it was definitely worth it,” said Mrs. Monday. “The volunteers had a huge impact on the success of the week.”
March 10, 2009
Hockey moves to District Finals Sports Editor The Northview Wildcat Hockey team advanced to the district quarterfinals with a crushing win over Ottawa Hills February 19. Nine different Cats scored in the 10-0 victory. Sophomore Nolan Culver was the only player to score twice in the game. Seniors Cody Ramm, Nile Culver, Kyle Hymore and Jordan Keefe added one goal apiece. Juniors Mark Hall and Tony Holley, along with sophomore Aaron Booth and freshman Dalton Carter also contributed with a goal each. “We had to come prepared to play like we usually do,” said Nolan Culver. “It was nice to see Dalton and Cody get their first goals. After participating all four years as a varsity hockey player, Hymore had his best season as a senior and was voted sportsman of the year and second team all red division. “It is an honor and feels good having other coaches in the league vote for me,” said Hymore. On February 26, NV took on the Clay Eagles in the second round of
the tournament. Booth scored first for the Wildcats on a power play assisted by sophomore Graham Kelsey. Senior Bobby Napierala, Nile Culver and Nolan Culver made the score 4-0 at the end of the first period. The Cats did not let down in the second period scoring three more goals. Two goals from Hymore and one from junior Shane Wheatley allowed NV to seal the win 7-1. Freshman goaltender Austin Gryca continued his hot play stopping 19 of 20 shots in the game. “I’m excited for the games to come. Our team is playing well and we have the potential to go far in the tournament,” said Gryca. The Wildcats faced Findlay in the district semi-finals February 28. NV started off strong with two first period goals from Booth and sophomore Tyler Harding. Hymore had two consecutive goals and Harding had his second of the game. The Cats felt like they were on their way to face St. Johns in the finals midway through the second period up 5-0, according to Napierala. The Cats had a 5-1 lead with six minutes left in the third period when the Trojans scored four unanswered goals in a span of two minutes, tying the game at five apiece.
Courtesy of Gary & JoAnn Hymore SENIOR KYLE HYMORE makes a goal in a game against the St. John’s Titans. The hockey team played on March 7 against St. John’s and had a chance to go to the Frozen Four. Booth scored the winning goal for NV in overtime and allowed them to advance in the playoffs. “I don’t think that we played anywhere near our potential but pulling through after their comeback was major for our team to carry into our next game,” said Harding. The Cats met the Titans on March 7
Spring Sports Conditioning Softball - conditioning started in
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early December - running stairs, hitting in cages, pitching work, weighlifting, ﬁelding. Tryouts started March 9 for three days. Scrimmages start soon
early November - hitting in cages, weighlifting, conditioning and agility work. Practices started outdoors on Thursday.
started in late November, jumpers and sprinters started running stairs and conditioning a few weeks ago. First ofﬁcial practices started March 9
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in the district finals to see who would travel down to Columbus for the Frozen Four. It was their fourth time making it to the district finals in the last five years. “It is awesome to have such a good chance to win and go to the Frozen Four. I’m really excited and so is the team,” said Napierala.
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March 10, 2009
Boys basketball goes to sectional ﬁ nals Staff Writer The Northview Boys Basketball team finished up the season with a few late, home game thrillers. The Cats played Maumee at home February 20 with hopes of starting a winning streak to end the season. They came out strong and finished off the Panthers 48 to 32. Senior Devin Simon totaled 14 points and senior Tripper Northrup added 13. The following day the Cats took on the Clay Eagles. Senior Devin Simon was on a hot streak and hit shots from beyond the paint. Simon totaled 23 points that game. Northrup also contributed to the Cats intense play with 19 points. The end result was a 72 to 59 win. After two strong games, the Cats were ready to face Fremont Ross at home. Both teams contributed in the back and forth battle. The intense play caused the game to go into double overtime. However, the extra play did not go in favor of the Cats when they fell
short with a score of 68-71. “We are progressing as we go. Most of the season has been a struggle but we’re looking forward to the tournament,” said Simon. The Cats hoped to shrug off their fight to the end and come out on top against Rossford. The game ended up being another close battle. For the second straight time, the game was decided in overtime. Yet again, the Cats did not prevail. “Lately we have been losing late in the game but it has been an up-hill battle,” said Northrup. “We hope to come up on time during playoffs.” The Cats faced the Bowsher Rebels in the first game of the tournament. The two teams were dead even in the first half but the Cats picked it up in the second. The team ended up with a win and started the playoffs on the right foot. The final score was 74 to 52. Senior Stephan Vizina led the way with 21 points followed by 17 points from Simon and 10 from junior Jake Zureich. The Cats took on the St. John’s Titans in the second round of playoffs last Friday.
Grace Ramsdell JUNIOR J.B. BOWENS cuts inside the defense to shoot for a basket. The Cats started the playoffs with a win against Bowsher. The ﬁnal score was 74 to 52.
Swimming and diving season ends strong Staff Writer Northview’s Swimming and Diving team wrapped up the season with an eighth place overall finish for the girls and a sixth place overall finish for the boys at the District Meet. Swimmers traveled to Bowling Green State University February 18 to race against the top 18 teams in the Northwest district. Swimmers and divers competed against the top 32 individuals in their events and came out victorious with several placing in the top 16. Scoring for the girls were senior Katie Koffman placing 15th in the 50 freestyle, Danielle Hrovat placing 15th in the 100 yard butterfly, Kayla Kimmet placing 11th in the 100 yard butterfly and 13th in the 50 yard freestyle, and junior Megan Foster placing 11th in the 100 yard freestyle and 13th in the 200 yard freestyle. Placing in the top ten were Koffman, placing tenth in the 100 yard freestyle and junior Laura Guinness
placing first in the 500 yard freestyle and second in the 200 yard freestyle. Guinness also qualified to States in both events. “ T h i s season was definitely a building year for our team,” said Hrovat. “But I’m glad we all pulled through for the last meet.” The girls’ relays also placed well with solid finishes in the top ten. The girls 200 free relay included Guinness, Foster, Koffman, and Hrovat and dominated with a fifth place finish. The 200 medley relay consisting of Guinness, Foster, Kimmet, and Koffman as well as the 400 free relay consisting of seniors Faith Latorre, Jessica Willard, Kimmet, and freshman Melissa Hrovat placed tenth overall. “I’m so impressed with how many
swimmers qualified to Districts and how well they swam,” said Head Girls Coach Sarah Huey. “Their hard work over the season truly paid off.” The boys also swam hard with seven races placing in the top 15 and all three relays placing in the top ten. The team was lead by senior Michael Ward placing ninth in the 50 yard freestyle and 11th in the 100 yard freestyle, senior Zach McClurg placing third in the 100 yard breaststroke and 11th in the 200 yard freestyle, senior Darren Guinness placing 15th in the 100 yard backstroke, senior Nick Pietrykowski placing 13th in the 100 yard breaststroke, and sophomore Ben McClurg placing 15th in the 200 yard freestyle. “I was really surprised at how much time every one dropped,” said Ward. “Districts ended well for everyone.”
“Our team as a whole dropped time and we placed well as a result.” -Junior Megan Foster
The boys’ relays also placed well overall. The 200 free relay, consisting of seniors Mico Cordero, Zach McClurg, Ward, and junior Ryan Coutts, exceeded expectations moving from a seventh place seed to a sixth place finish overall. The 200 medley relay consisting of Guinness, Zach McClurg, Cordero, and Ward also performed well moving from a sixth place seed to a fifth place finish. The boys’ 400 free relay included Ben McClurg, Pietrykowski, Guinness, and Coutts took a ninth place finish. The divers also performed exceedingly well at the District Meet, according to Head Diving Coach Phil Koester. Sophomore Emily Due placed 16th overall. Star performances for the boys included freshman Jacob Mikolascyzk with a sixth place finish and sophomore Sam Federman taking a 13th place finish. “All the hard work this season definitely paid off,” said Foster. “Our team as a whole dropped time and we placed well as a result.”
March 10, 2009
Brown wins sectional tournament Despite making it to Districts, Brown lost Mentor’s Manny McLaughlin by Senior wrestler Eric Brown pinned pinfall. This year was Brown’s final year down the competition at Sectionals. He wrestling for NV. He went to St. Francis is the only Northview wrestler to make his freshman and sophomore year also it to Districts this season. wrestling for the Knights. Brown defeated senior Joe Janke of “My final St. Francis to win year was very the sectional tourfun at NV,” said nament. The surBrown. “Our prising twist being team was very Janke is Brown’s close this year ex-coach’s son. unlike in the “It took a lot past and we all - SENIOR ERIC BROWN bonded very of dedication and hard work. I ran well together.” three miles alBrown also most everyday after practice to stay in said that their new coach did an outshape and keep my weight down,” said standing job and knows what he needs Brown. to do to turn this wrestling program His pre match ritual includes listen- around. Brown is undecided about if he ing to his specific playlist on his iPod to will wrestle in college. get him pumped for his match includBrown was the senior captain of the ing “Dipset” by Lil Wayne and “After wrestling team this year. He placed secDinner Payback” by From Autumn to ond in the Northern Lakes League tourAshes. nament.
“It took a lot of dedication and hard work.”
Sam Weisman PREPARING FOR A MATCH is senior Eric Brown. Brown is went to Districts to represent Northview. Brown’s dedication to practice and running three miles everyday to stay in shape and keep his weight down paid off during his sectional match which he won, according to Brown.
NCAA March Madness: Joe’s Outlook Sports Editor Ladies and Gentleman the biggest tournament of the whole year is just around the corner. The NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship, otherwise known as March Madness, is set to start just a week from today. This week is championship week but I am looking forward to the big stage, the Final Four. Even though it is not set in stone, most teams know if they have done enough to make the final cut. I am going to base my predictions off of teams that I know are in and have a shot to go to the Final Four and potentially win the championship My first Final Four team is the Kansas Jayhawks. As of right now ESPN.com has the Jayhawks as a two seed with Pittsburgh being the one seed in their region. Pittsburgh has been strong all season but the Jayhawks are ready for the repeat. People have forgotten all about Kansas due to some early losses but they have fought their way back and are playing some great basketball. Look for them to have some tough games late but I can see them cutting down the nets in Detroit. My second team in the Final Four would be the Memphis Tigers. The Tigers are also flying low on the radar. They lost multiple seniors from last
year team but somehow have climbed back into the top five in the nation. They play in a weak conference but always find a way to advance in the tournament. Last year Memphis lost in the championship to Kansas due to poor free throw shooting. Coach John Callapari has increased the amount of time they shoot free throws and it is paying off. Memphis will blow teams out in the early rounds but will have to dig deep to find a way to the championship game. My third team would be the Connecticut Huskies. The Huskies, surprisingly to some, would be the team that I am least confident about. However, they have a great coach and has played with a ton of confidence all year long. They are led by seven-foot monster Hasheem Thabeet. His presence down low makes other big men quiver as they step into the paint. His shot blocking ability and strong rebounding will led the Huskies to the Final Four. My fourth and final team that will travel to Detroit is the Demon Deacons of Wake Forrest. Wake is my sleeper team for this year’s tournament; they play hard and have the potential to upset the lower seeds. The Demon Deacons will have a tough test but will rally around their great guard play. Look for these teams to contend for a National Championship come early April.
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March 10, 2009
Athlete Spotlight: Laura Guinness Staff Writer After an incredible and prodigious season, junior swimmer Laura Guinness recently advanced to the state competition in the 200 and 500 yard freestyle events. Guinness, who has been swimming for ten years, began her road to states over three months ago. Though always working hard with a quiet consistency, this season in particular Guinness put forth an extra effort. Aside from the usual preparations such as eating healthy and getting the right amount of sleep, Guinness
Guinness prepared herself in a similar fashion. “I would listen to my music,” said Guinness, “right before I got on the block and I would stretch while thinking about the race.” This was Guinness’ third year attending States. As a freshman, Guinness swam the 100 fly and as a sophomore, the 200 freestyle. Her season thus far has gone phenomenally. Through hard and tremendous training, Guinness managed to shatter Northview’s natatorium record previously set by herself in the 400 meter swim with a time of 4:39. Recently, at the district competition, Guinness swam a 1:55 in the 200 yard freestyle swim placing second and placed first in the 500 yard swim with a time of 5:09, advancing her to the state level in both events. At States, Guinness was seated 20th out of 24 in the 200 and 23rd out of 24 in the 500. She had hefty yet achievable aspirations at the competition. “I wanted to place in the top 16 at states, as well as make it to finals,” she said. Guinness swam a 1:55 in her 200 free and a 5:15 during her 500, but did
Laura’s Pre-Race Play List Party Up (Up in Here) DMX Right Round Flo Rida Lose Yourself Eminem Starstrukk 3OH!3 practiced often and lifted weights. She swam nine to ten times each week, Monday through Friday before and after school. Also, Guinness practiced many Saturdays from 8-10 am. Before each meet in the season,
We would like to thank the Northview staﬀ, coaches, parents and students for their participation in the Schmidt Benefit dinner. We were overwhelmed by the generosity and support shown to us. A special thank you to Sofos, Jimmy Johns, the Toledo Zoo and Coldstone Cremery. - Becky, Jake & Austin Schmidt
Photo Courtesy of Ms. Huey LISTENING TO THEIR iPODS to psych themselves up for their swims are senior Southview swimmer Leslee Winfield and junior Laura Guinness. not make the finals heats. Her goal is to do so next year. In her ten aquatic years, Guinness considered this to be one of her best seasons and it was most certainly a season of firsts. This was Guinness’ first time swimming distance events, her first time swimming freestyle at
Districts, and her first time placing first at Districts. “I really connected well with the coaches and had fun with the team,” said Guinness. Guinness plans to continue swimming her senior season and possibly in college.
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March 10, 2009
LadyKat Basketball ends with heartbreaker Staff Writer The gold bleachers no longer unfold onto the hardwood floor and the cheers of excitement no longer echo within the four walls of the Northview Gymnasium. The 2008-2009 basketball season has come to an end. The LadyKats (17-6) continued intense practices on the black and gold lined floor to try to stay alive in the 2009 Division I Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) State Tournament that occurs at the end of every season. The LadyKats were in the Perrysburg district fighting to advance to the District Finals at Perrysburg High School March 7, according to the OHSAA bracket. They played Sectionals and the District Semifinal at Central Catholic . The winner of this district would advance to Norwalk, Ohio for the Regional Semifinals, a place that is no stranger to NV basketball. In recent years, Coach Jerry Sigler and his team have made back to back appearances in the regional semifinals. In the 2003-’04 season NV reached the
Regionals at Ashland and Norwalk in 2004-’05. Both years the teams won and advanced to Columbus for the final four, according to Assistant Coach Jack Dermer. Unlike the regular season, where a loss in competition merely stains a perfect record or lowers a ranking in the state, a loss in the tournament is more detrimental and, after the District Semifinals, eventually sent the Kats home to hang up their jerseys until the following year. However, making a statement to not go home too early, on February 24 the LadyKats throttled the St. Ursula Arrows in the first round of play, or Sectional Semifinals, at Central Catholic. Despite the stakes of the “one and done” or single elimination policy of the state tournament, Coach Sigler substituted many Junior Varsity pull-ups, most of them freshmen, throughout the game. Many of the pull-ups played, performed well and scored. After 32 minutes of play, the Kats tallied 57 points divided up among 12 different players who scored to defeat SUA 57-29. Junior Olivia Fouty poured in 19 points to lead NV. While many girls around Sylvania
Sam Weisman GOING FOR A LAY UP is senior Stephanie Rentschler against a Maumee Panther. were slipping into high heels for the Turnabout Dance February 28, the LadyKats were lacing up their high tops for their game at 6:15 p.m. “We all knew that it is going to be a big night
Thanks for the Memories --- Best Wishes Always!!!--- Coach Hunter
NLL LEAGUE RECORD
A Decade of Dominance
Season 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 Total
Wins 7 6 6 7 7 6 7 9 8 9 72
Losses 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Ties 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 2 3 1 9
For Goals Against 35 3 31 4 32 5 28 4 35 4 30 6 39 1 64 4 58 8 59 6 411 45
for us and we tried to keep our ducks in order,” said senior forward Stephanie Rentschler. “We knew we had to get the job down on the court before we could think about the dance.” The Scott Bulldogs sat out with a first round bye and were not required to play another team to advance due to their seeding. Despite putting the Lady Bulldogs at the line with early fouling in the first quarter of play, NV managed to cap a 23-12 advantage ending the second half and routed Scott 57-40. Leading NV was senior Kelsey McCoy who tallied 11 points. Last Thursday NV challenged the Waite Indians for the District Semifinals. Starting off the game, McCoy shot two technical free throws for an administrative error by Waite. She split the pair. Being dubbed the underdog by far, NV’s defensive pressure let them lead for the first three quarters of play and had Waite on their heels. Not until the final quarter of play did Waite take over as NV struggled to break the half court trap. After a heartbreaking loss, Waite advanced to the District championship, 43-31.