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88.9 celebrates 40th AlterNation throwing anniversary party April 17

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CONDOLENCES Wearing red, making hearts with their hands and showing support for the community of Chardon March 9 are the students and staff of SHS.

SHS supports Chardon >> Hannah Benson Editor in Chief Clubs, students and teachers banned together to support the community of Chardon by collecting $1,480 in change, wearing red and sending cards to express their condolences. After hearing about the February shooting in the high school cafeteria that left three students dead and two seriously injured, junior Lexi Brewster said she wanted to do something to help the victims, school and community. “I watched the news one day and I saw all the different things the different schools were doing to help,” Brewster said. “I was just waiting for our school to come up with something and it never happened.” Brewster was personally affected because she is

WSTB-FM, the high school student-run radio station is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a party, April 17, 6 – 8 p.m. Bob Long, general manager, said the last time the station had a major anniversary party was during its 25th year, but the staff usually has a small yearly get together. This year, Long said the turnout should be nice since “it’s easier to get a hold of people,” and “its not fancy; just sit back and chat.” The party will also give people a chance “to see how things are these days. We don’t spin records any more.” The station has undergone numerous changes over the last 40 years. WSTB has not always been known as 88.9, the AlterNation. The Federal

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Stadium renovations help community growth plans >> Chelsey Carpenter Editor in Chief

around,” said Head Varsity Football Coach John Arlesic. “Whenever you New home bleachers have new and adequate will accommodate 375 more facilities, it gives the Rocket fans in Glinatsis community a sense of pride Stadium this fall, as seating of where they want to be.” capacity on the home side Tevepaugh said the will increase from 750 to master plan developed 1,125. The former home for the athletic facilities side metal bleachers will includes an eight-lane, allbe placed on weather track the visitors’ to be added side, where when enough It gives the money the old is wooden raised. community a bleachers T h e sense of pride last home have already been torn of where they track meet down. to be held want to be.” in Glinatsis Upon completion, Stadium Head Varsity t h e was in 2000. Football Coach renovations C u r r e n t l y, John Arlesic will have an home meets estimated take place in bill of $1.4 Ravenna. million, Athletic Director Track members also practice Randy Tevepaugh said. there a couple times a week In addition to the due to the unsafe conditions bleachers, plans for a new of their home track. press box and scoreboard “A new track means are underway. A drainage we can have meets at home, system will also be in place practice at home and host an before the 2012 football invitational,” Head Track season. Coach Tom Fesemyer said. Renovations to the stadium “gives us the Continued on Page 6 ability to train all year See “Stadium”

Communications Commission originally approved its license as 91.5 MHZ, which became known as 91.5/VRock in 1991. In 1997, the station began airing seven days a week. Sundays became known as “The Sunday Oldies Jukebox” and the “air personalities” were adult volunteers from Streetsboro and the surrounding communities. The district (specifically Lowell Meyers, former superintendent) originally applied for a broadcast license, through the FCC in 1971. Meyers is now known as the “brain child” of the project because he introduced the plans to the board of education. The board authorized the application for the FCC. On March 23, 1972, the FCC approved the application and the district obtained the license and gained a new program. Originally, the station was located at the middle school, d u e to lack of space in the high school. In August 1985 t h e station moved to the high school; in March 1992, the transmitter a n d antenna moved up the hill as well. Later, Meyers became t h e superintendent of Maplewood C a r e e r Center and requested the program here be switched to that location. The board disagreed and the program stayed at here. In total, the project cost $57,148.64. Continued on Page 6 See “Radio”

New schedule seeks compromise >> Hannah Benson Editor in Chief In hopes of avoiding instructional gaps between school years and giving students access to intervention on a daily basis, next year’s schedule will be a different version of the current modified block schedule. “Say, for example, a student might take Social Studies 9 the first semester of their freshman year, but not take Social Studies 10 until the second semester sophomore year,” principal Eric Rauschkolb explained. “That's just a big gap of instruction we wanted to address.” A committee consisting of Rauschkolb, assistant principal Kris Cottrell, teachers, and guidance counselors William Smerglia and Kelly Simmons, worked to develop the new schedule, which was later reviewed by superintendent Robert Hunt and the president of the Streetsboro Association Foundation. Rauschkolb said

every staff member was invited to participate in the schedule planning process. Committee members discussed the pros and cons of a new schedule, reviewed different schedules from other schools, along with the goals they wanted to accomplish and how to achieve those goals. “During the scheduling committee we really heard from the staff that they wanted to maintain some element of the block,” Rauschkolb said. “The administration clearly thinks that that is valuable, too, because several classes have labs that take longer than just the normal class period to accomplish.” “Students are going to have more instructional time in their classes,” Rauschkolb said. “The instructional gaps are taken away in the core content areas and just provide more Continued on Page 7 See “Schedule”

Five valedictorians to share graduation speech >> Natalie Pinkerman Senior Editor Five seniors are sharing the title of valedictorian. Earning the honor with 4.0 grade point averages are Tyler Violi, Lindsay Lloyd, Arleigh Wiler-Martin, Alex Landgraf and Hannah Benson. Traditionally, the valedictorian is the student

with the highest GPA in the class. Lloyd knew last year she was among the top students. “I went down to guidance to get my ranking,” she said. “When I walked out I looked down at the post-it and saw that I was number one, so I wondered who else was too.”

Principal Eric Rauschkolb and senior adviser Megan McCaffrey officially informed the group of five a few weeks ago when they sat down with them to discuss how their graduation speeches would be handled. “I suspected for a while because there was a lot of talk about Top 10, but I officially found out

February 10,” Wiler-Martin said of sharing the honor. Last year, two students shared the title and each gave a speech during the graduation ceremony. McCaffrey and the five seniors said five different speeches would take too much time. Continued on Page 7 See “Valedictorian”


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‘Silent House’ fails to deliver a scare Maddie Oslejsek Film Critic

Only one word is needed to describe “Silent House”: Terrible ... in every form of the word. I wanted to tear my hair out through the entire film. I’m not sure if it was the horrendous acting, the disturbing plot, the atrocious way it was filmed or the fact that people actually left the theater that made the experience so dreadful. Nonetheless, it was horrible. You know a “scary” movie is bad when you end up sitting in the theater joking around with friends instead of clinging to each other in fear. Normally I would sum up the storyline without giving anything away, however, I can’t even do that this time. I can honestly say I have no idea what happened in the film. “Silent House” was filmed in a way meant to mimic one contin-

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uous real-time take, with no cuts from start to finish. According to the Internet Movie Database, “it was shot in roughly 10-minute segments, then edited to hide the cuts.” Yes, the idea of having one continuous take, without stopping, seems really cool! The camera moved around way too much, however. It got to the point where you couldn’t even see the actors, which defeated the “coolness” of the concept. I would have to say Elizabeth Olsen, who plays Sarah, did the best job of acting in the film. She portrayed the character quite well. When she was meant to seem fearful, Olsen displayed fear. Unlike her co-star, Adam Trese, she showed the proper emotions at the proper times. Trese played Sarah’s father, John. At one point in the film, Sarah finds her father nearly dead and surrounded by blood. You would think her father would sound and/or look like he’s in pain, right? Well, by the looks of Trese’s character, being stabbed nearly to death isn’t as excruciating as

you’d think. His “happy-to-seeyou” face and “I’m-dying-andin-pain” face look exactly the same. Nice display of emotions, Trese… This film’s plot was VERY difficult to follow. I understand that the filming style played a part in this. But, honestly, the plot changed like five times. In the beginning of the film, you are introduced to Sarah’s uncle, who immediately establishes himself as is a creep by saying, “Look at you. I can’t get over how grown up you are...” as he corners her in the kitchen and looks her up and down… Later, the plot switches over to the house being haunted. Within several moments, the main focus goes back to the creepy uncle. Finally, the point of the film is revealed: Sarah is insane. Truthfully, if I had to see this movie again, I would go insane. If you go see this film, and I don’t recommend doing so, make sure you bring along friends who will entertain you. Otherwise, you will sit through the entire movie, silent.

Love/Hate your car? Submit a picture and story to appear on the “Cars” page in the yearbook. Forms are located outside of Polly Dierkens’ Room, 302. Yearbook staffers are available to take pictures as well. Contact Chelsey Carpenter with any questions.

Movies to see over break Opening today: • “The Hunger Games” (PG-13) • “October Baby” (PG-13) • “The Raid: Redemption” (R)

Coming soon: • “Mirror Mirror” (PG) 03/30 • “Wrath of the Titans” (PG-13) 03/30 • “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” (R) 12/21

Bulletin Board Seniors PDA letters have been sent home to parents. Remind them to look over the packet to choose a design to be featured in the yearbook.

Take Pictures Over Spring Break, be sure to take pictures of all the activities you and your friends do, whether just hanging out at home or are on the beach. Pictures can be submitted to Room 302 or sent to pdierkens@rockets.sparcc.org and may be featured in the yearbook.

Rocket Rowdies show dedication & support for all Natalie Pinkerman Senior Editor

After a year away from our home gym the Rocket Rowdies are back and better than ever. Every game last year was essentially away with all the “home” games played in Ravenna’s old gym. Only at a few games did we have a full student section. This year, however, at almost every game (including the away games) a full section of Rocket Rowdies was always cheering along with us. Being a cheerleader, I more than appreciate the Rowdies’ dedication and support. It makes us kind of pointless if we don’t have a crowd to cheer with us. All season we have had energetic and loud support from the stage. Rowdies adviser Mrs. Brittany Kidd is to thank for organizing all the theme nights and positioning good section leaders in seniors

Chris Lahm, Cody Simpkins and Mike Painter. The three of them have been to almost every game, both home and away, and even if only a few other students are in the stands, they will still lead cheers. That is true dedication. Kidd has also done a good job of keeping the student section classy. In past years girls did not always appropriately dress for the theme night. This year, however, for every theme night all the Rowdies showed their spirit without showing too much skin. That reflects well on our school. Not only do the Rowdies support the boys’ basketball team and the cheerleaders but also the girls’ basketball team and the wrestlers. I attended senior nights for the girls and the wrestlers and the student section was full at both events. Painter said after his senior night for wrestling that it was really nice to have a full section cheering him on. It is cool to see the Rowdies supporting all the teams. Kidd, along with senior Rowdie Sam

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ROWDY Senior Cody Simpkins leads the Rocket Rowdies and cheerleaders during the Blackout game against rival Crestwood in the Roller Coaster.

Rydzinski, made signs for all the seniors participating in a winter sport. They took the time to track down all the seniors to get a picture so each sign was that much more personal. The signs were very well made. Such effort and dedication is very much appreciated. I, along with the rest of the cheerleading squad, want to thank the Rowdies specifically for com-

ing down and sitting center court to watch us do our dance during halftime of the Field game. They cheered for us the whole time and really gave us encouragement. We appreciate their support more than they know. Last year, while we performed our halftime dance it was silent because we lacked a student section at the Ravenna gym. The consistent support this year was a welcome change.


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Arranged marriage confuses & angers Fatemah Gill Staff Writer

Growing up in a culture where arranged marriages are a norm, because my family originates from an arranged marriage, I have seen how they truly work. Watching a cousin, who is only a few years older than me, going through the process of an arranged marriage, is infuriating. She is only 23 years old, graduating with a masters degree next year, with the fate of a marriage to a strange. One weekend, my sisters and I went to the mall and we recognized a young Middle Eastern lady at the makeup counter from the last time we had gone. She has talked about her husband and how wonderful he is but she never told us about her first marriage, her arranged marriage. The lady was 18, fresh out of high school, when she first got married. She was married to her first husband for one year before she divorced him. The man lied about who he was, which infuriated her. He lied about where he lived. Instead of the house shown to her parents via photographs, he lived in a one-room apartment with no bathroom or floors. He also lied about his job; he had none. How were they supposed to support each other without an income? I do not believe arranged marriages work. Some call this being “Americanized,” I call it logic. Is it logical to marry your child off to a stranger? Does it

make sense to have your child live with someone he or she just met? No. Arranged marriages are not teaching two people to love each other, but to love their social sta-

Is she a nutritionist as of today? No. My cousin’s husband has a good job, so my cousin coasts through life…with HIS money. What if he was not so nice and refused to share his money?

smartest strategy. People should get married without being able to support themselves first. As humans, we are prone to have feelings. Not only should love be in a marriage, but so

tus and financial success. Parents are not going to marry their child off to someone who is not well known or not making money (except in a case like the unfortunate lady at the makeup counter). My cousin in Pakistan got married 10 years ago. The man she married is nice and they now have two kids. What bothers me is my cousin went to school to be a nutritionist.

Some would say she needs to stay home and take care of her children. Well, because of their wealth, they have a live-in nanny who has been in the family for years, giving her the option to work. One thing about arrange marriages that completely bothers me is that parents marry their daughters off to successful men. Sure, it sounds nice living life without working, but it is not the

should trust and friendship. Now, I cannot say what love is, but I have seen a numerous amount of Disney movies, and let me tell you, none of the princesses married someone because their parents TOLD them too. People may learn to love, but is it really worth the risk going through a whole marriage? A wedding costs money and so does the legal process a legitimate marriage goes through.

Staff sends thoughts and prayers to Chardon Orbiter Staff The Orbiter staff would like to send our condolences to the entire city of Chardon. None of us can imagine what students and staff must be going through. We experienced finding out the events that occurred together as a staff, constantly checking our Twitter feeds and texting students who used to go here but now attend Chardon. We sat in class constantly refreshing news sites to get the latest information. Our worry grew as the facts slowly came out. We could not even wrap our heads around a student being able to act out in such a way and hurt his classmates. None of us could possibly imagine a shooting happening here. We hope that one of our students would never be pushed to do such a thing.

After watching and listening to the news, we learned the shooter did not seem to be bullied or in bad spirits. This especially frightened us, because, for all we know, someone in our school could feel pressure to do the same thing. The proximity of Chardon caused us to realize how, while unfortunate, this situation could happen anywhere; even in Northeast Ohio. One moment on the news particular showed to see the reality of the situation: the interview with victim Danny Parmertor’s parents. Parmertor’s mother said she was just “mad,” which brought tears to all of our eyes. She also said they were planning on looking at colleges soon, but now they had to pick out a casket instead. The thought of having a friend’s family go through such a horrible experience makes us all appreciate each other more than we already do. We hope some good can

come out of this tragedy, everyone realizing how precious life is. These events should teach us to be kind to everyone. You never know what someone is going through. We should all make an effort to say a simple “hi” to someone new every day, even if they aren’t labeled “cool.” Another lesson to be learned is to never leave a friend mad. It is scary to think about, but you never know what could happen. No one wants to live with the regret of hurtful words being the last you spoke to a loved one. We want to send our thoughts and prayers to everyone affected by the shooting that day. Even though we did not know the victims, we do have friends attending Chardon who did know them. It makes the situation more real when you see your friends Tweet about the funerals or their loss of a friend. Hopefully, the families of the victims can find peace one

In Southern Asia and the Middle East, weddings are a big deal. From experience, Indian and Pakistani weddings are more like festivals. They can last as long as a month, depending how far apart each ceremonial day is. The ceremony consists of an engagement party, and a “bridal shower,” called “sangeet” (which is more like a party rather than a bridal shower). Another part of the ceremony is Mehndi which is also like a party, when girls have henna done to them while the bride goes through pre-wedding rituals. The religious part of the wedding is then held in a place of worship, and then comes the best part, the reception. It is such a process to get married. According to myshaadibridalexpo.com, the average cost of an Indian wedding is 50,000 in United States dollars. Why should someone spend so much money on a wedding to someone they do not get to choose to marry? The greatest freedom humans have is the ability to choose and make decisions. We choose what we want to do for a living, where we want to live, what to wear, what to watch and listen to. A person should be able to choose his or her spouse.

Top 10 skewed without weighted grades Based on those five people earning GPAs of 4.0 all throughout high school, students who parEditor in Chief ticipated in post-secondary and received lower grades in those courses shouldn’t be punished or The list of the “top 10” stu- ranked lower. dents for the 2012 graduating I have received A’s throughclass is inaccurate. out high school. Because I reWithout weighted grades, ceived some B’s in post classes like all the other classes at Kent State Univerbelow us have, the ranksity, my class ranking ing is ultimately unfair. Being has taken a plunge. Being 14th out one of the 14th out of five Only of about 182 students valedictorians makes me angry. Some 182 make participated in the of the students ranked Enme angry.” Post-Secondary above me have taken rollment Option ProChelsey basic, non-challenging gram. classes throughout high Carpenter A few others school and their grades have taken challengare weighted the same as ing courses, though I believe college level coursework my own. The honors classes and post- is much more challenging. Class rankings after 2012 secondary courses I have taken are more challenging and should will not be an issue due to weighted grades. be weighted higher. I wish my class could have If a harder course load was accounted for, or weighted, one such an opportunity to make the “top 10” an accurate reflection of top student would emerge. Instead, our class has five the preeminent 10 students of the 2012 class. valedictorians. Chelsey Carpenter


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Spring Fling 1. Senior Marc Dantimo and junior Amber Lesak share a moment together 2. Dancing “The Wobble” are junior Nicole Basich, senior Amanda Barile and juniors Olivia Beale, Jennifer Basich and Stephanie Judd. 3. Enjoying their time together are sophomore Kristen MacMillan and junior Megan Densmore. 4. After being crowned Spring Fling queen and king, seniors Amanda Barile and Chris Lahm share a dance. 5. Senior Devin Adams and junior Austin Clay teach everyone how to “Dougie.” Photos by Larae Nevels, Gloria Tekaucic & Paige Verma

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CONVERSTATION APRIL 22

Time & Location to be determined Parents, Teachers, Staff, Students, Residents: Be Sure to Attend! Superintendent Bob Hunt will give his State of the Schools address on April 19. The People’s Alliance for Streetsboro Schools is hosting a community conversation on Sunday, April 22 for residents to discuss the direction of the district.

For more info visit www.streetsboropass.org

Upcoming Event in May: May 7-11 Art Show at Robinson Memorial Health Center in Streetsboro K-12 grade art will be on display. May 12 Celebration of Student Art: Pasta Dinner & Auction at StringZ & WingZ Tickets to go on sale in April.


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Band members will be soaking up the sun with Mickey and Minnie Mouse at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida over spring break and performing in the afternoon parade at Magic Kingdom. Director Gretchen Weaver said the band has gone every four years for “a while now.” Though this is Weaver’s second time taking the Streetsboro band, it is actually her eighth time total. To fund the $700 trip, band members who wanted to go were set up with payment plans. Senior Danny Phillips said planning for the trip began last summer, so most members ended up paying $100 a month for seven months. “It was pretty easy for the kids’ parents who are rough on money,” freshman Matt Krispinsky said. Sophomore Melissa Stone said proceeds from fundraisers went into their booster accounts. “We have done numerous fundraisers since last spring to help our students raise the money to help cover the cost,” Weaver said.

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After the five-day trip, the band will return home March 29. “This is an experience none of these students will ever forget,” Weaver said. “It’s in a whole other league than what they are used to doing. We are also a positive representative of our district and part of the state.” Neither Stone or Phillips have been to Disney World before. While Stone is most excited to go to Blizzard Beach, Phillips said he wants to hug Mickey Mouse. Sophomore Matt Kolke said he is excited to “sit on the beach for two hours with nothing to do.” Weaver is mostly excited to see the band members have fun and relax. “I am really excited to see these kids perform in Magic Kingdom,” Weaver said. “No matter how many times you do it, it never gets old. I am also excited to see my students have fun. We work hard all year round, taking mainly the month of June off. Between marching band, jazz band, concert band, pep band, solo and ensemble contest, the band students perform about 40 times each year. They deserve to have a good time.”

Rehearsing for their performance in the Magic Kingdom parade are the saxophone players. The band will play “Sunshine” by Katrina & The Waves and “You Dropped A Bomb On Me” by Gap Band.

Fundraisers included fruit sales, the 9/11 pancake breakfast, band cards and family donations. These fundraisers helped cover the expenses for the hotel

and charter bus they will travel in. After riding 24 hours on a charter bus tomorrow, the band will stay at the Doubletree Hotel

in Downtown Orlando. Members will then perform at and visit the Magic Kingdom, Olde Towne Park and Blizzard Beach waterpark.

Where would you venture with a full tank of gas? “I’d go to Giant Eagle and pick up all the snacks in the world and eat them. After that I’d go to Taco Bell, and maybe pick up Brandon Gency. Then go my house and play basketball, and end the day by going to Chipotle. We can eat a lot.”

“I’d go to Cody Simpkins’ house to watch movies and cuddle because we’re boyfriends.” Junior Sean Borlie

Junior Dalton Cupka

Boro Babble “When I went to Myrtle Beach with my family because it was right before my grandma died and it was the last time I got to see her…their house burned down [recently] and it was the last time I even got to be in that house because they have to rebuild it.” Freshman Becca Fleming ‘06

Freshman Kaelynn Hixon

“I’d go to Athens [Ohio] because I like riding four-wheelers and dirt bikes and my parents own land

“We’d [Cody Simpkins and I] would go get ice cream, because ice cream is delicious.” Senior Mani Gill

“I’d go to my grandma’s house because I’m really close with her and if I was going to be stuck somewhere for a while, I would want to be stuck with her.”

Sophomore Robby Komara

“I’d go to my mom’s house in in Michigan because I get fed well when I go there.’’

Senior English teacher Maria Judd

What was your most memorable Spring Break? “Last year, when I went to Pennsylvania and went four wheeling with my cousins, because it was a lot of fun. I hadn’t seen them in years.” Junior Bobby Eckert ‘11

“My sophomore year in high school, my French Club went to Montreal and Quebec City by train.” Track Coach Scott Miller

“My parents went on a trip and I had to switch back and forth from my aunt’s house and my grandma’s house. I don’t get to see them very often and it was nice to spend time with them.” Freshman Cassidy Baughman ‘09


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Online at streetsboroschools.com/orbiter Chardon Continued from page 1 friends with Chardon High School students, former SHS students Kevin and Karin Gary. “I talked to them and they told us that every morning they sat with the kids that got shot,” Brewster said. “I just think about that happening at our school and everyone thinks that it’s not going to happen and it’s just ridiculous that it’s a half hour away.” Brewster said the changes in the Gary’s schedules prevented them from being with the victims during the shooting.

After asking assistant principal Kris Cottrell if the school was planning on doing anything, Brewster was encouraged to do something herself. She then went to Rocket Rowdies adviser Brittany Kidd, who suggested doing a change drive. They decided the money should go into a fund set up for the victims’ families. Kidd said she was affected by the shooting, as both a teacher and a parent. “School is a place where we are supposed to feel safe, so it is especially difficult to understand,” Kidd said. “The thing that affected me most was hearing

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We have to secure our students’ academic success first. We’re doing things the right and proper way.” Head Varsity Football Coach John Arlesic

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High jump and long jump areas are also a part of the master plan, said Fesemyer. Announcer Bob Long is eager for a new press box with windows. “After 30 years of being in the press box, I’m excited,” he said. “We don’t have the worst press box in the PTC, but we’re in the bottom third. It’s not clean…Mogadore has all

Radio Continued from page 1 The district paid $14,523.93, while the state covered the remaining amount. Until 1976 the programs were entirely prerecorded so students were not missing their classes. Since WSTB only has one studio, staffers were able to sign off the air two hours a day, for production work. That year the station changed, however, and the senior staff aired live music, news and other programs.

this space. I envy them so much.” Currently the press box has six outlets running along the front baseboards. Since the press box is open and has no windows, these outlets are exposed to all weather conditions. In a new press box, Long will have the opportunity to lay out his notes and laptop, whereas up until now he has had to coat everything with plastic when it rains or snows. Members of the press

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the teachers talk about their experiences, particularly the coach from Chardon. I could see/hear [husband and colleague] Kidd in that situation and it is extremely scary.” “I cannot imagine what the teachers, parents, kids and whole community are going through, so I'm glad Lexi approached me about trying to help.” The fourth period class that collected the most money, which was Bob Sternberg’s class received a pizza party. Classes close behind were Rob Kidd’s, Polly Dierkens’, Allison Carey’s and Connor Yeager’s. Kidd and Brewster also asked the and media will also be able to view the game comfortably without being hit by the door due to the lack of space, he said. “We have to keep the scoreboard running and hope for the best,” Long said. The new scoreboard will come from Side Effects in Franklin, Ohio, and will ultimately be free. Side Effects owns the advertising rights for the first three years, allowing them to select the ads

Things at the station now have stayed the same. Senior Joey McCormack, operations manager, checks recordings and supervises the station. He said he also “manages and creates on-air schedule for the other DJs.” Long says McCormack is his “right-hand man… he takes care of everything and makes my life a little easier.” It was not until August 30, 1999, when staff member Shawn Horton came up with the new and current title for the station.

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school to wear red March 9 for a photo to be sent to Chardon. Students and staff posed with a sign made by Brewster and signed by members of the school community. “I am so proud once again of our SHS students and staff for stepping up to show Chardon what an amazing community we are,” Kidd said. “Friday's ‘Red Day’ was amazing. I was so proud of how many students and teachers dressed in red to show their support. I'm not surprised. No matter what anyone says about Streetsboro, we always stick together and support each other when we need to.”

showcased on the board. After the three years are up, advertising will be handled by Tevepaugh. P e r m a n e n t improvement funds will cover part of the cost of the new track, though donations will also be needed. Led by Dr. Sam Lewis, The Gridiron Club has been appointed by Superintendent Bob Hunt as the lead organization to solicit funds from local businesses. “This cannot be done

entirely with school funds,” Tevepaugh said. “We have to get community and business support to make this come to fruition.” Plans for stadium updates were pushed aside in past years due to lack of funding. “As our community continues to grow, this is part of the growing process. I think all parents, coaches included, want the best for their student athletes,” Fesemyer said.

In its first 10 years, the station has had more to adapt to than just the name. It went through six general managers as well. Current General Manager Long took over October 12, 1981. Since Long took over, the station has been forced offair twice. The first time was for one month in 2008, due to alleged “illegal content” found on station computers. Most recently, the station was forced offair and offsite for a week in 2010, due to the fire in the gymnasium.


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Online at streetsboroschools.com/orbiter Schedule Continued from page 1

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she will enjoy coming in late on Wednesdays and thinks teachers will be able to cover more material on this new schedule, she said her big issue with it is not being able to take the classes she wants. “I can’t take Spanish IV or a math because I put off doubling up on science until my senior year,” Judd said. Though Judd said she feels limited by the new schedule, Rauschkolb said any schedule would present limitations and challenges. “Students certainly have the option [to sign out of academic support] and there are many students who we would encourage to take a full load of classes,” he said. Yet Judd is doubling up on her sciences to prepare for a biology major in college. She is unable to take another class in place of the academic support period because of

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her busy schedule. “There’s no way I can drop the study hall because I have dance for usually two to three hours after school,” Judd explained. “Sometimes I have both dance and cheerleading so I really need the study hall.” Family and consumer science teacher Nakia Miller said she fears the new schedule will limit students in what electives they are able to take. “I don’t feel it is in the best interest of the students,” Miller said. Both Judd and Miller said they like the current modified block schedule best. “I think it gives students options and it gives them a built-in intervention,” Miller said. “It gives them academic support without them having to sign up or be released from it.”

‘Fangs’ video set for April 5 release

Hannah Benson

Alex Landgraf

Lindsay Lloyd

Valedictorians

consistency, and it provides students with the opportunity to receive help every single day if they choose to take that academic support period.” During the academic support period students will go to a particular area, either the cafeteria or library, and will be able to receive tutoring in a core subject. Students who felt they did not need the support period, could have their parents sign a form allowing each of them to take another elective class. “I wanted to take my French and I couldn't take it unless I had that override form,” freshman Santana Berish said. “French is more important than taking a study hall.” Wednesday mornings the staff will have one hour of planning time or collaboration. Rauschkolb said in some instances, this time will be used for staff meetings and, in other cases, it will involve teachers working together on lesson planning. “We wanted to be sensitive to our teachers’ planning time and we wanted to make sure they had an appropriate amount of time to do whatever they needed to do during that planning time,” Rauschkolb said. After a week of adapting to the new schedule, Rauschkolb said, he believes the students will become comfortable with the new routine. Although junior Stephanie Judd said

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Tyler Violi

>> Mikaela Dombrowski Staff Writer To promote the upcoming play “Lady Dracula,” the music video “Fangs,” will be released April 5 at Stringz and Wingz. “Fangs” was written and produced by senior Brett Boardwine and his dad, English teacher Jim Boardwine. It features a rap song written and performed by sophomores Marcus Bowman and Jake Edgerton and co-produced by Brett Boardwine and pop/dance song “Fangs” produced by Brett Boardwine. Featured in the music video is, lead vocalist Brittany Klarich, a senior at John Carroll University. Also teaming with students from Keithe Williams Performing Arts Academy are dancers, seniors Taylor Goodman and Cal Lupica; junior Sam Palania, sophomore Catie Carey and eighth grade students Dominique Buchanon and Faith Carey. Seventeen dancers were chosen of the 55 who auditioned. With all the people involved in the production of the music video and play, “it takes hours upon hours to communicate with everyone, just in order to bring them all together,” said Jim Boardwine. The video release party will include a 30-minute live performance from Chimera, Brittany Klarich’s stage name, who will be accompanied by two other dances. Senior Brett Boardwine wrote and produced the live music Chimera will perform April 5. After Chimera’s performance, recent Kent State University graduate, videographer major, graduate Andrew Lelio, will share his documentary “The Making of ‘Fangs’ and ‘Lady Dracula.’” The video will showcase the behind-the-scenes work, Lelio has shot and edited on his own. The “world premiere” of the ‘Fangs’ video will finish the night, said Jim Board-

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DRAMA

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Performing a lift for the “Fangs” music video are seniors Cal Lupica and Taylor Goodman.

wine. At Standing Rock Cemetery (across the street from Kent Roosevelt High School, on State Route 43); was the location for the “Fangs” video shoot. Filming, which took place February 12 and 26 and March 4, consisted of an eight-hour working days for the dancers and a 0-degree temperatures. Hot Heads Salon in Northfield, Ohio donated 40 hours of hair and make-up work for the video shoot. Jim Boardwine said the stylists have posted statuses and been spreading the word about the play through their Facebook pages and their own contacts. They will donate their time and talents the days of the show as well. The concept of the music video, which was Brett Boardwine’s, is a female vampire looking to share her life with a mate. When she finds Todd Wilson, she wants to change him into a vampire so they can live together forever, which is like the story line of “Lady Dracula.”

“Fangs” and “Lady Dracula” piggyback off ideas from the “sappy Twilight movies,” said Brett Boardwine. The play, which takes the Streetsboro High School stage April 26 and 27 stars senior Amanda Maxwell as Lady Dracula and junior Marshall White as Todd Wilson. “‘Lady Dracula’ the play will be the one to go to because there will be singing, dancing and, of course, acting,” said Maxwell, adding that the cast has been “working really hard” on this play to make it a good one. Henry J Productions (Time Warner Cable) will film the show and a DVD release of all the live performances will be released May 12 at Stringz and Wingz added Jim Boardwine. This release with be a part of the Community Art Show. To entertain the crowd May12 the cast will reprise some of the musical numbers from the show. Tickets for sale are $5 and can be purchased from Boardwine or any of the cast members.

“They earned the honor and right to speak, so we gave them the option to choose instead of just telling them what to do,” McCaffrey said. “If we combine the speeches it would just be faster and would avoid us from repeating,” Violi said. The group has unofficially decided to write one speech and deliver it together. “I think we should all do it together,” Lloyd said, “It will show that we can all work together and it reminds me of an awards show, which is really cool.” The class of 2008 was the last to have so many valedictorians. This will be less likely to happen in future years, since this is the last class to not have weighted grades. Landgraf said he is excited and proud to share the title with so many other people. “I think it is awesome that four other people put in the effort to get to this point,” he said. Lloyd agreed. “I’m really proud of my classmates,” she said. Violi said he believes everyone earned the title, but sharing the spotlight with four others takes a bit away from his honor. All the seniors said they worked hard to achieve their goal and are excited to share the speech at graduation.


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Baker captures third PTC title

Ashburn is sectional champion, five other wrestlers qualify for districts Top wrestlers • Chris Dynowski took fourth at PTCs and was a district qualifier • Zack Baratko placed fourth at PTCs and was a district qualifier • Travis Smosny placed fourth at PTCs and was a district qualifier • Sam Creque placed sixth at PTCs and was a district qualifier • Sean Kuklisin was a district qualifier

>> Natalie Pinkerman Senior Editor Senior wrestler Bubba Baker captured his third consecutive PTC title in the 220-lb. weight class. Baker beat out junior Jake Moore from Rootstown for the second year in a row for the title. “The match was very intense,” Baker said. “I felt a lot pressure.” Head coach Rick Charlton was also on edge watching the match unfold. “It was a very close and nerve-racking match,” he said.

Senior Bubba Baker Baker said going into the match. he figured he would beat Moore since he did last year. But once the match went into overtime it got interesting, he said. Without the support of his family, coaches and teammates, Baker said he would not have

reached his goal. “I had a lot of support this year,” he said. Baker said the process of reaching his goal of winning another PTC title started with a good attitude. “I went into practice with a good mindset,” Baker said. “He was always listening, worked hard and [was] motivated at practices,” senior teammate Travis Smosny said. Baker also made an impression on his coaches. “Bubba is a very hard-working wrestler. He is always asking questions and is looking to get

better,” Charlton said. Not only did Baker win his weight class at PTCs, but he also placed second in the sectional meet and was a state alternate after placing 5th in districts. “I was really proud to see my teammate reach his goal,” Smosny said. Senior Chris Ashburn fell short of states. “It’s depressing and way too emotional,” Ashburn said. Ashburn had high hopes of qualifying for states and said he had a tough bracket to beat. He finished third at PTCs and was sectional champion.

Track meets, ball games getting underway

FOULING

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Upset after committing a foul against Field January 6 is senior Ben Gency.

Gency honored >> Taylor White Staff Writer Senior basketball player Ben Gency earned three awards at the March 15 winter sports awards banquet; player of the year in the Portage Trail Conference, First Team All Inland and the Sportsmanship award. Gency is waiting on results for a fourth award from the state to be released. Head coach Nick Marcini said state awards will be released this week and Gency will “probably” earn “first or second team [All Ohio]”while “the other guys have a chance at winning honorable mention.” Senior Sawyer White earned three awards at the banquet; Special Mention All Districts, First Team All Metro and Offensive player of the year from Marcini.

Softball Softball coach Tim Foster plans on having more repetitive practices. With this tactic, Foster said he believes players will not lose

Baseball Coach Chris Scisciani has been the head baseball coach for seven years and coaching a total of 12. Last year, the varsity team placed second in the PTC. Returning lettermen are junior Brandon Gency and seniors Matt

>> Fatemah Gill Staff Writer

has waited all year for track season. She placed 13th in discus last year, throwing 113 feet, and placed 14th in shotput with 36 feet.

member of the track team. “He’s improved in football since last year, so it seems promising he’ll improve in track,” said Todd.

“He has the most talent from the freshmen I’ve seen. He goes to practice, does his homework. Track & Field He runs with me, he pushes him In his 18th year as head track self,” Hannan said. and field coach, Tom FeseDistance coach meyer and his approximately Robb Kidd agreed with 80 athletes are defending Hannan about Gould last year’s district title while and is excited to see all facing Kent, Norton, Coventhe new athletes. try, Springfield, Crestwood, From coaching Field and Ravenna in a new girls cross country, Kidd league. has hopes freshman Now that the Rockets are Madison and Meghan in a new league, Fesmeyer Westerh as well as Dana said he is excited to see how Bindus. the team will do. He is ready Fesemeyer to see the different teams and said he has high expeccoaches. The league meet will tations for Todd, Oliver be held on May 9 and May and Hannan, due to their 11. Prior to the league meet, hard work last year. twelve seasonal meets will be He also acknowlheld. edged junior sprinters Hopes are high for senior Jeremy Braynard, Camshotput and discus throwers eron Sackett, Marshall Alex Todd and Mercedes Oli- POWER White, and Dorian WilPhoto by Jessica Octavec ver. As a junior, Todd placed Senior Alex Todd gets prepared to release a disc during a liams. He has also heard fifth in regionals, just missing good things about freshmeet last season at Ravenna. his chance of qualifying for man Prince Franklin. states. The top four places at With sophoregionals make it to states. She said her goal this year Distance runner and senior more runner Tia Hairston out due is to beat the school record of Pete Hannan, the only four-year to an injury, sophomores Megan He said his goals this year 120’11” in discus again and set a returning letterman said he plans Melice, Marra Woods and Destiare to place in states by getting new record in shot-put. She also to beating the school mile record ny King will have to work harder 165-180 feet in discus and 55-60 hopes to place on the top four in of 4:26:05 this season. to make up for the loss. feet in shotput. states. Hannan said freshman Jake Since King placed sixth at re Oliver, team MVP her soph- Todd pointed out junior Gould is another promising new- gionals last year, Fesemeyer has omore and junior years, said she thrower Sam Creque a promising comer. high hopes for her also. their focus. Foster’s goal is to improve last year’s record of 9-11. With returning lettermen seniors Sam Rydzinski, Colleen Rimmel, Amanda Barile, Sam Paugh and Tiffany Howitt, juniors

Mikaela Dombrowski, Marisa Delambo, Shannon Blondeaux, and sophomores Kristen MacMillan and Taylor Hillyer, a good season awaits. Aside from improving her record, Rydzinski said she plans on

being a leader and helping girls who are struggling by reminding them to work hard. Rydzinski is moving from left field to center this year. Freshman Corrine Braynard is one newcomer Foster said he is

looking forward to having. “She shows up to practice every day, she hustles every day. When she makes mistakes, she learns from them,” said Foster. “She has a good attitude.”

Bailey, Tyler Dixon, Ben Gency, Chris Lahm and Cody Simpkins. Scisciani said his goals consist of winning at least 15 games and finishing on top of the league. Shortstop Dixon and outfielder Simpkins said their goals are to win 18 games and the district title. Dixon, who has been playing

for 15 years and Simpkins, who has been playing for 13, said they plan on taking more of a leadership role than last year’s seniors, taking practice more seriously and decreasing the amount of goofing off. Getting ranked in Ohio is the goal of senior Ben Gency, who

has been playing for 12 years. The boys will be playing on a modifiyed field with a new fence, since the city took it down and replaced it with a new one. Modifications made by the city include leveling of the infield so water does not puddle, and added turfus, a type of dirt mixed with a

drying agent to absorb water faster. Also, the pitcher’s mound and home plate have been redone, and sod has been added to the three base plates. With all the changes, the baseball team will be able to play more home games, said Scisciani “We can’t wait to play on it.”


March 23, 2011