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Effects of levy passage to be announced at board meeting tonight >> Tyler Sanders Staff Writer Fourth time was the charm for the district as the final vote count was announced at around 12:40 a.m. Nov. 3 that both issues had passed. Issue 2 passed by 35.1 percent, 3,612 to 1,735 votes, and Issue 3 passed by 67 votes. At the Nov. 11 board meeting Board member Andrew Lesak called the passing of both levies “historic.” Despite the celebration board president Cindy Pennock-Hanish said, “we are not rolling in money”, adding that the board needs to be very conservative when making decisions. The board will also have to “use a magnifying glass” to help make decisions and “look at everything we can bring back, including busing,” Pennock-Hanish said. Pennock-Hanish said no decision on what to bring back can happen until Nov. 23, which is when the official recount of the Issue 3 vote will be in. If both levies had failed, the district would have faced a projected deficit of over $2 million by fiscal year 2012. Proposed cuts included whittling class offerings down to the state minimum standards, which included no electives, as well as cutting most, if not all extracurriculars and clubs. Superintendent Linda Keller said organizations such as WSTB, The Orbiter, and the yearbook had been facing elimination prior to the levies passage. Though funded via drives and advertising profits, the district still pays advisers to lead the organizations. Although the district does not have to worry about making such cuts, now “The board will have to be conserva-

No 32.45 percent

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Yes 67.55 percent

Issue 2: Renewal

Yes 50.63 percent

No 49.37 percent

Issue 3: Additional tive with money management,” treasurer Cathy Rouse said. The district will be collecting more tax dollars as a result of the levies but, government stimulus funds are ending, resulting in over $500,000 in lost funds, Rouse explained. Help from the P.A.S.S. organization and other events held to promote the levy such as the pancake breakfast, newspaper ads, and information on the website informed the community about the levies, Keller said. Both levies passed after four different attempts, failing by 537 votes in November 2009, 506 votes in February 2010 and 209 votes in May 2010.

Gym construction continues During the Nov. 16 teacher walk-through of the areas of the building affected by the fire, Bob Sternburg and Ryan Spence listen to project manager Dave Leach report the progress of the gym, seen here from the back wall, facing the stage.

Classrooms to reopen after Thanksgiving break >> Cindy Deng Senior Editor Upon returning Monday from Thanksgiving break, teachers and students will be back in the classrooms surrounding the gym for the first time since the June 1 fire. Reopening will be the radio station, woodshop, TV production and family and consumer sciences rooms. The cafeteria is expected to be reopened by Christmas. Physical education classes are expected to return to the gym by the beginning of February. At the Oct. 14 board meeting, the Cornice Company, which has been working on the construction of the building, presented updated deadlines and plans regarding the construction and rebuilding of the gym. The company had hoped to have the main hallway, cafeteria and classrooms open by Nov. 15, heating and air conditioning sys-

tems installed between the end of November and early December. Plans also include reopening the wrestling room and outside hallway by Jan. 17, and finishing the rest of the interior design and adding sports equipment by late February. “Those are the dates we feel we can hit as comfortably to have all of those things done,” project manager Dave Leach said. “The set engineers had to do all their calculations…figuring out how many things needed to be replaced, how to replace it and things like that.” Leach clarified the original completion dates reported in the last edition of the Orbiter were general estimates so they would have enough time to gather all the information collected and the work done. He said the workers still need to paint the walls, lay flooring, in-

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Superintendent Keller’s resignation effective Dec. 31 >> Courtney Sackett Editor in Chief Superintendent Linda Keller submitted her resignation, effective Dec. 31, at a special board meeting Nov. 4, about eight months before her contract was set to expire. Keller said she was “recently” offered the deputy superintendent position at the Mid Ohio Educational Service Center, which she accepted the week of Nov. 7. “I am flattered that they want me,” Keller said. As the Deputy Superintendent, Keller said, she will provide services for 20,000 students across three counties and 18 school districts. She may assist with professional development

and alternative programs and personnel services as well. In a 3-to-4 vote, school board members accepted Keller’s resignation, pending hiring a replacement. Cindy Pennock-Hanish, Denise Baba and Andrew Lesak voted to allow her to submit the resignation, Brian Violi voted no, and Kevin Grimm was absent. “I believe that Mrs. Keller should fulfill her obligation and finish out her contract,” Violi said in an e-mail interview later. Had he been present, Grimm would have approved the resignation, he said later in an e-mail interview. ”Although I agree with Mr. Violi that a person should honor their contract, I believe it would be detrimental to the school

district to try and force Mrs. Keller to stay.” Though Keller is set to begin her new job Jan. 1, 2011, if a new superintendent is not hired by Dec. 31, she will be required to remain in her current position. Keller’s contract with Streetsboro expires July 31, 2011. An interim superintendent may be hired, however, to fulfill Keller’s role for the remainder of the school year. Grimm said the school board has agreed to allow the Ohio School Board’s Association to conduct a search for a new superintendent. After the application acceptance period ends, the OSBA will select the final candidates and send the applications to Streetsboro’s school board for

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final approval. Grimm said he believes the selection should be based on input from the community, school staff and board members, rather than just from the board. Although Keller submitted her resignation at the special board meeting, she said the meeting was not called specifically to address her resignation. Keller said the board called the meeting to discuss and celebrate the passage of the levies. Keller said she had not been looking for a job “very long.” “I’m honored that Mid Ohio Educational Governing Board… offered me the position,” Keller said. “It was very much a surprise.”

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‘Teen Mom’ inaccurate reflection of teen pregnancy >> Lacy Dean Staff Writer A baby changes your life; there is no doubt about it. Parenting can be hard, especially when you’re a teen. For the few select teens on MTV’s hit reality show “Teen Mom,” parenting may be a little bit easier than it is for the average teen parent. Not only has teen pregnancy been on the rise since 2005, it has become more common now than ever, according to What was once viewed as shameful and looked down upon by one’s family is now considered to be a very common path to maturing and showing responsibility. According to, the cast of “Teen Mom” earns $60,000 to $65,000 per season. So how can the stars possibly be broke when earning this amount of money? Teen pregnancies are no longer viewed as a hush-hush topic. They are now considered to be normal and are brushed off by simply saying “life happens.” Teen pregnancy is viewed to be the cause of problems. Dr. Drew Pinsky, the “Teen Mom” reunion show host and well-known addiction specialist gave the cast some statistics about becoming a teen parent. Teen mothers are more likely to not finish high school or college. Additionally, it is estimated as many as 80 percent of unwed teen mothers end up on welfare or some type of government assistance. As the children born to these teen mothers get older, they are more likely to do poorly in school and have a greater chance of experiencing

abuse and neglect. It has been found that sons of teenage mothers are more likely to wind up in prison. Daughters of teen mothers have an increased risk of experiencing teenage pregnancy themselves. According to www.usmagazine. com, the media has glamorized teen pregnancy and the cast of “Teen Mom.” Suddenly, the teen moms of the show are everywhere, including the covers of celebrity weeklies, which is not right. These teens should not be glamorized just because they had children at such a young age. “Teen Mom” has become the third most-watched cable television show of the season, according to www.cnn. com. People can look forward to a reality television show based on teens getting pregnant in high school and becoming stars. Putting the stars of this reality show on a magazine cover puts them on the same page as any actress, singer or celebrity. Yes, accidents do happen, and teenage girls do need to realize how truly hard it is to be a teen parent but “Teen Mom” only portrays certain aspects of the difficulties. Not only are the teens getting paid to be on the show, but they are getting paid for something as simple as being filmed. “Teen Mom” sends the message to girls that if you do get pregnant as a result of being sexually active, you could end up on TV or a magazine cover earning big bucks. You could be considered to have celebrity status as a result of becoming pregnant. I love watching “Teen Mom” and MTV’s other pregnancy reality show

“16 & Pregnant.” I watch it every Tuesday night. I just think the show can portray all the wrong messages to girls my age. It is hard to be a teen parent whether you are doing it alone, with your significant other or with help from family. Just because you become pregnant, does not mean MTV will be knocking at your door to put you on the next season of the show.

I cannot personally say I know how it feels to be a teen parent. I have known plenty of girls who have gotten pregnant as teens, though, and one of the most common things you hear these young ladies say is that it is not easy. It is a life-changing experience, a long and difficult road ahead with challenges to overcome as another’s life is placed in your hands.

Recovering from drug abuse a difficult experience >> Haley Eichelberger Staff Writer Being addicted is hard. Many things can lead up to people starting or becoming addicted to drugs. For me, it was my parents playing the back-and-forth game, the loss of loved ones, moving, not knowing who I was and, most importantly, the environment I was in and the people I was around. From ages 9-16 a lot had gone wrong in my life. My parents had me at a very young age; my mother was 16 and my father was 18. They lost about the last 4 of their teenage years to me and had to try to be the best they could. Then, when I was 9, my mother had my sister. From the day she was born, I was right by my sister’s side. I went to Twinsburg schools up until my fifth grade year, then I came to Streetsboro for fifth and sixth grade, and then I returned to Twinsburg for my seventh and eighth grade years. I moved around a lot because my parents were looking for ways to save money and try to be a family, but that wasn’t working so well. That’s where it all started for me. Around that time, things began to get worse than they had ever been with my parents. My mother started working nights or going out on weekends. My father started coming home

later and later or coming home, drink- finally came to me one day crying and ing, and then going to bed. Not much begging me to stop. My grandmother was said or shown between my family then came in not long after, and said at the time, other than me watching what she wanted to, and tried to help and spending every day at home af- also. ter school with my sister. I spent more When help started to come my way, time with her and watching her than I still wasn’t ready for it. It was hard anyone else. for me to accept it at first because I When I was almost 13, my mother believe you can’t make someone quit; left for good and took my sister with they have to want to. At first I felt as her. That was my if my relatives were breaking point. My trying to tell me sister was all I had I never really thought what I could and before that and she couldn’t do, which I had a problem. I was pretty much was making me just taken from me. want to do it more. thought I could have So, I started hangI needed more of stopped whenever ing out with more their opinions on I wanted. people I probably what I should do shouldn’t have, or how I should and I was roaming quit, not just being Junior Haley Eichelberger the city a lot. I no told to do like they longer had my little were. sister around to take care of, so I had When I began to realize I needed to find some way to fill my time. the help being offered, I thought it I started doing drugs around the was too late, because I had already summer before my seventh grade year. told them “No, I was fine.” It began with marijuana and drinking, So, I was scared to ask for help, because those were the things I saw thinking my relatives would say “No, and was around the most. After that, they already tried.” Instead of coming I moved on to things that gave me a right out with it and asking for help, I better high, such as pills. went about it a different way. I began It took a very important person in to brag about how much I used, hopmy life to make me realize it was time ing someone would get the hint that I for help. That person was my younger now wanted help. cousin. I didn’t know my using afEven though I didn’t get profesfected her as much as it did until she sional help, my relatives were strong

enough to stand behind me and push me. I had tried a few times before to quit, and ended up breaking at some points, but my family never gave up. My cousin, especially, continued to give me chance after chance to change. I have been clean for about three months now. These days I try to stay pretty busy and occupied so I stay away from drugs and keep myself from thinking about using. When I’m outside with friends or someone doing drugs, I find myself drawing with chalk or even dancing around, acting like a fool to pull myself away from the situation. I have also been spending a lot of time with my cousin who has helped me quit. I feel like this whole experience and coming out with it to my family was the best choice I could have made. I don’t think professional help would have made as much of a difference for me, or gotten through to me like my cousin and my grandmother did. A lot of positive things have happened as a result of my quitting. I’m closer with my family now. I’m doing better in school, and with all my hard work, I was even named Student of the Month for October. Life isn’t easy now. At times it’s probably even harder than before. There is more work daily, but in the end, it was definitely worth the choice I made to quit.

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>> Maddie Oslejsek Staff Writer “Life as We Know It” has really boosted my expectations for romantic comedies! Katherine Heigl lives up to her excellent performances in “27 Dresses” and “The Ugly Truth” in her role as a single, hardworking bakery owner named Holly Berenson. Holly’s best friend Alison, played by Christina Hendricks, is married to Peter (Hayes Macarthur). Alison and Peter set Holly up on a blind date with Peter’s friend, “Messer” (played by Josh Duhamel). Let’s just say Holly and Messer’s date didn’t last very long. Duhamel’s initial line in the movie completely offers a glimpse into his personality. Heigl’s character answers the door when he arrives, an hour late, for their date. “You must be Eric,” she says to him. He responds with, “Just call me Messer.” Over the next few years, Messer and Holly are forced to see each other at different events because of their mutual friendships with Alison and Peter. This is not the only thing drawing them together all of the time, however. Their friends have a baby girl named Sophie, who both of them absolutely adore. When both Alison and Peter are killed in a tragic accident, Messer and Holly immediately think about what is going to happen to Sophie. In a meeting with the late friends’ lawyer, they discover something shocking that neither Alison nor Peter ever mentioned.

They named Messer and Holly the guardians of Sophie if something were to ever happen to them. Messer and Holly. Together. The story line is unquestionably detailed and the outcome is hilarious. This movie depicts the concept that babies are a handful. The film reaches out in hidden ways to both teenagers and young adults. The dialogue is absolutely priceless. All of Alison and Peter’s neighbors have babies. One of the fathers, tired of hearing children’s songs, says, “If I knew where the Wiggles live — and I’m working on it — I would ‘get rid’ of them.” This father also tells the new, shellshocked parents, “You will never get used to children’s music.” Director Greg Berlanti really knows how to make people laugh. In one scene, when Holly is in the shower and Messer is playing with Sophie, Sophie suddenly stands up for the first time on her own and Messer yells up to Holly. Holly haphazardly attempts to get out of the shower and into a towel, and tells Messer to stall Sophie. Messer tries to find a way to do so, but he ends up pushing Sophie down. Holly runs into the room and sees Sophie crying. “What did you do?” she asks. He replies, “Well, you said stall her so, you know, I just gave her a little [shove].” In the many hysterical scenes, all you can do is burst out laughing or look at the person next to you and say, “Did you see that?” “Life as We Know It” really changes comedy and even laughter as we know it.

As a staff, we were dreading the Nov. 2 election, each of us pessimistic about the results to come. However, what we believed would be a dreadful day for SHS turned out to be shocking, yet joyous, when Issues 2 and 3 passed. Given our district’s history with levies, we were more worried than ever about what would happen if they were to fail. If they would not have passed, 16 percent of staff members would have lost their jobs, including those staff members who mean the most to us personally, as well as to the Orbiter and the other publications. Not only would members of the staff have left, but our classmates would have left as well. Many underclassmen were beginning to hate the school and resent the board members and were considering attending other schools for the remainder of their high school careers. The new curriculum offered would have been terrible. All electives may have been cut. For many of us, the electives and extracurriculars are what make attending SHS so much fun, or at least worth waking up early enough to arrive on time. So, when the results came at nearly 1 in the morning, some of our staff members were up and listening, eager to find out the fate of our district.

Then it was announced: not only had the renewal passed, but the additional tax levy, too. It was stunning. We all called and texted each other the news, unable to explain all the thoughts going through our heads. As a staff of upperclassmen, we have spent the past few years of our lives at this school. We’ve been here for the failing levies, seen the effects taking place in the district, and spent much time worried about the future of the students and faculty. Now that the community is finally starting to come through and support our schools, we have a chance at making this school great. It’s still going to be tough. With the state funding decreasing, we won’t have as much money as originally thought, but we have the support we have been searching for. Hopefully, the school board and the new superintendent will be cautious about funding and eager to improve the school. We need members that care about the school as much as we do. This school means so much, holds so many memories. The students and staff need a strong school board and community to continue the traditions here, make this district even better for future generations. These levy victories give us hope that we may finally be seeing that.

Correction Modulars

The $227,000 cost of renting the modulars was inaccurately reported in the Oct. 14 issue. That is the initial cost of the 22 modulars, including the cafeteria, storage buildings, locker rooms and restrooms, as well as the six classrooms. The cafeteria is made of six modulars interconnected modulars and each classroom is made of two.

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Features Seniors win powderpuff, 14-6

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>> Courtney Sackett Editor in Chief Seniors defeated the juniors 14-6 Nov. 11 in the powderpuff game. The score was 14-6 at the half. In the second half, each team had a touchdown called back, so the score stayed the same. Senior Jordan Genovese had her touchdown called back because she punted the ball in the end zone. Junior LaRae Nevels had hers called back when a flag for junior players not having their flags on was called. “Last year, as juniors it was a lot more intimidating,” Larissa Bradford said. “But this year it was like we got to be the big bad seniors.”

Signing that they will be number one are the senior players and coaches before the game.

Hometown: Copley, Ohio Favorite Toy: G.I. Joe School activities: Football, JROTC, student government

Performing their newly-choreographed hello cheer in front of the junior crowd are seniors John Sulik and Josh Foerst. Getting together to preserve a moment before the game are the junior players and coaches. PHOTOS BY COURTNEY SACKETT

Best memory: During high school, he was known as an honor student. One day, he went out to lunch with his friends when it was not permitted. Someone took a picture, catching him, and published it in the school yearbook and newspaper as a joke. See answer in next issue *Last issue’s answer: Blythe Dallet

Today in History Nov. 23, 1899- The first public jukebox put into the Palais Royal Hotel in San Francisco. Nov. 23, 1992- The 10 milliionth cell phone is sold.

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Headlines: •SHS welcomes two more foreign exchange students •Buleski, Baus reign ‘Dream Come True’ •NHS induction set

Increasing marijuana use reported this year >> Courtney Sackett Editor in Chief An increase in marijuana use this year has been noticed by students and confirmed by school resource and D.A.R.E. officer Jim Wagner. “It bothers me as a parent, it bothers me as an officer, it bothers me being a DARE officer...” Wagner said. “I take that especially hard.” Reasons for smoking marijuana Former and current users have reported three main reasons for smoking marijuana. Reasons range from simply doing it because they like it, to doing it as a distraction from personal issues. Some current users said smoking helps them to concentrate. They feel they do better in school when they are high. Other users, however, say it helps them to relax, so they can just zone out during boring classes. Other users smoke because they feel pressured into doing it by friends. Some are able to quit, but others continue smoking because it becomes a habit and what they do as they hang out with friends. Plans for hanging out with people center around what they are going to smoke and where they will be doing it. The most commonly reported reason people start smoking, and continue doing so, is because of personal problems. Teenagers who feel they are unable to handle stress in a healthy way start smoking as an outlet. They feel like smoking allows them to escape the world for a short period of time and just relax. What it feels like to be high The feeling of being high depends on the person. One user said it feels like swim-

ming in waves. Others said they feel happy and like nothing can ever go wrong again. Current users have said being high is like having every sense intensified. They become aware of everything around them, every look and every touch. Others said it is like watching skits in a movie one by one, like on a filmstrip, where everything fits together, but gaps exist. Each experience differs among users, but they agree it feels good to be high. Coming down from it, on the other hand, is an uncomfortable experience. Users said they can tell when their high is starting to wear off and it upsets them. To avoid this, some users just start smoking more, so they can stall it. Others slowly come down from it and then feel like they can sleep for days. Health risks Recent studies at Harvard University’s Berkman Center have related immune system affects, respiratory illnesses and brain function disorders to smoking marijuana. Although it has not been proven, members of the Berkman Center suggest regular use of marijuana can cause pulmonary infections and respiratory cancer. Marijuana smoke contains toxins cigarettes do, including one proven to increase the risks of lung cancer. A marijuana joint also contains four times as much tar as a cigarette. Studies by the Institute of Medicine prove marijuana use impairs short-term memory, but only while a person is under the influence. Ways to get help Various options exist for users trying to receive help. One is the obvious: trying to quit cold turkey. Others include counseling, entering rehabilitation facilities and

talking to family and peers. One user said advice from former users can be influential. A former user can prove it is possible to quit. Sometimes, advice from people who have never even tried getting high just makes users mad, because even though they want to quit, those trying to help them do not seem to have insight on their situation. Nearly 400 rehabilitation facilities are available in Ohio to help users get clean or stay sober. The oldest facility in Summit County, the Akron Health Department, offers treatment and prevention programs and services. The Oriana House Community Corrections and Chemical Dependency Treatment Agency in Akron offers driver intervention programs and client confidentiality. Family members, friends and peers can give a user different point of views. Talking to these people can help users build the motivation to quit, as well as the courage to take the steps to change their lives. Taking part in activities with non-users and finding distractions is a way to stay away from drugs. Going out with friends who do not smoke and avoiding temptation can help a person quit. Another, less comfortable way to help a user is to report them to authorities. Principal Eric Rauschkolb encourages students to tell him if they believe a classmate is under the influence. He said he understands telling on peers is difficult, but punishment may be just what users need to quit. Rauschkolb said he believes helping someone would be worth the risk, in the long run. Every tip would remain confidential and he would take each circumstance seriously, Rauschkolb said.

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Black Friday looming >> Lacy Dean Staff Writer Black Friday not only involves waiting in line for hours for the hottest new item, but running into those people who just take it too seriously. It is supposed to be a fun and exciting day when shoppers try to find the b e s t bargains they can, but in the past it has turned deadly. Black Friday turned out to be dangerous in 2008, with one department store worker getting trampled to death at a Wal-Mart in Long Island, New York, and two men shooting at one another at a toy store in California. With s t o r e s opening at midnight and staying open all day, a constant rush of people, along with fighting and arguing, are expected. “Last year, my brother and I went out with my mom to Target at 3 a.m. to get a couple things,” junior Cal Lu-

pica said. “We really wanted a Bluray DVD player, and when we looked on the shelf, Target was sold out. My brother saw someone who had one in their cart so he grabbed it out, and we ran to the checkout line before the person’s cart it was in even noticed. Needless to say, we got our DVD player.” Such competition - combined with the increased number of shoppers - makes for the busiest shopping day of the year.

“I’m afraid of getting killed,” senior Nicole Blom said. “I don’t l i k e all the lines and I’m kind of

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claustrophobic. I might have a panic attack with all the people around, so I try to stay away from stores on Black Friday.” Even if looking for just a couple items, the chaos cannot be avoided. “I don’t really like going shopping all day because of all the crowded stores, long lines and the amount of limited supplies stores have,” sophomore John Ward said. “I like to go shopping kind of early just so I can get what I want and get out of the madness.” Business teacher Tim Foster is looking forward to this week’s Black Friday shopping in hopes of purchasing an HDTV. One of his first stops will be Best Buy. “I like the fact that my wife and I can buy a lot of Christmas presents for less money,” Foster said. “I just don’t like the fact I have to wake up at 4 a.m.” Students like junior Allana Miura shop on Black Friday every year, looking for great deals and the perfect holiday gifts, even if it involves waking up bright and early.

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“The sales are my most favorite part of Black Friday,” Miura said. “Last year, I went to Target at four in the morning. The rush of people going into the store knocked down the workers who opened the door and I had to fight a lady for an IPod touch. She was a big lady, too, but luckily I got it.” The term “Black Friday” has two different meanings. According to www., in the 1960s, police in Philadelphia used the term to refer to the heavy traffic during this day. Before that, “Black Friday” was set to mark the first day retailers had sold enough inventory to make a profit for the year, putting them “in the black.” “I think Black Friday is a waste of time,” Blom said. “It’s an excuse for people to spend money on things they think are on sale but really aren’t.” Foster agreed with Blom. “Black Friday should be a Hallmark holiday because it’s just a way for businesses to make a lot of money in one day,” he said. “Let’s be honest, we should have theses sales all the time, not just on Black Friday.”

Thanksgiving memories include getting lost, ruining the turkey >> Courtney Sackett Editor in Chief Getting lost in the woods on four wheelers, dropping corn in the pie and ruining the turkey moments before dinner are just a few of the crazy family events students have experienced on Thanksgiving. A few years ago, senior Jeff Dowdall went four wheeling with his family and ended up lost in the woods and stuck in the mud. It took about five hours for his family to find him and pull the four wheeler out with a truck. He said the worst part was almost missing dinner. When her mom and aunt were yell-

ing at each other in the kitchen one Thanksgiving, senior Kayla Howard had to sit by and listen. The event took a turn for the worse when her mom dropped corn on the cob into the middle of the pies, and they had to eat Thanksgiving dinner without any. Senior Craig Hoover also had an unfortunate experience with Thanksgiving dinner a few years ago. As his dad was trying to put the turkey in a bag, he accidentally dropped it on the floor. They had ham for dinner that year. Other students have had more dangerous experiences on Thanksgiving. Junior Larry Merryman and his cousins were running around on a

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hardwood floor, when one cousin fell and got a splinter that “started at his thigh and went up to his butt.” Merryman said they had to cut his leg open to get the splinter out and the family made fun of him the rest of the day. Though Thanksgiving is known as a day to be thankful, some students consider it an important day for families to get together and share their traditions. Dowdall said Thanksgiving is “all about being with my family.” Howard spends her Thanksgiving with her mother’s side of the family one day, and her father’s the next. Al though she cannot be with both sides of her family on Thanksgiving Day,

Howard said she still loves it. “Even though your family can be split up, whether it’s like a divorce, or you know, an argument or family issues, it means you can still come up and see each other… and reminisce about the times before you were separated,” Howard said. Although sophomore Danielle Cervellino spends her Thanksgiving listening to her family fighting, she said her family members try to spend as much quality time together as they can. “It’s just kind of having that warm feeling in your heart,” Cervellino said. “You put your differences aside for your family for that one day.”

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Features Fight song has lyrics, not just music More online at

>> Taylor White Staff Writer Adopted from Kansas State University in the early 1970s, “Wildcat Victory” is the actual name of Streetsboro High School’s fight song. A cheerleader at the time SHS adopted the song made up words to go along with Streetsboro’s rendition, said Ken Granville, a former band director. Before adopting “Wildcat Victory,” the Rocket marching band played Wisconsin’s fight song. “Wildcat Victory” was originally chosen because Kansas’ colors are purple and white, and at the time SHS’ colors were purple and gold. Not long after adopting the fight song, former athletic director John Glinatsis changed the colors to blue and gold. Shortly after the song was adopted in the early 1970s, Rocket cheerleaders entered a contest and devised lyrics and a dance to go along with the fight song. Few people know the fight song actually has lyrics, and that includes 19 of the 22 current cheerleaders, and a few teachers who are former Rocket cheerleaders. “I thought the words were just

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‘na na na na na na na’,” said alumni cheerleader and science teacher, Tracey Schneeman. Many people said the tradition of singing the fight song should have remained the same. “It’s a shame because there is no school spirit anymore,” said attendance officer and alumni cheerleader Pam Rumsey. Band director Gretchen Weaver said most schools have the same fight song. “The reason why is because the words don’t stick,” Weaver said. In 1992, the senior cheerleaders changed the traditional dance, upsetting members of the community. Schneeman was a part of the class that changed the dance. “We learned a new fight song at camp and had that senior mentality,” Schneeman said. After fans had a negative reaction toward the new routine to the fight song, the girls returned to the traditional dance. School spirit was not only lost as the memory of the lyrics faded, but also as the second half of the dance was not performed. “School spirit is at its lowest right now,” junior Spenser Folan said. “I believe that if we brought back those old traditions people would be enthused.”

“Wildcat Victory” We love you mighty Rockets We know you are the best You win with fame and spirit You are the best of all the rest And if you don’t believe us Then we will show you how We love you mighty Rockets Go go go!


Spirit Performing the fight song routine at the homecoming pep rally are the varsity and jv cheerleaders.

‘07 grad seeks WWE contract Upperclassmen mentoring freshmen for new program >> Natalie Pinkerman Staff Writer

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Matt Hannan, who graduated in 2007, has big dreams and is making them happen. Hannan has been an extra in two movies and also appeared in a music video. The first time he was an extra was in 2009 for “Warrior” which is set to be released October 7 of next year. Hannan was also an extra in “Abduction” starring “Twilight” star Taylor Lautner to be released September 23, 2011. Hannan was featured in a music video for Mushroom head’s new single, “Come On,” which airs on MTV2’s “Headbangers Ball” TV show. “I’m just trying to live my dreams,” Hannan said. Hannan’s dream also includes becoming a member of the World Wrestling Entertainment company. Hannan has already had two tryouts for the WWE and has wrestled two WWE matches so far. His first WWE match was in front of a sold-out crowd of over 17,000 people. Though, Hannan has yet to be offered a contract. Hannan said he mostly competes in Pro Wrestling Ohio. He will be wrestling at a PWO show on Jan. 15, 2011 at the Akron Civic Theatre, the building Hannan graduated in, which he considers “pretty cool.” Hannan started training to be a professional wrestler dur-

Upperclassmen are mentoring freshmen every other Monday in home base as part of a new program to address academic, career, personal and social issues. Topics covered so far include bullying, school policies, time management versus sabotage, exam skills, classroom study skills and self esteem. During most meetings, after talking to the freshmen, the mentors divide the students into groups and do an activity related to the topic of the day. “They give you situations and how to deal with them and what you should be doing in high school,” freshman Kristen MacMillan said. Freshman Sam Caputo said the program “gives the kids the opportunity to get advice and help.” This program was initiated this year by Kelly Simmons, the freshmen and sophomore guidance counselor. Simmons was awarded a grant to fund the freshman mentoring program from the Streetsboro Educational Association. Simmons said she is hoping to have the program again next year, but will have to find another way to fund it, as the grant only lasts this year. Simmons said she felt this


Body slam Matt Hannan, an ‘07 graduate, is seen above leaping onto an opponent in a wrestling match Currently seeking a contract with World Wrestling Entertainment, he has also appeared as a movie extra and in a music video. ing the summer before his senior year. His first match was in September 2006. “My first match was very short, simple and basic. I lost,” Hannan laughed. In the four years Hannan has been wrestling, he has competed in eight different states. The dreams do not stop there. Now Hannan is working on a script with fellow SHS grad Chris Ceccardi, who was also an extra in “Abduction” and featured in the music video “Come On.” The two plan on turning the script into an independent film.

program was a good idea because it would “create a transition for the freshmen from middle school to high school.” Simmons said she chose to have the mentors because she wanted to offer help to the whole freshman class, but she could not do it all herself. Simmons chose the upperclassmen students to be the mentors because she believes the freshmen “look up to the upperclassmen,” Simmons said. Caputo said she likes the mentoring program. “It helps people become more confident and it helps people prepare for the future,” Caputo said. MacMillan agreed. “I think it works pretty good because they talk about realistic situations and how to deal with them.” A student who is new to the district this year, freshman Hannah Addicott, said “It’s a fun experience so far. And it helps a lot if you’re a new student getting to know everything and everyone.” Freshman Matt Kolke said he feels differently about the program. Kolke said the mentors need to cover bigger problems that occur more often in teenagers’ lives. He also said the program could be improved by holding meetings more often. Freshman Trey Close agreed. “I would have them

come in homeroom more often so we could ask more questions. I like having mentoring,” he said. Freshman Jaicey Verma said, “I would change what they talk about, because bullying doesn’t really matter. They need to talk about drugs and more things that happen in our life that can actually help people.” Some freshmen said they would like to follow in the steps of the upperclassmen and be mentors. “If I knew what to teach and I was asked,” Close said, “I probably would say yes, because I would want to help everyone go down the right path in life and not make bad mistakes.” Having upperclassmen as the mentors is better than teachers serving as mentors, said some freshmen. “The students are better because they are there in the halls, knowing what’s going on in the school between the kids, more than teachers,” Addicott said. Caputo agreed and said, “It’s easier to talk to another student than a teacher.” Some freshmen appreciate the mentors and what they are doing this year for them. “The people who take the time to mentor freshmen really deserve a thanks,” said Close. “They teach us stuff that can help us in the long run and to make better decisions.”

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Memorabilia ruined in the gym to be replaced >> Makayla Dombroski Staff Writer Memorabilia inside the gym including state wrestling and track banners and the alma mater were ruined in the June 1 fire but will be replaced, said athletic director Joe Timco. In addition two scoreboards melted, said construction manager David Leach. All the banners and scoreboards are being bid out to the various vendors (manufactures of the products) and the insurance company will cover the cost of replacing the items, said Timco. Everything on the stage, which included drama and sports equipment,

is gone, said Leach. Leach also said the equipment might not all be replaced. The Rocket logos on the floor are in “decent shape” said Leach, and will be raffled off to help raise money for the boys’ and girls’ basketball teams this year. English teacher Jim Boardwine had a state wrestling banner hanging in the gym for winning 112-pound weight class in 1992. Boardwine also had his name on a banner twice for placing second in 1990 and sixth in 1991. His banner hung for almost 20 years before getting ruined in the fire,

said Boardwine. Another former state champion, John Purcell, had “facebooked” Boardwine about the state banners, after the fire, saying he was upset did not get to see his banner every day, like Boardwine had. Boardwine was also part of the photo of the 1996-97 state championship wrestling team, he as an assistant coach, which is hoped to be replaced as well, said Timco. Class pictures, trophies, awards and individual pictures outside the gym survived the fire, said Leach. Everything needed to be cleaned and was put in the concession stand in the cafeteria for storage, he added. All pictures have been accounted for and will be re-hung sometime after construction, said Timco. No damage was done to the

wrestling room, though it will be repainted, along with the locker rooms, said Timco. Timco said he has been told when the gym should be completed sometime in February. “I have to admire the professionalism and patience of all the coaches,” Timco said.



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Continued from Page 1 stall lighting, and add bleachers, equipment, and curtains for the stage. Leach said a wheel-chair lift will be added to the stage because of high school requirements. Teachers inside the temporary modular buildings are relieved to know they will be back in their classrooms soon or than expected. Family and consumer science teacher Nakia Miller said she is “still overjoyed” about move-in day because her modular is not working well for her classes because of the lack of equipment, storage and space. “I feel like a kid waiting to open her presents,” Miller said in anticipation of the return to her classroom. Physical education teacher Krista Romance said she is excited about finishing the rest of the school


year in the new gym. She said the stu- radio station from its original home on dents deserve a “meaningful physical the east side, to the tech house, in a education experience” with consistent modular, and the upcoming return to lessons on a day-to-day basis. its home. “My classes and “The staff is I have been able really excited about The trailer isn’t our getting back home to see the progress first hand, being where we have isohome, it feels foreign outside every day, lated studios with to us, and it’s hard to and even then, we doors,” Long said. “I thought they were think that’s the bigbe motivated in a flying through,” Rothing they are foreign environment… gest mance said of the looking forward to. it’s like a hotel room, construction. “Even It’s gonna be great though we have all to get back home.” and quite frankly, it’s been able to adjust Senior promotime to check out. and find a ‘new’ tions director Josh normal, it’s going Foerst said the staff Senior operations manager to be really cool for has been complainSean Corron our seniors to finish ing about the lack their school year of sound proofing. with the building.” He said “it feels great” to be returning WSTB 88.9 General Manager back to the station’s permanent spot Bob Long said he is excited to be “back and he is looking forward to getting home”, after several moves with the back on track.

“The trailer just isn’t our home,” senior operations manager Sean Corron said. “It feels foreign to us, and it’s hard to be motivated in a foreign environment…it’s like a hotel room, and quite frankly, it’s time to check out.” Long said once the staffers get permission to start moving the radio station equipment back into the studio, the technical equipment can be hooked up within a few hours. Ben Claussen, 2008 graduate and certified broadcast network technologist and junior Alex Landgraf, will then transfer the studio equipment, such as microphones and computers, back as well. “I’m glad it’s that early,” Long said of the updated completion dates. “I was concerned during the summer that it might take all year, but the construction guys have really worked hard to get this done. They deserve a lot of credit.”

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Briefs No new leads in investigation

No new leads have been discovered in the investigation of the June 1 fire. The case will continue to be idle until investigators receive new clues. Fire investigator Kevin Grimm said any possible information that could help with the investigation should be reported to the fire department at (330) 626-4664. Grimm said every tip reported to the station will be taken into consideration and greatly appreciated.

Winterball expected this year

Planning for Winterball will begin in the next few weeks, but final decisions will not be made right away. Assistant principal Natalie Wininger and student council adviser Tracey Schneeman said they will discuss the dance in a few weeks and student council meetings will begin afterward. “We haven’t even discussed the date or anything like that yet,” Wininger said. Schneeman said when and where the dance will be held be based upon the funds in their account. Principal Eric Rauschkolb will give final approval on each decision. “We’re definitely not opposed to, if we can’t have it here, finding another place,” Wininger said. Last year, miscommunication between former adviser Susan Ridgeway and student council members caused Winterball to be cancelled a week before the dance was scheduled to be held at the American Legion.

Foerst earns $20,000

Senior Josh Foerst will receive a $20,000 Samsung American Legion Scholarship. He is one of 10 students in the country to receive this scholarship, which is a result of his involvement in the Buckeye Boys State program. He was chosen from several hundred Samsung Scholarship applications.

Big Read Grant awarded

English teacher Maria Judd’s classes received 30 copies of Tim O’Brien’s novel, “The Things They Carried,” due to the Big Read Grant awarded to Judd in September. As part of the grant Judd has taught the novel during the fall and speakers come in to discuss it with students. “The Things They carried” is an account of the Vietnam War, written through the eyes of a veteran. Each year, a new book is selected by a Reader’s Circle composed of distinguished writers, scholars, librarians, critics, artists and publishing professionals. Aside from the class set of novels and the speakers, the grant also funds activities and discussions at the Portage County Library and other libraries in the neighboring cities. The Big Read Grant is a program to encourage reading for enjoyment and enlightenment. Members of the grant program approached Judd last year to seek her involvement for the Hiram College area. “Being part of the Big Read Grant feels great because instead of just being one teacher, I am working with some college professors, other teachers in other districts, and the entire community on a book with students,” Judd said. “It is like creating a community of learners.”

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183 lives potentially saved, $500 scholarship earned in blood drive >> Tyler Sanders Staff Writer A $500 scholarship and 183 lives potentially saved are the result of the Nov. 5 Red Cross blood drive. A total of 77 people signed up to donate, but only 61 could give usable blood, said blood drive coordinator Joe Huber. Huber said, running the blood drive out of the library instead of the gym or wrestling room decreased the number of students able to donate, due to the lack of space compared to the other locations. Yet Huber said, “they made it work” and the “students that volunteered were fantastic.” “The hardest part of the blood drive is actually planning it… Fortunately we all work together to make sure it runs as smoothly as possible,” said Senior Melanie Long, who heads the event. The goal of 60 pints was reached, but Huber originally wanted the goal to be up around 100 pints. This is because The Red Cross awards a $500 scholarship to schools that collect 50 pints, and $1,000 for 100 pints. However, for the spring drive, the 61 pints donated so far do not add up with what is collected then. The school gets a $500 scholarship for this drive and the scholarship the school is awarded for the next drive will be determined then. Assistant head of the drive, junior Chelsey Carpenter had helped out all day, and said people were getting turned down for little bumps on their arms, pimples, certain piercings, low iron and high pulse. Then there are people like math teacher Jason Braddock, who have donated ever since high school. He said he has donated so many times

PHOTO BY COURTNEY SACKETT Exhaustion After taking part in the 45-minute double red process, senior Andrew Papineau shows off his donated red cells.

he has lost count. Braddock used to give blood in high school and then go out and run. “I would run my fastest times,” he said. Although the collection goal was met, Huber said he was disappointed. Next time Huber said he would like at least 120 people, instead of 77, signed up so the school could get the next level scholarship, he said. To help reach that goal for the May 18 blood drive, Huber would

like students who wish to donate to e-mail him at jhuber@rockets. Huber said he wants to put together a list of people who want to donate so he can show the Red Cross and they can send in nurses to take donations from all of those students. Huber said he hopes the Red Cross will send more help if he shows them the list of people who want to donate. “People should donate blood because it saves lives,” Huber said.

Tutoring program created for ‘student benefit’ >> Hannah Benson Staff Writer Rocket Tutoring, a program initiated by senior Lawrence Gray, which he said is for the “benefit of students, teachers, and our school,” is offered Tuesdays and Thursdays after school in the library from 2:30 to 3:30. Gray first suggested the idea to a few teachers, assistant principal Natalie Wininger and principal Eric Rauschkolb. He said all were in full support of his idea for creating the program. Gray gathered fellow upperclassmen with minimum GPAs of 3.5 who were willing to serve as tutors. Senior Taylor Dantimo said this program is more organized than tutoring she has been involved with in the past. Gray said the program is more

What: Rocket Tutoring Who: All students in need

of help may attend When: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Where: SHS library unified. “I always keep in mind going towards perfection, and I know it’s unattainable, but it is that attitude that makes things great,” Gray said. Tutoring needs to be an opportunity, more than just lectures, Gray said, where students can come in and get what they need. Gray also said he believes the program not only relieves students’ stress, but teachers’ stress as well. On average about eight students show up for tutoring regularly, but Gray said he hopes to raise that number as the year progresses. Juniors Paige Whitacre and

Concentration PHOTO BY COURTNEY SACKETT Helping senior Tyler Verma work on his chemistry is junior tutor Sam Lupica. Fatemah Gill both attend tutoring on a regular basis and said the program has “legitimately helped.” Whitacre has improved her math grade from an F to a B. Gill has raised her math grade by two letter grades.

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Six clubs cut, fate uncertain despite levy passage Advisers surprised by elimination, three volunteer time to keep clubs in existence >> Cindy Deng Senior Editor A total of six clubs have been eliminated to save money: Future Teachers of America, Spanish, Science, and HTML clubs. Eleven clubs remain. Those functioning with unpaid volunteer advisers include Ski club, quiz bowl and Rocket tutoring. Renaissance club was eliminated halfway through last year and chess club has not been around for the last two years. “Every club is valuable, every club is worth saving, and I’m not going to argue that with anybody. I love clubs,” principal Eric Rauschkolb said. “So to have to cut some of those was just awful. It was a terrible process but it had to be done.” Rauschkolb said the administration made decisions to eliminate clubs and organizations based on the size of memberships and/or their academic value. “They’re all valuable and

they all relate to academics in some fashion,” Rauschkolb said. “We’re not going to go down the road to explain why which one was cut; which one was saved. It was just a heart-wrenching process to go through.” Spanish teacher Brittany Kidd, who advised Spanish club for six years, said she was “very disappointed and unaware” of the club being cut before the decision was made. “It’s upsetting because every member loved all the activities…we were all learning new things,” senior John Sulik said. “I am heavily involved in school clubs and every cut was devastating. I went from taking part in over 10 clubs to only three currently. It definitely doesn’t look good for colleges.” Science club had been idle for two years until science teacher Amanda Hudnall took it over last year. Hudnall said over 100 students had signed up and “almost a hundred” were dedicated.

“I was disappointed, more than anything,” Hudnall said of the elimination. “I think there’s less of an outlet for students that are interested in science.” Hudnall said she had been hoping to take interested members to the National History Museum and Kent State University’s planetarium this year. Math teacher Jason Braddock had been a paid adviser of quiz bowl for three years and also a volunteer adviser for math club for two years. Both clubs were originally set to be eliminated. Braddock did, however, receive a $1,400 grant from the Streetsboro Education Foundation this year to run quiz bowl to give students the opportunity to participate in academic competitions. Social studies teacher Jerry Judd had advised chess club for 10 years before it was eliminated in 2008. The club was open to every student interested in joining to learn hot to play and/or compete with others.

He said chess club had some success in previous years in the Akron Chess League. Before the program was cut, Judd said the players were B League champions and were also runner-ups for the championship as well. “It was disappointing because the chess club offers an opportunity for some students to participate in extracurricular activities outside the realm of spots and band and things like that,” Judd said. “It’s unfortunate due to budget cuts that we can’t have it because it’s a great opportunity for kids.” In contrast, former HTML adviser Tim Foster said the elimination of his club was a relief. He said the club was not successful last year, so he felt the club being cut was an opportunity to take a step back and head in a different direction. Although ski club was cut, adviser Conner Yeager said students can still ski and snowboard Thursday nights at Brandywine from 5:30-9:30.

Yeager said his club influenced students to be active and also gave them the opportunity to hang out with friends during the winter. Such opportunities can continue now through the Streetsboro Parks and Recreation Department, whose director recently contacted Yeager and suggested students should register through the department to go ski together. Students must provide their own transportation to the ski resort. They need to pay a $170 fee by Dec. 13 if they already have equipment and $220 for those who need to rent them. For more information, Yeager said to call (330) 6263802. “In a perfect world,” Rauschkolb said. “All of those clubs would have stayed; in addition to adding more clubs and more offerings. I think everyone here wants to go in that direction, which is restoring clubs and adding more clubs and getting students more choice when it comes to extracurricular activities.”





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More online at Today in sports Nov. 23, 1991: The Sacramento Kings ends the NBA’s longest road losing streak at 43 games.

Pro update

Cleveland Cavaliers:

With a press-time record of 5-5, the Cavs are looking better than expected. Upcoming games include Milwaukee at home tomorrow, in Orlando on Friday and home versus Memphis Saturday. Injured players include Mo Williams with a groin injury and Anderson Varejao with a right rib contusion. Their return on the court is unknown.

Cleveland Browns:

After beating the Patriots in Week 9, then losing to the Jets in Week 10, the Browns’ press-time record is 3-6. They face the Panthers at home Sunday at 1 p.m. Season Records Football: 5-5 Overall Volleyball: 20-4 Overall 13-1 PTC Boys Soccer: 1-5 Overall 0-6 PTC Girls Soccer: 0-6 Overall 0-8 PTC Boys CC: 5th PTC Girls CC: 4th PTC


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Volleyball team shares PTC title >> Jillian Meisinger Staff Writer Ranking 21st in the state and sharing the Portage Trail Conference title with Waterloo were this season’s contribution to the Rockets volleyball tradition of excellence. Out of the four games played in the October 7 PTC matchup with the Vikings, the Rockets were defeated three times, by the scores of 17-25, 18-25, 2522,18-25. The Rockets won the third game, 25-22. Contributing to the sharing of the title was the fact that the Rockets also had the same record as the Vikings. Senior Jaclynn Hess said the team played well, in the last game against Waterloo, but with less intensity and weak passing. Fellow senior Jordan Genovese said the team was "out-played, out-coached and out hearted" that night. Of the 10 violations during the match, nine were Streetsboro's. “We were all over the place, sort of like chickens with their heads cut off,” Genovese said. Coach Bill Smerglia said the net was hit many times during the games. “They [the Vikings] didn’t make mistakes; we did,” Smerglia said. In their six consecutive years as PTC Champs, the Rockets shared the league title with Waterloo in 2006 as well. “It felt horrible, honestly," senior Lauren Freeman said of having to share the title. “Streetsboro volleyball girls are extremely hard on themselves. If we’re not one, then we’re mad. We deserved it and sharing with someone else just doesn’t seem right.” “Clearly I would've hoped for the alternative, but sharing is

Senior boys prepare for season on new home court >> Asia Wells Staff Writer


Focus Getting in position as Southeast serves the ball in the volley for the cure game is senior Jordan Genovese. still a pretty big achievement,” Genovese said. Although the outcome of the match was disappointing for the team, the Rockets had several other accomplishments during the season, including placing third in the Maple Heights tournament and fifth in the tournament at Hubbard. The Rockets also beat Southeast’s, who was ranked in the state, along with Crestwood and Boardman. Chagrin Falls was a team defeated by the Rockets in sectionals but then the Rockets were beat by Revere in the District Semi-Finals. Next year the team will move up to the Metro division. Teams such as Crestwood, Field and Kent play in the Metro division

and are considered “powerhouse teams,” said Smerglia. “Metro will be more challenging,” he said. Five girls will not be playing in the Metro next year, as their high school volleyball careers ended this season. In addition to Genovese, Freeman and Hess, those seniors are Da’Nae Redding and Shyanne Mortimer. In their last season of Rocket volleyball, three received PTC honors: Da’Nae Redding and Jaclynn Hess, First Team PTC, and Jordan Genovese, Second Team PTC. Sophomore Lexi Brewster was named PTC Player of the Year. In addition, juniors Rachael Kolke and Jessica Oktavec received Honorable Mention.

A week before tryouts the boys’ basketball teams found their new “home.” They will be playing in Ravenna’s old high school gym. According to mapquest. com, it will take 16 minutes or 10.2 miles to get to the games. An advantage, though, is that Ravenna has more seating, said head coach Nick Marcini. “That’s exciting,” Rocket Rowdies’ adviser Brittany Kidd said. “Hopefully we’ll have a section that’s not over flowing.” Athletic director Joe Timco said relocating to Ravenna will be an expense, but not one the district has to cover. “The estimated amount for renting out the gym is $1,000 per game, but is being covered by the insurance,” Timco said. “This covers all possible actions needed for the game to run.” General admission tickets will be $6 dollars at the door, or $4 for senior citizens with buckeye cards. Students can purchase pre-sale tickets for $4. Seniors returning to the court are Chris Williams, Edward Julian, Niko Withers and Leon Hedgepeth. “It’s unfortunate that you can’t play in the gym you started in your freshman year,” Hedgepeth said. “And, if we were to still be playing in our gym, senior night would have been on my birthday.” The first home game is Tuesday, Dec. 7, versus Crestwood. The theme will be “Down With the Devils.” Rocket fans are encouraged to dress as angels or Greek god/goddesses. Kidd said she hopes to have a designated student section. “Having a section is going to make it better,” she said. “We’re going to have our section filled to the top.” Though Rocket players, fans and coaches are hoping for the opportunity to play on their home court by the end of the season, they plan to make the most of the situation. “I am very excited for the returning players and newcomers,” said Marcini. “I feel we have a great season ahead and a great opportunity for PTCs.”

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Bubba Baker, Chris Ashburn and Zack Baratko. Charlton said they should make it to PTCs. “We expect to make it to PTCs and make a run towards the championship,” Charlton said. “We fell a little short last year.” Open mats have already started at the middle school, where practices and matches will also be held. The first match is going to be the Aurora Tournament, Dec. 3-4.


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Team strives to win league title without state qualifier, hope rests in top five

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Wrestlers prepare for PTCs, look past loss of Stainbrook

November 23, 2010  

paper fro Nov. 23