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The Royal court reconvenes for the 34th annual Madrigals dinner Mycal Hurley

On December 1-4, crowds flooded to the Milburn cafeteria for mycalhurley@othstoday.com the 34th annual Madrigals dinner performed by OTHS’s own choral department. Two types of performance nights were available for purchase. One was the “Beggars Night,” which consisted of light snacks and beverages, while the other was a full course dinner served with chicken cordon bleu, salad, pasta and cheesecake. The night started off with a friendly introduction from the jesters of the Royal Court junior George Rushing and senior Rachel Walton along with the chamberlain and chamber lady seniors Jason Rambo and Danielle Long. After the brief introduction, the rest of the cast entered the room and took their seats while Rushing and Walton gave the hilarious dining rules for the audience. For example, one of the rules allowed flatulence at the dinner table while eating and even implemented the “Five Second Rule” as well. Throughout the night, the court sang several songs to the audience in a wonderful and clearly defined a capella performance. A short intermission occurred in order to dine, then the show resumed with a tale acted out by several of

the members of the court. The tale began with Sir Lancelot, acted by sophomore Alex Shelton, receiving news of an invasion of the throne by a wicked sorceress senior Alyssa Soehlke and her minion, senior Garrett Libbra. Most of the story was spent detailing his time trying to get to the castle. When the and Libbra finally arrived, Sir Lancelot was no where to be seen, and instead, Master Antonio of Napoli, played by Rex Chapman, and King of England, senior Cody Ray, defended the court from the antagonists and a sword fight ensued. After several minutes of sword fighting, the enemies were defeated, and the fashionably late Sir Lancelot arrives and receives the credit for the defending of the castle. The end of the play was accompanied with multiple tracks that clearly were meant to spread the holiday cheer, such as the final song, “Silent Night” by Franz Gruder, a traditional song for this time of year. The atmosphere and the good times had at this year’s Madrigals was a definitive way to start off the season. (Photo Credit: marthastewart.com, Darby Todd, Haewon Jung)


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Letters for Santa

Starting the New Year off right Kameron Johnson

kamersonjohnson@othstoday.com “Live life as if every day is your last. Enjoy today and forget the past. Do not worry about tomorrow, for it will be here sooner than you know. If you are too busy looking at what’s ahead of you, you will miss opportunities that are right in front of you.”

As each year comes to an end, we always come to the conclusion that the following year will be different and a miraculous change will enter our lives. Common themes for these resolutions include losing weight and studying harder. Though these are all changes that are important in our daily lives, they are also impractical. To set a goal so broad as simply losing weight seems impractical as well as unfair to ask of one’s self. A failure to be realistic is the primary reason why our resolutions fail, and we are left feeling as though nothing we do can ever be accomplished. So in order to fulfill your wishes and make your next year better than the last, take baby steps and gradually ease into your set goal. Do you want to lose weight? Do not run, but walk a short distance enjoying the scenery that surrounds your neighborhood. Use the stairs instead of the elevator while shopping at the mall. In order to lose weight, you must make it enjoyable and work at a pace that is comfortable to you. Work with a partner, one who is reliable and allows you to be you. Small competition may also give you inspiration to fully endure a work out that you might have half way done alone. When making resolutions, we often lack a

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sense of vision. If you’re not happy with the life you are living, use your new change as a gateway to a new life you can be proud of. “Live! Laugh! Love!” are not just simply three words we paint on kitchen walls; they are philosophies that create a well-balanced lifestyle that better us as individuals. Live life as if every day is your last. Enjoy today and forget the past. Do not worry about tomorrow, for it will be here sooner than you know. If you are too busy looking at what’s ahead of you, you will miss opportunities that are right in front of you. We must also develop relationships in order to function, but that does not include people who take advantage of you. Instead, do not be afraid to make new friends and keep your family close to your heart. Before you are able to love another, you must first love your self. Living a life without regrets is something we should all strive for. We should take risks and enjoy the ride There is one simple solution to change the unhappy lifestyle that you may live day in and day out. Get over it! Life is too short, too fragile and too exciting to mope about the past. In a few years, or just a matter of months, for the first time in our young adolescent years, we will be in complete control of our own fates. For the first time we will be in control of almost every aspect of our lives, from what we eat to who we build relationships with. For the first time for a long time you will decide if you succeed or fail. It may sound intimidating, and it should, but every living thing on earth has to endure this process we call life, the only difference is it is now your time.

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Dear Santa

For Christmas I would like an Easy Bake Oven, a Pillow Pet, some new movies, and a lot of coloring books. I’ve been good all year. I did all my chores, and listened to my parents. This would make me very happy. a little kid.

Love,

He’s making a list and checking it twice. All year children try to be on their best behavior to make sure they get on Santa’s “good” list. Every year these kids write letters to the North Pole stating their Christmas wishes in anticipation that on Christmas day they will wake up with all the gifts they asked for under the tree.

In these letters they say cute things about how they did good in school, didn’t argue with their siblings, and shared with classmates. They hope that they will not receive a big lump of coal in their stockings on Christmas morning. Around age nine, children usually stop believing in Jolly Old Saint Nick and understand that there parents are responsible for the presents. After this, Christmas isn’t the same for these kids. It’s all about the gifts, not the holidays. The un-revealed secret that Santa Clause isn’t real should be kept from children. For as long as possible. Because believing in Santa helps keep the true meaning of the holiday close to home. After they stop believing, children stop being good all year and know their parents will give them gifts no matter how they behave. You are never too old to believe in Santa, his true spirit is out there watching over us ever day. (Photo Credit: Thomas James Hurst/ MCTcampus.com)

How do others countries and religions celebrate the holiday season Emma Gatewood

The true value of Christmas Tyler Klaus

tylerklaus@othstoday.com “I can almost guarantee that if you search deep within yourself and find something that you have always wanted, not necessarily something you can buy at a store, this will be one of the best Christmas you will have.”

Editorial staff: Kameron Johnson Emma Gatewood Sports Editor Editor-in-Chief, News Editor Tyler Klaus Emily Love Photos and Web Features Editor Editor

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Each year, companies spend millions of dollars advertising during the holiday season. Little children get wrapped up in their wish lists and parents stress over their budgets. But is this really what Christmas is about? One night, my family was gathered around the TV watching a Lifetime movie called “Dear Santa.” It may of been kind of a “chick flick,” but it really got me thinking about the real meaning of Christmas. It helped me realize that you do not need to totally push out the materialistic things, but have a balance between materialistic gifts and the gifts that actually require some sacrifice other than swiping a piece of plastic. On top of the movie “Dear Santa,” I found some inspiration from Urban Dictionary. Yes, I know that is a weird place to find inspiration, but I was trying to find a definition about Christmas. On Urban Dictionary, they have user submitted definitions of almost anything. When I searched Christmas, most of the definitions seemed to mention the receiving of presents, the stressfulness of the holiday season, the increase of spending, and a time for great sales. While all those are probably accurate definitions, it is heart breaking that most people see Christmas as a time to spend money and try to make people happy with gifts that are not from

the heart. Each year, for the past couple of years, I have made at least two Christmas wishes that don’t rely on money and would instead help me realize true joy and happiness. Last year my two wishes were for a white Christmas and for my brother to be able to come home from Florida. While driving to the airport to pick up my brother, it started to snow. Last Christmas was one of my favorite Christmases, not because of the presents under the tree, but because of the true gifts I received that made me truly thankful. This year, my two Christmas wishes are to help someone find true happiness and to be able to spend a day with one of my best friends laughing, smiling, and being stress free for once. I encourage you to make at least a couple Christmas wishes that do not deal with materialistic or tangible gifts. I can almost guarantee that if you search deep within yourself and find something that you have always wanted, not necessarily something you can buy at a store, this will be one of the best Christmas you will have. Just try making a wish from the heart and see how it turns out. Also, try giving a gift to someone from the heart without spending anything. There are many other ways to show someone you truly care without buying them jewelry or a video game. A gift from the heart will always last forever and will mean a lot more in the long run. I hope you do not find Christmas stressful and you do not get wrapped up in the materialistic items of Christmas. Have a Merry Christmas while being surrounded by people who love you and care about you. (Photo Credit: Philip Brooker/The Miami Herald/MCTcampus.com)

There are many different holiday traditions; which depend on a person’s cultural

ha'olam, shehecheyanu, vekiyemanu vehigi'anu lazeman hazeh." (Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the emmagatewood@othstoday.com Universe, Who has given us life, and has sustained us, and has brought us to this time.) background. On the other nights only the first two blessings Kwanzaa was created in 1966 by Maulana are said. Karenga, who wanted African Americans to have In Belgium children believe that St. Nicholas a holiday that was about their culture and hisbrings them presents on horseback. So children tory. There are 7 principles of Kwanzaa, leave hay, carrots and water on December 6. - Umoja (Unity) - To maintain unity in family, In China, people decorate their houses with nation, and community, paper lanterns. - Kujichagulia (Self- Determination)- To In Denmark, children believe that while St. maintain yourself, Nicholas brings toys in a sleigh that elves, called - Ujima (Responsibility)- To maintain the Juul Nisse, live community together and to help others, in their attics. - Ujamaa (Family)- To believe in family, So instead - Nia (Purpose)- To build and develop the of milk and community together, cookies they - Kuumba (Creativity)- To do as much as you leave out rice can to make the community more beautiful and pudding and beneficial, saucers of - Imani (Faith)- To believe in parents, teachers, milk. leaders and righteousness struggles. In Italy, In Sweden the oldest daughter wakes at gifts aren’t These principles are usually displayed by dawn, puts on a white robe and a ring seven candles of seven candles in her hair then wakes exchanged mounted on a up the rest of the house and serves them until January coffee, buns and cookies. base that repre6, the day that sents Africa. is traditionPeople of ally recognized as the day the Wise Men reached the Jewish baby Jesus. faith celebrate In Sweden on Saint Luciaís Day, December Hannukkah. 13, the oldest daughter wakes at dawn, puts on a Hannukkah white robe and a ring of seven candles in her hair is traditionthen wakes up the rest of the house and serves ally celebrated them coffee, buns and cookies. Kwanzaa was created in 1966 by Maulana Karenga, with a menorah, Another Swedish tradition is JULKAPP, where that holds eight presents are candles. wrapped in On the first night one candle is lit and on each multiple layers successive night another one is lighted until all of of paper, and the candles are lit. Each candle is lit by a ninth the longer it candle called the shamash; it is only used to light takes to unwrap the eight candles mounted in the menorah. On the better the the first night of Hanukkah there are three blessJULKAPP. ings said before any of the candles are lit. For AustraThe blessings are "Baruch ata Hashem, lians, ChristIn China people decorate their houses Elokenu melech ha'olam, asher kidshanu mas falls in with posters, paper chains, lanterns b'mitzvotav v'tzivanu l'hadlik ner shel Hanukthe middle of kah." summer so (Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the many festivities happen outside. A popular event Universe, Who has sanctified us with His comcalled Carols by Candlelight takes place outdoors mandments and has commanded us to light the where people sing carols and carry candles. Hanukkah lights.) Christian children in China call Christmas "Baruch ata Hashem, Sheng Dan Jieh. They decorate their houses Elokenu melech with posters, paper chains, lanterns and everha'olam, she'asah nisim greens and they decorate their Christmas trees la'avotenu, bayamim with lanterns, flowers and red paper chains. hahem bazeman hazeh." In Ethiopia, the Christmas holiday is cele(Blessed are You, brated on January 7. All families go to church Lord our God, King of and they wear white shamma’s , a traditional the Universe, Who has thin white cotton wrap. doen miracles for our (Photo Credit: Scott Fisher, Gary Malerba/ fathers in days gone by, Detroit Free Press, Annie O’Neill/Detroit at this time.) and Free Press/MCTcampus.com christmas. Hannukkah is traditionally "Baruch ata Hashem, celebrated with a menorah, that lovetoknow.com) Elokenu melech holds eight candles.

How to give back this holiday season Christmas is the season of giving. So, why not give emilylove@othstoday.com back to the community? These days, everyone is so caught up with material things and gifts around Christmas time. It is almost like the holiday has lost its meaning. Christmas is supposed to be about being thankful for what you have and not taking things for granted. A way to give back is by volunteering your time or donating money or things you no longer use. During the holiday season, many charities and organizations hold collection drives. There are also many shelters around the St. Louis metropolitan area that ask for volunteers with various activities. There are many places in our area asking for donations as well. The O’Fallon food pantry is always in need of food, especially during the holidays. They collect canned goods, pasta, rice, peanut butter, cereal, and most non-perishable items. If you would like to donate to the food pantry, it is located in the back of the O’Fallon Township Building at 801 E. State Street. Another organization that helps many families, especially during the holidays, is the Salvation Army. You may see them around at many grocery stores and malls ringing bells and collecting

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money. On top of that, on their website, you can donate money from a credit/debit card to a virtual kettle. They also collect clothing items, furniture, household goods, and even cars. If you feel like donating your time to the Salvation Army, you can join over 3,000,000 other volunteers by visiting volunteermatch.org, which finds volunteer jobs in your area, based on what you like to do, your talents, and your interests. One other great place that needs donations is the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. For years, they have been collecting new, unwrapped toys for children to ensure that every child has a toy to open for Christmas. If you would like to donate money, visit toysfortots. org. If you would rather donate a new, unwrapped toy, there are drop off locations at Toys ‘R’ Us and Babies ‘R’ Us, located in Fairview Heights across from St. Clair Square, or you can donate them at the O’Fallon Police Department public safety building (across from the YMCA) until Wednesday, December 21st. There are many people in need, especially around the holidays. In these tough economic times, many families are struggling. By volunteering your time or donating, you are helping someone and it probably means the world to them. Be fortunate for what you have and remember things could be worse. So go out there and get involved! Happy Holidays! (Photo Credit: Amanda McCoy/Biloxi Sun Herald/MCT)

December Students of the Month; Long and Page Megan Ivey

At OTHS, being nominated for Student of the meganivey@othstoday.com Month is a huge achievement. Seniors Brady Page and Danielle Long are well beyond their years, excelling in many activities and personal acquisitions which makes them perfect candidates for December’s Students of the Month. Page and Long have participated in many school events and activities. Page, our Student Body President, has been serving in Student Council his entire high school career. He has also been involved in Blizzard, SADD, Livesavers and FBLA. Long has made a name for herself at OTHS as well, being a part of National Honor’s Society, Thespian Socitey, French club and Interact club. What both of these students share is their love for music. This passion is shown by the long list activities Long and Page engage in. Page is involved in many OTHS band programs, including Marching Band (where he stands as the tuba section leader), IMEA jazz band, jazz ensemble, jazz combo and wind ensemble. Also, Page played in the brass section for Madrigals, played bass guitar for the spring musical pit, and has been a consistent performer of Frolics each year of high school.While Page performed his music at OTHS events, Long was displaying her musical talent on stage. Long has been in the spring musical, Frolics and Madrigals as well. She is also an avid participator in OTHS choir, singing for both the jazz and show choirs. As if their school activities didn’t keep them preoccupied, December’s SOTM have priorities outside of OTHS. Page volunteers at Anderson Hospital, participates in Relay for Life, plays for his older brother’s instrumental jazz quartet, called The Yard Dawgs, and is a member of St. John’s United Church of Christ youth group. In Long’s spare time, she takes a number of vocal, piano and dance lessons. She also has worked in modeling and acting, including St. Louis Fashion Week. She has volunteered her time for United Methodist Church Bible School and the Turkey Hill

Grange drama camp.

Long and Page are ecstatic to be named this title. Page stated, “It is an unexpected honor to be selected. I am definitely looking forward to using the great parking space.” When being asked the greatest thing about being SOTM, Long replied “Being named Student of the Month is a validation of all the effort I have invested in my high school career. It is an immense honor.” Page has great things to say about the school. He commented, “I have really enjoyed my four years at OTHS. In addition to the strong academics, the school has given me the opportunity to develop leadership and communication skills, pursue my interest in music and meet some fantastic students and teachers along the way.” However, this does not mean the two do not have ideas on improving our facility. Long wished our music and art programs (choir especially) allocated more funds. She followed up by saying “While I understand the school’s current monetary situation, I still feel that the arts should not be the first departments affected. Music and art offer creative outlets for students.” Page wishes to offer students of OTHS more school activities, such as a winter dance. He hinted at the progress, saying “ The Student Council is currently trying to coordinate a date for a casual second semester dance.” After high school, both students have big dreams. Page plans furthering his education in business/human resources, attending McKendree University or SLU. Long wishes to advance even further in her music career by majoring in vocal performance at either St. Olaf College or the Curtis Institute of Music. With transcripts such as these, December’s SOTM undoubtedly spark determination and well-suit as respectful role models for the student body. Whatever school or major, we can expect huge success from Page and Long in the future. (Photo Credit: Emma Gatewood)


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Pop Culture Showdown

Tyler Klaus

This months Holiday themed tylerklaus@othstoday.com Pop Culture Showdown was between the two Grinch girls lacrosse coaches; Mr. Riddle and Mr. Garrison, and two Christmas loving lacrosse players; Megan Laney and Kelly Eastman. Smack talking began way before the first question was asked, this showdown will sure be one to remember. The girls where brushing up on Holiday facts in the IMC before the competition, they where not going to let two people not fond of Christmas let them beat them. Ready for the first question, When is Santa Claus’s, also know as St. Nick’s, birthday? The coaches knew this one right of the bat, the girls debated and came up with the answer December 25. The correct answer is December 6, the

teachers where right. Next question, how many reindeer drive

Santa’s sleigh? This was an easy question for both teams. the correct answer is nine. The coaches are ahead by one, with a score of 2

to 1. Third question is tricky for both teams, What are two popular Christmas colors after red and green? The girls get one of the colors, but the coaches get both right with silver and gold. The coaches, who apparently hate Christmas, receive two points, while the girls receive one point. This question has to do with a popular soft drink, what soft drink made the concept of Santa Claus popular in the states? This should be an easy one, and both bickering teams get it right with Coca-Cola. The Grinch acting coaches are still in the lead, 5 to a lousy 3 points for the girls.

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Fifth question, halfway through, How long does the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah last? Counting the candles in their heads, the teaches come up with an odd number of 7, while the girls come up with the correct answer of 8. Overcome with excitement, like a two-year-old on Christmas morning, the girls trail the Grinch's by 2 points. The next question does not help the girls catch up because both teams get it right. What is the traditional spinning top game played during Hanukkah, The Dreidel. The Coaches still lead by one point. Who does not love Christmas songs? Well, apparently the girls do not listen to them enough because they cannot answer, What Christmas song has the words, “Tis the season to be jolly?” The coaches get it right with Deck the Halls. I am starting to think the girls are the real Grinch’s here, as the trail the coaches by two points again. Eighth question, What percents of Americans do not have a Christmas tree in their

house? The coaches guess 32 percent but then change it to 30 percent. The girls guess 10 percent. The Coaches are closer with 30 but the correct answer was 32 percent. The coaches pull ahead by 3 points, making the score eight to five. Last question, How many states are Christmas trees grown in. The girls finally get a point with question, but it comes a little to late. The answer is all 50 states, the girls guessed 48, and coaches went low with 40. The final score was the coaches, who hate Christmas, eight, and the girls, who apparently love Christmas, six. This was one of the loudest Pop Culture Showdowns ever, both teams where really in the Holiday spirit. But the Coaches beat their lacrosse players by two points. (Photo Credit: Tyler Klaus)

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. . . s a e d I t f r i G s a m Christ World series stuff.

Fun picture frame with a picture of the two of you.

Date night gift of movie tickets, dinner reservations, concert tickets, etc.

Gift basket including lotions, bath soap, body spray, etc.

A new wallet. Tool kit, BBQ kit, leaf vlower/snow blower: any household fix-it things.

For Dad....

Gift card to their favorite place or try iTunes, gas, food cards.

Clothes from there favorite stores.

Jewelry: rings, bracelets, necklace, earrings, etc.

Make up kit for your sister.

For Friends....

Gift basket, filled with candles, soaps, bath stuff, candies, etc.

Tickets to a concert for both of you.

Make them a fleece blanket.

For Mom....

Pajamas to snuggle up in at home

For Girlfriend.... Memory Jar : Write memories of things you cherish about your friend on little pieces of paper then decorate a jar and fill it up with the memories and some little pictures

Pillow Pet : the perfect pal

For Siblings....

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For Boyfriend....

Attire from their favorite college.

Tickets to a sports game for the two of you.

Appreciation book to let her know what she does for you. Professional pictures of you and your siblings.

Snapback: from his favorite sports team.

Videogames: Call of Duty, 2K, Modern Warefare 3, etc.

Make a CD with all his favorite songs.


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O Tunes

HAPPY ! S Y A D I HOL HE T M O R - F ER L W O R P STAFF

TOP 3 ALBUMS THIS SEASON

Under the Mistletoe

Glee The Music, The Christmas Album, Volume 2

Christmas

c.“ No, no. I mean “Jingle Bells”.

You know, deck them halls and all that stuff. No, no, no. You don’t get it at all. I mean “Jingle Bells”. You know, Santa Claus, and ho-ho-ho, and mistletoe... and presents for pretty girls...”

e. “Happy birthday! Hey, I said my

first words. But... But snowmen can’t talk. Ha ha ha, come on now, what’s the joke? Could I really be alive?”

g.“If I live to be 100, I’ll never forget

i.“It came without ribbons. It

came without tags. It came without packages, boxes, or bags.”

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The Glee Cast

Justin Bieber

k. “You’ll shoot your eye out, kid!”

TOP 5 CHRISTMAS SONGS OF ALL-TIME 2-

White Christmas

Bing Crosby

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Jingle Bell Rock

b. “It’s just like Santa’s workshop!

C Christmas Vacation DIt’s a Wonderful Life E A Christmas Story F

Except it smells like mushrooms... and everyone looks like they wanna hurt me...”

d.“We’re kicking off our fun old

fashion family Christmas by heading out into the country in the old front-wheel drive sleigh to embrace the frosty majesty of the winter landscape and select that most important of Christmas symbols.”

f. “God bless us, everyone!” h.“Faith is believing when common

sense tells you not to. Don’t you see? It’s not just Kris that’s on trial, it’s everything he stands for. It’s kindness and joy and love and all the other intangibles.”

j. “Look, Daddy. Teacher says every

Frosty the Snowman G

Elf

H How the Grinch Stole Christmas IA Christmas Carol Rudolph the Red Nosed J Reindeer

time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings.”

l. “Charlie, stay away from those

things. They’re reindeer, you don’t know where they’ve been. They all look like they’ve got key lime disease.”

KA Charlie Brown Christmas L The Santa Clause M Miracle on 34th Street 1(a.), 2(d), 3(j.), 4(k.), 5(e.), 6(b.), 7(i.), 8(f.), 9(g.), 10(c.), 11(l.), 12(h.)

The Chipmunk Song

The Chipmunks

Bobby Helms

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B Home Alone

a.“This is extremely important. Will you please tell Santa that instead of presents this year, I just want my family back. No toys, nothing but Peter, Kate, Buzz, Megan, Linnie and Jeff. And my aunt and my cousins. And if he has time, my Uncle Frank. Okay?”

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Christmas movie quote matching

that big snow storm a couple of years ago. The weather closed in and, well you might not believe it, but the world almost missed Christmas. Oh, excuse me, call me Sam. What’s the matter? Haven’t you ever seen a talking snowman before?”

Michael Buble

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the 5- Rudolph, Red Nosed

I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus

Reindeer

Gene Autry

Jimmy Boyd

Buddy the elf, played by Will Ferrell, embarks on an adventure from the North Pole to the city of New York, in an attempt to reach out to the father he never knew. Throughout the comedy, Buddy meets different people and shows them how to get into the holiday spirit.

Based on the children’s book by Dr. Seuss, Jim Carrey plays the Grinch in this 2000 remake. The land of Whoville is where the story takes place and the Who’s love Christmas. The Grinch’s plan is to steal it away because of the horrible childhood memories he has with the holiday.

Starring James Stewart and Donna Reed, this 1946 movie is a timeless classic. The bittersweet post-war setting provides the characters the chance to experience hardship and in the end know that life is truly wonderful.

MORE GREAT HOLIDAY ALBUMS

Christmas Interpretations

Boyz II Men

Christmas With Deno

Dean Martin

December Song

George Michaels

A Jolly Christmas from Frank Sinatra

Frank Sinatra

From the director of Valentine’s Day, New Year’s Eve is another movie with a very elaborate cast of over 15, who are all spending New Year’s Eve in the Big Apple. Some people you will see in the movie are: Ashton Kutcher, Lea Michelle, Sara Jessica Parker, Zac Efron, Halle Berry, and many more.

Set in the 1940s, the story is about Ralphie a 9-year-old boy who only wants one thing for Christmas, (Red Ryder 200-shot range model BB rifle). Awaiting Christmas day, Ralphie and his little brother go through many obstacles, but his attempt to show others that he deserves the rifle never leaves his mind.

Starring Tom Hanks as over five characters, the movie is based on the children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg. A young boy starting to doubt Christmas, embarks on an adventure to the North Pole to Santa’s house. While on the magical train, he learns about different people and why you can’t let the holiday spirit escape you.

(Photo Credit: amazon.com, dan-dare.org, alt.tnt.tv, rottentomatoes.com ,trailershut.com, MCTcampus.com)


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O’Fallon hockey swings into gear as 2011 season starts Dylan Highley

dylanhighley@othstoday.com

It’s winter season which means hockey swings into full gear as the season starts off

well for the boys. They are currently second place behind Althoff in the Mississippi Valley South division standings. This team is 4-3 to start off the first seven games of the season. They have a lot of talent on this team, but a few of these players are still very young and continue to improve. “I could not be happier with the all-around team performance; we have a lot of leadership and have really come together this season,” Coach Wilson said. They have some talented offensive players like junior Austin Graff with two goals (Assists+Goals) and junior Henry Hunsaker with two goals as well.

The major issue with this team seems to be inconsistency. They win big games, then come up empty in others. The Panthers have had a goalie situation while still trying to figure out who will be the starting goaltender. As of now, the goalie for the Panthers is Justin Lewis with a .867 save percentage. This position can change as the season progresses. Lewis has been doing a great job at the goalie position, but a hockey team is not made up of one man. Although there are offensive stars, the wait is still on to see more goals put up in games. If the offense starts to get on fire and Lewis continues to play like he is, then look out for the Panther hockey team to be a threat in the division.

Lady Panther Runners finish outstanding season Jack Klopfenstein

The girls’ cross gram had ever seen, with total of 57 girls. country team sets The team had a lot of depth, which allowed them to rest many of their prominent runners jackklopfenstein@othstoday.com school history once again, placing 15th for the post season. Sophomore Sydney Neal and at the 3A IHSA senior Kaylee Schmitz were able to carry out a State Cross Country meet on Nov. 5. great one-two punch, racking up low points for Not only were they able to the team. finish the highest ever at the While state meet in school history, but sophomore Sam also during their post season, Lapp, freshthey swept any team that men Angela crossed their path, fetching Buch, senior the conference, regional and Kaleca Mobley, sectional titles. junior Jordan “The success we had this year Thompson and came from the great amount of freshman Tami dedication from not only our Cardenas finseniors, but all the girls,” said ished in a tight Head Coach Neil James. pack ensuring The team was very consistent, the team’s sucbeing able to improve as the cessful season. season progressed and domi“Seeing the nated the Metro East area was girls run and just the first step. dominate the As the post-season shifted course has The girls pose for a group photo after finishing 15th at the IHSA State Cross Country meet on Nov. 5th. into full gear, the girls didn’t always been an just run to win; they wanted to enjoyment,” see how hard they could push Coach James each other during each race. After sweeping the said. “Their hard work during the summer and conference title in both the varsity and junior dedication, paid off in the end.” varsity races, the girls were not finished. As the off season begins, the team has gathered They sustained their ground the next three together setting goals and expectations in hopes weeks, winning the regional and sectional titles of having another successful season. by an outstanding amount. In spite of the team losing two key seniors, Next up was the state meet, which will mark Schmitz and Mobley, they have their eyes set on the 11th time in the past 13 seasons O'Fallon another record breaking season next year in order has qualified for state as a team. to defend their post-season titles. Not only are The girls were confident heading into the race they training to defend their titles but also to consisting of over 200 runners, and crossed the finish in the Top 10 at the state meet. finish line knowing they had given it their all. (Photo Credit: TJ Price) Moments later, they realized they had just made school history by placing 15th in the state meet. The girls’ team had been the biggest the pro-

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Panthers jump shot there way to first place

Kameron Johnson

The O’Fallon Panthers tipped off their season with a title at the the Alton

Coach Gibson’s game plan went into full force against both Granite as well as Centralia. He unleashed his defense to rush his opponents and kameronjohnson@othstoday.com cause turnovers allowing O’Fallon to run the Tip Off Classic. game on the scoreboard. The Panthers showed their dominance on the “We have been trying to fine tune the offense court by sweeping through as we will face two three non-conference teams. very different styles Carbondale, Vashon, and from what we saw Riverview Gardens all stepped last week in the Alton up to take on the Panthers and tournament,” saidall fell to the same fate. Coach Gibson. Carbondale posed as a small Gibson was looking threat as O’Fallon blew past for his offense to them controlling every aspect show up and they of the game crushing the did. In both games Terriers’ hopes early with an combined, they agonizing 80-50 defeat. outscored their opThe next two rounds showed ponents by 30 plus the Panthers’ true talent . points. An 82- 81 borderline victory The Panthers’ unagainst Vashon occurred after defeated season came Todd Porter Jr. snatched Elijah to an end last Friday Kinnmon’s rebound attemptat the hands of Coling at a last minute shot to win linsville giving them Seniors Michael Jackson and Isaac Bouquet sprint the game. Porter scored the their first loss as well back after a fast break. game winning point with three as first conference loss seconds left to spare. of the year. The Panthers started their Though the regular season with a four game win streak, hostPanthers are hurt from an unexpected loss, they ing Granite City on the Dec. 2 home opener. have two chances of redemption. Right after “Practice this week has focused on getting our Christmas break on Jan. 11, O’Fallon will be on team better. We have tried to work a lot defenthe road to play the East. St. Louis Flyers. Until sively on taking away what Granite City and then, the Panthers have plenty of time to prepare Centralia like to do--they both like to slow down both physically and mentally to play a highly the game by being very deliberate on offense,” anticipated game of high competition basketball. said Coach Rick Gibson.

The boys’ swim team is back

Sarah Hesse

Hesse said, “Swimming isn’t just a sport; it is a The 2011- 2012 lifestyle in which one is always striving to achieve boys’ swim season perfection.” sarahhesse@othstoday.com kicked off on Their competitive season started on Saturday Monday November 28th after a very challenging December 10th, in Springfield, IL in a dual meet tryout. against Sacred Heart Griffin. The O’Fallon Varsity swim team is led by head The team faired well in their first meet of the coach Kim Eddy and assistant coaches Christina season. Buehler and Mary When the meet Peterson. came to an end, Head coach Eddy the results were said, “We have a lot of a tie between the talent on the team, and O’Fallon PanI am expecting them to thers and Sacred have a very successful Heart Griffin. season.” The team is This year’s team scheduled to consists of 17 young partake in nine men. swim meets this The boys’ swim team season excluding practices five nights sectionals and a week at the local state. YMCA in O’Fallon. Eight of the Their practices are nine swim meets run with very high inwill be away tensity thanks to their meets. coaches who are always On February challenging them to Patrick Hesse and Michael Slaughter pose during a brief break at 4th 2012, the push themselves. boys’ swim team the Springfield Invitational Meet on Dec. 11. “Giving up or will be hosting slacking off is not an their annual option,” said Coach Eddy. home swim meet at the O’Fallon YMCA. Their practices consists of non-stop swimming The meet kicks off at 2 o’clock P.M. and conditioning in order to prepare for their Come out and support your O’Fallon Panthers upcoming competitive season. this season! Heading into the season, sophomore Patrick (Photo Credit: Sarah Hesse)

OTHS girls’ bowling starts a new season Mycal Hurley

The girls’ bowling team is off to an amazing start, standing with a 3-0 record with a third place win at the Kahok tournament in Collinsville and second at the Taylorville tournament. After not qualifying for state last season, the team hoped to work on being more positive when going into high stress situations. They remain confident when morale is low and so far, it looks like the team came a long way to improve their standings. When asked about what expectations the team had for this season, sophomore Kristina Greynolds and senior Abby Solomon said that they hope to “make it to state and win the Panther Invitational in January.”

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“We’re really good at cheering each other on and keeping the team’s spirit up even though we don’t meet eye-to-eye sometimes,” said Solomon. The girls’ next game is also at home at the St. Clair Bowl against Granite City on December 15, and their State is scheduled to be in February in Rockford. (Photo Credit: TJ Price)

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Girls’ Basketball Starting Off a Steady Season

Emily Love

Starting the saying, “Depending on how hard we play and season off with 2 how hard we work, we will have a chance to wins and 2 losses, compete for the Southwestern Conference emilylove@othstoday.com the girls’ basketball Champs. Our biggest challenge will be games team is hopeful for the 2011-2012 season. With against Edwardsville, and Belleville East and East seven seniors, the Lady St. Louis will be a hard Panthers are gaining teams to beat. We have points on the court. seven seniors which Senior Victoria Ham gives the team great commented on the leadership. We have a team saying, complete team of run“We have a lot of ners, tall girls, trementalent, we just need to dous shooters and great keep practicing hard defenders. We have a and keeping our eye on little bit of everything the postseason. We are making great pieces to all really close and there the puzzle. Our greatest is lots of camaraderie on weakness is our effort. If the team. We need to we don’t play hard, we improve our skills and are mediocre, but if we be more focused.” play hard we are really The team lost their good and compete to first game against Glenwin.” wood but came back to The ladies’ next game win their second and is this Friday against third games against Belleville East at 4:15 Alton and Granite City. p.m. Last Thursday night, Different from last they played against year, this season is the Collinsville at home but longest for any O’Fallon lost by a heart-breaking team. They have great 48 to 46. talent, so come out and When asked what support your O’Fallon the biggest goal for Lady Panthers Basketthe season is, Kaitlin ball team. Kendall said, “We want to go far (Photo Credit: ConSophomore Blair Butler defends the ball while playing and work as a team.” nor Holzinger) against the Collinsville Kahoks on December 8. Mr. Massey commented on the season

Boys’ Bowling Confident About Season Mycal Hurley

Last year, the maintain a positive atmosphere for the team boys’ bowling to play in. team held a “I think we’re good at keeping each other mycalhurley@othstoday.com fantastic record up. We give each other support and compliand even qualified for the state competition. ments and this has helped to put us in the This year, the team has higher expectations position we’re in today,” said senior Ryan and wants to prove Greynolds. how well they’ve Despite some minor gotten in preparation shortcomings the team for this season. Boys’ has head coach Mike varsity captain and Imes believes that the senior Ryan O’Sullivan team can do great has high hopes for things this season. the team this year and “This season we looks forward to going expect to be conferto state. ence champions and to “[This year] we make a serious run at expect to win the state state,” said Imes. title and go all the way; The boys’ next game state title or nothing,” is home at St. Clair said O’Sullivan. Bowl against Granite Currently, the boys’ City on December 15 team is 4-0 in their and their chance at conference, taking first state is scheduled to be place and third place on January 27 and 28. in two of their recent (Phot Credit: Contournaments. nor Holzinger) Not only is the team Junior Brenden Picou lines up for his approach making a conscious bowling against the Alton Redbirds on December 8. effort to win it all, they are also trying to

Un-wise to take on the Panthers Donald Eckerman

Drew Wise, the donaldeckerman@othstoday.com senior captain of the O’Fallon wrestling team, is in his 4th year of starting varsity and looks to lead the mat men to a winning season. Newly assigned to the 132 weight class, Wise is off to a good start with a team record of 4-1, and his own personal record of 7-1. Taking second place at the Chatham Glenwood tournament as both an individual and as a team, this feat surely could not have been managed without Wise at the helm. Having previously won the Ironman Award for perfect attendance at practices, tournaments and dual meets, Wise has also earned the award for most valuable wrestler and scholar wrestler. Wise is arguably the most decorated wrestler in the current varsity line up. Wise attributes his athletic and

academic success to his older brother saying, “He set the bar pretty high, but I’ve made it my goal to try and out do him in every way.” With his next wrestling meet tomorrow night at Collinsville , Drew’s record is almost sure to improve before he and the rest of the team venture up to the suburbs of Chicago to participate in the prestigious Minooka Duals. At the duals, Wise’s talent will be put to the test against some of the best wrestlers in the state. Everyone has faith in him including Coach Glenn Exton, who says, “He’s one of the best wrestlers on the team and definitely has the best technique.” With the great start that Wise is already off to this season, he is quickly becoming a wrestler that will demand the attention of anyone interest in wrestling.

Cardinals Acquire Matheny as New Manager Dylan Highley

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In late 2011, Mike Matheny was the Cardinal catcher Tony LaRussa from 2000-2004, and he helped the Carmanaged during dinals make the 2004 World Series against dylanhighley@othstoday.com one of the biggest Boston. epic seasons in baseball history. In August, His Major League Baseball career lasted the Cardinals were down 10.5 games and for 14 seasons as catcher for the Milwaukee ended up making the playoffs and went on Brewers, Toronto Blue Jays, San Francisco to win the 2011 World Series. Giants, and the St. Louis Cardinals. In his After the seasons end, Tony LaRussa ancareer, he has won four gold gloves and has nounced his retirement, ending his career a career batting average of .239. on top. Matheny served on the Minor League A few interviews were conducted for the Triple “A” Cardinal team as an instructor job, and it was preparing playfinally announced ers for the big that Cardinals forleagues. mer catcher Mike There are some Matheny will take who feel he is over as next year’s not the best for new skipper. the job because Cardinal club he has never owner John Mozemanaged a team liak contacted a in Major League few well-known Baseball. managers for the Matheny was job. chosen because Some of the owner John names that were Mozeliak has witcontacted includnessed first hand ed Jose Oquendo how much of a (Cardinal third leader Matheny base coach), can be. Terry Francona He has not ever (Boston Red Sox’s filled the role of a manager), Ryne manager, but has Sandburg (Phillies played with the Triple A manCardinals before, ager), and Joe and his leadership Maddon (Devil is what carried Rays head coach). the team in 2004 This position when they made was not an easy the World Series. one to fill seeing Matheny knows as Tony LaRussa the Cardinals oris one of the top ganization better three best manthan any of the agers in baseball other canidates St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny talks with reporters in history as far as for this job. his office in the clubhouse for the first time after being introduced wins go. He has not as the new Cardinals manager in a news conference at Busch Tony served only played for Stadium. 33 years as a the team, but he manager for has instructed three different players on the teams: the St. Louis Cardinals (1996-2011), Cardinals Triple A team on how to be sucChicago White Sox (1979-1986), and the cessful in the big leagues. Oakland Athletics (1986-1995). (Photo credit: Chris Lee/St. Louis Post-DisHe has accomplished a lot in his career patch/MCTcampus) winning six pennants and three World Series titles.


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O’Fallon.lights.up.the.night. O’Fallon definitely has some holiday pride and The Prowler decided to show it off! These houses spark more than an electricity bill--they ignite the holiday spirit in all of us.

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