FEA TURES NOVEMBER LENDING A HELPING HAND
November is the month to reﬂect on the things in our lives that we are thankful for. However, some student clubs have decided to give back to the community. Check out page 3 for more information.
ON THE HOME FRONT
For some, involvement in the military extends beyond the Veterans Day assembly. These PHHS students and faculty live in close contact with the armed forces every day through enlisted family members, future ambitions, or their own status as veterans.
MYPARKHILL.COM AP ENGLISH SPEAKS UP Park Hill AP English students deliver speeches to improve their speaking and presentation skills.
5 STUDENTS TODAY,
PSYCHOLOGISTS TOMORROW Psychology for some students is more than just a class; it’s a future profession. See how love for this subject will shape some students’
THAN A 11 MORE PRETTY FACE Pageants have received some criticism, but are they really so bad? Find out on page 11.
PHHS dance team members deal with a rigorous practice schedule. Find out how they maintain a positive attitude and good team spirit.
MAKE IT WORK
Confused about the latest trends? Turn to pages 13 and 14 for tips and tricks to keep yourself looking great.
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CAMILLE’S COLUMN LOSING LITERATURE The first book I ever read that could be considered a work of literature was “To Kill A Mockingbird” in my sixth grade English class. Not to be melodramatic, but reading this book was a bit of a life-changing experience for me. It was the first time I was ever exposed to the fact that, although it can be boring or frustrating, literature also has the potential to be complex, thought provoking, and wonderful. Unfortunately, I was alone in this revelation, as everybody else in my class thought the book was terrible. But regardless of your thoughts on “To Kill A Mockingbird,” we can all think of at least one book that touched our emotions and sparked our imaginations, whether that book was “Fahrenheit 451” or “Twilight.” As anyone who’s ever read a good one will tell you—books can be pretty cool. That’s why I think it’s a shame that when in comes to Language Arts classes, we have a tendency to forget the books in pursuit of the grades. It’s terrible that, to most of us, literature is nothing more than memorizing some rhetorical devices and reading a summary off Sparknotes. And I think it’s awful that many of my peers have come to dread the dullness of their Language Arts classes as well as the literature within them. Yes, sometimes we have to read books we don’t like, but that doesn’t mean that as students we should have feelings of blind and instinctive hatred towards any book we see on an English syllabus. It also doesn’t mean that teachers should merely plow through said books with sole emphasis on whatever’s going to be on the final. Language Arts should foster a love of literature, not a hatred of it. Students who refuse to see the merit in any of our English curriculum, and teachers who make it hard for their students to do so, are doing both themselves and the literature a disservice.
CAMILLE SMITH, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
ISSUE THREE ISSUE ONE
NOVEMBER 2012 A UGUST 2012
EDITOR IN CHIEF Camille Smith DESIGN EDITOR Nick Buchberg Just Dance (9)
FEATURE EDITOR Zach Hahn DEPARTMENT EDITOR Mackenzie Thomas PHOTO EDITOR Kaylin Lake
Not Just a A Pretty Face (11)
On The Home Front (7)
Lending A Helping Hand (3)
REPORTERS Jake Bjornlie Beth Cooper Chloe Lane Jesus Reyes Rylee Stoulil Claire Yost BUSINESS MANAGER Brett Stone WEBMASTER Molly Weis WEB EDITOR Shannon Barry
How To Make A Musical (6)
MYPARKHILL.COM JT Fopeano Zoë Butler Sadie Derry
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By: Rylee Stoulil and Mackenzie Thomas In the month of November when the holiday season comes close, students start to think of what they’re thankful for. To give back to their community, some PHHS clubs help out around school and the Kansas City area. See how some students have chosen to get involved.
Junior Executive Council One club that is very involved in the Park Hill community is Junior Executive Council. They have already performed many community service activities for the school. “We do at least one community service project a semester. We volunteer at the Clothing Closet a lot; we try to go at least a couple times a semester,” Junior Executive Council Treasurer Regina Bolin said. “We like to get involved in the Park Hill community so people can look to Junior Exec in a good light.” Junior Exec has finished their philanthropy for this semester, but they are looking forward to helping out in the community again after they come back from winter break. “We haven’t decided on any service projects for next semester, so if you have any ideas, let us know,” said Bolin.
Conservation Club PHHS has clubs varying in all fields and subjects. One club exclusively focuses on helping the environment. “In Conservation Club we try to help raise awareness about the environment and make an effort to protect it as well,” junior club member Courtney Stuhlman said. Conservation Club tries to do several service projects every year, including collecting ink cartridges to recycle and participating in group projects to preserve nature. “We just did a stream cleanup last week. Pretty much, we just walk along a stream and pick up trash and litter. It helps keep the area clean and is good for the plants and animals,” said Stuhlman.
National Honor Society There are many requirements that need to be met for a student to be eligible for National Honor Society admission. “In order to be in NHS alone, you need to have done 20 hours of community service,” senior club member Austin Hall said, “and at the end of the year we will do a big group community service.” In the PHHS community, NHS has been involved in one big project, the blood drive, where they exceeded their goal amount by ten units of blood. However, for many students who are involved in NHS, the blood drive is not the extent of their community service. “I volunteer at my church every Wednesday for three hours. I also volunteered at YMCA Challenger Sports. I did soccer, basketball, and baseball. It’s a sports program to help special needs children learn how to play sports and interact with each other,” said Hall.
Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America Thanksgiving is not only the time of year to gather around a table piled high with food, but also the time of year to give back to those who don’t have as much. One club at PHHS, FCCLA, worked hard to give back by making sure everyone had a feast to dig in to. “Ms. Clay [FCCLA sponsor] brought up an opportunity to help out a family in need, and as a club we decided to provide them with a Thanksgiving meal. We paid for all of it, then Ms. Clay went to Hy-Vee to buy the ingredients because the family wanted to be able to cook the meal themselves,” freshman club member Daniela Lopez-Romero said. The members of FCCLA don’t just give back because they have to. They do it because of the feeling it gives them to know they are helping out the people that really need it. “It helps the community and it helps us become better people and appreciate what we have,” said Lopez-Romero.
Psychology Club members from top left to bottom right: Hannah Smith, Sophia Rudic, Emily Villareal, and Garret Smith meet after school on Mondays. Photos by Brett Stone.
STUDENT TODAY, PSYCHOLOGIST TOMORROW STUDENTS WISH TO PURSUE CAREERS IN PSYCHOLOGY
By: Brett Stone While many of Park Hill’s future doctors will be practicing with medicine, others will be practicing with the mind. PHHS is home to many students who hope to one day become psychologists. Among these hopefuls is Psych Club president, senior Hannah Smith. “I like the idea of that you can be the person to comfort someone, I like it a lot,” said Smith. Smith is very enthusiastic about psychology. She wishes to become a psychologist and major in psychology. “Psychology is really diverse. A lot of therapy sessions are happening between iPads or webcam,” Smith said. However, Smith isn’t the only person wanting to go into the field of psychology. Many students at Park Hill have taken a liking to the mind. This surge in psychological interest is noted by psychology teacher Daniel Motta. “I think the number of students wanting psychology majors is definitely increasing. How much I can’t say. Park Hill has more psychology classes than many of the other high schools in the in Kansas City area.
Proportionally, Park Hill has more students enrolled in psychology than many other high schools,” said Motta. Psych Club member, junior Sofia Rudic also notices the increasing interest of her fellow peers. “I think psychology has become popular recently. I don’t know why but everybody is in psychology. I find a lot of people want to become psychologists,” said Rudic. Rudic’s primary interest is biopsychology. However, there are numerous career options with the field of psychology. “You’ve got psychiatrists who work with the biological side. You’ve got your counseling and clinical psychologists who work more with the disorder or unhealthy processes such as depression. Social psychologists focus on how people interact. Industrial psychologists work in the business world and focus on how to make people more efficient. Educational psychology focuses on building better curriculum,” said Motta. The University of Missouri-Kansas City is one of the highest ranking psychology colleges in the Kansas City area.
Cast, crew, and orchestra members prepare for the dress rehearsal of Sweeney Todd. Photos by Zach Hahn.
HOW TO MAKE A MUSICAL By: Zach Hahn Lights, love, murder, and meat pies: the musical production of “Sweeney Todd” had it all, including a hardworking cast and crew. Many attended the school musical and enjoyed watching the cast put on the show, but the crews that work behind the curtains were an important part of the musical. “We’re here every day after school and have been here eight hours every Saturday. This is the most elaborate set we’ve had to do because we have many sets and scenes to depict,” set construction manager, senior Michael Bidwell said. Set construction teaches students how to use power tools to design, build, and decorate sets. But the learning doesn’t stop with set construction. For any student who wants to be a part of a crew but doesn’t know how to do what is required, the crew managers will teach crew members what to do. “Anybody can work on a crew, there’s no audition. I say all the time ‘Come to set construction’ but people say they don’t know how. The thing is, we teach people how to build sets, do makeup, adjust lights, and all that. Working on crews is a learning experience,” drama teacher Jennifer Sandau said. Having been on four crews, sophomore Mariah Escarsega has had quite the learning experience. In her first year of participating in musical crews, Escarsega has been involved in props, set construction, makeup, and public relations. “I think the crews are the backbone of the musical. The cast is the face and they do a great job but the crews provide the support. Everyone worked so
hard, including the cast, and it’s great to see how everyone came together. It’s more of a team than a group of people,” Escarsega said. But, no matter how much work is put into the crews, there wouldn’t be a musical without the actors. The musical offered a cast of 40 people, including ensemble, who performed on stage. The main cast consisted of seniors Daniel Lewis, Glenda Craig, Tia Hernandez, Michael Bidwell, Otto Gaiser, Paxton DiBlasi, Quinn Pudenz, Maddie Hemphill, and freshman Peyton Dishman. “I looked at the list and liked seeing my name there. I’m happy singing ‘Pretty Women’ because that’s my favorite song from the play,” senior and lead actor Daniel Lewis said. Cast rehearsals began in September, along with the stage crews: make-up, props, costumes, public relations, lighting, house staff and set construction. These crews met along with cast since September. “I’ve been working since the cast list was posted. I don’t even know how many people work on this musical. There are about 100 people I’d guess working together for this,” said Lewis. Written by Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler, Sweeney Todd was first performed on Broadway in 1979 and since then has won numerous awards such as the Tony Awards and the Drama Desk Awards. The musical has been performed across the globe, been brought to the big screen with Tim Burton’s 2007 movie “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” and been adapted to be performed by high school students. With a turnout of over 1,500 people, Park Hill’s Sweeney Todd did the musical’s reputation justice.
Photos of the PHHS Veterans Day assembly donated by yearbook staff.
By: Camille Smith
The year was 1969, and the draft was in full force. Bob Boone knew the odds were high that he would be drafted into the army, so in September of ’69, he enlisted in the navy. Soon after, he was sent to Vietnam. “I was a helmsman. I was in charge of steering the ship and everything, and I was a lookout,” said Boone. “The one thing that sticks in my mind the most was when they told me I had to drive the boat in and pick up some guys who got shot down in a plane. I was only a 21 year old kid—I was pretty darn scared. Luckily a helicopter went and got them and I didn’t have to worry about it, but I remember that. That
sticks in my mind all my life—what would have happened to me if I had had to do that, to drive in there and try to rescue somebody.” Vietnam wasn’t the only country that the navy took Boone. He traveled all over the United States and to 23 countries, seeing and doing things that he never could have done as a civilian. “I can remember seeing kids that were 10, twelve, years old, and they were happy, and they had nothing. I’ve seen people living in tents. In Somalia, when there were hardly any people on the streets, as soon as the sun would go down there
were thousands of people that slept on the sidewalks. I can remember all that, and I remember a lot of poverty. Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, those countries that I went to— people living in tin shacks. When we were little kids, we made tree forts that were better than what these people lived in,” said Boone. “When I was in the military, everybody was against the war. We were lost souls. No one really cared. When we had our [Veterans Day] assembly, you guys made me cry. It wasn’t like that when I was your age. Everybody looked down on us. Everyone hated Vietnam.”
I know that the times that I’m actually on active duty, as well as when I’m actively serving with my troops, the thing we think about that causes us the most worry is our families— how our families are going to be taken care of while we’re gone. -Robert Brosseau
Cody Wells Junior Cody Wells has never lived in one place for longer than three years. His father’s job in the 101st infantry division means that the family—Wells, his mother, and his younger brothers—has lived on or near military bases in Alabama, Kentucky, Georgia, and Germany for as long as he can remember. The tradition of being part of the military has been in Well’s family for several generations, and is one that Wells plans to continue as soon as he is old enough to enlist. “My grandfather was actually in Vietnam fighting. My other grandfather was drafted into the marines and didn’t get deployed, but he was active duty during the Vietnam conﬂict and is considered a veteran. His grandfather was an army doctor during World War One, and as far as I can tell, he’s gotten the highest medal in the family. He was maintaining a field hospital at night, for a long time, under constant artillery bombardment, and he got the Silver Star for maintaining his job,” said Wells. While the rest of his family lives in Kansas City, Well’s father is currently stationed in South Korea. He has been there for about a month and will remain there for the next year, and for Wells, the long separation is the hardest part of being in a military family. “Having your parent deployed, and not seeing them for months on end other than Internet chat, is kind of hard. I remember when my dad was coming back from Afghanistan—I saw him walking out of these big hanger doors, and me and my brothers were fidgeting because we hadn’t seen him in such a long time. When he got to a certain point we just ran straight to him and didn’t want to let go of him,” said Wells.
Teacher Robert Brosseau enlisted in the navy right out of high school, in July of 1982, and he and his family are still involved in the military through his position as a reservist. “I think military families get—I don’t think ignored is the right word; I think forgotten is a better one,” said Brosseau. “I’m quite sensitive to that, personally, because I know that the times that I’m actually on active duty, as well as when I’m actively serving with my troops, the thing we think about that causes us the most worry is our families— how our families are going to be taken care of while we’re gone. “The first time I went to sea we had 13 marriages, and we lost seven in my division that were divorces when I came back. It’s very, very difficult to be married in the military.” Brosseau’s career in the navy took him all around the United States and the world; he has been stationed in Chicago, Orlando, and Saratoga. But for him, the most
rewarding thing about his time in the navy was the people he met. “When they play the Star Spangled Banner, we have these tear-jerking, patriotic moments and they have the ﬂag—I see faces, and the faces I see are the guys I worked with. I’d do anything for those guys, to this day. I respected and liked them, and I wanted to be good so that I could be as good as they were. They were by far the best humans I’ve ever worked with,” said Brosseau. “It can be fun, it really can be. There’s the roller coaster. It’s very much exciting, or at least my experience has been exciting, and all the pluses and minuses the excitement brings.”
Anthony Otoya As many as three times a week, senior Anthony Otoya attends Personal Training (PT), preparing for his future career as a marine. “There was no specific reason— no one came into my life and said to join. I was just interested in the
armed forces,” said Otoya. “My uncle [a former marine] instilled the passion of the corps in me. Talk to any marine, and you’ll just see that pride in their heart, that they love what they do, and that’s the most important thing.” Otoya plans to join the Marine Corps after attending college in Florida through the ROTC program. However, the struggles and potential dangers of his chosen career are still on his mind. “I usually see a great respect for our military, and I’m very happy about that. We’re in the longest war we’ve been in, ever; we have men and women serving tours longer than ever, and we have the highest suicide rate now,” said Otoya. “That always weighs on your mind if you’re serious and know what you’re getting into. There are a lot of guys who come back with physical or mental disabilities, and some don’t come back at all. I know that’s something that could happen.”
DANCE TEAM GROWS TOGETHER IN AND OUT OF PRACTICE
By: Claire Yost Throughout the year, PHHS dance team goes through many practices, fundraisers, and a lot of time and effort. Dance Teams’s season is about the span of a school year. They dance at most sporting events and assemblies, in public places for fundraisers, and just for the entertainment of the people. “Some may not think so, but dance team is hard work. I love learning new dances all at different styles and tempos,” sophomore Allison Maier said. These girls also dance at outside studios, which can definitely take a toll on the dancers’ time. Some of the outside studios they attend are Diane’s School of Dance, Jennifer’s Rising Stars, Heidi’s Dance Center and many more. Team members have to juggle and balance their time with dance and everything else in their lives. “Dance is one of my favorite activities, so doing it a lot doesn’t really bother me. But there is a ton of hard work and time put into it and all of my school work really adds up. I somehow manage,” said Maier. Dance team is like a family because of all the different things they do together. They practice in the mornings before school from 5:30-7:00 am or after school 3:00-5:00 pm. During their regionals and state season they have two-a-days practice sessions every day of the week to prepare themselves for all the hard competition.
“Dance takes up basically all of my time. I usually leave straight from PHDT practice to my studio dance and then I go home, eat, and sleep. I dance Mondays 5-8:15 pm. Wednesday 5-9:15 pm, and Saturdays 1-6 pm. But on top of that, I have dance team whenever that is scheduled,” sophomore Kensie Himmelwright said. Even though the girls on dance team go to different studios some are at competition studios and some are at noncompetitive studios they still became very close. They are always helping each other out whether it is with technique, style or real life. “I switched to a non-competition studio my senior year because I just wanted to have my last year of high school be as stress free as it could be, and all my friends went to the studio I switched to so I would go there with them. The girls on dance team are my best friends, so moving made us all closer and I get to spend even more time with them,” senior Kayla Toyne said. However, going to different studios doesn’t change how the girls treat each other. “The Diane’s girls I’ve danced with since first grade so I have a great relationship with them but it’s also fun being on a team with girls that compete. We’re all just one big family, learning different techniques from each other,” said Maier.
Left picture: Senior Bailey Warlen, junior Skylar Suppes, and sophomore Tara Forte dancing away at practice to get ready for their next performance. Right Picture: Senior Erica VanCleave doing her moves full out as the rest of the team follows in her footsteps.
ONE SECOND, ONE SEASON
By: Chloe Lane In the heat of the game, athletes can feel invincible. It seems like no matter how hard they get hit or how hard they’re tackled, they think they will be good as new when the clock hits zero. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. For some athletes, severe injuries happen that can potentially take them out of the game for the rest of the season. “I got an interception in the end zone and ran it back. Then I cut back, my knee gave out and I got tackled,”football player sophomore Carter Anchors said “I fractured the top of my tibia where it connects to the tendon. All of the open spaces in my leg swelled up because they were full of blood. I had to get it all drained out.” After those gaps were emptied, the doctors had to perform a surgery to correct the damage that had happened. “The doctors had to set my knee back into place and then put one screw in the front and one screw in the back,” Anchors said. Not only does Anchors have to go through the physical pain of his injury, but he also has to go through the emotional pain the injury brings. “I can’t do physical activity for about three months. This injury has prevented me from finishing the football season and also the entire basketball season. I most likely would have played JV, but I would have gotten to practice with my brother, Keaton, which I have been looking forward to since this summer when we played summer league Doctors had to put two screws in C. Anchors’ knee to set the break so that it would all heal properly. Photos donated by Carter Anchors.
together. That is probably the worst part about missing out on this season of basketball,” Anchors said. This injury does not only affect Carter, but also his friends and his family. “It sucks being around your whole family who is excited for us to play together and then getting a call from my mom telling me the only reason my brother is crying is because he can’t play basketball with me,” senior Keaton Anchors said. With Anchors being a senior, this was the only year the two of them could have played on the same court. Luckily, for athletes in C. Anchors’ grade, they have a couple more years to get the experience of playing with him. “Carter and I have been friends for a while and we played basketball together last year for the first time. I’m really disappointed I won’t get to play with him this year, but I am thankful for the chance to play with him in years to come,” sophomore basketball player Will March said. C. Anchors plans on trying to get scholarships for college in either football or basketball. “After Thanksgiving, I’m going to rehab and lifting weights until I’m ready to play. Having this injury will make it more difficult to get a scholarship, but I think after rehab I’ll be fine,” said C. Anchors.
MORE THAN A PRETTY FACE
By: Beth Cooper Shows like “Toddlers & Tiaras” and “Here Comes Honey BooBoo” have created many stereotypes for pageants and the people involved. Students here at PHHS have different opinions about pageants; some feel they spread stereotypes and others feel that they provide great opportunities. “I think pageant girls really do act spoiled in real life because some pageant moms go all out and give their kids everything to win. That basically tells the toddlers that they can get whatever they want in life. I guess it kind of depends on how the child was raised, because if that child was raised in a spoiled kind of setting then it wouldn’t surprise me that it [Toddlers and Tiaras] is a real type of situation,” junior Jordan Haley said. What is seen in “Toddlers and Tiaras” and “Here Comes Honey Boo-Boo” only represent the extremes of some pageant systems. “There are some pageant systems that are like that, but the pageant system I’m in, which is the Miss America System, is not like that all. You have to be intelligent to be a title holder. You have to implement all these things in your life to be a title holder, such as respect; you have to have all these values. We’re not dumb at all, and these stereotypes are ridiculous,” sophomore and winner of the Miss Spirit of St. Louis pageant Jocelyn Weyer said. When pageants first started they were considered by critics to be trivial events whose interpretation required no scholarly effort. “I think it’s good that women have the choice to do something they want to do, and I fully support a woman wanting to do a pageant. I feel like it’s sad we spend so much time and money on furthering the idea that women’s main value is what they look like, instead of what’s in their heads,” senior Schyler Janner said. Recently, the goals of many pageants have turned to improving the confidence and public speaking abilities of the contestants. ”I’ve done pageants since I was six years old, and I feel that these boost your selfesteem and self-confidence. You get all these life skills from pageants. For example, interview skills and the ability to get up on a stage and answer as many questions and whatever variety that come at you. You learn how to talk to people, make eye contact, and all these important life skills,” said Weyer. Miss America and different pageant girls are all more than just pretty faces. Each girl represents a different platform, such as our current Miss America, Laura Kaeppeler. While she was in high school, Kaeppeler’s father committed mail fraud, so she has taken the platform of advocacy for children whose parents are in jail. “My platform is ‘Looking Through The Lens of G.R.A.C.E.’ Grace stands for giving, respect, acceptance, caring, and encouragement. The gist of it is looking at people in a positive way rather than the negative and don’t judge people. To promote it, I talk to schools and live by this standard every day,” said Weyer.
Photos of sophomore pageant participant Jocelyn Weyer donated by Jocelyn Weyer.
IN THE REAL WORLD
HOW TELEVISION CREATES UNTRUE STEREOTYPES
By: Jake Bjornlie “Dance Moms,” “Jersey Shore,” “Keeping up with the Kardashians,” “Mean Girls,” and “Bring It On.” Everyone has heard or seen these shows, but people don’t think about some of the effects they have on us and our society. Media in today’s society stereotypes different groups and then presents these stereotypes as the truth. “Dance moms are back stabbing, Jersey Girls are party animals, and high school cheerleaders are evil,” junior Angela Morrelli said, speaking to some of the misconceptions that the media presents to the public. -Junior Chloe Nelson “Orchestra students are stereotyped into being nerds,” band member junior Chloe Nelson said. “We all have a passion for making music. It’s not all about practicing all the time, but it’s about having fun and doing what we love.”
Another reality TV show, “Dance Moms,” depicts competition dancers and their moms as backstabbing and super competitive. It portrays these dancers as being competitive with their own teammates as well as with other studios. “I honestly don’t think there is that much drama. No matter what studio you are from, we come out and support. Competition is a way to show what you have, not to say we are better than you,” sophomore dancer Raven Reed said. Another group that is often badly portrayed is cheerleaders. Movies and TV shows like “Bring It On” and “Glee” display cheerleaders as dumb and mean. “We are not at all [mean]. Cheerleaders honestly treat you with as much respect that you treat them,” junior cheerleader Kellen Hammons said. “Not everything that the media says is true, obviously. Stereotypes are useless because everyone deserves respect without a preconceived idea of who they are.”
Orchestra students are stereotyped into being nerds. We all have a passion for making music. It is not all about practicing all the time but, it’s about having fun and doing what we love.
Photo donated by Kellen Hammons.
By: Nick Buchberg and Kaylin Lake Fashion is always changing; with each new season comes a new fashion trend. With the coming of December, students will start to break out their sweaters and other winter clothes. Check out these helpful tips on how to look your best!
With the wave of “hipster” fashions becoming mainstream, cheap, old sweaters have come back in vogue. Oversized sweaters are a great way to stay warm and spread some seasonal cheer. This fashionable top also doesn’t have to break the bank: thrift stores often offer a wide selection of this affordable top. Many times the cheapest sweaters are the warmest.
MAKE IT WORK Photos: freshman Ally Buchberg and Kara Hecker and sophomore Makana Welsh model fall fasion trends.
Scarves can add a touch of class to almost any outﬁt.
Corduroy pants have come back as well; however, this isn’t your grandma’s corduroy. The corduroy of this fall is thinner than the old kind, and doesn’t just come in an ugly shade of brown. Whole arrays of colors are now available. Try matching this texture with a comfy sweater, and you’ll be ready for some chilly nights!
Color Pop Pants! This year’s hottest jean trend is the colored jean. Jeans in every color of the rainbow are in style. Oranges, reds, mustards, and even sea-foam greens are the most popular.
Mix textures to create a unique, one-of-a-kind look.
Sweaters are not only comfy, but a great way to look great!
Buttons! Step aside, zippers; buttons have made a major comeback this season. Go for a Bohemian-style look with a buttonup hoodie, or with button-ﬂy jeans. Cardigans with buttons on the sleeves are also very in. Functional and trendy, these buttons allow for a relaxed style while keeping your sleeves playfully strapped up. No more pushing up your sleeves!
80’s Style! Yes, the 80’s still have yet to go out of style, from last summer’s neon colors to this fall’s combat boots. Combat boots can be used with any look you try. For ladies, they can be worn with a dress and tights to add a new look to your style. Also, a big sweatshirt with leggings can really add to the boot look.
Spiked boots aren’t reserved for punks anymore. Try some on!
A unique lanyard or ID holder automatically adds a personal touch to any outﬁt.
Combat boots walked oﬀ the battlegrounds and onto the runways.
A leggings and boots combo show oﬀ the boots and looks great!
Flowy, striped shirts show oﬀ your ﬁgure and look ﬂattering.
New corduroy textures
Comfortable vintage sweaters
By: Jesus Reyes At PHHS, some students like to get their lunch at the vending machines instead of in the cafeteria. Students may do this because they don’t want to wait in line for their lunch, or because it costs less money than getting lunch from the cafeteria. “I buy something every day, and I spend like a dollar a day,” sophomore Stephen Ruiz said. However, not everyone thinks this is positive. Lunch supervisor Shawna Powell believes that although vending machines may be good for students’ wallets, they aren’t as good for their health. “The vending machines offer a lot of candy, high-concentrated fat, and high calories that we don’t offer here [in the cafeteria] and that’s what the kids are used to from Quick Trip and things like that. I don’t think that getting food from the vending machines is the best choice students can make in the school day,” said Powell.