tuesday, october 7, 2008
volume 21, issue 1
“Grease” is the word
See how well students and teachers know the six pillars, and what is being done to implement them in classes. pp. 6-7
The musical returns after a 14-year absence. Over 60 students will participate in the debut of “Grease,” Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. p. 5
New bus routes equal savings
DANCETRON 3030. Juniors Ben Muller, Mark Van Dusseldorp, Derek Boat, Nolan Chiles and Maria Mate-Kodjo perform their lip sync to Europe’s “The Final Countdown” Sept. 24 during class competitions. The group placed fourth overall in the contest. •Photo by Madison Vander Well
or those students who ride the bus, new routes are old news. But not for the rest, since, as of the 2008-2009 school year, students can be required to walk seven blocks from their home to the bus stop. Rising diesel prices have become a pressing issue, and the school board has had numerous meetings for a solution. Superintendent Mark Wittmer was initially in charge of the new route decisions. He, along with the Director of Transportation, Harlan DenAdel, created the routes being used this year. “I just looked through the routes to see which ones I could cut out. I tried to find safe places to drop off kids at, like churches. I tried to avoid routes which crossed busy streets,” said DenAdel. As of July, two bus driving positions, 22 inner-city stops and 20 outer development area stops have been eliminated. The school district is already saving $25,000 from two cut positions. The amount being saved from the cut in mileage is still unknown, according to Wittmer. The money will be put in a fund, to be spent on things from teacher salaries to upcoming sporting events. According to Iowa Law, high school students living within three miles of their
school can be required to walk. This law also applies to elementary and middle school students who live within two miles of their schools. The District has not come to a conclusion over transportation, and the future for bussing is unsure. “The district has gone through a couple of possibilities for bussing for now and the future. There has been talk about charging for inner-city bussing and possibly eliminating the inner-city routes all together. Nothing is for sure, but so far this new system has worked as well as expected,” said Wittmer. Safety has been another issue for the younger students. Busy streets are a dangerous reality, and Iowa is known for unpredictable weather. What will happen when a sudden blizzard or ice storm strikes? “I think as a district we are doing more than we need to for the student transportation. I have had only a few concerns from parents, and they are usually over the amount of blocks to walk home. I think seven blocks is not too much at all, and with the child obesity problem in this country, seven blocks could be a good thing,” said Wittmer. •Megan Card (email@example.com)
District plans new addition Vos steps down from school board; for high school, due next year Versteeg, Palmer win elections
ith an increase in student population in the coming years, the school district has decided to build on to the high school. By early next year, construction will be starting for the new addition. The school board has been working towards this goal for two years, and soon will see their vision come to life. “The building process will be starting in the early spring of next year and will hopefully be done by summer or fall. It will be interesting to see this all happen,” said Principal Mark Lee. Five new classrooms will be added, consisting of two family and consumer science rooms, a new health room, one room dedicated to technology and one room yet to be decided. This process will then turn the current health room into a physical education area and turn room 601 into another science room. With the new rooms and an excessive amout of students, the school is forced to hire more teachers as well, so additions to the staff are expected. “Primarily, this is an issue of space for next year’s high school. With the enrollment numbers for next year reaching above 700 students, we are trying to get more class rooms to easily fit the students and teachers. It will give us options to expand our culinary arts classes and technology department. The current building is too small and needs to grow,” said Lee. This process is estimated to cost the school over a million dollars. •Clarke Hammes (firstname.lastname@example.org)
t’s election season. Yet, beneath the talk of experience, change and world issues lies a distinctly more under-theradar, local school board election, held Sept. 9. Change happens to be a central topic of the school board election as well, with School Board President Ivan Vos opting to step down after 20 years on the board. “I have mixed emotions about stepping down. (Being on the school board) has been a good experience for me. We accomplished a good deal, and I just felt like it was time to step down,” said Vos. Chad Versteeg, the board’s only new member, replaced Vos Sept. 22, after running unopposed. “I’m going to take some time to learn my role, but I hope I’ll make the right decisions for the students and faculty. I like the direction the board is going, and I feel like
I have an opportunity to help keep Pella Schools moving in the right direction,” said Versteeg. The other candidate elected, Jennifer Palmer, has some previous experience on the board after assuming Laurie Fetterman’s position midterm. She also ran unopposed. “I’m very excited about the future of the board. (My fellow board members) are knowledgeable, well-informed people who care a lot about the school and the students, and they have what’s best for the students in mind,” said Palmer. In addition to approving the two candidates, voters decided to continue funding the physical plant and equipment levy, which goes toward school maintenance and transportation and is up for renewal every decade. •Will Harris (email@example.com)
news briefs .... • The Pelladium has revamped its website with content that will be updated on a regular basis. Content became viewable Oct. 2. The address is: http://pelladium.pella.k12.ia.us. • Parent teacher conferences were held Sept.18; other dates include Nov. 20, Feb. 19 and March 26. • More cost effective lights have been installed in the gymnasium. • Baseball’s new head coach is Aaron Reasland, who replaces Matt Dunsbergen. Reasland is a science teacher at the middle school and high school.
• The next staff development two hour early dismissal is Oct. 15. • As a fundraiser, cheerleaders are painting driveways with Pella Dutch logos. The cost is $25. Contact a cheerleader for more information. • The FFA Soils Evaluation team of senior Colton Pinegar and sophomores Thomas Yoder, Alan Pfadenhauer and Jakob Steenhoek placed first of 25 teams at the South Central District Soils Clinic Sept. 30. Pinegar was the first place individual while Yoder placed sixth. Over 100 contestants participated
.• The public library is providing a book recommendation email service. This includes a teen fiction genre and much more. The website is, http://www.pella.lib.ia.us/. • Sophomore Jessica Van Wyk’s quilt, created in fabric design and construction last spring, won blue ribbons at both the county and state fair level this past summer. • Orchestra seniors Sonia Han, Anna Lockridge, Rebecca De Young and Nick Wills, and junior Monique Meck recruited fifth graders at Jefferson Intermediate Sept. 3 and Sept. 5. •Tyler Elliot (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Seniors create tailgating tradition A
GRILL TIME! Seniors Isabel Metcalf, Tanna Nelson and Alex Lopez grill hot dogs before the Washington game at Faith Christian Reformed. “Tailgating is awesome! At the first one we didn’t have very many people, but at Oskaloosa many more came. But no matter how many people are there we always have so much fun,” said Nelson. •Photo by Gia Apostolopoulos
I’ll be honest; I’ve never generally had very much respect for Forté. My main impression of them was that they did nothing but wear tight, revealing clothes and dance a lot. The first thing I found out about Forté was that they actually hold tryouts that decide whether they’re on varsity or JV. That’s even more than I bothered to give them credit for. I arrived at the gymnasium and stood awkwardly as I was introduced to all the girls. I was a bit tentative to do anything at first. Eventually, I joined the group in doing their warm-ups. It was at this point that I began to feel what I have dubbed the “Mike Rowe Dirty Jobs Syndrome.” It occurs when you take a group of people who are extremely good at what they do and work like a well-oiled machine, then you throw a complete idiot in the middle of it all to screw up the whole machine. The arm stretches weren’t too bad; I’ve played enough rugby to make my arms very easily movable. The leg stretches, however, were complete and utter torture. At first I thought that I couldn’t do it because I was wearing jeans. The real reason hit me like a sock-full-of-nickels to the face: I suck at being flexible, mostly due to the fact that I, Ranier Worstell, am a man. Somehow, though, I managed to survive with my manhood intact, until the Forté team decided to take it away with their wall stretches. I attempted to get close to
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group of seniors this year decided to make their last year memorable in an exciting way. They’re tailgating. Seniors Isabel Metcalf and Mollie Van Wyk have organized a tailgating event to take place before every football game. “We decided to tailgate because we seniors wanted to do something fun and traditional together for our last year. And, of course, we love to support our football boys!” said Metcalf. At the first tailgating, only seven people participated, but the number was expected to greatly increase, and did increase. Tailgating activities include cooking hot dogs, playing Frisbee and other games and hanging out. Everyone attending the event brings a food item to share. Seniors gathered at Faith Christian Reformed to hold the first tailgating event because it was against school policy to use a grill in the high school parking lot. “Tailgating is so much fun. It was awesome at Oskaloosa to watch all of the Indian fans walk by and see us in our high spirited outfits while we were jammin’ out to bumpin’ tunes,” said senior Devon O’Brien. “I think it was a great idea to get everyone together before the games. Tailgating has been a huge success! Everyone who comes seems to really like it. We’ll continue to tailgate the rest of the year and it will be something we will all remember. It’s a good time,” said Van Wyk. •Caroline Phillips (email@example.com)
Group: Varsity Forté Number of Members: 12 Coach: Melissa Wimmer Captains: Katie Allen, Caroline Phillips Officers: Lauren Cooper, Leah Englebrecht, Megan Jablonski How You Join: Tryouts are held April 11 Costs: Approximately $300 (various costs) what they were doing; that didn’t work out so well. They were able to do the splits against the wall. That was the killing blow for me. As I sat on the sidelines doubled over in pain, I watched the team go through two routines with a newfound awe until I regained the ability to walk, where I thanked the coach and walked out of the gym, sans manliness. While I don’t think I’m going to join Forté any time soon, I definitely have gained a newfound respect for the team. They showed me that there’s much more to Forté than I used to think. If you’re flexible and/or good at dancing, Forté is definitely the group for you. •Ranier Worstell (firstname.lastname@example.org)
STRETCH! Sophomore Ranier Worstell participates in wall strectches at Forté practice. “The wall stretches were the most painful thing I have ever attempted to do,” said Worstell. •Photo by Melissa Wimmer
TEAM EFFORT. Freshmen Megan Van Zante and Adrian Gibson work on a conceptual physics assignment. The Class of 2012 added 156 students to the high school. •Photo by Madison Vander Well
Freshmen express opinions Freshmen not only have to learn new concepts in classes, but they have to learn to adapt to the new school environment during the first weeks of school. “There’s way too many people in the hallways,’’ said freshmen Ashley Parr. “I thought I was going to get killed!’’ Schedule changes, such as shorter lunches, no recesses, and longer classes affect freshmen. Most enjoyed their first weeks of school, despite all the adjustments. “High school is cool because all the teachers are awesome, and there are lots and lots of choices for lunch,’’ said freshman Sam Nelson. Many upperclassmen have also became friends with freshmen; others share the same classes with them. ‘’They are pretty interesting kids, but I think they take up too much room,’’ said sophomore Derek Lanser. After almost six weeks of school, freshman Jessi Brockway said her year is going well. “I thought it was going to be a lot different, like I was going to be lost. But, in the end, everything worked out great,” said Brockway. •Michael Ge (email@example.com)
Dance prodigy trains in New York
Towards the end of last year, 10year-old Ridge McGinley, a fourth grader at Jefferson Elementary, was asked by internationally known talentseeker, Peter Sklar, to attend one of his three international programs (located in London, New York and Hollywood), called “The Beginnings Workshops.” Because of McGinley’s advanced dancing skills, he was invited to attend the program located near Birmingham, New York. McGinley specializes in dancing, but he also attended the acting classes. “My favorite part about the experience is getting to perform in an off Broadway showcase. I did a monologue, which is like doing an acting scene for an audience. I would have danced for the audience too, but you have to be 18 for that,” said McGinley All of the enrollees, ranging from ages 6 to 18, were unable to contact anyone while they were in New York and were put on a strict vegetarian diet. Though this may seem harsh to some, McGinley looked at it as a learning experience. “I missed my family a lot,” said McGinley, “I got to experience so much, so it was worth it” McGinley has been involved in dance classes for three years, but he had been dancing on his own for years before that. His advanced skills have landed him a spot in a dance class reserved for eleven and 12 year-olds, though McGinley himself is only 10. “Ridge is incredibly advanced for his age,” said his dance teacher, Melissa Budenich. “He has a love and a talent, and he knows how to use it.” •Liz Core (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Student serves others in Thailand Junior Madison VanderWell has traveled to various places across the globe to do charitable work for various missionary programs. Vander Well’s most recent trip was to Chang Mai and Sup Moi in Thailand. VanderWell went as part of Global Expeditions, a non-profit organization that offers evangelism and support to poorer areas both in the United States and around the world. “It was a very relational trip. We made friends with college students, played with elementary school kids and simply loved in whatever way we could. The last week of the trip we spent in a small village with one of the highest rates of sex-slaves coming out of it. We worked with an organization called Pure-Heart that focuses on the prevention of sex slavery in Thailand where it is overwhelmingly high,” said VanderWell. This, however, was not the first time VanderWell has visited Thailand. In 2006, VanderWell worked in the same area of Thailand she visited this year and was able to see the growth of a church she helped
SERVING. Junior Madison Vander Well poses with elementary school children from Thailand. •Photo contributed
at. “The very best part of my trip was visiting the church Global Expeditions has connections with. I spent a lot of time there on my last trip. In two years it went from a large room the size of half a gym and two small classrooms to a two floor building the size of Work Systems. It was a blessing to see the harvest of the seeds my team and I planted two years ago,” said VanderWell. •Andrew Sagers (email@example.com)
Thorsons welcome Tyler Henry Physical Education teacher and football coach Corey Thorson and his wife Amy had their first child July 30. Tyler Henry Thorson entered the world weighing 7 lbs., 3 oz. and 19.5 inches. “The best advice I have for dads is to wait as long as possible to change a diaper,” said Thorson, who waited seven weeks to change his first diaper. •Addie Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Ge’s eyes opened on other side of world Pelladium: Describe your experience in China. Michael Ge: “China was an amazing journey; being on the other side of the world was a dream come true, and seeing the Olympics was the icing on the cake.” Pelladium: What part of China did you most enjoy? Ge: “I enjoyed the Olympics the most because the people around the world gathered. Also, being in Beijing was fun.”
different experience, and the culture is really interesting.”
Pelladium: What was the best part of the Olympics and why? Ge: “I really enjoyed going to the National Stadium for the opening ceremony rehearsal. Also, watching the U.S. vs. China volleyball match and the badminton and rowing finals were interesting and fun.”
Pelladium: Were there any other parts •Michael Ge •Photo Contributed Pelladium: Would you of China that you consider traveling to China again, and would enjoyed aside from the Olympics? What were you advise people to travel to China? they and why did you enjoy them? Ge: “I probably would do it again, but Ge: “I enjoyed walking the streets and seeing not for a while, because I got homesick people everywhere. The amount of people at times. I would definitely recommend that could fit in a subway baffled me.” traveling to China because it was such a •Josh Van Ee (email@example.com
Meet Sophomore Heidi Gritters Name: Heidi Gritters, sophomore Favorite band: “Depending on the day, either Relient K, Regina Spektor or Secondhand Serenade.” Favorite hobby: “Anything that deals with music.” Greatest accomplishment: “Teaching myself how to play the guitar and piano.” Why you transferred: “My parents and I decided to try something different.” Biggest difference: “Pella has a lot more people.” Best thing about Pella Christian: “Their theater program.” Best thing about Pella High: “Show choir.” Looking forward to the most: “It’s a tie between the musical and AcaPella.” •Caitlin Simpson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
My Pella Top Sophomore Tori Gensch 1.Restaurant: Panda Garden. The people who work there are entertaining, even though they laugh at you a lot. Plus there’s also good food to eat there all the time. My favorite food would have to be their egg rolls. 2. Store: Dollar General. Last year, during semester tests, a bunch of friends and I went wanted to go to Pizza Ranch, but ended up going on a cheap snack shopping spree at Dollar General. We bought a ton of stuff! 3. Place in School: Band Study Hall. It has amusing people in it and we get to watch band shows all the time on DVD with Mr. Pentico and Mr. Redman. I don’t accomplish much, except an amazing time. 4. Place Outside of School: The Place. It’s a Christian youth hangout by Smokey Row. My friends are always there and we watch hilarious YouTube videos and play on the Wii. This one time, we were watching the movie Radio and Rachael Boertje bought us some mini-pancakes from Wal-Mart, but forgot the syrup! 5. Thing About Self: SSMFF. It stands for Spontaneous Slow Mo Flute Fighting. Courtney De Vos, Rachael Fyfe and I created it during marching band while running to sets during marching band last year. It’s very intense, like camping, circuses and marching band. •Andrew Sagers (email@example.com)
Homecoming switches things up as juniors take Spirit Jug
Merely hours after a 25-7 triumph over Carlisle, students stepped into the darkness of early Saturday morning, leaving the aftergame dance and concluding a Homecoming week unparalleled by previous years. Ruling over the festivities were Homecoming King Alex Lopez and Queen Heidi Vander Molen. Lopez was particularly pleased with the spirit and enthusiasm contained within the week. “Homecoming this year was probably one of my most memorable high school experiences. It was fun, exciting, exhilarating and ‘hawt’.” This year’s theme was dubbed, “The Dutch Knight,” an idea based on the recent movie release starring the classic vigilante Batman. References evident throughout the school included bat symbols, wall-sized comics and skit visits by the infamous Joker. ROYALTY. Seniors Heidi Vander Molen, queen, and Alex Lopez, king, step forward during Art teacher Jim Emmert took noticeable halftime festivities of the Homecoming game against Carlisle Sept. 26. The court included pride in digitally creating a large poster for his seniors Katie Allen, Gia Apostolopoulos, Carl DeVries, Greg Ellingson, Marcus Houstein, Josh Hones, Kellie Korver and Taylor Smith. •photo by Josh Dale classroom door. Utilizing a popular advertisement for the Dark Night, he created a picture of varsity football player, junior Jordan Youngman standing dauntingly under the words ‘in a world where Pella rules…’” work with...(The background) was the top poster of the “The reason (my door poster) worked out so well movie, and the pattern was all there...This year’s product this year is because I finally had a theme which I could really turned out great,” Emmert said. “Can I top this
one? We’ll just have to say what next year’s theme is.” Aside from football, dancing, and decorations, many found enjoyment in their week through class competitions. “Class competitions were pretty awesome because we got out of school just to play games, even though the Sophomores cheated against (we freshmen) in bombardment,” said freshman Isaac Pezley. Classes battled for points in countless ways. Favorite activities consisted of dress up days, skits and lip-syncs, and deafening spirit cheers. In the end, when the time finally came to reward the honored “spirit jug,” fate twisted with pure effort and the Juniors were awarded the trophy. “It (our win) was ecstatic, awesome...,” said junior Hannah Forsythe, flaunting her bruise obtained during the “Spirit Tug-of-War.” Many seniors, such as Bryn Boswell, were extremelyfrustratedwith their seven point loss. “Our loss was shocking, especially when we (the seniors) had the apparent comeback. The judging was definitely questionable,” said Boswell. •Nathan Kooker (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Beyond the school day ...
‘Whatelseyagonnado’ provides Three engage in varied interests staff development alternative A number of students take different reasons,” said Han. with the intimidating skills part in activities outside of the school district, including senior Sonia Han, freshman Oren Roorda and sophomore Ebbi Joseph. Han plays with Central College orchestra as a violinist. She was selected, as a seventh grader to play with some of the most talented musicians in the community. Han has been part of the orchestra for almost six years, but has been playing the violin for 13 years. Han is also a member of the school’s orchestra. “I love both of them for
“Our school’s orchestra has more opportunities to compete and be with peers, but the college’s is great because of the more challenging music we get to play.” Roorda has been riding bulls for approximately four years and has competed in a number of events and taken first in many. Already this year, he has won 12 different rodeos. “I love the adrenaline rush I get when I ride!” says Roorda. Roorda and Han’s unique talents are matched only
of karate kid Joseph. He has been actively involved in the martial arts for two years and has earned a red belt, which is only two levels below a black belt. Training to become a martial arts master is tough, but it is accompanied with many added perks. “My favorite part about tae kwon do is the free style,” Joseph said. “It’s the part where you can fight each other for fun and break wooden boards!” • Liz Core (email@example.com)
Mystery and intrigue combined with entertainment offers students a chance to hang out and have fun on staff development early out days. Third Reformed Church’s youth group 242 has new activity called, ‘Whatelse yagonnadoWednesdays?’ Youth leaders Craig Zuithoff and Leah Boyd pick students up from school and then take them to a mystery location, which could range from Lake Red Rock to the bowling alley. “Since the students have two-hour early outs monthly, we thought we might as well give the students something to do between school and practice,” said Boyd. Sept.17 was the first of these escapades; students went to the church and watched movies, ate popcorn and junk food and drank pop. “It was fun just to take a step out of my busy life and take a breath,” said sophomore Beth Van Wyk. After the movie was over, the students were bused back to the school for practices. “I think its really cool to have some down time before going to practice; it was nice to get to relax,” said junior Jordan Youngman. •Morgan Anderson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Cooking With Caitlin The coming of fall brings one very important aspect- football. What goes better with football than tailgating? Tailgating, for those who don’t know, is when you and your friends get together before the big game and eat. Normally, hot dogs and burgers are on the menu, but if you want something different, try this pasta salad. In a pot of boiling water, cook one box of rotini noodles until they are tender. Drain the noodles and rinse them off with cold water, then place the noodles in a large bowl. Pour one bottle of Italian dressing over the noodles and toss so that all the noodles are covered. Add two sticks of chopped celery and two sticks of chopped carrots*. Toss again to combine, then place the pasta salad in the refrigerator overnight. The next day, take it to the tailgating party and enjoy! *You could also add pepperoni and mozzarella cheese to the salad for different toppings. Ingredients: One box rotini noodles 3/4 bottle Italian dressing Two sticks celery, chopped Two sticks carrots, chopped
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Sophomore “Storm Trooper.” Jakob Steenhoek
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“A cardboard box.”
“Comments on my height.”
“Lack of punctuality.”
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“Grease” marks return of musicals; stage set for Oct. 31 debut
he musical is back! “Grease,” a ‘1950’s rock ‘n’ roll musical,’ will be the first musical in 14 years. It will be presented Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium. The last musical, “Bring Back Birdie”, was performed in 1993. After six years of requesting a musical, vocal director, Michelle Chaplin’s dream came true. With hundreds of musicals to choose from Chaplin had a huge decision to make. After much debating, she chose “Grease.” “Grease” is a show that everyone has heard of and wants to be a part of. With such a fun show, I thought a lot of people would participate,” said Chaplin. And she was right. Approximately 60 cast, chorus, band and crew members were accepted into the show after auditions.
“I think that it (“Grease”) is one of the most fun and exciting musicals Mrs. Chaplin could have chosen,” said senior Hannah Maakestad, who plays the fun-loving Jan. With over 15 entertaining songs, “Grease” captivates its audience. Throughout the play, easy-going Danny Zuko and innocent Sandy Dumbrowski work out their relationship problems. All the while, the “Greasers,” a gang of rowdy guys, and the rebellious “Pink Ladies” dance and sing their way through high school. “I’m most excited to play the part that the famous John Travolta played and to sing ‘Summer Nights,’” said senior Stewart Beyer, who plays Danny. “I’m excited for the performances because it will be my first major theatrical show; it should be a blast!” said junior Maggie Landon, who plays Sandy. •Morgan Anderson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Sandy ... Maggie Landon Rizzo ... Carley DeJong Frenchy ... Morgan Anderson Marty ... Heidi Gritters Jan ... Hannah Maakestad Danny ... Stewart Beyer Kenickie ... Josh Dale Doody ... Drew Senn Roger ... .Ben Palmer Sonny ... Jordan Baker Patty ... Rachel Wiley Cha-Cha ... Chelsea Beyers Eugene ...Tyler Neff Vince Fontaine ... Chase Kooyman Johnny Casino ... Ben Muller Miss Lynch ... Hannah Harthoorn Teen Angel ... Todd Wegter Director ... Michelle Chaplin Chorus: Caitlin Simpson, captain; Tori Gensch, Katie Henry, Olivia Schouten, Angel Corbin, Nadya Khapochkina, Korey Jones, Ruth Yang, Kelsey Fynaardt, Katie Van Haaften, Lindsey Verhey, Laura De Penning, Rachel Fyfe, Kourtney De Vos, Megan Van Zante, Hanna Martin, Angie Nelson, Hope Corbin, Jenna Van Wyk, Nicole Stafford, Aemelia Tripp, Tori Beerends, Rachel Greving, Callie Deaton, Mandy De Meulenaere, Staci Vriezelaar, Meg MacRunnel, Kelly Anderson, Katie MacRunnel, Katie Schreyer. GREASER Chorus: Mackenzie Van Zante, captain; , Bridger Deaton, Austin Davis,Taylor Terpstra, Mitchell Van Zante, Jake Anderson. Pit Band: Nick Wills, Ben Muller, Nathan Kooker, Barb Nunnikhoven. Stage Crew: Beka Heikes, Katie Terlouw, Krista De Bruin, Andrea Pearson, Morgan Van Maanen, Sarah Masek. Sound & Lights: Drew Senn, Matt Nunnikhoven, Oren Roorda.
Students nominated for Opus choir; 10 prepare audition tapes Fall is a time for auditions for everything from the musical to All-State. Ten select freshmen are getting ready to audition for the 2008 Opus honor choir. However, Pella freshmen have not always had the honor of auditioning. “I started letting them audition in the high school two years ago to allow freshmen the opportunity to be successful in an honor choir,” said Vocal Director Michelle Chaplin. There are four different Opus honor choirs: fifth-sixth grade, seventh-eighth grade boys, seventh-eight grade girls and a ninth grade mixed. Last year, five students from the high school made it, three from the middle school. “Opus has a lot of talent from across the state,” said freshman Jordan Baker, Opus 2007. “The toughest part of it is getting in, but after that it was a breeze.”
“By trying out, I hope to get more musical experience through the audition process.” Freshman Hanna Martin Students practice only three to four times before the audition. The audition material is just a few measures of the music that they will sing in the upcoming Opus concert. Opus is a taped audition that select directors from across the state review, then pick the winning candidates.
“I think that Opus is a great privilege to be auditioning for. By trying out I hope to get more musical experience through the audition process,” said freshmen Hanna Martin. Being in an honor choir offers a great experience and has its rewards whether you make it or not. “It helped me grow as a singer by making me sing hard music that pushed my vocal abilities to a new level,” said freshman Amanda Laritson. The 2008 Opus candidates are: Kelly Anderson, Jordan Baker, Krista DeBruin, Rachel Fyfe, Joella Gerber, Kristen Lambert, Amanda Laritson, Alisha Maasdam, Hanna Martin and Oren Roorda. •Josh Dale (email@example.com)
Roorda paints Don Quixote mural
OPENING NIGHT. Sophomore Karissa Schaudt performs her color guard routine during the Marching Dutch’s first performance Aug. 29. This year’s theme, “Voices of the Sixties,” will feature music inspired by events that took place during that decade. “I am really enjoying my first year in color guard – we have a lot of fun, and I plan on doing it the next two years. I’m really excited for our next performances and competitions,” said Schaudt. Color Guard Director Dick Redman plans to incorporate many new ideas into this year’s show. “I’m very pleased with our color guard rehearsals, and am pleased with how we have been able to perform visuals relating to the show. We have very interesting new equipment that will relate to the show – such as flags that will relate to the colors of the ‘60’s,” said Redman. The Marching Dutch will perform their show during the remaining home football games and at competitions during October. •Photo by Madison Vander Well •Caption by Michael Suplee (firstname.lastname@example.org)
A once blank wall in Paloma Soria’s Spanish classroom now holds a painting of a cherished Spanish fable. Don Quixote and his chubby companion, Sancho Panza, grace the classroom in a brilliantlycolored mural. Over the past summer, senior Lorinda Roorda spent around 30 hours in the non air-conditioned, Spanish room to create the picture. “I started the day after school with acrylic paint. I used a picture to work off of, too, which made my job a little easier,” said Roorda. After Soria took notice of Roorda’s drawing abilities during class time, she offered her the chance to paint a portrait for future classes to enjoy. Since Roorda had already read “Don Quixote” with her Spanish III class, she jumped at the opportunity to capture the brave matador on horseback. “I already drew in my free time, so when Señora Soria came to me with her idea, I agreed. My goal for the painting was for it to brighten up the room, and I think it has,” said Roorda. “She has done a great job with the painting and should be very proud of her work,” added Soria. •Megan Card (email@example.com)
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Program evolves through the years It’s a fact. Character Counts has been used in every school in the district. However, each school uses the pillars in different ways. As students get older, schools implement the program less and less. “I think that it has become more subconscious; that’s why we don’t talk about it anymore,” said junior Chelsea Byers. “In elementary school we were learning it, in middle school we were applying it and now, as high schoolers, we are using it.” In the elementary and middle school Character Counts committees composed of parents, teachers and other community members come up with Character Counts events as well as giving awards to deserving students. “We give a Character Counts award to one boy and one girl at the end of each school year. There is
an application process, and the committee helps choose the winners,” said the Middle School Assistant Principal Matt Patton. Incoming freshmen are seeing a change between the two schools. “I really haven’t seen (Character Counts) being used yet; the only time I have seen it used (at the high school) was when the guidance counselor mentioned it,” said freshman Tim Argo. Staff and administration agree with Byers, saying that high school is the time to know it instead of learn it. However, the high school is still trying to employ the program. “We try to have awareness through the student handbook and discussions in class. We use it in the announcements every day, and we support the teachers in anything they want to do or get for Character Counts,” said
Assistant Principal Eric Nelson. At Madison Elementary School, teachers are pointing out Character Counts in many ways to build a foundation of character for the children. “We will have monthly assemblies for each pillar, and there will be a skit to demonstrate it. Each pillar has a color, and we will be wearing that color on the day of the assembly…we will also be giving out paper symbols to students that show the use of that pillar,” said elementary teacher Cheryl Roose. “(Our intent is) to emphasize that it is important to be kids of character and to use the pillars…we are trying to build a foundation for our kids to have good character,” added Lincoln and Madison school principal Donna Hancock. •Devon O’Brien (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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List the Pillars: Teachers
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Kindergarten: Amidst the toys and coloring books, Character Counts is somewhat noticeable in kid-friendly ways, but still insignificant to children of this age.
Elementary School (grades 1-3): Teachers begin to introduce the six mighty pillars, realizing that this age group’s minds are easily molded for the better.
•Hindsale (Illinois) Central High School welcomes freshmen on the first day of school with a “clap in”. Upperclassmen line the hallway from the door to the auditorium cheering, “Yea, freshmen” as they walk into school and head to a welcome assembly where the student body president speaks about Character Counts. •At Jay County High School in Portland, Indiana, teachers nominate a “Patriot of
Character” after each grading period for each pillar. Their picture is then framed, along with a paragraph of why they were chosen and hung on the Character Counts mural in the commons. •The Jefferson School district in Jefferson, Wisconsin uses a program called CIA or, Character In Action, which is very similar to Character Counts. They have a raffle that is drawn each day for small money prizes to
raise money for their program. They are also having a walk called “Walk the Talk” to raise money for the fair they will have to promote character throughout their district and community.
•Devon O’Brien (firstname.lastname@example.org)
•Caroline Phillips (email@example.com)
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Character Counts through time
Conception: Character Counts begins as a foreign thought.
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Intermediate School (grades 4-5): The climax of a child’s character-based education. Monthly certificates are awarded for those with great character. The program is mentioned frequently by teachers.
Middle School: The importance of the actual Character Counts program begins to slowly fade. However, good character is still promoted. Awards for exceeding character are given on a semester basis.
High School: Character Counts is implemented at this level. Administrators realize that the program better suits younger children, and that students of this age know how to lead a moral lifestyle independently. The occasional poster hangs as a reminder that good character is expected.
•Nathan Kooker (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Life: Proper character is mandatory in the workplace and in the home. Some employers offer character building classes and seminars, but the thematic pictures and activities associated with the Character Counts program are long forgotten.
Character Counts may not be on most students’ minds during school, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that it doesn’t make appearances throughout the day. Thoughtful and selfless acts happen frequently in the school, but students are seldom commended for their charitable acts. This year, however, math teacher Wade Van Vark has decided to let the good actions of students be known to others with a “Character Counts board.” “I was trying to come up with examples of good character for my class syllabus,” said Van Vark. “I realized that I see good examples every day, and just need a way to share them. So, I thought a ‘message board’ would work.” Students now continue to add more examples to the wall and have put more than 50 posts on the board. “It started out pretty slow, but it’s gotten a lot better. Each week, more and more students contribute,” said Van Vark. Van Vark wants to make Character Counts become an everyday part of the students’ day. “(Character Counts) is important because good character is a life skill. It doesn’t make someone better at math or a better reader, it makes them a better person,” said Van Vark. •Ranier Worstell (email@example.com)
Opinion Staff Editorial
Every year on the first day of school, most teachers go over their class expectations, which generally include the Character Counts program. After that, the daily announcements and classroom posters are the only real reminders of Character Counts. In elementary and middle school, Character Counts was the basis of how we were to act at all times. Our teachers gave us rewards for showing the use of Character Counts through actions. We had speakers come and share how they used Character Counts in their jobs and in everyday life. We haven’t seen these things happening in the high school, but it is still happening in the elementary schools. We feel that maybe there should be more emphasis on the program when we are younger. Our school administration is trying to embed this way of life into our heads. Therefore, when we are young, they are teaching us what it is and as we get older we are expected to be applying it to our lives rather than learning it. However, we do see that some teachers are trying to enforce this program, and props to you, but is it really doing any good when no one else is trying? We think not. Maybe our high school should acknowledge those who are seen using the principles of Character Counts, or have teachers apply them to class lessons every once in a while. We as a staff believe that if the high school is not going to show us good use of Character Counts and is not going to make changes to enforce the use of those principles then we it should simply be eliminated. The staff voted 15-5 in favor of this editorial.
“I would vote for John McCain because he has a strong military background. I think with his experience he will do well in leading the nation and solving the issue in Iraq and Afghanistan. He also didn’t vote to increase federal taxes and taxes on products like gas and presidential candidate Barack Obama did. I believe he will make the right decisions in resolving issues in our country and bring back our economy out of its depression. I think John McCain and Sarah Palin are most suitable for leading the United States of America.” - Senior Stephen Vander Wert “I would vote for John McCain ... because of the things he stands for. McCain supports drilling offshore, gun ownership rights, he opposes homosexual marriage, tax increase, abortion and a socialized national health plan. Overall, I think he’s the better candidate for the job.” - Sophomore Jocelyn Van Dyke
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“I like both presidential candidates. If I had to choose one of them, I would choose Barack Obama because he answers political questions better than John McCain because McCain seems undecided about some of his answers.” - Junior Whitney Pavlat “I would vote for Obama because I think change is a good thing. Having a miniority as President could give a different view or opinion. If he becomes President, it could open the doors for other minorities to take leadership in our country.” - Sophomore Elizabeth Yang •Photo Submitted
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•34 said that they’d vote for John McCain; 16 said they’d vote for Obama •Kelsey Van Tasell (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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With the presidential election quickly approaching, both candidates have now chosen a vice presidential candidate to campaign with until November. In the Obama camp is Sen. Joe Biden, a solid choice with loads of foreign policy, something that could really help Obama’s ticket. McCain, on the other hand, chose Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate. This was a shocking choice to many, seeing as how almost no one outside of Alaska had heard of her before she was declared McCain’s running mate. Many have criticized Palin as being too inexperienced for the job; a claim that may be well-founded. Palin’s only previous political experience comes from her six years as Mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, a town even smaller than Pella, and two years as governor of Alaska. Palin has virtually no foreign policy experience and holds many extreme political views. Looking at these credentials provokes one to question why John McCain would select her as his VP choice. Or maybe it’s pretty obvious; McCain is pandering to the Hillary supporters. However, many of Sen. Clinton’s supporters have made it clear that they support Hillary, and they won’t vote for just any female ticket. Some have even gone as far as to say they are insulted the McCain camp would think such a thing. Political analysts have also said the choice may even give Obama the edge with undecided women voters. It seems to me that McCain made a rather rash and hasty selection in one of the election’s most critical decisions. It appears as if he chose his running mate strictly on gender rather than credentials. Sarah Palin is in no way similar to Hillary Clinton, and I can guarantee that she won’t get any cross-over votes from former Hillary supporters. Maybe if McCain had looked around a little bit more thoroughly he could have found someone a bit more qualified; in fact, I guarantee he could have. Plenty of women politicians could better fit the ticket. I don’t really think that Palin is the person I’d want running the United States if McCain were to keel over while in office. However, to be honest, I’m not too sure why I’m complaining about a McCain blunder. •Marcus Haustein (email@example.com)
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NCLB cites school district deficiencies in two areas The Pella Community School District has been added to No Child Left Behind's “Watch List.” Schools are added to the Watch List if students in a certain subgroup do not exceed the averages for all students, regardless of the group’s needs. If a school is on the Watch List for two consecutive years, they are identified by the federal government as a “school in need of improvement.” Punishment for schools in need of improvement begins with reduced federal funding and grows progressively more severe. The district has been put on the No Child Left Behind Watch List because the average of the students in special education does not meet the average of all students in the state. There are not enough proficient students, as judged by Iowa Test of Basic Skills examinations, in these programs. Curriculum Director Lowell Ernst said that students with individualized education plans are put into special needs programs because they have difficulty learning in certain areas. Once these students are proficient in these areas, they are removed from special needs programs. Therefore, students with IEP's will obviously not be proficient. According to Ernst, this is one of the large problems with the NCLB program. The good news is that other data gathered by the district indicates that its graduates are successful. Over 85% intend to pursue post-secondary training. The school’s graduation rate was 98.8%.
“How can you judge a school on one or two subgroups of kids? The No Child Left Behind Program isn't effective for schools because when a school is in need of improvement, they lose government funding. This is not a way to improve the nation's schools. With less funding comes a lesser education.” -Senior Josh Hones “I think it's kind of stupid. It's not the school as a whole; it's only a certain group. The school as a whole isn't being properly represented.” -Junior Meghan Cox “I think it's bad because we're a good school. The kids have potential for greatness but are being put down by the government.” -Freshman Trevor Wood •Marcus Haustein (email@example.com)
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Third parties should be exempt from election
One of the biggest stories of the year is the impending election in November that will determine the next President of the United States, a position of incredible world power and influence. The holder of this office has always been chosen from one of two dominant parties, the most recent of the two being the Republican and Democratic parties. One such way that these two parties exemplify the merits of their party’s candidate is through televised debates. Due to the infinitely diverse political spectrum that makes up America, there have always been third parties in the background of America’s political machine. Often third party candidates will take part in these debates to get valuable airtime with voters. While third parties should be given every right to be on the ballot, they should not be allowed to participate in televised debates. In the entire history of America, no third party candidate has ever won a presidential election, primarily due to lack of funding. TV, radio and billboards are the primary form of advertisement for all political parties due to the fact that they raise awareness for a candidate amongst the general public. Because many major third parties cannot afford these advertisements, televised broadcasts of debates are one of few ways third party candidates can actively advertise their candidate.
The debates, however, do little to further the chances of a third party candidate’s chances of winning. The only thing they do is to ruin the chances of other candidates. In the 2000 election, George W. Bush won the state of Florida by less than 1,000 votes. Third party candidates Ralph Nader and Pat Buchanan received around 100,000 votes. Due to these two candidates sucking up votes, the election results in Florida were changed dramatically, ultimately swinging the election in Bush’s favor and dramatically changing the political landscape of America. Conceivably, if either of these candidates had not taken part in televised debates, very few people would have heard about them or voted for them. While third parties should not be denied the right to vote, as that would be highly unAmerican, third parties shouldn’t be allowed to eat up precious airtime. Ultimately in this day and age they are a lost cause due to the uneven distribution of wealth and advertising between America’s political parties. Third parties should realize that due to this, most candidates from their party will ultimately have no chance of winning and should concentrate their efforts on more local level political where they can actually make a difference. •Andrew Sagers (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Green Party offers viable third party option COUNTERPOINT In 1987, the Commission on Presidential Debates was created to, as their website claims, “ensure that debates, as a permanent part of every general election, provide the best possible information to viewers and listeners.” The obvious flaw in their mission is that before and since their establishment, only two parties have ever been represented in a major presidential debate. Is it even plausible that the “best possible information” can only come from men with (R)’s and (D)’s in front of their names? There has to be a third resistance party somewhere that has something to offer. Who else could have ideas other then (D)’s and (R)’s? Surely, no other party has any imaginable contingency, or any legitimate campaign, with valid opinions, ideas, and policies. The truth is that there are a few ideas floating around out there, and not everyone’s name who has one has those two letters in front of their name. As an example, I give the Green Party candidates: Cynthia McKinney and Rosa Clemente, the candidates who hope to be on the ballot in over forty states. The Green Party has over 200 elected officials across the nation, they have people in political positions around the globe, including a Nobel Peace Prize receiver. The party has international experience, but the only time on television I have ever seen them get is, without Ralph Nader, how Al Gore may have won the 2000 election since the party got a
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piece of that much needed independent vote (Nader’s name was on the ballot in 44 states and got 2,878,000 votes). But with their credentials, why should they be ridiculed for running, especially in the U.S.A.? They have ideas on policy, foreign and domestic, and a large contingency to vote for them. There is no reason they shouldn’t be included in at least one major presidential debate. With that one debate, they could offer a whole new range of stances we haven’t heard. Even without being elected, the things they may offer with their campaign can be adopted by the larger parties, further benefiting the country. The Green Party is only the most prominent example, and I don’t expect anyone to vote for these two relative unknowns at this point. The point that needs to be made though, is that the real, new, and revolutionary ideas probably aren’t going to come from the same two parties that have been in control for as long as we can remember; we need more options. With only the two major parties being able to contribute views and opinions, we are hardly getting choice through democracy. We are never going to get real, permanent change without some sort of resistance party, a real check and balance is needed. Let’s give someone else a chance for once. •Nicholas Colin Birkel (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I think it is truly incredible that some people do just enough to get by. They have the capacity to do remarkable things that could change one person’s or a group’s outlook. With that much power to toy with, why would they let it go to waste. I watched a movie last weekend, “Finding Forrester”. If you have not seen it, it’s a fictitious story about a high school student in the Bronx who finds a mentor in, arguably, the greatest authors of the 20th Century. That author just happens to be the most reclusive person imaginable. As I watched the legendary cinematography of Gus Van Sant, I started to get the answers to the topic previously mentioned, ‘Why do people do just enough to subsist?’ Surprisingly, I found that they do it because they are afraid of the outcome. It is difficult to go out on a limb and attempt something that few or no people have done. Failing to do something great is a taxing problem on teenage minds. However, failure is the easiest outcome to accept for many people because it means the end of the task, and when the end is reached, her or she can continue on with his or her regular life. Success is the antipode of failure. So long as this position is reached, the task is unending. When you accomplish a great task, you are expected and expect to be as good or better than you were before. It is so easy for some “Joe Schmoe” to come along and do it better, faster, or cheaper than you. It is not enough to do something amazing once, but you have to do it multiple times, decreasing complexity with each attempt. With all that pressure, it’s no wonder that so many individuals choose to set is the antipode of failure. So themselves in enclaves and exist for just immediate family and friends. long as this position is reached, So, it all comes down to fear. Of the task is unending. When you course, when you have the fire in your accomplish a great task, you are belly, you try harder to win, try harder expected and expect to be as good to finish. But fear is, by definition, or better, faster, or cheaper than something that hinders progress. What is it about the people who work you were before. past fear? Do they have some special endowment that allows them to push themselves farther than everyone else? The short and simple truth is that they have nothing more than any other man or woman. They have the same gifts and talents as you and I. The only difference is that men and women who never give up realize that their personal bar will always be raised, and that it is impossible to predict peer reactions. Regardless of the number or intensity of attempts, the predictor bar you set will always be out of reach. It doesn’t take a special person to make a difference; it just takes someone who is willing to give it an honest try. Get out there and make an attempt. It’s all right if you fail a hundred times. Just realize that although the following is a bit cliché, it still holds as much validity as the day it was quoted. “If the fool would persist in his folly, he would become wise.”
With today’s heavy political climate, there are so many issues that have people concerned with themselves. They worry about gas prices, the has never been a word that I have economy, Social Security, the war used to describe myself, but after on terror; compared to these issues hearing about this, I couldn’t just the abortion issue seems like a past sit around and pretend like the issue. Many people don’t think there is anything left to debate about; there world was going to be okay. are people who are pro-life, and there are people who are pro-choice. I have already made my decision about where I stand on the issue, and for a while, I thought that was that. Unfortunately, I was wrong. There’s more to the issue than meets the eye. What happens when an abortion fails? What happens when the doctors have tried to abort the baby, and it still ends up being born alive? Most people don’t ask themselves these questions, or when they do, they think that surely they just give the baby to people willing to take care of it. The real answer is far more disturbing. I myself could hardly believe what I was reading, even when I had read it on six other websites just to make sure it was accurate. The answer to the questions that I asked was this: when doctors fail an abortion, they take them to the “soiled utilities room,” the room where hazardous materials and soiled linens are kept, and leave them to die. These are doctors we’re talking about. The people you go to whenever you get injured or feel sick. The people who once swore the Hippocratic Oath to help others. This was the point when I began to feel sick. Cynicism began to take over and I became sick of the world and everything that it has come to. It would have been easy for me to succumb to the depressing reality that I had been faced with, to give up everything I had come to believe and resort to nihilism. Fortunately, that’s not what happened. “Humanitarian” has never been a word that I’ve ever used to describe myself, but after hearing about this, I couldn’t just sit around and pretend like the world was going to be okay. How can America help other countries when it can’t even stop things like this from happening within itself? Thankfully, in 2000, the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act was introduced and later passed. It stated that during an abortion, if the baby ends up being born alive, the doctors must do everything within their power to keep the baby alive. Now, you’re probably wondering, “If the law’s already passed then why are you telling us this?” The reason I’m telling you this is because with the election coming up, I think that people need to know all about the candidates, even if it’s things they don’t want to hear. While Barack Obama was serving in the Senate, he voted against passing the Born-Alive bill. He never gave a clear reason for it, but stood by his vote. I’m not going to try to tell you what to do with this knowledge. I just want you to take this into account when you take sides on the issue of politics.
The Bio-bus is filled with people on an adventure to spread environmentally sound information to people across the country. Promoters offer change and demonstrate a reduction in the usage of fuel. They are also advocating for renewable energy. of 10 The Bio-bus runs on modified vegetable oil. First, cooking oil from fast food restaurants is run through a filter. Then, the vegetable oil is heated to 160º and ejected into the engine, allowing the bus to run. Its diesel engine can push out up to 2,000 miles on 200 gallons of bio-fuel. Last year the bus traveled crosscountry 14 times, spreading the word on renewable energy to 43 states. The bus is also equipped with solar panels. These allow the seven employees to access computers and other electronic devices. I see the Bio-bus as an excellent way to promote a solution to an environmental issue. The biggest flaw that I see is in the presentation. The cast talks about what the bus runs on and how to make it, but presentation lacks any stand alone facts to hook listeners. I find it incredible that seven people can find a home in a glorified school bus. But, as evidenced by the enthusiasm they share, ecological reform is a cause close to their hearts. We all have to respect that. •Caleb Klyn (email@example.com)
See: The House Bunny Movie reviews are really just opinions. So, when I read a bad review for “The House Bunny,” I knew I had to check it out. I drove all the way to Copper Creek in Pleasant Hill to see it, and it was just what I expected, a classic Anna Faris movie - a simple comedy that will have you falling over with laughter. of 10 Although the movie had me in stiches, the plot was just okay. It started with Playboy bunny Shelly Darlingson (Faris) getting kicked out of the Playboy mansion. In an attempt to find another life, she stumbles across a college campus. After seeing the sorority houses, Shelly realizes that she can have just as much fun as a house mom as she would as a bunny. Though the sorority girls are far from Playboy bunnies, with the threat of losing their house, they change. With help from Shelly, they transform into beautiful ladies catching everyone’s eyes. While trying to turn these girls’ world upside down, she falls in love with Oliver (Colin Hanks) and tries to change to appeal to him. The characters were cheesy, but I think that they did add a comedic element. The characters consisted of a gender confused girl, a gothic girl, a pregnant girl (Katherine McPhee, who also sang during the movie.), a shy girl, another girl whom had a back brace, and the leader of them all. By the end of the movie, they realize that looks are not everything, (though, they can help) and they learn not to lose themselves in their looks. I recommend seeing the movie. It was fun to watch and has simple humor that will have you talking about it the next day. •Josh Dale (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Listen: Rotation Cute Is What We Aim For’s album, “Rotation”, came out June 24. This southwestern popcore band produced an album that delivered. I’ve been a fan of CIWWAF for two years.The second album of 10 shows where the band hopes to go musically. It is really different than their first album. “The Same Old Blood Rush” had a bit of a whiney tone, but “Rotation” came out of the starting gate flaring its nostrils. The upbeat rythmn and smooth lyrics rival those of band Cobra Starship, another popcore band. Eleven songs are on the album. The only song that I am not a fan of is “Doctor.” The song is extremely raw; I really think that the band should have spent more time cleaning up the vocals. Other than that song, the album had me stomping my feet. Undoubtedly, the best song on the album is “Practice Makes Perfect.” I love how the upbeat lyrics blend in with the power cords. By the time I got to the seventh track, “Safe Ride,” I was on a musical high. The song starts off really slow and builds intensity as time passes. To round out the top three, we have “Do What We Do.” It starts out with a synth sound and moves to the guitars. The lyrics make me think that I could shoot for the stars. This CD is really easy to listen to. “Cute Is What We Aim For” has catchy lyrics that make me want to jump on my car and break out in song. Check it out. The hip-hoppin’ lyrics will have you groovin’ to the beat. •Tyler Neff (email@example.com)
Visit: The Latin Bistro The Latin Bistro is an oasis away from the restaurant cliché. They provide a sophisticated, relaxing atmosphere, superior food, and great prices (important to many Dutchmen). As we walked through the doorway, we were instantly greeted by a Venetian fountain and stone pathway. Ambient music and scenic, relaxing pictures added perfectly to the tasteful and elegant environment. Crystal center-pieces and wooden place of 10 mats adorned each table, which added a touch of class, commonly overlooked by other restaurants. A usually disregarded area, the restrooms, were found to be upbeat and inviting. Even the bar area had a tiki theme, which added a stylish touch to a usually drab area. On select nights, musicians even serenade customers with their musical talents. Senior Stewart Beyer, junior Hannah Axt and sophomore Devon Dawson are a few of such musicians. Although mildly understaffed, our service was prompt, cheerful, courteous, and extremely accommodating. We were escorted to a large, comfortable booth and given time to look over the menu. The menu includes some ethnic Venezuelan dishes to mix it up a bit, but there are more common dishes, such as fettuccini alfredo and paninis. So, even a picky diner, like me, can find something they like. The Latin Bistro also offers an array of beverages, ranging from slushies and spirits to soda. Our appetizer, onion rings, came out swiftly and was full of flavor. Next, we received our meals in perfect timing. The sandwich I ordered, though just a turkey panini, had an added kick, which delighted my taste buds and excited my mouth. The portions were ideal, and all carried no added expense; even the filet mignon wasn’t over $15. My mother always says that you can tell the quality of a restaurant by the glasses they use. I’m happy to report they used swanky glass glasses. The Latin Bistro is a pleasant surprise in an ocean of conformity. It offers the total experience, rarely available at other establishments. Give it a chance. You won’t be disappointed. •Andrea Huffman (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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Elzinga tackles new territory Football is a stereotypical male sport, but freshman Morgan Elzinga is breaking that stereotype and stepping onto the field. Elzinga has been playing football for eight years and hopes to play through all of high school. Not only is she tackling territory that was previously thought closed off for women, but it also raises questions about gender equality in all athletics. Elzinga is the first woman to take the field in six years, and if she continues to play in high school, she would be the first woman in school history to play football all four years. She shares her feelings on the game and what it’s like to be a female in a mostly male sport. Q: Why do you choose to participate in football? A: I play it because it’s an awesome sport. It’s my favorite because there’s a lot of action, strategy and you get to do a lot of different things, not just stand there. No matter where you are on the field, you always are able to be doing something. I really like tackling guys because my teammates think it’s funny that they, the opposing team member, got tackled by a girl.
HANGING WITH the KIDS. Junior Hillary Nossaman, a member of Forté, chats with Lincoln Elementary students during the Homecoming spirit tour Sept. 26. Along with chants, cheers and speeches, Forté performed their kick routine. “It was a lot of fun to go around to all the different schools and perform. A lot of the girls know what Forté is, so they got really excited if you sat next to them. I especially enjoyed hearing five versions of the Homecoming speech. At Lincoln, I felt the same height as I do in high school,” said Nossaman. •Photo by Isabel Metcalf
Prestigious award signifies first all-state title for PHS Without winning a single state title, the Des Moines Register’s 2008 All-Sports Award for the mediumsized schools belongs to Pella High. The Little Dutch were awarded for their overall success, edging out Cedar Rapids Xavier 42.5 points to 40. This award is given to the school with the highest total number of points at the end of the year. The point system is based on qualifying for and succeeding in the state tournaments, which is a feat that almost all Pella teams were able to accomplish the past year. “Obviously, it is a tremendous honor to be given such an award. It is a great feeling that out of all the traditionally strong athletic schools, we came out on top. This is a great reflection of the commitment and work ethics of our kids and coaches alike. We are fortunate to have such great support from the parents
and the community,” said Athletic Director Bill Van Horn. This past year fall, winter and spring athletics were able to witness triumph by sending multiple teams to the state tournament. The football team started things off, finishing as quarterfinalists in the state. The cross country teams did outstanding as well, as the girls placed third at state, and the boys second. The volleyball team ended up being state participants, along with the girls’ basketball team who took second at state for Class 3A. “At the beginning of last year, we all talked about what it meant to be successful. I thought it was great that many of our school’s athletics were able to do well. It was an amazing feeling to be a part of two teams to contribute to this award. I feel it really shows us that anything is possible,” said senior Brooke
Gritters, a basketball and track member. The spring brought more dazzling results with multiple teams advancing to the next level. The boys’ and girls’ track teams brought the school a load of points by sending multiple participants to the state meet at Drake. The girls’ soccer team ended their season, just missing the championship game. The boys’ golf team ended up in third place at state for the second year in a row. The high school came close to this award only one other time, finishing runner-up in 2003. As the 2008 seasons begin, state preseason rankings predict more success. The football team was ranked fifth, the boys’ cross country team was first overall, while the girls were ranked fifth and the volleyball team ranked seventh. •Clarke Hammes email@example.com
Football 3-0, District 6, defeating Centerville, Chariton, Carlisle 5-0, overall, defeating Washington, Oskaloosa Ranked fifth in 3-A (as of 10-01-08)
Girls’: 1st, Knoxville, South Tama; 2nd, Grinnell, SE Polk; 5th, Central; 7th, Newton; 14th, DM Roosevelt (ranked 7th in 3A; Boys’: 1st, Knoxville, South Tama, Grinnell; 3rd, SE Polk; 4th, Central; 5th, Newton; 6th, Indianola; 13th, DM Roosevelt
ranked 7th in 3A (as of 10-01-08)
Volleyball 4-0 in Little Hawkeye Conference, defeating: Boone, Newton, South Tama, 3-0; Grinnell, 3-0; (as of 10-01-08)
Q: What sparked your interest in the sport? A: When I was little, I’d play backyard football games with my brothers and our neighbors, that’s when I fell in love with the game. I signed up for tackle football in second grade. It was a really cool team because it was intense, but still really fun. Q: Do you ever feel like you have something to prove or are the target of prejudice? A: I don’t think so, but my mom does. She thinks that if the other team finds out I’m a girl, they’ll •Freshman Morgan Elzinga•Photo by Madison Vander Well smear me. I’m used to it, it’s really not that different for me because I’ve been playing since second grade. The players are really good with me being on the team because they’re used to it. Q: What differences or hardships do you face being the only girl on the team? A: Sometimes it gets lonely because they don’t always talk to me. It’s different getting ready for games because I have to go to a different locker room. I don’t really ever feel left out. They say some things that don’t really fit my situation, and they talk about things I don’t want to know, so I try to stay out of some team activities. Q: How do you answer critics who say you shouldn’t be allowed to be on the football team? A: I say it’s my choice and they shouldn’t have a say in it. It’s not necessarily just a guys sport, there’s a professional football league for women too. I love the game, and I want to continue playing throughout high school. •Andrea Huffman (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Junior Amanda Dunkin, girls’ cross country, has come across some adversity as she has to endure an early season injury. “Being injured during the beginning of the season has changed my individual goals. Right now, I’m going to focus on keeping the team’s spirits high and helping them enjoy this sport as much as I do. All our team needs is encouragement and support because I know we can all do what we set our minds to.” said Dunkin.
Senior Kellie Korver has been playing volleyball since sixth grade and has climbed to a starting position on the volleyball team. “I want to improve skill-wise, help create team chemistry, and ultimately win state!” said Korver. “I love being able to score points and watch our crowd, but the thing I love most (about volleyball) is creating new and existing friendships. This is the third year Korver has been on varsity; she is a captain this year. She hopes to continue playing volleyball past high school.
Sophomore Josh Pringle, a starter on the offensive and defensive side of the ball, hopes to contribute to a successful football season. “I really didn’t think I would start this year. I was just wanting to go out and do the best I could, and everything seemed to work out, said Pringle. “(Starting) will help me improve and bring me closer to the upper classmen. The guys have really been great, and have helped me out with everything.” •Josh Van Ee
Top Ten: Star Wars 10. “The blast came from the Death Star.” 9. Samuel L. Jackson demanded a purple lightsaber. 8. That lightsaber you just threw away? It also protects against force lightning! 7. The Rebel Alliance, in all its entirety, was commanded by a catfish. 6. The Emperor likes cockfights. 5. Han Solo wouldn’t have gotten involved with Leia had he known Vader would be his father-in-law. 4. Harrison Ford is the only one with a career. 3. The Emperor keeps a toothbrush in his desk for those “hard to reach” areas. 2. Han Solo was once pulled over in the Falcon with .40 blood-alcohol content. 1. Luke Skywalker made out with his sister. •Nicholas Birkel (email@example.com), Cameron Downing (cd. firstname.lastname@example.org)
How to…Be a Spy 1.
Equip Yourself With: • A wig, hat and sunglasses for quick concealment, stick-on facial hair is also useful. • Small notebook and pen to jot down clues, and to use as defense; maim your enemy with a thousand paper cuts. • Dress for the occasion; remember to blend into your surroundings. • Don’t forget your magnifying glass! • Dental floss, for repelling off skyscrapers, and to avoid embarrassing spinach-in-teeth incidents.
Assemble Your Spy Fellowship. • The Man: agent in charge. • The Scout: eyes of the investigation, scopes the area for danger. • The Tracker: observes target at all times. • The Techie: technological guru • The Escape Artist: owns the “get-away”. • The Illusionist: master of stealth • The Smooth Talker: interacts with suspect to retrieve helpful information.
Establish a Secret Hide-out: We suggest a hollow tree, doghouse, or underground lair. Make sure to surround your fortress with the necessary precautions; including an electric fence, secret code or knock, and hidden 6-foot deep holes filled with ferocious lions, tigers, and bears. (Oh my!)
Speak in Spy Jargon Create your on lingo or use some of the classics, like these: • Doppelganger – a decoy • Honey Pot – spy who uses romance to allure the target • Undercover – spy in disguise Zero in on Your Target
Good Luck Agent. We’re the Greatest Writers Ever, and They’ve captured us. Last night, circa midnight, They plucked us from our homes, loaded us into a hulking yellow vehicle with Pella Community Schools plastered on its sides, and dragged us to some unmistakably Dutch town, tossing us unceremoniously into the attic of the local castle. (Luckily, one of us caught a glimpse of the
address on the way in: 212 University Street.) Soon after, They gave away Their motive: They’re forcing us to write a column for Their publication. And not only that, our column has to be, and we quote, “fun.” So we brainstormed for what couldn’t’ve been more than a minute and came up with this superoriginal idea. We’re going to select someone from
the town, let he/she have some Hang Time with the Greatest Writers Ever, and then write about the experience. But, um, there’s a catch. See, we’re Really Good at writing. Good enough to glue readers to couches for days, making them completely unaware of their surroundings. And one more thing: we don’t want to be in captivity forever, and, since you’re reading this, you already
Brain Toothpaste •Eric Moore
•Liz Core (email@example.com), Morgan Anderson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
know the address, you probably live nearby, you’re likely bored; basically, you’re the perfect person to do the Job. As you now see, we can’t actually introduce you to our Good Writing. If we do that, why would you want to get off the couch and save us? Instead, our column is going to be written horribly, totally de-Shakespearized. In
fact, we’ve already decided and reading a disgustingly to create a new literary composed sentence that genre: Severely Mangled he/she will save us to spare Mind Vomit. Just to themself. Well, anyway, draw a comparision, it’ll that’s kind of the goal. probably resemble a cross In the meantime, we’ll between a John McCain be here, waiting for our speech and the dialogue on savior. And, if you’re into “Dawson’s Creek,” if such a slaughtering your brain, disaster is even imaginable. tune in next month, when Maybe, just maybe, it’ll the “fun” begins! make someone so sick of •Will Harris (wh.pelladium@ accidentally flipping to gmail.com), Nick Birkel (nb. page 12 of “The Pelladium” email@example.com)