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pleasant grove high school 5406 mcknight road | texarkana, tx | 75503 check us out @ September 30, 2011 | vol. 27 #1

A fresh new look

Notice something different? We thought it was about time for some change, you like it? Of course you do... And while you’re back to the daily grind, we thought it would be nice to give you something new to look forward to–how great are we?


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The new exemption policy may have some students feeling uneasy when semester tests come around, but seniors won’t be fretting at all. Do you like the the new exemption policy? While tardies are no longer a factor,only the 2012 class of seniors get to stick to the old policy. • if you don’t know about the new policy, read more on page 2

15% said yes

I think it’s good, but it doesn’t affect me anyway, because I’m a senior, but the lower classes aren’t so lucky.” - melvingrey, 12

85% said no

I don’t like it. This is the last senior class that can exempt everything, and the lower classes have been waiting for their chance. - jacobrochelle, 11

This Tea Party doesn’t involve tea bags

Ask most students about the Tea Party and they’ll mention Boston. But wait. This Tea Party has come to Texarkana, and the local political party is featured in the latest edition of Time magazine. Want to know more? Ask government teacher Tony Kirk: “The tea party is a a typical splinter third party. It is mainly older white middle class people who are frustrated with the taxing and spending policies of our different levels of government. Most are evangelicals, and religion is a big part of the movement. Many of the members feel government has lost touch our country’s historic Christan principals. They have the attention of both parties, but particularly the Republican party that most have splintered off from.”

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Dealing With Cutbacks Clubs, academic departments look for creative ways to preserve programs, activities with limited district funding Mark Northam reporter

— It’s a typical Friday at Hawk Stadium. As junior Marcus McLilly heads for his seat, he passes table after table of merchandise lining the walkway. “With all the different clubs selling things like clappers, buttons, popsicles, and other concessions, I felt like I should have brought more money,” Marcus said. In order to have a balanced budget for this fiscal year, the state legislature voted last spring to cut money intended for education. These funding cuts left the school district over $1.5 million short. “The budget cuts aren’t just affecting Pleasant Grove. Schools across the state are feeling the pain,” accounting teacher Curt Langford said. “This is really just the tough economic times finally catching up with our budgets. With fewer businesses to tax, the state has been forced to make cutbacks.” These cuts resulted in an eight percent reduction in the district budget, and further cuts for many departments. “We ended up cutting most department budgets by 10 to 12%,” principal Bill Harp said. “Money will be tight until the economy picks up. Whatever happens at the state level causes us pain.” One area where teachers and students will see the impact is field trips. For a trip to Dallas and back, Harp said the cost would be about $600 for diesel fuel and paying the driver. In the past, the district would cover the cost out of general funds. Now the only option is paying for the trip out of the department’s agency fund, having the students help pick up the tab, or drop the trips completely. “The kids used to pay just for tickets and lunches, but now they would have to pay for gas as well,” art teacher Nina Cork said. “ With the economy so tough we might have to drop the trips completely. It’s not just the school that hurting, many families have just as tough of a time.” For some departments, the loss of field trips could have a major downside. “Texarkana is a fairly isolated area in terms of museums and art galleries,” art teacher Nicole

Brisco said. “That hurts the students because they raise money by doing workshops.” are no longer able to go out and see those pieces.” Much like Science Club, the Art Club also uses The new budget has also left clubs with similar workshops to get the funding that they need. decisions, forcing them to cut back or find alternate “We host workshops where kids get to come mulfunding. tiple times to work an various pieces,” Cork said. “The only option besides fund raisers would have “It’s really popular because parents and kids can to be grants,” Brisco said. “Since we only focus actually see the progression of their artistic capaon basic materials, and grants usually go to more bilities.” complex projects, fund raisers seem to be our only Instead of hosting workshops, the theater departchoice.” ment turned to another method for fund raising. With many departments running off money they “We have ad sales that are a huge part of our fund had to raise, sponsors are beginning to watch their raising,” theater teacher Greg Schwartz said. “We money much more closely. also rent out the theater facility and provide ushers, “These cuts make us very careful so we know stage managers, house managers, stage crew, sound where every penny goes,” theater teacher Debby tech, light tech, concessions, and runners.” Sutton said. “We watch everything we buy because The Pleasant Grove Pride in Motion Band has we want to make sure we have enough money for also found ways to fund themselves during these every show.” tough times. With the knowledge that the school isn’t giving “We operate concession stands that are run by them funds, sponsors have begun planning ahead. our Band Booster Club at the football games,” “We try to think of everyband director Arnie Lawson said. thing. We treat the cutbacks as “We also sell gold cards that get you the Great Depression, putting “We treat the cutbacks great deals at various businesses money away so when our fund- as the Great Depres- around town.” ing is completely cut off, we sion, putting money Less funding also means that will have something to live off,” away so when our some departments will not be able Cork said. continue current practices. funding is completely to“In Harp said he understood that past years art would purchase clubs would have to use fund- cut off, we will have an ad in journalism, then journalraisers to make up the difference. something to live off.” ism would pay for a purchase award “We strongly encourage defor art,” Brisco said. “With the curpartments to come up with -nina cork rent cutbacks, it looks like that praccreative ways to raise money,” tice may come to an end.” Harp said. “The students might Even as many departments ultimately end up helping with the different fund scramble to fund themselves, Harp said he feared raisers, or end up paying for supplies themselves.” that even more may be necessary for next year. Many departments and clubs have already taken “As far as I know, this is only round one,” Harp steps to combat the budget cuts. said. “There is a good possibility that education “We knew our budget would basically be cut in funding could be cut again next year.” half, so last year we bought extra chemicals,” sciAnd if the budget is cut again, expect all those ence teacher Monica Smith said. “We still have tables of merchandise at games to not only stick $1200 from various fund raisers, but we continue to around but increase.



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The Fabulous Caty Burks

Teacher, former PG student featured in Four States Living Magazine


Edge named Pacemaker finalist Edge was announced as a finalist for the National Scholastic Press Association Pacemaker award, the winner will be announced later this year in Minneapolis, MN. Debate team tops division The debate team brought home two trophies from a tournament in North Lamar last Saturday. The varsity C-X team of Brett Eakin and Adam Northam placed fourth, and the team of Trinity Bragg and Andrew Converse placed second in the Novice Policy Debate.

After a long day of teacher in-service before and involved in the community. school starts, Health Science teacher Caty Burks “It’s a real honor to be chosen because you’re cooks dinner for her two-year-old secretly nominated,” Mrs. Burks said. son and talks to him while he sits in “I found out that I had been chosen in his highchair. She hears the phone the first week of August and I was very ring and takes a break from the excited.” stove to see who was calling. Mrs. Burks was chosen because she It was a photographer calling to juggles teaching, going to college to get set up a time to take her picture for her teacher’s certificate, working as a the Four States Living Magazine’s registered nurse, being the cheerleadFabulous 40. ing sponsor, and taking care of her “It caught me off guard when I two kids. found out I had been ;chosen,” Mrs. “I didn’t get any kind of physical Burks said. “It was a really busy award, but I have definitely received - onlinephoto week and it was great to hear the recognition for it,” Mrs. Burks said. The cover of 'The Fabulous good news.” “I feel kind of famous because people The Fabulous 40 is an annual will come up to me and congratulate 40’ Four States Living edition of the magazine that lists 40 magazine. me for being chosen.” people who are under 40 years old

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Think Pink

Pleasant Grove participates in breast cancer awareness month The Pink Glove pep rally was just the beginning. October kicks off a whole month of pinkness at Pleasant Grove. Different groups around the school are finding ways to go pink and support breast cancer awareness. The Keyettes have been participating in the Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure since the first year it came to Texarkana. This year will be no different, and they will be walking in the race on the 15th. For the entire month, the Showstoppers will be using pink pom-poms at the pep rallies and football games, and football players will be switching their shoe laces on their cleats to pink.


SAT Test

Columbus Day

Columbus wasn’t exactly the first person to discover America, but it doesn’t really matter as long as we get a three day weekend.

Come support the Race For The Cure

Band! Saturday, Oct. 1 Saturday, Oct. 8 Tuesday, Oct. 18 Saturday, Oct. 29

4-State Marching Contest Grimm Stadium Lake Hamilton Marching Contest Hot Springs, AR UIL Marching Contest Mt. Pleasant, TX War Memorial Stadium Marching Contest Little Rock, AR -sponsored by the Band Boosters


Even though it means getting up early, come to the fairgrounds and show your support for Breast Cancer Awareness.

Fall Picture Retakes


Not happy with your yearbook picture? Picture retakes will be held first period on the cafeteria stage.

ACT Test


This is the real deal. Study hard, get plenty of sleep, eat breakfast, and aim for a high score.

Halloween Pep Rally


Grab your blacklight t-shirts shirts and glow in the dark gear, it’s time for a blackout pep rally.

4849 Texas Blvd. • Texarkana

You May Not Understand, But He Does


In middle school, I always heard people saying “Oh my gosh-- did you hear about the retarded kid freaking out in English today?” I would grit my teeth, trying not to say anything offensive, because that “retarded kid” just so happened to be my younger brother. My brother is autistic, which obviously makes him different from most kids. He would rather watch the History Channel instead of MTV. He likes talking about video games. A lot. He talks to himself and likes to wander around. He is a great artist and is a very bright kid. I used to be embarrassed of him. I didn’t want anyone to know that my brother had a disability. I used to not let him speak when he was around me and my friends because I didn’t want him to say or do anything weird. I was worried enough about being dyslexic, and I tried to hide it just like I tried to hide my brother’s autism. I felt like an outcast. I couldn’t read well or spell if my life depended on it. I felt disabled. I didn’t want him to have that feeling.

When my brother gets mad, he reminds me of the Hulk. He is a pretty big kid anyway, and I would hate to be any kid who picks a fight with him. People don’t understand how bad he could hurt someone. It’s scary. Sometimes he scares me. When he gets mad, he isn’t himself at all. He turns into a completely different person. Usually I’m the only one who can calm him down quickly before anyone gets hurt. And sometimes he is the only one who can calm me down when I am filled with rage. I was sitting with my brother outside, waiting for my youngest brother to get out of football practice when a kid walked up and asked him, “Are you retarded?” My brother’s face suddenly changed, he looked confused and insulted. My face turned a bright red. We just stared at the kid, not sure on what should be said. He gave us a funny look and walked away. I almost started to cry because I didn’t know how to react. My brother looked at me and said, “It’s okay, he just doesn’t understand.”

I couldn’t understand why you would even ask someone that. Why use the word “retarded”? It’s hurtful. Just because my brother is a little different doesn’t make him retarded. He is the smartest kid I have ever met. pleasant grove high school He’s lovable and kind, but he does 5406 mcknight rd . texarkana, tx . 75503 hold a grudge–if you did something phone: (903) 832-8005 . fax (903) 832-5381 even mildly mean to him, like break his crayon in first grade, he probably will Naveed Haque say something about it tonight at dinner. If people understood how his mind Kenzie Floyd worked, they would understand him Nathan Taylor much better. People who have autism Josh Whitt think everything they do is normal, Editors and everything we do is weird. It’s like they live in a whole different world. That’s why they can act kind Avery Borrell like they are better than us. But who Collin Craytor can blame them? We do the exact same thing. We are afraid of things that we Natalie Thigpen don’t know about, and we shouldn’t be. Landon Young I remember being younger and asking Photographers my mom when Blake would be normal. Truth is, he is never going to be normal, he doesn’t need to be. He will Hayley Allen always be Blake, my autistic brother. Kyle Green And I’m proud to be his big sister.

“Everything will be fine.I have to get to work. Kids are in the halls!’ I open the car door. “Have a great first day!” my mom says with a wave as she speeds back toward McKnight. Leaving me on the sidewalk to my doom. I force myself to walk towards the large brick building. I open the heavy doors with a heavy heart. Short and shy, I am different. I sit down at the end of a long table in the cafeteria hoping not to be noticed. Is this the freshman table? Am I in the right place? 7:40. After attending Red Lick Middle School for five years, I am here. Beginning the best years of my life with new teachers, new friends, and new traditions. And after ten minutes of sitting alone in an empty cafeteria, I am having doubts. I begin typing a message to my friend, the only other person I know coming to Pleasant Grove from Red Lick. But I know she won’t answer. She won’t be awake for another ten minutes. Her stay-at-home mom can drop her off at school at a normal time. I wish my mom wasn’t a teacher at Pleasant Grove Middle School and didn’t have to be at school at 7:30. Then she could drop me off like ev-

eryone else, right before the tardy bell rings. Instead I am different. 7:50. I watch the clock hoping for a miracle. When someone walks by, I hold up my phone pretending to text someone or check on something. My phone is my protection. When I am looking at it, I don’t see the strangers entering the cafeteria. I look like every other freshman, acting as if high school is no big deal. And though my disguise might fool most, I’m not fooled. I know I am different. 7:55. I know her. As she approaches, I pull out my phone and send one last imaginary text. “Hey Ashlyn! Why don’t you come sit with us?” she asks. “Sure!” I try not to sound too excited, but I don’t what to be ungrateful. I wonder if she noticed. I have a seat in one of the uncomfortable black chairs, and as I introduce myself to the others around the table. I can feel my face becoming red with embarrassment. Was that awkward? Do they think I’m weird? I sit and listen to the conversation I have no part in and watch the minutes tick away with the heavy truth. I am different. 8:00. Only 20 more minutes! Feeling

more comfortable, I begin contributing to the conversation. With every word, I feel more accepted and less different. 8:05. Silence. What should I say? What classes are you... No, too invasive. Are you guys ready for sch... No, too obvious. Finally, someone at the table breaks the silence, and I am back to worrying. Worrying that I won’t make friends. Worrying that I won’t be able to adapt to the teacher’s style of teaching. Worrying that I am different. 8:10. As more strangers begin to come in, a feeling of uneasiness washes over me, and I pull out my phone. 8:15. The tardy bell rings, and the sea of students begins to overflow into the hall. I spot my friend close to the cafeteria’s entrance. I tell the girls who had so kindly invited me to sit with them, “I’ll see them around”, and I race to my friend. My life boat in the flood of strangers. We talk on the way to class about our summers and the new people we have already met, but all I can think about is what everyone else thinks of me. I feel like a bug under a microscope. My every move watched. Because I am different.

A Case Of The Freshman First Day Jitters


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New open drink policy doesn’t sit well with students With every new year, comes new rules, but apparently students feel some rules are meant to be broken. With the start of the new year, students found themselves clashing with administrators over the new open drink policy. The policy states that an “open drink” is any drink without a lid, or with a non-secure lid, that will spill if knocked over or is easily broken. That doesn’t mean all drinks are banend. Students can still bring drinks with secure lids, like water bottles with screw tops, or cups with strong snap on tops with locking straws. Last year, Sonic, Starbucks, and Chick-Fil-A cups could be seen all over campus, but this year, the cups stop at the door. According to assistant principal Robert Goline, the open drink policy has changed because of the countless drinks spills in the past.

The maintenance staff says they cleaned up two to three spills a week in the halls, and teachers say they had a spill in their classroom almost everyday. But on a quick survey of 50 students, more than 75% percent of them say they haven’t seen a single in-class spill during their entire high school careers. We propose a compromise: let students bring open drinks to school in the mornings and to all lunches. “Open drinks” should be allowed in the cafeteria, any time of the day. Students can promise to be on their best behavior, and if cafeteria spills become a problem, No matter what, students won’t stop bringing “open drinks” to school, and principals can’t spend all their time roaming the halls looking for students with a half-full Diet Coke when there’s far more important things to be done.

Ashlyn Hurst Mark Northam Joel Webb Curtis Zachry Reporters

Kristina Cox Christina Cummings Elizabeth Stark Contributors Charla Harris Adviser William Harp Principal Editorial policy Edge is produced by the newspaper students in the publications department of Pleasant Grove High School and are responsible for its production and content. The newspaper serves as an open forum for student expression and the discussion of issues of concern to students. Unsigned editorials represent the opinions of the student staffers and do not necessarily reflect those of the administration. Signed columns and reviews reflect the opinion of the author only. Edge encourages and accepts letters to the editor. Letters must be signed and will be edited to eliminate obscenity and inappropriate content. Letters may be submitted to the editor in room 603. Edge is a member of the Interscholastic League Press Conference, National Scholastic Press Association and Columbia Scholastic Press Association.

face to face

How do you feel about the death penalty?

Busy with end-of-six-weeks testing and homecoming preparation, students may not have heard about the controversial case circling the news. In Jackson, Georgia, 1989, Troy Davis was convicted for shooting and killing Mark McPhail, a police officer. Seven witnesses testified against Davis, but many of the original witnesses later contradicted their testimonies. Serious doubts of Davis’s guilt arose changing his date of execution on three separate occasions, but on Sept. 21, Davis was executed.

“If you kill someone for any reason, you deserve to die.” - tiffanismith,10

“I support it, but only within reason. I think that the criminal deserves the same punishment.” -katyirwin, 11

“Even though they did something bad, they don’t deserve to die.” - haleyreed, 12 “People change, everyone deserves a second chance.” - westonsmith, 9


Booker Ashlyn Hurst



As guests piled into the Booker home to celebrate sophomore Leanne’s birthday, so did the money. But it wasn’t for her. It was for Kayla and Erika. This year, they would finally get to go to camp. For nine years, Leanne has attended Kanakuk Kamp, a Christian sports camp in Branson, Missouri. Every year, the Kanakuk Kamp President, Joe White, has encouraged the campers to raise tuition for intercity kids to go to Kids Across America (KAA), a camp partnered with Kanakuk devoted to building Christian leaders and empowering urban youth. Last summer, Leanne decided to accept the challenge. “It was really rewarding. It helped me realize how many people aren’t as fortunate,” Leanne said. During the nine years she has gone to Kanakuk, Leanne has developed a love for the camp and what it stands for, and hopes to one day work as a counselor. “Leanne is very passionate about Kanakuk,” Mrs. Laurie Booker, her mother, said. “She wanted to do this so another kid could experience Kanakuk; it wasn’t about

herself. It is a neat thing to help another experience something that is so special to you.” Sacrificing her time and talents, Leanne began raising money, a dollar at a time. One of her many sacrifices was asking for money instead of gifts on her birthday. At the entrance of her party, she placed a small sand pail to collect donations. From the 18 guests to her party, a total of $438 was raised. “She wasn’t all about getting presents,” Mrs. Booker said. “The kids were very generous.” In the end, Leanne raised a total of almost $3,000 and was able to send two kids to KAA for two weeks. Both girls sent Leanne letters expressing their gratitude for the opportunity to go. “When I read their letters, I started to cry. Going to camp changed their lives, and it felt good to know I was a part in that,” Leanne said. But Leanne’s actions not only influenced the lives of Kayla and Erika-- through her example, others were encouraged to take part in similar service. After hearing about Leanne’s actions, one of her close friends from camp decided to also sponsor a child and raise money for them to experience Kanakuk. At her party, the older sister of one of Leanne’s friends approached Mrs. Booker and let her know that if she needed any more money that she would be happy to donate as much as needed. “It wasn’t something that just affected people Leanne’s age; it affected older people as well,” Mrs. Booker said. “I’m very proud of her.”

Saying ‘Thank You’ Two of the girls Leannae helpedsent her letters to thank her for sending them to camp.

“Toward the end of the summer I

got the first letter. It was really sad, and I ended up crying. She asked me to pray for her and everything. The second one came about two weeks later. I expected it to be sad, so I didn’t really cry as much, but my mom couldn’t help herself.”

A white Dodge Durango SUV on Moores Lane. In a passing car, junior Jessica Shipp broke into tears. Jessica couldn’t handle the memories that car brought back. “I think about it every day–even the littlest things remind me,” she said. “When you break down just because you see a certain car, it makes you wonder if you’ll ever be the same person again.” After finding out that she was chosen to be a junior counselor at Brookhill church camp in Hot Springs, AR, Jessica spent her entire summer planning for her two weeks at camp and spiritually preparing herself for the experience. August finally rolled around, and with her bags packed, Bible in hand, she loaded the car and set off for the two-hour car ride with her mom. It was just 7 a.m. and there was almost no traffic on the interstate. Jessica was praying and reading her Bible as some final preparation before camp; she wasn’t paying attention to the road at all. Her mom pulled over. “I had no clue what was going on–my mom told me to get out and I gave her attitude and put on my shoes,” she said. “Then I saw it.” When Jessica looked up, her entire world stopped. There had been a wreck. A bad one. And there it was, right before her eyes. “At first I didn’t know what was wrong-- it seemed like no big deal, but when I saw what had actually happened my body went into shock,” she said. “It was super creepy. Everything was still and it was dead quiet-- it was like someone had hit a pause button.” Bodies were scattered across the road. “A split second after I took it all in, a little eight

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Three teens take the challenge to help others Taylor




Ashlyn Hurst reporter

Kenzie Floyd

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or nine-year-old girl stood up. She was covered in blood and at that point I thought she was the only person alive,” Jessica said. They called 911. She and her mom were the first people to encounter the scene, but now cars were starting to pile up behind them. People came to see what was going on and a retired EMT took control. Jessica was put in charge of checking vital signs-checking to see who was alive and who wasn’t. She went around to see if any of the bodies on the road were breathing. “I was freaking out and extremely calm at the same time. I don’t know how I did it,” she said. “Everything I did was based off of adrenaline and reaction, it was like my emotions weren’t even present. I just knew I was there for a reason and I had to help.” After what seemed like a lifetime, rescue workers started to arrive. Police, ambulances, fire trucks. Four people were pronounced dead on arrival. Two helicopters landed on the interstate and the four remaining people who were still alive were airlifted to Hot Springs Hospital. “After the officials got there, they just removed the bodies and hosed off the road like it was no big deal,” Jessica said. “Just an hour and a half of work and it was like it never happened.” Traffic resumed its path, Jessica continued her route to camp, the world kept turning. “Its a weird thing-- there’s no telling how many people drove by where the wreck happened that day and never knew that an entire family had been torn apart,” she said. “It may not have changed their life, but it changed mine.” She doesn’t know why she was there when the wreck happened, but in an odd way she’s glad she was. “I know I’ll never forget the things I saw. I’ll always have mixed feelings when I think about it,” she said. “The only thing I can do is continue to live life and be thankful for every day I’m here.”

As he and his church group arrived among the ruins, senior Taylor Griffin was silent. Surrounding him was 15 miles of nothing. Houses, families, memories. All gone in a few short hours. Taylor’s mission: to help rebuild the homes and lives of the citizens of Joplin, Missouri. “It was a really sad experience, but if given the chance, I would never take it back,” Taylor said. As night fell on May 22, 2011, a threequarter-mile wide F-5 tornado swept through Joplin, eliminating nearly a third of the small city. Power and cell phone service were knocked out as the column of destruction surged through the streets. The tangled remains of overturned cars and trucks piled creating mounds of debris. Emergency response buildings and vehicles were crushed and scattered miles from Joplin. Home foundations and bare tree trunks sprouted from beneath the rubble. Once peaceful and carefree, Joplin lay in disarray. When Taylor learned of the opportunity to serve in Joplin, he enthusiastically volunteered. His youth group arrived weeks after

the disaster had struck to tear down crumbling houses, rebuild sheds, and other small construction projects. The images will never leave Taylor’s mind. While working on a house in Joplin, he saw a torn American flag wrapped around a tree. In front of the damaged tree was a baby crib filled with infant clothing and toys. “You see pictures all the time, but they mean nothing compared to what it looks like in person. Its crazy,” Taylor said. Working hard to help those in need, Taylor spent countless hours restoring Joplin to its former glory, and learned as much about construction as he has about life. “Life is short. Don’t make dumb choices; they could be your last,” Taylor said.

Inside an F-5 tornado All tornadoes are rated on a scale from F-0 to F-6, the latter being the worst possible. The Joplin, Missouri tornado rated at F-5, making it an ‘Incredible tornado’ with 261-318 mph winds. F-5 tornadoes are capable of ripping houses with strong foundations out of the ground and carrying them considerable distances.

An F-5 tornado rips through farmland in Joplin, Missouri.

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Learning to save a life CPR is probably one of those things you think you’ll never use. However, disasters happen every day. How would you feel if you pulled up on a disater and knew you could help unlike everyone else on the sidelines? CPR is a useful skill. It’s easy to learn and an inexpensive

investment in saving a life. According to Health Science teacher Virginia Parker, certification involves a twohour course where you learn how to perform CPR on infants and adults. If you’re interested, see Mrs. Parker for information about where to take the course.




Who’s your favorite superhero? Probably Spiderman, because he can climb walls.

Define “bletcherous”. Itchy... ?


Where do you plan to go to college? Lousiana Tech because my cousins go there




Luke McGuire


Where’s your favorite place to eat? Probably Amigo Juan’s because they have the best queso. They’re the best in town.


What do you like to do at home? Play guitar and watch tv.



You got wheels? I drive a gold ‘95 Nissan Altima.


What’s your favorite tv show? That’s ‘70s Show, cause it’s really funny, plus it’s always on, so I kind of have to watch it.


What song is stuck in your head right now? “I might” by Wileo, it’s a great song.


What’s your favorite sport? Baseball. I’ve been playing it my whole life and PG has always been good, plus it’s fun to be part of a tradition.


What motivates you to play? I guess I’m motivated because all my friends are in it, and it’s a lot of fun

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? With a family in the big city. My family is going to be huge–I want a big family.

The Man With the Plan While a lot high school seniors are running around trying to apply for scholarships and taking their ACT tests one last time to get the best score, senior Luke McGuire has everything planned out to the last detail. “I’d want to work at a place like Dunder Mifflin,” Luke said. “I’d have a lot of freedom.” Strangely enough, Luke also has his family planned out as well. “I hope to have a

family and a bunch of kids--I like kids. I always say, the more the merrier,” Luke said. “I grew up with three brothers and sisters and I loved it, I want my kids to experience the same joy I had.”



With a big family comes big bills to pay, but Luke isn’t fretting about that. “My wife, she’s gonna make a lot of money. I’m not worried about the money as much, just as long as I can support my family.” Luke wants to leave the small town of Texarkana and go to the land of opportunity–a bigger city. “My kids aren’t allowed to be snobs, and private schools are for snobs,” Luke said. “I wouldn’t home school because then they probably wouldn’t have any friends. So basically, I’m going with a public school.”

How do you make money? I don’t have a job, but during the summer I work around the house doing chores.

If you could monopolize one company, what would it be? Apple, because then I could control everything that goes on computers.


What do you think is at the end of a rainbow? A sea of Skittles hopefully.


If you were a bear, how would you stay warm in the winter? I’d cuddle with trees.


What’s the best movie you’ve seen lately? “Man on Wire”, it’s about this guy who walked on a tight rope between the Twin Towers of the world traded center.


Do you have any plans for NoShave November? Ummm... not shave? It’s probably going to be bad.


What’s your favorite childhood game? Guess Who? because it’s fun and I’m really good at it.

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What’s the last thing you baked? I baked a cake with my mom for my sister’s birthday. What’s your favorite subject this year? Government and economics, because Mr. Kirk is awesome

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John Altenbaumer



Where do you want to live in the future? I might move back there (Louisiana?) or to Alaska, I want to visit a lot of different countries.


Play For Pay The ball is in the air. College football is underway and even though their have been a few scandals people are glad the season has finally began.

Do you think college football players should be paid? Yes - 40%

No - 60%

Who do you think will win the national championship? Oklahoma -27% LSU - 24% Alabama - 12% Boise State - 1% Other - 36% 50 students surveyed

Edge Of Glory

As junior Casey Rayburn holds, junior Alan Oubre kicks the winning field goal for the Hawks against the Jefferson Bulldogs last Friday night.


Hawks overcome Jefferson 16-13 in final seconds, take first win Josh Whitt

sports editor

Luke Bultemeier -thigpenphoto

Q&A with

Luke Bultemeier cross country

Years on cross country: I have been on the team three years. What is it like having 36 people on the team rather than the 20 when you first started? It’s crazy. Our times are all spread out and Coach (Smith) sometimes doesn’t realize that everyone isn’t finished yet. How do you think the cross country team will do this year? We will definitely go to regionals and maybe even have some guys go to state. A lot of guys are running under 19 minutes and 30 seconds which is great. Is it difficult managing your schedule? I have soccer every Monday and Wednesday so sometimes it’s hard to get stuff done. I also try to stay healthy by getting plenty of sleep, but I normally get most everything finished.

With eight seconds left in the game, head coach Kevin Davis turned to junior Alan Oubre for the third time in a close game against the Jefferson Bulldogs last Friday night. This time the game was on the line. Playing in his first varsity game, his first appearance on the field resulted in an extra point in the first quarter, the first point of his varsity career. His next two field goal attempts ended in two blocked kicks from the powerful Jefferson defensive line. “During the game I just stood by myself most of the time,” Alan said.

“I was just watching the game.” The last 31 seconds of the game slowly ticked off the clock as the Hawk offense drove down the field one last time. Alan silently knelt on the sidelines. He began to realize what he was going to have to do. The last seconds quickly ticked down, and with eight seconds left in the game, Alan ran onto the field. With the game tied at 13-13, he lined up seven yards behind the line and waited for the snap. Junior Casey Rayburn caught the snap and placed it onto the black kicking tee, but the attempt was cut short by the referees blowing their whistles. The Bulldog defense had jumped offside.

Casey slapped the ball in anger. After moving forward five yards, the play was set into motion once more, and Alan watched as the ball sailed through the uprights perfectly. The stadium and field erupted with cheers. The Hawks had taken the lead with three seconds lefts in the game, giving PG their first victory of the season. “I can’t describe what it felt like,” Alan said, “I just yelled with the crowd.” After an off week, the Hawks (1-4) play the Mt. Vernon Tigers (2-3) on Oct. 7 at Hawk Stadium. The game will be the first of district play and the first chance for the team to make another run at playoffs.

Hawk Scoreboard Hallsville 10-41 New Boston 7-42 @ Mt. Pleasant 7-19 @ Daingerfield 14-47 Jefferson 16-13 Mt. Vernon Oct. 7 @ Liberty-Eylau Oct. 14 Paris Oct. 21 Atlanta Oct. 28 @ North Lamar Nov. 4

Lady Hawks rebound to take big win over L-E

District season starts slow, gains momentum as volleyball beats cross-town rival Kyle Green reporter

It wasn’t exactly what the Lady Hawks volleyball team had planned to start the district season. After dropping two straight sets to North Lamar, their district record read 0-1. However, a big win over district rival Liberty-Eylau Tuesday put the team back on track. “We just knew going into it that we had to keep our heads up and do our jobs because this was L-E,” junior outside hitter Katie Brolo said. “Our intensity level was a lot higher, and everybody went in with a more positive attitude.” The Lady Hawks took the first two sets against the Who do you think is the best college Lady Leopards and dropped the third before coming football team? back to pull off the win in the fourth. “It was really intense,” Katie said. “The parents had our locker room decorated and that got everyone excited.” The JV team also pulled off the win against L-E in two games. The pre-district season ended the week before with a big game against former PG coach Melissa Lee and her Robert E. Lee team. “We knew going into the game that they were very good,” senior Kayla Kempson said. “We knew she was Texas A&M, because a good coach, and she left her mark at Pleasant Grove. their team is the best they We felt like we had to play up to those standards.” have had in awhile and the Although the Lady Hawks fell in three games, Kayla defense is great. Also they said she thought the team played well. have cute uniforms.” “We played well together,” she said. “Our sets were - elizabethstark, junior good, our hits were good. It was a good challenge before starting district.” With the first game in district being the team picked to win the title, the Lady Hawks got tested early. North Lamar is predicted to finish first, with PG and Paris in the mix. “Our goal is to win district, make it to the playoffs and advance far into the playoffs,” Kayla said. The Lady Hawks face Atlanta Friday night in Atlanta. The season ends Oct. 25 at Mt. Vernon, but LSU. They have a solid deSenior Night is the Friday before, when the Lady Hawks fense and they are lucky.” will play Paris. - coltontaylor, sophomore

Face time

on the edge

Junior Katie Brolo serves the ball in against North Lamar. The Lady Hawks lost their first district game after two sets. -youngphoto

Boys and girls cross country teams show they can run with anyone

Freshmen Megan McCorkle and Jordan Hearn along with juniors Katelyn Miller and Claire Rikel warm up before the Mt. Pleasant meet. -thigpenphoto

Cross country coach Kendrick Smith has a plan. It’s a three year plan, and he isn’t kidding. “If the people on cross country stick with it, in three years we could win state,” coach Smith said. The girls placed first in Mt. Pleasant and the team has a record number of members, so coach Smith could be right. The boys varsity finished second overall behind the hosts Mt. Pleasant. Freshmen Chase Daniels and Sostenes Sanchez finished seventh and eighth consecutively.

a week to remember


It’s all everyone had been talking about for weeks. You got the dress, the matching tie, the flowers. The football team pulled off a three-point win. The anticipation was piled high and the night finally arrived. “Just being an upperclassman made the dance so much more fun,” junior Katie Brolo said. “My friends and I don’t care about other’s opinions anymore, we just wanted to have a good time.” Who cares if it was 10,000 degrees—the dance was a hit. And the first win of the season left a good feeling for the rest of the weekend. “I love how the game was a nail biter,” junior Nick Cockerell said. “Oubre coming back for the first week and kicking the game winner put us on top.”

1. Channeling her inner nerd, junior Katy Beth Irwin reads in English class on Mathlete Monday. 2. Junior Landon Young shows off his school spirit with his noteworthy Hawk fat suit. 3. Sophomore Stephen Smith does an Irish jig at the Homecoming Dance. 4. After being crowned as Homecoming Queen, senior Allison Kirk smiles for the crowd. 5. At the Homecoming Dance, sophomore Destiny McDaniel shows off some her best dance moves. 6. Decked out in ‘80s gear, junior Claire Rikel works on her piece in art.


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Issue 1 2012  
Issue 1 2012  

First edition of the print version of Edge 2012