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Megan Stover Portfolio


Megan Stover

21767 W. Limestone Rdg. Paola, KS 66071 megan_stover@panthermail.org (913)206-5670

BriAnne Chayer The Reporter Newspaper Advisor 401 N. Angela Dr. Paola, KS 66071 913-294-8010 Dear BriAnne Chayer, My name is Megan Stover and I am looking to obtain the Feature Editor position on the Newspaper staff next year. I feel that I am qualified for this position because I have experience with photography, Photoshop, InDesign, and have the social skills needed for interviews. Although I have only been involved in journalism for one year, I feel like I have learned a lot. I won first place in Newspaper Sports Writing at District, and went on to compete at State. I also have experience with other writing contests. I won first place at District when I was in seventh grade in The Optimist Club Essay contest, and I have also won the Panther Pride essay contest in eighth grade. For more details on my awards, take a look at my enclosed resume. Although I may not have as much experience as some of the other applicants, I can promise I will always work hard to stay on top of my work and help the other staff members as well. It is my top priority to make every issue of the paper as spectacular as it should be.

Megan Stover Objective: To obtain the Feature Editor position for The Reporter. Experience:  Journalism: 2013-Present o Meet article deadlines o Design page layouts- InDesign o Photography- Photo Shop Education:  Paola High School: 2012- Present  G.P.A. 4.00 Activities:  Paola Middle School and Paola High School band: 2009 - Present o Flute o Piccolo  New Horizon Therapeutic Riding School: 2010 - Present

o Work with students with cognitive, mental, and physical disabilities. o Train lesson horses.

I recently learned how to design from scratch in Photoshop, and it is something I enjoy. I love photography, and it makes it even better to know how to correct and change my photographs to look just the way I want them to be. This is a good skill to have when an infographic or photo illustration is needed to break up text on a page.

 Paola Swim Club: 2010 – Present

My photography, design skills, open-mindedness and love for journalism will help me become an asset to the staff. Enclosed is my resume which outlines my activities, awards, education, skills, and references. Thank you for your time and consideration.

 Paola Middle School and Paola High School Volleyball: 2010-1013

Respectfully yours,

Megan Stover

21767 W. Limestone Rdg. Paola, KS 66071 megan_stover@panthermail.org (913)206-5670

o Assist with teaching beginner swimmers  Paola High School Swim Team: 2013-Present

Awards:  First Place Newspaper Sports Writing at District – Kansas Scholastic Press Association  Paola Middle School Scholarship Essay Winner  Paola Optimist Club Essay Winner References:  Gerri Hart: Swim Coach. 913-620-4931  Joy Miller: New Horizon Program Director. 913-620-2788  Nick Proctor: Band Director. 913-294-8010


Self-Analytical Essay

Reflection Essay #1

As a freshman, I looked forward to my sophomore year solely because I was ready to be a part of the Journalism staff. I have always loved writing, and I thought journalism would be a great opportunity to learn new skills and further my writing. This year has been full of growth for me. Not only has journalism taught me to put myself out there to get the interview, angle or detail, but it has also helped me to no longer be wary of asking for help or talking to

I think my best piece of work was the Disney article. I like this story because my angle was unique. I took the angle that Disney movies give a false perception of life. By doing this, I think it was more interesting

to read. I was able to talk about Disney movies, which were extremely popular when this article was published, because Frozen had just been released in theaters. I was able to make people think about a different aspect of

people I don’t know. An example would be my very first article. I had the idea to write about students who have foster fam-

the movies they may not have previously considered. The Disney article was difficult to write because I started out with a different angle, a more basic “why

ilies, and you paired me with Aly. This pairing was intimidating for me because she was a senior, who knew

do you like Disney?” angle, which proved to be a bit boring. Once I decided to make such a major change, I had

everything, and I was a freshman, who knew nothing. For this particular article, I had to interview a parent by

to go back for follow-up interviews and rewrite the majority of the article. Because of the tight timeline due to

phone and also write a front page article. Needless to say, I was overwhelmed. That being said, overcoming

the change, I had to complete the interviews via phone, which is never as successful as interviews conducted in

those obstacles in my first article made it easier for me to write and conduct interviews for my other articles.

person .

Another skill I learned this year is time management. Well, I may still be getting the hang of that! At

Mr. Ross gave a fantastic interview, which is part of the reason I like the story so much. I am a firm

first it was stressful. I had no idea how I was supposed to interview, write an article, design a page, AND take

believer that a good interview can make or break a story. For example, I loved the design for my “To dye for”

pictures while meeting deadlines. I soon learned to juggle journalism and all of my other activities. Sometimes

story; however, some of the people I interviewed were not as open and detailed in their answers. A great story

that may mean finishing the morning of deadline or staying up late to study for tests, but I know I am able to

idea and design is nothing without solid interviews to back it up. Poor interviews lead to an article lacking qual-

complete everything I need to.

ity and substance.

I would definitely say journalism is a valuable course to take. However, it will only hurt you if you don’t take the initiative to complete all of your work. Journalism has helped me in many ways and has given me a

From the Disney story I learned to be flexible with my time as well as with my ideas. From my hair-

family of my own at school. I have learned valuable communication, writing, and web skills in a day and age

styles story, I learned how to really start designing. I was able to take my ideas and photoshop Brenna’s picture

where everything is digital. I know I will use everything I will learn in this class as I move forward in life. I

and play with it until I was able to get it to look the way I wanted. I also learned a lot about InDesign when I

will be able to take the skills I have and will learn and apply them to real-life situations, whether it is in college,

was designing. I learned how to make gradient boxes, play with opacity, and how to turn my ideas into some-

a job, or helping someone out. The good thing about journalism is that it is fun! We may work hard, stress out

thing substantial.

and cry a little sometimes, but we stick together and watch out for each other. The friendships I have made are a good enough reason alone to take the class.

For my finished Disney story, I love Ross’ end quote. It gave the reader something to think about after they’ve read the story. I feel like I did a good job reporting, and I interviewed two people who both liked Disney, but liked the different aspects that Disney has to offer.


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Still dreaming of Disney in movies Thomas, Wood still love their childhood movies megan stover reporter Ever since he was little, sophomore Tanner Thomas’ favorite Disney movie has been Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl. “It came out when I was 5-years-old and as soon as I saw it I instantly loved it,” he said. “I loved the action-adventure side of it and it has some comedy too.” Thomas said Disney movies give a false perception of life because not everything in life turns out perfectly. “Since [Disney movies] are marketed toward kids,” he said. “It doesn’t bother me at all.” Thomas said the positives of the movies are the reasons they are appealing. “They are entertaining, encouraging, and have happy endings,” he said. Senior Lauren Wood said her favorite Disney movie is Tangled. “I like that it has music in it, and it has some realistic touches,” she said. “[Rapunzel] is not given everything she wants and she is constantly working for it.” Wood said Disney animations are similar to other films because they always follow a similar plot. “They always have a hero and a bad guy, and they always have happy endings,” she

said. Wood said Disney movies give a false perception of life, but not always. “They are mostly for entertainment and I don’t think they will persuade [kids] any way,” she said. Wood said the movies also have some negative aspects. “Some of the songs are annoying, and some of the movies aren’t as well put together as others… such as the Hunchback of Notre Dame,” she said. “I just could never relate to it.” Cinema Studies teacher Photo by Ashley Blann Stuart Ross said Disney movies don’t always have a Freshmen Samantha Biggs and Katie Oberg, sophomores Shelby Bennet and Maggie Fleming, and seniors Morgan Driskell and Mackenzie Getz dressed up for Disney day during spirit week for winter homecoming . happy ending. “Typically they do have some sort of resolution, but a lot of the time imagination,” he said. “It’s about dreaming “[Movies] are supposed to get us out of the they take classic fairytales and work with what big and overcoming obstacles… there is terrible hum-drum of life… teaching reality they have,” he said. an inspiration of making something out of is kind of Mom and Dad’s job,” he said. “The Ross said Disney movies have different nothing.” color, the richness, and the humor are better positive aspects. Ross said Disney movies give a false than the drab life we have… we like to go to a “[Disney movies] are hoping to spur some perception of life because that is their goal. different world.”

hall talk: Favorite Disney movie

“Fantasia 2000; It’s a very artis- “Lion King; It’s just always been “Aladdin; it shows how no mat- “ Mary Poppins; It uses tic expression of the cinematic my favorite. ter what background you come imagination. ” qualities of music. from, you can still have a good life. Sara Miller, freshman

Jamie Silvers, senior

Tommy Waisner, sophomore

Jordan Menefee, junior

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Freshman Brenna Sherman said she isn’t afraid to stand out. Sherman said it all started in eighth grade when her mom bought purple hair dye, and since then she has dyed her hair a variety of colors. “I’ve done purple on the bottom and on my bangs, blue and pink on the bottom and on my bangs, blue and white, and now this (neon blue and blonde),” she said. Sherman said she mostly gets good reactions from people about her hair. “Most of the time, it’s ‘wow, that’s really cool’,

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but sometimes people frown upon it for some reason,” she said. When she receives a negative reaction, Sherman said she doesn’t let it bother her. She said her dad tells her she will regret it when she’s older, but she doesn’t worry about it and continues to look forward to changing her hairstyle. “[Next] I’ll probably do a different color than blue, but I’m not sure which one yet,” she said. Photo by Megan Stover

Sherman, Stephens, Smothers not afraid to show individuality

Sophomore Jared Stephens has a hairstyle not many guys his age do- he has a beard. Stephens said he started to grow out his beard at the beginning of his freshman year. “I just thought it was something cool,” he said. “It is who I am, and it just kind of fit me I thought.” Stephens said he gets weird reactions from people about his look, ranging from disbelief about his age to negativity about his appearance. “When we walked into school

for freshman orientation I got asked if I was somebody’s uncle,” he said. “None of the teachers believed I was a freshman.” Stephens said he doesn’t plan on shaving it off any time soon. “I might let it grow out longer, or I might just keep it trimmed up where it’s at,” he said. Stephens also said he doesn’t plan on doing anything crazy with it, such as braiding it or shaving designs in it, especially now that he has a girlfriend. “The best part [of having a beard] would be getting away with stuff you shouldn’t be able to at 15,” Stephens said. “The worst part is probably all the weird comments.”

Sophomore Sabrina Smothers started playing with her hair around age 10. “A lot of the times [I dye my hair] it is on impulse,” she said. Smothers said she has never regretted dying her hair. “I know myself well enough that if it is a bad decision I won’t do it,” she said. Smothers said a lot of people say they like her

hair, but others think it’s weird. “I know it’s weirdI’m weird. I do this to express myself,” she said. Smothers said her mom cares more about what she does to her hair than her dad does. “I tell her, ‘Mom, it’s just hair. It’ll grow back.’” Smothers said that next she might dye her hair dark red, or maybe pink. But so far, blue has been her favorite. “It’s different, and it makes me stand out more,” she said.

Voice of the expert: Hairdresser and salon owner Amy Musick knows a thing or two about hair. “I opened my salon two years ago, and it has been such a fun experience,” she said. “It’s the best way to make a profession in this industry.” Musick has experienced many fads, including feathers, color stripes, and other cuts that have gone in and out of style. “The craziest thing I’ve seen would be people trying to be their own hair stylist,” Musick said. “As hair stylists, we have been taught the correct way to cut hair.” Musick is a strong believer that people express themselves through their hair. “Your hair plays such an important role for you, it can make you feel good about yourself and help with your confidence,” she said.


Reflective Reflection Essay Essay #2 #2

I think my article “To work or not to work in class” could have been of better quality.

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I should have gone with a different topic, because if they don’t care to put forth effort at school, they probably won’t care to give a good interview. I don’t feel like I was able to get the message across that I wanted to. I should have made this particular article into an opinion, because it turned into an article stating the obvious rather than influencing others. When interviewing for this article, I had my first encounter with people who didn’t want to be interviewed. I learned to endure the awkward silences until they answered the question, and to let them take their time thinking of answers. I believe this helped me learn patience, and it certainly helped me in future issues when I iterviewed people who are reluctant to be interviewed. From this article, I learned that I should try to go above and beyond on each and every article I write. I think I felt rushed. I should have stepped back, looked at it, and fixed what I didn’t like. I should have conducted more interviews, offering different thoughts and opinions to each part of the article. In my early pieces I didn’t realize the importance of interviewing more than one person from each point of view. Looking back on this article has shown me how far my writing has changed since the beginning of the school year.

Photo illustration by Katharina Dietz Some students use classtime as naptime because jobs, social life.

68% of students sleep in class 32% of students do not sleep in class Reporter survey of 10 percent of high school students

It’s early in the morning and it’s hard to stay awake in class. Social Sciences teacher, Stephen Gorsuch said he thinks students who sleep in class stay up all night playing video games, watching TV and playing on their smartphones class. “I wake them up,” Gorsuch said. “I used to throw stuff at them, but not anymore.” Even though some students won’t admit it, being tired and sleeping in class has a negative effect on student’s grades. “If you’re not listening and paying attention, you will not get full benefit,” Gorsuch said. For some students, such as senior, Dakota Oliver, it’s not video games but a job after school, which makes them sleep in class. He said sleeping in class makes his teachers angry. “One time a teacher slammed books down next to me to try to wake me up and I’ve had a teacher tell me that I needed to stand the whole hour before,” Oliver said. To stay awake, Oliver tries not to put his head down and not to wear a coat. “The more comfortable I am, the more likely I am to fall asleep,” Oliver said.

Unlike other teenagers, who are tired in the morning, sophomore Sarah Bishop said she feels perfect in the morning but gets more tired as the day goes on. “In fourth hour, I’m totally messed up and in seminar, I just want to sleep. And in the evening I’m always awake” Bishop said. In class, she just can’t help but fall asleep sometimes, even though she sleeps about nine hours every night, she said. If it’s ever really important, her method to stay awake is to stare at something the whole time. Senior Liberty McCormack makes weird noises and faces at people to not fall asleep or plays with her pencil. She thinks she has a focus problem. “I have the senioritis. Sometimes I miss out what is important,” she said. She said she only sleeps when the teacher is not talking. That way, some teachers don’t really care. McCormack said a 15 minute break for all students during seminar would be a good idea. “Naptime in school would be amazing,” she said.

graduate with honors. “I like getting higher As. I freak out if I get a 94. It has to be a 96 to be comfortable,” Wright said. Wright said her parents didn’t offer any reward for good grades, but they always told her to do her best. “[My parents said] strive for good grades and always work hard,” Wright said. Wright said she works harder than some students to maintain her good grades. “I study for a long time. Some of it comes easy, but some of it I just try harder,” Wright said. Counselor Deanell Wieland said students differ in their application for a variety of

reasons. “Some students have struggled for a long time, and they get tired of struggling,” Wieland said. “Some students don’t see the importance of learning what they’re learning, and they can’t find something to connect it to, to make it meaningful.” Wieland said some people go above and beyond in school because that may be their personality, or they may be pressured by themselves or their parents. “They want to do well, they see the value, they have goals for the long-term that they see the value in,” Wieland said. “They know that later on down the road it helps them reach a goal that they’ve set for themselves.”

To work or not to work in class? Hedrick, Wright choose to apply themelves in different ways

megan stover reporter Senior Brandon Hedrick said he doesn’t have to prove to anyone that he knows his schoolwork. Hedrick said he regularly does not complete homework assignments, but does well on tests. “I do a lot better on tests, because I actually do those,” he said. Many students choose to go their own way

in school. Some excel, while others struggle to keep up. Hedrick said he understands the material but chooses not to do the assignments, and he doesn’t think what the school teaches will help him throughout life. “[You could use] skills that are going to help you, like doing your taxes,” Hedrick said. Junior Jessica Wright has worked hard to maintain excellent grades. Wright said she is self-motivated. “I know it’ll help me work hard when I get older,” Wright said. “I’ve always wanted to get good grades and go to a good college and get scholarships.” Wright said she strives to get a 4.0 and


Reflection Essay #4

Reflection Essay #3

This was one of the first pictures I had taken where I captured emotion. I like how she is smiling, and how the focus is on her face. I was proud of this picture because I had never been able to capture the emotion I wanted before this, and I had also never been able to focus the camera so I could get the background blurred and the subject in the front. I also liked the contrasts in this picture. The subject is relatively fair skinned and has light hair. Her red lipstick and black jacket contrast without being too busy, and the red lips draw your eye to her face. J:/Pictures2013-14/Fall Homecoming/Pep Rally Meg

I am proud of this picture because it shows a raw emotion. This isn’t a picture of a cheerleader with a huge smile on her face, it is a picture of a student enduring discomfort in order to help others. I like how her hair is slightly covering her face, and she is grimacing. You can tell that she feels uncomfortable because her head is turned away so she doesn’t see the needle. The man taking her blood is focused, but isn’t blocking your view so you can see what he is doing. This picture was not published, but it was on display on the kiosk in the commons. J:/Pictures 2013-14/Kays/Blood Drive/Meg 10.2.13

I am an asset to the staff because of my drive to get work completed. There have been many times this year when I came in before or after school, or on our days off in order to get our paper finished on time. If I see someone else struggling, I offer to help them or take some workload off their hands. I love to help even if it means I have to put extra on my plate. When we had a quick deadline, I worked a day of spring break in order to complete not only my own page but also other staff member’s pages as well. Another reason I am an asset to the staff is because I am a thorough writer. I like to write good quality stories, even if it means I have to work a little harder, or put in some extra hours. An example of this would be on my “To dye for” story. For my expert, I contacted my own hairstylist. Although it was a little extra work, I felt like it really brought the story together. Rather than having a part of the school staff as my expert, I had an actual stylist which brought more validity to the story. I love being a member of The Reporter staff. I think it’s a wonderful opportunity for me. Because of this class, I will be able to decide whether or not journalism is a field I want to pursue. Most importantly, this class has enabled me to make many new friends and get to know a wonderful teacher. I know I can come to any staff members for help or advice. I am very committed to this paper. I don’t mind putting in the extra hours, and I look

I took this picture not too long ago at the boys state game in Salina. Although this picture doesn’t seem to be too special, I love how focused he looks. He is crouched and ready to run in to play the moment he hears the buzzer. The background is slightly blurred, but you can still see that the other players and spectators are intently watching the game as well. This picture also has the leading lines of the table and of the out-of-bounds line on the floor. This draws your eye in to the player. J:/Pictures2013-14/Boys Basketball/Varsity/State/Meg

forward to the challenge of being an editor next year. I will definitely continue to put my thoughts and ideas into the paper the rest of my high school years. Thank you for providing that opportunity.


Reflection Essay #5

Although I love being on staff, there have been some moments where I was burnt out.

Deadlines can be stressful, really stressful. There have been times when I was overwhelmingly behind on my deadlines. These are usually times when all of my other classes gave large amounts of homework or had big projects that I had to work on. In order to handle this, I pulled many late nights and got up early to work. In hindsight, I probably should have used my weekend time more wisely. I should have spent more time working on my homework instead of riding or spending time with my friends.

Reflection Essay #6 For Design of the Year-Newspaper Page, I believe that my design for the back page of Issue 4 would be a good candidate. I am proud of this piece because it was my first time designing a color page, my first time creating a photo illustration, and I did it all by myself. I believe that the colors in her shirt are correctly pulled and represented in different opacities throughout the page. It has a lot of color, which I personally love, but it may be an opinion that other people don’t share. It is a creative element to have her looking in the mirror, which shows you the back and the front of her hair. This is a good piece to represent me because it is not only featuring my favorite colors, but it is a clean, creative piece that will catch the eye of anyone who reads the paper.

A second problem I endured was learning the programs, such as Photoshop and InDesign.

It took me a lot of time to figure out how to create the ideas in my head. I really had trouble

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figuring out how to use Photoshop for the last issue of the paper. I wanted to design an info-

tis” story. I had to interview as several seniors with early release. At the last minute I had to

I would enter my picture of Chase Jorgensen playing against El Dorado at state for the Sports Action photography contest. I believe this is a good picture to enter because it shows a fierce emotion in both players. You see the struggle of the game on the opposing team’s player’s face, and the triumph of winning the ball on Jorgensen’s face. It is also focused well and you can see the determination on his face. I am proud that I captured the moment, and that the picture didn’t turn out blurry as they so easily can. It was an amazing experience to get to take pictures at state, one I am thankful I had.

run into the library and grab a random senior to interview. This problem was inevitable, but it

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graphic about sunscreen, and although I had the idea in my head, I had no idea how to create it. It took me a lot of time and help from my peers to figure it out, but once I did it looked great! I disliked having to hunt people down for interviews. I always had a hard time getting ahold of people because they were busy or absent. An example of this would be in my “Seniori-

was still a hardship I faced the second semester of this year. Finally, I had a lot of problems with the rushed issue. It was very hectic trying to finish everything on time. I had to hurry to finish everything I needed, and I don’t think I did as well on those issues as I could have. However, I think we did a nice job finishing it on the tight deadline we were given.

For Story of the Year-News Story, I think my Disney story would be the best entry. I like my Disney story because it had strong quotes, and I feel proud that I wrote a well written story on a shortened deadline. This story caused a lot of problems for me because the people I had to interview were always absent. I conducted almost all of my interviews over the phone and still managed to write a story I was proud of. I also loved my angle for the story, as it was a unique idea that most people wouldn’t think about. However, the detail that made my story most complete was the expert’s interview. Mr. Ross gave me wonderful quotes that I was able to use for the end of my story. His quotes gave me a strong idea to end on, and left the reader something to think about. J:/2013-2014Reporter/PDF2013-14/Issue5/Page12


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Freshman Brenna Sherman said she isn’t afraid to stand out. Sherman said it all started in eighth grade when her mom bought purple hair dye, and since then she has dyed her hair a variety of colors. “I’ve done purple on the bottom and on my bangs, blue and pink on the bottom and on my bangs, blue and white, and now this (neon blue and blonde),” she said. Sherman said she mostly gets good reactions from people about her hair. “Most of the time, it’s ‘wow, that’s really cool’,

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but sometimes people frown upon it for some reason,” she said. When she receives a negative reaction, Sherman said she doesn’t let it bother her. She said her dad tells her she will regret it when she’s older, but she doesn’t worry about it and continues to look forward to changing her hairstyle. “[Next] I’ll probably do a different color than blue, but I’m not sure which one yet,” she said.

I think one problem I had with the class this year was the grading system. I don’t agree with Photo by Megan Stover

Sherman, Stephens, Smothers not afraid to show individuality

Sophomore Jared Stephens has a hairstyle not many guys his age do- he has a beard. Stephens said he started to grow out his beard at the beginning of his freshman year. “I just thought it was something cool,” he said. “It is who I am, and it just kind of fit me I thought.” Stephens said he gets weird reactions from people about his look, ranging from disbelief about his age to negativity about his appearance. “When we walked into school

for freshman orientation I got asked if I was somebody’s uncle,” he said. “None of the teachers believed I was a freshman.” Stephens said he doesn’t plan on shaving it off any time soon. “I might let it grow out longer, or I might just keep it trimmed up where it’s at,” he said. Stephens also said he doesn’t plan on doing anything crazy with it, such as braiding it or shaving designs in it, especially now that he has a girlfriend. “The best part [of having a beard] would be getting away with stuff you shouldn’t be able to at 15,” Stephens said. “The worst part is probably all the weird comments.”

Sophomore Sabrina Smothers started playing with her hair around age 10. “A lot of the times [I dye my hair] it is on impulse,” she said. Smothers said she has never regretted dying her hair. “I know myself well enough that if it is a bad decision I won’t do it,” she said. Smothers said a lot of people say they like her

hair, but others think it’s weird. “I know it’s weirdI’m weird. I do this to express myself,” she said. Smothers said her mom cares more about what she does to her hair than her dad does. “I tell her, ‘Mom, it’s just hair. It’ll grow back.’” Smothers said that next she might dye her hair dark red, or maybe pink. But so far, blue has been her favorite. “It’s different, and it makes me stand out more,” she said.

Voice of the expert: Hairdresser and salon owner Amy Musick knows a thing or two about hair. “I opened my salon two years ago, and it has been such a fun experience,” she said. “It’s the best way to make a profession in this industry.” Musick has experienced many fads, including feathers, color stripes, and other cuts that have gone in and out of style. “The craziest thing I’ve seen would be people trying to be their own hair stylist,” Musick said. “As hair stylists, we have been taught the correct way to cut hair.” Musick is a strong believer that people express themselves through their hair. “Your hair plays such an important role for you, it can make you feel good about yourself and help with your confidence,” she said.

our deadline points being put in as late if the person we have set up to interview is absent or needs to reschedule. There are times when this is unavoidable and should not be counted against us as long as we have written the questions and set up the interview. A second problem we have is always using the same people in the newspaper. Maybe we should think about topics where we can use the “less-popular” students. I feel like it would help those students feel more a part of the school. That being said, I know it is hard when we have specific people and topics we need to work with. I liked the story about students living with diseases because it got kids into the paper that aren’t normally in it. Something we could do to help that is make it a requirement to highlight the names on the hit list. If everyone religiously does this each issue, we will have a more accurate representation of who we have used and who we still need to use. Also, I think we should do teambuilders to help us bond as a team. We do a lot of teambuilders that don’t get us working together, or ones that make us feel awkward. I think a better route to take would be to play team games together, or go out to do something fun once a year. The yearbook staff goes to the plant every year, and I think it would be fun for the newspaper

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staff to be able to do something fun together outside of school. The Reporter • March 2014

Still dreaming of Disney in movies Thomas, Wood still love their childhood movies megan stover reporter Ever since he was little, sophomore Tanner Thomas’ favorite Disney movie has been Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl. “It came out when I was 5-years-old and as soon as I saw it I instantly loved it,” he said. “I loved the action-adventure side of it and it has some comedy too.” Thomas said Disney movies give a false perception of life because not everything in life turns out perfectly. “Since [Disney movies] are marketed toward kids,” he said. “It doesn’t bother me at all.” Thomas said the positives of the movies are the reasons they are appealing. “They are entertaining, encouraging, and have happy endings,” he said. Senior Lauren Wood said her favorite Disney movie is Tangled. “I like that it has music in it, and it has some realistic touches,” she said. “[Rapunzel] is not given everything she wants and she is constantly working for it.” Wood said Disney animations are similar to other films because they always follow a similar plot. “They always have a hero and a bad guy, and they always have happy endings,” she

said. Wood said Disney movies give a false perception of life, but not always. “They are mostly for entertainment and I don’t think they will persuade [kids] any way,” she said. Wood said the movies also have some negative aspects. “Some of the songs are annoying, and some of the movies aren’t as well put together as others… such as the Hunchback of Notre Dame,” she said. “I just could never relate to it.” Cinema Studies teacher Photo by Ashley Blann Stuart Ross said Disney movies don’t always have a Freshmen Samantha Biggs and Katie Oberg, sophomores Shelby Bennet and Maggie Fleming, and seniors Morgan Driskell and Mackenzie Getz dressed up for Disney day during spirit week for winter homecoming . happy ending. “Typically they do have some sort of resolution, but a lot of the time imagination,” he said. “It’s about dreaming “[Movies] are supposed to get us out of the they take classic fairytales and work with what big and overcoming obstacles… there is terrible hum-drum of life… teaching reality they have,” he said. an inspiration of making something out of is kind of Mom and Dad’s job,” he said. “The Ross said Disney movies have different nothing.” color, the richness, and the humor are better positive aspects. Ross said Disney movies give a false than the drab life we have… we like to go to a “[Disney movies] are hoping to spur some perception of life because that is their goal. different world.”

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