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Park Hill South High School April 12, 2013

Volume 15 Issue 7

STUCO held a 3 vs. 3 soccer tournament in March on the soccer fields despite cold weather.


April 12, 2013 The View / Issue 7 / Volume 15


Brand New Carr / page 3

A Step In Their Shoes / page 8



What Grinds My Gears / page 14

Prom: Bright Lights, Big City / page 18

A Tradition Unlike Any Other / page 20

Despite what you may think, change is a good thing. Change is what keeps us rounded and versatile. Sometimes life will throw you a curveball and pose a challenge that seems impossible to surpass, but as Sylvester Stallone once said in the movie Rocky Balboa, “The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees.” Change is happening all around us, literally with construction going on in the school (page 5), cheer and dance tryouts for next year’s teams (page 6) and the ever changing vocabulary of high school students (page 11). The Cardinals of Catholic Church elected their new pope, Francis (page 4) and injuries can change


the course of anyone’s life, as well as the surprising twists of March Madness (page 23). As I said earlier, change is a good thing. Without change, we would be living in a boring daily routine and follow the same traditions over and over. High school is a time of change which will not only help define our current character, but develop and mold our personality and the way we view the world as adults. It may be easy to throw in the towel, but remember what Rocky said to his son in that speech: “It ain’t about how hard you can hit, it is about how hard you can get hit and keep movin’ forward.”

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Long term AD John Sedler is retiring, and assistant prinicipal John Carr is the next man in charge

The View: Why did you decide to take the job as athletic director? John Carr: Prior to being an assistant principal, I was a football coach for many years. I was a track coach, a basketball coach and was even a tennis coach one year. So I’ve been around sports all my life and that’s just something I wanted to do. Being involved with activities is a passion of mine and it just seemed like the logical next step for me to take. VIEW: How will you approach this differently than your previous job as an assistant principal/disciplinarian? JC: As my job as disciplinarian, I had to be the bad guy sometimes. I wouldn’t necessarily say I’m the bad guy but I had to make tough choices for some people that didn’t make very good decisions and I had to change their behavior on things. And as an athletic director you get to be involved in a lot of photo by MEGAN MCMULLEN positive things and my job now is not a bunch of positive things. VIEW: Do you think you will get show a different side of yourself now that you’re taking on a different role at south? JC: You see me in the weight room and I talk to you about stuff besides discipline things and I talk to you guys about how sports are going and other things and I think that, believe it or not, I’m not as bad as most people think I am. You know I am approachable I enjoy talking to kids about what’s going on at school. VIEW: Do you plan on taking a different approach than Sedler or are those pretty big shoes to fill? JC: Oh, they are Huge! Coach Sedler has done a phenomenal job here and filling his shoes is going to be a big chore for me. In the first year I don’t see me making any big changes. I feel you need to go out and survey the land and kind of figure out what’s going on first. You know ‘if ain’t broke then don’t fix it,’ and it’s not broke. So I need find out what the job entails. You don’t really know until you really get into it. of students do not plan to buy an VIEW: What are you looking forward to most about this new job? Xbox 720 or PS4 JC: Just working with the kids, the coaches and the different programs and being involved in the sports and the different activities. Again, that’s my passion. You see me on the sidelines, students planning to buy an Xbox 720 I get really fired up in games. And if it’s basketball, football, softball, baseball, wrestling or whatever it is, I like to see South do well. My aim is to have us continue doing what we’re doing. VIEW: Do you think this will be an easy transition or will be of students plan to buy a PS4 a bit different to you? JC: It will be a lot different than my normal day. I have to call officials, call about buses and make sure everything is taken care of for the games and things like that. students planning to buy an Xbox VIEW: Is there anything you are going to miss about your 720 or PS4 old job? JC: I’m sure when I cross that bridge I’ll find something. But contrary to popular belief , I don’t like being the bad guy all of students like the idea of switching the time but I feel like there are some kids I’ve helped. It’s not a from disc drives to online storage personal thing to me when I give someone ISS or OSS; it’s just something I have to do. It’s not about like and dislike, it’s about following the rules and I’m the guy who has the job of making people follow the rules. Somebody’s gotta do it. I’ve met a lot of students that like the new ideas that people through this and it’s been a great learning experience for PS4 is bringing out with its online play me about how to deal with things and different people.


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Unprecedented change has taken place in the Vatican


hink of the last time Coach Carr wore a shirt that fit. While it might take some thinking to remember such an occurrence, there is one that is even rarer. In February, the Pope resigned from his position. This is the first time that has happened since the year 1415. Something of such historical magnitude certainly gives an insight into the state of the Catholic Church and is a major mark of change. Given that the Pope resigning has not happened in nearly 600 years, this type of action definitely turns head, especially within the Catholic Church. Some in the media float around rumors about the motives behind Benedict’s resignation; the most common of these being the pedophilia scandal. If the media is right, there must be some grave and massive turmoil within the leadership of the Catholic Church. Being the figurehead and leader of an entire religion has to be a taxing job. Imagine if the President of the United States was always a 70 year old man. America would never have a two term President. In fact, the former Pope, in his book “Light of the World” he said, “If a pope clearly realizes that he is no longer physically, psychologically and spiritually capable of handling the duties of his office, then he has a right, and under some circumstances, also


an obligation to resign.” It seems as if Benedict gave a precursor to the justification for his resignation. Pope Benedict XVI did, in fact, announce his official reason for stepping down was simply being too old and unable to perform his duties. This is probably a likely cause, given his position in his aforementioned book. But what does this mean for Catholicism? Naturally, a new Pope has stepped up to take his place: Pope Francis. The focus of the church, now, has to be moving forward with their new leader. A Fox News national polls suggest that 76 percent of Catholics feel that the new Pope will be better for the church, while only two percent say that he will make things worse. Followers of the faith seem to be either optimistic or indifferent about the change brought on by Pope Francis. “I think he will be beneficial for the church,” said Jean Janasz, senior. “Him being a Jesuit means he’ll provide a good balance between service and prayer and bring a lot of the factions in the church together.” Pope Francis has unique circumstances to deal with. It seems he must dispel rumors following an unprecedented resignation, while also bringing the church back together after the loss of a leader. While this is all rare and unusual, things seem to be going steady for the Catholic Church.







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a Plans for the new additions to the school were publicly unveiled to the student body The students at South are fortunate to be one of the safest schools in the state, but coming back to school after spring break on March 18 was not only rough but also surprising for everyone. Fencing was put outside certain areas of the building so construction workers could begin breaking ground. Students had different reactions to coming back from spring break to a partially fenced off school. Some felt like they were coming back to the prison that they consider school to be; however, others like Cole Knoerschild, senior, thought differently. “I was excited that they were finally expanding,” said Knoerschild. Most students already knew about additions like the bell tower and more locker space for sports, but there is more going on than what the eye can see. With so much traffic in the front part of the building by the main staircase, the administration is hoping to have another route for students. “We’re going to call it ‘the link’,” said John Sedler, assistant principal. “It’ll connect the two sides of hallways and keep the space as open as possible.” Along with foot traffic problems, there are also space issues with not having enough rooms for classes that the construction plans should fix. “We’re building new Special Education rooms to better provide for our autistic kids and their unique needs,” said Dale Longenecker, principal. “The nurse’s office is expanding to fit more beds to care for more students at a time. The cafeteria windows will be extended about 12 feet or so to fit about 90 more students at lunchtime.” Close to the “link” will be six new classrooms and some additional staff bathrooms. Two of those classrooms will be for


science classes and the other four will be to meet general needs. In the middle of all of these improvements, the administration looks to the future so the plans will not be for nothing later on. “Inside the link and the cafeteria, we’ll have charging stations,” said Longenecker. “We visualize every student having laptops so you can plug in [to the charging stations] and send a paper to a teacher and work from there.” Along with some major changes and additions to the building, the bell tower is expected to be finished by the beginning of the next school year. “The bell tower is not being paid for by the taxpayers,” said Longnecker. “STUCO has raised that money.” With new parts of a building come the noise and, sometimes, disruption that go hand in hand with the machines and people working to make our learning environment even greater. “There’s kind of a big piece of plywood covering my window, cramping my style,” said Adrian Singletary, social studies. “I can’t really look out my window, but this is a good opportunity for more classrooms and to make the students more comfortable.” Although the construction work may be noisy now, it will all pay off in the end. “Construction is going to be messy. That’s just the way it is,” said Longenecker. “It’s going to be disruptive, but we’re trying to minimize it and get as much as possible done this spring and we’ll go gangbusters on it this summer. We can’t build everything in three months.” The new classroom addition is scheduled to be complete at the end of the fall semester. Even though it may take a while, the wait should be well worth it.


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A look inside cheer tryouts at South Put on a pedestal by movies and TV shows, cheerleaders are always the center of attention in high school. But the road to getting in the spotlight is not as easy as most think. In a span of only five days, girls trying out for cheerleading experienced more than they would have in a typical week. Each night the girls learned new material which featured cheers, chants, dances, jumps, stunts and tumbling, according to Sarah Landram, cheerleading coach. “By Wednesday evening all material was taught to the girls,” said Landram. “Thursday we had a review and a mock tryout.” Friday, however, was the most anticipated and nervewracking day for the girls: when their destiny was decided. “Since this is my fourth year, it isn’t as bad because I’ve gotten used to it,” said Kylie Hoffman, junior. Although it will be easier for the experienced and matured upperclassmen, coaches, like Landrum, have to rely on them to set good examples and help out throughout tryouts. “The following week practice begins for the 2013-2014 school year,” said Landram. With cheerleaders cheering for the athletics at South, in school parades, at both regional and state competitions and also participating in fundraisers and community service projects, there is rarely a day off for the ladies. Since April 5 was the last day of tryouts, the team for next year is already in place and getting a head start on another successful season.


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Moving on into next year, the dance team has high hopes

After a year filled with a coach resignation and several underclassmen, the dance team looks to improve for the 2013-2014 season. Led next year by returning juniors, Madison Putnam and Ryann Smith, the girls will look for some new flare that will set them apart photo by MANDI KEMP from the rest. Clinics for becoming a Southside Girl for next year started on March 18 and ended on March 20. After that the girls were put through mock auditions that are judged by the seniors that are graduating after this year, according the Smith. “[At the clinics] we learn the dance and practice going across the floor,” said Smith. The seniors then help critique the girls and help them on their journey to SSG stardom. Sam Boling, senior, was one of the judges at the mock auditions. “It was really weird to not be with them,” said Boling. When mock auditions are over the girls will perform the dance they learned at the clinics in front of the coaches for next year, which at this point, have not been decided according to Smith and Putnam. At the real auditions each girl receives a number that the coaches use to keep track of who goes when. “At the end they put a sign with numbers on it,” said Smith. “If you are not on the list then you go home. If you made the team you get a letter.”


Yearbook Staff and other South students have been looking forward to Distribution Day all year long


any long nights, tight deadlines and hard work is what goes into South Paw yearbook. When South students think about the yearbook, they probably think about where they will be featured. But when May 7 comes around, many South students will realize their thoughts on the yearbook will have been drastically changed. In the past, South Paw has created spreads by athletic teams, larger school clubs and school events; however, in this yearbook the year will be documented in weeks, covering all school activities as well as other spreads on South trends, profiles and behind the scenes. “We completely changed the layout. Doing it week by week takes more work, but it is worth it,” said Karlie Bischoff, senior, co-editor. Designed by weeks, the yearbook starts at Aug. 13 and goes all the way to March 25. The staff ’s goal was to cover as much school news and as many students as possible. Staff members agree: South students should expect a lot more from this yearbook than others in the past. “I think this is the best book yet- we put a lot of work into planning it, we knew what we wanted and we executed it well,” said Lindsey Gile, senior, co-editor. When planning the yearbook, staff members were split into four groups, and then assigned to one of the editors including Bischoff and Gile as well as Shelby Cooper, junior, design editor and Sara

Parolin, junior, managing editor. The groups then started planning and creating their spreads. To create these spreads, staff members went to school events to take pictures and interview South students. Next, they created five modules or “mods” and a main story. After the editors were happy with the spreads, they sent in drafts and received proofs for them to edit one last time before they were sent in as a final copy. During the process of creating the yearbook, staff members made bonds within their groups and with the entire class. “It is easy to have fun and be relaxed in C200 because you become friends with everyone,” said Parolin. Many join a C200 staff in hopes of going in deeper into journalism; however, they find it is more like joining a family. “I joined yearbook because I really enjoy writing and journalism, but I’ve made a ton of new friends, too,” said Courtney Quinn, sophomore. Quinn got much more than she expected to when she joined yearbook staff and thinks South students are going to get a lot more from the South Paw this year than they expect. “I fell in love with C200,” said Cooper. “Miss Hughes will always be there for me and the family you make in C200 will always be there too.”



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Involvement in South does not just stop at academics for these students


ith all of the extracurricular activities available at South it is hard for some people to balance time between practices, games and school. These students, however, are just a couple of the several successful student-athletes here at South. When the dismissal bell rings and the school day is over there are around 6-7 hours available to do homework, practice and other things before going to bed. As some kids can barely manage to do only their school work during that time period, others have to fit in all the extras that are vacant in the lives of non-athletes. “It takes a lot of time management,” said Samantha Scott, senior. “Especially if you’re taking AP classes.” Scott is a member of Senior Exec, National Honor Society, spanish club, swim team and Symphonic Orchestra, just to name a few. With so many activities occurring within a given week, having some sort of schedule or itinerary is a necessity.

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Mackenzie Stout, sophomore, uses a schedule in order to balance school work with basketball practice and games. Stout is a member of both the South basketball team and a year round team. “[You need a schedule] to know when to do things,” said Stout. “You have to learn how to find time.” While making a schedule, an order of importance is necessary in determining which activities get completed first. AP classes need to be completed before classes that are not as difficult, according to Scott. Not only are schedules used to determine order, but also at what time activities will be occurring. “I just know that if I have swim [practice] that night then I need to get my homework done before practice,” said Scott. Most sports such as swim and basketball do not take time out of the school day, but for members of the golf team, then they have to worry about getting more school work done with less time. “You can’t procrastinate, even though many times you want to,” said Luke Becker, junior, who is a part of the golf team this season. Having to leave in the middle of school is normal for golfers, therefore they miss more class time and in the end have more homework to get done for each day. Becker has to use his time efficiently in class and try to get as much work done as possible during tutorial. “If I have a game [after school] or something I pretty much have to suck it up,” said Becker. Because it can be difficult at times especially of how much time [school and sports] takes up.” Not only are they able to accomplish their school work, but they also excel at a high level in that and sports too. Being a student athlete creates a lot of mayhem for the ones that can succeed under the pressure and that is what makes them strive to do better.


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A day in the life of special education teachers


For most teenagers, their main worry is getting a date to the dance or staying up to date with celebrities; however, for some South students, their worries lie in learning life skills or even just reaching their full potential. This is where the real life heroes come in: the Special Education teachers. South students without disabilities are unlikely to know much about Special Education teachers. Each teacher has a struggles, they also share many fond different job or responsibility, much like other memories and a tight sisterly bond, teachers at South teach different subjects. according to both sisters. They work each day to help students with “She just makes me happy,” disabilities flourish. said Danielle. “Each person deserves an opportunity to Joe and Sam Stein start off their day succeed in their own way... I wanted to help much like the McKenzie sisters. After cultivate those opportunities for these young breakfast, Joe and Sam head off to South. men and women,” said Sarah McDaniels, However, the Steins rarely see each other life skills. in the hallways. Many South students probably know of the “Occasionally, he’ll act like he doesn’t teachers that work with the highly disabled or see me and I’ll walk by and wave to him, Autistic kids. They can be seen at lunch or in but other than that it’s just like seeing him the hallways. However, there are many other at home,” said Sam, “I’ll talk to him for a disabilities that, while not as noticeable or second or two and we’ll go our severe, are just as cared for. separate ways.” Case Managers work with students with However, Sam’s responsibilities as less severe disabilities to help them reach goals a brother go far beyond a wave in the that they have. Rarely do they have their own hallway. Sam often helps Joe with his classroom; rather, they have an office. Some homework and assists with his Special of them will be in the CWC (Class Within a Olympics basketball team. According to Class) classes to help out the students there. Sam, he also holds the responsibility of “Because I am a Case Manager I am often being the older sibling by taking care of the person students seek out,” said Julie Elliott, Joe and showing him “right Learning Specialist. “Students may come to my from wrong”. classroom and need immediate intervention.” “He helps me with Throughout the day, special education Special Olympics,” said teachers for each disability have to deal with Joe. “We practice and play difficulties. There can be “meltdowns” as Elliott basketball together.” says. While Barry Crilley, Special Education Although Sam often helps Joe with his Department Chair and Work Employment homework, he claims that their parents “do Counselor, has to deal with his own set of not try Joe as hard.” Sam attributes this to difficulties while working with students on the fact that Joe often ‘beats himself up’ for employment skills as well as helping them to example, if he does poorly in school. stay on track to graduate. “I feel like [our parents] are a little “You can get frustrated when students are harder on me, school wise, but Joe tries limited by their disability and can’t reach their and is more motivated in school than I full potential we know they have,” said Crilley. am and he’s more successful, so they don’t When not working directly with students really have to hound him,” said Sam. the Special Education teachers have to deal Although their sibling relationship with a large amount of paperwork on top of may come with some struggles, the Steins, any regular work from their classes. This can much like the McKenzies, share a lead to working more hours than the special bond. normal teacher. “We [get along] some days, [other days] Due to all of this, people could easily we don’t,” said Joe. consider the Special Education teachers having South is a high school full of shoes of the hardest job in the school. They continue to all different styles, however shoes always work as they do because they care for come in pairs. Like both sets of siblings, South students. the McKenzies and the Steins, you cannot “My hope is that I have been a positive have one shoe without the other. influence and have made a difference in the lives of kids,” said Elliott.

A look into the lives of the McKenzies and the Steins

Step into the shoes of another student; more specifically a set of siblings here at South. Shannon and Danielle McKenzie and Sam and Joseph Stein share a special sibling bond unlike the rest. Danielle and Joe, seniors, are both part of the Special Education program at South. Their siblings, Shannon, junior, and Sam, sophomore, are also students here at South. Whether it be Saturday sports games or Sunday shopping, small parts of their sibling relationship make it truly special. “I’ll always have to be there for her, even when my parents are gone because she’ll never be able to do all the things that I can do,” said Shannon. The McKenzie’s start their day like many other student’s do; both girls awake and get dressed, after Shannon has picked out Danielle’s outfit for the day. The McKenzies then eat breakfast and leave in Shannon’s car for school. “She takes me to the places I want to go,” said Danielle. “We go to Starbucks [or] Caribou every day.” On a typical school day, the two sisters walk into school and Danielle “goes to her separate classrooms”, according to Shannon. Each tutorial Shannon goes to Danielle’s classroom to visit with her and her friends. After school, Danielle waits with her fourth block teacher until her sister comes to pick her up. However, their relationship is not as picture perfect as it may seem. Danielle and Shannon argue much like any other set of siblings. One main cause of the sisters’ arguments is their age difference. Although Danielle, at age 19, is older than Shannon, age 16, their roles are often switched. “She looks at me as an older but younger sister, it’s hard for her to see me as being in charge of her,” said Shannon, “She knows she’s older and holds that over me, but I still have to be the older sister. It’s hard for her to understand that.” Although the sisters have their



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Everybody has heard of the “dumb blonde,” and many even know a few. Here’s an in-depth look of the South students’ opinions


ince the beginning of time, people have judged others. Whether it is by their appearance, gender or age, almost everyone has been stereotyped. Blondes are no different, and in many cases they have automatically been pegged as dumb. “I kind of get annoyed [when blondes are considered dumb] because that’s not a fair or proven stereotype,” said Tyler Schleisman, sophomore. “I see [dumb blondes] in my daily life so I do think there is truth to it,” said Donna Shahbazi, freshman. “They’re just jealous of our beauty,” Schleisman said. While that may be true, nobody really knows where the dumb blonde stereotype

Although everyone has heard of the blonde moment, nobody really knows where it comes from. “I have no idea where it comes from. I can’t imagine it being an old superstition,” Robey said. Certain blondes; however, would not be offended if they were considered as dumb just because of their hair color. “Most people don’t consider me stupid anyway, but I wouldn’t be too mad if they said that. I get it because there are a lot of dumb blondes,” said Schleisman. Robey agreed he would not be too offended. “I wouldn’t take offense to it, because it’s just a hair color. It doesn’t mean because you are a blonde, you are less smart than


comes from. A few experts in fact believe blondes averagely should be more intelligent than others according to Jody L. Kovar of Indiana University of Pennsylvania. “Hair color doesn’t determine how smart you are,” said Patrick Robey, sophomore. “I think that it only applies to certain blondes,” Shahbazi said. Although Robey does not think hair color determines intelligence, he does admit to having “blonde moments.” Most would know these moments as just screwing up, but to a blonde, they can be a typical occurrence. “Sometimes I stumble over my words,” said Robey.

somebody with a different hair color,” Robey said. The blondes do not think hair color has any effect on intelligence. Most would agree that the “dumb blonde” is only a stereotype, but why does the myth persist? “I think that they’re just being dumb to be cute,” said Shahbazi. “There are always dumb people who happen to be blonde, so that is probably where the stereotype comes from,” said Robey. Everyone is judged. In the age we live in, your skin color, age, personality and even hair color can now affect the way people look at you.


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New high school slang words


TURN UP:verb [turn-up] “When you turn up, it means to get wild.”

FINNA:verb [fin-uh]

“Another way of saying you are going to do something.” -Aubree Wilkerson, freshman

THIRSTY:adj. [thur-stee] “A girl who keeps trying to talk to guys, coming off desperate.” -Jordan Lindsey, junior


adj. [krey]

“Cray means crazy!” -Olivia Post, junior

SUBTWEET: verb [suhb-tweet] “Making a tweet about someone else without tagging them in it.” -Nick Griffith, junior

DIP:verb [dip]

“Just another way of saying you are leaving somewhere.” -Lauren Terrell, freshman

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ave you ever been sitting in class and you notice a weird mark on the person in front of you? It raises questions in your head. What is that? Where did it come from? How did it happen? There is not a better conversation starter than a gnarly scar. Whether it be a couple of little scars that you got trying to make fireworks in your friend’s basement or a foot long scar on your back due to a life changing surgery; scars are in a way like snowflakes, no two are the same. Behind every scar, no matter the shape or size, is a story waiting to be told. Collin Waters, junior, has a chunk taken out of his left leg and a three inch scar right beside it. Waters got his scar while riding four wheelers with his cousin. Waters tried to turn and ended up colliding with his cousin. His cousin ran right into his leg. “The bone was sticking out and there was blood everywhere,” said Waters. “I thought I was going to die from blood loss.” Waters was taken back to his house, then rushed to a hospital. He was then transferred to another hospital where he received 22 stitches and two rods in his leg. He survived the crash and has his scars to retell the story, but what exactly are the markings left on Waters’s leg? When you fall off your bike and scrape your knee, you lose skin tissue that your body replaces as part of its natural healing process. As your wound heals, fibrous tissue replaces the damaged skin tissue and leaves a scar. The reason your scars never completely disappear is because the new tissue is different than the tissue that makes up the rest of your skin. It is kind of like a self created bandage that will never come off, even when you get it wet. When you have a wound, your skin makes a bunch of collagen. Collagen are tough, white protein fibers that act like bridges. They reconnect the broken tissue. As your body goes through its healing process, a dry, temporary crust is formed over the wound. This crust is called a scab. The scab’s job is to protect the wound as the damaged skin heals underneath. Eventually, a scab dries up and falls off on its own, or you end up getting bored in class and decide to pick it off, leaving behind a scar. A scar is not always a sure thing, though. This is how your skin repairs your nasty injuries, according to Scars have been telling stories for centuries and centuries. Warriors used to show off their scars to their fellow soldiers. They looked at their scars as signs of bravery and would often


times tell their stories on how they got them to impress others. Not much has really changed. People today still tell the story of their scars. No, they probably did not get them in battle, but the stories to be told are no less interesting. Justin Weymuth, sophomore, has a scar in his left foot. He was over at his friend’s house and they were running down a hill in the dark. While he was running down the hill he got his food stuck between two rocks. “I pulled my foot out and there was so much blood,” said Weymuth. “It ripped all the skin off.” Weymuth had his dad take him to the hospital where he got 14 stitches; however, the stitches did not close the wound enough and it ended up getting infected. “There was a lot of pus and I had to get a cream to heal my foot,” said Weymuth. Rachel Brown, junior, has a foot long scar located right in the middle of her back. Her self-created tattoo was no accident, though. “When I was born, my spine was like a spiral,” said Brown. “I had to get surgery during January of my freshman year.” Brown did not know the exact amount of stitches due to the fact that there were so many after the surgery. She had to have a giant bandage glued over the massive scar. The surgery put her out of school for a couple of months, but on the bright side, she was two inches taller after. Nick Beradelli, junior, has a unique scar on his left arm. His scar is in the shape of the Nike symbol. Beradelli was working on a 1994 Dodge Charger and went to get a wrench. He ended up tripping over an extension cord and his hand went through a window on a nearby door. “I closed my eyes, then opened them and just saw blood everywhere,” said Beradelli. He had his mom call 911 and was taken to the hospital where he got 78 stitches inside and outside of his arm. “If it were anymore to the right, I would have cut a main artery and I would have been dead in about 10 seconds,” he said. Scars are stories. They are links to the past. Every scar comes with a memory that can be shared again and again. There are so many people with different scars, each one just as unique as the next. There are so many stories to be told or memories to reminisce on. There is nothing better than a radical scar that has a nasty story behind it. What is your story?




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he most important bit of advice I have ever received since I started growing up is to always be yourself, no matter the circumstance. I am pretty sure I am not the only one who has heard this lesson a million times. Yet, there are so many teenagers who do not follow this rule. One of my biggest pet peeves is when people act one way with one group of people, then do a complete personality 180 with a different group of people. Girls, I think we all know who commits this crime the most...and that would be teenage boys. We have all been in this situation before. You hang out with a guy alone, whether it be a friend or a significant other, and most of the time he is just like Noah Calhoun from “The Notebook.” He will be a total sweetheart and treat you how a girl deserves to be treated, dating or not. get around his friends. All of a sudden, he will go from Noah to Danny Zuko from “Grease”. The nice guy you hung out with before seems like a polar opposite person now. He might make fun of you in front of his friends, be super controlling or just completely ignore you. Attention all teenage boys: why do you all change personalities in front of girls? I just cannot fathom why you all think this is okay. I do not understand. Are you too cool to be nice? Does your man card get revoked when you treat a woman well? Here is something to keep in mind: you do not have to be whipped, you just have to let us know you respect us. Guys, here is some advice: we do not like this whole split-personality thing you have going on at all. We know what you are truly like, so quit trying to impress your friends. The meaner you are to us, the more likely we are to break it off. A true man will be himself at all times, no matter where he is or who he is with. You better shape up, because I need a man, not a boy.



feel like half of you wake up every morning wondering what face you plan on wearing today. You show up to school with the intentions of impressing someone. You go out of your way and do things you would not normally do just to satisfy the people surrounding you. It really grinds my gears that the majority of you have no idea what being “real” really means. The great Holden Caulfield said it best. “It’s full of phonies, and all you do is study so that you can learn enough to be smart enough to be able to buy a goddam Cadillac someday and you have to keep making believe you give a damn if the football team loses and all you do is talk about girls and liquor and sex all day, and everybody sticks together in these dirty little goddam cliques.” How many of you just chuckled because of the comparisons you made in your head after reading this quote? It really does not get much more accurate than that. I bet anyone reading this can list off multiple people who they consider to be “fake” or “phony”. If I am wrong, please come tell me and I will do my best to hold back the laughter from within. Open your eyes, girls and boys. How many times do you change your ways just to be accepted by the kids you stand by in the halls? How many times have you completely just ripped on someone behind their back and when they confront you face-to-face, you are nothing but nice? I will be the first to admit that I am far from real, but never will I ever change who I am just for someone to like me. It sickens me how hard some of you try to fit in with certain crowds. It sickens me even more how certain crowds are so close minded. I hate to break it to you all, but I bet that group that you try so hard to please has nothing nice to say about you when you are not there. Why would you even want to hang out with them if they have a problem with who you really are? How about instead of doing things you hate, you go and find some real friends who accept you for who you really are. There is a positive side to being different. Those who mesh with the crowd are those who are never recognized. You are just another face in the crowd. Stand out. Let your true colors fly and be the person you were born to be. There is no point in pleasing those who probably do not even like you anyways. Try being yourself for once and stop caring what people think. I guarantee great things will follow.

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It is April 12. Seniors are down to 23 more days of school while the rest of South’s countdown sits at 33.5. Summer is on everyone’s minds, but these last few weeks are crucial in everyone’s high school career. Although it is easy to overlook the closing weeks, they are a great chance to turn things around before you run your grades into the ground. While summer is approaching, tanking on grades now will only ruin all the progress you have made since mid-August. All the notes, homework, quizzes, tests and studying will mean nothing if the last month and a half of school is wasted due to a lack of effort. It is important to finish out the year strong and work just as hard as you have

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throughout the year. Not only do the assignments and projects in the end of the semester weigh heavily on your grades, but the final exams are also extremely influential on the final grade. With AP requiring an AP exam for every class they offer, the state of Missouri requiring End-of-Course Exams for many of their courses and individual teachers making their students take a final for the respective class, there is almost always a final exam to study for. What is most important about these tests is the weighting of them. The finals for many courses are worth at least five percent and some are as much as 20. Obviously, finals and other assignments around the end of the year will dictate

final grades immensely and improving your grade point average at any time in high school cannot hurt. For seniors, it is a chance to raise it enough to qualify for a certain scholarship or finish higher in class rank. For everyone else, it puts them in much better position down the road. Although it is easy to count down the days of school and look forward to the pool, Royals games and other fun in the sun, the important thing is to stay focused in the closing weeks. Between finishing the year strong and focusing on heavilyweighted finals, there is nothing you will regret about getting good grades. So spend your summer enjoying a higher class rank, instead of regretting a poor finish.

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AEONIC RESONANCE: spring is here



ell guys, we did it. We made it out of winter alive and spring is finally here. With spring comes the arrival of Mother Nature, as well as new life to all living things. For many of us Jack Frost puts us in a slight seasonal depression, resulting in us listening to a much more somber, more mellow brand of music (trust me, I know I do). So without further ado, toss Long, Live, A$AP and The Weeknd’s Trilogy out of your 8-track players or whatever the kids are using these days and prepare for the new sounds of Spring to be ushered in. To get you off on the right foot, let me encourage you to pick up Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience.” I’m a big fan of JT, always have been, and being completely honest, this album definitely wasn’t his best work. The strange thing is, I find it more enjoyable than all of his previous albums. “The 20/20 Experience” is about Justin finally finding himself in serenity. As opposed to his prior albums that contained a lot of saddening songs about scandalous relationships of his past, this album brought through much stronger emotions of joy. This is most likely due to the fact that JT married actress Jessica Biel (GUUUHHH) and has finally found that person he wants to spend the rest of his life with. Even though I didn’t like the album as much as his “Future Sex” and “Love Sounds,” seeing

his serenity and that he is content with where his life is did so much more for me. The second album I encourage you to pick up is WOLF. Tyler, the Creator released the third and final album of his trilogy on April 2, and my oh my, is it different from its predecessors. Even though this might be a truth too hard for some to swallow, Tyler’s journey has been the epitome of the American Dream. While recording his freshman effort “Bastard”, Tyler was sleeping on the carpet in the living room of his grandmother’s house. Literally months after its release, he and his collective Odd Future received a ridiculous amount of buzz. His sophomore effort “Goblin”, which was released a little over a year later, only made his notoriety grow that much more, and put a lot of money in the young man’s pocket with the profit he was bringing in from album sales and tours. Tyler went from having next to nothing at age 19, to having more money than he could imagine, and he did it all before he could even take a legal sip of alcohol. With money and fame taking a toll on the now 22 year old’s life, WOLF ventures very far away from the gruesome depressing lyrics that Tyler used to spit.


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ecently the world has had to deal with yet another irrational and ideological actor. As his father before him, Kim JongUn is making numerous threats and ratcheting up claims of nuclear power. Despite rhetoric of a nuclear strike upon the United States, most defense experts still see North Korea as not being a threat. What, then, should the world make of the fascist regime’s aggressive behavior? If history is any indicator of the future, then nobody should feel like North Korea is a problem today. Throughout Kim Jong-il’s administration, the world saw similar outbursts. Since the original Korean War armistice, North Korea has constantly made empty threats towards South Korea and the United States and tested nuclear capabilities despite international pressure. Nothing ever came of these moves, though, as their aggressive posture

was abandoned once China and a few other countries gave Kim Jong-il much needed aid for his people as they were largely cut off by economic sanctions. In today’s world, however, we are not dealing with Kim Jong-il. We are dealing with his son, Kim Jong-un. While much of his father’s aggression in the international arena was mere political posturing to deal with sanctions, Kim Jong-un’s words have been backed with a little more action. After a sudden release of antiAmerican propaganda, particularly a video depicting New York City under a nuclear strike, North Korea renounced the armistice that ended Korean War combat. North Korea has also demonstrated its possession of nuclear bombs and launched cyberattacks on South Korean banks and television networks. Now, I am not saying go grab your guns and hide in the basement, but there should be some level of

by KENNETH HARRIS concern. North Korea has never been a rational actor, but they also have never been as aggressive as they are now towards South Korea and the United States. Never before have we seen them demonstrate this much nuclear capability, make nuclear threats towards the United States, renounce the armistice of the Korean War, which never technically ended, or perform offensive military measures such as practice drone strikes on South Korea. The world will still have to wait and see if anything serious arises from North Korea’s recent behavior. Usually their words are empty, but at this point we cannot treat them like the boy who cried wolf. Hopefully, for the sake of the globe, any disputes can be solved in a diplomatic forum. If not, we could see a decades long war resumed, and the United States drawn into the heart of another ideologically charged war against an irrational and fascist regime.

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I had no idea what to expect going into my first Crossfit class in Tiffany Springs. From what I heard, the classes are pretty tough, but I definitely was not prepared for how intense it was. Between the warm-up, strength training, cardio and cooldown, the entire workout lasted about 35 minutes. Do not be fooled, though; after that 35 minutes it felt like my body was completely made of Jell-O. We started with 10 minutes of pull-ups. Yes, pull-ups. From there, we combined cardio with calisthenics and a couple lifts. My arms were sore for almost an entire week. Not only was the workout great, but the atmosphere at Crossfit was amazing. The instructor and members were so friendly and all introduced themselves to me right away. What I liked most was that all the people in the class motivated each other and cheered one another on. I really felt like I fit right in. Crossfit Northland has several classes to offer on every day of the week, including early morning and evening classes to fit a high school schedule. Membership is a little pricey, but they have a discounted price of $65 per month for students. You also get five classes for free. If Crossfit were a little more in my price range, I would have signed up for a membership right away; however, I absolutely loved everything else about Crossfit.


Conveniently located in Parkville just off of Highway 9, the Y has been a popular gym for several years now. Many students head there for a good workout and it is easy to see why. The gym has a myriad of cardio and weight machines, as well as free weights, medicine balls and other equipment to spice up your workouts. The facility also contains a swimming pool, sauna, track and basketball courts. A typical workout at the Y for me would be a couple miles on the track, then the elliptical and end with some weights downstairs. One benefit to the YMCA is you can move at your own pace and create a personal workout that works for your strengths and weaknesses. Or, if you prefer an instructor leading exercises for you, the Y has several classes to offer. Zumba and pilates are a couple of my favorites. The only downside to the Y is that it is normally very crowded and it is not open very late on the weekends. If you have never been to the Parkville YMCA and want to try it out, you can go in and sign up for a free 3-day trial. If you like it and decide to keep up with it, a single membership is only $26 per month. Between the low price, variety of equipment and close location, the Y is a great go-to gym to get in shape.

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Those of you with YMCA memberships have surely driven past Title Boxing Club, located just a couple buildings up from it on Highway 9. You use legitimate boxing gloves and punching bags, which makes this a unique workout. What I loved about kick boxing was that you work every single muscle group, even if it does not necessarily feel like it. Of the three workouts I tried, this one was my favorite. You learn a variety of different punching and kicking sequences and feel pretty BA while doing it. I almost forgot I was working out! I definitely felt it the next day, though. The instructor was very motivational, too... but more of an intimidating, yelling kind of motivational. Although he scared me a little, the instructor still came by and was friendly and helpful whenever I needed him. Everyone in the class was very friendly, but I think Crossfit had a better overall atmosphere than Title Boxing Club. However, Title Boxing offers a few more classes throughout the week. Of course, there are early morning and evening classes available. If you want to give kick boxing a try, you can sign up for one free class. I wish you got more than just one, but the one class I tried gave me a good generalization of what kick boxing is like. A single membership is $60 per month, which is still a tad pricey for me. The workout itself was so much fun, though, I would happily give kick boxing another go.

Whether we like it or not, swimsuit season is just around the corner. Spring has begun, which means everyone is ditching the after school snack binges and heading to the gym to get in shape. Most students head to the Y, but I decided to give a couple other gyms a try. Based on the membership price, atmosphere and workout quality, here are the best gyms to go to for your summer shred. by EMILY ORVOS

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mpressive deas “I made her a flower bouquet out of suckers that said ‘Prom would suck without you.’”

AFTER party Savanna Chojnacki, senior

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“I was sent on a scavenger hunt through Zona Rosa. The last clue was to go to my church, and he was standing outside the church with chocolates and asked me.”

Hours after the dance is over, students are still celebrating Prom safely

magine the inside of the AMF Pro Bowl filled with energized South students. Most girls still have their hair in their Prom hairdos and the guys have ditched their suit and ties for jeans. Around them is four to five hours of entertainment specifically made just for them. After Prom is underway. After Prom is an event that goes on after Prom ends. It was made to keep students from doing things such as getting drunk, using drugs, etc. like it is shown in cheesy teen movies. But it has turned into something more. It is run by the PTA, who have a set budget to work with and a committee that controls what they plan to spend the money on for After Prom. “Each year, the school has approximately $15,000 to spend,” said Janie McDonald, PTA. The budget is set by how much the After Prom Auction, held the year before, makes. This then gets split between Park Hill and South. Most of the funds then go to renting out the AMF Bowl. Then the PTA adds on things such as airbrush tattoo artist, caricature artists, fortune teller, prizes for bingo and the drawing prizes that are drawn every half hour. “With the committee we come up with any new ideas and what


worked and what didn’t from last year,” said McDonald. With this most students enjoy After Prom and all its activities; there are some who do not. “I don’t think [After Prom] sounds fun, like I wouldn’t have a good time,” said Corey Sterling, senior. “I, personally, think they should go around ask what students want to see or do there.” Though there may be some drawbacks, McDonald promises that the committee tries to come up with new ideas to make After Prom more enjoyable. “We try hard to brainstorm for some new things we think the kids will enjoy.” said McDonald. Other students have different thoughts on After Prom entirely. Elizabeth Calovich, senior, is excited to go, even though it will be her first time. “It sounds like a lot of fun,” said Calovich. “I’m sure I’ll have a great time.” The activities planned at After Prom are meant to have a fun and safe environment for students. The PTA puts plenty of time into making sure it comes out with a bang. This year they even have a photo booth planned to be there for more entertainment.


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bright lights, big city “I bought a rose and a tub of her favorite ice cream, went to her house and gave it to her. I was holding a sign that said ‘It would be cool if you went to Prom with me.’”

“I placed a piece of string on the ground and then took her to the Riss Lake tennis courts. She followed the string and at the end there was a sign under the slide that was asking her to Prom.”

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With the first of four majors upon us, it is time to break down the field for The Masters For all the true golf fans out there, the Masters slogan could not be any more true: a tradition unlike any other. This tournament really is the cat’s pajamas. Of all the four golf majors (The Masters, U.S. Open, Open Championship and PGA Championship), the first is the only one played at the same course every year. The beautiful Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga. is the perfect venue for the world’s best to come together and provide some unbelievable memories. The field this year is as good as any, so without any further ado, let us take a look at the top contenders to take home the Green Jacket. Some international players to keep an eye on are ones who have had plenty of past success at Augusta. South African Louis Oosthuizen finished second in the event last year and fellow countryman Charl Schwartzl won the tournament in 2011. Both Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy are Northern Irishmen who have won majors in the past, but the latter of the two blew a huge lead in the final rounds last year. Fellow international contenders include Adam Scott of Australia, Lee Westwood of England and Sergio Garcia of Spain, among others. Americans in the fold obviously include last year’s winner Bubba Watson and previous winners Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, but there are plenty of young guns who could capture a Green Jacket for the Yanks. My favorites to contend for the Americans are Matt


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h, Spring! The hallways are full of students sneezing, tests are being failed left and right by upperclassmen and summer is just around the corner; however, it is not summer yet and the last semester holds exciting sports waiting to be played. The females from South are looking to make a final impression as seniors or rise to glory as an underclassman, in girls’ soccer and track. While many have swimming and vacation on their minds, South’s female athletes have athletic goals in mind that need to be accomplished before the end of the school year. One of these girls is Defender Alysa Guzman, senior. Guzman has been playing soccer since she was in Kindergarten and after four years of varsity for South she will be playing soccer for the University of Central Missouri this fall; however, Guzman will be focusing on her senior year of high school before she worries about college soccer. “It was amazing beating Kearney last year,” said Guzman. “My goal is to be just as good this year and get back to the quarter finals.” The team is .500 for their season so far. However, the hardest challenge will be St. Teresa’s Academy, a team that ranked among the top of the state last year, according to Guzman. While Guzman will be departing after this season, some varsity players are just beginning their first chapter in the soccer program.


Kuchar, Nick Watney and the dark horse pick of Dustin Johnson. Things might not bode well for Watson, though. There has not been a repeat winner since Tiger did it in 2002 and before that it was Nick Faldo of England in 1990. Also, an American has won the event in ten of the last 16 years, so it would be smart to go with one. While I think all the aforementioned players have a great shot at competing at The Masters this week, I have narrowed it down to my top three picks to win this event. Due to the fact that McIlroy has been playing poorly so far this season, my international player to look out for is Garcia. The Spaniard is still looking for his first career major, but in his last 13 events, he’s won twice and finished in the top ten eight times. Matt Kuchar is one of the top young players in the world, currently ranked ninth. The 34-year old American won the Accenture Match Play Championship earlier this year and is consistently getting better. Last, but certainly not least, Eldrick “Tiger” Woods is on fire at the moment. Playing well since late last year, Woods finally has his swagger back and has his sights set on a fifth Green Jacket. The action will be intense all weekend and it should come down to the closing holes to decide the master of The Masters.

Mayleigh Oder, freshman, will be hoping to make some noise on Varsity this year, being a young star who has earned her starting spot on South’s prestigious soccer team. “I’m excited at the opportunity to prove myself as a freshman on Varsity,” said Oder. Oder is one of five freshmen who have earned spots on South’s Varsity squad, which only holds twenty-one members. Oder has been playing club soccer since she was little, and wants to play in college if she gets the opportunity. For now, she will be taking it one step at a time. From the field to the track, our female runners are also looking to leave their mark, with an excess of underclassmen. The sophomore and freshman classes each individually have more runners than the junior and senior class combined. “That’s definitely going to be something that will be a challenge to us,” said long jumper, Jessica Butler, senior. “We have a ton of underclassmen and they will have to learn the ropes if we want to accomplish our goals.” Hilary Wilsbacher, sophomore, is participating in her second year of track. Despite the young make-up of the track team, Wilsbacher is not as concerned. She believes the group can work past their inexperience by putting in extra work during practice. “We are all going to go out there and practice every day,” said Wilsbacher. “Everybody has to give 100 percent effort in everything we do, but if everyone does that, we can accomplish


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our goals.” High hopes are evident for the upcoming season and despite the shortage of veteran runners there is definitely no shortage of spirit on the track, as well as on the snow packed soccer field. “It’s definitely been harder to practice with the snowy conditions, and we’ve had to practice inside a lot, but we play games in the snow sometimes, so it’s important to practice in the snow too,” said Oder. With both the girls’ soccer and track team having high hopes for their respective seasons, there will be much to look forward to this spring, besides just getting out of school.

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Kansas City is in the driver’s seat of the 2013 NFL Draft

The Kansas City Chiefs have had an eventful offseason, to say the least. The Chiefs hired a new Head Coach, Andy Reid, coming over from the Philadelphia Eagles and got a new General Manager, John Dorsey, a former Green Bay Packers executive. They also made big splashes in free agency by acquiring players like Alex Smith, QB through trade and signing free agents like Donnie Avery, WR, Sean Smith, CB, Geoff Schwartz, OT, and more. The Chiefs were also able to re-sign Dwayne Bowe, WR, and Dustin Colquitt, P, to longterm deals and franchise tagged Branden Albert, OT. Not to mention, they have the top pick in the upcoming 2013 NFL Draft. All of that is really great news for Chiefs fans and really gives fans something to look forward to. They added all these players to go along with a team that six pro-bowlers a season ago, but still only won two games; that is why they are drafting first overall this season. And they probably could not have a worse season to be drafting first overall. It’s not like last year’s draft where you have Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III sitting

there for you atop the draft board, that’s why they went out and traded for Alex Smith. Instead, Kansas City will have to use the first overall draft pick on either an offensive or defensive lineman it looks like. So far this offseason, the Chiefs have gone out and taken care of major needs like corner, offensive line, wide receiver and quarterback. To me, the Chiefs really


need help on the defensive line, which is a loaded group in this draft class and an inside linebacker. I really think with the acquisition of Geoff Schwartz, OT, and franchising Branden Albert the Chiefs are setting up to draft a defensive lineman such as Sharrif Floyd of Florida, Star Lotulelei of Utah or Ezekial Ansah of BYU. Floyd and Lotulelei are defensive tackles which in the 3-4 defense is the type of player I think the Chiefs would want. Both players are

With the NFL draft quickly approaching, South gives it their best efforts to try and guess where players will end up

NFL draft GRID


extremely athletic for defensive tackles. If it were up to me, I would go with Lotulelei; he was a force in both the run and passing game while at Utah. He was constantly drawing double teams in the run game and could play the nose in the 3-4 base defense the Chiefs run. He is also athletic enough to play DE in the 3-4 and rush the passer and still draw double teams in the running game. I do not think he is necessarily the best player in this draft but to me he fits the Chiefs’ need the most. The Chiefs could still be in the running to draft other positions like offensive line and if they did that they would almost certainly take Texas A&M tackle, Luke Joeckel. If they decided to go ahead and get another quarterback, it would be Geno Smith and if they decided to go with another position on defense other than defensive tackle, I would think they’d go after Dion Jordan, OLB/DE out of Oregon or Alabama CB, Dee Milliner. The Chiefs have already had a productive off-season; now let us all just hope the success will carry over to the NFL Draft and that success can carry over to the field next fall.


Isaac Brizendine, Caleb Fenner, junior sophomore

Richard Fullerton, Christopher Nelson, James Gomes, junior sophomore freshman

No. 1 Chiefs

Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M

Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M

Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M

Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M

Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M

No. 2 Jaguars

Eric Fisher, OT Central Michigan

Eric Fisher, OT Central Michigan

Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M

Shariff Floyd, DL, Florida

Mike Glennon, QB, North Carolina State

No. 3 Raiders

Shariff Floyd, DL, Florida

Shariff Floyd, DL, Florida

Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia

Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia

Jarvis Jones, LB, Georgia

No. 4 Eagles

Dion Jordan, DE, LB, Oregon

Dion Jordan, DE, LB, Oregon

Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama

Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan

Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia

No. 5 Lions

Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama

Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama

Eric Fisher, OT Central Michigan

Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama

Eric Fisher, OT Central Michigan

What Chiefs should do with pick Offensive ROTY

“Draft Joeckel. We need a tackle, especially if we trade Albert.

“Trade down because there is nobody worth the number one pick.

“Draft Joeckel. He is a sure fire hall of famer.”

Trade down

Take an offensive linemen

Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia

Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia

Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia

Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama

Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia

Defensive ROTY

Barkevious Mingo, DE, LB LSU

Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama

Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama

Jarvis Jones, LB, Georgia

Jarvis Jones, LB, Georgia

The Powder Puff football game has been rescheduled to May 5 at 3 p.m.

Rea suffered an injury to her right knee, which resurfaced from last year. She ended up getting surgery to remove some tissue. She only missed two weeks this year but three and a half last year. “It crushed my spirits,” said Rea. “I got past it because it forced me to try even harder and the team bonded together for me to help out. It was sad.” What most students would call the worst sports-related injury sustained at South this year was to Ryan Dansby, junior. He broke his tibia and fibula in his right knee. Dansby got hurt in the District semi-final and not only got the team behind him, but the whole school. The soccer team all received free shirts with his number 2 and his initials, RD. “They played even better without me because they had something even better to play for, a better reason to win,” said Dansby. Dansby was stuck in a wheelchair for the beginning stages of his recovery and crutches for the rest. Still to this day he cannot play. “It was very tough to do simple things, like getting around,” he said. “It just made me sick. Everything became much more complicated.” Dansby does not think his goal to play soccer in college will be affected, however. It will take a while to get back to his pre-skill, but does not affect his aspirations for the future. Injuries are something we all have to live with. For the most part, everyone comes back stronger from them, not always physically but mentally and we can see examples of this at South. And as famous rapper Kanye West says, it can only make you, “harder, better, faster, stronger.”

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South students have seen their fair share of injuries, but always come back stronger than before

Defying the Odds


etting hurt while playing a sport is almost as inevitable as Humpty Dumpty falling off the wall. Injuries are not a part of sports that we look forward to; however, they are bound to happen. Injuries can rattle personal lives, shake up team chemistry, affect the futures of high school student-athletes who have aspirations to compete in college and, for professionals, be the difference between a 9 a.m.-5 p.m. job with a small salary or millions made on the playing field. This year, South has seen its fair share of injuries, starting with one of the football team’s voted captains, Austin McCormick, senior. “I tore my MCL completely in my right knee the day that I was voted a team captain. It was my first injury in my life that kept me out for a long period of time...if I wouldn’t have gotten hurt, I most likely would have played football in college, and gotten offers from some better schools.” McCormick missed the Jamboree and the first five games of the season and his absence was obvious. Players such as Alex Augspurg, senior, who played a vocal, aggressive role, was asked to switch to McCormick’s role where Augspurg had to play a quieter leadership role. Players such as Dylan Worth, junior, had to move from cornerback to safety, while Ryan Proffitt, junior, was moved up to being a starter and exceeded expectations. Getting around is also a negative part about being hurt. McCormick could not drive the whole time he was hurt, and as somewhat of a joke, he rolled around in a wheelchair so his friends would have to push him around and was on crutches for the duration. However, some choose to just stick with the crutches like swimmer Olivia Rea, senior.


1 More than 7 million US high school students play a sport 2 Of the 7 million, estimated 1,442,533 injuries annually 3 14.6% affect head/face/neck 4 5.3% require surgery

In a study done by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI)

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Basketball fans rejoiced for the ultimate festival celebrating the sport: March Madness

For sports fans, Christmas is not “the most wonderful time of the year.” March is. During this magical month, students spend hours debating their brackets with each other. Teachers make a pool themselves, vying for a coveted reserved parking spot. Even grown adults around the country search for ways to get out of work to watch the games. It truly is March Madness. Once the tournament starts, the regular season means almost nothing. It comes down to who has a bigger will to win. The Cinderellas have the right to be in the tournament as much as the powerhouses do, and sometimes they prove that they have a greater will to win than those powerhouses. Take Florida Gulf Coast, for example. Before the tournament, all people knew about them was that they were from Florida and they were going to lose their first game. However, they dominated the headlines after the first weekend for their huge upsets over Georgetown and San Diego State, becoming the first 15-seed to make

the Sweet Sixteen. But the clock struck midnight for some of these Cinderella teams. Florida Gulf Coast lost their next game to the University of Florida. But, the dance continued for an area underdog: Wichita State. They shocked the world by beating Gonzaga and Ohio State on their march to the Final Four. Every team in this Final Four had a story line. Wichita State was never supposed to make it past the first weekend, but they made their case as the deserving team from the state of Kansas in the Final Four. For Michigan and Syracuse, it was all about redemption. Syracuse, a perennial contender in college basketball, was looking for their first Final Four since Carmelo Anthony led them to the National Championship in 2003. Michigan was looking for its first Final Four since the ‘Fab 5’ in 1993. And for Louisville, they were playing for their fallen brother Kevin Ware. And in the final weekend of the tournament, Louisville and Michigan marched on.

The most important factor in having a great March Madness tournament is having a great National Championship. Playing in such a spotlight makes the game so unpredictable. Take Michigan guard Spike Albrecht, for example. Albrecht, a freshman who saw little time due to playing behind National Player of the Year Trey Burke, averaged 1.8 points per game during the season. Albrecht scored 17 points in the first half. Louisville guard Luke Hancock had an even better game. He lead his team, and the game, with 22 points. In the end, Louisville held on to win 82-76. What more could one want in a championship game? It had countless lead changes. It was close and entertaining from start to finish. In the end, brackets were tossed aside (if they weren’t already tossed), and all anybody wanted was a good game. This was arguably the best championship game in five years. After the game, “Hail to the Victor” was not said by anyone. Instead, it was “Hail to March Madness.”

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