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Playing With A Purpose: Big Strides In Spring Sports Girls’ Lacrosse

By Joey Schneider


ith the closing of the girls’ lacrosse season, the team finished with a 2-10-1 record against junior varsity competition in the program’s first full season. “I felt like we did really well since most girls hadn’t played before this season,” said coach Megan Hernke. “They’re picking it up really quick considering some of our players had never seen a lacrosse game before they started playing this year.”

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Girls’ soccer overcomes challenges with graduating seniors and frequent injuries By Tim Vleisides


n recent years, the girls’ soccer program has been a constant for success at Pattonville High School. With former leaders like Kailey Utley, Mikala McGhee, and Kacie and Kimmy Hulse, the team typically excelled past the competition. However, because all high school athletes must eventually move on, younger teammates are presented with the opportunity to rise up in the ranks.

Despite this changing of the guard within the girl’s soccer program, the team has still exhibited dominance over its competition this year. With a record of 18-5, including 14 shutout victories, the girls are proving that this season would not be excused as a rebuilding year. On the contrary, Coach Tom Iffrig believes his team is more than capable of handling its own destiny. “We have extremely high expectations this season,” Iffrig said of

his team. “If this team peaks at the right time, we could be there June 1 playing for the state championship.” Iffrig acknowledges the absence of his star seniors from a year ago, but believes his current team is compensating in other areas. He indicated that his squad has improved significantly on defense since last season, backed up by the team’s eight shutouts in its first 10 games. “The team has lost a lot of size

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until March. From that point, each teacher had to slightly alter their pace for Modern U.S. History to briefly reteach the topics that the course did not fully cover. “Over this summer and next year, we may have to look at what we might need to adjust in Modern U.S. History.” Scoopmire said. “In AP U.S. History, given its pace and curriculum, I am reasonably certain that the AP curriculum is sufficient to prepare students for an EOC test.” The only other change to the EOC arrangements this year is that testing was conducted through student laptops. In years past, the exams were set up for students in specific computer labs. “It makes sense [for students to use their laptops] since their assessments are online,” said assistant principal Cara Hiripitiyage. “With every student having a laptop at hand, it is easier to coordinate testing and prepare students.” With these changes came a few adjustments on part of both the students and teachers. Every student had to work around a modified BCBCA day schedule, while some even took AP tests at

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his year’s Pattonville boys’ varsity volleyball team as a whole had no experience on the varsity level before this year. The team consisted of two seniors, five juniors and one sophomore. Plenty of adversity presented itself to the team, including injuries, disciplinary issues, and inconsistent lineups.


Juniors in a U.S. history course take EOC as part of ‘trial run,’ testing conducted through laptops standard exam used across the state.” Although this specific exam is not required for all juniors to take until next year, Pattonville volunteered to take part in a trial run for the U.S. History EOC this year to see how the school might adapt the curriculum of these two courses by the time the EOC is required in the future. According to Scoopmire and other teachers of the course, the U.S. History EOC covered historical topics that juniors learned dating back to their Themes in American History class freshman year. The test asked contextual questions related to the type of events that occurred between the Reconstruction and Vietnam eras. “It was difficult to recall certain things from freshman year,” said junior Jacob Owen about the exam. “The EOC also took away from time we could’ve been learning new material or studying for our final instead.” All five Modern U.S. History teachers knew in August that there was a possibilty that juniors would take this EOC. However, the department was not informed that the school would partake in this trial-run testing


n their first year of existence, the junior varsity water polo team enjoyed a regular season record of 12-4 and advanced to the finals in the JV Championship Tournament, before falling to Chaminade 8-7. “We knew that we had solid swimmers all over our team and we had practiced really hard, but to be able to compete this well is a

School makes slight adjustments to End-of-Course Exams By Joey Schneider aking place in the first full week of May, a seventh End-of-Course exam was added to Pattonville’s curriculum for the 2012-13 school year as part of a trial-run by the state. Any eligible junior in either AP or Modern U.S. History took the test. “The state added the EOC for U.S. History, which covers both [Modern U.S. History and AP U.S. History],” said history teacher Leslie Scoopmire. “This is part of the accountability movement over the past several years to make sure schools teach content that students should know before they graduate.” The Accountability Movement, which has been implemented around American high schools since 1980, holds the school district responsible for making the necessary reforms to meet learning goals and standards of particular core subjects. “There will be a lot more uniformity across the state about what subjects within each discipline are taught,” Scoopmire said. “With the development of EOCs, all students now are held accountable to demonstrate what they have learned on a

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the Pattonville Learning Center for their respective Advance Placement courses in the same week. “All students in the building are affected by the scheduling changes that have to take place during the week that EOC tests are given,” Scoopmire mentioned. “Our administrators have to make sure that each class meets for the same amount of time while allowing students that have EOC exams to complete the tests. It’s a delicate balancing act and requires a lot of planning.” Pattonville will add one more End-of-Course exam next year to its curriculum for students planning to take Algebra II. By then, the school will be partaking in every EOC that Missouri offers, even though not every single exam will be required by the state until 2016. “Sometimes students don’t see the direct relevance between standardized testing and their grades,” Hiripitiyage said. “However, the EOCs provide a great opportunity for students to show their knowledge and skills, since it is worth a significant portion of their semester grade.” v

MacBook Airs leaving the hands of students Non-graduates to receive the same laptops they previously used in class By Taylor Holmstrom


tudents at Pattonville High School will have their Macbook Airs collected at the end of the school year, with seniors turning in their laptops on May 20 during 1st hour, and freshmen through juniors turning in their laptops on May 23 during 7th hour. According to Assistant Principal Jon Fitzgerald, teachers will check laptops on Thursday, May 16, during Pirate Connections for what Fitzgerald referred to as “obvious physical damage; cracked screens, missing keys. We’re not looking for little stuff, but the big bad stuff.” Fitzgerald mentioned that any student whose laptop has excessive damage will be required to pay a necessary fine. During a senior meeting held on April 18, Fitzgerald advised students with damaged laptops to take them to the iLearn Center in the school for assistance. A recent Pattonville newsletter mentioned that current freshmen, sophomores, and juniors who return to Pattonville the next school year will receive the same laptops from the previous year, despite the fact

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Personal Finance course exam available for students to take >>MACBOOK, from pg. 1 that the laptops are being upgraded and test out of class, offers flexibility in busy schedules over the summer. 3 Ways to Backup Students have chance to test out of semester-long Personal Finance course By Katherine Bahr


ersonal Finance is a semester-long course required for graduation by the state of Missouri. According to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Missouri law states that students must complete a half-unit of personal finance in high school. However, Pattonville is in the second year of offering an alternative known as the Personal Finance Replacement Test since the course became a state requirement in 2005. Four students took the test this year, paying the $20 deposit which was returned to them after they finished it. Students have one hour to complete 40 economical-based questions. “Since the state added Personal Finance as a graduation requirement, students had fewer opportunities to take other courses,” said business department chair Ms. Holly Martinez. “This option

allows students to receive credit for Personal Finance and give them more room or flexibility in their schedule to take other required courses or electives.” Martinez said students need to answer 90 percent of the questions correctly in order to pass the test and receive crdit for Personal Finance. “The only pre-requisite to take the course or the ‘test-out’ option is that they complete their freshman year and have enough credits to be classified as a sophomore.” Mr. Kelly Thames said the test is different than the semester-long course. “There are some things on the test that are pretty extensive. It definitely isn’t easy,” Thames said. “But it is good for students with schedule conflicts.” Ms. Katie Fitzpatrick has been teaching Personal Finance for 8 years. Fitzpatrick explained that the best types of student to take the test are those with a strong fi-

nancial background. She suggested that these students have parents who openly talk about money and the topic of personal finance. Collectively Thames, Martinez, and Fitzpatrick feel students should take the actual course. All three explained in their own ways students would learn more and benefit greatly if they took the full course. Brian Dufrenne is one of the four students that took the test. Dufrenne explained he took the test to try and pursue other courses. He learned about the test from the Pattonville newsletter and said he did not prepare for the test. “I learned the importance, of not underestimating classes, and I didn’t know as much as I thought,” Dufrenne said. Dufrenne did not receive the required 90 percent score and now will take an online Personal Finance course to make up the credit. All four students who participated in this test failed. v

Although returning students will be given the same laptop at the start of the 2013-14 school year, students are instructed to find ways to backup their data that was directly saved to the laptops. “We’ll be giving out information on how to save data so you can transfer it over,” Fitzgerald said. Pattonville sophomore Ben Floyd initially expressed a concern about receiving a different laptop next school year, fearing that he may receive a laptop that previously belonged to a student that did not take care of theirs. “I like my laptop’s condition and I like how long the battery lasts on it. I didn’t want a laptop that gets worn down easily or one that is in worse condition than what I previosuly had.” Pattonville senior Kaleb Pope, although only receiving a laptop for one year, felt the laptops benefitted the students and “helped students complete homework more efficiently and helped students keep in contact with their teachers [by way of the Moodle].”

Your Data Before Turning In Your MacBook Air, from Mr. Jamie Richter:

1. Use the file server (Limited Space; Just Documents) 2. Use a USB Drive (Space Varies; Really Important Data) 3. Use an External Hardrive (More Space; Important and Personal Data) But Pope noted not every student used it for school purposes only. “Some students have taken advantage of the new tool we were given and used it to slack off in class,” Pope acknowledged. “However, teachers do a good job of [monitoring laptop misusage] with how many students they have in a class. It’s hard to catch every student who’s misbehaving in class.” Like all other seniors, Pope will return his laptop and not be able to keep it after graduation. With this current system, the school will have enough laptops to keep a 1:1 student-computer ratio for the future. v

Missouri Governor visits Pattonville for first time with focus of educational innovation Governor Jay Nixon announces Innovation High School Initiative, explains goals and expectations for education at Pattonville By Jessica Vargas


issouri Governor Jay Nixon announced that Pattonville School District was awarded a $500,000 Innovation High School Grant from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education on Feb. 7. Nixon visited Pattonville High School on April 22 to personally congratulate the school for being one of Missouri’s Innovation High Schools preparing students in the St. Louis area for careers in highdemand fields. With this grant, students at Pattonville will be able to earn experience in high-demand fields involving science and mathematics and at the same time be earning college credit. “Through targeted investments in education, we are preparing students for the jobs of tomorrow and giving businesses the skilled workforce they need today,” said Nixon. “By allowing students to earn dual-credits in the classroom,

and gain hands-on work experience through local internships, we are placing these students on a solid path to a rewarding career in a highdemand field.” Around 400 Pattonville students were selected by Principal Joe Dobrinic to attended the presentation by Governor Nixon in the auditorium. “It was pretty cool having Missouri’s governor here at Pattonville. Seeing all of the security around him was incredible,” said junior Casey Prosise. Pattonville School District, along with the Economic Council of St. Louis County, will create and support three career paths in Health/ Medicine professions, Advanced Manufacturing, and Informational Technology in collaboration with St. Louis Community College [STLCC] and local businesses. STLCC will offer opportunities for students to earn both high school and college credit on As-

sociate Degree level courses. Also, students will be provided internship opportunities with cooperating area businesses, letting them experience what working in that career field would be like. “This initiative will help students save time and money as they learn the skills and knowledge needed to be prepared for a career after college,” said Nixon. “In addition to the historic investment we continue to make in our K-12 classrooms, the Innovation High School program further demonstrates education is the best economic development.” Nixon went to talk to one of Pattonville’s classroom before his speech. Ms. Anjie Stendeback along with her Health Occupations students had the opportunity to speak with the governor and demonstrate what they are learning in class. For students not selected to attend the event, Pattonville’s TV production classes streamed a live broadcast into classrooms for other

Governor Jay Nixon talks in the auditorium to 400 selected students about the Missouri High School Initiative. To view a photo slideshow from Nixon’s visit and to listen to Nixon’s speech, visit Photo by Jessica Vargas. students and teachers to watch. Senior journalists Rachael Newberry, Erica Riggs and Jessica Vargas were issued press passes for the event and attended the classroom tour, the assembly in the auditorium, and participated in the

brief press conference right after his speech. “Following the Governor was really fun,” Newberry said. “I felt really professional, like a real important reporter.” v

03 lPIRATE PRESS lMAY 2013 DECA goes to Anaheim for Nationals Three seniors gain experience in business fields By Tim Vleisides

Dangers of drinking, driving displayed in docu-drama Operation Prom Safe was performed for all juniors, seniors day before Prom Story by Samantha Madden, Pictures by Bionca Maldonado



s an organization that many students outside of the Business Wing are typically unfamiliar with, Pattonville’s DECA program has proven itself to be successful on a yearly basis. For the 15th time in 16 years, Pattonville’s DECA chapter earned a spot at the International Career Development Conference—a national competition with over 10,000 participants, held this year in Anaheim, Calif. from April 24-27. All participants earned their spots due to superior performances in state competitions. Qualifying competitors from Pattonville include seniors Brigitta Davis and Adam Kaminsky, who received 1st in state as partners in Business Law and Ethics, and Julia Mullineaux, who earned 2nd in state in Apparel and Accessories Marketing. Davis and Kaminsky, novices to DECA this year, have proven themselves to be a formidable pair in competitions despite their inexperience. “I have a really good partner,” Davis said. “But also being overall informed about the news and current events has helped me succeed.” Mullineaux on the other hand, an experienced state officer for Pattonville’s District 7, claims that studying cases and her aptitude for public speaking are the source of her success in the program. Though their methods may be different, all three of Pattonville’s representatives share a common gratefulness to their sponsors Ms. Holly Martinez and Mr. Doug McGhee. Since coming to Pattonville, 16 years ago, the DECA program’s success has significantly increased with Martinez and McGhee’s guidance. “The Pattonville sponsors have a winning formula, we just follow it,” Kaminsky said of his coaches. In California, the three contestants participated in events structured no differently than competitions in the past. Though they

Features o help prevent students from getting into car accidents because of drunken driving or texting while driving, especially on the night of prom, a demonstration called Operation Prom Safe was put together to encourage safe driving behaviors. This program reenacts a fatal car accident with real police officers and fire fighters responding to the scene. Students involved in theatre acted as the victims in order for those attending to connect that this could happen to people they know. In the auditorium, pictures of devastating car accidents that could occur if students drive wreckless were shown. Rich Beckmann, who has been a physical education teacher at Pattonville for 31 years, explained he and the rest of the teachers and police officers at Pattonville “don’t want this to happen to us.”

Seniors Adam Kaminsky and Brigitta Davis are presented their awards at the Missouri DECA competition which qualified them for the International Career Development Conference. Photo provided by Adam Kaminsky.

compete separately, both teams and individual participants are given a written test in their topic area, followed by a role-playing scenario in front of a judge. The role-play consists of a problem relating to the participant’s topic area that the participant must then map-out a solution for it in 20-30 minutes. If the judge finds the solution to be superior to its competition, then the participant will perform a second role-play in the finals. Kaminsky said he’s found success by “thinking outside the box” when dealing with role plays, something he said he continued leading into nationals. Though the participants have yet to receive their results from the national competitions, they each believe that they’ve acquired much more from the experience. “I gained a lot of networking skills and friendships [from the Conference],” Mullineaux said. Additionally, Davis and Kaminsky believe they’ve earned invaluable business and managerial experience during their time in California, among other things. “[The competition] will look good on my college resume and give me confidence in the future,” Davis said. “It’s all very applicable to the real world.” v

As the students gathered around the scene in the high school parking lot, paramedics and police cars showed up. Police arrested Aaron Landgraf who played the role of a drunken driver and put Cassie Chandler, who played the role of the victim, into a bodybag after she was pronounced dead at the scene. “This whole performance was put on to send a message to the teens,” Beckmann said. “We are trying to have them make good choices, to not drink and drive, and to have a good time at prom.” Being a police officer for 30 years, Officer Jim Vinyard used to be a street officer and is used to seeing these types of accidents. About 80 percent of the crashes that he has dealt with have been alcohol related. “We have a lot of good kids at this school and we put this together to show them what actually happens and to give them a good idea of how bad this is, and to show how many people it affects,” Vinyard said. “We are trying to show the students here to not drink and drive and to practice good vehicle safety, because life is too short to be taken away.” v

Seniors want more privileges to come with graduation


very year at Pattonville, seniors enjoy the privileges that come with being so close to college and graduation. While some seniors are content with the amount of benefits they receive, others want to get out earlier in May. They would like to get out earlier because many seniors in the St. Louis area get out weeks, rather than days, earlier than the rest of the school. An organized senior barbeque is also something that some students in the Class of 2013 would like to see. The administration at Pattonville is working toward having more activities for seniors to enjoy during their last year before college. Building principal Dr. Joe Dobrinic is working on making the patio outside of the cafeteria into a senioronly patio. “We are trying to organize an activity day in April or May for the seniors to be able to have a barbeque, swim in the pool, and play in the fields,� Dobrinic said. “I want to even bring in a rock climbing wall at some point.� Senior Ethan McClain is one

senior who is content with the amount of privileges he is given as a senior. McClain said, “I like the idea of an-all night party after graduation and I think it’s a fun way for us to get together and win prizes.� The all-night party is one of the few advantages seniors are given after graduation. The party is held on the night of graduation from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. Prizes such as gift cards and dorm room necessities can be won. In recent years, seniors have organized their own senior barbeque either at a park close to school or right under the bridge at Pattonville. Seniors like Bella Kelly would like to see this become a tradition the school helps with. Kelly said, “I wish we had more senior activities. A barbeque or party would be a great way to bring us together before graduating.� Senior Abbie VanNoy would love to have a day like this where seniors can get together and enjoy each other’s company before graduation. VanNoy said, “I think the field day would be great because it would be something that only us seniors can do.�

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Varsity soccer has carried over success

Lacrosse battles through inaugural season Junior Abby Kushina looks for a pass from the defensive zone in a home game on April 11. She finished with 11 goals this season. Photo by Joey Schneider.

>>SOCCER, from pg. 1 [since last year],” senior defender Katie Mertz noted. “But we’ve all been stepping up. We play a lot more physical.” Though the Pirates’ defense has been refined since last year, its offense took a hit with the loss of several leading scorers. However, the team’s success on the offensive end has not diminished this season. The team has scored 70 goals in 23 games, with over a third of them coming from forward Ashanti Carey. The sophomore standout’s 28 goals this season are fourth-most in the area, a promising sign for a player whose high school career is just starting to reach its full potential. “Usually we tried to get the ball to star players,” senior midfielder Erin Collier said of her team’s offensive strategy last season. “Now we try to get it to Ashanti which allows us to play more relaxed.” Though the Pirates’ defense has been refined since last year, its offense took a hit with the loss of several leading scorers. However, the team’s success on

Roster filled with girls who never played the sport until this year Sophomore Kayla York rushes up the field to set up a play in the Pirates’ 4-0 victory on April 30. York led the team with 12 assists, while finishing the season with 4 goals. Photo by Tim Vleisides. the offensive end has not diminished this season. From defense to offense, the Pirates have adjusted to countless changes heading into the 2013 season. Although six new players made their varsity debuts this year and injuries have occurred to key veterans like Collier, the team doesn’t appear to have lost its stride. With victories over highly touted opponents like Fort Zumwalt South and Cedarburg—a top-ranked team from Wisconsin—the girls are playing like they have something to prove. “They kind of want to have their

own identity,” Iffrig observed of his team. “They play very confident, despite having lost some big time players.” Iffrig’s squad seems determined to create its own success this season. After being shrouded by the shadows of former Pattonville stars, the current team plays with a chip on its shoulder that only victory can remove. “We all feel like we have to step up so we’re working harder,” Mertz says. Mertz also mentions how keeping her teammates positive and focused will pay dividends as the team enters district play in mid-May. v

Boys’ volleyball makes improvements from last season Team performs above expectations dealing with physical, mental challenges throughout season

>>VOLLEYBALL, from pg. 1 The team started off the season losing its only player with varsity experience, but the team was ready to show that a young squad can win on the varsity level. In many sports, there is a big jump from the junior varsity level to the varsity level and volleyball is no different. “The teams that we play are much more solid and it is harder to put up points against them,” said Jake Deckard, junior defensive specialist. “[The team] has had a tough start but we are starting to become better.” The varsity team is already looking better than recent years. The team last year ended the season with a 9-20 record. Trent Oakes, junior libero, said, “At the end of this season, I believed that the team would have more wins than losses.” Though the current team has a record of 12-16, they still posted a better winning percentage than last year’s varsity team. “The whole season we’ve had some injuries, but we try to play with the best of our ability,” Oakes

Senior Josh Giancola (6) leads the team with 32 blocks. Giancola has been involved with volleyball all four years, and was the team’s captain in his first year of varsity play. Photo by Brady Bell. said. “It is more competitive and fun as long as the team is playing well.” With Pattonville being in the Suburban North conference, the volleyball team doesn’t have conference games at all due to schools not offering the sport. In fact the only schools that have a team in the Suburban North are Ritenour and Pattonville. So the team is forced to play the Parkways, Francis Howells and other local high schools with teams in the area.

In two years, Pattonville will be placed in the Suburban Conference 2, Division 1 with Kirkwood, Parkway North, Ritenour, Rockwood Summit, and Webster Groves. All those schools have a boys’ volleyball program, so the team will have a chance to be conference champions. The last time that the team did win a conference title was 2004. Until then, the team hopes to compete aggressively in district competitions despite all of their setbacks. v


>>LACROSSE, from pg. 1 The team’s season started by practicing indoors due to snowy conditions during the first week of tryouts in late February. At that point, the team focused on building skills for this sport that some of the girls were unfamiliar with until joining, along with endurance for their earliest games. “We worked a lot on conditioning, as well as catching and passing skills before getting into the more complicated stuff like choosing players and goalies,” explained Hernke. The girls’ lacrosse team has been squaring off against junior varsity competition both in and out of Pattonville’s current Suburban North Conference. Some of their opponents, such as Hazelwood East, have had a team for six years, while other schools are fairly new to the program, just like Pattonville. “It’s a learning experience for us and the girls on what we have to work on that you don’t realize until the game is over,” Hernke added. “Some girls have shown us skills that we don’t see in practice as soon as we get into our games.” Girls’ lacrosse players recognized the challenges heading into the season, but did not let these troubles hinder their confidence. “The biggest challenge we’ve had to face this year is that most of us have never played lacrosse before,” said junior attacker Abby Kushina. “Our motivation was to overcome these obstacles and set the bar high for future PHS girls’ lacrosse teams.” Although the team has adapted to tough conditions, a few players have already experienced injuries, making it difficult for the team to balance the line-up. “At one point our starting goalie dislocated her knee, and our replacement goalie had hurt her knee around the same time,” said senior center and team captain Nicky Spencer. “It was very nerve-wrecking, but we had to work around it for a few games.” Spencer said it was difficult to go up against teams that have played for years and have built team chemistry, but additionally mentioned that penalties affected the team more than injuries this season. “There are so many penalties and

restrictions that make [girls’ lacrosse] different than boys’ lacrosse,” Spencer said. “Even though our team can be physical at times, we’ve had to work at cutting down on penalties and playing to the rules.” The penalties are just part of the rules that can make the game more confusing for girls compared to boys. Fouls such as tripping and slashing with the stick are implemented for safety for both genders. However, boys’ lacrosse has a little more flexibility on calls allowing more contact and stick checks. “It’s a hard sport to get used to and the rules can be kind of tricky to remember,” admitted Kushina. “We’ve all learned to keep trying and we’re getting better because of our determination.” Through tough losses and a few emotional wins, the team has picked up on specific lessons and tidbits that will help them compete against skillful teams in the future. “I’ve learned how to defend and dodge properly, how to make the right passes, and how to make a breakaway count,” Spencer said. Regardless of the early setbacks, the girls’ lacrosse team has also experienced traces of success in the team’s first full year. The team had two wins, and their leading scorer, Hannah Mitchell, recorded over 20 of the team’s 90 total goals. Aside from statistics, the team has gained valuable experience and the teammates have become close to one another. “It amazed me how quickly we bonded together,” said freshman defenseman Samantha Wright. “We were all new to each other a few months ago, and everyone is so supportive of each other now.” Wright believed that the team united as one fairly quickly and that the team showed good work ethic and persistence during the season. “I feel proud and excited to represent Pattonville in a new sport to the school, community, and students,” Wright said. “Even though we didn’t have the best record, I feel like we have made a great impression on the other schools. I just want to go out on the field, give it my all, and make Pattonville look great every day.” Looking into the future, Hernke hopes the team “will practice out of season” and “gain some more interest” over the next few years. She added the program could be expanded to include a varsity team after two years based on how much the team improves and builds on this year’s experience. v

Team advances to championship in first season, falls to Chaminade >>WATER POLO, from pg 1

welcome surprise,” senior Brandon Van Buren said. One of the advantages this team had going into the season was the fact that it welcomed long-time swimmers from Pattonville, people that had been on both the boys and girls swim teams since their freshman year of high school, training that proved valuable during matches. “The stamina that you build up while swimming is something that cannot be duplicated well in any other way,” Van Buren said. “Your body gets conditioned to the water and everything starts to come a little easier.”

Max Bodde has led the offensive charge, scoring 83 of the team’s goals. Photo by Phillip Scherer. While some of the team did come straight from swimming to water polo, one exception is sophomore Max Bodde, who is the team’s leading scorer with 83 goals. Bodde swims for Bridgeton’s

swim team during the summer, but instead of swimming in the fall, Bodde plays for the soccer team. The experience with both sports has helped him quite a lot this season, as he said “the ability gained from the two different sports has helped in different ways. Swimming has helped me keep up my energy in the water, but soccer has helped me with ballhandling and ability to put the ball in the back of the net.” Another key factor on this team was the coaching of Mr. Marcus Christian. At the beginning of the season, before any other spring sports began practicing, Christian was organizing his team for practices in the early morning, in addition to

the daily practices after school. “The reaction to the morning practices was actually much more positive than I expected it to be,” Christian said. “I knew we had to do conditioning in the mornings in order to learn the game in the afternoons, but they responded well for the most part.” Van Buren admits that the practices were beneficial to their success. “Even though it wasn’t always fun while it was going on, it is obvious that we are better because we trained as hard as possible.” Though the experience was mainly positive in the mornings, one group of people that did not respond well was the freshmen that tried out for the team.

“We had seven freshman try out at the beginning of the season, but once the practices became difficult, only two of them remained,” said Christian. “If we want to continue to improve as a program, underclassmen are going to need to stick with the program next year and let their body get conditioned for the sport, not give up.” The team used this difficult training and experience in the pool to advance to the finals in the JV Championship Tournament to end the season, one that many of the players see as quite the success. “We knew we had the ability to be pretty good with the team we were putting out there, but in our first year, we couldn’t have expected to do this well,” said Bodde. v


Jessica’s Jabber

Just some little advice By Jessica Vargas


o all my underclassmen Pirates out there, I would like to give you some piece of advice about high school. Freshmen, high school goes by so fast it’s unbelievable; I’m serious. I can still remember being a freshman and it feels like it was just yesterday. I know what you guys are thinking: “No way, three more years here? That’s a long time from now.” I know, I was there, but trust me, those three years fly by faster than you think. When I was a freshman three years ago, I was told by a senior not to waste time. I will tell you the same thing. Freshman year is the time where you want to start getting good grades and keeping the GPA as high as possible. Do not slack. Some tips I can give you guys that could boost your GPA are studying-there are help-centers all over our campus, as well as tutoring. The longer you wait to actually try, the harder it’s going to be to bring your cumulative GPA back up. I would also recommend that you start working to get those 50 community service hours done. You do need 35 hours to be able to park on campus your junior year. Do not wait until the last minute to complete your full 50. I started my freshman year and completed all 50 by my sophomore year and let me tell you, it is great not having to worry about them. You can do so many things to complete your hours. You can always ask teachers if you could do something after school or stay after to help out with a sport. The community service office also has a list of places where students can earn some hours. If you want to get all 50 hours quickly, volunteering for 5th grade camp will get you on your way. Sophomores, keep it up. You guys are half way done. Sophomore year was probably the longest year, in my opinion. The reason why I think that is because being a sophomore isn’t like being a freshman or a junior.

Staff Editorial It is the opinion of the Pirate Press that future arrangements should be made to allow the students to keep their laptops in summer and past high school.


fter one full school year of learning with new technology, the laptops have provided mixed results for both the students and staff. Truthfully, some students enjoy using their MacBook Airs more than others and feel as if owning a laptop is handy for them both in and out of school. Regardless, students of all grade levels will have to return their MacBook Airs to the school after they take their last final exam. It was decided at the beginning of this school year that students would responsibly use the laptops and turn them in after second semester finals. Although the laptops are schoolprovided, students have become accustomed to living with it daily for over eight months. While there



Mariah’s Mind

Spend your summer wisely

Being a freshman, you’re excited because you are beginning your high school career and being a junior is knowing that you are an upperclassman and one year from being a senior. Sophomores are just sophomores. Juniors, you are almost done. Almost. My advice to you is to not diagnose yourself with “senioritis” too early. Some people say junior year was the hardest year of high school. In my opinion, I kind of agree. I mean, both sophomore and junior year are the toughest. You really have to try your best. Instead, start thinking about what you want to do after high school because the next year is going to speed by. Starting your senior year, make appointments with Ms. Kampschroeder in the college center to talk about what you need to start doing. She can help you with scholarships, seeing what you need for the college you want to go to and help you see what classes you might want to take when you go to that college. Make appointments with Ms. Leonard [senior counselor] and make sure you have what you need to graduate on time. Seniors, we did it. We are days from walking across that stage. All the hard work we did at Pattonville High School really paid off. I honestly cannot believe it. Senior year has gone by so fast and now we are all going to be going in different directions to pursue our dreams. It’s the end to a new beginning. May 30 is our day, class of 2013. So most importantly, underclassmen, enjoy it. High school should be fun and exciting, except for all of the work. Just kidding. Good luck, guys. v

s the end of the school year and the end of the seniors’ high school career rolls around, senioritis, which I know all of you are familiar with, seems to play a big part in our school days. We might not all have it, but we know what it is and how it works. Procrastination, laziness and naps during class. Sound familiar? Senioritis is highly contagious and very hard to get rid of. Speaking from personal experience, it tricks you into thinking that not doing your homework that is due the next day won’t affect your grade at all! It also makes you think that you have plenty of time to figure out what your next step after high school is, when really, time is flying by.

could be complications around students keeping school ownedlaptops on behalf of the district, having the option for students to keep the laptop after high school or during summer would be beneficial in many ways. Starting from scratch, laptops build responsibility and trust between the school and students. The fact that the school was able to issue the laptops for eight months to students who paid an insurance fee in August shows an increase in responsibility for students to get certain tasks done with their MacBooks wisely. Even though faculty members around the high school emphasize students to take nice care of their laptops, the one concern is the tendency for MacBook Airs to become damaged. While it would not be possible to have Pattonville’s technology specialists near every student after school, there are many local stores and technicians that can fix a variety of general laptop problems. Moving away from the settlements and accountability issues,

the MacBook Airs are a convenient source of education. Keeping the computers over the summer could help students complete summer assignments and prepare for college. Thus, it would allow the upcoming seniors to write essays and fill out applications, while holding on to their academic success. Students also have personal documents, applications, and files on their computer they use frequently because the computer conveniently holds them in the system. Although these files can be transferred onto flashdrives or SD cards, some saved documents can only be opened through Apple manufactured computers. Meaning that if one desired to improve a project on Pages and did not have that application on their other respected computer, they would not be able to work on it during their free time over summer. Outweighing all of the pros and cons, the laptops open up a world of individual and technological learning. Giving students more time to learn technological skills will only help them as the school

By Mariah Lindsey

opportunities available to students during summer vacation that could prove valuable later in life. Occupying yourself during the summer doesn’t always have to be boring, which is what most students would think. At the least, a student could complete their community service hours at a place that they actually enjoy, or work at another enjoyable place to gain money, work ethic, and experience for an eventual career. Playing sports in the off-season makes you physically fit, and decreases your chances of being rejected at try-outs during the school year. Academically preparing yourself for next school year could also be helpful, and can personally make you feel more intelligent. Of course, studying over the summer probably won’t make you the next academic superstar at Pattonville, but it certainly couldn’t hurt.

Regardless, for those freshmen, sophomores, and juniors returning to high school in the fall, think about how you spend your summer. Remember, these summer vacations are your last before college, and they don’t last forever. Would you rather help prepare for the rest of your life while enjoying yourself, or sit at home every day, lazily staring at a phone, gaining pounds by eating everything in sight? Going out and getting more experience with your free time is better than not accomplishing anything at all. v

Senioritis also has to do with the classes you take; the difficulty and the number of classes you have in a day. If you work hard your first three years, then by the time you’re a senior, you can choose classes that are not as difficult or even get approved for a shortened schedule for less classes in a day than normal. Taking easy, or “blow off,” classes as a senior is a privilege, not a right. You can’t slack off or take easy classes your first three years, and then expect to have an easy, laid back senior year. Reward comes from hard work, so to all underclassmen, I would strongly advise that you put in the effort if you want to be rewarded your last year of high school. After being voted for the super-

lative of Worst Case of Senioritis, I’ve learned and suggest to do as much as you can and work as hard as possible from the start, if you already know you’re going to catch senioritis by your fourth year of high school. v


n light of all the hype for many students’ senior year, many are eager to finally graduate high school and move on with their lives. Other students who have not yet been blessed with seniority are probably also eager for summer, but dread the idea of returning to school in the fall. To put off that idea, I’m sure that some of these younger students plan to completely kick it this summer; vacationing, partying, swimming and the like, while others plan on wasting their summer vacations away, constantly sleeping in, eating everything in sight, watching a full TV series on Netflix, or just hibernating at home. Personally, the latter doesn’t sound like a bad idea, but when a student looks back on a wasted summer, they could regret it. There are so many

Ferg’s Focus Don’t let senioritis overtake you By Elizabeth Ferguson


PATTONVILLE HIGH SCHOOL 2497 CREVE COEUR MILL ROAD MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO 63043 The Pirate Press is the open forum newspaper of the Pattonville High School. The opinions published are of the publication and are open to criticism. As the members of the 2012-2013 staff, we dedicate ourselves to the accurate and objective dissemination of information to all readers. We will protect and exercise our First Amendment rights. The viewpoints of all staff members are to be regarded as being separate from those of our administration, faculty, peers and adviser.

and the world adapts to more digital changes. In general, students could gain experience in the fields of typing, document usage and multimedia designing. Exploring all of the MacBook Airs’ features could be one small step in helping students become prepared for future school years. Obviously issuing laptops to students for more than one school year would require a lot of processing and direction. But allowing students to own the device for the

Editor’s Note: Elizabeth Ferguson was voted Worst Case of Senioritis by the Senior Class of 2013 for the annual yearbook superlatives. future provides so much optimism and opportunity that it’s hard to deject the idea immediately. While it is certain that all Pattonville students will return their MacBook Airs on the final day of school, making important decisions and steps to help the students keep the laptops past the school year would help Pattonville become well-known and respected across the district, state and nation. v

Cartoon By Eric Bateman Editor-in-Chief Jessica Vargas Co-Editor-in-Chief Joey Schneider Managing Editor Sierra Peerman Copy Editor Allison Leventhal Multimedia Editor Bionca Maldonado

Staff Writers Kyleigh Ambrosecchia Katherine Bahr Brady Bell Elizabeth Ferguson Eleanor Gershman Taylor Holmstrom Abby Kieffer Erin Leventhal Mariah Lindsay

Samantha Madden Deanna Moyer Phillip Scherer Maggie Vitale Timothy Vleisides Adviser Brian Heyman


Taste of



Renaissance hosted the 12th annual Taste of Pattonville on April 4. A wide variety of restaurants participated this year, some including Starbucks, Chevys, Macaroni Grill, and Smoothie King. Beth Moritz, sponsor of Renaissance, was the head of this event for the sixth time. Moritz said, “Taste of Pattonville started out as a fundraiser, but now it’s really more about bringing the comunity together.” Moritz added that the evening went beautifully and the samples were especially good this year. Branching outside of the Pattonville area, St. Louis has some other great restaurants to taste. By Allison Leventhal

Miss Aimee B’s Tea Room & The Upstairs Market

Cheese-ology Macaroni and Cheese

Fitz’s American Grill & Bottling Works

Jilly’s Cupcake Bar & Cafe

Miss Aimee B’s is located in St. Charles, on the ground floor of a house built in 1865. The two floors upstairs have trinkets and antiques available to buy. A waitress at the restaurant recommended the French toast, which is made from homemade French bread, topped with pecans, oats, cinnamon, and brown sugar.

Cheeseology, located in the Delmar Loop, is perfect for lunch. Lauren Artelt, 11, has been to Cheeseology multiple times and claims that it is her favorite restaurant. Artelt said, “It’s unique because the only thing they serve is mac and cheese, but there are so many different kinds! My favorite is the buffalo chicken.”

Fitz’s, famous for their root beer, is also located in the Delmar Loop. The root beer, along with other soda flavors, is even produced right in the restaurant, where customers can see the soda being made. Brett Dayton, 11, said Fitz’s is cool because they only have one location, and it is right here in St. Louis. “I usually order the Philly Cheesesteak sandwich with a root beer float. How can you go to Fitz’s and not get a root beer float?” said Dayton.

Jilly’s Cupcake Bar & Cafe, famous for their decadent cupcakes, is located in Delmar. Jilly’s offers many different flavored cupcakes, some of which are rotated out monthly. Flavors range from standard vanilla to maple bacon. Kelli Mills, 11, said she first heard about the cupcake bar after they won Cupcake Wars, a show on the Food Network. Since then, Mills has gone back to Jilly’s a couple of times. She said, “It’s neat because each time you go, they have a different flavor that you haven’t seen or even heard of before.”

Where: Miss Aimee B’s Tea Room & The Upstairs Market, 837 First Capitol Dr., St. Charles, MO 63301; (636) 946-4202,

Where: Cheese-ology Macaroni and Cheese, 6602 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63130; (314) 863-6365;

Where: Fitz’s American Grill & Bottling Works, 6605 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, 63130; (314) 726-9555; fitzsrootbeer. com

Where: Jilly’s Cupcake Bar & Cafe, 8509 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63124; 314.993.JILLY (5455); jillyscupcakebar. com

Don’t Miss Dish: French Toast with Bacon

Don’t Miss Dish: Buffalo Chicken

Don’t Miss Dish: Philly Cheese Steak

Don’t Miss Dish: 24-Karat Carrot Cake

Vibe: Cozy and quaint

Vibe: Retro

Vibe: Family-oriented

Vibe: Frilly

Entree Price: $6.49

Entree Price: $7.50

Entree Price: $8.99

Entree Price: $5.00

When: Sun-Mon, Closed; Tues-Sat, 9a-3p

When: Mon-Thu, 11a-9p; Fri-Sat, 11a-10p; Sun, 12p-9p

When: Sun-Thu, 11a-9p; Fri-Sat, 11a-10p

When: Mon-Sat, 9a-6p; Sun, 9a-4p

Summer Plans Made By Bionca Maldonado and Deanna Moyer

With school winding down everyone’s thoughts are on summer vacation, some are planning vacations, hanging out with friends or getting jobs and enjoying summer. Others will be at summer schools. What are students from Pattonville up to this summer?

Zach Tracy “I’m working at QuikTrip over summer break because I need car money. I’m only excited for summer because there’s no school and I’ll get to drive, so that’s cool, but I’m really ready for senior year.”

Zach Moutry “In June, I’m going to the Lake of the Ozarks to go boating. I hope I go on a helicopter ride, I’ve never done it before and I think it’ll be exciting. I’m not really ready for next year. Honestly, I’m only ready for senior year.”

Jordyn Wilson “When break starts, I’m mostly staying home, and I’m visiting various schools across the nation to prepare for myself for the future. Over summer, I wish to get a job and apply for scholarships.”

Jordan Jones “Over summer, I’m planning to go to Atlanta, Chicago, and Florida. I’m going to Atlanta to visit my college, I’m going to Chicago to visit my family, and I’m going to Florida in June for my mom’s birthday. I hope to have fun at Disney World in Florida, meet future classmates in Atlanta, and spend time with my aunt in Chicago.”

Athletes prepare for the first X-Fit Games at Pattonville By Kyleigh Ambrosecchia and Abby Kieffer


n May 15, Pattonville is holding its first ever cross-fit games sponsored by Mr. Justin Smiley. Each student that entered the cross-fit games had their own preparations and goals to achieve. Jalen Allen prepared himself by running track, going to the weight room, and staying fit. “I wanna see how I place with people at Pattonville,” Allen said. He wants to prove that he’s one of the elite in being fit. Frankie Doyle said he prepared himself by playing water polo and working out in and out of school. He joined cross-fit because his friend told him to and it seemed like fun. “I want to prove to myself that I’m the most physical person in Pattonville,” Doyle said.

Wiggle, wiggle,wiggle...I work out

1 Travis Beal works hard doing inclines. “This excercise can help you build up more stamina and chest muscles,” said Beal. “To properly do this exercise, you have to put the amount of weight on the barbell that you can lift and not bounce the bar. You have to be able to keep it steady.”

2 Norby Stausbach gets fit doing the high pull. “This exercise helps you by training your muscles to withhold a lot of use in a long period of time,” Stausbach said. To do this exercise, grab the bar with an overhand grip, bend at your hips and knees to squat down, pull the bar as high as you can by standing up as you bend your elbows and raise your upper arms.

3 Dani Lopez does a body weight squat. “It helps me with strength and endurance,” Lopez said. To properly do this exercise, you have to squat with the weight and lift with your knees, not your back.

4 Vadim Mamrenko said, “The barbell row puts me in the mindstate of self discipline.” To properly do this exercise, one must bend over and grab the barbell with an overhand grip and bring it to the chest.

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