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Pattonville High School 2497 Creve Coeur Mill Road Maryland Heights MO 63043 l Vol. 75 Issue: 6 March 2011

Construction to be completed by August 2012

At left, the new design for the stadium has been completed. The new stadium includes a standalone structure for concessions and four unisex outdoor locker rooms. The new artificial turf field will be used not only by the football team but for soccer, marching band, field hockey and lacrosse. Photo courtesy of Ron Orr.

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he Pattonville School District Board of Education has released preliminary designs concerning the construction of the new stadium and natatorium complex. These new facilities will be funded by Proposition K and construction is to begin in August. “We are spending a lot of time paying attention to details,” Superintendent Mike Fulton said. “When schools build facilities like this, you want to make them right.” The demolition of the stadium will be the first phase of the year-long project set for completion by August 2012. “It will be a goal to have that happen sometime without a lot of traffic on it,” Financial CEO Ronald Orr said. Orr plays a large role in the construction and design of the new Pattonville complexes since the district’s facilities branch reports directly to him. The construction of the football stadium and installation of the new turf field will interfere with football season. Therefore, the administration is in the process of seeking a new area for the football team to host home games. “We are looking at various options

At right, the design for the natatorium will include a full-size swimming pool. The pool will be used by the high school boys’ and girls’ swim teams as well as local club teams in the evenings. Photo courtesy of Ron Orr.

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Pattonville Briefs Compiled by Jessica Brunts

Prom is May 6 at the Westport Sheraton Chalet. Doors open at 6 p.m. The dance is 7-11 p.m. The theme is “Midnight Masquerade” and the colors are purple, silver and black.

Pattonville High School students Tyran Brooks, Will Cody and Kha Vo were selected to have work featured in Florissant Valley Community College’s High School Art Exhibit. Brooks, a senior, was awarded honorable mention for his piece “Bite Me.”

The 5th Annual Taste of Pattonville will be March 31. Tickets will be sold at lunch for $12 and will also be available at the door.

Cappies critic Lora Hakanson, 12, will have her review of “Hairspray” forwarded to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for having the No. 1 review. Also, her review of “The Wiz” will be forwarded to Patch.com for having the No. 3 student review. Critic Megan Jones, 12, will have her review of “Hairspray” forwarded St. Louis Beacon for having the No. 3 review.

New high school principal selected Joe Dobrinic to take over for Sara Keene beginning July 1 By Geri Farrell and Elise Moser

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oe Dobrinic has been selected by the Pattonville School District as the new head principal at the high school. Dobrinic is currently the head principal at Hazelwood West High School in Florissant, Mo. Superintendent Mike Fulton looks forward to how Dobrinic’s principal experience will play out at Pattonville. “Mr. Dobrinic has experience at a school that is even bigger than Pattonville,” Fulton said. “He’s done a nice job working with students, staff and parents as head principal [of

Hazelwood West High School].” According to Fulton, Dobrinic also displays key qualities of an effective principal. “He is a very good listener and I think that is something people are going to learn about him as they get to know him better,” Fulton said. Dobrinic grew up in Bridgeton, Mo., attending the district’s schools and was a 1988 graduate of Pattonville High School. “I was part of the last sixth grade class at Bridgeway Elementary,” Dobrinic said. During this time, the district was beginning to integrate middle schools into the Pattonville school system. Therefore, after sixth grade at Bridge-

way Elementary, Dobrinic went on to attend seventh and eighth grade at the newly formed Pattonville Heights Middle School. “Pattonville had great teachers. There were three or four teachers I remember that had a really strong impact on me. They challenged me in ways I needed to be challenged,” Dobrinic said of his Pattonville experience. During his high school years, he participated in debate and was even coached by current debate teacher Randy Pierce. Dobrinic attended the University of Missouri Columbia and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in history.

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The Minority Diversity Achievement Club Talent Show is March 31 from 2:30-5 p.m. in the auditorium. The theme of the talent show is “The Decades from the 1920s to the Present.”

Seniors Brian Gibson, Madison Emerick, Jade Notice and Tyran Brooks all have artwork accepted into the juried exhibition “The Next Generation” at the Soulard Art Market and Contemporary Gallery. Notice earned a 2nd place award in the show and Brooks earned the “Best of Show” for the second consecutive year.

Junior Chelsea Sims was elected as the Lieutenant Governor for Division 6 of the Missouri-Arkansas District of Key Club International.

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New principal Joe Dobrinic talks with Austin Keathly, 11, and Michael Blaesing, 12, on Tuesday, March 15. The high school held a “meet and greet” for Dobrinic and the community Tuesday evening. Photo by Jacob Sharp


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VDT hosts 37th Annual Variety Show March 17-19 By Jacqueline Neil

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he Pattonville Varsity Drill Team hosts an annual variety show showcasing all of its dance routines perfomed each year. The variety show will have a total of 21 acts, four of which will be choreographed by VDT members and one by head coach Katie Funderburk. “As a coach I really like seeing the girls end the season celebrating their success on the stage one last time,” Funderburk said. “As an ‘03 VDT alumna I enjoy being a part of their journey.” The variety show is the team’s final performance to conclude its season. “I feel more free to do what I want during [Variety Show] practices, just because there isn’t any competition,” senior Gabby Sealey said. The Annual Varsity Drill Team Vari-

ety Show is one of Pattonville’s most popular events and is in its 37th year. This year, there will be two unnamed special guests starring in the show. Varsity Drill Team is one of the most prestigious sports Pattonville has to offer. Among the many teams, and individuals sent off to state, VDT has made multiple appearances at the Universal Dance Association’s National Competition and members have placed in the top 10 at every competition they have been involved in this year. On Feb. 5-6, VDT went to Orlando, Fla., to compete at Nationals. “When we arrived at Orlando, I wasn’t really nervous,” junior Arriana Buchheit said. “Then it hit me when we entered the Castle [at Disney World] and I was totally ready to unleash my inner excitement.”

The girls placed 6th in hip-hop this year after a 4th place finish in 2010. Practicing for Nationals differs from practicing for the annual variety show. Looking above the stands in Pattonville’s gymnasium, banners of their achievements hang on the wall. “When we’re performing in the gym, I’ll look up at those banners and strive to live up to the VDT legacy at Pattonville,” junior Sarah Marx said. Pattonville students have many reasons to flaunt their success at the Variety Show. VDT has more team awards than any other sport at Pattonville over the past four years. “It’s a lot of pressure, to live up to those standards, even if we’ve set them for ourselves last year,” Marx said. The student body isn’t the only

The Varsity Drill Team rehearses its pom routine on the stage in the auditorium. Photo by Jacqueline Neil

The Varsity Drill Team ends each season with an annual variety show featuring dances from the year. Photo by Jacqueline Neil group of people to have “standards” for these girls. VDT alumnae come back every year to show support for the team. Many teachers who are currently at Pattonville were VDT members as students. English teacher Beth Moritz watches the girls at rehearsals to help. “Mrs. Moritz can be tough when she comes to our practices but in the end I’m very thankful for her because alumnae like her help us look better,” junior Tiarra Pereda said. Off the stage, the team works really hard for its success. Members have three to four hours of practice four times a week. At the practices, the VDT gets straight to work beginning with a 10 minute run proceeding with 20 more minutes of stretching and simple dance skills. “Sometimes, I do feel like our athletic output is misunderstood. I’ll walk past other teams at their practices and notice how our hour warm-up takes more effort than their practice overall,” Marx said. In the end, Marx will always use halftime shows at football and basketball games to her own benefit. “It brings me down to notice the crowd isn’t very attentive, but I’ll always smile and put all my effort into my performances,” Marx said. I don’t

want to be embarrassed.” Variety show practices do not have long warm-ups, due to the rehearsals in the auditorium. These practices give the team one last chance to bond before their year ends. “It’s sad to end my last four years on drill team in general. Now it’s over,” senior Gabby Sealey said. Every year a wave of drill team seniors graduate. This year, seven of the 16 girls will be graduating. “I know the girls who will be graduating this year have a lot of potential in their futures, and they’ll excel after high school,” Funderburk said. With multiple members graduating, dancers from the junior varsity squad will move up to the varsity level during the tryouts held in the spring. “[VDT] is a year-long thing with a very short break in the spring,” Marx said. Drill team is a very determined program and the team coaches evaluate every potential drill team member extensively looking for talent. In order to keep the tradition of success alive, Funderburk said, “After the teams are made and before we officially start our season, all the coaches sit down and discuss what our goals are and ways to prepare JV for Varsity.” v

Math department celebrates Pi Day by “pi-ing” teachers, serving pie at lunches Students enter raffle to win chance to pie teachers in face for Pi Day By Elise Moser

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he Math Club sponsored Pi Day activities on Thursday, March 10, and Monday, March 14. Students could purchase tickets for a chance to throw a pie at a teacher during Contact Time on Thursday and to get a slice of pie at lunch on Monday which was officially Pi Day. Pi Day is celebrated on March 14 because of the numerical sequence of 3.14 which represents pi. Funds generated from the ticket sales benefit the math club. The club attends math competitions in the St. Louis area. Math teacher and club sponsor David DeMoss was excited for the first celebration of Pi Day at Pattonville High School in years. “It’s just a day that we get to celebrate math and have fun,” he said. DeMoss hoped by celebrating Pi Day, students

would have some fun with a commonly disliked subject. “A lot of students don’t like math,” he said. “It’s just a way to have some fun and celebrate an important part of math that they see quite often.” The members of the math club worked hard to prepare for the Pi Day festivities. The students designed flyers, solicited pie donations from local businesses and got teachers and administrators to volunteer to be on the receiving end of the pie throwing. Assistant principal Cara Hiripitiyage was one of the volunteers at this year’s Pi Day and said she got hit a little too hard. “I got pied pretty good and was a little sore afterward. But there are no hard feelings,” she said. Hiripitiyage suggested students standing back farther and throwing the pies next year. “I think it can be a great thing to do but it might be nice to have some distance,” she said. Math club president junior Ryan Sosnowski said celebrating Pi Day at Pattonville was a way “to show people how important math is and that it is not always boring.” v

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The Dodgeball Tournement was held on Friday, March 11. The “Average Joes” placed first. At right, the “Balls of Fury” talks strategy with their teacher sponsor, Brian Lewis, center. Below, seniors Jimmy Beniost and Chad Jokerst prepare to throw a ball while Emily Cockrum dodges her opponents’ throws.

The Pattonville Honors Orchestra and the Pattonville Chamber Orchestra received the highest rating of “Superior” at the MSHSAA state music festival March 9. The Pattonville Chamber and Pattonville Women’s Choirs both received the highest rating of “Superior” at the MSHSAA state music festival March 8. The Pattonville Concert choir earned the next highest rating of “Excellent.” Seniors Alex Dalton and Samantha Twyman qualified for the National Forensics League National Tournament in public forum debate. The tournament will be held in Dallas from June 13-18. The Pirate Press attended the Sponsors of School Publications Conference March 7 and earned an Excellent rating for Overall Newspaper. Individually, Jacob Sharp, 12, was awarded Best of Show for Newspaper Illustration, Geri Farrell, 12, was awarded the rating of Superior for her News Story, Sharp and Elise Moser, 12, were awarded the rating of Excellent for Newspaper Front Page Design and News Story, Moser and Farrell were awarded Honorable Mention for Newspaper Feature Story, and Chris Babb, 12, was awarded the rating of Honorable Mention for his Newspaper Review and Editorial Cartoon.

Dobrinic Continued from page 1 He later attended Lindenwood University and graduated with a degree in Education Administration. He is now working toward his doctoral degree at Maryville University. Dobrinic began his education career as a middle school history teacher in the Hazelwood School District. He became an assistant principal at Hazelwood West in 2004. In 2008, he became the head principal at West. Dobrinic’s first priority is to build relationships with Pattonville students, staff and parents. “I think anytime that you’ve been someplace for six to seven years you take time to develop community relationships,” he said. “You’ve got to really revisit what you’re all about [when you get a new position] and reflect and say ‘that was something I did well’ or ‘that was something to

improve on.’” As principal, he hopes to inspire high school students to become better people. “[High school] is where I learned to be a productive adult,” he said. In addition, he hopes to provide new opportunities for students, especially juniors and seniors. “I want to make sure we have bundled well with the corporate and business community,” he said. Dobrinic is optimistic that this relationship with the local community will help provide internships and better job awareness for students. “A lot of high schoolers are not aware of all the different jobs out there,” Dobrinic said. “I think it will really give kids at Pattonville a leg up.” Dobrinic was selected after a vigorous selection process. Over 50 candidates applied for the position. About 10 of those applicants were then brought in for interviews with Fulton and other district officials. From there, four candidates,

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including Dobrinic, attended a community forum for students, staff and parents. “When we take candidates out to the building, students have a chance to put their voice on the table just like the staff,” Fulton said. Feedback from these appearances plays a big role in the selection process. “These processes are real. These comments are real. I read every single comment that’s made,” Fulton said. “Student voice is extremely important,” he added. After the community interviews, Fulton and the Learning Center team spend a day with the candidates, one final chance to get to know the applicants. From there, a long deliberation ensued between the district officials. In the end, Fulton makes the final decision. v

at the moment. We are looking at the best venues we can,” Fulton said. However, Fulton also stressed that even though the district is looking for high-quality playing fields, the cost of renting those fields plays a large factor in choosing a venue. The district is keeping an eye out for local high schools that already use turf fields. “If the high school has grass it’s likely they’ll not let us use the facilities,” Fulton said. According to the superintendent, grass fields are easily ruined. Many high schools that use these kinds of fields are unwilling to diminish their quality by having Pattonville play home games on them. No contracts settling this issue have been signed yet. However, the superintendent commented that the district is looking at turf fields in St. Charles as possibilities. He made it clear that it is very unlikely that Pattonville will have only one venue to call “home” next season. “It’s really hard to get one place for all games,” Fulton said, “We want [homecoming to be] a really nice, good venue, but we are looking for places beyond that.” However, the district is hopeful that construction will have progressed enough by spring to be functional for track season. “As next spring rolls around, the stadium will not be completely finished, but the track will be usable,” Orr said. If the track is not usable by this time, the track team will also have other options. As a result of Proposition K, both of the middle schools will receive full-size, rubberized tracks on their campuses. The track team will be given the opportunity to use these areas if the high school’s track is unusable during the spring season. Orr also squashed rumors that there will be fewer parking spots after the construction. “Overall we’re not intending to lose parking spots,” he said. “We don’t really expect there to be any parking issues next year as far as students and staff go.” The parking lot will undergo a new configuration, allowing for easier student pick-up and drop-off and

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better traffic flow in the lot. In addition, a new overfill lot will be added behind the school to accommodate large crowds for events such as home football games. The proposed stadium will include 2,700 seats on the home side, an increase of 500 seats, and 700 on the visitor’s side. All areas are accessible for disabled persons. In addition, the preliminary design boasts four new unisex locker rooms for athletes. “The school will be going from having two older locker rooms that are in need of repair to four 60-locker locker rooms that will be outside,” Orr said. The natatorium will also house two more locker rooms. “We wanted to make sure we had enough locker rooms and enough places for students to change,” Orr said. The natatorium is slated to be finished in August 2012. However, the district is still unsure whether or not the pool will be open for public use. “We will start out with just having the pool being used for the high school,” Fulton said. Although the pool may be open during the evenings for club teams to use, there are no immediate plans for the pool to be open to the community. “We don’t have anything in there right now that goes beyond our students,” Fulton said about the pool. Fulton said he is optimistic that the natatorium will “open up doors of opportunity that [students] currently will not be able to access.” The new complexes at Pattonville will also provide the opportunity for the school to adopt some new sports. Co-ed water polo, girls’ lacrosse and girls’ field hockey will be added to the list of offered sports at Pattonville High School. Fulton said the middle schools are creating interest in these new activities by generating awareness in them. With students being exposed to and the high interest in these activities, Fulton is hopeful that the students coming to and currently at the high school will get involved in the new activities and participate. v

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Pattonville musicians gain valuable performance experience Many students earn “1” ratings at Solo and Small Ensemble Festival, advance to state festival By Jessica Brunts

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large number of students involved in the music program at Pattonville participated in the Solo and Small Ensemble festival March 4 at Florissant Valley Community College. The students are judged on their performances and given a 1 to 5 rating with 1 being the best. Earning a 1 rating qualifies students to participate at the state level competition in April. Many Pattonville soloists and ensembles were state qualifiers. Students involved in band, orchestra and choir participated in the festival. Some students even participated in a variety of ways. Senior Megan Jones performed two vocal solos, a clarinet solo and performed in a mixed woodwind quartet. Her vocal performance and

quartet both earned a 1 rating which qualifies her for state. “I’ve never been to state for Solo and Small Ensemble,” Jones said, “but I’ve always wanted to go so I’m really excited.” Jones has participated in the Solo and Ensemble festival since middle school. “It gives me a chance to work on strengthening my musical abilities in a solo or small group setting instead of a large group,” she said. “There’s more of a chance to get individual attention for trouble spots.” “I participated so I could demonstrate my solo abilities outside of a large group,” junior Jacob Johnson said. Johnson performed a baritone saxophone solo and performed in the same mixed woodwind quartet as Jones. His solo, as well as the quartet, earned a rating of 1, qualifying for state. “I was very stressed out in the beginning of the day,” Johnson said, “but when I walked into the [performance] room, everything was calm. It was pleasant.”

Senior Madison Sportsman showcases one of her many talents. She later earned a superior rating for her vocal solo. Photo by Jacob Sharp

T he festival is an all day event. Many students can end up spending most of the day at the festival depending on the scheduling of their performances. Jones’s first performance was at 2:30 p.m. and her last one was at 6:45 p.m. However, she had to stay until 8 p.m. to view her scores. Rain caused some problems for students with performances in the afternoon. “It was hard to warm up,” Jones said. “You’re not supposed to warm up in the building [where the performances are] and it was pouring outside.” She said many people tried to quietly warm up in the lobby or under the overhangs outside. Some students used door handles as music stands while others had fellow students or parents hold up the music. Sophomore Chris Aman participated in the festival for orchestra. His viola solo and string quartet both earned a 1 rating and qualified for state. He has participated in the Solo and Ensemble Festival since 6th grade. “Usually [the day] is hectic, but not this year,” Aman said. “It was relaxing and I wasn’t as stressed.” Junior Laura Deutschmann also qualified for state with her woodwind trio. Deutschmann played trumpet. She participated with her trio, a trumpet solo and a quartet. “I would have liked to have done better with my solo,” Deutschmann said, “But I got a 1 with my trio and I’m excited to go to state with my good friends.” Senior Josh Eldridge performed two vocal solos and qualified for state. “I learned a lot about how to sing the right way,” Eldridge said. Freshman Christina Goetz, a member of Pattonville’s top choir, also performed two vocal solos at the

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Junior David Lindsay performs his trombone solo at the Solo and Small Ensemble Festival with his accompanist Pat Bauer. He earned a superior rating for this event. Photo by Jacob Sharp competition. Vocal participants are required to sing two solos as their performance. Goetz earned a 2 on her solo. “It was a new challenge,” Goetz said. “I’m a freshman and I’ve never done Solo and Ensemble in high school. It’s different [on the high school level], they judge differently.” Goetz participated in the Solo and Ensemble festival in middle school for both choir and orchestra. “The judging was more difficult,” Goetz said. “I knew where my standards were. You’re dealing with a range between freshmen to seniors and even the seniors have to try really hard to get a 1.” The festival always takes place the first weekend of March, according to the Pattonville choir director Melynda Lamb. “That’s especially difficult for our Pattonville singers because it is right after the musical,” Lamb said. Many choir students also participate in the musical which makes preparing for the festival more difficult. The

musical can also be vocally trying, leaving singers little time for their voices to recover for the festival. As festival participants look back on their performances, there are some aspects they believe they could have improved on. “I didn’t have a lot of time to prepare before my quartet because it was an hour after my voice solo,” Jones said. “I wish I would have had more time to warm up, my tone wasn’t as good [as it could have been].” Eldridge said one thing he can improve on is rounding his vowels when he sings. Deustchmann believes there could have been more preparation with her ensembles. Aman said he could have played with more of an even tone and had better dynamics. Despite little mistakes made in the competition, many students are going on to participate in the state competition. The state competition will take place at the end of April. v

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Pattonville senior nominated for Dream Factory trip to D.C. Student with spinocerebellar ataxia receives a trip to Washington, D.C. By Andrew Tyahla

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enior Aaron Shanklin has been nominated to go on a trip to Washington D.C., thanks to an organization called the Dream Factory. The dates of the trip are still being worked out. Most students at school might not know Shanklin by name, but many would know him by sight. He is often recognized as the young man who zooms around in an electric wheelchair. Dream Factory is an organization that is similar to the Make-a-Wish Foundation. According to the Dream Factory National Headquarters Web site, the mission of Dream Factory is “to grant dreams to critically and chronically ill children from the ages of three through eighteen.” Unlike the Make-a-Wish foundation, Dream Factory does not limit itself to children with terminal illnesses; rather it serves all children who suffer from physical or mental pain from their conditions. In Shanklin’s case, Dream Factory is responsible for his trip to Washington D.C. Shanklin is afflicted with spinocerebellar ataxia (SCA), a genetic disorder that is progressive. “Apparently, his mom had one form of it or another,” Diane Gozdzialski, the Special School District teacher who works with Shanklin, said. There is no known cure and while mental capacity is retained, the disorder is characterized by failure of fine coordination of muscle movement. It is also a degenerative condition, meaning that it will get worse as the individual ages.

One of the first things to be affected is balance and walking ability. As the condition persists, the affected person will require mobility assistance, starting with a cane, followed by a walker and eventually a wheelchair. Other affected areas are arms, hands and muscles that control speech and swallowing. As a result, speech becomes slurred and it becomes easier to choke. “At this point,” Gozdzialski said, “Aaron is using one of those devices that he needs to push a button in order to speak.” Not everyone with SCA exhibits the same symptoms. One person might end up being more prone to choking, while another may not have those muscles affected. Also, one person might have to use a wheelchair to be mobile but others might only have to use a cane. Naturally, Shanklin has obstacles to overcome. “It’s hard for me to do the things that I used to,” Shanklin said, “such as writing and hanging out with friends.” However, he does not let it stop him. Shanklin plans on getting a college education and studying law. First, he plans to attend Florissant Valley Community College for two years. “Then, maybe, I’ll go to Mizzou later,” Shanklin said. But first is Shanklin's trip to the nation’s capital. “I am looking forward to seeing the museums,” Shanklin said. v

Senior Aaron Shanklin studies for his human anatomy class in the nurses’ office. Photo by Courtney McNeese

‘Talk About It’ program allows students to talk about suicide, depression Students encouraged to talk with staff members By Armand Hayes

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risis counselors Sue Caimi, Anetra Chapman and Alysia Harris and social studies teacher Debbie Jackson have established the Talk About It program at Pattonville High School. “Talk About It is a group effort that benefits students and teachers,” Jackson said. “Teachers get to know students more and get closer to them, making it more comfortable to talk

to them.” Jackson said, “The big question that the teachers need to know is if the student is thinking about killing themselves.” Staff who are involved in Talk About It wear red shirts on Tuesdays with contact information of suicide prevention groups and organizations on the back. The program consists of 108 volunteer teachers and staff who have all received training in how to handle suicide, bullying and depression. According to Caimi, the point of the program is to raise suicide aware-

Hannah’s Health Quieting the mind provides stress relief for teenagers By Hannah Johnson

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or many people, the concept of meditation brings to mind images of Tibetan monks in flowing golden robes. That is not what I am talking about. Meditation can fit into busy, modern lives, and can be extremely beneficial to teenagers. According to Dr. Cheryl Shea, a chiropractor whose office is located in Kirkwood, meditation is the practice of silencing the mind. In the hectic world of a high school student, a little quiet relaxation is priceless. Mediation boasts many benefits for mind and body. It has been shown to help reverse some diseases and reduce stress. Meditation can also help people to reach greater clarity and focus. Many people who meditate find that they are simply happier and healthier. There is no specific set of steps for meditation. However, there are some guidelines for different styles of meditation to help you get started.

For example, walking can be used as a method for meditation. Shea likes to think about inhaling positive feelings and exhaling negative emotions while walking through parks. This idea of breathing is a great way to get started with meditation. The steady inflation and deflation of the lungs provides a focus for the mind. One can also be aware of the gentle sound of air rushing back and forth. This focus on something tangible, yet internal, is an excellent way to dabble in the world of meditation. Shea suggests sitting on a cushion and leaning against a wall. Any position is suitable for meditation, as long as it is comfortable. However, try to avoid falling asleep. Laying down may not be the best choice for lengthy periods of meditation. Listening to music can help some people to center themselves. Using the same music over and over can train the body to relax with the familiar sounds. Others prefer complete silence to better concentrate inward. The practice of meditation can help students to discern the correct course of action without being overwhelmed by the opinions of others.v

ness within teenagers. Originating from Jackson’s former school, Riverview Gardens, the program came about from one of her former students attempting to commit suicide. Wanting to help end the mental suffering of her student, she talked to him whenever he felt angry about anything. “The student actually came back and told me that talking to me helped him a lot,” Jackson said. Depression hits teenagers hard and is very difficult to cope with alone. Having the chance to talk to a teacher

can make the fact of exploiting personal business to someone slightly easier. The program has been helpful for some students by giving them an opportunity to discuss personal matters with teachers about problems or issues that are disturbing them in complete confidentiality. But some students believe teachers don’t know enough to actually understand or know what to do. According to Principal Dr. Sara Keene, depending on the situation, it is the teacher’s job to call and report the information to the police depart-

ment. Situations that hurt the child physically like slashing their wrist or their parents treating them horribly would be told to authorities, but any of the information that has to go to the police is strictly confidential. Whether it’s hereditary or a low point in a person’s life, depression can be a dark pit that can lead to loneliness and suicide. “Having the feeling to know that what I said can change a person’s mind is a feeling that I can’t explain,” Jackson said. v

Chakras

are the seven energy centers of the body. Each correlates with an area in the body as well as certain emotions and traits.*

Crown Chakra: Enlightenment is the goal of this final chakra. As the top of the body, the crown chakra is a link to the heavens.

The Third Eye Chakra: This can be considered the “sixth sense.” It is essentially intuition. Throat Chakra: The throat chakra is connected to expression and communication along with the thyroid and lungs. Heart Chakra: Women are supposedly more comfortable in the heart chakra since it centers around love and compassion. Physically, the immune system and circulation are linked to the heart chakra. The Solar Plexus Chakra: Typically associated with men, this chakra controls will power. Problems with digestion or metabolism may be connected to the solar plexus. Sacral Chakra: Emotion, creativity, and passionate love are the central elements of this area. *Although chakras are not based on science, studying the Root Chakra: This chakra relates to survival connections between mind and body can be beneficial and stability. It is believed to react to problems with to one’s health. Chakras can be a useful method for self- weight and finances. assessment.


Sports

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Cardinals baseball 2011 season outlook The St. Louis Cardinals hope for Central Division championship title

By Brendan Everson and Kristen Dehner

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s the 2011 season approaches, the Cardinals try to put the 2010 season behind them. They finished second in the Central Division and were four games

out of the playoffs. As the offseason began, Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak was eager to move on. Moving on can be hard to do, but one of the easiest ways is to get something better than you had before, and Ryan Theriot is believed to be just that. Most Cardinal fans know of the struggles that former shortstop Brendan Ryan was having at the plate and fully understand the need for a replacement. Theriot has a career average of .284 and is a respected de-

fensive shortstop. He may not bring the defensive prowess that Ryan had but he will get the job done. Getting the job done is all Lance Berkman knows how to do. He has a career average of .296 and has 327 home runs and 1099 RBIs. Production has never been a problem for Berkman, until last year. He hit .248 with only 14 home runs and 58 RBIs. It was an off year for Berkman and Cardinals fans hope that he can move past that season and perform how he

Adam Wainwright injured his throwing arm during a batting session in Spring Training. Wainwright required Tommy John surgery and is out for the season. Photo courtesy of AP images.

has throughout most of his career. Another question surrounding Berkman is his ability to play the outfield. He is 35 years old and has been playing first base since 2007. He obviously cannot play there as Albert Pujols has that spot locked down. Berkman will be tested in the outfield and if all goes to plan, then the Cardinals will be extremely happy they spent the $8 million to sign him. Even though the Cardinals did sign a few players, they could not extend the contract of Albert Pujols. Pujols was in the news constantly regarding if he would be returning to the Cardinals in the 2012 season. The Cardinals and Pujols have not agreed on a contract thus far. He will possibly enter free agency after this season. The last offer was just under $200 million, but Pujols desired a $300 million contract over a 10-year period. St. Louis Cardinals fans don’t want to see Pujols with another team, but it is possible Pujols will move teams. Aside from Pujols’ unsigned extension, one thing has happened this spring that the Cardinals are not happy about. Adam Wainwright had to get Tommy John surgery after he felt a twinge in his elbow while throwing a batting practice session. He will be out for the entire season, but he does expect to be back next year. Even though it is only one season, losing an ace is a big deal. It is near impossible to replace the

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runner-up for last year’s Cy Young Award. No team is going to trade away an ace and there is not that type of talent still available in free agency. With all external options gone, the Cardinals must find another starter internally. Kyle McClellan is the leading candidate as he had a great season last year. The problem is that if McClellan does start, there will be a huge late inning void in the bullpen. Either way, the Cardinals have to find a fifth starter that they know can perform by the end of spring training. Last year, Cardinals third baseman, David Freese had surgery on both of his ankles. Before he got the surgery, he was already anticipating coming back for the 2011 season. March 7 was Freese’s first game back with the Cardinals. He came back with 3 RBIs and went 2-for-3 in the game. His performance in the field was also exceptional after coming back from surgery. Fans are likely to see good things from this returning Cardinals third baseman. The Cardinals have once again put a good team on the field for the 2011 season. They will most likely be serious contenders for the Central Division title. Health will be the determining factor of whether or not the Cardinals actually win the Central Division and as long as there are no huge injuries, they will have a good shot. v

The ABCs of the Pattonville spring sports season Spring sports teams are gearing up for a fast-paced season By Gabby Pirrie

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fter a 2nd place finish in state last year with a 14-4 overall record, varsity soccer is ready for another very successful season. “My goal is to win conference, districts, and be in the Final Four at the end of this season,” head coach Tom Iffrig said. In order to achieve this goal, Iffrig said, “The key is to have great team chemistry.” The team develops this chemistry by having team dinners, going miniature golfing, and having many other bonding nights throughout the season. His hope is that the new girls, freshmen Kaely Fitterling and Alyssa Potter, will fit in with the returning varsity players. “The girls are hard-working and maturing very well as players,” junior and team captain Mikala McGhee said. McGhee is excited to play with the new additions to the team this season and is looking forward to seeing them grow.

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ecky Middendorf loves her new volleyball boys this year. “All of them deserve a pat on the back,” Middendorf said and added that she is already seeing improvements from last season. She is hoping the team will improve defensively and also become more aggressive with serves. With these improvements, “my

goal is to have above a .500 record, do well in all of our tournaments, and make it out of districts,” Middendorf said. Two players that Middendorf recognized were juniors Sam Decker and Andy Painter. “Sam has improved so much since last season and Andy has become one of our key players,” Middendorf said. Painter is looking forward to playing this season and improving most on hitting and blocking. “I hope we win more games this season than we did last year,” Painter said. This seems to be a common goal between him and Coach Middendorf.

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oach Mark Hahn, excited for the new season after a 15-8 record in 2010, has high expectations for his team this year. “I hope to win the Suburban North Conference, the Farmington Tournament, and then qualify for districts,” Hahn said. The main competition in conference this year will be from Hazelwood West and Central along with McCluer. Pattonville will also face a challenge against non-conference CBC which won the state title last year. The Pirates play CBC at home on March 30. “We need to be mentally focused individually to become better and in order to become better as a full team,” Hahn said. He believes the more focused each individual is, the stronger the team will be and the better they will do during the season. Senior Brad Ridings, who has been on varsity since his sophomore year, loves his team this year. “[Seniors] Casey O’Brien and Dion Scott are our two new players plus [the four] upcoming juniors,” Ridings said.

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istricts is just the tip of the iceberg for the goals that the boys’ tennis team has for itself. The members are hoping to compete for a conference title. “We want to make sure we train pretty hard to ensure that we make it to conference,” senior Steven Nicholson said. The team suffered a bit this season with the loss of last year’s graduates but is hoping to get the new members of the team up to speed and keep improving the skills of those already on the team. “We’re in a tough district, with lots of private schools, including SLU High School,” Nicholson said, “and our goal is pretty much to do really well at conference.” Their first game is March 29 and their first big meet is April 29.

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xpectations for this year’s track season are sky high. “Last year was better than the year before,” Coach Nwannediya Ibe said. “So we’re hoping that the trend continues into this season as well.” The track team has a large amount of newcomers this year that have never participated in track before, and getting them into competitive shape is key. “We also have a lot of returning athletes, and for the most part they stayed in pretty good shape,” Ibe said. The varsity team is smaller than the teams in the past, but that doesn’t have Ibe worried. She says that the players are a lot more focused and stronger, both physically and mentally “They got good mileage during the off season, meaning that they ran a lot and kept in good shape

before track,” Ibe said. “This is a really important part of a successful season, so that we don’t have to re-condition our athletes.” Last year, the track team qualified to state in three events, and Ibe expects even better results this year. The throwers are steadily improving their techniques, and the sprinters are improving as well. “Our goal is to qualify more athletes to higher ranks, and move some students up the school’s top 10 records,” Ibe said.

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inishing the previous season strong with a win by sophomore Shaun Treat on the last stroke of the last hole, the boy’s golf team is very optimistic about the upcoming season.

The team has had some trouble finding the time to practice with the early bad weather as well as the fact of the greens not being up to par but that doesn’t seem to rattle the team’s head coach. “We’ve got a strong senior prescence and they’ve got some really good skills,” head coach Bill Lingua said. “But another big priority for us is getting our newcomers prepared to take the reins after the seniors are gone next year.” Lingua says the recruits are raw, but have a lot of potential. He wants them to try their best, but ultimately he just wants them to play honest and without cheating. “The kids are working hard this year and are a dedicated golf team. I think we have a really good chance of making it past districts and onto state.” v

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Opinion

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Brendan’s Beef Mother Nature needs to make up her mind By Brendan Everson

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aty Perry hit this one right on the nose. Her song “Hot ‘n Cold” describes St. Louis’ weather in the past month perfectly. The weather has been fluctuating between the 30s and the 70s constantly. This past weekend is a perfect example. On Saturday, I went to the St. Patrick’s Day parade wearing shorts. It was a beautiful and sunny day. I couldn’t have asked for more. It finally felt like spring outside. I went home and started getting my spring and summer clothes out and ready to go. But I forgot where I live. I live in beautiful, ever-changing weather St. Louis. It got cold once more. But this time it wasn’t just cold, Mother Nature threw us a curveball in the form of several inches of snow. Not the first thing I think of when the word “spring” pops into my head. This round of unexpected snow created a lot of problems. There were several accidents on the roads and I couldn’t even get out of my neighborhood on the first try.

When I did end up getting out of my neighborhood and to the high school, the parking lot was an ice rink. The thought of plowing the lot seemed to have escaped the mind of school personnel. The unplowed roads and parking lot caused much frustration with all who had to deal with it. Throughout the day, all I could hear was students complaining about the snow. Whether or not it was about the roads or the fact that we probably should have been out of school, it was all the same. As far as I know, most students don’t want to be at school when there is snow on the ground. The only good thing about this round of winter weather is that it seems like this will be the last time the temperature will dip into the 30s until fall. But just in case it isn’t, I have one thing to say to you Mother Nature. UNCLE.v

The Real Neil Extracurricular activities lack pizzazz, are too predictable By Jacqueline Neil

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he announcements are full of predictable events. Everyday it is the same information that repeats itself every year: instructive nights held in the auditorium, when games are held and who accomplishes what. Our school’s daily reports are a

Illustration by Chris Babb

Al Gore and the Rhythms play a concert on Pi Day

little too redundant. While sitting in an all-school assembly, you notice the principal continuously encouraging the student body to become involved so that we are united as Pirate Nation. Our school offers multiple extracurricular activities. It is possible for any student to join a club that he or

she is comfortable attending. But aside from these speeches, and seeing signs taped in restroom stalls and posters behind the water fountains, we as students are not receiving any other information about what Pattonville has to offer us. The members of these clubs don’t really go out and encourage their classmates to join their group. That’s why people are not eager to join newer clubs or organizations at Pattonville. There isn’t much teachers do to increase the amount of students

involved with school activities either. No one directly promotes his or her organization. All of the advertisements are aimed at anyone. Therefore, they aren’t attracting a specific audience. There isn’t really a target anymore. All the administration wants is for more student activity at the high school. The only motive they have is to make our school appear a lot nicer than it is. Teachers themselves are not really involved either. It’s always the same

It is the opinion of the Pirate Press staff that first impressions at Pattonville High School are important and the school needs to consider putting out an official welcome mat during inclement weather. t Pattonville High School, students have access to some great tools. Computers are available to any student who needs one. The auditorium is the envy of many other high schools and community events are often hosted there. However, there are several simple changes that could be made to make Pattonville High School look like a better place to be. One such way would be to invest in floor mats for every entrance. It is embarrassing to walk into school on a snowy or wet day and see broken down cardboard boxes on the floor in lieu of floor mats.

It makes sense on the morning of the first day of snow for the year if the custodial staff did not have time to pull out the official welcome mats. But every single time it has snowed or rained this school year, students and staff are greeted with dirty cardboard to wipe their feet on. The first thing a visitor or parent sees when they walk into the high school are these wet pieces of cardboard lining the floor. That does not make a very good first impression for Pattonville High School. Another thing that does not help improve the image of the high school are the paper towel dispensers in the bathroom. All of the bathrooms have nice, new metal dispensers that look classy. However, in many restrooms, a white, plastic paper towel dispenser has been installed on top of it.

The look is hardly as appealing and these new dispensers often run out of paper towels. Some restrooms even still have a roll of paper towels placed on the counter, a sign that keeping our school nice and sanitary is not important. If the school paid for nice paper towel dispensers, why are they not being utilized? Placing the plastic dispensers on top of the metal ones is quite an eyesore and does not reflect well upon Pattonville High School. It would be unfortunate to allow something so easily fixed to reflect poorly on Pattonville High School. Our school has so many great things to offer. It would be nice for visitors to see that without dwelling on our makeshift floor mats or our paper towel dilemma. v

teachers involved with extra-curricular activities. Our school is constantly told information from contradictive superiors. I constantly hear staff talk about ways to better our school environment. The same teachers are leading students. Just like it’s the same students who are leading the student body. No one reaches out to us anymore with new information that will convince us to do something new with our academic or personal lives.v

PIRATE Cleaning up Pattonville: Priceless PRESS Staff Editorial

There are several simple changes that could be made to make Pattonville High School look like a better place to be.

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Editor-in-Chief Elise Moser Managing Editor Jessica Brunts Copy Editor Geri Farrell Design Editor Jacob Sharp

Staff Writers Chris Babb Kristen Dehner Brendan Everson Armand Hayes Hannah Johnson Lexi Kendall Jacqueline Neil Courtney McNeese Gabby Pirrie Andrew Tyahla Jeremiah Williams Adviser Brian Heyman

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 2010-2011 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 seperate from those of our administration, faculty, peers and adviser.


Entertainment

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Nintendo 3DS enters the third dimension Nintendo continues tradition of gaming innovation, design

By Andrew Tyahla

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intendo has a history of innovation in the way we play games. For example, the NES was the first system to use a D-Pad. The Nintendo 64 was the first to use an analog stick. Meanwhile, the Nintendo DS and Wii have established new ways of playing with a touch screen and motion controls, respectively. Come March 27, the entertainment industry will make strides in the realm of 3D gaming with the Nintendo 3DS. The 3DS is the true successor to the popular DS handheld system. It may not be the first system to use 3D displays (earlier applications included the Nintendo Virtual Boy and the ability to play certain PS3 and Xbox 360 titles on 3D TVs), but it is the first one to do so on a standard screen and without glasses. In addition, rather than forcing players’ eyes to conform to a given display, the 3DS will allow players to adjust the display to their personal level of comfort. There is even an option to turn off the 3D display all together. Even

without the 3D display, the graphics still look as good as those on the Wii, or even the PS3 and Xbox 360. Graphics aside, there are more new features included on the 3DS. Like the DSi, there are cameras on both the front and the back, with two on the back for 3D photography. There is also a tilt sensor akin to the iPod Touch that also allows you to rotate the device to control some games. The system will come preloaded with a Web browser, a music player with mp3 and ACC file compatibility, an application that allows you to create avatars known as Miis, similar to the Wii’s Mii Channel, a photo editor, and a messaging system. In addition, two simple games are preloaded, along with an activity log that keeps track of game play and physical activity. The latter is possible due to a built in pedometer. Your steps are also converted into credits that can be redeemed for special content in specific games. Gamers are also encouraged to get out thanks to two versions of tag mode known as StreetPass and SpotPass. The former allows for automatic exchange of information and records it when passing someone who also has a 3DS in sleep mode. The latter has the system automatically download content upon

finding a Wi-Fi hotspot. Like any other modern game system, the 3DS allows for direct online connection, but improves on Nintendo’s previous online functionality by having just one friend code for the system, rather than having a code for every game. Also, you can register your friend’s codes simply by connecting to their systems locally. Finally, the 3DS allows you to view 3D movies and trailers on the system through Netflix. However, no specific titles have been announced. No discussion about a new system would be complete without mentioning games available at launch. There will be 16 different games available on March 27 alongside the 3DS. If that is not enough, all Nintendo DS and DSi games will play on the 3DS and you will be able to download old Game Boy and Game Boy Color games. Lastly, the system will also be able to download original titles. For all of these features, the 3DS will cost $249.99, despite play testers saying that they would be willing to pay up to $400 for it. The games will cost $39.99 at retail with downloadable game prices to be determined. There is a lot of game for a system that costs less than an Xbox 360 or a PS3 so it is something that will probably be a hot seller.v

16 games will be available for the Nintendo 3DS when it is released March 27: + Pilotwings Resort + Nintendogs + Cats + Steel Diver + Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition + Rayman 3D + Madden NFL Football + Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 3D + Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars + Super Monkey Ball 3D + Samurai Warriors: Chronicles + The Sims 3 + Asphalt 3D + Ridge Racer 3D + Bust-a-Move Universe + Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars + Combat of Giants: Dinosaurs 3D *Source: Nintendo Web site

Dewey’s and Pi’s: Two local Rango: Animated film restaurants to get great pizza appeals to all ages Both pizzerias offer superb fare By Jeremiah Williams

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ough, baked to perfection, sprinkled with heavenly cheese, bathed in top-ofthe-line fresh tomato sauce, and given a soul composed of an array of toppings, all form America’s runner-up in meal choice, alongside the famous hamburger. This of course is delicious pizza. And this masterpiece which some enjoy every weekend dates back to 1889 when it was first invented by Raffaele Esposito in Naples, Italy, and henceforth would always be known as one of America’s favorite dishes. St. Louis houses two famous restaurants, Dewey’s Pizza and Pi Pizzeria, which debatably serve some of the best pizza around. Dewey’s Pizza is nothing short of your neighborhood pizza place, which remains one of its goals as a growing restaurant chain. Having four locations in St. Louis being in Ellisville, Webster Groves, University City and Kirkwood, Dewey’s Pizza selects pedestrian friendly locations around the United States and hopes to brighten up the corner of your neighborhood. Owner and founder Andrew Dewitt

stumbled upon the pizza-making business while employed at a small local pizza shop. Realizing his passion for pizza he moved back to his hometown in Cincinnati, where the first Dewey’s was built, and has been dishing out pizza classics such as Dewey’s Original and the Bronx Bomber Pizza served at every location of the franchise. Dewey’s also offers its customers a ‘Create Your Own Pizza’ option where customers have a choice of toppings and sauces which include barbeque, ranch and fresh basil. Prices range from $8.95 for an 11inch pizza, $12.45 for a 13-inch, and $14.45 for a 17-inch pizza. This neighborhood pizzeria also offers a fresh selection of salads including the Peppercorn Ranch and a calzone which comes with mozzarella and ricotta cheese and your choice of up to three ingredients. Dewey’s is undoubtedly a familyfriendly and pizza-savvy restaurant which settles for offering customers nothing less than great pizza. Dewey’s Pizza could respectively be referred as one of the United States’ famous pizzerias while Pi Pizzeria is the personal slice of pizza recognition for locals and has been named the official pizzeria of St. Louis. With four St. Louis locations (Central West End, Kirkwood, Delmar and

Chesterfield), Pi Pizzeria is the awardwinning deep-crust and thin-crust pizza which is also known for having authentically-Italian style pizza, as compared to Dewey’s Italian-based pizza. Pi incorporates Neapolitan recipes while also incorporating its own creative edge which makes Pi Pizzeria pizza what it is. Handmade to your request, choice pizzas include specialities to a “Create Your Own Pi” option. Prices vary from about $16 for a small pizza to $23 for a large. Pi also has their Specialty Pi selections with a sauce composed of fresh San Marzano tomato sauce, garlic, oregano, and olive oil. Other specialties are Margherita and Great Italian, as well as Rustica and the White Clam. What Pi lacks in salad specialties, it makes up for with its ingenious pastas. Customers are offered a choice of spaghetti or penne and can choose to add meatballs to a lasagna ragu dish and even cod putanesca. Also a winery, Pi is an upper-class restaurant and can be pricey when looking for a family pizza meal. Nevertheless, top quality Italian-style pizza is a guarantee. v

Rango brings a few laughs, but unlikely to become a household name By Courtney McNeese

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he new animated movie featuring the voice of Johnny Depp is a cute family film with an important theme. Rango has to go on a journey to find out who he is and whether he can be the hero he pretends to be. A household pet, Rango escapes his cage and must survive the desert. After a seemingly unhelpful hint from an armadillo, Rango wanders the desert in search of the town called Dirt. After a rough introduction, Rango charms the town with his acting skills and becomes the town’s sheriff. New Sheriff Rango now has to muster up some real courage and protect the town. With Johnny Depp and Isla Fisher voicing the main characters, the movie has a comedic ring to it. The opening of the film is a bit confusing, but really adds to Rango’s depth as a character. While the overall movie was a slight disappointment, it’s still a nice film. The trailers for the movie made it seem like it would be better than it was. There were not enough laughs throughout the film. With Depp and Fisher providing their person-

alities for the main characters, this movie should have been a lot more entertaining. Parents should be aware that there are a few swear words but none harsh enough to earn the film higher than its PG rating. There are cute little jokes throughout the movie. A helpful hint is to know the difference between an anagram and a mammogram. However, no gut-busting will occur throughout the 107-minute film.

Rango, voiced by Johnny Depp, is the star of this animated action flick. Image courtesy of Paramount Pictures. It’s a clever little movie that is OK, but is rather disappointing. I wouldn’t spend the money to see it in theaters, but when it comes out on DVD, it will be a good movie for a family night or a cute hangout with your special someone. v

Enjoy an international Spring Break without leaving the country Students find adventure in their own backyards By Lexi Kendall

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hen students think of Spring Break, beaches, flip flops and warm weather come to mind, but there are many local alternatives for students in the St. Louis area. If students want an international

experience over Spring Break but traveling to Italy is not possible, one place students can go is The Hill. “The Hill is this Italian place in an Italian area [of St. Louis],” sophomore Deanna Moyer said. The Hill is located south of Forest Park and west of Kingshighway and features Italian restaurants and stores. “My favorite part are the restaurants,” Moyer said. “I like the spaghetti and meatballs.” Another ‘international’ location is the 600,000 square-foot City Museum, which is housed in the

former International Shoe Company building. Located at 701 North 15th Street in St. Louis, sophomore Courtney Carter said the museum is a good place to go because “even though you are learning, you are still having fun.” The museum features an aquarium, renovated architecture, and is even home to the world’s largest pencil measuring 76 feet long and weighing 21,500 pounds. Admission to the City Museum is $12 with some activities costing extra. The international object that is

generally accepted as payment for goods and services is money and Spring Break allows time for students to apply for summer jobs. And what could be more international than enjoying the sun? Students can go outside and get some fresh air by going to a park. There are many St. Louis County Parks located near the Pattonville School District for a chance to be fit, enjoy nature and have fun with friends. Students are also taking advantage of Spring Break with the opportunity to travel to some internationally ac-

claimed universities. “I am going to go on a college trip to Mizzou with my mom,” junior Zach Brown said. Brown said he is looking forward to experiencing the “college life” during his break. Junior Rachel Wait is also traveling to visit a prospective college choice. She will be traveling to Nashville, Tenn., to explore Belmont University.v

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