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n Sept. 27 the Pattonville Board of Education approved increasing its tax rate to the voter-approved maximum in all classes of property. Residents will now pay $4.42 per $100 of assessed value, an increase of 35 cents. The Board of Education approved this because it is the third straight year of declining revenues and budget cuts for Pattonville. Reduced property values, decreased state funding and continued tax appeals by large commercial taxpayers have all affected the spending of the district. In May, Harrah’s Casino in Maryland Heights, and residing in the Pattonville School District, was valued at $502 million. But the Board of Equalization valued it at only $215 million.

“St. Louis County changed the way they were valuing the casino, Ron Orr, Pattonville’s chief financial officer, said. “They needed to base it off of so much revenue per year.� Ultimately, the casino is not worth as much as people thought. “The Board of Equalization had decreased the value of the casino because the property owner said it was too high and needed to be lowered.� The sudden decrease of value has affected school districts, including Pattonville. “We haven’t been able to figure out how much money Pattonville has lost,� Orr said. “It just dropped significantly.� Pattonville has at least lost several million dollars. In order to make sure that Pattonville has enough money to sustain costs, Pattonville has

raised its taxes and made budget cuts. “The budget is where it is suppose to be,� Orr said. “It is exactly where we thought it would be because we weren’t depending on the casino.� Hancock Place however relies heavily on the tax revenue given each year by River City Casino. “The casino is around 4 percent of Pattonville’s entire revenue,� Orr said, compared to Hancock Place which uses almost 60 percent of the casino. Although raising taxes may cause complaints, the tax rate increase doesn’t affect everyone the same way. “Property values go down, taxes go up. It is consistent,� Orr said. “Every year there are people concerned when they see a decrease [in value]. It depends on where you live and the value of the property.� Y

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Board received damaged from the dripping water coming from the second floor. Math teacher Barb Stavely said when she saw her room, “Everything was stacked up. You couldn’t find anything. My computer was disconnected. The place was dirty and things were blowing off the walls. It gave you a headache just being in there with all the fans going.� While rooms were drying and being repaired, classes in the H-wing, primarily consisting of math and foreign language, were not able to be held in their usual rooms. On Sept. 26, first period classes reported to the cafeteria and the library. Second through seventh periods reported to different classrooms for the rest of the day. A schedule was created for the rest of the week by assistant principals Luke Lammers and Tiffany Besse.

On Saturday Oct. 15, the girl’s cross country team won the Suburban North Conference championship. Senior Elise Amo was the top runner finishing first, freshman Sarah Mohrmann earned 5th place, sophomore Kirby McClain completed the race in 6th place, sophomore Laura Fulton finished in 8th place, sophomore Katie Breakfield was No. 11 and senior Gabby Pirrie finished in 15th place.

“We knew what rooms were not used every hour of the day and were able to move teachers into those rooms,� Besse said. Each teacher was in a different classroom almost every period. Teachers were not able to be in their rooms during planning periods and H-wing teachers had to carry all of their materials with them from classroom to classroom. When classes were able to resume in the H-wing on Sept. 30, ceiling tiles and baseboards were still missing. “When we are quiet up here, we can hear the teacher downstairs or the movie or whatever they are doing,� Stavely said. A reconfguration of the H-wing is planned for Summer 2012 as part of the New Facilities Plan in conjunction of the Prop K bond issue. Construction to replace destroyed items began immediately and will continue to make the hallway safe for all students and staff. Y

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ach student in grades 9-11 received some type of academic test while seniors attended a college-prep meeting and field trip on Oct. 11. The three tests given by grade level included the EXPLORE, PLAN, and Practice ACT. Each one is viewed with similar perspectives and is meant to help the student prepare for the real ACT. Regular classes did not take place on what was called Testing Day, and students were released at 11:15 a.m. Students took the tests in their Pirate Connection groups with their teacher administrating the test. Rules similar to those of the ACT test were applied during this time. The EXPLORE test was designed for freshmen. It is the 9th grade version of the ACT. The results of this test do not affect the individual’s GPA and are meant to only give an idea for career interest. This specific test is meant to provide an example range of what their future ACT may look like. “The test helps you plan for your future and understand how the ACT works,� freshman Vixen Rectin said. All sophomores received the PLAN test. This test is similar to the EXPLORE with the fact that it shows possible career inventory. The PLAN is composed of material that will help the student learn where their weak areas are academically. College counselor Julie Kampschroeder considers this test as a “practice tool that will help one prepare for the ACT.� Juniors took a practice ACT test as a form of college preparation. The exam was a retired ACT test that does not count as an official score and can not be used when applying for colleges in the future. According to Kampschroeder, the juniors should take this test like it’s the real deal and sign up for the ACT in February immediately if they plan on attending a four-year college. While freshmen, sophomores, and juniors took these assessments, this day was planned differently for seniors. Their day started by first taking their class photo. From there, seniors were assigned with one of multiple options based on choices previously given for their benefit. Seniors either stayed on campus to listen to speakers about college life, took a bus to visit colleges and universities around the area, took the ASVAB (military) test or visited

Sophomore Nicole Callahan finished 43rd in the Missouri Class 2 Girl’s Golf Championship. She shot a 93 at Sedalia Golf Course. Rob Lamb’s science class created detailed infographic posters to represent what they have learned. Four of these posters were chosen to be published in the August issue of SciJourner. The studentsselected were by Lauren Trembley, Ciara Glenn, Margaret Njenga and Mary Mbugua, and Kevin Murillo.

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ter, Writing Center, after-school tutoring in the library and ACT Prep Classes. “There are free evening ACT Classes for juniors and seniors,� Kampschroeder said. “Students recently saw a video on ACT review, and have the option of taking an ACT semester course during the day. A small percentage may also hire tutors.� Overall, the purpose of testing day was to help make aware to students which academic areas they need to focus on and how to prepare for the real ACT when they take it. “I thought Testing Day went really well,� guidance counselor Stacey Leonard said. “The better testing environment for students will hopefully provide better results.� Y

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The Pattonville Marching Band decided to call its 2011 theme “Hope.� “Hope� to the band members means never giving up; uniting. “It’s what keeps people going. It’s the things that help people never give up,� senior Dillon Ciampoli said. The theme came from the idea of the Pattonville community hurting from the tornado that hit April 22. Not only was the community suffering but members of the band as well. Senior Brittni Cambron said, “We thought that we wanted to do a show that would be meaningful, so we got the idea for “Hope� from the fact that people got hurt from the tornado that had affected a lot of families in the community and the bad economy. Also, we wanted something that would have a big impact on the people at Pattonville.� Not only can Pattonville students relate to this theme, but the community as well. While ‘hope’ has a very vague definition in the

dictionary, fans watching the halftime show get to determine the meaning of the word for themselves. “When you hear it, you get these images in your mind of things that are important to you,� Cambron said. “Maybe like, family and your friends and people who are close to you.� Over the course of the year, the band has competed in four competitions at local schools such as Francis Howell and St. Charles West, and also got the chance to play at the Edward Jones Dome in Greater St. Louis on Oct. 22 where they placed 7th in the Silver Division. Ciampoli said, “We haven’t necessarily placed highly, but we’ve always felt confident in our show and we felt that we performed to the best of our ability.� This year, the music that the marching band is performing to is by John Meehan, who is from the Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps; a multiple-world championship winner. Although some outcomes were not as great as expected to be, band members stayed positive and remembered to never give up hope. “We have definitely improved throughout this season,� Cambron said. Y

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on this process, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be really hard to make any steps forward,â&#x20AC;? Kampschroeder said. Taking the ACT is another step taken during junior year. Students who want to go to a four-year school should take the February ACT. The final step occurs senior year when students start applying for colleges and scholarships. Scholarships are extremely important and the applications must be turned in on time. The average debt in the United States is $23,000. That is about $240 a month for 10 years. Fortunately, Kampschroeder is available to help students along their way to college. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I help them pick schools based on their interests, and try to make it financially feasible without huge amounts of debt when they graduate.â&#x20AC;? It is also Kampschroederâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s job to help train students on the strategy of how to line themselves up for the college of their choice, especially if they are highly competitive. For example, Harvard University only has a 6 percent acceptance rate. Students have to be able to put themselves in a good light and the college counselor is there to assist them. The Class of 2011, consisting of 392 graduates, proved that college preparation can lead to a successful acceptance into college. Forty-seven percent of students went to a four-year college, 34 percent to a two-year college and 1 percent went to a technological school. Students can be successful by starting to prepare for college early and doing the three most important things: get involved, do well in difficult classes and pick a major that matches oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s interests. Y


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Me To Be Drug Freeâ&#x20AC;? for the 2011 Red Ribbon Week. An anonymous survey on smoking was conducted between 57 students at Pattonville. Students were randomly chosen to take the survey from a list of Pirate Connection classes and one randomly selected POS class. Based on the results, 11 students, or 19.3 percent, responded that they actively smoke. Many students responded that smoking for them is a stress reliever. Although students understand this addiction is not beneficial to their health, quitting is difficult. One respondent said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m trying to stop because I know itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not good for me.â&#x20AC;? Forty-six out of the 57 high school students answered that they did not smoke. Non-smoking students who took the survey said they do not smoke because â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is grossâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;It causes lung cancerâ&#x20AC;? or simply that â&#x20AC;&#x153;My parents would kill me.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want to raise awareness of drug abuse among teens since many teens undergo peer pressure during high school,â&#x20AC;? Maysa Daoud, STUCO spirit chairperson, said. Y

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freshman boyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball coach, said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Any time a tool is used to keep kids on track is beneficial because athletes get lost and arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t fully concentrated on grades so itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good to make sure they are eligible.â&#x20AC;? Pattonville requires its athletes to have a minimum 1.5 GPA to participate in sports. This program will work to help increase academic achievement for students. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Being an athlete is a privilege and you should get that attention [academically] in the classroom,â&#x20AC;? Activities Director Bob Hebrank said. Pattonville coaches are known for their academic success in sports.

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Mike Holm said, The best chance of being successful in conference is by improving its team relay races. Currently the Pirates are ranked in the top 40 relay times in the St. Louis area in three races. The team ranks 28th in the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:47.70; only 17 seconds behind the No. 1 team, Lafayette. In the 400-yard freestyle relay, the boys rank 34th with a time of 4:19.19 which is 1 minute under Lafayette in the first place spot. Parkway Central leads the area in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:40.27 and Pattonville trails by 20 seconds and ranks 34th. Freshman Evan Collins said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love being on the swim team. Everyone is nice and accepting.â&#x20AC;? Â&#x2122;

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fter the trade of Eric Brewer last year at the trade deadline, the St. Louis Blues went many games without a captain. While there were rumblings that David Backes would take over the role, nothing was set in stone. Following a career year (31 goals, 31 assists) and a mid-season contract extension, Backes was named the 20th captain in Blues history. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a huge honor and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m really excited to get the season started,â&#x20AC;? Backes said. Even though he is in the very early stages of his captaincy, Backes already knows what to expect. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My scheduled time at the rink has increased by probably an hour a day,â&#x20AC;? Backes said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Once the season starts there should be more on ice issues and things to do as far as personnel and dealing with adversity.â&#x20AC;? Backes is known throughout the league as a power forward and has the intent of keeping it that way. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think a main component of being captain is not changing the way Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve played,â&#x20AC;? Backes said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had great success as a team to have more of a blue collartype of game, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what I strive to continue to do.â&#x20AC;? The Blues have noticed that success and made an effort in the offseason to sign players that have the same playing style.

Veterans Jaime Langenbrunner (17 NHL seasons) and Jason Arnott (21) are two of those players. Langenbrunner was captain of the New Jersey Devils from 2007-2011 and also captained the 2010 U.S. Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Olympic team to a silver medal. Jason Arnott was named captain of the Nashville Predators in 2007 and lead the team for three years before being traded. Even though they are nearing the end of their careers, they add depth and are still capable of putting up good numbers. After a season filled with injuries, Backes and the Blues know the value of depth. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This year I think weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got depth and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got skill and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got enough players around that [making the] playoffs is the first goal,â&#x20AC;? Backes said. Although the Blues havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t made the playoffs in two years, Backes is confident that they can make it happen. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We definitely think weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a top-half team in the Western Conference.â&#x20AC;? Senior Alex Buerck was named co-captain of this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pattonville hockey team with senio Tyler Kuhn. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The team this year is really something special. We have a chance to go all the way this year.â&#x20AC;? Buerck has a lot of confidence and rightly so. The team hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t lost since Feb. 14 of last year. That includes summer league and this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s preseason games. Buerck leads the team, as does Backes, by examples and hopes his vocality and physical play can lead the charge for the Pirates to the Wickenheiser Cup. Â&#x2122;

fter starting 1-5, the Pattonville Pirates varsity football team has secured a spot in the postseason. Over the past two weeks Pattonville has defeated Francis Howell North 52-6, followed by a 21-7 victory over Francis Howell Central. Both games were Class 6, District 5 match-ups. After these victories, the Pirates overall record improved to 4-5. Making the playoffs is based solely on District play and not by season win-loss totals. The Pirates play at Francis Howell Friday at 7 p.m. for a shot at going 3-0 in Districts. Should the Pirates complete an undefeated run, it would cap an amazing end to a season that looked to be over after the first three games.

The Pirates were outscored 123-7 and struggled to find any kind of success. The team lost most of their starters from last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team that also reached the playoffs. Even so, the team pulled together and had many strong performers. Junior quarterback Darren Davidson has completed 45.04 percent of his passing so far, throwing for almost 850 yards. Davidson is also the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leading rusher, averaging 6.7 yards per carry. On the defensive side of the ball, senior Jeremiah Wilkins is leading the team with 105 tackles and 30 assists. He also has 2 sacks and 1 fumble recovery. Junior Nick Coffey currently leads the team in sacks with 6. Â&#x2122;

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Students come to school in sweatpants and sweatshirts just to feel some warmth, which sometimes really doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t work. Sitting in the cold air does not help the learning process at all; in fact, it slows it. Being in the cold doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do anything but make you want to sleep. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why many students have to put up a fight to stay awake in class. Bears hibernate when it gets cold. Students do too. People move a lot slower when they are cold. Walking in the crowded hallways is a hassle, but now you must deal with hundreds of cold kids which makes the traffic even slower. I know when Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m cold, the only thing on my mind is my pillow and cover, but at school, I guess a desk and shirt will have to substitute for that. You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t concentrate in class when you spend the whole time shivering from the cold air blowing down on you. Whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s thinking about World War II when itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a war going on inside the classroom and the cold is winning? Winter is the season for many sicknesses. Usually the doctors advise us to stay warm but that task is going to be a little harder when you have to come and sit in a cold school. I think until the temperature problem is solved at the school all classrooms should have a heated debate to resolve the situation. At least the talking will keep us warm. Y

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or people who go home after school and lie around on their couch, nap, eat, and do absolutely nothing productiveâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;what are you doing with your life? Do you not see any importance in being involved in something? I know hearing the Pirate Codeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Be Involvedâ&#x20AC;? can get redundant but being involved is important. Get involved in something. If you enjoy sports, try out for the team, or get a group of people together to play in a league outside of school. If you like playing chess, join the chess club. I bet you didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even know we had one because you are not trying to do anything with your life. Just so you know, getting involved doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean going home after school just to tweet for hours on end or stalk someoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Facebook. After high school, more than half of the people around here will be irrelevant in your life anyway. When going to fill out a college application, do you want to spend an hour of your time looking at blank lines thinking, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Golly gee, I guess I should have done something.â&#x20AC;? All of the hours spent watching Dr. Phil and Oprah arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t going to help you out. They are where they want to be. Where are you? Oh yea, on your couch napping for 3 hours. Although you may not think it is important, colleges look at involvement just as much as they look at your grades. They want to find out if you contribute to the school and if you plan to improve their college. I assure you they are not interested in how fast you can text, how many people follow you on Twitter or how many hours you sleep. So what if you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like sports? The fall play and spring musical are options. Become well-rounded and start exploring your interests. It is essential to life. So put your potato chips down (I promise they will be there when you return home) and do something to better your school and community. Y


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Every October, Pattonville High School presents its Fall Play, directed by drama teacher Lara Corvera. This year, Pattonville brought the community the dark comical classic, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Arsenic and Old Lace,â&#x20AC;? originally directed by Bretaigne Windust and written by Joseph Kesselring. The plot follows Mortimer Brewster (senior Sam Decker), a hotshot play critic living in Brooklyn, New York. Shortly after professing his love for Elaine Harper (sophomore Anna Pirrie) with a marriage proposal, Brewster discovers that his quirky, lovable old aunts, Martha (senior Meagan Galluzzo) and Abby Brewster (Devin Coch) are actually murderers. When Mortimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s long-lost disturbed brother, Jonathan Brewster (senior Harry Kolmer), returns home with malicious intentions, it further strains Mortimer and Elaineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s relationship and puts the marriage proposal on ice. Horrifying as it sounds, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Arsenic and Old Laceâ&#x20AC;? presents itself lightheartedly. With comic reliefs such as Teddy Brewster (junior Aaron Landgraf), Mortimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s insane brother who believes he is Theodore Roosevelt, it is difficult not to let a few good laughs slip. Jonathon Brewster, in addition, gives the audience an uneasy, yet hilarious atmosphere as he enters the stage with an eerie conduct and his drunken accomplice, Dr. Einstein (senior David Robinson). Behind the scenes and before all the makeup, the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Arsenicâ&#x20AC;? actors had some insight on what they expected for this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s production.

Decker, who has been a part of the Pattonville theater family since his freshman year, said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are definitely prepared. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re innovating the things the we do; weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re coming up with new things everyday.â&#x20AC;? Pirrie said her main objective was â&#x20AC;&#x153;to portray my character believably and [to] put on the best show possible.â&#x20AC;? Kolmer, who has acted in Pattonvilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plays since his sophomore year, said his goal was â&#x20AC;&#x153;to entertain the masses.â&#x20AC;? Landgraf set out to make the audience laugh a lot. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I really wanted to make the experience enjoyable and worth it for them.â&#x20AC;? Landgraf said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m personally nervous, but I know weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll do great. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to do our best to make it fantastic.â&#x20AC;? Judging by the unhesitant laughter that erupted several times during Kolmer and Landgrafâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performances, it is safe to say the boys delivered exactly what they intended to. Corvera herself was very pleased with how the production turned out. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The kids were fully committed, they were enjoyed by the audience; they were proud of themselves, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m proud of them,â&#x20AC;? Corvera said. When a student gets involved in theater at Pattonville, it becomes a part of their normal routine of high school; it becomes something to look forward to. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love everything; from auditions to strike and everything in between,â&#x20AC;? Robinson said. As years pass, the cast and crew create an inevitable bond. Galluzzo said her favorite part of theater is â&#x20AC;&#x153;being with the rest of the cast.â&#x20AC;? Landgraf states in agreeance, â&#x20AC;&#x153;You kind of form a family.â&#x20AC;? Overall, I absolutely enjoyed Pat-

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hether you know him as one of the most talented artists in music today or Jimmy Brooks who played on the popular television show, Degrassi, you know his ability to perform and entertain. Starting his career off as an actor in 2001, Aubrey Drake Graham continued to play Brooks until his â&#x20AC;&#x153;graduationâ&#x20AC;? from Degrassi High School in 2009. Although the show contributed to his fame, he began to step out on his own as a musician. In February 2006, Drake released his first mixtape, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Room for Improvement.â&#x20AC;? After refining his style, he produced his next mixtape, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Comeback Season.â&#x20AC;? His third official mixtape, entitled â&#x20AC;&#x153;So Far Gone,â&#x20AC;? was made public on Feb. 13, 2009. After proving his abilities to the hip-hop world, Young Money Entertainment signed him to a record deal. On June 15, 2010, Drake debuted his first true album, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thank Me Later.â&#x20AC;? On this album, he collaborated with big name artists in the music industry, such as Alicia Keys, Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, Swizz Beats, TI, The Dream, Young Jeezy, Timbaland and Lil Wayne. Anticipation is high for his sophomore album, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Take Care.â&#x20AC;? Drake decided to postpone his previously scheduled release date of Oct. 24 to Nov. 15. Initially, the album would have debuted on his 25th birthday. The delay of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Take Careâ&#x20AC;? will give Drake an opportunity to finish several songs he would not have otherwise been able to add. In an MTV interview, Drake said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;My options were to take the songs off and make the birthday release happen, or to take an extra couple weeks to get the paperwork right and give you the album the way I NEED you to hear it.â&#x20AC;? Although there is some disappointment among fans, the 22-day delay will be well worth the wait. Some of the leaked tracks from â&#x20AC;&#x153;Take Careâ&#x20AC;? include â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dreams Money Can Buy,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Free Spirit,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Make Me Proudâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Club Paradise.â&#x20AC;? After listening to these songs, it is easy to see



the improvement from his early rapping days. One aspect of his music that stays consistent is his theme throughout every song. He brings a relaxed yet sophisticated swagger onto each of his tracks. In a world full of want-to-be rappers, he has proven himself over and over again as a respected musician that has not only mastered his skills as a hip-hop star, but also presents himself as a well-rounded, versatile entertainer. Drake seems to understand the importance of different sounds, beats and styles while making music that appeals to a wide variety of people of all ages. Although there are not any set dates for his next tour, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Club Paradise,â&#x20AC;? his audiences are sure to be visited shortly after the beginning of 2012. One of the most appealing aspects about Drake is his outstanding stage presence and his ability to reach out to every single person in a crowd of thousands. After showing his incredible stage presence at the Fox Theatre in St. Louis on Oct. 12, 2010 during his first tour, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Light Dreams and

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October 2011 Pirate Press  

October 2011 Pirate Press