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Plainfield High School
Volume 84, Issue 5
Subway Plainfield Station
Could Plainfield get a transportation upgrade? C Justin Young Copy editor
More exotic than cookies, try business teacher Barbara Hibbard’s chocolate sensation recipe on Page 3
What if all the city’s traffic problems could be eliminated? What if this would be cheaper and better for the environment? Why hasn’t it happened yet? Indianapolis is the 14th largest city in the country -- but ranks 100th in public transportation. However, an initiative called Indy Connect is hoping to change that. Indy Connect is a joint plan between the Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Organization, Central Indiana Regional Transport Authority and IndyGo. The plan is a result of over 125 meetings in recent months and entails a new rail system, expanded bus service and
7 improved roads/pedestrian bikeways in Indianapolis and its surrounding counties, including Hendricks County. The plan includes bus circulation within Plainfield, express bus service to downtown Indianapolis and a light rail system to expand in the town. The executive director of the Central Indiana Regional Transportation Authority, Ehren Bingaman, said, “I think we’re going to start to lose in a reasonable competition for jobs, growth and attraction of young people over time if we don’t start getting serious about changing our transportation strategy.” As for Plainfield, Bingaman said the plan “does a pretty good job responding to and looking at how Plainfield has
Finance academy ...
Masters of finance at the State level
T h e Finance Academy t e a m placed second at their state compeition on November 19. Proving themselves to be “masters of finance,” the five members of Prestige Worldwide -- seniors Tyler Brown, Cody Haller, Emilie Tramm, Garrett Hanna and junior Chuck Jones -- earned a second place at the Finance Academy State Competition. The other PHS team competing at the State level, Team Z.A.C.K., also FINANCE ACADEMY TEACHER Chard had a great showing at the Reid discusses the State competition photo/abby hallett competition and represented with students. PHS very honorably, according to Finance Academy Director Chard Reid. That team included seniors Kelsey Ericksen, Cora Bruner, Zach Hopper, Alex Hinnen and Daniel “Tyler” Giltner. For Prestige Worldwide, one student in particular got a lot out of this competition. Senior Tyler Brown’s experiences were more than exceptional, according to him. He hopes to become an accountant one day and believes that classes like these pave the path for him. “I’ve applied to different universities. My first choice is Trine University, but I haven’t heard back from them yet,” said Brown. The competition’s format began with a presentation based on a case presented to each team a week before. Each team presented in a room private from everyone else. “This was more nervewracking [than any other types of competions] becaue you are sitting in front of a panel of three judges,” said Brown. He was very impressed with his team
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changed,” with the town’s proximity to the airport, warehouses and job growth. Why is it, then, that Hoosiers have remained in their cars, while the rest of the country, more and more, is communiting in busses and trains? “We became a car-oriented culture,” Bingaman said. “We also started to disassemble and evaluate our transit to the point it’s become a last-resort option.” Bingaman also said there has been a misconception of public transit within politics and the people. “Leadership has not valued the investment in our public transportation infrastructure,” he said. “Leaders of the past have viewed the system as a social service.” Citizens like seventh grade science teacher Joan Effinger believe that Indiana is certainly lacking in transportation. Effinger said that Plainfield’s trails and pathways are impressive, but it simply isn’t enough. “Spending money on public transportation would be a bargain. People have a mindset that they want to get up, step in the garage and go,” she said on why those in and around Indianapolis have been reluctant to embrace an extensive public transportation plan. Effinger said that public transportation would be embraced in time, but not for the right reasons.“You always have to hurt
people in their pocketbooks,” Effinger said. “It would take the price of gasoline going up to $5 or $6 to make people realize public transportation is the right way to go.” Effinger also stressed the importance of environmental protection, noting that cities that embrace public transportation have a smaller carbon footprint. The projected cost of the plan is $2.5 billion for the bus and rail service over the next 25 years, along with $135 million a year to operate and maintain the systems. It would cost $15 per month per household. “I would probably use the cheap transportation,” said sophomore Nate Soller. Soller, who now gets around town by his parents driving him, believes that Plainfield residents would use the proposed public transit plan. “People would definitely use that opportunity to get to Indianapolis,” he said, citing that the plan would eventually pay for itself due to rising fuel costs. The next step for the plan is to await a referendum for the counties it would be built in, and from there, it would make its way through the political process. Bingaman is hoping for a vote on the plan in 2012, an already important year for politics because of the presidential election. “Think of all the people you see on these dumb little mopeds,” Effinger said. “They can’t afford gasoline. Our priorities aren’t there.”
Second at State, two points from Nationals
‘We the People’ finishes competition season Facts of the case: We the People class of 2010 won second at State ... missing first by two points. The team placed second at the District competition prior.
now I know that participation by our populous is necessary,” said Bouvy. The competition format that Bouvy and his classmates participated in was a two day state finals, where they presented three statements per “unit” in a mock congressional hearing format. On the second day, mid-day, the team found out the results and
a wild card and that was really disheartening, so I wasn’t sure how well we would do at state.” The group went to district competition in Novemeber and placed second, normally meaning that they were unable to go to We the state, however, through the “wild Kaitlin Tipsword people of card” system, five second-place the United Editor-in-chief district teams advanced to state. States, in The team placed second at order to form their state competition a more perfect union ... differing from the top ... team by two points. And that is just “Finding out that what they are doing. we got second was This civic both a blessing and a education class curse, a victory and a is offered as an dissappointment,” said alternative to senior Hetzler. government. It is Hetzler and Bouvy both also a prerequisite feel as if this class was an to AP government. important experience to The class is a all who took it. cross between a “Plain and simply: take competitive speech this class. This single class and an intesive AT THE INDIANA STATEHOUSE for the District We the People class, honest to goodness government course. competition, teacher Chris Cavanaugh gives senior Ethan made my entire high Senior Jake Hetzler a pep talk before the teams begin their round. school career worth it. Be photo/kaitlin tipsword Bouvy was a prepared to put a lot of participant this year. He was one that they made it into the top five time into this class. Be prepared of the class of 30 that competed groups in the state and went on to for nights where you only get on December 12 and 13. the final round. three to four hours of sleep. Be “This class really got me “Making finals was really prepared to let your other class interested in my government. awesome,” said senior Ethan greades drop a little, but it’s worth I didn’t really care before, but Hetzler. “We went to state as it,” said Hetzler.
December 20, 2010
[NEWS in BRIEF]
Give immunity a shot
Students could be excluded from school if they don’t have their vaccinations
If nothing changes between now and January 21, about 140 students will be excluded from attending school. The only way to prevent this is for these students to become properly vaccinated against many diseases and get their paperwork in. “Many of these students just haven’t turned in their paperwork,” said Assistant Principal Torrey Rodkey. “They are vaccinated, but they have just been delinquent and not turned it in.” For the students who aren’t just procrastinators and actually need their shots, there was a recent solution to their dilemma. There was a vaccine clinic at the Hendricks county fairgrounds on the 16th of December. Those in need of shots couldn’t just show up to the clinic, though, they had to register at least two days in advance. Those requiring vaccination, but have had a serious reaction to a vaccine in the past, were better suited for private vaccination and not one in a large public setting. Participants were vaccinated against pathogens such as Tdap, Varicella and MCV4. One disease the vaccines intend to prevent is pertussis. It mostly affects children six months or younger, but it is transmitted to them by adults. “You get one shot when you are young,” said School Nurse Debbie Draper, “but it wears off. It’s easier to get high school students vaccinated against it
Case Marsteller Staff writer
rather than adults.” Meningitis is another deadly disease the vaccines aim to prevent. “It’s deadly to a huge number of people,” said Draper, “and even if it’s not, meningitis can be very disfiguring or damaging.” The third vaccine prevents an ailment most children are familiar with: chicken pox. Although many students have had their first dose, it was determined that a second dose was required to become fully immune. Students who haven’t been vaccinated for these diseases should find a way to change At ONE of the vaccination clinics, junior Rebekah Smith gets up-to-date on her required shots. Smith disagreed with this as soon as possible. the state’s mandate requiring students to be vaccinated -- or face potential expulsion. “I think that students should be able “If they’re not in school, to come to school because I don’t think it’s fair. It’s messing with their grades and school work,” she said. “But, at the same photo/grady farris they’re not getting time, the school supplied the clinic -- so, there’s no excuse not to have the vaccinations.” credits,” said Rodkey, the HRH are in April.” students need to keep vaccines up to date,” “and if they don’t have The reason the administration is not said Rodkey. “Our job is to follow and credits, they can’t graduate.” “Students can receive vaccinations from their physician allowing students who aren’t properly enforce the law. If we don’t, the state could or the Hendricks Regional Health center,” immune from attending school is simple: take disciplinary actions against us.” said Draper, “but the next appointments for it’s the law. “The state passed a law saying
Library evolved Josh Ragsdell Staff writer
Classic t e e n a g e hangouts are places like the mall or someone’s basement. Libraries are usually associated more with quiet studying, not fun socializing. This is not the case for the Plainfield Public Library which hosts what it calls “area T.” Area T was started in April of this year and teen services coordinator Courtney Allison said, “It’s a place for grades 6
through 12. I think we just wanted a positive place where teens could come in the library.” This idea seems to be working. Allison said, “After school, we could have anywhere from 10 to 30 teens and the library is pretty well-used from after school to about 7:30.” “The majority of teens that use the space are here for social reasons,” she said.
Swishin’ for ‘Hope’ Emma Simpson Yep, Y.E.P. (Youth Encouraging Philanthropy) is at it yet again. But this project not only involves a playground, but also includes: hope, a basketball Staff writer hoop and 125 T-shirts.
“Swishin’ for Hope” is a countywide effort among students in Y.E.P. Each school’s participants will designate the proceeds to their project,” said Y.E.P. school sponsor Renea Whicker. The project is called “Swishin’ for Hope” because “we are making T-shirts … that are to be worn at the County [boys and girls] meet,” said senior Jon Jarvis. Y.E.P. hopes to sell 125 T-shirts; ultimately they want to have an entire group of Plainfield students wearing the shirts at the County games, cheering on the school. The project is also a competition. Each school’s Y.E.P. group in the county will be selling the shirts and encouraging students to wear them to the game. The school with the most school spirit wins. “I will be attending because I need to represent this project and also support my school,” said Jarvis. Junior Jordan Sibley agreed: “I like going to basketball games because I like to support the athletes.” One does not have to be a basketball fan to attend support the project, though. “You don’t have to go to the game to buy a T-shirt. The point of it all is to support a good cause and help the community grow,” said Sibley. Although the purpose of the project is to raise school spirit at the County basketball games, buying a T-shirt will also help raise funds for Y.E.P.’s project of building a handicapped playground at Hummel Park. “I really liked the idea of the playground and I know that it would be a great addition to Hummel Park,” said Sibley. “The playground will give the handicap kids the opportunity to play in a safe environment.”
Public library draws teens
For entertainment Allison said, “At any time, we have a Wii and a PS2. We have a bunch of board games and cards.” She also said area T will be hosting “Rock Band events” and “cupcake decorating.” In addition to games, Allison said, “In January, we’ll be doing winter movies on Mondays.” The space also has Internet-connected computers, which each teen can reserve for an hour at a time. However, Allison said, “I know the teens would like more computers. We only have six.” The only other thing Allison was dissatisfied with was the size of the area.
“I would love to have a bigger space. Quite frankly, it’s a small space to have a lot of teens in,” she said. Though she was not sure yet if it would apply to area T, Allison said, “Next year, the whole first floor with the exception of the children’s room will be renovated.” “It would be nice to have our own room kind of to separate us from the main library,” she said. Allison admitted the teens can be loud. However, she said, “Libraries aren’t really quiet anymore. Ultimately, we realize that teens are going to be loud, and we’re okay with that.”
‘Finance Academy’ continued from page 1 as well as the rest of the class when they found out about their placing. “My first reaction was joy and then somewhat of an ease because I spent that entire week until three a.m. in the morning, working towards the compeition,” he said. Brown also felt that this class had prepared him for more than just college, but his life after as well. “It allowed me to understand the real-world effect of what people do with their money everybody, everyday. I learned about stocks and how to budget my finances later on,” he said. Among the most important, he said this class has shown him how important presentation is when applying for jobs and within his job preference. Brown wants to become an accountant. He has taken, in high school, sports marketing, accounting I and II, economy and computer applications. He said that even though he had taken all of these classes, he had never realized how important presentation is in relation to finance. “Two of the judges at the competition were accountants and they both said that they still had problems with presenting,” he said. “The class as a whole, next year, should focus on presenting powerpoints and not be shy. That is one thing we could have worked more on this year.” Overall, Brown felt the class did an excellent job this year. “I would recommend this class for students who are looking into business careers, or if they’re going into stocks or politics,” said Brown.
December 20, 2010
Get a chocolate chill this winter Recipe: Chocolate Marquise From the Kitchen of: Barbara Hibbard Crust: Cookies of your choice 3 Tbs unsalted butter Marquise: 10 oz semi-sweet baking chocolate 4 oz (1 stick) unsalted butter 4 eggs - separated 1/8 tsp cream of tartar 2 Tbs sugar Prepare a springform pan by lining the bottom with crushed cookies mixed with butter. Press the crust around to cover bottom of the plan. (Optional: line sides and bottom of pan with parchment paper for a smoother removal of the finished marquise.) Melt chocolate and butter; cool. In very fast whipping motions, add the 4 egg yolks. In separate bowl, whip egg whites until soft peaks form, and add cream of tartar and sugar. Whip until the egg whites are stiff but not dry. Fold the whites into the chocolate mixture until incorporated, keeping as much air in the batter as possible. Pour into prepared pan and chill until firm. Decorate as desired.
That’s the way the cookie
s l e 3%
Students vote on their favorite Christmas treats
Rachael Roesler Staff Writer
33% Cookies 39% Puppy Chow
Other 4% Peanut Brittle
21% Fudge poll source/ 100 students, 12/3
Why are “holiday foods” important to the holiday season?
“Tradition. It’s a fun thing to do, and that’s what people associate with holidays.” - Katie Allee, 9
“It encourages families to sit at a table together and be a family. Plus “Some people need to be told what to there’s always good food like ham and make; it brings families together and becomes tradition.” homemade pastries.” - Barbara Hibbard, Business - Michael Janisch, 10
“Holidays are about spending time with friends and family; we sometimes deliver our cookies to neighbors, and it gives us time to socialize.” -Charlie Hoying, 11
85% of U.S. schools have multimedia computers
December 20, 2010
Media Science: not what it seems?
Is the school’s technology Media Specialist Lael DuBois shares up-to-date? “We’re up-to-date. We have all the Mac tech-savvy knowlege computers and the smartboards.”
Q: How much technology is involved in library sciences? A: “[I have to] keep up media software and the website. Also, the library catalog.”
-Brooke Hollingsworth, 9 “We’re up-to-date because of the smartboards.”
Q: Do you believe the school is up-to-date in technology? A: “Yes, but we could always be looking for the future.”
-Kiley Christian, 10 “They are pretty advanced. We are a lot more up-to-date than other schools. We have a Mac Lab and most schools don’t even have computers.” -Zach Land, 11
Q: What are the Macs used for in the library? A: “[It is mostly used for] video editing, photography, art students, podcasts and also for research.”
“We have the smartboards and Mac labs. We are up-to-date engineering programs. We use most of the TVs.”
Q: Do you think it is important for students to understand technology? Why or Why not? A: “Yes, we want students to understand because it will always be part of their life.”
Plainfield 2.0 What’s next for the school’s tech? Justin Young Copy editor
“Everything that can be invented has been invented.” -Charles H. Duell, Commissioner, U.S. Office of Patents, 1899
Technology is unstoppable. The TV didn’t exist until over just 70 years ago. The home computer didn’t enter American homes until 40 years ago. The Internet was only made popular in the ‘90s. Smartphones are just now catching on. So as technology continues to advance, can the school keep up with it? Director of Technology John Crum said that up-to-date technology to him is a “moving target.” Crum said that technology is advancing to the point that it is difficult to keep up with, but that Plainfield is fortunate with their tech, especially with the fouryear replacement cycle of the computers. “From an equipment standpoint, I think we’re very strong.” Crum said the issue with constantly keeping up with technology is the cost. The corporation was fortune, though, when the town of Plainfield cut a deal with the corporation to provide the fibers that connect all seven of the Plainfield school campuses. “I think it’s what government needs to be more about,” Crum said. “collaborating and helping.” However, Crum said his next step for the corporation’s technology is a comprehenseive wireless infrastructure that should be put in place for next school year. This would mean that the high school’s broken wireless network would then be open for use. Other improvements Crum hopes to
make for the next school year are adding Microsoft Office 2010 to all the computers at the high school, as well as the possiblity of providing an e-mail service to all students. “I’m hoping by next school year, we can make that happen,” Crum said, citing that the issue now is dealing with lawyers on the issue, due to how students could use the service. “It’s finding that happy medium,” he said. Even while Macs, on average, cost more than PC’s, Crum said that this does not mean that they are more advanced. “Having more Macs gives access to programs that make it more simple to make podcasts and movies,” Crum said. He said that Apple does not negotiate the prices of Macs with the corporation, citing that he could walk into a Mac store and purchase a Mac (as an educator) cheaper than the corporation could buy one. Still though, Crum said that over time, more Macs can be expected in the buildings. Crum also said that society is getting to a place where “we have more devices in mind,” citing the latest surge in smartphones and tablets. Crum said that phones could be used within the school for educational purposes. “But the only way that can work is a complete understanding on the student’s and educator’s part,” he said. Also in the school’s future is a “oneto-one” plan, where every student would receive a device to assist with schoolwork. While the plan usually calls for a laptop or netbook to be given to students, Crum spoke of giving tablets to students, especially upcoming Android tablets. As the corporation continues in the 21st century, it’s hard to tell what will be the next big thing for Plainfield High School.
-Derek Grant, 12
By the numbers: technology in the schools
PC’s in the school
Macs in the school
The average number of students per computer is 24:1 at PHS
Some students excel in academics. Others are skilled in sports, and some, like senior Chloe Stahl, are talented in creating art. “Painting is a fun way to express yourself. There’s only one of each painting I create and nobody can duplicate it,” said Stahl. “She was in my painting class a couple of years ago,” said art teacher Heather Armstrong. “She did very well. She’s a very creative girl with her own unique style.” Armstrong couldn’t point out just one specific strength in Stahl’s artwork. “She’s just a strong artist overall,” Armstrong said. Armstrong said she would like to eventually have a senior portfolio set up in a display case in front of the art rooms for Stahl. “She left one piece of artwork that she made as a project in my class, and I use it as decoration for my classroom and as an example,” said Armstrong. Stahl prefers painting to most other art forms. “[Painting is] a different way to express youreself that people aren’t used to,” she said. Although Stahl is talented in using
Margaret Arnold Staff writer
December 20, 2010
many different art mediums, her favorite is oils. “[I prefer oils] because it’s more of a challenge,” said Stahl. A painting using acrylic paint takes about 15-30 minutes at the most to dry, while an oil painting takes about three weeks to dry. This may make using oils seem inconvenient, but for Stahl; the possibilities are worth it. “With oils you can create texture and make the painting look more three-dimensional,” she said. Stahl has taken art classes at the Sketch Pad Art Studio, as well as the classes provided at school, and she plans to continue with her art education and expand her talents even further. “I’m planning on going to art school after high school, either Herron or the Art Institute of Chicago,” she said. She has already been accepted to Herron School of Art and Design and is still hoping for an acceptance letter from The Art Institute of Chicago. Regardless of where she ends up going for school, Stahl has set high expectations for herself. “Art has become a passion of mine, and I want to continue making art for the rest of my life. I hope to find an art career that interests me, and I hope to learn more technique and expand my portfolio,” said Stahl.
Creative Chloe Senior Chloe Stahl expresses
herself through art “[This painting] was partly inspired by the game hide-and-seek. I did it in about five minutes. I paint really fast.”
“This was a project from when I went to the Sketch Pad Art Studio,” said Stahl. “It took me about a month to finish it, and it was in the Sketch Pad Art Exhibit 2009.”
“I’m very connected with nature and all of God’s creation. Trees really inspire me; there was a point in time where all I painted was trees.”
“All of my pieces are open to interpretation, I don’t like to put them in a box. It’s a living thing that changes according to who’s looking at it.” “Painting is a fun way to express yourself. There’s only one of each painting you create, and you know that nobody can duplicate it.”
-Chloe Stahl, 12
page design/margaret arnold
December 20, 2010
Substitute Teachers i Different look at the familiar faces in the classroom
What did you study in college?
“My undergraduate was journalism, but originally I was an education major. I was going to teach math until I got up to upper level calculus.”
What are the challenges and advantages of substituting?
“I think the challenge is learning the best way to get the lesson the teacher planned accomplished and maintaining a good learning environment for those who want to learn. I like doing something different every day. Also, getting to know all the students more than the teachers because I see everyone at least one point.”
How do you challenges?
“I make sure that students realize that I’m not afraid to write their names if they create problems and when they realize I’m serious, they tend to create less problems.”
In what subject are you the most help if students need help? “I am probably a better help in math or English classes, not so much in art or science classes.”
What do you like to do outside of school?
“My big hobby is barber shop quartet singing, which I don’t get to do much anymore. I enjoy sports as well. I also like showing my prowess at fantasy football.”
What is a random fact that makes you original?
What did you study in college?
“I have a degree in journalism. My first two years were at Indiana State majoring in physical education. I got married, then went back to school part time at the University of Maryland.”
What are the challenges and advantages of substituting?
“Some students can be challenging. There is an inconsistent work schedule, no work during the summer and the pay isn’t awful, but it isn’t great either. The advantages are interacting with the students, the teachers and the atmosphere is great.”
How do you challenges?
“I try to listen and think first before taking action. Also, I have multiple jobs too. It really takes being flexible.”
What subject is your favorite to substitute for.
“My favorite is probably English. I just enjoy English and maybe I’m able to allow students to look at something from a different angle.”
What do you like to do outside of school?
“I like to quilt and sew. I also like to get together with friends. I organize a monthly euchre group with past classmates and their spouses.”
What is a random fact the makes you original? “I am an only child with no children.”
What did you study in college?
What did you study in college?
What do you enjoy about substituting?
What are the challenges and advantages of substituting?
“I went to Marion University for business administration.”
“I enjoy being around the students.”
Why do the students respond to you positively? “I treat the students like I want to be treated. I treat them as if they know what they are responsible for. I do my best to treat them like adults.”
What class are you the most helpful in?
“Probably math or science, particularly physics. My career was mostly math. I also taught physics for one semester.”
Where did you go to high school?
“Sharpsville, northern Tipton County, just south of Kokomo.”
What activities did you do in high school?
“I played basketball and ran track. I also played the alto saxophone in the band.”
What do you like to do outside of school?
“My hobbies include reading books, particularly by authors like Stephen King or Webb Griffin.”
“I went to school for first through eighth grade education.”
“Each class presents its own sets of challenges. An advantage is substituting allows a way to be a part of the community.”
How do you challenges?
“I stand among the students and bring them to attention. I introduce myself and I give the assignment. Also, I don’t dwell on the negatives because negatives could produce a reaction.”
What subject are you the most help in if a student needs help? “I would be able to help most in English because it was one of my majors.”
What do you like to do outside of school?
“Since retirement I have thoroughly enjoyed traveling to other countries such as Belize, Spain, Costa Rica and Jordan. I have worked with children in orphanages, schools and refugee camps. I also like art. I work with pastels, colored pencils and drawing pencils.”
What is one random fact that makes you original?
“I never knew that I wanted to teach, but was led in that path. I couldn’t have had a more satisfying career. I have loved it.”
“I am originally from Memphis, Tennessee, and my aunt graduated high school with Elvis Presley.”
photos/ grady farris page design/chris rohrer
December 20, 2010
Supporting those near
Community comes together during holiday season
Total funds donated by swim-a-thon: $5,000 Number of team members who participated in the swim-a-thon: 45 “Any time we can help out those who are helping others, it is a success.” - Chris Cavanaugh, coach
Swimmers raise money for St. Mark’s The amount of time swimmers and divers spend in the pool is ... amazing. Their dedication to their sport is something that can be admired by many. Even more incredible is the time that they spend in the pool not practicing for competition -but, by choice, in order to raise money for those less fortunate. For the 18th year, Coach Chris Cavanaugh has had his athletes use their skills to help out the community through the swim-a-thon, an event focused on raising money for others. Starting at the begining of November, members of the boys and girls swim team hit up anyone and everyone they can think of to request sponsorship for the annual swim-a-thon. From “parents, aunts and other family members, friends, and neighbors,” junior Kelsy Wickham made a wide sweep of her circle of friends and family, seeking donations for the cause. For the last eight or nine years, according to Cavanaugh, the money raised has been donated to St. Marks Church. After a small portion is set aside for the swim program, the whole team of 45 swimmers and divers will take the check to the church. Each year, Cavanaugh takes the team to the church before their County meet to let the team members see how much their hard work and effort is appreciated. “It’s great to see the looks on the people at St. Mark’s when we deliver the check to them as a team. They are so thankful, and it’s nice to know you’re helping others,” Wickham said. Cavanaugh sees this event not only as an opportunity to help the community, but also as one to help the swimmers grow as individuals. “It gives them a chance to give back to the community and it helps them understand that there are those less-fortunate in our community and we can help,” he said. “We live in a community that provides great opportunities for most of our young people. It is important that they learn how to give back to that community and those that may not have as much.”
Darci Armitage Staff writer
Highest number of laps: Boys - Chris Tice (105) Girls - Kelsy Wickham (90)
Most money raised: Ethan Hetzler photos/grady farris
Evan Becker, 11
“I did the Santa’s Breakfast because I like volunteering. It’s important to do community service around the holidays because everyone deserves to have a good holiday. It gave the kids something fun to do before Christmas.” Connor Mitchell, 9
Kyleigh’s Krew’s Santa Breakfast photo/darci armitage
Tri Kappa’s Gingerbread Christmas Money raised from Gingerbread Christmas goes to: Scholarships for seniors, as well as funds for all Plainfield schools
“I participate because I am a member of Tri Kappa, a philanthropic sorority. I have done it every year, along with my daughters, for the past nine years. It’s a family tradition.” - Renea Whicker, Spanish Tri Kappa member photo/morgan blake
0 1 , h t fi f i r G Elizah
December 20, 2010
“Art lets me express my creation and get rid of some of the craziness in my head. I took art because it’s the only class where you have the freedom to do crazy things.”
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Alyssa Frey, 11
“Art is awesome. It’s a thing that when your emotions make different art; it’s relaxing.”
“It gives me a way to put my thoughts down on paper without actually having to write it.”
“I’m not really a creative person by myself. But, when something is assigned to me, it’s easier to create. I like art classes and that’s why I’ve taken most of the art classes. Photography doesn’t really interest me, but art does. I don’t consider myself the best artist in the world, but when I’m given a structured assignment, I can do that well.” page design/zach golay
December 20, 2010
Once upon a time...
Students reveal their favorite Disney fairy tales
Emma Simpson Staff Writer
BECAUSE SHE LOVES to sing, sophomore Amber Dulaney likes the Disney version of The Little Mermaid more than the original fairy tale. She’s loved princesses her whole life but her favorite is “Little Mermaid because Ariel wasn’t afraid of what others thought about how she felt.”
SINCE “DAY ONE” senior Shantelle Meacham has loved fairy tales and ever since she was little she dreamed of being a princess. Her name even has a ring of elegance. But if she had to pick just one favorite fairy tale, “I think Cinderella is my favorite because she has a terrible life but in the end she still gets her prince charming.” She prefers the Disney version to the original fairy tale however, “because [Cinderella] is so beautiful in the movie. The movie portrays the magic.”
HE MAY LIKE Disney’s Aladdin, but that doesn’t mean freshman Cameron Smock, would marry Princess Jasmine. “I wouldn’t marry [any of the] princesses because they’re all too dramatic.” Smock would be Aladdin, if he were a Disney character, “because he seems pretty bad ‘a’. He rides on a magic carpet and has a monkey as a friend.” Aladdin may be his favorite Disney character, but Smock’s favorite Disney movie is Prince of Persia Sands of Time because “it has action and swords and a lot of people fighting.”
The Little Mermaid
AS A GUY junior David Stoker likes fairy tales because “They always have a happy ending. They’re clean and there’s not a lot of dirty stuff.” Even though his favorite fairy tale is Rapunzel, Stoker would choose to be Eric, from The Little Mermaid, if he were a Disney character because “he’s a stud.”
Beauty and the Beast
15% Sleeping Beauty
6% What is your favorite Disney fairy tale?
Pros: Beautiful animation with vibrant colors added depth to the classic story
Cons: Stereotypical Disney princess movie
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“This is the story of how I died,” begins the rogue character, Flynn Rider, in Disney’s newest fairy tale Tangled. Flynn Rider, the cocky male lead, starts as the typical castle thief, but later finds himself leading Rapunzel on the adventure of her lifetime. Rapunzel, the captive of Mother Gothel, has magical hair that heals those in contact with it. Unlike many Disney heroines, Rapunzel seems to be fit to take care of herself, probably due to the fact that she’s been locked in a tower for 18 years. Mother Gothel, a witch, steals the baby Rapunzel at birth because of her magic healing hair. The magic hair ensures Mother Gothel’s eternal youth. Mother Gothel may have Rapunzel fooled, but the audience understands that Mother Gothel has never really loved Rapunzel. The movie is Disney’s 50th animated feature and an excellent addition to the collection. It combines classic story elements with adding a new dimension
of animation, literally. As Disney’s first princess movie in 3-D, Tangled sets the bar high for future fairy tales. Tangled adds depth to the classic story Rapunzel. The movie creates a reason for the evil witch to desire Rapunzel’s hair; whereas in the original story, there is no apparent reason for the witch to keep Rapunzel in her tower. The animation in Tangled is picturesque. Each painting in Rapunzel’s tower is covered in color and details. The luminaires floating over the river have a beautiful glow. And Rapunzel’s hair is simply gorgeous. Tangled is a movie for both boys and girls. It has action-packed fights and a cruel villain, but it also has a lovable princess and a few fun songs. Overall, Tangled was a Disney fairy tale to remember.
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December 20, 2010
Destruction in Haiti What’s happened since earthquake devastated country
First, an earthquake devastated the land and crushed the buildings. Then, a hurricane swept over the country, adding to the destruction. Now, Haiti has become a country filled with helping hands trying to get lives back on track. According to Director of Guidance Denise Fisher, much help has been and is being offered to the people of Haiti since the earthquake destruction. “There has been a lot of rebuilding, a lot of assistance from the United States and other countries,” said Fisher. “There has been a lot of financial help and cleaning up, basically trying to put their lives back together. Many people are living in what they call ‘tent cities,’ and have been given the opportunity to move into new houses and many are still afraid. This was a very traumatic experience.” Fisher thinks that the largest safety concern in going to Haiti is the risk of injury from reconstruction. “Because of the clean-up, you have to be careful of injury. People who go there have to be sure they are up-to-date on their shots. Hepatitis B, Tetanus and other infections is much greater there,” said Fisher. According to Fisher, there are many ways that students can assist those in Haiti who are in need. “You can collect clothes,
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shoes, money so that food can be bought which can be sent over through different missions,” said Fisher. “You can even plan trips and work teams to go over and those work groups can do things like building.” Fisher had a particular instance in which students helped those in need. “My husband’s school did a peanut butter drive and put a dollar on each jar of peanut butter to help with postage, because it’s expensive to send things over there.” French teacher Cathy Shumaker planned a trip to Haiti for a group of students and herself to participate in the efforts, to relieve Haiti of some of its trauma. The trip, however, will not happen this summer. “The group I had hoped to go with isn’t going this summer; and when I looked at Habitat for Humanity, their trips were too expensive,” said Shumaker. “I didn’t know the area well enough to feel comfortable going down there with a group of students by myself. With the French visit first and second quarter, there was a lot to do, and it just didn’t materialize.”
Shumaker wanted to take French students to Haiti because Haiti is a Francophone, or French-speaking country. Their primary language is Creole; a language branched off of French. “I was planning on doing a fundraiser -- helping build, taking supplies -- and since this would be a school-related trip, making an impact on the kids [by teaching] them English and [having] them teach my students Creole. Students need to see the world outside their own and service opportunities for teens are important.” Fisher thinks that visiting countries like Haiti has a large impact on many lives involved. “A person can’t go to a place like that and come back the same. The conditions are so primitive to what we have here, and many of them will never see these things. It is not easy for us to go there and to see the conditions under which they live; sometimes, it’s a heartbreak. When we go there, the problems are so widespread that we can’t help them all with their physical
“...If I were in that situation, I would want someone to do the same for me.” -Peter Shepherd, 11
needs.” Junior Peter Shepherd was one of the students who showed particular interest in going to Haiti when the trip was first proposed. “I enjoy traveling,” said Shepherd. “I’ve already been to China, and it’s one of my goals to get to five of the seven continents before I graduate. I enjoy working in general, and I get a lot out of helping someone else out. If I were in that situation, I would want someone to do the same for me.” Even though this trip didn’t take wing, Shepherd hopes to go to Haiti someday. “It’s travel experience. A guy from my church that I really look up to went to Haiti and I want to see it for myself some day,” said Shepherd. Shepherd thinks the impact the trip could have had would have been different for everyone individually. “It depends on what we would have done there and [who] we would have met,” said Shepherd. “For me, it probably would have done the same thing [that] going to China did. It would have opened my eyes and showed me that yes, we’re all different and we have different cultures; but we’re all human, and in that respect we are the same.”
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SENIOR Alexandria Downs builds a gingerbread house. photo/brittany knuckles
Students prepare for holidays in variety of ways
SOPHOMORE Aaron Hanke helps gather cans for the food drive. photo/brittany knuckles
To help raise money for St. Mark’s food pantry, junior Amy Tolen participates in the swim team’s annual Swima-Thon. “I felt like I was helping out a good cause,” Tolen said. Tolen added that each year, the team attempts to raise more money than the previous year. photo/grady farris
Doing her part, junior Danielle Ferrone helps out in FCA by wrapping boxes for the food drive. “I just wanted to be a backstage person that helped out with the food drive,” Ferrone said. Ferrone stated that she wanted to benefit the community in some way this Christmas season.
Sophomore Alexander Hayes plays clarinet during the band’s Christmas Concert performance. photo/morgan blake
A dedicated Key Club volunteer, senior Andrew Heald helps out with the Santa House located by Ace Hardware. “We took pictures of the kids with Santa, and the money went to Riley,” said Heald. Heald said that was glad to have the chance to help children tell Santa what they wanted for Christmas.
SHOW choir sings Christmas songs at Indianapolis International Airport. photo/darci armitage
December 20, 2010
The Plainfield Recreation/Acquatic Center vs. the school’s athletic complex
Zach Golay Staff writer
After seven hours of sitting in a classroom, the bell finally goes off. Students get out of their seats and prepare to head home. However, some students who participate in sports have to stay after school for practice. These students then head down to the athletic complex. From that point on, the space they use to work in is theirs. Yet, what does that do for the other students who couldn’t make a team, but still have the desire to work out and exercise? Most of the time, they go to the Plainfield Recreational Center. The facilities at the high school and the Plainfield Recreation Center (commonly referred to as the Rec Center) are excellent places for students to interact with one another and exercise. Both areas have swimming pools, basketball courts and weight centers. The school’s facilities are student and staff access only, while the Rec Center requires a payment for each entry without a sports pass. Students are often found using both facilities to exercise. Physical education instructor Randy Vanderbush said, “At the high school, we have specific training courses to meet the needs of high school students. Everything that is done here is designed upon research and experience.” Vanderbush said that one of the main differences between the Rec Center and the school is that students who exercise here are exercising with other students. “They are surrounded by an intense environment to work out in. They are with other athletes, and at the Rec Center, they are with adults and part-time fitness enthusiasts they don’t know.” Students also use the facilities for sports and classes that require their use. Sophomore Rachel Day said, “I like working out at the school more. There is a lot more stuff to do, plus you can ask Vanderbush anything about your work out or any questions to have him critique what you are doing.” Day said that the weight room in the high school had an entirely different atmosphere, due to the other athletes and mentor present while working out. One problem that Vanderbush said exists in the school facilities is that some students are intimidated to work out after school due to other athletes. “There is a little intimidation,” said Vanderbush, “for non-athlete students to come here and work out. One of my biggest fears is that students go over to the Rec Center and aren’t supervised at all. Then, they might try and attempt to do
something that perhaps they saw on TV and may get severely injured because of that.” The supervision at the high school continues in many other facilities aside from the weight room. The gymnasium is host to all home basketball games and volleyball matches and is occasionally used by the physical education and APC classes. There are a total of three full basketball courts inside the complex. At the Rec Center, there are a total of three basketball courts that host basketball tournaments and dodgeball tournaments and are mostly open to the public to come and play at their own leisure. The high school nearly always places students under supervision by an adult nearby and Vanderbush believes that the Rec Center is not the same. “I think some parents should be aware that students go to the Rec Center, work out and occasionally may play with other adults. I believe that in a competitive game of basketball or something an adult may not handle a loss well against a student and that may cause an altercation.” However, deputy director at the Rec Center, Nathan Thorne, said, “The Rec Center is a public facility. However, you have to be a member or pay a day pass in order to get in. So it’s not like you can just walk in. Also, we do a sex offender check to not allow any into our facilities. Along with that, we have a number of security cameras and police around the facilities.” Thorne also stated that students are not alone while working out and exercising. “Students get hurt less frequently than one may think. If a person is under the age of 13, then they are not allowed to go upstairs into the weight room. Then we require all people 13-15 years of age to go through a fitness center orientation before they are allowed to use any weight or cardio machines. It is mandatory for them to take that. We also have trainers on standby that people can register for.” The high school and Rec Center are common places for students to exercise and hang out. Regardless of which is better through a student’s eyes, Thorne said, “These two facilities, in my opinion, have a common goal. That is to provide the public access to fitness services not available to them otherwise. I think our shared goal is to have people come here, athletes or not, and maintain their fitness levels.”
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December 20, 2010
ATHLETES IN ACTION
 Philip Clay, 10
Corin McKee, 9 Caleb Sheets, 9
Corin McKee, 9
Athletes of the Month “[Basketball] was just something to do. When I was a little kid, I tried every sport and found what I liked. I’d like to play in college; but whenever opportunity comes my way, I’ll take it. I won the ‘Outstanding Sophomore Athlete’ award two years ago and I’m going to keep playing to the best of my ability and see where it gets me.” -Janssen
Alec Smith,12 “He won the ‘Defense Leader of the Year’ Award last year. He provides great senior leadership and Alec is one of those guys that every coach wants in their program.” -Coach Clay Bolser
Sarah Janssen, 12
“Sarah’s one of our senior leaders. She does a great job speaking on behalf of the team, is a great student athlete and she’s somebody that always gives 100%.” -Coach Curt Benge
“I’ve been playing since I was like five or six. I got interested in playing basketball by watching it on TV, and my friends were always playing it. If I can [play basketball in the future], I want to play as long as I can. My biggest accomplishment was probably last year when we won Conference and I plan on doing it again this year.” -Smith page/taylor werner photo/grady farris
Decmber 20, 2010
Start with smart Academic Superbowl prepares to start meetings as semester ends Fine Arts Math Coach: Heather Armstrong, art
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Coach: Melissa Sedwick, chemistry • Alex Brown, 9 • Kory Pritchett, 12 • Zoe Copeland, 12
This year, the Fine Arts division of the Academic Superbowl will be covering material that is: 50%- Visual (Mexican artists of the 20th century) 50%- Music (Influences, folk and regional and art music)
Megan Anderson, 12 John Lucciola, 11 Hillary King, 12 Blain Meadows, 12
At the Academic Superbowl kick-off party, senior Zoe Copeland said that she joined Academic Superbowl because, “Last year, my math teacher told me they needed people for the math division, so I joined. I ended up really liking it, so I’m doing it again.”
Coach: Larry Early, cconomics
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Jessica Tice, 9 Cameron Smock, 9 Margaret Tharp, 12 Brandon Brown, 12
Coach: Tracy Hood, Physics • • • • •
Katie Copeland, 12 Audriana McCurdy, 9 Dane Kirchoff-Foster, 10 Nathan Dulaney, 10 Dillon Snyder, 12
This year, the science team of the Academic Superbowl will be covering material that is: 40%- chemistry 20%- physics 20%- biology 20%- earth space
This year, the social studies team of the Academic Superbowl will be covering material that is: 14%- Political and economical geography 14%- Wars of independence 24%- Early 19th century 24%- Late 19th and 20th century 24%- 20th century
English Coach: Liza Payton, English • • • •
Bryan Bennett, 12 Shelby Everling, 10 Eleanor Price, 10 Shai Miller, 10
This year, the English division of the Academic Superbowl will be covering material that is: 40%- Poetry selections 40%- Novel (“In the Time of Butterflies” by Julia Alvarez) 20%- Short stories page design/ grace kura, justin young
December 20, 2010
Life on the Farm
When one hears someone talking about farms in the state of Indiana they tend to get images of fields of corn or soybeans. This does not apply to freshman Cory Sercer, whose farm is not just farmland, but also consists of trails and other things. “My family’s farm really isn’t all that much different than most, though,” said Sercer. “Well, aside from us only having livestock anyway.” His animals are rather diverse. He has approximately 20 horses, one sheep, two
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pigs, two goats, one duck, five cats, one dog and two chickens. “We also used to have a llama and a deer,” said Sercer. “Our llama died of old age and we just let the deer go.” Not only does Sercer and his family have their own animals, but they will also let other people store their animals on the farm for the winter. “This really allows us to get to know other people and also give those people a break from taking care of their animals,” said Sercer. During the night, most of the animals are
put into separate stalls in the barn. Living on this farm all his life, Sercer has grown accustomed to the rigorous tasks he must complete in order to keep his family’s farm up and running. His daily tasks are usually just everyday things that are done around the farm or in the house. The simple tasks Sercer has to do are his daily chores. For the horses, he must take them into the barn and feed them. After they finish eating, he takes them back out to their pasture. As they do the things horses do, he will put hay out in their pasture and fill their water troughs.
“With the smaller animals, I just feed them and put water in their pens.”
“I put most of the horses in their stalls and feed them. The ones that are mine, I feed outside.”
“I put the horses back out in the pasture, and I put out hay out with them and water in their water troughs.”
twenty horses photos/grady farris
For the smaller animals, he just feeds and waters them within their pens so he doesn’t have to deal the hassle of dragging the animals into and out of the barn. The tougher, more tedious tasks usually consume a lot of time. These tasks include things like putting up fences, cleaning the stalls and cutting and baling the hay for the horses’ pastures. “The work we do isn’t all that bad once you have done it for nearly your entire life,” said Sercer.
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December 20, 2010
The reason for the season ... does it belong in school? Position 1: It is not appropriate for the administration to use Christmas to celebrate Christian beliefs and values. “Let us pray.” That is a line that belongs in a church or other place of worship, but more and more often it seems to resonate in our school, especially during the holidays. Why is it that our school frequently promotes Christianity during December, yet seldom extends this opportunity to any other religion wanting to publicly celebrate their faith? Crosses and the Ten Commandments of Christianity, Judaism’s Star of David and the Star and Crescent symbolizing Islam: take a guess which of these were found upon the ornate tree many people saw in the office last year. If you guessed crosses and commandments, you’re right. As the holidays drew closer, the Christmas music we are all familiar with echoed through our hallways 60 seconds before the bell. Christmas, being a holiday celebrated by people of any religion, should be an acceptable theme for the music playing in the halls, right? Not when the music is the tale of Jesus’s birth set to song, and especially not if it is a sung version of The Lord’s Prayer.
Last year, a group of Muslim students met with the administration, asking to play a few Islamic songs to celebrate the Islamic New Year. No students recalled ever hearing the music, but the students were told by the administration that the songs celebrating the beginning of the year had been played. It’s clear the majority of students are Christians, but that doesn’t mean students of other religions should have beliefs contrary to their own forced upon them. With Christian music filling our halls and crosses covering our Christmas trees, it’s hard to escape the non-secular parts of the holidays. Here’s what we want for Christmas: for our administration to either cut back on the religious music and symbols across the school or to extend other religions the same rights.
Should the school be allowed to promote Christian ideals during the holidays?
”Yes. It’s what the holidays are about. It’s not about the presents, it’s about the birth of Jesus Christ.”
-Rachel Santos, 9
Position 2: The administration has the right to celebrate their own beliefs during the holidays. This time of year, two things are generally lodged into the minds of U.S. citizens: presents or Jesus Christ. Ironic, isn’t it, that it seems to be an all-or-nothing kind of situation between
“I think teachers and administration should be allowed to show their faith. If someone is Jewish, they should be allowed to put out a menorah.”
Dear Editor, Once again, the holiday season has begun, and all across the country, lights and trees are being set up in businesses and houses. One place that has been decorated for Christmas has caught my attention: the school library. There it is, in the front window of our media center, a four foot pine tree decorated in lights with an angel perched upon the top. We attend a public school, not a Christian academy. I am a Christian and Christmas is my favorite holiday, but school is not the place for religion. I haven’t located any menorahs, and last time I checked, Muslims weren’t allowed to do their five daily prayers here in the school. To me, it is offending that our school corporation would let this go on, especially when there were complaints about this last year. Lights and a tree wouldn’t make me angry, but it was that angel that irked me. Atheists don’t necessarily believe in angels, but no one seemed to think about them when decorating the pine. My concern is that the people of the school corporation are too self-indulged with their own beliefs to consider what this country was founded upon: freedom of religion, not freedom of Christianity and those other guys.
Amber Dulaney, 10
“No, we need to respect “Yes, because they’re “They should be others’ beliefs and not not forcing Christianity allowed to as long as force our own upon them. upon the students. They they don’t discriminate I do not play Christmas against other music in my classroom can celebrate how they even though I am a religions.” like or not celebrate at Christian.” -Charlie McGuire, 12 all.” -Heather Armstrong,
-Victoria Brown, 10 -Stephen Bohney, 11
Letter to the Editor
Dear Editor, As a strongly concerned student here at Plainfield, I see many things in the school and community that could be improved; however, one specific thing genuinely irks me above all other: teachers’ favoritism of certain students. This undermines the learning process, leaving some students out, while exalting the favorites above the rest. Students cannot effectively learn and be educated while attempting to break the barrier of favoritism. It is genuinely disheartening to see this blatant and inexcusable favoritism happening. Having attended school in a few different states, I have seen different styles of teaching and different styles of communication, but no style works effectively while being diluted by favoritism. I have personally seen this despicable act occur more than once, by teachers who will remain unnamed. Their favoritism has led to disruptions in class, halting the process of learning for myself as well as other students. Now, not being a favorite is one thing, but fearing repercussions for expressing disdain toward this favoritism is another disheartening fact. It is simply an inherent moral wrong to play favorites in education. I personally know many different students from different backgrounds, in different grades, who have also witnessed this favoritism. We all want to know why our education system is declining, and I offer an answer to the problem: teachers should stop being absorbed with their obnoxious favorites.
Michael Turinetti, 10
the two. People are typically caught up in one, but not the other. There should be a reminder that the name of the most popular holiday in December for our little piece of the world starts with “Christ.” Shame on those people who try and cut that part out of all the holiday cheer; or write “Merry X-mas” on their Christmas cards. But then again, that’s why PHS and a lot of other public establishments have gone to the generic “Happy Holidays” signs and cards as opposed to “Merry Christmas.” If students are allowed to wear crosses around their necks or other religious symbols and signs all year, why does it cause such a distraction during the holiday season if a teacher puts up a Christmas tree or plays Christmas music? It’s an expression of self -- not a sermon. No one’s being told to get baptized, and no one’s being told that what to believe. Do people get offended if they don’t believe in marriage, but a teacher has up his or her wedding pictures? Didn’t think so. The complaints about last year’s Christmas music before the bells have yet to be relevant this year; hardly any Christmas music has been played school-wide. So unless “Frosty the Snowman” has suddenly become “Frosty the Wise Man,” what’s the big deal with a little religious cheer? Being a Christian hasn’t ruined anyone’s holiday season yet.
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December 20, 2010
 This holiday season, think of Ke$ha
Justin Young Copy editor
People seem to be ignoring the one person who needs the most help this Christmas season: Ke$ha. The pop singer is a trashy, rotten woman who pees in sinks and vomits up glitter. But she can’t help it that she’s a promiscous lady of the night. That’s why everyone needs to go out
and buy her new album, regardless of how horrible it is -- so maybe then she can go get the rehab we all know she needs. Ke$ha is the victim here. Do you think she wants to party “urry night”? Of course she doesn’t, it’s exhausting. The poor girl simply can’t help it. If you’re in doubt of Ke$ha’s problems, simply look at her pictures; she can’t even afford clothes. And with winter upon us, Ke$ha might not survive at all if all she’s wearing are torn-up leggings and glitter. She’s simply a struggling artist ... and by struggling, I mean binge-drinking. That’s why her lyrics are so awful. She can’t help it. Why else would someone write something like, “I’ll pull a Jeffrey Dahmer!” and put it in a song? This is exactly why she needs our help. And don’t think her “Get $leazy” tour is for your enjoyment. It’s actually a benefit
concert so the dirty woman can pay for her DUI’s. That’s why I’m proposing this season, we stop this senseless donating to “families in need” or “veterans.” Think of Ke$ha before you give your spare change to the Salvation Army. What have families in need done for us anyway? Nothing. They’re the reason our American culture has such a bad image. Ke$ha, on the other hand, is a shining example of the American dream. She proves that anyone with too much Tequila and not enough clothing can be an artist. And that’s also why I’m so offended by our school’s canned food drive this season. Those cans should have gone to Ke$ha, because unfortunately, the cans the doctor gave her can’t be eaten. I know it’s difficult to listen to her music, and afterward you’ll need to take
It’s time to help out Darci Armitage Staff writer
Every holiday season, it’s said to be the time to give back to the community. School groups, businesses, and churches do their part and raise money for the less fortunate. “Giving back” tends to be the theme of the end of the year. What I don’t understand is why the last two months are the only ones where the community does their part. St. Mark’s Church all year round has a food pantry open to give everyone an opportunity for a good meal. Some school clubs have the main goal to do odd jobs around our town to help out, but that’s not enough. We need to be more consistent during the non-winter months. Students need to help out more, and do their part. The kids in this school are going to be the ones who eventually run this town. Getting used to doing community service is something to start now. Groups helping out during the holidays is a good thing, as it helps out those less fortunate at the time that’s most important to be together with family. Community service is something that makes our town look good and gives us a good name. Students taking their time to help out through out the year is a good way to get used to doing grown-up activities. Even the simplest tasks are good for a person to do. Things like helping out a neighbor or taking an elderly persons groceries to their car, these can go a long way. Showing that we care about people other than ourselves
can give teenagers a better reputation, and show the younger kids what is right and wrong. We are the role models for future students at our school. Showing that community service is cool and fun will help kids know that it’s what is right. The organizations at our school have a large amount of members, but compared to the rest of the student population, it’s sad how few kids participate. Clubs like Key Club and Octagon Club are an easy way to give back since it’s already organized by someone else. Joining with your friends makes the activities they do even more enjoyable. Showing that it’s a cool thing to be apart of will help the future generations that will come through the school. Another perk of joining the schools already set up clubs is they look wonderful on college applications. Colleges look at these things during your high school career because what you do represents who you are. The community service projects help build character. You get many life skills when you’re doing service projects. You can learn how to work out problems with others and work on your people communication skills all at the same time. Spending your free time helping someone else is just over all good for you. You mature and grow up through these projects. You don’t even have to come up with your own ideas, people in the school are already getting together wanting help. It’s up to you now to get involved and do your part. So get off of Facebook and help out in your community. Who knows, one day, you might be the one who needs help.
a shower -- but think of the children. And by children, I mean Ke$ha’s future children. The last thing this world needs are miniature Ke$ha’s, so it’s important we teach her the importance of safe sex now before she populates this earth with tiny degerates. So this Christmas, when you’re opening up your presents by the warm fire, enjoying the company of your family, think of Ke$ha, who will most likely be spraweled out in her backyard, drowning in her own glittery vomit. The sooner we help her, the sooner we can get back to the real, classy artists that we used to listen to, like TuPac and Britney Spears. That’s why Ke$ha needs your $ now more than ever.
Aly Weigel Staff writer As the new year approaches, people begin to make New Year’s resolutions. Some want to lose weight, some want something specific to happen. Some want to accomplish something and some want to quit a bad habit. Whatever the case, one thing reigns true- a new year can bring new thoughts, new attitudes, and new ways of living. But why do we wait until New Years to make goals for ourselves? Why not do that throughout the year? It’s the same reason we give thanks on Thanksgiving and show our love on Valentine’s Day. It’s a time set aside in our busy year to recognize these things that we should be recognizing all year long. I think sometimes we are so wrapped up in the holiday itself than what it actually means. Valentines Day is more than just cute cars and candy, as is thanksgiving more than just stuffing your face and watching football. These special days are not the only day of the year that you’re allowed to celebrate these things. In fact, you can love and be thankful everyday of the year. Every year, I make a list of things that I want to accomplish throughout the year. Two weeks into the new year, the list is lost and the goals no longer seem as important to me. This year,
I’ve decided that I will not be making New Year’s resolutions. Instead, I plan on having one simple mindset, to have the best year ever. Personally, I believe that every year, this should be my one and only goal. If I meet new people along the way, or if I become more mature or more organized, I know that it will because of pure bliss instead of just trying to check something off my list. All I want this year is to be happy with myself and know that I have improved my way of living in some way. If having a better year than last year is my only goal then I know I can enter this year more confidently in completing my goal. To make New Year’s resolutions, ditch the lists. Focus on one thing that will make you a better person. That’s the problem with New Year’s resolutions, we make too many. New Year’s resolutions are simply beginning of the year goals that rarely get accomplished. Everyday we should want to wake up and have a better day than we did yesterday. Each day should be made into an opportunity to learn something new in order to become better people. There are 365 days in a year: Make them all count.
saywhat Interesting things heard around the school...
“I love hearing animal noises from people who don’t live in the United States.”
“I was watching the Nicki Minaj documentary and fell in love.”
“When I go to write Christmas, I write ‘Christine’ instead.”
“They tried to make me go see Santa and I was like ho, ho, ho.”
“It’s like filing my nails, but it’s my knuckles.”
“How does Chris Brown do this?”
page design/kaitlin tipsword
December 20, 2010
‘Please don’t stop the music’
Lita Ireland, 11
Genre: Classical/Opera Favorite composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart “There are so many different types of classical music,” said junior Lita Ireland. “It just suits every mood perfectly and exemplifies it. It’s a really broad genre, so there is a lot to choose from.” Ireland started off, in the beginning of last year, listening to choral pieces and soon after, moved on to wordless and operatic works. “Mrs. Heaton definitely sparked my interest, starting with Christmas choral pieces sung by males,” said Ireland. “It is such a relaxing genre,” said Ireland. “It helps with concentration, or can help get stressful things off your mind.”
Caity Welch, 12
Genre: Show Tunes Favorite artist/composer: Jerry Orbach/ Hamlisch “I really enjoy the different stories behind each song of the musicals I listen to,” said senior C a i t y We l c h . W e l c h has been watching musicals and listening to show tunes since she was a little girl when her mother and grandmother introduced them to her. Welch said each song has a different story so she feels she can relate to each song and how it’s written. Even though there are many different stories, Welch said most have the same effect on her. “[When I listen to them], they mostly cheer me up and put me in a better mood,” she said. “Each show has its own story and each song is a chapter. The songs can be comical, sad or happy. They’re just so diverse you can’t help but like them.” Electronica Pop
Classical/ Opera Classic Rock
source/ poll of 100 students, 12/9
Students break the “teenage” stereotype by listening to non-traditional music Tyler Kydd, 10
Genre: ‘60s-’70s Classic Rock Favorite artist: Pink Floyd/ Steve Miller Band/ The Beatles “I grew up with [classic rock],” said sophomore T y l e r K y d d . “The music that comes out today, I just don’t like it. Classic rock has something I can relate to.” K y d d started listening to bands like Pink Floyd and The Beatles when he was younger, but he really started listening to this genre when Guitar Hero came out. “Guitar Hero introduced me to bigger bands,” he said. Kydd feels others should listen to this genre, saying, “It gives you a sense of what was happening back then. There’s also different varieties of rock, unlike today, where within each genre, the artists are the same.” “Some hype you up and others tell you what love is about,” he said. “Each song makes you feel differently.”
Jackson Charles, 11 Genre: Electronica Favorite artist: Basshunter
“ I t ’ s different and far out,” said junior Jackson Charles, who has been listening to techno for about three years. He started listening to techno, a sub genre of electronica m u s i c , when his neighbor ’s c o u s i n introduced him to it. “He showed me some random music that was being made fun of on youtube. It was different, and I liked it,” he said. Most of Charles’ favorite bands are from Sweden and Germany. “ [I like it from other countries because] it’s in other languages, and that makes it exciting.” Charles feels other should listen to electronica because “it’s totally radical” and listening to it makes him feel “fabulous.”
Rap/ Hip Hop
What type of music do students listen to? Students share their favorite types of music photos /grady farris page design/michelle pea