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[quakershaker] Plainfield High School

Volume 84, Issue 5

March 8, 2011

DinnerGraduating is served seniors invited to evening learning experience Dylan Delph Staff writer

Passing the salt. Using a specific type of fork for Etiquette Dinner: certain foods. Setting a napkin Date: Tuesday, in the lap. And most of all saying “please” and “thank you.” These March 16 are the most common types of Time: 6 p.m. etiquette that almost everyone Location: PHS knows, but the senior etiquette dinner is aimed to teach graduating seniors even more about it. A few years ago, the dinner was a luncheon. There was a break for about a year or two. Then the administration thought it was a really good idea so they decided The administration’s goal this year was they would bring it back. to make the dinner open to everyone. “We changed it from a luncheon to “I feel like this message is so important a dinner because we didn’t want to take for all seniors to hear. I think that the away class time and we wanted all seniors confidence that students will come away to be able to attend,” said Assistant with after experiencing these dinner makes Principal Torrey Rodkey. it critical to everyone,” said Principal There is little the administration can Kellie Jacobs. do to make seniors attend this dinner and For senior Kristin Mercer opening Rodkey knows that there are other factors up the dinner made it feel like less of a that will play into the attendance, but they privilege. hope for a strong turn-out. “I don’t like the idea, because now I feel “Once you move it to the evening, like you are no longer honored for being in seniors may not be able to attend because the Top 100,” said Mercer they have jobs or other things,” said However, she feels it would be beneficial Rodkey. for students to attend the dinner because if

they happen to be invited to another formal dinner with a future employer, they will have the proper etiquette and may even shock their employer with their impressive behavior. Not only do seniors get a free meal, they also get a presentation. The administration is bringing back John Scott, the same etiquette advisor from last year’s dinner. Scott will be teaching seniors some interview tactics, how to make a proper introduction, table manners and how to carry out a professional conversation at the dinner table. “Last year was our first time using him. He did an outstanding job including not only table manners, but also how to dress for success and other information for students entering the work force or later on in the professional world,” said Rodkey. “I learned things from him last year that I didn’t even know.” The dinner is going to be a four-course meal. The first and second course will be soup and sorbet. The main course will be

chicken and green beans and the dessert is going to be some type of cake. “The meal, for the students, is free but takes a huge toll on the school’s activity fund,” said Rodkey. “I think the dinner will have a positive outcome.” Senior Hannah Deakin knows this dinner will help her in the future and advises everyone to attend. “I think everyone should be invited to [the dinner]. I think everyone needs to know, whether they are in the top 100 or Top 20. I think, even more so, the last half probably needs it more. The first half, I feel, has had more opportunities to learn this stuff. I like that it’s not based on academics,” said Deakin. Deakin explained how she wanted to be prepared for job interviews and other reallife college situations. “I really just want to know how to present myself and what to wear during an interview because I don’t know any of that,” said Deakin. Jacobs also recommends seniors attend this dinner. “I’m in hopes that more students will take advantage of the opportunity that we have provided them. I want the kid who is doing the right thing to have opportunities. I want him to take advantage of the opportunities that we can offer,” said Jacobs.

Historic rehab

Plainfield jumps into second facade project downtown

Downtown Plainfield has been under construction for quite some time -- and it’s not going to stop at the road construction. Plainfield is continuing by enhancing the outside of the buildings along Main Street. The Plainfield Department of Planning and Zoning received a Downtown Enhancement Grant for $5,000 from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) in December of 2010 for the Facade (Front) and Sign Improvement Program in downtown Plainfield. The funding then was further increased by another $5,000 when the town got a $1,250 donation from Duke Energy, $1,250 from their own funds and $2,500 from the Hendricks County Community Foundation. The total funding for the project is now $10,000. “This is the second Facade and Sign Program, separate from the one that was just completed,” said Plainfield Planning and Zoning Director Joe James. “With this second program, the applicant is responsible for preparing their own designs, providing cost estimates, being their own project manager, hiring contractors and making payments.” To prepare for the grant, James and his co-workers did a survey and found out that there were about 83 potential tenant spaces in 57 buildings, with 53 existing businesses within the Town Center district. “This means funding will be very competitive,” said James, “and we hope that they will take advantage of the program to do minor improvements.” The Facade Program will entail the reconstruction of the outside (includes walls, signs, doors, windows, new

Taylor Werner Staff writer

awnings and street level store money could be put fronts) of 16 commercial to better use, such as buildings to their original the roads all around historic value. Fifteen Plainfield that are torn businesses will have the up, and the potholes,” chance to be involved in this he said. program along Main Street. According to James, “I think [the project] is the façade programs necessary,” said senior Jon are separate from the Jarvis, “because not all the road work that was buildings downtown are done. The only thing in the best condition. They similar was the timing. definitely need renovation.” The actual roadwork “Businesses will be is completed, but reimbursed half the costs up there may be some to $2,000 when the project is lane restrictions this completed,” said spring as they finish James. “While brick paving and the first project landscaping. was limited to Adams said, “Since Map Courtesy of Plainfield Planning and Zoning Director Joe James renovating the I have driven through front facades of Town Center Zoning District there every day for the fifteen buildings past two years, [the on Main Street, construction] has been this program allows for minor improvements annoying, but in the long run it will be worth it.” like repainting side or rear elevations, installing According to the Plainfield Town Council, the overall a new sign or new light fixtures.” goals of the recommended improvements are to create a James got the final approval for the program from the place with a strong community identity that serves as a town council on February 28 and they made the program focal point for the community, to restore historical integrity available on March 1. “Applications will be approved and to be economically viable. Any business or property within 30 days of submission and work must begin with that is located within the Town Center zoning district is 90 days after approval,” said James. Businesses will have eligible. The primary use must be office or commercial one year to complete improvements. Constructions on the and not residential. buildings are estimated to begin on May 2010 and is hoped “With Plainfield expanding at the rate that it is, I’m to be completed by the end of the year. sure that it would appeal to some people,” said Adams. A nearby resident to the Town Center zoning district, However, Jarvis disagreed with Adams. “I don’t think it’s senior Miles Adams, had a few things to say after reading going to bring in more business because of Metropolis, the up on what the whole project is all about. “I think the primary industry of Plainfield.”

“...not all the buildings downtown are in the best condition.”

- Jon Jarvis, 12

news briefs

March 8, 2011



Credit duel:

Strong finish Boys swim team takes second in Sectionals

Case Marsteller Staff writer


The end of the high school swim season usually means two things: taper and Sectionals against teams like Zionsville, Brownsburg and Avon. “Tapering is when we back off the amount of yardage we do in practice in order to rest for a big meet,” said junior Alex Philip. “This year, I think we did awesome as a team. We won a lot of meets and championships, as well as became closer as a team. We improved upon our finish from the past few years at Sectionals, so I am very happy about that.” One thing that really helped the swimmers was the performance of the divers. Taking first, second and third place, senior Ethan Hetzler, freshman Mitchell Acton and junior AT THE BOYS Sectional meet, divers Evan Becker, 11; Mitchell Evan Becker boosted Acton, 9; and Ethan Hetzler, 12, recieved third, second and first the boys overall place up place. from third to first. Despite having an injured ankle, Hetzler finished off his final season taking the title of Sectional champ, advancing him to the State competition, where he took fifth place. “This season was probably the most memorable thing I’ve ever been through. I improved both as an athelete and a person; this season was a success for sure,” said Hetzler. The boys took second in County and first in Conference. Sophomore Nick Allen’s time in the 500 freestyle advanced him to the State meet, as the only boy to represent PHS.

Aly Weigel Staff writer

Academic Super Bowl Update Now that the National Football League’s season has been wrapped up with Super Bowl XLV, there is a new ‘super bowl’ to focus on. Academic Super Bowl exists in four facets at the high school: social studies, English, science, and fine arts. Each facet has a similar purpose: to enrich students’ knowledge and prepare them for competition pertaining to this knowledge. In English Academic Super Bowl, “We analyze and discuss a lot of literature and poetry,” explained Sophomore Shelby Everling, “It’s really fun for people who enjoy books or poems.” She added, “It’s a great opportunity for anyone who is interested in academic accomplishment and cultural understanding to learn more about meanings behind text.” Art teacher Heather Armstrong heads the fine arts division of Academic Super Bowl. The purpose, she said, is “to test knowledge of music and arts from a particular time period or style.” With roughly seven members, meetings consist of studying different artwork and artists, listening to different music, quizzing each other and prepping for meets, according to Armstrong. Math Academic Super Bowl, led by science teacher Melissa Sedwick, incorporates learned math concepts with researching skills to expand ability. The team consists of nine members, “eight senior and one freshman,” according to Sedwick. There are “no prerequisites, we’ll take anyone who is willing to work,” Sedwick explained. The team is looking to recruit new members for next year, as nearly all of their team will be graduating this spring. Larry Early, social studies and economics, who is in charge of the social studies portion of Academic Super Bowl, explained, “[The point of SS Academic Super Bowl] to allow students who are interested in a topic to do research and show knowledge [pertaining to that topic].” There are two local competitions, with one competition that is a qualifier for the State competition.

Michael Turinetti Staff writer

CHAP to provide college credit next year

Ever since it was stated that CHAP would become a class for juniors, it has become a new grade-weighted competition for AP English for student enrollment. IN THE PATHFINDER, CHAP is not listed as a dual-credit class because Now CHAP has the decision was made after the printing of this year’s edition. Even though another weapon it now provides a college credit, CHAP’s curriculum will not change from under its belt that listed in the Pathfinder or from previous years. photo/case marsteller to encourage students to join: college credit. Next year, more options for upperclassmen,” CHAP not only will offer a high school Knapp said. “This simulates the ‘college credit for both history and English, but experience,’ and will better prepare will also provide one college credit in students for higher education.” U.S. history. “Now CHAP students will As a result of more options, though, earn college credit while earning high Knapp may see fewer students take her school credit,” said CHAP teacher Chris class in coming years, especially now that Cavanaugh. “The credit is for a basic the “college experience” can result in a 100-level history class.” college credit. “Because upperclassmen This new addition to the class will have more options for English courses not adjust the curriculum of CHAP, than ever before, I have no doubt that the though. “After the meetings we’ve had number of students taking AP Language and presenting our curriculum, Ivy and Composition will be less than in Tech was satisfied by what we teach,” previous years,” she said. “Smaller class said Cavanaugh. Shelley Knapp, AP sizes are ideal for an advanced placement Language teacher, agreed. “CHAP will course where participation is taken for a have virtually the same curriculum as grade.” in previous years. AP Language and The additional college credit CHAP Composition will continue to focus will provide may encourage students to heavily on rhetoric and style, but will not just take AP English or CHAP, but also switch to American literature instead take both. “I anticipate a handful [from British literature] next year. To of students will take both CHAP and prevent overlap, the American literature AP Language simultaneously,” said selections will be different in CHAP than Knapp. “However, because they are both they will be in AP language.” accelerated courses, I do not see very CHAP’s college credit won’t affect just many students taking on this challenge.” students. “I am excited about providing

Movie review:

Classroom usage of films questioned by parent; process under scrutiny by administration Showing movies in the classroom is a common thing among teachers because a movie can be a great educational tool and an interesting change from the typical school day. Though showing movies at school can be beneficial to students, getting these movies and videos approved for the classroom might become more difficult next year. “We had it brought to our attention from a parent concerned about students watching our movies at school,” said Principal Kellie Jacobs. This parent was concerned

Margaret Arnold Staff writer

Changes for Clarks Creek coming

Starting in the 2012-2013 school year, Clarks Creek, intermediate school, will be turned into an elementary school. While there are multiple reasons for this change, one of the main reasons for changing, according to Superintendent Scott Olinger, is accommodating the growth in Plainfield. “One of the biggest challenges facing Hendricks County’s school districts is accommodating population growth without burdening taxpayers,” said Olinger. “On February 10, Plainfield’s School Board adopted a recommendation that provides a win-win for our community. It will enhance the quality of the education our schools deliver and position us to accommodate continued growth, all while minimizing the impact on taxpayers.” A better education for elementary school students is another reason for the change. “We’re convinced that students will

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benefit by attending the same school for six years,” said Olinger. “[This will give] the teams of teachers an opportunity to really get to know families and their children. It will allow us to better serve students who are performing above or below grade level, by providing easier access to other staff members.” This change will affect all elementary school students, but it will definitely affect the third graders the most. The third grade students will potentially have to change schools twice. The district hopes to minimize the amount of students transitioning. One potential way to reduce transitioning is to allow third graders the opportunity to stay at Clarks Creek for fifth grade. Another potential is giving third graders the option of returning to their “home” school after they finish fourth grade. “We’re excited about this change and what it will mean for Plainfield’s students and their families,” said Olinger.

about sutdents watching certain movies at school. “It seems to be misunderstood that students are required to watch PG-13 or R-Rated movies,” said social studies teacher Brian Pelkey. With the current system, if a teacher wants to show a movie rated PG-13 or above in their classroom, they have to get it approved and they have to get signed permission slips from all the students in the class. “The permission slip allows the parents to give them permission to watch or not watch the movie. Not watching [the movie] won’t affect their grade; they can have an alternative assignment, like a packet,” said Pelkey. Pelkey added that he didn’t know for sure if there would be any changes made to the policy for next year. “That’s the School Board’s decision, and it’s my understanding that they are taking a look at the policy,” he said. “There may be a change. We are looking at it; and our school board will be reviewing it over the summer,” said Jacobs. So far, the only change made is that teachers will now have to submit movies for review every year they plan to show it, even if they had been approved in past years. “ You wouldn’t say rules changed. [It’s] an increased focused attention on our practice,” said Jacobs.

all about

March 8, 2011

Students speak out

Born this way

What is your position on the controversy of same-sex marriage?

Caity Welch, 12

If love is such a big thing for a man and a woman, then it should be equally as big for anyone else. Marriage is between two people in love and who want to spend their lives together.

“ Dominic D’Angelo, 9

I don’t agree with samesex marriage because it says in the bible that you shouldn’t do it.

While other states advance on gay rights, Indiana stays behind. With the growing popularity among some, the House of Representatives is choosing to keep the state a ‘straight’ state. On February 6, the Indiana House of Representatives voted on House Joint Resolution 0006. At the end of the day, the members of the House left with a 70-46 decision and a whole lot of controversy on both sides, though the amendment won’t be formally added in until another vote happens in the next term. HJR 006 proposed an amendment to Article 1 of the state constitution. The amendment would appear as Section 38 of the Indiana Constitution and would read, “Section 38: Only a marriage between one (1) man and one (1) woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Indiana. A legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized.” The amendment, according to its author, Representative Eric Turner, would alleviate the “consequences” of a court ruling that could overturn the Indiana law that is already in place to ban same-sex marriage. Similar situations have been spiraling upward in many states with a legal ban on same-sex marriage. Annette Gross is a board member for the Indiana PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Gays and Lesbians) organization and thinks that this time the legislators have gone too far. “What they are doing is writing discrimination into the constitution. It makes gay and lesbian individuals second-class citizens,” said Gross. “I do not think the legislators who thought of this thought it through very clearly.” Gross said that there will be a rally for those wishing to show their displeasure with the legislators’ decision to let this resolution take a step further into the amendment process. The rally will take place on March 15 from 12 p.m.-1 p.m. at the Indiana Statehouse. “We’re hoping to get as many people there as possible. Anyone who disagrees will be there to support us,” said Gross. Gross also talked about the second part of the amendment that would potentially ban civil unions and domestic partnerships. In either situation, a member of a same-sex couple could potentially lose the benefits he or she gets that are similar to a straight married couple. Different companies from around the state give benefits to same-sex domestic partners; however, many consider how this amendment, if it were to take effect, would affect those benefits. Eli Lilly and Company offers its employees involved in such a relationship benefits through their GLEAM (Gay and Lesbian Employee, Advocates and More) program which guarantees gay and lesbian employees with domestic partners the same benefits as a married couple. They also guarantee an even playing ground for promotions and job opportunities. Some in the homosexual community appreciate companies who provide for same-sex couples and are more worried that the proposed amendment could damage the work they have done to get these benefits. “It’s not that I want to get married. I think that the religious sanctity of marriage is between a man and a woman,” said senior Matt Rohrer. “However, I would really like to speak to the person who wrote the amendment. I believe that banning civil unions and the like is very unconstitutional.” Some, however, do look upon this ban as an assertion that same-sex marriage will not penetrate their states or their lives. Sophomore Chris Mormino believes that this ban is the way to go for those who care about their state, family and faith. “I am against same-sex marriage. I am Christian, my family is Christian and my church and most Christians don’t believe in same-sex marriage,” said Mormino. He agrees with Rohrer that the term “marriage” applies only to a religious ceremony, however, he believes that civil unions and domestic partnerships are rightly banned through this bill as well. He said that allowing same-sex couples could affect the “family unit” in a negative way. “I feel as if it is encouraging the child that being gay is okay. Really, they should make that decision on their own and not be influenced by their parents,” said Mormino.

Kaitlin Tipsword Editor-in-chief

If two people love each other, then I don’t see why they can’t get married. I think this could be a mistake for Indiana.

Zakary Gaddie, 10

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House of Representatives pass ban on same-sex marriage

I love the gays. I don’t think you should put a label on love. That’s not something you or the government should do. If you’re in love, you should get married.


Lita Ireland, 11



March 8, 2011

‘Weighing in’ at school New mandate would require all students to be weighed annually

Jason Thomason Staff Writer

Some people share fears. Many are afraid of heights, spiders and thunderstorms. But, for some, the most horrifying thing they can do is plant their feet on a scale and read the results. Beverly Gard has been a part of the Indiana State Senate since 1988. She’s in the Public Health Subcommittee, active in the Health Finance Commission and won the Indiana State Medical Association Legislator of the Year award. She’s very interested in the health of the state. However, her next idea may land her in some controversy. According to her proposal, schools will be mandated to measure students’ weight annually and record it in a public database to track the schools that have the most problems with obesity. Along with their weight, students’ height, body mass index (BMI), age, sex and race will be recorded. The reason: Gard thinks this will promote healthy choices in students’ lives and potentially eliminate obesity. Athletic Director Dana Greene has mixed feelings on the notion. “I’m a little bit torn, to be honest,” said Greene. “If the purpose is to help the child, that’s okay. To mandate [students to be weighed in] seems a little personal.” Green also said he’s been weighing himself from time to time, but said it’s not necessary to see if he’s overweight or not at his target weight. “What about the underweight kids? Shouldn’t they have some help as well?” added Green, arguing that obesity isn’t the only weight problem in schools. From a health teacher’s perspective, Gay Younce said “We could have some better statistics on obesity and eating disorders.

. . [If it’s] not to attack them, but to help them, that’s okay.” Younce also said it would be better if teachers or counselors weighed students in private instead of “en masse.” She said the statistics may be used to create programs that help students with weight problems. “It would be interesting to see the

difference in males and females. It’s easier to change things now at a younger age than when you get older,” Younce said. She added that schools may need to add more physical education classes and other active classes to the curriculum, as well. Some students, like freshman Emily King, support the proposal. “I think it’s

What Beverly Gard’s proposal will do: Students’ weight, in addition to age, gender, height, race and body mass index (BMI), will be recorded to find schools that have the most problems with obesity and give those schools incentive programs to reduce the obesity rate. It would provide new opportunities to determine the demand for additional school programs to encourage weight loss.

right because it gives people an idea of where they are in weight and how they can change,” she said. Others disagree. “I think it’s wrong [to weigh students]. Unless kid are willing to change their eating habits, they won’t. You can’t force them to change,” said freshman Cierra Gay. Even though the mandate has yet to pass, there are some students that have to be weighed for different reasons. For example, wrestlers need to be weighed to stay in a certain weight class. Sophomore John Smith has his own take on the mandate. “I think it would be awkward for most students because they haven’t been weighed before,” said Smith. “People might want to try and work out more and eat healthier.” Some people, like sophomore Daylon Weddle, are mixed about the situation. “I don’t think that it’s necessarily a bad thing,” said Weddle. “For some people, it could help them keep track of their weight and maybe help them realize that they need to lose weight.” Weddle also said that he doesn’t see the need for the mandate because people should be able to choose whether or not to be weighed. “We should have more advertisements for sports and other activities,” said Weddle, commenting that instead of having more PE classes, the schools should emphasize the ones they have. Freshman Hope Trent agrees with Weddle. “I think it’s wrong [to weigh students] because some people are overweight and it embarasses them and points people out; but then again, it’s right because it makes you want to change your habits and get healthier,” she said.


weighing yourself make you change your eating or exercising habits?

66% No “Yes, if it was a big number and I’m not happy with it, I’d work harder to lower it.” Celest Wicker, 12

“No, my mom wants me to weigh over 100 pounds.” Matthew Perry, 9

“No, knowing my weight wouldn’t change my habits.” Darian Anderson, 10

“Muscle weighs more than fat, so gaining weight isn’t always a bad thing.” Peter Shepard, 11

34% Yes source/ student poll, 50 students, 3/11 page design/ jason thomason, zach golay

March 8, 2011


The next Shakespeare


“I started performing in musicals and singing publicly when I was six.” -Brock Hall, 9 Michelle Pea Co managing editor The curtain rises and a light comes up with its emphasis on the center of the stage. Quietly, the lead male walks into the spotlight and starts the show... “I started performing in musicals and singing publicly when I was six,” said freshman Brock Hall. From Once Upon A Shoe to The Sound of Music, Hall has played many different roles and has been in a total of 17 productions. In all the productions, Hall has played many different characters, from Freidrich Von Trapp (The Sound of Music) to John Darling (Peter Pan). “I once played the Ugly Duckling in a musical called Honk, Jr. That was really fun,” said Hall. “I enjoy playing interesting or loopy characters the most. I was the Cheshire Cat in Alice in Wonderland in middle school.” But Hall is also busy off-stage. The

Indianapolis Repertory Theater holds an annual play writing contest for middle school and high school students. At age 13, Hall won the junior Young Playwrites in Process award. Hall’s play, Why There Are Stars in the Night Sky, was judged on quality of storytelling, dialogue, character development, and dramatic conflict by a team of professional theatre educators. The play, is a comedy that follows the Greek god Artemis. “The plot is like a typical myth,” said Hall. “But the dialogue and characters are very current.” In the play, Artemis is the goddess of the night, and Hermes finds out she is having a secret love affair. “She has to make stars to keep people from finding out about the affair,” said Hall. In his play, Hall acts as Zeus, the King of Gods and Apollo, the God of Sun and Music, but he was also the director. “I directed and played a part in my play when it was performed at the IndyFringe

Festival.” This is a theater festival that takes place annually on Massachusetts Avenue. The IndyFringe inspires people like Hall to have creative experiences through the arts. “I think the end [is my favorite part],” said Hall. At the end of his play, Artemis turns out to be the daughter of Zeus. “They have an ‘I’m your father moment.’ It’s cute and happy.” His play features two songs, “I Got the Sun in the Morning” and “Written in the Stars,” and five acts, all of which was inspired by history. “History has always been my biggest inspiration. There’s so much information that’s fascinating to me that most people never knew.” Hall wrote the play over the course of the summer. “I was on and off,” he said. “Once I write it, I go back and edit it.” Outside of the theater, Hall keeps busy by writing more plays. He has written three other short, half-hour plays, besides

the one featured in the IndyFringe Festival. He is involved with the school’s show choir, Belles et Beaux, Drama Club and Academic Superbowl and he also plays the piano. In his spare time, Hall enjoys the theater, listening to music and watching movies. “One of my favorite musicals is Evita. It’s about Eva Peron, an Argentine politician. There are two roles in that I would love to play,” said Hall. “[I’d like to play] either Che or Peron, Evita’s husband who runs for president. I’d also [like to play] pretty much anything in 1776.” For his future, Hall said, “I definitely want to pursue a career in acting or writing, or something similar.” Hall has advice for any aspiring actors and actresses: “Find out what local theaters are doing,” he said. “Go see different types of theater. Take classes and join Drama Club. ”

page design/michelle pea photos by kevin terrell, andrew pea and courtesy of brock hall



Lunch Tammy Halsey


Home state: Georgia for 17 years. High school activities: “During high school, I did flag corps and I worked.” Children: “I have three children: one who’s 21, one who’s 17 and one who’s 16.” Why you like working at the school: “I like the kids and the people I work with.” Favorite color: Purple Favorite music: Country Favorite genre of movie: Comedies How long you have worked at the school: “Three school years.”

Today’s Specials Michele Broman

Home state: Vermont High school activities: “I did softball, cross country and basketball. “ Children: “I have two children, a senior and a sophomore.” Why you like working at the school: “It works well with my kids’ schedule and if anything goes wrong, they like having me here.” Favorite color: Pink Favorite music: Country Favorite movie genre: Comedies Hobbies: “I like to ride bikes and I like quilting.”

March 8, 2011


Marlene Russelburg

Home state: Indiana High school activities: “I did flag corps and I got an award in home economics.” Children: “I started working back in 2001 because my kids went here. “ Why you like working at the school: “I like working with the ladies and the kids and the hours are convenient.” Favorite color: Magenta Favorite music: Contemporary Christian Favorite movie genre: “I love romantic comedies and inspirational movies.” Hobbies: “Reading, movies, I enjoy excises and being with my Christian friends.”

PHS Cafe Cafeteria staff share fun facts about their lives, their hobbies and their out of school activities

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March 8, 2011

Change: It is a’comin’...


State Superintendent of Schools proposes new education plan

Lisa Jackson, biology

Stacey Peters, calculus Superintendent of Indiana Schools, Tony Bennett, has proposed a new education plan. A plan that could radically change education if it passes. The plan is 17 pages long and discusses limiting collective bargaining, changing teacher evaluations, giving more funding to charter schools and creating a state plan for teacher insurance. Starting the discussion is collective bargaining. Collective bargaining is defined as a negotiation between an employer and a trade union according to http://wordnetweb. In this case, the trade union is a union of teachers, and the employer is the school district. With collective bargaining, teachers are able to discuss with the school district their contracts, including their salary, their insurance, their leave days, their job security, etc. Bennett, in his new plan, wants to limit the power of collective bargaining. The plan proposes to restrict the reach of the teachers union, limiting discussion to teacher salary and other wage-related benefits. The plan also mandates 180 student days and 185 teacher days, meaning that any extra day a teacher teaches would be without pay. Teacher contracts would be redefined under the new plan as well. Instead of renewing their contracts every year, teachers would renew their contract after two years. The second point of discussion is teacher evaluations. Teachers would be evaluated annually and placed in one of

Emma Simpson Staff writer

Megan Goodlett, ICP

four categories: highly effective, effective, needs improvement or ineffective. If a teacher is deemed as needs improvement or ineffective, he or she will not receive a raise. This method is known as merit-based pay. Teachers’ paychecks are based on how “effective” their teaching is in the classroom. Effectiveness may be hard to define, however. Under the proposed legislation, a teacher’s effectiveness is based on student attendance, among other things, and student test scores. According to students, this type of teacher evaluation is not fair. “It is not a teacher’s responsibility for students to come to class,” said sophomore Alec Weiss. “I think it’s the student’s responsibility to attend class on time.” “You really can’t judge a teacher on student attendance,” said freshman Ashley Gootee. “If you are going to be sick or if you are going on vacation or if you are just late because of another class, you can’t blame the teacher.” And it’s not only students who have concerns with this type of evaluation. “I am not in favor of merit pay,” said Superintendent Scott Olinger. “My concern with merit pay is how can a teacher be evaluated on test scores? Many teachers go above and beyond the test score. They need to be rewarded.” And merit-based pay, according to Olinger, is not the answer. In the new plan, teacher evaluations may be performed by other teachers in the corporation. Outside agencies may also evaluate teachers. The evaluations will be based on a state standard created by the State Board of Education.

The question then becomes, is there an objective way to evaluate teachers, if merit pay is not the answer? “I think what we are doing is working,” said Olinger. “Teachers know what is expected. They know how much they will be paid. But money is not the reason teachers teach.” Next item on the agenda is charter schools. In the new plan, a student would be able to attend any charter school in the state. The funding for the student would follow him or her to the charter school, meaning public schools would lose the funding for the student. But allowing some choice for students is a good thing, according to Olinger. “I’m not opposed to some choice in school. The opportunity academy, for example, is successful.” There is no restriction to the number of virtual charter schools in the new plan. The new plan also allows private colleges to create charter schools. And religious schools could create charter schools, as well. One problem with a religious school creating a charter school is separation of church and state, according to Olinger. The funding for new charter schools would come from the state, and in the case of a religious charter school, the state would be funding religion, which could conflict with the Constitution. Another potential problem with charter schools in the new plan is the teachers at charter schools. The new plan allows 51% of teachers at charter schools to be unlicensed. These teachers may be unqualified to teach, thereby wasting the

Bob Davis, business state money by taking the funding away from public schools. A lot of the discussion about charter schools has nothing to do with the Plainfield School Corporation according to Olinger. “The problems with schools aren’t here [in Plainfield.] The negative effects are coming because of larger urban districts.” On the topic of teacher insurance, the new plan proposes a state standard. The new state standard would possibly have lesser benefits and could potentially cost more for teachers. Political challenges accompany this new plan. Democrats from the House of Representatives left the State and traveled to Illinois in an attempt to avoid voting on the bill. “At some point they all need to get together and talk about it,” said Olinger. “If you don’t like something, you can’t just walk away from it.” The new plan isn’t just unpopular among Democrats, however. Many teachers have a strong negative opinion about the proposals. “This plan is hurting teacher morale,” said Olinger. “It feels like everyone is against them.” And it may seem like teachers are constantly trying to defend themselves from this new legislation, according to Olinger. But is it okay for teachers to share this opinion with their students? “I think its okay to present the facts and have students debate. It’s easy [for teachers] to get caught up in the emotion of the issue so it’s up to students to make informed decisions,” said Olinger.

“This plan is hurting teacher morale. It feels like everyone is against them.” -Scott Olinger, superintendent page design/ emma simpson photos/ abigail hallet



student submissions


, 12

“Writing is a form of art because you have to have a creative mind to construct it. There is no guidebook.”

March 8, 2011

Blue skies, why do you quiver? You should not fear the Savage volcano My brain is fried How can I keep going? So I don’t live off a job lawn mowing

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Michael Spear, 9

“Art is expressing yourself creatively. It’s about having fun; it doesn’t matter if you’re good or not.”

Destini K elly, 12 “Art can be anything you want it to be -- from paint splatters to sketches.”

“Photography isn’t just a click of the button; you still have to create the picture and make it come to life. You have to be able to find the beauty in little things.”

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March 8, 2011


Katie Allee, 9 Pros: usic and m y m e v a h I “ • at my games and notes fingertips. y friends; • I use it to text m ffordable • there are really a descent for deals iPhones. a lot and • I’ve dropped it .” it hasn’t broken yet Cons: have a to e v a h u o Y “ • hones data plan for the iP $15 a which is an extra month; can cost • a protective cover up to $50.”

Pros: • “The WiFi is fast and it is iTunes capable. • It also has clear resolution, free music downloads, Facebook, cools apps, Internet and music apps.” Cons: • “I pay $30 a month for Internet • The battery life is short if I use music and Internet. • Apps download slowly • It’s bulky and turning it on takes a while • I also paid $20 for a cover case.”

Students list the pros and cons of their iPhone and Android Josh Payne, 11

Pros: Challenging, but not impossible; Simple but addicting

Cons: Slow to load; time-consuming

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Apps these days have turned into a staple in the technologyreliant society. Those that have a device capable of having a large variety of games and other random apps find that they might come in handy during the day. The most popular game app these days? Angry Birds, according to iTunes top selling games. Pigs that steal bird eggs is not the most usual storyline ever heard of, but for the creators of this game, the storyline seems to work. One could spend hours slingshotting birds into the many towers of pigs, with the intentions of making pork chops out of the egg stealers. Spending hours wouldn’t be hard to do. It takes the game a while to transition from level to level. The point of the game is to knock down the fortress of the pigs, and it takes forever for walls to tip over or to finally crack.

Other than the slowness of the game, there’s not much else to complain about. The graphics are fun and entertaining; the cartoons are silly (and a little black and blue oriented; who knew pigs got black eyes?) but not ridiculous. Even the concept is bizarre, but addicting. While some of the levels are challenging, they don’t make people rip their hair out. All the photo/< levels are capable of being completed with a little time and luck. The levels also vary in style and way to be It’s strikingly life-like how it might accomplished. be to throw birds at wood or concrete This app is a nice spin-off of the original blocks until they fall. Maybe that’s computer game. Looks like Apple’s got okay for people with patience, but in this game right. America, that tends to be a limited percentage of people.




Lights, moving, action

March 8, 2011

Performing arts teams in full swing of season

A dictionary can explain what success is, but perhaps it is preferable hearing someone else’s definition. “I think success is when we do our best and we know it, and we have met our goals no matter what the judges think. We practice to do well at competitions.” said senior Leslie Ayers, a member of the Belles et Beaux Show Choir. But people have differing viewpoints on what defines success. Success is defined by sophomore Dane Kirchoff-Foster as “achieving your highest potential.” Ayers added, “We practice just as hard as other teams do. I think show choir is a sport just like any other, because we condition and practice just like any other team.There are days where I go home, and I’m dead tired from practice. Just because we aren’t an officially declared sport doesn’t mean we don’t do work.” Kirchoff-Foster, a member of drumline, has a similar opinion to Ayers. “Achieving your highest potential is never easy, and can be both physically and mentally demanding,” Kirchoff-Foster said. “I wouldn’t consider drumline a sport, but only because the judging for it is inherently subjective. I consider it just as taxing as any sport though, if not more so.” Belles et Beaux practices are usually in

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either the auditorium or the choir room, on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m. There are competitions almost every weekend in February and March, The show choir will be traveling to New York in April, so practices are especially important, in addition to willpower. Practices for drumline involve unfolding the tarp (which is the big canvas that the drumline marches on), stretching out and more warming up. After that, they warm up with music, or go right into practicing drill and running bits and pieces of their show. Practices are normally on Mondays and Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m. with practices on Saturdays before competitions. Right now, drumline has one more show until the State qualifying competition, then State competition, then on to National competition. Currently, the battery (the pit of the drumline; xylophones, pianos, etc.) holds practices in the main gym. After a while, the front ensemble joins the drumline in

the gym after they’ve finished their work in the band room. Kirchoff-Foster said, “WGI Prelims at Franklin Central has been the most interesting place [to compete] so far, because I got the chance to see some of the best drumlines in the world perform.” Of course, from success comes inspiration and willpower. Ayers said she looks up to fellow senior Belles et Beaux member Matt Rohrer because “he really pushes us all to do our best.” KirchoffFoster attributes his success to two seniors in the cymbal line: Janice Barnd and Erika Matthews, who have helped him become a better cymbal player. He also cites instructor Scott Johnson who has helped him with marching, and feels that other drumline seniors have been influential as well. Not every season or practice can go normally though, according to KirchoffFoster. Peculiar things can happen. “This season, the weirdest thing I’ve had happen

“I would define success as achieving your highest potential.”

-Dane Kirchoff-Foster, 10

during a performance so far is what we call an ‘out-of-body experience.’ During a run, I completely forgot where I was or what I was doing. I looked over, and the guy next to me was in the exact same boat. We managed to pull it together after only a few counts, though.” Originally, Dane said he wanted to join drumline because his sister, senior Jade Kirchoff-Foster, was in drumline and she uncovered a taste of drumline for him. “I just have a real passion for music, and I couldn’t pass up the chance to gain this kind of experience,” he said. Jade added, “I decided to join drumline because I heard it was a lot of fun. It’s better than marching band, and the class difference between marching band and drumline is that the drumline is more focused on. Before, the drumline was always overlooked. There’s something for everyone.” Jade also added that she didn’t join as a freshman, “because I wasn’t really in the band. But my sophomore year, I heard it was really awesome, and I was influenced by a senior to join. Ever since, I haven’t regretted it. It’s been a lot of work, and it’s taken up a lot of my time, but it has honestly been worth every minute.”

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Junior Mister March 8, 2011


Saleh El Hattab, 12

Matt Rohrer, 12

Adjusting his crown, Junior Mister winner Saleh El Hattab basks in his glory. El Hattab said, “At first I thought the whole thing was just a joke, but later on, it was actually really fun. I was really shocked when I found out that I had won. It was really fun performing on stage and more people showed up than I thought.”

Howie Cupp, 11

Justin Tharp, 11

Grant Miller, 12

For their final bows, the participants in Junior Mister wait for the results of the competition. “It was a fun way to help,” said Addison Hummel (in green). Hummel practiced most days after school for his act and his dance to help raise money for cancer research.

Plainfield’s 2011 Peoples Choice Award went to senior Gabe Cunningham. “It feels pretty good to win People’s Choice. It was a good feeling that people must like me,” he said. Cunningham thought that the whole thing was going to be a joke, but it turned out to be a lot of fun he said.

Zach Parker, 11 Justin Tharp, 11

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March 8, 2010

Alternative sports Students find ways to stay active outside of school-sponsored teams


How many hours freshman Alison Johnson practiced a week before she stopped in the fall



How many years sophomore Shane Authenreith has been playing lacrosse Authenreith started playing lacrosse because his friend got him started. “[I like] being able to say that I play something that no one else does,” he said. Authenreith said that his favorite part of the sport is the contact. “You get to hit people harder than any other sport,” he said. Authenreith also likes that lacrosse requires him to be able to do many things at once. “It combines many different skills, you have to learn strategies,” he said. Authenreith couldn’t describe a single highlight of the sport. “The whole sport is a highlight, there’s not just one thing,” he said.

30-50 The year sophomore Samuel Keifer got his scuba diving certification

“I used to [do gymnastics] when I was younger. I took a break for a while, then I started with another gym,” said Johnson. At her first three meets, her team won first place. Johnson’s favorite event in gymnastics was tumbling. “I could do a round-off back handspring back tuck,” she said

Keifer works at the Plainfield Aquatic Center, which rents the Clarks Creek School where he goes every couple of months throuhgout the summer to dive.“I like the peacefulness,” he said. “For Spring Break, I’m going to the Bahamas. I plan to scuba dive down there,” he said, “I’m looking forward to going.”

Approximate number of teammates junior Michelle Pea plays rugby with

Pea started playing with the Brownsburg High School rugby team during her freshman year. “[Rugby] seemed exciting compared to the normal sports,” said Pea. “I like being able to tackle people, and the game doesn’t stop every five seconds. It’s really fun.”

2 2007

The year freshman Justin Ngyuen started Tae Kwon Do Ngyuen practices Tae Kwon Do three days a week. What he likes the most about the sport is “staying active and learning discipline.”

What sophomore Chase Lankford placed at State in motorcross four years ago Lankford started motorcross at age three at his uncle’s track in Illinois. “I have cousins that I saw doing it and it’s something that I always thought was neat,” he said. Along with practicing at his uncle’s track, Lankford would ride at the RCA dome and practice every day. “I stopped [doing motorcross] two years ago because I shattered my arm,” he said

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March 8, 2010



Allison Abbe, 9 ; Mara Gonzalez, 10

Zach Eggleton, 10

Liz Cozart, 9

Ryan Justus, 11

Liz Cozart, 9; Melissa Jones, 12; Kallie Nelson, 10

Athletes of the Month

“It was a fun season and I had a lot of fun with my teammates and they pushed me really hard. State was an exciting and tough competition and I was surprised I did as well as I did.” -Coverdale

Ethan Hetzler,12

“Ethan also had a great season. He was County, Conference and Sectional champion, and I’m very happy that he qualified for the State meet his senior year.” -Coach Chris Cavanaugh

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Courtney Coverdale, 9

“Courtney had a very good year. She did an outstanding job to finish 9th at State, especially given the fact that she is a freshman. She offered a great deal of poise.” -Coach Chris Cavanaugh

“Diving this season was really fun. I learned some new dives and perfected some old ones. I got a chance to see Mitch and Evan grow and I also saw changes in myself. I like who I’ve become through hard work and education.” -Hetzler

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March 8, 2010

Scouts’ honor Students share their experience in scouts Merits badges, starting a fire with two sticks and cookies, lots and lots of cookies. These are the images commonly associated with Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. Founded in 1910 and 1912 respectively, the goals of scouting programs for the last century have been to instill youths with positive values and promote active participation in the community. Sophomore Nate Soller is an active Boy Scout. As part of his experience he said, “We do things involving citizenship. We learn things about our country and how to be a good citizen.” Outdoor activities are a staple of the Boy Scout program. Soller said, “We do things like canoeing and other water sports.” Outdoor activities may be a large part of both Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts, but for Girl Scouts another big focus is on the cookies. Even as a senior, Amelia Wadsworth-Carr is still selling Girl Scout cookies. However, Wadsworth-Carr does think there is a disadvantage to being an older scout. She said, “I’m working new cheers for cookie booths because as you get older, you’re not as cute.” Part of being an older scout also means helping out the younger ones. Wadsworth-Carr said, “We have our little sister troop. We take care of them,

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show them how to be better scouts and help them with activities.” Wadsworth-Carr has also worked on several community service projects. “We do a Santa shop,” she said. “We give gifts to people who can’t really afford [them].” Her troop has also made blankets for an animal shelter and planted on a reserve. Wadsworth-Carr is working on getting what is called a Golden Badge. She described it as, “One Girl Scout will choose a big project for her community and the others will help.” Soller is also working toward a big goal: Becoming an Eagle Scout. He said, “You need to get 21 specific badges.” Soller only needs three more. “I need to get family life, personal management and citizenship and community,” he said. In working to become an Eagle, Soller said, “You gain responsibility along the way. It sets you as a role model for other people. Being an Eagle looks really good on a resume because it makes you look trustworthy.” Whether by becoming a leader or volunteering, Soller and Wadsworth-Carr have carried on the scouting tradition. Wadsworth-Carr said, “It was something to do and it helps you be active in the community, and even get best friends.”

Amelia’s troop profile Troop number: 1418 Scout leader: Becky Engle Meeting place: United Community Church of the Nazarene Total Members: 5 Nate’s troop profile

TROOP 1611 SELLS girl scout cookies in the entrance to Kroger

Scouting for scouts

Current scout participation of 124 students



Have never been scouts

Used to be in scouts


Are currently scouts

Troop number: 308 Scoutmaster: Greg Monnett Meeting place: Hope United Presbyterian Church Total Members: ~30

TROOP 308 PERFORMS their meeting’s closing ceremony

Nationwide scout statistics Of senior class presidents, 89% were scouts

On average over 200 million boxes of Girl Scout cookies are sold per year

85% of FBI agents are Boy Scout alumni

70.4% of women in the Senate and 67.1% of women in the House of Representatives are former Girl Scouts

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student spotlight

March 8, 2010

Kaysee Blackard Running

The recently transferred freshman offers another unique personality to the school with her...


“I enjoy running and swimming for fun. I enjoy doing it just for fun too more than doing it for a sport, because I’m just not a competitive person. I’d rather just go out and do it for fun than keep score.”


“I just like the feeling of creating something. I usually don’t think I draw well, but I’m surprised when it actually turns out better than I thought. I’ve been drawing since I was little.”

Medical issues “I have had a whole bunch of medical problems in the past, which lead to me breaking a bone and being in a wheelchair for a couple of months. I have this genetic disorder that we found out I had when I was back in elementary school, and part of it is premature arthritis and that kind of played along with it and lead up to it.”

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obviously a lot bigger. It’s very nice and welcoming. There are more opportunities. I haven’t really met a single mean person yet. Everyone here is really nice.”

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March 8, 2010

World domination through education Our Position: Education should be a competition between nations to force them to excel and compete for jobs in the future


“This year, we have broken through the stalemate between left and right by launching a national competition to improve our schools. The idea here is simple: instead of rewarding failure, we only reward success.” --President Barack Obama Undoubtedly, education is a top priority in America today. Reforms to the education system can be seen from state to state, throughout the entire nation. As China excels toward the best in education, America pushes to get back on top. The best in education, America pushes to get back on top. Yet, students and teachers ask, “Should education actually be a competition?” Some disagree with the system of education reform and how we place higher expectations on students to perform better against different students around the world. A number of schools in Canada are leaning toward the opposite direction of what America is pushing to achieve. Several schools in Alberta and British Columbia have eliminated their year-

Should education be a competition between nations?

end award ceremonies, that used to honor students’ academic and athletic achievements. They felt that a student who would get that award would focus on just one specific award, instead of focusing on improving in every area of their learning. Therefore, they believed competition was a problem. Yet, as in “Harrison Bergeron,” by Kurt Vonnegut, he portrayed a picture of what the world would be like if we did eliminate competition. In his story, he made it clear that doing so is almost an impossibility. China is proof of the good things

that can follow a push for education. Before 1950, according to www.nytimes. com, roughly 20% of the 500 million Chinese population was literate. Today, the country sits at a comfortable 93%. The system of education has been transformed ever since the Cultural Revolution, when ruler Mao Tse-tung made education a top priority in government. Today, an average Chinese student must attend school for nine years. Students begin improving their basic education and academic skills up through middle school. This includes a foreign language. Then, as a prerequisite for high school, students must pass a test in order to

“Yes, it should be because “I don’t think it should be a competition we have to try and stay because we need to on top if we want to focus on our own keep control of what’s country and not about going on. Plus, it will beating another nation help us to be better.” at education.” -Scott Sample, 9

-Reina Frey, 10

Letter to the Editor Dear Editor, Every morning, we are expected to stand and honor our country by saying the pledge and remaining silent for a mere ten seconds or so. As a daughter, granddaughter, niece and cousin to veterans and active military, it is frustrating to me to see how disrespectful some of my classmates are. I hear people talking during the pledge and see others standing with their hands in their pockets. You might not like saying the pledge, but it is (or at least should be) a civic duty. To me, the flag represents liberty and freedom; and in my opinion, everyone should take the time out of their day to honor the men and women who have died defending what it stands for. I’m tired of hearing the lame excuses of those who refuse to say the pledge. “I’m too tired,” and “I’m atheist so ‘under God’ offends me,” are two of the biggest farces I’ve ever heard. Here’s the solution: get more sleep and if you really are an atheist, just don’t say the words “under God.” As much as some of us would hate to admit, our country was founded on Christian values and we should all respect that. Acceptance doesn’t mean approval; so stand up, put your hand over your heart and respect our nation and those who have fought for our freedom. Caitlin Welch, 12

continue their education. This is just a few of the strides China has taken to excel their education and produce a nation that is worthy of competing for the job market. According to www.number, 2,023,392 jobs were outsourced from America in 2009. Also, the unemployment rate in the U.S. has exceeded roughly 9.8%. Results show that the rest of the world is competing for our jobs ... and they are winning. That is, in part, why education must be made a number one priority. Ever since the recession began, most of America has seen harder times. In Indiana, the unemployment rate has reached 9.1%, leaving over 500,000 people without work. America needs a ‘turn around’ and if education is where it could start, then we should improve it the best we can. If one student complains about additional tests and exams, but an entire school is improved by them, then it is well worth it. We agree that by competing with other nations, we can only improve ourselves. Even though those nations have different cultures and methods of doing things, we believe only benefits can come from aspiring to be the best.

“I think the way they “No, who cares about how “I don’t think it should currently judge our be a competition, but countries other nations perform. off of others is it would be good to We need to worry about unfair. All of our students be the best because take the test and are our own education, how compared, where in other that means you are to pay for it and do what countries, it’s only the we need to succeed. ” going to have the most best and the brightest.” progress.” -Brent Schwanekamp,

-Josh Payne, 11

Editor-in-chief Kaitlin Tipsword Copy editor Justin Young Managing editors Michelle Pea Chris Rohrer Cartoonist Case Marsteller Staff writers Margaret Arnold Dylan Delph Zach Golay Grace Kura Case Marsteller Andrew Pea Josh Ragsdell Rachael Roesler Emma Simpson Jason Thomason Michael Turinetti Aly Weigel Taylor Werner Business manager Carrie Farris Adviser Michelle Burress

-Kelli Carter, 12


[quakershaker] Because the Quaker Shaker is an open forum, letters to the editor will be accepted. However, if they contain profanity, sexually suggestive or libelous material, they will not be published. Students can submit letters to room E102 or online to Views expressed in letters to the editor, editorials, opinion pieces and student submissions do not reflect the views of the Quaker Shaker staff or Plainfield Community School Corporation. The Quaker Shaker is associated with the Indiana High School Press Association, National High School Press Association, Quill and Scroll National High School Journalism Honorary and the Journalism Education Association.

The purpose of the production and distribution of the Quaker Shaker high school student newspaper are as follows: A. To report and explain the importance of school news to students, parents and faculty. B. To provide an open school forum for the unrestricted exchange of ideas and opinions in the form of columns, letters to the editor, interviews, etc. C. To educate the reader to do more than distribute information, but to promote free-thought and self-formed opinions. D. To serve as a check on decisions made by administrators which affect students. The Quaker Shaker student newspaper also serves as a training ground for those who want to be professional journalists, as well as an outlet for student submissions.


March 8, 2011




Times are tough. We all know this. Schools are shutting off lights and firing teachers. NASA is nearly dead. Social Security is slowly running empty. But you see,

Justin Young Copy editor

education, science, and pension are the sorts of things that need to be cut -- not what the devil-woman from Minnesota is proposing. Rep. Betty McCollum isn’t just pushing for cuts in the Defense Department, as if that wasn’t evil enough. She is pushing for America’s past-time to be cut from the budget -- NASCAR. NASCAR has been in the federal budget for a decade now, with the military sponsoring the number 39 car. I am so proud to see my tax money going to stock-car racing. Using it on health care, wars and welfare programs is pointless when we can put it where this nation needs it the most. Last year, only $9 million was spent on God’s sport. That’s nothing compared to the $50 billion spent on education. Last I checked, our kids do nothing but sit in classrooms, not saying the Pledge of Allegiance, learning about evolution While they’re wasting air with that nonsense, our troops are across the world

[19] fighting for America, and what it stands for -- left turns. Cars that get 4 mpg need to be driven in circles dozens of times; it just makes sense. Our Founding Fathers used to shred large sums of cash for no apparent reason, and NASCAR is just our way of honoring this tradition. Forget fuel efficiency and independence anyway. The real way we solve the energy crisis is by using up all of the Arab nations’ energy, and that’s exactly what NASCAR is helping us do. The driver of America’s chariot was clearly sent by God to guide NASCAR fans from the beer-stained stands to the war-front. Whoever drives that car (does anyone know his name?) must be a prophet. Carrie Underwood tried to warn us with her song “Jesus Take the

“How could we even elect a president who hasn’t won the Daytona 500?”

Wheel,” but the message is clear now -- we must convert to Earnhardtism. How could we even elect a president who hasn’t won the Daytona 500? Too bad this current socialist won’t get the chance, because the rules of NASCAR clearly state, “We don’t need no Islams or Commies in our Olympic sport.” So, Miss McCollum, I ask you this -- have you ever actually watched a race? If you did, you would know what the southern half of the country (with Indiana being the exception, of course) are raving about. When I see a multimillion dollar car flipping, I can’t help but shed a tear because I know Thomas Jefferson would be so proud. I have faith in my country though. After announcing her Satanic agenda, the representative received a fax calling her a slut. Brava, America. Brava. It’s quite simple. If we cut money from NASCAR, we’re giving money to Satan and Arab Nations (where he houses his minions). I beg you -- repent, and turn on Speed TV.

Faux news

Josh Ragsdell staff writer


Democrats are Communists trying to destroy America. Republicans only care about millionaires and are holding our economy hostage. This is the state of our media. It is loud, it is biased and it is very, very irritating. I consider myself to be wellrounded in terms of news gathering. I check several online feeds and websites. I get alerts to my phone. I’ll even read an actual newspaper when I get the chance (a crazy concept, I know.) However, there is one source I struggle with, the 24hour television network. I try to keep up with the big three: MSNBC, CNN and Fox News. The problem is the only one I can stand to watch for any real length of time is CNN. I can only handle the other two for so long before I get tired of the twist they put on nearly every story to make it more appealing to their respective liberal and conservative audiences. This is to be expected. They are corporations trying to make money ,after all. Fitting their content to match their viewers is a way to do that. However, as a writer for this newspaper and as a former We

the People student, I have learned the difference between objective journalism and commentary. I believe there are very few “reporters” on any of those stations that can distinguish between the two. It becomes even worse when the commentators come on the air. These are the people who have openly abandoned fairness and objectivity and yet, somehow, viewers still take their word as fact. I understand that these segments are supposed to be more entertainment, not actual news, but they have a very powerful influence on popular opinion. That is what concerns me. It amazes me that they can come on their shows, call anyone they disagree with Nazis and terrorists for an hour and people will believe them. Fear tactics like that are what turn me away the fastest. Another great way show hosts can lose my interest is by interrupting their guests. Are they so insecure in their own opinion that they can’t risk listening to another one? I guess it would just be too earth-shattering to consider they might be wrong. To anyone else who watches these networks, I hope you can sort through the trash mounds of bias and get to the heart of the story. I hope you can take opinions for what they are, opinions. When watching or reading the news, always keep this quote by former New York Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan in mind: “You are entitled to your own opinion, but not to your own facts.”


I got the fever

Aly Weigel staff writer An epidemic is spreading among us. This worldwide epidemic has broken out everywhere from here in the United States to China to Canada, and has broken out faster than you can say “Who is Justice Beaver? ...” It’s Bieber Fever. Most people will stop reading this after those two words. The sound of his name, let alone his voice, is like nails on a chalkboard to some people. To others, Justin Bieber’s boyish face and perfect hair cover the walls of their bedroom and constantly play on their iPods. Whether you love him or hate him, one thing is for sure; his overnight success has definitely gotten a lot of attention. It was only about a year and a half ago when no one knew who Justin Bieber was. Most mistook his prepubescent voice in his first single “One Time” to be that of a girl’s. It’s not every day that you hear a 14-year-old being played on every radio station. Soon enough, girls all over the nation become obsessed with the swoopy haired little boy, and when I say obsessed, I mean obsessed. Bieber Fever had officially taken off. I wasn’t quite sure what to think of

him when I first heard his song. Honestly, I thought he would be a one-hit wonder, but as soon as he started putting out more singles, I realized that there must’ve been something about this kid that people liked. It wasn’t until I recently went to see his movie Never Say Never that I realized what Bieber Fever really was. The movie was about his success story; how he became such an icon in such a short time. What I found that fascinated me most about him was that after only year and a half of people even knowing his name and after only one album, he sold out Madison Square Garden … in 22 minutes. This is an accomplishment that not even legends like Michael Jackson or The Beatles could do. So, I guess what I’m trying to say is, yes, I guess, I too, have Bieber Fever. But it’s not because of his perfect smile or boyish charm. I have Bieber Fever because I am truly fascinated by his success story. He didn’t move to L.A. to try and become famous, he’s not related to any former celebrities giving him a ticket to instant fame, nor did he go through Nickelodeon or Disney Channel to become famous. He did it himself. He was just a kid who loved to sing, and was lucky enough to be given a chance by a man who believed he could make it. Justin Bieber is the inspiration that kids our age needs to see. He is living proof that no dream is impossible, and that hard work really can pay off. Just remember, never say never.

saywhat Interesting things heard around the school...

“I found her, your cookies are coming and I just got a lizard as a prize.”

“Did you just say, ‘Use time travel cheese?’”

“My string cheese just made the weirdest noise.”

“I’m pretty sure the air doesn’t have bones in it.”

“Success tastes a lot like fruit punch.”

“People always think I say I want to barf, but I’m really saying I want to bark.”

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March 8, 2011

The apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree Students who are fortunate enough, or unfortunate enough, to go to school with their parents

Michael Turinetti Staff writer “Mom, where’s my homework?” “Hang on, let me grab you a copy.” The advantages are obvious. If ever a student has a problem, “Ask Rose” is out of the question. It is just a simple “Mom,” or “Dad” away. There are several students who have parents working in the school near them. From world history to math, family ties are clearly existent. With the existence of family ties in school comes the obvious benefits of things like homework help and the greater possibilty for advanced skills in the teacher’s department. Freshman Victoria Whicker described having mother Renea Whicker, who is a teacher, as “really convenient and nice.” Whicker went on to explain the benefit, saying, “You can always stop by your mom’s room for gum.” Additionally, she said the benefit is “being able to get help from my sister and mom.” Victoria explained that she would much rather have family connections in school, saying that she likes the convenience of it. From the perspective of other students who do not have family members in school teaching or administrative positions, there are differing opinions. Senior Allie Downs would prefer not to have family within the high school. Downs said, “I don’t think I’d want to have a teacher or administrator in the school because they would always know if and when I got in trouble or if I had bad grades.” Sophomore Austin Little, however, disagreed with Downs. Little explained, “I think it would be good [having a relative as a teacher]. Plus, you would be able to see your parents daily, which some people don’t get to.” Little elaborated more, saying, “You would get a lot more help on whatever subject that they worked. You wouldn’t have to pay for gas or ride the bus. You’d get to car pool.” Additionally, sophomore Blake Bush is another student whose parent works as a teacher. As the son of math teacher Lisa Bush, he said he knows a lot of the teachers. Blake explained, “There’s

-”I would rather have my dad as a teacher because not too many people get to experience this.”

more pressure to succeed and get good grades,” with his mother as a teacher. He also said, “I’ve had to work, but she [mother Lisa Bush] has helped me get the most out of classes”. Sophomore Brynn Olinger, whose father is the superintendent, descibes it as “different.” She said, “I get asked a lot about my dad’s job. I hear a lot of complaints, but some good comments too.” She added, “There aren’t really any benefits to having a dad as the superintendent; people just assume that.” Though for some it might be odd having family in school, Olinger said she “doesn’t really mind.” She explained that with a father as superintendent, it doesn’t necessarily benefit her academically, but rather his experience in the school district helps her to learn from simple mistakes of others. Sophomore Christian Pearson, who is the son of math teacher Chris Pearson, said, “It’s a lot of fun because I get to see my dad every day.” To those who think it would not be a good thing to have a parent who works as a teacher, Christian said, “A lot of people think it would be awful, but for me, it’s a lot of fun. My friends and I hang out in his room before school. He is always there, and he always tries to make it to all my sporting events, whether he is busy or not. He always does his best.” Other than the benefit of a knowledgeable resource, Christian said another benefit is that “it is a lot easier to get a ride home from stuff, especially sports.” Certainly most would trade waiting at the school for a ride home, for easy access to one. He continued to elaborate on the benefit, and said, “I’d rather have him here at the school because it would be a lot more boring in school without him.” The previously mentioned access to help doesn’t necessarily apply to Christian. He said, “I never really struggled in math, but I know that even if I do struggle, I have someone who knows what they are doing.” Though Christian has never had his father as a teacher, he says he wishes he could. He said “I don’t think the school lets students and parents be togetherr. If I had him, I would probably ask him first, ‘What do you want me to call you?’”

-“He has always been involved in my sports and I think him being an athletic director contributes to him being around for my afterschool activities.”

Pat Cava naugh


-“I really enjoy it [having a son in school] ... it’s a good thing.” -“It took me a while to get used to it, but it’s nice.” -“I get to spend more time with [Jack] and we have more in common to talk about. It’s also cool to see him involved in school and enjoying it, for the most part.” -”I hope [it helps Jack as a student]. He understands how important we think his education is and it is easier for me to keep track of how he’s doing.”


h g u a n Cava


-“I think [having a parent/ teacher] is fun because I get to see him more often. I also get to see him as a teacher and not just a parent.”

“I go into his room with my friends before school and hang out. I usually read the comics he has on the boards.”


-”Having [him around can] help me in my other classes because he always checks my grades and can talk to my other teachers.”

page design/ zach golay

Issue 9- Quaker shaker 2010-2011  

Issue 9- Quaker shaker 2010-2011

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