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Protests erupt at capitol, rallies held throughout state By Amberlee Perry and Karnpal Cheema

Random Quotes from around Berlin High School

In a class discussion about generations. “So... if your grandma had a baby, would that be your mom?” Senior Matt Larson said. “Wait... never mind.” In a later disucussion about Matt’s comment, senior Brock Seivers said, “Well, it couldn’t be if it’s a male.” “What’s the purpose of the emergency brake? Is it just used when you’re going out of control?” senior Morgan Rohrbaugh said. “No. It’s for drifting,” senior Matt Larson said. “What super hero are you?” senior Haley Holmes said. “I’m not. I think I’m more of a medieval toothfairy than anything,” senior Morgan Rohrbaugh said.

Due to mass opposition of Governor Scott Walker’s Budget Repair Bill, protests have broken out all over Wisconsin. Berlin is now home to these protests, along with the rest of the state. In an emergency meeting on Thursday, Feb. 17, the teachers of the Berlin school district decided it was time to become part of the movement. However, their decision altered from other school districts surrounding the Berlin area. “We were ordered to go down to Madison and support the other teachers in the state two days in a row,” Copresident of the Berlin Education Association (BEA) Blaine Felsman said. “Our teachers voted as an association, almost unanimously, to stay here with the kids and send a small group of teachers to protest.” The district’s decision contradicted what the news is trying to portray. “There is a lot of talk in the news about teachers telling their students to skip school and go down to Madison to protest, but that is absolutely not the case, especially at our school,” Copresident of the BEA Tammy Goettl said. “We are not here to disrupt the students’ education in any form, but we still hold true to our union and bargaining rights.” The teachers agreed that the education of their students was too important to disrupt. “We decided that we needed to stay in session and continue educating our children,’” Felsman said. “We have very good quality teachers here. That was truly proven by our decision. We want to be here teaching.” On Feb. 17, the first small group of teachers went down to Madison, including Felsman and Goettl.

Photo: A. Perry Protesters in Berlin displayed signs reading, “Wisconsin moving forward, not backward” and “It is not about the money, it is about the rights.” However, after that day, in all of my battle to capture the integrity of our Citizen Angela Smith took part in thirty years, I was never as proud as nation as we fight for the rights of the protesting not only for the teachI was at that moment to be a teach- working people,” Jackson said. ers, but for all public workers. er. It is just not us here, but people Government employees includ“I am here to support the long statewide, who are really proud of be- ing teachers, proffesors, fire fight- tradition of labor rights. Our public ers, police officers, nurses, doctors, school teachers and our public working a teacher,” Felsman said. The situation in Berlin was simi- sainitation workers and steel workers ers have a right to negotiate and to sit lar to that of many other Wisconsin gathered in the masses to have their down at a table and talk like adults. communities. Protests were orga- message heard. The way that this budget is being pushed through is inappropriate, disnized around school hours to prevent respectful and insulting to the public interference with students’ education. I am here to supworkers of the state of Wisconsin,” In Madison, though, the situation was Smith said. “I am here to support quite different. port them because them because they deserve to have a Day and night protesters demonthey deserve to have voice in this fight.” strated inside and around the state a voice in this fight, capitol. On Friday, Feb. 18, supporters of the bill were severely outnumbered Angela Smith said. by opposers of the bill. Among the thousands of attendees on Feb. 18, famous democrat and Protesting in Berlin also took place activist Reverend Jesse Jackson spoke on Feb. 18. Students, teachers, paroutside of the capitol. ents and other unionized workers round of a longer gathered at the Firemens’ Memorial. “This is the first

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years, I was never as proud as I was at that moment to be a teacher, Felsman said.

“When we went down to Madison, Jim White and I weren’t really as open as Tammy and Anthoinette Miller.

Photo: K. Cheema Protesters in the capitol numbered in the thousands on Feb. 18.

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The Rookie Writer Pages 9-16 of this issue contain articles by the Writing for Publications class as their final for the course.

Politics have long been thought to be an adult only matter, but now, teenagers are making their voices and opinions known. Two such Berlin High School students, sophomore Sadie Smith and junior Erin Grenier, along with retired English teacher Marilyn Voeltner, met with Wisconsin Congressman Tom Petri’s at the Green Lake County town hall meeting on Feb. 4.

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Pop culture trends, divine or disaster: Bieber Fiever By Nora Weiske Seventeen-year-old teenage heart throb, Justin Bieber is simply fantastic. Yeah, he might be overrated, but who could dislike a cute kid that sings? In 2008, Scooter Braun discovered Bieber when he happened to come across a video of Bieber singing on YouTube. He later became Bieber’s manager. Braun, having connections with Usher, introduced Bieber to the world-renowned pop artist at the age of 13. After a joint venture between Braun and Usher, Bieber was signed to Island Records. Bieber’s first hit single “One Time” charted in the top 30 in over 10 countries. That is a lot in a little time for such a youngster. Now, at the age of 17, Bieber has one movie, two CD’s, three biographies and 27 articles written about him. He also has managed to make the cover of 28 magazines.

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Unknown: By Julie Kalupa “Everything happens for a reason” is one of my favorite quotes. Superstitions were created to explain these things, which I think is just crazy. In the off chance that they may be true, and for amusement, I think everyone should know what events will “change one’s life.” First, we will begin with good luck. There are tons of things that symbolize good fortune, such as: Seeing a new moon on a Monday. Eating an apple on Christmas will bring good health the following year. Sleeping facing south. What happens if I go to bed facing South, then roll over? Do I get half as much luck? Finding a pencil in the street. So I have a choice to make, having good luck or getting hit by a car. Or will the good luck be powerful enough to

Photo: N. Weiske As if the young man’s voice is not enough to make women want to pinch his cheeks, Bieber released a movie on Feb. 11 titled “Never Say Never.” The movie includes behind-thescenes footage of Bieber’s concerts and clips from home videos of him as a child.

Dear Editor, ‘“Children” Our First Priority’ is the motto written right outside of the administration office. If students were their first priority, then many things would be done differently. I personally have been cheated by the system. Many students are placed in a cookie cutter schedule, and there is little room for deviation. Now, this isn’t bad, but I want to be an art or music major and I am unable to take these classes because of scheduling. Each day, the band and choir students have to alternate their classes. Often times, I question what is being taught to me. I do this because what is being taught to us is said to always be right. Every time I question, I am told to be quiet and to stop asking questions. This is a learning environment and I wish to learn to my maximum. ‘“Children” Our First Priority’ is a bunch of rubbish. Junior Andrew Karr

Superstitions: Good luck vs. Bad luck prevent me from bodily harm? Avoiding cracks in the sidewalks. They must have gotten this one from the children’s chant, “step on a crack, and break your mother’s back.” Cutting one’s hair during a storm. Picturing a man getting his hair cut on his porch in a storm is just hilarious. Meeting a chimney sweep on one’s wedding day. I do not understand why this would be a good thing. Chimney sweeps are dirty and brides wear white dresses. Sneezing three times before breakfast. What happens if I sneeze after breakfast? Sleeping on unironed sheets. Really? Honestly, who irons their sheets anymore? Having a white butterfly be the first one of the year seen. Carrying the back left foot of a rab-

Editorial: Super Bowl commercials provide laughs Many people dislike watching commercials. They are boring and once a commercial comes on, most people change the channel. However, Super Bowl commercials get a different reaction. Since the Super Bowl is one of the greatest sporting events in the world, millions of viewers tune in to the game each year. During the Super Bowl, people stay glued to their TVs during commercials. Almost every commercial is new and many are hilarious, which is what makes them so great. Most who watch the Super Bowl are avid football fans, even if their team is not playing in the Super Bowl. But, there are plenty of others who watch just for the commercials. These commercials can be very expensive. In 1967, the average price for a 30 second ad was $37,500. For Super Bowl XLV, prices were around $3,000,000. This is a waste of money, especially

Justin Bieber was even a stud when he was two years old. A little kid pretending to play the drums, c’mon! Along with stardom comes rumors and all the other good stuff jealous people post about celebrities. Recently, a picture was released of Bieber kissing a fan. I bet his celebrity girlfriend, Selena Gomez, was not very happy about that. Maybe that is for the best since she is too old for him anyway. Dating an older woman will not make his young fan base very happy, either. Fans with Bieber Fiever range in age. Screaming girls from the ages of five to 20 cheer him on. I suppose there are some screaming boy fans too, but I am not going to go there.... Anyway, at 17 he is more than on his way to puberty and can date who he wants -- is it weird that his voice has not changed? All in all, a 17-year-old with this much recognition deserves to be 100 percent divine.

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if nobody likes it. Doritos, Coca-Cola, Budweiser, Bud Light, Pepsi, Best Buy and numerous car companies were just a few of those who advertised during the Super Bowl. Many of these corporations aired more than just one commercial during the game. Time slots not filled go to smaller local companies or are filled by that network advertising its programs. Maybe they should lower the price of these commercials so the spots do get filled. If these spots were filled, the network would make more money. Then viewers would be able to laugh at more Doritos commercials. Even if one dislikes commercials, it is recommended to watch them during the Super Bowl. Viewers will laugh at them, even if they are dumb or nonsensical. These commercials are why the Super Bowl is so great. Of all the commercials aired on television, the ones during the Super Bowl are by far the best.

bit that was killed in a cemetery in the moonlight. I am glad this one is not too complicated. Hanging garlic in the house. The scent is just for personal enjoyment. I will now touch upon all of the things that one should refrain from doing for fear of bad luck. Walking beneath a ladder. This one was designed for the person at the top of the ladder’s safety, obviously. Breaking a mirror. If one does, he must wait exactly seven hours before picking up the pieces. Then he must bury the pieces in the moonlight. Dealing with the number 13. Apparently this is one that still affects people today. Surprisingly, many hotels do not even have a thirteenth floor due to this superstition. Spilling salt. If one does, he must immediately toss a pinch of it over his shoulder.

These creative stories did not stop with just luck, they provided excuses for almost everything insignificant that could happen. If one’s right hand itches he will earn money. If one’s right ear is ringing someone is speaking well of him, but if the left is ringing someone is talking smack. If one’s nose itches he will kiss a fool. Like a leprachaun? My nose has itched on many occasions, yet I have never seen a leprachaun let alone kissed him. If one feels a chill up his spine, someone is walking upon his future grave. Creepy. If one’s necklace’s clasp touches the pendant it signifies somebody is thinking of the wearer. Well, I am officially convinced. I will never ever type the number 13 again .... oops.

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Aspring educator wins award Student shoots for the stars By Jostun Pomplun

By Julie Kalupa Aspiring educator, senior Kayla Ballwanz, earns February’s Student of the Month award. English teacher Jodi Becker believes Ballwanz has many qualities that make her worthy of this honorable title. “She goes out of her way to help others in class,” Becker said. “Kayla is dedicated and truly cares about her commitments. She has a positive attitude toward all of her activities and passes this attitude onto others.” Ballwanz participates in many clubs and sports in high school. She was also chosen to represent the Class of 2011 on Prom Court. But, most of her time is spent helping younger students. Along with taking Aspiring Educators classes, Ballwanz has served as a tutor for the last three years. “I also have the honor of being Linc Crew and Champions Commissioners,” Ballwanz said. “I take great pride in what I do, and plan to continue my leadership in the years to come.”

Photo Submitted Ballwanz intends to use her kind and helpful nature to teach elementary students. “In the fall, I will attend UWStevens Point where I plan to major in elementary education and minor in special education.” Ballwanz said. Family and consumer education teacher Candy Neumeier believes Ballwanz will enhance others’ lives. “Kayla has such a good heart. She is so sweet and geniunely cares about people,” Neumeier said. “I know she will work with people and make a difference in their lives.”

The February Student of the Month award goes to senior Anthony Tumbarello. Tumbarello is very active in his academics. He has participated in the Academic Bowl, Academic Decathlon and Key Club. Tumbarello has won numerous awards in his activities. “I have received many medals and ribbons,” Tumbarello said. “I have also worked with the Aspiring Educators program teaching freshman science.” Key Club advisor Sarah Gietzel knows how Tumbarello was able to achieve these things. “He is dedicated to everything he does. He motivates others and has really good leadership abilities,” Gietzel said. Tumbarello also designed an astronomy class that could have been used in the science department. “It was presented to the curriculum committee, but unfortunately it was not passed,” Tumbarello said. Tumbarello brings many talents to class with him each day.

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Photo Submitted “I think I am creative and I look at the world in a different way than most people. Also, I try to be a good person,” Tumbarello said. Science teacher Tim Cox thinks Tumbarello will do very well in his pursuit of astronomy. “He has a strong interest in science,” Cox said. “He could go anywhere. The sky is the limit and all doors are open for him. I am interested to see where he ends up.” Tumbarello hopes to someday earn a Ph.D. in astrophysics. He will attend UW-River Falls in the fall.

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March 18 Tom Pease performs at Clay Lamberton 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. March 22 Conference Academic Bowl at Xavier High School 6 p.m. Public is welcome March 25 Muffins with Mom at Clay Lamberton For Second and Third Graders 7:30 to 8:15 a.m.

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Every day, millions of people take prescription medications. These prescriptions are often calculated and filled by clinical pharmacists like Sarah Gerber. “When you are a pharmacist, you do not have a typical day,” Gerber said. “We get orders from doctors and we have to make sure the prescribed dose is the correct dose for the patient.” Once a doctor places an order for a patient, many things are considered before the prescription is filled. Pharmacists look at the patient’s medical history and dertermine the correct dose for the patient. “We look at the patient’s kidney function, as well as the other medications they are taking,” Gerber said. “For example, certain antibiotics can be very dangerous if the levels are not correct, so we also consider things like that.” Clinical pharmacists work very closely with doctors, nurses and other hospital staff to ensure that patients are successfully taken care

Photo: C. Draves An important part of being a pharmacist is having an in-depth knowledge of medications as well as knowing the best perscription for a specific situation. of. not as easy as filling bottles of pills. difficult.” “You need to have social skills Pharmacists also face long work Pharmacists also frequently face and the ability to work with oth- days, and a stressful work environ- ethical issues. ers,” Gerber said. “In order for me ment. “Sometimes people will come to do my job well, all of the people “We usually work ten hour days in with multiple prescriptions for who work with the patient must do four days a week,” Gerber said. narcotics from different doctors, theirs well.” “You have to multitask and priori- and you have to decide to fill the However, being a pharmacist is tize every day, which can be very prescription or not,” Gerber said.

Politically minded students continued from page 1 A number of issues were raised at the meeting, including the nation’s financial status, the healthcare system and the students’ presentation on tobacco. The first matter of the meeting was a plea for a change in the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. The students’ main goal was to change an ordinance that states cigarettes cannot be flavored, but other tobacco products, including cigarellos can be flavored. With newer products and loopholes such as this, tobacco companies can easily target a young, barelylegal market.

“Since tobacco is looking more and more like candy, it is important for consumers to know that they are nothing like candy, and they are very harmful,” Smith said. “Many of these products are also sold at affordable prices, making them accessible to younger kids.” Both Grenier and Smith were pleased to be chosen to attend the town hall meeting. “I think it is important for kids our age to be involved in politics because we are the generation being handed down trillions of dollars in debt,” Grenier said. “If we are educated, we are more likely to make good decisions.”

Smith agrees with Grenier. “Students our age need to be involved in politics so we can make more informed decisions in our future,” Smith said. “One day, it will be our job to make important decisions, and it is extremely important we are able to make those decisions.” Voeltner also sees benefits for teens in politics, as well. “As part of society, you need to have a say regarding the kind of society in which you live. Making your voice heard is crucial to accomplishing change,” Voeltner said. “I believe Petri was impressed with the kids’ statements.”

Pharmacists are required to receive a thorough education. After completing pharmacy school, graduates must take exams given by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy in order to become licensed. Often, the entire process takes close to ten years. Nevertheless, working with drugs appeals to many. “One thing that attracted me to the career was the flexibility. I make a good wage, and I can be home with my kids,” Gerber said. Another perk of the job is the opportunity to interact with patients without having to perform medical procedures. “I do not like blood and guts, but I enjoy helping people and as a pharmacist I still get a lot of patient contact without having to do the gross stuff,” Gerber said. After fourteen years of being a pharmacist, Gerber is convinced that she made the right career decision. “Being a pharmacist is a challenging career,” Gerber said. “However, the rewards are well worth the effort.”

Foreign exchange Update: student in Italy By Amberlee Perry Foreign exchange student Crystal Mattice is now living with her second host family. The family consists of her mother, her father, a brother, 16 and a sister, 15. Her mother is a stay-at-home mom and her father is a real estate agent. “It is nice living here, because I’m never home alone,” Mattice said.

An already busy Mattice is struggling to get forms filled out for college while studying abroad. “It is really hard to fill out all of my scholarship forms,” Mattice said. “I wish I could come home for a week just to finish them.” Contact with Mattice has been limited because she has no access to internet in her new home. Updates will be given as often as possible.

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They Know Some- thing About Love Leighs share company for 63 years By Julie Kalupa After spending the majority of their lives together, Bob and June Leigh understand the true meaning of a healthy relationship. In 1947, these lovebirds met at a roller rink in Redgranite, WI. “I thought she was really attractive, so I went up to her and asked her if she would want to go on a date with me,” Bob said. Soon after, they went on their first date. They went to dinner at a bar and grill in Redgranite with another couple. June recalls her feelings from that night.“I thought he was really cool,” June said. “I was so excited that when I went home I told my sisters all about him.” The couple’s relationship took off. After many dates and two years, the couple decided to tie the knot on Nov. 26, 1949. June was only 17 years old. Bob was 23. “We got married at a church in Redgranite,” June said. “The weather was horrible. It was very icy, but all of our family was able to make it.”

Now, 61 years later, their family has definitely grown. They currently have 5 children, 14 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. A great portion of their family still lives in the Berlin area today. Bob and June live in town, across the street from where Bob was born. They have lived happily in the same house for the past 60 years. After spending so much time together, these two have much in common, and frequently are able to complete each other’s sentences. “We like a lot of the same things such as going out to dinner, country music...” Bob said. “Watching ‘Jeopardy’ and ‘Wheel of Fortune,’ too,” June said. June’s favorite quality of Bob’s is his sense of humor, even though he jokingly said that she would not be able to think of one. She also mentioned that he is very tidy because ‘he used to live with his grandmother and she trained him well.’ Like a typical man, Bob’s heart

was reached through his stomach. He loves that June is an “amazing cook.” Lucky for these two, neither spouse could think of anything significant that they disliked about the other. “She does not have any faults. I just do not like a couple of the TV shows that she watches,” Bob said. June instantly reminded him that she goes into another room to watch them. They have cooperation down to a tee. After spending a grand total of 63 years together, this couple knows the secret to a successful relationship. “To respect each other and be completely honest are the most important things you can do for a marriage,” Bob said. These two believe that along with building a family, staying married for 61 years is their greatest success. “Divorce is too easy these days,” June said. “Everyday you have to give and take. You have to respect each other’s ideas, wants and don’t wants.”

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3. The first time you meet your darling’s parents you: a) Bring flowers and promise to never break their child’s heart b) Introduce yourself with a firm handshake and a sweet smile c) Ask where the bathroom is because you drank way too much soda 4. Your nickname for your girlfriend/boyfriend is: a) Pumpkin, Honey Cakes, Snuggle Bunny or Pookie b) Babe or Love c) Hey, I’m hungry 5. When your beloved is ill, you: a) Buy a bouquet of roses and a get well card b) Bring a balloon and your mother’s homemade soup c) Send a picture message of you mudding that says, “wish u r here” Created by Amberlee Perry

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Now, though they teach at the same school, they do not see much of each other. “He is in his wing, and I am in mine,” Amy said. “He eats lunch with the men in his department and I eat lunch with the women in mine.” Marty feels the same way about being separated during the day. “We do not see each other unless we make a point to,” Marty said. Working with one’s spouse can have its advantages. “We understand each other,” Amy said. “If one of us had a bad day, we understand because we are both dealing with the same things in the classroom.” Challenges can also take place

while working in the same environment as one’s spouse. “Professionally, we have different opinions,” Marty said. “That is the biggest thing I have learned over the years. You have to respect each other’s opinions.” Marty and Amy Wenig have been the longest married couple at the high school. Not only do they have each other in the same work environment, but they have their children, too. Senior Gregor and sophomore Becca enjoy having their parents with them at school. Though having both parents as teachers may be difficult, sophomore Becca does not mind it. “I like having them both here

because if I am having a bad day I always have somebody to go to,” Becca said. “But, I do not like how I can never get away with anything.” The youngest, Ryan, is the only Wenig who does not spend his days at BHS. He attends seventh grade at All Saints Catholic school. After school hours, the Wenig family goes home to a school-free environment. “My parents do not usually talk about school,” Becca said. “We usually talk about practices and how they went, or they get on us about doing our homework.” Most of all, Amy Wenig said she enjoys spending their school days together.

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Juniors Jacob Chappa and Kelsey Wachs have been dating since the beginning of their freshman year. Their relationship remains strong. “The night before we started dating, we were sort of talking about it. He texted me the next morning asking if we were dating. I said, ‘I don’t know, do you want to?’ He said ‘Yes’ and that was that,” Wachs said. “It was really awkward.” Despite the awkward beginning, Wachs and Chappa are doing extremely well and are both very happy. “My favorite thing to do with Kelsey is to make dinner together,” Chappa said. “I also really like

going to the movies with her.” The couple also shares a love for the same sport. “I love going skiing with Jacob,” Wachs said. “It is my favorite thing that we do together.” Being together for so long, Chappa and Wachs have made many memories together. “My favorite memory was when Kelsey and I made sandwiches and I blindfolded her and took her to a boat landing in the middle of nowhere for lunch,” Chappa said. Wachs has a favorite memory of her own. “This summer I was walking to my car after work and I heard someone following me. By the time I got to my car, I was freaking out,” Wachs said. “I turned around and Jacob was standing

there holding flowers. It was so cute.” Unlike many high school couples, it is easy for Wachs and Chappa to maintain their relationship. “As cheesy as it sounds, Jacob

and I are best friends, so it is easy for us to stay together,” Wachs said. “It also helps that my family loves Jacob and vice versa. I think the key to making it last has been talking through things well, and taking some time for ourselves.”

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By Nora Weiske English teacher Amy Wenig and Industrial Technology teacher Marty Wenig have been married for almost 19 years. Marty and Amy Wenig met each other for the first time here at Berlin High School in August of 1990. “Marty was already working here, and I was student teaching,” Amy said. To keep their relationsahip separate from work, the couple did not start to date until Amy completed her student teaching. “Everybody that I was student teaching with kept telling me that I had to get to know him and that he was a really great guy,” Amy said.

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‘Hooray for Hollywood’ takes the stage By Amberlee Perry

Since this year’s spring play was performed about a month earlier than last year’s, students may have to rely on the groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, to determine the arrival of spring. “Spring sports, music concerts, spring break and various other activities all contributed to scheduling conflicts as they have in years past,” director Angela Femali said. “It really should be called a school play and not a ‘spring’ play.” The play chosen for this year was ‘Hooray for Hollywood,’ a comedy written by Tim Kelly. “I chose ‘Hooray for Hollywood’ because it is a fun script with a wide range of wacky characters,” Femali said. “It was also flexible in terms of how many cast members I needed. I was

able to cast everyone who auditioned in some capacity, even if it was not a large speaking role.” Sophomore Austin Borgardt was given one of the leading roles in this year’s play. “It feels amazing to have been given the part of Milo Bravo,” Borgardt said. This play was freshman Hannah Voeltner’s first performance. “Being a first time actor has made me very nervous; you do not really know what to expect from the experienced actors,” Voeltner said. “But, it has been a lot of fun!” Borgardt believes the cast’s strongest point was helping each other out. “We helped each other with various things. We told each other lines before going out on stage and we encouraged each other to go on,” Borgardt said.

“I also saw other cast members taking responsibility for their parts by finding time to work on scenes that needed work.” Femali is proud of everything that the cast has accomplished this year. “We have some great comedic roles and actors have really stepped up to make those parts shine,” Femali said. “I would say that this year, more than years past, the leads have learned their lines more quickly and been more dedicated at rehearsals. We also had a shorter rehearsal period this year by about two weeks, but the cast has met the challenge.” Voeltner has enjoyed her first experience in the spring play. “The best part was the cast,” Voeltner said. “Everyone who participated is a lot of fun to be with.”

“I went parasailing in South Padre Island off of Texas,” sophomore Alyssa Potratz said.

One day, while I was aimlessly searching The Rave website, I discovered that DJ Pauly D would be performing on Jan. 28. Not going to lie, I was pumped. I was not expecting much since the one original song Pauly produced was voted one of the top 100 worst songs ever made. Yes, ever. But, I figured it was worth a shot. Pauly Delvecchio, member of the hit TV show, “Jersey Shore,” shares his love of dee jaying with the world. What a surprise. When MTV aired “Jersey Shore,” nobody thought the ridiculous drama, full of drunk Italians, would turn into a new phenomenon. Throughout the season, Pauly told audiences that he is known as the “inventor” of GTL (gym, tan, laundry). I searched and found another die hard J. Shore fan that would be willing to attend the concert with me. After discovering there were eight DJ’s before Pauly, and he would not be mixing until midnight, I was a bit peeved. As I walked into The Rave, I noticed that there were many girls who had invested in outfits from

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Fist pumpin’ like a champ, DJ Pauly D plays his original song, “Beat Dat Beat Up.” babyGap®. Needless to say, wan- sic, he played songs from the top nabe guidos were definitely in the 40, which, unlike most people, I building. High heels, heavy make- dug. up and Snooki poofs surrounded While mashing songs such as me. “Like a G6” and “Stay Fly” and I do not think they realized it mixing artists like Nicki Minaj was about four degrees outside and and Michael Jackson, he still had we were not on the Jersey Shore. time to maintain his flirtatious Wearing clothes like that is unac- swag and connect with the audiceptable, everywhere. ence. The room where Pauly was playEven though it was jam packed ing was packed with a group of the with wannabe guidos who had no most uncoordinated people I have rhythm at all, Pauly knew how to ever seen trying to dance. spin and obviously still has the After a good 45 minutes of push- skill to attract people to his coning my way up to the front of the certs. concert, Pauly was about halfway Dj Pauly D gets three out of five finished. stars. I must admit, he knew how to play. Instead of playing house mu-


Photo: A. Femali Actor Andrew Karr and actresses Melody Jones, Emily Martin and Morgan Ondrejka perform the scene in which Martin’s character returns to Kansas.

Return To Titletown: Lombardi trophy brought back home By Halle Daul

Over 51,000 fans perservered through the single digit weather The Green Bay Packers locked to honor the Green Bay Packtheir fourth victory for Super Bowl ers. There is no other fan base that XLV. would do something so awesome. Wisconsin has always been notori- During every speech, both coaches ous for the crazy, dedicated fans that and players reiterated how grateful cheer shirtless at the Frozen Tundra. they are for their fans. Coach McOn Feb. 8, Carthy even 2011, I was fortold fans “they tunate enough are the energy to go to Lamforce for the beau Field and team.” see the Pack. If it were not They had a cerfreezing cold, emony to prethe presentasent the Lomtion would bardi trophy to have been Fans cheer during the sold out ceremony the team and more enjoyable Photo: H. Daul at Lambeau Field. to congratulate to watch. them. After an hour in the piercing cold, Most of the Packers attended the the players finished up by walking ceremony. Charles Woodson, Don- around the stadium allowing fans to ald Driver, John Kuhn, Clay Mat- touch the trophy. Fireworks followed thews and, of course, Aaron Rodg- the celebration. ers spoke about the Super Bowl, but Though the Pack are Super Bowl mostly they thanked the fans. champs, their humble personaliTickets sold for $5 on Ticketmas- ties throughout the entire ceremony ter, with a portion of the proceeds go- made standing in the frigid weather ing to the Green Bay Packers Foun- more tolerable. Return to Titletown dation. After they sold out in only 12 earns five out of five stars. hours, Stub Hub had some tickets available, with prices as high as $160.

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What is meningitis and what vaccine is recommended? By Terri Maul, RN, BSN Meningitis is frightening. It strikes up to 3,000 Americans yearly. Of these, 30 percent are teenagers and college-age students. There are different causes of meningitis. These include viruses, herpes (also a virus), fungi, chemicals, tumors, drug allergies and injuries. Bacterial meningitis is often in the news because it is lethal and can spread quickly to others. Teenagers and college students have a high death rate from the disease; nearly one of every four cases may result in death. There are different kinds of bacteria that can cause bacterial meningitis. Meningococcal disease, caused by Neisseria meningitides (gram negative cocci), is a potentially deadly infection that can cause severe swelling of the brain and spinal cord (meningitis). It can also cause serious blood infection (meningococcemia). This nasty bacterium develops and spreads quickly throughout the body, so early treatment is very important. Meningococcal disease is often misdiagnosed. It initially presents as something less serious with symptoms of high fever, severe headache, muscle aches and nausea which are similar to those of the flu or common viral illnesses. Other symptoms may include stiff neck, sensitivity to light, confusion, exhaustion and/or rash. It is spread via respiratory and oral secretions from infected persons

through coughing, kissing and sharing drinks or eating utensils. Lifestyle factors that increase the risk of contracting the disease include crowded living situations (e.g., dormitories, camps, parties and institutions), smoking and irregular sleeping habits. Even with quick intervention, the disease can kill within hours. About 10-15 percent of people die from it. Of those who survive, 20 percent endure permanent disabilities, including brain damage, deafness and arm and leg amputations. To help combat this disease, the Meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4) or Menectra is recommended. It protects against 4 types of meningococcal disease including two of the three types most common in the United States and a type that causes epidemics in Africa—these are Neisseria meningitides serogroups A, C, Y and W-135. The vaccine protects 90 percent of the people who get it. It does not eliminate the risk to the B serogroup nor other bacterial and viral causes of meningitis. This vaccination is safe. The most commonly reported reactions are pain and redness at the injection site (one to two days), headache and fatigue. Besides the vaccination, good health habits are important in maintaining a strong immune system. Eat nutritiously, get plenty of sleep, wash your hands frequently and practice good hygiene when you have a respiratory infection.

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Berlin cheerleaders take fourth, look forward to next season By Karnpal Cheema After the cheer team’s third place finish at the state tournament last year, many members of the team are dissapointed after taking fourth out of seven teams at regionals. The team missed state qualfying by only 10 points, a very small margin by cheerleadng standards. Junior Morgan Ondrejka feels strongly about the team’s shortfalls at regonals. “After spending three months of hard, grueling practices you get only two minutes and thirty seconds at regionals to prove yourselves,” Ondrejka said. “We had a few unfortunate mishaps, and they showed at the wrong time.” Captain Emily Olson has a different perspective. “We had a hard routine this year and went against some really good schools,” Olson said. “But, I still

think that if we tried harder at practices, and did not goof around as much we could have done better.” Held in Wisconsin Rapids, WI, the tournament consisted of seven teams including, Shawano High School, Crivitz High School, Winnebago, Lutheran academy, Westfield High School, New London High School and Berlin. The three state qualifiers were, Crivitz, Shawano and Winnebago Lutheran Academy. The team will be losing a few seniors. “There is a lot of talent on the team, and if they try hard enough they’ll do well next year,” Olson said. The rest of the team is also optimistic for next year.“I feel like the team will be really good next year,” sophomore Hannah Voeltner said. “We are expecting a lot of eighth graders to come out for the team, and the more we have, the better.”

Future Sports: Similar teams battle for one world series By Quinn Thompson It seems as though the World Series has just come to an end, but baseball teams are already preparing for a new year. Mandatory spring training for all players is underway as some teams with new lineups try to improve from last season. The Boston Red Sox stole the headlines in the off season by aquiring two upper echelon players. Former San Diego Padre, Adrian Gonzalez, and former Tampa Bay Ray, Carl Crawford, will lock up the first base and left field position on defense and fill in holes offensively for the Red Sox. They will compliment players like David “Big Papi” Ortiz, former MVP Dustin Pedroia and perennial allstar Kevin Youkilis, making Boston’s lineup the most dangerous in baseball. Boston’s duo at the pitching position, Jon Lester and Clay Buckholtz, proved themselves as two of the top pitchers in baseball. Lester finished the year with 19 wins and 225 strikeouts while Buckholtz recorded a 2.33 earned run average in 28 games as a starter, winning 17 of them.

John Lackey, Daisuke Matsuzaka and Josh Beckett complete a Red Sox pitching rotation that no team would want to face in a five or seven-game series. Boston had a disappointing season last year when they failed to reach the playoffs, which is why they were so active in the pursuit of becoming an elite team in the MLB again. However, the Red Sox are not the only team trying to make a statement this upcoming season. The Philadelphia Phillies have been a powerhouse baseball team for a while now and show no signs of slowing down. Ryan Howard, Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins contiuned to lay the foundation for a solid offense, while the Phillies pitching staff became the best in baseball. Any team featuring starting pitchers Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Roy Oswalt and Cole Hamels is going to make a deep run in the playoffs. The Red Sox and Phillies will match up in the World Series at the end of the year. Boston will win another championship and has the tools to continue winning for many years to come.

FEBRUARY, 2011 World Wide Fast Facts By Ashley Gravunder

Photo Submitted Berlin’s cheerleading team forms a pyramid at their division’s regional tournament in Wisconsin Rapids, WI on Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011.

Swimmers earn medals at state By Jostun Pomplun

Berlin once again had a strong showing at the state swim meet in Madison on Feb. 18. The Indians were represented by juniors Dylan Young and Greg Hameister and seniors David Carlson and Greg Klassa. Alternates were junior Matt Curtis, senior Josh Eastberg and freshman Adam Collins. All four swimmers did well in the meet. Even with only four swimmers, the Indians were able to place eighth out of 28 teams in Division II. “I was very pleased with the boys’ performances,” Coach Bill Clewien said. Young, Hameister, Carlson and Klassa were in the 200-yard medley relay which finished fifth and the 200-yard freestyle relay which finished sixth. Both relays set new school records. The previous records were set in 1993. Hameister participated in the 100-yard butterfly where he finished sixth and the 100-yard backstroke where he placed ninth. “I couldn’t have asked for a bet-

ter way to end the season, even though I didn’t win,” Hameister said. Klassa competed in the 100yard freestyle, placing ninth, and the 100-yard breaststroke finishing sixth. “I was very satisfied with my results at the state meet,” Klassa said. “I was overwhelmed.” Young was in the 200-yard freestyle placing thirteenth and the 100-yard butterfly ending up in ninth. “I was really happy since it was the first time I made it to state individually,” Young said. Any finish in sixth place or higher in an event was enough for

a swimmer to stand on the podium and receive a medal. Hameister and Klassa each earned three medals. “I am extremely proud of not only these four boys, but the entire team,” Clewien said. “They exhibited great team spirit all season long and always strived to do their best, which made for a very enjoyable coaching experience for me.” After a successful season capped with a trip to state, the returning swimmers have high expectations for next year. “I hope we can put a good team together losing a couple seniors,” Hameister said. “I hope to go to state next year again.”

Photo: EDGE Photography Senior David Carlson was a member of the two record breaking relay teams at the state meet.

LaBuda wrestles his way to state tournament By Quinn Thompson

Photo: EDGE Photography LaBuda wrestles his way to the state tournament.

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Boys wrestling season has come to an end. The sesaon did not turn out as well as some wrestlers hoped, but for Mason Labuda, the season was a success. Prior to the sectionals meet, LaBuda shared his thoughts on the season. “I am satisfied with my season. Personally. I struggled in the middle of the season, but it happens to the best of us,” LaBuda said. “The team could have been more fluent in the weight classes, but that is something we will have to improve on.” At this point, LaBuda was not aware of the fact that he would be advancing to state, and was

just trying to focus on the sectional meet to prepare for state. “I have to keep an open mind, go out there and wrestle my best,” LaBuda said. “I should be okay and hold my own.” Labuda was not the only wrestler to compete at the sectional meet. Senior Jesse Gonzalez and junior Eric Chier also competed in the sectional meet, but failed to qualify for the state tournament. Now that the season has come to a close, Gonzalez has advice to offer others who want to come out for wrestling, and for returning wrestlers who want to make it to the post-season. “For next year, stay in shape and go to wrestling camps this summer,” Gonzalez said.

1. India has never invaded any country in history. 2. To stop the spread of the chicken flu in Hong Kong in 1997, 1.2 million birds were slaughtered. 3. Only 7 percent of homes in Afghanistan have flushing toilets. 4. In New Zealand, students are allowed to use text-messaging on exams without punishment. 5. The average Japanese person watches about 4 hours and 29 minutes of television every day. -

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8. About 5,000 languages are currently spoken around the world. 9. The longest national anthem is the Greek national anthem at 158 verses long. 10. Singapore is the largest country without any farms. 11. England and Portugal have never been at war with each other. 12. The Falkland Islands have a human population of around 2,000, but a sheep population of 700,000, making it a 350 sheep per person ratio. 13. Guyana is the only South American country with English as its official language. 14. The Spratly Islands, a group of over 100 islands or reefs in the China Sea, are claimed by five different countries. -

The Staff Editor-in-Chief: Halle Daul Reporters: Anna Gravunder Ashley Gravunder Jenna Horn Jon Krueger Hailey Prachel Megan Roehl Peter Schrader Caitlyn Schubert Amaerani Torres Eric Wolfe Advisor: Shannon Kuehmichel

Teachers, health professionals compete for better health By Eric Wolfe Fighting obesity and unhealthy choices can be very challenging for schools to do. That is why the school teamed up with the Community Health Network (CHN) and together started the Wellness Challenge. The Wellness Challenge is a 12week weight loss and weight stability competition between staff members at the CHN and at Berlin High School. The idea for the Wellness Challenge first started when friends Terri Mauel and Pam Alf wanted to find new ways to help people live more healthy lives. Many students are not fully aware of the ramifications that come from unhealthy choices. Some see the Wellness Challenge as a chance to educate students about healthy eating. “The Wellness Challenge should increase awareness of making healthy choices,” registered nurse Terri Mauel said. Unhealthy eating and lack of exercise can lead to many major

Photo: E. Wolfe Wellness Challenge participant and physcial education teacher Michelle Walker does sit ups as she exercises with her Winter Activities class. health problems and illnesses. “Not taking good care of yourself can lead to type 2 diabetes, clogged arteries, heart attacks and strokes,” Mauel said. Mauel also believes that teachers making healthy choices can influence students to make healthy choices. “Increasing the staff ’s awareness

will hopefully have a trickle effect on students eating healthy,” Mauel said. Alf agrees that teachers and other public figures can influence people to improve their wellness. “Both teachers and health care professionals are role models for people. Teachers influence their students and health care profes-

Food pantry receives donations during Winterfest By Anna Gravunder The student council started the Berlin High School Food Pantry last year. At-risk aide Karen Winkel was instrumental in starting the food pantry. “When the economy took a turn for the worse, we decided that the need for food existed here within our school. That is when we decided to start our own food pantry,” Winkel said. The food pantry gives food to any struggling families within the school district. “The students can talk to any staff member and we will do our best to provide a few bags of groceries that they can take home,” Winkel said. People can donate non-perishable food at any time, but a specific food drive was held during Winterfest week. “Last year, we had a competition between first hours, but this year there was a grade level competition,” guidance counselor Ann Ragus said. Students donated Ramen noodles, jars of peanut butter and jelly, cereal and snacks, which are common foods to donate. “Mac and cheese, spaghetti sauce and pasta are some of the most

sionals help their patients,” Alf said. Obesity has been increasing for 30 years. Despite this many are still optimistic about wellness in the future. “Hopefully by increasing awareness about wellness we can make the next generation a healthy one,” Alf said.

Human Spirit class requires students to carry pass cards By Amaerani Torres

Photo: A. Gravunder Student Council members Rebecca Wenig and Amanda McClelland run the food drive during the lunch period. popular items. They are easy for and cash to the food pantry,” Winkel said. families to make,” Winkel said. Winkel never stops looking for The food pantry at the high school is not the only food pantry new ways to get people to donate in Berlin. The Berlin Food Pantry food. “I think it would be great if a club is located at the Federated Church had a food drive,” Winkel said. on East Huron street. The food pantry is a great way “The only difference is that we really focus on getting food to to help students and their families families of students,” Winkel said. who are in need. “I think having a food pantry at Many people put time and effort our school is extremely helpful,” into maintaining the food pantry. “I help with the food pantry by Ragus said. Ragus is not the only person who getting the student council to have thinks so. Sophomores Rebecca food drives,” Ragus said. Students are not the only people Wenig and Amanda McClelland that contribute to the food pan- agree. try, teachers also donate. “Many “The food pantry is a great way teachers have donated gift cards to help others,” Wenig said.

The Human Spirit class is known for studying the goodness and the enduring spirit of people. It is taught by both history teacher Gary Knoke and English teacher Amy Wenig. The Human Spirit class has been studying serveral important history topics from around the world. One of the most famous is the South African apartheid. “In South African history, from 1948 until the late 1980’s, South African blacks outnumbered the whites by eight to one,” Knoke said. “In order for the whites to maintain total control, they had to keep close track of where the blacks were, so they required them to carry passes.” To make the unit more realistic for all 53 students in the class, Knoke and Wenig gave them the task of carrying passes. This required students to carry a pass card with their name, photograph, fingerprint, birthdate, tribe,

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NEWS cONT. / oPINION Pass cards continued from page 9 etc. The pass had to be carried everywhere they went whether it was a basketball court, church or the supermarket. “Carrying my pass was not all that great because we got points deducted for not having it, but it was a fun experience,” junior Lucy Vang said. In South Africa the consequences were much worse. “People went to prison for not

having their passes,” Knoke said. Many students said carrying the pass became very annoying. Vang carried her pass in her backpack, and she worried that she would be caught without it while dumping her lunch tray. “You always had to hope a teacher was not there to catch you,” Vang said. Vang, as well as many other students, were successful in keeping

Prachel’s Perceptions: Spring break or spring bored

By Hailey Prachel

There are a couple of things that a teenager looks forward to during their high school years, which includes prom and spring break. Since not everyone can go to prom, students cannot wait for spring break to start. It is probably everyone’s favorite part of the school year, besides when school is over. By March, most of the snow is gone, winter jackets are not needed and sleds begin to collect dust in the garage. Just because we live in little Berlin, does not mean that there is nothing to do. If someone is bored, then I am sure that they would be more than willing to find something to do. Students can go on a spontaneous road trip with some friends -hit the freeway with the windows rolled down, and the radio blasting some of the top tunes. Check around for any good movies or concerts that are going on nearby, nothing says “spring break” like a concert. There are always good movies showing, so nobody should ever be bored on

Point Counterpoint:

Roehl: Late starts let students sleep in and mentally prepare for the day ahead. Horn: Some students will get up just as early on late starts and get ready for the day by doing their hair or spending extra time getting ready, so it defeats the purpose of a late start. Roehl: Only some of the students do this, most of them actually put the late starts to good use. Even the students who get up to do their hair and other things probably still get up later than usual. Horn: Early releases let students leave school before the regular time, giving them more time to actually do things during the day. If people want, they can always sleep then. Roehl: Students still have some time to do things in the morning. They can go out to breakfast with their friends or catch up on homework that they did not finish the night before. Horn: Students would be more driven to finish their homework knowing that they get out of school early, and can enjoy their time off.

their passes at all times. Only 12 were caught out of all 53 students. Even though the assignment only lasted a couple of weeks, the students still were able to experience the apartheid period that happened in South Africa. “The time period was a terrible situation, and we hoped we could, in a very slight way, give the students an idea of how unpleasant it was to carry that pass 24/7,” Knoke said. “By the students carrying the passes, I believe they were able to

ial networking websites like Facebook and Myspace. New Era hopes to start working on an official YouTube account to post videos of their performances for the public to view. Rodriguez is contemplating starting up a side project of his own. “I’ve been asked to teach dance many times. I’m thinking about starting a side choreography class, for mostly surprise dances for birthdays,” Rodriguez said. Although the crew feels like they have gotten some recognition in town from previous talent shows, they would always like

Carrying my pass was not all that great because we got points deducted for not having it, but it was a fun experience, Vang said.

get the message.” Students carrying passes has come to an end for now, but Knoke plans to do the activity again in the future.

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Wandering Writer: If you were stranded on an island, who or what would you want to be stranded with? Photo: Senior Omar Barrera busts a move while dancing at the Night Storm Party in Oshkosh, WI. Omar enjoys expressing himself through dancing, and loves the adrenaline rush he gets from entertaining a big crowd. By Caitlyn Schubert

Photo: J. Krueger spring break! Having school for a long time can be exhausting, and many teenagers would likely prefer to sleep. One can never get too much sleep! Students can just spend time with the family and go on vacation somewhere warm. Spring break does not feel like spring break without visiting the beach at least once, and seeing one’s family is always fun. The most popular thing to do is to hangout with friends. Friends are always up for anything. Groups of friends could hang out everyday and still find something new to do. With all these ideas nobody should be bored for this upcoming spring break. No matter what a person’s interests are there is always something that is going on.

Late Start versus Early Release

By Jenna Horn and Megan Roehl


Roehl: It was proven in a study that starting school later, around nine in the morning, helps students get better grades because their brains are more focused at the time of day. Horn: Late starts and early releases only happen about once a month, so grades should not be affected by shorter class times. Roehl: With late starts the first three classes of the day are shorter making the morning seem to go faster. Horn: Early releases make all five classes shorter which makes the whole day, not just the morning, seem to go by faster. Roehl: With early releases, all after school activities would not happen, or they would be right after the early releases. The athletes’ day would end at the normal time school would let out anyway. Horn: Not all students are in after-school activities, so the time consumption of practices and meetings only affects some people. To those, practices or meetings are a regular part of their day, and they would still have time to do things before or after practices and meetings.

“I’d be stranded with a boat that works so I could go back home. I’d probably pick Paul Walker and hang out with him for the rest of the day,” freshman Rafael Pizano said.

“Cheese curds and my fourwheeler,” sophomore Grant Boese said.

I’d want to be stranded with a laptop with internet access,” junior Stepheni Zuehlke said.

“Brad Pitt and Trey Songz, maybe a guitar,” senior Jordan Buehring said.

Photos and text by Caitlyn Schubert By Megan Roehl

Editorial: What does it mean to be a true fan? It is the day before Super Bowl weekend. The student body is dressed for success in their Packer attire, except for the select few “rebels.” If people want to be accepted in this great state, there are just a few recommendations: eat cheese, tailgate and love the Green Bay Packers. There are a lot of “attention seekers” who try and break these unwritten rules. The halls of Berlin High School were filled with the colors of green and gold. One could not help but notice, however, the students who either wore nothing related to the biggest sporting event of the year, or wore the colors of the enemy, black and yellow. Most of these “fans” are not true fans at all. They simply wear enemy colors to draw attention to themselves or make a scene. It is safe to say that if the Packers played the New York Jets in the Super Bowl, these same students would have been wearing green and white on that very Friday. Sports fans in this great state need to be faithful to Wisconsin sports. Whether a team goes undefeated or does not win a game, fans need to support them the entire way. With all of the hard work and effort athletes put in, they deserve support throughout every season. Regardless of what sport it is, fans need to know that it is not acceptable to change their favorite team. A favorite team should be

“I dance because it gives me a way to express and interpret myself in music, and to show the world what I’m about,” New Era dance crew member Johny Rodriguez said. New Era is a local dance crew that was first created in early 2008 by original members Christian Barrera, Omar Barrera, Arturo Quintero and Johny Rodriguez. The crew currently consists of members Omar Barrera, Alex Belmontes, Frank Medrano, Jorge Picazo, Cody Resop and Johny Rodriguez. New Era incorporates a variety of different dance styles in their routines, which they come up with regularly. They usually create routines to the latest upbeat hip-hop and dance songs. “We break dance with stunts, choreography, tutting, hip-hop and mixed routines. Also, some

New Era in town Latin stuff to spice it up,” Omar Barrera said. Behind every artist there is some kind of inspiration. As for Barrera, he looks up to performers such as Usher, Michael Jackson, Chris Brown, Super Crew, Jabbawockeez and Quest Crew. Rodriguez said Dtrix from Quest Crew is inspiring, or just Quest Crew alone. The crew puts a lot of time and effort into practicing. Three days a week they practice for two to three hours at a time. “In the winter, we practice in my basement or at the Boys and Girls Club. When it is warm we practice at Riverside Park,” Ro-

driguez said. New Era performs at many different events like school talent shows, surprise dances for sweet sixteens, quinceaneras (Latin celebrations in which a 15-year-old girl becomes a woman) and benefits for fundraisers. Some of their events take place out of town, such as their performance for a quinceanera in Menasha on Feb. 20. The crew is always looking for performance opportunities, and they are willing to do it for free. Right now, New Era is working on choreography that leads into group stunts. They are also thinking about trying out for “Fox Valley Idol,” which is a competition among talented dancers, singers and performers. Numerous videos of the crew’s previous performances can be found scattered throughout soc-

more. Both Barrera and Rodriguez agree that the dance community in Berlin is not very big, which does not help their chances of getting recognized in the community. They are the only known dance crew in town, yet they feel they do not get much credit for all of their efforts. “The biggest goal for myself and the crew would probably be to be noticed and get somewhere with our dancing, whether it’s individually or as a whole. Also, to show people that we are not just a bunch of street dancers, we are actually passionate and dedicated to dancing,” Barrera said.

Who’s that Student? Photography captivates junior Vincent Owens By Jon Krueger Many students enjoy photography, but for junior Vincent Owens it is something greater. Owens is known for always carrying his camera with him. “I keep my camera with me all the time because I never know when there is something funny to capture,” Owens said. Owens uploads his pictures and videos online to sites like Facebook® and Youtube®. He enjoys every minute of it. He also does school video projects using his Sony HD Bloggie©. This is a camera that takes both photos and videos in great quality. It is also very easy to upload them. “I usually ask people if I can take pictures or videos of them, but I also do requests,” Owens said. “Photo op” is a commonly heard phrase in the halls. This is when Owens takes random pictures with friends and fellow students who are not expecting it. This usually star-

Photo: V. Owens Posing in a self-portrait is Vincent Owens. Owens takes pride in his work and uploads it online for everyone to see. tles them, to say the least. Owens has a big passion for photography and cinematography. He is renowned for pulling out his camera for a photo during class. He has an album full of daily pictures from math teacher Shawn Manata’s class on Facebook®. “I would love to do something with technology after high school,” Owens said. “Something like being a director or editor would be cool. I just like it all.”

Spanish class shows some love by making Valentines for special education students By Ashley Gravunder

one that has been loved since childhood. It should not change depending on how good or bad that team is doing that season. Seeing people change their favorite team happens all of the time. Fans feel a need to love a good team because then they are not embarrassed for cheering for a bad team. Examples of this can be seen with the Milwaukee Brewers baseball team. A few years ago, the Brewers were not a good team. If someone felt like going to one of their 80 plus home games theywould have no problem getting good seats. Now that the brewers have gotten a few good players, the game has become more exciting and better overall. The Brewers can now almost fill their stadium to capacity on any given Friday or Saturday night. With the team doing better their fans enjoy the game more. This cycle will always exist until fans have

real passion for a team. On the flip-side, the only thing worse than changing a favorite team is having one and not knowing or caring about the sport. People cannot call themselves a “Packer Fan” if they do not watch the Packers. It is just that simple. When someone calls himself a fan for a specific team, it would help to actually know about the sport and that team. Just because someone lives in Wisconsin does not mean he can call himself a Brewers fan. If the term foul ball and Ryan Braun do not ring a bell, sorry, but he is not a Brewers Fan. Sporting events in our modern world are all around us. People take pride in their athletic ability and enjoy watching others compete with their talent. The line between true fan and fair weather fan is a mile wide. People need to pick a favorite team and support them 100 percent, no matter how well or how poorly they play.

Jody Ziemann’s Spanish III class made Valentine cards on Feb. 10 and 11 for each of special education teacher Michelle Gregor’s students. They gave the Valentines to Heather Featherston, Isaiah Gonzales, Enrique Galindo, Sean Golding and Wyatt Kutchenriter on Valentine’s Day. The Valentines consisted of a heart-covered box. Inside the box were Polvorone (Mexican wedding cookies), Hershey kisses and a Valentine’s Day card. Ziemann explains why they

made Valentines for the students. “We made piñatas with these students before Christmas. We went to their classroom during the last week before break, broke the piñatas and had snacks with the students. We thought it would be a nice time to share with them again,” Ziemann said. Spanish III student Amaya Bruce-Allington gives another reason they made Valentines. “We thought it would be a fun and nice thing to do,” Bruce-Allington said. Gregor says that giving is a good thing to do because of the result.

Photo Submitted Spanish III students Erin Grenier and Amaya Bruce-Allington watch one of Gregor’s students, Wyatt Kutchenriter, open a Valentine. “The best part of doing someGregor’s students were happy thing for someone is the connetion and excited to receive Valentines you make with the person,” Gregor because they have not had this said. chance before.

“The students were very suprised and thrilled to get ‘specialValentines’,” Gregor said. Bruce-Allington said that giving Valentines to the students made her feel nice because of the reaction of the students. “It made me feel good because they appreciated them,” BruceAllington said. Ziemann’s class has made Valentines before; however, this time they were not for them. Ziemann plans to make Valentines in the future for Gregor’s students. “We will absolutely do this in the future,” Ziemann said.

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The first dollar bill was printed in 1862.

Along the rim of the picture is a line with tiny printing that can only be read using a magnifying glass. It says “United States of America.”

At the top of the Treasury Seal, there are scales. They stand for a balanced budget. In the center is a carpenter’s square, a tool used for an “even cut.” At the bottom is the “key” to the United States Treasury.

This is the Federal Reserve Seal with a letter inside. The letter tells what Federal Reserve Bank printed the bill. The letter “B” indicates that the bill came from New York City. On the bottom lefthand side of the bill is the signature of the Treasurer of the United States, who oversees the U.S. Mint and Bureau of Engraving and Printing.

The Treasury Seal changed its original design of Latin words to English words in 1969. Now, the Department of the Treasury and the year 1789 appear around the outside of the circle. The “paper” is made of a cotton and linen blend with red and blue silk fibers running through it.

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Where Does Our By the numbers -Fiscal year ends on June 30, 2011. -Over the next two years, the State of Wisconsin faces a biennial budget deficit of $3.6 billion. -Increases in base pay rate cannot exceed the Consumer Price Index (CPI).

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Taking over television screens all over the state is the latest controversy of Governor Scott Walker’s Budget Repair Bill. “Our state faces some very serious and undeniable financial challenges. Over the next two years, the state of Wisconsin faces a biennial budget deficit of 3.6 billion dollars,” Walker said in an email to state employees. Walker’s Budget Repair Bill focuses on bringing government employee benefits closer to the private employee benefits. The bill states that all Wisconsin public workers will have to contribute 50 percent of their monthly pension (retirement fund) contributions. In the past, the school district itself contributed the most money toward the school district employees’ pensions. With the Budget Repair Bill, things will change. This also means that an estimated 5.8 percent will come out of public employees’ salary for 2011, including teachers in the Berlin school district. “Undoing something like this that has been negotiated for quite a few years will be a big change. This new plan will have most employees making $300 to $400 less in their salaries,” English teacher Margaret Guertler said. Walker will also limit collective bargaining to the base pay rate. Collective bargaining is where the employees can negotiate with their

employers on what their wage will be, as well as on other aspects of their work day. Collective bargaining is considered a way of solving problems. Walker’s bill said that the total increases in base pay rate cannot exceed the Consumer Price Index (CPI) unless approved by a referendum. Basically, if Walker says that employees have to pay more toward their pension, employees cannot raise their base pay to compensate for the money they are paying toward their pension. “Teachers know that financial times are tough. We will do our part, but not to the point we lose our ability to bargain,” Guertler said. Teachers being paid for performance is also another issue. “The idea is to see how much value the teachers have added to a student’s learning,” Guertler said. “The question is, does this only matter in the main subjects like math, English, science, social studies or extra things too? And how will they judge their performance?” According to Scott Walker these changes will result in the savings of approximately $30 million in the remaining few months of the current financial year, ending on June 30, 2011. Over the next couple months, Walker’s Budget Repair Bill is intended to help the state cope with part of the biennial budget deficit of $3.6 billion the state will face over the next two years.

-Currently the number of public employees in Green Lake County is 1,040. -If all public workers took an 8% cut in take-home pay: -The average annual pay cut would be $2,389.

-The total loss would be $2,484,724 in Green Lake County.

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By Amaerani Torres As young adults, people are able to make decisions about school, friends and money. Money can buy everything from food to clothes, and it can pay bills. Students are most likely to spend their money on clothes, food, going out, gas and phone bills. “I probably spend all my money on clothes and food,” junior Sadie Henkel said. Like many students, Henkel has

a summer job and borrows money from her parents during the school year. Henkel always puts half of her paycheck in the bank. Junior Hunter Gaastra does little miscellaneous jobs to earn money. “All my money goes to gasoline and cars,” Gaastra said. It is important that students make good decisions when managing money for their future. “I think students should spend wisely and save most of their money for college,” Henkel said.

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Budget planning started for next school year By Ashley Gravunder Every year the teachers have to budget what products they are going to buy for the next school year. There is an important reason the teachers plan their budget at this time of year. Science teacher Dave Reich explains that they plan their budget at this time of year because it gives enough time for filling out orders, ordering and shipping to all happen by summer. District Bookkeeper Becky Guden gives another reason they plan their budget at this time of year. “All districts start working on next school year’s budget in January so everything can be in place by the end of the current school year,” Guden said. “By looking at the end of the year expenses, we can always go back and adjust next year’s budget then.”

Art teacher Angela Gehl said that planning a budget can be very complicated and involves a lot of work. “Taking inventory and knowing numbers, searching each company for the best prices, sorting lists of what is needed and where to order it from, typing it all into documents and adding up all the costs are what planning a budget involves,” Gehl said. Arranging a budget for school also takes a lot of time. “For my budget, it takes me around 8 to 10 hours,” Reich said. It also can be stressful to plan a budget for next year because it concerns so much. “Shopping from magazines can be tough when you have no idea what kind of quality you are getting for your money. We try to take mental notes of brands,” Gehl said. There is a maximum amount of money the teachers are allowed

Photo: A. Gravunder District Bookkeeper Becky Guden puts all the budget information together after the principals of each school in the district approve them. to spend. are the cats he uses for dissection. “There is a limit for everyone Some art supplies are also expenbecause there are only so many tax sive. “Glazes for ceramics projects dollars to support our spending,” Gehl said. can cost up to $20 a bottle dependThe cost of some products are ing on color,” Gehl said. not cheap. Reich says that the Some other things that are costly most expensive item he purchases in the art department are copper,

paint brushes and pottery wheels. There are some basic supplies that teachers have to order every year because they are used frequently. “The first thing I get on the budget every year are dissection materials; that has to be done every year,” Reich said. Gehl has to order art supplies like paper, pencils, colored pencils, paint, clay, glazes and sponges every year as well. There are also some supplies that they order every few years. All the teachers have to have their budgets done today. Guden says it is so they have time to go over everything to make sure there are no errors. “It gives us time to check them all over, go back to the teacher with any questions, enter them into the computer, and take a look at the whole district budget,” Guden said. The final budget is then approved by the school board.

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Berlin School District’s Yearly Spending $1,017,362 Supplies

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$481,933 Maintenance

$678,202 Transportation $174,522 $3,755,395 Sports Other Funds

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Stimulus money gone, budget cuts for high school probable By Peter Schrader

Superintendent Bob Eidahl knows that obtaining the necessary money for a school year can be very hard. “The biggest concern right now is just not knowing what is going on at the state level. With the new governor trying to deal with a 3.6 billion dollar shortfall over two years, it is a huge concern,” Eidahl said. Now the new governor is talking about cutting spending in many different ways. If they make cuts, then we have to make cuts.” Eidahl and his staff cannot do anything until they know if Scott Walker’s plan passes. “Right now, we are kind of waiting to see what the governor does. We will probably know within the next week,” Eidahl said. Then we will have to start building our budget and look at staffing and scheduling in the building. Then, we will see what the cost increases for next year

will be.” There are many challenges that will come with this year’s budget. The last few budgets have been difficult, but this one is particularly tricky. “This year’s budget is more of a challenge because the last couple of years, despite tough economic times, there was stimulus money from the federal government to help cover the budget. Even though it was tighter, it was not too bad because the stimulus money helped,” Eidahl said. Eidahl is not too worried about the budget this year. He feels that the school will be just fine. He knows that the school will be able to make it, even if the economic times are getting harder . “I am optimistic that the economy is starting to come around, and as a result, the debt is not going to be quite as bad as anticipated. If that is the case, then the cuts we have to deal with will not have quite a big impact,” Eidahl said.

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“Parks and Recreation”

Thursday nights on NBC dominates television with “The Office,” “Community,” and “30 Rock.” It is “Parks and Recreation,” though that rises above the rest. “Parks and Recreation” is an ensemble cast with Amy Poehler leading the charge as the Parks and Recreations director. The show also includes stellar performances from Rashida Jones, Aziz Ansari and Rob Lowe. The best part of “Parks and Recreation” is the relationship between the gullible shoe shiner/musician, Andy, and the apathetic intern, April. Watching Andy write a song for April’s birthday and naming it after a month that is not April sums up the funny, heartwarming moments that make this show great.

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A recent poll asked who the most reliable news anchor is, toping the list above Katie Couric, Brian Williams and Diane Sawyer was Comedy Central’s golden boy Jon Stewart. “The Daily Show” takes a bipartisan approach to making fun of the ridiculous nature of news in the twenty first Century. “The Daily Show” is considered a fake news show, but when comparing it to actual news shows, it is easy to see that “The Daily Show” can be considered real news. The most poignant example of this was after the 9/11 responders bill was killed by congress. Jon Stewart dedicated an entire episode to the bill and was able to convince congress to have it signed into law.



Foul language, substantial drug use and sex, lots of sex.Those are just a few of the subjects that are covered on the highly controversial new MTV show “Skins.” “Skins” is a remake of a ground-breaking British show of the same name. Many adults are angry about “Skins” because it shows teenagers doing very bad things such as having sex with multible partners and taking illegal drugs. Adults fail to realize, though, that “Skins” is not that far from what teenagers really do, which is get into trouble. “Skins” is not just a show about kids doing bad things. Throughout the show the viewer realizes that each teenager depicted is hurting in some way, and is in need of help.

Watching Youtube videos of people injuring themselves never felt so good. “Tosh.0” gives the viewer that guilty pleasure of laughning at stupid videos, while, at the same time watching host Daniel Tosh deliver jokes at a fast- aslightning pace. My favorite part of “Tosh.0” is when he has the person in a video come with him to do a “web redemption,” which usually consists of Tosh mocking his online celebrity’s rise to internet fame. With all the hilarity of Tosh.0, the show, at times, can feel very mean- spirited, especially when someone is seriously injured in Youtube video. Overall, “Tosh.0” is a great show to watch alone at 3 a.m

If “South Park” and “Cheers” had a baby, it would be “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.” No subject is off-limits for “Its Always Sunny in Philadelphia”. They have covered everything from cannibalism to cancer. One of the most memorable episodes was when Charlie and Dennis decide to start a glam rock band in which they end up recording one of the most epic rock anthems ever produced called “Dayman.” Having a glam rock song about a superhero named Dayman, who fights crime and is the master of karate and friendship, takes “Its Always Sunny in Philadelphia” from being a good show to being one of the best television shows ever produced.

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‘The Hunger Games’ first book in series, filled with romance and suspense

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• To Switchfoot, an American rock band that is involved in many humanitarian causes. • To Selena Gomez, who raises awareness and money for victims of the Haiti earthquake. • To Rachel Ray, who is hosting the Great American Bake Sale for hungry children. • To Beyoncé Knowles, who donated her entire salary from the movie “Cadillac Records” to drug treatment centers across the United States. Created by Pete Schrader

• To Brett Favre for allegedly sexting New York Jets sideline reporter Jenn Sterger. • To Charlie Sheen, who is currently in rehab after spending $500,000 on prostitutes and drugs over the last six months. • To Kim Kardashian for posing naked for Playboy and “W.” • To Katy Perry for wearing a more than revealing outfit on “Sesame Street.” • To Miley Cyrus for smoking salvia and letting the general public see her do it.

There are three books in “The Hunger Games” series written by Suzanne Collins: “The Hunger Games,” “Catching Fire” and “Mocking Jay.” “The Hunger Games” is about a nation called Panem, located in North America. The country is divided into twelve districts surrounding a Capital, which controls them. The Capital is cruel and unforgiving. When the districts tried to rebel, the Capital defeated them. Ever since then, there has been the Hunger Games to remind the districts who is boss and to keep the peace. Every year as punishment, each district has to send one girl and one boy between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the Hunger Games. At age 12, all the names go into the drawing once. The next year all the names go in twice, and so on until the age of 18, which is the last year. The Hunger Games is a fight to

the death and whoever is the last person standing, wins. The winner receives a life of ease. The best part of this book is the characters’ different personalities. The main character is Katniss Everdeen. She a 16 year old girl from district 12, who never thought her sister, Prim, would get picked to go to the Hunger Games. When she does, Katniss volunteers to go in Prim’s place when her sister’s name is drawn. Katniss has lived through many horrors before, so she knows how to survive. The longer she lives, the more likely she will win, but the more she is targeted. The games are held in the Capital and are on live TV. All 24 teenagers are put into an outdoor arena with food and supplies provided. They have to fight for everything they need, and they have to watch their back at all times. To make matters worse, the Capital hires Gamemakers. Their job is to make the Hunger Games interesting. They control everything in the arena from what the weather is to where the water is.

Another reason I recommend this book is how it explains the differences between the districts. For example, district 12 is the coal mining district, and district 11 is the agriculture district. I also like the different twists it has. I never knew what was going to happen next. For example Suzanne Collins reveals a different rule for the Hunger Games. This rule changes how many people can win, but there is also a catch. Romance is also a key part in this book. When Peeta Mellark, the boy tribute from district 12, expresses his love for Katniss before the Hunger Games start, she thinks it is just an act to win the crowd. At first she plays along, but it gets harder to pretend. From facing a nest of tracker jackers to facing starvation, dehydration, and betrayal, only the strongest and the smartest can survive the Hunger Games. Rating out of five:

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By Jon Krueger “Charlie Bit My Finger” is one of the most viewed YouTube videos of all time. The video features two children under the age of three who have British accents. The children are brothers who become enemies. The younger brother, Charlie, picks up his brother’s hand and chomps down with his teeth. Charlie’s brother stays cool and laughs a little as he says, “Charlie bit me.” The brother then decides it would be a good idea to stick his fingers in Charlie’s mouth. As people may have guessed, Charlie closed his mouth onto his brother’s fingers and held down. The brother screamed in pain until Charlie opened up. Screams of “Charlie that really hurt!” could be heard from miles around. The video ends with an evil laugh from Charlie. Charlie bit my finger is an instant classic. For most viewers a replay is necessary and probably another one. The reason this video is so amusing is the simple fact that people love infant British babies. Just the thought of them brings joy to the masses.

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Leggings: Fashion or faux pas By Hailey Prachel

Walking down the hallway and seeing people wearing spandex is not attractive. Pants were invented for a reason, so use them! There are many good and bad things about leggings, but people need to know that there is a fine line between them. Leggings are fine when wearing a long shirt to cover ones derrière, but when they do not, that is a totally different story. One good thing about leggings is that they are comfortable. They look good when wearing a long shirt, dress or skirt, but not when wearing a short sweatshirt or just a regular t-shirt. Also, another good thing is that they are so easy to match. They come in various colors and patterns to meet one’s needs and to help accessorize a style. When someone is feeling lazy and does not want to do the wash, that is where leggings come in. Not only are leggings versatile, they are comfortable and can be a stylish last resort. Despite the postive aspects of leggings, there are also some very bad things. One size does not fit all. Too tight leggings tend to give the wearer’s legs a sausage effect -- no matter how thin they are. Leggings are tight in the first place, so do not try to make them even tighter. Spandex will not last forever. Investing in pants that are more durable might be a better idea. Leggings tear really easily and fade quickly. Why not just stick

photo: The Best Jennifer Hudson‘s flowy navy blue Versace dress stole the award for “best dressed” on the red carpet this year. Unlike some of the other dresses at the Grammys, such as those worn by Rihanna and Jennifer Lopez, this dress was not overly revealing. The detail in the bodice of the dress is simple, but the colors and sparkles against the navy blue really pop and compliment her eyes. Her eyes were not her only feature that her dress complimented. She also showed off her new hot bod!

photo: The Worst The worst of the red carpet at the 2011 Grammys was Esperanza Spalding’s dress. First of all, it does not even look like a dress. It looks like she got in a fight with a head of lettuce, and the lettuce swallowed her whole. To make matters worse, this dress does not even look like fresh, crisp lettuce, but rather wilty, dead lettuce. Not to mention, she paired this bile green dress with hideous baby pink heels. Sorry Esperanza, but your vegetarian attempt to top Lady Gaga’s meat dress was nothing more than an epic fail.

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Photo: H. Prachel Sophomore Shayla Ferrel demonstrates the right way to wear leggings, paired with a long shirt. with jeans? When wearing jeans, the type of shoe does not matter because no one really sees them. When wearing leggings, one’s shoes are very noticable. It is rare to see someone wearing leggings and tennis shoes. No one should attempt this, ever. It just does not look good. Finally, overusing leggings is


a definite no. A style needs variety. When wearing leggings, that variety is eliminated by all of the restrictions leggings have. When someone wears leggings every single day, it just gets old. If worn correctly, leggings are one of the hottest fashions of the year. Worn incorrectly, they are a horrendous faux pas.

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Girls basketball heads toward playoffs

By Megan Roehl

With the regular season coming to an end, the girls basketball team has high hopes. Head Coach Joel Johansen hopes play continues deep into the post season. “The post season is final. Every game has to be played as if it is your last. For the seniors on the team that is very evident, but it is important to our sophomores and juniors too because a loss signifies the end of the season,” Johansen said. “We

have a team that does not want the season to end.” Sophomore Callie Walker, who is number one in rebounding and number two in scoring for the Eastern Valley Conference, is one of the members who is looked upon as a leader. “I know we have the ability to go far in the post season. We have great talent on our team and the team’s chemistry works for us,” Walker said. The young team, with only one

senior playing, hopes to make a big impact in the post season. Sophomore Laura Trochinski, who is number three in the conference for rebounding, has high expectations for the post season. “We are aiming high because we know we can beat the teams that we are going up against,” Trochinski said. To get as far as possible in post season, the team still has some areas they can improve. “Our biggest need right now is

to improve our outside game. We need our outside shooters to really concentrate now and hit those shots down the stretch,” Johansen said. Even though the team wishes their record were better, they are still making memories from the season. “I love this season. It is going by super fast and once it is done I am really going to miss it,” Trochinski said. The girls’ next game is tonight in Clintonville.

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High scorer, sophomore Toby Hegner, defends against Waupaca.

Boys basketball shoots for next year By Jenna Horn Berlin boys basketball has had a rough 2010-2011 season. The team did not reach their goal of a .500 average they hoped to achieve throughout the season. Even though the overall season was tough, the end of the season brought the team a three game winning streak beating Westfield, Adams-Friendship and Fox Valley Lutheran. Yet, the team is looking forward to a change for the better

in the upcoming basketball seasons. Sophomore Toby Hegner, a high scorer for the Berlin Indians, and leader in all-around stats, believes that the upcoming season will increase their chances of winning. “The sophomore class now has a lot of talent to offer next season. The junior class is also filled with good players, but the season will end up how it does,” Hegner said. Losing the senior players means losing height to the Indian team.

The upcoming team will not have as much of the needed height, but will still be prepared to play. Open gym will help the team individually with skills as they progress toward next season. “During the summer there will be tournaments that will help us develop as individuals, but mainly as a team,” Hegner said. Next season’s team will have most of this year’s starting five, and other returning players. Also bringing up more talent from this

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By Peter Schrader March Madness is a basketball tournament for Men’s NCAA. The tournament spans almost a month and 12 cities from California to Florida to Washington, D.C. Most people love March Madness, including history teacher Andrew Kasuboski. “You have to love the Madness. I have watched the tournament ever since I can remember. I really enjoy the upsets and the early round excitement,” Kasuboski said. Physical Education teacher Joe Stellmacher likes the tournament too. He loves watching the underdog teams beat the big name teams. “This year, I think that Syracuse will fall short of expectations, they are way too inconsistent. I believe that Wisconsin will be the underdogs, and they will make it to the Elite 8,” Stellmacher said. Both teachers think that Kansas, Ohio State and Pittsburgh will make it to the Final Four. They do have different perspectives on the final spot in the Final Four, however. “I think that Duke will be champions again this year. They have size, depth, a great player in Kyle Singler and great guard play from Nolan Smith,” Stellmacher said. Kasuboski thinks that Pittsburgh will end up winning the title and Villanova will take the final spot. “I think that Villanova will be in the Final Four. Duke cannot duplicate last year’s run. They will go down early,” Kasuboski said. They also have different thoughts about why these four teams are in the Final Four. “I think that they will be in the Final Four because they play in great conferences and they will be battle-tested come March,” Stellmacher said. Kasuboski, on the other hand, thinks that Pittsburgh, Kansas, Ohio State and Villanova will make the Final Four because of their stellar defenses.

Season ends with improvement dancers rebuild entire team By Hailey Prachel

*A three-hour performance is equivalent to running 18 miles. *Professional dancers wear out 2-3 pairs of toe shoes per week. *One tutu takes 6090 hours of labor and over 100 yards of tulle.

year’s Junior Varsity team, the 2011-2012 Varsity team will set goals and prepare for the season ahead of them. “This season did not go how we wanted it, but next season we will do better as a team and hopefully go far,” junior Taylor Trampf said. Even though this season did not go as planned, Hegner hopes that the team will strive towards victory in the next couple seasons, make a change and show what Berlin has to offer.

March Madness: No amount of Madness too much

Photo Submited After one of their competions, the dance team gathers for a picture.

The dance team added a new coach, new captain and new dancers to a growing team. Dancer Amanda McClelland is captain of the team. McClelland has been in dance for 13 years, and she has studied a variety of the different types of dance. The dance team competed in two competitions with other schools around Wisconsin. Although they placed last in conference, it helped them gain valuable competition experience. “Performing in front of the school helps because we want to

show them how much we have worked, and how far we have come from the beginning,” McClelland said. In McClelland’s eyes, she is proud of her improving team. Since tryouts in October, the team has improved immensely. “I want to work on making things harder for the girls and really let them grow into dance,” McClelland said. The dance team performs at several basketball games. Their overall season has been very successful, and they cannot wait to improve over the next few years. Next year’s try-outs will be in May.


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