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Warrior Post




17 May 2012

Rage, Ruin, Revival.

Sophomore Zach Cantrell helps with tornado cleanup.

Martin works together to rebuild the community Connor Gillaspia • Editor-in-Chief


pril 3, North Texas was literally blown away. Twelve tornadoes hit the ground in Arlington alone, each setting their own paths, regardless of what tried to stand in their way.


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As fourth period began, teaching was interrupted when principal Marlene Roddy announced for students to move from their classrooms to designated safe areas. “I already knew we were going to have to go into duck and cover before Mrs. Roddy announced it because the administrators monitor the weather,” assistant principal Luann Kennedy said. While students headed for cover, the storms drew closer. “I was at lunch with some friends when the storms started,” senior Connor Trussell said. “We went outside to watch and see what was going on, but it got too close. That’s when we ran. I drove back to Martin because my house was too far away.” Trussell, along with other juniors and seniors, were returning from lunch to the school. The storms were not far behind. “I was headed to the weight room when I turned to the right and saw the tornado across the street,” Trussell said. “I have never experienced something so close.” With the storm progressing, the administrators were receiving information from the police. There was only so much the administrators could do. All they could do now was wait for information. It was no longer in their hands. “The police took over eventually,” Kennedy said. “We have to take directions from emergency personnel, because they have the most up-to-date information.” Faculty and staff tried to keep students

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calm as the storms hurled by. After they had passed, everyone was released shortly after 3 p.m.


Roofs taken apart, cars dented by hail, and fences and signs torn from the ground surrounded Martin, presenting the devastation, something not usually locally seen. “After 15 years of being untouched, my house was hit,” freshman Jarred Osterman said. “It’s something you see on the news all the time, but you never expect it to happen to your house. Nothing can really prepare you for that.” Osterman arrived home from school to see his house close to ruins. “I had a shed in my backyard and it’s gone now,” Osterman said. “All the windows broke, so there was a lot of water damage. A tree fell into my mom’s room. The house is unlivable.” The thing that bothered him most about his house being damaged was the way people exploited his family’s misfortune. “It annoyed me how someone could take pictures of my home,” Osterman said. “There were many pictures of my home on Facebook. It’s okay if my family does it, but not complete strangers.” He keeps a positive attitude as he waits for his home to be repaired. “My family is living in a fully furnished apartment,” Osterman said. “We will hopefully be back in our house in six months. We’re just thankful that it wasn’t any worse.”


From the day the sirens blared, to the witnessing of the destruction they left behind, all that was left to do was put back

together what was broken. Only a few hours following the storms, the football team decided to take action. “We met at Martin at 5 p.m.,” Trussell said. “Fences and trees were laid out everywhere. Houses were just covered by them. We worked on clearing them out. It felt good to be a part of it. People need our help, and it’s our community. It’s the right thing to do.” The football team was not alone. “I know it’s a long process,” Leadership teacher Carolyn Powers said, “but we want to help as many people as we can.” After seeing the effects the storms left locally, Powers assembled her students to help clear houses of damage. Furthermore, she had reached out to anyone willing to help, and Martin responded. “We put the challenge out to all of the clubs to do something,” Powers said. “Key Club, Choir, AVID and other clubs have all either donated money or helped out in some way. Even local churches and organizations have also taken part in the cause.” And, still, that was not all. Schools from all over the state chimed in. Locally and statewide, thousands of dollars were donated to people dealing with damages through cash and gift cards for places like Wal-Mart, Target and gas stations. People did whatever they could to be of aid, whether it be for a stranger or for a friend. “Everyone has been extremely nice,” Osterman said. “It is amazing how many people we don’t know that have helped clean up and have brought us food.” There is still plenty of work to be done, and people continue to do their part. “The world gripes about teenagers,” Powers said. “But to see kids do this gives me hope for the future.”

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have missed tJunior Madison Coyle

interacts with a student at the ASL carnival held May 3 at Miller Elementary. At the carnival ASL students were able to play with the students at Miller who have hearing disabilities. Photo by Emma Cuppett Students qualify for Nationalsu in the National History Day competition after competing at the State level in Austin. They were awarded first and second place and are the first students from Martin to achieve this honor. Photo courtesy of Juliann Warner

tOn May 1,

students at the VIP (Very Improved Performance) Breakfast are awarded by teachers for their improvements throughout the year. At the breakfast, the students were recogonized and applauded by family, friends, teachers and district officials for their perservence and success. Photo by Chandler Harrell


Senior Gena Weeks engages with elementary school students attending the Gollywhopper Games held Apr. 20. This event, a math carnival for feeder elementary schools, is a part of Global Youth Service Day. Key Club organized the games, but students from organizations like Geo Club and NHS volunteered as well. Photo by Emma Cuppett q

pA passing of the torch between members of the community and student leaders of Martin is completed at the Black History Month program. The program took place April 4 and included performances by the Just Praise Dancers, the Chamber Choir, the Step Team, a poem by Durmerrick Ross and guest speaker Rev. Kyev Tatum. Photo by Karsen Cinquepalmi



Through the years... Martin becomes a FRESHMAN YEAR Recognized campus

Homecoming is Dr. Seuss themed Homecoming

Outdoor Adventure class begins

TIMELINE Class of 2012 enters Martin High School

Martin’s fine arts department wins a Grammy

The Psychology Club is started

Resonating reunion Rachel Hodnett • Staffer

The auditorium rang with voices from the past as the Martin choir program held a 30th reunion concert. Alumni from previous years came from around the country to join in celebrating Martin’s 30th year. When returning to Martin, on the morning of April 6, the alumni rehearsed their music with the current choir director, Kay Owens, and Martin Choir’s previous director, Randy Jordan. They learned four songs to sing with the other alumni, and then prepared one piece to sing with the current Chorale students. “When they sang the first song at rehearsal, everything seemed to click,” Owens said. “We were all in tears by Coming together, the choir alumni prepares to sing. The Reunion Concert the end of the song.” After spending the first 30 minutes was the first of its kind bringing together 30 years of Martin Choir Members. of the rehearsal catching up with each Photo provided by Martin Choir. other, the alumni spent the rest of the part,” Owens said. “We created a Face“I would love to have another morning learning and reviewing four oth- book group, and that was the best way for reunion concert,” Owens said. “Maybe er pieces of music. us to spread information, besides word-of- every five or ten years, and maybe in line “The alumni sounded incredible togeth- mouth.” with our own Homecoming.” er,” junior Zack Paslay said. “And the song The concert began with the current ChoWhile these plans are still far in advance, selection was beautiful.” rale choir members singing their UIL con- some current students said they are alA total of 137 alumni came from as far test music, followed by the alumni choir ready looking forward to when they will as California, Boston and New York to singing four songs, and then closed with have the opportunity to be a part of this perform in the concert on Easter week- a collaborative song between the current concert, again. end. While coming together to celebrate students and the alumni, singing “The “I would definitely be a part of an alumMartin’s 30th anniversary, there were Lord Bless You and Keep You.” Although ni choir, in the future,” Paslay said. “Choir many obstacles in planning such a mas- the concert has just occurred, thoughts has taught me so much and it has been sive concert. about future reunion concerts have al- such a huge influence in my life that it “Getting the word out was the hardest ready begun. would be hard for me to say no.”


Over the past 30 years, Martin has experienced plenty of changes. In April, Martin Choir invited alumni from all 30 years back to Martin, to participate in the first-ever reunion concert

Senior 3 to do list Things to remember in the next two weeks

May 17-19

Musical: 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at 7:30

May 18

Physics Field Trip at Six Flags

May 21

Powder Puff Game at 6 Senior Awards Cermony Practice at 11:30

May 22

Senior Teach Day Row Leader Meeting

May 23

Take a Senior to Lunch Graduation Practice at 3:30

May 24

Old School Day Senior Awards at 7

May 25

Senior Breakfast/Senior Send-Off @ Cafeteria Pick Up: Cap & Gown, and Yearbook

June 2

Graduation at 12

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Martin alumni Blake Mycoskie founds TOMS shoes

Jerry McCullough becomes AISD’s new superindendent

The Italian exchange program begins at Martin

[] AISD bans energy drinks

The first Senior Send-off is held

Melinda Reeves becomes Martin’s principal


C o n g r a d u l a t i o n s

Happy graduation!

We did it!!

Class of 2012 -Ramon Sauceda Medina

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Martin is covered with graffiti


Got Swagger? program begins

“The Annual Cody RocaSkateFest” is born


Martin’s bleachers are set on fire

Martin’s football team plays in Cowboy’s Stadium

The marquee is installed

On a mission Photos courtesy of Trace Thompson

Finally 5 legal


Two seniors travel to Pakistan on a mission trip and return with a life changing experience

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Susie Gibson • Staffer “I thought, ‘I could really die,’” senior Trace Thompson said. Just weeks before Thompson and senior Kevin Weaver left for their mission trip this March to Pakistan through the organization Total Surrender Evangelistic Association, or TSEA, they both stumbled upon a concerning travel warning for U.S. citizens traveling to Pakistan. “The travel warning basically said that if you go to Pakistan, you’re on your own,” Thompson said. “The U.S. won’t send in people to help you out if you get captured or hurt. It said the Jihad targeted places of worship and dressed as private security, which is exactly what we were dealing with every day. That freaked me out a little bit. That was the first time I thought ‘I could really die,’ or ‘I could really get hurt.’” After a four-hour layover in Atlanta and a 12-hour layover in Dubai, they both arrived in Lahore, the second largest city in Pakistan, ready to spread the gospel. “We spent six nights doing the crusade,” Thompson said. “Three nights in Phool Nagar and three nights in Pattoki. Local pastors in the villages would speak, there were worship services, and then we would speak. There were about 8,000 to 14,000 people who would attend each night.” Although they got to speak, the people who went could not understand English, so everything they said had to be translated sentence by sentence. “You would say a sentence, pause, and then they would translate it,” Thompson said. “You had


to make what you were saying very simple and put together, because even the translators didn’t know English very well.” In Pakistan, both Weaver and Thompson underwent quite a different experience while meeting people than they would here in the states. “Among Christians, we were treated like celebrities, which was weird because we are in no way better than anyone on this earth,” Weaver said. “It was very humbling, though. Among Muslims, we were treated great, for the most part. We always got weird looks until we smiled at people, and that was how we found out if they liked us or not, when they did or didn’t smile back.” Although reaching out to the people in Pakistan seemed to be going well, not everything was smooth sailing for the pair. “We heard gunshots one night in a village,” Thompson said. “No one got hurt, thankfully, but it was slightly unsettling. Another night, the power went out at the crusade. With the amount of people who were there, it was a little scary.” What would have made them an easier target was not just the fact that they were there to spread Christianity, but the fact that they were so recognizable due to the

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blatantly obvious difference in the color of their skin. “We only saw one other white person in Pakistan the whole two weeks we were there, so we definitely stuck out,” Weaver said. “Because of that, we had to be alert at all times for anyone who had intent to harm us. It’s hard to describe danger in Pakistan, because you never know how much danger you’re really in until it’s too late. The Lord protected us and gave me peace while I was there. I can die over there from an attack, or I can die in America just driving home from work. When the Lord wants us, he’ll take us. That’s why we can praise God that once we’re in Christ, we have nothing to fear.” While overseas, they both got to experience a completely different culture then what they were used to. “Well first of all, the driving is really crazy,” Weaver said. “The way they dress is the complete opposite of the U.S., the poverty is like nothing imaginable, the personal interaction between citizens is lacking, and the culture is, overall, the opposite of America.” Coming back to the U.S. after experiencing two weeks in such a different world from the one they are so familiar with, both Thompson and Weaver said they do not feel as though they have been changed as a person, but are humbled by the things they were able to witness and experience during their time in Pakistan. “As a follower of Christ, our life should look no different on a mission trip than our everyday lives at home,” Weaver said. “We’re always on a mission, and that is mission is making the name of Jesus famous.”

Rachel’s Challenge and club begins

The most permanent thing next to dying if your parachute fails is a tattoo. Most students are sensible enough to get a tattoo after plenty of thought, but for some seniors, tattoos and piercings are first on the list of newly-discovered rights. Surely you’ve met some barely18-year-old who can’t stay out of the tattoo shop and have countless face piercings and star tats.

Lone Star Park concerts

Each summer Lone Star Park hosts country concerts that are open to all ages and are usually a great social event for Arlington high-schoolers but the park is now 18 and up. For minors it’s a huge letdown, but it’s just another exclusivity for seniors. Also, now that you’re 18 you can get into most night clubs.

Play Assassin

Technically you don’t have to be 18, or even a senior to play, but it’s one of those unspoken senior traditions. The great privilege of assassinating your fellow classmates is not one that is given to just anyone. Anyone can run amuck coloring each other, but only seniors can get away with it.


Congratulations. You are now have the ability to make an impact on the government, however small that may be. Also, you have the responsibility to be an educated voter with opinions aside from your parents’ political views.

Go to the doctor

Now when the doctor asks what hurts, you have to tell him yourself. Maybe you can get your mom to write it down for you.


Why do you have to be 18 to buy these? They’re like scratch and sniffs except you can win money and they’re a lot more exciting.

Exemption form

You can now sign these with your own signature instead of your mom’s.

Get a credit card

Two words. Free money. Oh, and one more: debt.

There is a flood at Martin

TIMELINE Martin is opened with new science rooms

Martin holds the Rachel Challenge presentation to its students

A fight during a Martin hockey game makes national news


James Martin High School 4501 W. Pleasant Ridge Dr. Arlington, TX 76016 Connor Gillaspia Editor-in-chief




Lauren Florence Online Editor-in-Chief Ashley Cunningham Lauren Peel Copy Editors Calvin Lemley Paige Patterson News Editors Sara Syed Rowan Sharp Opinions Editors Lauren Aguirre Entertainment Editor Taylor Gillum Victoria Powers Features Editors Kendra Brown Sports Editor

Hand in hand Students come together in a commendable way to aid in tornado relief On April 3, Martin students headed to school without anticipating the tornado that would ransack southwest Arlington. As students arived for fourth period they were quickly sent into our weather safety drill. Trees, branches, and rooftops would surround Martin for multiple days. As the students and staff of Martin began to grasp the damage done by this unfortunate disaster, it was not long before the school came together in an unexpected way to give back to those affected by the tornado.    Seeing natural disasters on television are always upsetting, but there is a different effect when you see students you go to school with being affected. During this tornado, students lost parts of their homes, damaged their cars, lost their pets and some even didn’t have a place to stay. Many families were in need of basic items that were lost in the disaster. Many

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cards. These signs were filled up in a matter of minutes by clubs and organizations that jumped at the opportunity to help. Over the announcements, more gift cards were requested for families to buy necessities and teachers reached out to find out which Martin families were in need.   In no time the plans were put to action and the students of Martin made a huge change. Weekends were given up to clean, money was donated in gift cards and

Seniors should be remembered for contributions, not pranks

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Tricia Regalado Adviser


The joke’s on you

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people who were caught in the line of fire requested clothes, basic hygiene items, food and water bottles.   The next day after the tornado, Martin’s Presidents Council met to brainstorm ways the school as a whole could give back to the community. Signs were plastered on the wall, asking different clubs to sign up for cleanup, food drives and to bring gift

Sara Syed • Opinions Editor As seniors prepare to leave their high school for higher education, they find a way to leave behind a last “Take that, administrators” mark on their high schools. This is known as the senior prank. It seems that year after year, senior prank ideas get more and more ridiculous. In past years, seniors have done everything from trapping the harmless sophomores in their parking lot and assaulting them with water guns, to gluing the locks on each locker so they wouldn’t unlock. Now there are a lot of routes we can take this year’s senior prank. We can stick with a classic, or we can do something so out of box that each administrators sheds a tear of joy when we walk out the door on May 31 and thinks to his or herself, “there goes the weirdest group of weirdos we’ve ever had the pleasure of educating.” But before we jump into the pot of insane ideas that seniors have been throwing around the past few days, lets address a few ideas we should probably skip. All the seniors organize another very aggressive game of Assassin including the faculty. Yes, this idea has the potential to

Martin celebrates its 30th anniversary

be hilarious, but it has more potential to go wrong. Imagine the anger and confusion that would result from students marking teachers with Sharpies. It would end in angry teachers, office referrals and depending on the aggressive level of the assassinator, possible police reports. Silly string. The likely hood of the teachers having a “Well, I’m glad the kids had fun, now let’s clean up their mess” type reaction is nonexistent. Chances are we will have about two full minutes of fun before teachers and administrators shut us down and begin a nightmarish cleaning campaign where we have to pick up the results of our bad decision. And here’s the thing about flash mobs: they sound genius in theory, but in reality they are likely to be an uncomfortable experience. Imagine walking through the halls of Martin as you begin to feel students give each other looks and horribly awkward signals and then … BAM. You and fewer people than you expected break out into a horribly choreographed dance number to some generic pop song and before you notice that no one is any longer dancing with you, you have done too much damage to your reputation. Senior pranks are too often looked upon with a negative attitude, but in reality senior pranks can be a celebration of our last four years. Senior pranks are another way for seniors to come together and leave their last mark on their high school. But as we leave behind the people we grew up with to move on to the new points in our life we have to make sure our whatever prank we pull repesents our class and brings pride to it and to our school. We could always pull some ridiculous prank, but our senior prank should be a celebration of our time spent at Martin and not degrade it.

Martin alumni group Pentatonix wins The Sing Off.

students brought in donations of food and other basic necessities. Through the efforts of Martin students and other community members, there was a sense of normalcy quickly returned to Arlington.   Though this was not an ideal situation to be in, the end result was something amazing. As cliche as it sounds, the disaster’s positive end was the sense of togetherness it brought within the Martin community. The way students came together was commendable and a perfect example of what a community should be.     Looking outside the windows today despite the few missing fences and roof shingles it is hard to imagine a few weeks ago we were called a disaster area by our mayor. This sense of togetherness should stay around. We can not only let a disaster draw us together.

Dear AISD school board members, I believe that the district’s cell phone policy should have some revisions. Our generation has developed a dependency on our phones and others electronics and with some subtle, yet reasonable changes, I think that some students would be more compliant. One idea could be that the students are allowed to use their phones or music devices during independent studies in the class with their teacher’s permission. Many people have different styles of studying and many kids in today’s society believe that working with music makes them do their schoolwork more efficiently. Something else to consider would be using cell phones during times like lunch, passing periods and before school without penalties. At times when we are not taking part in educational activities there is no reason we shouldn’t be allowed to use our phones because we have nothing to be distracted from. Students could be able to use their phones during passing periods, lunch periods and before school, and then turn off their phones during classes if their teachers don’t allow cell phone use. In conclusion, I think that the cell phone policy should be more lenient. The teachers could give us permission at certain times or during designated times of the day to use our cell phones as long as we put them away when requested and don’t abuse the privilege. If a policy to reform our cell phone rules was put into place, I believe our generation and those to come would look a little more forward to class.

Sincerely, sophomore Kaitlyn Rosenbaum Martin holds Homecoming without decorations to donate money to soldiers’ families

TIMELINE Marlene Roddy becomes the new principal

Teachers have to work for the first time with only one conference period

Warrior football goes farther in play-offs than it ever has before

Skipping a class

Accelerated juniors choose to graduate early For many students, senior year is one of the most anticipated periods during their high school career. The chance to be leaders of the school and experience the privileges of being a senior is something that almost everyone wants. But each year, there are students who decide to graduate early and begin life after high school. Whether for personal reasons or to get a head start, these juniors share why they decided to leave early.

Why did you decide to graduate early?

“I’ve never really liked high school. I figured it would be better for me to graduate early rather than blowing off senior year.” -Christa Stroud “I’ve wanted to graduate early since freshman year. I’m just ready to get out of high school.” -Hayley Kionka “I decided to graduate early because during my freshman year people spread a very cruel rumor. After I heard about it I immediately knew I was finished with high school. The next day, I worked with my counselor to fix my schedule.” -Becca Scott “I decided to graduate early because I felt that I had outgrown high school. I also decided to because you can get up to $3000 from the state for graduating in three years.” -Marian Fagbemi

What extra things did you have to do in order to graduate early?

“I have had to attend night school every

Tuesday and Thursday from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. It was hard to juggle regular school, night school, college applications, the SAT and friends my first semester, but it’s a lot easier now.” -Christa Stroud “I had to double up on classes at school and take two classes at night school, which I went to every Tuesday and Thursday.” -Hayley Kionka “I’ve had to take summer school since after my freshman year. I also took my history class at Venture during the evenings last year.” -Becca Scott “I had to take an extra science class, add government and economics to my second semester, and finish English 4 at night school.” -Marian Fagbemi

Have you decided where you’re going?

“I am doing the A&M/Blinn Team program next year and I’ll be rooming with Maddison Ballard.” -Christa Stroud “Next year I’m going to Tarrant County Community College.” -Hayley Kionka “I’m attending OU next year in the fall.” -Becca Scott “I am going to Texas A&M University at Galveston, and then transferring to college station in 2013.” -Marian Fagbemi

What are you going to major in?

“I’m doing my prerequisites for nursing school my first two years, and then I’ll hopefully be admitted to A&M’s nursing school.”

-Christa Stroud “I plan on majoring in biology and I’m going to medical school and becoming a radiologist.” -Hayley Kionka “I’m planning on double majoring in Professional Writing and Film and Media Studies. I also want to major in Broadcasting, so I’ll have to see how it works when I go up to plan my schedule.” -Becca Scott “I plan on majoring in biology.” -Marian Fagbemi

What did your friends and family say about you graduating early?

“My parents were shocked that I wanted to attempt to graduate early, but they supported me and are happy for me. My friends were also shocked. It’ll be hard not having many of them with me next year.” -Christa Stroud “My friends and family have been very supportive and they are happy for me.” -Hayley Kionka “My parents have really supported me throughout the whole process. My mom has been my biggest fan from the getgo. Some of my other family members don’t understand why I would want to give up the ‘best years of my life’ but they don’t really know the whole story.” -Becca Scott “My parents were sad because I’m the last child, but they were still very supportive. Most of my friends weren’t surprised that I was doing this because I complain a lot about being tired of school.” -Marian Fagbemi

Keeping in a check

Seniors leave to-do list for next year’s seniors Taylor Gillum • Features Editor Don’t allow senioritis to let you unwind all your efforts. It can be overwhelming to think about all you have to accomplish, so we created a check list of the most important things to do for your senior year.

Summer after Junior Year

aStart looking into colleges as soon as possible. aTake a road trip and visit a few schools you have in mind. aLook for colleges that have most of the majors you’re considering. aIf you did not get the SAT/ACT score you wished to receive, be sure to take it again early your senior year. aHave an idea of where you want to apply by Aug. 30, when you are able to start applying for colleges. aDon’t rule out any options before you apply for financial aid. aTake dual credit classes in the summer if you don’t have enough room in your schedule senior year. aGet as much college credit as you can to save some major bucks.


First Semester of Senior Year

aStart as soon as possible on filling out applications. The earlier the better. aTry not to start off your year with senioritis or let it kick in at all, for that matter. aA common misconception is that your GPA will freeze. However, only your class rank freezes at the end of the fifth six weeks. aKeep a calender full of due dates for applications, scholarships and general college information. This really does help you stay organized. aAsk teachers ahead of time for letters of recommendation, if needed. Make sure you let them know at least two weeks in advance. Having a few of these are always good for scholarships. aCheck the front office for the weekly scholarship bulletins. aPlan college visits. Use up those college days.

Martin experiences another fire scare in the science closet on Mar. 22

The nutrition room has a fire on Feb. 23

Second Semester of Senior Year

aKnow the due date of you college application and submit it before the deadline. If you are applying for more than one college, allot enough time for each application. aFill out your Free Application for Federal Student Aid as soon as possible. It opens the first day of the new year. FAFSA will determine the amount of grants and other forms of financial aid you can receive and works on a first come, first served basis. aCheck to see what scholarships the school you’re applying to offers. aDecide which college you want to attend. aSign up early for things such as freshmen orientation. aKeep a list of documents you may need such a vaccination forms and financial aid information. aDo not underestimate how quickly dorms fill up. Choose your roommate wisely.

Martin sets the record for the most sets of twins and most sets of multiples in a graduating class

Arlington is hit by multiple tornadoes on April 3

Seniors look back on first year of high school


Sara Mancha • Staffer

Freshman 7 flashback Tyler VanSkiver • Staffer

Freshman year might seem like a long time ago to seniors, but if you can look past the blur that is senior year, you might be surprised at what you can remember. Anthony Nguyen

Who was your favorite teacher and what was your favorite class? “My favorite teacher was Mrs. Hicks and my favorite class was Nutrition.” How was your transition from middle school to high school? “It was really hard because Martin is so much bigger than my middle school.” How did you feel on your first day of high school? “I was exited, nervous and scared all at the same time.” How many times did you get lost on your first couple days? “I lost count, but I think I got lost about four times.”

Hayden Haschky

What was your favorite class and who was your favorite teacher? “My favorite class freshman year was IPC and favorite teacher was Coach Schenk for IPC.” What do you remember most from your freshman year? “I remember playing football and I remember how big this school seemed.” How did you get to school during freshman year and how has that changed? “My sister drove me during freshman year and now I drive myself to school.” How much has Martin changed in the four years you’ve been here? “Martin hasn’t changed but the people inside of it have a lot.” Have you ever gotten lost in the hallways of Martin? “Surprisingly I have never been lost once during my high school years.”

Steven Walker

What do you remember most about your freshman year? “I remember all the kids in my class being crazy.” Did you ever get lost on your first couple days of high school? “Yes. Only a couple of times though.” How was your transition from middle school to high school? “It was fun, but I really think I liked middle school better.” How did you get to school your freshman year, and how do you get to school now? “I walked to school during my freshman year, but my parents didn’t want me walking anymore.”

Seniors will graduate on Saturday June 2 at the Daniel Meyer Coliseum.

Assassins begins on April 16



What makes you intriguing?

How do you think Martin has shaped you?

I like so many different things from dance and art, to wrestling and MMA. My senior year I got asked by a friend to be in wrestling and I placed in all of the tournaments.

I just moved here from Egypt and it’s my first year here. I made a lot of friends. My social life is better here. My teachers helped me find a career.

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve every done?

Fondest memory from Martin?

I ran from the police once on a motorcycle.

Lip Dub, because the school recognized me.

What is your plan after Martin? Going to Texas Tech, petroleum engineering, having fun at college and on campus, getting a degree, and getting life going.

What is your plan after Martin? I want to go to college in Chicago and study Fashion Business. At first I liked music, but then I realized clothes are everywhere.

Who has been the biggest influence in your life?

Describe yourself in 5 words.

Anshunee Madison

Fun, helpful, smart, creative, energetic.

Ibrahim Mohamed

How do you think Martin has shaped you? Freshman year I was a little Indonesian boy, but I knew the right people. Trying new things made me the person I am today. All of my friends have encouraged me to get into things like free running and long boarding.

What do you think makes you intriguing? I’m smart, I’m decently tall, most definitely handsome, I love long walks on the beach and I like to sit at the fire drinking hot chocolate while reading a fancy novel.

What is your fondest memory/favorite moment from your time at Martin? I was volunteering and there weren’t enough nametags for everyone, so I took my friend Kelcie’s name tag and changed the name on it to Kelso. I made everyone there think my name was Kelso. Mrs. Darr to this day probably still knows me as that kid named Kelso

What is your plan after Martin?

Thomas Tjahja

I’m going to UTA and I’m going to major in computer science. I want a stable career that I can get started with, then I want to do something artistic that I can express my creativity with. I don’t know what is, but I’m going to do something big.

My mom, because she’s the one who has helped me through all of my hardships and helped me in my education and in becoming a successful man.


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How do you think Martin has shaped you as a person?

What do you think makes you intriguing? I’m not a person to ever be bored or hate a situation. I’m willing to do anything. I could have fun sitting in a cardboard box with a bouncy ball.

I’ve been motivated to be a leader instead of a follower. Being involved in ROTC and having the military in my mindset has definitely motivated me.

What are your interests? Film, Yearbook, Theater and magic tricks. Also, I draw targets on the mirrors in my room and I like to shoots darts onto them with my Nerf Gun while sitting on my bean bag.

What is your favorite moment from your time at Martin? Lip Dub was amazing. High school has been kind of boring, so it stood out. I’m outspoken. I love being in front of crowds.

How do you spend your free time? I like to hang out with my friends, drive around and discover new places in Arlington, play with spray paint, and collect old video cameras. I have about 25.

What is your plan after Martin? I’m going to basic training in San Antonio for the Air Force. It’s a combination of learning a history of the Air Force and being pushed to be a better soldier. Eventually, I’ll be a lawyer in the Air Force.

What advice do you have for next year’s seniors?



Don’t wish your senior year away. Grasp all the moments you can because you only have a few of them left.

What is your plan for your time after Martin? I’m going to Syracuse University in New York, where I will be enrolled in the film program. I’m hoping to study abroad my second year of college and I plan on becoming very involved with film.



How have you changed since freshmen year? I’m more focused in every aspect of my life. The people around me can definitely see the change. Going into the Air Force has given me a chance to become someone no one thought I could be.

How has Martin shaped you as a person?

Running a production, fashion show or concert tour.

It opened up lots of opportunities to express myself with the fine arts department.

What do you think makes you intriguing?

What makes you intriguing?

I have a strong sense of individuality, fashion and I am involved in unique activities such as step and AVID.

I have a black belt in karate and can play the bagpipes. People know me for my hair, too.

What are your interests?

Probably when I got my goat last September.

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever done?

Dance, music, fashion and photography.

If you could live anywhere, where would you go?

If you could live anywhere, where would you go?

Scotland, because it’s a beautiful country and it’s so green.

I have three places I want to live. They are New York, Paris or Tokyo.

Ramon Sauceda-Medina

What is your plan after Martin? I’m attending Full Sail University in Orlando, Florida and I’m majoring in show production.

What is your plan after Martin?

Ashley Fuller

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How do you spend your free time? I spend my free time reading or building anything for my family or friends. I read a lot of Russian literature. I also enjoy any thing related to politics. Keeping up with world news and issues is important to me.

What is the weirdest thing you’ve ever done? Last year in my TAKS test’s essay, when asked to write about a time I over-came something, I wrote a ridiculous story of how I incited a riot and became a revolutionary hero back in my home country. Mrs. Clanton told me I’d be lucky if the graders didn’t call the police on me, but I ended up getting a perfect score.

What is your plan after Martin? I received a scholarship to UTD to study computer science. I hope to develop my own software in my last few years of college and to one day create my own business.

Who has been the biggest influence in your life?

Reza Alirezaieyan

ential to make a impact on the any others.

My mother’s cousin is my biggest influence. In 1982 he dreamed of becoming an engineer, but he was killed by the dictatorship of Iran before he graduated college. The fact that he was killed before he could fulfill his dream of becoming an engineer inspires me to become an engineer and fulfill my dream.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

How do you spend your free time?

Owning my own radio station, hopefully, as well as my own house and car.

I’m a manager at Fish City Grill in the Highlands and on Sunday mornings I go to retirement centers to deliver the Eucharist (Holy Communion). I have been taking real estate classes since I was 16 and I just passed the test to get my license. I will be starting this summer once I get a sponsoring company.

What do you think makes you intriguing? I think I consider myself intriguing because of my love for music. I like meeting new people and getting to talk to them. I can be a totally different person in school than outside of school. I always have fun.

If you could live anywhere, where would you go?

I love mixed martial arts, but I also love music. I spend my time DJing, and I want to study TV/Studio broadcasting.

I want to live in either Mexico or Europe because all of my family members that live in Mexico and Europe seem to be exposed to lots of interesting cultures. Honestly, I’d live anywhere. I just don’t want to stay in one place.

How do you spend your free time?

What do you want to be remembered for?

I have a job, so I’m always working. When I don’t have anything to do I’m always at home mixing music or making my shout out videos, which are videos that have a specific topic. It helps me practice my persona of “DJ G.”

I want to be remembered for always doing the right thing. I want to go into international law and fix the corruption in the law and politics, starting in Mexico and helping the people who are suffering most from the corruption.

What are your interests?



I’m going to college at Dallas Baptist University and I plan to major in music theory and composition.



Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

What is your plan after Martin? I’m going to college to get my degree in TV/Radio Broadcasting. I want to do something big with my life and not settle for a basic job. I want to do something different, something that I love, which is to be on the radio.



Who has been the biggest influence in life? My grandparents. I will be the first generation to graduate from college. They always let me know how much they believe in me and how much they expect from me.

Photos by: Emma Cuppett, Karsen Cinquepalmi, Chandler Harrell




double 18 sets of twins, 2 sets of triplets possible World Record

The 2012 senior class is applying for Guiness World Record recognition for having the most sets of multiples in a graduating class. Martin’s 18 sets of twins and two sets of triplets break the previous record of 13 sets. Seated: Katie, Tommy and Gena Weeks; Brianna, Adrian and Lesia Ramos Second row: Dakota and Amber Flores, Paige and Rachel Patterson, Thomas and Jessica Tjahja, Hayley and Hunter Moore Third row: Matt and Katie Donaldson, Taylor and Tyler Welch, Kristen and Krista Scarbrough, Nate and Nolan Wade, Mark and Michael Brown Fourth row: Matt and Nick Hendrix, Matt and Caitlyn Brancato, Dekoven and Traevis Joshlin, Rachel and Robin Snellings, Cynthia and Leo Henson Back row: Jarrett and Jason Way, Alan and Ryan Akinyemi, Matt and Courtney Sanders, Stephen and Eric Amoako

Congrats on a winning 2012 season! 2nd Place Team and District and Regional Qualifier Front: Skylar A., Madeline M., Lizzie A., Jamie G., Back: Rainey P., Coach Amis and Coach Spencer

Students use their friendship to create music Jennifer Forsberg • Staffer


It’s practically every kid’s dream to start a band with his or her best friends. They spend their time coming up with a name and dreaming of fame and fortune. Some even try their hand at the guitar or the drums. But more often than not, this dream dies after a few weeks, only to be replaced by new dreams of being a racecar driver or an astronaut. This isn’t the case for the members of The Void: sophomores McLane Ballenger (lead vocals), Christopher Huber (lead guitar), Hayden Hale (bass/keyboard) and Christian Kenworthy (drums). “My favorite part about being in a band is getting to work with friends and make music that I enjoy,” Ballenger said. The Void started a little over a year ago during the winter of 2010 after a conversation between Huber and Ballenger where they discussed their desire to put their musical abilities to good use. Soon after, Hale revealed he could play keyboard. Weeks later they met Kenworthy. Hale then taught himself to play bass and the band was finally complete. “I wanted to start a band because I had been playing guitar for a number of years and it was as if I had the tools for a craft and I was ready to use them,” Huber said. Although they started out as a cover band, The Void quickly realized they wanted to have their own sound and began to write their own music. The song writing process starts with Huber writing a chord pattern, and then the others add their own ideas. They now have six original songs and plan to record this summer. “I want to get our songs stuck in people’s heads,” Huber said. “When I have a song stuck in my head, I just need to

listen to it.” As expected, practices between these friends get to be pretty noisy. It is not uncommon after a song is finished for them to begin teasing one another. It’s this close-knit friendship and a variety of individual musical influences that allows them to develop their own unique style, modeled after bands such as The Strokes, The Killers and Modest Mouse. “I really like the way Nikolai Fraiture (bass player from The Strokes) composes his parts,” Hale said. “They always seem to be simple but yet some of the catchiest things you’ll ever hear. When I write that’s who I’m trying to be the most like.” The band tries to combine their different musical interests to come up with an alternative spin on rock. They want to trigger a listener’s emotions and convey their own feelings through their songs. “The goal of any musician is to inspire emotion in the listener and make them remember that impact,” Ballenger said. The Void’s first show was in front of 500 people at Huber’s grandparent’s 50th wedding anniversary. They’ve played in a battle of the bands, The Prophet Bar in Dallas, and recently at Martin’s very own Poetry Club Coffee House. “The best part about performing is seeing people dance,” Kenworthy said. “That’s how you know it’s good music.” Though unsure of their plans for the band after high school, The Void hopes to play more shows as well as write at least enough songs for two albums during the next two years. “I hope to make more music and have events in which we perform at before high school ends,” Ballenger said.

Above: Guitarist sophomore Christopher Huber plays his band whatever chance he gets. They sometimes perform at the Poetry Club coffee house at lunch. Left: Lead singer McLane Ballenger practices with his friends. The Void plays at parties, coffee houses and local venues. Photo By Brenda Mayo

¡Felicitaciones! Class of

2012 Seniors

From behalf of the Spanish Class, we thank the seniors for their years that some participated in taking Spanish, especially to the six students graduating who took AP Spanish Language (5) and to those who were 2011-2012 Spanish Club officers.

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It was a great final year!


We love you!

Class of 2012

Congrats! Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Senior high youth


“For I know the plans I have for you plans to give hope and future.” Jer 29:11

You have always been a blessing to us. We love you Marushka! Love Dad & Mom

The good, the bad, and the ugly



Movie adaptations that make the grade, and some that don’t

Lauren Aguirre • Entertainment Editor After years of Harry Potter movies, Hollywood has figured something out: if the book is insanely popular, the movie is sure to rake in cash. But, a movie that fans love might not be enjoyable to everyone. Some adaptations completely tank the box office or even disappoint the fans themselves. Which movies hold themselves afloat?

A+ Adaptations

These movies you’d watch again and again, book reader or not The Devil Wears Prada: The Hunger Games: Many 2. wouldn’t hesitate to classify The Devil Wears Prada as a chick-flick, but it speaks more as a fish-out-of-water story than anything else. Andy Sachs (Anne Hathaway), an aspiring journalist, lands a job that “a million girls would kill for” as assistant to Runway magazine’s Editor-InChief, Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep). There’s a little bit of everything here – sarcasm, dry wit, plies of humor and, of course, drama. The drama mainly concerns Andy’s drastic shift in personality during her employment at Runway, but it is not cheesy or overwhelming. The atmosphere of the film is about as realistic as you can get while still entertaining the audience. After all, anyone can relate to the amount of stress induced by a new job. This movie is a definite repeater.

While it is the next “teen craze,” The Hunger Games appeals to a much broader spectrum of people than Twilight ever did, which helps explain its record-breaking opening weekend. This movie is by far the best teen book adaptation I’ve encountered. The dragging feeling that has become an accepted part of any adaptation is absent here. The story is always moving forward, with tons of action sequences and a few heartfelt moments. Added scenes that stray from the novel’s first-person narrative give the fans a few surprises. But these scenes are definitely necessary, not only to explain crucial plot points, but also to give depth to the characters and the story. All in all, The Hunger Games definitely surpassed my expectations by five miles.

C- Adaptations

These movies make a decent after-school special The Bridge to Terabithia: Freaky Friday: Every teenage girl has had an argument with her mother at some point in her life. Now, imagine waking up inside your mother’s body. Freaky, right? Freaky Friday is the perfect motherdaughter bonding film. Its humor is both realistic and completely exaggerated. Both Lindsay Lohan and Jamie Lee Curtis portray the body switch wonderfully, each playing the other’s character for the bulk of the movie. While it has its good points, repeatedly watching the movie is pretty much out of the question. The plot is very simplistic and while the jokes are hilarious on the first view, they lose their pizzazz by the second or third. And by the fifth, it becomes a chore to finish. If you’re bored on a Saturday night, put this in your DVD player.

Simply put, The Bridge to Terabithia is about friendship. Jess Aarons (Josh Hutcherson) is having a rough time at home and at school when spunky Lesile Burke (AnnaSophia Robb) moves into town. Jess and Lesile become fast friends and discover their own world in the woods, naming it Terabithia. While the movie captures the ingenuity of imagination, it is also very emotional, almost to the point of excessive dramatization. The story is very compelling and the special effects bringing Terabithia to life successfully. This is a coming of age, feel-good movie and is not necessarily easy to watch. If you are particularly prone to crying at the movies, expect a few tears. This is a last resort, “oh why not?” source of entertainment.

Epic Fail Adaptations

These movies have any non-fan completely lost and/or bored The Ghost Writer: Twilight/Harry Potter: Pitched as a high-chase thriller, The Ghost Writer drastically misses its mark. The protagonist, listed only as “The Ghost” (Ewan McGregor), is hired by former British Prime Minister, Adam Lang (Pierce Brosnan), to write his memoirs. Supposedly, Adam was involved in a few shady deals back in the day, but this is never clearly said in the movie. Most of the plot development has to be assumed by the audience. Any attempts

at suspense turn into massive jokes. The prime example: “the Ghost” tries to access the existing manuscript of Adam’s memiors, written by a previous ghost writer. Even the big reveal is entirely comical. This movie is long and slow going with absolutely no payoff. I can see how this looks great on the page, but many, many things were lost in translation. Unless you’re planning to mock this atrocity, don’t waste your time.

The Twilight and Harry Potter series has created the standard for book-to-movie adaptations. And that standard is terrible. These movies are incredibly slow, and especially in Twilight, the dialogue is too cheesy and incredibly dramatic. The acting is despicable in the lead roles, but actually very skilled in the supporting ones. Even for fans, these movies are pretty disappointing. Sure, it’s great to see your favorite book brought to life, line by line, but

it makes for bad entertainment on-screen. After the first view at Movie Tavern, I actually avoid these movies. They are all appallingly fan-oriented, with Deathly Hallows Part One being the only okay movie. If it weren’t for die-hard fans, they would have tanked by now. Hey Hollywood, help yourself: you had the fan audience in the bag from the original announcement, just focus on making a decent movie for everyone else.

Let it now, let it snow, let it snow These cool treats can help save you from the summer heat

Jamie Gisburne • Staffer With the 105 degree weather roaming near, these snow cone places are a perfect santucary from the blistering heat

Polar Ice Location:

5702 SW Green Oaks Blvd.


small: $2 large: $3

medium:$2.50 giant: $3.50

This place was very convenient since it is close to Martin. It’s a great place to go during lunch to find a little something sweet. The cherry was very delicious and it had a great flavor. The snow cone itself was not really messy. Overall, I had a great experience here. I was very happy with the snow cone and the service was very good. The workers are local Martin students so you may see a couple of friends while getting a special treat. This place is by far the best place to get a snow cone.

Tastee Ice


829 S Belt Line Rd. Grand Prairie


kids: $1.50 small: $1.75 medium: $2.00 large: $2.25 x-large: $3.50 This place was cool with its bright building and other food options besides snow cones, including nachos and popcorn. The sizes were much bigger than the other two places. I got a small and I could barely eat the whole thing. The cherry snow cone was very good but it was more like a Slurpee than an actual snow cone. Although it’s a long drive, this place has the best bang for your buck. This is the second best snow cone place in the DFW area.

MC Snow Cones


931 N. Cooper St., across from Arlington Memorial Hospital


small: $1.75 large: $2.25

medium: $2 jumbo: $4.25

This place had fast service and the manger was friendly. I got my personal favorite: cherry. The first thing I noticed was cherry syrup running down the cup and a decorative flower made out of the snow cone ice. It was hard to eat due to the fear of dripping syrup down my shirt. It had an interesting flavor, which made it more unique. Overall, I was happy with my snow cone. The only bummer about the whole experience was burning so much gas, but the price made up for the drive. Photos by Jamie Gisburne

We are so very proud of all your accomplishments. Stay true to yourself. Continue pursuing your passion of writing and keep moving forward. Your dreams are waiting for you!

First Warrior Post Slam Dunk and Free Throw contest packs Gym A, crowns winners

We love you! 1. Sophomore Josh Swearingin hangs on the rim after a successful dunk. Swearingin was the youngest contestant, coming in third place. 2. Senior R.J. Salter takes aim for a three-point shot. Salter was the winner of the three-point shootout contest.


Class of 2012

Love, Dad, Mom, Haley & Lexi

Paige & Rachel

3. 3. Senior Devonte Fields soars above the rim, ready to dunk. Fields won the dunk contest, jumping over a basketball ball rack to secure his title.


Katy and DeejWe are so proud of both of you that y’all have remained friends all the way from Wood Elementary through Martin High School – through all the drama, relationships and TAKS tests. Now you are ready to start the next chapter in your lives. We wish you both the best of everything that life has to offer. Always keep your faith in God. Congratulations Seniors 2012! -143 Mom and Dad (Brenda and Steve)

1301 South Bowen Arlington, TX 76013 (817)-299-8491

Congrats to my beautiful girls! Live your dreams!

-Love, Mom



Slam dunk

Congratulations, Lauren!

Angels vs. Lambs We are





Senior tradition thrives as Powder Puff teams prepare for May 21 game

Kendra Brown • Sports Editor & Madeline Maxwell • Staffer Year after year, the girls of the senior class sign up and are selected to play in the annual Powder Puff game. The teams battle it out in the flag football game where the athletes and the mathletes come together. Coaches get their pick of the girls that they want in what is called a draft. The draft consist of only the main coaches and the assistants. Each team has five assistants and 51 girls. Assumptions are made about the outcome of the game, but no one really knows until May 21.


Varsity softball girls learn the true meaning of team

Angels The decision to become a coach for Powder Puff may not be the easiest. Although you may think you want to coach, you have to deal with all senior girls – ones who are best friends and ones who may dislike one another. “My brother and I were the varsity girls soccer managers, so I’d like to think I have a decent understanding in dealing with girls,” coach Stephen Amoako said. “We just have to be nice, funny and serious when necessary.” With the draft being over and the teams being chosen, satisfaction is necessary. Coaches seemed to be pleased with their decisions. “We have a good diversity of athletes and girls, but you always find some diamonds in the rough throughout practice,” Amoako said. Practice began Monday April 16 for the Angels with certain high expectations.

“I just expect effort and a positive attitude out of my girls,” Amoako said. “If they enjoy being there, we’ll get the most work and play out of each and every one of them.” Having to make the decisions of the players and positions might have its difficulties, because girls don’t usually play football. “We’re a complete team and all of our players are good and bring different things to the table,” Amoako said. Assistant coaches are important as well to help the head coaches with things they don’t necessarily specialize in. “Our staff is top notch and I don’t have to worry about them being distractions,” Amoako said. Knowing how to play and how to teach becomes key when coaching girls who don’t normally play football. “My coaches know the game and can

With the different teams and the different coaches, the teams aren’t going to be the same. Coaching styles are all different. “Each coach is assigned a position of players to coach,” senior Brodie Lambert said. “They are on their own to make the gameplan for their players.” Coaching is more of a privilege than a job. It’s about who’s going to do the best and have fun while doing it. “Football head coach Bob Wager selects the head coaches who he thinks will do the best job, then the head coaches select their assisstant coaches,” Lambert said. As the teams were chosen, the coaches make their decisions on positions and are satisfied with the result. “My team has exceeded my expectations and have impressed me,” Lambert said.

Practice began Tuesday, April 17 for the Lambs. “Our practices are an hour long,” senior Felicia LeBlanc said. “We do everything, then mini scrimmages at the end of every practice to see where we are.” In order to work together the team has to try and do their best even if they don’t know much about what they’re doing. “I expect them to put forth their best effort and have fun,” Lambert said. Understanding the game of football may not be the easiest, but coaches have to try their best to help. “My coaches do a good job teaching us,” LeBlanc said. “They explain it multiple times, then demonstrate whatever we’re doing.” The Lambs have a wide variety of personalities on the field and bringing them


easily translate it into good plays for us,” senior Olivia Maxwell said. Assumptions that girls can’t play or understand football are overturned during the practices. “We have some pretty creative names for our plays and a lot of the girls understand the game better than guys give them credit for,” Amoako said. Some of these girls playing happen to know the game well which makes it easier for them to be coached. “Growing up watching football has made for a better understanding of the game, but watching the game is completely different from playing it,” Maxwell said. As the assumptions continue for the outcome of the game, the players and coaches come up with some predictions of their own. “What lamb can beat an angel?” Maxwell said.

together may have its moments. “We haven’t had a practice yet where every person on the team is there, but our team is fun, dedicated and a little crazy but that’s a good thing,” LeBlanc said. As the assumptions are already being made about the outcome of the game, teams practice hard to put their name on top. “If the Angels are practicing as hard, it will be a good game,” LeBlanc said. “It will be the smartest team that wins, the one that knows what to do and concentrates and keeps their heads in the game, and not in the stands.” The score of any game is hard to predict, but with confidence in their team, Lamb coaches take a guess. “I would say Lil’ Lambs 35, Angels 7,” Lambert said.

correction &clarification

In “Getting served” in the April 2012 issue of the Warrior Post, the varsity tennis team captain was incorrectly identified. The team captain for the girls varsity tennis team is senior Alexa Mentesana. The Warrior Post staff apologizes for the inconvenience.

Junior Danielle Pelletier slides into base at varsity softball practice. Photo by Lara Kunkel/Phoenix Yearbook

Jamie Gisburne • Staffer


s you walk into the room, you hear the familiar sound of girls pumping each other up before their big

game. For this softball team, this year was not necessarily about winning or losing, but playing together as a family. “I knew that no matter what, win or lose, I would always have a team and coaches who are supporting me,” sophomore Lauren Condley said. This year, softball was not like most years. Other than battling for the district championship, the team became a huge family who loves and respects each other. “My team is closer to me than anyone else I hang out with,” junior Danielle Jetton. “My best friends are on the team and I know I can always count on them to be there for me.” Jetton captained an unusually youthful varsity team, consisting mostly sophomores and 11 freshmen. “I was the oldest on the team and I’m a great leader,” Jetton said. “I know the game and I know what I’m talking about when I try to help someone on something.” One thing that made the team better was knowing that in order to win, the whole team needed to work together. “If you want to win, you have to play as a team,” freshmen Devon Potter said. “Lending a hand to that one player who’s having a bad game and knowing your team is there to support you on and off the field is key to winning.” “You have to be dedicated and know that it takes hard work to be good,” Jetton said. “You can’t just walk up one day and be a good player.” The following students achieved individual honors for the season. • District MVP: Danielle Jetton • Offensive MVP: Krista Rude • Defensive MVP: Morgan Watson • First Team All District: Sabrina Pecina, Kylie Dobbins and Jordyn James • Second Team All District: Davin Ateman and Hannah Bridger • Honorable Mention: Lauren Condley, Victoria Jetton and Anna O’Connor

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spirit and courage

Special needs students participate in the 43rd annual Special Olympics Victoria Powers • Features Editor

As the bleachers roar with motivation, six special-needs athletes race across the finish line of a 100-meter race at the Special Olympics. Families of the students cry and cheer as each one finish the race. First, fifth, last, it doesn’t matter. Just participating in an event is a prize and accomplishment all in itself. For 43 years the Special Olympics has been taking place around the whole world. Students all over Arlington competed in the Spring Olympics on April 20 and 21 at UTA stadium. Roxanna Clarkson is the head coordinator for the Martin network, which consists of all the elementary and junior high schools that feed into the high school. “During the day I teach adapted

Physical Education to special needs kids,” Clarkson said. “Our purpose is to get the students up to standards.” Clarkson, with help from teaching assistant Jeanette Royce, who is Clarksons’ main source of contact with the special needs kids at Martin, got the students ready and prepared for all the events that took place at the games. Senior Aaron McKee competed in soccer. Freshman Adam Paradiso competed in track and field, softball throw and the 100-meter dash. Junior Jordon Swan competed in the Softball Throw and the 50- meter dash. Sophomore Guy Medina competed in the running long jump and the 100-meter dash. Junior Levonta Coady, who’s also on Martins track

team competed in the running long jump and the 100-meter dash. “I don’t like that they have kids from the same school compete against each other,” Royce said. “At the same time, the games here aren’t just for your own team. Everyone who comes to this is from a different place, but we cheer for each player.” There were so many people there to support all the teams competing. Not only were families cheering their son or daughter on, but also students from UTA and other volunteers who were there purely for support. This year Martin’s cheerleading squad paid for the Martin network’s t-shirts. They also came out opening day to cheer on all the participants competing. “The Martin network is very sup-

portive,” Clarkson said. “The kids are awesome and when we needed help paying for our shirts we had no trouble finding a group to help out. There were groups almost fighting about who wanted to do it.” Medina and Coady competed against each other in both the long jump and the 100-meter dash. Medina placed second in both events. Coady came out on top, getting first place in each event. “This has a lot reward,” Clarkson said. “When you see these kids run across the finish line it just warms your heart. We had a first-time mom here opening day and she said she knew she was going to cry at the opening ceremony. I told her I’ve been doing this for so long and it still gets to me.”

Top picture: Junior Jordan Swan competes in the 50-Meter Dash. Swan aslo competed in the softball throw. Photo by Chandler Harrell

Sophomore Guy Medina competed in the Standing Long Jump. He later placed second overall. Photo by Chandler Harrell

Above: Medina (right) and junior Levonta Coady (left) raced in the !00-meter dash. Medina finished second and Coady won first place. Photo by Chandler Harrell Left: Freshman Adam Paradiso competed in track 100-meter dash, who finished third. Photo by Chandler Harrell

May 2012 Warrior Post  

The student newspaper of Martin High School in Arlington, Texas

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