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The Reporter • November 2013

Student superheroes At the fall blood drive on Oct. 2, 134 volunteers gave their blood. 42 of whom were first time donors. “That is above our goal,” Stuart Ross, sponsor of KAY’s, said. The blood drive is a community blood drive, which means it’s open to the public, but more than half of the donors were high school students. One of them was junior Jillian Armstrong. She donated for her first time. “I was pretty nervous,” she said. “I just drank a lot of water and had a big lunch.” The next blood drive will be April 2. To donate, students have to be at least 16 years old, weigh 115 pounds or more and are not allowed to have medical restrictions. Their parents also need to agree. All the blood students donate is given to local hospitals. “It saves lives,” Ross said. “You have to have it.”

Photo by Natalie Eppler

- Katharina Dietz

By the season

Seniors Libby McCormack and Gio Carrete pack food into boxes in the commons area Nov. 6. The Trick or Treat so Kids Can Eat food drive collected 2,946 lbs of food . Boxes of food will be donated to the local food pantry.

1% 19% Winter Undecided 11% Spring

45% Fall

21% Summer

Reporter survey of 114 students Compiled by Audrey Brodie

Vaporizing: (cont’d from page 1) “I switched to nicotine-free purely for smoke tricks,” Hazel said. She said it doesn’t bring her much comfort, but it does bring her a little pleasure. “It’s a kind of thing that people are looking at more negatively than positively,” she said. Both users said one or both parents know about their e-cigarette usage. Nurse Glenda Kinaman said e-cigarettes are still harmful, despite the push from the companies. “They have been falsely advertised as safer because of the lack of the smoke factor,” Kinaman said. “Also because of their use as an aid for smoking cessation.” She said their popularity has exploded because of their false advertising. “It has become fad,” Kinaman said. “This has led to a dangerous rise in use and a very concerning rise in use among young people.” Nicotine is the main factor that causes harm in electronic cigarettes and is the leading cause of heart disease, Kinaman said. “Nicotine is what causes increases in heart rate and blood pressure, constricts arteries,” she said. Kinaman said that it is important to educate youth on electronic cigarettes. “They need to be aware they exist and the potential harm in using any nicotine product,” she said. Hines said students or staff in the presence of those using them typically reports the uses of e-cigarettes. Hines also warned against using someone else’s electronic cigarette. “It is possible to put a wide variety of harmful and illegal substances into them,” he said. “They may have no idea what is inside of the device. It is always a risk to use something that is not your own.”

Finding the tone Tiffany Wolverton, freshman, said she likes to sing and she has a good voice. She likes to sing because she has been doing it her whole life. “It is a good experience because it is something new that you can do if you have never tried it before,” she said. Wolverton said an advantage of being in choir is that you get to learn new things and become more knowledgeable about singing. “If you never tried singing, you should try it because it is fun to do and it is also a good learning experience,” she said. Weston Coleman, sophomore, is interested in choir because he likes to sing and it is a lot of fun. He said singing makes him happy. If he gets the music wrong, he will feel stupid at

first but then he will get over it because he has to finish the concert. “If everyone is singing at once, you can get a beat and then you can flow with it,” he said. Coleman said he thinks there are some good singers in the class this year. “An advantage of singing is that you can tone your singing and work together with other people,” he said. Sandra Buntin, choir teacher, said choir is made up of varsity choir, concert choir and the Madrigals. On Oct. 29, the concert was at the middle school. “The choir practices for eight to nine weeks because it takes that long to memorize all of the music and to add in the final touches,” Buntin said.

- Brittany Feugate

FFA goes for gold Nineteen students and 4 adults, traveled more than 500 miles to FFA National Convention in Louisville, Ky. Senior Kaylee Hill was very excited about going on the trip and has gone to National Convention four times competing in both Farm Business Management and Food Science contests at the national level. “[FFA] definitely keeps you busy,” Hill said. “It makes the time fly and you become a better person.” FFA advisors Brett Brownback and John Menefee organized the trip. For Brownback, the best part of the trip was bonding with students and all the fun things the group did. According to Brownback, they visited Churchill Downs, the Louisville Slugger Museum, listened to speakers, competed in contests and saw a concert as well as a hypnotist show. Senior Tera Brandt was both excited and scared prior to the trip. Brandt is a member of the Farm Business Management team. At the contest, senior Vincent Trabucco, Brandt, senior Jennifer Wisniewski and junior Whitney Smith took a three hour test over the economic aspects

of running an agribusiness. The team received a silver emblem at the contest. “Farm Management meets every day,” Menefee said. “I don’t know how many hours of studying they have done.” For Menefee, the most exciting part of National Convention is seeing the teams compete and visiting with advisors from other schools. College freshman Caitlan Schasteen, college freshman Natalie Hill, senior Jessica Schasteen, and senior Kaylee Hill competed in the food science contest at National Convention. “Anybody can do it,” Kaylee said. “You just have to put in the time.” According to Menefee, in the food science contest teams must be able to distinguish different scents and complete a market scenario. “It’s a complete marketing deal, everything from development to marketing in 1 hour,” Menefee said. Members of the food science team received gold emblems at National Convention. - Natalie Eppler


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