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February 2012

Get the inside scoop on the school cafeteria Krystle Ballatore staff reporter class of 2012

Every day, about 1,500 students and about 150 faculty and staff buy and consume food prepared by the lunch staff here at St. James. There are many stringent guidelines to follow when preparing food for an entire school. All of the recipes used in the cafeteria of St. James are evaluated through the nutritional value analysis. The Wellness policy, followed by cafeteria crew, mandates the calories, cholesterol, and many more nutritional measurements. The nutritional values of the meals are evaluated on a daily analysis. The lunch crew has to keep the levels balanced as best as possible; they do this through offering certain sized portions to the customers. However, even though this is essential for the standard lunches, the ala-carte items (items being sold

at a separate price than the items on the menu) do not have to follow the same policy. History teacher Traci Rohden said, “There is a good variety of a food so everyone can be happy.” Another responsibility the lunch crew has is keeping their budget balanced. Lunch lady Ms. Debbie Neidig said, “The food service is 100% self-supporting. Each school has a budget which they use to purchase the food. My job is to stay within the budget of $3.30 per day. The food service budget pays all of the lunch ladies salaries and for the food.” Also, due to the deliveries being on a day during the middle of the week (Wednesday), it is necessary for the cafeteria staff to plan ahead if they want to stay on track with the budget. The State Department sets the prices of the school lunches. They pay for a portion of all students’ lunches, and even fully cover some

3 FEATURES The most spirited shark around campus, Blake Herring, has made a huge splash his senior year.

students’ lunch fees for the students who are in need of help. This is done through the Free and Reduced Lunch Program. Some clienteles are impressed by the food they prepare, and some are not. Senior Mason Elliot said, “I think school lunches are not that bad.” Many students have complained about the change in what is supposed to be “sweet tea.” Students have complained that it is not sweet anymore. “We were required by the Wellness Program to cut back the amount of sugar in the tea,” Ms. Neidig said. “Being that we are in the South, we all like sweet tea. We are slowly cutting back on the sugar. I have found that we are serving less tea.” Some have suggested to Ms. Neidig to try to sweeten the tea artificially. She explained, “I would only artificially sweeten the tea if I See CAFETERIA on Page 5

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OPINION After the most momentous semester in the history of Shark Attack, the plans only get bigger.

6 ENTERTAINMENT At every home sporting event, the Sharks student section is loud and proud. Join the feeding frenzy.

11 SPORTS St. James High School has the No. 1-ranked 3A wrestling team in the state. Catch up on all the matches.


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Graduation anticipation Kaylei Knapp staff reporter class of 2012

For this year’s senior class, 2012 is remarkably already here. When most seniors started high school in 2008, they thought this year would never come. With senior projects completed for some and on the horizon for others, seniors can finally get excited about graduating. In a less than six months (which is 90 school days), they will walk across the stage and into their futures. Before this dream can become reality, seniors need to remember that there are strict requirements that must be met for graduation. Students must have earned a total of at least 24 credits, including four credits in both math and

English, seven credits for electives, and three for science. Students need only need one credit for each of the following: U.S. History, Government and Economics, Social Studies elective, computer science, physical education, and a foreign language. Seniors must have passed the HSAP, with an ELA and math scores of 200 or above. Once students have all of these and passed senior project, they are eligible to graduate. Graduation generates mixed emotions for many students and teachers. Mrs. Sarah Kangarloo said that when she sees the kids that she has become close to over the years walk across the stage she is “very excited and proud but also kind of sad. I’m sad because I’m going to

miss you all. I am so excited due to the fact that life after high school is such an adventure and the sadness comes from the fact that you all have become my family. You’re all like my kids and I am a very proud mama.” Graduation will be held on May 31 in the early evening, and the exact time is still up in the air. For the second year, the ceremony will be held at the Palace Theatre, which is located at 1420 Celebrity Circle in Myrtle Beach. Last year, seniors were allotted six tickets each, but that number could increase this year based on the graduating class size. Graduation marks an ending but also opens the next chapter in students’ lives. It is an exciting time and cause for celebration as they close 12 years of hard work.

Students toss their caps into the air as they graduate from St. James. This year’s graduation ceremony will be held on May 31. Photo courtesy of sjh.horrycountyshcools.net

St. James seniors strive for perfect projects

Shelly Quintana Business Manager class of 2013

It’s a rite of passage. It’s a chance for students to cap their high school careers by stretching their abilities. It’s a source of great stress and, at the same time, great pride. It’s the St. James senior project.

Most schools have some type of senior exit requirement. For senior Sharks, the project is a part of English 4. It involves writing a research paper, working with a mentor, producing a product, and presenting the entire project in front of judges from the school and community. When seniors begin their

English course, they receive a packet that includes all of the assignments and due dates for the project, which runs throughout the entire semester. One key to success is for seniors to stay up-to-date and turn in all pieces of the project on time. The task is somewhat daunting to many students at the outset, but the English teachers who coordinate it try to break down the process into small pieces. This makes it easier to keep up and digest the whole project. “Time management is crucial for the rigor of senior project. If a student lollygags (look that word up!) around, stress is a natural byproduct,” said librarian Barbara Schlidt, who also is involved in organizing the project. “The ‘real world’ is right around the corner for our seniors. Senior project helps prepare them for the work force and higher education.” There are several rubrics for students to follow. Each piece of the project has points assigned, Students put in tremendous time on their senior projects, including tri-fold boards. Photos courtesy of Barbara Schlidt

and seniors must pass the overall project in order to graduate. Beginning this giant research project, students need to find a topic they are passionate about. This is key to making the project enjoyable and productive. Students are encouraged to select a topic that connects to their future goals, either in education,

work, or the community. The senior project elicits a wide range of responses from students. At different points, they are “fearful, reluctant, excited, proud, and challenged,” said Mrs. Schlidt. “When the entire process has been completed successfully, students feel more mature, accomplished, thrilled and proud!”


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Shark junior Kiely Clark dances into the spotlight Jacob Wilson staff reporter class of 2012

St. James is full of talented students who excel in academics, athletics and art. One of these outstanding students has a natural calling for dance, junior Kiely Clark. Kiely has been dancing for almost a decade and continues to do so with the utmost passion. “I started dancing when I was 6 because I was always hyper, so my mom put me into dance at Coastal Dance Centre,” she said. Since then, Kiely has progressed as an outstanding and talented dancer. “Last year, I landed the role

of the Sugar Plum Fairy in ‘The Nutcracker,’” she said. Though being a dancer is fun, it does come with a few speed bumps and difficulties along the way. “One struggle that I have faced during my time as a dancer would be the time my mom made me quit for a while because my grades slipped.” But she quickly got back on track and has exceptionally well both on the dance floor and in the classroom. And if Kiely isn’t dancing, she’s showing her Shark pride by cheerleading on the St. James varsity squad. Kiely said if she wasn’t a dancer, she would just be a cheerleader. Many people might think that

dance is something that you do while you’re young, and then you stop to pursue a career. But for Kiely, that’s not the case. “When I grow up, I want to go to the University of South Carolina to major in education and minor in dance and culinary arts,” she said. “I would like to continue my dancing career when I get older and hopefully open up my own dance studio.” So keep an eye on this Shark, because she’s sure to dance right past the competition onto bigger and better stages. St. James junior Kiely Clark recently starred as the Sugar Plum Fairy in the Coastal Youth Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker.” Photo courtesy of Kiely Clark

Blue Shark Blake is no red Herring

Mary Elliott tv editor class of 2012

St. James senior Blake Herring models his famous “blue man suit” before he leads cheers at a recent wrestling match at the Shark Tank. Staff photo by Jake Wentz

St. James senior Blake Herring stands out, even when he’s covered from head to toe in bright blue spandex. His “blue man” suit is instantly recognizable at Shark sporting events, and Blake is well known for his vocal support of the school everywhere he goes. “I try to have a sense of pride and confidence in myself that shines through in the hallways and in the classroom” Blake said. Blake is involved in a wide range of activities, currently serving as student body vice president, student athletic trainer, and Frenzy Spirit Club president. But who is the man behind these titles -- and blue full-body suit? Many students know who he is but don’t take the time to really get

to know his spirit and all he does around the school. Some know him as the guy with the “blue suit;” some say he is the one on the intercom every morning for the pledge. One thing is for sure, he is the most spirited senior at St. James. In fact, Blake was voted most spirited and most involved in this year’s senior superlatives. “I’ve always felt a strong sense of school spirit, and knowing that my classmates see my commitment to St. James feels awesome,” Blake said. Coming to St. James as a freshman, he wasn’t really involved with extracurricular activities, but Blake later found that he got more out of high school by becoming more involved. He encourages other students to get involved because he believes spending time on extracurricular activities is a great experience and can be fun as well.

And what’s more fun than the famous “blue suit?” According to Blake, it was actually a previous Halloween costume that he decided to wear to sports game, and it became a huge success. Blake believes that school spirit has always been good but feels this year has been the strongest yet. Unsurprisingly, Blake’s fondest memories of high school all involve spirit week. He will never forget when he dressed up for multiplicity day with his friends, and they all came to school dressed as togas. But Blake is not just about fun and games. He has maintained a 4.5 GPA and already has been accepted to College of Charleston, though he hopes to attend Clemson to major in biology and then become a doctor of medicine. Blake wants to be remembered as a hard working student above all but also as the most spirited student ever to graduate from St. James.


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PDA: Pretty Darn Active for school Maddy Heavener staff reporter class of 2014

Here at St. James PDA is around the corner, in the middle of the hallway, and even on the edge of the balcony. This year, Mr. Pennell has made it a goal of his to focus on education instead of wasted time in the hallways. PDA is one of the most talked about issues and is the leading cause of time wasted in the halls. “I feel like PDA is alright until a certain point. I think a hug and a kiss are acceptable, but pinning each other against the wall and having a make out session is gross to watch,” said sophomore Tyana Woodard. I understand completely if you want to give your significant other a smooch or two in the hall before they endure a strenuous lecture in their next class, but I do not understand why you need to give your punkin’ a bath of slobber in front of the whole school. “I think it should just be kept private,” said teacher Tammy Baker.

Sophomores Lia Panuelo and Chris Denson show their affection between classes. Staff photo by Madison Heavener

In my opinion, high school relationships are not always the best because people get so wrapped up in something that is not going

to last forever, or even for a few months, so why make yourself look like the high school trolley for some fling that won’t go anywhere

anyway? “It makes me want to barf when I see kids eating each others face in the halls. Save it for the bathroom,”

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said Senior Lakyn Goodcuff. At this time of teenagers’ lives, their hormones are flying everywhere, and most of them are not thinking about being with that special guy/girl until they are old and grey. They are thinking about how fast they can get jiggy wid’ it. I definitely don’t mean to put all teenagers into this “hormone raged” category because not all of them are like this, but if you’re one of the couples with a PDA problem, just know that you don’t look like the poster children for the perfect couple. “Most high school relationships just don’t last,” said St. James alum Roddy Cross. While the administration tries its best to put a stop to this foul play in the hallway, the only people who can actually do anything to make a change are the students. Honestly though, why would you sit and play tonsil hockey in the halls with your “baby boo” if it was going to end in a referral? You could just do it outside of school. Get your kissin’ trouble free, and I won’t even have to see.

Smalls is big on learning Chelsea Murray staff reporter class of 2013

Teachers generally have a central goal for their career: to be able to reach students and give them the knowledge they need to graduate and succeed in life. St. James has many teachers who do a great job of this, but one in particular deserves special recognition – Mr. Jordan Smalls. Mr. Smalls teaches geography and government/ economics. During my first year at St. James, he was my geography teacher. I’ve always loved geography, but Mr. Smalls made the class so much more enjoyable. He was always able to joke around with the class and show us easy ways to remember things in the lesson. Mr. Smalls also gave us fun and creative activities, rather than just making us take notes or do

a worksheet. Most of the time, students remember material just as long as they need to for the test and then forget all of it quickly. That’s not the case however after being Smalls student. Several of his former students, including myself, have really retained what they learned in his class. “Mr. Smalls is the man! He’s seriously so cool,” said former St. James student Chris Lambert. Mr. Smalls always knew that he was going to be a teacher. At first, he wanted to teach P.E., but when he got to middle school, he realized history and social studies were his true passion. His history teacher, Mr. Burch, inspired him the most. Mr. Smalls tries to pattern himself after Burch in the way he teaches his students and even the way he dresses. “He’s the reason why I wear bow ties,” said Mr. Smalls. In Smalls’ eyes, history is the

only job for him. If he had to choose any other profession, he would work in a history museum or any other job related to geography or history of some sort. Although Mr. Smalls is one of my former teachers, I also see him as someone I can go to if I need help with something or just simply have a question I need answered. He goes the extra mile to bond with his students and make sure they know that he isn’t just here to teach a class, but he’s also there to assist them with whatever they need. He constantly pushes his students to apply their best work. “You can’t get the reward without hard work,” he said. If you ask anyone that has had him as a teacher, they would agree that Mr. Smalls isn’t just a dedicated teacher but also a caring companion.

Mr. Smalls teaches his geography class about topography. Staff photo by Chelsea Murray.


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shark opinion Enjoy the freedom high school offers 5

Jake Wentz editor in chief class of 2012

To be a scientist is to be observant. To be a mathematician is to be persistent. To be a writer is to be creative. And to be a high school student is to be free. High school students are free in the sense that they are the masters of their own destiny. It is a hard concept for some to wrap their heads around, but the saying that you can be whatever you want to be has some real truth to it. This newspaper marks the ending of a semester and a calendar year.

Goodbye to 2011, the previous school semester, and a year in all of our lives we will never live again. I hope for the majority that not having last year again will be OK because the future holds even greater promise for every student at St. James. Another year passing of high school means students are that much closer to going out into the world with the sense of their own destiny. They can achieve in life and reach their dreams. We really are free to create whatever in our future, however we want to accomplish it. True, it will be harder for some than others. Not everyone comes from ideal

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look forward to it as much as I dread it! It is, simply put, a lot coming at you. It is just your entire life ahead of you, right? What do you want to do? Who will you be? Most people have this sort of thought out, yet it is truly impossible to know what, or how things will happen. One thing that is guaranteed to happen is that I’ll have a copy of this newspaper in some drawer of a dresser somewhere for the rest of my life. Shark Attack is one the best things that has ever been in my life, something I’ll never forget. As for this one last semester? I think its time has finally arrived.

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conditions, but everyone can change their path so that their life will one day be better. It is also true that a better life has no single definition. What is ideal for her is not for him, and what they think is the best way may not be right for the others. By keeping in mind grades, using talents wisely, and always applying ourselves, there are bound to be members of the 2012 graduating class who will one day be better off than their families they grew up with. As seniors, we have one semester left. One semester left of high school! I cannot believe it, and with complete confusion I don’t know whether I

3579 Highway 17 Business Murrells Inlet, SC 29576 (843) 651-7979 CAFETERIA cont. from Page 1 had 98.9% of the people wanting it. I think artificial sweetener is more harmful to your body.” So, for those who are still upset with the change in the tea, contact Ms. Neidig. She will be happy to speak with you. Ranch is often used by students and teachers here at St. James. Some people use it for a salad, celery sticks, even French fries. The only ranch served here is light ranch, which is artificially sweetened. Ms. Neidig is not thrilled about that, but the Wellness Program is responsible for the change. Ms. Neidig said that her favorite food to serve is salad, even after the change in the salad dressing. She also enjoys preparing tuna salad, chicken salad, and soups.

Another complaint that students have made in the lunch room is that there are too many onions in the food. When asked about the generous usage of onions in the lunches, Ms. Neidig replied, “Onions are a vegetable and I am going to squeeze them in when I can. They alter flavor like salt does and are basic to almost every recipe. Onions are a cruciferous food which means that the gasses in onions help to break down food, which is very good for your body.” The cafeteria staff has to work tediously, yet rapidly at the same time. There are many guidelines to be followed and precautions to take. The cafeteria staff prepares and serves food that they spend a great amount of time and thought on; therefore, the food not only tastes good, but is healthy as well.

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shark entertainment

February 2012

(Left) At every home football game, St. James had unmatched spirit. A group of the most spirited guys would always get painted up before the game with Shark pride. The guys run around the track when points are scored, cheer, yell, and raise crowd participation. At homecoming they spell out for us St. James Sharks. (Middle) Senior sharks cheer louder than any other group of fans. (Bottom) Senior Blake “Blue Man” Herring leads cheers at a wrestling match. Staff photos by Jake Wentz

Spirit of the Sharks Gage Davis staff reporter class of 2013

Every high school has a few students who really get excited about athletic events and other extracurricular activities. At St. James, a remarkable number of students show tremendous school spirit. In both high schools and colleges, there are usually student sections for games. At St. James, this section is dubbed the “Shark Tank.” At basketball games, wrestling matches and other events, it often gets extremely loud. Home games and matches against Socastee and other nearby schools are especially exciting, with many fans from the visiting school trying to compete with the cheering and chants coming from the Shark Tank. The section often stands for the entire game, screaming encouragement to the Sharks participating in the action.

The student section is largely led by the Frenzies, the school spirit club. This group, coordinated by English teacher Kristen Rogers, shows up at all types of events and offers vocal encouragement. Some students in particular stand out in the Shark Tank. A group of boys routinely paints their bodies blue. Senior Blake Herring transforms into the “Blue Man,” wearing a blue spandex body suit. Students like Blake put so much time just into coming to these sporting events, it sometimes seems like he lives at school. His dedication gets the rest of the students pumped up for events, and his energy rubs off on those around him. St. James students who have never been to sporting events at the school are truly missing out on an exciting experience. The basketball and wrestling seasons are in full swing, and the spring sports will start soon. Students can find schedules posted around the school and on the St. James website.


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St. James Star Singers

Patrick Kohlmann and Taylor Patry pose after a performance. Staff photo by Jake Wentz

Joshua Royce Online Editor class of 2012

Among the many prideful and successful students at St. James, the select group of talented singers in our Chorale program is in need of serious mention. Driven with a passion for music and the arts involved with it, Taylor Patry, Patrick Kohlmann, and Jess O’Rourke head the Chorale program under the supervision of Mrs. Bass. With only 3 actual students involved in the program, it may seem less involved. However, our Chorale students all push themselves much further than anyone would expect. Constantly practicing and keeping up with deadlines helps them be ready for any challenge that comes their way. Among these challenges, All

County and All State are two of the biggest events Chorale takes part in. During these events, our Chorale participants join other Chorale members from all over South Carolina in a competitive sing-off. More and more often, our St. James Chorale students come back with many awards and successes from competitions such as these. Not only do they shine through competition, but this group also plans events like their Spring Concert, while also singing at our very own sporting events. There is a lot of work that goes into planning these events. But Chorale’s not alone in their endeavors, they receive much help and support from the other art departments. The band group usually helps with much of the musical aspects of any Chorale performance, while the drama department will more

Jess O’Rourke, Taylor Patry and Patrick Kohlmann sing during the Veterans Day performance. Staff photo by Jake Wentz

than often help set up the stage in the event that it’s necessary. Around 2-3 students are expected to join Chorale second semester of this year, which will certainly help the group shine through even more. “Being in Chorale, you have to set yourself up for very high standards.” Says Junior Patrick Kohlmann. “You have to have a desire to work hard, while also being very open to learning and reading music. Working with people in a group is crucial; it helps to get you more involved and personal with the music itself. It’s a lot of hard work, but it’s so worth it.” So definitely keep your eyes on these star singers. With the amount of talent and perseverance they show, it’s easy to tell that our Chorale group is lined up for greatness. Be sure to support our Chorale instructor Mrs. Bass conducts her class. Staff photo by Joshua Royce St. James singers!

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Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Matt Martel

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Shrouded Snake, Desu-Desu Kon Vaeri Kou XL7 “Stolen Sea’s Ridge of the Mother V5”

tv editor class of 2012

Matt: Hello St. James, on behalf of shark attack, I’m Matt Martel, here with Cody Dean, to discuss the two juggernauts of the current video game landscape: Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim… Cody: And the popular Japanese title, Shrouded Snake, Desu-Desu Kon Vaeri Kou XL7 “Stolen Sea’s Ridge of the Mother V5”. Matt: Well, Cody, to be completely honest, I haven’t even heard of Shrouded Snake, Desu-Desu Kon Vaeri Kou XL7 “Stolen Sea’s Ridge of the Mother V5”. Cody: Well Matt, I’m not too surprised, as this new cult hit is far too underground and smarty smart for you “Elder Scrolls” fanboys, *laughs smugly* Matt: There’s a reason why the amazing Elder Scrolls series actually has fans, unlike your Shrouded Snake, Desu-Desu Kon Vaeri Kou XL7 “Stolen Sea’s Ridge of the Mother V5”. Has Shrouded Snake, Desu-Desu Kon Vaeri Kou XL7 “Stolen Sea’s Ridge of the Mother V5” ever even sold a copy in the U.S? *laughs twice as smugly as Cody* Cody: Actually, it has sold over four copies, Matt. Matt: As a matter of fact, silly Cody, Skyrim has sold over 40 billion copies in the Democratic Republic of the Congo alone. Players can embark upon a wide spectrum of quests, such as joining the Thieves

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Cody Siberious Dean broadcast crew class of 2012

Guild, or turning into a werewolf and slaughtering entire villages of pregnant women and young children. Does Shrouded Snake, Desu-Desu Kon Vaeri Kou XL7 “Stolen Sea’s Ridge of the Mother V5” allow you that kind of freedom? LOL. Cody: That, and more some Matt. In Shrouded Snake, Desu-Desu Kon Vaeri Kou XL7 “Stolen Sea’s Ridge of the Mother V5”, players cannot only join a Thieves Guild and become a werewolf, they can join the werewolf thieves guild, a secret society of human-cat warriors that steal werewolves from the rich and give them to the poor. Matt: Well, can you join the Imperial Legion in the fight to quell the rebellion of the infamous Stormcloak rebels, led by the pig, Ulfric Stormcloak himself? Cody: *Laughs tauntingly* Oh Matt, that sounds reallllllly lame. I mean, why go off and fight some people in shower robes with your precious “magic” and “weapons” when you could save the land of Hyrule in your Varia Suit and collect the various “love spanks” scattered throughout the dream dominion, collect all 867 love spanks and send them in to Kowigawa Metooo Savu Japan studios and receive your very own Harlem Globe Trotters keychain. Supplies limited to the first 1 winners.

Matt: In Skyrim, players can kill dragons and absorb their souls, and use them to learn dragon language known as the Thu’um. I bet you can’t yell a word and push objects and enemies 750 feet off a dangerous, mile high mountaintop in Shrouded Snake, Desu-Desu Kon Vaeri Kou XL7 “Stolen Sea’s Ridge of the Mother V5”, can you? Cody: Oh please. In Shrouded Snake, Desu-Desu Kon Vaeri Kou XL7 “Stolen Sea’s Ridge of the Mother V5” players start off the game with three already known languages, Thu’um, English, and Mandarin Chinese. Plus dragons are, like, everyyyyywhere. They own shops and will attempt to barter with you and other players on your server. Oops, did I say server? Because I totally meant to. Matt: Well, Cody, although this may be news to your uninformed body, Skyrim is widely considered one of the best, if not the best, RPG of all-time. What do you have to say for yourself? Cody: Shrouded Snake, DesuDesu Kon Vaeri Kou XL7 “Stolen Sea’s Ridge of the Mother V5” is also a MMORPG along with classic RPG, FPS, and OMGWTFBBQ elements. Don’t forget to purchase your subscription cards at any fine gas station or Men’s Wearhouse™ below the bible belt. Subscription cards come with 2 whole weeks of service

and a catalog of the best new men’s kakis and vests. Matt: Uh, Cody, what game needs a paid subscription card for only two weeks of gameplay? In case you’re not familiar with our calendar, that’s not a very long time. I don’t think players will think it’s worth the hassle. By the way, why does a Japanese RPG need a catalog for men’s kakis and vests? Explain that, genius………….. Cody: First off Matt, the prepaid subscription cards are only $.49, completely manageable, even for the poorest of the slum-dogs. Not to mention you can always buy the two card starter pack, for only a reasonable $59. 99, the starter pack also comes with one free tie. Which brings me to your other question, why does a Japanese RPG need men’s clothing catalog? Well, how many times has this happened to you: you’re sitting down, playing your favorite Japanese MMORPG when suddenly you remember: Oh no! The big meeting/Johnson family reunion/prom/brisque/open casket funeral/show is tonight! What will I wear?!? Matt: I can tell you with full and complete honesty that that has never happened to me. In fact, I don’t even know the Johnson’s. Cody: Well they’re great people with strong values. Matt: Be that as it may, I have

never met them. Anyways, as you well know, Cody, I always dress with style, and am always prepared for a late night excursion with a family I actually know. What do you know about me Cody Dean?! How dare you question my fashion sense and style?! * Matt starts crying* Cody: Wow, calm down man. It’s okay, we all know Shrouded Snake, Desu-Desu Kon Vaeri Kou XL7 “Stolen Sea’s Ridge of the Mother V5” is the better game. There’s no reason to cry like a little homeless girl. Matt: Trust me Cody, Skyrim is head and shoulders, knees and toes ahead of your foolish game for little Japanese kids, Shrouded Snake, Desu-Desu Kon Vaeri Kou XL7 “Stolen Sea’s Ridge of the Mother V5”. Have fun dreaming about that game. There’s a reason it’s underground and not publicized. You know why, Cody? It’s because Shrouded Snake, Desu-Desu Kon Vaeri Kou XL7 “Stolen Sea’s Ridge of the Mother V5” SUCKS! End of discussion. Cody: Well Matt, I guess for once you’re correct, because you see, every copy of Shrouded Snake, Desu-Desu Kon Vaeri Kou XL7 “Stolen Sea’s Ridge of the Mother V5” comes with a free Hoover vacuum included in the packaging. Some assembly acquired. Matt: Just buy Skyrim.


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Golf tees up new season JaQuez Hemingway staff reporter class of 2013

Junior team captain Lyle Ciardi takes a big swing on the range as he prepares for the season. Staff photo by Gage Davis

Although it’s only January, St. James athletes are already preparing for spring sports. Traditionally, the spring has been a strong season for the Sharks, with softball and baseball having won state championships in 2007 and 2011, respectively. But the most consistently successful program at the school, boys’ golf, has come so close to capturing its first state title. This year, the squad is determined to turn this dream into reality. Over the last two years, the St. James golf team has won a plethora of tournaments and nearly every match it played. The golfers were poised to win the state championship in 2011 and actually

thought they had won on the 18th and final hole, only to find out they were actually tied with A.C. Flora. Before the playoff, the top four players from each school were allowed to practice on the range for a few minutes. With senior Austin Frick leading the team, he advised his teammates to practice with the clubs they thought they would use in the playoff. The Sharks teed off first and had a great shot to pull it off, but in the end, they came up one stroke short. After the initial shock wore off, the Sharks realized that just making it so close to winning states was a huge accomplishment. Last year’s disappointment has turned into motivation and determination for this year’s group, which will have to make adjustments to compensate for the

departure of last year’s strong senior class. “Coming off last year, losing four seniors and coming close to winning states, this year will be a young and rebuilding season, but we will be really competitive,” said coach Mike Riley. St. James will actually have the youngest team in the county, which will be a challenge but also provides a blank slate and tremendous opportunities. It will also provide the younger players more experience and prepare them to travel to new places that they may not have been before. “The goals for this season are to win region, be in top five in lower states, and to be in the top five in states,” Riley said. “We need to use this season to learn ways we can win states.”

Junior Gage Davis makes solid contact as he and the Sharks get ready for the upcoming season. Staff photo by Gage Davis

Home Depot lends Sharks a helping hand

Over the holidays, Home Depot opened their arms and their wallets to St. James. A team of employees was on campus in December to provide the school’s Christmas tree, some lighting, and much-needed of all a evacuation kit. When Nurse Malcom noticed that the school did not have a proper evacuation kit to handle diabetic and special needs students, the word went out that the Sharks were in need. Home Depot came through by providing this kit, which is well equiped for all situations, for free. Photos/Design by Jake Wentz


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Coach Matt Anderson (center) shouts instructions to his wrestlers on the mat. The Sharks are the No. 1-ranked 3A team in the state of South Carolina. Staff photo by Jake Wentz

No. 1 Sharks rule the wrestling mat

Gage Davis staff reporter class of 2013

The St. James wrestling team continues to dominate its competition as the No.1-ranked 3A squad in the state. On Dec.17, the team won the 3rd annual Sharks Duals here at St. James. The wrestlers, under the

leadership of coach Matt Anderson, have never lost their home tournament. Then, over Christmas beak, the team finished 2nd in the Hilton Head Slam out of more than 30 teams. The only squad finished behind only Hillcrest, which is No. 2 in 4A. Then Sharks then won the Bamberg-Ehrhardt tournament to re-

main the top-ranked team in the state. Returning to action after the break on Jan. 5, the Sharks won big over North Myrtle Beach 72-6. And on Jan. 7, the Sharks finished 2nd in the Dreher Invitational, again only trailing Hillcrest. Last year, St. James had one wrestler, John Van Slooten, who powered his way to the individual

state championship. But this year might be a totally different story, with six Shark wrestlers ranked in the top five in their weight classes and eight wrestlers in the top eight. John Van Slooten is first at 145, Derek Rothermel is first at 152, Codi Rothermel is second at 138, Mason Elliot is fourth at 126, Jamie Bolduc is fourth at 132, Gregg Johnson is fourth at 170, Austin

Brown is fifth at 220, and Hunter Brandon is seventh at 195. Beyond their individual goals, the team has a great shot to win the state championship this year. “I feel great about it, and I’m sure the rest of the team does too,” said junior wrestler Dylan Dennis. “I think we have a strong team, and we set our goals extra high this year.”

Boys’ basketball aims at return to playoffs

Junior Caleb Duggan shots a free throw as senior J.C. Cavin looks on. Staff photo by Jake Wentz

Gage Davis staff reporter class of 2013

Coming off a successful season in which the varsity boys’ basketball team made the playoffs and coach Monty Carr was named region coach of the year, there were high expectations surrounding the Sharks at the dawn of 2011-12. So far, the season has been one of ups and downs with lots of adjustments thrown in the mix. The Sharks find themselves at .500 with a 6-6 record, but there is still a long way to go. The scoring and leadership of Caleb Duggan have carried the team, as the junior is averaging 21 points, four rebounds, and three assists per game. This year Caleb’s high score was in the first game against Conway with 33 points. In the team’s 12 games, Caleb has scored 20 or more in six of those contests. And he has two games of 30 or more. Caleb is nearing the school’s top scorer in history, Marshall McClary, and Caleb still has one and a half seasons left to play. But Caleb is just one piece of the

team, and it takes more than one person to win a game. Senior J.C. Cavin runs the team as point guard. J.C. earned an award this year for scoring 1000 points in his high school career. He is now averaging 11 points, four rebounds, and three assists per game. The big man down low on the block is 6’7” junior Matt Strange. Matt has come through with some big plays this year, including a few awesome dunks. The student section in the Shark Tank goes wild when this happens, such as when Matt dunked off a perfect lob from sophomore Tyrell Dukes. Matt is now averaging six points per game, along with five rebounds and two blocks. Matt has one more year left after this year to make some more big plays, so the future looks bright. Senior Jacob Wright has done amazing this year. You wouldn’t expect any regular 6’4” high school player to shoot 3-pointers how Jacob does, but he has proven that he can make shots from anywhere outside of the arc. Jacob is averaging seven points and five rebounds per game. Mr. Carr saw his team get off to

a rocky start this year, but as every good coach tries to do, he coached his team to the right path and got his team back into the race for the region title and maybe another region coach of the year award.

“I think he Coach Carr is a good coach and fun to be around and always makes basketball fun to play for us. Also he brings the team really close and he is a sweet father to his kids,” said Caleb.

Coach Carr gives his team specific instructions for breaking the opponents’ fullcourt press during a timeout. Staff photo by Jake Wentz


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Seniors send off powerful projects The St. James senior project is both a rite of passage and a graduation requirement. All seniors will complete the project when they take their English course. This year, there is a new initiative for students to create displays for the projects. This is designed so students can map their sucsess and show off their hard work to their teachers and the panel of judges. The project now includes a research paper, a student mentor experiance, a product, and a tri-fold display. Those students who completed their senior projects in the fall semester have truly taken a life step toward doing the type of work they will in their college or vocational careers. Photo story by Jake Wentz

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