What sort of effect does media and societal ex- pectations have on how attractive we ﬁ nd our- selves?
The Roundup takes a look into the inner workings of the teenage brain and the toll stress takes on high schoolers
Sophomore Hailey Swirbul celebrates after a victory in one of her many Nordic skiing com- petitions
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BASALT HIGH SCHOOL
MARCH 2014 VOLUME 3 ISSUE 3
Debate Takes State: Aidan Adams Arielle Lyons, Staff Reporter Basalt takes home yet another state champion- ship. This time, in a not as well known Colorado High School Athletic Association (CHSAA) sport: Speech and Debate. Junior Aidan Adams partici- pated in One-on-One Value Debate and Impromptu Speaking, ranking superior and winning the 3A state championship. “I have an irrational fear of failing at something I consider myself good at,” said Adams having only been a part of Speech and Debate for one season. “However I managed to do better than I expected.” Coming from a family that is good at public speak- ing, Adams ﬁ nally decided to join Speech and De- bate and show what he’s made of. When it comes to preparation, Speech and Debate meets every Thursday to run practices for each event. Coached by Language Arts teacher, Mr. Howard, Speech and Debate was lucky enough to add Adams to the team of 2013-2014. Since both of Adams’ events have minimal prep time, he has had to learn how to think on his feet - which he believes he is quite good at. He shared that “I have somewhat of a photographic memory for important things. I like to spend some
of my time reading the news and just learning about history and important things. Everytime I read these, I can remember it and can reference it in a debate or casual conversation.” Adams chose Impromptu as an event because he likes to think on his feet. “Less prep time generally stresses people out”. In impromptu, the participant gets ﬁ ve minutes of prep time after receiving a topic to speak on. There isn’t much in terms of prep that one can do for an event that solely revolves on thinking on your feet. In One on One Value Debate, two people are given a topic -sometimes controversial- and have thirty minutes to prepare both sides of the argument. At the end of this time, a coin is tossed and the winner gets to choose whether to be on the afﬁ rmative side or negative side. Then, the debate begins. This year’s State Speech and Debate meet was hosted by Heritage High School in Denver on January 25 with close to 400 people in attendance;; around 40 of them in Adams’s category. “Preparation for the night before was what one would expect for preparing for anything important:
Photo: Mark Howard Aiden Adams stands with his newly won award from state.
eat good food and have a good night’s rest,” Adams said. Adams traveled to State with members of Roaring
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Schedule Changes Coming Soon to a High School Near You Katie Hankinson, Co-Editor
Recent rumors have been circulat- ing around BHS the past few weeks about the schedule reform occurring next year. Although scheduling is still up for discussion amongst administra- tors, a recent interview with BHS Vice Principal, Adriana Hire, helped to an- swer about scheduling next year. “Right now we’re in the planning stage still,” Hire said. “We need to think about “What are the needs of the students. What are the needs that we have? Who’s below proﬁ cient? Who needs more time to ﬁ nish tasks? How many students are advanced that need to be challenged? Based on that, if the student is proﬁ cient or advanced, do they need to have a class every day? The parameters we have to consider though are time, which we measure as credit;; graduation requirements, and proﬁ ciencies data.”
Right now the school has parameters that need following, such as: time, or credit a student earns per year in order to proceed to their next year of school- ing;; what classes they need to take in order to graduate;; and measuring which students are proﬁ cient or not. As well as see what the school needs to improve, keep the same, or change al- together. In the 2013-2014 BHS school year students presently attend four classes per day, alternating on a block schedule. Only math at the freshman and sophomore level is attended daily. Due to recent analysis using pro- ﬁ ciencies as data and evidence, scores are declining primarily in reading and writing subjects. Due to the scores con- tinuing to drop over the years, adminis- trators have elected to initiate reform in scheduling for next year. “This year we increment 415 minutes
for classes for two weeks,” Hire con- tinues. “If we were to have a 60-minute class every day for English, math, and social studies we would have 600 min- utes for those classes per two weeks, which is a signiﬁ cant increase toward a student’s learning. One hundred and eighty-ﬁ ve additional minutes per two weeks would be essential in the long run. Not to mention students would be earning 7.2 credits per semester, in- stead of ﬁ ve.” In order to add time though, the school has to extend the amount of time students attend school. Next year, school will start at 8 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m. The schedule will consist of English, math, and social studies every day for the ﬁ rst three hours of school. After the core classes, two 90 minute classes will take place after. The two classes in the afternoon will alternate
each day like the block schedule we have now. Mainly what administrators are tak- ing into consideration is the effect in- creased time in classes would have on students ACT scores. “The ACT is very, very important for high schools, because all students use it for college, so we want to make sure every student has the best oppor- tunity they can get,” Hire said. “What we’ve noticed on the ACT is that stu- dents who are proﬁ cient or above don’t have the highest scores on the ACT. So by having it every day, we think we can not only up the scores, but their achievement in work ethic and effort for the future.” Although nothing is set in stone yet, administrators are conﬁ dent in the positive affect this new schedule will have next years and for years to come.
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Theatre Masters Perform Student Plays
Poetry Slam is a Smash, Brings in Large Crowd
After submitting their plays to a young local’s playwright competi- tion, three students from BHS were selected to have their plays performed by a small group of professional actors from the local theatre troupe, Theatre Masters. Among the 88 high school participants from all over the valley who submitted their works, two of the students- sophomore, Brooklyn Koski and senior, Katie Hankinson- were ﬁnalists, while the third, Josh Sarver, was listed as an Honorable Mention. The small group of actors held non- staged performances of “Bloop” by Koski, “Poetry Slam” by Hankinson, and “The Marriage Counselor” by Sarver in the BHS Cafetorium. “It’s so cool to see your writing right before your eyes,” Koski said about seeing her play performed. “It’s so surreal, but amazing at the same time.”
BHS freshman Karyme Lara, se- nior, Katie Hankinson, and junior, Nikole Simecek qualiﬁed to perform spoken word “slam” poetry at the Wheeler Opera House last month. They qualiﬁed through a youth poetry slam competition on February 10 at the PAC3 Center in Carbondale, lead by Arizona poets Myrlin Hepworth and Logan Philips. Due to other ob- ligations, Simecek and Hankinson were not able to attend, while Lara was able to perform her poem at the Wheeler. “During Lara’s poem at the PAC3 everybody was dead silent. Nobody wanted to miss a word,” Hankinson said. “She got such a huge response at the end in terms of applause.” Competitor and BHS student Katie Hankinson had a fun experience in the PAC3 slam and placed second in the competition. Lara placed sixth overall, and Simecek came in seventh out of the 32 middle and high school aged poets that participated. The top ﬁve competitors at the end of the slam were automatically invited to perform at the Wheeler, but all three BHS students that competed were invited because of their gripping poems. “The slam was really supportive,”
Photo: Katie Hankinson
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Hankinson said. “Everyone was root- ing for the poets to do well and feel comfortable performing their work, I think we could and should do more events like that in the valley. I think that it brings people together.”
Photo: Katie Hankinson
Freashman Karyme Lara performing her poem at the Youth Slam.
College Brochures Needed at Basalt Middle School Everybody knows that college is an option after high school. Not many know that it is actually achievable. Basalt Middle School is requesting any high schoolers who have college brochures they no longer need, to do- nate them to the middle school. BMS now has a map case in the front foyer showing where BMS/ BHS graduates have gone to college. Underneath the map case, there is go- ing to be a bookshelf full of college brochures and materials that will be available to students and parents to browse through. BMS administration encourages students to have a growth mindset early on to help them be more excited about looking at colleges and what options they have after high school. There are growth mindset quotes all over the school to help the middle schoolers develop positive attitudes towards high school and even college in their futures. To help contribute, students may drop off their brochures in the front ofﬁce with Karen or Laurie.
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(Wicked) tells the story of family ties and children growing up through this intensive musical composition. Directed by Micha Shope and Paul Dankers, the BHS cast and crew ask you to join them March 13, 14, and 15 at 7pm at Basalt Middle School, and March 16 at 2pm at the Snowmass Chapel. Tickets are $8 for students and $12 for adults.
Photo: Allison Johnson
“Children of Eden” Coming to BHS The BHS Spring Musical “Chil- dren of Eden,” is coming soon to the- atres near you. Based loosely on the book of Genesis, Stephen Schwartz
Photo: Katie Hankinson
Project Graduation Needs Volunteers Volunteers are needed for this year’s Project Graduation to help plan and pull off the party the night of graduation on Saturday, May 31. Project Graduation is a safe fun night for graduating seniors which takes place in the BHS Cafeteria. The cost is $100 to participate. This fee goes toward many exciting prizes that all graduates are eligible to win, includ- ing TVs, lap tops, iPads and more. For more information, please con- tact Dawn Ogren 970-948-5125 or email@example.com.
CONTINUED PAGE 1 Adams traveled to state with mem- bers of Roaring Fork’s Speech and Debate team and also shared a ho- tel room. Although his roommates stayed up quite late before the meet, Adams knew how important a good night’s rest was and opted to go to bed around 10pm. Preparation for most Speech and Debate events is usually a mental game of not psyching yourself out. This applies to the events that Adams participated in. When it comes to Speech and Debate, asking “how did you do” is a point- less question. A competitors’ score - 30 to 50 - is determined by the judges in the room, and each judge judges differently. “I just assumed that I would move forward in Value debate, but I was pleasantly shocked to see I was a ﬁ- nalist in Impromptu speaking, I was even more shocked to discover I had won ﬁrst place” said Adams. “Overall I was very pleased with my results, and plan to continue speech and de- bate until I graduate.”
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Snowcoming Â Brings Â Snowday Â to Â BHS
Photo: Â Madie Â Bailey Senior Â girls Â showed Â their Â Snowcoming Â support Â as Â they Â modeled Â olympic Â athlete Â type Â clothing Â on Â Thursdayâ€™s Â theme Â day.
Kaity Â Johnson Â and Â Hailey Â Swirbul, Â Staff Â Reporters Â Â Â Â Â As Â the Â winter Â season Â peaked, Â BHS Â Stu-Â dent Â Leadership Â designed Â a Â new Â school-Â wide Â activity Â called Â Snowcoming Â Week, Â which Â unexpectedly, Â and Â ironically, Â brought Â a Â snow Â day Â to Â all Â students Â in Â the Â Roaring Â Fork Â Valley. Â Â Â Â Â This Â weekâ€“long Â event Â included Â fun Â theme Â days Â and Â other Â activities Â such Â as Â the Â ever-Âpopular Â What Â Would Â You Â Do Â For Â A Â Klondike Â Bar Â game. Â Other Â weekly Â activi-Â ties Â included Â a Â snowman Â building Â contest, Â winter Â bingo, Â guess Â the Â song, Â and Â movie Â night. Â Â Â Â Â â€œItâ€™s Â kind Â of Â about Â creating Â a Â fun Â at-Â mosphere Â to Â get Â people Â excited Â about Â win-Â ter Â sports Â and Â winter Â activities,â€? Â Student Â Leadership Â Council Â teacher Â Katie Â Hone Â Wiltgen Â said. Â â€œItâ€™s Â essentially Â just Â de-Â signed Â as Â a Â way Â to Â do Â Homecoming-Âlike Â activities Â during Â the Â winter Â when Â we Â ď€ ďŹ nd Â that Â itâ€™s Â kind Â of Â a Â dead Â time Â for Â students.â€? Â Â Â Â Â Â Snowcoming Â has Â happened Â at Â Basalt Â High Â School Â in Â the Â past, Â about Â three Â years Â ago, Â according Â to Â Wiltgen. Â Jenna Â Saleeby Â and Â Joel Â Suarez Â began Â the Â event Â planning Â and Â the Â Student Â Leadership Â Council Â kids Â picked Â up Â where Â they Â left Â off. Â Â This Â year, Â the Â theme Â days Â were Â Pajama Â Day, Â Aspen Â Tourist Â Day, Â What Â Not Â To Â Wear Â Day, Â Olympic Â Athlete Â Day Â and Â White Â Out. Â Â Â Â Â â€œI Â didnâ€™t Â really Â participate Â in Â the Â themes, Â mostly Â because Â I Â thought Â some Â of Â them Â were Â kind Â of Â hard Â to Â dress Â up Â for,â€? Â fresh-Â man Â Cheyenne Â Myers Â said. Â â€œBut Â of Â course Â my Â favorite Â day Â was Â Pajama Â Day.â€? Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â The Â celebration Â of Â winter Â was Â meant Â
to Â be Â Â concluded Â with Â an Â all Â school Â â€œWhite Â Outâ€? Â dance Â on Â Friday Â night Â following Â a Â Basalt Â vs. Â Aspen Â basketball Â game, Â but Â due Â to Â an Â unexpected Â snow Â day Â the Â dance Â and Â game Â were Â cancelled. Â Â Â Â Â Â â€œItâ€™s Â ironic Â that Â we Â had Â a Â snowday Â on Â the Â Friday Â of Â Snowcoming. Â Â The Â dance Â was Â actually Â going Â to Â be Â really Â fun...a Â Friday Â night, Â after Â the Â game, Â everybody Â in Â white. Â We Â had Â a Â DJ Â lined Â up;Íž Â we Â had Â a Â bubble Â machine Â with Â glow Â in Â the Â dark Â bubbles, Â like Â twenty Â black Â lights...that Â was Â meant Â to Â be Â the Â big Â highlight Â of Â the Â week,â€? Â Wiltgen Â said. Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Some Â students Â hoped Â that Â the Â dance Â would Â be Â rescheduled, Â but Â for Â now Â they Â will Â have Â to Â wait Â for Â next Â yearâ€™s Â festivi-Â ties. Â Â Â Â Â Â â€œI Â was Â planning Â on Â going Â (to Â the Â dance) Â and Â was Â disappointed Â when Â I Â heard Â that Â it Â wasnâ€™t Â going Â to Â get Â rescheduled,â€? Â sopho-Â more Â Jake Â Schiesser Â said. Â â€œI Â think Â we Â should Â do Â another Â dance Â sometime Â soon Â to Â make Â up Â for Â it.â€? Â Â Â Â Â Other Â BHS Â students Â would Â like Â to Â see Â some Â changes Â for Â this Â event Â in Â the Â future, Â such Â as Â Myers Â who Â would Â have Â liked Â if Â â€œthey Â made Â the Â activities Â at Â lunch Â a Â little Â bit Â more Â fun.â€? Â Â Â Â Â Â â€œThe Â activities Â I Â thought Â were Â well Â re-Â ceivedâ€“the Â stuff Â that Â went Â on Â during Â the Â week,â€? Â Wiltgen Â said. Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Leadership Â council Â plans Â to Â improve Â the Â celebration Â of Â winter Â next Â year, Â so Â keep Â an Â eye Â out Â for Â the Â Snowcoming Â festivities Â for Â many Â years Â to Â come, Â they Â said. Â
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The Deadliest Country for Students Hailey Swirbul, Staff Reporter
Photo: Hailey Swirbul
On April 16, 2007, Seung-Hui Cho went on a shooting rampage at Virgin- ia Tech University in Blacksburg, VA. Killing 32 people, this was the most deadly school shooting in U.S. history. This shooting occurred in the midst of the country’s “shooting era.” Since 2005, 13 of America’s 25 most deadly school shootings have occurred. The earliest shooting in this rank took place at the University of Texas in 1966. In the past 9 years, however, our country has experienced more deadly school shootings than in the previous 40 years combined. The worst shooting that Colorado has experienced in the past was in Col- umbine in 1999. Two teenage males, Eric Harris, 18, and Dylan Klebold, 17, attempted a suicide bombing in
Columbine High School, but when their bombs failed, it turned into a 49- minute shooting match. The students killed 12 of their fellow students and 1 teacher, as well as injured 21 others, before killing themselves. According to further investigations, the boys had no apparent incentive to kill. They had planned to kill everyone with bombs, even their friends. Investigators be- lieve that the boys had had severe physiological problems. In 2012, the second most deadly school shooting in U.S. history oc- curred at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. Adam Lanza broke into the school, the one that he had attended when he was a child, by shooting the door lock open. As staff began to hear gun ﬁre,
they placed calls to police and ush- ered students into bathrooms and back rooms to hide from the potential harm. However, Lanza killed 20 students ages 6 and 7, and 6 teachers who had done their best to protect their helpless students before committing suicide in a classroom. What is the cause for such a dra- matic increase in school killings in re- cent years? Some channel their blame toward guns and believe that the solu- tion to this growing issue can be solved with increased gun control. However, others may argue that today’s messed up society produces messed up teen- agers with incentive to kill. Rebellion is typically thought of as “cool” in today’s society, and what better way to rebel than to bring a gun to school? As
families break down, so do the emo- tional statuses of teenagers. Teens need some way to channel their feelings in difﬁcult situations, and when they are not given enough of what they feel is an option, they will fall back onto last resorts. Teenagers want attention, and some feel that the only way to get that is to kill people. In 2012, ten school shootings oc- curred in the U.S., and a total of 41 people were killed, with another 13 injured. Although 2012 was deadly, 2013 was even more severe with 32 shootings, but only 27 recorded deaths. In January of 2013, there were eight shootings alone. The United States is the number one country for recorded school shootings in the world.
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Perfect Standards are Flawed: Freckles, Photo Shop and All people. What we should be concerned with I have it worked out in my head lately that is how we feel about ourselves indepen- society’s perception of physical appearance dently, and that those feelings be postitive. is ﬂawed, despite efforts to be deﬁned solely You might be someone’s exact ideal of what as “perfect.” It’s not fair, these standards to is perfect, ﬂaws and all, but because of me- which we have come to apply ourselves and dia, you’re taking that uniquity away, and it’s everyone else to, considering that the picture shameful;; shameful of the media for skewing we’re looking at doesn’t even look like the the image of beauty with the ideas they’ve same person in said photo. Magazines and inﬂicted upon society, and shame on us for movies have altered the way we as a society believing them. perceive someone as attractive, and I ﬁnd it Mostly I consider the “standards” set not only enraging, but horribly sad. for both genders, at which point I start to go I feel like the whole of society has been on a common sense tirade. taught that ‘attractive’ ad- In this day and age, some of jectives, such as ‘beauti- the standards for women’s ful’ or ‘handsome,’ appearances are: to be hair- can only be found in less, except for a long, vo- skinny men and wom- luminous mane on top of en with chiseled phys- pretty heads, complete with ical traits and makeup- but not too much- glowing skin;; except no lipstick or foun- piercing eyes dation because girls should and a sharp still have a natural look to nose;; toned abs them. A large chest, butt or or big breasts. both, to be skinny- blah, blah I just get the blah. While men on the other sense that it’s hand are preferred to have Katie Hankinson too general- toned abdominals or biceps, ized that there piercing eyes, a nice smile, is one kind of “pretty.” It’s like anyone who doesn’t meet soci- ety’s expectations may start to think that since they’re not all the things the men and women are in the magazine, they must not be pretty, and that’s a lie. The pic- tures in magazines are lying. When it comes down to actu- ally looking at the pictures in the magazines, no one seems to real- ize or mind that PhotoShop has been administered to trim down sides of stomachs and tan skin that’s better left pale and a little curvy. PhotoShop is used to “per- fect ﬂaws” that aren’t ﬂaws at all, and it’s sending the wrong message. If those people look like that, why can’t we? And I’ll tell you why: No one in
Graphic: Arielle Lyons
the entirety of this planet’s population is gorgeous or dashing every second of every day. We kid ourselves into thinking that we have to look like that in order to be found amongst the ‘attractive’ adjectives. Photo- Shop is a load of bull because everyone in their own shape and form is, in their own unique way, stunning. So can everyone get on my same page here when I say it bothers me we’re practically looking people in the face and saying, “You’re not pretty because you don’t look like them?” It’s one thing to want to change some- thing about yourself for the sake of your own happiness, but generally we’re told what’s attractive in order to attract other
clean shaved, broad shoulders, be six-foot something- if they’re lucky- I’m just going to stop and keep going with my article here. I say “common sense tirade,” because hasn’t it occurred to anyone that some of these features we classify as attractive are out of our control? Which makes anyone with said features not like the ones listed feel awful. It’s not healthy to be told that be- cause you don’t look a certain way, you’re not beautiful or handsome, that you are not attractive. It’s just downright messed up, and really damaging to a person’s psyche. How many things can we list that we love until we ﬁnally mention ourselves? I get this seems cheesy considering it sounds like an extended inspirational quote boasting how you should love yourself, but personally I ﬁnd it necessary. Required even. Especially as a teenager. We have enough to worry about and appearance should not be one of them. If you don’t mind that you can’t wrap your hands around your thigh until your ﬁngers touch, or your hair doesn’t fall exactly the way you want it to like I do, then don’t worry about it. Who cares if you’re not out of a magazine? No one is. Not even the people in the magazines! If you want to change something about yourself- your hair color, the blemishes on your skin- then do it because you truly want to and because that is what will make you happy at the end of the day. But for the sake of sanity, do not bother with these screwed up ideals set by some guy who knows how to use PhotoShop, because that’s not fair. Being yourself is always go- ing to be more beautiful than that touched up picture you saw in that magazine.
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Which Fish are You?
Graphics: Arielle Lyons, Genevieve Lawry
*Need to get away from each other *Have a lot of attitude *Good people, with strong indepen- dent personalities *Ignorant to reality *Said to pursue arts careers *Seemed clueless as freshman, surprised teachers with their work ethic *“May God have mercy on their souls.”
*Leadership Class *Disappering gradually: rapidly moving schools *Involved in many extracurriculars *Good group of boys and girls *Destined to have the “senior” atti- tude next year *1/2 wants the Limelight, other 1/2 wants to steer clear of attention *“Waiting for their time to shine and rule the school.”
*Quiet, until gathered in groups *Nothing noticabley unique about them YET *Super girls, spazzy boys *On their way to do great things *Intelligent class *Teacher favorites so far for posi- tive attitude and work ethic *Not ﬁghting for attention *“The grade with the best sense of humor”
FRESHMEN *One group of unideal students that poorly represents the grade, hence the bad reputation *Group of highly intellectual kids *Either nproductive/highly produc- tive *Alarming rate of attitude and dis- interest *Very respectful to upperclasmen and others *“I have faith.”
Please note that the views expressed above are those of teachers at BHS who have taught for multiple years. They wish to note that no grade is “bad,” and that each student matures at their own pace. These are simply observations of what teachers have seen throughout the year or years.
SeaWorld of Hurt: Where Happiness Tanks SeaWorld, where “The Voyage Be- likum was rumored to attack one of the gins.” Sounds pretty accurate to me. trainers during a short show. SeaWorld Only, I wonder which voyage they’re bought Tilikum, knowing this dark talking about? Is it the voyage in history, and began breeding him with which live orcas traumatically experi- other whales. In SeaWorld, Tilikum has ence when they are ripped from their killed two more people;; one was a man homes? Or is it the voyage some young who snuck into his tank at night. Tili- calves take when kum ripped him to shreds they are torn away and SeaWorld tried to cover from their mothers the story up by saying the and ﬂown across man most likely died of hy- the country to a dif- pothermia. Evidence proves ferent park? differently. A few years lat- Orcas have been er, Tilikum attacked a senior SeaWorld’s main trainer at SeaWorld named attraction for years, Dawn Brancheau. Again, particularly Shamu. SeaWorld tried to cover the Arielle Lyons Every orca in Sea- attack by blaming Dawn and World has his or her own story. One in particular, that saying it was a trainer’s error. is highlighted in the movie Blackﬁsh, The question is: who’s fault is is named Tilikum. At a very young it? SeaWorld blames Dawn and other’s age, Tilikum was taken away from his blame Tilikum. I blame SeaWorld. I pod and made to live in a small orca don’t believe that we should exploit aquarium in Canada. In this aquarium, large marine creatures for our own per- Tilikum was forced to live in a small sonal enjoyment. Tilikum lived a life dark tank all night long, with two older of misery in SeaWorld. In the wild, female orcas that constantly picked on orcas can travel up to 100 miles per him. day. In captivity, these animals can During his time in this aquarium, Ti- only swim along the sides of extremely
small tanks. SeaWorld tells its visitors that a ﬂopped over dorsal ﬁn is common in one quar- ter of wild orcas and that it comes with old age. This statistic is false. A ﬂopped over dorsal ﬁn is in less than 1% of the wild orca population. In captivity, it comes from the orca’s lack of exer- cise in the small con- ﬁned tank. SeaWorld is far from being the only aquarium/ marine attraction that is Photo: Ruby Lang exploiting marine ani- Local students in the valley have begun efforts by creating mals for entertainment. stickers and a Facebook page to generate awareness, like Many others, like Miami the one showed above. Seaquarium and Georgia Aquarium, do bass would do to their senses. Studies this as well. I witnessed this ﬁrst hand have shown that many animals in these about two years ago when I visited the facilities have become traumatized and Georgia Aquarium. While sitting in a even had psychotic breakdowns. There dolphin show, my heart sunk when I has never been a reported death due to heard bass pounding through the au- an orca attack in the wild... but a plen- ditorium with lasers and strobe lights tiful amount in captivity. Let that sink going off in every which direction. in. Is the freedom of a mammal worth Dolphins rely on sonar as one of their sacriﬁcing for entertainment and incar- main senses. Imagine what thundering ceration?
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With the alarming increase in teenage stress levels leading to depression and rigorous case studies being made, the Roundup takes a look into what stressors are having an affect on the teenage brain and what all the stress is doing to kids today
The “Stress” Years Of Your Life Katie Hankinson, Co-Editor A recent study showing an increase in teen stress levels for today’s generation as opposed to the past, might be seen as nothing less than alarming. With one in ﬁve teenagers suffering from chronic stress, according to a study by Stockholm University, it’s fair to say everyone should be a little worried. When ﬁrst researching statistics online using the key phrase “teen stress,” most would ﬁgure like any other 14-18 year old, high schoolers today are wor- ried about their grades, getting a boy/girl friend, and wishing Mom and Dad would get off their backs- something like that. Yet as years pass, and the aca- demic rigour required of high school students esca- lates more and more, the results of stress induced by these same ol’ “teen troubles,” aren’t as simple as most would like to think. Research shows that one in three teenagers has admitted to becoming depressed to the point of self harm and/or suicide because of their “inability” to cope with the amount of stress they’re undergoing from things such as school, in terms of academics, college admittance;; friends regarding topics like peer pressure and need for acceptance, and ﬁguring out how to impress and avoid punishments from par- ents. It’s enough to take one question into account: has high school always been this stressful? “I don’t remember being as stressed out in high school as my daughter is now,” a mother of a junior
“When I was a senior in high school, I was really stressed with the amount of extra- curriculars I had to the point my parents thought I needed to slow down. Stress didn’t stop me though.”
-Katie Hone-Wiltgen, BHS Choir Director
at Basalt said. “She asked me to help her on her math homework once and I looked at it and thought, ‘Oh my God, I didn’t work on this until I was a sopho- more in college at least.’ It scares me a little bit – how much more advanced the work is now – that I sometimes wonder if some of the kids at school can even do any of this stuff on their own.” Students have upped their academic workloads mostly because they think their increasing their chances for college admittance. By stocking up on A.P. classes and extracurriculars, in addition to a job to help pay for their education, it can be a lot of re- sponsibility for one kid to handle. It might not be the workload that’s got them stressed out either, it’s the idea of making sure they have a stable future going into life as an adult. School is not the only stressful aspect to a teenagers life though. Peer pressure is still a real thing as most adolescents are preoccupied with trying to ﬁgure out how to belong, some students will engage in sub- stance use or sexual relations before they’re ready. Or even taking on a higher amount of workload so as to stay “caught” up with their friend group. However there is one aspect past generations did not have to take into account when considering teen- age stress: social media. Some studies have been introduced recommending the affect social media has on a teen’s stress levels. Social media sites allow
students to stay plugged into one another for as long as their phones are up and running and their notiﬁ- cations are on. So at the end of the day, rather than having a nice break from one another for the eve- ning, scrolling through Facebook, Twitter, and so on, might cause more confrontational attitudes and nega- tivity toward one another. Social media also acts as an easy way for bullies to bully away from in person encounters. Not to mention that rather than some- one’s embarrassment making its way around school, it now has the capability to become world-wide. Overall, these are valid points as to why a teen might be stressed. However there is a valid point to be made: hard workers need to learn to work under stress. One BHS teacher said when she was stressed out, she would sometimes “cry, but more for an emo- tional release. Crying may be a necessary release, but won’t get the work you could have been doing in that time done.” Supposedly there is a lack of understanding that the world works in a hierarchy of hard workers by the millennial generation, with the people who know how to push through the hard times with persever- ance at the top and the people who shut down at the idea of any sort of work load at the bottom. Despite the insensitivity of it all, coping mechanisms need to be developed now because as it’s been said, “It only gets more stressful from here.”
“On my 18th birthday, I was in Samala, Australia, carrying a riﬂe. I was in the Marines in World War II. We (the men) all felt like we wanted to get in and get it over with. But after you get into the ﬁght, you wonder “What am I doing here?” -Albert ‘Hank’ Hankinson, WWII Veteran
“I think ﬁnals are the most stressful thing for col- lege students. You have to learn “big” subjects in a short amount of time. It’s stressul to study and mostly you just pray you pass that ﬁnal.” -Zac Hill, BHS Alumnis & CMC Student
“In school, I’m stressed out about scholarships. Outside of school I’m stressed out about scholarships.”
-Gus Anderson, BHS Senior Class of 2014
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Hailey Swirbul, Staff Reporter Out of the 21 athletes that repre- sented Colorado in the Sochi Winter Olympics, four began their athletic ca- reers in the town just 25 minutes away from Basalt High School: Aspen. Fig- ure skater Jeremy Abbott, freestyle skier Torin Yater-Wallace, and cross country skiers Noah Hoffman and Simi Hamilton qualiﬁed to compete in the 2014 Olympic Games to represent not only their country, but their home town of Aspen. For veteran Jeremy Abbott, 28, Sochi was his second Olympic expe- rience. In the 2010 Winter Olympics, he placed 9th in the men’s ﬁgure skat- ing event. Abbott began skating com- petitively at age four, and has never stopped improving. Abbott lived in Aspen throughout his childhood, but after completing middle school there he moved to Colorado Springs in order to pursue his skating opportunities. “Peggy [Jeremy’s childhood coach] felt she had taken him as far as she could,” Jeremy’s mother, Allison Scott, said in an interview. “She was the one in 1998 who suggested Jeremy relocate to a training center if he want- ed to keep improving.” Though Abbott left Aspen before his career peaked, Hoffman, Hamilton and Yater-Wallace still reside in the
valley. The Aspen athletes enjoyed their experience at the Olympic venue in Sochi, Russia. In the Endurace Vil- lage, where the cross country skiers were housed along with cross country biathletes, they all praised their ac- commodations. “At the venue, the Endurace Village, we can walk up to the dining hall, we can walk to the trails, we can walk to the stadium,” Hoffman said to Ruptly TV. “Everything is so smooth and so easy, I have absolutely no complaints. We love being here.” Before the Games, there had been terrorist attack threats from a woman’s terrorist group called the Black Wid- ows. The threats turned many fans away from the Games in fear of actual attack, but inside the Olympic Village there appeared to be no actual danger or threat. “I haven’t seen too many security ofﬁcers inside the Olympic Village,” Hoffman wrote in his blog. At 18 years old, Yater-Wallace was very excited to be attending his ﬁrst Olympic Games. The youngster was comforted by the fact that so many Coloradans would be experiencing his ﬁrst Games with him. “I couldn’t imagine a better situ-
Olympic athlete Torin Yater Wallace
ation,” Yater-Wallace told the As- pen Times. “There’s a whole crew of people here from Colorado that I’ve known for my whole life.” Similar to Yater-Wallace, Simi Ham- ilton, 26, attending his second Olym- pic Games, positively reviewed and really enjoyed seeing familiar faces in the Endurance Village of cross country and biathletes.
“You get to know a lot of great peo- ple from just being on the World Cup all year,” Hamilton wrote in his blog. “It’s fun to hook up with friends around here for a quick game of pool or a train- ing lap around the racecourse” Overall, Aspen’s Olympians claimed to have had an exciting experience rep- resenting their home town in Sochi, Russia in the Olympic Games.
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Kaity Johnson, Staff Reporter You may have seen the tall, blonde girl roaming the halls or exercising in the community. This would be Ba- salt High School’s sophomore Hailey Swirbul, who is constantly training for her winter sport, Nordic skiing. Swirbul started Nordic skiing in ﬁfth grade after making the decision between AVSC’s freestyle ski team and their Nordic program. “I started because my brother want- ed to join Nordic skiing as winter training for summer mountain biking and that inspired me,” Swirbul said. Along with plenty of other achieve- ments, her greatest achievement was winning third place in the 5k classic mass start in Fairbanks, Alaska in 2013. When she crossed the ﬁnish line she felt rewarded;; all of the hard work had paid off. Training is a huge part of Nordic skiing because you have to be in real- ly great shape, physically and mental- ly. Swirbul spends an average of two hours a day, six days a week, training. A high hour week is about 22 hours and a low hour week is about nine.
Swirbul (left) posing on the podium with some Steamboat buds.
“I love the training aspect of Nordic because I know that the results I achieve in races depends on the quality of my training and the time I put into it. It’s time consuming and takes a lot of moti- vation to put in up to 20+ hours a week
Photo: Hailey Swirbul
of training,” Swirbul said. Swirbul missed a total of four weeks this school year to travel around the world for her ski races. She stayed organized as best she could to keep up with her schoolwork and also talked to
her teachers ahead of time to get the work she was missing. “The most stressful thing about ski- ing is missing long periods of school. It is difﬁcult to stay on top of missing so many classes and so much work, but I manage to stay organized and get everything done,” Swirbul said. Another interesting thing about Nordic skiing is that you meet so many new people when you travel and you get to know their stories about why they are Nordic skiing as well. Swirbul has met a lot of new people at ski races that she still keeps in touch with. “One of the coolest things about skiing is maintaining friendships with people around the country that I’ve met at races or summer camps. I have made really good friends,” Swirbul said. Her short-term goal is to win the National title in Stowe, Vermont, this upcoming March. As for her long- term goals: “I’ll see where my short-term goals take me,” Swirbul said.
Basalt Basketball Finishes Out Season Strong
Although it was a tough season for the Basalt Longhorns they managed to persevere ending on an overall highspirited note.
Katie Hankinson, Co-Editor The BHS Longhorn Basketball teams ﬁnished off their season this week, each team walking away with a fair share of wins, losses, and experiences. This season, the boys were led by newly hired coach, Danny Martinez, a local police ofﬁcer for the town of Basalt. He only had kind words for his team and the season. “The season’s been pretty good,” Martinez said. “The boys have worked
really hard, and it’s been really great to see them give it their all. It’s been full of ups and downs, but it’s been great seeing the boys bring all their heart to the court every day to practice and to games.” When asked about what he plans to bring to the basketball program for years to come, Martinez said, “I want to get this program to be competitive and fun, but be able to teach funda-
mentals. Building a strong program, that’s my thing.” The girls’ head coach, Tiffany Ro- bison, was not available for an inter- view. Senior Cira Mylott was available to comment on the team’s season in- stead. “Even though we had a rough sea- son,” Mylott said. “I’m glad we had the team we had.” The ﬁnal records for the regular sea-
son were girls, 1-17;; boys, 3-16. The girls team played Aspen Mon- day, February 24th in a game to see if they qualiﬁed for playoffs, but lost 28 to 27. The boys went on to the District Tournament, winning against Olathe, 44-25, but ultimately losing against Aspen, 51-28, and Roaring Fork High School, 52-30, and ﬁnishing their sea- son. Coach Martinez, though, has high hopes for next year’s season.
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BHS Senior Went To State For Wrestling
Not Your Average Sport: Figure Skating Oriah Clark, Staff Reporter
Katie Hankinson, Co-Editor
Photo: Xavier Portillo
Recently BHS Senior, Xavier Portillo, attended state’s for wrestling. When asked about his experience at state and during the season overall, Portillo took on a heavy set look about the work needed to wrestle. “It’s the toughest sport I’ve played because its physically and men- tally hard,” Portillo said. “You have to have the mental strength to get the physical strength you need to compete. You have to be mentally strong to tell yourself to not give up. I went to watch last year and I promised myself this year that I was going to go. It’s a tough sport, but hard work pays off.”
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Megan Sherry pictured skating on a local pond in Aspen.
In the simplest of terms, ﬁgure skat- ing is sliding across ice while throw- ing some jumps and twirls into it. As graceful and smooth as skaters make it look, though, it takes years of commit- ment, training, and hard work. Two BHS sophomores Megan Sher- ry and Karla Ruiz have done just do by devoting years of hard work into this incredible sport. Sherry skates with the Revolutions Skating club, trained by Peggy Behr and Michelle Hocknell. Ruiz skates with Aspen Figure Skating Club, coached by Teri Hopper and Jenny Nelson. Sherry has been skating for about eight years, and Ruiz has been skating for eleven. “Right now I skate on Mondays from 4-5, Fridays from 4-5:30, Satur- days from 9:30-11:30 and sometimes Wednesdays,” says Sherry. With a schedule like that it sounds difﬁcult to balance school and practice, but Sherry disagrees. “It’s pretty easy most of the time to balance my time,” she counters. “It’s a rather ﬂexible schedule so it’s no big- gie if I miss one or two practices here and there.” Sherry adds that although the glam- orous outﬁts are fun, her favorite part of the sport is jumping, a big jump spe- ciﬁcally- even though jumps and spins are the hardest part. With many years of dedication
Photo: Megan Sherry
to the sport Sherry says she’s probably won’t be giving it up. “I deﬁnitely want to have it a part of my life always, whether its me coach- ing or me working on my own skills.” On a completely different schdule is Karla Ruiz, who skates four days a week from 4-6 and has a harder time balancing school. “It can be pretty tough sometimes,” Ruiz admits. “I come home tired a lot and I’m not motivated to study or do my homework.” She adds, “especially during competition season because I can stress myself out but overall it’s actually pretty balanced.” Although competition season is stressful, it can also be fun. “It can be really nerve wracking, es- pecially if you don’t win you can have doubts in yourself. ,” Ruiz says/ “But it’s exciting to show the judges what you’ve got and how much you have progressed. It’s a wonderful yet stress- ing experience, but loads of fun doing something I love.” Ruiz ﬁnishes off her interview by saying, “I love ﬁgure skating. It has be- come a part of me. The minute I step on the ice, I get the greatest sensation. It’s ﬁlled with good vibes and it can in- stantly put a smile on my face,” says Ruiz. She would love to coach one day, and skate as long as she can, because of the impact it’s had on her life.
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A “Sure” Way to Support Local Business Arielle Lyons, Staff Reporter Whether you’re craving salty or sweet, Sure Thing Burger will satisfy your every need: for a pretty penny of course. Only a few months old, this banging burger joint has attracted customers of all ages with their juicy burgers and decadent milk shakes. For just $6, you can get yourself a burger made with local beef, fresh veggies and some special sauce. You can also add $1 additions of bacon and avocado - which I always do. When asked why they chose to go to Sure Thing, many people re- sponded with “they have local beef.” Local beef has become increasingly popular in the past few years and although these burgers may be ex- pensive, it may be worth it to know where the meat is coming from, un- like Wendy’s©. Sure Thing Burger is located in the
Photo: Sure Thing Burger
relatively new Willits development by Mauka Frozen Yogurt, Starbucks and Asiana Fusion. When speak- ing to Sure Thing owner Scott, he said that he plans to make a proﬁt of about $100 a day. Not a bad plan for a
sprouting business. Others say that they like Sure Thing, but are turned off by the prices. For a normal burger, fries and foun- tain drink, the price totals $11.90. In comparison to Wendy’s©, that’s a lot.
When deciding where to go, you can weigh what’s more important to you: high cost of a meal with reliable meat or a lower cost meal with sketchy meat. You make the decision. The only suggestions given by students and other customers is that Sure Thing expand their menu. Any- body can get an expensive burger at Smoke. Several high school students and local community members com- mented that they wanted to see more variety and growth on the menu, maybe some hot dogs or sandwiches? What are your thoughts? Clearly, the overall verdict on Sure Thing though, is positive! Longhorn Roundup Rating:
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entertainment 15 Valentine’s Special: Basalt’s Happy Couples Sorry if we might have left you out. There’s a lot of happy people to keep track of!
Ashton Albright & Katie Hankinson
Libny Vega & Viviana Garcia
Coleman Kardoes & Sidney Csotty
Ian Lumsden & Carsyn Knotts
Shion Reilly & Daniella Chissum
A.J. Thompson & Atlanta Ellison
Enrique Rodriquez & Yazmine Ventura
Megan Sherry & Tucker Jenkins
Naomi Hennefeld & Connor Hiser
Julia Gutierrez & Andrew Andrade
Ivan Loya & Victoria Silva
Jake Mitchell & Kristin Mason
Javier Huerta & Izanami Diaz
Mark Barto & Bailey Strobel
Tim Johnson & Hunter Ash
Kris Krueger & Savy Cheatham
Morelia Bautista & Jayla Ellis
Ana Morales & Oswaldo Olmedo
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The third issue of this year's Basalt Longhorn Roundup, the student newspaper from Basalt High School, March 2014
Published on Mar 13, 2014
The third issue of this year's Basalt Longhorn Roundup, the student newspaper from Basalt High School, March 2014