Vol. 48, No. 1 (Fall)

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Smith has the SMARTs

Scientific research and one student’s opportunity

The Enterprise Captain Shreve High School, Shreveport, LA Volume 48, No. 1, Fall 2017 • Free

eSports star Competitive gaming taken to the next level

New country, new culture, new community Foreign exchange students talk about life at Shreve



3 - Meet the guy behind the plays


Rachel Dupree

Get in touch with Shreve’s star quarterback.


Kaden Bagwell Jaimin Bhagat AntZavier Brown Kelsey Harlow Alexis McClain Jada Wiggins Chase Willis

4 - eSports star

An inside look at eSports takes gaming to a whole new level.

6 - New country, new culture, new community Foreign exchange students discuss their Captain Shreve experience.

8 - Smith has the SMARTs Parker Smith has hands-on experience with cancer research.

10 - Behind the scenes of “Almost, Maine”

Take a look at the process for putting together the 2017 fall production.

12 - The work of an influential woman

Faculty Adviser Kevin Allen

The Enterprise news magazine is published quarterly by students in the journalism class at Captain Shreve High School.


Take a glance inside the life and everyday work of Laurie Carter.

14 - Flagline finding groove

Being on flagline is more than just waving flags at a football game.




Meet the Guy Behind the Plays

Story and photo by Kelsey Harlow


ead football coach Bryant Sepulvado says there are two types of leaders, “some that are vocal and others that lead by example.” For senior quarterback Lucas Grubb, those are words to live by. “Humility is essential,” Grubb says. “No one wants to follow a selfish leader.” Sepulvado says Grubb’s work ethic is what sets him apart from other quarterbacks in the district. In return, Grubb says, he expects a strong brotherhood and high effort from his teammates. Grubb’s teammates and friends describe him as a caring, loyal and supportive person that many people can go to. “Once he gets to know you, he will do anything for you,” teammate Colton Gill says. “He’s a great friend to have.” Gill has been friends with Grubb since freshman year. The pair’s energy on and off the field reflects a positive and work-driven environment. By keeping everyone laughing and in a positive mood during practice and games, teammates say, Grubb never fails to make the sport more fun. “This one time at practice, Lucas and I came to our friends and we decided that we were gonna start huddling around random people on the team,” Gill says. “Later, we moved on to the coaches, and everyone was laughing. They thought it was so funny.” Though Grubb is usually in high spirits, he has faced some challenges. “Some of the biggest obstacles over the years have changed,” Grubb says. “They began as just being nervous for the game and have gradually changed to coping with the crowd’s reactions if bad things happen.”

In the nine years that Grubb has played football, the crowd has gotten much easier for him to cope with. He says his performance can be reflected by how he plays during tough situations. “A game that sticks out to me is last year at Natchitoches Central,” Grubb says. “It was the fourth quarter of the game, and we had been playing poorly.” Grubb says this game sticks out to him because he threw a ball to former player Cam Davis, who scored a game-winning touchdown, earning the Gators a 3-0 record. Grubb’s biggest challenge over the years, however, was the death of former head coach Richard Lary. Grubb says it was a life-changing experience. “I’ve known him my whole life,” Grubb says. “He was the reason why I came to Shreve. He wanted me to come to Shreve ever since I was in elementary school.” Lary came to Captain Shreve in 2009 as the head football coach. He was also the athletic director and coached swimming and tennis. Lary suffered a heart attack at a baseball game on April 25, 2015, and later passed away at Willis Knighton-Pierremont Hospital. Grubb says the first game without Lary was tough, but that they all knew they had to play for him. It gave the team a bigger purpose to do well. “He was like a second father to all of us,” Grubb says, “and he knew all the right things to say.” Grubb says a leader, like Lary, should be a good encourager – someone who can lift their teammates out of low places in rough times. “They should expect to see an example of how to act on and off the field,” Grubb says. “They should expect a leader who is going to have their backs.” 3

eSports star

Taking gaming to the next level

Story and photos by


Kaden Bagwell and Rachel Dupree

f one was to close his or her eyes and picture an avid gamer, what would they look like? The assumption is that they would probably have glasses, be overweight and have a Doritos-stained shirt. What would the room surrounding them look like? Would there be plates of food littered throughout and clothes spewing all over the floor? “There are definitely gamers out there who can’t function in certain environments,” eSports gamer Peyton Lacy says. “My brother is a huge nerd, but he has the physique of a bodybuilder, he does jiu jitsu, and is an overall funny guy. So, he’s still a huge nerd, but he has a good social life, too. The stereotypical nerd is someone who can’t function socially, and I think that you can be heavily invested into eSports, just as a normal high-schooler would be invested in a normal sport, and still have a fruitful social life.” Peyton is a semi-professional gamer. He is also a senior at Captain Shreve. Although he does have glasses, he is physically fit. His room is neat and very well kept, with every article of clothing hanging in his closet in a neat and organized manner. Peyton is an honor roll student and excels in the classroom. “It all started in eighth grade when I was first introduced to League of Legends,” Peyton says. “A fellow Shreve student, Talon Young, actually got me into it, and then League of Legends advertised their eSports tournaments, and I started watching that. And I was like, oh this is cool.” The realm of eSports, more commonly known as profes-


sional gaming, is on the rise in popularity not just in the U.S., but also around the globe. According to Newzoo, a market research firm specializing in digital gaming, there are 148 million eSports enthusiasts around the globe. Newzoo also reports that 22 percent of American male millennials watch eSports, which is equal to the popularity of baseball in this demographic. In 2016 the eSports industry produced $493 million in revenue and is projected to hit $1 billion by 2019. “[What makes it so popular is] the fact that anyone, even people who aren’t physically strong, can participate,” Peyton says. “For example, at the top level you will see this really lanky guy being cheered on by thousands of spectators and even more spectators online. It inspires people because it gives them an opportunity to succeed at something meaningful without having the physical aspects involved.” It is very possible to make a career out of eSports. ESports teams all need managers, players, staff, etc., with each getting a chunk of the money won through tournaments, endorsement deals and merchandise sales. Peyton currently competes in a popular esports league called Upsurge. It has two best-of-three games a week spread out over a nineweek season. Peyton’s eSports organization, Ever eSports, is currently seeded first. “I made $10 off a separate tournament we won a week ago,” Peyton says. “And if we win the Upsurge League, we get $250 split between five people. If you wanna go pro, you have to get noticed, which requires a high rank. In LOL there is a seven-day rank reset, where if you don’t play you

Peyton Lacy’s collection of professional eSports jerseys

can lose your rank competitively, which is what people look at to notice you. You have to keep playing to get a better rank.” Peyton, like every senior in high school, has thought about college. He plans to major in computer science, which will provide him with many job opportunities in the gaming industry as well as outside of the industry. He is currently working to get scholarships for college related to the realm of eSports. I’ve gotten two unofficial eSports scholarship offers so far,” Peyton says. “The guy who runs the eSports at Maryville University, he is an actual eSports manager for a professional eSports organization. He said if I can reach the rank challenger in League, that the scholarship offer is on the table. There’s a private school called Illinois College that offers a $25,000 eSports scholarship. I’d like to turn eSports into a profession, but I’m being realistic and only taking that route if an opportunity arises.”

Michelle Pesson



michelle@escapeshreveport.com 8856 Youree Dr, Suite A Shreveport, LA 71106


new country, new culture & new communiTy change student Story and photos by Alexis McClain


s a little kid, Franziska Tzschoppe had always wanted to see what school in America was like. She had seen so many movies about America, and she wanted to experience it and be a part of it. When she was a 10th-grader, her teacher talked to her class about the option of going to a different country, living there for a year and going to school. That was exactly what Franziska wanted to do, and this year she has been able to fulfill that desire at Captain Shreve. “I thought that was a perfect chance to do exactly what I always wanted to, to go to America and be here in high school,” Franziska said. BECOMING A FOREIGN EXCHANGE STUDENT Franziska, also known as Francy, is 16, a junior and a German foreign exchange student. She is one of five foreign exchange students at Captain Shreve this year who each took similar paths in the journey to be a part of what they consider the opportunity of a lifetime. Leonir Almeida Pereira, from Brazil, said that he also wanted to experience the culture, language and people the United States consisted of, but he also wants to go to college here. Like Franziska, Kristina Hohnroth and Samuel Bienentreu are from Germany. Franziska and Kristina became a part of the program in similar ways, though before traveling to the United States, they had never met. “The U.S. was a big dream because you always see it in movies, and everyone would like to come to this country,” Kristina said. After a meeting in school, she was determined to participate in the program. Once these students decided to become a part of the program, they did everything in their power to make it happen. “To me it was like I knew I wanted to do it and so nothing could stop me,” Franziska said. Another exchange student, Inga Bezruchko, from Kazakhstan, believes that this program is more than just the memories she will make.


foreign ex program

“For me, being an exchange student means not only take something from outside, but also contribute,” Inga said. “Exchange, from my point of view, is an opportunity to introduce my country to my American friends and tell them about our traditions. Any experience is always good experience.” PREPARING FOR THEIR JOURNEY These students went through a lot to be able to prepare for the trip they embarked on. Many things, including learning the language, helping one another and knowing what to expect made their trip a lot less stressful. “My organization has a meeting that future exchange students go to and learn about the culture and everything,” Franziska said. “That really prepares you really well for living here, though it’s not the same as actual living here.” This is a big help to foreign exchange students like her, but the most preparation she did was for the English that she had to learn. She has been taking English for the last seven years and can speak some French. Franziska said that almost everyone can speak English in Germany. Though language does seem to be a main preparation among the group of students, it is also one of the biggest challenges. “The hardest thing here is the language because I’m trying to learn,” Leonir said. “Sometimes is hard to talk with someone because I don’t know how to say something.” Practice definitely makes perfect, in these students’ case, and they get more and more comfortable one day at a time. “The more people I meet, the more confident I feel about my speech,” Inga said. “Now it’s easier to make friends for me…I’m confident and open to new experiences.” Kristina also agrees that the hardest thing for her is to speak English because it is not her primary language. Language is just one of the aspects that have allowed for these students to become ready for the year. Their host families have also had a strong impact on their preparation. “I have a little host sister, and host dad and host mom,” Franziska said. “They already had three exchange students before me,

so they really know how to handle things and what to do. And it’s really nice because they have the same interests, and I’m really happy because of that. And they make me feel like I’m at home, so I don’t miss my family and friends that much as I probably would be if I lived in a bad family or something.” Leonir is also “very happy” with the host home he is in, though he does admit he misses the beaches in his home city. Overall, the students said, their host homes have done a good job at preparing them for this new society. “I’m very grateful to my host family for helping me become accustomed to my new environment,” Inga said. “My family here tried to answer all my questions and has introduced me to Southern customs.” ADAPTING TO CHANGE During the school year so far, the foreign exchange students have been able to see the differences between schools and cultures in their home countries and those in America, and they have learned how to adapt to these differences. “You can’t really choose your favorite subject and classes, so you have to have everything there is,” Franziska said of German schools. “And so you get a lot of knowledge and not just about one particular thing, and I really like that better.” Franziska and Kristina both explained that instead of having multiple classes, in Germany they have only one class that they stay in the whole day. Each year the students are in the same class, so they already know each other. Another difference is that in Germany they do not have to pay to go to college, unlike American students. In Brazil there are also many differences. “We have just three years on high school,” Leonir said. “In my country what we study is more advanced than the schools here.” He also said that in Brazil they have only compulsory subjects.

Photo submitted by Franziska Tzschoppe

“I think being an exchange student is an excellent path to make foreign friends and find out something new about another country and the way people live on the other side of our planet.” – Inga Bezruchko In Kazakhstan, Inga said, their schools are not required to make amenities for disabled students, and she personally likes the special classes and other things American schools do for special needs students. Inga also said that, unlike at Shreve, football is not very popular in Kazakhstan and the schools there do not have many extracurricular activities. Not only is the education itself different, but according to Franziska, the people also act and carry themselves much differently, and she has definitely had to adapt to it. “I really like Shreve, especially the people and everything... they’re interested in you, especially if they know you come from elsewhere,” Franziska said. Though the students’ strong interest in her makes it easier for her introduce herself, it has had its challenges that go along with it. “It was really hard for me to cope with all those people who are really open ‘cuz in germany they’re closed,” Franziska said. Though she has had her difficulties with the unfamiliar society, Franziska said, she got lucky when it came to making new friends here. “I got lucky because in the first week or something there was a girl who introduced me to a group of friends who have the same interest and everything so I could get some friends really fast,” Franziska said. “I think the volleyball club and stuff...helps to get people to know you and say hello in the hallway and everything.” All of these students have been enjoying their new experiences, friends and school in the United States at Captain Shreve. Though they went through a lot to become a part of this program, they have each had many life-changing and eye-opening moments that they know they will remember forever. “I think being an exchange student is an excellent path to make foreign friends,” Inga said, “and find out something new about another country and the way people live on the other side of our planet.” 7

Hands-on Science and Medicine Academic Research Training Program


s Parker Smith begins his task for the day for the SMART program, he grabs the pipette, the APS, the TMED, the beaker and the equipment. Don’t forget the tissues! Parker measures with careful precision, pours a chemical with a pungent smell and waits for the results. A gel-like substance begins to take shape.

What is SMART?

SMART stands for Science and Medicine Academic Research Training program. Students who are interested in medicine, biomedical research or biomedical engineering and who will be seniors are offered intensive hands-on research experiences with this program. According to LSU Health Sciences Center, over 167 students from Caddo and Bossier parish high schools have participated in the SMART program over the span of 17 years. 8

Who is Parker Smith?

Parker Smith is currently a senior at Captain Shreve. He is the president of Key Club and the vice president of Youth and Government. Parker is also involved in Student Council and National Honor Society and plays soccer and tennis. He plans to attend Stanford or the University of Michigan and aspires to have a career in finance or economics. Parker joined SMART to explore the medical field, which is also a possible career for him.

Parker adds different types of chemicals such as APS and TMED to the beaker using a pipette.

Parker Smith cleans the equipment to later use to form a gel-like membrane. This substance is used to hold cancer cells.

Over the 2016-2017 school year, Parker was offered the opportunity to enroll in the SMART program. After much consideration and advice from his teachers, parents and previous SMART students, Parker made the decision to do it. Parker had to fill out an application and meet the requirements in order to sign up. “I had to write an essay about a scientific discovery I had made and submit a resumé,” Parker says. Prior to his acceptance to the program, Parker did research on cancer and the processes that take place in the lab. This was his scientific discovery, and it helped set up the basics for his lab time later on. During the summer Parker attended LSUHSC 40 hours a week and learned about the basics of the lab. “I did a lot of pipetting, split cells, cleaned stuff, did western blots (identifying specific amino-acid sequences in proteins) and just helped out wherever I was needed in the lab,” Parker says. He has been able to observe and work with Dr. Yunfeng Zhao, who is well known for his study with cancer prevention and treatment.

Parker goes from Captain Shreve to LSUHSC every day. This usually takes him around 15-20 minutes depending on the traffic. Then Parker parks in a specific parking lot using his badge. After this, he has to wait for a special bus to come pick him up to take him to the research center. On some days the bus comes early, and on some days the bus is late. Going from Shreve to do his research is a very timely task. “It eats up a lot of time,” Parker says. “I make it work, though.” Parker also has to use his own car, so this means that his gas expenses have increased. When he was playing soccer over the summer, Parker tore his ACL. This has created some difficulty for him when working around the lab or when trying to get to places with longer walking distances.

How it all started

The Research

Parker works in the pharmacology department at LSUHSC and does research on cancer cells. There is potential for his research to go far and eventually help treat cancer. “The goal is to figure out as much as I can about the way UCP2 (uncoupling protein 2 in the mitochondria) works and eventually figure out how to use it in cancer treatments,” Parker says. “This may not happen in my time in the lab, but any work helps, and hopefully it will get there one day.”

The Benefits

Not only is Parker able to learn about key lab procedures and cancer research, but he is also able to submit his research paper to scholarship organizations and the science fair, which can likely result in scholarships. There were also other advantages for which Parker worked 40 hours a week at LSUHSC. “I was paid during the summer, but when school started I stopped getting paid and only work about 10 hours a week,” Parker says. The change from 40 hours a week to 10 hours a week is to accommodate Parker’s school schedule. Parker will be required to do a science fair project on his work and findings relating to his research at LSUHSC.

Transportation and Time

How to Apply

Students who are interested in the SMART program can check with their counselor or contact the SMART program coordinator, Sassy Williams, by calling 318-759-2298 or 318-617-9436. Science teachers can also help by giving advice. “It’s really cool,” Parker says, “and it’s been an awesome opportunity.”

Requirements for SMART

•Must have completed junior year of high school and be preparing for senior year in Caddo or Bossier parishes. •A’s and B’s in science class with a high GPA •Suggested ACT score of 28 (composite or science area). •Completed or currently enrolled in biology, chemistry, physics. •Exemplary attendance and behavior. •Commitment to work in assigned laboratory full-time for 7 weeks during the summer before senior year. •Available transportation to/from LSU Health Shreveport during the summer months as well as during the school year. Source: LSU Health Sciences Center 9

Behind the scenes of

Almost, Maine

Story and photo by AntZavier Brown Fight captain Miranda Sanchez and actor Chase Dittman


onths of rehearsals and preparations went into the Theatre Performance Team’s fall play, “Almost, Maine,” a romance about strangers becoming friends, friends becoming lovers and lovers becoming strangers. Drama teacher and TPT director Heather Hooper chose the cast of 19 characters through an audition process. When actors audition for certain roles, it is called a cold read, and based on these cold reads, Hooper chooses which actor will play what role. For their auditions the actors were given small scripts to memorize for specific roles. Actors are picked based on many things, but the most important, Hooper says, is if she can hear them while she is sitting in the middle row of the auditorium, because if she cannot hear them, the audience on the day of the show will not be able to. Another criterion for an actor being picked for a show is how fearless they are in auditions and what choices they make when performing. Some of the cast members chosen for “Almost, Maine” were Malik Williams, Cara O’Kray, Andrew Escude, Bryant Wiggins, Grace Jensen, Kat Gallagher, Reygan Taylor, Chase Dittman, Brittney Abrams, John Bryant, Naima Bomani, Sha’Breanna Anderson, Tori Robinson, Justice Johnson, 10

Roshun Holand and Natalie Schafer. Rehearsals were coordinated by six stage managers, who each managed a particular scene. Some stage managers were in charge of multiple scenes. Hooper says a stage manager has to be confident and unafraid to give the cast feedback. Stage managers for a production can be soft spoken, but if they are soft spoken they have to be organized and the boss. Other roles chosen for the production included a fight captain, props mistress, sound board operator and light board operator. The fight captain makes sure actors with combat scenes use the right techniques so actors do not get hurt. Some members of the cast shared their experiences working through the production process. What is the process for a stage manager when he or she is putting a scene together? “First, I let the actors for a scene read over their lines and get comfortable with them so they can become word-perfect,” stage manager Hollie VanBuskirk says. “After they read over it a couple times, they will soon get more interactive with it.” How is the experience of being a stage manager? Is it easier as a manager or as an actor?

“Personally, I think it is easier being an actor because sometimes leading your actors is a challenge, but I still do my job confidently,” VanBuskirk says. “Originally, I had auditioned to be an actor, but I decided to do this production because I was not able to last year.” Do you like the stage managing? Would you do the job for another production? “Of course I would do it again,” VanBuskirk says. “It’s good to be a part of something bigger than yourself. I love helping my actors with basics like lettering techniques as well as blocking. It’s a challenge, but it makes it easier for my actors.” How is it working with new actors? “It is interesting being on the flipside for once and working with someone with not much experience,” actor Chase Dittman says. “I have to be the mature one to them to show them how we should act.” What are some techniques and tools you use to memorize lines? “I first read over the lines to get a feel for the scene,” Dittman says. “Then I will do a lettering technique. A lettering technique is a sheet a paper with the first letter of each word in all the lines you have to act.” Does being an actor in a big production have its ups and downs? “Yes. Like before, when I act any character, I imagine myself as the character, which is a challenge, but once I get it, the job is easier,” Dittman says. “Also, we like to joke around as cast members, but we always then go straight to

business. I always try to stay professional in rehearsals.” Do you think blocking and staging is challenging? “It was a big challenge at first, but we learned stage symbols to simplify it for us, like centerstage, stage right and stage left,” actor Naima Bomani says. “Blocking is important because without it you might not know what your action is. So, you need to write them down and use pencil while blocking.” How has your first TPT production process been for you? “It is so fun and exciting learning new stuff about acting during every rehearsal,” Bomani says. “My castmates are helpful, nice and very encouraging as well.” How do you teach the actors stage combat? “There is a specific way we fight,” fight captain Miranda Sanchez says. “We do not actually hit each other. We make it look real with a technique we call the V-slap, which is a slap in a V motion.” How do you perform a V-slap? “V-slaps happen close to the face, but you do not touch your partner’s face,” Sanchez says. Then your partner makes sound by hitting their leg.” Does “Almost, Maine” have a lot of scenes with stage combat? “There is a couple, like the scene when someone accidentally gets hit with an ironing board,” Sanchez says. “The other combat scene is more comedy with people hitting each other with books as well as characters literally falling down to indicate they are literally falling for each other.”


The Work of An Influential Woman

The Work of an Influential Woman



Story and photos by Chase Willis

aurie Carter has seen and heard it all in her seven years as secretary at Captain Shreve. “I remember one of my first dramatic phone calls,” Carter says. “It was during the time that JPAMS was coming into effect. There was this guy that called, and he wanted to speak to Ms. JPAMS. I constantly tried to explain to him that there was no Ms. JPAMS, it was an automated phone system through the gradebook. He just constantly asked for Ms. JPAMS, even after I had told him there was no such person. All along it was the KGTR staff playing a prank on me.” This is just one of many interesting phone calls Carter has had to deal with over the years. She says the unexpected element of her job is one thing that makes it enjoyable. “Each day is like a new day in the office,” Carter says. ”That’s why I love it. There is never a dull moment.” She says she finds fulfillment in her work daily and is motivated by students’ and staff members’ smiling faces. “When you enjoy the people you work with, it keeps you motivated.” Carter was born in Colorado and raised in Texas with three brothers by their parents, Roy and Sharon Fox. She attended Texas-Dulles High School in Missouri City, Texas. A childhood memory she remembers vividly was when she and her entire family went sledding in the mountains of Colorado. It was the last winter that her family spent there 12

before moving to Texas. Carter says her job at Shreve has impacted her greatly and allowed her to become a more caring person. She aims to treat people just as she wants herself and her children to be treated – a favorite saying of hers being, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” “I think if you treat people with respect and kindness, it comes back twofold,” Carter says. “Karma is not a good thing.” This belief impacts her daily work in how she interacts with people, maintaining a welcoming and respectful attitude. “She’s a very caring, outgoing and sweet-spirited person,” senior Paige Brooks says. “She makes working in the office very rewarding. Mrs. Carter is a fun person to be around, and she makes the job relaxing.” As an office worker, Brooks has experienced the intensity of the front office. She remembers times when Carter had to deal with intense issues but maintained a smile and respectful tone. “She takes care of that front office better than anyone I’ve seen in my 25 years of involvement at Captain Shreve,” sophomore counselor Rosemary Day says. “She is great at multitasking, has a great work ethic and is willing to help any time that you ask.” Math teacher Megan Allen says that Carter has a motherly instinct.

“She is very encouraging and influential along with having a positive attitude,” Allen says. “Mrs. Carter is a very easy person to talk to and become attached to because she has such a warm and welcoming spirit. My mind often reflects on times of me talking with Mrs. Carter, and her words of kindness were always positive.” Although Carter’s life has been greatly impacted by working at Captain Shreve, influencing and impacting others, she also finds comfort and inspiration from her family. She is married to Lester Carter, and together they have two sons, Jeff and Jared. She says one of the best experiences of her life was raising her boys. Carter says that she loved being a mother. During her spare time, Carter enjoys spending time with her family, her dog and friends. She also likes playing Candy Crush and cooking. Secretary Rebecca Hanley considers Carter to be one of her best friends. “We have lots of fun together, we help each other out and look out for each other,” Hanley says. “She’s mostly upbeat, and she’s cheerful and lots of fun. We became friends right from the jump.” Hanley remembers hearing Carter make an announcement on the intercom for the very first time. She was startled by her enthusiastic and energetic voice. During Carter’s tenure at Captain Shreve, she says she has not experienced much of a climate change. She has seen the school offer more Advanced Placement and dual enrollment courses, which she feels is very rewarding for the academic excellence of students. Her favorite yearly activities at Shreve include the Miss Al E. Gator Pageant and Showboat. Carter was chosen as the Outstanding Support Employee for the 2012-2013 school year. She also received the Captain Shreve PTSA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016. The faculty and staff’s appreciation for Carter was also apparent when a fire destroyed her home several years ago. “When her home burned down and Mrs. Davidson got the faculty and staff to donate money to her, it showed how many people loved and appreciated her,” social studies teacher Barbara Doughty says. “Mrs. Carter is wonderful and does anything in the world for you.” Principal Ginger Gustavson says that when she gives school tours, parents and students enter the front office seeing Carter’s passion to meet the needs of students. Gustavson says she believes that Carter influences students’ and parents’ decisions to come to Captain Shreve and that this makes her an important part of the school. Gustavson also says that Carter is “the ultimate taskmaster.” “Mrs. Carter can be on the phone, face-to-face with a parent, preparing to administer medication and make an announcement on the intercom in one beat,” Gustavson says. Ultimately, though, it is Carter’s relationships with the people around her that make her indispensable. “It is truly a blessing to work with and have Mrs. Carter a part of the team,” Gustavson says. “I consider her the glue that keeps it all together.”

Mrs. Carter at the front office counter issuing material to junior Jalyha Ratcliff.

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Flagline finding their groove: The challenges of getting in sync


ive, four, three, two, one ticks the clock as the speaker blares the sound for halftime to begin. The crowd is cheering as they prepare for the show of the night. The whistle blows, and it is time to march. Everyone’s eyes are fixed on the field, watching their every move. The band begins to play the opening song just as they begin to twirl the flags along to the music. “The band starts to play, and we all realize that it is not practice anymore,” sophomore flagline member Peyton Black said on the day of the game against Woodlawn. “We have to go out there and give it our all, show them what we have worked so hard for.” Black says that when they hit the field at halftime their routine was precise and well executed. She also says that good performances come from hard work, determination and long hours at practice. “When you go half out in practice, then you only do 75 percent on the field,” co-captain Brianna Smith says. Smith continuously preaches this to the team. Using this belief, she pushes everyone to go full 14

out in practice. “The hardest day of the week for us is the day before a game because we have to have cuts to make sure we are prepared for the game,” captain Nakia Cooper says. Cooper says that practice the day before a game is more like a review session to cover and clean everything that they have learned over the week. She also says that the day is challenging because they have cuts. When going through cuts, they never know what might happen and who might get cut. “When we have Thursday games, we do not learn our routines until Tuesday afternoon at practice,” Smith says. That gives them only two days to get the routine memorized, clean it, fix the sync issues and change anything that needs to be changed. Smith also said that it challenges the team to get everything together before the performance and helps them get used to learning choreography quickly, which gradually makes the week easier. It also gives way to them being able to teach more stand choreography and other skills.

Black, along with many other members of flagline, say they have one major challenge in common. “Sometimes the most challenging part of flagline is not necessarily the choreography or technique,” Black says. “It is the people.” Black, along with others, says that just like any other group, they do not always get along and agree with each other on everything. Black says they had their good times and bad times, but that these times were what made them come together and work even harder. She says that is what made them seem like a real family. Cooper says she also faces some personal challenges aside from everyone because she is the captain. “Another challenge, well for me at least, is coming up with a ripple from off the top of my head to throw,” Cooper says. “And also remembering which stands to throw and when to throw it.” Being the captain, Cooper is responsible for leading stands during a game. Stands are the motions that they perform while the band is playing. She says being at the game and being in the

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moment, it is sometimes hard to remember the new stands so that she can throw them. With the band and cheers from the crowd going on all at one time, it can make it challenging to remember, but she says she concentrates and tunes out everyone to focus and display the stands that they have learned. Black says that flagline played a big part in her life and helped her in many ways. “Some of these ways are by making me learn how to take constructive criticism and making long-lasting friendships,” Black says. Black says that without flagline she would not have met and connected with most of the people on the team. Despite her investment in flagline, Black ultimately decided to depart from the team. “It was the realization that you have to work with people that you sometimes always disagree with,” Black says. Recognizing the challenges, Cooper says there is room for the team to grow and improve. “Flagline is just like any other team,” Cooper says. “We still have a lot to work on, and with time we will fix those things.”

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