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Senior Superlatives page 2 Seniors’ Plans After High School pages 4 & 5



2012 senior superlatives

Over 50 seniors submitted their votes to award their fellow classmates titles in the following catagories. See if you got the honor of being the best of the senior class.

Most Likely to... Award



Succeed in life

Casey Domek

Kayla Chappell

Become a Picasso

Jake Lauster

Angela Oaks

Marry someone famous

Matt Lytle

Sarah Owens

Become president

Brandon Ritter

Sarah Owens

Become a millionaire

Kellon Thomas

Become a famous actor

Matt Lytle

Compete in the Olympics Have 10 kids Find a cure for cancer Go streaking Appear on “Survivor” Never miss a class reunion Never attend a class reunion Eat a worm for money Eat a worm just because Become a police officer Own a pet monkey Work at SHS Become a hippie Live in another country Save a life Be pretty fly for a white guy Be a stay-at-home mom Become SHS principal

Andrew Oliver Willie Riggs Corey Mills Austin Andry Austin Andry Brandon Ritter Dan Arndt Michael Hart Westin Faulkner Bryce Kalen Michael Hart Matt Lytle Devin Leslie Tonino Arapi Brandon Ritter Collin Lewis Daniel Herner

Kimberlyn Beard Gena Clayton Juanesha Byrd Becca East Kayla Chappell Brooke Gagliola Ali DeHart Sarah Owens Sarah Owens Cara Hinh Cara Hinh Kayla Green Tyler Pascal Ali DeHart Ashlyn Bridgewater Emma Hughes Rachel Foster Carly Copas Becca East Ali DeHart

Take over the world

Brandon Ritter

Cry at graduation

Casey Domek

Brooke Gagliola

Set a world record

Andrew Oliver

Juanesha Byrd

Travel the world

Tonino Arapi

Emma Hughes

Become a famous rapper

Paul Summers

Carly Copas

Become a comedian

Westin Faulkner

Cara Hinh


1. Mr. Anthony Pernell 2. Mr. Samuel Hanley 3. Mr. M. Klopfenstein & Mr. D. Jones

FAVORITE FEMALE TEACHER: 1. Ms. Barb Whitlock 2. Mrs. Bonnie Tempest 3. Ms. R. Pierce & Mrs. S. Matlock

Marie Prevost

Odds & Ends


Best hair Best eyes Best laugh Best smile Best looking Best dressed Best personality Best future parent Best dancer Best singer Best pirate Best writer Best pick-up lines Worst pick-up lines Best driver Worst driver Best advice Worst advice Most popular Loudest Strongest Nicest Funniest Class clown Most talented Biggest texter Most talkative Most down to Earth Most outgoing Sassiest Best couple Stay friends forever


George Blakenbaker Casey Domek Stefan Munsey Brian Boucher Brian Boucher George Blakenbaker Dustin Baker Dustin Baker Brian Boucher Matt Lytle David Piland Cody Foster Ethan Hawes KeWan Davis Nolan Fenwick Joey Bayer Caleb Cantwell Eric Marlow Matt Lytle Austin Andry Cameron Ellis Stephen Morris Zack Hartman Zack Hartman Andrew Oliver Kris Kuehr George Blakenbaker Matt Gamboa Brian Boucher Matt Miiler J. Houchins & C. Foster


Zoey Freese Katy Hamlin Robyn Garmon Peyton McNeely Ashlyn Bridgewater Cecilia Salas Danielle Biggerstaff Becca East Rhiannon Whiteis Gena Clayton Zoey Freese Brittany Hemphill Carly Copas Kayla Green Claire Stebbe Claire Stebbe Danielle Biggerstaff Cara Hinh Zoey Freese Sarah Owens Taylor Lockwood Claire Stebbe Sarah Owens Cara Hinh Kayla Chappell Alison Gaffney Cara Hinh Abbey Maitland Shannon Delgado Taylor Maine K.Patterson & T. Maine

{senior OPINIONS}


1. AP Enviornmental Science 2. Pre-Calculus Honors 3. AP Government


1. Mrs. Chrisina Ferguson 2. Mr. Glenn Chew 3. Mrs. Bonnie Tempest



1. Lady Gaga 2. Taylor Swift 3. Wiz Khalifa

1. 21 Jump Street 2. Deathly Hallows Pt. 2 3. Bridesmaids



1. “Wobble” by VIC 2. “Dance (A$$)” by Big Sean 3. “Party Rock” by LMFAO

1. Big Bang Theory 2. How I Met Your Mother 3. New Girl

interesting FACTS Due to ties, the Journal flipped a coin to determine the winners. Casey Domek and Daniel Herner lost the coin toss when deciding “most likely to stay friends.” Cara Hinh was nominated for the most categories, but only won 6. There was a four-way tie for 2nd and 3rd place on “favorite activity.” For “worst driver” there was a three-way tie between Claire Stebbe, Cara Hinh and Zoey Freese. Louis Gregory lost the title “Pretty fly for a white guy” by one vote to Collin Lewis.

PLACES TO GO TO LUNCH: 1. Subway 2. McDonald’s 3. McAllister’s


1. Theater 2. AP Government 3. AP English Language

Saying goodbye to the Journal’s 90th year MAY 11, 2012 | SOUTHPORT HIGH SCHOOL

The Journal won two awards at Ball State University’s Journalism Day.

The Journal is a finalist for the Indiana High School Press Association’s “Hoosier Star.”

Let me take a moment to go full circle by Michael Klopfenstein Adviser “I’m happy to be YOUR newspaper adviser.” My favorite memories from the beginning of this year for the Journal were the compliment circles. You probably know what they are: Everyone sits in a circle (or, in our case, around the “family dinner” table), and a wave of compliments moves around the circumference. Each person in turn says something nice about the person to his or her left ... or right, depending on which way the compliments are flowing that night. We did that during late production nights for the first several issues in the fall. Oh, it was hokey for sure, but it actually

served an important purpose. It helped this staff, made up largely of publication rookies, feel comfortable and welcome in what can be an intense and intimidating environment. I’d love to say it was my idea, but I can’t. It was the goofy brainchild of our editor, Brittany Hemphill, just one of the seniors who stepped in to fill the many leadership vacancies left from last year. There were many holes to fill, and the seniors, inexperienced as many of them were, did a pretty amazing job of filling them. They learned quickly, and they developed into an efficient staff whose newspaper has been named a finalist for our most coveted award, the Hoosier Star. We’ll find out in the fall if we win the Hoosier Star, but this year’s seniors will be off to college by then. Before they go, I wanted to take one more trip around the compliment circle. Jackie Smith, you impressed me by living up to your commitment even when you probably didn’t want to.

Remember when... ... Democrat Mr. Barack Obama won the 2008 presidential election against Republican candidate Mr. John McCain. ...after only winning two games in the previous three years, Southport’s varsity football team finally had a winning streak that ended in the Cardinals recieving their first ever Conference Indiana football title.

... Perry Township was hit with a 6.75 million dollar budget cut. ... the “On Time Next Time” room was established in an effort to decrease the number of student tardies. ... seventh period schedule is passed by board for the next year, making block scheduling a thing of the past.

freshmen year 2008-09

sophomore year 2009-10

Zack Hartman, I think you could sharpen a pencil, and it would make me laugh. Cody Foster, your writing became really good really quickly this year. Marie Prevost, you’re hilarious. Thanks for working so hard and producing good work for no return other than the experience of being on staff. Biak Chin Par, you might be one of kindest, most impressive people I’ve ever met. Emma Hoskins, I had no idea that you could write like that. I wish I would have known earlier. Gabe Allen, I loved how proud you were to be a member of the Journal staff this semester. I was proud to have you. Allison Gaffney, the first time you spoke in journalism class last year, I thought, that’s a confident, intelligent, and really upbeat kid. Now I know that initial reaction was spot on. Corey Mills, I appreciated the fact this year that I could say, “Corey, get this done,” and then walk away knowing that

you’d do it and do it well. Ashlyn Bridgewater, you’re loaded with talent. Focus that, work hard, and write your ticket. Noelle Straub, the second semester seemed weird this year. It was more fun with you as a full timer. Matt Lytle, you work your butt off at pretty much everything. That’s going to take you a long way. Cara Hinh, you are unabashedly yourself. There’s never a dull moment (or a dirty window) when you’re around. Cecilia Salas, you wanted to make your pages more interesting, and you pulled it off. I enjoyed greeting you at door 13 about 300 times this year. Ali DeHart, you make things happen. I admire how willing you are to lead and how driven you are to do things well. Brittany Hemphill, I love how much you love the Journal. In your interview last year, you promised hard work and enthusiasm. You delivered.

The Journal has compiled a list of memorable events from the seniors’ freshmen year to this year. ...Katie Freund, a member of the class of 2012, passed away, ending her battle with Cistic Fibrosis. ... dfter much dedication and effort by Perry Township students, staff and parents, the Referendum passed for Perry Township. ... Principal Ms. Barbara Brouwer recieves the honor of principal of the year.

junior year 2010-11

... major construction plans were approved for the future of Southport beginning next fall. ... the number of English Learners increased by over 200 students. ... a balanced calendar schedule for the 2012-13 school year was approved. The first day of school for the 2012-13 school year will be July 31, 2012.

senior year 2011-12

Ivy Tech 13 miles from Southport Uyen Ho: Nursing Amanda Armstrong: Undecided Gabe Allen: Communications and social media

Wabash College 55 miles from Southport Nolan Fenwick: Engineering Morrent Thang: Biology and French

Indiana University 46 miles from Southport George Blankenbaker: Undecided Kate Carlson: Psychology Terren Dodds: Mathematics Eric Marlow: Undecided Kristin Kopec: Business Brian Boucher: Undecided Taylor Main: Pre-med Katie Patterson: Undecided Kimberlyn Beard: Informatics Dan Arndt: Environmental policy and political science Ashlyn Bridgewater: Journalism and art therapy Cody Camp: Fitness specialist Leigh Bowles: Business Tyler Paschall: Accounting Brooke Gagliola: Education Casey Domek: Business

Purdue University 75 miles from Southport Marisa Ciecielski: Pre-vet Ethan Hawes: Professional ight Brittany Hemphill: Creative writing & English Nick Andre: Law and society Joey Bayer: Aerospace engineering David Dart: Mechanical engineering

University of Southern Indiana 190 miles from Southport Sally England: Radiology Sarah Owens: Sports management Emerson Kirkpatrick: Economics


Anderson University 51.5 miles from Southport Stephen Morris: Social psychology

Franklin College 15.5 miles from Southport Corey Mills: Pre-med and microbiology Clemencia Tello: Undecided Dillon Webb: Criminal Justice Tia Waters: Music and photography

Marian University 16 miles from Southport Whitney Dickey: Administration

University of Evansville 183 miles from Southport Anna Ramey: Undecided Abby Springer: Business

Bellarmine University

United States Naval Academy 1,071 miles from Southport Brandon Ritter

Art Institute of Indianapolis 27 miles from Southport Chris Pryor: Media arts and animation

Indiana State University 79 miles from Southport Mariah Chastain: Undecided Amanda Gaines: Pediatric nursing and music education Collin Lewis: Sports marketing & management

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology 75 miles from Southport Anthony Groves: Computer engineering and physics

Depauw College 50.5 miles from Southport Jacob Dickey: Undecided

Ball State University 64 miles from Southport Noelle Straub: Sociology Ashley Wilson: Public relations Marie Prevost: Poli science Tum Mabe: Astrophysics/architecture Kathryn Hamlin: Early childhood education Meleah Fishburn: Communications

IUPUI 8.6 miles from Southport Chris Rizzi: Medicine Zack Hartman: Landscape architecture Jacob Merrick: Criminal justice Cody Foster: English education Abbey Maitland: Special education Ali DeHart: Special education Eric Sterret: Business Allison Lynch: Law Daniel Herner: Business administration Biak pin Char: Chemistry

Air Force Academy 1,071 miles from Southport Colton Perdue Alexandria Whitaker


New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts 716 miles from Southport Westin Faulkner: Acting and theater Ryan Raftery: Acting and playwriting

Johnson and Wales University 918 miles from Southport Cecilia Salas: Culinary arts

Miami University of Ohio 85 miles from Southport Cara Hinh: Theatre and journalism Robyn Garmon: Undecided

Kent State 318 miles from Southport Kellon Thomas: Business management

Xavier University 112 miles from Southport Allison Ganey: Broadcast Journalism

Bellarmine University 112 miles from Southport Paige Massey: Exercise science

Lindsey Wilson College 208 miles from Southport Michael Hart: Business management

Kentucky Wesleyan 160 miles from Southport Kortni Haupt: Elementary/Special Education

Roosevelt University 192 miles from Southport Nicole Straub: Undecided


Coast Guard Academy 858 miles from Southport Brandon Lobb

Butler University 17.5 miles from Southport Kayla Chappell: Pharmacy Taylor Lockwood: Biology Rhiannon Whiteis: Psychology

New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts US Naval Academy

Xavier University

Lindsey Wilson College

Kentucky Wesleyan

Indiana Wesleyan 72 miles from Southport Miriam Maldonado: Nursing

Kent State


University of Indianapolis 4 miles from Southport Florence Salamone: Nursing Dustin Baker: Kinesiology Tonino Arapi: Athletic Training David Stierwalt: Pre-med Zoey Freese: Sports management Matt Miller: Psychology Matt Gamboa: Business management Claire Stebbe: Nursing Angela Oaks: Art and English Becca East: Elementary education

University of Evansville

University of Southern Indiana

Franklin College

Southport High School

IUPUI Marian University

Ivy Tech

Indiana University

Indiana State University

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Ball State University

Butler Anderson University University

University of Indianapolis

Depauw University

Art Institute of Indianapolis

Wabash College

Purdue University

Indiana Wesleyan University

Manchester University

Air Force Academy

Johnson and Wales University Coast Guard Academy

Miami University of Ohio

Roosevelt University

Post high school plans

{classof2012} After surveying the seniors, the Journal has compiled a collection of the seniors s post-high school plans including their intended majors and their future locations.







get involved in something before it’s too late

opinion editor


enjoy your childhood while it lasts

I was still fully equipped with my middle school awkwardness when I walked through the Sopo doors as a freshman. I was intimidated and insecure. It took high school to get me over that. These definitely have not been the best four years of my life, but I can at least say I’ve learned a lot. I can go on about how much I’ve grown and I’ve made lifelong friendships, but if this is real talk, no one cares about that. What I can let you underclassmen know is this: Don’t take yourself too seriously. It’s a waste of time. Get your work done, but make sure you enjoy growing up too. And if you find a group or club you can really associate with, consider yourself lucky. Having a huge support system through crappy times is really important and very worth it. I can’t say I’m going to really miss high school but it’s sad to see me childhood go. Make the best of your time here and be prepared to start a new chapter in your life when the time comes.

business manager


party in moderation

I walked into Southport High School for the first time over three years ago. I was surrounded by unfamiliarity of faces and classrooms. I read my schedule, and I was to report to room 400, Journalism. For being my first class in my very first year of high school, I look back, unable to give a proper “thank you” to whoever decided my schedule. The class only taught me how to write journalistically. It wasn’t until Klop asked me to join the Journal staff my sophomore year when I was able to reap the benefits of working with my peers to produce something great. Journalism is an art. It’s not something everyone can do. To be able to put yourself out into a situation where your only goal is to find that story necessary to provide information for others ... It’s truly a thrill. What’s better than doing something you love? Doing something you love with people you love - that love doing the same thing as you! I met a handful of people specifically through The Journal with an abundant amount of talent. Words couldn’t express the amount of thankfulness in me to have met these people that became friends, including Klop. “Produce great work,” he said. The Journal provided me with more than a chance to write for my high school’s newspaper. It provided with the opportunity to shape the person I am today. Thank you, to everyone involved, for everything.

entertainment editor


do something scary

To say the least, this has been a tumultuous year. In the past year, I’ve began to understand who I am and what I want to do. As college looms ominously above all of our senior heads, decisions have been made and papers turned in that seal me into contracts that make me promise to pay off the future for dozens of years to come. But, everyone knows that. So instead, here is much of course much wanted and valued opinion on the things I learned in high school. Here is my list of things I am so very glad I did when in this learning stepping stone of high school. Don’t ever tell yourself you can’t do something. Take a theatre class with the illustrious creature Ms. Barbara Whitlock. Failure happens. We learn and move on. Don’t ever restrict your music taste to one genre. That goes for your taste in future mates, as well. In fact, don’t look for your soulmate among the crowded hallways of Southport. Take time to appreciate Mr. Michael Klopenstein and his humor. If you didn’t know, he’s also the voice of god at all the home football games. Most of all, find something you love and don’t do it half way. After all, you only live once right? #goodbyesopo best experiences of your life.


MARIE PREVOST have a hobby!!!

Joining the Journal staff my senior year was probably the worst thing I could’ve done. It put me in a situation where I constantly regretted my decision every time I walked

into room 400. Being on the Journal was probably one of the best experiences I’ve had in high school, which led to a lot of bittersweet moments for the past two semesters. I enjoyed knowing things going on in the school before everyone else did, and I loved being able to write for something that wasn’t an English class. And, most importantly, I loved that I got to choose to be there. So many times in high school things we once enjoyed, such as reading or writing, are ruined and forced to be another dull aspect of our lives. Unfortunately for me I realized almost too late that writing was something that I could enjoy, a hobby I could participate in. So, to not make the same mistake as me, I implore you to find a hobby. It doesn’t have to be something as extravagant as rock climbing or sky diving, but something you enjoy and something of your own choosing.



sports editor

MATT LYTLE have fun!

The time has come for us seniors, the class of 2012, to pass on. Not in a deathly way, but in a way for us to experience the new challenges that will help us proceed through life. The time here at Southport High School was a time I will take with me through the rest of my life. From the long home rooms the first two years of high school to the unassigned lunch’s senior year, it all was so real. And having it already end is such a crazy thought. I knew high school would bring me too many wonders, but not the ones that I experienced. Theater is definitely one of my best experiences here in high school. I enjoyed singing and acting, but was afraid to show it. Yes, I was in choir, but I wanted to do more than just sit back with a group and sing. So I auditioned for the school musical junior year and ended up absolutely loving it. That led me to the school play and other productions. I also met so many new people through it and made new friends. It was a blast. I’m definitely ready to move on with my life, but before I do, I’m going to look back at theater and what high school has brought to me and take it with me.



obtain happiness

I don’t know what you want me to say. I feel like it’s suppose dreams filled with caps and gowns. I’ve come across a few close bonds – but I won’t miss those. I won’t be saying goodbye to those. Those relationships will not end just because I no longer attend Southport High School. I won’t even miss Southport. Anything that matters I will be taking with me. What I’ll be leaving are these white block walls and crowded hallways. So I guess I can’t understand the sadness that some of my peers experience. I’m not saying goodbye because I’m not leaving anything. I’ll be gaining much more here in a couple of months. So instead of me using these words to wave goodbye, I guess I’m saying wish me luck and I’ll maybe see you around. I don’t want to catch myself saying “I wish I was still in high school,” in the future. And I hope for my class the same. We’ve all outgrown this place. I think I’m supposed to include some words of wisdom right about now. Well here it is – be happy. In the last four years of my life, that is what I have learned that means the most; not something like how to do my make up or get an A on a test. Be happy, because in the end that’s what matters.

Well it’s 2012 and the world hasn’t ended, not yet for that matter. When I entered Southport my freshman year, I was so nervous that I thought my world was going to end, but just the opposite happened. In middle school, everyone was so terrified about fitting in, and in my years at Southport I was surprised (pleasantly) that there were people that were not afraid to be themselves. Though I am not ashamed to say that I pretty much still have my middle school sense of humor, I will say that my attitude about school has drastically changed. As my time at Southport has started to fade, I kept telling myself that I regret everything about high school and that I would go back and change it all if I could. But it is best to leave high school without regrets, so I am going to leave Southport and look forward to college and forget regret. Goodbye Southport, it has been a great four years!


ALLISON GAFFNEY drink coffee in Hanley’s class after an all-nighter

It was 1999 and I was sitting with my class on the first day of kindergarten. My teacher gathered us together and explained that we would be the class of 2012. At that moment, all I could think was how far 2012 seemed away and how I was never going to survive to see graduation. That all changed once I set foot in high school. By my sophomore year, time started flying by so fast. Days blurred into weeks and weeks turned into months, until the next thing I knew, it’s May of my senior year and I’m about to graduate. Even though I am more than excited to go to Xavier, I know that I would not be where I am at today if I did not make the most out of high school. The lessons I learned at Southport are going to pave my future in my college career. All of the friends I made and all of the educators that influenced me along the way, played such and integral role in shaping who I am. Take advantage of high school because it does go by so fast. Look forward to college but also live in the present because so many memories will be missed otherwise.



Na sia rem nak hmun in chuak cang

Southport high school ah kum khat chung ca a tial ve mi dirhmun in ruah nak cheuh kan duh ve hna. Caa tial hi ka ngakchia te in ka duh mi zong a si bal lo. Mirang ca cu chim lo in lai ca ka ngakchia te in ka holh peng mi holh hmanh in ca tial cu ka ruah bal lo. Tanghlei khat ka dih lai ah Ka hawi le le ka saya te hna thazang pek nak thawng in mah Journal khan hi ka lak cu a si. Lai ca manh tha te in a tial kho lo mi nih cun zei tin mirang ca le lai ca he tiah a tial khawh lai tiah nan ruah cio lai. Ca tial ka thawk ka ah cun ka tial mi hi zei a si ti hi kei mah manh nih ka fiang lo. Mah ca ka tial tawn ah hin, a hmasa bik ah mirang ca in ka tial i ka editor nu nih a ka remh piak dih hnu in laic a in ka tial than tawn. A hram thawk cu har manh seh law nikhat hnu nikhat in ka lai ca tial mi a that lawng si lo in ka mirang ca tial mi pawl zong an tha tluah mah. Mah ti hin ka sia rem nak hmun in ka chuak i mah journal khan ah ka lut bantuk in nang nih zong nan sia rem nak hmun in chuak ve cang uh law thil thar nan tuah bal lo mi tuah i zuam ve uh.



don’t miss out on the football games

I was never good at saying goodbye. High school as a whole has been the best four years of my life. People have come and go, and I’ve changed along with it. I’ve been tried and tested, and made into a better person for it. I met my best friend, Andrea Reinhart, who I’m sure beyond any doubt will continue to be my best friend for the rest of my life. Because of this, I feel the need to give a small tribute to her. You go through a lot of friends in high school, especially as a girl. Drama and changing values split people apart. But Andie and I have never fought once. We’ve laughed together and cried together, and when I go away to college this fall, I know we’ll never be far from each other. Thanks Ands, for putting up with me, and remember that when I’m gone, stand up for yourself and be who you want to be. You ain’t no d@#$ duck. To the rest of you, you’ve all been an important part in my life. I won’t forget the memories I’ve made here. Thank you all.



challenge yourself

Let’s face it. High school was not the highlight of my life. I hated getting up at 6 every morning to be greeted by people that were just as unenthusiastic about mornings as I was. The worst is the fact that two-thirds of the school doesn’t care to be here. That created an uninviting atmosphere. Although I have been bursting at the seams to get out of here for four years, I do appreciate the good times I’ve had. Being involved in Riley Dance Marathon, Soccer, and Journal kept me going when I couldn’t stand this place anymore. Soccer gave me a consistency in my schedule and introduced me to a lot of friends that I never would have had otherwise. Journal challenged me to learn to work well with other people. I think finding my niche and sticking with true friends made high school much easier, almost enjoyable at times. What I will miss most are the awesome teachers and staff at Southport, like Mrs. Underwood, Mr. Michael “The Klop” Klopfenstein, Ms. Breeden, and Mr. Williams just to name a few. They offered a ton of support and encouragement. Although I’m glad I won’t be coming back, I will miss the good times I had at Southport. On to bigger and better things! [Puts fist in the air.]For Narnia!



skip 40 class periods

I guess it’s time to say goodbye. I would like to say that I won’t miss this place, but that would be a lie. I will miss feeling like a big bad wolf towering over little freshmen in the hallways, and getting to see my friends. I think that’s what I liked most about high school, forced relationships. Mere chance put me together with people I would never imagine myself being friends with and forced me to appreciate these people. Whether it be by having an assigned seat next to someone I’ve never seen before, or by being caught at the same lunch table as my future girlfriend. It’s weird to think that these last four years will determine the course of the rest of my life. As for now, I can’t determine if I will consider my high school years a success or not. I wasted a lot of time, that’s for sure. But I guess I completed the ultimate goal of high school: keep up your grades and get into college. Now it’s time to move on to another four years of school, and the rest of my life. Goodbye Southport High School. <3



seniors of the Journal editor-in-chief BRITTANY HEMPHILL

It’s safe to say that I’m infinitely happier at the end of my high school career than I was at the beginning. It’s not because this is the end of Southport’s endless ramps or massive amounts of homework (let us all believe that college will be less work.. hah.). No, it’s not because I’m leaving Southport at all. It’s what I’m taking with me. I’m taking my love of creative writing from Mr. Stephen Bowles’ sophomore IDEA English class. That greatly respected man reintroduced me to writing, and I know that I wouldn’t be so passionate about it if it wasn’t for him. There are teachers who teach standards, and then there are teachers who teach you about yourself and about life. I’m taking a lot of learned lessons about dedication and perseverance with me. Thanks to Mr. Jack Williams and his precal honors class, I finally understand precal... sort of. It might be more accurate to say that I have a better understanding of what it means to not give up when things get tough and to just keep giving it your all instead. He is the role model for dedication. This guy seriously does it all. I’m taking lots of snark and encouragement from Mr. Sam Hanley and

read “The Things They Carried”

Ms. Julie Breeden. Taking on two English classes my senior year could have been a mistake. However, with two amazing teachers that continuously added fire to my passion for English, it definitely wasn’t. Being in both of these classes has solidified my plans for the future—learning as much about writing and English as I can. It goes without saying that without them I might not be heading in the direction that I am. I’m taking Mr. Michael Klopfenstein’s facial expressions and witty comebacks with me. If he wouldn’t have given me a chance as the editor-in-chief of this year’s Journal, then I wouldn’t have learned half as much as I have in the past year. He has been a great adviser when it comes to leading a group of my peers and when it comes to life outside of the Journal. He’s an incredible teacher and an even better mentor. I’m not sure if I’ve ever met a teacher who cares about his students as much as he does. Take journalism classes to see it for yourself. These are the people that I’m taking with me as I walk across stage and explore life beyond Southport High School. They are the wonderful group of teachers who have never failed to show me something about myself and life that I never quite understood before they came around. They have played an important part in my happiness, and I won’t ever be able to thank them enough.

managing editor of content memorize “Mean Girls” ALI DEHART Dear Mr. K, Thank you. Thank you so much for sparking my interest in journalism during my freshman year. Thanks for giving me a chance to be on the Journal staff my sophomore year. Thanks for being a teacher that I can count on. Thank you for being the best role model that a high school student could ask for. I will forever appreciate the opportunities and experience you’ve given me as one of your student journalists, and I think every Journal staffer would agree with me. During this past couple of weeks, there have been certain moments when I caught myself reflecting on my great experiences on the Journal staff for these past three years. I am going to miss high school journalism so much. My high school career is coming to an end, and I love thinking about how much the Journal has changed and improved since I was a freshman. I went from being just a student in your class to being one of the main students that is in charge of producing the Journal. I know that I couldn’t have accomplished any of that without you. I can’t wait to come back in two or three years and see what amazing things the staff is doing then under your supervision.

As cliché as this might sound, there were moments when I absolutely loved it and moments when I absolutely hated it, but I wouldn’t trade these memories for anything. The Journal is what I am going to miss the most about high school, and there’s no doubt about that. Production nights were the highlight of my week simply because I got to be around my best friends and because I got to work on something that I took so much pride in. I will never forget the feeling of having my work appear in the Journal. It taught me what real accountability was. Being a member of this high school paper is why I enjoyed high school as much as I did. I have made so many great friendships, and I know that I wouldn’t be the person I am today without being a part of this staff. My involvement in the Journal has made me a better person in school and out of school, and I am so grateful for that. I know that I will always remember my times in the Journal room as some of my best during my time at Southport. I truly enjoyed the years I spent in your classroom. It hasn’t hit me yet that I won’t be in your classroom next year. Thanks for everything! I’ll miss you and everything about the Journal next year. -Ali

The 2012 Senior Compass  

Senior Superlatives, Goodbyes

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