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The Southport High School

JOURNAL August 27, 2010

Editor’s Note: The Journal will be featuring two stories in foreign languages (one in Spanish and another in Chin every issue. See where they are to the right.

Issue 1, Volume LXXXIX

In This Issue | Español

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Southport High School

Meet the mastermind behind the murals all around Southport. Page 3

971 East Banta Road

Indianapolis, IN 46227

Students talk about their sleep schedules and their school lives. Page 5

Girls’ soccer team steps up in leadership after losing coach. Page 10

ESL Sianghngakchia Ram Thang cu IMC ah ca a tuah cuah mah ko. A zarh hnih nak Sainginn kai nak ah, ESL sianghnakchia pawl le Mrs. Jones. Photo by Nicole Straub.

ENL Sianghngakchia caah Thawngchia by Rosy Liantu Reporter

Southport ranked among top schools Photo design by Natalie Ullrich.

by Jonathan Goodwin Reporter According to Newsweek, Southport is one of the best schools in the nation. The magazine published a list of 1,734 high schools from all over the country known as “America’s Best High Schools” earlier this summer. Southport made the list for the first time, placing 1682 out of 1,734 schools in the top six percent of the nation. Newsweek generated this list from all of the public high schools in the United States whose students took more Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) tests than there were graduating seniors in the 2008-2009 school year. Southport scored a ratio of 1.04 AP tests per graduating senior. “It shows how much we’ve improved

that you apply to,” said Brouwer. Social studies teacher Bonnie Tempest has a different view on Southport’s AP program. “I feel that [the AP program] needs to be more polished before we expand it,” said Tempest. Tempest had the top record for AP scores in the 2008-2009 school year: Sixty percent of her AP Government students passed the test. She feels that some AP teachers are still new at teaching AP classes, but their test scores will improve after a few years’ experience. Tempest also believes that AP provides a great opportunity to students, like forms of studying, although it is not completely what a college class entails. “AP classes give students good experience for some of their college classes,” said Tempest. “It’s a good accomplishment.”

in pushing students to take harder courses,” said Brouwer. “We have more than just bragging rights. I couldn’t be more proud.” Not only did Southport make the list but it was 28th in Indiana and one of only three from Marion County. The other two schools from Marion County were Lawrence North and Lawrence Central. Newsweek also collected other statistics to paint a better picture of the schools on the list. The list showed the percentage of those schools’ seniors who passed their AP test: only 9.5 percent of Southport’s seniors passed an AP test. Brouwer wants to expand Southport’s AP program to include more classes, such as AP Environmental Science and potentially foreign languages, too. She also wants to continue pushing students to take challenging classes in the future. “It’s the best way to impress colleges

Measures taken by school against over-crowding by Corey Mills Reporter

Students crowd a stairwell and head to their next class after 5th period last Thursday. Photo by Becca Tapp.

Every day after the lunch period bell rings, about 650 students rush out of the lunch room and head to their next class. The surrounding area is flooded, as students walk toe-to-toe, working their way out of the cafeteria Administrators such as Ms. Lizz Jarchow, Southport’s assistant principal, have taken many things into account such as how long students are in the halls and educational choices. Steps have been taken to handle the 2,265 students in the school. The student population has increased more than 500 students over the last seven years. “We always take two things into account,” said Ms. Jarchow. “One is

obviously the safety and security of everyone in the building, and two is to make sure instruction is our focus after making sure everyone is safe.” Some of the opportunities Southport offers are School to Career, C-9 and senior perks such as senior study hall as well as the opening of the surrounding hallways and room 139. Administrators have worked on addressing the needs of all of the new and old students. Assistant Principal Mr. Gary Mahoney believes since the school’s transition to 8 period days, these actions have helped ease the challenges that come with the change. “Even though we’re increasing in size, it still makes us seem more customized, I believe, for the students,” said Mahoney.

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Kum thar fatin te sianginn kai ning hi aa thleng lengmang. Khan (classes) dang dang, saya thar, le hawikom thar kan ngei hna. Tukum chung I aa thleng mi pakhat cu, aching pu (after school program) a um ti lai lo ti a si. Kan hnu kum a ching pu tan nak ah, saya/sayamah te nih ENL sianghngakchia pawl homework an bawmh hna I a caan caan ah nuamhnak phun phun ah an kal pi hna, cu lawng hmanh si lo in mah ban tuk caan sunglawi cu, saya/sayamah te le sianghngakchia pawl I hoikomh nak zong a si ve fawn. ENL holh leh piak tu saya Daniel Sakhong le saya Uje Ru zong a chingpu a um ti lo tik ah, an lung re a thei ngai fawn. “Tukum chung hi ENL sianghngakchia pawl caah a har tuk lai tiah ka zumh. Bawm tu an herh hrim hrim ko,” tiah saya Uje Ru nih a ti. Tukum cu, ENL holh leh tu saya pawl zong an mah khan (room) an ngei ve cang. Bawmh a herh mi poah nih room 151 ah kal khawh a si. Zei tik caan poah ah kal in bawmh hal khawh an si cang. “Sianghngakchia pawl nih an tih bik mi cu nikum ban tuk in bawmh kan ngah ti lai lo, cun kan hmak zong a tha tuk ti lai lo ti hi an tih bik mi a si,” tiah Miss Garrison (ENL teacher) nih a ti. ENL sianghngakchia hi an nu le an pa zong nih inn ah an bawm kho hna lo, zei ruang ah kan ti a si ah cun, mirang holh an thiam ve lo caah a si. Saya/sayamah te zong si seh, ENL sianghngakchia pawl zong si hna seh, achingpu hi rinh chan ngai in an rak um. Tukum cu achingpu a um ti lo caah, sianghngakchia pawl nih ca an I zuam deuh a hau, saya/sayamah te lawng bochan lo in an mah zuam nak hi an ngeih ve a hau. Cun, saya/sayamah te zong nih bawmh khawh an I zuam deuh ding hi a herh ngai fawn. “Kan caan hi kan upat hrim hrim a herh, study hall lawng hi caan kan ngeih mi a si caah, kan si khawh tawk te in kan ca tuah ding a si,” tiah Helen Iang (ENL student) nih a ti.

by Jake Downey

Local: Length of the State Fair questioned

National: Ground Zero mosque disputed

Global: Wyclef Jean runs for office in Haiti

The Indiana State Fair came to a close last Sunday, ending a week of fried food, concerts and tractors. Even though it’s over, there is a decision to be made. Keep the State Fair running for 17 days as it did this year, or return to a 12-day configuration such as they had previous years? The fair is already locked into going for 17 days through to 2011, but the debate to keep that trend going will start as early as this October. It was originally decided to make the fair last 17 days in order to work with many schools pushing their start date earlier and to ensure that attendance stays up. Still, attendance for this year was down to 952,020 people from last year’s 973,902 patrons in attendance.

Plans to build a Muslim community center and mosque in New York City mere blocks away from Ground Zero, the scene of the 9-ll attacks, have been a topic of very much debate. Protestors gathered in lower Manhattan earlier this week, holding signs that said things such as “Victory mosque.” They were there in order to express their feelings that building a mosque near the ruins of the World Trade Center, that was destroyed by Muslim extremists, is in bad taste. The protesters channeled their anger towards the religion that they believe to be responsible for the attack, believing that the travesty happened too recently to forgive and forget. Even though protesters such as these seem to be the most vocal, there are plenty in the city who believe the mosque shouldn’t be disputed.

Hip-Hop star Wyclef Jean has been attempting to run for the President of Haiti in the country’s upcoming elections. However, not all went smoothly for the Haiti-born celebrity. His plans hit a bump in the road when an electoral commission did not allow him on a final candidate list last week. He does not intend to let this be the end for his run, though, as he is appealing to overturn the decision. Jean is running on the basis that he stands for a change in politics for the earthquake-ravaged country, while the other candidates are people that the public has had enough of. Jean’s involvement has garnered interest in the election, taking place Nov. 28. The person elected shall take helm in the efforts to restore the country and get the lives of Haitians back on track.

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Information from cbsnews.com.

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Student Life

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A Spanish Summer Student faces cultural differences in Spain

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by Cecilia Salas Reporter

Going to Spain this past summer, senior Alli Hughes was well prepared for the language barrier. Sitting through Spanish classes and studying had prepared her for that. Learning how to adapt to a different way of life for six weeks would be more difficult. During her trip, Hughes experienced things like bullfights, new foods, the World Cup and a different sleep schedule. “I really wanted to go to expand my horizons a lot more and just see the differences,” said Hughes. On days when Hughes wasn’t taking classes with the IU Honors Program, she would spend time with her host family and other friends she met through the program. According to Matt Kanwit, the conversation teacher during this year’s trip, students would go to classes then be free to do whatever activities they wanted. “They would go around the center of the city or they would go to the beach or spend time with each other, go shopping or to museums,” said Kanwit. They could also be in a play, choir group or be involved with sports. Many of the students took a liking to soccer. This might have been because Spain was in the process of winning the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Kanwit says that Spain winning really uplifted the country. “You could just tell the entire country erupted,” said Hughes. According to Kanwit, Soccer may be so huge in Spain because it really has no other sports to compete with. Along with all the excitement of the World Cup, Hughes was also able to see a bull fight, one of Spain’s popular pastimes. The fight starts off with a parade with all of the matadors, and then eventually the fighting begins. Unlike here in the U.S., whistling is considered bad. Matadors don’t want to hear whistling. Instead, a sign of doing well is when the audience waves around white handkerchiefs. At the end of a fight, if the bull is killed, the matador gets to cut off the ears and tail of the bull and walk around with them showing them off. “It’s controversial because it’s torture for the bull for 15 minutes,” said Hughes, “but they don’t abuse the meat. They sell it and use it so it doesn’t go to waste. ” Hughes tried this bull meat as well as other unfamiliar foods to her. She also said they eat fruit for dessert which led her to believe Spaniards are more health conscious. Despite all the smoking in Spain, people are generally healthier because they walk almost everywhere. Cars aren’t the first choice for transportation because most of the town’s streets can’t fit cars. If walking isn’t an option taking the bus or the metro is your best bet. Drinking isn’t as big of a deal either. Even though at most bars you have to be 16 to drink, you can still get into these bars at any age. This laid-back feel also translates into the Spanish siesta. Spaniards are able to party until around 4:00 in the morning, get up and go to work from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. then go home between 2:00 to around 5:00 and sleep, eat a big lunch, watch TV and just relax. They may go back to work or just go socialize some more. Later they will eat dinner at midnight or after. Though Hughes didn’t fully anticipate the differences, it only took her six weeks to adapt to a new culture. “It was a great opportunity to go and see a different part of the world,” said Hughes.

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1. Senior Alli Hughes and friends enjoy a night in Madrid. 2. The matador challenges the bull in the second of six rounds during a bull fight in Valencia. 3. Hughes poses for the camera with her home-stay mother and sister before departing for the United States. 4. Some of the students in the IU Honors Program gather for a group photo in Colòn, Valencia. Photos contributed.

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Las calles están llenas de españoles mirando el partido final contra Holanda. Los dos equipos están peleando por la Copa Mundial. Quedan pocos minutos en el reloj y de repente, Iniesta mete el único gol del partido. El país de España estalla porque acaban de ganar la Copa Mundial. Ese tipo de experiencia es inolvidable, y senior Alli Hughes estaba en Valencia, España, cuando ocurrió. Este verano Hughes fue a Valencia través del Programa de Honor de la Universidad de Indiana. El programa empezó en 1962, y desde entonces ha crecido y ahora tiene ocho programas en Francia, Alemania, México y España.. El punto del programa es darles la oportunidad a estudiantes a ir al país donde se habla el idioma que estudian y sumergirse en la cultura y el idioma. Los estudiantes que van con el programa benefician extremadamente de su experiencia en otro país. Pero para poder estar en este programa el estudiante tiene que estar en su tercer o cuarto año de estudio de un idioma que obviamente no sea inglés. Se toma un examen lo cual dura tres horas. Después del examen el programa invita a algunos estudiantes (sobresalientes) a aplicar para estar en el programa. “Pagamos mucho dinero, como seis mil más o menos, incluyendo lo que vas a comprar allí,” dijo Hughes cuando fue entrevistada. “Se aprende el idioma pero también el cómo vivir, cómo es la gente, el por qué se hacen las cosas a través de muchas experiencias,” dijo la Señorita O’Connor, maestra de la clase de español. Antes de ir a España Hughes estaba un poco nerviosa de ir a otro país y un poco por su familia. “Un poquito nerviosa para mi familia aquí, mi mamá y mi hermanita pero solamente porque yo me sentía muy cómoda con el español. Entonces yo me sentía cómoda cuando llegamos allí,” dijo Hughes. Parte del programa es ir a una escuela cuatro o cinco días a la semana. Hay cuatro maestros que enseñan diferentes materias, las cuales son gramática, literatura, conversación, cultura y fonética. Hughes contó un poco sobre sus clases y dijo, “Aprendimos mucho porque los profesores saben mucho sobre el sujeto que enseñan.” Estudiantes aprenden mucho con ir a la escuela, pero también se aprende cuando uno practica algo. “Siempre es importante la inmersión, estar allí rodeado de la cultura. Estando allí se empieza a ser automático el idioma,” dijo O’Connor. Para mejorar el español o cualquier otro idioma, se debe practicar y hablar con otros para mejorar. Además de mejorar su español como O’Connor, “Alli siempre ha hablado bien. Creo que ya está hablando un poco más y ha llegado con un entusiasmo para el idioma. También ha ganado confidencia, madurez, y responsabilidad, cosas que le ayudarán en el futuro.” Hughes aprovechó del programa de I.U. y ahora tiene una experiencia que le ayudará en el futuro. “Me siento más cómoda porque puedo entender mucho más cuando otros hablan conmigo. Ahora puedo entender mucho más que antes que es una cosa grande para mí, y puedo escribir mucho más con mejor gramática,” dijo Hughes. Ella piensa continuar sus estudios del español y cuando llegue a la universidad planea especializarse en español.

Shedding light on notable Southport students, staff and alumni.

The

Spotlight Former student leaves lasting mark on Southport by Jennifer Virden Reporter

Carl Leck

The masterpieces of a young artist hang around a studio in the Harrison Center for the Arts, showcasing a talent and hobby he has enjoyed most of his life. 1998 Southport graduate, Carl Leck, jump-started his art career here at Southport by painting the murals that decorate the walls of the school. While Leck was a senior at Southport, he was called upon by the administration to paint two murals. “I was kind of good then, and I was always the art guy,” said Leck. “They just knew that if anyone could do it, I probably could.” Mr. Pernell, one of Leck’s favorite teachers, helped him a lot with his artwork and has been a big influence in his life. Pernell remembers Leck being all about art in high school and was not surprised that Leck eventually made a career in art. “He’s real creative. He comes up with his own materials and ideas,” said Pernell. “Just give him a topic or subject, and he’ll come up with something. It’s pretty awesome.” Leck’s first mural at Southport, which was painted in the Cardinal’s Nest, shows a filmstrip with a cardinal in motion. The next mural he painted was in what was the Booster Club room at the time. The room is now a custodial storage place near the

Fieldhouse. After graduating high school, Leck attended the Herron School of Art and Design where he was a fine arts major. While painting canvases and doing drawings, he realized that it would be tough to find a job with his fine arts major. “It was a tattoo artist that said, ‘So you’re a fine art major, huh? What are you going to do with that degree?’” said Leck, “and I kind of just stood back and said, ‘Really, what am I going to do with a fine arts degree?’” Leck then realized that majoring in fine art was not a logical choice. So, he later transferred to Ball State University and switched his major to graphic design. Even after the switch in majors, finding a job was still difficult. To help get his name out, he donated pieces of art to places where he thought people would see them. Leck has gotten most of his jobs by word of mouth. He believes that his quality of work is what keeps him going. “Getting your name and your work out takes time and a lot of work,” said Leck. “You can’t just jump straight out of college and expect to survive or even make a living out of art by itself.” In 2005, Leck was called back to Southport by a familiar teacher, Mrs. Denise McClanahan. She remembered the work he had done while he was a student, and she wanted something painted in her basket-

ball coaching office. Since she was a former teacher and friend of Leck’s, he agreed to do it. The principal later saw Leck’s work in McClanahan’s office and asked him to paint something above the concession stand in the Fieldhouse. The music department also saw Leck’s work and asked him to paint the mural that is now seen in the music hallway. “It was awesome. I was (at Southport) working full time basically for almost a year,” said Leck. “I’d finish one hallway and then be like ‘What about this wall?’ They’d say it was okay, then I’d finish that one and move on to the next wall. It kind of kept going on like that for a long time.” After painting more for Southport, Leck got his own studio downtown at the Harrison Center for the Arts, where he still works today. He paints for whoever is willing to compensate him for his time and effort, whether it is a school, a residential area or a business. Every day Leck returns to his studio, where his finished art hangs on the walls and current projects are scattered throughout the room. They all have different stories behind them. Some are random, some were requested and one even came from a dream. With every piece of art he makes, he continues the passion he has had most of his life.


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Entertainment

‘Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World’ by Jennifer Virden Reporter “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” tells the story of a 23 year-old Canadian boy named Scott Pilgrim. Scott, played by Michael Cera, befriends a girl named Ramona Flowers, who is played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead. He gains feelings for the girl, only to realize that he must defeat her seven evil exes before he can date her. Sounds lame, right? That’s what I thought, too. The movie is based off of a series of six graphic novels written by Bryan Lee O’Malley. However, the movie began production while the later books were still being written, so the movie begins to differ from the books after the third evil ex. If you’re a fan of the graphic novels, be prepared to see something different. From the very start of the movie, I was worried. I was expecting another dumb teenage comedy, and I wasn’t really interested in seeing Cera play the awkward boy again. I tried my best to be optimistic as I walked into the theater, but it was tough. The movie was made with a video game theme, which I didn’t think would work out very well. I was surprised when I saw how much it actually added to the movie. The onomatopoeias were shown on the screen, which made everything seem more intense. The video game type of music added a lot to the movie as well. There was a song by The Rolling Stones and a few songs by Scott’s band in the movie, Sex Bob-Omb. The soundtrack is something that is probably worth listening to. The entire movie was hilarious and the video game aspect added to that. It made me laugh like crazy every five minutes or so. I felt bad for the people sitting around me. The randomness of everything was what made the movie so funny, and the little asides by Scott were the best part. One of the few problems I had with the movie was some of the humor. I felt like there were quite a few jokes that were directed more toward boys, which was frustrating. The movie was directed toward a very specific fan base, so it may

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have been more appropriate for anime and video game fans. I wanted to laugh along with everyone else, but I guess I just didn’t understand the gamer lingo. Also, the opening credits were obnoxious because of the neon-colored, flashing lights everywhere. It wouldn’t have been too bad, but it dragged on for three or four minutes. I actually had to cover my eyes after a while. Shortly into the movie, the character Knives Chau is introduced. Just after hearing her wonderful name, I knew she would be one of my favorites. Her quirkiness and her obsession with Scott made her a likeable character. Even though she was a little creepy at times, she still made me laugh more than anyone else. Ramona was also an interesting character. I had never seen Winstead in a movie before, although she has been in popular movies such as “Final Destination 3” and “Sky High,” but I was really impressed with what I saw. She made me want to be Ramona, mostly because of her spontaneity. It was fascinating to me. Although Cera played another awkward boy who’s bad with girls, just as he did in movies such as “Juno” and “Superbad,” he did it well. I’m still hoping he breaks out of that shell eventually. His awkwardness still made him just as adorable as always though, which made the movie even more enjoyable. Another character I found entertaining was Wallace, Scott’s gay roommate. He intruded on Scott’s life pretty often, which made him seem more like a dad than a roommate. Keeping up with his partners was exhausting, but he was still one of my favorites in the movie. After the feel-good ending of “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,” I was speechless, and I wasn’t really sure if that was a good thing or not. When I could finally muster up some words, I decided that it was a very good thing. The movie was satisfying. It was almost everything you could want in a movie. It had likeable characters and it was funny and interesting. If I were a video game-playing boy, it would have been perfect.

‘Dragon Quest IX’

by Corey Mills Reporter “Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies,” released July 11, 2010 exclusively for the Nintendo DS, is a change for the long running franchise. The ninth installment of the series is the first to be handheld-only. The Dragon Quest series follows a formulaic system. “Sentinels of the Starry Skies” changes the direction of the genre, but ultimately stays true to its roots as a solid Japanese Role Play Game (JRPG) with plenty to do and hours of amusement. Players create a character that is a guardian over the world and is sent down to the mortal realm they look over. Game play is straightforward and is similar to

many other turn-based role playing games. Enemies appear in the over world and battles are initiated by running into them, allowing players to avoid them if they want. Battles are turn based, which can become boring after a while, but new enemies and new techniques revive the excitement. The controls and graphics are excellent and are accompanied by catchy music. The main problems of the game lie within its confusing plot. While you’re given freedom to roam around, you don’t get much direction. It’s a small flaw, but it can create frustrating moments. The plot itself was interesting and kept me going from quest to quest. Overall, “Dragon Quest IX” takes a large step forward for the series in creating a very accessible JRPG.

‘No Better Than This’

by Cara Hinh Reporter

John Mellencamp’s newest album title, “No Better This,” begins with “Save Some Time to Dream,” a song that told a story that was uplifting. In fact the whole album, like many of Mellencamp’s previous albums, each song is a different part of the whole story that is the album. The tale of high school love, to a loveless marriage, with anything else that could happen mixed in. The lyrics made you think of sunsets, summer and the ‘good ol’ days,’ the sound that Mellencamp carries through the whole CD is one in the same. Light acoustic and folky guitar are mixed with the sounds of violins and har-

monicas, while electric guitars play simple but powerful patterns with a few guitar solos thrown in there. Mellencamp’s voice throughout the whole CD has the same kind of tone, raw and unedited sounding vocals that seemed far away, and seem to echo naturally as if you were inside the recording studio with him. The thing that was disappointing about the CD was that, when you weren’t listening with a lot of focus, you hear the songs go by, and a lot of them you have trouble distinguishing one from another, and the stories and music seem to blend into one. Mellencamp’s storytelling CD wasn’t the best, but it certainly wasn’t anywhere near the worst. We’ll just have to wait and see if his next album can get better than this.

‘The Postcard Killers’ by Kayla Green Reporter One of America’s bestselling authors, James Patterson, teamed up with acclaimed European author, Liza Marklund, and together, they created a thriller based on murders throughout Europe. In the novel, Jacob Kanon, homicide detective, roams Europe restlessly in search of his daughter’s murderers. These brutal cutthroats were nicknamed ‘The Postcard Killers’ from the postcard they send to the local news stations of their victims’ home towns preceding the murders – hence the title of the book. The main character is a grieving father with intense determination for his goal.

This alone casts an emotionally loaded light on the plot, creating a fitting mood for the thriller that Patterson and Marklund intended to produce. The style of writing is smooth and stocked with imagery, creating a vivid picture of European scenery. Patterson and Marklund have done a decent job of reviving the old art of writing murder novels, though it sometimes seemed a little cliché or overdone. There wasn’t big of a plot twist as one would imagine would be in a thriller, but the witty banter between characters and many references to famous art adds a lot of color to the story in compensation. Overall, I found “The Postcard Killers” to be an engaging novel that was a rather quick read and a real page-turner.

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Features

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Sleepless Nights

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Photo by Brandon Bushong.

Student battles sleep for more than 48 hours My room was dark, but my tired eyes could make out the clock. It was five thirty in the morning and I had seven hours of school ahead of me. When I woke up on that Friday, I slowly climbed out of bed and I realized that the short amount of sleep I just had would have to last me until Sunday. According to webmd.com, most doctors recommend that teenagers get at least nine hours of sleep each night. I usually averaged about six hours which barely gets me through the day. The first week of school can be rough for kids. Going from staying up all night with no consequences to having to get enough sleep to get them through the school day can be a big transition. After having a hard week with little sleep, I was going to let myself stay up for more than 48 hours and see if lack of sleep really had the effects that doctors often warned us of. Sites like medicalnewstoday.com tell the repercussions of lack of sleep for teens over some time. Problems can include teenagers falling asleep during class and doing homework without a clear train of thought. Approximately one fifth of teenagers are actually getting the recommended night of sleep. This could be dangerous with teenagers driving so frequently while not being completely alert. After I got home from school that Friday my eyes begged me for a nap. I was more tired than usual after the first week of school and my body needed rest, but I remained awake throughout the night with help from a lot of caffeinated diet coke. The caffeine worked but I couldn’t help but realize that using caffeine to keep myself awake would only

have negative repercussions. Websites like wealthy-choices. by Tanna Carpenter com show that caffeine not only Reporter causes health problems over time, but usually ends in an “I don’t think my energy crash. father, the inventor of I spent Saturday lying Toaster Strudel, would around. Honestly, I had little be too pleased to energy to do much else. I tried hear about this.” convincing myself that I wasn’t really that tired but my body didn’t buy it. I tried to go about doing normal activities but I couldn’t wait to just sit down and rest. Saturday night was a long one. I did my best to stay up but I found myself nodding in and out of consciousness until morning. What a lot of kids don’t realize is that pulling an “all nighter” can cause problems later on. Teenagers are often up late-night studying or staying up late to finish a movie, but if these habits become routine it could affect them as adults. A lot of adults suffer from stress from lack of sleep. A lot of cases of depression are contributed by the lack of sleep that adults get. Teenagers staying up late to do things that should just be put off until morning, need to learn the negative effects that could have. For me, sleep had never come as easily as it did that night. I was truly exhausted and the second I let my head hit the pillow, I was satisfied with the calm of sleep. I really do understand why we are recommended to sleep about a third of each days. Our bodies just cannot function without having the opportunity to recharge. I will never take for granted another good night of sleep.

Senior Tanna Carpenter watches television at home to stay awake on Sunday, Aug. 15. Carpenter stayed up the whole weekend, from 5 a.m. Friday, Aug. 13, to 2 p.m. Sunday. Photo by Brandon Bushong.

Sleep disorders have negative effects on Southport students by Brittany Hemphill Reporter Being awake all night and staring at the ceiling is nothing new to juniors Jackie Deck and Alicia Cañas. Each have experienced walking through the halls of Southport without any sleep from the night before. Sleep disorders have had major impact on both students’ lives, even though they suffer from separate disorders. Sleepdeprivation.com reports that nearly 30 percent of all teens suffer from some sort of a sleep disorder. Although the majority of those teens suffer from the minor delayed sleep phase syndrome, some teens deal with more serious sleep disorders. “I really thought somebody was trying to suffocate me or kill me,” said Cañas about her first time experiencing her sleep disorder, sleep paralysis. Early Feb. of last year, Cañas woke in the middle of the night and felt a large amount of pressure on her chest. She was completely aware of what was going on around her, but she was physically paralyzed. Cañas could not talk or move and it was hard to breathe. “I would say my ABC’s until it was done...” said Cañas. “ Then I would just stay up all night because I was afraid to go to sleep.” The lack of sleep negatively affected her day-to-day life. Instead of being awake

Junior Jackie Deck was first affected with insomnia her 8th grade year. Photo by Nicole Straub. and alert during school, Cañas would fall asleep because she was so exhausted. After weeks of experiencing sleep paralysis, Cañas had found the cure to her disorder. While researching an English paper on dreams, she came across sleep paralysis. Cañas found out that it can

often be caused by sleeping on her back. That night Cañas didn’t sleep on her back and she has yet to wake up in the middle of the night with no control of her body again. Deck can relate to Cañas in many ways. Deck suffers with a more well-known sleep

disorder, insomnia. Insomnia is when your body does not let you fall asleep, you have a hard time getting to sleep or you cannot stay asleep. “I just wasn’t able to sleep... no matter what,” said Deck. Beginning her eighth grade year, Deck found herself unable to go to sleep at night. Her parents and doctor blamed the normal “teenage issues” for her inability to fall asleep, but during Deck’s sophomore year, she finally got an answer to her sleepless nights. “There was a big change in my grades so my mom addressed me about it,” said Deck. “And I told her I was not sleeping at night... at all.” Another visit to the doctor and Deck was diagnosed with insomnia. She was given sleeping aides to take and her sleeping habits began to change. Typically taking the medicine around 8:00 or 9:00 at night, Deck falls asleep between 11:30 and 12:00 now. ”I’ve thought about flipping my schedule completely,” said Deck. After high school, Deck is seriously considering altering her daily schedule and sleeping methods to gain more energy throughout the day without medicine. Whether it is not being able to fall asleep at night or waking up in the middle of the night—juniors Alicia Cañas and Jackie Deck both know the true meaning and consequences of sleep deprivation.

Common Sleep Disorders Sleep Paralysis- This common sleep disorder does not allow the movement of arms, legs or even the whole body of a person when they are waking up or going to sleep.

Narcolepsy- People that are affected by narcolepsy fall asleep uncontrollably during the day. Sleeping can come unexpectedly, including when the person is engaged in activity.

Insomnia- This is the inability to fall asleep. Most people experience this sometime during their lives and it is often caused by stress or another disease.

Information from www.neurologychannel.com

Sleep Apnea- This disorder is interrupted breathing during sleep. It happens because of a problem in the windpipe and it also can be a sign of a neurological disease affecting the nerve cells.


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August 27, 2010

Opinion

Marriage should not be limited to different-sex couples by Karalie Hensley Staff Artist

“Bea Arthur, Bea mine.” Last year, I sat in my English class when suddenly my teacher requested that the students who wanted to get married later in life to raise their hands. Shockingly, very few hands went up though nearly everyone was awake. Strangely, my arm was casually extended upward. I found it odd that the people that could get married were opting out of doing so. Unfortunately for me, I can’t marry here or many other places for that matter because I happen to be rather gay. Consequently, if I were to marry, I’d want to marry a girl. To brush up on some semi-recent history, California altered the legal definition marriage to make it non-specific. Gays ate this change up. Marriage licenses were pumped out at alarming rates to over 4,000 homosexual couples, many couples coming from other states in order to tie the knot. A year or so later, Proposition 8 was proposed, which would define marriage as being between a man and a

woman. By default, it would end the gay is that sacred, an ultimate ban on divorce symbols are not required to take part in a marriages that were taking place. Despite would seem to be the best and most logical marriage, meaning they shouldn’t decide long protests on both sides, Prop 8 (also option. Perhaps I’m just crazy though. who marries who. known as Prop H8) was passed. Now, Though it can be a religious unification Does that make government better than things are changing but still complicated. with flowing dresses and well-planned, saGod? Of course not, then again how should Of course, the battle of opinions remains cred ceremonies, it does not have to be. It I know? the same. can still contain well-planned ceremonies This is just a simple matter of equalIf you look in any dictionary and averand flowing dresses. ity. I, along with many other girls, want age out what you find, you’ll see that the If religion was a requirement for marto be able to call another female my wife. gist of marriage’s definition is this: a marriage, how would Atheists marry? They Despite how strange that sounds, I will reriage union between a man and a woman. wouldn’t. Regardless, they have every serve my right to want and strive for that. This is also the legal outlook on the matter right to tie the knot. Interracial couples weren’t able to marry in for most states. This pleases some and anThis is a prime example of how your be- the past. I have hope that same-sex cougers others. The main arguments defendliefs should not stop two people from mar- ples will be able to in the near future. If I ing Webster’s definition are a few quotes rying. Marriage is ideally an expression of were to marry, crops would not burn and pulled from the Bible along with just a few love. Your emotions and your government people would not suddenly die. This nation varying religious sentiments or just the are the only things that truly have a say in was founded on the idea of equality. If gay ‘I think it’s gross’ saying. That is where I your marriage decision making. In a legal marriage is legalized, we would be taking a start to have a little hissy fit. sense, God, Buddha, or any other religious large step in the living up to that idea. It is also said that marriage is sacred. Information from www.good.is. I’m guessing too sacred for two people Proposition 8 supports that “only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in of the same gender California.” to be included. As a reasonably sound May 26, 2009 | Proposition 8 remains unaltered in the Strauss May 15, 2008 | California Supreme Court November 8, 2008 | decides that existing bans on same-sex Proposition 8 passes with v. Horton case. Perry v. Schwarzenegger follows, challenging person, I find this Proposition 8’s constitutionality. marriage are unconstitutional. 52 percent of the vote. hard to believe that people with mindsets similar to Brittany Spears are getting married and August 4, 2010 | U.S. district court Judge June 2, 2008 | Proposition 8 is November 19, 2008 | The California Supreme Court Vaughn Walker overrules Proposition 8 in submitted with 1,120,801peitition accepts three lawsuits against the constitutionality of divorced within a signatures. Proposition 8 that become the case of Strauss v. Horton. the case Perry v. Schwarzenegger. week. If marriage

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Opinions create chances, Bennet’s plan unbased, needs to be stopped necessity for life by Cara Hinh Reporter “We play till’ we win, because we are Hinh!”

“An unexamined life is not worth living,” a quote from Socrates, a Greek philosopher and a quote that I happened across in my Humanities book, proving that something good could come from that class. What it means is that if you go through life without examining yourself, the people and the places around you, what king of life will you have? According to Socrates, a life not worth living and I have to agree. And by doing so, I’ve formed the opinion that people who don’t form opinions, or examine the world around them, are missing something in their lives. More than just information about the space and people around us, but about ourselves. This may make me sound like a snobby person who only appreciates intelligence, but it’s more than that it’s about having a good opinion of yourself. I believe that everyone who has the opportunity to learn and make decisions about the world should do so, and have a desire to do so. According to PBS.org, only forty percent of Americans read the newspaper, and the number of Americans that get the news has gone down by ten percent since 1994 in the U.S. Of course, the opportunity isn’t given to everyone. When I visited Viet Nam, a few years back, I witnessed something that will always stick with me. The sight of children begging or selling post cards to foreigners

to make money so that they can have something to eat or a place to lay their heads. The saddest part about all this was that a few feet back you could see their mother or father watching while their child talks to complete strangers. Those children, the ones that learned English to talk to the people that they get their living from, I’m sure would jump at any opportunity to come to a U.S. high school and take the basic core classes, that we as students complain about. Not to say I have never complained, or taken for granted the things that I have. I‘ve realized, as someone who lives in the U.S., how lucky I am to have been able to learn in a place where the person across the room, no matter their financial troubles that they can attend school. To me an “examined” life is simply a life where you pursue knowledge of the world and of yourself. To know what is happening around the world and how you feel about what is happening and to be able to take a firm stance on it. And for those who learn the world and know it, to not just know the facts but to learn about themselves by not just sitting on the fence, but jumping up to take a side. You don’t have to be a genius to have examined your life though either you can know yourself, and how you feel without having to know the location of Germany or who was president in 1977 and how it was relevant. Knowing yourself is the most important part of life, knowing you, let’s you make the decisions you want, it lets you make the opinions that shape your life and make your life worthy. It allows you to be able to So am I telling you to go home, watch the news every night, and research about the entire world? That has to be decided by you, because what makes up a life that is worth living is up to you to decide.

by Karalie Hensley

KARA(doesn’t)LIE

I believe that everyone who has the opportunity to learn and make decisions about the world should do so, and want to do so.

by Lucas Sweitzer Editor-in-Chief “WHAT?!?! DUMBLEDORE DIES?!?!?!?!”

This past Monday, our state superintendent Dr. Tony Bennett made a speech in Warren Township outlaying his plan for education in the state of Indiana. It’s the first speech of many that will soon come from Bennett’s new Education Reform Cabinet. If the ideas Bennett has move forward in our education system, teachers could lose their jobs now. Right now is a huge time for reform in America. It seems that everything is getting reformed – health care reform, economic reform… We’re changing a lot of things from the way they used to be run. Education is not exempt from this, and words like “reform” and “restructure” can often be seen peppering speeches from Bennett. I won’t question the fact that our education system is ailing – I do believe we need reform – but not in the way Bennett sees it. The crux of Bennett’s speech is this: the payment of teachers in schools today is directly correlative to the teacher’s experience in the field, not necessarily based on student performance. This is where we get concepts like tenure – which provides job security to teachers who have been working for a long time. At the focal point of Bennett’s speech, he introduces the most disturbing idea he has in the whole speech: “…we must have a meaningful system for evaluating teachers and building administrators ... once we have a consistent and fair way to evaluate educators, we should use those evalu-

ations to reward, remediate and even remove teachers as appropriate.” Now, I do not disagree with the concept behind this quote. Frankly, it makes sense to pay teachers on a merit-based system. It’s how virtually all other professions pay employees, it ensures bigger rewards for better teachers. But as I glance over that quote again, one phrase sticks out to me – “a meaningful system for evaluating teachers and building administrators.” Where I have issues with this education reform lies in that very phrase: I simply believe we do not currently possess a meaningful system for evaluating teachers and building administrators. The current way the state evaluates our teachers are standardized tests. All this boils down to one terrible truth: if these ideas become mandated, teachers could get fired over student performance. Why is this terrible? There are so many more elements to teaching than the bottom line test scores. Students aren’t statistics, they aren’t third-quarter profits, they’re not quantitative data. They’re living, breathing people – with different home situations, with different inclinations and declinations in relation to school, things that have nothing to do with school. Some students will pass a class no matter how terrible a teacher is – and others would fail even if they had the best teacher in the state. This new proposition by Bennett is unfounded, and clearly the plan of a man who hasn’t practiced his craft for many, many years. Students: please. If you can literally think of at least one teacher who deserves the job they have (and I sincerely hope you can), write a letter to Dr. Tony Bennett. Tell him you care about our schools - but you care about our teachers too.

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Opinion

August 27, 2010

I d e a l s Awkward

of an average AMERICAN

As high school unfolds, our lives follow by Adrienne Wagner Copy Editor As I walked through door 14 just a few weeks ago my mind began to implode with thoughts. It is another year, another schedule, another life. We walk through the awkward smelling hallways to find our freshly greased lockers and our first period classes waiting with old textbooks and joyous teachers. For a lot of us this is just another year. For freshman, this is just the beginning. Welcome to Southport High School. My freshman year I took a class in ceramics. I molded and cut and squished many different pieces of clay, just hoping to come out with something looking like a vase, or a guitar or whatever the assignment would be for that week. It was a lengthy process full of many steps, mistakes and a hope for success. As I look at the freshman class this year, I see those same pieces of clay. As I look at my class of seniors I see nearly finished projects, fired in the kiln and waiting for paint. I look at this graduating class of 2011 and remember when we were all lost. I’ve watched old friends find ways into the drama department, realizing musicals were what these four years were supposed to be about. I’ve had friends dedicate life to three long seasons of sports a year, now hoping to finish out with a winning season and something to be proud of. I’ve watched other friends join the speech team and win state championships after hours of hard work. At the same time I’ve watched as friends

lost their way into the world of drugs and alcohol, a sad reality that at one point seemed so far away. On the short road of high school there are so many stops to make along the way. Some girls will get pregnant and have babies of their own. Some people choose to drop out, giving up so early on the trip. Some people choose to dedicate time and effort to become the most involved students they can be. But what all of us must remember is that there is no rush to get to the destination, in our case, graduation. No matter what the case, ultimately we decide who we are. We are our activities, our friends, our words and our actions. From the first day of high school we have a choice to get involved and dedicate ourselves to something worth our passion. We change and evolve and after the four year experiment we end up with an individual. My vision for our school includes success in every area possible. We dabble in sports victories and strong clubs, but we still lack interest and dedication from every student. This year our school motto is “I am who I choose to be.” I want this motto to be more than just a poster in the cafeteria. It needs to become a reality for Southport, not an unattainable goal. At the end of the day, there is nobody to blame for mistakes but the face looking back in the mirror. As freshmen begin these first few weeks of school, they take the first steps towards developing themselves.

At freshman orientation I remember being amazed at everything I could get involved in. The orientation did not lie. It is never too late to begin the long process of making oneself. I encourage freshmen to take advantage of the opportunities given. The ultimate goal in ceramics was to end up with a piece of artwork. These pieces were not factory made, but unique and individual. Some pieces ended up with cracks and creases and holes. Some pieces collapsed in the kiln, not strong enough to withstand the heat that the final stage brought upon it. A lot of pieces ended up as beautiful pieces of art. I’ve poured myself into a varsity sport for four years. I’ve spent hours staring at a computer screen, trying to come up with 700 words that only a few people might read. I’ve spent late nights studying for AP classes and hours upon hours of washing carts at the golf course by my house. As the school year begins I can only hope that each and every person takes advantage of every chance given and eventually becomes a unique masterpiece.

The Southport Address is an editorial written based on the consensus opinion of seniors Holly Hightower (Editor-in-Chief of The Anchor), Katja Krasnovsky (Bureau Chief of the News Bureau) and Lucas Sweitzer (Editor-in-Chief of The Journal).

{INTRODUCING: THE 2010-2011 JOURNAL} in each semester. In addition to The Journal, we are producing an additional publication this year - The Compass. It will be in tabloid size (half the size of the paper you are holding now), eight pages long and about one particular subject a more in-depth look at certain issues pertinent to Southport students. Another thing The Journal is changing this coming year is the inclusion of stories in foreign languages. More than ten percent of our school does not speak English primarily, and we are including a story in Spanish and a story in Chin every issue, so students of all backgrounds can enjoy The Journal.

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We also plan on introducing The Journal’s civic project in the first few issues - we are going to be reporting on a recurring subject to see if we can inspire to improve the world around us. The Journal is here to provide a necessary service to the students of Southport. To inform the student (and sometimes teacher) body about recent and important developments with and about our school. To teach students about any other topics they might find appealing or interesting. To change minds and opinions. It’s a wonderful privilege to have, and I’m so proud to be a part of it. Here we go. I hope you enjoy it.

How do you feel about eight period days?

“I’m comfortable with them because I just came from the middle school.” - Freshman Joey Lane

“I love the eight period classes, I can get through the bad classes faster.” - Sophomore Matt Russell

“I like having eight periods a day. it makes the week go faster and days more interesting.” - Junior Emma Hughes

“When I think about having eight periods a day, it makes me want to puke... kind of like when I see Matlock.” - Senior Daly Andis

{thumbsUP} Beating Roncalli Pokémon

Being Sick

It’s only the third week of schoo...a...a...ACHOOOOO!

Summer Ending

GOTTA CATCH ‘EM ALL!

Just as we were getting used to 10 hours of sleep every night...

Musical Auditions

No Homeroom

Who will the shoe fit?

No more homeroom bonding time!

State Fair

No Rain

Help me as I go into my food coma!

Our grass is thirsty!

Beauty Pageant

Retired Teachers

$10 an hour to work it? I’m in!

CONTACT INFORMATION The Southport High School Journal 971 East Banta Road Indianapolis, IN 46227 shsjournal@class.perryschools.org 317.789.4800

MISSION STATEMENT The mission of the Southport High School Journal is to inform the student body of timely events and issues that affect their lives while being a voice for the faculty, staff and community. Student journalists are guaranteed the First Amendment rights of the Constitution. Staff members will observe the same legal responsibilities as those imposed on all news media, thus will refrain from production of material that: 1. Is obscene, according to community standards; 2. Is libelous, according to the legal definition; 3. Creates a clear and present danger of the immediate material and substantial physical disruption of the school. The Editor-in-Chief is solely responsible for all content. Views found in the Journal do not necessarily reflect the opinions the Journal staff or faculty, staff or administration of Southport High School or the Metropolitan District of Perry Township.

STAFF LIST Editor-in-Chief LUCAS SWEITZER ‘11 Managing Editor of Design SHIVANI PARIKSHAK ‘11 Copy Editor ADRIENNE WAGNER ‘11

D-Dodd, you will be missed.

*These are opinions of the Journal staff

News Editor JAKE DOWNEY ‘11 Student Life Editor NATALIE ULLRICH ‘11 Entertainment Editor WES KEOWN ‘11 Features Editor ALI DEHART ‘12 Opinion Editor RACHAEL DILLON ‘11 Photo Editor BRANDON BUSHONG ‘11 Sports Editor KINSEY GOFF ‘11 Staff Artist KARALIE HENSLEY ‘11 Staff JOEY BANFIELD ‘11 ASHLYN BRIDGEWATER ‘12 TANNA CARPENTER ‘11 JESSICA DE LA CRUZ ‘13 TAYLOR DEHART ‘13 TREAVOR GEBHART ‘11 JONATHAN GOODWIN ‘11 KAYLA GREEN ‘11 BRITTANY HEMPHILL ‘12 CARA HINH ‘12 ROSY LIANTU ‘11 MATT LYTLE ‘12 COREY MILLS ‘12 CECILIA SALAS ‘12 NICOLE STRAUB ‘12 NOELLE STRAUB ‘12 REBECCA TAPP ‘12 JENNIFER VIRDEN ‘11 Adviser MR. MIKE KLOPFENSTEIN

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We’re on the road to 9-0, go Cards!

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Editor of The Compass EMILY ODLE ‘11

theSOUTHPORTaddress: Now, I know you just read above where it tells you this is going to be an editorial written by Holly Hightower, Katja Krasnovsky and Lucas Sweitzer, but this first Southport Address is different. This is senior Lucas Sweitzer, Editor-inChief of The Journal, and I wanted to take this space to tell everyone all of the new exciting plans we have for this school year. In case you didn’t know, The Journal is Southport’s semi-weekly newspaper - in fact, you’re reading it now. Semi-weekly means it comes out every two to three weeks, enough to the point where there are 14 issues in a school year - seven

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Principal MS. BARBARA BROUWER

ARE YOU OPINIONATED?

Students, staff and community members are welcome to write a letterto-the-editor that will be published in The Journal when space is available. Letters-tothe-editor must be received five days prior to publication date. Submissions should be short and concise, not exceeding 300 words. They are subject to editing for content, grammar and length. All letters must be signed. Personal or unfair attacks of businesses or individuals will not be published. Bring all submissions to room 400 or address an envelope to Mr. Mike Klopfenstein and take it to the Main Office. Submissions also may be e-mailed to shsjournal@class.perryschools.org. The Journal reserves the right to reject any advertisement or Letter-to-the-Editor. Anonymous letters will not be published.


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August 27, 2010

Photos

Getting the Ball Rolling...

With a new school year comes new opportunities. Along with these opportunities comes the chance for fall athletes to shine and strive for a great season. Many Cardinal athletes are doing just that. The boys’ soccer and volleyball teams remained undefeated as of Monday, Aug. 23, and the football team pulled off a hard-fought victory last Friday against rival Roncalli.

(Above) Senior Brandon Iaria chases after the ball in a match against Greenwood on Aug. 16. The Cardinals emerged victorious by beating the Woodmen by a score of 2-1, pushing their record to 2-0. Photo by Nicole Straub. (Right) Junior Ronnie Jones (right) emotionally celebrates a Southport win against Roncalli on Friday, Aug. 20 with his teammate, junior Demarcus Jones (left). The Cardinals won their first game of the season with a score of 28-21, and look to go 2-0 against Anderson High School at Lucas Oil Stadium tomorrow. Photo by Brandon Bushong. (Below) Seniors Chelsea Angelo and Chelsea Brothers await the serve during the volleyball team’s Red/White Scrimmage on Friday, Aug. 13. The volleyball team started its season undefeated and won the Southport Invitational on Saturday, Aug. 21. Photo by Becca Tapp.

(Left) Junior Abby Springer fights to maintain possession of the ball during a match against Greenwood on Monday, Aug. 16. The Cardinals fought hard, but ultimately fell to Greenwood by a score of 5-3. Photo by Becca Tapp. (Above left) Senior Alex Smith hits the ball during tennis practice on Friday, Aug. 20. The boys’ team won its first match of the season against Decatur Central, 3-2. (Above right) The girls’ cross country team runs around the Southport campus during practice on Thursday, Aug. 19. The team placed second in the Richmond Invitational on Saturday, Aug. 21. (Below right) Senior Carlton Byrd runs past Roncalli defenders at the game on Friday, Aug. 20. The Cardinals held off a Rebel comeback to hold on for the win. (Below left) The boys’ cross country team runs around Perry Stadium at practice on Monday, Aug. 23. The team begins its season at the Purdue Invitational tomorrow. Photos by Brandon Bushong.


Sports

August 27, 2010

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Work during summer strengthens team amount of conditioning with the girls’ basketball team over the summer. Both coaches of the two sports were planning on getting the girls’ ready for their Coming off an 8-22 season last year, seasons. They put their minds together the Southport girls’ volleyball team is and came up with new and more intense looking to make a surprise. One would workouts for the ladies. think that the team would be devastated, “I wanted us to be in the best physical but with a very successful summer, the shape for the season,” said Head Coach Lady Cards are looking forward to a very Kristina Johnson. uprising season. Bonding is also something the girls did The volleyball team traveled to a few this summer to improve their game on the tournaments this summer. Every Wednescourt. There was the traditional sleepover day, they would travel to Warren Central that takes place every year at a player’s High School to compete with teams in the house. This year it was held at sophomore conference and Erin Maddigan’s around the state house. They got to in the Warren know one another Central League. better and created They finished with friendships not only a record of 10-2 on the floor, accordin the tournament. The volleyball team spent lots ing to Brothers. “We are much of time together this summer to “Our chemistry is better at our basic strengthen team chemistry. very good and we all skills in which get along well. It is will help us win -Cookout at Coach Johnson’s just all very fun,” said games,” said -Traditional Sleepover Brothers. captain senior -2-a-days Coach Johnson Chelsea Brothers. -UK camp, 6th place in the had a team cookout The girls travat her house on the tournament eled down to the very last weekend of -Warren Central League, 10-2 University of Kenthe summer. There tucky for a team was also the teams’ camp and tournacamp in Kentucky ment as well. Acwhich had a lot of bonding time for the cording to Brothers, they improved their ladies. All of these events contributed to skills and conditioned very well down the chemistry of the group. The team is south. The team finished in sixth place out looking forward to seeing how their bondof 26 teams total. ing will affect the incoming season. Summer tournaments were not the Due to the hard work and a very suconly success the girls had in the past cessful summer, everyone at the school couple of months. The workouts were a and in the Southport area is expecting a bit different from past summers. A lot of fantastic season from the volleyball team. the team would say that they were much As of Monday Aug. 23, the volleyball more intense and harder. team has a record of 5-0. “There was one where we had to run “As far as the season goes,” said John20 stair laps and then another where we son, “what I expect from the team is hard worked outside,” said Brothers. “We ran a work, lots of intensity, lots of communilap around the track and ten a stair lap on cation, and I am definitely expecting a the stadium steps. We did that five times.” winning record.” The volleyball team also had a huge

by Matt Lytle reporter

teambonding

Senior Chelsea Brothers serves the ball on Friday, Aug. 13 at the Red/White Scrimmage. The volleyball team has started its season undefeated. Photo by Becca Tapp.

meet the {howTO} MAKE A TACKLE COACHES “My key to success is to play smart, fundamental, disciplined football and not make any mistakes.”

“Hard work beats talent when talent forgets to work hard!”

Bill Peebles Football

Kristina Johnson Volleyball

“This year we’ve got a lot of young players and we’re trying to get them playing at the top of their game. It’s about learning and competing.”

“If I can get the underclassmen to come around, we can have a great season.”

Harry Schwartz Boys Tennis

Bob Humbles Girls Golf

“Our key to success is consistent training, hard work, keeping a positive attitude. Athletes who stick together through difficult times and who put the team first.”

“We need to continue player development and stability within the program.”

Dennis Bruce Boys Cross Country

Josh Brown Boys Soccer

“Success is when the victory ship comes in after it has been at sea and all members can say we.”

Nathan Fishel Girls Cross Country

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Photos by Becca Tapp.

The head coach of the girls’ soccer team, Hamid Siadat, resigned on Monday Aug, 23. As of Tuesday Aug. 24, a new coach has not been hired. Keep an eye out for information on the new coach, after one has been hired, on News Bureau. Arthur Miller, the assistant coach, will be filling in as the interim head coach while the team waits for a coach to be hired.

Girls Soccer

With Kenneth Hawkins

1. Step on the feet. - Take a step with your leading foot towards the ball carrier. 2. Bite the ball. -Tuck your head and put your nose where the ball carrier is holding the ball. 3. Shoot the arms violently. -Keep your head down, then shoot your arms up the ball carriers back, under their arms, violently and grab the back of their jersey. 4. Roll your hips and finish. -Roll your hips up, without letting go of the ball carrier. Then run forward and finish through with the tackle.


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August 27, 2010

Sports

Moving Forward (Above) The girls’ soccer team runs during practice on Monday, Aug. 23. This year’s team is led by the juniors, including Allie Radford and Danielle Biggerstaff. (Below) Junior Abby Springer practices her juggling skills with interim head coach Arthur Minor. Springer is one of two captains on the team. Photos by Nicole Straub.

Juniors take leadership roles, coach resigns by Taylor DeHart Reporter As Abby Springer and Allie Radford suit up for their games this year, they will have large shoes to fill as junior captains. This year’s girls’ soccer team is dominated by the junior class. With there only being a small handful of seniors this year, this has opened up many leadership spots for younger players. There are currently four seniors on the girls’ soccer team, giving the impression that there could be two senior captains like any other year. Junior captains Springer and Radford were first introduced as the new varsity captains at a practice over the summer. All of the other players may have been surprised by the decision, but according to former coach Hamid Siadat, age doesn’t matter when it comes to leadership on the team. “Well to me the age doesn’t mean anything, “said Siadat. “You could be a freshman or sophomore, it just matters about the leadership you have. Age means nothing; it just matters about your leadership and playing capability.” Having a big influence on the team by their leadership for the next few weeks will be crucial to the way their season goes. Not only captains need to step up but young players also. Captain Springer has had a big influence on the team through her play on the field although the team has had a 0-2 start. She has had all five of the teams’ goals through two games this season and is looking for more. Junior captain Radford thinks that having two younger captains is a very positive thing. After the first loss the young captains are learning from their experiences.

“Abby and I have had rocky times working everything out while trying to handle all of the responsibilities in the beginning,” said Radford, “but now it is working out very smoothly.” According to Radford, the seniors on the girls’ soccer team have no problem with having younger captains. “The seniors still have a say in decision making,” said Radford, “and feel very much in charge as well.” Junior captain Springer not only showed leadership in an off the field way, but during their first game on Monday, August 16th she scored all three goals for the Cardinals. The Cardinals did not end up winning that game but the leadership is obvious. “We will have our work cut out for us with all the hard teams in our conference,” said Springer. “But I believe we will bond as a team and be ready for games and seasons to come.” According to athletic director, Mr. Pete Hubert, Siadat had to step down this week due to time constraints with his other job. He is still going to support the ladies by going to many of their games throughout the season. “Well I think Allie and I will handle it pretty well”, said Springer, “We have experience leading the team while coach Siadat was away at work. I think we will lead them pretty well because we are used to taking the lead.” The assistant coach, Mr. Arthur Minor, will take over as the interim coach for now while they are still looking for a replacement for Siadat. Due to the absence of head coach, the junior captains will have a lot of pressure on their shoulders for the next few weeks until they find a coach. “Everybody was really quiet,” said junior Dani Biggerstaff, “We will all miss him and we will be upset not having him around.”

juniordominated Here are the names of the juniors on the girls’ soccer teams.

Abby Springer Allie Radford Carly Copas Sally England

Taylor Main Jackie Smith Rebecca Ward Dani Biggerstaff

in the banfield of sports

Professional athletes forget the importance of sportsmanship by Joey Banfield Reporter Maybe the greatest female athlete of all time, Babe Didrikson Zaharias, once said, “If you win through bad sportsmanship, that’s no real victory.” This quote has powerful meaning. If you don’t win with your head held high then what’s it worth, right? Remember your coach telling you to line up and shake the other team’s hands to be a good sport? Win or lose, you did it. Athletes learn sportsmanship as children, and they keep that knowledge for the rest of they’re lives. Or do they? Apparently the Cincinnati Reds and St. Louis Cardinals didn’t get the message. In the middle of the first inning on August 11th, benches cleared in Great American Ballpark and a skirmish let loose. Starting Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto, while wearing metal spiked cleats, kicked opposing players with the talents of a judo master. With bloody opponents left behind what was Cueto’s punishment? Just a seven game suspension.

Imagine if two high school athletes were to get into a fight, they would be suspended for the rest of the season, maybe kicked off the team, and depending on the severity of the fight, expulsion. What about if two high school coaches got into a fight? I’m sure they would be fired, there’s no doubt in my mind. If I go out on the streets and get into a fight with a complete stranger then I get arrested for assault and battery. Why is it that a professional athlete can beat someone’s head in full view of dozens of policemen and his punishment is a fine and a couple games off? He gets a couple bucks taken out of his hands, a “don’t do it again,” a pat on the hand, and he’s on his way. Shouldn’t there be legal actions for such brutality? Well guess what? There are legal actions and laws for this, although it’s in the athletes favor. A lawyer was brought on to the Reds radio talk show and said that there is an agreement between the players and the administration that says that as long as players are participating in a sporting event and it’s in the heat of a competition then there are very rarely legal repercussions for their actions, which is outrageous.

According to the company USLegal, “currently only a few major cases appear to set a standard for prosecuting athletes for violence… Where the line is drawn between acceptable (within the rules) and unacceptable (outside the rules) violence remains unclear.” If the sports administration wanted to stop fighting in sports today, they could. They could say that if athletes get into a fight, they get suspended for the remainder of the season. If they get into another fight, then they are suspended for life. Say Albert Pujols got into a fight and suspended, then ratings would go down in Major League Baseball, not as many fans would show up to the Cardinals games and the team would lose money. But if they let these things slide then they can keep their ratings and fan base up to keep making money. It all goes back to what we learned as children. Be a good sport, shake their hands, shake off any smack talk and move on. Move on to the next game, with a head held high and hopefully on to another win.

predict the score of the HORSESHOE CLASSIC name_____________

SOUTHPORT

VS

ANDERSON

Predict the score of the Horseshoe Classic game at Lucas Oil Stadium against Anderson. Turn it in to room 400 by last period today. The winner gets their picture and a quote in the next issue of The Journal.

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To see an update on the girls’ soccer team’s coach situation and a video of Southport’s volleyball team (including game footage and individual interviews) along with other sports information, visit

shsnewsbureau.com

Issue One  

The first issue of the 2010-2011 Southport High School Journal, distributed August 27, 2010.

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