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JOURNAL May 3, 2013

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Issue 13, Volume XCI

Southport High School

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Football star to national hero

Danny Wade (left) and Tisa Wade (right) escort their son Tristan Wade during football senior night in 2008. Photo contributed by Tisa Wade.

Members of 573rd Clearance Company carry the casket of Tristan Wade during his dignified transfer. A dignified transfer is what takes place when a fallen soldier returns to U.S. soil for the first time. Photo by Greg L. Davis.

Former Southport student dies in combat overseas in Afghanistan by Kaitlin Fallowfield Reporter Tristan Wade holds his daughter, Skylynn Wade. She is now 3 and a half years old. Photo used with permission by Tisa Wade.

Tristan Wade (middle, bottom row) sits on the back of a vehicle with the 573rd Clearance Company. Photo used with permission by Tisa Wade.

A bomb. What’s inside is hidden. Sometimes appearing as an everyday object, its full potential is not revealed until it explodes from its outer shell and does what it was always created to do. A bomb is what killed Sgt. Tristan Wade in Qurah Bagh district, Afghanistan on March 22. His death was instant and the only death as a result of the explosive device. On Dec. 23, 1989, Tristan was born in Indianapolis. He was the second youngest of four siblings, and from the time he was 9 yearsold, Tristan knew he wanted to be a soldier, according to his mother, Ms. Tisa Lee-Wade. “He very matter-of-factly told us he was going to grow up and be just like his daddy and be a soldier,” she said. Together, the Wades migrated to military posts in Washington, Hawaii and Kentucky until finally moving to

Indiana in 2005. Tristan then began second semester of his freshman year in 2006. That summer, he went out for football and made his first impression on head football coach Mr. Bill Peebles, as well as his team mates. “He was just this little kid with a tattoo, and he told me he wanted to come out and catch touchdowns for us,” Peebles said. “I didn’t think he had a chance.” According to Peebles, Tristan had a long way to go to learn the expectations of the Friday-night football player he aspired to be. Southport alumnus Brock Chipman met Tristan through football as well, and at first sight, Chipman says, he thought Tristan was just a cocky sophomore. “He thought he was the man when he first came here. He was ready to go. He wanted to play big-time and he was telling coach Peebles he was going to do all this stuff, but he was just a skinny guy, and none of us really thought anything of him,” Chipman said. That season, Tristan played on junior-varsity while the varsity football team went 0-10. It was after that losing season that Peebles says both varsity and Tristan were never

Donated prom dresses available for students Gently-used and new prom dresses can be bought for $5 from Oskay by Brooklyn Raines Reporter The average prom expenses for a girl is $400: this includes the cost of hair, nails, makeup, jewelry and this also factors in the average cost of a prom dress, which is $273 according to Dresses can be much more expensive than this however, so Southport helped girls in need of a dress cut out that expense in their list by allowing them to purchase donated dresses for a low price. Southport wanted to give everyone the opportunity to experience prom by offering donated, new and gently-used prom dresses for just $5. The school’s social worker Mrs. Jorie Oskay was in charge of the dresses, the dress donations and helping girls find the right dress. On Thursday, April 25 in room 173, any girl in need of a dress had the opportunity to come down to look through the dresses and purchase a dress if they decided to. Since this is the first year this was avail-

able to girls, Oskay was not sure how it would go. “I have not received a huge response, despite the announcements and advertisements that have been made about it,” Oskay said. Despite no responses, after school on April 25, ten dresses received a home. Seniors Sung Hnem Tial and Sui Tin Cer look through donated The dresses will prom dresses. Prom is Saturday, May 11. Photo by Jesse Roller. be in room 173 all the way up dress donations. until the day before prom for any girl in The dress donations impacted the need of one. girls by allowing them to go to prom that Oskay believed the dress donations wouldn’t have been able to before due to went well and plans to do it next year. not having a dress according to Oskay. “Ten girls found dresses they were The prom donations helped senior happy with,” Oskay said. Paola Padilla get the opportunity to atA clothing rack of a variety of dresses tend her senior prom. that ranged in colors and sizes were avail“Prom dresses are expensive and able for the girls to sort through. without the dresses Oskay provided,” Ms. Betty Davis, who once owned a loPadilla said, “I wouldn’t have been able cal boutique in the Southport community, to attend prom.” donated a few brand-new dresses to the

the same. “Things started to turn around for him his junior year,” Peebles said. “And by the time he was a senior, he was one of the best players.” During Tristan’s junior year, he met Southport alumnus Kristen Wade. They met during Kristen’s senior prom, exchanged numbers and she says they were inseparable since. During his senior year, Tristan signed up for the military and was placed in 573rd Clearance Company. His mother said she wasn’t surprised at his pursuit of the armed forces. His plan was to enlist then receive the G.I. Bill to pay for college. With a higher education, he planned to go from “green to gold,” according to Wade, meaning he would be promoted to an officer. “How could I not support him? He’s my son. I mean, he could want to do underwater basket weaving, and if it paid well I would have supported him,” Wade said. At the end of his senior year in 2009, he left a lasting impression on the football program as a “captain and leader of the team,” Chipman said. (See NATIONAL HERO, page 2)

Feeding families Southport partners with Gleaners to help families in need by Caitlyn Jones Reporter From a new technology policy, to changes in students’ routes due to construction, this year at Southport has had a lot of changes. There are also changes that the school is making to help students more, not just in school, but outside of school as well. This new program is the Dinner Box. The Dinner Box is ran through Southport and it is for any student who wishes to bring extra food home for his/her family. Any student who wishes to do so will have to come by job coach Mrs. Mary Beth Hanley’s office and pick up an order form. That order form will determine how much food that family would like to receive. How much food a family receives is determined by the number of family members living in that home.

Each food item that a family can receive is valued by points. For example, a family of one to four is able to have up to 20 points to spend per order, which will reset every month. They could have pancake mix that is one point and canned meat for three points. The point values vary by the type of food it is. Southport will receive the food from Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana. They buy and receive donations of food, and they send out food to more than 350 Hunger Relief Agencies according to its website, After a student places his/her order, he/she is able to pick it up the fourth Wednesday of every month. This excludes over summer break since school is not in session. Hanley really wants this program to exceed its full potential and go as long as it can to help students and family in need. “I want it to go as long it can go,” Hanley said. “I want this to be an indefinite program, and I want all the students of Southport to be able to access food who want and need food.”


Foreign Language/News

May 3, 2013

Cultural footprints concert cu tlamtling te in tuah a si

Southport siangin ii cachimtu hna nih E.L sianghngakchia caah an tuah mi concert cu tlamtling te in an tuah khawh by Emily Sung Reporter

Southport siangin ii miphun dang i fonh, hlasak puai (Culltural Concert) cu tlamtlling te in April ni 19 ah Southport High School Auditorium ah tuah asi. Ram kipin a raa mi, sianghngakchia pawl hna nih cun an ram i an tuah tawn mi lam, hlasak, le an i hruk tawn mi hni, puan fenh cu mah zan ah hin mipi zoh khawh dingin ann piah hna. Tu kum ii concert an tuah mi hi a min ah “Cultural Footprints” tih a si. Southport siangin ii E.L cachimhtu, Amy Peddie nih a chim ning ah cun hi hlasak puai hi a tlamtling kho tuk tiah a chim. “Concert kan tuah mi hi a tlamtling kho tuk tiah ka ruah. Hi concert caah timtuahnak le cinhnak (practise) kan rak ngei lio ah hin, sound lei ah siseh, thil i thuam (dress rehearsal) ah siseh a tlamtling kho tuk lo. Cu vialte ruat than ah cun, hi concert hi a tlamtling kho tuk”, tiah Peddie nih a chimh. Hi hlasak puai hi ramdang ii a ra ii, Mirang holh a cawng lio mi E.L. sianghngakchia caah tuah a si ii, sianghngakchia minung sawm sarih reng lo a piah tu ah an i tel. Mah concert ii an tuah mi pawl cu: hlasak, phunglam thil hruk langhternak (traditional fashion show) group laam asi. Hi group laam a laam tu hna hi pahnih an si ii, cu hna lak ii group pakhat deuh hi

Perry Meridian le Southport high school a kai lio mi sianghngakchia pawl i fonh ii tuah mi group an si ii, amin ah “Hope for the Future” dance group tih asi. Hi bantuk in Cultural concert hi a vawi hnih nak asi cang tiah Peddie nih cun a chim. Kum 2011 ah khan Southport Auditorium ah vawi khat tuah a rak si cang . Mah bantuk concert caah timh tuahnak (Plan) hi a liam cia kum nga ah khan Southport siangin ii caachimtu minung paruk nih an rak ngei ii, cu timtuahnak a rak ngeitu pawl chung ah cun Amy Peddie le Marshall Manning zawng an rak ii tel ve. “Mah concert hi Siangin chung ii caa chimtu le hna caah i timhmi (project) a rak si. E.L. sianghngakchia pawl hi ca chimtu hna nih zei tin dah kan theih thiam deuh khawh nak ngha le, zeitin dah kan hruai ii, caa kan chimh khaw deuh nak ngha tiah timtuahnak kan rak ngei nak asi ii, sianghngakchia hringtu nu le pa zong nih Siangin ah rak raa kho peng hna seh law, caachimtu hna le he i peh tlaihnak a tha mi ngei hna seh tiah saduhthah nak kan rak ngei mi asi” tiah Peddie nih cun a chim. Mah Concert zan ii sianghngakchia a kal ve mi hna nih cun a tlamtling kho tuk mi hi an i nuam tuk tiah an chimh. Mah concert ca ah hin timhtuahnak tam pi an rak ngei. “Concerts caah hin timtuahnak tampi kan rak ngei. Siangin khan chung le lam (hallway) ah tar ding mi signs te le a dang a herh mi pawl kan tuah.Cun, chhun ah rawl ei dih le cang kaa in Group hla sak ding mi zawng thiam dingin (practise) kan tuah lengmang. Sianghngakchia cheukhat, phunglam thil hruk langhternak ah ii tel mi hna zong nifa tin te siangin kai dih hnu ah (after school) lam kal ning an cawng. Mah ruangah hin, hi concerts hi tlamtling te

Sianghngakchia tang 11 a kai lio mi Van Cung Lian le Van Kim nih Cultural Footprints concert ah phunglam thil hruk an langhter lio. Photo by Kaitlin Fallowfield. in kan rak ngei kho mi hi kaa nuam tuk.” tiah tang hra a kai lio mi, Janet tluang nih a chimh. Siangin ii E.L caa chimh tu hna sinin kan theih nak ah cun, hi concert ah an i tinh mi cu Southport siangin chung ii a ummi miphun dang dang an i cawl cang ning hi, siangin a kai lio mi sianghngakchia le cachimhtu pawl hna nih theih ve hna seh tiah saduhthah nak an rak ngei ii, cubantuk in tlamtling ngai in an rak ngei kho mi hi a tha tuk tiah an rauh ii, hmai lei zawng ah hi bantuk nakin a tha deuh in miphun dang cawlcangh ning theih ter nak hi Southport siangin chungah tuah khawh an i zuam rih. “Mah bantuk puai hi tuah khawh peng u si law ti hi ka saduhthah mi asi. Hmai lei ah mah

bantuk in rianttuan khawh nak caan tha ka hmuh than asi ah cun, puai tuah hlan zarkhat hrawng ah hin, sianghngakchia pawl nih concert ah an piah ding mi laam siseh, phunglam thil an i hruk ding mi siseh, Holh dang in an min tial siseh, rawl ei nak hmun ah sianghngakchia a dang pawl nih an hmuh ii, an theihthiam khawh nak hnga hei piah hna u sih law tih hi ka saduhthah mi asi. E.L. sianghngakchia nih hin an phunglam hi midang sinah a phun phun in an cawnpiak khawh. Sihmansehlaw, cu bantuk in a tlamtling khawh nak ding ah cun caan si seh, rianttuan khawh nak (organization)le mahte in ka tuah lai tiah aa thawh i a tuahmi (volunteer) a herh,” tiah Peddie nih chim.

Ciertos sitios de web bloqueados por el filtro resultan ser problema para estudiantes Estudiantes y maestros comparten lo bueno y lo malo del filtro de sitios de web by Karla Salas Reporter

Tristan Wade runs away from an opponent in a game in 2008. Tristan began playing varsity his junior year. Photo contributed by the Indy Star.

National hero (from page 1)

When Tristan graduated, there was a black and white difference between the overly-confident sophomore and the leader who would walk across the stage in May, according to Peebles. It was this difference in character that football made possible that his mother could see as well as anyone. “(Football) really gave him a confidence that if he set his mind to it, he can do it. And he was willing to prove to everyone and coach Peebles that he is and was a star athlete,” she said, “and he did.” Shortly after Tristan graduated, Kristen announced she was pregnant. She had their daughter Skylynn in September of 2009. “It softened him,” Kristen said. “He stepped up to the plate and he was very excited to be a parent.” One month later, Kristen and Tristan got married. The very next day, Tristan discovered his company was being deployed to Iraq. After a nine-month deployment to Iraq, Tristan finally returned to the U.S. However, in 2012 Marsden and Tristan divorced. According to Kristen, he was still a great parent to Skylynn. “He was a good dad. He was always excited to have a child and he really loved her,” Kristen said. “(The divorce) never changed our relationship as parents.” During Tristan’s pending divorce, he met Alisha Morales. They secretly wed just three weeks before his deployment to Afghanistan --a deployment that Tristan would never see the end of. Cpt. Gary Cutler, commander of 573 Clearance Company, spent anywhere between 50 and 60 missions with Tristan on his second deployment. Their duty as combat engineers included clearing the road ways for both coalition and Afghan forces along the main highway, known as Highway one. “When we deployed, I saw a lot of potential in Tristan,” Cutler said. “I saw him turn from being a young, energetic, cocky kind of soldier into being a fine, young (Non-Commision Officer) who took young soldiers under his belt and trained them.”

On Friday, March 22, Tristan and his company set out for their last mission before the end of their deployment. While Tristan was on foot, an IEP detonated. His was the only death as a result of the explosion. His death was instant. As Cutler and his first sergeant escorted Tristan’s body back to the U.S., they encountered a sniper. They both took a single bullet during the firefight. “Even afterwards, we still ended up taking a bullet for Tristan. But it was worth it,” Cutler said. His body was transported back to the states, where his funeral services were held. Though it was a closed-casket funeral, Wade and other close family members paid their respects to Tristan, whose casket lied open during the private family viewing. With a full head wrap and his dress-blues on, the family said their final goodbyes. Wade says she is not only saddened by the loss of her son, but for the loss of the father Skylynn will never get to know. Kristen and other family members are collecting items such as pictures along with other memorabilia to put in a keepsake box for Skylynn, so that she will have a clear image of who her father was. “The memories she does have will fade. But its (Kristen’s), mine, his brother’s and his family’s job to keep those memories alive for her and do what we can to ensure she knows what kind of man he was and beyond that,” she said. The pivotal moments of Tristan’s high school career helped mold and shape him. His change in character surprised some. He entered Southport as “this little kid with a tattoo,” and left a lasting impression as a leader among the football program. Tristan evolved into a husband, parent and finally a soldier. Though his life ended in Afghanistan, his memory will live on close to home. There have been many soldiers in the Middle East. Their missions vary, but their purpose is all the same. They lay down their lives so that Americans may live their lives freely, though distance may separate them. It is hard to say what his full potential truly was, but to the end, Tristan was always driven to do what he felt he was created to do.

¿Qué tanta libertad de expresión tienen los estudiantes? La libertad de expresión es tener el poder y la confianza necesaria para poder hablar en público o buscar la información que más te gusta sin el temor o la inseguridad de que alguien te detenga o te juzgue. Hay que reconocer que el internet es una larga cadena de sitios web que todos conocen. Por esta razón Southport al igual que otras escuela se han encargado de mantener la seguridad entre los estudiantes y ha establecido los filtros en el internet , La señorita Kathleen Kundel profesora de Algebra piensa que la escuela necesita bloquear páginas en las computadoras para que los estudiantes estén protegidos de alguna forma. “Nosotros estamos en un ambiente educativo, Escuela debería de apoyar a el crecimiento académico de los estudiantes,” dijo Kundel. Los filtros de internet son mejor conocidos herramientas de software que se pueden instalar en cualquier sitio que es deseado para bloquear, eliminar o supervisar el contenido de algunos sitios web. A muchos estudiantes en Southport que les gusta usar las computadoras del IMC para ingresar a páginas de juegos y fórums. “Si tuviéramos menos filtros en el internet, podríamos fortalecer mejor comunicación entre nosotros,” dijo Sophomore Davn Chadarick A otros estudiantes solo les gusta ver videos en YouTube e intentan buscar por videos de música o ayuda para hacer la tarea Todo Depende del programa que se está usando. Algunos filtros que son más avanzados bloquean automáticamente páginas como fórums de chat redes sociales, mensajes instantáneos páginas para descargar música o películas. Por lo general muchas escuelas optan por instalar filtros en las computadoras de las escuelas para la protección de los estudiantes. Muchos otros estudiantes recurren websites para conseguir la respuesta a preguntas que les surgen de repente o solo para divertirse. “A veces no puedo encontrar la información que necesito,” dijo senior Rachel Bussel. “No me gustan los filtros, las computadoras de la escuela.” Como todos saben los filtros en la computadora en las escuelas secundarias han sido necesarios de alguna forma para los estudiantes para proteger y de alguna forma


Estas son algunas de las reglas cuales no tienen que violar los estudiantes cuando usando las computadoras de la escuela.

-Violar cualquier local, estado , o federal estatuto -Vandalizar, y destruir la propiedad de otra persona u organización -Violar copyright o violar el trabajo intelectual de otra persona sin su autorización o citación -Para desarrollo personal y negocios privados. prevenir sitios que son dañinos de ser vistos. Uno debe de que admitir hay algunos sitios en la web han sido bloqueados por ningún motivo aparente. Tales como los Google translator según el filtro fue baneado por ser categorizado como seguridad “El internet debería ser limitado,” dijo Prudence Tecupetla. “En primera porque algunos estudiantes solo se ponen a jugar juegos o mirar otras páginas como YouTube. La escuela es para aprender y así en la vida no? Si quieren jugar háganlo en su tiempo libre.” Es importante que recordar que el uso de internet es un privilegio que Perry Township da a los estudiantes, no un derecho. Y como gradecimiento a MSD de Perry Township. Uno debería de seguir al pie de la letra los requisitos que se encuentran lee la agenda de los estudiantes. Según en la Website de SonicWALL’S , la meta del filtro de servicio es para reforzar productividad y “protección y bloquear lo inapropiado, ilegal y peligroso contenido.” Esto ha categorizado entre 20 millones de URLs, códigos de IP y dominios una continuación que siempre es continua la base de datos de forma dinámica nominal, con miles de personas más por día. En esta base de datos, administradores pueden seleccionar de una lista de 52 categorías, incluyendo obvio ejemplos como la pornografía, juegos, e drogas también categorías sobre vehículos, referencias de ropa. En pocas palabras este programa bloquea una gran variedad de sitios. “Pues yo creo que los filtros en las computadoras son un mal que es necesario, dijo maestro de E.L. el señor Kevin Sitzman. “Ultimadamente nos protege de indeseados sitios que no son adecuados para cualquier ambiente educativo. Si hay el caos en el que algunos sitios están innecesariamente bloqueados como resultado de los filtros, entonces que así sea.”

Student Life

May 3, 2013

Pacer donating the night of a lifetime NBA player gives a Southport couple the ‘Ultimate Prom Experience’ after contest by Aygul Tereshkina Reporter Senior Megan Conlin was in her Spanish 1 class when she got a pass to the main office. It was 12:15, and as Theater teacher Ms. Barb Whitlock said, it was the time to find out the winner of the “Ultimate Prom Experience” contest provided by Lance Stephenson, an Indiana Pacers guard. As Conlin was going to the main office, she had a feeling that she won the contest, but didn’t want to have high expectations. Her hopes turned into a reality when she saw Lance Stephenson’s parents, who were there to congratulate Conlin in person and give her a certificate. “I was really excited that I won,” Conlin said. “I didn’t think I was going to. I hoped that I’d win, but I didn’t want to get my hopes up.” On April 9, students from Southport were given an opportunity to take part in the contest from Stephenson. Everyone who wanted to participate submitted the 150-250 word essay on why they deserved to win. According to public relations specialist Duch-

Senior Megan Conlin receives the Lance Stephenson “Ultimate Prom Experience.” The award was presented by Mr. Lance Stephenson, Sr. and public relations specialist Ms. Duchess Adjei on April 23. Photo by Nick Holland.

ess Adjei, there were almost 80 students who son. And as a cherry on top of the cake, Conlin participated in the contest. Stephenson spent and Russell will get to meet Lance Stephenson. Stephenson came up with the idea of the an entire weekend reading all the essays and choosing the winner, which was really difficult, “Ultimate Prom Experience” himself. Accordaccording to Stephening to Adjei, it made sense to him to do son’s mother Mrs. Bernadette Stephenson. an event like prom because he got out “I know people go through a lot of issues of high school just Stephenson is paying for almost in their lives and reada couple of years ago. Besides, Steing the essays, they everything for Conlin’s prom. were heartbreaking,” phenson wanted to be involved with Mrs. Stephenson said. Here’s what she has chosen. the community. Winning this conWhen it was test gave Conlin com-Prom dress (blue mermaid a time to pick a plementary benefits for prom such as a school for this style), shoes and jewelry from charity, Stephenprom dress, shoes, Rae Lynn’s son and his family jewelry, manicure, did some research pedicure, hair, make-Hair styling and manicure/ on the schools and up, transportation and dinner at Mo’s steak pedicure from Transformations it seemed to them house. Conlin is welthat “everyone was -Limo transport downtown come to ask for anyworking hard.” But Southport was one thing else she needs -Dinner at Mo’s Steakhouse of the top schools in for the prom, accordthe area. ing to Mrs. Stephen“We reached out son. As for Conlin’s prom date, senior Matthew Russell, he gets a tux to a lot of high schools, and Southport really reand can go to a barber shop if he decides to. sponded and showed a lot of enthusiasm about All of these items will be paid for by Stephen- it,” Stephenson’s father, Mr. Lance Stephenson


‘Will you go to prom with me?’ From live animals to food, asking dates to prom includes more than just a question by Vanessa Abplanalp Reporter It started with a pizza and a question. It ended with a prom date. Southport High School’s prom is swiftly approaching at just over a week away. This year, students innovated their own ways of asking dates. Junior Madison Kendall and junior Matthew Scott have been dating for over a year and planned on attending prom together, but she had to wait for him to ask her. What she had to wait for was a pizza. Scott requested a pizza be delivered to Kendall’s house. On the inside of the box, he had written “I know this is cheesy, but will you go to prom with me?” He says that he was nervous, but not because he thought she would say no. “I was hoping they wouldn’t deliver it to the wrong house and some random person get a pizza and be asked to prom,” Scott said. Thankfully, Kendall was the one who received the food and question. “I was shocked,” Kendall said. “Then, I was hungry, so I had pizza and called him.” Scott was simply happy when she said yes and ready for prom. Kendall says that she had heard of other girls being asked in unique ways and had been waiting for her turn. Scott believes that Kendall deserved to be asked this way and wouldn’t have done it any other way. “I feel like it’s something different, something creative,” Scott said. Both agree that the innovative asking improved their first prom experience. Scott says to have fun and to be creative with it. In Kendall’s opinion, being asked is improved by original ideas. “I know it’s my boyfriend, but being asked that way was really sweet,” Kendall said. “It made prom more exciting.” For senior Cody Hirons, it started with an internet search and a trip to the breeders. Hirons and senior Champaigne Ford have been dating for almost two years and attended last year’s prom together. With this being their final prom, Hirons’ way of asking was something alive and certainly surprised Ford. “When I came home, on my bed was a big


Sr. said. “That made it easy to pick the school right here” One more reason for Stephenson to choose this particular school and this event was because of his willingness to get involved in Indiana, “ice break” and be a part of the community, according to his father. Stephenson’s parents said that it was important to Stephenson to be more involved in the community’s life and show Indiana’s people that he wants to stay here for a long time. In the future, Stephenson plans on continuing doing the “Ultimate Prom Experience Contest,” but Stephenson and his family don’t know the details yet. According to Stephenson’s parents, they haven’t decided yet whether to choose Southport for this charity or do it at another school. Besides, there’s a possibility that they will have more winners, but these are just the options Stephenson is thinking about. One thing they hope for is to make this project bigger. The “Ultimate Prom Experience” was Stephenson’s inaugural charity project. Stephenson express their thanks to Southport students, who took the contest seriously and participated. “Thank you, (Southport), for being open to the contest,” Mr. Stephenson said. “(Southport) really inspired us to do this, especially when we got responses from everybody.”

After Prom strives to attract students New After Prom location at Incredible Pizza Company to encourage attendance by Vanessa Abplanalp Reporter

(Top photos) Junior Matthew Scott used a pizza box to ask his girlfriend, junior Madison Kendall, to prom. (Bottom photos) Senior Cody Hirons asked girlfriend Champaigne Ford to prom by giving her a live chinchilla. Photos contributed by Madison Kendall and Champaigne Ford. box, flowers and chocolate,” Ford said. “I took off the blanket (from the box), and under it said ‘Prom?’ It was a cage and it had a chinchilla in it.” The only creative prom stories Ford had heard of had been found on the internet, and now she has one herself. Hirons had looked up chinchilla breeders and picked up the chinchilla last Friday. After Ford left her house, Hirons set up the scene and was then waiting for her when she came home. The couple had been going to Uncle Bill’s and discussing the idea of purchasing a chinchilla, but Ford didn’t imagine getting one for prom. He had been planning this for a week or two prior to the question. Hirons says that he

would’ve changed his way of asking, only if he hadn’t been able to find a chinchilla. Hirons, like Scott felt to do it in an original way because it’s different than what is already out there and has been done. The seniors agree that because of creative question, they are looking forward to prom even more. Both recommend asking in unconventional ways. According to the pair, it improves the experience of prom. “It’s really nice,” Ford said. “It’s better than the plain old (way).” Not all prom proposal’s are as extravagant as these. However, while exotic animals and pizzas bettered these experiences, both couples agree prom is a special occasion on its own.

For those who aren’t aware, the Incredible Pizza Company is the home of go karts, arcade games and now, After Prom. PTA member Mrs. Susan Hinh has gone to meetings regarding Southport High School’s after prom and the changes it’s undergone. Hinh says that it changed due to an offer from the facility. “The Incredible Pizza Company approached us and wanted to know if we wanted to look at the facility to alternate back and forth between Incredible Pizza and having something at the school,” Hinh said. After Prom would’ve taken place solely at Southport’s gym, according to Hinh. Assistant principle Ms. Amy Boone says that the change in venue was also part of a goal to get more students to attend After Prom. “For the past five years, After Prom has been held in the East Gym of the high school,” Boone said. “Especially during the past three years, attendance has really dropped.” According to Boone, the new location should be very entertaining for students. Tickets for After Prom will be sold in the cafeteria for ten dollars the week before prom. The tickets include a ten-dollar game card, free pizza and drinks and availability to numerous activities such as gokarts, mini-golf and bowling. Boone confirms that Incredible Pizza will provide pizza for the attendees and that they should be able to participate in all the activities normally provided. Now that the location is established, Hinh explains why high schools have after proms “(After Prom gives) people a place to go after events at 11, so that they’re not focusing on getting into something,” Hinh said. “It provides a safe place for them to go have fun and still be out later.” According to Hinh, the festivities end at 2 in the morning and there are stipulations for leaving. “If you leave before a certain time, your parents will be contacted,” Hinh said. Students cannot reenter after leaving, with teachers, parents and chaperones overseeing the on goings. According to Boone, the change in location will hopefully boost student attendance, and help keep students at Southport safe.



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You have been waiting all year for this issue of the Journal....


A unique Indiana exhibit lets the Journal experience life on the Underground Railroad

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Goodbyes from Journal seniors

by Tori Updike Reporter I felt like I had been transported back in time. People whose faces I couldn’t see stalked around me and my friends, screaming insults at me and asking me what I could do, how strong I was and how many babies I’d had. That’s all they thought I’d be useful for, just like a cow or some other form of simple livestock. I was stuck there and I couldn’t leave, so my fight-or-flight response was completely useless and was just making me feel more afraid than I already was. It was only when I looked down at the color of my hands that I remembered where I was and what I was doing. This awful place doesn’t sound anything like Conner Prairie, the interactive history park reminiscent of elementary school field trips and cowmilking. Yet, that’s where I was. Conner Prairie’s “Follow the North Star” program devises a set-up that allows its customers to experience the trials and rigor of the Underground Railroad, without the gloss and romance of a second-grade reenactment. The program’s interpreters dress in authentic clothing from the era, and depending on their roles, get up close and personal. They will scream and make you get down in the mud, anything to make you feel as uncomfortable and afraid as real slaves did hundreds of years ago. It was very effective. Before the program began, a group of friends and I stood between two log cabins at the edge of the woods. That’s where the volunteer had dropped us off, and as she left, so did our connection to the outside world. The only thing to remind us that we weren’t slaves in 1836 was our clothing and, for me, my skin color. Without warning, a door to one of the cabins burst open, and there was our owner, ready to take us off to sale. Any giggles and secret looks that had previously been darting around the group stopped abruptly as our owner “Joshua Taylor” began screaming at us to get our backs against the wall. At first, I didn’t know what was happening, which was a trend that would continue the rest of the night. I admit, I was shocked when the interpreter began dividing us up. He called, “Bucks! Line up!” The guys in the group stood uncertainly before stepping forward to jeers and insults of stupidity. The girls were called “breeders,” a term that would intermingle with “cow” and other jibes for the rest of the first phrase. It didn’t take long to figure out that that was to be our main job as

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SENIOR SUPERLATIVES Journal staffers and other members of the group line up while being told by Follow the North Star interpreters to keep their heads down. Follow the North Star is an interactive Underground Railroad simulation. Photo by Katie Hinh. women: to procreate. While our owner’s shouts were unsettling, it was nothing compared to “the sale.” At the time, I didn’t know I was being sold. I had imagined the sale as an auction, with a fast-talking auctioneer shouting my praises. The real sale was just the girls and guys in two different lines, while potential buyers walked by and inspected each of us. This part was the hardest for me. I was the first “breeder” to get singled out. A smelly, hairy man stooped down to my face, right next to my cheek, and asked me: “How many darkies have ye dropped?” I was so confused, and before I realized what he meant, I had taken too long to reply. My chin was tucked in against my chest, like I had been commanded to do. The man leaned in even closer and shouted at me, asking me if I was deaf or just dumb like a stupid cow. I was too shocked to say anything immediately, but eventually I got out that I hadn’t had any babies. This resulted in more screaming and my being transferred to the buck line, as I was “just as useless as one of those bucks.” Then Ms. Rosie Arnold, a woman screamed at Conner Prairie Education Programs Manager me for being stupid and

told me to get back in the breeder line where I belonged. The whole thing was very confusing. I heard girls behind me and in front of me say what they were useful for, which was basically any job that we thought slave women did. It was probably the most unsettling to have Gabby Guerra, girls around my own Follow the North Star age yell at me with such interpreter spite and hate. I didn’t think it was possible. After that, I was singled out a few more times. Once was to scream at the other slaves to move a wood pile to keep them motivated, which was both terrifying and embarrassing. Then, we “escaped.” The rest of the program entailed our group hiding in Quaker houses or walking very quickly until we made our way back to the initial building. There, we were debriefed and we discussed the ways the experience affected us. However, learning to respect the sacrifices of escaped slaves of the past wasn’t the only purpose of the program. “It’s being able to take the lessons of the past and apply them to our lives today,” Ms. Rosie Arnold, education programs manager at Conner Prairie, said. One of the problems mentioned was bullying

in schools. Bullying requires the same mindset as slavery does, in which one group believes they are better than another. The Follow the North Star program aims to spread awareness of how dangerous this mindset can be. “The ideas that are at the heart of slavery still exist in other forms, and bullying is one of those forms,” Arnold said. “Blatantly hating any one group of people is really dangerous.” Another facet of the program is to make people conscious of the fact that more people are in slavery today than in any other point in history. The estimate is around 27 million, according to Arnold, although much of the slavery is clandestine, so it’s hard to know. This program is definitely not for the faint of heart due to the intesity and realism one experiences. But even with this realism one line the program doesn’t cross is the use of the N-word. “We want to get in people’s faces and make it real,” said 18 year-old Gabby Guerra, an interpreter stationed at the sale. “But in today’s society you can’t go all the way.” Guerra began working at Conner Prairie as a youth volunteer, and eventually was chosen to work the sale. She treats the harsh nature of her role as acting, and doesn’t think too much about it. She says it’s like the villains in movies: they aren’t bad in real life. “I believe this period needs to be remembered and taught,” Guerra said, “(because) I believe history once forgotten is lost forever, and you are doomed to repeat it.”

A look into Indiana’s interactive history Photo contributed by the Indiana Historical Society.

{visitingHOURS} Want to plan a visit to any one of these historical places? Here are the visiting hours and contact numbers for each of these interactive exhibits. Photo contributed by the National Park Service.

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Conner Prairie not only offers interactive entertainment, but also music

The Indiana Historical Society lets Hoosiers step into Indiana’s past

Lincoln Boyhood home gives insight on how the 16th President lived

Conner Prairie is one of the largest interactive historical education centers in the Midwest. Within the 1,400 acre park, a unique look at Indiana’s early history is taught through a variety of hands-on activities, historical reenactments and experiences. The park features many interactive experiences, such as the main museum, and also, a large section of the grounds dedicated to depicting and reenacting historical events such as civil-war canon fire and the settlement of native Americans in Indiana. Although the museum dedicates most of the time to providing students and families with a wide variety of learning events from the past, Conner Prairie hosts a number of concerts and other events during the summer months. The Indiana Symphony Orchestra and other traveling musical groups frequently perform at “Symphony on the Prairie.” Conner Prairie is located in Fishers, Indiana with varying hours throughout the year.

The Indiana Historical Society offers many activities throughout the year, but one of its more prevalent programs is known as the “You Are There...” program. This particular program offers a new perspective on the subject of historical reenactment. A photo is shown to the guest, then the guest is put into a live version of the photo that was just viewed. There are three different photos to be entered, and the guests may choose which to participate in. One of the photographs illustrates what it was like during the Polio outbreak just after the cure had been found. The other two photographs contain time-period accurate events related to the discovery of electrocardiographic technology, what it was like to be in rural Indiana during one of the state’s worst floods and the struggle to overcome segregation. The Indiana Historical Society Museum is located in downtown Indianapolis along the Canal.

A place to visit in Indiana is the Lincoln Boyhood National Park. The park features many different interactive grounds and daily historical reenactments. The park also has an interactive museum that chronicles the childhood of Lincoln and his family in the area. Numerous walking and biking trails in the park lead to a number of historical reenactments and the opportunity to feed and handle real livestock that Lincoln would’ve raised at his farm as a child. The grounds contain the original foundations to the original Lincoln family log cabin, as well as the graves of several close members of the Lincoln family, including Lincoln’s biological mother, Nancy Hanks Lincoln. The park is located in Southern Indiana near Lincoln City. According to the National Park Service, this park offers a unique and enjoyable experience for history admirers of all ages.

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Conner Prairie May-October: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday (317) 776-6006 Indiana Historical Society 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday (317) 232-1882 Lincoln Boyhood Home Open all day From May 26 through August (812) 937-4541 Information from each of the respective attraction’s websites.

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May 3, 2013

A family affair

Cawthorne brothers succeed in golf while keeping family in mind by Zack Kennelly Reporter Growing up around golf, sophomore Alex Cawthorne and freshman Chase Cawthorne have developed skills for the sport. Both have been around golf and played since they were little. Now, both are in high school and play for the boys golf team. For the next few years, the golf team will have some young talent according to golf head coach Mr. Steve Baker. Both Alex and Chase are two of these young talents. Alex and Chase find having each other on the team to be a very positive thing. They use each other every day to improve their game and motivate themselves. Alex finds having his brother on the team to be calming because it’s much more relaxed when he is around, and it’s comforting for him to have Chase there. “It makes me feel at home in a way,” Alex said. “It feels like we are just playing another round of golf.” According to Chase, he finds having his brother on the team to be a way of motivation. “It gives me extra confidence,” Chase said. “I want to beat him every time.” Coach Baker says that in practice there isn’t a whole of interaction between all of the players, but when they are around each other they do get along very well and encourage each other frequently. However, he says like most siblings they are also competitive. Alex says that he will try to give his brother some advice or pointers but Chase will just ignore what he says. “All the time Sophomore Alex Cawthrone tees off in a home he gives me advice,” Chase said. meet at Southern Dunes “I don’t listen to Golf Course. him though, but Photo by Mikaela Maillet. I know he is trying to make me better.” So far this season, Alex is number one on the roster with an average nine-hole of around 41. Chase is just behind at number five and he averages just over a 45 for nine holes. Alex’s best round of golf so far this season is a low 39. Chase isn’t too far behind with a score of 44. Going along with his stats, Alex believes that he is the better one and Chase believes Alex is better seven out of ten times, but every once in a while he beats Alex. Baker says that even though they are brothers, he does see a lot of differences between the two. “They are physically different,” Baker said. “Alex is a right-handed player and Chase is a left-handed player. Their personalities are somewhat different as well. With Alex being a little more reserved and focused, and Chase is more outgoing and less serious.” Baker believes that the boys will become prolific golfers throughout the remainder of their high school years. They already have started off with good careers, now they only have room to improve as both players and brothers on the team.

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Left to right. Junior Sanchez Miller sprints the 200-meter dash at the Conference Indiana meet on Friday, April 26. The boys team came in 7th place in conference. Sophomore Alexa Walker sprints in a meet against Perry Meridian on Wednesday, April 17. Photos by Taylor Zorman and Becca Tapp.

Track program looks to underclassmen for leaders Track team tries to improve times to help fill gap left by seniors from previous seasons by Nick Holland Reporter The track team only has 12 seniors total this year, last years total was slightly more at 18. But the gap isn’t just numbers this year, its experience. Head track coach Mr. Nathan Fishel feels like the team’s experience and comfort with meets of any caliber and number was very high and plentiful around the team, but this year isn’t the same. “We don’t have as much experience in as many areas as we did last season,” Fishel said. “It’s almost like throwing darts when you try and make a line-up for a track meet. We haven’t had very many, and due to the weather, there isn’t many more left.” The boys team is off to a 3-0 start in dual meets and the girls are 2-1. Fishel said that if more of the younger athletes step up this season then he feels like the team will be able to capitalize next year when the team is expected to have home meets and the construction on the field is supposed to be done. One athlete Fishel said has been doing a good job of being a young leader is freshman hurdler and sprinter Cooper Davis. Davis feels like Fishel has called upon him to be a leader on the team. “He told me that I need to lead by example,” Davis said. “He said that I need to work hard so that all the other kids will follow in my footsteps and will know what hard work looks like and what it takes to be successful in this sport. I want to make myself so good and help those around me so that we can have a good base for next year when we might have an even lesser amount of seniors.” Davis believes that the team is so young because he says the older athletes get, the easier it is for them to not be as dedicated to the sport


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and fall through the cracks. Davis also says that for the track team to get enough experience and be successful in the future he feels like there need to be “mock meets,” where the team competes in inter-squad races so they will get experience and be ready when the meets come. Though, Fishel feels like the meets are something the team can’t really mock. “You can tell kids to run their hardest, to treat it like a meet,” Fishel said. “But for some reason it doesn’t work like that. It isn’t that easy for some kids. Even though you’re running the same race sometimes on the same track, the only difference is other players. We really can’t just tell kids to try their hardest in practice, they should just do it all the time.” Sophomore sprinter Micah Harvey-King is a good example of this hard work according to Fishel. “She just works really, really hard,” Fishel said. “She’s fast, too. I told her she needs to lead by example, and she is really trying her best to do that.” Harvey-King says that she tries every day to lead drills and set an example for the younger athletes to follow. “I have an obligation to get better each year,” Harvey-King said. “I always want to get better so that way I can be an example for the

younger kids who are unsure of what to do. I try to lead all the drills and use my voice to encourage some of the others so that way Fishel can see that I am really trying to improve on not only my personal abilities but helping other improve as well.” Fishel hopes that Davis and Harvey-King can collaborate and help their respective teams come together and improve so that the track team can continue to gain experience and get better. Fishel knows this won’t be easy though. “It’s going to take a few years,” Fishel said. “Kids don’t become state track runners overnight. You really have to have everyone buy in, and I feel like with these young leaders that we have we can build a base for the team for many years to come. I just hope that everything works out like I want it to.” Fishel plans on moving around his line-ups so that he doesn’t have to totally depend on the seniors to win, but he still says that without seniors he wouldn’t have wins this season. He understands the importance of seniors, but he knows that they aren’t plentiful every year. “Each class is different,” Fishel said. “I am confident right now though that we are on the right track to becoming a successful track team not only this year but for many years to come.”

1st and 10 with Taylor DeHart

The NFL draft is not just about the person’s name they call at the podium Limo: $300 an hour, Fresh newlyfitted tux: a couple grand, new haircut: $50, earning the respect of your teammates through hard work and hustle: priceless. While watching the NFL draft last week, I heard Chris Berman and all the other draft experts talk about things like how the incoming class will have an eye-opening experience when they first get into the locker room at training camp, and it’s something to not be messed with. The idea is that these big-time recruits coming out of high school were spoiled by being handed a starting spot at big universities because they were given 40 grand a year to play there. While I think it is great, they probably did not have to work as hard because they are on scholarship. But, going into the NFL there are no scholarships to give, just

money to earn. Everything has to be earned. And if they don’t earn a spot or the respect, there is always someone else wanting to step in. It is eye-opening in the way that going into a locker room full of veterans, nothing is going to be handed to anyone. I saw player after player stand up with nice new clothes and watches on. Yes, they can have those things, but when it comes down to it, the NFL is about playing football, not the glamour. The analysts were saying that on draft night everything is about that one guy whose name is getting called and not necessarily the whole team. But right after the draft, the focus quickly turns to the whole team. The players that really have to be watched for things such as this are the ones that had a really successful career in college but had some off-the-field troubles. One person that really stands out to me is Tyrann Mathieu of the Arizona Cardinals and previously the LSU Tigers. The kid can play, and I wish him the best, but I don’t see him meshing with veterans like Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald just because he thinks he is better than every-

one. He isn’t the best player, but it is all about the attitude that you walk into the locker room with on the first day of the season. And every time a player’s name was called, it got to me more and more because I can personally relate to the topic while being just on high school teams. Everybody earns a spot in high school based on work ethic and talent. In a way, it is just like the pros because nobody is ever just given anything. As a senior, I can say that we want people to earn a spot because they work hard, not just because they think they are entitled to it. While on the hockey team, we had no problem giving the underclassmen a chance, but we wouldn’t give them a big role until they have proven themselves in big situations. To have a good team, everyone has to realize that they are never above the team. No, I am not suggesting turning down the “glamour” of the draft, but instead to just keep in mind that once in the NFL the players aren’t bigger than the team and that they must work hard to earn everything in the league. The players that turn out the best are the ones who know their role.


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‘Injustice’ gives justice to the fighting genre by Breanna Bierod Reporter The creators of Mortal Kombat have taken on the world of DC in one of most dynamic fighting games to grace our consoles, “Injustice: Gods Among Us.” With all of our favorite DC characters with brand new designs, including Batman, Catwoman, Cyborg, Flash, Bane and 20 other playable characters along with effortless fighting, “Injustice” has quickly become one of my favorite fighting games. I haven’t played a large amount of fighting games in the past, but I imagine I’ve played enough hours of “Dead or Alive,” “Tekken” and “Soul Calibur” to know when I see a good fighting game. Everyone has that one little sibling or annoying friend who simply cannot play the game that finds the first combination of buttons that will work and keeps doing that over and over.

Well, forget about that! “Injustice” has the right amount of simplicity and variation to allow beginners to pick up a rotation that isn’t extremely annoying while experts can teach themselves a plethora of killer moves. And if a move keeps knocking Batman on his butt, the game allows for a short recovery time after a tough hit. Even though the button combinations are generally the same from character to character, each ones has his/her unique style. The Joker relies mostly on maniacal laughter, tear gas and haphazardly slashing his knife around, while Sinestro’s ring and Raven’s telekinesis keeps you at a distance. Superman? Superman is a troll. He just pulls out all the stops. If you can’t fight no matter how hard you slam your face on the controller, you can pick up the closest item and chuck it at your buddy. Not literally, of course. Each map has its own interactive elements. By pressing a button near certain items and ar-


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‘Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets’ fails to fly the characters weren’t introduced frequently enough for the reader to become attached. It also bothered me how inconsistent the chapters were, both in length and in content. High school is a stressful Chapters varied from two-and-a-half pages to time for everyone. Though fifteen per chapter. Not to mention that in one some people may swear chapter a problem would be introduced and that it’s the best four years they’ve ever experienced, most of us still have then not picked up again until about four chapto struggle through the trials and tribulations ters later. It made following the characters’ trithat go into graduating. Since everyone is als and tribulations difficult. I didn’t like this book as much as I thought different, everyone handles high school and I would have because the issues it dealt with stress in general in their own ways. “Dr. Bird’s were not dealt with much respect. Words Advice For Sad Poets” by Evan Roskos is a like “suicide” and “destory about a boy who pression” were thrown is learning to cope with around shamelessly. his internal and exterThe constant use of ponal conflicts with help etry annoyed me as well. from a pigeon therapist. The author’s writing James Whitman is style left something to many things. Among be desired, often startthese things are that he ing all sentences with is a very literal “tree“I” for entire pages. The hugger,” a lover of Walt entire story seemed to Whitman, an occasional happen within the span “yawper” and a full-time of three days and it was patient of his imagiextremely difficult to nary therapist, Dr. Bird. track time throughout James struggles to hold the novel. his life together as he atNevertheless, “Dr. tempts to uncover why Bird’s Advice For Sad his sister was kicked Poets” is still a relativePicture taken from out of their home by his ly alright read. Though parents, whom he has his characters weren’t dubbed the Brute and the Banshee, all the while well-developed and his plot line was lacking dealing with his very first love of Beth King. While he struggles through high school, you greatly, Roskos still managed to produce a meet an array of characters. His best friend, somewhat acceptable manuscript that can be Derek, and Derek’s affair of a girlfriend, Sally loosely passed off as a teen novel. I expected are just two of the characters the reader will more from this whimsical tale, but ended up with the impression that this book was as borget to know. “Dr. Bird’s Advice For Sad Poets” is a tale of ing and predictable as a pigeon therapist. Undealing with suicidal thoughts and self-harm- less you really feel like you could connect with ing tendencies. This is a story that I’m sure this odd array of characters, I would leave this many students dealing with depression and book on the shelf in favor of a more understandable novel. loss can relate to.

by Sarah Fowerbaugh Reporter

However, I am not one of those students. Despite the book being humorous in places and the writing being strong overall, I did not find “Dr. Bird’s Advice For Sad Poets” to be that enjoyable. I felt that the plot was too all over the place, and

eas, the character can use it. This is especially fun when the map is filled with cars, barrels or lasers. At first, I was under the impression each character had the ability to toss anything, but as it turns out, the game takes into account the character’s physique. Little Catwoman can’t exactly lift up a car, but who says she can’t use it as a backboard to kick Superman in the face? Or why not smash his face on a giant computer? If the selection of explosive barrels and pipes isn’t doing the job, while an opponent is cornered on one side of the map your character can knock them into a gravity-and-physics-defying cut scene where they crash face-first through buildings, helicopters and any other random objects while conveniently landing in an open area. While all this damage is being dealt, a meter fills up where a new stance of ultimate move can be unleashed. Many of the ultimate moves are gorgeous, taking the opponent into a new dimension, outside the stratosphere or through the core of the earth. One thing the makers of Mortal Kombat know how to do is dazzle. Raven casts her enemy into oblivion to deal with her father (the messenger of the end of the world), Flash runs all the way around the world just to punch her in the face and then there’s the Green Arrow who has his boring little arrow volley. Boo! While the graphics are a few years behind in some aspects, the comic-book plot, great character selection and intense brawls make this a must-have fighting game.



In the halls VII by Breanna Bierod

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{releaseRADAR} ‘Iron Man 3’ May 3 Judging by the trailer, Tony Stark isn’t happy about his house exploding. Picture taken from ‘Golden’ May 7 We’re waiting to see if Lady Antebellum’s new album lives up to it’s golden standard. Picture taken from ‘The Great Gatsby’ May 10 Finally we can say we read the book before the movie. Thank you, English 10. Picture taken from ‘Metro: Last Light’ May 14 The game is set in post-apocalyptic Russia. We’re waiting to see if the Soviet jokes are true. Picture taken from ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ May 15 Mr. Spock, I’m leaving you in charge of the Journal while I wait for this movie. Picture taken from

Fall Out Boy’s songs will light up the charts by Katie Hinh Features Editor So, I was making my yearly gym trip and I was angry. I was angry beyond belief. I mean, I actually thought working out was going to make me feel better, which, trust me, it doesn’t. Then I decided I might as well kill two metaphorical birds with one stone and just listen to the new Fall Out Boy album entitled “Save Rock and Roll.” However, during my horrible anger-fueled gym running, I found myself smiling at the lyrics and music that was instantly making my day better. In all honesty, I liked this album. It was just fun to listen to, and it made me smile. Of course it had the clear/sometimes cryptic lyrics that bring teens with angst and twenty-something year olds to their feet in cheers. However, in total disclosure, this album is not like Fall Out Boy’s older, more emo music. It’s a newer, more pop-sounding band that has seemed to grow up just a tad. It made me happy, and I almost started clapping mid-run, which, trust me, just makes you look weird, even in a “judgment free zone.” However, this album was not perfect. There were a few things that really bothered me, like in the songs “Rat a Tat” and “The Mighty Fall.” Which all had interesting featured artists. In “The Mighty Fall” it featured Big Sean, and his rap just doesn’t really make sense in the song. He talks about a girl he wants to have sex with, while Fall Out Boy is saying that mighty men fall when they fall in love. I thought Big Sean was totally irrelevant. The exact same thing went for “Rat a Tat,” which featured Courtney Love, who totally sounds like a man. She had a strange speak/ rap part that did not flow at ALL with the rest of the song. “Rat a Tat” doesn’t sound like it has a good flow, and I would have definitely liked it much more without Courtney, dear. However, there were songs that just made you excited or gave great messages, like the song “Young Volcanoes.” It just seems like a great teenage song that I would crank while driving in the summer. It just seems to glamorize living while you are young. “Tonight the

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foxes hunt the hound ... We are young, we are like young volcanoes,” just screams youthful decisions that you may or may not regret. I can seriously picture “Young Volcanoes” becoming a huge summer anthem. Not to mention “Young Volcanoes” has this incredibly catchy clap and, naturally, some “oohhhs.” It is extremely poppy and different, but I listened to the “old” Fall Out Boy and I still caught myself smiling. So, is Fall Out Boy different? Yes they are. I mean, honestly they were on hiatus since 2009, but I think that this band has reformed stronger than before because they actually had to live adult lives. So their music might be different, but the band itself is back. “You are what you love, not who loves you,” is a line from the song “Save Rock and Roll.” This was the line that almost made me fall off my treadmill. Not because it was bad, but because it was so good. I loved this quote, and it made me want to just run free (in my head, my legs were killing me). So, did Fall Out Boy “Save Rock and Roll?” I don’t know, but I think that they got pretty close.


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May 3, 2013

Making mistakes is a learning process by Vanessa Abplanalp


“I’m under the sea and part of your world.”

“I wish life had a redo button.” For all of you who have ever uttered or pondered this, congratulations, you’re like the rest of the entire population. This isn’t to clump the populous of the earth into one unoriginal group, but to deter them from this destructive thought. If the remote of life did indeed possess a redo button, it wouldn’t be life at all. Instead of dreading each mistake made or walking on eggshells as to not make one, take each error with a grain of salt. Eventually, you’ll have a beach of life and an ocean of knowledge. Mistakes are what connect life and assure humanity that we are, in fact, human, adding experience to life and knowledge to both mind and heart. Young, stupid and reckless are all words that have been used to describe teenagers. So, fellow teenagers, why don’t we act the part? At this stage in our lives, mistakes are not only common but more permitted than in other

stages of life. As children, we’re put in the corner or given a Band-Aid. As adults, the penalties have increased ten-fold. Being in between the two gives us the advantage to comprehend ourselves more through what’s happened while still escaping with our semi-normal lives. Mistakes are events placed in our lives for us to understand how to not make the same one and, at the same time, understand ourselves as a whole. I almost lost my best friends due to my lack of knowledge of real life and excess of emotions. I do wish that that period of separation and sadness hadn’t occurred, but because of it, I value them even more and realize why it happened and what ways to prevent it from ever reappearing in the future. Making the mistake is what caused me to fix what I didn’t want to admit I had broken. If you guys are reading this, I’m sorry for everything. I love you. Let’s make more mistakes together, not apart. I have lied. I have regretted things. I have cried over matters that today my eyes would remain as dry as pretzels that have been left out for three months. Yes, those things happened. And yes, I have learned from them. No longer kids, though not yet in adulthood, teenagers have the clear advantage in this field. We’re given freedoms that children can but dream about and get away with things that cause envy in the 18-and-over crowd. While

{head SCRATCHER} What do you want to be when you grow up?

“A journalist because I am interested in writing.”

we’re in this phase, we Overcoming the fear of making mistakes have to seize the day and in doing so, poten1. Determine where your desire for perfection comes from. tially ruin it, to achieve the maximum effect. 2. Examine your beliefs about making mistakes. In this, we must be 3. Find instances that prove your beliefs wrong. trustworthy enough in parents’ eyes to be 4. Develop new beliefs. allowed out into the world to commit er5. Be kind to yourself when you make mistakes. rors and also recover According to Dr. Ben Kim, Experience Your Best Health from them as stronger and wiser individuals. Nemo’s dad, lost his wife, he swore he would According to, teenagers who never let anything happen to Nemo. When he learn from their mistakes are 43 percent informed Dory, she told him that that was imless likely to repeat the same mistakes. Each possible, something would eventually have to mistake is a lesson, and no one wants to go happen to his cherished son. through the same lesson twice. Mistakes are Parents, regardless of the effort they put useless if the user implements them as excuses into protecting their offspring, will have errors for each idiotic action and reasons to do them slip through the cracks. They want us to grow all over again. and to have better lives than they themselves The same site also states that teenagers had, as they’ve already been there and seen who aren’t allowed to make decisions are and made that mistake. But sometimes, there’s three times as likely end up with money issues no substitute for a first-hand experience. as adults are, and additionally are 64 percent So, I say to you, fellow high school students, more likely to cause a life-altering decision seize the day. Mess something up. Go out and and not recover from it. learn from what you shouldn’t have done and These statistics, along with years of living as what you should do next to prevent such a an imperfect being, prove that faults improve thing. Put all of your toes in the water and life and the lessons we must learn to live in it. chance the solid foundation. Don’t waste the The time has come for a Disney reference. ticking time of childhood left in your grasp. Following a horrific incident in which Marlin, Ruin a moment to remember for a lifetime.

“A police officer.”

“I want to be a test subject for sleep studies.’”

“I want to be a nurse because I like helping people”

Sam Rupert,

Adam Fearrin,

Lindie Kissinger,

“A firefighter because I want to save lives.”

“I would like to be an interpreter”

“I want to be a youtuber. I like to make videos and entertain people.”



Leigha Jones, Sophomore

Austin Isaac,

Jack Coffey,



Block schedule beneficial for teachers and students help in and can help those students at risk of failing the class reach the passing level. by Nick Holland I only had block scheduling one year, in Reporter sixth grade. But I thought that the way the classes were arranged, with a normal first “Call me Big and last period and two blocks in the middle, it made sense. You could have art, Spanish or Daddy.” gym first period and then take an elective class last period. The blocks consisted of English and history in one with math and science in the other. But the way you could move around Southport has announced that we will have and have more time for math or more time for a new block schedule next year. The schedule, English really helped if the class or a group of which is a three-day rotation, will hopefully help students was struggling. My experience with block scheduling has students get all the benefits of a longer class period with more time for instruction while also been almost completely positive. Sometimes being able to stay within the restraints of the though, you had to go from class to class and sometimes it would be confusing as to new budget. I think that this new schedule will benefit which class you had first so you had to bring everything with you all day. students all the way around. That got annoying. That is The fact that students will also my biggest thing with still get to have five classes this schedule, the difficulty a day but each of them is 1. 105 minutes long of remembering which longer will help students be class is when. able to get more instruction 2. No classes in session But with time and ask more questions. the help of the The biggest problem most 3. May not be unassigned administration and students have with the block 4. Every third day the understanding schedule is the time spent in class. Classes now are 45 5. Students will be able to of the teachers, the students should be minutes where under the new able to adapt to schedule they would be 70+. make up absent work the new schedule Personally, this would work a lot better then what we have now. Right now, we and figure out what class is when and which have to start something, work a little and then day is which within the first few rotations. have to stop and wait till the next day. But with This schedule will be very beneficial for the this new schedule that could be easily avoided students at Southport. The new block schedule will create more because of the added time. It will help make the time for students to learn new material and time more fulfilling and create less down-time. The new schedule also comes with a new ask questions about it. The schedule will also period called iPass. It is a class period taken help students stay entertained. Because even every third day that works as a built-in study with the longer periods, teachers can do more hall for those students who aren’t able to stay fun things and make learning more enjoyable. after school and get help. This period will help The iPass period will also allow students to those students not only get time to work on catch up on work they miss and/or get help their homework, but they will be able to talk in a certain class period a student might be with their teachers and get help with material struggling with. The proposal for new block scheduling in the class. The iPass period can also be there for students to not necessarily take time off, will be a really good idea and will be a model but to be able to relax. The period will also help for other schools around the state for years students focus on one class they really need to come.



Moon Nyar, Freshman

Traditional schedule is the better option by Zack Kennelly Reporter

“Always look both ways before crossing.” Southport has brought it back. Block scheduling was around my freshman year and luckily I don’t have to deal with it next year. It’s nothing but a big pain in the butt and causes a ton of confusion for students. In all honesty, I despise block scheduling. Going back to my freshman year, I always hated having to go to school on white days. Having Spanish first thing in the morning for a little over an hour was too much for me. I would always come in dead tired from barely getting enough sleep from having piles of homework to do the night before. It was just way too early for me to retain everything that I had been taught on such little sleep. Along with all of the homework, it was hard to balance having practice every night and, of course, being a teenage freshman and wasting my time on the pointless things. Along with wasting my time, say I was given homework on my red-day class. I wouldn’t use my time wisely and I would always put off my homework and do all of it the night before it was due. It put more stress on me and only freaked me out more as a freshman. Any homework that wasn’t finished I had to copy off of someone quickly before class began so that I had it done. So then in turn, I had never really actually learned any of it. Then when it came time for the tests, I didn’t know half of anything on them, and I would do poorly on the test. Which meant my grade suffered and just led me down more bad roads at home. Another huge problem is the incoming freshmen. They are so used to having just the original seven class periods a day, and now they have to make the dramatic switch to the


separate three days with a jumbled schedule. At the beginning of the year, it will be nothing but mass confusion and tons of kids forgetting about what color of day it is. The three different days makes it that much more confusing than just a generic two different days for block scheduling. A balanced two days with different classes each day made it somewhat easier than having three days with classes intermingled. When I had block scheduling, it was two different days with separate classes on each day, and now the new block scheduling is three different days that go through a rotation with classes mixed up on different days. With having such long periods of class, teachers have an extensive lesson planned out for the students. Having 70 minutes to teach allows teachers to take what could usually be two different days’ worth of lessons and make them into one. But when it comes to the end of the semester and students have to take their exams, students who don’t retain all of the information as well have to study all the material dating back to the beginning just to refresh their memories. I once was a freshman and I remember exactly how hard it was to go through block scheduling. A huge problem for me was the lunch periods. You have one period that is extended by another half hour, making it a total of 105 minutes. That is when everyone is going to have lunch. The thing that doesn’t work is sitting in class for about 40 minutes, leaving and going to lunch. Everybody gets to eat and hang out, which is fine. But why would you want to go to class, then lunch, and then back to the same class and be expected to resume without an extra six minutes for a passing period? Not only that, but say it is a test day. It is rather difficult to set up a test and have students go to lunch where they can sit and talk about answers on the test. It just doesn’t seem right to me. The only good thing about all of this is that I’m lucky I don’t have to go through the new block schedule. It was hard enough my freshman year when it was just two different days. I honestly don’t know how I would react to having three.


May 3, 2013

Through {Rose} colored glasses

The naked truth: confronting the elephant in the room by Andie Rose Reinhart Managing Editor-of-Content My name is Andie Reinhart. I hold a 4.3 GPA. I’ve taken multiple A.P. classes, all of which I have gotten A’s in. I am a member of NHS. I am managing editor of the Journal, and I am a leader of the tennis team. I will be attending I.U. Bloomington in the fall, double majoring and hopefully having a very successful career as a writer in the future. I like to think I have high self-esteem and that my pursuits will take me places. I have large goals and even larger dreams. But all of that could be put in jeopardy by one decision that I made out of naiveté and a vain search for attention. My name is Andie Reinhart, and I have fallen prey to the sexting craze. There are pictures of me out there somewhere that could surface at any time, and I have no idea when that could happen. I was 17, and I was very naive. My self-esteem was at an all-time low, and a boy came along that showed me attention. He’d tell me how attractive and “interesting” I was. He feigned both physical and emotional attraction toward me, and I took it as genuine. That attention was something I desperately wanted at the time, and I was willing to do anything not to lose that. So, when he asked me to “send a picture,” I didn’t know what to do. I was torn between remembering what my mother and many others had told me about the risks of sending pictures over text and feeling low selfesteem and a desire for an attractive boy’s attention.

The low self-esteem and desire for attention won out because I honestly didn’t care about the future repercussions. I didn’t even care about five minutes into the future. With the click of a button and a lapse of judgement, I changed my life forever. That lapse in judgement turned into two, and before I knew it, I was into something much bigger than myself with a boy who knew exactly what he was doing to me. When he inevitably left, as most boys who ask for those types of pictures do, I felt used, taken advantage of and vulnerable in more ways than one. But after those feelings began to fade, I finally had time to think about just what I had done and why I felt the way I did. It wasn’t until then that I finally realized the weight of the decisions that I had made. But I am not alone in making this mistake. In 2012, AT&T stats show that 42 percent of teens have done this same thing that I have. This includes many students at Southport. It’s no secret that teenagers make mistakes. It is the most accident-prone time of our lives, and those mistakes are all learning experiences. But even more permanent and complicated mistakes come along with the use of technology. We aren’t living in our parents’ times anymore when pictures like these could be burned and the negatives thrown away. We are living in the age of digital permanence. Though it may be tempting at the time, as it was to me, it’s a mistake that will hover over your head and possibly reside in the hands of complete strangers for the rest of your life. The future permanence, consequences, repercussions and dissemination of these mistakes aren’t worth that decision made in haste right now. The saddest and most impacting truth of this mistake is that those images don’t ever disappear. Anything sent into cyberspace will forever be somewhere, even if it has been deleted. In my case, I sent my photos to one person, and though he promised me that he would delete the photos after they were sent, I have no way of knowing whether he kept his word or sent them to even more people, who then sent them to others. For all I know, my photos could be on hundreds of cell phones and websites. These photos could turn up one year into the future, one day into



Coffee House

Smelly Locker Rooms

A great night full of talent!

A.P. tests

Wash your clothes, please.

Only four more days.


Selfie Everyday

Seven seconds of crazy.

You know who you are.

Chuck Taylors

Deciding where to go for dinner before prom


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the future or even decades from now. I can only hope, for my sake, that these photos that I have taken will never come back to haunt me, but according to, 17 percent of people who get these images say that they passed it to others, and of those, 55 percent of them say that they have passed it along to more than one person. Along with these repercussions, there are also legal consequences for making this mistake. According to Indiana state law, a person who knowingly or intentionally produces, photographs, films, disseminates, exhibits to another person, offers to disseminate or exhibit to another person or sends matter that depicts or describes sexual conduct by a child less than 18 years of age commits child exploitation, a Class C Felony. If that doesn’t quite make sense, anyone who is under 18 that takes a nude or partially nude picture of his/herself and anyone who distributes these pictures of a minor is liable to be charged with child exploitation, a Class C felony in court. According to, examples of a Class C felony include Possession of Cocaine, a Narcotic Drug or Methamphetamine in an amount greater than three grams and Dealing or Possession of Marijuana in an amount greater than 10 pounds. A Class C felony carries a penalty upon conviction of a fixed term between two and eight years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. That is a terrifying consequence for some silly picture taken in the heat of the moment. Today, we as teenagers are thrust into situations and adulthood very quickly, and teenage mistakes are handled with adult consequences. We have to be careful with what we do and how we handle the choices at hand. We must think about the repercussions of our actions before making that mistake, because when it comes to this, there is no easy way to forget about our mistake and absolutely no way to erase it. I can’t urge you enough to make the smart decision and refrain from taking these pictures. Don’t learn this lesson the hard way as I had to. No picture is worth the consequences and the emotional repercussions that will always come with it. I promise you that.

Just go with the flow, crazy girls.

Head baseball coach Mr. Scott Whitlock

@Coach_Whitlock “@Wyatt_Cullom quit looking for the girl during the game and HIT!”

Junior Kelcie Patrick

@_kelpatz “I dont laugh at anyone like I laugh at myself.”

Comic by Breanna Bierod


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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. Journal 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 or an 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 as a whole, or of the staff or administration of Southport High School or the Metropolitan District of Perry Township.

STAFF LIST Editor-in-Chief JESSICA DE LA CRUZ ‘13 Managing Editor-of-Content ANDIE REINHART ‘13 News Editor RACHAEL SAMM ‘14 Student Life Editor CASEY SMITH ‘14 Entertainment Editor MICHAEL CURRAN ‘13 Features Editor KATIE HINH ‘14 Opinion Editor JAKE JOHNSTON ‘13 Sports Editor TAYLOR DEHART ‘13 Photo Editor BECCA TAPP ‘13 Staff Artist BREANNA BIEROD ‘13 Business Manager HARSHIL PATEL ‘13


A last-minute pep talk to the students of Southport up and your attendance record perfect, don’t blow it now. As an extra push, here is a little advice from the Journal staff. To the freshmen: Congratulations, you have almost completed your first year of high school. However, you aren’t there quite yet. You need to study the last lessons in your classes, study for your final exams and do well on them. If you don’t do well now, it will come back to bite you in the future. To the sophomores: You know the routine. Sophomore year is the easiest year. You’ve matured a ton. You know what has to get done to do well, and


Graphics Editor STEFANIE MAIER ‘14

*These are opinions of the Journal

If you are not aware, we officially have four weeks left of school and for seniors with qualifying attendance records, only three weeks. It is the final stretch, the last month of school, and it is the easiest time to give up. The nights are getting longer and longer, and it is getting harder and harder to get up on time each morning. We are dreading school more and more each day, finding that the bed is a more welcoming place to be at 7:30 than the classrooms of Southport. Everybody is ready for summer, but this is it, and you cannot give up. This last four weeks can make or break your overall grade in your classes. You have worked hard all semester to keep your grades


you have built your foundation. There are four weeks standing between you and being an upperclassman. To the juniors: You have A.P. tests coming up. You are prepared for them, and you’re going to do great. Junior year is, hands down, the most difficult year of high school. You have almost conquered that one. Get ready to run this like a... 14oss? To the seniors: Yeah, it’s been real and all, but let’s get it over with. If your attendance is good, you have three more weeks left of high school, forever. You have got to dig down and finish strong. In all reality, even though it seems like the end, this is just the beginning.



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May 3, 2013


golden night at Coffee House 1.


Coffee House leads to collaborations Burke performs in 23 different acts thanks to theater fundraiser


by Becca Tapp Photo Editor What started when he was nine years old and teaching himself on the piano, turned into accompanying 23 acts at the past six Coffee Houses. Having no piano at home, the only chance senior Levi Burke had to learn was at school in his music class during free time. “My mom wouldn’t buy me a piano or put me in lessons,” Burke said. “Two years later she bought me one. I plugged it in, turned it on and surprised her. She didn’t know I could play.” When he got to his sophomore year, the then choir teacher, Ms. Jeanne Fitzgerald, asked that he would play for his friend since the person who normally would accompany her wasn’t there that day. That lead to him then accompanying that friend in Coffee House later that

year, but the next year second semester would end up being his favorite. “I enjoyed it because I played many songs that I enjoyed, like ‘Rolling in the Deep’,” Burke said. “And it was the first time I had collaborated on a song.” That wouldn’t be the only time he collaborated for a Coffee House. Both junior and senior year, Burke and senior Sharee Nurse collaborated and wrote a song for Coffee House. Nurse needed someone to play with her and remembered Burke from Coffee House, so she had him expand on the harmony. Then, this year, they decided they wanted to collaborate again, but Nurse had no clue where to start. They got together, Burke started piecing together the piano part and shortly after, the guitar part was added. Next thing they knew, they had written a song from scratch. With the many little facts that have come from the different acts, the one thing that Burke wants to set straight is that he can do a rubix cube faster than sophomore Becca Hall, contrary to what she said last Thursday night.



7. 1. Senior Levi Burke plays the piano for sophomore Morgan Ray. Burke has been accompanying people at Coffee House since sophomore year. 2. Junior Van Thawng sings “I’m Already There” by Lonestar. Photos by Jesse Roller. 3. Junior Logan Karnes, senior Sydney Barger and junior Grant Alexander sing “Rivers and Roads” by The Head and the Heart. 4. Sophomore Morgan Ray sings “My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion. The past Coffee House, Ray sang “Jar of Hearts” by Christina Perri. Photos by Becca Tapp. 5. Senior Ginny Schoppenhorst sings “New Soul” by Yael Naim. Photo by Rachel Patterson. 6. Senior Sam Rupert plays the electric guitar with senior Miguel Jacinto and senior Brice Koetter. Photo by Jesse Roller. 7. Seniors

Jonah Meier and Ashley Meadows rap “Baddest” by Froggy Fresh, a.k.a. Krispy Kreme. 8. Junior Jackie Conrad sings “Stay” by Rihanna and Mikky Ekko while her boyfriend junior Austin Crosley plays guitar. When asked why they were so cute as a couple, Crosley said it was “because Jackie is so cute.” Photos by Becca Tapp. 9. Juniors T.J. Buckles, Billy Cross and Dalton Clouse do the Jeffery Dallas YouTube sketch “Moving Out.” 10. Senior Lal Awn Pui sings at Coffee House. She also performed at the Cultural Diversity concert. Photos by Becca Tapp. 11. Juniors Nicole Johnson and Lindsay Curran jump while doing a sketch from the Nickelodean show The Amanda Bynes Show. Photo by Becca Tapp.






Southport Journal Issue 13  

The 13th issue of the Southport Journal.

Southport Journal Issue 13  

The 13th issue of the Southport Journal.