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3 Battle of the Sexes: What We REALLY Think 4 What’s In Your Wallet? Going Green Is The Way To Be 5 I Owe You; or You Owe Them? From Nothing to Everything Top 5 Ways to Make the Most of High School 6 How to Do an Interview The Cold Truth Back Then & Now 7 Winter Foux Pas Lead By Blind Faith How to Stay Safe

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8 Is Thanksgiving Still Traditional? 9 Pushing Through With All It Takes Little Brother: Book Review 10/11 Access....DENIED

sports 12 It’s More Than Just Victory State in ‘08 13 Running to the Finish Flying Through the Air

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14 What Kind of Person Are You? 15 Calender 16 Comic/Sudoku

columns 17 Welcome to the Jungle 18 Do as We Say; Not as We Do So Distracting! Winter Season--Coming Too Fast?

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Battle of the Sexes:what we REALLY think

written by KELSEY HARRIS photograph by KENNY MARSHALL

Everybody has those things that they think are incredibly cute, but in reality, they’re really not. Girls may like chocolates and cute text messages, but every now and then boys can give them a little space. On the other hand, boys like to make their girl happy, but does that mean staying up on the phone with her all night just to listen to her nag about the day’s disasters?

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Many thoughts go through a girl’s mind concerning guys, but here’s what they really think about the typical boy that walks the halls: •

The Bad Boy: Everybody loves a bad boy; there’s just something about them that you can’t get past. It’s like the old saying, “Can’t live with them but surely don’t want to imagine life without them.” But just like momma reminds her little girl, be careful with this one because they’ll tell you everything you want to hear, but will also be the first to break you heart into too many pieces to put back together. The Arrogant One: Girls, unfortunately, usually don’t go for this one. It’s fine to keep it on a friend level, but it can tend to be a bit too much if the boy’s mind is too full of himself. Girls like confidence, but the cockiness ends the day you two become official. The Jock: To see a man in uniform, doing what they do best, is exciting. Girls love athletic boys who’ll support their school for something they love. Being able to cheer a guy friend on while they’re being active can be exhilarating. After all, girls love wearing jerseys and making cute signs and shirts just for their guy friend. The Mama’s Boy: It’s hard to compete with “Mom;” that’s just plain and simple. Boys love finding a girl just like their mother, but sadly she’s only one of a kind. Boys, hold on to your mother and love her for all that she does, but respect the fact that a girl could never fill your mother’s shoes. The Nerd: A nerd, why not? They’re sweet, caring, loving, and somehow know just how to make a girl’s day. Sounds almost perfect, right? The two thumbs down comes in when it’s time to chill. They can help you with homework, but can they hang out with your friends? Be careful with this one; they have a heart full of love, but it can be easily hurt.

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Now boys, on the other hand, are harder to read. Here’s what boys are really thinking about the girls roaming the halls here at school:

The Gossip Girl: Boys don’t like to hear about all the drama. They understand that girls don’t want to hear about sports all day, but lay off the gossip for them ladies. Boys tend not to associate themselves with girls like this because they see them as nothing but trouble. The Good Girl: Innocence and kind-hearted? Believe it or not, some boys appreciate this girl. It can sometimes be hard to be with this girl because of her morals. However, boys will not stray away from her; they like the challenge of winning over her heart. The Tom-Boy: People believe that boys don’t go for this type of girl. Let it be known that boys think that this girl may be the easiest to talk to because of her laid-back personality. To see a girl do what boys can do, in terms of physical activities, doesn’t always ruin their pride. They like being able to play a sport with their girl and not see them so prissy. The Clingy One: One word---space! Hanging out is cool, but not every boy likes to spend time with their girl daily. Sometimes too close can be too dangerous. But don’t take the time she is trying to give you for granted because it may not always be there. The Dingy One: Boys don’t like girls without any common sense. The word they used to describe this kind of girl was obnoxious. Unfortunately, boys don’t always think blondes have more fun, and to set the facts straight, that goes for brunettes and black haired people, too.

Which category do you fall under? How about what type of the opposite sex do you go for? There will always be misconceptions when talking about genders. Don’t be too quick to think that the opposite sex is attracted to you because you could be wrong!

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What’s In Your Wallet?

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Black holes and cluttered messes; these are just some of the titles that many have given to one’s purse or wallet. Finally, the time has come to daringly sort through those unorganized handbags and bill folds of Raytown South students to get just a mere fraction closer to understanding one another. What can you not live without that is in your purse/wallet? Sean O’Rear [11]“My drivers license, because without it I couldn’t drive or incase I was in a horrific accident and they needed identification. Along with my expired CPR card.” Megan Emmert [11]“I couldn’t live without my money or my phone, because I couldn’t do anything without them. They are life’s essentials.” What item/s represent you the most in your purse or wallet? Brandon Jones [11]“The pictures of important people to me, like my family and friends.” Marissa Ritterhoff [11]“My phone. It’s everything that’s me. From the pink cheetah wall papers to the vanilla ice ring tone.” What do you think people would interpret if they went through your purse or wallet? Emmert“They would probably be like…dang she doesn’t throw anything away does she?” O’Rear“Man this guy is broke…. I only have thirty five cents in here.”

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Clearly a mess, this is just one purse, out of many, that has many of the common items that can be found in purses everywhere.

Why do you think having a purse or wallet is a necessity? Jones“It keeps you organized and prepared because you know what you need and have when you go places and you have your drivers license to drive.” Ritterhoff“It’s just an awesome feeling to know you have everything you need, right on your arm.”

Going Green Is The Way To Be

Going green is the way to go now-a-days. Ever thought about it? If not, then maybe try considering it. Going green is better for the Earth. It keeps the Earth clean and less polluted. A lot of people have thought about it and tried it. Alana Larned is one of those people who are going green. Larned [10] said, “I try to help the environment by buying more eco friendly things, like certain shirts and light bulbs, and using less damaging hairspray.” Those are all great things to do to help the earth. Picking up litter and using less water are great ways to help out the earth, too. Buying all natural foods and recycling is as well, or try what Jessica Caudillo says to do. Caudillo [12] said, “Walking more and driving less are some way you can pollute the earth less.” Caudillo’s right. Trying not to drive as much will help the Earth overall. If the grocery store is a block or so away, try walking or riding a bike to go get the groceries. Instead of going through the drive-thru, go inside and order. There are lots of ways to pollute less and clean up the Earth. Farah Dabbagh [11] said, “You can pick up trash on the side of the road or at a local park area.” Cleaning up the earth is helpful and can be fun. Take a few friends with you and start picking up trash. As the old saying goes, “Take care of the Earth, and the Earth will take care of you.”

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I Owe You; or You Owe Them?

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“All I wanna do is (boom, boom, boom, boom) and a (ka-ching) and take your money”. The infamous line from “Paper Planes” by MIA interprets the struggle and need for money. Unfortunately that need and struggle has plummeted many individuals into debt causing elevated levels of stress and worry. “People don’t think about how much stuff really is,” said Lauren Lockard [12], “people as a whole just want, want, want and charge it to credit cards.” Last year America’s consumer debt was a grand total of 2.46 trillion dollars. It is said that men worry less than women do about this topic. Fortunately, there is an abundant amount of tips that can help keep that worry to a minimum. First, spend less and know one’s money limitations. “Once you get that check you’ve been working hard for,” said Lockard, “set aside some spending money and learn to limit how you spend it.” Secondly, always try to pay in cash. Debit cards are nifty and useful at times, but usually the end result is Wanting instant gratification, teens typically end up in debt after spending much more spending way over those limits that were initially set. Third, than they earn. don’t acknowledge any credit card offers. Only purchase one if it’s purpose is for emergencies or for helping your credit score, but take into consideration that every dollar spent is a dollar owed. This step should be one’s last resort. “You have to be careful because once you turn eighteen, you get tons of applications in the mail for credits,” Lockard said. Lastly, only buy what is needed. Avoid buying the “not so needed” products and ignore those fancy advertisements that make everything seem appealing. With the assurance that one’s future may be debt free, the mounds of stress seem to roll right off. For the examples listed above on how to stay debt free, there are also more possibilities that one can abide by to stay out of debt. All one has to do is just form a plan of action.

From Nothing to Everything

>> TOP 5 WAYS<< to make the most We live in a world where it seems as if a lot of issues are raised because of the color of one’s skin or the blood that runs through their body; an uncontrollable factor that no one can change of high school about themselves. People can deny a lot of things but fail to achieve the part about who they are and written by KELSEY HARRIS

what they can’t change. “I think people don’t show their feelings about one’s skin color until something major happens,” said Taylor Maxwell [11]. “For example, the elections and having a black president.” The big deal shouldn’t be if people are mixed with certain ethnicities. That’s what makes us, American citizens, like a melting pot. Back in the 1740’s, the term “melting pot” was used to describe America and its diversity. With all the different nationalities, religious beliefs, ethnicities, and cultures, Americans still came together to better the world and its prospective on things. “I think people can’t come out of an age when race was superior, rather than being equal,” Maxwell said. Discrimination still exists whether people want to believe it or not. However, it’s not as bad as it used to be when stores would have “White Only” signs or kids getting made fun of for wearing a “Jesus Freak” shirt. “I think it’s silly because there’s no point anymore,” said Rachel Shepard [12]. “It wasn’t even a point back then.” Ethnicity differences are noticed the most when comparing the diversity. However, the diversity is also shown through a group of people’s traits such as differences in cultures, morals, traditions, religions, style, and the list could go on forever. “Because our history with racism, it is shown more,” Roy Moye [11] said. “No one ever disliked people because they were Catholic or Buddhist.” It’s a new time period, almost a new year, and we just celebrated a new president, so let’s stop with the petty hatred we have left. As if it’s new to the world, we live in a nation of equality. We are all equal, no matter our differences. It’s exciting to live in a world that has come so far; from segregation and discrimination to being best friends with someone totally opposite from you.

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Go to all the sporting events and cheer as loud as you can in the student sections

Have good relationships with your teachers, counselors, and principals (you may need something from them in the future!)

Keep up good grades so you can enjoy your free time and not be stressing about school

Be active in extra curriculars and sports

Represent and be proud of your school outside these walls

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>> HOW TO << do an interview written by TALOR CARR

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Wear nice clothes. Be polite to the person interviewing you. Talk grammatically correct Sit up straight. Plan what you are going to say. Be honest when answering questions. Go to bed early and get plenty of rest. Bring extra copies of your resume. Make sure your portfolio of work samples is up to date. Gather copies of your letters of recommendation, reference list, licenses, driving records, and transcripts. Make sure they are up to date. Be prepared for anything. You never know what they might ask. Do your best!

Places That Are Hiring: • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Bath and Body Works Aeropostle Hy-Vee The Gap Libby Lu’s Hollister American Eagle Outfitters Victoria’s Secret Kohl’s Home Depot Foot Action Abercrombie and Fitch Wal-Mart K-Mart

Always remember that first impressions are everything, so make sure to show them the best of you the FIRST time!

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The Cold Truth

written by HALEY NOTHNAGEL photograph by KENNY MARSHALL

Creeping ever so slowly, the winter season has begun to transform everything in its midst. From the last remaining leaf falling from a treetop to the frost that takes over what once was flowing green grass. However, there is one minor change in particular that is not exactly placed in any joyful or influential category; depression. Depression is a state of mind that nearly 18.8 million Americans suffer from every year. Ever thought that the environment could affect one’s overall wellness? Not many people do; in fact, most are completely oblivious to the topic. It has been proven that an estimated 10 million people; out of 18.8 million, suffer from depression during the mid-winter season. This specific depression is called Seasonal Affective Disorder, S.A.D. for short. S.A.D. has many symptoms ranging from lack of energy, increased need for sleep, a craving for sweets, and weight gain. On the bright side, many studies have shown that people who suffer from S.A.D. seem to feel better after being exposed to bright light for prolonged moments of time. Higher latitudes, shorter days, and less sun exposure are things one encounters day to day during the frosty season, all of which contribute to the development of SAD. Overall, the most common occurrence of depression develops in teenagers. Students at Raytown South don’t exactly ponder much about the life changing disorder. Some vaguely remember how they feel during the snowy terrain and feel the tiniest of changes. “I’m not sure why or what about,” said Zanny Baker [11], “but the weather definitely affects my mood.” It seems as if this unusual type of depression is a mystery to anyone it encounters.

Back Then & Right Now

written by JESSICA SCHEETZ

Looking back on how far we have come over the past century is astonishing. We have managed to make what, back in the day, might have seemed to be impossible. From making the first electric car to cell phones or from lap tops to the World Wide Web, it seems as if the world has pulled ahead full speed into a world relying solely upon electronics. In fact, looking back over the prices in our society and grocery stores in the past decade is astonishing. We happened to do some research on our own and were surprised by our results.

1990 2008 Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.25

Cost of a gallon of regular gas: $1.16 Cost of a dozen eggs: $1.00

Cost of a gallon of Milk: $2.78

Cost of a 1990 Honda Accord $12k (Brand New)

Cost of a 2-liter bottle of pop $0.99

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$2.99 Cost of a gallon of regular gas: $1.93 Cost of a dozen eggs:

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Winter Foux Pas

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written by KIARAH LINDSEY photograph by KENNY MARSHALL

“Winter is coming people. Bundle up and prepare to get warm.” We’ve all heard those words coming from the weatherman, but some just don’t listen. There are a few people out there who wear shorts and skirts when it’s now considered to be the middle of winter. Some of us think that wearing shorts and skirts during winter is just plain dumb, while others think that if it is comfortable then go for it. Annalie Ellenwood [10] is one of the people who doesn’t get why some people choose to wear summer clothes in winter. “It’s silly because they can get sick, and it’s cold,” said Ellenwood. People who agree with Ellenwood know that when it gets cold, its time to bring out the scarves, hats, and warm clothes. For the people who don’t agree with what Ellenwood said, maybe they will agree with what Sarah Mertin said on the subject of summer clothes in winter. “Wear anything that you think is comfortable, and you like,” said Mertin [10]. Nick Gridley [10], another student, agreed with Mertin’s opinion on wearing things that are comfortable. “Because it is comfortable, and if you think you should wear it, then wear it,” said Gridley. It is important to be comfortable, but it is also important to dress for the weather. So with winter coming up, be careful with what to choose.

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>> HOW TO << stay safe written by KIARAH LINDSEY

Being a teenager is exciting. For most it means a more lenient curfew and more nights out with friends. However, just don’t forget to make wise decisions and be safe. Here are a few things to keep in mind. • • •

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What most would view as a curse, Cameron Black looks at not only as a gift, but as an opportunity to diminish the stereotypes people have of blind people. He has spent his first 20 years being blind, unlike most of the rather fortunate public today. He gets ready like every normal student does; feeling around and picking up all his books to go to his first class. Every nook and cranny, and even the cracks of the sidewalk, is memorized. Being blind may seem like a burden or curse, but Black doesn’t let his disability slow him down. He skateboards, plays video games, plays guitar, and also reads and writes. “Skateboarding has everything to do with memorization, listening, and also technique,” he said. Skateboarding for over eight years in several different places may be hard to memorize, but it only took a week for him. “Skateboarding has to do with faith. If I am trying a really hard trick I haven’t done before, I believe in God to help me through it and keep me safe.” Walking around campus or anywhere by yourself can get be pretty lonely sometimes, but Black doesn’t seem mind. He usually surrounds himself with friends and acquaintances. “My good friends don’t treat me any different than someone that can see; the ones that treat me as anyone else are my true friends.” Black said. Striving to become better is one of his goals. There seems to be so many areas in ones life that can be changed. Black said, “I think everyone needs to become better. I think if I work on skills that I already have, then I can help people become better.” Black’s blindness has enabled him to not take his life for granted, but he wishes others would do the same. “I wish people would not take for granted for what they have. Like all their five senses and arms and legs, because not everyone has those things.” Having a disease does not keep one from doing what one wants. It’s the thought of being unable to do that keeps one away from doing the best that they can do.

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Have your cell phone. In case you have to contact someone and just for emergencies Use the buddy system. Always try and go out with one or more people Make sure an adult knows your whereabouts, and about what time you will be home. Just in case you need someone to come where you are Don’t go out with people you don’t know. They may not have your best interest Be aware of your surroundings. Always look around you and make sure you keep yourself safe Don’t walk around alone in the dark (such as after work). Have someone walk with you

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It’s that time of the year again. The time to be grateful, spend time with family, watch football, and eat as much turkey as possible. It’s time for Thanksgiving; the holiday that is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November every year. Everyone is told that Thanksgiving is a time to be grateful and be with your family. But do those ideals still hold true today? Has Thanksgiving become just another day of the year where you eat turkey and watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade? Or does it still have the same traditional values as it did when it first started? Do people celebrate Thanksgiving to spend time with family or to watch football? “I think the United States has lost the true meaning of Thanksgiving. I think people tend to focus too much on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and which football team is playing who, not on spending time with family,” said Amanda Herrell [12]. The media may make the central focus of After changing Thanksgiving the parade, but does that really mean as a country over so many that we have lost the true meaning of Thanksgiving? years, Thanksgiv “Even though my family doesn’t celebrate Thanksgiving, ing is one of the I think that the United States still realizes the true meaning of it which oldest holidays known to the Unitis to be with your family,” said Firdaus Daud [12]. ed States. However, Many people agree with Daud. The central focus of Thanksgiving even though this is still family even if people tend to focus on the parade, football, and even traditional holiday the dog show that comes on every year. Some people believe that it is just has been around part of the tradition. But there are some who believe that it is just like any for years, the valother day, the only difference being that you eat a fancy meal. ues of the holiday “I don’t really consider Thanksgiving an important holiday itself has changed tremendously. The because you only eat a big meal with your family. You can do that age old debate over any day,” said Doyle Roach [10]. whether Thanks No matter what others think, in the end it comes down to an giving still holds individual’s own personal opinion. Thanksgiving is still a holiday true to the values and it is celebrated across the land. Thanksgiving is the second that were once biggest holiday of the year after Christmas that brings families together. bestowed upon it is “I like Thanksgiving because it brings my family together and it’s up to the indithe only time we are all together at once,” said Herrell. vidual. Everyone’s opinion is different. Thanksgiving might not have the same impact as it had before, but one thing is certain. People are excited about it and love spending time with family no matter what others think. It might not still be tradition, but it does bring people together. In the end, isn’t that all that matters?

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People have different types of smarts depending upon their genes and character. But no matter where you live, most people need to have some kind of book smarts and street smarts. “To me, street smarts is like common sense,” said Brittany Covarrubias [10], “and book smarts is common knowledge in the classroom.” Having street smarts means understanding the world through experience, while having book smarts means knowing many facts, normally learned in a classroom or from books. Once or twice a year students have to take a standardized tests to see what they’ve learned or what they need to learn. These tests are supposed to help challenge people to go the furthest they can in life with their book smarts. What about people’s street smarts? “I think people will get further in life with their street smarts because you know how the real world works and people in it. It makes you smart about the world,” said Nia Robinson [10]. James Dawson [11] agrees with Robinson. He thinks that street smarts can be more beneficial overall. “I think streets smarts will probably get you further in life because you learn to interact with people. Books can only get you so far, and they can’t introduce you to the friends or people you need to meet to get you far.” Whether a person is dumber than a doornail or smarter than Albert Einstein, he still needs to have some kind of street and book smarts. “I think street smarts is more common,” said Brandon Bergen [11], “because not everyone goes to school and gets an education.” Without book smarts and street smarts, people wouldn’t be able to make it through the day. Most would agree that everyone needs at least a little of both. “I think street smarts is more important to have because books don’t have all the answers we need. I can’t live life through a book,” said Covarrubias. Most people seem to agree that street smarts are an overall better quality to have. Dawson believes people must have street smarts to understand what is going on not only around them not only in the real world, but in the classroom, too. “You need street smarts to comprehend what they teach in the classroom,” Dawson said. People need all different types of knowledge to survive. More times than not, street smarts are more beneficial to have. People have got to learn to do their best in life, and they’ve got to recognize their smarts to do so.

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Hiding behind her book, Jeana Keyes [11] states that, “Book smart is better than street smart.”

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Little Brother

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Have you ever wondered what would happen if there was another terrorist attack in the United States, and if you and your friends got blamed for what happened? That is what happens to Marcus Yallow and his friends who get caught at the wrong place at the wrong time. In Little Brother by Cory Doctorow, the Department of Homeland Security kidnaps four teenagers. They are kept as prisoners along with fifteen other people at an unknown location where they are tortured mentally and interrogated by the DHS. They are suspected of causing the terrorist attack on the Bay Bridge and BART system in San Francisco, California. Doctorow describes what happens to these four teenagers after they are let go, but he mainly focuses on the lead character, Marcus Yallow. Doctorow creates a strong main character in Marcus by making him funny, relatable, and witty. This is a good book, but there are some parts where it drags on a when it refers to how to use the computer so it can repel the spyware the DHS uses to spy on people they suspect to be terrorists. If you are not interested in how computers work and how to use cryptology, then this book may not be enjoyable for you. Doctorow goes in great detail about computer hacking and other computer-related issues. Other than that, this book has strong characters and is suspenseful because you wonder if Marcus will be able to take down the DHS for what they did to him. This book describes how people can be prejudiced based on the color of their skin and accused for crimes they didn’t commit. He explores it further because Marcus and his friends are not Middle Eastern or Arabian, but white, Hispanic, and Asian. Therefore, he breaks through the stereotype that terrorist can be any color and not just Middle Eastern or Arab. Doctorow takes a look at what would happen if there was another terrorist’s attack and if the wrong people were accused because they looked suspicious. He makes his readers think and question some of their beliefs because he takes the security of this country to an extreme level. This book is like the 1984 of today, which is why it is important. This book gets 4 out of 5 stars. book review

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written by SAMANTHA WOODWARD photographs by LIBBY WOLFF

Friday nights have become one of the most exciting parts of the fall this year. Our football team is making school history. They now have made it to the State Championship game, after three big wins over their biggest competition this season; Lee’s Summit West, Fort Osage, and Raymore-Peculiar. Senior captains Sean King, Ronnell Garner, Isaiah Turner, and Dejaun Beard took charge of their leadership roles and pushed the team to become better and improve. The team became a unit of one; they lose as one, and win as one. “To stay focused, we have to keep practicing hard, keep doing what we’ve been doing, and play like we have the whole season,” said Gardner. After coming back Friday night from a 12 point deficit and scoring 21 unanswered points in the fourth quarter, the Cards rallied back to beat the Raymore-Peculiar Panthers 27-18. They became the first team in school history to make it to the only FOOTBALL State Title game. On Friday, November 28th at 7:30pm, the team will try to cap off the season with the biggest win of their lives at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis. Make sure to buy a ticket at lunch for $11 and come out to support the Cardinals in St. Louis against Hazelwood East.

It’s More Than Just Victory

written by KELSEY HARRIS

The last few minutes of the game are usually the time when athletes give it their all. Either you throw an interception or recover a fumble, miss the winning basket or swoosh the ball into the goal with ease, strike out or bat your best game ever. Athletes either know that the game is in their hands or it can go either way. What it is about the last part of the game that makes them want to give it their all? Some athletes want labels and maybe even bragging rights, but it can be a deeper meaning as to why they really show their skills. “We’re energized and we want to prove to everybody that we can play good and do our best,” said Stephanie Gordon [10]. Most athletes put their hearts on the field when they play and would feel like they let their team down if they didn’t. They work hard, train hard, and play hard for their own personal reasons or to simply entertain the fans. “I play football to win and to get a shot at the state championship,” Alex Sanders [11] said. “And because I like it.” Victory is always what athletes strive for. Coaches only expect the team to give it their best, but to athletes that means to be the best, you’ve got to beat the best. Putting it in your mind that there is always something or someone better than the best, makes you work even harder for what you want; which is the mind frame that is sometimes needed. “You have to be physically and mentally tough,” Roy Moye [11] said. “It might be cold or hot, but I still try to run my best to get better in track.” Sports are not always about winning or losing. They can help with team building skills, provide exercise for your brain and body, social development, can be stress relievers, and perseverance. Sports push you beyond what you may think are your limits and show you through determination that anything is possible. But, in all honesty, victory will always taste sweet!

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Running to the Finish

written by SAMANTHA WOODWARD photograph by KENNY MARSHALL

On Saturday November 8th, the cross-country team took four outstanding long distance runners to Jefferson City, Missouri for the state meet. Stephen Saylor [12], Crissy Owensby [12], Erin Edwards [11], and Anna Madasz [11] all qualified to run in the meet. “I was there last year, but it was such a good experience to be able to place as an All-Stater,” said Owensby. Three out of the four of athletes became All-Staters. Saylor came in 10th, Edwards came in 14th, and Owensby came in 18th. The girls’ team also came in 6th place as a team in the metro area. Congratulations to the Cross Country Team!

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Stretching before the big race, Crissie Owensby [12] prepares her mind and body for victory.

Flying Through the Air

written by SAMANTHA WOODWARD photographs by LIBBY WOLFF

The cheerleading squad has been flying high this season with a big finish at regionals. They have great leadership with captains Moe Gunter [12], John Norman [11], and Noelle Bell [11]. The team has become a family that has worked to improve every day. “We hung out at Moe’s house after games and stayed after school doing stuff for the football team. That really helped us improve and bond together,” said Taylor Ubben [11]. On November 14th in Columbia, Missouri, the team took the stage to perform their routine. The squad did great, but there was a downside to going on Friday night, they were not able to see the other squads perform due to the football game on Saturday. They achieved goals and bonded as a team. Congratulations on their 4th Place finish at State!

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Encouraging the football team, the RSHS cheerleaders cheer for the RSHS football team who are 12-1.

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Showing the skill it takes to dance, the Cardettes perform at a RSHS football game half time. “Without dedication and skill, you wouldn’t get anywhere in dance. You have to attend all your own dance classes and practice on your own. You might spend years trying to perfect tiny details, just like any other sport,” says Brittany Fields [12].

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What Kind of PERSON Are You?

written by KIARAH LINDSEY

ONE Would you rather…?

TWO What is in your locker?

THREE When choosing a car, it is important to

FOUR What gifts are your getting your friends

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Work for someone Work for yourself Not work at all Ask your parents for money

know______.

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mileage & safety price & value design speed

FIVE When choosing a significant other, you look for …? A. B. C. D.

personality trustworthiness social status whoever comes my way just as long as he or she is cute

have teams you play by yourself on the computer /game systems I don’t play games that much

SEVEN You like games that… A. B. C. D.

Mostly A’s

You are a caring person. You are concerned about others feelings. However, you may also come across as a little passive.

Mostly C’s

You are all about appearance. You like attention. However, you may not come across as the nicest person in the world.

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A. B. C. D.

pictures of friends the typical books, paper, and folders maybe a book or two um…I don’t know where it is

for the holiday? A. B. C. D.

exactly what my friends ask for something personal for each friend the cheapest thing I can find my friends give me gifts. I don’t give them anything

A. B. C. D.

white--innocence black--authority power yellow--attention getter no matter what red--extreme

SIX What color describes you?

EIGHT What genre of music are you into?

A. B. C. D.

Country R&B Rap Rock

Mostly B’s You are very independent. You rather do things by yourself and on your own time. Just don’t be afraid to ask others for help.

Mostly D’s

Maybe you should try a different approach to life. You seem a little careless; very similar to a slacker.

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6pm: WR @ Winnetonka

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9th BBB @ LSW ‘A’ Tournament 9th BBB @ LS ‘B’ 4pm: 10th BBB Tournament 5pm: GSW @ YMCA 5:30pm: JV/V GBB @ LSN 7pm: JV BBB Tourn.

V BBB @ Leavenworth 9th BBB @ LSW ‘A’ Tournament 9th BBB @ LS ‘B’ 5:30pm: JV/V GBB vs. Park Hill South 6pm: WR @ Blue Springs South

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Key: GBB - Girls Basketball; BBB - Boys Basketball; WR - Wrestling; GSW - Girls Swimming

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1. The chocolate chip was created by accident? - “Ruth Wakefield was mixing a batch of cookies for her guests when she

discovered that she was out of baker’s chocolate. She substituted broken pieces of Nestle’s semi-sweet chocolate, expecting it to melt and absorb into the dough to create chocolate cookies. That didn’t happen, but the surprising result helped to make Wakefield one of the 20th century’s most famous women inventors.” taken from [http://www.women-inventors.com/Ruth-Wakefield.asp]

2. All continent names end with the same letter in which they start? - AsiA, AfricA, EuropE, North AmericA, South AmericA, AustraliA, and AntarcticA. 3. Google is also a verb? - Google can refer to either the website or if you are using it for the action of “googling.” For example, “ I googled it.” 4. A day on Mars is about half an hour longer than a day on Earth? - “A day on Mars is about forty minutes longer than our day, so it seems like it would be easy to adjust to. If the Martian day was stretch to make an hour last sixty-two minutes, it would then make both an Earth day and a Mars day the same length.” taken from [http://starryskies.com/articles/2003/05/mars.html] 5. The first commercial text message was sent in 1992? - “Scientists at the British technology company, Sema, sent the first text message to Vodafone, a mobile phone company on December 3rd, 1992. Originally created for business use, it never could have been predicted that SMS (simple messaging service) would be come so popular.” taken from [http://www.isrl.uiuc.edu/~chip/projects/timeline/1992fitzpatrick.html]

6. A dog can hear sounds 250 yards away? - “A dog can hear sounds 250 yards away that most people cannot hear beyond 25 yards. The human ear can detect sound waves vibrating at frequencies up to 20,000 times a second. But dogs can hear sound waves that vibrate at frequencies of more than 30,000 times a second.” taken from [http://www.zuzu.org/dfacts.html] 7. Singapore is the most expensive place on earth to own a car? - “All motor vehicles must pay a Registration Fee. The fee is $1,000 for private vehicles and $5,000 company vehicles. When the car is first registered, an Additional Registration Fee of 150 per cent of the car’s Open Market Value is payable. Road taxes must be paid as well. Some estimates for cars are: $182,000 for an Audi A41.8, $238,000 for a BMW 328, and $201,902 for a Mercedes 200E. There are other fees as well.” taken from [http://www. expatsingapore.com/content/view/1152]

8. That we’re now on the web? - Yes, Southern Exposure is now online. You can view the website at: http://southernexposurenews.webs.com/ Leave us feedback on our issues, view answers, and more! If you’d like to be on the cover, fill out the info card on page 19!

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Welcome to the written by JESSICA SCHEETZ EDITOR-IN-CHIEF photograph by KENNY MARSHALL

The bell rings and you begin to break out into a cold sweat. Looking at the clock, you know that you have exactly five minutes to maneuver your way to your next class. As you grab your bag, you quickly swoop into the hallway as it swallows you and your bag into its massive jumble of on-lookers. Your eyes narrow into the upcoming intersection. As you try to pass the slow-moving couple on the right side of you, you see a roadblock ahead: the groupies. Oh no, you instantly think. After you make it through them swiftly, you manage to get behind the snail-paced walkers. You drum your fingernails steadily on your pant leg as you finally manage to make it through to the business hallway. You quicken your pace as you fear it nearing. As you turn the corner into the room, it hits you: the five-minute bell. You slowly slouch in your chair as the teacher comes in and begins class realizing that in exactly fifty-five minutes you’ll be doing the same thing all over again. The hallway comes close to a near first on my top ten pet peeves list. I mean, it’s incredibly frustrating trying to get to class in a five minute time period with a hallway full of people who honestly couldn’t care less whether they made it to class on time or not. Even trying to make it to a class that’s right down the hall is agonizing. I manage to make it down the stairs only to get sucked in by the incredibly large mass of bodies standing in the middle of the hallway with attitudes that suggest that no one else who’s trying to get to class has ever imposed the slightest thought in their mind. Forgive me for saying that’s a completely ignorant attitude to have and downright absurd. The hallway isn’t meant to be time for socializing, and apparently, the whole “walk and talk” policy has yet to be instated into the minds of my fellow peers. I nearly have to plow people out of the way before I can even get my point across. It’s not even like everyone congregates in areas where I can easily move past them. They move to the middle of the hallway, and then there’s the additional group on the right side of them. There’s even times where I’ll manage to get stuck behind the line of four or five people that stretch across the entire width of the hallway. I have to patiently wait until I get my chance to squeeze past them, and if I even think about saying, “excuse me,” they automatically get offended. Yes, I think you’re walking way too slow. Either speed up or move politely to the side so that those of us who care can get to class on time. If you want, feel free to lollygag your way to your next class—that, on the other hand, I do not have a problem with. What you do with your own time is entirely up to you but don’t even think about wasting mine.

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• ...people drive 40mph on a highway when the speed limit is 65. • ...we’re taking notes and our last pen runs out of ink. • ...people drive slow in the fast lane, and fast in the slow lane. • ...powerschool is down. • ...we pass someone who’s going slow, and then he speeds up to go faster. • ...someone interrupts us • ...teachers wait until trister ends to update grades. • ...the weatherman is wrong • ...the teacher is explaining an assignment, and the people in the back of the classroom won’t stop talking. • ...we have to repeat ourselves more than twice.

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Do As We Say; Not As We Do written by JULIA BIAGIOLI editor of NEWS AND FEATURES

Driving down the highway, minding my own business, I catch a glimpse of a car zooming by me to the left. A police car. One would assume that there was an accident up ahead, but no, his sirens aren’t on, and there is no emergency to tend to. It seems as though police officers feel they are above the law. We citizens are supposed to abide by these laws and will be penalized if we do not, but they can do as they wish. We get tickets for speeding down the roads, for changing lanes without our blinkers, for our reckless driving, but nine times out of ten when I witness any of these events occurring it turns out to be the rule makers themselves. In Miss Congeniality, there is a goofy but perfect example of this. Grace Hart gets a call from the bureau to go pick up coffee for all the guys and immediately hops in her police car and turns on the sirens. Illegally pulling all the way up onto the sidewalk in front of Starbucks, she bolts into the coffee shop. She then pushes through the extremely large morning crowd, flashing her badge to anyone who gives her trouble for cutting. When she finally reaches the counter, she whips of her glasses and proceeds to order for the entire police force, all the customers groaning with annoyance. It is completely understandable when there truly is a situation at hand that a cop would need to put on his sirens and speed after a criminal or where he would need to rush to the scene of an accident. They need to do their job, after all. There just needs to be a line drawn between an emergency and, well, an urge to throw away the rulebook. Why are we expected to follow rules that many police officers are not following themselves? Some are taking advantage of their authority and are not afraid to make it apparent to us “smaller people” either. I understand that this idea is a complete generalization but when the situations keep presenting themselves day after day, I begin to believe that it is true. It is the “do as we say, not as we do” motto. I still have a high respect for these authority figures but strongly believe that laws put in place for citizens are meant for everyone to follow, no exceptions.

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written by ERIN EDWARDS editor of OPINION

Safe driving is of utmost importance for everyone on the road. Paying attention to the road signs, speed limits, and other drivers will only make you a better driver, not to mention it’s the law. However, some things can be beyond control. There are many distractions that can hinder a person’s ability to drive and can cause accidents. One of the most prominent causes of accidents is the obvious-texting. This is definitely something that can be avoided if you use your head. Somehow, people seem to think the urgency of each text is more important than the safety of them or their own passengers. While some people have mastered the art of texting and driving at the same time, others aren’t so fortunate. A recent train accident in California shows the dangers of this risky business. Other distractions, however, are beyond control. I’m always caught off guard early in the morning when I see a biker dressed in bright yellow, and every time the wheels spin, a shiny reflector spins around and around. Or have you ever seen billboards with just about a million words on them. How do they expect you to read the whole sign before driving past it? Not only are your eyes distracted but many things disrupt listening. Honking always throws me off. Although honking should be used to warn other drivers of avoiding a certain situation, some people feel the need to honk at every little thing that makes them angry. Then there are the other people who honk at other cars to get their attention to say hi. Every time someone does this, I’ll turn around and think they are honking at me when in reality they are just being another pesky driver with road rage. Another big distraction would include wrecks. First of all, you wonder what kind of distraction distracted them and caused them to wreck. Driving past, I always try to get a glimpse of the action and see how bad each accident is. Soon everybody decides to slow down and do the same thing. All of these reasons plus many others are reasons for every driver to stay alert, awake, and aware of their surroundings. With winter arriving and snow just around the corner, be sure to keep safe and pay attention!

Winter Season -Coming Too Fast? written by DANIELLE BOOS editor of SPORTS

Forecast for the month: 50’s all the way down to the 20’s. Is winter hitting us too soon or what? They say this winter is supposed to be the hardest winter yet and by the way things are going so far, I don’t doubt it. Not only is the cold hitting us hard and early, but all the things that come along with Christmas as well. As most of us already know from last year, the Christmas music starts right after Halloween. But is this rush of the season a bad thing? Some say they hate having those cold winter days and starting the Christmas routines so early because by the time we should be having all of that, their already tired of it and ready for the next season. However, Christmas is definitely one of the most popular holidays and many people don’t mind all the early activity. With the cold coming earlier than normal, it almost seems necessary to start everything that comes with this season just as early. Personally, starting off November as if it were December isn’t my preference. Considering that winter isn’t my favorite season makes it hard to like it being extra long. Fortunately, I am one of those who don’t mind the early Christmas doing’s which makes it a little easier getting through the long winter. Although most of us wish we could control what happens during the seasons, we can’t. This winter is coming harder and earlier than it has before and all the routines are coming along with it.


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