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3 Saint Nicholas Who? 4 Celebrate the Good & Bad Guilty Pleasures & Obsessive Needs What Do You Want Under Your Christmas Tree? 5 How To Not Burn Your Pockets This Year The Hidden Holidays What’s In Your Stocking?

opinion 6 A Not So Healthy Holiday 7 Twilight: Movie Review Clearly a Christmas Don’t 8/9 The Legal Leaf That Kills

sports 10 Leaving a Worthy Reputation 11 On The Road to Hope First Class, No Class

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columns 13 We, the Guinea Pigs, Unite 14 Spread the Christmas Fear Looking Too Far Ahead Regret Your Mistakes -- Or Regret Nothing?

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Saint Nicholas Who?

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St. Nicholas, also known as Santa Clause, is now the most-well known legendary figure of all time, but how did this man come about? There are many different stories on how this man named St. Nicholas/Santa Claus came about. For instance, the story about a poor man’s three daughters needing money in order to get married. There was gold for the three girls, and it would always be in stockings or shoes left out. Thus, the tradition of hanging stockings and kids waiting for Santa Claus to come around. Shayla Allen [12] said, “I think St. Nicholas originated from the truth of St. Nicholas coming from parents telling their children, and from the children telling their children making it the story what it is today. The story with the elves and the workshop.” The stories we all know maybe true enough to all of us, but back in the time of St. Nicholas, the stories then are closer to the truth of him. The most popular story back then was the one about a boy named Basilios. Basilios was taken by a band of pirates to become a slave to their king on the eve of St. Nicholas Day. The boy was miserable. Basilios obeyed the king, though, and on the next day, Basilios was serving the emir when he suddenly saw St. Nicholas appear to him. Basilios was whisked up and put down on the ground in front of his parents still holding the king’s cup. Zach Copelin [11] said, “Most likely the story of St. Nicholas came from parents telling kids as a joke or prank about a guy who would bring presents to good children, in order to get the kids to go to sleep.” There is also a story of an innkeeper who robbed and murdered three theological students. St. Nicholas stayed in that same inn, after the three boys deaths, and had a dream about the three students. St. Nicholas summoned the innkeeper and prayed for the three boys, and they were restored back to life. Teonna Wesley [12] said, “I think it all started out with a father taking his son hunting for the first time. One deer came up to the boy and started talking to the father. It said, ‘I know of a place where there is a lot of joy.’ It just so happened that the father’s name was Nicholas, and he wanted to spread joy to the children after the deer showed him the place. And that is exactly what the father did, he spread joy to the children.” There are a million more stories about of St. Nicholas, but the true story is of just a man named Nicholas whose parents died when he was very young. He lived all alone and lived by the word God, “sell what you own and give the money you make to the poor.” He did just that. He helped out the poor and needy with all of his inheritance. Nicholas was soon made a bishop. He became known, at the time, for his generosity to those who were in need and for his love of children and concern for sailors and ships. Nicholas was exiled and imprisoned under the call of the Roman Emperor Diocletian. He was soon released and went to the Council of Nicaea. Nicholas died on December 6th, A.D 343. He was buried in his church, and the anniversary of his death became known as St. Nicholas day, and it became a celebration of what he did for the people. St. Nicholas was a great man who did many great things in his time. Even though most of us have no idea how he came about, the legend of him will carry on for years to come along and the traditions that go along with it.

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It was very difficult finding teenagers that actually knew what they wanted; some just had nothing to say. Maybe as the holidays approach, it is not as exciting as it was when teenagers were younger.

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Holidays are stressful for everyone. Running frantic from store to store, trying to find the perfect gift, or that special kind of green beans for grandma’s old casserole recipe. Trying to make sure to buy everyone what he or she wanted and not forgetting to send all your relatives this year’s Christmas card. “I become more stressed during the holidays,” said Alicia Briggs [10], “because I have so many friends and family members. I barely ever have enough money to buy everyone gifts.” With the stock market crashing and people losing their jobs left and right, money is pretty tight at home nowadays. “I think people get stressed because they may have money problems, and they don’t have enough to buy presents for everyone,” said Alison Scheetz [10]. From the day after Thanksgiving until Christmas morning, people are rushing to get everything when it goes on sale, but of course something is always forgotten. “I think people get stressed out sometimes because they wait till the last minute to gather money and gifts,” said Josh Hamilton [10], “everything is really fast moving until the day comes, then everything becomes pretty still.” The holiday season is a time when family members from all over the country come together to celebrate. Grandmas, grandpas, aunts, uncles, and cousins gather under one roof to

commemorate this time. Hamilton said, “People get depressed during the holidays because they might not have family or loved ones to celebrate with, and they have to celebrate alone. Especially homeless people who have no one.” This time of year can be hard for many different reasons. Maybe things just don’t seem to be going as well as they used to. “I think people get depressed remembering past holidays if things don’t go the same way they have in the past,” said Scheetz. Most memories of the holidays are great, but they may not stay that way forever. Briggs said, “People get depressed if they’re remembering past Christmas or holidays that were once good but aren’t anymore.” People have many mixed emotions and feelings around the crazy holidays. “Tis the season to be jolly,” said Hamilton. Thank goodness it only comes once a year.

Guilty Pleasures and Obsessive Needs written by KELSEY HARRIS photograph by SHELBI ORBIN

It’s a guilty pleasure that you have to have, can’t live without, and are strangely keen to—a sweet addiction. Although it may seem weird to others, to you it’s a completely normal part of your daily rituals. Take a look at what fellow students at Raytown South are bizarrely hooked on. • • • •

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Celebrate the Good & Bad

As teenagers get older, the Christmas lists seem to get smaller and smaller. Some students couldn’t even think of what exactly they really wanted. Here are a few students and some of their Christmas wishes. i-Tunes gift card Kristina Davis [9] Nintendo Wii Steven Addison [9] A car Shayla Allen [12] Shopping spree Mercedes Christal [12] A spa treatment Alisah Warren [11] A CD collection of my favorite artist Teonna Wesley [12] Money Jade Ivory [11] i-Pod touch Ciara Tyler [12]

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“Swimming is something I’m addicted to. It’s enjoyable. I wish I was born in the water,” said Brandon Crowley [11]. “I’m addicted to Vicks because the way it smells. I use it every night with my cup of water. When I get a brand new tube, I like sticking my finger down it and mixing it up,” said Nia Robinson [10]. “I like Mountain Dew a lot because that’s all we drink around my house. I really don’t like any other kind of pop,” said Kaelin Alumbaugh [10]. “Candy because when I go past the vending machine, it catches my eye. When I’m bored in class, I whip out my candy. I like to make teachers mad with the sound of the wrapper, and when people ask me for some, I purposely say no,” said Brendon Gerald [11]. “I eat chocolate everyday because I like the taste,” said Amanda Collins [10]. “I’m addicted to Milky Ways because it’s my comfort food,” said Brandy Cox [10].

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The HIDDEN Holidays

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Christmas is commonly associated as the only holiday most Americans celebrate during the winter season. However, there are so many other holidays besides Christmas. Some include Kwanzaa, Yule, Ramadan, and Hanukkah. The only difference between them all, however, is that they all are associated with different religions that hold different beliefs. Kwanzaa, for instance, comes from the phrase “matunda ya kwanza” which means first fruits. It’s a holiday that is celebrated from December 26th to January 1st. Kwanzaa is a time to celebrate the good; the good of life and of existence itself, the good of family, community, and culture. The good of the awesome, the ordinary, the divine, natural, and social. Yule, the most common holiday that is identified with Christmas, was originally celebrated by the Germanic peoples as a pre-Christian pagan festival. Once the lunar Germanic calendar was replaced with the Julian calendar, Yule was placed on December 25th to correspond with the Christian holiday Christmas. Yule is determined to have derived from the word “yoole”, which refers to the German pagan feast that lasted 12 days. Later this holiday transformed, with minor changes, into Christmas. Ramadan occurs during the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar. Every day during this month Muslims around the world spend their hours during the day fasting. During this month, Muslims are called upon to re-evaluate their lives in light of Islamic guidance. Muslims are to make peace with those who have wronged, strengthen ties with family and friends, and do away with bad habits. “It is super fun. I enjoy it because I get to celebrate it for more than one day and get more presents,” said Farah Dabbagh [11]. Hanukkah is the annual Jewish festival that is celebrated for eight days. It begins on the 25th day of Kislev, which is the third month of the Jewish calendar (this would approximately lie in December). This holiday is also known as the Festival of Lights, Feast of Dedication, and Feast of the Maccabees. The festival even includes the Menorah, and on each night of Hanukkah, a candle is lit until they finally reach the eighth night. Hanukkah means dedication. These are just a few of the many religious holidays celebrated across the world. There are so many other religions with great traditions that celebrate in their own separate way. Kwanzaa with their seven principles, Yule with the Yule log, Ramadan with fasting, and Hanukah with the Menorah; these are just a few of the things that make these holidays so interesting.

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The Hannukkah Menorah is one of the most important Hanukkah customs. Traditionally a Jewish holiday, they light candles to remember the miracle of the Maccabees’ victory and the miracle of the oil that burnt for eight days in the holy Temple. They light a candle each night during the eight days of Hanukkah.

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>> HOW TO << not burn your pocket this year written by KIARAH LINDSEY

Many teenagers are trying to come up with great gift ideas that won’t hurt their pockets at the checkout counter. With the economy the way it is, many people are not buying as much. So, here are a few ideas to keep the spending at a minimum. • • • • •

Make a CD with your friend’s favorite artist Bake your friend their favorite kind of cookies Frame a picture of you and your friend Hunt through department stores for great deals Scented lotion at Bath & Body Works

So, here are a few ideas to keep the spending at a minimum. Just remember it’s the thought that counts, not the price tags. Friendships shouldn’t be based on how much money is spent.

What’s in your Stocking?

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“ “ “ dddd” dddi” dddi” Justin Garrison

No. I don’t get a stocking now, but I used to. I normally get chocolate, candy canes, toy cars, and, if I got lucky, some spare change. If I still got a stocking, I’d want to get some chocolate, money, Dr. Pepper, ketchup, and bananas.

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I used to get a stocking when I was younger. I used to get peanuts, toys, and fruit. Buy my sister always comes over and cleans our house and throws all my stuff away.

Dominique Harrison

Yeah, I still get a stocking. I get like $100, candy, and stuff. This year I want to get an i-Pod touch and a couple hundred dollars in there.

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Christmas is finally upon us. It’s that time of year where one’s fondest childhood memories are formed from those intricate family traditions and recipes. Usually, there is no concern about weight gain or how many calories one will engulf on a daily basis during break. The main concern is using Christmas to it’s full potential; meaning eating, sleeping, and gifts galore. “Calories aren’t exactly on my mind if food is right in front of me,” said McKenzie Morales [11]. Going through Christmas without binging on sweets and dinner foods m seems like a complete betrayal against our childhood traditions. Striving for another successful meal passed and very few leftovers are left in the fridge, which are potential science projects in the making. This tends to be the normal case in many homes. Every year, people who are on diets during the holiday season seem to cut them short in order to munch on the mouth-watering food laid before them. In theory, it’s hard to abuse food during Christmas because without it, it wouldn’t be such a phenomenal holiday. But why not try new things? For example, why not add new healthy recipes or ingredients into courses that have been passed down generation to generation? Morales said, “My mom and grandma try all this non-fat stuff during Christmas.” The taste of food is strongly cultural. One begins to develop their likes and dislikes of the bountiful category at a young age. The fact that Christmas food remains the same every year also aids in this liking. One expects a certain amount of entrees every year, some being turkey or ham along with pumpkin or apple pie. Even if it seems impossible to change old habits for yourself, there is still hope for the upcoming generations and children today. And because food taste is strongly cultural, there is no reason why a healthy Christmas feast can’t be delicious.

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Eating unhealthily, Kayce Long [12] scarves down a bag of skittles knowing that candy isn’t good for her. Skittles, just one of the many treats offered in our vending machines, is considered to be anything but healthy.

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Clearly a Christmas Don’t

It happens every Christmas. We hope and hope that this time our friends and family got us the perfect and most thoughtful gift imaginable… And every year, we end up having to give an Oscar-winning performance, trying not to show any sarcasm, of “Thanks! I love it!” But in all reality, our feelings towards that gift are the exact opposite. “I usually just smile and go along with it,” said Kenny Marshall [12]. “I’d probably just throw it away after they have left.” Due to the fact that one usually has a diverse variety of people to shop for during the holidays, it is sometimes hard to know exactly what they all want. But resorting to a knit sweater or a cheap item from the dollar store isn’t exactly pleasing in any sense. “My uncle bought me a checker board from the dollar store on Christmas day last year,” said Alicia Briggs [10]. It may be the thought that counts to some, but for others, the perfect gift could describe a person just by a glance. Sticking with a certain criteria for each person a year is a great way to plan, then again switching it up can also be fun, along with creating a gift list. “I see what’s in my budget,” said Demithia Chapple [12], “and what the person wants.” There is also the thought of practical gifts. There are always a few necessities in life that need to be replenished every year, if not by a few passing months. The receiving of gifts that won’t exactly be used result in a full trashcan, to take up space, or a new place for dust to collect. So, when planning for your next holiday gift, make sure to put some thought into it. Be sure not to accidentally make those Christmas “do’s” a “don’t”.

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Scarves and sweaters such as these may not be pleasing items to give friends and family for the holidays. Don’t forget to still say thank you and save the ugly remarks for later. Remember: price tags can be your best friend!

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Whoever would have thought that a book about vampires would be such a big hit among teenagers? Not only was it a successful book, but it is also one of the biggest movies of the year that did very well at the box office. Is Twilight just another over hyped movie, or is it really as good as everyone says? The answer to the second question would be yes. The movie was really good even though it didn’t have as much action as movie blockbusters like The Dark Knight and Quantum of Solace. It has enough love scenes that appeal to teenage girls, but also has enough action for the male audience as well. The movie is a two hour-long story about a girl named Bella who falls in love with Edward, who just happens to be a vampire. It is seen from her point of view, which is a very unique take for a movie. The first hour of the movie tends to drag on a little and just focuses on establishing the characters. The second part of the movie, however, grabs your attention because of all the tension that comes with Edward trying to protect Bella from James, a vampire who wants to kill her. The movie was not completely true to the book though. Like most books that are made into movies, some of the scenes were cut out or not in the movie at all. For instance, the scene in the meadow was supposed to be a beautiful meadow that was full of light, but it was portrayed as being dark and damp. Another change would be the way the movie started out. It doesn’t start off the way the book does at all but instead creates a whole entire scene that wasn’t in the book. One scene where Edward kisses Bella for the first time was edited to keep the PG-13 rating that Stephanie Meyer’s wanted. Overall this movie is very good. It might drag on in some parts, but it still keeps your attention. For fans that read this book they might be a little disappointed but proud that this movie tried to be close to the book as possible. This movie gets 4 ½ out of five stars.

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The number one cause of death in the United States isn’t from heart attack, stroke, related illness. It’s cigarettes; the one smoking product that kills more Americans each year AIDS, homicide, and illegal drugs combined (cancer.org). The American Cancer Society hel Avila University this past month to help spread the word about the harmful affects of using t Dr. Greg Monaghan, a 25-year specialist at the Kansas City Cancer Center, deals w Next to breast cancer, it is the second most common disease he deals with. “In reality, it’s a drug delivery system,” Monaghan said. “The problem is people ge foolish. Smoking is not just a disease that affects older people.” DJ Neely, an 8-year cancer survivor, was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2000. Afte to the hospital to have a doctor examine her. He did an x-ray and then treated it as a respirat the morning, Neely received the phone call that would change her life to this day. “They found a mass in my upper right lobe,” she said. “In five to seven days he sug husband, and at 2 o’clock the next day, I had one.” When Neely arrived at the hospital, the nurses treated her like she was in a morgue uncomfortable, and they didn’t know what to say. The entire thing seemed surreal to her. “Two days earlier you’re told ‘you’re fine. Go home’. Then two days later you’re to said. Her family doctor called later that day and informed Neely that he had spoken with took a look at her cat scans, and he thought that he could tackle all of the cancer. Soon after, Neely realizes, however, that she was very fortunate. “I told them I didn’t want chemo or radiation. I wanted quality not quantity,” said N years.” Even though Neely’s cancer is completely gone, she still feels the after affects from nerves from the surgery. “You have to learn to be your own advocate. If you’re not aggressive, then it’s not still with me to this day,” Neely said. She now takes 150 Demerol* a day for her pain and burnt nerves. In 2002, the doct would disrupt the nerves from communicating pain. Neely now realizes how lucky she was. Looking back, she realizes the severe conse smoking. “It’s just not worth it,” she said. “It’s like you going to high school, college, and the life is in front of you. Cancer made me appreciate my friends, family, children, and people I Throughout the treatment of her lung cancer, Neely fired a total of three doctors. H would acquire the cancer once again in a year, so she shouldn’t get too comfortable. Monagh person any cancer patient wants to be in contact with. “One thing a patient wants when they walk out of your office is hope,” he said. “M they need.” Even though people know how unhealthy smoking is for them, they still smoke any that brings them to it. “It’s not good for you. It’s really a no win situation,” Neely said. “I was going throu father due to empazima.” Doctors know the pressure students receive to smoke. In fact, when their parents ev will become smokers is even more likely. “It’s peer pressure, and young people are all pressured to be the same way. Not smo Parents have to set an example,” said Monaghan. Smoking is a life-threatening decision. One cigarette and chances are that people co “One cigarette and your chances of addiction are ninety percent,” said Monaghan. “ choices you make. You’re entrapped before you know it.” Neely tries to reach out to those who are smokers, and now even to those who have much cigarettes can affect people’s lives; even if they’ve had just one. “It’s just not worth it,” she said. *Demerol is a pain reliever; similar to that of morphine. It’s used to treat moderate to severe


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ROAD TO << Worthy Reputation >> THE state written by KELSEY HARRIS photograph by SHELBY WOODWARD

After a long, hard fight, the Raytown South Cardinals football team did the unexpected—they made it to the state finals. Competing in the state finals is the goal of any team, but from the 4-7 record from last season, it was hard to believe that we would be one of the last two standing. To reach their goal, the team defeated their toughest competitors: Lee’s Summit West, Raymore-Peculiar, and Fort Osage. They believed in themselves and showed the fans they are far from your average team; and they did just that on November 28, 2008 at the Edward Jones Stadium in St. Louis, MO. Although the team was defeated by the Hazelwood East Spartans of St. Louis, MO, this was one of the best games they have ever played. Trailing the entire first half, the players stepped it up big time in the second half with three touchdowns; none bigger than the final touchdown giving South the lead of 34 to 33 with 30 seconds remaining in the game. South fans couldn’t hold back their cheers, shouts, and tears as the state championship was only 30 seconds from reality. The Spartans had an impressive kickoff return to the midfield with 21 seconds remaining. After a couple of completed passes by the Spartans, the defense was now facing the likely final play of the game with four seconds remaining. Fourth down and a touchdown to go, the Spartans quarterback launched a Hail Mary pass into the end zone, and the rest is history. History we all hope to move aside and make room for another shot at the 2009 state championship game. Hazelwood East-39; Raytown South-34. Training already for the 2009 season, the returning boys are more ready than ever to bring a state title home. As for the seniors, they are looking to get recruited by college scouts; they’ll be able to show people where they came from, how we play here at Raytown South, and how we ended our season with an amazing 12-2 record.

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Anticipating the spirited student section, energized cheerleaders, ecstatic dancers, and supporting parents and fans crowd the school gymnasium awaiting the much anticipated basketball season. The players this year are ready for the unexpected season ahead of them. “The team is solid and balanced,” said Miles Shelton [12]. “We have talent because we have players who can play every position; we’re athletes.” The players have worked hard during off-season to prepare for what now lies in front of them. Pushing the team beyond what he knows they’re capable of, Coach Oestreich is now preparing them to get ready for a title to add to the collection of previous awards, trophies, and titles. “My goal is to not lose at home and bring home a Conference Championship title,” said Oestreich. With high hopes of going to state, the guys are willing to work hard as a team by getting along with one another, being productive inside and outside of practice, and lay their hearts out on the court when they play. “My expectations are to win. I know we’ll be competitive,” said Coach Basemore. “But my ultimate goal is to go to state.” With new players and freshmen being welcomed onto the squad, the upperclassmen and returners from last season’s biggest goals are to be able to work together and get the job done. Shawn Henderson described this season as exciting because of the new players and hopes of working as a family. “We just want to put on a show for everybody,” said Henderson [12]. “We’ll do that by making good plays and scoring a lot of points.” Opening the season with Grandview Senior High, we were defeated by the bulldogs with the final score being 96 to 86.

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First Class, No Class

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As we head into winter, our school looks forward to another great basketball season. The girls are starting off their season with a new coaching staff, head coach Amber Bloecher, JV coach Kim Kirk and freshmen coach Mike Dryer. They are all ready to lead the Lady Cards to a great season. The team has a new motto that was brought in by Coach Bloecher, ‘FIRST CLASS, NO CLASS.’ “We want to play with character and sportsmanship, not just on the court but also in the classroom, hallways, and community,” said Coach Bloecher. The new coaching staff is a lot stricter than in past years and the girls will have to put their carefree personalities on the back burner to become a more disciplined team. “Another rule that we have is that if one of us is late, we all have to run,” said Freddie Sims [12]. With these rules and changes that have been put in place, the girls hope to exceed the expectations of the student body and fans. Their goals are to go undefeated, work hard as a team, be one of the last teams standing at the end of the season, and go to state. “We show up and work hard at practice or we don’t come at all, so we can meet our goals,” said Tanchelle Hollingsworth [11]. As their season opened Monday, December 1st against Kearney in the Winnetonka tournament, the girls started to improve and achieve these goals by working as a team and having more intensity in the second half to beat the Bulldogs 73-51.

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5:30pm: 10th BBB @ Raymore Peculiar

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JV BBB @ LSN Tourn. 4pm: GSW @ Warrensburg Community Center 4pm: 9th GBB vs. Raytown 5:15pm: 9th BBB vs. Raytown

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4pm: 9th BBB vs. Grandview 5pm: GSW @ YMCA 5:30pm: 10th BBB @ Rockhurst 6pm: WR vs. Fort Osage

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Debate and Forensics Missouri Valley Jazz Festival GSW @ Sedalia Invitational 9:30am: 9th & 10th @ Winnetonka Novice Tourn. 5:30pm: JV/V BBB vs. Rockhurst

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V BBB @ Liberty Tourn. JV BBB @ LSN Tourn. 5pm: 9th GBB @ Kearney 5pm: 9th BBB @ Fort O 5:30pm: JV/V GBB @ Belton 5:30pm: 10th BBB vs. Blue Springs

Debate and Forensics 1pm: Orchestra Concert V BBB @ Liberty Tourn. JV BBB @ LSN Tourn. 4pm: 9th GBB vs. Fort Osage 4pm: GSW Invitational @ YMCA

Debate and Forensics 9th/10th Honor Choir and All-State

5pm: 9th BBB @ Hickman Mills

Debate and Forensics 4pm: 9th GBB vs. Hickman 5pm: V WR @ Liberty Tournament 5:30pm: JV/V BBB vs. Lee’s Summit

Debate and Forensics 7pm-10pm: Courtwarming Dance

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

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olumns We, the Guinea Pigs, Unite written by JESSICA SCHEETZ EDITOR-IN-CHIEF photograph by KENNY MARSHALL

This is for all of us who are the first-born. For the ones who have bluntly experienced the unequal treatment from their parents between their siblings and themselves. For the kids who were the guinea pigs of their parent’s parenting experiment. “But you’re Mom’s favorite.” I recall my sister telling me this on numerous occasions. Any older sibling can remember the so-called injustice some parents can display. They might have bought us a cell phone when we were thirteen, and then our brother or sister a couple years prior to that. “But you’re still Mom’s favorite.” The truth of the matter is that no matter what, even if parents try to prevent it, the way they raise their first-borns are undoubtedly different than their second child. We are, unfortunately, the guinea pigs. We go through the trial and error phases to see what works with us and what doesn’t. They take notes during different observations and know that by the time our younger sibling reaches our age to try something different. “But Mom likes you more.” The first-borns, unfortunately, get the short end of the stick. We have to set the ‘example’ for our younger siblings. Therefore, every mistake we may make, no matter how small, has the eligibility of being blown out of proportion. “But Mom, clearly, loves you more.” I have experienced the unequal treatment between my sister and I in a number of ways. Mom made me work over the summer and during my spring break when I was in eighth grade. My sister is now going on sixteen and has yet to spend a day at work, I might add. “But Mom loves you more than me.” First-born children have high expectations. The weight of success is automatically piled onto our shoulders while our younger siblings are left to experience the finer things in life. While we’re busy making honor roll and participating in every school function from student council to school sports, our siblings are busy spending time as the social butterfly. “But Mom’s favorite has always been you.” Although there is always the genuine love for the first child in any parent’s lives, the love eventually grows to be evenly distributed throughout the home. The treatment between the siblings may be different, but her statement is virtually unjust. Parents don’t treat their kids differently intentionally. The fact of the matter is that they learn to be good parents through experience, and that is something that they can’t teach in schools. They learn through us, the guinea pigs.

>> THINGS THAT << siblings argue about whenever...

• ...we recognize the differences between the way our parents treat us. • ...we have to haul each other around while we’re busy hanging out with our friends. • ...we are on the phone, computer, video game system, etc. and our parents tell us that we need to “share”. • ...we go somewhere with one of our parents, and the eligibility of the front seat is open. Commonly known as “shotgun”. • ...we have to do chores around the house and it seems as if they clearly got the better end of the deal. • ...we get grounded for the same thing that one of our siblings got off easily for. • ...we need to get in the bathroom for whatever reason, and they intentionally stay in there to annoy you.

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Spread the Christmas Fear written by JULIA BIAGIOLI editor of NEWS AND FEATURES

When I think of the Christmas season, a Wal-Mart worker being trampled to death by frenzied, anxious shoppers and two people getting shot and killed over an argument at Toys R Us are not what come to mind. How such horrific things can happen during a time that is supposed to be joyous is a shock to me. It has been made very obvious that our country is in a fragile state right now and money is hard to come by. But it seems as though people have lost sight of their morals. It is hard to believe that anyone thinks it is ethical to fight about whether they got to the last stereo first, or whether they got to the line before the other customer did. Not to mention the part where most of these customers don’t even have the money to throw away on new televisions, new clothes, new this, or new that. They shouldn’t be out spending the little savings they have in the first place. The reaction of the customers when the terrible event occurred at that Wal-Mart was none other than selfishness. A death in the store did not stop hopeful buyers from continuing their shopping and did not stop them from arguing when they were asked to clear the store because of the situation. Selfishness. An innocent man had died and they were only worried about themselves and the deals they thought they were entitled to. Every year, Black Friday is one of the most hectic days, but now it is beginning to seem like a day to be scared of. There is no telling what freak accident could happen next. Instead of spreading Christmas cheer, it’s Christmas fear that is being spread. guest WRITER

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Looking Too Far Ahead

written by ERIN EDWARDS editor of OPINION

Turn on one of the many popular radio stations in Raytown, and what usually fills your ears around this time of year is lots and lots of Christmas music. Not that I have anything against most of these sleigh-bell filled jingles, but frankly I’m already annoyed by it. Star 102 or 98.1 KUDL have been playing this music since almost two weeks before the Thanksgiving holiday. It seems like in today’s society, our preoccupation with the next holiday prohibits us from living each day right now. For example, imagine it’s Valentine’s Day and you’ve been planning something special with your special someone for over a month and you need to take a last-minute trip to your local Wal-Mart for that finishing touch. However, instead of hearts and kisses, you’re surrounded with by dancing leprechauns and four-leaf-clovers. Something’s not right here. Or have you ever wondered just how early they’ll put out that Halloween candy before it becomes expired? Some people even leave their Christmas tree up all year round. Sure it’s a joyous time, but do they really need all that time to decorate? We are always looking ahead to the next holiday or next big even that it seems we loose our present time to enjoy the simpler things in life, and we can’t slow down or we’ll get overwhelmed with more planning. Some people are the kinds of people that count down days until their birthday, when one day, they’ll realize they don’t have that many left! But now it’s too late to slow down because the time is always ticking. I think if each person doesn’t jump ahead, people will enjoy the time they have right now because after all, you only have one life to live.

Regret Your Mistakes Or Regret Nothing? written by DANIELLE BOOS editor of SPORTS

If you could re-live certain times in your life and take back the things that didn’t go the way you wanted, then life would be great, right? They say regret only holds you back. And from personal experience, I agree. Regret is sort of like thriving on the past, only thinking about what happened and all the things you wish you would have done differently. And when you regret something, it’s like putting 50 extra pounds on your shoulders, making it that much harder to learn and go forward. Everyone makes mistakes in their life and wishes they could re-make a couple decisions for a better outcome. For me, over my high school years I used to regret a lot. Every time I made a mistake the first thing I would do is regret and that’s all I would think about until that time moved on. Now all I regret… is having so much regret. If you go your whole life with regretting every little thing you do wrong, you are only hurting yourself. Making mistakes, owning up to them, and learning from them is what builds character and turns you into the person you’re going to become as an adult.

Speaking Out

written by CIARA TYLER

For the high school participants, wouldn’t you and your team love to be honored every time you go to state? No matter what activity we participate in, we all should get honored in the same way for our achievements. Why is it that the football team not only got one assembly for making it to semi-finals, but a second for going to state? I’m not saying that the football team doesn’t deserve it, but do they really need two separate assemblies? Our track team goes to state every year, and we have never had an assembly. Boys basketball has been to state, and they have never been honored on the same level with an assembly. If the school feels the football team needs to be honored, they could at least wait until the season is over when all of the achievements could be honored all at one time. All of the other activities get recognized at either the homecoming or courtwarming pep ralley assemblies, and when we’re honored there it’s not really an honoring because it’s just the coaches talking for about 30 seconds and the participants standing up in the crowd. I am very proud of the football team for making it to state this year for the very first time ever. Since they got honored in such a big way it wouldn’t be fair if the other activities didn’t get honored at all. (Want your voice heard in the paper? submit your work by room 117 and let us know!) sed ec08

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