The Spartan Muse Man Kidnapped In Pakistan Last year a 70-year-old U.S. citizen was kidnapped in Pakistan, and has now made an emotional plea to President Barak Obama, asking him to meet al Qaeda’s demands in order to save his life, according to a video, which was less than three minutes long, released on several Islamist websites on Sunday, May 6th. In the video Warren Weinstein said "My life is in your hands, Mr. President, if you accept the demands, I live. If you don't accept the demands, then I die." Weinstein, was abducted in August from his home in the city of Lahore. In December, al Qaeda claimed responsibility for his capture. Ayman al-Zawahiri the leader of the terror network, listed eight demands, and if they were met, they would release Weinstein. The demands related to issues in the Middle East, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Somalia. Al Qaeda's demands include the lifting of the blockade on movement of people and trade between Egypt and Gaza; an end to bombing by the United States and its allies in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia and Gaza; the release of anyone arrested on charges of belonging to al Qaeda and the Taliban; the release of all prisoners in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and American secret prisons and the closure of Guantanamo and the other prisons; the release of terrorists convicted in the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center; and the release of
relatives of Osama bin Laden. In the video Weinstien said "It is important that you accept these demands and act quickly and don't delay.” He made references to Obama's daughters and to his own children. Weinstein also said that he wanted to let his wife know that he was "fine and well." In August, Weinstein's kidnappers managed to overcome the three security guards tasked with protecting him. As the guards prepared for the meal before the Ramadan fast, three men knocked at the front gate and offered food for the meal -- a traditional practice among Muslims during the holy month of Ramadan, according to the Lahore police. Once the gate was opened, the three men forced their way in, while five others entered the house from the back, tied up the guards and duct-taped their mouths, according to the police. They pistolwhipped the driver and forced him to take them to Weinstein's room, where they hit Weinstein on the head with a pistol and forced him out of the house and into a waiting car, the police said. A police official said in August that three suspects had been arrested in Weinstein's kidnapping. Weinstein was working for J.E. Austin Associates Inc., a consulting firm based in Arlington, Virginia when he was kidnapped. According to U.S officials, the United States will not bargain with Al Qaeda over the life of Weinstein. "We don't make concessions to terrorists," State Department spokesman Mark Toner said when asked whether the United States would meet the demands contained in the video.
The Graduation Project is a project that begins your junior year and continues into your senior year. The project consists of four components: research paper, portfolio, product and oral presentation. Through this project, students learn various, specific skills. It teaches the students to learn time management, confidence in public speaking and problem solving skills. Most students stress and panic about this major grade for their senior year because it takes a lot of time and effort to complete it. Two students were interviewed about the progress of their project and their thoughts about their presentations. Ben Turnmire, a senior at South said his stress comes from making sure him and his mentor do not mess up on presentation night. His product is learning shag dances and choreographing one himself with his mentor. He feels like the product is going to be a hassle for his mentor getting a dance together in time for the big night. Lauren Silvers, also a senior at South was interviewed on her project as well. Her project is on being a nurse anesthetist and she is worried about what to say on presentation night. She is not stressing about the project itself but mainly what to say in that long amount of time. It is very easy to stress about this project! Papers need to be due on their due dates, mentor hours must be completed and the portfolio has to be just right and ready to go. This is a project that should be taken very seriously but at the same time, you should enjoy learning new things about something you would like to do.
By: Beka Fulbright & Tori Hall
Baseball Conference Champions going in the third inning. Jake Macchia had a lead off base hit and Gage Parham reached first base on a walk, setting the stage for Bryson Bowman to come through with a three-run homerun, to put the Spartans ahead 4-0. The Tornadoes kept fighting but pitcher Spencer Greer crushed their hopes of rallying to keep their chances alive. The game ended with a final score of 4-0, earning the Conference Tournament Championship for the Spartans. Spencer Greer was the winning pitcher for this game, and he also received tournament MVP. Congratulations to the baseball team and good luck to them as they begin the playoffs today at home, beginning at 6:30! The cost to get in is $6.00. By: Lauren Silvers & Jake Macchia
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The Spartan baseball team participated in the Northwestern 3A/4A Conference Championship last week on Friday and Saturday May 5-6, 2012 at M.S Deal Stadium. Since the Spartans won the overall conference, they received a first round buy, which allowed them to play only two days rather than three. To start off the tournament for the Spartans, on Friday they played against the St. Stephens Indians who had beaten Hibriten on Tuesday to advance to the second round of the tournament. This game was a nail biter as the two teams battled out the whole seven innings, tied at 2-2 going into the bottom of the seventh inning. A passed ball allowed Anthony Rossi to advance home for the win over the Indians 3-2. Garrison Franklin was the winning pitcher for this game, and pitched a complete seven innings. On Saturday, the Spartans played the Hickory Tornadoes who defeated Watauga on Friday, placing them into the championship game against the Spartans. The game had a slow start, but the Spartans quickly picked up the pace as they got their bats
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Varsity Baseball & Varsity Softball Playoffs– 1st Round
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Academy Awards Golf State Tournament
May 15 • Academic Excellence– 6:30 • Varsity Baseball & Softball Playoffs– 2nd Round May 17 • Band Concert– 7:30 • Varsity Baseball & Softball Playoffs– 3rd Round May 19th • Prom!! May 21st • Senior Presentation Night!
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Mother’s Day Mother's Day is always celebrated on the second Sunday in May which falls on May 13th this year. Anna Jarvis of West Virginia originally started the holiday in 1908 to show appreciation to mothers, but it wasn't until 1914 that President Woodrow Wilson made it a national holiday. Mother's Day is one of the most important days of the year for moms. It is a day when moms can sit back and relax while their children and spouses show appreciation for them. Mother's Day gives moms a break from doing all of their normal daily tasks. It is a day to honor your mom and let her know just how much she means to you.
made card. Mother's Day gifts become more creative every year. Some of the popular gifts this year are Edible Arrangements and personalized jewelry. Although many purchase gifts for this special occasion some serve their moms breakfast in bed or simply just do something nice. This year make sure you take time to celebrate your mom even the simplest thing can make her day. By: Lakota Haskett & Brittany Mortez
Mother's Day is celebrated in many ways some spend the day with their mothers while others purchase gifts. Flowers, cards, jewelry, and hand-crafted items are some of the gifts mothers receive. Most retail stores have really good sales around Mother's Day so you can get your mom or wife the perfect gift without exceeding your budget. Some children decide to give their mom a heartfelt gift such as a home-
Should Students Pay The Debt? Caldwell County Schools have recently announced that they would like to hire a collection agency to collect the $32,000 owed to schools by students for lunches. The agency would collect a fee of as much as 50% depending on the age of the debt. At the beginning of the year, students receive a Free and Reduced Lunch Application. The requirements are based on how many people are in the family, and what the income is. Per year, for a family of four to qualify for this application, the income must not be over $41,348. If the students don’t turn this form in then they will have to pay for their lunch, and when they fail to pay, that’s where the debt mentioned above comes from.
well County Schools. The student with the largest amount of debt, being $465.57, comes from Happy Valley. The least amount due by student’s is Granite Falls Elementary School is $141.85. The school with the largest debt is West Caldwell High School with a total amount being $3,900.39. We asked Mrs. Powell from the cafeteria what her thoughts were on this topic, she replied with, “They should just pay their lunches, they don’t eat at McDonald’s for free. I would gladly give out free lunch, but no one turns the forms in.” A possibility of why students don’t turn in the application is because they might be embarrassed, or maybe just too lazy.
Spartan Spotlight Mrs. Reising has been a Business and Marketing teacher here for two years, as well as the volleyball coach. She worked at a school in Virginia for five years and Gamewell Middle School for three years before coming here. She’s originally from Virginia and attended Radford University. Her favorite color is green, and she likes any kind of music besides Bluegrass. She has two kids, Tatum, 10 years old, and Mason, 7 years old. In her free time she likes to play with her kids and cook. She wanted us to mention that she is also the Deca Sponsor and the Deca store will be opening in Fall 2012. Drew Crowe is a Senior this year. His plan after high school is to join the Air force. He is originally from New York and moved here in the 7th grade. His favorite color is pinto, his favorite music is Polka (German music), and his favorite actress is Jennifer Aniston. In his free time he likes to go to the lake and hangout with friends. Two things he wants us to know about him is that he is an incredible hula dancer and he has a big collection of morph suits, which are full body, skintight suits. By: Abby Parrish & Tori Robinson
The much anticipated movie The Avengers, was released last Friday. It is about a team of superheros who must stop a villian named Loki from taking over the world. Tony Stark, Iron Man, the witty billionaire who has a high tech suit of armor that is played by Robert Downey Jr. Chris Hemsworth, Thor, the god of thunder cast down to earth from Asgard as punishment for his actions on another world. Dr. Bruce Banner, The Hulk, a scientist that made a mistake during an experiment and can now turn into an The $31,749 includes the debt from By: Tiffani Johnson & Thomas Redding unstoppable green giant, is played by Mark Ruffalo. Chris students that have withdrawn from CaldEvans played as Captain America, a wimpy boy that wanted to join the army and got his chance when asked to participate in an experimental branch of the mllitary, he Teacher Appreciation Week was genetically modified and became a super soldier. Black Widow played by Scarlett Johansson is a master spy This was Teacher Appreciation Hayes for being a good teacher to intertwine Week. The teachers were given gifts life with school work and make it more inter- and assassin and Hawkeye who is played by Jeremy for all their hard work that they do. esting, she is not only a teacher to the students Renner is an elite archer. They are only human but they make up a crucial part of the team and they pull their Monday: Breakfast and Gift provided but a friend. Lauren Arrington appreciates weight. You can't have a team without a captain and Samby the Administration. Tuesday: Beta Mrs. Ponti because she says not only is she a rd uel L. Jackson who played, Dr. Fury, the leader and boss of regular teacher to the students but she is like club provided “goodies” during 3 the school mom. Colby Davis appreciates Mr. the A-list superheroes, couldn't have done better. As most period. Wednesday: PTO Luncheon superhero movies go, you would need some sort of villian Setzer for always being there to brighten up and student Council Notes from the students. Thursday: Gift Certificates his day as well as other students. Sara Howard to fight. Loki, who is played by Tom Hiddleston, is also a god from Asgard but he is determined to take over Earth. from Hardee's and some other items. appreciates Mr. In order to take over Earth Loki must obtain the Friday: PTO breakfast for PTO Mem- Bumgarner because he Tesseract which is a cube of limitless potential bers. We thought we would interview always makes the class energy but it is in the hands of S.H.I.E.L.D, Dr. laugh and never fails to some of the students from South Fury's worldwide law enforcement and espioCaldwell that appreciated their teach- make her smile. We nage agency. The Avengers set some records in ers. Shelby Holder appreciates Mr. think as students of the box office. It grossed $207.4 million for the Perry for making jokes with her in South Caldwell our weekend beating Harry Potter and the Deathly class about getting to class on time teachers and staff go Hallows Part 2 by over $30 million making it and how he acts shocked when she is above and beyond to the largest opening weekend for a movie in in class, she told us it just makes her teach and help us in history. It also beat Harry Potter and the day and makes her smile. Colton life. Deathly Hallows Part 2 by setting the new reGreene appreciates Mr. Kohnle for cord for largest opening weekend for a 3D film, the jokes he makes in class and how and highest IMAX gross during an opening By: Kristin Mull, he makes class fun to learn. Deanna weekend. This weekend I plan on going to see Tabitha Nelson, & Dancy appreciates Mr. Settlemyre for it. Everyone I know that I know has said it is being a good teacher and helping her Katilyn Oder amazing and I want to prove them right. with her career choice later on in life. London Bradshaw appreciates Mrs. By: Jake Klutz & Tanner Reese