South Pointe High School
Rock Hill, S.C.
Homecoming blends new and old traditons Ashli Simmons Reporter
Art Illustrated by Taylor Snyder
South Pointe’s school spirit is back on track with new traditions, according to students, teachers and staff. Teachers Blair Enoch and Sarah Ellis are kicking the year off with a bang by having spirit weeks and involving the crowed in the pep-rally. The pep rallies include performances by cheerleaders, STUDS and the principals as the Black Eyed Peas. They’re trying to get more input by having students vote in Pointe time. “What is a spirit couch?” asked Kendra Harris. It’s a new tradition that was made to get students more excited about the games, by being able to sit closer to the field with friends. Free food is provided by Student Council. They get a lot of ideas from students, like pie-ing the coaches, and the teacher mob which was open to all teachers to join. They hope to keep the school spirit up by having another pep-rally for the basketball season.
Varsity football captains (left to right) Corey Neely, JaRyan Jennings, Montay Crocket and Tay Hicklin, along with other players, showed support for Breast Cancer Awareness month at the Oct. 14 game against Fairfield Central.
Catherine Allen/SPiN Daniela Prada/Contributor
Senior Jarvis Carter (far left), winner of the spirit couch raffle on Friday, Oct. 14, sits with four friends: (left to right) senior Latisha Degraffenreid, senior Renada Massey, junior Jaculla Carter and senior Lakisha Belzaire. The spirit couch is a VIP treatment, one of the new traditions started by student council.
Freshman head football coach Lance Roberts anticpates a pie in the face by sophomore Lavale Degraffenreid at the homecoming pep rally on Oct. 14. Throughout homecoming week student council sold raffle tickets for the chance to pie teachers, students and coaches.
(left to right) Juniors Jamie Campbell, Mary Campbell Kellett, Langston Kennedy, Natalie Deas, Bailey Oliver, Mary Hannah Neil, Cal Leslie, Christina Suaso, William Robbins, Tabatha Cline and Brittney Miles represent their school spirit during the homecoming pep rally.
Catherine Stiers News Editor
Student’s idea “Well Worth It” Catherine Stiers News editor
Did you know that nearly one billion people lack access to clean water, 320 million people in Africa alone? Although Africa is home to an abundance of lakes and rivers, the water is often contaminated with dangerous bacteria. Drinking this contaminated water can cause diarrhea, parasites, cholera, botulism and an array of other potentially deadly diseases. According to the United Nation’s website, 3.5 million people die each year from these diseases. If clean sources of water could be provided, millions of lives could be saved. Senior Kaitlin Ebeling heard of the water problems in Africa the summer before her sophomore year and decided to do something about it. “I knew I wanted the Bible Study to do something to help others,” she said on the group she founded two years ago. “I always had a special place in my heart for Africa,” she said. She began a fundraising effort at South Pointe in association with The Water Project. She called the effort Well Worth It. “I knew I couldn’t go drill the well myself, so I had to find an organization that could. I found The Water Project, an organization that builds wells in various places in Africa, and one that accepts donations and lets you fund your own project…it was perfect,” she said. She then began to design a logo, tshirts and a webpage to promote the ven-
ture. When Principal Al Leonard heard of the project, he was impressed. “It’s an outstanding project. I commend the students for addressing the needs of those less fortunate,” he said. After receiving permission from Leonard, Ebeling began trying to find sponsors and getting t-shirts printed. She
said her biggest obstacle was getting people on board. “I’m a student without a job and I didn’t have an endless amount of money to get a project like this going. I sent out thousands of emails explaining what Well Worth It was and asking for donations,” she said. One company donated 50 free t-shirts and another gave three large, printed banners to hang up in the school. This year, Well Worth It received an additional 100 t-shirts. Yet another company recently donated 100 bracelets. The goal is to collect the $6,000 needed to construct a well in a Kenyan village. Anywhere from 500 to 1,000 people will benefit from access to healthy drinking water. “It will literally save people’s lives,” said Ebeling. The money would also go towards educating the villagers on the benefits of a clean water source. The Well Worth It project is currently in its second year. As of now, the project has raised $1,429.44. Catherine Stiers/ SPIN Although Well Worth It The 2011 Well Worth It t-shirts can be bought at lunch for $10. began as a small school ex-
ploit, Ebeling hopes it will expand, though this is her last year at South Pointe. She hopes to get the other local high schools involved and wants to bring it with her to college. If you want to help, you can drop by the Well Worth It table during lunch on Tuesdays and Thursdays to donate. Well Worth It t-shirts are also offered for $3 and $10. All t-shirt money collected goes straight to The Water Project.
“I always had a special place in my heart for Africa... I knew I couldn’t go drill the well myself, so I had to find an organization that could.”
SPHS remembers Bunlang Ly Catherine Stiers News editor South Pointe student Bunlang Ly passed away this summer after surgery for a brain tumor. On what would have been Bunlang’s 19th birthday, a group comprised of Bunlang’s teachers, friends and fellow classmates gathered in the Media Center for a memorial service in her honor. Members of South Pointe’s concert choir encircled the room. “One of Bunlang’s favorite days of the year was when Ms. (Beverly) Laney’s students came to sing Christmas carols in our room,” said Missy Pusey, teacher of the Profoundly Mentally Disabled (PMD) class. The ceremony began with the song “Adoramus Te.” While the chorus sang, a slideshow depicting Bunlang’s life at South Pointe was projected onto a screen. One photo from 2007 shows her at a fall fair. A photo from Christmas of 2010 shows Bunlang with Santa Claus. In another, she is looking out the window from her classroom. Many students remember Bunlang as “The Girl in the Window” because she would peer out into the hallways after lunch to watch the other students walk by. Those who knew her well said she was always happy, no matter what was going on or how she was feeling that day. “Dandelion children and Orchid chil-
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(top) Bunlang’s classmates release balloons in her honor. (bottom) The memorial bench which sits outside near the teachers’ parking lot. Catherine Stiers/ SPIN
dren grow and bloom anywhere in just about any conditions. They are resilient and strong. Orchid children need very special care and attention or they will never bloom. But when they do bloom, they are unique and beautiful. We will miss our beautiful Orchid,” said the memorial slideshow’s text. Pusey thanked everyone for their donations to pay for Bunlang’s medication after she turned 18 and became ineligible for assistance from the Children’s Rehabilitative Services. South Pointe, along with the community of Rock Hill, came together and raised almost $15,000 to buy her medication. The remaining money will be going towards a foundation to help other students with special needs. After the conclusion of the song and slideshow, Pusey spoke on her memories of Bunlang. “Her joy was contagious,” she said, and the room nodded in agreement. Outside, Pusey and her students released a bouquet of red and white balloons, which sailed beyond the roof of the school and into the sky. A memorial bench was constructed in Bunlang’s honor and has been placed outside where Bunlang’s classmates wait for their bus every afternoon. On the long white bench the words “For Our Friend, Bunlang Ly” have been painted. Pusey invited everyone to come and sit on the bench and remember Bunlang.
Abigail Norby Opinion editor
District should update technology Daniela Prada Contributor It takes seven minutes to download a paper from an inbox to print it. It takes two minutes to log out of your email account. It takes one minute and a half to pay the media specialist for printing the paper and to walk into the hallway. It takes three minutes, maybe three and a half, to get your things from your locker and to walk to class, only to realize the paper you printed is wrong. To come back and figure everything out, that takes six minutes. To finally be ready in the classroom before the second bell sounds? Well, too bad, you’re late. That is an example of the ordeal we have to go through to get a paper ready to turn into a teacher. And that does not even mention writing the paper on school computers that may or may be functioning right during the class time given for using them. Nevertheless, some teachers require computers for papers and projects. Of the teachers who replied to an email about this requirement, eight classes required typing or projects in PowerPoint. Just five of them have computers in the same classroom, six or so computers that must be used by a class of sometimes more than 30 students. Of course teachers also check out the laptop cart or take students to the labs with desktops. The total number of computers here at South Pointe is 609, according to Danny Chapman, the instructional technology support person for the district who worked here full-time until the district reassigned each support person to more than one
school. South Pointe has a population of 1435 students, according to registrar Christine Miller. We have far to few computers for the number of students. Also, students need tools that work well and are in optimal condition. The actual condition of most of South Pointe’s computers is decrepit. They are old; some of them are in really bad condition and are run slowly. Though they work with new software, the memory, the capacity and the speed do not run the software well. The network often runs very slowly, or is down when you need the internet. “The reason that we have different models is due to how computer models change so often. We started with new models, but these are outdated in months as newer models are purchased and put in schools. We will continue to change out and put in newer computers as the Network Director plans these changes and upgrades based on school needs,” Chapman said in an email. Last year Midway Elementary School in North Carolina gave to each classroom a Macintosh laptop. Lakeview Middle School in Greenville, S.C., has great computers for each class, said Oscar Prada, an English teacher that works at Lakeview. Lakeview is a Title 1 school, which means they receive help from the state and federal government. It is also located in the Greenville County district, which is rather large for South Carolina. The annual budget for this district has technology development as a priority. Each classroom has an average of 30-35 laptops for the students’ use. It is a fact that the people in the school need technology that fits their needs. The smart boards are a great help for the teachers. However, the students have to copy the information on the board exactly as if it was written on an older white board. So, how is this new technology helping the students? However, technology is just not about
computers, white-boards, yellow calculators, smart phones and that kind of stuff. Technology could help us meet a basic need--hunger. The first issue of the seventh volume of SPIN described a situation about seniors being able to leave South Pointe to eat lunch out and get other kinds of food. It is not a secret that most students do not like the idea of eating in the cafeteria; some people decide to buy their food and bring it to school. It is almost certain that during the lunch time the food is going to be cold, not fresh. If someone brings spaghetti they are probably going to want to eat it warm; but where can they go to heat the food? This school does not have any microwaves for student use. One mile from South Pointe, there is a middle school, Saluda Trail. It has just one microwave for the students’ use. It is not enough, but is preferable to have one than not. So, why can’t we have up-to-date technology accessible to all Stallions? Is it about a budget or management? Why has education been left out of the technology revolution? Technology may be the best way to reach us and teach us, rather than using textbooks, chalkboards and projection screens previous generations preferred. Schools typically use technology to automate and support existing practices, rather than to transform learning. Computers and white-boards have been placed in classrooms and have been plugged into the Internet, but little has been done to use the new technology to reshape the school day, the classroom, the curriculum or the ways in which students and teachers interact. Students’ needs do not wait. Time has passed and to do many things people need to work efficiently. We live in a district that has wonderful schools. Some of them have a great technology, some of them have quality technology but some of them need optimal technology.
Pointe Time: what’s the point? Pointe Time, the 25-minute block with advisers held every Friday, is intended to be a time to complete homeroom paperwork It is also intended to help students by giving them an anchor, by having them remain with the same teacher all four years of high school, but is it working? Pointe Time supervising teachers Staci Dreher and Laura Limerick explained that the lessons delivered to teachers via email were designed to help students. “It helps in two ways,” Limerick said. “Students, as freshmen, would stay with the same students and teachers for four years and build relationships. It helps students with life skills.” However, many teachers, all of whom wished to stay off the record, stated that they do not receive the email containing the Pointe Time lesson until Friday morning. As a result, they do not have enough time to open and properly review the lesson before Pointe Time begins. Junior Maiya Dickerson fails to see the benefit of Pointe Time. “It, as well as 212, is a waste of time,” she said. Dick-
A student voting for Homecoming Queen in her Pointe Time class. Students do a variety of school spirit activities, including designing T-shirt and decorating doors.
erson went on to say that she would not prefer another class in place of Pointe Time because she wouldn’t know what it would be. Junior Alexis Williams said she feels that her Pointe Time teacher does not care
about her and that she would rather that time be used as a socializing period. C.O.L.T.S. Academy teacher Raymond Patenaude is a fan of Pointe Time, “especially because I have freshmen, because it makes the school smaller for them.” Students complain that the lessons are the same every year, but teachers denied that claim. They said that lessons stay the same for each grade level, so next year’s freshmen will have the same lessons as this year’s freshmen. Each year the depth of the lesson, even if it is on the same topic, changes to match the age of the students. Most schools do not have their adviser blocks weekly. It might make more sense for Pointe Time to meet twice a month rather than weekly. More importantly, though, the content of Pointe Time lessons should be changed so that each grade has its own set of relevant topics, rather than having the same topics every year with lessons that students cannot perceive as any different from the year before.
Editors and Reporters of SPiN work on this month’s newspaper, working with many difficulties with computers along the way, including frozen computers and recurring pop ups.
SCSPA 2010 Palmetto Award Winner 2010 SCSPA Swipestakes Award Winnner STAFF Editor-in-chief...................Taylor Snyder Managing editor..................Ciara Burris News editor..................Catherine Stiers Features editor................Sydney Cloud Student Life...........................Erin Fields Assitant student life editor....Holly Knox Opinion editor..................Abigail Norby Centerspread editor.........Mary-Hannah Neil Assitant centerspread editor.......Natalie Deas Sports editor..................Wade Hopper Photography editor...............Marie Ealy Copy Editor......................Blake Roberts Webmaster..............................Alex Culp Reporters........................Kaylia Givens Ashli Simmons Kendra Harris Brandon Crank Quinterrace Ervin Katherine Johnson Contributors....................Daniela Prada Manzey Miller Executive Producer of SPiN in the morning......Catherine Allen Artist..........................Stephanie Nelson Adviser.................................Cindy Koon Principal...............................Al Leonard, 2009 Journalism Education Association Administrator of the Year
Sydney Cloud Features editor
‘How much air I will NeedtoBreathe’ Katherine Johnson Reporter With a southern rock sound like Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers mixed together with Mumford and Sons, a lead singer with a voice like that of Kings of Leon, and lyrics with Christian undertones like that of Switchfoot or Relient K, NeedtoBreathe is all of these, yet at the same time a band of their own. Releasing their fourth album “The Reckoning” on Sept. 20, as well as being the opening act for the current Taylor Swift tour, it’s been nothing but success for these guys. NeedtoBreathe is definitely a band worth checking out. Coming from a small town of Possum Kingdom, S.C, brothers Bear and Bo Rinehart were a preacher’s sons named after the legendary Alabama football coach, Bear Bryant. They were taught to play guitar, piano and sing at a very young age. Bear excelled in football at his high school, and went on to play for the Furman University Paladins where he began the band with an old time friend Joe Stillwell, who would later be the drummer of NeedtoBreathe. Joined by Bear’s younger brother Bo and Seth Bolt, an audio engineer major and Bassist Seth Bolt long time friend, the band was performes live. complete. The band began He is a long-time playing in clubs and bars in a friend of the Rinesmall circuit close to home hart brothers. around the southeast, and as more people heard their music, the more they spread out through the country. In the almost 11 years that the band has been together, they have released four albums produced in their own studio in Charleston, SC called Old Plantation Studios, owned by bass player Seth Bolt. The band has produced several hits such as “Lay Em Down,” “Washed by the Water,” “Nothing Left to Lose” and the most popular, “Something Beautiful” which appeared in the 2010 film “When in Rome” and an “Overstock.com” commercial that aired in the fall of 2010.
Their latest album “The Reckoning” has skyrocketed on the charts, being number one on the Rock and Christian charts on iTunes, number two on the overall charts. On Billboard, the album was placed number six on the overall music charts, only on their first week of releasing the album, with over 50,000 sales. Owning the other three albums from NeedtoBreathe, I could definitely tell how much this band has grown and changed in this album. With upbeat toe-tapping songs like “Drive all Night” and “Slumber”, lyrical ballads like “A Place Only You Can Go” and “Able” and straight up rock songs like title song “The Reckoning” and “The Devil’s Been Talkin,” there is literally a song to fit whatever mood I’m in at the time. The musical talents these guys have are immeasurably good. They NeedtoBreathe members Bo Rinehart, Joe Stillwell, Bear went out of their way to use instruments like the banjo, Rinehart, and Seth Bolt. mandolin, organ and odd percussion instruments like Folgers coffee cups and a box of Nerds candy to really wrap every element that they could into their songs. I pre-ordered the album off of iTunes, and as soon as it was downloaded on to my iPod, I found myself having it on repeat quite often and not wanting to listen to anything else. The thing that bugs me about this band is the fact that they’re getting too big too fast. I don’t know about you, but I would much rather pay $20 and have a better chance of being up close to the band at their concert than spend $60 or more on a seat where I’m yards away from them in an arena. I’m hoping that they stay true to what they love, and continue to play in small venues for their fans. I was confused as to why they’re touring with Country/Pop artist Taylor Swift because they sound nothing alike and they attract a much more mature audience. In recent interviews, NeedtoBreathe stated that they were asked by Swift herself to open for her because she was a big fan of the band. I feel as if by touring with Swift, they’re not singing for their real fans and I don’t want them to in any way be related to her and the type of music she plays because they are on a much different level than she is. I’ve been a fan of NeedtoBreathe for about two years now, having owned all of their albums and watching them progress over the years, but even with their first album “Daylight,” they’ve always been an incredibly talented band with lyrics that have meaning and heart behind them. “The Reckoning” is just a true testimony of how amazing and skilled this band is. It’s an album that honestly everyone can find at least one song that they can like and relate to, and that’s hard to find sometimes. This album, as well as the band gets two thumbs way up, and five out of five stars. I would definitely encourage you to look them up on YouTube or iTunes and hear a few of their songs and I can guarantee you won’t be disappointed.
Tracks on ‘The Reckoning’
1. Oohs and Aahs 2. White Fences 3. Drive All Night 4. A Place Only You Can Go 5. Slumber 6. The Reckoning 7. Able 8. Maybe They’re On to Us 9. Wanted Man 10. Keep Your Eyes Open 11. Tyrant Kings 12. Devil’s Been Talkin’ 13. Angel At My Door 14. Learn to Love
Faculty and students rock popular hair style Quinterrace Ervin Reporters In South Pointe, or any high school, most of the students are a reflection of the current trends. One of the many trends that continue to gain popularity is dreadlocks. You can assume that most of the students got them for superficial reasons, but there are also many teachers with dreads. To find out why a teacher would get this hairstyle SPIN interviewed Mr. and Mrs. Patterson. French teacher Mr. Andre Patterson recently got rid of his dreads so he was interviewed first. When asked why he got them in the first place he responded by saying, “Back in 2000, I wanted a change. I wanted something that represented my heritage.” He said he cut them off because, “After 11 years, I thought it was time for a change.” Next, Patterson was asked if he felt that some people got dreads for a reason. He said, “Yes, to make a political, cultural or social statement.” Patterson went on to say that he believes that dreads are not just a trend, but a way of life, and that he would consider getting them again if his hair grows back.
retta Patterson, was questioned about her personal opinions about dreads. She said that she got dreads because it was a style that she wanted at the time which was a reflection of her natural hair. She also believes that the style itself is beautiful. She, too, got rid of her dreads and her reason being was, “I wanted to have more options with my natural hair. I just needed a change.” Another faculty member with dreads is Assistant Principle Denise Khaalid. Khaalid believes that dreads have become a trend and that makes them more acceptable, but professionally they are uncommon. Her hair has been what is considered natural since 1999. She saw dreads as the option of getting a style while remaining natural.Khaalid also stated that
Next English and History Programmer, Mrs. Robe-
1. “Because I was getting tired of braids.” 2. “No special reason.” 3. “No more growth.”
Zay Zay Williams, Senior
1.Why did you get dreads? 2. Is there a special reason you got dreads? 3. What length do you want your dreads to be? 1. “Because I wanted to try something different.” 2. “No special reason.” 3. “Long, like Bob Marley.”
Brandon Barber, Junior
1. “Because my cousins were my inspiration.” 2. “Because all my cousins had them, so I wanted them.” 3. “Down my back.”
1. “I got dreads because that was something I wanted.” 2. “I thought they were cool because my brothers have them.” 3. “Top of my shoulders.” 1. “Because I wanted to try something new.” 2. “Because all my brothers had them.” 3. “Down to my butt.”
TaCori Brock, Junior
Montay Crocket, Senior
Photos by Kendra Harris
Brief lesson on history of Halloween
Every year, Cherry Place Farms grows pumpkins for the Halloween season. Pumpkins have become an icon for Halloween only recently in history.
Blake Roberts Copy editor Out of all of the holidays Americans celebrate, Halloween is one of the most divisive. “Everyone knows that Halloween is (my) favorite holiday,” said Ivy Mai Doan, a junior, through a Facebook questionnaire. On the flip side of the coin, Eduard Krasnov, a junior, said “I hate it. It is a perversion of the original holiday.” Despite this, the history of Halloween can be a mystery. Halloween originated with the Celtic New Year, or Samhain, which corresponds with Oct. 31 on the Gregorian calendar. It was primarily recognized in Gaul, which included Britain, France, and some parts of Germany. The Gauls used Samhain to celebrate the end of the harvest. They also believed the doors between this world and the next would open, allowing the dead to return to the land of the living, while the living could enter the land of the dead. One of the iconic symbols of Halloween, a Jack-oLantern made out of a pumpkin, was not originally part
of the Samhain tradition, since pumpkins didn’t naturally grow in Europe. “In Ireland and Scotland and probably Britain, before the Anglo-Saxons came, they used turnips and would decorate turnips,” said Michael Scoggins, president of the Confederation of South Carolina Local History Societies in a phone interview. They would also light fires in their homes that would last through the night to ward off unfavorable influences. Or as Doan put it, “…put out Jack-o-Lanterns to scare away spirits, yada, you get candy.” The holiday was Christianized during the Middle Ages by the Catholics. Samhain was renamed All Hallows Eve, or the evening before All Hallows Day, which honored all of Christianity’s saints, especially the ones that did not have a day all to themselves. The Catholics chose to replace Samhain with All Hallows Eve in order to make it easier for the pagans to convert. However, many Gauls remembered the ways of Samhain, despite celebrating All Hallows Eve. The ghostly visitors became evil intruders, and people set out food and drinks on their doorsteps to please the spirits. Other rituals, such as drinking apple cider and bobbing for
A giant pumpkin sits on display at Cherry Place Farms. Originally, turnips were used in place of pumpkins for Jack-o-Lanterns, since pumpkins aren’t native to Europe.
apples persevered and still continue to this day. Over the centuries people began to dress up as these monsters and performed tricks and in exchange, they received food. This was called mumming, and it eventually evolved into trick-ortreat. Halloween as most know it did not become common in South Carolina until after World War II. South Carolina was settled mostly by ScottIrish Presbyterians, who were highly conservative. These settlers did not celebrate holidays, including Halloween and Christmas. They were strictly religious and found such holidays to be sacrilegious and heretical.
As Halloween became more common, so did vandalism. According to Michael Scoggins, vandalism occurs quite often, but it’s usually on a local level. In South Carolina, vandalism has never received national attention. There have not been any reported cases of poisoned candies or apples in South Carolina. In fact, poisoned candies have been dismissed as an urban myth. This puritanical mindset has given way to a far more liberal one that allows children of all ages to dress up and under adult supervision, go door to door collecting candy and other goodies from their neighbors and friends. As Reid Motsinger, junior, said through Facebook, “It’s ok…I don’t see it as a religious event…I’m Baptist.” Whatever your opinion on Halloween is, it has been around for thousands of years, and will most likely stick around for a few thousand more. Editor’s Note: Information in this article can be found at the American Folklife Center’s website at http:// www.loc.gov/folklife/halloween.html.
Roasted pumpkin seed recipe Blake Roberts Copy editor While they aren’t exactly a century-old culinary tradition, roasted pumpkin seeds are an easy way to make a Halloween treat. Plus, it’s a good way to get rid of all of those seeds after you carve a Jack-o-Lantern. Unless you carved out a turnip, in which case, I can’t help you. 1. Wash the pumpkin seeds three times. 2. Dry the pumpkin seeds. 3. Set the oven to 350 degrees. 4. Spread the pumpkin seeds onto a pan. 5. Add vegetable oil so the seasoning will stick. 6. Put them in the oven for twelve minutes. 7. Remove the seeds from the oven. 8. Apply more seasoning. 9. Allow the seeds to cool for ten minutes.
Race to acceptance
Sydney Cloud and Abigail Norby Features and opinion editors “I was going to get my permit and the woman asked me if I was a legal citizen. I said yes. Then, she questioned my intelligence and said, ‘You do know that a citizen has to be born in America, right?’ She was speaking slowly. I just ignored it. I just smiled and showed her my passport,” said sophomore Shelly Restificar. Although she is Filipino-American, Restificar is a natural born citizen of the United States. However, her parents were born in the Philippines, and immigrated to the United States in 1991. “People make false assumptions that I am an illegal immigrant. They just make racial comments regarding Asians a lot,” she said. Restificar believes that race is something you’re born as, meaning it is based on genetics. She also believes that is where you came from. Restificar believes that the way parents’ raise their children, like being racist, is dragged on through generations. The most common form of racial profiling concerns those who are of Arab descent, because of the terrorist attack on Sept. 11, 2001. Sophomore Daymian Balkaran agrees. Balkaran’s parents were born in Guyana, a West Indian country in South America. They moved to Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1990, making Balkaran a United States citizen. “People have called me a towel head and Gandhi,” says Balkaran. He believes people are racist because they are ignorant and refuse to accept diversity. Balkaran recollects a time when he felt he was discriminated against by a janitor. “One time at this school it was a janitor. I was walking down the hallway with my friend, Trevor. He asked me if I wanted to go to church with him. I said, ‘Why?’ and then a janitor cut in the conversation and asked if I have ever been to a Catholic church. I said no, and then she said, ‘you aint never been to church since you’ve moved here?’ I kind of was surprised,” Balkaran said. Balkaran feels that race defines you as what you were born as, and where you come from. He believes it is more based on your social structure, because people are very biased. Both Balkaran and Restificar agree that it is fun “being a different race because you stand out of a crowd.” Although her parents were born in the United States, sophomore Darian Chamberlain who is Filipino, Navajo Indian, German, and Dutch, feels that she too is sometimes discriminated against. “People mistake me for different races, such as Hispanic and mixed. In elementary, people would laugh at how Navajo was pronounced. I felt really offended. People only think there are just the whites, Hispanics, and the blacks. But there is so much more diversity,” stated Chamberlain. Chamberlain thinks that race is based on culture. She believes that certain things we do, and maybe a little bit of genetics, are based on where the race started, “…Because different cultures have different appearances,” said Chamberlain. Chamberlain believes that racism is still among most people, because it is based on how they are raised, and how people aren’t taught enough on all races, like how they all are similar.
“People think they’re really different than each other,” said Chamberlain. Junior Ashli Simmons believes that people are so stuck on people looking different from themself; they can’t get over the fact that everybody’s different. Being African American, Caucasian, German, Irish, and Moroccan, she often gets the misconception that one of her parents is white, the other black. However, her father is African American, but her mother is multi-racial. “Race, I think it’s based on genetics, based on where your parents are from, and how they look,” said Simmons. “A group of African American guys called me “crazy white girl” and I felt offended by it based on what they were talking about,” said sophomore Stephanie Nelson. Nelson believes that race is a figment of everyone’s imagination; she feels that it is just a word. “We’re all the same inside, so why would you want to judge what’s on the outside?” asked Nelson. Although she is Caucasian, Nelson’s grandfather is Swedish, German and Dutch, on her mother’s side of the family. However, on her father’s side; she is Mohegan Indian and Italian. “They can’t accept other people with different skin colors; they think that everybody can be the same. Their close minded,” said Nelson on why she thinks people are racist. Daniela Prada, a senior foreign exchange student from Colombia, relates to Nelson’s thoughts on why people are racist. “Everyone is the same inside. If people could think that we have the same skills, the same body, and maybe the same opportunities, its possible racism could die out,” Prada says. Her beliefs are that people may be afraid of the differences, the differences between all the different races. Prada believes they could feel “threatened by the difference between.” Prada wasn’t quite sure as to what race meant to her. In addition to that, Prada recollects a topic regarding race, which came up in a classroom back in her country of Colombia. “I was in a class where they teach race doesn’t exist. I think race doesn’t exist. It is just a term that was used for bad intentions like in events such as the Holocaust. Its physical differences and people feeling threatened.” Prada has experienced prejudice in her own race. “In my country, the white people, and the blonde people are so proud of themselves. They are so proud of their race. In my country, if you’re like me, or dark, they would say things like, ‘Oh, you Negro.’ And I wonder, ‘What’s the problem?’ I feel bad, because people ignore the difference.” Instead of thinking it is a matter of how you are raised, Prada thinks that is a matter of education. “I think that people don’t respect the education that they receive. If you really know all about the history, such as the Holocaust, if you can’t understand things about the past, then yes, it will be hard for racism to die out amongst most people,” she said.
Photos by Sydney Cloud
Do you still why? What was you years?
Catherine Stiers News editor “You’re
too old to trick-or-treat.” Once you reach the age of 12 or so, this is something you often hear. I myself stopped trick-or-treating three years ago at the age of 13 after my mom refused to let me go out one Halloween. Sitting by the door, waiting to pass out candy to costumed children and adults alike, I thought “Why do they get to have so much fun while I’m stuck inside?” In several cities around the country including Belleville, S.C., there are laws mandating trick-or-treating ages. Those over 12 are banned from going door to door. If anyone over that age gets caught, they could potentially be fined $100. Rock Hill currently has no laws about trickor-treating, but that doesn’t stop some from expressing their frustration towards older trickor-treaters. A few bad seeds have ruined Halloween for those who are older than the designated age, but still young at heart. Contrary to popular belief, not all teenagers are set on tee-peeing the neighbor’s house or egging cars. Some of us just want to have a fun, social evening with friends. What’s wrong with that? A common complaint these days is that children grow up too quickly; banning teens from trick-or-treating, a traditionally youthful activity, is only worsening this issue. Halloween is a night to do something special. If teenagers aren’t trick-or-treating, they will find something else to do.
Some homeowners claim to be afraid when older teenagers show up on their doorstep. Are those same people afraid of the teenagers they see at the grocery store? Walking down the street? Everyone was sixteen once and buying into the stereotype that all teenagers are only out to start trouble worsens the problem. A few friends and I planned to go trick-ortreating last year, but I quickly discovered that something felt different. Dressing up just didn’t hold the allure it once did. It just seemed silly and too much effort for very little reward. So I decided to pack up my pumpkin-shaped candy collecting bucket and be content with handing out treats to those who came to the door instead. Although there are much more exciting things to do on Halloween night than walk around your neighborhood eating melted candy that you could have bought yourself, that doesn’t mean other teenagers shouldn’t be allowed to go. If a trick-or-treater puts the effort into dressing up, they should receive candy. However, anyone older than 16 should find younger children to chaperone. That way the adults handing out candy will be more willing to share with you and the younger children will have a fun evening.
or treat go trick or treating ? If not,
ur favorite costume through the
“No, if I did I would have to go with my brother and that’s embarrassing, because he gets scared easily.” “My Cinderella costume.” Natalie Roberts,
“yes.” “A baby, i wore a onsie!” COurtney Brock, junior
“Yes.” “Batman of course.” Josh Davidson, sophomore “No, because I can just eat my sister’s candy.” “A princess.” Taylor Roberts, freshman “No, because it’s dumb.” “Betty Crocker” Doug Showell, senior
“Not that much, all i really want is candy.” “Probably Michael Myers, Freddy, and the red power ranger.” Jay Lindsay, freshman
“No, I think it’s lame whenever you hit the tean years.” “Power ranger, and I had a skateboard.” David Hoover, junior
Erin Fields Student Life editor Holly Knox Student Life editor assistant Page 10
Ideas for the ideal date Holly Knox Assistant student life editor While mustering up the courage to ask someone on a date can be difficult, finding the right place to go or what to do can cause even more worry. Planning a date can be quite stressful, especially when you want to make a good impression. A successful date is one in which you get to know each other, without putting a great deal of stress on the date itself, but just having fun instead. The best way to take the pressure off is to participate in a fun activity.
Check out these Stallionsâ€™ ideas: -Watch DVDs at your house -Spend a weekend at the beach together -Go to the movies -Go out to eat -Get ice cream -Go bowling -Jewelry shopping (or shopping in general) - Play mini golf
-Play laser tag -Go to Dave & Busters -Ride go carts -Go to a concert -Go to the park -Go to sporting events -Go to the zoo -Go dancing -Go ice skating
Kick’s class holds cake competition
Culinary Arts instructor Laurie Kick held a cake decorating competition on Oct. 13 which ended with this spider cake being named the winner. The cake appears in the beginning stages at right. Once it is coated in icing, the final touches will be applied. The cake when it was completely finished is shown above. It was later enjoyed by students and staff. Cadarious Mitchell stands by his finished product below. His group included Skylar Jackson, London Minor, Elicia Truesdale, Ashley Brunson and LaBria Strait. “The girls came up with the idea,” said Mitchell.
Photos by Marie Ealy
SPHS homecoming 2011 Victoria Jordan Ashli Simmons Reporter
“I was excited and thankful for the people who voted for me,” said Victoria Jordan when asked how she felt when she was elected the 2011 Homecoming Queen. Being senior class president, a member of Beta Club and a member of the yearbook class she is well involved in school activities. To get ready for the campaign she and her friends got together to make signs and come up with the slogan, “Vic. Jordan.” With the help of her friends, Jordan put a lot of time and effort into running by making cupcakes and having neon shirts made for her peers to wear on Election Day. The shirts said “Vote Vic” on the front and “Homecoming” on the back. “I’ve always wanted to run since I was little” stated Jordan so she did, and she won.
Photos by Taylor Snyder
Gertera Barber &Christian Moss
Jon’Quisha Petterson & Jordan Davis
& William Rivera
Keasha Currence & Grant Brannon
& Walker Matthews
& Eusebio Chamberlain
& Adam Ebeling
& Evan Van Pelt
& DeAndre Johnson
& Austin Lowery
& Garrett Burgess
& Timothy Carroll
Stallions share Scarowinds stories
jumping out of a grandfather clock. For one person, this was too much. “It scared him so much,” Henthorn said. The visitor reacted with what came natural, and he punched Henthorn in the nose. “It hurt! My nose became swollen.” He had to fight back the urge to fight back, but in the end, “I decided my career was more important,” he said with a laugh. Other positions, such as admissions, remained available. Alex Culp, a senior, workd as a Toll Plaza Supervisor. Juniors Tae Kirk and Karl Desmon worked at Games and Food and Drinks, respectively. They had no qualms with working at SCarowinds. “I enjoyed getting the money,” said Desmon. They both said they appreciated the flexible hours, but the pay was poor. Student’s reactions were mixed. “It sucks” and “It isn’t scary,” were common responses. Others had more favorable reactions. Junior Joseph Pesa reminisced, “A morbidally obese butcher chased me out of a barn with his knife.” Junior RJ said, “A man dressed as a bush nearly made me soil myself. Get it?” SCarowinds can be rewarding place to work for those that enjoy scaring people witless, even though the hours are tough and the pay isn’t the best. It can be a nightmare of a work environment; whether that’s good or bad is up to the person.
Guests are frightened stiff while exploring the CornStalkers maze. A monster in a maze is just one job Scarwoinds offers to intersted employees.
Blake Roberts Copy editor SCarowinds: the name that Carowinds sinisterly assumed whenever it transformed from an innocent family-friendly amusement park into a grim playground for the morbid and macabre. Visitors could expect frightening costumes, haunting mazes and an eerie atmosphere. For the employees that worked behind the scenes, the fear and weirdness melted away. Working at SCarowinds appeals to many teenagers. According to the Carowinds official website, employees could “Get paid up to $8.00 per hour to terrorize, petrify and repulse our guests by bringing to life (or at least back from the dead) one of our horrifying screamster monsters!” Prospective employees could have chosen to either be a Scare Force Monster, a Screamster Monster or a Support Cast Member. Regardless of what they wanted to be, someone who applied to SCarowinds had to work an average work week of 16 to 20 hours and had to be available Fridays and Saturdays. A history in theatrics was required. It is also mandatory to break character in order to help a person that is lost or in need of assistance. Some of the duties Scare Force Monsters and Screamster Monsters have are, but not limited to: the ability to scream, develop gestures and movements unique to the monster, meet and greet guests, work in dark spaces, work in all weather
conditions, and pose for pictures. A Blackout/Support Cast Member ensures safe and orderly entry to mazes and escorts visitors through the park. There are also other jobs not mentioned on the website. “I wanted to be either a slider or a bungie. A slider because I’ve heard it would be cool to have metal all over you and then slide to make sparks and scare the crap out of people,” said Junior Jonathan Hoover, a former Carowinds lifeguard, during an interview through Facebook. “And a bungie because, well, just look at the name. It sounds fun enough already, but seriously, I’d like to have been a bungie because you’re connected to a bungie cord and you jump down and scare someone, then fly back up to your pedestal, waiting for new prey to come to be scared,” he said. Despite all this, not all employees are happy at SCarowinds. Junior Brittney Miles said, “It was boring…I didn’t have enough time to do the things I wanted to do.” “It was really disorganized,” she said. She quit after three days of employment of working as a costumed monster. Not many people know this, but in order to work at SCarowinds, one must sign a paper stating that they will not strike a visitor, even if they are struck first. This can lead to frustrating situations with rowdy guests. English teacher Michael Henthorn knows about that firsthand when he worked at SCarowinds. “I was Father Time and I wore black,” he said. His method of scaring people was
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Loftin Bridges: XC’s X factor Wade Hopper Sports editor
Loftin Bridges was born to run. This was his first The 15-year-old sophomore holds finish of less than 17 the fastest time in the school for both the minutes, and it beat his mile run and the 5K. previous best time of 17 Bridges, who plays basketball in adminutes, 37 seconds by dition to running track and cross country, almost 50 seconds. works hard to be the best. “I was like, man, “Every day I run for about an hour that was freakin’ fast as and a half. I take a day off about once heck,” said Bridges of every month,” said Bridges. his performance. Of the three sports he does, track Bridges was not the is his favorite. only one who was in Bridges started track in seventh awe of his performance. grade at Saluda Trail Middle School. “That [16:49 finish] After his P.E. coaches saw him run makes him very much the mile, they immediately urged of a beast,” said cross him to join the team. country runner sophoHe started running and never more Chadwick Hardin. looked back. “He’s like the Jesus of During the spring of his our cross country team.” freshman year, Bridges regularly Bridges prepares for competed in the mile, half-mile, his races by memorizaand 4x8 relay. He was a member tion. of the 4x8 team that placed third “When I get to a in the state last year. course, I walk it through, This year he wants to finand then try to plan out ish in the state high school top my race while I’m doing 10 for the mile. Photos by Trish Waddell Sacco that,” he said. “I’m four seconds off the (Left) Loftin Bridges approaches the finish line. His 5K time rivals If he had time in school record [for the mile]. I that of the very best high school senior runners. (Above) Bridges breezes by the competition. his busy schedule for want that,” said Bridges. His one more sport, Bridges official time is 4 minutes, quite a while, but earlier this year I busted would play football. 54 seconds. into the 17:30’s,” he said the day before “Oh, I’d definitely play football. Bridges captured the the race. Football’s G,” said Bridges. “I’d be the school record for the 5K At McAlpine Creek Park in Charlotte, wide receiver out there Mossin’ people.” on Oct. 1. Bridges broke through a new wall by setFor now, instead of blowing by “I’ve been stuck in ting a 5K personal best of 16 minutes, 49 the competition on the gridiron, Loftin the 18’s [in the 5K] for seconds. Bridges does it on the track and trail.
Woodard wins state championship
Contributed by swim team parent
Sophomore Izzi Woodard smiles at the crowd as she displays her gold State Champion medal for 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:07.39 at the S.C. High School League state swim meet in Columbia Oct. 8. Madison Little (left) of Fort Mill High School finished second in 1:09.08, while Aya Nance of St. Joseph’s Catholic (right) finished third in 1:10.77.
G.R.A.S.P. the pointe?
Ashli Simmons Reporter
G.R.A.S.P the Pointe? What does that mean? Girls Raised at South Pointe is who they are. South Pointe’s varsity cheerleading squad is back on the mat and they’re wearing new all white uniforms. “The girls of South Pointe are working hard to really show what they can do,” said varsity cheerleader Ciara Burris. On Sept. 24, the cheerleaders competed at Gaffney High School against Chapman and Greenville High Schools. After coming in first place, they were surprised. They were thinking second place, maybe even third, because they haven’t done so well in the past. “We’re making a difference this year,” said Burris. A week later they had a competition at Northwestern High School. They competed against the two teams they will be competing against for most of the season: Fort Mill and Nation Ford High Schools. Nation Ford came in first place beating the girls by 20 points. Fort Mill came in second place, beating them by 1 point. “All I ask is that we improve each competition,” varsity cheerleading Coach Leigh Ann Howie stated, and that’s exactly what they’re doing. At the Fort Mill Invitational, Nation Ford came in first and Fort Fill came in second place again. The girls were heartbroken because they pushed hard to beat
Fort Mill and come in at least second place. The Nation Ford competition was different. The girls came in second place, beating Nation Ford for the first time this season so far. They had the highest score in school history, a 245. While they are still raging to beat Fort Mill, the girls are also excited that they beat Nation Ford. On Tuesday, Oct. 25, they had regionals and performed Photo by Ashli Simmons at 7:18 p.m. The varsity cheerleaders competing at Fort Mill High School. This season has been the best ever for South Pointe They planned cheerleading. to do their work they’re trying make a difference in what state qualifiers,” said Burris. and beat both teams. people say about South Pointe cheerleadDetermined to go to state, their mindThey were excited to go since they ing and show them what they really do on set is different than it has been in past have been changing their stunts to make the mat. years. The South Pointe varsity cheerleaddifficulty points go up, and they’ve really “Debbie Rodgers is a competition to ers are persistent with their routine and been working on technique at practice. help us get the idea of getting ready for they want everyone to know that. To Debbie Rogers this is the first time
Silly boys...sports are for girls
Varsity cheerleader 1. “I like to tumble and I’m always energetic so I like to jump around.” 2. “Getting my back tuck.” 3. “Chapin.” 4. “We tied our shoes together and our coach pushed us over.”
1. What do you like about your sport? 2. What’s your biggest achievement? 3. What’s your team’s biggest rivalry? 4. What’s your funniest memory?
Chandler Case Varsity girls golf
1. “That I get to play with my friends and just have fun.” 2. “I shot a 73 at the Palmetto Preview.” 3. “York.” 4. “On all the matches we roll down the windows and sing.”
1. “The leadership and teamwork.” 2. “My hitting has improved incredibly.” 3. “Nation Ford.” 4. “When we go up to hit a ball and completely miss it.”
Alex Glasscock Varsity volleyball
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Stallion stride has pink pride and wins
Linemen Alex Simms, Armund Lindsay and Ben Strong forms an outside pathway for Brandon Barber.
Studs and students mingle in the stands as they watch the game.
Sophomore tackle Zeke Rodney (93) fights off a block by a Griffin lineman to sack the quarterback. The Stallion defensive line struggled all night against an older, larger O-line from Fairfield-Central.
Running back Brandon Barber (23) looks for a cut up-field as receiver JaRyan Jennings (17) blocks the Griffin defender. The Stallions offense agsinst Fairfield-Central balanced running and passing against a sound defense.
Ball carrier Brandon Barber (23) shakes through tackles while Keenan Scruggs (13) attempts to block up-field. Barber rushed for 59 yards in the Homecoming game.