South Pointe High School
Rock Hill, S.C.
PROGENY, IB spread holiday spirit
The PROGENY members pose beside their tree at the Agape Assisted Living Center. They and students from the International Baccalaureate Programme decorated four Christmas trees on Nov. 26 for senior citizens as their holiday service project.
Mary Hannah Neil Editor-in-chief South Pointe High School students put together a service project for the Agape Assisted Living Center for Senior Citizens, visiting the center on Nov. 26 during school to put up four Christmas trees. The students were either a part of South Pointe’s International Baccalaureate Programme (IB) or PROGENY club, which began at Northwestern High School and came to South Pointe by English Department Head Carlo Dawson. The service project was PROGENY’S Christmas time community service. “We thought it was a good project to help the elderly,” Dawson, who is head adviser of PROGENY. English teacher and PROGENY Adviser Michael Henthorn was very impressed with the outcome of the service project. “I think it’s a great idea to give back to others and spread the joy,” said Henthorn. Dawson said the students also joined the elderly residents in games of bingo. The students were successful with their project. They reached out to their elders who are kept in nursing homes, unable to leave. “I think it went well to see how happy the trees made them,” said senior PROGENY member Carena Manson. According to Henthorn, the students were very creative. The students hand-made tree ornaments and made big cards, as well. Manson stated that the project went very well because the people in the nursing home were not able to travel during the holidays. “It was nice to bring them cheer,” said Manson. Junior IB student Alexis Price said, “It was fun being able to talk to the elders, because they were happy to see us.”
Price agrees with Manson that the project went well. Price also stated that it was great to do something fun for the elders. French teacher and adviser of PROGENY Andre Patterson stated that he enjoyed seeing the interaction between the students and the senior citizens. “Being a witness made us feel good,” said Patterson. PROGENY will also plan to create other projects, including talent shows, AIDS awareness, a Health Walk, and suicide awareness month. According to Dawson, the decorating of the Christmas trees “brightened their day.” (right) Alexis Price (left) and Yarhiel Santa visit with a senior citizen at the Agape Assisted Living Center as they participate in the PROGENY and IB service project. (below left) PROGENY advisers Jennifer Werner, Carlo Dawson, Thomas Urrestta, Michael Henthorn and Andre Patterson pose for a picture. (below right) PROGENY members Porshe Simril and Shanterria Tyler enjoy a game of bingo with a senior citizen at Agape.
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Mike Miller News editor
Beta Club sells candy canes for children in need Lakyn Evans Reporter
Art Illustration by Mary Hannah Neil
Adviser Brent Clausing gathers the bags of candy canes on Dec. 3. Each Beta Club member is required to take one bag of candy canes to sell and raise the money for the Child Development Center.
The South Pointe High School Beta Club will be running a holiday fundraiser for the Child Development Center by selling candy canes for two weeks starting Dec. 4 to students and teachers here at school. Brent Clausing and Christopher Howle, math teachers here at South Pointe, are the advisers of Beta Club. Not only are the Beta Club students using this fundraiser to earn membership points, they also know they are doing something effective for others. “Students bring in boxes of candy canes for points, then at the very end when we count the money they realize, ‘Oh my gosh, that was for a good cause,’” said Clausing. “I think we’ll sell a lot of candy canes and give the money we earned for a good cause,” said Ryan Campbell, member of the Beta Club. Buying a candy cane for only 50 cents can and most likely will bring a smile to a child’s face. The money from the candy canes are going to the Child Development Center to help out with playground equipment and other supplies that the school needs for children in need, Campbell said. Howle stated that last year’s Beta Club raised about $800 and plans to raise even more money this year for charity.
“We can only sell what they bring in and donate,” said Clausing. President Jasmine Gill stated that the fundraiser this year will be a success and it always has been. “I make sure the word about our candy canes are out, I bag them, make sure everything is set, and count the money,” said Gill. With the many candy canes they receive, they have to sort and stock each candy cane into a large zip lock bag of assorted flavors to sell throughout each day. “The hardest part would have to be sorting out the candy canes,” said Campbell. In hopes that the Child Development Center will gain a wide variety of supplies for their children, 80 students are selling candy canes for this beneficial cause that has become a South Pointe student body holiday tradition.
Freshman Biology ‘put knowledge into practice’ Michael Miller News editor
Freshman Biology 1 and Biology 1 Honors teacher Richard Pickering assigned a cell project to five of his classes Oct. 26. The students had exactly one month to create a 3-D model of a plant or animal cell. Pickering’s motive for having his students create a 3-D model plant/animal cell was to help the students learn the structure of a plant/animal cell and learn the functions of the cell. The model had to be in colorful 3-D including 12 different organelles, a key that showed what each item represents, and
a support base. Pickering allowed his students to use any products and/or materials necessary. “I wanted my students to be as creative as they could be,” said Pickering. Pickering has done this cell project multiple times at the middle school level, but this year is the first time he has assigned it to his high school students. Therefore, he stated that he had high expectations, and he felt that his students far exceeded them. According to Pickering, the students did an awesome job on these projects. “These are some of the best projects
I’ve ever seen,” said Pickering. Freshmen C.O.L.T.S. Academy Principal TK Kennedy feels Pickering’s cell projects are effective because it’s projectbased, hands-on learning, and that’s how most students learn today, hands on. “Quality learning is what you see in Mr. Pickering’s room in my opinion. He’s putting knowledge into practice,” said Kennedy. Kennedy is pleased with the work effort being done in Pickering’s freshmen classes and expects them to keep up the good work. After all of the projects are turned in, Pickering plans on having all students who participated accompanied by a handful of random teachers to come in and judge the projects. The top five projects will receive a prize that has yet to be determined. “I definitely plan on doing this project again. These students have set a standard that is definitely going to make the other students meet these expectations,” Pickering said.
These students have set a standard that is definitely going to make the other students meet these expectations.
Photos by Richard Pickering/Contributor
Concert brings in canned goods
The Band of Thunder, Stallion Corral and the orchestra perform together at the end of the concert for Project Hope. Guests had to bring in two cans of food for admission.
The Stallion orchestra entertains a full house at the annual holiday concert, which brings in canned good for the hungry.
Freshman Parks Bailey sings a solo during the concert of hope on Dec. 6. He performed â€œJingle Bells.â€? The Band of Thunder performs Christmas favorites during their portion of the annual December concert. The event showcases band, chorus and orchestra in a grand finale with all three ensembles on stage together.
Photos by Shirley Nicholson/Contributor
O’Brian Brown Opinion editor
Who is ultimately responsible? Throughout our years at South Pointe, we expect our guidance counselors to help us in any way they can, and according to some students, that’s not how things seem. Is this a realistic expectation? Lisa Robbins, a guidance counselor trainer for York, Lancaster and Chester school districts, said that guidance counselors are supposed to help students with their graduation plans, college applications and scheduling. Dr. Keith Wilks, in charge of student services for Rock Hill School District 3, said that guidance counselors are to provide academic guidance as well as guidance for life after high school. Counselors are to also provide SAT, ACT and HSAP guidance and at least on a yearly basis, help with a graduation plan. Wilks also stated that counselors are to provide professional counseling, but not therapy. Although the South Pointe guidance department definitely has some bragging rights, such as a recent college fair that was deemed a huge success by administration, teachers, students, parents and counselors, students do sometimes complain that they feel let down by their counselors.
According to Principal Al Leonard, the guidance department is very good at doing their job. “But there is always room for improvement,” Leonard said. Robbins stated that she has never received a complaint specifically calling out a certain counselor. “There are always high achievers as well as improvers,” she said. As most students here already know, students are divided among our four counselors by the alphabet. Guidance Department Head Jan McKiver stated that each counselor is responsible for roughly 350 students. Among the issues students here say they face concern miscommunication, or no communication, between a counselor and a student. On the other hand, one counselor meeting the needs of 350 individual students is a tall order. McKiver says that on a scale of 1-10, 10 being the most and one being the least, her stress level is an eight. “My daily schedule consists of returning emails and phone calls, helping students with college applications, sending student transcripts to colleges, IAPs which are individual academic plans, attendance issues, small group and individual counseling, ISS and OSS student meetings,
planning school events like college fairs, and administration meetings,” she said. So the questions may be these: Are we asking too much from our guidance counselors and how much responsibility lies with us students and our parents/ guardians? “What do you do if you have a kid who scored a 35 on the ACT, has a great GPA and a high class rank?” junior honor student Wade Hopper asked angrily. He said no one ever told him that taking the PSAT got you in line for National Merit Scholarships, awarded solely on those scores. Knowing he was great at standardized tests and feeling he did not need the “practice SAT,” he did not take the PSAT this past fall. Too late, he learned the importance of the PSAT to the National Merit Scholars program. Our guidance department has also gotten some positive feedback, from both parents and students. Senior Chris Sacco and his mother, Trish Sacco, praised McKiver. “Honestly, that woman is fabulous,” Trish Sacco said, “I email her one day and it gets done the next.” Chris Sacco said, “She is why I’m in the position I’m in right now.” Senior Rebecca McGregor said, “There have definitely been some positive encounters, like when they helped set me up with ATC so I could sit in on a class there and see if I wanted to take it the next year.” But McGregor also said, “In addition, I have felt overall like if I ask for something to be sent to a college, it has been sent in a timely manner. However, I have felt like we have not had much help in finding and applying for scholarships. This is echoed by several conversations I have had recently with friends who have had the same experience. I also have been under the impression that there is no personalization in this department. I realized this during my senior meeting this fall when I felt the material I heard was simply a script recited to everyone instead of a personalized meeting.” Other top students question whether guidance might be more proactive in telling them about honors, awards or scholarships they are a good match for, such as Wofford, Carolina, Clemson and Furman Scholars, which students from other schools say their guidance counselor
recommended them for without the request being student-based. In other words, the counselors help top scholars get these prestigious awards and honors, which they may or may not decide to pursue for scholarships. As far as the average student goes, most of the complaints target another perceived weakness. A total of 125 diverse students in five classrooms were asked the question: Have you had any problems with guidance? Sixty-nine students have had some type of issue regarding the guidance department, majority of them being scheduling errors. The other 56 had no complaints. “I receive both positive and negative phone calls and emails regarding all aspects of the school, including our guidance department. There are always improvements to be made,” Dr. Leonard said. Another student, who asked not to be identified in the article, said, “I got my schedule on the first day of school and they had me scheduled as a sophomore, and I’m a junior this year. Mrs. (Elissa) Cox (an administrator) found the problem and Mrs. (Kay) McNutt (a guidance counselor) fixed it and printed out my schedule.” McNutt addressed the lack of response to scheduling problems. “We hand out schedules on the first day and we don’t see anyone in our offices until after first block,” McNutt said. So whose job is it to guide students? Certainly the guidance counselors should play a major role, especially with those who may be first generation college students with little home support. Communication is key. McKiver said that 50% of her day consists of collaboration with parents, guardians and students. The guidance counselor, the parents/ guardians and the students must all be moving in the same direction. But at the end of the day; it is OUR future and we must take responsibility. At the same time, guidance counselors would demand the best for their kids and we should demand nothing less for ourselves and of them.
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Stalllions debate over cheerleading Is cheerleading more than just pom poms? For years, cheerleaders around the nation have fought for equality, regarding whether or not cheerleading is a sport. This is a topic that has taken a dramatic leap in recent years. “Cheerleading is absolutely a sport,” says Adrian McGee who has a combined 17 years of cheerleading and coaching experience, and was also the former South Pointe High School cheerleading coach. “Cheerleaders train to get in shape by running, lifting weights and practicing doing things in a cohesive manner just like any sport that involves working with others on a team,” McGee said. “Practicing during the summer time in the hot heat can really take a toll on some people. Cheerleading deserves the same respect as other sports.” As we all know there are always two sides to a story. Math teacher and wrestling Coach Brent Clausing stated, “The cheerleading they do at games is not a sport, but the routines they do at competitions when there competing is. I don’t believe the level of exertion they go through can be compared to some other sports. When I was in school, the wrestling mat and cheerleading mat were close and within 20 minutes we were sweating and they were doing things, but not at the level we were.”
Some people define sports by whether you can go pro with it or not. In some cases they do have a point. Technically you can go pro cheerleading for the National Football League (NFL) and or the National Basketball Association (NBA), but the salary of a cheerleader is 50 to 100 dollars a game. The salary of a football player, who is just there on the practice squad, is a few thousand dollars a year, and it is not certain if they’re even going to be on the team or not. This is significant to cheerleaders because they actually are on the team and are making less than the players who do not play. So what does the word “sport” actually mean? “An activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others,” reads Webster’s Dictionary. “It’s basically the same thing I said,” said Clausing. The Friday night game things they do is not a sport. She (McGee) brings up good points and I agree with her those competitions are a sport. Because they are really intense and you have 20 to 30 girls working for one goal.” After hearing two arguments and the true definition, you’ll have to make your own decision, but we can say that this is a very sensitive topic for some. It is safe to say this is a topic that will continue to get the attention of people. There might not ever be a definitive answer, but it will always be debated.
Jada McCrorey, senior
Kale Pilcher, junior
O’Brian Brown Opinion editor
“Yes it’s a sport we dedicate our blood, sweat, and tears into what we love just like football players, basketball players, swimming and we deserved to be recognized with them. “
“No it’s not a sport because there is no competition involved in it. And in for something to be a sport you should be competing regularly not every other day.
South Pointe cheerleaders perform a stunt at District 3 Stadium South while cheering on the Stallion football team in the game against Chester.
Sport: activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others.
Ja’lisa Sibley, sophomore
“Oh yea it’s a sport we might not throw a ball two yards down the field, or slam some dude on a mat but what we do is just as appreciated, and just as loved.”
Jamie Campbell, senior “No I don’t think cheerleading is a sport. I think all they do is get people excited about sports football, basketball etc.”
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Yoga pants, do or don’t ? Abby Smith Reporter With the many girls here at South Pointe getting in trouble with wearing “so called” inappropriate clothing, the 2012 student handbook lists all of the unsuitable outfits that are not tolerated by our school under the dress code policy. It doesn’t mention girls not being allowed to wear yoga pants. Nevertheless, administrators cite female Stallions wearing yoga pants with dress code violations. With the listing in other high schools in district three student handbooks, Rock Hill High states that “leggings/jeggings or running pants/yoga pants may not worn as a substitute for pants. If they are too tight don’t wear them.” Yoga pants are not allowed and will not be tolerated on their school property, has proof that students at are not allowed to wear yoga pants. Unlike the Northwestern and South Pointe high school student handbooks that doesn’t show of any such rule which is being used against our students. With Northwestern in the same both as South Pointe where do we stand with this policy? Girls should be allowed to wear yoga pants because there is no difference between those or any other type of bottoms. For example, the girls here are allowed to wear skinny athletic pants and skinny jeans, so why not yoga pants? As long as they aren’t being worn extremely tight or inappropriately, yoga pants should fine for the girls who want to wear them. They should have the right to without getting into trouble or being looked down upon by the administration or by teachers and other students. When you ask girls how many yoga
pants they own and what makes them so enjoyable, many say they own many pairs and they are comfortable. Yoga pants should be allowed to be worn in school, if they are being worn for the right reasons and not being worn because they make their butts look big. They do make your butt look bigger, but unless the yoga pants wearers are parading around in a low cut shirt and push up bra with cleavage showing, then I don’t think anyone will look at them “that way.” Some parents and guardians of students who own yoga pants do disapprove of them, but there are also those who have no issue with them whatsoever. The ones who have issues with yoga pants being worn by their daughters in public school have several reasons they disapprove. Some say the pants are too tight and too revealing and that these girls in this age group shouldn’t be putting themselves out in public this way. There are also parents who could care less about their kids wearing them, because as long as yoga pants are not being worn in a particular way that is too showy, they are absolutely fine with them. Whether the guardians approve of them or not, the administration should not make a “rule” saying that yoga pants are not allowed to be worn because they are inappropriate. Since the dress code does already ban spandex, administrators can nail the girls who are obviously wearing them to be sexy. Some girls can manage to make a middle school golf shirt and khaki pants look inappropriate; they are the problem, not the articles of clothing as long as we are talking about items not banned by the dress code. If an item is not outlawed in the student handbook, then it shouldn’t matter if the girls and even the guys wear it at school. On the other hand, no one should go against the student handbook. While everybody is entitled to his or her opinion on many things, when it comes to your negative thoughts on yoga pants here at South Pointe, it just won’t count unless we band together with one stance and a big united front. We can make a difference for the next batch of students who will be roaming the school with the dress code policy looming next year.
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Haeden Anderson, junior
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Use words wisely, not constantly Shanterria Tyler Reporter
“Neck and Swerve” “Everybody says it and it doesn’t mean any“Just because of the way people say it.” “I really don’t know, I just hate people say it so
Ja’Vontrey Massey, junior
1.) “1hunnit, 1hundred, #300 …. It’s aggy af!!” 2.) “…. Because it’s ignorant; that’s the first word you learn in kindergarten.” 3.) “Both, it is illiterate.” 4.) “Chief Keef. “
Tanner Ward, junior
1.) “Saying ‘I Love You’ after only being in a relationship for two weeks.” 2.) “Because they don’t know what love is.” 3.) “Often, I guess…” 4.) “Every high school student who has had puppy love.”
1.)What are some annoying words or phrases people use? 2.)Why do you feel that the word or phrase is annoying? 3.)Is it how often a person says the word or phrase, or the way they use the word or phrase? 4.)Do you know where the word or phrase started from?
use the “People word too much. - Marquise Glover
Sabrina Jackson, sophomore
1.) 2.) thing.” 3.) 4.) much.”
Don’t you hate how others repeatedly use a word or phrase entirely too much? I mean some things you should just give a rest, like going around saying and doing things just to sound cool when they’re really just getting on everyone’s nerves. You want badly to tell people who do that to just shut up, but you don’t want to be mean about it. Do we even know where some of these sayings come from? For example, when old folks say, “A dog gon’ need his tail more than once to swat gnats from out his behind,” or “Don’t bite the hand that feeds you.” Who comes up with phrases like this? Of course, it’s funny after a couple of times or sounds nice to say, but don’t run them into the ground. It’s like when radio stations over play songs to the point where you don’t even want to listen to them anymore. When you go out somewhere, you know exactly what to expect from people like this because they constantly repeat that same ole saying.
Haley Sherman, freshman
1.) “Yolo.” 2.) “People overuse the word and it’s over used.” 3.)“It’s how often they say it.” 4.)“A bunch of teenagers who thought it’d be fun to say ‘YOLO.’”
DeZhane Vinson, freshman 1.) “N***a.” 2.) “People use the word a lot.” 3.) “How often the word is used.” 4.) “I think it came from someone who felt like using it because someone was getting on their nerves.”
Marquise Glover, sophomore
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“Bruh.” “People use the word too much.” “Both.” “From Plie’s song ‘Bruh, Bruh.’”
Joe Neelands, sophomore
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“Cool story bro.” “It’s just stupid.” “Both, it’s aggravating.” “Nope.” Photos by Shanterria Tyler/SPiN
Rileigh Glasgow Student Life Editor
Students aren’t just into school... 1. Why do you like to deer hunt? 2. How long have you hunted deer? 3. How many deer have you killed this season?
1. Why do you like to do this activity? 2. How long have you done this? 3. How did you get involved in this activity? 4. How much do you do this a week? Months?
4. How many times do you do this a day? a week? or month?
Cody Parrish, senior
Activity: Deer Hunting 1. “It’s peaceful, and exciting.” 2. “Since I was eight.” 3. Season: six. 4.“Seven times a week and twice a day.”
1. “Because there always is something new that happens every time you do it.” 2. “3 years.”
Wil Herndon, senior
Activity: Deer Hunting 1. “I like the adrenaline rush.” 2. “When I was 13.” 3. Season: two. 4. “Seven times a week and twice a day.”
3. “My dad bought me a wakeboard.” Parker Hooten/Contributor
4. “Every day in the summer and twice a week in the winter.”
Activity: Club volleyball 1. “It gets me better for the school season.” 2. “Since seventh grade.” 3. “By my seventh grade coach.” 4. After school season ends it starts; then you go into club volleyball till the spring.”
Jeff Parrish/Contributor Linda Sudal/Contributor
Activity: Summer mission charity trips. 1. “I really enjoy that I am able to help somebody and use my talents to benefit others.” 2. “Since sixth grade.” 3. “My church always goes on mission trips and I wanted to be a part of that.” 4. “Mostly week long trips in the summer.”
Activity: Playing kickball with Special-needs children (All American Athletes). 1. “Because it helps out the children and lets a lot of the special needs kids do things they can’t.” 2. “Two years.” 3. “My mom’s best friend is Coach Strait’s wife and their son is autistic.” 4. “In the fall season and it’s on Tuesday nights.”
Students heal following loss of parent Lakyn Evans Reporter
1. Who is supporting you? 2. How has this struggle affected your lifestyle? 3. Do you have a favorite quote or saying of your lost loved one or current guardian? 4. What is your favorite memory with your lost loved one or current guardian? 5. Is there any tradition that you will keep going that your loved one did? 6. How long have you lived this way?
Kayla Taylor, junior
Ja’Nae Jackson, senior
1. “Sharon and Phillip Chappell, my foster parents.” 2. “DSS treats you like you’re a little kid.” 3. “I don’t really remember.” 4. “When we used to go out to eat, smile, laugh and say we love each other.” 5. “Every Christmas my foster mom buys us Christmas ornaments.” 6. “Since I was 14. My mom abandoned me.”
1. “My father.” 2. “I don’t have a mother figure.” 3. ‘Be careful who you choose your friends to be.” 4. “When I was in ballet and she used to take me to my recitals.” 5. “Putting up the Christmas tree.” 6. “Since July 6, 2012.”
“ Don’t worry about a thing because every little thing is gonna be alright.” -Bob Marley Thomas Hagins, junior 1. “My dad.” 2. “When she died, it was bad.” 3. “I love you.” 4. “When she used to take me to her job when I didn’t have school, and we would watch movies.” 5. “To go get my master’s like she was going to do, but she didn’t get the chance to since she was in and out of the hospital.” 6. “Nov. 22 was a year.”
Suzanne Nunn, senior
1. “My dad.” 2. “It changes a lot.” 3. “The quote on her hospital room door that said, ‘It’s not about how many breaths you take, but about the moments that take your breath away.’” 4. “When my mom lost all her hair during chemo therapy and she tried on a black lady’s wig.” 5. “We used to put our handprints on out Christmas tree skirt.” 6. “A little over a month.”
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JROTC shapes future, present Kaelyn Jiran Photography editor
JROTC does a lot of community service here in Rock Hill. “We have close to 200 volunteering hours this year,” Major Anderson said. “We participated in Adopt-a-Highway, several cadets were escorts at the Home-
coming game back in October, we will be singing Christmas carols at Magnolia Manor which is a retirement home here in Rock Hill, and we partnered with our footIn the past four years, South Pointe ball team and together we collected 500 has had nine students graduate and earn pounds of can goods which we donated to scholarships to the prestigious service the Pilgrims Inn located in Rock academies—Air Force, Army, Navy and Hill.” Coast Guard--six being from the JROTC In terms of numbers, Major program. Talk about boosting the conAnderson stated that there fidence of Rock Hill District 3’s newest are close to 100 cadets in the JROTC program. JROTC program this semester A scholarship for one of the acadand close to 75 next semester. emies is worth $420,000, according to Anderson also stated that Master Sergeant Woodham. South Pointe’s JROTC program If this amount is multiplied by “is one of the top programs in the number of students who graduated the state, in terms of the markswho now attend an academy, it equals manship team, if not the best in $3,780,000, which is more money than, the state.” say, the football team has been awarded The team practices at least since the school opened in 2005. three times a week. Woodham And it’s not just the seniors who bring traveled with the team to Alahonor to the JROTC program. bama the weekend of Nov. 30“As a part of JROTC I was an escort Dec. 1to compete in the national at our Homecoming game, I’ve particicompetition. pated in some marching, and I participated The team placed sixth out in the Christmas Ville parade on Nov. of 36 in their division, which is 30,” said freshman Matthew Rippy, who Sporters. humbly left out that he actually escorted Major Anderson said that Homecoming Queen Alexis Watson Kaelyn Jiran/ SPiN the team finished 17th nationally herself. Freshman Cadet Matthew Rippy listens to instructions this past school year. Major Walter Anderson talks about in his JROTC class. Major Anderson, himself, has Rippy in his class, “He’s a first year cadet an extensive military history. Anderson and he’s going a great job.”
was in the Air Force for 24 years as a missile operations officer. A 1984 University of South Carolina graduate with a broadcast journalism degree, he also played football for the Gamecocks for one year. Of course, he was a part of the ROTC program at USC. Anderson also talked about what Stallions have to sacrifice be a part of the JROTC program. “They have to cut their hair to be in the program, they must give up a part of themselves to conform to the program and they must follow all South Pointe rules as well as JROTC rules. Students are graded on behavior and their attitude, they are expected to grow, and they must fulfill the ROTC slogan which is ‘Building Better Citizens,’” Major Anderson said. Rippy said the reason he signed up for JROTC was because it “seemed interesting” and it didn’t “focus on the physical so much but instead the academic, respect and disciplined side of things.” If a student desires to enlist in the armed forces at some point in their life, Rippy recommends being a part of JROTC for at least one year. “Even if you don’t enlist, having the training could help you later in life,” Rippy said. Rippy said the experience has had a positive effect on him; it made him more confident and outgoing.
Twanquisha Patterson, senior 1. “B.A.P.S.” 2. “Because it’s funny.” 3. “I’ve watched it like 1,000 times.” 4. “My favorite character is Mickey.” 5. “She is my favorite because she makes the movie funny.”
Amanda Meyer, sophomore 1. “Keith.” 2. “I like that movie because it makes me cry. It has love in it.” 3. “I’ve watched it about nine or 10 times.” 4. “My favorite character is Natalie.” 5. “I like her because she likes to let love change her.”
Brandon Wilson, senior 1. “Finding Nemo.” 2. “I like it because I like fishes.” 3. “I’ve watched it more than 20 times.” 4. “My favorite character is Dory.” 5. “I like her because my favorite color is blue.”
1. What is you movie? 2. Why do you 3. How many you watched i 4. Who is you character? 5. Why are th vorite charact Jenna Long, sophomore 1. “21 Jump Street.” 2. “I like it because it’s funny.” 3. “I’ve watched it like three times.” 4. “My favorite is Jenko.” 5. “I like him because he is stupid and makes the movie.”
s hit the movies!! Jontae Henry, junior
1. “Ghetto Stories.” 2. “I like it because Lil’Boosie in it.” 3. “I’ve watched it about 1,000 times.” 4. “My favorite character is Boosie.” 5. “He’s my favorite character because I like his music and so I knew I would like the movie.”
Montez McCullough, junior
u like it? y times have it? ur favorite
hey your fater? Breana Davis, sophomore 1. “Austin Powers.” 2. “I like it because it’s funny.” 3. “I’ve watched it at least 100 times.” 4. “My favorite character is Mini Me.” 5. “I like him because I’m little and we can relate.”
1. “Halloween.” 2. “I like it because I’m addicted to scary movies.” 3. “I’ve watched it like five times.” 4. “My favorite character is Michael.” 5. “I like him because he’s the bad guy.”
Alyssa Hubbard, junior
1. “Despicable Me.” 2. “I like it because it’s cute.” 3. “I’ve watch it about five times.” 4. “My favorite characters are the yellow people.” 5. “I like them because they are funny and make the movie.”
Family ties at South Pointe
1. How does it feel to be the oldest 2. How would you describe your relationship with your sibling? 3. How often do you fight with your sibling? 4. What do you fight over?
T’Keia Williams, freshman 1. “Sisterly like.” 2. “We use to fight all the time when we were younger.” 3. “When we get on each other’s nerves.”
Tabatha Cline, senior
Gannon Cline, freshman
1. “Pretty good.” 2. “Not very often.” 3. “If I say something she doesn’t like, she gets upset with me.”
1. Oldest, “I can teach him right from wrong.” 2. “Close, because we basically can talk about anything.” 3. “Once a week.” 4. “When he is playing video games and I ask him a question and he ignore me.”
Zeek Rodney, junior
T’Kaja Williams, freshman
1. Oldest 2. “Sisterly like.” 3. “We don’t fight anymore.”
1. Oldest, “I feel like a leader.” 2. “Brotherly, because we always together.” 3. “Every day.” 4. “Because I got to get him tough.” senior
1. Oldest, “I feel like a role model.” 2. “Crazy, because we act like best friends, then we act like sisters.” 3. “Once a day.” 4. “Ignore each other.”
Maria Mayer, senior
Shawn Love, junior
1. “Best friends.” 2. “Pretty often.” 3. “Taking turns with things.”
1. “Brotherly.” 2. “Every day.” 3. “Because we brothers and that’s what brothers do.”
Photos by Japorcia McConnell
True friends vs. temporary friends
Reasons why students still don’t have the same friends as they did in middle school Abby Smith Reporter
1. Why are you no longer friends with the ones you had in middle school? 2. Do you still speak to each other? 3. Was any of this school related? 4. How close were you before high school?
Reaghan Miller, junior 1. “They just decided to move on and find new friends.” 2. “Yeah, I don’t really see them much anymore.” 3. “They went downhill and got into the bad group.” 4. “Really close until we went to different schools and they changed.”
Sarah Craig, sophomore 1. “Some began to use drugs and turned really mean.” 2. “No, not at all; we hate each other so much.” 3. “Because they were falling into peer pressure.” 4. “We were like SpongeBob and Patrick.”
Nick Arsenault, junior 1. “They got into drugs, and I just decided to move away from them.” 2. “I speak with them on a classroom basis, but not on a friendship basis.” 3. “Not really for the most part. I heard rumors and they became true, so I didn’t want myself with them.” 4. “I was really close with them until we broke apart.”
Erin Fields Features editor
Fresh Face: Stallions give tips about make up Kendra Harris centerspread editor
1. What kind of makeup do you wear? 2. Why do you wear makeup? 3. Do you think wearing makeup is over rated and is for ugly people? 4. How much have you ever spent on makeup? 5. Would you suggest to another female to wear makeup? Courtney Health, freshman
Elicia Truesdale, senior 1. “Clinique foundation and Avon eyeliner.” 2. “I wear it to enhance my beauty.” 3. “No, anybody can wear makeup it a personal decision.” 4. “All together I may have spent up to $35.” 5. “Yeah, if they feel like they won’t take it the wrong way.”
1. “L’oreal.” 2. “I wear it because it makes my face look smooth.” 3. “No.” 4. “The most I have ever spent is $30.” 5. “No.”
Madi Nichols, freshman
Jikera Thompson, senior
1. “MAC, and Maybelline.” 2. “I wear it to bring out my beauty.” 3. “No I think anybody can wear it.” 4. “I spend about $20 at a time.” 5. “Maybe, it depends.”
1. “L’oreal.” 2. “I wear it because it brings me out.” 3. “No, pretty people can wear it to.” 4. “The most I have ever spent is $50.” 5. “Yes, I would suggest it.”
Ashley Yang, junior 1. “Just eye liner and mascara.” 2. “I wear it so I can feel pretty sometimes.” 3. “No.” 4. “I spend about $20.” 5. “Yeah, maybe.”
Delaysia Roddey, sophomore 1. “Almay.” 2. “I wear it to cover up my bumps and eye liner to bring out my eyes.” 3. “No, because pretty and ugly people wear it.” 4. “I spend up to $20 on makeup.” 5. “Yes, I would.”
Photos by Kendra Harris/SPiN
Hollywood soars downward in motion picture ‘Flight’ Japorcia McConnell Reporter When we think of planes and movies, but especially planes in movies, we already form the assumption that the plane is going to crash. The plane may crash in the new action-overload thriller “Flight,” but actor Denzel Washington makes this movie soar. Washington stars as Whip Whitaker, an airline pilot who outstandingly crash-lands his plane after losing all control over it mid-air. Whip saved nearly every soul on board and is hailed as the hero he is. But things take an unexpected turn when the doctors find alcohol in Whip’s blood at the hospital and he is threatened with charges that certainly would be disastrous for his career. I have to be honest; the plane crash is by a long shot the best part of this movie, along with the incredible makeup effects by Bill Johnson and Toby Sells, special makeup effects artists. Injuries look painfully real. The theme is good. The movie makes it clear that every choice matters as they do in the air; one wrong move and everything can be ruined. But adults might find this to be the best adult drama made in years, so, of course, it would be different for teenagers. To me, “Flight” stumbles along for a punishing two hours and 20 minutes, barely ever making any nods in the general direction of drama beyond the intense opening plane crash. The other parts of the film are predictable, making the film soar downward. This flight wouldn’t be a misfortune for teenagers to miss. So sorry, Denzel. This movie deserves only a two point five out of five horseshoes.
No one could’ve landed that plane like I did. No one.
Stallion horseshoe ratings:
What do you like? Stallions show interest in certain brands
Levi’s: A jean Nike: a brand most all company founded in 1853 by Levi Strauss. teens wear, whether it’s for a The company is world sport or for just a certain look the teen is going for. wide and has 470 company-operated stores.
Marquise Phillips, junior
Leah Harper, junior
Uggs: Rileigh Glasgow, junior Founded in 1978 when Brian Smith traveled to Southern California with the first pair of Ugg boots. In the late ‘90’s Uggs became one of the most popular boots in America, whether the weather is cold or not.
Jay Hart, senior
Guy Harvey: a marine wildlife artist and conservationist who makes t-shirts with all types of marine wildlife on the back.
Polo Ralph Lauren: founded in 1967. Polo has various locations throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia and Oceania.
Tay Robinson-Locke, junior
Photos by Riliegh Glasgow/SPiN
Wade Hopper Sports Editor
Anthony “Lit’Man” Johnson
Although the Stallions have eight seniors on the varsity basketball team, everyone recognizes Tyreece “Fuzz” Brice as the lone captain on the squad. Always the role model, Fuzz prefers to put the name on the front of the jersey before the number on the back. His lethal ability to score in the paint made him a force to be reckoned with in the region last year, but his best quality has always been his leadership skills. “I need to lead them,” Brice says of his team. “I’ll be a good leader on and off the court.” As one of the top-ranked point guards in the state, Fuzz has received attention from several well-known colleges and universities. He insists that he will not commit until his senior year. The junior averaged eleven points and two assists per game last year. He combines lightning-fast speed with jaw-dropping dunks and gravity-defying layups. Off the court, however, is where he shines: his work ethic proves that he has the drive to be the best.
is the definition of “Baller, Shot Caller.” A lanky offensive juggernaut who can score from anywhere inside the arc, Lit’ Man is also a defensive threat at the small forward position. After pulling down fourteen points and nine rebounds per game last year, Johnson is primed and ready for an offensive explosion in the 2012-13 season. “As a team, we can really push the ball down the court,” said Johnson. This up-tempo style of gameplay is perfect for Lit’ Man, who loves slashing through the lane for easy layups. He vows to be a better ball handler and distributor than in previous years. Lit’ Man has a reputation for being the one player that other teams do not want to face. He creates headaches for opposing coaches when he forces their players into foul trouble. Johnson has received attention from collegiate basketball programs such as Florida, Oregon, and the University of South Carolina.
Compares to Chris Paul
Compares to LeBron James
PJ Heath, the starting power forward for the Stallions, doesn’t have a cool nickname like some others on the team. What he does have, however, is an absolutely filthy post game. “Yeah, I need to work on my shooting,” admits Heath, who at 6’4” is the tallest player on the team. “But I can work the block.” P.J. has never been shy about his arsenal of low-post moves. As the tallest member of the varsity team, he will be counted on to provide a constant presence on the glass. Heath also likes to invite opposing shooters to his own personal block parties; he loves rejecting shots then dunking after a quick fast break. One of Heath’s biggest assets is his speed. The senior was a starting wide receiver for the varsity football team, and he’s got the wheels to make scouts notice. “Our big men run just like our guards,” says junior shooting guard Tay Blake of Heath and center Zeek Rodney. “We can beat teams by running the court because our big men are faster than theirs.”
Putting a body on Zeek Rodney is like trying to post up a brick wall. He was solid throughout the entire 2012 football season, creating a name for himself by recording over twenty sacks. Now, Rodney plans on transferring that raw power to the hardwood. “I play all five positions on both sides of the court,” maintains Rodney, who for now is the Stallions’ starting center. “I’m versatile.” Zeek, who enters the season at 6’2” and 250 pounds, isn’t exactly the type of person who you could imagine getting air on slam dunks. Rodney, however, can throw down with the best of them; owning the rim is his favorite part of the game. Rodney will be counted on to anchor the lane this year with his rebounding. He also provides an invaluable offensive asset: the ability to draw charges. Having already won a state championship with the football team, Zeek is looking to add a second ring to his collection—one from a different sport. “Nobody in the region can stop us,” said Rodney. “I don’t think anyone in the state can stop us.”
Compares to Kevin Garnett
Compares to Glen Davis
No place like home
(top left) Seniors Logan Ard (left) and William Robbins debut the camo student section t-shirts for the first time alongside junior Whit Mcguirt. The shirts sold for $10 and can be used to get a discount ticket price at home games. (middle right) Senior Cal Leslie jeers the Gaffney starters during the Lady Stallions’ game. While the message displayed is appropriate, the administrators at South Pointe have a knack for taking the whiteboard whenever the taunting crosses the line. (bottom right) The student section’s newspapers display their obvious lack of interest in the opposing team’s starting lineup. The time for reading, however, ends when the Stallions take the floor. (left) Robbins addresses (left to right) seniors Gabe Ruiz, Langston Kennedy, Colton Hunter, Logan Ard and Jamie Campbell over when to do the “Warm Up The Bus” chant.
Photos by Wade Hopper/SPiN Wade Hopper Sports editor The South Pointe Stallions’ sixth man is bigger than ever. Under the leadership of seniors such as William Robbins, Colton Hunter, Langston Kennedy, Jamie Campbell, and Logan Ard, the Stallions’ student section hopes to turn the school gymnasium into the most feared place to play in the city. “We hope to get the same intensity out of our student section that our players show on the floor,” said Robbins, who is the self-proclaimed captain of the crowd. If you play NCAA Basketball video games, then you have a rough idea of what to expect from the students this year. Chants of “WARM UP THE BUS” and “YOU CAN’T DO THAT” are standard
fare for just about any good student section, but Robbins and Hunter plan to take it to the next level this year. “Yeah, we’re going to have a whiteboard and even more cutout heads,” said Hunter. During football section, the student section boasted huge cardboard images of the heads of junior DT Zeek Rodney and senior QB Devin Pearson. Expect the same heads to be out in full force this winter, along with plenty of hilarious whiteboard shenanigans. At the first Stallions home game against Lewisville the board was confiscated by Dr. Al Leonard, the principal. “I don’t think we wrote anything inappropriate,” said Robbins in defense of his actions. “All we wrote was ‘Obie
Likes Gossip Girls.’ We could’ve gotten a warning first…they’re suffocating our team spirit!” Assistant Principal T.K. Kennedy also took the board during the Lady Stallions’ game against Gaffney, citing “inappropriate language” as the chief reason for the sudden seizing of student section property. He also stressed students must stay behind the red line. “We’ve added some chants to the arsenal, and we want full participation,” says Robbins. “The freshmen need to know that they’re cool enough to be included in the section.” According to the guys, seating will be based on two things. “If you don’t have your shirt with you, you’ll be in the back,” said Hunter. “Also, seniors are always in the front.”
After lengthy consideration, the seniors finally decided on a design for the student section shirts. The shirts read “Stallions 6th Man” on the front on top of a gnarly red, black, and grey camouflage pattern. With the shirts as mandatory dress code for the section, this marks the first year that South Pointe has had a visually unified student crowd. White-out or blackout nights could also take place, where everyone dresses in plain-colored shirts. Other schools can only hope to match the intensity that the Stallion seniors will display on game nights, student section participants say. And section leaders stress that all students are welcome to join in. “Here at South Pointe, we don’t have any slogans or acronyms,” says Robbins. “We just stick to winning.”
‘Play like a champion today’ Jake Sanders Reporter
team. Overall, Roper feels that the team is a good group of girls that play and get along well.
“I’m hungry this season and I would love to make it to the playoffs,” said Davis. According to Davis, the girls will
“Play like a Champion Today,” is the motto for this season, according to head coach Brett Childers. This coming season the South Pointe Lady Stallions are starting off with a new dynamic, due in part to the new assistant coach, Dr. Kim Roper. Roper is a business teacher at South Pointe High School. At first she was not sure about accepting this offer, due to the fact that she does not live here in Rock Hill and also has a son, who plays college basketball for Clemson University. “I love basketball, and I know I would be able to give something to the team,” said Roper. Roper has great experience towards basketball. She has never played basketball, Jakeviyonna Sanders/SPiN but she did play-by-play analysis at the Univer- The girls’ varsity basketball team poses for a group picture. Their record was 2-1 at press time and they sity of South Carolina. hope to continue their winning streak. Roper also coached “I think we will be able to be concome out on top if they stay focused and boys AAU basketball for six years, which tenders this season,” said Roper of her play hard. helped her out a lot with knowing the team’s playoff expectations. Bradley stated that making it to the plays, calls and rules of basketball. Along with Davis, the captains are playoffs will be at ease this season, due to The team looks at Roper as a mentor seniors Ashley Jaggers and Lindsey the fact of them having a great team. more than a coach. Bradley. “If we play together as a team and “She can relate to us,” said junior Deiona Davis, one of the captains of the
(above, left to right, fight row) Seniors Jamie Campbell, William Robbins, and Cal Lesie, and eighth grader Bo Taylor (back row), support the Lady Stallions at home on Dec.10 against Gaffney High School. They cheer for star player senior Ashley Jaggers at the end of the third quarter. The Lady Stallions won by a score of 56 to 54 on a last-second buzzer beater shot made by TKeia Williams. (right) New assistant coach Kim Roper poses with the basketball before the game. Roper, along with the other coaches, serves as a mentor and role model for the girls on the team.
play up to our level, we will make it,” said Bradley. “Winning is what I’m all about and that exactly what it takes to make it to the playoff,” said Jaggers. Last season the Lady Stallions did not make it to the playoffs. However, this season Childers is setting the expectations to make it to the playoffs, alone with other expectations like having a winning record and competing for the region championship. The Ladies have the ability and skills to make it to the playoffs. With the few changes coach Childers have made, both offensives and defensives, they should be able to be the champs. The Lady Stallions are currently one and one after win against Lewisville and coming up a little short against Gaffney. Two key games will be against Northwestern on Dec. 14 and Jan. 25.
LADY STALLIONS VARSITY SCHEDULE
Dec.7, 2012: Lewisville HS Dec.10, 2012: Gaffney HS Dec. 11, 2012: @Clover HS Dec.14, 2012: Northwestern HS Dec.18, 2012: York HS Dec.27-28, 2012: Holiday Classic @York HS Jan.3, 2013: @Rock Hill HS Jan.8, 2013: @Nation Ford HS Jan.11, 2013: Lancaster HS Jan.14, 2013: Fort Mill HS Jan.18, 2013: Clover HS Jan.22, 2013: @York HS Jan. 25, 2013: @Northwestern HS Jan.29, 2013: Nation Ford HS Feb.1, 2013: Rock Hill HS Feb.5, 2013: @Fort Mill HS Feb.8, 2013: @Lancaster HS
The Lady Reds dominate the court
(top left) The varsity dance team rocks the court with their now traditional dance “Domino” during halftime of the varsity boys’ basketball game. (top right) The Lady Reds show their spirit in their halftime performance during the varsity boys’ basketball game. (right) The girls cheer the boys’ varsity basketball team on to win the game against Gaffney on Dec. 10. (below) The varsity dance team poses for a picture while a timeout was taken during the varsity boys’ game. The student section, inspired by the Lady Reds, start a chant of their own. (bottom left) The Lady Reds prepare for a kickline near the end of their halftime performance of the varsity boys’ game. (bottom right) Junior Graycen Taylor and senior Michal Faulk show off during their halftime performance.
Photos by Kathy Jiran/Contributor
The Lady Reds
Latashiana Alexander Brittney Miles Tinaiyah Chisolm Jessica Peeler Lakyn Evans Alexis Price Monica Ramsey Michal Faulk Kaiti Russell Jonna Gibson Alasia Hall Graycen Taylor Kaelyn Jiran Tatiana Washington Alexis Watson Jessica McDade
Fourth at State again...
Girls’ golf wins Regions after perfect season
(left to right) Whitney Carter , Jodee Tindal, Jaelyn Tindal, Ivy Yonce and Chandler Case pose at the course. Although the Lady Stallions’ golf team has only been around for five years, they possess an impressive 48-5 record. It’s highly likely that all these girls will go to college on a golf scholarship.
Wade Hopper Sports editor The Stallions’ girls golf team endured freezing cold and bitter winds to bring home a fourth place finish at the state tournament in Lexington, SC. The girls’ dazzling 2012 season featured an undefeated regular season and a win in the region championships. It is the second straight year that they have placed fourth at the state tournament. “I’ll be honest, a lot of it was luck,” said team captain Chandler Case, a junior, of her final score of 154. “That was some of the worst weather I’ve ever played in. I hated it.” Case received All-State recognition after the two-day tournament at the Lexington Country Club drew to a conclusion. She shot 77 on both Monday, Oct. 29 and Tuesday, Oct. 30 to pull home a finish that solidified her as the eighth best individual golfer in the state. After a back injury during an individual tournament on September 15, it was doubtful if she would (or could) finish the year out. Case, however, performed well for the rest of the season. “We thought it was a pulled muscle,” said head coach Kimberly Case, who is Chandler’s mother. “After numerous visits to her personal doctor and a physical therapist, they discovered it was a bruised bone on the vertebrae.” Case was advised to take a three to four week break before playing again, but she grinded the rest of the season out because her team needed her. Her scores kept rising, but the team continued to win. As the season progressed, her movements became more and more limited; by the time playoffs rolled around, all she could work on in practice was her short game. She received stem treatment for the greater part of the year in order to numb the pain, and eventually learned to deal with it. While the injury was a setback, Case shrugged off the pain by staying mentally tough. “It doesn’t only take physical ability,” said Case of her sport. “It’s ninety percent mental. That’s the hard part, to
have to concentrate the whole time. So for five straight hours, it’s all golf running through your mind. Focus is key.” “I was very proud of Chandler for stepping up for the team. It would have been easy for her to sit out. But in team scores you need four scores and she didn’t want to put that kind of pressure on the fifth player or the others to produce lower numbers,” explained Coach Case. This season improved Coach Case’s record to 45-1 during her tenure at South Pointe. Case carded a score of 81 during the region championships at the Lancaster golf course, but a far bigger challenge was waiting for her at the state finals. “It was very, very cold and very, very windy,” said Case. “It wasn’t like a steady wind, it was like a swirling wind, ‘cause that was when the hurricane hit. It was the worst golfing weather ever at state.” Hurricane Sandy hit the northeast coast on the same day that the girls started playing. South Carolina didn’t receive much rain, but huge gusts of wind blew in from the coast. Whitney Carter, a freshman, had her own insight on the weather. “It was freezing cold,” said Carter definitively. “That made it harder to hit the ball—for me, at least. Also, the ball didn’t go as far. It was annoying!” Sophomore Jaelyn Tindal turned in a clutch performance of 168 in to back up Case’s stellar score. “Jaelyn stepped up and had a fabulous season,” said Coach Case. Tindal shot a dominant score of 70 at the region championships, and performed well throughout the whole fall. Tindal is optimistic about the Stallions’ chances to win it all next year. “We have a pretty good shot [at winning state]. We just have to be able to beat Lexington,” said Tindal. The other two members of the varsity team are Jodee Tindal, who was named to the All-Region team this year, and Ivy Yonce, who are both in the eighth grade. With such a young squad, the Lady Stallions’ winning ways look to continue into the future.
(top left) Whitney Carter knocks a chip onto the green. (top right) Jaelyn Tindal attempts a putt. (right) Chandler Case places a drive in the middle of the fairway.
It’s 90 percent mental. Chandler Case
Team captains Chandler Case (left) and Jaelyn Tindal stroll down the green. Case won All-State recognition this year for her individual play.
Photos by Kimberly Case/Contributor
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New season, new styles fall in
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