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volume 43

September, 2008

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COSMETOLOGY

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the student voice of irmo high school

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MONKEY ICE


Editor’s Note

Staffer of the Month

We lc ome back, Irmo... So, we’ve made some changes. Our number one priority here at “The Stinger” is to cover the stories and topics that the “Irmo nation” cares about in a format that students will read. We’ve put much thought into our new, magazine-style newspaper. We’ve tried our best to ensure that our first issue represents Irmo in the best way possible. We hope that you enjoy “The Stinger,” and that we succeed in keeping Irmo’s Stinger traditions as well as our own new creations within the newspaper to keep you not only entertained but also informed of the world around you. As editors, we feel a certain obligation to our staff to let the

Co-Editors in Chief Jeanna Campbell Samantha Edwards Production Manager Kayla Groff Business Manager Mallory MacGargle Circulation Manager/ Staff Coordinator Kristen Polinski Entertainment Editor Riley McCullough Features EditorsMorgan Edwards Emma McWilliams 02

rest of Irmo know how amazing each and every one of them is. This paper would not happen without the unbelievably dedicated and driven people that work on this newspaper staff. Many members of the ‘08-‘09 staff are newspaper rookies, but we are looking forward to a great year with some of the brightest kids at Irmo writing for “The Stinger.”

Josh Butler Dearest Joshua, We completely recognize how awful it must be to be the only guy on staff. We know that we give you a hard time, but it’s all in jest. You constantly go above and beyond the call of duty, and your work consistently blows us away. Your willingness to pick up last minute assignments and reshoot when necessary really set you apart this month. This deadline would not have gone nearly as smoothly without you around to keep us all smiling. Keep up the good work, Josh.

- Jeanna & Sam

- Jeanna Campbell & Samantha Edwards

Opinions EditorPriya Purohit Sports EditorMargo Goodale Copy Editor Annie Parham Photography Editor Vanessa Lindower Photographers Josh Butler Britni Slone Adviser Shannon Jaindl Principal Eddie Walker

The purpose of the Stinger is to inform the student body of Irmo High School about events affecting them, influence readers through responsible editorials, to entertain through features and to provide a medium for advertisers and consumers. These goals will be achieved through fair and accurate reporting. The Stinger is published eight times a year, including a prom supplement published in February and March and a senior supplement, to commemorate the graduating class, in May, by Journalism IIIV newspaper students at Irmo High School. Unbylined editorials reflect the view of a majority of the Stinger senior editorial board. All bylined editorials, cartoons, and personal columns reflect the opinion of the writer or artist. The Stinger encourages letters to the editor as they constitute a constructive avenue for opinion. Letters to the editor must be signed by the writer to be considered for publication. Letters may be brought to the Stinger room (room 149) or sent by e-mail. The authenticity of the writer will be verified before publication and letters may be edited for poor taste, libel, grammar, space, and style.

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Styling a new academic program

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produc tion manager For those who get reprimanded in class for doing hair and nails there is good news. A new class at Irmo High School offers a curriculum that allows students to do just that. At the end of the last school year, students in classes such as Mythology, Carpentry and Psychology experienced a lot of construction between the classrooms. This was to prepare the back of the technology building for a Cosmetology lab. This new class, instructed by Linda Childers, has had a good start for its first year at Irmo. “We’ve got students who are really excited about the program and they work hard,” Childers said. Though not all of the students at Irmo knew about the Cosmetology course at the end of last school year, Childers has had an exceptional turnout. “In my class, I can take 20 students and that’s all I can take because of state law,” Childers explained, “but we have 16 in the afternoon class and about 13 in the morning class, so that’s good for a beginning class,” Childers said. In Cosmetology, students will learn how to perform manicures, pedicures, eyebrow waxes, and how to cut, style and color hair. “Right now, we’re learning how to lighten hair and do relaxes,” Almbreia Brailsford, junior, said, “we do bookwork too because we have to do 300 hours worth before we can start doing hair. We should be starting very soon.” In order to get their cosmetology license, students must complete the course in two years. When they graduate from high school, they will have their full cosmetology license. The pace of the class is moving quickly and very soon, the students will be putting their studies to use.

“We will be able to do customers by about December, definitely the first of the year they will be working on real people,” Childers said. For those who don’t mind having students work on their hair, cuts will start at about two or three dollars. In case there is concern about the experience the students will have before they begin cutting customers’ hair, they are certainly getting their practice in. Some students at Irmo have seen Cosmetology students carrying around mannequin heads. “They all get a mannequin to practice on,” Childers said, “the mannequins will go through probably about eight or nine haircuts before they’ll be bald. They will work their way up from long to short.” In the Cosmetology class, students are loaned the basic needs for doing makeup, hair, nails and other beauty practices. “Eventually, the students will want to buy their own kit. The kits run about 335 dollars,” Childers said, “in their kit, they get all the tools that they need to work: rollers, brushes, curling irons, straighteners, scissors, all their cutting tools.” Along with these tools, the students’ kits include materials to practice what they learn in class, which includes the mannequin and hands to practice on. Cosmetology has been a great opportunity to students who want to pursue a career in the field. Deborrah Smith, junior, highly enjoys the class and what it teaches. “My favorite part of the class is doing hair and learning about hair and facials,” Smith said. Childers, who taught at Lexington Technology Center for 21 years before coming to Irmo, wanted to help get the program started because of how challenging it is to start these programs (she has started three of them). “It will be interesting to see how this program grows here. I think it will do really well,” Childers said.

Ask Mr. Walker

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Why aren’t trains and car wrecks excused tardies?

If we can verify a wreck occurred and caused someone to be late we excuse the tardy. Most of the time trains run on a schedule and they are part of living in our community. In fact I think the trains were here before the community.

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You have to plan to leave early enough to get here in spite of encountering a train. You can probably call CSX and get a schedule for the trains. I would encourage you to acquire the habit of being ten minutes early to school, jobs, etc. If you do that and you encounter a train or maybe even a wreck you will still be on time. Rec-

ognize the fact that 133 of our students made it to every class on time last year. That is 720 chances to be late and they were on time every time. That is a great reference for a job. The #1 reason people get fired from jobs in the United States is being late to work. Acquire the habit of being 10 minutes early. It will serve you well.

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samanthaEDWARDS editor in chief Dr. Herbert M. Berg has 35 years of experience as a superintendent. He knows a thing or two about pointing a school district in the right direction. When former Lexington/Richland District Five Superintendent, Scott AndersEn, resigned in mid-August, Berg was chosen as the district’s interim superintendent. “I retired the year before from Kershaw County, S.C., and when the board was looking for a superintendent they consulted with some residents here in the Lexington school district as well as some people in Columbia, and my name emerged as someone they had to talk to,” Berg said. Berg grew up in Seattle, Wash. He earned his Ph.D. at Washington State University,and worked as a chemistry teacher and high school principal until he was appointed superintendent. “The superintendent’s job is very complex,” Berg said. “It’s not a single track job; it’s more of a circle, and you have to be able to oversee the teaching by teachers and learning by students. You have to be in charge of and stay on top of the public relations—that’s communicating what the district is doing, and what its needs are. You have to oversee the finances of the district and see to it that there is enough money to run the system and that the money is being well spent.” He must also oversee the maintenance of all of the district’s facilities and staff members. “We’ve got 2500 employees, and you have to see to it that good people are hired,” Berg said. Berg said he plans to serve as interim superintendent until June 30, or until the district can find a permanent and long-term superintendent. As interim superintendent, he has several issues that he plans to tackle. First he says he wants to bring stability to the district as well as lower the profile of the district. “If I do a good job of stabilizing things and getting things in order, then the job of recruiting and finding a superintendent will be a lot easier,” Berg said. Second, he says he wants to educate the community about the district’s facility needs. “Dr. AndersEn took the lead on promoting and speaking out on the bond, and he was very much the front person on that endeavor,” Berg said. “As an interim superintendent, I feel that role is more properly played and carried by people who have a stake in the matter. That’s kids, families, tax payers, and the people who live here. They’re the ones who have to make the decision on what kind of schools they have. So, I think it’s up to the community to decide what they want to do.” Berg expressed the desire to layout the consequences of passing or not passing the bond referendum to the community. “A vote ‘yes’ says that certain things will happen,” Berg said. “There will be remodeling, there will be new schools, the

district will go in a certain direction, and there are people who are in that camp. A ‘no’ vote sets the district off in a different direction, and there are clear consequences of that as well.... I don’t ask people to vote one way or the other, but I try to layout what will happen when you vote ‘no.’” Berg said that though the quality of education has been maintained for the most part within the district, the maintenance of the facilities has fallen behind. “They’re great, great schools. That does not surprise me,” Berg said. “I am surprised at the condition of the facilities. They have not been maintained as well as the education program has been maintained, and that’s why this referendum has been proposed.” He says that when facilities do not meet the needs of the community, some students’ educations suffer. “See, it’s not fair to kids to go to a 2100 kid high school. It’s simply not fair,” Berg said. “You know, some do well, and many do great, but when you’re in a factory of that size, kids get lost. Unfortunately what happens is that the kids that get lost are the unmotivated, undirected [students that] come from less advantaged families. In a smaller school with a smaller population, the needs of those kids get met, and they don’t get lost.” Berg’s message for the community stresses the importance of the bond referendum that will be voted on in November. “You have had a great school system, but you need to take care of it,” Berg said.

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Door locks expected to prevent trespassing Card readers installed as extra security measure

priyaPUROHIT opinions editor As of Sept. 2, 2008, Irmo has a new door lock policy. All doors that offer direct entrance from outside will automatically lock after the tardy bell. Students will have to enter the main and or tech buildings through the front offices, and the other entrances will remain locked. Teachers and administrators are the only people who have the white cards that allow entry to the school. The door locks have a scanner, and teachers hold their assigned card up to it and are automatically buzzed in. Installing door locks was not a spur-of-the-moment idea. “It was ready in the middle or the

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end of May. But with seniors leaving and everything, we didn’t want to make everything more complicated by adding a new policy,” Dan McGehee, assistant principal, said. The reason for the door locks is strictly safety. “These door locks are only going to be as safe as we make them. When I say we, I mean all of Irmo High School,” McGehee said. He also mentioned that it’s not likely that students will find their way around the system; it has been thoroughly thought out. Students who attended Irmo High School last year may remember the incident at the end of the year during exams. An armed man was wandering down St. Andrews and

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Wescott Roads, prompting a lock down at the surrounding schools. McGehee said the reason for the door locks has nothing to do with the incident. Some students say it is frustrating to have to go around to the front entrances if they have to turn in a form or assignment to a teacher. Sophomore Kara Jones said she does not like the new card reader system. “I think it’s a bit ridiculous. It seems like we’re in jail or something. I mean next thing you know we’ll be called by our little ID numbers,” Jones said. Although some students don’t like the system and feel it’s too complicated, administrators feel this is a good way to help keep Irmo High School safe for everyone.


New club policy takes effect anniePARHAM

copy editor Beginning this school year, a new club policy for District Five came into effect. Created early this summer, this policy gives parents the opportunity to decide what clubs their children can and cannot participate in. “The policy allows parents to look at a list of clubs that students can be a part of at Irmo High School, and if there are clubs that parents don’t want their children to join, they can indicate this on the list,” Buddy Price, Director of Community Services at the district office, said. The policy applies to all three high schools in this district. The new policy was developed in response to a controversy that occurred at the end of the 2007-08 school year. Last spring a student requested to form a Gay-Straight Alliance club at Irmo High School. Some administrators and parents voiced concerns about whether this was an appropriate organization. “Some concerns were raised by parents of the community about their

inability to have a voice in what clubs their students participate in,” Price said. Non-curricular clubs are allowed at Irmo High School, so it would have been unfair and illegal not to allow the Gay-Straight Alliance club, according to summary on the district website. The summary says “the challenge for the Board was to provide the equal access required by law in a manner that will be generally acceptable to the community.” To develop lists of approved non-curricular activities, the district collected information from each school on their clubs and organizations. These lists, or opt-out forms, also include areas where parents can indicate what non-curricular activities they do not wish their student to join. They are expected to be available starting in late September or early October. “The opt-out form will list the approved IHS clubs and organizations and will be distributed to parents,” Dr. Lisa Hall, administrative assistant at Irmo High School, said. Hall’s responsibilities include coordinating clubs and organizations. The forms are not mandatory

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for parents and guardians to fill out. “If parents deem appropriate, they may opt not to allow their children to participate in a school club or organization,” Hall said. The district adopted this policy, Policy JJAB, “Student Initiated NonCurriculum Related Student Club/ Organizations,” June 23, 2008. “It’s a policy developed from a lot of input in the community. Some people thought not having certain clubs created issues, some people thought having certain clubs created issues. So, this policy was created to be in compliance with the law, and it gives parents an opportunity to have a voice,” Price said. Despite the district’s enthusiasm for this new policy, some students are less happy about this decision. “The parents are pushing their morals on us,” Chelsea Partain, sophomore, said. “We should have the right to choose on our own the extracurricular activities we do.” School officials seem to be hopeful that the district’s change will be one for the better. “Change is always great when the interest of the students is met,” Hall said.

Latin Math Team Mock Trial Model United Nations Mu Alpha Theta Muslim Student Association National Honor Society Orienteering People In Need Of A Cure Photography Reading, Expression, and Poetry Science Team Senior Board

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Here’s looking at you, Warner Bros. rileyMCCULLOUGH

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The 1942 movie “Casablanca”, directed by Michael Curtiz, is the epitome of a classic movie. It is a traditional romance with a dash of action to keep it exciting. The film takes place in Casablanca, Morocco during World War II. People fled from all over Europe to Casablanca in hopes of going to America. Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) is not one of those people. He is quite content in being the owner of Rick’s Café Americanain. He and Sam (Dooley Wilson), the Café’s piano player, are doing well until Ilsa Lund (Ingrid Bergman) comes into his Saloon. She has come to town to get letters of transit for her and her husband, Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid), to get out of Casablanca and go to Lisbon. Rick has the letters they need to get out, but he is having a hard time giving them up to the husband of the love of his life. The tension from the love triangle between Rick, Ilsa and Victor keeps the movie flowing nicely and also adds to the classic movie characteristics. Most every romantic classic movie has two men in love with one woman and as the plot continues the woman always has to make a decision between the two men. The comic relief in this film is slim, but the little that is

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really a contestant-like holding back her belches, and, well, actually looking like a woman. It’s a great comedy that will keep you glued to your seat for ninety minutes, with many lines to keep you laughing. It’s a contest filled with what Gracie thought to be shallow, stupid, self-absorbed women, and an agent with horrific manners, uncontrollable snorts, and unbrushed hair caught in the middle. But she soon found out that these women were the friends that she never had. Donald Petrie directed a classic movie that you could watch over and over again, quoting your favorite lines. This is a comedy filled with ongoing laughter to hold your attention the whole time. You won’t want to miss this. This movie exposed Bullock’s acting abilities.

emmaMCWILLIAMS features editor “Twister,” is a twist between scientific, futuristic, and a common love story. It has a scientific appeal because the story is about a group of people who are completely obsessed with chasing “twisters.” It’s a story of a wounded girl, Jo (Helen Hunt), who lost her father to a twister and has been changed since. Nobody knows how a tornado works, so Jo and her ex-husband, Bill (Bill Paxton), build an instrument called Dorothy that has sensors that are supposed to go up into the tornado and read off information from it. Love is seen through how nature, even if it’s deadly, can bring two people together or apart—whether it involves with Jo and Bill, or Bill and his fiancée, Melissa ( Jami Gertz). His fiancée, who’s a reproductive therapist, is oblivious to this side of her husband-to-be: a tornado chaser. She thought he was just using a metaphor. The science aspect of the movie gets boring because all the side conversation is only about twisters. There were many times during the movie where I wanted to just turn the movie off then. I was glad I kept watching because I was very satisfied with the ending. Yes, it was a happily ever after ending, and I’m perfectly fine with that. I just didn’t expect there to be a love story revolved around deadly unpredictable tornadoes.

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Corpse Bride is a lovely addition to the series of creepy, fun movies that Tim Burton has directed. Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter are the voices of the two main characters in this loose rendition of an old folktale. Victor Van Dort (Depp) is first introduced to the audience as a shy and nervous man who is to be wed to a beautiful girl, Victoria Everglot, in hopes of saving the Everglot family, who has recently gone bankrupt. Much to the dismay of all involved, Van Dort is far too disorganized and can not seem to memorize his vows. The pastor, in a rage at his incompitence, banishes Van Dort until such time that he has memorized his vows. As Van Dort wanders the woods, he is constantly trying to get his vows right. Finally, he says them correctly and, practicing on what he thinks is a tree, he places the marriage ring on the hand of a dead corpse. A corpse bride to be exact, named Emily (Carter). Emily informs Van Dort that she is now his betrothed, much to Van Dort’s horror. She then wisks him away to the underworld. As Van Dort constantly tries to return to his Victoria, Emily constantly tries to make Van Dort love her. The adventrues that ensue are quite enthralling, full of plots of deception and a chase for that one true love.

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Keep Your Ears Open For...

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Cisco Adler and Shwayze met in 2005 when Shwayze attended a gig at a local Malibu Inn to see his friend perform, but in the middle of his friend’s performance Shwayze jumped on the stage and started freestyling. The crowd loved him, and he noticed Cisco behind the stage and they hit it off from there. Shwayze begged Cisco for some studio time, which is located in Cisco’s house, and eventually he agreed. Shwayze is made up of the two and their disk jockey. Shwayze released his self-titled album not long after. Shwayze categorizes his music as “California chill.” Their music is made from Shwayze’s hip-hop combined with Cisco’s acoustic abilities. They usually write their music from their experiences from their night life. They usually make their own beats on the spot, or sometimes have one already made. With their new hit “Corona and lime” they hope to keep their same style through out their fame, not forgetting where they’re from. The endless summer of Malibu. Compiled by Jeanna Campbell

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Okra Strut begins tonight with annual street dance kristenPOLINSKI circulation manager

It’s that time of year when the leaves begin to change color, the autumn air becomes crisp and people of all ages start to crowd together in roads and parking lots to strut another night away to a shag band. Carnival rides come to life overnight and the smells of popcorn, cotton candy and okra once again fill the air in Irmo. The annual weekend long celebration of okra, popularly known as the Okra Strut, is back for its 35th year. The festival first started as a fundraiser for the Lake Murray-Irmo Woman’s Club in 1973. The name came about when a local radio personality described the “ancient Irmese” as “a farming tribe who lived off okra.” Jim Twitty was approached by one of the commissioners from the Okra Strut and he is now the administrator of the festival. He believes the tradition of the Okra Strut is what continuously draws crowds to the venue each year. “[The Okra Strut] is really the signature event of the town and most everyone takes part. It’s like the State Fair to a small community and there’s so much local involvement,” Twitty said. Some of the festival’s events this year are focused on the early days of the festival. The US Navy also has a large interactive display. Typically Irmo students’ favorite part of the festival is the Friday Night Street Dance, which includes the opening day of rides, a live band to dance and listen to and an Okraeating contest. “I like walking around on Friday night with my friends,” Jasmine Howard, sophomore, said. The swings are her and The Stinger

her friends’ ride of choice. The Okra Strut is also trying to break world records this year. A giant game of “Simon Says” will commence tonight during the Street Dance. “We will hold the game around 8:30 p.m. and need approximately 3,000 to break the record,” Twitty said. “We really just want everyone to have fun with the game.” Ticket prices are fifty cents each and they are sold in five dollar “express sheets.” Festival goers will need tickets to participate in the festival’s amusements and to purchase food, beverages and, of course, okra! Festival organizers are not worried that the troubled economy and high gas prices will have a negative impact on turnout. “It may, in fact, help attendance since folks are traveling out of the area less and staying closer to home,” Twitty said. Heather Patrick, junior, also didn’t think the economy will have much effect on her ticket purchases. Surpluses raised from ticket sales are used for future Okra Struts and also go toward town enhancement projects. Tomorrow morning the annual Okra Strut Parade will begin at Crossroads Middle School and end at the intersection of St. Andrews and Lake Murray Boulevard. Many Irmo High students are involved in the parade through clubs like the Civinettes, athletics like cheerleading and extracurricular activities like dance companies. Katherine Kea, senior, has been participating in the parade since the seventh grade. “This year I’ll be walking with the varsity cheerleaders,” Kea said. “I think the best part about the parade is having the little kids look up to us and cheer us on.” The Okra Strut begins tonight at six and the festival will continue Saturday until 5 p.m. The Okra Strut Parade will kick off Saturday at 9 a.m. Graphic by Samantha Edwards


Monkey Ice has a flavor for everyone

 If I was in the mood for something sweet, Barbie would be my first choice; p h o t o g r a p h y e d i t o r it is all I could ever ask for in regards to Immediately after stepping through drinking my past playmate. Red Velvet the threshold, I felt like I was walking Cake would put me on a sugar high into my house.  The calm atmosphere for days. On the other hand maybe I’d eased the outside tensions that seemed better skip the sweets.    I started to consider something to be pulling me down.  This place is sour.  The frog in a blender is a mouth plastered in my favorite childhood puckering sour; it gets so intense that I animal- monkeys.  Hmm, Monkey Ice, can’t eat more than five bites of it.  I guess that’s a logical name.  I have never actually tried dill pickle, I glanced to my left and immediately but I would assume that it is on the my eyesight was filled with tall bottles sour side.  I didn’t feel very daring, thus of a variety of colored liquids.  On the I concluded that sour wasn’t really what other side I am welcomed by the tables I was looking for. that proudly stand holding a barrel of  So far, I had decided that sweet and monkeys.  sour were not what I was seeking, so that Once I looked up I noticed the giant left fruity.  I surveyed my options.  I had black chalkboard. I had found the menu.  I started reading my choices; strawberry, an unlimited amount of combinations.  lime, man-berry, Spiderman, wedding Strawberry, blueberry, lime, blackberry, cake, dill pickle, monkey blood, frog in cherry, peach, raspberry; this all made it very difficult. a blender, Barbie, chocolate. Then, at the bottom of the third Alarm filled me when I realized that I had to decide which flavors I wanted.  I column, I read man-berry.  I asked the decided the best was to consider what it man behind the counter what manwas I was looking for; a little deductive berry was.  He quickly informed me that reasoning would do the trick.             

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Brian Eckstrom, senior, created this flavor, and that it contained mango and blueberry.  As quickly as he had responded, I had decided this was what I was looking for.  He prepared my sno-cone and I exited as happily as I entered.  This turned out to be another successful day at Monkey Ice.      The Sims were previously missionaries in Honduras, but they currently reside in Irmo.  After an unexpected illness occurred in the family around Christmas of 2007, they had no choice but to move back into the states.  Having heard about the ‘sno ball’ business from friends in North Carolina, the Sims decided to give it a try.  After careful planning and consideration, Monkey Ice was opened on May 17, 2008.  Store hours are weekdays and Saturdays from noon to 9 p.m., and just recently added to the listings, Wednesday mornings from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m.  With more than 80 flavors, Monkey Ice is perfect for anyone!         

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“The Lucky One” by Nicholas Sparks book “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist” movie week 2 “Indiana Jones and the Kindom of the Crystal Skull” dvd “Tell Tale Signs” by Bob Dylan music week 3 “A Lion Among Men” by Gregory Maguire” book “The Secret Life of Bees” movie week 4 “High School Musical 3: Senior Year” movie “The Incredible Hulk” dvd week 5 “A Hundred Million Suns” by Snow Patrol music “The Gate House” by Nelson DeMille book

The Breakdown oc tober The Breakdown is a week-by-week glance at the books, music, and dvds that will be released in the upcoming month.

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Homecoming Candidates ‘08-‘09 AFJROTC Chelsea Marsh, 12 Art Club Kim Padula, 12 Auto Body Club Stacey Leas, 12 Baseball Erin Jashinsky, 12 Beta Club Kayla McLauchlin, 12 Boys’ Soccer Haley Stinson, 11 Boys’ Swim Team Sara Moore, 11 Boys’ Tennis Team Gillian Harper, 12 B-Team Cheerleaders Catie Beth Bowman, 9 Civinettes Jenna Addison, 12 Cross Country Raheema Hodges, 12 DIVAS Stacey Garrick, 12 Drill Team

Ashley Lake, 11 Drum Line Eliza Ballou, 11 FCA Brittany Hill, 10 French Club Danielle Bridges, 12\ Freshman Class Hannah Goodwin, 9 German Club Jessica Stephens, 11 Girls’ Soccer Team Haley Hutchens, 12 Girls’ Swim Team Kelly Ryan, 12 Girls’ Tennis Team Chelsea Metts, 12 Gay-Straight Alliance Samantha Williamson, 12 Hi-Steppers Ashley Jenkins, 11 Interact Club Amelia Mau, 12 Junior Class Colleen Rast, 11

“Good luck Samantha Latta. We love you!” - JV cheerleaders “Good luck Brittany. We’re proud of you!” - FCA “Catie, we love you and are so proud of you!” -mom, dad and Emily “Kelsey B, good luck in homecoming! You’re our pick!” -mom and dad “Rachel, win or lose, you will always be our homecoming queen! We love you very much and wish you the best!” -mama, daddy and Sarah

JV Cheerleaders Samantha Latta, 10 Key Club Erin Thomas, 12 Kitty Hawk Lashanda Watlington, 12 Landscape Club McKenzie Lever, 10 Marching Band Aisha Smith, 12 Miss Yellow Jacket Christina Hsieh, 12 Mu Alpha Theta Chelsea Moyer, 12 National Honor Society Katie Ashley, 12 Orchestra Emily Fanguy, 12 Photo Club Kayla Groff, 12 PINK Angelica Teran, 11 Science Team Kristen Polinski, 12 Senior Class

“Taylor, hope your senior year is the best. Love you!” -mom, dad, and Joshua “Catie, We know you will do a great job representing us for homecoming. Good luck and pinkies up! “ -Varsity cheerleaders “Katherine Kea- Have a great senior year! We love you!” -mom and dad “Go Yellow Jackets 45” -Women’s Home Solution “Vanessa is my hero!” -Josh Lindower “Brett wishes he was as cool as Jim.” September, 2008

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Kelsey Barham, 12 Skills USA Diamond Childers, 11 Society of Irmo Services Shelby Barker, 12 Softball Lindsay Cruz, 12 Sophomore Class Emily Neal, 10 Spanish Club Kaela Gardner, 12 Student Council Rachel Fogle, 12 Student Trainers Katelyn Floyd The Stinger Jeanna Campbell, 12 Theatre Company Kelley Freeman, 12 Varsity Cheerleaders Catie Wade, 12 Volleyball Team Kathryn Shuford, 12 Yearbook Tempesst Conner, 11 Young Republican Club Taylor Bates, 12

Shout outs

-Jim “PTSO Barbeque in the cafeteria Nov. 7th before the Dutch Fork game. Ten dollars per plate.” -PTSO “Micha Rowland- Have a wonderful senior year!! We love you.” -mom and dad “Good luck, Samantha.” -Tylor “Josh, you are better than me. “ -Michael M. “Bi-Lo- Great food, Great people! The perfect shopping experience!” -Bi-Lo

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Three Rivals, Fo The grass is greener on the other side, as some may say. As things are examined a little closer, it may be realized that they are not always as they seem. You may have more to be thankful for than you thought. The Stinger staff has taken down the fences and put the grass of Irmo, Dutch

Fork and Chapin on display. The first step in deconstructing these fences was determining which areas were hidden. As we brainstormed ideas to cover, we concluded that there were four topics incognito. Among these were ID, tardy, parking, and dress code policies. To accurately

provide you with the correct information. First, we had to do our research; the administrators at each school were very helpful. Now that we are informed, we would like you to take a look at the information that has been hidden from you all these years.

Parking Policy Irmo

Sign up- first come first serve; grade isn’t a factor Benefits- keeps school secure by knowing who is on campus

Chapin

Sign up- Students who attend “Alive at 25” receive discount Benefits- to monitor school security

Dutch Fork

Sign up-students must attend “Alive at 25” seniority and GPA decide order Benefits- keeps school safer easy to identify

when the bell rings. Students are allowed three free tardies per semester Consequences- detention Prevention- get to class on time, plan your hall way route

Tardy Policy Irmo

Tardy Policy- Six minutes in between classes; students have a tardy card and receive five chances to be tardy before getting a detention Consequences- two-hour detention Prevention- Plan your route in the halls

Dutch Fork

Chapin

Tardy Policy- Students receive three free tardies before getting a detention Consequences- Detention Prevention- Be on time

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our Policies Dress Code Policy

joshBUTLER, vanessaLINDOWER p h o t o g r a p h e r, p h o t o g r a p h y e d i t o r

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Students must tuck in shirts longer than their wrists; sleeves must be two inches thick; no scarves, bandannas or beads Purpose of dress code- To prepare students for the work world Benefits of dress code- Positive environment for students to learn and teachers to teach How is cheated- Some kids try and say they don’t know where their wrists are

Dutch Fork

Students must have mesh bookbags; skirts/ shorts must be fingertip length; shirt straps must be two inches thick, or ID width. Purpose of dress codecreates a better climate that is focused and not distracting, prepares students for the work world Benefits of dress code-

Better learning environment How is cheated- Students claim they weren’t aware of the dress code.

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Similar to Irmo’s policy; no tuck rule Purpose of dress code- To establish a positive environment with few distractions Benefits of dress code- A positive environment and it creates fairness How is cheated- Students try to get away with dress code violations but are not likely to succeed

Dutch Fork

Purpose of IDs- Safety, so it is obvious to see who belongs How IDs are altered- stickers, as long as face isn’t covered there is no problem

ID Policy Irmo

Purpose of IDs- So students, faculty and staff can feel secure in their learning and working environments How IDs are altered- Stickers - students will have to get ids if their picture is covered

Chapin

Purpose of IDs- to ensure campus safety and help teachers to know students How IDs are altered- IDs being altered isn’t an issue

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Guiding Irmo with style rileyMCCULLOUGH

asking me things like how do you apply to college and what kind of scholarships are out there, so I used to just do it naturally so entertainment editor I decided that I might need to go back and learn how to do it Chadwick Pressley, guidance counselor, has always professionally,” Pressley said. wanted to be a hairstylist. Ever since he was a little boy he It took Pressley four years to get his undergrad degree and two spent time doing hair while his mother was going back to years to get his master’s. school. “I got my undergrad degree from Claflin University, in 2004 in “My sister used to be at the house with me, she is younger Sociology. And then I got my masters form SC State University than me, and we used to want to go places with my dad, but in 2007,” Pressley said. her hair was never done. After graduating from college Pressley still wanted to pursue So I was like come here and I would brush it up for her. hairstyling, so he went to Williamsburg Technical College to get …I kept doing it and his license to be a hairstylist. doing it and it was getting “I went to hair school and that is better, getting better, when I found that I really loved it; getting better and my however, I just didn’t want to turn my mom stopped doing her back on my degree so that is why I do hair and was letting me do two things at the same time. So by it,” Pressley said. day, I’m a guidance counselor and by At the age of 16 is evening and night I’m a hairstylist,” when Pressley started to Pressley said. get his first customers. Pressley said he was extremely “Then her friends excited when he was offered a job at started seeing her hair and Irmo High School on his birthday. was like ‘who did your “I officially got this job on July hair?’ ‘My brother.’ and 30th of 2008, however there is a great they would say ‘could he story behind that. They called me on do my hair?’ I was like July 30th to tell me I go the job, but Britni Slone SMILING WITH STYLE: Chadwick Pressley ‘what?’ Then more people ironically, that’s my birthday, so they started coming and it just offered me the job on my birthday so shows off his tools while working. He began blew up,” Pressley said. it was a wonderful birthday gift for his interest in hairstyling at the age of 16. Pressley found himself me,” Pressley said. wanting to pursue Pressley is the newest guidance hairstyling as a career, but his mother wanted him to go to counselor at Irmo High School this yearand a hairstylist at college. Changing Faces on Decker Boulevard. He found that doing both “Yeah, I wanted to do [hairstyling] but of course, being jobs makes him better to inform the students about the working young your parents tell you that you need to do this, you world. “I can probably tell the students about both sides of the need to do that. And so my mom told me that doing hair wasn’t a real job. You need to go to school because hair is not working world because I have the professional job on one side and a quote, unquote blue collar job on the other side,” Pressley said. real.” Pressley said. Even though Pressley finds that working two jobs can be Despite a lot of arguing, he respected his mother’s wishes stressful, he still finds relaxation in what he does. and decided to go to college. Pressley has always enjoyed “When I’m doing guidance I get a little drained and tired. helping people and decided to pursue a career as a guidance When I’m doing hair, it’s like I’m on the river fishing. …it’s counselor. relaxing so that is kind of my outlet,” Pressley said. “I used to work at a youth group and they were always

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The only thing to fear is purple itself anniePARHAM

copy editor I think I have athazagoraphobia. Maybe it’s because my mom forgot to pick me up one too many times after school. Maybe it’s because too often I forget to pack something important (like shoes) for a big vacation. Regardless of how I got it, I guess having the fear of being forgotten, ignored or forgetting isn’t that bad. There are many fears out there that are a lot worse. Take geniophobia, for example. If you have this phobia, you’d have the unfortunate experience of being afraid of chins. I feel very sorry for people afflicted with this phobia since they must have chins themselves. You’d be afraid of everybody you met and of your own reflection. Porphyrophobia is another weird issue to have to deal with on a daily basis—the fear of the color purple. You’d have to give up eggplants and Barney—not exactly a huge loss—but trying to avoid all things purple on the street would be lifelong struggle.

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On the other hand, some fears are just ridiculous beyond belief. There’s arachibutyrophobia, the fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of your mouth (seriously, was it necessary to make a word for this?). And how about papaphobia, fear of the pope? I mean, your time would be better spent worrying about peanut butter getting stuck to the roof of your mouth. Apparently some people have Walloonphobia, the fear of Walloons (it’s a real word—just look it up). The halls of Irmo High School might easily be filled with people who have fears like didaskaleinophobia or ephebiphobia, the fears of school and teenagers. I’m pretty sure I don’t officially have either one of those, but there are still times that I don’t want to deal with either. The school might even be filled with paraskavedekatriaphobic people—the superstitious types afraid of Friday the 13th. You might remember the word pantophobia from “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” Charlie Brown had gone to Lucy for help diagnosing the reason for his sadness. Lucy listed several common fears for Charlie Brown until she reached the correct one: pantophobia, the fear of everything. “THAT’S IT!” yelled Charlie Brown. I think I’m happy just to stick with my athazagoraphobia. Although I think I might also have decidophobia, the fear of making decisions. But I’m not sure.

It was a birthday to remember malloryMACGARGLE

business manager Pink balloons, blue party hats, a Barbie cake, and family and friends all together - what else can a little girl ask for on her third birthday? It was a day so perfect, but that was the last time I would see my Uncle Brian. The last time the whole family would be together. Almost a month after my birthday, a tragedy came our way. Nov. 6, 1994, at 2 a.m., trying to avoid two drunks on a motorcycle who came into his lane, my uncle swerved and hit a tree. He had saved two people’s lives instead of his own. That was the day that changed everything. The day that made me question every obstacle thrown at me. The day we got the one phone call that no one wants to get. I was in my mom’s arms, with my brother’s hands in hers, and I did not know what had happened. I questioned people’s tears. I was so confused about why my dad was walking up and down the cold, dreadful hospital halls waiting for answers. He was isolating himself, not a sound coming out of his mouth. It was the only time that I have ever seen my dad

cry. Too young to understand. I was the only one oblivious to what was surrounding me. No goodbyes, nothing, just silence. It’s been years and everyone is still in denial, trying not to believe that it happened and separating themselves from the tragedy. Watching my father look at his pictures, still seeing my grandmother cry, I realized I could never sit on his lap again. I can’t beg him for hours at a time to have tea parties with me, or see him at one of my dance recitals. I would never have those memories to look back on like everyone else could do. Since that day, some of the family became distant themselves. His wife and children never really came around after that, never a phone call, never a word. That day changed everything. We all changed. Losing a loved one in a second caused everyone to back away and put up their wall. We built the fear of losing someone any day, never letting new people in. Despite everything that happened, we still have those days where we catch ourselves smiling and laughing at all of the stories about him. We still have his birthdays to celebrate and recognize. Although, that one day changed all of us in a way, we all became stronger and closer as a family. We began to accept everything that happens. That was a birthday that I will never forget. When I was in his arms, looking in the deep brown eyes of a man so full of life, nothing else seemed to matter. I know that moment, every part of it, will live on forever.

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America, it’s time to face the hole

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samanthaEDWARDS editor in-chief FoxTV, marauder of unsettling game shows like “The Moment of Truth,” has a new hit on Thursday nights. Tetris like you’ve never seen it. “Hole in the Wall” is the American version of a Japanese game show, and like many of Japan’s game shows,it’s completely bizarre, unreasonably violent, and immeasurably shocking. Contestants compete in teams of three, dressed seemingly like baked potatoes in silver spandex spacesuits with elbow guards. To win, they must shift the shape of their bodies to match the shape that is cut into a giant foamlike wall that is flying towards them. Dodging the wall more often than their opponent correlates to $25,000. This doesn’t sound so tough, but the shapes are elaborate and placed at varying heights on the wall. So while some contestants find a way to squeeze through the hole “Operation”-style (without hitting the edges), most contestants find the tasks to be out of their range of physical capability, and many of the contestants are just too fat. Contestants stand on the edge of a pool filled with icky

green water. If they can’t navigate the hole, they take a dip. Those contestants who are larger around the waistline tend to get stuck in the hole and dismantle the entire wall before falling to their watery doom. It hurts just enough to be hilarious. The first round is the “Solo Round” in which one contestant from each team must ‘face the hole.’ The weakest links of each team are usually the ones that face the wall alone. I think that the producers of the show must have some say in which team members must compete in this round in order to maintain the highest level of entertainment value possible. The next rounds involve two to three team members maneuvering through the holes. About half of the challenges involve several different holes per wall, but the other half are totally awkward, and appear to be, though I can’t say for sure, sexual positions. After the first few contestants are completely annihilated by the wall, however, I tend to get bored. Times like these call for “double speed.” All the same action. Two times as fast. Twice the funny. My favorite round of the show is the “Money Round.” It is particulary impossible. In “Money Rounds” one contestant from the winning team has the option to try to dodge the wall while blindfolded for $100,000. I have yet to see any team win the “Money Round,” I guess it’s just Fox’s way of showing that even the winners are losers. Though I can’t understand why anyone would go on this show, I can say that “Hole in the Wall” is the perfect combination of pain, ridiculousness, and stupidity. So America, get ready to face the hole.

Those annoying copper-colored circles kaylaGROFF produc tion manager

So, I’ve been working at this place for a little more than two years. Throughout my time there I have had many experiences that were good and bad. Whether it be mixing up peaches with mangos to give out with orders or dealing with naïve customers, my moments never seem to be dull. Many familiar faces from Irmo High School like to “chill” at Tropical Smoothie Café on Friday and Saturday nights after seeing a movie. I don’t know what it is about Tropical Smoothie Café, but it seems a LOT of people like to “chill” there at the most inconvenient time: closing. One night in particular, I was working with one of my managers who got a call for a delivery downtown in Columbia. When he left, my tired and ready-to-get-theheck-out-of-here body was left by itself to tend to the customers and clean up as much as possible before closing. Everything was going great until these three bouncy girls came waltzing in, laughing and giggling. I had just

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finished making their smoothies and trying to finish cleaning when one of the girls came up to the register. I calmly asked the girl what I could get her and she asked how much a bag of chips were. So I told her they were 82 cents with tax and with that, she annoyingly skipped back over to her friends and started giggling. When she came back to the register, she held out both hands filled with copper colored circles. Was this girl for real? She was paying me in pennies! As I stared at her bluntly,she proceeded to inform me that along with the pennies, there was a nickel and a dime in the big pile too. I looked at her and gave her a sarcastic “thanks”and began counting. After counting out the change (she was short two pennies), I gave the money back to her in hopes she would give up and leave me alone. Oh, how I was completely wrong. She took her massive heap of change back to her table, looked at me with sly eyes, and told me she was going to re-count it, “just to make sure.” Was she kidding? Did she really think I couldn’t count change? I was so aggravated but I had to keep my cool. About 10 minutes later she came back in the store with the same mountain of copper colored circles (plus two) and watched me count (again) until I reached the total of 82 cents. I handed her the blue Miss Vickie’s Sea Salt and Vinegar chips and with a contained expression told her to “have a nice night.”

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Getting ahead of the game rileyMCCULLOUGH

enter tainment editor Playing a sport in college can really help with the fi n a n c i a l burden that many students and parents have to deal with. Getting a full ride for playing a sport would be music to my ears and it would make the whole college experience a whole lot less stressful. Not having to deal with financial aid or having to dread leaving college and having an enormous debt hanging over my head would be the ideal situation. For me, volleyball is year round. The school team starts in late spring and doesn’t stop until we win the state championship in November or we go

down fighting. During the six months that I am not playing for the school, I play on a regional club team. This team is expensive, but it is well worth it. Being able to be on a club team is great because it helps me stay in shape for the school season. The club team is also an excellent place to get noticed. I joined the SC Juniors Plex club because there is a great deal of travel so that I can be exposed to new teams and coaches. I have traveled to Virginia, Florida, Georgia and North Carolina for volleyball tournaments where I have gotten to meet college coaches. While at a tournament in Charlotte a coach from another club approached me and asked if I would like to join their AAU team. AAU is an organization that holds a national tournament in Orlando, Florida. At this tournament I was exposed to teams from all over the country, including Puerto Rico. Keeping my grades up is a challenge when almost all my time is dedicated to

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sports, but good grades are important to respectable colleges. If I am good at my sport, but I am failing classes, colleges will just skip over me and go to the next person with the same skill level, but better grades. Many student athletes’ struggle with making it to all the practices and games required, and getting all of their homework and studying done on time. Teachers don’t understand that athletes take their sport very seriously and don’t have a great deal of time to devote to homework. During the school season, balancing my homework and volleyball gets to be tricky. Coming home at 9 or 10 p.m. after a game and having two hours of homework ahead of me is not a good motivator to get it done. Many people have informed me that colleges want their students to be well rounded- grades, some type of physical ability, and they want students to be involved in extracurricular activities. Most clubs and organizations are a good way to get community service and show you are dedicated to your school not just your sport. I joined Beta Club, German Club and I’m on the Stinger Staff. Sports will help immensely in building a better future. You learn many important skills that several other people lack, so you can get ahead, i.e. time management, striving for a goal. I have found that joining a sport has improved my future.

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IN THE Do you think the new door lock policy will be effective? “No, because if someone has a gun, they’re crazy anyways. It’s gonna happen sooner or later.”

-Andrew Pirie freshman

“Yeah, I think it’s effective, but really inconvenient.” -Laken Rollison sophomore

“No, cause they [an intruder]could stand outside and then when a student comes out, walk in.” -David Olson junior

“I think that they aren’t effective because there are approximately six six-minute periods when people can just walk in.” -J a m e s Le m m o n senior

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What do Eli, USC and BCS have in common? kristenPOLINSKI circulation manager After watching the LSU T i g e r s shred the Ohio State Buckeyes into a bazillion unidentifiable pieces during the college football championship last year, I thought to myself South Eastern Conference (SEC) teams are untouchable compared to all the other divisions. It was pretty much the same game the year before when the Gators roasted the Buckeyes alive to win the title of national champions. But how did this sport turn into a southern obsession? Marino “Godfather” Casem, a Football Hall of Famer coach, described this phenomena best when he said that “in the East, college football is a cultural exercise. On the West Coast, it is a tourist attraction. In the Midwest, it is cannibalism. But in the South, it is religion.And Saturday is the Holy Day.” Many people would agree that “college gameday” is a pretty big deal in the southern part of the United States and that SEC football hands down dominates, regionally and nationally. Last year, 263 former SEC players were on NFL opening day active rosters; this number topped every other college conference. The south is dominant because many towns below the Mason-Dixie line that live and breathe football (I’m talking about the places where the Friday night lights can attract the population of an entire town) hook young guys into making football a full-time passion. Of course not all towns in the South are like this; towns like Irmo don’t live and breathe football, but still, a large number of The Stinger

us come out on Friday nights to support the Yellow Jackets. In the North many high schools play their games on Saturday and Sunday afternoons – it’s considered lucky to have just 30 fans in the stands. Young southern football players have much more of an advantage to be competitive players because they play for their high school on Friday, on Saturday they watch and learn from their favorite college team (most likely an SEC team) and then on Sunday they cheer on NFL players who were once from their hometowns. Weather also plays a factor because southern high school teams have spring practices, while in other parts of the country snow won’t allow year-round practice. Many high school players from the South choose to stay here when they are ready to play college ball. You won’t find many southerners playing for teams like the Minnesota Golden Gophers. Climate conditions play a large role in this decision. Even though it looks pretty, playing football during a snow storm would be pretty darn miserable. More than likely, the major colleges these players want to play for are the big name colleges of the SEC, such as Alabama, Auburn, Florida, LSU, and Georgia. In the midst of celebrating its 75th anniversary, the SEC is also on the top of the list in national championships. Since the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) system began in 1998, the SEC has risen to the top with four championships. Many former SEC players, including the Manning brothers and Shaun Alexander (2005 MVP), are now in the spotlight of the NFL. The winners of the last two BCS championship games, Florida and LSU, ripped their opponents apart. I predict another SEC team will do the same this year. Maybe even the Gamecocks could get their game together and win the championship…


Letter to the Editor

night just searching the internet, way towards myself and my allies. With this up and coming year, I (Gay, lesbian and Straight Education hope to accomplish many things. Network.) Located on this website I am hoping that even if we can were a vast amount of topics. One change one persons mind about in particular caught my eye, and the gay stereotype, that the club that just happened to be something has done its right and proper job. called a GSA also known as a Gay- The high and mighty purpose of this Straight Alliance. There was my club is to end the homophobia, and eureka moment! I read further about promote tolerance; which includes this thing called a GSA, and came to teaching people that being gay isn’t find out that it just so happened to be a sin, or a lifestyle choice, but that the thing that I needed to do in order it’s something you’re born with, a to stop all the bullying and anti-gay gift from God, the same as being slurs. From that point is where I am straight. This club is going to help now, writing to all of you today. give people an open-mind, not just Today I still can’t believe all that towards gay people, but hopefully I, and my allies, had to go through towards all walks of life, which in order for this club to form. I am encompasses ever one. Every person so appreciative that it has finally in this world is unique, and some happened. The things I, we, had to go just have a varying degree, such through were tremendous and not as homosexuality, and that is not something a 17-year-old teenager, something that should be made fun such as myself, should have gone of. Being called a faggot, queen, fag, through. I do not regret anything queer, butch, dyke, tranny, and things that I have done, or will do with and of that nature are truly what bring for this club. I regret that this was our high school down. I personally blown out of proportion, and have love Irmo High School, and am glad nothing but the deepest and most I am a graduating senior this year. profound amount of sorrow for Mr. I can only hope that this club Walker our beloved principal. I would really makes the impression that actually like to thank him for all that it’s intended to do. As I write to you he went through, and made me go today, and you read this, I hope you through, because it showed me that can really understand the reason why I was stronger than I could have ever I decided to start this Alliance, for imagined. Please, do not get me gay and straight people alike. I hope wrong, I have the strongest respect this builds a better understanding for Mr. Walker for standing up for and friendship towards everyone, what he believes in, as should ever not only in the Irmo Nation, one else, as they should feel the same but as well as the community.

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“The things we do” and I found a website called GLSEN stephen freedman senior

That’s a funny phrase, “The things we do.” Only because of a certain few things I’ve done these past twelve months. I remember a time when there wasn’t anything big going on in my life, nothing important, just harassment daily from the same people, why? That’s a good question; it might be because I’m gay. Oh no! I said it the “bad” word. Yes, being gay was one of the hardest things God has made me go through. I thought about it long and hard one day, I mean deeply and prophetically. I knew already that I shouldn’t be made fun of for being different, which I really wasn’t. I felt the same way about other gay people, whether they were gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender. I never really knew what to do about the harassment, just that it needed to stop. Yeah, I know I could have told the administration about it, and what the kids who teased and taunted me get a slap on the wrist? I don’t think so. I needed something better, something that would help educate people about homosexuality. I stayed up one

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Injuries affect seasons

Since her injury, Bowman has to emmaMCWILLIAMS wake up 20 minutes earlier to get ready for school, because she has to sit down to features editor put on makeup and keep her leg propped up so it doesn’t swell. Bowman said she Catie Beth Bowman, freshman, can’t be as active as she used to be, and began her high she can’t school career in a go to many wheel chair. She events like cheers on the the movies. B-team squad but Va r n e y competes with the said he will JV Competition be completely team. She broke healed in her leg and ankle about two when she fell months to from the air in a play his first 360 stunt where game. He she spins in the said his injury hands of the has affected girls holding her. his school “My knee work as well was pointed up because the like normal, but hand he uses my foot was at a to write with 90 degree angle. is his broken The doctor said hand, and he that I have a very also said his serious injury, and cast is “heavy Britni Slone there is no way and smelly.” INJURY: Catie Beth sits out and looks I can compete, and Bowman on as her team preactices. Injuries can he has never seen a and Varney dislocation this bad take a toll on many people. have support before,”Bowman said. from their She said she coaches, family thought her leg was just turned to the and friends. Bowman’s brother Chad side and didn’t think it was broken. takes her to her first class and her friend Taylor Varney, senior, plays varsity Logan helps her into the practice gym soccer. He got an injury from falling for practice. Her coach brought her on his hand during soccer practice. family dinner while she was in surgery. “This was close to my biggest “If I didn’t have good friends and family injury but I would say breaking my and a good coach, it would be so much nose was the worst,” Varney said. harder than it already is,” Bowman said. Both Bowman and Varney said Varney said he also has a great they feel their lives are much different friendship and support system because of their injuries. Since Bowman with his teammates and coach. can’t participate in the routine, her job “My coach was laughing because is to support the team and watch them. he knows this would only happen “I try to help Coach Linda reconstruct to me. I hope my teammates were the routines since I’m not going to be worried. I’m sure they were. We competing. So I try to help to figure out what are brothers in soccer,” Varney said. to do and how to replace me,” Bowman said. Phil Savitz is Varney’s soccer

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Brian Hill

What college are you planning on attending? Citadel What is the toughest part of being a quarterback? Knowing that everyone’s counting on me Do you have any words to live by? “For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength” Philippians 4:13 How long have you worked towards being where you are today? I have always wanted to play Irmo football

coach. Savitz said he doesn’t think soccer is dangerous in relation to other sports. “If they go to the training room with Coach Douglas and they are getting the treatment they need, it will help them heal much quicker,” Savitz said. Sports can cause injuries but with the support and treatment athletes need, they just might be able to turn the situation around like Bowman and Varney have. “Injuries are a part of sports,” said Savitz.


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“I hang out with friends pretty much everyday outside of school,” Hutchens said. “I mean, sometimes if I have a lot of homework, I’ll have to say no to my friends, but generally I have no problem fitting in time with them.” As if keeping up with school work and a social life is not enough, with practices five days a week from 4 to 5:30 p.m., scheduling can be overwhelming for the players, especially on game days when they may not get home until 11 p.m. “Usually athletes know what they have to do and they prioritize well. They know what’s important and they’re motivated to excel both in the classroom and on the athletic field,” Mike Mauldin, the girls’ soccer coach, said. Like Savitz,Mauldin emphasizes the importance of academics to his players. “We work around their practice schedule to accommodate for their academic needs,” Mauldin said. This is the sixth year that the girls’and boys’ soccer teams have been nominated for NSCAA Team Academics plaques. “We are very proud that our boys’ and girls’ soccer teams take pride in their accomplishments on the field and in the classroom,” Savitz said.

Both of Irmo High School’s soccer teams have hit another high, not by scoring goals, but by maintaining advanced GPAs. The members of the girls’ and boys’ teams are ranking high in their classes-many are taking Honors and AP classes. Last year, the girls’ average GPA was a 4.00, and the boys’ average was a 3.77 and won the National Soccer Coaches Association of America High School Team Academic Award (NSCAA). This year both teams have been nominated for this award for the sixth year in a row. The boys’ coach, Phil Savitz, said he makes sure that they all have enough time and put in enough effort into their grades. “Our coaches stress academics with all of our players as their number one priority,” Savitz said. “We also maintain close contact with parents so we are on the same page about their son’s academic standing.” Some might think that maintaining a high GPA with this busy schedule is nearly impossible, but Haley Hutchens, senior, makes sure she balances her studies and soccer to make sure all her work gets done. “I try to ABOVE THE get most of my GOAL: The schoolwork done 2007 Girls during the day, like varsity soccer when I’m a student aide or whenever I team recieved have free time, so an honorI can devote more able academic time to soccer and award. They family and friends,” have been Hutchens said. Along with nominated for school work, six years. fitting in time for family and friends can be difficult, especially when there’s homework that has to be done.

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Mike Moore varsity track

How long have you been coaching? 36 years. What has your biggest accomplishment been while coaching? Watching kids get better; watching the light turn on in the kids head. Who is your toughest opponent? Myself. That’s everyone’s toughest opponent. Vanessa Lindower

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them better. Raymond has that same aspiration. He said he wants his team to do the very best that they can. sports editor “They have to be mentally prepared before they Irmo’s swim team doesn’t let change hold step up to compete. I want them to compete against them back from doing their best at every meet. the other people in the pool. Every place matters. I Jim Raymond, coach, took the place of Steve King and want them to compete to get better,” Raymond said. Raymond is loved by many of his swimmers for different has led the boys’ and girls’ teams off to an excellent start. Raymond said he is out to make the team better, hold on to, reasons, whether it’s how he coaches or just his personality. “Coach Raymond, and improve their he’s my favorite a l r e a d y because he is such a impressive record. good coach and he As the team knows how to have is led by a new fun but get work coach things done at the same might be difficult, time,” Moore said. dealing with a As for next year’s change in routine. swim team, Raymond Sara Moore, said he isn’t too junior, said she concerned quite yet. believes otherwise. There is still the rest “The only of this season that he change you have has to worry about. to deal with is “I’m enjoying getting to know a the season as it is. whole new coach,” I’m looking forward Moore said. to our next meet,” Raymond said Raymond said. he has learned “There are a few a lot from his Josh Butler quality swimmers new team from SWIM ON DOWN: Zach Poston, sophomore, butterflies down the lane. that are coming what it takes to successfully Swimming began with a new coach, and the same talents for ‘08-’09. back, but I am looking forward to run a team to cleaning up after meets to injuries of the athletes. going to beat Lexington and Dutch Fork,” Raymond said. Raymond said he has high hopes for his team and for “I have learned a lot about the inside of the season to be a successful one. swimming: what it takes to run a team, getting things the rest of prepared and organized at a meet. Also, the joy of victory and the agony of injury,” Raymond said. The stress of coaching has gotten to Raymond, but he said he handles it positively. “I get very stressed at home meets. You have to prepare the pool for guests,” Raymond said. There is only one meet left until the team goes to compete at the region meet on October 4. Raymond said he has a positive outlook. “Lexington is our biggest rival. I’m not too worried. We are just trying to get swimmers qualified to move on to the state meet,” Raymond said. With coaching comes the job of encouraging your team and having the drive to make

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