Issuu on Google+

theOlympiad

Jim Thorpe Area High School 1 Olympian Way, Jim Thorpe, PA 18229 olympiad@jtasd.org

Volume 44 Issue 3

Features

Marine Corps. Education Workshop By: Amanda Petrin

F

Senior, Keith Blackwell, is featured in this issue’s MyFace. Page 2

Focus

By: Kayla Susko

Pages 4-5

Opinion

Are teacher Twitters helpful? The answer is revealed. Page 6

Sports

A

Page 7

ksusko@student.jtasd.org

ll students in the Jim Thorpe Area School District were notified of changed vaccination requirements neccesary to attend Jim Thorpe schools. These notifications were sent with final report cards of the 2010-2011 school year, as well as with first quarter report cards of the current school year. These new vaccination demands are due to changes made by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, and it is very imporant that all students and parents are aware of this. Any student who does not fulfill these new requirements eight months after the start of the 2011-2012 school year will not be able continue as a student in Jim Thorpe Area School District. Please be sure to have these new requirements met by April 25, 2012.

Students in grades K-12:

-4 doses of tetanus* (1 dose on or after the 4th birthday) -4 doses of diphtheria* (1 dose on or after the 4th birthday) -3 doses of polio -2 doses of measles** -2 doses of mumps** -1 dose of rubella (German measles) -3 doses of hepatitis B -2 doses of varicella (chickenpox) vaccine or history of disease *Usually given as DTP or DTaP or DT or Td **Usually given as MMR

Spanish club field trip

By: Shannon Green

O

Putting sports and academics on a teeter totter; who wins out?

amanda.petrin@student.jtasd.org

rom December 6 to December 9, math teacher, Ms. Horvat, workshop were able to meet many generals in charge of the different and, guidance counselor, Ms. Burchell, were sent to the bases and had the chance to shoot a M-16 rifle on a shooting Marine Corps. Education Workshop range as well. The workshop even in Parris Island, South Carolina. simulated what a live gun fire would Two people volunteer to attend the look like during a war. Workshop each year in order to Ms. Horvat stated, “I learned provide a better understanding of a lot from going to this Education the Marines to students, and to help Workshop. The Marine Corps is them through the recruiting process. intense, and I now have a great “Going to this Workshop, I outlook on what they do for men learned a lot about the recruiting and women. Joining the Marines process for Marines. I feel I can speak is a great option for students not more intelligently about it, and I can wanting to go to college. I have help guide students into the decision a great deal of respect for all the making process more efficiently,” people who dedicate their lives to commented Ms. Burchell. our country.” Ms. Horvat and Ms. Burchell Ms. Horvat and Ms. Burchell spent three days at this event, and all Ms. Burchell and Ms. Horvat had many memorable experiences that will learned that the Marines are all help them in advising students entering the marines. of the participants watched a video on about building confidence and what the recruits endure at the Marine Camps. Upon the second making leaders out of every recruit who walks through the day of the attendants’ arrival at the workshop, they learned what the processing doors. With the information gathered, they now have a recruits also undergo on processing day; such as being given clothing, more positive understanding of what it takes to be a Marine. receiving a physical, getting a haircut, etc. The people attending the

Attention all students!

A review of 2011 honors the famous people lost.

January 2012

n December 5th, students involved in Spanish club had the unique opportunity to visit Nanticoke High School in WilkesBarre to see and learn about various types of Spanish dances. The students saw two types of dancing: Latin American Festival and Flamenco. The first one was called Latin American Festival and the second show was called Flamenco. Mrs. Hoffert, Miss Hill, and four student volunteers were able to experience Salsa dancing as well as the Macarena on stage with the cast of the Flamenco Ballet. “I thought the Flamenco Ballet field trip was really great, because we got to learn about many Spanish dances and culture. I like how the dancers got the audience involved and brought them up on stage. I’m glad I didn’t get picked though, because I’d be really shy to go up there. All in all, it was really cool and I’d definitely go again.” states junior, Heather Outwater. Many of the students who participated in the trip said that it

Students in 7th grade: -1 dose of tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis (Tdap) (if 5 years has elapsed since last tetanus immunization) -1 dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV)

Check out the Olympiad online at: https://sites.google.com/a/jtasd. org/olympiad shannon.green@student.jtasd.org

really was a great time. Mrs. Hoffert stated, “The field trip was a great success and I truly believe that the students learned a lot of meaningful things about Spanish culture.”

The Spanish Club got a real taste of Spain without dealing with passports and baggage.


2

Save the date!

the Olympiad staff

Editors: Mrs. Marino-Advisor Kayla Susko-Editor-In-Chief Erin Bucci-Managing Editor Jeanna McElmoyle-News Editor Mike Kalage-Features Editor Aindrea Williams-Focus Editor Mary Slack-Opinion Editor Lauren Zurn-Sports Editor Dylan Bradley-Managing Photo Editor Alyssa Dachowicz-Copy Editor Nathan Ryals- Copy Editor Alexandria Ventrella- Business Manager

Reporters: Amanda Crandall Jade Elliott Shannon Green Emily Krajcirik Kyle Lawrence Corey Ligenza Rachel Montelius Benjamin Moore Amanda Petrin

By: Erin Bucci

n.

Tue s.

201

We dn

.

Thu r

s.

2 Fri. Sat .

Sun

.

The Glee Club in action T By: Kayla Susko

ebucci@student.jtasd.org

I

Mo

h t 7 2 y r a u n Ja

The Class of 2012 ...is awesome

Features

cannot say that I ever “disliked” my class, and, it turns out, most of them are pretty but I do not think I ever appreciated cool. Fridays in the library with my college it fully; that is, until this year. While an psychology and sociology class (a class of underclassman, I was always sad when each practically all seniors), is probably the most class above me graduated. “Oh boy, anticipated portion of my week. next year is really going to stink Maybe I am just a happier without so-and-so,” I remember person this year, but I doubt this saying to my friend, Kayla. one, I am happy pretty much all Well, this year I am that the time. Instead, I think I am upperclassman getting ready to finally realizing that there really are graduate, and everyone that was some rather hilarious, and enjoyable here my freshman year has people in my own grade. left. Although, it really is not Erin Bucci, Managing Editor As a whole, the class that bad. Actually, I would go so far as to of 2012, in my opinion, is pretty dang say that senior year, thus far, is proving to amazing. I would not want to spend my be one of my favorite years of high school. library Fridays or my sixth period calculus This year I feel as though I have become class with any other people in the entire much closer to my fellow classmates of 2012, world. I love you guys.

ksusko@student.jtasd.org

he Glee Club will be hosting a concert to showcase their hard work and vocal talent on Friday, January 27th in the high school auditorium. Many songs will be featured from the past decades; including “There’s a Fine Fine Line” to be performed by Rebecca Osborne, “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” to be sung by Chris Boyd, and “Born This Way” to be a glee group performance. Senior club founder, Caitlin Henninger, chimes, “We have worked really hard on this concert, and we hope it shows when we perform. Bridget and I were really lucky to have so many talented kids try out this year, and I am sure it is really going to be worth seeing!” The concert will begin at 6:00 with student tickets priced at $1 and public admission, $3. The Glee club is sure to fill many eager ears with

March 24th

Senior basket raffle A By: Kayla Susko

ksusko@student.jtasd.org

basket raffle to support the senior class all night party will be held March 24th at the high school. Doors will open at 11 am and drawings for the baskets will start at 3pm. Food concessions will be offered, and door prizes as well. Help to support the Senior All Night Party by attending this event!

MyFace: Keith Blackwell

Keith Blackwell is not gonna lie, but.... B l ur b s About Me:

Well, I am 18, a senior, and I pretty much cannot wait to graduate. Believe it or not, I actually like coming to school, and not only for the educational aspects of it, but also the social aspects of it. I like to hang out with my friends and meet new people. I also like to blog, tweet, and Facebook creep, like pretty much everyone else. I also enjoy Pre-Calc with Mr. Podlinksi, where we discuss complex mathematical equations, among other topics. As many of you probably know, I am an avid Harry Potter fan. So chances are, if you like Harry Potter, we will get along... unless you are a Slytherin, then probably not.

Heroes:

My hero is definitely my mother. Honestly, she has been through a lot over these past few years, and I believe that she dealt with all of it amazingly. I could not imagine having a different mom. She is one of the reasons why I am the person I am today. She taught me how to live a good life, how to treat others, and other important life skills. The only thing I have to mention is that she does not like my driving, even though I am an excellent driver. So Mom, you need to let me drive more.

TV Shows

Top Friends

Books

Glee, Pretty Little Liars, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Legend of the Seeker, Cash Cab, Jeopardy, That 70’s Show

Interests

Reading, writing, blogging, tweeting, Facebook creeping, and talking about/watching anything involving Harry Potter.

Movies

Harry Potter, Zombieland, The Chronicles of Narnia, Pirates of the Caribbean, Paranormal Activity, Mean Girls, and Star Wars. By: Jade Elliott

Brittany Caufman

Taylor Smela

Victoria DeVries

It’s probably a tie between the first, fifth, and seventh Harry Potter books, although I love them all. My other favorite books are the House of Night Series, The Chronicles of Narnia, A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Inheritance Cycle, The Land of Elyon Series, The Chronicles of Vladmir Todd, The Mysterious Benedict Society, Pretty Little Liars, the Sweep Series, and The Dragon Keeper Chronicles.

Keith’s Advice

When I look back on my previous years of high school, I notice how much I really miss all of my classes. So even though I do not think there is supposed to be advice here, I am just going to advise all of the underclassmen to listen to your teachers. They are definitely there to help you learn even if you do not think you are ever going to use it again (Senorita Hill, I still clap out my Spanish verbs!) jade.elliott@student.jtasd.org


Features

3

“What’s up with that?”

Some explanations to our school’s mysteries. By: Ben Moore

No half-days?

This year is full of change, but many people, including myself, do not understand why we do not have half days. The only time that we do have them, is during parent-teacher conferences. We have full days on days before holidays such as the day before winter and Thanksgiving break, yet, in the past, we had half days. These days before break are truly hectic days, and requiring teachers to attempt to teach students for a full day is harsh. For seniors, the main question is about the full day for prom. What’s up with that?

bmoore@student.jtasd.org

Why do seventh and eighth graders get dressdown days?

It seems that every two weeks or so, I see the middle school students in blue jeans and L.B. Morris t-shirts. High school students like wearing blue jeans too, and raised money from dress down day fundraisers could go towards a scholarship or cause. As I can also remember, the senior class was promised dress down days to those who passed the PSSAs. It is halfway through the year, and this promise shows little sign of being fulfilled! What’s up with that?

My sister from another mister By: Amanda Crandall

Questions

Courtney Santos & Kaitlin Palumbo

1. How did you meet? 2. How long have you been friends? 3. What is your favorite memory? 4. What is your favorite quality in her?

Delaney 1.) When we were younger, our brothers played baseball together. 2.) We have been friends for a while but became close four years ago. 3.) My favorite memory is from when we went to eat Chinese food, went to Wal-Mart in the pouring rain, and we had to run because Carly parked so far away. 4.) My favorite quality in her is she can aways make me laugh, and she is always there to listen to me.

Carly

1.) Our brothers played baseball together, and we first met at one of their baseball games. 2.) We have been friends for four years. 3.) My favorite memory is from when we went to a Fourth of July party and her dad blew up a bucket. 4.) My favorite quality in her is that she is such a nice person, and she will always have your back, no matter what.

Delaney Varano & Carly Marzen

acrandall@student.jtasd.org

Kaitlin

1.) I met her in school, and we started talking as a joke, because someone dared me to talk to her. 2.) We have been friends since sixth grade when she moved here. 3.) My favorite memory would have to be from when she and I took the golf cart and her step-mom yelled at us, so Katie threatened to throw the keys on the roof, and she did. The firemen were not happy taking those down... 4.) My favorite quality in her is how she is so friendly and can easily make a billion new friends in, like, one minute.

Courtney

1.) We met in sixth grade by Courtney only becoming friends with me as a joke. 2.) We have been friends for almost four years. 3.) My favorite memory has to be either of the times at the shore or the times we spent in Boston. 4.) My favorite quality in her would have to be her sense of humor. She is the only one who will laugh with me at stupid, pointless jokes.

Amanda

1.) We first met in fifth grade on our bus and we were in Mrs. Zoba’s class together. 2.) We have been friends for seven years. 3.) My favorite memory with her is from when we did our multi-cultural project together in eighth grade, and my grandmother made us the most embarrassing Polish folkdancer dresses to wear! 4.) My favorite quality in Brooke is that whenever I need her she is always there for me and she is like family, always putting me even before her own self. w

Brooke

Amanda Crandall & Brooke Tworkowsky

1.) We first met in class back in fifth grade. 2.) We have been friends for seven years. 3.) My favorite memory with her is from when we walked through the drive-thru and, after I ate, I got sick and threw up in the parking lot. 4.) My favorite quality in her is that she is always there to listen when I need someone to talk to, and she is always there to help me when I need it.

Nico-teens

The real deal with teens and smoking. By: Alyssa Dachowicz

I

t seems that, in today’s world, teenagers are known for making bad decisions. Usually, teens learn from these mistakes and move on with life. However, there are some decisions that have harmful consequences, and cannot be so easily undone. A prime example of poor decision-making is the issue of teen smoking. Statistics found on www.teenhelp.com, show that 6,000 people under the age of eighteen start smoking every day. Of this number, 2,000 teens will continue smoking. This amounts to 800,000 new teen smokers every year. This is an extremely alarming number. One high school student commented, “I do not understand why teens think it is cool to smoke, but the number that do is scary. When I leave school and see twenty to thirty students standing on the corner smoking, I am disgusted.” Tobacco companies have even started to focus their advertising more toward the younger generation. Marketing studies by tobacco companies show that

sixty percent of smokers started younger than thirteen, and ninety percent started before the age of twenty. Studies have also shown that teens become addicted to

“When I leave school and see twenty to thirty students standing on the corner smoking, I am disgusted.”

smoking more quickly, and on lower levels of nicotine. Most would think that facts like these would be enough to keep teens from choosing to smoke. Sadly, this is not the case. “I know what the risks are. We have had so many people come in to school and talk to us about why smoking is bad. I think a lot of it is just hype. In the end, if I want to smoke, I am going to,” says an anonymous Jim Thorpe student. When one reflects on the topic of teen smoking, it is inevitable that one will wonder why a teenager

alyssa.dachowicz@student.jtasd.org

choses to light up the first time anyway. There are the obvious things, like peer pressure or the desire to “fit in,” but what really goes through a teenager’s mind when they decide to become a smoker is a mystery. “I smoked [cigarettes] for the first time at a party. I wanted to see what it was like, so I asked my friend for one. I never planned on it becoming a regular thing, ” states another anonymous student. There are some teens that make an effort to encourage the rest of their peers to make positive decisions. For example, the members of SADD tried their best to stress the negativity of smoking by participating in the “Great American Smokeout.” They had students sign slips of paper that indicated whether they do smoke, have never smoked, or have quit smoking. Then, the slips were made into a chain and hung in the commons for all to see. By informing teens about the consequences of smoking, hopefully someday this issue will be a thing of the past.


4

Focus

: 1 1 0 2 A year in review

Seventy-two day marriage

emily.krajcirik@student.jtasd.org

By: Emily Krajcirik

R

elationships are never easy; they take a lot of work, time, and effort. High school relationships are even harder, and they usually do not last for very long. Sometimes, these relationships can seem like a joke, especially when people claim that they are in love a week after they start dating, and then say the same thing a week later when in another relationship. After watching this scenario happen for so long, it starts to seem normal. pheries on d Kris Hum an n ia “High school relationships, in my sh da Kim Kar g day. their weddin opinion, are just puppy love. I think we are too young to try to commit to each other, but I do not believe they are a waste of time. We can learn a lot from our relationships, and they also shape us into the person we will be later in life,” said senior Martina Puddu. TV reality star Kim Kardashian and NBA player Kris Humpheries can prove that relationships take work and time. They said their “I do’s” on July 8, 2011 at their extravagant ten million dollar wedding. Seventy-two days later, Kim Kardashian filed for a divorce. Relationships are clearly hard to maintain, not only in high school, but in the adult life as well. They take a lot of time and effort, but can be made possible, as long as one does not follow the example of the Kardashian-Humpheries relationship.

The Royal Wedding By: Kyle Lawrence

O

Olympian wrap-up By: Emily Krajcirik

emily.krajcirik@student.jtasd.org

With the end of 2011, many things at Jim Thorpe High School have happened.

Mr. Kovac and his wife had their third child, Grace Kovac. Mrs. Cable and her husband had a baby. Mrs. Cable commented,“Both Alexandria and I are doing well.  I am learning to live on very little sleep, and Alexandria has me wrapped around her finger.  Every day, as I watch her, I am amazed at how quickly she is growing and learning.  It has only been a month since she was born, but I can not imagine life without her.”   Mrs. Nelson, formally Ms. Tedesco, got married over the summer and is now expecting a baby with her new husband. Dr. Bickel retired from being the librarian. Ms. Everett is now here and at Penn Kidder as the librarian. Jim Thorpe High School adopted the new PODS period and went from having eight class periods a day to seven. The freshmen students now have their own guidance counselor, Mrs. Newton. We now have The Olympiad online, where you can check out more recent issues of what is going on around the school. It is updated weekly.

kyle.lawrence@student.jtasd.org

Mr. Rosenberger is now the Vice Principal, formally the Dean of Students.

n April 29, 2011 Prince William and Catherine Middleton of Great Britain, said “I will,” instead of “I do.” About two billion people around the world watched this moment’s ceremony. The wedding was held at Westminster Abbey. The guest list included Will and Kate’s old college pals, to royalty from all over the world. After the ceremony, both the wedding party and the large crowd of on lookers moved to Buckingham Palace to see William kiss the bride. The wedding celebration then continued with a formal reception during the day followed by a more lively party that night, thrown by the groom’s father. The day of William and Kate’s wedding proved to be such an event, that many students, primarily of Great Britain, stayed home from school that day to either watch or join in the excitement.

O

n March 11th, 2011, Japan was targeted by one of the worst natural disasters. A magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck the east coast of Honshu, and it is believed that Japan’s economy may not recover until the middle of 2012. When asked for an opinion on the horror of the earthquake, junior, Anjelica Poalillo stated, “I feel bad for all the families and people who had to go through such an unexpected tragedy. Hopefully, Japan will recover as quickly as possible.” Although Japan is on the other side of the world from the United States, this catastrophe had a big impact on U.S citizens. Specifically, importing and exporting goods from Japan to the U.S., or vice versa, was almost impossible during

Welcoming home Mr.Clay M

aventrella@student.jtasd.org

r. Ralph Clay, teacher at the Penn Kidder Campus, returned from deployment in April 2011. While there, he left behind his family, friends, and students to serve our country. He is now happily home and back in the classroom at Penn Kidder. During Mr.Clay’s absence, a senior at the time, Anna Domingo, raised money for a scholarship, in support of Clay. “When Anna asked if she could do that project I was very moved. It meant a lot to my family and myself. The show of support was great,” said Mr. Clay. Anna made bracelets that students wore until Clay returned, raising money for a scholarship for the class of 2011. While Mr. Clay was deployed, his student at the Penn Kidder Campus stayed in touch with him over Skype.

In memory of...

By: Jade Elliott

Ryan Dunn- He was born on June 11, 1977 and was an American reality television personality and daredevil. He was known for being a member of both Jackass and Viva La Bam. He died on June 20, 2011 at the age of 34 in an alcohol related car accident in Chester County, Pennsylvania. Amy Winehouse- She was born on September 14, 1983 and was an English singer and songwriter known for powerful vocals and a mix of music including R&B, soul and jazz. She died on July 23, 2011 at the age of 27 from alcohol poisoning at her home in London. Cliff Robertson- He was born on September 9, 1923 and was an American actor of both film and television. He portrayed John F. Kennedy in the film PT 109, won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in the movie Charly, and starred in the movie Spider-Man as Uncle Ben. He died September 10, 2011, one day after his 88th birthday at Stony Brook University Medical Center from natural causes.

jade.elliott@student.jtasd.org

Joe Frazier(Smokin’ Joe)- He was born on January 12, 1944 and was an Olympic and world heavyweight boxing champion whose career lasted for eleven years. Joe had one comeback fight in 1981. He died November 7, 2011 from liver cancer.

shannon.green@student.jtasd.org

this time. The release of the iPhone 4 and iPad 2 were delayed due to shipping problems throughout the world, and the prices for both of these products were increased as well. The United States donated thousands of gallons of fresh water to Japan. President Obama monitored tsunamis around Japan and the Pacific and said the Federal Emergency Management Agency would assist anyone who could possible be affected. The hearts of U.S. citizens and people around the world go out to the victims, family members, and the 10,000 people who lost their lives in this natural disaster. Japan is growing stronger and is continuing to re-build their country and economy every day.

n Rya

nn

Du

Steve Jobs- was born February 24, 1955 and was an American businessman and inventor widely recognized as a pioneer of the personal computer revolution. Also, he was chief executive of Apple Inc. and Pixar Animation Studios. Steve became a member of the board of directors of the Walt Disney Company. He died October 5, 2011. at his home in California at the age of 56, six weeks after resigning as the CEO of Apple. The cause of his death was incurable cancer.

Osama Bin Laden- was born on March 10, 1957 and was the founder of the organization Al-Qaeda. This was the group responsible for the September 11th attacks. After he was on the FBI’s Most Wanted list, he remained in hiding. He was shot and killed inside a private location in Abbottabad, Pakistan, by the U.S. Navy SEALs and Annette Charles- She was born March 5, 1948 and was CIA operatives. Shortly after his death, Bin Laden’s body an American actress, best known for her role as “Cha Cha” was buried at sea. DiGregorio in Grease. She died August 3, 2011 at the age of 63 from complications with cancer in Los Angeles. Nathaniel Dwayne Hale- also known as Nate Dogg, was born on August 19, 1969 and was an American Heavy D- Dwight Arrington Myers- He was born musician who collaborated with Dr. Dre, Warren G, May 24, 1967 and was a Jamaican-born American actor, Tupac, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, and many others. He also rapper, record producer, singer, and former leader of the released three solo albums, G-Funk Classics, Music and band,Heavy D & the Boyz. He died November 8, 2011 Me, and Nate Dogg. Nate died March 15, 2011 in Long at the age of 44 when he collapsed outside his home in Beach, California from complications of multiple strokes. Beverly Hills and reported dead due to pneumonia.

Disastrous earthquake hits Japan

By: Shannon Green

By: Alexandrea Ventrella

5

Amy

Wine

house

on

oberts

Cliff R

Libya influences rising gas prices By: Amanda Petrin

T

he instability of the Middle East has played a major role in skyrocketing gas prices worldwide. In the United States alone, prices have risen by a third in the last year. The inflated gas prices are usually caused by high costs for crude oil. The effects of this instability are even being felt in Jim Thorpe High School. Many students can be seen struggling to make ends meet because of the high gas prices. For students, most of their working money is going towards paying for gas, instead of paying for wing nights with friends and the fun things in a teenager’s life. Junior, Mackenzie Baier stated, “I work on the weekend, and most of my money goes towards gas. I really do not have enough money to spend on myself.” W hile some people may be struggling with the high prices, the

amanda.petrin@student.jtasd.org

automobile companies have not been greatly affected. This is because car companies are manufacturing cars, such as hybrids, to make up for the inflated prices. Teachers are also feeling the pain, however, most are not taking drastic measures. “I do not think it is worth the extra money to buy a hybrid. It might save you money in the long run, but it takes too many years,” declared Senor Getz. Once the turmoil in Libya ends, gas prices are expected to fall, but only hopefully. Some economists believe that the increase in oil prices over the last year has already cost the United States economy thousands of jobs and done its damage. One can only stay hopeful that prices will decrease soon.

GAS!

87 89 93


4

Focus

: 1 1 0 2 A year in review

Seventy-two day marriage

emily.krajcirik@student.jtasd.org

By: Emily Krajcirik

R

elationships are never easy; they take a lot of work, time, and effort. High school relationships are even harder, and they usually do not last for very long. Sometimes, these relationships can seem like a joke, especially when people claim that they are in love a week after they start dating, and then say the same thing a week later when in another relationship. After watching this scenario happen for so long, it starts to seem normal. pheries on d Kris Hum an n ia “High school relationships, in my sh da Kim Kar g day. their weddin opinion, are just puppy love. I think we are too young to try to commit to each other, but I do not believe they are a waste of time. We can learn a lot from our relationships, and they also shape us into the person we will be later in life,” said senior Martina Puddu. TV reality star Kim Kardashian and NBA player Kris Humpheries can prove that relationships take work and time. They said their “I do’s” on July 8, 2011 at their extravagant ten million dollar wedding. Seventy-two days later, Kim Kardashian filed for a divorce. Relationships are clearly hard to maintain, not only in high school, but in the adult life as well. They take a lot of time and effort, but can be made possible, as long as one does not follow the example of the Kardashian-Humpheries relationship.

The Royal Wedding By: Kyle Lawrence

O

Olympian wrap-up By: Emily Krajcirik

emily.krajcirik@student.jtasd.org

With the end of 2011, many things at Jim Thorpe High School have happened.

Mr. Kovac and his wife had their third child, Grace Kovac. Mrs. Cable and her husband had a baby. Mrs. Cable commented,“Both Alexandria and I are doing well.  I am learning to live on very little sleep, and Alexandria has me wrapped around her finger.  Every day, as I watch her, I am amazed at how quickly she is growing and learning.  It has only been a month since she was born, but I can not imagine life without her.”   Mrs. Nelson, formally Ms. Tedesco, got married over the summer and is now expecting a baby with her new husband. Dr. Bickel retired from being the librarian. Ms. Everett is now here and at Penn Kidder as the librarian. Jim Thorpe High School adopted the new PODS period and went from having eight class periods a day to seven. The freshmen students now have their own guidance counselor, Mrs. Newton. We now have The Olympiad online, where you can check out more recent issues of what is going on around the school. It is updated weekly.

kyle.lawrence@student.jtasd.org

Mr. Rosenberger is now the Vice Principal, formally the Dean of Students.

n April 29, 2011 Prince William and Catherine Middleton of Great Britain, said “I will,” instead of “I do.” About two billion people around the world watched this moment’s ceremony. The wedding was held at Westminster Abbey. The guest list included Will and Kate’s old college pals, to royalty from all over the world. After the ceremony, both the wedding party and the large crowd of on lookers moved to Buckingham Palace to see William kiss the bride. The wedding celebration then continued with a formal reception during the day followed by a more lively party that night, thrown by the groom’s father. The day of William and Kate’s wedding proved to be such an event, that many students, primarily of Great Britain, stayed home from school that day to either watch or join in the excitement.

O

n March 11th, 2011, Japan was targeted by one of the worst natural disasters. A magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck the east coast of Honshu, and it is believed that Japan’s economy may not recover until the middle of 2012. When asked for an opinion on the horror of the earthquake, junior, Anjelica Poalillo stated, “I feel bad for all the families and people who had to go through such an unexpected tragedy. Hopefully, Japan will recover as quickly as possible.” Although Japan is on the other side of the world from the United States, this catastrophe had a big impact on U.S citizens. Specifically, importing and exporting goods from Japan to the U.S., or vice versa, was almost impossible during

Welcoming home Mr.Clay M

aventrella@student.jtasd.org

r. Ralph Clay, teacher at the Penn Kidder Campus, returned from deployment in April 2011. While there, he left behind his family, friends, and students to serve our country. He is now happily home and back in the classroom at Penn Kidder. During Mr.Clay’s absence, a senior at the time, Anna Domingo, raised money for a scholarship, in support of Clay. “When Anna asked if she could do that project I was very moved. It meant a lot to my family and myself. The show of support was great,” said Mr. Clay. Anna made bracelets that students wore until Clay returned, raising money for a scholarship for the class of 2011. While Mr. Clay was deployed, his student at the Penn Kidder Campus stayed in touch with him over Skype.

In memory of...

By: Jade Elliott

Ryan Dunn- He was born on June 11, 1977 and was an American reality television personality and daredevil. He was known for being a member of both Jackass and Viva La Bam. He died on June 20, 2011 at the age of 34 in an alcohol related car accident in Chester County, Pennsylvania. Amy Winehouse- She was born on September 14, 1983 and was an English singer and songwriter known for powerful vocals and a mix of music including R&B, soul and jazz. She died on July 23, 2011 at the age of 27 from alcohol poisoning at her home in London. Cliff Robertson- He was born on September 9, 1923 and was an American actor of both film and television. He portrayed John F. Kennedy in the film PT 109, won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in the movie Charly, and starred in the movie Spider-Man as Uncle Ben. He died September 10, 2011, one day after his 88th birthday at Stony Brook University Medical Center from natural causes.

jade.elliott@student.jtasd.org

Joe Frazier(Smokin’ Joe)- He was born on January 12, 1944 and was an Olympic and world heavyweight boxing champion whose career lasted for eleven years. Joe had one comeback fight in 1981. He died November 7, 2011 from liver cancer.

shannon.green@student.jtasd.org

this time. The release of the iPhone 4 and iPad 2 were delayed due to shipping problems throughout the world, and the prices for both of these products were increased as well. The United States donated thousands of gallons of fresh water to Japan. President Obama monitored tsunamis around Japan and the Pacific and said the Federal Emergency Management Agency would assist anyone who could possible be affected. The hearts of U.S. citizens and people around the world go out to the victims, family members, and the 10,000 people who lost their lives in this natural disaster. Japan is growing stronger and is continuing to re-build their country and economy every day.

n Rya

nn

Du

Steve Jobs- was born February 24, 1955 and was an American businessman and inventor widely recognized as a pioneer of the personal computer revolution. Also, he was chief executive of Apple Inc. and Pixar Animation Studios. Steve became a member of the board of directors of the Walt Disney Company. He died October 5, 2011. at his home in California at the age of 56, six weeks after resigning as the CEO of Apple. The cause of his death was incurable cancer.

Osama Bin Laden- was born on March 10, 1957 and was the founder of the organization Al-Qaeda. This was the group responsible for the September 11th attacks. After he was on the FBI’s Most Wanted list, he remained in hiding. He was shot and killed inside a private location in Abbottabad, Pakistan, by the U.S. Navy SEALs and Annette Charles- She was born March 5, 1948 and was CIA operatives. Shortly after his death, Bin Laden’s body an American actress, best known for her role as “Cha Cha” was buried at sea. DiGregorio in Grease. She died August 3, 2011 at the age of 63 from complications with cancer in Los Angeles. Nathaniel Dwayne Hale- also known as Nate Dogg, was born on August 19, 1969 and was an American Heavy D- Dwight Arrington Myers- He was born musician who collaborated with Dr. Dre, Warren G, May 24, 1967 and was a Jamaican-born American actor, Tupac, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, and many others. He also rapper, record producer, singer, and former leader of the released three solo albums, G-Funk Classics, Music and band,Heavy D & the Boyz. He died November 8, 2011 Me, and Nate Dogg. Nate died March 15, 2011 in Long at the age of 44 when he collapsed outside his home in Beach, California from complications of multiple strokes. Beverly Hills and reported dead due to pneumonia.

Disastrous earthquake hits Japan

By: Shannon Green

By: Alexandrea Ventrella

5

Amy

Wine

house

on

oberts

Cliff R

Libya influences rising gas prices By: Amanda Petrin

T

he instability of the Middle East has played a major role in skyrocketing gas prices worldwide. In the United States alone, prices have risen by a third in the last year. The inflated gas prices are usually caused by high costs for crude oil. The effects of this instability are even being felt in Jim Thorpe High School. Many students can be seen struggling to make ends meet because of the high gas prices. For students, most of their working money is going towards paying for gas, instead of paying for wing nights with friends and the fun things in a teenager’s life. Junior, Mackenzie Baier stated, “I work on the weekend, and most of my money goes towards gas. I really do not have enough money to spend on myself.” W hile some people may be struggling with the high prices, the

amanda.petrin@student.jtasd.org

automobile companies have not been greatly affected. This is because car companies are manufacturing cars, such as hybrids, to make up for the inflated prices. Teachers are also feeling the pain, however, most are not taking drastic measures. “I do not think it is worth the extra money to buy a hybrid. It might save you money in the long run, but it takes too many years,” declared Senor Getz. Once the turmoil in Libya ends, gas prices are expected to fall, but only hopefully. Some economists believe that the increase in oil prices over the last year has already cost the United States economy thousands of jobs and done its damage. One can only stay hopeful that prices will decrease soon.

GAS!

87 89 93


6

Teachers tweeting on Twitter

Opinion

#TryToSayThatSixTimesFast @JournalismCrew

dylan.bradley@student.jtasd.org

By: Dylan Bradley

T

eachers are always trying to find different ways to help their students excel in the classroom.This year,some teachers are using Twitter as a way to engage their students and excite them about learning. Ms. Horvat, a math teacher with a Twitter account, stated, “I created the Twitter math account to have another medium to remind students of their homework and upcoming events in our class. I do feel that my tweets have served as gentle reminders for my students. It also only takes a couple of seconds for me to do.” Twitter has become a popular social networking site that many students are using. Twitter allows users to send posts of up to 140 characters, based on a timeline event. This can be beneficial to students, because they can receive homework help or ask questions for upcoming quizzes; essentially allowing for

Math teacher, Ms. Horvat answers students’ questions over Twitter.

Do teacher tweets help? By: Kyle Lawrence

kyle.lawrence@student.jtasd.org

10 40

58 students were asked whether they think teacher tweets are beneficial. Here are the results:

8

Does not have a twitter Has a twitter, is not beneficial Has a twitter, is beneficial

Breaking Dawn: Part 1 Movie Review

bmoore@student.jtasd.orgh

By: Ben Moore

O

teachers to connect with their students outside of the classroom. “I think teachers using Twitter is a great thing,because their tweets remind me to do my homework at night,” stated junior, Brian Ohl. Although Twitter can be very beneficial to students, some do not receive any assistance from it. If students do not have a Twitter account, they cannot access their teachers’ tweets. This disables them from receiving help while doing homework outside of the classroom setting. Junior, Sam Sparacio says, “I think teachers tweeting goes both ways. Not every student has a Twitter account, so not every student is receiving that extra reminder.” All in all, the benefits of teachers using Twitter are still uncertain, although time will tell how the future affects.

Blue Slide Park Album Review By: Corey Ligenza

B

corey.ligenza@student.jtasd.org

lue Slide Park was released on November 8 , 2011. This is Mac Miller’s debut album, and singles from it have already been popping up on the iTunes Top Ten Songs of this past month. Mac Miller is well known for his mixtapes, released in late 2010 and also earlier this year, including the most well known mixtapes, K.I.D.S. and Best Day Ever. This album has definitely changed my view on Mac Miller. The first thing I noticed while listening to this album was the bass line in the background and the instrumentals. Mac Miller used to use older beats, which were used by other artists. However, in this album, they are very unique and unheard by most. Blue Slide Park is significantly different from any other albums released by other rappers this year. Almost all of the songs on this album are great. My personal favorite is “Frick Park Market.” This track was released on August 18th, 2011, and has already been on multiple top 100 lists. It also received a ten out of ten for popularity on iTunes. I think this song stands out the most, because it is very unique, from the instrumentals to the lyrics. Other songs that I enjoy from the album are “Party on Fifth Ave” and “Smile Back.” Almost all the songs on this album are great, but every album has a track that does not stand out like the others. On Blue Slide Park, my least favorite song would have to be “Missed Calls,” because it is not as unique as the other tracks that accompany it. This track also does not have deep bass, which I prefer in songs. Overall, for being a debut album, Blue Slide Park is a huge hit. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys the rap genre. th

ver the past four years, the Twilight Saga has dominated the box-office. Many people all over the country have one question concerning this mass uproar over the movie series: why? It turns out, there are more than a few reasons why Twilight was and is so popular. The film series obviously attracts large numbers of young girls towards the numerous good looking guys taking their shirts off and turning into werewolves, not to mention a group of vampires that are all ridiculously good looking. Once again, the acting in all of the movies is certainly not the best quality. If Also, the movies simply involve vampires, which seems to be the big thing right now. there is one person I cannot stand in the films, it would be the character Bella, But do these factors, make the Twilight Saga movies any good? played by Kristin Stewart. Her tone is the same in In my opinion, for the most part, no, they are not. all of the scenes and she is a very awkward actress. The acting is terrible, and the story seems to be extremely Sometimes it seems to take forever for her to spit out drawn out over an unnecessary amount of time. The her lines. A simple response that would usually take most interesting Twilight movie, by far, is the first one. ten seconds in reality, takes five minutes for her to say. This movie did not have the big budget that the last People always ask me, “Did you ever read the Photo courtesy of: http://images4.fanpop.com three movies had. It is in this film when most of the books?” The answer: No, I have not. I would rather just characters are introduced, and there is a simple and okay story behind the movie. watch the movies and from what I have seen, I have no intentions to read any of Unfortunately, I feel that as the series goes on, the movies seem to get worse. the books. Sorry to all the Twilight fans here at Jim Thorpe, but this is my opinion.

Mission Statement The Olympiad is first and foremost a platform for student expression which is completely managed by the volunteer students of Jim Thorpe High School. The newspaper staff will always strive to provide the most accurate reporting and will take full responsibility for any accidental errors that may appear in the publication. The newspaper wholeheartedly welcomes both positive and negative articles, comments, and suggestions from their peers, the staff of JTHS, as well as citizens of the community. The Olympiad’s main loyalty belongs to JTHS and the students in attendance there.

Don’t judge

By: Jeanna McElmoyle

A

jmcelmoyle@student.jtasd.org

t some point in life, everyone has heard the phrase “don’t judge a book by its cover.” Yet, how many people actually take that saying and put some thought into it? In my opinion, many people these days take what they hear and base their opinion off of it. My four years in high school have taught me more than the square root of four, or the formula to find density. It has taught me not to judge people based on what is heard, or even on their past history. Some of my best friends have made unwise decisions that have gotten them into trouble in the past, and even if it was three years ago, they are still labeled as “bad kids.” If I listened to everyone who told me to stay away from someone because he or she were mean or got into some kind of trouble, I would not have as many friends as I do now. Some of the best friends I go to when I need advice or just someone to talk to, are the ones who have gotten into the most trouble. One thing I cannot stand is when someone does not give another person a chance, because News Editor they heard something about him or her in the past. My parents judge a decent amount of my friends on what they hear all the time. I constantly hear, “Why are you hanging out with them? I heard they were bad news?” Personally, I do not care if people tell me you are the most cocky, mean, snobby individual in the world. I will not be the one to judge you until you give me a reason to do so. Most people judge others before they meet them, even if they do not mean to; it is just human nature. However, everyone has a past, and everyone makes mistakes. I do not think it is fair to take their mistakes and judge them on it. I think it is how they handled what they did, what they learned from it, and the consequences they faced for their actions that truly shows who they are.


Sports

7

Teeter-tottering between school and sports By: Nate Ryals

O

ne of the most challenging responsibilities is for students to manage their time for school and their time for sports. It is sometimes difficult to find time for anything else while managing extracurricular activities, homework, studying, and tests. So, when one adds a sport, it can be extremely demanding to balance everything. Student athlete and senior, Chelsea Smelas said, “After basketball practice, I do not want to do anything, I just want to lie down and relax. It would be great, but I push myself forward to do all my schoolwork and get the best grades I can. It gets really rough sometimes, but it is so worth it in the end.” Time management is one of the most important lessons high school has to offer. It teaches students responsibility, discipline, and determination. It also builds a powerful work ethic. Managing time can be tricky at first. To start, wasting time and putting off assignments is the biggest opponent. Once procrastination is trashed, a busy student can see how much time he/she has to work on a daily basis. Another challenge, however, is organization. It may seem like a lot of hard work in the beginning, but organization saves so much time by keeping everything right where one needs it to be so that there is no rush or pressure in searching for something. Also, establishing goals and routines keeps a person’s mind busy. Goals give a student something to strive for instead of just getting by easily. Routines also will keep a student in habit and keep them from stressing over something that does not go according to plan. Once time has been set, a student can see what free time they have. “School never goes according to my schedule,” stated Celeste Robinson, senior and student athlete. “I have to make my time for school. I have to put my priorities first, then work my way down from there. Everything goes crazy if I try to put free time first. Never do it!” Lastly, never put sports (or anything extracurricular) before school. There is a reason sports, clubs, etc. are labeled as extracurricular. Good grades are the most

nryals@student.jtasd.org

important responsibility to strive for in school. Without adequate grades, sports can even be revoked. For example, a football player may be the most valuable player on the team. However, if he is failing his classes, he is “ineligible” and cannot participate until his grades are above passing. “One of the biggest things that help me is paying attention in class,” remarked sophomore, Nikki Ennis. “It can get pretty over whelming during the season, but paying attention makes studying after practices or games a lot easier.” Overall, balancing sports and academics can be very challenging. However, when one figures out his or her Between soccer and homework, senior Celeste Meriano has her weaknesses in their regular hands full. routine and replaces their problems to keep them organized, balancing adequate performance in both schoolwork and athletics is possible.

Stay in shape in the off season Protein shakes By: Ben Moore

T

bmoore@student.jtasd.org

he off-season for any sport is just as, or more important as the regular season. The off-season is a time for an athlete to train and prepare for the sport in which they play. If athletes trains hard and has the right attitude during pre-season, he or she is much more likely to have a successful season. Here are the top ten tips on what to do during the off-season for any sport, according to the students at JTHS.

Who actually uses them? By: Kyle Lawrence

kyle.lawrence@student.jtasd.org

Do you use protein shakes or protein supplements to enhance your athletic perfomance?

1. Lift weights 2. Condition

28%

3. Review films 4. Practice small drills

52%

5. Imagine a successful outcome

Yes No

6. Stay organized with workouts 7. Put time aside for rest 8. Collect or replace proper equipment 9. Do not over work in order to prevent injury 10. Have fun!

Drawing courtesy of Monica Eckley

Next level ready?

By: Jade Elliott

H

ow are college students able to juggle schoolwork, classes, and sports at the same time? What does it really take to make it and play on a college sports team? There are many huge differences between high school and college sports especially in performance. The competition level in college is so much higher than in high school. Also, the workouts are much more vigorous and demanding. Additionally, time management is more difficult, because when in high school, once school ends a student can have the whole day after but college is full time. Colleges offer a wide variation of sports for their students to participate in, but how are they expected to handle it? “To play sports in college, you have to be able to manage your time effectively and efficiently,” explains college sophomore, Talon Fogal. “You must be willing to practice at bizarre times of the day, and you really have to love what you are

jelliott@student.jtasd.org

doing.” Sports can be very demanding and take dedication. Schooling also takes much commitment and focus. They are equally valuable to many. There are other factors that affect playing college sports other than just being able to handle academics and sports. In order to be on a team, one must get accepted through try-outs. Therefore, they must be skilled in that sport. “It definitely takes a lot of dedication and commitment to play a college sport,” explains college junior, Meredith Brisbane. “You need to put the same amount of effort into your schoolwork as you do with the sport, because it is so time consuming. It can be easy to fall behind. You need to stay inwardly focused and not get distracted from everything that goes on in college.” Neither grades nor performance can benefit from slacking in the other category. It takes pure talent and good balance to be able to perform on the next level.


Sports

8

Dane

Basketball, Baseball D By: Kayla Susko

ane Ciaverella is a prime example of a passionate, determined, and skilled Olympian. Dane is a dual sport player, participating in basketball and baseball since his freshman year. Aside from athletics, Dane was also nominated as a candidate for this year’s homecoming king. As a basketball player, Dane plays as the shooting guard, representing number twenty-four. He began playing basketball in seventh grade and has simply continued his success with the sport in high school. Boys’ basketball head coach, Mr. Carroll, commented, “Dane has the ability to shoot the three, drive to the basket on anyone, and play great defense, all while rebounding with the best of them.” Currently in his last season as an Olympian, Dane is striving to score in the doubledigits at each game and make it to the playoffs, hopefully winning the boys’ division. Senior teammate PJ Johnson shared his love, “I really love Dane. He is an awesome player, and he has mad hustle at practice and games. Off of the court, Dane is a really good friend, too.” Aside from Dane’s athletic ability, it is his passion and dedication to the sport that truly stands out from others. Coach Carroll agreed, “Dane is a passionate player who brings a lot of energy to every practice and game. He has a lot of natural ability, but it is his work ethic that is second to none.”

Ciaverella

ksusko@student.jtasd.org

Dane’s passion for basketball falls second to his love of baseball, however. Dane has participated in baseball since he was only six years old. As an Olympian wtoday, Dane’s motivation and skills are certainly put to use. He has held a varsity position since his freshman year, pitching and playing short stop while sporting his number, twenty-four. Senior teammate, Mike Hickey praised, “Dane is one of the hardest working, and most committed players I have ever stepped on the field with.” Clearly, Dane’s drive does not go unnoticed. In the upcoming season, Dane is aspiring to qualify for playoffs and hoping to make his senior season a memorable one. As well as being an Olympian, Dane plays on two outside baseball teams and has even had the opportunity to travel to Philadelphia to play in an All-Star game. After high school, Dane is hoping to continue his baseball career and attend a university. If nothing else, he will surely have an extensive article collection about his achievements in high school athletics. It is inevitable that no matter where Dane ends up, he will be successful.

Winner’s

W

Circle

hether Kristin Lawrence is on the court, field, or track, she is always working hard and making herself as successful as she can be. Kristin is a very dedicated and involved student at Jim Thorpe High School. She has played varsity soccer and basketball all throughout her high school athletic career, and track and field her freshman and senior year. Kristen also participates in various clubs and organizations, such as SADD, prom committee, and student council. Currently, Kristin is in the middle of her basketball season. She is working towards her newest goals of scoring over one hundred, three pointers and making it as far as possible in the playoffs. In previous basketball seasons, Kristin has been awarded with the “Most Improved Player” award, the “Coaches” award, and the “3-D” award.   During soccer, Kristin has also been nothing less than a success, earning the “Top Scorer” award and player of the week from The Times News, due to her hard work and incredible drive. Kristin’s love for soccer started when she was four years old, and it is still her favorite sport. Kristen is not only a talented player, but she is also a good teammate. “Although

I have only played soccer with Kristin, I know that she is a very skilled athlete, and she excels in all her other commitments as well, such as schoolwork and the clubs she participates in,” states teammate Monica Eckley. “Kristin is a great team player,” stated team mate Jennifer Rusbarsky, “she is there for you on and off the field and court.” When track is in season once again, Kristin plans to be out there giving her all. She participates in the 4x8 relay, the 800, and the long jump. Kristen is a part of the current record holding 4x8 team as well. Although she has had to take off the last two seasons due to foot surgery, she plans to not let this show. Outside of school and sports, Kristin loves to spend time with her younger brother, Kyle, her host brother, Alvaro, and her friends. She also enjoys shopping in her free time. After high school, Kristin plans to attend college and study in the field of nursing. During college, Kristin plans to play soccer, volleyball, or basketball. All in all, no matter what it is that Kristen is doing, she is doing it to the best of her capability and making her friends, family, and coaches proud.

Kristin Lawrence

Soccer, Basketball, Track & Field By: Amanda Crandall

acrandall@student.jtasd.org


The Olympiad- January 2012