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WEDNESDAY, January 9, 2013

the roar

Page Editor: Matt Becker

The Loveland High School Student Newspaper

Inside Editorials

Orchestra to team with Cincinnati Symphony

Sixty students get to play alongside pros in Jan. 17 show By Mackenzie Johnson Staff Writer Photo by Jenna Myklebust

Read about the “frat” life on page 2.


Photo courtesy of Mr. Vanatsky

Read about collegiate athletes turned teachers on page 5.


Photo by Bridget Landis

Read about the Loveland Health Initiative on page 6.


For the first time in Loveland music history, high school orchestra students will play with professional musicians in a live performance. The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra visits only two schools per year, and this year’s schools are Loveland and Fairfield. Sixty student musicians in both the Chamber and String Orchestra classes will be chosen by teacher Mrs. Bierkan to play alongside about 90 members of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra during the Jan. 17 concert. While approximately 100 students participate in the LHS orchestra program, only a select number will be able to perform because of space restrictions in the auditoPhoto by Mackenzie Johnson rium. The Loveland Orchestra, seen here during its December performance, will play Jan. 17 at Students in both orchestra LHS alongside members of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. classes say they are excited for the opportunity. Cellist coach the students and bring the music to a Because the professional musicians are Nathan Bryant (11) said, “I am really higher level.” giving their time and resources to perform looking forward to playing next to legit White will be conducting the piece at Loveland, admission will be charged; musicians at the performance.” performed by the combined group, and $10 for students and $20 for adults. Bassist Maria Rockett (12) also said, “I actually knows some Loveland students The concert will not only feature muhave never played with a professional mu- because they also participate in the Cincin- sic by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra sician, and I am looking forward to learn- nati Symphony Youth Orchestra, which he combined with students, it will also include ing from all of them.” also conducts. a performance by just the symphony. The Not only are LHS students enthusiastic One may ask how Loveland was chosen professionals will be playing Brahms’ about the opportunity, but the Cincinnati for this opportunity. Mrs. Bierkan says, “I Symphony No. 2, which is the same perSymphony Orchestra members are also ex- am on a committee with a woman involved formance given downtown at Music Hall. cited for the performance. with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, All orchestra students are responsible Assistant conductor William White and she actually called me to ask if the for selling tickets, and Mrs. Bonnell also says, “Everyone is looking forward to it; it symphony could play here because she had has them available for purchase in the atshould be really fun. The professionals will heard about our strong program.” tendance office.

Create your own curriculum Photo by Anna Niemeyer

Read about the top new technology of 2012 on pages 8-9.


Photo by Ryan Moss

Read about rising rapper Tom “TMG” Garino on page 10.

Credit flex electives offer options beyond the norm By Andrew Bessey Staff Writer

College is the time to hand-pick a schedule and to take specialty classes, right? Well, one doesn’t have to wait until then. Credit flexibility courses offer the chance for LHS students to get a jump start on their future. “Credit flex electives are student-driven,” said guidance counselor Mrs. Gordon. Students in all grades are eligible as long as their schedules have room after meeting the requirements for that year of schooling. Currently there are nearly 45 students

enrolled in credit flex courses, formerly known as independent studies. That’s out of the 1,421 students at LHS, meaning just 3% of the student population is involved in one of these specialized courses. There are 17 credit flex courses on the books, ranging from Athletic Training to Music Education to AP Psychology. If a previously created class isn’t of interest, one can create a curriculum for a new one with the help of a teacher. Senior Lena Wilson, who’s taking French Intern Mentoring, said, “I have the opportunity to explore a possible future career while I’m still in high school.” It’s in this class that she and Arianna Ran-

ieri (12) help French I students with their learning. John Lundeen (12) is taking AP Macroeconomics and said, “It’s really nice to be able to move at my own pace and possibly earn college credit.” These courses stress the flexibility of a course’s curriculum and creativity of ideas for what to study. An interested student must sit down with his or her counselor to receive a packet and consult his or her possible options. From there, the student must fill the packet out with his or her teacher sponsor. When completed, it’s to be turned back in to the guidance office for approval. Please Recycle!


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Staff Policy The Roar is the official student newspaper of Loveland High School. The Roar is produced by students in Journalism. Editorials reflect the staff’s opinion but do not reflect the opinions of LHS administration or Loveland City Schools. The Roar is published monthly. For information regarding advertising in The Roar, call 697-3749. As an open forum for students, letters to the editor are welcome, but are subject to be edited for length, libel, and clarity. Letters to the editor may be dropped off in room 109. Contact Information The Roar Loveland High School 1 Tiger Trail Loveland, Ohio 45140 513-697-3749 Editors-in-Chief Bridget Landis Jenna Myklebust Advertising Manager Brad Faust Business Manager Mackenzie Johnson Section Editors Ryan Moss, Entertainment Carla Weismantel, Light News Danny McManus, Sports Matt Becker, News Staff Writers Andrew Bessey Mitch Casperson Megan Day Laura Doppler Sydney Dudley Sarah Goldenberg Rachel Griswold Kayla Herrmann Mallory Jackson Anne Lehmann Darby Moloney Ricky Mulvey Anna Niemeyer Erin Pogue Erin Richmond Maddie Whitaker Awards * George H. Gallup Award (top prize), 2011 and 2012 Awards for School News Media (Quill & Scroll International Honorary Society) * International First Place Award, 2010 Awards for School News Media (Quill & Scroll Honorary Society) * Second Place (Overall Publications), 2011 and 2012 Ohio Scholastic Media Awards * 17 more individual awards, 2012 Ohio Scholastic Media Awards * Second Place (Headline Writing), Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s 2011 Gold Circle Awards * 12 more individual awards, 2011 Ohio Scholastic Media Awards

Page Editor: Laura Doppler

Exam cram the right way

Try these tips and tactics that help you ace those finals Whoops… It’s the night before the final exam, and you haven’t done one bit of studying. While cramming probably won’t get you an A, it can definitely save you from an F. Some key strategies can help enhance those exam scores. First of all, do not stress. Try to think positive. Panicking about it will not help. Tell yourself you’re going to do fine. A calm mentality helps the brain remember materials better and concentrate on the most important things.

Focus on the important stuff. Spending numerous hours delving into the explicit details of each chapter covered will be time-consuming and perhaps useless. Look over the most important parts of each topic and hit the highlights of each chapter. Take breaks between intense periods of studying. The mind needs time to recover from the crazy amount of information you have jammed into it. Your brain can only remember a certain amount of information every 20 minutes. Brisk walks around the

neighborhood or a quick snack break are possible ways to make use of a break. Eat high-energy foods. Ice cream may be calling your name, but resist the urge. Grab a banana, fruits, or peanuts before and on the day of the tests. Lastly, make use of your time. Don’t be that person who studies for a minute, and then proceeds to check Twitter or Facebook and other apps on their phone. Be productive and confident and you’re going to do well.

Frat is the new black

Get preppy with this frat-friendly guide Frat guys: Some people love them and some hate them, but either way, they’re loud and proud and can’t be igJenna Myklebust nored. They’re chill, they’re American, and they’re all-around frat. The attempt at living the frat life is on the rise here at Loveland. The art of frat is difficult to perfect. You can’t be too overboard and you can’t be too chill. Here’s how to do frat right. Nothing says “I frat hard” like the right outfit. Colored tank tops, polos, button ups, and Patagonia pullovers are essential. Pair any of these items with khakis, colored pants, or any pants with anchors or sailboats, and accessorize with a visor, bowtie, and sunglasses hung around your neck by Croakies. Still, the look’s not complete without multiple pairs of Sperrys, leather flip flops, and a girl on your arm. Photo by Jenna Myklebust Also, you can’t go wrong with any- From left: Matt Becker, Tanner Hawk and Eric Linnevers sport a frat-tastic pose. thing American. Frat bros love their country. Throw the flag on a tank top, socialize after any and every event. When land hunting, sailing, working out, golfing, a pair of shorts, or a phone case to make tailgating, start as early as possible (9 a.m.) and worshipping Ronald Reagan, Jimmy it fratty. and be sure to bring a cornhole set, lawn Buffett, and frat god Scott Disick. Some “don’ts” for the frat life are: jorts, Image is important, but let’s be honest: chairs, country or bluegrass music, and What transforms a bro into a frat bro is his your Suburban or Tahoe (aka frahoe). The popped collars, cowboy or trucker hats, attitude. He’s got to be arrogant and out- socializing can happen anywhere, any time Dave Matthews Band, cargo anything, going, with a little bit of class. On second as long as there’s rap music and a theme sweatshirts, gelled hair, tattoos, and, most thought, the class is optional. like Bright and Tight, Togas, or (when all of all, liberals. For more about frat life, visit totalfratFrat guys are famous for their tailgat- else fails) American. ing and partying. They tailgate before and For fun, frat guys also participate in up- or

Detox your diet for the new year

During the holidays, most people get a few gifts, maybe even a few new friends, and most will gain a few more pounds. January is a perfect time to imCarla Weismantel prove one’s health, and a cleanse is a great and natural way to do so. Consider performing a cleanse, also known as a detox diet. A detox diet’s main goal is to remove

dietary toxins from the body. This diet can give a person greater energy, clearer skin, a stronger digestive system, and better focus. It can also cure headaches, muscle aches, and even depression. Items popular in a detox diet include organic foods, tea, and fruit and vegetable juices. A cleanse should last about a week so that it’s long enough to be effective, but not so long that it has any negative effects. When beginning a cleanse, it is important to stay positive, because the first few days are the hardest part. Towards the fourth and fifth day, one should begin to feel much healthier. Make sure to drink

plenty of water while in the process of a cleanse, because one can easily become dehydrated. Once people finish their cleanses, it is recommended that they ease back into regular, healthy diets. For those feeling up to the ultimate diet test, here is a detox recipe: Green Detox Smoothie Combine in a blender: 1 cup baby spinach 1 cup kale 1 pear 1 ½ cup orange juice 1 frozen banana

WEDNESDAY, January 9, 2013


Ask Mitch: Our expert solves your problems This is Crazy Legs, a.k.a. Mitch Casper- on how to get out of the friend zone?” Ah, the friend zone. For some a safe son, a.k.a. @lilmitchy26. Whether you want to know how to survive high school place, but for others it can be a fiery pit of or make a joke, I want to help. Tweet your self-loathing. The friend zone is a tough place to crawl out of. Tip No. 1, never burning questions to @lilmitchy26. @AllenOsgood (Allen Osgood, 12) – admit that you are in the friend zone. Tip No. 2, be Mitch “Should I go Casperson. Probto the basketlem solved. ball games? @AverageDeanWhere should ager (Dean LowI stand in the ry, 12) – “Hey bleachers?” Mitch, I find myself Of course wanting to leave you should go class on a daily to the basketbasis to Snapchat ball games, mirror pics. Do I Allen. It’s a have a problem?” great opporWhoa, Dean, tunity to take we need to asa break from sess the situation studying and at hand here. This hang out with cannot be having friends. As a positive effect on for where to your grades. Look stand, the best Mitch Casperson salutes your questions. Dean, I love taking place for a senior is above the regular bleachers where mirror pics and showing off my shredded the middle schoolers are. Those kids have arms and yoked chest just as much as the a great sense of style and really know how next guy, but one should never sacrifice something as crucial as class time to take to pull off a backwards snapback. @thatP_ratt (Paige Ratterman, 11) – mirror pics. @doppie303 (Laura Doppler, 12) – “It “I’ve recently acquired a pet giraffe and seems like a lot of people have been trollneed advice on storage. Help please!” Wow, Paige! I have no idea how you ing at your tweets lately. How do you put got your hands on a creature like that, but up with the haterz?” The way I see it, there are a few opI know you have to apply for a license to have an animal like that living with you. I tions for dealing with the haters in one’s hope you know you took a majestic crea- life. The first and most popular option is ture out of its natural habitat. That’s kind to lash out and say things like, “Nice face, of a selfish act. So my suggestion for stor- idiot.” The better option is to ignore them, age would be to rethink your life here and and that is exactly what I intend to do because I live by the motto, “If you have hatsend that poor giraffe back to Africa. @ohsee (Olivia Cade, 11) – “Any tips ers, you’re doing something right.”

3 Page Editor: Erin Richmond

Rainy weather

Video Snapchat If you haven’t downloaded the most recent update for Snapchat, you have 10 seconds to get it. The new version allows you to send videos to all of your friends, which makes for some quality entertainment.

Winter Homecoming

Many students have been buzzing about the upcoming Winter Homecoming dance on Jan. 25. Buy your tickets on time so there isn’t another cancellation.

Beginning of 2nd semester

First semester was fun and all, but everyone is ready for a change. Bring on the second semester schedule switch.

We are in the dead of winter. Snow or bust.

Fake glasses

Wearing the glasses you’ve received at the most recent 3D movie you were at or purchasing glasses made with clear plastic is a trend that should be outlawed. There are no real lenses, so what’s the point? You may be trying to look “hipster,” but you just look dumb.

The holidays ending

Everyone is familiar with the early January depression that rolls around when the holidays come to an end. These next few weeks may feel like a drag, but maybe focusing on the “What’s Hot” list will help get through them.

Tweets of the month Want your tweet printed in The Roar? Tweet @lovelandroar about school, sports, or something fun; we’ll print our favorites. Be witty, enthusiastic, and goodnatured, and follow us at Here are some favorites from recent weeks: “If an orange is orange, why isn’t a lime called a green or a lemon called a yellow?” – ColeSchlez4 (Cole Schlesner), Dec. 7 “‘May I have your attention please … It’s 12:12 on 12/12/12. Good luck.’ – Mr. Kloez #GreatPrincipal #GreatMan” – AllenOsgood (Allen Osgood), Dec. 12 “The bathroom by the gym smells like an old ice cream parlor.” – tanner_hawk (Tanner Hawk), Dec. 13 “One student. Two winter sports. Four AP classes. Three to five hours of sleep a night. One Big Mistake. #lifeofdaveyt” – DavidTrate (David Trate), Dec. 13


Two staffers debate which is better: college or NBA basketball College basketball is unrivaled by the NBA. The teamwork, desire, and talent of the players is matched only by the spirit and will of the fans. The atmosphere Jenna Myklebust of a university on game day is electric. Everyone is hyped and excited for the game, decked-out in their school colors. They tailgate before cheering their team to victory. In college, the fans and the team members have a personal connection because they attend the same school, and that cannot be matched by the arrogant, money-hungry NBA celebrities and their distant fans. Also, the college game is more pleasing to watch. The speed and variation of the game is unmatched by the NBA. The 35-second shot clock allows for fast breaks but also for passing sequences, exciting one-on-ones, and well-executed plays. Teams can rely on the passing game and rhythm to create scoring opportunities. In the NBA, however, the shot clock is 24 seconds, so basically there’s only

time for one guy dribbling up the court, throwing up an unbalanced 3-point shot or occasionally making a pass. There’s no defense to speak of in the NBA. There’s no zone or man marking. There’s a team watching another team do cool tricks and slam-dunks. However, in college basketball, teams rely on their defense. There are steals and blocks and forced turnovers due to solid work on defense. College players give everything they have while on the court because they’ve got only four years of eligibility. They must make the precious time on the court worth it, so their passion is unrivaled by the greedy professional players with no loyalty. In the NBA, players can switch teams every season, mid-season even. In college, a transfer is rare. Most athletes are loyal to their school and step on the court to represent their pride and joy: their fans and their school. Finally, there’s nothing like March Madness. It’s exciting and unpredictable. It’s inspiring to see the Cinderella teams have success and see the big dogs go toeto-toe. College basketball is, without question, more exciting to watch than the NBA.


Danny McManus

The debate rages about which is better, the NCAA or the NBA. I am here to argue for the NBA. With the talent disparity, style of play, and parity, the NBA is clearly better

basketball. The first advantage that is very evident is the talent differential. There are around 1,500 players every year in the NCAA. Every year, NBA teams draft about 60 of these players. You do the math. The best players around the world are playing in “The League.” In the NCAA, when Duke plays a small school, you know who has the upper hand. In the NBA, there is much more parity. Also, the highest amount of years a player can play in college is four. Players come and go at every school. Sometimes, they leave after a year. In the NBA, players tend to stay on the same team for long periods of time. Because of this, rivalries

between cities and individuals can be formed. For example, look at the new rivalry that has formed between the Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics. Because of the amount of games the two teams have played against each other, Rajon Rondo and LeBron James have quite a dislike for each other. This creates exciting matchups, especially when they play each other in the playoffs. Another topic of interest is the style of play. In the NBA, viewers get to see much more flash, speed, and entertainment. The crazy dunks and moves are much greater in the NBA than in the NCAA. Blake Griffin’s dunks are always a spectacle, for one example. The NBA even stages the Dunk Contest, which always provides some of the best entertainment for fans. While the NCAA does teach good fundamentals, the style of play is just not as entertaining. The argument ends here. If you are looking for the best basketball play in the world, you have it in the NBA. No other league can match up with the talent level or icons that the NBA has produced.



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Page Editor: Anna Niemeyer

New kids, hot starts

Tiger grads doing well By Jenna Myklebust Editor-in-Chief

Cloud, Copfer making great first impressions By Maddie Whitaker Staff Writer

Fans attending basketball games this winter will notice a couple of key newcomers. They get a rebound, take a shot, and look like pretty important parts to both the girls and boys basketball teams. These talented new players are Cole Cloud (11) and Julia Copfer (9). Expect to see these new editions making big contributions. Cole, a shooting guard, transferred from Reading. Cole is 12th in the Eastern Cincinnati Conference in scoring, averaging 9.5 points per game. In the second game of the season, he scored 21 points. His 3-pointers are his specialty. Having 39-percent accuracy for 3-point shooting is pretty impressive for the beginning of a season. Being new to a team might be difficult for some players, but Cole said he feels comfortable with his teammates and claims they are close on and off the court. Cole said this team functions better than any he has been on before. He says, “Being so close as a team helps us improve our game because we know each other on the court.” As a freshman on varsity, Julia is up against some difficult competition. Even though she’s young, she is making a huge impact on the team. Averaging six rebounds per game ranks her eighth in the ECC, a great accomplishment for a freshman. Being 6 feet tall is an advantage she utilizes well. Julia scored 15 points in her debut game, and is averaging 8.6 points per game. The Tigers are off to a rough start, but Julia hopes that she and her team have room to improve. She says, “Even though it’s been difficult so far, I think our team can come together and make something happen.”

Photo by Ryan Moss

Julia Copfer (9) looks to pass the ball to the top of the key.

Cole Cloud (11), right, prepares to beat his opponent to the basket.

Photo by Matt Becker

Loveland graduates have proven to be successful on the sports fields. There are many athletes currently in college or the pros. Here’s an update on some of the notables: Brian Wozniak is a starting tight end for Wisconsin. Brian just played in his third Rose Bowl in three years, and is an NFL prospect with another year of college eligibility. Adam Engel plays baseball for Louisville. Adam made second team AllBig East as a sophomore and appeared on ESPN’s Top 10 Plays for an amazing home run-saving catch he made. Boston College football long snapper Sean Flaherty is a four-year starter and a captain this year. According to Coach Marlatt, Sean has NFL potential. Swimmer Austin Caldwell placed in the top 10 in multiple events in the Big East Championships last season while at Pittsburgh, and swam the 50-meter freestyle at the 2012 Olympic Team Trials. Over the summer, Austin transferred to Kenyon College, where he is swimming this season. Jason Christian played baseball for the University of Michigan, then was a fifth-round draft pick in 2008 of the Oakland A’s. He played in both Class A and AA this past summer. Mollie Kuramoto plays soccer at Purdue. She was a key midfielder her first two years, but was redshirted this season due to a knee injury. She expects to be on the field next season with two more years of eligibility. Danny Rosenbaum played baseball as a pitcher at Xavier University before being drafted. He was taken in the “Rule 5” draft last month by the Colorado Rockies, meaning he’s on the team’s 40-man roster. Bobby Capobianco currently plays basketball at Valparaiso University. He started his career at Indiana University before transferring. He is averaging 6.3 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. Genna Petersen played soccer for Eastern Tennessee State University and has a shot at playing professionally. In her senior year, Genna led the team in goals, assists, and points and was the first player from ETSU to be named Atlantic Sun Conference player of the year. Genna has a potential tryout with the Atlanta Beat women’s professional team this spring. Rachel Baker is playing soccer at Duquesne University. In her first year, Rachel saw time in 15 games and had one goal and one assist. Ariel Fischer plays soccer at NKU. She started and played 12 games her freshman year until she suffered a season-ending foot injury. Ariel will return to her defensive spot on the field next year. Mike Brizzi plays soccer at UC. This season, Mike played every game and was an essential member of the Bearcats’ defense. Ellie Iaciofano pays soccer at Tennessee Tech. She made the All-Ohio Valley Conference second team, leading Tennessee Tech in goals, assists, and overall points.

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5 Page Editor: Mitch Casperson


Wrestlers: read, write, run, weigh in By Matt Becker

tice drill (various wrestling hit moves). 7 a.m. – Eat something small for breakfast (one egg, for example) to boost metabolism. Ever longed to find the true meaning of commit7:25-10:40 a.m. – Go through a typical school morning. ment? Ever wonder what dedication looks like? 10:40 – 11:10 a.m. – Skip lunch and head to the wresWell, look no further than LHS’s own halls. Because tling room to check weight, then run laps around the room every day, the Loveland wrestling team wears the visif overweight. age of devotion and stands out by sacrificing its entire 11:15 a.m. – Go to Lifetime Sports class and occasionally day to the dream of standing on the winner’s podium. go for a third run if needed. One of Loveland’s most active wrestlers is 12:55 – 2:25 p.m. – Wrap up the school day and head to James Caniglia (11), who finished wrestling practice. 26-7 last year with 15 pins. James is 2:45 – 4:45 p.m. – Wrestling practice (run for 45 known as one of the hardestminutes to an hour, drill again, and go live against working guys on the team, teammates). as he constantly man5 – 6 p.m. – Lift after practice on Monages his weight in orday and Wednesday. der to remain in the 6:30 p.m. – Get home and have din160-pound weight class. ner, consisting of a lot of water and Think this demanding something small to eat like a piece lifestyle sounds easy? Take of chicken. a close look into what a typi7 – 9 p.m. – Do homework. cal day is like for James and 9 – 9:30 p.m. – Go for one learn how tough the daily last run, usually about 2.5 or grind of being a wrestler rePhoto by Sydney Dudley three miles. ally is. James Caniglia (right) grapples with a Kings opponent. 10 p.m. – Go to bed. 6 a.m. – Wake up and either go for a run or pracNews Editor

Photo by Matt Becker

James Caniglia weighs in during lunch.

Teachers bring their ‘A’ game to field, classroom By Carla Weismantel Light News Editor

People who LHS students first think of who made it big in athletics include Brian Wozniak, Adam Engel, and Mr. Vanatsky. Wait, what? Yes, the man most people know as the freshman history teacher played football for the Cincinnati Bearcats. Believe it or not, there are several teacher athletes that played in college or even in the pros. Here are a few: Mr. Vanatsky: He played four years at UC as a wide receiver. Mr. Vanatsky considers surviving five years of losing (including a redshirt year) his greatest accomplishment because the team was so bad. He actually was teammates with Urban Meyer, the current Ohio State coach. Mr. Vanatsky says, “The memories I have of Urban Meyer are a little bit too inappropriate for the high school paper.” Mr. Vanatsky continued his football career as a coach at Cornell University, UC, and Loveland. Mr. Marlatt: Loveland’s football coach played for Miami, where he received AllMid-American Conference honors three times and All-American recognition his junior and senior year. He also was named MVP of the California Bowl and remains one of Miami’s top quarterback sack and tackle-for-loss leaders. After college, Mr. Marlatt signed as a free-agent with the Dallas Cowboys and competed in three preseason games. He later played three

seasons in the original Arena Football League. Mrs. Niemeyer: She began her career as a basketball player in church leagues when she was young. After her graduation from high school, she attended Transylvania University, where she made the women’s basketball team. She claims this to be her greatest accomplishment because she made a college team with no prior highlevel experience. Mr. Reed: Loveland’s baseball coach attended Ball State University, where he played baseball for three years before leaving early for a shot at the pros. He played two years in the minor league for Baltimore. Other accomplishments for Mr. Reed were making first team all-Mid-American Conference in college and leading the conference Photo courtesy of Mr. Vanatsky in homeruns his junior year. Mr. Mr. Vanatsky posed here for his senior picReed says, “My favorite memory ture as a UC wide receiver in 1988. would have to be playing in the Cape Cod League because there was so at Kent State for two years and then transferred to Indiana State, where she played much talent from all over the country.” Mr. Kenyon: He attended Miami Uni- for two years also. Mrs. Brothers’s greatversity, where he played four years of base- est accomplishment includes making first ball. Mr. Kenyon was a pitcher and said he team All-Missouri Valley Conference most enjoyed traveling all over the country at ISU, where she ranks in the top 10 in playing various colleges. After college, Mr. school history for single-season points and Kenyon spent 17 years helping coach the rebounds. She said her favorite memory was playing for Kent State in the NCAA Loveland baseball team. Mrs. Brothers: She played basketball Tournament against Kansas State.

Here’s a list of teachers who told The Roar they played a college sport, along with their school and years they played: * Mr. Allison, cross country/track, Evansville, 1980-82 * Mrs. Brothers, basketball, Kent State 2001-03, Indiana State ’04-06 * Ms. Connor, basketball, Mount St. Joseph, 1989-93 * Mr. Damewood, football, Bluffton, 1991-94 * Mr. Dunlap, soccer, Wilmington, 1987-89 * Mr. Elam, soccer, Georgetown (Ky.), 1988-91 * Mr. Hutzel, soccer, NKU, 1989-93 * Mr. Kenyon, baseball, Miami University, 1991-94 * Mr. Marlatt, football, Miami University, 1983-1987 * Mrs. Niemeyer, basketball, Transylvania, 1979 * Mr. Partin, basketball, Southern State Community College (1977-79), Wilmington (’79-80) * Mr. Reed, baseball, Ball State, 1991-93 * Mr. (Chuck) Schmidt, basketball and track, Wilmington, 1949-53 * Mr. Switzer, wrestling, Mount St. Joseph, 1994-98 * Mr. Thomas, football, Franklin College, 1990-94 * Mr. Vanatsky, football, UC, 1984-88

Loveland track takes starting blocks indoors for 1st time By Anne Lehmann Staff Writer

New year, new sport? This is the first season Loveland has an indoor track team. It is starting this month, and about 30 boys and 30 girls from the spring track team are participating in indoor track. It is not an OHSAA-sanctioned sport, but athletes who are training must participate in the meets, because it’s illegal to

train for outdoor track in the offseason. Indoor track will include some events – including the 200 and 400 meter dashes– from traditional track in the spring, but the inclusion of field events, such as the discus throw and pole vault, will depend on the meet. Senior Olivia Denzy said, “This will help us be ready (for spring track) earlier as a team instead of just individually.” Kyle Garner (10) agrees and said,

“It will help us build a good foundation to work from when we get to track in the spring.” Olivia said, “We will definitely bond on our overnight trips, like our meet at Ohio State (in Columbus).” The athletes will be having all of their meets indoors, but will be training outdoors at Tiger Stadium when weather permits. When they can’t train outside, they will be training in the hallways, in the

weight room, or anywhere there is space. There are no local high schools with an indoor track; however, there are local schools, like Sycamore, that have an indoor track program. The nearest facilities with indoor tracks are Ohio State and the University of Kentucky. There will be three meets: one Jan. 19 at Ohio State, one Feb. 16-17 at Capital University (girls track only), and one more that is to be determined.

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Page Editor: Ricky Mulvey

Students join forces for healthy choices By Bridget Landis Editor-in-Chief

A newly founded health initiative is starting to help students make healthy choices in their lives. The initiative was founded by seniors ,Michael Huber and Austin Jarvis. Michael, the president of the initiative, said, “I noticed how unhealthy some of my classmates’ choices were, so I knew that I had to do something to stop it.” The initiative isn’t a club yet; it is a committee. Its goal is to spread public awareness about how to make healthier choices when it comes to food and exercise. The committee will take advantage of any public speaking opportunities and spread the word about healthy living. The vice president, Austin, said, “Eventually we want this to be a club that students can get involved in, but at this point it is just a hand-picked committee that will be speaking about healthy choices.” Healthy choices start at home and carry over to school. Michael and Austin say they want to give students the tools to make healthy choices at home and then carry those choices into other aspects of their lives. They also hope that by making healthy choices at home, other family

Michael Huber spots Austin Jarvis on the bench press. members will take note and in turn also make healthy choices.

“It’s not always easy choosing to eat an apple instead of a cookie, but in the long

Photo by Bridget Landis

run you’ll be thankful you chose the apple instead,” said Michael.

Faces in the crowd: Meet some rising stars By Erin Richmond

Staff Writer

There are many talented and unique students walking the halls of Loveland High School. Let’s meet a few: Austin Coulson is a dedicated athlete who has a bright hockey Austin Coulson future ahead of him. The senior has been playing competitive hockey for six years

and travels nearly every weekend to play games around the country. Austin is currently a goalie for the Queen City Steam, which is part of the premier junior hockey league in the country, the NA3HL. Last school year, Austin spent nine months in New Hampshire playing with the Northern Cyclones. That’s a team with players from all over the country, and even some from around the world. Austin plans to play Division I college hockey in the future. Lily Huelsman is a talented freshman with a passion for music and theater. In addition to taking piano and cello lessons,

Lily is a self-taught guitar player, and she even writes and records her own music. She is a member of Thespians Society and is involved in drama productions with Loveland Stage Lily Huelsman Company and Acting Up, a community group in Mason. Lily played Vivian in the LHS production of Legally Blonde. She may be just a sophomore in high school, but Lena Koenig has done more

traveling than many people do in a lifetime. Lena’s family loves to travel, and in addition to visiting her extended family in Germany twice a year, she also has vacationed in 22 countries. As a result, Lena can speak fluent German and is currently learning to speak French. She also runs varsity track in the spring, and last year Lena broke the Lena Koenig school record in the 800-meter race with her 2:21.64 time.

INTERalliance gives students business opportunities By Rachel Griswold Staff Writer

Scanning the internet for universities and business opportunities? There’s an easier way. INTERalliance allows high school students to connect with local information technology businesses. Identify, nurture, train, employ, retain (INTER)alliance is an organization that gives students opportunities to connect with businesses in Cincinnati. More than 60 schools in the area participate. Through INTERalliance, students are able to participate in conventions where they meet people from companies and universities to discuss information technology.     The Loveland chapter of INTERalliance currently has 20 members and is advised by Mr. Marchal. He says, “INTERalliance gives students connections to businesses that they wouldn’t normally gain.”     This non-profit collaboration opens students’ eyes to the possibilities of IT-related careers. INTERalliance provides paid high school internships, individual high school chapters, and collaboration programs.

Grant Portune (12) had an internship at the Cincinnati headquarters of GE Aviation. He worked alongside other interns to create a communication portal. This service allows individuals, businesses, schools and government agencies to share information using unified communications media. Natalie Dall (12) also participated in an internship at INTERalliance career camps. The camps included events built around real-world business challenges. Students were able to have lunch with an IT management team from a company. Here, they discussed career opportunities in IT and applied technology. Kaitlyn Payne (11) says her favorite part of INTERalliance is “meeting new

people from other schools that are interested in similar IT subjects.” Nolan Shumaker (11) enjoys “meeting the big bosses of prominent businesses like P&G.” Allen Osgood (12) described INTERalliance as “a great way to work with people from other schools on real-world projects.” INTERalliance is full of opportunities for young, talented students. It establishes the Cincinnati region as a

model of cooperation between businesses and students working together to train, employ, and retain the area’s best IT talent.

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Buddy system helps aid youngsters By Anna Niemeyer Staff Writer

The “My Voice My Choice” initiative has started a program called Loveland High School Buddies. The goal is to create school connectedness through mentoring relationships. High school students serve as role models to younger students. The high school students focus on improving their buddy’s self-esteem, social and behavioral skills, achievement, and motivation. The program has placed at least one high school student at each of the schools in Loveland. The middle school has the most because the LMS administration

wants to provide strong role models to kids who may have issues with the transition between junior high and high school. Mentors are also used with younger athletes to keep them on track with schoolwork as well as sports. Students are required to spend at least 30 minutes with their assigned buddy each week for the entire school year. So far, 30 LHS students have been matched with younger students in the school district. Most of these are seniors, but there are four or five juniors who are involved as well. The high school psychologist, Ms. Van Strein says, “The program is really a winwin situation for both the high school students and younger students. It is a great

way for older kids to give back to their community through helping the younger ones develop good communication skills.” Also, for students who want to go into teaching, the program serves as a great learning experience through working with kids. Students have found the program to be very rewarding. “It feels great when I can help them with something in their life, whether it’s homework or something they need to talk about. My buddy was shy at first, but now we talk about everything together,” said Gaelen Stejbach (12). Students often play games with their buddy and discuss favorite movies or sports. “My buddy always wants to talk about

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Star Wars and soccer; he also loves playing board games,” says Christian Przezdziecki (12). The younger students involved in the program are often kids who do not have a consistent person in their life, students who are having trouble with school work, or kids who have been bullied or are bullies themselves. Mentors are there to listen, understand, and offer feedback to the kids who need it. President of “My Voice My Choice,” Kristin Bisig (12) says, “We have only received positive feedback from members, parents, and teachers involved in the program. One teacher told us she saw one of her students smiling for the first time after spending time with their buddy.”

Washington D.C. prepares for Obama’s second inauguration Jan. 21 By Mackenzie Johnson Staff Writer

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Millions will gather in Washington D.C. to watch the inauguration of Barack Obama for his second term as president, no matter how bad their view may be.

Winter Homecoming nears By Sydney Dudley Staff Writer

One year. Two Homecomings! This winter – Jan. 25, to be exact – Loveland will be having its second Homecoming of the school year. The dance will be held from 9 p.m. to midnight in the cafeteria. This Winter Homecoming will be like the Fall Homecoming in many ways. First, there will be a Homecoming Week with dress-up days. There’s no school that Monday, but Tuesday will be Decade Day: seniors are the ’80s, juniors are the ’50s, sophomores are the ’70s, and freshmen are the ’90s. Wednesday will be Disney Day. Thursday will be Class Color Day. Friday will be Spirit Day. There will also be a Homecoming court. Underclassmen will vote for their class’s prince and princess on Naviance from Jan. 15-17. Seniors will vote on Naviance for their Homecoming court, then will vote again from Jan. 22-24 to decide Winter Homecoming’s king and queen. This is a formal dance, which means ties for the boys and dresses for the ladies. Winter Homecoming coordinator

Carley Taggart (12) said, “It’s going to be a lot of fun. If you had fun at Fall Homecoming, then you should definitely come.” An added twist: The dance is going to be held right after the boys basketball game against Milford. This leaves students to decide whether to dress up before they come to the game or after the game. “People can dress up and take pictures before, and then go to the game all dressed up,” said Carley. The theme for the dance is “black and white affair.” Just like the Fall Homecoming, it is optional to dress according to the theme. The dance floor will sport many black and white decorations, making the cafeteria a winter wonderland. Emily Hoff (11) adds, “This is the final dance of the year for underclassmen and the last dance of the year besides Prom. Be sure to take advantage of this opportunity and go.” Ticket pricing will be the same graduated pricing used for previous dances this year. Buying tickets on Tuesday of that week would cost $10. Wednesday tickets are $12. Thursday and Friday tickets are $15.

The stage is set for the 57th Presidential Inauguration, which will be held Jan. 21 as Barack Obama is sworn in for his second presidential term. The swearing-in ceremony, beginning at 11:30 a.m., takes place upon the steps on the Capitol building in Washington D.C. Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority expects an attendance of between 500,000 and 800,000 ticketholders and participants throughout the day’s activities, compared to last inauguration’s 1.8 million attendees. Tickets to the inauguration are in high demand, with very limited supply. While it is possible to view the ceremony without a ticket from the large screens in National Mall, only ticketholders are allowed into certain areas of the ceremony.

Tickets are distributed by senators and Congressional representatives. Members of Congress receive a limited amount of tickets to hand out. Therefore, to personally attain a ticket one must fill out a detailed request form. Mallory Jackson (12) had the honor of attending the inauguration four years ago. She says, “I was a part of a youth leadership conference who attended the ceremony. Just being around all those people there to support our president and country was inspiring.” In addition to the actual ceremony, a week’s worth of other festivities such as the inaugural address, inaugural parade, and numerous inaugural balls and galas will occur. This Inauguration marks the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, and the theme of this year’s festivities is “Faith in America’s Future.”

Compost comes to LHS By Sarah Goldenberg Staff Writer

It seems as if it wasn’t too long ago that the Environmental Science class started a recycling program at the school. Now, after becoming one of only two Green Ribbon schools in the state of Ohio, they’re at it again. Since the second month of school, students in Ms. Burge’s 4th block Honors Environmental class have been working to start a composting program in the cafeteria. Now, they’ve put it into action. Composting is a specific way of disposing of food scraps to make rich, nutrientfilled soil. The class takes time out of their daily classes to research, organize and hold meetings to get their jobs done and to make LHS greener. “The point of this project is just to make the Earth a better place,” says Willie Lutz (10). The students split into groups to handle different tasks. Some, such as Willie, request and write up grants so less money has to come

out of the school’s budget. Some groups advertise, and others make daily phone calls to places such as Rumpke and Marvin’s Gardens Composting. It’s not easy; each group has put more than 36 hours of class time into the project. However, students seem to be generally optimistic about the project. Mr. Kloesz has praised the class’ efforts, as have former Environmental Science students, such as Hollie Saatkamp (11), who worked on the recycling initiative last year. She compliments the class on their initiative and said she hopes the project “gets off the ground.” Alexis Wiles (10) echoes Ms. Burge’s favorite mantra with her message to students who do not wish to comply with the program: “Get educated, because it’s best for everyone.”

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A year for the record book: looking back at 2012 By Ricky Mulvey Staff Writer

2012 was chock-full of some huge news stories. Whether it was shootings, natural disasters, or the election, there was rarely a slow news day. Here is a quick recap of the biggest stories from the year. Hurricane Sandy ripped through the Northeast this October, causing billions of dollars in damage and leaving millions of people out of power. Relief efforts are ongoing. Athletes like Michael Phelps, LeBron James, McKayla Maroney, and Missy Franklin helped push America past the competition and give the United States the most medals of any country at the London Olympics in July and August. In October, Felix Baumgartner set the record for longest free fall after jumping from 24 miles above the Earth’s surface. He landed in southeastern New Mexico and at one point reached a speed of 690 mph during his fall from space. On Nov. 14 the leader of Hamas, Ahmed al-Jabari, was killed by the Israeli Defense Forces in an airstrike, which helped kick off the ongoing Israel and Gaza crisis. After a crazy Republican primary race, millions of dollars in advertising, and a very

busy campaign, Mitt Romney narrowly lost his bid for the presidency to the incumbent, Barack Obama, on Nov. 6. On Sept. 11, the American consulate in Libya was attacked by terrorists. Four Americans were killed. Confusion still exists to the true cause of the attack. After rocketing hundreds of millions of miles through space, the NASA rover, Curiosity, made a safe touchdown on Martian soil Aug. 14. This landing included a risky maneuver that involved supersonic parachutes and rockets. The hope is to find evidence that water was once on Mars, and other building blocks for extraterrestrial life. At a July 20 midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colo., gunman James Holmes took the lives of 12 people and injured 58 more. Holmes is still on trial, and the theater will reopen this month. This past February, Florida teen Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by George Zimmerman. This tragedy has caused much debate over gun control and the controversial “stand your ground” law. Zimmerman is still on trial over the event. This December, at Sandy Hook Elementary, 20 children were killed in one of the worst school shootings in American history. Adam Lanza took the lives of 28 total people, including his mother and himself, on the tragic day.

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Here is the latest and greatest technology of 2012 By Brad Faust Staff Writer

Each year, new types of technology hit the shelves. Certain products, however, stand out from the rest in terms of sales and quality. Here are some of the hit high-tech products from 2012: 1. iPhone 5 – This version sports a lighter feel, more battery life, longer body, and faster processing. This iPhone sold 5,150,000 phones on the release date. The iPhone 5 iOS6 operating system speeds productivity and improves the files management capacity. 2. Wii U – As the successor to the Wii, this console has a touch-screen controller that gamers can use to control what is happening. They can create their own Mii world and explore more gaming opportunities. Lastly, the Wii U incorporates higher-level graphics than the original Wii, including actual faces of real

people, instead of the cute little Miis that are usually shown. 3. iPad Mini – This has most of the features of the iPad, but in a smaller format. This new machine measures 7.87 inches by 5.3 inches and allows one to search the web, buy apps, and create calendars. It can also play videos, and users are able to play numerous games with great graphics. 4. Kindle Fire HD – This tablet features a clearer picture and easier screen to use than the Kindle Fire. It boasts a faster processing speed than the previous Kindle (40 percent faster, in fact) and flaunts the ability to download apps and movies. 5. PlayStation Vita – This handheld offers the same online experience, gameplay, and fun as the gaming console. The Vita internal battery will provide three to five hours of gameplay and five hours of Video. Users can even access the internet.

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Grant Portune (12) mocks the “oversized” iPad of Tayloranne Campbell (10).

Fads: What was fresh in 2012 may not still be in ’13 By Mallory Jackson

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Another year has come and gone, but what’s a new year without a little reminiscing (and laughing) over all of the trends and fads that came and went with it? The Roar has compiled a list of 2012’s biggest trends: Infinity scarves: Scarves have been a fall and winter fashion must-have for the past couple of years, but lately infinity (or circle) scarves have been showing up everywhere. Fashion trend setter Kristen Bisig (12) gave the tip “the bulkier the better” for anyone trying to catch up on this trend. “Call Me Maybe”: Carly Rae Jepsen’s single dominated radio waves nation-wide this past spring. The song has managed to get on the nerves of everyone, including senior Natalie Dall, who says, “I had the song stuck in my head for three weeks in a row over the summer.” But the annoyance has been slightly muted over the months by the hilarious parodies, such as the Harvard baseball team’s viral video. Hannah Morgan (12) says, “Sick of the song as we are, those baseball guys were so attractive.” YOLO: Talk about a trend that has come and (thankfully) gone. The cute phrase (short for “You Only Live Once” for anyone coming late to the party) began as the perfect justification for rambunctious pastimes. YOLO has quickly morphed into the quickest way to get on everyone’s nerves. Everyone knows that they only live once; let’s stop acknowledging it and move on. Cake pops: This trend won’t be going anywhere. Who doesn’t like to have all of the sweet, guilty pleasure of cake in bite-size servings? Easily made and available almost anywhere, these delectable treats are sure to cheer up anyone’s bad day. Pinterest: While not as applicable to the male population, you’d have to be trying very hard to find a girl who doesn’t have a Pinterest account. Gaining popularity in 2012, Pinterest allows people to create “boards” to which they can “pin” items that relate to that board for no apparent reason at all. Senior Leesa Gilgen has a purpose for pinning, however. She says, “My future wedding, closet, and shoe collection are all planned out in full. Now I just need the cash.”

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Last year was a very eventful one, with plenty of new movies, athletes, artists, albums and apps. Here are The Roar’s picks for the best of 2012. Best Movie: The Avengers. This action-packed movie left fans begging for a sequel. It made over $623 million globally. Best New TV Show: The Mindy Project. This hilarious hit on FOX stars Mindy Kaling, whom many may remember from The Office. Best Athlete: Missy Franklin. The amazing 17-year-old American blew the competition out of the water (no pun intended) and astounded the world in the process in her Olympic debut this past summer in Great Britain. Franklin won four gold medals and one bronze. The only event she Image from i didn’t win a medal in was the 200-meter freestyle, missing the podium by The Best album, Red, and best movie, The Aveng

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Big tours, albums on tap for music world in 2013 By Erin Pogue

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Along with a new year comes something everyone enjoys: new music. With countless tours, albums, festivals, etc. coming this year, there is always something new to explore in the world of music. It’s easy to find performers on the road this year. Big names such as Lady Gaga, Rihanna, and P!nk are making their way across the country. Some performers coming somewhat closer to home include One Direction (Columbus, Nationwide Arena, June 18), George Strait (Playing in Lexington on March 2), Maroon 5 (Columbus, Schottenstein Center, Feb. 13), Miranda Lambert (Wright University Nutter Center, Feb. 15), and Taylor Swift (Nationwide Arena, May 8). Other bands waiting to announce tour dates include Blink-182 and The Script. For those big music fans out there, there are a couple multi-day festivals in driving range. Lollapalooza hits Chicago again Aug. 2-4 with a lineup that is yet to be announced. Bonnaroo is coming to Manches-

ter, Tenn., June 13-16, featuring bands such as Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bon Iver, Foster the People, Skrillex and many more. Plenty of artists that may not be on the road are certainly keeping busy, releasing new music. Lil Wayne plans to release Tha Carter V this year. The surprise winner of American Idol, Lee DeWyze, also plans to release an album. 50 Cent will have Street King Immortal out Feb. 26. Bon Jovi is set on March 26 to release their new album, What About Now. Also in February, Selena Gomez and her band, the Scene, plan to release the new album Roses. These artists have release dates yet to be announced: Avril Lavigne, Jonas Brothers, Beyoncé, Eminem, Katy Perry, Justin Beiber, Lady Gaga, and – wait for it – the Backstreet Boys. Then there’s the big awards show: The Grammy awards air on Feb. 10. The big nominees this year are fun., Jay-Z, Mumford & Sons, and Frank Ocean, who is heavily favored to win Best New Artist. Other favored artists include Swift for Record of the Year and Carrie Underwood for best Country Solo Performance.

Replay the best LHS sports moments of 2012 By Kayla Herrmann Staff Writer

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Best Album: RED by Taylor Swift. This is T-Swift’s fourth studio album. Although she strayed from the country scene on a few songs, she still managed to put together a must-listen album. Best App: Snapchat. Use this app to send friends outrageous pics, and don’t worry about them screen-shotting any hideous or embarrassing photos because the timer on the photo can be set anywhere from one to 10 seconds. Top Event: 2012 Summer Olympics. This global sports competition only happens every four years, so clearly it was the most raved-about event in 2012. Top Celebrity: Jennifer Lawrence. Lawrence stole the Hollywood spotlight when she played the role of Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games. She also appeared in Silver Linings Playbook and House at the End of the Street this past year.

goal was scored by Katie Swaine. This was the first time in team history it had beaten St. Ursula. Best Team (Girls): Volleyball. This season the team earned player of the year honors for Lindsay Flaherty (12) and Coach of the Year honors for Mary Luning. The girls went 9-3 in the conference and ended up being the 2012 ECC Champs. This was the girls first league title in 12 years. Best Team (Boys): Golf. This season the boys were nearly unstoppable, being 6-0 in the conference and one of the top teams in the city. They were not only ECC champs, they also earned coach of the year honors for Andy Fredette and had three boys named first team all-conference: Brain Bullock (11), Isaac Vock (10), and Reid Waddell (11). Best Achievement: Wrestling. This past season, the Tigers had a total of four wrestlers qualify for state: Kylee Knabe (2012 graduate), Andrew Alten (11), Michael Weber (11), and Brandon Tucker (10).

Throughout the 2012 calendar year, many Loveland student athletes and teams have stood out. Take a look at the school’s “best of the best” for 2012. Best Game: The boys basketball game against Milford last Jan. 10. Current junior Reid Waddell made a buzzer-beating 3-point shot to obtain a Tiger victory against the school’s rival with a final score of 38-37. Best Finish: In the last event of the Fort Ancient Valley Conference boys track meet, the 4x400 relay won the Tigers the championship, thanks to Barrett Dannemiller (12), Anthony Johnson (12), Beau Ngu (11), and Jake Junod (10). The race was completed in 3:28. Best Male Athlete: Senior Jonny Williams. Not only has Jonny received conference player of the year honors this season, he has played varsity soccer all four years. He had a total of 21 goals this season, the most in the conference. Best Female Athlete: Senior Katie Swaine. Katie has been a three-sport standout, playing varsity soccer, basketball and softball. Biggest Surprise: Girls soccer beating St Ursula 1-0 Photo by Megan Day in the playoffs. The Lindsay Flaherty (12) spikes it in the ECC title-clinching match.

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LHS grad creates Warp Tunnel app Denver Coulson already has created two video games By Mitch Casperson Staff Writer

Imagine flying through an ambient tunnel with psychedelic designs littered across the landscape. Well, that’s what happens in the new app Warp Tunnel, developed by 2010 Loveland grad, Denver Coulson. This is not Coulson’s first game. He did make a game in high school called Ephemeral Aura. Both games have been produced by his company, 11:11 Studios. Ephemeral Aura was an adventure game for PCs. Warp Tunnel is an obstacle course style game in which the gamer controls the white plane-esque figure who intends to fly through a tunnel and get the best score possible. There is a diverse array of colors and shapes coordinated into the game. 11:11 Studios is a programming company created by Coulson. Coulson is a

junior at Miami University and programs in his free time. Coulson has a summer job at indiePub, a game publishing company based in Cincinnati. Coulson calls his game “challenging.” He said his high score is 25,000. Anyone who has played the game knows that a score of 5,000 is impressive. It took Coulson three months to write the code for Warp Tunnel. It took him six months to test the game and one month to get the game Photo courtesy of Denver Coulson ready to be released. Denver Coulson, left, is seen here working with fellow video game designer Taylor Love. When asked how he feels about having a former student Coulson has another game ready for Coulson. Coulson described Pictago as, release a game of this caliber, Mr. Marchal release some time next year called Pic- “a casual game. It includes picture finding said, “Given the person, it’s not surpris- tago. Pictago is the first game that will and sharing.” This game figures to be loved ing.” High praise from a former teacher. be released under the indiePub name for by Pinterest users everywhere.

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Garino recruits fellow LHS rappers as he prepares to release 1st mixtape By Ryan Moss Entertainment Editor

The spotlight hits his face. The roar of 10,000 adoring fans rings through his ears. He picks up the microphone and takes a second to remember his humble beginnings. This could be the future of rapper Tom “TMG” Garino (12). Tom has been rapping for three years and draws influence from The Notorious B.I.G., 2Pac, Immortal Technique, and Jedi Mind Tricks. TMG says he will release his debut mixtape, Red Dragon, sometime this winter. The recording has been six months in the making but he assures his fans, “It will definitely be worth the wait.” TMG will also feature other Loveland-

based rappers like Anthony “AJ 2 Death” Johnson (12), Vince “Young Vinny” Stevens (11), Austen “Funke the Freak” Funke (11) and Jakob “J Squared” Oslack (10). Anthony also commented on TMG’s debut mixtape, saying, “I’m really excited about it. It’s going to be dope.” Tom plans to upload Red Dragon to SoundCloud, YouTube, and To hear another one of TMG’s songs, listen to “The End” featuring Mr. Monster on YouTube. TMG says that one of his songs will be about the senior class, which he is hoping will be the unofficial class of 2013 senior song. He wants to make a video for it, which will include any students willing to participate. He plans to film the video sometime after the mixtape is dropped.

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Senior Tom Garino is about to release his first recording, Red Dragon.

Say what?!? Odd news rules By Rachel Griswold Staff Writer

Sometimes the truth is more unbelievable than fiction. Here are some crazy news stories that are too good to be made up. Woman rides wild manatee A 52-year-old woman from Pinellas, Fla. turned herself into the police in October after riding a manatee in Fort De Soto Park. Ana Gloria Garcia Gutierrez said she wasn’t aware her actions were against the law. Photos given to the authorities showed her riding the manatee. This is a second-degree misdemeanor in the state of Florida. The penalty for disturbing and harassing a manatee could be up to 60 days in jail with a possible fine of $500. (Source: Squirrel dinner sparks fire In Holland Township, Mich., an apart-

ment complex caught on fire when a resident tried to cook a squirrel with a propane torch. The resident was attempting to cook and eat the animal, and was in the process of burning off its fur when the fire broke out. He was on the third deck of the building when the fire started. It destroyed eight apartments and damaged two-dozen other units. A firefighter broke a toe, but no residents were injured. (Source: Housewife raised by Capuchin monkeys Marina Chapman was kidnapped at age 4 and abandoned in Colombia. She was raised by Capuchin monkeys for five years, until hunters discovered her. Marina claims she was taught to scale trees and catch birds with her bare hands. Her approximate age is around 50, but her actual birthdate is unknown. Chapman has lived in Bradford, England since 1977 and is a mother of two daughters who grew up listening to their mother’s stories about life in the jungle. (Source:

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By Request is preparing for another successful show choir season. It is following up a strong 2012 season that included a World Choir Games performance and is ready to take the show choir world by storm. This season, By Request is preparing for the Show Choir Nationals April 4-6 in Nashville, Tenn. The competition will take place on the Grand Ole Opry stage. The new choreography is challenging, with some lifts added in, but it adds some flair to the show. By Request has new costumes that are edgier than ever: leather jackets and jeans. By Request will be performing five songs: “Land of Confusion” by Genesis, “Hoodoo Voodoo Doll” by Adelaide, “Like Breathing” by Edges, “Runaway Baby” by Bruno Mars, and “Blow the House Down” by Living in a Box. It will perform these numbers in eight competitions in four different states. Luke Walker (12) said, “I think the best way to describe our show is saucy, because sometimes it’s spicy, and sometimes it’s sweet.” Megan Kiley (12) said, “This is the best year, best show, best choreography, best performers, and best songs By Request has ever had, and I can’t wait to go out there and win this year.” By Request’s preview show is Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. at LMS. Come and experience the revamped show choir.

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Jennifer Pifer (10) and Ryan Mangan (9), shown in the foreground, practice the new, difficult routines with their fellow By Request members in preparation for the competition season.

Boy Meets World spinoff merits mixed emotions By Erin Richmond Staff Writer

Get ready for a blast from the past. The ’90s teen dramedy Boy Meets World is in development for a spinoff series. Boy Meets World followed the lives of Cory Matthews, his friends Shawn and Topanga, and his family. The show began when the characters were in sixth grade and followed their journey through high school, college, and the start of marriage between Cory and Topanga.

Boy Meets World has been a favorite among current high school and college students since its original run from 1993-2000. Boy Meets World reruns can be viewed on ABC Family. Recently, it was announced that a spin-off series, Girl Meets World, was in the works. Girl Meets World will pick up years after the series finale of Boy Meets World and will follow the life of Cory and Topanga’s 13-year-old daughter, Riley. Some actors are currently being cast; Ben Savage and

Danielle Fishel will reprise their original roles as Cory and Topanga. Michael Jacobs, the creator of Boy Meets World, is involved in the production, which will air on Disney Channel. The announcement of the new show has generated some positive responses. Kerianne Cummings (11) said, “I think it’s going to be great. I can’t wait to see what’s going on in the lives of Cory and Topanga.” Others are skeptical about the new spi-

noff. Carly Wood (11) said, “I’m not going to watch the spinoff. It most likely won’t be anywhere near as good as Boy Meets World, and I don’t want the old show to be ruined for me.”

Best songs of 2012 playlist By Maddie Whitaker Staff Writer

Sneak a peek at movies to be released in 2013 By Danny McManus Sports Editor

A new year means new movies. 2013 will bring some highly anticipated flicks. Here are five that one won’t want to miss. 1. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Viewers last saw Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark winning the battle-to-thedeath tournament known as the Hunger Games. This highly anticipated sequel is the second film of the trilogy. Even though Katniss won a Hunger Games tournament, the danger for her is far from over. 2. Iron Man 3. After his heroics with his fellow Avengers in New York, Tony Stark finds that he has some problems to face on his own against the toughest villain he has

had to face yet, Mandarin. Along with this, he has to face the psychological problems of the multiple civilian deaths caused by the Chitauri in New York. Also, Iron Man is now able to put on his suit by thought process. 3. Man of Steel. There have been many failed attempts at creating a great Superman movie. Director Zach Synder (300, Watchmen) will try to break this mold with this reboot. A boy is sent from another planet and is adopted. Living in Kansas and acting as a journalist, he uses amazing powers to fight for the world against great evil. 4. The Great Gatsby. Taken from the novel written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, this

is a story about two neighbors living in the Roaring ’20s. Jay Gatsby, a mysterious man who always seems to be throwing parties, is played by Leonardo DiCaprio. 5. World War Z. A researcher, played by Brad Pitt, is given the task of interviewing survivors of a zombie attack that kills many, many people around the world. Viewers finally get to see an apocalypse as it happens, rather than just the aftermath, as seen in I Am Legend and Zombieland.

There were numerous great music releases in 2012. The Roar has composed a list of the best songs of the year. “One More Night” – Maroon 5 “Home” – Phillip Phillips “Cruise” – Florida Georgia Line “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” – Taylor Swift “Wanted” – Hunter Hayes “Call Me Maybe” – Carly Rae Jepsen “Lights” – Ellie Goulding “Mercy” – Kanye West “Starships” – Nicki Minaj “Come Wake Me Up” – Rascal Flatts

Light News

WEDNESDAY, January 9, 2013

13 Page Editor: Erin Pogue

Loveland’s new bundles of joy

Chast, Sambuchino, Hueber welcome new members into their families By Mallory Jackson Staff Writer

Three new tots have been welcomed into the LHS family recently. And because nothing is more exciting, adorable, or wonderful as newborn babies, The Roar has gotten the inside scoop on these baby Tigers and their families. Mrs. Sambuchino, a Spanish teacher, gave birth to her daughter, Geneva Rose Sambuchino, on Halloween. Geneva weighed 8 lbs. and was 21 inches long at birth. Mrs. Sambuchino said that even though she and her husband had decided on the name Geneva ahead of time, while driving to the hospital on Halloween, Photo courtesy of Mrs. Chast Photo courtesy of Mrs. Hueber Photo courtesy of Mrs. Sambuchino he attempted to convince her to Mrs. Chast with baby Abigail. Mrs. Hueber with baby Leo. Mrs. Sambuchino with baby Geneva. change the name to a holidaythemed one like Elvira, Candy, Sabrina, or Chemistry teacher Mrs. Chast also be- feel so amazingly blessed to have such a her 9-year-old daughter, Talia, “loves beTabatha. came a first-time mom, giving birth to little miracle in my life. I have a very hap- ing a big sister. She thinks Leo’s a live As a first-time mother, Mrs. Sambuchi- Abigail Rose Chast on Nov. 28. Abigail py, healthy, and wonderful baby girl, and I baby doll; she always wants to change his no said, “I would explain motherhood as weighed 7 lbs., 3 oz. and measured 20 could not be happier. ” diaper, dress him up, and hold him.” being more intense than expected. I never inches long. Mrs. Hueber, one of the sophomore Mrs. Hueber said, “The whole family is knew I could love someone so much, and “I absolutely adore being a mother,” English teachers, gave birth to Leo Kend- so in love. He sleeps about two hours at a I didn’t realize day-to-day ‘mothering’ Mrs. Chast said. “There is absolutely noth- all Hueber on Dec. 4. Leo was 20 inches time and then wants to eat, so there’s not a would be so exhausting. When I hold Ge- ing like looking into your child’s face and long at birth and weighed 7 lbs., 8 oz. Mrs. lot of sleeping going on. But I am just so, neva, I feel at peace. She is pure joy.” feeling such absolute and complete love. I Hueber is now the mother of two. She said so, so in love.”

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Page Editor: Anne Lehmann

What is he wearing?!? By Ryan Moss Entertainment Editor

The question isn’t “What is he wearing?” The question is “Who is he wearing?” Senior, Shawn Eldridge, is well known around the school for his expensive taste in clothing and ability to rock a turtleneck. People often stop in the hallway to gawk at this walking fashion statement. Shawn’s style: He defines it as “casual, yet classy, fresh and flashy.” He says he draws most of his fashion influence from Europeans. Favorite stores: Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Abercrombie & Fitch, and Hollister Co. Favorite outfit: High-tops, slim jeans, and a polo shirt. Favorite brands: Burberry, Dior, and Dolce & Gabbana. Best accessories to his outfits: Retro glasses, a tie that stands out with a shirt, and a cool-looking belt. What others think about Shawn’s style: “I want to date his clothes.” – Emily Vance (10) “I like how trendy he is. I look forward to seeing what he is wearing every day.” – Spencer Myers (12) Photo by Ryan Moss “I wish I could dress more like him.” – Elliott Cade (11) Shawn Eldridge rocks high fashion. Shawn’s fashion advice for the school is, “Dress in what you like. Don’t go with what is in style right now. Pick what you think will never go out of style.”

Photo by Ryan Moss

Shawn looks thoughtful in his button-up and tie.

Where’s Billy?!?

Photo by Danny McManus

Find senior, Billy Viox, hiding in the balcony of the gym.

Face-off: Traditional cake vs. cake pops By Laura Doppler Staff Writer

With the new trend of cake pops steadily rising, many people have been wondering, will these sweet treats take the place of the traditional birthday cake everyone knows and loves? Which is better? Appearance: Traditional cake wins this

category. Cake pops may be cute and decorative, but there are just way more options with normal cake. Think about Cake Boss or Ace of Cakes; with traditional cake, the opportunities are endless. You can only do so much with a little cake pop. Icing: Lots of people complain that cake pop icing is a little too strange for their liking. Cake wins this category with its classic

Traditional cake

frosting. Taste: This is a close contest, but cake pops are more delicious. They are richer and more flavorful than traditional cake, which is a little boring in comparison. Accessibility: No one has to think hard about the winner of this category. With their portability and bite-size shape, cake pops are much easier to handle.

Categories Appearance Icing Taste Accessibility Effort

Effort to bake: When it comes to difficulty, traditional cake is much easier to bake. There are many steps involved in creating the perfect cake pop. Baking traditional cake is pretty simple. In a neck-and-neck race, cake pops pull out the victory 16-15, due to their delicious taste, portability, and overall style. Ultimately, cake pops “take the cake.”

Cake pops

People WEDNESDAY, January 9, 2013

15 Page Editor: Maddie Whitaker

15 Questions on page 15 By Sarah Goldenberg Staff Writer

Each month, The Roar picks a student at random and asks them 15 questions to help to get to know them better. Brody Smolenski is a bright young freshman with a love for sports. Here’s our interrogation of this month’s willing victim. What’s your favorite TV show? The Office. If you could meet any celebrity, who would it be? Tony Hawk. If you could trade places with anyone, who would it be? Superman. Do you play any sports? Lacrosse, soccer, and football. What would your last meal be?

Meatloaf and mashed potatoes. What’s at the top of your bucket list? I want to go to Kings Island. iPhone or Android? Android. What’s your weirdest talent? I can dislocate my arm, leg and thumb. If you could travel in time, would you want to go to the future or the past? The future, so I could see what my life and my family’s life would be like. What’s your dream car? A Lotus Elise. What’s your favorite class? Computer programming with Mr. Marchal. What’s your dream vacation? Hawaii. What’s your pet peeve? When people don’t answer questions fully. What superpower would you want? Flight. Photo by Sarah Goldenberg What’s the meaning of life in one word? Brody Smolenski (9) sports his Superman shirt, wishing he could trade Fun. places with him.

Clunker of the Month

New year, new horoscopes January horoscopes start off 2013 By Megan Day

Photo by Bridget Landis

Laura Doppler (12) sits on her 1997 Buick Lesabre.

Beard of the Month

Photo by Anne Lehmann

Zach Hunt (12) uses his beard for warmth during wintertime.

Staff Writer

This is your astrological guide to this month, based on the stars and the imagination of The Roar. Aries (March 21-April 20): If you know what’s best for you, chew your food at least five times. You never know what surprises might be lurking in your lunch. Taurus (April 21-May 21): Worried about upcoming tests? You should be. There’s a rain cloud hanging above your head waiting to rain on your parade. Carry an umbrella with you in between classes just to be safe. Gemini (May 22-June 21): Sparks are ready to fly, literally. Stay clear of all electrical appliances this month. Bad news is written all over them. Cancer (June 22-July 22): It’s a good time to say “hey” to that one cutie you’ve had your eye on. You are definitely a magnet for hot stuff right now. Don’t get overly confident; you still need to impress them with your irresistible charm. Leo (July 23-Aug. 21): This month you will have trouble opening your locker. This is payback for all of the garbage you leave in the hallways. Virgo (Aug. 8-Sept. 23): Congratulations, all of your hard work is paying off this month. Don’t sweat about upcoming exams; the time you’ve spent devoted to your studies will ensure you an easy A. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 23): Wanting to take your boo ice skating this winter sea-

son? Just beware of the overachieving adults who actually know how to skate. Stay out of their way and you won’t end up falling in front of your date. Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 22): Avoid the third-floor bathrooms. There’s a grumpy monster that eats all of the paper towels. If you want clean, dry hands, use the other bathrooms. Sagittarius (Nov. 23-Dec. 22): This month you will hit every red light while coming to school. Knowing your luck, you will probably end up stuck behind someone who goes 5mph under the speed limit. Be calm; you will get to school eventually. Capricorn (Dec. 23-Jan. 20): Double check your school bag everyday this month. You never know if it is going to rip open, leaving you with an embarrassing mess of books and papers all over the hallway. Aquarius (Jan. 21-Feb. 19): Potential snow days are coming up, so you’d better be prepared. Wear your pajamas backwards and inside out. Flush ice cubes down the toilet before you go to bed, and sing “Frosty the Snow man” while standing on your head. Do all of these things to make sure you get the day off. Pisces (Feb. 20-March 20): Mother Nature decided she wants to curse your parking spot with some ice this month. Don’t be surprised if you get out of your car this month and end up kissing the pavement.


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Winter sports

Page Editor: Andrew Bessey


The student body has been giving sweat and tears this sports season. Naturally, this kind of effort will produce some great photos of these tiger athletes. Take a minute to view some photos of your fellow classmates in action. (Photographers listed in parentheses.)

1) Cameron Spicer (11) takes a stance working up for his dive at the Milford meet. (Megan Day) 2) Julia Copfer (9) shoots a basket for the girls basketball team in a game against Kings. (Ryan Moss) 3) Jordan Paul (9) is on the verge of pinning a Kings player during the in-school wrestling match. (Sydney Dudley) 4) The boys bowling team huddles for a pep talk before a difficult match. (Darby Moloney) 5) Cole Cloud (11) takes a shot during a tough game against Anderson. (Matt Becker) 6) Camille Mennen (11) comes up for a breath mid-breaststroke. (Megan Day) 7) Danny McCarthy (12) glides through the water with his impressive butterfly stroke. (Laura Doppler)



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