FRIDAY, May 4, 2012
This is a special BONUS mini-issue of The Roar to help preview Prom. Look for our last full issue (the Senior issue) May 23.
Page Editor: Liz Sullivan
The Loveland High School Student Newspaper
Time capsule brings warm memories By Kyle Sieg
While walking the halls of Loveland Primary School, it’s hard for current seniors not to feel a little misty-eyed remembering that only a decade ago, they were students there. For many parents and students, the misty-eyed feeling turned into full-fledged tears April 24 when teacher Tammy Ruehrwein gave an emotional speech to the group. The occasion was the opening of the time capsule the students buried in in the LPS garden in first grade. “It was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life,” Mrs. Ruehrwein said while choking back tears. “It makes me really happy to see all the familiar faces now that they are successful young adults.” Mrs. Ruehrwein was the building coordinator at LPS when the time capsule was created. The time capsules held letters from parents and siblings to the students. One particularly emotional moment was when
Mrs. Ruehwein talked about finding a letter to a former Loveland student who has since moved away. The letter was from his father, who passed away from cancer 6 months after writing it. She said teachers tracked down the student at his new school and he was able to receive his letter. As the seniors started to read the letters, the tears mixed with laughter as everyone reminisced on the simple days of first grade. The laughter only increased while people watched the slideshows with pictures from the past. “It was hilarious to see everyone’s ugly haircuts with their goofy smiles,” said senior Mikey Weinberg. Andrew Karle added, “It was bittersweet to see how far we’ve come together. It’s weird how much we all have grown up, even though first grade doesn’t seem like that long ago.” Unfortunately, not all of the time capsule objects were able to be excavated. The capsule was punctured by the pressure put on it by the soil in Granny’s Garden. Groundwater was able to seep through the
Henry Howard (12) sits with his parents, William and Ann, reading the letter they wrote to him when he was in first grade. crack and destroy some of the material. Despite some of the material being ruined, it was a memorable moment for the seniors who were there and one that won’t soon be replicated. The class of 2012 was chosen to make the time capsule because it
German exchange students love Loveland By Liz Sullivan Staff Writer
Have you ever imagined what it would be like to be a foreign exchange student? To travel to a new country and live with another family? To see the sights? To dive head-first into a different culture? LHS recently had the privilege of hosting four of Germany’s finest as exchange students. The four Germans got to see Cincinnati at its finest. Lisa Franz, from Steinbach, stayed with Grace Dolan (11). Rita Maricocchi (10) hosted Katharina Till from Giessen at her house. Dennis Rathgeber, from Wanfried, had the privilege of staying with Zach Weaver (12). Emil Heymach from Wiesbaden spent his time here with Blaine Hamilton (9). Lisa, Katharina, Dennis, and Emil stayed in Cincinnati for four weeks. They each went to different events and cities. Lisa went to Daytona Beach, Fla., with the Dolan family. She said she was ecstatic about seeing the alligators and swimming in the ocean. One of the things Lisa thought was different about America is that we can’t leave school to get lunch. In Germany, kids leave the school grounds to get lunch in the city and then go back to class.
LHS gets Green Ribbon LHS is one of just two schools in Ohio and 78 nationally to receive the first-ever Green Ribbon Schools Award from the U.S. Department of Education. According to the Department of Education, “honored schools exercise a comprehensive approach to creating ‘green’ environments through reducing environmental impact, promoting health, and ensuring a high-quality environmental and outdoor education to prepare students with the 21st century skills and sustainability concepts needed in the growing global economy.”
was the first class to attend first grade in the LPS building. Mrs. Ruehrwein said, “It was the first and only time capsule we’re doing here, and I can’t think of a better group of students to do it.”
OGT, OAT to be replaced in 2014 By Ogonna Ononye News Editor
Photo by Steven Goodman
German students pose with Dr. Moorhead last month. From left: Katharina Till, Dr. Moorhead, Lisa Franz, Emil Heymach, and Dennis Rathgeber. Katharina went with Rita and her family to Chicago. She said she “absolutely loved it.” One thing Katharina noticed about the United States that is different from Germany is we have school mascots. Dennis went with the Weaver family to Tennessee. He enjoyed spending time here and making new friends. Dennis found it welcoming, saying, “People in Germany
are more reserved.” Emil enjoyed being able to get to know the Hamiltons. They went to a Reds game. Emil was surprised we don’t wear uniforms at Loveland. This summer, Grace and Rita are going to Germany for two months to be exchange students. Send them off with an “Auf Wiedersehen.”
Music students can now opt out of classes By Steven Goodman
Beginning this fall, concurrent enrollment in the music program at LHS will be optional for juniors and seniors. This will make the requirement of taking two music credits each year optional so long as a minimum of four credits in music has been achieved by the end of sophomore year. There are a few reasons for this, the biggest being that it allows for more flexibility in a student’s schedule. Waiving the concurrent enrollment requirement allows students to take that extra science class or
any other elective they wish to, to better prepare themselves for a future career. Having the option to take a different non-music class allows LHS “to give as many options as possible to give students a well-rounded experience in school,” said Assistant Principal Mr. Kloesz. Another hope is that it will allow more students to take music classes, since there will be more spots available without concurrent enrollment requirements. With more students in the different music ensembles, it will allow for better-rounded performing groups as a whole.
The OAT and OGT tests will be replaced with new assessments thanks to Ohio’s new membership in the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC). PARCC is an alliance of 24 states that are making an effort to develop assessments that are aligned with the new Common Core Standards for English/ Language Arts and Mathematics. Basically, Ohio will be adapting to a new curriculum, and with this comes a new testing system. Since this is in the beginning stages of formatting, not much is known about PARCC. “We have only just been notified about Ohio’s switch to PARCC, so there is much to learn about the new system,” says Principal Dr. Moorhead. Few current LHS students will be directly affected by the switch, but many changes will take place soon. Loveland Curriculum Director Mary Ellen Wilson says PARCC has not fully developed the tests, and the curriculum is still being finalized. The new tests will take effect in the 2014-15 school year. These assessments will measure how well each student understood the material presented in the classroom. A major difference between the OGT/OAT tests and the future exams is this: Instead of giving one giant test at the end of the year (OAT for grades 3-8, OGT for 9-10), PARCC will be administering tests at the end of each course. This will allow students to be tested on their knowledge of a certain subject matter right after they have learned it, rather than testing months later when students may have forgotten material. Please Recycle!
FRIDAY, May 4, 2012
Set sights on ‘Hollywood Nights’ By Alyssa Tipton Staff Writer
For juniors and seniors, Prom will be the most magical night of our young lives. But who says it has to end at midnight? For only $20 per person, you can enjoy After Prom from midnight to 5 a.m. right here at the high school. What’s better than staying up all night with your friends partaking in awesome activities? According to Lynn Olberding, a member of Loveland High School’s PTSA, the staff has worked all year to create the most perfect and memorable night for us. “The theme this year for After Prom is Hollywood Nights,” she said. “There will be inflatables, a photo booth, tons of food, face painting and henna tattoos, movies in the auditorium, a plethora of raffle prizes, balloon animals, crazy decorations, and so much more. We hope everyone comes out and has a great time.” To all you After Prom newbies, here are some tips: First of all, either go home and change after the dance or bring comfy clothes to change in to, so you will be ready for the craziness of After Prom.
Trust me, you won’t want to spend the whole night in your fancy dresses and tuxes. Secondly, you don’t have to stay all night. If you plan on leaving, no worries; the school will just call your parents and let them know you have left.
Finally, let loose. Don’t let anything hold you back from having the time of your life. Take it from senior Nate Fackler, who said, “After Prom last year was a blast. I ended up staying the whole night with my incredible date. I wouldn’t dream of not going this year.”
Megan Slabaugh, left, and Alyssa Tipton race at After Prom 2011.
David Rankin asks Hannah Moloney
Pop the q By Megan Slabaugh
Photo courtesy of Alyssa Tipton
It’s that time of the year when anticipation is at its all-time high, and everyone has one thing on their mind: Prom. Some of our lucky fellow students have been swept off their feet and no longer have to worry about finding a date. Here are some of their stories: Dave Rankin (12) asked Hannah Moloney (12) in a Hunger Games way, placing a sponsor parachute in her tree. The parachute left a note saying “Happy Prom Games! Would you Katniss attend them with me Peeta aka Dave! May the odds be ever in MY favor!”
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Prepare for Prom 2012
Enter into a Prom fairy tale By Danielle Meyer Staff Writer
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Graham David and Katie Swaine are headed to Prom.
question creatively Brandon Johnson (12) swept Tia Ariapad (12) off her feet by spelling “PROM” in candles in his backyard. Junior Carley Taggart was surprised when Jon Vincent (11) told her to open his glove box, where she found a bouquet of flowers with a note asking her to Prom. Molly Query’s (12) face turned red as Mario Dias (12) hushed the crowd at a lacrosse game, where he then had the announcer ask Molly over the loudspeaker. While in New York City for a Jazz trip, Lauren Blumberg (11) asked her boo Andrew Alten (10) to join her at Prom while standing on the top of the Empire State Building. Softball player Katie Swaine (11) was
shocked when she was taken to the softball field by Graham David (11) to find the field lit up, spelling “PROM?” Stella Norris’ (12) heart melted when she came home to find pictures of Andrew Wilkins (12) taped all over her car, with a bouquet of flowers waiting on her kitchen table. Hope Bertke (11) cried tears of joy when she pulled into the school to find that Kyle Burton (12) covered her parking spot with balloons to pop the question. Kyle Sieg (12) not only asked Allison Pfaltzgraff (12) on the announcements in front of the whole student body, but also walked into her classroom with flowers as he was on air.
Once upon a time a grand ball was held for the fairest students of Loveland High School. This ball is, of course, the annual Prom, and it is quickly approaching. The junior student council has dedicated hours of hard work to pulling off a successful junior/senior prom. With a theme chosen by the senior student council members, the Cintas Center at Xavier University will adopt fairy tale-style lights and decorations May 19 from 8 p.m. to midnight. “Not only will everyone enjoy the lights on the dance floor, and the lit wall art throughout, but they will be able to better remember the night by taking pictures in our photo booth,”
Mr. Stephens, the junior class advisor, says. The juniors have been working on Prom since the fall, when each member was given a specific area to handle. Sam Hoffman (11), junior class president, says, “The junior student council has planned an amazing Prom. It’s sure to be a great time.” Sam is sure that people will be pleased with the DJ for Prom. Chris Graines has worked with Princeton and Lakota schools for their dances, and the lights will be choreographed with the music. The dance policy has been updated; students are expected to avoid provocative dancing. Tickets will be on sale May 14-18 at all lunches. They are $40 each. Guest tickets may be purchased at this time, as long as the alcohol consent forms are turned in for each guest.
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save room for its classic cheesecake; you won’t regret it! They do take reservations. 5. P.F. Chang’s China Bistro is an Asian cuisine based restaurant. It has great appetizers like its lettuce wraps, delicious meals like its Kung Pao Shrimp or Scallops, and scrumptious desserts like their Banana Spring Rolls. It takes reservations for any party size. 6. Dewey’s Pizza is a great laid-back place to have a pre-Prom meal. It has great pizza, and you can watch your pizza get prepared right before your eyes. It doesn’t take reservations. 7. The Works is a local restaurant taking the place of an old firehouse. Its food ranges from pasta to sandwiches to its famous brick oven pizza. It takes reservations for Sunday-Thursday, but it doesn’t take them for Friday or Saturday, and its price ranges from $8-20. 8. Romano’s Macaroni Grill is a classic Italian restaurant and its menu ranges from stuffed mushrooms to chicken parmesan. It does take reservations, and the price ranges are $21-30, so it is a bit expensive. But it’s for a nice occasion, so don’t be afraid to treat your date.
Photo by Megan Slabaugh
Alaina Strand (12) and Nate Fackler (12) participate in Prom Fair.
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decorations and have a slumber party. Spend the night watching Prom-related movies, like Prom Night and Disney’s Prom, or expand the selection to include musicals like Footloose and Hairspray. 3. Spa day: Who needs an event to look and feel beautiful? Take a trip to the salon to try a new hairstyle, and get a relaxing mani-pedi. Even guys can use a little sprucing up once in a while. 4. Opposite day: You don’t need to get fancied up to have fun. Put on every piece of black clothing you have and go to Lazer Kraze for unlimited laser tag on Friday night. Or if you’re an outdoors fan, who doesn’t love a game of paintball? 5. Adventure time: Take a day to get away from all your Prom jealousy and hit an area attraction. See the wildlife at The Cincinnati Zoo or the Newport Aquarium, or go shopping downtown, and have a lovely dinner by the river with your date or a friend.
Photo by Megan Slabaugh
Becca Pearson (12) and Logan Cornett (12) show off their fancy duds.