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Bear Facts the

VOLUME 17, NO. 1



St. Joe considers new bell schedule

HOMECOMING Test runs planned for spring semester; GAME student, parent, faculty input wanted

Despite injuries to several key players, the Bruins ride a four-game win streak into district play this week with a Homecoming game against Marshall. Sports writer Noah Greene looks at the Bruins midway through the 2013 season.

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By SUTTON KLEIN The Bear Facts St. Joe students could have a new bell schedule by fall 2014. Principal Keith Barnes said St. Joe plans to test possible new bell schedules during the spring 2014 semester. The tests would be similar to one that took place in spring 2013. Some possible schedules could shorten class time and, likewise, increase the

number of classes students attend each day – like the test schedule that was run last spring. Others could reduce the number of classes each day by lengthening the time they meet. “Schedule changes are very important toward our school community,” Keith Barnes, principal of St. Joe, told one of the school’s two journalism classes during an informal news conference last month. “I do miss morning assembly very much,” Barnes said, referring to a change this fall that reduced the number of morn-

St. Joe runs a bell schedule with six peI miss morning riods a day lasting 65 assembly because it was a minutes each. With chance to socialize. It was students taking eight classes, the time when nice getting to pray with classes meet changes the whole school.” every day. For example, a class that meets – Emma Adkins, at 9:05 a.m. one day KEITH BARNES an eighth-grader at St. Joe could meet at 11:25 a.m. the next. One possible schedule would create seven periods a day with classes lasting ing assemblies from everyday to the first day of the week. “But we need to do 50 to 55 minutes. Another would be the what’s best for our students.” See BELL SCHEDULE, Page 3

Starting St. Joe

Practical advice for making it from seventh grade through your senior year as a Bruin


Parade, Pep rally, key game on tap By MIA NICHOLS The Bear Facts

Homecoming MORE INSIDE 2013 hits full stride today with n Homecoming a parade and pep maids, Page 3 rally on campus – all in advance of a Friday night football game and Saturday dance. The six-day celebration, which began Monday, also includes an alumni tour of the old Boling Street campus in Jackson and an alumni Mass in the Fine Arts theater on Saturday.

Can’t make the Homecoming game Friday night? St. Joe sophomores Noah Greene, Jojo Katool and Ben Payne call the football games on Bruin Sports Radio.

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As a community, the ultimate goal for this Homecoming is to take out the competition and for everybody to have the best experience.”

... great summer 2013 motion pictures that are worth watching one more time.

– Keith Barnes, principal

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In the above photo, senior Robert Hamil and seventh grader Jace Rasmussen take time for a picture during a recent lunch period as Hamil shares views from a unique vantage point about making it through high school. In the photo on the left, nothing can be crazier for a new student than the controlled hysteria of a Bruin pep rally.

Volunteers are building sets and students are learning lines as preparation continues for the fall theater production of “Arsenic and Old Lace.”

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FABULOUS FLAGS St. Joe Fabulous Flags practice long hours to entertain fans and students.

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INSIDE n Opinion: 2 n Campus News: 4,5 n Entertainment: 6,7 n Bruin Sports: 11,12


Story and photos by Whitley Pannell

heo Costas, scrambling frantically to make his social studies class, stopped by his locker, reached for his book and found it crammed among other items. He grabbed it. Yanked it. Pulled it. It was jammed. And so was he. Costas wound up late to class – and it wasn’t even the right one.

“My first couple days in a new and bigger school were definitely rough,” said Costas, a seventh grader who came to St. Joe after spending elementary school at First Presbyterian. The seventh graders at St. Joe are considered the “bottom of the food chain.” They’re new to the school, don’t exactly know how things work, and often times are intimidated by upperclassmen. The majority of the seventh graders come from

St. Richard or St. Anthony, so MORE INSIDE most of them were familiar with each other. But they were n New St. Joe not familiar with the expectateachers, tions at St. Joe because they Page 3 contrast with the expectations n Halle of their previous schools. Anderson “We used to be the leadcolumn, ers of the school in the sixth Page 2 grade at St. Richards,” said n Editorial, seventh grader Alice McPhail. Page 2 “Now we’re right back at the bottom.” At. St. Richard and St. Anthony, the students changed classes – but they only had six classes. At St. Joe, students juggle eight classes. Other changes for the seventh graders include bigger classes, more homework, more responsibility, challenging courses, no recess and classes in multiple buildings. Seventh grader Leila de Gruy explained that St. Joe requires a lot more responsibility out of her than St. See STARTING ST. JOE, Page 3

Principal Keith Barnes said that alumni and St. Joe students will reflect and honor the life and work of former Coach Bill Raphael. Raphael died last month after a brief illness. “As a community, the ultimate goal for this Homecoming is to take out the competition and for everybody to have the best experience,” Mr. Barnes said. Homecoming is an annual event celebrating everything about St. Joe, including its students, alumni and faculty. While most of the week’s events have centered around the current student body, Homecoming also is a time when alumni return to rekindle memories of past years. For some alumni, Homecoming is the only chance they have to visit a campus where they spent four years of their lives. This year’s Homecoming theme is “Survival of the Fittest.” The theme allowed St. Joe student leaders to build daily events all week capturing the imagination of students and helping spur their creativity. The annual Homecoming parade begins at 6 p.m. today on campus, ending at the stadium and Bill Raphael field for a night-time pep rally. On Friday See HOMECOMING, Page 3 JOIN THE CELEBRATION

n PARADE: 6 p.m. today, starts by Fine Arts and heads to the stadium n PEP RALLY: Immediately following parade at Bill Raphael field n COURT PRESENTATION: 2:20 p.m. Friday, gymnasium n FOOTBALL GAME: St. Joe vs. Marshall; kickoff is 7 p.m. at Bill Raphael field n HOMECOMING DANCE: 8 p.m-11:30 p.m. in the school gym; the theme is “Safari Fever”



Sorting out my senior year


reparing for senior year can be terrifying. For me, I was so nervous about all the decisions that I was about to face. In the next few months, I have to figure out what I want to do after high school; what college I want to attend after I graduate St. Joe; what I want to study in college; and what job I want to have after college. I was not even sure about the classes I had signed up for at St. Joe. All these questions about the future can get very overwhelming. It would be so much easier if someone could tell me what I was meant to be or what I should do with my life. These questions are not only for seniors, though. In middle school, students are faced with confusing problems, too. It is a time when people are finding their friends and preparing for high school. All throughout my time at St. Joe, I have been faced with opportunities that have shaped

me into the person that I am. All these have given me a clearer vision of what my future could be ELISABETH SCOTT like. Last Spring Break, I traveled across France with a wonderful group of classmates. That experience opened my eyes to living abroad or making a foreign language part of my focus during college. In ninth and 10th grade, I was fortunate enough to go to Nicaragua on a mission trip with a group of outstanding people from St. Joe. I was way out of my comfort zone, especially when I was only 14 and leaving the country for the first time to spend a week away from my parents in an impoverished nation. As Pope Benedict XVI once

said: “The world promises you comfort, but you were not made for comfort. You were made for greatness.” This quote became very true for me because after a week in Nicaragua my life changed. I felt called to volunteer and do service for others. This calling has stuck with me throughout high school, and I am definitely looking for opportunities in my future to do mission work. All these extraordinary opportunities that I took advantage of – including March For Life, Abbey Youth Fest, Dance Marathon, Retreat Team, Music Makers, Service Club, Nun Run and more – have reinforced my Catholic identity. St. Joe has made me very sure of who I am in the eyes of God, and I have learned how to defend my faith and stand up for what I believe. Being one of the captains of the varsity cheer squad at St. Joe this year and editor of the school newspaper have taught me responsibility and leadership. I have had to step up and take

initiative. This has given me the skills to work with others, manage my time wisely and organize myself better. Because of these opportunities, I look forward to being involved in my college community next year and being a responsible student. The future is a mystery. But with the values instilled in me and the skills I have learned, I know that everything will come together the way God wants it to be. Patience is not an easy virtue to have. Waiting for God’s call can be frustrating at times, not knowing how all the loose ends will come together. However, if the opportunities available are taken advantage of, the future becomes clearer. By volunteering, my interests and passions were revealed to me. I still have no idea what exactly I am meant to do, but I trust in God and I have patience that over time His plan will be exposed to me. Elisabeth Scott, a senior, is editor of The Bear Facts.

My sister’s journey to St. Joe


new year has arrived. Hallelujah, right? A new year also means new teachers, new students and new seventh graders. Everyone loves our seventh graders. I know I love mine. My little seventh grade sister is Hope Anderson. She was beyond excited about being able to come to St. Joe this year. For me, on the other hand, my feelings this year have gone from being an excited freshman to being an excited senior ready to graduate. Don’t get me wrong. I love St. Joe. It is truly an honor to go to this school. But who doesn’t like new and exciting beginnings? I know that’s why my sister was so happy to come here. I remember the day she graduated from sixth grade at St. Richard. She was sad to leave her school behind, but at the same time she couldn’t even sleep the night before her first day at St. Joe. Hope rode home with a big smile from ear-to-ear, ready to tell my mom and dad about her day.

On the other hand, I dreaded to tell my mom the results of my first English test to start off the year. I didn’t HALLE ANDERSON read the summer book, and my test reflected that. “Mom told you to read it, Halle,” Hope said as we pulled into the garage. Rushing in front of me, Hope began to tell my parents about her great day at school. “Oh, how the lunch was great,” she said. “Oh, how the teachers are great,” she said. Blah! Blah! Blah! When Hope finally stopped talking, my mom and dad looked at me as if they knew what I was avoiding. But they still smiled and asked about my day. “It was . . . great,” I said. Hope finally interrupted the quiet. I snuck off to my room, where I started to think about

how happy Hope was to be going to my school. I thought about the fresh new start she made. I thought about how that will hopefully be me in college next year. New starts are great. They take you from your normal, sometimes boring routine of either going to school or working everyday to something new, something better. Sometimes a fresh start is all we need to keep going in a sometimes harsh world. Life can become so routine at times – almost to the point where we can’t even feel the things we are doing anymore. Our whole purpose and goal for that day is to sometimes “just get by.” My mom always says that just getting by is not enough if you want to change lives and the world. After my reflection that day on Hope’s excitement, I sat there thinking that I missed an opportunity to do more than just get by. It’s my senior year. Why not mix it up a little? Like that English test I am still trying to see if my mom can overlook. Did I study enough just to get,

by or did I study enough to make sure I got nothing less than an “A.” And what about the service hours we do for school? Have I done them in the past to actually “do them” and get something out of them, or did I do them just get what I need for school? I want to have an effect on the world, or at least part of the world. It’s just like that Hannah Montana song – whom I normally would never quote – “Life is hat you make it.” That song is so right. Life is what you make it. Either we are going to go over and beyond with what may be thrown at us, or we are going to allow the things that we do to “just get by” to determine us, to determine our futures. I wish my sister good luck with her St. Joe experience. And I’m determined to make this year the best experience for me possible. As Richelle E. Goodrich said: “Life demands much. Give more.” Halle Anderson, a senior from Jackson, is Opinion Page editor.

Choosing the right college is a challenge


ell seniors, we are almost done with high school, which means it is time to start thinking about where we want to go to college and what we want to do with our lives. Applying and even just thinking about college can be scary, but I promise you that it’s not. I faintly remember walking the halls of the 500 Building without a care in the world. I had the idea that I had a very long time before having to think about becoming an adult. Little did my 13-year-old self know that adulthood was closer than I thought. Now, I am about to venture out into the big, scary world, better known as college. I know that searching for the right college can be the most difficult part of the process. I remember last year was the first year that I was able to attend the College Fair. There were so many colorful tables, all of them representing different colleges. I used to be a person that always

let other people talk me into doing things that may not be the best. Last year was when I decided KATHERINE what I MANGIALARDI would major in: Communications. By the time the College Fair rolled around, I was so excited that I would be able to ask different colleges my own personal questions. As usual, I had let other people talk me into things. The small, liberal arts colleges were trying to solicit that they were the best choice for my major and that I would not get near the education that I needed if I attended a state school Last year, I was set on going to Loyola University in New Orleans. It’s funny how things change in a year. After touring Loyola, I realized that it was too small and that I would feel suffocated if I

went there. I was devastated and felt I would never find a college that was suited for me. Then, I remembered going to football games with my family at Mississippi State University. I had only ever thought of MSU as a sports-related place where football fans could bond over a weekend. I never considered it as an option for my college education. I instantly told my dad about me possibly going to Mississippi State, and he was overjoyed (mostly because I will be the third generation Bulldog of the family). On Aug. 1, at midnight, I went on the MSU website applied for the fall 2014 semester. I remember vividly my mom and I excitedly shouting at each other as we raced to type my application. I admit: I was nervous because I just realized I was signing up to live away from home. About one month later, I remember Bailey Brilley telling me that acceptance emails from MSU had been sent out. I immediately signed onto my email. I felt a huge weight being

lifted off of my chest as I read the words “Congratulations! You have officially been admitted to Mississippi State University.” On Sept. 12, I took my first college tour of MSU. Administration officials are one-on-one with students, and most everyone is friendly. During my visit, I explored the Communications building and met with the editor of the campus newspaper, “The Reflector.” Even though MSU was the first college I applied to, I knew that I had to look at a few different colleges, too. I eventually made a decision. In the fall of 2014, I will be attend Mississippi State University majoring in Communications with a concentration in Journalism. I am so glad that I have made a decision this early. My fellow seniors who are still undecided, do not worry. You will know when the right college comes to you. So, that’s my college story, what’s yours?

Student Views With the school year just beginning, Mia Nichols, a reporter with The Bruin Buzz, asked four St. Joe students about their goals are for the upcoming year. Here is what some of them said: Caleb McCullum, 11th Grade “Make all A’s, get ready for college and prepare for the future.”

Hope Anderson, 7th Grade “To make honor roll and make more friends.’

Jack LeDoux, 8th Grade “Make all A’s and to get better at baseball.”

Caroline Bonin, 12th Grade “Further prepare to get into a good college.”


Our View

Welcome back, St. Joe students Welcome back St. Joe students. We invite you to a new and exciting year. We know you were simply overjoyed when you set foot onto this great land we call St. Joe. We sound positive because that’s our mission. We want this year to be great because we, the students, and faculty have the responsibility to make it great. Positivity is the key to life, the key to success in our every day events and the main reason for having a great year. We know it’s hard to think of positive things when you are surrounded by negative people and situations. So, thank goodness we are here staffing this student newspaper, your student newspaper. We will do our best to always show a representation of God through our writing as well as being positive in every situation. Every story may not be the lightest note or inspire you to be the most spirited person in the hallway. We are here to inform you about things that you may not know. Through it all, we want to present a positive attitude. We want to let you know our door is always open. We welcome your input. We welcome your suggestions. Let us know what you think about the paper. And tell us when make mistakes so we can promptly correct them. Be positive about everything you say and do. We have many writers on the newspaper staff this year; support and encourage us. Tell us when you like something and how we can make something better. Thank you for your support. And have a great year.

Homecoming fever hits St. Joe Homecoming is finally here and we would like to extend a warm appreciation to the classes that are “coming home.” To the classes of 1958, 1963, 1973, 1983, 1988, 1998, 2003, and 2008, we offer a warm welcome. While you are here, reminisce about the great moments you have had at St. Joe. We hope you can extend your wisdom to the future alumni that make up our senior class. To the rest of the student body, we wish you a safe and enjoyable Homecoming 2013. It’s time celebrate who we are: St. Joseph Catholic School. Go Bruins!

The Bear Facts Elisabeth Scott Editor Bria Paige Managing Editor Halle Anderson Opinion Page Editor Terry R. Cassreino, Faculty Adviser Keith Barnes, Principal Michael Juhas, President The Bear Facts, the official student newspaper of St. Joseph Catholic School, is published at least once each quarter of the school year. This newspaper is devoted to the interests of the student body, faculty, parents, alumni and community of St. Joseph. This paper’s purpose is to reflect the spirit of St. Joseph Catholic School, keep the school community informed and help promote the school’s Christian values. All stories and photographs are copyright © 2013 by The Bear Facts and St. Joseph Catholic School. Reproduction and unauthorized use of any article, photograph or graphic in this newspaper is prohibited without explicit written consent in advance. Contact The Bear Facts, P.O. Box 2027, Madison, MS 39130-2927.

Unless otherwise noted, opinions expressed on this page belong solely to the author or authors and do not necessarily represent the beliefs and opinions of the staff of The Bear Facts or the staff, leadership and administration of St. Joseph Catholic School. If you disagree with any columnists’ opinions or want to share your own views, we invite you to submit a letter to the editor. Letters should be no more than 300 words. The Bear Facts reserves the right to edit letters for clarity. Send your letter by email to Or mail them to: Letters to the Editor, The Bear Facts, P.O. Box 2027, Madison, MS 39130-2927

Bruin News


New teachers fill slots at St. Joe By GENIN HARKEY Staff Writer St. Joseph lost a lot of good teachers last year but also gained plenty of great teachers this year. St. Joe gained Norma Alzamora, Mary Banks, Emily Bechtold, Shelbi Constancio, Jana Drumright, Joe Harris, Dena Kinsey, Tanita Mitchell and Bridget Moorehead. Drumright moved to Madison from Tennessee because her husband got a residence at University Medical Center. In Tennessee, Drumright taught labs at Tennessee Tech and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. At St. Joe, she teaches chemistry, biology and physical science. When Drumright was asked if she liked St. Joe, she said she loves St. Joe and its family com-

munity and is happy to be at St. Joe. She said she does miss her old school. She is also the new assistant volleyball coach. Ms. Bechtold moved here from Georgia. She taught at Ridgeland High School and Madison Career and Tech Center. Bechtold said she loves St. Joe and the kids at the school; she said she loves how if feels like a family. When asked if she misses her old school, she said, “I miss the kids, but I feel like I’m meant to be here.” Bechtold is the new cheer coach. When Emily Miller, a sophomore cheerleader, was asked how she liked her new coach she said, “I love her! She is so funny.” Alzamora moved here from Tyler, Texas. Before teaching at St. Joe, she taught at Jackson public schools. At St. Joe, she

teaches Spanish I and Spanish II. Alzamora said she loves St. Joe and that it is a really nice school with good structure and a good sense of community. When asked if she misses her old schools, Alzamora said, “to a certain point, yes but once you serve your purpose you move on.” Harris came from Canton Academy. He teaches eighthgrade science. When asked if he likes St. Joe he said, “Yes, I love it and enjoy being part of the good Christian atmosphere.” Harris says he misses the kids at his old school and also enjoys the kids at St. Joe. Harris is a new assistant varsity football coach. When asked how he balances coaching and teaching he said “ I have been coaching long enough at other schools that it’s easy to balance.”


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STARTING ST. JOE, from page 1 St. Richard did. “I have to make sure I get to class on time so I won’t get a tardy,” she said. “I have to remember my assignment book so I won’t forget my homework. I have to listen to the announcements for important information. Also, I have to get to lunch quickly to get my favorite food before it runs out.” The majority of seniors at St. Joe also started as seventh graders – and they could definitely relate. “At one point, I was just like the seventh graders,” said Andy Dorian. “I had my fair share of problems, and I was really intimidated by the upperclassmen.” Mostly seventh graders said they have problems opening their lockers, getting to class on time, remembering to bring their assignment books and staying organized. After finding out about the

struggles of seventh graders, seniors found that some of the stories were similar to their own seventh grade stories. A few seniors offered some advice for seventh graders about how to survive and how to have a successful career for the rest of their years at St. Joe. Dymond Jackson offered serious, but helpful, advice: “Study hard, turn in your work and take your classes seriously because when you get to high school, colleges pay close attention to everything – academics, service work, extra-curricular activities, etc.” Caitlyn Beasley told seventhgrader Blaise King: “You’re really going to enjoy your years at St. Joe. Just work hard and do your best.” Joe Harkins and Sam Osborne took a more humorous approach in the advice they gave. Said Harkins: “Drink plenty of

water so you can stay hydrated, and so you can have bathroom breaks.” Said Osborne: “Do your homework and kiss-up to all your teachers. It’ll help you in the long run.” Karson Nelson explained the importance of getting involved: “Really get involved in the different activities that St. Joe has to offer. You will have fun and learn how to become a well-rounded student.” Hopefully, the seniors offered beneficial advice for the “newcomers” that will help them adjust to their new environment, lose all their fears and frustrations, and feel more like a part of the St. Joe community. “Now, I’m definitely more familiar with the way things work, and, so far, I haven’t had any more embarrassing moments. Thank God,” Costas said with a smile.

Submitted photo Madison Mayor Mary Hawkins-Butler tells journalism students at a news conference on Wednesday, Sept. 25, that Sam’s Club, Target and Academy could open in Madison possibly next year. Hawkins-Butler also fielded questions from students about her political career.

Homecoming Maids for 2013

Submitted photo St. Joe 2013 homecoming maids pose for a picture. They were nominated and selected by each grade. Back row from left, Elisabeth Scott, Anna Claire Chastain, Rachel Divine and Caitlyn Beasley. Middle row, Margaret Best, Sammie Dupont, Alannah Frierson and Emily Miller. Front row, Coralyn Jones and Tori Cobb.

HOMECOMING, from page 1

Jace Rasmussen and Robert Hamil pose in the cafeteria.

Photo by Whitley Pannell/The Bear Facts

BELL SCHEDULE, from page 1 so-called “block schedule” in which four of a student’s classes meet one day and the other four meet the second day; classes could last about two hours each. A schedule in place at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School would require a core set of classes meet at the same time every day with other classes rotating on-and-off the rest of the day. Any changes, Mr. Barnes said, would “ensure that the students receive as much class time as possible in an effort to increase the academic success of our students.” This year’s change reducing

the number of morning assemblies to one a week requires students to report to their first class on days without an assembly by 7:55 a.m.; those who don’t make it to class by the second bell are considered “tardy.” Some faculty and students at St. Joe like the changes made to morning assembly. Kelsi Bouldin, a freshman at St. Joe, said she is fine with the one assembly each week. Kristi Garrard, St. Joe’s director of admissions, said having one assembly a week “makes me appreciate it more because it’s one time a week.”

Other students, including Avery Pogreba, a junior, aren’t so keen on the prospect of changing the bell schedule. Said Pogreba: “I do not like having one assembly a week because some kids who live far away (from St. Joe) cannot make it on time the rest of the week.” Emma Adkins, an eighthgrader, said she loved morning assembly last year. “I miss morning assembly because it was a chance to socialize,” she said. “It was nice getting to pray with the whole school.”


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students and parents will gather in the gym at 2:20 p.m. for the formal court presentation. Homecoming activities have been occurring all week with different theme days for each day. Monday was Zombie Apocalypse Day, in which students dressed as zombies or zombie hunters. Tuesday was Homecoming T-shirt day, in which students wore the official Homecoming T-shirt that was designed by a fellow student. Wednesday was “The Hunger Games” day where each grade represented a certain district

from the popular book and film. Thursday is Animal day in which students dressed as an animal. Finally on Friday students will enjoy the epic “Blue and Gold” day. Homecoming is planned and headed by 10th grade Student Council. Luci Strong, a sophomore and also the secretary on Student Council, said she expects to see more participation from students as well as parents in this year’s Homecoming. Daily morning assembly made a return appearance at St. Joe this week for Homecoming. Each

morning, students have participated in fun games during morning assembly that were tied to the theme. “Survival of the Fittest” was chosen to convey that only the elite would survive a hectic Homecoming week. The theme makes it easier for students to become more creative when finding costumes. Two weeks ago, students chose Homecoming maids. This week, they will choose the queen; her name will be announced at halftime of the Friday football game.

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Bruin News



Speech and debate off to strong start By HOPE ENGLE and WHITLEY PANNELL The Bear Facts OXFORD – The St. Joe Speech and Debate team attended the annual Ole Miss tournament on Saturday. This tournament is held every year for varsity and novice members of Speech and Debate teams across the state. Many students from the St. Joe team brought home trophies from this tournament. St. Joe competed against more than 20 schools. Members placed and received awards. These varsity members who placed were seniors Bailey Brilley and Whitley Pannell and sophomores Noah Greene, Ben Payne, Jack Collins and Megan Patterson. The novice members who placed were sophomore Jack Hall, and freshmen Tess Lott Their last tournament, the Petal High School Invitational Tournament, was also successful. Five students placed and brought home awards. These students were sophomores Noah Greene, Patrick Morgan, Megan Patterson, and seniors Gene Loper and Bailey Brilley. “I can’t be more proud of our students,” said Pamela Walberg,

who has coached Speech and Debate teams for 15 years. This year, the Speech coaches are Mrs. Walberg and Linda King. They have practices just about every Saturday and through the week in Mrs. Walberg’s classroom. “These students practice long hours doing something they loveand it shows,” she said. “The skills they learn from Speech and Debate, including self confidence and improved speech skills, will stay with them their entire life.” Since Michael Mohr, the last and most recent debate coach, left and joined the Jesuits, the team currently does not have a debate coach. So varsity members use their knowledge about debate gained from previous years. “Not having a real coach is different, but it’s a new experience. And I think we will do fine,” said junior Bria Paige, an active debate member of the team. St. Joseph Catholic Speech and Debate team plans to have a great season after taking away an even better experience from competing in a national tournament in Philadelphia last spring. Last year, while all of the student body and teachers were celebrat-

ing the last day of school, 16 members from the speech and debate team and three teachers were on a long plane ride to the Catholic Forensic League Tournament in Philadelphia. More than 1,000 students from across the country attended the Catholic Forensic League Tournament. The event brings together lots of different speech and debate competitors from all different places. On May 25, the students competed in four rounds of their particular event at the local university. When the rounds were completed, they waited to see if they advanced to the next round, which would be on Sunday. Last year, St. Joe took one of the largest groups of students in St. Joe history. This may just seem like a normal speech and debate tournament, but it’s harder than it sounds. Students had to qualify to be able to go. They had to be in the top eight finalists in their particular event that they chose to be in. They compete against people from their particular district. No one from St. Joe had advanced at the Catholic Nationals Tournament in Philadelphia, but it was more about the learning

SUBMITTED PHOTO St. Joe Speech and Debate Team after the awards ceremony at the Petal High School Invitational Tournament.

and experience from the tournament that counted the most to the students. Sophomore Patrick Morgan, a student who attended the tournament for the first time, said, “Even though the speech and debate team didn’t win anything in the tournament, it was a suc-

cessful trip.” The members of the team are using the knowledge and experience gained from Philadelphia in the tournaments they already attended and the ones that are coming up. As for the speech and debate as a whole, the upcoming season

should be even better than last years. “We have a big pool of novice and experienced seniors,” said senior Bailey Brilley one of the captains of the speech and debate team. All the members and coaches are looking forward to the rest of the season.

Student council: All the exclusive behind the scenes By JAELA HEFNER The Bear Facts Homecoming, pizza Fridays, free dress days and Catholic School Week are among the many activities the St. Joseph Student Council and its student leaders help coordinate each year. The council, headed by President Anna Claire Chastain, works closely with Aaron Reller, the assistant principal who serves as moderator of the Student Council. Together, the students and Mr. Reller help shape the major events that dominate

the campus throughout the year. “We are working with staff and administration to make this year a great one. Everyone wants to make sure that the whole student body remembers this as a great year, and it’s our job to help make that happen. We couldn’t be more excited,” Chastain said. The Student Council is made of up the student body representatives followed by a president, vice president, secretary and treasurer for each grade level. They are elected, in the spring, by the students in that particular grade level. The secretary writes down the ideas, keep track of minutes and

takes attendance. The treasurer keeps track of the school funds raised by ANNA CLAIRE fundraisCHASTAIN ers the student council conducts. The vice president backs the president and they work together to execute everything. The Student Council can’t knock school lunch prices down or get school off, but they do

Get active in school clubs By FRANCES HUFF The Bear Facts

Sports aren’t the only thing people are getting excited for this fall. As the school year gears up, so do many of the school clubs. St. Joe has a wide range of clubs including all three of the languages offered at St. Joe. Each foreign language offers a club that all students are invited to participate in. The three languages represented include Spanish, French and Latin. The Spanish Club is headed by new teacher, Norma Alzamora. In the past, the Spanish Club has offered many different opportunities such as fiestas for cultural celebrations, Masses in Spanish and a three-on-three basketball tournaments to help the local children’s hospital, Blair E. Batson. The French Club has multiple opportunities to broaden the knowledge of the French language in the St. Joe community.

“The French Club meets to study the French language and France on more than just an academic level,” said senior Anna Claire Chastain. “We also do service projects and take trips.” Anyone can join the French Club, even if they don’t necessarily take French as a foreign language. The main goal of French Club is to learn about the French culture on a deeper level and participate in fun French activates. “People should join the French Club because we have a lot of fun at the meetings. The French culture is amazing and we have great time learning,” Chastain said. The last of the language clubs is the Latin Club. Latin Club discovers the language through culture, history and mythology. Sophomore Marion Welsh said: “Latin Club is a group of Latin scholars who appreciate the best language of all, Latin, of course.”

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Welsh also said, “People should join the Latin club because we have a mascot, Trashius the Latin fish.” The Latin Club is headed by Matt Hosler. Mr. Hosler also heads up the chess club. Chess Club is an after school group that gets together and enjoys challenging each other in the magnificent world of chess. The club participates in competitions and has placed in competitions last year. The Chess Club is open to all students interested in opening their mind and challenging themselves against others. The Quiz Bowl team is another club that the school offers. Quiz Bowl is a chance to show off your knowledge and gain more fact-based wisdom throughout the process. Sophomore Patrick Morgan says, “Quiz Bowl helps people to gain more knowledge and learn fun facts and meet lots of new people along the way.”

their best to plan events and represent the school. The class representatives are there to answer any questions students might have. They are the “go to” people. To be a part of the Student Council is a great recognition, but it is also a great responsibility. You must be a model student. The administration has guidelines to ensure this such as you can only miss two meetings, you cannot have too many detentions, and you must have at least a 2.5 GPA The Student Council had its first meeting Thursday, Aug. 15. They can’t say too much about

what they are planning because they have spent most of their time on Homecoming. But as of now, their main event is Homecoming. After Homecoming, they will start to work on a few other projects that remained nameless. Pace McDonald. the 12th grade president, has served on the Student Council for three years. When asked what exactly student council does, he responded: “We plan all the major events. As of now, our main focus is Homecoming. We thought that last year’s Homecoming was great, and we are trying to make this

year even better.” They may make this sound easy, but a lot of hard work goes into this. “The reason why Student Council gets here so early in the morning, the reason they stay so late to get things accomplished is because they want to make the whole student body proud, and honored to say, ‘This is our school.’And that’s what we work toward every day,” said Mr. Reller, who is the moderator for all student council.

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Spirit Steppers stepping high this year By KATELYN HANNEKE The Bear Facts White boots, red lipstick and high kicks – what more could you want? Captain Anna Claire Chastain as well as co-captain Mary Jo Thomas have been working diligently with all the girls to prepare for this football season as part of the Spirit Steppers dance team. And you could definitely say they have spirit. During their summer dance camp, they won an award for having the most school spirit. Dance camp was a first for many of the girls this year, helping to improve their technique and getting to know each other. Camp proved to be a great success. First timers Eliza Strickland, Photo by Leila de Gruy/The Bear Facts Frances Huff and Mary Claire The Spirit Steppers join Josephine for a photo. Back row from left, Anna Claire Chaistain, Frances Logue are just a few new additions to the team. With new Huff, Jean Nicolette Nixon, Mary Zuniga, Mary Jo Thomas, Tori Cobb and Eliza Strickland. Front coaches at the helm, how are the row: Morgan Sellers, Mary Claire Logue, Coralyn Jones, Jackye-Rayla Gregory and Shelby girls adjusting? Willoughby.

Said senior Shelby Willoughby: “It actually hasn’t been bad. Mrs. Thomas and Ms. Case have gone out of their way to make this year great so far, and it can only get better. I look forward to this year with all the girls, and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for us this year.” With new outfits, new sponsors and new dances, the team is definitely prepared for the year. Practicing every week since the beginning of summer, the Spirit Steppers are ready for Friday football. With their signature tall white boots and sequined outfits the girls will be rocking that 50yard line. So what makes this team different? With all the girls spread out through age and their special bonds, the girls get along great and teach each other a lot. “I expect a fun year with great dancers and a ton of memories,” Willoughby said. “I’m so glad I did this for my senior year.


Speaking of senior year, what about Captain Anna Claire Chastain? With her dance background, Chastain makes a perfect fit for captain. When the subject of Chastain came up, fellow dancer sophomore Eliza Strickland said that she “gets work done but is so sweet.” “I look at her as a one of my role models. She teaches me something new about dance everyday and is a great leader. I can’t wait for this season with her.” As for only the second year for this team to be back at St. Joe they have come a long way, and put in a lot of hard work to get ready for this 2013 football season. So when you’re out there on Friday nights, be sure to catch the amazing Spirit steppers out there kicking it high. They definitely will be hard to miss.

Fabulous Flags twirl on as team members entertain crowd By WHITLEY PANNELL The Bear Facts They’re loud, they’re proud, they’re talented – and full of St. Joe spirit. The St. Joe flag team is one of the many teams that showcase their Bruin pride at numerous functions and sporting events. The flag team was created four years ago by Georgia Sckiets. She is the parent of St. Joe graduate and former flag team member, Kathryn Sckiets. “My favorite part about the flag team is pep rallies and football games because we get the chance to display our talent in front of St. Joe supporters,” said Malik Travis, one of two seniors on the flag team. The flag team has always had seven members. This year, however, the team stands at five Besides Travis, other team members are senior Mollie Montgomery and sophomores Jordaine Piernas, Kayla Osborne and Megan Patterson.

My favorite part about the flag team is pep rallies and football games because we get the chance to display our talent in front of St. Joe supporters.” – Malik Travis, a senior at St. Joe

Travis and Montgomery are looked up to by the other members. With the help of Mrs. Sckiets, the two seniors make up the routines and then teach the other members. The team practices these routines during the summer at two different locations: Mrs. Sckiets’ house and St. Richard’s Catholic School. They also practice during the school year on Tuesdays and Thursdays after

school. Ronnie Russell, the St. Joe band director, chooses the music for the flag team drills. The team always performs during halftime of Bruin football games. Bailey Brilley, a senior at St. Joe, says that he really enjoys watching the flag team perform to the song “Tequila.” “You really see the crowd participate whenever the flag team performs to this song,” Brilley said. “Not only is it a great song, but the team’s routine is really entertaining and exciting.” So what makes the flag team different from others such as the cheerleaders, the bands and the dance team? Montgomery said it best: “What makes us different from the other teams is that St. Joe has never had a flag team until four years ago, so it’s completely different from band, cheerleading, and dance. Also, we entertain the fans in a different way through Photo by Leila de Gruy/The Bear Facts our halftime show with the help Kayla Orsborn performs with the St. Joe Fabulous Flags during halftime of a recent football game. of the band.”

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St. Joe to stage ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’ Classic musical ‘Guys and Dolls’ set as spring production By MEGAN PATTERSON The Bear Facts St. Joseph Catholic School students will stage two classic theatrical productions this year: The dark comedy “Arsenic and Old Lace” this fall and the splashy Damon Runyon musical “Guys & Dolls” in the spring. Rachael Kenyon, who teaches theater and dance for both middle school and high school, has staged a wide variety of fall productions – from “Steel Magnolias” to “And Then There Were None.” All have been great successes over the years. Mrs. Kenyon describes “Arsenic and Old Lace” as “a farce along with a dark comedy. It is a very fast-paced play with a twist. The characters are memorable as well as the plot.” Mrs. Kenyon chose “Guys and Dolls” because of its notoriety and prestige. “Arsenic and Old

Lace,” written by Joseph Kesselring, centers around the character Mortimer Brewster. Brewster is a drama critic who is forced to handle his insane, maniacal family living in Brooklyn while trying to decide if he should marry the woman he is in love with, Elaine. Mrs. Kenyon chose the play because it “has a good-sized cast and the storyline is one that many have heard about. It is a wonderful choice for our school.” Auditions for the fall production were Aug. 21 and call backs were held the next day on Thursday. The next round of auditions were Aug. 28. The cast list was finally posted that following Friday. Students, ranging from seventh grade to twelfth grade, expressed their talents by delivering a one-minute monologue of their choice. Mrs. Kenyon has always been satisfied by the amount of people who audition every year.

“I think there is a limitless amount of talent here at St. Joe; so many students don’t know what they are capable of,” she said. Sophomore Jordaine Piernas recited a monologue at auditions “because it was required for all theater students. But it would be really cool to be in this play; it’s really funny.” The leading man in last year’s musical “The Music Man,” junior Andrew Morgan, showed his love for the Fine Arts program by auditioning for St. Joe productions every chance he gets. “I auditioned for this play because I felt that there was a character I could very well portray,” Morgan said. Morgan was cast as the male lead, Mortimer Brewster. He will play alongside senior Maggie Smith, who plays Elaine Harper; senior Bailey Brilley, who plays Jonathan Brewster; Mattie McCafferty, who plays Martha Brewster; and many other St. Joe students. Besides staging a fall production, St. Joe also produces a spring musical. This year’s musical will be “Guys and Dolls.”

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Photo by Lizzie Montgomery/Special to The Bear Facts Seniors enjoy Menchie’s frozen yogurt provided by the senior moms on the senior deck on the first day of school.

SUBMITTED PHOTO Walter Lydick of Jackson spends his Sunday afternoon constructing sets for the St. Joe production of “Arsenic and Old Lace.” Lydick volunteers his time to the school even though his three children have long graduated.

“I think it is a very well-known play, and it has something for everyone in it,” Mrs. Kenyon said. Her overall goal for both pro-

Everyone who is participating ductions is to have the students in “Arsenic and Old Lace” urges take as much ownership as they the student body and faculty to can and still have a wonderful come see this play because it is a experience each time they do so. definite crowd-pleaser.

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SUBMITTED PHOTO Mary Zuniga and Sophia Waddingham, Art II students, finish work on a poster design for the upcoming fall play “Arsenic and Old Lace.” One piece from the class will be chosen for the poster art and for the program cover.

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Action, sci-fi dominated summer films Great movies worth watching again

By JACK OLSTAD The Bear Facts

From horror movies to comedies and thrillers, everyone flocked to the theaters this summer to catch their favorite flick – making summer 2013 one to remember and generating more than $4 billion at the box office. “The movies this summer had lots of action and big budgets,” said Tyler O' Hara, an English teacher who teaches Literature in Film at St. Joseph Catholic School. “This recipe makes a lot of sense; kids want to see big explosions.” Big budget movies dominated the summer. Everyone pays to see lots of action and special effects, and those kinds of movies this summer lured thousands of people to the theaters. Movies like “Wolverine” and “World War Z” had just what people want to see in a movie: lots of excitement and amazing visual effects. Both entertained their audiences and brought in huge crowds. “‘World War Z’ was my favorite action movie this summer,” said Isabelle Cosmich, a junior at St. Joe. “The visual effects for the zombies were great and were exactly how I imagined them.” Another main reason why kids love to come to the movies is for the fear and suspense. This summer, movies like “The Con-

By JACK OLSTAD The Bear Facts

“The Conjuring”

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juring” attracted vast crowds; people knew that the horror film would easily send chills down their spines. But when you ask people about their favorite summer movie, many will say the comedy “This is the End.” “I thought the movie ‘This is the End’ was exquisite; it’s one of the best comedies that I have ever seen,” said Johnny Taylor, a senior and the starting center for the St. Joe Bruins football team. “This is the End” was one of the biggest movies the summer; it

combined comedy with fantasy. This laugh-out-loud comedy was jam-packed with notable celebrities – including James Franco, Jonah Hill and Seth Rogen. While these and other stars attend a party of Franco’s house, they are faced with Apocalypse and must team up together to survive the end of the world. Lots of action and laughs is just what fans wanted to see this summer. Now that summer is over, many are looking for the next big movie to hit the theaters. One of the movies that’s getting talked

Plot: Set in the 1970s, a family in Rhode Island calls a pair of investigators when paranormal events take place at their run down farmhouse. Stars: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Lili Taylor, and Ron Livingston Why you should see it again: With terrorizing horror and suspense, this movie will always keep fans on the edge of their Submitted Photo seats.

about the most is the upcoming motion picture “The Spectacular Now.” “I’ve heard a lot of buzz about it,” Mr. O’Hara said. “It’s a movie about high school, and that would appeal to St. Joe kids.” This is a film you don’t want to miss. Find a theater near you and make sure you’re the first to see this exciting new flick. And if you missed out on catching these hot summer films, make sure to stop by Redbox and treat yourself to the best movies of summer 2013.

“This is the End”

Plot: A party with some of the biggest stars in Los Angeles is faced with the end of the world. Comedians like James Franco and Seth Rogen decide to team together with hopes of surviving the apocalypse. Stars: James Franco, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, and Craig Robinson Why you should see it again: Lots of celebrities, action and laughs – what’s not to like?

“World War Z”

Plot: When the world is infected by a plague transforming people into zombies, former United Nations investigator Gerry Lane journeys to find a cure to the disease and save the human race. Stars: Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos and Matthew Fox Why you should see it again: Special effects and action scenes in the film were some of the best that summer films had to offer

Netflix, Hulu, streaming video transform television viewing habits


hether we like it or not, the world of entertainment is changing. More and more people are ditching store-bought movies and instead staying home to watch their favorite shows. Television shows are becoming popular family rituals. Everyone grabs a snack, settles down in the family sofa and tunes in to their favorite show the same time every week. All of us love the comfort of home, and the entertainment world is adapting to make it easier than ever. And if miss your show because you have to

study for that big test, the Internet makes it a breeze to watch your favorite shows anytime and anywhere. Websites like Netflix and Hulu allow you to view tons of shows instantly. “We are all starting to see lots of different ways TV is consumed,” said Tyler O’Hara, senior English teacher and middle school football and basketball coach. He explained a new fad that has come from Netflix. “Binge watching: when someone watches five episodes in a row. Now that Netflix offers their own shows, there is no more waiting for

one episode per week.” This easy accessibility for viewers has transformed JACK OLSTAD the way The Bear Facts we watch TV shows. Internet sites like these have transformed how viewers watch TV shows forever. Unlike movies, TV shows don’t just start and finish in one sitting. TV shows engage their

audiences. Now with bigger budgets, TV shows open more possibilities. They can create a story, and have the money to make the plot exciting for an entire season. Shows like “Breaking Bad” on AMC have enough of a budget and star power to make it one of the most exciting series. This electrifying show of crime and drama tells the story of Walter White, a chemistry teacher in Albuquerque, N.M. When diagnosed with lung cancer, he chooses the life of crime. With the help of a former student, White begins the drug business with hope to make enough

money to help his family’s financial future. From a Catholic standpoint, we can see the good and the bad. Even though Walter White resorts to illegal activity, he is only concerned about his family and risks prison to give his family a better life. “It’s the best thing on TV,” said junior Buddy Paul Martin. “The characters are so real, you create a relationship with them. And every week they do something unexpected.” Another show that is taking the nation by storm is “Pretty Little Lairs.” With lots of drama and teen dilemmas, the show appeals

mainly to high school students. This show is mainly for ladies, with lots of unexpected events filled with suspense. “It’s full of drama,” said Tina Foust, an Algebra II teacher and head coach for the women’s basketball team. “High school students, especially girls, love drama.” Girls love the show because they relate to the characters. The plot pulls in the viewers, always leaving them guessing. With Netflix and Hulu, it’s easy to find something you like. So grab your laptop or settle down in the family recliner, and discover a show today.

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Five St. Joe seniors named in Portico Magazine By BRIA PAIGE Staff Writer St. Joe showcased some of their finest seniors when five were featured in Portico magazine’s “25 Students Who Will Change the World.” Seniors Bailey Brilley, Karson Nelson, Sam Osborne, Whitley Pannell and Maggie Smith were all presented as five influential students who are making a major difference in the world. This prestigious honor comes to all five after years of hard work, dedication, and a desire to be successful. “To be selected as one of Portico’s students who will change the world was such an honor. I hope that I can be an example to younger people and influence them to reach their goals,” said recipient Karson Nelson.

Each one of the students wrote a paragraph, accompanied with a photo, describing their leadership and unique talents that ultimately show how they are changing the world. The five St. Joe students were among several other schools in the metro- area. Bailey Brilley said, “It was really great to be featured because the magazine’s writers go out of their way to get a diverse and well-balanced group of students, as opposed to simply the smartest or the most talented.” Although they are all smart and talented, they exhibited their different areas of interest in the magazine feature. Brilley described his experience at the 2011 World Youth Day in Spain. Nelson showed her leadership through several trips she has taken. Sam Osborne

showcased his passion for math tutoring. Pannell focused on her dream to become a lawyer and her accomplishment of creating the Mock Trial team at St. Joe. And Smith described her passion for the stage through speech and debate and theater. All five students represented St. Joe well as they continued the tradition of having several St. Joe students displayed in the feature. Pannell said, “It was a great accomplishment that I had always hoped for in previous years. It gave me the motivation to want to be a more active leader in my community.” Copies of the August edition of Portico magazine can be found at local book stores and restaurants.

Photo by Meosha Smith/Special to The Bear Facts Clockwise from bottom left, Maggie Smith, Bailey Brilley, Sam Osborne, Karson Nelson and Whitley Pannell were named to Portico Magazine’s “25 Students Who Will Change the World.”

St. Joe Teachers celebrate marriage and babies By KATHERINE MANGALARDI The Bear Facts After meeting as teachers at St. Joseph Catholic School two years ago, Aaron Reller and Abby Quitzau made it formal this summer when they were married during a wedding Mass in New Orleans. The two were married June 1 at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in the Mid-City area of New Orleans. And Miss Quitzau, a former eighth-grade religion teacher at St. Joe, is now formally known as Mrs. Reller. “I was extremely nervous,” said Mr. Reller, a Spanish teacher and chairman of the foreign languages department. “But then those nerves subsided when I realized that my best friend whom I want to spend the rest of my life with was standing right beside me.” Everyone might be wondering if there will be a new addition to the Reller family anytime soon. “Abby and I would love to have children someday. Who knows what the future might bring us?” Right now, he said, he is just en-

joying married life and his time with Mrs. Reller. “Married life is awesome so far,” Mr. Reller said. “I’ve shared the good, the bad, and the ugly with her. I’m also learning all types of new words. Did you know that shellac is a type of gel for your nails? But, I do know that just as teaching is my vocation, this is my main vocation and that God has blessed both Abby and I by showing us exactly where we need to be.” The Rellers are just one example of major changes that took place over the past few months to St. Joe faculty – changes that saw the head baseball coach wed, a science teacher give birth to her second child and an English teacher anxiously await the birth of her daughter. Unlike Mr. Reller, St. Joe baseball coach and assistant football coach Miller Todd was not quite as nervous about his wedding to new wife, Katie Todd. “I wasn’t nearly as nervous as everyone said I would be,” Coach Todd said. “I knew that I wanted to marry her. But the only thing that went through my mind was ‘Let’s get on with it.’ But I seri-

Married life is awesome so far. I’ve shared the good, the bad and the ugly with her.” – Aaron Reller, who married former St. Joe teacher Abby Quitzau this summer. ously love her.” The Todds were married July 5, 2013, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Madison. They later enjoyed their honeymoon in Montego Bay, Jamaica. The two stayed for five days and four nights, enjoying fun activities such as snorkeling, laying out on the beach, and relaxing. Meanwhile, St. Joe science teacher Brooke Jones recently welcomed her second child into the world. Porter Daniel Jones was born at Women’s Hospital at

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5:53 p.m. on April 4, 2013. She has spent the past few months at home taking care of her newborn. “It can be suffocating, and it is a lot of responsibility taking care of a newborn,” said Mrs. Jones, who is back at work after taking the last two months of the school year off for maternity leave. “I barely have time to watch ‘Breaking Bad’ anymore. “Even though I am tired from waking up in the middle of the

night just to rock my baby, I love him to death and would not trade him for anything else in the world. He is the cutest thing ever, and all I want to do is squeeze him tightly. He is God’s greatest gift to me.” St. Joe English teacher Amanda Weissinger can’t wait to experience what Mrs. Jones talks about. Mrs. Weissinger recently gave birth to a girl, Margaret Jane “Margo” Weissenger.

“Excited doesn’t even cover what I am feeling right now,” said Mrs. Weissinger, who taught this fall until she gave birth. “I am a bit impatient,” she said in an interview just before giving birth. “I don’t know what to do with myself right now. Coming to school really takes my mind off of the anxiousness. Even though I’m impatient, I know that I am so ready for my daughter to pop out.”

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Fall fashion: eye liner, peplum skirts, dresses is bright colored eye liner. A neutral eyeshadow look with a pop of color on the lash line has been all over the runways. “It makes you look a little more done up, and it looks like you took more time on your apBy TAYLOR HEALY pearance. In reality, it only took The Bear Facts you about two minutes,” said UK Colored eye liner, peplum makeup artist Tanya Burr. It has been seen worn on the skirts and dresses, and army pants. Do you own any of the following? If so, you’re already a step closer to becoming trendy for After a whole fall 2013. summer of wearing “I’ve been seeing so many girls wearing peplum skirts and girl tanks tops and dresses,” said ninth grader Pera shorts, I’m ready Massey. When asked whether to wear something she likes it or not, Massey said “Yes, I actually do. I feel like it a little more edgy makes my waist look smaller, and out there for and it is really cute. It makes me fall.” feel better about myself.” Peplum skirts and dresses have been everywhere recently. – Julia Robinson, For those of you behind on a sophomore this trend, a peplum skirt or dress is a regular dress with a twist. It has some extra fabric that is in a upper lash line for the bolder flap around your waist. It is sup- ones. It really brings attention posedly more flattering because to the eyes and makes them look the extra fabric creates the illu- bold and flirty. If you don’t want a ton of atsion of a smaller waist. “I can see a lot of peplum tention brought to your eyes, try Homecoming dresses for 2013,” smudging colored eyeliner on your lower lash line or running Massey said. Another hot trend for fall 2013 a kohl pencil eyeliner on your EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a new column written by St. Joe fashion analysts. In this edition, Taylor Healy offers the rundown on all fall trends.

bottom water line. It is subtle, but still adds a little somethingsomething to your eyes. “If you don’t have the money to splurge on a new eyeliner, wet an eyeliner brush with water, and dip it in a fun colored eye shadow. It works the same,” Burr said. A trend you might not have been expecting to get big for 2013 is Army green cargo pants. “I was surprised when I saw them in the stores. But I kept seeing them over and over and over so I decided to give them a go. I tried them on and ended up loving them. After a whole summer of wearing girl tanks tops and shorts, I’m ready to wear something a little more edgy and out there for fall,” said 10th grader Julia Robinson. Paired up with a white top and the very popular combat boots, you’ll be getting looks no matter where you go. They can be intimidating, but if paired right it can be really cute. You can find pairs with studs on the pockets or zipper detailing which contributes to the edgy factor a lot. These trends have been seen a lot recently, and are expected to be as hot as the crop top and high waisted shorts trends. These could make or break you; it all just depends on how you wear them.


Stedman Strickland represents Mississippi

Submitted Photo Freshman tennis sensation Stedman Strickland represented Mississippi in the Southern Junior Cup tournament the weekend of Sept. 20 held in Chattanooga. Mississippi beat Kentucky and was competitive in matches against Louisiana and Tennessee. Strickland is a member of the St. Joe varsity tennis team.


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Photo By London Hatten/The Bear Facts Photo by London Hatten/The Bear Facts Josiah Paulding, leading the St. Joe Bruin football team, charges through a tunnel of cheerleaders Conor Crain, left, and Andy Dorion hold cheerleaders Lucy Kennington and Karson Nelson on their shoulders during lunch before the St. Adrew’s-St. Joe game on Sept. 13. and Spirit Steppers during the first pep rally on Aug. 23.

Photo by Sarah Powell/The Bear Facts Special to The Bear Facts The Bruin marching band performs during an early season home game at Bill Raphael Field. Seniors Natalie Smyth, left, Allie Jones, and Walker Burrow tailgate before the first game of the season. Besides performing in between plays, the band also does an elaborate half-time show.

Photo by Whitley Pannell /The Bear Facts Photo by London Hatten/The Bear Facts Caitlyn Beasley, left, Meosha Smith, Bridget Moorehead, and Halle Anderson enjoy a circus-themed Shelby Doiron and Mac Brown support the Bruins by dressing up with the circus theme on Aug. 23. pep rally on Aug. 23, 2013

Photo by London Hatten/The Bear Facts Photo by Whitley Pannell/The Bear Facts The Bleacher Creatures flex for a crowd shot during the Blackout pep rally on Sept. 13. Bennie Buckner, left, Loden Snell, Ashley German, Nina German, and Caleb McCullum play music during Meet the Bruins on Aug. 21, 2013.

Photo by London Hatten/The Bear Facts Photo by London Hatten/The Bear Facts Elisabeth Scott, left, pies Dennis Dillon for bringing in cans to beat St. Andrew’s for the Mississippi Coaches Dave Wissel, left, Dennis Dillon, Bill Walberg, Tyler O’Hara and Flip Godfrey get pies in Food Network on Sept. 13. their faces to support the canned food drive on Sept. 13.

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Bruin football games stream live on web Sophomores Jojo Katool, Ben Payne, Noah Greene make up broadcast team From staff reports


St. Joseph Catholic School football games are on the air. A team of three St. Joe students plan to broadcast nearly every Bruin game this year over Bruin Sports Radio, an Internet streaming audio service accessible through the school website at www. Calling the games are sophomores Jojo Katool, who handles play-by-play, and Ben Payne and Noah Greene, who handle color commentary and expert analysis. “This is a great way for fans who can’t make the game to follow the action as it happens,” Payne said. “All of us are excited at having the chance to broadcast our games for Bruin fans.” The Bruin Sports Radio team has aired every game so far this season except for the St. Joe Greenville game. School officials canceled that broadcast because of bad weather on game night. The broadcasts will continue Friday when the Bruins host Marshall for Homecoming 2013. Pregame begins at 6:45 p.m.; kickoff is at 7 p.m. Bruin Sports Radio is produced by the St. Joe journalism program with the generous support of the St. Joe Booster Club and C-Spire Wireless. The radio station is one part of an award-winning high school journalism program that includes a student pro-

n WHAT: Bruin Sports Radio, broadcasting St. Joe football live on the Internet n WHO: Broadcast team of Noah Greene, Jojo Katool and Ben Payne n WHEN: Pregame for each game is 6:45 p.m., kickoff is 7 p.m. n WHERE: Go to the St. Joe website,, and follow link to Bruin Sports Radio duced and edited newspaper, The Bear Facts; a student newspaper Web site, The Bear Facts Online; the school yearbook, The Shield; and a school Internet newsletter, The Bruin Buzz. Student journalists also provide photos for school publications and news releases. “This is a great opportunity for our fans, friends and alumni to follow St. Joe Bruin football this year,” said Principal Keith Barnes. “It’s also an excellent way for our own journalism students to gain valuable broadcast experience working live on an Internet radio station.” St. Joseph Catholic School was founded in 1870. The school, in Madison just off Interstate 55 and Mississippi 463, offers seventh- through 12th grade

Photo by Sara Powell/The Bear Facts Ben Payne, left, and Noah Greene, both sophomores, make up part of the broadcast team that calls Bruin football games live on the Internet. Not pictured is Jojo Katool, another sophomore, who handles play-by-play.

Catholic education with a rigorous college prep curriculum grounded in the teachings of the church. St. Joe is accredited by the Mississippi Department of Education and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The school serves students in the Greater Jackson area. “We have a talented group of students involved in student media this year,”

Barnes said. “Our student broadcast team has the talent and drive to create an effective, entertaining production. “Journalism teaches students self discipline, research, interview and writing skills. Allowing students to produce actual sports broadcasts on Bruin Sports Radio and print publications like The Bear Facts and The Shield are great ways for them to learn through hands-on

experience.” Greene, who is taking Introduction to Journalism this year along with Payne, agreed. Greene and Payne also are members of the award-winning St. Joe Speech and Debate team. “This has been a great learning experience,” Greene said. “I have enjoyed sharing the excitement of our football games with our fans and listeners.”

Lady Bruins volleyball Bruin cross country team makes run for title off to strong start By ELISE SHELDRICK The Bear Facts

The Saint Joe cross country team kicked off the season with its first meets on Saturday, Sept. 7, at Madison Central and on Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Bovina Course in Vicksburg. Team members are prepared to make another run for a state championship. Both the girls and the boys varsity teams won district championships in recent years. In 2010, 2011 and 2012, the girls varsity team and the boys varsity team won district championships over the other 2A divisional schools. Also, last year the boys varsity team won the state title. Photo Katherine Mangialardi/The Bear Facts This year, however, both teams have to work even harder with Volleyball coach Toni Harris, far right, meets with her team court side in the St. Joe gym. The Lady the loss of the many seniors. Bruins varsity volleyball team continues to build on the momentum from last year’s successful


“Our team will do really well less. this season because we have all “The newcomers are adjusting of our starters and plenty of new well and really making an impact players from the junior varsity on the varsity team.” The Lady Bruins varsity vol- team,” said junior Lucy LoveThe Lady Bruins didn’t lose leyball team is working hard toany seniors to graduation last ward a successful season. year, keeping the. In the past, the St. Joe lady Coach Harris worked alone Bruins have had several disapOur team will last year as coach. This season, pointing losses and suffered do really well this the Lady Bruins will up the ante heart breaking defeats in middle with the addition of new assistant school, junior varsity and varsity. season because coach Jana Drumright – who also The volleyball team this year we have all of our serves as a Chemistry I, Physical is determined to change that. starters and plenty Science, and Biology I teacher. After years of improving perMrs. Drumright has moved formance, last season opened of new players here from Tennessee, and has people’s eyes that volleyball is a from the junior background in the pharmaceutisport unlike any other. cals. The team took off under the varsity team.” “I am very excited to be at St. direction of Coach Toni Harris; Joe, not only as a coach, but a the Lady Bruins capped off a – Lucy Miller teacher,” Mrs. Drumright said. successful regular season with a “I think the girls are going to Loveless, a junior have 21-16 record – with 10 wins in a very great season. They district. on the Lady Bruins have been working really hard, The team advanced to the volleyball team and I am very excited to help playoffs, but unfortunately fell coach the girls.” to Lewisburg 3 sets to 1. Players hope this season will be better. By CHARLES KING II The Bear Facts

The girls relay team lost an important member. MariMac Collins, the daughter of Mrs. Collins. MariMac is attending Washington University in St. Louis on a swimming scholarship. However, the St. Joe relay team still has high hopes for winning several races. Sophomore Sophia Waddingham, Junior Niijor May and Junior A.K. Brunini, all of whom are back-to-back state champions, welcome freshman Ellie Smith who is filling MariMac’s spot. They are looking to win another state championship in the 200 freestyle relay. On Sept. 14, the Bruins competed in the St. Al Invitational. They brought back four first place victories. May won the 50 free and was a part of the 200 freestyle relay win

“It seems like yesterday I was starting my first day of practice. I am looking forward to spend time with my teammates because they are all like family to me.” Besides senior captains, there are also many new seventh looking forward to their first year of junior high sports. Many are excited for new challenges and getting involved at St. Joe. “I am excited to challenge myself to keep up with the bigger kids,” said Patrick Garrard, a seventh grader. “My goal is definitely to keep up with them and to continue to run with the team” Many team members said they enjoy the friendship and sportsmanship generated by cross country. They also said the workouts will prepare them for other sports ahead.

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expected, it should not be taken Bruins improved the following for granted. Like other sports week almost defeating Natchez teams at St. Joe, Bruin foot- Cathedral in a close game. ball relies on the hard work and In Week 3, the Bruins came out dedication of each player and the coaching staff. During last year’s season, many Bruin fans speculated that I believe the their regular season success was Bruins will have due to the Bruins’ lax schedule competing against familiar another winning schools such as Pisgah and St. Al. season.” However, several high school sports broadcasters disagreed, saying the undefeated season as – Chris Hanneke, more than just a fluke. senior quarterback While St. Joe plays similar teams this year, the overall competition level has increased. Although the Bruins have a 13-man senior class, the question stands: Will they be able to com- more aggressive than ever deterpete at such a high level without mined to beat the St. Al Flashes such all-star players from last on their home field. year as Nick Beasley and center Since winning their first game, Bobby Tallant? the Bruins have not looked back While the Bruins had a slow – beating local rival St. Anstart, prospects look more prom- drew’s and shutting out the St. page 12 ising as the season has pro- Joe Greenville Fighting Irish gressed. ending their undefeated season. berger won the 200 medley relay After suffering a disheartening However, the Bruins’ season and the 400 freestyle relay. 45-14 defeat against the Lake hasn’t been without heartaches The swim team is also welHornets in the Week 1 opener, the with four key players sustaining I feel really coming back three alumni who are giving back to the team. confident on my Riley Collins, a member of the RAPHAEL, from page 12 chances this year St. Joe Class of 2012, has come to win a state back to help his mother coach. attended Southwestern Louisi- earned a specialist’s degree. Jake Slinkard, a member of the ana in Lafayette, La., where he championship.” “Coach,” as he was known Class of 2011, came to the St. Al earned his undergraduate degree. by many of his students, was remeet to cheer on his alumni. Southwestern, he participated spected and admired. Students – Walker Burrow, Helping with dryland condi- At in track, football, basketball and not only saw him as their teacher, a senior and a tioning is Andrew Harris, who boxing; he was the heavyweight but also as a great mentor and graduated in 2008. An anonyrole model. While at St. Joe, Ramember of the St. mous donor has also donated boxing champion. In college, Raphael met his phael received numerous awards Joseph Catholic a highly needed pace clock for wife, Claire Louise Nassar. They and achievements. practice times. were married for almost 60 years Among them: He was inductSchool swim team measuring The hard work these students until her death. ed into the Mississippi Coaches put in is required at least four After graduation, he began Hall of Fame; he was a two-time times a week. These students his career at St. Joseph Catholic coach in the Mississippi High with Sophia Waddingham, Mag- are prepared to keep going as a School, which lasted 41 years. School All-Star game; and he gie Smith, and A.K. Brunini. powerful force in the 2A classi- During this time, he earned his engineered the monumental vicNick Burrow, Stewart Inman, fication. master’s degree in mathematics tory over the highly-ranked MurJack Collins, and Tony Weisenat Mississippi College; he later rah Mustangs in the 1972 Capital


Ryan Crandall was one of the boys varsity team’s best runners. Also, Natalie Younger and Brennan Trask have graduated and left the Bruins cross country team. However, the team has gained many old and new runners. There are many new seventh graders on the team, and there are many senior runners and junior, sophomore and freshman runners as well. “Both the girls and the boys are very young teams this year,” Coach David Wissel said. “I am looking forward to being very competitive with both of my teams, and I am looking forward seeing big things from them.” This season, the team has many senior captains who will have their last runs as a Saint Joe Bruin. “I can’t believe I am a senior,” Katherine Mangialardi said.

major injuries. Senior Josiah Paulding was among the first to be injured, shattering his femur in a close game against St. Al. Two weeks later, three more Bruin players followed Paulding to the side line. Among the injured: Junior Jack Olstad, junior Hunter Beene and sophomore Nick Burrow. Over the course of the season, the Bruins have sustained various injuries putting a cloud of doubt over the season. When dealing with the injures Coach Flip Godfrey made it clear the Bruins would not overhaul their system. “We’re going to take the people we got and call on more kids,” he said. Among these mentioned were sophomore halfback Mason Fridge and tight end John Dale Dieckman. The prospects for the rest of the Bruins season looks promising. After beating the Union Yellow Jackets in a close back-andforth game, the Bruins move on this week to take on Marshall.

Bowl. After leaving St. Joe, he coached at Millsaps College and taught math at Belhaven. Since his time at St. Joe, the St. Joe football field was dedicated in his name and a book was written simply titled “Raphael” which chronicles his coaching career at St. Joe. He was an active parishioner of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. He loved sports, watching western films and reading. He also had many friends with whom he would participate in Monday night poker, golf and lunch at Fat Tuesdays.

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Bruins roll strong as district play opens

St. Joe rides four-game winning streak into Homecoming contest

Former coach leaves legacy By KATHERINE MANGIALARDI The Bear Facts

Former St. Joe Athletic Director and football coach Bill Raphael left a legacy of hard work and dedicaBILL RAPHAEL tion among alumni, students and faculty. “He will forever live in our hearts,” said David Wissel, the cross country coach and a religion teacher at St. Joe. “His legacy will live on through the athletes and students. “As long as they remain dedicated and always work hard, then they are delivering what Coach intended of St. Joe,” said Wissel, who coached with Raphael at St. Joe.

Lady Bruins look to improve over last year.

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Bruins cross country team prepares run for state title.

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Bowling tryouts will be Oct. 17 at Fannin Lane – contact Coach Dennis Dillon for more information.


Bruin running back Hunter Beene races through the Saints defense during the St. Joe-St. Andrew’s football game at Bill Raphael field on Friday, Sept. 13. The Bruins won the game as well as the following two to give themselves a four-game winning streak heading into the Homecoming game Friday against Marshall.

Sports analysis by Noah Greene Photo by Benjamin Payne


fter a tough MORE INSIDE start to n Bruin football the 2013 live on Internet, Page 11 football season, the St. Joe Bruins look to finish strong as they ride a four-game win streak.

improve the team’s record in post-season play. “The seniors must step up this year,” Godfrey said, referring to the team’s 13 seniors. Godfrey said he expects a lot from seniors, one of them being Quarterback Chris Hanneke. “There’s no doubt he’s made improvements on his game,” Godfrey said, adding that Hanneke is “getting faster, stronger, and throwing the ball better overall.” Hanneke agreed. “I’m ready to take charge of the offense,” he said. “And I believe the Bruins will have another winning season.” Coming off a tough season-opening loss to Lake and a As it stands, Hanneke has thrown for more than 1,000 second game road loss in Natchez to Cathedral High School, yards going into his senior season and has steadily improved the Bruins rebounded and scored wins against St. Al, St. his completion rate. The Bruins boast 12 other seniors. Andrew’s, St. Joe Greenville and Union. Even the younger players are ready to step up. This year’s squad won’t go undefeated in the regular “Through senior leadership, it has pushed everyone to get season, but they still have a lot for which to play. better,” said freshman tackle Nick Thompson. Coach Flip Godfrey said his main focus for this season Although leadership by experienced players is to be is for his “players to get better every week.” Steady improvement by the Bruins will help their overall game and See FOOTBALL, Page 11

– David Wissel, the cross country coach

Raphael died Aug. 23 of pancreatic cancer at home while surrounded by his family. He was 87. He worked at St. Joe from 1950-1990. Raphael was born June 19, 1926, in Natchez. He was the youngest son of the late Charles and Rose Raphael, who were Lebanese immigrants. After graduating from Natchez Cathedral, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame for being a stellar athlete. He served in World War II. After his discharge, he See RAPHAEL, Page 11

Swim team makes waves at area events By JON DALE DIECKMAN The Bear Facts

Middle school football team, 2-2 on the year, plays next at Pisgah on Tuesday,Oct. 8.

As long as (our students) remain dedicated and always work hard, then they are delivering what Coach intended of St. Joe.”

With 53 students, the St. Joseph swim team is by far the biggest sport at this school. Led by Coach Lauri Collins, this team is looking to bring St. Joe a state championship. Mrs. Collins has been coaching swimming for 30 years. She is prepared to lead this year’s swim team to multiple state championships. Mrs. Collins allows students with no prior competitive swimming experience to join the team. She plans to help all students become top-notch swimmers. “This team may not have many superstars, but we have depth,” Mrs. Collins said. Depth is something the Bruin swim team is looking forward to being the key to clinching

yet another state championship. Because the Bruins have so many great swimmers, they can win the state meet with second, third, and fourth place wins. St. Joe is led by seven returning state champions this year. Walker Burrow is one of these state champions. Burrow, a senior, won state in the 100 fly and the 400 freestyle relay, which is when swimmers swim the length of the pool down and back. Alongside Jack Collins, Stuart Inman,and Tony Weisenberger, the 400 freestyle relay team is ready to be a strong competitor in the state meet. Burrow is also participating in the 200 IM this year. “I feel really confident on my chances this year to win a state championship,” Burrow said. See SWIM TEAM, Page 11

Photo by Elisabeth Scott/The Bear Facts Senior Walker Burrow swims in the 100-meter butterfly during the Sept. 3 meet at the Jackson Yacht Club.

St. Joe Bruin football 2013 to meet great expectations


here’s no denying that the 2012 Varsity Bruin Football team was the most successful in school

places of those now gone. The history. team The mighty Bruins ended struggled the regular season undefeated early, with an impressive 11-0 record. falling to Unfortunately, the team lost its Canton bid to the state champions in in the JACK HALL Sports Editor the second round of the playoffs preseason against East Marion. jamboree at Madison Central This season, however, will be High School and then starting much different than the previous. the 2013 season with a loss – With many valuable and their first regular season loss in important members of last nearly two years – by falling to year’s team long gone, the Bruin the Lake Hornets on Aug. 23. coaching staff has had to quickly However, the Bruins walked rebuild the program and bring off the field victorious after their in younger players to take the match against St. Andrew’s and

haven’t looked back since. Last year, the Bruins played at St. Andrew’s and all but dismantled the team. They’re now on a four-game win streak and are showing no signs of letting up. Some people may wonder if the Bruins this year can match up to last year’s team. Many may be left to think that any hopes of a winning regular season and a competitive playoff bid have gone up in smoke after the loss of so many senior players. But I’m sure the Bruins will come back with the same strength and success that they’ve had the previous two seasons. I can think of many reasons why the last two teams have

Coach Flip Godfrey. And we had the camaraderie of a close-knit We’ve got a new team. Conor Crain, a senior who has feel to the team, a been part of the last two playoff new identity. We’ll be teams, said he has high hopes for the season. He believes that playing new, more the team will have a breakout competitive teams performance their first year in the new district. and we’re really “We’re a whole new team this going to find out year without all the starters from what we’re made of.” last year,” Crain said. “We’ve got a new feel to the team, a new – Conor Crain, identity. We’ll be playing new, a senior more competitive teams and we’re really going to find out been so successful. We had some what we’re made of. “But the most important thing, exceptionally talented seniors. still, is that Bruin Football is We had and continue to have about the brotherhood among a great coaching staff led by

your teammates. And that’s what everyone is going to know after this season.” To put this in perspective, it seems like everyone is calling for a great season. I, myself, can only hope for the best and will leave it to the players on the field. They’ve given up their time and energy to such a great team and every victory will have been earned through their effort and sheer determination. This will certainly be a memorable season. Go Bruins. Jack Hall, a sophomore at St. Joe, is sports editor of The Bear Facts.

The Bear Facts: Oct. 3, 2013  

The Bear Facts is the office, student-edited, student-produced newspaper of St. Joseph Catholic School in Madison, Miss. It is a product of...

The Bear Facts: Oct. 3, 2013  

The Bear Facts is the office, student-edited, student-produced newspaper of St. Joseph Catholic School in Madison, Miss. It is a product of...