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April 27, 2012

Torrington High School

Is THS going to survive the Fourniers’ leaving? Alison M. Reporter

With the 2011-2012 school year coming to an end, it is also an end to some teacher’s careers here at THS: Jennica and Charles Fournier will not be teaching in Torrington next year. “I got accepted into the English master’s program at the University of Wyoming and I’ll be teaching freshman English at the college,” said Mr. Fournier. He thinks of it as a good opportunity. “I’d rather do it now instead of later so we’re not getting our masters’ when we have kids,” said Mrs. Fournier. They’re both looking forward to getting back in the educational and college atmosphere. “I’m excited to learn!” he added. The Fourniers moved to Torrington last year and have had a positive experience in the town so far. “I think that Torrington is really community-oriented,” he said. They agreed that the best thing

about THS was the students and staff. The students also had nothing but good to say about them in return. “I am sad they are leaving be-

but she is always nice. Mr. Fournier teaches differently than any English teacher I know. He doesn’t just make us read or write, but we have discussions

cause I wanted to take their classes next year,” said sophomore Hannah P. “But I am glad that they are moving onto bigger and better things.” Sophomore Madi B. is also sorry that they are leaving. She thinks that the Fourniers are great people: “I haven’t had Mrs. Fournier as a teacher,

in the class.” The Fourniers left a great impression on many people in Torrington. “I like Mr. Fournier; he’s a cool cat,” said educational aide Clint Landon. Mrs. Fournier helped the sophomore class out immensely by being a sponsor this year, and she was

also the Green Club adviser. Mr. Fournier was the assistant wrestling coach this season and really enjoyed that. The couple also shared their talent in dance by starting a Swing Club at the high school. Both of the Fourniers attended East High School in Cheyenne, WY, where school spirit is a big deal. “THS needs more school spirit! Take pride in your school,” they agreed. “Perfect the Boom-Boom—yell with it. Look it up on YouTube.” “Value your education and don’t accept the mediocre,” Mr. Fournier advised. “Don’t make excuses and be responsible for your own learning.” He also said that everyone should be nice to each other. “I see students trying to be better than only one person. Don’t just be better than the person next to you, be the best you can possibly be,” said Mrs. Fournier.

Who knew that Blake O. would be the State FFA Star?

Nick Vetter Reporter

Over the last ten years, Blake O. has been working on his family’s ranch, building up his FFA resume, and growing his leadership skills to enhance his career success and his own personal growth. During the 2012 Wyoming State FFA convention, Blake won the Regional Star and State Star in Beef Production Placement. He was the high individual in the Agronomy contest. He will be going to nationals and has earned $14,000 in scholarships. For Blake’s Beef Production Placement project, he had to complete a proficiency data book, an

FFA record book, a State Degree application, three letters of recommendation, a resume, the personal history/ story, and a Supervised Agricultural Experience visit by the state officer team. This is one of the highest awards the Wyoming FFA Organization can award to a member. This award makes him eligible to win the national star award. The Livestock Roundup reported THS/LFL FFA advisor Jason Groene’s comments: “He’s just an awesome kid. He has good work ethic, morals, values and standards. He is what we are looking for and is the ideal FFA kid.” Blake is highly involved in the FFA organization. He has participated in Livestock Judging, Creed Speaking, Parliamentary Procedure, Meats Judging, Environmental and Natural Resources, Agronomy and Farm Business Management. He has gone to the National FFA Convention two times and will be going again this fall. Blake also raises high-quality Hereford and Angus cattle that are re-

nowned for their genetics all over the nation. He told the Wyoming Livestock Roundup that he “grew up on the ranch. When we got old enough to be in 4-H, I started showing steers.” At the age of ten, he got to select one of the show heifers and started his own herd. He has now developed a ten- to twelve-head Hereford herd with ten calves and yearling bulls. Blake told the Roundup, “The Angus breed is a really strong breed, but I prefer Herefords. They are more docile and easy to recognize with their facial markings, and I think they are prettier.” He plans to attend Casper College to livestock judge and major in Ag Business. He plans to go on to the University of Wyoming or to the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. Most of his $14,000 dollars’ worth of scholarships came from Casper College and the State FFA Association.


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Torrington High School

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At Festival, Torrington choir sings it loud and proud! Korinne John Layout editor

Sing it loud and proud! Choir director Kris Tolman took Women’s Choir, Show Choir and several soloist and duets to festival in Casper. Several performances placed well. Seniors Grace Fluckiger, Haylee Hornbeck, Kayla Broberg, David Miller, Ross Breedlove, and Ryan Lewendowski competed as a small group singing “Lonesome Road.” The small group received a “superior” rating. Sophomore Amy Allen and freshman Tiffany Naney competed in the duet division and received an “excellent” rating. Freshman Tiffany Naney and Brittany Palmer also did a duet and received “excellent” rating. Ryan Lewendowski said, “It was nice to hear other choirs compete and to compete ourselves. We need to have better vowel sounds and more dynamics throughout the pieces. Regan Robbins and Aleighica Keeran also got superior in solos. Amy Allen said, “I liked watching the other groups the best because it was educational. WE could work on entrances because we weren't always together.

Tie-dying is back Mark McKee Sports Editor

Young band scores well at Festival Avery Madden Collumnist

We’ve always been taught not to “toot our own horns” but after the THS band’s performance at t he Music Festival in Casper, they have no reason not to. Band director Richard Zigweid took three bands up to the festival: Concert Band, Jazz Band, and the Percussion Ensemble, along with two soloists: sophomore Madi Bloodgood and senior Jamie Henry. The bands played before two judges and were scored on a scale from one to five, with one being the “superior” rating and the best score possible. “I was proud of how they did and proud of how much they’ve grown. We have a super young group and we have grown so much,” Zigweid said. The concert band received a superior (I) and an excellent (II) rating. The jazz band received a superior (I) while the percussion ensemble received an excellent (II). Henry received a superior (I) rating for her solo and Bloodgood’s rating was unfortunately

misplaced and never got back to her. “Jazz Band had to overcome some obstacles, but we got through it and killed it!” Zigweid added, “Percussion did the best they’ve ever performed and I’m pleased with the overall performance. Madi Bloodgood and Jamie Henry both had solos which are very hard to compose and get ready, and they both did very well.” “I think I did well,” Bloodgood said. “I don’t have my scores because the judge messed up and put my score in someone else’s file, so we got a Glenrock score instead,” Bloodgood laughed. Henry was overall very pleased with her “superior” rating. “I would say that I am very proud of how I did,” Henry said. “I put a lot of hard work and effort into my song and I spent a lot of hours practicing. It was a lot of fun!” “The only thing I would regret is that this is my last year to go to festival. Other than that I just hope to encourage more underclassmen to take solos

Jennica Fournier has taken charge of leading a group of tie-dyers in her chemistry classes’ covalent bonds experiment. “The dye molecules make covalent bond with cellulose—the major component in cotton— in the shirt,” Fournier said. Fournier got her dyes from Grateful Dyes out of Boulder, Colorado, so they are not the typical dyes found in our local stores. “I dyed two pairs of socks, two tee shirts, and a pillowcase,” junior Taylor Frazier said. Multiple people dyed shirts, including Christian Bila, Jenn Rowley, Alicia Campbell, Josi Jackson, Noah Ward, and Eddy Stoeger. “My shirt looked terrible! It turned out brown!” laughed Christian Bila. “Mine was awesome! I used lots of blue and pink.” Josi Jackson said. “I did a shirt and a onesie,” Alicia Campbell said. “It was to show covalent bonds.” The tiedying has been available for a month, and anyone has been--and still is—able to do it.


April 27, 2012

Torrington High School BOTM Say goodbye to March's BOTM, Mark McKee

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Sydney H. Columnist

Although injuries have been at the top of Mark M.’s list, he has found many other things to smile about throughout his high school years, and being honored as March’s Blazer of the Month is one of them. Born in Torrington to parents Karen and Marty M., Mark is a lifelong resident here. He has two older sisters. Amber, 23, just graduated from U.W., and his other older sister, Mandy, 25, is teaching in Green River and will be married in September. “Mark is a conscientious student who works hard to create highquality products,” favorite teacher, Katherine Patrick said. Throughout high school, Mark had been involved in football, basketball, and baseball. He also enjoys playing golf and going fishing. McKee is also involved in FCA, Journalism, and participates as a DARE Role Model. “My favorite memories in high school are winning state championships twice in basketball,” Mark said. “One of my worst memories is that I haven’t finished a football season in my three years of playing during high school.” Mark has broken his hand and his rib, and torn both of his labrums in high school. Those injuries have necessitated three surgeries, but that hasn’t stopped him from achieving excellence. Mark has earned All-Conference honors in basketball. With those achievements, Mark’s advice to underclassmen seems fitting: “Work hard, never give up, and don’t do crack!” Along with good and bad memories, come the more awkward moments. “My most embarrassing moment was the Scottsbluff basketball game this year,” he admitted. And he won’t miss that he is forced to take classes in high school that he believes he doesn’t need. In the future, Mark plans to at-

tend the University of Wyoming to major in mechanical engineering and playing club baseball. “I like figuring stuff out,” McKee commented. “I have always been good at math, so engineering would be perfect!” “I see Mark playing baseball then being an engineer in the future,” Jason M. agreed. Upon graduation, Mark said he will miss Avery M., John Kelly, and his basketball team. “Mark works hard and is very good at math,” Avery M. said. “He’s pretty funny, although not as funny as

Almost finished! Mark airs it out at the state tournament (above, left) and celebrates Homecoming (below, left ) with (l-r) Ryan L., Frank S., and Jason M. . File photos

he thinks. He is also committed to the things he does in school and sports.” Mark’s favorite teacher in THS are John Kelly and Katherine Patrick. “Kelly has taught me more in school than anyone, and KP is always the most fun teacher to be around.”

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5) Don’t be an “ugly American.” Mexicans are extremely proud people and are always eager to show off every attraction to visitors. However, if that visitor is a smug, elite, American, the tides will turn. The term “ugly American” (coined by the international community) applies to those who believe the United

Many of Mark’s friends and teachers have some great memories with him. “His constant [unacceptable] Speak Out questions in journalism comprise my favorite memory with him,” Patrick said. “If I could get anything from him, I would beg him to stop harassing me!” “Winning two basketball state States culturally “owns” the rest of the world. Latin America has a long tradition of resenting North American rule, especially by the United States. Instead, show interest in the things you see (which shouldn’t be hard) and accept diversity. The U.S. is only one country in a big, big world. Accept it. 6) Do not drink tap water. EVER. This rule applies especially to tourists in urban settings.

championships and going on fishing trips to Laramie with him” are Jason’s favorite memories of Mark. Frank S. said his favorite memory with McKee is the 4th of July—with the fire crackers. Avery’s favorite memories were a bit different than everyone else’s: “All of the game nights over at the Marshes’ house, long walks on the beach, sunset picnics, and beating him at HORSE,” she laughed.

Tap water is drinkable, but at a price. A very disagreeable price. Drinking tap water will make a foreigner sick, no exceptions. While locals have built up immunities to the water, foreigners are susceptible to whatever is lurking in it. Several hotels will provide water bottles, and attractions have their own water filters. Watch out for instant coffee also, as sometimes the tap water is not completely boiled.

In short, be respectful, be cautious, and don’t drink the water! Mexico has a multitude of activities to offer and its people are eager to show visitors all of them. Despite what the news says, Mexico is a playground for everyone featuring incredible vacation sites with outrageously hospitable people: any stay in the Aztec nation is bound to be memorable.


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Friday, April 27, 2012

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Creating quality: March BOTM Aleighica Keeran joins list of prominent Blazers, while being herself Dimitri N. Editor-in-Chief

“You can create quality,” is arguably one of the most inspiring things Aleighica K. has said. As the March Blazer of the Month, Aleighica joins the ranks of a long line of outstanding seniors, but still manages to maintain her individuality, which several agree can be difficult in a modern life. Born in Scottsbluff in 1994, Aleighica is the oldest daughter of Jerry and Linda K., and sister to Sarandon, a seventh grader at Torrington Middle School. “She’s thirteen years old and plays a lot of sports. But she’s awesome, has a great heart, and is a great sister.” said Aleighica. While her family is a chief influence in her busy life, Aleighica’s favorite memories involve her stellar career at Torrington High School. “My most embarrassing moment was from freshman year when Jenny and Erin convinced me that Edward Cullen dies at the end of Breaking Dawn and I cried for all of lunch,” Aleighica remembered. It also happened to be Aleighica’s best friend Nicole D. most memorable moment: “watching Leesha cry over Edward freshman year,” Nicole wrote in her own “Get in Touch” profile. Aleighica’s favorite memory, however, was a compilation of “all the class trips and choir and band festivals with show choir and women’s choir freshman year.” Yearbook Adviser Shawna James had a different response, “[My favorite memory of Aleighica was] Journalism State Convention last year!” she said, “The whole trip was amazing!! That and getting stranded on the bus from State Journalism Convention this year.” Memories, however, are attributed to special qualities of a person, and Aleighica is second to none in that department. “Aleighica is extremely helpful, a hard worker, and good hearted,” said cousin Tessa C. “I will always remember when we drew

faces on the balloons at her house.” James agreed, adding that “Aleighica is passionate, organized, and caring. She is a good role model because she is actively involved in school activities, 4-H, and community service, She has been a vital asset to the yearbook staff as well.” “She’s super funny!” exclaimed Dylan S.. “Her humor makes everyone’s day better and College English would be twenty times more boring if she weren’t in there.” Another student said that Aleighica “is lovable. I’m extremely happy she helps me in Modern American Studies and asks the stupid questions to get me the answers. She’s energetic and can turn any boring situation into a memorable experience. I’m going to miss her like crazy when we graduate.” With graduation looming over all the seniors, Aleighica has the majority of her college career already planned. “I want to become an elementary teacher. I’ve always loved children and I know that shaping and helping them learn is what I want to do.” Aleighica explained. “I’ll be going to the University of Wyoming in the fall for Elementary Education and Consumer Science.” “I see Aleighica teaching elementary students and traveling the world,” echoed James. Dylan S’s projections, “Aleighica will be a YouTube star.” Still, another student had different ideas, “Not YouTube. Aleighica is going to be a spokesperson for the Lifetime Channel’s war movies. Either that or a mall cop.” But with a new chapter in her life just about to blossom, Aleighica still has things to say about the end of her high school years. “I’ve changed a lot. I try harder and want different things. My friends have changed, and I’m okay with that,” she explained. “I have my few and they make me happy. “I’m focused on the future instead of making sure I perfect attendance. I’ve matured. I don’t know what I’d do without Mrs. James. She helped me so much. Thank you!

“[I won’t miss] the drama.” Space Jam and The Lovely Bones. Aleighica added, “That and how the Aleighica is also involved in students and teachers don’t care 4-H, shooting sports, Jr. Leaders, anymore. That makes school unen- Books for Africa, community service, joyable.” and taking care of dogs and cats. However, there are teachers “I’m always busy!” who matter to Aleighica. “Mrs. James As final advice to her underbecause she’s a strong, awesome classmen peers, Aleighica said, person. “Apply, apply, apply! Don’t stop and I’m going to miss her a lot. even though you may wait until the I’m coming back for yearbook. I also last minute, you can create quality.” love Mrs. Mac. She’s always so caring and her advice is very helpful.” O t h e r things she’ll miss are “select teachers, my choirs, and the simplicity.” Sawyer Warren & Buchanan Outside her Edward A. Buchanan & academic life, Nathaniel S. Hibben Aleighica enjoys Attorneys at Law watching The Big 2210 East A Street P.O. Box 850 Bang Theory, ModTorrington, WY 82240 ern Family, Raising Hope, American Horror Story, Top www.swblegal.com Shot, and Rugrats! Phone 307-532-2322 nhibben@swblegal.com And also loves her Fax 307-532-7221 ebuchanan@swblegal.com favorite books


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Stand Your Ground: Martin vs. Zimmerman tuted “Stand Your Ground” laws, which allow people to use force against physical threats. So, when Floridian George Zimmerman felt threatened by seventeen year-old Trayvon Martin, Zimmerman shot and killed the teen. Was Martin an actual threat, though? Martin was walking home through a gated community after buying some Skittles and an ice tea. Zimmerman, a “neighborhood watch commander” was patrolling in his vehicle and called 911 to report a suspicious person. Martin ran away when Zimmerman started following him. A trip for snacks turns disastrous. Victim Trayvon Martin (left) and George The 911 dispatcher told ZimmerZimmerman. (right) photos from Wikipedia Commons man not to follow him, but he did Jason M. anyway. Moments later, according to other 911 callers, Reporter Martin and Zimmerman got into a fight. Martin asked When people feel threatened, what can they Zimmerman why he was following him, and a scuffle legally do? Many states, including Florida, have insti-

broke out. Zimmerman then shot Martin in the chest, killing the boy. The case has raised concerns across the nation. “I don’t know exactly what happen,” social studies teacher A.J. Gross said, “ but the ‘Stand Your Ground Law’ has its place. I don’t know if it’s a good thing here, but it is in parts of the country where there is violence.” “After investigating the Trayvon Martin case, they need to see if the Zimmerman was really standing his ground or if he did something wrong. The people need to trust the judicial process,” Gross said. “I don’t know a lot about it, but I think it is a good law because I personally own self-defense weapons, and I am a firm believer in the Second Amendment,” art teacher Steve Law said. “I think it is a good law but Zimmerman should have made sure Martin was a threat. I think he should go to jail. but there are many people mad about it,” Kendra Ojeda said. Zimmerman has been arrested and charged in Martin’s death.

Do teachers abuse their leave privileges ? Nick V. Columnist

Sometimes teachers can go M.I.A., especially as it gets closer to May. But some teachers are gone more than others. When teachers don’t get their next year’s contract fulfilled, they often attempt to use all their personal and sick leave before the end of the school year. Sometimes, this is used for job interviews; other times it might be used to stay home and relax with family members. Obviously, teachers are entitled to their leave time. But, students are also entitled to have a highly-qualified teacher to instruct them. Not having that highly-qualified teacher can have long-term effects. For example, I might be taking calculus in high school for a college credit. I also want to major in engineering, where many classes are based on calculus. My semester was going great until the last two months of the semester when the teacher was informed that he would not get a contract renewal. Because of this, the teacher took all of his available sick and personal days. Over his two years of teaching, this teacher had built up twenty sick days. He was gone for three days every

week—two sick days and a personal day. There are two problems with this picture: one is that he was never actually sick and was lying to the administration to use his sick days. If teachers are not sick and they take a sick day, I contend that they are stealing from the school system and the taxpayer. This is another form of dishonesty: obviously not a sign of great character. The second problem was that he was stealing my education. I say this because (hypothetically) I showed up the last two months, while he was only in the

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room forty-percent of the time. Because it’s very difficult to find a substitute who can teach calculus, we didn’t have a proficient instructor. I didn’t learn anything from the substitute. I then went to college and had to retake the class so I would actually learn all that I needed to. The class cost roughly $600, which I shouldn’t have had to pay. I, also as a taxpayer, had to pay three times for my calculus education: to the college, to my high school teacher, and to the substitute. What can be done to avoid such a situation? Currently teachers can get paid $20 per day for leave time that they have accumulated. A substitute gets paid around $100 per day. Maybe if the teacher could “sell” his leave time to the district for a larger figure, he might feel as though it was worthwhile to honor his commitment to his students. That’s just one idea, but we should do something. Our school is a community, and we need everyone participating to help make it work.

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The one and done epidemic: a problem for players Nick Prusia Opinions Editor

Derrick Rose, Marcus Camby, Kevin Durant, Greg Oden, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love, Tyreke Evans, DeMarcus Cousins, Brandon Knight, and so many more players from the collegiate ranks are now in the NBA; there is one thing separating the listed players above and the rest of the field. The players above, are just a few examples of players who only attended one year of college before jumping to the NBA. The NBA eligibility rule states that a player wishing to enter the draft must be nineteen years of age and be at least one year removed from high school. I have long advocated changing the rule to a higher age threshold. This position is reinforced by the emergence of more teams being dependent on underclassmen for scoring and efficiency. Just this year, Kentucky, the national champions, had a starting lineup that consisted of three freshmen and two sophomores. The Wildcats defeated the Kansas Jayhawks 67-59 for their eighth title in school history, and the first for Head Coach John Calipari. Just like a typical end of the year for John Calipari, numerous players from the roster will not be returning for next year. Next year, seven faces from

this year‟s team will be missing: (including the starting lineup): Anthony Davis, Michael KiddGilchrist, Terrance Jones, Doron Lamb, and Marquis Teague. Davis, Kidd-Gilchrist, and Teague are freshmen, while Jones and Lamb are only sophomores. Darius Miller and Eloy Vargas have completed their eligibility. The problem I have with this is that Calipari and many other coaches are abusing this system. The rule used to be that a player could go right to the NBA after high school. Remember, a player is a student-athlete, notice the first part: student! Players, along with other graduating high schoolers, do not and should not go to school for only one year before advancing into their profession one year later. Though these players are supremely talented (Davis and Kidd-Gilchrist are projected as the top two picks; Lamb, Jones, and Teague are projected to be selected in the first thirty-two picks), they shouldn‟t be allowed to go after only one year. Even though somebody may be incredibly smart and talented at their job, maybe becoming the editor of the school newspaper as a freshmen, but do we send them out into the world right then and there? David Stern, the Commissioner of the NBA, needs to

Re-loading every year. John Calipari at a press conference in 2011. Calipari

reels in the top talent out of high school seemingly every year

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change the rule himself. John Calipari might abuse this rule more than anyone that I have noticed. Derrick Rose, an MVP winner at the NBA le v e l, p la y e d und e r Calipari while he was still at Memphis. The Tigers were reeling in the top talent year after year. Why did Memphis suddenly drop off the map? Calipari bolted for Kentucky. The top players who want to go to the NBA as soon as possible go play for Calipari, so it was goodbye to Memphis and hello to Kentucky. After one year of representing their school, they‟re gone to the professionals. Calipari isn‟t the only one though. North Carolina, Duke, and Texas among other schools seem to lose The uni-brow only lasted one year. Sutheir top talent every year to premely talented Anthony Davis dunks in a the professionals, regardless game earlier this year. Davis is projected as of their age. the first selection in this year‟s NBA draft. photo from Wikipedia Commons What happens after the player is done in the -outs seem affirm that they made NBA? If he were smart enough a mistake by dropping out of in money management, he may high school. Sometimes players have saved up enough money to make the same mistake and end live for the rest of his life, but up being a bust in the NBA. By that usually isn‟t the case. When increasing the required age to a player has money, what will he join the NBA, the number of likely do? He‟s going to spend it busts may drop due to more deon expensive houses and new velopment in college, both in the object to show off his wealth. classroom and on the court. When he‟s lost his multi-million dollar paycheck, he needs to find another stable source of income. In order to do that, odds are he will need a college degree. With one year of college, success will be much more difficult. Only completing one year of college and then suddenly going back twenty years or so later will most likely result in a loss of knowledge. The former player will have to spend years of his valuable time content and earning his degree. One argument is that players need to start making their own decisions by the time they are in college. While I do agree with that idea, sometimes athletes won‟t make the right Every rose has its thron. One of choice and end up wrecking their Calipari‟s most infamous players, future. This goes back to the Rose was ruled ineligible while at “stay in school” philosophy. A Memphis large number of high school drop Photo fromWikipedia Commons


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Make a statement: Whatever the dress, these accessories will add polish Jenn Harris

Los Angeles Times (MCT)

Now that the dress has been purchased, it’s time to add the special details that will make the outfit dazzle.

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The Power of the Flower Apps for navigating MacKenzy P. & Kylie K. Columnists

The smell of flowers is in the air! As Torrington High School Prom draws near, boutonnieres and corsages are slowly entering student’s minds. Wrists and lapels will be decked out with the latest’s trends for the 2012 prom year. Local florists Destry’s Secret Garden and Wagner’s are here to help. Both shops have new and improved items for Prom 2012. Wagner’s has the new easy, safe magnetic boutonnieres that make pinning a breeze. Destrey’s offers keepsake bracelets for the corsages, allowing girls to unpin the flowers and wear the bracelets on more than one occasion. For other options, Alina Surber suggests Bloomers in Mitchell. “They have corsage rings, and they are awesome! Bloomers also use feathers and bright colors.” Another option is a handmade corsage. There are many sets of directions for this process available on the internet. As well as saving money and creating something unique, these corsages can be made from artificial flowers that provide a lasting momento of this special evening. Research reveals that boutonnieres have been around since the 16th century. Their original purpose was to

ward off bad luck or evil. The word boutonniere is French for “buttonhole flower.” France is also where the corsage originated: they were originally flowers wore on the bodice of a women’s clothing. The variety of flowers for boutonnieres and corsages is endless, but the most frequently used for Goshen County proms is roses, in all colors and sizes. Corsages are usually worn on the wrists of prom-goers, and students typically pay thirty to fifty dollars apiece. Previous prom attendees have gotten a wide assortment of boutonnieres and corsages. Senior Erin McKenna wore a white rose with turquoise and silver tips, with turquoise and silver ribbons last year. “Mine was a white rose with gold and black tips,” recalls junior Nick Vetter about his 2011 boutonniere. Junior Sydney H. had no hesitation when asked about her prior corsage, “Ugly! It was on that went all the way up my forearm with p u r p l e f l o w e r s ! ” “Mine was lime green and teal”, says junior Taylor F., “and it had a lot of bling with a Gerber daisy.” Senior Hayley A. said, “Last year mine was a black lily with gold tips and gold lining, with a beige and copper ribbon.” Picking corsages and boutonnieres is a challenging process in which prom dates try to ensure that the boutonniere and corsage match each other, and also the color of the dress and tux.

the big event Jenn Harris Los Angeles Times (MCT)

There’s a smartphone app for almost everything, so why not an app to help with prom planning? From picking the perfect dress to editing your pictures, there is an app to help with every aspect of the big dance. “So many teens have smartphones,” said Molly McLaughlin, mobile technology editor at ConsumerSearch.com. “They are already managing their lives with these devices.” Here are her top prom apps. Prom Hairstyles (free for the iPhone) The app allows the user to try different hairstyles on a photograph of herself. After finding your favorite style you can save a picture, bring it to your hairdresser and share it on Facebook. iProm dress: Prom Dress Shopping Assistant ($1.99 for iPhone users) This personal shopping app allows users to browse styles and save favorites in an alphabetized catalog of dresses by designer, color, neckline or other feature. You can narrow down your selections before you hit the store and share your dress picks on Facebook. Ask2Dance ($1.99 for iPhone users) If you find yourself at the prom wanting to ask someone to dance but not sure how to make the approach, Ask2Dance can help. This app acts as an icebreaker tool, offering topics to talk about when you ask that special someone to dance. Camera360 (Free for iPhone and Android users) The dance floor may be a little too dark for a photo op, but if you have the Camera360 app you can snap the picture, then brighten it from your phone. This app lets users edit and apply special effects to their photos on the go. ___ ©2012 the Los Angeles Times Visit the Los Angeles Times at www.latimes.com

The modern prom queen shines in a gold, black, silver or rainbow glitter heel. A shimmery shoe can elevate any prom look to pretty and polished and give you some extra sparkle on the dance floor. “We used to do a lot of rhinestone shoes, but this year we had customers telling us that we should have a glitter shoe,” boutique buyer Blanca Farber said. “It might be because they see celebrities wear a glitter shoe, or it’s a shoe you can wear later at another time.”

HEADPIECES The royal wedding frenzy has carried into the world of prom accessories. “The royal wedding has really inspired us to make fascinators so important because people saw such great headpieces last April,” said Marissa Rubinetti, a prom buyer for David’s Bridal, who noted that jeweled headbands and flowers are selling well for David’s. The headbands may be plain satin or glitter or lavish head pieces with feathers, rhinestones or tulle.

LINEAR DROP/ SHOULDER DUSTER EARRINGS This year’s jewel accessories are big, bold statement pieces — the most popular a long, luxe earring that grazes the shoulder. The “shoulder duster” or linear drop earring adds a touch of extravagance without going overboard. The earring goes well with sleeveless dresses, framing the face in rhinestones, feathers and pearls. ___ ©2012 the Los Angeles Times Visit the Los Angeles Times at


9 Dressing up the buttonhole Adam Tschorn Los Angeles Times (MCT)

Kylie K. Columnist The night that many have been looking forward to for months is finally arriving: Prom. The buzz of prom talk is echoing through the halls: dresses, tuxes, corsages, boutonnieres, dinner, pictures, and the theme, though some may be overlooking the small details, like prom hair. Prom is a special night and some girls are worried about what should be done to complete the “prom look”, hair. “Finding the perfect hair for prom is overwhelming sometimes,” said sophomore Raele R. As a first-time prom goer, she had a lot to think about when deciding which hairstyle would be the perfect fit. Many different hair salons in Torrington are ready to prepare girls with the perfect prom hair looks, but if getting your hair professionally done isn’t your style, you can either do it yourself or have a friend or family member do it. Professionals urge girls to have a style

“trial run”

prom is finally here. They also advise clients to wash their hair the day before prom because newly-clean hair is more difficult to style. They also recommend that girls bring in photos of the hairstyle that they would like to model theirs after, but stylists do caution girls that they may not be able to achieve exactly the same style as their photo. When doing prom hair at home it is best to straighten the hair before styling, especially when curls are wanted, because they will come out clean and fresh-looking. Remember to wear a button down or strapless shirt to your appointment so that your hair won’t get messed up when you remove your shirt for your dress. Also make sure your stylist is running on time, and always take any hair accessories so that your stylist will know exactly what he/she is working with! Here are the top ten prom hairstyles of 2012 according to beauty.about.com: #1: Messy Updo #2: Half up/Half down #3: The Classic Prom Updo #4: The Ponytail #5: Short Hair for Prom #6: Keep your Hair Down #7: Sideswept Hair #8: Headbands #9: Braids #10: Fake Bob At the 2012 THS Prom, junior Mikayla M. plans to rock an updo . Sophomore Murphy H. plans on either having an updo with curls or a half up and half down coif. Fellow sophomore Cassandra B. is doing a twisted updo. “I'm getting an up-do,” said senior Caitlyn C.. “I think from previous experiences, wearing your hair down is a bad idea. You get really hot.” Senior Aubree J. said, “It's one of the biggest things besides the dress that matters to the girl. It's like the icing on the cake Prom can be one of the most important nights in a girl’s life, and everyone wants to look perfect. Everyone can start the night looking like movie stars, but don’t get frustrated if everything doesn’t come out just the way it wanted to. Remember, when it comes to looking back on “A Night in Paris,” the small details like hair will be over looked and forgotten.

For years, men’s options in accessorizing a suit have been limited to the cuff-link and tie bar department, with an occasional pocket square thrown in. But as of late, guys from Hollywood’s red carpet to the halls of The Hunger Games’ Capitol have been accessorizing their jacket lapels with some coolerthan-usual lapel pins. For buttonhole hardware that’s less about political or charitable affiliation and more about personal style, options worth exploring include: Orvis’ selection of German hat pins ($19 to $39) or “gamsbart” (literally “chamois beard”) came about as a sort of hunting trophy, which is why many of the metal and feather or deer hair pins include the stag head and cross insignia associated with St. Hubertus, the patron saint of hunters. Available online at Orvis.com and anyone placing an order at a retail store for delivery to the store will save shipping costs. Lanvin’s delicate floral tie pins have garnered quite a celebrity following. New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony accessorized with a gray-check one in his buttonhole when he took in his first European runway show last summer. The cotton blossoms, which resemble roses or carnations, are available in solid colors and checked patterns for $170, with a more elegant, faded, silk rosebud version for $195. Available online at Lanvin.com. George Esquivel, shoemaker to the well-heeled, started crafting his floral boutonnieres ($95 to $175) for himself and his friends after noticing the trend taking root during a trip to Europe. He makes them to order for customers using raw vachetta leather in a variety of colors, including lime green, blue, pink and red. Esquivel is partial to white because it “goes with everything.” Available by phone at (714) 670-2200 or by email at info@esquivelshoes.com. (EDITORS: BEGIN OPTIONAL TRIM) For something a little more unusual, there’s hardly a better conversation starter than an intricately detailed cockroach or housefly pin worn close to your heart. Those are just two of the options offered by Los Angeles jewelry label Cast of Vices, the brainchild of creative director Christopher Glancy and jeweler Jay LeCompte. The silver

cockroach ($270) and the fly in a variety of gem and metal combinations ($125 to $620) are available at A+R, 1121-1 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, Calif. Vintage is another option when it comes to looking for a lapel pin. For evidence, look no further than The Hunger Games’ President Snow, who manages to pull off the perfect balance of futuristic and retro by sporting a slender metal lapel pin that holds a white rose. According to the film’s costume designer Judianna Makovsky, the silver stem, designed to hold a moist bit of cotton in the bottom with a flower bud on top, was a 19th century Victorian corsage pin that belongs to Snow’s portrayer, actor Donald Sutherland, whom Makovsky describes as an avid collector of vintage men’s accessories. Options for vintage include various flea markets and jewelry resale shops and online sites such as EBay and Etsy.

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Lady Blazers down the Dogies; fall to Buffalo and Bluffs Sydney H. Columnist

As the Blazer girls’ soccer season continues, the ladies just can’t seem to find their groove. On April 12, 2012, the Lady Blazers hosted the Newcastle Dogies. Since they had lost a few weeks earlier

to the Dogies, the Blazers were looking for revenge. And that is just what they got! After Southeast sophomore Taylor B. put one in goal 18 minutes into the game, the Dogies answered back with 2 of their own in the 29th and 38th minutes. After being down 1 at halftime,

Dribble, dribble, dribble: The girls compete on the home field earlier this season.

the Lady Blazers switched some things up, and sophomore Elizabeth Chavarria punched 1 in, tying the score at 2 apiece. With that, the game went into overtime. Junior Sydney H. assisted Southeast senior Brittany S. in the first minute of overtime, and that was too much for the Dogies. The Lady Blazers notched the win, 3-2. Goalie Mikayla B. had 9 saves in the contest. “We had numerous scoring opportunities, but just couldn’t get the ball in the goal,” Coach Mary Perkins said. “We took control immediately. The girls were confident going into overtime. Mikayla had several saves that kept us in the game. She was on fire. Sydney played center mid for the first time all year and took control. Her communication and decision making kept up strong in the middle. Estephany T. played her best game of the season. Caitlyn C. was double-teamed so we took advantage of the other open players on Photo by Nick V. the attack.”

On April 14, the girls traveled to Buffalo to play the Lady Bison. Terrible weather conditions and Buffalo’s strong attacking style combined to hand a defeat to the Lady Blazers, 0-7. In the loss, Brower had 14 saves. On Friday, April 20, the girls hosted conference opponent, the Lander Lady Tigers. After being down 2-0 at half time, the Blazers just couldn’t find a way to pull off the win and lost 4-0. Lander outshot the Lady Blazers 24-8. Brower had 17 saves on the night. The following day brought on another tough game. The Lady Blazers traveled to Scottsbluff to play the Lady Cats. The girls were determined to avenge an earlier 5-0 defeat. After being down 0-1 at half, Caitlyn scored the Blazers’ only goal of the game, 4 minutes into the second half. The score remained tied, 1-1, until the 30th minute of the half, when Scottsbluff put in the winning goal. The Lady Blazers fell 1-2. “We made changes to our offense and moved people around on defense. I was proud of the girls’ ability to handle the changes and execute on the fly,” Perkins said. Caitlyn had 4 shots and 1 goal, while Schaffer had 2 shots and 1 assist. Mikayla added 9 saves. The Lady Blazers traveled to Rawlins yesterday, for coverage of that game check out the May 11 issue.

Blazer boys aim to qualify for, and even win, the state tournament Blake W. Columnist

“Our team is doing swell!” Blazer boys’ soccer player Kolter E. said. “We are fifth in the state. We also had a clutch win over Lander last week so we are hoping to do well at state.” This season, the members of the boys’ soccer team feel that they are playing well. What’s gone well for them? Micheal G. also expressed his enthusiasm about the team’s performance. “Soccer is going great: there are no arguments. We want to be able to go to state without having to go to regionals. I am also improving individually by having better control of the ball.” “It is going great. We are the number-one team in our conference,” added senior Joel R.. “Our goal is to win state, and I have not played in two months, but I am very excited for this week’s game.” Sophomore Cole B. also added, “We have been playing as a team to shoot for the state title. A problem we’ve had has been the injuries and sickness throughout the team.” “This year, we have been playing very well as a team, and we haven’t

had any major letdowns yet this year,” to make it to the state finals and make skills to WNCC to prove that I can play senior Dan A. said. “As a team, we want the All-State team. I plan to take my soccer at the upper levels.” to do better at state. We are numberone in our region, so I’m hoping that will help. I want to get better because I want to go to college for soccer. “My personal struggle is playing a new position this year, being put back on defense. Switching positions can be an issue. This year will make or break this season, so I’m trying my best to improve on everything.” “So far, we have been doing very well. We feel that we are controlling the game a little more, though we could be doing a little better on teamwork,” commented senior Carlos A. “My personal goal is It‟s all under control! A Blazer player protects the ball from a Newcastle player on the field. Photo by Nick V.


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Blazer Track soars at Douglas and Best in the West Allison Marsh Columnist Trying to keep up with the Blazer track athletes is hard enough, especially with their busy meet schedule they’ve had lately. On Friday, April 20, the team traveled to Douglas to participate in the Twilight Meet. “I thought I did pretty well at Douglas,” said junior Evan Ponce. “I threw in the 120 range and did pretty well and got second. Hopefully I can keep that up for regionals.” Ponce would also like to work on his technique. Other Torrington throwers did well. Zach Lurz earned a first place medal in both the shot put (5209.50) and discus (146-09.50). William Anderson placed ninth in discus. “I won [the 300 hurdles] in Douglas and also ‘P.R.ed’ with about a 42.8,” junior Blake Wisroth said. “We got 2nd in the 4x1, but we should’ve done better.”

The 4x400 meter relay, with Caden Coffelt, Alex McAnelly, Blake Wisroth, and Isaac Brown, took third. Freshman Matty Richardson, juniors Isidro Cortez and Garett Derr, and senior Ryan Lewandowski teamed up to take first in the 4x800 meter relay. Brock Youtz placed third in the 300 hurdles and 10th in the 110 meter hurdles. Isaac Brown took top honors in the 200 meter dash with a time of 22.55 seconds, and 4th in the 100 meter dash. Jacob Hatley placed eighth in pole vault, “I need to improve on my form and start working with a longer pole to hopefully vault to higher heights.” Caden Coffelt got 4th in long jump and first in triple jump. The boys track team placed second overall at the Douglas Twilight, behind Douglas. All three of the boys relays qualified for the Best of the West in Scottsbluf, NE on Tuesday night. The 4x4 P.R.ed and also prequalified for

state. The 4x1 relay placed 5th and the 4x8 placed 6th. Individual awards for the boys at the Best of the West included Isaac Brown, 2nd in the 100 and 200, Blake Wisroth, 7th in the 300 hurdles, Zach Lurz, 1st in both shot put and discus, and Caden Coffelt, who got 4th in triple jump. “I P.R.ed in the 300 hurdles, and I think I performed well, but I was in lane one so I struggled a bit,” said Wisroth. Placing third in shot, and ninth in disc, Christian Bila P.R.ed in both of her events at the Douglas Twilight. “I’m looking forward to state!” she said. Freshman Taylor Troxel placed tenth in the shot put and 7th in the discus and Alex Lurz placed third in discus. Avery Madden earned first in triple jump while Kayla Frazier earned second in triple jump and seventh in long jump. Tarah Werner tied for fourth place in pole vault, and Allison

Marsh got second in the 300 hurdles and third in the 100 meter dash. Kylie Korell placed eighth in the 800 and Whitney Walson also got eighth in the 400. Mikayla McNamee earned a second place medal in high jump and fourth in the 800. Junior Kaylie Haun, part of the 4x800 team, said, “I think we did well for our first time running the 4x8. and I’m glad we prequaled. I think our time can improve.” The three relays for the girls also qualified for the Best of the West. The 4x1 got fourth place, the 4x8 got fifth, and the 4x4 earned third place medals. “It was a good experience for the 4x8 and it was good for our 4x4 to have competition,” said McNamee. Marsh got fifth place in both the 100 and the 300 hurdles, Werner got eighth in pole vault, Madden got second in triple jump, and Frazier got seventh in long jump and fifth in triple.

Fourteen seniors will go above and beyond at college With the seniors’ last days being counted down on the wall, many of this year’s graduating class is looking to their futures. Many of these young adults have decided to continue their extracurricular activities into college. We all know Jason M. has a full-ride to UW for basketball, but what about his classmates? Lady Blazer basketball star Mikayla B. has been signed to play WNCC basketball for the next two years. She was given a full-ride to rain down those threes that we got to see here in Willi Gymnasium. Teammate Matty J. is going to Gillete on scholarship also to play basketball. Mikayla will be joined by Caitlyn Caitlyn at WNCC who received a full-ride

scholarship. She will be drilling goals for the Lady Cougar soccer team. Blazer men’s soccer players Dan A. and Carlos A. are planning to red-shirt next year at WNCC. These two want to get a feel for the college speed and get to know the soccer coaching staff before they go full swing into college soccer. Mark M. is going to continue his baseball career. He has narrowed his colleges down to a choice between UW club baseball and Miles City Junior College, both very competitive programs. The thing he looks forward to most next year is the freedom. “I am excited to have the option to set my own schedule and not to just be stuck in a classroom for eight hours.”

Michaella L. and Ross B. will be attending EWC on scholarships. Michaella will be representing the Lancers as a crucial part of the rodeo team. Ross has been recruited to play golf for EWC and is thinking about being part of the music program there. Zachary L. has decided to go to Concordia University in Seward, NE. He will be playing football and participating in track receiving scholarships in both. Two-time National Meats Evaluation Champion Blake O. will be going to Casper College to continue his judging career by being on the livestock judging team. Blake has shown a lot of excitement for his college experience. Story continues on pg 12

“Not only am I still judging to receive scholarships at Casper, but it is what I love to do,” he said. Torrington has four students continuing their theatrical careers past high school; Kayla B., David M., Grace F., and Reagan R. Kayla will be going up to Casper and she is SUPER excited! “How excited am I? On a scale of 1 to 10, it is about a 20.” David will be part of the musical program here in Torrington next year at EWC. Robbins will be doing musicals at WNCC after his senior year, and Grace has yet to decide where she will be going. All she knows is that she will continue to participate in music.

Getting to know The Sophomores...

Who is your role model, and why?

Brent P. “My mom because she is positive and helps me work hard.”

Lakotta P. “Lisa Owens because she helps the special needs kids.”

Nashila M. “My sister because I look up to her and learn from her mistakes.”


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job is a huge responsibility. There are people who rely on you being there With gas prices so high, my parents ready to work every day. It is not a are cutting back on buying me gas. I situation that should be taken lightly. still want to be able to drive. I need a Don’t let that scare you off summer job! The only problem is that though. The work force is what I’ve never had one. How can I get drives society, and anyone can keep a one? What jobs are good for high job if they simply do what they are school students? Where can I work? supposed to do. One great job for high school kids is to make your own lawn mowThanks, ing service. Simply go around asking people if they would like you to mow Dollar-less Dolly their lawn every two weeks, and establish a fair price based on the size of their lawn. This is often times an Dollar-less Dolly, excellent job, as you work whenever I’d like to congratulate you you are able to and make great on wanting to take the responsibility money for what you do. of having your own job. You must Another idea could be to remember, however, that the work apply to work for the city either at place isn’t the same as school. Conthe pool or maintenance. Though this gress hasn’t passed a “No-lazyis a harder job to land, the pay is worker-left-behind-act” (yet…). In good and you will most likely be able the work place there is no makeup to work with friends. Remember, time, no redos, and no excuse for with this job you do have a work missing. Most places will fire you if schedule. To get this job, simply go by you are tardie. If you are not at a pro- City Hall and pick up an application ficient level of work, there is no A.S.E. form. to help you. You get fired. Having a Of course, one can always

try and apply to work at a restaurant. There are many restaurants that you could work at, as well as many jobs in the food service that you can do. With a job in the food service you will most likely have to work with the general public, so remember to use your manners. Nobody wants to tip a rude waiter/waitress. One good thing for this type of job is to take the “Serve Safe” certification in Foods III. This could help get you a job, or allow you to get paid more if you do have a job. For most restaurant jobs, you can get an application by going into it and talking to a manager. Always remember that whenever you are viewed at a future work site, be it picking up the application or the interview, you are being watched. You should use your best manners, dress appropriately, and be excited to work. Also, always try and make the best of a day at work. No one wants to work with a Negative Nancy. Best of luck, Bones Jones

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Is it okay to ban books from school? Pop•Snacks•Candy School Board, however, accepted the opinion from a district comThe question of banning mittee to keep the book availa book in a Wyoming school has able. arisen again. Lord Loss is part of the A parent of a student THS library collection, and enrolled in Cheyenne‟s Carey many students here have read Junior High asked that the book the novel. Lord Loss be removed from the Sophomore Shon R. said shelves. that this book is “very scary. According to Casper Star Fellow reader George -Tribune reports, the man, Sam Deffenbaugh said, “Lord Loss is Whitley, contended that “there an interesting cliff-hanger.” is sickness in this book,” and Ross B. is one of the few asked that it be eliminated from Torrington students who knew the library‟s collection. about the Cheyenne challenge. The Laramie County Nikki M. Reporter

“It is what it is,” he noted cryptically. “People just need to get over themselves.” One teacher added, “We do almost whatever it takes to get students to read. If that means including books that we might not „like‟ or „approve of,‟ then so be it. Our job is to foster reading, not to control student tastes and preferences. These books have been published for certain audiences, and they‟re not necessarily for adult readers.”

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Cristina V. “You only live once.”

Miranda S. “Dance as if no one is watching.”

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What did you think about the new newspaper format?

Broken Radios Operating Radios

Flying Kites

Getting Hit by Lightning

Natural Coloring Skin Cancer

Superior Rating Advanced Rating

Tie Dying

White Tees

April 27th Friday

Spring Play 7 p.m. THS Auditorium

April 28th Saturday

Spring Play 7 p.m. THS Auditorium

May 1st Tuesday

May 4th Friday

Boys Soccer home vs South Girls Soccer @ South

It was kind of cool. It looked better with actual newspaper format instead of stapled Stormy B. Senior

It’s much more organized Saint D. Freshman

I like it, especially the cover page Anthony M. Senior

Boys Soccer home vs Douglas Girls’ Soccer @ Douglas

May 5th Saturday

Prom Million Dollar Night in Paris

May 10th Thursday

THS Choir Concert 7 p.m. Track leaves for Regionals

May 11th Friday

It was pretty legit. It was more serious and people believe it more. David M. Senior

Regional Track@ Worland Regional Soccer@ Riverton and Lander

It’s good. It went into detail more, and it has a nicer layout Alex M. Senior

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Frenish… the true language of love? Kolter E. Columnist

Most students in THS will take a foreign language before they graduate, either Spanish or French, but what would happen if these classes met together? The French 1 class and Spanish 1 class found this out on April 20 when the two classes came together for a day of…. Frenish? Instead of making a new language, however, they looked for the similarities between the two languages they were already studying. They accomplished this through a simple exercise: the French students wrote a children’s story in French, which they read to their Spanish-studying peers. Freshmen Matty R. and Dayton H. were partners during the fiesta. “The French kids were trying to read a story to us,” said Matty. “It was a fun way to intermix the classes.” Dayton said he liked interacting with new people during the ordeal. “We also got to learn a few

phrases in Spanish ,” said Dayton. Sophomores Josie J. and Madison B. were also a duo in the learning experience. “I learned that I feel like a dork when I read out loud,” teased Madi. The two talked about how the two languages are similar, also about how both are considered “romance” languages. Jackson Je ne say what? Alex H. (l) listens attentively while Asa B. reads his book. This lesson was designed so joked, “I would do that students could see how closely Spanish and French are associated. Photo by Kolter E. it again because it got me out of doing SpanFrench they had learned all year,” Lunde’s Spanish I class was very coish for a day.” said Nighswonger. “This assignment operative.” Diane Nighswonger, THS’s gave the students an opportunity to The French I class also visFrench teacher, was in charge of the read aloud to someone other than me ited Mrs. Heilbrun’s Spanish II class. French students who got to read or their classmates. I was very Nighswonger deemed this exercise a their stories. “Each French I student pleased with how it turned out, Mrs. “ great success.” wrote an animal story using any

Olé! Read this, then enjoy fabulous Mexico Dimitri N. Editor-in-Chief

There are only a few days remaining for the Class of 2012 before it all ends. Graduation is looming. Scholarship deadlines approach. But perhaps the most anticipated, are the summer trips several seniors will take. A popular destination? Mexico. The diverse country is a vacationers’ paradise. With mountain adventures, world-famous beaches, the most impeccable shopping west of 5th Avenue, and everything in between, Mexico is the ultimate destination for United States travelers. But that’s the thing. Mexico is not the United States. I’ve heard several of my classmates already planning on trips south of the border. They’re in for an unforgettable experience. Nevertheless, the way these people are talking about such trips, the more I’m convinced that they are on their way to getting mugged. Thus, here’s a little 411 on what not to do in Mexico: 1) At the airport, keep it on

the down low. Airports, especially in resort cities like Acapulco and Cancun, are magnets for robbers. Mexicans will pick you out easily from two very basic actions that speak volumes: walking and talking. The United States is a spacious country; therefore, we walk big. When we

stroll down the street, we swing our arms and make big movements. In Latin America, however, things are more crowded. Two-thirds of the Mexican population lives in urban

centers, which make the density of these cities intense. Latinos walk, but not as big (think walking in the crowded school halls). So, while in airports, walk, but keep yourself “compact.” While talking, American accents give us away, obviously. Along with the way Americans walk, we talk loudly. In Mexico, take the decibel level down a few notches. Nobody needs to know you forgot shampoo. 2) US dollars will not make you rich in Mexico. Sure, the exchange rate is roughly ten pesos to one dollar, but it doesn’t make you the next Bill Gates. A widespread misconception is that American money will go a lot farther in Mexico. Not true. Prices in Mexico can be extreme. For example, a five dollar bottle of water here would cost fifty pesos there. It’s not any different in value, but the price

seems much higher. The truth is, you will get the same thing if you have five hundred pesos or fifty dollars. Don’t expect more. 3) Do NOT flaunt your money. This goes for every country in Latin America. If you act rich, you will be targeted. Don’t flash your wealth in stores or, even worse, on the street. Don’t pull out a wallet when it’s full in a crowded attraction. Instead, divide your money efficiently. If you’re going to a club, take only what you think you will need. The same thing applies for shopping and other tourist attractions: be discrete. 4) Don’t get drunk. The drinking (and clubbing) age in Mexico is eighteen, but that doesn’t mean you should take advantage of that. The best advice? Drink responsibly. Standard Mexican resorts are infamous for extreme parties on the beach, but don’t get too wild. Getting drunk in a foreign country is not a good idea. Besides, we can all agree a sunny beach is preferable to a hangover. “Mexico” continued on page 4


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The dictionary is the only place in which success comes before work Nick Prusia Opinions Editor

Many of us have big dreams. Some of us want to be the next Tom Brady, Kobe Bryant, Adele, Wiz Khalifa, or whatever else we may dream of. At one point in our lives, we have these dreams, and most of us still have those today. Work ethic separates the successful and the fizzles. Nobody is fed with a golden spoon, and we all had to work for something that we’ve achieved. Many of us possess the dream, but don’t want to put in the time, the sweat, and the grind to achieve it. Anything is possible, there’s always something crazier that’s happened in the world. Were we supposed to beat the Soviets in the Winter Olympics in 1980? Always remember this, if you can dream it, you can achieve it, but only with a tireless work ethic. There are basically no excuses in anything we do. Just because somebody has achieved something, doesn’t mean the ones who had the same

dream, but not the same work ethic, can degrade the job the achiever has done. It all starts in high school. High school sets the framework of the road to success. Graduating high school should not be seen as the end of something, but rather a beginning to the larger portion of somebody’s life. While we may want to have great memories these days, but we still need to apply ourselves to the fullest of our abilities if we want to have a successful life as an adult. Think of it this way, we all at one point have to put in a time of sacrifice in suffering. At many points throughout our lives, we are going to need to do things we don’t want to do. I’ll be honest, I rarely ever WANT to do my homework, but I still do it, because I know I NEED to do it if I want to get the sacrifice over with. Putting in the hard work and

sacrifice now, will allow me to have a more enjoyable adult life. Those putting in the grind now will have jobs in the future, and we all hear the stories of how jobs can be hard and stressful, but imagine a life without a job. All the luxuries we enjoy get taken away from us if we don’t have jobs. Instead of watching the funny program during the evening, we would have to sit out back and watch the sunset every evening. Instead of having a nice dinner prepared every night, we would have to settle for a cup of Ramen each and every single night. The fancy, nice clothing we would look good in would turn into rags and dirt stained jeans worn every single day. Instead of a nice SUV, we would have to settle for a car that has to be powered like the Flinstones’ car. Having a job doesn’t seem like that much of a bad thing now doesn't it? The last paragraph describes the typical life of people who decided to be slackers in high school. Instead of making their own money, they are relying on the government to make sure that they don’t go under, and the rich people enjoying their hard-earned money are red with anger watching that money go to somebody that hasn’t earned it. We earn what we put forth: I can’t preach that enough.

Dancing for donations delightful Frank S. columnist

They swooped, dipped, and kicked up their heels, all for a good cause. Many THS students— along with teachers from all district schools—participated in “Dancing with the Teachers” on April 21. This event was a fund-raiser for Special Olympics. Students and teachers weren’t the only source of entertainment of the night. Students from the Dance Loft studio performed between the students and teachers. Most teams would dance to one song. But there were no limits and a few teams turned up the volume and put as many songs together as they could. The original plan was to only have one male

and one female. But with teams getting creative, many asked other classmates or other students to help make their performance better than everyone else's. Senior Mark M. said, “I got second to last because the judges math score is horrible. I really liked shuffling. I didn’t like the judges. After doing this I am a better dancer and according to Mrs. Wilson, I am a very good stripper pole.” Senior Jason M. added, “At the end of the night, I got third place. My partner Frank S., who is a better dancer, got second. It was a great night of dancing. I really enjoyed it. I can’t believe we didn’t win because we really were the best team. Also I think the judges just liked the girls because our dance was definitely

Seniors playing at the next level” continued from page 11 “Not only am I still judging to receive scholarships at Casper, but it is what I love to do,” he said. Torrington has four students continuing their theatrical careers past high school; Kayla B., David Miller, Grace F., and Reagan R.. Kayla will be going up to Casper and she is SUPER excited! “How excited am I? On a scale of 1 to 10, it is about a 20.” Miller will be part of the musical program here in Torrington next year at EWC. Reagan will be doing musicals at WNCC after his senior year, and Grace has yet to decide where she will be going. All she knows is that she will continue to participate in music.

better.” “I thought it was really fun. Also I knew we were going to win because we had some mad choreography. Jason and Frank’s team almost took the victory away from us, but we executed when it counted and pulled out the victory for a great cause,” sophomore Allison M. said. Senior Ryan L. added, “It helped our community a lot and I had a lot of fun doing it. I felt that the judges were awesome [even though we were obviously the best team], and I worked my butt off.” Saturday night was full of a lot of fun and memories that won’t be forgotten. Most contestants agreed that the judges were the real deal and knew what they were talking about.

Nothing is going to be easy in life. There are going to be hard times, struggles, and everything else. We will be stressed at some point in our lives, and we have to get through with it if we want to get to our dreams. Wasting time, making excuses, and refusing to give it our all now is only setting us up for a life of poverty later on. The sense of entitlement that some people feel is sickening. Like I said before, nothing is given to anyone, and we aren’t fed with a golden spoon. Not working at anything and thinking we deserve the best, is laughable. Why should the ones who didn’t do anything in high school receive and earn the same stuff that the ones who put in the time and effort have? With all of this summed up, get to work; and don’t give a half-hearted effort, give it your all. Anybody can have some crazy dream that others can make seem unobtainable: we all do that. There are a couple things that can get anybody just about anything in life if it: a strong work ethic, a great attitude, and a will to learn and not give up. Work now, play later. Don’t play now and work later and end up wondering what could have been had you given it your all in high school.


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Friday, April 27, 2012

Torrington High School

Every year, we try to feature a bit of information about each of our seniors: here’s the class of 2012’s edition! THE QUESTIONS: 1. What’s your favorite memory? 2. Most embarrassing moment 3. If you could change one thing about THS, what would it be? 4. What high school accomplishments are you proudest of? 5. What will you miss about high school? 6. What are your plans after high school? 7. Advice to under class men?

Why do we play during a recital, but recite during a play? *Blazing Sun

Jenny R. 1. 2.

Grace F. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Senior Prom When Mr. Afdahl and I bucked into each other Seniors should have a free period. Valedictorian, no homeroom, senior year, All State junior year. Friends! I’m going to college.

Hayley Allen 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

Anything or time with Sydney H. :) I enjoy embarrassing others ,Billy Madison style. Jason McManamen hahahah. Not dropping out like half of my class. Basketball! The rest is history! Get a degree in ag business. Wetting your pants is cool.

3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

That one thing that one time with Mikayla. Showing freshman around at orientation with a tear on my jeans butt. Food/Drinks rule. Lots of high expectations for students, and Jason. Successfully accomplishing it without a complete mental breakdown. All of the great, nice people I'm around everyday. Go to U.W. and probably hang out with Mark and Jason every once in awhile. Rise above the expected maturity level.

Ross B. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

Meeting Nick V.. Failing in comparison to Nick V.. Not Nick V. Getting Nick V.’s permission to write this. Nick V. Go invest in the stock market with Nick V. Be like Nick V.

Matty J. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

All the sport trips. Tripping at 2012 regional basketball. Food and drink rule. Going from B team bench in 8th grade, to playing my first high school B-Ball game on varsity. Christian Go play basketball at Gillette college. Don’t be stupid!

Korinne J.

1. Regional Volleyball with Shai S. (: 2. Tripping up the stairs= a daily event. 3. Food and drink rule. 4. Making it through school successfully while having fun! 5. Friends 6. Get a degree in kinesiology 7. Don’t sweat the small stuff and have fun! It goes


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