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Volume XXII, Issue II

Letter from the editor

2 What grinds my gears close is too 3 how close?

got stereotypes?

5 heroes


do you do drugs? whats your favorite

8 holiday dish? the plague

9 maccin impossible reality check

10any extra wheels? 11 12

school security death in the halls of Bolton no music?! get your word crossing on

13 dont feed the bears 14reviews

Can you say 'techno-

15logical' 3 times fast? and you can quote

16 me on that

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Calling It like I See It: Special Edition

4 overstepping the line? start thinking logically


Deactivate apathy

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6 undeserved grades?

Bolton High School, Arlington, TN


his edition of CILISI is a call to action. This is due to the present state in which our school, specifically the student body, resides. The inescapable reality is that the majority of Bolton students are apathetic. As a whole, the student body lacks in participation and school spirit. Why is this? The opportunities are right in front of us. We have sporting events almost every day of the week, a variety of clubs, plenty service and fundraising opportunities, not to mention plays, concerts, and various showcases of the many departments of this school. The truth is that we just don’t care. Is seems as though we can get nothing done. Do we not have enough school spirit to stay for the entire game and cheer on our team even though they may be losing? Do we not have enough school spirit to pay for a fundraiser that is going to be fun for us at the same time? Can we not bring in a teddy bear for abused children? We are apathetic beyond belief. Our apathy is evident, not only in our lack of participation, but also in the way we take care of (or abuse) the school property and facilities. We have no respect for the school. The bathrooms floors are marked by urine and paper towel scraps. The hallways are cluttered with old papers and forgotten assignments. Would it kill us to clean up after ourselves? This apathy spills over into the classroom. We do just enough to get by. The extra mile is only trekked if extra credit is offered, but even then some still decline it. The classroom is no longer just the beginning of learning; it is now the end also. Parents are surprised when homework comes home. The knowledge attained in class is stored until a quiz or test, regurgitated, then discarded. Academics are not esteemed as important at all. My challenge to the student body is simple. Be proactive. Get out and do something. Whether it is joining a club or sports team, attending a sporting event, raising money for impoverished families around us, picking up trash around the campus, or attending an art show, get involved. We have lost the feeling of pride in our school that is so crucial to the success and unity of the student body. These four years could be the best, most fun years of your life. Make them the best they can be.

by Blake McCollough

Welcome to the beginning of the end, Boltonians. We’ve reached the end of first semester, essentially, and exams are right around the corner. This end may leave some kids shaking in their boots, for fear of failure because of the recent stand-alone credit system. Remember that if your first semester average is not a passing one, you have to retake the class. We’re better than that here at Bolton. Or are we? We are given every opportunity to succeed; there’s no excuse for failure when there are tutoring programs available and teachers willing to help out when you’re struggling. I believe that a lot of the shortcomings here at BHS are due to a lack of drive among our students. The student body in general is riddled with apathy. That’s disgusting. Given the opportunity and the means to succeed, it is completely shameful to take what we’ve been given for granted. We can’t follow directions. We can’t be on time to class. We can’t help but shred up paper and toss it in the stairwells like New Year’s confetti. And yet, we complain about all kinds of “problems.” We don’t like our sports teams. We don’t like the silent bells. We don’t like the lunch schedules. I think we’re wrong to complain when the right attitude isn’t there to begin with. If we’re apathetic and lazy, recalcitrant and reluctant, we have no right to complain about trivial things like bells and lockers. I happen to believe that if we as a student body cared more the goings on at BHS, we wouldn’t have near as many things to complain about. Also, it is completely upsetting to know that we are willing to complain but not willing to stand up and make a change. When I say that, I am speaking for the majority of the population. However, there are a few select groups that are working for change. NHS does more than its part in the community, and IB kids have started volunteering as well. Many class-based associations, aside from the two aforementioned merit-based organizations, such as FCCLA and HOSA fundraise and volunteer year round as well. Ms. Baker, who many of you know from the guidance office, is probably one of our most active volunteers. She heads up the IB kids as well as the Memphis Teen Volunteer Club. Another active teacher volunteer is Ms. Williams. Her involvement with the Awesome People Club is stellar. And of course, NHS is led by Ms. Martin. Finding a place to plug in to activities that are beneficial to the school is no monumental task. Why then, are more kids not involved? To find out, take a look at the articles by Blake McCollough and Britany Rich in this issue! I know that they’ll keep you on your toes. Until next time, I hope that you all have a lovely winter and stay alive through Snowmageddon 2011, Part II.

What grinds my gears Dear “people-who-are-walking-so-slow-it-seems-like-you-should-be-going-backwards”, You know what grinds my gears? When you’re trying to get to class and there’s a huge clump of people standing in the middle of the hallway, blocking the only way to class. I mean geez! I only have six minutes to get to my locker and then class and here I have some group of people who think they are hilarious blocking my way. Or, you get those slow granny-like walkers who are acting like they are strolling through a field of bright yellow sunflowers like in those cheesy shampoo commercials. Not all of us have all day to saunter to our next class. Then you get the people who cannot hold their pants up and try to do the walk of a penguin, otherwise known as “gangsta.” It’s ridiculous. Ever heard of a belt? All I want to do is get to class and yet for some reason that I cannot fathom, my course is obstructed. You would think that Bolton’s hallways is the 5 o’clock rush hour on the highways. Senior Jenna Turner had this to add: “In the last thirty seconds before the bell rings, you get the Speedy McSpeederson’s who like to charge down the hallways thinking they can make it to class. Maybe if they kept a normal pace during bell changes, they wouldn’t have to worry about holding their pants up while running.” You could learn to care and just move your butts down the hallway and let me get to class! Even someone in a wheel chair could get to class faster than these people. So how about we start actually caring and get outta the way? Thank you, Britany Rich, a concerned hallway walker


2 From the Editor, for December

Paw Print

Volume XXII Issue II December 2011

Newspaper Staff

Editor-in-Chief Molly Yates Production Editor Blake McCollough Layout & Photography Editor Zachary Cyganek News Editor Heath Bennett Student Life Editor Kendra Holcomb Sports Editor Ashley Winston Business Manager Jennifer Bailey Asst. Business Manager Kristen Bradford Advisor Kelly Robinson Staff Reporters Britany Rich Aishia Ricks Kayla Harbin John Dawidow Jennifer Turner Brian Leaks Nick Deatherage Amy Knack Kelsey Hawkins The Paw Print is a publication of a Bolton High School journalism class. The opinions expressed in signed articles, editorials, and letters to the editor do not necessarily represent those of the Bolton High school newspaper staff, administration, or student body. Letters to the editor are encouraged; however, The Paw Print reserves the right to edit or refuse to publish any letter. The newspaper design is courtesy of Molly Yates and Zachary Cyganek. Shelby County Schools offer educational and employment opportunities without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, or disability.

by Ashley Winston

How Close is Too Close?

“There’s a certain School is a place that students go to not point when the only learn, but also to prepare for life after relationship graduating. Just as it between students is important that they learn to read, write, and and teachers solve math problems, it goes too far.” is important that they learn valuable social skills, coping with problems, and ways to deal with real world situations. School provides students with teachers who aim to help nurture traits within the young people they teach. Every student is unique and comes from various backgrounds and walks of life. Teachers have the responsibility to adapt themselves to be able to provide efficient attention that best suits each student. In some cases, certain students require more attention than others. In these situations, it is both an ethical and moral decision that a teacher may have, to go beyond just teaching and actually involve themselves in the personal life of student. All you have to do is look around to see the relationships that students and teachers build. These relationships are built on trust and respect, from the student to the teacher, and from the teacher to the student in return. It enables the student to have an outlet that they may not receive from other sources in their lives. It gives them a role model and person that they feel is looking out for them and that they can rely on. It is a very notable and admirable thing when we hear how a teacher has gone out of their way to help foster the achievement of a child. Whether that be by coaching them, mentoring them, or even going as far as acting as a guardian. There is normally no rejection to this if the predicament grants it and it is warranted by everyone involved. It is no surprise that during the 12 years that students are in school, they will have teachers that they develop special bonds with and become close to. In many recorded instances though, the line between student teacher relationships has been crossed. For example Christy Lynn Martin, a 32 year old teacher at Azalea Middle school in St. Petersburg, Florida , who was arrested in 2009 for “sexting” an 8th grade student.

Or in 2007 when Meredith Kane, a high school teacher, was arrested for having inappropriate sexual conduct with a 15 year old student. Recently here in Memphis, a teacher at Sheffield High School was arrested due to inappropriate conduct with a student. This raises the question: How close is too close? There aren’t any specifically written rules on this subject because it is mostly a moral decision. When asked on how to decide whether or not to involve yourself in a student’s personal life, Ms. Filsinger said, “Sometimes as an educator, we are confided in by students and asked for advice about things going on in their lives, whether it be what college to attend, things they want to do after high school, or even things going on in their personal lives. It is important for educators to remember the ‘wall’ that separates teachers from students. We must be friendly, but never their friend.” No one can depict from looks, the intentions of another person. It is an understood principle that teachers and various people of superiority over kids have their best interest in mind, and are trusted not to take advantage of their power. Majority of them know this and hold the roles that they play in high standings. Some people have very stern opinions and oppose the involvement of teachers in student’s lives outside of school, but some think it is essential for them to really succeed. When asked how she felt on the topic of teacher student involvement outside of school, an anonymous senior girl said, “There’s a certain point when the relationship between student and teachers go too far. A student baby-sitting for a teacher is okay, but to go and ‘hang out’ at the movies or mall is too much.” On the other hand, some students feel that having a teacher that they know on a personal level is a plus. Zac Cyganek said, ‘One of my teachers is a friends of my family because we go to the same church. So we’re friends outside of school.” There is always a way for teachers to help students, but guidelines should definitely be followed. There is a general understanding of what lines are not to be crossed and what is and is not appropriate. It is both students and teachers’ responsibility to make sure that this is upheld. Teachers are bestowed with a lot of power, trust, and respect. It is a part of their job to make sure that not only are they seen in this light by students, but also by parents and members of the community.



From Class to Practice: Coaches overstepping the boundary? by Kayla Harbin

The relationship between a student and their teacher is one of the most important relationships that children have as they grow and mature. Just as pertinent is the bond between a player and their coach. In high school athletics, many times teachers double as coaches, making the bond between them and their student even stronger. Out of the 112 teachers at Bolton, 29 of them are coaches of one or more sport. Most of these coaching teachers work year round with one or more of our athletic teams to make sure they excel both on the field or court and in the classroom. But the question remains is if this level of closeness is a good thing. “I had to run extra at practice yesterday because I did badly on a test in my coach’s class.” This statement is heard all too often throughout the halls of Bolton by student athletes who have their coach as a teacher during the school day. This is not fair to those players who have their coach as a teacher because not all athletes have their coach as a teacher. A coach holds his or her players to a higher standard in the classroom because they know them on a more personal level and know what they are capable of. Sometimes, this can lead to harsher discipline, which is unfair to the player. Many students also feel that they see their coaches all too often at the many practices and games that athletes attend throughout their season and do not want to see them in the classroom as well. All of this time together can lead to increased anxiety over being punished at practice for wrongdoings in the classroom, or vice versa. On the other hand, having a coach as your teacher can also have its perks though. The bond between the coach and player becomes increas-

ingly stronger due to the fact that they are not just together on the field or in the classroom, but both. Also, the coach can keep an eye out for their player and have easier access to their players’ grades and behavior if they see them in the hallways and in their classroom. Being a top-notch athlete and an involved student can be stressful and put a strain on the player. Having a coach as a teacher can also help students be more easily tutored and reminded of big tests and projects that are coming up in the classroom. Being a high school coach and teacher definitely has its perks and downfalls. But in the end, the relationship that can be formed from these interactions can be lasting and very beneficial to both the student athlete and coaching teacher. It just takes a delicate balance to make it work in an appropriate manner.

The Love of a Hero by Kristen Bradford

A role model is a person looked up to by others as an example. Most people have at least one role model in our lives that we have to look up to and sometimes act like. For example, sometimes your parents might say that you “need to set an example” for your brother or sister. Even your mom or dad can set an example for you. Christina Strickland says, “My role model is my dad because he helps me with everything including school and other problems.” Parents sometimes can great examples when it comes to dealing with any problems. They show you how to handle them in all ways and how to get over them. Role models help give us courage to do anything. That courage helps us stand up for ourselves and gives us the strength to succeed. Take for example, Demi Lovato and her personal problems and how she turned them into a way to help other girls that have the same troubles as her. She may have so many problems with herself, but she tells all girls how to handle them and make yourself better. A hero does not have to be just a superhero, they can a person you can look up to, like a role model. A hero can be both fictional and nonfictional. An example of a hero can be a football player. Football players work hard and play their best. When they get hurt, they try not to express it so the fans do not get upset. A hero wants you to live your dream, not sit around and wait for it. Role models and heroes have some of the same qualities. The biggest quality: they make us believe in ourselves. They never tear us down. They lift us up and make things better. When we are down, we turn to them for help. Heroes will always be around for us, and we should always have them to hold on to.

stop the stereotypes


by Kelsey Hawkins

Throughout the average school day students come in contact with many different people; some white, some black, and everywhere in between. It usually does not mean much to most people because in this diverse modern world all people are thought of as equals, right? Though not all stereotypes are negative, judging a group of people based on general observation or assumptions is wrong. It is sad that some people decide to conform to the negative stereotypes instead of defying them. Stereotypes like these divide people and convince some of them that these are labels that they just have to learn to live with, though we do not. One student who chooses to remain anonymous said, “One stereotype that annoys me is when people assume all black people are on welfare.” There are also other stereotypes that focus more on looks than race and those are an issue as well. There are many stereotypes about teenagers such as, they are all lazy, irresponsible, and have nothing better to do than text. Sophomore, Sarah Ward said, “It’s like when people assume that some girl that is blonde and wears Hollister is a stuck-up prep without getting a chance to know them.” She also said "In the end stereotypes are just ways for some people to better about themselves." Ignorant comments about peoples' race, religion, and appearance can only divide Bolton further. If students were more understanding and considerate maybe Bolton could be come a more unified school.


Nix the Extras School is the epicenter of education. In this means for education, students are expected to learn and perform in order to reach certain academic expectations. The Shelby County Schools website states it’s mission as “Empowering all students for success in learning, leadership, and life.” This sounds like a very honorable and successful plan, but is it being carried out? How is success in learning, leadership and life achieved? Is it achieved by doing just enough to pass? Doing the bare minimum is not “success.” Success is being the best possible. It’s the culmination of all one’s hard work and achievement. Success is also not achieved by participating and supplying enough to receive a passing grade. Shelby County Schools states, in the handbook, “A student’s academic grade is solely intended to reflect the student’s acquired knowledge, ability, and/or skills in the designated subject.” This means that an academic grade should only show what a student has learned or how he has performed in class. I didn’t see anything about how a student’s grade reflects the amount of coloring sheets he finished, or the amount of extra supplies he brought in,

or how many fundraisers he participated in. The handbook did however say, ”academic credit/points may not be awarded or deducted for any purpose that is not directly related to the student’s academic performance.” No points ought to be given for things that do not directly deal with academics. The handbook continued, to say, “Academic credit/points may not be awarded as an incentive to participate or achieve a certain goal in a school fundraising event.” In other words, students should not receive a grade for bringing in a stuffed animal for a child, or a food product for a non-profit. It is apparent that in this school, and others alike, that many teachers are giving grades for things like this that are in no way academic. My intent is in no way to cancel all charity from school. That would be irrational and unneeded. My only concern is that through the many opportunities to receive class credit and extra credit that are in no way academic, we are turning out students who believe they can do haphazard work and take shortcuts to get by, and that is in no way “success.”

Thinking Logically During “Walk-In Wednesdays” at Bolton High School, you can witness many seniors on computers filling out college applications. Some expressions claim worry, some contain excitement, and of course, there is always the nervous nail-biter in the back corner. When it comes to life after high school, many seniors have more unanswered questions than they may think. It is easy to answer the guidance counselors with simple one-word answers, but is any deeper thought ever given as to the reality of those answers? Four Bolton seniors all expressed having the intention of getting a job in order to pay for college. None of the students talked about having a backup plan in case there are not any jobs available. In today’s economy with so many people financially stressed, there should be at least one back-up plan if not more. Many seniors excessively discuss how much better life will be after graduation and they can move out. Well, if the dreams are not being looked at from a more realistic stand point, then the dreams might just remain dreams for sometime longer. Seniors Jessica Hamby, Michael Ellison, and Danielle Polk each have

by Blake McCollough

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the same options after graduation, but each plans very different paths to take. Hamby plans to move in with two other roommates in order to still have her freedom, but not have to carry that entire financial burden on her shoulders. Hamby is relying on a job and scholarships to help her through the cost of living and school. Ellison, on the other hand, plans on having the military pay for his college education. Ellison also plans on moving in with his grandparents so he can have more freedom, but not have the expense of living on his own. Polk plans on staying at home until she is financially able to move out on her own. No two seniors will have the same plan for after graduation. But one thing is for sure; some seniors who do not thing logically about the future will be slammed with a rude awakening that first month they are on their own. Every student has a different aspiration with his or her life, but the time for putting that plan into motion is now. Thinking logically should not be put off until the last minute, so start planning now or be prepared for your dreams to stay on the sidelines for awhile.


to commonplace by Molly Yates

Above is a graph from the study conducted by NIDA.

“ Do I smell like weed to you ?”

In this twenty-first century culture, drug use among teenagers is not exactly shocking. That holds true here at Bolton. No one, not even teachers, is surprised to hear of students’ weekend escapades involving marijuana or alcohol. The use of illegal substances, or the use of substances illegally, is becoming a casually practice among today’s teenagers. Something that used to be so taboo when this generation’s parents were teenagers has become remarkably commonplace. Displaying these kinds of behaviors was the exception, not the rule, when many of our teachers were our age. The blatant sharing of drug-related experiences is also disturbing to teachers. As Mr. Fields says, he does not need to know what students do on the weekends. Students who do not partake are also often disturbed by the stories they hear through the grapevine about their peers’ abuses. One sophomore boy, who wishes to remain completely anonymous, knows of a junior who frequently smokes marijuana in bathrooms between classes in order to maintain an all-day high. “Yeah, I smelled smoke in the bathroom one day. It’s pretty common when he’s around. I couldn’t believe that it was happening during the school day though.” Students, who would consider themselves “good kids,” are shocked to find out that there is drug use happening at school during the day. Often, these unaware students are freshmen who are unaccustomed to the racier world of high school because they are just coming out of the comparatively sheltered environment of middle school. However, they may also be older students who are just shocked by the audacity of their peers. One senior told a staffer about an instance that occurred between classes by the wellness portables. He was shocked when a girl, apparently late, ran up to him and asked, “Do I smell like weed to you?” She reeked of it and appeared to be high, according to the senior. The problem with the openness and casual nature of drug use in today’s high schools is that the dangers may not be as evident to on-lookers. When as many as 22 percent (according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse) of sophomores, juniors, and seniors have used marijuana, the “everyone’s doing it” mentality is easy to develop. That is especially true, considering that number is two percent higher than the percentage of the same age group using cigarettes. Another study, this one from the National Household Survey on Drug Abuse, shows that marijuana use is strongly correlated with lack of academic success. Teens who use marijuana regularly are four times more likely to come out of a class with a D average (as opposed to an A) than non-users. Forty-one percent of seniors, according to the NIDA survey, have consumed alcohol in the last month. A numbness is being developed to the problem at hand. The problem is not necessarily in the rampant abuse, but in the saturation of our culture with drug-related content. It’s everywhere, even in the halls. Kids run around rapping the words to songs that reference “smoking joints” and “throwin’ bottles up.” When we surround ourselves with negative images, is it really a surprise that we succumb to the negative behaviors? That’s no excuse for the lawlessness, but there’s certainly a correlation between the culture and the bad behaviors we see everyday. Something needs to be done about this kind of behavior. This is supposed to be a “prestigious” high school with an IB program and numerous AP classes. Even though not all students are involved in those programs, all of the students contribute to the school in one way or another. When we are viewed, we are viewed as a whole. To an observer, Bolton High is all four grades, remedial, standard, honors, AP and IB. Their view of us is not segregated and affected by social lines. When one of us steps out of line, whether it be by achieving some kind of honor or by misbehaving, the entire Bolton image is rippled with consequence. How do the types of activities that take place on this campus reflect back on us as a unit? What kind of ripples do we really want to make?

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not want to take the time out of their schedule ich R to go to a formal dance that required pre-bought y an t i tickets, but were wiling to go to a cheaper dance that ocr B curred right after an activity they were already at. by

Apathy is often seen plaguing the students at Bolton High School. It is not uncommon for a low attendance rate when it comes to activities put on by the school. With the multiple different kinds of activities, many of the teachers shake their heads at the fact that students are so apathetic. Some wonder why students do not show up at school related activities and participate more often. For Mess Fest 2011, the Yearbook staff advised for weeks, and yet, the turn out to Mess Fest was smaller than expected and only about eighty people attended. The same thing happens with the dances put on by the cheerleaders. Last year, the Moonlight Dance was cancelled due to not enough ticket sales. Cheerleader coach, Ms. Henry, said that only about twenty or so tickets were sold. However, the homecoming dance had about two hundred ticket sales. Henry believes that it is probably due to the fact that the dance was directly after the football game and tickets could be bought at the door. Students were already at Bolton, and the tickets were only five dollars. Students did

MACCIN’: IMPOSSIBLE We all feel a need for a significant other in our life, even when we are young. Guys and girls alike, are desperately searching for that special someone to fulfill their lives. Over the years, both males and females think they have it all figured out when it comes to the key to finding love. The simple truth is: they haven’t. Though we shouldn’t generalize when speaking of the sexes, we shall do it anyway. Although everyone is made differently, there are characteristics within the male and female species that seem consistent with each other. Do boys come to school each day because they are excited about what they will learn that day? Are they anxious to put the scrumptious school lunch in their mouths at 11? They probably just wake up at 5:30 anyway and having nothing better to do, right? Wrong. In reality: with very few exceptions, girls are one of a guy’s main motivations to waking up each morning to make their way to Bolton. Guys may stay busy with schoolwork at times, but in the back of their minds, they are most likely thinking of the best way to nail it with the woman they want to mac on after class. Also, when interviewed on the subject, seniors Shelby Wallace and Sammantha Archibald agree that if it were not for guys, the idea of being at school each day would be far less appealing. However, as we work to achieve this goal of winning the attention of others, many times, our ways of impressing the opposite sex are misguided. For instance, this year for prom night, senior Molly Yates, along with many other ladies, plans to spend most of her Saturday getting ready for the special night, or should I say for her date. Her tiresome work efforts are geared towards pleasing the one who is taking her to prom. But in reality, are these attempts useless? Her perception of a man’s attraction to a girl is based upon the physical aspect of a relationship. Perhaps that is why so many girls


One contributing factor to apathy is the geographical location of Bolton High. Many students live far away from Bolton, and as such, it is difficult and tedious to go to Bolton for some activities. Not all students own a car and cannot find a means of transportation to get all the way to Bolton. While some students do live in close proximity to Bolton, others do not. Social Studies teacher, Mr. J. Coley said that the apathy is “self destructive” because students are destroying their opportunities for the future, such as meeting new people. He also said, “I think a lot of it isn’t so much the administration as it’s that it’s already in the minds of the students.” He believes that the administration has enough activities for the students to attend, but the students do not have the motivation. Teachers often see students failing to motivate themselves. Low grades in red pen and trash littering the hallways contributes to apathy levels. Teachers believe that students should motivate themselves and take control of their own lives. Some teachers are worried about how apathetic the student body is. However, this will not change over night. Teachers and administration do not feel that the student body’s apathy is their fault. Every student is in charge of his or herself and has to be willing to motivate themselves to attend activities and participate.

ENNETT Nailing it - (Verb) - to ob- Mac - (Verb) - essenHEATH B & tain and keep the affection tially, to flirt; to nail it BY JOHN DAWIDOW of another; or to date around school go to such extents to dress up and make themselves pretty; they want to be macced on by the male species. According to most women, it seems a girl who dresses up and wears make up is increasingly prettier than one who may not spend as much time on physical appearance. However, oftentimes men admire a girl who keeps her natural appearance. In an interview, when asked about girls’ use of make up, Derek Humberson and Garrett Sutton agree with Jonathan Cannon who states, “I hate to see them overdo it.” Women, on the other hand, have a different concept on appearance. “First impressions make a difference,” says Shanna Rowland when asked about a man’s style. Much of what a woman likes in a man has to do with how they present themselves, at least at first interaction. Shanna continues, saying, “It’s important for a guy to give a good first impression, but after you get to know them, it becomes less of an issue.” However, some girls are more critical than others, like Jenny Sims who says, “If [a guy] is cute, but has horrible swag, I don’t want to be around him.” Misconceptions concerning the other gender are oftentimes the result of societal pressure. In reality, however, these perceptions are misconstrued and most of the time not true. Be yourself, and you won’t have to worry about how you are perceived, because the attempts at changing yourself to satisfy what you think is wanted by the opposite sex may be in vain because of the severe lack of clarity and consistency in the preferences of the sexes. There is nothing wrong with trying to be attractive, but at the end of the day, it is who you are that will shine through all of the facades that you may be putting on, and that, my friends, is your only ticket to truly nailing it with someone that you can connect with.


Looking Beyond THE MASK by Aishia Ricks

Reality television shows like the “Keeping Up With the Kardashians,” “Basketball Wives” and “The Housewives of Atlanta” are all about how the average person can come to make a name for himself or herself and get up in the class system. But behind the glamour and the camera lights, what is the life of a celebrity? Do these women really spend hours of energy on applying make-up and setting hairstyles every single day? Latrice Coleman, a sophomore, says, “I watch reality shows and it all depends on the type of person you are. If you are easily influenced, then most of the glamour and the appearance of these characters might get to you. Life is not necessarily how it seems on television. It’s mostly for entertainment.” Throughout the halls of Bolton High there is always that one girl with the tootight dress on or the girl with the nice, perfectly complexioned face with make-up and lipstick perfectly applied. Appearance separates everyone about the recesses of the school, and naturally teenagers want someone that reminds them of themselves. The smart, accelerated students hang out at lunch with the students they relate to best in the academic statue. The popular, nicely dressed girls sit with their closest friends or those that they have more in common with. The social system is in every part of the high school social diagram. Imagine first meeting a person. You decide on how they look and make speculations on how they act by what they do in the social setting. Once you start talking to that person, you either decide the person is nice and a person you want

to befriend or he or she is just not the right person and you do not want to hang around him or her anymore. One first impression, one meeting, and the mind begins to unveil what it knows automatically. Reality shows are not the start of this social situation. It is only part of it. In fact, studies have shown certain prejudices and disparities are seen at a very young age, around four or five years of age. In some cases, it depends on the environment the person lives in, the social setting in which the person grew up that this person begins to gets his or her different beliefs. “Beauty is only skin deep,” says sophomore Alexia Leavy. “Beauty is not all about what is on the outside. It is what a person does and his or her character.” There may be that certain picture that makes you look disproportionate or simply a hair due you cannot wear because of the texture in which your hair is, but as the human race, here is the utter truth of life, one fact that precedes anything scientific: no one is perfect. Everyone has that one thing that they would rather change or alter than to live with, but that is the way of life. So perhaps the lives viewers see through these reality characters are fake and unreal. The action someone takes in a moment of crisis, the courage one ignites when trying to break up a fight, a person who tells the truth-those are all actions of truth and honesty. How this generation can make a difference and change the cycle of stereotyping people with how they look or do not look will be a struggle, but it is something that is not impossible. It may take a few mistakes, but it can be achieved one person at a time.

A Little birdie told me... By Kendra Holcomb

“Your girlfriend is a flirt.” “You should dump him he does not deserve you.” “Why do you even go out with him?” “You guys do not look good together.” Being in a relationship is one of the hardest things for an American teen. The main reason the relationship is so hard is because of, that one friend who is always whispering in your ear. Whether you are male or female hearing someone talk bad about the one you love hurts. At the same time, you cannot help but listen to what they are saying. Friends do not offer their opinions out of the blue; usually it all starts because, you ask for advice the first time and they volunteer it the rest. If you need to seek out the opinions of others with regards to your relationship, YOU could very well have a bigger issue. When you need opinions, depending on the topic at heart, you should very well be communicating openly and talking to your significant other, not spilling the beans and telling your business to other people, even if they are your best friend Senior Krystal Corbett says, “You can’t always listen to what other people say, there is always someone trying to come between your happiness.” Sometimes friends are jealous of your relationship and try to break the two of you up. They may not do it on purpose but, by whispering their opinions in your ear it is exactly what they are doing. Being your best friend they know exactly what to say to head your relationship into the fiery pits of hell. Your friends know you

well and can predict how you will act to the information they murmur into your ear. Even though some friends that whisper in your ear see it as looking out for you, you must be careful in deciding what exactly to listen to. One simple way to keep your friends from butting into your relationship is to not bring them into your problems. All that being said, SOMETIMES you DO need advice from trusted friends and family and that’s fine but advice is just that, advice. Which means it’s an optional way to solve a problem not the only way.

School Security by Brian Leaks 11

Most of your life you have had something or someone keeping you secure. Whether that is your home alarm systems, your parent, older brother, or even your city police; someone, something has been keeping you safe. The Bolton students are very fortunate to have two police officers always on guard, and a fire station within walking distance. It is on rare occasion that the Bolton students undergo any threat from intruders or, actually have an actual fire procedure that is not a drill. Obviously, the Bolton High School administration is doing a great job at keeping the students secure, but what exactly contributes to all this security.

One of the main contributions to Bolton High School student’s security comes from the two officers, Officer Anderson and Officer Westmoreland. What do they actually do? Whenever there is a fight, almost all the time you will see these officers to break it up for the safety of those fighting and the students around them. The officer’s responsibility is to enforce the law within the school and its occupants from any outside threats, as well as inside threats. If you have noticed, the school violence at Bolton has not been a big problem than most of the schools you hear about. “It is a great pleasure working with the students and staff at Bolton, especially with the nice energy most of the students bring,” says Officer Westmoreland. Bolton’s police officers are not the only ones keeping us safe. The biggest things that keep the school out of anarchy are rules and procedures. This is exactly what a visiting guest has to go through. As a visitor they must report to the main office, they must have their drivers license with them, the staff at the main office will scan it, and then they print out a visitor pass, also the staff must know where they are going, they must know whether they have an appointment or not, and no former students can visit any classrooms (most students do it anyway). The Bolton High School students should not take their safety for granite. In fact they should be very fortunate. Bolton has excellent rules and procedures, on duty officers that care about the well being of the students, and a school staff of people that would most definitely put their students first, when faced by any type of harm.

Beware of the Reaper

To shine light on the dangers of distracted driving, the students who are a part of the Helping Bolton for a Healthier Tomorrow club planned a “Grim Reaper Day.” These dedicated students chose classmates who were going to “die” during the school day. The grim reaper stalked the halls of Bolton and haunted students as he walked into classrooms throughout the rainy day, taking students from their friends and teachers to go “die.” These “dead” students were then taken to Room 99. The students then had their faces painted, were given a black shirt to wear, and were instructed not to talk or interact with anyone for the rest of the school day. Walking through the halls, students saw multitudes of their classmates walking by with tombstones hung around their necks with sayings such as “My last text was I love y-“, “I was updating my status,” and “I only had a sip, promise”. The situation became all too real for many students when each class got the chance to journey down to the new gym in seventh period that afternoon. When everyone walked in they were greeted with the devastating site of their “dead” classmates lying on the floor in a “graveyard” and a slideshow of pictures of their classmates. The students took a walk around the “graveyard” and “grieved the deaths” of their friends. “The Commercial Appeal” even came out to document the occasion, which served as a grim reminder to the student body and hopefully sent a message to all the drivers at school that every text, call, and Facebook status update can wait and that drinking and driving is never acceptable.

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Picture this: for one whole day, music was gone. There was no morning radio show to wake you up in the morning, no catchy TV jingles, no iPod to listen to on the bus home, no music anywhere. For the choir students, that picture is a reality. From October 24th until November 8th, the

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choir students have to pick one day to go entirely without music, from songs stuck in their heads to the car radio. For choir teacher Mrs. Vigueras, this project is an eye-opener that shows the students just how much music affects their daily lives. “Everyone is dependent on their iPods, their radio in the car everyday. The project shows the students how much they depend on it in their daily life, and how it effects them mentally, emotionally, and even physically,” said Vigueras. According to Mrs. Vigueras, the students will ask their friends to turn off the radio, mute the TV when they begin to hear music, and even say the alphabet whenever they get a song stuck in their head. Some students, like senior Donovan Sisco, feel this seems to be an infernal task. “I don’t know how I’m going to be able to do this, music is my life, it’s my soul,” said Sisco. When asked about how much he plays and listens to music every day, he replied, ”25 hours, I honestly am either listening to, or thinking about music all day long.” As an all-state choir member, it is obvious that he will have some difficulty overcoming this challenge. Realistically, everyone would have problems trying to go a whole day in musical silence. People may not realize it, but everyone hears music every day. It is a very interesting challenge for someone to completely avoid music for an entire day. Even people that do not participate in musical activities would have difficulty finishing this task. Keep in mind all the extra musical noise that is projected into our commercialized society. Mrs. Vigueras is also making the students keep a journal of what they are feeling as they participate in their musical isolation. According to Vigueras the students will experience mood changes and a shift in demeanor as they go throughout the day. The project will be a strain on the mental fortitude of the students, trying to keep away from something that in this day and age, seems almost essential in our daily routines. As the project continues to unfold, the students will begin to realize just how addicted our society is to music.

Bearing It Together This year, three students, Mackenzie Coleman, Mariah Marlowe, and Megan Hope, all juniors have decided to participate in the “Bearing It Together” program. The program is sponsored by the Memphis Child Advocacy Center. The bears are used to comfort child victims of abuse. Mrs. Baker said, “Those girls have a heart for children, helping these kids is just a natural outlet for what they are interested in.” Bears can be donated to Mrs. Bakers’ office in guidance until November 18th. This is the time for students and the faculty of Bolton to start bearing it together.

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“Child abuse casts a shadow the length of a lifetime.” -Herbert Ward

photos and article by Kendra Holcomb



Need is written by Carrie Jones. In the book , Zara White used to have normal, loving life. Sure, her mom always kept lights in the house so as not to be in the dark, but that was insignificant compared to the past. Something creepy and deadly lurks in Zara White’s nicely built world, and starts to come out the day her stepfather dies. Her mother decides that Zara should stay with her grandmother for a while. She does not say the real reason why she is letting her go, though. As Zara tries to adapt to the cold, wintry weather of Maine and the people, she comes to find her whole, entire life had been set up as a lie. Her stepfather was really a werewolf. Her grandmother is shape shifter, and worst of all, the DNA that hides in her veins may be the deadliest tie yet to a serial, mast murderer and monster.

Real Steel


by Aishia Ricks


Juicy Plumb Music by Jenna Turner

Tiffany Lee, also known as Plumb, is not necessarily new to the music scene, but many teenagers are just now hearing of her music. Lee performs several different genres of music including alternative and Christian alternative rock. Lee was ready to leave the music industry in 2000, but when she received a note from a fan about one of her previous songs, it touched her so much that she decided to stay. Lee had trouble trying to leave the recording company she was originally signed to, but when it finally happened she signed again as a solo artist in 2003. Plumb has since released four albums. Although her music is not the most played on radio stations, many of her songs have been used in the movies: Bruce Almighty, View from the Top, Mom at Sixteen, The Perfect Man, Drive Me Crazy, and Brokedown Palace. Her songs have also been used on many television series including: One Tree Hill, Vampire Diaries, and ER. Tiffany Lee writes many songs talking about the difficulty of love and overcoming different traumatizing events. Lee’s voice is smooth like a whisper, but sharp like a promise. Her metaphoric use in her songs makes the listener feel the emotion she was trying to express. Lee has also written songs for more known artists such as Amy Lee from the band Evanescence, Kimberly Locke, and Mandy Moore. But whether Lee is singing of the trials of coming of age, or the trauma love can bring, she is definitely talented and deserves some recognition.

by Amy Knack

Real Steel is a movie that will have you on the edge of your seat at times and laughing like crazy at others. Charlie Kenton (Hugh Jackman) was a famous, talented boxer before the boxing industry was taken over by robots programmed to kill. Charlie has just lost another fighting robot when he is informed that his ex-girlfriend has died and that her sister needs him to sign the papers relinquishing custody of his son Max (Dakota Goyo). In a plot to gain enough money to purchase another fighting robot, Charlie agrees to care for Max for the summer. Both Max and Charlie encounter much more than they had expected, from strange Texans with mohawks to remembering what it is like to love and be loved by family. This movie is superb, with action that leaves you cheering and well-placed humor that makes you laugh till you cry.

Everybody cut, everybody cut by Kristen Bradford

Kick off your Sunday shoes! “Footloose” is the new best remake of the year. Staring Kenny Wormald as the fresh face of Ren MacCormack, and Julianna Hough as Ariel Moore, this movie comes with tons of hype. It is all dance, and no singing but the great music is still the same. Ren and Ariel had a great a onscreen relationship. With each of the main actors being dancing professionals, Kenny kept the angry dance the best as he could. Just like the original, the Footloose song is a classic, the famous red jacket is stunning, and the actors make the movie fun. Kevin Bacon should be so happy about his first movie remake being a hit! He and the new Ren in town, Kenny, and all the actors will never be forgotten. So everybody cut footloose!

Are we...

Too Connected?

For a moment, imagine a day without technology. You walk into Bolton and it is completely dark. The school has no power whatsoever. Teachers frantically race down the halls and ask if anyone knows how to fix the internet. Students talk about how disappointed they are that they are unable to access Twitter and miss Fun Fact Friday because the intercom is broken. If school was disrupted so much in the first thirty minutes, the rest of the day would most likely be morphed into something that did not even resemble a school day. There would be no bells to let students out of class. Teachers would be unable to use their visual aids while teaching. There would be injuries in the dark hallways with students running into each other. If a school day was altered that much by not having technology, is Bolton too dependent on technology? For example, on Monday October 24, 2011, many students’ lunch numbers were deleted and the lunch was slowed down significantly. Junior Taylor Hill said that his lunch number was restored quickly but some students’ numbers had not been restored as late in the week as Wednesday. Also, during Fall Break, many of the teachers’ computers were damaged by a virus. This kept teachers from communicating, entering grades, and using their computers for teaching throughout the first week after fall

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break. Curriculum technology trainer Ms. Hiltenbrand said that she does not thing Bolton’s dependence on technology is necessarily a bad thing. Email speeds up communication, attendance is easier to record, and grades can’t be ruined by a spilled cup of coffee on the grade book. When asked what she thought Bolton would do if the staff was forced to go an extended period of time without computers, she said that it would be difficult but feasible. Ms. Hiltenbrand said that teachers would probably use their phones more often and the school would be forced to return to paper and pencil when storing grades and attendance. Ms. Hiltenbrand also pointed out that it is not just the school that relies on technology. The entire American culture is dependent on technology. Companies like Hilton distribute iPhones and Blackberries to ensure that their employees are available at all time. Students use Wikipedia and for research papers rather than actual books. Even though technology does have its quirks and bothersome qualities, it certainly makes record-keeping and communication significantly easier.

Twitter: The New Facebook by Jennifer Bailey When Myspace came along, everyone thought it was the next big thing; they thought the same about Facebook. After years of social networking on Myspace and the ever-changing Facebook, we now have Twitter. When asked why she started using Twitter, senior Kristina Cruz, @ kristinaaand, replied “I started using Twitter as it started to become popular. It allows you to share thoughts through trending topics with people around the world.” On Twitter, people use “tweets”, a statement of 140 characters to post to your profile. This restriction of characters is one thing that singles Twitter out from other social networking websites. This limit on characters on allows “tweets” to be sent through Short Message Service and encourages “texting slang.” To some, Twitter is just a bunch of Facebook statuses, but to others its more of a play-by-play update of friends’ lives. Twitter allows users to be constantly connected with others’ activities and feelings. With Twitter, you

will know what everyone is doing at any given moment, even what television show they happen to be watching. If you agree with something that someone says, you also have the option to “Retweet” it by posting it to your page as your own. Users can also group posts together by topic by using hash tags, words or phrases prefixed with a "#" sign. Twitter is simple and you can share what is happening in your life, and others can tell you what is going on with theirs. When asked how she felt about Twitter, senior Dionna Burks, @TheOne_Kisses43, replied “When I first used Twitter, it was confusing and I didn’t get it. But now I love Twitter and I’m usually on it all day every day, tweeting all the time.” Increasingly, Twitter has started to act as a source of breaking news. If something important has happened, you can bet that it will soon be a “trending topic.”

16 Top Ten Teacher Quotes Mr. Coley Mr. Shriver 6 1 “You fail for the semester.”

“Scholars or skanks; you decide.”

Mr. Dooley

“Flip over., The page that is.”

Mrs. Luster

“Is that alto or soprano I hear in your voice?”

Mrs. Vigueras “One more time!”

Coach Abraham

“Sit down. You’re making me nervous.”


Mrs. Owen

“I love y’all, but...”



Mrs. Ferguson



Mrs. Thron



“Does that make sense?”

“Less talking, more art.”

Coach Manthe “Don’t start a meth lab.”


Congratulations Ashley! Way to slam dunk! On November 16, The Paw Print staffer Ashley Winston signed to play women’s basketball for Christian Brothers University, beginning in 2012 as a freshman. She’ll be playing as point guard for this NCAA Division II school under head coach Sarah Condra. She has received a full scholarship award and is planning to continue on to law school after her undergraduate years as a Buccaneer. We are so proud of Ashley for this major achievement! She has been an indispensable staff member since her junior year and will be sorely missed after she graduates.

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