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Shea Anderluh took forever to get out of, but overall I feel like In order to elicit such a huge school cancellation, a storm must have all of the right circumstances. The 2011 blizzard featured winds of 40 to 50 miles per hour, freezing temperatures, and even some thunder and lightning. All of that, and the predicted timing of the storm made announcing on Tuesday before students left for home, the canceling of school for Wednesday, seem like the obvious choice. “Because the forecasts had been so sure of the storm, canceling school Tuesday was the right decision,� dean of students Thomas Scotese said. “If we had waited to cancel school later, we couldn’t be sure that we’d be able to reach all of the students’ families with the news. According to forecasts, the severity of storm was a sure thing.� However, informing students that they had to evacuate the school by 3 p.m. created a massive traffic jam as students rushed to get out of the parking lots. Cars were struggling to leave school in blustery winds and white out conditions. “I was in the car with four other girls, and it was so hard to see!� junior Stefanie Kintzle said. “The parking lot was pretty packed and it

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everyone handled it well as teen drivers.� The first snow day was a given, with road conditions dangerous, some not cleared of snow at all. “Since we live on a court, the plows usually skip over us and take awhile to clear it [the snow],� senior Stefanie Mueller said. Thursday brought with it another snow day, proving Chicago’s unpredictable weather patterns. “Since we had two snow days, it didn’t matter how long it took, and it was actually really fun being snowed in,� Mueller said. With the second consecutive day off, residents of Arlington Heights wondered at the inability to clear snow quickly and efficiently to get students back in school. “Because we got so much snow, we knew if we had school [on Thursday] we were going to have busses stuck, kids walking through the snow, and poor attendance. We even had staff members whose cars were stuck in the snow,� Superintendent Dr. David Schuler said. “It was the best decision for everybody.� “Canceling school on Thursday gave plows a chance to get the rest of the roads cleared without students and staff driving around on top of things,� Dr. Schuler said. continued on page 4

t the end of her second hour AP US History class, junior Claire O’Donnell watches as HTV comes on. Instead of immediately reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, the announcements now begin with a moment of silent reflection. After three years of absence, the mandatory moment of silence is back. “No one [participates in reflection], and there’s no way they can make us do it,� O’Donnell said.


In 2007, former Governor Rod Blagojevich vetoed a bill that would make a moment of silent reflection and student prayer mandatory. His veto was overridden by the state legislature. Thus, the moment of silence was instated. At the beginning of every day, students were expected to sit quietly for about a ten second period. The purpose of this was for students to reflect on their day ahead.


“Why are we reflecting on our day if we haven’t really started it? We have so much to get done, and it takes time away from our lesson plans. A reflection takes more time than ten seconds,� junior Jamie Vetterli said. However, this law was met with much opposition. In the fall of 2007 atheist-activist Rob Sherman and his daughter Dawn Sherman, who was a freshman at Buffalo Grove High School at that time, challenged the law in a federal lawsuit that named Township High School District 214 and the Illinois State Superintendent as defenders.


Sherman said that the law was void because it violated the establishment clause of the Constitution, which states that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.� continued on page 4


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Speech team succeeds

After four months of hard work and weekly Saturday competitions, the speech team’s season is coming to a close, but not without much success. The speech team showed their worth at the regional competition at Glenbrook South on Feb. 5, when every competing member made it to the finals. “Our team this year was one of the strongest, especially our seniors Natalie Hoijer, Megan Kearns, and Annie Bruce,” speech coach Jim Schiferl said. Making it to sectionals is junior Claire O’Donnell for both impromptu speaking and special occasion speaking. But the team’s success didn’t stop at sectionals. Schiferl was also awarded with coach of the year in the Mid-Suburban League. His award was presented to him for various proponents, including success with speech, commitment with speech, and organization of tournaments. “It’s just an honor. It’s always an honor when your peers recognize what you did,” Schiferl said. “It was totally unexpected because there’s so many good coaches in the league.” Teagan Ferraresi


peech coach Jim Schiferl hoists his coach of the year trophy.

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Hoe down twosteps to small hit Student Council and Orange Crush have been brainstorming new ideas for students to participate in this year. Though the attendance was less than anticipated, the students that attended had fun at the first ever Country Night Dance. “I thought it was really fun. More people should have come,” senior Natalie Hoijer said. The dance took place on Feb. 5 after the boys basketball game and was held in the Black Box Theater. Tickets were sold for $5, with students receiving a free cowboy hat as incentive. The western theme provided a unique, casual atmosphere for a dance, but the addition of a mechanical bull added to the hype. “We’re trying to get more kids to attend, have fun,” sponsor of student council George Bedingfield said. Annie Bruce Ashley Hawkins


unior Amanda Grossmayer rides the bull at the Country Night Dance.

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Randhurst developments progress steadily fills an absence of Asian food available to neighboring high schools for lunch. “Having a real place to shop with lots of different restaurants so close to school and home will really be great. It’s such a hassle to drive all the way out to Woodfield or Deer Park. I really want them to put in some retailers teenagers actually shop in,” junior Morgan Ronn said. “Once everything’s finished, it’s going to be sick. Since I don’t have my license yet, having the Circuit City, Sports Authority and Chipotle Brian Eriksson right by each other will be so much more convenient,” sophomore Daonstruction moves along for the new Randhurst mall. A vid Jackowski said. variety of new stores will placed in the new shopping cenThe list of new additions to Randter, as well as many restaurants. hurst includes a rebuilt AMC movie Emily Schnur theater. According to the Mount Prospect comThe Randhurst shopping center remodel- munity website, this state of the art theater will ling has been long awaited by Mount Prospect replace the existing one with seats for 2,000 of and Arlington Heights shoppers. the communities best moviegoers. Its amenities The shopping center, which hasn’t been include lounge-style seating areas, 4K digital successful in ten years, has been given $200 projection, 3-D screens and live broadcast camillion to re-design and bring in business. It is pabilities, upgraded sound systems, and an “exprogressing from the indoor mall design to an tensive variety of customized food and beverage “open-air lifestyle center,” much like the Deer choices.” Park Town Center. “The new theater is going to be awesome. I The Mount Prospect community has al- like seeing 3-D movies, but I usually have to go ready signed on new businesses to set up shop really far so having them ten minutes away will once construction is finished. be great,” freshman Liss Palmer said. Arlington Heights stores such as Sports Au“It already looks really good, and I heard thority, Circuit City, and Old Navy have already the inside is going to be amazing, so I’m excited begun their move, and many other retailers are for that. My only worry is that the tickets are goclose behind, as stated on the Randhurst web ing to be fifteen dollars, but I’ll still go with my page. friends on the weekends,” junior Laura Lopez In addition to the wider variety of shopping added. that will arise, so will an assortment of restauThis remodel is expected to have a positive rants for both lunch and dinner diners. Jersey effect on Mount Prospect taxes. According to Mike’s, Chipotle, and Five Guys have already be- Charles Perkins, director of planning and comgun business, and Pei Wei Asian Diner will open munity development. The initial revenue of all in the fall. of the new businesses over the years will be a Pei Wei offers cuisine influenced by China, huge help to the Mount Prospect community. Japan, Korea, Vietnam, and Thailand, which ful-


Zodiac strife breeds confusion and rumors

Also because of this, Kunkle discovered the Claudia Caplan Kevin Hyde existence of a thirteenth sign, Ophiuchus, falling

Three weeks ago, a Minnesota Planetarium Society scientist developed a revolutionary theory regarding the celestial world of astrology and zodiac signs. Due to this new wave of thought, students have been up in arms, questioning how the stars’ alignment affects their personalities and beings. Zodiac signs are twelve equally divided segments of the celestial zodiac, a belt of constellations that are used to determine the personality based on the date of birth of an individual. Depending on what sign people fall under, they are given certain qualities and traits that are supposedly representative of personalities. With that said, however, only 31 percent of Americans believe in the powers of astrology and the correctness of their sign to their personality, according to a new Harris Poll, a leading poll service for scientific data. “I don’t really feel like these zodiac signs are really reflective of everyone’s personality. When you are born shouldn’t determine how you act,” sophomore Erin Johnson said. Astrologer Parke Kunkle made claims late last month that a new zodiac sign had emerged due to the Earth’s shifting arrangement with the stars and planets. In result, the zodiac sign dates were said to have changed. Those who have heavily identified with their sign were devastated by this news. “I was upset that the new zodiac dates changed me from a Libra to a Virgo. I’ve been a Libra all my life, and I really identified with my sign,” sophomore Meg Cwiok said.

between Nov. 29 and Dec. 17. Kunkle later went on to claim that these people falling under this particular sign were “very intuitive creatures that work hard to get where they want to be.” Since the reported shift, many students clambered to the nearest computer in order to discover their new and updated zodiac sign. With this, some teens began to adhere to their traits, while others scoffed at the development. “I don’t really pay attention to the new sign, because I feel like some people just want to come up with new theories just for the fun of it,” Johnson said. Other major sources also refute the existence of the new Ophiuchus sign. According to ABC News reporter and popular astrologer Susan Miller, Kunkler’s claims were inaccurate. “This is ridiculous. We’ve known about this for ages,” Miller said. The fact of the matter lies in the variations of Eastern and Western astrology. All students aren’t updated on the zodiac changes. “I don’t really pay attention to that whole horoscope thing, I don’t even believe that those are real,” freshman Michael Ventrello said. Countries falling in the Western Hemisphere, including America, have adopted astrological values based on seasonal variations since before the common era. Contrarily, Eastern thoughts of astrology are based on the actual orientation of constellations and stars. Ophiuchus has been a part of the Eastern astrological system since 130 B.C., according to Miller. After much controversy, students’ minds have been calmed, proving that there has been no actual change in the zodiac signs.

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eniors Emily Schneider, Claire Wilson, Danielle Ludkey, Grace Lozinski, Stephanie Wilm, Erin Kelleher, Anna Baratta, Rachel Platt, Julianne Kwon, Ashley Mohan, and Kendra Hallett line up for the beginning of the orchesis show. “Serenity” will take place Feb. 24, 25, and 26. Tickets are $6 for students and $7 for adults.

Orchesis stars dance towards performance Rachel Lundstrom many rehearsals, the girls are working on block-

In two weeks, orchesis will take to the stage to wow students and parents with their dancing. “Most dances this year are modern, but we have one pointe, one tap, two hip hop, and a few jazz,” senior Anna Baratta said. As the president of orchesis, Baratta has helped director Jennifer Foss and assistant director Bari Green prepare for this year’s show, “Serenity.” Comprised of 25 members, this year’s group is ready to take to the stage. However, putting on a show always means overcoming some of the setbacks beforehand. “I feel like we are less prepared now than we were last year because of the snow days and less time in the theater,” sophomore Brianna Ulbert said. “I’m nervous right now because our theater time was cut a week short, and we had snow days. But, just like past years, I have faith that it will come together,” Baratta said. In order to prepare for the show, the girls have been working in class and after school. “For five weeks, we work after school for two hours per dance per week,” Baratta said. After

ing, staging, and choosing lighting for the final performance. “For the next two weeks, we will have dress rehearsals in the theater, and everyone will be here more often to prepare,” Baratta said. The work put into these dances has been prevalent for a while, as the girls had to audition their pieces for the group to even be able to choreograph for the show. “Beautiful Disaster,” choreographed by freshmen Megan McKee and Bailey Street, is one of these pieces. “We worked really hard, and it’s exciting that we got chosen to be in the show since we are freshmen,” McKee said. “I choreographed three pieces, and it’s exciting to get them into the show and see the final product,” senior Erin Kelleher said. One special piece was choreographed by Monternez Rezell, known to the group as Monty. “We spent three days over winter break with Monty, and his piece is really exciting,” Ulbert said. Guest choreographers are rare for orchesis, but the group is excited to give his piece a try. “[This piece is comprised of] break danc-

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ing, hip hop, popping, sliding, gliding, and locking,” Foss said. “I’m excited for the actual show. You get an adrenaline rush, and it’s fun to be waiting backstage to go on and perform,” senior Claire Wilson said. Like any athlete or performer, these girls have worked hard to put out a final product for the school. “Everyone should come because we put so much time and effort into our wonderful dances,” Ulbert said. “It is more upbeat than last year’s [show], and it is an opportunity to see your peers dance, so you should come and support us,” Wilson said. For all twelve seniors, the sentiment is similar. “It’s the last time I get to perform with my friends,” Kelleher said. “I’m excited, but also sad because I made my best friends here [on orchesis],” senior Stephanie Wilm said. The show will be performed Feb. 24-26, and tickets cost $6 for students or $7 for adults. Tickets can be bought from an orchesis member or the week before the show during lunch hours.



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Snow storm blocks traffic, traps students “ O n Friday I had to abandon my car because it got stuck while I was pulling out of my d r i v e w a y.” junior Maddie Weber said. “One of the back wheels got Teagan Ferraresi lodged in a snow bank, enior Ryan Lee and junior Keith Ericksen round the wall so I had to of snow framing the school’s entrance. call a neighhe entrance to the school was walled in by huge drifts of bor for a snow that completely covered the school sign. ride.” Snow remain a problem in continued from page 1 the parking lot. “Around 30 to 40 spaces in the parking lot are completely covered with snow,” Scotese “The biggest problem in get- said. “We prepare for situations like ting ready [for school] was snow this at the beginning of the year. removal. The Thursday closing was This is why we don’t sell all of the because things just weren’t ready. spaces in the lot.” If spots become For walking students sidewalks inaccessible due to snow or other needed to be cleared, and for driv- obstructions, there should still be ing students and parents dropping enough parking for everyone who off their children, roads needed to purchased parking passes. be as clear and safe as possible,” While Arlington Heights resiScotese said, “It took longer than dents dealt with being snowed in, we would’ve liked. That being said, the city of Chicago faced problems maintenance worked really hard of its own. During and after the blizand got the job done.” zard, the Chicago Public Schools By Friday, school was rein- system was closed, as well as severstated, but conditions were still far al Chicago institutions, from govfrom perfect. Issues ranged from ernment offices to museums. More snow buildup in the senior lot to than 2,200 flights were canceled at road conditions that were still dan- O’Hare airport, and about 900 cars gerous.

were stranded in whiteout conditions on Lakeshore Drive. The Chicago blizzard of 2011 made the record books in the top 10 snowstorms ever to hit Chicago, snagging third place only behind the blizzards of 1967 and 1999. The entire Midwest was blanketed in a thick layer of snow 20.2 inches deep at O’Hare airport on the first Tuesday and Wednesday of February. Despite the extreme condi-

tions that the Midwest faced, the storm was weathered with minimal destruction. For students, a couple of snow days was worth the delay to get roads back in shape. “It was really fun because I got to go sledding with my friends,” Kintzle said. “While it created many troubles for people, it opened up opportunities to come together as a community and help neighbors out.”


unior Skye Mooney throws out her trash in a garbage can submerged in three feet of snow. The snow days were very relaxing despite the huge amounts of snow. The most difficult part of the blizzard was getting around afterwards,“ Mooney said.


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Silent reflection raises resonant questions Newly instated moment of silence spurs students to voice opinions Continued from page 1 The Illinois judicial court judge Robert Gettleman agreed with Sherman’s lawsuit, stating that it did violate the establishment clause and is unconstitutionally vague. “I don’t think we could stop it because it’s too easy for the pro people to say it’s reflection, not prayer. But it seems too religious for a school setting,” sophomore Rachel Hoover said. However, in Oct. 2010, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the moment of silence was constitutional. The court’s reasoning for the reinstatement includes that there is no harm in silence. The judge also stated that the law didn’t specify that the time can only be used for prayer. He believes it assists students to begin the day in a calmer manner.

Definition “The moment of silence means different things to different people. It lies in the importance of the individual,” associate principal Joseph Krajacic said. The court also ruled that this law was constitutional, citing that Township High School District 214

already regularly participated in a moment of silent reflection. “Apparently, we had it briefly in 2007, so I don’t recall it much. But, as a district, it was being done but then stopped because of the court repeal,” Krajacic said.

Practice Second hour classes began this routine the first day of second semester after its renewal was announced on Jan. 21. Many students don’t understand why the law was reinstated. Some students, such as senior Sam Danzinger’s second hour class, don’t participate at all. “We all talk during it, ignoring it. I think they should either get rid of it or make it optional,” Danzinger said. Freshman Kaitlyn Ries’ Acting 1 class follows in suit. “A lot of kids still talk and giggle. I don’t think people really get it because our society doesn’t revolve around that stuff anymore,” Ries said. However, some students take advantage of the moment of silence. “I just sit quietly and thank my lucky stars that I and my family are fortunate enough to still be here,” junior Hannah Helminak said. The moment of silence is more meaningful for some than others.

Senior Becky Beid uses the allotted time to not just reflect on her day, but to show respect for her family overseas. “I don’t think a lot of people actually stop and think about whose life is at risk or what people put on the line. I think about my Dad serving over in Afghanistan or my family over in Egypt right now. It’s like saying the pledge. You have an option whether you want to participate or not. But if you chose not to take part in it, don’t ruin it for the other people,” Beid said.


The Philosophy club engaged in a conversation about this topic on Monday. Little facts were known about the law, but senior Ankoor Shah had much to say about the topic. “You can’t force someone to do something. We try to give it meaning, but it really doesn’t mean anything to [students],” Shah said. Much debate has surrounded the law’s legality. It’s not constitutional to force students to pray, as Alabama attempted to enact in 1985. According to the Illinois law, the silent reflection is non-secular. It is not strictly about prayer, but it also is a time to reflect or meditate. A heavy emphasis is placed on

praying during the allotted time. Students have issues with the moment of silence and what it has stood for. “I don’t like the subliminal ways of trying to have a moment for people to pray in school,” junior Eric Chung said. For former St. Viator student senior Kat Geimer, the law gets much more personal. “We attend school for seven hours and 20 minutes a day. Discounting sleep, you are left with 16 hours and 40 minutes for ‘Silent Prayer and Student Reflection.’ We go to a non-denominational public school, which does not require its students to identify with a religion, let alone pray during the school day. You want prayer? Go to St. Viator,” Geimer said.


The future of the moment of silence is unknown. An appeal must be organized and filed by March 23. The Supreme Court will decide whether or not to hear any case. Until then, the moment of silence will continue everyday. “It’s your time to do what you choose,” Krajacic said.

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Student course selection proves stressful Juniors struggle to find balance between future and fun Megan Boyle because you have to be in the choir an uncommon occurrence. Students find themselves overwhelmed with stress from finals during the two weeks after winter break. However, another stressor occupies some junior students’ minds even more: choosing classes for next year. Elections for current eigth graders have already been picked. An elective night was held Jan. 19 and 20 where the eighth graders got a taste of all the different choices offered. If they decided to take a foreign language, only one more slot needed to be filled. However, other requirements such as Information Processing, E-Consumerism, fine arts, and Driver’s Education need to be taken in order for students to be eligible for graduation. For such young students, the variety of choices can be overwhelming. Current freshmen and sophomores also have just two open periods. If they choose to stay with a foreign language, they again only get one more choice. With so few opportunities, it is hard to decide what to take. Students involved in band or choir are required to take those classes as their elective. Junior Meghan Griffin has been in choir throughout high school. “It is hard

class to be in show choir, and it takes up a whole year where I could be taking other electives,” Griffin said. “I have to take summer school this year because I haven’t reached all my requirements since I am in choir and a foreign language,” Griffin said. Other students interested in certain career fields also find themselves locked in on specific electives throughout high school. This can be enjoyable for students, but also limits their chances to try other electives. Junior Drew Curtis is involved in Project Lead the Way, the engineering elective offered here. “I have taken PLTW every year because I want to be an engineer when I grow up,” said Curtis. The problem for Curtis, along with many other students involved in four-year elective programs, is that it limits the time to take required classes. For Curtis, choosing classes next year may mean giving up his lunch. “I still have to take my fine arts requirement, which probably means dropping my lunch period next year.” Choices like this are hard to make, but with all the opportunities available, giving up lunch is not

The current junior class may have the most stress in regards to choosing classes, seeing as they also have the most freedom in their schedule. The only requirements for senior year are an English class and a gym class, leaving six open periods and endless possibilities. Some students try to take as many AP classes as possible. AP classes are a full year long, which limits choices even more. “Certain classes I want to take are two class periods long, and I want to take AP

classes and fun classes, so it’s hard to find a good balance. This is the first year you really get to pick your classes, so it is a lot of stress,” said Griffin. Other juniors feel that senior year is a time to relax, so picking classes should be stress-free. Junior Niki Pietro doesn’t find picking classes stressful. “I don’t really feel stress about it because I have talked to my older brothers and friends about what classes to take,” Pietro said.

Teagan Ferraresi unior Maggie Hogen discusses course options with counselor David Galarza for next year. Choosing classes for senior year is an inevitable and stressful part of high school. The classes chosen will be the last ever chosen as high schoolers.


New technology revamps district Shea Anderluh

Rachel Lundstrom ture. From development of the internet to the creation of e-mail, every year brings a new creation. This year, eReaders were the latest forms of technology for consumers to invest in. EReaders, devices that can hold digital copies of all your books in one place, were a popular gift during the Christmas season. “I wouldn’t want an eReader because I think they are a waste of money,” senior Danielle Ludkey said. With a Barnes and Noble Nook costing $249, books not included, the expenses are high. Although this new advancement seems to be used mostly for leisure reading, schools are beginning to take advantage of these resources. EReaders were originally created as a method for storing and reading digital copies of books. Now, this service is available on many types of portable technology, such as the Nook, the Amazon Kindle, and even Apple products. “At Prospect High School and Buffalo Grove [High Schoo, we are piloting the use of mobile devices in classrooms,” technology supervisor Ken Naumiec said. “Some classes are given iPads to use in class in place of textbooks.” “Our AP Economics class gets to use them,” Buffalo Grove High School senior Cari Thoenen said. “Hopefully, we will be using more than just iPads in the future. The term ‘mobile device’ could mean an iPad, Droid, or any other type of portable technology,” Naumiec said. According to, these new systems cost around $499, but they will pay off in the fu-

“I think iPads would be unnecessary because we can learn just as much from regular textbooks,” senior Laura Dubnicka said. At Buffalo Grove, the student to computer ratio is the highest in the district, which makes it seem like their student web access should be the lowest. However, their new Apple investment will give students even more resources, and the opportunity for more students to have access to

“Hopefully, we will be using more than just iPads in the future,” technology superviser Ken Naumiec said. the web at once. “They are really handy to use in class because everyone can follow along with the teacher. We can also do our homework on them,” Buffalo Grove High School senior Kelli Swanson said. Although mobile devices aren’t currently used at Hersey, there might be a chance for this in the future. “In the spring, we will have a meeting where teachers can bring up Technology Initiative Proposals,” Naumiec said. Teachers that are interested in using technology in their classroom environment can submit a proposal. By running pilot tests with new systems, the technology department has the op-

portunity to dispel the perceptions of students like Dubnicka and create better programs for all. Resources here have also been improved. This past summer, long-time classroom projectors were replaced. The new projectors have captioning ability, allowing all materials viewed to be closed captioned. “Currently, the English/Fine Arts department and the Social Sciences/World Languages department have full captioning abilities,” Naumiec said. These areas were targeted as areas with the highest deaf population, making these the most beneficial changes. Now, they are moving into the science wing. “Our goal is to make all instructional areas caption capable on both projectors and televisions,” Naumiec said. A new post-winter break feature of the Academic Resource Center is the online lab reservation system. “Teachers can use this system to reserve a lab space, and see where other classes are. There is also a kiosk screen in the Academic Resource Center to see the lab schedule for the entire building,” Naumiec said. Progressing into the future seems inevitable, and improvements of a similar caliber will soon be changed here, allowing all students to benefit from what technology of the century offers. Although Prospect and Buffalo Grove are currently only piloting the usage of mobile devices in the classroom, the future looks bright for all areas of technology around this building.

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February 11, 2011

Teenagers: step away from cell phones



Te e n agers Opinion all sortshave of technological devices at their disposal, and are using them far too often. Talking face-to-face has evolved into talking over the phone, and talking over the phone then evolved into texting. The vast majority of teens take full advantage of these advancements. Teens need to stop texting so often, and need to start paying more Shea Anderluh attention to what’s actually going on ten. It’s typical to want to communiaround them. Social and communication skills cate with someone special. However, are underrated. The most important teen couples should watch the amount moments of life take place in person. of texting and online chatting they do That big interview for the job of some- with one another. Relationships don’t work if the one’s dreams won’t be done through couple is not actually talking in pertext messaging. son. Talking face to face is ideal. TalkProposing to that special someone ing over the phone is a decent back up. is done in person as well. Relying too Texting should be a last resort. much on alternative forms of commuTeens have a tendency to fall into nication can make teens too awkward their own little cyber worlds. Instead of to talk to in person. Some teens can’t conversing with family at dinner, some actually hold a steady conversation. teens would rather sit with their head Teen couples text each other of-

down texting. Kids like this need to be brought back into reality. Texting a friend 15 miles away is not worth giving up talking to people sitting right next to them. Most people are familiar with the slang used in text messages. Grammar disasters such as ‘yo waddup’ and ‘wut r u doin’ are typically found in text messages. In a study conducted by Penn State, researchers found a significant relationship between the amount of time students text/ chat using this slang, and grammar scores. Participants who use this slang often scored worse on grammar tests than participants who use it occasionally. While talking in person or on the phone, people are able to show emotions through the tones of their voices. If someone is crying, laughing, yelling, or whispering, the person she is talking with will be able to tell. Actually talking with another person is a lot more natural than texting. ‘Hahahaha,’ or ‘lol’ is nothing compared to true laughter, and ‘I love you’ means a lot more when it’s said in person.

It’s hard not to ‘like’ Facebook, but...

Shea Anderluh book stalker. I began to realize during my days ed with the goings-on of the people that really

When I was young and naive (about a month and a half ago), I was severely addicted to Facebook. I would get home from school and log on to Facebook. Two hours later, I most likely would be logging off, or logging back on to Facebook. I fell into this routine of whose pages I would stalk, people that I affectionately refer to now as “internet friends.” I had two classifications of people in my social life: school friends, people who I talked to at school but didn’t hang out with much, and outside of school friends, friends I made an effort to see outside of school. When I realized that I also had “internet friends,” those that I had never actually talked to, but creepily knew a lot about, I knew something had to be done. I was full-blown Facebook addict- a Face-

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of addiction that I was staring at information that I had virtually no interest in, and could not benefit from in any way. Sure, my status updates told me that Dick had a crazy Saturday night, and Jane had a case of the Mondays, but why did it matter to me? With this realization firmly in mind, I decided to take the ultimate plunge a teenager can take: deactivating my Facebook account. I worried about my social life, and not being connected to the world of Facebook, sure, but step one to beating my addiction was surprisingly easy. My new-found freedom opened up a whole new world of free time. I found that homework got done a lot quicker without 45-minute interval Facebook checks. In fact, it was almost like being freed from another source of homework. Without the strange and tempting pull of Facebook in my life, I started to do things that I actually enjoyed. I read, I played guitar, I drew, and, miraculously, I didn’t lose any friends. I stayed just as connect-

mattered in my life. While writing this column, I googled addictions for fun and took a look at the process of recovering from them. I read that in almost all cases, the recovering addict must find ways to replace what she has lost with new and healthier ways of relating and dealing with life. If nothing changes, the addiction is likely to reassert itself and, in some cases, grow stronger. I’m not saying that deactivating a Facebook account is anywhere near as difficult as what an addict goes through to get over a drug, but in a small way, what I went through was comparable. I had replaced hours of my life that would’ve been spent on the computer with time spent doing things that made me feel better about myself. The occasional twinge of desire to log on to Facebook does strike from time to time, but I’ve found that simply enjoying reality takes away the urge to log on to a virtual life. My name is Shea Anderluh, and I have been Facebook free for 47 days.

J U S T S AY I N ’ Snow days allow students to reminisce Students struggle with snow Growing up, I’ve always loved playing outside with my neighbors. Everyone in my neighborhood is around the same age, so it was easy to get along and to get to know each other growing up. On summer nights we would play baseball, kickball, capture the flag, or ghost in the grave yard, and end the night with a bonfire. We didn’t even need smores, being outdoors together was enough. In the winter time, it’s hard to play outside every night. Having two snow days really allowed me to return to my childhood. My neighbors and I slid down the piles of snow that were raised so high. Even though walking in the snow was a challenge it was still fun to get out there and play. It’s okay to reminisce. I can’t wait until it snows again. Thank goodness for these snow days. Being with the neighbors and having simple fun like the good old days is wonderful. Just sayin’. Emily Swanson

The very thought of a snow day brings unparalleled joy to students everywhere. However, after experiencing snow days, is missing school because of destructive weather really worth it? The recent blizzard that passed through the area left the streets covered in at least 19 inches of snow and created drifts that towered at an incredible three feet. Snow plows may clean the streets, but we’re the ones who have to clean up our properties. And with all the snow that fell, it’s no easy task even with the most advanced snowblower. Other than that, traffic accidents and other problems plagued towns because of this terrifying snow storm. Students may be rejoicing for a while, but others may not find snow days to be worth much celebrating. Just sayin’. Nick Diaz Check out our new website for more Just Sayin! And then add your own. Go to the Hersey webpage ( and click on the link. OR

February 11, 2011

The Correspondent


Apple gains world domination:

There’s an app for that!

Lauren Kelley pointed that I was the only one

They own our phones, they own our computers, they own our music, and they now own The Beatles. When buying a computer, no one looks for the cheapest price anymore. It’s all about how big the monitor is. Flip phones aren’t cool anymore; it’s all about the newest application. If your girlfriend cheated on you and you want to get her back, there’s an app for that. If you don’t have an umbrella, there’s an app for that. If you do not want to pass go and collect $200, there’s an app for that. If you think she’s pregnant, there’s an app for that. If you wanted to know what Willis was talking about, there’s an app for that. People aren’t worried about new CDs being sold-out in stores; they now buy them with the click of a button without even leaving their chairs. Bored during a long car ride? Bring an iPod. If one wants the Internet everywhere they go, he or she brings a Mac Book with them. Playing Scrabble with friends is now portable with an iPhone. Those who read a lot but don’t feel like carrying a pile of books around can try the new iPad. Ladies and Gentlemen, the company Apple is taking over the world. The letter “i” has a different meaning to it now. The letter once meaning “self ” now refers to a piece of technology. Apple owns the rights to the letter “i,” so by definition, they own the rights to ourselves, do they not? They are not only taking over the world, but our minds as well. I didn’t notice this until last night at dinner. I looked up from my plate to see my brother and mom playing each other in Scrabble on their iPhones while sitting next to each other. My other brother was iChatting his girlfriend in Pennsylvania, and my dad was downloading music on iTunes from his iPhone. At first, I was a little disap-

BLAHBLAHBLAH Somethin’ to BLAHBLAHBLAH talk about BLAHBLAHBLAH Students neglect ‘Golden Rule’ BLAHBLAHBLAH BLAHBLAHBLAH BLAHBLAHBLAH BLAHBLAHBLAH BLAHBLAHBLAH Talking ‘bout my generation BLAHBLAHBLAH BLAHBLAHBLAH BLAHBLAHBLAH BLAHBLAHBLAH Students take up ‘civic duty’ BLAHBLAHBLAH BLAHBLAHBLAH BLAHBLAHBLAH BLAHBLAHBLAH When I was younger I was taught one ‘golden rule.’ It hung on the walls of all my classrooms throughout elementary and middle school; I still see it in high school classrooms as well. My parents drilled it into my head as they raised me. One

memory sticks out the most: I was playing with my little green army men in my sandbox (what young boy didn’t love those guys?) when my younger brother approached me. He asked to play with me, and I responded “no.” As any young child would, he went straight to mom. She came out a few minutes later and gave me a well-deserved scolding. ..

They say rock and roll is dead. It’s six feet under, right next to print journalism. Their deaths were prolonged and quite painful. Many a tear was shed when they finally went down, and the wounds on all the mourners are still fresh. Although I’ve had my fingers crossed for a zombie apocalypse, I hope they stay that way. That’s

right, I said it. I hope my future career and favorite genre of music remain woefully un-alive. If they hadn’t been killed already, I can assure I would have gone all Liam Neeson on their butts and knocked out their lights faster than you can say clap on, clap off. I love rock music. Old, new, whatever. I have a generally open mind when it comes to music, and I can respect most genres and listen to everything but Dave Matthews Band... Emily Behn

This past November, I decided to participate in the electoral process. As I was and am still not eighteen, I am one of the unfortunates with a May birthday, I became an election judge. While, I will admit, the $170 paycheck was tempting, I also thought it would be an incredible opportunity to actually be a part

of the election: not just by filling out a ballot but by literally running the election. It’s incredible to think that the American people are responsible for turning the ballots in that decide the next leaders of the country. As an election judge, I had to go through a training class that taught students and adults how to work the confusing equipment. The training class was a total blur and by the end... Annie Bruce

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without an Apple toy in my hands. But then I thought to myself, do I really want one? (Let’s get real - of course I do. It has everything I’d ever need). But am I willing to transform into a mindless robot who only functions when they’re carrying that piece of technology? The mood that I’m in would decide what Application I’d want to use. The minute my iPhone runs out of battery would be the only time during that day where I’d look up to see where I am, who’s around me, and notice if it’s day or night. I’ve noticed that all phones are becoming more popular due to the fact that they’re technically evolved from the iPhone. Flip phones are now touchscreens. Menus are now a page full of “Apps.” Each phone is transforming into something people are familiar with. Apple is controlling the music industry as well. Adobe itself admits that Apple is ruining their business. In 2001, there was a line of people waiting to get their first iPod. A deja-vu occurs every year after that as a new generation of the iPods is released. People are getting carried away by their desire for the latest and greatest. When I received the green iPod nano for christmas, after having it on my list for months, I almost exchanged it for the newer iPod classic a day later. We always want what we don’t have, and boy, does Apple prove that to us. Apple is indeed taking over the world. President Obama recently gave his “State of the Union” address, however, more people were interested in the new product Apple was introducing the same day. Yes, the iPad was more talked about on the Internet the next day than Obama’s speech. Perhaps he should have just texted it to everyone. We can all nonchalantly identify Apple products when we see that simple, yet expensive design. It’s a part of our lives, and at this pace, it will soon be the only thing we’re living for. Imagine the control Apple will have. I knew the center of the earth was called “the core” for a reason. I wouldn’t be surprised if seeds and a stem were discovered as well.


Melissa Hall

“No, because I love to stalk people.”


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February 11, 2011


Technology proves viral in young relationships Taylor Kaspar In the day of Shakespeare, if a strapping young poet fancied a girl he’d recite her a sonnet. When World War II veterans felt like booming out a massive influx of children, the boys would have to woo their women by whipping out a box of heart shaped chocolates. While my mom was playing the dating game, the guys had to be courageous enough to confront their girl face to face. Throughout the history of young love, boys and girls alike had to muster up enough audacity to ask out their beloved up close and personal.... that meant struggling with their overt libidos and painfully rosy cheeks without any relief from unavoidable nerves. The computer whizzes of today have learned from their awkward adolescence and crafted new ways to let the love in the air to flow a bit more steadily; especially for those who have trouble with executing midnight serenades or enticing possible mates with suave dance moves. Social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter have brought the dating world out of the ritzy cocktail restaurant, and set it into the cozy, evasive atmosphere of the Internet. Words cease to go left unsaid, and holding a conversation no longer hammers out any strain on the vocal chords. “People would say texting is easier [than face to face conversation] because you have more time to respond, especially to touchy questions someone may ask you. People are more gutsy through texting and Facebook because the person they’re talking to isn’t standing right in front of them waiting to punch them in the nose [if they disagree on something],” said senior Erin Cunningham.

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Along with ridding people of inhibitions, these new technological devices make contact with others a bit more convenient, especially if that significant other doesn’t always fall within the normal boyfriend-girlfriend radius we tend to see in the hallways. “My boyfriend goes to another school,” dished junior Gina Mazzaferri, “and because we’re both so busy, it’s sometimes just easier to send a quick text to either make plans or just say hi.” Though the communication may be quicker and far more convenient, the lack of confrontation proves to be detrimental to some when it comes down to living in the physical world. According to junior Lindsay Boivin, texting and other online forms of bonding have made real life encounters a bit more difficult. “I’ve noticed that since texting has become some common, some people find it harder to communicate in a more intimate manner.” “These new devices, especially with texting, have really made it even harder for kids to talk. Even though it’s a quick way for communication, it impairs our face to face communication skills,” said senior Molly Petri. Shakespearian poets are few in numbers right now, but a simple posting on that special girl’s wall “comparing thee to a summer’s day” is nothing short of romantic. If Shakespeare had Facebook, he wouldn’t have written as many tragedies as he did.

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“We haven’t decided what we are going to do yet.”


-Erick Deloera with girlfriend Nicole Huff

February 11, 2011


Same sex couples strive for romantic equality

The Correspondent


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“We are going out to dinner at Rokbonki.” -Junior Jake Mueller with girlfriend sophomore Emily Russel

“I have to work so we’re just going to have a movie night and spend it together.”


-John Ptasnik with girlfriend Erin Kelleher


The Correspondent


February 11, 2011

Foreign exchange program mixes cultures and creates family experiences Abby Fesl student and his family. It was re- becomes overErin Kinsella ally fun traveling to a new place whelming.

Imagine moving to a country for a full year during high school. Imagine the feeling of not knowing the language, leaving family behind, and staying with a foreign host family. Not everyone can do it, but for foreign exchange student Gabriel Leon, it became a reality this year. He has traveled quite the distance to study, visiting from Ecuador and staying with the MullenMuhr’s. Leon is the third foreign exchange student for senior David and sophomore Anna, who have had two other guests from Germany and Colombia. “Our family thinks it is important to do this because we like experiencing other cultures and meeting people from other places,” D. Mullen-Muhr said. Their commitment to enriching their lives with other cultures began long ago, as their mother, JoAnn Mullen-Muhr, hosted exchange students in her family when she was growing up. In fact, the Mullen-Muhr’s first guest was the son of one of the students her family had housed when she was a child. The two families have forged a unique relationship over the years; one that has lasted through time and great distance. “I went to Colombia for three weeks last summer to visit our first

and learning about a new culture from that point of view rather than hosting a student here,” D. MullenMuhr said. It seems as though the exchange part goes both ways, as both the host family and the guest seem to learn and share a lot about their respective cultures. “Having a foreign exchange student is like a movie because you get to experience a new culture in your own home. It’s fun because they bring new things that they do in their country,” A. Mullen-Muhr said. Leon has brought more than his culture into the Mullen-Muhr home. A member of the varsity soccer team in the fall, Leon unfortunately suffered a knee injury and had to have surgery. It’s difficult situations like these that make this program more than just a vacation. These students are thrown into a new place, a new culture, and a new home without the comforts of family, friends, and language. “It’s a hard experience, but it is nice to visit new places. The hardest part is learning English, the culture, and the rules,” Leon said. But the Mullen-Muhrs are doing their best to make him feel like part of the family and get accustomed to America. Leon struggles especially with language, often resorting to speaking Spanish with his family and friends from Ecuador when the language barrier

The student who stayed with the Mullen-Muhr’s last year was from Germany, Jakob B au n g a r t e n e r, picked up on the language very easily, and even took the AP US History course. The family hopes for similar success for Leon. After all, Baungartener was virtually at the same place linguistically when he arrived, speaking rough and choppy English. Abby Fesl By the time abriel Leon, foreign exchange student from Ecuahe left a year latdor, had quite an experience this winter, witnessing er, he was fluent snow for the first time. in the language and had made idea what it was,” Leon said. deep connections with both the Leon had the opportunity to Mullen-Muhr family and various also visit Colorado with the Mulfriends that he still keeps in contact len-Muhr’s and go skiing. with through Facebook. Both Leon and Baungartener Leon has experienced much in were random placements through America other than language, such the organization NWSE. Leon aras seeing snow for the first time in rived in August and plans on stayhis life. And a lot of it. ing until June, graduating with Da“[When it first snowed,] I vid and the rest of the senior class. went to play in the yard, I had no


Match up time Emily Swanson gan Salt said. People have many cheesy stories about how they found their perfect match. It’s possible for a student to find her sweetheart in high school. Data Match is a survey that is willing to help students in finding their special someone. Students filled out the survey during second period on Jan. 26, 27, and 28. Data Match requires a student to fill out her grade, gender, and certain questions that will match her up with other students sharing her interests. “Data Match is fun to fill out,” sophomore Tori Valadez said. “The questions are humorous, and the results are so unrealistic. It brightens up the dreary winter.” Data Match was founded in 1983 and has been actively giving surveys to different high schools across the country since. Schools across America also use this survey as a fundraiser for their school. Hersey uses Data Match as a fun fundraiser for Post Prom. “It’s a fun way to see how someone’s likes and dislikes compare to other kids around the school,” assistant principal John Novak said. “It’s fun and light hearted. It’s a good way to have fun with a fundraiser.” “It’s a simple fundraiser that easily gets the majority of the school to help with,” freshman Me-

“I think it’s fun to see who has the same interests as I do at Hersey,” sophomore Emily Kagan said. “I don’t think the results are legit, but that doesn’t matter. It’s funny anyway.” Many students don’t believe that Data Match will actually work. “I don’t think it’s accurate at all, but it’s fun to do,” sophomore Anna Freitag said. “I filled it out because I wanted to see who I would get matched up with.” “It’s not an accurate way to choose your next boyfriend or girlfriend because it doesn’t touch on any of the things that really matter in a relationship,” Valadez said. When Data Match is handed out, it is an optional quiz for students. It doesn’t matter if they take it or not. “It was interesting how the kids handled Data Match,” instructional assistant Katie Pardun said. “When I was talking about data match and explaining it the students laughed and made fun of it. “When it was time to pass them out I put them in front of the class and said they could take one if they wanted one. The kids took them and filled them out as if the quiz was their first priority.” Data Match results will be released in two weeks during the 4, 5, and 6 lunch periods.

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February 11, 2011

Features World Vision enables child sponsorship Shea Anderluh

More than 60 years ago, a man named Bob Pierce met a young girl living in poverty in China. Kicked out by her parents, she was penniless and homeless. Pierce began sending $5 per month to sponsor the little girl in need. From that act of kindness grew World Vision. Today, World Vision has grown into a global ministry, helps 100 million people in 100 countries, and provides hope for four million children through child sponsorship. Connecting with needy people around the globe may seem impossible for our community. It’s one thing to send a wad of cash to aid “poverty in Africa,” and another to actually see how the donations are being spent, and how they help one special person as he or she grows up. World Vision child sponsorship allows sponsors to do just that. That’s why The Correspondent has made the decision to sponsor a little boy. Pushpendra Govind Prasad is 6-years-old, and lives in Sitapur, India. Pushpendra lives with his parents, one sister, and one brother. His father is a farmer, but despite both of his parents’ efforts, it’s difficult to meet the family’s needs. “We felt that it was time to put our words into action, and help in any way we could,” junior Lauren Kelley said The $35 a month will be pooled with donations from other sponsors and spent towards the betterment of his community. With 40 thousand staff worldwide, World Vision takes on impoverished areas individually and doesn’t leave until the root causes of poverty have been diminished in ways that enable the whole community to make progress. “The staff collectively felt it was necessary to expand our charitable reach beyond just our immediate communities and into the international community,” senior Mike Lechowski said. The Sitapur program was established by World Vision in 2005 and has made many accomplishments already. Establishing libraries has enhanced the learning environment. Cel-

The Correspondent


Brites Scholarships provide students with opportunity

Shea Anderluh ebrating Independence Day has bolstered national pride. Health education and water sanitation have provided healthier lifestyles and safe water. Two thousand children have been honored with World Vision birthday parties; a chance to feel special and loved. Come Nov. 21, Pushpendra will turn 7-years-old, and the journalism staff will celebrate with him. The financial donations sponsors make are just the tangible help. Communication with the children, kind words, and thoughtful gestures are just as important to bridge the gap between poverty and those with the means to help as the donations are. “We’re looking forward to getting to know Pushpendra and learning about his community and his life,” Kelley said. “It’s a small price to pay to change someone’s life for the better.” The Correspondent’s relationship with Pushpendra is just beginning, but it will be an enduring one. Underclass members have pledged to continue and get the cooperation of incoming staff members for years to come.

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Now that the college application process is mostly completed, the focus for most seniors has shifted. Gaining the title of “second semester seniors” is a big deal, but now they need to put their newfound status to good use. Lucky for all seniors, the college and career center (CCC) has many resources for getting the dream college education funded. One lesser known of feature of the CCC is its resources for scholarships. Online, there are complete listings of scholarship applications that will be received in the CCC, and blank applications are available for any student to choose from. The college resource section online also features links to popular scholarship search engines, and Naviance provides students with scholarship matchups. In the building, students can visit CCC assistants Kathy Emery or Nancy Davis with questions. “I used the college and career center to find scholarship applications,” senior Kim Ferraro said. A binder filled with listings of all the scholarships they are projected to receive is also available. Using the CCC is a quick and easy way for all students to relieve the stress that comes with paying for college. Rachel Lundstrom

Sophomore follows passion for forensic science Kevin Hyde

According to the Princeton Review, only about 15 percent of high school students know what they want to pursue in college. With business management and administration being the top major for college freshmen, there oftentimes seems to be a lack of diverse career choices among high school and college students. This is not the case for sophomore Sarah Zidek, however. Though popularized by television shows like “NCIS” Ashley Hawkins and “CSI,” the world of detective work and forensic science is not what most teens think of when choosing a career. Zidek, however, finds the world fascinating and fitting for a possible career choice. “Right now I am really interested in becoming a detective, but I am also looking into forensics,” Zidek said. In addition to watching shows portraying the profession, Zidek holds respect for real life detectives. “I think it’s really cool what de-

tectives and forensic scientists do for their community,” Zidek said. As far as inspiration, Zidek began taking advantage of popular displays of forensic science and other related fields. Zidek also has taken advantage of the resources the school offers in the working world. “I started watching the show ‘NCIS’ which really sparked my interest in forensics. Then, last year I went on the forensics career trek. The trek also got me involved in the detective side of things,” Zidek said. In order to succeed in any job or aspect of life, it is important to have the support of people who are close, and Zidek has just that, which makes the decision that much easier. “My family and friends think it’s a cool thing to do and completely support my career choice,” Zidek said. After high school, Zidek plans to attend college in order to help better her knowledge of forensic science and detective work. Zidek explained that going to school for such a career is a must and that she hopes to learn as much as she can in order to attain a high ranking position. “Determination is definitely a key part in becoming a forensic scientist or a detective because all of the training and schooling you have to go through,” Zidek said. Rather than settling for a field that plenty of students decide to go into, Zidek has set her sights on becoming the best she can be in whatever field she may choose. “I know there are a lot of people who want to be teachers, and I know for sure that that is just not for me. My ideal goal would be becoming head detective of a city police department,” Zidek said.

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Britney Spears Ashley: I can’t imagine my childhood without Britney Spears; life would be so different if I didn’t get to ride in the car without singing (terribly) along to “Baby One More Time” or hadn’t tried to learn the dance to the “Oops..I Did It Again” music video. I own every single one of her albums, from the debut “…Baby One More Time” to “Circus.” With the release of her newest single, “Hold It Against Me,” and her seventh album due out in March, it is time to reflect on Ms. Spears. I remember when she sprang onto the scene as America’s sweetheart and climbed the charts to become the Queen of Pop. As her stardom grew, she spun out of control (we’re all familiar with the infamous head-shaving incident). She started to get a bad reputation after that, and the number of Britney Spears followers dwindled. However, I couldn’t bear to break away from Britney’s Army. “Hold It Against Me” is by far her most electric-sounding track, and I can’t get enough of it. Debuting at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and taking over the iTunes Top Singles Charts, it’s blatantly clear that Britney Spears still has a viper-like grip on the music industry. I’m pumped for her new album; it won’t be anything less than amazing. Call me Chris Crocker, but I’ve always supported this train-wreck, despite her ups and downs. She’s bounced back, gotten things back on track, and is reclaiming her place as Pop Queen. The music industry is always introducing new faces, but there will never be another Britney Spears. Kevin: Britney Spears has been the bane of my existence the 16 years I have been alive. Spears was one of the first singers that made a name for herself, regardless of her serious lack of talent. Producing mindless, frivolous songs like “Baby One More Time,” it was actually comforting to see her fall off the face of the social radar and not even be in the right mind to sing. When we thought she was gone for good, she comes back with yet another disgustingly put together single that serves no purpose other than exploiting herself in the most negative light Hollywood knows how to shine. “Hold It Against Me” does none other than create disturbing images in my head, as I’m pretty sure no one would want that body held against them. It speaks volumes when youth knows an individual for shaving her head, popularizing the term “baby-daddy,” and making a fool of herself at award shows. Listeners are concerning me more than Britney herself is, mainly for the fact that they are buying this new single. If one thing is for sure, it’s that Britney Spears has set the precedent for young Hollywood. Miley Cyrus has followed suit, now only time will tell when “J. Biebz” does, too. Until then, “hit me, baby, one more time.” No, seriously, impale me with a large object, so that I have an excuse to not listen to Britney Spears. Miss me? Head to CorrespondentLIVE to read more Movies my way! Lin k on the JHHS website.


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‘Off the Map’ takes viewers off charts

ABC’s new hit series, “Off the Map” airs on Wednesday nights at nine. This TV drama is set in the Jungle “somewhere in South America.” A new trio of doctors, just out of medical school in the states, begin with a fresh start. The new doctor’s have to work together with the more experienced doctors to learn the new language and treat patients with distinct problems. The sicknesses that come into the clinic where the doctors work are interesting and traumatizing. During the pilot episode, a man was stuck hanging over a valley between two mountains while he was zip-lining. The

doctors had to take a ride on the zip-line to reach the patient and treat him. During this time, the other doctors had to trek across mountains and cure a family that were infected with a disease. Each episode, there are different patients who are treated by the new doctors as well as more experienced doctors in the jungle. The drama provides beautiful scenery, a refreshing cast, and a great plot. This show is a must see. Everyone’s gotta check it out. Abby Fesl


Lady Gaga’s perfume hits foul note Over the course of my life, I’ve compiled a list of smells that I hope never clench to the fibers of my skin; skunk, raw fish, urine, blue cheese, and used catcher’s equipment. Lady Gaga has added a new scent to my list of rancid aromas, something she calls “Monster.” Personally, I don’t think that title embodies the essence her perfume is going to give off... she’d be much better off going with something like “Dead Hooker,” or “Le Brothel.” The Queen of Eccentricity has sailed the

S.S. Nut Job to a whole new island of uncouth with her new perfume line combining the scents of blood and semen. I had no problem with her bacon-inspired dress. But now impressionable little girls are going to be running around in malls and restaurants reeking of an alarming mix of bodily fluids. This is not creative; this is straight up foul. Taylor Kasper

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‘Skins:’ rates unrealistic look at teen life Claudia Caplan The new MTV show, “Skins,” has labeled American teens as sex-obsessed, drug addicted, party animal adolescents. The previews reflect it to be an exact depiction of teenage life. However, in reality, I’d say about seven percent of teens live the way the characters in “Skins” do. The show premiered after the fist-pumping hit, “Jersey Shore,” making viewers of the renowned “Jersey Shore” watch Skins. “Skins” was originally a UK television program that showed generations of high school groups interacting in brainless behavior. MTV, knowing what a big hit “Jersey Shore” was, decided to pick up the show here in the states but the U.S. version takes out the controversial nudity and swear words. “Skins” is rather risqué, following nine high schoolers’ out of control lives. The show consists of sex, drugs, vomiting, masturbation, and parties. Critics are basing this show on how most teens live their lives. News flash for those who think all teens go out late and get wasted: that is without a doubt incorrect. While there is a population of young adults who have sex and do drugs, they don’t do it to the extent that the show is presenting to its viewers. While MTV is the channel to watch if interested in getting a look at a teenager’s crazed stage in life, it’s also showing groups of people who have these “party lifestyles.” “Jersey Shore,” “Teen Mom,” and “Skins,” are a group of shows that show groups of young adults who have chosen paths in life that a select few walk upon. “Skins” is definitely not a show I would feel comfortable watching with my mom; awkward doesn’t even begin to explain the scenario. I wouldn’t know whether to start giving explanations of what I do on my Friday nights, or just sit pretending I hadn’t noticed the sexual activity on the screen. The show follows the kids in a middle-class


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Northeastern city. The multicultural group of teens is faced with high-school battles and insecurities, although a little more intense then in real life. The raw characters have lives that are more difficult than most. Some are fighting to live a sane lifestyle. We find some coming from broken homes, others being judged for their sexual preferences, and, worst of all, some feeling lost and rejected by life. Teens can relate to situations in parts of the show, but when living in the very Caucasian suburbs of Cook County, it’s hard to feel that students here live anything similar to the lives exhibited on the show. With all that said, that doesn’t mean we don’t have a few “Skins” characters right here in Cook County, but the show takes place in a much rougher neighborhood. “Skins” is an exaggerated bundle of different high-school experiences, all of which are probable and possible. The show can be a little breathtaking at times. Nevertheless, it is something teens all around the country can relate to.

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Winter play ‘conquers’ spotlight Ashley Hawkins scene.” The winter play, “She Stoops to Conquer,” took place in the theater on Feb. 3, 4, and 5. Despite encountering a few obstacles, such as the monster blizzard that hit, the young cast worked hard in order to prepare for their performances. “She Stoops to Conquer” tells the story of a man, Charles Marlow (sophomore Nicky Mendlesohn), who comes to town to visit Mr. Hardcastle’s (sophomore Ben Richardson) daughter, Kate Hardcastle (sophomore Madeleine Brown), to marry her. Marlow and his friend, George Hastings (sophomore Jeremy Germain), have an embarrassing trick played on them by Mrs. Hardcastle’s (senior Ariana Myles) son, Tony Lumpkin (sophomore Steven Kellerhals). During all this, Mrs. Hardcastle is trying to get her son to marry his cousin, Constance Neville (played by sophomore Rachel Campbell), because she has a small fortune. However, Constance loves Mr. Hastings, and she needs to get her jewels from her aunt, so she can run away with her love. The cast put a lot of work into the production. They spent hours at rehearsal and had fun getting into character. “Rehearsal has been going pretty good. The nights are sometimes long, but we usually get a lot accomplished,” Germain said. “The best part about my character is that he’s kind of a jerk. I get into my character by trying to think [about] how he would think before I enter a

Some of the cast members did further research in order to fit their character better. “My character (Kate Hardcastle) is pretty complex, so it has been interesting trying to dissect her. I ran lines with my little brother and some friends to prepare, and I did some research on women of the time period to understand how Kate would carry herself, “ Brown Teagan Ferraresi said. Leading up he cast of ‘She Stoops to Conquer’ performs in one of the scenes . Rehearsal began in to opening night, early December after auditions on Dec. 6 and 7. The play was held in the theater on Feb. 3, the cast faced 4, and 5. some setbacks, but they kept their Wednesday, and the show was on Richardson said. heads high and hoped for the best. Thursday. But since we couldn’t reThe cast of “She Stoops to “We have hit a few bumps here hearse at school, a bunch of us went Conquer” put two months of work and there. It is a difficult play to to one person’s house to rehearse into the production, and they feel interpret, and everyone has been because we all care about making their hard work paid off. working hard. Hopefully, it will this production great,” Kellerhals “Overall, I thought all the perturn out well in the end,” Campbell said. formances went very well. I think said a few days before the first perDespite facing some struggles, the best show was on Saturday beformance. the cast overcame their nerves and cause I think we had the biggest auThe winter storm that hit in had three successful shows. dience,” Kellerhals said “I was very the middle of last week was another “I was a little nervous for the proud of the end result. It’s just sad setback, but the cast made the best performance, especially missing to have to say it’s over now.” of a rough situation. the two days of rehearsal leading up “It [the blizzard] stopped us to the first performance. The first from rehearsing on Tuesday and performance went very smoothly,”


‘American Idol:’ new season brings new judges

Teagan Ferraresi “This year has a lot more young

talent,” senior Josie Calabrese said. For the past decade, Fox’s hit “It’s a good thing they lowered it show “American Idol” has been a because now more talented people major aspect of society. It is cur- have a chance for success.” Along with rently the record those changes holder for the lonis the option to gest running numsubmit a video ber one show based online in place on the Neilsen ratof the prelimiing system. nary auditions. With the tenth “I like that season just startthey have more ing up, there are options to show already various, your talent,” said apparent changCalabrese. es from previous Although years. some fans like Last year all the changes marked Simon that have been Cowell’s final seamade in recent son as the brutally seasons, othhonest judge. This ers long for the season only has show as it was one original judge, Randy Jackson. Handout originally. “I don’t reWorking with him to seek out new teven Tyler is one of the newest ally like American Idol anytalent is Aerosmith’s judges on American Idol. more,” senior Steven Tyler and pop Sophie Kaufmann said. “After 10 star Jennifer Lopez. “I love the new season. I love seasons, it’s just getting really old. Aerosmith, so Steven Tyler being a I understand that they’re trying to judge makes the show so much bet- make it better with all the changes, but it will never compare to the ter,” senior Lexi Rubio said. Another change is the age re- older seasons when it was just Ranquirement being lowered to 15. dy, Paula, and Simon.”

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Wrestling dominates in conference meet

Seven go to sectionals David Milligan Stephfon Scales.

“The highlight of the season was winning regionals,” Koepke said. “It feels good because now I have a good spot at sectionals.” Head coach Jim Wormsley was also impressed with the team’s showing at regionals, “The guys had a great performance,” Wormsley said. Wormsley is also pleased with the amount of wrestlers going to sectionals, seven in all. Seniors Jeff Koepke, Jason Olson, and Zak Whitehead; juniors Stephfon Scales, Conrad Bugay, and Matt Gianneschi; and sophomore Hunter Rollins all earned spots to represent their team at this weekend’s sectional. A main theme for the guys this year has been keeping a team mentality. “They’re there helping and supporting,” Rollins said, “It feels great to have them.” “The team mentality comes from pushing each other in prac-

Bowlers roll through season Rachel Lundstrom The bowling team has undergone a season that can best be described as nothing less than a roller coaster. The lows of the season included the program nearly being cut due to lack of participation, while the highs of meeting new people marked the season overall as a success. “[Girls Athletic Director Pat] Kennedy came into our gym class to convince us to join bowling. It sounded like fun, and now I’ve bowled on varsity and bonded with teammates of all ages,” Rachel Lundstrom freshman Kathleen Dempsey said. unior Sam Tres holds her form as she watches Going into the the pins fall at practice before regionals. sectional finals, this year’s bowling team was confident in their “Since we only have one senior skills. After winning eleven out of leaving, we are looking forward to twelve regular season matches, the being stronger next year,” DeFranvarsity team looked forward to get- cesco said. ting things accomplished at this With the power of a large year’s sectional meet on Feb 5. group of returning bowlers, the “Even though it was a hard 2012 team will be even stronger meet, we went into it knowing we than this year’s group. would try our best,” junior Allison When the beginning of this DeFrancesco said. season almost didn’t exist, the Junior Sam Tres was a stand- bowling program has shaped up to out bowler, placing into the top 50 exceed expectations this year.“We bowlers at the sectional. However, placed thirteenth at sectionals, only the top three bowlers from which is the best we have done in non-qualifying teams advance to awhile,” DeFrancesco said. state. This year’s bowling team is “Sam did awesome! I know she happy they got the chance to show will improve throughout the year, their standout skills at the Rolling and maybe she will qualify for state Meadows sectional Saturday. And next year,” Dempsey said. with three freshmen and seven Although no one advanced, juniors, the future of bowling is this season was not a waste. strong.


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enior Jeff Koepke and sophomore Hunter Rollins practice for their sectional meets today and tomorrow. “It feels good to have my teammates because they give me confidence,” Koepke said. The seven wrestlers who will compete at sectionals will be wrestling today and tomorrow. tice,” Wormsley said, “That’s what they’re there for.” The MSL East division crown was there for the team’s taking on Jan. 21 when they squared off with then 3-1 Rolling Meadows. All the guys needed was to win and the East was theirs out-right. Unfortunately, they ended up with a 12-point loss to the Mustangs and a shared East division title. Both teams finished with re-

cords of 4-1. “We didn’t do well against Meadows,” Rollins said, even though he won his match that day. As the season comes to its final matches, a clear-cut MVP can’t be found through the eyes of their coach. “It’s too early to tell,” Wormsley said, “[The rest of the season] gotta still play out.

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M i k e Le chows k i a nd Z a ck K i l l a m 1.

It’s that time of the year again, swimming playoffs. And the one thing that everyone knows about swimming playoffs is the inhuman blonde hair all swimmers sport leading up to their big match. Nothing is more intimidating than seeing senior Kevin Pederson walk around the halls with a bleached head and a blonde beard to match. Although they look more like buff members of a boy band, I’m predicting these boys won’t be fading out of the playoffs any time soon.


I think the only all-star game less interesting than the all-star hockey game is the all-star football game, the Pro Bowl. The Pro Bowl is an uninteresting speed bump on the road to the Super Bowl. The game featured exactly zero penalties, as well as zero effort. The Pro Bowl has to be far dumber than those stupid foam cheese heads worn by Packers fans.

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onnor Miklasz (above) and Tom Sutrinaitis (right) lead the boys basketball team as the only two seniors. Both focus on sinking their free throws in a tough buzzer beater loss to Buffalo Grove last Friday, 58-56. he team went on to beat Lake Zurich on Saturday, putting them neck to neck with rival Prospect in a race for first place in the East. Buffalo Grove and Rolling Meadows trail both teams by one game, with the potential for a four way tie. he East division title will be determined tonight as the boys take on Prospect, hoping for the same outcome as the last time they met.


3. The Country Dance might not have had the highest attendance, but it just might be here to stay. After losing Friday’s game to Buffalo Grove, the boys basketball team coincidentally won the next night, the same night as The Country Dance. I’m not superstitious, but I think we should at least bring the mechanical bull to the rest of the season’s games, and probably the teams newly acquired mascot, Woody.


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Team cohesiveness proves crucial Teagan Ferraresi and is always having a good time. We’re Lauren Kelley always around each other and hanging Senior basketball player Tom Sutrinaitis is no clairvoyant, yet he still has a personal conjecture regarding tonight’s game versus conference rival, Prospect. “The only prediction I have as of now is we plan on being the MSL champs and worry about playoffs after that,” Sutrinaitis said. The first step to achieving the Mid Suburban League championship is by defeating the Knights tonight and winning the East division title. Both Prospect and Hersey will enter the game with matching records of 6-2. “Our overall goal is to win the MSL East conference,” junior Kevin Kozil said. “We need to play consistent basketball, not just show flashes of excellence. We also need to play better defense.” Saturday night’s game against Lake Zurich proved triumphant for the Huskies. The boys defeated LZHS 53-49. “Even though they aren’t in our conference, a win is still a win and it helped us with our overall record,” junior Justin Jobski said. One of the two losses the team suffered this season came last Friday against Buffalo Grove. The score remained close throughout majority of the game but the boys eventually succumbed to the Bison after a last second shot from Buffalo Grove’s Dan Recht that brought the final score to 58-56. Despite a loss in the second to last game of the regular season, the Huskies are confident in their ability as well as their cohesiveness. “If I could describe our team in one word, it’d be ‘family.’ Everyone gets along

out outside of school and basketball,” Kozil said. “I’d say this team is a lot more united. We win together, we lose together.” Contrary to last year’s team stacked with seniors, this year’s team only has two: Sutrinaitis and Connor Miklasz. As for the lack of seniors playing, the team doesn’t see it as a disadvantage. “With the incredible chemistry our team has, I don’t see class differences really. All I see is one basketball team,” Sutrinaitis said. “Of course there’s some leadership associated with being one of two seniors, but it’s all flowed really well. It’s way better then I anticipated.” “Although there’s a lot of younger people on the team, most of them have varsity experience, so having a ‘young’ team doesn’t mean anything,” Miklasz said. “We’re a young team, but we’ve been playing together for a while so we play well together and are aware of the important little things each person does when playing in a game,” Jobski said. In order to finish up the season strong, the Huskies are focused on working out their kinks and coming together to make a big finish. “Communication. The main thing we need to work on is communication. Talking is the key to a good team. If we could get that and defense down, we’d be unstoppable,” Jobski said. As for support from the fans, the team couldn’t be happier. “We all really appreciate and thank the fans for their continued enthusiasm and support for our team. We won’t disappoint them in the coming weeks,” Sutrinaitis said.


Last Sunday’s game featured more than just one fierce competition; The Super Bowl was also home to an intense battle of having the best hair. In matchup between the blonde brothers Clay Matthews and AJ Hawk against the infamous rug that Troy Polamalu sports, I must say that this a close call. But in the end, the only obvious choice is Troy of Pittsburgh. I mean, I don’t think either of the blondies have their hair insured for $1 million.


After Wednesday night’s conference championship game, the lady Huskies basketball team is looking forward to the state playoffs. The team has been getting a lot of help from players other than Megan Rogowski, but in the playoffs I predict Rogowski will step up her already stellar game and put the team on her back. Hopefully she doesn’t run into Darren Sharper, but he probably wouldn’t be able to stop her anyway.


ESPN did some research to see what teams were getting the most “bang for their buck” based on team payroll and the amount of wins the team had last season. Just like every other study done on the MLB the Cubs were in the back of the pack. The Cubs won 75 games last year and had a $146.61 million dollar salary meaning the Cubs paid $1.96 million per win. Which was second worst behind the Yankees. Even though they pay way too much at least they beat the Yankees, and everyone likes beating the Yanks.


In our second and final installment of The AHYBA Update the Nuggets continue to be the best team in the league even with key player Matt Fay sidelined with a wrist fracture at 8-1. Holding up the rear are the Lakers who still haven’t won a game and have lost 10, and smack dab in the middle is a fairly disappointing Celtic squad that is only 4-5, even with the coaching expertise of John Novak.


At the NHL All-Star game, Patrick Sharp won the MVP award and received a new Honda Crosstour. He said afterward he would give the car to his Dad or brother. Maybe what Sharpie should do is offer it to his teammates for picking up their play down the stretch. If the Hawks continue to play like they have been lately then he can pack up his Dad and brother and take the Crosstour on a nice family vacation while 16 other teams fight for the trophy that currently belongs to Chicago.


The Daytona 500 is the highlight of the redneck sports season. Country fans everywhere are grabbing their shotguns and six packs and getting to the track to watch a bunch of left turns; I bet if they came to Hersey’s parking lot after the Snow of ’11 they’d be in for more of a show than if they were in Florida.

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enior Eileen Zydek looks to pass to her teammates during the game against Buffalo Grove on Feb. 4. The team lost 57-48. he team clinched the East during the previous game against Elk Grove. They finished their conference season with a record of 9-1, the only loss to Buffalo Grove on Friday night. he conference championship game was played on Wednesday, February 9 against Fremd, as The Correspondent went to press.



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Senior bowls last strike Anthony Bellafiore Senior Sara Marzano competes in a sport that isn’t as publicized as basketball, football, or any sport other at this school; bowling. Marzano got introduced to the sport freshman year. “It seemed fun and interesting. There were signs all around school, and I thought I would try it out,” Marzano said. Marzano has stuck with bowling throughout her four years here. Now, with the season over she reflects on her experiences. “My biggest struggle this year was being under pressure and being too hard on myself,” Marzano said. Her top score of the year was a 224 out of 300. With hard work and effort, Marzano finished off with a great season to remember. She couldn’t have done it on her own though. “My teammates were supportive and there for me,” Marzano said.

With the support of her teammates, she pulled it off. However, the games weren’t all competition. She found ways to have fun with this season and make it the best. “Through bowling, I met a lot of people I thought I wouldn’t meet and made a lot of friends,” Marzano said. Marzano made the best of her career making friends and breaking barriers on the lanes.

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“‘Lose Yourself’ by Eminem. It’s something I’m familiar with that put’s me in a different state of mind.”

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“‘We Are Young’ by 3OH!3 because it gets me in an excited mood.”

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“‘The Show Goes On’ by Lupe Fiasco. It gets me pumped up.”

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“‘Sound the Alarm’ by A Day to Remember, because the lyrics are really heavy and the contrast between alpha and omega make me feel invincible before a match ”




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