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“The Capist,” otherwise known as Grant Bennett, senior, does pushups on the shoulders of Hunter Brown, junior, and Brett Brown, senior. Students in the Bucket Brigade raise school spirits at sporting events. Noah Peaster/The
Stomp ‘em flat Putting the cat back in the hat Fourth Estate
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The temperature is dropping, the leaves are falling, the students are anxious and homecoming is tomorrow. Custer Stadium will be packed as students and families fill in to watch the Bruins play the opposing team, the Ponca City Wildcats. Many fans may be dazed when they show up and think they are in a Dr. Seuss book. This year’s theme is focused on The Cat in the Hat. It
was chosen by Student Council. “The motto was based from the Dr. Seuss poem ‘Oh! The Places You’ll Go!’” Kim Lashbrook, Student Council adviser, said. To go along with the anxiety for the game, the homecoming parade is tonight. Many floats will be featured, along with large amounts of candy and homecoming candidates. Not only is the high school going to be participating, but many leaders of the community are also expected to be there, as well.
“We traditionally have around 40 to 50 entries and lots of fun,” Lashbrook said. Tomorrow night, just before the game, National Honor Society will host the block party. The block party will have tons of activities and excitement for everyone and for all age groups. “The block party is going to be a great way for everyone to come out, support our team and have a really good time,” Melissa Neel, National Honor Society president, said.
Attractions range from food and games, to items for sale. The big game will begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission for students is $4 and for adults it is $6. The bleachers will fill up quickly, and there is a high probability for a full house. A large part of homecoming is the crowning of the king and queen. Nominees consist of six senior boys and six senior girls, and three junior boys and three junior girls, as well as the winning couple from the
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mid-high school. Tim Hamilton, Luke Buhlinger and Grant Shoemaker are the junior guys; Emma Dunlap, Jessica Purvis and Brittany Roberts are the junior girls. Senior guy candidates are Blake Hicks, Mick Miller, Mitch Tate, Thomas Bridges, Kody Fleak and Chandler Bennett. Senior girls consist of Holly Rummage, Emily Mueller, Danielle Koster, Macie Orr, Sadie Reed,and Catie George. Royalty will be crowned at half time.
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More equals less: ACT average score drops for more exam takers Katlin Bullock
Staff Reporter The ACT in recent years had dropped to an all time low on the high school’s average. “We were talking about how we went from 22.7 to 22, on our average, but the other side of that story is a very good one,” Sam Herriman, executive director of secondary instruction, said. “We had 60 more students take the test this year.” The drop is viewed as the result of encouragement and a better preparation of what to expect on such an impor-
tant exam, enabling students to feel better about undertaking it. A high testing average is wanted. “It reflects student achievement, reflects kids who are prepared to go to the next level,” Herriman said. Many aren’t worried about it continuing to drop, as long as the surplus amount of students continue to take the test. “It means that the vision we want them to have, perhaps they’ve got it,” Herriman said. When it comes to movitvating students or helping them out teachers try
to find resourses to help pay for ACT prep classes. They want to make sure they try to prepare kids as best as they can, according to Herriman. Even so, the colleges that the scores are directed towards wish to see said scores as “an idea of the likelihood of success for students entering their college,” Terri Brant, principal, said. The scores can range from a 1 to a 36 in how well a student does in the 4 subject areas: English, math, reading and science.
D.A.R.E. to make a change Tyler Bell
Web Editor Red Ribbon Week will be held during the week of Oct. 25-29 in order to raise awareness about the use of drugs and alcohol and to gather pledges to live a drugfree life. Red Ribbon Week started in 1985 when a Drug Enforcement Administration officer was killed according to imdrugfree.com. Within weeks after his death, family and friends began pledging to live a drugfree life. They also began wearing red satin ribbons to commemorate him. “Red Ribbon week is nationally recognized as one week that is set aside to recognize the importance of being drug free and how drugs affect all of society’s lives,” Jon Copeland, D.A.R.E instructor, said. Many teens think Red Ribbon Week is for elementary schools, but it still applies to them. “It does apply to all ages, not just elementary kids,” Copeland said. “Teenagers are especially important because often they may not see or think about the ramifications of decisions made while under the influence. Often teens think they are in control when in fact they may not be. When alcohol or drugs are factored in, it can
complicate a situation. Scientific data shows that a teen’s brain is still ‘growing’ up to the age of 21, even though their
Think about the effect that alcohol or tobacco use has on persons that have consumed or used for a period of time and drawn an addiction.
John Copeland D.A.R.E Instructor
physical height or weight may not still be ‘growing’.” Drugs can affect anyone, even those who would probably never be thought of as drug users. “There are those students who look forward to college and prepare by studying or excelling at sports but sometimes lose sight of ‘if I do this what happens in 10 years, 15, 20, or even just 5,’” Copeland said. “Think about the effect that alcohol or tobacco use has on persons that have consumed or used for a period of time and drawn an addiction.” It is not only the drugs
themselves that kill or injure people but what is done while under the influence. “Teenage drivers account for a small percentage of drivers within the state or nation but collectively make up around 50 percent of vehicle crashes,” Copeland said. “When you factor in drug or alcohol usage it can create a higher potential for more serious injuries or property damage.” Peer pressure can push people into trying drugs for the first time. “It is often hard to make the ‘right’ decision because we always think about what our friends, colleagues, family might think,” Copeland said. “This is never more important when you factor in peer pressure and wanting to be included in the ‘In crowd’ or the ‘cool kids’. By setting strong values and standards for one’s self early on, it will lead to a rewarding life that will allow any person to search for their goals and attain them.” “It is difficult for one person, by themselves to make a difference,” Copeland said. “But a group that holds the same belief that alcohol, tobacco or other drugs are not necessary to ‘enjoy life’ will greatly assist in making our society a healthier and safer place to live and grow.”
The ACT is not a nationwide test. In fact, the SAT is very much similar, enabling them to be used in the same manner, although state-wide colleges would rather refer to the ACT format. “ACT is a content-based test where SAT is critical thinking and problem solving. The two tests are scored on entirely different scales and each have unique test taking strategies,” Brant said.
We were talking about how we went from 22.7 to 22, on our average, but the other side of that story is a very good one. We had 60 more students take the test this year.
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In accordance, the ACT company uses the money from the tests to better prepare the next generation, from the previous.
Technology: grant to provide students with new opportunities Tyler Bell
Web Editor The high school received a grant in August for $69,000 from the Oklahoma Education Technology Trust to buy new technology for the classroom. The grant will buy the school 105 Ipod Touches, 3 MacBooks, 7 Flip video cameras and 6 Interwrite Mobi systems. “I took a class that qualified us for the grant,” Teri Brant, principal, said. “I had to go through some training in Norman, log 75 hours of technology use and write the beginning part of a plan to implement the technology into the classroom. The training was on using technology in a classroom. It was not tied to the equipment we are getting.” “The grant was a great opportunity,” Kim Lashbrook, librarian, said. “We were very lucky; only 13 schools out of 50 or 60 who applied got the grant.” The goal of the technology is to excite students’ interest in learn-
ing. Teachers who use them will concentrate the excitement to preparing for EOIs. “Mobi pads will go to all the math classes,” Julie Smith, business teacher, said. “Seventy Ipods will go to a cooperation between Algebra II and Chemistry I classes. The 35 extra Ipods and the Flip cameras will be available for teachers to check out.” The Mobi pads are
The grant was a great opportunity. We were very lucky; only 13 schools out of 50 or 60 who applied got the grant.
Kim Lashbrook Librarian
wireless tablets that a teacher can take around the room. Teachers write on them and what they write is projected on the
board. Ipod Apps can be used as another way to educate students in a more interactive way. “My chemistry classes could use this measurement conversion App I found,” Chris Ruhl, chemistry teacher, said. “I also found a periodic table App that we could download. I am also looking for some graphing Apps that math classes can use as well.” Flip cameras can be used to record teacher lectures, conduct interviews or to just have fun making videos over topics. “Teachers could set up a camera on one of the tripods we are getting and record that day of class if it is really important,” Brant said. “Another use is for students who want to do a video for a class project of some sort. Like if they wanted to do a skit over a subject.” Teachers are looking forward to the new technology to implement into the classroom. They want to give the students new opportunities to learn by ways they are more familiar with.
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Where were you when...? Big Picture
Tyler Bell Web Editor Almost three weeks ago was the ninth anniversary of one of the most ominous days in United States history, the attack on the World Trade Center. We students were very young during this time. On this anniversary I was on my way home from the OU football game. I was bored. It was dark so I could not read; my Ipod was dead. The day before, my journalism teacher had us do a free write on where we were on 9/11 and how we felt when we learned what happened. She said that every gen-
eration has a “where were you when…” moment. For our generation it is “where were you when the World Trade Center collapsed?” That part was easy. I was in Mrs. Morgan’s second grade class doing spelling. She asked if we knew about the plane crashing into the towers. I did not know anything about it. Then came the other part of the free write. What did I feel? I had nothing. Nada. Nothing came to mind. My mind was totally black. I did not know how I felt. It dawned on me at that moment—somewhere between Norman and Bartlesville—that I don’t remember how I initially felt when I learned of the towers collapsing, and probably never will. People cried. Friends have told me of their teacher crying during school. I heard the roads
were empty that day— everyone’s eyes glued to the television and the sky. I do not remember any of this myself. The only thing I remember was seeing smoke come out of the towers on television when I got home from school that day. I did not understand what happened on Sept. 11, 2001, and it angers me. I want to understand, but I never will. I will never know the true hurt of that day. Maybe I was young, but other people my age felt the fear, the anger and the anguish that was experienced that day. Here is the positive point of the story: I learned a little more about myself that day three weeks ago. Out of all this anger and confusion inside me, I learned why I do what I do—why I am who I am. I learned something I never thought of before. I crave knowledge. I want
to know everything--even the feelings behind things some people wish they could forget, like 9/11. I’m not a creative person; I would rather learn. Every job I am interested in involves travel—journalist, videographer, photographer, pilot, engineer—because I want to learn about new things. Even though I was put into journalism by mistake, I stayed in to learn something new. To make a long story short, this was a great awakening to me. I now realized more of who I am, and it was all because of the anniversary of one of the darkest days in United Stated history. What I am trying to say is some of the best things in life come from the worst places. Always keep your eyes open. You never know what you will discover about yourself.
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Transitioning from the mid-high to the senior high is more than just a change of buildings; it’s a change of attitude, maturity and responsibility. At the mid-high many of the students took several Pre-AP and honors classes to prepare for AP classes at the senior high. The classes at the mid-high were a major step from middle school classes, as they should be. These classes require motivation and responsibility, while being manageable for most students. This year, I happen to be taking several AP classes like many other students. Approaching the second month of school, I am already overwhelmed with work. I go to school each day for seven hours. When I get home from school, I work on homework for several hours, and on average I get five to six hours of sleep a night. I cannot help but wonder why no one warned me about taking too many of these classes. When I was scheduling my classes for this year, not once did anyone warn me to take a minimum number of AP classes. My counselor had a confused look on her face, as if she were saying ‘are you sure?’, but she never once tried to talk to me or my mom about getting out of one of my classes. This is not only the effect of the counselors’ lack of information, but of the schools overworking of the counselors. Counselors are expected to do so much anymore that sometimes they do not have time to actually counsel students. Counselors have numerous responsibilities including preparing for testing, putting each student in a six hour schedule and setting up events for other schools. Having so much school and homework time is taking away our time as youth. Most of us are between the ages of 15 and 18, but we are still youth and still in high school. When I was in middle school, I imagined a great social life in high school. I dreamed of having several friends and being able to hang out and party a little. I imagined homecoming and prom. I imagined high school as being fun. Yes--like all the movie clichés. In its own ways, high school is still fun. We have more freedom, the ability to think for ourselves and all the school activities. But on the other hand, a lot is taken away from you if you are a serious student looking to perform well. We are focused on PSATs, SATs, ACTs, EOIs and AP exams, not to mention all the other requirements to get into college. My point is that at this time in our lives, we have become apt to take ourselves a little too seriously. We need to have fun while we can. Make high school like those movie clichés while still preparing for college. Make time to have fun, because this is supposed to be the best time of our lives.
Ground Zero controversy provides field day for ignorant
Dr. Who? Jacob Casto Magazine Editor
While patriotism and national security are certainly worthwhile, we have let anger and hate become part of what we call love for our country. How fair is it to a born
Editor in Chief: Katie McCarley Web Editor: Tyler Bell Magazine Editor: Jacob Casto Head Photograper: Noah Peaster Staff Reporters: Brianna Bellamy Katlin Bullock Alexandria Canoy Melissa Neel
U.S. Muslim woman to be judged on sight as she walks through an airport or mall? Why can anyone ask for our nation, which we claim grants freedom of religion to all, to go and restrict it on one group of people? These hypocrites that call themselves Americans are clearly afraid, insecure and ignorant. The only clear argument I have heard is against the mosque at Ground
Zero is that it would offend the memory of those lost. My personal response to this is that then we have let ourselves go back to habits of stereotypes and the illusion of knowing a person by the color of skin or language of a prayer. These people who wish to build it here are not the same people who attacked us. To treat these people the same is a mark of disrespect and ignorance.
However, my ultimate belief is that it is in their own best interest that they not choose to build. The reaction by Terry Jones will not be the only result of their plans, and I doubt that those reactions will be limited to burning the Quran. I’m concerned for the safety of the people who will go to that mosque to pray. We do not hear daily about attacks on Islamic places of worship that
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already go on and could easily be carried a step further in such a controversial location as near Ground Zero. If you disagree that there are attacks, I encourage you to do some research. It’s very easy to find. There have been projectiles, protests and profanity surrounding multiple mosques all around the country. The people who worship here do not have their due freedom. These
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poorly justified feelings of hatred are consuming the truth of knowing that two people are not the same. We must seek to understand then evaluate; and that these are not duties of Americans but the duty of all humankind, to be equal and not judging, to look at one man’s integrity and character. On Sept. 11, 2010, I mourned for the judged as well as the lost on this day and pity the ignorant.
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Pedal to the metal? Middle the traffic sort of came to an abrupt halt. It took us a little time to come to a complete stop, and we were very close to the truck in front of us. We actually had a sigh of relief when we stopped, but a split second afterwards, we were jolted forward by the car behind rear-ending us.” The pressure on the driver is intense when they are in an act-quick situation. The driver has to decide what to do to avoid damage before the short time runs out. “When we got in front of Central all of the sudden the traffic in front of me just stopped so I slammed on my breaks. I was able to stop in time but the truck behind me wasn’t. He slammed into the back of my truck and
Alexandria Canoy Staff Reporter
There are many distractions on the road. Staying focused and alert keeps everyone safe. Noah Peaster/The
Reckless driving has become a major problem with today’s teenagers. Many find themselves speeding, losing focus or tailgating other cars. Molly Smith, junior, and Candace Smith, senior, were recently in an accident caused by reckless driving. “We were casually leaving the high school parking lot, and the traffic was sort of hectic that day anyway,” Molly said. “As we started driving on Hillcrest, Candace remembered to put on her seat belt randomly. She was going the normal speed limit, and as we came up to the street right next to Central
Cracking Down: Legal effects of dangerous driving Brianna Bellamy Staff Reporter
Many teenage drivers brag about speeding and other bad driving habits, but the consequences of these habits may be worse than some teenagers realize. Any person under 21 cannot have any trace of alcohol on their breath. The penalty is anywhere from $100 to $2,000, depending on the offence. Teens who are 18 can be put into the county jail. Teens who are 16 or 17 can not be placed in jail, but may be put into a juvenile detention center. Even just being able to drive while drunk, like
having the keys, can be a offence. Speeding may be the most common of these habits. It seems like a good idea if you are running late for school or work, but speeding in Bartlesville will cause you to pay some hefty fines. Speeding reduces the time you have to react to oncoming obstacles. The fine for speeding is $124, but if anyone caught speeding in a school zone with flashing lights, like the high school’s zone, another $75 is added to the speeding fine. As a result of inexperience, many teen drivers become impatient with slow drivers ahead of
them. Tailgating, or following too close, is one of the easiest ways to get into an accident. The Oklahoma Driver Safety learner’s book has a couple of tips to avoid tailgating. The first is called The Three Second Rule. If a person were driving at a speed too high over the speed limit, they might be charged with reckless driving. Reckless driving is a serious offense that an Oklahoma statute defines as “any person [driving] a motor vehicle in a careless or wanton manner without regard for the safety of persons or property.” This can range from excessive speeding to
passing a school bus while its lights are flashing. Reckless driving can have a fine as high as$1,000. Fines can be given out to people whose driving is impaired due to texting or talking on a cell phone while driving. A police officer won’t be able to pull you over just because you have your cell phone out, but if the officer sees that you are distracted by it you will be fined up to$500. This might seem a little extreme, but it’s the only way to keep drivers safe. Talking on the phone while driving can double the chance that there will be an accident.
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ran me into the huge truck in front of me,” Candace said, “ It was so bad that when I tried to get out, the door of my truck wouldn’t open.” Speeding makes the driver’s reaction time much less than going at the speed limit. This, paired with following too closely, or tailgating, make for unsafe driving conditions. Driving too fast and tailgating are two of the top causes for accidents in America and can be very dangerous. “The accident happened because traffic came to a stop so abruptly and the person behind us was going too fast to stop in time. If they weren't speeding, and if we were able to be further from the truck in front of us, it could've been avoided,”
Molly said. “The person behind us had 30 feet of skid marks so they saw us from far off, just didn't have time to stop.” Candace and Molly were only in a minor accident. While their truck was totaled, it could have been a lot worse. “Seeing as we were pinned between the two trucks, if it were any worse, my sister and I could be seriously hurt as opposed to just the bumps and bruises that we got,” Candace said. Sometimes accidents happen even when the driver is taking precautions. Accidents can be fast paced and shocking for both the drivers and passengers. While some crashes are minor bumps others can be really dangerous.
Defensive Driving Vital to saving young lives
Amanda Stouffer Staff Reporter
New freedom on the road can cause some teens to make hasty decisions. According to the Allstate Foundation, motor vehicle accidents are the No. 1 killer of American teenagers and take more than 5,000 young lives each year. One way this number could be severely reduced is if more teens practiced defensive driving. “Driving is a visual task,” Gerry Demaray, driver’s education teacher, said. “You need to be able to identify what-ifs on the road.” Another problem teens run into is distractions. Whether it is fiddling with the radio, a talkative friend in the back seat or an important phone call, everyone is guilty of distracted driving. “Turn your phone off while you’re traveling,” Jim Myer, patrol officer, said. “Driving and talking and texting –it’s just the three don’t mix.” Myer said many accidents in Bartlesville are caused by people who follow too closely and then get distracted for just a second. Driving requires more visual effort than most teens allot for it. It is easy to get into the habit of driving some place and to stop paying
as much attention to the road, and therein lies the problem. Everyone has places they go every day, so they put themselves on autopilot. “Active eyes are the key to defensive driving,” Demaray said. “Your eyes should be moving every three seconds, checking your gages and looking in mirrors and blind spots.” Another problem is that the society of today is on a strict time schedule. There are many engagements that people place on themselves. “We’re all in a big hurry for whatever reason and we just don’t pay attention like we ought to,” Myer said. “We all do it. We really need to slow down and pay attention to what’s going on around us. You’ve got to pay attention to what’s in front of you, behind you and on the sides of you.” Defensive driving is just like regular driving with a little more attentiveness. It just comes down to a smidge here and a smidge there. Practice will help fix any minor details that need help. “To me, defensive driving is hyperawareness,” Demaray said. “If someone is intentionally identifying, predicting and deciding what can go wrong and executing safe driving habits I would call that defensive driving.”
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Worthy of note: senior masters ragtime Melissa Neel
Staff Reporter While sitting in Chris Hogan’s kitchen watching the family prepare a Jamaican style lunch one can hear his laptop playing in the background. Listen a little closer and it is the ragtime genre of music that has become quite well known around the household. This is all because of their youngest son, Chris, who has grown to love the xylophone and its ragtime style since his freshman year. This past summer he got the chance to go to a week long camp that was specifically designed for xylophone players. For Hogan, the xylophone is more than just a unique sound. When it comes to pas-
Students of Bartlesville Senior High continue to go the extra mile in their academics. Junior Nick Morgan seized the opportunity he was given to travel to Stanford University over the summer to attend Ivy League level classes. Morgan enrolled in a program named Education Program for Gifted Youth (E.P.G.Y.). They sent him an e-mail one day giving a brief introduction of the program. He became interested and then started looking into it more. “I thought the program sounded really cool, so I found out more about it and ended up applying,” Morgan said. “I knew I would find the material interesting and possibly relevant to my future.” Morgan was accepted and got the chance to take Investigations in Bioscience and Biotechnology where they specifically focused on the immune system. The class lasted from
sion, Hogan “It’s almost said it’s “not everything to so much the me,” Hogan instrument said, “I want to but the genre, be the best xyloragtime. For phonist in the America ragworld.” time is to At the rate he’s the 1920s as going that goal hip hop is to is plausible. today.” Surrounded by Ragtime was only adults from a popular style places as far as of music in the Japan and Seatlate 1800s and tle, Hogan finds early 1900s. It Chris Hogan, seinor, is playing his xylophone. The piece he is playing is called himself amidst has an accom- Dream Catchers. Melissa Neel/The Fourth Estate some extremely paniment of talented xylotor Alex Claussen said, two-four time phonists at a and a melody that is “He is very talented in all camp in Delaware. This It’s areas of percussion.” steadily syncopated. is the Tenth Annual Xyloalmost everyIn order to keep up Hogan has not only phone Ragtime Institute, thing to me. played the xylophone but with the demands of directed by Bob Becker. I want to be the school band and for has also played a wide It was an intensive the best xylovariety of instruments improvement, he praccamp consisting of six phonist in the from the timpani to the tices around one to two hours of technique and world hours each day. With marimba to the piano. history, two hours of He is a part of the band all this dedication, one rehearsals for concerts as well as the Steel Drum could say playing the and seven hours of even xylophone is a huge part Chris Hogan Band. more practicing. Xylophonist Hogan’s band direc- of his life. Hogan said camp taught
July 12 to Aug. 7. “A career in medicine is still very high on my list of possible career choices,” Morgan said. The 45 students handled the classes quite well, the instructors were well aware that each student
to a summer at Stanford
to work on homework and things that needed accomplished.” Being on the Stanford campus for almost a month, the students were able to learn a bit about the Stanford family and
Church the most historic building on campus where many of them attended church services on Sunday. “The campus was beautiful and historic, yet exciting and modern,” Morgan said. The students were also able to explore several very interesting places on downtime from school. They were able go to the San Francisco Zoo, the Golden Gate Bridge and the beach. “San Francisco Bay is one of the most amazing places I’ve been,” he said. Morgan encourages all who are interested in the program to look more into it and for them to definitely apply. They take applications in early fall and they’re most likely already taking in applications for the 2011 summer.
was in high school and all had different educational backgrounds. Part of each day was set for them
a little bit about the history of the school and the campus itself, including the Stanford Memorial
“It was one of the most memorable months of my life” Morgan said.
him “how to improvise on a melody. Music is made for interpretation.” This is a talent he has had since preschool. “Chris always changed and altered his music,” Donna Hogan, Hogan’s mother, said. Even when he was taking piano lessons at five years old he was molding pieces into new rhythms. “I thought everybody did it,” Donna Hogan said. The camp he attended revealed to him that not only is he excelling at a high school level, but he was even offered college scholarships, proving his potential as a musician. Hogan’s dreams are to continually excel and eventually have a career filled with music. To Hogan music is not something that can be taken from him. It is simply a part of who he is.
Five students achieve National Merit rank Jacob Casto
Magazine Editor For 55 years, the National Merit Scholarship Program has given out scholarship money to more than 275,000 high school students. Last year, the high school had five students become finalists. This year, Amanda Cole, Alex Pelligrino, Carl Szmutko, David Oakley and Ethan Bliss have become Semifinalists. “It feels great, but it will feel even better if I advance to Finalist standing,” Szmutko said. National Merit status is based on PSAT scores students receive during their junior year. Semifinalists are in the top half of one percent in their given state. Only 16,000 students in the nation reach this status. Then, 15,000 proceed to Finalist standings. “Semifinalists are deemed Finalists after the review of an application. The other Semifinalists and I are in the process of submitting our applications,” Szmutko said.
Finalists compete for 2500 scholarships from sponsor organizations that will select applications that meet their criteria. “Semifinalists do not receive any rewards in addition to their recognition. Rewards are reserved for Finalists,” Szmutko said. Two hundred colleges will finance up to 4,900 students who will attend those respective colleges. Like those, 250 colleges will give 1,000 corporate scholarships to students who meet their requirements. “The greatest habit that has helped me throughout my education is my love for reading,” Szmutko said. The five students have worked hard to receive this honor, with support and with their natural talents. “Without self-confidence, I would have never been able to achieve this,” Szmutko said. “My family and friends have supported me in all of my endeavors, both academic and extracurricular.”
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Arts & Entertainment Sept. 30, 2010
Local rapper recording for upcoming mixtape release Noah Peaster
Head Photographer Words with impact, catchy rhymes, emotional lyrics and a steady beat can be found when listening to T.M.C., otherwise known as Miles Mooreland. Mooreland is a junior and teenage rapper planning the release of a mix tape in the near future. With his buttery flow and unique style, it is sure to impress. Mooreland’s hip-hop career began in the sixth grade when he started having rap battles with his friends to pass the time. The compliments he received on his free styling skills motivated him to start recording. Mooreland, who called himself Duke at the time, took three days to record his first song using a pc gaming microphone. Now, Mooreland’s music is recorded in his room with more specialized equipment. The “makeshift studio,” as Mooreland describes it, consists of a high-end computer microphone, a laptop and various recording and editing programs. Mooreland’s favorite
artists include: Wiz Khalifa, Curren$y, Meek Mill, Big Sean, B.O.B., Freddie Gibs and many more. Of course, Mooreland’s musical interests are not just in hip-hop. “I remember my first iPod,” Mooreland said. “I had a lot of jazz, some Steely Dan, this one song by No Doubt and some token rap songs.” Mooreland also plays in the high school orchestra. T.M.C., aka “The Most Creative,” is Mooreland’s newest moniker. Mooreland went by iNFamOUs on his last mix tape. Alongside this change in names came a change in the style and mood of Mooreland’s rap. “If you listen to the outro on my last CD, you would’ve got sort of a preview of what I am now. I think the last thing I said was ‘See ya’ll next school year. I got new ideas droppin’. Ya’ll gonna be surprised’,” Mooreland said. “And I wasn’t joking.” When comparing the songs on the mix tape that was released last year, under the moniker iNFamOUs, with the preview songs Mooreland has recently released
over Facebook, it is easy to tell that he is taking his music to a whole new level. The new songs are all called C.Y.O.N., which stands for ‘create your own name.’ “People didn’t know the names of my songs back in the iNFamOUs days. They’d just call them by what came to their mind. I thought I’d just start that from the get-go,” Mooreland said. T.M.C.’s lyrics are also filled with more emotion than iNFamOUs’ lyrics were. Recently, Mooreland raps about topics he feels emotion towards, rather than what he thinks will get more listeners, like on his last mix tape. “On my last CD, I’d make it for the people I knew were going to hear it. Now it’s me first,” he said. “If you don’t like it, I don’t care, because I do.” “I’ve noticed that Miles can say his words a lot faster. During our freshman year, Miles had to write down all his lyrics and now he can just freestyle. His vocabulary has also grown by a long shot,” Tori Tate, a long time listener of Moorland, said.
Hobbies much needed additions to life Emily Thill
Staff Reporter Extra Curricular activities. It’s an aspect of high school that every teenager is familiar with. We stuff our transcripts full of activities that we think will up our chances in life. But whatever happened to hobbies? Most high school students consider sports to be the main hobby and the superior one at that. For those who are less gifted on the field there is Student Council, theater, band and art class. But what ever happened to sewing class? When was the last time you heard one of your friends say, “Hey! I’m off to scrapbooking class!” or “Are you going to Gardening Club tonight?” Yes, these two statements are all but extinct in the kind of high school environment we are in; they are replaced with “I’ve got to go to basketball today.” Or “See yah at practice later.” I’m not saying sports aren’t important. You can find me, along with all the other cheering fans in the stadium on most Friday nights to support our boys of fall; and in
the winter I attend a good majority of the basketball games as well. In fact, I think sports are important; they teach discipline and help shape rowdy young teens into respectable young men and women. Sports let a teen be passionate about something. For some, sports takes up their whole life, it is in essence, their entire being, but for those of you that think you don’t have any hobby that you’re good at, take a look around the community, because there are a few things I think you should be clued into. Did you know that Bartlesville offers a wide variety of groups to join? Yes, that’s right, there are organizations in the community that will let you branch out from the groups we have just here at the high school such as the Spanish Club, Student Council and NHS. There are groups devoted to stitchery, lace making, cake decorating, quilting, scrapbooking, and yes, we even have a garden club. I’m not saying that anyone should drop their sports or their club life here at the school. What I am saying is that, at least for most of us, once high school is over those things will be left in this
building for the next group of bruins to enjoy. Some students here will go on to be pro athletes, and I’m sure we’ll have a few politicians, but the majority of us will just have our legacy. Some will be remembered for their killer volleyball spike, others for their ridiculously good singing voice in the school musical, and still others for their unwavering leadership in club meetings; and yet, it is still just a legacy. No, I’m not telling you to give up the activities you love, because you do have a passion for them. What I’m saying is everyone needs to consider the possibility that one day their body might fail them. You’ll no longer be the star athlete, but the bench warmer; not the lead, but the understudy; not the leader, but the listener. What our generation needs to do, is find a balance. A balance between the things that we can do now, while we’re young and able, and between the things we can start now and carry on with us throughout life. To find out more about your potential hobbies visit www.alliedartsbartlesville.org or www. bartlesville.com and look under the relocation area.
Another big change in Mooreland’s music is the featured artists. In the past, Mooreland has featured just about anyone who wanted to rap with him in his songs. Now the predominantly featured artist is Jordan Dickson. “I enjoy rapping with Miles because it gives me a chance to express my feelings and simply say what’s real and help rid my mind of the pain and struggles that I once went through,” Dickson, a ninth grader at the mid-high, said. Mooreland’s upcoming mix-tape, called TCM (Turner Classic Music), will feature new, unreleased songs, along with the songs he has uploaded to his Facebook page. Mooreland said he hopes to release his album towards the end of October. “I know for sure that the mixtape will be available for free download on my artist profile at www. hotnewhiphop.com/ tcm,” Mooreland said. “I appreciate Facebook fans! Just search ‘T.M.C.’ on Facebook and become a fan!” Mooreland said he feels
like a career in hip-hop is possible for him, but he makes a point that his focus isn’t in fame. He plans to graduate high school and go on to college to pursue other opportunities. “I’m not one of those star-chaser kids that’s gonna try to drop outta high school to pursue their dream. I’m realistic,” Mooreland said. “I want to go onto col-
lege and then I think I could start exploring a more professional music career there because that’s where a lot of rappers start getting recognized. But right now I’m just having fun with it.” Remember you can find this up-and-coming rapper’s music on Facebook, by searching “T.M.C.,” and on hotnewhiphop. com/tcm.
In his makeshift studio, Mooreland records a new track for his upcoming mix tape. Noah Peaster/Fourth Estate
Soaring with the ‘Mockingjay’ Emily Thill
Staff Reporter When I opened the light blue cover of Suzanne Collin’s Mockingjay, I had a mixture of feelings coursing through my veins. I was nervous. I was excited. I was mostly overjoyed that the third installment of one of my favorite trilogies was finally within my reach. For those out there that may have missed out on the first two books, I’m begging you to go pick up a copy at the local bookstore or library. You will not be disappointed at their content, whether you’re a girl or a boy. Although they have a high dose of teen love, they also have anger and gore enough to please any teenage boy. As I prepared to begin my reading, the one thought that threw an eclipse over all my other thoughts (and I’m sure all other female readers’) was this: Katniss has to reunite with Peeta. However, in this installment of the trilogy, I was taken by surprise. Instead of the fairy tale romance that takes place within the first two novels, the words springing from the page describe brutal war truths with gory details. Mockingjay is cen-
tered on war, terror, oppression and revenge. No longer is budding love the main focus in these novels. Instead, the focus is on lost love, and how to avenge for wrong deeds committed in the past. This story recurs again and again throughout the ages. It is the story of the slaves escaping Egypt and their tyrannical Pharaoh. It is the story of African Americans fighting for the rights that had so long been denied. Yet somehow, Collins succeeds in giving this ageless tale a dazzling new face that keeps the reader on their toes until the very last page. Collins does a remarkable job at correctly portraying the stress, the terror and the cost of a rebellion. She does not sugar-coat the effects that a war can have on its soldiers and nation; the paranoia, post traumatic stress and mass destruction are just three of the aspects she portrays through her characters and events. However, war’s despair is not the only subject explored within the pages of this novel. Collins illustrates how even the closest of ties can be tested when two
friends find themselves on opposing sides of an issue. She shows that while some relationships snap under such pressure, other relationships will blossom from the ashes of the failed ones. Also, throughout the journey she shows how entangled the truth can become, until there is no way to tell if the person your are standing next to is your ally or enemy. Within this novel is a wildly imaginative world that has been set up for the readers throughout the first two novels. In Mockingjay this world is expanded and endlessly pushed to the limit by the plot that takes its reader to places never dreamed of. The emotional rollercoaster throughout this novel will leave readers wanting more, even when the conflicts of the novel are neatly resolved. The realism of this novel’s plot creates a moving tale. Although the setting is in a different time than our own, the emotions of the characters and the heartbreak of the story is real enough to be felt in any time period, whether it be past, present or future.
ditorial Campaign Sept. 30, 2010
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More efficient ways to spend tech grant Staff Editorial
The Fourth State “Back in the day, I used to walk to school, uphill both ways, for seven miles in snow up to my waist, and instead of using computers to write a paper, we used a typewriter, and if you made a mistake, you had to restart the whole paper.” Almost every student has heard a story similar to this. Parents tell them how easy they have it. As much as students hate to admit it, in some respects this is very true. Our generation has grown up in a society where technology has always been present. Some children, teenagers and young adults even teach older adults how to use certain programs. Students have become dependent on technology like e-mailing, internet searching and text messaging. When an answer cannot be found in the textbook, we go directly to the internet. While “back when they were young,” our parents would have to order a book and hope that the information they needed
was in there. This sudden change of technology sometimes leaves a gap between teachers and students in the classroom. Teachers are trying to fill this gap by getting more technologically inclined to relate to students more. Many teachers have
nology grant is another attempt to connect with students and try to get them more interested. All the items that are being bought are incorporated into a student’s home life already. But in reality, how are these items going to be incorporated into every
pared to other schools on basic items. These items should be purchased before items that only certain classes could use are purchased. One function of the IPods will be a graphing calculator app. Most of the apps do not have all the functions of a regu-
day school life, and how long will they be able to keep all the technology working and accounted for? Our school is behind on technologically com-
lar graphing calculator. Some science classes have students purchasing their own graphing calculator, when this grant money could be used to buy more graphing cal-
culators for class sets. Promethean boards, a “hands-on” white board, are also an option for a way to use technology money. This way teachers can save money on dry erase markers, board cleaner, chalk, pens and paper. It can also make the classroom setting more interactive. Another option would be to buy printers and scanners for more rooms. Teachers often get irritated when students and other teachers interrupt their class to get papers they have printed out. Also, computers or laptops could be useful to many departments. These computers should probably be PCs unless the district plans to transfer completely to Macs. Files do not transfer completely from PCs to Macs. They require extra coding to get the same product. Macs also use different programs than PCs. The computers can be used to download programs needed for each department. Graphing calculator programs can be downloaded onto these computers. They can also be used for Microsoft Office, Adobe
positive option if financial hardship is a concern when it comes to college. RSU offers multiple general education courses to choose from. A student can take two courses each semester of their junior and senior year free of tuition, though still having to pay for fees and books. In comparison, these costs are significantly lower than an average freshman course with tuition. On the down side, these concurrent enrollment classes are going to take students away from the high school environment. They will also not be as well prepared for the rigor of a university course. For other students
wanting to take a more challenging path maybe an AP course is right. This option will also give the opportunity for students to gain college credits. AP classes are made to prepare students to take the AP Tests at the end of each school year. The score results will determine whether or not a student will get college credit, and therefore save money. The way an AP class is designed it is meant to prepare students for the rigor of an actual college course. These courses must be thought over with great consideration because of the heavy workload. The problem is, you are not promised col-
Christina Reilly/ The Fourth Estate turned to their own web site, where they can post a class calendar with links to assignment sheets or lecture notes from the chapter. This $69,000 tech-
AP Classes vs Concurrent
The Fourth Estate Every student asks the question, “How is what I learn in high school going to help me in a real career?” The majority of that answer lies in personal class selection. With each student there are different dreams, expectations or plans in place for the future. School offers choices such as foreign language or a computer class, music theory or a social science class. What about the option of college courses? Aren’t we supposed to still be in preparation mode for college? There is an option many students take advantage of, and that is concurrent enrollment at our community college of Rogers State University. This choice is an effective way for students to get a jump start on college while getting high school credit at the same time. This is a
Creative Suite 5 and other programs needed for each department. Computers can be used to complete assignments, turn in homework and have discussions. Programs like Moodle can be used for all these things. Instead of printing hard copies of research papers, they can be saved to this program. Teachers can also go paperless by having the option to turn in homework online. Instead of having in-class discussions, you can have a discussion online, which saves class time, and make it easier for teachers to give fair grades over each person’s discussion. Along with computers, teachers need training on how to use them. Many teachers do not know how to use basic programs on the computers which could be helpful in their classroom. Technology grants can be a great opportunity to push our school to the top, but the money has to be spent right, and in benefit to all departments to make a change in our school’s transformation.
lege credit. If you do not pass the AP Test then credit is not received for the course. With concurrent enrollment, as long as you are passing the class, credit will be received. This is a factor that should be weighed in carefully. If the student is a good test taker, AP classes could be an option. Bad test takers could do concurrent enrollment If there are any questions as to what your best choices are in accordance to future plans, talk to your counselor. In thinking over college, consider the option of getting some of it taken care of before ever thinking about leaving home.
Participate Bartlesville City Council Mayor Ron Nikkel 876-0492 Tom Gorman 333-2244 Vic Holcomb 766-0741
Bartlesville City Council 401 S. Johnstone Bartlesville, Okla. 74003
Bartlesville School Board (President) Marta Manning Rick Boswell Doug Diverbiss Tyler Vaclaw
Ben Rainey Superintendent Gary Quinn
Address: Education Service Center 1100S. Jennings Bartlesville, Okla. 74003 Office Phone: 336-8600
Washington County Commissioners Gary Deckard, District 1, 532-4222 Linda Herndon, District 2, 534-1170 Mike Dunlap, District 3
Board of County Commissioners Washington County Courthouse 400 S. Johnstone, Room 201 Bartlesville, Okla. 74003
Oklahoma Legislature Gov. Brad Henry, Office of the Governor, 212 State Capitol Building, 2300 N. Lincoln Blvd.,Oklahoma City, Okla. 73105. Phone (405)-521-2342 Lt. Gov. Jari Askins, Office of the Lt. Gov., 211 State Capitol Building,
2300 N. Lincoln Blvd., Oklahoma City, Okla. 73105. Phone (405)-5212161
ing, 2300 N. Lincoln Blvd., Oklahoma City, Okla. 73105. Phone (405)-567-7402
Attorney Gen eral W.A. Drew Edmondson, Office of the Attorney General, 112 State Capitol Building, 2300 N. Lincoln Blvd., Oklahoma City, Okla. 73105. Phone (405)-521-2161
State Rep. Earl Sears, 1721 Cherokee Place, Bartlesville, Okla. 74003. Phone (918)-336-4855
State Sen. John W. Ford, Room 512, State Capitol Building, 2300 N. Lincoln Blvd., Oklahoma City, Okla. 73105. Phone (405)-5215634 State Rep. Steve Martin, Room 328-B, State Capitol Build-
U.S. Congress U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., U.S. Sen., Washington, D.C. 20510. Phone (202)224-4721 U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., U.S. Sen., Washington, D.C. 20510. Phone (202)-224-5754
The Fourth Estate
Sept. 30, 2010
Reaching for victory Christina Reilly
Staff Reporter The players are panting and the coaches are ranting, while everyone in the stands is screaming with excitement. The time is near and the anxiety of the 2010 Bruin homecoming has had optimum time to build. The Ponca City Wild Cats are going to get one bear of a surprise at this year’s homecoming match up when they leave with their tails between their legs. Ponca City’s record was 3-8 last season, and received a loss of 42-6 against the mighty Bruins. This year’s record for the Bruins is expected to satisfy frenzied fans’ competitive spirit, so the homecoming game will be one of great worth, especially to those who have kept an eye on the opponent. “This homecoming will be different because it’s against our biggest rival,” junior Kylee Armstrong said. “I will be showing school spirit by cheering as loud as possible.” Students are expected to show up ready to raise a spirited havoc in the stands, guaranteeing the encouragement the play-
ers need to do their very best. “To prepare for homecoming events, I always do spirit week shopping,” Macie Orr, senior, said. “I always make sure to dress up during spirit week and encourage others to attend the game.” “Playing with and for my friends encourages me most when I’m on the field because I want to fight for them,” Chandler Bennett, senior running back, said. Mitch Tate, senior defensive end, has a strong adrenaline on the field as well. “My favorite part about playing football is the atmosphere and energy on the field,” Tate said. Both guys agree that this homecoming is extremely important for their senior class. “This year is different from previous homecomings because it’s our senior year and we’ve all grown up together,” Tate said. “It’s our last year together. These Bruins are ready
to play for their passion and the fans have gone all in for this special night. Now, all that remains is for the coaches to see their players’ hard work pay off like that of all games. “We prepare like it’s any other game,” Matt Hancock, assistant coach, said. “Homecoming for us is just watching the players step out on the field to play.” In every way, shape, and form Bartlesville’s student body has gone to extensive measures to make tomorrow another positively memorable night. Ponca might be letting the cat out of the bag, but the Bruins are making sure the cat gets crammed into the hat.
Lady Bruins set to spike Sapulpa Alexandria Canoy Staff Reporter
The Bartlesville women’s volleyball team has had a very productive season with many wins. The girls wrap it up with a final game against Sapulpa followed by regional and state tournaments. The varsity team has trained rigorously for this year’s games. They played off-season to improve their skills and sportsmanship. “Almost all the girls played club ball last spring, which ran from December to April,” Tom Williams, girls’ volleyball coach, said. “We practiced two nights a week, played two tournaments, then in the summer time we practice twice a week. In June we play in the Catoosa summer league every Thursday night, which we finished in second place this year.” The team spirit in the girls is very important to the outcome of the games. “If they’re out there and they believe in themselves, and they play hard, and relax, and have fun, and just have confidence in themselves and each other, and show a little enthusiasm, it goes a long way,” Williams said. “It helps you win.” With the season coming to a close, the girls have learned a lot about each
other and how they work as a team.” “The team is different than last year because we all know each other’s strengths and weakness-
working our way to state again this year,” Heather Armstrong, junior varsity volleyball player, said. In the 2009-2010 seasons, the girls faced
Thad Taylor/ Courtesy of the Excelsior es now,” Linda Hogan, junior varsity volleyball player, said. “And we can help each other more with that knowledge.” The close relationship between the girls and their teammates added to vigorous training is sure to give the teams a winning edge at regional and state competitions. “We’ve had some bumps in the road, but we’re
Sapulpa three times and came out victorious. The games from this last season speak very highly of the team. They are confident that they will be successful in their last game. “I think the rest of the season will be wonderful because we have quite a few wins behind us and we have the audacity to win all the coming matches,” Hogan said.
Most of the team has been playing since they started high school and many of them have suffered defeat and celebrated victories. “These girls think they can win, that Bartlesville is a winning team and these senior girls have paid their dues. They started as sophomores and got hammered a few times, but last year they came out and played and had 26 and 9 and now we’re 9 and 5,” Williams said. “We’re a very experienced team, and the group is very close together and good things are going to happen.” The hard work that the volleyball teams put into their game has really made them more of a threat in the state. “I think we could end up being the No. 2 or No. 3 seed on this side of the state for regionals. And we should go to state again and we should do better than one-anddone,” Williams said. The teams have been playing their hardest and bringing home wins for the school. They have become an unstoppable force to be reckoned with. “Come out and see us play,” Williams said. “Come out and see one of the best teams in the state. We’re ranked No. 5 right now, and that’s No. 5 out of 32 teams.”
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Swinging for a Win Amanda Stouffer Staff Reporter
The Lady Bruins will continue their winning season tonight with a game against the Owasso Rams. The varsity team is excited to get another win under their belt. However, the game is not going to be a give away. “They [Owasso] are 20-7 right now, and they’ve had a lot of injuries this season,” Jonathan Sheffield, head coach, said. “But their players are getting better, so it is going to be a tough game.” One such player is their pitcher. “They [Owasso] have a new outstanding pitcher this year,” Sheffield said. “She has had a great season but got injured. She’ll be back for this game.” Some of the Lady Bruins are undaunted by the Owasso players. “We are are hyped and ready to sacrifice ourselves.,” Jerelyn Long, pitcher, said. “Bring it on
Rams!” Another of Owasso’s strengths is batting. “They have a very strong bat,” Julie Smith, former coach and fan, said. “So we are going to have to have a strong defense that night.” The girls on the field are not worried. “Considering that our records are similar, we are ready to come out and ready to play and to just beat Owasso,” Sadie Jacobs, outfielder, said. “So we can have a regional at home.” In the Lady Bruins’ last season they met up with the Rams twice. One resulted in a loss, 2-0 and the other a win, 4-3. They will also have support in the stands as many friends and parents attend all their games. “We are just as strong as we were last year,” Smith said. “I think it will be a fight but we could win.” Come support our softball team tonight in Owasso at 7 p.m.