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Informed - Creative Free May 2014

West says goodbye to retirees, friends

I began working at Glenbard West in August of 1995 as a paraprofessional adult supervisor. I then worked in the Science Department as a Lab Aide for about 7 years. I also worked in the Dean’s Office and then I worked for the Assistant Principal of Instruction before transferring to the Guidance Office.

Mrs. Rosemary Russell (left)

I’ve been at West for 29 years with the majority of those years being spent as secretary to the Guidance Director.

Mrs. Eileen Maxon (right)

I have been working at West for 18 years in total. Two years as a para pro (hall monitor), 6 years as a career resource coordinator, and 10 years as a registrar.

What will you miss most about West? I will miss my good friends here at West and of course the students, who have kept me from getting old (at least in spirit)! Favorite memory at Glenbard West: Laughing with my co-workers. Sometimes, it’s what gets you through a rough day! What are your plans for retirement? I don’t have any specific plans yet. I will be able to spend more time with my friends who are already retired, visit my daughter in North Carolina, and take a fall vacation!

What will you miss most about West? The students - always the students! Favorite memory at Glenbard West: When both of my children Mrs. Diane Erl (center) graduated from Glenbard West. What are your plans for retirement? Nothing specifically so What will you miss most about West? All of my friends. Favorite memory at far. West: Working in Guidance and all of the laughs I have had. What are your plans for retirement? Celebrating my children’s marriages, traveling, reading, doing yoga, and enjoying life.

Most of all, I will miss the warmth and humor of the people that I have worked so closely with over the years.

Mrs. Pat Lauer

I've been an art teacher here for 30 years, although I began teaching high school art 39 years ago.

Mr. Howard Schwartz

What will you miss most about West? Glenbard West has always had a very friendly, warm, and homey feel to it. I'll miss being a part of that. Favorite memory at Glenbard West: I've had many, but perhaps it's my own children, when they were younger, coming to visit in my art room 500 and them using the office chairs on casters to race with each other about the place. What are your plans for retirement? I have a lot of hobbies and interests that I expect will keep me busy for quite a while.

How long have you been working at West? I have been at West for 19 years. I started as a Para-Professional. That position was essentially a hall monitor, running passes for Attendance, Deans office and study hall supervisor. After a year doing that, I became a Special Ed Aide. I did that for 8 years until I went to work in the Guidance office as the 10 month secretary. Five years there until I took on my current position as the building Bookkeeper. Favorite memory at Glenbard West: Antics in the attic & summer lunches What are your plans after retirement? To start, I’m planning on sleeping late. I’m hoping to do some traveling, take college courses, substituting here at West and having alot of fun.

I will continue my responsibilities at the District Office overseeing the Glenbard Parents Series along with several other projects.

How long have you been working at West? I have worked as a guidance counselor for a total Mrs. Glida Ross of 38 years in the Glenbard District and I have worked the last 30 years at West. What will you miss most about West? Walking up the north side of our Glenbard West hill, seeing our beautiful campus, knowing inside I will find the most wonderful stuI have been at West dents, their families, and staff one could ever ask since 1995. I started for. Favorite memory at Glenbard West: So as a substitute teacher, many great memories! Favorites would have to be when the Boys Gymnastics Team took first place in was the Special Educa1996 when my son was on the team, handing my tion Job Coach for 5 three children their diplomas, watching the Post years and then became Prom Party and GPS grow stronger over the past a Special Ed teacher. It twenty year, and SFS expand to all the Glenbards.

has been 19 great years!

Mrs. Audrey Miller

What will miss most about West? I will certainly miss my colleagues, but more so I will miss being around teenagers who have so much vitality and who keep me current with what is happening so I don’t feel so old! Favorite memory at Glenbard West: I have wonderful memories of the graduation ceremonies at West. It is usually a beautiful setting at Duchon with Lake Ellyn as the backdrop; everyone is excited, happy, and feeling successful. It is so fun to congratulate the seniors! What are your plans for retirement? I plan to be a substitute teacher, spend long vacation times in Arizona, catch up on my reading, and maybe learn how to golf.

What I will miss most about West are the students. I have enjoyed interacting with them in class and on the field, and watching them learn and grow as young men and women.

Mr. Mark Jadzak

How long have you been working at West? I am finishing my 25th year at West, prior to that I was teaching in McHenry for 8 years. I taught mainly drivers education, and a little P.E. I was drivers ed department chair for 21 years. I also, at various times, coached football, baseball, basketball, and girls volleyball. Favorite memory at Glenbard West: My favorite memory here would have to be coaching the same group of young men in baseball, from freshman year to senior year, and making it to the Sweet 16 in the State playoffs when they were senior. Great group of young men, one of which is Mr. Peterselli. What are your plans for retirement? My plans for retirement include being able to go watch my son play college basketball much more than I can now, traveling with my new wife, and working on the new house we are having built which will be ready in the fall. I also plan on visiting with my two daughters, one in med school, the other at U of Illinois. New adventures await!

I will miss my daily interactions with the Glenbard students and staff. You are truly a part of my extended family.

Ms. Susan Merrinette 670 Crescent Blvd Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

How long have you been working at West? I have worked at Glenbard West for 20 years. I have worked as part of the Library staff and, also as a Computer Lab Supervisor in the Library, World Language Lab and Lab 430. Favorite memory at Glenbard West? I have had the privilege of mentoring a wonderful freshman student and watching his growth and progress throughout the year. What are your plans for retirement? 1. Take some art and photography classes. 2. Do some volunteer work. 3. Travel with my husband in the future. 4. Enjoy my family and grandchildren.


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Catwalk to Class: Offbeat Trends ByEmma Goebbert ’16and Shay Kiker ’16 Columnists

Catwalk Runway shows are far from conventional in their own right. Designers take artistic liberty in sending out looks that scream trendy pieces of art that are more couture ingeniousness than ready to wear. But where do they draw the line between a fashion faux pas and a fashion phenomenon? The answer to this question continues to allude fashion experts everywhere because even the best of the best have their downfalls. Yet, most have mastered the art of taking the unconventional and making it accessible. This season was particularly interesting trendwise because there seemed to be an even more prominent emphasis in bringing about styles that originally seem out-of-the-box. Yet, in these runway shows, it seem to just work. Here are a few of our favorites: Flatforms: Are they wedges or are they flats? The world may never know. That is why designers have christened this trendy shoe the “flatform.” Designers felt extra daring when pairing them with scrunched down ankle socks. Overalls: I’m feeling a serious throwback to elementary school here with the comeback of overalls, or the even more

popular “shorteralls.” Call it farmer chic because these overalls may just be a serious step up from the frumpy pairs you sported as a kid. Fringe Accents: Once reserved only for cowboys or 1920s flappers, fringe has come a long way from its historical roots. Designers pushed the button with everything from fringe adorned coats to dresses reminiscent of infamous speakeasies. Harem Pants: No, this is not a scene from Aladdin. Harem pants are a far cry from any sort of genie in a bottle and feel much more sophisticated for those of you daring enough to try them out. Mixed Metals: It used to be a red flag if you tried to mix metals like silver and gold, but you can throw that rule out the window. Designers seem to have fully embraced mixing your metals, which, however shocking it is to some, we believe is pure genius. Class Not only are there unique trends on the runway, eccentric trends exist on the street as well. Certain trends ebb and flow with time but have always been considered a fashion “norm.” Lately, fashion rules are accommodating trends that were once off-limits. Navy and Black: Navy and black have long been considered clashing colors. Promi-

nent stores and brands are now color-blocking black and navy on the same pieces of clothing. A cute black tee with navy capped sleeves, a black and navy polka-dot dress, or a pair of wintry Hunter boots with Navy and black hued plaid. Until very recently, this has been an important fashion “nono.” Winter White: Another trend that has evolved over the past few years is the controversial topic of white pants. Old school style deems white pants and shoes only acceptable between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Now, white pants and shoes can be worn as early as Easter and white jeans paired with a particular outfit can be worn all winter long. This new movement is now being referred to as “Winter White” and is perfectly acceptable. White jeans worn in the winter months can be appropriately paired with a neutral pair of boots and a cozy sweater on top. Extra-Tall Socks: Another off-beat trend that has begun within the past six months is tall socks. These socks are not the third-grade knee socks, they are half-calf or over the knee. Both create a dynamic look with short boots or “booties.” Free People currently holds a monopoly on the over the knee socks, but several other stores are now branding crew-cut socks that peek out of combat boots.

Photos courtesy of Free People and Pinnterest.

Instablog: Spring Flings Photos courtesy of Emma Goebbert.

By Meghan Loftus ’15 Columnist

Photos courtesy of Glamour Fashion.

Spring: a time for renewal. A time where all that turned dull in the winter comes back to life, vibrant and refreshing. This spring, trend watchers are predicting some bold looks. While the normal spring trend of pastels holds true, more unique pieces are at the forefront: boxy, cropped jackets, tea-length skirts, wide-length trousers, and my personal favorite, the shift blouse. While all of these garments seem rather high-end style, when paired with the right, more casual pieces they can be worn in day to day life without seeming overdressed. The boxy, cropped jackets are great for the chilly mornings and look cute paired with a straight or skinny pant and flats. Similarly, for that business look, the

tea length skirts come to about mid-shin on the average woman and are very classy. This kind of classy will turn heads. To make this look more youthful, pair it with a matching crop top with a regular scoop neckline. For a more casual trend, the wide-length pant is very popular this spring. While arguably the most comfortable piece of clothing ever invented, these pants are very hard to pull off. Keep the top relaxed to avoid clashing textile movements. The final trend to try out this spring is the shift blouse. The shift blouse catches your eye quickly due to the uniqueness of its style and material. It is essentially a dressier version of a T-shirt. It is cut the same but it much more sophisticated. It is a very flattering top despite it’s boy-ish cut. One can pair this new and improved Tee with just about anything! Check out these trends on my blog ge_fashionista


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Read between the hemLines: Not a goodbye, but a see you later.

By Gabriella Bower ’14 Assistant Editor-in-Chief After a couple of years as a fashion columnist and avid Tumblr blogger, finding topics to write about isn’t always easy. Sure, when award season rolls around every year, it’s easy to make a top ten list. Or when each season begins, you know you should probably be watching fashion week shows via Youtube and forecast the upcoming trends.But what is one to write about in the mid-winter lull? Or when the white-after-labor-day controversy has already been debated to the point of exhaustion? Well, I have found go-to sources of inspiratation throughout the years. Ranging from fashion magazines to Instagram and Tumblr, here are my top six fashion article muses.

Your community. While daydreaming about Paris and Milan and stalking their street style, don’t forget to look around your own neighborhood. You might be surprised at what you may find. Tumblr. With their open forum for creativity, you can be sure to find anything after typing in a keyword in their search engine. Articles, GIFs. screenshots of movie scenes, links to articles, and just plain awesome photography can spark inspiration in anyone while also providing as a brainstorming tool. Not to mention it will provide you with countless pieces of evidence to include in your article

Instagram. They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Photography is a great medium for sharing anything, especially fashion! I encourage following celebs (see celebrity section belowe), fashion designers, other journalists, and/or fan accounts of your favorite movies, TV shows, and celebs. Also, don’t forget about your friends. They post pictures about their life and their interests which is a great way to gage what you could write about for your target audiences.

Celebrities. Do you have a celeb obsession/role model/idol? Whatever you want to call it, there is nothing wrong with following celebs and their lives while barely refraining from crossing the border into stalkership. If that is wrong, then I don’t want to be right. I follow Lauren Conrad on every form of social media, I own every book on Audrey Hepburn, and anything you want to know about Zac Efron, I can give you the details. Don’t feel ashamed. Own it, and use it as a source of inspiration to write articles. Whether it is a human interest piece on a celeb or a profile on all of their successes, people love to read about Hollywood’s hottest.

Fashion magazines. Vogue, Teen Vogue, Marie Claire, Vanity Fair, Seventeen Magazine. Any of these periodicals, and so many more, are a fantastic source of inspiration. However, I am not suggesting plagiarism whatsoever. You should read their articles, admire their photography spreads, and then write down notes on what you loved and have an interest in learning more about. Use the magazine as a platform to spark a whole new spin on the same or on a similar topic.

Women’s Wear Daily (WWD). Also known as “The fashion bible,” is a fantastic resource to use for inspiration. Although a subscription is required to read most articles and access their fashion directories, you can follow them on Instagram, Tumblr, and other social medias to get headline blurbs, awesome fashion photography, and constant updates on the happenings of the industry.

One byline. Twenty-six articles later. And now I write my last for The Glen Bard. Read between the hemLines began two years ago as the lone fashion column in the school newspaper. It was often mixed in and overshadowed by other articles on the features pages. But that didn’t matter to me. I had my own byline, life was good. Now, as a senior, my column is one of four featured monthly within our first ever fashion section in The Glen Bard. As a freshman, I walked into Ms. Mohr’s English Honors class never anticipating the impact she and The Glen Bard would have on, not only my high school career, but my life. Why Ms. Mohr encouraged my writing initially I’ll never know because I am pretty sure my Of Mice and Men essay was nothing special. For whatever reason, she encouraged me to write for the school newspaper and thus began my love for writing. I loved the freedom it gave me, the research it required, and the unexpected places it could lead me. I had always loved clothes, but was nervous to write about fashion. Ms. Mohr encouraged me to write about what I love and forget about what other people thought. I’m so glad she did. Now, at 18 years old, on my way to college, I am a soon to be journalism major and can’t wait to pursue my future in fashion journalism. As I conclude my last column, I would like to formally say thank you to two of the most powerful influences on my life: The Glen Bard Newspaper and Ms. Mohr.

Did you know Anna Wintour earns $2 million every year as Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Magazine?


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The Empire of Netflix

Recipe Review: College Snacks

Just about everybody nowadays knows about Netflix, the wildly popular streaming media company. Take a guess of when it began – 2008? 2009? It actually started in 1997 as a simple DVD delivering service by mail in the United States. Netflix has certainly come far since then, growing into a frequentlyused provider internationally, currently holding over 44 million subscribers. After receiving a $40 late fee one day at a video rental store, creator Reed Hastings decided that there was an easier, more convenient, and more efficient way to rent movies. Therefore, he established Netflix as a mail-based video rental system. The company had a rough start, but by 2003, it had gained 1 million subscribers. Once the corporation added the ondemand Internet streaming media portion of the business in 2008 for only $7.99 a month, Netflix really took off, exceeding 10 million subscribers by the next year. Today, the number of users has quadrupled and a whopping 63% of Americans utilize Netflix to watch TV, all users watching a total of over 1 billion hours every single month. Internet-streaming Netflix is accessible in approximately 40 different countries all over the globe, through video game consoles on TVs, computers, and cellular devices with the Netflix app. It offers a wide variety of TV shows and movies of different genres, notable ones like How

Most of us are eagerly counting down the days until we leave for college. What we fail to realize is once we get there, we will not have Mom and Dad to make home-cooked meals for us. Even worse, we will find ourselves on a tough budget. The dining hall food will seem appealing for the first month or so but eventually, we will have to find alternatives that satisfy the hunger. I’ve compiled a few recipes that are catered specifically to college students. They’re quick, easy, and affordable. Even if you aren’t going off to college next fall, these recipes can be a great after-school snack. Trail Mix: This is an easy, on the go snack that will be sure to satisfy your hunger during those weekly lecture halls. In a Ziploc bag, mix together popcorn, roasted almonds, chocolate chips and dried cranberries. That’s it! I’ve found that mixing together pretzels, raisins, pumpkin seeds, and M&M’s is another great snack. No fancy appliances are necessary for this convenient snack. Macaroni and Cheese: Kraft Mac and Cheese is

By Ellen O’Brien ’17 Staff Writer

I Met Your Mother to Skyfall to Grey’s Anatomy to Grease. The provider allows you browse through multiple genres, like dramas, comedies, action movies, documentaries, rom-coms, thrillers, children/family movies, and more. Also, it gives helpful suggestions to you based on the shows and films you have watched and exhibits what is most watched by other users. In addition, if you log into your Facebook, Netflix tells you what is popular amongst your friends. It alerts you when new episodes or seasons of your favorite shows are gained, or what new movies and shows are recently added. For less than 8 bucks each month, Netflix offers an unlimited amount of movies and TV shows of all different genres for all different ages to its subscribers, so there really is something for everyone. Since 2008’s second wave of Netflix gave online streaming capabilities to Blu-ray players, Play Station, and Wii, millions of new users have joined. Reed Hastings went on in 2003 to win Silicon Valley Executive of the Year. Netflix is commonly used among kids, teenagers, and adults worldwide every day; it has definitely blossomed into an empire. However, contrary to prior popular beliefs, it was not an instant success. The hard work Hastings and many others put in to the company did not pay off for a while, but when it did, their time and effort reflected their eventual and well-deserved triumph.

Madison Chandler ’14 Columnist

a staple item for most college students. Last year, college students around the country made a list of their favorite twists on this classic meal. A popular hit among many universities is the Pepperoni Pizza Mac. Simply stir in pepperoni slices, shredded mozzarella cheese and sliced olives. If you’re looking for something even simpler, try the Bacon Mac. All you have to do is stir in bacon crumbs for an unforgettable meal. Finally, more adventurous eaters are fond of the Walking Taco Mac. Stir in crushed Doritos chips, Mexican cheese, shredded lettuce and chopped tomatoes. Los B’s/Taco Bell fans will enjoy this one. Microwavable S’mores: This recipe is self-explanatory but it’s the perfect late night snack to get you through finals. Grab the typical s’mores ingredients: graham crackers, Hershey’s chocolate bars, and marshmallows. Assemble the treat and place it on a plate in the microwave. Cook for 10 to 20 seconds. Enjoy! M a c a r o n i recipe from: a b u l l s e y e v i e w. com/2013/08/ target-mac-hacks-9college-worthy-waysto-makeover-mac-ncheese-cups/ Use Easy Mac (left) to microwave your Kraft macaroni.

Inside ‘Orphan Black’: TVs latest cult phenomenon

‘Black’ is Back

By Christine Pallon ’14 Staff Writer When BBC America’s Orphan Black premiered last March, no one expected the small Canadian sci-fi series to find much success. Just over a year later, the series has already graced the cover of Entertainment Weekly and won dozens of accolades including ten Canadian Screen Awards, a Critics Choice Award for best actress, and a Golden Globe nomination in the process. The fans still love it, too: Orphan Black began its second season on April 19th, scoring ratings double that of its season one average. But what’s the story behind the show’s seemingly overnight success? Orphan Black no doubt owes much of its success to its unique premise.  The show follows the story of small-time con-woman Sarah Manning after she witnesses the suicide of a woman who looks exactly like her.  Looking to start over, Sarah assumes the dead woman’s identity, but she soon encounters more and more women who look exactly like her - genetically identical clones, all played by actress Tatiana Maslany.   While human cloning was once a sci-fi pipe dream, it’s becoming a growing reality through the beauty of modern science. Orphan Black makes good use of the opportunity to explore this fascinating topic, delving into the mysterious motivations behind human cloning all the while never losing focus of the show’s strongest asset: Tatiana Maslany herself. Although Orphan Black’s fascinating premise draws viewers in, they stay for the impeccable talent of Maslany. Before Orphan Black, 28-yearold Maslany was relatively unknown outside of the Canadian film scene. But when she landed the lead role on Orphan Black, her life got a whole lot crazier. NPR named Maslany “the hardest working actor in Hollywood,” and for good reason. Every episode, she’s tasked with portraying a variety of women on the show, often playing multiple characters in one scene.  From streetwise troublemaker Sarah to uptight

soccer mom Alison, Maslany completely dedicates herself to creating these diverse personalities. “The fun thing about Tatiana is that she’s a little method-y,” says series co-creator Graeme Manson in an interview with The Connectivist, “so if you’re going to be shooting with Sarah then you’re basically going to be hanging out with Sarah all day. “You’re not hanging out with Tatiana. She’s doing the voice, she’s doing the whole thing, she’s doing the walk and then if she goes off and to become Alison

“So often the male perspective is our default perspective in television in film and in all kinds of different media and I think what this show does is it just goes, ‘nope.’ Women can be all these different things.” Words can’t accurately describe Maslany’s performance – it’s something that you have to see to believe. The ease with which she slips into each of these distinct characters will have you forgetting that they’re all played by the same woman. She may have

Tatiana Maslany plays Sarah Manning (left), Allison Hendrix (middle, computer screen) and Cosima Niehaus (left), just a few of the many clones of Orphan Black. Photo courtesy of BBC America. then you’re hanging out with Alison all day.” While many actors might have shied away from the challenge of playing so many different characters, Tatiana Maslany takes it on seemingly effortlessly. Even on the more exhausting days she knows that it’s all worth it, remembering the significance of having so many diverse female characters on television. “It sort of normalizes having a lead female,” Maslany said in an interview for BBC America.

been snubbed by the Emmy’s last year, but if the buzz around this season to be believed, it doesn’t seem like they’re likely to make that mistake again. So, what are you waiting for? Go grab some popcorn, get ready to binge watch, and remember: it’s never too late to join Clone Club. Orphan Black airs Saturdays at 9 p.m. on BBC America. Season one is available on iTunes and Amazon Prime.

Did you know, according to Nielsen SocialGuide, Orphan Black was also the No. 1 television show on Twitter for the day of its premiere?


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Recipes for sweetening your summer By Allison Barry ’17 Staff Writer

Now that school is winding down, you all know what time it is…summer! Time for warm weather (hopefully), hanging with friends, BBQs, and countless other types of fun. With extra time in your day, you have more time to try something new. Well, if you are interested in baking, cooking or just trying either for fun, then I have some great recipes for you! June- Raspberry Icebox Cake Ingredients 24 graham crackers, crushed

Icebox cakes made with any kind of summer fruit are a great way to cool off!

1/3 cup butter ¼ cup packed brown sugar 1/6 ounce packaged raspberry Jell-O mix 1 cup boiling water 15 ounces frozen raspberries 20 large marshmallows 1/3 cup milk 1 cup heavy whipped cream Directions 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). 2. Mix graham cracker wafer crumbs, butter and brown sugar until well combined. Set aside 1/4 cup of this mixture for a topping and press the remainder into one 9x13 inch pan. 3. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 10 minutes. Set aside to cool. Dissolve raspberry gelatin in the boiling water and add the frozen raspberries, stirring until melted. Chill until partially set and spread on wafer base. Melt marshmallows with the milk. When cool, fold in whipped cream and spread on top of raspberry mixture.

Sprinkle with remaining crumbs. Chill for 3-4 hours before serving. Recipe from: allrecipes.com

1 tablespoon of mixture in each of 12 molds or paper cups. Top molds with holders. If using cups, top with foil and insert sticks July: Patriotic Pops for through foil. Freeze until Fourth of July firm. Yield: 1 dozen. Recipe Ingredients from: tasteofhome.com 1¼ cups sliced fresh strawberries, divided August- Peanut Butter 1¾ cups vanilla yogurt Cup Cookies divided Ingredients 1¼ cups of fresh or frozen blueberries divided 12 freezer pop molds or 12 paper cups and wooden pop sticks. Directions 1. In a blender, combine 1 cup strawberries and 2 tablespoons yogurt; cover Yummy treats like this will give you something fuun to do and a and process until blended. scrumptious result! Transfer to a small bowl. Chop remaining strawberries; stir into strawberry mixture. 3/4 cups all-purpose sugar 2. In same blender, combine ½ teaspoon salt 1 cup blueberries and 2 1 teaspoon baking soda tablespoons yogurt; cover ½ cup of butter, softened and process until blended. ½ cup of white sugar Stir in remaining blueberries. 1/2 cup of peanut butter 3. Layer 1 tablespoon ½ cup packed brown sugar of strawberry mixture, 2 1 egg, beaten tablespoons of yogurt, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 tablespoons of milk 40 miniature chocolate covered peanut butter cups, unwrapped Directions 1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Sift together the flour, salt, and baking soda; set aside. 2. Cream together the butter, sugar, peanut butter, and brown sugar until fluffy. Beat in the eggs, vanilla, and milk. Add the flour mixture, mix well. Shape into 40 balls and place each into an ungreased mini muffin pan. 3. Bake at 375 degrees for about 8 minutes. Remove from, oven and immediately press a mini peanut butter cup into each ball. Cool and carefully remove from pan. Recipe from: allrecipes. com Hopefully you’ll be able to attempt at least one of these successfully and find one that you like! With these easy and delicious recipes, your summer is sure to be a blast! Photo Credits to: www.operatorchan.org and www.cookingpassions.org

Ramen remains student necessity By Emily Mosher ’16 Staff Writer

Are you thinking about going to college? Are you going to eat while you’re there? If you answered yes to either of these questions, this article is for you! Since the brotherhood couldn’t care less if they eat prime rib or McDonald’s, ramen is an ideal solution for the wallet, the tummy, and the liver. Ramen is pretty tasteless on its own, so I’ve included three recipes to make your Ramen less ratchet and more bangin’. After a long Friday night of studying you’re going to need some

solid sustenance. Got a hot date? Classy ramen You’ll need Ramen, eggs, and any spaghetti is a great dish for you and types of added extras you’ll want your girl! Boil the Ramen, but don’t your omelette. Boil your Ramen and add the flavoring. Drain the Ramen, heat up the skillet. Scramble your eggs, combine them with all your extra ingredients and Ramen, and cook until satisfied with the consistency. Can’t go to Mexico for spring break? Mexico can come to you! Ramacos require meat (if desired), taco shells, and any toppings you want. Boil Ramen, cook meat, and combine. Fill taco shells, add toppings, and voilà!

and heat up some pasta sauce. Toast some bread, butter it, or whatever else you want on it. Your date won’t know the difference! These are just three of the many recipes you can make with Ramen. Other recipes include, and are not limited to, pepperoni pizza, mac & cheese, chicken soup, and even lasagna! College can be a stressful and expensive time. Ramen is extremely inexpensive, and can save you a lot of money if you use it wisely!

Keep in shape despite summer’s heat By Alex Levin ’14 Columnist W i t h summer right around the corner, it is hard not to have the thoughts of barbeques, vacations, swimming, and carefree living on our minds while studying for AP tests and final exams.

For most people, summer is a time to kick back and take it easy. Unfortunately, for some this extra dose of freedom can also equate to getting out of shape. Alternately, you can continue to have fun, stay healthy, and look great in your swimsuit all summer, if you abide by some basic strategies. We are fortunate to live in an area with a plethora of outdoor space – take advantage of it! Whether this means hitting

up the nearby tennis courts or riding your bike down the Prairie Path, there are plenty of community outdoor activities calling your name! Although these activities are fun and beneficial at any time of the day, the best time to exercise is in the morning. Your exercise will be done before the sun’s rays become too intense and will help you become energized early for the rest of the day. Plan on going with a friend or family

member so you can hold each other accountable for getting up early and starting your day off right! Finally, the most important step is to always keep hydrated. It is critical to keep your body hydrated in the intense heat summer can bring. Try to resist sugary lemonade and iced tea because although they are refreshing and delicious, they do little to keep you hydrated and pack on unnecessary calories. An easy way to remember how

much water you should be drinking is to divide your weight in half. This number is the number of ounces you should be consuming each day. Don’t forget to replenish your liquids when exercising or sweating profusely! These tips are sure to get your summer off to a healthy start and leave a ton of time for all the fun you will be having feeling your best self! Hopefully in warm weather, fingers crossed!

Did you know in Japan Ramen is called Gakusei Ryori, which means student cuisine?


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Gap Year College Correspondent: senior profiles By Bailey Bystry ‘14 Columnist Plot twist: the College Correspondent isn’t going to college. So, in my last opportunity to impart some make-shift college wisdom upon you, loyal Glen Bard readers, let’s not talk about college. Let’s talk about the other option, the road less traveled: Gap Years. Today, gap year refers to a year between high school and college when students often participate in language studies, art studies, volunteer work, travel, internships, extra-academic courses, and more. This is all for the purpose of improving themselves in knowledge, maturity, decision-making, leadership, independence, selfsufficiency and employability via an impressive, exotic resume. While gap years are a rite of passage in many parts of Europe and Australia, they have been relatively very unpopular in the States UNTIL NOW. Gap year enrolment in America has sky-rocked in the past couple years.

So which of your classmates is hoping on the gap year bandwagon? Of the class of 2018: Lucie Kasserman, Alexandria Basset, Megan Glavin, and yours truly. I attended New Trier High School’s annual gap year fair—the largest in the country—back in December to do some research for a potential article (which you are reading right now) and was blown away at the advantages an opportunity like this boasted. Gap years are definitely not for everyone, but the 98% of gap year students who return to their college the following year statistically do better academically once they get there. These students are more likely to stay with their major all four years. They tend to graduate in less time. And finally, students who took a gap year are much more likely to have a job in their field out of college when compared to students who didn’t take one. After a lot of research, stress, and indecision, my parents and I have decided that a gap year is for me. I’m currently looking at a Projects Abroad internship where I would work with micro-lenders (a type of economic development—my intended major) for four months in Ghana.

The rest of my gap year has yet to be determined, but will most likely include volunteering in either Rwanda or South Africa. Once I have this all figured out and locked down, I will defer a year from my dream school that I have mentioned before in this column: George Washington University in Washington D.C. I have until August 1st to do so, but wish me luck and let’s have a look at some seniors that have some actual (very impressive) plans…

Alexandria Basset—“Next year I’m going to be studying abroad in Germany. I’ll be going to high school for two months, German language school for two months, and the for the remaining month I’ll be interning—hopefully at an elementary school in Germany. I’ve deferred from the colleges I’m considering: North Central and Hope College. [I’ll be studying] either education or international business/international relations. I’ve been working on the application for about a year now. And then I was interviewed, and eventually selected to be one of 25.”

Megan Glavin, left—“I’m going through the program International Volunteers HQ, and it’s not actually a gap year program. It’s a program for volunteering internationally. I’m going to Thailand and Sri Lanka for 12 and 24 weeks respectively, teaching English to Buddhist monks [in Sri Lanka] and doing an outdoor program in Thailand. I’m deferring from Louis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. I decided it would be easier to apply when [all my classmates] are applying, so when I get back I have a place to go.”

Lucie Kasserman, right—“I’m traveling to Central America to do volunteer work through Carpe Diem Education. I’m not deferring from any college, because the program I’m going through offers college credit, so I’ll get 18 credits a semester. So, I’ll transfer into whatever school I decide on. I mainly just decided to do it, because I had no idea where I wanted to go to college and I was getting really stressed out about it. I researched [gap years] and then one day I was like ‘Wait, this is something I’m actually really interested in.’ I’m going to Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Honduras for three months, and then I come home for winter break, and then I actually go to a different area of the world—I’m not sure where yet. My mom wants me to go to Australia, but I kind of want to go to Africa, so we’ll see. But, teaching English to kids is what I’m most looking forward to.”

Bridging the Gap: Gap years, America students By Erin Delany ’16 Staff Writer The pressure to get into a good college is astounding at Glenbard West. If one was to enter the counselors’ office, he or she would immediately be inundated by an array of posters and brochures, all blaring the benefits of one college or another. The looming question remains - the one most juniors and first semester seniors have come to dread “Where are you going next year?” The responses vary, from a definite answer to an undecided shrug. A lessheard response, however, is one that tends to shock parents and counselors alike: “I’m not going.” Of course, many of these students may mean that they have decided to work or go to trade school, but another option less taken by students at West is a gap year. A gap year is a year a graduating senior takes off of school in order to see the world, figure out what he or she wants to study, or merely just take a break. It definitely isn’t the best option for everyone, but for some it is the perfect opportunity, One of those students was Theresa Galli, a Glenbard West graduate who took a gap before attending Colorado College. During her year away, Theresa spent six months in North London before traveling to Johannesburg, South Africa to do service work in hospice centers and primary schools. When asked about how

her gap year helped her, Theresa replies, “It gave me a chance to explore two different countries I had never visited, to live away from home on my own, and to spend time thinking about what I wanted to do in college.” This sort of independence can be helpful prior to going off to college. Theresa entered her freshman year at Colorado College with a picture of what she wanted to do with her life, which she fully attributes to her time abroad. She affirms, “My college experience was definitely enriched by my gap year experience, because I came into it with a bit more of a clear head about my goals and expectations for my continuing education.” Although Theresa admits that her year off was pricey and she had to raise funds for it herself, she is quick to note that gap years do not have to include an expensive trip abroad. “Taking a year off before college to work for a company in your home town or getting an internship are both great ways to pursue an interest […] before college. Are you interested in baking? Get a stand at a local farmers’ market to pedal your wares. A gap year can be anything you can imagine,” says Theresa. There are no pinpoint statistics for how many United States students choose to take time off every year, but many gap year coordination agencies have noticed a large spike in enrolled

students over the past three years. Projects Abroad, a U.K. volunteer organization that caters to gap students, has nearly quadrupled in enrollment numbers since 2011. The reasons students take a year off prior to attending college are as varied as the options one has when taking the gap itself. Many students get a job during this time in order to defray the cost of college, while others believe that if they take a gap year they will be less likely to transfer schools or change majors. Still others take time off in order to ease their eventual transition from college to the working world. While the gap year is not a relatively popular option in the United States, it is commonly seen in the United Kingdom. U.K. government polls show that 2.5 million students a year decide to take a year off, and 80% of that group say that they think their gap year aided their employability. 60% of that number said that their gap year helped them to decide their university major. A year off before college may not be the best option for every high school alum, but for some it is the key to finding one’s identity and career path. Best of luck to all juniors and seniors who are searching for the perfect higher education option - perhaps you will find that a year off of school is the best way to bridge the gap between your high school years and your higher education.

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Favorite senior high school memories

By Kelsey Lentz Staff Writer

As this school year is rounding to an end, we say goodbye to yet another group of beloved seniors as they embark on their future journeys. As excitement of graduation and other endof-the-year festivities are just around the corner, senioritis is kicking in at full speed, and new and promising adventures are to come for these lively seniors. After four long years of high school, the seniors look back upon some of their most memorable moments that were created here at Glenbard West. Most seniors, like Jasmine Trieu, can say that attending the fall Hitter’s football games were one of the highlights of her time here at GBW. Another senior, Jack Rohrer can agree with Jasmine, by saying that going to the football games and being a super fan leader was his favorite mem-

ory. Former class president, Meg Maloney, says that her favorite moment of high school was “Dressing up like a turkey for the Turkey Trot.” Faith Bischoff enjoyed dressing up for homecoming spirit weeks the most, and Jared Lentz says he always looked forward to dressing up for the senior boys’ tradition of “Themed Thursdays.” For most senior athletes, their favorite memory from high school was some of their biggest athletic accomplishments; like Drew Vogg, who said he will never forget stepping onto the football field his junior year, to play in the state championship game and win. Sara Balanon will always look back at successfully going to state all four years for cheerleading. Madelyn O’Gorman is proud to be a part of the state championship winning cross country team of 2013. For others, getting involved in extra-

curricular activities and clubs will be their most cherished memory from the past four years. Tricia Markby, (who is heavily involved in theatre), said, “Creating magic and putting smiles on the children who watched the play Peter Pan” was her most monumental recollection. Nick Barella was also extremely happy he chose to get involved in clubs here at West, and will always remember his trip to Berkeley for Model UN. The majority of the senior class’s favorite memories consist of events that happened during this milestone year for them, like Liam Murphy, who loved prom and senior show case. Also Chloe Powell, whose peak of high school was when she was accepted into the school of her dreams. As for other students, when asked about their past four years of school, Rachel Farley said, “I really liked looking back at myself from freshmen year and seeing how much I have changed.”

Zach Myers said, “The thing I liked the most about high school was the many friendships I made and all the cool people I met.” Erin Spiech and Madeline O’Brien had more personalized favorite moments—for Erin that was accidently killing a goose during a golf match. As for Madeline, she was amused by watching all the kids fall down the hill and liked throwing food at squirrels during lunch on circle drive. As the high school careers of many awesome seniors are ending, their bright futures are now beginning. Although we will be losing a great group of people, Glenbard West wishes the best of luck to this rowdy crowd of kids. We hope they make many great memories in the future, and never forget the countless good times they had while at Glenbard West.

Volleyball season -Caroline

Six flags for physics -Elizabeth

The state championship game -Drew

Peter Pan -Tricia

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FEATURES Dealing with Summer Stress... PAGE 10 - MAY - 2014

How to manage summer homework assignments By Joshua Leone ’15 Columnist

With the school year coming to a close and finals creeping in the coming weeks, one might think his or her job is nearly done. As swell as it would be to ride off into the sunset, free from school, academia usually has other plans. Because there really is never enough time for teachers to do everything they want to get done, summer assignments from classes pile

on to prepare for the next year. This ranges from several packets to 10 page papers and this can seem daunting, but it’s certainly not impossible. I interviewed Connor Burgess, a junior, to see how he dealt with his summer break and the work that entails. When asked what this looked like, he described it as a “little crazy.” “Life guarding, on top of summer running for Cross Country, getting my Eagle

Scout done, fun stuff on the side like Lollapalooza and Pitchfork, a trip to the beach house, or overseas makes my schedule pretty packed. As this year comes around, however, college applications will be a huge focus point for me,” said Burgess. When asked how much of a workload he gets, Burgess describes AP and Honors courses giving a decent amount of work, Honors less so, but it can definitely be

overcome pretty easily if you manage your time correctly. If anything, he mentions, the workload throughout the year is much tougher than the summer assignments, since time is on your side. When it comes to preparing and keeping up with his schedule, Burgess says his Castle Keys is a big help and is his number one way of organizing his work and activities. In regards to how he tackles his work, he likes

to “get all of the dense, timeconsuming work done, so I can focus on whatever I may not be understanding.” Burgess gave his last comment on how to treat the upcoming summer vacation saying, “Honestly, have fun in the summer. Hang loose, relax, and enjoy it. Live it up while you can, and do the hours on your summer work when you have to. Work hard, play hard.”

My Two Cents: Summer Entrepreneurship By Katie Karp ’16 Columnist

Even if you have not found a summer job, you should take full advantage of your three-month break. There are plenty of job opportunities available that do not require a boss. Get ready; it’s time to be an entrepreneur for the summer! The hardest part in getting a summer business will be getting it started. Create flyers for whatever you hope to do and pass them around your neighborhood. You do not want to through away money, so try printing three small flyers in black and white per page. Be sure to ring the doorbell and meet potential costumers. Talking face-to-face will be much more memorable. Before you can pass out flyers, you need to have a concept. Think about what you can provide. Are you a great tennis player? Good at math? Are you strong enough to mow lawns all day? Even though your tennis skills, for example, might not be Olympian material, parents like to pay a smaller amount for a child just starting an interest in your favorite sport. Whether it is working with kids, or around-thehouse jobs costumers are interested in low-cost but quality work, which you can provide. Now let me break it down into the four main categories of high school entrepreneur jobs! The first category is childcare. The summer brings a surplus of these jobs as parents may continue to work while their children are home from school. Always remember to keep their house tidy after meals and come with a bag full of games. However, do not try to get hired if you hate children. Without smiles and laughter, from you they will not be having a great time either, and chances are you will not be called again.

There are also many educating jobs. Whether it is teaching schoolwork, musical instruments, or sports, kids love to be busy learning! Remember that at the end of the day, the lesson should not only be educational but be fun. A few ideas include private swimming lessons, piano, getting ahead for the school year, or painting classes. Also you can work with pets. Summer is a popular time to travel. When people leave town they leave their pets behind. As long as you are comfortable around different kinds of animals, this will be a great job. Be prepared to take dogs on multiple walks throughout the day, and that reptiles will require special care. Finally there are around-the-house jobs. Painting siding or windows is also a great

option if you research. Watering plants or lawns when people are out of town is another great idea. General spring clean up in the yard is a great one-time per client option at the beginning of the summer. Washing windows or lawn furniture after buying the specialty soap in bulk could easily find you a job. If you are adventurous, you could even look into black topping driveways. Attic, garages, and basement clean-outs will surely find you a job as a handy-man. Good luck making the most income out of your summer! I hope you find a job you can succeed in and enjoy all summer long. Art work by Kim Vela ’17.

Did you know July is National Ice Cream Month? More Americans buy ice cream in July than any other month.


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One Voice Choir: Spreading joy to the elderly through song By Lauren Crowe ‘15 Staff Writer When I was younger, I remember being dragged to one of my sister’s trillion voice recitals, but this time it was not her typical operetta-type recitals (which I have grown to like after years of attending cheering for my big sis). Everyone on stage had bright different colored polo shirts and the music was upbeat and beautiful, but it appeared more calm and fun then one of her other recitals where they wore all black gowns. After learning that this choir was One Voice, I wanted to be a member too, but after belting out “My Heart Will Go On” in the shower and having the door kicked by my sister, I realized singing might not be my calling. However, I am a fast learner and put in time just so that I could follow a nice tune. So, I started singing some songs, and at the end of my 8th grade year I auditioned for One Voice. What is One Voice? It is so much more than a nondenominational outreach choir- we are an outside-of-school family that gives back in the way of song and being friendly to the elderly. Auditions are not scary, I promise. You sing a little song for Vicki Steevenz and then are off to a quick interview. I sang “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star,” and while some of the pitches were off, I had a smile on my face.

Then I got to go talk to the current One Voice board. I on a retreat to learn our big dance number, GODSPELL. I was sitting on a bean bag chair in front of eight or so high- promise you nothing is more fun than snapping your fingers schoolers who I did not know, they asked me my name, why I to this arrangement of songs and that you get the opportunity wanted to be in the choir, but most importantly what kitchen to dance as goofy as you like and only bring smiles to others. utensil I would be (clearly a kitchen aid mixer because all I Next year, I will be a senior and it will be my fourth year of do is bake and eat chocolate chip cookies). But one thing I this choir and I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. remember is how much fun it was, when I walked in I knew If you are interested at all please contact Patty Dentinger no one but left feeling like I had more friends. for additional information patandent@gmail.com Auditions Once in the choir, we kick off the year with a big picnic are June 10, 11, and 12 from 3-5 p.m. and continue our weekly practices to learn our array of songs If you are nervous at all, bring a friend along! One thing (“At The Beginning” from Anastasia is a favorite of mine) I’ve learned from this choir is that every little action you and then go on our outreaches. An outreach consists of do for another will reward you more than you can imagine. driving on a Sunday to a senior home and singing our songs for them and then the life-changing part: we speak with these elderly people and this all is under two hours of your Sunday time. Asking them how their day is going, if they know any of the songs we sang, if it was a recent holiday you can always ask if they enjoyed it. Sometimes they don’t respond but just need a hand to hold and a smile from a teenager, other times you hear life Positions in customer sales/service. stories or lessons that captivate you and truly are having a blast with new friends. Cond apply - must be a graduating senior We also have a lock-in at First Flexible schedules. Scholarships available. Congregational Church in Glen Ellyn in Call (630) 210-8153 or visit summerworknow.com the fall and after finals that weekend we go

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Press Start: Summer preview of Watchdogs, Mario Kart 8, Super Smash Bros By Ben Buchnat ’16 Columnist I never understood why the summer generally is a weak season for video games. Students are out of school and have more money due to the jobs many of them have. However the summer is considered one of the weakest seasons for video games. With so few games coming out between late May and August, it was difficult to find any games worth mentioning at all. These games should provide players with plenty of hours to kill though. Here are the biggest games of the summer. Watch Dogs (May 27th)- PC, PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 Poised to be the biggest hit of the summer, this game-of-the-year candidate arrives in late May after a delay from last November. Watch Dogs is an open-world action-adventure game set in a futuristic version of Chicago. The city is all connected to the CtOS. Your protagonist has a smartphone that can hack into the CtOS, allowing him to control most of the city. This mechanic is the basis for the gameplay,

which also includes elements of shooting, driving, parkour, and stealth gameplay. Not much is known about the plot, except that it will take about 35 to 40 hours to complete. The game also boasts an innovative multiplayer mode. One of these modes includes a player sneaking into the story mode of another. The first player will try to hack the other’s phone to gain data. This data will strengthen players once they go back to story mode. Other online modes include an 8-player free roam and a racing mode. Anticipation has been building for this game since its reveal at E3 2012, gaining a total of 173 pre-release awards in the process. This is one game Mario Kart 8 comes out on May 30 for Wii U. A fun new feature is the Super Horn and anti-gravity sections. no player should miss. Mario Kart 8 (May 30th)adds more strategy to the game. 7 return. There are now multiple between July and September. Wii U During the anti-gravity sections, ways to tailor your vehicle to The cast of characters announced Trying to become the Wii U’s bumping into racers will give win the race. Perhaps the most is incredible so far. It includes killer app, the eighth installment players a speed boost. meaningful new addition is the the usuals like Mario, Pikachu, in the franchise adds a new twist The game also combines some Super Horn. It is a new item that Samus, and Link. However, the to the Mario Kart formula. Anti- of the best elements of previous sends a blast of air all around the new fighters have all the buzz gravity has been added to all the games. Motorbikes from Mario player’s area. It destroys all shells, surrounding them. Highlights courses, leading to more creative Kart Wii and the hangliders, including the despised blue shell. include the Wii Fit Trainer, Little tracks than we have ever seen in underwater racing, and the kart This is the first Mario Kart game Mac from Punch Out!, Mega Man, a Mario Kart game. This addition customization from Mario Kart in which there is a way to evade and the Villager from the ever the blue shell. Fans rejoiced popular Animal Crossing series. over this announcement. All the fighters are the same The dreaded reign of the between the two systems, however blue shell is no longer! the stages, assist trophies, and Online has improved, collectables will differ between with 12 player lobbies and the two versions. customizable tournaments. Stage highlights from the 3DS Looking to become a huge version include Prism Tower from seller, this game needs to Pokemon X and Y, the Island from do well to kickstart the Animal Crossing: New Leaf, and struggling Wii U. This the Train from The Legend of would be Nintendo’s most Zelda: Spirit Tracks. anticipated game of the The combat systems remains summer, but it is outdone similar although online have been by our final entry. split up into two modes. One Super Smash Bros. 3DS mode for casual play and one for (July-September)-3DS hardcore fighters to fight in. Although the Wii U Nintendo has had a large string version is not coming of hits on the 3DS the past couple till the holiday season, of years and this game will add to the portable version of that. For fighting on the go, there Nintendo’s fighting series is no better place to go than Super is expected to hit stores Smash Bros. 3DS.

Watch Dogs, above, comes out on May 27 for PC, PS4, PS3, Xbox One, and Xbox 360.

Did you know Mario first appeared in 1981 in Donkey Kong?

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Our Age: Defining Deutschland


By Erik Barillari ’14 Columnist

excluding Eurasian Russia. With these policies, Germany’s economy and influence have remained remarkably A tasteful rule of thumb strong through the Great Recession (if not is that it’s generally not also making Merkel a very controversial smart nor polite to make figure in Germany) and has given the state comparisons between an opportunity to become one of Europe’s famous leaders and preferred source of loans and protection. Hitler. Some find it hard This is why you may see cartoons of to resist: Angela Merkel, tiny European countries mobbing a large Germany’s stoic, amiable Germany or sucking it dry: The Germans Chancellor probably has have funded massive foreign bailouts and more power than the increased their lending power to the extreme ultra-violent dictator ever did. at the expense of siphoning off cash to needy Comparisons and puns have abounded, “Eurozones.” such as a 2011 article in the British Daily With strong banks, liberal check-writing, Mail, titled, “Rise of the Fourth Reich,” and big production, the Germans have been saying how Germany is using the financial seen as dictating EU financial policy and crisis to conquer Europe . tailoring continent-wide action to benefit Think of Europe, however, as it is now: themselves. In this way, some have argued news about austerity, riots, authoritarian or that the organization responsible for uniting crumbling government, and submitting to Europe, the EU, has simply become a way for the political protection of the EU and United Germany to reassert the dominance it tried States. There are a solid handful of countries, twice to gain forcibly in the past century. But however, that are still relatively strong and this time, there is no one to kill and overrun. independent. Among them, Germany is still Merkel and her government quite literally relatively autonomous from the huddling hold the lives of smaller euro economies in European community. Nations,like Germany their hands. will be defining European and even world It is this superiority, power, and humiliation policies for a long time to come. of economic ruin that has some Europeans in How is that and why does it matter? an almost antiquated state of mind, cheering Look to the chancellery. Merkel started fascists, communists, and ethnocentrism in stricken states like Greece. So, Germany tries to stand as a beacon. Racked with an awful track record of 20th century affairs, Germany’s policies have built and protected the European economy in very significant ways and their internal systems of education, infrastructure, and urbanization are models for the world community. 82,000,000 Germans have near equal net exports to over 300,000,000 Americans; the word “German” is still Russo-German relations have been deteriorating for years, and essynonymous with “quality pecially in recent months over Ukraine’s economic ties. Putin always brings in his largest dog when Merkel (who has a phobia of dogs) visits. and productivity” for good reason. off in East Germany during her education as Merkel has taken a hardline on Putin’s a scientist, but rose to political prominence expansionism, saying that the Russian leader after the country was reunified in 1990. She lives “in another world,” and is attempting to really came into the spotlight after 2000 rally the rest of Europe to the same opinion. with the Christian Democratic Union party This has really furthered the view of her a (CDU). Her policies as a party member and sort of “Monrovian” politician, using threats now chancellor have been aggressive and as an excuse to pull countries under her straining on many Germans. Increases on nation’s sphere of influence. specific taxes and insurance contributions, And in contrast to other national leaders, while cutting regulations in the workplace, like those of Britain and the United States, such as on hours and hiring policies, do not Merkel openly criticizes national spying and usually sit well, politically. They are very “practical” invasions of privacy. This rhetoric much in the spirit of old Bismarck’s Blood increased dramatically after Snowden and and Iron, pulling hard at the state helm to it was discovered that the US was tapping expand German influence and power (in this Merkel’s personal phone. case the budget). “In a nutshell, an end never justifies the Merkel has been lowering trade barriers means and not everything that’s technically with any country she can find, but has feasible ought to be done,” Merkel said always criticized the overreliance on recently. This position has garnered her Russian energy, prompting Germany support amongst a decent chunk of Germans to launch multiple energy initiatives to who see Snowden and his cause as heroic. compete. While nations like France, Russia, Merkel’s support may be up and down, Spain, and Italy struggle with immigration, but her influence and Germany’s strength are the revival of protectionist nationalism (in difficult to ignore. Her government’s choices Italy and Spain’s case, the extreme opposite and stances will either define a more unified with secessionist pushes), and social issues, Europe or unnerve neighbors into a more Germany expands its openness to foreigners fractured, diverse community. and sits in quiet social contentment, despite A Fourth Reich however, seems very much having the largest European population, like an exaggerated fantasy.

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Stage combat: imagining, creating theatrical fight scenes

By Rachel Warren ’14 Staff Writer

En garde! Swords flash and fists fly in an exciting chaos that unfolds that is, surprisingly, very organized since no one actually gets hurt. Oh, the magic of stage combat! A staged fight is not made and learned overnight. Creating and rehearsing a fight involves a months-long process that begins before production rehearsals in order to showcase a spectacular, audience-gripping fight. The creation of the fight begins with the director’s vision and interpretation of the script. Theater director, Mr. Moran states, “[I try to] have an image in my head of what it might look like as I read the play.” Once the director has an idea of what the fight should look like, he or she then tells his or her ideas to a fight choreographer whose job is to create the moves of the fight. Moran explains, “It’s about collaboration, right? It’s about working with these other artists so that both of your visions can come, work together into a stronger vision, hopefully, between the two of you or between the several people.” A note about fight choreographers: While not a requirement, most fight choreographers are certified though organizations like the Society of American Fight Directors (SAFD) to teach specific styles of stage combat such as unarmed combat or West’s Macbeth was performed in 2012. Photo courtesy of Mr. Medic, Bruce Medic Photography. fighting with a broadsword and shield. The fight choreographer will take the director’s ideas, mix in their own, but, as SAFD-certified stunt man Greg Poljacik says, “The first thing I look at with approaching [fight] choreography is what story is being told on stage.” A well-choreographed fight is created with the personality of the characters, or characterization, in mind to create individuality and emotion in the moves. “You’re going to fight someone who is a stranger a lot differently than you’re going to fight someone who is your best friend,” Poljacik explains. It is with this individuality and emotion that a staged fight is able to captivate and entertain the audience. Mr. Moran explains that a fight creates “a heightened thrill” that, according to him, “immediately brings the audience into the story telling.” In addition to characterization of the moves, an exciting fight also incorporates stylish and dramatic choreography. As junior choreographer and second-degree black belt Mitchell Whittenhall explains, “You don’t want to have a fight that doesn’t look cool or anything. You want it to be really cool and epic.” However, Poljacik points out that, at times, moves that are “really cool and epic” must be sacrificed for choreography that is more logical in order to maintain the purpose of the story. Located on Roosevelt in Glen Ellyn He said that while some moves are “flashy” and make the actors look good, “they don’t make any sense at all. Sometimes in the course of the fight, we have to sacrifice those moves for the story.” And so, it is with logic, characterization, the audience, and style in mind, that a fight choreographer sets out to create an exciting and influential fight through which, to the audience, a story unfolds on stage.





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Dropping the F-bomb: Identity crisis of a first-year feminist

By Bailey Bystry ’14 Columnist

America seems to be a little confused. According to an April HuffPost/YouGov poll, 20% of Americans—including 23% of women and 16% of men—consider themselves feminists. Interestingly, in the same survey, 82% of respondents said they agreed that “women and men should be equal socially, politically, and economically.”

Feminism. n. The belief that women and men should be equal socially, politically, and economically. It seems we have a movement lost in translation. There are an infinite number of misconceptions and false stereotypes that surround people who adopt the F word label. Between the man hating, the leg hair, the bra burning, and the constant complaining, feminists seem to be as annoying as they are unpopular. So before we go any further, let’s get two things straight: these stereotypes are generally very false, and feminism is not one size fits all. Contrary to popular belief, feminists are a diverse group of individuals who vary in how they interpret the details regarding the fight for gender equality. For example, Miley Cyrus is not afraid to drop the F-bomb and considers herself one of the biggest feminists in the world. However, different men and women who identify as feminists have a wide range of opinions of Miley Cyrus as a fellow feminist. Feminists are men and women, Democrats and Republicans, non-religious and religious, married and single, mothers and others. Most shave and wear a bra, some don’t. It’s important to keep the wide range of variations in perspective when talking about any group of people that we define based on a single shared attribute. Feminists are no exception. The year 2014 was a big year for feminism. I’m talking about Beyoncé, of course. Queen

Bey—who previously had stated she doesn’t Fair she’s not a feminist, “just pro-girl.” Malike the label—came out as an outspoken and rissa Mayer, Yahoo’s CEO, says that she “cerinvolved feminist. She was a part of the “Ban tainly believes in equal rights,” but she doesn’t Bossy” PSA. She wrote and published a short “need the chip on the shoulder that comes with article entitled Gender Equality is a Myth! [feminism].” Divergent heroine, Shailene When she dropped her surprise album this past Woodley, told Time Magazine this month that December that took the music world by storm, she is not a feminist “because I like men,” she put out her song “***Flawless,” which however “My biggest thing is really sisterhood includes a sound bite from the TED Talk of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, a famous Nigerian feminist author. The sound bite includes Chimamanda’s jawdroppingly true statement: “We raise girls to see each other as competitors—not for jobs or for accomplishments, which I think can be a good thing—but for the attention of men.” (More Beyoncé’s new song “***Flawless” includes a line from a TED Talk saying, on Chimamanda “We raise girls to see each other as competitors - not for jobs or for accomlater!) plishments, which I think can be a good thing - but for the attention of men.” Other celebs who have come to the forefront on the issue more than feminism. I don’t know how we as include Jennifer Lawrence, Lena Dunham, El- women expect men to respect us, because we len Page, Anne Hathaway, Natalie Portman, don’t even seem to respect each other. There’s Emma Stone, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, John so much jealousy, so much comparison and Legend, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Meyers, envy.” Okay Shailene, we see what you’re getLouis C.K., Ryan Gosling, Jay Leno, Prince ting at, but wow, not even close! Harry, Ashton Kutcher, Mark Ruffalo, and These are not my “Look everybody! FemiJoss Whedon. While these individuals (and nism is totally in right now!” paragraphs. more) have dropped the F-bomb with zeal, Actually, the responses we are getting out of others are saying the same things, just not say- Hollywood are a microcosm for what we are ing the word feminism. hearing from most Americans these days. BaKaty Perry and Lady Gaga have been back sically, there is a lot of confusion about femiand forth. Demi Moore, Madonna, and Sarah nism. These negative connotations of hairy, Jessica Parker think of themselves as “human- man-hating, single and bitter women became ists.” Carrie Underwood said, “I wouldn’t outdated decades ago, if they were ever even go so far as to say I am a feminist; that can remotely true! But the stereotype remains. come off as a negative connotation. But I am And personally, it has made being a feminist a strong female.” Taylor Swift has called the very complicated and confusing. media’s portrayal of her sexist, but told Vanity I dropped the F-bomb for the first time this

past year in the last week of January, after several tiny little things collided into making me realize gender inequality was not a myth and I needed to become part of the solution. After three years of being the only girl in my Forensics event and working tirelessly, I realized I was only really known as “the pretty girl in extemp.” I was half-way through reading Tina Fey’s book Bossypants. I walked into my AP Microeconomics class for the first time to only see four other girls there, and then heard there were only three in an AP Physics class. Midway through the week, I overheard the phrase “Man up!” twice in a day. And finally, on that Friday, I received yet another especially explicit cat call walking home from school. So, I too dropped the F-bomb and started fully identifying as what I called “a modern moderate gender equality feminist… who still likes to wear dresses and florals.” However, unbeknownst to me at the time, that’s part of the problem. One of the big problems with generalizing a group of people is that individuals add adjectives on to their label to distance themselves from the negative stereotypes. Case and point: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie said that “At some point [after being criticized about my feminist label by various friends] I was a ‘happy African feminist who does not hate men and who likes lip gloss and who wears high heels for herself but not for men.’” Why can’t we see feminism the same way we see other mainstream labels, such as Democrat, Republican, or Christian? We hear those labels and generally understand there to be a lot of variation within them. We hear feminist and—at best—think of them as an ideologically homogenous group. Feminists come from all walks of life, have different opinions on things, and often even disagree with each other; we are just united under the main idea of equality for both genders. By continuing to show the world what feminism really is, we can turn the attention back to the cause rather than the stereotypes, and allow the 82% of Americans who believe in gender equality to feel more comfortable in choosing to drop the F-bomb.

News You Can Use: The good, the bad, and the envy By Abbey Burgess ’15 Columnist E v e r since we were little kids, we’ve been told to stay away from that ugly Green Monster. But with the rise of all the different kinds of social media, from Twitter, to Tumblr, to Facebook, to YouTube, to Snapchat, etc., jealousy is getting harder and harder to stay away from. We are constantly updated about that person’s super expensive Spring Break, or how she randomly bumped into Tom Felton on the street and got his number, or how that one guy had that awesome party you didn’t get invited to, or just how generally awesome Hank and John Green are and how you wish you could go live with them forever. (That last one just randomly popped into my head just so we’re clear, it’s not like I think about it constantly or anything.) All this envy or jealousy can

create dissatisfaction. A study published by researchers at the University of Michigan shows that the more people use Facebook, the less happy they are with their lives. Looking at jealousy this way suggests it is a bad thing. But it doesn’t necessarily have to be. Psychologists classify envy in one of two ways: malicious or benign. Benign envy means you are motivated by another person’s success, that you strive to emulate it and to achieve your own. (This may sound familiar to all you Euro kids as you think back on the infamous and tantalizing “Student of the Unit.”) Malicious envy, on the other hand, makes you want to cut down the advantaged person so you look better in comparison. So think of Ron destroying the Horcrux in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Literally. Benign envy has recently been shown to be a great motivator. A study published in 2011 in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin found that when researchers triggered feelings of benign envy in university students, rather than admiration or malicious envy, it drove the students to want to

study more and perform better on a test. Basically, it is the pain and frustration of envy that drives better performance. Not only does it improve performance, but memory as well. A separate set of experiments published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology demonstrate that envy improves attention and memory, as they are the tools needed to copy your rival’s

success. It makes people more astute, and pushes them toward higher goals by giving them the cognitive boost to get there. So when you’re cramming all those AP terms the night before your English final, just think about how good everyone else in your class is going to do. When you’re trying to memorize all those Physics equations and squeeze them all onto a seemingly tiny notecard,

think about that super annoying person who gets high A’s on all the insanely hard tests. Your desire to beat them will drive you to study harder and will help you memorize faster, and by the end you’ll end up with a high grade on that final. Envy can also be beneficial in the real world. See, this is something you learned in school that you can use again. Studies found that while unchecked envy can damage careers and corporations, it can also do good. A person’s “envy reflex” can point them in the right direction, focusing their time and energy on things they consider important. However, to utilize the benign envy and stay away from the malicious, the researchers suggest you take stock of your own achievements when faced with envy. This will allow you to focus more objectively on whatever is causing you envy, and thus make you more likely to emulate the success and achieve your own goals. If we could harness this potential, we would, as Augustus Waters likes to say, be on a rollercoaster that only goes up. Art by Kim Vela ’17.

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15 - May - 2014

Lessons learned from our castle on the hill

By Maddie Lupori Editor-in-Chief

I cried at my 5th grade graduation. After seeing the video montage of our many Ben Franklin Elementary school memories—high interest days, great books, class parties, and recess adventures—I, admittedly, was a mess. While big changes were to come when entering the hallowed halls of Hadley Junior High, it is safe to say that high school graduation will be a rollercoaster. Highs and lows. Smiles and sorrows. All of the above. But as I reflect on my past four years, I have learned a whole lot more than just how to write a compelling thesis and what really is a physics mole. I am walking away with a bag full of life lessons, and I hope that you too can learn something from my experiences. One of my most valuable lessons learned came when I was a freshman. The first day of tennis tryouts quickly approached, and I specifically remember stepping out onto the tennis court, terrified. My stomach hurt and I looked around at the other girls who I had played with since kindergarten, searching for some speck of reassurance. We all had worked hard over the course of tryouts, but ultimately there were only two spots for freshmen on the varsity team. When my coach pulled me aside

to inform me that I had made the JV team, I was devastated. Tears, sobbing, the whole bit. But what it took me a little while to recognize that this truly happened for a reason. I decided that life is what you make of it, and all things happen for a reason. I began to see the underlying positives in situations that I wouldn’t normally see as “the glass half full.” When I lost a tough match, I tried to think about how I could make the most of my loss and become a stronger player because of it. When I didn’t succeed to my fullest potential on a test, I figured that it was my chance to meet with a teacher and be better prepared for the next one. And above all, my realization that “everything happens for a reason” motivated me to focus most on how I could use my talents and successes to help those around me. Which brings me to my next lesson—cherish all friendships, even those you would least expect. In countless movie portrayals, the classic stereotype is that in high school you are one of the following: the jock, nerd, dummy, mean girl, teacher’s pet, or overachiever. But what I found most true is that in entering Glenbard West, the classic middle school cliques, for the most part, vanish. I can remember one summer day where I sat down with a group

of eighth-grade graduates (very nervous future West attendees). Their nerves were justifiable, but I assured them that West is different. Everyone finds a place if they look for it. And while our school may seem big, in retrospect, it is very small. By putting myself out there in sports, in the classroom, and involving myself in probably too many extracurriculars, I see familiar faces everywhere I go. I have best friends, smalltalk friends, school friends, and friends of friends, but above all, I found that there is no reason to limit yourself to one group of exclusive people. There is nothing wrong with dabbling—in fact, it makes your weekend exciting because you never know who you will see. In this case, stepping out of your comfort zone is a huge test of character. If you have the selfconfidence to smile at a stranger in the hallway or help the new kid navigate the halls, there is a much to be said about your genuine care for those around you. In my favorite childhood book, there is an infamous line— “Smile big and the world will smile right beside you.” So, befriend everyone, and may everyone consider you a friend. Next on the list is “Don’t sweat the small stuff.” At camp last summer, if you got in trouble— for being late to events, out past curfew, or whatever else that

broke a camp rule—you would be “spitlisted.” That meant that on a Sunday morning, when everyone else was indulging in a wellearned deep sleep, you would be up at the crack of dawn cleaning and attending to any and all needs of the head-master. Everyone was terrified of being spitlisted, but my group leader, Katie, gave us one piece of advice at the beginning of the summer: “Don’t sweat the small stuff.” Being “spitlisted” (as silly as that sounds) was by no means the end of the world. When I came back to school at the beginning of the year, I realized how true this sentiment proved to be. At that moment when I felt about ready to break down from the stresses that came with senior year, I found it helpful to remember Katie’s wise words. Don’t sweat the small stuff—whether is is leaving that homework assignment at home, not getting a part in the school play, or dozing off during class. There are things more important in the long run, and these little bumps in the road will soon become laughing material. As I get ready to say farewell to our castle on the hill, it is important to acknowledge and stow away the many lessons I have learned over the course of my four years. I have been so blessed to have wonderful mentors, teachers, and staff that I could always count on to give the greatest advice. I have stepped out of my com-

fort zone and experienced many defining moments because of it. And lastly, the friendships that I cherish had me smiling, laughing, and excited to come to school every day. So as you continue on with your busy and blissful lives, be sure to remember to not sweat the small stuff, cherish all friendships, and never forget that everything truly happens for a reason.

If bullied: help, prevent, protect By Gabriella Bower Assistant Editor-in-Chief

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s website, stopbullying.gov, bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school-aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. What this website doesn’t define is who gets bullied. That’s probably because at one time or another, everybody has been victim to this nationwide epidemic. Whether you are the average athlete, the above average student, the quiet wallflower, or basically any other generic stereotype, you have experienced bullying. In my experience, and especially at our school, I have found it is those that put themselves out there who are the victims of bullying. If someone doesn’t like how you run your club, or your Instagram account, or an innocent request to ask for your gender to join in on a school tradition, you inadvertently make yourself a target for the bully. My point is it happens to everyone and although that doesn’t make it okay, it does give you wisdom from experience, perspective, and strength. Wisdom from experience. I can personally say I have been bullied various times throughout my eighteen years of life. I’m not here to call anyone out, share all my horror stories, or seek revenge. I am here to relay advice I have found helpful. The best advice I have received is that as the victim, you have done nothing wrong and nothing to deserve the way you are being treated. Eleanor Roosevelt said, “Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent,” and that could not be more true. How you let the bully effect you is completely within your control. So will you let them beat you down into

submission, never to speak out again? Or will you speak up, brush it off, learn from it, and move on? The latter is easier said than done, however it is the best way to handle a bully. Bullies hate nothing more than no reaction or a reaction they didn’t expect. Perspective. Research shows that bullies often possess little to no self-esteem. Jealousy is often a common cause for bullying, too. So, hold onto the quality, talent, or dream that makes you your most confident self. High school is a blip on the radar, a mere chapter in the huge novel that is life. Think beyond: college, grad school, the workplace,

family. Anything that isn’t now. This helps you realize things aren’t really as bad as they seem, that things will get better, and that the best is truly yet to come. Strength. Whoever said, “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me” clearly never went to high school. That saying is complete garbage because words can last longer than bruises especially in today’s day and age of technology. But the person who said, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” definitely knew what they were talking about. From every situation thrown at you, you rise above it, you learn from it, and you hopefully move on from it. With that comes a strength and a power no bully will ever possess unless they relinquish their fetish for bullying. The

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strength you receive from overcoming a brush with Andrew Roberts ’14 bullying should ignite a Sports Editor spirit of protection over future victims. Because Luke Domask ’14 we’re all in this together Abbey Burgess ’15 right? Genevieve Kristofek ’15 When you knowingly Josh Leone ’15 stand by and allow Kelsey Neumann ’15 someone to belittle Meghan Loftus ’15 another, you become a Maddie Howard ’16 bully. When you favorite a Emma Goebbert ’16 tweet directed meanly Katie Karp ’16 towards another, you Shay Kiker ’16 become a bully. And when you like a picture that is making fun Ms. Mohr of another person, you Mrs. Slowinski become a bully. If you Ms. Kammes follow a bully, you are a bully. Be strong enough Faculty Advisers to protect others, not just yourself. I logically know this article will by no means end bullying today. In an ideal world after everyone reads this, every single person will have an epiphany and bullying will cease to exist. Sadly, this ideal world isn’t the real world. However, I will never forget the times I have been bullied, anyone who has fallen victim to it won’t ever forget their personal experiences either. But by standing up and speaking out, bullying could end. To be honest, I was afraid to sign this article with my name in the fear of being bullied again. But if I would have done that, the bullies would have won. This editorial is not directed to the bullies but rather the bullied. Hold onto perspective, grow wiser from your experiences, and be not only strong enough to rise above the situation, but to protect and stand up against bullying.

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Athlete Beat: Sports Performance Volleyball Club

By Maddie Howard ’16 Columnist This school year, Glenbard West has been home to a number of excelling student athletes. Boys Volleyball has gained national prominence over the past years and increasing attention from the Glen Ellyn community. Sophomores Bill Dedmond, Geo Smith, Kyler Kotsakis, and Paul Bischoff have played at Sports Performance Volleyball Club on 16-Mizuno for the past year. “We were looking for a program that was more competitive and intense,” explains Paul. Due to their successful qualifying matches, the boys have a chance to take on the national championship this July. “Only 36 teams from all over the country qualify for nationals,” says Geo. The qualifying games are in Chicago and St. Louis. The goal is to stay in the gold bracket. Playoffs takes place over several weekends, and, similar to golf, teams try receive as few points as possible. It depends on where you are seeded; the higher seed you have the fewer points you get. The team’s coach, Matt

Sports Performance Volleyball 16-Mizuno: Geo (44), Kyler (60), Bill (8), and Paul (9) after winning first place at the Palos Point Series this past December

Joniak, pushes them to “play above their potential” every day. Bryan Johnwick, club director, played at Ohio State and later Lewis University. The program prides itself on sending its’ players into the college level. “There will be lots of scouts at our games in July,” says Paul. The boys have three to four practices a week each two and a half to three hours long. This includes both skill training, conditioning, and weight lifting. “We have a very intense conditioning program,” says Geo. They practice in the Great Lakes Center in Aurora.

Name: Geo Smith Height: 6’1 Weight: 165 lbs. Position: Hitter Number: 44 Year: Sophomore Age:16

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“We decided the forty minute drive every day was worth it,” says Kyler. They participate in roughly three tournaments a month, which usually take place around the Chicago land area. “Our biggest competition is from the east coast,” explains Geo. The boys went 71-5 this year, with their few losses occurring in the first half of season. They received many awards and recognition while on the road as well. Kyler Kotsakis stands at six foot four as a right side hitter. He earned MVP at the Palos Point Series out of the sixty teams that participated. Paul Bischoff is a six foot two setter and was awarded best

Name: Kyler Kotsakis Height: 6’4 Weight: 170 lbs. Position: Hitter Number: 60 Year: Sophomore Age:16

setter at the Palos Pont Series. He was also named captain of the team due to his energy on the court and his ability to act as a source of motivation for the team. Bill Dedmond plays Libero at five foot ten and has been at Sports Performance the longest of the four. Geo Smith is a six foot one outside hitter with a four hundred kill percentage. As a group, they are currently ranked top five in the nation, clinching wins at almost every tournament they play in. Their National Championship takes place in Houston, Texas, July 1st-4th. “We are definitely looking to medal at nationals,” explains Bill.

Since they have been new to the club this year, the boys have learned to balance both academics and volleyball. Playing club creates a tight day to day schedule, and it is important to develop good time management. They also have made use of the longer lunch periods, which helps in finishing up homework or getting a head start. The school wishes Geo, Kyler, Bill, and Paul the best of luck as they take on nationals in July. It is always a privilege to have such outstanding athletes represent Glenbard West. Photos courtesy of Geo Smith, Glenbard West Varsity Volleyball player and Sports Performance team member.

Name: Bill Dedmond Height: 5’10 Weight: 155 lbs. Position: Libero Number: 8 Year:Sophomore Age:15

Name: Paul Bischoff Height: 6’2 Weight: 163 lbs. Position: Setter Number: 9 Year: Sophomore Age:16


Why I came to Sports Performance:

Why I love Sports Performance Volleyball:

Why Sports Performance is a successful program:

“Winning the St. Louis qualifer was definitely one of my favorite moments of Sports Performance. It proved that the hard work we put in throughout the season payed off in the end.”

“I was looking for a competitive team and a high level of play. The coaching staff is great as well. I am really happy with my decision and I love my team.”

“Fast-paced volleyball first attracted me to the sport. You are participating in every play and constantlyconstantly moving. I love this sport!”

“It is a great club with great training and coaching. The enviornment is very competitive and challenging and a great experience to compete with kids at the top positions all around the state.”

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