The Hilltop Echo
Chardon High School News
Issue 3, Volume LXXII
Chardon schools levy fails at polls District will make budget cuts while trying to maintain quality of education for students By Laura Louden Most often, levies and Chardonians don’t get along; take the example from last year, when the one-percent income tax put up in May failed miserably. Since then, the Chardon Local School District has made reductions in staff, programs, and services to eliminate extra spending.These reductions are still not enough and money is still needed for additional operating funds. The Chardon Local School District put another on the ballot this year, a five-year 4.29 Mill emergency operating levy, which, if approved by voters, would have created funds of 2.85 million dollars per year for the next five years. This levy was the district’s smallest stand-alone request in over 35 years. But the verdict is in, ladies and gentleman. The levy has failed with an overwhelming vote of 62.51% (5,585 votes) against, and a mere 37.49% (3,350 votes) for it. What does this mean for Chardon Schools? Certainly nothing good. There
may be no creative way around the now-needed $1,489,885 in budgetary cuts that the failure of the levy has presented. According to the Chardon Local School’s response to an issue endorsement
go up next year, from $150 per sport to $225. Class sizes will be bigger and there may be a reduction in special outings. Another important factor to mention is the possibility in a 20 – 30% reduction in state
Local School Levies: • Chardon: 63% against, 37% for • Cardinal: 53% against, 47% for • Newbury: 55% for, 45% against • Riverside: 67% against, 33 for
questionnaire from The Plain Dealer, potential cuts proposed are eight people in elementary and fifteen in the secondary level, and five classified personnel positions district-wide. Cuts must be approved by the school board in April. Activity fees for athletics and cheerleading will
funding to schools because of a transition to a new state governor in January. Chardon High School principal Mr. Andy Fetchik discussed the effects of the levy failure with a cool, professional calmness. “Nothing has been proposed or approved yet,” he said. “We will meet as a
committee of administrators and discuss things that we can live without.” When asked if there could be any way of avoiding staff cuts, the answer back was no. “We definitely have to,” Fetchik said. “Budgets are made a year in advance, and have also to be approved a year in advance. If another levy is put up and it passes, it won’t bring money in ‘till 2012.” There is no way to avoid this lack of funds in the high school. “I think the effect on the high school, the reduction of certain classes and services, will be detrimental,” he said, “but I know the current staff we have will take this on as a challenge and continue to provide an excellent education as they have for years.” Mr. Fetchik is particularly focused on minimizing the impact of the levy failure on the students. “We will make cuts in the best interests of the kids. Our number one priority is the children in Chardon High School. We will do our best to maintain the excellent education students have been receiving for years.”
Chardon BrewWorks Chardon High students go to the “Extreme” and Eatery A great place to meet on Chardon Square
of appetizers, soups and salads, By Brooke Bender The Chardon burgers, wraps, sandwiches, BrewWorks and Eatery was seafood, steaks, pasta, and opened on March 15th last more. Many unique appetizers spring on the Chardon square. like the baked jalapeno pretzel Mike and Donna Nedrow, the bites, beer cheese dip, and tasty owners, have two children sweet potato fries accompany that go to CHS: Senior Alyssa the classic onion rings, many variations Nedrow and of potatoes Sophomore and fries, and G a b b y mozzarella Nedrow. s t i c k s . Gabby said They also that her have eight dad wanted options to open of sauce Chardon for wings. Brewworks There are because he Picture courtesy of www.chardonbrewworks.com six different wanted to s a l a d s , brew craft beer and also wanted to including an unorthodox yet provide our community with brilliant tropical salad. The “a family-friendly place to go.” collection of many creative Although the BrewWorks types of burgers accompanies a offers adults selections of build-your-own-burger option. handcrafted beer, they are also Limited seafood, steaks, pork a partner in the prevention chops, and pastas are available, of underage alcohol use. and the chicken broccoli The BrewWorks alfredo is distinctly savory. serves much more than just beer. They offer a wide variety See ‘BrewWorks’ page 6
By Kelly Bergenstein Chardon High School, as all students know, is full of surprises. Whether it’s the newly redone cafeteria, or the new assistant principal, Mr. Sedlak, there’s always something happening that the majority of us don’t see coming. A group of rambunctious sophomores (and one junior), for instance, are starting to appear on the student radar for their YouTube account, ExtremeChardon, featuring them doing “anything extreme,” says sophomore Roger Davis. Featuring the three founding sophomores, Adam Benjamin,Travis Ritt, and Roger Davis, there are videos posted of them attempting Parkour, gymnastics, skateboarding, biking, and the occasional jump over a wheel barrow or two. Some of the other members of this group are junior Robby Vallarelli, and sophomores Mason Bender, Brandon LeScoezec, and Jeff Vlk. With committing a fraction of their free time to doing “anything involving going fast,
and/or hurting themselves,” according to Davis, some minor road blocks have come up. When asked about the injuries the team has sustained, Travis Ritt replied, “Here at ExtremeChardon, we put our life on the line to get the shots. Obviously the constant falling doesn’t feel all that great, and we have gotten many scratches and bruises from all of our stunts, but more recently one of our members, Adam Benjamin, has hyperextended his ankle trying to do a back flip onto a mat.” With a laugh, he added,“I personally think he is just being a big baby about it, but that’s just me. Other than that though, no serious injuries have occurred.” Coming up within the next month, the boys of ExtremeChardon will be performing at an elementary school in Mentor—the boys cannot recall the name—that has seen some of their crazy antics while surfing the internet. See
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In this issue: News
• Girls varsity soccer team makes school history with P.A.C. win
• Echo writer Evan Morrissette offers his opinion on the benefits of homework
• Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows to be released today • Read about the local band A Minor Bird • Geauga Music Center provides music and entertainment for the whole county
• New FCS class is learning about community service • A local group is trying to improve conditions at the Chardon skate park • Echo writer Sarah Brown interviews Raquel Rodriguez, a new student at CHS
• Hunting season is gearing up in Chardon • Taylor Hetrick holds eight national swimming records • The Chardon wrestling team is preparing for a good season • Chardon seniors and faculty members are preparing for charity volleyball game
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Local store provides musical opportunities of all kinds By Brian Vadakin Many of us have, at one time or another, sat down at the bench of a piano or picked up a guitar and started to play, even if we didn’t know how. When a popular song comes on the radio, many find themselves tapping out a beat on whatever surface they can find. And who hasn’t sung a song to themselves that they couldn’t get out of their head? Music is everywhere, especially for the teenage generation. It pervades our daily lives through the earphones of our iPods, the stereos of our cars, and even some of the commercials we watch after the morning announcements. Musical instruments intrigue us because of their potential. With musical instruments, one has the possibility to create or recreate any and every kind of music; the only thing missing is training. While many of us have dabbled in an instrument or two, fewer can claim to be proficient in the playing of an instrument. Childhood lessons or middle school band and choir provided an introduction to playing or singing music, but many people abandoned the effort the moment they were allowed to. The question is why? The ability to play a musical instrument or sing well has numerous advantages. Not only does it open up a whole new range of extracurricular activities, like Chardon High School’s different bands and choirs, but by accompanying people in auditions and contests, it can also provide a job opportunity. Geauga Music Center (GMC) is a local store that provides lessons and sells musical instruments and accessories.The store has been owned and operated for four years by Anne Marie Wolfe, although it has existed previously under the name of “Village Music.” When she reopened the business, she changed the name to tout the store as a music cen-
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Girls soccer team makes history with win
By Caitlin Merz made it clear that they were Tuesday, October 12, not going to let their lead af2010 will forever be a night fect their playing at all; they remembered by the 2010 continued playing hard from CHS varsity girls’ soccer the second they got back on team. On that chilly autumn the field. A mere three minevening, the girls made his- utes back into the game goal tory when they beat The Wil- number two was scored: a loughby South High School favorite highlight of seniors Rebels, securing their title Megan Keppler and Corey of Premiere Athletic Con- Baumgart. Baumgart said that ference (PAC) champions. the team really capitalized on Photo courtesy of Brian Vadakin The mood of the the excitement it brought and ter for all of Geauga County, economic condition of the not just the City of Chardon. past two years caused many night was set after the junior that likewise, it seemed that They sell acoustic and electric people to drop out of lessons, varsity team ended with a Willoughby South’s discourguitars and some string instru- and lack of awareness is mak- 1-0 victory- the sole scor- agement began around this ments, but they don’t carry a ing it difficult to gain back stu- er being freshman Chantal time. The Topper energy perlot of instruments so that they dents. “At least three times a have more capital to spend on week, I get people who come Daugherty, #23. The Toppers sisted and three more goals events in the community. GMC in here and say, ‘I didn’t know were nervous and anxious were scored, ending with a fioffers lessons for the following you were here,’” lamented to begin the game. To add to nal score of 5-0. Second-half types of instruments: wood- Anne Marie. Without a signifi- the excitement, it was their goals were contributed by wind, brass, string, percussion, cant increase in students, they senior night where nine se- seniors Colleen O’Brien and drum set, piano, and guitar. may have to close. She encour- niors were highlighted: Vanni Corey Baumgart and freshThey also offer voice lessons. ages students to take lessons Pikus #1, Rachel Gilbert #6, man goalie Lindsey Lyons had “Usually what most people over learning by themselves notice and comment about is because, on your own, “there’s Kristen Morgan #8, Megan an impressive 15 saves. Both how many lessons we have and no one there to give you feed- Keppler#10, Kristen Liggett teams, just as they did last how many teachers we have,” back… how do you improve remarked Anne Marie. GMC when there’s no feedback?” employs fifteen teachers, and Anne Marie believes there is about twenty people in total. little difference between learn Geauga Music Center ing music and learning a school is not only a convenient busi- subject like math and science. ness that offers musical sup- GMC provides good lessons plies and a wide variety of les- for multiple reasons, one being sons; it also contributes to the the dedication of the teachers community in a variety of ways. to the students. The student – GMC has organized open-mic teacher ratio is approximately nights at Chardon BrewWorks, 14:1. Each teacher goes above Guitar Hero contests, and and beyond to help their stueven summer music programs dents and prepare them for that cater to teenage bands. recitals. Lorey Kozsey, who Photo courtesy of Jim Pastor GMC is not just has been teaching at the store somewhere to go for lessons; since 1991, put it best. When #15, Colleen year, lined up it is a place for anyone inter- asked what her favorite part O’Brien #22, at the end to ested in music. “I wanted us about teaching was, she re• Final score: 5 0 CHS shake their to be where people would go plied simply, “my students.” Devon Beckwith #24, Coif they wanted to be involved So whether or not you have • Goals scored by Devon o p p o n e n t ’s hand, but this with music,” said Anne Marie. any intentions of playing a mu- rey Baumgart Beckwith, Colleen She has tried urgently to cre- sical instrument, you should #26, and year the TopO’Brien, and Corey ate this image by trying to ap- stop by Geauga Music Center. Laura Loudpers were peal to all people interested in It is located at 131 Wilson Mills en Baumgart #44. triumphant. music, instead of just people Road, on the right-hand side • Lindsey Lyons (goalie) To beat Wilinterested in being classically after you pass Dairy Queen / first loughby alone trained on an instrument. Orange Julius. At the very least, The had 15 saves half started was an ac Here is the problem: you will have learned more Chardon is in danger of los- about a Chardon business you with a Charcomplishing this unique business. The may have never heard of before. don goal by senior Devon ment for Chardon as they Beckwith within the first fif- have lost to the Rebels for teen minutes of the game. the last three years; but this As predicted, the first half game was an exceptionally proved to be fast-paced great accomplishment. With and intense. Senior Corey this victory, the girls claimed Baumgart focused on “playing the title of 2010 PAC champito feet,” keeping the ball on ons: something that has never the ground, as she said they been done in Chardon’s hishad keyed in on at their last tory! The girls worked very practice the night before. As hard to achieve this and the whistle was blown for the do not take it for granted end of the first half, the Top- at all. “It’s pretty incredpers remained on top with ible to say you started the a 1-0 lead over the Rebels. legacy- to give the program The second half start- something to look forward ed, and right away, Chardon to,” comments Baumgart.
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New FCS class learns about leadership and community service students are enhancing their public speaking skills because of this class,” Mrs. B. said. It is clear that she spent a lot of time planning and preparing for the new FCS class. “I had a lot of help from Mrs. Hall. She provided many resources and books that helped plan the c u r r i c u l u m ,” Mrs. B. explained. The students have been learning all about leadership roles and different By Kristen Morgan aspects of char A new Family Con- acter. Every Friday, a student sumer Science (FCS) class leads the class in an activity to called Leadership and Service about character, team building, Learning has been added to personalities, and communiChardon’s course curriculum cation skills.These lessons are this year. The course layout called “Activities That Teach,” consists of service learning, but Mrs. Butala has cleverly character building, communi- abbreviated this to “ATT.” She cation, and leadership roles. is very famous for her abbreMrs. Butala has done a great viating during class and has job taking on the task of even abbreviated whole senteaching this new course.“The tences like, “Meli, ya rea for class has been going great so ATT?” (Melissa, are you ready far! I can already tell that the to present your Activities That
Teach?) The class’ other habits include snapping instead of clapping, saying phrases such as, “Don’t be a shmagnoid,” and using “silent coyote” to minimize idle chatter. The majority of the class has been focused on community service though. The FCS class was in charge of the food during the Chardon Service Day that took place at Highbrook Lodge. The students contacted numerous businesses and successfully obtained enough donations to feed all the students who volunteered. The Leadership and Community Service class is helping to maintain the NHS courtyard as well. They have been busy weeding and doing anything necessary to help NHS in their cleanup efforts.The class has set a goal of earning the President’s Award for service hours. Senior Alisha Fern has taken charge and led the class in this project. Once the class reaches 200 hours of community service, they will be eligible for the Bronze Award. As a final grade for the class, students are expected to do a community service project. Some of the final projects include recycling, Compassion Month,
and volunteering at senior centers. Seniors Alisha Fern, Tierney Izar, and Megan Keppler are planning on getting donations for the troops over seas. They hope to organize a project that will involve the whole school collecting items to send to the troops. Juniors Rachel Considder and Lizzy Golias as well as sophomores Marisa Senibello and Shelby Bukovec are organizing Compassion Month. Compassion Month takes place during December and involves the giving trees. Each classroom has a tree full of items to donate to families in need. The girls have been busy making the trees and contacting families. Senior Tom Diehl and sophomore Alec Bost plan on picking up litter in the local parks for their service project. While the class has been busy helping others, they still manage to have a fun time. “I really like the class. It’s always very entertaining,” said senior Nick Molnar. Sophomore Marisa Senibello added, “It’s one of my favorite classes. I look forward to it every day.” Through discussions, presentations, and community service, the class has really bonded and become closer friends.
park until skaters do their part and respect the park. Charlie Carney of Chardon Township decided to start a non-profit organization called Support Our Ramps, or S.O.R. for short. Through S.O.R, Charlie plans to put down asphalt and to install lights and new ramps. In return, he hopes for better behavior and more respect on the part of the teenage skaters. Charlie asks that the youth of the area support S.O.R. by coming to the various events and joining the street team. Everyone wants the skate park to be redone. Giving teens new ramps and material will improve the riding quality and keep them away from high activity places, such as the square and other prohibited areas. Charlie doesn’t plan on stopping there; he wants to completely remodel the park. Currently, the skate park is free and open to everyone except people with bikes, but through S.O.R., Charlie plans on letting bikers and skateboarders alike enjoy the park. The skate park reform will happen as soon
Homework: harmful or helpful?
By Evan Morrissette There are many arguments to be made on the usefulness of homework. Many would call it the spawn of hell, others a thoughtful lesson that engages kids in learning at times they would otherwise be “slacking off.” The exact nature of homework has been tossed back and forth, and has changed acutely throughout the years. For example, during the forties, there was a decrease in homework as educator opinion was that problem solving was more important than drilling. However, when Sputnik was launched in the fifties, the view shifted as teachers believed that kids needed more stimulation to comprehend the rapidly evolving world. Yet when the sixties came, the homework became lax again as the general populace saw homework as stress on students. What state we are in today is debatable. First to be argued are the cons, as these will likely be more familiar to students. Just about anyone would say that they wouldn’t like to bring work home with them. In essence, homework is a form of work, which is probably why it’s called homework. Homework has shown been to cause stress and frustration as teens start taking an active is firstname.lastname@example.org.” in individuals (but then what is part in the park’s well being Charlie says. “Also, working school?). To back it up, a study and when S.O.R. has raised for a non-profit [organization] conducted by the Academic the money amount needed, looks so good on resumes and Exchange Quarterly involved estimated to be around ten applications for school loans. 247 teachers brought this to thousand to twenty thousand It also offers a network of light. Most (if not all) teachers dollars. Charlie plans to raise people that are positive, which believed homework was benthe money by tax exemp- may open windows of oppor- eficial to the school system, tions and by receiving dona- tunity for things outside of but many worried it caused tions and fundraisers, selling the non-profit [organization].” stress and cut into family time. merchandise, car washes, ben- Charlie is striving so I was unable to find any EKG efit concerts and art shows hard for this reform because tests on homework-induced just for some of the ideas. skating has affected his life so stress, but judging by how I S.O.R. has been in ac- much. He feels skateboarding feel with a night’s worth of tion since May and has seen along with BMXing and roll- homework in my backpack, I’d improvement within the skate erblading is a creative out- guess this is pretty true. Perpark already. “The develop- let in which you can express haps more importantly, bulky ment is going better than how you feel with movement. amounts of homework and planned!” Charlie said proudly. Charlie strives so hard for this subsequent loss of free-time There was less litter and van- reform because of how skate- will discourage the student, dalism since S.O.R.’s start, but boarding has effected him. He and/or bore them with school therefore learning). there has also been less skat- said, “The people I have met (and The flip side of homeers. He has been traveling through skateboarding, the around asking for supporters places I have gone to skate, work is as straight forward as and members that will help and the hours of enjoyment it is important: people with the program. He is still look- spent skating all shaped my more homework tend to get ing for members. If you would understanding of life. I have better grades. Furthermore, like to be a part of S.O.R. you learned that everyone can take the correlation between can often find Charlie at the life to the highest level. It’s up homework done and acaskate park or email him. “If to the person to seize oppor- demic achievement is stronger in higher grades (about anyone needs to contact me tunities, because life is what 8-12) than in lower ones. with questions about posi- you make it and everyday is tions available or ideas for just as important as the next.” See ‘Homework’ page 6 fundraising, my email address
Local group aims to improve Chardon skate park By Megan Whitney The Chardon skate park has been subjected to vandalism, litter, and mischievious behavior, but twenty-three year old skater Charlie Carney is attempting to improve the skate park by encouraging teens to keep the peace in return for skate park improvements. The skate park is located between the pool and volleyball courts across Maple Avenue from Chardon High School and has been there for many years. It was originally built by H.A.N.D.S, a local nonprofit organization, but now the skate park is in danger of becoming unusable. The vandalism and bad behavior of the teens are becoming too much of a danger and cost to the city and the antics are getting old.The city already closed the park once for a week to try and send the skaters a message; unfortunately, the rowdy behavior continues despite the warning signs. Chardon City Council is considering leaving the teens to their own devices and not funding the skate
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TWLOHA Awareness By Karli Sensibello There’s no doubt that Taylor Swift is on a roll—wherever you are, whenever the time, she can get brought up in almost any situation. On October 25, she released her new highly anticipated album Speak Now. This fourteen-track album whispers the anticipated secrets of her life and her loves into the fervent ears of millions of teenagers everywhere. The CD features two of the popular singles “Mine” and “Mean,” both of which appeared in the Billboard’s Top 10 during the week of their releases. Magazines like Billboard have predicted that Taylor Swift’s new CD could sell at least 800,000 copies in the first week after its release—easily beating Eminem’s Recovery, which sold 741,000 copies. Freshman Emily Pektosek says, “I might buy the CD—I definitely like the songs I’ve heard so far.” Billboard also says that they wouldn’t be surprised if she sold 1,000,000 copies, a feat that hasn’t been done since Lil’ Wayne’s Tha Carter III (which sold 1,006,000 copies in 2008). With Taylor Swift’s sopho-
relationship with John Mayer, and “Back to December” has been rumored to show the relationship between her and Twilight star Taylor Lautner. The musical diversity of Speak Now breaks beyond the pop-country walls that once held her. Although a majority of the songs relate to love, some songs, such as “Never Grow Up,” can reach out to others who have never been into her music. “Never Grow Up,” has been described as “a gentle tear jerker by a narrator digging up undervalued memories,” according to The L.A. Times Music Blog. Whether you deny it or admit it, you always are going to think of that ‘’special someone’’ when you listen to a Photo courtesy of static-wear.com Taylor Swift song. It’s the way she captivates her audiences views and counting, just weeks into her story. Her lyrics are after its debut on YouTube. everlastingly relatable, tasteThe songs on her CD also give fully written, and appear that an insight into relationships way throughout all of the CDs and encounters she’s had with she’s created, including Speak several people. This includes Now. “They remind me of exher thoughts on the infamous boyfriends,” Pektosek laughs. Kanye West incident in 2009 Swift fans will not be let down with politely spiteful lyrics in with this album, and nonher song “Innocent.” In “Dear Swift fans may end up buying John,” she sheds a light on her a few songs for their iPods. more set, Fearless, being the best-selling CD in 2009, she has some high expectations to fill. This doesn’t seem like a huge problem for Swift, considering the music video for her single “Mine” has already gotten over seventeen-million
Censorship declines but still exists By Andrew Blackley Censorship is very strange; somehow intense violence is just fine, but dropping swear words is like the plague. In the 1950s they couldn’t say “pregnant” on television, but even sixty years later there is still censorship on TV. Television in the 1950s is synonymous with being sheltered; it was a big deal when a 1957 episode of Leave it to Beaver showed the first toilet on TV. A famous case of censorship is in 1952 when Lucille Ball, star of I Love Lucy, became pregnant. There was one big problem with this, they couldn’t say “pregnant” on the air. Instead they were forced to
use phrases like “with child,” and, “having a baby.” Another extremely famous case of censorship was in 1956 on The Ed Sullivan Show, where Elvis Presley was making his first appearance singing a cover of “Ready Teddy”. Sixty million people watched, and 60 million people saw Elvis’s “trademark gyrations.” Apparently, his hip shaking was not appropriate, since they switched cameras to show a close-up on his face the soon after. By his third appearance on the show in 1957, he was only ever shown from the waist up. Perhaps the most famous case of censorship in television was Janet Jackson’s
“wardrobe malfunction” at the Super Bowl XXXVIII. It’s common knowledge that Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake’s incident occurred during the halftime show of the Panthers vs. the Patriots. It may not be common knowledge; however, that the incident is Tivo’s #1 most “rewound moments” and it’s also 2004’s #1 most searched for thing on the internet. Though the “incident” was only caught on camera for 1.01 seconds, it did hurt the NFL, causing them to lose 10 million dollars in sponsorship. Also, the FCC fined CBS for 550,000 dollars. America made a big deal about the short clip and the FCC got
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Nuggeting: annoying yet entertaining backpack phenomenon By Gabby Hollowell Students at Chardon High School have found a new form of entertainment during free time in class: “nuggeting,” a phenomenon that is sweeping the nation and quickly gaining steam as a popular prank. So what exactly is nuggeting? Nuggeting is when someone takes another student’s book bag without them knowing it, takes out their belongings, turns the bag inside out, puts the belongings back in, and zips it back up. If the “nuggeter” zips the zippers together on the inside of the bag, then the “nuggetee” will have a difficult time opening it before class is over. Some students end up carrying their bags in their arms because the bag straps are zipped up on the inside. This may sound funny, but it can have consequences, so be careful. English teacher Mr. Allen Herner has a new rule: if he finds anyone nuggeting another student’s backpack in class, he gives out detentions. Many students at CHS have not yet heard of the term nuggeting, but sophomore Kali Blankenship has. Her book bag has been nuggeted before and she didn’t like it very much. “It was very annoying and aggravating,” Kali said. “I was sitting in class at the end of the day, and someone nug-
geted my book bag. Then I had to walk holding my nuggeted bag in front of me.” On the other hand, freshman Anthony Adamic has never had his bag nuggeted, but he has been a nuggeter. “I nuggeted one of my friends one time, but it was just to be funny,” Anthony said. Excessive nuggeting led Bronxville High School, in Bronxville, New York, to declare nuggeting a varsity sport. How can this be possible? The school’s plan is to have nuggeting set up like a track meet, having different events of what students do with the book bag. Speed Nuggeting would have contestants racing to see who can complete the nugget the fastest and the Nugget Toss would have competitors trying to land the nuggeted book bags as close as they can to a target’s desk. When Anthony was asked what he thought about nuggeting as a sport, he said, ”It sounds like a very dumb idea, but I would join the nuggeting team [if CHS had one].” Imagine having “Nuggeting” on the back of your varsity jacket! Entertaining or aggravating, if your bag gets nuggeted, don’t get mad. Take it as a light-hearted joke, laugh it off with the classmates, and watch your book bag more closely next time.
500,000 American complaints and calls, and about 50 Canadian complaints and calls. Television still has not been the same since; FCC has increased its censorship on TV, which is still going on today. “I think they made a huge deal out of it,” Mitch Weber said, “When it really wasn’t a big deal.” Modern day censorship is just as prevalent as ever, though they are allowed to say “pregnant” and can have toilets flushing, as times changed
so does the nature of censorship. The most recent case of the FCC trying to censor television is the new CBS sitcom literally called $h*! My dad Says, starring William Shatner. The show is not only coming under fire by the FCC, but the Parents Television Council (PTC) is now protesting the show and trying to remove it from its prime time slot. Though critics of the show say the PTC protest is just giving the show more publicity and higher ratings. . “I think they shouldn’t say bad things on basic cable,” tenth grader Danny Parmertor said, “Little kids could be watching and repeat them.” Which brings up the argument; shouldn’t parents be the “censorship” and monitor what their kids watch? Though censorship has changed over the years,“pregnant” can be said on TV, musicians aren’t shown from the waist up, and intense violence is just fine. As long as there’s no swearing, they still face modern cases of censorship.
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New Harry Potter movie to be released today By Rachel Teuscher Ask any student who goes to Chardon High School; they’re most likely a Harry Potter fan—or at least a closet Harry Potter fan. Whether or not they have read the entire series more than once or have just seen the movies that seem to be constantly playing on ABC Family, there is no question that the majority of the school’s population is pumped up for the newest installment of the Harry Potter movies, Harry Potter and the Deathly
Hallows: Part One, which will be arrive in theaters today. Daniel Radcliffe will be returning as the legendary Harry Potter, along with the cast that most of us have grown up watching. Sophomore Sanja Milic, who is a huge fan of the series, claims she cannot wait to see the new film and hopes to go to the midnight premiere. In the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Voldemort’s (Ralph Fiennes) power continues to grow stronger and stronger while he gains control of both the Ministry of Magic and Hogwarts. The famous trio of Harry, Ron, and Hermione beginS to finish Albus Dumbledore’s (Michael Gambon) work and find the remaining Horcruxes to defeat Voldemort. The school seems to be divided among two main teams on whether or not they want Harry to defeat Voldemort. Sophomore Colin Gower and senior Doug Free said they are “without a doubt” on Team Voldemort, while Photo courtesy of popcouver.files.wordpress.com
sophomore Connor Ingram and senior Mayim Hamblen believe Harry Potter is the way to go. But there are also the few nonconformists like senior Brandon Ferris and freshman Anna Cunningham who are on Team Ron Weasley and the uninformed students like junior Ben Peace, who plans on wearing a Darth Vader costume to the premiere of the movie. Many fans of the series are hoping the newest movie will follow the book precisely since the seventh installment will be split into two separate movies. Sophomore Deanne Nockowski said, “Some of the previous movies haven’t been up to par with the books when it comes to detail. I understand that the movies can’t be 100 hours long, but hopefully with splitting the movie into two parts it will help create a more accurate adaption of the story.” Another diehard fan of the series, sophomore Allie Ruddock, agreed with Deanne saying, “They always seem to leave out the very parts I love about the books. I just want them to pay a little bit more attention to specifics since that’s what makes the books what they are in the first place.”
Local band review: A Minor Bird By Chris Skiba A Minor Bird started a few years ago as a jam band between four roommates at Malone University in Canton, Ohio. Front man Kevin Embleton was sick of his solo career and wanted to play with other people and start a serious band. He preformed at open-mic nights at Muggswigz coffee shop near campus a few times a week. It was here that he met future A Minor Bird drummer, Nate Netti. Embleton and Netti spent one night talking about their dreams of making music. They both agreed that they wanted to create deep music that inspires and moves people. After discussing a vision for the band, they became very excited and wanted to get right to work. However, lead guitarist and vocalist John King did not share the same enthusiasm at first. After dropping out of a prior music project, he wasn’t so fond of the “band” idea and when he was approached by Embleton, he wasn’t sure if he would go through with it. After
finding bass player, Dave Judy (who Embleton was already friends with), the group that would soon become A Minor Bird started practicing. At first practices were awkward and the band was just trying to see what everyone else was capable of. After a few practices they started to discover their sound and everything started to click. Since forming in June 2008, A Minor Bird has played shows in Cleveland at Peabody’s, the Grog Shop and the HiFive, in Akron at Musica, and in Pittsburgh at Club Diesel. The band even opened for Switchfoot at Mount Vernon Nazarene University. They also had an album release show at the Canton Theatre that brought in surprising numbers of fans. The show was covered by a Canton newspaper that gave A Minor
Bird great reviews. I have attended four of the band’s shows and can honestly say that this band will be doing amazing things in the future. Since their album release they have been flown to Nashville where they discussed being signed with a number of record labels. A Minor Bird has accomplished so much in such a short matter of time. Knowing them personally, I can say that they show no signs of slowing down. They go to school together, eat with each other, and have created a unique sound that will definitely not go unheard. Their album was released this past spring entitled, “Where the River Breaks Free.”
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November 19, 2010
Raquel Rodriguez: from Mexico to Chardon
By Sarah Brown taking English classes but they Imagine what life are difficult for her, though she moving to another country is enjoying them. Right now, and couldn’t speak a word Raquel, doesn’t know much of their language. One might English, so sometimes classes be lonely, scared, and sad. here are much harder for her. It would be hard to find Raquel misses her friends, and friends or a childhood pet for her dog, which she had to leave company. That’s him in Mexico what one new when she moved. CHS student Most of all, Raquel has been going misses being able through. Raquel to talk to other Rodriguez, people. However, a freshman, school in the moved to United States is Chardon from more fun than Mexico at Photo Couresy of Sarah Brown school in Mexico. the beginning Moving of the school year. from Mexico has been hard Raquel is 15, and used for Raquel. She didn’t have any to live in Ecatepec, a city near friends when she first moved the center of Mexico close to here, and the language barrier Mexico City. Raquel’s parents makes it difficult to make new moved to the United States ones.When you see her around to find a better life for Raquel. school, give her a friendly Raquel says that school is wave and say hi, whether its different here than in Mexico. “hola” or just plain “hello.” If In Mexico, there isn’t a cafeteria you’re a Spanish student, you for lunch because the students should talk to Raquel, ask her go home for lunch everyday. how her day was or try and There also isn’t a football explain a class assignment. team, since American Football It can be hard to make new isn’t popular in Mexico. School friends in any new school, let lockers are also new to alone in a school where you Raquel, since they don’t have don’t understand the language. them in Mexican schools. She’s
Paranormal Activity 2 has “suspenseful, sinister plot” By Madeline VanScoyoc Are you afraid of unexplainable, paranormal events? If that’s the case, then the horror movie Paranormal Activity 2 released in theaters on October 22nd, will surely startle you. The movie stars Katie Featherston (Katie), Sprague Grayden (Kristi) Brian Boland (Daniel) and Molly Ephraim (Ali). Paranormal Activity 2 is a sequel to the 2007 hit movie Paranormal Activity. Both movies are from the view of a home camcorder, making them look even more realistic and scarier. As you sit in the audience, you almost feel like you are in the movie and experiencing the events with the characters.The suspenseful, sinister plot is truly terrifying. Junior Alison Knop recently went to the theaters to see Paranormal Activity 2. She said the movie was so startling that she couldn’t help screaming along with others in the theater.This past weekend, junior Garret Szalay went out to see a late night screening of Paranormal Activity 2. He
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said that he really enjoyed the movie. Paranormal Activity 2 focuses around an ordinary family, with a mom, dad, sister, a new baby brother, and their beloved dog. After the arrival of the new baby, Hunter, the family seems to have a pretty happy and normal family life. Everything changes though when the family returns home one night to find every room in their house trashed, except the baby’s room. It appeared that robbers had trashed the house, but the family finds that nothing is stolen. The family starts to worry about their safety so the dad installs security cameras in the house. That is when the family starts to notice strange and startling events happening in their home. Inanimate objects start to move all on their own, and they hear unexplainable noises. The spookiness doesn’t stop there, but you’ll have to experience the movie yourself if you want to be truly frightened.
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‘BrewWorks’ continued Chardon seniors and faculty play from page 1 annual volleball game for charity Maranda Bailo, a sophomore at CHS, said that her favorites were the sweet potato french fries and the barbecue chicken dip. The interior is designed nicely. While there is a bar upstairs, the main floor carries an atmosphere of an elegant dining area undisturbed by the distant noise. The walls are covered in historical pictures of Chardon, which provide a cozy feeling as well as something to look at. The tables of all sizes are spaced nicely, and it looks as if it would be easy to accommodate a small couple or a large group. It would be impossible to complain about the service, which is friendly, polite, and timely. Gabby Nedrow said the Chardon BrewWorks and
Eatery is special because “it’s the first brewery in Geauga County and it has really good food as well.” Maranda Bailo thinks it’s worth a visit because “it’s nearby and it’s in a really friendly environment. To fulfill the BrewWorks’ quest to be a fun meeting place for people in Chardon, they provide live entertainment every Saturday night. This entertainment includes folk, jazz, bluegrass, blues, and rock and roll alternating with an “Open Mic Night.” There is also Karaoke every other Friday night. The Chardon BrewWorks and Eatery is open from 11:30 am to 9 pm on Tuesday through Thursday, from 11:30 am to 11 pm on Friday and Saturday, and from noon to 8 pm on Sunday.
‘Homework’ continued from page 3 This has been speculated as happening because younger grades (and thus younger students) have less developed study habits and consequently get less out of homework than elder students do. A professor of Duke University, Harris Cooper, performed an experiment on students being taught in similar ways during class, and then assigned either no homework or a set amount. Studies show that homework was increasingly helpful up to a certain amount of time spent on it. For the average high school student, this amount was between 1 ½ hours to 2 ½ hours per night. The correlation was quite high: the average homework-assigned student scored better than 73 percent of the no-homework children. This was consistent throughout the grades. After the time limit was reached, homework-tograde correlation begins to drop. It’s been also shown that the drilling and focus of homework improves study habits and cognitive abilities, two major elements of college courses (particularly studying ability). Our Algebra II teacher, Mr. Ricci, put it as “homework is the essential practice needed to help the learning take place on an individual basis”. Finally, there are arguments for both sides. First, the history. In the 1800’s, homework was not an issue, as too few kids actually went to school, and almost none beyond fifth grade. During the beginning of the 20th century, the attitude was that the mind was a muscle, and that home-
work exercised it and kept it strong, and an increase in homework in ensued. When the 1940s came around, the opinion was the problem solving was more important than just drilling, so homework assignments declined. The launch of Sputnik, however, caused uproar for tightened education to combat the soviets, so the homework was piled on. This view was reversed in the 1960s, as homework was viewed as a symptom of needless stress on pupils. During the 1980s, the view changed again as the attitude shifted towards a competitive feel of education with the rest of the world, as demonstrated by the article A Nation at Risk written by the National Council for Education in 1983. This has led us to our current position today. Likewise, there are multiple factors on how homework affects individual students: family involvement, former education, motivation, style of learning, and time (like after-school activities) may factor into how effective it is for individual students. While it might kill one student’s grade, the study time it brings to another student may prove to be the second one’s saving grace. In conclusion, as much as we hate it, homework it’s (unfortunately) necessary, and represents the school’s effort for us to learn something and prepare us for college. As a wise (and negative) sage once said “A happy childhood is the worst possible preparation for adulthood.”
By Holden Pahr For the last three years, the Chardon faculty and student body have put on a volleyball game to raise money for a deserving charity: The Geauga Hunger Task Force. This is a fun event for the all involved at the school, and it is also a great cause to raise money for. Seniors of the school lace up the sneakers and take a crack at the competition against their f avo r i t e teachers. On the other hand, this is a great opportunity for the teachers to look back at previous athlete pasts and compete against students they have taught. This year we will be having our game on November 19th. The Chardon High School staff is assembling their best athletes for the game. Mr. Ricci said, “I don’t think I will be allowed to play. I am too good.” This is a bold
statement by the algebra guru. He told the students to watch out for the teachers spiking all day. He also emphasized growing a large mane of facial hair for the game. The feel amongst the teachers is
went on to say the teachers are “old”. This is a bold statement directed towards a very talented team of faculty. One major advantage that the students have is a solid group of volleyball players who were part of a great team this year. The team had an impressive record of 9-3 in the P.A.C. Many of these players will participate in the game. This includes B r o o k e Suszynski; she also believes Photo courtesy of James Pastor the game will similar. They believe they have be a blowout in favor of the it under control. Mr. Bartley students. She brought up the said, “It will be domination. “age factor” as well. With so I hope Eric Pavlick and much speculation,the teachers’ Bret Zupon’s mamas are endurance and athleticism will there to wipe their tears.” be something to watch for in Obviously there is the game. Other seniors who some heated trash talking going are considered to be impact on now, but that is expected plays are Shane Swick, Justin for such a big game. Eric McClean, Chad Sanders, Matt Pavlick and Brett Zupon have O’Hara, and Jake Hollinger all a different view of the game. who believe they will be on They also believe they will the high side of the podium “win with ease”. Pavlick even come the end of the game.
‘Extreme’ continued from page 1 New events on their calendars have not kept the boys of ExtremeChardon from thinking up new extreme ideas, however. Ritt spoke of new stunts:“During the winter when we get enough snow, we are planning on taking a trip back to the Davis compound, on his dirt bike track. We are planning on being towed on sleds by Roger’s dirt bike and hitting one of his jumps into his lightly iced over pond. Now, the pond is only four feet deep, so drowning is definitely not an issue, but it
still has potential to be very dangerous.” Adam Benjamin, the man behind the camera, has also alluded to videos soon to be posted. “There may be a new “Best Of” video coming soon, and also, our viewers should stay tuned for Alpine Mountain winter edits. Maybe one or two more videos will be published until then, and I will probably be in these videos. When asked why he tends to stick behind the scenes, he replied, “Normally there’s footage of me, but when I edit
it, I don’t want to make myself look stupid. I don’t typically enjoy embarrassing myself.” The boys of ExtremeChardon strongly encourage Chardon students to keep an eye out for upcoming videos, promising each will be funnier than the last. With all the current problems facing America and the countries of the world, why not sit back, and enjoy a good laugh? Pop yourself a bowl of popcorn, and see what happens when teenage boys take stunting to the extreme.
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Taylor Hetrick holds eight U.S. swimming records level in a competitive sport. She is one of the best completely blind swimmers in the world. She has eight American records for blind female swimmer, in Photo courtesy of www.cleveland.com strokes such By Jacob Hollinger For Taylor Hetrick, as the breast stoke and the back swimming is more than just stroke. Not only is she a great a sport. It is more than just swimmer, she is also a very a fun summertime activ- kind and interesting person. Out of the water, Tayity. It is a chance for her to show that she can do any- lor can always be seen with thing a normal teen can do, a smile on her face. She is if she puts her mind to it. a constant source of happi Taylor is a senior at ness and humor in Chardon Chardon High School. She was High. At the high school she born premature, which caused is very involved, and is happy a birth defect that made her to be a member of CHS. She completely blind. She has is a member of the band, she found a special talent, and love, is in the AFS club, she plays in the sport of swimming. This the piano, and rides horses for sport gives her great oppor- fun. She is a big Cleveland fan, tunities to travel, meet great and really likes the Cavs. Her people, and excel at a high favorite athlete is Shaquille
O’neal (who she has met and taken pictures with) even though he no longer plays for Cleveland. She is also very passionate about Mexican and Spanish culture and language. Her favorite food is anything Mexican, and her favorite subject is Spanish, with her favorite teacher Señora Neumann. After high school, Taylor plans to attend college. She is still undecided which college, but she is seriously considering Ashland, Mount Union, Wooster, and John Carroll. At college, Taylor plans to continue swimming. All of these colleges have very accomplished swimming programs, Taylor will be a fantastic addition to any of these fine institutions. In the pool, Taylor’s favorite stroke is the breast stroke. She is working hard to improve her time. Swimming is very important to Taylor, and Taylor is also very important to swimming. She is redefining the sport, and showing that no matter the circumstances, one can succeed at anything if they put the effort into it.
Devon Beckwith: Hilltopper to Boilermaker By Andrew Rebera The Chardon girl’s soccer team has had a great season this year, finishing the season with a 12-3-1 record. The final win was for the P.A.C. title against Willoughby South. The girls won the game 5-0. The team then played and won against North High School for their first game in the postseason playoffs at Chardon on October 20th. The second game, however, ended in a loss to West Geauga, resulting in a score of 3-1. Senior Devon Beckwith has been an explosive player during her four years playing for Chardon. As of now she has accumulated a whopping 124 goals, with more coming. Devon has been a beast on the soccer field, scoring many of the goals for her team. The most goals Devon has scored in a game were 5 during her freshman season. She even scored 3 goals in the P.A.C. championship game in Chardon’s win over South on October 12. During her first senior playoff game against North, Devon scored 2 goals, and during the second playoff game in the loss against West Geauga, Devon had the only goal for her team. Devon has shined so
brightly while playing soccer in her high school years that she has been noticed and has received various scholarship offers from colleges in order to be recruited to their soccer team. After a long decision and several visits to colleges, Devon has chosen to continue her soccer career at Purdue University. While at Purdue, Devon intends to major in Photography and Related Media. Throughout Devon’s life, soccer has been one of the most important things to her. When she’s not playing soccer, she is studying hard, spending time with her boyfriend Jeffery, displaying her incredible singing voice, battling it out in her tae-kwon-do classes, or even playing the piano. When asked what got her into soccer, she answered, “My mom wanted me to take ballet lessons, but my dad said,‘No way’, so I ended up taking tae-kwon-do and playing soccer”. Devon was very close to becoming a girly ballerina, instead of a hardcore student athlete; close call. Throughout her high school soccer career, Devon has had the love and support of her teammates to come together to have such great seasons. All the parents and fans support
the team at the majority of the team’s games. The sad side is that the Chardon girl’s soccer games aren’t nearly as attended to as football or basketball games. Despite the attendance, the girls still play their hearts out at each and every game, which usually results in a win for the team. When asked what her favorite memory was while playing Chardon soccer, Devon replied, “Having my dad coach me my junior year; hands down.” Devon’s parents both support her in her soccer career, but her father seems to stand out the most because of his influence on Devon to begin playing soccer. Nevertheless, Devon’s parents have every reason to be proud of their athlete. Devon has had a great four years of Chardon soccer, playing her heart out and earning every win. As previously stated, Devon has decided to go to Indiana where she has been recruited by Purdue University to play for their soccer team. Devon will no doubt continue to have an amazing soccer career where she will grow as both a player and as an individual. Wish her luck next year as she brings the heat to the Boilermaker soccer field.
November 19, 2010
Hunting season begins in Chardon
trail often and the deer are By Dan Belliveau smaller. On the other hand, For many, Christmas if there is a trail that is totally day is looked at as the best beaten down and has marks day of the entire year. The everywhere, this shows that story behind it, the presents, deer are consistently using the and the family gatherings are trail. Hunters also look for just a few reasons for kids nature features to funnel deer (and sometimes even parents) into certain spots. If there are to stay up all night on Christponds or rivers that have only mas Eve. But for a select few, strips of land in-between them, Christmas falls short to one the deer must use this spot day. Every year the whitetail because they do not swim. deer season opens at the end Hunters look for signs like of September. For the 2010 these to set up stands to hunt season it was September 25. out of. There are also ways to For the kids at Chardon High attract deer such as using a School who hunt there is no feeder that puts out food on better day than one with a a regular pattern. chance that the buck of a life Once the fall comes time might just come within around and the season arrives, range. “I just love being out kids are out in their stand evin the woods, even on days ery chance they get. When when I don’t see deer, I always hunting with a bow, the lonhave a good time hunting,” gest shot possible is about 40 claimed senior Chad Sanders. yards, so the deer are always The preparation very close. This makes the starts early in the year as soon way one looks and smells very as the snow melts. For the important. Although deer are first month and a half, all huntcolorblind, they have tremeners are required to hunt with dous hearing and can pick up a bow. “Hunting with a gun is movement very well. Hunters fun but there is nothing better must not only wear camo from than going out for opening day head to toe (including in most with a bow and seeing deer in cases a facemask and gloves) their nature state having no but also must not have any idea you are so close,” said sesmell. The most common way nior Dominic Lucireili. As for to do this is by spraying your the type of bows there are two clothes with products that choices: a compound bow (a either cover up your sent or bow that must be pulled back eliminate it completely. One and held before the shot) or a of the main products used to crossbow (a bow that is pulled cover sent is fox urine. Both back and locked in place and the clothing worn and the sent shot when a trigger is pulled). sprayed betters one’s chances. Both of these take a lot of Since he or she is so close to skill and hunters must practhe animal there is such little tice for many hours to perfect room for error. Even the their shot. Kids at Chardon slightest movement can ruin a High take hunting very serihunter’s chances. ously and many shoot almost After a couple of every day months into the to make season, hunting sure they changes and it are ready becomes legal to w h e n hunt with a gun. the opIn Ohio, there portunity is the choice of comes either hunting to shoot with a shotgun that big or a muzzlebuck. As loader. However, the seathe use of a rifle son apPhoto courtesy of www.calendars.com is prohibited beproaches, cause it is conhunters have to go scout out sidered too dangerous. Each the land and decide where year in Ohio, about 250,000 they want to hunt. In this deer out of 600,000 are shot. process they look for certain When asked about his take signs that show deer are in on hunting, Chardon senior the area, mainly deer trails. citizen Ron Johnson remarked, Deer trails are everywhere “Hunting is always something but certain trails are better I have enjoyed and it is not than others. If the trail is faint just about shooting deer. It and has little marks, it shows is about bonding with family, that although there are deer and enjoying the time out in around, they are not using the the woods on a nice fall day.”
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Chardon bocce ball is a new sport open to all By Adam Benjamin Athletes from any sport will tell you how hard they have to work to achieve their goals. The competitors from bocce ball are no exception. With the upcoming tournament at Kenston High School taking place on November 12, it seemed like the perfect time to get into the heads of some of the participants. The team of sophomores Kristen Novotney, Will Porter, Amanda Monarchino, and junior Robby Vallarelli look to win the entire tournament. When asked for her bocce ball strategy, Kristen replied, “The first thing I do is interview players to decide
When asked for his bocce ball strategy, Robby asked, “What’s bocce ball?” If you didn’t know that there are specifically designed bocce ball playing fields, or that throwing a ball is known as bowling it, or even what bocce ball is (like Robby), the bocce ball club is still for you. Surprisingly, most teams are not led by a captain as determined as Kristen Novotney. It’s not even required to wear matching uniforms. Mrs. Segulin, who will be heading up the Chardon team, says a bocce ball hopeful needs “to be able to aim and throw the ball without injuring any other players...Athleticism is not a requirement.” On a scale of one to ten, she hopes you will be at least a 3. When asked about her own skill level, Mrs. Segulin ranked herself about a 7, adding that she can beat her husband, Photo courtesy of Tammy Segulin “which is a big who is best for me. I look deal.” Her husband is, in fact, for strength, flexibility, spunk, the Kenston bocce ball coach, quick wit, someone light on making it important for Chartheir feet and streamlined, and don to emerge victorious. with good balance. However, I The tournament, as well as the had to compromise quite a bit bocce ball club, seems like a for this team.” Kristen went on great time for anyone interestto mention matching t-shirts ed in bocce ball or even those as well as dynamic stretches just looking for a good time for their pre-game warm-up doing something new. If you are part of her plan for victory. are interested in participating, “I’m most looking for- swing by Mrs. Segulin’s room ward to our matching shirts,” 308 to pick up some inforsaid Amanda Monarchino. mation and a permission slip.
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Chardon Wrestling: not for the faint-hearted By Roger Davis Although wrestling may not always attract the hordes of fans that some other sports do, it requires some of the most intense and unrelenting work of any sport out there. The dedication of the Chardon wrestling team continues throughout the year. For the wrestlers, there truly is no off-season. When you see the post season training schedule on the Chardon wrestling website, the first thing you will notice is the powerful quote that emulates the hilltoper work ethic to a t. “Champions are made in the off-season.” Starting right after the end of the season, on March 23, 2010, Thunder Freestyle Wrestling Club was already underway with open mats and workouts twice a week at CMS. However, this is only the beginning of their work. During the season, the intensity steps up in a major way. “The worst part is cutting weight,” said sophomore wrestler Mathew Chauby. This is obviously a great challenge for all wrestlers. Mathew is expecting to wrestling in the 130 pound
weight class this season. This means he will have to lose over 20 pounds as his current football weight is around 155 pounds. This is a mind boggling statistic that proves the work and dedication the wrestlers have for their sport. The training they dedicate to their sport will pay off big in the upcoming season says Chauby. “The team will be better this year then last.” He continues, “This season we will be more experienced with more upperclassmen, and we are also getting some talented freshmen.” If you’re looking to see some great wrestling this season, keep your eyes on John Connick. The junior will most likely be wrestling in the 135 pound weight class and will definitely have an incredible season. In the off-season, John placed third in the Freestyle
State Tournament. Connick will be a huge part of the team this year. Joining him as leaders will most likely be Senior Matthew O’Hara and juniors Markus Mytro. Many freshmen will join the roster this year. Marcus Znidarsic, Max Menko, and Nick Rockazella are all new to the team this year. If they have a good work ethic and are ready to improve they will do well for sure. Hopefully, the talents of these young guys will contribute to the team a lot this season. In summary, the upcoming winter season looks very promising for our CHS Hilltoppers. Their hard work is unmatched by any other school around. Surely, this will show on the mats this year when the Toppers dominate their competition.