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Empty Bowls enters sixth year Students and teachers throughout the district partake in the annual project to raise money for the hungry.

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debates Sarah Palin’s readiness to be VP nominee Story p. 4

What makes corn so important to Wilmington and the world? Story p. 10, 11

People living on Mars, real or a joke? Story p. 12

Television network stays true to common story lines and themes. Story p. 19


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enzie, Family and Consumer Science Teacher said. She is making a Science teacher Matt Geggie worked celebrity bowl. on his sixth bowl for “Empty Bowls”, Empty Bowls takes on Sept. 9. As he works, he shares with place in the Auditeria fellow teachers, the nightmare of his bowl from 4:30-6:30 on Oct. exploding in the kiln last year. He hopes 16. Visitors can purchase none of the other teachers have the same a bowl for seven dollars; experience of seeing the bowl shattered all this price includes all you over the floor this year. can eat soup and dessert WHS Art Department has had the opfor the evening. portunity to host Empty Bowls on Oct. An auction of celebrity 16 for the sixth year. Teachers, students, bowls will be held at the administrators and important community end of the night. Teachmembers are continuing to make bowls ers, administrators and in the efforts to “feed the hungry” in the community members make the celebrity bowls, and money raised from It’s helping the comthe event will go to Your Father’s Kitchen, as a munity and it gives me a local effort to “feed the chance to do something hungry.” “Jane Taylor, the art on the artsy side of my teacher at the middle teacher school, brought the idea withArther, we Linda Stanforth designs her bowl. Photo/Karlee Blanchard personality. all loved the idea, and came together to Terri McKenzie country, and millions of dollars have make it happen,” art teacher Michele gone towards ending hunger, according Carr said. FCS Teacher to the Empty Bowls website. “Empty Bowls” was first started in “It is a national, global effort, and 1990, by a Michigan high school art isn’t unique to Wilmington in any way,” community. teacher. The goal was to raise money Carr said. On Sept. 9, teachers participated in to fund a food drive. The event was a The staff participation has been high, one of many work-nights to prepare their success and by the next year Imagine/ and Carr and art teacher Linda Stanforth bowls for the event. Some expressed their RENDER group was formed to encourlook forward to the different staff memreasons for their contribution. age students to continue to be creative bers showing support and having fun. “It’s helping the community and it in helping their community. Since this “Teacher involvement opens our art gives me a chance to do something on the first event, thousands of “Empty Bowls” room to what we want it to be, we want artsy side of my personality,” Terri McK- events have been hosted all over the all kinds of people to see how we approach life, and experience where we’re at,” Stanforth said. Teachers have had many work nights to create these celebrity bowls, and in classes, students are working on bowls for the community to buy. High school staff is encouraged to participate in the event, and many have participated over the past years. “Our staff is very enthusiastic about this event, it’s become a tradition now,” Carr said. “There is lots of interesting enthusiasm building, to see their bowl auctioned off, or to buy their own bowl.” People in the community have also made it a tradition, and have made it a point to participate in the event to give back to the area they live in. “Our community is always really involved, and doing it at a convenient time. Our community is kind of overwhelmed right now in some ways, and they need support. It would be great to match our largest total of about two thousand dollars,” Carr said. Photo/Karlee Blanchard

Karlee Blanchard opinions editor

Science teacher Matt Geggie starts his “empty bowl” in the art room on Sept. 9.


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Impact World Tour (IWT) is coming to Wilmington in October to try to impact a community. “If the Impact World Tour visits your area then that means individuals, businesses and churches have come together in unity to promote and support a community event that has the potential for lasting effects on the quality of life in your city. Those involved long for young people to discover hope for the future,” according to the official Impact World Tour website. IWT is to bring together a community and to give a presentation for the students of the schools they

visit. There will be groups coming to the WHS’s gymnasium Oct. 21 and 22, at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. They will put on a show for the students who go to the presentations. “Impact World Tour staff are from a wide cross-section of international and local Christian communities they do not adhere to any one set of Protestant or Catholic group traditions or beliefs. Rather, they are united by a simple faith, seeking to love God and others in speech and action and encourage others to do likewise,” The IWT website said. Along with regular schools IWT also visits detention centers and other in school suspension locations.

“The teams also visit area schools and detention centres delivering a positive, anti-drug, anti-gang, esteem building message,” the IWT website said, “This is the Impact World Tour!” Since the program will go on for two nights they will have to be split up for each day. On the first day there will be stunts performed by the Team Xtreme International. Objects will be bent, broken and busted in the program. The group Island Breeze will perform on the second night. “We have two teams coming, out of three, which is a Polynesian cultural dance and music team,” Julie Mitchell, a representative from Impact World Tour, said.

Because of sponsorships from businesses and individuals in the city, Impact World Tour does not charge for performances. IWT runs partly on a volunteer basis, and those who do volunteer do not receive salaries. IWT was started in 1994 and in the last few years has visited many areas, and also a few different continents. “In the last ten years, they have visited over 1,600 communities on five continents performing and motivating the audiences to moral and physical excellence,” the IWT website said. Overall, the organization Impact World Tour will put on around 25 venues in the state of Ohio.

Local businesses prepare for DHL departure Katie Swindler


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really make an effort to buy locally,” Law said. “In other words I’m a small business here in Wilmington Residents and business owners of Wilmington are bracing for the impact and there’s other small business’ and if we all kind of pitch in instead of of the potential loss of DHL. going out of town to buy our services This will not only affect those and our goods.” currently employed there, but other Not only will people be movbusinesses as well. In fact, it is hard to find a business that won’t be affected. ing, but those staying might have to tighten their budgets. Books ‘N More, locally owned, “When there is job loss, that’s inexplained their situation. “It’s projected that every job that is lost at the air park could be three to It’s projected that evfour jobs lost throughout the commuery job lost at the air park nity, which could amount to 40,000 jobs,” Dan Stewart, co-owner of could be three to four jobs Books N More, said. “If those are lost, then small businesses can’t survive. lost throughout the comThat includes Books ‘N More.” The loss of jobs could even force munity. people to move out, also hurting small Dan stewart businesses. co-owner of books n more “The decrease in employment could cause people to move out of the community, and a large portion of my come loss, then when there’s income loss, people watch what they spend.” business comes from people within Not all business owners have the community,” Kim Law, owner of hope in the success of Wilmington’s Mudpie Photos, said. Law though, is hopeful that people locally owned businesses. “Unless there is a very quick will do their best to help the small recovery,” Stewart said. “I don’t see businesses survive. any future for any small businesses “What I’m hoping for is that the people who are still in the community in Wilmington.” news editor

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Economy affected by bypass construction views throughout the community. The bypass construction is using eminent domain, the legal act of acquiring private property for the public use. The breakdown is as follows; eminent domain has been used on two properties for phase one, nine proper-

real estate acquisitions,” Sharon Smigielski, Public Information Officer for ODOT District 8, said. Dusty orange construction signs “It is desirable to demolish these dot the edge of the road. A dirt structures as soon as possible. mountain rises up from the flat landProperty owners with buildings scape. Cars zoom on and off ramps to be acquired have the option leading nowhere but to the to keep those buildings if they east. There are no trucks, wish, [but] it is the property no tractors, no steaming owner’s responsibility to remove asphalt, no bustle of hard any buildings he or she desires hats moving from place to to keep.” place. Property owners are compenThis desolate land sated by the state for the acquisidominated by cars given tion of their property. just one choice of direction Once complete, the bypass leads to the question; where will reduce congestion and truck might one stumble upon this traffic in and around the city of place of emptiness? It is the Wilmington. It will also reduce famed and legendary State truck and noise in the residenRoute 73 bypass constructial neighborhoods and keep the tion site just past Walmart. region competitive for economic This construction site has growth. remained unchanged for Regardless of public opinion, quite some time and several Wilmington commuters will residents have been consoon begin to see activity at the cerned if the project is still construction site. running. Contrary to the “Phase two’s original Jan inactivity, the bypass con2008 sale date was delayed struction is still on, albeit, until Aug 2008 because more slightly off-track. time was needed for real estate The Bypass project acquisitions. That August date will relocate State Route was further delayed to Sept 10 73 north of the city of photo/patrick blouin because quantities for structures Construction on the bypass is at a temporary halt. Wilmington. State Route 73 and Clinton Countians alike. The ties for phase two and four houses for needed to be recalculated,” said currently goes through the center truth, though, is the fact that construc- phase three. Smigielski. “Phase three has been of Wilmington on a combination of “For phase two, a garage, an old delayed until May 2009.” roads including Wayne Road, Locust tion will continue on the bypass. This news is greeted by differing barn and two houses were among the Street, Main Street, Fife Avenue and

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The good...the bad...The Hurricane Students at Wilmington High School are gearing up for this years Homecoming dance, a western themed shindig- The good...the bad..and The Hurricane Christopher Clevenger

“We’re really excited about it because we can get really creative with it,” Student Council member Abby Spurs, boots, hats and chaps, call- Judd said. “We have been planning ing all cowboys! this dance since our first meeting in With just under a week before early August.” homecoming Student Council is In the next week Student Counworking to make final preparations cil will be working to transform the in transforming the high school into Auditeria to look like something out something from the old wild west. of an old western movie. From western decor to a bedazzled “We’re trying to do a wagon wheel saddle, students can expect to see a entrance,” Judd said. “With wagon wide variety of old western culture. wheels like on a covered wagon. Since early August, Student There are some really amazing purCouncil has been meeting to plan chases that we will be working on.” the event. From organizing what “The decorations are going to be a the theme would be to purchasing lot better, especially when you walk supplies and booking a DJ, they have in,” John Williams, Student Council been working the past few months to Faculty Adviser, said. “We’re defimake homecoming a success. nitely trying to gear this more towards managing editor

the kids, them having a good time.” The main focus of the dance has changed as well. In the past there has been a lot of focus put onto having projectors and screens for the students to watch. This year Student Council is hoping to have things a

We’re really excited about it because we can get really creative with it. Abbey Judd Student council

little bit different. “It’s going to be fun, we’re doing things a little bit differently,” Williams said. “We’re going to focus more on the kids, more on the dancing and having a good time. We’re talking about a light show with him [DJ Cinci].” Student Council has also put a new spin on Spirit Week. Monday will be Pajama Day, Tuesday is Twin Day, Wednesday is Homemade Shirt Day, Thursday is Western Day and Friday is Orange and Black Day. The dance will be held on Oct. 4 from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Presale tickets are currently on sale for $10 each.


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SARAH PALIN: V.P. nominee or star-studded celebrity? Palin is a real mom, real woman and a real candidate Chas Wiederhoold

background and social views? I’m leaning more towards the latter. Meet Sarah Palin, the governor Think back. of the largest (and sparsest) state in Think back to a time before pothe union, Alaska. Along with her litical ads. A time before social and economical jargon entered your daily rock star approval rating, citizens of the land of the midnight sun created conversations. A time before you license plates that read “Coldest knew that the word caucus wasn’t a State, Hottest Governor”. And, for dirty word. one moment, I am going to step Think back to December 2007. If someone had muttered the name over the boundary of strictly basing my opinions of candidates on their Barack Obama, you would have views… Sarah Palin is hot. thought they were speaking some There. I said it. Make fun of me. jibberish. I don’t care. On to the real issues. “Glingongo malwee hoosh-gaWhat annoys me the most about doosh barackobama” this election is that a stereotype Now fast-forward to September has emerged for who is qualified 2008; not even a year later. to be the president (or in this case, Barack Obama has become a household name. In fact… my cousin vice-president) of the United States of America and who is not. Executold me that the next stray cat she tives have to be politicians. Slicked finds, she will be dubbing “Barackitty”. Okay, that wasn’t in fact, that was hair, trim suits, sharp tongues and practiced smiles. more in lie, but you get the picture. This stereotype just shows that as In this time of political turmoil, much as people want to take politiwhere each candidate is trying to cians out of politics, they cannot portray America as the hellhole that part with the union. As soon as the it really isn’t in order to show how president of the PTA makes it to the he… or he… can fix it, we steadfast national platform, the very people citizens see a northern star rising up from the horizon. What is this beacon who have been waiting so long for someone genuine mark her off as unprepared, out of the loop and way Grow up and look into over her head. Point to be made though, Amerithe candidates without cans, please remove yourself from your blue or red tinted the land of the double standards. Grow up and look into the cansunglasses. didates without your blue or red tinted sunglasses. With less than chas wiederhold two months until this monumental design editor (that’s what all the pundits call it) akes place, hopefully we election takes of new hope? This lipstick applied ke the time to judge someall can take hockeymom? It’s a bear! It’s an oil eir potentiall one on their drill! It’s Sarah Palin! der of thee as the leader Oh… you haven’t heard of her? d, not free world, Not to worry… you hadn’t heard of asy on how easy Barack Obama either. em it is for them The presidential race 2008 has m to conform shifted gears. No longer is the spotay to “the way light on the now well-known Barack Obama (which, translated into jibber- things are”” in on. ish means one of a few things, includ- Washington. ing, but not limited to, hope, change, inexperienced or tall-man-with-pretty-words). Approaching center stage is the fairly unknown Sarah Palin. Now would be a great time to not be hypocritical and criticize Sarah Palin for being a nobody just a month ago. Obviously John McCain saw something in her. Perhaps it was her cute one-“eh”-away-from-being-Canadian accent. Maybe it was her smile. Could graphic/chas wiederhold it have been her life story, political design/sports editor

This hockey mom should stick to what she’s good at... whatever that is Lauren Showen columnist

Poor McCain. So confused in his old age. The poor guy must have accidentally chosen Palin as his vice presidential candidate. He certainly must have checked the wrong box when he chose this hypocritical, loud mouthed, celebrity of a running mate. Going right along with these family values that she seems to be so keen of, let’s delve into her home life a little. She has a son with Down syndrome. This is a challenge for any family: it truly takes a strong parent and as she said, “a special kind of love.” I respect her greatly for this. But what I am unsure of is how it is fair that because of her child’s illness she can exploit him in such a way. He is not a child with Down syndrome, he is a child. Period. Speaking of children, Palin also has a 17 year old daughter who is currently pregnant and unmarried. I can’t help but wonder if all of this publicity is planned. Suddenly Palin is to look like a hero because her daughter has premarital sex and her son has an unfortunate diagnosis? This is to make her look like the role model for all parents across the US? To represent our country? She has already broken a promise to America by bringing her family into her campaign. What else can we expect her to lie about? At the beginning of the race, Obama was criticized for being a celebrity and unprepared to be president. OH THE IRONY! Which vicepresidential candidate is currently Peopple, Ok, and US on the cover of People, Weekly?

The reporters from predict that Palin will be on the cover of any give magazine eight to eleven times before election. Obama, so far, has been on the cover of Time and Newsweek. Who is the celebrity here? The runner who has been on the cover of two political magazines or the celebrity basher who is on the cover of three tabloids in one month? But alas, with all of this publicity, who has refused to go off script? Who has been literally re-quoting the same speech for a month? Finally, after an entire month of campaigning AND making her acceptance speech, she has reluctantly agreed to go off script and do a real interview with real questions, and a real chance of making herself look a fool. This robotic candidate couldn’t chance answering a question without a witty, offensive remark towards her oppo-

This robotic candidate couldn’t chance answering a question without a witty, offensive remark towards her opponents, or dare we say, sound the least bit human.

lauren showen columnist

sites, or, dare we say sound the least bit human. “Thanks, but no thanks, for the bridge to nowhere.” This line received an outrageous amount of applause from uninformed fans of her standards. This was a bridge that led from Alaska to a small island with a population of 50. However, what she neglected to say was that she supported it until the public ridiculed her for doing so. The candidate who “will fight against earmarks” and rid her state of “unnecessary luxuries” is also the candidate that asked for $750 million in special federal spending. She’ll get rid of her jet, just as long as you give her enough funds to buy 30 more of them. Ladies and gentlemen, I wish not to sway your vote or to discredit either candidate. I want only to inform you that that poor McCain was hoodwinked. What was hoped to be balancing of the ticket has turned out to be the overtaking of the undertaker.

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Where have all the sidewalks gone? To combat the rising gas prices the residents of Wilmington are beginning to find alternate methods of travel. This includes carpooling and walking. The walking becomes a problem, though, when the sidewalks that Wilmingtonians use to get to and fro their destinations are dangerous. This poses a slight complication, one that could possibly hinder the citizens of Wilmington from getting safely to their destinations. The question that The City of Wilmington should ask itself is this: do our sidewalks accommodate the multitude of Wilmington citizens that have resorted to walking? Once that they have asked themselves this they may notice the sidewalks are not very much suited to the people’s needs for safe sidewalks. The sidewalks are too close to the road. They are also non-existent in

The city of Wilmington could stand to improve the conditions of its sidewalks soley for the safety of the citizens. Patrick blouin photorgraphy editor

300 Richardson Place Wilmington, OH 45177 937.382.7716

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some areas where they really should be required. The conditions that the city would have to change in order for the sidewalks to be considered safer would be the amount of traffic that is close to the pedestrian areas. While walking through uptown Wilmington you may notice the traffic is very heavy and it’s quite scary. Another thing that you may notice is that some areas of Wilmington actually do not have sidewalks next to them. Some of the more rural areas of Wilmington haven’t the commodity of walking space. The area before

Randolph, for instance, doesn’t have the safe sidewalks that downtown Wilmington has. This is not to say that it is impossible to walk on the roads of Wilmington. The City of Wilmington could stand to improve the conditions of its sidewalks solely for the safety of the Wilmington citizens, citizens that are trying to save money. The people of Wilmington are more than capable of walking in the middle of the road and not getting hit, but it is the mere idea that there is not complete safety on the roadways for the people that want to go to and from work without trouble.

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“What did you think about Enrichment?” Sierra Murdoch Grade 10

Marge Hall English teacher

“I think it is going to “I think that the be a great chance to enrichment is a good do some fun things; way for us to have make kids want something to do to come to school during the week and and learn all kinds it gives us time away from class to of new things that they have never try something new.” experienced and I hope that it turns out to be a really good thing.” Aaron Row Grade 10

“I think it is cool, but you can never get to the board [by the office] because you don’t have a enough time.”


Brent Murtland Grade: 10

“I think it is boring and you do nothing in it.”

Kristina Decker Grade 11

“I think it’s a good experience. It really allows students to do more things (activities). Instead of staying in one class allowing us to go to different classes and try new experiences and do fun things that aren’t school related. I think it’s a good thing.” Nancy Price Computer Teacher

“I really like it. We’ve got a really good group teaching knitting and they seem to really like it. The kids are just learning something new that they haven’t heard before.”

The hurricane is a student-produced newspaper published eight times each year by the Wilmington High School newswriting class. All printing costs are paid through advertising revenues. The purpose of the hurricane is to inform and entertain the students of Wilmington High School and the members of the community. It is an open forum for student, faculty, staff, and community expression. The hurricane is a member of the Ohio Scholastic Media Association (OSMA) and the Journalism Education Association (JEA). Letters to the editor are encouraged. They must be signed; however, names may be withheld if the editorial board determines that the situation warrants it. In addition, the staff reserves the right to edit material for length, grammar, libel, poor taste, or obscenity. All signed columns are the views of the writer only and do not necessarily reflect the views of other staff members, faculty, or the administration. Staff editorials (those without bylines) are the consensus of the editorial board, who makes the final decision concerning the content of the newspaper. Editor-in-chief: Ashleigh Achor Managing Editor: Chris Clevenger News Editors: Katie Swindler Opinions Editor: Karlee Blanchard Features Editor: Madison Law Sports Editor: Chas Wiederhold Asst. Sports Editor: Jessica Maus Entertainment Editor: Libby Wetterhan Design Editor: Chas Wiederhold Asst. Design Editor.: Patrick Blouin Columnist: Lauren Showen Web Editor/Business & Ads: Chris Clevenger Asst. Web Editor: Neil Vance

Staff Writers: Zack McCune & Mercedes Welsch Adviser: Maggie Krohne Letters to the editor should be sent to Wilmington High School room 214. Letters may discuss previous articles or columns published in the hurricane, or other newsworthy issues.


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smart mouth showen

Athletic prices burn holes in pocket

Lauren auren Showen columnist i

Are we really as dumb as we sound? Sitting in a class that shall remain nameless, a student, who will also remain nameless due to the stupidity of the individual involved, a discussion was roused that had begun to be a bit heated. The individual raised her hand with such vivacity that the room seemed to light up. I watched intently as she was called upon. There was a literal ten second pause before her cavity opened. It was all downhill from there. “Well, I mean, like…. (insert hair flip) um, if he was like, there, when it happened, I mean, you know, like THERE there, not just around, then it makes sense, you know what mean ?” This is not the most traumatic of this event. That which ensued left me awe struck. The class began to nod their head in unison. My jaw dropped. They understood. They UNDERSTOOD. They could, in their evolved brains, understand what she had said. I thought I was having a nightmare. A nightmare of the future language that we will adapt to. I am utterly terrified of sentences filled with useless space fillers such as “like,” “I mean,” “uh,” “you know,” and “well.” I wonder if they know; if they are aware of how unintelligent they sound and how very cross eyed I become when I hear them speak this way. I guess I will need to invest in the latest “How to listen to Dummies: For Dummies.” Like, you know what I mean?


Karlee Blanchard opinions editor

As a student, who lacks any giftedness in athletics, I am grateful for the opportunities to go support the different athletics teams. I went to a volleyball game, and was surprised by the cost of admission. My attempt to support my friends, and school athletics was crushed with embarrassment, as I only had three dollars to pay for the game. The cost of the game was actually four dollars, and I waited with frustration and awkwardly for someone to come bring me an extra dollar. Not only was I embarrassed, and missed the majority of the game, but I was shocked that the admission prices are so high for students. With all said, the prices are actually determined by the Fort Ancient Valley Conference, FAVC, meaning the school has no control over the high prices of admission. I cannot blame the school, or the athletic department. But, I do believe that they have a louder voice than myself. It’s time for the FAVC to realize how the high prices are effecting many different aspects of the athletic department. High school students don’t usually

The cost for athletic games should be the least of students’ worries, but when the cost is a hinderance, it’s harder for students’ to support school athletics.

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have a consistent income, and the prices of admission aren’t helping the already low income. If a student desires to go to the ten home football games, they will spend at least forty dollars on admission, only if the student pre-purchases the tickets at school the day off. If not, a student could be spending as much as seventy dollars on football admission alone. Adding other fall sports such as volley ball, soccer, and golf would build up the cost even more. The prices for athletic games should be the least of student worries, but when the cost is a hindrance, it’s harder for students to support the

school athletics. With the standards set by the FAVC, it’s not only Wilmington schools that may be struggling with this problem, but many other districts. Is there anything that the FAVC could do to stop this problem? Do they even realize the problem? There are many students who don’t even consider going to games. Also, many families in the community know that there is no way they could afford taking their family to football games on a regular basis. Most students don’t have the liberty of getting money directly from their parents, and many students don’t have jobs yet. The cost is the same for middle school students, who are more likely to not have the money to attend the athletic events. . If the costs were lower, the possibility for the same profit to be made is high, because more students would be able to attend the games. The numbers will increase at student athletic events if the prices weren’t so expensive. Administrators and staff have often complained about empty stands and the low number in attendance. If they want more people there, then perhaps it’s time to lower prices.

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California cell phone law may be effective If a student reaches into the pocket or purse of several different people in a day they will find one common thing, a cell phone. Over the past decade cell phones have become more and more popular amongst the public. Today cell phones are also one of the leading causes for car accidents. On July 1, 2008 two new laws went into effect passed by California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. The first law states that all drivers are prohibited to drive a vehicle and talk on a handheld device at any time. The second law being drivers 18 years or older may use a “hands-free” device such as Bluetooth. The passing of the new law in California will prevent many car accidents. In 2001, ““at least 4,699 reported accidents were blamed on drivers using cell phones, and those crashes killed 31 people and injured 2,786,” according to an analysis by the Los Angeles Time. ( With logic, the number from 2001 to 2008 has greatly increased just as technology has. With the numbers continuously rising something had to be

done to protect the public. The law Schwarzenegger passed, is completely supported. Honestly, drivers should be focusing on the road not focusing on the conversation you and your friend or family is having. Do drivers honestly feel the need to be on the phone, they already have the radio as a distraction drivers really don’t need one more, such as a cell phone? Drivers also need to have

The number of accidents may possibly go down as cell phone providers are creating hands-free devices.

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both hands on the wheel at all times, though I know people don’t always do that, but it is the proper way to drive. “Some automakers are already selling kits to make it easy to voiceactivate a call, and various technologies will eventually be so widespread that such a law might not be needed,”

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Students struggle to find school friendly jobs Interview Tips

provided by Patrick Blouin

-Brush your teeth and SMILE! -Be personable towards your potential employer. -Do not be offensive in any way. -When asked a question, think it over before you open your mouth. -Think ahead and have your availability with you when you go to your interview. -Be sure to let your potential employer know ANY conflicts that you may have! -Don’t forget to follow-up after an interview! infographic/patrick blouin

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During the past summer, I chose new employment for a change. The job that I switched to was longer hours and slightly better pay. This job was a very good choice for me during the summer hours, but this was not such a good idea, though, when the school year started. My former employment was terminated, however, whenever I was not able to work the long hours with the hours that I was putting into school. I switched employment back to my school-friendly job, Damon’s. You see, when I say school friendly job I mean it’s a job that was happy to work around my school schedule. This is the key point that you have to look at while looking for employment during the school year, or even during the summer if you plan on trying to keep that job well into the school year. It is very important to think of an employer that will work around a high schoolers’ busy academic and extracurricular schedule. Then, you have to think about the activities you would not be able to work during. It’s always best to let your future employer know all of your conflicts that have to do with school and any other activities outside of school that you may participate in. This will clear up any questions that they may have with you. Also, always think about transportation to

It is very important to think of an employer that will work around a highschoolers’ busy academic and extra-curricular schedule. Patrcik blouin photography editor

and from any job. Do you have a car? Do you have someone that is willing to take you to work and then pick you up when your shift is over? These are all very important things to think about before even considering a job. As a student, you should think about the repercussions of not being able to handle everything that you may be involved in. If you aren’t sure that you’ll be able to keep your school work to a norm you needn’t worry about even thinking about getting a job. You must find a job that will work with you and keep you on good terms. This means finding an employer that will schedule you around your conflicts. Once you have this, you are ready to look for employment.


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Director of the wireless solutions at Palm said. The number of accidents may possibly go down as cell phone providers are creating hands- free devices such as Bluetooth technology, but the number of accidents on average will still be up. Whether or not drivers have a handsfree device or still have a hands-on device the distraction is still there, and won’t go away. So some tips to avoid an accident are. There are many things that you can do to prevent an accident from happening. Pull over when you get a call, or simply just don’t answer the phone at all. State legislatures are looking out for the public’s well being when they approve and pass the law stating that drivers are not permitted to be on a cell phone at anytime, although people 18 years or older can use a handsfree device it is still not as safe as not using one at all.

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Valerie Orzenko ReVisits America Katie Swindler news editor

Imagine a person going to a country they’d never been, to stay with a family they’d never met. How would they feel? Definitely uncertain, if not terrified. This feeling of uncertainty was all too real for Valerie Orzenko, foreign exchange student from Ukraine. “When I came here, and we met at the airport, it was the first time I saw them. I had never been away from my family for more than two days.” Orzenko said. She instantly noticed several differences between her high school back home, and those of the United States. “We don’t get to decide which classes we want to take. Every year the government decides what we take, by the end of the year, we have fifteen or sixteen classes complete.” Their school system is different in many ways. A main difference, for example, is the fact that they only have eleven grades. “We don’t have 12 grades, we have only 11 grades, and we skip the fourth grade, so it’s first, second, third, then fifth. It’s a strange thing.” They also have the option to leave after their ninth year. “After ninth and eleventh grade, we have examinations. Both years

have graduation exams. If you want to leave after ninth grade, you are free to leave the school. If you want to be a nurse, or a carpenter, etc, then you leave after ninth.” Orzenko said. “If you leave after eleventh grade, if you complete high school, you can go to college. We call it university or institute.” The change in the classroom atmosphere was very obvious to her. “You have really big classes here, really well equipped. You get to talk back and forth with your teacher, how you feel, if you want to change something. Back home, if you don’t like something, you just don’t like it. You can’t do anything about it.” Our strict attendance policies in America mirror their college rules, but definitely not those of their high schools. “We don’t pay as much attention to attendance. Back home, if you don’t have a note or if you aren’t in class, they aren’t going to call your parents. In college, it’s different; college is a more controlling type of education. You take attendance, like in high school, but more students understand that it’s the last step before work. And they don’t want to mess with it.” The after school activities and sports offered in Ukraine were different than she was used to. “We don’t have as many sports as

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Valerie Orzenko came to America when she was 16 and had never been outside the Ukraine before. She was here for 10 months and comes back periodically to visit. you do. Our main sports are soccer, we call it football. So soccer and basketball mainly, maybe volleyball sometimes. We pay a lot more attention to education in high school. A Friday night inValerie’s home city, Nikolaev, includes dancing and hanging out with friends, for Valerie, but Wilmington offered something else. “Here, it’s go to the movies or play golf. I had never played golf before I came here. I don’t think we even have golf fields.” Put putting was a new experience to Valerie, as it is game that is

absent from her country. “When I went put-putting, I asked if it was the same thing as golf. I was confused.” Getting around town, even, was difficult to adjust to, for the mode of transportation differs drastically. “To get anywhere, you have to get a car. I had to find someone to drive me all the time. Back home, we have a lot of public transport, which can get you anywhere you want to go.” Orzenko said. Overall, even with all of the changes she had to get used to, she had time to enjoy America. “It’s a different experience, but it was a good thing.” Orzenko said. “I got to learn a lot of things about America.”

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“It was the best of times, it was worst of times.” “When shall we three meet again, in thunder lightening, or in rain?” “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” “To be or not to be: That is the question.” Everyone remembers reading classics in English class. Tales such as The Great Gatsby, A Tale of Two Cities, or Jane Eyre have been taught in English classrooms for decades. Now, in the 21st century, the world of classic literature seems to be fading from schools and teenagers lives rapidly. Karla Bisig, who teaches sophomore and Pre-AP English believes that classic literature has a time and place. “It has a place. I think educators need to consider the benefits of the book for students,” Bisig said. “Just because it is considered, ‘classic,’ doesn’t mean it applies to everyone.” According to a survey conducted by the National Endowment of the Arts, (NEA) in 2007, the percentage of 17 year olds reading for fun dropped from 31% to 22%. Bisig thinks that though there may

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be a bit of a, “culture shock,” when students begin reading a literary giant like, A Tale of Two Cities, “Once you’re halfway through it, it gets much easier to pick it apart.” WHS English teacher, Liza McCoy feels many students have problems making connections while reading classic literature. “It’s difficult for them, [students] to become involved. They can’t always make historical or personal connections with the characters,” McCoy said. According to a student survey of 50 people, 65% felt that reading the classics was boring and hard to understand. Both Bisig and McCoy feel that though classic literature may be hard to swallow for some teens, overall it is important. “When we pick books to read, they always have some overarching theme that we feel is important,” Bisig said. McCoy said that classics contain themes that are, “as relevant as the themes in contemporary literature,” and contain many of the timeless themes such as love, hate, good vs. evil and coming of age tales that are still used in literature today.

According to the Young Adult Library Services Association, among the books recommended for any collegebound student are familiar titles such as, Ender’s Game, Crime and Punishment, Catch-22, Schindler’s List, The Grapes of Wrath and To Kill a Mockingbird. “In the real world, you will be seen as more sophisticated if you’re armed with pieces of literature considered to be classic,” McCoy said. “And you’ll take with you into your college experience.” In a survey of 50 students, 85% said that student choice was very important to them in the English classroom. At WHS, English classrooms have incorporated class time for the students to read any book or novel of their choice on a designated day called reading workshop. It was designed to let students choose what they want to read during school. “Reading workshop really stresses that [student choice],” Bisig said. Some classes also get choices between books for summer reading, which was also designed to help students enjoy reading more. “We like to give students that element of choice,” Bisig said. Both Bisig and McCoy think that it doesn’t matter whether it’s classic literature or contemporary, but how much you read that counts. “Who really decides what’s substantial and what’s not?” Bisig said. “If you’re reading and you enjoy reading, then you’re getting a lot out of it.”

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Walking through the festival, smells of kettle corn and baked goods find me. A Wilmington native, the smells are all too familiar to me. I gaze at all the sights and the fall colors- marigold, amber and scarlet. As I make my way through the twists and turns of the fairgrounds, I love the atmosphere that surrounds me. Here at the Clinton County Corn Festival, there is a gentle reminder that we’re all into this together. It’s silly that a festival can make me feel such a way but it is the truth. When so much in the world is going wrong, it’s refreshing to see family friends catching up and being generally kind to one another. Here so much can be found, friends, fellowship, family not to mention the food. So many choices of delectable cuisine, which one do I choose? How about the crowd favorite, corn chowder? But that Beta Sigma Phi steak sandwich is really calling to me. Glancing at a dessert booth, I settle on skipping right to the decadent apple cobbler with homemade ice cream. Could it honestly get better than this? Of course it can, while I devour my monstrosity of vanilla ice cream, there is much to be seen in the buildings that stand at the fairgrounds. Each barn is filled with antiques that hold so much history waiting to spill their story to the highest bidder. Besides the furniture of Corn-festival goers past, there are also so many crafts and knick-knacks to be admired. People from all over and even Wilm-


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ington natives bring their handmade talents to be bought and adored. As I glide through the booths of hand-knit pot holders and the array of mood rings, the tiny train that gives the children a ride comes from Florida every year to make an appearance. Then I pass the rock display, where an array of exotic colors fill the glass displays. As a tradition, I pick just one to cherish and hold until the next year. Catching my eye is a jade colored rock that sparkles in the glowing summer sunset…that’s it, that’s the one. Navigating through the rest of crafty nooks and crannies, I hear a thunderous applause from the Race Track. Oh yes, the Corn Olympics. Of course it is a complete waste of my time, but how could I pass on this county tradition in effort to win the coveted Golden Cob. Rushing to get through the mounds of people, I come upon the dusty track where emcee, Grant Peelle, is entertaining the crowd with his outlandish humor and goofy jokes. I find a seat between a woman cheering excitedly for the Laurel Oaks team and a young girl that could care less about the festivities and more about her apple fritter. Instantly, my mind wonders to the fact about why we have so much in honor of corn. This festival is so important to me as a ‘Wilmingtonian’ but why? So many that I know and don’t know make their way to the fairgrounds each year for the merriment and togetherness that the festival brings. All because of corn, is there a reason it is so valuable to us as a community? There must be...

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Could corn be the answer to the energy crisis? This delicious veggie can be harvested, processed and eventually turned into ethanol, a renewable fuel which can be used as an alternative or additive to gasoline. “Using ethanol in place of gasoline helps to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by up to 29% given today’s technology,” the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) said. Though replacing gasoline entirely by corn ethanol is not cost efficient, adding corn produced ethanol to regular gasoline can cut the amount of emissions a car releases by “10-30 percent,” and have “extraordinary environmental effects,” according to the American Coalition of Ethanol (ACE) website. The idea of embracing new, environmental friendly alternative fuels has prompted the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 which directs refiners to blend 15 billion gallons of corn ethanol and 1 billion gallons of bio-diesel into the nation’s fuel supplies by 2015. Along with recognition from the government, “the EPA has acknowledged the overwhelming evidence of ethanol’s benefits to the nation’s economy and to the budgets of Americans who are struggling to pay for fuel. It is a fact that ethanol is saving motorists money at the pump,” Brian Jennings, Executive Vice President of the ACE, said.

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While the price of a gallon of gas and the price of a gallon of ethanol would average around the same price, ethanol’s benefits for the environment, plus the fact that it would allow us to decrease the U.S. dependence on foreign oil, to most, it us unclear whether the cons of using ethanol outweigh the pros. According to Harold Furchtgott-Roth, “Ethanol is not the answer.” He says that the solution to solving the world’s energy crisis will not be solved by focusing o the production of ethanol. “If America’s energy and environmental policy were governed by scientists, ethanol would receive little if any subsidy. But federal energy and environmental policy is guided by many concerns, mostly political,” Furchtgott-Roth said. Another reason the idea of corn ethanol is opposed is because of the government’s ordered increase in production of corn as a result of the Energy Independence and Security Act, “…farmers have started producing corn for use in ethanol; the price of food has risen. Corn prices have doubled in the last two years, driving up the cost of basic staples like eggs (69%), milk (22%), beef (10%) and chicken (12%). Wheat prices have increased 400% in the last year, as a result of farmers converting their fields from wheat to corn,” according to The Sierra Club. The opinions are scattered, but the idea behind the debate is clear, gas prices are increasing and many are pushing for a cleaner, more cost efficient environment.

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financial resources.” With the economy in the condiThere are many foundations, and tion it is, the Ohio Department of associations that express the need for Education has issued a new requirefinancial education in high school. ment for all high schools, Personal The ODE looked too many of them Finance. Every high school in Ohio to find guidance in starting this new must offer students a Personal Ficlass. nance class, and starting next year, According to the National Council it will become a required class for for Economic Education, (NCEE), incoming freshmen. The goal is to “There is a gap between what young help students know how to manage people needed to know about econommoney, and understand the ‘slang’ of ics and what they were being taught.” finance in the real world. Excellence in Economic Education, “Personal Finance is a class for ju- (EEE), was founded as a part of the niors and seniors and geared towards “No Child Left Behind” Act. The progiving them the education they need gram is intended to promote economic to make education for smart finanstudents from I want them to be financially cial decisions kindergareducated so they can make the right when they ten through are out on twelfth grade. desicions regarding their money. their own,” They not Terri McKonly promote Terri McKenzie enzie, Family education, Family Consumer Science teacher Consumer but provide Science ways to teach teacher, said. students about McKenzie the achieveunderstands the importance of this ments or failures of the United Sates class, and knows that students who Economy. take this class seriously will benefit Preparing students to make smart from this course. These so called decisions regarding money is a ‘fresh’ ‘life-lessons’, such as using a check- idea which Ohio schools are in need ing account, how to use credit wisely of and grateful for. and manage future credit scores are “I have told my class I didn’t get to designed to educate students for learn these types of things at school, future ‘adult’ decisions. “ McKenzie said. “I tell my students Other lessons include buying a car that I want them to be financially and choosing insurance, renting vereducated so they can make the right sus owning a car, as well as investing decisions regarding their money and money for retirement. make it go as far as it possibly can.” According to the Ohio Department As a nation, the numbers of foreof Education, ODE, “The class will closures are increasing drastically, explain the consequences of ecoand the amount of credit card debt nomic choices made by individuals, is higher than it’s ever been. The and teach how to use tools to manage government and educators realize that

something must be done; this class is one way that young people can learn about preventing this from happening to them later on in life. The class is designed to prevent these issues that many Americans are struggling with every day. Adding the program to schools

has the potential to prevent financial struggles when teenagers will no longer have the direct guidance from family and teachers. “The hope is that they will learn to manage their money effectively with the knowledge gained through the personal finance class,” McKenzie said.

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Google Search Engine and Virgin Mobile have teamed up in a 100 year plan to settle a major city on the Red Planet, Mars. Too good to be true?

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It’s finally here, the beginning of By 2010 the location of Virgle City the expanse of the human race into is supposed to be chosen. In 2014 extra-terrestrial domains. Imagine an Google plans to launch their first entirely difunmanned mission to ferent society transport crucial supplies on an entirely to Mars. By 2015, things different planet on the distant planet are 550 million supposed to be taking miles from shape as rovers begin earth. The to set up the essential million dollar bases of a community question is, is it such as an energy source, all real? greenhouses and produc“Earth has tion plants. 2016, the first issues, and it’s manned crew should be time humanity taking off. These luxury got started on space travel machines are a Plan B,” acsupposed to be extremely cording to the livable with “games, official Virgle movies and other forms website. of trivially simplistic huSupposedly, man entertainment.” And the founders between 2016 and 2108, of Google and Virgle Virgin have City is supposed to collaborated have come to complete graphic/madison law under the name “Virgle” with the culmination with people analogous mission to send the happily inhabiting a city on human race to other frontiers. FolMars with it’s own micro-organisms, lowing a 100 year plan, they hope to economy and is 98% terraformed. have people inhabiting Mars by 2108. Though it is unclear whether any “We feel that ensuring the surpart of the plan has been taken off the vival of the human race by helping it website and put into action, the gap of colonize a new planet is both a moral defined preparation between the years good,” Google co-founder, Larry of 2016 and 2108 is apparent and Page said. this seems to be the thought of many Their plan to reach and industrial- readers. ize extra terrestrial planets within 100 According to, the unofyears will require mass amounts of ficial Virgle website, the plan doesn’t funds as the plan is supposed to cost ts pass their “SNIFF” test which consists somewhere around 36 trillion dollars. of five questions to ask when con-

sidering the authenticity of events, organizations, etc. “Sounds too good (dumb, sweet, exciting, scary) to be true? It probably is. Never heard anything like it? Then hy. wonder why.

Images look enhanced? Well, they might be. Or totally fake. Feeling titillated, weird, or otherwise manipulated? Watch out! Finding no corroborating evidence? Then something stinks.” The true test is time. Will we inhabit the red planet before 2108? Maybe not with Virgle but their statement is true, earth does have issues and maybe i time that we got started on a plan it is B.

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staff writer BOYS CROSS COUNTRY The boys cross country team is young and rebuilding. There are only two seniors, Ethan Usborne and Nathan Giacobbi on the team. Two of the top seven are freshmen Matt Middleton and Tommy Swank, and two are sophomores, Nico Munoz and Matt Johnson. Juniors running in Varsity are AJ Haley and Nevarre Mulderink. “We have been doing very well and having fun doing this. We work as a team to win the meets,” Usborne said.

All the lastest updates about WHS fall sports GIRLS TENNIS BOYS GOLF The boy’s record is 7-0 and 2-0 in the With a record of 5-8 and 1-2 in the FAVC. The last year the boy’s golf team league, the girls tennis team is catching was undefeated and this year, they are up with last year’s success. The girl’s tennis record last year was 10-3 and fielding the exact same team because league 3-2. no one graduated or left the team. “We came in to the season expecting “The tennis team is always showing there improvement after each match,” some great things to happen and they said Coach Jeri Earley. are really happy we are 7-0 right now and 2-0 in FAVC,” Coach Tim Martin said. The tennis team is ready for the FAVC The boy’s next game is the FAVC boys Tournaments. golf Championship on Sept. 23. “We are “We think that we will do pretty well ready to play and we are hoping to end and all we need to do is to work together to come up with this win,” said up with the big win,” Martin said. “The boy’s have came a long way and senior Taylor Massie. still have more to go,” Martin said. FOOTBALL hard for this season. “We are still going The football team is ready to take on their next game against Amelia on Friday, to try hard even though we did not win our next game,” varsity football player Oct. 3. Alex Bagg said. od te “They are a very good team that we The varsity football team record is 1-. have to fight againstt to end up with the “The next game should be a good and er Devin Curtis said win,” varsity player said. eams are ready for next hard fought game. We are ready to take The football teams the on and try to end up with the Big them week and theyy said they have been Quin Rollins said. W,” Quinten ally practicing really

GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY The girls cross country team has experience, but they are sharing a few girls with other sports and don’t always have the strongest team in the races. Top runners are junior, Hali Hodge, sophomore, Mallory Alden, and senior, Kelli Jo Haley. Additional runners are senior, Alex Maus, juniors, Amy Ashurst and Jessica Maus, sophomore, Libby Wetterhan, and freshman, Amanda Usborne. “We may have a lot of people out there stories/ mercedeses welsch but we still work as a team,” Alden said. graphics/ chass wiederhold GIRLS GOLF The girl’s golf team record is 16-1.The girl’s golf team record last year was 15-3. Ladies on the team are celebrating a sectional win after their Sept 22 performance. “We are ready to take them on and arsity show them were we come from,” varsity player Elizabeth Cox said. “Our team is just beastly. That’s all there owe said. is too it,” varsity player Tori Crowe

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BOYS SOCCER The boy’s varsity soccer record is 5-4. Last season the team was 2nd in the FAVC with a 11-5-1 overall and 3-2 league record. The team has 6 six guys on varsity that played the majority of last season at the varsity level. “We have to learn how to play together. We are making some mistakes, but are improving with each game,” Coach Jeff Wiederhold said. The boy’s soccer team is ready for their next game at Ross High School on Sept. 30. GIRLS SOCCER The girl’s varsity soccer team record is 5-1-2. The team’s season is off to a great start. Team unity is very strong and the girls get along well on and off the field. “This seems to be helping the overall chemistry and helping us find success on the field. One of our team goals is to complete for the league title this season,” Coach Steven Reed said. The girl’s soccer team is ready to take on FAVC rival Walnut Hills on Sept. 27. VOLLEYBALL The varsity volleyball team has start their season here at WHS. Their record so far is 8-4. The team is looking for a win at Kings oon Sept 30. “We will work as a team when it comes down to the Kings game,” said varsity player KKaty Keeton. The girls ar re 1-4 in the FAVC and need are to secure thi this win to keep a presence in the league this year. “We thin think that we will do pretty well and tha that we will end up with a win,” Byrne said.

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hurricane From top left: Senior, Perseverance Bray goes up for a headball in the girls soccer team’s 2-1 win against Hillsboro on Sept 13. Junior, Tiffany Holmes goes up for a kill as senior, Katie Keeton and junior, Lauren Cowman cover the hitter in the game against Turpin on Sept 18.

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From bottom left: Junior Kyle Blakeman gets a start after the snap at Townsend Field on Sept 12 in the game against the Edgewood Cougars. Senior Tyler Johnston and freshman Marc Sodini become the first students to test out the new tennis courts at Wilmington High School on Sept 22.

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Perseverance Bray Perseverance Bray is a four year varsity soccer player. Bray is a senior and plays halfback, stopper and sweeper as need in games. “She is passionate about whatever she does. She doesn’t bring off-field issues to practice. She is always ready to play. She seeks out many opportunities to get additional soccer experiences through select ball, camps or just pick-up games”, girl’s varsity Coach Steve Reed said.

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Adam Lewis Senior Adam Lewis is hopeful for the upcoming season saying, “the team will do well.” Lewis plays the safety position for the team. Lewis has come a long way from being a freshman playing football. “I think Adam has matured tremdously on the field as far as knowing what to do and where to be, defensively, I think he is a lot more aggressive,” said Coach Willie McClure. “He has picked up the leadership role being the only senior in our defensive back field. He is the emotional leader getting everyone where they need to be.” Lewis sets many examples for his team such as hard work and never back talking the coaches. Lewis’ goals for the season are leading the team in tackles and to start

Marci Sodini Junior Marci Sodini has played tennis for three years, all three at varsity level. Sodini is an outstanding athlete, and is a 1st singles player. For those who don’t follow tennis that means she is the top tennis player on the team. “She is a great role model. She has a strong work ethic, she is a positive individual. She is determined and a hard worker. She is a team leader and encourages her fellow team mates”, Coach Jeri Earley said.

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Matt Middleton In Cross Country, freshman Matt Middleton is the one to keep your eye on. This is his first year running with the team. Middleton has taken the lead on the team this year. “Middleton works hard and is very competitive at heart”, Coach Grosse said.

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Andrew Merchant Andrew Merchant, junior, has played two years for Coach Wiederhold. Merchant is the backbone of the hurricane defense as a sweeper for the team. Andrew is a hard worker and very devoted to soccer, he plays soccer every chance he can. “Andrew loves soccer, works hard year round, and is very intense”, Coach Wiederhold said.

Craig Osterbrock Craig Osterbrock, senior, has played golf for four years. Osterbrock has demonstrated his hard in his consistent low scores at match. Osterbro ck has been FAVC player of the year since 2006. Osterbrock sets several examples for his team such as focus, commitment, and desire to excel.

Junior Hali Hodge has been running cross country for five years, three of which she was on the varsity team. The other two years she was on the middle school team. She has been the leader all season. “Hali has been working hard and dropping her times”, Coach Grosse said. stories and photos/ jessica maus

Senior Lyz Cox has played girls varsity golf for four years. She has been fully committed to golf since she was ten years old. Cox was first team all FAVC her junior year, and fourth overall in the FAVC tournament her junior year. “From shifting to a new coach after my first two years, it was beneficial for the whole team. Coach Collins has made us better on and off the course, as individuals and as a team”, Cox said.

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“Just keep going,” “don’t ever give up,” “you can do this,” “it’s all mind over mind;” these are the words that are repeated in the mind of Lisa Geggie as she runs in her first marathon. This being only the third year for Geggie as an avid runner, it wasn’t always the escape she found it to be. Geggie has been both a teacher and a wife to high school teacher Matthew Geggie for thirteen years and is now also the mother of two, Emma and Noah. Not until the birth of Noah did Geggie begin the commitment of running. Through a strict regime of walking and running and slowly decreasing time for walking, Geggie was able to run more and more as the days went by. Her first race competitively was the Susan G. Koman Race for the Cure, which is a Five Kilometer race to benefit breast cancer research. Since then Geggie has moved on to bigger obstacles such as completing a marathon. Through strong dedication Geggie trained for the Flying Pig Marathon of Cincinnati. The race which is 26 miles long guides the runners through downtown Cincinnati, showcasing the historic parts of the cities but also the many hills that occupy the route. To train for such a race Geggie had to work on not only long-distance running but also running hills, sprints, stairs and staying healthy to strengthen her whole body. Many may wonder where Geggie find such inspiration to continue such a practicum, not only through her family does Geggie find love but she also finds an escape in running. “When I run, I can just be me. I’m not a mother, I’m not a wife, I’m not a teacher,” Geggie said. “For that certain amount of time, I’m just a runner with an iPod and that’s it.” Just recently, Geggie’s thoughts have been focusing on to her next adventure: running with endurance runner

Charlie Engle. Engle, previously an alcoholic and drug addict turned his life around by committing to changing his lifestyle. Through running Engle also found an escape to keep him going. Today he is not only a motivational speaker and philanthropist but also considered an ‘ultrarunner’. This top athlete achieved his status by becoming the first human, along with two other friends to run the Sahara Desert. A run that lasted a 111 days, 4300 miles through six different countries. This remarkable mission photo/ chris clevenger not only changed Engle and the other Lisa Geggie in her first grade classroom at Denver Elementary. runners but also benefited the H2O frame to his 6’4” stride. learned that she would be one of the Africa Foundation, a charitable orgaThrough such an endeavor of five people running with Engle as he nization working toward clean water not only completing a marathon but ran through Ohio, actually Geggie initiatives in Africa. hoping to complete another and also A little more than a year later, would be completing the mile that running with a world-renowned runstretched right in front of her mothEngle has set out on his next venture ner and motivator, Geggie can become er’s home in Sandusky, Ohio. to run across America in 45 days. an inspiration for many that felt they “It is really cool, my mother can The run began on Sept. 13 in San could never achieve something of this actually sit on her couch, look out Francisco, California and will end potential. Geggie’s strong determinaher front window and watch me run in New York City, New York, hopetion and devotion to her goals should fully on or before Oct. 28 to break the by…” Geggie said. Looking forward to this one-of strongly represent Wilmington as world record. Geggie learning all of she strides along Charlie Engle. Her –a-kind run, Geggie is not only exthis from a Discovery Channel docupositive attitude and dedication can be cited for something completely new, mentary became intensely interested admired by many to follow their own but also somewhat nervous. in Engle and his cause. goals. “I am so afraid that I won’t be “It is completely amazing, “Don’t make excuses for yourself,” able to keep up…his stride is so much I can never imagine doing anything Geggie said. “ if this something you larger than mine but maybe he will like that, “ Geggie said. have slowed down a bit from running want work for it and don’t give up on Researching Engle more, Geggie it, find a way to do it.” so much..” Geggie said with a grin found that intrigued runners could when comparing her four-foot ten sign up to run with Engle along his route. These runners would be used as extras in the filmed documentary and would complete one mile with Engle but also run a half mile before and after to warm up and cool down. Geggie decided to become a part of this once in a lifetime opportunity and she signed. In order to be eligible, Geggie had to send in lots of information regarding herself and her running abilities including height, weight, timed mile and even a photograph of herself. After waiting several weeks, Geggie


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Fall season brings in new tv series This month’s hurricane brought in more than just a little wind as this season’s new shows came sweeping in. Sex, drugs, drinking, the average teenager’s weeknight. Well maybe not the average teens weeknight but according to CW’s new show 90210, that’s the regular night of a 16 year old teen living in California. Meant to define a generation 90210 pulled off a poor ex excuse of a show on their series prem premier. Awkward and bad acting alon along with numerous pointless conflicts aall contributed to the disappointm disappointment of all the

seasons’ new shows. 90210 involves a Kansas family of four, a son who’s adopted and a daughter who wants to fit in moving to Beverly Hills so the dad can start a job being a principal at the local high school. Along the way of fitting in the daughter Annie Wilson gets into about a half dozen fights, and the son gets kicked off the lacrosse team twice. Too many plots and conflicts made

the story line over dramatic and cattish. On a high note they did have good music provided by Tilly at the park, Adele, Coldplay, The Ting Tings and Metro Station. If you’re someone that likes pointless plots and dragged out conflicts then 90210 is the show for you. As of right now, it’s not good enough to come back for another season, but only time will tell.

The Mentalist was the let down of the fall television season. Poor character placement and little interest in the plot made this CBS show three thumbs down. Simon Baker stars in this new drama as Patrick Jane. Jane is known for his good crime solving skills, and also partly famous for being a psychic medium. He works for

California Bureau of Investigation where his colleagues include Robin Tunney as Teresa Lisbon, Tim Kang as Kimball Cho, Owain Yeoman as Wayne and Amanda Righetti as Grace. Simon Baker does do a good job as Jane but other characters in The Mentalist didn’t show much relation or chemistry towards him.

It would be a surprise to see CBS bring The Mentalist back for a second season. There is not much of a plot and it would be hard to continue a plot-less drama. Only as a mid-night show where the viewer is half asleep and unable to understand what they are seeing would The Mentalist be a hit.

FFi inally a sh how o wor Finally show worth applauding, Fox’s new series Frin Fringe seeks aadventure and a thrill worth the tro trouble of turning on the television. Not only was the story line appe p al but acting was also a plus. appealing Ac cto t rs’ AAnna Torv, Kirk Acevedo, Actors’ Lance Red Reddick, and Blair Brown, all

contribute to the charismatic cast. Actor Joshua Jackson(Dawson’s Creek)also adds to the cast by playing an intelligent Peter Bishop with a genuine performance. Fringe takes place with FBI agent Olivia, working with institutionalized scientist to help stop an unexplained

phenomenon. With a great cast and an inclusive story line Fringe delivers more than the expected. The mysterious Fringe is show worth reckoning with.

job as Megan Smith proving CW actually can deliver an intelligent woman in a show, actors Ashley Newbrough and Lucy Kate Hale did not prove so much. Adding horrific characteristics and ditzy personalities to the script the “Baker twins” were in need of some acting classes. Privileged focuses on a Yale graduate landing a job as a tutor for billionaire Ares’ Sage and Rose. Sage

and Rose clearly don’t like Megan and do such things as take her car out and wreck it. Being a basic drama Privileged isn’t worth the watch unless you’re a drama queen wannabe.

If it’s a CW show your guaranteed drama and over obsessed teenagers. That’s what much of CW’s fall show Privileged consists of. Although Actor JoAnna Garcia(Reba) does an excellent

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CW network keeps shows repetitive with stereotypical high school dramas

quickly making their way onto The It’s the same old story, it CW making it increasingly predictseems. High school boy meets able and stale. high school girl, boy asks girl Picked up in 2007, CW’s hottest out, boy leaves girl for girl’s best new drama, Gossip Girl a soap opera friend. Mix in a scandal, lots of that follows a privileged group of tears and a bucket-load of teenteens in age angst and you get the Manhattan’s More and more perfect recipe for the CW upper east Television Network. side who are stereotypical high CW TV was created in watched by 2006 by both CBS and Warthe ‘gossip ner Bros, aiming at women school dramas are an un18-34 years old. The origiquickly making their girl,’ known girl nal lineup included series who stirs up that became quite popular way onto The CW. drama in the including Gilmore Girls, Madison Law high school 7th Heaven, and Everwood. Its current lineup includes a features Editor students everyday large number of shows, but lives and of sadly, none of the original course, their ever-changing relationvariety. More and more stereoships. Gossip Girl’s new season is typical high school dramas are airing this fall on The CW.

Along with the ever-popular Gossip Girl is the long-time contender One Tree Hill, created in 2003. Another teen-oriented drama, One Tree Hill focuses on two high school boys, both amazing basketball players, one poor, one wealthy, and coincidentally both half-brothers. Drama ensues when one ends up at the others high school competing for the same spot on the basketball team and, of course, the same girl. One Tree Hill is returning on The CW after a brief hiatus as the characters progressed through college. Smallville, another popular drama in The CW’s lineup is a show following the young Clark Kent who would later become Superman through his high school years. The show was met with record breaking viewers, but was heavily criticized for its predictable plots. Kent while discovering his future super powers has to deal with two young ladies vying for his attentions in a love triangle that is all too familiar. Smallville’s 8th season is also in line this fall on The CW. Amazingly,

as the cookie-cutter plots of drama continue, CW is introducing another new show this fall, a continuation of the Beverly Hills, 90210 franchise. 90210 is a series following a young aspiring actress named Annie Wilson as her family is uprooted from Kansas by her troubled grandmother and is forced to move to Beverly Hills. There, Annie and her brother attempt to fit in with the culture shock of Beverly Hills High School while having their father as principa Twisting relationships, bratty popular girls, and all the awkwardness that being a new kid brings await Annie Wilson in the new CW show 90210. Since its creation, CW TV has been struggling with ratings due to both last winter’s writer’s strike and the loss of its audience to the Internet. In the 2008 season alone, ratings have dropped nearly 22% according to a recent edition of The Wall Street Journal leading to speculation in the future of the CW. With all the hundreds of themes, stories, legends, interest, and different story plots there are out there, it’s surprising that CW still sticks to this worn out genre of teen drama.

More than a Midsummer Dream Zach McCune staff writer

The Wilmington High School Theatre department is set to perform A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a classical Shakespeare comedy with a modern twist, this November. The show will make its debut at WHS Nov. 6, 7 and 8 at 7:30 p.m. and also Nov. 9 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets will be on sale at the door for $10. With a variety of characters, a plot created by a classical author, A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be “hysterical” as Theater Director Bryan Wallingford said. With a large amount of roles available classified as “The Mortals,” “The Mechanicals,” “The Spirits,” “Titania’s Fairies” and “Oberon’s Sprites” left room for the 54 students who auditioned to find a place for themselves in the production. A cast of 36 people, and a stage crew of 9 will put on the comedy. “The excitement outweighs the nervousness,” sophomore Abbey Judd said about performing in this fall’s production. The play will feature modern dress and also modern speech, making it easier to follow. When asked what one should know before going to watch the play, Wallingford said “This is not your momma’s Shakespeare.”


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Whether it’s bell bottom jeans or giant sunglasses, there is no doubt that fashion repeats itself. The proof is all around us. Six some years ago, newly dubbed bell bottom jeans made their reappearance, sporting a new name, flares. They quickly became popular with the younger generation who, for the most part, were oblivious that this wasn’t the newest trend. This fad was, in fact, about 30 years old. “Every style comes around again. And it usually comes around 20-30 years after it first appears, and it comes around again, and again, and again.” Elizabeth Rhodes, Director of Fashion at Kent State University, said. Look at the most popular fads in the past three years. Mini-skirts, and then mini-skirts with the addition of leggings, resurfaced. Mini skirts originated in the mid 70’s, but the leggings are a trademark of the 80’s. Before even those, were chic dresses. Compliments of the 60’s, chic dresses are making another round in teens and young adults. Not only leggings, but colors from the 80’s are reappearing in stores. “Bold and bright are definitely in right now.” Rita Yoder, WHS graduate and Fashion major at Kent State, said. There are many reasons that fashion trends come back around. “Some designers think about what they remember their mother wearing, or what they saw in a movie.” There are little to no new fads this year, in actuality.

“There isn’t a popular style today that can’t be traced back. There are only so many ways you can wrap cloth around the human body.”



Many fashion trends have swept the nation over the past decades. Some have been rather outlandish, others fun and quirky.


Old trends get reduced, reused and recycled

Issue 2: 2008 - 2009  

Issue 2: 2008 - 2009