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Torch  investigates  boundaries  of  policy G age Cooper found out the hard way how the Kennedy High School disciplinary procedure works. Last year Cooper, then a junior with every expectation of graduating from Kennedy, was caught with marijuana in his car and arrested twice for underage drinking. “It was mostly just being in the wrong place at the wrong time,” Cooper said. Cooper’s possession of marijuana occurred when the Cedar Rapids Police K-9 Unit found it in his car. He was also arrested twice for underage drinking, once in Iowa City where he was charged with a PAULA (Possessing Alcohol Under Legal Age), and the second time when he was drinking at Palo with friends. He was caught and arrested by the police. He feels these problems affected his schooling. He thinks his teachers prejudged him and considered him a troubled student. He felt discouraged from taking part in extra curricular activities such as football and swimming that he had enjoyed as an

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underclassman. He would have to sit out a full season due to his multiple infractions. “The student body definitely viewed me differently, even though they all were doing the same things, and just hadn’t been caught yet. They all labeled me after that,” Cooper said. He got so discouraged that he finally dropped out of school. The school’s punishment resulted in Cooper missing his finals. “Once the ball started rolling, it completely discouraged me in every way possible to get back to where I was before,” Cooper said. While he agrees that he was treated fairly by Kennedy, he believes that punishment should be other than being suspended and missing activities. These would have bettered him as a student he says. He feels everyone expected him to continue to misbehave, and that he was already labeled after being caught the first time. “With all the consequences piled on top of each other, the whole school buzz was killed all together,” Cooper


feature said. Ironically, the police were more tolerant of his mistakes with alcohol consumption, you will not get into trouble with than the Kennedy school rules. the school,” Wilcynski said. Kennedy’s disciplinary process is a district policy. It clearly Pictures, whether from Facebook or sent anonymously to explains the consequences of inappropriate or illegal behavior. administration, can be of concern for students. The current Consequences of first offenses, second offenses, and third ofadministration at Kennedy chooses not to get their informafenses are clear. District policies are formed by the Activities tion from these sources. “We’re not out there trying to get kids Council composed of principals and athletic in trouble; we’re trying to help kids stay safe. We’re directors. trying to help kids make good decisions,” Wilcynski While there are some wiggle words in the said. Once the ball policies, such as ‘up to’ or ‘this may ocCedar Rapids police have a different standard. started rolling, cur’, all three city high schools follow the The police’s criminal standard is higher so there are policy. There typically aren’t exceptions to instances in which the police may not press charges, it completely these policies, but Dr. Mary Wilcynski and but the school still takes disciplinary action. The discouraged me in Activities Director Aaron Stecker discuss every way possible to police’s standard is “beyond a reasonable doubt” individual cases to make certain they are in while the school’s is by a “preponderance of the get back to where I agreement as to how the policies are to be evidence”. was before. applied to each student. “We try to look at The Iowa State Legislature recently added into the every situation, case by case, and look over state code a provision requiring law enforcement all circumstances. There isn’t much wiggle agencies to report the arrests of any students to room but we make sure to listen to their side of the story,” their high school, with a letter sent to the superintendent, and Stecker said. There is an appeal process if students or their is then forwarded to the student’s school. parents do not agree with the final decisions that are reached, Gage paid a very heavy price for his actions. He wasn’t able but rarely are formal appeals taken from a school’s disciplinary to finish his finals. As a result, he ended up dropping out of decision. school. He is the exception, rather than the rule, however, as Students speculate about the “mere presence rule”. Many many students who leave school under similar circumstances students are unclear of its particulars. “We don’t have a ‘mere never get a high school degree or its equivalent, or have lifelong presence rule’ at Kennedy. If police show up at a party where problems getting employment. He now has a good job and is you are, and underage drinking is going on, I strongly urge working towards his GED. “I’m now doing better than ever,” you to ask the police to do a breathalyzer test on you, so that Cooper said. you’re totally clear. Then there is clear evidence that you were ALLIE SINDLINGER not participating. So if you’re merely present, and not involved

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02. 28. 2012.

WRAPPING IT ALL UP •Senior Emily Arrendell

Through celebrations of the last year of high school, along with coming together in the face of a tragedy to support fellow classmates and athletics, the community joined together. Several activities drew to an end with the culmination of the girls’ basketball season, wrestling, large group speech, and other activities.

•Senior Payne Pleima

•Senior Lexi De Heer

•Senior Katelyn Van Kooten

•Senior Amanda Lauritsen

•Senior Katie Sunderman

>>EXCELLENCE Senior Hannah Van Wyk and senior Mikki Nunnikoven demonstrate how to paint several different figures as they learned in Painting II. Students gathered Feb. 13 to showcase the projects and talents acquired in various electives. •Freshman Corey Elliot •Photo by Tiffany Carter Below: Senior Jesse Merk, Andy Hardine, Paul Andersen, Trevor Wood, Tyler Swanson, Schyler Kane, Brennan Mejia. Back: Seniors Ryan Morgan, Jacob De Waard, junior Wade Pingel, seniors Jace Ver Steeg, Aaron Tysseling, Aric Balk.

•Senior Paige Van Gorp

•Junior Sam Palmer

>>THEATRICAL Junior Megan Sims and sophomore Jack Parisee perform a section from a “Little Red Riding Hood” spin-off in, “Totally Red” at state speech. “It was so much fun to perform both of my events, and my favorite part was getting to act crazy for improv,” said sophomore Sydney Swanson. After state, the improv. teams of seniors Kelly Anderson and Marielle Gaiser and juniors Mitch Shepperd, Evan Jones, Bailey Tripp and Micah Zeimetz advanced to all-state. The freshman team of Collin Jones, Kody Beller and Elenor Witt also advanced to all-state for their ensemble performance, “Greater Tuna.” •Photo by Tiffany Carter

>>WHITE OUT Fans go crazy at the girls’ basketball game Feb. 15. “We wanted to do a fan dance, so we asked Mr. Otte if we could do the interlude by Attack Attack. It was a huge success, wearing the costumes just added to the fun,” said junior Kenny DuPré. Fans showed their support in the stands by wearing white. •Photo by Blake Lanser •Junior Kenny DuPré

•Senior Madeline Meyer

•Sophomore Sydney Swanson

•Sophomore Aaron Van Maanen

•Sophomore Greg Frommelt

•Senior Stacie Vriezelaar >>SKI Junior Carmen Van Engen screams while snow tubing at Sleepy Hollow. The senior class spent Feb. 8 skiing, snow boarding and tubing. Several seniors experienced these winter activities for the first time, while others were seasoned pros. •Photo by Blake Lanser

•Senior Meredith Slycord

•Senior Bailey Vande Weerd


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Six dancers from the City High were awarded with the All-American title at camp in Cedar Falls, Iowa at the UNI campus this summer. .

On Thanksgiving Day, AllAmerican dancers Emma Hanson ’12 and Erin Helm ‘12 will be in the Macy’s parade. “Erin Helm and I applied to go to New York to be one of the dancers in the parade. We get to tour the city, see shows and meet the NBC people,” Hanson said. “Everyone should watch it!” Earning this invitation to dance in New york took 14 years of prepration. This summer six dancers from the CHS dance team were awarded All american titles. “Five of us got chosen to make the All-American dance team. Once you make the team there are certain things you can do such as, go to Orlando, Europe or New York.” Hanson said. Besides the All-American title, the girls also have the chance to make the All-Iowa team. “All-Iowa is when over 500 girls from all over go to Ames and audition to make the AllIowa team, which performs at half time at the girls state basketball championship in March,” Hanson said. “Only 275 make it. Caitlin Danielson, Kelsie Stoddard, Natalie Jones, Karlie Stoddard and I all made it.” Hanson is also part of the City High dance team. Other accomplishments of the team

include first place for Lyrical and second place for jazz at Prairie last year. This summer they also won first place for most events at camp. “Our biggest accomplishments are dominating at Prairie last year, winning second place at state solos last year, making it on the all Iowa dance team twice, being awarded top All-American at camp and being invited by the Iowa dance team to perform at “Cream of The Crop,” Captain, Caitlin Danielson ‘12 said. “For the first time since I’ve been on the dance team, we killed at camp! We won first place in most spirited, best technique and the leadership award, and six of us received the all American award.” With practices every day, the team works hard towards State Solos in November. “Practices are sometimes easier than others but in the summer and when we are close to state, it’s a full two hours of cleaning and running dances. It’s tiring, but worth it,” Hanson said. “This year we have three competitions- maybe four. We have state solo, prairie and state. We might be going to another, but we don’t know yet. State is the best for sure.”


01. 31. 2012.

LIFE

PAGE EDITOR: MADDY SCHOLTEN

Doschadis transitions in family’s best interests

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Most would consider leaving a lucrative job to be wish I would have spent more time with my kids’, and now on things and plays in to my daily

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a custodian ludicrous, but for head custodian Ryan they’re kind of envious of me in that perspective. That’s just life and observing students. My Doschadis, it’s reality. Doschadis willingly traded in his one thing I look forward to; when they do go off to college, I 12 years in banking has helped me briefcase for dirty work and now spends his days working won’t have a regret of ‘I wish I would have’,” said Doschadis. to know how to manage people. dutifully at the school instead of behind a desk. However, With his new occupation, Doschadis calculates that he now It’s fun that I can use past careers his reasoning for this choice may be a surprise to some.   spends about 1,200 more hours a year with his two young at my job here,” said Doschadis. University of Iowa graduate with a degree in sociology, daughters, ages six and two. Working from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m., Reflecting on the decision, Doschadis first tried his hand at social work. His the free time allows him to spend quality time with his kids, Doschadis does not regret the passion for kids and hope for making a difference drove from witnessing first steps to teaching them how to ride bikes. choice and is reaffirmed of it him to pursue the career, but the stress and pain of the “My girls were like my two little shadows; they couldn’t daily by his family, staff and situations soon became too overwhelming. Doschadis believe that I wasn’t leaving off for business again. Both students. His refreshing outlook next entered the realm of banking, working with loan my kids were just wanting to be with ‘Dad’ and I got to on life is backed by his passion acquisitions at Wells Fargo in Des Moines. A family make up for a lot of lost time with them,” said Doschadis. for others and drive for man, Doschadis soon found himself to constantly be Any change in life takes getting use to, and so far making a difference. This is away from his young family, and reassessed his values. Doschadis has made the transition seem fairly easy. Not also reflected in his recent “With the banking job I was at, I was flying all the time only does his new occupation allow him to grow closer to induction to the school’s and always away from my family. I was missing out on my his family, but also to be a part of a new environment. A Character Counts board kids. That’s great I can drive any kind of car I want or have 1994 graduate himself, Doschadis enjoys observing the for being a caring person. a big house, but it’s about my kids and potentially missing progresses of the school and getting to know the new faces. “This job just kind of out on those important things in their life,” said Doschadis. “I’ve gotten a great response from the staff; they confirms what I was After talking with his family and carefully considering have been very welcoming. That encouraged me thinking about, as far the choice, Doschadis decided to follow through with the and made me feel accepted. It’s good to see all the as the important things decision, and was hired as head custodian here. Doschadis students; I like to joke around and talk with them. It in life. It’s enabled me encountered some who questioned his change in lifestyle but makes every day a little bit different,” said Doschadis. to be a better person also received praise for being brave enough to make the switch. Doschadis enjoys the challenge of learning new trades, but instead of focusing all my efforts “I’ve gotten back a lot of positive feedback from other people. he also draws on past knowledge to help with the daily work.   on chasing the dollar,” said Doschadis. The number one thing I hear from a lot of adults is ‘Wow, I “My degree of sociology just puts a different perspective •Maddy Scholten (maddys.pelladium@gmail.com)

Stralow sells bracelets, key chains to raise money for Uganda

A typical class room set-up involves 20 to classroom.   For journalism adviser 25 desks facing a huge white board. While Ann Visser, inspiration is further some are able to use cellphones or fall asleep, up. Her ceiling’s tiles are painted it still doesn’t get rid of the tedious feeling humorous and factual information. of math. Teacher Wade Van Vark took this To be featured on the ceiling, students into account when he must have a design that arranged his classroom. is approved by Visser. “For most people Three tiles were a way math makes them tense to save Kyle Korver’s and nervous, but in this clippings and pictures setting, it is more relaxed from his college days. and calm,” said Van Vark. “I think Kyle Korver With only six desks, is the only NBA player the rest of the room who has a ceiling consists of kitchen tables, dedicated to him at his chairs and couches. high school,” said Visser. Van Vark received the Discussions in class furniture as donations can get pretty heated, •SPACE. An alien adorns the ceil- especially from students and staff. when the Trying to create ing in journalism adviser Ann Viss- subject is politics. er’s room. Photo by Sarah Muller. an environment like Government teacher home, Van Vark Mark Core tries to bring believes it brings a positive energy to order by splitting the classroom into the classroom, instead of feeling formal. liberals, conservatives and moderates. “[Students] love it. For some, it’s a little “It’s just like a seating chart, but I’ve tried too relaxed, but they have done well. It’s turning it into a lesson. This way I know where good to try something new,” said Van Vark. the conservatives are and such,” said Core. Some teachers cover their walls with •Sarah Muller (sm.pelladium@gmail.com) encouraging posters and rules of the

Can and clothing drives are great ways to make a difference in someone’s life, but sophomore Savannah Stralow found an alternative way to change the lives of others forever; she sold bracelets and key chains that she made to support Ugandan orphans by building orphanages. Stralow sold the bracelets during basketball games and at her youth group for only one dollar. The square bracelets are adorned with simple letters and can be customized at the request of the buyer, while the key chains are made of beads. “All I had to do was get the supplies and make them [bracelets and key chains] before or while I sold them. Then, the money will be sent to build orphanages for the kids in Uganda,” said Stralow. Senior Sarah Van Maanen was Stralow’s supplier, and she explained how Savannah started her campaign to aid the unfortunate. “This was entirely her idea. After hearing about orphans in Uganda, S a v a n n a h thought of ways

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Teachers experiment with classroom settings in hopes of improvement

to raise money. Our youth group, CORE, at Third Church, had a time period of collecting money that went to the orginization Heartwork. This orginization uses the funds to build shelter for the children in need living in Uganda,” said Van Maanen. Supported by the community and fellow students, Stralow sold around 1,000 bracelets and keychains. Each bracelet had an uplifting word, such as hope or love, to remind people of what cause they chose to support. “Savannah was incredibly giving of her time and energy to make and sell so many bracelets and key chains. Some were personalized, and I believe that the money made will go a long way to help the children,” said Van Maanen. One dollar doesn’t seem like much, but it can goes farther than one can expect. Fifty cents alone can provide life saving materials such as vaccines, medicine and nutrition packed food. With many participating in the same fund raiser as Stralow, the money can easily be raised to make a difference by building a home for children in need. •Jillian Sagers (jsag.pelladium@gmail.com)


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Summit school responds to William’s arrest words & layout

Zach Winjum

As the news was being reported by

After being notified of a staff member’s

the media on the night of the arrest, an

Clay Guthmiller alerted Summit adminis-

homes that have students attending Sum-

arrest Thursday, Nov. 10, Superintendent tration. Summit principal Linda Hansen called a staff meeting that afternoon and

encouraged students to speak with counselors the days following the arrest.

The arrest involved Summit special

education teacher Steven Williams. Au-

thorities took Williams into custody from his home at 6:00 a.m. Nov. 10. Williams

was arrested on charges of sending obscene material to a minor as well as so-

“Alert Now” message was sent to all the mit. Guthmiller’s voice was recorded for the message and explained that Williams

was arrested and that as far as the district is aware, no students were involved in the

situation. It also mentioned that counselors would be available to students if they

would like to speak with them, and that the district was following proper procedures to ensure the safety of staff and students.

A Veterans’ Day program had been

liciting sex acts with a minor. Both of the

planned for the following morning. The

tigation in which officers pretended to be

gram, the district outreach counselor and

charges were a result of a federal inves-

young girls that Williams was communicating with. Williams has pleaded not guilty

and awaits trial. The arrest was a surprise

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Summit counselor spoke to the 56 stu-

Substitute Mary Bramer works on math problems with students in the Journey community at Summit. Bramer took William’s place since he was arrested. She will continue to substitute until a long-term substitute is hired

Williams had taught. The counselors were

had just met with him Monday morning

liam’s place in the classroom and has been

speak with them in private. “Teachers were

arrested,” Windom said. “I was shocked

“It goes without saying that Mr. William’s

to speak with the counselor to be given

in his nature and felt sad for my son be-

place, but they have been responsive and

might only want to leave class,” Hansen

Since some students were still not

Comfort also came from the coun-

event went on as scheduled. After the pro-

dents in the base camp classrooms where also available if the students wished to

and to discover three days later he was

teaching the students since his arrest.

told to allow any students who requested

when I heard because it didn’t seem to be

students were sad and upset at what took

the opportunity—even if it appeared they

cause he saw him as a friend.”

cooperative in the aftermath,” Bramer said.

said. “The first and foremost important

aware of William’s arrest by the following

selors. “The counselors said everything

safety.”

ment to be read to all students by the

better teacher that wouldn’t do stuff like

betrayed and sick,” sixth grader Mason

selors. “When I talked to my son he said

that a teacher who was arrested would

Sixth grader Jessica Ludwig, a student

day,” Stephanie Windom, mother of Ma-

was a mistake. It also reminded them that

everything would blow over soon.”

reacted very well and did what they could.”

students are safe. Hansen notified parents

they handled the situation. “The students

Williams days before the arrest to talk

dents.

maturity as could be hoped for in sixth

to the school administration. “It was an ongoing federal investigation that we were not aware of,” Hansen said.

The administration also planned an-

other meeting the following morning so the staff would know how to handle what had

happened after more information was announced through the media.

After hearing the news, some students

were shocked and disgusted. “I felt sad, Caruthers said.

that was also taught by Williams found out

about the incident Thursday night on the local news. “When I saw his picture on TV I started crying because I didn’t know what to do,” Ludwig said.

thing is safety. In this case it’s emotional

Monday, Hansen sent out a written state-

would be okay because we would get a

A total of 17 students spoke with coun-

teachers. The message assured students

that,” sixth grader Aubree Sanders said.

[the counselors] followed them around all

not be returning unless the judge says it

told us that everything would be okay and

son Caruthers said. “I thought the school

there are guidelines and rules to assure

Bramer commended students for how

Windom and Caruthers had met with

about the statement that was read to stu-

about Caruther’s academic progress. “I

Substitute Mary Bramer has taken Wil-

Bus accident blocks 100th Bus No. 31 tipped on its side blocking N.W.

100th Street in Johnston, around 2:40 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2. No children were aboard.

The bus driver, Judy Russel, was the only

person on the bus. “She wasn’t even [taken to the hospital],” firefighter Shawn Beuberd said.

Russel initially went into the ditch because

of an unknown medical problem that caused

her to lose consciousness momentarily, said

the school’s Director of Transportation Mike Volz. As soon as Russel made contact with

the ditch she became conscious. “When she realized where she was [in the ditch] she tried to correct it,” Volz said.

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Sixth grader Tahj Neely agreed, “They

have dealt with the situation with as much graders,” Bramer said.

Kristine Hayes

Russel’s unconsciousness was very brief. while the other tipped it back up. Once the bus “From the time she went into unconsciousness was on all wheels, an employee from Hanefin to the time she went out was about 8.5-9 sec- towing helped steer it onto the truck. Dr. James Casey, Director of Human Reonds,” Volz said, “[Afterword,] she had no recollection of [how she ended up in the ditch].”

sources for the district, said, “We want to make

the other side of the road.

cident of this degree and thank heavens there

As she regained consciousness, she over- sure everyone is safe on all of our bus routes, corrected and went nose-first into the ditch on and this is the first time we have had an acFrom there the bus flipped up and landed were no children on the bus.” Casey does not know if the bus was sideways, blocking both lanes of the street.

Beuberd helped prepare the bus so it could deemed a total loss since there was extensive be moved. Two cranes lifted it back onto its damage. Because it was tipped on its side the

wheels. While lifting the bus, straps were cosmetic damages may be more expensive to placed around it and one crane turned the bus repair than buying a new bus.

Bus No. 31 after it was tipped back onto it’s wheels. Hanefin towing towed it away.


01. 31. 2012.

SPORTS

PAGE EDITOR: MADELINE MEYER

Van Horn recognized for excellence into making the district a better place,” said senior and three-sport athlete Kim Korver. “I would say that when you look at the character of a person, their attitude, their willingness to serve others, and their dedication to their district and their job, Bill Van Horn would be a poster child of a Hall of Famer. He’s definitely one of the good guys,” said math teacher and former colleague Wade Van Vark. The induction ceremony is March 10 during halftime of the 3A boys’ state championship game in Des Moines. This year, nine administrators will be recognized. “The board of control and school administrators are a committee of principals and superintendents from each geographical region of the athletic association. The criteria [for the award] is years of service, and basically an evaluation of the quality of interscholastic programs and activities that a administrator manages for the schools and the children in his communities,” said Information Director of the Iowa High School Athletic Association Bud Legg. Bill was the athletic director for 14 years and saw many successes throughout his career. During his time as athletic director, the programs brought back five team state championships, eight individual team championships, over 50 state appearances and over 90 conference championships. “Pella has had a long tradition of success in sports, but the last decade or so, we have had incredible success in virtually every level, and every sport.We’ve had natural changes in coaching through retirement and other reasons. I’ve never viewed myself as an agent of change so much as

continuing to support each program in a way that would help them to achieve success, in not just winning, but retention of athletes and the positive growth of the individuals involved,” said Bill. The success of Pella sports programs since Bill’s involvement with athletics is impossible to ignore. With so many successful sports programs, an abundance of memories comes, Bill enjoys it all. “Honestly, I have so many fond memories, and you know most people would suspect it would be winning back-to-back state basketball championships or making it to the Dome in football, or even coaching state finalists in wrestling. They certainly are, but the best memories actually are just seeing teams progress in seasons, even when those teams weren’t projected to do as well as other teams but did well in their own right,” said Bill. •Photo by Kenn Krpan

It’s impossible to put into words the impact that does former athletic director Bill Van Horn justice. However, ‘Hall of Famer’ comes pretty close to describing Van Horn, who is scheduled to be inducted in to the 2012 Iowa High School Athletic Director’s Hall of Fame in March. Bill and his wife Margene have played an active role in the district since 1976, when Margene became a physical education teacher. Bill came to Pella in 1988, serving as a wrestling coach and tag-teaming physical education with his wife. In 1997, he assumed the role of athletic director. Bill’s goals were initally to be in collegiate administration as opposed to high school administration, but he changed his preference in order to meet his family’s schedules. “Essentially, we were on three calendars. I was operating on the William Penn College school year, my wife under the Pella school calendar and my daughters were on the Oskaloosa calendar. I was gone, especially on the weekends, during the winter. So, we were meeting ourselves coming and going. My coaching took a lot of time, and Margene was teaching as well as  coaching basketball and tennis, so we decided that there would be a career path change for me, one that would be more conducive to my family life,” said Bill. The Van Horns are known throughout Pella as two who have truly given back to their school and community. Students and staff alike still feel the legacy that Margene and Bill left on the district. “Their whole family is just extremely giving. They’re kind of like everyone’s parents. They have invested a lot of time

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•Madeline Meyer (mm.pelladium@gmail.com)

After almost 30 years ...

Schulte’s track record still stands

•Photo•1982 Duchess Yearbook

>> Sophomore Levi Azinger grapples an opponent from Knoxville. The wrestling team will compete in the district meet Feb. 4. Team record leaders for the year are junior Houston Naaktgeboren (25-7) and sophomore Levi Azinger who broke the school’s pin record. The new record is eight seconds. “The team and I have been working hard all season for this time to come, so I think we could have some really good outcomes if we keep working hard,” said Azinger. •Photo by Derrick Akers

Teachers all around the school put in countless hours, but few can say that they have been a part of this school as significantly and for as long as math teacher Matt Schulte. Schulte, Class of 1982, was not an average student. He excelled in academics and extracurriculars. “[I was a part of ] band, choir, football, basketball, track and the school play/ musical,” said Schulte. In the school play, Schulte played the lead role of Abner. Although the play has faded into the past, Schulte’s high school career has not been erased from Pella’s history books. “It is a lot different; the school is about twice as big now. There are a lot of things different from 30 years ago,” said Schulte. One of the things that has not changed is his school record mark in the 400-meter race coming in at 49.90 seconds, that record has stood since 1982. Schulte has no hesitation about his reaction if the record would be broken. “I would be very happy for [the person that breaks my record], probably jumping up and down,” said Schulte. It is fair to say that extracurriculars left a long-lasting effect on Schulte.

“[I liked] that you could do lots of extracurriculars and still get your school work done,” said Schulte. Not only did Schulte make a mark here, but he continued into college and played four sports. Many students would think that just playing one sport is overwhelming in college, which makes what Schulte did even more rare. “If they love the sport, I would say go for it. Thats why I picked a small school, so I could continue playing,” said Schulte. After college, Schulte taught for seven years at Belmond-Klemme. These seven years were some of the few spent away from Pella. “I always wanted to come back because my wife and I were both from Pella,” he said Schulte returned to Pella and took a teaching position here. He continues to influence Pella athletics by coaching girls’ varsity basketball, boys’ varsity track and varsity football. “[I would rather be] coaching [than playing] right now; I’m too old and slow now,” said Schulte. Although his competing career is done, Schulte still stays involved with athletics through his seven children and coaching career. •Gregory Frommelt (gregf.pelladium@gmail.com)

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RIGHT WRONG ISN’T ALWAYS

BLACK WHITE School’s involvement in social networking sites raises questions As far as gray areas go in school policy, social networking takes the lead. The area has been the subject of worldwide controversy, but the discussion at Pella has just begun. Where school litigation lies, and what an actual offense is, still remains in the gray area that encompasses many students’ lives. In the student handbook, it touches on the issue. “The use of [social networking sites] to threaten, harass, demean or cause a significant disruption to the educational environment is strictly prohibited,” it says. Assistant principal, Jon Muller backs up the handbook’s policy. “I guess, the rule of thumb that we’ve used is when the posting is taking place. If it’s taking place at the school, we’re going to get involved. If it’s taking place outside of school, we’ve got some judgements to make on whether it’s a violation of our policy or not,”said Muller. Guidance counselor, Teresa Thompson advises students to take another route. “In the past, I’ve told students, If the posting is bad enough, to go ahead and take it to the police as a harassment case,” said Thompson. Under the Iowa Code, Thompson’s strategy is perfectly viable. In the code, harassment is labeled as an aggravated misdemeanor and can be punished by up to 6 months of incarceration or fines, varying with severity. Violations of the school handbook’s rule include, offensive and harassing comments or posts,

use of vulgarities, threatening statements or hate pages. “We have the responsibility to protect our students and teachers. If something is posted by a student that is intended to harass or demean staff or students, we’re gonna get involved, no matter where the posting is taking place,” said Muller. On a student level, many believe school involvement with social networking issues is outstepping their boundaries. “I don’t think the school should be able to get involved at all. That’s our personal and social lives. I thought there was supposed to be separation between our lives on social networking sites and our lives at school. That’s the reason teachers and students aren’t able to be friends over Facebook,” said sophomore Brianna Buzick. The area has been in question for school officials since last year, as previous superintendent, Mark Wittmer, issued a staff wide notice and seminar over how teachers should use or not use social networking. In the memo, Wittmer condoned teachers using Facebook or Twitter to communicate with students about practices or activities. The school even initiated it’s own twitter page, with provides a daily update of announcements. However, Wittmer felt it was imprudent for students and teachers to be friends over the sites. He also advised teachers to exercise caution when posting statuses or comments. •Jack Parisee (jp.pelladium@gmail.com)

Mythbusters: A closer look at school policy vs. student thought Unspoken rule/myth no. 1: You are only allowed to miss school if you are sick. What school policy says: “If a student cannot report to school, it is the responsibility of the parent/ legal guardian go report that absence by 9:00 a.m. the day of the absence.” Explanation: If you are excused by your parents, it’s okay not to come to school. However, if students are absent for four non-related, non-medical school days in a quarter, and six in a semester, students will be considered to have “excessive absenteeism” Furthermore, if students are absent for ten days in one semester, they are placed on “academic probation” in which it is up to the teacher or administration if that student can receive credit for that class. Unspoken rule/myth no. 2: You can NEVER be late to class without getting a detention. What school policy says: “A tardy is defined as being 10 minutes late to class... three tardies in a class during a quarter will result in a detention, or six tardies accumulated in all classes in a quarter will receive detention.” Explanation: It’s okay to be late, just not excessively so. If a student is late to a class, they can’t be punished the first two times. Unspoken rule/myth no. 3: If you get in trouble for consumption/possession of alcohol and/or drugs, you are not allowed to participate scholastic extracurriculars for the rest of the year. What school policy says: “Any student who admits to or is found, after an investigation by school officials, have to have violated the Good Conduct Rule of consumption, possession, acquiring or delivering alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs will be ineligible for minimum of one event/performance to a maximum ineligibility of one calender year as determined by the good conduct committee.” Explanation: Students who violate the Good Conduct Rule are not ineligible for an entire year. If it is a students first offense, the student only misses 25% of the remainder of the season that person is in, and the rest of the 25% applies to the next activity the student will be in. According to the Honesty Provision in the handbook, if a student admits to the offense before being approached by a school employee, the punishment is reduced by 5%, and reduced 10% if the student admits to the offense and comes in on their own behalf. Typically, students are out for the year when the offense is committed again for the third time.

Unspoken rule/myth no. 4: Senior release is given to all seniors. What school policy says: “Senior’s Release is a PRIVILEGE granted to seniors who demonstrate exceptional attendance, academic performance, and character” Explanation: Not every student gets the right to senior release. Students who are not passing all their classes, considered to be excessively absent or tardy, suspended in or out of school or removed from class for inappropriate behavior, not in good standing in terms of behavior, or delinquent in paying any schoolrelated debts/fines are not eligible for senior release. The requirements for determining eligibility for senior release begins with the 2nd semester of junior year. Unspoken rule/myth no. 5: Lockers contain personal items and are not able to be searched unless an administrator obtains a search warrant. What school policy says: “All lockers are the property of Pella Community Schools and are subject to inspection by authorized school personnel at any time.” Explanation: Make sure everything in your locker is “school appropriate,” because lockers are able to be searched at ALL times. •Madeline Meyer (mm.pelladium@gmail. com)

10. 25. 2011

Tinker sets standard for students’ rights

“It can hardly be argued that either students or teachers shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate.” This Court opinion, delivered by Justice Abe Fortas, set a new standard for students in schools by the Supreme Court’s decision, made on Feb. 24, 1969 in the case of Tinker vs. Des Moines Independent Community School District. In Dec. of 1965, Des Moines students and adults assembled, including Christopher Eckhardt, 16, John F. Tinker, 15, and Mary Beth Tinker, 13, and decided on wearing black armbands to object to the hostilities in Vietnam. After learning this plan to petition, the Des Moines schools’ principals adopted a policy that banned the wearing of armbands to school. After refusing to remove the armbands the three were suspended until they would comply to the policy. When their protest was scheduled to end and their armbands would be taken off, the students could return to school. “Unfortunately, in the past 40 plus years since the Tinker vs. Des Moines case, there have been other less known significant Supreme Court decisions that have diminished student’s rights. It’s a beacon; something we strive for but doesn’t seem to be maintained. If it comes down to either a safe, orderly school environment as opposed to students’ rights, courts rule in the school’s favor.... but if you go back 50 years, students have no rights. Schools had the same authority over you as your parents,” said government teacher and dean Mark Core. The decision made by the District Court, who found that the school’s policy and punishment was reasonable, was appealed, then reversed by the Supreme Court, who argued that the students were passively expressing an opinion, without disruptive petitioning or violating other students. “Why should school be different from daily life? Yes, we should have to follow and respect school rules, but we should still have Constitutional rights. Schools try to censor things, and maybe that’s taking away some of our freedom of speech, but if it will harm someone or pose a threat to the school, it makes sense,” said senior Daniel Tiskevics. From the decision of this case came a new standard that had hardly existed prior to the outcome: students carry their Constitutional rights with them into schools. But does this standard still apply? “Tinker doesn’t have the same effect and impact as it did in 1969. Since then, there’s been a slow, gradual decline. Because drugs, violence and terrorism started becoming more of an issue, schools are more security conscious. Schools don’t want an environment that is so oppressive it feels like prison, but it’s all about balance. If there was a point where there was such a disturbance that it got in the way of education, there would be a problem,” said Core. Many students agree. “Our freedom to express ourselves like with freedom of speech is somewhat restricted. If something happens in the school, certainly the school should take it into their hands, because they are responsible for what happens here, but they shouldn’t supply the punishment for what goes on outside of school,” said freshman Kaila Wimmer. While many students think that any policies that violate students’ Constitutional rights are unfair, many feel these restrictions are necessary. “I would say for the most part our rights stay in place even when we walk in the school building. Possibly freedom of speech [is restricted by school policy], but if there’s something that would distract from the learning process for other students, then a line should be drawn,” said senior Joella Gerber. Other students feel school policy should be modeled after national laws. “We shouldn’t necessarily have all of our freedoms like the right to bear arms. Stupid kids will do stupid things. We should have more strict punishments for kids who try to injure others, but as long as it goes along with the national laws, the school shouldn’t add extra limitations,” said junior Kyle VanWyk. The Supreme Court decision in the case of Tinker vs. Des Moines had a significant impact on school policy for students. While many debate whether or not this decision still determines and restricts the making of policy, students still need to be informed about their Constitutional rights. “Our school does a pretty good job and strikes a healthy balance between protecting student rights and keeping the school regulated, but no one is perfect. I just try to teach students to know more about all of their rights and be very aware of them, and also, encourage kids to talk to their parents about it,” said Core. •Tiffany Carter(tc.pelladium@gmail. •Graphic by Marielle Gaiser com)

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Limits in student rights raise questions “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” The first amendment; just 45 words, is a vital part in solidifying the rights of American citizens. However, the rights of minors, especially in the classroom, can be suppressed in ways that rights of adults may not be. When students are in school, many decisions can be made by school officials that are outside conventional citizen rights. School’s purposes are to educate; interferences with this goal are deemed to be violations of the educational environment. These actions can, therefore, be suppressed by school leaders. However, in recent years, student rights have become more limited, taking away student power that cases like Tinker vs. Des Moines fought hard for. “Recently, courts have been straying away from student rights and siding with the schools. The safety of the students and school takes precedence. A common example is limits in dress code to protect the educational environment,” said assistant principal Jon Muller. The freedom of expression can directly be applied to dress code, as students often communicate through attire. Dress codes have generally been viewed as holding normal classroom procedures and promoting the educational process. In the school, clothing with provocative or vulgar meanings, chains, hats, spiked jewelry, sling tops and bedroom slippers are items deemed inappropriate and disruptive to the classroom. “No, [I don’t think we have all of our rights in school] because people get in trouble for things like the “I <3 Boobies” wristbands. Some don’t wear it to support breast cancer, but some do, so it’s still a violation of our rights. Clothing is of minor importance, so they shouldn’t be so strict about it,” said sophomore Jordan Stephenson. Limits in student rights also trickle over to policies about search and seizure. American citizens are protected by the exclusionary rule; no illegally obtained evidence (without a search warrant) may be used against a person. In order to maintain a safe environment, students, being on school property, can be subject to random searches of body, locker, desk, or automobiles based off of reasonable suspicion- a search warrant not being needed. Items found that are illegal, unauthorized or contraband can lead to disciplinary action and be grounds for reporting to law enforcement. “I agree with this policy to a certain extent, though it depends on the reasonable suspicion. I feel like it could be abused if teachers just assume a student is doing something wrong. I do think it helps to keep our school clean and safe, though,” said senior Staci Vriezelaar. Another prevalent topic of student rights is freedom of speech. Whereas citizens are guaranteed their right to hold opinion without interference, schools often take a different approach. This is exemplified by school’s Internet policies, as criticism and bullying becomes increasingly common in the cyber world. A decision by the Supreme Court, Reno v. ACLU, decided that Internet speech as the same constitutional protections as other written publications. Use of the school’s Internet is considered to be a privilege, and browsing is restricted, but the school often deals with situations that occur off school grounds as well. “The approach I try to take if something appears on the Internet that adversely effects a person is more of an educational purpose to dealing with the situation, not law enforcement,” said student dean, Mark Core.   Substantial differences exist between the rights that are ensured by the Constitution and those enforced by schools, though the purpose of these restrictions are to promote the best educational experience possible. However, it is critical that students are aware of and practice their rights, whether it be on school grounds or in the community. “It’s important that students know their rights. Being educated is not a bad thing; it is very beneficial. Understanding the limits is a positive,” said Muller. •Maddy Scholten (maddys.pelladium@gmail.com)


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PAGE EDITOR: ALEX ROPES

IRREGARDLESS

OPINION

01. 31. 2012.

“KEEPIN’ IT REAL DOESN’T MEAN TYPING EVERY THOUGHT YOU’VE EVER THOUGHT” •BENJI MCELROY (BME.PELLADIUM@GMAIL.COM)

Absolutely nothing is worse than logging into Facebook and having your news feed clogged with “Truth Is” after “Truth Is.” I enjoy cat fights that quickly devolve into “I’m rubber. You’re glue. Whatever you say bounces off of me and sticks to you.” territory just as much as the next guy, but there’s a point when the fights are embarrassingly open. Truth is, people need to watch the amount of honesty they ooze while behind a keyboard. For those who are either reading this in 1967, or are one of the five people still on Myspace, a “Truth Is” status is a Facebook post that receives likes from approximately 50 people of varying degrees of familiarity with the original poster. The poster (aka a 14-yearold girl) then has to write something “truthful” on every likers’ page. For example, here’s a Truth Is that may or may not be real:

Of course, there are other kinds of Truth Is statuses that are generic, copy/pasted compliments, but the dirty-laundry-airing-Truth-Is statuses are the greater of evils. By principal, the fake kumbaya post should be worse. After all, honesty is the best policy, but nobody, outside of talent scouts for Jerry Springer, needs to read about love triangles and potential paternity tests on Facebook. Especially because of a Truth Is. The Internet is like a truth serum. No matter what corners of it you roam, you’re bound to find countless numbers of people saying things they would never dare speak. In fact, I’m surprised the United States hasn’t ditched waterboarding in favor of the Internet yet. The filterless feedback, in theory, should be refreshing. Except, in practice, it’s about as refreshing as dehydration.

EVERYTHING’S NOT LOST

Brands and logos have become nearly omnipresent, and escaping their influence is impossible. Whether someone is covered with Coach “C’s” or runs from a label as though their life depends on it, their decisions are constantly influenced by brands. If someone walks down the street, and sees a car, or another person’s shirt, but it is void of any logo or link to who created it, even if they like it they will not be able to purchase one later on. If that same person sees the three-pronged Mercedes symbol, or Polo player for Ralph Lauren, a positive connotation will be made with the brand, and that individual will be more likely to purchase from those companies later on, given they have the financial means. A company marking its products is a logical thing to do. Over time, a logo has come to mean far more than just a mark from a company, though. The symbol for Mercedes implies substantial wealth and social class of the owner, as does a Rolex, or the more affordable, but still higher end Ralph Lauren Polo player. Upon seeing a symbol, a plethora of judgments may be formed about the owner. The power of brands, and associations made with their logos affect all of society. Most commonly, high school is seen as the battling ground of the various clothing and sportswear brands.  I will concede that brands have a larger influence on teenage students than adults –who are weathered and knowledgeable of the ploys of advertising- but I still maintain that no one’s thoughts and decisions are immune to the influence of brands and logos. Though I do not wish to reiterate clichés, it is true that high school is a sort of social proving ground for many students, and a student’s desired social group may not always be the same as their reality. Because of this, many look to brands and their corresponding logos, to fit in. Social groups, or cliques, which are founded on mutual interests, often breed unity, and this unity may spread to what an individual wears. Whether an individual feels pressured to buy a brand in order to stay up-to-date with their friends or in an attempt to fit in, they are constantly affected by brand names. On the contrary, there is a substantial group of individuals who look at logos with

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Do you make New Year’s resolutions? Do you think that they are effective? •Ben Konfrst (benk.pelladium@gmail.com)

•ALEX ROPES (AR.PELLADIUM@GMAIL.COM)

disdain. They see them as the bane of consumerism and frown upon those who succumb to the pressure to fit in. I agree that some individuals have let their attachment to specific brands and logos get out of control, and it seems ridiculous to wear a massive red seagull on a daily basis, but individuals should not be criticized for wearing a logo once in a while. They should not feel the need to run from logos as though their life depends on it. Society needs to calm down about logos and brands on both sides of the issue. On one hand, individuals should not feel so pressured to wear a brand just to fit in, but on the other end, people should stop worrying so much if someone chooses to wear a piece of clothing with a brand on it. Wearing a shirt with an affiliation to a company may just mean you like the shirt, not that you are desperate to fit in. Logos are not going to suddenly disappear, so we need to all stop being so brand conscious, and buy things we like rather than worrying about fitting in or being categorized because of it. •Graphic by Blake Lanser

“SOCIETY NEEDS TO CALM DOWN ABOUT LOGOS AND BRANDS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE ISSUE”

Keepin’ it real is certainly an admirable way to live your life (just ask any 90's rapper), but there’s a fine line between keepin’ it real and turning life into a soap opera. Sometimes biting your tongue, or fingers, can go a long way. Particularly when it’s done on Facebook’s virtual soapbox. That’s not to suggest Former Vice-President Dick Cheney authorizes the use of the Internet everybody should act like Regina on an accused terrorist as a means to extract vital information. George on the World Wide Web. •Graphic by Mitch Shepperd There’s no need to compliment somebody’s sweater on Facebook to chastise it as a Cosby-reject offline. Keepin’ it real doesn’t mean typing every thought you’ve ever thought. It means acting like you would in real life. It’s not like the Facebook version of John Van Doe is treated like a separate person from the real life John Van Doe. Every Facebook post might as well carry your signature, social security number and an embarrassing picture of you with it (well, it already has one of those, I guess). Posting behind a screen name isn’t equivalent to putting on a virtual cape that entitles you to fight “Internet injustice.” Superheroes go far enough to wear costumes when they’re contributing to the greater good, so isn’t something wrong with contributing to petty drama and, instead of opting for an excessively-flamboyant costume, choosing to hide behind nothing more than a profile? Truth is, truth is always the best way to go. Just don’t be too truthful. Some words are better left unsaid (and untyped). Kind-of like “truth is.”

“No, because if I do, I never complete them. They would be effective if someone really tried for one.”

“Yes, I stick to them [resolutions] well. They are usually pretty effective. I have had the same resolution for five years; NO POP!”

“Not really. I do think they [resolutions] are effective if you shoot for one. It’s a new year and a new start, great for people to make resolutions.”

“I do not personally do New Year’s resolutions; there is always good intention behind them, but few people actually follow through with them.”

>>Freshman Nikki Holdeman

>>Sophomore Kylie Roslien

>>Junior Keegan Fitzsimmons

>>Senior Isaac Pezley


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Show Choir prepares for competition season Left: The West Branch Show Choir has an early morning practice every Tuesday and Thursday. “I’m a morning person, so I don’t mind waking up early for something I enjoy so much,” senior Gabby Lindley said. Below: With the help of pianist Maggie Mouery, Show Choir Director Chris Reed pushes his students to the limit during practice in class.

Above: Students break down their performance of “Hero” and perfect it. “Show choir is a lot of work so I think everyone understands that lots of practices are required to be successful,” freshman Becky Blaalid said. Below: Maggie Mouery played along with the show choir while they ran through their show. She encourages the show choir to work harder and stay on task.

Above: Seniors Jessica Butler and Devin Bain dance to the upbeat song “Eurofighter,” with the rest of the show choir. The other songs performed by them are “Hero,” the show starter, “Per Sempre,” the ballad, “I’ve Got You,” the male dominant number and “Have a Nice Day,” the closing piece. Left: The Show Choir Band is yet another factor of a successful performance. “They keep us all on beat and on pitch. Without the band, we wouldn’t be as good as we are now. The sounds of the drums and trumpets keep us sounding cool throughout our show,” freshman Abby Nopoulos said.

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a t n g s u M M o e o h n T VOLUME XV

Issue 6

The student newspaper of Mount Vernon High School

The Mount Vernon-Lisbon Sun, Page A7, Feb. 23, 2012

‘Chicago’ is a ‘no go’

By Haleigh Ehmsen

Twin wrestlers: One heads to state Editor’s note: The following story is one of three student stories picked up by Iowa Prep Sports this month from The Mustang Moon.

By Ashley Ruden hen you think of twins, normally what comes to mind is same size, same weight. But that’s not a problem for juniors Kyle and Mitchel Jilovec, twin wrestlers who both wrestled at districts. Kyle, weighing in at 120 pounds, is 60 pounds lighter and two inches shorter than his brother Mitchel, who weighs 182 and is five feet nine inches tall. They never had to worry about competing against each other on the mat. Both grew up with a desire to wrestle, and living in the same house, always had a practice partner. They often had wrestling matches in their house, but according to Mitchel, even though he was bigger, Kyle was always the winner. As a wrestler, when the season starts, the focus is primarily on the match of the week, or the tournament for the upcoming weekend. However, there is always the “holy grail” in a wrestler’s mind, which is Des Moines in February. The hardest thing for twins with the state wrestling tournament is if one makes it and the other doesn’t. This year, the Jilovec twins are in that situation. After the district tournament, Kyle was the one who made it to state. According to Mitchel, “I am very proud of my brother and he deserves it.” He does add, “I just wish I hadn’t been thrown.” Wrestling coach Aaron Truitt said, “The main difference between the two is size. They both have a good work ethic, put in the time, and have a good attitude.” Kyle had several thoughts on his bid

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Cast is set for ‘Seussical the Musical’

Actors gear up for musical that was not their first choice

By Haleigh Ehmsen nly 5 percent of theaters nationwide that apply to produce the show “Chicago” are granted the performance rights according to Kaitlin Stern, an agent at Samuel French publishers. So when Tom Stephens, English teacher and director of the theater department, obtained the rights, he knew it was a once in a lifetime opportunity for the theater department. Despite gaining rights to do this rare show, “Seussical the Musical” will be performed as the spring musical. Mr. Stephens was attracted to the “Chicago” because of its rarity and it would provide a difference experience for theater students. The process can take up to three months, he was told by Stern, who is charge of processing requests for “Chicago,” so he had to come up with other back-up options. Principal Steve Brand had already approved “Seussical” when Mr. Stephens received word that they had been granted the rights to perform “Chicago.” Mr. Stephens and five other adults that make up part of the theater department discussed other options for the spring musical, since there was such a small chance that they would receive the rights to produce “Chicago.” They decided on two other options, “Into the Woods” and “Seussical the Musical” and Mr. Brand approved “Seussical.” Mr. Brand wrote in a statement, “The musical ‘Into the Woods’ was approved and for a period of about a month, that was going to be the musical. Some circumstances arose within the Drama Department, and they decided to go a different direction. I was absolutely fine with ‘Into the Woods.’” “The Music Man” had been originally planned as this year’s spring musical, but it had been previously performed by the Lisbon theater department. Mr. Stephens said students approached him, wanting to change the spring musical. Theater veteran Annabeth Lucas, a

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senior, was upset when “Chicago” was to cause students to act in their respective turned down. Annabeth has participated role permanently. However she did say, in all of the fall plays along with several “Based on the circumstances [“Seussicommunity theater shows and spring mu- cal”] was a good choice.” sicals. “Cell Block Tango” a scene from “Considering the types of shows “Chicago” was performed at an all we’ve been doschool assembly in ing it’d be nice the 2009-10 school to change,” she year by several senior said, referring girls. While this was Horton: Zak Moran the previous mubefore Mr. Brand was Mayzie: Katy McCollum sicals including principal, senior ConGertrude: Kaitlin Thune “High School nett Croghan said, he Sour Kangaroo/Young Kangaroo pupMusical” last doesn’t believe there pet: Emma Conroy year and “Beauty would have been anyCat in the Hat: Annabeth Lucas and the Beast” thing wrong with perWickersham #1/Mr. Mayor : Cory in 2009. “When forming “Chicago.” Brannaman you do the same “With education we Wickersham #2: Brandon Douglas type of show, know that killing is Wickersham #3/The Grinch/Yertle the [it’s] taking away bad and it’s wrong to Turtle: Seamus Taylor from learning for exploit notoriety. EvBird Girl #1 Lucy Conroy theater students,” erything that needs to Bird Girl #2: Lyndsey Wycoff Annabeth, who be taught to the stuBird Girl #3/Mrs. Mayor: plans on pursudents has been taught Sydney Pratt ing theater in colin kindergarten.” Jojo: Jackson Barnes-Brus lege, said. Although “ChicaCompany (jungle citizens, fish, citizens go” has adult themes Mr. Brand beof Who, circus animals): lieves in variety and displays immoral Daniel Abresch, Martin Benesh, Nick and understands values, Mr. Stephens Bowen, Mackenzie Foxen, Gunay the importance said with, “minimal Karimova, Matt Miller, Luke Moran, of diversity but changes in language Mariah Schlueter, Yuliya Vavryshchuk and how it is staged, with the timeline he was given, he it easily could be found it difficult made PG.” But again to be able to approve “Chicago” because the decision came down to time and Mr. of its PG-13 rating. He said he was given Brand also said, “Musicals and plays the “Chicago” script with a short amount aren’t meant to be changed.” of time to make a decision. With “conIn the future Mr. Brand hopes to get tent potentially controversial” and “adult a committee together including Mr. Stethemes” Mr. Brand didn’t think there was phens, Mr. Eric, and interested students, enough time to make it all happen. If the parents and community members, to opportunity were brought to him in the create a mission statement. “A mission spring, when the shows for the season statement provides direction. The comare typically chosen, there would have mittee could come together with what been “proper time and input to educate they want to accomplish and their educastudents and the community,” Mr. Brand tional goals,” Mr. Brand said. He hopes said. that the mission statement would make Annabeth didn’t think “Chicago” the selection process for the theater dewould have been inappropriate to per- partment easier and it would help deterform, “not even in the slightest,”she said. mine what genres of shows are valued by “Theater is a reflection of society and the community. Mr. Brand also invites drinking and sex will always be a part parents and/or community members to of society.” She understands the con- contact him with their suggestions for cern but doesn’t think that continually selecting future theater department prorehearsing that kind of behavior is going ductions.

‘Seussical’ Cast:

Mitchel and Kyle Jilovec for the state title. “It’s more than I ever thought it would be,” he said. “It’s been a huge dream of mine. Coming out on the short end of the stick last year really motivated me.” Kyle said that he lost by a point to go to state at districts last year. Kyle’s season has not been an easy road. He was plagued with a virus that kept him from competing in a couple of tournaments. Then, when he recovered from that, was diagnosed with a skin infection that delayed him from competition even longer. Despite those obstacles, Kyle had a strategy to prepare for the state tournament. “My strategy is sticking to the moves that have made me successful,” he said. “Mental and physical toughness is the key. I take advantage of every opportunity I get, whether it is wrestling, weightlifting, or just running. You need to have a strong work ethic.” Mitchel was at state rooting for Kyle, but the outcome wasn’t as hoped. Kyle lost in both his matches on Thursday and so did his teammate Josh Cannon. But Trey Ryan placed sixth and Tyler Rawson placed eighth.

Four speech groups attend All State

Kaitlin Thune is lifted by Seamus Taylor after beating Connett Croghan silly with a pillow during an escalating argument for the one-act performance of “God of Carnage” at open rehearsal Feb. 3. The group of seniors was selected to attend All-State Feb. 18 along with three other Mount Vernon speech groups. Performing was “St. Valentine’s Day Massacre,” and Non Performing were Group Improv: Doser, “God of Carnage” and “Little Shop of Horrors.” Photo by Cassidy Steines.

Music classes share rehearsal period New craze: veggie wraps By Haleigh Ehmsen and and orchestra practice in separate classrooms but seven students in both ensembles find themselves traveling during fourth period this year. For the first time band and orchestra have both been scheduled during the same period opens schedules of those participating in both. Senior Alex Kolker, who has been playing the violin since she was seven and started playing the saxophone in sixth grade, finds playing her instruments relaxing but her schedule has become hectic. Alex has band at the beginning of fourth hour, then goes to B lunch, then goes to orchestra for the second half on Monday, Wednesday and Friday each week. Tuesday she eats A lunch and then has orchestra fourth period. On Thursday she goes to band and then eats C lunch. While Alex finds the schedule helpful to fit both into her schedule, she said,

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“You don’t feel like a part of either group, just somewhere in between.” The reason for this schedule, Guidance Counselor Mick Angel said, is so students don’t have to choose between band and orchestra. Mr. Angel called the schedule a “good compromise, certainly a compromise.” An alternative option would be to have the classes every other day but Mr. Angel said in order to develop our music programs, meeting every day is the best option. Senior Kindra Ockenfels, who plays the bass clarinet in the band said, “I think the idea had good intentions but it hasn’t worked out very well so far.” Claire Gruver-Pandich, a sophomore violin player in the orchestra, said, “Having band and orchestra at the same time is incredibly inefficient. Because of the split time, no one gets the amount of practice they should.”

Both Kindra and Claire commented that with students moving between the rooms their practice time is interrupted and it’s distracting when trying to play. Bernard Moore, first year Band Director said, “There is no solution that would be ideal for everyone. The schedule has its positives and negatives. By having orchestra and band meet during the same time students are able to be in two ensembles as well as having another period for other electives. However, I had students tell me that because they are constantly switching it makes it hard for them to really get in depth and learn a lot for the two classes.” Alex said, “I feel like we can’t advance and be as good as we were last year because we don’t have the full [group].” Mr. Angel said that band and orchestra will probably be scheduled together again next year.

By Cassidy Steines egetarians are thrilled with the new vegetable wraps that are being offered in the cafeteria. “The veggie wraps are a good substitute for salad during lunch,” said Samantha Smith, a sophomore vegetarian. “All of the ingredients are great. There are onions, peppers, cucumber, cheese, avocado, tomatoes, carrots, and cream cheese all on a whole wheat tortilla.” However, vegetarians are not the only ones who like the wraps. Sam Morgan, a sophomore said that being a “nonvegetarian” he usually doesn’t choose the veggie wrap, but he thinks it offers a good option for people who don’t want the lunch. “It gives me a delicious way to get my daily servings of vegetables,” said Laura Deininger, a sophomore. Many students agreed with her. “The red peppers are my favorite part

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BOULDER than most

the b&w p.15

substitute overcomes fear of heights, takes to rock climbing On a sky-clear day, Andrew Bouska climbs

Cathedral Spires in Custer State Park. Using a

traditional technique, brother-in-law, Ryan Williams, belays Bouska from below. At 175 feet

the ground and constantly communicating with your partner. “I was hugging the wall and shaking,” Bouska said.

The Johnston government faculty and stu-

up on the rock, Bouska moves his right hand

dents welcomed Bouska as a substitute teach-

a higher rock sticking out, Bouska prepares to

he subbed for the first time, ever. Even though

into a crack in the rock. Lifting his left leg to secure his gear into the next clip, until he slips. Snap.

“I fell back and my heard my fingers snap.

er during the first semester of school, where

Bouska climbs the rocks with confidence, teaching Johnston kids was another story.

“I was more scared to teach this new class

With my hand still stuck, I knew something was

than falling while rock climbing.” Bouska said.

of applying copious amounts of tape, I yelled

or 50 feet, I have to trust what I’m doing and I

broken,” Bouska said. “After a few minutes

down, “climbing,” to which Ryan yelled, “climb on” and up I went.”

“I look at it like this: whether I fall from 900 feet don’t have that fear [of getting hurt].”

Coming to school the following Monday of

Now a rock climbing enthusiast, Bouska

the injury, students of Bouska may have no-

introduced to the hobby by Williams, a National

displaced. While whiteboard markers were not

first started climbing eight years ago. He was Outdoor Leadership School teacher of rock climbing. That is when Bouska decided it was time to overcome his immense fear of heights.

“Before I started [rock climbing] I was terri-

ticed the taped fingers which were broken and

forgiving to Bouska, the injury the current sub-

stitute teacher sustained is just a small roadblock in his rock climbing hobby.

“At some point I had to trust myself, the

fied of heights,” Bouska said. “I wanted to over-

gear, and most importantly, the person I was

the payoff would be that I could go places and

risk,” Bouska said. “I learned to appreciate the

come my initial fear of heights because I knew see things most people couldn’t.”

Bouska’s first time climbing, in Wyoming,

climbing with. You have to take a calculated process.”

This summer, Bouska plans to go to Zion

was an experience he will not forget. After ap-

National Park in Utah. Until then, Bouska will

quickly that climbers must be alert of sur-

hand. He has no plans to stop climbing, as long

proaching Williams to teach him, he learned

roundings, like knowing he was 50 feet from

take physical therapy to regain strength in his as he’s physically capable of the activity.

Provided/Andrew Bouska

1 2 3 1. Devil’s Tower, Wyoming 2. Bouska tapes broken hand 3. Bouska hangs out on ledge

Provided/Andrew Bouska

Provided/Andrew Bouska

Provided/Andrew Bouska

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Dancing through

Kate Vanfosson’s affinity with dance has driven her to study ballet since she was five years old. Her career as a ballerina has included its fair share of challenges and injuries, however her unwaivering enthusiasm has carried her through difficult times . Vanfosson plans to pursue ballet as far as it will take her. by Sonora Taffa

harristhompson@thelittlehawk.com

Wearing a leotard, pointe shoes and a cropped olive green shirt, Kate Vanfosson ’13 poises herself before bending her legs and sweeping into a graceful plié. Her confident movements reveal years of training, and it becomes clear that she has achieved the fleeting dream of every six-year-old girl. Vanfosson is a ballerina. “Ideally, ballet would be my career. I could change my mind and do something else, but as for now I want to pursue it as far as I can,” Vanfosson said. “Most people would say that the competition is cut-throat, but it doesn’t faze me much. I’m not surrounded by so many people competing yet.” Vanfosson trains six days a week at City Ballet of Iowa, along with three other dancers. Classes range between an hour and a half to two hours long. “I took my first dance class when I was five-

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years-old,” Vanfosson said. “I grew into (ballet). I didn’t become serious about it one year or date; I just developed along with my training.” Vanfosson has reached a point in her training which requires instruction that simply can’t be found in Iowa City. She auditions multiple times a year in Chicago to attend summer ballet programs, affiliated with or connected to high profile ballet companies. She has attended The Rock School in Philadelphia, the San Francisco Ballet, and Gelsey Kirklin in New York City. However, two summers ago a broken foot prevented Vanfosson from attending Pacific Northwest Ballet (PNB), in Seattle. “I woke up on a Wednesday and my foot hurt. I just thought it was something weird and I was seeing a physical therapist at the time,” Vanfosson said. “I was moving through that pain for a while, and I actually performed Don Quixote, bad foot and all. After the performance, I finally got into the doctor and they told me that it had been broken the entire time. My sesamoid was cracked.” Vanfosson underwent a very successful foot

surgery, however it forced her to take a year off of her intense training schedule. She later discovered that her chances of being able to dance seriously again had been slim. “I had mixed feelings about it. I had been in pain for so long that I was happy to figure out what was wrong with me,” Vanfosson said. “Getting it fixed felt so good; having surgery was like the happiest point in my year. But of course I would have rather danced at PNB than sit on the couch and watch the World Cup all summer.” Vanfosson has trained relentlessly to compensate for the time her injury forced her to take off, and she recently auditioned for the summer intensive program at PNB once again. “Hopefully I’ll make it to Seattle this time around,” Vanfosson said. “I always make sure to not let ballet define who I am though. It’s something that I love to do, but I don’t want my happiness to depend on it like some dancers’.” As Vanfosson’s senior year and graduation approach, she has begun to weigh her options for the future. She is looking into the possibility

of a full year art school, however she also may attend a regular college and dance on the side. “Next year I could be here; I could be gone. In dance you have to start looking into your future a lot earlier than you have to in a lot of other areas, because the window of opportunity is so small,” Vanfosson said. “City High is such a great school and I don’t want to just throw my academic education out the window. If it’s possible to both dance more and be surrounded by more people in the dance world, on top of getting a very good education, I would go (to an arts school).” Although her future in ballet remains uncertain, Vanfosson approaches it with unwavering optimism, flexibility, and above all else, love for dance. “I want to dance so badly, because ballet incorporates so many elements that I love into one thing. The physicality of it, the musicality of it, and the artistic point of view,” Vanfosson said. “There are so many options. It’s mental and physical at the same time. Not to mention it’s just beautiful.”

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BY DAN ROTHMAN

dan.rothman@wsspaper.com Last fall, in the moments after winning West’s first every volleyball state title, former setter Caroline Found gleefully promised that the team would repeat as champions the following year. That was before the tragedy. That was before the redemption. That was before Found, the team’s spark-plug, passed away in a moped accident. It was before the team began their season under perhaps the worst circumstances imaginable. It was before students took to wearing shirts reading “Live Like Line” to every game, before “Sweet Caroline” started to be played after every match. It was before the team rallied around each other, before they rallied to a 39-6 record and became the top-ranked team in the state. “At the beginning of the season, I would have guessed that we’d be a .500 team,” said head volleyball coach Kathy Bresnahan. “Not only had we lost an all-state setter, but the leader of the team. You just have to give credit to all the girls who worked as hard as anyone I’ve ever seen.” Yet, as the state final began, it quickly seemed a repeat victory wasn’t meant to be. The Women of Troy dropped the first two sets to chief rival City High in nail-biters, falling 23-25 and 27-29. “I was just really hoping for the girls’ sake that we didn’t get swept. At that point, if we had just gotten one, I would have been satisfied,” Bresnahan said. The players, however, were unfazed. 28 SPORTS

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Just as Found had predicted,West was back on top. “Winning that game meant everything to us. It was the perfect way to end the season after everything that happened,” Stumpff said. “It truly felt like we had the whole community behind us. There would even be times where officials would come over to me and let me know that everyone was pulling for us,” Bresnahan said. “It seemed like people were using the team as a way of coping with everything. When we won, it was really cathartic, like we’d all had a big burden taken away from us.” Stumpff paced the team with 22 kills, while Fairfield added 13. Kelley Fliehler ’12, who stepped up to replace Found in the setter position contributed 18 assists. PHOTOS BY//ADAM CANADY “I never told them to win for Caroline, because in my mind that just “I don’t think any of us were worried at all,” said places an incredibly unfair burden on the girls. Shelly Stumpff ’12. “We knew we weren’t going to Caroline was just the absolute last person you go down that easily.” would ever want to let down,” Bresnahan said. “But It has been said that what happened next could I know it was on every one of their minds. We all have come straight out of a movie, but, in retroknew she was with us.” spect, it seems inevitable. After all the team had already overcome, needing a 3-0 run almost seems Go to wsspaper. trivial. Soon enough the Women of Troy, led by all-tourcom/statevb to nament team members Stumpff and Olivia Fairfield watch interviews ’12, had stormed back to grab the next two games with the team and even up the match. Even as West went down 1314, they continued to fight back. After grabbing a 17-16 lead, Stumpff ’s thunderous kill clinched it.

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With activities such as sports, choir, band, orchestra, debate, acting and others, students are finding life difficult to balance.

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illed with sporting events and spirit, parties and pep rallies, adults commonly tell young people that the teenage years are the best years of our lives. This, however, is only part of the picture. Alongside the excitement inevitably comes the stress. With the large amounts of homework, college prep, part time jobs, sports and extracurriculars it seems as if the workload never ends. “I get up at 6:45 every morning.” Erin Danielson ‘13 said. “I go to school, I go to cross country practice, I go to allstate practice, then I go home and do homework until at least eleven.” Danielson is one of many students involved in a wide array of extracurriculars at City High. Danielson is a varsity member of the cross country, soccer, track and basketball team. She is also in marching band, choir, Select Women’s Ensemble, Jazz Choir and is enrolled in multiple honors classes. “Tuesdays and Thursdays are always my busiest days of the week.” Danielson said. “I don’t get to leave school until at least nine and there are always those random things that come up and make me even busier.” With the many hours spent on extracurriculars, the large amount of school work can be pushed aside. Studies show that

62% of high school students spend at least an hour or more on homework. “It’s difficult sometimes to find a balance.” Danielson said. “It’s an essential part of high school to become involved but that also makes it even more difficult to stay on top of school work.” Statistics show that 75% of City High students are involved in at least one extracurricular within the school. “I get overly stressed out all the time.” Danielson said. “I have breakdowns often, usually on Sundays, when I think to myself, ‘crap, I have to start over again tomorrow and I’m already exhausted.’” Everyone has times in their lives when they are overwhelmed by stress. A recent study found that most stress found in teenagers is caused from school work, parents, relationships, friends and siblings. According to the study, over 25% of teenagers refuse to deal with their stress, which can lead to other problems such as depression, anxiety issues and other stress disorders. “My grades suffer sometimes from being so busy.” Danielson said. “But I could never give up any of my activities, it would be way too difficult to choose, each one is very different from the other and each has defined my high school experience.” A fully-stocked schedule calls for a dedicated work-ethic. “There’s no time for laziness,” Danielson said “All in all, it’s about finding the balance between school and activities without getting too in over your head.”

8 Ways to Relieve Stress -Listen to Music -Talk to a Friend -Laugh -Talk yourself through it -Have a good cry -Go on a run -Take a nap -Write reassuring notes to yourself


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School, athletics, clubs, meetings, friends, family. A high school student’s life can get hectic, and it is important for students to understand that maintaining stress and learning to balance a busy lifestyle are lessons that everyone eventually has to learn in life. Hopefully sooner than later. High school students face a multitude of challenges on a daily basis. Every day students are put under extreme pressure to participate at their highest level in order to prepare for their future. Students are taught to be competitive, to strive to get the best grades, get accepted into the best college to become a successful person with a good life. All this stress and most high school students don’t even know what they

want as their future job, and it is hard to think outside of high school. All of this stress and

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ple’s locks on their lockers, setting off smoke bombs in cars, placing books in lockers so that when opened the books would dump on the floor and someone blew up a school toilet. One of the best stories has to be Bobby Sexton rid-

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balancing can take a real toll on any high school student. In order to stay in control and not to get overwhelmed by the constant, everyday struggles, students can turn to these simple strategies.

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know themselves, and their own symptoms of stress. Selfgrowth.com lists many common systems of stress found in high school students; tiredness, poor concentration, headaches, stomach trouble and insomnia. Learning relaxation, getting an adequate night’s sleep and exercising are ways to counterbalance one’s stress. Students who are experiencing stress symptoms should try to stay away from large amounts of caffeine, which only increases the student’s stress issues. High school is overwhelming and every person deals with the stress in different ways. Staying on top of the schedule,prioritizing and organizing one’s self can only help. Don’t let stress block the motivation of personal goals. Balance is key.

Shenanigans disappear from hallways

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Imagine sitting in class trying to focus on a math test and happen to glance in the hallway to see someone riding a motorcycle down the hallway. This has happened before at WBHS, but will not likely happen again. Stunts like that were popular back when studnents’ parents w e r e in high school though if they werever attempted today, the student would face large conse- Photo from edgecastcdn.net quences. The times have ing a motorcycle through changed and our parents the hallways. Sexton said that when definitely had it easier. Everyone has heard he was a sophomore he their parents ramble on and a friend rode down and on about their “glory the hallways on his motordays” but some parents cycle. They did it “just behave better stories than others. I have heard countless cause and that about four stories of switching peo- years earlier a couple of

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Students must balance all demands, deal with the large priority tasks at hand, then move on to the smaller, less important tasks. Students should plan everything out in advance, get organized and live a life without procrastination. Procrastination is a bad habit which is very common in high school students, staying away from procrastination is a very large factor in reaching one’s goals. Keeping one’s goals in mind should always be in the front of the brain; thinking about personal goals and what is needed to reach those goals is key. Limit television time, there is usually something more productive that one could do with time that could actually be beneficial. In order to stay on top of the game, the student must

The experiences of high school will soon end for the class of 2012; everyone is looking at what would be the best route for their future. Before the class of 2012’s futures can take flight and the diplomas are handed out, the stressful thought of sending transcripts and completing scholarships has to be done. And who would come to the graduation ceremony without the graduation announcements from Jostens? All of this is part of being a senior at WBHS. Many people have already gone through this experience and now look back at it smiling. The memories made will last a lifetime and be shared from generation to generation. The class of 2012 will always remember walking into the high school together and graduating together. All, if not most, will come out on top and graduate, having that diploma in hand. Hearing your name announced over the speakers while recieving your diploma is an accomplishment in itself, so seniors, there are only 72 more days of high school. Enjoy it while it lasts.

guys did it,” Sexton said. “We didn’t get caught, the seniors dumped liquid hog manure and the principal thought I was a part of

who rode the motorcycle and he did not get in any trouble. The motorcycle and manure were not the only pranks going on at the high school at that time. Supposedly there were many pranks occuring, even a prank involving dead skunks so the whole school could smell them. If any of that would happen today, students would face consequences with the school and especially with our parents. Sexton also added that if any of his Photo from photoshelter.com kids did stuff like that they would be punished. it and that someone from Just because one’s parents West Liberty was on the did wild and crazy things motorcycle,” Sexton ex- does not mean they will let plained. Sexton told school their child go unpunished authorities that it was him attempting the same thing.

letter from the editor The first issue of the new semester is in full swing, and The Bear staff has some brand new faces! Students that have completed Journalism I, and that have decided to take on the challenge of the newspaper, are officially on staff. Not only are they brand new to our journalism family, but the yearbook Editor-in-Chief has decided to step over from the dark side and take on newspaper as well as her large roll on the yearbook staff. As a lot of new staff members become a part of the class, and some former independent study students are now in the classroom with the rest of the class, instead of doing their journalism work in their free time. As a past independent study staffer, I know how challenging it can be and what a relief it is to finally be in class with the rest of the family. The second semester Journalism I class has all new students who will be learning the basics of journalism and will choose to join The Bear or The Growler once JI is completed. Once they have the basics down, stories will be seen by them in future issues of The Bear. Check out the staff box on the left side of this page to see who’s in Journalism 1. Read through this issue of The Bear to find the first stories and pictures taken by our newbies as an official newspaper staff member!

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There’s nothing better than that moment when you finally get to escape from the day and just sit and relax. The feeling of knowing you’re alone with just your thoughts is unbeatable. You can just let it all go (literally).  Bathroom time should be a time to cherish, a time for peace, a time for privacy, but that privilege is being stripped from boys at this school. I believe in teamwork just as much as the next person. There’s nothing like coming together as a team and getting a goal accomplished, but going to the bathroom has become like a peepshow in the boys’ locker room, as the stall doors are peculiarly absent. “I’ve never seen them,” Andy Washburn, sr. said. “I think they were just built that way.” And although I’m sure the Kennedy mystery crew has been studying this frightening disappearance for years, nothing has come of the investigation and still we sit (once again literally) with no doors. Instead we are so lucky to have mirrors across the room to look into. As if it wasn’t awkward enough to have to share this with all the passers by in the bathroom, although I imagine they are very encouraging, but now you have to look yourself in the eye as well. Washburn does, however, believe that there are some benefits to the no stall doors. “I think it really brings us together more. It’s good team bonding and there is easier toilet paper transfer between stalls.” He does however understand that the openness is not for everybody. “Some people like their privacy and I don’t judge them for that.” On top of that, the opportunity for the seniors to leave their mark is running out. The class of 2012 will not have the chance to enhance the bathroom doors with funny messages for the business doers of future generations. No funny quote or cute picture to make the toilet user smile just as the moment grows more intense. The good news is we can have the best of both worlds. If the person wants to leave the door open, that is their decision, but it does need to at least be a decision. Am I joking? You would think so, but I never really believed that I would need to ask for doors on the bathroom stalls. It would be nice. Please and thank you.

Happy February, loves. In this issue of The Torch, we decided to take on the love of the February air and look into the differences between love and lust and how the Kennedy student population weighs in on the subject. I recently made a trip to Barnes & Noble to pick up the latest issues of my favorite magazines: Glamour, Nylon, InStyle, and Cosmopolitan. As I reached for the March issue of Cosmo, I glanced at the cover with a bit of surprise. Who else is gracing the cover but Selena Gomez? This was the second month in a row in which Cosmo had featured a relatively young star on the cover, Dakota Fanning, age 17, being featured on the February issue cover. Yes, I realize I am an 18-year-old picking up Cosmo and see how one could find the hypocrisy in my saying it is inappropriate to feature such young girls on a magazine with racy topics headlining “50 Sex Tips” and “Your Orgasm Guaranteed.” But nonetheless, the covers left me with a feeling of discomfort. Clearly Cosmopolitan is beginning to target a younger demographic with their newest features. It’s a well-known fact that the media uses sex appeal to target their audiences. These two girls could be seniors in high school; this is the age that Cosmo is featuring. These two issues exemplify how our media has an impact on our generation’s view upon love and lust. So here I am with my Selena Gomez edition of Cosmo and on comes a preview for The Vow, and I’m just thinking, “barf.” I’m holding our media’s portrayal of lust in my hands as I stare into the eyes of what true love must be: waking up from a coma with severe memory loss to find your husband (conveniently Channing Tatum) fighting to have you remember your undying love. Cynicism strikes again. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not one to have anti-Valentine’s day love strikes and soap box about the fallacy of love, I do believe in it, and I do enjoy the occasional viewing of Crazy, Stupid, Love. But I do find it interesting to pick apart what Hollywood depicts love to be. Read the feature, an interview from a psychological standpoint on love vs. lust, interviewing a local family and marriage therapist to see how your own views match up. Personally, I feel if you are searching for what true love and lust must be, why look any further than the latest Twilight movie, Breaking Dawn. XOXO


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karen could. karen did. Freshmen girls who run in honor of local community leader, Karen Coaldrake, hit their stride.

words Taylor Joens layout Kenzie Foldes

When one takes on a sport it is usu-

ally because there is a passion for it. For a group of girls on the cross country team,

however, inspiration came before passion.

one mile, Rogers continued to increase her

said. “Yes, running sucks sometimes, but

and the 5K for Karen.

pier. I’m so glad I got the chance to start

mileage as she trained for the Beaverdash

The 5K for Karen was set up for Coal-

once you push through you can’t be hap-

up my running because I can’t imagine life

Freshmen Anne Rogers, Amy Keech, and

drake’s loved ones who wanted to follow in

death. On March 23, 2008, Karen Coal-

run the 5Ks or when I go watch the mara-

team, Rogers and Puk got the opportunity

said. “I do these runs not for the glory, but

she hadn’t inspired my friends like Anne

Abby Puk were inspired by a close friend’s drake, mother of freshman Tristan Coaldrake, passed away from an unexpected

brain aneurysm. “Karen’s death was a huge inspiration to me,” Rogers said. “She

was a huge runner; she literally ran all the time. I thought that was so cool.”

her steps and run for the joy of it. “When we

thons, it’s a great atmosphere,” Rogers for the joy of seeing all these people gath-

ered together to just do what Karen loved most: run and be with friends.”

They found themselves enjoying run-

without it.”

Besides earning their spot on the JV

to be alternates for districts and state. “If

and Amy to run, I honestly don’t know if I would even be involved in cross country and track,” Puk said.

Rogers has such a strong love for run-

The girls decided what better way to

ning so much, that with the encouragement

ning that she hopes to be able to extend

loved — running. “Running for me has al-

drake in their hearts, they soon joined the

with the team,” Rogers said. “If I can’t make

honor her than to do something that she ways just been something I enjoy, and do-

ing it for Karen makes it ten times more worth it,” Keech said.

For Rogers and Puk, running was a new

experience. “I wasn’t even interested in

running before Karen died,” Rogers said. “I first did the Dam to Dam. I think for training we ran like a mile or two.” Starting at

of their parents and friends, and with Coalcross country team. After joining the team,

the girls worked hard enough that soon

her running career. “I hope to run in college the team, I know I will run on my own.”

No matter the impact, Coaldrake has

some of them were toward the top of the JV

inspired people to run for pure enjoyment

running, these girls may not have had the

Coaldrake as my inspiration,” Rogers said.

team. Without Coaldrake’s dedication for

opportunity to experience what the sport of running is all about. “I can’t explain the feeling I get when I run, it’s too great,” Rogers

and personal improvement. “I still credit “I know she’s always there with me when I’m running, whether in a meet, at practice, with my dad, or just by myself.”


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Online pinboard organizes favorite things ▼Emily Corr opinion editor Pinterest is the new craze over the internet, it allows people to search all over the web and organize what they find. Whether it is a funny picture, a recipe, or a craft idea, it can be found on Pinterest. “It’s a website where people can post pictures of cool art, crafts and other things they find for others to see,” sophomore Tyler Haub said. Pinterest was launched in March 2010. It was created in

California. According to Hitwise data, by December of 2011 Pinterest had 11 million visits per week. “I use Pinterest because I like to be creative and it gives me a lot of ideas for fashion and gifts,” senior Devin Bain said. To be a member of Pinterest, one must be invited by another member of the website. After a person makes an account, they are ready to start pinning. Members create different pinboards depending on their interests. Pinboards can be used to save enjoyable items,

places to visit, things to do, a way to plan an event or almost anything the member wants. Bain has pinboards for fashion, a motivational board, bucket list and a miscellaneous board. “I use [Pinterest] for food,” Haub said. He has been using the website for around two months. Pinterest is a form of social networking. The Pinterest mission is to reveal a common link between people. It hopes to connect people all over the world based on shared tastes and interests. Pinterest allows people to have followers and fol-

low other people or pinboards. Following a pinboard means that whenever a pin is added to the board, it shows up on the home screen. Following another member means that whatever pins they add to any pinboard, it shows up on the home screen. Pins can be pictures, quotes, videos, links to websites or basically anything on the web. “I like the diversity of stuff that is on [Pinterest],” Bain said. Pinterest has a search tool anyone can use to look up a certain theme or word they want to find. Pinboards usually have a

category so they are easier to find. There are a lot of random products available to look at, according to Bain. “I would recommend Pinterest because it keeps you organized and you can remember things you find,” Bain said. Someone who wants to start using Pinterest can ask someone they know for an invite or request one from the website. Anyone can use Pinterest to find information, but having pinboards is exclusive to members only. To visit pintrest, go to www.pintrest.com.

Social net working t akes control of st udents lives ▼Sara Bazyn staff writer West Branch High School freshman, Alyssa Tisinger is a daily Facebook user. She enjoys keeping in contact with friends, family and people she does not see daily, and she’s not the only one. Tisinger’s favorite social networking site is Facebook because, “It’s fun and people are regularly on it.” On average about 400 million users log on daily. Many people enjoy Facebook because is so simple to keep in touch. “When I meet people at camps, it’s easier to talk to

cebook. them on a social network,” Before you can success- because it was fun,” Tisinger Tisinger said. fully use the site you must said. Facebook is a popular make an account. The site alAccording to elliottlesocial networking site menager.com the avthat is recommended erage American user for ages 13 and up. It spends a whopping launched in 2004 and seven hours and 46 I go on [Facebook] everyday, bewas operated and priminutes on Facebook tween classes I check my phone vately owned by four a month. That is a full for notifications. Harvard University 15.5 minutes the averstudents, Mark Zuckerage American spends Freshman berg, Eduardo Saverin, on it every day. Alyssa Tisinger Dustin Moskovitz and “I go on [FaceChris Hughes. They book] everyday, bestarted it so that other tween classes I check Harvard students could keep lows any user who declares my phone for notifications,” in touch with fellow students themselves as 13 years or old- Tisinger said. and meet on campus. The er to do so. Roughly 45 million stamovie, “The Social Network” tus’ are posted every day and “Morgan [Stoolman] in is based on the creation of Fa- 6th grade told me to get one, around 350 million active

users log on through their moblie devices. Tisinger has some limits on her status’ . “Usually they have a tie to my life or I wouldn’t use them as status’,” Tisinger said, “I keep it as clean as I can. My family is on there. Some people say Facebook replaced MySpace. MySpace was popular from 2003 to 2008 when Facebook took over. “Facebook will probably go out of date and something else will be in style,” Tisinger said. Every website has its date were it declines, but the question is, when is that going to happen to Facebook?


a t n g s u M M o e o h n T VOLUME XV

Issue 5

The student newspaper of Mount Vernon High School

The Mount Vernon-Lisbon Sun, Page A7, Jan. 26, 2012

Students caucus for first time

City needs student help to become Blue Zone community

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By Cassidy Steines

By Haleigh Ehmsen

owa’s caucuses have been the first step in the modern presidential election system since 1972. Some students have participated in this year’s caucuses in hopes of voicing their opinion. Paige Ford A caucus is open to any registered voter who wants to voice or support their opinion in electing the future president. Seventeen- year-olds are allowed to caucus too, if they will be 18 by the election date. Iowa’s 1,874 precincts each have a place where a caucus is held. A caucus begins with voters dividing into groups by the candidate they want to vote for. All undecided voters form a group and listen to the other groups vouch for their respective candidate. After all debating is over the number of voters in each group are counted. The number of delegates each candidate has won is calculated. Iowa caucuses are not electing the candidates, but rather are electing delegates to the county conventions. Delegates at county conventions elect delegates to the district and state conventions, where the national convention delegates are se-

lected. Twenty-five percent of total voters present must vote for a candidate for the candidate to earn delegates. Senior Paige Ford attended the caucus for her district on Jan. 3, at the Mount Vernon Middle School. Paige, 18, was excited about being involved in the caucus. She found it interesting Hannah Hall to listen to community members talk about their opinions and see a different point of view. She caucused for Mitt Romney, “[I] may not agree with everything but he’s the most electable and I’d be fighting a losing battle picking some other candidate,” Paige said. Senior Hannah Hall, 18, was disappointed with her caucus experience. Her caucus location wasn’t what she expected at Antioch church and she thought it was very unorganized. Despite her disappointment, she voted for Ron Paul. “I really like some of the things he’s refused to sign and what he has said,” said Hannah. She likes his idea of getting rid of the department of education so education could be more state run. Jake Timm, also a senior, was unable to caucus because he had a basketball game

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that night, but he would have caucused for Ron Paul if he could have. Jake said, “I like his background. He doesn’t have as much baggage as other candidates.” None of the students caucused for Rick Perry but responded to his statement, “This is a quirky process Jacob Timm and a quirky place to say the least. We’re going to go into places that have actual primaries and there are going to be real republicans.” Jake said, “Obviously Rick Perry – based on his commercials, public speaking skills and stances on issues- does not understand politics in America.” Paige thought that Perry’s statement was inaccurate and represented hard feelings about his showing at the Iowa caucuses. Hannah said that she thought it showed Perry’s narrow-mindedness. While several students said they didn’t think that Iowa was representative of the country as a whole, they also didn’t really see significance to the first state that holds a caucus or primaries and didn’t deem Iowa worthy of Perry’s “quirky” statement. Jake said, “It doesn’t really matter who goes first.”

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pep rally will be held at the high school gym on Friday morning with an address by Mayor Scott Peterson to proclaim Jan. 27, “Mount Vernon Blue Zones Day.” The project needs student support to move from having 14.5 percent to over 25 percent of the community pledging support by the end of Friday to meet their objective, Blue Zones Project Manager Mollie Marti said. The assembly will be from 8:20 to 8:45 at the high school, and there will also be an afternoon assembly at the middle school gym from 2:15 to 2:45. Students can show their spirit by wearing blue on Friday. Members of the community are striving to make Mount Vernon one of 10 cities in Iowa designated as a Blue Zone community. According to www. bluezonesproject.com, Blue Zones are “places in the world where people live healthy, happy lives well into their nineties or even 100s.” These places were dubbed “Blue Zones” by National Geographic researcher Dan Buettner. The Blue Zones project is part of Iowa’s initiative to become the healthiest state in the nation. Certain chosen communities will get a share of $25 million to create opportunities for lasting changes. The Blue Zone project’s focus is also set on students. “One aim of our community resiliency work is to better engage students in our community,” said Marti. “We are increasing both our offerings and our adult mentors so that each student can find support to develop their interests, passions, and skills. The process of putting together our Blue Zones application has already strengthened these efforts. With or without Blue Zones funding, we are actively moving forward in partnership with the school to support happier, healthier students and teachers.” Marti said that Mount Vernon has a strong foundation to become a Blue Zone community. “Stakeholders in our city government, school board and administration, businesses, and community are coming together to create a shared vision of what is possible,” said Marti. “Student input is an essential and welcomed part of this conversa-

tion and we have had interested teens provide feedback. We invite all students who would like to get involved at this planning stage to reach out to our Community Engagement Director Jennifer Rothmeyer at jennifer.rothmeyer@gmail.com.” During the application process, the community named an Advisory Board that brings experience in city government, commerce, business, education, and community and 14 Initiatives which are Physical Health/Fit Families, Physical Health/Gardening & Eating Locally, Physical Health/Healthy Eating, Well Being /Developmental Assets, Well Being/Drug Free Community, Mental Health/Peer Mentoring, Social Connections/Community Wellness Center, Community Education/Lifetime Enrichment, Community /Traditions & Celebrations, Nature/ Trails & Parks, Nature/Get Moving Clubs, Culture/Art in Action, Purposeful Living/ Service Learning, and Purposeful Living/Inter-generational Learning. The factors that determine whether Mount Vernon is chosen to be a Blue Zone are streamline municipal structure (one mayor, one city council, one public school system); residency (a majority of people living and working in the community); stakeholder commitment (support from mayor, city council, business leaders, school superintendent, other key civic leaders); local communications support (newspaper, TV, radio, church bulletins and other key groups helping drive participation); volunteer network (strong network with a proven track record); resource commitment (providing administrative assistant, office space, and other essentials); and citizen support, which is where the students come in. In order to become a Blue Zone community, there is a needed 25% minimum of residents pledging to partake in the Blue Zone Project. “Youth involvement is essential. The most important task right now is to educate and mobilize at least 25% of our community to pledge support,” said Marti. Anyone 13 years old and older can pledge support at www.bluezonesproject.com or by texting BZP to the number 772937.

Low numbers in second semester honors classes trouble teachers By Haleigh Ehmsen

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s second semester begins, students are comparing their schedules with friends and adding up their classes together, but fewer schedules contain honors English courses than previous years, it seems. English teacher Sarah Richardson is seeing the numbers drop in her Honors American Literature and Honors Composition courses. She thinks there are several reasons for this decline. “They perceive [the classes] to be too intense and take too much time,” Mrs. Richardson said. “Instead of wanting to become better writers and perfect the art of communication, they shy away because they are too worried about their GPA.” A combination of the personalities of the students and the way our society is changing are also reasons why students may have chosen not to take honors-level classes. “Students have stopped taking risks and have taken the path of least resistance,” Mrs. Richardson said. In Honors Composition students are prepared for college writing while learning “discipline, detail and diligence.” Honors American Literature focuses more on reading American Literature but there is also a great deal of discus-

sion and writing. Both classes require students to think critically and divert from the old “sit and git,” which actually fails students, Mrs. Richardson believes. “Learning should be authentic and reallife. Twelve years of school are only a snapshot of your growth and what will come afterward,” she said. Senior Jarrett Bowen took Honors Composition the fall semester and said he took the class because “I wanted to push myself to my limits.” Jarrett also said that the class was fun and really developed his writing skills. Senior Leeann Oelrich has taken both classes and said that they were the most valuable classes she took in high school. She took Honors American Literature because of her love of literature and decided to take Honors Composition to polish her writing skills. “From talking to past students I knew that it would help me and improve my writing skills for college,” Leeann said. She learned in these classes how to express herself through discussion and original thought. The classes also forced her to be interesting and not just “cookie-cutter.” “[Honors American Literature and Honors Composition] prepare you for the real world outside of Mount Vernon, said Leeann. “I would definitely recommend them to

anyone.” Another reason the enrollment may seem down in Honors Composition is that the class is only offered to seniors and many seniors this year don’t want to take a rigorous course in their final semester of high school. But the senior class sizes have really varied over the past four years. In the 2008-09 school year there were 158 students in the graduating class and 42 of those students enrolled in Honors Composition, about 27 percent of the students. Last year, 2010-11 graduating class had 114 students and 24 in Honors Composition, about 21 percent of students. This year the graduating class has 98 students and 24 students in Honors Composition, 24 percent of students. There isn’t a huge decline in these numbers, but it may seem like this because scheduling is done now almost entirely electronic. The computer divides up the numbers of sections a class will have by the number of students enrolled in the class. With 24 students in Honors Composition, the computer split the students into two sections, one fall semester and one spring. However it was split into 16 students in the fall and 8 in the spring. The unequal split makes it appear that fewer students are taking the class.

Honors American Literature numbers this spring were even more shocking. The computer divided the 27 sign-ups into two classes of 17 and 10, but out of the 10 students signed up in the spring semester, two did not return to school this year, and four transferred to other classes, leaving a class of four students. Since then, the class has grown to eight with the help of recruitment by teachers. Other honors courses have seen decline in numbers over the last four years but the class size may be been a factor in the fewer enrolled students. In 2008-09 with 158 in the graduating class there were 44 students in Honors Spanish, about 28 percent of students. In 2009-2010 with 91 students in the graduating class there were 22 enrolled in Honors Spanish, half of the number of enrolled students in 2008-2009. However this year, with 98 seniors, there are 36 in Honors Spanish, about 37 percent of students. Guidance counselor Mick Angel, who is in charge of scheduling changes, is always busy during the beginning of a semester. He said he has heard all sorts of excuses from students to drop challenging classes and the GPA one is used often. “The GPA argument is used as an excuse, but it’s not an excuse.” Mr. Angel has talked to many colleges and he hears

from almost all of them, especially private colleges, that admissions counselors are looking more at the rigor of the class than what the grade received was. Senior Alex Minor isn’t taking Honors American Literature because he doesn’t see a point in taking it. “I heard it’s really difficult and it’s not necessary for me to graduate,” Alex said. Mrs. Richardson sent out letters to students she thought would benefit from taking her classes in hopes of getting more students to enroll in either class. “We need to motivate students to reach for the highest expectations of themselves rather than be satisfied with average,” she said.

T he Mustang Moon is the student newspaper of Mount Vernon High School, 731 Palisades Rd., Mount Vernon, IA 52314. (319) 895-8843 The paper is written by students in an afterschool club advised by JoAnn Gage Editor: Haleigh Ehmsen Social Network Editors: Hannah Wieditz and Cassidy Steines Contributors: Hunter Ruth, Cassidy Steines

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An open house and ribbon cutting ceremony was held on Tuesday, Jan. 24 in honor of the new gymnasium addition at West Branch High School. Board and community member Richard Paulus does the honor, cheered on by a crowd of students, staff and supporters.

T wo me eti ng s left for SI AC ▼Sarah Fischer feature editior Since the start of the year the West Branch Community School District held meetings for a School Improvement Advisory Committee (SIAC). The SIAC is open to the entire community. Committee members voice their opinions about how to improve the district. “A lot of [the community members] have been grateful for an opportunity to share,” Superintendent Kevin Hatfield said. A form of an advisory committee is required by law for each district. The West Branch SIAC held two meetings and will hold two more by the end of the school year. Attendees contribute their improvement ideas, which are categorized under six group goals. The six categories in-

clude: effective teaching and learning for the 21st century, investing in human capital and leadership, enhancing and maintaining facilities, developing budgetary priorities with strong fiscal management practices, enhance learning and teaching environments and programming, and community partnerships for enhancing learning and community involvement. Committee members are divided up into these goal groups, where they come up with the issues that need to be addressed in each. “I think being able to know that things are being worked on is really important,” Visual Arts teacher Kate Milster said. Under each goal is a list of issues addressed at previous meetings. Under the effective learning and teaching goal group are issues like how to integrate project based learn-

ing into the curriculum, and how to utilize the one-to-one computer ratio to best benefit the students. In the investing in human capital goal group, the issues are how to improve evaluation processes to how to attract high quality teachers. The enhancing and maintaining facilities group has issues to address like investing in the high school auditorium and improving parking lots. At the heart of the committee, Hatfield said, is what is in the best interest of the students. “In the end, to me, it all comes down to the students and student achievement,” Hatfield said. The next SIAC meeting is February 9 at 6 p.m. in the Hoover Elementary Library, and the Committee will continue to work on each group and to prioritize the issues into what issues should be addressed first.

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Council finalized vote on Safe Routes to School grant ▼Hannah O’Hara A & E editior Some community members and students will be overwhelmed with frustration if the West Branch city council overrules the “Safe routes to school’ grant for the second time. “We discussed three options [at the city council meeting],” city council member Jordan Ellyson said. While many students and community members are confused at how the grant could not have been passed, “the sidewalk project will happen; it is just a matter of if it will be done using the grant money,” Ellyson said. The grant was applied for by Jennie Embree and was brought to the attention of the city council. The grant is worth $250,000 and can only be used on five designated areas of West Branch. The city council has rejected two engineering

contracts because of concerns that the estimated cost was going to be around $390,000, which is $140,000 over what the grant is worth. “There has been a lot of uncertainty with the grant,” Ellyson said. “We don’t want citizens of West Branch to pay more because the grant does not cover the funds.” The city council members want to fix the sidewalks to make it safer for children who walk to school, as long as they are financially able. Some things that would affect the community members to help pay for the remaining costs is that local taxes might be raised to fill in the money gap. The safe routes to school grant could give students an easier and safer way to get to school and could prevent hazardous situations. The vote will be finalized at the next city council meeting on February 6.


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News Briefs Student Government Lately, the only thing on student government’s mind is the Fashion Show. They are preparing for this event, and it’s taking a lot of work to plan. The Show will be held in the high school auditorium on February 12 at 4 p.m. a silent auction will be held during the event. “Student Government puts in a lot of hard work in the events and activities we plan,” junior Lindsey Bruns said. “I hope that students appreciate and enjoy them.” Another thing that student government is currently working on are the Valentine’s Day match ups that students filled out during homeroom. The matches are sent off and calculated, then sent back to the school. Students then must pay two dollars on Valentine’s Day to receive their perfect match. “The match ups are a good way to raise money on Valentine’s Day,” Bruns said.

NHS NHS is looking to raise money so group members can take a trip sometime in the near future. They are volunteering at the elementary and middle school. Recently, NHS went to the elementary and read to the first graders. “It makes us feel good when the kids learn something new and have a good time,” senior Jamie Tucker said. Soon, NHS will be going to the West Branch Public Library to work with some of the younger kids that go there after school. NHS might possibly be doing something for Valentine’s Day, but nothing has been set in stone. “All of us work hard and its a really good experience to be involved in,” senior Mariah Elliott said.

Delayed ITEDS cost juniors PART ▼Meagan Simpson student life editor

PART; a way to get out of study halls and lunch to go home and relax…except for juniors this year. “I don’t really like it, it messes up people’s study halls,” junior Danielle Gould stated about the delay of PART for juniors. PART (Parent Approved Release Time) is a big deal for juniors and seniors, but this year the juniors have not gotten to experience a privilege many upperclassmen have received. Rules of PART have changed, which can be found in the student handbook. “The PART rules were changed because students who were in jeopardy of graduating were choosing PART rather than taking classes toward graduation,” WBHS principal Michelle Lukavsky said. One of the major changes is that juniors cannot apply for PART until ITED (Iowa Tests of Educational Development) come back. PART used to be tied to ITED but had changed in the last few years. The juniors now must show

growth on two of the three major subjects: Math, science, and reading. This new rule has caused quite a problem with this new system. The ITED results were scheduled to arrive after Christmas but have not arrived yet. The tests were then scheduled to be shipped on January 30, leaving the juniors with very little PART time this school year. “We understand their frustrations, but it is a way of measuring progress. ITED now more than ever are critical,” Lukavsky explained. Lukavsky also explained how colleges are using ITEDscores for post secondary and concurrent enrollment. The Building Leadership Team, which is a group of eight staff members who helped change the rules, analyzed the policies and the procedures of the school. The majority of the group agreed that PART was no longer holding students accountable and that they wanted graduation progress and ITED to be determining factors. “We just want students to do their best so we can measure our growth as a dis-

trict,” Lukavsky stated. Those were not the only rule changes. To qualify for PART students must have passed all of their classes in the previous academic year and maintain good grades. Students must be on-track to graduate. The biggest change is that if students have PART, they must leave the building. There will to be no wandering the hallways and disrupting classes. Students must leave or go to the office and be assigned to a study hall. Many of the students agree with these new policies. “Next year, [the juniors] will have to wait too and they will have to keep their grades up,” senior Jamie Tucker said. Tucker is a frequent user of PART because she has seventh, eighth and ninth mod open. Students enjoy this freedom and with the new stricter rules, they have to now earn their freedom. “The system gives incentive to motivate student and could possibly increase the focus on tests,” Lukavsky stated.

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BLT Bear Leadership Team is again helping West Branch students again with their team skills. One major thing that BLT is focusing on is raising awareness for winter sports. BLT has been trying to create a name for their winter sport pep squad. The only sport that West Branch has cheerleaders for is football, but having support from peers and other community members can take the place of cheerleaders. “It creates a group of leaders to help make West Branch a better place,” junior Rylan Murry said. This year, the BLT members were picked by their sport, group and school leadership involvement. The goal is to develop better leadership qualities. “BLT is coming up with good ways to support the school and the sports,” Counselor and BLT advisor Amanda Hughes said.

Yearbook Enrolling in yearbook is a great way to build relationships and broaden the student’s horizon on design and spreads. Currently the yearbook is working on the FFA/ BLT, Yearbook/ Newspaper, team photos, wrestling, band, student government and and hobbie spreads. This is the second largest deadline of the school year. “It’s really fun and you get to design your own spreads and take pictures,” sophomore Madi Yeggy said. One thing that yearbook does is document memories that students will remember forever. Spreads consist of everyone working together and getting things done on time. “Everyone is really doing good, the spread should be done on time,” junior Emylee Skay said.

Speech and Debate Speech and Debate is ending for the year due to student schedules. Because the Speech and Debate team wasn’t ready for their upcoming competitions, they decided to just wait until next year to compete. “We’re going to be better and more prepared for next year’s competitions,” sophomore Kara Rex said. If anyone is “on the fence” about trying out for next year talk to Speech and Debate coach Bill Brendlinger about joining. “It’s definitely something that I’m excited for,” Rex said. Both Rex and Bendlinger are looking forward to next year and competing in competitions. Briefs by Jess Grosvenor

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▼Kiah Hall news editor New moped regulations cause unwanted changes in Iowa City. Moped riders aren’t shy to give out their opinions. New rules come into effect for Iowa City residents that ride mopeds as the City Council lays down the law. Last month there were new regulations that moped drivers had to pay attention to or they would be fined. The new regulations say any moped owner can no longer park their mopeds on the sidewalk or on bicycle racks. There are now new spots for people to park, they are “newly designed spots” as kcrg.com describes them, and along with these new spots

other than on sidewalks and bicycle racks. To read more visit Kcrg. com and there will be an ariticle explaining the regulations. Anyone can comment on the article, and there been quite a few comments and most of the people commenting don’t The increasing use of mopeds like the new reguladowntown brought safety complaints tions. form pedestrians and business ownThe article ers. Bicyclists also complained mofound on kcrg.com peds parked in bike racks were taking has a statmement away their spaces. made by Iowa City, Iowa City city officals. City officials “The increasing use of mopeds downtown brought Anyone who continues safety complaints from pedesto park on the sidewalk or bi- trians and business owners. cycle racks will be cited and Bicyclists also complained mofined $15. There are now four- peds parked in bike racks were teen new locations in Iowa City taking away their spaces,” said where mopeds can be parked city officials.

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Opinion Plan B bir th control could be more accessible t o teens Plan B birth control could help prevent unplanned pregnancies ▼Hannah O’Hara A&E editor Levonorgestrel, commonly known as ‘Plan B’ or ‘the morning after pill’ is a pill that is used to prevent pregnancy after different forms of birth control fails, after nonconsensual sex, or after unprotected sex. I believe Plan B should be available overthe-counter, because it lets students who are safe and prepared have a backup plan; a plan B. Students should not have casual sex, but should be informed in what to do if their birth control fails. Plan B is a pill that works like other birth control pills. The pill contains progestin hormone that prevents pregnancy by not allowing a women to ovulate or release an egg. Plan B cannot stop an existing pregnancy, like an abortion. Although Plan B can help prevent an unplanned pregnancy, it does not prevent sexually transmitted diseases and should not be used like regualr birth control. Although many parents may be disappointed in a child for needing to use Plan B in the first

place, I believe that some parents would rather have their child use the emergency contraceptive than become a teen parent. Making Plan B, an emergency contraceptive, more accessible in an urgent situation just makes sense. Many may believe that the new available medicine will encourage teenagers to engage in casual sex. I strongly believe that some teenagers are going to have casual sex whether or not the new emergency contraceptive is available. I believe that students at West Branch High School are capable to use the resources provided to them through the high school and community to practice safe sex. T h e emergency contraceptive is an option to students to help if birth control fails or if nonconsensual sex does happen. Plan B is available to people who made a mistake and take the contraceptive, than becoming a statistic: A teenage parent.

I believe that students at West Branch High School are capable to use the resources provided to them.

Easier access to Plan B birth control inappropriate for teens ▼Kristin Koppes managing editor Plan B is a new contraceptive for women over the age of 18 to ask for at pharmacies, according to CNN.com. The FDA now wants to lower the age to 17 without parental consent. I believe it would be better for this drug to stay out of the reach of minors. This pill could bring a rise in sexual activity, possibly leading to teenage pregnancy. Many parents might be upset for the reasons their daughters need this pill. Known as the “morning after pill,” I know my parents, along with many others, would be furious that I would need it. An ingredient that is potent within the drug is the synthetic progestin levonorgestrel. It is very strong and is in many forms of birth control. To

get most birth control a patient must have a doctor’s note. Plan B would not require this. According to drugs. com, the ingredient has side effects ranging from a simple headache and nausea, to changes appetite. Side effects that are more severe may also include severe allergic reactions such as hives or difficulty breathing, leg swelling or tenderness or in some cases yellowing of the skin. All of which could be prevented if 17 year olds did not have the opportunity of having Plan B. The usage of this powerful and active ingredient without the watchful eye of a physician or parent/ guardian is not safe. I do not believe 17 year olds should be able to have this contraceptive in over-the-counter form. Another controversial issue with this drug is the lower age requirement. Across the country, most 17 year olds are just learning how to drive, or have a couple of years on the road. Some states do not even allow minors to get piercings or tattoos without parental consent. It is a frightening image for many people to imagine a 17-year-old girl walking up to a counter and asking and receiving a former prescription-only contraceptive. Plan B should not be in the hands of minors who can’t even get their ears pierced without parent or guardian’s approval. I firmly believe that Plan B contraceptive should stay out of the hands of teens. The ingredient in the drug is powerful and yet the FDA wants to allow a minor to have access to it. This powerful drug should stay out of reach of 17 year old girls in over-the-counter form.

I firmly believe that Plan B contraceptive should stay out of the hands of teens.

St udents should not be victimi zed by hazing

Hazing is an increasing problem in wrestling ▼Cade Jones sports editor N o t everyone can wrestle or wants to wrestle. It isn’t for e ve r yo n e . It can be relentless, grueling, unforgiving and pressure-packed. A wrestler must be tough, both physically and mentally. It is a challenge to stay strong and not buckle under the stress. In a way, wrestling can be an initiation to life. It

can slap a person in the face, knock them out and bring someone to their knees; but in the same breath it can teach us about life and help us grow as people. Hazing in sports is also seen as an initiation but not in a positive manner. Hazing is a cruel, brutal trick to ridicule and humiliate someone. Lately, we’ve heard about some bad and unfortunate incidences of hazing in wrestling. Athletics are that can help a person through life, but when hazing is added to the mix it puts the sport and ath-

letes in a different light. One common thread about what is happening to-

One common thread about what is happening today with wrestling and hazing I have noticed is wrestling is a hands-on sport, and unfortunately, hazing is hands-on as well.

is a hands-on sport, and unfortunately, hazing is handson as well. It is never okay to put your hands on another individual. Hazing is not accepted in wrestling or in any part of life. The sport of wrestling can make a huge impact on an athlete’s life, but for individuals that have been victimized, they will be affected by hazing for the rest of their lives. This isn’t how it is supposed to be; wrestling can teach you so much and for a few young men it hasn’t been what they thought it would be.

day with wrestling and hazing I have noticed is wrestling

Hazing as an initiation, punishment or just for fun is wrong. It sickens me and many others that the wrestling has taken a hit and maybe associated with in the future. Athletes must take a stand and not let this happen again; not in wrestling, in schools, or anywhere. Upperclassmen need to be role models, mentors and guide younger athletes through the transitions of life; not humiliate, ridicule, hurt, or punish them. Let’s take what we’ve learned recently and put hazing out of business.


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Challenging Yourself Taking AP classes teaches students to work hard Students like Sanjay Sudhir sr. understand how hard students have to work to succeed. This year, he spends about one to four hours on the six AP classes he is in right now. “I take AP classes to challenge myself and makes me want to do my best,” Sanjay said. Advanced Placement classes are positive ways for advanced students to better themselves within the school environment, and are encouraged by adults in the school. AP classes are for high school students looking for a challenging class that also has the potential to give the student college credit. Those who take AP classes hope to score high on the AP exam at the end of the year, but to make the score count for college credit, for most schools, students have to score at least a three out of five. This can be a big task for students, considering they learn out of a college textbook, but Dr. Mary Wilcynski, college administrators, and counselors all agree taking AP classes will benefit students even if they don’t score well on the exam at the end of the year. Phil Caffrey, Director of Admissions at Iowa State University, said, “My primary concern is admitting students who have a good chance of being academically successful.” Caffrey is responsible for reviewing students’ applications at Iowa State. Students can prepare themselves by taking AP classes and learning good study habits. “The most important factor is the student’s overall academic record in high school,” Caffrey said. Having AP classes appear on a student’s transcript makes them look like a successful student, therefor colleges will be more likely to consider their application. Admission to most schools is based on a student’s Regent Admission Index (RAI) score that takes four things into account: cumulative GPA, class rank, ACT or SAT scores, and number of years of core courses the student will complete in high school. “While admission to Iowa State University is based primarily on the RAI score, students who are not automatically admissible and whose applications must undergo individual review are more likely to receive favorable consideration if they’ve completed AP courses,” Caffery said.

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Dan Schofield, associate director of admissions at the University of Northern Iowa, advised students to know their RAI ahead of time and to ask your counselor for help. “The higher the RAI score, the more your application will stand out, and AP classes often help,” Schofield said. Caffery also recommends beginning the application process early. “Start visiting colleges during your junior year so that by the end of 11th grade you’ve narrowed your list down to a small manageable number,” Caffery said. Dr. Wilcynski advises students to take AP classes to make their college life easier, and to avoid spending the extra money in college when students can complete it for free in high school. “You pay $87 for the exam versus $500 per credit for the course,” Wilcynski said. Learning how to take a college level class benefits students in ways that they probably won’t see until they are studying for their first college exam. “The fact that you took a rigorous study and that you learned how to study for a comprehensive exam, and that you understand that preparation and what is required of that, is very valuable,” Wilcynski said. Going above and beyond is hard work on the student’s behalf, but it will not go unnoticed by colleges. There are many ways that taking AP classes will help you in the long and short term, but most importantly it will improve students, in ways that just doing the bare minimum won’t. Students can learn skills that they are going to need beyond school and in everyday life. Katie Hefflefinger

Sanjay Sudhir sr., completed a total of 14 AP classes during his high school career. Photo by Katie Hefflefinger.


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Cooperation. Emily O’Brien, sr., and Adam Parker Goldberg, jr., smile as they toy with the hula-hoop.

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Cougars show leadership

Retreat coaches underclassmen to take initiative The Kennedy Fall Leadership Retreat on Oct. 27 at Squaw Maddy Crist, fr., said, “I have a positive attitude, people seem to Creek park taught 115 freshman and sophomore students what follow positive people,” Crist said, “My favorite activity was the it means to be a leader and how they can be leaders at Kennedy. blind folded obstacle course, it shows good teamwork and was Both freshman and sophomores were taught leadership skills just a lot of fun.” from 32 juniors and seniors, and 15 staff members. Students  There was an activity for humility, trust, communication, teamspent the entire day together taking part in work, school spirit and ‘stepping out of your box’ or group activities, discussions, and team-building comfort zone. “Being a leader events. Each activity emphasized a certain leadHunter Schoenauer, fr., said, “my favorite activity means being a ership skill for the students to learn. was the hula hoop activity. It showed good communipositive influence AJ Losch, so., said, “being a leader means cation skills and teamwork.”  and reaching out to standing up for what is right and not being “I liked learning new leadership skills,” Schoenauer others.” afraid to speak your mind I liked making the said, “I do what I am supposed to do in the classroom video, I hope it gives out a good message.”  and really step up, that’s what makes me a leader.” The leadership retreat is an annual event for Kennedy students  Abby Hill, fr., said, “it was really fun meeting new people in the who have shown good leadership and have good grades, hand- school that I didn’t know before” and that she appreciated learnpicked from staff. This year’s retreat was organized by teachers ing about leadership. Jenny Wagner and Katie Bova although, the original event was   “To me, being a leader means being a positive influence and organized by teacher Colleen Kollasch. reaching out to others, I will continue to be well behaved and have “The teachers submitted good leaders and people who could a positive attitude through out my years at Kennedy.” benefit from being around positive leaders,” Bova said. “Hopefully those students on the retreat will pass on their leadership LYDIA MARTIN skills to others and set good examples.”

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Spor ts “AND NOW, THE STARTING LINE-UPS FOR YOUR WEST BRANCH BEARS!” At guard, junior Cole Cook. Highlight of the Season: We just keep winning.

At point guard, senior Ryan Kirkey. Highlight of the Season: Beating Regina.

At center, junior Cody Brandt. Highlight of the Season: Beating Regina.

At guard, senior Brandon Young. Highlight of the Season: Rylan Murry scoring 45 points.

At guard, junior Kelley Trimble. Highlight of the Season: Having fun with my teammates.

At forward, junior Lexi Luneckas. Highlight of the Season: Getting better over the course of the season.

At point guard, junior Heather Poula. Highlight of the Season: Having fun and winning games.

At forward, senior Mckenna Sexton. Highlight of the Season: Seeing all my friends.

Photo illustration by Cade Jones

At forward, junior Rylan Murry. Highlight of the Season: Beating Regina by 20.

At guard, junior Paige Donohoe. Highlight of the Season: Our record might not show, but we do have a really great team.

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Coaching isn’t just about teaching the basic fundamentals. Today’s coaches sometimes have to play a variety of roles that might include coach, parent, friend, confidant, educator and motivator. In years past, many coaches didn’t worry about a athlete’s grades, behavior outside the sport or attitude within the sport. They were there to coach and when the game was over, their job was done. Academics plays a large part in all athletes lives and coaches must monitor grades frequently. As on the WBHS website, coaches are allowed access to their athlete’s grades. Why, because first it is unfortunate that some athletes don’t

take responsibility for their own grades and may not care how they perform in the classroom. Secondly, rules and guidelines for classroom achievement have changed through the years. It is more likely now that a student is suspended for low grades and poor academic performance. The updated guidelines have made it easier to help the students who are failing, hold them out of athletics until grades improve and the necessary responsibility is taken. For athletes with aspirations to play sports at the college level, the first thing they will look for is the grades an athlete has in their high school days.

Boys Basketball

Behavior out of the sport is also being monitored more closely. Coaches take the time to

get to know their athletes, their tendencies and how they handle themselves away from sports.

Behavior is closely watched not only in school but also outside of school. Coaches want athletes who carry themselves well, won’t embarrass their school and who have good heads on their shoulders. It isn’t up to the coaches to necessarily punish or change the behaviors ,but rather to let the athlete know where they stand and and remind the athlete of their responsibilities. Coaches want to keep the athletes on the right path and it surely isn’t easy

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With the season nearing to the end and districts on the horizon, the boy’s basketball team is hitting their stride at the right time. As of now, the Bears sit at 2nd in the Conference behind North Cedar, who handed the Bears their only conference loss. On Friday, the team traveled to conference rival Tipton in a key match-up of two fierce ball clubs. The Bears prevailed to take the victory 68 to 37. Junior Rylan Murry continues to make his precesne felt as he scored 23 points and eight rebounds to lead the Bears. Senior leadership showed as well as both Brandon Young and Ryan Kirkey had over 10 points. The Bears also took on the Highland Huskies in a non-conference match up with the Bears winning 89 to 41. Junior Cody Brandt had 20 points and four rebounds to lead the team. “It’s awesome how everyone is getting involved at the right time, we all contribute to every win for us. The seniors have also been great leaders for the underclassmen,” junior Cole Cook said. The fresh-soph Bears have been doing what it takes to be the best by playing bigger schools to give them more confidence. The Bears took on Monticello, a much larger school than West Branch, but the Bears played their hearts out every second though Monticello went on to win the game 59 to 42. Freshman Sam Mcrory had 19 points as the highest scorer and also freshman Bradley Arp added in 10 points. By Cade Jones

The 2012 CVC tournament is now history. The West Branch grapplers finished second behind a stacked Wilton team but beat their rivals, West Liberty. At the conference tournament the Bears crowned three champions, senior Jake Slocum at 145, sophomore Tyler Donovan at 152, and junior Cade Jones beat a West Liberty wrestler who at beat him a week ago in the finals at 195. High school wrestling newcomer Joe Tatman at 120 needed to buckle down and score his team some points. He had been beaten all the way down to the 5th and 6th place match and had to wrestle district qualifier Kody Wallick from Tipton. Tatman came out on fire and won the match by a major decision (a win by eight points or more). Tatman came out and with his back against the wall, performed exceptionally well. Other Bears made the finals as well, such as sophomore Casey Pence and Senior Mitchell Hesselltine. Junior Tyler Oswald placed third, as well freshman Jacob Gingerich. Junior Max Kober placed 4th as well as junior Will Seydel The post season is underway now. The Bears have a week without a dual meet to practice for Saturday when they will travel to Lisbon for the sectional tournament. Then the following Tuesday, they will travel to Alburnett to attempt to qualify for State duals. By Will Seydel

keeping track of 20+ athletes at one time. It isn’t easy coaching teenagers these days. So much more goes into putting a strong team on the court, mat or field. Coaching includes taking athletes under their wing and hoping that they will one day become successful, responsible adults. High school student athletes can stray in so many ways, from the friends they pick, to what they do for fun, to making good decisions and being respectful of others. It is good that coaches have involvement and knowledge of their athletes outside of the sport. For if they only coached and did nothing beyond that, who knows athletes would be.

Girls Basketball

The West Branch basketball team is at it again with two more wins. The girls played West Liberty and won with a score of 57-36 on Tuesday, Jan. 24, a huge win for the team. Junior Heather Poula had 14 points and fellow junior Kelley Trimble had 10 points in the Bears win over West Liberty. West Branch beat Tipton 42-39 on Friday, Jan. 27, an awesome win for the girls. The girls have been working harder in practice then they ever have. They recently found out who they will run up against. Mid Prairie is the girls’ first District game. “The team is working really hard and being in the gym everyday it’s like my second home and the team is my family,” junior Kelli Vaughan said. The Bears will also play Mount Pleasant this Thursday at home. The girls are on the road to Districts and nothing will hold them back. “I feel like our teams chemistry has gotten a lot better, which makes us play better, that’s why our basketball team is so successful,” senior Lexi Baylor said. Other teams that are includes in the Bears district are conference teams North Cedar, Tipton and Iowa City, Regina so the Bears will be in familiar territory by post-season time. By Jess Grosvernor


St udent Life St udent ear ns Tae Kwon Do blue belt

Stress relief is one reason Beale practices martial arts Tae Kwon Do uniform, their belt, gloves, shin guards and a helmet. “We spar all the time,” Two nights a week offers Beale said. one sophomore exercise and In order for Beale to berelaxation in a way that is different from her classmates. come a blue belt, she had to Tessa Beale is a blue belt in advance through the ranks. A Tae Kwon Do, and she loves white belt is the starting color for any beginner to Tae Kwon it. Since last summer, this Do. After white belt comes sophomore has been sparring yellow, green tip, green, blue and practicing her way up to tip, blue, red tip, red, black a blue belt in Tae Kwon Do. tip, double black tip, and then This is Beale’s first year in the various degrees of a black belt. Every three months sport. “I started because I’ve there is a promotion class, been interested in martial where students like Beale arts all my life and you never can earn a higher degree belt know when you will need to by demonstrating the moves they learned. defend yourself,” Beale said. “WhenTwo ever you are nights evp r a c ticing, ery week, you get to B e a l e forget everyWhenever you are travels to thing, it’s reIowa City practicing, you get ally calming to practo forget everything, and fun,” tice for Beale said. it’s really calming and one hour Beale and 15 fun. s u g g ested minutes. that anyone Sophomore Tessa Beale There, she who is thinkpractices ing about various going out for Tae Kwon Tae Kwon Do moves. Her favorite is a skip kick, Do should do it because of while the hardest move for the release it gives the person her has been the reverse side. from the stress of everyday Beale has not participated in a life. “If there is something competition, but she is excited like drama at school, you can about competing because “it forget about it for one hour can tell me how much I have and 15 minutes,” Beale said. advanced,” she said.

▼Sarah Fischer feature editor

For a competition, the two opponents must stay within the fighting area, as designated by lines. If a person steps outside the lines, they lose the match. The winner is determined by the number of points they earn during a set period of time. Each person can earn points by hitting spots on a person’s chest. Each fighter wears their Art courtesy of Choi and D’Amico Tae Kwon Do (choitkd.org)

Ten reasons to study martial arts

Learn about a new culture while staying fit Learn life skills- Practicing marital arts can form life skills that are essential in life, such as giving the confidence to stand up for themselves. Carry on a tradition- Martial Arts has been passed down and practiced throughout many eras. By being involved in the tradition of Martial Arts, students can feel a sense of importance in today’s history. Fitness- Fitness for students in high school can be very stress relieving, good for the heart and can be fun for any student. Also, fitness can improve the quality of life. Self-Defense- Throughout a person’s life time, there are times that they can be scared. Self-defense is very important for any person, whether they live in a small neighborhood or a busy city. More thefts, mugs, rapes and assaults have been happening everywhere. Knowing self-defense can help anyone at any given time. Individual Achievements- While doing martial arts, a person can set individual goals for him/herself.

Join a social network of positive peopleClubs and organizations are filled with people with positive attitudes and are filled with a positive environment. Being around positive things can make a person feel and act positive also. Learn about other Cultures- Martial arts has come from many cultures and by practicing martial arts a person can learn more about other cultures. Have fun- Most importantly a person should have fun while practicing martial arts. Most coaches say their number one rule is to have fun. Achieve Goals- Making goals and achieving them can make a person happy and then they can set higher goals to reach in time. Experience a Family Bonding ActivityOne individual does not have to practice martial arts by themselves. Enrolling a family into a class can form a sense of bonding throughout the family.

Information gathered from the North Florida Tae Kwon Do website by McKenna Lentner

Student of the Week El i El l iot t Do you have a job? If you do, what is it? I work for the City of Iowa City and I like working there, it is a lot of fun. What are your hobbies? I like to go fishing and hunting. What are you going to do after graduation? I would like to go to a four year college and play football. What is your favorite school lunch and why? I would have to say Bosco Stix because they have a lot of garlic seasoning on them and that is my favorite. By Ciara Warden

Teacher of the Week Chr is R e e d What makes teaching at WBHS enjoyable? Because of the students. I love working with the students. What do love doing in your free time? Spend time with Maddie, my daughter. How do you find inspriation for the shows? I try to find music that would just be fun to perform, and have students make connections, and give them opportunities that may never happen later in life. What was your favorite subject in school? In high school it was physics. In college, religon class.

By Sara Bazyn


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