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Moxie Mountie


A Public Forum for Students





QUICK READ Breaking Chains: The Mental Health Awareness group holds meetings after school on Tuesdays in Room 209. See seniors Makenna Burman and Marissa Mata for more information.

Standarized Testing:

Teacher raised within deaf community, American Sign Language part of daily life

Maxwell signs ‘scarcely’ which is quick up and down movements of the hands near the face.

hear,” said Maxwell. Maxwell taught at a Michigan school for the deaf before teaching at Northwest. “After a while you got tired and craved speaking,” said Maxwell. A job opened up for ASL at Northwest High School and Maxwell filled in. From learning how to sign in Ameslan to teaching hundreds of students a day Maxwell has impacted the lives of children.

Readers can take easy steps such as using cute pick up lines to get girls. Page 4

Hamilton amazes students and staff with different styles of music.

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Sitting down with her mother at a very young age American Sign Language (ASL) teacher Mrs. Jill Maxwell started learning the basics about sign language reading the book Ameslan, an introduction to ASL. Maxwell grew up in what would be considered a different family to society. Both of Maxwell’s parents were bilingual. “[My parents] were used to people judging their families on how they spoke,” said Maxwell. Her father comes from an immigrant family descended from Quebec speaking French. However, her mother’s family does not speak; they make a language with their hands using sign language. Her mother is called a C.O.D.A (child of a deaf adult); a person who was raised by one or more deaf par-

ents while the child is hearing. “I had an awesome childhood like, ‘Wow other people didn’t grow up like me’,” said Maxwell. Family gatherings were difficult at first for Maxwell. She did not know what either sides of the family were saying most of the time, and would always have her mom or dad interpret what was said. Maxwell’s immediate grandparents and others were deaf. A total of 25 people in Maxwell’s family are deaf. “90 percent of deaf people are born to hearing parents. Only 10 percent are generational like mine,” said Maxwell. The deaf community in Michigan has gatherings at the Flint Association of the Deaf. They meet to play Euchre, watch sporting events, and host holiday dinners. “They’re just like everyone, else but they don’t

Image created by Genna

Sydney Shafer, Journalist

INSIDE Image created by Ashley Potosky

Learning to sign

The Jackson Area Career Center field trip for all 10 graders is scheduled for Feb. 7, 2017.

Photo by Genna Barner

Maxwell signs “rain” to her ASL 3B students. Sign language heavily depends on facials to relay the emotion of a message.

Field Trip:

Photo courtesy of Northwest Softball

Photo by Genna Barner

The SAT and PSAT will be on April 11, 2017. For more information see the office.

Seniors Lauren Howe and Nicole Keeder sign with Jackson College for softball.

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Cinderella takes spotlight

to this generation,” said Choir As an annual project the NorthAccompanist Mr. Chris Markiewest Community Players present wicz. “It also makes Cinderella a a production of Rodger and Hamstronger character, not just some merstein’s Cinderella. meek, mild princess. She has This Cinderella is different from some sass to her.” the Disney movie that some peoThe musical provides many opple know of. After the King and portunities for community memQueen have died, the kingdom bers to bond, and to get to know in which Cinderella lives in has each other. been left in the hands of the evil “I have loved Cinderella since minister that mentors the prince. I was a little kid, and I went and Cinderella is the saw Cinderelone who opens the “This version of Cinderella la when I was prince's eyes to all is a little more updated and three. Then I the injustice the went and saw relatable to this generation.” minister has done. this new show While all of this is -Mr. Chris Markiewicz last year with happening, Gabri- Choir Accompanist my family elle, Cinderella’s and I have just stepsister, fell in love with rebel been really excited because now Jean-Michel, who was added to I get to be in it.” said senior Hanthe musical, plot to overthrow the nah Friend. “This is my last year government. so I have high expectations for “This version of Cinderella is a this musical.” little more updated and relatable With auditions being finished, Sydney Boulter, Sports Editor

rehearsals will soon start. Practices for chorus are commonly on Tuesdays and Thursdays, while leads are Mondays and Wednesdays. Occasionally there will be practices on Sundays. These will start on Jan. 17. Rehearsals involve memorizing songs and lines, creating sets, costume fittings and dress rehearsals. “I am excited about the production this year,” said Choir Director Mr. Matthew Snell. “Hopefully we will sell out on all three days.” The musical will be Mar. 24, 25, and 26, 2017. The estimated outcome for participation is 150 to 200 people. Anyone in the community can audition for the musical. For more information contact Snell in Room 101 or at matthew.snell@

Photo by Ashley Potosky

Musical season starts up with spin on classic fairy tale

Mr. Matthew Snell explains the importance of attending rehearsals at the musical meeting on Monday, Dec. 12.

Caution when driving in winter Winter weather is coming soon to Michigan and students should be ready for anything coming their way. Here are some safe driving tips for snow or icy weather. Tip One: Never run a vehicle in an enclosed area like a garage. Many students will try to make their car warm before they leave, but many may not know that it is highly dangerous from the concentration of carbon monoxide that is produced. Even if it is in an enclosed area for just a few minutes it is very poisonous. Tip Two: Do not use cruise control. When using cruise control, if drivers hit an icy spot vehicles will lose speed and the tires will struggle to keep up. Most likely cars will spin out and the tires will not have enough traction on them. Tip Three: Keep a safe distance away from the car in front. When driving on dry pavement the usual following distance is three to four seconds, but when driving on ice and snow it should be increased eight to ten seconds. Tip Four: Accelerate and decelerate slowly. Doing this will avoid tires spinning. If students accelerate too quickly tires will spin making them search for traction, but if students decelerate too quickly control of the car will be lost. Tip Five: Drive slowly. Drivers should be extra cautious. Leaving 15 minutes earlier will give students time to get to school and stay safe. Tip Six: Drivers should be prepared if their car stops working by storing blankets, flashlights, and warm clothes. Using these tips could help students stay more safe on the roads.

Photo by Griffin Foster

Sydney Shafer, Journalist

Students driving must remember to pay attention to the road. Winter weather can be dangerous and unpredictable.

Essential Winter Safety Tools Extra hats, mittens, and socks Shovel

First aid kit


Water Road salt, sand, or kitty litter

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Earning independence

Moxie Minds

Audri Chenoweth, Photographer

Illustration created by Abigail (Oli) Grenke

Cartoon Editorial

Staff Editorial

Spreading love after election Throughout this election, there has been more hate than any other election has seen before. Riots have been held and unpeaceful protest is seen everywhere. People have been found burning flags as protest tactics against the outcome of the election. As they are trying to send a message about their harsh feelings toward President-Elect Donald Trump, they are disrespecting those who are have served and are currently serving our country. The American Flag is a symbol of those who have fought for the freedom of our country, and flags put up to honor veterans on Veterans Day have been removed and thrown away as part of protests. These protests are not changing anyone’s opinion of the election, just on the type of people Americans are turning into. These protests are coming from not just Democrats, but Republicans as well. Donald Trump’s plan to build a wall on the Mexican border looks very poor on America. America will look like the country who cut off help to those who need it most. Not only does Trump want a wall that is 2,000 miles long and


Moxie Mountie Staff & Policy


Advisor: Ron Woodruff Editor-in-Chief: Genna Barner Asst. Editor-in-Chief: Morgan Huver and Rachael Kaiser Opinion Editor: Sydney Bowler Sports Editor: Sydney Boulter Photographer: Audri Chenoweth Journalists: Amya Case, Griffin Foster, Abigail (Oli) Grenke, Kaitlyn Grier, Caleb Hilliard, Phia Papenbroock, Nicole Pier, Ashley Potosky, Sydney Shafer, Adam Staudinger, and Taylor Thrush

15 feet tall constructed, he plans to make Mexico pay for it. If we want to move forward as a country, we need to come together and get past our different beliefs, as those running and the supporters have been constantly criticizing each other. Those who are happy with the outcome must come to terms with those who disagree and vice versa. If there is to be any progress made throughout the next four years, Americans must come together for the greater good of the country, and if we are arguing we cannot move forward. After the election, students decorated the school’s spirit rock with the words “Love Trumps Hate”. The spirit rock is meant to pose different events happening in our district, not political views .The expression on the rock gives the impression that our entire school supports Hillary Clinton. If we continue to act the way we are – hateful, disrespectful, ignorant – we will be teaching the next generation that it is the right way to act. This will eventually lead to the collapse of America. To avoid this, we must begin to talk things out like adults, opposed to arguing like children.

The Moxie Mountie is the official student produced newspaper of Northwest High School. Our paper is produced to serve students, staff and the surrounding community. While our writings aim to appeal to students, we also cover issues that concern our entire audience. Letters to the Editor are encouraged. If published, they will appear with the author’s name and grade or position. The Moxie Mountie reserves the right to edit the letters for grammar, length, or content if necessary. The writer will be notified if drastic changes occur. The opinions displayed in The Moxie Mountie are not necessarily the opinions of the entire journalism staff, advisor, student body or administration. The class advisor and editorial board will determine all final content to be published in The Moxie Mountie, though the entire journalism staff will have a discussion on the content within the paper. As with any newsworthy topic, controversial issues will be covered. If the topic is questionable, the editors and the advisor will make a decision as to whether to the topic should be covered by The Moxie Mountie. The staff and writer will remain unbiased and will avoid attacking individual people, and


instead focus on issues. The Moxie Mountie follows the Associated Press (AP) Stylebook. All stories written by an individual and all photos published in the newspaper will receive a by-line or photoby, which are designed to give recognition to a member of the newspaper staff. Foul language and inappropriate comments will all be omitted from the paper. In the event of a death within the Northwest student body, a memoriam will be published honoring the deceased. In order to obtain a position on The Moxie Mountie, the student interested in joining the staff must provide sufficient writing experience, be recommended by the class advisor and an English teacher, fill out an application, and attend a closed interview with the returning staff in the spring. When any student wishes to join the newspaper staff they must also be approved by journalism advisor (Mr.Woodruff). The Moxie Mountie will distribute newspapers during selling months. During these selling months, newspapers will be for sale during both lunches, and are also available in Mr. Woodruff’s classroom (508). Subscriptions are also available upon request through the business manager.

 Throughout high school, students gain positive attributes that colleges and careers will be on the lookout for such as time management, responsibility and grit.   As teenagers work alongside adults in the workplace, they prepare for the “adult world”. Adolescents acquire work experience most career-level employers are on the search for.   With the ability to obtain a job in high school, I have the opportunity to gain the responsibility that having a paycheck holds.   Earning an income has made me more independent. The opportunity to be responsible has a major amount of pressure, but so does having a job. Having an occupation gives students the ability to learn good work ethic. It will teach them that they must strive for what they want; it will not just be handed to them. It feels empowering to be using the money I earned rather than always asking for “Mommy and Daddy’s money” to use when I go out. My job has taught me teamwork and social skills that have already benefited me in school. Engaging in schoolwork or talking to people I do not know has given me qualities that will assist me in the long run for my future career.   While having a job, teenagers learn how important time management is and with a positive outcome, students balance school, work, and a social life.

The HEAVY Feather

Avoiding the stress Sydney Bowler, Opinion Editor

I love my job, but getting one my junior year was one of the worst decisions I have ever made. I have the weight of the world on my shoulders and no time to manage it. Going straight from school, to work, then back home everyday takes a toll and it is made very clear when looking at my grades. I was an all A student until this year; I now have low B’s. Teenagers with occupations are more likely to face problems with their grades than students without. I procrastinate more than ever because of all of stress. The first thing I want to do every night is sleep; I have to make the decision of completing my homework and being tired the next day, or getting a good night of sleep and a bad grade on my assignments. Free time is no longer an option. All of your time is consumed by different types of work and the necessities of daily life. It also takes a toll on my social life. There is no time to be able to spend with friends. Even though it is nice to have money, I have found it not to be worth it since there is no time to spend it anywhere.


Societ y Lies

How to get a girlfriend 101 Advice for finding the perfect woman Abigail (Oli) Grenke, Journalist

High school love can prosper in college Genna Barner, Editor-in-Chief

“You aren’t giving up on your aspirations just to follow that boy are you?” they say attempting to criticize me without knowing my actual future plans. In today’s age, it is often assumed that just because one is in a relationship while entering college that they are giving up their future career to become more family oriented. Society feeds us these ideas that you must choose between schooling or a romantic relationship, that there is a black or a white. Most oftenly there is always a gray area that people neglect to consider. Just because a couple chooses to remain together after graduation does not mean that they are automatically giving up on any future career that they may plan to have. The two of them make the ultimate decision to stay together and better themselves. Society tries to tell us that there is a certain order that life must go in. After high school graduation young adults have to go to college, then graduate from college, find love, get married, and then start a family. Little do people know, there is no specific path you must follow in life. Being in love does not mean that one automatically becomes fully dependent on their significant other. Young adults can be in a relationship and still be independent enough to earn a degree and be able to stand on their own two feet. People fail to realize that going to college while being committed to another person helps strengthen the relationship. The couple goes to college together to better themselves and their careers and be able to successfully support a future family. Everyone loves the idea of young love, but when they see it trying to prosper into later years they turn their backs and criticize it. As a society, we need to support these partners. It is better to build them up and prepare them for life than tear them down.

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Is Grandma still asking about romantic relationships at family gatherings? The teenage boys searching for acceptance from their female counterparts need not look further than this comprehensive guide to find a perfect woman. Changing a Facebook status to something other than “Single Forever” is possible, even if one has not done it before. The best way to find a perfect lady is hanging around Forever 21 and other similar clothing outlets, scouting out the perfect match. The best strategy is standing outside of the store with a pen and paper, asking girls for their phone numbers. A few helpful tips to ensure success include wearing a Minecraft sweatshirt, faking an excessively strong British accent, and using extra cute pickup lines found on Reddit. “If Internet Explorer is brave enough to ask you to be your default browser, I’m brave enough to ask you out!” is a go-to winner. Now that one possesses a lovely lady’s number, it is time to text her. Do not appear too desperate; wait at least two weeks after getting her digits to text her. Calling is not an option, as looking too socially skilled and graceful appears to be aggressive. The perfect first message contains the hip texting lingo that the trendy teenagers use. Make sure to type in all lowercase with no punctuation, and never type a full word in English - there is probably a number that will do the job better, such as the cool way to spell “later” as “l8r.”

The only word that should not be shortened is a handcrafted, creative, and cute nickname for her. Examples of great nicknames include babes, fluffycups, and any adorable play off of Pokemon names, such as Queen Jack Spearow. Once she has fallen deeply in love, try to keep things interesting and fun in the relationship. This means going on dates. All girls are guaranteed to be thrilled at the idea of a trip to the park, but what about adding a twist to make the date even more amazing and special? Try things like letting her help nickname the turtles in the river after any Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles character. Use the spacious, grassy park to show her a collection of homemade Dungeons of Dragons weapon replicas and any martial arts moves that can be learned from old Bruce Lee films, or even better, from anime. Of course, if one cannot do what is suggested above, one can always change a few things to better fit one’s interests. For example, if Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is not one’s cup of tea, and one is more into football, the turtles in the park pond probably would not

Screenshot taken by Abigail (Oli) Grenke


mind being named after any favorite quarterbacks. Any girlfriend is should be thrilled and joyful either way. Girls don’t like it when people are obsessed with them, so only text her twice a week. However, if she texts first, read her text and do not reply. This will show her that one cares about her, one cares enough to check one’s phone, and assures her that clinginess won’t be a problem. With these methods, finding lovely lady shouldn’t be too challenging. Soon, Grandma won’t be as bothersome at family gatherings, and looking at the “In a Relationship” marker on Facebook will bring eternal fame on Xbox Live and overflowing joy for all eternity.

Morality of Americans worsens Griffin Foster, Journalist

The morality of Americans is being chipped away piece by piece because Americans have chosen to stray from what made us great in the first place. People are in uprise in the United States for many different reasons and most of them are not being handled inappropriate ways. Americans protesting the election of Donald Trump, many of the protesters are going about it all wrong. Standing in the middle of the highways or burning our nation’s flag is definitely not the way to go around protesting. “I am all for freedom of speech, but at some point it is too far to take our nation’s symbol and destroy it,” said United States Army veteran Mr. Eric Albrecht. Protesting in America has gotten too far out of hand. What started out as a way for people to voice their opinions has turned into a way for people to try and get what they want and not what is right. For example, during the Civils Rights Movement, Martin Luther King Jr. had a strict no violence policy and everything they did was peaceful. Now there are violent protests erupting all across the United States because people are upset that they did not get they wanted. “If people are born here legally then they should not be deported,” said Albrecht. “ If they are not from our country then I don’t believe they should be allowed to stay in our country.” The morality of Americans is being taken away from them day by day when the country allows people to

come in and take jobs away from veterans, and the working class. Illegal immigrants come into the country looking for jobs, and by all means they should come here but they should be doing it legally, but they are taking jobs away from our people ,because they can be paid less and the companies can afford to not have to worry about giving them benefits. We, as Americans, cannot stand to lose, we have been taught from the moment we were children that winning is everything and to top on that children are being given prizes just for participating. Our morality has gone so far down that we are no longer looked at by some of our own citizens as the best place to live. That is exactly what we as Americans should be thankful for living in a country that we have so much more freedom than many other people.

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Alexander Hamilton’s story revolutionizes, gains attention Ashley Potosky, Journalist

Ilustrations by:Oli Grenke

SPOILER ALERT! Parodying reality

Photo by Genna Barner

Hamilton is the new Broadway sensation that is striking the nation. Not only has it caught the attention of the world, but of many students as well. This musical is about the story of the founding father, Alexander Hamilton, and the struggles of his life. Hamilton was an immigrant that came to New York City looking to further his education, and later became George Washington’s right hand man. Hamilton talks about the big things in his life and how he is “not throwing Senior Kelsey Staton looks through her Hamilton music book. away my shot” to change history. more classically and all the revolutionists sing It sounds like a history textbook, until rap and more moderately,” said freshman Isabelle Pierce. fast tempo music is added. Hamilton is the first “‘Non-Stop’ is about how Alexander Hamilton has Broadway musical of its kind. become a lawyer and he is going through his work “Lin-Manuel Miranda has created a musical that and won’t stop. ‘You’ll be Back’ is King George III is unlike any other musical,” said senior Kelsey telling his colonies that once you leave me, you’re Staton. “It’s so unique that it kind of demands going to be coming back, so don’t even try.” attention. When you hear it you just want to tell The music of people with traditional, monarchy everybody.” ideals is more classical Broadway and slow, whereas Staton sang “That Would be Enough” at Sweet the music of people who stand for revolution is rap Music and plans to sing “Schuyler Sisters” with a music and fast tempoed. group of friends at Coffee House. Hamilton has caught the attention of many people The musical was started by Lin-Manuel Miranda, at Northwest. Accompanist Mr. Chris Markiewicz who has now changed Broadway. The idea of is going to see the musical in New York City in the Hamilton started to become more well-known in summer of 2017. 2009 at the White House Poetry Jam. “I expect to be wowed,” said Markiewicz. “ “I’m thrilled the White House called me tonight Everything I’ve heard is that this is one of the most because I’m actually working on a hip-hop album, fantastic shows to come along in recent years. I’m a concept album about someone I think embodies looking forward to seeing it live.” hip-hop, Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton,” Currently Hamilton is only being shown in Chicago said writer Lin- Manuel Miranda at his performance and New York. Ticket prices range anywhere from at the White House. $62 to $497 per person at the Chicago PrivateBank The characters are all multi-cultured, and represent Theatre. the melting pot that has shaped the nation to what At the Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York, it is today. The music for each person defines their tickets range anywhere from $185 to $1,816 per character. person. Many of the tickets are bought and resold “It’s just interesting how King George sings for higher prices.

Show returns with humorous real events Rachael Kaiser, Asst Editor-in-Chief

Inspired by the reality of the past, Documentary Now! provides a fresh take on parodies. The style of the show is filmed as if the episodes were reality. Documentary Now!’s humor comes from how the situations detailed in the show are made to look real and not fictional. The show’s opening credits are of other real documentaries, and the ending credits are for the documentary the episode is based on and not the actual people involved with the show. Each episode is about a completely different topic than the last. From political campaign managers to a man who knows a restaurant that serves nothing but rice, bananas, and chicken, Documentary Now!’s subject matter contains a wide variety. Most of the second season is well-written with fast-paced story lines, but the first episode and the third episode dragged on. Unless politics, specifically political campaigns, interest you greatly, the first episode was dry up until the end where the final punchline came in. With the ending the rest of the episode is humorous, but before that it is slightly boring. The third episode, “Parker Gail’s Location is Everything”, was either so funny that I was oblivious to the humor or it was completely boring. I like to think it was the latter. This episode, which was about a play based on a memoir, was so confusing that I did not finish it. It seemed dry, and I could not wait around for the ending to come. A standout episode for this season was “Juan Likes Rice & Chicken”. Unlike the others of the second season this episode had a more heartwarming ending than most. “Mr. Runner Up: My Life as an Oscar Bridesmaid”, a story about a director’s life journey to achieve an Oscar award, was another standout for the season. Comprised of two parts, the episode serves laughs through making fun of the movie industry back in the 1950s and 1960s. Overall, the second season was humorous. Each episode carried a different type of humor with it, even though the overarching humor on Documentary Now! is the parodies of actual documentaries. Author’s rating: 3 out of 5 stars


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Aidan Christner - Meet the Mounties Austin Coplen - Space Rings Bryce Darrow - Review and Commentary Reese Darrow - Sports Talk Chelsea Devolder - Word on the Street Greg Federickson - Sports News Ricky Fonseca - PSA Short Film Devyn Garner - Word on the Street Nicole Keeder - Mountie Nouncements Meg Moffit - Starring the Staff Rachel Nau - Palling with the Principles Kailey Nazaruk - Local News Zach Newhouse - Student Director Austin Richmond - Sports Talk Cyle Risinger - Sports Talk Zach Sommer - Sports Talk Aly Stull - Mountie Nouncements Kennedy Wait - Photo Slideshow Zach Wohlart - Meet the Mounties Kevin Zielinski - Review and Commentary


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(Above) Sophomore Reese Darrow focuses on editing his

“I found out I really enjoy broadcasting when I got put into it my sophomore year. I have enjoyed being the student director the last two years. I want to excel farther in it and plan on doing it in college.” - Zach Newhouse Senior

Passions in the newsroom Airing a students perspective

(Above) Miss Hade assists sophomore Austin Coplen with the show he writes and directs. Coplen’s show Space Rings, includes characters commonly named after planets, starring his broadcasting classmates.

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s film during class.

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“I like working on the computer. I make videos for MLive and it’s cool getting the community involved. You get a ton of contact with new people.” - Kennedy Wait Senior

e) Seniors Greg Frederickson and Devyn Garner d their sports feature for the upcoming episode on tie Nation station.


(Above) “A friend got me to try [broadcasting] and i really enjoy doing it. It also gives a good option for a career choice,” said senior Austin Richmond.

“I enjoy interviewing people because I get to meet new people all the time.” -Cyle Risinger Junior

All photos by Audri Chenoweth



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Avoiding the Darkness Photo courtesy of Scott Maynard

Family and medication provide support Sydney Boulter, Sports Editor

During the “Waltz of the Flowers” senior Kendall Stephens, as Clara, dances with the Rosebuds.

Lights, camera, dance! Students take on lead roles in The Nutcracker

Amya Case, Journalist

“I have been wanting to have this role since As young girls, freshman I was little, so I am very excited for the show,” Chloe Blue and senior Ken- said Stephens. For the performance, their dance teachers dall Stephens had always dreamt of pursuing their watched Blue and Stephens in class and how well they practiced passion for dance. “This performance has helped to determine This past Decemtheir role. ber they had an op- helped me grow as a “The hardest part portunity to pursue dancer because I am is the quick changes their dreams. Freshman Chloe Blue Blue and Stephens getting larger and hard-and making sure that you have all your are participated in er parts than I had in headpieces in.” said The Academy of the Arts’ perfor- previous performances Blue. She and Stephens mance of The Nutof The Nutcracker.” also help the youngcracker. The ballet er kids at the studio took place at West- - Chloe Blue when they are not ern High School on Freshman practicing their own Dec. 10 and 11. This performance, with dances. “I enjoy being able to help [the younger dancers] Senior Kendall Stephens music written by Tchaikovsky, a famous Russian out and I like being around them because they're composer, is performed every other year by The all so funny and have such bright spirits,” said Blue. “It Academy of the makes my Arts. day.” This was Blue’s By getthird year and Steting larger phen’s fourth year parts, the dancing in the girls can production. The learn more show was split in individual half with another correccompany. tions. They Blue and Steapply these phens have been improvedancing since they ments to were three years their evold. eryday “We’ve been Freshman Chloe Blue, as the Mirleton Queen, dances with the Mirleton Corps for Clara and the prince during “Dance of the Reed Flutes”. dancing. working since the “This performance has helped me grow as a summer for The Nutcracker performance,” said dancer because I am getting larger and harder Stephens. During the weekend, the girls have long re- parts than I had in previous performances of The hearsals and practice about three times during Nutcracker,” said Blue. Both students are proud of the work and effort the week. they put into the ballet. The girls are now preparStephens will be dancing as Clara and the Snow Queen, while Blue is dancing as lead Mirliton, ing for upcoming competition Flower, and Snow Corps. Photo by Ashley Potosky

For many people it is hard to admit you have depression, what is even harder is admitting you need help. Sometime during my depression, I finally came around to understand that it was something I would have to deal with. I kept putting it off more and more as time passed, then when I officially could not survive, I admitted that I needed help. My family did not completely understand what I was going through, but they did know that I needed help. The first thing my parents did to support me was make me an appointment at my doctors office, and in return the doctor provided me with anti-depressants. At first I was really against the medicine because several side-effects of taking them was that they made you dreadfully drowsy and nauseous. I remember sitting at school during the first week of the prescription, I was extremely sick to my stomach. By the time the day neared noon, I had to call home because I felt as if I was going to puke. I did not return to school for a few days afterwards. As time passed the anti-depressants did indeed start to help me. They improved my mood, sleep habits, appetite, and concentration. Weeks after that the medicine had a considerable effect on myself. Even though it did not completely “fix” me. My family has constantly kept an eye on me. When I am having difficulties, they are always willing to listen. Weither it is just stress from school or just emotional problems. Along with this I had help from counselors. During this school year my depression relapsed. I lost my bestfriend and boyfriend, self-confidence and hope. My parents saw what was happening and they immediately sat me down and talked with me. The supported me and so did many of my, now, close friends. With all of their help, even though I am still struggling, I am getting through this one step at a time. All someone needs is just a helping hand. They need someone to reach out and to be understanding, patient and kind. All that is needed is for to listen.


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Hair donations provide hope Giving hair to charity helps those in need

Taylor Thrush, Journalist

“While wearing a hairpiece is certainly not a cure for Students can change someone's life just by changing these children, it can help restore some of the normalcy their appearance. Each year the school has a couple of to their everyday lives that most of us take for granted,” said www.locksof “It is our goal to help propeople donate hair. Junior Brandi Bremiller donated 14 inches of hair vide a foundation on which they can begin to rebuild in Nov. She was looking for a change and thought she their self-esteem.” Children suffering from diseases such as cancer can could help someone in that process. often lose “I’ve always sight of been about hope. They doing all I can become fato help people To donate hair, it must be mailed in a ponytail or braid. tigued and in need,” said Hair ten inches or longer can be donated to Locks of Love. start to pull B r e m i l l e r. away from “Why would Hair eight inches or shorter can be donated to Wigs for Kids or normal evI just throw Pantene Beautiful Lengths. eryday acmy hair away Hair should be measured from the start of the ponytail to the end tivities. when it could The wig of the hair. go towards a All information was gathered from,, and helps to get good cause?” them inThe hair donated to nonprofit organizations, such as Locks of volved in those activities again and gives them a piece Love, goes toward wigs for disadvantaged children un- of their former life back. The Locks of Love foundation der the age of 21 suffering from any long term medical has done research that showed actual health benefits of children receiving wigs. hair loss. Locks of Love encourages abled kids to donate hair “The hair could help them get their confidence back and live their lives as freely as they wish,” said Bremi- with 80 percent of their donations coming from people under the age of 21. Organizations like this rely on the ller. “It would be one less obstacle they have to face.” Economics teacher Mrs. Elizabeth Hoffbauer donated community to continue helping others. “We as people don’t realize what we have and how her hair twice. She donated 12 inches in 2010 and 13 blessed we are,” said Bremiller. “Some people don’t inches in 2013 in honor of her mother who was battling have the same blessings as others.” cancer at the time. Students are encouraged to give back to their com“Hair often times is a show of strength for women, and I couldn’t imagine not doing anything when I could munity while teachers help provide an example. People like Bremiller help set an example for their help women of all ages feel pretty,” said Hoffbauer. At the Icebreaker assembly staff and students can do- peers. nate hair.

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Senior commits to fine arts college Senior Abbigail Nelson has been accepted into the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts. She plans to go to the school for three years and re-audition her third year. “The first two years are film acting, and the third year, you reaudition and continue to do more musical stuff,” said Nelson. Annie was Nelson’s first theatrical production at just five years old. During this show, she discovered her passion of wanting to be an actress and perform more. Nelson occasionally practices up to four hours a day; three with cast, and one on her own time. “My acting inspiration would have to be Audrey Hepburn,” said Nelson. Audrey Hepburn has starred in movies such as Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Roman Holiday. Nelson has worked with students from Spring Arbor University to further her drive to become better at what she loves to do. Timm Richardson, Nelson’s late acting coach, was also helpful

Photo by Audri Chenoweth

Nicole Pier, Journalist

Senior Abbigail Nelson rehearses lines from the play “Antigone”. throughout her entire journey. “I think the arts can teach [students] to be more comfortable in front of others and still do what they love,” said theater teacher Mr. Carey Collins. Collins and choir teacher Mr. Matthew Snell are two people Nelson had mentioned. “I love making music and working with [students],” said Snell. “They are very thoughtful, organized, and caring.” Snell and Collins both agree that being able to get through rejection is an important part of the acting world. “Be prepared to know that you’ll

be rejected,” said Collins. Despite odds such as doubtfulness, Nelson has continued to pursue it by even writing her own play. She is currently in need of people who want to take part in it. “You have to be committed and work so hard,” said Snell. According to, researchers find that sustained learning in music and theater correlates strongly with higher achievement in both math and reading. Nelson plans to live in New York after college and also plans to go as big as Broadway.

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Whining about school should stop Phia Papenbroock, Journalist

Americans need to stop whining about school. Visiting an American high school showed me how easy and more fun it is here in comparison to my German high school experience. In my German school, students are not allowed to have their phones visibly with them. Teachers are allowed to take it from you whenever it is showing in class or on campus, unless you get official permission from a teacher. Free Wi-Fi in school and having the opportunity to be on your phone is still an entire new world for me. There were many days in Germany where I did not even bring my phone to school. There was no point since I would get in trouble if someone saw it. What frustrates me is that some students I observed at Northwest are abusing this privilege. There are students who text every day through the entire class and have earbuds in for most of the time, and for me this is just extremely disrespectful. I admit that I’m checking my phone in class too, but I try to do that during the time, when phones are allowed, and not in the middle of class. I have to agree with the teachers; phone usage is getting excessive. In Germany, I am in school until 4 p.m. every day and have 12 classes per week. I have around 20 exams each semester, and I spend at least one week, sometimes even a month, studying before an exam. We do not have multiple choice tests and teachers expect you to turn in assignments when they are due because you do not get extensions. It can be incredibly hard. It can be fun to be the foreigner, since the teachers, but also the students ask me questions about Germany and the differences to America. The culture is not that different to the American one, but entire school system and the atmosphere. In Germany I was not really enjoying school. Having friends in my classes was the only positive thing, but there was not much time to spend time with them. We do not have any assemblies, spirit wear or dances. Students are supposed to focus on school which takes all the fun away. In America it is about the whole experience. It is about having fun, becoming an individual person and showering pride in your school. Here, I love going to school and even spending time here afterwards. It is a friendly place where I like to spend my time. That is why it confuses me why many Americans whine about high school. American high school is fun. You should be grateful for being able to learn in such a nice atmosphere.



December 2016 The Moxie Mountie

Adam Staudinger, Journalist

With track season starting in the spring, students are making an effort to stay in shape during the winter. Students train inside the high school during the winter months, using the hallways as their practice area. The athletes jog, run, and sprint to improve their running times for track for around an hour three days a week. Mr. Ron Woodruff, Mr. Dar Devereaux, Mr. William Bippes, and Mr. Jason Khon are the head coaches of the after school activity. Practices are optional, but encouraged to prepare for track. “It puts miles in and gets us strong for the season, rather than start unprepared,” said sophomore Lydia Anuszkiewicz. “You start in tip top shape.” Anuszkiewicz, along with approximately 20 others, participates in the practices. Middle school students are also welcome to participate with the high school students. “Right now I would say about 6 or 7 high schoolers. It depends on the day,” said junior Courtney Johnson. “And sometimes around 10 middle schoolers.” Students can also train for special events in track, such as pole vault, long jump, high jump,

and shot-put privately with coaches. Johnson is a shot putter. She works with coach Woodruff in the weight room. “We lift weights, work on our balance, and do other strength exercises,” said Johnson “And also Middle school athletes listen to Coach Bippes. They come up to the high throw the in- school after school to work with the upperclassmen. door shot put sometimes.” There is no sign up or fee. Practices are free, Thursday. Teammates meet in Mr. Woodruff’s room. Practices start at 2:50 p.m. to 4 p.m. and anyone is allowed to participate. After participating in these practices, it will “I like that I am bettering myself for the season and that everyone else that comes is trying help athletes will be prepared for the track season. to better themselves,” said Johnson. Depending on the weather, athletes may run outside, rather than in the hallways. Practices are on Monday, Tuesday, and

Photo By Abbigal (Oli) Grenke

Athletes prepare for upcoming season

Talent does not equal winning

Griffin Foster, Journalist


 Hard work is a much better trait to have than talent in every aspect of life.   “Hard work beats talent when talent fails work hard,” said high school basketball coach Tim Notke. Notke is a high school basketball coach whose quote was made popular by Kevin Durant, while Durant was playing college basketball.  Over the years professional athletes have taken Notke’s quote and used it as their own personal mottos.  This is true in all parts of life. In sports if an athlete is not good at a certain part of their game, they then work on it until that part becomes better.   Talent is something people are born with. It can be different things such as a sport, a certain trade, or a craft. Everyone has something they are talented at. Working to achieve their best at something is what -Mr. Corey Slater really develops Coach talent and makes someone stand out at a certain skill.   “As a teacher, I think students that work the hardest in school are going to benefit more in the future than a student who is smart but never studies or tries,” said teacher Mrs. Gwen Johantgen.

Hard work is something that is achieved and not given. Companies are looking for applicants that work hard and can be problem solvers, not someone who will not work for something.  “Without hard work talent means nothing,” said junior hockey player Zach Faremouth. “That’s why we do on ice training and off-ice training to build up our strength and conditioning.”   Hard work helps young students or athletes develop into becoming better at whatever they are trying to perfect. If a person only has talent then they are at that level for the rest of their life until they decide to work hard to become better.     “As a coach, I would rather have 11 hard working athletes than 11 talented athletes,” said Mr. Corey Slater.   Talent can ultimately be wasted without

“As a coach, I would rather have 11 hard working athletes than talented athletes.”

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Coaches prefer hard work over talent

work, it gives a person a head start in a certain field but does not actually allow someone to succeed at what they are trying to accomplish.    All in all hard work will forever outweigh talent in all aspects of life both in sports, and in the working world.   


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December 2016 The Moxie Mountie

Senior Nicole Keeder waits for a play to begin during a Varsity Softball game.

Seniors score homerun

Softball players commit to Jackson College Nicole Pier, Journalist

Senior Lauren Howe

Senior Nicole Keeder

Adrian College and continued to coach softball at Southeastern Louisiana University. “I’m happy to see that [Keeder and Howe] are continuing their softball careers,” said Mobley. Mobley described her college softball journey as “one of the most rewarding times of my life.” The Jackson College softball coach, Jamie Vandenburgh, is one that the girls enjoy. “She’s an awesome coach,” said Keeder. “I wouldn’t want another coach fulfilling my college softball career.” Howe and Keeder have participated in camps where the Jackson College softball returners participated as well. The softball team is currently in the weight room conditioning and preparing for their spring season. They lift while listening to music, doing beneficial drills, and also interacting with some close friends and teammates. “Go to camps to the college you want to attend,” said Keeder. Howe and Keeder encouraged players to do much more than just play if they want to do softball in college. Although college is something to look forward to, Howe and Keeder are focused on their spring season that is quickly approaching. “Never let anyone tell you that you can’t do it,” said Keeder. For more information about any and all open gyms and weight lifting, see Mr. Chris Galloway, the school’s athletic director. our to c Pho

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Two senior girls, Nicole Keeder and Lauren Howe, have committed to Jackson College to play softball in the fall of 2017 and both are prepared. “It’s kind of sad, but I’m ready for the next step,” said Howe. Both of the girls played baseball around the age of five before they decided to transition into softball. Their scholarships pay most of their tuition, and they have both been offered a two year plan that could also last only one year, depending on what the girls decide to do. Howe and Keeder, despite their focus being solely on softball, also have other hopes and aspirations. Keeder wants to be a sports broadcaster, specifically for the NHL. While Howe wants to be an audiologist, which is someone who diagnoses people with hearing loss. “We never stood around at [our school softball team’s] practice,” said Howe. Despite some of the hard-core practices, they appreciate how much it has benefited them. Not only did the girls thank their high school varsity coach, but they also wanted to thank Mr. Jim Lewis, Mr. Denny Pier, and Mr. Aaron Ryjord. The varsity softball coach, Ms. Alicia Mobley, has been coaching for 20 years now. Mobley played Division three softball at

Passion for cheerleading creates life time impact Morgan Huver, Asst. Editor-in-Cheif When it comes to cheering, senior Ceairra Barron is the first to know what to do. Barron has been cheering since the young age of four, and has continued throughout her high school career. One of Barron’s many inspirations would have to be her mother Melissa and her sister Keairra Coleman. “My mom got me into cheer & gymnastics because my sister did it too,” said Barron. “So we both did cheer and gymnastics together, until it was just cheer.” While cheering in middle school, Barron grew a love for the sport and continued on to cheer competitively throughout high school. “My coaches have impacted me greatly throughout my cheer experience,” said Barron.  “I’ve always connected with all of my coaches and each one of them means the world to me. They have helped me become a better and stronger cheerleader and have really made me love cheer.” Throughout high school, Barron has been on the sideline cheer team since freshman year. Having used sideline as a form of preparation, Barron continues with the competitive season. “Cheering with my team is what I look forward to in [every] day, I literally wake up and get through my day just so I can go to practice and spend time with them,” said Barron. “Those girls mean the world to me and I am so grateful for them being there and being my second family.” As the season for college applications came and gone, Barron’s time on the Varsity team is something that she will cherish throughout the rest of high school and on into college. “I am going to miss my team, the early Saturday mornings with the girls, and spending time in the locker room dancing before we get on the mat or messing with other teams because we are usually the weirdest team at competitions.” Through her competitive cheer career, Barron has won many awards both with her team and for herself. “My favorite part of competitive is going out on the mat and having your adrenaline pumping like never before. Really, just giving your all with your team is always one of the best feelings,” said Barron. With her time on cheerleading, Barron has had many coaches. One in particular has made a lifelong impact. This of which is Melissa Coito, Barron’s coach of three years. “[Coach Melissa] has always believed in me when no one else did. Maybe a little more than she should of, because I would completely not have a skill and she would still tell me to throw it,” said Barron. With her senior year coming to an end, Barron plans to attend Jackson College for two years and then transfer to a university to major in Criminal Justice, although she has not decided what school yet. She intends on trying out for that school’s cheer team after the transfer. Barron looks forward to meeting new people after entering college.



December2016 The Moxie Mountie

Wrestling team maintains pounds to make weight classes Kaitlyn Grier, Journalist

Wrestlers have begun weight loss for this season. With the weight loss in action there comes many things with it, such as mood swings, changes in emotions, eating healthier, exercising, and working out. When working out many of the wrestlers wear multiple layers of clothing such as sweatpants and sweatshirts. It is not just the working out; it is also cutting down on foods and eating healthier. Their eating habits do not stay the same; they are constantly changing every day. “Since I’ve started wrestling I’ve made a lot more friends. I really enjoy it, that’s why I choose to stay even though I have t o lter ou lose some weight,” said sophomore Sydney B by oto Trent Metcalf. Ph Some wrestlers on the team, such as freshman Piper Boulter and sophomore Reese Darrow, stay on the team because they enjoy doing it. Others, like senior Jorden McGuire, enjoy the fun of being able to take their anger out on the mats. All the members on the team have a different weight to make. It’s all about making the weight for the proper weight class a wrestler is in. “Even though I made my weight class, I try to keep my weight the same all season long,” said McGuire. (Above) Wrestlers junior Kevin Miller Wrestlers have to go through and freshman Kamrin Noon practice their whole season trying to taking opponents down. maintain their weight. To gain weight wrestlers usually eat a large quantity of healthy foods. To lose weight wrestlers eat only small portions of healthy foods and then workout daily. “You think you’ve lost so many pounds after running with layers of clothes

Varsity weight classes

103, Brandon Bolin 112, Reese Darrow 119, Andrew Mintefering 125, Logan Zebarah 130, Jake Race 135, Robert Souders 140, Austin Wetzel

145, Loren Mason 152, Trent Metcalf 160, Austin Tapley 171, TJ Beach 189, Kevin Miller 215, Collin Arnold 285, Josh Lewis

on before, during, and after practice but in reality you’ve only lost about two,” said McGuire. Losing weight takes a lot of time, energy, and cutbacks in certain foods. For wrestlers they have to lose or gain the weight in a certain amount of time because they weigh in the practice before every meet until they make their weight class. The problem with wrestlers having to lose or gain so much weight in such a short period of time is that they have to go down or up slowly so it’s not hurting their health and bodies. The coaches of the team are always watching out to make sure the wrestlers are doing everything appropriately. Wrestlers usually start trying to gain or lose the weight before the season starts. So, boys like McGuire and Junior Tanner Beach enjoy wrestling also because it helps them stay in shape for other sports like football. Wrestling allows students to stay in great shape and allows them to be a part of a close team.

Planning routines, sets, music Seniors take charge of Dance Team

Unlike other sports the dance team is student led by seniors Hailey Baker and Kaelyn Weisbrod. The students on the team plan practices, book places to perform, and even coordinate their own choreograDance Team phy for each dance. Members Without a Hailey Baker, 12 coach the Kaelyn Weisbrod, 12 members have to put Abby Becraft, 12 in more efBetty Sue Blankenship, 12 fort to help Amber Carroll, 11 the team s u c c e ed. Camryn Pahl, 11 This year Ashley Abbee, 10 Baker and Meghan Camburn, 10 We i s b r o d run it together with the help of former dance team member, Marleigh Hayes, as their adult supervisor. As the supervisor, Hayes oversees practices,

but the student leaders do most of the organizing. “Other sports compete and have adults showing them and helping them, and with students leading it’s a lot more pressure,” said Baker. The dance team performs at the boys’ and girls’ basketball games and plans to perform at the Snowfest assembly this winter for their peers. “As a captain, it’s weird teaching people my age or a few years younger,” said Baker. “With [the dance team] being student led I find that it is a lot more laid back than other sports. Also, it is a lot easier to form relationships because the age gap is so small.” The eight members get together once a week at Next Step Dance Centre to practice the choreography that Baker and Weisbrod put together. Images created by Ashley Potosky

Taylor Thrush, Journalist

“The people involved aren’t scared that they will mess up or get judged,” said dance team member senior Betty Sue Blankenship. Members use the team as a way to relax and do what they love without the pressure of a dance studio. Students do not need dance experience to join the team. “I’ve always loved dancing and thought that if I couldn’t join a school of dance I could join the dance team to pursue my passion,” said Blankenship. Students use dance team as a way to pursue their passion in a relaxed, judgement free environment. They need to have self motivation in order to succeed, but since they are passionate it is not hard to possess. For more information on the dance team contact Baker or Weisbrod.

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