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Moxie Mountie


A Public Forum for Students






There will be no school on Friday, Feb. 17 and Monday, Feb. 20. due to President’s Day.

Valentine’s Day Gifts: During lunches students can buy valentines. It will be $3 for a flower and $2 for a sucker. Gifts will be handed out on Feb. 14. All profits will go to the choir programs.

Photo by Audri Chenoweth

College Fair: A free college fair will be held on March 7 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the high school caftetorium. Apporoximately 50 colleges will be attending.

INSIDE Capturing the moment

Junior Dani Griswold places pictures on her Boys Tennis layout for the 2016-2017 yearbook.

Senior Madison Collard becomes devoted to music and acting.

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Photo courtesy of Kailey Nazurak

everything themselves. After three years, they can receive up to 18 college credits just for this class.” In 2002, Hade started teaching yearbook. Since then the class’s size depended on the student’s schedule conflicts. “This year there are several year Senior Betty Sue Blankenship shuffles through surveys she had given to long classes, like students. Retrospective relies on interviews in order to write captions. band up against “To find the balance between creativyearbook,” said Hade. “About two-thirds who signed up for the class had schedule ity and following the rules is hardest part conflicts which brought the class down about the class,” said Hade. “The creative aspect isn’t always as easy as people ofto a very intimate group.” Though year long classes conflict with ten assume. Everybody can try, but layjoining yearbook, students are still happy out and design are so spatial. To say it in when they are able to become part of the math language: It’s a little more geometry than it is algebra. It’s a little bit more of staff. “I wanted to join the class when I was a left brain than right brain. It is a lot of freshman, but I was a little scared because work and the students put a lot of time I just had moved into a new school dis- into it.” The class will continue working on cretrict. Now in my senior year I had a class free so I could finally join yearbook,” said ating a creative yearbook which parts are senior Kelsey Staton. “My favorite thing slowly coming together. Staff and stuabout this class is that I always know dents are welcome to help out the yearbook, photographers are needed and alwhat’s going on in the school.” Being part of the staff is time consuming ways accepted. but promotes originality and flexibility. All the layouts are individually designed.

Freshman Kailey Nazurak has met Olympians through her passion for figure skating.

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Every year after summer break, students can pick up their annual yearbook which is the result of 10 months of work by the Retrospective, led by adviser Miss Marnie Hade. The average yearbook consists of 200 pages full of exclusive pictures, interviews and quotes. Every school related event that the staff can catch and report is covered. It is the biggest yearbook production in Jackson County. What a lot of students do not realize is that yearbook requires more than just working in class, but spending a lot of time after school working on layouts and going to events in order to take pictures. Since there is only limited funding from the school district for journalism programs, fundraisers are necessary. Creating a yearbook costs about $40,000 each year, but only brings in $26,000. Selling advertisements and sponsoring the school dances helps the staff to raise the remaining $14,000. Visiting a school related event usually means to bump into at least one member of the Retrospective. At school sports games, assemblies and matches, there is always someone taking pictures on the sideline. “They have to take every picture, do every layout and simply every aspect,” said Hade. “It clearly is a lot of fun. They get to know everything going on because they have to be everywhere. The staff learns

Photo by Audri Chenoweth

Phia Papenbroock, Journalist

Photo by Taylor Thrush

Yearbook staff dedicated to reporting school year

Competitive Cheerleading team works hard to take home first place at competetions.

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Students wonder what Commons Area will become Adam Staudinger, Journalist

It has been over two years since the cafetorium has opened in the high school. Students eat their lunch there, perform and rehearse plays, conduct choir and band concerts all in the cafetorium. Yet nearly nothing remains in the former cafeteria, the Commons Area. The Commons Area is not used often. During construction on the high school some classes were temporarily relocated there, and there is the occasional blood drive held in the Commons Area as well. Nothing major has happened to the Commons Area and not many know what will happen to it. “Down the road, the plans are to make it an internet cafe where it becomes a hangout,” said Principal Scott Buchler. “Tables, chairs, casual seating. Mr. Bontrager has got an idea of what he would like to see.” The suggested future of the Commons Area would offer students a comfortable place to wait for rides after school or to spend time in during the day. Some students wait hours for a parent to pick them up. A furnished seating area would help ease the wait. “It'd be more comfortable and we wouldn't

have to sit here by the cold window,” said freshman Molly Williams. “That would actually be an improvement.” Williams sometimes has to wait over an hour and a half for her ride to pick her up. A warm and relaxed sitting area would help pass the long waiting time. The plans for new furniture and snack machines were postponed because of lack of funds. The school used all the money from the bond on new campuses and remodels. “If there would have been money, we could have done things like that,” said Buchler. “But in adding some of the other features that was just put on hold.” There is no clear idea of how much it would cost to add the new accessories to the Commons Area or when the school will have that money. “I like the idea of the commons area.” said Buchler, “There should be some carpet area, some couches, some seats, a hightop table with some chairs.” There is a plan for the Commons area, but no changes will be made until there are sufficient funds available. Until then it will remains as is.

February 2017 The Moxie Mountie

What do you want the Commons Area to be? “[I want the Commons Area to have] couches and lounge areas.” - Senior Darius Case

“I think kids need energy during the day so we could make it a snack area.” - Freshman Olivia Baxter

“We should have vending machines with food so we’ll be energized.” - Freshman Andrea Leach-King

Running car, receive tickets

Illegal to leave car idling in public parking lots Ashley Potosky, Journalist

Idling a car is illegal in many states, including Warm up car in driveway Michigan where citizens can not have a car running in a public parking lot. An idling car is described as when the engine is running, but not being in motion. However, when a man was warming up a car 68% in his own driveway in Roseville, Michigan near 64% Detroit he received a $128 fine. 57% The Michigan law only specifies cars on the highway or in public parking lots, but there are many city ordinances that specify about running a vehicle on private property. “[Idling a car] on private property like your driveway is okay. If it’s a public parking lot like a party store, then we follow state laws and you can’t idle your vehicle,” said the Jackson Police Overall Male Female Department. Currently, Jackson does not have any ordinanc- Survey taken of 53 students es about running a car in a driveway, but there are some street signs suggesting drivers avoid cities may have different rules about vehicles that are not moving. idling. Ann Arbor is adopting an Unnecessary Idling “I have a keyless entry system for my car key, Law which will take effect on July so I can start my car with1 according to out being inside it,” said “[Idling a car] on The law intends to decrease polluComputer Skills teacher private property like tion from vehicles. Mr. Brandon Baker. “In Pollution is one of the issues the mornings sometimes your driveway is okay.” larger cities are trying to reduce before I drop off my chilwith these type of laws, another dren, I leave my car run- -Jackson Police Department problem with unattended running ning in the winter time.” cars is car theft. While Jackson may not When keys are in the ignition and turned on it have any laws about running a car in the driveway, every city has it’s own ordinances. Other can become an easier target for thieves. Many

Do not warm up car in public







All images created by Genna Barner and Ashley Potosky

cities have put anti-idling ordinances in place to prevent car-jacking. While traveling to these cities and wanting to warm up a vehicle in cold temperatures, a remote starter is an acceptable substitute. “You can have issues if you don’t warm up your car for a long enough time. I think that’s the owner's responsibility if it gets stolen,” said senior Noah Pieh. While there is no law about warming up a vehicle in a driveway for Jackson, motorists need to be aware of law changes in their communities as well as in the state.


Febuary 2017. The Moxie Mountie

Being true to yourself

Moxie Minds

Audri Chenoweth, Photographer

Image by Abigail (Oli) Grenke

Cartoon Editorial

Staff Editorial

Classes offered to help plan future Going into college, students are expected to know how to live on their own and deal with difficult people and situations. These are all skills that are taught in public school, but not enforced. Teenagers are constantly caught complaining about how school does not teach any real life skills such as how to buy a house, apply for college, or do taxes. These students are not looking in the right direction. Northwest is full of classes that educate teenagers on how to survive as an adult; students are whining and turning their heads away from exactly what they are looking for. Classmates find it easy to accuse the school system of failing its job in educating students on what matters, yet do absolutely nothing to try and change it. There are many opportunities for students to learn skills they will need after high school, but in order for them to be available, students must seek them out. Some of the classes offered include Accounting, Child Develop-

ment, Home Skills, Interpersonal Relationships, Introduction to Business, Life Management, Nutrition, Parenting Today, and Personal Finance. All of these classes offer skills necessary for life after schooling, but only two of them are available this trimester due to the lack of students signing up. The two classes currently offered are Parenting Today and Personal Finance. Parenting Today educates teenagers on how to raise a family and build a child’s character, while Personal Finance teaches budgeting strategies and other strategies on money management. The problem does not completely lay within the public schooling system alone. Schools should enforce these classes more, while students sign up for them and continue to search for these chances. The resources for students to use are there, so they need to stop complaining and begin to take action by taking advantage of the opportunities being placed in front of them. For students looking for more in-


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

formation on these classes , go to, then click on the tabs “Campus” , “Northwest High School” , and then on the left hand side “Courses”.

Courses Financial Accouning Life Management Managerial Accounting Child Developement Introduction to Business Nutrution Interpersonal Relationships Parenting Today

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.

Jumping on the bandwagon of social trends murder every piece of originality we hold. As a society we have traded in our own opinions for those that others like and approve of. Most people today all seem to be almost the same. They act the same, love the same songs, and wear the same clothes since they bandwagon on the trends they see on media outlets without realizing it. People listen to certain songs, criticize books they have never read, dab, and do all the “dances” because it is all the rage nowadays and they see it online and think that if they do it they will be perceived as cool by their peers. Especially in schools the bandwagon effect is prominent. When I was in junior high the “Don’t Judge Me” challenge was a big deal. A large majority of teenagers partook in this video challenge where young adults would purposely make themselves be unattractive using makeup and messing up their hair, pretending they did not care how they looked. They would then redo their hair and makeup acting more confident than when the video started. These videos would unintentionally lower the self esteem of their peers and others watching the video. Originality and personal opinions are beneficial attributes for teenager of today's society; the bandwagon effect is slowly taking those away.

The HEAVY Feather Staying connected to your peers Sydney Bowler, Opinion Editor

The world revolves around social media. There will be Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and many other mobile applications present practically everywhere a person could dream of going. Social media is seen so frequently because it keeps people connected, especially teenagers, in a way that was impossible until a couple of years ago. This connection occurs between not only the social media sites, but also the trends that happen along with them. Trends such as Snapchat and Instagram stories allow teenagers to share good things and exciting events they are participating in with a specific audience. Only “friends” and “followers” can see these stories, and posting on these websites make it easy to share what they are doing to an intended audience in a few seconds. Another trend, Pokémon Go, had people of all ages getting active and associating with others. A perfect example of this is Downtown Jackson over the summer of 2016. I personally was impacted by this and would go downtown and walk around for hours with a few of my friends, along with the other 100 people that were there. Even though there are some irrelevant trends such as “dabbing” and water bottle flipping, these trends do not hurt anyone. They continue to help make new friends and stay connected.



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December 2016 The Moxie Mountie

Keeping it safe

Prescripitons for birth control should remain easier access for some individBirth control has been around uals but not safer. Benefits of “Because of health conditions since the early 1900s. It’s been known for many benefits such the women may have, that may birth control Sydney Shafer, Journalist

Genna Barner, Editor-in-Chief

As much as we spread love, our society is becoming more hateful of one another. As much as we say we are standing up for ourselves, we are becoming a hypocritical and complaining generation. People are quick to hide behind screens when it comes to confrontation. Our society has found the easy way out of dealing with problems by texting or by tweeting as if Twitter is our own personal journal. We often wrongly read a text or a post and assume the content of the message is meant in a way it is not. Though we hate to admit it, our society is addicted to technology. People cannot go anywhere without seeing children, teenagers, and adults on cell phones and tablets. Though it is convenient and useful for numerous reasons, it is becoming what everyone fears, our future, We make all this new technology and push it in the face of everyone in society, then complain when advertisements are successful in getting consumers. Instead of pushing technology, we need to be pushing creativity and outdoor activities. In doing so, we must make sure we go about it the correct way. Shaming children for not playing outside is wrong. The younger generation only knows what we provide them, technology. According to research from Shallu Sansanwal, “The studies on play, cognition and selfregulation … within educational settings as it influences the effortful and intentional learning involved in the development of problem solving and creativity skills.” We must encourage pretend play and craftiness. This builds the mind and helps children to begin thinking and analyzing outside of the box. Forcing children to play outside will benefit with face to face communication, something that our society can always use more of. We often forget that social interactions are a basic human need and that talking over a phone does not satisfy it.

be factors that increase the risk for blood clots, obesity, blood pressure, and on bed rest activity,” said Fodor. The health care provider would need to determine the pill dosage and which hormone to take. Women may have problems that they do not know about and getting the check up that is required before getting birth control could save their life. A common problem that many women have is called Factor V Leiden, which is a mutation that can increase the chance of developing abnormal blood clots, usually in the veins. Many women do not know that they have this diesese, and if they recieve birth control without knowing they have it, it could lead to blood clots that leave long term or life threatening health problems according to “The lack of medical reproductive health care follow up would not occur if women were to purchase it over the counter,”

Birth control can help prevent or reduce Bone thinning Cysts in the breasts and ovaries Ovarian cancer Serious infections Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) Acne said Fodor. It is never hard to get birth control prescribed by a physician, nurse practioner, or physician assistant. They are well educated and know a lot about this medication. Birth control is a privilege that women are fortunate to have, letting it be sold over the counter is misusing it.

Animation proves worthy of adults Caleb Hilliard, Journalist

Animation was a much respected medium when it was first created. It was used to inspire people during times of war, distract people from rough parts of their life, and give animators the chance to put their creative works on the big screen. However, when home televisions were invented, their main purpose was to give children things to do while giving their parents time to work. This influenced the idea that cartoons were only for children. These days, the age gap is still a problem. The phrases “kid’s show,” or “kid’s movie,” unfortunately still exist, which can cause teenagers and adults to want to avoid them in fear of being looked down upon. Thankfully, popularity has been slightly improving, as small communities of teenagers show appreciation for various anime, and intelligent plot based cartoons such as Steven Universe and Gravity Falls. Not to mention movies like the How to Train Your Dragon series and the most recent Disney and Pixar movies such as Zootopia and Finding Dory are attempting to attract older audiences with more mature themes,

clever humor, and nostalgia. Adult shows have recently risen in popularity with more dramatic, crude tones and more mature humor. Even the first successful adult theatrical movie made using computer generated imagery (CGI) was released recently, and made a good enough profit to potentially urge other creators to put more adult animated films in theaters to raise the popularity of animation among adults. However, animation unfortunately may not get the attention it deserves for a long time. The bias it has faced likely will not fade for generations, and there will always be some people whose opinions will differ from the general consensus. Although the stereotyping of animated movies may end by getting lost throughout generations, the only way that can happen is if people do their part by spreading positivity for deserving movies and television shows. Treat them like any big filmed blockbuster or exciting live action TV series, because one day, animation may be seen as a beautiful art form for all ages like it is meant to be. Illustration created by Abigail (Oli) Grenke

Importance of creativity over technology

as regulation of menstrual periods, decreasing menstrual cramps, treating acne, and lowering the risk of anemia and some cancers. As time moves on the question ‘should birth control be sold over the counter instead of being prescribed by a doctor’ is frequently asked. “It is a hormonal therapy that is going to affect the reproductive organs and system,” said Registered Nurse Miss Karen Fodor. Birth control can have major side effects that are higher for some women. “There are different types of birth control, and they are prescribed accordingly to which type of hormonal therapy that would be best for that individual,” said Fodor. “Whether a preventive measure for specific conditions or because of the behavior risks for that individual.” Birth control being sold over the counter would make it have

Feburary 2017 The Moxie Mountie



Galaxy not so far away needs new hope

Star Wars future without Carrie Fisher shift the focus away from Leia The future of the beloved Star and focus onto one of the other Wars series may be in jeopardy characters. after the passing of the much  What could be done by Disney praised and appreciated actress is what is called Computer Carrie Fisher, who portrayed Generated Imagery (CGI). This Princess Leia Organa in the procedure was made famous original movies. during the filmings of the   After Fast and Furious movies appearing in after the passing of Paul the newest Walker. CGI makes movie in something like the Star Wars people or places franchise The seem like they F o r c e are actually Aw a k e n s , there when Disney they really may have are not. to figure   The Star out how to W a r s successfully t e a m s take Fisher’s could take character old unused out of the footage of series or how Fisher in they will be able previous movies to keep her in the and contribute series without Illustration created by Oli (Abigail) Grenke them to the new recasting. movies. This was    Although Fisher did finish seen in the Hunger filming the newest film, Star Games final two Wars: The Last Jedi, which is movies after the set to debut sometime in Dec. passing of actor of 2017, Disney and Lucasfilm Philip Seymour may want to alter the story to Hoffman. take Fisher out of the Star Wars   Fisher was movies to come. slated to have   Without her, Disney could a key role

in the Star Wars Episode IX movie that is set to come out in 2018. But now director C o l i n Trevorrow and his Image created by Ashley Potosky team will have to find a way to either keep Fisher in the movie or take her completely out of the rest of the series. If Fisher’s character was to be taken completely out of the saga there would have to be some sort of explanation as to why she is gone. That being said Disney cannot do this by only using words, there would have to be some sort of scene that depicts or shows, how and why Princess Leia is no longer in the series.  Regardless of what Lucasfilms and Disney decide to do with the Princess Leia, either using CGI to recreate Leia just like they did in the in 2016 movie Rogue One or if she is recasted, Carrie Fisher will be deeply missed by fans of all different ages.

Image created by Ashley Potosky


Time traveling through television Rachael Kaiser, Asst. Editor-in-Chief

The concept of time traveling for a television show or movie is not new, and while Timeless does not stand out, it is still entertaining. It follows the regular story of heroes traveling through time while fighting the villain, but with an overarching plotline about how the present is altered when the past is changed. In the pilot episode the characters Lucy, Rufus, and Wyatt are fairly unwilling to travel back in time, but they finally accept after being told the full consequences that could happen if history is changed. A man named Garcia Flynn is trying to change important historical events for his own gain, and the trio of Lucy, Wyatt, and Rufus are attempting to stop him. While watching the main plot unfold, a small history lesson also takes place, but without being boring. This is not a show that sugarcoats history and makes everything in the past seem perfect. Throughout the series if the trio travels to any time before the 1980s racial tensions are an underlying subplot of the show. I wish the show would have focused on this and the differences between the past and now more so than it did. One of the best aspects about Timeless is the sets and the clothing that go will with each year that is visited. They not only look accurate, but the atmosphere feels right too. The characters are likeable, and I was interested in watching their stories unfold over the show. The sets are amazing, and the plot is okay, but I found myself slightly bored by the generalized plot that all movies and TV shows about time travel seem to utilize. I wished the characters themselves was a bit more central to the focus of the show. Parts of Timeless are lackluster and paced a bit slow, but the overall the show was interesting to watch for the atmosphere of each year the trio visited.

Author’s rating: 3 out of 5 stars Comic by:Oli Grenke

Griffin Foster, Journalist


LetNorthwest’s it Sno annual February 2017 The Moxie Mountie


(Above) Sophomore Ashliegh Abbee practices her hand positions as Band Director Mr. Bryan Mangiavellano walks around helping students remember the other positions from the day before in Piano class.




(Above) Junior Anya Frever works on a strategy game that helps with language and cognitive skills in AP Psychology.

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(Below) Sophomore Kailin Degenfelde Sculpture while dresses in her cheer sh

(Above) Sophomore Blayz Smith eats lunch with a table of friends dressed for the 1950s.

(Above) Senior Trey Hall reads “The Great Gatsby” for Senior Reading and Writing.

Monday : Pajama Day Tuesday : Career Day Wednesday : Throwback Day Thursday : Winter Apparel Day Friday : Spirit Day


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(Right) Sophomore Jalen Case blocks a dodgeball with another ball during the sophomore vs. staff dodgeball game.

bove) Sophomore Ryan Novak particiates in the snowman relay with the rest his sophomore team, the sophomores on the snowman relay.

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er works on painting her project in hirt for red and black day.

(Above) Seniors Jerod Parrett and Nicole Keeder were crowned Snowfest King and Queen, the results were announced at the halftime of Varsity Boys basketball game on Jan. 27.


February 2017 The Moxie Mountie

Performance becomes passion

Sydney Boulter, Sports Editor

As of recently I have grown happier of what has become known as my life. I have started to see the positive that surrounds me. I have grown healthier and am now at a normal weight whereas before I was unhealthily underweight. I have not completely overcome my depression but I have replaced most of the sadness with happiness. The reason for that is because of the support of happier times with family, friends, classmates and teammates. It still affects me though in everyday life. I am still constantly self conscious of my body and my appearance, especially when wearing bathing suits and dresses, I feel like I look awkward. When I have these feelings now days instead of wallowing in self pity, I listen to songs that boost my confidence. For example, one of the songs I listen to that really helps me out is, “You’re Worth It” by Cimorelli. Some of the things I do to keep myself happy is that I am constantly doing something. I am always doing a sport or a physical sport such as; wrestling, bowling, cheerleading, track and field, jiujitsu, and weight lifting. Even though these things do help me a lot, I still at times go back into a depressive state. It is not as bad as it was before, but it is still there and will always be there. But from facing all of these hurdles, it has taught me many lessons that I will carry with me throughout my life. One of the main lessons I learned from my past experiences would be always look for the bright or good side of things. With always being sad, angry or frustrated, it was hard to look past all of the bad. But when I was finally able to do such, life became much more bright and enthusiastic. A different lesson I learned was to always cherish the people who will stand by your side through thick and thin. Because of what I went through I lost a lot of people who did not want to deal with what I was going through. Find those people who will stick by your side through however much chaos is thrown their way. Those people will then become the light in your darkness. They will support you when you cannot stand alone. What I went through changed me, even now it is still changing me, but I hope for the better.


Finding the light

mom, [Choir Accompanist] Mr. Markiewicz, Mr. Snell, and my friends all said I should join. Mostly my dad,” said Collard. Collard’s father is the first person she ever sang in front of. “I was singing in front of my dad and he told me he was surprised I could sing like that,” said Collard. Not only is Collard auditioning for solos, but she has received her first lead role in the upcoming Northwest Community Players production of Cinderella. She will be playing the wicked step-mother, Madame. “I connect with the character because she’s very funny in her own way,” said Collard. “Cinderella is way different than Joseph [and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat]. It’s a bit more challenging.” The change from chorus to lead is a drastic one for Collard. She not only has to memorize songs, but spoken lines as well. She went from 2 rehearsals a week to almost 2 hours a night of memorizing lines. “She will really have to work on character development.” said Snell, “We don’t really do that in choir. I thinks she is up to the challenge.” The musical will be premiering on Mar. 23 through the 25. Thr u

Avoiding the Darkness

For senior Madison Collard singing alone onstage is not terrifying, but rather welcoming. During the last musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Collard realized how much she loved singing because of the many compliments she received and how fun it was. “When I was in the chorus I realized I was actually pretty good at singing,” said Collard. “I decided to do Coffee House, and I discovered it’s exciting and thrilling to be on stage.” Collard’s passion for singing is what drove her to join choir her senior year. Even though this is her first year in choir, she has already had multiple solos from different concerts. “She’s very confident, hard working, and always willing to try,” said Choir Director Matthew Snell. Snell has been directing choir at the high school for 9 years. Collard is currently enrolled in Concert Choir. “I told her she had a great voice and we would welcome her into the choir family,” said Snell “She really pursued it.” Collard has tried out for every solo she has been offered. Her family and friends encouraged her to join choir. “My dad thought that it’d be a great idea for me to join. My

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(Right) Collard, as Madame, practices her lines for “Cinderella”.

State level singing

Choirs perfrom at Michigan Music Conference

Taylor Thrush, Journalist

This year the choir program has nine students singing at the state level. State Honors Choir is a select group that performs at the Michigan Music Conference. When students audition they can get into the all women’s Soprano I, Soprano II, Alto I, Alto II (SSAA), all men’s Tenor I, Tenor II, Bass I, Bass II (TTBB), or the mixed choir Soprano, Alto, Tenor, bass (SATB). Students also have the opportunity to get into All States. They are waiting to see if they made it in so they can continue to sing at a high level. The choir requires students to take time out of their schedule to learn the majority of the music independently. All day Saturday rehearsals

State Honors Choir Members Lydia Anuszkiewicz - SSAA Madelyn Atwood - SSAA Sophi Epstein - SATB Matt Kanalas - TTBB Madelyn Miller - SATB Kelsey Murton - SSAA Isabelle Pierce - SSAA Madelyn Rouse - SSAA Kayleigh Shulz - SATB

are for technical fixes and the musi- time. I figured it would be more cality aspect of the songs. beneficial to focus on state honors On top of the songs students are choir because doing well at that relearning in their school choir, they flects on our school,” said Miller. are also learning high level music Their passion for the art is what with help from drives them to keep fellow choir “Since our choirs are so pursuing it. members and wants all renowned students have theMiller through primusic experivate lessons more opportunities like ence that she can with their get so she can voice teachers, state honors choir.” pursue a career in Mr. Christo- -Madelyn Rouse music education pher Markie- Sophomore in the future. wicz and Mrs. “Music has always Ashley Cummings. been a big part of my family,” said For choir singers, the transition be- Miller. “My grandma directed our tween high school and state is more church choir for 44 years and she is smooth than others because they the one that boosted my enthusiasm sing at the advanced level. and helped me discover that it was “Since our choirs are so renowned something that I really enjoyed.” students have more of opportuniState choir is full of like minded ties like state honors choir,” said people that creates a welcoming atsophomore Madelyn Rouse. “Other mosphere. Many singers enjoy it so schools have only one student from much they audition multiple years their school and we had nine par- throughout high school. ticipate this year.” “Ever since I was little my mom Some State Honors Choir mem- knew I was going to be a singer,” bers are also a part of the musical. said Rouse. “I am very career oriSingers such as sophomores Rouse, ented and plan on majoring in musiKayleigh Schulz, Lydia Anuszkie- cal performance. I've always had a wicz, junior Madelyn Miller and deep passion for music.” senior Sophi Epstein devote most Most students use States as a way of their free time to music between to gain experience for their future. State choir, the musical, and high The high school music program school choir. gives singers many opportunities “It was difficult to balance some- and leaves them with many options times, I really had to budget my for their future.

February 2017 The Moxie Mountie



Go figure!

Talented skater dreams of going professional

Freshman Kailey Nazurak started figure skating three years ago and ever since she touched the ice she instantly fell in love. Nazurak started skating because her best friend, freshman Hailey Nace, invited her to go have fun, but it became a much bigger part of her life. Since Nazurak has begun skating it has opened her up to many opportunities such as meeting Olympians, going out of state, and meeting new friends. “When I first stepped on the ice it was amazing, even if I wasn’t that good,” said Nazurak. When Nazurak first started she began going to the rink and practicing every day for several hours so she could become better. “It’s taken some time to be where I’m at now, but all the hours practicing everyday was definitely worth it,” said Nazurak. Nazurak has a professional figure skating coach, which gives her many chances to go and meet Olympians such as Nancy Kerrigan and many more. Meeting the Olympians helped Nazurak grow with the advice that they gave her. “Being a figure skater has taught me that on Friday nights you cannot go out and mess around, that you cannot just let things go like grades and being late. It has also taught

me that being respectful towards everyone is very important. Every day when I go to practice my coach strives for me to be better and learn more things,” said Nazurak. When figure skating there is very limited free time, most of the time skaters are in the rink. Even though Nazurak does not have much free time she has got to go to many events with professional figure skaters and skate with them. Many of the professionals would critique her on the skills and postures she had to do. The tips Nazurak received from them helped her become better at the sport. Nazurak (center) wins first place for a short Figure skaters always program at Garden City Invitationals. have to stay in shape just like any other sport. Practicing for sional for the competitions also afthe sport does not only consist of fects your scoring. Figure skaters time on the ice but it also contains are required to have a quite short working out and things to do with dress and to have their makeup and body weight. Figure skaters exer- hair done for every competition. cise and run before they go out on The dresses can become expensive, especially if they are custom made. the ice to compete. “Figure skating is my passion, I “An amazing part of figure skating is that you look so beautiful while love it and I plan on doing it for a doing it. I get to dress up and the long time,” said Nazurak. Nazurak plans on continuing skatdresses are gorgeous. Once I have my hair and makeup done every- ing in the future and has started thing just ties together and it is so coaching the younger figure skaters at the rink. Nazurak strives to bebeautiful,” said Nazurak. Dressing the part for figure skat- come a professional figure skating ing is important. Looking profes- coach to continue on her passion.

Photo courtesy of Kailey Nazurak

Kaitlyn Grier, Journalist

Strumming after school

Amya Case, Journalist

The Guitar Club has been around since the beginning of the school year but has recently gained more attention. It has become a place where students can learn and grow musically. In the beginning the group had little participation. When junior Adam Staudinger joined, sophomores Zach McEldowney and Nate Taylor also started coming to the meetings. Every Monday the group meets in Guitar Club adviser Mr. Raymond Edward’s (room 501) after school to play and practice guitar. Mr. Edward started the group as an opportunity for students to come to practice and show their skills. "I want to allow them to express themselves by guitar and in someway or another,” said Mr. Edward. Mr. Edward has been playing guitar for about 23 years and plays both acoustic and electric guitar. “I learned how to play in a similar situation,” said Mr. Edward.“In middle school we had a Guitar Club. I was playing around and I wasn't any good. I joined the guitar club and there were a bunch of kids that were a lot better than I was and they would teach me how to

do things.” In the club, the students help each other learn and improve. They have a wide range of skill levels and different styles that they can share with each other. “Depending on your skillset, Mr. Edward helps to improve further on what you already know,” said McEldowney. He has been playing guitar for about two years and is still working to improve on his skills with help from the club. “I'm trying to learn more about chords and working with them. I'm really trying to work on blues and jazz style,” said McEldowney. While McEldowney and Taylor are experienced Photo by Taylor Thrush with guitar, Staudinger is just learning how to play. During the meetings, Mr. Edward helps to teach him how to play. Staudinger is learning the basics and gets help within the group. “I’ve tried teaching myself before but having Mr. Edward helps me correct my mistakes,” said Staudinger. The group is an opportunity to not only improve on the things they know, but also to help them learn. In the group students are able to express themselves through making music. Edward hopes to have more students and staff join, and the group is open to anyone. (Right) Edward practices on his Fender Stratocaster after school at Guitar Club.

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American college is too expensive Phia Papenbroock, Journalist

Between scholarships and college nights, I am completely astonished about college tuition fees Americans have to pay in order to get education. In Germany college and universities are free, but students are responsible for housing since the colleges do not offer dorms. I will presumably finish German high school in 2020, so this means three more years until I have to decide where I want to go for college. My biggest issue until then is to figure out what I want to study exactly. A lot of college students decide to move into living communities since it is a cheap and decent way to live. If students struggle, most colleges also offer help with finding accommodations. I have talked to a lot of seniors, who are currently getting college acceptance letters and choosing their colleges. It just shocks me a little every time I hear how much they have to pay just for education and a dorm. Why does America expect students to pay and Germany does not? Is it just a convenient way for the government to get money? According to, a German informational website about colleges and universities, 89 percent of Germany’s universities are sponsored by the state, which means they are completely free. 11 percent are privately funded universities which start at $500 a month. The U.S. colleges and universities are all privately funded which still does not really explain the extraordinary high tuition fees after comparing the total cost between the two countries. Even though I would love to study in America, I am pretty sure I will not, because having the possibility to study for free is too irresistible. For Americans or any other foreign students who are interested in studying at a German public university, no fees appear either way. Many college classes can actually be taken in English so it clearly is a possibility for Americans to study in Germany, in order to save the high fees. Some of my older friends in Germany just recently started college. The hardest part about this is not the fact that they have to study a lot; they are also scattered all over Germany. Both of my older sisters will also start college this fall and after not seeing them for almost a year, it will be hard to let them go again. I am extremely close with them and I will see them maybe once a month since both of them chose colleges outside of my state. That is a tough aspect. Traveling has always been my favorite way to learn things. It can inspire you, change your mindset, give you more than just one perspective and often makes you appreciate things a little more from back home. This time it is the free college in Germany. I knew about the high tuition fee here in the United States, but never really thought about it. When I am going to start college back home in Germany, I will probably look back and remember writing this column and hopefully feel grateful for the fact that college is not a sign of affluence there, it is a given opportunity for a bright future.



Febuary 2017 The Moxie Mountie

State level swimmer pursues passion Sydney Boulter, Sports Editor

“We are very proud of Mackenzie. There is nothing greater than watching your child achieve her goals. Every race is a new one and the possiblities are endless.” -Mrs. Katherine Ruba Mother

Photo courtesy of Mrs. Kathrine Ruba

One of freshman Mackenzie Ruba’s passions in life is swimming. Since she was young, Ruba has had a love and fondness for being in the water. At the age of five Ruba first started swimming after being invited by a coach to join a swim team at the YMCA. As Ruba continued going through practices and meets, she continuously worked to develop her techniques. With that she continued to get better, and she realized that she loved swimming. “Mackenzie is in the pool five nights a week for two or more hours a night. Her season starts in September and the meets start mid Oct.We are gone 3 out of 4 weekends each month through February for meets,” said Ruba’s mom, Katherine Ruba. “The meets can be one , two or three days. So Mackenzie can be in the pool some weeks every single day. She has Apr. and Aug. off so essentially it’s a 10 month sport for her because she does the summer competitive season too.” As she continued to grow she went to more meets and in 2014 Ruba went to state competition for the first time. After that Ruba went to states in 2015 and 2016. During 2016, Ruba went to the State meet for several different categories in swimming. Those categories included 1000 meter free style, 500 meter free style, 200 meter free style, 100 meter free style, 100 meter back stroke, 200 meter back stroke, and swim relay. In her 1000 meter freestyle Ruba placed second in her heat and 18 overall. “My favorite thing about going to states was just being there,” said Ruba. “The experience in itself

Freshman Mackenzie Ruba competes in breast stroke on the YMCA team against other teams. was amazing from meeting new people, to just watching others swim.” To prepare for states Ruba and her team lifted weights, spun on bikes and had intense swimming practice. She put at least nine hours per week in practice, and sometimes she will practice hard every night for three weeks at a time. Along with this she competes in almost all meets available. “It is important to put the time in in any endurance

sport, but Mackenzie goes the extra mile in effort to get the most out of practice,” said her swim coach Mr. Sean McCully. “We provide the opportunities for growth and she takes everyone.” McCully believes that with the work ethic she brings every time to meets and practices, will allow her to do just about anything she wants to do. He also believes when the time comes, if Ruba wants to swim in college, she would be able to. “It’s early to guess what the best fit will be, but coaches love a team player and a good athlete ready to lead,” said McCully. “That is Mackenzie.” In her future, Ruba plans on continuing swimming. She does not have any official plans for the future but she does want to swim on a collegiate level. “We are very proud of Mackenzie. There is nothing greater than watching your child achieve her goals. Every race is a new one and the possibilities are endless,” said Katherine Ruba. “There are good races and there are great races. She may gain time and that’s ok or she may get a personal best time and that’s great. No matter what that’s our girl and she’s doing something amazing.” Ruba plans on continuing to work hard during her practices and to improve more so that she is able to compete in states next year as well.

New year, new team

Teammates step in to fill shoes of graduates For the girls’ basketball team the transition from last year has been difficult due to losing three fouryear starting varsity players.   The girls’ basketball team has had a winning program, considering they made it to Regional finales last year and the year before that sweeping districts.    “It’s always difficult to lose any number of starters. Losing three however definitely impacts our program. There are a lot of minutes to make up for and a lot of role change,” said Carroll. “The seniors that graduated provided a lot of leadership as well. Our returners have done a great job though of stepping up, and have made this team their own.”   Having a strong personal bond between team members allows them to compete better on the court.   “Our team spends a lot of time on and off the court. They have dinner before games and hangout

off the court. On the court, it’s a lot about repetition,” said Carroll. “We play hard in practice and challenge each other, which makes practice as game-like as possible. This helps the players develop an understanding of each other’s strengths and weaknesses.”  The five returning varsity players from last year’s team have been a part of their integral success. “They have taken on new roles, more important roles and done very well. As we continue to grow together as a group the returners will thrive,” said Carroll. “The new additions to our team look to the returners to make plays and provide leadership. The experience gained from successful seasons in the past is evident in their play each night.”   With goals to win a conference championship and district titles, the girls’ basketball team focuses on getting better every day and facing Junior Carsyn Sleight and senior Leah Olmsted talk together durchange.   ing a home match against Columbia Central.

Photo courtesy of Miss Marnie Hade

Sydney Shafer, Journalist

Febuary 2017 The Moxie Mountie



Fundraising supports Bowling team ing team must arrange rides to get to their tournaments by carpooling and using their own transportation. “It’s not usually a problem,” said Conroy. “We go through everything and make sure we get the money (Left to right) senior Madysson Millimam and junior Brittany Wollet prepare for a bowling match against Lumen. we need.” The team does practice, and others. not let this affect their attitudes Most school sports have funding about bowling or their perforto get uniforms, but the bowling mance. They stay focused on their team fundraises so that they are performance and not the cost. able to personalize and keep their “There’s a desire for people who outfits. want to bowl and if everyone puts “The school by no means cheats in their fair share it’s not as much bowling on any funding,” said work as one would think,” said Lobdell. “What we do is a little Conroy. different than other sports, but The team still has many practices it makes sense for ours and has and competitions before regionals worked for about 17 years now.” on Feb. 24 and 25. Normally sports have transportation provided by the school to attend their meets, while the Bowl-

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When senior CJ Conroy competes this year for the varsity bowling team, he does not worry about the costs involved. He is only focusing on the performance and passion of the sport he loves. “We’ve always raised our own money, and it’s never really been a problem,” said Conroy. Bowling is a school sponsored sport; however, the school does not provide all funding for this costly sport. The athletic department does provide some basic needs but cannot afford all of the bowling lane fees. Years ago, before bowling was an official sport, parents and athletes wanted bowling to be more than a club. In order for that to happen, it was an agreement to do fundraisers rather than accepting complete school funding. “The school pays for most of our competitions.” said Bowling Coach Gerry Lobdell. “Fundraising money is used for other items.” The team has done fundraisers such as selling pizzas, candy bars, and hosting events to earn money. The funds raised goes to necessities such as uniforms, places to

Photo by Sydney Boulter

Amya Case, Journalist

Self characteristics, athletics grow side by side Morgan Huver, Guest Writer

Tumbling together Jackson county gymnasts join one team

Freshman Liz Bowler, Aria Ward, and Abigail Williams, along with sophomore Madison Girard and senior Jenna Sorensen are on the Jackson Lumen Christi Gymnastics team. The team is conjoined with Jackson High School and Lumen Christi Schools. The Jackson Lumen Christi Gymnastics team does many different acts but the top four are floor which is usually a dance routine, balance beam which the gymnast has to balance on a bar doing flips and cartwheels, vault which is a platform that the gymnasts have to jump over, and four exercise which is a big square platform that the gymnasts run (Left to Right) Freshman Abigail Williams, senior Jenna Sorenson, sophomore Madaround, do flips, and usually do a die Girard, freshman Aria Ward, and freshman Liz Bowler pose for a team photo. dance routine on it. “We are one big family. We love each other,” said by other girls from the two schools. Right from the beginning all the girls were cooperating together and Bowler. The team is like any other school team but it includes helping each other become better gymnasts. “Many of the girls that came into the team were additional schools. The girls all work together to cheer motivated and very experienced,” said Ward. each other on. The girls who were most experienced and motivated “Having just Northwest girls on the gymnastics team would be really weird because I’ve become really helped the JV girls with different techniques, different close with the girls from Jackson High and Lumen strategies to use, and with ways to be more motivated and confident when competing. Christi,” said Bowler. Lumen Christi is the main source of funding for The school decided to start co-oping with Lumen Christ and Jackson High because not many students the team. Therefore that’s why the team is called the knew that there was a gymnastics team at Northwest. Jackson Lumen Christi Gymnastics Team. Also that is There technically is a Northwest gymnastics team but why the girls have Lumen Christi leggings, jackets and there are only five girls so the team made the decision flags. The Northwest girls decided to start co-oping with Lumen and Jackson High because of the fact that to start cooperating with the other school. “Practicing with other schools is different, but it’s a Lumen was funding the team. The girls plan on continuing to strive with the good kind of different. We all have different abilities when it comes to gymnastics. We’ve become closer, Jackson Lumen Christi Team, doing their best at the competitions, and for their relationships with one kind of like a huge family,” said Ward. When Northwest first started co-oping with the Jackson another to grow. Lumen Christi Gymnastics Team they were welcomed

Photo courtesy of Michelle Wellman

Kaitlyn Grier, Journalist

Having played competitive golf for going on four years and on Varsity for three, senior Leah Olmsted looks forward to end her senior year. "Being with upperclassmen [my freshman year] created lifelong friendships," said Olmsted. "Also having the opportunity to be a vocal leader with a great group of girls, helped me grow in maturity.” One of Olmsted’s goals is to give upcoming team members a good platform to have successful seasons in the future after she graduates. "I found success in playing because of the connections I created with my team and coaches,” said Olmsted. “The golf experience is like none other, just to be greeted by an encouraging coach even if you had your worst round, because we all understand it could happen to anyone.” Through her high school career, Olmsted has gained many accomplishments. Some of which include Most Valuable Player, All Conference Honorable Mention, Academic All Conference for three years, Academic All State, as well as qualifying for the state tournament. Olmsted has been able to take instruction from her Co-Coaches, Mrs. Martha Cantlin and Mrs. Jill Lefere, to whom she owes her success. "My coaches have impacted me the most out of anyone throughout my golf experience. They both truly taught me the meaning behind the game, [the relationship she has with her coaches] is more like family,” said Olmsted. Having taken the sport seriously, Olmsted has created a strong bond with her coaches of which the memories that she made with them will last a lifetime. “[Olmsted] improved her game quite a bit from her freshman year through her senior season. She has also been a very good and important team leader her junior and senior seasons when we needed her to step into that role,” said Cantlin. “She has a great sense of humor, a positive attitude and is she works hard. I look forward to hearing and seeing her success as she moves on into college and beyond.” Following her graduation, Olmsted plans to attend Western Michigan University (WMU) in the fall of 2017. Although Olmsted does not plan on playing for WMU, she plans to enjoy playing recreational golf near the University.



Feburary 2017 The Moxie Mountie

Jackson United hockey scores friendships Relationships off ice helps toward team success





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For the Jackson United hockey team the 2016 2017 season has been a team effort. After last year’s standout performance from alumnus Alex Gwinn, who led the team with 41 goals, the united team was hoping for a standout to lead the team. Seniors Brad Campbell and Seth Maloney have been splitting time in goal. “This year I feel we are a close, tight knit group,” said Maloney. Western senior Charlie Bonser leads the team in goals while Springport senior Karson Collier leads the team in assists. The team's defense has been giving up no more than a maximum of four goals in their games. The team is a defensive team first. This is a huge step for the

team who is taught to play a defense first type of game by Coach Andy Sinkovitz. “The defense has really been helping the goalies this year. I don't feel like I'm all alone on the ice,” said Maloney. “It has really been a team effort this year.” The team does not have a standout player this year. All the players have to contribute to make sure that the team accomplishes all its goals and so Western student Blake Blodgett defends senior Nic Weller as he steals they can continue to win. “We do stuff together like back the puck from the Lumen Christi team. team dinners and we hang out Jackson United. Since they were younger, most of with each other outside of school and the rink,” said the players on the team have played together on other senior Jared Fowle. teams so they know how to get along with each other Being so close has helped the team treat each other and how their teammates act on the ice. as equals on the ice as well as off. The team puts all “This is the best team I've ever been a part of,” said differences aside like school rivalries and they play Maloney. “I wouldn't want to be part of any other together as a team should. team.” “We win and lose as a team, not just one line or After a 5-2 win against rival Lumen Christi, the one player,” said Bonser. “It’s definitely helped the united team looks to use the win as boost to finish off attitude of the team.” the season on a high note. Being from four separate schools would normally have a negative factor for a team like Photo by Taylor Thrush

Griffin Foster, Journalist

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Taylor Thrush, Journalist


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