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the paladin

October 2013 Volume: Eight Issue: Two

What’s Inside

Candy hazards pg. 9

Bands of America pg. 17 & 18

CP’s Heroes and Villains pg. 19

Zombie walk pg. 20 Dominic Ferguson

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The Paladin Co-Editors in Chief Samantha Morrow * Shelby Gregory Staffers Julienna Law * Paola Martinez Parente * David Spradlin Lauren Lane * Tyler Wright * Meaghen Noack Deidre Worth * Anna Rech * Annika Crabtree Milly Espinoza * Will Bittick Sponsor Donna Brawner Publisher Dr. Mark Murrell The Paladin is the official newspaper of The Woodlands College Park High School. Editorials represent the opinions of the writers and not necessarily those the staff, school or the district. The Conroe Independent School District is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, or disability in employment matters, in its admissions policies, or by excluding from participation in, denying access to, or denying the benefits of district services, academic and/or vocational and technology programs, or activities as required by Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the First Amendment of the United States Constitution, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Happy Halloween Cavs!

Only 6 more days!


No easy answers to police brutality globally Milly Espinoza

Even though in the United States freedom of speech is still often respected, in other countries it is completely disregarded. Policemen arrest protesters involved in non-violent resistance more often than they catch the most wanted criminals of their country. As these people attempt to stand up for their beliefs, their governments and leaders rely on police violence to shut them up. In third world-countries police brutality is something citizens have learned to live with. Recently, Brazil suffered the biggest strike since 1992. What started as a peaceful protest about the increase in transportation prices, ended up as the protest over a corrupt government and the police brutality used against demonstrators. The problem does not stop there. Chinese police opened fire on peaceful Tibetans in Diriu, Oct. 6, injuring more than 60 people. In Colombia, a strike of agricultural workers lead to policemen tear-gassing their homes. In Turkey, as the youth protested for the resignation of the prime minister and his corrupt regime, police answered by transforming the peaceful protest into what people are now calling "Bloody Friday". A pro-democracy

protest in Egypt turned into an exhibition of grief after a 17-year-old student died at the hands of policemen. Even though there are multiple sides to a story, and policemen usually help control a situation, violence has proved to be the worst answer to control a group fighting for a cause. Most people agree that police violence only leads to protestors answering with more violence. “[Protesters] have the freedom to speak up, and any country that denies that or allows its police to use violence in a peaceful situation needs to be able to control its police force. The protesters are just trying to get their point across so there is no need to have violence enacted against them,” Senior Katy Hoffman said. In some cases, it is argued, those countries that do not guarantee freedom of speech are not breaking any laws by dismissing protester's demands and using force to contain them. However, it is a matter of decency to respect the public's opinion. “It is a basic human thing,” Hoffman said. “If somebody is trying to say something, you have to listen even if you don't agree with them. That is what governments need to do instead of calling for violent acts that will only cause

A policman in Dhaka, Bangladeesh hits a child with his baton in a con8 frontation in the streets.

violence from other groups too.” Human's rights organizations such as Amnesty International (AI) and Human Rights Watch (HRW) have made multiple efforts through the years to eradicate police brutality without much success. In a press release regarding police force in Kenya targeted toward the problem in general, the HRW stated that the problem is that policemen have too much power and warned governments to stop awarding police departments power that they do not know how to handle. “The current laws already allow for the use of lethal force by the police when their lives or the life of another person are in danger, but only when all other peaceful means are inadequate. Further amendments go against international standards,” the press release said. Like HRW, AI fights injustice and exposes abuses and promotes human rights worldwide. Their goal is to create a safer, most just world. Although there are no easy answers to solving police brutality, supporting groups like AI and HRW can make a difference with the support of concerned individuals.

In a protest against Vladimir Putin, a young man is arrested by the local police.


Rookie’s take on high school relationships Anony-

Think of yourself as America. Now imagine your best friend as Ireland, and your boyfriend as Great Britain. Then there is that chick that tries to steal your boyfriend. Imagine her as North Korea. So North Korea goes and attacks the whole love thing between America and Britain. Now Ireland is all “aww HECK no” and so there it is. High school relationships are similar to how a world war starts. This, of course, is the absolute worst scenario. Usually high school relationships are just two students who really like each other. Granted, it will most likely end in a break up (because only about five percent of couples in high school make it to the horrifying/beautiful moment of marriage), but it is still a good experience. That sounds awful. Let me reword that. It is not so much the experience. It is the fact that they love someone. The feeling of love and opportunity to learn from their mistakes to finally make it right for the one in the end that will mean everything to them (if, of course, that kind of stuff is up your alley). It is all about what you learn in the relationships. So deal with North Korea trying to take your guy. It just shows you how to handle the situation. The other day I was talking to a friend and she said she “loved” her boyfriend. I believed her. Some would ask why. Some would wonder why she tossed the word `love’ around towards a boy who she will probably end it with. The truth is, you can love multiple boys in a lifetime. I’ll be the first to admit that I have. I remember the first one. I was in the fourth grade. His

name was Matt. He had blonde sandy hair that was all spiked in the front (which was the hot style at the time) and these bright green eyes that said “your awesome” every time he looked your way. And every time he looked my way, I really think my heart melted (cheesy yes, but oh so very true). I remember when he first sat next to me at lunch. I passed out. Not really. But you get the idea. He showed me so much in life. What blushing felt like. What jealously felt like. What love felt like. Not a day went by that I wasn’t thinking “what if he looks over here? What do I do?” Then, of course, there was the whole junior high/high school awkward love. His name was Alex. He was the all-time most clumsy, silly and crazy kid I have ever met. Seriously, the kid had issues, but for some unknown psychotic reason (seriously doctors still can not figure it out) I really loved those issues. His crazy laugh and energy was infectious. I was so much happier around him. He showed me a world where it does not matter what others think of you. Where being a first rate you instead of a second rate someone else makes life so much better. Each love shows something knew. Shows you how to handle life and how to handle relationships. They can be good and they can be bad. The fights and the drama you face in high school relationships can only help you in the future. In the end, relationships in high school are a rewarding chance to learn a little about life while still on your parents dime.

Relationship advice from a rookie

Yearbook Sale Nov. 4-8

1) Be respectful - snapchatting is cute. Snapchatting awkward/inappropriate pictures is so not. #dontasktolookat 2) Be understanding - You cannot expect the poor boy/girl to be at available at your every whim. Everyone has other activites. Like girl/boy night. Don not ruin a relationship because you love them to much. #luvyahbutnotrightnow 3) Watch the “love” word - yes it is very romantic. It is very sweet. But do not just through it around willy-nilly. As in, if you started dating yesterday, do not you dare say you love them because you so don’t. You just really, really, really like them. #areyoufifteenorsomething 4

in the commons during lunches.

Plain books: $65 Nameplate: $5 Icons: $5 each (to be selected at yearbook table or with online sales) Checks payable to TWCP yearbook or exact cash Charge:


DIY Fall Fashions Paste the gems along the loafer’s flap

Cut squares of different shades of denim.

Coat the back of the cloth letters with E6000 glue.

Lauren Lane

Line the edge of the scarf with a thin strip of glue

Paste or sew the denim patches.

Pom Pom Scarf Gemmed Up Loafers

Letter Satchel.

Space the rhinestones equal distances from each other

Stores • • • • • Rhinestone headband

Hobby Lobby Michael’s Joann’s Jewelry Outlet

• Beadoholique • Spring Beads

Projects 1. Gemmed up Loafers What You Need-A pair of penny loafers -E6000 glue -Craft sticks -Large gems in several colors 2. Letter Satchel-A structured satchel -Small and large embroidered letter patches -E6000 glue -A small paintbrush 3. Patchwork Jeans A pair of jeans in non-stretch denim -Iron-on denim patches after a few washes -Scissors -An iron and ironing board

4. Pom-Pom Scarf Materials: - scarf - pom pom trim 5. Rhinestone headband

- thin gold headband (here and here) - 5 vintage embellished buttons 5


An Evening in Oz 2


Donna Brawner

Madalyn Killian Shelby Gregory


Homecoming. A time for dressing up, football, and dancing. A time for stress. “It takes a lot of time and dedication,” Vice President Kaitlyn Karmout said. “We have to order all the items such as the court gifts, sashes, the decorations. There are so many elements that must be planned and performed accordingly such as the dance, the game and the court itself.” Even though so much planning and work has to be put into the event, it’s absolutely worth it. “It was absolutely amazing this year,” Sophomore Kaitlynn Harrison said. “I can’t wait to see what next year will bring.” In the end, this year’s Homecoming was more than a success. Makenzie Isom


Chris Henriques 4

Caeli Condit


Giselle Myers

1. Seniors William Arn and Anna Babcock are crowned King and Queen at the Homcoming game by Dr. Mark Murrell and Dr. Susan Caffrey. 2. Sophomores Jenny Gee, Lindsey Heineike, Lynnzie Houser and Zoe Timm show off their gigantic mums. Favorite accessories on many mums were blinking lights and love knots. 3. Sophomore Alec Patton prepares to tour CP by dousing himself in sunblock on Tourist Tuesday. Students sported in Hawaiian shirts and shades as they went to class. 4. Seniors Edouard Bossello, Shaylee Clardy and Madison McDonald show their school spirirt by dressing up as “Senior Citizens” for the Homecoming parade. 5. Juniors pose and say “roar” on Wild Wednesday 6. Freshman Kyle Clevenger hits the rewind button for Throwback Thursday when he dresses up as Michael Jackson. 7


What people see in the name Paola Martinez Parente

Harvard. Princeton. Rice. MIT. These colleges have the reputation of being the most prestigious schools in the United States. With an acceptance rate of less than 10 percent each, getting in is as impossible as teaching a dog to speak English. Each spot is highly coveted, and the academic competition to be accepted gets tougher every year. Even with the odds against them, students still dream of getting into one of these famous colleges. “We get several students every year who would love to go to Ivy League schools,” College and Career Counselor Debra Creel said. “I think they understand that those school are difficult to get into, to say the very least, but they

Harvard is considered the second best college in the United States at the moment. People come from all over the world to attend.

still want to go to the ones that have highly recognizable names.” Several factors influence students when applying for college: popularity, price, location and number of students. “A lot of the Ivy League schools have been around for more than a century,” Creel said. “They're the schools that when you're watching a movie, the student in it is applying to.” When students see the school over and over again, they get the idea that maybe that is the school for them, even though there are others that would fit his or her academic and wallet requirements better. “Everyone is more worried about the reputation of the college rather than

how good their education is,” Sophomore Alicia Saltz said. There are many public schools that could compete with the famous Ivy League schools. These Public Ivies offer the same level of education and have the same diversity and attractive campuses while having affordable prices for people who do not have the impressive budget necessary to go to an Ivy league. The secret to finding the ideal college is looking at the big picture. A Public Ivy should have all of the other perks of a traditional ivy: academics and an impressive history. Applicants should apply to a variety of colleges to make the correct decision.

MIT, primarily known for its research in science and technology, had an 8.9 percent admission rate last year (2012).

Around 52,213 students enrolled in the University of Texas (UT) last year. Its acceptance rate was 46.6 percent.

U. S. News College Compass Survey of Top Public National Universities* According to U.S. and World Report, the colleges and universities listed below are the highest ranked in the 2014 Best Colleges rankings. *Only the first 60 are included. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 8

Univ. of California-Berkeley, CA Univ. of California-Los Angeles, CA Univ. of Virginia-Charlottesville, VA Univ. of Michigan-Ann Arbor MI Univ. of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, NC College of William & Mary-Williamsburg, VI Georgia Institute of Technology-Atlanta, GA Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA University of California-Davis, CA Univ. of California-San Diego, CA Univ. of California-Santa Barbara, CA Univ. of Illinois-Urbana Champaign, Champaign, IL Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison, WI Univ. of California-Irvine, CA Univ. of Florida-Gainesville, FL Univ. of Texas-Austin, TX Univ. of Washington-Seattle, WA Ohio State University-Columbus, OH Univ. of Connecticut-Storrs, CT Univ. of Georgia-Athens, GA

21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40

Clemson University-Clemson, SC Univ. of Maryland, College Park, MD University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh, PA Purdue Univ.-West Lafayette, IN. Rutgers-Piscataway, NJ Texas A&M Univ.-College Station, TX Univ. of Minnesota-Minneapolis, MN Virginia Tech-Blacksburg, VA Michigan State Univ.-East Lansing, MI Univ. of Iowa-Iowa City, IA Indiana Univ.-Bloomington, IN Miami Univ.-Oxford, Ohio Univ. of Delaware, Newark, DE Stony Brook University-Stony Brook, NY University of Vermont-Burlington, VT SUNY College-Syracruse, NY Univ. of Alabama-Tuscaloosa, AL Univ. of California-Santa Cruz, CA Univ. of Colorado-Boulder, CO Auburn Univ.-Auburn Univ.,CO

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Colorado School of Mines-Golden, CO Florida State Univ.-Tallahassee, FL Univ. of Massachusetts-Amherst, MA Binghamton Univ.-Binghamton, NY Univ. of Missouri-Columbia, MO Univ. of New Hampshire-Durham, NH Iowa State Univ.-Ames, IA North Carolina State Univ.-Raleigh, NC Univ. of Kansas-Lawrence, KS Univ. of Nebraska-Lincoln, NE Univ. of Oklahoma-Norman, OK Univ. of Tennessee-Knoxville, TX Univ. at Buffalo-Buffalo, NY Univ. of Oregan-Eugene, OR Univ. of California-Riverside, CA Univ. of South California-Riverside, CA Univ. of South Carolina-Columbia, SC Michigan Tech Univ.-Houghton, MI Univ. of Arizona-Tucson, AZ Univ. of Kentucky-Lexington, KY


CP theatre department goes dark Shelby Gregory

In the hilarious 1944 movie of Arsenic and Old Lace, Cary Grant with his aunts and fiance, Priscilla Lane, Jean Adair (Back), and Josephine Hull face a serious problems in the dysfunctional family.

The lights will go out and the most interesting, hilarious and heart-stopping play to hit the stage will steal the floor. Arsenic and Old Lace tells the story of two seemingly innocent old women who live in Brooklyn in the 1940s and rent out rooms. Their three nephews could not be more different. Teddy, who lives with the two ladies, believes he is Teddy Roosevelt. Why he thinks that is another story entirely...Mordemer is a dramatic critic by trade, but by coincidence is dating the girl next door whose father happens to be a man of the cloth. Their third and final nephew, Jonathan, is a bit of a trouble-maker. He has been in and out of jail, but returns to town during the play. “This is a dark comedy that is light-

hearted,” Director William Giffen said. “I think the students will really like it and have fun with it.” A lot of effort goes into preparing a play as complex as this one. The director has to consider many obstacles including cast, crew, set, dancers, and their audience. Though the directors are quite secretive towards the plays’ plot, Mr. Giffen did give a little insight: “Any story is going to have dysfunction in the family, loss, drugs or alcohol and sexual content. Some people may question this, but if you look closely, Finding Nemo has most of these same traits.” This play will blow the minds of those who choose to attend. It will be performed Oct. 30, Nov. 1, 2, and 4 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium.

Treats may contain unexpected tricks David Spradlin

Razor blades. Drugs. Cyanide. These are things people have found in their candy bags over the years. Halloween is becoming more and more dangerous and parents have become aware of these dangers. The origins of these dark rumors began from the story of a woman living in Long Island, NY, who gave out packages of inedible objects to teens who she thought were not old enough to be Trick-or-Treating. Such items were steel wool, dog treats and 'Ant Buttons' clearly labeled as poisonous. The media ran with this story and it went national. Thus began the propaganda of "hazardous candies". From this event in 1964 to the newest story in 2007, the hazards continue to surface. Metal shavings and razor blades were found in 'Pokemon Valentines Day Lollipops' in Polk County, FL. Luckily, a mother reported a razor in her child’s lollipop and the lollies were immediately pulled from the shelves.

No injuries or deaths were reported from this incident, but the candies children brought home were thoroughly checked by frightened parents. Thankfully, there have not been any reported such incidents in The Woodlands, but there is always that small chance of some teenager finding something harmful. Something scarier than goblins and witches could be out there Halloween: sex offenders. Law officers have a plan in place to protect the public. “Since sex offenders are not allowed to give out candy to kids on Halloween, the department is doing a routine sex offenders check on all offenders in the area,” Lt. Fitzgerald of the Montgomery County Sheriffs’ Department said. Trick-or-treaters need to be cautious about candy. They may be tricked and find out it was too sweet of a deal this Hallow’s Eve.

Candies with razors embedded in them and drugs injected into candy have been found in Trick-orTreaters’ Halloween bags around the country.

Stuff Monsters Like uses a not-so-subliminal message to warn people about the dangers that come from accepting candy from strangers. 9


Boys leave the field behind Milly Espinoza

Ranked first in the state is always sweet. For the cross country boys, letting 254 5-A schools eat their dust is especially gratifying. At the Rim Rock Invitational, Sept. 28, CP placed second, but at the Nike South meet, they reestablished their dominance finishing first, leaving The Woodlands to become the `also rans’. At the CP Invitational, Oct. 12, the team fought their way back up to first. While the boys are setting the standard for the rest of the state, the girls are also setting their standard. Even though they have faced obstacles during the season, they are quickly catching up to the boys. They are currently ranked second in district. “We know we are not the best in the state yet, but we want the runners to believe that they are in the top five and

sure enough they did that,” Girl’s cross country coach Mitch Reed said. “Other programs haven’t caught up with us yet so our kids are starting to believe that it could happen.” Even though the competition is challenging, the teams concentrate on running their type of race. “We don’t really think about them [the competition], we try to run our best,” Senior Tony Martinez said. “We don’t really compare ourselves to them, or at least we try not to.” Regarding The Woodlands, against with whom CP has been head-to-head all season, seniority is the only thing they have over CP according to Coach Reed. “They have a stronger tradition just because they have been around longer,” he said. “We are right there on their

tails and they know that.” Nothing seems to be able to stop the juggernaut of CP cross country from winning district. (Results from district meet were not available at press time.)

Coming up on the last leg of the race, Seniors Colton Brehm and Tanner Maloney take out the competition at the Oak Ridge meet.


Varsity wrestlers prepare for the season

David Spradlin

Varsity wrestlers prepare and look forward to the new wrestling season by doing over-thetop training, exercise and learning new moves to defeat their competition. The team has high expectations for this year. “What I'm looking forward to most this wrestling season is competition, college scouts and progression from our new wrestlers,” Junior Chance Robinson said. “This is my junior year and it is high time for college recruiting. I am going to have to put all my efforts towards this year and cannot take any breaks.” Robinson is a walk-on member of the varsity team. With 12 years of wrestling experience, he could lead the team to victory. The varsity returning players are

Chance Robinson, Michael Turbovich, Kyle Roberts, Anthony Acevedo, Joe Driscoll, "Cannon" and Evan Robinson. All are expected to bring top quality effort and rise above their competition. Their first meet is Nov. 4 at Klein Collins for a four team wrestling match. “From last year to this year I've picked up a few new strategies,” Robinson said. “Wrestling smart and focusing on basic progressive moves, a move I can do with different variations to counter my opponents varying tactics.” Last season several wrestlers did not met the criteria for UIL requirements for their final meet. The wrestlers are on a strict path to staying on top of grades. Coach David Barrett plans for each

Kyle Roberts takes on his competition.

Varsity Wrestlers win against the Bulldogs.

Chance Robinson, Connal Bernard, Hector Olmos relax before a meet.

wrestler to pass so they can have full advantage as a team. Last year the varsity wrestlers won eight matches, lost 12 matches, and tied once in 21 matches. Their greatest competition last year was Klein, with them losing both times they fought. The wrestlers anticipate a major lead this year to rebound off of last year. This season is a big year for the wrestlers. They have to rebound from their losses last year and achieve their goals. “With weight classes growing bigger and team competition more vigorous than ever, we will see who rises to the occasion for the 2014 season,” Robinson said. “Stay aggressive, stay strong, stay on top.” *Photographs from 2012 season

Kyle Roberts pins his opponent.

Chance Robinson dominates his opponent.



Cavs win big, then lose big Tyler Wright

The tiger: Aggressive. Cunning. A powerful creature that blends into the jungle despite his lack of camouflage. Whether it is in the jungles in southern Asia or on the turf of the fields of Texas high school football, the tiger will always be a large animal that is quick on its feet. However, the tiger has been known to have diverse personalities. A certain species of tiger, the A&M Consolidated Tiger, is known for being powerful and unstoppable. They defeated the Cavaliers 41-7 last Friday night. The Cavs offense went nearly nowhere with Colton Farmer only throwing 27 yards against a tough A&M defense. Because CP offense would be off the field in three plays, the defense had no time to rest. “Offense can use up three plays in just one minute,” fellow Cav footballer player Kenny Chin said, “and it takes more than a minute for defense to fully recover. This is why defesne could not show their true potential; they simply did not have the energy to play by the second quater.” Without Running back Nick Black, the Cavs would not have made it onto the scoreboard as Black ran the ball 74-yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. A second species of tiger, the Conroe Tiger, exhibited behavior of unsportsmanlike conduct on October 11th. CP was ready for a win after their loss to the War Eagles and it was Homecoming, but there were going to challenges. On College Park’s side of the spectrum: a sophomore is the starting fullback. The starting kicker/punter is out, hindering the chance to score field goals and PATs. There are currently only 54 padded men on the CP sideline, about 20 men less than Conroe. CP was still in the shadow of their disappointing and upsetting loss against Oak Ridge, the number one ranked team in the district. The Cavs led the War Eagles until the fourth quarter when Oak Ridge scored three touchdowns. The final score was 21-14. Fumbles and an interception cost the Cavaliers the game. For Conroe: A future Texas/OU/Baylor quarterback leads

Caeli Condit

Kaley Evans

RB Nick Black strides into the end- Corner Ryder Lucas snatches the ball for an interception, his third this year. 12 zone during the Conroe game.

the Tigers, ready to win after sitting out three weeks due to an injury. The Tigers beat A&M Consolidated at their home field the week before. A talented athlete from St. Pius Academy transferred to Conroe, adding more fuel to the Tiger’s fire. To directly quote “College Park is expected to lose over Conroe on Oct. 11.” Cutting straight to the good stuff, CP scores in just a few minutes into the game. The sophomore running back who earned a starting spot, Dominic Garcia, made a flawless 20 yard dash right up the middle for six points. This proved not to be just a fluke, CP scored two more times in the first quarter. Quarterback Colton Farmer lobbed the ball for nearly 50 yards and Black demonstrated the true skill that he holds within. Conroe was forced to watch the CP battleship dock and unleash its arsenal. As halftime begins, the Cavaliers had a massive led, 36-6, with Conroe only scoring after completing two field goals booted by Conroe kicker Cordell Vogel, one of the better Tiger players. After the of the Homecoming court at halftime, the Cavs returned to field. Soon enough, the score went even higher, from 36 to 42, and 42 to 48. It was a bloodbath, and the Tigers were about to reveal their jungle side. One CP player is shoved out of bounds, but is hit several seconds after the play was called by Conroe Running back Haden Bowen. After that penalty, the Tigers added to yardage, but in penalties. A CP linebacker reached out a hand for his fellow player when he too got popped from a surprise Tiger attack. After this incident, the refs ejected two Conroe players, plus an additional call of a face mask. Conroe lost 35 yards due to penalties in just one play. The next play, a defensive player knocks Running back A.J. Sanders to the ground and he too gets a personal foul penalty called on him, which meant more yardage for CP. By the end of the drive, Conroe had given College Park 65 yards worth of penalties, all gift wrapped and neatly tied for Christmas in nice little package.

Caeli Condit Runningback Dominic Garcia scores in the first minutes of the game.

Dominic Ferguson Linebacker Kyle Cole wraps up for the tackle, making sure no one gets past him.


Playoff berth assured for girls Emma Lahvis and Annika Crabtree

The varsity volleyball team is determined to hold their place as the number two seed in the 15-5A District. As they continue to rise above other teams, entering every game to dominate the competition, hunger to make the playoffs is only growing. The Oak Ridge game was unlike any game the team played this season. The Cavaliers knew they had no choice but to take down the War Eagles to keep their rank in the district. They did just that. CP starts the second round of district play with a win and continues their stampede to the playoffs. Losing to Oak Ridge would have devastated the team’s moral and knocked them down to fourth seed. Thankfully, the Cavaliers took the challenge and

played every set point by point prying out a win. Amazing kills were contributed by Sophomore Kennedi Smith, Junior Emily Thorson and Seniors Alyssa McNeely and Andi Platt. Team work and a stunning effort proved the Cavs could be victorious. The tension was palpable during that final moment of victory. On the other hand, Conroe was a trivial game for the Cavs. The team is not normally considered a threat like that of A&M Consolidated or The Woodlands (or even Oak Ridge for that matter), but they proved to be more of a challenge than expected. The Lady Cavs played laid-back when they should have been slamming Conroe with kills. They underestimated Conroe’s abilities. The Tigers stepped-up and out-played the Cavs.

CP was not expecting them to come out swinging but, surprisingly, the close game and biting play, ended with a narrow win for the Lady Cavs who edged out Conroe, 25-19, 25-21 and 25-21. The Lady Cavaliers beat A&M Consolidated and kept their grasp on the second seed ranking. They followed that victory with another after taking out Lufkin. However, the Cavs must stay focused on the road ahead. They are set to play The Woodlands in an undoubtedly fierce game today at home. Although the Highlander’s play is always strong, a clearly united and tenacious team, the Lady Cavaliers, have more than a great shot.

Outside hitter Kennedi Smith passes the ball to setter Andi Platt while Emily Thorson cheered her on.

Alyssa McNeely after being set, takes her approach to spike the ball to earn a point against the Lady Eagles.

Covering the net beautifully was a lot of work for Kennedi Smith and her partner, Alyssa McNeely. 13


Boys rebound; teamwork key to win Sam Morrow

After finishing a disappointing fifth place in district last year, just one spot out of playoffs, the boy’s basketball team is ready to fix the problems that stopped them last year. This talented team, whose standards are high, are working on playing as a team. Last season, team members wanted to play one-on-one basketball more than competing as a team. Going from off-season to regular season would be difficult for any team no matter the circumstances. Losing six seniors is hard to bounce back from, especially losing Desmond Fleming, who led in a majority of stats and was a leader. It was also apparent that the team needed a catalyst on the court as, according to Head Coach Clifton McNeely, the team was too selfabsorbed. “This year, in the off-season, we are focusing on being competitive, refining little details, becoming one unit and one team,” Coach McNeely said. He plans on doing this is by leaning on

Seniors Jayden Holden, Keanu Andaya and Tristen Newman. Holden and Andaya have been on varsity since they were sophomores and their stats prove they earned their spots. Holden averaged 11.7 points per game, led the district in rebounds with 6.9 on average as well as in charges with an average of 15 per game. Andaya was close behind Holden in points per game with 9.2 on average. He also led the district in steals with an average of 2.9 per game and 108 free throws completed. Newman, on the other hand, is a hidden leader, who makes things happen. “Jayden and Keanu have the experience to be leaders and it helped watching the seniors before them be the leaders that they need to be now,” Coach McNeely said. “Newman, on the other hand, might not seem like a leader when someone looks at his stats, but he is the guy that does the little things that fans do not get to see.” As the Cavs prepare for their tough district schedule, the coaching staff decided

to do something that most coaches would not dare to do in preseason. “We are not playing ‘cream puff’ teams,” Coach McNeely said. “We are going to find out early which of the guys want to play at a higher level and can keep up with the intensity of playing on varsity.” Once the boys hit the gym and start practicing for their district games, the demands and intensity levels change. The boys as one must start competing for everything. “Our standards go beyond average,” Coach McNeely said. “We expect great things out of this season.” According to Coach McNeely it starts in practice, with the boys working their hardest. It then moves to the rest of the program, the parents and fans, realizing that no role is too small and that all of them together are fighting for the same goal. “We are always reaching for success,” he said.

Cavs positives outweigh negatives Will Bittick

Expectations are high for the girl’s varsity basketball team, but the road they must take will be an uphill battle. Losing nine seniors from the previous season, five being first team all district players, only makes things more challenging. “We are a young team this year, but a lot of the new girls are hungry to win,” Coach Connie Richardson said. “It’s a talented squad, but the inexperienced will work hard to become better. It’s going to be difficult, but I think we will do well.” One of the graduated seniors, Alexia Sanders, led the district in nearly every statistic possible and was the MVP for the district. “It’s always hard to replace someone like Sanders, but everyone will just have to do their part,” Coach Richardson said. “Instead of everyone relying on one person, 14

we will have to put in a team effort, but I’m not worried about it at all. I’m actually quite excited, because these girls work extremely hard.” The girls will have to work on defense, as they gave away most points during district because of this. “We, unfortunately, are not a big or tall team, so we don’t try to focus on playing like we are tall,” Coach Richardson said. “Our defense is more focused on stopping the ball and not giving any second chances for more points.” On the flip side, the girls’ offense was stellar last season, scoring the most points in district and the second most within the district against other district teams. “It helped that Sanders broke the College Park scoring record, but we are also great shooters,” Coach Richardson said. “We

are running and moving constantly, so lay ups aren’t a problem.” The varsity squad was knocked out in the Ashley Harrison is one of the first round five returning varsity players. of the playoffs last year. This year they are determined to go even farther. “Our ultimate goal is to win the championship, but to do that we have to get past the first round, which is where our focus is turned to at the moment,” Coach Richardson said. “Once we get past that, we will take it one game at a time.”


Collins crazy antics loved by fans

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Currently, all the hullabaloo is about Miley Cyrus and other horrifying stars’ antics (but mostly Cyrus’ jaw-dropping behavior). However, not every celebrity is suddenly going seemingly insane. (Well, in a bad way; this particular man is questionably sane, albeit in a humorous way.) Misha Collins is one of the three stars of the CW’s show Supernatural, which just went into its ninth season, with fans biting their nails over Collins’ character’s fate. Supernatural got its first taste of Collins in 2008’s fourth season, when one of the most popular characters on the show, an angel named Castiel, made his first appearance. Not only did his arrival herald the entrance of a new and exciting direction in the show (an impending apocalypse involving all the forces of heaven and hell), it also ushered in the actor - or perhaps hurricane would be a better descriptor Misha Collins. Collins has become an integral part of the Supernatural fandom, often taking to Twitter to tease (“troll”) his fans, known as “Minions,” and engaging in a refreshing sort of craziness that (for once in the case of a celebrity) has nothing to do with scandal. “Misha is very sweet, very nice. He’s hilarious and a little crazy. But we, the Supernatural fandom, will always love him,” Freshman Winter Bourdier said. For example, Collins once convinced notoriously semi-hysterical Doctor Who fans (again through his preferred medium Twitter) he was to be selected as the Twelfth Doctor, a position “widely regarded as one of the most hotly contested roles in British television,” according to Collins‘ other most well-known stunt was posting his phone number on Twitter in August and then actually responding to fans‘ texts and calls. This yielded such conversational gems as the answer to “what is the meaning of life?” (the answer according to Collins: kale) and advice on ordering at Chipotle. This may seem a silly invitation for disaster (what sane celebrity would post their phone number, albeit one with a 2.5-day expiration date, online?) but Collins, aside from proving his patience and love for his fans by actually responding to the flood of calls and texts, posted the number in the first place for his equally zany but 16

wonderful scavenger hunt GISHWHES. Collins founded GISHWHES (“The Greatest Scavenger Hunt The World Has Ever Seen”) in 2011. The event takes people from all over the world and instructs them to create art of seemingly random ideas with international teams. It has broken three consecutive Guiness World Records and is inspired by Collins’ alma mater, University of Chicago’s own scavenger hunt. Money from GISHWHES goes to Collins’ charity, Random Acts, which he founded in 2009 and which encourages people to perform one “random” act of kindness a day. “I think he’s a really fantastic actor, and he seems like he’s a genuinely nice person,” Junior Elizabeth Batton said. Another thing that divides Collins from most celebrities besides actually being a good person: his record. Many famous people these days are known less for following the rules than for breaking them; just look at all the DWIs, DUIs, and other wild behavior. (Again, Miley Cyrus, anyone?) Collins has been arrested too, but for completely different reasons. He once climbed to the top of a building, sat down, and started reading; when the police asked him why he had done it, he replied that he needed more light. Crazy? Yes? Funny? Yes. Scary? No. Most celebrities, despite being the idols of pop culture today, are terrible role models. They do drugs, get arrested (and walk away untouched most of the time) and generally do crazy, horrifying things. Maybe people need to reevaluate the idea that fame automatically means someone is worthy of admiration, and start considering actors like Misha Collins. Phone: 281.998.8012 Fax: 281.998.8473 Email: Your partner for controls and automation. Vector CAG has top industry technical professionals ready to support you for all your process applications needs. Contact us today. Your partner in the oil and gas industry * water and wastewater industry food and beverage industry * power and energy industry chemical and petrochemical industry


Wonderous sights, sounds seen at BOA Meaghen Noack

With the end of the season quickly approaching, the band spends countless hours trying to perfect what has become a top finalist performance placing ninth at Bands of America, Oct. 5, and first in prelims and second in finals. “The second place win was definitely harder to deal with because we [the band] placed first overall in the 3A Championships in prelims so we all knew we could do it,” Sophomore Dalton Cott said. “It was just a matter of being able to get the job done.” The season of final finishes have absolutely helped to motivate the kids,” Band director Charlotte Royall said. “We hope that the excitement will carry on for the rest of the season and carry over into our performance at super regional in San Antonio.” The thing about marching band is that it is not only a team activity. Many of what makes the College Park band great is what happens with personal preparation such as practicing at home, making the personal commitment to show up to band practice even when sick, and juggling the importance of academic achievements and the amount of time spent with the band. Three out of the four competitions that the band is traveling to this year are the day after football games. For example, the first competition was the day after the Oak Ridge away game so the band was able to get home at the earliest about midnight to report back to the school again at approximately 8 am. for the run through to perform at noon. The same thing happened for the Sam Houston State University marching contest, Oct. 19. The only change was the location of the away game. The day before the competition the band traveled to Bryan College Station to cheer on the football team against A&M Consolidated, preventing them from arriving home until about 1-2 a.m., just to arrive back to the school at 10:30 a.m.. For the freshmen class, their first competition was the ninth place finish at BOA. Many of them were overwhelmed by the presence of the field judges that look at the

marching style as well as individual tone. “The judges intimidated me a little bit, but it truly was not that bad because they would walk up to you in a hold listen for a little bit, mention a comment and walk away,” Freshman Collin Tucker said. However, those that have gone through the program have developed a sense of humor surrounding the judges. “The judges were not intimidating,” Senior Alex Goetting said. “However, I have always been scared to run over one of them. Gorring has given us full permission to run them over if it means that we stay in the form and march on. “There are many things that the band can do to improve on,” Assistant Jeff Gorring said, “We definitely need to work on the continuation of the musical phrases, dynamic contrast and spacing and alignment.” As far as big pictures goes the band hit the nail on the head. However, many of the students believe that there are individual things that need to be fixed. “The drum line needs to muscle up to match the large sounds of the band,” Sophomore Elijah Lindsey. “When we play full volume almost no one in the audience can hear their message; therefore, hindering the overall message trying to be portrayed by the ensemble as a whole.” “The consistency of the marching style needs to be overall more consistent to provide the correct style from the top of the press box where the judges are placed,” Sophomore Justin Taylor said. With the final competition looming overhead, the band prepares for the countless hours ahead for preparation. “There is only room to improve from here, Senior Joseph Valencia said. “The countless hours outside and in the stadium help to seal the deal as far as competitions are concerned.” Photo Credit: Kaley Evans



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Donna Brawner Top: Ross Hardin, junior, keeps watch during the halftime performance to keep the band on beat. Right: The drum majors prepare to take the field. Junior Kyle Kroes, Junior Andrew Cahill, Senior Courtney Wang and Junior Sarah Meidel strike a classic pose.




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Left: The trombone line starts off the opener with the peaceful melodic tones. Middle Top: Senior Jamie Harrison struts through the show keeping the beat. Top Right: Hallie Branco, senior, helps to convey the end of the show with her sky lined flag.


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Heroes and Villains Mr. Incredible: Coach Collier Because of his go-get’em personality, his need to help others succeed, and his love for other people.

The Ghostbusters: Ray: Mr. Clevenger Egon: Mr. Thompson Peter: Coach James With Mr. Clevenger’s hilarious personality, Mr. Thompson’s intellegence and Coach James’ sarcastic, witty remarks, these three represent the sparks seen Rick Grimes: in the trio. Coach Wyman Their accents. Their fight. Their awesomeness. It’s just obvious.

Harry Potter: Mr. Clements For his humble, hard working, heroic act of forcing his students to receive fives on the APUSH Exam.

Wonder Woman: Mrs. Delong For her amazing kindness to others and her love for her students and her job. She’s an amazing multitasker and knows how to get the job done! Voldemort: Mrs. Waters For the horror inflicted upon her seniors when she surprised them with a timed writing without preparation or previous knowledge

Wicked Witch: Ms. Pearson - Pratho If one were to enter her chamber, they would find a specific drawer in her file cabinet designated to torture. From worksheets to tests, this drawer promises nightmares.

The Joker: Mr. Steinbach With his crazy smile and sarcastic, funny nature, this teacher is the perfect candidate to try and one up Batman.

The Grim Reaper: Ms. Smith A student sat outside and played a funeral procession as students filed in for their first timed writing. Pretty self explanatory.


Zombies walk Houston


ctober welcomes breezy weather, an abundance of leaves and a city of zombies. The annual Houston Zombie Walk is one of the largest charity events in Houston. Established in 2010, the walk has generated many charity organization’s attention, raising thousands of dollars in donations and pledges. The money raised helps The Houston Humane Society, Houston Children’s Charity, Dove Key Ranch Wildlife Rehabilitation and other beneficial causes. Citizens deck themselves out in true ‘Walking Dead ‘ fashion and roam the city in hoards wearing stage makeup, artificial blood and in extreme cases, plastic limbs.

“It was an interesting experience, and I’m looking forward to going this year, and going all out on my costume, a little more rips a few more tears,” Senior Alexandra Foote said. Attendees can count on live music 24/7 from various local bands and on some occasions, better known musicians “The music really adds to the atmosphere,” Foote said. “When it starts getting darker, the music gets scarier so it just plays out well.” This year the sponsors set a designated course throughout downtown Houston to better display the night walkers in a parade arrangement. “The looks you get from people are so funny,” Junior Elizabeth Batton said. “Sometimes they think you’re super weird.” The bigger the turn out, the more charities that offer their sponsorship.


“Last year The Humane Society was a really big part,” Junior Samantha Oliveira said. “They brought out dogs and cats and had a mini-adoption station set up. It was really cute” The zombie walk has week long events, including live music and several sponsor fests, but the main event, “the scene stealer” is from day-tonight, Oct. 19. “If you can’t make it this year, I definitely recommend going next year, and the year after that, and the year after that...” Foote said. The tickets range from the general price of $10 to $30, the highest including a tee shirt with purchase. Ticket purchases are counted as automatic donations to the charities involved. When looking for something to do, keep in mind that there is the option to walk around in zombie dress for a good cause.


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Anna Dressed In Blood: scary good book to read for Halloween


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SPOILER ALERT!!!! There are many paranormal romance murdered and cursed. As events unfold, Cas finds himself fallnovels on the market these days, and they all seem to have ing in love with the real Anna, who turns out to be kind and the same cliche plot, with a swoon worthy supernatural guy wonderful and even a little sassy at times. and a weak female main character who “falls in love with” Then, after Cas and the gang have freed Anna from her premore like “falls prey to” - said swoon worthy guy’s attentions. dicament, someone else turns up completely dismembered. This is not the case with Kendare Blake’s 2011 novel Anna At first, there is some concern that Anna is killing again. HowDressed in Blood ever, when a second vicThe novel’s main charactim shows up with telltale ter - a guy for a change - is marks, Cas realizes that the 17-year-old ghost hunter creature responsible is not Cas Lowood. Cas’ father’s Anna, or even a ghost: it is murder by a ghost some ten the monster that killed his years previously has spurred father all those years ago. him on to avenge his father’s This creature, ten times death by traveling around worse than anything Cas, in the country and slaying spiriall his years of hunting othtual entities with a special erworldly murderers could ghost-killing knife handed have imagined, is called an down to him by his father. Obeahman, and it is tied to Then Cas hears from his inCas’ knife. Now that Cas is formant Daisy about a town refusing to kill Anna, since named Thunder Bay, and they are becoming an item, the ghost that has haunted the Obeahman gives Cas an a house there since 1958. ultimatum: kill her, or the Her name: Anna Korlov, betObeahman will kill Cas. ter known to Thunder Bay as As this is not exactly a deAnna Dressed in Blood. sirable outcome, Cas and Once Cas comes to Thunhis friends scramble to find der Bay to hunt Anna, he a solution by dawn, or Cas’ finds out that there’s much body will begin to fail him more going on after he is and he will die. trapped in Anna’s house by In the end, to defeat the the local jock jerk, but inObeahman, a terrible sacristead of Anna killing Cas, she fice is made, one that will kills the jock. shock readers. However, to Determined to find out say much of anything else why, Cas teams up with a about the finale would go nerdy local telepath named Kendare Blake works her magic starting with the beautiful cover of the book. on the verge of spoilers. Thomas and a girl named Car-Blake also came to the 2013 Montgomery County Book Festival, where she Blake’s Anna Dressed In signed books, gave lectures, and did pictures with fans of Cas’ and Anna’s story. Blood is a terrific read for mel, who is the queen bee of their high school. Halloween, because from It turns out that a curse was placed on Anna upon her first to last page in its red ink, the book reads like a superb death by an extremely unexpected person. This curse forces Halloween ghost story, albeit with much more depth. The her to involuntarily turn into a murderous “super ghost” at characters are immensely likable, the plot has many twists times, with grotesque black veins and a propensity for ripping and turns, and there is, despite the Halloween-worthy horror people apart. However, the rest of the time, Anna is just a and dripping blood, plenty of humor. Readers will find themsweet but surprisingly strong-willed sixteen-year-old girl who selves surprised, like Cas, to be in love with a ghost girl. has managed to somehow stay sane despite being brutally 21


Gravity: do not let go

A common theme among movies and books is moving on and living life after tragedy has struck. Dealing with loss and moving on is something everyone has to deal with eventually, which is why the theme is used in so many different pieces of literature and film. But no movie or book has ever taken on such a heavy subject like Gravity has. Directed by Alfonso Cuarón, Gravity is about a small team of astronauts repairing a satellite when another satellite is shot down and the pieces come around to rip the broken satellite to shreds in the middle of it being repaired, leaving the team stranded in space with no communication to home base. They are forced to fight for their lives and make it back to earth in one piece. It is a simple story; one that would normally draw little interest from people, but it is executed to perfection. The entire movie is one big special effect, but special does not begin to come close to how incredible the effects really are. It is a visual marvel, with the 3D effects used to its advantage (finally a movie where the 3D does not take away from the film) to make one of the most visually impressive and breathtaking movies of all time, and all done with a budget less than one-half of what The Avengers had to spend. This movie deserves to be seen in IMAX 3D for the absolute best experience, but normal 3D will work as well. Not only is the movie stunning to watch, but it is also a great story to witness unfold, as the theme of loss and living life to the fullest is used throughout. Dr. Ryan Stone, played by the brilliant Sandra Bullock, must overcome not only the struggle to survive, but the inner demons she has to deal with. I won’t say what her struggles are, for that would ruin the fun of seeing the movie, but know that the movie is not all about being stranded in space, as the destruction and chaos are used brilliantly as metaphors. But for those movie-goers who do not really care about story and metaphors and deepness in the writing, but just want to see a thrill ride, you will get that too. And boy-oh-boy, is this movie a thrill ride. Nearly every scene is a heart-pounding rush as you will be on the edge of your seat and biting your nails down to the nub constantly. Pulling off some of the most impressive and terrifying scenes in any thriller movie ever, the movie takes creative camera angles and beautiful destruction and makes your heart race for almost all of the movie. Fans of the thriller genre will be blown away. The performances by the actors are also impressive, considering there were only two who were in person. Sandra Bullock plays a tortured and frightened character to near perfection, and her character arc is compelling and you cannot help but root for her. George Clooney plays what is essentially her 22

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mentor, and he displays his usual charisma and charm every time he is on screen, which is quite impressive considering you only see his head for the entire film. Overall, this movie is an absolute must see, especially while it is still in IMAX. It would be a travesty if anyone were to miss this nearly flawless film, which will most certainly win countless Academy Awards, and is a shoe-in for a Best Picture nomination, if not the winner.

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Flipped classroom receives mixed reviews Julienna Law

Around the nation and within CP, educators have been experimenting with a different teaching technique – one that turns the traditional method on its head. The “flipped classroom” inverts class structure to where students watch instructive videos at home and utilize the time in school to engage in activities and review difficult material. This allows students to work at their own pace – rewinding, pausing and fast-forwarding lecture videos – and allots class time for one-on-one discussions with teachers, encouraging concept mastery. “Flipped classrooms give students more time to ask questions in class if they watch the video the night before,” Physics teacher Karen Hampton said. “It gives students the advantage to go back and look over information that didn’t make sense.” Created in 2007 when two Colorado teachers began recording PowerPoint’s for absent students and kindled by the popularity of Khan Academy videos, the flipped classroom has been increasingly popular. Educators, driven by the poor outcomes of traditional learning – namely, the 1.3 million high school dropouts per year – have seen an increase in passing rates. At Clintondale High School in Michigan, the percentage of freshman failing English plummeted by more than half the class to 19 percent. “For kids who watch videos on time, the grades have gone up,” Miss Hampton said. However, while the advantages are apparent, students at College Park had a mixed reaction to this new method. Though simple in design, flipped classrooms require a carefully planned execution to ensure success. Otherwise, students are left at a loss, failing to grasp fundamental concepts and falling behind. “I thought it was only useful if the teacher went back over what to do in class,” Junior Aakash Saraf said. “The flipped classroom isn’t really the best method for some students because, if one gets stuck or misunderstands a concept, they

are confused on what is going on for the rest of the lesson.” As a result of students falling behind, the work meant to be completed in class becomes additional homework – an added frustration for students already struggling. This shifts the learning environment away from school – the institution required to educate students – to home. “I’m more distracted at home - by food, TV, internet, my little brother, whatever,” Junior Haya Rashid said. “There’s a reason it’s called homework. Nobody can really focus as much as they can at school because school is the officially recognized learning institution where students go. At home, we’re just supposed to review or practice what we’ve learned so we can keep it in our heads.” “It’s the teacher’s responsibility to be teaching the class, not videos,” Junior Elizabeth Batton said. “I much prefer a lecture and note taking in class to watching videos on my own time after school. My average scores on quizzes are lower in a flipped classroom setting than they are in a normal class.” Similarly, while the flipped classroom is supported on the notion that class time is devoted to increased student-teacher interaction, the opposite may be argued. “You lose the benefits of interaction and discussion,” Senior Sana Saboowala said. “Even if the class is lecture- based and not discussion-based, you get instantaneous feedback, and the opportunity to ask questions in a traditional classroom setting.” Thus, some students have had more success than others adjusting to the transition. While this method will be slow to replace the traditional structure of lectures in class and homework at home, the nation may see a gradual shift as more schools have access to educational technology. There are pros and cons to both, and it will take a lot more experimenting to devise a class structure effective for all. “You have to see that traditional classrooms have existed for centuries,” Rashid said. “This is the norm and what people are used to.”

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October 2013  
October 2013  

Thsi edition focuses on BOA, Halloween, and College Park's teachers.