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What’s Inside: 6. Saving Education
7. Kony 2012
8. Humane Society
14. 17. SPORTS 18. Robotics 19. Debate 20. &21. “NOISES OF F” 22. Halloween through
4. Elections 5. “The Master”
9. Food Drive
10.& 11. BAND 12. & 13. Officer Snap
The Paladin Co-Editors in Chief Madison Ray * Rachael Wasaff Samantha Morrow * Shelby Gregory Staffers Julienna Law * Tristan Jones * William Moessinger Cody Harbour * Kassidy Smith *Tyler Wright Anna Rech 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.
National Debt – as of Sept. 4, 2012, the debt has reached a mind-blowing $16 trillion.
Taxes – with money being tight in the majority of American households, there is hope that there will be lower taxes in their favor.
Military – the military community is speaking out to ensure that its veterans don’t get shortchanged.
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Healthcare – should health care be on the private or national scale?
Social Security – created in 1935, this is the government’s largest entitlement program.
Education – one of the primary reasons that America is falling behind is that we are ill prepared.
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Immigration – this election could determine if it gets harder for immigrants to become U.S. Citizens.
Iran Scandal – as if to repeat Reagan’s scandal in 1980, four Americans were killed in Iran due to a blunder on the White House’s part.
Abortion – this age old issue resurfaces in this election in relation to women’s rights, and the sanctity of human life is brought into question.
TOP 10: Things that are being debated for elections
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Economy – the economy has been a mess for years, but the result of the election will determine its future... for better or for worse.
2012 Election: Most Decisive Moments on Campaign Trail William Moessinger
Now that Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is neckand-neck with President Barack Obama in national voting polls, students following the elections can expect a more interesting presidential race. Before the debate, Obama had a significant lead in the polls, leading by five points in some states. Then the first national debate took place Oct. 3, and proved to be a game changer for Romney. Most political analysts, left or right leaning, agreed that Romney won the debate because of his aggressive stance on Obama’s policies, while Obama appeared almost lethargic. Both candidates lied. Romney claimed that Obamacare would result in 20 million Americans losing their jobs, and later on accused the president of doubling the nation’s deficit. Both claims were rated false on fact-checking website politifact. Obama also made some fallacious claims, saying at one point that under Mitt Romney’s tax plan, Donald Trump’s business would be considered a small business, which was rated false. Obama made several other statements that were rated false or “mostly false”. The key difference, however, was that Mitt Romney stood his ground in the debate, while Obama let Romney’s own false accusations fly, despite the fact he went two minutes over his permitted speaking time at one point. The numbers speak for themselves. The night before the debate, Obama led the general election 49 percent to 45.7 percent, whereas the most recent poll favors Romney 48 percent to 47.1 percent. “[Obama] did a pretty poor job, and inversely, Romney did a very good job,” UTSA Political Science Professor Stephen Amberg said. “Since then, Obama has put on an excellent performance.” However, there are several major factors in this election, and the first national debate is just one. “The biggest issue is definitely going to be the economy,” Senior James Wolhard said. “For teenagers, it’s more social issues since we don’t have to worry about jobs, but I think it’s going to be the biggest issue among voters.” With the economy being such an important issue, it is important to look at Obama’s job approval ratings. Since midSeptember it has remained fairly consistent, fluctuating between 48.3 percent and 50 percent, despite a supposed decrease in unemployment that followed immediately after the first debate. “I don’t think the unemployment numbers for one month, be they good or bad, are going to make the election,” U.S. Government teacher Gary Bartlett said. “It’s what the trend
has been over the last year or two.” Overall, it is fair to say that the economy has not been performing to the best of Obama’s expectations since his re-election. Whether or not that is his fault is debatable, but it will no doubt affect his performance at the polls. “I think the president would prefer the focus to be on other issues in the election,” Bartlett said. “Romney on the other hand, would like to focus on nothing but the economy, and how it’s not where the president said it would be.” Another issue that might or might not affect the polls...in terms of results and physical condition...is Hurricane Sandy, which has already taken the lives of at least a dozen people, left billions of dollars of property devastated and wiped out power across the east coast. “The people in that area that may have once been focused on the election but are right now focused on their homes and their loved ones, and I think that’s going to play an impact,” US Government Teacher Brian Clevenger said. “Are they going to be too involved in repairing their lives or go vote? The election won’t be postponed.” Since Obama is the man currently running this country, he is going to have to have to play his cards right if he wants to sit in the Oval Office for another four years. “As president, he’s the leader of this country, he’s got to do that first and foremost,” Clevenger said. “But at the same time, he’s got to run his re-election. And so balancing those are going to be a hard act for him. He’s still got states in the mid-west where he’s got to have to get out there to get reelected.” Looking at the Real Clear Election poll, Romney leads Obama in the general election with 47.6 percent of voters favoring Romney while 46.8 percent of voters are lending their support to Obama. Either way, it is going to be close. All students with registered voting licenses should go out and vote, because at this point every vote counts. Voting Poll Locations: The Woodlands South Montgomery Library Copperwood Apartment Building-Community Room Shenandoah Municipal Complex-Council Chambers and Lobby Sally K. Ride Elementary School-Front Foyer David Elementary School-Front Hallway The Crossing Church-Classroom Powell Elementary School-Main Hallway Community Christian Church-Worship Center Bear Branch Recreation Center-Large Activity Room
The Master Lacks Accessibility, but still Great William Moessinger
Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman
Actor Joaquin Phoenix from The Master tries to find his place in society.
Do not go see The Master with expectations of any kind. Do not even think you are going to like it while watching it. I've seen every movie from writer/director P.T. Anderson, who has made his mark in the film industry with films like Boogie Nights, Magnolia and There Will Be Blood, but even I was thoroughly confused by the time the credits rolled in. The Master starts with the end of World War II, and centers on ex-navy sailor Freddie Quell (played by Joaquin Phoenix), trying to find his role in society. It is revealed early on that he is a deeply troubled man, a chronic alcoholic, a sexual maniac and a physical aggressor. At first he himself does not seem bothered by the chaos that erupts around him, but eventually the viewer starts to see a more tormented side. Quell's journey is not just a struggle to find a job, but an existential quest. That is where “the cause” comes in. At some point he stumbles upon Lancaster Dodd (Philip Seymour Hoffman), the “master” of a cult know as “the cause” that bears many similarities to Scientology in its self-help approach, its “processing” (a direct allusion to Scientology's “audits”), and the fact that Hoffman himself bears a physical resemblance to Scientology's founder L. Ron Hubbard. Accompanied by Hoffman is his wife Peggy Dodd, played by Amy Adams, who in my opinion gives the best performance as a woman both disillusioned by her husband's teachings, yet manipulative of everybody around her. Although religion plays a significant role in the movie, it is not the revealing Scientology exposè everybody was expecting, but a charac-
Director P.T. Anderson and Phoenix discuss a scene.
ter study at heart. Quell's dynamic with the Cause/the master is a kind of love-hate relationship. He wants to belong to something, but sees the lies in Dodd's teachings. He leaves at several moments, but always finds himself returning. As he goes back and forth his frustration grows and he retaliates physically. I will not say what his status is by the end of the movie. This is the first movie to be shot in 65mm since 1996's Hamlet, resulting in a vast and beautiful cinematic look. Johnny Greenwood, the guitarist for Radiohead, composes the score, which shifts from epic, to horrific, to strange. Many average movie viewers will only see The Master as being bizarre, or pretentious. P.T. Anderson creates a film that seems to bear some heavy themes on the surface, but when you get down to it, reveals very little. It does not reveal the origin of the Cause, and it never really touches on Quell and Dobb’s relationship, which hints at something that goes deeper than friendship. I loved the way it added to the film's mystery, but some may consider it annoying or pretentious. Still, if you take that out, you have a visually beautiful movie, haunting soundtrack, brilliant performances and most importantly, a character study that is truly compelling once you sit down and think about it. It may be challenging at times, but so are the best movies and music. 5/5 Stars. Warning: Rated R for sexual content, graphic nudity and language.
Saving Education Ed - Op
The educational system in America is failing. According to a report published this year by Harvard University’s Program on Education Policy and Governance, students in the United States are not catching up academically with students in other countries. In fact, students in Latvia, Chile and Brazil are making academic gains three times faster than American students. So, who is beating us? Well, mainly China. That is right. Students in Shanghai who took an international test for the first time in 2011 scored higher than every other school system in the world. How did the United States do in that same test? We ended up ranking 25th in math, 17th in science and 14th in reading. Granted, our government understands there is a problem, but every effort they have taken to fix the system has only made matters worse. For example, President George W. Bush signed No Child Left Behind into law in 2001 and President Obama announced Race to the Top in 2009, but the only thing those programs did was establish a culture of standardized testing. Not to mention teachers now have to allocate class time to teaching test-taking strategies rather than teaching the core curriculum. The biggest surprise is most parents, administrators and even students admit there is a problem, but it seems as if no one wants to actually tackle this issue head-on. Sure, there are a lot of things going on right now that require attention, but our education system is something that must be fixed now. First, we must understand that the job of teaching is to educate the future workforce. Since the future of the American economy is one rooted in entrepreneurship and innovation, our educational system should be one that creates entrepreneurs and innovators, not just employees.
Secondly, we have to take a look at our schools. To fix our educational system, schools have to be places that promote creativity, discovery and independent-thinking, and learning needs to be project-based. As Sir Ken Robinson said in his well-known TED talk, “schools kill creativity”. Instead of confining students to a room where they listen to lectures and take quizzes, they should be allowed collaborate and explore various subjects in unique and creative ways. Under this new system of learning, new technologies would become educational resources. There will not be a need for textbooks because resources like the Internet are at student’s fingertips. Third, we need to demand that the government take effective measures to repair our broken system. For starters, we need a loose national curriculum that allows teachers to mold and redefine the curriculum. Additionally, school districts need to be given the ability to take risks and try new methods to get students excited about learning. Yes, I said it, excited about learning. It is possible, and it is how countries like China are able to get such high scores. It is because their kids are raised to value learning. Finally, it is time to ask parents to put in more effort. There are many parents who do not take an interest in their child’s education and instead allow their children to play videos games instead of studying. It is easy to blame the school system for a student’s poor education, but part of the blame belongs on the parents as well. A good education starts at home and it requires that parents spend time with their kids on homework and other schoolwork. We should not be afraid of these new ideas. Instead, we should be afraid of the old ideas that got us to where we are today.
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Students learn to analyze crime scenes in Forensic Science. Classes like these have become very popular because of shows CSI Miami.
KONY 2012; Scam or Substance? Sam Morrow
Invisible Children launched KONY 2012 on March 5, 2012, that the first one received.
expecting it to be something not many people would not watch. After it was posted, the number of views spiked to over one million views within the first 24 hours. They only expected 500,00 views in total. Not too long after this ground breaking film started a revolution, certain reporters believed it was a scam just to get money. However, the people who it was supposed to help supposedly received nothing. This was not the end of the KONY project though. In the beginning, KONY 2012 was an experiment to see if viewers world-wide would take time to watch the video and understand what was going on in other parts of the world. Within the first day of going public, the video received over 93 million views. The social media networks were bombarded with posts about saving the children of Uganda or stopping Joseph Kony who was abducting the children. Noelle Jouglet is the social media person for Invisible Children. She was the person who physically clicked the public button on YouTube for the first video. “We were so tired of it not clicking with the rest of the world, and people not jumping out of their seats to solve this problem,” Jouglet said. After the world response, Jouglet, along with the film team, was thrilled with how many people were signing up and clicking the pledge button. However, the web site server was not prepared for this kind of response. Their web sites crashed and no one could read about what KONY 2012 was. Then the conversations started to change from this is the greatest thing ever to what is this and is this actually reality. When people could not find information on KONY 2012, they started to believe the allegations of malfeasance. People thought that this was just another scam for money. Fingers were being pointed at Invisible Children and their motives. Jason Russell, the film maker, was accused of staging his relationship with Jason, an escaped child solider. “The video’s purpose is to inform the public and hopefully causes changes to be made and for these children to be saved,” Leo Club Officer Emily Luomala said. Invisible Children denied the accusations. Because of the allegations, Russell suffered a mental breakdown. Invisible Children decided to move forward. Russell then directed a second movie to try and prove the first one was nonfiction. However, the video has not received the same kind of hype
“I did not see the second video,” Sophomore Allison Wolhart said. “I do not understand how I am suppose to help the cause if I do not know anything about it. ” Based upon the lack of viewers for the second film, it appears people do not want to take a second look. Answers for questions about what the supporters should do to help children in Africa are under scrutiny. People feel helpless about what to do. Others wonder how buying a t-shirt will help other than giving money to a questionable cause. People in the news field have reported that Joseph Kony is already dead and LRA is not active anymore. These doubts led to the questions of whether or not this is a scam. “KONY 2012 is not a scam,” Luomala said. “What happens in that video is happening right now in Africa. Regardless of whether Kony is alive or not, children are being abducted and made into soldiers to fight for the LRA (Lord Resistance Army).” The Invisible Children film team has been going around to schools around the country, including College Park, for a second time this year. This time they are handing out pamphlets explaining further what it is they actually do with supporter’s money. At first glance, the pamphlet is appealing with its glossy paper and lively colors especially designed for teenagers. After closer inspection, the explanations seem nothing more than words of the page. The financial section highlights that 80.6 percent of the money goes to certain programs. These programs are not necessary and unrelated to the actual cause. Certain programs like grass roots advocacy, fourth estate and music tours is something that is not explained in any of the videos that the film team wants the people to watch. The Invisible Children team seem to have good intentions. It would appear that if there was truly something happening with the KONY 2012 project, the world would know more about it. If a big corporation such as Amnesty International would have investigated Invisible Children to prove their legitimacy. People believe what they see and only see what they believe. The KONY 2012 project seems like a scam. However, one would have to watch the video to prove or disprove their beliefs. The video is no longer public on YouTube. People should go to the Invisible Children web site to view the video titled Move.
T a k i n g C a r e o f E v e r y A n i m a l
The Montgomery County Animal Shelter takes in more than 22,000 cats and dog each year. The Houston SPCA took in more than 39,000 animals last year, and specially trained men and women look into about 14,000 animal abuse cases a year.
In the Woodlands, it is not uncommon to see pets wandering around the streets looking for food or just to find shelter. Most just keep driving by with the excuse that “they probably live around here.” Odds are they probably do not. Animals, at any age, are abandoned and left to survive on their own. Some did not even have a home to begin with. There are many solutions that do not take a lot of time or money to help these furry friends find a home. “I love puppies and I think it is a great opportunity for teens to help as much as possible,” senior Courtney Kimbrell said. There are humane societies all around the Houston area. Many are overflowing with lack of space to take in these animals. Many people already have taken part in fostering animals or donating money to help these animals have a clean place to live as well as the proper care and food. Volunteering any amount of time in these places can helpthese animals as well. “There is a lot of satisfaction to be found in yourself when you
are working for something or someone bigger than yourself,” Volunteer Maureen Mueller said. Maureen Mueller, a volunteer at one of the local humane societies, donates money, time, and a home. Donating time at a Humane Society included walking dogs, cleaning kennels and litter boxes, and grooming pets. When a hurricane strikes, a lot of animals become homeless because of fences, barns and homes are destroyed, so they run away. Some people do not take their animals with them when they evacuate and when they come back their pets are gone. Because of this, animal shelters are full and are in need of a lot of temporary or permanent foster homes for these animals. Rescuing a horse after hurricane Norman, she felt so strongly for the animal that she ended up adopting the horse. “Actually working with animals, you learn a lot about them, about you, about responsibility and about compassion,” Mueller said. The Key Club will be collecting items for the local humane societies around The Woodlands area. Some things they will be asking for are blankets and towels. This is an easy way to help these animals who are without something to sleep on. “The old, ratty towels that most people just throw away can be reused by animals who need them,” Senior Will Moessinger said.
One Goal, Two Schools, One Healthy Competition Sam Morrow
This is the one competition that not only drives the friendly rivalry between College Park and The Woodlands High School, but benefits those in need. What matters most is not winning, but learning to have compassion for those less fortunate. The annual food drive ensures that less people will go hungry this holiday season while building up competitive momentum for the war of the woods game. The Interfaith Food Pantry is a nonprofit social service agency providing numerous programs and services to meet the need of The Woodlands and its surrounding areas. The healthy competition between the two rival high schools has created an atmosphere of people wanting to bring in food just to beat TWHS. Every dollar that is brought in equals six pounds of food. The food drive started Monday, Oct. 22 and ended Thursday, Nov. 1. As of Oct. 30, CPHS had raised 3,678 pounds of food while TWHS had only raised 1134 pounds of food. A lot of people were involved this year just because they wanted to come out on top. Many different clubs have decided to get involved in this competition including DECA and Student Council. “We made it a project with our Pride and Patriotism com-
mittee to help facilitate it among the campus,” Student Council sponsor Tonya Brackett said. Student Council helped out with the advertising and promoting as well as selling shirts through today. DECA has become involved with designing the shirts and donating $7 out of the $15 to Interfaith. “We used the idea from the posters to create the shirt,” DECA sponsor Julie Lowe said. “Our goal was to have TWHS join in with us, to sell one shirt for the goal. When they declined, we decided to stick with theme, and the goal to help raise cash and cans for the bank.” The goal was to sell 288 shirts to donate a large amount. The $15 is higher than usual because DECA chose to go with so many colors along with the front/back design. The total donation will be announced today, if available. Donations are always accepted and needed in many different forms including money, cleaning supplies and nonperishable foods. The last day to bring in any money or food items is today. Win or lose, College Park has done its part for the community.
Spirited Group Heart of School
Imagine a huge family, 260 strong, each member sharing a deep, unshakable bond with you. You know practically everyone; they know you; and you are all there for each other. This is the College Park band: 260 kids, each dedicated to their instrument and the greater whole of the band; and the heart of the school. “We’re very diverse; we represent students from across this campus,” band director Mrs. Charlotte Royall said. Band is full of kids from sports, theater, the Academy of Science and Technology - you name it, they’ve got it. “Band is a huge part of the school,” said sophomore clarinet player Sarah Schott. “Without us, school spirit would be really bad. We make up a lot of this school’s spirit and pride.” “At football games, when the band comes out and does their show, everyone gets really pumped,” added senior Colton Haffey. Band is divided into many sections, or groups of kids who play the same instrument. For example, there is a section of flutes, a section of clarinets, and so on. Each section is led by a section leader like senior and euphonium section leader Steven Houston. “My job,” Houston said, “is to make sure everybody’s doing their job and if somebody needs help, I’ll help them. Sort of like a little director.” Then above the multiple section leaders are the three drum majors. Senior and clarinet player Austin Carroll is one of these enormously important people. Drum majors, according to Carroll, “help keep the band in time, focused, and highly suc-
cessful.” They are responsible for the entire band - all 260 kids - and are second only in importance and responsibilities to the directors (Charlotte Royall, Jeff Gorring, and Adrian Munoz). Also integral to band is the drum line, the group of kids who play percussion instruments. Drum captain Cody Scarborough is responsible for 15 kids along with the pit captain, who is responsible for another 15. Together they make up the entire percussion section - the marimba players, the drummers, and so forth. It is well known that not only is the band one of the most spirited groups in College Park, they are also one of the most hardworking. Schott says that she puts in about three hours of practice two days a week - and that’s only in band practice. Outside of practice, many band members say they spend nearly ninety percent of their time dedicated to band. Some may wonder how band kids manage to eat, sleep, and do homework, sophomore flutist Natalie Weisenburger said simply, “We don’t.” Band has two ‘seasons:’ marching season and concert season. Marching season is the more busy of the two and is
the time that band participates in games and is most active. Concert season is fairly self explanatory, and is the spring season wherein the band enters many concerts. No matter the position, most band kids say that being in the College Park band is “like being part of a huge family that’s got your back.” Is it any wonder that with this sort of heartwarming cohesiveness and dedication, band is considered by many to be, if not the heart, then the glue of College Park?
Bands of America Sixth Place Lone Star Sixth Place
Sabrina Gonzalez and Joseph Valencia
Elle Pope and Sarah Schott Lacey Squier and Horatia Fang
Lina Piprek and Kenzie Johnson Austin Carroll, Patrick Sullivan, Stefan Scrantz, and Courtney Wang
Long Paw of the Law
Sniffing Out Drugs Daily Part of Job for Officer Snap Julienna Law
The driver should have just said ‘yes.’ Instead, he refused to give the trooper consent to search his car – a vain attempt made to steer him away from finding further evidence that a criminal activity had taken place. So the officer called for the next best solution: a drug dog. Corporal Pat Jolly and his canine partner Officer Snap quickly responded. After getting a rundown of the scene, Jolly sent Snap to sniff the car, which alerted the others – including three other troopers who just now decided to join the action – on the marijuana stems and seeds. The others watched as one trooper searched the trunk for any usable forms of the drug. With no luck, Jolly was asked to pitch in. Distinct from the clutter of the trunk was a five-gallon bucket. By tilting it, Jolly could see the neatly folded paper sacks - inconsistent to the mass of trash piled on top of them. With that discovery, the driver was busted for the possession of 187 grams of crack and a quarter pound of marijuana. For six-and-a-half years, the eightyear-old German Shepherd, Officer Snap, has been stopping crime with her human partner, Corporal Jolly, since coming from Germany. Although she cost $8000 when she was bought by the police department, with her elevated service status, driven personality and certification by the National Narcotic Detector Drug Association, she is worth much more to the community. “The partnership wouldn’t work with-
out her,” Corporal Jolly said. “I am basically the chauffeur of the star over here because she makes it all happen – without her there would be no canine unit. I would look funny sniffing lockers myself.” While the average day is not one drug bust after another, patrolling for them is. Work starts at 7 a.m. at an arbitrary high school with Officer Snap sniffing out random areas of the campus. By mid-morning, the duo will have moved on to a junior high school (assuming they do not get tied up at a high school), and in the afternoon they will search another junior high or an intermediate school. Throw i n some occasional demonstrations at the elementary schools and a list of over 50 other schools to visit in the district, and Officer Snap has just had a productive e i g h t- h o u r shift. “There’s m o r e work than she can do,” Corporal Jolly said. “There’s so many campuses, s o many parks, so many areas that require a search that she couldn’t cover it all in a week, much less a day.” As schools and their 1000 feet sur-
rounding perimeters are drug-free zones –this includes the restaurants and parks surrounding them – the consequence for possession of drugs is not only enhanced, but is the highest misdemeanor before becoming a felony. Students can go to jail for having less than two ounces of marijuana. Essentially, there is no set number of kids Officer Snap needs to bust – it all depends on her. Contrary to what might be popular belief, Snap, being “strictly a dope dog,” is not trained to track bad guys or bite on command – though her name might suggest otherwise. Nor does she has the need to own protection vests of any kind or fear when SWAT teams call her to search buildings. “Her health is one of the higher priorities,” Corporal Jolly said. “I don’t put anything above her safety and her health is part of her safety. I wouldn’t take her into a situation where there is a chance she’d get hurt.” Con’t on page 13
Con’t from page 12 However, Officer Snap is trained extensively on her single job. This is accomplished every week; to some degree, on every search. Using motivational hide, which for her is two grams of marijuana, Corporal Jolly is able to keep her interest by concealing the packet in the direction of the search until the real stash is found. Yet, the initial preparation required to be able to perform such a task can take up to a year. “Teaching her how to actually find the drugs and sit when she smells them – that’s a couple of days,” Corporal Jolly said. “Teaching her how to look for those drugs could take six months to a year, because these dogs work in a variety of environments.” To prevent drugs dogs from becoming distracted by the foreignness of their surroundings, officers spend months socializing them to potential work areas, ranging from regular classrooms to warehouses. “To take the dogs to all these different places in all these different areas and set up training scenarios and have them work and be successful takes months and months,” Corporal Jolly said. “That, combined with the fact that if you’re a new handler to the dog, you’re going through all those growing pains of learning to work with that dog in what we call ‘read your dog.’” With Officer Snap’s level of focus, however, it is a different case. “You can take her anywhere and she will work,” Corporal Jolly said. “Even if it’s someplace she’s never been before. She’s all about working – she’s a highly driven dog.” When she is not working, Officer Snap goes home with Jolly, where she “guard(s) the yard against the ferocious squirrels” and finds time to relax . While the department pays for her food and medical care, in every other aspect she is Corporal Jolly’s dog and will go re-
main his when she eventually retires. As there is no set retirement age, Snap will work as long as she remains healthy and happy. The average lifespan for a German Shepherd is around eight to 10 years, but Snap’s prospects look better than that. “Snap is almost eight now and she’s going strong,” Corporal Jolly said. “I have no reason to doubt that she will live well past 10 years old. I’m figuring based on her being healthy now, she will work until she is 10 years old. After that, I don’t know. We’ll have to wait and see when we get there.” Generally, by the time these canines retire, they are in poor shape. Since all these dogs know –all they get pleasure in- is working, taking that away from them can be costly. “The one thing they know is to go to work,” Corporal Jolly said. “When you take that away, sometimes it is like taking away their reason for living and they will decline.” And in return for her time and devotion, all Officer Snap wants is to play with her tennis ball. Corporal Jolly insures that down time between searches is filled with fun. Snap will spend the majority of her life working for the police. Her liveliness and determination distinguishes her from other dogs and make her great at what she does. “The best drug dog is the dog that nobody else wants because it would drive them nuts,” Corporal Jolly said. “Because they’ve got way more energy than they can burn off; because if it’s not exercised, it can get destructive. They constantly have to be doing something.” The canine unit does more than keep the streets safe. It gives dogs like Officer Snap – dogs that may not otherwise have homes –a greater purpose in life: the chance to be a hero.
Officer Snap works her way down the lockers looking for illegal substances, Corporal Jolly guides her down the row of lockers.
The only reward Office Snap requires is playing with her tennis ball after a search is conducted with Officer Jolly.
The newspaper staff learned that that Officer Snap and Corporal Jolly are two pros when 13 it comes to their jobs.
Best Game of Season as Cavs Head in Overtime against A&M Tyler Wright
Kickoff started at 7:30 p.m. and the ball was given to the navy and silver. The crowd, crossing their fingers, hoped for only a minor beating. As the offense inched themselves forward slowly, Quarterback Brett Buckley launched a pass to Wide Receiver Charrod Henry and stormed it in for a 19-yard touchdown with seven minutes on the clock. Shocked, both teams stood silent, jaws agape and eyes bugged. Within seconds, the home side roared with applause as they had just done the unthinkable: they had just score against A&M Consolidated. By the second quarter, the score sat at 7-0, CP with the upper hand. However, almost instantaneously, the Tigers scored twice back- to-back, narrowing the score, 14-7 with nine minutes still left on the clock.
Fans lost their enthusiasm, thinking that CP had just gotten a lucky streak with one touchdown...but nope. Three minutes later, Buckley weaved through the Tiger defense and scored once again, tying the score, 14-14. Tied, the two teams entered the lockeroom for halftime. The Cavalier fans clapped their approval as the navy and silver ran off the field. After halftime, the scoreboard stayed constant as both teams held each other off, sweat dripping onto the turf. At the five minute mark, Henry received yet another pass, raising the score to 21-14. But with just 30 seconds left, the Tigers scored yet again, tying the score 21-21 for the quarter, with only one more quarter to go. Fans bit their nails down to the nubs and coaches yelled, doing their best
to pump-up players. A&M scored with 11 minutes left, enough time to give the Cavs an advantage point. As they slowly moved down the field, Buckley threw a pass-of-faith and Tight End Jayden Holden ran nearly 50 yards for a touchdown with only two minutes on the clock. The game was over and the score was 28-28, placing College Park in the first overtime of the season. With the Tigers getting the ball first, they scored almost instantly. It was up to the Cavs to win the game and beat A&M. Unfortunately, every attempt made by Buckley was unsuccessful as the ball was either an incomplete pass or a loss of yards, ending the score. Even though CP lost, they defied the odds and did something the Highlanders could not: the Cavaliers nearly slayed the Tigers.
Lady Cavs End Season With a Loss In Playoffs The end to a great season is never easy, but Tuesday night the Lady Cavs were defeated by Klein Oak in a 1-3 match that knocked College Park out of the playoffs. There was high hopes for this young team in the playoffs. However, these hopes will have to wait one more year. Klein Oak came prepared and ready for a fight. It became clear within the first set that Klein Oak was not going to back down. The Lady Cavs played a great game, but they came up just short of a victory. “I think we played better than we expected considering the amount of new people on the team,” Setter Andi Platt said. “We had to make major adjustments, but overall I think the adjustments we made were good, but not good enough due to the intense com-
petition in our district.” The last game in the district season the Cavs took on Bryan for the second time. This was the this teams chance to secure their spot in playoffs. The Cavs defeated Bryan 3-1. War of the Woods part two was the annual Dig Pink game. The atmosphere was full of excitement and the stands were filled with eager fans equally from both schools. Nothing else seemed to be going right. The Lady Cavs fought until the very last point of the very last set. The Lady Cavs wanted their playoff spot because as they played the Conroe Tigers like it was their last. None of these games went point-for-point. In fact, if one did not pay attention one would miss 10 points. Even though the Lady Cavs did not get the results they desired, they played a great season.
Right side hitter Alex Thorson and outside hitter Kennidi Smith rush to cover a ball. It ended with a hit by a hitter and a point.
Fight Before the Fight
It may be the most demanding sport in College Park. The commitment required is among the highest in the athletic program. The sacrifices made by these athletes include dieting, intense exercise, focusing under pressure and overall incredible physical ability. It is the art of one-on-one overpowering your opponent. It is wrestling. “Senior leadership is key to our success,” Coach David Barrett said. “It is leadership that will guide and push our team to greatness. Commitment is the key to wrestling. Not only do they have two hour high intensity workouts everyday, wrestlers have to watch their diet to make sure they stay in their weight class. “Right now I would be wrestling 160, but I really want to cut down to 152 or at the most 155, but 152 is my overall goal,” Eric Hiermeier, sophomore, said.
This year the wrestling team has about 25 returners and a couple of new athletes. They believe that this year will be one of the greatest in College Park history. The expectations of this team are higher and the goals are set for not district or regional, but state. “I look forward to just starting the season and getting the pre-tournament butterflies,” Junior Kyle Roberts said. “I aim to go all the way. I'm winning state and nothing is stopping me.” The highest focus is on making sure every wrestler understands chain wrestling combos which is basically the building of different techniques involved in wrestling. The drive to win is what pushes these athletes to work so hard in their preseason. “From the past year we’ve improved immensely,” Hector Olmos, sopho-
more, said. “Now we have new recruits and every year we grow and learn from our mistakes,” According to most of the wrestlers, the group has never been this strong. There is at least one person for every weight class and they are expected to dominate throughout the season. This year there is a girl’s division that has about four wrestlers that are expected to compete. “As a team, I am hoping for undefeated in dual meets,” Chance Robinson, sophomore, said. “Individually I am hoping for at least third. Anybody can join wrestling. Students just have to be ready and commit. Joining means determination and perseverance. Wrestling challenges every aspect physically and mentally. Contact Coach Barrett for information in the athletics hall.
The wrestling squad stands united at the beginning of the spirit parade October 3. They show their brotherly love as they stand together arms over shoulders. This is the last night the wrestlers will eat and anything outside of their strict diet. This dinner marks the start of their vigourous training during the wrestling pre-season.
Tennis Finishes Season Strong WILLIAM MOESSINGER
Now that the College Park tennis team has finished its first season, the players reflect on their achievements. It was a strong performance, and they have much to be proud of. “We did really well for this season,” Sophomore Austin Walker said. “I’m happy with how it ended.” This past weekend the team attended the regional meet before making it to the semi-finals and then losing. “We beat The Woodlands, which was a pretty memorable moment,” Senior Meritt Rabson said. The tennis team has an optimistic future, with a large component of the team comprised of underclassmen.
“All of our freshmen are getting a lot better this year,” Rabson said. “We pretty much have a full freshmen team and still got really far.” While the fall may be over, each player has his or her own ambitious goals for the spring when they compete as individuals. “My goal is to go to state with Merrit Rabson and win,” Walker said. With goals and expectations high, College Park students can expect much from the team.
Noises Off The comedy for the season Nov. 2, 3, and 5 at 7 p.m.
Running Like The Wind By Anna Rech
ollege Park Cross Country is well known to have one of the best teams in, if not the country, then certainly Texas. The cross country team is quite dedicated. They run every day for a few hours. Running, simply put, is life for them. “We usually meet in a classroom during seventh period and discuss strategy
and motivation for about ten minutes,” Senior Will Moessinger said of what goes on to prepare this team. “Then we go and get dressed and start training. It usually ends around 3:30.” And this year, the girl’s varsity team has upped their ante. Thanks to a new UIL ruling, they will be running distances of five kilometers rather than previous years’ two. “The girls have been adapting pretty well to it,” Moessinger said. “It’s a sur-
prisingly large increase, but it seems to be going over well.” With this much dedication and hard work, it should come as no surprise that CPCC is doing extremely well this year, both as a whole and personally. “Our progress has been very good so far,” Head Cross Country Coach Michael Gibson said.
The girl’s cross country ran in a district meet at Lufkin this past week and placed second.
At the College Park meet, the boy’s cross country placed first out of the teams.
Robots Flex Metal Muscles Tyler Wright
At the Alamo Regional 3 competition, CP’s FIRST team celebrates a successful event. One test was the robot dropping basketballs into the basket.
Deep in the hallways of College Park lies arguably one of the most underrated clubs at the school. They work almost every day after school, doing things most kids cannot even fathom, yet they live in a cloak of Invisibility. This is the robotics team. The group is an elite team of students who use their brains to create different machines and robots that do jawdropping tasks. The machines can be used for something as simple as unscrewing a pickle jar to shooting a basketball through a net. Sponsors are by Mr. Scott Rippetoe, Mr. Will Van Alstyne and The Academy of Science & Technology. “We aren’t really a club in my eyes, we are a team,” Mr. Rippetoe said. “We work together as a whole to create amazing feats. Calling us a club would be like calling the football team a club.” The robots are extremely costly. Building prototypes can cost up to $1000 and the overall product can cost over $10,000. Going to competitions can cost around $5000. However, the cost is totally worth it. During the summer, the team competed at the Ozark Mountain Brawl in Arkansas. They were finalists at the Texas Robot Round-Up in July. They also won the Mentor Match and placed second in the Skills Challenge. In October, the team hosted a FIRST competition at CP, the Houston Robot Remix. The one day event featured 20 teams from the greater Houston area. The CP BESTT team won second place in the Most Photogenic category.
CP Robotics team members display their robot at the Ozark Mountain Brawl at an event during the summer.
Debates Begins Preparations for Upcoming UIL Season Rachael Wasaff
Explaining the different types of debates and the skills that are needed, Sophomore Gage Carter emphasizes his remarks with additional schematics on the dry erase board.
n overlooked group that teaches valuable life skills is the Debate Team. The club is a member of the National Forensic League, and two of the most well-known debate styles are Lincoln Douglas and Policy debate. Lincoln Douglas is all about morality, politics and philosophy. It is done oneon-one. Policy debate is about writing new policies to introduce new ideas or create laws to improve old ones; it is also one-on-one. Other forms of debate include Congress and Public Forum, Junior Jahnavi Muppaneni has been in debate for four years, and participates in Lincoln Douglas, theatre and speech events.
“Participating in debate is like a journey that lets you discover who you are, what you stand for, and what you are capable of. It’s not just arguing; it’s about coming up with policies, proving your point, and countless [hours] of time and effort,” Muppaneni said. Debate is good for all those who are hardworking, curious and intelligent. “I love that it gives people the confidence to speak in public because that is a valuable skill,” Junior Carly StuartMicocci said. Of course, there are those who like debate for the style opportunities that it affords. “Debate gives me the opportunity to wear cardigans. Seriously,” said Sophomore Dylan Jiang.
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Noises Off is on its way, and not just the theatrical aspect of it.
The tech crew is working hard on one of the coolest sets CP has seen. These things do not just appear over night though, they take quite a bit of time to get going. “Usually the planning takes from about two days to two weeks,” Director William Giffen said. “We have to read the script for the play at least three times so we know what all we need for the set. From there we get creative.” From there, building the actual set takes a solid four to six weeks, give or take a few hours. The tech crew is looking at two months just for the set alone. Building the set is not the only job the tech crew has to handle. “There is the light board, sound board, stage manager, run crew backstage - moves set and props, fly rail to pull the curtain and any scenery - costumer - checks costumes and sometimes designs or makes them, pulls from what we have, or rents them - and then the make up artists
every now and then,” Set Director Valerie Lebonski said. It is obvious the tech crew stays busy, and with all that work there are bound to be a few sweet rewards. “For Starmites we made this giant scaffolding, and a moving light up car, and ramps and glowing stars everywhere and shapes all over the place with a couple of confetti canons, some fog, and a few strobe lights,” Mr. Giffen said. “Another time we had a swimming pool filled with liquid nitrogen fog,” Mrs. Lebonski added. To see the equivalent of a Broadway set in all its complexity by the tech crews efforts, students can see the Noises Off on November 2, 3, and 5 at 7 p.m.
Noises Off Shelby Gregory
The actors cannot act. The play is not really a play. Confusing? Noises Off kicks off tonight at 7 p.m. As Murphy’s Law states: What can go wrong, will go wrong, and that is exactly of what the crew and actors are afraid. “I think about how silly I look when I’m nervous,” Senior Scout Gutzmerson said. “I start to have fun instead. Then the nerves don’t get the best of me.” Now that the nerves have been calmed, they get to start the fun part: acting. “The show is basically the inception of plays,” Senior Chaz Allinger said. “It is a show within a show and we are playing actors that actually mess up the show that’s in the play with their own shenanigans.” “It’s one of those plays where if you like to laugh a lot, you’ll like it. Period.” Ms. Gutzmerson said. “And the best part is, this play isn’t limited to the stage.” With the nerves settled and the acting perfected, there is one thing left to do. “I pray before each performance for everyone involved in the play,” Senior Bobby Mauro said. “We do this thing where we all hold hands and chant a little song called ‘Whether the Weather’” Gutzmerson added. “It’s basically a mosh pit set to a poem.” Performances will be tonight Nov. 2 Nov. 3 and Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium.
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All Hallows Eve Tristan Jones
Every year on Oct. 31 the general population takes advantage of the opportunity to dress up in silly costumes and end-up with buckets and bags full of candy, every little childâ€™s dream. But most people do not think about the fundamental basics of Halloween and what it represents. Halloween is one of the three major holidays celebrated near the end of the year and it marks the beginning of the generic holiday season. Not only does it bring joy to the hearts of young children but it is a time for adults to enjoy the happiness that is tied with Halloween. Oddly enough when it comes to Halloween people try their best to look ridiculous, outrageous, wacky and sometimes scandalous in their costumes. It is interesting to see the variations in costumes each year from frightening masks and creepy outfits to pretty princesses and incredible super heroes. The creativity is unlimited. The argument could go either way as to which tradition is the most important in the all Hallowseve custom. Some believe that the art of expressing different characters through costumes or the charitable giving of candy is the most important aspect of the holiday. Others feel that it is necessary acknowledge that Halloween is a time for families and the fundamental point of having fun. The last three months are a time for families to come together and build strong bonds. Extended families make the journey to gather at one house and celebrate the season before being whisked back into their everyday lives. This Halloween should be spent celebrating the festivities of the season and having the traditional scare or two. Enjoy the holidays and stay safe.
Upcoming Events Noises Off: Nov. 2, 3, and 5 at 7 p.m. Tickets: Adults: $7 Students: $5 Choir Military Salute: Nov. 9, 10 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. with reception between shows. Tickets: General Public: $10 Military: $5 Tickets cost more at door