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nov. 15, 2010

Student Shuffle: Brian Muehlher

The Student Shuffle is a way for the Prowl to showcase the unique students at OHS. Each issue, we select a random student to be asked a series of interesting questions by Entertainment Editor Dallas Terry. dallas terry

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Q: Why is your last name spelled so weird? A: “I’m really German so it used to be Von Muehlherr... but now it’s not.” Q: Why did you transfer schools to OHS this year? A: “Well I had been planning to transfer from my old school, Bishop Dubourg, for a long time because of disputes with the Dean of Students over my mods. But we ended up moving, so everything just worked out.” Q: What are “mods?” A: “My mods are my piercings. I have my cartilage, septum, and lip pierced. I also have some pretty huge gauges.” Q: Tell me more about your gauges: A: “I started them when I was in 8th grade. A friend of mine influenced me to do it. I never planned to get them this big, but it just looked like so much fun to go bigger.” Q: Do you get a lot of [weird looks] for them? A: “Yeah. I can’t go out in public without stuck-up fascists eye-ballin’ me. Around school the two questions people always ask me about them are ‘Do they hurt!?’ and ‘Are you ever gonna shrink them back down!?”

HOLY EARS!: Editor Dallas Terry (12) sticks his finger through Brian Muehlher’s (10) ear while leaning majestically against the fence. The Prowl/Michelle Ocello photo

Q: And you respond by saying....? A: “No, they did not hurt and no, I will never shrink them.” Q: So besides growing out your ear lobes, what other hobbies do you have? A: “I love BMX. I’ve been doing it since I got a bike for my birthday in December of ‘07. I practice like all the

time, all over the place.” Q: Do you think it will go anywhere? A: “I almost got sponsored awhile ago. But I declined because they required too much of me.” Q: Any other hobbies? A: “I play drums. I love hard rock.

My dad basically got me into it back in the day with bands like Pearl Jam and Creed, and it eventually evolved into even harder bands like Earth Crisis and All That Remains. Right now I really love A Day To Remember, but my favorite band of all time is White Chapel.” Q: Do you listen to any artists

most people wouldn’t think you would listen to? A: “I love Alanis Morisette.... no joke dude.” Q: Alright so finish this sentence for all the people judging you: I’m normal just like you because I..... A: “Love to play Uno Slap with my grandparents?”

Dr. Roth steps in for Mr. Kolwyck shellie mciver reporter

Even though he does not like the circumstances that brought him here, Dr. Steve Roth is happy to be here. Dr. Roth, an experienced chemistry teacher, has recently arrived at OHS to teach sophomore and college chemistry after the sudden death of OHS chemistry teacher Mr. Ken Kolwyck on Sept. 14. “[Dr. Roth] stepped into a very difficult position,” said Cindy Jenkins, co. chairperson of the Science Department. He understood the nature of the circumstances under which he was hired and felt the need to address it

and properly introduce himself. “I wrote a personal letter before I started to the students and parents,” Dr. Roth said. The letter explained his situation, shared a little about himself, and included his condolences about the death of Kolwyck. Dr. Roth feels that the students he is currently teaching are still Kolwyck’s students, and he is trying to do what he thinks Kolwyck would have done. “He is really aware that it’s not his class, it’s really Mr. Kolwyck’s class,” said Richard Blaskow (12), chemistry student. Dr. Roth was referred to Bill Scheffler, OHS principal, by Profes-

sor Hal Harris from the University of Missouri St. Louis. He went through a few interviews and Jan Kellerman, OHS assistant principal, said he came “highly recommended.” Dr. Roth was born and reared in New York City. He attended York College, City University of New York, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. He then attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where he earned his Masters and Ph.D in Chemistry. Dr. Roth has past teaching experiences at both high schools and colleges. “I have ten years of college experience part time while doing research

at Mizzou,” said Dr. Roth. His colleagues were relieved to welcome him to the Science Department. “He has a great deal of experience and a great deal of knowledge,” said Jenkins. In an effort to keep the memory of Kolwyck intact, Dr. Roth plans to hang a tribute poster in the back of the classroom that will be created by his students. He is hoping for a good year and feels his students have confidence in what they are doing and expects them to leave the class very successful.

ALL SMILES: Dr. Roth accepts Mr. Kolwyck’s position. The Prowl/ Rachel Koenen photo


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Overcoming the odds with the big “C” See you at After being diagnosed with cancer, Fruhwirth fights back sults were exceptional. She is now completely clean of cancer and can now be considered a success story. “I feel great, completely healthy. I am so glad I had a clean bill of health,” Fruhwirth said. So what did she learn from the experience? “Live every day,” Fruhwirth said. “Do not waste any time,”

kaitlyn steiger reporter

Mrs. Jenn Fruhwirth, a beloved OHS English teacher and student council sponsor, received life changing news on April 1, 2010. She was diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma. Hodgkin Lymphoma is a type of cancer of the immune system. “It has a survival rate of 98.2 percent and is one of the only cancers that can be considered curable,” said Fruhwirth. Any form of cancer is an exhausting experience in which one endures the most difficult of situations. This past year has been a long and bumpy road for Fruhwirth, but through the process she still remained positive in her students’ eyes. She did however, have a lot of help teaching while she was sick. “It was really a blessing in disguise that I had a student teacher and a team teacher around to help me,” said Fruhwirth. She mentored most the time while she was sick and is very thankful for those who helped her get through those difficult times. Fruhwirth had to face chemotherapy, radiation and teaching even when all she felt like doing was laying down. In her eyes, chemotherapy was much worse than radiation because chemo kills the cancer but makes you feel

I’M A SURVIVOR: Mrs. Fruhwirth beats the odds after being cleared of Hodgkin Lymphoma. The Prowl/ Rachel Koenen photo

completely drained. Radiation may have been better, but it still was no walk in the park. Fruhwirth was having difficulty with swallowing and had a nasty cough. At home Fruhwirth tried to relax and focus on getting rest and getting better. Her family did a lot of the household chores and pitched in when they could. “(Chores) weren’t worse than normal, but when we wouldn’t clean something right she would get grumpy,” said

Paul Rossman, Mrs. Fruhwirth’s son (12). Fruhwirth approached the whole situation with humor and sarcasm and it helped her when explaining her condition. “She was always really positive and had a great attitude. She told us once that when she has to shave her head, she would wear a crazy wig,” Nicole Thomas (11) said. On June 1, Fruhwirth had a PET scan, which can detect any forms of cancer, even the cancer cells. The re-

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“She never let her situation get the best of her. The fact that she [did] that, it [encouraged] us (StuCo) to work harder.” - Kelsey Boyle (11) & Madeline Yates (12)

the pole erika dicandia reporter

If you came to school early on a Tuesday and saw a bunch of students standing around the flag pole praying, you probably wondered what was going on. About 20-25 people stood around the pole on Sept. 22 for the international day of “see you at the pole.” The radio station Joy FM or 99.1 announced the date of the prayer. The day encourages students to start their day of with a prayer at the flag pole, before school. “Laura Brunette (12) decided to put it together. Now Kyler Dill (11), Tommy Bohnert (12) and I decided we wanted to try and do one every week,” Ethan Shockley said (11). “Going to the flag pole once a week before school is a great way to get to know each other,” Dill said. Dill wants people to know that the prayer is for everyone. More people came than what was expected for the first prayer service. “People have been coming up to us in the hallways asking what the service was about, I’m glad to see people are interested in it,” Shockley said. The morning prayer service has happened every Tuesday since then around 6:55 am. “The morning prayer is a way to meet people and be a part of something,” Bohnert said. “And no one is left out.”

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