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Cougar idol contestants showcase talent by Zach Francis Lifestyles Team Another year of heartwarming music and show stopping performances here at Stoney Creek. Senior Jonathan Raffa entertained the crowd at this year’s Cougar Idol competition with a musical selection that he composed himself. The crowd congregated in the auditorium on March 11 to hear Raffa, along with 17 other musicians, participate in the competition. Raffa had participated in

this competition all four years of high school, each year winning the most prestigious award— Audience Favorite. But winning isn’t what drives Raffa to persevere in music. “I do it because I like performing,” Raffa said, eyebrows raising, pupils dilating as he speaks with conviction. “It is what I want to do for the rest of my life.” Each year, Raffa composed a new song for Cougar Idol, each year capturing the votes of the audience as he tells a story through song. This year’s song is called


Your eyes, your ears,

Your Voice


“Home in Your Heart,” and tells the story of how he feels and perceives his current relationship. “I write songs that come from strong emotions: good or bad,” Raffa said. Performing on a regular basis has enabled Raffa to overlook the nerves that plague many singers. In addition to many hours of practice that led him to success in this year’s competition, Raffa continued his normal pre-performance routine before the show. “There is always good competition at Cougar Idol,”

Raffa said. “The competition gets better every year, so I say a prayer and take a deep breath before I go out on stage to calm the nerves.” While some have practiced methods of preparation others like to do what comes naturally. “Sometimes I just feel it and go out there and do it!” Junior Kayvon Kashani Gharavi said. Just like Raffa, Kashani Gharavi is no stranger to the stage. “I try to perform a lot because I like showcasing my musical artistry,” Kashani-



Gharavi said. After each musician performed, the audience chose their “Audience Favorite”--the most coveted award each year at Cougar Idol, according to Raffa. This year’s winner was senior Christopher Oskoian, who sang “Ridin’ Solo” by Jason Derulo. But winning (Please see “Idol” on pg. 2) (photo by Chandler Clay)



March 30, 2011

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Cougar Culture

Getting Close-up and Personal

Students take trip to D.C. by Steph Siewert/ Soumith Imturi School Editors










1.(from left to right) Valerie Adams, Teddy Ganesky, and Alyssa Lawler. 2. Sidd Simha. 3. Wonbin Choi. 4. Stephanie Goble and Megan Walsh. 5. Sara Dadashzadeh. 6. Matt Strubler. 7. (from left to right) Anna Kallasides, Amanda and Georgia Papageorgiou. 8. Jenna Jonjua. 9. Mark Hosseini, Kayvon Kashani Gharavi, and Jonathan Raffa. (photos by Chandler Clay)

Students host culture show for charity


ands Around the World (HAW) could have chosen any charity to donate its proceeds to from this year’s Culture Show on Saturday, March 19. They could

The what? HAW chose the organization that fights ALS, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. It is a progressive disease in which the brain loses its ability to initiate and control muscle movement, eventually leading to death, according to the ALS website. Still doesn’t ring a bell? That’s okay because that was HAW co-president senior Roshni Kalbavi’s intention— to support an organization that fights a not-so-wellknown disease.    After volunteering for the organization this past summer, Kalbavi witnessed how much patients suffer from ALS.

   “It’s an awful disease,” Kalbavi said. “This disease is almost as bad as cancer, and no one even knows about it.” Every year, the money raised from the annual Culture Show

have chosen St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. They could have chosen the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. But this year, the club chose the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Association. usually goes to a charity that is widely known, according to Kalbavi. But that wasn’t the case this year. “We wanted to inform the community about the $186,811,000


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disease because it is not as well-known,” Vice president senior Mauli Patel said. Kalbavi agrees. “It took a lot of convincing to get the board to agree [on ALS], but that’s why we chose it,” Kalbavi said. The ALS organization was even willing to send a representative to give a presentation to the audience.    “It was great that [the representative] came here for the show and brought his own presentation and booth,” co-president senior Sam Harris said. Along with a different charity to support, HAW club (Please see “Culture” on pg. 2)

Seniors Erik Schoenhals and Jenna Niewadomski have huge aspirations of traveling to Europe, Hawaii, and the Caribbean. However, their number one destination is not international but right here along our own East Coast: Washington, D.C. “It’s always been a dream of mine to travel the world,” Schoenhals said. “I especially want to get the full experience of our nation’s capital outside of the books.” Schoenhals and Niewadomski have never been to Washington, D.C., before and are really excited for this opportunity. Along with these two seniors, juniors Brian Igwe and Mike Dillon will be going on this Close-Up trip, a studentpaid field trip. They will be leaving on the Capital Express, a train, on March 19 and arriving early the next morning at Union Station. This is Stoney’s first year traveling by the Capital Express and history teacher, Mark Dillon, the leader of this experience, is very excited about the new means of transportation. “This trip is fully equipped with American history,” Dillon said. “Even the train we are taking there, the Capital Express, was ridden by Garfield when he was president.” Dillon has put together this trip three times before and has had some pretty amazing experiences throughout the years. “Back when Clinton was in office and I took my students on the trip, Dale Kildee (Michigan Representative) took us through the side doors of the Capital Building where all the hoohas get to go in, and we got an exclusive tour through it all. It was sweet,” Dillon said, smiling (Please see “Close-up” on pg. 2)


The week of April 18th

Volleyball tournament April 15th

Jail n’ Bail

Penny war all week

Dodgeball tournament April 20th

Restaurant fundraiser all week




Credit by exam lets students advance To anyone who is considering testing out of a subject, heads up! The applications to test out (Exam for Credit) are due March 30. The application requires a counselor’s signature, so don’t leave this to the last minute! The only class that can’t be tested out of is Group Wellness. But, the class can be taken online, if that helps. In order to get credit and test out of a class, you must receive above a 77 percent on the exam. Testing out of a course will not contribute into your GPA. The exam is scheduled for June 21 from 8 to 11 a.m. If you definitely want to test out of a class, then all the information needed can be found on the counseling section of the SCHS website.

March 30, 2011

“... chop it up and talk about swag and all that stuff...”

“... you know, I do get money!”




Basic Bio Date of Birth: April 10, 1992 Worst food at elementary school: Burritos Most embarrassing middle school moment: I can’t think of one Best gift ever received: Family Greatest moment of your high school career: Rapping


Dream Job: Real Estate Agent , Electrician or Rapper.

(photos by Paige Efting)

Student takes hair cutting to state level Junior Maria Marshall entered a competition early in fall for hair styling. Marshall spends many hours during the week at OTEC working to improve her talents. The top three finalists will be sent to compete at a state level in Lansing, Michigan. In order for Marshall to place, she had to perform an up-do hair style on a mannequin. Marshall placed third in the competition and will now be sent to Lansing to compete with stylists from all over the state.

Mechanical masterpiece: Seraphina, the AdamBots’s final robot design. The AdamBots team have been entering the FIRST competition since 1999. (photo courtesy of AdamBots)

AdamBots triumph in Texas The AdamBots placed second in the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) competition in San Antonio, Texas, from March 2 to 6. “We were beat by a world ranking team,” senior Andrew Markel said. “So, I don’t feel too bad about it.”

Science Olympiad meet to compete On March 26, the Science Olympiad team will compete against various other schools in a regional meet at MSU. Seniors Nick Mertz and Tara Van Veen will lead the other members as presidents and advisor Dave Thomson will provide the educational support. The team will be participating in various events and they hope to take home an award. (compiled by school team)


Will Johnson , Young Kane

“She’s like my rock and my guardian angel.”

“I can’t even describe what went down.”

Senior Will Johnson leans back against the wall, his eyes off in thought as he thinks about his next words. The usual outgoing and energetic Johnson is somewhere else as he exposes a side of himself not many people get the chance to see. Some might recognize Johnson as the loud voice from the halls, always singing, shouting, or being himself in any way he can. But with Johnson, it’s not all play all the time. When asked a more serious question about his family: “As long as I’ve got my family and friends, then I’m good… My mom is my everything,” Johnson says, before going on to explain how she inspires him to be who he is. Johnson has dreams like any other teenager, and being a rap artist is one of them. He spends his free time working on songs, writing songs, and showing off his talents at various gigs around town. Johnson is a busy guy, but before he runs off to make the next chart topping single, he’ll have to answer a few thought-provoking and laugh-inducing Q&A questions. Source: Would you laugh if you saw someone get hurt or die in a funny way? Johnson: I don’t think I would laugh, to be honest with you. Ha. A person dying or getting hurt, that’s just painful to me, personally. I just don’t like to see people die or get hurt, but it’s a natural course of events so anything can happen. S: What’s your finest moment of inappropriate laughter? J: Ha. Multiple times. I can’t even describe what went down. I did laugh one time in Mr. Hamka’s class. It was very inappropriate. S: What’s the worst advice you’ve ever been given by someone who appears qualified to give it? J: Wow… that’s a pretty deep question. Let’s see…the worst advice I’ve ever been given… “Steer clear like a soldier,” that’s what somebody told me one time and I didn’t know what they were talking about. I guess it means just, “Be my

own self and carry myself like people do who are soldiers.”

S: If you were running a day care center with 25 kids and three of them simultaneously puked on you, how would you react? J: Ha ha. Oh man. I’d probably just stare for a minute like, “Oh man, what just happened?” I don’t know really… I don’t really expect that. S: There’s a lot of inspirational music out there. Songs like “I Just Had Sex” and “Sex Room.” What song means the most to you? J: What says the most to me? Me personally, because my mother’s love and my family’s love is what inspired me to be a rapper and make it big,you know, and I got something to do right now and that’s pretty much rapping, [that’s inspirational]. When I rap, I might say that stuff in my songs… a lot… but it’s just for entertainment ‘cause that’s what the people like and that’s what they like to hear. So I might throw that stuff in there to make it sound good. Yeah, chop it up and talk about swag and all that stuff just like they do. But that stuff, that’s entertainment, that’s what rappers like Lil Wayne, Ludacris, all them know they can do. That’s what entertainment people like, that’s what their fans like to hear, so as long as they’re making music, as long as I’m making music, then I’ll give somebody something to listen to. It’s pretty alright with me. I make music for people to enjoy and for people to listen to. That’s my perspective on it. S: Should the national anthem be re-written by Eminem so that it better represents American culture? J: No! No! You know, Eminem… I don’t really got anything to say against him, but… no. Now, Obama…yeah, Obama. He doesn’t have to switch it up, but I just want to hear him sing it. S: What is the most offensive thing you’ve ever been asked? J: Hmm… most offensive thing. Mostly it’s been black jokes and

sometimes about my mom. But like I said, I like defending my mother. She’s like my rock and my guardian angel. When people say stuff against her, even though they’re joking, I really don’t like it. Even “your mom” jokes. I don’t like any of that. My mom is my everything and her love and my father’s love, that’s what keeps me going. The reason why I’m rapping is because they inspire me. They’re everything I see day to day, so I put that in my music.

S: Tell us about Young Kane, your rapper alter ego. J: It was Young Kane for a while, but I’m thinking more toward YK. A lot of times I say Will Johnson in my music, but YK is my alter ego. Just like T.I did with his album T.I vs. T.I.P, I’ve got a mix tape called Will Johnson vs. YK. He describes who I am physically, in the mind, and how people see me as me. Will Johnson is just somebody that I want the world see. Coming from where I come from Atlanta, Georgia, we like to pretty much tell the whole world who we are and we don’t care what people think. We don’t want people judging us. What I do is I make a breaking point between YK and Will Johnson so that it’s two different people. Two different types of people. S: Are you aware that you have definition on Urban Dictionary under the name “Will Stackin Dollahs Johnson?” J: Ha, yeah. That was my Facebook name. I was just throwing that out there because you know, I do get money! I was just putting that as a Facebook name to mess around. That really doesn’t mean anything. S: Time to get a little personal here. It’s the question every senior girl’s thinking about. What dress are you wearing to prom? J: HA! What dress! I don’t plan on wearing a dress. Ha. I might not even go. I’m too busy making music, but if I do go, I’m going to look good because I always look good.


(Continued from p. 1)

is not everything for Oskoian. “I do Cougar Idol for the sole reason that I love to sing” Oskoian said. Oskoian started singing at a young age, Oskoian said, “I used to sing with my family around the house when I was growing up. Even though Oskoian has no intention of further pursuing his singing “career”, he still hopes to keep it as a close hobby. “There is no other feeling like the one that you get when you are on stage preforming in front of a lot of


(Continued from p. 1) members took a different approach with the show. “We had more of a variety in terms of the acts,” Harris said. This year’s show included representation from 9 different countries: Mexico, India, Spain, Greece, South Korea, Ireland, China, France, and the United States. The club also integrated more school acts into the show.    “I think the best thing we could have done was open [the show] up to the school,” Harris said.     That way, not only were different countries represented, but the school’s culture as well.     “The school acts turned out great,” HAW advisor Megan Thomas said. “I think it represented Stoney’s culture and world culture.” This year, senior Kaitlin Keenan volunteered as one of the Masters of Ceremonies and kept the audience on their toes.     “I believe culture is important, and the show exposed me to worlds that I would otherwise not see,” Keenan said.     Overall, the club raised $2,300 which will be donated to the ALS foundation, according to Thomas.     In the end, the show was deemed a success.     “Aside from the minor technical difficulties, the show went smoothly,” Harris said. “Everyone knew what they were doing.”     (by Dan Moore and Christine Kim)

Close-Up (Continued from p. 1) conspicuously. According to the Close-Up website, the trip will cover all the major monuments of Washington, D.C., and will expose students to the processes of federal government through visits to Capital Hill and the White House. This program aims to raise the future leaders of America and to educate them on the emergence of the nation. It’s also to inspire them to become active participants in American society. The students are enthusiastic for this opportunity to learn more about the government in order to expand their education for their Advanced Placement classes in school. Schoenhals cannot decide what he is most looking forward to but is exited to see it all. “I’m just looking forward to seeing where all the cool stuff happens,” Schoenhals said. “Washington, D.C., just has it all. It links everything together, past and present and it reminds us of the American Dream.”

(compiled by Danielle Linihan)

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March 30, 2010


Student Council lends helping hand to Rochester after student death by Julia Nagy co-Editor-in-Chief


enior Jessica Brewer signed it. Senior Kelsey Skinner signed it. Senior Katherine Landis signed it. They all signed the courage poster created by Student Council after the tragic death of Tandalea Tatum, a senior and Student Council member at Rochester High School. The poster was signed by seniors and staff members. “I felt awful about what happened,” Brewer said.   “Maybe [signing] that would show people in a similar situation that everything will be okay if they have the courage to stay with it.” Student Council was pleased with the support of the seniors. “Everybody that walked by signed it,” senior Graeme Watson, a member of Student Council, said.   “I didn’t see one person look at it and be like, ‘Oh, I don’t want to sign.’ Everybody was all for it.” After Tatum’s death on Feb. 10, Student Council wanted to do something to help. “A lot was an innate feeling

about being sorry,” Student Council advisor Daniel Bliss said. “We wanted to do what we could do to help.” They needed to help. “When we heard that happened, right away we contacted the executive board over at Rochester and Adams, and they just said how they’d really like for all of us to pull together in this time,” Student Council president senior Bryana Bayly said. “Since Tandy was a senior, they really wanted us to organize something special for all the seniors to do.  And rather than all of us going to the funeral or sending flowers, we thought it would be a lot more special if we could do something showing the senior unity.” That’s how the idea for the courage poster came about. “Courage is our theme,” Student Council member senior Megan Dacey said.  “We didn’t want to focus on what happened.   We didn’t want to make a memorial.” In addition to the poster, Student Council also ordered bracelets. The bracelets are pink and yellow, Tatum’s favorite colors, with “dare to be remarkable” and “SCHS RHS AHS 2011”

printed on the outside. They are available, free, to all seniors at all three high schools. Bayley opens her pencil pouch, which is stuffed with bright, canary yellow bracelets, in her fourth hour AP Psychology class. She looks around the room, slipping around nine bracelets onto her left arm. “Did you guys get bracelets?” she asks some of the seniors on the opposite side of the room. She asks if they’d like one, and they all respond with a yes. “It’s supposed to remind everyone who wears it to go out of their way to do something good for someone,” Bayly said. “And the back of it, with all three schools, shows how we are pulling together.” Student Council member senior Stephanie Cosentino agrees. “I think it’s good, too,” Cosentino said.   “I remember during Homecoming we were really unified as a grade.  This is another way to show that with the bracelets, but it’s not just our school, though, but all the schools.  It brings us all together.” Watson feels this unity is

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important. “Feeling alone is the most awful feeling in the world,” Watson said. “It’s indescribable, but there is safety in numbers like everyone says.   You need someone to go to, you need that helping hand.” Along with the bracelets there was also going to be a tri-high all senior dance at Rochester on Feb. 28, but due to a miscommunication with the Adams administration, the event has been pushed to an undecided later date. Originally, the bracelets were to be handed out at the all senior dance.   Rochester’s Student Council appreciates what Stoney is doing with the bracelets and the courage poster. “We were very grateful and appreciative for the efforts of Stoney Creek’s Student Council,” Kelley Cusmano, the Rochester Student Council advisor, said.   “They were extremely kind to me and my senior Student Council members especially. Our Student Council is obviously very much still healing. We appreciate all the love and care from our Stoney Creek family.”           

You are missed!

Senior Nina Grubba

Courage Poster Messages

(photo by Rob Sparks)

In our prayers!

Sophomore Ariyana Jordan

You sure made a difference in our lives.

Senior Quamaine Morgan



4Conducting Success

March 30, 2011


NUMB3RS Music Dept. Accompanist Tries Her Hand At Choral Directing

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myriad of voices fill the choir room as Tracy Bartel conducts the Festival Women’s Choir in preparation for State Choral Festival. With the utmost obedience, the 80 some odd women follow Bartel’s exact command, following an abundance of high notes which are sung with the ultimate attention and poise. The Women’s Festival group has been perpetually rehearsing for the festival and on Mar. 18. The group of 80 women, along with 150 choral students from other choirs, will be showcasing their choral talents at The Macomb Center for the Arts. As the choral d e p a r t m e n t ’ s accompanist, conducting is both a reward and a challenge. For Bartel, conducting Women’s Festival group at a major conference has allowed her to analyze the accompanying that she does everyday and the conducting in which she supports. “Although conducting does not leave much

Carefully conducting: Tracy Bartel fiercely conducts the Festival Women’s group before Choral Festival. Bartel had been working very closely with the girls for the last 4 weeks. ( Photos taken by Nick Cruz)

room for musical independence, it allows for me to create music on an entirely different level,” Bartel said. Many students, including junior Molly Rooney, have had the chance to truly get to know Bartel through the amount of time they have spent with her while practicing for the musical event. “I thoroughly enjoy working with Mrs. Bartel because it is easy to see


  by Soojin Chun and Danielle Linihan School Team

Getting ready: Symphony Band prepares for their concert in Lake Orion High School. They set down their music and tests their instruments. (Photos taken by Soojin Chun)

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come. The opportunity to conduct a large group of girls during a major scale event has changed if not helped Bartel gain a stronger out look on the choral world. “I now look at music as avenues for students to learn more about their voice and what they are vocally capable of,” Bartel said.

Bands go to festival for musical feedback



unaccustomed to, Bartel is still confident in their success. “Besides simple coordination with the musicians, I am quite confident in the girls. They sound great in rehearsals, and I can’t wait to see what happens,” Bartel Said This will not be the last group we see being conducted by Tracy Bartel, for she plans on working with the girls of the choral department for years to

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that she cares about the music and all of us,” Rooney said. Bartel plans on performing two pieces with the girls; the first song is written in Italian by William Mathias named “ Oaula nobilis” and the second song is written in Czechoslovakian by Otmar Macha called “Hoj, hura hoj” Although the songs are in of foreign languages, which almost all of the girls are

At the front of the wide auditorium, Sophomore Cassie Hoffman puts her flute to her lips. In the far back, Sophomore Britain Clay poses his drumsticks right above the snares. A silence consumes the hall as all the musicians look to their conductor. They wait for his signal, all eyes directed towards him. Then with a flourish, the music floods and the audience sits back.   On March 12, Hoffman and Clay attended the annual band festival at Lake Orion High School along with the bands Concert, Symphony, and Wind Ensemble. Performing at different times during the day, the three bands competed against other schools in the state of Michigan, including those in the Rochester school district.    “If we get a good rating it gives us a good name as a band. So it helps to promote the music department,” junior Lauren Aiello said, a three year veteran of Band Festival.

  According to band director Eric Kausch, individual bands are graded in five categories on a scale from one to five. The categories include tone, intonation, rhythm, interpretation, and technique. Four judges critique the band’s various pieces and its ability to sight read based on the execution of these elements.    Although stressful at times, “It’s a chance to learn more because you’re in front of judges and you get their feedback. It’s a really good opportunity,” junior Rebecca Brosig said.   But Band Festival offers more than just musical feedback. Many band students plan to utilize what they’ve learned, and applying it to future decisions about their college and career choices.   Even with two years of high school left to decide on a college, Sophomore Jacob Lynn already has bandinspired options in mind.    “I get to hit stuff... I’m hoping to do marching band in college,” Lynn said. Lynn stared playing percussion in sixth grade, and is considering

Michigan State University to further hone his talents.   While not all band students chose music as a major, it continues to play a role in their lives.   “Music has been a major part of my life... I’m going to minor in it,” Brosig said. She has dedicated a lot of time to her music and her instrument (the clarinet), and she would not be the person she is today without it.    On top of the college opportunities Band Festival opens up, it also offers valuable insight into life and reality. Band students spend a lot of time practicing and rehearsing together for Band Festival. Often the bonds they share and the lessons they learn extend much further than the band room. Senior Sarah Beauchamp spent seven years in band, and even though she won’t be pursing it in college, the experiences stay with her.    Beauchamp said, “You learn about yourself and others and how to interact. It helps in you more ways in real life than on paper.”

National Honor Society organizes its annual Bowl-a-thon by Rohan Arepally Opinion Team Bowling, pizza, and charity are what the National Honor Society’s event, the Bowl-a-thon, provides. The event has been held two years in a row at North Hill Lanes by The National Honor Society, and this year the event took place on Mar. 11. Last year, The National Honor Society donated its funds to The Rainbow Connection, a charity located in Rochester that is committed to fulfilling the wishes of children with terminal illnesses. However, this year is a little different. “Since The National Hon-

or Society already did The Pink Paws Project, which was for the community, we wanted to do something for the school,” said Sam Harris, Treasurer of The National Honor Society and co-head officer of the bowl-a-thon. To benefit the school, The National Honor Society plans to spend some of its proceeds on two microwaves and two food carts for our school cafeteria. Devon Guinn, sophomore officer of The National Honor Society, suggested that this year’s proceeds go towards purchasing microwaves for the school cafeteria, according to Harris.

“Devon thought it was a good idea because Hart [middle school] has its own microwaves for its cafeteria,” said Harris. “We expect to make a little over $1,000,” said Ann Edwards, advisor of The National Honor Society. “Left over money will be donated to Principal Larry Goralski for programs that enable academic performance.” “The event this year was mostly run by the senior officers,” said Mrs. Edwards. However, the event also involves every National Honor Society member one way or another, since everyone must participate in some way. There are four dif-

ferent committees needed to properly run the event: food, tickets, decorations, and check-in. At the bowling alley, every lane was filled by NHS by students. Everyone was accommodated with an assortment of treats and drinks in an adjacent room. Even non-members decided to participate in this fund-raiser to help the cause. “I used to bowl casually and it’s nice to get out and bowl for fun again,” said Senior Jake Heck. Although The National Honor Society has chaired the Bowl-a-thon for the past two years, it is still not confirmed if it will be-

come an annual event. “I don’t want to assume anything, but if we get positive feedback from the members we’ll try it again,” Edwards said.

(Photo by Rohan Arepally)


March 30, 2010


OUR OPINION Issue Wordsearch



A Sick Joke- College acceptances for regular decision applicants come back on or around April 1. That is April Fools Day! What kind of sick admissions officer would do that to the students? Is it a joke I got in? A prank I got denied? Cruel!

Bowling for Bucks- The NHS bowl-a-thon took place on Mar.ch11 and is benefitting school causes through the proceeds. Who doesn’t like raising funds and having fun at the same time?

Shaken Up- An earthquake of an 8.9 magnitude struck Japan on March 10, triggering a deadly tsunami.

Smelly No More- The anatomy classes have finished dissecting cats, which means there will no longer be a dead cat smell in the science hallway. We can all breath a sigh of relief.

AP Payments- AP tests payments were due by March 25. Each test costs $87. Students who forgot the deadline still have a chance to apply to take AP tests, but at a $20 increased fee per test. No tests will be ordered after March 31.

Cookies for a Cause- Key Club held a bake sale this month, selling delicious baked goods for $1. All the proceeds went to cancer research.

The Editorial

Lending a

helping hand The Student Council’s efforts to support Rochester after student’s death deserves praise The tragic loss of Tandalea Tatum, a senior at Rochester High School, shook this community at its core, but with each tragedy comes a chance to come together and make the best of things. In grief, we can find an appreciation for happiness. In pain, we can find a way to heal.  In loss, we can find a way to give.  And our student council has decided to bring about something positive out of this tragedy, by giving a courage poster, signed by seniors and staff members, to the student council at Rochester, who lost a beloved member.   They also plan to organize a tri-high all-senior dance and donate the proceeds to Tatum’s memorial fund.  They’ve also helped purchase pink and yellow bracelets that say “dare to be remarkable” and “SCHS RHS AHS 2011” on them.  These will be given away to staff members and seniors.  What they are doing may just begin to mend the hearts of a heartbroken community. We applaud the student council’s courage in extending a helping hand to Rochester.   We applaud them for pouring their hearts and souls into what they are doing.   We applaud them for taking the initiative.  But, what we most applaud them for, is not only trying to unify Stoney, but trying to unify all three high schools. This is no easy task, especially when the tri-high all-senior dance they were planning on Feb. 28, was cancelled due to resistance from







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(illustration by Claire Donaldson) the Adams administration. They power on however, trying to get a dance planned for a later, undecided date. The bracelets they will purchase will be given away for free to seniors and staff members at all three high schools. “It’s just our contribution to Tandy,” student council president senior Bryana Bayly said. The courage poster, filled with signatures and messages, will be given to the Rochester student council as a reminder to have the courage to overcome life’s obstacles and tragedies. Senior Laura Fleming signed it. “I signed it because everyone needs courage and even something as small as a poster with signatures lets those who are hurting know that there are people out there who care,” Fleming said.  “It’s like smiling at someone in the hallway—it’s just the right thing to do.”   So, to the student council, thank you.  Thank you for extending our love and support to Rochester in their time of need.  Thank you for having the courage to try to create something positive out of something so tragic.  Thank you for starting the healing process for us all.  Thank you for just doing the right thing.  And thank you for your continued persistence in doing so.

Letter to the editor New math classes

Your coverage of the new math electives being offered next year was completely devoid of facts. Ironic how the name of the paper is “The Source” when you never bothered to actually interview the true “source” of this story…. ME, the teacher that actually is responsible for helping design the new courses! Had you asked, I would have been more than happy to explain to you how the current math offerings of “Business Math” and “Pre-Calculus” leave a big, gaping hole for any student that is planning on attending college and not planning on a math-related career. Take a look at the attached “Careers That Require Calculus…” document. Not only will you see that majors requiring Calculus are outnumbered, 4 to 1, but you will also see that, “It is important to know that in Pre-Calculus (Pre-AP and regular), students are expected to have mastered Algebra I & II as well as Geometry. College Algebra is the prerequisite course in college for Pre-Calculus and is recommended for students needing more study to reach the required mastery of the topics in the above coursework. It is better to take College Algebra than to enter Pre-Calculus and have to struggle all year! You seem to forget that math does not come easily to all students, and some need an opportunity to master their skills before moving on. If that isn’t an “attempt to better the student body,” then exactly what is? Pushing them into a class that they don’t have to skill set to succeed at? Students taking Trigonometry

and/or Statistics will be just as “college ready” as those taking Pre-Calculus. I could have also shown you the textbooks, and how much new information they contain, giving our students much more exposure to Trigonometry and Statistics than the few chapters (1 of stats and 2 of trig) they experience in FST/Alg 2. Utica Schools have been using the same Trigonometry textbook for many years with great success helping students be better prepared to pass those expensive college classes the first time around. In my estimation as a math professional, by not offering these courses, we would be setting our students up for failure at college “allowing them to fall by the wayside”, instead of improving their chances of success. Also, I could have explained to you that there will be no need to hire new staff to teach these courses, as the number of students in the building taking math is the determining factor of staffing, not the number of courses offered. In the future, I would hope that you would get your facts straight before publishing. You are a bright, involved group of students, but you must realize that sometimes schools make decisions based on more than what YOU see as the reason. Yes, you are entitled to free speech and your opinions; however, opinions are nothing without thorough research and an acknowledgment of the opposing side. Thank you for your time.

- Kristine Balinski, Teacher

New math classes will aid struggling students by Sarah Dittrich co-Editor-in-Chief The math educational system has failed me. Not by giving me failing grades—though that happened, too—but by expecting me to learn at the same pace as everyone else, when even basic addition is beyond my capabilities. I’m not a victim of a horrible harpy of a math teacher. My math teachers all gave me extraordinary amounts of their time both before and after class. I am the victim of a set of courses that expects everyone to move at the same pace and understand math. My high school career, as well as my confidence in simple math--such as tipping a waiter--would have turned out much better had I had the option of taking the alternative math courses proposed by math teacher Kristine Balinski. Balinski advocated for the addition of

Trigonometry and Statistics to the current math offerings. They are designed for collegedesignated students not entering in a mathrelated major. If students don’t want to take Pre-Calculus & Discrete Mathematics (PDM), they will now have the option of taking classes that will give them the opportunity to master their skills, according to Balinski. The new courses, Trigonometry and Statistics, teach students about concepts that are designed to prepare them for either PDM or a non-Calculus college course, according to the Rochester Schools Course Description Book. The Trigonometry textbook is the same as is used in Utica Schools, and they have had remarkable success in aiding students in passing college math classes, according to Balinski. This option is exactly what I needed, but unfortunately for me, the brilliant new program was introduced after I took PDM. I passed PDM only through sheer force of will. I had meltdowns before almost every

test because I simply did not understand the material. No matter how much I poured over inverse functions and polynomials, they didn’t make any sense to me. I lacked the basic foundations of math, and without that support system, I crumbled in more advanced math. These new courses are specifically designed for people like me—people who are only taking math because they have to, people who try their best and still fall short, people who just don’t have a grasp on numbers. With these two new course offerings, students can master their skills before continuing with college math courses, according to Balinski. If I had the option of taking these new classes, I would have saved myself from hysterical breakdowns and a lack of faith in my own abilities to multiply six times nine. I would have had the extra time to catch up and really understand the concepts, instead of being thrust into PDM, struggling, and ultimately failing.


The Staff Co-Editors in Chief: Sarah Dittrich Julia Nagy School Team Editors: Stephanie Siewert Soumith Inturi Team: Marnier Peeples Nicholas Diamond Colleen Kill Soo Jin Chun Dan Moore Danielle Linihan David Hanna Opinion Team Editors: Kevin Adams Lindsey Scullen Team: Rohan Arepally Chandler Clay Kelsey Jackson Claire Donaldson Lifestyles Team Editors: Anne Marie Barry Catherine Foster Team: Zach Francis Derek Francis Courtney Bourgoin Scott Shermetaro Robert Sparks Paige Efting Sports Team Editors: Monica Nowak Maxwell White Team: Nick Cruz Emma Guschewski Jenna Jonjua Jill Kelly Christine Kim Dylan Wilcox Matthew Pitlock Damian Rotarov Stephanie Siewert Christiana Tanner Photo Editor: Paige Efting Adviser: Gayle Martin

The Policy We, the Stoney Creek Source staff, produce this publication to accomplish the following goals: The Source will serve as a means of communication between students, teachers, and members of the community. We will respect all opinions and will present them in an unbiased and tasteful manner. The Source will inform and entertain readers and address trends and issues important to its audience. Although we are a student publication produced by the Journalism II class, we will strive to make The Source accurate and truthful and to adhere to all standards of professional journalism. We recognize and respect the privileges given to us under the First Amendment, including freedom of speech and of the press. The Source is a forum for student expression and we, the students on the staff, have the editorial authority to make our own content decisions. We will provide a sounding board for the student body and the community; therefore, the opinions expressed in by-lined opinion articles and letters should not be considered to be the opinions of the entire newspaper staff, the advisor, the school administration, or the student body as a whole.

Contact LETTER POLICY: Letters to the editor and guest articles and art may be submitted to Mrs. Gayle Martin in Room C285. All letters, articles and art must be signed. Names may be withheld upon request. The Source Stoney Creek 575 Tienken Rd. Roch. Hills, 48306 E-mail: gmartin@ rochester.k12.

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March 30, 2011


The E

Dissecting student attitude on dead cats by Anne Marie Barry/ Claire Donaldson Lifestyles Co-Editor/ Art Editor


very year, someone has an epiphany,” Anatomy teacher Todd Vince said. “One student realizes that it’s just a piece of meat.” He gestures towards the lab tables, swarmed with students. At the moment, none of these students seem to notice the rancid chemical stench that thickens the air. This choking scent emanates from at least a dozen skinned cats, splayed out on metal trays for the students to poke, prod, and examine. Many of these students hope to prepare for future medical courses by taking this class. One such student is senior Whitney Raska, who hopes



pursue nursing in college. “Gluteus medius, scapular...”She frowns at her cat, pulls out a metal rod and mutters snippets of Latin, the names of the muscles she is pointing out to her partner. If any student has reached the epiphany that these cats are just meat, it is Raska. On February 19, Raska posted a video on Facebook, depicting one of the cats dancing the YMCA with great exuberance. Dead cats are not usually known to move, let alone boogie down, so the video received mixed results from her friends and fellow Anatomy students. Responses ranged anywhere from hearts and joking remarks, to senior Evan Conover’s one word comment. “Terrifying.” Conover dissects his cat, an orange tabby fondly named “Simba”, just across the table from Raska. “I didn’t see [the video

“At fist we thought it was a girl, so we named it Precious,” Judkins said. “Then we realised it was a boy. I thought I checked, but I guess not. So we renamed it Zack, then when we had to [remove some organs] we renamed it Precious again.”

being made] I just saw the videos and I was like ‘this is disturbing,’” Conover said. He also saw the second video posted by Raska, depicting herself and another classmate. “It was Michaela, and [Whitney], and they were making screaming cat noises with the cat,” Conover said, smiling regardless of the gruesome picture he painted. Michaela Judkins, a senior in the anatomy class, was only too happy to confirm the dance party between the skinned, deceased felines. According to Vince, he wanted his students to distance themselves from the subject; his students are in agreement. “If you don’t have fun with it, it gets kind of creepy, because I have cat, so you gotta kind of make a joke out of it,” Judkins said. “Try to make it fun, and fling it around like it’s not really a cat.”.


“I would Hide it in someones locker,” Judkins said.”Haley Raska’s. They seran wrapped my car, so they deserve it.”




“Everytime I pull my cat out of the bag, I shake it around and meow really loud,” Judkins said.






“The only thing I would do with my cat is make it stand up and do the “cat, I’m a kitty cat” dance,” Conover said.


“We named our cat simba, because it had red hair, like in the Lion King,” Conover said.


“I’d take it with me to pet smart, and push it around in a stroller,” Raska said.


“I would put a leather jacket on my dead cat, and have it sing grease,” Raska said.

(compiled by Anne Marie Barry and Claire Donaldson)

(art by Cl;aire Donaldson)

(photo by Rob Sparks)


March 30, 2011




Experiences of Nine

Lifetimes Students apply anatomy in veterinary science by Kelsey Jackson/ Colleen Kill Opinion/ School Teams


“Make a movie... Make cats the musical,” Raska said. “We have a whole anatomy class of dead cats. Its easier production.”


“Well I have a twin sister, so I’m sure it would come in handy,” Raska said. “I could leave it in her room, in her lunch, in her closet, in her dresser drawers, wherever necessary.”


“I’d put it in my sister’s bed. Under the covers. I would put it under her pillow so she slept on it all night and didn’t realize it,” Raska said.

Lecturing Veterinarian Doctor Steep gestures with his hand, explaining the importance of various sounds, qualities, abnormalities of different heart sounds in a slide show projected upon a white board. He was the guest cardiology lecturer at the Oakland Animal Hospital Veterinary Science class on March 9. “I’m going to play another heart beat, listen closely,” Steep said, his eyes reflecting the light streaming from the projector and his finger clicking a button to initiate a deep percussion of a heart. “Hear that? A heart beat that sounds like this--like a pair of sneakers tumbling in a dryer-is called a Patent Ductus Arteriosis.” Students rush to scribble the details of the discussion in their notebooks, not wanting to miss a single syllable of the information that will inevitably be covered on the Jeopardy-style final exam at the end of the term. The Veterinary Science class takes place at Oakland Animal Hospital in Downtown Rochester every Wednesday night for ten consecutive weeks. The program has been active since 1981 and teaches students the basics of animal anatomy, procedures, and medical abnormalities. Only five seniors from each of the three high schools are chosen by a selection committee consisting of a principal, a counselor, and the Anatomy and Physiology teacher. The class can be counted for a quarter of a credit toward graduation, according to the Rochester Community Schools course description book. Anatomy and Physiology teacher Todd Vince takes part in choosing which students get the chance to take part in the class. Most of the students chosen to participate are going into fields of nursing, veterinary science, or medicine, and the students must be enrolled in Anatomy and Physiology, according to Vince. “The veterinarians are the ones who teach the course,” Vince said. “It’s such a hands-on experience. The students get to physically do everything with the vets, so it is a very unique class. The instructors are the doctors, so they will tell the students anything they want to know about the practice.” The veterinarians cover areas such as hematology, endocrinology, osteopathic medicine, and cardiology, and students also learn how to decipher XRays and diagnose medical problems, according to Vince. “We have a really dynamic group of students all around this year,” Vince said. This group of students include seniors Lexi Hafner, Kelsey Keenan, Courtney Miller, Ashton Prasatek, and Kelsey Skinner. These students attend the class every Wednesday for two hours--the first hour is composed of the students taking notes, and the second hour consists of hands-on activities that reinforce the ideas that were covered in the lecture. These lectures are often given by Dr. Mathew Monica, the veterinarian that runs the program, but are sometimes given by guest veterinarians. Students also sign up to sit in on

a four-to-six hour surgery that is taking place on a client’s pet, according to Monica. Senior Kelsey Keenan has already witnessed a surgery and believes she has benefited from the experience. “On my surgery day I really got to see and experience the practice of veterinary medicine,” Keenan said. “We got to stand around the surgery table and witness the procedure. At first I thought I was going to pass out, but the doctor was so kind and talked me through the surgery.” Senior Lexi Hafner also participates in the class and has chosen to sit in on more than the one required surgery. “I’ve seen several surgeries. They are all interesting and mind blowing-the things you can do and how small the incisions are,” Hafner said. Hafner aspires to be a large animal veterinarian in the future, a field that requires much experience before

ation. The high school that does the best on this exam is declared the winner and is awarded a trophy that has been passed on for many years--a cat statue named Athena that is traditionally repainted each year to match the victorious school’s colors, according to Monica. While the class does count in each student’s grade point average in order to receive credit, most students score very high for their final grades, according to Monica. “The students typically do very well simply because they want to be here and learn,” Monica said. “My goal is not to try to teach the students all about veterinary medicine in ten sessions. My goal is to get them to become excited about next year and the future ahead of them.” The students have seen a glimpse of this future through their part in the program, and they believe that they

Studying to serve species: Senior students listen intently to a lecture given by Doctor Steep. Students had previously covered the information in their Anatomy classes.

Teaching a new topic: Doctor Steep lectures the veterinary science class about the cardiology of a cat. Doctor Steep has specialized in cardiology throughout his career as a vet.

(photos by Chandler Clay)

heading to graduate school. This extra time that she spends can be counted toward the required 120 hours that are needed to enroll in veterinary school later in life, according to Monica. Doctor Monica went through the ten-week course and benefited from these observation hours as a senior at Rochester Adams High School in 1982--the program’s second year in operation. He returned in 1989 to share his knowledge and passion as a practicing veterinarian at the Animal Hospital, according to Monica. “It was such a great class for me,” Monica said. “I really enjoyed it a lot and now I’m giving it back to the current students.” The course culminates with a final exam in which the students must answer rapid-fire questions in front of the class, much like a game show situ-

are more prepared to enter this field as a result, according to Hafner. “I’m really passionate about my future career, and animals are my entire life, so this was definitely the class for me,” Hafner said. The veterinary science class at Oakland Animal Hospital teaches students to deal with the emotions and trials of veterinary and human medicine, and Keenan feels more prepared to enter this field because of it. “I’ve learned that sometimes there are not always happy cases, there are also sad cases,” Keenan said. “Sometimes you have to be able to tell people what you think is the right thing to do, even though you might not agree with it. I have learned that you have to do what is best for the animal.”

How much do you know about anatomy? How many orhow 3. What is a Which of the fol2. Around 4. 5. 1. ____________ is the study gan systems dynamic equimany bones lowing mammals of body structures and their relationships. It is also considered the science of the structure of different creatures.

are there in a cat’s body? a) 245 b) 230 c) 200 d) 150

librium of the internal environment? a) Homeostasis b) Iliac c) Serosae d) Endocrine

are found in the body? a) 5 b) 10 c) 2 d) 12

has the fastest heart rate? a) Humans b) Rats c) Camels d) Bats

Answers: 1) Anatomy, 2) A, 3) A, 4) D, 5) D

Pondering possbilities: Senior Whitney Raska thinks about what can be done with her dead cat in anatomy class. Raska enrolled in the class in Sept. 2010.



March 30, 2011



Senior to ride a bike 300 miles to honor her younger brother

by Maxwell White Sports Editor It could only take $2 to help make a wish. That’s what senior Meg Joiner is trying to do.  Joiner is selling bracelets in order to ride in a bicycle event in honor of her younger brother Ethan, who suffered from brain and spinal cancer. To ride in the event, Meg will have to raise $500. It was two and a half years ago when the Joiner family found out that he had cancer. “He fell at a dive meet and hit his head, and that is when we found out he had the cancer,” Meg said.   “Within five days, he was having his first of many brain surgeries.” Ethan, who is now nine, had to deal with many hard things at his age, especially going through chemotherapy. According to Ethan, some of the hardest things he faced were “losing my hair and missing school.   Also, people looking at me different and just being scared.” Thankfully, Ethan’s

cancer just went into remission. Meg is also selling the bracelets to raise money for the MakeA-Wish Foundation of Michigan. From July 28-31, Meg will be participating in the WishA-Mile 300, which is a three day, 300 mile bicycle ride from Traverse City to Chelsea, MI. Meg first saw the ride two years ago and that’s when she decided she wanted to participate     “I had gone to the event two years ago and saw the impact it made on children,” Meg said.   “I wanted to be a part of making kids’ wishes come true and be able to ride in honor of my younger brother.”     Unlike last year, Meg isn’t doing the 300 mile bike ride alone.  This year, freshman Paige Rinke will be joining her for the ride.    “It’s for a great cause,” Rinke said when asked why she is riding with Meg.   “It should be lots of fun and is such a great opportunity!” To train for the event, Meg has been trying to bike as much as possible.

   “To prepare, I just got out and rode my bike,” Meg said.  “I would try to get in about 50 miles a weekend.” Meg is selling the bracelets all the way up until July.   Each bracelet costs $2 and can be bought in the senior locker bank.   To ride in the event, Meg will have to raise $500.    Last year, Joiner raised $1200. She currently has $400, and her goal is to raise $3000.     According to the the bike ride consists of about biking 100 miles a day with fully stocked rest stops every ten to 15 miles.  Also, the riders will stay each night in a school that is on the bike route.     The event is capped off with an event called the Heroes Hurrah.  This is where the riders will meet their “wish heroes” who are the people that they are riding in honor of, and place a medal around their neck. “No matter how much you train, it is the most challenging and rewarding experience.” Joiner said.

Just Smile and Wave: Senior Meg Joiner is pictured with her younger brother Ethan, 9. He suffered from brain and spinal cancer, but just recently went into remissions. (Photo courtesy of Meg Joiner)

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Destiny C. Earl S. Ethan J. Ethan L. Jake V. Jakob C.

Nicholas M. Jordan J. Mariah L. Noella L. Joshua M. Marlee P. Olivia S. Kelsie C. Matthew B. Kennedy M. Michael C. Ryan H. Sarah S. Keyan H. Michaela D. Lily U. (according to Nate K.

Girls youth group sells shirts to raise money for a well by Nick Cruz Sports Team     When they took their idea to Facebook, they invited as many people they could to the event. The girls have raised over a thousand dollars, more than enough for the well they want to buy from World Vision.    This winter, the junior girls of the Korean United Methodist Church (KUMC) started a fundraiser selling t-shirts   “We’re doing it through World Vision because we know they’re a reliable source.” Patty said. “They promised us pictures about the progress of the well. We trust them to do that.”    They called the fundraiser “Buy a Shirt, Save a Life.” It started as a class project for

their youth group. The idea was to raise enough money to buy a deepwater well on the website, so that the company would build a well in another country. To do this, the girls decided to design t-shirts and sell them to their church for $13 each.   “Whose idea was it anyways?” Junior Patty Choi laughed.    “I don’t know,” Junior Jessica Choi said, chuckling. “Someone spit it out when we were planning the fundraiser. I wanna say it was me.”   “I don’t think so,” Patty said. “I think it was our teacher that planned it, she wanted us to fundraise something.”    The girls started their fundraiser small and only sold to their church.    “Our original goal was just to reach out to our

church kids.” Patty said. “Then we realized that we didn’t have to limit ourselves to our church, we can advertise outside.”  The girls picked Jessica to design the t-shirt since “she was the only artistic one” in the group. After designing the shirt, they posted the shirt on Facebook so people would see it before they bought it.   “We were afraid no one would want it if they hadn’t seen the design first.” Patty said. The girls then made up a sign-up list for people ordering.    “I signed up for it when they invited me on Facebook,” Senior Laura Fleming said. “I really liked their shirt design.      Buying a traditional well gift from World Vision will build a 60-foot deep well that can supply 600 gallons of safe water

per day to a community of 150 people, according to It costs $2,600, of which the girls have earned more than enough. The most expensive well from the site, the deep well, costs $13,700 and can provide up to 2,800 gallons of water a day to as many as 300 people. The girls are continuing their fundraiser in hopes of raising enough money to buy the deep well.  “It’s as simple as ordering t-shirts.” Jessica said. “As long as people buy them we’ll keep ordering.”    Fleming supports the cause and is proud to buy a shirt.   “I think it’s a great idea to raise money for a well.” Fleming said. “If you give them food it’ll be gone, but if you give them a well it’ll be there forever.”   

Give a Little Bit

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March 30, 2011




A Home Away From Home French students have opportunity to host foreign students

Meet the Foreigners!

by Courtney Bourgoin

Lifestyles Team

For three years, Sophomore Mitchell Krust and his family have been opening up their home to students from all over the country. The Krust family has taken advantage of exchange programs where they take in teenagers from other areas and house them for the school year. The family currently hosts a boy from Florida who plays on Krusts’ hockey team. Krust believes the friendships the programs create are quality and worthwhile. “Strangers are really just friends you haven’t met yet,” Krust said, a smile lighting up his face. As a French student, Krust was delighted to hear about additional companions he could acquire from countries abroad. The new opportunity for students at Stoney that is being offered, Friendship and Learning, allows students currently studying the French language to host a student from a school in Lyon, France. Oakland Christian and Stoney French students will have the opportunity to The French students will stay with the American families for three weeks, July 7 to July 28. The students range between the ages of 14 and 17, most in their second year of high school. “It’s perfect the program’s in the summer. It gives us a lot more bonding time,” Krust said. New French teacher, Susan

(Photos by Mary Drouillard)

Jarrell believes by offering the exchanged program, the students who choose to host will invest in a life -long companionship. “Hosting these French students will really give my [American students] the chance to learn each others cultures. It’s someone they can spend their summer with,” Jarrell said with an excited expression. The goal of the program is to match an American student with a French student to explore each others’ cultures, pick up on language, and create a longlasting bond between the students. To meet t h e i r goals, the

organization allows American students can choose from a list showing a mug-shot of the French student, their name and a short description of their hobbies and everyday life. “It’s perfect really,” Krust said, “I can find someone who enjoys the same sports and music as me. It’s honestly like choosing a new best friend that I’ll have for three weeks.” To fully follow through with their hosting, the American students are required to participate in a brief interview snippet about themselves similar to the French students. From there, the program workers will match an ideal pair together, the host and their student from abroad. “They are being matched with a French teenager that’s a lot like

them,” Jarrell said. According to their website, Languageandfriendship. com, the program goes deeper than just matching by gender and age and truly considers the common interests of the students traveling and hosting. Sophomore Marley Watson plans to host a student in the summer. Watsons’ mother is from a French- speaking country in Africa. Her family speaks French around the home and she considers the program a perfect opportunity to meet a new friend. “It will definitely be a good bond between the student and I. We both speak French in our home and know a lot about the culture,” Watson said. Watson is hopeful she will create a comfortable environment for her foreign exchanged student in which they will be able to bond. “I hope he or she will feel a lot more relaxed around me,” Watson said. Watson and Krust are just a couple of the several students that have show an interest in hosting a student from abroad. “I was excited with the number of kids that wanted to participate in the program,” Jarrell said. All together, 24 students have picked up packets from the French room in hopes of finding a friend from overseas. “They should just call it friends across the world,” Krust said.

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When I feel sad, I go on Google and search for kittens.

I can’t believe he blew off hanging out with his girlfriend to buy pokemon white.

If all dogs go to heaven, how’s Mike Vick going to feel if he somehow makes it?

She was whoppin’ them whoppers down like it was nobodys business.

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(photos used by permission of Bri Ducharme and Darby Barber)


What place did Nick Gajdzik finish at states?

a. first b. second c. third d. didn’t place



How many seniors are trying out for varsity softball? a. 1 b. 5 c. 10 d. 15

What was the varsity cheer team’s winning round two score?

a. 251.2200 b. 252.9640 c. 251.2616 d. 253.1397

did the 4 Who boys bas-

ketball team play in the District Final? a. Matt Pitlock b. Rochester Adams High School c. Rochester High School d. Oxford High School

is the 5 Who youngest

player on the Detroit Red Wings?

a. Johan Howard b. Jimmy Howard c. Niklas Kronwall d. Darren Helm


What place did the cheer team finish at states? a. fifth b. sixth c. first d. eigth

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months. “It’s a great program that gives handicapped and mentally impaired people the opportunity to ride horses,” Barber said. “A lot of people are in wheel chairs and can’t walk, but when they get on the back of a horse, it’s impossible not to see how happy they are.” Julie Bates, B a r b e r ’ s grandmother, has been one of the head directors with the program for years.   Barber believes the i m p a i r e d students at Stoney “would Junior Bri Ducharme be warmly welcomed to cerebral palsy, the program.” Down syndrome, or Surely, the cancers will have team’s talents, the opportunity which have been to ride with the tested throughout Equestrian team at competitions during the Bloomington the season, will Hunt Club.   It is all greatly influence the thanks to the Proud riding sessions for Equestrians Program these handicapped (PEP).   children. Senior Darby Barber, “My skills as an who has been on the advanced rider help team for the past because I lead many four years, will be of the horses that the riding with these kids handicapped are put during the upcoming on,” Barber said.   “I


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3, 357 the number of babies that are born with Down Syndrome each year

1 in every 110 the number of children in the U.S. that have an autism disorder


give them tips and lots of advice to improve their riding form and skills.” This will be the second time junior Bri Ducharme has participated in PEP. “Horses are the animals that sense emotion most,” Ducharme said. “[A horse] can tell if the child is fearful or scared.   It almost offers an escape for them.” Members of the team thad to begin training on March 26.   Not only did they have to learn the specifics of the riding, but also how to interact with the kids. “We learned how to lead horses and how to comfort the kids while they’re riding,” Ducharme said.   “Also, we needed to know how to deal and communicate with them.   It requires patience.” Riders like Barber and Ducharme needed these training sessions to get acquainted with the types of children they would be interacting with over the next few months. “Certain kids start out scared or timid,” Ducharme

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said. “Some won’t ride, just pet the horses.   The horses -respond really well to the kids.” The ladies of the Equestrian team have a set course that these children must go through.   The tasks require patience, practice, and precision. “We do exercises like walking the horse in a circle, weaving cones, halting, and posting the trot,” Barber said.   “These are difficult tasks for these riders.  We have one person walking on each side of the horse, as well as a leader, to make sure nothing goes wrong.” The task of getting these handicapped kids up and onto a five-foot tall horse does not seem to faze the Equestrian team. “If they’re able to walk, mounting blocks are used,” Ducharme said. “A lot of dads just lift the kids up, so the families get to interact with the kids.” “This is not a requirement for the team,” Ducharme said. “We’re only doing it to give back.

Lauren Aileo and Darby Barber helping one of the handicap kids using equine therapy. Last year, students met once a week over the summer for the program.

15, 000 the number of kids that are diagnosed with type one diabetes

10, 400 the number of children under the age of 15 that are diagnosed with cancer each year

(information compiled from the Center for Disease Control)

Darby Barber participating at an event with the Equestrian Team in 2010. The skills gained at competitions and practices are used to benefit children with mental and physical disabilities through PEP.

A handicap girl, led by Shelby Barber, benefiting from PEP’s theraputic techniques. Riders meet and are parterned with a child at Bloomington Hunt Club.

Bottom (left to right) - Becca Waineo, Bri Ducharme, Bri Minbiole, Darby Barber, Emma, and Amanda Ell Top (left to right) - Zoe Burke,Megan Hunter, Shelby Spahar, Jennifer Schofding, Lexi Hafner, Anna Warner, and Morgan Aiello

Answers: 1. b 2. a 3. b. 4. b. 5. d 6.


March 30, 2011



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WRESTLING Recap: The team as a whole finished the season with a record of 18-13, which is slightly above average, but the post season was very challenging to the team, but not to all of the individual wrestlers. Highlight: Sending Juniors Nick Gajdzik and Serge Andreou to states at the Palace of Auburn Hills, where Gajdzik took second and Andreou took eighth. Lowlight: The team as whole struggled in the post season, failing to make it past Districts.

HOCKEY Recap: Yet another season with low expectations brought about a strong showing for the boys in the playoffs. With key performances from junior triplet brothers Dominic and Matt Zuelch, both scoring two goals, and two shutouts from senior goalie Jake Landuyt, the Cougars powered through the first two games in the playoffs. Highlight: Two 8-0 victories in the Regional quarter and semi finals. Lowlight: Losing to Rochester United twice, and losing in the Regional finals.



Reca p spen : The boy s t the majo unde r fe it their ated; it t y of the s ook t seven easo he n Adam t s, to h meet, a m until This lose t Roc se th h 1 wa ason’s re eir first m ester s on c e ord o et. pa perfo rman r with las f 8-1feelin ce, le t yea r’ a g resul very suc ving the b s t. cessf ul wit oys Highl h the ight: Beat home i n g o Lowli n Senior Rochest g er at N Leag ht: Taking ight. ue m s econ e had t ied e et to Ando d at the arlier v on th er who th e roa ey d.


Recap: With four returning starters, the team was looking to dominate the league this year, however streaky shooting and tough opponents created quite a few problems. The boys stayed in nearly all of the games they played, even against some of the better teams in the League. Highlight: Winning their first ever playoff game and making it to District Finals by two points Lowlight: Losing to Adams in the District Finals.

Compiled by Jill Kelly and Dylan Wilcox. (Photos from top to bottom. Top left: photo courtesy Kristen Dunneback. Middle: photo courtesy Chandler Clay. Bottom left: photo courtesy Chandler Clay.)

Sophomore ranks in tennis State/National level By Jenna Jonjua Lifestyles team

“Any tennis match always begins at the same point,” sophomore Angela Schoenhals, who is ranked among the top 30 girls tennis players in the state of Michigan, and has even played in a national tournament.. “It starts at love.” Love, often considered passion, is the driving force behind Schoenhals’ success in tennis, which has led her to a top spot on this year’s Girl’s Varsity Tennis team. As a freshman, Schoenhals made the varsity team and beat out competitors with years of experience to play court two singles tennis last year. Schoenhals, a perpetually bubbly and happy student, has been playing tennis for as long as she can remember. “Tennis is my family thing,” Schoenhals said. “My brothers used to play basketball and all

these other sports, but tennis Bloomfield Hills tennis, takes was the one sport that we all private lessons, and plays in had in common. Even when weekend tennis tournaments they come home now, my entire all throughout the year. “It takes a lot of practice,” family just goes out and plays Angela’s together.” b r o t h e r All of the senior Eric Schoenhals Schoenhals, children have who has played tennis played for for Stoney Stoney’s Creek, and varsity boys her brother tennis team Johnathan for the past Schoenhals four years, has even been said. “We go inducted to to a lot of the athletic tournaments hall of fame. and it’s To reach important the level to support of success Sophomore Angela each other.” Schoenhals Schoenhals W h e n wants to transitioning reach, she to high k n o w s it will take constant practice. school tennis, Schoenhals saw Beyond hitting with friends a difference from playing solo. and playing for the school “Singles is a very mental game. team, she practices one You do it all on your own, on one with her coach at and that can make it really

Tennis is a single person sport...being a part of a team...I feel really motivated to work for myself and the team...It’s really


difficult if you’re in a slump,” Angela said. “Being a part of the team at Stoney, I feel really motivated to work for myself and the whole team. It’s really inspiring, and I got a whole other family out of the tennis department here.” Senior Allie Bouza, captain of this year’s varsity team, commented on the close knit tennis department. “We are like a family,” Bouza said. “In this sport, it’s just you or one more person. It’s important to be here for each other through everything.” This year, as seniors have moved on, Angela has the coveted number one singless court spot all to herself. “Moving on from Court two to Court one is really stressful, but it’s really exciting to be able to play such amazing players at the same time,” Angela said. “I hope I can improve my mental game and strokes…pretty much my all around game. Playing with people better than I will definitely be able to do that.”


Stoney girls decide to split from Rochester United By Monica Nowak Sports co-Editor They have split.   After four years, the girls lacrosse teams decided to go their own separate ways. In 2001, the three schools were put together as one team. Due to increased population at each school, Stoney now has enough girls for its own varsity and JV teams. Girls that were on the team last year have their own opinion about the team splitting. Senior Lauren Dutchik, who plays as an A wing, feels the change is a success.   “This new program will allow for smaller teams and cuts, which I find better,” Dutchik said. “Smaller teams means more playing time for the players as well let the team get closer with each other.”     Junior Casey Smoger also played lacrosse last year.    “Even though we split, either way I am still going to love my Adams girls the same way, but maybe have more potential to win,” Smoger said while laughing.   The team splitting isn’t the only thing that’s changed, but also the coaches have. The previous two last coaches that trained the lacrosse girls were Haley Noonan, the varsity coach, and JV coach, Ashley Krifulsi.    Both of these coaches are staying to coach Stoney. This means that the Adams girls will be getting brand new coaches to coach them. “Even though we are splitting, I know for a fact that the girls from both teams will find it fun and crazy to be playing against each other,” Krifulsi said.        The two coaches will be Ashley Howald and Sarah Falkowski.    Due to the team splitting, the problem comes down to the uniforms. Because the JV uniforms say Rochester United in big bold letters, they are going to receive new uniforms, both home and away. As for varsity, they only have one uniform for both home and away games. When it comes to uniforms, senior Meghan Moore attended the lacrosse meeting.   “We are trying to get a set of home jerseys, and, as for our away ones, I think we might have to iron on a cougar over the RU, something like that,” Moore said.    There one of new and different things happening for the lacrosse program, but the big issue of all will be, who will Stoney’s new rivalry team be now? Before it was Rochester, but now will it be Adams? Will past teammates become future rivals? Krifulsi feels the team will go far and with the split it will be better for the girls. Not only that but it will let the girls focus on their skills and their mistakes that they make or do, according to Krifulsi. If friends claim they will be friends forever and not break a friendship over teams splitting, according to Smoger. The games will be more intense due to the population of the team. But at the same time there could be more stress because of a smaller team which calls for trying harder. Not only do your teammates have to be involved, but the amount of determination and motivation to be used in all games and even practice. It is not as easy as it may seem, according to senior captain Jacqueline Cox. Let the games begin!



March 30, 2011


The Perfect


When becoming a Girl Scout, there are many patches that can be earned. Seniors Laura Fleming and Sara Harbin named just a few of their favorite patches.

Patches: The patches represent all of of the different activities a girl scout has accomplished as well as other pateches that identify thier troop number and the American Flag.

“These patches are the best cause they’re the most fun to earn,” Harbin said. This is one of the many booth patches you can receive when selling cookie.

“I love this badge because of how we achieved it. It had everything to do with the encampment and it was really fun working with the kids,” Harbin said. She earned this patch leading an encampment at Mackinac. “Mackinac was one of my favorite events to do as a girl scout,” Fleming said. This patch is an interest patch that she earned while doing various activities around Mackinac.

This is Laura Fleming’s favorite fun patch that she earned when learning how to scuba dive in a pool.

“This was an intense project,” Fleming said. “I worked as treasurer for over a year.” This patch was an encampment patch that she earned a silver project in. Her troop organized it for girls to attend camp in 2008.

“I received this patch by doing a patriotism activity during my Mackinaw trip,” Fleming said. This patch is an interest patch that she earned called American Patriotism. (Photos by Chandler Clay and Nick Cruz)

Medals: The medals are all significant to the honors that girl scouts receive. They represent how many years a person has been a girl scout as well as the levels that have been accomplished.

Seniors invest their time in Girl Scouts While other girls stop around sixth or seventh grade, Fleming and Harbin both stayed with Girl Lifestyles Editor/ Scouts simply for the fun. School Team “I see how, like, in middle school there’s sort hank you Lord of the pressure of ‘Oh, “ for giving us that’s not cool,’” Harbin food, thank you said. “But, in the long Lord for giving run, it’s really fun. And it us friends, for has its benefits. I would the food we eat, and the say just stick with it.” friends we meet Amen,” These benefits include senior Laura Fleming enhancing the college sang when asked about resume, opportunities her favorite childhood to develop leadership memory as a Girl Scout.   skills, and babysitting. Fleming and senior Sara “Moms really like to Harbin have both been know that you were a Girl involved with Girl Scouts Scout,” Harbin said.   “It since kindergarten. helps introduce you to “Girl Scouts of the United people in the community.” States of America is “Girl Scouts aims to the world’s preeminent empower girls and to organization dedicated help teach values such solely to girls,” according as honesty, fairness, to courage, compassion, Fleming and Harbin are character, sisterhood, two dedicated Girl Scouts. and confidence through Both girls are on their activities.” according last year with Scouts as to Ambassador Girl Scouts. This is exactly When they graduate from what Girl Scouts has the program this year, they done for Fleming. are qualified to be a Girl “Girl Scouts give me Scout Group Leader and many opportunities to adult members for life.                                       meet new people and to by Catherine Foster/ Christiana Tanner


Student’s Favorite Girl Scout Cookies

A random poll was taken of Stoney’s favorite Girl Scout cookies out of Thin Mints, Tagalongs, And Samoas

back are fun patches. Fleming has her vest filled with patches. “I have approximately fifteen interest patches such as my honor guard patch and numerous fun patches,” Fleming said. “My favorite earned patches would have to be the ones I do for Mackinaw,” Fleming said. “For my fun patches, I would say probably the scuba diving.” Mackinaw is where Girl Scouts go to help out in the scout barracks in and around the fort. “[Girl Scouts] go up to Mackinaw for a week in the summer and stand on duty, raise the flag up, and act as tour guides,” Seniors Laura Fleming and Sarah Harbin’s longest held girl Fleming said. “It’s a lot scout tradition is selling girl scout cookies. Here, they sold of fun and my favorite cookies at Kroger in 2010. Girl Scout activity.” (Photo used by the permission of Laura Fleming) This year Fleming is a get involved with many and many different ways to Senior Patrol Leader who different activities such get involved and to receive helps out the other girls. as scuba diving and patches,” Fleming said. Harbin also has camping,” Fleming said. There are two different many activities she Girl Scouts receive types of patches. The is involved with. patches that signify patches on the front “Well, obviously, we their involvement of the vest or sash are sell cookies. A couple of in the organization. the ones known as the years ago, we went to a “There are many different interest patches, IPP for camp and were leaders activities for Girl Scouts short. The ones on the there. Last year we went



to Chicago, which was really fun,” Harbin said. According to girlscouts. org, Girl Scouts not only focuses on “a myriad of enriching experiences,” but also “contributes to the improvement of society.” The selling of Girl Scout cookies is a fundraiser for the troops but also is used to benefit charities. “Everything we do is sort of charitable. All of our patches have to do with charity work,” Harbin said. It also helps fund the troops and enables them to do activities. “Our troop gets twenty cents for each Girl Scout cookie we sell,” Fleming said. “We then use that money to go on field trips with our troop to help earn patches.” Girl Scouts is a time commitment and hard work, but Fleming and Harbin think it is worth it. “I just think [Girl Scouts is] really fun,” Harbin said. “Yes, it’s a commitment, but it’s not really that hard. And I love my Girl Scout sisters.”


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