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Park Hill High School

7701 NW Barry Rd, Kansas City, MO 64153

February 2018 Vol. 49 Issue 4


Six Minutes of Stress page 4

A Different District page 5

Valentine’s Day Survival Guide page 12

Letter from The Editor

“Accept your responsibility for the collective well-being.” - Dr. Brad Kincheloe

Judiann McMahon About the Cover: Park Hill Varsity Basketball Boys clap in support for teammate Mitchell Baack (#33) after a Lee’s Summit West player attempts to pick a fight. Photo by: Judiann McMahon

Editor-In-Chief: Judiann McMahon Copy Editor: Mia Tyler Section Editor: Derek Dillard Design Editor: Kamryn O’Dell Business Director: Maddie Roberts Social Media Director: Zoe Cain


It was fourth grade. I was dressed in red and pink and prepared to pay the price for the amount of candy I was about to consume. Right before I had the opportunity to dig through my decorated Kleenex box full of cheesy love sayings, he caught my attention. He whispered my name from across the room and reached under the table to hand me something. Our hands met halfway and our fingers rested upon each others long enough for my cheeks to flush. I brought the mystery item above my desk so it would be visible. It was a chocolate, but not any ordinary chocolate. It was shaped like a heart and wrapped in perfectly pink paper. In that moment I knew our love story was one destined for the movies. Fast forward eight years: I haven’t talked to this boy, Jackson Western, since 5th grade. He quietly moved to a different district and we lost touch. But what I do hold from this experience is that Valentine’s Day is a special day. This upcoming holiday is one categorized by opposing viewpoints. Some people believe it to be an ordinary day created to sell chocolates and flowers. Some people get excited to spend mushy, gushy time with their significant other. Some people see it as another day to watch Netflix and wallow in their singleness. Then some people are like me. I am a proud supporter of Valentine’s Day, and not because I’m happily in a relationship. In fact 16 out of my 17 V-Days I’ve been single. I’m fond of this day because it’s a day to celebrate others and the connection you have with them. Whether it’s between you and your lover, a quiet bromance or a gal pal bond, it’s a day you’re reminded to remind those around you how much they mean to you. I can’t lie though. We are biased in this issue. Seven out of the ten of us are single. So to those who aren’t in a relationship, congratulations. We get it. We care about you so much we dedicated a story to you. You can find “Your Valentine’s Day Survival Guide” on page 12. But don’t be weary couples, we didn’t forget about you. Check out page 13 & 14 to see if your sweetie or bestie bought you a shout-out. And for those mentioned above that despise Valentine’s Day, I encourage you to be open minded. Tell someone you care about, maybe it’s your mom, how much you love and cherish them. Then head to page 8 for a V-Day break and take a peek into the significance of Black History Month or peer into the details of the new middle school on page 5. No matter if you’re single, ready to mingle, in a relationship or it’s complicated, we have a story for you this issue. Find me February 14th for a lil’ heart holiday cheer. Happy Valentine’s Day Park Hill, let’s spread some love.

The Newspaper Staff

Reporters: Alex Kaliz Anna Turnbull Lily Cota Chandeh Doe Adviser: Megan Carnes Look for QR codes like this throughout the magazine! You can use Snapchat or a QR code reader to scan for more information and pictures on stories

The Trojan, published six times throughout the regular school year, is the official publication of Park Hill High School, and is printed by Osage Graphics in Olathe, KS. Opinions expressed here are that of the student journalists and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the faculty, administration, and the Park Hill School District. The Newspaper is free of charge to all students but it also available for subscription. The Trojan welcomes letters to the editors. All letters must be signed to b published but may remain anonymous if the author chooses. Letters may be no more than 350 words and must be delivered to room 350 ten days prior to publications. The Trojan staff welcomes comments, questions and opinions. Send comments to


Freshman Chris Bizzle dominates his opponent during his match at the Lee's Summit tournament. Photo by: Lily Cota



- Six Minutes of Stress/ page 4

- Black History Month/ page 8-9

- A Blast from Park Hill Past/ page 10



- A Different District/ page 5

- Valentine’s Day Survival Guide/ page 12

- Falling in the 8 percent/ page 11

- Tid Bits- Interactive/ page 15

Sports - Pay to Play/ page 6 Check out the additional Trojan Scavenger Hunt on page 15!


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4 Campus

U A C P eople being shoved, hair hitting your face and the backs of shoes getting stepped on. The hallways are crowded with numerous kids and teachers. Students always struggle with getting through the hallways. “During certain occasions I really don’t care for the busy halls, but other times when I’m in a hurry it kind of makes me upset,” said junior Calvin Templer. During a hectic passing time, Katy Howe states, “It’s crazy. There’s a lot of people yelling, running around, and running into me.” The octagon is one of the most crowded areas. “It gets really bottlenecked around this side of the octagon. The traffic right there is pretty intense,” said Algebra teacher Blaine Lewis. Teachers experimented with how to keep traffic flowing. “Mr. Gourley put down tape a few weeks into the semester and everyone filled in line for a while and after that it kind of got nuts again,” said Lewis. “In a way the tape did work, but also no, because people would just get annoyed with the tape and try to cross it on purpose, so it really didn’t work,” said freshman Jessie Yosel. Teachers and staff spread out in the halls to try and create more of a flowing area. “I try to always be out in the halls, and I know there are a couple more people besides me that are out there pretty consistently, but we could use more volunteers for sure,” said Lewis. It is difficult to find a solution when there are so many kids and learning has to be continued every day. “There are roughly 2,000 kids in a building. If they aren’t building an extra hallway anytime soon, then just try to avoid the bottleneck,” said Lewis. Not all areas in the school are packed. Certain areas are clear and easy to pass through.


By: Kamryn O’Dell

Six Minutes of Stress

“The most crowded is upstairs. I think more kids go upstairs because that’s where their group of friends stand and it’s in the middle of most classes. The least crowded is probably downstairs by the lower gym and art rooms,” said Yosel. There are several students who socialize and stand in the halls. “I think that people don’t want to go straight to class because they want to interact with their friends, and they don’t get to see them in most of their classes,” said junior Sarah Hibler. With only six minutes to get to where students need to go, it is hard to do anything besides go straight to class. “I get stressed because it’s so hectic and everyone is trying to go somewhere and pushing through. Usually I am on time to class, but I barely make it. If I am late then it usually is because of the crowdedness,” said Yosel. Passing time is a very short and frantic time. “I think that there should be some added minutes to passing time because personally most of my classes are at the very front or back of the school, and it’s difficult to move past everyone and still make it to class on time,” said Hibler. The Lead Center was created for the goal of decreasing the amount of physical bodies in the building. “We have roughly 90 freshman at Lead this year, about half of those students attend class here at least for part of the year. Next year if you take another 90 freshman from here on top of the 90 that “Do not get into groups or talk with your friends, wait for will be sophomores next year, hopefully, when you’re in class,” said senior Brighton Ramirez. that’s part of the reason we have it,” said Assistant Principal Dr. Corey Willich. “The best advice is if you need help getting somewhere Looking ahead for a solution, students you can either ask someone for help or check a map,” said can count on the new bond issue. junior Calvin Templer. “The bond issue was recently passed to build additional elementary, middle Dr. Corey Willich said, “If their classes are in the schools, and a third high school, along basement by the 500s, they’ll walk up the back stairwell with other facilities. They will look to by the elevator, walk down by the cafeteria, and up the 20s redistrict the boundaries, which will then and 40s.” involve some additional students that go to Park Hill to transfer to Park Hill South, “Avoid the bottleneck (octagon). Go any other way and that will be based off of which middle possible; every other hallway that I’ve been around during schools they will attend,” said Willich. passing period is way easier to get through,” said math teacher Blaine Lewis.





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The New Middle School

mprovements are on the way! The Park Hill Board is working on a 43 million dollar plan for a new middle school. It will be located west of I-29 on Northwest 56th Street. Things are going smoothly and the Park Hill District expects to open the doors in the Fall of 2019. “Our current middle schools have more students than they were built for, and these current schools cannot accommodate the additional growth we anticipate. The fourth middle school will alleviate the space concerns,” said Assistant Superintendent for Academic Services Jeff Klein. The new middle school will not be designed like a typical learning center. “The new school will have collaborative team spaces adjacent to each pod of classrooms that will support the team and class collaborative work that teachers are engaged in,” said Klein. A current decision for the Board are the boundaries and the name. “A committee is currently working on collecting ideas for a name and will make recommendations to the Board. This [Boundaries] will be decided at a later time by a committee of staff and stakeholders,” said Klein.

Other Changes in the District


he new middle school will cause changes in other schools as well. Currently, the district recognizes Plaza Middle School as the sixth grade center, but this will be changing. “Starting the 2019-2020 school year, Plaza will be a sixth through eighth grade middle school. For that school year, all middle schools in Park Hill will be sixth through eighth grade,” said the principal at Plaza since 2009, Ivy Lezlee. “The plan is to have two middle schools feed into Park Hill High School and two middle schools feed into Park Hill South High School.” There are many different feelings about there no longer being a school solely for sixth graders. “Having the entire district of sixth graders in one building is a special experience; one which doesn’t happen in many large

By: Anna Turnbull

districts. I’ve loved having all of the same age students here for their first year of secondary education. It has brought our district together as one school community,” said Lezlee. Families in the district enjoy the status quo, however, there are benefits to transitioning to a sixth through eighth grade school. “Some students and families like that sixth graders are separated into an environment all their own, without students older or younger, for developmental reasons. This new setup is the most common approach to middle school because it supports continuity of instruction across all three grades and provides greater access to programs and acceleration resources for sixth graders,” said Klein. Jeff Klein also mentioned the impact on the student. “Transitions from one school to another are shown by research to have a detrimental impact on academic growth. This change will eliminate one transition for students.” Plaza staff is excited for the students to have more years spent at the school. “Currently at Plaza, we only get one year to know our students and having the opportunity to know our kids for three years will be a huge positive! It’s always hard to say goodbye to our kids at the end of the year because the progress we’ve made during the school year and then they are off to a different school,” said Lezlee. With changes to Plaza and the building of a new school, other middle schools will also be getting accommodations. “All middle schools will receive improvements to facilitate schools operations and learning. Having schools that are not exceeding capacity allow greater focus on the day-to-day instructional work of the school. This will also ensure that each class is conducted in the best possible classroom environment,” said Klein.

Scan to see the layout of the new school and an interview with Jeff Klein!

APRIL 2017





MARCH 2019

August 2019

No-tax-increase bond approved

Broke ground on new middle school

-Started process of choosing a new principal -Chose a principal for Lakeview Middle School

Board will set criteria for redistricting all schools

Board will make boundary decisions for all schools

New middle and elementary school will open



how money turned athletic success upside down

by: alex kalisz


ith posters on the walls and practices every day after school, sports seem to be everywhere. However, there’s one looming factor behind all of this--money. Whether it be equipment, transportation or private coaching, success in sports costs more than it appears, and not everyone has equal opportunities to succeed. “It’s almost impossible to do well on the team if you haven’t played club,” said sophomore Katie Wood. She plays Varsity softball for Park Hill, takes hitting lessons, and competes for a private team in Harrisonville. “It costs about $1,500 alone to play for my club team, and most people have been playing since they were four. My hitting coach charges $30 for 30 minutes,” said Wood. “While some people have natural talent, it does take a certain amount of experience to succeed, so a lot of people who would otherwise be able to get in don’t make Varsity until senior year. Not everyone can afford to play. There’s this illusion that everyone can play, but that’s just false,” said Wood. Yet, some sports might appear to be more accessible to low income students. “In cross country, we had one instance where a girl couldn’t afford shoes and the school paid for them,” said sophomore Avery Blakely. “We just have to pay a small fee, and other than that, it’s pretty much free.”

She said that unlike other sports, it doesn’t can’t make it outside of school.” cost a lot of money to play cross country, and that Perhaps this isn’t a “school system”issue but an people who can’t otherwise play should join. issue foudned in society’s own expectations. “It’s just running, so you don’t need specialized “I feel like American sports are expensive. sort of skills,” said Blakely. If you look worldwide, especially at like poorer But what do students do if they want to play countries, all you need is a ball. All you need is more equipment-heavy sports? Some feel there the equipment and a group of people who want to are limited ways to get nvolved at a younger age. play,” said senior Taylor Hartley. In 2016, the NCAA conducted a study that “All we need to do is as a society, [is] to look stated that full-time college athletes began to those countries for solutions. They help gain specializing at age 12. Students who made it into that community and develop leadership. The issue college programs were playing competitively in a is that America is not necessarily incentivising, private, high-level league starting at this age. but trying to push these expensive leagues. If we Implying that college athletes need to have just give the kid an opportunity to play, the skills prior experience, and some school systems don’t will show,” said Hartley offer all collegiate sports until high school, She explains that the problem is not with making it so students may start when they’re school systems, but with a society that does not younger, playing for private organizations. guarantee lower-income people to have equal “Not everyone, but a lot of swimmers have access to sports. been in it for years,” said junior Maggie Redinger. However, this doesn’t mean there aren’t “They start when they’re young and then move options for competing at an early age. There are onto Park Hill.” many local charities and organizations helping to That’s where the issue comes in. What this alleviate the problem. means is that it takes preparation before high If you are having trouble paying for athletics, school, and some families cannot afford club or talk to your counselor or find an organization private teams before high school. willing to help. There are numerous groups “I recognize that not everyone has access to dedicated to helping young people including play and I’m honored to both succeed in lacrosse Dick’s Sports Matter campaign, Liberty Mutual and swim,” said Redinger. “The school will cover and Kids in the Game. the costs for people who can’t afford it, but we


OF THE TIME. THOSE MAKING OVER $60,000 AVERAGED 51% (The Atlantic, 2017)








Percentage of students who play

children who played a team sport at least once a day by household income stats from the washington post


annual income >100k 50-75k





Percent of students who have played a sport at some point in their life





75% 15%

Percent of students who have never played a sport

30 2011






data from livestrong


data from livestrong


Keeping up with the Kylie's


How two girls use their talents to help athletic trainers

By: Mia Tyler


ophomore Kylee Corbin has a passion for football and has found a unique way to couple that interest with a volunteer opportunity. Corbin is a football trainer assistant, a position that was made just for her. “If I got the opportunity to work with the athletic trainers, I’d love to because athletic training is an area of interest for college and everything. So I originally went to Coach Hood about a year ago because I wanted to be involved in the football team somehow. He got me hooked up with Erica, the athletic trainer, and most of my time will be spent with her,” said Corbin. During the football season, Corbin commits many hours per week working with the football players. “I spent quite a few hours in the training room and at practice and at the games. I don’t know exactly how many hours. I haven’t counted, but when I’d be in the training room, I’d be there for a good three hours or so right after school. Practice would be until six or so, but it would vary every single day because practices were different. During football season, it’s definitely very busy,” said Corbin. Despite the busy schedule, Corbin looks forward to continuing to work with the football team and expanding her knowledge about football training. “I want to do this for the rest of high school. I really enjoy football first of all. I’m a huge football fan, and the fact that I can also add athletic training experience to that as well, I love it. I’d love to continue it through my junior and senior year as well,” said Corbin. Through her experience, Corbin has learned many valuable lessons and has made wonderful memories. “My two favorite things are learning and also being able to experience football at the same time. So getting two good things all at once. I love seeing the games and watching them do so well,” said Corbin.

Sophomore Kylee Corbin poses with Athletic Trainer Erica Dubek


unior Kylie Anderson also works with athletic trainers, but the way she came about getting the position was a little bit . different. “I played softball for the school this year and actually had a knee injury. I was going to the trainer’s daily for an hour most days, and I have always had an interest in some kind of job in the medical field. It really intrigued me, so I asked the trainer if I could shadow her, and she agreed to show me some stuff,” said Anderson. Anderson has been working with the basketball players and their athletic trainers since the end of November. “When I started, I was going once a week to shadow until 6 p.m. or so, and then on game nights we would get done around 9:30-10:00 p.m. It really depends on how long the game takes,” said Anderson. Anderson looks up to the athletic trainers and would love to be able to experience all the aspects of what they do. “When I am there, I have a lot of fun and really like the environment and atmosphere. Both of the trainers are really sweet women and are amazing at their jobs,” said Anderson. While shadowing the athletic trainers, Anderson learns what the trainer does when a player gets hurt. Anderson also has the chance to work with the basketball players in the training room. Through this experience, she has discovered that athletic training may be an area of interest for the future. “It’s something that I may look at continuing into college or maybe even as a job. I think it could turn into a great career for me,” said Anderson.

8 Feature

Black History Month


Then and now

lavery. Segregation. Oppression. Millions were exiled to live in a parallel society, left to suffer, all because of their skin color. African Americans were treated this way for much of U.S. history. America has made great bounds in racial equality, from the abolishment of slavery in 1865 to segregation being deemed unconstitutional in 1954. According to, what is now known as Black History Month originated in 1926 when Historian Carter G. Woodson from the Association for the Study of African American Life and History announced that the second week of February was to become Negro History Week. This was in order to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. Woodson was tired of the underrepresentation of African American culture in literature. Negro History Week was founded to highlight the contributions made by African Americans to society that were once concealed or just flat out ignored. Woodson said that educating Americans of the once concealed atrocities was essential to ensure the survival of the African American race within society. This new celebration had mixed emotions. Those in the south were opposed, but overall, it was met with an enthusiastic response. In 1969, African American educators and students at Kent State University proposed Black History Month. It took place at their school one year later. By 1976, Black History Month was being informally celebrated all over the U.S. and had already been turned into municipal events (holidays or events recognized city-wide) by some mayors in their towns. Because of this, President Gerald Ford decreed Black History Month a national observance. “In celebrating Black History Month,” Ford said, “we can seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout history.” Black History Month is now officially “celebrated” annually, not only in the U.S., but in Canada, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. There has always been debate about whether or not a month dedicated to a single race is useful and fair. Some believe that it is demeaning to condense all of African American history into a single month, as opposed to

By: Derek Dillard

integrating black history throughout the entire year. Others think that having a month dedicated to African Americans, but not other races, is racist. “If we are going to have Black History Month, then it needs to be done its justice. Whether it has been done its justice from its original creation to now is the question. It’s not as emphasized as it used to be,” said Government teacher Bret Mock. “Also as America becomes more diverse, do we also have Asian History Month, Hispanic History Month, East Indian Month, Native American Month, etc.?” A popular opinion seems to be that people don’t care as much about Black History Month. “I mean I feel like the topic of races is every month, so I feel like it’s not a big deal, but a month is definitely deserved,” said junior Aleece Noble Noble says that Black History Month doesn’t play a role in her life. The idea that Black History Month is something to be celebrated seems to have faded since its founding. “There’s a lot of disconnection. It’s not just related to Black History Month, history just isn’t something that seems to be as important. Understanding the past to understand the present isn’t something people do often anymore,” said Mock. Senior Kyle Downes agreed with Noble that Black History Month is not given much thought. He added, “It’s not like it’s a celebration or anything, but it’s there and it’s nice to just have something. It’s a special month of remembrance.” It seems a handful of people agree that Black History Month has been put on the back burner of society. People don’t give the national observance as much attention as it used to be given when first founded or realize how much it deserves to be celebrated. Even though this might be the case for some, many still strongly believe that the holiday is important. Senior Sephora Koudou said, “Black is beautiful, in every form and in every way. Black History Month is symbolic of that and the freedom that black people now have.”

Feature 9

Malcolm X

May 19, 1925-February 21, 1965



An African American Muslim minister and human rights activist. Credited as being one of the greatest and most influential African Americans.

Martin Luther King Junior

Rosa Parks

February 4, 1913- October 24, 2005

Minister turned activist. Famous for his “I Have A Dream” speech. A major player in Civil Rights.

An activist of the Civil Rights Movement, whom Congress called “the first lady of Civil Rights.” Famous for going to jail for not giving up her seat for a white passen-

Barack Obama

Harriet Tubman

st Be

of the

January 15, 1929-April 4, 1968

Nelson Mandela

July 18,1918-December 5, 2013

President of South Africa, philanthropist, and helped fight against segregation and discrimination.


1822-March 10, 1913

September 4, 1981- still living

She was an abolitionist, humanitarian, and an armed scout and spy for the United States Army during the Civil War. Rescued approximately 70 slaves.

Arguably the most famous singer songwriter in history. She supports over 33 charities and foundations.

August 4, 1961- still living

The first African American President of the United States.

Maya Angelou April 4, 1928-May 28, 2014

Civil rights activist, poet, and memoirist. She published seven autobiographies. Her most famous Frederick Douglass is “I Know Why the Caged February 1818-February 20, 1895 Bird Sings.” African American social reformer, abolitionist, writer, and statesman. “The most influential African American in the 19th century.”- Roy Finkenbine

Sojourner Truth 1797-November 26, 1883

Abolitionist and woman’s rights activist. Best known for “Aint I a Woman?” speech.


A Blast From Park Hill Past

Can You Guess Who These Park Hill AlumnI Are? By: Chandeh Doe Teacher & Coach


Class of ‘72

Class of ‘05

Class of ‘05

Q: What was your favorite part about high school?

Q: How do you think Park Hill Q: What was Park Hill like positively impacted your life? when you were here? A: I believe that Park Hill has been and continues to be a big part of my everyday life. As a student, I never wanted to leave. I was so involved and loved every part of it. Getting to know people and learn from my teachers led me to be an educator today. I would have never came back if it didn't hold a special place in my heart.

A: Courage. Have courage to know what you love and what you are passionate about and go for it. It’s worth it. Courage, my friends, courage.

A: When I was a student here, our student body took pride in the school and all school activities. There wasn’t a volleyball game,football game, soccer game, Mr. Park Hill or any other sport that didn’t have a large group of students cheering them on. Juniors and seniors set a standard of how Park Hill was represented and show how much school spirit was important.

Q: How do you think Park Hill has positively impacted your life? A: Park Hill opened my eyes to a different world. I found what I wanted to be here. I met some of the coolest people I have ever known.

A: My favorite part about high school was just the chance to see my friends, because at the time, in order to speak to your friends you had to use the telephone, which was in the kitchen, so everyone would listen in on your conversation. If you wanted to see your friends you had to walk somewhere to go meet them.

Class of ‘03

Q: In what ways do you think Park Hill has changed from the time you were here to now? A: The student population is much larger. Park Hill South had just opened so there was a different feel between the two schools. Oak Park was our big rival since we didn’t play Park Hill South in sports for a few years since it was a smaller school. Now, Park Hill is more diverse and there are more course offerings. Oh, and we didn’t have cell phones or laptops!

Q: What is the biggest difference you have seen from the time you were here to now? A: Physically the building is much larger, but the biggest difference between 1972 to 2018 would be that there is so many ways for young people to connect with other young people that just didn’t exist. When I was here, school was the epicenter of every young person's life.

Q: What were some major fashion trends during your time in high school? A: I did my own weird fashion vintage thing with a modern twist. I had a pair of light blue platform Vans tennis shoes. I wish I still had them. Things students are wearing now remind me of what I wore in middle school in the 90s.

1. Morgan Sobbe (Math Teacher & Cheer Coach) 2. Erik Sobbe (Campus supervisor) 3. Brad Kincheloe (Principal) 4. Rachel Hubbard (Art Teacher,

Q:What advice would you give to high school students in this day and age?

Teacher & Coach


Soccer Coach & Basketball Coach)

Fal li ng in the


ne thing I learned from the three years I have spent in high school, is that information spreads quickly. Like the guy who cheated on his girlfriend or the girl who talked behind her friends’ back, or more serious, “I heard ‘so and so’ is pregnant.” The word “pregnant” can be such a terrifying word and an even more terrifying situation. But why? Why are some people hesitant to approach the subject? The University of Minnesota’s Healthy Youth Development Prevention Research Center released a 2017 Adolecent Sexual Health Report stating that from 19912015 the birth rate for youth aged 15-19 dropped nearly 64% nationally, reaching a record low of 22 per 1,000 in 2015. This has been attributed to delayed initiation of sexual actvity and use of effective birth control methods. Even with teen pregnancy on the decline, the phrase “having a child at a young age will ruin your life,” echoes through the minds of teenagers While it is important to be conscious of your actions, it is also important to be


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able to cope with things, though some may go unplanned. That being said, being a teen mother or father might not literally ruin your life, but it may open some doors while closing many others. According to advocatesforyouth. org, “nearly nine million teenagers have already had sex” while states roughly 750,000 get pregnant. Meaning, 8 percent of teens may watch after themselves and another human. 8 percent of teens may work a full-time job throughout high school and beyond. And 8% of teens, are going to succeed just like the 92% who didn’t face the same challenge. Senior Ricardo Cabral is part of that 8 percent. Just ten months ago, Cabral met his daughter, Eileen. Only a junior in high school, his life was changed forever. As a full time father, student and manager at his job, Cabral works harder every day to not only provide for himself but his child, too. The pregnancy hit both Cabral and the mother very suddenly and hard. Instantaneously the two of them put all options on the table. “We did discuss abortion. We also

By: Madison Roberts Left: Eileen posing in front of the camera. Right: Cabral and Eileen taking a snap selfie Photo by: Ricardo Cabral

discussed adoption if it got too hard, but that all got dismissed,” Cabral said, “It got dismissed because we love her too much to ever give her up.” After committing to raising a child, Cabral said, “It [the pregnancy] affected my homework,” because, “I had to go to doctor’s appointments.” When it came to Cabral’s education, he said, “Before, I was always iffy on college. Now I want to go to college, so I can have the money to pay for her.” While reflecting on what the pregnancy positively brought, Cabral said, “I try in life a lot more.” Both Cabral and the mother have thought out their future after high school. Cabral plans to attend Maple Woods and the mother wants to go into a technical school and into cosmetology. Cabral hopes his daughter “will have somebody younger to relate to” as she grows into her teen years and adulthood. While everyone has their own perception on teen pregnancy not all experience it firsthand as Cabral. “Everybody already knows it’s hard,” but “I don’t think it’s hard to the point of ruining my life.”

12 Entertainment

Your Valentine’s Day L A V I V R SU By: Zoe Cain


Whether you are going on a special evening out with your boo, or eating an entire lasagna by yourself, Valentine’s Day is different for everyone. “Valentines Day is almost always on the State wrestling tournament and my wife used to come but she doesn’t anymore,” said English teacher Thomas Garth. Garth and his wife’s anniversary is on February 17th so that tends to overshadow any Valentine’s Day traditions between them, although they do exchange cards. On the other hand English teacher Megan Kaiser enjoys a very traditional Valentine’s Day. “I just love Valentine’s Day,” said Kaiser. Kaiser gets greeted every year with a bouquet of flowers and completes her day by eating at a nice restaurant with her husband. Give out 10

Singles Zone


-Remember all the humans that love and respect you! Whether it be your parents, friends or teachers, someone cares about you!

-Buy yourself something nice, it’s okay to splurge on yourself every once in awhile. Go to the store and pick out something YOU would want for V day.


compliments today!

-For Valentine’s Day you could even dress up and go out for dinner with a bestie. If you wanna spice things up and make it more fun you could try cooking or baking something st home. Looking my best always brings up my confidence, and between you and me, I compliment myself. :)

Gift ideas for


-Tell someone you love them by speaking Morse code on a necklace -QR code to design yours!

Gift ideas for


-Slap your voice on a bracelet with sound waves, a cool way to remind him he’s the best! OR code for a sound waves bracelet

Dag, You are a great man ,my friend. I think about you day and night. You are my hazel eyed king.

You should call yourself lucky to know Kayley Pak. She’s amazing! -Alex Corbin

-Your Secret Admirer

Ariana, Thanks for always being by my side, baby girl. I love you and can’t wait to see what we do after high school together. Love, Salvador

Armondo, Grow ur hair out.

Jonnie, After 25 years you are still the sweetest wife ever. I love you Jonnie! Love, Bob

Lily, Can’t believe I only met you this year but Happy Valentine’s day, boo :) Love, Carter

Dear Park Hill Chicas, Dear America. I love you. Don’t do drugs. I am in the 11th grade. Love, Blake Harris

Bella, You never fail to laugh at my jokes and always brighten up any room. Love, Salome

Love, Blake P.

Max , You are pretty cool, like rad, idk. Also you are like, ya know, the love of my life. I love you, bye!! Love, Corinne

Judiann, Shoutout to my fellow editor-in-chief and bff. Keep up the amazing work! I'm very proud of you! Love you. Love, Sophia

Guard Babies, Yo, this is weird and I love you all a ton!! I can't wait to see us win; let's beat South and win at Championships. I love y'all tons. Love, Corinne

A shoutout to my big, Sarah McKenna, for being a rock star mentor. For supporting my queso habits, answering endless questions and laughing with me at my wonderful life. Thank you for all you do! Your lil, Megan

To my lil’, Megan! Trojan Newspaper Staff, It has been so fun getting to know you this year, and I am You are the staff of my dreams. I am so proud of everything you do for this paper. Most definitely the best VOLUME yet. happy to have a new friend. Keep on rockin’! Your big, Love, Sarah Judiann

Judiann, Thank you for being such an incredible editor-in-chief. You are a great person and I love you so much. Let's hang soon. ;) Love, Derek

Bailey, In all of the pictures of the two of us, I either look goofy, and/or we are with students. I am going to count that as a good thing for two reasons: you accept me for who I am, no matter how goofy, and we are both passionate about the same thing: our students. You’re the best, my friend! Love, Sarah P.S. We need more pictures


Trivia How many Valentine's Day cards are sent every year? a. 500 million b. 2.6 billion c. 1 billion d. 750 million

Tid Bits Pet of the Month

a. 496 b. 1090 c. 1750 d. 771

Trojans hidden around The Hill

Clue #1:

Where is yoga club held?

Clue #2: white

88 black and

Clue #3:

Mary Connolly gave this water fountain an 8/10 on her Twitter

Athena is the Goddess of Love

sh u B 's bunny,


mily Jones


Twitter Poll

By: Lily Cota

There are 5 Trojan heads hidden around the school. Solve these riddles to find them and bring them to room 350 to win some candy!

When was the first Valentine's Day?

a. True b. False


Happy Valentine's Day!

PUBLICATION SOCIAL MEDIA @ph_publications Instagram and Twitter

Clue #4: singing...

Clue #5:

I hear angels

Under your frozen meal

In Loving Memory of Glendi Molina June 15, 2000-December 29, 2017

Junior Glendi Molina was involved in a tragic car accident on December 24, 2018 along with her mother and brother. She sadly passed away due to life threatening injuries. She is and will be forever missed as beautifully stated by her ELL teacher Caitlin Fudge, “ Glendi Molina was truly one of the sweetest & kindest students I have ever had the joy to teach. She was always ready to help those around her in any way she could, loved her family, shared many laughs with her friends, and always strove to do her best. School wasn’t always easy for her, but she never gave up. She was determined to be successful and learn, which she always did. Her quiet joy and presence added so much to our ELL family and classroom. She truly was such a brave person who did so many things and overcame her fears to succeed and help others. Glendi will be forever missed.” -Caitlin Fudge

Scan the QR code to donate to Glendi’s GoFundMe.

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Phhs issue 4 final  

Volume 49 Issue 4 Our Valentine's Day Issue

Phhs issue 4 final  

Volume 49 Issue 4 Our Valentine's Day Issue