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dances into OG By: Brittain Allgood Staff Reporter Most students dread P.E. fitness class at Oak Grove because they know what awaits them each morning: push-ups, jumping-jacks, and of course lifting weights. Strenuous activities, such as these, are not something that most girls qualify as fun; however, girls who enroll in P.E. fitness can now look forward to a lively Zumba class every other morning. Kriste Lewis began teaching first and second blocks Zumba classes around the end of August. The coaches, who normally teach the fitness classes, were looking for something new and fresh to keep the girls entertained while maintaining their health. Anna Lauren Weeks, a freshman in the first block class, knew that the coaches were looking for an instructor and did not hesitate to ask Lewis. “She teaches Zumba at Heritage United Methodist, a church that I go to

Kriste Lewis and the 1st block girls’ fitness class shimmy and shake their way through the morning.


sometimes, and I knew she would do a great job at Oak Grove,” Weeks said. Lewis has been teaching Zumba for a little over eight months and normally teaches at her church. “I have enjoyed instructing the girls here at Oak Grove. It is giving me the opportunity to work with many different age groups,” Lewis said. Zumba is a dance fitness program created by dancer and choreographer Alberto “Beto” Perez during the 1990s. The program combines Latin and international music with dance in an effort to make exercise enjoyable. Zumba is Spanish slang for “to move fast and have fun.” In these classes, participants are in constant motion. It incorporates hip-hop, samba, salsa, mambo, martial arts, Bollywood, and belly dance moves. Squats and lunges are also included in choreography in order to tone muscles; participants are burning calories while

having fun. Zumba has been referred fitness can be fun rather than stressful to as a party rather than a workout, and strenuous. “Statistics prove that which is probably why over 12 million Mississippi is one of the fattest states, as people of all shapes and sizes take part well as one of the laziest states, so I want in weekly Zumba classes in more than people to know that they don’t have to 125 countries. run laps or starve themselves in order to Many of the girls have lose weight,” Lewis said. found Zumba to be a new The classes are easy “The classes are easy and and exciting experience. and something new to something new to take “I actually look forward part in.” Lewis plans to take part in, to first block now that continue her instructing Kriste Lewis, we have Zumba classes,” at Oak Grove for the Zumba Instructor senior Susannah Carpenter remainder of the year and said. “It’s a fun way to hopefully for years to stay in shape!” The girls are beginning come. to memorize some of the choreography Freshman, sophomore, and junior and get excited when they hear one of girls: talk to your counselor about next their favorite songs begin to play. Even year’s schedule for “an exhilarating, other groups such as Golden Spirits and effective, easy-to-follow, Latin-inspired, the community-based classes take part calorie-burning dance fitness-party in the Zumba classes. that’s moving millions of people toward Lewis’s goal is to show girls that joy and health.”

Academy. When she got there, she realized that she would be spending a week in boot camp and had seriously misinterpreted the Naval Academy’s brochure. A few of the other ill-informed girls left early, but Carpenter chose to tough it out. Carpenter sharply stood out from the remaining girls and guys at the Summer Seminar who were built for the army. She noted that the girls were probably all in the heavy division on their high school weightlifting teams. While Carpenter is athletic, she would never fit the criteria for a heavy division weightlifter. If the girls were muscular, then the boys might as well have been already in the army, and the ratio of boys to girls was four to one. There were 750 at the Summer Seminar in all. An average day for Carpenter consisted of waking up at 5:00 a.m. to 30 minutes of physical activity, classes, and more physical activity. She did 300 push-ups a day for a total of 1,500 push-ups in five days. She was forced to run everywhere she went and totaled 35 miles for the week. One of the many activities Carpenter participated

in during the week was called Sea Trials; this activity was comprised of 12 hours of non-stop physical exertion. Carpenter’s maximum number of pushups, sit-ups, and chin-ups were tested and recorded, and her fastest mile was clocked. She had to wear a uniform of boy shorts and tucked-in t-shirts all week long. When asked if, given the opportunity, she would participate in the Summer Seminar again, Carpenter

Susannah Carpenter: fashionista turned drill sergeant? By: Julie Robinson Staff Reporter

Susannah Carpenter is that girl at school who looks cute every single day. Last year when the new dress code was implemented, she was the first one to figure out how to make the dress code look nearly fashionable. Even in weightlifting class, Carpenter’s hair and makeup are flawless. Usually, when Carpenter wears something new or different, everyone else starts wearing it; she’s a trendsetter if there ever were one. How would a girl like Carpenter be expected to spend her summer vacation? To everyone’s shocked surprise, Carpenter accidentally spent a week of her summer at boot camp in Maryland at the United States Naval Academy. What many people don’t know about Carpenter is that she is very interested in studying engineering and more specifically aerospace engineering in college. She thought she was going to get a week of classes on aerospace engineering when she signed up for the Summer Seminar at the Naval

replied, “I would definitely do the seminar again because I gained so much from it. The Naval Academy’s campus is beautiful. I am strongly considering going there for my undergraduate degree next fall.” Carpenter’s example warns us to carefully read the brochures we are sent advertising summer college camps but also proves that misinterpretations can lead to new challenges and new experiences that can shape who we will become.

Susannah Carpenter, senior, (middle) and friends relax after a grueling twelve hours of physical activity at the Naval Academy’s Summer Seminar.

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Visit the OGHS Career Center or the school website for information on scholarships. -- Information compiled by JoAnna Gunnufsen, Staff Reporter.

October 7, 2011

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From the big screen to the school scene,


ak Grove is full of ambitious and talented students such as former Warriors model Andie Arthur, star athlete Steve McNair, Jr., and singer Lindsay Lee. Jake Walker’s name can now be added to this list. Walker is an established actor and singer at the age of 14, and he is now a freshman at Oak Grove. While Walker has

spent seven years in California, he was born right here in Hattiesburg. “I was born here, and I’ve made a lot of great friends here. I’m a normal kid. I love going to the movies, hanging out at the mall, and ringing the cowbell at the football games,” Walker said. At the age of eight, Walker’s acting career surprisingly began with a singing performance at Talent Rock in Orlando, Florida. “The singing was okay, but I choked up. So, they handed me a monologue, and I memorized it right off the bat. I went in there, and they loved it,” Walker said. After Talent Rock, Walker got a manager and said as he joked about the fact that moved out to California. his character is one of the first murder “I’ve been on at least a victims. While many young performers thousand auditions,” Walker said. Walker auditioned constantly in develop an inflated ego from all of California, and he is still continuing to the attention, Walker makes it clear do so. He premiered in his first movie that his family is, and always will be, his first priority. “Family is at the age of ten, Front of the Family is first. Without my family, I Class in which Walker played wouldn’t be in the acting the childhood bully. While first. Without business. Without my he has performed in my family, I mom and dad keeping me five movies and wouldn’t be in confident, it never would ten television the business, have happened. I think the shows, Walker’s Jake Austin Walker, only reason someone can first movie in OGHS Freshman be an actor or is allowed which he was a to do something like this main character was The Chaperone which is because of their family,” Walker he filmed only last year. said. Walker knows how much money “My favorite by far is and effort his family had to put into this movie I just finished making his dream come true, and he called No One Lives. I got expressed extreme gratitude for them. Oak Grove is the first public school really bloody and shot Walker will have attended for an entire up, and that was a really cool experience,” Walker year. “The only real difference between

a Hattiesburg gets ast blast from the p By: MORGAN Staff Reporter

By: Miranda Rester Copy Editor


Rocket City Diner has launched as the new dining hot spot in the West Hattiesburg area. Social networks buzzed with anticipation for the opening of the local diner months in advance. The diner was made popular in the early 90s and has been missed ever since its closing. Before the big lift off, crowds of invitation-only guests filled the diner for the soft opening of Rocket City on Tuesday, September 13th. Guests enjoyed rounds of hula hoop contests and dancing to the “Hokey Pokey” while others snapped memorable photos in the photo booth and enjoyed

some of Rocket City’s diner style food. Hundreds of locals gathered outside the diner for the long awaited grand opening the next day. Employees and customers of the original RCD were among the hundreds of local guests anticipating that the new diner would have the same fun atmosphere and as good food as the original. New customers were eager to get a taste of the famous milkshakes and classic burgers they had heard so much about. “There was no better place to work where you could have a little fun with the customers at the same time! I met my husband there so we are having a blast returning to the new Rocket City Diner,” Stacy Odom, former Daisy Mae, said about the new RCD. The outgoing wait staff and the bubbly hostesses added to the energetic 50s theme as they dance around to 50s music in between serving. Just like the original RCD, the wait staff wears 50s style uniforms and goes by fake names from that decade such as Daisy Mae, Peggy Sue, Opie, and Bubbles. The main staples of the original Rocket City Diner menu such as wet fries, classic hamburgers, and blue plate specials are all offered at the new Rocket City. The blue plate specials include red beans and rice, chicken fried steak, pork chops, burger steak, fried chicken, and pot roast. The blue plate specials also


here and California is that everyone in high school has their own little groups. In California, no one cares who you are. There, everyone got along because we realized we’re just people. No one is better than anyone else,” Walker said. Walker makes the point that while he loves acting, it is not easy. He uses Bella Thorne, star from Disney’s hit show Shake It Up and a friend of Walker’s, as an example. “Bella Thorne’s been at this for nine years, and she just became a star. This shows that you don’t go straight out to California and get a role on a show or in a movie. It just doesn’t happen,” Walker said. Walker is currently waiting to hear the results from his latest audition for The CW’s new show Charlie’s Angels. BONUS VIDEO INTERVIEW with Jake Walker available at

include a choice of two sides: mac n’ cheese, mashed potatoes, corn, black eyed peas, green beans, fried okra or turnip greens. Even some of the desserts, including strawberry shortcake, fudge brownie, and pies, are offered in addition to some newer options such as bread pudding. For the health conscious, RCD offers some of Season’s former famous salads and Rocket City Grilled Chicken Sandwiches. Since many of Rocket City Diner’s fans are kids, there’s also a special menu for them that includes the famous Hailey’s Hot Diggity Dog. Because of Rocket City Diner’s unique atmosphere and good food, it is assured to be enjoyed by people of all ages! The new Rocket City Diner is located at Newpointe Shopping Center and is open Monday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Also, there’s good news for Oak Grove Warrior football fans, Rocket City stays open late after all home football games! Be sure to try an original Many Oak Grove Cherry Coke students are experiencing with your burger! the 50s lifestyle as servers, soda jerks, and hostesses. Go say hello to Alexa Martin (Lola), Carley Robertson (Rizzo), Rachel Rogers (Bets), Dylan Carpenter (Jeb), Andrew Adams (Opie), Jacob Creel (Duke), Michael Shannon (Slick), Amelia Passer (Mary Jane), Willie Jean Lewis (Billie Jean), Mary Taylor Jones (Trudy), Cassidy Crampton (Frenchie), Caitlin Osborne (Ozzie), Brooke Carney (Pinkie), Will Glenn (Scooter), Jade Willis (Thelma Lou), Cole Lang (Fonzie), Sean Thomas (Frankie), Garneisha Jones (Wanda), Ty Creel (Bud), Addison Arroyo (Rosa Lee), and Hannah Coursey (Roxie).

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October 7, 2011

Dexter Mayhew and Emma Morley first meet on the night of their college graduation. After just one day together, they begin a 20-year friendship that withstands the tests of time, distance, and miserable life choices. Clearly, Dexter and Emma are made for each other. However, like most love stories, their relationship just never seems to work out in a picture perfect way. Through life’s ups and downs, their only hope of happiness appears to simply be with each other.  David Nicholls wrote two novels before finding tremendous popularity with One Day. The book takes a different route than most romantic beach reads. He chronicles the anniversary of their college graduation for 20 years to see where life has taken Dexter and Emma. Surprisingly, Nicholls manages to write a complex relationship between two main characters who seem like total opposites. At first, Dexter and Emma are frustrating. Dexter, a partyloving womanizer, spends his younger years chasing after a superficial career and abusing many mind-altering substances. Aspiring author

On September 24th, the Music Midtown Festival came back to Atlanta, Georgia, for the first time since 2005. The event was held in the city’s Piedmont Park in order to house the expected 50,000 audience members witnessing the festival’s reprise. In a successful attempt to bring back the excitement the festival once held, the event created a line-up featuring many big name artists including Young the Giant, The Black Keys, and Cage the Elephant to name a few. The festival’s headliner, however, was a band MTV puts in the same commercial category as U2: Coldplay. Coldplay’s appearance was one of few in the United States until the upcoming release of their new album Mylo

Emma just wants to publish her own novel. They refuse to become romantically involved with each other because they want different things in life. Once they grow closer, the reader can’t help but finish. To all those who get emotionally attached to their main characters, One Day will leave you feeling heartbroken with its unexpected and tragic ending. Like most best-selling novels, One Day was quick to sell out into big screen adaptation. The movie features Anne Hathaway as smart, headstrong Emma and Jim Sturgess, known for his role in Across the Universe, as the proud Dexter. The chemistry b e t w e e n them seems unrealistic, and their dialogue falls flat, coming across as simply scripted words. The movie’s director Lone Scherfig worked with Nicholls to write the screenplay, but I was shocked at how far the movie strayed from the book. Emma is made out to be the

Xyloto on October 24th. The band took advantage of this opportunity by pulling out all the stops. Coldplay began the night with “Yellow,” one of the songs on their first album. They kept the night rolling by playing many songs from their upcoming album including “Paradise” and “Every Teardrop is a Waterfall,” but of course the band continually impressed its audience by playing some of its fan favorites including “Viva La Vida” from the same name album. The band even paid tribute to the newly dissembled band R.E.M. by covering their song “Everybody Hurts.” In order to add a special touch to what could have been an average concert, the band added many unique features to make the concert unforgettable. The

Many people eat to live, but I live to eat. Food brings me the utmost joy, so writing about it comes naturally. In this column, I will document all my glorious food-related adventures.

predictable good girl who is waiting for Dexter to finally fall in love with her, even though the novel shows her faults. Scherfig’s film falls short of the book’s high standards. To those who see the movie, beware: One Day will seem like a boring eternity.

first of these features was a surprising firework show that captured everyone’s attention. Secondly, the band displayed the most incredible light show. Coldplay made each song more memorable by presenting a light feature for each particular song. During the song “Yellow,” for example, huge yellow lights streamed across the audience, making the song reach out to even those in the last row of the crowd. Another light effect came during the song “Every Teardrop is a Waterfall” in which fog machines dispersed clouds that were highlighted by an assortment of laser lights. With all of these special effects, the energy level at the concert was quickly lifted, and it became evident that this was no ordinary show. Unfortunately, at concerts of any size, there is no way for every audience member to feel as though they were on the front row, right in the action. However, Coldplay’s efforts were obviously to include everyone in the audience during their performance by constantly mentioning the people in the back of the crowd and making sure they were enjoying themselves as much as the people closer to the stage. Coldplay even ended

• that Anne Hathaway was born in New York but raised in New Jersey, has a sevenyear-old chocolate Labrador named Esmeralda, and is lactose-intolerant? • that Jim Sturgess has played in three bands: Dilated Spies, Tragic Toys, and Saint Faith; and his breakthrough role was in the musical, Across the Universe?

the night by claiming the audience at this event was one of the best audiences they had ever played for; however, whether or not that statement is true remains to be decidedly undetermined. With all of the buildup of the festival’s return, the concert could have easily been over rated and somewhat of a let-down. Fortunately, the event wound up being anything but. After all was sung and done, the event was definitely one to be remembered, and with results such as these, the Music Midtown Festival and Coldplay will be around for many years to come.

• Chris Martin, Coldplay’s lead singer, majored in Ancient World Studies at the University of London? • On May 18, 1998, Coldplay released a three-song EP entitled Safety. The band only made 500 copies of the album that were given to friends and family members.

One of my favorite foods is ice cream and, until Twist and Taste frozen yogurt opened, I believed there was no substitute for it. Then frozen yogurt became the new fad. I jumped on the band wagon and raced over to Twist and Taste to pick my frozen yogurt flavors, the amount of yogurt I wanted, and my toppings. In my ignorance, I was blissfully happy. My world was yet again rocked upon the opening of 32 Degrees, a Yogurt Bar. 32 Degrees seems so much more modern and all around better. The yogurt seems better, and there are so many more toppings. Surely, 32 Degrees is the all-around better frozen yogurt supplier, right? As the hype about the opening of 32 Degrees, a Yogurt Bar settles down, I have to ask the question, is it really all that much better than Twist and Taste? They both sell frozen yogurt at 45 cents per ounce, so the price isn’t any better. Originally, I argued that the yogurt at 32 Degrees tastes better than the yogurt at Twist and Taste. I decided to test my theory by getting the same flavor yogurt at both 32 Degrees and Twist and Taste. I concluded that my French Vanilla yogurts tasted exactly the same. Since price and flavor are the same at both 32 Degrees and Twist and Taste, the two yogurt suppliers were tied until I polled the newspaper staff to find a winner. They voted on customer service, environment, and toppings. Their results are as follows:

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After adding up the statistics, I have come to the conclusion that all the hype about 32 degrees really is warranted. 32 Degrees won by only a small margin but really is a better yogurt bar.

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Volleyball vs. Petal (Home) 5:30/ 6:30 First Priority SEA Research Papers Due

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Football vs. Terry Forensics St. Andrews Tourn.




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8 Drama Festival Cross Country @ George Co. Inv. Swim South State Forensics St. Andrews Tourn.



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High school newspaper for Oak Grove High School in Hattiesburg, MS

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