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Ignite is a mentor program consisting of upperclassmen who mentor Loy Norrix freshmen. The mentors keep the freshmen on track in school and help with their grades. Next year’s Ignite mentors visited KPS middle schools, Maple Street and Milwood. The Ignite mentors talked to all the eighth graders that are going to be freshman next year. The program is Spring Transitions and the mentors trained for three hours. Eighth grade students also visited Loy Norrix on April 29th, May 7th, and May 14th. The mentors presented a lesson to the eighth graders on three occasions. Ignite is currently recruiting new mentors for next year.

Key Club

The Loy Norrix Key Club has successfully helped raise 15,000 dollars to support Pretty Lake Vacation Camp’s annual Tag Day event. The event would not have been possible if it was not for donations from the Key Club. Pretty Lake Camp is thankful to the Key Club and is now able to send hundreds of kids to camp. Pretty Lake brings kids from diverse backgrounds and tough situations, and puts hope in their eyes by providing a proactive environment for kids to excel in.

Many Options Open for Next Year’s Lunches Julian Edwards Feature Editor News Editor

With the switch to trimesters next year, the current three-lunch schedule that Loy Norrix runs on may not be viable anymore. Changes to next year’s lunch schedule will be implemented over the summer to adapt to the new 70-minute class periods. There are countless options available for next year’s lunches, although nothing has been officially decided on yet. Keeping the three-lunch set up that Loy Norrix currently runs on is an option, but that would mean lunches would be moved forward by about half an hour. This would put first lunch at 10:01 in the morning as opposed to starting at 10:39. With the high percentage of Loy Norrix students that have free and reduced lunch (59 percent as of 2008, according to Education.com), this creates a problem for students who are not always able to eat when they get home. Having a later lunch would lessen the gap between meals for these students. Also, having a three-lunch schedule will keep second lunch in the middle of third period, which would separate the period into two parts and disrupt the learning of students. This happens with second lunch now and can create problems with test taking. Having a split class period definitely has its challenges. “It changes your lesson plan,” said economics teacher Jennifer

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“[Racism] is not how you look, it is about how people assign meaning to how you look,” said Robin D.G. Kelley, Professor of American studies and ethnicity at U.S.C Racism has been a major problem in the United States for centuries. From Jim Crow laws to separation in public places, the

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Sophomore Clairece Schultes currently has third lunch. Schultes admits that she dislikes the changes that may be made to the lunches next year and that she thinks first lunch is too early.

noisy cafeteria and to hang out in their own personalized area. There is some concern about keeping the courtyard clean, though. “It’s probably going to start looking like crap, because no one is going to pick up their trash,” said sophomore Quentin Bryant. On the other hand, having the courtyard open would give seniors a sense of responsibility. “From personal experience, with more freedom comes more responsibility,” said Bryant. Some people believe having the senior courtyard open would be a good change. “I think it’s a good idea because it’s their last year and they should have some extra privileges,” said sophomore Micaela Van Buren. Another solution for dealing with overcrowding in the cafeteria

is to open up the back gym for various sports and other activities. This would be a great option for other students that aren’t seniors, to be able to spend time outside of the cafeteria. “They [the students] will be happier. There will be more to do at lunch,” said Van Buren. Although many students have expressed dislike over the options given in a recent survey about the lunches, it is important to realize that nothing has been decided on yet. Also, if any of these changes take place, it won’t happen until next year. Students have shown concern that the changes will not actually go into effect. “I think they’re good [the changes], if it’s actually going to happen,” said junior Alison Goodacre.

U.S. has been on the road to stop racism, beginning with the Emancipation Proclamation in 1860. The United States has had some of the most inspirational speakers in the past who spoke about racism and how it needs to stop. Martin Luther King Jr. was one of these inspirational speakers who spoke about civil rights. His most inspirational speech is the ”I have a Dream” speech, which told about how he had a dream that everyone would be equal, that people would be able to walk hand in hand regardless of skin color. Rosa Parks was not known as an inspirational speaker, but she left behind some powerful words when she spoke with her actions and refused to give up her seat on a bus. These are just some of the people who helped kick-start

the civil rights movement against unfair treatment due to race. “Racism is how people view each other. People think badly of people who don’t look like them. We have to get over it,” said Loy Norrix English teacher Katherine Williamson. Williamson is an expert in the race topic in Kalamazoo. Two years ago Williamson took a class at a race workshop to help prepare teachers to talk about this October’s Race Exhibit. Even though we had people like Parks and King there were also people like the leader of the KKK. The Ku Klux Klan, is a white organization that originated in the early 1860’s, this organization tries to control African Americans. This October the city of Kalamazoo will be hosting the Race

Project Exhibit, from the second of October to January at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum. This exhibit will show everyday racism and how it started. There will also be artifacts, photographs, multimedia presentations and much more about the past and present racism, to give eye opening lessons about history. The project explains differences or similarities among people and reveals the reality or unreality of race. The exhibit will also have a wall of the history of racism in the U.S. and how it has changed. In high school teenagers are especially judgmental in viewing others. Race plays a big part in it as well. “It [the race exhibit] is a really powerful exhibit especially for high school students,” said Williamson.

Loy Norrix Students Shine In ACT-SO Competition

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Renkowski. “Although it’s a pain [second lunch], it allows time to digest information,” said Renkowski. Another alternative for the lunch schedule would be to throw out second lunch and have Loy Norrix operate on a two-lunch schedule. This means first lunch will be starting at 10:01, regardless of whether there is a two-lunch or three-lunch schedule. Second lunch would then start 45 minutes after first lunch ends, which would give security officers time to find students who are skipping and get them back to class. The 45-minute break between lunches would also give the lunch staff more time to prepare the food and clean the cafeteria. A two-lunch schedule will help students focus more during third period, as it would not be cut in half. It will also increase learning time, since teachers will not have to spend time retaking attendance and getting students refocused when they return from lunch under a split class period. Having a two-lunch schedule does present a new set of problems, though. According to the Fire Marshall, the capacity of the cafeteria is 500 students, but there are over 1,200 students enrolled at Loy Norrix. A two-lunch schedule would place roughly 600 students in each lunch; well over the safety capacity of the cafeteria. One option for dealing with this overcrowding is to open up the senior courtyard. This would allow seniors to get away from the

Race Exhibit Comes to Kalamazoo This October

Ecology Club

The Ecology Club is a group of members cleaning and gardening in the courtyards. Jane Ryan is the faculty advisor. On Earth Day, the Ecology Club cleans up the court yards. Picking up empty cans, bottles, and cigarette butts all around the neighborhood helps to keep these areas clean. Elementary and Middle schools can be recruited to help the Ecology Club clean up the environment and plant gardens, so they can grow. The Ecology Club is changing the whole community into a better place. The community should care about this planet as much as we care about each other.

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Gold Finalist, Alexis Caple.

Afro-Academic Cultural Technological and Scientific Olympics, ACT-SO for short, is a program that was founded in 1977 by author and journalist Vernon Jarrett. The program is used to improve academic and cultural success in African American high school students. “ You compete against yourself, and it gives you experience to talk in front of people,” said junior Dominique Essix now in his third year of ACT-SO. Essix competed and placed in three competitions. He won a bronze for his essay titled “Post High School Education.” He also received two silver metals for Music Instrumental/Contemporary and Oratory. “Even when you are not a winner you are still a winner,” said Essix, who credits the program to making him a better speaker and person.

Essix was introduced to the program his freshman year by Darek Cobbs, a friend of Essix and musician from Christian Life center, who was already a part of ACT-SO. Alexis Caple, a freshman at Loy Norrix High School was one of the four gold medalists this year. She won a gold medal in filmmaking for her film titled, “Saying What’s on Your Mind.” It is a film about the feelings teens keep bottled inside and the effects. This is Caple’s first year in ACT-SO and she was recruited at lunch. She had done some filmmaking in the past but nothing as big as the ACT-SO project this year. Caple feels that doing this film for ACT-SO has made her a better filmmaker. “ It [winning a gold medal] is good ‘cause I think I’m like the youngest person to win in [filmmaking] in like nine

years,”said Caple. She is very happy that she did ACT-SO because not only did it help her become a better filmmaker but she also made new friends through the program. Winning a gold medal qualified Caple and fellow LN student Ebony Gray a trip to the national competition in Kansas City. The national gold medalist will receive two thousand dollars intended for college and a laptop computer. “Be committed and succeed, achieve and proceeded,” that is the lesson that Essix has learned from the ACT-SO program. He went on to say anyone who is even thinking about joining this program really should. It helps you grow as a person and helps you understand yourself as a person.

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