WANDO HIGH SCHOOL
volume 38, issue 8
march 28, 2013
GRAPHIC ILLUSTRATION BY EMILY LOR // editor
GRAPHIC ILLUSTRATION BY EMILY LOR // editor
alcohol and the law » 4-5
special section pgs. 15-26
youth court » 9
miss wando » 29
pole vault » 34
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what’s inside » 8
no child left behind
A change in policy has resulted in the loss of transportation for students enrolled in the “No Child Left Behind” program starting next year. Learn more on page 8.
This issue’s special section on pages 15-26 focuses on the execptional stories of different students throughout the school.
facts & stats
The NCAA Men’s Division I basketball tournament was
created in by the National Associtation of Basketball
TheTribal Tribune explores the benefits and side effects of juice detoxes -- a growing trend in America. Check out one staffer’s personal experience on page 27.
The new Miss Wando has been crowned. Read more about junior Dylan Thorp’s win and the entire pageant on page 29.
march madness statistics 11 the number of
national championships won by UCLA, the most in NCAA history. Basketball was invented in 1891 by Dr. James Naismith
One junior track member has reached the national ranks in pole vaulting. Learn more about the story behind the passion on page 34.
This colorful 5k run has grown in popularity among the student body. See some of the pictures on page 40.
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things I can’t live without My ipod symbolizes my love for music. There’s not a day in the world that I don’t listen to music. I have about 700 songs on my iPod. I switch genres every now and then; I go through stages. Right now I’m stuck on some indie rock. I absolutely love Mumford and Sons; they’re my favorite band. I also sing in Wando Chorus.
The dog was my brother’s before mine. My old dog Carly died back in 2010. She grew up with me; we were both babies together. We got the statue dog when I was really little, to represent Carly. When she was a puppy, the two looked exactly alike. There’s not a day in the world that I don’t look at it and not think of how much I miss Carly.
My drawings are things that I’ve done over the years. I love drawing; art has always been something that I’ve had a talent for. Colored pencils haven’t always been something that I’ve loved to draw with, but over the years I’ve learned new techniques and I’ve gotten better at it. I draw or doodle in my free time. This happens very rarely nowadays.
The medals are both art and cheer medals. The white one is a first place Quest medal for Art that I won back in eighth grade. The rest are all cheer medals that I’ve won with my team, PCX, which stands for Palmetto Cheer Xtreme.
the south korean flag
Obviously it symbolizes my nationality. I’m originally from Seoul, South Korea. I was adopted at six months by my family now. They look nothing like me. I was given up for adoption at I have no idea how old, but I stayed in an orphanage. My parents were looking for a child at the time and got paired up with me. At that time, I then got sent to a foster family until my adoption day. I took a close to 23-hour flight from Seoul all the way to Denver. My family was waiting for me at the Denver airport. I was with tons of other babies that were also from South Korea being adopted the same day as me by different families.
ALL PHOTOS BY LIZ BENSON // editor
getting to know » sophomore caroline hart
My cross symbolizes my faith. I’m a Christian. My church is a huge factor in my life since I’ve been at the same church for about eight or nine years.
I want to go to a fashion school up north, but if not that then most likely College of
Charleston since it has a good art program. I want to travel to South Korea sometime before then.
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a shot of reality
Choices 101: Becoming Informed and Involved in Substance Abuse Prevention is a new program created by the Student Improvement Council. “The Student Improvement Council has been talking for a year about wanting to do a substance abuse awareness program,” said Bryan Hearn said. scholarship ramifications, Kate Darby, the president of StuAccording to Hearn, while most teenagers are well aware of the fact that the typical “high school party” confines a part of consequences dent Improvement Council. tains underage drinking, few are truly aware of the potenChoices is geared towards mo- for underage drinking tial legal hazards. “Obviously, all high school kids are under the age of tivating parents to take initiative in deirdre borland 21, so they’re not supposed to be caught with alcohol,” staff writer helping their children to make betHearn said. “And that can have a lot of long-term consequences that young kids aren’t even thinking about. LongIt’s just another party. ter decisions by acquiring more inThat’s what your friends say as you walk into the term, it can hurt you by removal of scholarships, getting formation about substance abuse. home with too-loud music, beer spilled on parents’ furni- into college, things of that nature. If you’re convicted in This program will begin on April ture, teenagers laughing around a raging bonfire. court, a minor with criminal possession is found on your legal record.” Everything seems normal; it’s just another one. You 15 in the Wando High School Per- laugh, you even pick up a drink. For the traditional scholarships of in-state South Carforming Arts Center from 7 to 9 olina students -- HOPE, LIFE and Palmetto -- guidelines You relax. And then, without even realizing why or how, there’s state in eligibility requirements that the student must not p.m. and will be hosted by Dean a sudden panic in the air. Friends scream, cups are tossed have been convicted of a drug or alcohol misdemeanor to Stevens from Channel 4 News. in the bushes, people start to run. And the word that no be eligible. If a student receives a misdemeanor even after receiving the scholarship, he or she is at risk for losing it. partying, under-aged partier wants to hear. Speakers include Lou Martin, For the students that Saturday night in McClellan“Cops!” associate superintendent of CCSD ville, however, scholarships While not every high school student experiences a High Schools and Scarlett Wilson, “I remember being upstairs, and and ticket fines were the last things on their minds. situation like this, many know solicitor of the Ninth Judicial Cir“I remember being upit’s a possibility. Every party a friend dragged me downstairs comes with a risk -- the risk of and kept saying, ‘We have to stairs, and a friend dragged cuit. me downstairs and kept saycaught as an under-aged An invitation for parents is cur- being run, cops are here!’” ing, ‘We have to run, cops are drinker. rently being drafted for the upcomhere!’” Sarah* said. “We ran And as two students disthrough the woods because covered on Feb. 9, the coning presentation. we saw a cop car pulling in sequences of that risk can be Co-chairs of the program, Toni severe. through the driveway, but everyone was standing around “It was just a party, ” Anna* Bunting and Cynthia Hart, along said. “But we had a feeling when we showed up that some- the bonfire like everything was okay, so we came out and with the rest of the council have thing was going to happen -- there were just too many thought everything was fine. And then all of a sudden, the people. But we got there late, and not even 30 minutes had police just came. They made everybody sit down near the been “thinking about doing this gone by and the police came. I saw a cop car drive up, and fire and told people to come out of the woods. They said program for a long time,” Darby they would be fine, and wouldn’t be arrested if they came I was just like ‘oh no’.” The “McClellanville Bust,” as some now call it, quickly out. I remember thinking ‘It’s fine, they can’t arrest all of said. turned into public news; over 50 students are charged with us.’ It was like 60 people. It said in the Moultrie News that The council hopes to create a underage drinking and possession, several of whom are 40 kids were arrested, but it felt like a lot more people. I new Choices next year, one that involved in Wando athletics, and now face a harsh reality. was so scared.” While many teens submitted willingly to the officers, The consequences of that night have given new life to the would focus on students. even more took a more drastic route to avoid them. dangers and repercussions of minors and alcohol. --lucie wall “I was in the woods the whole time,” Anna said. “I “It’s certainly opened a lot of eyes,” Assistant Principal
« march 28, 2013 literally saw the cops, ran downstairs, ran outside, hopped over the fence and ran. Our car was parked outside the fence because we had a feeling this was going to happen. So we just ran into the woods, which was right next to it. A lot of people were hiding with me; I was there for about two hours.” According to the Moultrie News, over 50 students were eventually charged with possession and underage drinking, both of which carry legal repercussions as well as large fines. “[My ticket] was for $470, and it was for a minor in possession. I also have a court date on the 25th,” Sarah said. “I told the cops I wasn’t even drinking, but they told me that it was protocol, that because I’m around the alcohol, I’m in possession of it. I thought that was really stupid because I wasn’t even drinking.” Unfortunately, this student’s case is far from a rarity; according to South Carolina laws, any minor in or around the case of underage drinking can be charged with possession. “A lot of our friends who weren’t drinking still have to pay the ticket; basically; if you didn’t run away from the cops then you got a fine,” Anna said. The process of receiving the violation was also a shock to the partiers. “They separated us, the minors from the adults, which were just the kids who were 17 and older,” Sarah said. “I remember everyone was complaining about how cold it was, and they had to move us. We had to wait one by one for our tickets; it was about 9:30 p.m. when the cops came, and I didn’t get home until 3 a.m. that night. I had to call my dad to come get me.” Angry parents and phone calls at three in the morning may sound like every teen’s worst nightmare, but legal repercussions as well as school consequences are found to be much less appealing. According to School Resource Officer Michael Reidenbach, most students are unaware that the aftermath of a violation is much more severe than simply receiving the ticket. “Basically all of these offenses are misdemeanor charges that are heard at the summery court level,” Reidenbach said. “Typically, they carry with them a fine and/or possible jail time, although it can usually be handled by the paying of a fine or going through the Alcohol Diversion Program.” The Alcohol Diversion Program, or ADP, is a program
offered only to first-time alcohol violations, although the program runs extremely costly and can only be acquired for the first violation. “If you’re 17 years of age or older, and you get charged with more than one expense and you’re not able to complete a diversion program, then it would go on your criminal history and be a charge that would be there indefinitely,” Reidenbach said. “And that brings up the issue of driver’s license suspension and scholarship eligibility as well.” While fines are perhaps the most recognized risk of underage drinking, few truly know the eventual cost of these tickets. “There are one of many different laws that can apply [to underage drinkers]. You’re looking at underage possession of alcohol, public intoxication charge and a number of other criminal charges that all carry penalties. If you host a party in which underage consumption of alcohol is taking place, you can be charged under that ordinance,” Reidenbach said. With the average fine for each of these violations averaging at around $500 and the possibility of more than one charge, the cost of these misdemeanors can rack up quickly. This is especially the case if a student 18 years or older is caught hosting a party while providing alcohol to minors; if caught, the adult could face a fine at around $1,000 or more, plus six months of possible jail time. “And all of these situations fall under the discretion of the officer,” Reidenbach said. “So everyone can technically go to jail for any of these offenses.” The looming threat of heavy fines, permanent records and scholarship opportunities all hang on the line for the 50 students of the McClellanville party. “I didn’t know,” Sarah said. “I didn’t know all of this would happen. It was just a party. I didn’t know.” *Names changed.
PHOTOILLUSTRATION BY IAN HURLOCK // editor
tribal news 05 Have you ever had an alcoholic beverage outside of a religious occasion or a special occasion?
-- 461 polled
Who do you drink alcoholic beverages with?
39% 48% 13%
with friends with family alone
-- 337 polled
How often do you drink alcohol?
once a month
only at parties
-- 229 polled
Have you ever been legally punished for drinking alcohol?
-- 285 polled
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MOLLY LONG// staff
1 military ball
ROTC students enjoyed the semi-formal annual Military Ball March 23 at the Air Force Base. The event was restricted to ROTC students along with their dates. ROTC cadets and their dates dance at the event in photos 1a and 1b.
COURTESY OF DONNA WHITLOCK
MOLLY LONG // staff
Five seniors were named National Merit Finalists after their outstanding performance on the PSAT. The finalists (2) include seniors Brian Lavallee, Savannah Cash, Keil Lycke, Jack Meagher and Maraih Logan. According to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, three types of scholarships will be offered. There are 2,500 National Merit $2500 scholarships on a state representational basis. 1,000 corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarships will be given, and about 200 colleges will sponsor 4,800 scholarships.
2 TAYLOR FOXWORTH // staff
TAYLOR FOXWORTH // staff
The Angling Club (3a and 3b) bagged oysters by the Wando pond April 21 as part of the “Shuck Shells” program. Club members have also traveled to local oyster roasts, collecting the discarded shells and delivering them to DNR or CCA. Along with the help of Diane Krishon’s Wildlife Biology class and Connie Leverett’s Marine Biology class, the Angling Club of about a dozen students will take a boat ride to build the Wando reef, just north of Shem Creek, April 30. They plan to build the reef with the promise of fostering new species in the creek, filtering the water and benefiting the ecosystem overall. “This is something that will be there forever,” club sponsor Nancy Platt said. “[The Angling Club members] can take their kids fishing, their grandkids fishing, their friends, and say, ‘Yeah, I helped build this reef.’ I think that’s pretty cool.”
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« march 28, 2013 ALLIE WINGLOSKY // The Legend
Sophomore Rob McAdams prepares to serve the volleyball to the other side. With teammates sophomores Locke Mcnair, Jenks Bonaldson and
» volleybuff raises funds for team
The Volleybuff sign-up sheet was brimming with 180 male signatures all anticipating the moment, March 18, when they could hit the volleyball court -- a place they rarely venture to outside of a semester of gym class. Volleybuff is a role reversal of Powderpuff -- boys playing and girls coaching. “They wanted to get the ball rolling last year,” Volleyball Coach Alexis Glover said. “This year’s seniors really took the initiative -- Brenna Lauer along with Mackenzie Lesemann -- two of my captains, to really get it off the ground. ” With 16 teams plus coaches, about 200 students were there for the single-elimination tournament. “They played pretty much by the rules,” Glover said. “I think they had a good time. I think they appreciate what we do on the volleyball court.” The winning team -- Rudder Brown, Casey Clawson, Matt Jellison, Andrew Roberts, Christian Hart and Hampton Marlowe -- was coached by seniors Sophie Gawrych and Alex Sierko. “I just think that they have been wanting to do it,” Glover said. “There’s no boys’ volleyball just like there’s no girls’ football. I just think it was the perfect thing to do in order to evolve the other sex.” --megan parks
»deca gathers awards »quiz bowl wins county Wando DECA members reaped in the awards at the DECA State Business Competitive Conference held March 1-3. About 500 DECA members from all over the state attended the conference, which was held at Wando. At total of 59 members from Wando qualified to compete in the conference, more than any other school in the state. Out of the 59 qualifiers, 55 received individual competitive awards. This was made up of 19 first places, 11 second places, six third places, 11 honorable mentions and 12 top 10 recognition winners. Students competed in various categories including hospitality, retail, sports entertainment, automotive services, marketing, accounting, travel/tourism, mass communications and restaurant management. Thirty-six Wando DECA members have qualified to compete in the International Career and Development conference in Anaheim, Calif., on April 23-28. --georgia barfield
The Quiz Bowl Team took home its first county championship March 7. The night of the county competition, Wando defeated the School of the Arts and James Island High School. They won twice in a row against James Island, who had been undefeated up until that point. Wando moved on to take second place in the state competition on March 23 at Dorman High School in Spartanburg. James Island High School won first place. “I was really happy with how we did. We played really well, but James Island just played a little better,” four year team member, senior Kelsey Vories said. Coach Daniel Cieslikowski is thrilled with the team’s recent success. “This is the first time ever they’ve won Charleston county,” Cieslikowski said. “I’m really proud of the effort they’ve put in and the work they’ve done.” --andrew taylor
»hosa club scores multitude of scholarships and awards
The HOSA club won multiple scholarships and awards at a SC HOSA conference held March 14-15. “I am very proud of them and pleased that everyone from Wando got one [a scholarship],” HOSA instructor Catherine Lawson said. Only four people applied for scholarships and all four Wando students received one. Seniors Lauren Anton, Shannon McDaniel, Mary Evans and Katie Parker
all won scholarships. Sophomore Christian Cochrane won third place in path physiology knowledge test while senior Lauren Anton won second place in vet science, sophomores Mellie Huck and Lauren Miller won first place in CPR/ first aid team event and seniors KD Askins, Zach Dauscher, Mary Evans and Sarah Mitchum won second place in health education team event. --ellie mcdermott
Health Science teacher Catherine Lawson won Teacher of the Month. “It’s just such a great honor because there are so many great teachers at Wando,” she said.
Lab Manager Shirley Verma won Staff of the Month. “Totally surprised...I’m normally the giver and never expect to be acknowledged for my work,” she said.
Sophomore Jasmine McCray won the “Carolina has Talent - MLK Tribute” contest. “There was a lot of really talented people I was competing against, so when they called my name I was really happy and proud,” she said.
Junior Wesley Maszk was elected Member at Large as a member of the new officers of the Southern Interscholastic Press Association. “It’s exciting to be a leader of such a big group,” he said.
Senior Alexandra Owens placed first in Fashion Construction at the FCCLA State conference. “I feel like its one of those first steps into fashion design, which I love,” she said.
Freshman Rylee Fetterhoff won first place in Life Event Planning at the FCCLA State conference. “I was really happy to help out my club because FCCLA isn’t a really big club and I brought in something for nationals,”she said.
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policy change will impact student transfers lucie wall
staff writer Up before the sun. An hour and a half bus ride each way. For many of the 120 No Child Left Behind students at Wando, this is a daily routine. All for a better education — an opportunity that may be running out. “A lot of people I do know from [the North Charleston area] won’t be here anymore. They are going to have to be stuck down there,” junior Kia Culp said. Culp, who has attended Wando for three years, is a No Child Left Behind transfer from Ladson, where her designated school would be Stahl High School. The waiver that has been put in place removes the district’s responsibility of providing transportation for the No Child Left Behind transfers. Principal Lucy Beckham predicts that next year’s enrollment will decrease because of fewer No Child Left Behind students attending. “We will get new students here anyways, so the net result is the same, but I don’t think we are going to be as large next year as we would have been,” Beckham said. “In a perfect world their home schools would be quality schools and there would be no great need to [transfer students].” The current No Child Left Behind transfers attending Wando as well as other schools designated to accept transfers are allowed to continue attending schools but must provide their own transportation as of next school year, according to Michelle English Watson, Charleston County School District’s Director of Federal Programs. The exception to the waiver is for schools that are still considered failing, down to seven from 15. This waiver applies to the whole state after South Carolina’s State Department of Education applied to the federal government to allow the change. “There’s maybe a 100 to 120 students that are involved,” Beckham said, “and I would imagine that they would find it difficult with the cost of gas, and some of them don’t have cars.” Culp is hoping to have a car by next
PHOTOILLUSTRATION BY JODI LEE // staff
no child left behind tBegan in 2001 by the federal department of education t Places students whose designated school is “undeveloped” in developed schools t Provides transportation t Provides free or reduced lunch
The current No Child Left Behind program provides transportation no matter how far away students live. As of next school year, they will no longer offer transportation for No Child Left Behind students.
year and will be able to drive herself to and from school. If she is unable to get a car, Culp’s mom will drive her, “[so I can] get a good education,” she said. Transportation is not the only aspect that will change regarding the No Child Left Behind transfers into Wando; it is still undecided whether new transfers will be accepted in the following two years while the waiver is in place. “We have not had that conversation yet [regarding Wando]… because Wando is over capacity,” Watson said. According to a recent letter sent out by CCSD, students who will not be able to transfer under the No Child Left Behind policy can still apply for a transfer through CCSD. However, Wando currently cannot accept transfers as the school is considered full. Hearn said enrollment figures will determine whether transfers are accepted. “There are a lot of unknowns right now regarding what our projected enrollment for next year is, and a lot of it is due to the No Child Left Behind,” Assistant Principal Bryan Hearn said. Junior Angelica Collins, a No Child Left Behind transfer from North Charleston, is worried about what her younger brother will do. “My little brother, he goes to Laing now; he’s going to come here … but I’m not sure how he’s going to be getting home,” she said. Collins currently rides the bus to school, an hour and 45 minute ride. “I usually get up at… 5:30,” she said. But for her, it is worth it.
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“Wando is one of the best schools,” Collins said. “There are so many opportunities here, and it’s a better environment.” Next year she hopes to get a parking pass, and after fixing her car, she will be able to drive. Even if Collins will not have transportation provided, her mother Esther said she is still putting education first. “[The waiver] wouldn’t affect it at all because the education is the key to success -- I believe, and I know in my heart, that it wouldn’t affect me,” Mrs. Collins said. The waiver has positive aspects as well, according to Watson. It ultimately helps the undeveloped schools; North Charleston High and Stahl High School. “It’s almost like a scale,” Watson said. “The tipping of the scale is some good parts and some bad parts also.” Beckham looks to the positive of the change. “When they left their home schools, in some cases the home schools that they were leaving are very different places now,” she said, such as the improvement of Stahl High School under Kim Wilson, a former Wando assistant principal. The changes to the No Child Left Behind program could affect 2000 to 3000 students throughout the state, said Watson. However, she understands that parents are afraid of changing their students’ schools.“The district does have a responsibility to provide the kids with a quality education wherever they live,” Beckham said. “It shouldn’t matter where you are born or where your house is that you get a really good education or not.”
tGives Title One schools, schools with a 75 percent, or more poverty rate, get extra federal dollars t Schools are graded based on a target system
waiver t In place for two years, then a possibility of applying for another waiver t Allows the states more freedom with the rules of No Child Left Behind t Schools are now graded based on points t Less schools are identified as underdeveloped t Students that have already transferred are able to stay but will not have transportation provided tNo new No Child Left Behind students can be transferred if their community school is now not identified as underdeveloped
--compiled by lucie wall
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a jury of
peers students participate in mt. pleasant youth court, staffed by students ages 12 to 18 megan parks co-writing editor The pounding of the gavel. Firm and decisive. A sentence that has been determined based on the qualities of justice and fairness. Qualities invoked into the participants of Mount Pleasant’s youth court, combating the iconic picture of a teen -- rebellious youth -- with the picture of a firm and grounded hand. The hand that pounds the gavel. Senior Matt Karkowski, who plans on attending NYU School of Law, now acts as a judge on the volunteer court program’s staff after signing up in seventh grade. “They came to the school and sent out a message to teachers saying, ‘If you have any students interested in youth court, send them down,’ ... and me, being kind of crazy about the law, shot my hand right up,” he said. Falling just below the jurisdiction of the Mount Pleasant family court, Youth Court handles first time juvenile offenders of non-violent crimes, with the consent of the juvenile justice system. “Mostly we handle fights in schools or minor cases of shoplifting,” Karkowski said. “The biggest thing about youth court, I think, is that once the respondent turns 17, his record is expunged. So there’s no record of a crime that he committed. It’s really a second chance program more than anything else.” School Resource Officer Michael Reidenbach, who acts as the youth court coordinator, handles all administrative aspects of the program. Reidenbach first got involved with youth court at its origin in 1995 when he was an eighth grader at Laing Middle School. “I got brought on as a new staff member and I went through the initial training. When you get brought on in your first year, you’re typically serving a support role, which is like a bailiff or a clerk of court,” he said.
“Then as you get older and receive more training and experience, you can start serving as an attorney -- a prosecutor or a defense attorney -- and junior or senior year you can start serving as a judge.” Reidenbach began the position in January 2011 after former Youth Court coordinator Rich Schiliro retired. Participating in Youth Court as both a staff member and as a coordinator has proved to be beneficial, providing Reidenbach with skills that are useful not only in his current job but also in any job ourside law enforcement, he said. “When I was a staff member on Youth Court, I learned a lot of different things,” Reidenbach said. “Not only did I get a better understanding of the law and judicial process, but it also helped me learn and develop other skills I can use.” On the nights of youth court cases, Reidenbach gives a brief orientation session to the respondent and their family on what youth court entails, he said. After that, the respondent is released for a pre-trial conference. “Their student defense attorney talks to them about the case, gets all the relevant information and then also gets to know them. We want the judges to be able to make an informed decision about what kind of activities this person is involved with, if it’s a one-time thing and if there had been behaviors leading up to this incident. We want the judges to see them as more than just this one incident,” Reidenbach said. “You learn that there are a lot of elements that go into [a case] and get down into the root causes.” Karkowski agrees there are always layers to a situation -- that the process for assigning a sentence is one that constitutes concentration and intent observation on the part of all three of the judges involved in the tri-judge system. Once the case begins, there is no more adult participation, Reidenbach said. Youth court is staffed by students ages 12 to 18 who live East of the Cooper -- this includes 14 Wando students and others from Academic Magnet, School of the Arts, Porter Gaud, Charleston Catholic and Bishop England. For Karkowski, the interest in law began in fifth grade -- a mock trial was put on to teach students about the legal system by defending the wolf that ate the gingerbread man. “After that I decided I wanted to be a lawyer, and I haven’t gone back since,” Karkowski said. “I think I’ve always wanted to do what is just. I want to become a defense attorney when I graduate from law school.” “I just want to do what is just and what is right,” he added. MOLLY LONG // staff
youth court outcomes If a juvenile completes the requirements of the Youth Court, the case will be closed as a diverted charge and no record of convention will be made. If a juvenile fails to compelte requirements, the case will be forwarded for prosectution in the Family Court.
Sentencing options available to the Youth Court judges include the following: community service (up to 50 hours per charge) letters of apology research essays restitution (up to $500 per day) tour of the Charleston County Juvenile Detention Center.
Cases being handled by the Mount Pleasant Youth Court must meet the criteria listed below: Juvenile offender must be under the age of 17. The juvenile’s parent/guardian must consent to the case being handled by the Youth Court. The juvenile must have no prior criminal offenses according to the S.C. Department of Juvenile Justice. The offense must be a misdemeanor. The offense must not be a drug or alcohol violation. The offense may not be a status offense, including truancy, incorrigibility and runaway. If restitution is being sought, it must not exceed $500 per offense. source: town of mount pleasant youth court program information --compiled by megan parks
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march 28, 2013 » PHOTO ILLISTRATION BY IAN HURLOCK // editor
While some teens may feel confined when their parents choose the grounding method, proponents of the punishment argue that the confinement will make the child avoid the bad behavior.
grounding the consequences positive elements of grounding still debated in society ellie mcdermott staff writer Then the clock struck 12. But unlike Cinderella, she didn’t rush home before trouble came her way. The time had gotten ahead of her that night. She was having fun with friends, and time flies. Ann* failed to make her curfew. “My curfew was midnight, and I ended up not getting home until around three in the morning, so, yeah, I was about three hours late for curfew,” said Ann, a senior. The next day, her parents didn’t notice she had come home late--or at least that’s what Ann thought. All hope of getting away with the missed curfew was lost the day after that. “My mom was like, ‘Who was coming in at three o’clock in the morning?” Ann said. So she was grounded for a week and a half. No friends. No phone. For kids, grounding may seem like the absolute worst that could happen, but
some parents and experts think it’s effective because it teaches kids about consequences. “It sets limits to reinforce that you want your kids to be safe,” clinical psychologist Sara Vardell said. But Ann thinks grounding doesn’t seem to help. “It doesn’t have much of an effect because clearly I still get grounded,” she said. “I’ll behave for a while and then I’ll forget and start misbehaving again.” Mount Pleasant parent Robin Adams, mother of junior Jackson Adams as well as a freshman in college, believes it does have a profound positive effect on her children. “I think taking away privileges, which is I guess the way I would define grounding, is taking away privileges from kids, is probably the most effective way to make them consider consequences of their actions,” Adams said. Dr. Vardell said for grounding to make the most difference in a child’s behavior, the punishments must be a family decision. “Everyone should agree on what the consequences are so that it’s firm, it’s fair and it’s consistent,” Dr. Vardell said. In addition, she said that consistency when grounding is important, adding that staying consistent with grounding and not
letting the child get away with their wrongdoing makes grounding a lot more effective. Dr. Vardell’s advice for parents when grounding kids is that they all have set rules. “There are kind of rules to it. Some of the rules should be that both parents have to be on board; if there are two parents in the house they have to be on board, and they have to agree,” she said. “The other is that there should be house rules. I mean, there are things that each family has that are sort of their rules. But you have to pick which ones are for your family, and the parents have to agree, and that should be something you talk about with your kids.” But as a parent herself, Adams knows punishing a child effectively all depends on the child. “Every child is different and every family’s different, and what works for one of my children probably wouldn’t work for the other child,” she said. “What works for another family, while I may try and emulate that to some degree, everyone’s going to put their own spin on it, so you just kind of have to figure out what works with your child and their personality and what really pushes their buttons,” she said. *name withheld by request
types of parenting According to the American Psychology Association, there are three recognized types of parenting. It is possible to have a household with multiple types of parenting -- with each parent identifying with a different style. Not every parent or household will fit exactly into these categories, but most lean to one style or another.
permissive parents Permissive parents take an inferior role to their children. They let their children do what they please and weakly enforce the rules they set which are not strict to begin with. The children talk over the parents in this type of household. They hold little respect for their parents. The parents hold low expectations for their children’s self-control and maturity. They are often called “indulgent parents.” They often appear as friends instead of parents. These types of parents are very affectionate and warm.
authoritative parents Authoritative parents hold a more open household. They set rules for their children and expect them to be followed but are more understanding when they are broken. They work with their kids to decide punishments. They explain their point of view but allow their children to do the same. They encourage independence and ask for their children’s input and opinions. They are fair and consistent. They are strict when needed but also display affection.
authoritarian parents Authoritarian parents have a very firm control of their household and expect a high level of maturity from their children. They set strict rules and strict punishments to go along with them. They do not communicate well with their children, taking a dominant role over them, rarely hearing their side of things. They do not express much warmth or affection. -- compiled by madison ivey
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back inthe day
The word “prom” originates from the word promenade, a term given to the grand march at the beginning of an important social event. Proms first made their appearance in the early 20th century. Wealthy American families hosted debutant balls to debut their daughters into grown-up society. The prom was created as an event for middle-class graduating high schoolers to celebrate their coming-of-age as well. Guests donned their “Sunday-best” attire and gathered for a meal. By the 1920s, proms became more special occasions. They were held as annual class banquets where students ate a formal meal and had a dance afterward. The 1950s, with its fun-seeking teens encouraged by Elvis and sock hops, marks the time when the prom first became much anticipated event that it is today. Being crowned prom king or queen became the ultimate dream for many high schoolers. In addition to banquet halls and ballrooms, the gym became a common location. --compiled by georgia barfiled
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the warrior way With 3,519 students, Wando is ďŹ lled with individual stories. These stories include the faces of 930 freshmen, 923 sophomores, 844 juniors and 822 seniors. Throughout the next 11 pages, the Tribal Tribune features 11 Warriors and their unique lives.
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one sophomore discovers a new hobby in the unique and rough sport of roller derby. her stint with the holy city chaos has been greeted with intrigue and fear. ALL PHOTOS BY LIZ BENSON // editor
Zavadkas and the Holy City Chaos attend closed practices on Mondays. The team plays in a league with the nine other roller derby teams in South Carolina, travelling aroud the state to play games.
he found a love for the sport before she was even part of the team. She would sneak in the back of the skating rink and steal a pair of skates hoping to blend in with the other girls during their practice. After a few laps had gone by, their coach, “T-Bone” would start to notice, but still allow her to run a few drills with the team. Soon enough the joke of jumping into the rink turned into the realization that she wanted to be there skating with the other girls. Sophomore Vanessa Zavadzkas quit figure skating just before her freshman year to do a sport not many figure skaters would ever consider. Roller derby. “I had never heard about[roller derby], and then I went to a game and it was amazing- I loved it., Zavadzkas said. When meeting Zavadzkas, figure skater comes to mind. Not derby girl. She reaches the great height of about 5 feet 2 inches and weighs in somewhere around 100 pounds. Not to mention the constant smile and giggling personality she holds. Not the kind of person that comes to mind when thinking of a derby girl - a stereotype many think of as intimidating, tattooed and pierced all over. “It’s just a bunch of girls who are just not ordinary; they’re really open-minded and they just want to have a
Zavadzkas shows off her skates, beat up from rigorous derby matches.
Sophomore Vanessa Zavadzkas reflects on the joys of roller derby. Zavadkas began skating before her freshman year and has loved it ever since.
good time, and they get really into it,” Zavadzkas said. And the prerequisites for joining the team would terrify most parents. “You have to pay the [team’s] insurance, you have to pass an assessment, and whenever you join they give you a card for MUSC sports health,” Zavadzkas said. “At the games there’s always an ambulance present.” Zavadzkas’ mother worried about her daughter’s safety at first, but has remained supportive. “It’s kind of scary, but she’s happy so it’s fine,” Kathy Zavadzkas said. The team, The Holy City Chaos, has personal team insurance for the girls’ safety. This makes it hard to find other teams to play because each team playing a bout must have the same insurance. “I think [roller derby’s] good because you need to work with a team. It’s hard; I tried it one time and I can’t do it – too much for me,” Mrs. Zavadzkas said. Each player must wear lots of protection during bouts and practices including elbow pads, wrist guards, knee pads, helmets and mouth guards. All players are prone to injuries, but this doesn’t turn Zavadzkas away. “My knees skin, my elbows skin, bruises all up and down my legs and I’ve got rank rash all over,” Zavadzkas said. Rank rash is a rash formed on the skin of derby girls from falling and skidding on the rink floor. The game doesn’t simply consist of girls on quad
skates skating in circles trying to tackle one another to the ground. The strategy involved is mind-boggling. Zavadzkas plays jammer because of her small stature. This position consists of passing the other team’s blockers to gain a point. Each bout has multiple sets or “jams.” “You have about 12 jams per game and you have about 30 seconds in between jams to switch out jammers, to switch out pivots – one of the four blockers that control the pack,” Zavadzkas said. Zavadzkas finds it strange that she ended up loving roller derby. “I’m not a team person. I hate losing because of someone else, so it’s really weird that I even got into all this. It’s so much fun being with them,” Zavadzkas said. The team’s dedication goes beyond weekly practices. “We only practice on Mondays, but everyone plans out another day to go during pubic skating hours and practice together,” she said. The Holy City Chaos is a team that welcomed Zavadzkas with open arms when they gave her a derby name unconsciously while joking about the socks she wore every week to practice. “My derby name is Rasta Rascal and it started because I had these Rasta socks I would wear every practice and the girls would call me Rasta before I even had a derby name,” Zavadzkas said. “It’s so serious when you’re in a game. And I think that’s the fun of it when you actually take it seriously with girls who are going to take it seriously. We’ve never lost a game.”
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multiple moves around the country give sophomore new perspective kacey gouge
ANGELICA COLLINS // staff
Sophomore Dominique Evans reminisces about the ten schools she has attended since the beginning of her academic career. Evans, whose father is in the Navy, has moved nine times, starting over after every move.
he knows now that she can’t settle down. Moving from one city to another, sophomore Dominique Evans knows that she is never really “home.” Starting in Athens, Ga., Evans has moved around nine times, making it hard to keep roots in one city. “Because of it [constantly moving] I will probably never really settle down anymore because I don’t really like it that much,” she said. “I like being in an apartment surrounded by people.” Her dad’s job in the Navy causes the moves, and it has affected Evans in a way that influenced her to never want to be a part of that experience. “He’s stationed at bases and then he has to move from one base to another base in order to stay with them [Navy],” said Evans, who has two younger siblings. “It just makes it hard especially if you have a family…just to pick [everybody] up and move them.” Evans moving around so frequently has an effect on her educational and social life. “I kinda keep to myself because of it. It just makes it
easier when we move,” she said. “I will probably never go into the military because of it.” The moves have been hard on Evans and her family. “My mom really doesn’t like it [military] because she’s so stressed out. So I have to take care of the family sometimes… I cook a lot,” Evans said. Taking care of things for her mom is just another way Evans can help out. Although the family is at times resentful of the experience because of moving so frequently, it is the main source of income for their family. The constant moving is a sure way for Evans to pick herself up just as she has settled down. “We move about every year so this is my second high school. I’ve been to about 10 different schools,” Evans said. “My grades here have dropped, actually.” One of the challenges the Evans family faces is starting over new every time they move -- starting with new friends, new neighbors, new teachers, new house, new environment, new town. It’s all new for the Evans so often, and they somehow make it work.
“That’s about the hardest part. Picking yourself up and dropping yourself somewhere to start over again. It sucks,” Evans said. But despite the hardships, Evans’ life is not a negative one. Through the experiences, she has been able to overcome challenges and learn to cling to her family. Positive familiarity with the situation allows Evans to learn to make a situation brighter. “I’ve met a bunch of different people, and it opens your mind up to different circumstances so you aren’t ignorant of what’s going on around you…like South Carolina is not its own world,” Evans said. Struggling to find middle ground, Evans clings to the questions of “what ifs?” and “why nots?” She does realize, however, that she’s missed out on some parts when she pictures her life in one location with a steady group of peers to grow up with and become associated with. “Growing up with people, like a lot of my friends grew up in an area,” she said, “and sometimes I wonder what would have happened if I had stayed here a little while.”
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BRIA GRAHAM // editor
a new face for
disease sarah heywood
drawing helps student overcome side effects of disease
J unior Everett Zuraw grips his pencil in
a tight fist. When he writes, his hand cramps so badly he has to stop after only a few lines of work. His handwriting becomes nearly illegible beforehand. It’s not his fault – he learned to hold his pencil that way when he was little and was never able to break the habit. Yet when he draws, the pain ceases to be much of a problem. In fact, most of his problems fade into the background when he begins a sketch. And he has many problems. “Officially, last year I was diagnosed with borderline Tourette syndrome, but in recent months its been apparent to me and my parents that I probably have full-out Tourrete,” Zuraw said. “Tourette, you have to have two motor ticks and one verbal tick and they have to last for a few months. They don’t have to be very apparent; they don’t really have to show themselves.” Able to suppress them while at school, Zuraw’s ticks remain fairly hidden. The exception is his neck tick, which gives him the most pain and became his most prevalent tick after he moved to South Carolina from Atlanta. “In the summer before coming to
Wando [freshman year], I developed a neck tick that… is a jerk to the right and over time it started to work against me,” he said. “The vertebrae in my neck started to act against each other and I can feel them grind against each other every time a tick goes on.” In addition, he has a condition called Crepitus, which causes joints and bones to pop and crackle and indicates that his cartilage is deteriorating. “My bones themselves… are a little bit fragile,” Zuraw said. Occasionally he will even bring a cane to school to take some weight off his knees and make it easier for him to walk. He doesn’t always need it, but it helps. But more than anything, it is his drawing that brings Zuraw the most relief. “I started [drawing] in elementary school. I started drawing just doodles, pictures, sketches… I drew them out of pure boredom,” he said. The only art classes he’s taken at Wando are Art 1 and 2. When he draws, his focus is sharp. He prefers to draw at home because he can choose which distractions attract his attention, unlike at school, where the interruptions are too many and too often. Concentration is key.
Junior Everett Zuraw works on a contour-line illustration. Zuraw transfers extra energy into these illustrations, devoting hours at a time to his life-like pieces of art.
“It helps me control my ticks a lot, they haven’t really gone down over time, they have actually increased, but when I’m drawing I’m basically ‘in the zone,’” Zuraw said. “I can concentrate long enough to do something.” Long, as in an average of three hours long. Zuraw refuses to work for any more than one session on a picture, made with white charcoal on black paper, and coming back to a drawing means throwing it away. “I really start off tracing on white, then tracing it and putting it onto black. That takes me about an hour in that process. Then it’s just a matter of how much detail I want to put into charcoal,” Zuraw said. “…I’ve probably ripped up three times as many charcoals as I have actually done.” Yet it is what he loves to do. Charcoal didn’t pique his interest until he began work at Fright Nights in October 2012, and he’s been drawing almost solely with them since. Happy to have something to do, Zuraw will even allow classmates and friends to commission works from him. “I started doing a lot more charcoals in November and December. Some of them were purely people who inspired me. People that I thought were important figures that I sort of focused on, studied and everything,” he said. “And then some people asked me to do people that were important to them, whether or not it be a family
member or some musician, TV star, movie scene, whatever.” For junior James Taylor, that important person was Theodore Roosevelt, drawn as he was when he was a Rough Rider. “He’s certainly a gifted artist, that’s for sure,” Taylor said. “He doesn’t let his disabilities hold him back when he’s drawing.” Zuraw’s ticks, particularly the one in his neck, do not allow him to fall asleep until around two in the morning. His joints continue to ache and pop. But when he draws, these things are not as important as the paper sitting in front of him, waiting for his careful attention. It’s been the best weapon he has against Tourette’s. Even professional therapy has not been as successful as his charcoals. And although he may always have a few problems, he will continue to draw as long as he possibly can, and he encourages others to do the same for themselves. “Find a medium. Find what you want to work on. And then work on it. There’s nothing holding you back besides time,” he said. “And for people who really want to start doing drawings or paintings, I say wipe out everything you have to do first, such as sports, academics, clubs, whatever, and then in your free time when it’s at your leisure, pick up a pencil, pick up a paintbrush, and just start doing it.”
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living in costa rica
earthquake, robbery just part of regular life for exchange student madi brandli
EMILY CAPPELMANN // staff
junior Amy Funick lived in Costa Rica for one year with her brother. There she experienced an earthquake, yet still appreciated the “very loving culture.”
fter some playful talk with her family about spending a semester studying abroad in Costa Rica, the simple proposal turned into a reality. Junior Amy Funcik was set to spend six months attending school and living with her brother, his girlfriend and her daughter, Tatiana, who are residents of Costa Rica. “I went down there about a year and a half ago, and I met his girlfriend and her daughter. She and I just got along really well. We just kind of thought it would be fun if I went to live with her,” Funcik said. Her 28-year-old brother lives in the state of Guanacaste, in the town Playa de Coco, just down the street from his girlfriend and Tatiana, who is the same age as Funcik. She moved on July 7, 2012. It was a blessing for Funcik to have someone there who spoke English and Spanish to help her along during her time there. “I went to a private school. It was half in Spanish, half in English. None of the teachers spoke English which made it so hard,” Funcik said. She was required to withdraw from Wando completely, with almost none of her credits transferred over once she returned. She described the Costa Rican schools as much more relaxed than she was used to. The students were much less attentive and punctual, and the teachers simply did not care. “School there was really slack, so we only went about three days a week. They would just say ‘oh, schools canceled today’ or the bus driver would just not show up for some reason,” Funcik said. Her friend with whom she was living was the one who showed her around and helped with the language barrier. Despite being there for two months, her Spanish was not yet up to par. When her friend went out of town, Funcik was left to attend school without anyone there to help her. During a normal day at school, something incredibly out of the ordinary happened for Funcik. Without any warning, the room began to shake uncontrollably.
“Everything starts shaking, and I didn’t know what was going on. People were screaming in Spanish, and stuff started flying off the desk. People just started running outside,” Funcik said, “I had no idea what was going on; I couldn’t talk to anyone.” The shaking was so violent, the students had to hold on to something while they were running outside, or risk falling to the ground. Once the 45-second earthquake was over, the school announced everyone was to go home. “They said school was out, and the busses were taking us home. As we were driving home, a bunch of buildings around us were shattered,” Funcik said. The school was out for a week after the earthquake. Her school was only five miles away from the epicenter, so the school had to be inspected for safety purposes. To add to her earthquake experience, Funcik experienced a crime first-hand in Costa Rica. Coming home one night, she noticed the comforter on her bed was missing. Right after, Tatiana noticed her television in her room was gone. The two girls ran outside, only to see a man with every one of their belongings in his hands, sprinting away. He dropped the bag of loot and continued to run from the girls. Although they got their belongings back, they knew he would return at some point to try again. “A week later I was lying in bed, and we could hear someone at the bars of our windows. We ran into one room and stayed there with a bat and pepper spray until the cops came. It was so scary,” Funcik said. Although she had a few bumps in the road, Funcik’s time there was most definitely not an entirely negative experience. Her eyes were opened by the loving culture she was not accustomed to. “Everyone there is so hospitable. Basically they say, ‘We don’t care if we don’t have a door on our house or have dirt floors, we will give you what we have.’ They would give you a drink even if they weren’t going to eat dinner that night. I didn’t really notice it till I got back.” Funcik said, “Because there is a lot of poverty, people are really happy and don’t judge each other because they are rich or poor. A millionaire could be best friends with someone in a poor house. It was cool to see how no one put themselves above others. It is a very loving culture.”
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girl on a horse floats across the arena. She is balanced, strong, competent and in perfect harmony with her partner. Watching this pair, you would never guess that this girl has any weakness. She has cerebral palsy. Sophomore Anna Gulick, now 15, was born on April 22, 1997 at the Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. The birth was normal and the doctors expected that all would be well, said Lise Gulick, Anna’s mother. Five hours later, Gulick and her husband were notified their newborn daughter had turned blue and stopped breathing. Fortunately, the neurologist on staff at the time happened to be the chief of staff at Chicago Children’s Hospital. He ran several tests and gave Anna a diagnosis: she had had a stroke due to lack of oxygen to the brain and had developed cerebral palsy. “I felt overwhelmed and at the same time I had a feeling of peace, that all would be well,” Gulick said. “I’m not sure why I felt that way, but I just knew Anna would be all right.” The prognosis was grim. Doctors told Anna’s parents that she may not be able to feed herself, walk or even speak. “She definitely proved them wrong,” Gulick said.
overcoming obstacles Anna’s stroke affected the left side of her brain, which means that the right side of her body is weaker, less coordinated and less balanced. As a result, seemingly simple tasks that require both hands prove difficult for Anna. “It’s harder to do normal things,” Anna said. “Like cutting with paper and scissors or doing my hair.” In 2008, Anna’s parents got another scare. Doctors found an aneurism in her brain. An aneurism, as Anna explained, is a little balloon on a blood vessel. If it pops, it can be fatal. Fortunately, the doctors were able to perform brain surgery and clip it in time. Thirty-three staples later, Anna was back to normal. The aneurism left no lasting effects. “They just clipped it and it was over,” she said. Anna holds her right arm slightly away from her side, and her right hand sometimes has a mind of its own, she said. But besides an impressive scar on the inside of her right arm from surgery and the angle at which she holds it, it’s hard to tell that Anna is anything but a normal teenager.
“Other people don’t know until I tell them,” she said proudly.
a new start When Anna was six years old, doctors suggested physical therapy to help with core strength and balance. A horse farm nearby offered the solution: equine therapy. Horseback riding would be Anna’s form of physical therapy. “And then,” Anna said, “I just fell in love with it.” She started out riding at Kingsway Farm in Glenellen, Ill. When Anna first began riding, she had difficulty balancing and using her weaker right side. It’s harder for Anna to pull on the reins with her right hand and to squeeze and give cues with her right leg. “I’ve gotten used to it though, and the horses usually compensate,” Anna said. At age eight, Anna got her first horse, an Irish thoroughbred named Gabriel. He passed away in 2011 and Anna keeps his ashes in her room.
back in the saddle After moving to Charleston from Chicago in July of 2011, Anna started riding at Overly Stables in Summerville under the guidance of trainer Carmen Stroud. Anna is Stroud’s only student with a physical disability, but she has adapted her teaching style. They work on muscle memory and keeping Anna’s hands steady while she rides. The fine motor skills required by tacking up -- putting the equipment on a horse -- also challenge Anna. “Anna has to work harder than an equally balanced rider,” Stroud said. “It takes constant focus to steady the hands and maintain leg pressure on her weaker side.” But Anna has persevered and overcome her disadvantages. “For all of her challenges, she is a fantastic rider,” Stroud said. “So many of the other parents and visitors are stunned when they learn of her disability. It seems to melt away when she is in the saddle.” At a recent horse show, Anna proved that she has truly risen above her disability. “Anna recently competed at Tall Pines in a dressage event and placed third,” Anna’s mother said. “The judge didn’t notice anything different with Anna’s riding position or right side.” Stroud attributes Anna’s success as a rider to her per-
ALL PHOTOS LIZ BENSON // editor
taking life in stride
horseback riding serves as therapy for sophomore with cerebral palsy
sistence and determination. “I have many able-bodied students that get frustrated when things don’t go according to plan, but Anna just works tirelessly until she achieves the goal,” she said.
ﬁnding a friend In October of 2012, the Gulicks decided to find a horse for Anna. “We knew that if Anna had her own horse, she would become even more involved in her sport and continue to ride,” Mrs. Gulick said. Stroud began to ask around, hoping to find a horse that was gentle and willing enough to learn to compensate for Anna’s weaker right side. Horses trained specifically for riders with disabilities are available, but for Stroud and Anna, a specially trained horse was never an option. “My trainer likes to push me and challenge me,” Anna said. In late January, after trying numerous other horses and searching for several months, Anna found Roman. Anna’s eyes light up as she talks about her new best friend. Roman is a 15.2 hand (a unit of four inches used to measure horses’ height) chestnut Saddlebred. He is 12 years old and as Anna described him, he is a gentleman. “He’ll follow me around like a puppy,” she said, smiling. Stroud believes she found the right partner for Anna. “I’m so excited about this match and I know they will form a perfect bond,” she said. In the future, Anna plans on taking Roman to horse shows. But first she wants to get to know him better and decide what will be best for them as a team. Anna, who pays for Roman’s tack, rides him and cares for him, said owning a horse has given her a sense of responsibility – just one of the many things she has learned since beginning riding.
riding rewards Riding has provided Anna with the physical therapy it was originally intended to. So far, Anna’s strength and balance have improved considerably. Anna’s mother believes riding has been a blessing. “Horseback riding not only helps Anna with physical therapy, it gives her confidence,” Gulick said. “Being at a barn is the one place that she feels completely comfortable. I believe there are many horseback riders who would agree.” But most importantly, it gives her a sense of fulfill-
Sophomore Anna Gulick poses with her horse Roman at the Summerville farm.
(top left) Sophomore Anna Gulick rides her horse Roman at Overly Stables in Summerville. (bottom left) After suffering a stroke shortly after her birth, Gulick was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. In spite of this, Gulick leads a normal life.and is an accomplished equestrian.
ment. “It’s my passion. It makes me feel special. I feel like I can actually do something,” Anna said. “It doesn’t feel like I had the stroke when I ride.”
moving forward As for Anna’s future, she has big plans.
She would like to combine her desire to work with special education students and horses into a career involving equine therapy. “I want to help people like me enjoy life and find something that they love,” Anna said. To start, Anna plans to volunteer this summer at Rein and Shine, a therapeutic riding farm. She hopes her own disability will allow her to connect with other dis-
abled riders. Reflecting on her disorder, Anna sees one benefit that outweighs all the hardship she has been through. “I wouldn’t have found horseback riding if I didn’t have cerebral palsy,” she said. When Anna is on a horse, she is not a girl with cerebral palsy. She is strong, balanced, in control. She is a rider.
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self-taught and talented
ne dream, one passion and a dream that not many high school students see: one dream that came true for sophomore Anna Ware. The dream revolves around a passion she got to pursue while baking a cake for Jet Blue Airlines on Feb. 28 at the Charleston International Airport. Most people don’t have an opportunity like that, a once in a lifetime chance to make a dream come true. “My dad got a part time job there for the flying perks, so we get to fly anywhere free. This whole group came over to our house for dinner so my family could meet them,” Ware said. “I was showing them pictures of my cakes and they were like ‘You know, you should make one for our opening.’” The cake she made was white with blue marshmallow fondant that covered the top and topped with a fondant plane and the words Jet Blue stretched across. “I’m extremely proud of Anna,’ Anna’s mom Kathy Ware said. “She is a self-taught baker with like fondant and forming the planes of the cake.” Baking can be hard work, but Ware loves it. “I taught myself [how to bake] actually; I completely taught myself,” she said. “I actually did the cake twice; the one I made second was a little better.” LAUREL MCKAY // staff
senior Keil Lycke feeds two of her four chickens.
sophomore’s baking starts as a hobby and soon becomes something more professional
Jet Blue was Ware’s first big baking experience, but she has had a chance to bake for others. “I have only made my grandparents’ anniversary cake for their anniversary, but other than that’s about it,” she said. With so much pressure to make the cake perfect, the nerves did get to her, Ware said. “It was scary because everyone was like ‘We are so excited to see your cakes,’ and if it breaks or something goes wrong I’m totally screwed,” she said. “Yes, it was very nerve-wracking, but everything actually turned out better than usual. “The people who attended the opening loved it,” Mrs. Ware said. For Ware, baking is a relaxing hobby that is rewarding. “I find it relaxing. I just like to make something that people are gonna look at and be like ‘Wow, that’s so cool!’ Or like ‘How did you do that?’ I think that feeling’s really cool,” she said. And now Ware’s dream is one she hopes to carry on. Anna is a student in culinary arts right now; she has bright plans for the future to pursue her passion. “I want to open a bakery; I want to go to school in New York; either the International Culinary Education or Culinary Institute of America,” she said.
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COURTESY OF ANNA WARE
sophomore Anna Ware poses with one of her many cakes.
girl’s love of all kinds of animals impacts her future plans
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o you want to come see them?” she asks. Walking out to her grassy backyard, she introduces her friends Josephina, Rosalita, Magdelena and Esmerelda. They stare silently and then begin strutting aimlessly around the yard. Many would be slow to see the personality in this clutch of chickens. But for senior Keil Lycke, animals are people, too. “Ever since I was little, I’ve always wanted to be a vet,” she said. “Then I changed and wanted to do more human medicine, be a doctor... but then I decided I like animals better than people -- I’d rather help them.” She’s feeding them dried worms -- one of their favorite snacks. She’s talking about the origins of Maggie’s breed, the Australian Orpington, that Ellie skips egg laying once every three days, that feeding the chickens Omega 3 fatty acids makes for healthier eggs. From washing the multicolored eggs to feeding the chickens to watching them parade about, it’s easy to see the charm in Lycke’s unusual occupation. She’s in tune with the needs of the animals -- pointing out their favorite foods, painstaking in her care and in keeping the chickens
and her snakes separate. While she’s already well-versed in animal care, it’s a long road to become a vet and get a degree -- four years of graduate studies to acquire. “[It’s] just like med school, but there’s no residency,” she said. Despite these obstacles, she’s determined to do what she loves. Her touch for animal care is apparent. About her specific vocational pursuit, Lycke said she wishes to be “probably just a small animal vet. Maybe large animal vet, like horses.” Lycke’s love of animals began young in part because of her parents’ own passions. “Both of my parents like nature and animals, so they were never opposed to [me and my brother] having pets as kids,” she said. And with a mother who teaches AP Biology at PorterGaud and a father who is a visiting Landscape Architecture professor at Clemson, it’s no wonder that Lycke grew to love nature and animals early in life. “It sounds stupid, but they have their own personalities,” she said. “It’s fun to just go out there and hang out with them sometimes.”
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« march 28, 2013
anderson modestly tackles challenges to health again and again
MOLLY LONG // staff
Math teacher Bill Anderson helps two students with their work. Anderson perseveres despite his cancer diagnosis.
hite-haired and unassuming, Dr. Bill Anderson looks more like a kindly old grandfather than the Indiana Jones of Wando High School. But ex-professor Anderson has had a few brushes with death over the course of his storied career – the most recent being a battle against cancer. *** Dr. Anderson doesn’t look for attention. He’s been on various chemo medications for two years, but few teachers have known about his illness, and only recently have students also begun to discover about his multiple myeloma, a rare bone marrow cancer. “At the time that I was diagnosed, Joe was also having his troubles,” Anderson recalled, thinking back to the late Joe Kutcher, a fellow math teacher who died of pancreatic cancer in July 2012. Anderson discovered his illness in the summer of 2011, but chose not to reveal it to his students, or many teachers, for that matter. “Maybe I should have,” he said. “I thought, well, why bring it up? By fall, I was actually feeling okay.” The first person he did tell at school was math department chair Judi Newton. “Mine has not been a fast-growing one, otherwise I wouldn’t be here,” Anderson said. “When they caught the cancer, eighty percent of my bone marrow was cancerous.” Despite the numbers, the disease has not metastasized, has not spread to any other parts such as the blood or lungs. This made treating it significantly simpler; doctors could concentrate on one illness instead of going after two or three or even four. And Dr. Anderson has been responding well to treatment. “Dr. Salem [Anderson’s oncologist], she said we had to treat this aggressively. No kidding,” he said. He got an infusion of blood and started on Velcade and Revlimid. Now he’s looking at a stem-cell transplant to get rid of the remaining cancer – he’s well under 10 percent cancerous bone marrow. But he’s wary of the option – though 60 percent success rate is enticing, “two percent of the people who have it don’t – don’t make it. They don’t recover,” he said. And he might yet go into remission. Anderson’s cancer numbers have been plummeting since he started chemo, two years ago in the upcoming July. From 80 percent to under 10 percent, he handles the chemo with the same nonchalant grace with which he speaks of the triple bypass cardiac surgery he had a few years ago. “2009,” he recalled. “I was out for a while there.” Anderson may not exactly be Dr. Jones. There’s no Mayan temple or small gold statuette. Instead, he’s caught in the trap of his own body, searching for the prize of his own good health. Despite the dangers, it is a trap he is navigating exceedingly well.
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an exchange student and a
norwegian student traveling teacher find a unique
country. AA new new culture.
A new school. A place in which the dynamics are completely different than what she is used to. She must live here for the next 10 months. The task seems almost impossible to some, but what if you had someone near? Someone who knew where you were coming from and where you were now? Anna Hoyland is a foreign exchange student from Stavenger, Norway. She came to America on Aug. 17, 2012 to spend her junior year of high school at Wando. “She was basically straight off the plane,” science teacher Callie Van Koughnett said. “She had only been here a week when she started school.” Choosing to come to America really seemed like the obvious choice, knowing the experience her friends had had in the US. “I’ve had a lot of friends who have been exchange students before me, and they said it was just like a movie,” Hoyland said. “With like the busses and the football games and prom and homecoming.” On her first day of class in America, Hoyland met Van Koughnett, her marine biology teacher. It seemed to be the perfect start to her adventure in America. Van Koughnett was American, but had spent over a year in Copenhagen, Denmark as a teacher’s assistant through a Fulbright grant -- a prestigious honor selected
bond through shared language
madi brandli by the U.S government for someone to teach, do research or practice their talents in a foreign country. It is offered to any professional, not just teachers. Van Koughnett fell in love with the country after frequent visits to married friends, but moved primarily because of her love of their education system. She had to return to the United States because of the difficulty of finding a job without a Danish degree. “I was a TA for a grad class in career science teaching and I was doing my master’s thesis on how Danish science teachers use context standards in engaging and authentic ways,” Van Koughnett said about her experiences in Denmark. “As soon as I saw her [Hoyland], I knew she was Scandinavian. I got to know her pretty well through the difference in the education system.” Once Van Koughnett realized where she was from, she began helping Hoyland with her studies. Although Hoyland speaks Norwegian and Van Koughnett speaks Dutch, the languages are similar enough that they could understand each other. “It was a lot of fun. It was probably better for her then it was for me, just because when she first moved, she could speak English perfectly, but with a lot of the science vocab words I was like ‘you can just write these in Norwegian,’” Van Koughnett said. “For the first couple of weeks I think it was better for her. I just enjoyed it because I could speak Danish to her.” According to Van Koughnett, the academic environ-
ment and work ethic are much different between the American culture and the Norwegian culture. The students in Norway and Denmark are very self-motivated. They are given a lot of freedom at school, and the overall environment is different than what Americans are used to. Hoyland agreed. “In Norway I have much more freedom at school,” Hoyland said. “I can leave campus and can go wherever I want during my free block.” Students in Norway cannot drive until they are 18, so the familiar event of 4,000 cars trying to leave all at once is not a problem at school. “That was one reason I was in love with Denmark because the education is so different,” Van Koughnett said. “The do lots of real projects in the community, and it is more individualized than the bulk mass testing like we do.” With adjusting to the new environment, Hoyland’s chance to come to Van Koughnett for guidance became a blessing. A school of 4,000 kids in Norway is unheard of, so Hoyland quickly had to figure out her place in the big school. She also came to Van Koughnett with other classes for help. “I had a lot of trouble with my math class, and she helped me with that,” Hoyland said. “She talked to my math teacher and figured out where I am and how it is here. It helped to let my math teacher know where I am.” ALL PHOTOS JIMMY MASALIN // staff
Exchange student Anna Hoyland and science teacher Callie Van Koughnett share memories of experiences in different countries
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« march 28, 2013
ﬁxing it up georgia barfield
junior fixes up truck with stepdad, helps their growing relationship
ucked away on a quiet neighborhood street within Mt. Pleasant, a 1982 Chevy Deluxe pick-up truck is parked in a driveway. The fresh turquoise paint reflects the sunlight with nostalgic beauty. Junior Jeremy Petit stands beside the truck with a shy prideful smile, knowing that its his. “I mean, I’ll look at it and be like ‘Woah…it looks so good’,” Petit said. “Classic, I guess.”
But Petit remembers earlier days when the truck wasn’t such a looker… remembers the 8 weeks last summer that he and his step-dad worked side by side in their backyard to refurbish the car to its current condition. The truck used to be owned by Petit’s real father, who bought it second hand to drive it around his farmland on Highway 41. “It was pretty crappy, it was covered in
dents and rusty. The back was all rotted out,” Petit said. “We tried to get most of the dents out. We painted it and put a new plywood bed down.” Petit’s stepdad, Roy Knight, has a hefty knowledge of car mechanics that he has accumulated since childhood, when his own dad spent a lot of time working on cars. He now passes down tidbits of automobile wisdom to Jeremy. “We do a lot of little projects together, like all car maintenance we do ourselves,” Petit said. “We’re actually fixing the breaks on his car right now.” Petit’s parents seperated when he was three, and they are now both remarriedbringing a stepmom, stepdad, stepsister and two half brothers into the equation. “It feels like I’ve had two separate families pretty much my whole life,” Petit said. “I live a week with my dad, a week with my mom.” Knight has been a part of Petit’s life since 2002. “He’s really cool…kind of like a friend of mine,” Petit said. “An older friend that teaches me tricks and stuff.” Endeavors in the realm of auto repair have been a reoccurring way for Petit and Knight to develope their unique “stepfather-son” bond. For Petit, there was a noticeable increase in difficulty from the small car projects they worked on in the past to refurbishing a whole entire car.
“This was a lot harder. Before we were like changing breaks, changing oil, but this is just like completely differentredoing a whole car takes so much more effort.” Painting the car was the most difficult part of the process according to Petit. “Because we painted it in my back yard, it got rained on a lot. So there’d be paint runs and we’d have to buff them out,” Petit said.” Sometimes we’d have to cut through the paint and redo it all over again. It was a long process.” The car was officially completed in December. “Everything had been finished for a while but we didn’t put the last part on until December.” Now, the truck is Petit’s somewhat reliable daily mode of transportation. “It’s pretty reliable, but on some mornings it’s hard to crank when its cold,” Petit said. “I’ll have to pump the gas and crank it a few times to get it going.” He remembers one particular instance of the truck failed to be reliable. “I was driving in the morning and I stopped at a stoplight…and it turned off,” Petit said. “So I was sitting there trying to crank it up and people were honking at me.” “Somedays I get mad at it and say I’m gonna sell it and get a nice truck,” Petit said, “and then other times I really like it, actually.”
ALL PHOTOS JADE YOUNG // staff
Junior Jermey Petit, (above) sits with his brother on the truck he and his step-dad fixed togther. Left, Petit shows off the truck’s engine.
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« march 28, 2013
a guide to detoxing family decision introduces new lifestyle to junior
emily cappelmann, staff writer After indulging in all the goodies of Christmas, my parents decided to try another crazy diet. A juice diet. Kale, spinach, apples, carrots, cucumbers, celery, lemons, ginger and parsley all pulverized in a juicer until they create a sickly greenish brown juice for breakfast and dinner every day. All my dad had to do was watch a two-hour movie on juicing, and then he was more than ready to devote our lives to consuming fruits and vegetables in their unnatural liquid form. Unfortunately for him, I wasn’t quite that easily persuaded. After a quick dash to the nearest grocery store and several minutes of mashing, what seemed like random vegetables and fruits, down a slim plastic tube to be liquefied, I experienced my first taste of true juice. And it was regrettably unpleasant. My parents assured me that this was a smart decision and that even after immediately having one small sip, they felt completely renewed. Yet all I experienced was the unsatisfied growl of my stomach. For days I was completely against drinking juice instead of devouring a divine home-cooked meal. I often avoided dinner time at my house and drove over to my friends’ houses for their mom’s home cooking. I quickly realized when my gas-guzzling Yukon’s tank hit empty that wasting the gas to travel to their houses wasn’t worth ditching family dinner. I buckled down and decided that I would just have to accept my parents’ belief that juicing was the new k e y to our family’s health. F o r days I was unable to get
over the swampy green color and the sickening way it separated after chilling for several hours in the fridge. We would pour the juice in opaque colored cups and use straws to drink it in order to avoid having to think about the actual content. Our juice dinners aren’t accompanied by my mom’s fancy tableware and placemats. My parents and I simply pour our juice and go our separate ways. There’s not much to talk about when you’re drinking the semi-sweet green liquid in front of you. Although juicing takes up most nights of our month, my mom surprises my family with big meals including all of my favorites. But I don’t hold my breath for those nights; they don’t come up that often. It took about a week of juicing before I actually started to enjoy it. We began to experiment with new recipes and eventually created some of our own. The nutrition in all the fruits and vegetables make me feel more energetic and ready to go each day. Instead of avoiding drinking juice, I asked for it. We still have regular sit-down family dinners every once in a while, but juicing has become a new part of our life. And I don’t see us giving up this way of life anytime soon.
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the truth about juice tJuicing first became popular in the early 1990s when proponents claimed that it could reverse everything from the natural aging process to chronic diseases such as cancer. tAccording to the National Institutes of Health, most people get less than 75 percent of the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of essential nutrients. Because nearly all the necessary vitamins and minerals for health are found in fruits and vegetables, juicing is a fast, easy, delicious and guaranteed way to cover your nutritional bases. tJuiced foods require little or no digestion; the healing nutrients of the raw fruits and vegetables are readily available for assimilation. tAccording to practitioners, “unnatural” foods cause imbalances in the body’s cell composition -imbalances that are corrected and rebalanced with the juices’ nutrients. tBlenders and juicers are not to be confused -- they are two different animals. A juicer has a mechanism that will separate the pulp from the juice, whereas a blender grinds the produce and the pulp has to be manually strained. tThe fruits and vegetables you use in juicing are very high in antioxidants, which are revered for their anti-aging properties. But antioxidants also improve circulation, contribute to cardiovascular health, enhance brain function and reduce the negative effects of stress. t Beauty and health begin on the inside with a healthy diet of fresh fruits and vegetables that provide your skin, hair and nails with the nutrients they need to be strong and lustrious. Without the right nutrients, your skin, hair and nails will look bland no matter what else you do. Juicing makes it easy to achieve what’s sometimes called rainbow nutrition, or consuming the widest possible variety of fruits and vegetables every day. t The color of each fruit or vegetable signals its unique vitamins, minerals, trace minerals, antioxidants, anti-carcinogens, detoxifying agents, digestive aids, natural blood purifiers, blood thinners, immune stimulants and memory enhancers.
-- compiled by liz benson EMILY CAPPLEMANN // staff
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march 28, 2013 » EMILY CAPPLEMANN // editor
Song writer, pianist and vocalist John-Keith Culbreth (far left) jams with band members (on couch from left) lead vocalist Will Blackburn, bassist Coleman Sawyer, lead guitarist Louis Duffie and drummer Luke Withers. Band member Wyatt Garey, lead guitarist, was absent.
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STOP LIGHT OBSERVATION alumnus changes goals in life to accommodate his love of music sarah yergin staff writer Will Blackburn is taking the road less traveled, as the story goes. At 20 years old, when the Wando alumnus is asked what his future holds, instead of using words like house, kids and salary, he instead talks of playing more music, finishing the record he’s working on and performing in an auditorium or amp theater. Though these goals are unique compared to that of the average high school graduate, for a lead singer in a local band, Stop Light Observation, they make complete sense. According to Blackburn, he has been drawn to music for as long as he can remember. “I’d always tap on things and make a rhythm. I think before I sang that’s what I was doing and that helped me have a better rhythm now,” he said. “So I definitely think that’s where it started but, probably as soon as I could hear music and understand what was going on, I was like, ‘I’m going to enjoy this.” Though he always had the music in him, while he was in high school his goals
were geared towards something a little different. “I think for me I probably wanted to be a lawyer or maybe a nutritionist or something. I think that’s probably where I would’ve ended up,” Blackburn said, “because I was never good at science and I was never good at math, but I was good at history and English so I was like, ‘Okay, I could probably do the law thing.” Changing his plan for the future to focus on his music was not always easy for him. “It’s funny, when you’re in high school everything’s there for you -- you wake up every day, you’ve got the same routine, you’re gonna see the same people, you know what’s going on, everything’s kind of tangible,” Blackburn said, “but once that’s all gone and once you’re on your own it’s like, ‘Wow, what am I going to do now, where am I going to go, and do I want to play music for the rest of my life? Is it worth it because if it works it’s great but if it doesn’t work then it sucks.’ But, I don’t know, I definitely think I made the right choice for the most part.” While it was not the easiest choice for him, it could also be difficult for his family at times. “I think it was hard on my mom a little bit. Not hard on her, but she was very go to college, get a degree, become part of the
working class and fill in your spot, and I kind of lived that way for a while and then I figure out that’s not what makes me happy,” he said. “I think I was just kind of like, ‘I have to do this right now or I would hate to look back and go, what if -- should have, could have, would have.’” Blackburn said that he also has to give a lot of credit to his teachers -- one in particular. “Mrs. [Diane] Gerideau [Krishon] is a teacher at Wando. She teaches wildlife biology... she was kind of one of those teachers that was like, ‘chase your dream, even if it’s not what you’re finding here in school,’” he said. “She was really into music too -I liked that -- and she was into the Avett Brothers at the same time and I was like, ‘[oh] yeah, this is my favorite teacher.’” Before becoming part of Stop Light Observation, Blackburn spent some time during high school singing in a music group along with Coleman Sawyer, who is currently bass player for SLO. “It’s funny, when you say you’re in a band in high school, you’re not really in a band... For a while it’s just you and your friends getting together and playing music, its just something you want to do,” he said. “I was just intrigued by it all that, I didn’t care how I did it, I played with whoever I could, and those were like the first guys that I met,” he added.
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junior ‘ignites her light’ to claim title alli cherry staff writer
Textbooks stacked to create a platform that would force her legs to stretch further than the usual 180 degree split. With her right front leg resting on the top of the stack of knowledge and her back leg on the ground behind her, junior Dylan Thorp created an angle greater than 180 degrees in preparations for her Miss Wando gymnastics routine. The Miss Wando pageant was won by Thorp on March 9, who was also awarded most articulate in the group of 18 girls. Each girl presented an opening statement, talent and ended with the question portion of the show. Thorp’s opening statement included her dreams of becoming a neurosurgeon and how she founded Wando’s healthy lifestyles club. She also choreographed the gymnastics routine she performed. “It’s really fun choreographing your own routine and picking the music and cutting the music to how you want it,” she said. She keeps in mind her prior rehearsal for the pageant and what she did to make sure each portion of the show the best she could make it. “I practiced my opening statement like a crazy person,” Thorp said. “For poise, I got into my heels and dress a few times and I walked around my house and did turns and pivots. There’s really no way to prepare for your onstage question. My rules for myself are: smile, slow down, don’t walk fast and don’t say um.” These rules show that this wasn’t Thorp’s first time in a pageant setting. “I did Miss Wando last year and got Miss Sophomore, and then on March 3 I did Distinguished Young Women, and I won that also,” she said. Going into Miss Wando, Thorp wasn’t expecting to win anything – definitely not the coveted title of Miss Wando. So when her name was called, it was a huge surprise. “I was just in complete shock; it was awesome,” Thorp said. “The confetti came down and they turned on the house lights, so I saw everyone and they started to stand up and clap for all of us. It was so fun and my friends made a sign, it was priceless.”
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ALL PHOTOS BY LIZ BENSON // editor
MISS WANDO « march 28, 2013
Miss Wando 2013 junior Dylan Thorp takes the stage surrounded by her fellow contestants, Miss Senior Georgia Compton and Miss Junior Anna Stockman. Other winners include Miss Freshman Brittany Macdonald and Miss Sophomore Rebecca Brantley.
As Miss Wando, next year Thorp gets to host the pageant in preparation for a new winner. “I get to choose the theme of the next pageant, what song they’re going to dance to, the color scheme, and I get to choose the crown for the next Miss Wando,” she said. Not only did the rewards of winning Miss Wando highlight Thorp’s experience but also the friendship created among the girls. “Meeting all these different, unique girls; they’re not like ‘pageant girls,’ they’re not spiteful and mean,” Thorp said. “Every single one of them is supportive of one another. We have so much fun learning the opening dance and going through our talents together and giving each other tips. It’s a really good experience with all the other girls; I think everyone should do it, even if they don’t pin themselves as a ‘pageant girl.’” Senior Georgia Compton was awarded Miss Senior at the pageant. “It was awesome to know that I came out accomplishing something after I went in blinded, not really knowing what to expect,” Compton said. Kensey Jones won most talented and most ad sales, Grace Whitbeck won Miss Congeniality, Mary Hirsch won most committed, Chelsea Niles won most poised and Amelia Beilke won most accomplished. Other award winners included Miss Junior Anna Stockman. Also crowned were Miss Sophomore Rebecca Brantley and Miss Freshman Brittany McDonald.
Junior Dylan Thorp glides across the stage after being crowned the new Miss Wando 2013. For more photos of the annual pageant, visit www.wandotribaltribune.com.
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flowertown festival When: April 5-7 Where: Summerville Family YMCA 140 S Cedar St, Summerville Price: Free A fun, three-day festival where you can enjoy beautiful spring flowers, featuring lots of artists from all over the country displaying their artwork for sale. It also includes kid-friendly activities at the Children’s Jubilee and great food.
COURTESY OF LOWCOUNTRY CAJUN FESTIVAL
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COURTESY OF CHARLESTON BED RACE
button museum Where: Button King 55 Joe Dority Rd. Bishopville, SC 29010 Price: Free -- accepts donations Time: Any Contact: 803-428-3841 If you travel to the Florence area, take a detour by Bishopville to see this unique museum which features the work of Dalton Stevens and his years of sewing and gluing buttons to a variety of objects.
lowcountry cajun festival When: April 7 Where: James Island County Park Price: $10 per person, free for kids 12 and under Authentic Louisiana food, music and Cajun culture. Includes major chefs making food such as crawfish and jambalaya. Other foods include hot dogs and sno-cones. There are rides and great Louisiana bands for your entertainment.
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COURTESY OF FLOWERTOWN FESTIVAL
COURTESY OF ALIEN WELCOME CENTER
alien welcome center Where: 4004 Homestead Rd. Bowman, S.C. Price: $20 Time: always open The UFO Welcome Center is a tourist curiosity located in Bowman and built in the backyard of Jody Pendarvis. It consists of a 42-footwide flying saucer (13 m) built out of wood, fiberglass and plastic.
COURTESY OF BUTTON MUSEUM
charleston bed race Where: Hampton Park When: April 14 Time: 1 p.m. Price: $125 per bed A fun benefit race to the finish that benefits Camp Happy Days. Decorate your own bed and race to see which is the fastest of them all.
COURTESY OF CHARLESTON BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL
charleston bluegrass festival Price:$30 advance/ $35 day of show $20 advance/ $25 day of show Where: Sewee OutPost 4853 U.S. 17 Awendaw, SC 29429 A musical showcase of talents that serves lots of food where you can have lots of fun with family and friends.
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Located at 2213 Middle St. is Café Medley, a coffee shop with a soft air of beach breeze and caffeine working together to enmegan parks liven tired eyes. After conquering the café medley infamous Sullivan’s Island parking, I walked into the café and decided on ordering the “Red Eye” – your choice of brew with two generous shots of expresso – for $4. The Red Eye is a pickme-up coffee. I noticed this immediately, as I was buzzing from the first sip. It has a strong kick, and, like most coffees, I recommend adding some of their cream or Blue Agave sweetener. The atmosphere is relaxed with a European feel and the coffee is warm and potent. I recommend opting for a less caffeinated choice and pairing it with one of their brownies, cupcakes or apple turnovers.
Metto, located on 354 W. Coleman Blvd, has a quaint and cozy atmosphere. Its outside patio is perfectly sheltered by trees elizabeth levi while the inside is filled with friendly metto employees and the smell of a good cup of coffee. The coffee shop also features a drive-through for those in a rush. Although my indecisiveness did not match its immense range of drink options, I finally settled on a honey latte. For a reasonable price, the perfect blend of latte and honey was heavenly. On top of all that, the music playing throughout the shop created a homey and comfortable atmosphere. Overall, Metto is great whether you want a quick stop or a place to relax for a while. And trust me, once you’ve entered, you’ll want to stay a while.
I hold the affirmation that musical theatre nerds, such as myself, have the most self-control of any population on this planet. Seemingly ordinary words will send me into an undeniable urge to perform a one-woman rendition of “The Phantom of the Opera.” Music adds emotion and personality to the story, and characters cannot be presented through just dialogue. Musicals expose your inner being, stripping you down to simplistic emotions and drawing you to worlds both strange and familiar.
PEEVE: unnecessary abbreviations
In our wonderfully annoying society, everyday lingo changes with the obnoxious tides. Words like awk, presh, totes and cray are creeping, or rather rudely barging, into the English language. When you use word such as one of these in everyday conversation in order to sound cute, let me put this bluntly: you don’t. You sound uneducated. If my pointing this out to you now makes things uncomfortable for you to read, so be it, but it is still not as uncomfortable as when you use these words because then things just turn totes awk for the both of us.
best of: coffee
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grace barry staff writer PICK: poetry
The written word is a powerful, beautiful thing. The words of Byron, Shakespeare and Poe have transcended time and reveal to the modern-day reader that their emotions, aspirations and grievances are not new or unusual. There is a common saying these days, “misery loves company,” and poetry makes this true of any emotion. Poetry helps the soul heal from sadness and rejoice in the beauty of the world through the words of a few lines.
Hashtags stand next to cockroaches, wasps and the Kardashians as the most annoying and useless things on this Earth. On twitter they might serve a minute purpose, but on Facebook and other media outlets, long strings of 10 plus Hashtags ruin what might have been a nice post about the new, cute puppy you got. So I beg of you, if something is so important that you simply MUST inform the world of it via Facebook status, write in English, not twitter- lingo. #thisisannoying #stop.
trevor padoll Every issue a Tribal Tribune staffer will share his taste in music, selecting the top four songs he thinks every one should have on their playlist.
“Close to Me (remix)” The Cure The Head on the Door Lazy and playful bouncing tones, a blue whistle and the desperate tone in Robert Smith’s voice make this one of my all-time favorite songs. Pleas of remaining asleep and away from the world simultaneously digress to lively, snappy trumpets that briskly remove past doldrums. A memorable contradicting masterpiece, it should be enjoyed by all. “Disorder” Joy Division Unknown Pleasures Noisy and relentless, the masterful bass stylings of Peter Hook swim darkly below the indiscernible guitar rifts and melancholy voice of Ian Curtis. If you’re into wearing black and really like to be sad, give it a shot. “Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now” The Smiths Hatful of Hollows The deceiving glee of beachy guitar rifts coat the relatable lyrics and angsty feels from the downturned mouth of Morrissey. A playful resistance to maturity and responsibilities, it questions trust and emotions and the meaning of it all. “Twist and Shout” The Beatles Please Please Me This album is brimming with lively energy that twirls in the summer air, making you want to go to a real-life sock-hop. Although it is not an original, The Beatles recreated a classic that’ll keep you shagging all night.
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movie does nothing to highlight action genre megan parks writing editor
Much to my dismay, Olympus Has Fallen is not a continuation of the beloved Disney flick Hercules. No white fluffy clouds. No gods. And, even sadder, no real substance. Directed by Antoine Fuqua, Olympus is a typical Hollywood action-thriller -- packed with clichés, explosions, loud noises and a great looking cast. It stars Gerard Butler as ex-Secret Service Mike Banning who must redeem himself by saving the president when the White House is attacked by terrorists. An archetypal action movie hunk, Butler’s noble Special Forces-trained character is the only man for the job. Morgan Freeman, an essential box office component, also acts as the speaker of the House. This movie is bleeding with suspense. Literally. The two-hour action flick is non-stop violence. After about 40 minutes of pure blood and brains being strewn across the screen, one begins to tire and think to herself, “Okay, we get it. Blood. Violence. Ahhh.” The
Fans of Justin Timberlake will not be let down by his new album titled the 20/20 Experience. It still has the typical Justin flair that has been missed since his last album from 2006, like his signature high -pitched voice that people fell in love with. The album adds something new though; an old -timey bluesy-and-soul feel, with most songs dealing with love. The 20/20 Experience is different from all other albums Timberlake has produced -- it’s lighter
and has different types of songs from upbeat to multiple down-beat songs. The album is his first since he switched labels in 2011 and is produced by Timberland and RCA records. Some songs on the album include the popular “Suit and Tie,” featuring Jay Z, which has reached number four on Billboard’s Hot 100. Other songs include “Pusher Love Girl” and “Mirrors.” Timberlake’s album was released March 15 and is expected to sell over a million copies. Critics also has given it fabulous reviews, and it is now available everywhere. It will not disappoint your “Justin” expectations. The second half of the 20/20 Experience will be released in November 2013. --ali antley
sound of bones cracking is still ringing in my ears. The acting and special effects were decent, which slightly distracted from the cliché-ridden writing. There was even a moment where the president, played by Aaron Eckhart, conjured up his most pitiful face, stretched out his arm and let out an anguished, “Nooooooooooooo!” during a moment of intense sadness -- a worn out expression usually done in parody. Olympus did have its moments. There was the crucial redemption moment by the star-hero, who made sure to show off as many muscles as possible in the process. Then there was the continuous suspense, complete with the trite “ticking time bomb” and numerous life-or-death situations. And Banning did have his sassy moments, which kept me entertained. But even Olympus’ best moments weren’t too memorable. After a while, I began to feel the agony of those being massacred on-screen. Needless to say, this movie was painful to watch. Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not against a little violence or action here and there – when it’s done right. So while I definitely wouldn’t say Olympus’ action is done right, you probably won’t detest it if you’re an extreme action-buff. If not, and you’re somehow forced into watching this, grab a pair of ear plugs and get ready for an hour full of hand-over-the-eyes moments.
infernal devices It is the final twist, the last heartbreak and the epic conclusion to the City of Bones trilogy as captivating and intriguing as the characters themselves. At the heart of Victorian England, amidst the filth and pollution, the atmosphere reeks of veiled passion, demonic influences and death, heavy as lead. This gothic novel, following Shadowhunters Tessa Gray, Jem Carstairs and Will Herondale is certainly worth the lengthy read. Cassandra Clare is relentless in her writing
as she picks and strums at the reader’s emotions, weaving fate and chaos throughout the streets of London. A wedding and an army both await Tessa, hurtling her towards her destiny — the unexpected and grief-filled ending that will strip you raw but is well suited to match the intensity of the novel. Every secret will be revealed and every question answered, but each one is as unpredictable as the next. The love triangle was kept, each boy vying for Tessa’s heart, but only one will succeed and the choice is as final as death. Overall, the book satisfied my desire for pure entertainment and was a descriptive delicacy, one that I would not mind reading again and again. --caroline rothkopf
top twos Ever wonder what the top songs, movies and TV shows are for the month of March? -- compiled by kaleb partilla
SELLING SONGS just give me a reason (feat. nate ruess) // p!nk
thrift shop (feat. wanz) // macklemore
SELLING BOOKS lean in // sheryl sandberg safe haven // nicholas sparks
GROSSING MOVIE the croods // kirk deMicco olympus has fallen // antoine fuqua
TV RATINGS american idol // fox ncis // cbs
SELLING ALBUMS the 20/20 experience // justin timberlake
the truth about love // p!nk
SELLING VIDEO GAMES god of war: ascension // sce studio star craft II: heart of the swarm // blizzard
olympus falls flat
It’s that easy – it’s 94 seconds. Players are given 94 seconds to come up with as many words as they can. The words have to fit a given category and initial letter (example a mammal with a G – Gorilla.) If you’re not the greatest speller, don’t worry. Spelling only counts against you in severe misspellings. -- compiled by jonathan rice
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sports Q&A boys head track coach and social studies teacher are your biggest successes of the year? Q: What won the Sandlapper and A:We the Outback meets, which
sarah yergin staff writer For junior Sarah Lee, pole vaulting has been her passion since she was 14. It first stemmed from her participation in track, which she joined in sixth grade. After doing this along with hurdles and sprints, Lee and her mother recognized her
are pretty big.
are some of the changes in this year’s Q: What team? have 16 seniors on the A:We team -- the most we’ve had from years past. There’s a lot of leadership.
are your expectations for the rest of the season? Q: What a state championship A: Tofor win the first time since 2009. does it mean to the Q: What team, winning your first two meets? a lot confidenceA:Itwisemeans and seeing where we
are compared to other teams in the state, especially in the lower state.
are your strongest Q: What areas this year? more well-rounded A:We’re then we’ve ever been. We’ve got good young runners and competitors in distance, sprints, pole vault, discus and shot, etc.
have you changed your Q: How program to help improve and train your athletes? creating a program A:Really combining the coaching staff
with the girls and guys together in order to help each other out in specific events, which is allowing us to get better at every event rather then just one or two.
-- compiled by caroline rothkopf
strength and decided to put it to use in pole vaulting. Now she is tied for first place in the nation. “[At first] I thought anyone who tried it was crazy and that no one should do it because it was terrifying, but I fell in love with it,” she said, “and it was a lot of fun after I did it a few times.” Though she practices on her own some of the time, much of the time she is with a group. “I did it with Mt. Pleasant [Track Club] and did that for my first three years and then started Wando in seventh grade and vaulted in eighth grade,” she said. According to Lee, she owes much of her success so far to her mother. “My mom actually got me to start. I told her when I started track that I didn’t want to [pole vault], but she said that I needed to at least try it...,” she said. “[Now] she keeps me going and when I want to quit sometimes, she’s like ‘no, just keep going, it’s worth it.’” As she progressed in her field, she continued to surprise herself with her growing success. “This past summer I tied for first place at the USATF Junior Olympics and I got second on misses because the girl that won had one less miss than I did,” she said. “I’ve been second at state two years in a row, region champion two years in a row, [and] set a region record.” As Lee excelled, her plans for the future started to change. “When I first started, I thought I’d do it for fun, just do it to kind of do something
and say I pole vaulted...” she said. “[Now] my goal is to go to the Olympics someday.” While this goal is a big one, she is constantly working to achieve it. “Right now [I practice] every day except Sunday and then during the summer it’s usually about five days a week,” she said. “Sometimes I just kinda want to have a day off, but to get to where I want to go it’s worth it.” Like many successful athletes, Lee has her own methods of preparing for competitions and meets. “I visualize a lot -- I go through my jump in my head, I get psyched up, you know, listen to music and just kind of try and relax,” she said. And while this works for her, there are some negative points. “It’s definitely a mental game, like I have to psych myself out, and then I get too psyched out so I kind of scare myself because, I mean, I’m running with a big pole at a still object,” she said. “It’s kind of crazy, but you got to be crazy to do it, and sometimes I’m not.” Despite Lee’s many accomplishments, she said being a part of a team is her greatest so far. “Being able to push everyone on, it’s an honor. Like, yeah, I’m going to do well but it’s also great to be able to see my teams do well so that’s a good
ALL PHOTOS BY JODI LEE // staff
coach kevin shiver
lee looks to take passion to the next level of competition
achievement,” she said. Just as she pushes on her teammates, Lee also has many people motivating her. For one, she has her friends from school. “They’re always over there cheering me on and telling me that I can do it and just always supportive,” she said. She also has her parents’ support at all times. “If I have a practice or if I have a meet somewhere during the summer,” she said, “they’ll drive me to it or they’ll fly my poles somewhere.” Overall, Lee is extremely dedicated to her sport. “Not many people get to do it -- I mean, you’re flying. It’s kind of hard [but] I’m just happy that I get to run and pole vault which not many people get to do,” Lee said. “[And] I don’t give up. I mean sometimes if I want to give up, I just have to keep telling myself ‘when you have a goal, you need to get there’ and I’m gonna get there.” Above, junior Sarah Lee pole vaults at the Mellow Mushroom Relays at the Wando Track March 16. Left, Lee lines up on the blocks as she waits for her leg in the shuttle hurdle relay.
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sharing a passion for the court dedicated athletes, twins play vital role on tennis team gabriella tilley staff writer Practicing their swing together, cheering each other on and competing against each other. For sophomores Robert and Andrew DaCosta, that is a part of every tennis practice and tournament. “We are really competitive towards each other because it is a single sport,” Robert said. “We are always fighting to get better.” Playing tennis has been a passion shared by the DaCosta twins since starting the sport in Portugal at age five. The boys haven’t put down a tennis racket since. “Our parents played and there was a club in Portugal, and so we played there and took lessons,” Andrew said. After moving to America in 2002 the boys noticed that in Portugal, tennis is less popular than it is here because of how many people play soccer there. “Playing here [America] we got really competitive,” Andrew said. “We started to travel a lot playing tennis and we definitely started to practice more.” Andrew and Robert began playing tennis for Wando in eighth grade, but they say it was more for fun than anything. They enjoyed competing against kids their own age and also enjoyed the feeling of being part of a team.
(Left) Sophomores Robert and Andrew DaCosta hit separate tennis balls while practicing.The twins play number one and number two seed on the boys’ tennis team.
In addition to competing in tennis, Andrew runs cross country and Robert swims for the swim team. Though they participated in other sports, tennis was not put on hold. “I played a lot of tennis when I swam,” Andrew said. “I would come home and practice tennis after school.” For Robert, running cross country and tennis was a bit more challenging because he had practice after school and would only be able to play tennis on the weekends. The DaCosta twins both agree that tennis has taught them valuable lessons about working hard and the feeling of accomplishment you get when you achieve
your goals. “It [tennis] really helps us work towards things and give us a goal to work towards,” Andrew said. “It has helped us by making us hard workers because we know that we have to work hard to get where we want to be.” Working hard every day is not always easy for the twins, though. They struggle with the constant practicing and occasionally feel defeated, sometimes thinking it would just be easier if they quit. “I was about to quit,” Robert said, “When I did running, I realized I was really good at running, but then I realized I couldn’t see myself not playing tennis.”
Their amount of motivation and determination is what sets Andrew and Robert apart from their competition and definitely what helped them earn their place as first and second seed. “These boys work hard every practice and match,” Coach Winde Ellenberg said. “They put their heart into this sport, and that’s what makes them so good.” Tennis will forever be a part of Andrew and Robert’s life, which is exactly what they want. “Tennis is what defines us,” Robert said. “We have lived our life playing tennis, and I don’t see us doing anything else in the future.”
speaking of sports: out of the final 16 teams, who would you like to see win?
“Ohio State because they have a good offense.”
“Duke, if Carolina can’t win, keep it in the state.”
“Miami because they are really experienced and talented.”
“Indiana because their point guard and defense is good.”
“Florida Gulf Coast University because dunk city.”
freshman zach bauer
sophomore mac leland
teacher quinton hollis
junior cesar alban
senior erin dunahoe
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sophomore monea akinjoby Set the school’s track record with her 4x1 relay team on March 16 at the Mellow Mushroom Relays.
junior angelica collins
junior sarah lee Set the school’s track record with her 4x1 relay team. Talking about her 4 x1 team, Lee said, “We are definitely a close knit group and we are really motivated.”
senior aaron brown
Signed to play basketball with Erskine College on March 13. He will be signing at “the table” on April 15.
senior hampton harvin Set the school’s track record in high jump. “All my hard work has paid off because two years ago I jumped a 5’4”,” he said, “and have grown to jump a 6’8 this year.”
family circle cup offers junior a glimpse of life with the pros jack drennan
staff writer She rises early on weekends to train for an event that’s a few months away. When the time comes, she has to focus her mind, agility and eyesight. One mistake, and a wave of laughter from the stands will wash over her. She stands among her idols. On the edge of the court, she anticipates when a ball will either stray off course or is hit to her. And when that moment comes, junior Emily Kuester does not hesitate to let those around her know that she has been made an official ball girl for the Family Circle Cup -- held in Daniel Island April 2-7 -- for a reason. Kuester, who began playing tennis around age 7, enjoys watching professional tennis. “I’ve been on ball crew for five years now,” Kuester said, who is on the varsity tennis team and runs track for Wando. Having been to the Family Circle Cup numerous times, Kuester became interested in the ball crew, and she is currently on her sixth year of serving as a ball girl, having started practice in February. Her mother, Melissa Fields, said it’s a good learning experience. “I was really proud of her. It’s kind of like having a job. It’s a big responsibility,” Mrs. Fields said. “I think it’s a great opportunity for younger children to have a real responsibility. It helps them to learn the rules of tennis, and eyes are always on them.” After spending weekends waking up early to practice for long hours of the day, Kuester and the rest of the ball crew are placed on specific matches for the Family Circle Cup. “They choose most people, but then only the good people go on later in the week. Almost everyone gets a chance to do the qualifying matches,” Kuester said. “Only people who have been on ball crew for two or more years get to work on finals.” When the day of the match comes, Kuester and the other members on ball crew spend time preparing for the matches. “You get there pretty early before
Junior Emily Kuester, playing tennis since she was a little girl, is interested in professional tennis. She is serving again as a ball girl for the Family Circle Cup at Daniel Island April 2-7.
anyone else is there and set up. They give you a schedule, and you just have to report to those matches. You’re on for one set at a time. When you’re off, you get to watch the matches,” she said. Being a member of ball crew comes with many responsibilities for Kuester as well as her parents. “We have to pay attention, and the players expect you to know what you’re doing. They don’t want to have to say anything to you. You have to be responsible by showing up on time,” Kuester said. Mrs. Fields did what was needed to help Emily with the responsibilities of ball crew. “It was physically hard for her and a little for me to drive all the way out to Daniel Island, but she wanted to do it,” she said. “It was also hard for her to get up the next morning, go home and come back to do it again. Plus, you’re not there to make sure she’s eating and has sunscreen on and stuff like that.” Ball crew members have special perks that allow them to chat with players and other important figures in the world of tennis. “I’ve talked to Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Billie Jean King, and last year I got to hug Venus and Serena Williams, and they’re my favorite tennis players in the whole world,” Kuester said. There are moments where ball crew members are subjected to stress from the crowd, as well as the players. “Last year,
COURTESY OF EMILY KUESTER
Set the school’s track record with her 4x1 relay team. “We worked hard to win,” she said. “We knew we could beat it so we went at it.”
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Venus Williams got mad at me because I was really tired and I wasn’t playing attention,” Kuester said. “I didn’t give her a ball or towel when she wanted one. It was just not a good match. She was kind of like, ‘Hello?’ It was embarrassing because people in the stands were laughing.” Mrs. Fields said she watches matches in the stands whenever she can. Even Kuester’s grandparents in Germany will watch a televised match to see if they can spot their granddaughter. At the end of the tournament, Kuester reflects on how being on ball crew affected her. “I know most of the people there. I have friends that I only see during that week,” she said. “It’s really fun, and it’s a great experience.”
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mitch winkler, page 2 & 3 editor This is it, the moment I’ve been waiting for. I have flown several hundred miles and walked several couple of blocks just for this. 513 W 54th St, New York, an unassuming double door marked with the words “Colbert Report.” I trade my tasteless paper white ticket for a laminated patriotic red piece of paper with the “Colbert Report” faded from years of stuff. I walk through a metal detector, just in case I am packing heat. There are a bunch of paintings of Stephen Colbert everywhere; I pose, and pictures are taken. Slowly more and more people start to file into the room -- some with blue cards, others with red. They show old Colbert clips in the holding pen. I laugh heartily. Pretty soon, though, I am pinned up against the door to filming. Then they open the flipping door; a few random blues, who vastly outnumber the reds, enter first, then come the reds. We file in, and they take my red card. The studio is smaller than I thought it would be, and it doesn’t look like it is attached to any other studio. It’s dimly light, and manufactured fog hangs in the air. A jacketed usher shows us our seats… SECOND ROW SEATS! “Oh word,” I say to my dad. Word indeed. They have a warm-up comedian; he is quite funny. They coach us on how to laugh. It is great, I am great, but not the greatest -- that is my dad. Later when I get home, we can hear my dad laugh on TV, but that’s later, this is now. And right now, Stephen is about to come out and take some questions. He runs out, dishes some high fives to the front rowers before he starts taking questions. I lift my hand and he hails. I tell him I am from Charleston. “I am too!” he says. Then I ask some dumb question about what he thinks his sister’s chances of winning this election in South Carolina. “Very good,” he says. I tell him it is my birthday and I have just turned 18. “You can vote, mother trucker!” he yells. It’s the best thing somebody has ever told me.
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Despite changes in society over the last 40 years, some people still react negatively to interracial relationships.
a different kind of normal prejudices do not stop girl’s relationship COLUMN BY
madi brandli, staff writer “Why is that girl holding hands with that black boy?” Her accent was thick from the South. And her words cut my ears and heart like razors. My head whipped around to face hers. An older woman, with short reddish hair and big sunglasses covering the apparent scowl in her wrinkled eyes. She caught my glance for a quick moment before disappearing into the Pottery Barn on the corner of King and George Street. I felt CJ’s thumb rub the back of my hand, making it seem like he was trying to console me from the wickedness I had just witnessed. But no -- he was too distracted by my six-year-old cousin he was carrying in his left arm. I then looked at my 10-year-old cousin holding my right hand -- fearing she had heard it too. But her face was the same. Staring forward at the busy streets of downtown Charleston.
My mind tried to put it away, but the words seemed to follow us down the street. You’d think I’d be used to it by now. The comments. The weird looks. The way people refer to him as “Black CJ” instead of CJ Raybon. Another one of his friends is named CJ. I’ve never heard him called “White CJ.” There’s a certain sense of pride I’ve gained when people ask me if I’m the girl dating “Black CJ.” “His name is CJ…not black CJ” is my typical response. It took some time, though. As hard as it is for me to admit, towards the beginning, I couldn’t handle the things people were saying. I couldn’t believe the nicknames people were already calling me. I had no idea the audacity some people had to look me in the eye and call me the most harshly racist and creative word they could come up with. Some people are good at hiding it. They see a picture of us, and they smile the wait- are- you- serious- smile. As if I’m kidding? They may not say anything, but the look in their eyes is enough to make my stomach flip, to make me want to give them a piece of my mind. I ran into an old friend of mine while I was out shopping one day. We spent a few
minutes catching up, and of course it only took a couple of minutes before she followed the script and asked me: is it true you’re dating a black guy? Her tone was not necessarily condescending, so I was hoping to avoid the arrogant looks that followed my answer. But her response stopped my hopes in their tracks. “Oh my goodness… I think my parents would ground me if I brought him home!” My initial response was to call her a racist pig and walk away. But like a good girl, I held my tongue, and pasted my bless-your-heart smile to my face with no words attached. Our parents were more than happy when they found out that we were in a relationship. No second thought was even needed, which in itself was really all that counted. I know I am not the first to go through these struggles. And I surely will not be the last. Eventually, people will realize their insolent and offensive remarks are only a waste of breath. So in response to the charming lady downtown…Yes, I am holding his hand. And nothing you have to say is ever going to make me let it go.
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This year, over 200 kids received a letter from the Charleston County School District that could change their lives forJodi Lee Taylor Foxworth ever. Jade Young Maddie Bailey The Elementary and Secondary EduJimmy Masalin Emily Cappelmann cation Act Wavier – a waiver requested Angelica Collins Molly Long by the state to change requirements of No Child Left Behind status-- made eight out Anneliese Waters Wesley Maszk of 15 schools no longer considered failKishan Patel Albert Lee ing. Students living in areas with schools Waring Hills Caroline Kornegay deemed no longer failing have been reKatherine Poulnot Lauren Hutto quested to leave Wando and return to their Kaleb Partilla David Grant home schools. This only Austin Nutt Virginia Gilliam applies to rising freshmen; Laurel McKay Anna Crawford students already attending Nick McDonald Amelia Beilke Wando from outside the district lines may Tamela Watkins Adviser continue to go to the school. The Tribal Tribune is published by the newspaper The problem for those students, howstaff at Wando High School, 1000 Warrior Way, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29466. ever, is that buses will no longer be giving Advertising rates are available upon request by calling 843-849-2830, ext. 23903 or emailing them a ride. email@example.com. Without transportation, many stuThe Tribal Tribune has been established as an dents will not be able to return to Wando open forum for student expressions as outlined by the Student Press Law Center. The Tribal Tri- next year. The bus was not only a convebune accepts only signed letters to the editor. We reserve the right to edit for space and style nience, but in many cases, a necessity. as well as to select which to run. The Tribal pubStudents who might be entering their lishes 10 times a year. The Tribal Tribune mainsenior year may not be able to claim Wando tains memberships in South Carolina Scholastic Press Association, Southern Interscholastic Press as their alma mater. Association, Columbia Scholastic Press AssociaStudents who have planned their next tion and National Scholastic Press Association. three years at Wando may now have to start
anew, without the variety and flexibility of our program. Students who found a home at Wando will no longer walk the hallways, glad to be given the privilege of learning at one of the state’s best high schools. Help is needed and help is asked for. Through the cooperation of our students and the staff, their call can be answered. We are without several resources, the most prevalent being capital. To make up for the shortfall, we need to call upon student organizations to invest their time and efforts into creating a program that will organize a carpool for kids who still want to attend Wando. Several factors must be addressed for the creation of such a grandiose arrangement: students from these areas who have a ride to or from school must be found and asked to carpool with students who live close by. Another viable option would be the use of CARTA buses. Student passes are $70 for six months for unlimited use of the bus system, while regular bus fare can range from $1.75 to $3.00 per ride. But even at a discounted price, this price is still a lot to pay for struggling fami-
We propose a system of sponsorships, where any family or person willing to support a student can pay for a student CARTA pass. This would provide the student with safe and available transportation to and from school. It’s a combined effort that needs to be made for the sake of our fellow students in order to secure a better future with more opportunities. The stance we need to take is not only to provide transportation and aid to those who would like to continue their education at Wando, but also encouraging a more understanding and compassionate populace, responding to the needs of others and working towards a common goal. The gradual influx of students into previously failing schools will, in the long run, improve their system, but for now this waiver strips away the opportunity returning students have to continue their education in an advanced, long-standing, nationally- recognized school. It is a moral obligation we have to these students that guide us towards creating a system of support for the outstretched hands in need of our help.
march 28, 2013 » TAYLOR FOXWORTHY // staff
BRIA GRAHAM //
Sophomore Gabrielle Milton and freshman Emma Santor show off their freshly-dyed hands after finishing the 5k run March 23. Right, partipants throw color cornstarch in the air in celebration.
TAYLOR FOXWORTH // staff
Junior West Mozingo and sophomores Leigh Crutchfield and Harry Meagher catch their breath after finishing the race. They show off the items that came with their registration packet, including the sunglasses, a RAD tattoo and race bibs.
It wasn’t just excitement that filled the air at the Color Me Rad 5K -- color, in the form of neon cornstarch, floated like clouds around the some 8,000 runners and walkers who participated in the race March 23 at Ladson Exchange Park. Participants started the race by dressing in all-white garments and then were periodically pelted by color at five different color stations. The colorizing was done the old-fashioned way -- hand-thrown fistfuls of powder courtesy of volunteers -- landing directly onto passing runners. At the end of the race, color infused into participants’ clothes, hair and skin -- resulting in ROYGBIVmania across the sea of chromatic people. The Color Me Rad 5k is a recent phenomenon that has swept the nation, hosting runs in over 100 cities across America. This was the debut of the race in Charleston. -- georgia barfield