THE RED DEVIL REVIEW November 2010 Volume 1, Issue 3
Erie High Charter School 1400 N. Main Erie, KS. 66733
Our mission is to provide the students of Erie High Charter School a voice in the school and community. We pledge to always provide the news and events with unbiased, professional writing. The opinions, issues, or articles published shall not be construed as those representing the staff or administration of USD 101. The contents of The Red Devil Review are the responsibility of the staff.
Katie Shultz shows her spirit On this spirit day, students were divided up by class and asked to wear their class color.
IN THIS ISSUE
Thankful on Thanksgiving
Dirt Track Racing
Veterans Day Assembly
Local Business Spotlight
Things to be thankful for on Thanksgiving
By Samantha Hodgden Thanksgiving is a time of great celebration with your family. It is a time when you can give thanks for everything you have and thank everyone for everything they have done for you over the years. This is a wonderful time to not have to worry about giving your family gifts but just a time where you can sit with loved ones and enjoy each other. For this article, I’m going to pick the top ten things that you can consider to be thankful for. Your health. Maybe you’re feeling better than you have in months, or maybe you are recovering from a surgery. Just being alive and being with your friends and family feeling good should make a wonderful thing to be thankful for. Facebook and other modern technological conveniences are another thing to be thankful for. Being able to keep up with your family and friends and enjoy talking with everyone no matter where you are is a great thing. There are so many opportunities to talk to loved ones and just have fun. Having indoor plumbing is a great thing to be thankful for. Having electricity to see and do your everyday life.
Having clean water to brush your teeth and hot water to take nice showers. Be thankful for your freedom to have your own thoughts. It’s important to be able to think about what you want to wear or eat. Also who you love and want to marry. Being able to have a house hold pet is one great thing to be thankful for. How wonderful is it to come home to someone who is so excited to see you and will love you each day no matter what? The great outdoors is also something good to be thankful for. Being able to go outside and get fresh air, look at a beautiful grassy area, or maybe even a lake or pond. Be thankful for being able to drive a car. How bad would it be to have to ride a horse or walk to school every single day in the rain, snow, or just hot weather. Movies are a great thing to be thankful for. I love being able to sit down and unwind by watching a funny movie. Having good food is something to be thankful for too. It’s so amazing to be able to go and enjoy a good meal with friends and family. And finally the most important thing to be thankful for is your family. There is no way you could be who you are today without them. I think it is very important for you to step back on Thanksgiving and think about all the things you are thankful for. Make sure you tell people that you are thankful for what they have done for you . This is the best time of the year to let everyone know that you do appreciate what they have done for you over the years and years to come. Happy Thanksgiving.
New Teachers at Erie Charter High School
By: Shaun Blackburn
Bio: Brad Heard Graduated from Oklahoma State University. He has a degree in Agriculture Education and Animal Science. He has a couple of teaching years under his belt, but before he was teaching, he was a banker and a hog farm manager. He has taught at Field Kindley High in Coffeyville Kansas for one year and McCurtain High in McCurtain Oklahoma for also a year. Why EHS: I like the new school and the community is great. Why Teach Ag: I really like the field and I was inspired by my Ag teacher the most throughout high school.
Bio: Tim Endicott Graduated from Fortscott Community College and continued his education at Pitt State University, with a Bachelor degree in Science and Mathematics. He has ten years of teaching experience. He taught at Jayhawk Linn in Mound City, Kansas for eight years and he also taught at Humboldt High in Humbodlt, Kansas for one year and Garnett High in Garnett, Kansas also for one year. Why EHS: I liked the new school and the community. Why Teach Math: It is a subject that I have always liked and have been good at.
Ron Williams Bio: Ron Williams attended University of Missouri for two years and then transfered to University of Missouri-Kansas City with a Bachelor degree in Secondary Education (English). Why EHS: I moved to Chanute because my wife was hired at the ANW Co-op. and I was fortunate enough to find work here at EHS. I also like the curriculum at EHS. Why Teach English: It is my strongest subject and I love to read. I was inspired by my fatherâ€™s work ethics and my teachers and coaches to become a teacher myself.
A Better Bowl - Star Lanes By: Jennifer Wilson
Chuck and Christi Wilson own the bowling alley here in Erie. This past summer they started remodeling and have successfully revived Star Lanes. Among the many improvements, it went from having tella-scores to automatic scoring, which seems to bring more business in already because patrons donâ€™t have to keep their own score; they can bowl and have fun with their friends. The Erie Bowling Alley was one of the bowling allies in the area left with the old tella-scores, so it was time for a change. Another improvement was that the old tan and orange chairs were removed and new white tables and chairs were installed. New flooring was installed down by the approach. An electrician
was hired all the way from Oklahoma to come in and re-wire all the machines in the back and he fixed everything that needed to be fixed or adjusted on the machines. The gutters, walls, and the bathrooms were all re-painted and touched up on places that needed it. A ramp was installed down on the left side of the bowling approach so that handicap patrons can also bowl. All of the balls were taken out of the pro-shop area and the lockers were moved to put all new flooring and carpet down. The pro-shop is all-around better because everything is more accessible now due to the store layout being changed. If you are looking for something fun to do for the whole family, check out Star Lanes.
FCCLA at Erie High Charter School Mrs. Stephens was interviewed and offered the following information about FCCLA:
By: Taylor Beery
FCCLA is a club offered here at Erie High School that uses leadership and community service. This club is one that focuses on families, careers and the community. This year the club is small; it has only five members and one advisor. FCCLA attendes district conferences and also competes in district, state, and national events. This year FCCLA chose to donate money to Children’s Miracle Network (CMN). On November 2, 2010 Erie FCCLA members attended their first district conference. This years theme was, “Let’s Take Leadership to Infinity and Beyond.” At the district conference, they did a variety of things including leadership activities, listening to guest speakers, and they even had a break with cookies and juice! It is very fun to go to district conferences because all of the activities that they do are fun and great learning experiences. Also, you get to know other FCCLA members and their advisors from other schools. Erie was nominated and given an award for being exemplary in FCCLA activities and for their involvement in FCCLA events. Erie High School was proud to have been selected to receive the award. After the FCCLA district conference had come to a close, the organization went to go eat at Yummy in Pittsburg.
What is FCCLA? “FCCLA stands for Family,Career, and Community Leaders of America. It is the career and technical organization associated with family and consumer science classes,and culinary arts. Its the on CTO that has family as a focus.” What are some of the things you do in FCCLA? “Besides monthly meetings we work on several community service projects during the year. We participate in district,state,and sometimes national events, learn leadership and and practice skills we learn in various national programs." What type of community service projects have you done?
There is only one catch to being in FCCLA, and that is you need to have taken or are currently taking a FACS class (Family and Consumer Science). That is all you need to to be accepted into FCCLA. The advisor is Mrs. Stephens; the President this year is Jordan Houghton; the Vice President in Christian Cornett; the Secretary/Treasurer is Dana Houghton; the Historian Reporter is Taylor Beery; and the District Representative is Kylie Caldwell.
"Our chapter currently has raised money for a family that had a home fire. We also have donated money to Children's Miracle Network (CMN). We will be adopting a family at christmas time through the local church's christmas basket program. In the past we have done things like painted the playground equipment at the local park. We made pillows for the Neosho Memorial Hospital in Chanute and helped with the blood mobil." n o t r o N i r o T
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-He drives a Cummings -He’s NOT small -He’s always getting in trouble - He worked at SEK Genetics over the summer
Guess Who? 
-She always wears cowboy boots -Her brother drives a VERY ANNOYING loud truck -She likes to drive in mud runs -She’s always with Tyler Vincent
Veterans Day 2010 at Erie Charter High School
By: Rachel Blackburn
Veterans Day 2010 went really well this year and there was a terrific turnout. Every year Erie High School, as well as many others, have a Veterans Day assembly to honor anyone and everyone who has ever served in the U.S. Military. It has become a tradition and a very known day at Erie High. Student and Faculty get together a couple weeks before Veterans Day and pull together an amazing day for our vets. They make a powerpoint that has information of veterans in our area, followed by their rank,class, and any awards. The students become a part of this great day by setting
up the assembly and by being escorts to the veterans. Our veterans also get a certificate with their names on it and signed by one of the teachers at Erie High. After they have thanked every vet individually, they then are escorted out to their cars or can choose to stay around in the facility and talk to former friends or meet new ones. It’s a great day to see people you haven’t seen in a while and it is nice to be able to thank them for their duty to our country. Erie High School has a group called The Vets(Volunteers Eager to Service) which are students and Faculty members Mrs. Stark organizes to put Veterans Day together and serve around the community. Faculty and students enjoy doing this, even though it is a lot of hard work and effort. Veterans Day is a day that will always be remembered across the world as a day of life and peace; a day to be thankful for returning soldiers and ones still serving
What is bullying and when does it happen? As we all know, bullying happens everywhere but we also know one of the most common places is in schools. Some of you may think what exactly is bullying? Bullying is a form of abuse consisting of three basic types emotional, verbal and physical abuse. Bullying is unwelcome behavior including name calling, exclusion, isolation, being singled out and treated differently, being shouted at, humiliated and more.
today. It’s a great day to remember everything of the past and look forward to the future. Erie High School will follow this tradition for many years to come.
Thirty-two percent of parents fear for their child’s physical safety when the child is at school. 87% of students said shootings are motivated by a desire to “get back at those who have hurt them.” Bullying statistics shows that those who bully and are bullied appear to be at the greatest risk of experiencing the following: loneliness; trouble making friends; lack of success in school; and involvement in problem behaviors such as smoking and drinking.
By: Taylor Beery
So why do people bully? The purpose is to hide inadequacy. What bullies fear the most is being called to account for their behavior and its consequences. So how can you identify a bully? A bully is a person who never learned to take responsibility for their behavior. They also do not want to know any other way to behave. Verbal bullying is when the bully uses name calling and is harassing or taunting someone in a way that is verbal. Physical bullying is when the bully is bullying someone in a physical way such as pushing them down, or into lockers, or even just beating them up on the playground. Bullying is happening in schools all around, and some schools are not taking it as seriously as they should. Bullying can have many effects on the people being bullied. Many kids develop eating disorders and even commit suicide. I believe bullying needs to be stopped in schools all around starting with ours. Bullying may not be as bad in our school but if it’s there, it needs to be stopped and I think that now would be a good time to do that. Just take a look at these national statistics and see how bad bullying is in schools in the United States.
Harassment and bullying have been linked to 75 percent of school-shooting incidents. Now with knowing some of these “National Statistics” I took up a survey at Erie High School just to see how much bullying is really going on in our school, So below is a chart of the statistics for our school. Please join me in the fight to stop bullying in our schools. Erie High School Bullying Statistics Students were asked to respond to a survey that asked them at what age they felt that they had been bullied. The following pie graph shows the results:
Grade School Middle School High School Has Bullied Others
Local Business Spotlight - Carol’s Plants and Gifts
Three Generations: Carol, Cindy, and Chelsey
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Cindy took over the shop January 1st, 1999, when Carol retired. “Well I figured I would since I worked here since my Sophomore year in high school and I really didn’t have a passion for anything else. I did By: Ronnie Pontious think about music for a while, but I changed my mind. This was also the In this small little town of place where Chelsey’s father asked Erie, people need special stores to me out. He gave flowers to the flower make life a little bit easier. These girl,” she said with a laugh. could include the grocery store for I also interviewed my friend, example, or a medicine shop, or a Chelsey Friedrich, who has worked clinic. But every town or city needs a there as long as I can remember. She flower shop to handle birthdays, prepares flowers, cleans, restocks, weddings, or quick stop before you delivers, and anything else her Ma go home on your anniversary. That’s and Grandma tell her to do. “ We hate why Carol’s Plants and Gifts is in the it when it gets time to prepare for spotlight on the Red Devil Review. Valentines Day. If you think your job I bet you wonder why the is hard, then just come down here and store is named Carol’s when a woman de-thorn up to 700 or more roses, then named Cindy Friedrich owns and runs you’ll stop complaining,” Chelsey the store. That’s because the store was told me as she was loading boxes. named after Cindy Friedrichs mother, These little women turn into Carol Harris. Carol opened Carol’s flower and gift making machines on Plants and Gifts back in 1978 on other big events like weddings, Main St. “ I was running out of room birthdays, and funerals. “Just don’t in my little green house back at bother us if you see the light on here home,” she told me while sitting in and it’s after midnight,” Chelsey said the next door shop called White’s while giving a face to her Ma and Electric and Plumbing, which is also Grandma. owned by family, “so I decided to If you ever need any special open up the shop and sell flowers. It gifts made for your special someone, was something I loved to do and it or a quick flower or two for your brought food to the dinner table so special date or event, go to Carol’s why not? And obviously I made the Plants and Gifts; you won’t be right choice.” She said while looking disappointed. at her daughter. 
something ACCIDENTALLY happens to them.
By: Leroy Thomas
What is the supernatural? Is there really supernatural forces that we can’t explain? The supernatural is a plague that starts with a whisper and manifests into the minds of all with the unquenchable thirst for the unknown in our world. The supernatural is not just about ghosts, it goes far beyond such quarters and enters the realm of the living as well. For instance, the Ouija board or talking board, is mostly known for a foul attempt to communicate with the dead. I personally do not believe in the powers of the Ouija board; I see it as a block of wood with no other purpose but to be used to play or have a good scare. However, this is not true for everyone as you shall see in these results:
Matthea Hendrickson: “Tarot cards. I see them as something to look at just for fun. I don’t believe in them. They are always good for a laugh just like fortune cookies and horoscopes. They’re just good for a laugh. They don’t really relate to you in any way. So don’t worry about it and take them seriously.” Josh Goodwin: “I believe tarrot cards are fake. I think it’s just some stupid scam so people can tell you what you want to hear for money.”
Abigail Daniels: “I believe Ouija boards work, but I live in a haunted house and I refuse to allow anyone in the house. Because the Ouija board is a communication device, it allows the dead to appear in a way; It’s like a portal. It could bring in outside, evil spirits. Matthea Hendrickson: “I believe that the Ouija board is a piece of wood that invites in demons. It’s just the fact that the person using it is obviously asking for trouble. Although I still think that it’s just a piece of wood.” Josh Goodwin: “I don’t believe when people use the Ouija board that you are actually communicating with the dead. I believe that in most cases it’s a prank or a trick, however in some rare cases I believe there is some type of paranormal phenomenon playing tricks on you.”
Abigail Daniels: “It happens through your thought process. We are creatures of habit. We do the same thing over and over, and if you have a mind, you’ll notice that this is the same and some people know danger is coming up, but if it happens it’s probably habit for you or the person that’s doing it.” Matthea Hendrickson: “Like Leroy, I have a feeling of Deja Vu. It’s usually not anything bad for me though. I usually feel like as if I have been somewhere before, but I feel that it’s mainly the fact that I have an over‐creative mind that can come up with situations that could really happen to me.”
There you have it, and far be it for me to say these people are wrong, but the mind is a terrible thing to waste. Tarot cards, another supernatural phenomenon, supposedly have the ability to predict the future. To believe in tarot cards would be the same as believing in the fortune cookie; it’s never real and leaves you with a bad aftertaste. The tarot cards are one of the tools in a fortune tellers bag of tricks to scam you of your mind and money. As I said before, my opinion may not be the same as others, so let’s find out how much money the fortune tellers are going to get. Abigail Daniels: “mmmmm Tarot cards... Hard to say. I had relatives who could read em but. I think what happens is the card is read and your mind thinks about it so much it might actually happen. Like the card of death. People worry and sulk and think about it and there so nervous that there thoughtless and
One thing in a particular area of interest to me in many of ways that cannot be explained in simple words, but in the idea of signs and warnings if you will is the idea of Deja Vu: the strange reoccurrence of an event that one feels has been through before. Can you see Deja Vu to be more than just a feeling, but a warning to rearrange the event for more pleasant results or a warning of danger ahead? I personally have suffered from Deja Vu more times then I would want to acquire in ones daily life. In each occurrence of Deja Vu I have, I feel as if I am meant to change something or prevent a bad situation. Is this a sense of paranoia I may have acquired as result of constant Deja Vu?I may not know, but I will search for others with this illusion.
Josh Goodwin: “Deja Vu. I’ve experienced this several times. I believe it is a true phenomenon that occurs on certain occasions. Deja Vu seems more of a mental phenomenon than a supernatural one. People forget about their dreams and experiences all of the time, it could possibly be someone reliving what they’ve already experienced. As once said, ‘history is bound to repeat itself’.” This will conclude my thoughts of the supernatural for now, I see no reason to spread my delusional thoughts of the teenage mind, but I will leave you with this final thought. You may never know what you believe to be true until its too late to whisper to another’s ear.
FACES AND PLACES OF EHS
Holiday Plague celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, however now Easter seems to be about a hide and go seek game with eggs. Thanksgiving, the holiday of thankfulness and gratitude, now is a day to stuff your face with food and fill your bellies. It seems that the holidays no longer have their sentimental value. The holidays have changed into what can I get or what do I want, instead of thinking of anyone else but yourself. It also seems that holidays have become a big pay day for stores like Wal-Mart. What has happened to our culture that we would abandon the true meaning of the holidays for the cheap joy of receiving? There are only a few holidays out there in this day and age that still maintain their true value. An example of a survivor is Dia De Los Muertos or Day of the Dead. This holiday has remained true to one purpose and that purpose is to celebrate and honor friends and family who have passed. To me, this holiday has nothing to do with self-absorbed nonsense that other holidays have become. Bring back the meaning of the true holiday and celebrate the way it was intended.
By: Leroy Thomas
Do you hear that? The screams at my chamber door? Wait a second, that noise? So familiar, oh the unthankful ones at my chamber door? Wait, Do you hear that? The disturbing carolers at my chamber door. Do you feel the love that surrounds you at my chamber door? What is that hiding and hopping at my chamber door? What’s that loud banging destructive noise at my chamber door? What lays behind my chamber door? The holidays of shame lay behind my chamber door waiting to taint those who answer. The holidays we now have no longer exist in the way they were intended and should be. The old holidays have been twisted and contorted in such a way that the true meaning that once was is only spoken in whispers. The holidays were made for a purpose such as Christmas to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Now, the celebration is all the stuff you are going to receive. Easter is another holiday that has been twisted. It is intended to
Recycling is good By: Seth Emert
I think that recycling is a good thing simply because it cuts down on the waste that pollutes our beautiful Earth. It also preserves landfill space so that we can use it for other stuff. Recycling can control the amount of water pollution and it also can protect our wildlife. Recycling also helps to stop global warming by limiting green house gases. Recycling is very important because we need a healthy habitat for humans, animals, and the Earth. I don't know about you guys, but I think that global warming is real and I don't want to drown due to melted glaciers and ice caps so I do my part and
recycle. But not only that, the way we are going we will kill this Earth if we keep going like we are. Eventually we will kill the planet and the human species will be extinct. However, there is an easy solution for this. All you have to do is simply make a barrel for your recyclable trash and whenever it gets full take it to the recycling place; it’s that easily done. There are several places in our area to take recyclables: Erie high school recycles their paper wastes through Document Destruction in Erie, Kansas. In addition to paper waste, there are several local places that accept metal recyclables such as scrap iron and cars. I typically use Trotnic Iron or North End Used Cars to recycle metal. These places are conveniently located in Parsons, Kansas. Overall, recycling is a great way to keep the Earth clean and keep landfills to a minimum. If everyone took responsibility and sorted their recyclables and took them to their local recycling center, we would all have more pure air to breathe. If a cleaner Earth isn’t enough to persuade you, recycling can also provide financial benefits; you can get paid for scrap metals! Recycling is a great way to make our world a better place for every one and every plant and animal on this great planet.
High School Cliques at Erie High By: Chelsie Brinson
Students at Erie High School strongly believe that there are cliques in our school. I myself must disagree with this. There are many reasons I disagree with the students that say they do in fact exist and the reasons are: everyone talks to everyone, everyone hangs out with everyone (some more then others though) and everyone treats everyone else the same. My first reason for not believing there are no cliques in Erie High School is, everyone talks to every person in the school. Everyone in Erie High school has talked to every other student in the school even if it was for a minute or two. Yes, there are students who talk to other students more then others but that does not mean there are cliques. I know for sure that I myself, talk to everyone in this school when I can. Even my friends do this as well.
My second reason for believing there are not cliques in our high school is, everyone tries their hardest to hang out with everyone as much as they can. Studentâ€™s in the school try to hang out with other students as much as they can. However, most people just seem to hang out with their best friends more than others because they know them better. That is how I met my best friend; by hanging out with many students then hanging out with her more and more which led to us becoming closer. My last reason for believing there are not cliques in our school is, every student in the school treats everyone else the same. Whether it be their friends or someone in the school that the student knows but just barely, then they still treat them the same as they would if they have talked to them all day. The students in Erie High School joke around with everyone and they try to get everyone to join into something that is a group thing. These are some reasons that I believe there are not cliques in our school. Everyone hangs out with each other when ever they can. Students get along with everybody and talks to other students, and every student treats all the other students the way they would want to be treated.
New Opportunities at Erie High School Currently, the only foreign language class offered at EHS currently is Spanish; there isnâ€™t only Spanish and English speaking people in the United States. It would be useful to know another foreign language such as French, Chinese, Russian, or even Japanese. It could also be beneficial in getting a job after a student graduates from high school.
By: Jed Daniels
New school? Yes. New opportunities? No. Here at Erie High School, opportunities are limited. Many students agree that there should be more activities offered. For starters, open lunch. The students would be able to eat better food, get some free time outside of school, have time to hang out with friends, or simply relax.
NAP TIME!!! Some may not agree with this, but most students would strongly agree. Having a little power nap would make students work harder, due to the extra sleep!
Another option would be taxidermy. A large number of students hunt in this school. Taxidermy would teach the students how to stuff animals. It would save money because the students wouldnâ€™t have to take their animals to a taxidermist.
As of now, the only sports offered at EHS are football, track, softball, baseball, basketball, volleyball, and cross country. More sports opportunities would give the students more options and help keep them out of trouble. The high school should offer soccer, tennis, and rugby.
Along the lines of taxidermy, it would be great to offer the students a shooting/archery range. In order to keep it safe, only students who have taken a hunter safety class would be able to take part in this class.
More opportunities would help the students in many ways. I believe students would improve in their self esteem, grades, and it would ultimately keep them out of trouble.
Jack has a few cars that are his favorite and I will explain the difference between them: A Factory Stock race car has a steel body, not aluminum and basically the car has to remain in factory stock condition but not completely. There are rules to what you can and cannot do to a stock car. A Street Stock race car is similar to the Factory Stock car, but you can do a lot more to the motor and the frame. The BMod is like an A-Mod, but you can’t have a spoiler and you can’t do as much with the motor. The A-Mod is an all aluminum body and it can have a spoiler. The A-Mod and BMod are very similar. The Sportsman Late Model has all speck wheels, tires, motor, and chassis. The Sportsman Late Model is completely different from all the other models. As for the Outlaw Late Model, you can do whatever you want to it. There is no rule on the motor, tires, and traction control and it looks like the Sportsman Late Model. Jack’s Vintage has a fifty-five chevy body sitting on an American made late model frame. The biggest motor you can have in the Vintage is a 360 and there are no rules on soft tires.
History of a local dirt track driver
By: Chase Stich
Dirt track racing is a sport. It consists of racing on an oval dirt track. It began in the United States before World War I. Dirt track racing became very popular around the 1920s. Nearly all dirt tracks are oval, and are less than 1 mile in length. The joy of any race is getting to go fast without getting in trouble! Jack Simmons, a local dirt track race car driver, has been in the business of dirt track racing since the early 1980’s. His first actual race was July 1983. From that point, it took Jack two years to win his first race. Since the beginning of his racing career, Jack has won a total 725 races, totaling $500,000 in prize money. Even more impressive is the fact that Jack has won 42 track and series championships.
Jack began racing simply for the thrill, competition, money, and to go fast legally. Racing hasn’t always been about winnings for Jack. His least favorite thing would have to be, “getting wrecked by other drivers that don’t care!” On the up side, Jack’s favorite thing about racing is winning, hanging out with friends, and putting on show for the fans. Next racing season, come support our local area driver!
Over Jack’s racing career, he has raced a number of different cars including: Factory Stock, Street Stock, BMod, A-Mod, Sportsman Late Model, Outlaw Late Model, and Vintage. His favorite car to race would be his Vintage.
Concussions - recent tragedy and how to prevent them By: Kyle Engstrom
What is a concussion? A concussion is an immediate but reversible traumatic paralysis of the nervous function of the brain. Concussions are normally caused by a hard hit against the head. It is a form of head trauma that often involves loss of consciousness. This may be momentary or may last for several hours.
Recently, a tragedy occurred when a local high school football player died during a football game. Nathan Stiles, who was a 17 year old senior at Spring Hill High School, passed away after being injured during a recent football game. Spring Hill is located in Northeast Kansas. During the football game, Nathan Stiles was injured by a hard tackle. After the tackle, he ran to the sideline and not long after that collapsed. Two weeks before this game Nathan was diagnosed with a concussion. However, the doctor cleared him to play in the game against Osawatomie High School. This was a tragedy. Nathan was loved in the community. He was the homecoming king and he attended church every week. Nathan was a hard running back and a fierce linebacker. They don’t think that the concussion was the reason he passed. Nathan’s father believes that the reason had something to do with trauma. Regardless, he will be missed in the community. All students that attend Spring Hill High are signing Nathan’s locker to honor his memory.
What happens to the brain during a concussion? When your head undergoes a hard impact, the brain bumps into the interior of the skull where it is hit. This creates bruises on both sides of the brain, called coup and countercoup. the coup is where it was hit and the countercoup is on the opposite side of the hit. What can you do to prevent a concussion? Wearing a helmet would be the best way to prevent a concussion during football. If you are in a car accident, the best way you can prevent a concussion is by wearing a seat belt and using air bags. Concussions are a serious thing and you should never take them lightly.
By: Cassidy McCoy