Volume XC • Issue 10• April 9, 2010
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Mwami could appear on Oprah this spring
Jack Burden Sports Editor
Raku. Art students make raku art out of ceramic sculptures they created during an art workshop hosted by Lynn Hilton-Conyers. Photo by Rafiqa Haji
SCA elections for next years’ SCA will be held on April 19-23. Those interested in running for an SCA oﬃce should turn in forms by April 9 to 444. The Spanish Club is holding a dance on April 23 from 8-11 p.m. Get your tickets from a Spanish Club member! Prom will be held on May 8 from 8-12 p.m. This years’ theme is ‘When in Rome’. Get your tickets now and sign up for introductions in room 457. The SCA will be holding it’s spring blood drive on Friday May, 28. More information will be available soon - sign up in 444. AP exams will be held during the beginning of May from the 3-11. Good luck to all AP students!
Congratulations to the varsity softball team who has started out their season with a 3-0 winning record, beating Waynesboro, EMHS and Rockbridge. The outdoor track team will compete in the Turner Ashby Invitational tomorrow at Bridgewater College. The tennis teams will take on the Spotswood Trailblazers tonight. Girls will play at Spotswood at 4:30 and boys will play at home at 5:00. The varsity baseball team will take on the Flames of EMHS tonight at EMHS. The game will start at 4:00.
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Pink Panthers! Senior Doodie Grogg pumps up the crowd by showing off his cheerleading skills after being hypnotized by Tom Deluca (left). Photo by Phillip Bannister.
DeLuca mesmerizes crowd Tricia Comfort Editor-in-Chief
ypnotist Tom DeLuca had always been intrigued by the art of hypnosis, but it was not until one of his professors oﬀered to train him that he really got into it. DeLuca majored in psychology at the University of Illinois for both his undergraduate and graduate school. DeLuca performed for HHS for the ﬁrst time in 2007, but made his second appearance this year during the spring Renaissance Rally. He started his performance by asking for volunteers from the audience. Once he had his 20 volunteers, he began to hypnotize them, making them extremely relaxed.
Budget cuts depend on state, city David Proctor News Editor
mid what many are calling the worst economic meltdown since the Great Depression, it should come as no surprise that budget cuts are on the horizon yet again. Virginia’s estimated $1.35 billion budget deﬁcit has spread to every level of the state government—including schools. While the oﬃcial budget is yet to be handed down from the General Assembly, many are concerned that serious cuts are soon to come. Principal Irene Reynolds, however, feels optimistic about Harrisonburg’s budget. “I don’t see the budget cuts aﬀecting us at all academically.
Meagan Kelley Style Editor
Electives fair coverage State forensics competition SCA elections results Get to know your prom court members Excellence awards National Honors Society Induction ceremony Band trip to Disney World How did HHS students spend their Spring Break? Spring sports coverage Class ring orders taken for sophomores Scheduling for next year begins
Robotics team earns rookie award at A3 first competition
Finding your favorite flip flops and shoes A10
If we lose staﬀ and don’t replace them our class sizes may be a little larger, but there’s been no indication that they will not be replaced. That has never been in the conversation with Dr. Ford,” Reynolds said. Reynolds says that there is a sequence of things to be cut should it come to that. She says that although extracurricular activities could possibly be cut, she does not foresee anything drastic. “It’s possible teacher stipends for sponsoring a club could be cut, but not the actual club. It’s possible that teams play less games every season. That’s true for everything but varsity football because varsity football pays for itself and most other sports,” Reynolds said. Assistant Principal Michael Eye feels that Harrisonburg is in better shape than most other
schools. “I can’t really explain why but we’ve gotten the feeling that we’re in better shape than Rockingham County and the other counties. The impact just doesn’t seem as great here,” Eye said. Eye claims that the main focus of the school administration and central oﬃce is and always has been the students. “At this point, we’re focusing on making these cuts have a minimal eﬀect on students and the quality of education we provide,” Eye said. However, that is not to say that there will be no cuts. Most of the cuts, Reynolds and Eye agree, will fall on the teachers. “This is the second year in a row that teachers haven’t gotten a raise so that’s disappointing. However, I think we’re all
Spanish Club holds foosball tournament Diana Gutierrez Style Editor
hall. For euphonium, the entire audition takes place in a single room. There were four diﬀerent rooms for percussionists. The ﬁrst room was the snare drum room where participants do sight reading for snare drums. The second room was mallet percussion with the xylophone. Room three was the timpani room where sight-reading is also done and the fourth room is where those auditioning perform their prepared piece of music. The prepared piece is given to the students and is the same for each student auditioning. After auditioning, the students waited for a few hours before ﬁnding out whether they made it. This year is Stees’ ﬁrst year being an all-state band member. “I like being an all-state band member because few people are picked,” Stees said. “It’s cool to know that I’ll be playing with the best players in the state.”
To audition for all-state band, students must be in one of the top chairs for their instrument in the district. For percussion, 21 students total are chosen for the all-state band. Nine euphonium players are selected. Stees was not very conﬁdent about his audition. “I was kind of surprised that I made it,” Stees said. “I thought my audition went badly. I wasn’t extremely surprised, but I was surprised.” Being chosen as one of the top euphonium players in the state is an honor because of the small number who are chosen to be in the all-state band. Only nine euphonists are selected. “They take a lot [of players] of diﬀerent instruments, but not many euphonium players,” Stees said. After making all-state band, members spend 2½ days working with a clinician, hired by the state. see band, page a8
he Spanish club gets a lot of its recognition because of the large amount of members, soccer tournaments, dances and ﬁeld trips to places such as Orlando, Florida. This year the Spanish club is sponsoring a foosball tournament, an idea by liaison Rick Castaneda. “The foosball tournament is a way to get something organized, competitive and positive going,” Castaneda said. “I get to interact with the kids on a whole diﬀerent level.” Students and staﬀ are competing in the tournament for bragging rights and the ﬁrst three places get cash that is gathered from the entry fee. Spanish club members pay $1 and anyone else who wants to join pays $2. Anyone can join, as long as they enter with a partner. “I make a bracket based on my perception of how strong the team is,” Castaneda said. There is not a set time for the tournament to take place. Some teachers and students will compete after school or come in early before school starts. Junior Priscilla Harrison was partnered with junior Jake Johnson. They lost the ﬁrst round against Castaneda. “I’m pretty sure [Castaneda and his partner] seeded really high so it sucked because we looked really bad,” Harrison said, “Jake and I only scored twice out of two sets of ﬁve.” Harrison and Johnson switched positions, one would play oﬀense while the other played defense. They alternated in the second round in hopes of getting more points. Senior Stefan Peric was partnered up with English teacher David Loughran. Peric has played foosball all his life see foosball, page a8
Are classrooms a reflection of the first amendment B3
The Boys Dance team and Tom DeLuca highlight Renaissance Rally B10
see budget, page b6
Three students make all-state band enior Chanmee Lee, junior Ryan Stees, and freshman Ben DiNapoli, all members of the HHS band, were selected to be part of the all-state band. The students had to try out and be selected from hundreds of students to earn the distinction. DiNapoli is honored by the title. “My favorite part [of being an all-state band member] is feeling the success of being a freshman and having the highest musical award that you can earn in the state,” DiNapoli said. Lee and DiNapoli are both percussionists, who play instruments like the drums, chimes, and xylophone, while Stees plays the euphonium, a brass instrument that is similar to the baritone horn. All three auditioned at the JMU music
Math teacher Tricia Cummings was the only faculty member who volunteered for this years’ performance. “It’s hard to describe [the experience]. I was deﬁnitely in a diﬀerent level of consciousness. I was kind of aware of what was going on, but I couldn’t feel anything. And [DeLuca’s] voice had a power over me,” Cummings said. Another volunteer was senior Preston “Doodie” Grogg. Grogg was one of the ﬁrst people chosen from the audience because he wore a homemade shirt that read “pick me”. After Grogg was hypnotized, DeLuca made him believe that he was the school’s best cheerleader. Grogg grabbed the microphone and began yelling out cheers and attempted to do toe touches and splits. see deluca, page a8
very day, 7.4 million people in the United States alone tune in to watch the Oprah Winfrey Show. Not many of these viewers ever dream of even going to the studio to watch the show live, let alone becoming one of Oprah’s guests. But sophomore Joelle Mwami now ﬁnds herself with the opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to become a guest on Oprah. It started last year when Mwami and freshman guidance counselor Pat Thornley were having a conversation in Thornley’s oﬃce. Thornley jokingly suggested sending in Mwami’s life story to Oprah. After discussing that possibility for several moments, the two decided that actually that wouldn’t be such a bad idea after all. So, with the help of teachers like Mary Strickler and Seth Stratford, and Oprah veteran Vicky Compton, who visited HHS earlier this year, Mwami put together a ﬁve minute video and sent it in to Oprah last December. Sending her story in to Oprah was not just a random see oprah, page a8
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April 9, 2010
Key Club raises $7,800 for St. Judes with first annual fashion show Kim Antonio Feature Editor
just realize how lucky we are, then they would appreciate everything more,” Antonnicola said. Reﬂections have been involved with St. Judes for the past three years and have featured their dresses in fashion shows for several diﬀerent schools in Virginia. This is the ﬁrst year that Reﬂections owner, Joy Salyards has worked directly with HHS. Junior Jessica SanGabriel, who works at Reﬂections to earn her three credits in fashion marketing, was also the messenger for the information
between Reﬂections and Key Club, making all communication ﬂuid. “I was the medium because I transfer information from my boss to Key Club,” Sangabriel said. Through Reﬂections, Sangabriel also had the chance to meet award winning dress designer, Tony Bowles. Due to unusually high amount of snow this winter, scheduling conﬂicts did arise and Bowles was not able to make it to the show. However, he has been a major inﬂuence on Reﬂections and sponsoring the St. Judes
n Sunday March 21, 2010 at 4 p.m., Key Club and Reﬂections hosted the 4th annual St.Judes fashion show in order to raise money for St.Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Reﬂections is a local bridal and prom dress store located at 141 South Carlton Street. All $7,800 raised went to help children who are battling against cancer. Reﬂections featured their 2010 prom dresses, while Key Club provided the HHS venue and the student management needed in order to organize the fundraising event. Key Club was the backbone for the event by providing the venue, helping organize countless of volunteers who helped with hair, makeup, dress ﬁttings and selling tickets. The show lasted for two hours and had a ﬁfteen minute intermission where students sold food and drinks to also raise more money. Their goal was to have at least six hundred people show up to raise money for St. Judes. Key Club Sponsor, Mr. Antonnicola believes that everyone will beneﬁt from the event, “Every single cent is going to a good cause. Also, we are opening the eyes of Dressed to the nines. Participants in the the students. If they could Key Club fashion show modeled prom attire. Photo by Marwah Bani-Hani.
fashion show. All of Bowles dresses were featured in the show. Sangabriel had the opportunity to have dinner with him and Solwood. “He is a very inspirational designer and someday I would like to work in fashion as well,” Sangabriel said. As for the actual modeling involved in the fashion show, the ladies had to sell twenty tickets to their families to be admitted as a model and at the same time, raise awareness of the event. Models were basically chosen based on if they met the requirement for sell-
ing tickets. The Massanutten Technical Center’s cosmetology students also volunteered to help with hair and makeup. Miss Virginia 2010, Chinah Helmandollar was the host for the evening. And with the help of every single hand involved, the future for more fashion shows at HHS is looking very bright. “It was the ﬁrst that Key Club had done this before and we’re planning on making it into a tradition,” Antonnicola said.
Together. All the participants of the Key Club fashion show all come together to take a group photo at the end. Photo by Marwah Bani-Hani.
Multiple students continuing education with mid-year study abroad Alison Domonoske Feature Editor
also his sister lives in Lusaka, people in,” Harris said. His Zambia. While he was in Soweto, mom though, bought a VW South Africa he went to school but Citigolf that made it easy to get My views of Africa only to observe. around. changed, it’s not all dirt “I was only there to observe To get to Johannesburg, roads and clay houses but I did teach a little English and South Africa, Harris had to Computer classes,” Harris said. take a ﬁfteen and a half hour and skin and bones Soweto was Harris’ favorite part plane ﬂight. kids.” of the trip, especially meeting Glick, on the other hand, had Sophomore friends there and learning the cula much shorter traveling time ture. but a longer trip. Glick will be Ben Harris When he was away, Harris in Peru for three months and missed his friends but now that he is staying with three diﬀerent is back, he misses his friends from families, with two of the famiAfrica. With all the new technology, however, he is lies as his relatives. able to keep in contact with them. Life in Peru is drastically diﬀerent than living in “My views on Africa changed, it’s not all dirt roads Harrisonburg. Glick is not allowed to drive, though and clay houses and skin and bones kids,” Harris he appreciates this because driving is dangerous said. Every day was diﬀerent for Harris, and he did down there. Also, there is no dress code at his school everything from zip-lining, bungee jumping, white and during the middle of the day break Glick goes water rafting and cage diving with sharks. surﬁng with the friends. While he was in Soweto, Harris had to get around The biggest diﬀerence is the language. Glick now is by taxi, which was very diﬀerent from American tax- ﬂuent in Spanish, which he speaks with everyone is. “It’s like a hippie bus where they cram a bunch of
nstead of a day with cramped desks and unpleasant school bus rides, two HHS students wanted a day with foreign language, food and customs. Junior Joey Glick and Sophomore Ben Harris both spent part of this semester overseas. Glick is living in Peru with family and going to school there. Harris is now arch 4, 2010 - The back in HarrisonNational Society burg but he spent of High School seven weeks in Scholars (NSHSS) Zambia and South today announced that Harri- Africa. Harris was in sonburg High School student Africa because his Xavier O. Jones from Harrimom got a Fullsonburg, VA, has been selected for membership. The Society bright scholarship recognizes top scholars and to do research and invites only those students who have achieved superior academic excellence. The announcement was made by NSHSS Founder and Chairman Claes Nobel, a senior member of the family that established the Nobel Prizes. Christine Choi “On behalf of NSHSS, I am honored to recognize the hard Style Editor work, sacriﬁce, and commitment that Xavier O. Jones has ibrarian Bradley Walton presents Super Villains and demonstrated to achieve this Zombies written, and directed himself. The idea popped exceptional level of academic into his head around last spring and was not written in excellence,” said Mr. Nobel. the order a script normally would. “Xavier O. Jones is now a mem“The end of the play came to my head,” Walton said. The play ber of a unique community of scholars – a community that was built around the ending of the play. The play was inspired by represents our very best hope a novel, Watchmen written about twenty years ago. “The World’s most powerful super hero went insane. In a for the future.” “Our vision is to build a dy- deadly battle that lasted only seconds, he attacked his arch-enenamic international organiza- mies in their lair and then vanished without a trace. Nine years tion that connects members later, with a plague of zombies sweeping the globe, the surviving with meaningful content, re- villains return to the ruins of their former stronghold to mourn sources, and opportunities,” the dead and confront their future,” Walton explained. stated NSHSS President James “The play takes a fairly ridiculous concept, making it realistic. Lewis. “We aim to help students like Xavier O. Jones build This play takes super villains and examining why they do the on their academic successes things they do,” Walton said. Super Villains and Zombies takes place in the ruins of a suand enhance the skills and desires to have a positive impact per villain hideout. The events production class of drama teacher Ex-spouses Malin (Kaiti Crittenden) and Ted (Paul Hairston) share an Stanley Swartz is building the set for the spring play. on the global community.” intense moment. Photo by Paulina Rendon. Senior Kaiti Crittenden plays the role of MaMembership in NSHSS entitles qualiﬁed students to en- lin, the lead female ex-super villain. “I’m looking forward to all the special eﬀects joy a wide variety of beneﬁts, including scholarship opportu- and the [set pieces] coming out of the walls.” nities, academic competitions, Crittenden said. The leading male super villain is Ted, played free events, member-only resources, publications, partici- by freshman Paul Hairston. Hairston is trying pation in programs offered by out diﬀerent aspects of drama to explore and educational partners, online discover his strong points and have fun during forums, personalized recogni- his freshman year. “All of Walton’s plays are unique and well put tion items, and publicity hontogether to attract audiences. I like the creativors. Formed in 2002, The Na- ity of [Super Villains and Zombies]. I get along tional Society of High School with everybody and I like the uniqueness of the Scholars recognizes academic script,” Hairston said. Junior Kait Arthur plays the character of execellence at the high school level and encourages members Thump, a gothic chick with anger manageof the organization to apply ment issues and the superpower to be able to their unique talents, vision, and “thump”, an invisible blast to kill things. “I really like the characters, I like watching potential for the betterment of themselves and the world. them develop on the page and onstage,” Arthur Currently, there are more than said. Walton has written and published numer300,000 Society members in ous plays and one of which is being performed over 120 countries. NSHSS at a high school in Kansas. Super Villains and Zombies debuts on April provides scholarship opporCaptured! (From left) Malin, Tony (Chris Pyle) and Billie (Kat Halpurn) decide what to do tunities for deserving young 30 and May 1 at 7 PM. with a captured zombie. Photo by Ama Ansah. people.
Jones receives national honor
Super Villians and Zombies practice underway
April 9, 2010
Robotics team wins rookie award at regionals Kavya Beheraj Staﬀ Reporter
obotics teams from across the region gathered their skills and their robots to face oﬀ in the Virginia Regional Robotics Competition, which was held in Richmond March 18-20, Friday to Sunday. This was the very ﬁrst year that the competition was held, and also the ﬁrst year that the HHS Robotics club participated. They went up against 68 other teams, placing 17th and winning the Rookie Inspiration award for being the number one rookie team out of twelve. Freshman Trevor Cockburn joined the Robotics club because of his dad and because he thought that it would be beneﬁcial for his future. “When I grow up, I want to be a programmer, for video games and stuﬀ,” Cockburn said. “[My dad] thought this would be really good if you want to go into programming, because half of actually making the robot is programming.” The competition consisted of two parts: the actual competition, where high school students used their robots to complete an assigned task, and the engineering challenge of building a robot. Each team participating received four crates containing the parts necessary to build the robot, called the “Kit of Parts,” and access to a video which detailed the task that the robot was to complete at the competition. “There are no instructions provided to create the robot,” said Geoﬀrey Estes, the team mentor for the HHS Robotics club. “The team members have to rely on their problem solving skills to design and build the robot to complete the task.” This year, students had to build a robot that would compete in a game called “Breakaway.” The game consisted of two groups of three teams. The robots would earn points by shooting regular soccer balls into goals set up on either end of a 27-by-54-foot ﬁeld, which had ridges that the robots had to cross. “From the time we open the crates, we have just six weeks to design, build and learn how to operate our creation,” Estes said. “Planning and adjusting plans is constant over those six weeks.” The team consisted of eight to ten people, and they had to do everything
By the Numbers Richter Scale: 7.0 Key Club $: $6000 Average donated: $4 Average donated to RC: $10 People in Haiti: 30 million People displaced: tens of hundreds People affected: 3 million People dead: hundreds of thousands Doctors: 794 Military: 22,000 Countries helping: 28 Government aid: 2.8 billion Supplies: 1600 tons HHS packages: 20-25 Sources: redcross.org, doctorswithoutborders.org, un.org, cbsnews.com
themselves, from the time they got the team moved up or down in ranks. Cockburn said. “I mean, I’m a nerd. the Kit of Parts, although they had “The judges would rank us based on I’m just going to say it. I’m a nerd. And some help from people from JMU. how well we did,” Cockburn said. when we go to the competition, it’s a The members who went to the The ﬁrst day of the competition, clan, a group of nerds. It’s really fun. It’s regional competition included Daniel Friday, HHS was tied for second place a group of nerds hanging out. And I’m Rashid, Samantha Swayne, Khashyar out of the 68 teams, but ended up not going to deny, it was fun.” Dashtypour, Trevor Cockburn, Bilal seventeenth on Saturday. Ahmed, Zak Kraimeche, Howard Zou, “We ended up at Milo Nuncio, and Jon Ross. seventeenth overall. “We had instructions on how to set up That’s really good, the wiring, but most of the time we just out of sixty-eight had to know ourselves. We had more teams,” Cockburn experienced people, and they actually said. “When you helped us and taught us how to make have other teams it,” Cockburn said. “For me, I learned a being sponsored by lot more making the robot than I would Mercedes, by big just seeing it in a classroom. It’s more car companies, and hands-on.” we’re just sponsored Some days, the team stayed at school by JMU and a local until 7 p.m. working on the robot, company, I thought which they named Robodino after a we did really well.” famous soccer player, and they worked To Cockburn, on it on weekends and whenever they the most fun time had time. out of the entire According to Cockburn, the hardest competition was part of working on the robot was “the hanging out with wiring or the programming. [The his friends. program] was new to everyone, no one “The whole time knew it. No one from JMU really knew you’re hanging The Robotic team stands outside of the Siegel Center at it.” out with friends,”Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. Photo courtesy of Geoffrey Estes. The robot had a wide range of motions, and consisted of two subsystems. The ﬁrst was the system that allowed the robot to be controlled wirelessly called the driver control system. The second system was the pneumatic kicking device, which used air pressure to allow the robot to kick a ball. “We had our own 10 by 10 working space, and that was really, really crowded,” Cockburn said. The team ﬁnished building the robot about a week before the competition. “When we got there, we were a rookie team, so we didn’t really know what to do, but the other teams helped us and they were really helpful,” Cockburn said. The robot had to compete in matches against other teams, which were judged and Work fast!Freshman Bilal Ahmed (left), Zak Kraimeche (middle) and Daniel Rashid (right) repair their would decide whether robot after each match to fix loose wiring and failing parts suffered by hits. Photo by Geoffrey Estes
Fundraising efforts continue for Haiti, Chile 20-25 kits right now. What we need most now is bandages,” Antonnicola said. The relief kit project was proposed by math teacher David Rush. He is a hen the earth moved in board member of Mennonite Central Haiti, the whole world Committee, an organization that helps felt it. People all over the create and deliver care packages to devworld texted Haiti to 9099 astated areas. (to donate $10 to Red Cross), celebri“I suggested the project to Mr. Anties held beneﬁt concerts, and everyone tonnicola and he said yes, we can put remained glued to their that together. I’ve televisions for the latest. been helping him At HHS, students were with what goes asked to donate money There have been in the buckets, I’ll to the Key Club’s drive pick up the buckearthquakes all over for Haiti. Students and ets and deliver faculty raised several the world. How do we them [to MCC],” dollars. Still, Key Club Rush said. know the next one’s director Tony AntonniThough varinot here. Imagine if cola and the Key Club ous teachers have felt there was more that there’s no help for gotten involved could be done. They in the eﬀort, Rush us. That’s why it’s teamed up with Menand Antonnicola nonite Relief and asked important we see the feel the student HHS to donate items for big picture” response is lack care packages to be sent luster compared Key Club Director to Haiti. to previous Key Each kit contains four Tony Antonnicola Club drives. bars of bath soap, four I wish there bars of laundry soap, was more of a rea bottle of shampoo, a sponse but probably there’s a little bit tube of toothpaste, four toothbrushes, of fatigue. Key Club has done a lot of four bath towels, two combs, a pack of stuﬀ. There was the fundraiser with sanitary napkins, nail clippers and adMichael. They probably raised $6000. hesive bandages. Simple toiletries the Then we had the Haiti money collection victims of the earthquake have had to then we have kits. That’s a lot to ask of a do with out. school,” Antonnicola said. “We should have enough for at least Ama Ansah News Editor
Waterman Elementary School has also gotten involved in the kit drive. Principal Linda McCormick heard about the Key Club’s project in an email and sent items for her daughter, Sarah Grace, to donate. She wondered if this was something she could get her whole school involved in. “I decided to ask to participate with HHS because it is a concrete way for elementary students to become involved… it provided a learning opportunity for our students… it connects all of us as elementary folks to a part of the bigger human community, it fosters the relationship between high school students and elementary students…and Mr. A and Mrs. Reynolds are always great to collaborate with,” McCormick said. Waterman did a school-wide drive and collected eight boxes worth of supplies. It is possible that the Key Club and MCC will donate some kits to Chile because of their recent earthquake. Wherever the kits go, they will help a family in need. “I believe it’s our call to help others when they’re in need,” Rush said. “There have been earthquakes all over the word. How do we know the next one’s not here. Imagine if there is no help for us. That’s why it’s important we see the big picture and help everyone in the world,” Antonnicola said. The drive will continue until mid April.
DECA competes in states, advances to nationals Heather Hunter-Nickels Staﬀ Reporter
here are always exciting things going down at HHS, and sometimes it is hard to keep track of it all. Mesmerizing hypnotist, Envirothon, school ﬁghts, forensics, debate, serious tornado drills, and Earth Week are a few examples. In the jungle of academics, activities, and sports one event is brought to attention, DECA’s venture through states. Who knew it would involve butlers serving breakfast at the Marriott? Distributive Education Clubs of America, DECA, is a co-curriculumclub to the marketing class. Whoever is in the marketing class is in the club. Two of their members, Connor Wolf and Jake Johnson, coached by Mallory Cromer, former national attendee for
her high school DECA, were the select who left for states march 11. During practices, “They came up with really creative ideas for their case studies,” Cromer said. A case study is an informative prompt in which a marketable plan is built oﬀ of. “A case study can range anywhere from a publicity plan of handling and hiring for a new NFL team, to doing the organization for a show like The Bachelor,” Cromer said. At the competition the boys were given a case study which they completed in 30 minutes and presented in front of a panel of four judges and evaluated. According to Cromer, there were 52 teams, and in order for the boys to make it to nationals they had to place among the top eight. New to the game, Wolf and Johnson ﬂabbergasted their expectations. After
Cromer discovered they had placed in the top eight and were going to nationals, she broke down into exited tears. Earlier that day, Wolf and Johnson had called Cromer to report on their presentation, “We ROCKED it!” they said. Excited, Cromer deliberately decided she ought not to raise her expectations… just in case, but regardless she did have faith in the boys. With a score of 289/300, Wolf and Johnson were “pretty happy” they won. “We owe it to Mrs. Cromer because she prepared us well,” Wolf said. “The opportunity sounded fun and diﬀerent because I usually play sports (instead marketing for them),” Wolf said. Both boys were excited to go to the competition, especially since they had a great national ranking teacher to help get them there. “It is really fun to try new things,” Wolf said.
On to nationals! Juniors Connor Wolfe and Jake Johnson stand with adviser and former DECA member Mallory Cromer at the state competition on March 11. The boys received a score or 289/300 and will advance to nationals. Photo courtesy of Mallory Cromer.
April 9, 2010
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Want to learn how to play basketball the right way? Try watching the women
Shane McMahan Staﬀ Reporter
am the perfect example. I never in a million years thought that I could sit through a womens basketball game. I guess I judged a book by its cover. I did not really give the sport a chance. I thought, “Well, they play with a smaller ball, and their physical composition is not that of men, so what is the point of watching it?” I will be the ﬁrst to admit, I was wrong. Not wrong about the fact they play with a smaller ball; wrong in judging it before I watched it. I have come to enjoy watching womens basketball just as much as watching mens. I have been to hundreds of college basketball games. Growing up, I only watched and attended mens basketball games. I was born into it. My dad attended JMU mens basketball games way before I was even thought of being born. So, as I grew up, we went to games. I remember my ﬁrst JMU womens basketball game. As part of the Duke Dog Reading Day promotion at the Convocation Center, my dad took my sister and I to watch the game. I did not really know what to expect. I remember the crowd packed in down near the court, the hostility in the air, and just the overall excitement I felt. This game set the tone for the next few years. I started attending JMU Womens basketball games, home and away. I have traveled anywhere from Norfolk, to College Park, to the University of Kentucky. In 68 games the past two years, I have attended 56 of them. I have come to see many things that one will ﬁnd in a womens game that are not in a mens game. They play fundamentally sound basketball. They take the concepts of teamwork and communication and apply them more so than in any other sport. While there are many diﬀerences between the mens and womens game, you can still ﬁnd similarities. For example, in mens you have your scoring point guard (Greivis Vazquez, Maryland), your all-around point guard (Evan Turner, Ohio State), and your pass ﬁrst point guard (Ronald Moore, Siena). You also ﬁnd this in the womens game with your scoring point guard (Dawn Evans, JMU), your all around point guard (Danielle Robinson, Oklahoma), and your pass ﬁrst point guard (Courtney Vandersloot, Gonzaga). You have your dominating center (Cole Aldrich, Kansas), (Tina Charles, UConn), your smoothshooter (Jon Scheyer, Duke), (Angie Bjorklund, Tennessee), and your allaround dominating player (John Wall, Kentucky), (Maya Moore, UCONN). When it all comes down to it, they all play the game of basketball. It is just how they play it. I will admit, I love to see a LeBron James or Rudy Gay just as much as the next guy, but that is not all it is about. Being that only six women have ever dunked in a womens game, they play below the rim basketball. For any youngster looking how to play the game, and play the game right, do not watch high school, college, and deﬁnitely not the NBA. Watch a womens game.
First Amendment rights mean tough decisions Staﬀ Editorial
uring our weekly staﬀ meetings we take time to plan out this editorial and determine the position we plan to take on an issue. Back on February 26, a California federal court ruled that math teacher, Bradley Johnson must be allowed to hang his religious banners in his classroom under the First Amendment. When discussing the stance to take on this ruling and the First Amendment, we were a staﬀ divided. Instead of the typical editorial, several of our editors condensed their opinions, which we compiled into the editorial. Jessica Strickler I think teachers should be allowed to display pictures of their families and personal interest, so long as these interests do not have religious or political implications. I believe students are able to learn better if they can make a connection with the teacher. My experience has taught me that I am a better learner if the classroom has posters and decorations on the walls. In the sterile classrooms, staying focused and attentive is challenging. If the ﬁrst amendment is going to turn my classrooms into hospital rooms, then the quality of education I receive will change for the worse. And as it is, coming to school is hard enough. Why should the First Amendment make it more painful? Savanah Cary My ﬁrst reaction to
the recent California the Constitution grants we learn this in our Court case was that us. However, religion history classes but the posters should in public schools when walk the halls absolutely not be makes me downright of HHS, evidence allowed. However, uncomfortable and of ignorance and as I thought about it, more than a little hypocrisy surround I realized that I was stubborn. Bradley us. For example, only considering my Johnson, the calculus we can no longer own initial feelings. teacher who sparked wear hats or carry In the big scheme of the debate this staﬀ backpacks. Heaven my life, a poster in a editorial is centered forbid I’m having a classroom is not going around, hung bad hair day or can’t to aﬀect the way I Christian posters manage to lung a learn, or change my in his classroom in thousand textbooks beliefs in any way. It an attempt to ﬂaunt in my toothpick thin may initially shock me his religious beliefs arms…. Doesn’t when I see it because in the faces of his the clothing I wear I am not accustomed students. How can our fall under my ﬁrst to religious references government support amendment rights? in classrooms, but his actions? I know, Then there’s once the initial shock in the bottom of my religion – the elephant wears oﬀ, it will not heart, that it does, in in the room. Congress bother me. The fact of fact, grant Johnson the may not pass a the matter is, teachers, right to take advantage law “respecting an and all other American of his free speech establishment of citizens are religion, or guaranteed the prohibiting the right to freedom free exercise I would rather be thereof”. of speech. The So ruling of the surrounded by Jesus, when schools case stated that if they can Buddha, Vishnu and ask students need to post the Ten the Flying Spaghetti Commandments be exposed to all types of belief reference Monster, than be told I or systems and still God at all, the must stifle my speech.” government is be able to think for themselves. trapped. Emily Knapp Although there How are we may have been expected to be a way for the teacher rights despite the tolerant in some ways to display his beliefs public school setting. while blindly accepting in a less imposing The conclusion I have censorship in others? way, it is important come to, after more The thought of having for students to think than a little internal another person’s for themselves. Many deliberation, is that beliefs shoved down people, including free speech in public my throat makes me myself, do not agree schools—and in all sick. However, we as with him, but that does other settings—should Americans have a right not give us the right to always be supported, to express ourselves. tell him to take them but that I can disagree I would rather be down. Everyone must with the opinions surrounded by Jesus, be treated equally; if in said speech on a Buddha, Vishnu and I do not want my ﬁrst personal level. To say the Flying Spaghetti amendment rights that I believe Johnson, Monster, than be told I infringed upon, then or others who say must stiﬂe my speech. I cannot forget the things I do not agree rights of other people. with, should have his In closing, there is freedom of speech no clear answer on Emma DiNapoli stripped away would what should or should Before I can really be, quite simply, un- not be allowed in a address my beliefs on American. public school. The staﬀ the First Amendment, encourages everyone I have to admit that I Emily Knapp to consider all sides of am a little hypocritical. Voltaire once said, “I the argument before There are few issues disapprove of what taking a stance on I am more liberal on you say, but I will the rights of the First than freedom of speech defend to the death Amendment in public and the freedom of your right to say it.” schools. choice that I believe It’s funny how
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Many people feel at home on stage Mia Karr Staﬀ Reporter
nce, when I was little, I belted out “The Sun’ll Come Out Tomorrow” from the musical “Annie” in the middle of downtown Harrisonburg. I guess it is no wonder I enjoy being in my school musical “Honk, Jr.” today. When I talk about why I love being in musicals I do not have anything non-generic to say. I love being on stage, it is a fun way to hang out with my friends, and a million other things I am sure you have heard before. When I force myself to think about it (like right now
for instance), I do not really know why I am drawn to theater. I am not particularly outgoing or dramatic, and I am uncomfortable having a lot of attention drawn to myself. However, I have no problem being under the stage lights. I guess being in the musical is a way to get involved at school. My athletic experience consists of a few summer tennis lessons, so you will not see me trying out for sports teams any time soon. Almost all my friends are involved with the musical in some way, which is lots of fun. I also have enjoyed getting to know people in grades other than my own. This may be great, but liking the people I am on stage with is just an added bonus, not really a reason that
Cartoon by Eric King
I try out for every play THMS does. I am a person who likes to know exactly what’s going to happen and when, so being in live theater completely goes against my nature, which may be why I like it so much. Every rehearsal and every day brings something new and exciting. For me, it is really the little things that count, like getting to talk in a British accent and wearing fun costumes. I love everything about the experience, from coming in on Monday morning and seeing how the set developed over the weekend to laughing backstage with my friends. I may not be singing on street corners anymore, but I am still performing with just as much excitement on stage.
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April 9, 2010
Now that health care has passed, let’s focus on climate bill Emma DiNapoli Editor-in-Chief
arch 21 was an excellent day to be an American. Despite claims that a government health care plan would violate patients’ trust, clear the way for abortions across the country and increase our nation’s debt tenfold, House Democrats cast the necessary votes to send President Barack Obama’s healthcare legislation into the history books. Sitting on my couch, flipping between C-SPAN and ESPN, I was a little ridiculously puffed with pleasure in my President, Speaker, and party in general. Though the bill still must go through several additional procedural steps, on the 21st of March, 32 million uninsured
Americans could rest easier knowing their country was providing for them. What worried me, though, was the possibility of a mass sitting-on-the-haunches now that our health care system had been effectively overhauled, and a major milestone in the Obama presidency has been reached. Most of all, I would like to see a climate change bill passed through Congress with some teeth on it. My faith in Washington restored, at least partially, I do not believe there can be any excuse for letting our environment slip by the wayside. Earlier in March, Obama met with a panel of senators in an effort to renew efforts on the stalled climate bill. His plan centers on the application of carbon controls to various sectors of the economy, abandoning the cap-
and-trade carbon pollution reduction strategy of previous administrations. I fully support this facet of the plan. What I do not support, nor do I ever anticipate supporting, is the expansion of domestic offshore oil and gas drilling and federal assistance for nuclear power plant construction. No Mr. President, this is what needs to happen. Beginning in elementary schools, teach kids about the importance of conservation, emphasizing recycling and simple things like turning the lights off when leaving the room. Build off your healthcare success, and forget about the November elections! Americans have the right to clean air; more than that, the creation of clean energy jobs will stimulate our economy, killing two birds with one stone. Pour money into alternative energy today.
Do not lose sight of the big picture—it takes 50 years to implement a new energy source, and we have 50 years of oil left. The United States is quickly getting left behind in green energy…we can reverse that now. What can we all do? Contact your senator or house representative and let them know that a climate bill matters, now more than ever! We should be independent from foreign oil; as a matter of fact, independent from oil altogether. Ride your bike when possible, carpool to work and school, and stop leaving your car running just to keep the airconditioning on! Going green is not trendy, as some may make it seem. An environmentallyfriendly lifestyle may be our only choice in the future. Why not start a little early? tt
Facing fears head on brings new level of confidence Maria Rose Feature Editor
he women in my family have been cursed. Twice. The first one, nicknamed “The Jean Gene” involves gaining more weight than necessary upon reaching the milestone of fifty years. The other involves the complete lack of musical ability, or the “Embarrassingly Tone Deaf Gene.” I have attempted to break both of these curses. However, considering that I will not turn fifty for another 33 years or so (though I will turn 17 in a solid seven days), I cannot really predict what my body will look like. But by being an avid athlete who has a rather complicated love/hate relationship with running, I think I will be covered in that area. Music, on the other hand, is another beast entirely. I mean, I have played piano for about seven years and have
no intention of stopping. My iPod has a ridiculously wide variety of music and I really do listen to all 2,057 songs on a regular rotation. I am in Honors Choir, and for our next concert I am rocking the triangle instrument for one of our songs. I was in two spectacular musicals, Beauty and the Beast and this year’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Ayyy!). I would consider myself to be fairly musical. The thing is, I have never sung by myself. My first experience with a solo was when we had to sing by ourselves in Honors Choir, and I all but died; I think the floor may be singed from where I stood—my face was so red. Suffice it to say; singing solos is a challenge for me. This of course, meant that I would inevitably try to conquer it. My opportunity for a solo came along as part of my church choir. I sing during Sunday service and I enjoy it. One night during a special youth choir rehearsal with a bunch of middle school kids,
my director asked if I wanted to sing a solo and, considering that the other kids were infinitely more scared than I was, I agreed. I was nervous. Singing is a great and terrible thing. Music is great, but if you are not, then it becomes rather terrible. And I, unable to hear my own voice, was not sure of whether or not the beautiful stained glass windows of my church would shatter. On the morning of The Day, I felt like I was about to run a long, painful race. (Which was preferable to what I was about to do.) There were about three hundred people in front of me and I was not just singing in the choir pit, but right up where the preacher would stand and felt like all my practice had evaporated. I nearly drowned myself drinking water, hoping that it would loosen my throat up. It did not work. I walked up to the stand, with the pressure of six hundred eyes stabbing my back. I took a respectful bow (as all good Catholics do when
they ascend the altar) and could see my knees shaking. I sighed. I coughed. I coughed again. I took great care to not visualize my audience in their underwear. With a nod to the director, she started the piano, and I sang. About four lines into the song, I realized: this was fun. Before I knew it, the song was over. I walked back down, with a sudden ease off my shoulders, and my throat felt gloriously clear. It was not easy, but it certainly was not as bad as I thought. So what if they did not like it? I enjoyed myself. I loved the song and the music and each soaring chord. It did not matter what anyone else thought but me. As I took my seat back in the choir, my director came and sat next to me, aware of my previous frantic state. “You were great!” she whispered to me. “It was beautiful! I guess you’ll just have to do it again next week!” And I am so ready. tt
Do you know where to find your wa? Phillip Bannister Feature Editor
he tardy bell rang as I took my seat in Mark Tueting’s Advanced Placement U.S. History class. I pulled out my blue five star notebook ready to take notes like usual, expecting the daily lecture and Tueting’s crazy behavior. We were about halfway through our lecture on the Civil War when a knock on door announced the entrance of one of Tueting’s alumni, Sandy Hernandez. This unexpected visit managed to turn the topic of our class from slavery and the civil war to college. Sandy was telling Tueting about how she hated high school and they were the worst years of her life. Let me tell you, after hearing that Sandy had less than a great time here at HHS Tueting was shocked. His jaw dropped after she proclaimed her hate for high school. He starting telling all the students that our high school years should be the best years of our lives and we should all be having fun. But when he asked the class how many people were having fun in high school, not many hands went up. Disappointment was visible in his eyes. All this led to a lesson on finding our “wa”. The concept of “wa” is finding happiness, harmony, and peace. Balancing the bad and things you don’t
enjoy doing in your life and sympathized, he cared just four years of homework with things you enjoy doing enough to do something. We hell, just hang on. There are according to Japanese Cultural do so much work for this class, still great teachers who will Center. it was like him saying to me, “I do things for you as long as We learned this lesson during appreciate you guys and this is you work hard enough. Just a class period where Tueting what I will do for you.” remember that finding your stopped everything to tell us Tueting has given me hope “wa” every now and then how much he did not like the for my future teachers. Anyone might make high school a little fact that we were not enjoying who thinks that high school is more manageable. tt ourselves. So he called off the test and gave us a new homework assignment. Our homework was to take an hour during the weekend and spend it doing something we love just to make our day more fun; to find our “wa”. This is quite possibly the best homework assignment I have ever received. I found my “wa” through the lens of my camera, the one time I have control in my life. The only time I control what happens, how the photo comes out, how wide the aperture is, the framing, and composition. This is what I enjoy the most. I enjoy that I have total control over something and that I can create something the way I see it in my head and that makes me happy. Being given this assignment meant that a teacher hadn’t just acknowledged our heavy work load Finding his wa. These are two photos taken by Phillip Bannister that were entered in the SIPA competition this March.
Spring weather kicks out winter blues Emily Jamieson Staff Reporter
ere’s the thing; I was a miserable wreck during winter, point blank. I never was fond of winter to begin with, but when winter decided to drop three or more feet of snow onto the streets of Harrisonburg I really could not
find anything positive about the season. I could not walk anywhere or have anyone drive me anywhere seeing as there were icebergs looming around in the middle of the roads. So, I was trapped inside the housegiving me a not-so-serious case of cabin fever. I’ve decided that cold weather forces everyone into a grumpy mood (above all, me). Especially because everyone is forced to have five layers of
clothing on, which constrict your movement and make you uncomfortable. Making people even more uncomfortable is the fact that they always get sick and stuck inside the house while it snows. I, not being fond of the weather forecasts always calling for more snow, was wishing for the evil white blanket of Harrisonburg to melt away. I do not know if someone was listening to my
wishes or if global warming had something to do with the snow slowly turning into water and out of my life. A few days ago as I walked out the door of Harrisonburg high school in my jacket and jeans I suddenly felt overheated. That is the same moment that I realized that it is going to be spring. Spring brings joy to my face; it lifts my winter depressions up, up and away. tt
Hot, Not Sandra Bullock wins Best Actress at Oscars for role in The Blind Side Healthcare reform signed by President Obama Glee returns to FOX on April 14 Seniors graduate in 43 days Courtyard re-opens Spring sports off to a winning start State budget cuts lower than anticipated Renaissance Rally a success College admission letters arrive Robotics team wins rookie award National Honors Society inducts students Tennis courts sustain $40,000 in damage Spring break over Kate Gosselin competes on Dancing With the Stars No more days off or early release days until the end of the year
April 9, 2010
I scream for Ice Cream
Coldstone Creamery employs Harrisonburg students Meagan Kelley Fun Director
oldstone Creamery is a favorite of many students at HHS. The popular ice-cream place allows patrons to choose a ﬂavor of ice cream and then make it their own by choosing what toppings go in the icecream. Patrons also have the option of choosing a Signature Creations from the menu. The fun, laid-back atmosphere has also attracted several students as employees. Junior Kathy Rodriguez is the youngest manager working at the Harrisonburg store. “I wanted to work [at Coldstone] because I like ice-cream and lots of people go there,” Rodriguez said. “I thought it would be fun to see friends.” According to Rodriguez, the application process starts with submitting an online application. Applicants are then called in for an “audition,” which is like an interview. During the audition applicants are asked questions such as, “If you were a princess which one would you be?” and “What reality show would you want to be on and why?” The purpose behind these seemingly random questions is to demonstrate how creative the person is. “They want to see your personality,” Rodriguez said.
“They also have you sing, not so much to see how good you can sing, but to see if you have the courage to sing in front of people.” Rodriguez’s duties include serving people ice-cream, cleaning dishes, and cleaning up the lobby. She also enjoys making her own creations, when time allows it, and sampling the ice-cream. “I like to sample the icecream so that I can tell customers what I think of each ﬂavor,” Rodriguez said. Rodriguez’s favorite memory from working at Coldstone is ordering from Jimmy Johns one time and being completely shocked at how fast they were able to deliver the food. “I heard the bell ring in the store so I walked out to see who it was and the guy from Jimmy Johns was there and I completely freaked out,” Rodriguez said. “He just looked at me like I was crazy and later when I was looking at their menu I read the slogan at the top that read ‘So fast, you’ll FREAK!’ It was really funny and everyone still laughs at me about it.” Sophomore Taelor Adams recently became an employee at Coldstone but has not yet gone through training. “I wanted to work there because I go to Coldstone a lot and my mom’s friend is the owner and she told us about
the opening,” Adams said. Adams had to sing one of the Coldstone songs, make up a song with group, and “bust a move” as part of her “audition.” “I sang the Coldstone Family which is a play on the Adams Family song and for my move, I did a hurdler which is a cheerleading jump,” Adams said. After she completes training, Taelor’s duties will includ-
We gotta tip! After tipping at cold stone your ice cream servers sing songs thanking the customer. Photo by Phillip Bannister
ing scooping ice-cream and taking orders. “I’m looking forward to
making the ice-cream,” Adams said. “Smashing the candy in just looks like a lot of fun.”
Sprinkles! Coldstone offers many ways to eat your ice cream. In a cup bowl or waffle bowl. Photo by Phillip Bannister
Homemade ice cream tastes great Lauren Martin Ads Manager
hen you want a refreshing ice cream cone on a hot summer day, where do you go? The various ice cream establishments within our community such as Kline’s, Coldstone Creamery, and Sarah’s Ice Cream lend a hand in providing a wide variety for just about everyone’s tastes. However, there is a place many people may not know about that may serve some of the best ice cream around: your house. That’s right; you do not always have to venture out to ﬁnd quality ice cream. You can make it in your own home, just like junior Charity O’Connor,
with an in-home ice cream maker. “It is a Donvier ice cream maker,” O’Connor said. “We got it a few years ago.” The ice cream maker works by freezing a metal container to a temperature cold enough for the ice cream mix to set. “You’re supposed to freeze the container for at least eight hours to make sure the ice cream sets. After the container is at the right temperature, you pour the mix in and stir for a long time until [the ice cream] is done,” O’Connor said. The in-home process is signiﬁcantly longer than simply dipping ice cream out of a carton, or even driving ﬁfteen minutes to an actual ice cream vendor. O’Connor views the time and eﬀort needed to make the ice cream as a drawback of
How to make Homemade Ice Cream!
Materials: 1 tablespoon of sugar ½ cup of milk ¼ tsp vanilla extract 6 tablespoons of rock salt 1 small plastic Ziploc baggie 1 big platsic Ziploc baggie Infographic by Emilee Burke Ice
using her own ice cream maker. “Making it is fun, but it takes a while,” O’Connor said. O’Connor recalls a time where the waiting was just too much, and the ice cream did not turn out as expected. “[My friend] Christine and I made ice cream together and I’m pretty sure we were too impatient and didn’t freeze the container long enough, so the ice cream didn’t turn out the right consistency,” O’Connor said. There are a wide variety of ice cream makers that can be found in store that are much like the one O’Connor uses. The range in price but most do the same thing. You can also make ice cream the extremely hands on way: with plastic bags, salt and heavy cream. You simple pour
Directions: Fill big bag with ice and rock salt half way Fill small bag with milk, sugar, and vanilla Put small baggie in big one and seal both Shake for 5 minutes
Chocolate syrup, strawberries, blueberries 25 cents
Icedream cup small: 1.39 large: 1.69 Icedream cone: small: 1.09 large: 1.49
Only toppings offered for twisted frosties, Wendy’s does not carry sundae’s. Cookie Dough, Coffee Toffee and oreo can be added to twisted frosties.
Flavored Small: 2.49 Large: 3.29 Twisted: 2.59 Floats: 2.09 Regular Small:1.39 Medium: 1.69 Large: 2.09
Flavored: Chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, frosty chino Twisted: chocolate and vanilla (with either Oreos, cookie dough, M&Ms, or coffee toffee) Regular: chocolate or vanilla
M&M’s mixed into the ice cream freeze. Really sweet.
Chocolate and vanilla
Thicker than McD’s. Same cone as McD’s. Milkier flavor
Ice Cream Options in Fast Food Restaurants
Chocolate, hot fudge, Kid’s Cone cherry, raspberry, $2.21 marshemellow, blueberry, butterscotcch, mint
Taste: Pure vanilla flavor, really thick. Delicious. “Chick-fil-A has some pretty good shakes, actually.” Ama Ansah.
Infographic by Paulina Rendon and Ryan Maphis
the salt in one bag and place the bag with the cream inside. You shake it up and in about ten minutes, you’ll have great quality ice cream. So no matter how you like your ice cream, do not forget there is more than one way to get your favorite sweet treat. O’Connor has not had her ice cream maker for a long time, and she has only used it a few times. Even though she does not favor the length of time
quired, there is another reason O’Connor only brings out her ice cream maker every so often.
“I think Kline’s tastes way better,” O’Connor said
In a student poll, 70 people prefer store bought ice cream to homemade ice cream.
O’Connor serves seasonally at Brusters Christine Choi Style Editor
ruster’s Real Ice Cream located on University Boulevard has many specials and promotions ﬁt for a variety of ice cream lovers in Harrisonburg. Happy hour Mondays, Two Punch Tuesdays, Banana Thursdays, free ice cream to kids and free doggie sundaes are some promotions which attract customers. Junior Rachel O’Connor works at Bruster’s which is open seasonally from April until the end of October. Bruster’s oﬀers milkshakes, blasts, smoothies, iced coﬀees, sodas, sundaes, parfaits, and personalized cakes. “I like how there are so many different ﬂavors, half-oﬀ banana splits on Thursday if you bring your own banana,” O’Connor said. Bruster’s oﬀers ﬁfteen to twenty ﬂavors on the board. When one ﬂavor runs out, it is replaced with a ﬂavor
that has been made already, not necessarily with the same ﬂavor. The four ﬂavors that are always oﬀered are vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, and purple dinosaur. “It’s easy and I get free ice cream every time I work,” O’Connor said. O’Connor’s favorite ﬂavors are Chocolate with Hershey’s® Special Dark chocolate and Chocolate Peanut butter buckeye. “All the ice cream is made in Bruster’s. [The ice cream] all start oﬀ with vanilla, ﬂavors and candy pieces are added into the machine and when it’s ready all the ice cream comes out of the machine into a white bucket,” O’Connor explains. All the ice cream is made inside the store by a manager or a shift manager. Junior Ashley Hartman enjoys working with the people at Bruster’s. The ice cream store is locally owned and managed by the O’Neil’s; the same owners also operate Ham’s Restaurant right next door.
April 9, 2010
15- Minute Sun Salutation, a quick and easy yoga guide
1. Tadasana, Standing Mountain Pose
2. Tadasana Urdhva Hastasana, Mountain Pose with arms stretched up
3. Uttanasana, Forward Fold
4. Pandangusthasana, Big Toe Pose (gorilla) This series of yoga positions is a quick and easy way to stretch the body and create a calming state of mind. (yoga guide from East West Yoga)
5. Lunge and Plank
6. Bhujangasana, Cobra Pose
7. Adhomukha Svanasana, Downward-facing Dog
8. Balasana, Child’s Pose.
Infographic by Molly Denman
Zumba replaces traditional exercise Student athletes utilize P90x
“I like to dance and I’ve heard good things about it from a friend who’s taking [Zumba] in Maryland,” Soenksen said. Zumba has been very popular since xercise requires motivation and goals to reach. Some people go the time classes started in Harrisonburg. to the gym religiously, are into There are now about four classes every athletics or go out for a run week and each one takes a limit of 45 every now and then. Many do not want people. Classes last up to an hour long. “It’s set fast with a to deal with the Latin overtone and very pain or tiredness energetic,” librarian of working It’s intense, Susan Thacker said. out, therefore definitely a cardio Thacker also tried they avoid it. workout and you Zumba because she F o r t u n a t e l y, start sweating early likes trying anything exercising can be and until the end.” new that is oﬀered at enjoyable; Zumba the Wellness Center. classes have made Cathy Soenksen “They break up the that possible. routine, it’s a good “It’s intense, workout of mostly deﬁnitely a cardio dancing, an element of workout and you start sweating early and until the end,” fun,” Soenksen said. For people who want a class that English teacher Cathy Soenksen said. Soenksen is currently participating involves a lot of rhythm, exercise in the exercise dance class held at the and baggy pants with the chance to RMH Wellness Center called Zumba. interact with others around the area The class consists of dances such as and colorful instructors, Zumba is the meringue, salsa, reggaeton and cumbia, perfect opportunity to experience just which are all Latin-based and fast that. paced.
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ith the rise of an emphasis on people’s physical appearances, there is an increase for more home w orkout videos. Since people work workout long hours and they want something that they can have at home so they can take an hour or so out of their day to get ripped. The P90x home ﬁtness and nutrition system showed up on the market about two years ago and people will swear by its results. The system works over a 90-day period that you use the system; the workouts will continue to change. Because of this, it keeps your body moving and stops the “plateau eﬀect.” The plateau eﬀect happens when you do the same workout routine over and over again. Your body then becomes
used to the workout and your muscles don’t keep on growing, therefore making the workout less eﬀective. The P90x also has a nutrition system. This program shows you an eating plan that for the next 90 days of the workout will guide you through your eating habits and programs. It will give you a list of recommended foods that would be good for you, along with many recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The P90x has been used here at HHS. Most weight training classes along with a few P.E classes do the P90x on occasions. “Our weight training class will do the abs workout sometimes as a warmup,” Butler said. It is called the “Ab Ripper” for many good reasons. It might be the fastest work-out, but it is considered the hardest. “The Ab Ripper is by far the most burn you will get when doing a midsection work-out,” Butler said.
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Headphones can top ear buds in audio world Earphones have really morphed through years Kim Antonio Feature Editor
ose headphones offer a little something more than the average pair of ear buds. They give the listener an entirely new, highly dimensional, musical experience. QuietComfort headphones by Bose allow the average student a break from the hustle and bustle of the chaotic sounds around them. They deliver great audio performance by allowing the listener to be in the moment. Bose Headphones cancel out any other sounds, apart from the actual music generated from the mp3 player itself. Junior, Zach Dean agrees that the headphones give him an entirely different experience which earbuds do not allow. “When I listen to music with them, I can hear every single sound,” Dean said. Dean received a pair of Bose headphones for his birthday. Once received as a gift, Dean was instructed
by his brother to never noise canceling feature, which lose them. in fact, earbuds, do not. “It was the first thing The brand was founded he told me, and I know a in 1964 by Dr. Amar G. Bose. lot of my friends like to In the 1950’s, while doing borrow them,” Dean said. graduate work for MIT, he Dean listens to was looking for a sound WHAT YOU THINK everything from hipsystem which matched the Do you prefer earbuds hop, to rap and rock. His likes of an actual concert. The over headphones? favorite songs to listen to stereo’s that he purchased with his Bose headphones were not anything like going are “Differences” by to a live event, which is why Genuine, “Single” by Neo, Bose, who was also a professor and “Get Low” by Lil’Jon. of electrical engineering, QuietComfort decided to event a pair of 272 people in all grades and headphones by Bose his own. Fourteen years faculty polled on March 9 and 11 by Katrina Sokolyuk were rated on Cnet.com, of research later, Bose had a website that provides invented a revolutionary way reviews, as four stars to listen to music. Students of out of five by the website editors. The this generation, such as Dean, agree pro’s about Bose headphones were that his headphones are unlike the rest, that they were extremely comfortable, so much so that they rarely even stay very effective at canceling noise, had on his own head. a compact storage case and a 30-day “I always take my Bose headphones home trial. The cons however were that on roadtrips and my girlfriend always they were too expensive (price ranges steals them from me, she almost loves from $200-$300). Their “bottom line” them more than I do,” Dean said. tt was that these headphones provided a
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Car sound systems important to many teens Connor Whitehouse Feature Editor
f your sound system is good in your car, than you better be heard from a long way off. This is certainly the case with junior Zack Dean’s Mustang and senior Tanner Johnson’s Lincoln LS. An unfortunate turn of events is what caused Dean to get some of his equipment. “When my older brother totaled his car, I got the subs out of his car and put them in mine,” Dean said. And then Dean had to add his own personal
touch. “I also have a Mach Sound system, with a JBI audio amp, and the two Rockford subs,” Dean said. When you’re paying around $400 for each amp, add the cost of the other parts, and on top of all that you need to pay for installation. The bill runs around $900 for all of the parts. Johnson, like Dean, tried to save as much money as possible when buying his system. “I got everything from a different place to save money. I got the head unit at Crutchfield, wire kit from Circuit City, and the amp and sub from my uncle,” Johnson said. “I also got
some random guy to install it instead of a shop.” Through all of these steps Johnson saved a grand total $200-300 spending around $450 total. And all these upgrades really paid off when it came to football season. The SCA utilized his discreet car to blare the tailgate music. All students who were a part of the tailgate got to experience the sound quality of these pieces of equipment. “The reason I spent all that money is because I love music and I have always wanted a nice system in my car,” Johnson said. “When I was around nine, I heard my uncle’s system and I have wanted one ever since.” tt
Slocum enjoys his Beats by Dr. Dre Alex Rendon Staff Reporter
hen senior Ryan Slocum listens to music, he wants to hear it the way the producer and the artist meant for him to hear it. He does not want to compromise quality of sound by using the headphones that typically come free with the music player. To ensure that he is getting the most quality out of his music, Slocum uses Beats by Dr. Dre. These revolutionary headphones are designed by the iconic rapper and producer and promise to produce unparalleled sound and detail. Slocum’s parents bought him the
headphones which can cost as much as $350; despite the unusually large price tag, Slocum feels that his parents made a good choice of product. “I like them because the sound quality is really good and it sounds like the way the producer made it in the studio,” Slocum said. Beats headphones are advertised as being “the most advanced headphones ever developed.” According to Monster, the company that produces Beats, regular headphones do not do music players justice. Slocum noticed the difference immediately after listening to one song with his new headphones. “The thing about Beats compared to regular headphones is that using Beats feels like you’re listening to the music the way the artist and producer made
Mwami could be headed for Oprah’s show oprah, from page a1 decision, though. “Since I was 11, I’ve watched Oprah. I’ve always wanted to be on it, and to provide for others like she does,” Mwami said. The video itself is about Mwami growing up in La Cite du Fleuve, RDC, or the Republic Democratic of the Congo, and then moving to the United States. It also includes goals for the future. “I want to help people, provide for them. Give them school supplies, shelter,” Mwami said. Mwami has already done several service projects for people in need. For the Michael Mooligan fundraiser here at
HHS she raised $700. She also raised that much for the Help 4 Haiti campaign. Mwami was recently notified by an Oprah show staff member that her video was being considered for the show, but that she had to attend an interview to make sure she was the right “material” for the Oprah Winfrey Show. If she does manage to get on the show, she will get to do what millions have only dreamed of: she will sit on the couch next to Oprah as her video plays and have a conversation with her. “I’m looking forward to it. I’m most excited about being on the show and getting to meet [Oprah],” Mwami said. tt
All state musicians to represent HHS in Chesapeake performance band, from page a1 “They basically learn an entire concert in a few days,” band director JR Snow said. “Then they perform together.” This year’s event will be held at Great Bridge High School in Chesapeake, Virginia. While at All-State Band, students get to meet musicians from all over the state. Snow says that while rehearsing and performing is fun for the students, they also get to step out for fun activities at night. “I always take the kids to a nice place for dinner,” Snow said. “If we have time we like to catch a movie or go to ice-cream as well.” Lee explained that there are three different groups at the event: a symphonic band, a concert band, and an orchestra. She will be a member of the orchestra.
Snow is very proud of this year’s all-state band members and says that they should be honored to be some of the best players in the entire state. “When there is such consistency in the selection process like there is,” Snow said. “You know that you really are one of the best.” The symphonic band, concert band, and orchestra at all-state band have a total of about 300 members. These 300 were chosen from about 1500 students who auditioned. Those 1500 were only the students who were the top in their respective districts. “Being an all-state band member is the highest honor an individual can earn for band,” Snow said. “[Having three students selected] says that I am doing something good teaching them and that what I’m teaching matches across the board.” tt
it in the studio,” Slocum said. “The different aspects of every song come out. You can hear everything with them.” “I definitely wouldn’t want to use any other headphones anymore. It wouldn’t be the same,” Slocum said. Dr. Dre is not the only popular artist to have his own headphones from Monster. Rapper and music producer Diddy, as well as pop superstar Lady GaGa also have their names on their own lucrative headphones. Beats by Dre, however, are the ones attracting the attention. “I don’t know of anybody else in the school that has Beats, but I know a lot of people that are jealous of mine. They all want them but I don’t think they’ll ever get them,” Slocum said.tt
Martin Vichnar Staff Reporter
istening to music is one of the most popular activities around the world. People listen to music in the car, at home, on their computer, at parties, in clubs, during workouts etc. Almost every young person now has an iPod or mp3. Headphones are a necessity for iPods and mp3 players. Headphones were first developed in the beginning of the 20th century. They consisted of moving iron transducers. Sound was carried across the telephone lines in the form of electrical impulses, making the iron transducers move at the receiving end, transmitting sound. The quality was not good, but its popularity was good enough to continue with development. In the 1930’s stereo headphones were invented. They became commercially available in the 1950’s when the longplaying record album (LP) was created. In 1958, American John Koss, developed stereo headphones specifically for stereo recordings. With the arrival of stereo headphones, the history of headphones changed again, bringing stereo headphones into recording studios and homes. Even though the sound quality was still not so good, it was a big step. Early in the 60’s stereo headphones replaced moving-iron transducers with plastic cones. New technologies in the 60’s were developed especially by Koss’s company. They were able to develop smaller headphones with better sound quality. In the 80’s the Walkman became popular. Walkman headphones were smaller and more convenient. The design was better, too. The completely enclosed circumaural design faded away, to be replaced by a supraaural design that sat lightly over the ears, with only a little foam padding to protect the ears. In the 1990s, the earbud headphones came on the scene. This small headphone fits inside of the ear, instead of over it. Canal phones also came along in the 1990’s, providing sound directly into the ear canal for great sound quality and the combined effect of earplugs to prevent outside noise from going inside. Junior Thomas Wong likes to listen to music on his headphones when he is outside with his dog or he has nothing to do. Sophomore Connor Floros has a different opinion: “I do not have any headphones, so I am not listening to music,” Floros said. tt
Foosball tournament hit among participants foosball, from page a1 but only made it to the first round, losing by four points. Peric believes the game’s outcome could have been different with better skills. “Loughran made hilarious comments about everything; he said a lot [that] I can’t really remember,” Peric said. “If he was a bit better we would have won because his goalie skills are whack.” “Loughran’s team won against Yutzy,” Castaneda said “It’s a single elimination, once you lose, you’re out.” The foosball tournament’s purpose is to have positive experience between students
and between students and their teachers. Castaneda had the same thought when he first suggested that the school purchase the foosball table. “It’s real fun to see how people play and you can make some money for the school,” Peric said. Harrison also enjoyed playing foosball and going through each round with her partner. “The tournament as a whole was a good idea, but it’s not a good idea to sign up if you can’t keep up with fast paced play,” Harrison said. tt
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very satisfied with the way his volunteers took to the routine. “They were all great, I was very happy with them,” DeLuca said. DeLuca has multiple routines, but is usually unable to do them all in a single performance due to time constraints. He comes up with all of his own ideas for his performances. “One idea leads to another,” DeLuca said. “They evolve into different things after you do it so much, that’s the art of it.” DeLuca’s routine also varies depending on the personalities of each of his volunteers. He decides which act to do on each person based on the vibe he gets from that person. “I chose Doodie for the cheerleader routine because I had a feeling that he was a pretty goofy person,” DeLuca said. DeLuca, however, admits that sometimes his perceptions of his volunteers are wrong and his routine doesn’t work as well as he hoped. “A lot of it is experience and people skills,” DeLuca said. “I have to be in the flow with them.” The hardest part of DeLuca’s job is getting used to the different environments he has to perform in. “It was really hard to focus today because we were in a gym. It’s all about concentration,” DeLuca said. Although his job requires a lot of traveling, and leaves little time for himself, DeLuca believes it is all worth it. “It’s a funny job, and it’s a lot of work,” Happy and sad. Senior Troy Jones talks with hypnotist Tom DeLuca during the Renassiance Rally. DeLuca said. “But it has a good pay off.” tt Photo by Phillip Bannister. deluca, from page a1 “[Doodie] was so imaginative; that was his raw imagination at its best. He was so natural and real,” DeLuca said. The entire show was extremely entertaining as DeLuca continued his routine. As the show progressed, he became
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Messerley’s indoor shoes express her style Christy Stearn Staﬀ Reporter
ndoor soccer shoes are, for many soccer players, an opportunity to express their style while keeping their skills up during the oﬀ-season and during inclement weather. “I like pairs that are bright and no one has,” junior Kelsey Messerley said. M e s s e r l e y, a veteran of HHS’s soccer team, owns seven pairs of indoor shoes of varying styles and colors. Messerley owns multiple brands, including Adidas, Puma, Joma, and Nike. Her shoes match every outﬁt she has. The most expensive pair Messerley owns, green Joma indoors, cost about $90, and are Messerley’s favorite. “The Joma are my favorite, but they’re really bright, so they’re hard to match with,”
Messerley said. Messerley’s indoors are primarily worn outside of practice. Because she wears her indoors so often, the treads have been worn down dramatically. Messerley only uses one pair of indoors for practice and her others are used for everyday wear. “The only pair [of indoors] I don’t wear when I’m not playing are my pink and black Nikes. All my other pairs don’t have enough tread because I wear them all the time,” Messerley said. M e s s e r l e y ’s indoors attract a lot of attention among her teammates and friends. “ K e l s e y ’s indoors are sweet. They’re deﬁnitely noticeable,” junior Morgan Wheatley said. M e s s e r l e y ’s wide assortment of indoor shoes gives her versatility and allows her to stand out when playing her favorite sport.
Crocs add comfort to tired feet Ethan Blackwell Staﬀ Reporter
hen the clogs known as Crocs showed up at a boat show in 2002, they made quite an impact in the shoe market. The Croc phenomenon continued into 2004 when Crocs, the main manufacture of Croc shoes, surpassed the average sales of its parent company Foam Creations and bought out the Foam Creations’ name making Crocs its own conglomerate. Crocs claim to fame was it organic makeup, which has been rumored to be edible though why someone would decide to eat shoes is unknown to anyone. The organic compound that makes up the Crocs is designed to custom form to the wearer’s foot making a supported and comfortable ﬁt, the composition is so advanced that it is claimed to be odorless. Commonly shoes are sexually discriminative, only designed for the multi-shoe friendly female market. Crocs surpassed this . Senior Brendon Cummiskey had a pair back in sixth grade and believed in the
Crocs magic. “I generally wore them around the house; I didn’t like wearing them out in public though that doesn’t mean that others didn’t,” Cummiskey said. Cummiskey grew attached to the shoes when wearing them around his home, and he really enjoyed their comfort. “They are comfortable to walk around in. They give you the feeling that you are walking on clouds,” Cummiskey said. “And they give your feet a much deserved break from constricting dress and tennis shoe.” As Crocs come to a close in the mass market, they still are seen all over. The increased level of comfort felt from wearing a pair of these ultra advanced clogs is no Croc, many podiatrists swear by the design and claim that it can be increasingly beneﬁcial in diabetic patients due to the increased protection to the foot and reducing pressure often found in other shoes. From being a thing of comfort to an object of medical beneﬁt, Crocs have changed the outlook for many shoes, changing shoes from being something necessary to something that is necessary and healthy.
hey are not just found at the beach and at the pool in the summer, but ﬂip ﬂops are found on many feet year around. Junior Keith Thomas wears his pair of ﬂip ﬂops almost every day. “[I wear them] because they are comfy and I feel free,” Thomas said. Thomas has owned the same pair of ﬂipﬂops since ninth grade, he has broken them and now they are the most comfortable shoe he has. Thomas does not care what kind of brand he has, just as long as they are his old, comforting ﬂip ﬂops he owns. Unlike Thomas, who wears his ﬂip ﬂops every day, sophomore Taylor McDonnell only wears her ﬂip ﬂops when the weather is over 70 degrees. Her Hollister shoes are her favorite for warm weather. “I wear them because they are easy to put on and they are really comfy,” McDonnell said.
McDonnell has been wearing ﬂip ﬂops for all of her childhood. She doesn’t know quite how long, because it is too hard to remember her very ﬁrst time. She usually buys her ﬂip ﬂops from Hollister because she likes how they ﬁt. Though she loves wearing ﬂip ﬂops, she does not like wearing them in the winter or cold weather. Another aspect of ﬂip ﬂops McDonnell likes is that they are easy to accessorize. “[Flips ﬂops] can be worn with anything: shorts, jeans, skirts, dresses. They are so versatile!” McDonnell said. Like Thomas, many teenagers love the freeness and comfort of the shoe, even causing them to wear them every day.
Sandals give Klosinski a reason to paint her nails freshman, owns ﬁve pairs of sandals, which she bought at Rue 21. “It is getting hot and pretty hat is the big outside,” Pichardo said, “so I d i f f e r e n c e probably wear sandals twice a between ﬂip-ﬂops week now.” Most of Pichardo’s sandals and sandals? Most people would say the two types were in the price range of $30 and are all diﬀerent. of footwear are Senior synonymous and G r e t a generally worn I wear sandal’s a lot Klosinski, from late spring also has because I hate tennis through early fall. a love for But a quick search shoes .” sandal. on Google proves Sophomore She owns that sandals are Nyclette Kahindo 11 pairs of very diﬀerent from sandals, ﬂip-ﬂops. The n o t most common and including popular sandals are the modern gladiators, ﬂip-ﬂips. “I love to wear sandals which come in a variety of during the summer because styles, colors and design. Anaise Pichardo, a they are easy, comfortable Jessica Strickler Opinion Editor
and your feet can breathe,” Klosinski said. “Plus, it’s a great reason to paint my nails.” Nyclette Kahindo, a sophomore, owns even more pairs than Klosinski; she has more than 20 pairs of sandals in her closet. “I wear sandals a lot, because I hate tennis shoes,” Kahindo said. “I wore my sandals from the beginning of the year, until about December. And I started wearing them again, about two weeks ago.” Most of Kahindo’s shoes have come from Rack Room and Journey’s, both stores in the Valley Mall. “A lot of my sandals are black or gray,” Kahindo said. “They probably cost me $30 a pair.”
Shoes have become wardrobe staple Daiki Ishikawa Staﬀ Reporter
hen shoes were born, they were made for foot protection from rocks, debris, and cold weather in 8,000 to 7,000 BCE. Shoes started to be made for fashion purposes in the 5th century in Europe. Shoes were also considered status symbols in Europe. So artisans created unique footwear for rich patrons and a new style developed. Now, shoes are one of the most important and hardest to choose pieces of a person’s wardrobe. Sophomore Kiah Silver enjoys wearing high
heels. “I have never counted them. But it is probably more than 50 pairs [that she owns}],” Silver said. She prefers to shop at large department stores for a wider variety. “I usually buy shoes at Nordstorms. They have a lot of good stuﬀ ” Silver said. Sophomore Claire Glick likes athletic shoes. She has about 20 pairs. “I like comfort shoes. These are good for sports,” Glick said. Junior Rachel O’Conner wears ﬂip ﬂops and tennis shoes. She has about 25 pairs. Her favorite shoe brand is Onitsuka Tigar by Asics. “I look for color in my shoes, to match with my clothes,” O’Conner said.
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Bude uses Monster to stay awake, tackle more schoolwork Kavya Beheraj Staﬀ Reporter
ometimes a little help is needed to get through the day in one piece. Schedules are packed, stress levels are high, and as a result more and more people are turning to energy supplements to make it through when sleep just doesn’t cut it. Recently, one of the most popular supplements is energy drinks, especially among teens. They are cheap, provide quick energy, and taste good. According to NPR.com, in one year alone, teens and adults spent almost $2.3 billion on energy drinks such as Red Bull, Monster, and Rockstar. But not many of those adults and teens know exactly what is in them and the very real risks involved when consumed in excess. “Sometimes I just need that kick,” senior Nelson
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Bude said. give people a “kick”—sugar and Bude is a moderate drinker of caﬀeine. The amount of caﬀeine energy drinks, usually having them varies between brands, but usually I need the kick to once or twice a week and three at a there is up to 80 milligrams in each keep me going all time. He is not particular about what can, the same amount as one cup of brand he chooses, most of the time coﬀee. In comparison, the caﬀeine night” just grabbing whatever he can get a in the average soda can contain senior Nelson Bude hold of. Despite that, he prefers the 18 to 48 milligrams of caﬀeine. brand Monster over other ones. Although energy drinks are fairly “It’s bigger and lasts me longer,” safe in moderation, drinking too Bude said. “But I’m open to new much can lead to dehydration (a things.” side eﬀect of the caﬀeine), heart Bude uses energy drinks to help stay awake to palpitations, anxiety, and insomnia. ﬁnish his school work. He started in his junior year Bude does not deny these facts, but he thinks that when he started taking heavier coursework. energy drinks are still necessary. “I’m a huge procrastinator, so by the time I get to “I still need something to keep me up,” Bude my work, I have a mountain piled up,” Bude said. “I said. “And it’s only occasionally that I drink it, so it need the kick to keep me going all night.” shouldn’t be too big of a problem.” Energy drinks have two main ingredients that
Drinks used by late night workers, athletes Christy Stearn Staﬀ Reporter
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ost students use energy drinks as a method of staying up late. They provide a jolt of energy that students take advantage of for various reasons. Sophomore J.R. Roberts drinks energy drinks to stay awake. Because his father owns Chanello’s Pizza in Harrisonburg, Roberts helps out by working shifts that other employees cannot cover. “[Drinking energy drinks] helps me to stay up all night to work,” Roberts said. “Whenever I feel myself getting tired, I take a sip.” Roberts works the late shift at his father’s pizzeria from 12 a.m. to 4 a.m. almost every weekend. “It’s hard to stay up on the weekends after going through school and waking up early every day,” Roberts said. During winter break, Roberts worked the entire week because of the snow storm. To stay awake, he drank up to three energy drinks a day when he was scheduled to work. “The week that it snowed, I had to work all day, every day. The only way I could stay up was by drinking energy drinks,” Roberts said. The crash caused by the drinks works in Roberts’ favor. The crash hits him when his shifts are ﬁnished, so it is easier for him to fall asleep once he is home. “[The crash] Wired Sophomore Kiah Silver drinks energy is good because drinks to finish homework after sports pracI get tired right tices. Photo by Aidan Newcity
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hen you get that sudden rush and burst of stamina from an energy drink do you ever stop to think, what is in here that makes me perky and energetic? Why is it that I am not tired anymore? Why is it that I will have a crash later in the day? Is this even healthy for me? Not many people do, and the truth may surprise you. There are hundreds of diﬀerent ingredients in energy drinks, but there are only a handful of things they all have in common. One of them is ginseng, a root found in Eastern Asia that is believed to help reduce stress and increase energy levels. More are carnitine, gingko biloba, taurine, Inositol, and guarana seed. Carnitine is an amino acid that helps to metabolize fatty acids. Gingko Biloba is created from the seeds of
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“Sometimes my homework load can be overwhelming, and drinking a Monster or an Amp keeps me up so I can ﬁnish,” Silver said. Energy drinks supplement a necessary source of vitality for students at HHS, especially those who are involved with after-school activities. Redbull, Monster, and Amp prove to be essential to many students.
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when I get to my house and I can fall asleep quicker,” Roberts said. Like Roberts, junior Connor Wolfe and sophomore Kiah Silver depend on energy drinks to stay up late. Wolfe, a three-sport athlete, drinks energy drinks so he can stay awake after practices and games to ﬁnish assignments for school. “Energy drinks keep you up so you can do your work,” Wolfe said. “I like Redbull the best because I think it gives you the most rush.” Silver, a member of the HHS gymnastics and soccer teams, also relies on energy drinks to keep her up after sports. In addition to two- hour practices, she usually has about two hours worth of homework after she comes home.
the gingko tree; it is shown to enhance memory. Taurine is a natural amino acid that is made by the body to help regulate heart beat and muscle contractions When consumed as a drink, the eﬀects still remain unclear to researchers. Inositol is a vitamin of the B-complex that helps assist in relaying of messages between cells; however, Inositol is not a vitamin itself. Guarana seed acts as a stimulant that contains about 10 times as much caﬀeine as coﬀee beans. “Most of them just have a lot of sugar and caﬀeine to give you that boost,” biology teacher Mac Bair said “Energy drinks are not really all that bad for you as people make them out to be. Taken in moderation they will not do any serious harm to your body, still I would not be drinking one every morning and sucking them down left and right. In reality they don’t have a whole lot more caﬀeine than coﬀee in them.”
Nutrition Facts Hernandez drinks Red Bull for soccer
Serving Size 1/2 can servings per containter 2 Amount Per Serving
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Total Carbohydrate 30g Sugars
Serving Size 1/2 can servings per containter 2 Amount Per Serving
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Total Carbohydrate 27g Sugars
27g infographic by Tricia Comfort
Heather Hunter-Nickels Staﬀ Reporter
owerThirst! It is a parody on energy drinks found on Youtube that goes a little something like this. “Hey! Do you want to feel so energetic?! Try POWERTHIRST! The energy drink for people who need GRATUITOUS amounts of energy! With all new ﬂavors like SHOCKOLATE, chocolate energy! It’s like adding chocolate energy to an electric storm! Sound the alarm! You’re gonna be UNCOMFORTABLY energetic! What’s that? You want strawberry? How about RAWBERRY! Made with lightning! REAL lightning! Sports (yaaaaaaaaaaa!) you’ll be good at them! It’s an energy drink for men! MENERGY!!!” Viewers ﬁnd it a hilarious way of looking at energy drinks. Unfortunate-
ly, after the rush of energy, there is a crash of energy. This is one of the affects varsity soccer player, Luis Hernandez endures. Hernandez tried his ﬁrst energy drink in middle school. His favorite brands are Red Bull, Energy 5, and occasionally, Monster. He now downs an average of three drinks a week. His main reason for drinking energy drinks is soccer. “It depends on how much sleep I got the night before,” Hernandez said. Hernandez also uses the energy to stay awake in classes. Occasionally he ends up going to bed late due to homework. Commenting on the side eﬀects, Hernandez said, “I am scared of diabetes. I know that too much sugar is not good for me, and sometimes I get shaky if I have too many drinks.” For the student athlete, the decision Atomic! Energy drinks use to drink energy drinks just comes down outrageous names to adverto a matter for priority.
April 9, 2010
HHS: Green is the new Blue Plastic trays popular choice among students for convenient trash disposal Paulina Rendon Staﬀ Reporter
s the lunch rings through the school, students shuﬄe down the hallways to the cafeteria. Once they decide which meal to get, students are faced with another decision; should they get plastic trays or Styrofoam? “A lot of kids get Styrofoam because they can just throw them away,” Cafeteria Manager Tricia Newcomb said. “They don’t like getting up to put the blue trays back.” With the trash cans stationed conveniently in both the gym commons and the auditorium commons, fewer students are willing to make the trip to set the plastic trays on the racks in the gym
commons to be washed and used over again. Even when the school makes an eﬀort to take away the Styrofoam trays for days like Earth day, a new problem emerges. “We just ﬁnd plastic trays in the trash cans,” Newcomb said. It does not happen so often to actually be a huge problem, but when the plastic trays are found in the trash cans, cafeteria worker Diane Allen is disappointed. “It makes me sad that kids aren’t responsible enough to get up and put the trays back,” Allen said. Allen reports ﬁnding about three plastic trays thrown in the trash a year. If all 15 cafeteria staﬀ members each ﬁnd three trays, which is 45 lost trays, not including the ones that slip by undetected.
Plastic vs. Styrafoam
“I think plastic trays are bad for the environment. I pack my lunch, which is the most environmentally sound option.” -Jake Durden, 10 “I use Styrofoam trays because they are more convenient. I figured it wasn’t that big of an effect on the environment.” -Pip Marmonstein, 11
What kind of trays do you use?
74 people use styrofoam 26 people use plastic poll out of 100 people, by Madison Wilson
Ecology club street clean up has a large turnout Ethan Blackwell Staﬀ Reporter
wice a year, the Ecology Club puts together a club street clean up. A few weeks ago, the Ecology club went out to perform their spring clean up, this year on Gray Stone Avenue. They worked for 45 minutes; beginning at 1:30 p.m. Members of the Ecology club were able to help their community and then took part in a pancake social afterwards at member and junior Tabea Zimmermann’s house. “The turnout was good for our group,” Ecology Club leader and science teacher Ross Bair said. “With so many of our members in extracurricular activities, it’s diﬃcult for the entire club to show up to events like this, but overall we were able to get the job done.” Due to previous track team practices and other club activities, there were only about six members who were able to come out, but that was enough though according to Bair. “By the time we ﬁnished around 2:20 we had collected around four to ﬁve full bags of trash,” Bair said. “When we ﬁrst said we were going to clean up this road, no one believed that we would be as successful as we were. Needless to say they were very impressed.” The Ecology Club began this annual road clean up several years ago. When they decided they wanted to assist in road clean ups in Harrisonburg City, they called the city oﬃce and arranged to adopted a local road. “I think the turnout was great, it could have been better, but we were able to get in and clean up the road. Hopefully it will last,” junior Keith Thomas said. With so many people from the club coming out to clean up, they were able to ﬁnish cleaning up rather quickly. “This is one of the Ecology Club’s major projects every year,” Bair said. “We also assist in cleaning up Blacks Run. Every year also we work in spreading information about cleaning up our environment; much of our crucial advocacy time comes during Earth Week.” Members of the Ecology Club have once again stepped into our community to literally practice what they preach. Cleaning and preserving our streets, sidewalks, and neighborhoods all in the hope for a cleaner and brighter tomorrow.
So why not just eliminate the option of Styrofoam trays altogether? Trash cans to throw the food away could be placed just next to the racks for plastic trays and students would have no choice but to use plastic trays. But that also poses a problem. “We don’t have enough time to wash the plastic trays on a daily basis,” Newcomb said. “When we do stop using the Styrofoam trays for Earth day, it takes my entire staﬀ to focus on getting all the trays washed for the next day.” Between cleaning the tables, preparing the food and other duties, the cafeteria ladies just don’t have the time to clean the trays every single day. “There’s so much left over food and papers to throw away, it takes a while,” Allen said. “They dry pretty fast, though.”
Students sometimes don’t like using the blue trays because they believe they’re not clean. Sometimes the plastic trays have white marks on them, but that’s just left over from the cleaning process. “We wash the plastic trays with hard water, and it sometimes leaves white spots,” Allen said. “We have a very good dish-washing system, but the students just don’t think they’re clean enough. It’s an inconvenience because it impacts the environment.” The cafeteria management orders about 3,000 Styrofoam trays a week. With 26 weeks of school, the total number of Styrofoam trays used is 78,000. “I think that’s really sad, because it’s so much waste,” sophomore Jessa Tobins said. “God gave us this earth, and we should take care of it.”
Ecology club plans for busy Earth Week Ryan Maphis Staﬀ Reporter
ach year, the Ecology Club comes up with a new theme to work with. In previous years, the theme has always fallen through. This year the club is trying to change that trend. This year’s theme is waste, referring to all the trash and refuse we create and the disposal of it. Since the Ecology Club’s goals are to inform the student body about their eﬀect on the environment and to provide services to the environment and the community, the club will theme their Earth Week theme around waste. “We’re trying to push the theme harder this year. We try to gauge our actions around our theme,” Ecology Club sponsor Ross Bair said. The Ecology Club will analyze a day’s worth of waste from our school, decking themselves out in gloves, aprons and goggles and sorting through the trash to see what our school throws out on a daily basis. This includes making
sure all materials are sorted correctly and examining how much of our trash is necessary. “The point of this is to see what we could be recycling that doesn’t get recycled and to realize how we can become better stewards of our school,” Bair said. The day’s sample of waste is just an example of everything Ecology Club has planned for Earth Week, starting April 18. HHS will be hosting Climate Action Alliance of the Valley, a local group concentrated on environmental science, which will be kicking oﬀ their busy Earth Week by speaking at the school on the 18th. Their topic will be focused on sustainability. Representatives from JMU will also be speaking as well, as the president of Eastern Mennonite University. Mayor Kai Degner will make an appearance to speak along with a fourth speaker to be revealed during Earth Week. On Tuesday the club will pres-
ent a movie titled “Garbage” about a family who saved three month’s worth of their trash. “The movie tells us about how much waste we really use,” Bair said. Wednesday the club will have another road clean-up day, in addition to their clean up of Gray Stone Avenue last month, going out to a local area road and picking up trash. “Club activities are open to everyone. We’re trying to reach out and get people involved in everything we do,” Bair said. Thursday the school board will be presenting “Kilowatt Ours” at HHS, a movie about conserving energy. Representatives from Electric Corporation will be speaking. Friday will be Saint Patrick’s Day all over again as the Ecology Club is naming it “dress green day” in honor of ‘going green’. Saturday the club will head out along with Bridgewater College to Purcell Park to go stream planting, helping keep a stable environment as they top oﬀ the week.
Upton creating new recycling program Michael Johnson Staﬀ Reporter
very Friday, students from each classroom take their class’s recycling bin down to the girl’s locker room where they dump the recyclables in separate bins. Each classroom only has one bin that holds all types of recycling such as plastics, paper, and newspaper. Junior Marcus Upton is determined to redesign the recycling program here at HHS. “I am redesigning the recycling program because I think that it is worth it for the school and it needs to happen,” Upton said. Upton is working on having recycling bins in all rooms. The bins will be divided into three sections for plastics, paper, and newspaper. He is also trying to get the bins in a diﬀerent location so it is not as crowded. “After the announcements every Friday, everyone goes and spends ten to twenty minutes dumping the recycling in a very crowded area,” Upton said. Upton is still in the process of getting the funds, but he is hoping to get the Paper, please. An important part of recy- new program up cling is sorting. One has to make sure that and running in a only certain types of material get placed in couple months. certain bins. Photo by Phillip Bannister S c i e n c e
teacher, Ross Bair, is the leader of the ecology club. He has been in charge of the recycling program for four years. “ B e f o r e the recycling program we have now, there was just one recycling bin next to the soda machine, so I knew that we needed more,” Bair said. The recycling program is mostly student run. It was at Takin’ Care of Business. Juniors ﬁrst just paper Connor Wolfe, Jake Johnson, and being recycled. Brandon Baxter spend part of fourth The students block working with a group of peokept asking ple to sort recycling. Every Friday, Bair to expand students help to carry down boxes into bottles and of recyclable material to sort and newspaper, so put in various cans to get ready to now are also be taken to a recycling plant. Phobeing recycled. tos by Phillip Bannister. “I think that it is important so that when the students see that we are recycling at school, they will hopefully carry it on at home. It is also important so students understand how resources are used. Harrisonburg does not have a landﬁll, so the items are either incinerated or recycled. Therefore we are trying to recycle more,” Bair said.
Local schools invest in measures to go green Ama Ansah News Editor
golden statue of a ﬂuorescent light bulb is displayed in the main oﬃce. Last year, HHS cut back energy by 22%, winning the Harrisonburg Public Schools Award for Conserving Energy, and this is the trophy. “Beginning this year, an award was established to encourage energy conservation and energy cost avoidance. The “Golden Light Bulb” is awarded quarterly to the building or school who has decreased their electric usage compared to the previous quarter,” Craig Mackail said.
Mackail is the Harrisonburg City School board’s Supervisor of Research, Planning, and Operations HHS Principal Irene Reynolds is proud of winning the award but still knows that there is more the school can do to go green. “I think the ﬁrst thing we could do that would make a diﬀerence would be students using the blue trays instead of styrofoam ones,” Reynolds said. The disposable trays were introduced as a compromise between the administration and the cafeteria staﬀ. The cafeteria said they did not have enough time or staﬀ to manage washing the blue plastic trays, so the styrofoam ones were introduced to help
them transition but have yet to be phased out. Reynolds also encourages students to recycle paper and use reusable water bottles. She is considering making a landscape change behind the school. “The hill back here [behind the school], it takes a lot of man power and gasoline to mow that hill. And it’s eroding. It needs to go back to its natural state [limestone]. That would solve the eroding problem and it wouldn’t have to be mowed,” Reynolds said. Thomas Harrison Middle School Principal Betsy Dunnenberger also wishes to make her school more environmental. So far, their eﬀorts have included a recycling program and using
the internet. The weekly school bulletin is emailed to parents instead of printed out and the school handbook is available online. “I wish we were doing more to go green,” Dunnenberger said. “We are always seeking ways. We have an Ecology Club sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Devier-Scott. Our great students have researched and suggested changes within the school.” Reynolds believes it is possible for HHS to be greener and that change would be possible with the cooperation of the student body. “The biggest impact we could have would be to start a campaign to work with our students and encourage them to do the right thing,” Reynolds
said. Mackail agrees that the student body is an integral part of energy conservation. “Students need to be aware that energy conservation or “going green” is everyones responsibility,” Mackail said. “Students need to also be aware of the impact that the little things have on energy conservation and cost avoidance. Little things such as turning oﬀ lights, not wasting water, and recycling all help to conserve energy and avoid unneeded expense to the school division and the community.” Indeed, the little things do help. Last year, small energy saving techniques helped save the school over $100,000.
April 9, 2010
Say what?! Free speech in public schools History teacher applies recent court case to freedom of speech lesson at HHS Emma DiNapoli Editor-in-Chief
he federal district court in the Southern District of California recently determined in Johnson v. Poway Unified School District that calculus teacher Bradley Johnson was within his rights of in-school free speech to hang posters reading “One Nation Under God” and “God Shed His Grace On Thee” above his classroom door. History teacher Mark Tueting seized upon the court case as a valuable learning experience for his Honors History class. “We talk about balancing acts in my classes and have a central theme of “history is argument,”” Tueting said. “We have been particularly following the Texas School Board’s injection of rank politics into the curriculum. Johnson’s posters are of a similar vein and attempt to place a specific type of belief at the center of American history.” Controversy nationwide Both the Texas curriculum fight and the Johnson case place religion and history at odds with each other. In Texas, a social studies curriculum recently approved by the Texas Board of Education puts an admittedly conservative and religious spin on textbooks; similarly, the Johnson district case was controversial in that a limited forum for public free speech had been established at Johnson’s school, yet his right to free speech had been originally denied because of the content of his particular choice of speech. “If the court has ruled that there is a limited free speech forum in the classrooms, do we really want school administrators making judgments about what is acceptable speech or not?” Tueting said. Free speech at HHS At HHS, Tueting has found that most students are resistant to the idea that specific beliefs should be placed at the center of American history, as has happened in Texas. To illustrate the immediate importance and potential repercussions of the Johnson case, though, Tueting devised a lesson plan in which students could take a firsthand look at the prevalence of
classroom decorations within the high school. “I thought of it [my lesson] as a good way to show the balancing acts required by speech regulation,” Tueting said. In any school system, when personal decorations are allowed in the classroom, the school system has created a limited free speech forum in which regulation of content can become much more problematic. “This [regulation of content] affects both sides of the political spectrum,” Tueting said. “Those on the right have been traditionally more supportive of speech restrictions, but in this case it was the apparent proselytization [attempting to convert a person] of Mr. Johnson that was upheld.” Tueting’s lesson The administration at HHS allows teachers to decorate their classrooms with personal items and posters to make the learning environment in their rooms less sterile, creating a limited free speech forum at our school. Tueting’s lesson illustrated to students just how little—or much—our teachers decorate their rooms. Junior Pip Marmorstein was a member of one of the classes which took walking tours of the decorated classrooms of HHS. “Tueting took us to classes around the school because we read an article about freedom of speech in public schools and he wanted us to see examples of freedom of speech at HHS,” Marmorstein said. “There was one room that had tiedyed windows and tons of posters representing all sorts of religions and countries.” History teacher Cara Walton’s room was memorable to more than just Marmorstein. “Mrs. Walton’s room was [particularly interesting] because her walls were completely covered. All of the posters were not biased to only one thing,” junior Cilla Harrison said. “For example, she has posters of all the different religions around the world.” Walton says she decorates her room with tie-dye and culturally diverse posters for a specific purpose. “The tie-dye was for practical reasons,” Walton said. “My windows face the
east, so the tie-dye faces filters the morning sun.” The rest of Walton’s posters serve a considerably more educational purpose. “If you’re a student, you might as well have something interesting to look at,” Walton said. “They [the posters] have started some discussions.” Walton has made sure to balance the beliefs shown on her walls. “I try to be balanced,” Walton said. “I have posters that support every major religion on my walls [for example.” Tueting, too, attempts to diversify the spread of views portrayed on the walls of his classroom. “Based on the posters on my wall, a Republican might conclude that I am a radical liberal. Liberals might conclude that I’m a hardcore Republican,” Tueting said. Students and free speech After participating in Tueting’s lesson, neither Marmorstein or Harrison felt that the Johnson decision was wrong. “I agreed with the court’s ruling. It shouldn’t matter that Mr. Johnson put up Christian banners if other teachers are allowed to put up things that are religious and antireligious,” Marmorstein said. Harrison feels that adminstrators have the ability to require teachers to remove posters and personal effects from their classrooms in the event of student complaints. “Teachers should be able to put up whatever they want unless someone gets offended and asks the superintendent to make them take it off,” Harrison said. “However, I personally don’t think putting it [a poster] on the wall is very forceful.” First Amendment wrap-up Under the court’s interpretation of the First Amendment today, the only way to prevent free speech in classrooms would be to eliminate classroom decoration entirely. “Part of what I wanted my students to see was that if they objected to Mr. Johnson, their alternative was to have sterile classrooms. I think that the cure would be worse than the disease.” tt
Cool Classrooms. These posters, student projects, and teacher’s personal pictures adorn the classrooms of HHS. Photos by Maria Rose.
No because we are minors so we don’t get as many rights anyway. Junior Matt Mendez
Some of the rights are protected, but we aren’t allowed to talk constantly. -Sophomore Dorrall Price
Do you think your first amendment rights are protected in school?
How do you teach the first amendment in your classes? I feel like first amendment rights of students are not protected in school because if we ever had a conflict in school, then we couldn’t do some of rights that are guaranteed, like if there was a fight they wouldn’t want it to get to out of control. -Senior Amie Sombunwanna
The first thing I do is tell them the rights that are protected in the first amendment, but then I tell them that no right is absolute. We go into why and how there are restrictions based on where you are and who’s around. -History teacher Jay Hook I love teaching the first amendment. One thing we do to learn about the first amendment is rewrite it as a text message. We will look as court cases and have discussions about them. For example: Should a high school kid be allowed to hold up a sign that says “bong hits for Jesus”? -History teacher Kris Vass
Can you list the five freedoms of the First Amendment? Speech: 85 students Religion: 80 students Assembly: 50 students Press: 47 students Petition: 50 students 20 students also thought that the right to bear arms was part of the 1st amendment. 106 students in all grades were polled. infographic by Mark Duda
April 9, 2010
April 9, 2010
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Freshmen major component of girls tennis team Aidan Newcity Sports Editor
ith almost half of the group being freshmen, the girl’s tennis team is adjusting to their many new faces. Some of the freshmen are more experienced then others. Freshman Lydia Hatfield has been playing since she was a child, but is just now starting to play competitively this year. “I always played infrequently when I was younger but now I am more serious about it,” Hatfield said. Freshmen Nancy Carrie Logan has been playing all of her life, and she clearly has tennis genes in her blood. Her dad, Danny Logan, played at HHS and in college. He played at West Virginia University of Charleston. Her brother, who graduated from HHS in 2003, was a star tennis player. Her sister also played for HHS and graduated in 2005. “My brother was seeded at
number one all four years and my sister was top six all four years,” Logan said. Hatfield needed a spring sport and decided to play tennis. Athleticism does not come naturally to her, but she loves the game. “I really like the sport [of tennis]. I am not very athletic but tennis is appealing to me,” Hatfield said. With positives come negatives. Hatfield does not enjoy the hot temperature of the courts. She also thinks that tennis is an easy sport to make mistakes. Hatfield feels she is improving in the short amount of time the team has been practicing. “[Tennis] is going pretty well. I think I have definitely improved over the three weeks we have been playing,” Hatfield said. Logan enjoys getting to know her fellow freshmen and upperclassmen. She doesn’t enjoy having to go to practice every day. Logan has played since she was little at the country club in the summer. She also played at Eastover with her dad.
In Hatfield’s eyes, the girls are looking good. “We have a lot of returners and people who have experience,” Hatfield said. For Logan, the upperclassmen are her role models. She thinks they are fun and she learns a lot of different techniques. She is not in the top six, but she is hopeful for upcoming seasons. Logan, and the rest of the team, have an opportunity to work with a great tennis player. Logan’s dad helps out every Wednesday and Thursday. He goes around to each court and works with top six players and the other girls who are not top six. “I like having my dad there. When he is, I always play better,” Logan said. Hatfield, Logan, the other freshmen, and the upperclassmen are looking forward to a great season.Although the freshmen are not top six on the tennis team, they will no doubt have an effect on the team in years to come. A year of team bonding, team wins, and team success should be in their future. tt
Nice forehand! Freshman Lydia Hatfield returns a hit during tennis practice. Photo by Jack Burden.
Sophomores Pruett key distance runner for track team driving force This or That with for JV baseball Ellie Pruett-Fiederlein team Jessica Strickler Opinion Editor
Conner Whitehouse Staff Reporter
t the beginning of the season, JV baseball coach David Heatwole had residual memories of problems from last season. “From what I can tell from last year, our team had a closing problem. They would start with an early lead, and then they would let the other team get back in it,” Heatwole said. With a new season and some experienced sophomore pitchers, coach Heatwole came up with the idea to bring in some outside help. So he brought in a former pitcher at Bridgewater College, Nathan Black. “I brought him in to help with the closing pitchers, he’s going to help build the pitchers confidence and mix up their pitch rotation,” Heatwole said. Black was a year younger than Heatwole playing baseball at Bridgewater, and they have been friends ever since. When Heatwole asked him to use his experience to be the assistant coach it was hard not to accept. This is an odd year for the JV squad. There are typically only two or three sophomores playing JV, but because of the number of people on the varsity squad, there are six this year. “I’m happy that I have such great sophomore leaders this year. As far as vocal leaders I’ll probably look to Mitch DePoy, Jake Durden, and Brady Cockerham. Some of them have already played three years so they can use that experience to better the team as a whole,” Heatwole said. Freshman Bryce Baughman has already had one year of experience and was starting catcher for the JV squad as an eighth grader. “The experience from last year definitely helps, we have chemistry already. I hope to start this year as well,” Baughman said. However, even experienced players have their issues. “My main challenge is throwing, getting the ball to second to get someone out, but I’ve been working on it. It’s getting better though,” Baughman said. As a whole the team is looking strong with all their experienced players. “I would say that our main strength is teamwork. We seem to work really well together and make a great team,” sophomore Brady Cockerham said. tt
unning in high school is an all-out, 100% dedication sport. Because of this, life for freshman Ellie Pruett is a whole lot harder. This spring, Pruett decided to join the HHS track team after taking a hiatus from running this fall sport season. Because she plays the flute, Pruett decided to join the marching band instead of running cross-country. “I ran cross country in middle school, but I wanted to have the full marching band experience and not just do Friday night band like some of the other runners,”
Pruett said. Now she has come back to the sport, in part due to her friends. “All of my friends are running track,” Pruett said. “I really want to become part of the team.” Coach Dave Loughran waited patiently for Pruett to join his group of runners, after seeing her run on her own during the summer of 2009. “We were [the cross country team] all at Purcell one day and I saw this girl tearing around the park,” Loughran said. “All of a sudden the girls started to cheer ‘Go Ellie, Go Ellie, Go Ellie’ and I was like ‘Who is she?’ ‘Why is she not on the cross country team?’”
Because Pruett has not participated in any track events, she does not know what sort of events she will be entered in at the meets. But she has been practicing with other distance runners during track practice. “I will probably run distance, because it is what I did in middle school,” Pruett said. In the meantime, Pruett has trained with the other freshmen on the cross-country team. “[Pruett] is someone who is going to help the team,” Loughran said. “She is really into running and that shows because she is willing to practice on her own during the summer and off-season.”
Asics or Nike Track or cross country flute or oboe marching band or friday night band peanut butter or jelly chocolate or vanilla computer or TV text or call 800m or 1600m 4x800 or 4x400 cat or dog gatorade or water Infographic by Vanessa Ehrenpreis
Lake passionate about new varsity baseball experience Mitch Depoy Staff Reporter
hen you say the word baseball around junior Fransisco Lake, he perks up. This year, Lake made the varsity team and is competing for a starting spot on the team. Along with a starting spot, Lake will also be a part of the baseball team’s success this year. Lake lived in the Dominican Republic for the first 14 years of his life. “In the Dominican, we play baseball year around,” Lake said. Lake moved to the Valley three years
ago for his freshman year from San Pedro in the Dominican Republic. He has always had a passion for the game of baseball. “I love baseball,” Lake said. When asked why he loves the game of baseball so much, Lake just smiles and he says it’s great. “I’ve been playing it for the past seven years, it’s hard not to love it,” Lake said. His favorite position is third base. “Third base is my favorite, you always have to be on your toes and ready for the ball,” Lake said. He also loves third base for the action that you get. “I love when the ball is hit really hard at me and I have to make a play,” Lake said.
When Lake was asked about his favorite baseball player, his first response was he’s not sure. After a little thought though, he had his answer. “Third basemen Alex Rodriguez for the New York Yankees,” Lake said. As for Lake’s personal skills, they’re not lacking. As a freshman, Lake started the year on the junior varsity team. “I played four games down on the JV team,” Lake said. After Lake tore up the competition, he showed the varsity coaches that he belonged on the varsity team. With the way Lake was hitting the ball they knew that there was no reason for them to keep Lake down on the JV team. tt
Softball team hopes to continue winning streak Emmett Copeland Staff Reporter
fter many fantastic moral victories last year, the Harrisonburg softball team is looking forward to an improved season with the aid of the freshman class. “I think we’re going to do better this year thanks to the freshman,” sophomore Mikala Wolter said. “They’ve filled in the empty positions well and they fit into the team.” This year two freshmen are playing on the varsity team, catcher and shortstop Kerri Hofacker and second baseman Makayla Foley. Foley has played softball for nine years mostly as a hobby. She comes into the program as a travel league champion and she has had the privilege of starting on the varsity team her freshman year. “I have really enjoyed playing this year and I like the team,” Foley said. The freshmen have both have adapted to and
and have been warmly reWHAT YOU THINK ceived by, the team. Will the varsity softball “The freshmen are good, team improve from last they’ve been very helpful year? so far,” captain senior Emma-Rose Kline said. Hofacker also has high expectations for her first varsity season. “I want to actually beat TA this year,” Hofacker 99 people in all grades and said. faculty polled on Sept 14 by Mark Duda The softball world billows out beyond high school and college, were she plans to play, after which she hopes to be an Olympian, like her softball hero Natasha Watley. The freshman class is giving the softball team a helpful boost, as evidenced by their recent victory over Waynesboro, and Eastern Mennonite High School the first in two seasons. The girls hope to continue their fierce winning streak through discipline and teamwork. tt
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Fresh faces. Freshmen varsity softball team members Makayla Foley (top) and Kerri Hofacker (bottom).
Budget cuts should not have as much impact as expected on HHS budget From a1 educated enough to understand it. We may not like it but at the least we can tolerate it. We know there will be a turnaround and recovery,” Eye said. In addition to not getting a raise, some administrative positions are getting a form of pay reduction. “Certain contracted positions like Guidance have changed. 11 month positions turned to 10 month positions for example. Because they’re working less days, they’re getting paid less money. Other contracted positions, such as campus upkeep, have been cut
completely,” Eye said. While much of the school is facing slight cuts, one unlikely group is actually getting a raise: lunch staff. “This is sort of interesting but the lunch ladies will probably get a pay raise because it’s not out of the same pool as the teachers and administration and custodians and all that. They’re funded differently, through the federal government instead of state government,” Eye said. Guidance director Amy Powers has a less optimistic view of the next year, but has confidence that academics will
not be sacrificed. “We’re not going to hurt our SOL or graduation courses. Everything else like electives are considered a bonus and we might not offer certain electives if they don’t have decent enrollment of say like 15 students. The luxuries like classes that only have 10 students may not be offered next year, but it’s hard to say until we know what we’re actually dealing with,” Powers said. While the cuts are not too deep, few see the situation improving over the next year. Powers says that the situation will be the same or worse and
Eye agrees. “I think we’re still a long way away from even a reasonable recovery. I think we’re looking at a few years for a full recovery at least. That’s a best case scenario,” Eye said. Students and parents can always contact their government officials to voice their concerns for budgetary issues. As the budget story continues to evolve at both the state and city levels, updates will be posted on www. newsstreak.com.tt
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The Rendon Report
Eighth graders join jv sports teams
Why college basketball is better than NBA Alex Rendon Staﬀ Reporter
have three reasons why college basketball is better than the NBA. Number one: JMU basketball. The guys may not be so great but the ladies are a force in that CAA. Hooray for respectable sporting events in Harrisonburg. Number two: The perfect combination of beauty and brains. The NBA is all about the pizzazz. College basketball has its ﬂair, but they couple that with complex schemes and mid-range jumpshots. That’s the “beautiful game” type of basketball I dig. And number three: My continuing quest for the perfect bracket. I know I have a better chance of getting killed on the way to room 444 than I do of attaining a perfect bracket, but it’ll always be worth the shot. You know it’s time for March Madness when brainiacs like Joe Lunardi suddenly become ESPN’s version of The Jonas Brothers and the phrases “bubble team,” “RPI,” and “big dance” permeate daily conversations. There’s no escaping it. You don’t see this sort of buzz for the NBA. The reason being is that the majority of the NBA begins packing it in mid-season when the same old teams begin to pull away. The college guys lay it on the line every single game. This is partly due to lunatic coaches who would sooner give up their ﬁrst-born than give up possession but that’s beside the point. That actually makes for more entertaining games in college than in the vapid NBA. And these are the guys who are even getting PAID. I don’t know what changed my opinion about college basketball. Last year I would have vehemently defended the NBA, but now I’m mostly apathetic. David Stern just needs to hurry up and inject some life into his product. The Slam Dunk contest this year epitomized how boring the NBA can get at times. With college basketball, the fans are on their feet and yelling at the top of their lungs for their hometown Fighting Walruses or whatever their mascot may be. Don’t really see that at many Bobcats/Grizzlies games. This year’s tournament, according to many college basketball analysts, is on track to be an unpredictable and exciting one. I can’t remember a tournament where that wasn’t the case. When you have players who are willing to push themselves to the cusp of their ability in order to beneﬁt the team and university as a whole, the basketball is going to be spectacular. Add to that coaches who act like the wellbeing of planet Earth is at stake in every game, and you get an entertaining product. The only knock I have on college basketball is the agonizing end of the game where the team that’s down by ten insists on delaying the end of the game by fouling on every possession. I know the notion is that the ﬁnal two minutes of a basketball game are the only competitive ones, but that’s too extreme. Just end the game already. I’ve got class the next day. And so do you.
Batter up! Freshman Miesha Whitley practices her pitching for the jv girls softball team, a team with many middle school athletes. Photo by Emily Jamieson.
Michael Johnson Staﬀ Reporter
pring sports have arrived and tryouts for all the teams are completed. For the junior varsity teams, eighth graders are allowed to try out. Eighth grader Jacob Byrd was one of the young guns that survived cuts and made the junior varsity soccer team. “I like soccer because it is a great use of time and fun to play. I am also good at it,” Byrd said. Byrd has been playing soccer since he was four years old where he has been on a plethora of teams including recreational teams when he was little and travel teams as he matured and improved his game. He has been playing on a travel team since he was in ﬁfth grade. “When I played for the recreational soccer league, our games were held on the Smithland ﬁelds and when I
played travel soccer, our games were held at Monger ﬁelds,” Byrd said. Byrd also has played many diﬀerent positions during his soccer career. When he was little he played goalie. Now he plays marking back or center back both of which are defensive positions. Byrd is hoping to play defense for the upcoming soccer season. “Tryouts were tough and had a lot of hard conditioning. It was also diﬃcult because due to the weather, we had to have tryouts inside. The conditioning mainly consisted of agility runs since we were in the gymnasium,” Byrd said. When Byrd walked into the gymnasium, he was conﬁdent that he was going to make ﬁrst cuts, but was not so sure about ﬁnal cuts. Byrd thinks that the team will be very successful and will not lose a lot. “I think at tops we will lose maybe three games,” Byrd said.
HHS groundskeepers work hard prepping fields for games Shane McMahan Staﬀ Reporter
ield Maintenance is often one of the overlooked aspects of high school sports. Groundskeepers, such as our own Amos Simmons, put in countless hours prepping ﬁelds and playing surfaces for upcoming games. As Simmons explains, it is not an easy job. “Taking care of all of the ﬁelds is not as easy as it looks,” Simmons said. “Getting all the ﬁelds ready for use takes away time that could be spent with your family.” Simmons explains that the family has to be very understanding of the job at hand. For example, in preparation for the start of the spring sports schedules, Simmons and the other groundskeepers will work anywhere from ten to twelve hours per day, sometimes ending around ten or eleven at night, getting the ﬁelds ready.
Groundskeepers work hard to keep HHS looking good for sporting events. Photo by Jack Burden. “The hardest part of my job is deﬁnitely trying to take care of the ﬁelds when it rains or snows,” Simmons said. Simmons said that the ﬁelds are just getting over the damage left by the recent
snow and rainstorms. “We work all week to get the ﬁelds ready, then another storm hits and we are back at square one,” Simmons said. Simmons and the other groundskeepers rake, drag, and do other necessary things to prep the baseball ﬁeld, while they paint lines amongst other things to help get ready for baseball and football games. The ﬁelds, mainly the baseball and softball ﬁelds cannot take large amounts of water, mainly due to the fact that the ﬁelds do not drain very well. “We like to call it rain but no drain,” Simmons joked. Even though being a groundskeeper has its disadvantages and its hardships, Simmons said he loves what he does. “I don’t think there is any way that I could still be doing this after ﬁfteen years and not enjoy it,” Simmons said. “You really have to enjoy what you do, and I do just that.”
Tennis teams use challenge matches to determine seedings Claire Sudol Managing Editor
ennis is just as much an individual sport as it is a team one. A tennis match consists of nine points; six individual points from singles and three points
from doubles. The top six boys and girls for their teams each play a singles match against their opponents, followed by three doubles matches. However, because only the top six players are playing for the nine points, competition is very competitive among teammates. And the only way to set the team’s rankings is to
Sophomore Ford Hatfield returns a shot during a challenge match. Photo by Jack Burden.
face-oﬀ in challenge matches during practice. For HHS’s boy’s tennis team, head coach Justin Fainter looked at the each player’s playing ability during tryouts and set the rankings from 1-18 according to how well they could play. After Fainter assigned rankings, he had the boys play up and down the ladder. So, for example, number four would play number three and if number four wins, they swap rankings. However, if three wins, then the ladder stays the same. A challenge match is played just like any other match against an opponent. The players play a match to eight games and depending on the winner, rankings could either change or stay the same. Just like athletes want a certain position on a baseball ﬁeld or soccer ﬁeld, tennis players want a low ranking. This is why head-to-head ladder matches are so essential to tennis players. For HHS’s girls’ tennis team, head Coach Laurie Miller does things similarly to the boys team. Miller scouted each girl’s playing ability during tryouts and ranked them accordingly. After assigning ranks to each player, Miller set up challenge matches up and down the ladder. The rules are simple; if the higher seed wins, nothing
changes, but if the lower seed wins, they swap rankings. Unlike the boy’s team who plays ﬁrst player to eight games, Miller sets a time limit and whoever has won the most games wins the match. Junior Sarah Grace McCormick has been playing challenge matches since eighth grade when she played on the team, but was not eligible to play against other schools. “[Challenge matches] are important because they not only give us practice playing in match situations, but they also allow us to show our skills on the court with the hopes of moving up the team’s ladder,” McCormick said. Serving as the girl’s team number two, McCormick has secured her seed by challenging other teammates. “If there weren’t challenge matches, there wouldn’t be a strong system to allow for even match-ups against other schools,” McCormick said. Challenge matches are a necessity to tennis because they provide a ladder with players ranging from the strongest to the weakest. Every high school tennis team uses challenge matches to set rankings because when schools face-oﬀ in matches, each seed needs to play a player on the other team with the same seed so they have a similar ability.
Four types of tennis shots with Ford Hatfield Hatfield demonstrating a volley, or a shot taken out of the air at the net .
Hatfield demonstrating a serve, the first shot in a rally, taken from behind the baseline.
Hatfield showing his backhand, hitting the ball on the non-dominant side with two hands.
Hatfield demonstrating a forehand, hitting the ball on his dominant side. infographic by Gabe Hoak and Jack Burden photos by Jack Burden.
April 9, 2010
Kim trained with Olympic coach
Getting to know
Eungdap Kim Age 16 Birthday September 21,1994 Favorite Activity Listening to music Favorite Food Hamburger Favorite food in Korea Kim Chi How long have you lived in the US? 1 year 6 months Favorite sport?Ping pong Who is your role model? Dad What other sports do you do? Track What do you miss about your old country? My friends Favorite word or saying? You are my favorite
What kind of shoes do you like? Basketball Favorite subject? Math Favorite animal? Lion What kind of car do you want to drive? Sports car What do you want to be in the future? Director/actor What hobbies do you enjoy? Music and Tae kwon doe Favorite book? Bible What do you find interesting about America? The friends are good Is the language barrier affecting you during sports? No
Jack Burden Sports Editor
ae kwon do (meaning “the way of the foot and ﬁst”) is the world’s most popular martial art, with over 30 million practitioners in 123 countries all over the world, according to Boise State University. It combines the practices of combat, self-defense, sport, exercise, meditation, and philosophy all into one. Since its creation in South Korea, the sport has taken oﬀ, especially in its country of origin. Now, nearly every South Korean inhabitant takes up taekwondo during their childhood, with many obtaining the sports highest accomplishment, the black belt.
If I ever go back to Korea, I will find a coach there and continue.” Junior Eung-dap Kim
While living in South Korea, like everyone in his family except for his mom, junior Eung-dap Kim started taekwondo while still very young. He initially trained for only a couple years. But two years ago, when he was 14, he picked up martial arts once again, training under South Korean Olympic coach Heedo Kim in Gungpyung, South Korea.
“I wanted to be better, and I saw people on the internet and TV who were really good, and I wanted to be like them,” Kim said. He attained black belt status as a “pumsae” player, or one who does not compete, but simply emulates established moves. After moving to the United States, however, Kim was forced to give up the sport as a result of back problems. However, Kim does believe that one day he could return to Tae Kwon Do. “If I ever go back to Korea, I will ﬁnd a coach there and continue,” Kim said.
Lake takes up Tae Kwon Do at two years old
Vanessa Ehrenpreis Ad Editor
icturing a two year old kicking people in the head is not a normal mental image. But for sophomore Rosalyn [Rosie] Lake it is just her regular life. Lake started the sport of Tae Kwon Do when she was just two years old, and has been competing ever since. “I started [Tae Kwon Do] because my dad is an instructor. He wants me to go to the Olympics,” Lake said. Lake’s Father, Carlos Lake is the owner and head instructor of Lake Tae Kwon Do located here in Harrisonburg. It is clear that Lake has high expectations for his daughter, and a large inﬂuence on her abilities; which is sometimes diﬃcult for Rosalyn to bear. “The hardest thing about competing is when I am doing really well and he will try to get me mad by telling me I am doing something wrong,” Rosalyn said. “He cares about me a lot. He also cares about how well I ﬁght.” But Rosalyn handles the pressure well, and uses her anger to defeat her opponents. She usually lives up to his standards, and has brought home many trophies, including ﬁrst place in the fourth annual Battle of the
Champions and ﬁrst place in many other local tournaments. Her family supports her athletic ventures, letting her travel throughout Virginia to compete, and even to Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. The athletic gene seems to run in the Lake family, Rosalyn’s younger brother and sister also compete in Tae Kwon Do, and her older brother Francisco Lake is a member of the HHS varsity baseball team. Rosalyn sets an excellent example for her siblings, and is determined to succeed. She will do whatever it takes to win. “At tournaments, I ﬁnd out who I am competing against and watch them before my match so I know what their weakness is. Yeah, it is like I am stalking my opponents,” Lake said. Rosalyn’s success also stems from her challenging practices. In addition to track practice after school, Rosalyn practices Tae Kwon Doe for two and a half hours every day. “It is about the same as track, a lot of running and stuﬀ. I practice for two hours and thirty minutes every day, even on the weekends. It is sad, but I like it,” Rosalyn said. Rosalyn’s favorite things about Tae Kwon Do are head shots. Not only does it get her more points in matches, but also gives her an adrenaline rush.
“I get really excited,” Rosalyn said. “In matches you get one point for kicking someone, and two points for head shots. The only thing you can not do is punch someone in the face or back of the head because they can get hurt.” Tae Kwon Do is a sparring sport that can be dangerous at times; Rosalyn herself injured her wrist in training. Opponents try to get as many points as possible while delivering precise and accurate hits to their challenger. Judges determine whether the hit is worth points, and if the ﬁghters stayed within the 10 by 10 meter square. There are two rounds of one minute and thirty seconds, and then the winner is determined. To prevent injuries, competitors wear protective equipment such as a helmet, forearm and shin guards, and padding. Rosalyn hopes to get a scholarship to Columbia University and compete in the Olympics for Tae Kwon Do, she highly recommends the sport to others. “Tae Kwon Do is a good sport, it is great. I really enjoy it.” Her advice to beginners“Follow me.”
Hi-YAH! Sophomore Rosie Lake listens to the rules at the 2nd Annual Virginia State Gov-
erner’s Cup. Lake particpated in the Tae Kwon Do championship where she beat her competition to be named champion. Photo Courtesy of Rosie Lake
Facts about Tae Kwon Do
•Tae means “to Kick” or “Smash with the feet” •Kwon implies “punching” or “destroying with the hand or fist” •Do means “way” or “method •There are eleven commandments of modern day Taekwondo, here are a few, Loyalty to your country, Respect your parents, Faithfulness to your spouse, Loyalty to your friends, Respect your elders, Never take life unjustly, Indomitable spirit, Finish what you begin. information courtesy of http://www.worldtaekwondo.com/history.htm
March Madness contest big hit with HHS students
brackets in, even people who do not watch basketball because of the good prizes [SCA] has had in the past.” Frazier also acknowledged the fact that the group he formed on Facebook he month of March brings for the event has over 74 conﬁrmed with it a curious fever, an guests. Prizes in the past have been gaming unexplainable fever that makes people paint there faces, drive systems such as the Nintendo Wii and for countless hours to reach arenas, and Playstation Three (both won by senior Dylan St. Ours). enter into a gambling frenzy. St. Ours has won two out of the three This fever has been diagnosed as March Madness and the eﬀect at HHS is bracket contests held by HHS. He was in charge of the third but no diﬀerent than any other WHAT YOU THINK something tells him he could high school or college. have won. The SCA holds an Did you participate in “I just feel lucky,” St. Ours annual March Madness March Madness brackets? said. bracket competition St. Ours admits his “dirty that gives students the little secret” as to his extreme opportunity to make their success of winning is doing (very educated) guesses nothing to prepare at all. about which teams will While some research game win games, tournaments stats and watch countless and ultimately the 100 people in all grades and basketball highlights, St. Ours championship in college faculty polled on March 23 by does things diﬀerently. basketball. The brackets Michael Johnson The two years I won in were picked up blank and a row, I didn’t watch much ﬁlled out by students who then turned them back in to vie for their basketball,” St. Ours said. “I just woke chances at the ultimate prize: a brand up one morning and ﬁlled in my choices.” new iPod Nano. Unfortunately, like so many others, “Each person turns in their bracket and after each round, the correct St. Ours chose Kansas University as guesses get points,” SCA president Ian his champion and therefore is not Frazier said. “The points start at one doing well as of the second round of and go to three then ﬁve and up until competition. “I’m not really feeling [the the end.” The SCA is in its fourth year of competition] this year. My bracket is the contest and the student and staﬀ struggling,” St. Ours said. There is no entry fee for the participation has continued to climb. competition, it is simply a fun activity “The turnout is always good,” Frazier that the SCA is providing for the said. “A good amount of people turn student body. Lauren Martin Advertising Editor
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Photo Essay B10
Renaissance Rall y
Move your body! The boys dance team perHuddle Up! The boys dance team forms their dance in front of the school at the huddle up after their dance. Photo Renaissance Rally. Photo by Paulina Rendon by Paulina Rendon
Dance to the beat! The boys dance team dance in pairs in front of the whole school for the Renaissance Rally. Photo by Emily Jamieson
Grease Lightning! Seniors Drake Cary and Ian Frazier dance during the rally. Photo by Rafiqa Haji
The boys dance team prepare to dance at the Renaissance Rally. Photo by Paulina Rendon
Get your groove on! The boys dance team partner up. Flip! Drake Cary does a flip to end the boys dance Photo by Maria Rose teams routine during the Renaissance Rally. Photo by Maria Rose
Stop shooting yourself! Senior Mashkhal Ibraham believes that he is the top spy in the world. Photo by Rafiqa Haji Listen to the beat! The vol- You are getting sleeeepy! Hypnounteers believe that music tist Tom DeLuca performs his first is coming out of their shoes. trick. Photo by Rafiqa Haji Photo by Rafiqa Haji Fruit Friend Senior Fernando thinks fruit have feelings too. Photo by Rafiqa Haji
CPR! Senior Fernando believes that Interpreting! Senior Nick an apple was dying after being hyp- Fornadel interprates what notized. Photo by Maria Rose Sarah Simmons is saying. Ice cream! Senior Photo by Rafiqa Haji Samantha Simmons believes she is eating ice cream. Photo by Maria Rose Vroooom! Students believe they are driving their fantasy cars, one of Tom DeLuca’s many tricks. Photo by Rafiqa Haji Patience is key Tom DeLuca patiently waits for everyone to be completely asleep before attempting anything. Photo by Rafiqa Haji
Move it! Senior Dasha Love dances while being hypno- Shake it! Drake Cary leads tized. Photo by the boys dance team at the Rafiqa Haji Renaissance rally. Photo by Rafiqa Haji Partner up! (To the right)Boys dance team into Just Dance! Se- get niors believe that c o u p l e s . they are attending Photo by a dance party. Pho- Maria Rose to by Rafiqa Haji
DeLuca tells the seniors what to do. Photo by Rafiqa Haji
Pink Panthers! Senior Preston Grogg performs a split while being a cheerleader. Photo by Rafiqa Haji, Strut your stuff! Senior Armeen Pirooz shows off his muscles while hypnotized. Photo by Rafiqa Haji Senior Preston Grogg rubs imaginary oil on himself. Photo by Rafiqa Haji Love thy neighbor Seniors Regan Sheets and Chris Johnson hug each other after being hypnotized. Photo by Rafiqa Haji
Pose off! Volunteers believe they Go Shihtzus! Senior Doodie Grogg believes that he is the top are participating in a pose off. cheerleader in the school. Photo by Phillip Bannister Photo by Phillip Bannister
Good smells! Senior Dasha Love believes the best smell is on her neighbor. Photo by Phillip Bannister
She’s not from here! Senior Samantha Simmons believes that she is from another planet. Photo by Phillip Bannister
BADGER! Deluca screams badger and the seniors believe that there was a badger in the mid- Nice throw! DeLuca shows the dle of the floor. Photo by Phillip crowd the shoe that was thrown at the “badger”Photo by Phillip Bannister Bannister
Who’s Next? Tom DeLuca, the hypnotist, pumps up the crowd to see who wants to be hypnotized. Photo by Emily Jamieson
Pose off! Doodie Grogg and the rest of the volunteers do a pose off. Photo by Emily Jamieson Pump the gas! Hypnotist Tom DeLuca, tells the volunteers to imagine being in a new car. Photo by Emily Jamieson
Instructions! DeLuca lays out the instructions for the show. Photo by Phillip Bannister
Listen to the beat! Senior volunteers listen to their shoes during the Renaissance Rally when Tom DeLuca, the Hypnotist tells them to. Photo by Emily Jamieson
Watching intently! Sophomore Bryan Chicas You’re out! At the snap of DeLuca’s waits patiently for the perfect shot for Yearbook fingers the seniors fall asleep. Photo by during the Renaissance Rally. Photo by Emily JaPhillip Bannister mieson
Seniors and teachers fall asleep at the snap of Tom DeLuca’s fingers. Photo by Phillip Bannister
Hand Gestures! Mrs. Cummings Twisted! Tom DeLuca points out does hand exercises during the everyone’s interesting ways of fallrally.Photo by Phillip Bannister ing asleep during the rally. Photo