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Volume 21 Issue 4 May 2013

James Bowie High School



Graduation Reminders


AISD hopes to launch new academic opportunity for high school students By: Claudia Catanzaro-Solis, Junior Editor

The school board approved a submission to the Texas Education Agency, which overviews all Texas school districts, of an “intent to pursue designation” of the Early College High School program at a board meeting Thursday, March 7. The approval process and official designation by TEA will start in the fall of 2013. Should the initiative be approved, AISD and TCC Southeast will be collaborating on constructing an early college high school to open the fall semester of 2014. The initiative was presented to the board by Superintendent Dr. Marcelo Cavazos along with TCC Southeast Campus President Dr. William Coppola and Executive Director of Secondary Education Evan Smith. Early College High School is a program where students entering high school can choose to attend a separate or community college campus where they have the opportunity to, if they complete the program for all four years, graduate with not only their high school diploma but up to 60 hours of college credit and an Associate’s degree. “Right now the state limits students to only take a total of 12

hours a year in Dual Credit, 24 hours in total,” Coppola said. “Early College High School lifts that cap.” One of the district’s goals is for every one of its 64,000 students to be prepared for life after high school- be it college or entering the workforce. Due to the success of the Dual Credit program and recently added career certificate programs in helping achieve this goal, the district sought a way to expand this program; thus emerged the idea to institute an early college high school, which already has proven to be a success in several other districts in Texas. “It was a good connection with our strategic plan for what we expected for students and we know that we have a very strong partnership with TCC Southeast,” Cavazos said. “My motivation is to make sure students have opportunities to pursue their dreams and aspirations.” With such a large district, the school board is challenged to constantly seek new academic opportunities for its students, so that it may offer programs and courses that fit the need of every individual. The district anticipates for an early college high school to be yet another option for those who aren’t reaching their full potential in the traditional high school

New York targets teen workers in minimum wage increase By: Raven Haynes, Editor-in-chief

New York has approved a minimum wage increase from $7.25 to $9.00 by 2016 and will place particular emphasis on a tax credit- state money to make up for the difference- for companies that employ 16 to 19 year-olds at this new, higher rate. Although last year there were more Texans working at minimum wage or less relative to any other state, a similar bill for the state is not in the works. According to AP

Macroeconomics teacher Judi Ferrell, a similar model would not be beneficial regardless. “A larger labor force isn’t what the Texas economy needs,” Ferrell said. She added if the “goal is to have more young people with jobs” then an identitical bill would be helpful, but “it would not stimulate the economy”. Senior Diane Velazquez said she would quit her job at Sonic, where she makes about four dollars an hour plus tips, if minimum wage rose to $9.00 in





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environment. “We’re trying to give kids as many opportunities as possible to be successful, so that when they leave high school they have choices,” Smith said. “They have many choices of what they can do and what they can become.” In acquiring information about the program and the benefits to students, several members of an early college high school research committee, made up of AISD teachers, counselors, and principals, visited districts that had an Early College High School program. “What we found in visitations is we have a group of students that have such high capability but don’t have or don’t feel like they have the support,” Coppola said. One goal of the district is to have the Early College High School serve as a gateway to a four year college or to the workforce for those exact students, as well as for students who want to advance their academic career as early as possible, in a way different from AP or IB or AVID. “The opportunity for students to really focus on working toward their Associate’s degree and looking to their future in college at an early age is very directional and it will take a lot of work and a high level of commitment but I think that it can be done by anybody,” Smith said. “I think that it’s going to be

a very supportive, very demanding, and very rewarding opportunity for students to take advantage of.” Students interested in the program are advised to thoroughly discuss the idea with their family, to ensure that they would want to give up the conventional high school experience, and are prepared for the amount of work and required work ethic. “Knowing that students would be engaged in rigorous high school curriculum in an early college high school, they would have to have a very big commitment and their families would have to make a commitment that they would want to continue for the four years in that environment,” Cavazos said. Dr. Coppola, who in his 30 years of working in education has helped start two other early college high schools, praises the program for the way it challenges students and allows them to reach their highest capability. “Education is not just about learning things, it’s about a teacher bringing the best out of you and telling you that this is where the bar is for you and helping you reach that bar,” Coppola said. “That’s what an early college high school does.”

Texas. The $1.75 increase may seem promising, but Money & Me teacher Kim Ikeler’s calculations show that the improved hourly rate may not make much of a difference to the typical teenage McDonald’s employee. “The average employed teenager may work 25 hours a week, which gives you maybe $39 more per week after taxes,” Ikeler said. She pointed out that New York’s emphasis on monetarily assisting employers who specifically hire teens may negatively affect older, more experienced workers. Ferrell, who said approximately 30 percent of

her students have jobs during the school year, agreed that $9.00 minimum wage would not cause a significant change in student funds, but said that it would “definitely be an incentive for kids to look for jobs”. When asked how the higher wages would affect students’ savings for college and similar future expenses, Ikeler was not convinced. “Statistics show we’re a nation that doesn’t save and the increase is not enough of a difference,” Ikeler said. “That wouldn’t even buy you a textbook.”

FAQ about BYOT with Mr. Manley By: Claudia Catanzaro-Solis, Junior Editor

BYOT, or “Bring Your BYOT, students can bring Own Technology”, has had their own technology, use it a district-wide for the same purpose, impact, allowing it doesn’t cost the students to district money and it bring and use also keeps the teachers technology from from having to teach home while the students how to use in school. But the technology.” because BYOT is fairly new to Which classes can the campus, benefit the most Anais Nguyen uses there is still some Junior from BYOT? her cellphone to study SAT confusion among vocabulary during lunch. by: Claudia students, parents, Photo Manley: “I think all Catanzaro-Solis and teachers. In classes can benefit collaboration with Principal from it. If I was a teacher Bill Manley, the newspaper directing it in the classroom, staff hopes to clarify a few I would start going paperless rules and regulations about on lots of things and using BYOT along with ways to programs or social media implement it into the school sites like Edmodo or others day. that are educationally driven.” How does BYOT support the goals of the district? Manley: “One of the goals is being a technology rich school district. By having

Are students allowed to use their technology in school for personal purposes outside of the classroom? Making calls, playing games, etc. If so,

when? Manley: “The Bowie policy is going to be before school and during lunch. Not during passing periods. If they are caught with their devices out during passing periods they will be confiscated.” What consequences are there if students use their technology inappropriately or during passing periods? Manley: “If it was a cellphone, that falls under the cellphone policy. There isn’t necessarily a $15 retrieval fee, that’s only for cellphones, but there could be campus consequences. It could be D-hall, ISS, Saturday school; it just really depends on the student and where they’re at in discipline.” Will BYOT continue to be in effect the following school year?

Manley: “We’re really using the rest of this year as a test. And if that works- good. And if the students do a good job with that then next year we’ll continue.” How will administration handle students using their technology to cheat or take pictures of students and teachers who haven’t given their consent to be photographed? Manley: “What we need students to understand is the responsible use of it. It really is in the students’ hands and if things start going the negative way it’s something that could go away. But I also think as the teachers become more comfortable with it they’re going to find more and more uses for it in the classroom and the responsibility will just come along with it.”


Interesting seniors By: Micheala Moore, staffer

2013- The senior class has roughly 700 seniors this year. I decided to pull out the ones that had hidden talents, the ones that were strong-minded, the ones who never gave up - the determined. There are always people that go beyond what is expected of them; the people that decide that they aren't going to be a follower, and instead become a leader. Arden Frye (right)

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To what colleges have you been accepted? “Stephen F. Austin.”

What extracurriculars were you in during your time at Bowie? “I was in band for three years.”

What was your most memorable moment of senior year? “Realizing I got accepted to college.”

What are your plans after high school? Colleges? “I am going to TCC.’’ What was your most memorable moment of your senior year? ”I won Regionals and I got first place for music production.”

How have you changed since your freshman year? “I got taller. Became independent, more social.” Haley Dixon (left) What extracurriculars were you in? Which ones were you in all four years? “StuCo and softball.” To which colleges have you been accepted? “Austin College.” What was your most memorable moment of your senior year? “Experiencing homecoming court.” How have you changed since your freshman year? “I’m more outgoing, and got over fears.” What factors do you look for in a good college? “Small size, small student to teacher ratio.”

What factors do you look for in a good college? “Good campus, small student-to-teacher ratio, and a good reputation.”

“How have you changed since your freshman year? “I matured and I got a taste of everything.“ If you had to pick one adjective to describe yourself, what would it be? “Free-spirited.”

What was your favorite class? Favorite teacher? “U.S. History. Mrs. Wilhelm.”

Any advice for juniors who are just starting the college search process? “Let it be your choice and start early.”

In what are you interested in majoring? “Physical therapy.”

If you could change anything about Bowie, what would it be and why? “I wouldn’t change anything.”

What is your favorite animal? “Three-toed sloth.”

What was your favorite class? Favorite teacher? “Music theory. Mr. Wood.”

The Big Day

What you need to know for graduation Graduation Ceremony Rehearsal

Date: Friday, June 7th, 2013 Location: UTA College Park Center 601 Spaniolo Drive Arlington, TX 76019 Free Parking: Lot 47 at the corner of Mitchell and Oak Street Arrive at: 9:30 a.m Begins: 10:30 a.m. Where do I sit? Enter UTA College Park Center and be seated on the court in the chair which holds your name card. Do not damage this card; your Row Leader will collect it when rehearsal is over.

Why do I have to attend Rehearsal? You WILL NOT participate in the Graduation Ceremony if you do not attend rehearsal. Rehearsal is where you will be given your free Graduation Ceremony tickets.

By: Raven Haynes, Editor-in-chief

Graduation Ceremony Tickets

Picked up at: Graduation Rehearsal Amount: 7 How do I get more than seven tickets? The remaining tickets not included in the 7 free tickets for each senior will be sold throughout the school day in the Bookkeeper’s Office, Monday (May 20th) thru Thursday (May 23rd) EXCEPT between 1:00-2:00 p.m. or until sold out ONLY. Remaining tickets are $2 each (limited to 2 per Graduating Senior). Your ID must be shown to purchase extra tickets & all fines must be clear! Any tickets that remain or tickets of seniors who do not attend Graduation Rehearsal will be sold at UTA College Park Center’s Box Office at the North/Northwest Entrance on June 7th prior to the ceremony by Bowie H.S. campus personnel.

Where do I meet my parents afterward?

Graduation Ceremony Will I be professionaly photographed during the ceremony?

Flash Photography is the official photographer for Bowie H.S.’s Graduation Ceremony. Students will be provided an address card to be filled out at Graduation Rehearsal. Graduates will be photographed as they receive their diploma cover. Proofs of this on-stage photo will be mailed to every graduate who filled out the address card.

Meet them outside the west entrance Date: Friday, June 7th, 2013 (where you came in) on Spaniolo Drive Location: UTA College Park Center after the ceremony. Parents WILL NOT 601 Spaniolo Drive be allowed to enter the Graduate aisles Arlington, TX 76019 or Stage Area during the Graduation Arrive at: 5:15 p.m. Ceremony. Begins: 7:00 p.m. Free Parking: Upon arrival, report to the West Entrance of UTA College Park Center by 5:15 p.m. Spaniolo Drive will close at 5:00pm– make sure vehicles are parked prior to that time.

What do I wear? What do I do with my cap and tassle?

Write your name in your cap, and hairpins can be used to secure the it. Drape your tassels to the left of your cap, and you will be told to move them during the ceremony. DO NOT throw your cap in the air at the end of the ceremony. You will need your cap in order to pick up your diploma.

What can I bring to my seat? Nothing.

Ladies wear dresses that aren't longer than your gown paired with dark shoes. NO corsages. Gentlemen wear a white dress shirt with a dark tie, dark pants, dark socks and dark dress shoes. NO tennis shoes, NO jeans. You need to be completely dressed when you arrive. If you do not wear these items, you WILL NOT walk the stage.

When do I get my actual diploma? Can my family watch the graduation online or on TV?

You can watch the special ceremony all over again on AISD TV, Time-Warner Arlington, Cable Channel 98 and online on: Monday, June 10, 2012 at 10 am, 2 pm, 5 pm, 8 pm. Monday, June 17, 2012 at 10 am, 2 pm, 5 pm, 8 pm The videos will also be posted online at under Graduations. DVDs will be available for $25 from the school-owned, school-operated Spirit Threads store at the Parks Mall beginning June 6. Call 817-375-0738 to reserve your copy.

As you walk across the stage to shake Mr. Manley’s right hand, you will receive your diploma cover in your left hand. After the Graduation Ceremony, seniors will report to the Diploma Tables in the hallway behind the stage. You will need your cap with your name written in it to receive your diploma. If you have unpaid fines you WILL NOT receive your diploma. Your diploma may be picked up at Bowie H.S. on or after Tuesday, June 11th upon payment of the fine/fee.



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World Turtle Day






International Tiara Day



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Memorial Day Student/Staff Holiday


Exam Day Hot Air Balloon Day



Iced Tea Day




Last Day of School




Corn on the Cob Day


Flag Day



International Sushi Day

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“Seniors: What will you miss most about Bowie?” @Raven_Haynes

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“I will miss the countless mornings waking up at 5 a.m. to come to school.” -Juan Villa “Having off-campus lunch.” -Raven Bailey “I will miss socializing with my classmates.” -Julien Velasco “I’ll miss how easy we have it now compared to college.” -Gimena Barrios “Feeling safe and comfortable at school and not having many worries.” -Sekora Martinez “Nothing. Except for Theater class with Ms. Rudy, Mrs. Trimble and Mr. Wood.” -Jazmine Smith



By: Kayla King, staffer

It’s no secret that today’s society, particularly the youth, is obsessed with social networking sites. The most private of matters are now being shared in .2 seconds with a few clicks. In the last few years, more and more images of students committing illegal

activities, posted by the students themselves, have been popping up on popular social networking sites such as Instagram and Twitter. Many of the “photographers” uploading these pictures think very little about the consequences before posting. Photos of illegal activities that are uploaded onto these frequented websites can easily be seen by friends, family, and future employers. While uncommon, it is not unheard of for workplaces and universities to check prospects’ social media accounts. Just to demonstrate how easily these photos could be found, a handful of usernames of students with public accounts were collected. In under ten minutes, eight pictures of illegal substances photographed by A bottle of alcohol (not to be consumed of anyone under the multiple students age of 21) taken from a senior’s Instagram. the use of illegal substances.

were discovered. I was taken aback that students would be so careless as to make it known to the world on a nonprivate account that they were engaging in these activities. As neither of the owners of the photographs on the left and right had their accounts set to private, A picture of a junior smoking hookah (illegal for anyone under the age of 18) taken from Instagram. these students seem to have smoke. If another student complete disregard for the that doesn’t even have an consequences that can come Instagram can find so much from making these clearly in such a short time, imagine illegal activities public. what college recruiters or Students shouldn’t be a Human Resources team doing these types of things with all of your background and definitely shouldn’t post information could dig up in a evidence of it online. matter of hours. These choices could result in serious consequences, and when a company to which you are applying is looking at your social media account, your face won’t be hidden behind the camera or a puff of

James Bowie High School and the Vols’ Voice do NOT condone illegal activities or

What Did You Wear Today? By: Azalea Vicente, staffer and Micheala Moore, staffer

Sabrina Guzman, Senior Shirt: JC Penney Pants: Forever 21 Shoes: Agaci

Above: Christian Rabago, Freshman Sweater: Diamond Supply & Co. Pants: Freeworld Shoes: Fighter Jet Foamposites

Ms. Jennifer Fuller, English/AVID Coordinator Shirt: Old Navy Skirt: Nordstrom Rack Earrings: Francesca’s


See you at the theater


By: Bryson Sells, staffer

Man of Steel Trailer When it comes to Superman movies, there is no grey area; either they are great or terrible. After the box office upset that was Superman Returns, which received considerably less than expected in movie sales, film adaptations of DC Comics may be a risk. With Marvel Comic’s sudden rise in popularity with Iron Man, Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger, which led up to the record-breaking hit The Avengers, Man of Steel is a huge leap of faith. The visuals from the trailer look incredible, probably because it was produced by Christopher Nolan, the award-winning director of the Dark Knight trilogy. This movie looks more intimate and personal than previous big screen attempts. This trailer gets an A, and here’s hoping Man of Steel isn’t another super fail.

Monsters University Trailer Pixar Animation Studios is taking us back in time with Monsters University, the prequel to the 2001 hit, Disney Pixar’s Monsters, Inc. Mike and Sulley are back, this time not as partners, but rivals in college. After Pixar’s huge successes with the Toy Story trilogy, Up and Finding Nemo, this movie is sure to be among the greats. The trailer looks wildly funny and the characters are as monstrous as the first movie. Pixar is a master at keeping up with their audience, so that the children who originally watched Monsters, Inc. are now on their way to college and can relate to Monsters University. This trailer gets an A+, as another addition to the list of Pixar classics.

The Great Gatsby After watching this movie, the entire theater was silent. No one clapped or booed. Everyone was in total shock of what they had seen, and all I could think was, “Wow”. Director Baz Luhrmann took the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald and turned it into an imaginative tale that, according to people that have read the book, stayed true to the story. I have not read the book, but from what I’ve heard, it is a timeless classic and a true work of art. Luhrmann revisited the style previously used in his 2001 musical Moulin Rouge!, adding bright and vivid colors with breath-taking sights. Many people are against the new adaptation, saying that it is too modern and lengthy. My favorite aspect of the movie, however, was the modern music. Many filmmakers would just add 1920s music and call it a day, but Luhrmann hired Jay-Z, one of the most prominent and revolutionary hip-hop artists around, and blended in the music of today with the jazz-feel of the era. From a critical standpoint I give this film a B+, but only an A can express my love of this theatrical experience.

46 Things to Do This Summer

By: Kayla King, staffer and Reva Revader, staffer



Aug July July June June

WARNING: The following activities may be dangerous and could possibly harm you. The Vols’ Voice staff cannot be held responsible for any accidents or injuries that may occur while attempting them. Enjoy.

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Levitt Pavilion

Athletics vs Rangers


Rangers Ballpark in Arlington

Despicable Me 2


Participating Theaters

10:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Six Flags Over Texas

July 4th Fest presented by Coca-Cola

Bruno Mars Concert

6. See a concert 7. Read a new book 8. Leave the state 9. Leave the country 10. Talk to a stranger 11. Buy a homeless person a sandwich 12. Go to a lake 13. Watch a foreign film 14. Learn to play an instrument 15. Dye your hair 16. Redecorate your room 17. Go to camp 18. Watch “Doctor Who” 19. Try a new hairstyle 20. Have a barbeque 21. Bake a cake 22. Write a story 23. Wash your car 24. Eat a cupcake 25. Get frozen yogurt 26. Visit family

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American Airlines Center

27. Have a water balloon fight 28. Play a sport 29. Go out for coffee 30. Stay home and drink tea 31. Start the Zombie Apocalypse 32. End the Zombie Apocalypse 33. Become a zombie in the Zombie Apocalypse 34. Learn how to open a locker 35. Learn a new language 36. Invent a new language 37. Become a “One-Hit Wonder” 38. Get married in Las Vegas 39. Get divorced in Reno 40. Meet a famous person 41. Stalk a famous person 42. Get arrested for stalking a famous person 43. Cry about your childhood 44. Discover something that doesn’t exist 45. Give a monkey a shower 46. Bring back “Planking”

6 EDITORIAL Respect for every student in every school By: Claudia Catanzaro-Solis, Junior Editor

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and every shade of sexual orientation and gender expression in between- all falling under the umbrella of the LGBT community. Now, while sexual orientation and gender expression can’t necessarily be easily defined or understood simply by doing a Google search, one thing should be obvious to anyone: Respect. Respect towards any individual who has not done anything to disrespect you. This is a primary concept, taught to and understood by most kindergarten students, and enforced by school districts under a “no discrimination” or “no tolerance for bullying” clause. This applies to everyone on campus, and includes physical and non-physical bullying and abuse. In light of recent events concerning the conduct of both teachers and students towards LGBT individuals in the building, the school needs to educate on how to better handle these situations, as well as how it presents

itself as a “safe place” for students and faculty of the LGBT community. Bullying in general is a problem in many high schools, but specifically bullying towards people who identify as LGBT is at an all time high; a 2011

The district’s code of conduct states that AISD “does not discriminate on the basis of...gender, or sexual orientation”. This is where some people may see “loopholes”. Some people view gender and sexual orientation hosts recent statistics on LGBT bullying in schools as well as plentiful resources for educators on how to ensure a safe learning enviornment for students.

school climate survey conducted by GLSEN (The Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network) reported that 6 in 10 LGBT students felt unsafe at school because of their sexual orientation. The school seems to have been plagued by this epidemic. Derogatory remarks and language directed at the LGBT community can be heard from the mouths of students and teachers across campus.

as umbrella terms encompassing all forms of sexual identity and gender expression. Others prefer separate, specific terms to be used. In this case the district’s policy would not be seen as all-inclusive. But the fact of the matter is, the code of conduct makes it clear that the district has no tolerance for bullying and harassment and attempts to provide “a safe and orderly learning environment for every student”, no

exception. No one should have to be afraid to go to school because they are made to feel ashamed of who they are. While it may be impossible to reprimand or handle the situation every single time a student yells “faggot” across the hallway, it is not much to ask for administration to recognize that this is a problem, and to address it accordingly by reaffirming the consequences of harassment. Educating on this problem and effectively advocating the school resources available to anyone who is suffering from this abuse is what needs to be done in order to have the biggest impact on the situation.

New principal brings back old traditions By: Kayla King, staffer

“We have brought some things back this year for students.” With so much experience in the district, Mr. Manley has had plenty of time to prepare, making him very confident that he can handle this position well. He has also been filling the roles of both Principal and Dean of Instruction until a replacement is found. “It is a huge job but it is very rewarding,” Manley said. “The students, staff, and parents have been very supportive. I have been

New principal Mr. Manley working hard. Photo by: Kayla King, staffer.

Michelle WilmothSenato was promoted from principal to area superintendent in early January. Stepping into her place is Dean of Instruction William Manley. Mr. Manley, who has worked for the Arlington Independent School District for 16 years, was happy to step up to the position of principal. He originally came to Bowie with a desire to prepare students for their future, and he hopes to continue to do so in his new position.

“It is great,” Principal Bill Manley said. “It has been a career goal of mine for the past five years and I could not be more happy that I have the opportunity at Bowie.” Mr. Manley plans on creating a school that is balanced with academics and fun. His goal is to make changes and revive old traditions that allow students to create memorable high school moments, such as Mr. BHS and the Powder Puff Football Game. “I want to create an environment where students can get the entire high school experience,” Manley said.

fortunate enough to have bosses in the past who have put me in situations that have prepared me for the role of principal. I am learning something new everyday.”



Hungry for victory By: Bryson Sells, staffer

“They came back knowing what they needed to do,” Head Girls Track Coach Doris Grooms said about the two State qualifying girls, juniors Nicole Iloanya and Diayja Sheppard, and the two State qualifying boys, junior Natron Gipson and senior Don Jerry, after a year of hard work and a close victory last year. At the District competition, the four qualifiers set new school and season records. Sheppard competed in the Girls’ High Jump and set a new school record of 5’8”, Iloanya set a record high of 40’2.5” for the school in Girls’ Triple Jump, Gipson set a new school record in Boys’ High Jump with a jump of 6’11”, and Jerry set a season’s best time of 14:14 in Boys’ 110 Hurdles. “They all did an awesome job at districts,” Grooms said. The encouragement to win came from last year where Sheppard and Iloanya both competed in their

category at Regionals and got fourth, one place away from qualifying for State. “Coming in fourth was sad at the moment,” Sheppard said. “But it pushed me to work harder to get into State this year.”

After the defeat, they went straight to work. The coaches perfected the athletes’ skills, showing in their performances at Districts and earning a new school record.

Nicole Iloanya and Diayja Sheppard after their dual victories at Regionals. Courtesy photo.

“They came back knowing exactly what they needed to do to win,” Grooms said. At the State competition on Saturday, May 11, Sheppard placed 8th in Girls’ High Jump, Iloanya got 4th in Girls’ Triple Jump, Jerry achieved 4th in Boys’ 110 Hurdles, and Gipson was awarded with 2nd place in Boys’ High Jump, duplicating his jump height from Districts. The four athletes are immensely proud of their performance. “Thank you for everyone’s support,” Iloanya said. “I’ll try to make you even more proud next year.” With three of the students returning next season for their senior year, they are sure to give it their all when the time comes. “I am proud of these four because they set their goals and they work tremendously hard to get them,” Grooms said. “They are always hungry for a victory.”

Counselors’ corner By: Bryson Sells, staffer

-The End to the Beginning. -- The Senior Class of 2013 has made their decisions beyond high school. 266 will be attending a 4 year college/university, 276 will be attending a 2 year community/ junior college, 25 want to serve our country proudly as a military member, and 15 will receive technical/ vocational training. -Students who “Cross the Line” -- 84 students have been nominated and recognized by their teachers for “Crossing the Line” through academic success. These students demonstrated the ability to stand out, study hard, and do their best.

-Calling All Athletes -- You need a 2point3. Visit www.2point3. com to get information about NCAA eligibility requirements if you are thinking of playing collegiate sports.

Back of “Cross the Line” T-shirts awarded to students. Photo courtesy of Stephanie Arceneaux

-Seniors Don’t Forget -- Senior Awards --Senior Recognition -- Order your final transcript(last 2 weeks of school) --Graduation rehearsal --Graduation --End the year strong and stay on track to be present at graduation.

-Congratulations to all 2013 Graduates from your Bowie Counselors -Carry the Torch --Classes of 2014, 2015, and 2016, continue to carry the torch as you make your mark towards graduation. “Cross the Line” and show the Class of 2017 that they, too, can “Cross the Line” through dedication, pride, and being inVOLved.

Vols’ Voice Staff Raven Haynes Editor-in-chief Claudia Catanzaro-Solis Junior Editor

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Live voting declares Hollywood G.L.O.W. winner By: Bryson Sells, staffer

“I am greatly there was no alternative to The Hollywood Bowl is honored to win electronic voting.” a talent showcase starring a again,” Martin said Some of the same selected group of students. after accepting his arguments against BYOT This year, Student Council victory. are being used against the unveiled the 2013 theme In 2011, there live voting. It gives people a “Hollywood G.L.O.W.: Get Live was a panel of reason to have out their phone Or Wide,” putting emphasis judges, and last during the performances, on the “live” for live voting. year, the audience causing more distractions for “Among The Stars” (from left to right) Brandon Cerda, 9th, Timothy Elizondo, 9th, Hector Gutierrez, 10th, Jonathon With the new Bring pre-voted before the the performers. But altogether, Flores, 10th, and Jullian Hernandez, 10th. Your Own Technology act actual performances. this new method of voting is Photo by: Elizabeth Tran in place, StuCo thought it “We, as the audience, modern, efficient, and fair. the decision of the winner,” would be appropriate to should be able to make fair, “I hope they continue to Junior StuCo member Jarael have the voting done on honest decisions on who do it like that,” Scott said. “It’s a Brooks said. smartphones or tablets with should win,” sophomore lot better.” StuCo has been a QR code, a formation of Lauren Mayberry planning, auditioning, pixels that acts as a webcode. said. and perfecting this show Inside the program, there This new for six months. After all of were instructions on how method of voting the electronic votes were to download the app and was appreciated by counted, the winner was trace the code, or as an most students, but announced to be junior Noah alternative, they could go a few students felt Martin, for playing his guitar to a listed website and cast like they weren’t and singing Maroon 5’s “This their vote. Only one vote was being represented. Love”, similar to his 2011 allowed from every device “Some performance of John Mayer’s to make the voting fair and people might not Junior Noah Martin during his first place performance. cover of “I Don’t Need No reasonable. have smartphones Photo by: Elizabeth Tran Doctor” by Ray Charles that “We wanted the to vote,” sophomore got him first place. audience to be active in Jalena Ramirez said. “And

What was the atmosphere like between the contestants backstage as the show went on? “We were just taking pictures on Instagram the whole time and just laughing and kind of planning what we were going to do [on stage]. I mean it got crucial sometimes because some people didn’t do their stuff right but for the most part it was just relaxed and fun.”

What was it like up on stage in general? Familiar? “I did Hollywood Bowl in the past so I was used to being on stage. I kind of like it, because at first it’s like ‘Oh my God what if they don’t like me’ but as soon as you walk on stage and people start clapping and cheering you just feel like ‘that guy’ and it’s pretty nice.”

And Mr. BHS goes to... By: Raven Haynes, Editor-in-chief

After a Wednesday evening filled with poses and performances, senior Paul Feyisetan emerged as the winner of Mr. BHS 2013. The school’s first all-male pageant took place on April 10, and was the senior class’s last big fundraiser and the hopeful start of a new Bowie tradition. 13 contestants competed in four categories on stage (Swag/Fashion, Talent, Congeniality and GQ/Formal) for the ultimate title of Mr. BHS. Audience members also voted during intermission for a People’s Choice winner and could buy additional votes for 50 cents to ensure their pick won. The Vols’ Voice sat down with Mr. BHS to get his take on the unique experience from which he emerged victorious.

You read a personal poem for the Talent portion. What was the thinking behind that? “The poem, uh. I didn’t write it for the show, I just wrote it to write it. And it was about an ex-girlfriend of mine and that was my inspiration. It was called ‘Letting Go’.”

Why did you choose to read a poem? “Originally I was just going to keep it to myself because that person is with somebody right now and I was like ‘That’s not right to read the poem’. All 13 Mr. BHS contestants after the show, with co-host Caleb Potter in the back center. Photo courtesy of Paul Feyisetan. Somebody told me that she wasn’t going to be at the show so I was like ‘I don’t really have a talent, it’s a good poem, so let me read it’. Turns out she Describe your feelings when you were announced Mr. BHS. was at the show, so it was a little awkward.” “It was really awkward. I didn’t know how to Did that reading of the poem lead to anything? handle the situation. I didn’t know what to do, like “Yeah, it led to something positive, we started what do I do with my hands? I tried to get wide.” texting again.”

School Year Top Ten

The Mr. BHS 2013 victor. Photo courtesy of Paul Feyisetan.

By: Reva Revader, staffer

The countdown for the year has begun; there are only 10 school days left. We asked you, the readers, what the most memorable moments of the 2012-2013 school year were. With so little time remaining, let’s take a moment to reflect on this year’s Top Ten.

10. 9. 8.

Pep Rally- Beef it up!

5. 4. 3.

New Principal Mr. Manley


First Annual Mr. BHS Pageant


Hollywood Glow- Live voting

Pie in Mrs. Wood’s face


7. 6.

Girls varsity basketball championship game

Football post-season

Masquerade Prom

The play-offs game vs. Martin (38-36)

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