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Walnut Hills High School

Volume CVIII, Issue 13

Class president candidates Class of 2016

Class of 2015

Kira Chumtong Jonathan Wiers

“I will bring our “I’ve had the experience class together for our for two years. I know SENIOR year and how to get things organize events to done.” bring us closer.”

Griffin Daly

Ben Leoanrdi

Diego Zagazeta

“I’m a principled “I should be president student whose of my grade because knowledge on how to of my ability to interact with people enhance the education and solve problems experience makes me ideal to solve the school’s problems.”

“I’m dedicated to Student Congress. I’m willing to do what it takes to make all our projects as good as they can be.

Class of 2017

Beck Burchett

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Class of 2018

Ashwini Kamath

“I think I can com- “With my experience, I’m ready to lead my municate with the grade as president in students and I can important matters carry it out in Student with my connections Congress.” in the student body and staff.”

Iris Kim

Allison Singleton

“I think my ideas “I believe that my idewill really impact the als and ideas for the school and student future of Walnut will body. I’m running be beneficial to the because I really want whole student body.” to make a difference.”


Cutting the costs of college Satia Hardy, ‘14 Nisa Muhammad, ‘15

Part three: Dual Enrollment

“Dual enrollment allows a student to obtain both high school and college credit for a course,” Superintendent Mary Ronan said. Currently, Anatomy and Physiology AA is approved by the school. When taking AP World History, students have the opportunity to be placed in a

dual enrollment program with Xavier University. This means that they would receive high school credit while still earning credit from the university. “I submit my curriculum to Xavier University,” AP World History teacher Paul Filio said. “They’ve approved it as a college-level class. So, they basically accept the grades I give in [AP World History] for them as well.” However, one of the drawbacks is that the credit is only

transferable to Ohio colleges and universities. “Dual enrollment is really good because it’s free for most classes, so it isn’t really worth not doing,” Hannah Sanders, ’15 said. “Even though it’s only for Ohio colleges, you won’t really know 100 percent what school you’ll end up going to until SENIOR year. Since you’re going to do the work for the class, you might as well try to get college credit for it.”

If students get a lower grade in a dual enrollment class and the course counts toward the requirements for high school graduation, a low grade can negatively impact both high school and college GPA.

Hannah Shaw, Editor-in-Chief

For information about the Ohio revised code concerning dual enrolment visit <

Turn to page three

for a list of students running for Student Congress President and information on the upcoming debate.


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Sports & Fine Arts

Working out without working out: society’s new fad Alina Tashjian ,’14 It’s no surprise that playing sports and staying active can be a benefit to overall health, but is it known just how good it is for the body? Staying fit and being healthy is a fad trying to break its way into public routine; with the growing trends of yoga -- both hot and regular -- and things such as “Surfset” and “Pound,” the fitness industry is trying to provide ways of working out that do not even seem like working out. Hot yoga is not much more different than the yoga most people know. Participants breath through a series of poses and stretches, except now it is done in a 95 to 105 degree room with a humidity of 40%. Why the change from yoga to hot yoga? Hot yoga allows for the warm-up of muscles, creating a greater degree of flexibility and preventing injuries. The heat allows for more cardiovascular activity, helping yogis burn more calories; whereas the sweat produced while moving through the poses helps rid the body of toxins. Want to try it out? One 90-minute session of hot yoga burns about 845 calories and can be used as a substitute to a cardio workout. Surfset sounds exactly like what


With these new workout fads coming into place, gym-goers will see less of the typical gym environment like above. A healthy lifestyle is quickly becoming society’s favorite fad whether through healthy food, lifestyle choices, or exercise. it implies: surfing! Participants can workout on a “RipSurfer X” -- a machine in the shape of a surfboard that emulates the movement of a board in water and has bungees at its nose to imitate paddling against resistance. Surfset aims to build the stereotypical “surfer body”: lean without looking weak, and tight, sculpted muscles with very little body fat. Participants of this new craze typically burn about 500 to 900 calories per 45-minute class, and although it hasn’t made a splash in the Cincinnati area yet, classes are available in Lexington and will move across the country quickly

within the next several years. If a gym-goer has more of a musical sense but still wants to work out in a different way, there’s a fitness class available. Pound utilizes lightly-weighted drumsticks, Ripstix and fun, upbeat music so participants can pound their way to a healthier lifestyle. Pound fuses together the most challenging combinations of core, leg and upper-body strength moves with cardio interval training, while still providing a fun distraction by drumming along to music handselected by music enthusiasts. The average calorie loss in one 45-minute Pound class is 600 to

900, but can vary. The Caveman Workout appeals to men and their strengths. Participants will not be using the typical gym equipment like resistance bands, hand weights or body bars; rather, they will be utilizing items like tractor tires, heavy ropes, sledgehammers and empty beer kegs. The workout focuses on short, intense interval training that works more than just one or two muscle groups at a time. Class members will go from station to station in 45-second intervals, performing each exercise to the best of their abilities.

Called the “Paleo craze,” the focus is on the believed set of 13 skills that helped Paleolithic men hunt animals, build and defend themselves against enemies. These skills are put into three categories: locomotive, manipulative and combative; with a focus on each one, the human body is transformed to be in optimum condition on a physical, mental and spiritual basis. Participants will burn about 600 calories or more in an hour-long session, and although the “caveman ideal” is geared toward men, women may also participate in these classes using the same equipment -- just at a lower weight for safety. “Working out without actually working out” is shaping the latest and greatest exercise developments. Individuals can train in a way so that they are happily distracted by things like the upbeat music in Pound, the surfboard wobbling in Surfset, the relaxing nature of hot yoga or the raw strength in the Caveman workout. All people are encouraged to try different workouts to see what niche they can fit into. Editor’s note: In CVIII.12 , it was noted that Krijn Schwartz went on official college visits, however these visits were unofficial.

Mother Courage and her Children comes to the Small Theatre

Kemi’ Goode-Mayo, ‘14 Kyren Palmer, ‘14

stagecraft classmates.” Mother Courage and Her Children was written in 1939 by German author Bertolt Brecht. The drama is set in Europe during a war that will never end when Mother

Mother Courage and Her Children is the upcoming senior high play, directed by Theatre Department head Michael Sherman. The play has never been done at Walnut, and Sherman believes that the cast will “give a great performance.” He said that the play has “a really unique style and a good message.” Technical Director Helen Raymond-Goers is in charge of the set and build crew for Mother Courage and Her Children. “It’s coming together well,” said Raymond-Goers. She added that, although they are still waiting on last-minute confirmations from students interested in being on the crew, “we will have a good group.” SARAH WAGNER/ CHATTERBOX Carter Butterbaugh, ‘15 said Mother Courage (SENIOR Kati Beard, second from right)’s children, (far that the set is going well, “espe- left to center) Austin Lamewona, ‘16, Maddie Eaton, ‘16 and SENIOR cially because of my seventh-bell Nick Witzeman are introduced. SENIOR Jackson Savage, a soldier, watches.

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The set of Mother Courage and Her Children is minimalist. This method of distancing the audience from the play is one of Brecht’s trademarks.


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Students ( from left to right) Quinn Safaie, ‘15, SENIOR Jackson Savage, SENIOR Kati Beard, SENIOR Nick Witzeman and SENIOR Colzie Jackson rehearse a fight sequence in the first scene of Mother Courage.

Courage, her three children and wagon set out on a journey to trade with soldiers in an attempt to make a profit from the war. The play includes “a fantastic cast of really talented kids,” said Sherman. The cast includes SENIOR Nick Witzeman and Jake Kolesar, ‘15, who wrote all of the music for the play. The cast has been preparing for the play since March 1, rehearsing at least four days a week. Mother Courage and Her Children will take place in the Small Theatre from Thursday, April 24 through Saturday, April 26. Sherman expects it “to be a sell out.” Tickets are $10 and went on sale Monday, April 14 during all three lunches in the lobby of the Small Theatre. If needed, they will also be sold at the doors of the play.

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Enticed by extracuriculars


Letter from the editor


With Walnut’s 54 clubs, students tend to join more than one at a time and overextend themselves. Wally Hill, ‘14

Just say no. Don’t succumb to the pressure, peer or otherwise. It may seem enticing, but the longterm effects can be dire. Mental, social and physical well-being may be compromised for what seems like a little short-run fun. We’ve all been there. A smiling person with the facade of innocence asks you just to give it a try. One time can’t hurt, right? But then you’re hooked, committed, you can’t get out. Yes, I’m talking about those great opportunities, that club you should join, the trip or seminar that will “look good on your college application.” I have nothing against these activities, but we’ve become so over-committed, so busy, because we can’t say no! And our health suffers for it! We never seem to have time for friends or family or relaxing or sleep. We depend on caffeine to get by. And when it really comes down to it, colleges are looking for passion and dedication to one or two activities, rather than involvement in EVERY activity. Think about the things that matter most, that you enjoy the most, and leave some time to sleep and breathe and enjoy the ride. Remember, just say no! I’ve started to realize that it’s important to find the happy medium between utter boredom and extreme overworking, and that self-worth isn’t dependent on how busy I am. And if I am too busy, I miss life passing me by -- enjoying the moment, watching my siblings grow up and appreciating the gift of life.

With the polar vortex behind us, the light at the end of the tunnel has finally begun to glimmer in the distance. But with exams, APs and blizzard bags causing students across the state to curse the snow days we once wanted so badly, there is still trudging left to do. Once spring is in the air, it becomes exceedingly difficult to avoid gazing out the window to the promise of summer when you should be memorizing quadratic equations. However, the Chatterbox is here to help you finish the year strong. This time of year, the dreaded senioritis transforms into spring fever, which can strike any student of any age, but hopefully, informative and entertaining news will serve as an antidote. Summer slowly inching closer also means the beginning of preparations for the next school year. In this issue, you will find a preview of the students who will be running in the Student Congress elections. Also, in the spirit of changing leadership, the Chatterbox has decided next year’s Editor-inChiefs and Managing Editors. Next year, the Chatterbox’s fate will be in the hands of: • Celeste Kearney, ‘15, Editor-in-Chief of Current Events • Zoe Cheng, ‘15, Editor-inChief of Student Life; • Grace Hill, ‘15, Managing Editor of Design • Karrine Hill, ‘15, Managing Editor of Opinions • Alex Persiani ’15, Managing Editor of Photography. Additionally, this issue of the Chatterbox has taken an in-depth look into student well-being after performing a random survey gathering students’ experiences with caffeine consumption, stress, sleep deprivation and other health concerns. So as the weather gets warmer and summer gets closer, the Chatterbox will assist you in remaining healthy, informed and entertained as we finish out the year together. Keep on truckin’! Hannah Shaw Editor-in-Chief

FUNraiser May 16 , 2:30-5:00 th

Featuring live music, games, Cold Stone Creamery, SENIOR yearbook signing party, and the DUNK TANK Candidates for 2014-2015 Student Congress President

The candidates for the 2013-2014 Student Congress president will be Kiera Hassel, Joseph Malek, Sarah Stillpass. To find out more about these candidates come attend the Chatterbox administered debate on April 24 in the Recital Hall.

The Chatterbox Policy Statement

The Chatterbox has been guaranteed the right of freedom of the press through the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. The administration of Walnut Hills High School is thus bound to support and protect the Chatterbox’s inalienable rights as a free press. As an integral part of the Walnut Hills High School community, the Chatterbox has the responsibility to report in the most comprehensive and objective manner possible. Students,

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parents, faculty, and administrators are encouraged to use this publication as a forum to express any ideas or concerns, whether they be personal or of local, national, or international scope. Journalists are required to work under established guidelines. Invasion of privacy as a means of news gathering is prohibited. Articles found to be discriminatory, libelous, or unnecessarily obscene (as determined by the editors or the advisor) will not be published. Finally, journalists are granted the right to keep private the name of a source

from whom they received information with the understanding that the source was to remain anonymous. The role of the newspaper advisor will be to provide counsel and criticism pertaining to the newspaper’s content and production. Although both the advisor and the administration hold certain powers regarding the Chatterbox, both must respect the paper’s autonomy. No student shall be prevented from joining the staff on the basis of sex, race, creed or national origin.

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The Chatterbox Editorial Staff Hannah Shaw, Editor-in-Chief Zoe Cheng, Managing Editor Celeste Kearney, Managing Editor Joe Schmidlapp, Design Editor Alex Persiani, Photo Editor Neriya Servant, Business Manager

Oliver Olberding, Online Manager; Abrena Rowe, News Editor Samantha Gerwe-Perkins, Adviser Dawn Wolfe, Adviser

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Student Health Feature

Stimulant usage among students is high Karinne Hill, ‘15 Caffeine is a commonly used stimulant in high schools. Many students to use it to make it through a day of classes after a long night of studying, as well as to help them study longer. According to a Chatterbox survey of a focus group of 91 students, 74% of students consume caffeine at least once a week. SENIOR Grace Leonardi believes her fellow students see caffeine as beneficial because “it provides us with the attention span to get through the day, especially if we pulled an all nighter.” While caffeine is the most commonly used stimulant, it is not the only one. In the Chatterbox’s survey, 10% of students admitted to using stimulants not prescribed to them to help them focus on school work or stay up later to study. Students reported using drugs such as Adderall, Ritalin, Vyvanse, Concerta and Focalin, all of which are prescribed to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Camille Gilbert, ‘15 warns students against the use of these drugs, stating that “these are not regulated by the FDA [for use without a prescription], and I don’t think any students should be using them to do better in school.” There are students who believe Walnut fosters a dependence on stimulants. Leonardi says, “at a school like Walnut, we have to be very careful not to take on more than we can handle, or else we might find ourselves depending on stimulants just to remain conscious as the day drags on.” Claire Patterson, ‘16, agrees, adding, “Competition not only in school but in sports, arts, and even things like body image drive young people to think that they [from stimulants] to be better than everyone else. I think this is a harmful attitude to have about things and it needs to be corrected before students harm themselves trying to be the very best!” SENIOR Skyler Ware understands the stressful atmosphere of Walnut, but doesn’t believe stimulants are necessary. “There are 4/16/2014 better ways to handle the stress,” Ware explains, “like taking short breaks during every hour of studying to clear and refresh your mind.”


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of surveyed students report hav used drugs not prescribed to them to help focus on schoolwork or stay awake longer.

Trading Z’s for A Zoe Cheng, ‘15

“[I sleep] around five to six hours a [school] night,” said Adam Schimberg, ‘15. for the first few of days of the week. By Thursday, I really star sleep-deprived and am just tired the whole school day.” It is a that the majority of high school students can sympathize with. to the National Sleep Foundation, most teens require nine hou minutes of sleep each night in order to function at an optimal only 15% of students reported to the NSF that they got 8 hou minutes of sleep each night. In a random sample of Walnut s Sleep icons | NounProject 23% of students surveyed report getting 8-9 hours of sleep e 50% report getting 6-7 hours and 26% report getting 5-6. O reported getting less than five hours of sleep. Download “I do a lot of extracurricular stuff, so sometimes I’m unable to e my homework until 9:00,” said SENIOR Erin Speno, who said about seven hours every school night. 54% of surveyed studen that schoolwork was their number-one cause of sleep-deprivatio said that extracurricular activities were their number-one cause. that electronics and social medi primary reason they don’t get en sleep. “My main causes of sleep deprivatio would be homework and social media,” said Schimberg. “Usually homework and studying keeps me up later than I’d like to stay up most nights.” The consequences of sleep-deprivation range from immediate to long-run. For teens, pulling an all-nighter may mean a dangerous drive to school the next morning. According to the NSF, it may also mean diminished learning and concentrating ability, skin problems, aggression, Creative Commons – Attribution (CC BY 3.0) weight gain and increased susceptibility to sickness. Furthermo Sleep designed by Jaclyne Ooi from the Noun Project NSF states that teens who experience a variety in their sleeping across the week -- for example, sleeping in on weekends -- ma from a damaged circadian rhythm. As for how these students can get more sleep, the solutions are Schimberg suggests another tactic to relieve students’ sleep de “Make classes start at 8:30 instead of 7:30...In my opinion, it w worth it to end school an hour later to get that extra hour of slee day.” Indeed, this action has already been taken by a handful of across the nation, as a nod to teenagers’ tendency to stay up an up late.

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Tips to improve well-being


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Listen to music. Music can make a

difference in your mood. Kellan Robinson, ‘16 says, “Make a playlist of songs or choose a favorite Pandora station to listen to when stressed.” The perfect playlist might be the motivator you need to finish your homework and reduce stress.


Take a quick break and relax. For Micah Sanders,

‘15, drawing is her outlet for dealing with stress, while Helen Dietsch, ‘14 prefers going for drives or watching Netflix. Nialani Robison, ‘15 tries to “find a few moments in [her] day to just clear [her] mind and relax” as a way to deal with stress. Whatever it may be for you, do something you enjoy for a few minutes to take a break from the stress.

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Stress stifles success Hannah Shaw, ‘14

Stress is often brushed off as an unavoidable facet of high school, but when does stress surpass frantic tweeting about school work and become a health problem? With students trying to make it through eight honors or wading through college applications, the halls of Walnut see stress daily. “I think stress can affect the physical and emotional health of students,” says SENIOR Maryclare Doyle. “Stressed out people can lose sleep and appetite which makes it harder to learn and function at school.” Stress is a mental problem that evokes a physical reaction. According to the American Psychological Association, stress triggers the body’s “fight or flight instinct,” which is why the feeling of stress comes 1/2 with a knotted stomach, sweaty palms and a racing heart. A high school student’s regular school day consists of seven hours of school, extracurriculars and homework, when students balance this with spending time with their friends, family and sometimes a part time job, stress begins to set in: 54% of the 91 students surveyed say that schoolwork and studying are their primary cause of stress. Out of students surveyed, the average level of stress is a six on a scale of one to ten, during the school week, with one being not stressed at all and ten being extremely stressed. According to the American Psychology Association the healthy stress level on this scale is a 3.9. Some students feel stressed is increased by lack of awareness from teachers. “Teachers assign “It things that are due on the same day or have tests on the same day,” says Doyle. “Some teachers seems like are good and listen to the students who would like tests moved, while others don’t really seem to care and therefore seem like they don’t care about the students success.” everything I do now is... With the whirlwind of activities a high school student manages in a single day related to my getting into stress can seem inevitable, getting a handle on stress can improve sleep, college. Colleges accept fewer productivity and overall health.

and fewer students every year, so you have to work yourself to extreme levels of stress over that.” -Anonymous

ent. Figuring out your teachers’ patterns for tests an help you plan in advance with schoolwork. If one her teachers assign test on Fridays, start studying ednesday instead of just on Thursday. Maddy ests, “Dedicating the most time to classes that need saver” as well as being “proactive and efficient .” Sara Upson, ‘16 recommends “accepting that be perfect and focusing on just one thing at a time.” or in study breaks and exercise in your schedule to

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Sleep. A 30 minute cat nap might be all one needs to regain focus. Try to keep naps short to avoid messing up one’s sleep schedule or feeling even more exhausted. Getting to bed at a decent hour can make a difference in one’s attitude for the following day.

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Make your own technique. “Try differ-

ent techniques until you find what works for you because everyone is different,” says Dylanne Twitty, ‘15. Assessing the source of stress by talking it through with a friend or family member can help one realize that the problem is not as bad as it seems.

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Style & Culture

Walnut brings new after-school food options


Marty’s Waffles parks in Blair Circle to serve students on “Food Truck Fridays.” This truck is just one of the many that does charity events in the area. Whitney Bronson, ‘16 Austin Douglas, ‘15 Vending machines are now a thing of the past. For about six weeks, there has been an addition to the food choices for students after school. On Tuesdays, Wednesdays

and Thursdays, Alabama Que is now in the cafeteria serving Turkey Tips, their number-one seller, and pulled-pork sandwiches. In addition to selling those main courses, Alabama Que is selling side dishes of macaroni and cheese and baked beans to hungry students.

Occasionally, Alabama Que will sell their lemon pound cake as well. What prompted the BBQ restaurant to come to Walnut? Alabama Que owner Dwan Ward said “the principal called and asked us to come.” “[Brokamp] was concerned about the safety of the students, and doesn’t want the students to go off campus,” Ward continued. With the addition of new food options, the administration hopes students who often go off campus to get food from Jack’s, which sells chicken, or from Blair Market, will no longer need to. Some students believe that Alabama Que is good enough to keep them on campus. “It’s better than Jack’s,” said Inayah Rodgers, ‘17. Edward Hampton, ‘15 agrees that Alabama Que is better. “Alabama Que is hot and fresh to me, [and] Jack’s food seems old and sort of stale,” Hampton said. However, not all students are willing to give up their off-campus favorites. Martin Myaka, ‘15 said, “Nothing beats Jack’s. That chicken is the bomb.” However, all three students are glad that Alabama Que is here and that they are no longer limited to vending machine food options. “The food in the vending machines [is] just not appealing,” Rodgers

said. “[Alabama Que is] better than the food in the vending machines.” In addition to Alabama Que as an after-school option, there are “Food Truck Fridays.” Every Friday after school, different food trucks park in Blair Circle to serve students. Food trucks have been invited to help the Chatterbox offset printing cost by giving a ten percent portion of sales produced. Samantha Gerwe-Perkins, the Chatterbox advisor, wanted to help raise the “$5,000 a year to cover the costs of printing” through “Food Truck Fridays.” Gerwe-Perkins also wanted to “bring something the whole Walnut community could enjoy.” These trucks have included EAT! Mobile Dining, Pizza Tower Truck, Marty’s Waffles and C’est Cheese. Soon to come to Walnut’s “Food Truck Friday” is the Bistro de Mohr on April 25 for Earth Jam. The Cold Stone Creamery Truck will also be coming for Earth Jam and will continue to come every Friday after school for the remainder of the school year. Stephen Gregg, ‘16 said that the addition of “Food Truck Friday” “allows multiple options for students to eat whatever they are craving that day.”

Around town Pura Vida: Butterflies of Costa Rica are now at the

Krohn Conservatory. Dates run from April to late June. General admission is $7 and children enter for $4. Ages 4 and under come free. Tunes and Blooms Concert will be presented at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. The last concert in the series will be held on Thursday April 24 from 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Green Light Morning & DAAP Girls will perform. The Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon comes back on Friday May 2. Go to support the runners of Cincinnati or register yourself. The event offers entertainment and activities for the whole family.

Coffee culture in the community Nisa Muhammad, ‘15 Someone could hate the smell of hot black coffee or adore the aesthetics of the whip cream and chocolate drizzle of their first bell classmate’s iced mocha. Perhaps someone only goes to Starbucks to finish homework instead of sipping on a caramel macchiato, or only drinks coffee beverages in the morning to get that extra burst of caffeine. Coffee culture is the social experience that surrounds coffee drinkers and cafes. Essentially, coffee culture starts with coffee and preference -- whether someone prefers iced drinks over hot drinks or regular black coffee over espresso drinks. “Espresso is a lot…stronger,” Allie Berding, ‘16 said. “It’s a lot more bitter. That’s why people get a lot more lattes...Espresso really

is just more grounded-up coffee and it’s more concentrated to get more caffeine.” Having previously worked at Bean Haus at Findlay Market, Berding is a knowledgeable member of the coffee community. Another factor in coffee culture is the time of day that a person drinks their coffee beverages. The accessibility of a coffee shop can have an impact on the type of drink a person gets and when they drink it. SENIOR Barry Schwartz prefers his drinks cold because “I treat it like a desert, not a drink. Coffee isn’t my wake-up call either...If you catch me with one, I must have been wanting a treat!” “I drink it anytime I can get my hands on it,” Yasmine Gore, ’16 said. “Whether it’s 8 a.m. or 5 p.m. I do it mostly for the taste. The caffeine is just a bonus.” The next part of coffee culture

Coffee culture can lead to stereotyping. SENIOR Barry Schwartz described the stereotypical white girl as “[wearing] leggings, Uggs, and [getting] driven around in Mommy’s Mercedes...Hyde Park people use Starbucks as blood.”

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stems from the social experience surrounding coffee, the appeal of Starbucks versus McCafe and why it’s “trending.” “Starbucks is the Porsche of coffee,” Schwartz said. “McDonalds and their McCafe is basically the same, but is just the Ford -- gets the job done for cheaper, just as well, but isn’t as cool or fancy. America likes cool and fancy.” “There’s a Starbucks obsession because it is seen as what everybody is supposed to love to fit in,” Gore said. “Coffee can be bought in so many places. It’s simply about trying to fit it in.” “People like the drinks, so they go there. It becomes the ‘in’ thing,” Schwartz said. “I’m a very religious Starbucks drinker,” Berding said. “But it’s not real coffee. These girls who say that Starbucks is so good, they haven’t tried real coffee. The locally-grown coffee is so much better, and having gone to Costa Rica and tried their coffee there, you know what real versus fake coffee taste like.” Berding prefers coffee drinks from Dunkin’ Donuts. Others may just prefer the Starbucks environment. “That and how pretty the drinks are and being able to say, ‘Oh yeah, I’m going to get a latte!’” Berding said. “People definitely like saying that...‘I’m going to go get a caramel macchiato’...It’s never like, ‘Let’s go to Coffee Emporium today’ or ‘Let’s go to Coffee Garden Cafe!’ It’s always ‘Let’s go to Starbucks!’” According to Berding, “it has a lot to do with the label.”

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McCafe offers an alternative to Starbucks with products like this frappe.”The younger people really like the frappucinos, the frappes” said Allie Berding, ‘16, who believes sweet coffee can be more appetizing than “real coffee.“ Opinions and criticisms have even risen concerning the stereotypes with a certain demographic and Starbucks. “Not that I stand behind it, but [Starbucks] is associated with white girls,” Gore said. “It all falls back under ‘fitting

in.’ Everybody wants to be seen as perfect [as] the average white girl is perceived: long, flowy hair, skinny, Uggs, [leggings], iPhone and Starbucks. It’s sad. But, it’s our world.”

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An unexpected player: Kennedi Myles


Kennedi Myles, ‘19 happily poses with a basketball. Myles hopes to play in the Women’s National Basketball Association in the future. Alexis Thomas, ‘17 One would expect only eighthgraders to play on an eighth-grade basketball team. But, staying true to character, Walnut remains an anomaly. Amongst the female Eflat basketball players is Kennedi

Myles, ‘19 who plays center on the team. Myles had been playing basketball six years prior to coming to Walnut, so naturally, when she got here, she tried out for the seventh-grade team. But it wasn’t the seventh-grade team she ended

up playing for. “The seventh-grade team wasn’t any type of a challenge for me, so they put me on the eighth-grade team,” Myles said. Myles began playing basketball in second-grade for an all-boys team. From then on, she hasn’t quit. Myles is also active in cheerleading, which she started in kindergarten. She got drawn into cheerleading when she cheered for a Wyoming High School summer program: “We got to go to competitions, and it’s different than cheering for a school because it’s more competitive, so you’re trying to place in a position to go higher.” In kindergarten, Myles was also involved in gymnastics and became interested in playing other sports. Since then, she has played nearly every sport except lacrosse and golf. Despite her involvement in various sports, basketball remains Myles’s favorite: what she finds most enjoyable about the sport is the competition. She started playing by “going around trying every sport” and “seeing what [she] wanted to do.” In the end, basketball stuck out: “For one, air conditioning [is accessible while we play], and also because [in other sports], like soccer and everything, you’re just running up and down… trying to get the ball… but in basketball, even though you’re given a position you don’t need to stay in that posi-

tion— you can go where you need to go so that it works.” Walnut’s team was not the first to ask Myles to join a certain team: “Most of the teams that I play for [ask me to play for them],” Myles said. Next year, when she’s in eighth-grade, she is not eligible to play for the ninth grade team, so she’ll have to remain on the eighth-grade team. “It’s a little difficult for me because I really want to play up— but I can’t here— so knowing that, I might, most likely, be the best on the next team— I’ll have to pick everybody else up, but at the same time, not get myself down because we might not win as many games as we did last year,” Myles said. One of her most memorable experiences playing basketball was during a match against Loveland this school year.“It [was] at the point where at the beginning of the game we were up [and] we were doing great and there was something in us that [we] thought ‘since we’re winning we [can] slow down’ which we couldn’t— we ended up losing by 3 [points] which was a downfall because [from] what I’ve heard— this season [has been] the best [season the eighth grade team has] ever done and us getting that far and then losing was a downfall but...if we had just kept going and working at it then we would’ve been able to win.” It’s after losses such as the

one with Loveland that Myles’s parents as well as others motivate her to keep playing. “Knowing that people are out there caring [about] me playing [keeps] me going,” Myles said. But besides her supporters, Myles says that she has also fallen victim to the put-downs of people who didn’t appreciate or utilize her talents. “One team that I played for [didn’t] really use my strengths as a good thing, like, on that team, I never really got in [games],” Myles said. Myles said that instances like these “made [her] want to quit because [she] didn’t have anybody there” encouraging her to carry on. “My parents didn’t really know about it so I wanted to quit, but other people were around that [encouraged] me not [to quit].” She kept going and ended up continuing on the team. One of the things that Myles doesn’t like about basketball is “the execution of the size of people, like,the point guard and the center are different,” and if she weren’t playing basketball she’d probably be playing volleyball, “because it’s the same type of basics [as basketball], but besides that, I’d just train for it. Like, I work out for basketball on the side. I don’t work out for another sport because I play year round basketball. So if I didn’t train I wouldn’t be where I am now.”

Saving A Teen Now are deadly traps That the body always seems to refuse Foods that the body cannot use to refuel What if these students are up late working half the night Struggle to finish last minutes projects which turns into a fight So they are forced to drink and eat foods that make them excite Junk with no sense of nutrients Caffeine that makes the body become addicted And others that make teens stay up and make them the next day impolite

Kendall Young, ‘18 I know who I am and I know what’s expected of me To be healthy, active and have much energy But not every teen is like me I have to work and strive for how I want to look Not all teens have the ability or the surroundings to do so So they are faced with the disadvantage of obesity These teens are trapped by the surrounding of vending machines Addicted to the many sodas and coffee with plenty sugar and caffeine

Trapped eating cheap school lunches of fried proteins What if they’re trying to get healthy Trying to have a body that would be able to last them a lifetime Trying to have a body that doesn’t meet the public school statistics What if they are trying to be lean? So what if they offer maybe one healthy option at school That does not change the food allergies which now overrule Peanuts, eggs, gluten, fish and dairy which used to be some of the main fuels

Page Editor: Kandyce Clark

The struggle of the unhealthiness of American foods Hamburgers and fries we cannot seem to exclude Foods that other countries find a way to dispute But with the persuasive commercials With thin young healthy teens eating those deadly foods We American teens think nothing of it we can’t seem to find any refutes

Interested in math or science? Join the Walnut Hills Robotics Team!

Students from grades 7 - 12 are welcome. If interested, email

Go, Nuts!

Trying to cure obesity as if it is a disease I feel may help the average teen Each time its thought of saving a life from short lived journey.

April 18, 2014

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CVIII.13 Crossword: Synonyms for ”smart”

Walnut Hills High School Bio-Eco Club’s 6th Annual Earth Jam

Joe Schmidlapp, ‘14

In conjunction with the 33rd Annual Chalk Drawing Competition

Across Down 1. Smart “q” 3. Smart “a” 6. Smart “c” 7. Smart “i” 9. Smart “s” 10. Smart “a” 11. Smart “c”

FRIDAY, APRIL 25, 2014


2. Smart “c” 3. Smart “a” 4. Smart “g” 5. Smart “b” 8. Smart “k”

The Droogs, Banducci and the Wheels, The Eyes Have It, Haze, The Wonderful Sadists, JAPCASM


Cold Stone Creamery, Pizza Tower, Bistro de Mohr, EAT!

Environmental Exhibits Green Acres, Groundwork Cincinnati, Izaak Walton league, City of Cincinnati Office of Environment and Sustainability, Civic Garden Center, Wild Flower Preservation Society, Ohio Natural Areas and Preservation Society, Cincinnati Parks, Hamilton County Soil and Water District, Morgan’s Canoe, Cincinnati Community Tool Bank, WHHS Backpacking Club


Tye Dye, Face Painting, Henna, Outdoor Learning Center Exhibit, Bead-making, Spirit Wear, Solar Telescopes and more

Participants and Sponsors Boo Radley, Indian Culture Club, WHHS Astronomy Club, Green Club, Chatterbox, Alumni Foundation, Unified Free Uganda

CVIII.14 Sudoku Sean Wood, ‘15 The object of Sudoku is to place the numbers 1 through 9 in each column, row and 3x3 box without repeating any of the numbers. Order is not important as long as the numbers don’t repeat.

One Bead

a non-profit organization selling beads to positively change the world.

“Proving that one student, just like one bead, can be a catalyst for change.”

To learn more:

Contact Courtney Hickenlooper at or visit

In Character “What is the worst thing you could win a lifetime supply of?”

“Jars of boogers” -Kirk Springs, ‘16


-Maesen Pitts, ‘19

“A subscription to a Latin Magazine”


-Akwi Tacho, ‘17


-Macara Winston, ‘19

-Maya Sepulveda, ‘18

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April 17, 2014

Page Editor: Sean Wood

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