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October 9, 2012

Volume CVII, Issue 2

Walnut Hills High School

Students have choices this election Ohio might be the main electoral battleground for the deciding vote on November 6


President Barack Obama speaks to America. Garretson Oester, ‘14 Ohio might be the most important battleground state in the nation for the presidential election. The state has voted for the winner of the presidential election in the past ten elections, and no Republican candidate has ever won the White House without it. The candidates understand this; so far in 2012 they have spent a combined $610 million on advertising, with $36.2 million in Ohio. Ohio is considered a bellwether, consisting of a population that mirrors the national average,


Former governor Mitt Romney hopes to win Ohio.

including urban and rural citizens as well as in income distribution. Much of a candidate’s success in the state can be attributed to getting out the party base. Candidates are spending lots of time in the state - former Governor Mitt Romney has been here 18 times compared to President Barack Obama’s 14 since June. Ohio has historical power, too. Since it became a state in 1803, Ohio has been appropriated a higher than the average percentage of Electoral College (the body that formally elects the president) representatives, rising to 26 in 1932 and 1962. The average state and territory, which receive

votes in the Electoral College, has 9.27 votes, though this is highly skewed by New York, California and Florida. However, the state has been steadily losing representation, falling to the current 18. The president will need 270 votes to win. This puts Ohio as the 6th most influential state. Since the last census, Ohio has also has seen an increase in non-white voters, who are typically urban and lean democratic. This hurts Gov. Romney. The increases in population are not in main Ohio counties like Hamilton, Cincinnati; Franklin, Columbus; or Cuyahoga, Cleveland, so Ohio is moving toward

the rural side, with people moving to the suburbs in counties around major cities. All polls conducted after September 5, 2012 show Obama with a slight advantage, anywhere from 1% to 5% in 5 polls. This shifted on a post-convention bounce; prior to the DNC, Gov. Romney was leading in two and tied in one out of the seven. CNN’s national “Poll of Polls,” which combines all national polls that meet their criteria, shows the president at 49% and Gov. Romney at 46%. However, this is too close to cement Obama in the lead. Between now and November there

are a number of variables that could help dictate the November 6 election. The election website <> is currently giving the president 237 electoral college votes based on polling numbers. Romney has 182. This leaves 119 votes as undecided, of which 18 belong to Ohio. When November 6 rolls around, there’s a good chance that Ohio will be the state that tips this election one way or another. That means, that Ohio voters, including registered voters at Walnut Hills, could determine the future of the nation for the next four years.

After Walnut, how ready are we? Alumna Brooke Smith speaks on Walnut SENIORS’ readiness for college. Graham Fowler, ‘13 With college application season just around the corner, many Walnut SENIORS and parents have entered “panic mode.” Because this is a nerve-racking and taxing experience, it’s comforting to step back, take a deep breath and realize how ready for college Walnut students really are. According to alumna Brooke Smith, University of Cincinnati, ‘15, Walnut graduates have less to worry about than they think. “On the whole, college is a lot easier,” Smith states. Much of the ease can be attributed to Walnut’s college preparatory classes and Advanced Placement (AP) courses. Walnut Hills is unique in that it offers over 25 AP Courses. Students are able to dip

their toes into a college-level work load and in some cases get college credit for taking the class. Speaking frankly, Smith says, “Sometimes questions non-Walnut kids ask are just ridiculous!” Along with Walnut’s enhanced academics, Smith adds, “Common sense is a big advantage.” Not only are Walnut students ready for the academic aspect of college, but also the social. “[They] are comfortable interacting with many different types of people,” says Smith. In college, group-oriented assignments are very common. Being familiar with people from different racial and economic groups gives Walnut students an advantage. Walnut students also like to have fun. “Being able to balance

school and our social lives is something we do very well,” says Smith. One of the things Smith stresses is to “know when things are due, and plan accordingly.” In college there is a lot less hand holding. Teachers do not give constant reminders about assignments and due dates; you get a syllabus and have to stick to it. When stressing over the thought of college, SENIORS remember: you’re a Walnut student. You’re more prepared than you think. For more information about the college application process, visit the College Information Center in Room 2605.


SENIORS are encouraged to take advantage of the College Information Center (pictured above) to guide them through their Common Application as they fill out forms and write and essays.

Jade K. Clark, News & Features Editor

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Letter from the editor Hi, I’m Jaylen Hill, this year’s Viewpoints page editor. Since this page is under new management (last year’s editor was alumna Jessie Heines, ‘12), I thought I’d take the time to tell you all, the readers, what my mission is for this year. Also, “Viewpoints” is a vague term, so this piece should provide some clarity for you, the page staff and myself. “view·point [vyoo-point] (noun) 1. a place affording a view of something; position of observation 2. an attitude of mind, or the circumstances of an individual that conduce to such an attitude” That’s how <>

puts it, and it basically explains what should be expected of each article: a situation, a feeling or opinion, evidence to back up the feeling or opinion. This page is meant to be a medium for voicing said opinions; it is not, however, a blog or soapbox. One should not expect monthly rants or one-sided reviews of the school and events surrounding it. The Chatterbox is supposed to be a voice for the student body, not one person with 250-500 words to say about the construction or some trend he or she isn’t fond of. In order to expand upon the fact that the Chatterbox – this page in particular – is supposed to be a voice for the Walnut Hills community, I feel it would be appropriate to mention that we

at the Chatterbox highly encourage everyone (including teachers) to write for the paper. The few people currently on the Viewpoints staff can’t keep up with everything going on, so any person feeling they have a valid point or two on something that could possibly affect the school is welcome to contribute (the option of anonymity is available to those who request it). Besides, we wouldn’t be doing our jobs correctly if we didn’t do our best to circulate the bounty of opinions from within the school. What is Viewpoints if not a premium way for everyone to exercise the rights granted by the First Amendment? Jaylen Hill, ‘13 Viewpoints Editor

The return of Wally Hill Wally Hill, ‘13

Warmest salutations! I am Walter N. Hill, professional alter ego and expert in overheated rhetoric. You may call me Wally. Being an alter ego means, to put it simply, not having an ego of my own, or for that matter a body. So during the fall, winter and spring months I inhabit a host: always a member of this school’s SENIOR class. But in case that sounds creepy, let me assure you that our relationship is purely symbiotic. I provide my hosts with an aura of (relatively) scandal-free mystery and intrigue, and they do the typing. My purpose during my time here is simple. I make witty observations and write them down. Also I believe I am supposed to

have some kind of an opinion; hence “Viewpoints” looming in large letters at the top of the page. Well, time to brush the dust off my keyboard and begin. Here are the first four weeks of this new school year, from my point of view. On August 20, and again on the first day of school, we were all reminded of how deeply our school had changed. The playing field had been leveled. Effectively all the passageways in the building were either new or closed. Equal opportunity. The SENIORS could easily get just as lost as the effies. Nevertheless, no one can argue that the renovations were not an improvement. The classroom technology is a much-needed improvement from the bygone


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era of transparency machines and videocassettes. And the multicolored flooring is a much-needed improvement from the brown monochrome stuff of the recent past. But, as any student of economics knows, decisions involve trade-offs. In this case, the sewagecolored flooring was traded for an equally potent sewage smell. Never underestimate the power of karma. Something has been bothering me this whole time. Why is it the industry standard of Walnut Hills publications to capitalize the word SENIOR? Is it our privilege as the eldest class to be raised nearly to the status of god-kings? In truth, starting this year what I have felt is not a strong sense of ownership of my school but rather a strong sense of familiarity with it.

Approaching the school from the circle, I no longer see a fortress to be conquered with a pencil-sword and effie-backpack shield, but a collection of memories: of lessons learned, of plays performed, of friendships forged. I see something fluid, something that can be molded and changed. I do consider one of my privileges as a SENIOR (or at least the temporary resident of one) to lament the passing of old times. It is absolutely shocking to me that no one younger than tenth grade can even remember eating on the commons, or playing in one of those old music rooms beneath it. Remember that enormous concrete slab that used to rest between the old and new buildings? The one with the small potted trees

and the view of the football field, the one with the leaky ceilings under which the orchestra and choir and band found their homes? Remember that? It seems so odd to me that something so real, so familiar, is so completely gone. Sorry for being such a downer there. I believe I have failed in my objective of being a laugh a minute. Instead I have inundated your brain with disparate reflections on these last few weeks, my viewpoint, whether you asked for it or not. I’ll try to be funnier next time. Until then, look up and at least try to pay attention in whatever class you are currently zoned out of, and, as former administrator Dr. Houghton would say, “Have a great day under the dome.”

Walnut SENIORS become seniors Jaylen Hill, ‘13

The Chatterbox Editorial Staff Charlie Hatch and Jonah Roth, Editors-in-Chief Emily Friedman, Senior Managing Editor Garretson Oester, Junior Managing Editor Josh Medrano, Copy Editor KeMarca Wade, Copy Editor Joe Schmidlapp, Design Editor Martine Williams, Business Manager Page Editors

Jade K. Clark, News & Features Editor Jaylen Hill, Viewpoints Editor Jenna Weber, Fine Arts Editor Hannah Shaw, Style & Culture Editor Austin Railey, Sports Editor Brandon Wagner, Arcade Editor Celeste Kearney and Rico Blackman, Peanuts Editors Advisors: Samantha Gerwe-Perkins and Dawn Wolfe Illustration by Sarah Davidoff. 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.

Jaylen Hill, Editor

SENIORS, we are getting old. Also, our school is getting old – the most outstanding sign being that the newest students at Walnut Hills have crossed the millennial threshold in terms of age. The class of 2018 is largely made up of students born in the year 2000. What this means is that now many students are too young to have experienced the direct impact of such important moments in US history as 9/11, president Bill Clinton’s impeachment and Space Jam. The show Spongebob Squarepants is even a bit older! A five or six-year difference between SENIORS and Effies may seem small at first, but we were all born into an era in which the world changes about every five minutes, and heightened news accessibility via the Internet and TV keeps almost everybody in the know. When one takes into account that Walnut’s youngest missed half a decade of this era, it

becomes apparent that the classes of 2013 and 2018 could leave the school with entirely different views of the world. SENIORS, this school year has just begun and most of us are concerned with what we’ll be doing once we graduate – whether or not to go to college, which schools to apply to if we decide to go, how to pay for said schools and a myriad of other things. There are many changes surrounding us, even in our own school! The construction and renovations are expected to be complete by the end of next year (after we’ve left), nearly guaranteeing a different Walnut Hills experience for the underclassmen. Though every year brings hundreds of new and unique-minded students, this year’s group of seventh graders stands out not only because so many of the students were born this millennium; they are also the group that SENIORS could feel the most distant from in a very long time.

Questions or comments?

We would love to hear your thoughts! All feedback and corrections for the Chatterbox should be directed to <>. Written feedback and submissions can also be dropped off in Room 2307.

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Fútbol on top: Hard work pays off for the boys soccer team


SENIOR Adam Brown takes a left footed shot against Anderson. Not only did Brown score off this shot, he also had three mores goal that game as the Eagles went on to win 9-1. Isaiah Johnson, ‘13 The men’s soccer team is starting out in familiar territory this year with a record of 9-2-2, which puts the Eagles at the same record of last year’s FAVC championship team. Currently ranked 6th in the city the men’s soccer team is streaking and could be ranked higher as long as they continue their winning ways. Coming off last year’s FAVC East fina, the Eagles’ expectation for their new conference, the ECC (Eastern Cincinnati Conference), remain the same: to finish on top. SENIOR Captain Tre Shockley says, “I expect to win the league again and go undefeated the rest of the season.” When asked what the difference is

between this year’s team from last year’s, SENIOR Captain Adam Brown says, “The captains are more strict this year. With the team being mostly SENIORS, we are more determined. We also have a better relationship with our coach; we can talk to him like he is one of us.“ This year, defense seems to be a key component for the Eagles, who have held all of their opponents to a total of 9 goals through the first ten games, compared to last year’s team, which allowed 15 in the first ten. Part of the reason for the success the Eagles are having on defense goes to their depth at the goalkeeper. Sophomore Logan Wiedmann, junior Max Radin and SENIOR Ariel Cohen, have a combined 70 saves this year. Brown is the leading scorer, and has 13

Reds earn bid for October baseball


Jay Bruce drives the ball over the wall. Austin Carpenter, ‘13 After a very successful year, the Cincinnati Reds have to potential to be possible contenders to win the World Series. The Reds have won Central Division for the second time in three years. Not only do the Reds lead the National League Central, they also post the second best record in the entire League at 97-65, one game behind the Washington Nationals (98-64). In his 19th season as a manager, and fifth with the Reds, Dusty Baker has been a large part of Cincinnati’s success. In his coaching career, Dusty posts a 1,581-1,432 record. Dusty has won manager of the year three times and has made the playoffs 11 times.

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The Reds are led by a mix of veterans, including MVP candidate Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips, Scott Rolen and Ryan Ludwick, as well as a core of solid, new players: Jay Bruce, Todd Fraizer, Zack Cozart, and Drew Stubbs. The Reds also have perhaps the hardest thrower in the majors, Aroldis Chapman. When Joey Votto went down earlier in the year with a knee injury, someone needed to step up. Brandon Phillips and Jay Bruce filled the hole but rookie Todd Frazier and first time Red Ryan Ludwick had different opinions. Ryan Ludwick was signed as a free agent at the beginning of the year to fill a spot on the roster, but when he got his opportunity, he made sure everyone knew he was not an average player. Posting a .275 batting average with 26 home runs and 80 runs batted in, Ludwick is a key asset for the Reds. He bats in the middle of the order and brings experience and power to the plate. Rookie Todd Frazier was used as a bench player before Votto got hurt, but when the opportunity arose, Frazier shocked the baseball world. Although Frazier is not Bryce Harper or Mike Trout, who leap over walls to take away home runs, he is very talented. Frazier is second in the National League among rookies in home runs with 19, first in batting average with a .273 and leads all rookies in RBI’s with 67. With the playoffs and the ‘Fall Classic’ in sight, the Reds have the talent to bring a championship team to the city of Cincinnati.


The Eagles circle up before taking on Oak Hills. goals and 4 assists so far on this 2012 campaign. He is also ranks second in the conference for offensive points, while sophomore Daniel Bundschuh is in third and junior Andrew Moore is fifth. The men look to finish the season strong as they head into the playoffs.

Today the Eagles play at home against Turpin to decide who will be the ECC champions. Their last regular season game is Thursday at Wyoming. [Editor’s note: All stats current as of October 5.]

Wingfield, Johnson get some ‘MAC’tion this offseason Charlie Hatch, ‘13 The basketball season has yet to tip off, but the men’s team already has two players that have verbally committed to colleges. On September 20, SENIOR Isaiah ‘Big Dog’ Johnson decided he would be taking his talents to Akron next year to play for the Zips’ basketball program. Then on October 2, SENIOR DJ Wingfield decided he wanted to be a Bobcat, and verballed to Ohio University. Johnson, a 6 foot 9, 275-pound center also received offers from Ohio University, Xavier, Kent State, Bowling Green State, Buffalo, Toledo, Northern Kentucky and Winthrop, but ultimately decided that Akron would be the best fit. “Akron to me seemed the most loyal and it had a family feel, which is what I was going for,” Johnson said. Last year ‘Big Dog’ was the a key component to the Eagles’ successful 18-2 record, and a FAVC title, by putting up 17.3 points a game, along with 11.6 rebounds, 2.7 blocks and 1.1 assists. He was selected by the Cincinnati Enquirer as a Division 1 all-area selection, and was an honorable mention for the all-state squad. Wingfield is a 6 foot 5 shooting guard/ forward who has returned to Walnut to finish his final year of high school hoops. Last year he attended Lockland, where he averaged 17.8 points a game, along with 8.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists. When asked about his reason on choos-

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ing to become a Bobcat, Wingfield said “[Ohio coach] Christian came off so honest and straightforward...its hard to find people who do that.” These two commitments mean that next year, rather than playing together, Wingfield and Johnson will actually suit up to play for conference rivals. In the last four college basketball seasons, either one of these schools has won the Mid-American Conference (MAC) title. Walnut is currently projected to win the new Eastern Cincinnati Conference and the Dayton-based website, ranked the Eagles as the number one team in the state of Ohio. ‘Big Dog’ doesn’t want all the projected success to get into the way of the team’s chemistry. “We just need to work harder than anyone else in the state.” “It feels great, but with being ranked number one also comes unwanted pressure,“ says Wingfield. “If we can remember its not what we do, but what we do next, Walnut Hills will have a state title for the 2012-2013 season. The basketball team tips off their season on Saturday, December 1, in the brand-new gymnasium against Purcell Marian. [Editor’s note: Isaiah Johnson is also a staff writer for the Chatterbox.]

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These pans aren’t for cooking


Brenden Olding, ‘14, plays the steel drums during the fourth bell advanced-level class. Maggie Garrigan, ‘13 Steel Drum Band, one of the many music programs at Walnut Hills High School, is quickly becoming very popular. Consisting of both beginning and advanced level classes, the Steel Drum band is one of the few high school steel drum bands in the area. Due to high demand for spots, students were selected based on ability for this year’s full-time Advanced band, a first in the program’s eleven year history. The impressive growth of this program did not go unnoticed. Walnut Hills Instrumentalists’ Parents (WHIP), the parent music booster organization, generously donated money to the program for the purchase of news drums. Advanced Steel Drum member and SENIOR, Dan Steinberg attributes success of the class to its dedicated instructor, Ed

Leborgne. “Mr. Leborgne is a friend to everybody and so passionate about the band. He’s the heart of the program and it would be nothing without him.” As one of its veteran members, Steinberg appreciates the low-maintenance nature of the class. “I have been playing this great music for almost four years and I still can’t read music.” The Advanced band is headed to Columbus later this year to compete in a highly-selective, national high school band competition. Leborgne sent in recordings of the band which beat out several hundred other schools for a spot in the competition. This will not be the first time the Advanced band has played in a nationally recognized setting; last spring break the band travelled all the way to Orlando, Florida after being selected to play at the acclaimed Walt Disney World Resort.

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Walnut students in The Wedding Singer Jenna Weber, ‘13 Over the summer, it is common for students to stay involved with activities they enjoy during the school year: sports, art, dance and for some, theater. SENIOR Kaitlyn Gilioli got involved with Cincinnati Young People’s Theater (CYPT) during her summer vacation. She performed alongside fellow Walnut students SENIOR AJ Schwartz, Jo Ellen Pellman, ‘14, Brenden Olding, ‘14, and Grace Maurer, ‘16. This summer’s production was The Wedding Singer. Being a parody of the 80s, Gilioli said “it had a ton of references the cast had to google to understand.” However, she did say the cast noticed that “one number in our production was an obvious spoof of Michael Jackson’s music video ‘Thriller.’” The program focuses not only on their

production at hand but also on creating a bond between the cast members. Because CYPT pulls teenagers from all over Cincinnati (and even some from Kentucky), Gilioli “met a lot of really cool people from other schools.” Cast members were also able to work with the music director from UC’s College Conservatory of Music. Gilioli, like many other students at Walnut, spent her summer in both an enjoyable and rewarding way. “We were able to produce a show that I was really proud to be a part of!” CYPT is a project for young actors and actresses ages 13 through 19. It is run by Cincinnati Landmark Productions and also runs the Showboat Majestic on the River. All CYPT rehearsals and performances are held at the Covedale Center for the Performing Arts. Auditions are in May and the first rehearsals take place in early June.


SENIOR Kaitlyn Gilioli and Jo Ellen Pellman, ‘14, pose for the camera during a dress rehearsal.

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park Through the Night September 22 - October 21

Concert Nova (Emery Theater) FRANKENSTEIN!! October 19 & 21

Kennedy Heights Arts Center Let’s Face It Sept. 29 - Nov. 12

Cincinnati Ballet (Music Hall) ALICE (in wonderland) October 26-28

Cincinnati Art Museum Studio Sunday October 7

The Blue Wisp Jazz Club Ted Nash October 28-29

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company Romeo & Juliet October 12 - November 11

Cincinnati Symphony (Music Hall) Glennie’s Rhythm and Fire November 2-3

Cincinnati Opera Champion October 18-28

Clifton Cultural Arts Center Autumn Air Art Fair November 3

For Good Measure: The power of music Karinne Hill, ‘15 One of many clubs Walnut Hills offers that other schools may not is the club called For Good Measure, which uses the power of a cappella music to do community service around Cincinnati. The club began meeting midway through last year and had enthusiastic members from the start. Co-president and founder Olivia Horn says she created the club because she “is passionate about singing and community service”, explaining that the club is “kind of a marriage between those two things.” Horn adds that the members “believe in the power of music to do good, so being able to give back by

performing was the perfect thing.” In addition to serving the community, the club wanted to experiment with music generally not done by choral groups. For example, last year they did their own rendition of Queen’s “Under Pressure.” The club does not participate in any competitions throughout the year; instead they perform for charitable causes. Currently, For Good Measure is working with Josh Cares on a project at Children’s Hospital to help patients through treatment when their parents aren’t present. For Good Measure meets in Mr. Kruze’s room (9011) after school on Tuesdays until 3:30.

Staff picks: Photography feature In every issue, the Chatterbox Fine Arts staff will pick two pictures submitted by students to feature on our page. The reason for this spotlight on photography is to bring attention to the talent of the Walnut Hillls student body in non-conventional media. All other submissions will be displayed on our online publication. To submit photos for future consideration, email a JPEG file to <>.


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In the hoop

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Overalls all the time

Hula hooping changes from a child’s game to an art form

Sarah Wagner, ‘14 Overalls aren’t only for kids or men at work anymore; they have become an ongoing trend in women’s fall fashion and have lately been seen hitting the hallways of Walnut Hills. Practicality is a major factor in why overalls are becoming so popular. Helen Kinskey, ‘14, an avid overall wearer, says, “My overalls... need no re-adjusting and leave me without a care in the world.” The different cuts and materials used to make overalls allow

them to be versatile for any season and, paired with a cute top and fun shoes, give the wearer both a youthful and stylish look. Depending on the material they are made of, overalls can be dressed both up and down. No matter when you wear them, you’ll be sure to stand out amongst the crowd. Even Thomas Edison said, “I have friends in overalls whose friendship I would not swap for the favor of the kings of the world.”


Adrienne Tong, ‘14, shows off her hooping skills at a public park. Grace Hill, ‘15

circle gatherings in parks around the city and invite fellow art and music lovers to come and share in a unique social and artistic experience. The atmosphere can be described as very artsy and free. Hickenlooper explains that hooping can be almost like meditation, saying, “If I’m ever stressed or upset, the first thing I think is that I should be hooping right now.” Both girls made it clear that everyone is accepted, although Tong adds that “the atmosphere is something that not all people would necessarily connect with”. The juniors have had previous

Hooping could be explained as dancing with a hula hoop, but in reality it’s much more than that. It’s an entire subculture of Cincinnati filled with dance, art and good vibes. According to Walnut Hills’ resident hoopers, Adrienne Tong and Courtney Hickenlooper, ‘14, hooping isn’t just a form of dance, it’s a way to relax and connect with people all over the Cincinnati area. The Cincinnati Flow Arts Tribe is a community of artists and dancers that put on drum

training in dance, Tong with fourteen years of classical training and Hickenlooper with eight years of belly dancing and ballet. Although some previous dance training can help you pick up hooping faster, Tong says, “You definitely don’t need it.” Hooping is a great way to meet new, interesting people and share a mutual love of the arts, and both Hickenlooper and Tong encourage students to join the fun. SARAH WAGNER/CHATTERBOX

Helen Kinskey, ‘14, displaying a style she likes to call “farmer chic.”

Luck of the draw Style Tips

A chance to win two tickets to see All Time Low

Are you in a band? Is your favorite band coming to town? Email the Chatterbox at <> and let us know!

Gentlemen: #239: Before it gets too cold for shorts, try allowing your hemlines to venture slightly above the knee #891: Give a nod to the Sixties by polishing your look with a nifty skinny tie. Ladies: #47: Painting four nails on each hand with one color and then painting the last one with a contrasting color will add pizzazz to your fingers. #392: Lace is not only for grandmothers and table cloths. Add a little lace to your next ensemble.

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Hannah Shaw,‘ 14 Who knew receiving a classical education would come with the added bonus of having the chance to win tickets to see All Time Low in their “Rockshow to End the World” tour? The Chatterbox is raffling off two tickets for the concert with headliner All Time Low performing with The Early November, The Downtown Fiction and Hit the Lights on October 14th. All Time Low has recently released their newest album Dirty Work, which Alternative Press displayed on the cover of their “Most Anticipated Music of 2011” issue. If you haven’t heard of All Time Low, they cater to a diverse fan base, from twelve-year-old “teenieboppers” to punk rockers in their early twenties. Despite their very little radio airtime, All Time Low has an assemblage of die hard fans who love their party anthems and energycharged sound. Their diverse musical styling is well displayed on their new album with tracks

“Under A Paper Moon”, inspired from Ella Fitzgerald’s “It’s Only a Paper Moon”, as well as “Just the Way I’m Not”, which is All Time Low’s head-banging tribute to Def Leppard classic numbers known to burn the house down. Whether you’re a die hard All Time Low fan or have never heard of them, “The Rockshow to End the World” will knock your socks off. All you have to do is buy a raffle ticket at first or third lunch and hope that the stars are aligned in your favor. The raffle will be from Wednesday, October 3rd to the following Wednesday, October 10th. There is no limit to the number of raffle tickets you can purchase, so empty those piggy banks and get ready to rock!

Hannah Shaw, Editor

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Tip of the month : “Beat the bell!” Rico Blackman, ‘15 “See you tomorrow, class!” is a signal that rings within you and your feet that it’s time to go; make sure you avoid that detention by getting to your next class on time. Take chances and look for

shortcuts. Take advantage of the new tunnels between the arts and science building and the academic wing. Never walk too slow or too fast. Keeping a moderate pace will help keep you from tripping and being late.

If getting to class on time is a hassle, talk to your teacher about your situation. Some teachers will allow you to be a minute late, but don’t overstep their kindness. Those six minutes can pass by quickly!


“The Long Road” to the mods from the main building.

Club profiles Celeste Kearney, ‘15


A rare sight: a solitary hallway gleams in the afternoon sun.

Peanuts on pop culture Zoe Cheng, ‘15 With the new school year in full swing, you may discover that you have less time to relax. Don’t be too hard on yourself – take a few hours every weekend to read a good book, listen to music or watch a movie. Here, your fellow Effies and E-flats give their advice. Tired of Batman and Spiderman? Try Star Trek, suggests Prescott Husten, ’17. Indeed, the classic high-action sci-fi flick ranks high on the list of many. Intergalactic space battles not up your alley? Iris Kim, ’18, recommends the The Hunger Games and Finding Nemo, referencing both the highly-publicized spring blockbuster (based on Suzanne Collins’ bestselling novels) and the Disney movie about talking fish. Others, like Ellie Cassedy, ’17, prefer TV shows like How I Met Your Mother,

another popular favorite. Are you a bookworm? Kendall Young, ’18, recommends Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor, the first of a series of books detailing an African-American family and their experiences in pre-Civil Rights America. Young states: “This is one of my favorite books because it’s historical fiction and tells about true events.” If this genre is unfamiliar to you, don’t be afraid to check it out. Broadening your horizons is a great way to unearth hidden interests. On the topic of music – how many times a day do you turn on your iPod? Your radio? With summer hits like Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” fading into the background of the passing days, students may be left listening to the same songs on the radio over and over again. Don’t know what to listen to? “Try classical music,”

suggests Weston Gilbert, ’18. “It’s really passionate and fun. I like classical music, because I play violin.” Obviously, Walnut is a school of extraordinary diversity – not just in the sense of race or age, but also in the varying tastes of the students. Trying new things and looking toward new genres of pop culture can be an excellent way for students to spend their leisure time in fun, yet enriching ways.

The Chatterbox: Walnut’s school newspaper. The Peanuts page is the section of the Chatterbox all about 7th and 8th graders. Meetings: Wednesdays during 2nd lunch in room 2306 Advisor: Ms. Gerwe-Perkins Contact: Peanutschatterbox@ Gleam: Gleam is Walnut’s creative writing and art club. Fun fact: it is Walnut’s oldest club. During meetings, club members write, share and discuss writing, with snacks provided. A booklet of student writing and art is published every quarter, and there is a full anthology at the end of the year. Meetings: Tuesdays after school in room 2311 Advisor: Mr. Taylor Contact: Email whhsgleam@ to submit writings, artwork, or to ask questions. Math Counts: Math Counts is a math club with a competition aspect. The club does problem solving with mathematics. In January, there is a school competition which leads up to the Cincinnati competition in February. College scholarships and summer camp scholarships are awarded to high-

scoring students. There is a $3,000 scholarship available to graduating SENIORS entering an engineering program who participated in Math Counts in 7th or 8th grade. Meetings: Tuesdays and Thursdays after school in room 2308 starting in mid October Advisor: Mrs. Burris Contact: Mrs. Burris, room 2308 Junior High Musical: Auditions for the Spring musical, Bye Bye Birdie, will be held in December. Meetings: After the cast has been selected, everyday after school, 2:30-5:30pm Advisor: Mrs. Shmalo Contact: Look for more information closer to the auditions. There are other clubs with second lunch meetings that accept 7th and 8th graders. Check the Walnut Hills website at or listen in the morning announcements for meeting dates and times.

Join the Peanuts family! Who: 7th and 8th graders What: The Peanuts section of the Chatterbox is all about our lowerclassmen. The articles cover a wide variety of topics pertaining to 7th and 8th graders at Walnut Hills. When: Meetings are every 1st and 3rd Wednesday during 2nd lunch. Why: The Peanuts section is a great way to learn more about the Chatterbox, journalism and school newspapers. Working on Peanuts will also help you decide if you want to be a part of the Chatterbox in high school. Peanuts will help you practice and develop your writing and photography skills. There is always room for other talents that would like to be showcased in Peanuts. Contact: Email <> or come to one of the meetings.


Megan Cholek, Sarah Tengen and Meghan Dyer, ‘18, celebrate Nerd Day as part of Spirit Week 2012.

Volume CVII.2

Celeste Kearney and Rico Blackman, Editors

Walnut Hills High School


Page 8

I Sing

A Gleam submission KeMarca Wade, ‘13 So my voice has a voice. I sing So our voice has a choice. How many times are we told to be quiet? How many implications are there That say no matter what’s said You’re not important enough for them to care? So I sing. Who can resist the food of the soul? I sing So I can take back the voice they stole. How many kids are there That believe they’ll never matter? Instead of succeeding, They have no choice but the latter. I know what it’s like to be stuck And to be told you’ll never be good enough. But we are the future. And we have to be tough. We must prove them all wrong And become higher than they believe Because we have no choice But to be better than they trust us to be. So I sing Because everyone deserves to be heard I sing Because hope isn’t just a word.

The Chatterbox



Sean Wood, ’15 Brandon Wagner, ‘13

Sean Wood, ‘15

Aries - Lollipops are your best friend today. Except for the blue ones. Taurus - Keep in mind that some chemicals tend to explode when you mix them. Don’t touch that Cesium.

The object of sudoku is to place the numbers 1 through 9 in each column and row without repeating any of them. Order is not important as long as they don’t repeat. Answers will be printed in the next issue.

Gemini - Your evil twin has arrived. He is currently trying to take over your life. Avoid dark alleyways and corners with broken streetlights. Cancer - If you ever have to decide, pick Nutella over Jif® - The fate of the world depends on it.


Leo - Duck, do two barrel rolls, then recite the Gettysburg Address by noon, or else. Virgo - There are ninjas in your closet. They are very friendly, so make sure to offer them milk and cookies. Libra - The mysterious guy in the trenchcoat on the corner - DON’T talk to him. Scorpio - The bubble gum you found underneath the table is in fact blueberry flavored. Stop asking your friends, its starting to annoy them.


Sagittarius - Google knows all. Capricorn - Don’t rob the bank on the corner next to the mysterious guy with the trench coat. This applies to Libra too.

1 2 1 8 2 1 6 3

9 6 7

1 7 6 2 5

Aquarius - You can’t waterbend. Stop trying to impress the ladies You’re failing miserably. Pisces -You do not automatically get to work at Captain D’s; stop filling out applications.

9 8 6 2 2 7 4 1 5

Clowning Around Shawntez Robertson, ‘13

Attention Poetry Buffs! Want to submit a poem to the Arcade page to show to our readers? Turn in a poem of your choice to room 2307 along with your name and fourth bell room number and we will get back to you. Thanks!

In Character: Grace Young

Brandon Wagner, ‘13



You just heard the most hilarious joke.

Grace Young is a SENIOR who works at Allyn’s Cafe. She wishes to know who is egging her car.

Strike the pose of SAVAGE!


Who farted?


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Brandon Wagner, Editor

Volume CVII.2

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