rebel rouser Notre Dame High School St. Louis, MO Volume 24 Issue 1November 2010
FALL FESTIVAL 10•10•10
Retreat vs. Kairos This year is the first year when seniors must choose between two different retreats. ReneeMolner reporter
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It was a Boo-tyful Time Madi Ritter (9) introduces
herself to Missy Skiljan (12) at Stuco’s Geeky Boo-ty Pageant. Her talent was pretending to be Paris Hilton.
Stuco had a Geeky Boo-ty Pageant on October 29 during Activity Period. Girls involved in the pageant dressed up as geeks and showed off a talent in front of the school. Also, on November 9, they are hosting a Minute to Win it game show. It’s a competition between the classes where girls have one minute to play little games such as stacking cups.
There are many things that people look forward to during their senior year: front lot parking, 2 o’clock dismissal, and Prom are just a few of the activities students look forward to for 4 years. This year, seniors must choose between two important events: senior retreat and Kairos. Kairos and senior retreat are both retreats, but they are different in several ways. Kairos is more student-based; the groups are led by peers, and the talks are given by mostly students, with the exception of a few teachers. The talks are more about the students’ personal stories and lives. Also, the theme of Kairos is different from senior retreat. “Kairos makes you look at yourself, your past, your present, and where you want to be,” said Liz Miller (Campus Ministry). “Senior retreat is…about your personal relationship with God and taking that personal relationship with you to college.” Senior retreat is also about meeting God in your life now. It is led more by youth ministers within the area and ND alums, not by students. It’s also shorter, only two days and one night to Kairos’ three days and two nights. For
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some, though, the time is part of the decision. “(I’m going on) senior retreat because I don’t want to miss three days of school or the play practices,” said Michelle Aschenbrenner (12). For others, the decision is based purely on the themes of the retreats. “I’m a leader (for Kairos). But I would go on Kairos anyway because I feel you get more out of it,” said Jena Preiss (12). It has not been decided yet if in the next few years students will still have to choose between these two retreats or if they can go on both. However, some students wish to have the opportunity to experience both. “I would rather (have the opportunity to) go on both because they are religious retreats and this is a religious school, so I feel that we should be able to explore our faith as much as a person would like to,” said Clare Mattione (9). Although they have some things in common, senior retreat and Kairos are very different. The question now is- which one would you choose?
Notre Dame girls from the Class of 2010 bonded over their Kairos retreat. Kairos features many activities, such as talks given by peers and time to talk with classmates.
Senior Retreat The Class of 2010 grew
closer through several team-building activities during their senior retreat.
College Visit Day
It’s Nun Buddy Time! Mikayla Baker (9) and her nun buddy Sister Regina Kabayama, SSND visit after mass. The Nun Buddy program was sponsored by the Campus Ministry Team.
Campus Ministry Team
The Nun Buddies is a program where each girl is paired up with a nun for a day. On October 26, they attended and a mass together. Afterwards, the nuns and their buddies had cookies, which the girls baked themselves. Also, the girls gave the nuns corsages to wear for the day. The purpose of the program is to help girls learn more about and meet the nuns at our school.
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Santa Comes to ND Breakfast with Santa includes games, prizes, a full breakfast, and a visit with Santa. In 2009, Christina Weyers (Advancement Office) and her son had a memorable moment with the man in red.
Marthas in Training
The MITs have made pink ribbon pillows in honor of cancer awareness month. They have also decorated cupcakes during activity period. Their main event coming up is Breakfast with Santa, which is on December 4, This event has been in place for over 20 years. This year it’s so big that they are having two sessions to prevent overcrowding for the event. Breakfast with Santa includes games, crafts, prizes, a vitist with Santa, a full sit-down breakfast and entertainment. It’s the MIT’s biggest fundraiser of the school year. Another activity they have done was Trivia night for 6th, 7th and 8th graders which was held on October 29. All profits go to the National Cancer Society for Children with the proceeds going directly to the families sponsored by the National Cancer Society’s organization. Also coming up is the 2nd annual Prin-
Everyone knows that once you get to senior year, it is decisionmaking time. Where to go to college is one of the biggest choices in a teen girl’s life. This year, seniors were given a day off while the rest of the school was testing. Many seniors took this opportunity to visit the colleges that they were interested in. There are many factors to look at while deciding on a college. Some girls want larger classes, while some want smaller classes. Scholarships and a variety of classes a college offers also impact a student’s decision. Other things such as a good atmosphere and being close to home are important. With so many colleges for girls to look at, many have not yet made a final decision. Some are applying to many schools; others are still trying to narrow down their list. Thus, college visit day was a good opportunity for girls to take a peek into what their lives would be like next year. College is a turning point in a person’s life, a time where one is now being treated as an adult. Guidance Counselor Mary Buhr’s advice to students who are looking at college is simple. “Pay attention to how you feel when you walk onto a college campus. It’s important to consider the pros and cons but also pay attention to how you feel inside,” suggests Buhr.
Erika Bibas (12) went to visit Lindenwood University to look at their dance and musical theatre programs. Another college she was looking at? AMDA, a college known for their performing arts programs. “They both have what I want to do professionally,” Bibas said. But after being offered a 75% dance scholarship, Bibas chose LU.
Sydney Pourcillie (12) visited Southeast Missouri State University. She is looking at majors such as Education and Media Communications. Pourcillie also looked into Mizzou because of their journalism programs. Pourcillie favors small classes; after the sizes of her Notre Dame classes, she doesn’t want classes that are too large.
Linda Epley (12) spent her College Visit Day at Rockhurst. Epley is looking at biology and PreDental majors. “They have what I’m looking for in a college, ” Epley said. The deal breaker for Epley? Not being able to get help from her teachers.
Alexa Gonzalez (12) visited Lindenwood, but she also looked at Truman and Southeast Missouri State University. Her choice of major? Social work. “I wanted to look at Lindenwood because a person at my mom’s work is a social worker and she recommended it,” Gonzalez said.
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Too Much Candy? The Report Card: Primetime TV Rebecca Biundo reporter
“Outsourced” | NBC Thursdays | 8:30
It’s November and Halloween has come and gone. Candy has been eaten by the buckets, but the pile of sweets doesn’t seem to be shrinking. The big question remains: “Do I really have to eat all that?” RB: I’m not really a big candy person. I like it sometimes but not in large amounts, so I’m always stuck with a lot of leftovers. CL: That’s so true, especially when it’s Halloween. I mean, I always eat some of my candy. But obviously, I can’t eat all of it. RB: I end up stashing it in random places in my house. Two months later, I’ll find a lonely Almond Joy smashed under my bed. CL: I’m sure that’s not the only gross thing under your bed, Rebecca. Anyway, leftover candy is such a pain, but there are ways to get rid of it. RB: You can save it for a special occasion. When I was in grade school, I used to keep my Halloween candy and give my friends a bag of treats for Christmas. CL: Wow, that sounds pretty cheap! Did they ever notice? RB: They questioned it once, but I assured them I bought it especially for them the night before.
CL: Nothing says “Happy Holidays” like stale candy from the last holiday. RB: Whoa! Don’t go hating on my method of gift-giving. What did you do to get rid of those extra sweet treats? CL: My friends and I used to take our extra trick-or-treat candy to school the next day and sell it. One year, my friend Devin had 5 pounds of candy that he sold. He made almost $60! And he used that to buy real Christmas presents, unlike some people... RB: I wish I’d thought of that. Maybe my friends would have liked me more if I did that. Oh well, that’s all in the past in my vault of bad memories. CL: Do you have any good memories with extra candy? I mean, there has to be something, other than skimping on your friends’ gifts. RB: All I did was make a Butterfinger Cake with my friend Sarah. It was really easy and actually tasted delicious. I’m not really a fan of Butterfingers by themselves but that cake was amazingly good. CL: You’re making me really hungry. I think I’m going to eat something sweet now. Let’s go make that cake!
As a show about the mixing of the American and Indian cultures, “Outsourced” brings a skewed but semi-humorous view of the business industry. Todd Dempsey (Ben Rappaport), an American salesman, was forced to relocate overseas when his employees were outsourced. Now he must work in a foreign country where he can barely communicate with his employees. As a comedy, this show has little entertainment to offer and gives the U.S. culture a bad reputation.
In the 21st century, times have changed. Families are not your normal Brady Bunch anymore. “Modern Family” is about one big family and how they are different from the typical family. This comedy shows the changes in society by using clever and dry humor. However, while each episode is entertaining, the plot lacks a bit when it comes to writing. Each episode is unrelated to each other which makes it eaiser to follow for new viewers. Although each character is related, the large cast makes for some confusion while following the show week to week. Overall, “Modern Family” is a good show to enjoy.
“Glee” | FOX Tuesday | 7:00
Singing and dancing in high school seems to be weird and outdated nowadays, but since the return of “Glee” on primetime, it’s becoming the norm. “Glee” brings in many different audiences, although it has been reviewed as a show for teenagers and above. The plot of “Glee” is about a high school show choir club that is barely making it as a school organization. The writers use old music and new hits to draw audiences in. Overall, “Glee” rocks it out with barely missing any cues.
Back When We Were Young CarolinadeLegarreta reporter
They say that the years we spend in high school are the best of our lives, but many of us long for the simpler times of our childhood. Back then, we didn’t have to worry about grades or getting up early to go to school in the morning. We didn’t have to think about staying clean all day or what our hair looked like when we went out to play. But most of all, when we were kids, we felt free to do what we wanted to do, to be who we wanted to be. The times I spent as a child were filled with wonder and adventure. Probably the most fun I had was with my older brother. We used to take our old couch cushions and stand them up to make a fort. We would pretend we were camping, and sometimes we slept in there. Another thing we used to do was play baseball in the tennis courts
by our house. My dad taught us all to play, and he would spend summer afternoons pitching to us and chasing us around the bases. I have fond memories of drawing chalk drawings on the sidewalk, running barefoot in the grass,
We used to take our old couch cushions and stand them up to make a fort... climbing trees, jumping into piles of leaves, and splashing in rain puddles. Being a child was all about
carefree fun. The funny thing is when I was younger, all I wanted was to be like the “big kids.” Fast forward to sophomore year. I guess that makes me a big kid. However, now that I’m here, I’d give anything to go back to those days. This is a strange point in our lives: we want to be treated as adults, yet we still feel small like children. I’ll probably always miss when I was little and fearless. On the other hand, there are plenty of things I am able to do now that I never could at that age. I can actually reach the bathroom sink when I brush my teeth. I can stay out late with my friends. I’ve even learned to tolerate vegetables. Sure, there will be days that I’ll have mounds of homework and I’ll wish to be five again, but I think for now I’ll stick with being 15.
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Birthday: October 8
Birthday: July 24
Birthday: November 19
Birthday: July 8
Birthday: March 8
Likes: reading, music, drawing, watching old TV shows like “Gilligan’s Island”and “MacGyver”
Likes: hanging out with friends, dancing, singing, reading, rollercoasters at Six Flags
Likes: softball, lacrosse, the outdoors, piano, YouTube
Likes: soccer, hanging out with people, YouTube, “Jersey Shore”
Likes: texting, gymnastics, cheerleading, going to the movies
Favorite Cell Phone feature: camera or texting? Camera.
Which would make you more nervous: singing or dancing in front of a crowd? Singing because I’ve been dancing longer.
Red or Black licorice? Red. Black is disgusting!
Push-ups or Pull-ups? Neither. Because I think both are too challenging.
Which is worse: parents singing their fave old song or your fave new song? My favorite new song because my dad sings Lady Gaga, and it’s embarrassing.
Travel the world or travel through space? Travel the world. It’s more fun to see what’s on the ground.
Hollister or American Eagle? Neither. Forever 21.
Worst fashion mistake? All of 5th grade, I wore shirts and shorts that didn’t really fit.
Favorite Ringtone? “The French Revolution”
Texting pet peeve? When people don’t respond.
Games & Entertainment Number of Booths: Around 20 Classic Games: Bingo, cake walk, and the fishpond New Additions: Dunking booth, blow-up slide, and money cube Dunking Booth: Mr. Livingston, the first to enter the booth, thought most of the people who dunked him did it “out of spite. Some people feel as though, you know, they’re small. They’re small people and it’s their way to make them feel better. But that’s okay because it’s all for a good cause.” Entertainment: O’faoláin Irish Dance Academy and live singer John Bartley on acoustic guitar Money Made on Class Beads: Freshmen: $169.00 Sophomores: $102.50 Juniors: $140.50 Seniors: $407.50
Tug of War Where: Notre Dame Soccer Field When: Half-time at the Powder Puff game Who: Freshmen vs. Sophomores Winners: Freshmen
Coronation Total Amount Raised on Raffle Tickets: $43,340 Per Capita Freshmen: $200.13 Sophomores: $182.24 Juniors: $197.64 Seniors: $248.07 Goal: $41,000 Exceeded Goal By: $2,340 Queen: Kristen Kenney (12)
Powder Puff “Champions again,” boasted the senior Powder Puff t-shirts. After winning last year against the Class of 2010, this year’s seniors were prepared for another victory. They sure did get it. The final score of this year’s game was 28 to 7, seniors. Michelle Auer (12) scored three of the four touchdowns with Amy Chavez bringing in the fourth. The juniors’ seven points were scored by Sammy Been (11). In the end, the seniors dressed the Powder Puff trophy in blue and took home the pride of victory.
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Fresh on Fall Festival Cheerleaders: (from left) Mary Weber, Jena Schiller, Maria Mengarelli, Rose Marinaro, Rebecca Jadwisiak, and Clare Mattione View: “It was fun, but it (cheerleading) was more work than I expected it to be. The fact that we helped spread spirit throughout the class was cool. I would encourage other girls to try it in the next few years because it’s a good way to participate in Fall Festival besides just showing up,” Clare Mattione(9) said.
Walk/Run When: Fall Festival Sunday, 9:00am Cost: $15 What: The Walk/Run was a Fall Festival event that eventually disappeared over time. For this year’s Fall Festival, there had been many requests from parents and alumnae to bring the event back. The Walk/Run consisted of either a two mile walk or a four mile run through Jefferson Barracks Park. In addition to getting some exercise, participants also got a snazzy t-shirt out of it. Where: The race started out in front of school, went through JB Park, and concluded by the soccer field. Attendance: “The goal was 200 people, and we had just about that,” said Katie Peroutka, Fall Festival Coordinator. Next Year: Will the event be back next year? Most likely. “It was very successful and we hope it continues to grow in the future,” said Peroutka.
Favorites & Campaign Managers Freshmen: Lauren Epley (Favorite), Madison Ritter and Ann Finocciaro Sophomore: Brooke Glisson (Favorite), Maddie Siebum and Christina Turek Junior: Colleen Flecke (Favorite), Jamie Pauk and Kate Mertzlufft Senior: Kristen Kenney (Favorite), Kelsey Albes and Olivia Ossola
Rebel Rendezvous Mixer When: Friday, October 8 at 7:00 pm Cost: $5 in advance; $7 at the door Where: Parking Lot by Sacred Heart Square Attendance: 253 students attended the mixer. Attendees needed to flash an ID badge to enter. Music: From classic songs like “Y.M.C.A.” and “The Electric Slide” to this year’s smash hits “Ridin’ Solo” and “Dynamite,” this year’s mixer had the perfect weather to go along with the great music. The one mishap? The DJ’s unexpected computer freeze-up during “The Cupid Shuffle” had everyone momentarily shuffling off the dance floor. Ticket Buckets: The Senior Class had the most tickets in their bucket, which helped their class get some extra points.
FALL FESTIVAL 10•10•10
To Vote or Not to Vote KailanMiller
happens afterwards,” said Clavin. I believe it’s a matter of how aware you really are and how aware the people you surround yourself with every day are. If you don’t hear a lot about it and it isn’t talked about, politics don’t seem that important to you so you figure, what’s the point? But with others, just turning eighteen makes them want to take that extra step. No matter what your vote is or who it is for, it’s better than not voting at all.
Did you know? (ISC). Clavin is one of the few seniors participating in the November 2 election.
Everyone knows about the midterm elections this November, but who cares about the election this November? That is the real problem. When the senior class was asked how many of them were going to vote this November, there were fewer than ten girls out of 81 that registered to vote. Not relevant to the matter, of course, is that not all 81 girls are 18 years old, but would that make a difference? Katie Bader (12) doesn’t seem to think so. “No matter how much we say we care, in reality we should be a lot more aware than we really are, including me,” said Bader. So what do the seniors think about the election? Do they have any knowledge on it at all? “Not anything more than what I see on TV,” said Brittany Markus (12). Maybe that’s the problem. Maybe
we really don’t care enough, or maybe we just don’t think it’s something important enough to care about. “I’ll care more and get more involved when I am in college, maybe,” said Markus. Everyone is talking about getting involved later or when they’re older and have to actually care. Nobody seems to think we should be caring now. Just because we don’t have to care doesn’t mean we can’t. On the other hand, Brittany Clavin (12), who registered to vote this November, feels that her vote “really does matter now.” Clavin wasn’t surprised by the number of students in the senior class who won’t be voting. “A lot of girls here don’t know about politics or don’t care enough to know. It does bother me because they don’t want to take the initiative to physically get out there and vote, but they all complain about what
In the year 2015, young people will make up 33 percent of the voting population.
55 percent of Americans 18 to 29- years-old voted in the 1972 election.
40 percent of Americans 18 to 29- years-old voted in the 2008 election.
Youth voters are even less likely to vote in primary elections. Students who do not attend college are less likely to vote, yet 73 percent of these young people think that voting is important. Facts Courtesy of
The Stresses of Senior Year
...that is the question
Fight For Your Right Brittany Clavin (12) registers to vote with Diana Pridmore
Senior year of high school has the reputation of being the “blow-off year.” But as high schools become more competitive and college requirements become stricter, senior year can be both demanding and emotionally draining. I have found senior year to be my most stressful year, both academically and emotionally. This semester, I am enrolled in ten classes, five of which are honors courses. As if that isn’t difficult enough, senioritis is beginning to creep up on me, and the disease often wins over my love of learning. Academics are not the only challenge of high school seniors. As the leaders of the school, teachers, parents and guidance counselors ask us to get involved and lead our school through clubs, drama and sports. As co-captain of the volleyball team, co-president of the Spanish Honor Society, a Kairos retreat leader, and editor-andchief of this lovely publication, I sometimes find there simply aren’t enough hours in the day to fully dedicate myself to each activity. Colleges love involved students, but my sleep schedule doesn’t. Don’t even get me started on the college application process. Not only are the applications, essays and resumes extensive, but they are constant reminders of the uncertainty of the future. In about six months, I will leave the comfort of Notre Dame and liv-
ing under my parent’s roof. While the thoughts of graduating and going to college are liberating, I would be lying if I didn’t say I was slightly apprehensive about migrating to a bigger pond. While I understand schoolwork and the extracurricular activities can be stressful for students of any age, seniors are also forced to deal with “the lasts:” the last Homecoming, the last retreat, the last musical, the last few months we may see some of our classmates. I didn’t think my volleyball Senior Night or last Fall Festival would be so emotional for me. But like fine wine, they definitely got better with age. I’m not going to lie, I find myself fighting back tears as a few of “the lasts” have started to go by. So you see, senior year is not all fun and games. When parents wonder why we struggle to finish our college applications on time, when our teachers wonder why we nod off in class, and when our fellow classmates wonder why we have dark circles under our eyes, they should all remember this: senior year is no joke. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not inviting you to a pity party. This is only month four of senior year, and I’m having a blast. I have definitely found joy in the stress. I just didn’t think ending high school with a bang was going to be this challenging, but I also didn’t think it was going to be as rewarding.
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Privileges to Dream About
“(We should) be able to leave school to get lunch for an hour and come back afterwards.” – Katie Bader (12) “(We should) leave after our last class of the day.” – Melissa Nieder (12) “Seniors should be able to dress down every Friday.” – Emily Schranz (12) “(We should have) front lot parking all the time, in the lot or overflow.” – Alisa Santangelo (12) “(We should) not have to come to school until our first class of the day.” – Abby Gasperoni (12)
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sented them to the administration. “In the past three years that I have been the Grade Level Coordinator, they (seniors) have never come up with (any ideas). It would always be up for discussion if it was reasonable,” said Mathew George (Grade level coordinator). Coming up with senior privileges isn’t the school’s responsibility. It’s our job as seniors to leave a legacy, and any senior reading this article will know exactly what I am talking about when I say this could be our legacy. Even though possible privileges will not affect us, stepping up and doing this for the next generations could be how we will be remembered. The class of 2011 is spontaneous, rambunctious, and extremely outgoing. If we just put our heads together, maybe we can earn privileges for generations to come.
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For the past three years, the senior classes have had a bit of a problem with their lack of senior privileges. Why? Because there aren’t any. “We have none. We have two o’clock (dismissal), which you only get under so many circumstances, counting your actions from your junior year. What the heck does that have to do with leaving at 2 o’ clock?Not only that, but in order to have front lot parking, you have to have the 2 o’clock (privilege). So it’s either a win-win or a lose-lose situation,” said Missy Skiljan (12). Many people may agree with Skiljan, while some may disagree. Most likely those people have the 2 o’ clock privilege. People think we lack privileges because we just don’t care, but actually it’s because no senior has ever submitted any ideas and pre-
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team at Notre Dame? “I encourage girls to play on select teams if it doesn’t interfere with high school teams,” said athletic director Ed Behr. Sellman tends to disagree, “I think select comes first for me because I get more experience and more people watch you play.” Scouts from colleges come to watch both select and high school games, so there are plenty of scholarship opportunities whether one plays select or not. The cost of playing select can be a factor as well- teams can cost from $200 to $900 or more. While this is expensive, it can cover the costs of tournaments, uniforms, equipment, facilities,
An Athlete’s Work Is Never Done
and other perks to make the team better. The bottom line is that playing on a select team doesn’t make her better than anyone else- but it can make her a better player. If an athlete wants to improve her game, she may want to consider trying out. It’s a great experience and she can end up learning more about her sport. “I’m more prepared for my high school season because I have no off time,” said Katie Fernandez (10), who plays soccer for Swing Away Alex Monia (12) tries to get the bunt down for the Rebels in a close game. St. Louis Got Gallagher.
Fall Season Wrap-Ups
When I hear Notre Dame High School and basketball, a few words come to mind: dedication, hard work, and experience. Experience comes to mind because there are five returning seniors who have been in the program since freshman year. “A lot more leadership will definitely be on the court because we’re all seniors,” said Michelle Auer (12). Basketball at Notre Dame is not just a winter sport, but a year round commitment. After the season is over in March, the players take a break for about a month, and continue training from May until the end of the next season. Throughout the summer, players participate in several open gyms a week and about three or four tournaments. Then come August, the real work begins. Players dedicate themselves five to six days a week for sprints, weights, long runs, and open gyms; these continue until the end of the season. ”They’ve been working hard with conditioning and fundamental skills because they need to be in good condition to compete in our tough schedule,” said Athletic Director Ed Behr. What might this “tough schedule” entail? Just simply two prestigious tournaments and battling rivalry teams such as Notre Dame Cape, McClure North, and DuBourg. Will this year’s team outrun last year’s duration and repeat 2008’s trip to Mizzou? Auer seems to be “pumped” about the upcoming season, anxious to be the upperclassmen of the team, and ready to start playing.
SeniorDomination Guard Sam Goodman(12) shoots a layup at a home game last season. The Rebels only made it to districts in the 2009-2010 season, but with this year’s experienced seniors, they hope to go to state once again.
Select Teams: To Play Or Not To Play?
Morgan Sellman (9) steps up to the pitcher’s mound, ready to strike out the next batter. Some would be nervous to be a varsity pitcher, especially as a freshman, but Sellman only has confidence. As well as playing softball for Notre Dame, Sellman plays for the Black Widows, a select softball team. “I feel like I know the game better because I play all the time,” said Sellman. Many athletes at Notre Dame play for select teams. There are teams for volleyball, basketball, soccer, softball, and even swimming. But what comes first? A select team or the
Future College Athletes
Softball: The softball team has made
many changes to their lineup this season, which includes the addition of three freshmen to the varsity team. “There was a big improvement over the 2009 season. They won several more games and were competitive in every game,” said Ed Behr, Athletic Director. The season ended with a close loss to Windsor, score 14-13. The team is saying goodbye to eight seniors this season, including captains Missy Sklijan (12) and Sam Herbergs (12).
Golf: The golf season started off with an almost brand new team. “Courtney Olson (10), who qualified for sectionals, was the only returning golfer. The others were brand new and brought a lot of potential,” said Behr. The season was mostly centered around learning and improving on scores, strokes, and team bonding. Olson was the captain of the team this year. Volleyball: The volleyball team had
a tough start, but ended up coming together as a team towards the end of the season and won a few games. “This season was a learning, growing experience for the team. They had to adapt to a new coach and a new system,” said Behr. The team will be losing five seniors after this year. The team was led by captains Kristen Kenney (12) and Jennifer Duffie (11).
Cross Country: This season the cross country team focused on unity as a team. When not running, the team bonded over pasta and breadsticks at Fazoli’s, enjoyed a team slumber party, went laser tagging, and participated in their first senior night. The team was joined by many younger runners this year, even forming a freshmen team for one meet. “There are lots of young runners, and they set high expectations (for the future),” said Behr. The team will say goodbye to three seniors this year, including captains Liz Flowers (12) and Gretchen Freund (12).
Michelle Auer College: SIUE Sport: Soccer Division: NCAA I Years Played: 13 Major: Special Education
Jessie Bayens College: Rockhurst Sport: Soccer Division: NCAA II Years Played: 13 Major: Physical Therapy
Liz Flowers College: McKendree Sport: Soccer Division: NCAA II Years Played: 13 Major: Dietitian
For those out there who like to be loud, there’s a sport that’s perfect for you. The Athletic Department is looking for cheerleaders for the 2010-2011 basketball season. No cheerleading or gymnastics background is needed. “I enjoyed practicing our cheers and then performing them for everyone to see,” said Ellen Blackstone (10), who was a cheerleader last season. Last year, the squad featured six cheerleaders, five freshmen and one junior. The cheerleaders cheer throughout the game and spread spirit to the Rebel’s fans. If interested, see Mr. Behr for tryout information. RavettaPhotography photographer
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The Cup (The Cupcakery)
The Anatomy of a Cupcake
Background:The Cupcakery, now the
What is it about a cupcake? Why is it so adorable and delicious? Is it the fact that it’s a baby cake? Is it the mountain of moist icing on top? Or is it the sprinkles that add joy with every bite? The answer: all of these components in one neatly wrapped package.
Cup, was established in 2007 by co-owners Ericka Frank and Nicole Puyear to fulfill a lifelong dream. The Cup’s cupcakes soon became a huge success in St. Louis, meeting the satisfaction of many St. Louisans. Many people began to fall in love with this charming and unique business, which led to creating other locations of the Cup. Although this business has grown and expanded their love and joy for cupcakes with others, there is still the same original goal in every store: to make cupcakes that are just down-right good.
Flavors:The Cup has just about every flavor under the sun. The flavors are divided up into five sections: Classics, Featured Flavors, Seasonal Specials, Limited Editions, and Sweet Treats. In the Classic section, there are cupcakes that are available 24/7, rain or shine. One example is the Peanut Butter Cup, dark chocolate cake with peanut butter buttercream icing. The Featured Section introduces cupcakes that are rotated every four weeks. A personal favorite that I adore is the Strawberries ‘n’ Cream, a strawberry cake with strawberry buttercream icing on top. Seasonal cupcakes are available during a certain season. One that you might want to try to get into the mood for fall would be the Pumpkin Harvest cupcake, which is pumpkin spice cake with cinnamon buttercream icing. The last cupcake section is the Limited Edition. One cupcake from this section is the Graceland cupcake, a banana cake with peanut butter buttercream icing. In case you’re not in the mood for one of their cupcakes, there is the Sweet Treat section, which has the cakewich, or a cake with buttercream icing in between. Obviously, this could get hard to remember. But the Cupcakery has your back. On their website, a calendar is provided to let you see when your favorite cupcakes will be available.
Sprinkles: Cupcakes and sprinkles are like soulmates: they are inseparable and need one another to become one. It’s like having a peanut butter and jelly sandwich without the jelly, and that’s just not right!
Icing: The mountain of icing on the top of the cupcake can be many flavors; whether it’s buttercream, cream cheese, or fondant, the icing is what brings the cupcake to its fullest potential. Cake:
The cake plays the main role in this performance. It sets the mood and holds the whole story within one bite. And the best part about it? It always has a happy ending.
Location: In the mood for an award-winning cupcake? (No jokethey’re that good.) Check out their store located in West End at 28 Maryland Plaza. To contact the Cup, visit their website at www.cravethecup.com or give them a call at 314-367-6111.
The History of the Cupcake KatieBlanner reporter
Why are cupcakes that size?
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Because of their size, cupcakes were easy and convenient to make because the cooks didn’t have to weigh the ingredients; they could measure them in measuring cups in order to get the required amount. The cupcake also took a shorter amount of time to bake in the oven, since they were tiny and didn’t take as long to bake all the way through.
Where did the cupcake originate?
No one knows exactly who came up with the brilliant idea of making a miniscule cake that could be eaten with ease, although it is believed the cupcake originated early into the 19th century, right here in America. Cupcakes might have gotten their name from the fact that they were measured in cups or baked in a cup, but whatever the reason, no one knows for sure how they got their name.
When they were first created, cupcakes were sometimes called “number cakes,” because the amount of ingredients was easy to remember. These ingredients included one cup of butter, two cups of sugar, three cups of flour, four eggs, one cup of milk, and one spoonful of baking soda.
What was the first cookbook to publish a recipe for cupcakes?
The first cookbook to publish a recipe for cupcakes was written in 1796, although the term “cupcakes” was not used. The recipe’s title was “a light cake baked in small cups.” The first person to use the word “cupcakes” was Eliza Leslie in 1828.
Wrapper: This is something that we just toss to the side and take for granted. But if it wasn’t for the wrapper, the cupcake would just be a circular cake. I rest my case. Information on the Cup provided by: www.crave the cup. com Photo Courtesy of
Relic Photography, Deweese Photography and The Cup co-owner Ericka Frank.
Cupcake Wedding Cakes
The newest trend in the wedding world is cupcake wedding cakes. These cakes are similar in shape and height to a traditional wedding cake, despite the fact that they are composed of tiny individually wrapped cupcakes that are grouped together to make one colossal wedding cake. The average cost of a traditional wedding cake is around $550, whereas the cupcake wedding cake costs a significantly less amount, less than $300. Cupcake wedding cakes can be anything from a small cake on top with cupcakes tiered underneath to a “fruit and cupcake centerpiece.” These cute cupcake wedding cakes might drive The Cake Boss out of business! To see how cupcake wedding cakes are made, go to www. wikihow.com/Make-a-Cupcake-Wedding-Cake. Diet Cupcakes 4 Looking to lose weight but still love sweets? Try Weight Watchers’
new recipe for a low calorie cupcake. The steps to making this cupcake are simple. All that is needed is a box of low sugar cake mix and a 12 ounce can of the diet soda of your choice. Mix the two together and bake as usual. The recipe makes about 24 cupcakes. Add your favorite diet orange soda to a vanilla cupcake mix or try root-beer with a lemon cake mix. Diet soda instead of eggs or milk? The idea sounds strange and exotic, but all over the Internet, people are raving about how good they taste. Cupcake Pops 4 A new food fad that has surprised the cupcake world is cupcake
pops. They are similar to a lollipop, but at the top of the stick instead of candy there is a mini cupcake or an irresistibly cute design with a cupcake inside. To make cake pops, literally smash up a cake, roll pieces of it into little balls, and then dip them in icing. To make a little fancier cupcake pop, go to www.raincoast.com/blog/details/cake-pops/ where over 40 different designs of cupcake pops can be found.