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October 16, 2008

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Homecoming comes to Everett

Full coverage of Homecoming festivities on pages 4 and 5! Everett’s annual Fall Homecoming game included a crowning of the Homecoming King and Queen as well as Mr. and Ms. Everett. Both positions include the opportunity to represent Everett and its students. Here, newly-crowned Homecoming Queen Erika Perez is crowned as Mr. and Ms. Everett Thaun Nguyen and Leah Alexander look on.

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Volume 48, Issue 1 October 16th, 2008 Everett High School 3900 Stabler Rd. Lansing, MI (517) 755-4472

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Admin backs off on strict rule enforcement Sandy Nguyen Reporter With the start of a new school year, some students are noticing things are a little different. Administration has not been as strict with the rules as they were at the beginning of last year. “I haven’t been stopped personally for wearing flip flops and tank tops, but last year I was stopped and sent home,” said Junior Chelsea Smith.   Last year administration strictly enforced the dress code and suspensions were handed out for violations. This year a few girls have been wearing tank tops, short shorts, and flip flops. They are not being sent home, though some have been told to cover up.  “I have told some girls to cover up their shoulders but I have not sent them to the office for it,” said science teacher Brenda White.   Some teachers are taking the dress

code into consideration but many are not. “I don’t think staff is taking the dress code as hard as last year, because I see a lot of girls wearing short shorts and tank tops,” said Smith. “If they see that they’re not being stopped for it then they’ll probably start taking advantage of the chance.” English teacher Jamie Gundrum says that she understands why security guards are taking hats away due to them being more noticeable than girls wearing flip flops.  “I’ve gotten my hat taken away once but I got it back at the end of the day,” said junior Michael Pond. Many students, particularly males, have noticed the inconsistencies in punishments and predict there will be more as the year progresses.   “I think administration is being harder on us boys with the hat rule than the girls with flip flops and tanks tops,” said Pond.

Block-free schedule Students get out the vote brings change Lavelle Walker Sports Editor

Students and teachers speak out, take sides in first year without block schedule Derek Bramble Reporter The new school year has brought many changes yet biggest for many may be the elimination of block scheduling. All six classes meet every hour, and every day this year, versus last year when classes met only four days a week instead of five. The hours spent in each class per week are still the same, but the class periods each day are shorter. Some teachers aren’t fond of this year’s schedule. For Band Director Ben Baldwin, the lack of a block is difficult for his students. Getting and putting back their instruments shortens their time to rehearse. On the other hand, the new schedule allows him to see his students every day of the week.

The planning hours for teachers last year were longer, as well. With the shorter planning hours, some teachers feel less productive. “It’s hectic to keep up,” said English Teacher Robin Elliott. With copy machines down, teachers are spending more time standing line, so their students aren’t getting their assignments on time, Elliott said. For students the change has had more of a drastic effect. “There’s less time to complete class work and so it becomes homework,” said Senior Sarah Grunden. While opinions are mixed, students like the change. “I really enjoy having every class every day; it makes the day feel shorter,” said Donavenn Epley.

As the 2008 presidential election nears, Everett is sponsoring activities to involve students in the process. A voter registration drive and school-wide mock election are giving students a chance to have their voices heard. Social studies teacher Judith Hightower and School Board President Hugh Clarke organized this event for the students. This event has been going on since 1992, but this year’s election has increased awareness. “This is the first time in a long time that young people are excited about the candidates,” said Hightower. For Hightower this election has even more significance. “As an African American that grew up in the segregated south, I am excited to see our country choose an African American male to head a major political party,” said Hightower. Social Studies Department Chairman James Toby also helped organize the event. He hopes that every student, 18 and older will register and participate in this activity. “This election is important not just for the presidency, but for the voters and the people of America,” said Toby. History is being made one way or the other. Either America will have the first Black President or its first female Vice President. “This election is one of the most important elections since Franklin Roosevelt and the New Deal,” said Toby. Assistant Principal Tracey Keyton thinks it is a good thing

what the teachers are doing for the students. Students just have to take advantage of it and be grateful someone is trying to help them have a voice for this election. “It can be difficult for the students who have limited knowledge on what Democrat vs. Republican means or don’t read or know how to read,” said Keyton. She thinks people should be able to vote as long as they have a birth certificate and some form of ID. They have a voice and therefore should be able to speak out by voting. “People that don’t vote give up an opportunity to make a change or a difference,” said Keyton.


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Students celebrate Constitution Day at Capitol Rally Janae Embry-Frazier Reporter To celebrate the First Amendment and the Constitution, thirty seven Everett students and their teachers gathered at the capitol to participate in a Constitution Day celebration. Constitution Day acknowledges the day the Constitution was signed in 1787, and which is celebrated by students and teachers on September 17th every year at the capitol. This opportunity was put forth to any student in a Social Studies class at Everett. The field trip was set up by U.S. History teacher Judy Hightower. “I wanted to organize this field trip because it was Constitution Day and as a school we are somewhat lax in promoting this day,” said Hightower.

The theme of this year’s Constitution Day was First Amendment rights. Students heard how their peers used those rights to change their student publications and their lives. The main guest speaker was Mary Beth Tinker. When Tinker was younger, she and her brother did a silent protest. They wore black wristbands for sign of peace during the Vietnam War and because of that they were suspended. Since then she has spoken about First Amendment freedoms and how to use them. At the ceremony Tinker spoke of the five rights of the First Amendment. They are freedom of speech, religion, petition, press and assembly. “The most memorable part for me was hearing Tinker speak, she encouraged students to get involved,” said Newspaper advisor Chad Sanders.

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Hallway blockers make for stressful passing time Any time you enter the first floor when switching classes there’s always that main stop in the hallway where it seems like you are never going to move. Some students stand in the same place for a good 30 seconds or maybe even longer. Usually its students just standing in a group talking and enjoying their five minutes in between classes. Why this is problem in our school is because, with the rules of two tardies makes one absence , gives majority of the student body a higher risk of getting those tardies and absences. This makes our school look bad in the end. If there was a fight or a real emergency it would take longer for Public Safety and Administration to get there. It also causes problems with other students and those select few who decide to stand in the middle of the hallways. At this grade level we all should know how hang out and talk in the hallways without disrupting other

student. We shouldn’t need teachers and Public Safety having to yell at us to go to class. Some easy steps that you can do to prevent yourself from taking part in the massive groups in the hallways would to take part in doing some of the following. • That if you are talking to one of your friends move to the side of the hallways by the walls to make a clear path for other students to get to class. • If someone tells you to move just step to the side without an attitude or being rude. Just be polite and move to the side so that the other students can get to their classes. • Hall sweeps could be reinforced to help get students to class faster and in a more efficient way. • Instead of talking to them in the hallways wait for before or after school. Don’t drag on a conversation. Just say what you need to say and get to class.

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Viviana Arcia (Editor-in-Chief) Troy Bradley Derek Bramble Callie Champod Brittney Edwards (Business) Janae Embry-Frazier Nicole Franks Sahara Guttridge Rachel Harris (Photo) Mariah Kelly (Opinion) Courtney Kenyon Nou Lor William Mannix Sandy Nguyen Yunier Orbera-Suarez (Online) Shelby Perron Katie Smith (Photo) Ashley Tope (Sports) Lena Tran (News) Lavelle Walker (Sports) Chemistry Webster Christopher Wells (Entertainment) Nashika Williams Ashley Wilson Mirela Zeljo (Features)

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Mission Statement

Yes, it’s dead Chris Wells Entertainment editor

This past week at Everett was a special Homecoming week which was fit with fun dress code changes known as “spirit week.” I thought it was odd to name a whole week after something our school lacks or has killed slowly over time. School spirit is dead. Here are the facts. We have around 1,600 students and about 35 students per room. Out of the 35+ students per room there are only two or three people dressed for spirit day. That’s one out of every 13 ½ students! Because two people in every class dress up, that means we have school spirit? I don’t think so. How often do you see students helping out their class? Around ten people per class even decide to help support their class any given year. Last year the graduating class of 2008 had around 250 seniors, and when it came time to support their class by building their Homecoming float, a symbol of pride and spirit for ones class, three or

four students would show up a night to help. This year, the parade was cancelled due to lack of interest. Look at the school. People trash it because they don’t care about it. School spirit is taking pride in how we take care of our school and how we carry ourselves as a school. The hallways are filled with paper, food, trays, candy wrappers, books, and spilled beverages. The odd part there is a trash can every other set of lockers. So instead of throwing food that you don’t want anymore on the ground, why not walk the extra ten feet and throw it in the garbage? I don’t believe we as a school can attempt to claim school spirit. As individuals we have a chance... but as far as a class-wide school spirit surge, we have a higher chance of all being struck by lightning. School spirit is dead. Start burying it.

We’ve got spirit, yes we do! Rachel Harris Copy Editor 

  How do you define school spirit? It’s that feeling you get when you walk through the buzzing halls, attend a pep rally, or cheer your Vikings on to victory. “It’s more exciting to be at the games since we have a student section this year,” said senior Marc Tyler. When there’s that electric stream of excitement, pulsing through the crowds’ veins, everyone on the field can feel it. “We play better when the crowd is hype and into the game,” said senior football player David Rendon. Not all school spirit is about jumping up and down with your face painted yelling “Go Red! Go White!” (although the cheerleaders really appreciate it). Anyone can go and join the prom committee or an after-school club to help better the school and its involvement.             Our spirit is measured by the amount of support and pride we have in our school, not by the gallons of paint used to make shirts, number of glow sticks being waved around the dark stands or the number of burger king crowns individually decorated for the big game.

The Viking Voice is a monthly publication of Everett High School. It is published the third Wednesday of each month by the second hour Newspaper class. The Viking Voice is distributed free of charge to every student and staff member at Everett. The current issue is always available on the counter of the main office. Subscriptions are also available for $15/year. The Voice is an award-winning member of the Michigan Interscholastic Press Association. Letters to the editor are accepted at the discretion of the editorial board. Forms of speech not protected by the First Amendment will not be published. Letters must be signed by the author, and will be edited for quality. Direct all questions to room 313. We can be contacted via email at myvikingvoice@gmail.com

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Mr. and Ms. Everett: a title for the entire year Chemistry Webster Reporter The Coronation Ball, a planned event at Everett, was intended to be the primary venue for announcing many of Everett’s leading students. In the past, it has included the crowning of Mr. and Ms. Everett, as well as the introduction of a court of students representing every area of the school community. However, due to decreased student and staff interest, the event was cancelled days before the official announcement of this year’s winners. Even though there wasn’t enough interest to create the court for the Coronation Ball, the winners of Mr. and

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Ms. Everett are ready to serve. Thaun Nguyen, a junior, ran for Mr. Everett and won the campaign. “I wanted to run for Mr. Everett so I could give back to the school because of all the education the school has provided for me and all the opportunities that I’ve had from going to this school” said Nguyen. Nguyen said that representing the school as Mr. Everett will be something he’ll look forward to. “I was really excited when I won the campaign as Mr. Everett because now I have a lot of responsibilities,” said Nguyen. “I now have the opportunity of helping others and suggesting more activities for the school.” The title of Mr. or Ms. Everett means students MIX & MATCH/HAIR DAY

represent the school throughout the year, and it can bring with it certain responsibilities. Senior Leah Alexander ran for Ms. Everett. “I ran for Ms. Everett because I’m a young lady who can positively represent Everett and its diverse community” said Alexander. Becoming Ms. Everett allows those entrusted with the title to represent the school and make decisions. “ I was very excited when I won because there was some tough competition,” said Alexander. “I really thought Ajaune Thomas would win.” Being Ms. Everett is a privilege, and I’m happy I get to represent the school as a Viking,” said Alexander.

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Homecoming elections: candidates, campaigning... and cookies

BLACK OUT/RED&WHITE DAY

Katie Smith Reporter As homecoming creeps around the corner, the Everett hallways start overflowing with posters of candidates advertising themselves. Candidates from different categories use creative ways to let the student body know who they are, what they’re running for, and why they deserve votes. Some items used in this year’s campaigning were posters, banners, blowup pictures, cookies, and stickers. “Leah Alexander went all out with cookies, candy and signs,” said Senior Phuc Nguyen. Other candidates went with food to spread their messages. “Sam Steel gave out Ramon Noodles,”- said Senior Amber Wright. Many consider winning a title an honor. With each title comes new responsibilities for those who hold it. Throughout the whole year that single person is representing that class. They are the student body’s voice. “It is a great honor to be Miss Everett,,” said Leah Alexander, this year’s Miss Everett. Senior T.J. Foster also saw his election as something to be proud of. “I was really happy that I won, It’s an honor to represent our senior class,” said Foster. A wide variety of signs were seen decorating the halls as students got the word out about their campaigns.


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The Age of Rage:

October 16, 2008

Are we becoming more violent?

Violent culture, miscommunication receive blame for student unease On a Monday afternoon a few weeks ago, Dominique Carter, a former Lansing School District student, was gunned down and killed. According to Lansing police, Carter had been killed by his close friend over reasons unclear, although many friends and family of the slain indicated that petty jealousy was to blame. Incidents like these are more likely to be experienced by most teenagers through prime time dramas like “The Wire.” Yet for an increasing number of high school students, trivial acts of violence are becoming a reality, particularly at school. “There should be no place for violence at school,” said Senior Joshua Strickler. ‘It’s u n n e c e s s a r y, childish, and shouldn’t happen.” In recent years, Everett has been under scrutiny from media, parents, and the community in terms of very public incidents of school violence and attacks. Just recently, word of a “Freshmen Beatdown” spread out and soon afterwards at least one incident occurred. “I saw the aftermath [of the incident]. And it wasn’t a fight but more of a bullying situation,” said Social Studies teacher June Estrada. With violence and bullying always a threat, teachers are often the primary witnesses of school fights, and see everything before the media, the parents, and the critics. “When I see students fighting, I go into a protection mode,” said Estrada. “I immediately want to get the kids away from each other.” While many have preconceptions over which students engage in the most violence, teachers are quick to point out that those who fight are often not who most expect. “I see kids I know making bad choices and being hurtful,” said Estrada. “It’s sad for me.” With violence in the news, and at times in school, many wonder whether student students feel safe inside its walls. “I feel safe because I won’t get into a fight, but if I was a freshman, I wouldn’t feel safe at all,” said Strickler.

W h i l e many teachers a s s u r e students of their safety while at Everett, some feel society’s increasing infatuation with violence may be altering students’ perceptions on safety and violence. “We see people more comfortable with violence, and this is coming into our school,” said Estrada. As a part of the Lansing School District, both Everett and the district are working side by side to combat not only the violence but the negative connotations it may bring. “We have a spokesperson who is working with [the media] to help us print the facts, not rumor,” said Assistant Principal Tracey Keyton. However, some feel that both entities have a long way to go before school violence becomes a less severe problem at Everett. “[Working together] is definitely a priority but there’s a lot of disconnect, particularly with communication,” said Estrada. “It’s not happening as it should.” Students at Everett, while confident that school violence can be minimized, are very critical of those students who chose to make it an increasing battle for the school and administration. “[Students] need to grow up and mature,” said Strickler. “They need to realize that they’re in high school and in the real world you can’t handle your problems by fighting.” Teachers are less critical of those they teach, and instead feel that the solution to school violence rests in the overall environment of a school. “We need to change the atmosphere and [let students know of a] clear level of expectations in terms of how they should treat each other and act around each other,” said Estrada. “If we [as a school] are more consistent, we’d get the riffraff out of here.”

“[Students] need to grow up and mature. “They need to realize that... in the real world you can’t handle your problems by fighting.” -Senior Joshua Strickler

“He do n finna g ’t know we e Befo t his life comin ain’t k re he went t took.... o now h e ain’t sleep he gettin’ up.”

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Restorative Justice brings peace to Everett Mirela Zeljo features editor Two students argue in a circle of 60 people cheering them on to fight. The two students don’t want to get suspended, but the crowd wants a fight. They feel like there is no choice. Peer pressure is never easy. Instead of giving in to that pressure and fighting a program at Everett hopes to show students an alternative - Restorative Justice. “The program helped me talk openly about my feeling and it helped resolve the issues I had,” said Junior Ciera Nason.  Restorative Justice is a program that helps people get along. If something bad happened they are there to listen and help resolve the issue, said former Restorative Justice Coordinator Sarah Fuhrman. Restorative Justice is run by Judith Morrigan.   Restorative Justice asks three questions. What happened? Who was affected by the problem? What we can do to heal the harm?   The program has been running since January at Everett but it has been in the Lansing School District for four years. “The program was very effective for those who were willing to do it”, said Fuhrman.

The main focus is to make the students comfortable enough to want to talk about the issue. “It gives the students space and time to talk without all the influence of their peers.” said Fuhrman. Some say that the program hasn’t received the exposure needed in order to be successful. Last year you could never tell when it was open and in order to go to Restorative Justice you had to be referred by an administrator or a teacher, said Counselor Jennifer West.   “I would like to see the program more assessable to the students,” said West. The program is very successful in middle and elementary school and the high school kids don’t feel the need to have a mediator, said Fuhrman. “I wouldn’t use Restorative Justice because I feel like I can resolve the issues on my own,” said Junior Ondra Williams. I wouldn’t put my self in a situation where I would need the program, said Senior John Ross. The program operating hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 to 3:00 and it is located in the Dining Room.  


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grades you’re out of the band, so almost all the players strive to keep high grades. “Band keeps you motivated,” said senior Levon Flores. “Band is a great addition to a college application,” said senior Flores.  If you already have the good grades for college, being part of an extracurricular activity is a bonus for college applications. Not only is band an academic help and a fun experience, but many said that director Ben Baldwin makes band that much better. “He has a really great teaching style, he keeps us motivated,” said senior section leader Kevin Gordon. “He’s funny, but if he wants something done he gets Band performs at the Everett football game against Grand Ledge. Their theme this it done.” year is Jackson 5

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Students at Everett last week claimed Lansing was boring others claimed they just weren’t looking in the right places. People branching out to find fun found cities like: Chicago, Ill. and West Palm Beach, Fla. “There is more variety of things to do and more places to see in Chicago” said junior Thun Uan. Some students felt the same way as Uan. “There are more things to do and I really like the weather in West Palm Beach,” said junior Chelsea Smith. However, trips to Chicago and Florida aren’t always possible for students. Often they have to find a way to relax and have fun locally. Uan and Smith said they would like to see an amusement park but thought it would be a long shot. “Ain’t nobody gonna listen because things cost money. [The city] don’t even want to fix the

roads,” Smith said. Some believe one must go outside of the city to find entertainment. “I don’t really like Lansing but I was born here,” said junior Faith Givens. “Overall Lansing is pretty boring, but if you want to have fun you have to go to Okemos or East Lansing.” Others feel that Lansing is geared toward the elderly. “To me Lansing is a place to retire; if you wanna retire come to Lansing all we have is golf courses,” said junior Lakeya Ryan. Here are some ideas to make the most of Lansing: MUSEUM The Impression 5 Science Museum admission is only $5. Abrams Planetarium is open Fridays and Saturdays and costs only $3 for students to get in. THEATRE Check out Boarshead Theatre. Starting October 22nd “All Childish Things” will be featured. The play is a tale of a Star Wars geek who lives in his

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said Schmidt. Lari Gist, last year’s dance teacher returned to her hometown, Grand Rapids to help run the Citadel Dance Center. Some students really liked having New dance teacher Angela Gary Gist as a dance walks her third hour dance class through the new steps. teacher. “I liked Mrs. Gist, she had a lot of fun with her choreography and she was really upbeat with everything,” said Smith. While Gist will be missed by the dancers, many are positive about the New Year. “It’s just a matter of adjustment; everyone seems to like her for the most part,” said Smith. Even though Gary is new to Everett and doesn’t know her students very well, she has a bright outlook on the year and goals set for her students. “I want my students to have a creative outlet and learn about the foundation of dance,” she said.

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Lena Tran News Editor Every new year, there is a lot for students to adjust to, but this year there was even more for dance students. After three weeks of substitutes and uncertainty, they finally have a new dance teacher, Angela Gary. Gary has taught at University of Michigan, Oakland University, Detroit School of Arts and many others. The types of dance she teaches are ballet, modern, jazz and tap. “Mrs. Gary seems really different and I think everyone can learn something new from her,” said junior Chelsea Smith. Students are still getting to know their new instructor. “She is nice for the most part, but some students said she seems strict also,” said Smith. The process of finding a new teacher was a complicated one. Meanwhile, students waited. “We had about four substitutes, none of which were trained in dance,” said Smith. Math teacher David Schmidt and assistant Principal Tracey Keyton made phone calls to set up interviews searching for the next dance teacher. “They [the Lansing school district administration] took too long to post [the position]; so that’s why it took so long for us to find a teacher,”

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When it comes to performing, band has always been really busy and this year is no exception. “This year the band has already played for the Michigan Department of Transportation or (MDOT)’s State Employees’ Appreciation Day,” said band director Ben Baldwin. Afterwards, the band was rewarded with a pizza party.   “They are scheduled to play at a CMU football game, and had a national performance at the Chick-Fil-A college football game at Centennial Olympic Park on August 30, 2008 in Atlanta ,” said Ben Baldwin. “Depending on the event, band plays

jazz, marching, concert, and percussion,” said Baldwin. Three years ago, the jazz band performed at the Outback Bowl in Tampa , Florida . Events like these help band members get to know one another very well. The performance was broadcast on national television and the band won first place in a jazz competition. Senior Jenna McMillan said “its fun playing in band with others.” They become close throughout the year, especially within sections. Some sections even have their own T-shirts made. “Flutes kick brass,” said McMillan, who is in her fourth year of band. For many, band is also a way to stay in school and get good grades. Many band members pointed out that if you get bad

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basement when he faces the decision of his life. Admission is $12 for students. If you have younger siblings or family members All Of Us Express puts on “The Legend of Pocahontas” starting November 15. Celebration Cinema and NCG show around 21 movies each night. Admission is only $6 and on Tuesdays it’s only $5. OUTDOORS Fenner Park has self guided trails and a library and is open Tuesday through Friday from 10am - 4pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5pm. It is located at 2020 Mount Hope in Lansing. Frances Park, located at 2600 Moores River Drive and has trails and gardens. SPORTS Try Royal Scott Bowling at $4 a game that is quite affordable and very fun. Or, try Edru Skate a Rama. For around $7 a person, it’s a good way to spend an afternoon.

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Band tunes up for busy year, including a college bowl game appearance


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Smaller swim team achieving individual success Troy Bradley reporter As the Everett girls’ swim team begins their season they are faced with some challenges that might affect the team. The team lacks swimmers that could contribute to the team and that could be a very big factor. They only have 13 people on the team, while other schools like Holt have 30 swimmers. Senior captain Katie Smith thinks they will be all right. “We have a lot of new and returning talent that can help the team this year,’’ said Smith. The meets have been going well, even though they don’t have a lot of swimmers on the team. They have fun and challenge themselves when swimming against other teams. “We’re a small team so in the meets it’s not all about winning its about swim-

ming our best time,” said senior Amber Wright. The team goal this year is to be city champs, which means beating Eastern and Sexton. This will not be easy considering that they only have 13 swimmers, but with the talent the swimmers have they are confident. “They put in a lot of hard work this season,” said Coach John Bullock. They practice ten times a week, Monday through Friday 3:00 to 5:30 after school, and 5:45 to 7:00 before school. A lot of practice, but members say they are dedicated to be the best. The swim team’s goals are higher this year. Some feel that with the swimmers they have this year, they could possibly go to states and win. ‘’The team this year is different from last year’s team, they want to work hard cause they know that’s what they’re going to need to win,” Coach Bullock said.

Swimmers get ready for the whistle to start the back stroke during a recent meet. Lane 2: Leslie Runyon; Lane 4 Maddie Peters; Lane 6 Kaylyn Root.

After two tough losses, varsity football looks to playoffs for vindication reporter

Senior Dave Hoang practices his forehand before a recent meet.

Tennis team looks toward Regionals This year the boys tennis team has had to overcome many obstacles already. For instance, not having home courts makes practice and home meets hectic. One positive is that this is the first season the guys have played in the fall, compared to their former spring season. “Having all summer to work and train in tennis programs made them even more prepared for the season,” said assistant

coach Garrison Thompson. The cold weather has taken a toll on the performance of the players, they keep hand warmers and gloves at hand during matches to defrost their fingers between sets. Despite the elements the team has kept a winning record, placed in CAACs and is hoping for a good outcome in regionals this week.

This year the football team has gotten off to a good start. They are 3-2 in the conference and 5-2 overall. They plan on going to the playoffs for the second year in a row. “I think our team is together and we learned from our loss,” said John Johnson. Last year’s team made it to the second round in the playoffs and ended their season with a record of 9-2. This year’s close-knit team is determined to do better than last year. “I consider everyone on the team as a brother,” said Mike Getz. Two close losses have made the difference between a CAAC championship and what might end up a third-place finish. Last Friday’s homecoming overtime loss against Holt was an especially tough one to take. The team has its ups and downs, but still works hard and keeps their eye on the prize at the end of their season. This week they head to Jackson High School to play the Jackson Vikings.

Senior varsity runningback John Ross, goes in for a touchdown during the Everett vs. St. Johns game.

“They are a good team, so we are going to keep our heads on straight,” Anthony Wallace said. Next week’s game should be a good battle of the Vikings. “We are going to come out and play hard and show them who are the real Vikings,” said TJ Foster. The team acts and conducts

themselves in a well-mannered way and that carries over to the game on Friday. “I feel good about the game and we are going to come out ready to play and handle our business, so we can get to where we want to be at the end of our season,” Mills Cherry said.


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