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Booster Volume 89, Issue 3 Scottsburg High School 11.13.15 Kaleb Mount Photo Editor The Potential guidelines reduce dual credits } { The Council is Co-Chaired by State Superintendent Glenda Ritz and Commissioner Teresa Lubbers of the Indiana Commission for Higher Education On Sept 1, 2017, the Higher Learn(CHE). Members of the General Asing Commission (HLC) is set to unleash new regulations regarding who sembly, including Behning, were invited can teach college-level courses. The to join the Council. guidelines, set by the regional accredMs. Stephanie Wilson of the CHE iting institution, will affect colleges in said that the Council is convinced they 19 states, including must find a way to most of the seconddeal with the recomary institutions in Inmendations rather college credit hours currently availdiana. than stop them. able at SHS The HLC’s change “The HLC may not in policy dictates be willing to budge on that those hoping to the issue. As a state, teach bachelor-level we have to figure out dual credit classes affected by pending courses must have how to deal with the Higher Learning Commission recommena master’s degree decision. This means dations and 18 graduate finding incentives to credit hours in the give teachers to get classes that would still exist after the new guidesubject they hope to their master’s and teach. finding ways to adlines are implemented According to Repjust the dual credit resentative Robert system. We have to Behning, Chairman find a way to be flexteachers that would qualify to teach dual credit of the House Educaible with the guideclasses under the new guidelines tion Committee in lines,” said Wilson. the Indiana General Both Wilson and Assembly, these regBehning were conscience and math dual credit classes would reulations will have an vinced that the guidemain at SHS under the new guidelines adverse impact on lines are flawed. part-time teachers. “The HLC is conDual credit teachers at high schools us to stop giving automatic pay raises cerned more with outputs rather than and adjunct professors will be hit par- to teachers who got master’s degrees. inputs. Our priority is to show that ticularly hard. Sometimes, there was evidence that this policy is unreasonable for Indiana. “There has been a considerable teachers with master’s were worse If we can build data to show that our push back. This is a big concern. Indi- than teachers with bachelor’s.” students are going to college and not ana is a big dual credit state. I think we Ms. Samantha Hart of the Indiana needing remediation, the HLC should all believe that dual credit programs Department of Education (DOE) said be satisfied with that as an indication are significant. They affect a school’s that a Dual Credit Advisory Council has of the quality and value of our current accountability requirements and they been convened to examine a response dual credit courses,” said Wilson. are also beneficial to students and to the HLC’s recommendations. Continued on page 3 parents. They help kids save a lot of money,” said Behning. Behning said he didn’t believe the guidelines were necessary. “There is no definite correlation between the level of degree a teacher has and their students’ proficiency,” said Behning. “We did a lot of research on this a couple of years ago and it led Success of the needle exchange Found on News page 2 Star Wars excitement Found on A&E page 7 132 25 5 3 0 Cheer team at state preliminaries Found on Sports page 9 SHS Band of Warriors carols on to eighth in the state } { Tori Rone Co-Editor-in-Chief Photo by: Kylie Bush Miah Northcut (10) plays the saxophone during the band’s state performance of Carol On at Lucas Oil Stadium. For the second time in a row, the Scottsburg Band of Warriors have finished their season after a State performance at Lucas Oil Stadium. This year, the BOW “caroled on” to eighth place, a few notches up from last year. “The end of our state performance was my proudest moment. It was definitely a great show. Everyone wants to be first in the end, but we did great and I wouldn’t change a thing,” said Band Director Tim Johnston. This has been a year of accomplishment for the Scottsburg BOW, which included numerous first place finishes and sweeping of captions. “Throughout the season, I was hopeful about making it to state. I had an idea that we could make it, but it wasn’t until after our performance at Regional that I expected to advance,” said Drum Major Parker Barrett (11). Alexis Campbell (10) feels these same expectations. “In a way, I have anticipated making it (to State) both years, and we have. You always have to be prepared not to make it. I hope I never have to prepare for that,” said Campbell. While the official scores are not yet public knowledge, the band received distinction in visual and general effects. Despite a successful season, there were a few things that could have been perfected. “It is always possible to achieve more, but only in the sense of individuals growing more in their performance. With more individual growth, we could have placed higher,” said Barrett. With that being said, both Beechgrove and Edgewood placed higher than them in State. This came as a shock to the BOW, as they had beaten them twice previously. “They must have cleaned up their show and made some improvements. They most likely had a really good performance,” Barrett said. Though there were some errors in their final run, Jasmine Mason (12) would not have it any other way. “I had an absolute blast. I’ve never been more proud of a group of kids or more thankful than I am for his season,” said Mason. As far as preparations for next year, Johnston remains hopeful and seemingly carefree. “Just like every year, we will have to step up and rebuild the band after the loss of the seniors. We have had wonderful examples of leadership and I’m hopeful that will be carried out. We have survived and advanced in the past and that’s what I expect,” said Johnson.


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2 News 11.13.15 Move over to avoid being pulled over { Alex Combs Sports Columnist } Due to recent construction on the interstate between Henryville and Clarksville, the speed limit has been reduced to 55 miles per hour, and 45 in areas that are undergoing more work. Photo by: Madeline Parker When one sees sirens while driving, a million thoughts go through their head, What happened? Is everyone alright? What most don’t stop to consider is the safety of those employees working the accident. Indiana has a state law that when a motorists approaches the scene of an accident or any other emergency vehicle on the side of the road, that the driver must either slow down, merge lanes or a mixture of both. “I didn’t know this was a law, but I’ve always done it out of common courtesy. I know that police and construction workers put themselves in danger every time they are out there on the roads,” said Isaac Everitt (11). The penalty for not slowing down can range depending on the destruction caused, but anyone can lose their license for up to two years or receive a ticket ranging in amount. This law can be implemented all over the state, but more recently in the construction work being done just south of Scottsburg on Interstate 65. “The construction is being made possible by government money put forth to help rebuild public infrastructure. It is a good thing for our state in that it will make it more convenient for everyone’s travels,” said Scott County Police Officer Shawn Mayer. With this construction comes a reduction of speed. The new speed limit ranges from 45 to 55 miles per hour depending where the driver is at on the road. Many consider this change in speed to be frustrating and more of a speed trap than a measure to ensure safety. “Because of all the construction going on, the reduction in speed is necessary due to the dangerous nature of the work going on. As for these zones being speed traps, that’s definitely mislabeled in the sense. Construction areas are posted as well as lane changes are displayed to the motoring public. So no one is being ‘trapped,’ people are just choosing to ignore the information,” said Mayer. Regardless, when approaching a construction zone or accident, keep in mind the person involved and the people doing their everyday jobs. Some rivalries can never die { Haley Mullins Features Editor } With winter just around the corner and high school basketball approaching, the Youth Grantmaking Council of Scott County will be hosting an alumni basketball game fundraiser between Austin and Scottsburg. On Nov. 22, starting at 6 p.m. at the Charles E. Meyer Gymnasium the doors will be open to everyone who wishes to watch this rivalry kickoff. Admission is $3 for students and seniors and $5 for adults. Anyone who wishes to participate should contact Jaime 200 150 100 50 needle exchange opened 0 Feb. March April May Toppe at the Scott County Community Foundation office on the square. Jordan Shuler, chair of the YGC Asset Development Committee, commented on the purpose of this fundraiser. “This fundraiser is to help replenish our funds for our granting process which we do every year,” said Shuler (12). The YGC is a group of students that grant out money for youth organizations that follow their philanthropy statement and have a way of bettering the community. Their goal is to raise enough money so that they can continue granting to these organizations. The empty lot next to what was previously Mariann’s Resteraunt and is now Stoplight Liquor has been an eyesore greeting anyone coming off the Interstate for years. This lot will soon be replaced by a small strip mall. Photo by: Lindsey Boswell Confirmed HIV cases in Scott County { Strip mall plans turn stagnant Levi Elliott Business Manager } June July Aug. Sep. Oct. Scott Co. syringes succeed { Tori Rone Co-Editor-in-Chief } Last spring, the HIV outbreak in Scott County had officially been declared an epidemic. By the end of May, over 160 cases had been reported. Austin, Ind. had a higher incidence of HIV than most countries in Africa. This sparked numerous health programs to better educate, protect and medicate those at risk. “Scott County Health and Recovery is the new focus of the Get Healthy Scott County Coalition that was sparked because of this epidemic. The mission is to provide structure and support to the Scott County community as it relates to substance abuse prevention, treatment and life-long recovery,” said Coordinator of CEASe and Rx Drug Abuse Prevention, Mrs. Lori Croasdell. Possibly the most widely known initiative is the Syringe Exchange Program. Since its opening in April, over 77,000 needles have been issued and 68,000 dirty needles have been taken. “The exchange has, without a doubt helped stop the spread of not only HIV, but Hepatitis C as well. We have 265 people within the program. Our goal is to stop the spread of the disease and it definitely has. People who tested negative have stayed negative despite having positive friends with the help of the program,” said Brittany Combs, Head of the Scott County Health Department. This, along with the One Stop Shop in Austin, has greatly aided to the health improvements in Scott County. However, according to Combs, things can always be better. “In a perfect world, we would have 100 percent participation of all intravenous drug users. Our ultimate goal is to treat and prevent the spread of each at risk individual, but we can’t. There are still several closet users that have yet to seek help. We are still constantly doing education and referrals to substance abuse programs,” said Combs. Combs was presented the Florence Nightingale award from University of Louisville on Nov. 5 for her successful work with the exchange program. Coots Development Group has plans for a new strip mall in Scottsburg. This 16,000-17,000 square foot property will include 5,000 square feet for a new restaurant, El Nopal. The rest of the property will be connected buildings with a brick facade. “We’re really looking forward to it because they’re two vacant lots that have been an eyesore. It will be new, bright and beautiful,” said Mayor Bill Graham. So far no construction has started, but Scott Coots says he hopes it will be up and running by July. The reason the project has yet to get off the ground is due to the incomplete paperwork, starting when a question about the electricity supply came up. “We have an issue with the wastewater treatment and that is something that has to be updated, but the circuits are not an issue at all. Mayor Graham has planned and seen this coming for years and power should not be an issue,” said Tonja Caudill, City of Scottsburg Utility Office Manager. The power should not be a problem, but it is impossible to be sure without the proper paperwork. The development group has to turn in papers to the city showing how much utilities will be required, which reporter Marty Randall of Green Banner Publications said Coots has yet to do. More paperwork that is incompleted is the letter of intent. Each developer that has plans for a property in Scottsburg must write a letter of intent to the City. While Coots’ intentions have been made clear, his actual letter of intent has yet to be written. Co-owner of the property, David Church, said that Mr. Coots has also not signed his confidentiality agreement with the anchor store, the name of which cannot be released. This confidentiality clause also restricted Coots from releasing the anchor store of another strip mall in River Ridge last year. At this time in November, Coots was quoted in as saying “several national chains have expressed interest in the lot, but a deal has yet to be finalized.” Mr. Coots declined to say who was interested in that River Ridge lot. This River Ridge mall now consists of no national chain stores, but an El Nopal, a Jimmy John’s sub shop, a bakery and a hair salon. It also has a stand Dr. Woolbright Jr., DDS “Known for Our Gentle Touch” (812) 752-5555


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11.13.15 News 3 Jessica Richey (12), on the other hand, does not think a weighted GPA would be effective. She said if students have a weighed GPA, colleges will just change it to a 4.0 scale anyway to compare students equally. Colleges have access to student transcripts, so they will look at the rigor of applicants courses individually. She said it will not make any difference on a resume. “Nobody really cares what your GPA is in high school,” said Richey. Hammons said a weighted GPA will be beneficial, especially to students Weighted GPA to encourage course rigor { It was an incentive to help students that were afraid of taking harder dual credit or AP classes. It gave them a At a recent student advisory meetsense of security because a B in Caling the topic of a weighted grade point culus might count for as many or more average (GPA) came up. Principal Ric points than an A in a basic math class. Manns, said SHS will most likely be At Salem, Deirth was in favor of moving to a weighted GPA within the weighted GPAs. He said they found next couple of years. some scholarship committees were A weighted GPA factors in not only looking at GPA and not taking into acgrades, but class difficulty as well. A count whether it was weighted or unweighted GPA would allow students to weighted. So someone with a 4.3 from reach more than 4.0 if they took more another school would look better than difficult classes. an SHS student with a 4.0. That was According to Mrs. Kerone reason they decided to ri Hammons, director of switch at Salem, but Deirth “We’re just trying to give students HSTW, the weighted GPA said scholarship commitwould only affect dual credit tees have started comparthe most opportunities possible.” classes. Classes that count ing students on the same - Kerri Hammons, Director of HSTW toward college credit would scale to get an accurate count as more points for representation. the weighted GPA. Ultimately Deirth thinks “It gives colleges a more accurate who push themselves, because it ac- a weighted GPA would be beneficial at picture of the students applying,” said counts for how difficult classes are. SHS. The biggest advantage, he said, Hammons. “We’re just trying to give students would be encouraging students to take Emily Pfaffenbach (12) is very in fa- the most opportunities possible,” said more challenging classes and rewardvor of moving to a weighted GPA. She Hammons. ing them for that. Like Pfaffenbach, said as someone taking a lot of difficult Four years before Robert Deirth, Deirth expressed concern that an classes, a weighted GPA is very appeal- physics teacher, left Salem high school unweighted GPA could allow students ing. they switched to a weighted GPA. who do not challenge themselves to be “If somebody goes through high Deirth was on the committee that an- ranked close to people who do. school taking only easy classes and alyzed the pros and cons of switching. “You could have somebody who they end up with a 4.0, they get to put “It was to encourage our top stu- didn’t take all the challenging classes that on their college application and ré- dents to take more challenging cours- and be at a 4.0 with those people who sumés,” said Pfaffenbach. es,” said Deirth. do,” said Deirth. Madeline Parker News Editor } { } Photo by: Em i lee Dav idson New water fountains -- which include a hands free system to fill water bottles -- were recently installed in Meyer gym. Team managers use the fountains to automatically fill water bottles. DC guidelines Continued from page 1 Senator Earline Rogers, the ranking Democrat in the Senate’s equivalent to the House Education Committee, is also a member of the Advisory Council. She says that she believes the legislature will do everything in their power to help students and teachers. “I believe there will be a bipartisan effort to respond. Education and politics just don’t mix. Everyone wants to make sure we do the best thing for our students and teachers,” said Rogers. At Scottsburg High School, the policy change would drastically reduce dual credit offerings. After surveying teachers who currently teach dual credit, The Booster staff found that the regulations would cause 100 percent of science and math dual credit classes to cease being offered. Only Psychology, U.S. History, Business, Political Science and Composition currently have teachers who would meet the new requirements. Five of the 25 dual credit classes currently available would still exist. Chris Routt, one of the dual credit teachers who will still be eligible in 2017, said that he is worried about the effect the new guidelines may have on SHS. “I worry about lower income kids that don’t think they have access to college. Through dual credit, those kids sometimes realize that they are cut out for college and that they have the ability to be successful,” said Routt. Macy Lakins (12) said that she believes the dual credit classes have been beneficial to her. “I think my dual credit classes have prepared me to go on to college. My composition class has given me skills that will help. The workload has made me realize what college is going to be like and the course has helped me with critical reading,” said Lakins. More money flows into Meyer } { Emilee Davidson Co-Sports-Editor Baylee Abbott (12) shows her heifer. If she had won this class she would have gone into the breed championship. The winners from the breed championship then go on to the final competition to determine the winners. Photo prov ide d by: Em i ly Pfaffenbach Where’s the beef? It’s here { Kacie Calhoun Staff Writer } Every Year in October, Scottsburg’s FFA chapter hosts a cattle show for anyone to show off their steer or heifers. The show has been running since 2010. The most recent show was on Oct. 24 of this year and anyone was eligible to participate as long as their cattle was born after Jan. 1. It was $25 per cow to show and $5 for showmanship. The show is always hosted at the Scottsburg Fair Grounds. This year, they had 97 cattle registered in the show, which was about 30 more than last year. Emily Pfaffenbach (12) has been involved in the beef show for four years, but this year was different. “As president of the Scottsburg FFA, my job was to make sure everything ran smoothly. We improved a lot from last year and profited from it in the end,” said Pfaffenbach. Improvements were made for advertising. This year’s FFA advertised better and sooner. They also scheduled the show two weeks later than last year’s show. This year’s winner was Cole Wilcox, who was from Bedford North Lawrence. Tessa Richey (10) was among 25 student volunteers who helped wiht the beef show. “I did kind of everything. I was the head chairman of the beef show committee,” said Richey. She has participated in the beef show since she was in the 7th grade. Mrs. Caroline VanGosen, FFA adviser said, “I grew up showing cattle and sheep; it’s a lot of hard work.” Recently, many new amenities have been added into Charles E. Meyer Gymnasium such as a new speaker system and new water fountains. There has been a lot of confusion about where the budget came from to put all these new things into Meyer Gym, and why this money was not used to help out struggling sports teams’ budgets or something else directly related to the school. “The money that was spent on Meyer Gym was money left over from the bond when Meyer Gym was renovated five years ago. The money had to be spent on Meyer,” said Athletic Director Al Rabe. The new water fountains that were put into Meyer feature the regular water fountain, but also a filtered water stream that is touch-activated. Once someone puts a water bottle or other container against the sensor, a stream of filtered water flows out of the top of the fountain. These water fountains also keep track of how many plastic water bottles are being saved by using this fountain. Two of the fountains were installed in the gym. The other major enhancement to the historic gym was the brand new speaker system. Five new speakers were placed in the rafters above the gym along with a modernized soundboard to control the sound and music being played through the speakers. The old speaker that was previously in Meyer Gym was handed down to McClain Hall, instead of McClain receiving a new one as well. Also, through the water fountain test that was conducted in the last issue of The Booster, it was determined that some of the fountains that are currently throughout SHS and McClain Hall are old and outdated. “I think the water fountains that we have now were here when I was a student,” said Principal Ric Manns.


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4 Opinion Commentar y Madeline Parker Quest for academics ignores emotional need { Katie Hunger A&E Editor } Commentar y M { } 11.13.15 indful adeline Social sense Madeline Parker News Editor Anymore it seems like the sole purpose of school is to stress students out and make them miserable just so one day they can possibly be “successful.” School and society both have high expectations of high school students but they never stop and consider the effects. Most high schoolers constantly have a lot on their plates: the mound of homework assigned every night, sports with two or more hour practices, jobs to go to straight after school, clubs and volunteer work to do just so we can put it on our résumés and time with family and friends. They tell you all the time that it is possible to do it all, but at what price? It’s becoming more and more apparent that the price is your mental health and personal happiness. Schools so often fail to take care of students’ mental health just because they aren’t graded on it. School is very important, and the homework we’re assigned is too, but all I ask is that you keep in mind that we have six other classes to do work for along with various activities. Give us Madeline Parker adequate time in class and out to do the work instead of the bare minimum. Freshman shouldn’t be sitting in geometry figuring out for the first time what it’s like to have a panic attack. Sophomores shouldn’t lose 10 pounds during finals week because they’re so stressed they have no appetite. Juniors shouldn’t be running on four hours of sleep every night of the week, and seniors shouldn’t be wishing their last year away. School should be a place to learn to become successful rather than to develop self-destructive habits and tendencies. Students could accomplish the academic goals teachers set if only we could work together. Fortunately, some teachers have realized this and are flexible with their schedules for both of our benefits. Whether its a few minutes of study time in class or extended deadlines for projects, teachers get better quality work without so much stress for students. } Open campus wanted { Kacie Calhoun Staff Writer Scottsburg High School has a variety of things students can do as they create their path through high school. Students can have a modified schedule, which is where students can leave after fourth period. Students can make their own decisions about their schedule. Students have the possibility of graduating mid term if they have worked hard enough during the recent years of school and have achieved all the requirements for their diploma. However, there is one thing that students at SHS cannot do and that is leave school during lunch to eat out. This privilege is called an open campus. An open campus high school gives students the opportunity to leave during lunch while teaching them some responsibilities before they are sent out into the real world like getting back to school on time and learning how to spend your time wisely. Those are skills that will need to be known in college and in any future jobs for students after high school. Open campus also gives a great opportunity to our school, especially if students’ grades increase along with their attendance rate because students are to trying to earn their opportunity to leave during lunch. I’m sure there are some who are wondering what students can do to earn this privilege IF rules would change and SHS was allowed to be an open campus high school. My answers to those individuals would be good grades and behavior. Students who are making grades that are at a C or higher could have this privilege. If a student has been suspended more than once or has served more than three detentions, then that student must have the privilege revoked. If an open campus for SHS is a possibility and administrators want to keep it small, then they can limit the open campus school to upperclassmen only or call for stricter requirements. Hardly any students are not connected with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or some other type of social media. Most posts are harmless, but some cross a line. What most people don’t realize is that negative posts can affect their college and career outcomes. With the explosion of social media, many employers and colleges have begun checking applicants’ accounts. Colleges and businesses do not want to hire people who constantly make inappropriate and unprofessional posts. It is important to keep this in mind when moving into college and the work force. Just because someone already has a job or college acceptance, does not mean he or she is free to post anything. Rachael Parker, a nurse who formerly worked at Scott Memorial Hospital, recalls a situation in which an employee was punished for things she posted. “The nurse had not mentioned any names, but was frustrated after work one day and ‘vented’ on Facebook about it,” said Parker. The nurse was fired for the comments she made on Facebook. Not every post has to further one’s résumé, but future college students and employees should be appropriate and convey themselves professionally. Meyer Gym bond brings confusion Lately with more money being poured into Meyer Gym, students and teachers alike are confused about why that money isn’t being used to update SHS and McClain Hall. While we understand they are spending remaining bond money, we at The Booster feel that it is almost unnecessary to update Meyer Gym with all these commodities while McClain is being overlooked. Over the past few months, Meyer has received such things as new water fountains and a brand new speaker system, while the old speakers that were at Meyer are being handed down to McClain. The biggest issue that The Booster staff sees with this is that while SHS contains close to 850 students, Meyer receives the remodeling while Meyer isn’t a school building and is only used by two teams and only used roughly four months out of the year. Whereas if these things were put into McClain Hall and SHS, they could be used by all 850 students every day of every school year. For example, the water fountains throughout the school are outdated and old, while the new ones recently put into Meyer are very advanced, clean and up-to-date. Another not so recent update to Meyer that has not been reciprocated to McClain is the remodeling of the court. Meyer received new paint and new flooring while McClain remains neglected. Although Meyer Gym is one of the historic prides of Scottsburg, The Booster feels that it would be more practical work on McClain Hall and Scottsburg High School, where 850 students could use these facilities daily. We hope a new bond will allow that to happen. Staff Writers -Kacie Calhoun -Kaitlyn Freeman -Nicaila Mata Sports Columnist -Alex Combs Cartoonist -Madeline Parker Adviser -Susan Jerrell Staff Editorial The updated water fountains can fill up water bottles hands free, while showing how much plastic is being saved. Photo by: Em i lee Dav idson Booster The November 13, 2015 Volume 89, Issue 3 Scottsburg High School 500 S. Gardner, Scottsburg, IN 47170 (812)-752-8927 Our Credentials & Awards SISPA Newspaper of the Year 1998-2011, 2013 Hoosier Star 2002, 2003, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015 Co-Editors-In-Chief -Lindsey Boswell -Tori Rone News Editor -Madeline Parker Opinion Editor -Tori Rone Opinion Columnist - Madeline Parker Features Editor -Haley Mullins Arts & Entertainment Editor -Katie Hunger Co-Sports-Editors -Emilee Davidson -Emily Howser Photo Editor -Kaleb Mount Business Manager -Levi Elliott Website Director -Nicholas Hall The Booster is published as a forum by the newspaper students at Scottsburg High School. 1000 copies are distributed monthly. The Booster is a member of Quill and Scroll, Indiana Student Press Association and National Scholastic Press Association. Letters to the editor must be signed; names will be withheld upon request. The staff reserves the right to edit letters due to length, libel, privacy or copyright laws as long as the meaning remains unchanged. 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11.13.15 Features 5 Photos by: A lex Combs Katie Stout (12), pictured on the left, works at the ISU Investment Group for her internship. While there she makes copies, takes inventory and learns more about the inner-workings of the workplace. Kasen Mount (12), above, interns at Southern Indiana Equine. She cleans out stalls, participates in minor animals surgeries and assists with vaccines and blood draws. Internships give the grade instead of the pay { Alex Combs Sports Columnist } High schoolers are faced with the challenge of choosing their eventual career. As students reach their senior year, this challenge looms even closer. In order to help this decision, Scottsburg High School offers a Career Internship class that gives hands-on experience in the student’s future desired career. “We started this class because it’s one of the things that we said our new tech seniors would be able to do: complete an internship. So when our first group of students were juniors we created the class so they could take it their senior year. Now it is open to both programs,” said teacher, Mrs. Susan Jerrell. This class is a one semester, two period class and is offered both semesters of the year. The only requirements are that you must be a senior, have a 2.5 GPA or higher and no attendance or discipline issues. The only other requirements are that to intern at the hospital or city police, one must be at least 18 years old. Students are required to complete 50 hours at their internship “This class is unique in that there’s a lot of responsibility. It’s up to the stu- dent to get as much out of it as they can,” said Kasen Mount (12), who is interning at Southern Indiana Equine. The internships can be difficult, however. Companies aren’t always willing to have an intern and even after a student has found one, the challenges don’t end. “The biggest challenge of this class is jumping through all the hoops. I have completed 37 hours at a rehabilitation facility and now I am in the process of finishing my hours at a skilled nursing facility. To observe at the nursing facility I was required to get a background check. That has taken the longest time,” said Suzy Callahan, who is inter- ested in a career as a speech therapist. The class isn’t only about future careers, it also focuses on a lot of college readiness tips and tricks. “I think everyone should try and take this class, not only because you get a taste of the career you want to go into, but also you learn about things that will help you later on in life. Mrs. Jerrell does not just set you free with no idea what you are doing, she will help you fill out college application, scholarships, and many things that seniors stress out about. It is a super fun class even when you’re not in your internship,” said Brittany Stidham (12). Biology tinkers with cells How-to: Internet struggles } { } { Nicholas Hall Web Director Teachers at New Tech strive to find new ways to teach concepts to their students and peers. Whether it be through hands-on activities that highlights how processes work, or even group projects where students can become the teachers. However, Miss Jackie Morguelan has found a new way to teach her Biology I classes: TinkerCAD. TinkerCAD, or even CAD in general, is short for Computer Aided Design, which is a fancier way of saying: a piece of computer software that helps in creating 3D models. At the start of their cells unit, Morguelan began to teach her students the different types of cells and their functions. Shortly after, she began to introduce CAD to her students. As they learned a certain part of the cell, they added to their cell models. However, her students were in for a surprise: It was going to be a competition. Along with the aid of Robert Deirth, a science teacher, they would choose a cell from each class that was the most realistic. The winners of each class would then be printed out via a 3D printer that is in the media center. “I thought a lot of students made really good cells,” said Morguelan. “The cells that we print can be used to teach in future lessons.” To decide the winners, groups presented their cell to their peers. After they voiced why they believe their cell is the most accurate, they took a vote. The winner from each class would be sent to Morguelan and Deirth for the final say. “I’m pretty excited because I love the CAD program,” Kaleb Cockrell (10). Lindsey Boswell Co-Editor-in-Chief A common complaint many students have is the lack of internet connection once they get home. After leaving the server, it may take a few tries to connect. According to IT Technician, Mr. Kevin Jentzen, it takes a few seconds to establish a connection to a wireless source and a few more to connect to the Lightspeed server. If this connection takes longer than a few seconds, try these tips as suggested by the IT department. easiest fix is to log in to Lightspeed 1.) linkThe on your desktop. 2.) shut off the device when you leave school, and turn it back on once you get home. Restart your computer. It is beneficial to 3.) Verify the internet connection on another device to be sure it is working. Medical Arts Pharmacy (812) 752-4226 10% Senior Citizen Discount Family Prescription Records Friendly Knowledgeable Staff Computerized Prescription Service Steve Johnson-Pharmacist As a last resort, bring your computer 4.) to the Media Center. They will back up your files and image the device to fix the problem. “Please bring your computer to us as soon as you have an issue. Whether it be home internet issues, charger issues or anything else. We are here to help and want you to utilize your device to its full potential. We have tech team members trained to perform in house repairs on our devices and we are ready to help,” said Jentzen. Photos by: Lindsey Boswel l


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6 Features 11.13.15 up to get specific items. This will ensure that you can get most of your items. Start out at the place that has the most stuff that you will need. If your looking for clothing stores like American Eagle, Levi,and Buckle are good stores to find places to get clothing and things for teens and adults. Another good strategy is to divide up your team, drop them off at various stores and pick them up later. This way you get more of the items on your list. Since Black Friday starts on Thanksgiving evening and runs over to the next morning you will want to find a place that is either open late or opens early to get some food. Plus this is a perfect opportunity to look over the ads of places you may not have been to yet. Remember to have fun with the group you are going with and to be safe. Always be careful while going out shopping. Use a little bag like a cross body to prevent theft. Make sure you always keep your money in a secure spot. Keep in contact with your group. Arrange a designated meeting area. And watch out for any belongings you put in your cart. People have been known to take items you have selected. Black Friday can be stressful but it can also be fun and a good opportunity to spend quality time with your family or friends that you like going shopping with. Follow these steps and you should have a very successful night. The Booster’s beat-all strategies against Black Friday crowds { Nicaila Mata Staff Writer } It is now November and Thanksgiving and Black Friday shopping are right around the corner. Most individuals are already stressing over the holiday season. Although people would like to have less stress during the holidays, that isn’t always the case. With Black Friday there is a lot of preparation that goes along with it. Here are a few steps to help you have a successful night. Once all the ads are out, you, along with the rest of your group, should sit down and make a list of the must-have items you are looking for. This will not only help you with the items you want but the order in which you will go to each store. Your group can split 2 5 3 4 1 ChooseScott2: { Kaleb Mount Photo Editor } Marketing campaign aims to increase enrollment Some may find it odd that Scott County School District 2 sends a bus to Austin every morning to pick up 25-28 kids. These children attend school in Scottsburg despite the fact that they live in Austin’s jurisdiction. Few would understand that to SCSD2, this competitive practice may be a financial necessity. According to Treasurer Melinda Sparkman, each child enrolled provides the district with around $6,000 of state funds. Therefore, that bus is filled with over $150,000 of the money that keeps the district running. According to Chris Routt, social studies teacher at Scottsburg High School, competition is simply a part of the modern educational climate. “A few years ago Indiana changed its laws as far as school choice. You used to be bound by geography. Now you can go anywhere,” said Routt. This development led to the district’s implementation of the “ChooseScott2” marketing campaign. “‘ChooseScott2’ was created because the administration wanted to make people in a 30 mile radius aware of the opportunities at SCSD2,” said Routt. According to New Tech Director Jake Johanningsmeier, the primary effect of the campaign has been allowing parents to learn more about the District. He said the most effective part of the campaign may have also been the most expensive. “We sent out mailers to area parents. That definitely attracted some but it is expensive. Going further into surrounding counties you may be able to Photo by: K aleb Mount This billboard of SCSD2 “ChooseScott2” on Highway 56 on the corner in front of Long John Silver’s, is one example of the promotional material used by the ChooseScott2 committee attract a few more. But at what point is marketing costing us too much?” said Johanningsmeier. As far as the content of the campaign, Johanningsmeier and Routt agreed that the school has several unique offerings to highlight. Sophomore Hannah Bowman commented on what she thinks prospective students should know about the district. “One of our biggest assets is that we have MacBooks. We also have a lot of extra curricular activities. There are all plenty of opportunities here,” said Bowman. As “ChooseScott2” is still a young program, its impact on enrollment is still dubious. According to Sparkman, enrollment is steadily decreasing, but it is going at a slower rate than it was a year ago. She said she believes the program has had some effect on this trend. Volunteer opportunities increase during holidays { Katie Hunger A&E Editor } Sign up sheet after sign up sheet with time slots to be filled float through the school. There is always something going on in the county, and where there is something to do volunteers are needed. Clubs at Scottsburg High School are always offering their members opportunities to get involved and help out, but if you aren’t involved with clubs it's a little trickier. Evan Howser (12) said, “Volunteering and helping others has always been a large part of my life. In most instances, it has helped me to better understand the needs of others.” Club participation isn’t necessary to be involved in the community. All New Tech students are required to get 100 hours of volunteer service by graduation. According to Tom Harlow, New Tech Secretary, Echo is updated with any and all volunteer opportunities for students. The Kids First Auction will take place on Saturday, Nov. 21. This event requires a lot of help; Sunshine, Hi-Y and Student Council all plan to volunteer their members’ time. Mr. Harlow has the contact information and the shifts available to be worked and feel free to contact any of the Sunshine or Student Council sponsors. Howser has volunteered at Kids First the last couple of years. Student volunteers usually answer phone calls and updating bid prices. On Dec. 4 and 5, the We Care Auction will once again be held. Information will be made available later. As it is almost Christmas, the Salvation Army is looking for bell ringing volunteers to work two hour shifts. You can register on the Scott County Partnership’s website. Goodwill is always accepting volunteers. Students can sign up on Goodwill’s website or they can request a volunteer application in the store. To learn more about volunteering at Goodwill visit: Any sophomores, juniors or seniors with a study hall and a mode of transportation can apply to be a ‘big’ for an elementary schooler. More information about the Big Brothers, Big Sisters program is available on our online issue of The Booster. Responsibilities: Sign up with: Kids First We Care Run bids and answer phones for bids. Mrs. Gibson in guidance or Mr. Harlow Run bids, answer Contact Sharon phones & take Parker 812-595pictures of auc- 1089 tion items Sorting donations, recycling clothes or directly in the store and preparing them for sales Ring bell at scpartnership. org Goodwill Bell Ringing Wal-Mart in two hour shifts Big Brothers ry students, play Big Sisters games, help with homework Mentor elementa- Mrs. Gibson in guidance


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11.13.15 Arts & Entertainment 7 The force awakens in a theatre not so far away { Kaleb Mount Photo Editor } A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, audiences flocked to theaters to see the end of Luke Skywalker’s trilogy in Return of the Jedi. About a month from now in places all over the country, audiences will flock to see where the story left off in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Ticket sales for the upcoming release have already crushed previously held pre-sale records. According to Variety, “The Force Awakens” beat “The Hunger Games” record for first-day ticket sales eight times over. Demand for online ticket sales was so high that sites like Fandango and MovieTickets crashed. Chris Haven, an avid Star Wars fan and science teacher at Scottsburg High School, said he became a fan of the series when he first saw the original trilogy at the age of eight or nine. When the prequels came out in the early 2000s, he went to all three premieres. He said he is nervously optimistic about “The Force Awakens.” “I’m about 80 percent excited but 20 percent afraid. I really don’t want them to ruin my childhood,” said Haven. Despite his fear of failure, Haven said he would still continue to see new movies if “The Force Awakens” does not meet his expectations. For Haven, Star Wars is more than just a film series. “After every trailer [for “The Force Awakens”] I got goosebumps. This is the nerdiest thing ever, but the first time I saw the Millenium Falcon a tear came to my eye. Star Wars is special because it’s all about imagination,” said Haven. Haven said that he has specific ideas about what will make the new movie a success. “It needs to be better than the prequel trilogy. It also needs to focus more on the story and less on the special effects. It’s time to pass the torch to a new generation of Skywalkers,” said Haven. Sophomore Kaden Cox said he has already purchased pre-order tickets for the premiere. “I’ve been watching them all for a long time and I’ve loved every single movie. [In “The Force Awakens”] I want to see new characters in addition to some of the old characters returning, which is what they are trying to do. I really hope the new characters have exciting storylines,” said Cox. Billie Goble (12) said she didn’t understand the hype. “I don’t even know what it’s about and I won’t see the movie. The only thing I’ve ever heard about Star Wars is what Routt and Bagwell have said in class,” said Goble. Ageless classics for teens Don’t judge a book by its age { Photo by: Lindsey Boswell Emily Howser Co-Sports-Editor } Record players, such as the 1950-era one above, have made a comeback in society. More and more students have seen their parents break out their old vinyls from their childhoods. In with old, out with new } { Kaitlyn Freeman Staff Writer Most trends that lived throughout the mid to late 1900s have died out, but are slowly starting to come back. Trends like polaroid cameras and high waisted shorts accompany the comeback of vinyl records. The vinyl record legacy started in 1888, when Emile Berliner invented the disc record. Vinyl records did die in the late 1980s, but slowly came back in a lower level in the 90s. Although this is partly true due to compact discs being invented, this is not the whole story. Skating rinks, DJs, radio stations and even the discos were still using the vinyl records. It was still the time of the vinyl records, not albums. Sales of the vinyl record didn’t really plummet until the mid-aughts. But today, vinyl records are as popular as they’ve ever been. The annual Record Store Day event’s sales surged in 2014, with some stores reporting their best sales ever. Vinyl albums rose to 6 million dollars last year according to SoundScan, up from 4.6 million in 2012 and a low of 857,000 in 2005. Vinyl records, according to MakeUseOf, are known for their “warm, mahogany-rich sound”. The website also stated that because of MP3 music is compressed to fit onto smaller devices. While records aren’t necessarily compressed, and keep most of the original sound that was recorded in a studio. “My grandmother has had a vinyl record longer than I’ve been alive. She plays a lot of different music on it, but mostly 80s music and Michael Jackson. The record has a really good sound, even better than the radio.” said Joy Crawford (11). MakeUseOf states that vinyl isn’t going anywhere. It’s an old technology that has remained relatively unchanged in the past decade. We are living in a golden age of young adult literature, where books written for teens are equally adored by readers of every age. Fortunately, this concept can be manipulated and reversed. Novels intended for older generations can still ensnare the attention of young readers. Many people are familiar with the concept that “history repeats itself,” but if you replace the concept of “history” with “literature” you might be in for a surprise. While literature does not repeat itself, there are still commonalities within books that make them fall into a genre. Books are categorized by genres, similarities in form, style or subject matter for a reason. If you love to read romance novels or science fiction books you can go straight to that section on Amazon or in the library and find something that interests you, however you might have noticed that a genre does not discriminate based on the year that a novel was published. For example, in dystopian fiction before the Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and Divergent by Veronica Roth there was Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury and 1984 by George Orwell. Before The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks and The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Parents and grandparents cried over romance novels such as Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen and Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. As a young reader you have heard Photo by: Lindsey Boswell Classic books can be enjoyed by students regardless of their age. that classic novels are “boring” and that they are “hard to read.” Have you actually picked up a classic book without the preconceived notion that it is going to be boring, have you given classic novels a chance? “After taking American Studies I have gained an appreciation for classic books. “They’re actually not that bad,” said Abbey Lakins (12). So, next time you are looking for a good book to read, pick up a classic novel with an open mind and see where it leads you. Don’t live out the age old cliche of “judging a book by its cover”, there are thousands of books waiting for you to enjoy.


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8 Arts & Entertainment 11.13.15 Back to the Twilight Zone { Emily Howser Co-Sports-Editor What is your opinion on mid-season } television show breaks? { Lindsey Boswell Co-Editor-in-Chief } “I like breaks because it’s like a whole new season and story when it starts back up.” - Carson Evans (9) “It makes me really mad.” - Isaiah Barber (10) “I don’t like them because it makes me forget what the first part was about.” - Sara Slack (11) “The break makes it seem like the show is on longer. It’s also frustrating because you have to wait so long.” - Sara Saunders (12) On Oct. 6 Stephenie Meyer author of the Twilight series drew us back into the “Twilight Zone” for Twilight’s tenth anniversary. For the occasion, Myer’s publishers asked her to write a little something for her readers. After much deliberation, Meyer decided that a letter to her readers was boring and that this was her opportunity to show her readers, again, what Twilight was really about- the magic, obsession and frenzy of first love. Over the years, during interview and book signings, people have been a little feministic about Bella, the protagonist in Twilight. They have said that Bella was a typical “damsel in distress” when in actuality she should be dubbed a “human in distress.” Meyer has expressed the fact that it didn’t matter that Bella was a girl because a boy, in the same situations, would also be saved from harm. “I think that it is ridiculous that people say that Bella isn’t a strong character. You kind of have to be strong to date a vampire,” said Kristen Hahn, 12. So, for Twilight’s tenth-anniversary release of Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined Meyer put her theory to the test. She made a complete gender swap within Twilight. Bella became Beau and Edward transformed into Edythe and everyone in the story was exchanged for their gender counterpart, except for Bella/Beau’s parents Renée and Charlie. Renée and Charlie stayed the same to keep the story accurate. Bella/Beau was born in 1987 and during a divorce in that time period the mother would be awarded custody unless proven unfit in some way. In her foreword, Meyer explains her reasoning in the subtle changes to her beloved first novel with a breakdown of all of the necessary changes. In regards to her unique twist on Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined, Meyer said, “It turns out that there isn’t much difference at all between a female human in love with a male vampire and a male human in love with a female vampire.” Holiday hiatus increases viewers { Kaleb Mount Photo Editor } The holiday season is the worst time of year for fans. For inexplicable reasons, nearly every popular show seems to stop airing around that time. These “midseason breaks” are a sad reality of modern television. The Walking Dead is notorious for their breaks. Their annual hiatus often lasts several months. In November, the “midseason finales” often end with some sort of cataclysmic event. A major character dies or something significant happens. Fans of the show are forced to wait until February for answers. For many, this is frustrating. No one wants to wait in suspense that long. Perhaps midseason breaks have a marketing function. According to, the Season 5 midseason finale of The Walking Dead, “Coda,” had 14.81 million viewers. This was a 1.5 million viewer spike from the previous episode in the season, “Crossed.” When “What Happened and What’s Going On” aired in February as the midseason premiere, it had 15.64 million viewers. For the episode that followed, the viewership was cut by 3.37 million down to 12.27. These trends are evident in statistics from other seasons of The Walking Dead. Surely they indicate some sort of correlation. It seems that viewers get excited for premieres and finales, even if they are of the midseason variety. Viewers have come to expect their favorite shows to end on a high note before a break. After all, the producers must find a way to bait audiences into watching the show once it comes back. Because of this tendency to create a cliffhanger, viewers are encouraged to watch the show again when it comes back on. In this way, cliffhangers boost ratings on both side of the break. On the front end there is the anticipation and afterwards there is the desire for the resolution of the conflict. In conclusion, television needs viewers in order to make money. More viewers need more money. Therefore, T.V. networks will do whatever they can to draw more viewers, possibly even going so far as to create a cheap but suspenseful cliffhanger. Always follow the money. Cinemax Tinseltown Description 3D IMAX Stadium Seats Ticket Price* Regular Movie: $9.40 3D: $12.40 IMAX: $12.15 Distance from Scottsburg, IN 55 minutes -- 44 miles Description La-Z-Boy recliners 25 seats Ticket Price $12.50 La-Z-Boy Theater { Breakout the family fun Madeline Parker News Editor } Distance from Scottsburg, IN 1 hour 22 minutes -- 83 miles *prices may vary whether weekday/weekend and time of day { IMAXimize the La-Z way Emilee Davidson Co-Sports-Editor } While there are many theaters in the local area, there are also many that aren’t very well-known but are very unique and interesting. One of these is the Cinemax Tinseltown theater located in Louisville, Kent. It features all new showings of movies along with operas and other types of film. This theater also features a huge IMAX screen which makes viewing all the more enjoyable. “It was a really cool experience, and the huge IMAX screen was awesome. It was like I was actually in the movie,” said Kacey Gambrell (11). The ticket prices at this theater are about the same as prices in a regular local theater. Another unique theater is the Regal Movie Theater in Indianapolis. This theater’s most alluring feature is the LaZ-Boy recliner seating. The seats also have wide armrests, ample cupholders, trays that pull over onto the viewer’s lap, and are just a very comfortable way to relax as you view the movie. The La-Z-Boy theater also shows every new showing of a movie. This theater is located in the Circle Centre Mall in Indianapolis. The prices in this theater are also relatively the same as prices in closer theaters. If you’re looking for a uncommon yet unique and enjoyable experience to watch a movie in, the Tinseltown IMAX and the La-Z-Boy theater are only a few examples of many. There is a fun new entertainment experience available in Louisville. Breakout Louisville is a type of escape game. It involves a team of up to eight people being locked in a room for one hour, with the goal of finding a code to escape the room. There are three different themes currently available, but Breakout will be adding two new rooms within the next few months. The three rooms currently available are Kidnapping, Museum Heist and Casino Royale. Each room theme comes with a different backstory and a different set of clues. Alexa Howser (11) played the kidnapping scenario in which participants realize they have been kidnapped, and have to figure out clues to escape before their captor returns. “It was scary because you’re actually blindfolded and handcuffed,” Howser said. She thought it was fun, but tensions run high when trying to figure out difficult clues in an hour. For this reason she said it is not a good family bonding experience because people tend to get frustrated with each other. It is also a good idea to have a strong team. “Without my dad and some of the older people we probably wouldn’t have gotten past the first clue,” said Howser. Anyone can play Breakout, but peo- Photo prov ide d by: A lexa Howser The Howser family failed to crack the kidnapping code at Breakout Louisville. ple under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Anyone under 18 must fill out a waiver, which is found on their website, prior to arriving. The cost to play is $25 per person. On the website, people can choose a room and book a time to play. If less than eight people book a room, they could be paired with another small group. Upon arriving the group will fill out waivers if they have not already done so, and a “game master” (one of the Breakout employees) will lead them to their room. Inside the room, the team will watch a video describing the senario and what they need to escape. Throughout the game, the game master will be watching the team with video cameras inside the room. 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11.13.15 Sports 9 Jock Talk A moment with the athletes Taylor Means.... { Nicaila Mata Staff Writer } Photo by: Tor i Rone Parents and coaches smile on Taylor Means (12) as she signs to NAIA Indiana University Kokomo. Means is the first SHS athlete this year to commit to playing at the collegiate level. The entire SHS Girls’ Basketball team attended the signing in the SHS Commons. Photo by: A lex Combs Photo by: Madeline Parker { Means commits to IUK Tori Rone Co-Editor-in-Chief } Danielle Sanders {Junior} {Has played golf for two years} {Sophomore} {Has played tennis for five years} Kaden Cox Q. A. Q. A. Why did you decide to start playing golf? My sister played golf in high school, and my dad plays, so why not? Also, it’s super fun. What was the highlight of this years’ golf season? The best parts of this season were getting six strokes off of my average, getting new golf clubs and making my swing smoother. Q. A. Q. A. What are you looking forward to next season? Next year I am looking forward to the team being very strong because nearly everyone is returning. What made you decide to play tennis? Probably the biggest thing that made me interested in tennis would be watching it on TV. On Nov. 4, Taylor Means (12) became the first SHS athlete to commit to a collegiate school for the 2015-2016 year. Her choice to play for Indiana University - Kokomo was not a difficult one. “I had my choices narrowed down between IUK and MacMurray pretty quickly. IUK offered me a better opportunity in the end, so I had to take it,” she said. Means, influenced by her sisters, has been playing the sport since she could remember. Beginning in 7th grade, she became involved in AAU basketball. Since then, she has played for three different teams and gained exposure to numerous college recruiters. “I’ve wanted to play college ball since I was little. I do believe that AAU has prepared me for the transition. I have met players with great amount of talent, and that is what I will be up against in college,” said Means. Although she has achieved what she had set out to do since a little kid, Means still has some mixed emotions. “I was always a UK fan, but now where I will be playing for an IU team I am excited and nervous all at the same time,” she said. What has surprised you the most as a first year cheerleader? “As a first year cheerleader I’ve been really surprised at how much work it actually takes. Before, I just thought that the dances and cheers just sort of happened.” - Jesse Mays (10) “A lot of things surprised me. I used to be one of those people that said “cheerleading isn’t a sport”, but I can now say that cheer is most definitely a sport and a very physically and mentally challenging one at that.” Photo prov ide d by: Ly nn El liott - Kyle Allman (11) At Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind. the Scottsburg High School cheerteam ends their cheer with High Vs. They then finished the routine with the stunts and dance portions of their routine. High in talent, lacks experience Cheerteam falls short during competition “I was surprised by how close I got to everyone on the team we are like family. I was also surprised by how much I truly enjoy cheerleading.” - Dakota Binkley (12) { Lindsey Boswell Co-Editor-in-Chief } On Oct. 31, the Scottsburg cheerteam traveled to Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind. to compete in the regional competition. This was a first for the team, as this competition used to be held at Southport High School. “It was really different because it was way bigger. It was a cool experience, but we were nervous going in because we didn’t know if it would echo and mess us up,” said Abbey Lakins (12), three year member of the cheerteam. The team placed seventh out of eleven teams, just two places from advancing. The team was full of people that had never actually performed before, so the inexperience level was high. “A lot of the new cheerleaders hadn’t performed in a real competition, so I think they were nervous,” said Lakins. Head Coach Cindy Howser said she is excited to see how the team performs in future competitions because she believed they did well this past weekend. The team will compete again in the future, but have not determined when yet. “This is one of the most talented teams Scottsburg has ever had. I am so proud of each and every athlete on the team. I could not have asked for anything more than they gave,” said Howser. 898 N. Gardner St, Scottsburg, IN 47170 812. 752. 3690 Elliott Auto { Emily Howser Co-Sports-Editor } $2.00 off oil change with SCSD2 student or staff ID


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10 Sports Athletes may Girls’ Basketball benefit through A veteran team club sports 11.13.15 { Katie Hunger A&E Editor } displays early potential } { Tori Rone Co-Editor-in-Chief Athletes stand around with paper numbers pinned to the fronts and backs of their shirts nervously waiting for tryouts to start. Some put in months of preparation before their sports seasons even start. Many do it by playing club sports, a sometimes expensive option for players who don’t want to take the offseason off. Olivia Reul (9) plays volleyball for Prodigy from December to April. Reul believes “you learn a lot” both from the different coaches and the extra playing time. Her love of the game is part of her motivation for playing, but Reul also loves the competition. “The competition at club is much better because they are taking all of the best players from the area and making teams,” said Reul. “You are playing with and against some of the best.” “Competition, experience and exposure,” said Mitchell Meagher (11) when asked why he’s been playing AAU basketball since 6th grade. But the question is, is it worth it? Meagher and Reul both agree that it is, for fun and for the chance to improve but according to Mrs. Sara Stuckwisch, math teacher, it isn’t financially worth it. Stuckwisch has a family friend whose daughter got a full-ride scholarship to Purdue to play volleyball. According to Stuckwisch, the daughter had played club throughout high school and by the time she graduated, it would have cost less for her parents to pay the full tuition for Purdue. Club got her to where she wanted to be, but it turned out to be not the most cost effective way. Photo by: Tor i Rone During the Warriorettes’ annual Soap and Towel Game, hosted Nov. 5, Jenny Stepp (12) drives towards the basket. Swim After losing only one senior in the 2014-2015 season, the Scottsburg Warriorettes are ready to bring back an almost completely returning team this year. The team gave a preview of their talents during their scrimmage against Trinity Lutheran on Oct. 30. “I was very pleased that they have grown and matured on the court. Varsity had three very good quarters where they played as a team, but lost focus in the last quarter. We have some work to do, but we are way ahead of where we were last year,” said Head Coach Donna Cheatham. Taylor Means (12) agreed that the scrimmage displayed a very promising team. “Without having Emma as our point guard in the game against Trinity, the game revealed that we will be a decent team this year. We have a lot to work on, but I can’t wait to see how my senior year goes,” said Means. Despite the encouraging start, coach Cheatham still recognizes it is too early to be sure of the season “We have a lot of confidence this year, but we still have a lot of work to do on every facet of the game. It’s really early and there is always room for improvement, but I’m impressed with what I’ve seen,” Cheatham said. The Warriorettes are still a very young team. A large majority are underclassmen, and according to captain Means, they are not familiar with varsity playing time. “It is intimidating to play varsity. I’ve grown since last year, but I still have a long way to go. I’m just trying to do my best,” said Katie Horstman (10). The Warriorettes will host their first game of the season against the Jennings County Panters on Nov. 13 Roadhouse USA Restaurant Photo by: Lindsey Boswell Sarah Thomas (10) completes the freestly portion of her IM swim during practice. This is Thomas’ second year as a member of the SHS sirls’ swim team. The IM is one of her usual events at a meet, but she specializes in breastroke. Girls dive into season, boys lack numbers I65 & HWY 56 Scottsburg, IN { Madeline Parker News Editor } (812) 752-9272 Open 11 am - 11 pm 6 Days a Week Closed Mondays Steaks - Ribs - Seafood Chicken - Pasta Sandwiches - Soups Salads Fine Food and Spirits Full Service T.V. Head coach Jason Carter, is optimistic about the girls’ swim team this year. They have a lot of returning swimmers as well as several new ones. The girls’ team already has 17 swimmers coming to practice. Carter said such a large team will make for an interesting year. He said it will take a month or two to sort out the talent on the team, but he has high hopes. “As long as we work at it, we could be surprising a lot of teams in the conference,” said Carter. He hopes to finish in the top third at sectional, meaning they would have to get at least sixth place. The swim sectional is made up of the whole Mid-Southern Conference and the Hoosier Hills Conference. The boys swim team has only six team members. Carter knew the team would be small this year since nine seniors graduated last year. “We need bodies; we need kids to come out and swim,” said Carter. “Swimming is good because it really helps keep you in shape. That’s the main reason I started,” said Isaac Everitt (11). Last year, the boys’ team won conference, but since they lost so many seniors, Carter wants them to just focus on individual improvement. The girls’ team has five seniors and two of them, Kasen Mount and Mariah Fettig joined the team for the first time this year. Mount decided to join the team to stay in shape. She is hoping to do well in her first year. “Hopefully I’ll get better as the season goes on,” said Mount The boys’ team only has one senior, Levi Elliott, but according to Carter he is an experienced swimmer and good leader. “Levi Elliott has been a strong leader for us even as a sophomore and junior,” said Carter. Carter said he is expecting the returning seniors to teach the younger swimmers a lot. The girls’ team has a relay meet, which is like a scrimmage, on Nov. 17 at New Albany. Carter said the girls usually enjoy this meet. The first official IHSAA meet is on Nov. 30.


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11.13.15 Sports 11 Alex May returns to CC semi state { Kaitlyn Freeman Staff Writer } Photo by: Nicai la Mat a Weigh the pros and cons of collegiate athletics { transition I recommend intense workouts, getting used to hours of constant play and being able to handle the physi“The main differences in playing cal aspects that arise with college athsports in college vs. high school is the letics.” “No matter what you’re playing in time per year spent preparing, praccollege, the speed picks up significantticing and playing those sports,” said ly. The combination of top players and Brandon Tormoehlen, SHS Baseball training year round will make all colleCoach and former Creighton baseball giate sports at every level faster,” said coach. With the extra effort and time Tormoehlen. put into these sports in college as opWhile there are many physical asposed to high school, it’s important for pects of college athletics that high every potential college athlete to ask schoolers are not yet ready for, there themselves two important questions. are mental aspects too. “Going into my 1: “Is it worth it?”, and 2: “What should freshman year I knew it was going to be I do to prepare?” a lot more “ P a r phy sicall y ticipating demanding “Going into my freshman in college than high athletics year I knew it was going to school was, is worth it. be a lot more physically debut I didn’t You defimanding than high school realize how nitely are mentally able to dewas, but I didn’t realize demanding velop effihow mentally demanding it it would be cient time Kelsey Smith, would be too. too. Pracmanagetices are 2014 graduate ment skills, long and and as a classes bonus are are more instantly imdifficult so you really need to be smart mersed in the social aspects of college about managing your time to be sucas soon as you arrive on campus,” said cessful on the court and in the classformer SHS and current Trine Uniroom,” said Kelsey Smith, former SHS versity athlete Ashley Elliott. “You also and current Franklin College athlete. have the opportunity to continue playFor some athletes the negatives ing competitively, which for any true out weighed the positives. athlete, that in itself makes it worth“The negative side of being a college while.” athlete is definitely the scheduling difHer statements were echoed by by ficulty. It’s hard to manage your time former SHS and current Ohio Northwith class, studying and practice,” said ern University athlete Matthew Jerformer SHS and Manchester Univerrell, who said, “Participating at the sity athlete Channing Collins. “I regret college level is worth it if you truly love not playing this year a little because the sport.” He also gave some insight about the transition from the high of not being a part of the team. I also school level athletics to college level miss not being able to compete and athletics. “In order to prepare for this get better everyday, but on the other Levi Elliott Business Manager Alex May (11) runs at Hardy Lake during the Austin-Scottsburg Invitational. This run helped him on his way to becoming the first runner since 1991 to attend semi-state. Through much dedication and hard work, Alex May (11) made it to semi-state for the second time in his cross country career, becoming the first cross country runner in Scottsburg High School since 1991 to make it to semi-state. But in order to make it that far, he first had to persevere through sectional and then through to regional. “I practiced the same as I would normally have,” Alex said. “If you change your workout then it can cause you to run different because you’re not used to the changes. It’s like putting your foot in frozen water and getting shocked by the cold.” Since he didn’t make it to semi-state his sophomore year, it was a bigger deal that he made it this year. He was worried that he wouldn’t be able to make it back to semi-state again and set that as a goal for this season. Even though semi-state wasn’t really new to May, he said that he was still a little nervous. “I was not nervous until I got to that starting line and looked around. When I looked around and saw the crowd, I was very nervous because at that moment I realized that it was for real that it was officially what I was here to do.” Although May did not make it to state this year, he strives to make it to state next year. Claiming that he’s dreamt of the day since he started his cross country season, he hopes that he can live up to the greatness that comes with making it to state as an individual. But at the end of the day, even through all his hard work and dedication, May said, “My team knows what I’m after and they encourage me to strive for my goals as I did. But for the most part, I just want to thank my coach Bobby Ashely and all he’s done for me.” } Coffees Cappucinos Slushies More . . { . { Photo by: Ly nn Elliott Trine University sophomore Ashley Elliott races past members of the Adrian University girls’ basketballl team on her way to complete a layup. Elliott was fouled in the play and scored once from the freethrow line. Trine went on to win the win the game. hand I enjoy having extra time to get my work done, which I like.” “Some of the other opportunities you get in college will not always be there. I wanted to have time to join social groups and honor societies. If I had continued to do both, I felt that I would not be the kind of teammate my team deserved,” said former SHS and Anderson University athlete Bridget Elliott. In college, every teammate is vital to the team and has to be willing to give their all to the sport. This is often difficult because collegiate sports take up so much more time than high school ones. “The competitive edge [in college] is a lot higher, and if you want to mess around and not give your full effort then your coach can and will simply recruit someone to replace you. If you are thinking of competing at the next level, you definitely need to be fully committed to your sport,” said Ashley Elliott. Smith reiterated the point that college athletics are not only very beneficial, but are also a privilege. “Playing in college has always been my dream. All the support I had in high school followed me to college. Last season when I played at Hanover so many people came out there to support me and that just makes all the time and effort I put into basketball worth it. I just feel so blessed to even have the opportunity to play at the college level.” Drug Store and Soda Fountain 120 W. McClain Ave. Scottsburg, IN 47170 (812) 752-2021


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12 Sports 11.13.15 Wrestling A lex ccording to Young team wrestles with high expectations { Tempting Fate Haley Mullins Features Editor } { Alex Combs Sports Columnist } With the snow moving in, NFL action is at full bloom. The play off picture is starting to form and division leaders starting to pull away. Looking at the standings, one thing sticks out from all the others: the number of undefeated teams in the league. More than halfway through the season there still remain three undefeated teams; the Carolina Panthers, New England Patriots and the Cincinnati Bengals. While it isn’t unusual for a team to start off strong like this at some point throughout the year, all these teams will have a loss. Since the creation of the NFL in the year 1920, the 1972, Miami Dolphins are the only team to ever go undefeated throughout the season and continue on to win the Superbowl. This goes to show how difficult it is to accomplish this feat. So the overlying question is does anybody this year have the potential to accomplish what has only been done once in almost 100 years, the perfect season? The Cincinnati Bengals are currently sitting at 7-0 and are fueled by their overwhelming passing attack on offense. Ranking 3rd in overall points scored and 7th in passing yards with roughly 278 yards a game, the weakness for the Bengals however is their defense, or lack thereof. Ranking in the bottom half of the league in almost every defensive category, it will eventually catch up to them. The Patriots, like every year, are fueled on their passing game as well. Tom Brady has been an elite quarterback for about a decade and this year is no different. Ranking first in points a game with almost 36 per and roughly 415 passing yards a game, while their defense is upstanding enough the Patriots lack the consistency to win out. The Panthers differ from the other three in that they are more of a balanced offense. Their running and passing are both in the top 10 in the league but a lot like the Bengals their defense is lacking a little. Plus with games at Atlanta and New York their schedule is just too tough for them. Overall, chances are none of these teams end up unbeaten. All these teams are talented but none compare to the 1972 Dolphins or even the 2007 Patriots for that matter. As the weather gets colder and the winter sports start to take off, the SHS wrestling team prepares for their season. Coaches Vince Schroeder, Pat Mendez and Joe Baker are looking forward to this season. “The new roster of wrestlers this year have all shown and demonstrated talents and abilities that will be beneficial to the team,” said Baker. With four seniors this year, the leadership expectations are high. Along with those expectations comes the hope for continued wins as in years past. Three of the four seniors, Logan Barger, Dakota Binkley and Nick Blevins shared their views on the upcoming season and the team as a whole. “I think this season will be a successful one as long as people are trying as hard as they can during practice. We are young as a team, but we are experienced and have a lot of heart for wrestling,” said Barger (12). Photo by: Haley Mul lins Seniors Nick Blevins and Dakota Binkley work on their hand-positioning and tie-ups. During this practice, they also worked on takedowns, shoots and live wrestling. Barger isn’t the only one who recognizes the youthfulness of the team but also has high expectations. “I see this season having plenty of success; we may have struggles at times because of how young we are but as long as everyone puts in the hard work and has the passion for the sport it will pay off,” said Blevins (12). Despite the age gap, the seniors still have a positive outlook. “I think we have a strong and well determined team this year. We should do well in conference,” said Binkley (12). The first tournament is on Nov. 21 at Batesville High School. Along with high ambitions for this tournament, the team is looking ahead to the rest of the season. “I hope that we are returning MSC champions and we can teach these guys the meaning of teamwork and sportsmanship,” said Coach Baker. Photo by: Nicai la Mat a Coach Brady Wells is a running fanatic, and knows how important conditioning is to the game of basketball. On Nov. 6, the team went to the track to run a timed mile, making the boys physically one step closer to season. Boys’ Basketball New team with the same dream { Alex Combs Sports Columnist Young, inexperienced team prepares for season } “Young and inexperienced!” These are the words that head basketball coach Brady Wells used to sum up his team so far this season. He doesn’t seem to be wrong when you consider that the Warriors are not returning any starters from last year’s squad. “This season will be very different from last season in that we are very inexperienced. Last year we started five seniors with a ton of experience. This year we only have one senior on the entire roster,” said Wells. Besides inexperience, the team also lacks overall good size. “We don’t have any true big men. I think we can be alright though, all we have to do is get out and run. Coach Wells is a great coach and I’m sure he’ll have us in shape,” said Taylor Funk (11). Mitchell Meagher (11) also said this about the lack of size on the team. “Size is an issue. However, we have always been a team that likes to press and this year will be no exception. We will work hard with our press and just show more effort from start to finish and we’ll win some games,” he said. This early in the year the team has yet to highlight any games and are keeping its expectations for the year vague. “My expectations are that we continue to improve day by day in order to get the most out of our potential. We need to be better at the end than we are at the beginning,” said Wells. Though conditioning has been going on for a while, official practice did not begin until this past Monday, Nov. 9. The team opens their season with an away scrimmage against the Senators of West Washington on Nov 21. Their first home game will be Nov. 25 against cross county rivals the Austin Eagles.



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