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Booster Volume 89, Issue 4 Scottsburg High School 12.11.15 The Vaccines required, but not enforced { Kacie Calhoun Staff Writer } 40% 60% Vaccinated seniors Seniors who need the vaccine Teachers with other jobs Found on Features page 5 Earlier in the year, the administrators informed seniors that they needed the meningitis vaccine. Without the vaccine there would be they could be expelled. However, seniors needed the meningococcal vaccine by Sept. 1, 2015, and those without it have yet to be expelled. “SHS is not expelling anyone for not having it,” said Principal Ric Manns. The state has the right to hold schools accountable. Principal Manns can expel those who have not received the vaccinations, but he chooses not to. This is similar to driver’s licenses. Manns has the authority to take driver licenses, but he said he rarely does. The situation is similar for vaccinations. “Remember, we could do this if the (out of 209 seniors) state pushed it,” said Principal Manns. According to the article in the first issue of The Booster, there were 106 seniors who still needed the vaccine. Now there are 83. “I have to physically call parents to get it done. Parents are slow to make the appointment,” said Heather Crites, SHS nurse. A lot of the confustion has come because some students have gotten the vaccine, but not the accompanying booster shot. They need both. For those unaware, the Meningococcal Virus is the inflammation of the spinal cord and brain that have been inflamed. It can cause serious side effects and even death. The swelling that meningitis causes makes the symptoms to be more noticeable. Some symptoms are headache, fever, stiff neck, hearing loss, memory difficulty, learning disabilities, brain damage, gait problems, seizures, kidney failure, shock and death. Students need the vaccine by their senior year, because that is when they are starting to apply to college. If a senior has not yet had the vaccine, colleges can hold admissions if they want due to lack of immunizations. Jeffersonville ice rink review Found on A&E page 7 Nominations are in for homecoming court will be announced during the game when they walk. Following the girls’ game As the seasons change, will be the homecoming the time for homecoming is dance. The prince and prinhere again. The nominations cess will be announced at are in and voting took place the dance, and it is customon Dec. 8. ary for the king and queen The positions of king and and prince and princess to queen are reserved for se- share a dance. Dance ticknior nominees, but prince ets will be on sale for a few and princess are for any days before the dance for nominated underclassman. $3, and they will be $5 at The girls will walk during the door. half time at the boys’ basketThe queen will receive ball game on Thursday, Jan. a crown. The king receives 7. The boys will walk the next a scepter; the princess reday during the girls’ game on ceives a sash and tiara; and Jan. 8. The king and queen the prince receives a sash. Madeline Parker News Editor { } Homecoming nominees Queen: Lindsey Boswell Emily Howser Kasen Mount Ariel Robbins Tori Rone King: Lucas Brown Levi Elliott Eric Eskew Kameron Hollan Evan Howser Princess: Kelsey Barrett Emma Waskom Marly McNeely Jessica Silakowski Abigail Johanningsmeier Alli Thompson Prince: Isaiah Walker Dustin Yokum Dalton Baker Christian Smiley Kevin Zhang Lexie Amrhein signs with Baylor Found on Sports page 9 YGC grants excitement to Scott County { } Nicaila Mata Staff Writer Photo by: Lindsey Boswell Christian Barrett, alumnus from the class of 2015, blocks a shot made by an Austin alumni player. Barrett was one of two 2015 graduates who played in the first annual alumni game hosted by the Youth Grantmaking Council. another. “I would definitely go to another alumni game, I hope it becomes a tradition,”said Howser. The alumni game is a fun and excitThe YGC is very involved in the coming thing that the Youth Grantmaking munity, and their main activity involves Council started this year and everyone a grantmaking process. During the was excited for the fact of having some spring, the YGC awards old faces back on the court. grants to projects that On Sunday, Nov. 22, the “Its nice, being a player, to see all benefit the youth of Scott Scottsburg YGC hosted an the love for the game that the guys County. Last year, they alumni basketball game beawarded about $5,000 tween the veterans from before us had,” back into the community. Scottsburg and Austin - Taylor Funk (11) In order to keep suffiHigh school. cient funds for grants, the Everyone was more than happy to see old rivals again and were pushing and giving all they had YGC does fundraisers throughout the be back on their old turf. Many people and some of the alumni cheerleaders year, and the alumni game was one of did not expect the impressively large were busting out some of their old these. Aside from fundraising activmoves doing stunts and flips on the ities, the YGC also participates in at turnout for the game. “I thought the alumni game went court. The two cheer blocks even had least one community service project great! There was a huge turnout,” said a spirit battle trying to out cheer one per month. { Alexa Howser (11). The rivalry was soon reignited when the basketball alumni hit the court. “Its nice, being a player, to see all the love for the game that the guys before us had,” said Taylor Funk (11). The game was close but the teams }


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Education earned through endowment } { Tori Rone Co-Editor-in-Chief 2 News 12.11.15 Alice and Gerald L. Miner Scholarship: Scottsburg High School seniors with a GPA of 3.0 or higher As seniors begin planning their futures, college is often times the next destination. In an effort to aid those to get to this destination, the Scott County Community Foundation (SCCF) offers multiple scholarships for those who apply. “Well-rounded students are encouraged to apply - students who are not only achieving academically, but are involved in the school and community. This is a very competitive process,” said SCCF Executive Director, Jaime Toppe. The Community Foundation offers scholarships to not only graduating seniors, but to adults returning to school, as well. Besides the Lilly Scholarship, all of the other scholarships can be completed through a common application. This means that one application will complete all. “All applications are due, tentatively, on March 4, 2016. Any accredited school will accept them, none of our scholarships have any stipulations from the donor that they have to attend an in-state school,” said Toppe. Braden Hale, a 2015 graduate, won the Dale McNeely Memorial Scholarship, worth $10,000, and the Walter S. and Clarice (White) Bridgewater Memorial Scholarship, worth $500. He is currently attending Trine University in Angola, Indiana. “The key is applying to as many as you can. I never thought I had a shot at the Lilly, but I was a finalist. You have to give your best and see what happens. It can’t hurt to apply,” said Hale. Hale is just one of a few students that won more than one scholarship in the 2015 graduating class. “It is possible to get more than one, but we try to spread out the scholarships to as many students as possible. For example, the top scoring student would receive our highest-dollar scholarship that they applied for, and because it’s a common application, technically they would score the highest on every scholarship. However, in order to be fair for all students, we then go to the next highest-scoring applicant and award them the next scholarship. To apply for these scholarships, go to Epply Shields Scholarship: Scottsburg High School seniors who have maintained a minimum GPA of 3.0 in junior and senior years, and who will teach elementary school or secondary education Timothy Michael Wolf Scholarship: Scottsburg High School seniors who will enroll as a full-time student at either a 4-year college/university or 2-year technical program Dale McNeely Scholarship: Scottsburg High School seniors who demonstrate financial need, moral character, community service, and proof of church attendance Spanish cords cause confusion { A Place to Be started in 2013 as a trauma resource center. The organizaton is found on the east side of the Scottsburg square, and is going to expand in early 2016. The Nurturing Café is set to open in the buiding next to A Place to Be and will appeal to the lunch crowds. Photo by: Madeline Parker Restaurant funds trauma aid A Place to Be in Scott County { Lindsey Boswell Co-Editor-in-Chief } Success stories, counseling and homemade food. When one walks into a certain small building on the east side of the Scottsburg square, this is what would be found. A Place to Be opened in 2013 as a trauma resource center for those in the community. “What we do in a nutshell is build relationships with people who have experienced trauma and help them get to a place of being happy and healthy,” said Michelle Korty, Executive Director. Because a large barrier of getting help can be money, all of these services are free. The money to run the organization comes from a donation-based restaurant of sorts. Recently, there was a business decision to expand A Place to Be into the Nurturing Café. This little lunchtime restaurant is set to open in early 2016 in the building next door to the current organization. Korty realized the organization needed a better marketing and publicity plan. After hearing about this need, Mrs. Kasee Hobbs and Ms. Ashlee Hafer, New Tech English teachers, and their students came to the rescue. The teachers co-teach a block class that incorporates Digital Citizenship, Current Problems and English 9. The class split into several groups to focus on certain aspects of the marketing strategy. “The groups are working on a lot of different things - a website, promotional media, business cards, pamphlets, a mixed media art to display in the office or around the company. The students have really taken the lead on this and have come up with greater ideas that we could ever come up with. We plan to wrap up the project by the end of the semester, and I know we are going to have some really good final products,” said Hobbs. Korty is grateful for the work these freshmen classes are putting into her organization. “We have been open for two years and there are tons of people in this community that don’t know we are here. Their project so far is even better than I could have ever imagined,” said Korty. Two of the more inclusive projects are the website and promotional video. Both of these projects will better explain what A Place to Be does, how to contact the organization and success stories. Izzy Staser (9) is part of the three-person group tackling the website, and she said she likes this project more than any in the past. “It is much more real because we are doing stuff for actual people in our community. We are actually helping, and I think it will get more people to go into A Place to Be to get help,” said Staser. “This place was built with the help of people in the community, and continues to exist because of the generosity, time and talent of members of our community,” said Korty. “Ultimately, we are helping each other heal as a community. Who could ask for anything better than that?” guidelines for Honors. Under these guidelines, any student who maintains an “honor average” for at least three When Mrs. Tammy Davis took a semesters is eligible for recognition. Under the new requirements, stuleave of absence from SHS, Mrs. Lana Coverdale became the interim spon- dents hoping to become members sor of the Spanish Honorary Club. of Spanish Honorary will have to go However, in the short amount of time through an application and review proshe has been in charge, Coverdale has cess. They must have an overall GPA created a controversy that has split of 85% or higher, will be required to complete at least 15 hours of commupotential members. In the past, there was a distinction nity service, and cannot have failed a between active and inactive members class due to attendance. They must of Spanish Honorary. Active members also maintain a good behavior record took all four years of Spanish. Inactive and have no existing discipline issues. Kurtis Bowling (12), a current Spanmembers had achieved the three seish IV student, thought that under this mesters, but did not take Spanish IV. This distinction was really only sig- policy, he would not receive the acknowledgement nificant at grad“I want all the students he has earned. uation. Active “The peomembers were who gave me their best ple that made given Spanish on a daily basis to be rectime in their Honors. They schedule to be were granted ognized...” - Lana Coverin Spanish IV an additional dale, Spanish teacher should be the cord to wear ones who get during the certhe cords. We have made sacrifices to emonies. Coverdale has moved to change be there. The point of Spanish IV to me is getting the honors. Otherwise what this exclusionary practice. “I don’t want anyone to be left out. I is the point of taking the class?” queswant my current Spanish IV kids to feel tioned Bowling. He indicated that many of the othappreciated. I also want to let students who could not take Spanish IV to qualify er students in the class felt the same for the honors at graduation. I want all way. Skyla Montgomery (12) is not in the students who gave me their best on a daily basis to be recognized and Spanish IV, but may receive recognition I want them to know that I appreciate under the new guidelines. She said Covwhat they did in class,” said Coverdale. erdale made the right decision. “If you take the fourth year of SpanCoverdale said that the previous system at SHS did not align with the ish, it should be because you love it. policy of the American Association of You shouldn’t just take it because you Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese. want honors. If you have made all A’s in If she continues as the sponsor, she Spanish, you deserve recognition,” said hopes to apply the organization’s Montgomery. Kaleb Mount Photo Editor } { } 898 N. Gardner St, Scottsburg, IN 47170 812. 752. 3690 Elliott Auto $2.00 off oil change with scsd2 student or staff ID


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12.11.15 News 3 Video contest praises Scott community Can drive changes this season { Madeline Parker News Editor } { Nicholas Hall Web Director } Scott County has been receiving a lot of negative publicity recently in regards to the HIV outbreak. The “I am Scott County campaign aims to repair the community’s image. The group sold T-shirts and advertising and sponsored a video contest for grades 6-12 to try and shed a positive light on the community. Contest participants submitted 30-second videos explaining what made Scott County important to them. The winning video would then be featured in a commercial, and the winners received a cash prize. The winners for the I am Scott County contest were recently announced at the Austin-Scottsburg girls basketball game, and all three winners were from SCSD2. At the game, the three winning videos were played for the whole crowd. The winning team was made up of freshmen Camden Jones, Abbey Richey and Alivia Lytle. The three created a video showing each of them growing up in Scott County. Photo by: Haley Mul lins From left to right are first place winners Camden Jones (9), Abbey Richey (9) and Alivia Lytle (9), second place winner Macy Lakins (12), and third place Lyla Waskom (7). They were recognized at the Austin-Scottsburg girl’s basketball game. “We really just wanted to challenge the reputation that surrounds Scott County,” said Richey. Richey said they decided to enter because they wanted to give Scott County a better image. Not only did they accomplish their goal, Jones said the team won $300 which they split between them. The second place winner, Macy Lakins (12), shared the goal of giving Scott County a more positive image. “I know that Scott County has been given a negative image, and pinned as a trashy community. I wanted to show people that my home is not what it seems and offers a lot more than what people realize,” said Lakins. For her submission, Lakins created a 30 second video highlighting places in Scott County that create possibilities for an innovative future. Macy said she is very lucky and proud to have been chosen as second place out of over 20 entries. “I would definitely recommend this contest to others because it shows how much our community has to offer, and it is a fun and unique experience,” said Lakins. Updates at SHS continue with TV installation { Haley Mullins Features Editor } First the bathrooms, then the new wireless updates and now the three TVs; these improvements are all to revamp the school. The purpose of these new TV monitors were so that the students could still get the announcements without going to the Google doc that updates daily. “A lot of the time kids don’t look at the announcements online. This way they can see them when they are standing in line or eating at lunch,” said SHS Principal Ric Manns. Funding for these new TVs was through the Capital Projects Fund (CPF). This fund is used for things like remodeling the bathrooms and the general up-keep of the school building. “We have to present a budget every year saying how much we can spend on Capital Projects and so forth,” said Manns. The CPF money is renewed every January and the amounts vary year to year. This year, we were able to purchase the three TVs for $2,500; this included all of the cables and wires as well. “We ran the cables and wires to be able to send the signal to them,” said Mr. Eric Copple, IT computer specialist, “This took us about two hours to install.” The location of these TVs are in front of the main office, in the commons and in the main lunch line hallway. “More kids go through that line during lunch and we thought that the students would get more information while they were standing in line,” said Manns. Around the holiday season at SHS the Student Council coordinates the annual can drive. For the last several years, Mrs. Tammy Davis and Mr. Jason Bagwell have become the leaders of two teams that compete against each other to see who can get more donations. This year, however, that’s going to change. Mr. Bagwell said since Mrs. Davis, who took leave starting this year, “took the coward’s way out,” they are exploring new options this year to give the can drive competition a new edge. Bagwell said they are debating whether or not to do a district wide contest that involves each school building in the district to compete against each other, or even potentially breaking it up by sports teams. “Our goal is always set around 4,000 donations per year.” Bagwell commented. He then went on to say that last year, they actually excelled and went over the target of 4,000. Regardless, the donations that are collected throughout the contest are donated to the Clearinghouse here in Scott County. The Clearinghouse benefits those who are in need on a monthto-month basis. In the meantime Mr. Bagwell is encouraging students that have ideas for the can drive to let him, or the Student Council, know until the “… Coward, Mrs. Davis, comes back.” Though the tentative date has yet to be determined, the Student Council is currently aiming to have the annual can drive sometime in January of next year. The drive is generally held in mid December to build up the Clearinghouse’s stores before the holidays. But since the holiday season is when they recieve escess donations, the can drive will be held in January to replenish the Clearinghouse. Cheerleaders tumble into the new year Three cheers for London { Katie Hunger Staff Writer } Departing from St. Louis the day after Christmas, cheerleaders Emily Howser (12) and Levi Elliott (12) will be heading to perform in London’s New Year’s Day Parade with Coach Cindy Howser in tow. Several Scottsburg cheerleaders qualified to participate at the National Cheer Association’s (NCA) cheer camp during the summer by making the All-American team. Lexie Amerhein (12), Abbey Lakins (12) and Dakota Binkley (12) qualified as well as Howser and Elliott. Once qualified, the cheerleaders had to indicate whether or not they were interested and register for the event. “We received our DVDs and uniforms in the mail about two weeks ago,” said Emily. Emily has to learn a dance to perform in the parade along with stunts, while Elliott will just be stunting. Elliott said,“You have to memorize it before you go. Once you get there, there’s not a lot of time. There are only like two or three optional practice sessions. They aren’t even mandatory.” Coach Howser is “proud that they are getting rewarded for all their hard work.” Emily is a veteran cheerleader of 16 years, but this is Elliott’s first year. When asked how he feels making All-American in his first year cheering Elliott commented on how encouraging it was. “Just knowing this is my first year getting such an opportunity is cool,” said Elliott. “It makes me really glad I decided to join the cheer team this year.” Seasoned cheerleader Emily said, “I think I’m nervous about this one because you don’t get to practice a lot with the people. You can’t ask questions with a video.” The parade will air live in England. Photo by: Haley Mul lins Emily Howser (12) and Levi Elliott (12) tumble at a girls’ basketball game. The two qualified to go to London to dance and do stunts in the New Year’s Day parade. They will leave on Dec. 26 and return on Jan. 2. “I’ve been televised before,” said Emily. “It’s not that bad. When I’m performing, if I mess up, I never stop smiling so you can’t really tell.” While there, it won’t be all about the performance. “They will be touring all of the typical tourist sights after practicing their routine,” said Coach Howser. Sights like Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London and Westminster Abbey will be visited as well as other famous locations. Elliott said, “We have a whole itinerary filled with sightseeing trips. There’s a disco cruise on the River Thames. It’ll just be cool to say I’ve done that.” They will return to the U.S. on Jan. 2.


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4 Opinion Commentar y { Warriorette reappearance requested Alex Combs & Levi Elliott Sports Columnist & Business Manager } A unique facet of Scottsburg Athletes is our mascot. While other schools may have “Eagles” and “Lady Eagles,” or “Dragons” and “Lady Dragons,” we have separate entities for each team. While tacking “lady” in front of a mascot name was good enough for other schools, it is not the case here at Scottsburg. We have a Warriorette. In the past, we’ve had several Warriorette mascots. They would lead out the girls’ basketball team just like the Warrior would lead out the boys’ team. While the Warrior is cool, it would be very nice to see his female counterpart make a comeback. In a society that tries to promote equality wherever it can, this seems to be an area SHS lacks in. The presence of a Warriorette shows that the girls’ team is truly a separate concept and not dependent on the boys’ success. If you look back on the history of Scottsburg High School, it’s easy to see that the Warriorette program is its own entity. It has its own rich history, full of triumphs and hardships. In a perfect world, gender-neutral mascots might exist. However, a warrior is, by definition, a male. His equivalent is the Warriorette, and we need her at SHS. During the “Golden Age” of Warriorette basketball, there was a Warriorette and a Warrior. Maybe the absence of the Warriorette suggests that we as a school no longer believes in the girls’ program like we do the boys’ program. Maybe it’s considered a hassle to find two people to be mascots, o or maybe we cut the budget by only buying the male costume. Despite the reasons, there are girls that are willing to represent the school as the Warriorette. We should bring the Warriorette back ASAP, and make sure that everyone is there to cheer her on when, for the first time in years, a female mascot leads her team onto Meyer Gym’s floor. M { 12.11.15 indful adeline } Credit is due Madeline Parker News Editor Editorial What is your biggest pet peeve Finals finally fixed about finals? { Lindsey Boswell Co-Editor-in-Chief } “Grading finals take a long time. I’m glad finals are before Christmas so we don’t have to worry after we get back.” - Angela Bray, English teacher “I hate taking English finals because that is my worst subject.” - Joe Crain (10) “I actually don’t like the timing of finals this year. I won’t have as much time to study or get my AR goal.” - Jon Copple (11) “Taking finals on days that aren’t for that class. Also, I hate when they are separated into different days.” - Suzy Callahan (12) The week after winter break is usually filled with stressed students taking finals. This year, SCSD2 finally moved finals to before winter break. Many students at SHS realize this is the best option and have voiced their opinions. Our voices have finally been heard, and now The Booster staff would like our appreciation to be heard as well. Students stress about a lot of things. One of the main causes of stress for students in school is finals. Taking the tests before winter break gives students a relaxation that they will doubtfully have again until the end of the year. It also gives students the chance of a clean slate; bad grades and missing homework assignments won’t matter after winter break. Though many claim to, few students actually studied during their time off. One thing students may miss is the extra two weeks to read in order to reach their AR goals upon their return. We did not forget about the SHS staff. Teachers usually have to cover material in the time between break and finals, but now everything will be done before we leave. Teachers now have the break to grade finals instead of cram it into a day. If it is done in an acceptable amount of time, they get the rest of their break to relax, just like the students. This year’s winter break is going to be a better opportunity for all students and teachers alike. The Booster would like to thank the administrators that gave us the privilege of a relaxing winter break. Schools receive a lot of criticism. Many students feel they just memorize facts to pass a test, and then forget most of it. To some extent this is true, but schools aren’t given enough credit. Dr. Kenneth R. Ginsburg, an expert in adolescent medicine at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, commented on the school system in the New York Times. He said that even courses students struggle through and do not enjoy should not be looked at as useless. They should be looked at as important data for the student in their quest to choose a college, major and career. This is very true, and I think a lot of students miss that point. Too often people wonder, “When am I ever going got use this?” If students dislike a subject, they should not consider it wasted time; it is an opportunity to help them figure out what to do for the rest of their lives. Many people think school is too focused on test scores rather than practical life skills. To some extent I agree. I have always believed that good grades do not necessarily translate to intelligence and vice versa. However, time management, leadership, collaboration and responsibility are things students must learn to be successful in school. Although intelligence may not directly translate to good grades, those qualities do. That’s why good grades generally lead to real world success. The self evaluation and life lessons learned in school make it worthwhile. Commentar y Christians confer on Christmas { Levi Elliott Business Manager } Our generation is proven to be the least religious in the past six decades, and possibly in the United State’s history as a whole. Because of this shift, everyone seems to feel the need to fight for their religion more, and to take public stances on subjects that simply don’t matter. With a push like this, the increasing number of people without religion can’t help but to fight back. With a fear of the growing religious resistance, many groups go on the attack against atheists - and even agnostics. The same is also seen in non-religious groups, and these opposing sides continue to increase their attacks until everyone is fighting over red cups. Having grown up a Christian, I caution everyone against attacking the Christmas holiday or Christian efforts taken during this time. They’re not trying to wish you a Merry Christmas, raise money for people or even pray for your precious souls out of hate. Please realize that and back off. On the flip side, this paragraph is a message to Christians: calm down. Jesus flipped over a table because people were disrespecting God in a place of God, not because they were doing it on the street or the internet. Learn that some people aren’t going to praise the Lord 24/7; that doesns’t mean they are attacking Christianity. It is okay. The Holidays are about having fun and spending time with family/friends. That’s something we all have in common. Maybe, in the spirit of the Holidays, we could all just focus on that aspect instead of all the other ones. At the end of the day that’s what truly matters. Arts & Entertainment Editor -Katie Hunger Co-Sports-Editors -Emilee Davidson -Emily Howser Photo Editor -Kaleb Mount Business Manager -Levi Elliott Web Director -Nicholas Hall Staff Writers -Kacie Calhoun -Kaitlyn Freeman -Nicholas Hall -Nicaila Mata Sports Columnist -Alex Combs Cartoonist -Madeline Parker Adviser -Susan Jerrell Madeline Parker 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. Editorials and reviews are staff opinions and are not the opinions of the faculty, administration or school. December 11, 2015 Volume 89, Issue 4 Scottsburg High School 500 S. Gardner, Scottsburg, IN 47170 (812)-752-8927 Our Credentials & Awards SISPA Newspaper of the Year 1998-2011, 2013 Booster The Hoosier Star 2002, 2003, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015 Co-Editors-In-Chief -Lindsey Boswell -Tori Rone News Editor -Madeline Parker Opinion Editor -Lindsey Boswell Opinion Columnist -Madeline Parker Features Editor -Haley Mullins


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12.11.15 Katie Hunger Staff Writer Features 5 in the car. Emma Waskom (11), who was also in the car with Howser and Brown, said, “I’m just glad I was with friends. I would’ve been way more creeped out if I was by myself. Mrs. English, New Tech English teacher, remem“He was just acting crazy,” said English. “I’m just glad we stayed in the car and didn’t try to get out or do anything.” English advised, “I would just tell them to ignore it and get as far away as possible. Sometimes those people want that reaction from you.” Kailen Kendall (12) was at a horse show where the people are “usually nice.” While walking around with her mom, they were approached by a man on a horse. Without introduction the man said, “You two look like twins. Are you sisters or mother and daughter?” After answering that they were mother and daughter, the man proceeded to ask them to go out for a drink with him. They declined reasoning that Kendall was underage. Sunshine Dixon (10) had experienced a similar situation while with her mom and dad at Walmart. They were walking into the store when a man on scooter drove by and said, “Ooh. Who are those pretty women?” Dixon’s father was more than happy ushering her and her mother into the store. He replied, “You don’t need to do that. That’s disrespectful.” The guy just laughed and rode on. Jack Sanders, father of Danielle Sanders (11) and sheriff’s deputy advised staying calm at all times. “Lower your heart rate by breathing steadily,” said Sanders. “Your brain needs the oxygen so you can think… Keep your distance.” Simple tips and tricks to avoid unwanted strangers } { It was nearing midnight when Alexa Howser (11) was on her way back to town with friends in tow after visiting Culbertson’s Mansion. Having just stopped at Wick’s Pizza for dinner, one of the girls needed to use the restroom, so the driver, Makalynn Brown (11), decided to make a pitstop at the gas station in Memphis along the interstate. “We had already had a lot of fun and we were talking, laughing and joking around as we pulled in and got out of the car,” said Brown. The girls wasted no time getting inside, making a beeline for the door. “We walked past some old guys and they said ‘prettttty girls’ and some other gross things I’ve forgotten,” said Howser. “We were just nervous about leaving,” said Brown. “What if they tried to talk to us or follow us out as we were leaving?” “While in the bathroom we promised to stick together and talked about our self defense methods,” said Howser. The SING method, mentioned in Miss Congeniality starring Sandra Bullock, was brought up by the girls. Walking out of that bathroom the girls were all business exiting as far away from the men as possible and locking the doors immediately after getting Steps to avoid the unwanted strangers 1. Ignore them. If they try to provoke you, do not reply. Just keep walking. 2. If they start to follow you and there aren’t many people around, pick up your phone and call someone. If you have no one to call, pretend to. 3. If they make an attempt to grab or attack you use self defense. bers a time when Taco Bell was still open in its old building. She was there with friends still sitting in the car after what she thought might’ve been a basketball game when a man came to the car window scaring them half to death. Teachers take on after school responsibilities { Emilee Davidson Co-Sports-Editor } Photo prov ide d by: Jayla Helton Mr. Chris Routt, better known as Mr. Foto, shows Kasen Mount, 12 how to pose during his annual Senior Model session. Routt tends to take the majority of senior pictures for students at SHS. While teaching may seem like a full time job, some teachers find the time to fit in another job or a side job. One of these teachers is Mr. Chris Routt. Mr. Routt teaches business and American Studies at SHS and has been teaching for 18 years. Although he is a veteran teacher, he is also known as Mr. Foto to those who don’t have him in class. Mr. Routt has also been a professional photographer for the past 18 years. “I’ve been a professional photographer for as long as I’ve been a teacher,” said Routt. “My photography career mirrors my teaching career.” Although having a job on the side can be difficult, Routt finds a way to make it work. “It never interferes with my teaching. You could say the two jobs are the perfect companions. During the summer I run it all the time and it runs on the weekends as well.” Another teacher that finds a way to support another business besides teaching is Mrs. Tamah DePriest. She her husband own a publishing business called Hounds and Hunting Publishing Co. They publish two magazines related to the sport of beagle field trials and hunt tests - Hounds & Hunting and Better Beagling. Even though their business is now successful, Mrs. DePriest had some doubts about starting it. “I never wanted to own a business. This was my husband’s wish. He always wanted to own a business, but since I am not a risk taker, I was very hesitant.” Her husband’s decision turned out to be a good one though, because the publishing business is a very large success now. Although she didn’t want to begin the business at first, DePriest and her husband run it smoothly while she is still a full time teacher. DePriest teaches a variety of subjects at SHS that are all geared to help students prepare for their future. Photo prov ide d by: M rs. DePr iest Mrs. Tamah DePriest and her husband, Tom, pose with one of their beagles. Their main focus are their magazines, Hounds and Hunting and Better Beagling, which they have published for several years. FAFSA is not strictly about financial needs { Tori Rone Co-Editor-in-Chief } As 2016 approaches, students are rushing to meet scholarship deadlines. However, many students have misconceptions about these scholarships and what the qualifications are. “I just recently found out the difference between financial and merit-based scholarships. I’ve always been told to apply for everything I can,” said senior Casey Underwood. Underwood is not alone in this scholarship confusion. Many seniors are not aware of the differences. Need-based, or financial aid, is based on income. Merit-based scholarships come from grades and test scores. Despite pop- ular belief, the Free Application for Financial Aid, or FAFSA, should be filled out even if one does not qualify for financial aid. “The FAFSA is for financial aid, however, most universities won’t release their merit-based scholarships without seeing the financial report. You Do you know the difference between Need and Merit based aid? No 24% Yes 76% Poll out of 25 SHS sen iors have to fill it out for an athletic scholarship. To my knowledge, colleges pretty much require it,” said Guidance Department Head Dancie Colson. It is also important to remember to keep up with the FAFSA and other merit-based scholarships. “The FAFSA has to be filled out annually. If it isn’t, the student will lose all of their scholarships. The FAFSA isn’t something that goes away,” said Colson. Though need-based aid is based off of income, the student must still meet certain requirements for yearly renewal. “Of course there are certain scholarships that may have more relaxed requirements, but both merit and financial aid have requirements. Look at 21st Century Scholar, for example. That is strictly income based, yet students must receive a 3.0 GPA for renewal,” said counselor Brian Schmidt. All students are encouraged to apply for each scholarship they qualify for.


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6 Features 12.11.15 A few dollars a day can go a long way { Alex Combs Sports Columnist } Everyone has a familiar routine they do in the morning and for some this includes stopping and getting refreshments before a long day of school. It starts with just a few dollars on each thing. One dollar for a polar pop, $4 for breakfast, so on and so forth. What very few people stop to consider is the effect this has on their wallet as a whole. “I’m not much for stopping before school, but I always get food after practice and it’s outrageous. It’s like $10 a day just for Santa Fe,” said Isaac Everitt (11). I personally kept track of my expenses for a week and was amazed at the amount of money I actually spend. Over a week’s time I spent $161.33 in total. That is just on stuff like eating out, getting drinks in the morning, and a $60 donation to the gas tank. While the $161 doesn’t seem like much a week, my average check per week is only about $105. This means I am literally spending more money than I make each and every week, with my largest purchase being only $21.84 and a majority of purchases being only two or three dollars. This same statement is also true for most people out there. “I spend so much it’s unreal,” said Mason Noble (11). “I eat out a lot more than I should, I’ve never tried to keep track of how much I spend but I’m sure it’s a lot,” he continued. So the next time one runs into a gas station to pick up a drink before school or stops by a restaurant after practice; they should remember that even though the cost doesn’t seem that significant then, it will add up in the long run. Money Spent in One Week: Food: Drink: Gas: Various: $14.41 $56.99 $60 $29.93 Total: $161 : o t w Ho { } Nicaila Mata Staff Writer Spray bottle ice remover Since the weather outside is starting to get really cold, most people are trying to find the best way to get their windows defrosted. Here is an easy way to make your cold mornings a little more manageable. You only need three simple items: a bottle, water and rubbing alcohol. Here are the steps you need to do to make this how-to possible: First, add water to about 1/3 of the bottle. Next, fill the rest with Isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol. Finally, shake and spray onto your windshield. Finals offer more risk than reward } { Madeline Parker News Editor Finals are an extremely stressful time for students, and for good reason. The fact that they account for 20 percent of the final grade is enough to make even the best students panic. Although the 20 percent figure seems massive, finals often do not have the dramatic effect students expect. Chris Haven, anatomy teacher, agreed that finals generally do not have a large impact. “Either you have done the work through the year and you know the stuff or you haven’t and you don’t,” said Haven. Students that have done well in a class generally have a good foundation knowledge of the material, and they are also generally the students who will study and do well on the final. Alternately if a student has done no homework and has done poorly on tests, a final will not save them. He did warn, however, that for students on the cusp of switching letter grades, finals generally punish them rather than help them. He rarely sees students jump from a high B to an A, but he has seen several students fall from a low A to a B. Sidney McDonald (12) agreed that if finals do have an effect, it is generally negative. “I feel like if you do bad on them, they affect your grade a lot. But if you do good, they’re not going to change much,” said McDonald The consensus between students was that finals hurt students a lot more than they help them. “Most of the time I’ve understood the material, so I get a good grade on the final, and it doesn’t have much of an effect. But I know if someone does bad it can really hurt their grade,” said Chloe Hargrove (12). Haven said finals are not necessarily beneficial, but they are also not going to go away. “I think they are a reality. You are going to have them in college. You need to be prepared for that,” said Haven. However, he did acknowledge that many of his college professors allowed students to opt out of the final if they had an A in the class. In conclusion, Haven said students should just prepare for finals and not wait until the last minute. They do not have such a dramatic effect that A students should panic, and students should be aware that if they are doing horrible in a class, finals will not save them. Do you think finals are beneficial? No 78% Yes 22% Pol l out of 80 SHS students Drug Store and Soda Fountain 120 W. McClain Ave. Scottsburg, IN 47170 (812) 752-2021 Coffees Cappucinos Slushies More . . .


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12.11.15 Lace up to skate on { Lindsey Boswell & Madeline Parker Co-Editor-in-Chief & News Editor Review } { Photos by: Lindsey Boswell Arts & Entertainment 7 “At the time when I was playing video games most, I was probably investing 30-40 hours per week. It was definitely five hours per night spent on WoW.” - Rorie Lizenby, SHS teacher } In a quest to find the perfect slice of Christmas he=aven, one doesn’t have to look far. Jeffersonville Ice Rink is just over 30 minutes away. This outdoor rink is the Southern Indiana version of Rockefeller Center. Walking up the path, we were met with the sweet strains of Christmas music and an inviting arch. The tent set up behind the rink held a booth to pay for admission, a concession stand for refreshments and plenty of tables to change shoes. Once we paid our $8 and donned nicely fitted skates, we hit the ice. Making the first ruts into the ice, we were surprised at how smooth our ride was. At crowded, indoor ice rinks, the ice is worn and rough. We were pleasantly surprised to glide circles around the rink without difficulty. The small zamboni was waiting outside the rink in case the ruts became too deep throughout the day. Once we had skated to our hearts’ content, Ethan Zastawny, a Jeffersonville High School junior and worker at Jeffersonville Ice Rink, set us straight on the workings of the rink. The rink is shipped in and set up in what was originally a parking lot. There is a large machine on the north side of the lot that pumps freon under the rink The rink is then covered with water until it freezes, and maintained from Thanksgiving weekend to the last weekend of January. This process is repeated every year since 2010 when the rink originally opened There are a few “Skate with Olaf” and other perfor Though this is target- The mother of all gamers } { Kaleb Mount Photo Editor (Top) This arch invites skaters of all ages into a tent to begin their fun on the ice. (Bottom) The small rink is found at the corner of Market and Springs Streets. ed toward a younger clientele, there are also teen nights on Fridays from 7-10 p.m. that feature a live DJ. The Christmas facade and the actual experience were both enjoyable. The price and distance from Scottsburg were about the same as nearby indoor ice rinks, but they simply cannot compare. Jeffersonville Ice Rink is perfect for a family day, friend outing or a romantic date. The nearby shops and restaurants can easily complete the trip, making this temporary rink at the corner of Market and Spring Streets the obvious choice for future ice skating adventures. Mrs. Rorie Lizenby is a wife, mother and chemistry teacher. She is also an avid gamer. Lizenby began seriously playing video games during her junior year of high school. During her freshman year of college, she played her first MMORPG. After that, World of Warcraft (WoW) came out and things only escalated from there. “At the time when I was playing video games most, I was probably investing 30-40 hours per week. It was definitely five hours per night spent on WoW,” said Lizenby. WoW is a massive universe populated by players from around the world. At one point, Lizenby said she was a part of a high level raiding guild. The group of skilled players would collaborate to complete hard levels in the game. Sometimes, Lizenby and her husband would play together. However, this is not what drew her to the game. “I enjoyed the social aspect, but it was never what kept me coming back to WoW. There was just something about playing video games that satisfied a special part of my personality,” said Lizenby. Lizenby is very aware of the stereotypes surrounding gaming. When people are surprised by her hobby, she said she is amused. However, she be- lieves that these preconceived ideas may have their foundations in science. “I think that guys’ brains are generally more drawn to gaming. There must be a slightly different makeup between boys and girls. I don’t think it’s simply a matter of conditioning. In the fight of nature vs. nurture, I’ve always leaned a little more towards nature. I think my brain is more boy-like than some women. Maybe that’s why I’ve been drawn to video games,” hypothesized Lizenby. She did say that some of the more overtly masculine games do not appeal to her. She has never been a fan of first-person shooters or sports games. Today, Lizenby’s gaming disposition must take backseat to her responsibilities. She said that she is only able to play after her kids go to bed. She has found that while she still enjoys playing video games, she is not as into it as she once was. “I’ve been playing Fallout recently. I’m having a hard time even letting myself lose myself in that. The chaos of being an adult and having a lot more to be responsible has been an impediment in letting myself lose myself in a game,” said Lizenby. Nonetheless, she and her husband play video games nearly every night. Sometimes, she and her son Simon play Pokemon together. She said she could picture herself continuing to play later in life. Quality not quantity; stats show box office success } { Emily Howser Co-Sports-Editor In recent years cinema has made a worrisome trend, one book covered by two movies. Many say that this is a ploy for more money, while others say this is the correct way about capturing the detail of a book on film. Is this just effective filmmaking, or is this a money making scheme? The Harry Potter film series was one of the first franchise novels split into two parts. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” Part 1 and Part 2 were released November 2010 and July 2011. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” Part 2 became a financial success and was one of the best-reviewed films of 2011. As of 2015, Part 2 is the seventh highest grossing film of all time. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is the seventh installment of the Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling. “Breaking Dawn” of the Twilight film series was also split into two parts. Part 1 released November 2011 and Part 2 a year later. The film received mixed reviews, but it was still a box office success. “Breaking Dawn” Part 2, grossed nearly $830 million worldwide, ranking 44 in regards to the highest grossing films in history. It was the highest grossing film in the Twilight series. Breaking Dawn is the fourth novel in Stephanie Meyer Twilight series. “I actually like having a movie split into two parts. I don’t believe that two hours is long enough to show all of the content of a well written book,” said Kristen Hahn (12). Unsurprisingly, “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” was highly successful without splitting the last movie into two parts. Released in December 2003, “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” was the second film to gross $1 billion worldwide, becoming the highest grossing film by New Line Cinema, as well as the biggest financial success for Time Warner. It held this title for eight years until “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” Part 2 surpassed “The Return of the King’s” final gross in 2011. It was the highest grossing film in 2003, and as of 2015, the twelfth highest grossing film in history. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is the third installment of J.R.R Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings series. At the 76th Academy Awards, “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” won all 11 Academy Awards for which it was nominated, holding the record for the highest Oscar sweep. This was the first and only time a fantasy film has won Best Picture. It was also the only sequel to win a Best Picture Oscar (following “Godfather Part II”) and Best Director. The film also jointly holds the record for the largest number of Academy Awards won with “Ben-Hur” (1959) and “Titanic” (1997). “I believe that whether or not movies are split into two doesn’t matter at all, it’s all about how the previous movies have set up the last one that will make the next movie great. However, The Lord of the Rings movies set a standard that even with only having one part, and it can still be one of the greatest movies of all time,” said Eli Hunefeld (12). All of these statistics show what really matters in film making, quality and not quantity.


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8 Arts & Entertainment Nicaila Mata Staff Writer 12.11.15 French Lick festivities for the season { } With winter break right around the corner, French Lick has a lot of different inexpensive activities. It’s only an hour drive to French Lick and most of the activities are in close proximity to each other. 50 days of light is a festival that includes a seven foot tall gingerbread house, a Victorian village and visits with Mr. and Mrs. Claus. During this festival you can enjoy holiday music and larger than life decorations. Down the road from the hotels is Shotz. This is host to lazer tag, 27 holes of miniature golf (inside and outside courses) and this spring will receive a 32 foot rock climb and a three station bungee trampoline. There is also French Lick West Baden Indoor Karting. While at first the name sounds long and confusing, it is the farthest thing from it on the inside. This is host to an indoor go karting haven that features a total of three tracks. Karting is for people of all ages with a “Slick Track” for older licensed drivers ($8 per run) and “The Falcon Raceway” for kids of ages 4-8 (one race for $8 or two for $15). There is Photo by: Tor i Rone Photos prov ide d by: Susan Jer rel l Photo prov ide d by: K aleb Mount At SkyDive Kentucky in Elizabethtown, Kaleb Mount boards the plane before entering freefall. For his first dive, Mount jumped in tandem with an experienced instructor. (Left) The Polar Express scenic railway in French Lick is open to all and starts at $32 per person. (Top Right) The West Baden Hotel features historic architecture for visitors to see. (Bottom RIght) The French Lick West Baden Indoor Karting offers fun for all ages and costs between $8 and $15. Only one way down { Kaleb Mount Photo Editor Commentar y also a main track for the intermediate of the two tracks mentioned before ($17 a race). Also running Friday, Saturday and Sunday from the first of November to the first of January is the Polar Express Train Ride. While a little more costly than other French Lick activities, you can experience the adventure of the Polar Express first hand starting at $32 a person. All in all, French Lick is an underrated destination for fun offering many activities for all ages all in close proximity. } The only time I was scared was when I was filling out the contract. After spending nearly 20 minutes signing over my liability in the event of death or injury, I was very nervous. I was about an hour and a half from home, in Elizabethtown, Kent.. preparing to embark on my first tandem skydive for a little over $200. I was packed into a tiny fuselage with four other people. My instructor strapped my harness to his own. As we ascended to 10,000 feet, I anxiously awaited what would be my much speedier descent. I watched in awe as the more experienced skydivers in the plane made their exit. It bolstered my confidence to see how natural they were. When it was time for my exit, I had one final moment of doubt. The wind howled around me, and my entire life depended on the carabiners connecting my instructor and me. “We’ll jump on three,” he shouted over the wind. Suddenly, we were flying. The fastest roller coaster in the world suddenly seemed tame. I was plummeting through the air at 120 miles per hour. My lungs felt assaulted by the cold air. Breathing became a difficult task. At 5,500 feet, I yanked the chute, and we immediately slowed to a leisurely speed. We were suspended above the earth, no longer accelerating towards the surface. The world below was a checkerboard. Yellow fields of corn alternated with the green lawns of farm houses. Winding rivers cut scars in the landscape. As I absorbed the view, a smile appeared on my face. I plan to jump out of a plane again as soon as I possibly can. Skydiving should be mandatory for anyone who considers themselves a thrill-seeker. { { What is your favorite Christmas movie? Levi Elliott Business Manager & Tori Rone Co-Editor-in-Chief “Rudolph” - Kenneth Hall (9) “The Polar Express” - Caden Mills (10) “Elf” - Jessica Riley (11) } and family issues.... How predictable. As family arrives to enjoy the holiday, one member of the family rips up their letter to Santa. When the wind picks up the letter, Krampus is summoned. Then, family members start being attacked. Not surprisingly, the weird German grandmother has had a dark experience from the past that shines light on the current events. As she explains the story of Kramus, the family becomes torn between believing her and laughing at her child-like fantasy. At the end, they all truly do believe in Krampus. And for good reason, because most end up killed by him, his gingerbread minions, demonic elves, or possessed toys. While the movie is intended to be scary, a lot of its one-liners actually gave us a good laugh. We’ll try to avoid spoilers and keep the rest of the story a secret... but we suggest waiting until the move is available online for free to watch it. We’d say to wait until it comes out on DVD, but that’s still a lot of money to waste for a film like this. Unfortunately, we spent $11.75 to write this review for your entertainment. “How the Grinch Stole Christmas. The one with Jim Carrey, not the animated version.” - Karri Stroble (12) Krampus deserves coal Levi Elliott Business Manager & Tori Rone Co-Editor-in-Chief Review } Roadhouse USA Restaurant Who would have thought a Christmas-themed horror movie could ever go wrong? Everyone. We were right. Krampus was so stupid we could feel the power of its stupidity radiating into our brains. We both probably lost 10 IQ points by the time Krampus made his first appearance. The character Krampus is actually based off of an old tale about Saint Nick’s darker twin. Instead of giving good children gifts, this German legend punishes bad children for their behavior. Before the 1930s, Krampus was actually a very popular Christmas figure. However, after an Austrian Civil War in 1934, the new Austrian regime started to put a halt to Krampus celebrations. In the 1950s, the government started to release pamphlets stating that “Krampus is an evil man,” and tried to put a stop to Krampus celebration once and for all. A recent resurgence of Krampus inspired this awful movie. The scene is set in a suburban Christmas, riddled with resentment I65 & HWY 56 Scottsburg, IN (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.


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12.11.15 Sports 9 Jock Talk A moment with the athletes { Alex Combs Sports Columnist } Photo by: Lev i El liott Lexie Amerhein (12) signs her Baylor contract with her parents Mike and Kim Amerhein by her side. Photo by: Lindsey Boswell Photo by: Lindsey Boswell { The second athlete at SHS to commit to a collegiate team Nicholas Hall Web Director Amerhein signs } {Senior} {Has played basketball for 10 years} Kyle Newton Kristen Hahn {Senior} {Has swam for 3 years} Q. A. Q. A. Swim If you could sum up your basketball career in one sentence what would it be? Hard work pays off if you just continue to have heart for the same and never give up. What are you looking forward to for the season? I’m looking forward to having a good season and a good last year of getting to play ball. Q. A. Q. A. What is your favorite memory of swim? My favorite memory was when I made it back to consoles in my 500 last year at sectionals. What has been the highlight of your career so far? The highlight of my career is when I got 3rd at conference in my 500, shaving 21 seconds off my time and getting a personal record. Cheerleader Lexie Amerhein eagerly (12) put her pen to paper as she signed to become apart of Baylor’s acrobatics program. Amerhein has been doing tumbling and cheer all of her life, and knew that is what she wanted to do. “I started with tumbling classes at age three,” Amerhein said. “I instantly fell in love with it.” For the last three years, Amerhein has been homeschooled and cheered in Louisville where she honed her skill. Currently, she is still having lessons with Jason Kendall, the person that has taught her all she knows about cheer. Asuza University and the University of Oregon have been trailing each other to sign Amerhein to their schools, but Baylor managed to clinch her signature. “I was freaking out and really excited.” Amerhein stated whenever Baylor asked her to sign. One of her big influences for signing was that Baylor is a Christian faith based college. “They don’t have Cracker Barrel in California,” Amerhein said jokingly. Bowling Looks to improve } { Madeline Parker News Editor Shooting for 300 { } Nicaila Mata Staff Writer The girls’ swim team had its first meet on Nov 30. The team did about as well as swim coach, Jason Carter, expected, placing third out of eight teams. Although it did relatively well, Carter said there is a lot of room for improvement. During the meet he talked to the girls about focusing on what they can do to improve rather than thinking about the other teams. “We talked about needing to focus on the little things. That’s how we’re going to get faster, by concentrating on the little things we can control and not the big picture,” said Carter. The girls have a large team this year which has been good and bad. It is beneficial because this is the first year the swim team has been able to fill a complete line up. This year, three girls can participate in every event. In previous years an event may have only had two people because there were not enough swimmers. Carter said this will help a lot because the points scored by a third person add up. However, there have also been challenges with having a large team. There is a wide range of ability levels, so Carter said it is a challenge to get everyone on the same page. He currently runs three different practices to account for varying ability. Hannah Heil (10) said she enjoys a large team because she likes spending time with everyone, making memories and improving. She also has high hopes for the team’s success this year. Photo by: Lindsey Boswell Tyler Siekman (12), a special needs student in Ms. Leah Anne Becker’s class, joined swim this year. In the first co-ed meet of the season, Siekman competed in the 50 and 100 Freestyle competition. Becker and most of the team stood on each end of the pool to cheer him on. “There are a lot of new girls. We have a lot of potential if everyone keeps at it, and we have a good chance at conference this year,” said Heil. “As the less experienced girls catch up, that’s when we’ll see a lot of growth,” said Carter. Alternately, the boys team only has six people. Their first meet was on Dec 3. Even though the team is small, Carter said he would not consider it a challenge. He said it will be beneficial to have a year to build some really strong individuals. It helps to have a lot of one on one time with them to help each individual improve. Two of the boys on the team are seniors, leaving four boys that will be swimming next year. “We can use these guys as the nucleus for building a stronger program next year,” said Carter. Although most people don’t know that Scottsburg High School has a bowling team. Scottsburg Lanes in town hosts the team and Doug Yocum is the coach. The bowling team has a record of 10-2 on their season so far this year. Even though the team is serious during their bowl, they know when to break the tension and have fun with their teammates. Collin Zollman (12) has taken the leadership role on the team, keeping up the morale when they might have a low frame. “I enjoy bowling a lot. You get to interact with a lot of different people from other schools,” said Autumn Tutterrow (11). Being on the bowling team can be a hard thing to do, because the entire team is relying on your score to keep the team’s average up. If you have a bad frame, it risks taking the average down on the team. Evan Kiefer (11) has been bowling for 13 years. He has been on the bowling team all three years of high school. One of his goals is to finish top in the conference along with the rest of his team. Dustin Yocum (11) has been bowling for a long time, 14 years, to be exact. His average is over 210. “I’ve been bowling for 14 years. I enjoy the bowling team. It’s a fun experience for everyone,” he said. Then there is Eli Boyd who has been with the bowling team for two years. He has his own goal. “My goal is just to keep a high average and a high score,” said Boyd (10).


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10 Sports 12.11.15 Managers important to teams’ success { Nicaila Mata Staff Writer } Photo by: Madeline Parker Hunter Meyers (10) struggles to get his opponent from Pekin Eastern on his back after getting a takedown. SHS went on to lose their match against Pekin, but they came in second place at the Fugate Memorial tournament on Saturday, Dec. 5. Wrestling { Team shoots to repeat conference wins Haley Mullins Features Editor } Sports managers are behind the scenes working hard and always helping the team.. Sports managers are extremely important and are something that every team has. Every sport is different and requires different kind of help. Caitlyn Carey(12) knows what it’s like to have many different responsibilities for many different sports as a manager of swim, track ,and volleyball. Some managers help the team with making sure their uniforms are clean and ready to go. “I help the team with gather the things they need, file water bottles, take attendance on the bus. For home games I have more responsibilities and task to complete to make sure that the meet or game runs smoothly.” The managers also make sure that the team stretches properly. Makayla Gay (10) said, “If the managers didn’t help them with the stuff that they have to do their practice time would be shorter because they would have more to do before practice.” A manager is in charge of getting uniform sizes, keeping book for them, and getting all the stuff ready for the meet or game that they are attending. “Student managers are crucial to the success of high school football programs,” said football coach Kyle Mullins. Although some people take the managers for granted they are very important parts of a sports team. Things are starting to heat up as the wrestling team picks up the pace. With a current 12-3 record, the team has shown much improvement, and plans on continuing to do so. “Overall we are wrestling hard, though there are a few that certainly could be doing better,” said head coach Vince Schroeder. With that being said, one wrestler, Collin Baker, 11, looks forward to practices where he can improve and in doing so, make the team better. “Practices give me something to look forward to and they show the progress you make from one year to the next.” said Baker, 11. Their first meet at Batesville had them beating three out of the six schools total: Batesville, Southwestern, and Shelbyville. “We performed pretty well at Batesville. All our athletes competed hard, which is the most important thing at this time of year,” commented Schroeder. Their home match against Bedford North Lawrence was another victory and the team won 45 to 36 with pins by Brandon Sexton, 10, Christian Smiley, 10, Dakota Binkley, 12, Hunter Myers, 10, Levi Glass, 12, and Logan Barger, 12. “We tend to be more successful with getting takedowns, and we have been getting a lot of pins so far this year,” said Schroeder. Fundamentally, the team hopes to improve on this with their intense practices and workouts. Though they are missing a few weight classes, the team is able to work around it and still come out with a winning season. At the Fugate tournament last Friday and Saturday, the team had a record of 8-1 with seniors Dakota Binkley and Levi Glass continuing their undefeated streak. With only one loss from Seymour High School at the Fugate, the team is looking forward to the continuing season and everything it has to offer. They placed second overall and with Seymour taking first. “I love wrestling because it’s all about bettering yourself and your team. By making yourself better, stronger, you make the team stronger,” said Baker, 11. Photo by: Totem St aff Caitlyn Carey (12) goes over the volleyball books with player Makalynn Brown (11). Cheer block 101: cheers, chants, and some rules to follow { cheer block. It’s usually not a problem, because we’re all pretty good about things,” said Eric Eskew, a consistent leader of the cheer block. With winter sports under way, the SHS While there are no set rules in the cheer block has officially begun. While SHS cheer block, it can be clear who the there are occasional cheer blocks for other leaders are. Along with Eskew, some of sports, the main cheer blocks form during the Warrior basketball players are key basketball games. While many students find leaders to start chants and lead cheers. cheer blocks to be fun, there is a great reWhen a chant is started, the rest of the sponsibility to remain respectful. This can cheer blocks joins in for three repeats. sometimes be a fuzzy, gray area. Sometimes this can be confusing, but “There are no official rules for students are advised to just go along. cheer blocks; each school has their own. “We do a good job of getting in the That is why some cheer blocks get by with other team’s heads, but we have to be things others do not,” said Head Cheer respectful. We can’t say player’s names Coach Cindy Howser. She has been the or numbers, and we can’t use noise makcoach for several years and has seen her ers. There was an airhorn in our cheer fair share of cheer blocks in the past. block during the Austin girls’ game, but Photo by: Haley Mul lins There are no official rules because we got it taken care of,” said Mitchell cheer blocks are not organized activities; At the Scottsburg-Austin basketball game, the cheerblock always brings in a large Meagher, another cheer block leader. they are just groups of students that want crowd. At the girls’ game, the group joined into a chant led by the cheerleaders “If you are standing in the cheer to cheer on their team. While some stu- during a timeout. block, you represent the school just as dents believe derogatory cheering against or off color cheers do no reflect well on the school.” much as the cheerleaders and ball players do. A great opposing teams is necessary, the real purpose is to “We don’t yell any names or real personal cheer block doesn’t yell against the other team, they cheer for the home team. According to Howser, “ha- information. We have to stay classy. Luckily, I haven’t yell for their own team and encourage them,” said rassing referees really doesn’t help and cussing and/ been around anyone who was truly out of hand in the Howser. Lindsey Boswell Co-Editor-in-Chief }


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12.11.15 Sports 11 Cross county rivals continue to compete on the court Photo by: Tor i Rone Photo by: Haley Mullins (Above) Emma Waskom (11) jumps up to shoot against the Austin Lady Eagles. The Warriorettes later went on to win the game 52-41. (Top right) During the Scottsburg vs. Austin Alumni game, Courtney Means tries to rebound a shot made by Michelle Goodin. The Austin alumni girls won the game. (Bottom left) During the Scottsburg vs. Austin boys’ game, Kyle Newton (12) dribbles down the court. (Bottom right) Melinda Sparkman also made her alumni debut when a shot went awry by an Austin team member. Photo by: Haley Mul lins Photo by: Lev i El liott Boys’ Basketball Lack of consistency and experience leads to slow start { Alex Combs Sports Columnist } Getting off to a slow start, the boys’ basketball team currently sits with an 1-3 record. The boys’ kicked off their season with a close overtime loss to the Eagles by three and though they lost, the team feels like they learned a lot from the game. “We are young and we are still learning how to play together. We will get there eventually and I still think we will surprise some people,” said Dustin Yocum (11). The team got their only win of the season against Pekin Eastern in a game that saw Dustin Yocum hit a game winning three pointer with a little over two seconds left on the clock. “It was a good feeling to get the first win out of the way. I’m glad I could come through when I needed to in order to help the team,” said Yocum. Besides Austin and Pekin, the only other games the boys have played were against Christian Academy and Charlestown. The team lost both those games by double digits. The team is still battling with their inexperienced roster, only featuring one senior. “Inexperience has definitely been a factor so far. We have had a lot of guys who have been put into situations that are very new to them at the varsity level. We can see them learning from these new situations every time out,” said Head Coach Brady Wells. With inexperience comes a certain level of inconsistency which according to Wells the boys are also having trou- ble with. “We are lacking a level of consistency on both ends of the floor. We have seen a lot of good things in spurts but not consistently yet,” said Wells. It is early in the year however, and the team is just as confident as ever. “I see them having a better understanding of what it takes to be successful. They are starting to figure out how they need to go about things in order to give ourselves the best opportunity to win,” said Wells. Medical Arts Pharmacy (812) 752-4226 10% Senior Citizen Discount Family Prescription Records Friendly Knowledgeable Staff Computerized Prescription Service Steve Johnson-Pharmacist Dr. Woolbright Jr., DDS “Known for Our Gentle Touch” (812) 752-5555


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12 Sports 12.11.15 A heads up on what you need to know about concussions A lex ccording to Have a good head on your shoulders Emily Howser Co-Sports-Editor { { Why Austin? Alex Combs Sports Columnist Rivalries } Almost every student currently attending SHS has attended, played in, or at least heard about the annual Scottsburg vs. Austin rivalry basketball game. Every year, this seems to be highlighted as the game to win and for what reason? It’s just one game. It looks the same as a win against any other school on the record, but for some reason a win against our foes from the north seems to make a bad season good instantly. This year was a lot like the others in the past, except for the addition of an alumni game. This is where the players of each team came back and played against each other, reliving their glory days. The question still lingers however, what is it about this game that makes students go wild, and men way past their prime still try and compete in front of a packed gym wanting to watch? It could be the atmosphere. Yes, many of the players went on and had very successful lives. Some joined the workforce, some went to college, others went overseas to play (Anthony Winchester), and if you ask them high school basketball probably isn’t their shining achievement. However for anyone who has ever been on a stage as big as this rivalry game is, literally hundreds of people screaming, booing, and cheering you on, fewer things can compare to that feeling. It could also be the competitive edge that all athletes seem to have. That is what continues to give students drive to play sports year after year. Some people do it to stay in shape, others to have fun, but there are a select few who do it just to compete. This competitive drive really never leaves someone and it can really be showcased in front of a majority of Scott County. The last reason is 100% tradition. No one has a real hatred for Austin. The students intermingle outside of school as if they went to the same school, but for this one time a year our schools are supposed to hate each other, so we do. There isn’t any good reason behind it, besides that is the way it’s always been and will probably always be and it’s just how it is. All these reasons are what continues to make the cross town rivalry the huge game it is, and the addition of the Alumni game just made the week that much better. with a concussion risk for males at 75 percent. The impact speed of a football player tackling a stationary player is 25 miles per hour. Use your head when you’re deal“Football is a very physical sport. ing with concussions, figuratively of Having a concussion sucked, but I’m course. Concussions are a serious glad that my coaches understood that health concern and need to be treatI needed to sit out so I would not injure ed accordingly. myself,” said Hunter MeyA concussion is defined ers (10). as a complex physical proFor females, soccer is cess that affects the brain, concussions occur each year. the most common sport typically caused by a blow with the risk of concusto the head causing trausion. The impact speed ma to the brain. It can be of a soccer ball being caused by either a direct of athletes will experience a concussion in any given headed by a player is blow to the head, or a blow sports season. seventy miles per hour. to the body that indirectly Some studies show that affects the head. females are more susA fully formed brain is ceptible to concussions a three pound organ that due to less developed of sports related concussions involve a loss of floats inside of the skull. muscles in the neck. The brain is surrounded by consciousness. “In a lot of games playspinal fluid that acts as a ers will wear concussion shock absorber for minor headbands to protect impacts. When the brain do not report feeling any symptoms after a concussive them from the ball, esmoves rapidly inside of blow. pecially when heading the skull a concussion has technically occurred. It is a common this could be a life threatening issue,” it. Soccer is very physical and a lot of injuries can occur, personally having misconception that you have to “black said head cheer coach Cindy Howser. The cheerleaders have had multiple gotten a concussion this past season out” or “see stars” to have a concusgirls with concussions over the years. myself, ” said Jacky Valencia (12). sion. Coaches cannot bury their head in All athletes at SHS have to sign off Some are from flyers falling out of on concussion release forms before stunts and a few from tumbling crash- the sand when it comes to concussions. After obtaining a head injury they are allowed to practice for their es. “Concussions are very serious. I there are multiple factors that consport of choice. The release states that student athletes and their par- hate sitting out when I know it causes tribute to the return of the player. Due ents must be informed about the na- my team a lot of stress but my health to the complex nature of concussions, ture and risk of concussions, including has always been the main concern,” doctors and coaches must keep playthe risks of continuing to play after said Abby Richey (9), who has received ers on the bench and rested to make multiple concussions. sure that it is safe for them to particconcussion or head injury. Football is the most common sport ipate. The coaches employed by SHS also } have to sit through a concussion safety video before the start of their season. “After watching the video and having a few girls on my team receive concussions I have learned that whenever you think an athlete might possibly have a concussion always have them checked out by a medical professional because 1.6 million to 3.8 million 5 to 10 percent Fewer than 10 percent 47 percent of athletes Girls’ Basketball Ahead of expectations { Tori Rone Co-Editor-in-Chief } Photo by: Tor i Rone Paige Barrett (11) goes up to make the lay up against a Jennings County defender. This was the Warriorette’s opening game of the season. They later fell to their opponent in triple over time with a score of 77-87 With a current record of 7-2, Coach Cheatham would describe her team as “ahead of expectations” at this point The Warriorettes are coming off a 5241 win against their rival, the Austin Lady Eagles. “It’s always a pressure game, but (the team) played a lot better than last year. We weren’t timid or apprehensive, and all of our starters were putting up numbers. Katie Horstman (10) was our secret weapon. She scored double digits against Austin. She had some key plays that our opponents definitely weren’t prepared for,” said Cheatham. Taylor Stewart (12) was another starter that scored double digit numbers against Austin. “It was definitely a nerve-wracking game, but we all pulled through. I actually started to get more confident and look for my shot, instead of trying to pass the ball away,” Stewart said. The win against Austin was just the beginning. The team later defeated Brownstown 56-53. Christian Academy proved to be easy competition with a 20 point win. “The Christian Academy game allowed me to play with the bench. We have a heavy schedule, so I don’t have much time to work with them during practice. I was pleased with the kids who came off the bench,” said Cheatham. The Warriorette season has been filled with close wins, and even closer losses. The first game against Jennings County ended with a loss in triple overtime. What was described as an “awful” game against North Harrison left the team anxious for another meet. “I believe we can beat them if we play them in sectional or the Southwestern Tournament. It’s hard to beat the same team twice, and we are improving with each game we play together,” said Paige Barrett (11).



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