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Booster Volume 89, Issue 7 Scottsburg High School theboosteronline.com 3.18.16 The Academic all-stars remain successful } { Lindsey Boswell Co-Editor-in-Chief The spread of zika Found on News page 3 Suggestions for spring break fun Found on A&E pages 6 and 7 With several state titles and a group full of experience, the SHS Academic Teams are working toward a repeated success this year. The team competed last week at Corydon High School in all six disciplines: math, science, English, social studies, fine arts, and interdisciplinary (a combination of the five previously noted subjects). With a theme of “Our Hoosier Heritage,” the teams are faced with questions that revolve around just that. Ranging from reading the book Hoosiers to studying agriculture and the Indy 500, SHS’s teams proved their knowledge and handwork last week after placing second overall. “it is a constant improvement. Last year, we got second or third at this invitational, and ended up winning state in two disciplinaries. It is up in the air what kind of questions they are going to ask at the competition. We get practice questions, but you don’t know what to expect until you’re in the competition setting,” said Science Academic Team Sponsor Mr. Jason Hudson. The teams meet at least once a week per team to prepare for competitions. The team competed in their last invitational last night; the only competitions left are regional Jordan Shuler (12) and Eliza Mount (9) compete in the Fine Arts round of the Corydon Invitational. Shuler and Mount finished first at the invitational with a score of 18. and state. “We meet at least once a week to practice. For the English team, we set dates to have books finished by. We then get together to answer practice questions and discuss what we read,” said two year team member, Kayla Morris (11). Jacob Cook, a three year member of multiple teams, echoed Hudson’s comments about improvement. “This is the best I’ve seen as a whole. All of the teams are coming together, and I think we have a shot to get all six teams to state. Fine arts has always struggled, but they look good this year, too,” said Cook. ISTEP forces SHS to take two steps back } { Kaleb Mount Photo Editor Live Indianapolis cheer competition Found on Sports page 12 Long a hot-button issue nationwide, the topic of standardized testing has recently become more pressing in Indiana as legislators contemplate complaints from below. Students at Scottsburg High School have expressed frustration with a newly revised, and deeply flawed, testing system. In recently approved House Bill (HB) 1395, the General Assembly (GA) has addressed controversy surrounding the current incarnation of the ISTEP. In the bill, the GA expresses desire to improve the current test, and “establishes a panel to study alternatives to the ISTEP program tests and to make recommendations for replacing the ISTEP program.” Representative Terry Goodin said that there was no need to try and revise the current version of the test. In his eyes, the state must start from scratch. “We need to hit the reset switch. There has been no continuity in testing. Members of the legislature are not educators. The way the ISTEP test was put together, it stresses that students are taught what to learn. The test has become so critical that it has eliminated education as we knew it. The test needs to be more summative, focusing on teaching students how to learn,” said Goodin. Goodin added that the state has spent over $30 million on ISTEP, only to experience frequent bugs and compositional issues. He said he did not believe that the test adequately measured students’ understanding of state standards. Continued on page 2 Archers shoot for the moon { Haley Mullins Features Editor } During the archery team’s last practice before state competition, Emily Pfaffenbach (12) prepares to release her arrow. Pfaffenbach went on to place third at state. Photo by: Haley Mullins At the sound of two short blasts from a whistle, the SHS archers move into shooting position. With state being only a glimmer in their eye, the team looks toward national competition. This event takes place May 12-14. As a team, they have competed in eight matches, including state. Emily Pfaffenbach (12) has competed in the eight events and has placed in the top three for each. She has a shooting average of 285. She commented on how the team has done so far. “Our biggest strength is that everyone on the team is dedicated to improving their score. Our weakness is that the team lacks experience, a lot of the team members are first year shooters,” said Pfaffenbach. Coach Deborah Hendricks, sees this improvement in the team and responded accordingly. “Greatly improved, little on the roller coaster side. We have a young up and coming team who shows potential.” “As the season continues, I hope to improve on being more accurate in my scores and my scores not bouncing around all of the time,” said Asya Nation (9). She has been a member of the archery team for two years. The archery team did the best out of SHS history at the state competition last weekend. The team’s cumulative score was 3183, which placed them at 24 out of 35 schools, and more than qualified them for national. The top archers from SHS were Dawson Bundren (10) with 282 points, Pfaffenbach with 281, Christina Dunn (10) with 276 points.


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2 News 3.18.16 Scottsburg High School’s Key Club does most of the work when it comes to the blood drive. However, New Tech Secretary Tom Harlow contacts Red Cross and helps Key Club prepare. “I just send paperwork in,” said Harlow. Jonie Crawford (12) is the Key Club’s president. Her responsibility involves running Key Club. She helps set up and run events like the blood drive. “The hardest part about planning the blood drive is getting people to sign up during certain slots. It’s always hard when there are slots to fill and classes that students can’t miss,” said Crawford. Nine to 10 individuals usually volunteer, but there aren’t a lot of Key Club members to begin with. “The blood that people donate helps; those who donate are saving someone’s life,” said Crawford. According to redcrossblood.org every two seconds someone in the US needs blood. It is estimated that 36,000 units of blood are needed everyday. “More than 1.68 million people are expected to be diagnosed with cancer in 2016. Many of them will need blood, sometimes daily, during their chemotherapy treatment,” said redcrossblood.org. One blood donation can save the lives of roughly three people. “Thank you for donating. You’re helping a lot of people and Red Cross and Key Club appreciate it,” said Key Club Secretary Jessica Backus (12). Scottsburg High School Key Club is out for blood { Kacie Calhoun Staff Writer } The SHS blood drive usually happens once a year, however this year it was scheduled twice. The first was canceled in November and then rescheduled for February, however February was canceled as well. They were canceled due to the snowy weather. The third one is scheduled for May 17 and scheduling will be happening a week before. Artists students present their skills ISTEP continued { Nicholas Hall Staff Writer } The Student Art Show hosted by Miss Melissa Terry, fine arts teacher, and photojournalism teacher Mrs. Susan Jerrell, will be making its round once more this year on April 13 from 5-7 p.m. The art show, which will be hosted in the New Tech halls, will display the hard work students have created throughout the year to the people of Scottsburg. Ariel Robbins, (12), is an AP Art student participating in the event. “I have to include 12 pieces of art from both semesters,” Robbins commented. Though, she further went on to say that she was really excited to be apart of it. “...It gives me the chance to show off what I’ve done. Even though I’m being dragged into it,” she said jokingly. Lydia Thornberry (11), who is also looking forward to the art show, commented that she’s excited to see what people have created with the creative freedom they’ve been granted for this. Additionally, she strongly believes that if one views art that someone Doc McDonald (12) sculpts a cup in Miss Terry’s art class. Many of Miss Terry’s students will be participating in the student art show on April 13. Photo by: Nicai la Mat a has created, they can learn a lot about the artist. “I feel that students don’t come to it, but they should,” Thornberry said. “You can get to know someone by their art, and it can really expand your mind.” Miss Terry encourages all to come and view the gallery they will have on display, stating that it’s important to have her students’ art on display and important for the community to see what they’re doing at SHS. Continued from page 1 New Tech Director Jake Johanningsmeier added to Goodin’s frustration. “The test has been online, and several students have been exited from the test. They are forced to restart and this takes up their time,” said Johanningsmeier. “Also, guidance to help us prepare for the test was not given to us until January. We knew the standards, but had no idea what the test would be like.” Johanningsmeier added that these problems can be attributed to Pearson, the company that distributes the test. Like Goodin, he said the test is fundamentally flawed in what it tests. According to Johanningsmeier, standardized tests like the ISTEP should be tied to specific courses, much like the ECAs. For him, the current format is too broad to prepare for. Sarah Thomas (10) took the test. She agreed with Johanningsmeier in that she thought preparation for the test was unfair. “The test was very hard. I blame the people who issued the test. Our teachers weren’t given practice problems until the week of the test. They did the best they could given the situation,” said Thomas. Grade A • • • • • • • Alabama Hawaii North Dakota Ohio Oregon South Carolina Vermont • • • • • • • • Grade B Arizona California Iowa New Jersey New York Pennsylvania Texas Washington • • • • • • • Grade C Alaska Arkansas Colorado Florida Georgia Illinois Kansas • • • • • • Kentucky Minnesota Montana Nebraska South Dakota Wisconsin Grade D • • • • • • • • • • Connecticut Delaware Idaho Mississippi Missouri Nevada Rhode Island Utah Virginia Wyoming • • • • • • Grade F Indiana • Louisiana • Maine • Maryland • Massachusetts • Michigan • New Hampshire New Mexico North Carolina Oklahoma Tennessee West Virginia Grades given by a USA Today Investigation Grades signify quality of teacher screenings USA Today gives Indiana an ‘F’ for school security } { Tori Rone Co-Editor-in-Chief In an article published by USA Today, The state of Indiana was rated an “F” in teacher screening security. Background checks are considered weak, leaving local school districts to screen how they please and many teachers’ misconduct is not shared with other states. Superintendent Marc Slaton was unaware of this rating and found the precautions that Scottsburg High School takes to be above an “F.” “We have improved our security and background checks. We run all of our new staff and volunteers through a very intense security check and make all visitors go through the Raptor Sex Offender check. We are never done improving as the work to remain safe is a constant process,” said Dr. Slaton. “I have heard time and again of how we do so much more than most schools.” Assistant Principal, Keri Hammons, agrees that SHS goes beyond most schools when it comes to security. “We check volunteers, coaches, substitutes and any other visitor before allowing them to interact with our students. We have a table of varying rigor of background check depending on their role within the school. There have been instances where a background check has prevented an individual from entering Scottsburg High School,” she said. Junior Danielle Wells does not seem to see any concerns regarding SHS visitors. “I’ve never came to school and not felt safe. Of course there are weird substitutes here and there, but I never felt as though they shouldn’t be allowed to enter the building,” said Wells. Despite feeling like SHS security is ahead of the game, Hammons said that there were still improvements to be had in the future. “The district has started a new district safety committee. In the past we’ve have building specific, but now we have consistency across the district to make sure there is a clear consistency across the buildings.” Tuxedo Shoppe . 170 N High St, Austin, IN 47102 (812)794-2740 Marti's Drug Store and Soda Fountain 120 W. McClain Ave. Scottsburg, IN 47170 (812) 752-2021


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3.18.16 Scott Co. CEASE film festival { Emilee Davidson Co-Sports-Editor News 3 } Tropic disease travels to the U.S.A. { Emily Howser Co-Sports-Editor Each dot signifies one Zika case. Cases are given by state, not city; placement is relative only to state. Not represented on the map is Washington DC which has had 3 Zika cases. Information was gathered from CDC.gov. } With spring break approaching it might be a good idea to invest in some bug spray. A rare disease called Zika Fever has made national news, and it is spread by mosquito bites. The Center for Disease Control has issued an alert for travel to areas where Zika Virus is spreading, such as Latin America, Africa, Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands. No local mosquito-borne Zika Virus disease cases have been reported in the U.S., but there have been travel-associated cases. According to the CDC website, the most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain and red eyes. The illness is usually not severe, with symptoms lasting for several days to a week after being bitten by an infected mosquito. People usually don’t get sick enough to go to the hospital, and they very rarely die of Zika. Many people might not realize they have been infected. Unfortunately, a woman who has been exposed to the Zika Virus and then becomes pregnant within two years of the bite can give the fetus microcephaly, a condition in which a baby’s head is significantly smaller than expected, often due to abnormal brain development. These children often cannot function by themselves, even in adulthood. The first outbreak occurred in Brazil last May. On Feb. 1, 2016, the World Health Organization declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern because of random bunches of microcephaly in some areas affected by Zika. On Feb. 8, 2016, CDC elevated its response efforts to a Level 1 activation, the highest response level at the agency. Be proactive and wear bug repellent at home and on your spring break adventures. If any students are interested in film making and are looking to impact the lives of young people in the area, the 5th Annual Film Festival, “What’s Your Side Effect?” may be a perfect competition for them. The contest is being held at the Mid-America Science Park Presentation Hall on April 29, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. Students in grades 5-12 are being challenged by CEASe to create a film about themselves or someone they know who is making a positive impact on Scott County or being a positive role model in the community. Entries need to be submitted by Wednesday, April 20 and the finalist show is on April 29. The winner of this contest will receive $500. The video should be no longer than four minutes and an entry form must be filled out and submitted with the video entry. Students may enter as individuals or as a team, but a release and parental consent form is required for every individual participating in the video only if chosen as a semi-finalist. Other contest rules include the use of royalty-free music and not showing company names, school names or logos in the video. Inappropriate language and content are obviously to be avoided. For more information contact Lori Croasdell at lcroasdell@me.com or at whatsyoursideeffect.org. { { “They are holding conferences across the state to explain why and how these changes came about. It is a big overhaul.” - Brian Schmidt - guidance counse=lor New SAT brings new challenge Madeline Parker News Editor }{ Scientific Olympians compete A different kind of Olympian Katie Hunger Staff Writer } } The SAT is important for students planning to go to a four year college, and this year it has seen some major changes. The main changes are the removal of the writing section, and a revamped scoring system. Several years ago the maximum SAT score was 1600 points. Then the scoring system was changed to make each section worth 800 points, so the maximum score became 2400. Now they have changed the scoring system again to make both sections worth 760 points, so the maximum score is 1520. Mr. Brian Schmidt, guidance counselor, sees the omission of the writing section as a positive change. “I’m not sure too many colleges were truly using the writing. Judging your writing score is very subjective,” said Schmidt. Although Schmidt sees the removal of the writing section as a positive change, students who have taken both versions of the SAT feel otherwise. Although the essay section has technically been removed, students still receive a writing score. Since they are no longer given a prompt on which to write an essay, there is a new way to judge students’ writing ability. “It’s like a whole different type of essay. You have to read a passage and analyze it,” said Alexa Howser (11). Howser and Emma Waskon (11) have taken the old and new version of the SAT, and they both dislike the new system of judging writing. Waskom did appreciate the reduced length of the new version though. “Unless you take the essay there are only four sections. It makes it go by quicker,” Waskom said. The recommendation has always been that students take the SAT twice. Schmidt said the first time is important to expose students to the wording and question styles, and they are usually nervous the first time. “We are encouraging juniors who have already taken the SAT to take the new SAT twice. We don’t want their second test to be a different test, because then they won’t do as well,” said Schmidt. So students who have taken the SAT twice may need to take it a third time to take the same version twice. Schmidt is still learning about the new test. He said, “They are holding conferences across the state to explain why and how these changes came about. It is a big overhaul.” In their second season, the Science Olympiad team finished just 12 points short of state, placing third in their last competition on Saturday, March 5. “The team got first in two events, and silver in a whole bunch of others,” said Jacob Cook (12). Members of the Science Olympiad team can compete in several different types of events. Cook explained, “The events vary dramatically, from tests to labs to catapult launching. So while preparing for some events may require a very large Quizlet set, others can be more fun. For example, our Wright Stuff team spent several hours perfecting their throwing technique to ensure maximum air time for their balsa glider.” Competitions, because of all of the different types of events, take up most of the team’s day. “There are five, one-hour time slots throughout the day when events are going on. Since I was in five events (the max someone can be in) my day was pretty busy running from event to event. After all the events were done, the awards ceremony was held, which took about another hour,” said Evan Howser (12). “Generally you’ve got a few hours after you get back, but most people just sleep,” added Cook. The Science Olympiad team is done for this year. Competitions will start up again in mid-February of next year. “Winning is good, but a big part of this year was just making devices for all of the building events,” said Cook. “Next year they’ll only have to slightly modify our designs instead of starting from nothing.” Medical Arts Pharmacy (812) 752-4226 10% Senior Citizen Discount Family Prescription Records Friendly Knowledgeable Staff Computerized Prescription Service Steve Johnson-Pharmacist


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4 Opinion Editorial Let’s talk about sex Let’s talk about sex….education. In the movie “Mean Girls,” the gym teacher says plainly, “Don’t have sex. Because you will get pregnant and die.” By law, Indiana schools are strongly encouraged to teach abstinence to the students as the 100 percent guarantee to avoiding unwanted teen pregnancies and STDs. If students ask questions, the teachers are allowed to answer. We at The Booster have come to the realization that as a whole, our generation has been under-informed about sexual education. Although, given the amount of teen pregnancies we M { Madeline Parker have, students know the basics. This year’s sophomores, juniors and seniors have not had an actual health class in which the teachers talk to them. The Booster staff has found that by being more informed about anything in general, we are able to handle certain situations. Students who are only taught abstinence tend to tune out and not listen. This year’s freshmen are taking the health class where they learn about all health topics and how there are ways to prevent such things. We hope that this class will continue to educate students on ways to protect themselves. 3.18.16 Whitewashed Madeline Parker News Editor indful adeline } Editorial It is easier to agree to disagree In today’s society, people are becoming offended when someone has a different opinion. Why? People are taking others’ opinions way too personally. The Booster staff thinks that people need to realize that those with different opinions will not be the end of the world. Contrary to everyone’s belief, people can still be friends with individuals who have different points of view. A different point of view is actually a good thing. It gives the world a variety of people versus people who are all the same. If everyone thought and acted the same way, then there would not be uniqueness. The world would mirror each other and that would not be very appealing. Most differences happen in subjects like politics and religion. It doesn’t matter what party people are voting for or what religion people practice. Those things should not define who individuals become friends with. They certainly do not define who individuals are. Politics and religion are personal subjects, sometimes it’s best not to bring up those topics with friends. Throughout your entire life, you will find people who disagree Madeline Parker with you and people whom you disagree with. It’s normal in life. Your thoughts and your opinions are in fact, a part of you. When people disagree with you, they are not out to get you. They are just stating their opinion, much like you. Sometimes it’s better to agree to disagree. The Oscars are over (congratulations Leo), and they caused a lot of controversy this year. For the past two years, the group of nominees has been all white, and most people are blaming The Academy. The nominations excluded actors from great films this year like “Straight Outta Compton” and “Creed.” But to be fair, The Academy is not entirely at fault, some of the blame must be shared with Hollywood as a whole Hollywood whitewashing has become such a common practice we barely even notice anymore when white actors take non-white roles. This problem has been going on for years, with Al Jolson (a white actor) donning blackface for his role in “The Jazz Singer” and Mickey Rooney (another white actor) wearing fake buck teeth, squinting and wearing Coke bottle glasses to portray a Japanese business man in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” You could argue that these examples are outdated, but this is by no means a dead issue. Ridley Scott’s 2014 picture “Exodus: Gods and Kings” was set in Egypt. For those of you who may be confused by the all white cast, I’ll clarify; Egypt is in fact a North African country in which most people do not look like Christian Bale. Another example is the 2010 film “Prince of Persia” in which Jake Gyllenhaal took the lead role. If you search “Hollywood Whitewashing,” you will find dozens of other examples, and realize that The Academy is not entirely at fault, rather Hollywood as a whole. Commentar y ISTEP testing should evaluate, not dictate { Kaleb Mount Photo Editor } The thought of standardized testing is sensitive for many people. In Indiana, students, teachers and parents alike have come to fear the high-stakes nature of the ISTEP test. In a recent House Bill, legislators at the Indiana General Assembly approved an initiative to seek recommendations and replacements for the test. So what should the new system entail? First of all, students need to clearly know what they will be tested on. Current incarnations of the ISTEP test are intentionally broad. They test general knowledge and critical thinking. As such, they are focused more on aptitude than achievement. In order for the test to work, it must be summative. It should be completely tied to specific standards and course work. However, the greatest problem with the current incarnation of ISTEP is that it encourages a shift in traditional educational goals. In preparation for the test that can sometimes increase their pay, teachers are most certainly pushed to “teach to the test.” The actual education of students is pushed to the side as results are increasingly stressed. In order for this to change, the scope of the test must be adapted. The goal of the ISTEP should not be holding schools or teachers accountable; instead, it should be to determine whether or not students have sufficiently learned key material. As such, ISTEP results should only affect individual students. If a student performs poorly on a test, their results indicate that they are in need of remediation. If a student performs well, they have clearly learned their source material. Trying to hold teachers accountStaff Writers -Kacie Calhoun -Kaitlyn Freeman -Nicaila Mata - Nicholas Hall Sports Columnist -Alex Combs Cartoonist -Madeline Parker Adviser -Susan Jerrell able comes from a very irresponsible and misguided argument. Students are quick to blame others for their shortcomings. However, their performance primarily derives from their own efforts. In any given classroom, every student brings something different to the table. Some students are unlikely to pass regardless of their teacher. That is not a bad thing; it just indicates that these students could use more time and extra help. With a less inflammatory ISTEP, these students would get the assistance they need rather than seeming like a liability to their teachers. March 18, 2016 Volume 89, Issue 7 Scottsburg High School 500 S. Gardner, Scottsburg, IN 47170 (812)-752-8927 www.theboosteronline.com 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 -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 Web Director -Levi Elliott 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.


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3.18.16 Features 5 Spring passed the barriers of Indiana on break { Emilee Davidson Co-Sports-Editor } With spring break being a quintessential part of the school year, not being able to go on a vacation during that week can be disappointing. Although it may be surprising, some spring sport athletes have never been able to go anywhere for spring break due to their practices or games beginning. Most people that haven’t been anywhere for spring break are athletes, but some are simply students that just haven’t gone anywhere. Bailey Rone (10) is going on her first spring break trip this year to Florida. “This year I’m going to Florida. I’m not really sure what part, but I know its about 20 minutes from the beach,” said Rone. “I’m really excited about the warm temperatures. Since I’ve never been really anywhere before I’m sort of nervous about if there’s going to be a lot of people there.” There are probably many other rea- Oh the places students go... { Nicaila Mata Staff Writer } 1 2 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Colorado Josaiah Croasdell (11) St. Louis, MO Oliver Froembgen (11) Nashville, TN Taylor Stewart (12) Myrtle Beach, SC Laikin Smith (12) Florida Sam Waymire (12) 3 4 5 sons for students never having been on spring break before, but being an athlete and needing parental supervision are probably the biggest reasons. Emily Pfaffenbach (12) has never been on spring break without her parents before, and this spring break will be her first. “I’m going to Destin, Fla. I love the beach and can’t wait to spend a week there with my friends,” Pfaffenbach said. “There won’t be any parents coming with us, so I’m really excited about that as well. I plan on spending all day at the beach and at the hotel pool.” What is the weirdest detention MASP opens outside opportunity you have ever written? } { more likely for them to hire me over someone without these certifications. I’m also getting to use machines that Beginning in 2013, Scottsburg High I would need to be familiar with in an School began their partnership with Advanced Manufacturing setting,” Robthe Mid-America Science Park. This inson said. partnership brought an opportunity for Another student using the Mid-Amerthose interested in partaking in a du- ica Science Park to his advantage is al-credit certification program in both Harley Applegate (12). Applegate is Welding and Advanced Manufacturing. about to graduate with a certification in According to Career and Technical stick welding. Education Instructor Mr. Kyle Mullins, “A certification in stick welding althere are many benefits to taking these lows me to stick weld for various comcourses. panies. On “My stu“My students are going to leave with top of this, dents are going it’ll make me industry recognized certifications to to leave with look much go out... industry recogmore expe- Kyle Mullins, SHS Welding teacher nized certificarienced and tions to go out and pursue a career in capable on my résumé. I’m fairly cera welding or advanced manufacturing tain I want to weld as my profession in setting. On top of this, it is much clos- the future,” said Applegate. er than Prosser and we bus students According to Mullins, the opportunithere daily,” said Mullins. ties that certification opens up now are Among the students taking classes bigger than ever. at the Mid-America Science Park is se“I think there are a lot of great opnior Charlie Robinson. Robinson is cur- portunities out there for students with rently taking advanced manufacturing a high school diploma and certification. and is enthusiastic about the opportuni- Often times there is less debt accumuties the course has given him. lated with technical careers and that “The certifications that I will earn at gets overlooked. A large number of peothe end of the year allow me to bypass ple in these careers are reaching rethe training that the company I choose tirement age, so there is a huge calling to work for would otherwise have to for experienced high school students to pay for me to take. This makes it much pursue these careers,” said Mullins. Tori Rone Co-Editor-in-Chief “We were doing a dissection and I had to write a kid up for putting a pig brain in his mouth,” - Mr. Chris Haven “My first year of teaching I wrote up a student for cutting my American flag right up the middle,” - Mrs. Debbie Horine { } } { SHS markets new classes } { Emily Howser Co-Sports-Editor Nicholas Hall Staff Writer “My first week of student teaching a kid dropped his pants in the middle of class,” - Mr. Ric Manns “I once wrote up some kids for licking each other in the cafeteria,” - Mrs. Lana Coverdale Whether you are an incoming freshman, a senior or something in between, deciding your courses for the school year can be quite daunting at times. While SHS does offer a wide range of elective classes that may peak your interest, and alternative classes to your required class, the administration will be tacking on new classes at the beginning of the 2016-17 school year. One of the classes that they will be offering, Intro to Marketing, is a brand new addition to the curriculum. Intro to Marketing is scheduled to be a two semester class that will be offered as a dual credit course. The marketing course is geared towards those who are interested in majoring in business or marketing, and will cover a variety of topics that are crucial to understanding marketing. This includes how to brand a product, the basic understanding of how marketing works from a manager’s point of view, advertising and many more in depth topics that will be covered over two semesters. The plan was to have current teacher Mr. Chris Routt teach this course; he has taken a position at Johnson Elementary. If the class is still to take place, the new teacher will have to have their curriculum approved by Ivy Tech. 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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6 Arts & Entertainment 7 { 3.18.16 Tori Rone Co-Editor-in-Chief ways to spice up { this Spring Break } Spelunk in cavernous Kent } Lindsey Boswell Co-Editor-in-Chief For those students that are not lucky enough to go away for spring break, there are still things to do that are close to home. The following list includes activities to do during this upcoming week. In order to use the list to its fullest potential, cut each of these activities out, fold them up and stick them in a jar. Every day, pull one out and do what is listed. Some activities are purely just for fun, but others can motivate you to do something you’ve been meaning to do. play paint twister with your friends all day movie marathon with popcorn and snacks stargaze at night Although almost everyone has spring break plans in order, it isn’t too late to organize a spontaneous trip yourself. Who says warmer weather and beaches are synonymous? Any informed cave dweller knows that the average temperature within the dark, cavernous abyss is between 55-57 degrees. While this may not be your ideal temperature, it could be better than the ever-changing weather in Scottsburg. Here are some potential spelunking spots. Squire Boon Caverns: Located 63 miles away in Mauckport, Ind. Squire Boon Caverns has a multitude of activities for both the young and old. Aside from the cave tours, grist mill and “gold mining,” there is a new addition to the scene. Zip lining is now available and open through March for $59 a person, or lower depending on group size. Though open year round, tours before Memorial Day are fewer and farther between, so be sure to call ahead. Cave tours are $16 per adult. Marengo Cave: The closest of the three, Marengo Cave is located 49 miles away in Marengo, Ind. Aside from the two scenic cave land trails, Marengo offers the Blue River. For only $32 for the day, you can rent a canoe and travel 12-14 miles on the Blue River. This park is open year round. The spring hours run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Canoeing opens up at the beginning of April. Prices range from $16 to $27 per person. Mammoth Cave: Last but not least is the aptly named Mammoth Cave. This cavern is a bit of a travel with a distance of 120 miles away. However, if distance isn’t an issue, it is well worth the drive. With 400 miles of explored cave, Mam- Cour tesy of: nps.gov Cou Potential spelunkers must descend down a lengthy flig mouth of Marengo Cave. moth is the longest known cave system. There are many trails and tours offered here, ranging from wheelchair accessible to extremely strenuous. While there are no outside activities offered, t trails will busy. Visi close at 6 anywhere Extreme bounce feed the ducks at Lake Iola { in boom house Kaitlyn Freeman Staff Writer } make a homemade Slip-NSlide out of a tarp visit your grandparents wash your car The House of Boom is an “extreme air sport” activity center. It is located on 100 Urton Lane in Louisville, Kent. just shy of an hour away from Scottsburg. The inside is full of trampolines, ropes and a foam shape pit (getting out is a tedious chore). It took me about 10 minutes to get out of the pit, but in my defense it was my first time jumping in. The more you struggle, the farther down you will sink, keep that in mind. Before getting in, access is $12 a person for ages seven and older, you have to sign a waiver and get permission from your parents if you’re not over 18. Children 13 and under have to accompanied by an adult to gain access. You have the option of going for one or two hours, the two hour option is $20. Once you give them your waiver and pay, they give you a glow-in-the-dark wristband which is color coded to the time you paid and what time you have to leave. My first impression as I walked in was loud, dark and hot. The thought of walking around barefoot where everyone else’s feet have been kind of freaked me out at first, but I got over it. You have the option of getting socks, but you can’t wear your own because you’ll slide around. You are not allowed to wear shoes on the elevated area where all the activities are. I imagine this is a rule because of safety. You tend to fall a lot and if someone were to be wearing shoes, and they don’t notice you, it would probably hurt a Pho The House of Boom offers several oppo The trampoline park has trampolines ing that stand alone, lead to a foam pi jump up onto a ledge. lot less if they were just wearing so wearing shoes. It was very crowded when I went, on a Friday. Overall, I had a lot of fun. ergized and the music they played re into the room. I would definitely reco ing it out if you want to have fun and the same time.


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3.18.16 Katie Hunger A&E Editor Arts & Entertainment 7 tuckiana KENTUCKY { ACTION PARK } What is your favorite zoo animal?{ Giraffe Tiger 3% Lindsey Boswell Co-Editor-in-Chief just 10 miles from Mammoth Cave! } Elephant Jesse James Riding Stables Half Hour 1 Hour 2 Hours $14 $18 $34 Monkey Dolphin Panda ur tesy of: squireboonecaver ns.com Alpine Slide 1 Ticket $5 10 Tickets $35 All Day $25 Traipse through two zoos } { Haley Mullins Features Editor Twin Zipline 1 Ticket 3 Tickets Cour tesy of: marengocave.com $45 $100 ght of stairs before entering the the vast chambers and lengthy l keep any nature enthusiast itor hours open at 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Cave tour prices range e from $7 to $26. ...and much more! For more information visit kentuckyactionpark.com Do you remember back in elementary school when you took a field trip to the zoo, and you thought it was so cool because you were “skipping” school? Now, as a high school student, with a week off from school, you can go back. The Indianapolis Zoo is home to approximately 250 animals with five distinct biomes or exhibits. Located on 1200 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, this zoo is open from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, unless otherwise changed due to a special event. For special changes to the time calendar, check out indianapoliszoo.com. You can walk around the zoo visiting the different biomes and watching the many different animals interact with one another. Along with watching this interaction, you can get up close and personal with the dolphins. This adventure allows you to get to the edge of the dolphin tank with the trainers and actually pet them. To secure a spot, you have to schedule in advance online. Prices for general admission fluctuate between $10-$19 depending upon the projected attendance. The Louisville Zoo is similar in size to the Indianapolis Zoo with a few differences. Prices range from $9.95$16.25 for adults and $6.95-$11.95 for children. Even with only four biomes, this zoo has over 1,500 animals in these different locations. While they are both similar, some students prefer the Louisville Zoo for its more convenient location. “I haven’t been to the zoo in Indianapolis in a while, but I go to the Louisville Zoo more often,” said Bailey Rone (10). Student passes are not available at either location but you can get a membership pass, like Rone. Information can be found on either zoo’s website. “I do go quite a bit more because my little sister loves to go and my family has a membership, ” said Rone. Mega fun found underneath Louisville Mega Prices Mega Zips { Katie Hunger A&E Editor } oto by: Lev i El liott ortunities for fun. around the buildit, or allow you to ocks rather than , but I also went It was really eneally brought life ommend checkd get exercise at With so much to do above ground in Louisville, few think to look underground. Louisville Mega Cavern is located in Louisville, Kent. just 45 minutes from the high school. The man-made cavern offers all types of activities come rain or shine for people of all ages. With the cavern dating back to the 1930s there is plenty to learn and explore. Visitors are able to tour the 17 miles of corridors on a 60 minute tram ride highlighting the many things the cavern was once used for, including a replica of the Cuban missile crisis bunker, and the new things it’s being used for now. Because you ride the tram the entire time, everyone who wishes to is able to take the tour. The year round temperature rests at 58 degrees making it a comfortable trip any season. Tickets cost $13.50 at any time. One of the most well known attractions at Louisville Mega Cavern is Mega Zips. Six different underground lines are offered lasting as long as two and a half hours. According to their website, “this tour is guaranteed to get your heart racing and your adrenaline running.” The lines run through parts of the cavern that are else wise never seen. “Honestly it was pretty fun, I would totally recommend it,” said Harley Applegate (12). “It was kind of scary at first because I’m afraid of heights, but it was fun.” On Monday through Friday, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., tickets cost $59. After 9:30 the price goes up to $69. During the weekend the price goes up even more to $79 a ticket. Overall, Louisville Mega Caverns is a one of a kind experience, and Mega Quest, another activity offered there, is the only fully underground aerial ropes challenge course in the world. With 76 challenging elements one person can spend up to three hours on the course. Due to the set up of the course and the equipment involved there are some specific requirements. Mega Quest is for people five years of age and older, but you must be at least 52 inches with an outstretched arm in order to get the full experience. Those who participate may not exceed 310 lbs. Individuals will be wearing $800 worth of climbing gear including a harness, special double hooked belay, a helmet and closed toe shoes are required. It is also recommended to wear jeans and a T-shirt. The price is $35 for ages 11 and up Monday through Sunday. Also breaking records is the Mega Underground Bike Park which at 320,000 square feet is the biggest indoor bike park in the world. Bike magazine quotes Joe Prisel, designer of the park, saying, “It’s more than an indoor jump park. It’s an outdoor trail system. It’s designed as a jump park, XC course, and all-mountain ride.” The park features tracks for all levels of riders. As the newest addition to the park, the track is a work in progress. Monday through Saturday the park is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m, and on Sundays it’s open after noon and closes again at 10 p.m. Four hour passes cost $24 and eight hour passes are $40. Mega Cavern is Louisville’s number one attraction on TripAdvisor. With so much to do and so much to see it’s definitely more than a one day trip. $69 per person (Mon - Fri) or $79 per person (Sat - Sun) Mega Quest $35 per person $13.50 per person Mega Tram Mega Underground Bike Park $24 per person


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8 Arts & Entertainment 3.18.16 Sweets & Treats Orange Dreamsicle Pie $3.00 Chocolate Fudge Pecan Brownie Cake $3.00 Muffins $2.00 Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies $1.00 Coffee/Tea (Hot or Cold) $1.49 Cappuccino/Latte/ Mocha/Etc. - 16oz $3.50 Frozen Blended Drinks $4.00 Photo by: A lex Combs Workers of The Grace Cafe located on the square run around preparing food and waiting on customers. This restaurant is in the same place as the old coffee shop, and features a lot of the same items. { Friendly faces grace new cafe Alex Combs & Levi Elliott Sports Columnist & Business Manager Review } The sweet tea is sweeter, the prices are a little lower and the staff is much more delightful. Those three things sum up the differences between Scottsburg’s newest edition to the square, The Grace Cafe. The Grace Cafe is very similar to The Coffee House. It actually takes up the building that the original Coffee House was in. It has a very relaxed atmosphere that made for an overall pleasurable experience. The food wasn’t very different overall from what its predecessor was. There is a similar menu and offerings. The dessert cookies and brownies have been replaced by muffins and miniature cinnamon rolls, which are offered for only a dollar. The coffee was excellent. It lacked the overpowering taste that was a staple of The Coffee House, but rather the drink was smoother. The taste was also even throughout the entire coffee, instead of settling down towards the bottom to make the end of the drink a miserable experience. We would like to suggest this restaurant as an ideal lunch spot. It also would make an excellent place for post-school snacks or meals, or a friend date. The cafe could also be an ideal place to take that person you’re not really sure if you’re ready to commit to a full dinner with. It gives off a classy, yet casual vibe. However, what really set The Grace Cafe apart from any other dining spot in Scottsburg was the friendly service. We were greeted as we walked to the register, given plenty of opportunities for drink refills, and waited on by the admirably attentive and courteous staff. The staff at The Grace Cafe enjoy their work, which obviously overflows to create a great sense of attitude and service. { Festival at Forecastle Kaleb Mount Photo Editor } Meals with Madeline Quaint spot serves quality Photo prov ide d by: Grace H icks To some people, being among thousands of people listening to loud music on a hot day sounds like a nightmare. To others, the festival environment is the best way watch a concert. The Forecastle Festival, on the waterfront in Louisville, kicks off on July 15 and continues until the 17. The Alabama Shakes, the Avett Brothers, Death Cab for Cutie, Ryan Adams, and Gary Clark Jr. are among the many artists to perform. Tickets, which are online now, start at $169.50. After fees, the total cost is about $184. The first price level of tickets have already sold out. Ms. Jackie Morguelan has not attended Forecastle. However, after attending Bonnaroo more than once, she considers herself an experienced festival-goer. She stated that the festival format has its pros and cons. “Generally with a festival, there aren’t any seats. People are more actively engaged in the concert. The downside is that it can be very hot in the summer,” said Morguelan. Morguelan said that one nice thing Last year’s festival at Forecastle featured Sam Smith, a British pop star. His set was cut short by severe storms. { Madeline Parker News Editor } about a festival was the ability to quickly switch between concerts. Since multiple groups are performing at once, a spectator can choose to listen to either single songs or a whole set. Grace Hicks (11) had a one-day pass to Forecastle last year. To her, the atmosphere was the best part. “Standing outside with everyone, the performance felt more authentic. It was more like a real kind of concert than just sitting down and listening to someone,” said Hicks. However, Hicks did experience a major downside of the festival experience when Sam Smith’s headliner performance was cut short by inclement weather. Nonetheless, Hicks said she would gladly go back if there was someone performing who she wanted to see. Louisville has hundreds of beautiful restaurant possibilities for prom, but Louisville isn’t exactly “on the way” from Scottsburg to Huber’s. There are actually very few nice restaurants between Scottsburg and Huber’s, but one that should not be overlooked is Christie’s on the square in Salem. Quaint is defined as “attractively unusual or old-fashioned,” and this is probably the best description of Christie’s. It is cozy and pleasant, and the food is fantastic. They serve a variety of home cooked meals such as Pecan Chicken Fettuccine, Hand Breaded Whitefish and their version of the Hot Brown. The entrees are very affordable. Dinner prices range from $6.99 to $16.99, but the average is about $10. Christie’s is more casual than Varanese, which I reviewed last month, but the atmosphere is still classy and the restaurant is very clean. It is similar to the former Jeeves and Company, which used to be on the square in Scottsburg. Although it is not overly formal, it is still well suited to prom, and the food is always satisfactory. However, one of the challenges of Christie’s is the seating and parking situation. The restaurant is relatively small, and since it is on the square in Salem, parking is fairly limited. Due to the limited seating it would be wise to make reservations well in advance. To contact and make a reservation one should call 812-883-9757. While not directly in between Scottsburg and Huber’s, Christie’s is still not out of the way. It is 27 minutes from Scottsburg to Christie’s, and another 26 from Christie’s to Huber’s. Dr. Woolbright Jr., DDS “Known for Our Gentle Touch” (812) 752-5555 Coffees Cappucinos Slushies More . . .


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3.18.16 Sports 9 Jock Talk A moment with the athletes School day Fitbit results 8,000 steps 62 bpm resting 4 miles Students step it up { Photo by: K aleb Mount Kacie Calhoun Staff Writer & Nicaila Mata Staff Writer } Photo by: Tor i Rone { Emily Howser Co-Sports-Editor } Collin Zollman {Senior} {Has ran track for 5 years} Jayla Helton {Senior} {Has played tennis for 7 years} Q. A. Q. A. What events do you run in track? My main events are the 3200 meter relay and the 800 meter run, from time to time I will run the 1600 meter relay or the 1600 meter run What do you like most about track? I like that you can make a lot of friends and meet a lot of cool people. You really get to know your teammates and get close to them during the season. Q. A. Q. A. What made you want to play tennis? Growing up, my family was very involved in sports. Watching many of my family members play tennis encouraged me to play. What is your favorite part of tennis? My favorite part about tennis is getting to know all my teammates and growing a strong bond with them. Walking from class to class during a school day can keep you fit, and I can prove to you that you can lose weight at school even if you don’t take a P.E. or weight lifting class. At Scottsburg High School specifically, the typical student has to walk quite a ways to get from class to class. With a Fitbit product it is relatively easy to track your progress throughout the day. A Fitbit tracks every part of your day. According to their website a Fitbit tracks a person’s activity, exercise, food, weight and sleep. Hopefully students at SHS do not use the sleep application during school, but if they were interested in their health as a whole it is a helpful feature. I wore a Fitbit HR (heart rate) to school to see how many steps I took while walking around campus. The results were 8,000 steps (4 miles) per day. This means on average I took 40,0000 steps at school per week. If you take up to 10,000 steps per day that would mean you would be burning 400 to 500 calories per day. This sets you on a course to burn a pound a week, just from walking at school. I also added what I ate for breakfast and lunch to get a more accurate reading. However, this also means if you eat a carbohydrate or calorie filled lunch it can cancel out your exercise for the day. While you probably won’t have the same schedule and diet as I do, this is still a good estimate of your daily school exercise. It also shows how a Fitbit can help you keep track of your overall health and fitness. Fitbit products prove that small steps can make a big difference. Prov ide d by: Lisa Elliott Prov ide d by: Cindy Howser (Left) Levi Elliott (12) a first year cheerleader was announced a “cheerlebrity” at the LIVE! Indianapolis JamFest competition on March 13. He was rewarded for his outstanding performance during the routine. (Right) The SHS cheerteam was awarded first place, grand champion and they received a gold paid bid to U.S. Finals. The bid pays for their next competition in full. The team is looking forward to their last competition together and hope to bring home jackets and rings from U.S. Finals. Cheerteam receives a full paid bid for a national competition { Lindsey Boswell Co-Editor-in-Chief } After a let down performance at state, the SHS cheer team could not wait for a chance at redemption. Despite multiple obstacles, the team performed in Indianapolis, Ind. this past Sunday. “We did not do well at state because we had a lot of injuries around that competition. This was a chance to redeem ourselves,” said Kacey Gambrell (11). The National LIVE! Indianapolis competition was hosted by JamFest and was held in the Convention Center. Last year, the team won their division and were Grand Champions. The team continued this tradition this year, among other wins. They won first place and Grand Champions again, as well as got a gold bid (a free entrance) for the next competition in Chicago. Levi Elliott (12), a first year team member, was also recognized as a “cheerlebrity” based on his expressive facials and energy throughout the routine. According to Head Coach Cindy Howser, the team was ready for the competition, despite the setbacks throughout the year. “We took the routine that they did at state and redid it to fit the rules of this competition. Emily [Howser (12)] did the choreography changes. The obstacles this entire year have been illness and injuries, but they continue to face those challenges and push through them,” said Howser. The team has been preparing for this specific competition for months. Though they used a similar routine, they have spent countless hours perfecting it. “We held a mini lock-in to practice more together for the competition. We have made our practices longer and more as a whole than individuals,” said Ashton Bowles (11). Though many of the cheerleaders compete with teams outside of the SHS team, they were excited to compete as a school team one more time this school year. “I like getting ready together with everyone. We don’t compete often, so it is always a lot of fun to spend more time together,” said Bowles.


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10 Sports Bottorff brings style Golf 3.18.16 Cinderella is more { Madeline Parker News Editor } New coaches seem to be a theme with spring sports this year, and boys’ golf is no exception. Mr. John Gullion stepped down as boys’ golf coach after several years coaching, and Mr. Ben Bottorff has taken his place. Bottorff was approached by Athletic Director Al Rabe who asked if Bottorff was interested in the position. “I love the game, so of course I had interest,” said Bottorff. Although Bottorff did not play when he was in high school, he has been making up for lost time. “I actually picked up the game late in life and fell in love with it. Really I play several times a week during the summer,” said Bottorff. Jon Copple (11) is excited to have a new coach. “I think the season is going to go great. I feel that our seniors have been working extremely hard for the last year. I think with the new coach we have the chance to learn a different style of golfing than we do now,” said Copple. Eli Hunefeld (12) is going to miss coach Gullion who has been his coach throughout high school. Practice just started earlier this week on Monday, March 14, so Bottorff is still unsure about the boys’ ability and the definite size of the team. Former coach Gullion gave Bottorff a list of players expected to return, and Bottorff expects nine returning players as well as some incoming freshmen. Although Bottorff has not coached a golf team before, he is not new to coaching. Bottorff taught at Scottsburg High School for eight years, and now he is continuing his teaching career as a teacher for a virtual school. During his time as a Scottsburg High School teacher, he was the varsity baseball coach for four years. Although golf and baseball are not similar, the basic coaching skills will be relevant in any sport. Hunefeld is optimistic about the team’s potential this year. He said, “I think that the team will have a great year this year. We may have lot multiple people but the people who remain will step up to the challenge. I think that the top 3-5 players will all play better than we used to, and really push ourselves to do better.” { than just a fairy tale Alex Combs Sports Columnist } The boys’ golf team’s first practice was cancelled on March 14, but new coach, Ben Bottorff, met with the boys to discuss plans for the season. Pictured above, Kameron Hollan (12), Isaac Everitt (11) and Jordan Shuler (12) listen while Bottorff lays out the schedule for the season. Photo by: Madeline Parker Every year millions of fans gather around the TV for days without end just to watch college basketball. What makes this time of the year so great for college basketball fans is easy to see: non stop games and good teams getting beat in exciting finishes. No matter what, one thing that never seems to be missing from the tournament, however, is the “Cinderella team.” A Cinderella team is classified as a situation in which competitors achieve far greater success than would reasonably have been expected. This term has been around since as early as 1939 but didn’t come into wide spread usage until 1950 when Disney’s movie Cinderella was made. This same year, 1950, City College of New York were the unexpected winners of the National Championship and thus were the first ever Cinderella team. “That’s the whole reason I even watch the tournament. It’s cool to see teams I’ve never even heard of beat some of the best teams in the country,” said Kevin Hardin (12). Since its usage in sports, it has also sky rocketed in the media. Famous golf movie The Caddy Shack used the term to describe once greenskeeper now Master’s champion Carl Spackler. Other things such as Miracle On Ice and The Miracle Mets are also based on the idea of the Cinderella. However, not all of these Cinderella teams make it all the way to win a championship. Most have long runs just to end up losing in later rounds. When this happens it is referred to as “turning into a pumpkin.” While this line is inaccurate according to the story, it has become the single fear of every Cinderella team to take the court. While no one truly knows who will be this year’s Cinderella team, it is almost guaranteed to happen. “I think that this year’s Cinderella team will be Florida Gulf Coast. They had a good run once already and they are in it again this year,” said Robert Brock (12). Only time will tell if this year’s team will take home the championship or end up a pumpkin. Walk the path to healthy living } { Alex Combs Sports Columnist With warm weather finally on its way, many people are taking their daily exercise routines to the outdoors. That may include a bicycle ride across the country side or even a walk down the road. One new option that many may have overlooked however, is the walking trail leading from the Scott County YMCA to Lake Iola. This walking trail starts at the YMCA and stretches a total of 3.2 miles long (or a 5k). It runs you over the interstate, by the hospital, across Highway 31 and finally ends at Lake Iola. “As a runner, it was a well paved, well designed road path. I felt extremely safe and didn’t feel like I was in any danger from the cars. I would definitely go again,” said Alex May (11). While May feels safe, others don’t feel the same way about the walking path. “I thought it was alright. A lot like running on the road honestly. You have to go over the interstate on the road and you have to cross the highway, so I felt a little sketched out by it all,” said Mason Noble (11). After running on it myself I fall in-between what both May and Noble said. The walking path was an interesting run and was well paved and maintained very nicely. It was great if you are just looking for something fun to do outside while enjoying a warm day. YMCA outdoor track Lake Iola track Create d by: Lindsey Boswel l The Scottsburg Walking Path takes its inhabitants on a 3.2 mile track that leads from Lake Iola to the YMCA track. It is completely paved, so it is a safe environment to train for a 5K or get a breath of exercise. There were safety concerns though. The interstate portion of the trail you have to walk on the road. While it is cool to look off the overpass while running, there isn’t anything to protect you from traffic, besides the small, useless speed bumps. Crossing the highway wasn’t bad as they had a sign telling you when to walk and when to stop, but I found it annoying to have to wait on a sign while I was running. All in all the walking path was a pleasurable experience anyone who truly enjoys running would probably enjoy. However there isn’t much difference between running on a road and this path.


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3.18.16 Sports 11 “I feel like it’s a good way to unite all of our athletes,” said Mullins. The camp will allow athletes to compete against others outside of their sport. This competitive format is one the football team is used to. Hunter Myers (10) said, “If the person you’re competing against is beside you, you try harder.” “You want to win,” added Kaden Sparkman (9), who played wide receiver for the football team this past season. Speed School will meet 15 times between April and May. Athletes who know they won’t be able to make it to every session are still invited to participate. Athletes can benefit from this program by improving on their sprint speed. “I think if anybody actually tried, they could do it. It just takes dedication,” said Myers. Coach unites athletes with a need for speed { Katie Hunger Staff Writer } Speed. It can be the difference between first and second, a tackle and a touchdown, a blocked shot and an easy layup, and out and safe at home plate. Being a few seconds quicker can make all the difference. Starting Friday, April 1, Mr. Kyle Mullins, SHS football coach, will be holding Speed School in McClain Hall from after school till 4:30 p.m. Mullins explained, “ We did it last year for football only, but we have quite a few spring sport athletes.” This year, any athlete in grades 6 to 11 are welcome to attend on Mondays and Fridays through May 20 free of charge. Information Where: When: McClain Hall April 1 - May 20 Time: After school - 4:30 p.m. Instructor: Mr. Kyle Mullins Tennis New coach pushes optimism { Alex Combs Sports Columnist } Photos by: Tor i Rone From left to right, Alexa Howser (11) and Haley Bryant (10) practice their backhand during their indoor practice. The Warriorette’s first match is home on April 5. With a new coach, new season and new attitude, this year’s girls tennis team is ready for its first match against preseason conference favorites North Harrison. With the girls bouncing back from a season last year where they ended with a record of 149, this year’s girls’ team features a new look across the board. One of these new changes is their head coach, Mr. Ron Slaton. Slaton is, an experienced coach, leading Brownstown to two sectional titles in his 15 years as the boys’ tennis head coach. “This is my first experience with girls, and I am very excited. They are different from boys and everything I have ever done. The turnout over the winter was great, and I have high expectations, but that doesn’t matter if I can’t get the girls to have the right expectations. Coaching is way overrat- ed,” said Slaton. Whether that is true or not, the team is entering the season very optimistic and with very high expectations. “I have told the girls I see no reason we can’t be conference and sectional champs. I always hold high personal goals,” said Slaton. Senior Jayla Helton echoed her coach’s expectations. “Since I have been in high school, we have yet to win a sectional. I want to try and accomplish that this year, if we can get past Seymour,” said Helton. Besides looking forward to sectional, the team is also highlighting some key matches along the way including matches against teams like New Albany, Providence and sectional powerhouse Seymour. “We have got some really top notch opponents but that is the only way you’ll really find out how good you are,” said Slaton. Roadhouse USA Restaurant Softball Veteran team returns with a vengeance } { Emilee Davidson Co-Sports-Editor 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. After the disappointing end to the 2014-2015 season, the Warriorette softball team is on the lookout for a better season this year. With the team conditioning and working on their game two days a week since November, they have built up the needed strength and skill to have a successful season. After last year didn’t end in a way that the players wanted it to, the team is looking to build themselves up as much as they can for the upcoming season and work hard to achieve some longtime goals. “We’re going to work really hard this year to win sectional, and also to win more conference games,” said first baseman Kacey Gambrell (11). Along with big team goals, individuals are looking to achieve things as well. Senior center fielder Laiken Smith looks to improve on her individual game to help the team as a whole for her last season as a Warriorette softball player. “Individually I am working on batting consistently and focusing on being a leader to the team. This season I hope we can finish in the top three in the MSC and get past first round of sectional. I really want us to come together and work as a team every game,” said Smith. Head Coach Carla Zellers also shared the same aspirations as her players. “We have a veteran-laden team with five seniors returning from last year so I expect us to be competitive in the conference. Hopefully that translates also into a deep sectional run,” said Zellers. Although the team and coaches both have high hopes for this season, there are some things to worry about. “Our biggest weakness for 2016 is the lack of depth in pitching. It’s a lot to ask senior Erika Tscheulin to pitch every game, so we need sophomore Allie LaMaster to step up and pitch some games for us this year so Erika’s arm isn’t completely worn out,” said Zellers. Official practice started on March 7, and the Warriorettes have their first game versus South Central on March 31 at South Central. Photo by: Em i lee Dav idson Erika Tscheulin (12) prepares to pitch the ball to her teammate at practice on March 8.


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12 Sports 3.18.16 A lex ccording to Team gains new perspective and initiative { Lindsey Boswell Co-Editor-in-Chief Baseball } March Madness and its scandals { Alex Combs Sports Columnist } When one thinks about this years college basketball tournament, talent is one thing that isn’t missing. Teams like Villanova, North Carolina, Kansas and Michigan State are all top tier teams wanting to make a mark in March. What is missing, however, is the Louisville Cardinals. With a record of 22-7, they definitely have the statistical backing and high level talent to make a deep run in the tourney. What the team lacks though, is eligibility. At this point it is old news what happened. Past players from the University of Louisville were given “escorts” to help persuade them in coming to the University. Of these players who received these “escorts”, some were from the 2013 team that won it all a couple years ago. The weird thing about these restrictions, are they are self proposed. That means the NCAA didn’t give them, the university decided to punish themselves. That may sound very noble at first glance, but when one looks deeper they find that no one that gets significant playing time on this years team received anything from the University. Is it right to suspend innocent players who haven’t done anything but work hard and play well, just to save face for the university? These players didn’t even know about the scandal until this year and couldn’t do anything about it once they found out, so it doesn’t make any sense to punish those players, keeping them from participating in an event that every kid dreams of. The Cardinal’s two leading scorers are transfer seniors Damion Lee and Trey Lewis. In a lot of the discussions about this subject these two are brought up because of their innocence. Both used their senior years to transfer to Louisville and compete for a national title. When they made the decision to transfer, they were completely unaware of the restrictions. What makes it worse, is the scoring load they have shouldered. They are both first round draft picks and it is sad to watch them waste their senior year over something as stupid as a self proposed tournament restriction. While those two seniors get a lot of pity, the same goes for all the members of the Cardinals. It is sad that they are being forced to sit and watch come March instead of playing a game that they earned the right to play in. With the official kickoff of the baseball season this past Monday, one word is on Head Coach Brandon Tormoehlen’s mind: new. With the new coach, comes new expectations, new practice schedules and a new attitude. “My first impression of Scottsburg baseball was that the players are very eager to learn and motivated to get better. It is a new season with new expectations; everything is new this year,” said Tormoehlen. With eight practices in a six-day span over spring break, the team is ready to prove their dedication and motivation toward the game. “We are doing something over break, so we’re getting better as a team. If you want to be great, you have to make sacrifices. We are getting a lot stronger and more prepared for this season,” said Jordan McCormick (10). Tormoehlen’s expectations for the season are to “play the game the right way, and play the game hard.” Isaiah Walker (11) echoed his expectations, and noted that they are long implemented. The team has held conditioning practices for most of the school year in preparation for the upcoming season. “The conditioning has made us all more physically fit, and our offense is more aggressive now. Everything is stricter and more organized this year; we are going to be more disciplined. We also expect to improve and compete during games this year,” said Walker. As the first scrimmage and game of the season nears, Coach Tormoehlen plans to push his players hard. “Having been a part of and coached at winning programs in the past, I plan to take what I’ve learned and implement a successful system that’s going to allow our players opportunities to win ball games. Our spring break is going to be Photo by: K aleb Mount full, including a scrimmage with Charlestown. I’m hoping we At practice Christian Smiley (10) pitches to his teammates. can get a lot of our systems put in so we can get ready for The first game is March 30 against Lanesville. Lanesville on March 30,” said Tormoehlen. Combined coaching leads to team unity } { Kaleb Mount Photo Editor Track Photo by: Lindsey Boswell On the track Dustin Calhoun (11) practices for the upcoming season. With new coaches the boys’ and girls’ now share practices. With their April 5 debut fast approaching, the SHS track team continues to prepare for their season. This year, a new coaching situation has created innovation. This will be Mr. Ahunuar Huerta’s first year as the head girls’ coach. Mr. Patrick Bulington serves as the head boys’ coach. Previous head coach Mr. Aaron Gutowski is an assistant. Instead of dividing the team based on gender, the coaches have decided to split practice based on roles. Bulington and Gutowski handle sprinters and hurdlers while Huerta assists with distance runners. Huerta said that he thinks this system has worked well. “Since we’ve been doing this, I think it has brought all teams together a little better. Sometimes when we do a workout, we can do it together with everyone and build team camaraderie,” said Huerta. Huerta said that the team has not encountered major obstacles in their conditioning, but they have had certain inconveniences. “There haven’t been any major injuries for any of the athletes. Now we just have to hope for good weather leading up to the first meet,” said Huerta. “Sprinters need warmer temperatures. If it is too cold, it can mess with their muscles and alter their practice. They have to come inside and modify their workouts.” Nonetheless, the team seemed to have a positive outlook on the season. Huerta said that they appeared to be solid. Preston Burns (10) said that he believes the boys’ success from last season will be carried over. “The team is better this year. We have freshmen who are going to be an advantage. Our team is mostly made up of juniors and sophomores. We haven’t lost much of last year’s talent,” said Burns. As for the girls’, Jena Livesay (10) said that this season has brought unique challenges. “Many of our team members were seniors last year, so this year our numbers are very limited. We don’t have enough people to build relays. As a result, everything is based more on the individual,” said Livesay.



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