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Booster Volume 89, Issue 8 Scottsburg High School 5.23.16 The { Lakes to enjoy over summer Mandatory drug screenings for SHS Tori Rone Co-Editor-in-Chief } Found on A&E page 8 Scott County School District 2 is in the midst of discussing mandatory drug tests, a reality that has already happened to many schools in the area. “It is something we had looked at three or four years ago. Other schools are doing it. Obviously, we have a drug problem in Scott County and it’s our job to deter the usage or get those who use into help,” said Superintendent Marc Slaton. Though it has not been officially passed by the school board, many school officials are already working on a drug test policy plan that { outlines the rules and regulations. “We’re looking at a monthly screening. At about $30-$40 per drug test, we could probably fund about 15 random screens a month,” said Dr. Slaton While the odds of drug testing is “Obviously, we have a drug problem in Scott County and it’s our job to deter the usage or get those who use into help,” - Marc Slaton, Superintendent likely, not all 800 Scottsburg High School students will be in the testing pool. According to the case of Board of Education v. Earls, school is mandatory. To test students that go to school from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. is a violation of the 4th Amendment because school is not optional. However, any student that goes to school and is involved beyond the basics is subject to search because students choose to be involved in extracurriculars. “We anticipate the pool being between 400-500 students. All students in extracurriculars, co-curriculars and students that wish to have a parking pass will be in the drawing. This means sports, choir, band and clubs are all included,” said Slaton. Specific punishments for failed drug tests are still being discussed, but after each infraction the punishment will become increasingly severe. } Continued on page 3 Prom venue review Found on A&E page 9 Warrior work ethic for the workforce { Emilee Davidson Co-Sports-Editor } Josh Mihalik signs with Wabash Found on Sports page 10 The Warrior Work Ethic Certification Program has come into play this year for seniors who signed up last year. This program embodies many standards that are needed to obtain a job in the workforce. For instance, the W.A.R.R.I.O.R acronym stands for Work Ethic, Academic Readiness, Respectfulness, Reliability, Initiative, Organization and Responsibility. This program has allowed SCSD2 to collaborate with local businesses in Scott County. When this program was being debated last year, there were hopes going around that it would bring more attention to businesses and companies in and around Scott County. The Warrior Work Ethic Program was implemented to show businesses what sort of employees the students applying would potentially be. However, students wishing to receive this certification this late in the school year will have to wait. “Students will not be able to receive the certification from this program until next year,” said New Tech Assistant Principal Jacob Johanningsmeier. “They must sign up when we meet with them.” For students going through this program, they receive crucial advancements not only in the workforce but also students heading off to college. Colleges look for many of these qualities in students wanting to attend their colleges. Businesses and companies around Scott County also look for these qualities in students applying for jobs. “This summer will tell us if any jobs have actually been obtained by our students with the certification program,” said Johanningsmeier. “We have had amazing support from businesses that have said that they want these students, however.” This year, a total of 25 students received this certification. Juniors may fill out applications for next year any time before this school year ends, but no more certifications can be given out this year. State champs return for more Back to back wins for academics { Katie Hunger Staff Writer } Three Scottsburg High School academic teams made the trip to Lafayette for the state competition on May 7. “The interdisciplinary team did very well. We got first in the state. It came down to the last question when we won on tiebreakers,” explained Isaak Mount (10). Jacob Cook (12), Evan Howser (12), Kaleb Mount (12) and Isaak had to answer five questions from each of the five subjects: math, science, English, social studies and fine arts. State was nothing new for the Social Studies Team. Howser, Kaleb, Jordan Shuler (12) and Jake Murphy (11) were hoping for a threepeat this year as state champions but fell short earning second place. “We got the highest score of any school in the state the week before, and we ended up with 18/25 at state,” said Mr. Ryan Matheis, Social Studies academic team advisor. At state, Cook, Noah Burns (11), Josiah Croasdell (11) and Isaak all competed on the Science Team. This is the school’s fourth time sending a science academic team to the state competition. The Science Team got 21 of 25 questions at state correct and finished third in their class. “We would’ve been first in any other class,” explained Croasdell. All of the teams were proud of their performance but are looking to improve next year by starting to prepare for state competition just a little earlier. Isaak Mount (10), Kaleb Mount (12) , Jacob Cook (12) and Evan Howser (12) pose after their interdisciplinary academic team won the state championship at Purdue University.


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2 News 4.23.16 Melinda Hobson grades papers at her desk. Hobson has been a teacher here for 26 years and teaches various math classes. Al Rabe sits at his desk in the athletic office. Rabe has been an AD for SHS for 4 years now and is retiring from his 30 years of coaching. Karen Bramlette is showing one of her student, Alex Amos (11), various cooking utensils. Photos by: Alex Combs Veteran teachers reminisce before their retirement } { Alex Combs Sports Columnist With the end of the year, many are thinking about summer break and all the fun things they will do with their time off. Very few are taking time to stop and consider some things that will be different about next year. Besides the new grade level, new classes, and new friends, there are going to be some teachers that aren’t returning. SHS will be losing three members of its beloved faculty after this year. Mr. Al Rabe, Mrs. Melinda Hobson, and Mrs. Karen Bramlette are all re- tiring, leaving behind over 90 years of combined teaching experience. Mrs. Bramlette has been teaching for 45 years, 40 of which were at Scottsburg High School. She teaches a lot of FACS classes such as Nutrition and Wellness and Child Development. She loves what she teaches and loves her students even more. “My favorite part about the job I think that the kids have kept me young. Keeping up with them I mean. The cell phones and the computers, they have all made me think young,” said Bramlette. Mrs. Hobson is also leaving after this year. Having taught a total of 26 years, 23 here, three at Southwestern, she is looking forward to the free time she will have after this year. She had this advice to give to any new teacher or anyone aspiring to be a teacher. “Be patient, learn who your students are, don’t be afraid to ask your colleagues for advice, and make friends with the custodians and secretaries.” Senior Jacob Cook said this of Hobson, “It was an ongoing joke that she would be graduating with us and I am glad she is keeping her end of the deal.” Athletic Directer Al Rabe has had a long career as a teacher before coming to Scottsburg as the base- ball coach five years ago. While he is no longer the coach here at SHS, he has been able to bring roughly 30 years of coaching experience to the AD job. His favorite part about his job is working with the coaches and athletes and really stresses some of the changes he’s seen since he first started into high school sports. “Things have changed a lot. Way back when I started a lot of athletes were happy just being on the team. Playing time wasn’t as important as it is now. 30 years ago there wasn’t as much going on...So being part of the team was great,” said Rabe. Take out saved files for future use { Lindsey Boswell Co-Editor-in-Chief } As Mrs. Debora Horine used to say, “Technology is a great and wonderful thing.” As the school year comes to a close, students are reminded that their computers will be wiped clean during the summer. “I save everything at the end of the year, but it is kind of annoying that it gets wiped clean. I usually save stuff on a flashdrive or on Google Drive,” said Kristin Hahn (12). While underclassmen have been encouraged to save files on their Google Drive accounts in previous years, seniors are faced with a dilemma. Soon, they will no longer have their SCSD2 account. “We won’t deactivate the seniors’ accounts right away. They will be available until about the week before school starts in the fall,” said Mr. Eric Copple, IT Specialist. In order to save files already uploaded to Google Drive, the IT Department suggests using Google Takeout. This app allows students to easily download anything from the Google Suite in one shot. This includes Google Drive, Gmail, Blogger, etc. The files can be saved in multiple formats, and the file can then be then saved on a flashdrive or other Google Drive account for future use. Anniversary of statehood sparks relay { Levi Elliott Business Manager } “This is a once in a lifetime thing to see, literally. It really is a historic moment,” said Brandon Polley, the Marketing Director of the Scott County Visitors Commissions. He has been heavily involved in planning for the Bicentennial celebration. The Bicentennial itself is a yearlong celebration of the State of Indiana. There are a few events the state is hosting, but almost all the events are up the individual counties to plan. The celebrations include a slight change in festivals like Materfest to better include a recognition of the state as a whole. The museum will also be hosting dinner parties with important historical speakers, who will re-enact famous characters from Indiana’s history (like Abraham Lincoln). One of the biggest statewide functions for the Bicentennial is the Torch Relay. The state has put money into creating a torch that will travel from county to county and eventually through the entire state in celebration of the event. The torch will come through Scottsburg on Sept. 16, 2016. There have been many nominees for the honor of carrying the torch, but very few were selected. “We had about 68 Nominations and we chose about 20, that’s what the state recommended,” said Polley. These selected people still have to be approved, at the state-level though, and the results should be out sometime in May. However, the county is still looking for involvement or ideas about what to do in celebration. “If anybody wants to be involved — at any level — they can be involved. If they want to attend committees, make their own committees, or plan events, they can just contact me and get started,” said Polley. Brandon said he is available for contact at 812-595-3815. Design by: Brittney Stidham Above is a possible T-shirt design to commemorate the bicentennial celebration.


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4.23.16 primary election results Indiana { News 3 Convention rules for dummies Kaleb Mount Photo Editor } Republican primary President: Donald Trump (53.3%) Governor: Mike Pence (uncontested) US Senate: Todd Young (67.1%) US House (District 9): Trey Hollingsworth (33.5%) Scott County Treasurer no candidate Scott County Council At-Large no candidate Scott County Commissioner Mike Jones (54%) Scott County Circuit Court Judge no candidate Democratic primary President: Bernie Sanders (52.5%) Governor: John Gregg (uncontested) US Senate: Baron Hill (uncontested) US House (District 9): Shelli Yoder (70.1%) Scott County Treasurer Sheryl Jent (54%) Scott County Council At-Large Iva Gasaway (20%) Mike Zollman (18%) Robert Peacock (16%) Scott County Commissioner Larry Blevins (55%) Scott County Circuit Court Judge Jason Mount (59%) On May 3, voters across Indiana participated in the 2016 primary elections. Several students likely helped set the ticket for the November General Election by voting in these preliminary contests. However, according to Political Science teacher Chris Routt, the system is more complicated than most students realize. The rules for the separate parties are different, and can differ by state. First, it is important to realize that delegates - not voters - ultimately make party nominations. According to The Washington Post, Democratic delegates are distributed proportionally in every state. The percentage of delegates a candidate receives within a state or congressional district is directly related to their percentage of the popular vote. However, according to NBC News, 15 percent of Democratic delegates are “super delegates” who go into the convention unpledged. They are not beholden to the popular vote results in their state. The Republican system differs by state. In some states, delegates are distributed proportionally while others are winner-take-all. According to the Indy Star, 30 of Indiana’s delegates are awarded to the candidate who gets the majority vote statewide. In addition, three delegates are awarded to the winner of all nine congressional districts. Routt said that confusion with the process, in addition to other major problems, can lead to disenfranchisement. “Some people must question why they even participate. The simplest solution would just be to base everything completely off of the popular vote,” said Routt. Jordan Shuler (12) agreed. He saw problems on both sides of the aisle. “Except for the presence of super delegates, the Democratic primary system is much more fair. Everything is proportional, which is how it should be. The Republican side is really messed up,” said Shuler. Shuler said he believes in the power of the popular vote, in both primary and general elections. “Decisions should be based completely on the popular vote. That may not always be the best thing for the country, but that’s what the people want and therefore that is what they deserve,” said Shuler. Lexie Amrhein (12) said the confusing rules do not discourage her from voting. “If the people speak loud enough, we are heard. If our leaders went against that, it would not end well,” said Amrhein. Graduation Information Graduation Practice: May 26; rehearsal will be during school hours. If students are not there, then they will not be allowed to walk at graduation. Graduation: May 28 at 2 P.M in McClain Hall. Speakers: Evan Howser, Victoria Rone, Lindsey Boswell, Levi Elliott Music: Doc McDonald 2016-2017 New officers for clubs Student Council President: Isaak Mount Vice President: Emma Waskom Secretary: Grace Hicks Treasurer: Mara Colson Parliamentarian: Eliza Mount Random drug testing continued Continued from page 1 “Right now, we’re kind of debating a 50 percent suspension for the maximum number of activities. A second infraction would be suspension for a calendar year, and after that the offender would no longer be allowed to partake in their activity,” said Dr. Slaton. “Our incentive is to get our students the help they need, not turn them over to the police.” One option that students have to reduce their penalty is the self-reporting clause. Students are able to join their respective activity after they pass their next drug screen- ing. Principal Ric Manns is excited to finally begin this practice. “It [drug testing] has been a serious discussion on and off. It’s definitely appropriate. You have to do it in your work place, so it’s a good practice to begin here. The leadership has finally come to the point where we want to pursue it,” said Mr. Manns. The prospect of drug testing has been met with approval from both school board and students alike. “The drug testing wouldn’t affect me, but I think it’s a good idea. Both illegal drugs and performance enhancing drugs definitely shouldn’t Key Club President: Rachel Pelfrey Vice President: Izzy Staser Secretary: Justic Gabbard Treasurer: Haley Bryant Bulletin Editor: Sarah Thomas FFA Coffees Cappucinos Slushies More . . . President: Sara Edwards Vice President: Travis Sparkman Secretary: Emma Hall Treasurer: Kaitlyn Borden Reporter-: Asya Nation Sentinel: Tessa Richey Historian: Brittany Masterson Parliamentarian: Corey Lagle Chaplin: Sydney Garriott Community Service and Public Relations Chair: Christina Dunn Leadership and Cooperation Chair: Lindsey Pfaffenbach


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4 Opinion The journey to becoming myself { Levi Elliott Website Editor } Looking back on my years in high school, I guess there are several things I could choose as a talking point. I could easily explain how bad procrastination is (I’m currently writing this during the same hour as it is due), or I could advise my younger peers to participate in clubs... but I don’t want to do that. Mostly because the few of you who read this won’t actually heed that advice about procrastination and are already involved in things, and partially because it’s overdone. Instead, I want to give everyone a piece of advice I don’t believe I truly learned until my senior year: life is best when lived unapologetically. Through- out a majority of high school, I was very concerned about what people thought about me. I often let this dictate my actions a n d decide what I did with my life a n d f r e e time; t h i s was a m i s take. M y senior year, I have tried to make a transition to being “unapologetically myself.” I don’t worry as much about what people have to say about my actions — as long as I am enjoying what I do and how I am living, everything is okay. I don’t feel bad about liking weird songs other people don’t listen to, I don’t hide the fact that I’m lowkey obsessed with social media. I’m not insecure because I like dressing up, I’m just unapologetic about aspects of who I am. I wish this was a lesson I would have learned earlier, so I’m trying to tell all of you now. Deciding to live life in a way where being happy with myself is the top priority has honestly changed me for the better, and it’s helped me go from dreading the future to being excited about all the possibilities that lie ahead. M { 5.23.16 indful adeline } Live your life Madeline Parker News Editor The best is still yet to come { Tori Rone Co-Editor-in-Chief } B y the time May 28 r o l l s around, I will h a v e spent a little o v e r 15,000 hours in the care of Scott County School District 2. The thought of graduation day has been met with both dread and longing, fear and excitement. The prospect of leaving everything I know to enter a new place in which I have never been has left me reminiscing on my last four years at Scottsburg High. I have the pleasure of leaving this school with almost “no ragrets.” My freshman through senior year have been met with equally fun and challenging moments that have made me grow as a person. If I could change anything, I would have played soccer my freshman year and spent less of my time worrying about what other people think. In light of all the great times, the most memorable were also the scariest… like standing in front of a raging Mr. Manns as a timid freshman…. or getting screamed at by an angry Mr. Deirth and later breaking his beaker. I’ve made friends that will (hopefully) last a life time and met teachers that will forever have an impact on my education. It seems that the best times I’ve had occurred with only six months left, making my time in high school that much sweeter. I can’t say I have any “advice” for underclassman because every high school experience is different. Also, I can’t say I have any room to give advice. What I can say is that while the tests and homework aren’t what make high school memorable, staying on top of my grades was definitely worth it all. In an effort to avoid making this too cliché, I’m going to go ahead and say that time both flies and stands still. It’s always been said that “these are the best times of your life,” but I believe that the words “thus far” should be added onto the end. The thought of high school being the peak of anyone’s life is far too bleak and depressing to imagine. The rest of my adult life is ahead of me, and I’m very excited to begin this aspect of life. However, my high school experience has been an important building block of my existence that I will never forget. Also, please, for the love of God, do not hang out at Taco Bell just for the fun of it once you graduate. It’s weird. That is all. The key to navigating high school { Emily Howser Sports Editor } High school is basically a contradiction. You are being told to pick a career now because you are running out of time, yet it is ok to not know because you can change your mind. You need to get a high GPA, yet nobody asks for your high school GPA in “the real world”. You need to be a mature individual, yet you need to take advantage of your last chance to be a kid. High school is a contradiction and you need to know how to navigate it. I can not express enough how much you will regret not being informed on the deci- sions you are subconsciously making. My first piece of advice is to look at all of your options. College is just one route you can take. Make sure to look into trade schools and other paths that can lead you to a great career. I know its cliché but you need to be happy with your chosen career Secondly, do not stress over the little things. Now, don’t take that to the extreme and be lazy, I’m just saying you need to look at the “big picture”. Getting a B or even a C will not end your academic success so take your grades in stride and work harder next time. Lastly, you are in high school so be responsible for your actions. However, you also need to make time for friends and fun. High school is a contradiction and even if you don’t realize it the decisions you are making now are setting up your adult life. Be smart and work hard for everything. Staff Writers -Kacie Calhoun -Kaitlyn Freeman -Nicaila Mata -Nicholas Hall Sports Columnist -Alex Combs Cartoonist -Madeline Parker Adviser -Susan Jerrell M y brother is 14 years older, and m u c h wilder than I am. For years I have b e e n hearing stories a b o u t his high school adventures. He was never a bad kid, but he did get out a lot more than I do. Every time I hear one of his stories I realize I’ve never done anything nearly as crazy or exciting as he has, and it leaves me wondering, “What am I going to tell people in 10 years?” Well, I could tell people about the awesome Spring Break trip I took with my two best friends. I could explain my impulsive purchases, when I bought a wakeboard and an inflatable turtle (neither of which I regret). Being the analytical perfectionist I am, I took the wakeboard back to our hotel room, looked up step by step tutorials on how to wakeboard, and practiced. After sliding across the carpet a few times and studying skimboard techniques online, I was a little overly confident when we headed to the beach. Unfortunately carpet and shallow ocean water are very different. Luckily my friends caught my most dramatic fall on video. I could also tell stories about the Bernie Sanders rallies I’ve been to. The hours we spent waiting in line were all worth it when we got inside and got to cheer with massive crowds. And hours of what could be boring, monotonous waiting were actually pretty enjoyable thanks to my company. I could also tell stories about the golf team, my dance class, or Model UN (the club I wish I had joined sooner). Even though I don’t have wild or exciting stories like my brother, I have made my own kind of memories. I have had great days and terrible days, but I will always cherish every memory because even the bad days have made me so thankful for the good ones. It’s not about what I have done; it’s about the enjoyment I’ve felt, the people I’ve known, and the way each memory has shaped me. I am excited for the next stage in my life, but I refuse to wish my life away. Because, as stated in our class motto, “Cherish each moment, before it fades into a memory.” Co-Editors-In-Chief -Lindsey Boswell May 23, 2016 -Tori Rone Volume 89, Issue 8 News Editor Scottsburg High School 500 S. Gardner, -Madeline Parker Scottsburg, IN 47170 Opinion Editors (812)-752-8927 - Lindsey Boswell -Tori Rone Our Credentials & Awards SISPA Newspaper of the Year Opinion Columnist -Madeline Parker 1998-2011, 2013 Hoosier Star Features Editor 2002, 2003, 2008, 2009, -Haley Mullins 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015 Booster The 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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5.23.16 Opinion 5 kind. Regardless of how dumb your decisions can be, these two entities will continue to love you unconditionally. Your family will support you in all that you do, give you good advice, help you out of sketchy situations and cheer you up when you’re feeling down. Your faith will save you when everything else is falling apart. Being loved unconditionally is not an option, but a given. Even if your family or friends are mad at you, God will always be the anchor that keeps you steady and gives you hope. High school has been a learning experience for everyone, but knowing that you have your family and faith behind you is a blessing. Unfortunately, it took four years to reach that realization and understand it. The relationships between you and your family and you and God can be strained sometimes, but they can never be severed. This is one of the most beneficial learning experiences I’ve had this year, but I wish I’d had this epiphany before now. Learn to fall back on family and faith } { Lindsey Boswell Co-Editor-in-Chief Thirteen years in public education is nothing less than a learning experience. We have learned things from multiplication tables and long division, to aggregate supply and demand and the five uses of a noun. However, these learning experiences are not confined to our educations. In elementary school, we learned how to make friends, even if it was because they had a cool lunchbox. In middle school, we learned how to deal with braces and what to do at awkward school dances. In high school, we have attempted to learn how to be adults and make our own decisions. Throughout the ups and downs of high school, we have been faced with a plethora of learning experiences that made us who we are. Unfortunately, we usually learn what we need to know after it was needed. As senior year wraps up, there is something I wish I could have learned just a little bit sooner. High school is complicated; friend groups change, hearts get broken and life gets stressful. Through it all, two things are constants: your family and your faith. Disclaimer: when I say family, I don’t necessarily mean blood relatives; sometimes your best friends become family, and those are the best { Just do it Haley Mullins Features Editor } Take pride in your wants and dreams } { Kacie Calhoun Staff Writer High school is a path that all of you must travel at some point in your educational career. The experiences that will be etched into your memory will forever live on. The memories of your first day of high school, confusion over your first breakup and even fights with your best friend are the things made you who you are today, as well as memories of laughter, girls nights, group dates and the excitement of prom day. However, all of these things must fade into the past and forward you must march. Before you move forward, my advice may help you through the rugged journey that will soon be your life. You should know that whoever you’re dating or who you’re in love with, all they will do is make you lose focus on what you want your life to be. Your concentration will become skewed. By the time the two of you are seniors, you will undoubtedly be planning to go to different colleges. Some of you may even choose not to attend college, which brings me to my next point. College is not for everyone. No mat- ter what teachers or counselors say, not going to college is okay. Jimmy Hendrix was never educated on music and he was just as successful if not more so than those who did attend a secondary education. Just be yourself and fight for what you believe in. During your life, you will meet people that you do not like. You may get bullied and harassed, but do not ever let them walk all over you. Stand up for yourself and prove to them that the person you are is stronger than they could ever hope to be. The “you” that you’re meant to be is a lot more beau- tiful than the “you” they want you to be. Keep that in mind throughout your life. Don’t let anyone make decisions for you. I would like to thank my family for never giving up on me and for supporting me throughout my own four year journey. I would like to thank the teachers and the faculty who have helped me with any questions I had. A huge shout out to Mrs. Hobbs for being my college guide. You were a great help to me this past year. I wish the rest of you a wonderful high school experience. Growing up for most people can be a very trying experience. Life throws all kinds of obstacles that have to be achieved to move onto the next phase of life. My current obstacle has been senior year. I haven’t been this stressed out….ever. Dealing with applications, scholarships and hard classes made my head spin. With that being said, it has also been one of the best experiences I have ever had in school. I’ve grown closer to my friends, and I had the best year playing volleyball and softball. In volleyball, we got a new coach who showed me that no matter how much I struggle at something, I can always keep trying. Writing this editorial has been one of the many senior “perks” that I get to do. I remember sophomore year when I read all of that year’s senior editorials and I was so excited to know that one day, that would be me. Now that I am writing this, I have some advice for the underclassmen. Don’t procrastinate. Seriously, it will make your life so much harder than it needs to be. Sure everyone will have the occasional all-nighter, but that’s to be expected in high school. Up until junior year, I didn’t know that you might have to stay up until three in the morning to write a paper. In all sincerity, everything that I have gone through with high school has prepared me for my next chapter of my life. I want everyone going through their final years at SHS to keep in mind that you can do anything and be anything that you want. Build friendships, play sports and have fun. High school will be over before you know it. Nothing is ideal; heroes are humans too } { Kaleb Mount Photo Editor What is a hero? It could be someone who affects you in a positive way. But then why would so many people name famous people? Maybe then, a better definition of a hero is a person whose personal characteristics you aspire to have. However, there’s a problem with this definition as well. Under this logic, the best hero would have to be perfect. I’m just not sure that hero exists. George Washington is eulogized as an American hero. He not only led our country to victory during the Revolution, he also put his personal ambition aside and established a two-term precedent. But it’s no secret that Washington owned slaves. He viewed other human beings as property. He helped establish a country in which liberty would only be granted to the few. Martin Luther King Jr. did wonderful things to reverse the injustice Washington helped ensure. He has been praised as a more modern American hero. However, it is alleged that King cheated on his wife. In this, he must have humiliated and damaged the woman who was supposed to mean everything to him. Are these “heroes” still worthy of admiration? I would say yes. But in order for me to say this, I have to assign some kind of point value to good and bad actions. To me, the good perpetrated by Washington and King strongly out- weighs the bad. This decision is deeply personal though, and should be different for every person. Another problem is that by the aforementioned definition, a hero is someone one aspires to be. Should I ever aspire to own slaves, or cheat on my wife? I am forced to pick and choose desirable and undesirable traits. However, in that light, heroism is less holistic and more dependent on heroic components. Ultimately, the problem lies in the definition. By trying to label someone as a “hero,” we undermine their status as a human. We wrap those who do good in impenetrable cloaks of nostalgia, smothering reality in the process. Ultimately, there are no heroes. Only people.


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6 Features 5.23.16 Are you going to miss the senior class? Students engage in controversial talks Teachers Students { Kacie Calhoun & Staff Writer Nicaila Mata Staff Writer } 14% No 53% No 86% Yes 47% Yes { Nicholas Hall Staff Writer Lunch leaps to new heights { Kacie Calhoun Staff Writer } Lunch at Scottsburg High School has experienced a drastic change in the past two years. SHS underwent a change so students could have healthier, nutritional substanance. It is estimated by Cynthia Waters, manager of the kitchen, that 450 students eat the lunch. There will be no new changes to Scottsburg High School’s lunch next year. There are two menus, one for the beginning of the year and one for the end of the year. The menus are made by a collaboration between the cooks and the food service director. LeighAnne Peterson, the previous nutritionist at SHS is no longer employed by SCSD2. Her contract was never renewed, so she instead found a new job at the Kentucky Department of Education. Her first day was May 2. The food cost for Scott County School District 2 is down $1500, compared to April 2015 and April 2016. This cost is saving much the same as last year. “Even though Scott Co. School District 2 is down $1500, there also needs to be a consideration of a higher participation in lunch programs,” according to SCSD2 Treasurer Melinda Sparkman. In April 2016, the district revenue for lunches was up $170,000 compared to April 2015. According to Cynthia Waters compared to other school lunches, SHS seems like the best. “I haven’t heard good things about Austin. They have pre-packaged stuff. We try to cook fresh things as much as possible here,” said Waters. “Ours is actually decent compared to others,” said CHS student, Madison Isenhower (12). Usually pasta and veggies are a typical lunch at CHS. She still rates Crothersville High School’s lunch a four out of 10. “It always looks old or it’s cooked at the last minute,” said SHS student Daron Buie (12) Controversial topics in the classroom can be both entertaining and disastrous all at the same time. Whether it be on the topic of religion, politics, or civil rights, everyone has an opinion and this can lead to conflict amongst one another. The question at hand, is should controversial topics be allowed in the classroom? Mr. Jason Bagwell, Social Studies teacher, said that he likes to play Devil’s Adovcate when it comes to controversial topics. Bagwell feels positive if the topics are handled well. “It gets kids interested, “ he said. “If you can handle it [both the teacher and the students] in the right way, it can be effective in getting kids to think critically.” The teacher handbook states that “the faculty’s responsibility to the student is for each member to be prepared to teach a good class every day. Class time is not to be used for extraneous discussion.” Overall, the statement is broad but does not say anything on specific topics. Michelle Mihalik, English teacher, shares a similar view with Bagwell. “Anything that causes a student to think critically is a benefit,” Mihalik said. Mihalik acts as a mediator to students in the event of a heated argument. She feels that if a discussion becomes too emotional it can be filled with hatred and the lack of will to listen. Since nothing is set in stone to say if specific topics are forbidden from classroom discussion, both Bagwell and Mihalik agreed that there is a mutual, ethical understanding among teachers on what can be said and still be appropriate. Mr. Ric Manns, SHS Principal, has the same opinion as Bagwell and Mihalik in the sense that if it invokes intelligent conversation. Manns said that their [the teachers and faculty] goal is to not influence students’ opinions, but let them make their own decisions based upon facts and philosophical views that they possess. “That’s what it’s all about.” Manns said. “To grow up, be an adult, a citizen, and to make our own decisions.” } Slow start to renovations } { Nicholas Hall Staff Writer In the spring of 2015, the school district decided to begin remodeling the bathrooms campus wide before school started in the fall. To many of the students and staff, this would be something to look forward to. However, it hasn’t quite lived up to its hype. “I think they’re just dirty looking,” Shaylla Jones, 12, said. She went on to express her thoughts on that she sees all of these changes and improvements taking place in Scottsburg and the rest of the county, but when you walk into { with his plan and has begun work on the girl’s bathroom in the junior hallway, which will be closed for the rest of this school year. Riley also elaborated that their next plan of action is to begin replacing all of the bathroom fixtures across campus. Once the important features are replaced, he also wishes to place new ceiling tiles, mirrors and other cosmetic changes. “... We are hoping to replace the heating and air system as it is way past its life expectancy.” Riley commented. With this, Riley is also in the works of securing a $2 million bond that will be { That time I... Alex Combs Sports Columnist } “I taped my phone to my forehead.” - Shae Henson (12) “I burned a book.” - Alex May (11) “We are hoping to replace the heating and air system as it is way past its life expectancy.” - Bob Riley, head of maintenance } “I dissected a pig.” Allyssa Hall (10) “When I bribed my teacher with food.” Destany Self (9) the school you see how dirty the restrooms are. Mr. Ric Manns, principal at SHS, who approved the plan, explained that the bathroom renovations are definitely on track and on his agenda. He also explained that in part, it all comes down to the maintenance staff who are currently doing the renovations and their willingness to work overtime. Bob Riley, the head of Maintenance and Transportation has went ahead used to fix the HVAC systems, and another $4 million in renovations throughout the next 5 years. At the New Tech building, the bathrooms are up to date and entirely functional. The only downfall is that since all of the water lines are connected, the more people using faucets, the lower the water pressure will be. However, at High School That Works (HSTW) many of the faucets in both mens’ and womens’ room either don’t work, or only one Drug Store and Soda Fountain 120 W. McClain Ave. Scottsburg, IN 47170 (812) 752-2021


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5.23.16 Features 7 Bellarmine Saunders, Miranda - Psychology Baylor Amrhein, Alexsis - Undecided Butler Elliott, Levi - Critical Comm. Manchester Gourley, Allison - Pharmacy IU Kokomo Means, Taylor - Physical Therapy Franklin Higginbotham, Sydney - Undecided Waymire, Samantha - Undecided Connor State NW Linemans U of L Grace College Bromm, Isaiah - Wildlife/Ecology Binkley, Dakota - Line Work Sebastian, Sarah - Exer Sci/Fitness Shuler, Jordan - ACCTG/Sports MGMT Wabash Mihalik, Josh - Business Murray State Saunders, Sara - Pre-Med/Biology Marian Crawford, Jonie - Music Education INTL Business Buie, Daron - Veterinarian Robinson, Charlie - Accounting Sullivan Bacon, Ashley - Baking & Pastry Art Stout, Kaitlin - Bus. MGMT./Admin Indianapolis U of WKU Ball State Mann, Madelaine - MGMT/Fashion Peak, Isabella - English Lincoln Tech Hanover Barger, Anna - Music Education Bowling, Kurtis - Exercise Science Sweetland, Amber - Veterinary Science Miller, Vince - Astronomy/Physics Coomer, Dylan J - Auto Collision Parker, Madeline - Psychology Prather, Dillon - Auto Collision/Tech Watson, Taylor - Env. Science Vincennes IUPUI Cosmetology Campbell, Shannon Hattabaugh, Caitlynn Howser, Emily - Paul Mitchell Mason, Jasmine - Barber Shop Stacy, Ashley Stidham, Brittany - Empire Bloomington IU Indiana State Abbott, Baylee - Animal Nutrition Barrett, Kailey - Psychology Calhoun, Kacie - English Callahan, Suzanne - Speech Pathology Hunefeld, Eli - Aviation/Flight Riley, Jessica - Pre Law Treadway, Jon - Piano Performance Bush, Kylie - Chemistry Coomer, Dylan R - Auto Collision McDonald, Sidney - Chemistry Newton, Kyle - Conservation Officer Mongomery, Skyla - Chemistry Newton, Ryan - Automotive Rone, Victoria - Neuroscience Underwood, Casey - Anthropology Ivy Tech Blythe, Catherine - Undecided Coleman, Megan - Nursing Combs, Devin - IT Denison, Leatha - Nursing Doane, Steven - Welding Dowd, Ashley - Nursing Evans, Makalla - Undecided Gay, Trevor - Adv. Manufacturing Goble, Billie - Vet Tech Goble, Kayla - Nursing Heacock, Dedra - Nursing Justice, Stormey - Undecided Lakins, Abigail - Business Admin McDonald, Doc - Welding Miskell, Daniel - Welding Mitts, Chance - Undecided Moerer, Mia - Physical Therapy Asst. Pace, Brooklyn - Nursing Rangel, Breanna - Nursing Tharp, Kailey - Radiation Therapy Boswell, Lindsey - Nonprofit MGMT Combs, Alex - Criminal Justice Hargrove, Chloe - Math Mount, Kaleb - Law/Public Policy/ Physics Richey, Jessica - Human Biology Valencia, Jacqueline - Neuroscience IUS Purdue Carey, Caitlyn - Elem. Education Caudill, Adrianna - Nursing Coomer, Elizabeth - Undecided Davis, Courtney - Dental Hygiene Hayes, Thomasina - Nursing Helton, Jayla - Business (HR MGMT) Howard, Caroline - Business Kendall, Kailen - Undecided Lakins, Macy - Nursing Nasby, Autumn - Human Resources Pearson, Hannah - Nursing Sloan, Mikayla - Psychology Stepp, Jennifer - Undecided Stewart, Taylor - Criminal Justice Strobl, Kaitlyn - Elem. Ed Strobl, Karri - Business/Accounting Thompson, Olivia - Nursing Vires, Nick - Nursing Whitler, Aaron - Nursing Zollman, Collin - Computer Science Backus, Jessica - Computer Science Campbell, Logan - Elec. Engineering Cook, Jacob - Engineering Crawford, Josie - Film Production Fettig, Moriah - Engineering Glass, Levi - Engineering Hardin, Kevin - AG Business Howser, Evan - Mat. Sci. Engineering Pfaffenbach, Emily - Agribusiness/ECON USI Chapman, Derrek - Education Ellinger, Ethan - Bus. Admin Hahn, Kristen - Chemistry Hardin, Shelby - Education Mullins, Haley - Exercise Science Napier, Allyssa - Undecided Smith, Laikin - Nursing Tscheulin, Erika - Nursing Employment Abbott, Collin Abernathy, Hunter Albertson, Kurtlin Applegate, Harley Barger, Logan Blevins, Nick Bowling, Trenton Brown, Kevin L. Browning, Justin Collins, Tristan Eldridge, Kelsie Hargrave, Tyler Henson, Shae Hutchison, Helen Kallembach, Jesse McIntosh, Savannah Mills, Tyler Mullins, James Newsome, Cody Richey, Kyle Shelton, Nick Sipe, Derek Trabue, Stephanie Vernon, Nicole Waters, Chris Whobrey, Drake Williams, Josh Yates, Amy Undecided Abplanalp, Caitlyn Booth, Tyler Brown, Wandella Bryson, Ryan - Pharmacy Carver, Ieshia Cox, Patrick Deshong, Shelby Dilger, Brittany Eskew, Eric Everitt, Alexis - Veterinarian Fairbrother, Caleb Gray, Logan Hunley, Jacob Kiefer, Destiny Leach, Justice Meeks, Derek Mohamed, Matthew Mount, Kasen - Nursing Paul, Ariel Robbins, Ariel - Fine Arts Smith, Brittany - College 2017 Snider, Thomas Vest, Ashton Watts, Sierra Anderson, Jordan - US Army Burr, Brandon -- US Army Couch, Tiffany - Nursing/Army NG Hill, Tyler - US Marines Hollan, Kameron - US Army Kendall-Patton, Spencer - US Navy Mata, Anthony - US Air Force Myers, Justin - US Marines Robbins, Nicholas - US Marines Military


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8 Arts & Entertainment Tori Rone Co-Editor-in-Chief 5.23.16 (11). Located in Bloomington, Ind. is Lake Monroe. While it is an hour and 20 minute drive, the scenery and size of the lake makes up for the distance. Lake Monroe is the largest lake in Indiana and is home to a very popular fishing spot. It is also conveniently located near Brown County State Park. Lake Monroe offers hiking trails, horseback riding, camping, boat rentals, biking and more. Each of these activities and rentals vary. For more information, visit lakemonroe. com. The farthest of the three lakes, Patoka is an hour and a half away, located in Crawford County, Ind. Patoka Lake offers cabins, campgrounds, resorts and even houseboats. This lake offers ski, tube, kayak, boat and pontoon rentals. On land, there are a variety of activities like tennis and volleyball courts, hiking and golf courses. “I go to Patoka Lake all the time, and I love it. It is a bit of a drive, but I think it’s so worth it. The rentals are fairly cheap as well,” said Sydney Higginbotham (12). Each lake has an easily navigable website for any further questions concerning rentals, availability, hours and much more. Lakes offer fun for landlocked kids } { With summer rapidly approaching, many students are beginning to plan their break to have the most fun possible before returning to school. While visiting the beach is at the top of the list for most people, it may be hard for high school age kids to have the resources to take a trip to the ocean. After all, Indiana is landlocked. Luckily for us, Scott County is conveniently located near three main lakes that are sure to give an entertaining stay. The closest body of water is Hardy Lake. Located on East Harrod Road in Scottsburg, Hardy is only an 18 minute drive from SHS. To get past the main gate it is $7 for a daily pass. Hardy offers campsites and boat rentals. Campsite rentals vary depending on the desired set up, but a weekend full hookup plot is $30 a day. Boat rentals vary as well. It is also possible to rent a kayak, paddleboat, rowboat or canoe, each for $20 a day. Hardy Lake is known for its family friendly atmosphere. “My family goes boating a lot at Hardy during the summer. I’ve always enjoyed going out there, especially since it’s so close to home,” said Paige Barrett Photo prov ide d by: Macy Lakins Macy Lakins (12) wakeboards on Lake Morris in Tennessee. Even though there are several lakes closer to home, her family enjoys spending time at their houseboat during the summer. Lake Monroe Patoka Lake years old How-to Rent A Boat { Katie Hunger A&E Editor years old 18 8 person pontoon 21 8 person pontoon per day on weekends per day on weekdays } { $150 $225 Kaitlyn Freeman Staff Writer for four hours for eight hours $150 $109 Roadhouse USA Restaurant Opportunities offered for summer reading } 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. Summer vacation is full of fun, swimming and friends. Well, maybe you want to spend your time outdoors with a good book in your hands, or you want to lounge in the pool and escape to another world for awhile. Here are some of the ways you can get your hands on a good book this summer. Your very own Scottsburg High School has many ways to provide you with your reading fix over the summer. One includes the SCSD2 Overdrive eBrary collection, which has over 4,200 popular titles to choose from. There will be more titles added before the school year ends. You can have a total of two books checked out at one time, and after two weeks you have to turn them in, or renew them. More Audiobooks are also going to be added to the drive to encourage over-the-summer reading. The Overdrive collection also never closes. It is available throughout the year. There is a handout in the Media Center that explains how to download the app on a mobile device, that includes Apple and Android devices. Flipster, the SCSD2 collection of 20 Do you prefer digital or hard copy books? { Nicholas Hall Web Director } Poll based on 75 SHS Students popular magazines titles that include People, Seventeen and Sports Illustrated. There is no limit to how many magazines you can have checked out at one time. The time of having them checked out varies from two days to “never expires”. There is also a handout in the Media Center that explains how to download and access the magazines for free. All SCSD2 students are also eligible for an access code and PIN number for Open eBooks. Open eBooks is a partnership between Digital Public Library of America, The New York Public Library and First Book, with content support from digital books distributor Baker & Taylor. You can have a total of 10 books downloaded at one time for an indefinite period of time. The Media Center will give you a handout and access code.


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5.23.16 Arts & Entertainment 9 Uncharted 4 sees its end } { Kaleb Mount Photo Editor Review Photos prov ide d by: Totem St aff (Left) Taking a break from dancing, Nick Robbins (12) and Jessica Richey (12) sit at one of several tables surrounding both sides of the dance floor. (Right) Janea White (10) samples some of the food provided at prom. Hubers hosts “A Night at the Races” { Lindsey Boswell Co-Editor-in-Chief Review } Found is Starlight, Ind., Huber’s Orchard and Winery was a picture-perfect prom venue. Surrounded by lakes, fountains and greenery, the surrounding area was a beautiful sight upon parking. Luckily, the rain held off until most people were inside, because there was little coverage available. Preceding entry at 8 p.m., most prom goers congregated on nearby docks for scenic pictures. Once inside, the venue proved extremely classy for “A Night At The Races.” While the lights were bright at the beginning, they quickly dimmed for a more personal experience. With what seemed like an unlimited supply of drinks and appetizers, prom attendees stayed comfortable. As the dancing swelled, the room remained cool with a good source of air. Compared to last year’s venue, The Grand, Huber’s Plantation Hall was similar in size. The Grand had a larger dance floor, located at the front of a large area of round tables. At Huber’s, the dance floor was centered between two sides of large, round tables. With a smaller dance floor, the dancers this year were forced into one thriving group, rather than multiple cliques. The Grand had the upstairs and lobby areas to take a rest from the dancing, but Hubers’ tables were located far enough to serve the same purpose. A common complaint among dancers was the abundance of “throwback” music from the earlier 2000s era. The ratio of slow songs to fast-beat music was very off. Of the three hour dance, only three slow songs played back-toback around 9:45 p.m. For those that missed the songs or hoped to grab a dance with someone else, your chances of recovery was slim to none. Though the route to Huber’s was more cumbersome than the simple interstate drive to The Grand, it was worth the drive. For those that took Interstate 65 or Highway 31 and the “new road,” the drive was much easier than the “old” route near Salem, Ind. With the help of directions and a GPS, it was no problem to reach the venue. Prom is supposed to be a magical night, and Huber’s Plantation Hall attempted to make that a reality for Scottsburg’s Prom. With a photo booth, Alex Grace’s photography and multiple picturesque locations, this year’s prom venue will be reminisced for years to come. It would be challenging to spend the length of this review pointing out the faults in Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. In this possibly final installment in the series, Nathan Drake sees himself embark on an even greater adventure. As in previous installments, the game represents a successful blend between cinema and gaming. Cutscenes are interspersed with sequences of action. Drake traverses cliffs, dispatches baddies and solves puzzles. In terms of combat, A Thief’s End promises not to try and fix a system that is not broken. Minor tweaks improve upon previous installments, but the mechanics are largely the same. Stealth gameplay has been streamlined, and is now a viable option. This new opportunity makes the game less linear. The game makes it easier to be stealthy, but that does not mean players have to be. Some will inevitably choose to disregard these opportunities in favor of a bulletstorm. It was thrilling to find that flight is another viable option. At some points, areas can be carefully traversed without shooting or subduing a single enemy. The beauty of the game further elevates its quality. On top of this is compelling voice acting mixed with realistic facial animation. This presents the greatest question players will take away from this game. Is this even a video game, or is it some new brand of interactive movie? Ultimately, the answer does not matter. Uncharted 4 is a masterpiece regardless of how it is classified. Beat boredom Concerts Klipsch { Emilee Davidson Co-Sports-Editor } @ { Photo prov ide d by: Emily Howser Co-Sports-Editor } 2016 School Teacher Membership The Klipsch Music Center is a large outdoor amphitheater located in Noblesville, Ind. at about an hour and 45 minute drive from Scottsburg. Klipsch is the largest outdoor music venue in the Indianapolis area. Concerts are hosted there all year round, but the summertime is especially popular due to the fact that Klipsch hosts many music festivals such as Lollapalooza and Vans Warped Tour. May 22 7:00 June 4 7:30 June 18 7:00 June 30 7:30 July 8-9 7:00 July 12 7:00 July 13 6:30 July 14 6:30 July 19 11:00 July 20 6:30 July 21 7:30 Aug 11 7:00 Aug 13 7:00 Zac Brown Band: Black Out the Sun Tour Keith Urban ripCORD Tour Florida Georgia Line: Dig Your Roots Tour Kenny Chesney Spread the Love Tour Luke Bryan Kill the Lights Tour Weezer & Panic! at the Disco Slipknot G-Eazy and Logic: The Endless Summer Tour Warped Tour Disturbed and Breaking Benjamin Jason Aldean Six String Circus Tour Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa Dierks Bentley *not a complete list Beating the summer boredom is a goal set by many students at the end of each school year. Luckily, Scottsburg is a central location to many fun activities in the area. French Lick West Baden Indoor Karting is a great way to spend time with the family. About one hour and 20 minutes away, kids can kart for $15 and adults kart for $17. A parent consent form is required, but head gear and footwear are provided. Thirty minutes away, Louisville, KY, offers a lot of attractions. Breakout Louisville is a fun way to work together with friends an family to escape from a simulated situation. Mega Zips in Louisville offers tours of underground caves rich in history, geology, mining, recycling and green building technology. However, you must be at least seven years old and weigh between 55 and 285 pounds to enjoy the ziplines. For outdoor fun, Clifty Falls is a great place to hang out by the pool with friends while you enjoy the water slide and diving board. While these are just a few options, there are many fun activities to enjoy. GOLF COURSE $250 TEACHER MEMBERSHIP Call WestWood Golf Course for more information 812.752.3233 $95 STUDENT MEMBERSHIPS Bring this Ad and receive one FREE golf cart rental, with paid membership. Students must have drivers license to drive carts. 145 Westavia Blvd Sharon Parker Clubhouse Manager 812.752.3233


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10 Sports 5.23.16 Jock Talk A moment with the athletes { Alex Combs Sports Columnist & Nicaila Mata Staff Writer } Photo by: Madeline Parker Photo by: Em i lee Dav idson On Monday, May 9, Josh Mihalik (12) signed to play football at Wabash College. He is the first SHS football player to play in college in over 30 years. Mihalik makes history Player signs for football { Emilee Davidson Co-Sports-Editor } Photo by: Em i lee Dav idson Laikin Smith {Senior} {Has played softball for 14 years} Kameron Hollan {Senior} {Has played golf for 8 years} Q. A. Q. A. What’s your favorite part about playing softball? “I really like playing with my friends. The whole competitive atmosphere is something I enjoy also.” Why do you play softball?? “I actually just enjoy the sport itself. I would play even if my friends didn’t play with me. I love the rush I get when I hit the ball out of the park.” Q. A. Q. A. What made you interested in playing golf? “I noticed my grandparents always in their yard hitting golf balls, and I remember always being interested by it. Then one day when I went over there they had bought me my first set of clubs.” What’s your personal and team goals? “I have a couple personal goals that I believe I can achieve, and winning conference is one, and qualifying for state is another. As a team, winning conference and making it to regionals would be satisfying.” On May 9, Josh Mihalik (12) signed to play football at Wabash College, a Division III liberal arts college located in Crawfordsville, Ind. that participates in the North Coast Athletic Conference. Mihalik is now the first football player from Scottsburg to play at the next level since 1979. While basketball is the favorite Hoosier pastime, Mihalik grew up in Ohio. While living there, his love for football began and never stopped. “I’ve technically only played for four seasons. I played my seventh and eighth grade years for the county team, and then started again junior year when the team got reintroduced,” said Mihalik. Athletes are unable to receive athletic scholarships from Division III schools, but Mihalik has received academic scholarships from the college. He sees the opportunity as a high honor to be the first football player in over 30 years to sign with a college or university. “It’s a real honor to be the first since football made its comeback, but at the same time it’s intimidating. I’m nervous about making the transition to the next level, but I’m prepared to put in the work needed to do so,” said Mihalik. { Quality over quantity Kaleb Mount Photo Editor Track } The track team has not noticed a lack of challenge this season. Confusion over the coaching situation led to a late start. Small numbers for both teams hindered success. Inclement weather caused cancellations. Most recently, a technicality has caused a reconsideration of nearly every match the team competed in. One of the team’s athletes was found to be ineligible due to failing grades. Therefore, all points he scored must be vacated from the team’s records. This could mean some matches that the team won will go down in the books as losses. While some would consider this turn of events devastating, the team seemed optimistic. “One person does not define our team,” said Coach Ahunuar Huerta. Alex May (11) said the disqualification may have had a net positive effect on the team. “I think it motivated us to run better at Conference,” said May. Such optimism marked most of the team’s endeavors this season. Despite the challenges and disappointments, they were able to perform at or above expectations. At Conference, the boys were able to place 3rd, trailing 2nd by only 12 points. “[At Conference] we placed better than we have in the past three years. This was also with a smaller team than we’ve had in the past,” said May. Commenting on the season as a whole, Huerta seemed very pleased. “Considering the size of our team, we are doing very Photos by: K aleb Mount (Top) Skylar Combs lands after the 110 meter hurdles against Silver Creek. (Right) Scotty Callahan (11) throws the shotput in his field event. well. It’s definitely a quality over quantity type of thing,” said Huerta. For the girls, numbers were more of a hinderance. Nonetheless, individuals seemed satisfied with their performance. “It’s disappointing to not win anything as a team, but I’m proud of myself as a person,” said Ariel Robbins (12). Looking forward to next season, team members and coaches alike hope to get an earlier start. With most team members returning, they expect future success.


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5.23.16 Sports 11 Baseball 12 Sports Softball Tennis 5.23.16 A lex ccording to { Energy and effort drive team to improved record Lindsey Boswell Co-Editor-in-Chief } Team reaches for .500 record { Emilee Davidson Co-Sports-Editor Three rules of survival { Alex Combs Sports Columnist } Writing a senior editorial in a lot of ways is like writing an essay. You spend time sitting around trying to find your topic, just to have to restart a couple days later when you realize you have nothing to say. However when trying to pick a topic to write about for this last hoorah column; three things jumped out in my head as far as advice for underclassman. We’ll call these things, my three rules to high school. The first rule I have is don’t work too hard on just school, because come senior year it doesn’t really matter. Don’t get me wrong, work hard and get good grades because that is what you need to do to be successful. However, if you are a student that worries about nothing but getting good grades and your life consists of going home and studying or working on homework, it isn’t that big a deal. You can be just as successful if you end high school with a 3.0 as you are if you graduate with a 4.0, so take some time and have some fun with friends and family while you can. Enjoy your high school times, and remember them for more than just a lot of work. The second rule is, be active with in the school. I have made a vast majority of my friends not through shared classes, but shared extracurricular activities. Whether you are an athlete and join a sport, or someone who prefers to just join a club, the friends and memories you’ll receive are unparalleled to anything else you’ll receive in high school. The third and final rule I’ll share is that you need to live life in the moment and stop being afraid of trying things. Whether it be that dual credit class you aren’t sure you should take, or if it is the presentation that you don’t want to get up in the middle of class and give; just do it. More times than not, you’ll be happy that you did. I’ll close by saying the cliché saying that everyone has heard since they were freshman. High school really does go by faster than you think, and the most important thing is that you enjoy it while you can. Confidence, overcome, determination, energy and effort. This CODE that Head Coach Brandon Tormoehlen introduced this year has proved worthwile for the boys’ baseball season. As it nears the end, the team is reflecting on its season and looking toward improvement in the future. Sectional starts Tuesday, and the team recieved the bye for the first round - the first time in several years. They will play the winner of Austin and Brownstown on May 30. “Our expectation is to win sectional. If we work hard, we could have a chance,” predicted Casey Smith (10). Sitting at a 7-12 record, the team was happy to meet its goal of winning more than last year’s four games. Though the team’s goal was to have an even record, Coach Tormoehlen is happy with the team’s effort and willingness to buy into new systems. “I’m very pleased with the guys and their effort. They are very coachable, and I am very happy with that. The effort is usually there, but sometimes their execution isn’t,” said Tormoehlen. Lucas Brown (12) reflected on his four years of baseball, and noted that this year was “the most exciting one.” “We have won more games this year than we have in the past. I think that this is the first year the team has come together as one and competed through a whole seven innings of baseball,” said Brown. According to several players, the improved record and effort are attributed to Coach Tormoehlen. “This season has been a big change from last year, and I feel most of it has to do with Coach. He has emphasized the defensive aspect of the game and has really improved all of our swings,” said shortstop Brad Whitler (10). His feelings were echoed by Brown. “[Coach] helped us realize that a team with a lot of talent can be beaten by a team with not so much talent by just being able to outwork them. Coach T. has really turned things around for the baseball program, and I think in a few years our program will be unstoppable,” said Brown. } Photo by: K atie Hunger In a game against Eastern, infielders Casey Smith (10) and Dustin Yocum (11) catch a runner in a rundown. Alex- Combs (12) and Lucas Brown (12) backed up the fielders to get an out. Tormoehlen and several underclassmen expressed excitement for the future of Scottsburg Baseball. “I think any year two of a new system, if the players continue to work hard, will be more successful on wins and losses. We’ve got guys playing summer ball with different teams, and we will be playing summer games and conditioning ourselves. Essentially, we will be playing three to four days a week this summer. We are already looking forward to next season,” Tormoehlen explained. “Our expectations for the offseason and next season are pretty high. We definitely need more players because this year we hardly have enough to field JV and varsity teams. We are expecting more jerseys to be filled next year,” said Whitler. Photo by: Em i lee Dav idson Senior heavy team swings into second } { Madeline Parker News Editor Golf Makala Combs (11) prepares to hit a ball in the game against Trinity Lutheran on Friday, May 13. The Warriorettes went on to lose the game 6-14. With its season coming to a close, the Warriorette softball team has made improvements on its record compared to last year. The last game took place yesterday, May 19, against Columbus East. With no games remaining and sectional on the near horizon, the Warriorettes now stand at a record of 10-11. One distinct strength of the team is hitting. “Hitting definitely came into play this year. We’ve improved our batting average as a team by more than 100 points compared to last year. We are hitting .378 as a team,” said Head Coach Carla Zellers. Although the season has been going well for the most part, the knowledge that five key players will soon be graduating still looms over the team. “Our defense will have to improve as we have five positions to fill as our seniors graduate, and both will definitely be challenges,” said Zellers. “I feel like the team this year is more connected because of all of the seniors, and we’re making the best out of it,” said third baseman Olivia Thompson (12). Although the season is ending, the team still has goals that they have looked to accomplish in their last few games. “We are only one game under .500, and so our goal to finish the season above .500 is not out of reach. To get there we have to improve our defense though. Our defense has been inconsistent through the entire season. We need to put together several games of good defense as we head into sectional,” said Zellers. The Warriorettes have had a fairly good season, but of course with every season there are a few games that could have been won but weren’t. “Our record doesn’t reflect how the team has played. I feel like there are a few games that we should have won but lost by one or two runs,” said Zellers. Photo by: Lev i Elliott Leah Hunefeld (10) uses a forehand swing to return the ball to her opponent at the match on May 12. Season hits stride { Alex Combs Sports Columnist } Troubled Brazil may lose in Olympics As the end of the school year approaches, student athletes are looking at the end of their seasons. Though most sports end by this week, the boys’ golf team will continue until June 6. Conference for the boys’ golf team was on Saturday, May 14 at Wooded View Golf Course. Coach Ben Bottorff was confident about the boys’ ability to do well at Wooded View. “We played in an invitational there and Jeff was the only team to beat us. Most of the boys have played a practice round there before that,” said Bottorff. The team placed behind Brownstown, and tied for second place with Silver Creek. Kameron Hollon (12) placed second by shooting an 81. Bottorff was confident in the boys’ ability to do well not only at conference and sectional, but in really every match. “We’ve had someone break 40 every match, and it’s not been the same person,” said Bottorff. So far, one of the best matches for the team was against Borden and West Washington. The team score was 160, meaning each scoring player shot an average of 40. Bottorff complimented the strong group of seniors and the example and skill set they brought to the team. His appreciation was echoed by other team members. “All of the seniors have definitely stepped up as leaders. Our scores have been great; even if we don’t win, the scores are always close,” said Jon Copple (11). Eli Hunefeld, a senior and fourth year member, shared Jon’s appreciation for the senior leadership they have seen. “This season has gone well. We may have lost a few good seniors last year, but this year’s seniors have really stepped up,” said Hunefeld. { Levi Elliott Business Manager } Photo by: Lindsey Boswell Senior Jordan Shuler follows through on his putt on the green of Hole 6. Shuler has played Number 3 for the team this season. Elliott Auto 898 N. Gardner St, Scottsburg, IN 47170 There’s a lot that goes into hosting the Olympics. Despite any traditional beliefs, the modern era of the Olympics is more influential because of its economic effects than it is because of any athletic accomplishment. However, the 2016 Summer Olympics might not have those same effects on the host country, Brazil. The games are scheduled for August 5, 2106, but many issues that have troubled Brazil these past months — including the Zika virus, the political unrest and a severe recession — could affect the quality of the olympics venues, city, and atmosphere as a whole. The New York Times explains in an article by Binyamin Appelbaum that the most economically influential part of the Olympics is the interest by other countries (for trade purposes) that is created after a host puts on a good show at the games. The tourism industry usually remains about the same or a little less for the year, because the increase in Olympic tourism creates a decrease in the normal tourism rates. The other major upside of hosting the Olympics is the dramatic increase and improvement of infrastructure. A lot of infrastructure is improved because of the media attention that is put on the host city, and most of the time a massive stadium is built. These economic benefits look like they might not be coming for Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The country is struggling with ticket sales, with almost half of the seats not being filled only four months before the opening ceremony. However, this is not the main problem. With CNN reporting a $500,000,000 cut to the budget for creating the Olympic facilities, the lack of tourism interest due to the increasing fear of the Zika virus, and the possible impeachment of current President Dilma Rousseff, there is a lot of worry over if Brazil will truly be ready for the games. Usually, hosting the Olympics is beneficial to a country’s trade revenue. It increases their international platform, shows they are open for trade with other countries, and can showcase their economic strength. Sadly, these Olympics may prove to highlight reasons for other countries not to economically invest in Brazil, rather than being a chance for the country to highlight what they have to offer. With a current record of 12-3, the Warriorette tennis team has hit a stride going into the later part of their season. Nearing the end of the season the girls are starting to peak, winning 11 straight matches. “We worked really hard to be able to win these matches, and I think that the 12 match win streak really shows the effort we put in,” said Paige Crites (11). This hard work and dedication to the sport was echoed by their head coach Ron Slaton. “Our present winning streak is payoff from what started Dec. 2, 2015. Lots of hard work that has been accomplished by our 12 young ladies has placed them in this position,” said Slaton. While this success may have came as a surprise to some, it didn’t to sophomore Leah Hunefeld. “With a new coach and some people in new positions, we’ve done really well. I’m not surprised on how we’re doing because we have great potential with this team,” said Hunefeld. This play has come at the right time, as sectional is just around the corner on the 18th. The team feels that a sectional title is within reach. “Our loss to North Harrison forces us to settle for less this year in conference. Seymour is also ranked and beat us 5-0, but we hope to get a rematch in sectional to measure our gain,” said Slaton. While the team is by no means already looking to next season, the team feels they have great potential for upcoming years. “We are still recruiting active players who want to work and find how much fun successful tennis can be,” said Slaton. 812. 752. 3690 Dr. Woolbright Jr., DDS “Known for Our Gentle Touch” Medical Arts Pharmacy (812) 752-4226 10% Senior Citizen Discount Family Prescription Records Friendly Knowledgeable Staff Computerized Prescription Service Steve Johnson-Pharmacist (812) 752-5555 $2.00 off oil change with scsd2 student or staff ID



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