Spyglass: Volume LVII | Issue IV | May 2016

 

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VOLUME LVII | ISSUE IV JOPLIN HIGH SCHOOL MAY 2016 EXPERIENCE DOWNTOWN JOPLIN STAYING ON COURSE | PAGE 4 HIGH SCHOOL ADVICE | PAGE 12 GAME, SET, MATCH! | PAGE 16

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What's Inside 4 Staying on Course 5 New Year, New Classes 6 Science Research Update 7 Quality Service 8 Which JHS Teacher Are You? 9 Good Endings, New Beginnings 10 Experience Downtown Joplin 12 High School Advice 13 Plans After High School 14 A Growing Idea 15 DIY: Raspberry Lemon Sorbet 16 Game, Set, Match! 17 A Huge Feeling of Pride 18 Big School or Big Waste? 19 Senior Send-Off 20 Humans of JHS Students and staff, As the school year comes to a close, it’s a time to look forward as well as behind. Inside this issue, you’ll find some of the unique things JHS students have accomplished this year, from athletic awards to academic research to improving the community. Along with highlights from the past, there are numerous changes for the future. While it is the end of the seniors’ high school careers, it is only the beginning of a new chapter in their lives. For the underclassmen, the next few years will include further exploration of their interests and abilities, and JHS is adapting to help students make the most of their high school experience. As Walt Disney said, “We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” -sarah peterson, Editor-in-Chief Eaglealley.com Spyglass is the student publication of Joplin High School. All articles are student-produced, and any views expressed are that of the author. This magazine is distributed throughout the Joplin School District and local business sponsors. Please direct all correspondence to Mary Crane, adviser, marycrane@joplinschools.org or Sarah Peterson, editor-in-chief, sarahpeterson.stu@joplinschools.org. Cover Photo by Annie Le Editor-In-Chief Sarah Peterson Online Editor Annie Le Assistant Editor Ashlynn Scott Copy Editor Halli Robinson Sports Editor William Henness Business Manager Kobe Collins Staff Audrey Kanan Becca Brown Emma Simon Emma Thompson Gil Salgado Jennifer Nguyen Kathleen Hughes Lauren Gower Maggie Brister Matt McMullen Nathan Storms Nick Maday Tyler Viles William Schwarzenberger Adviser Mrs. Mary Crane

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news | 4 Staying on Course Interim superintendent Norm Ridder presents his five-year strategic plan for the Joplin School District By Nathan Storms Photo by Annie Le “When you don’t want to get bigger or get better, the only thing you can do is flatten out or get worse. And that happened about 75 years ago,” said Norm Ridder, 2015-16 Joplin Schools interim superintendent. In July 2015, Ridder began working in the Joplin School District with goals such as understanding student culture and creating a strategic plan for the district with the intent to improve an “already healthy community.” “There’s an awful lot of work that we have to do, and we won’t be able to do it in a couple years,” he said. “But I’ll tell you what, everybody wants to get better.” The draft of Ridder’s five-year strategic plan outlines goals to increase student readiness, learner support and effectiveness in the Joplin School District. “I know there’s excitement around teaching, but I don’t know if there’s real excitement around learning,” said Ridder. One way Ridder plans to engage students in their learning is by encouraging communication. “There needs to be good greeting going on, good relationships, checking on each other for help, conversations, those types of things. When all that’s taken care of, then the learning is automatic,” said Ridder. The plan for the district includes the improvement of communication skills from grades as early as kindergarten. Some key goals for communication include students successfully making eye contact with and greeting each other. “By the end of every grade level, there will be certain behaviors that are going to be expected to be mastered,” he said. Some success indicators for these goals are increasing student literacy as age progresses, students taking algebra in eighth grade and students earning qualifying scores for programs such as gifted education, Advanced Placement, Dual Credit and Technical Skills Assessment. In order to keep track of their progress with goals for each grade level, Ridder explained, students will have portfolios monitoring their achievements and academic performance. “We’re going to have to make sure [students] have mastery of all that, and that’s where you have students really wanting to do it,” said Ridder. “They’re going to keep track of their own work and their own records.” Since many students may not have had much responsibility as far as keeping track of their academic achievements, Ridder said this could be difficult to implement. However, the requirement will teach students responsibility and an understanding of their personal progress. Although Ridder said it is not likely that everything on the draft will be achieved in five years, it is a target for the district. Goals from the draft will be prioritized in order to make progress towards the overall target. According to Ridder, teachers and students prioritize behavioral improvements in the district, while parents’ priorities vary from behavioral improvements to academic improvements to identifying wastes. In order to improve academic and behavioral performance, Ridder plans to engage students in their learning more efficiently. “There’s going to be two dynamics that are going to be playing that role: seat time and learning time. There’s a lot of seat time being used that isn’t connected to learning time,” he said. “I think there’s a lot of waste right now in seat time. What we need to change is that student-driven learning needs to occur.” This student-driven learning engages students much more effectively than teacher-driven learning, which is largely what he refers to as “seat time.” The effectiveness of learning time can be measured by student satisfaction, teacher satisfaction and academic achievements. “One of the biggest problems with engagement is grades. You’re working to get a grade, not to learn,” he said. Ridder is already looking forward to improvements that could be made as early as the next school year.

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news | 5 New Year, New Classes Joplin High School sees changes for 2016-17 school year By William Schwarzenberger Academic changes for the 201617 school year include a new math course, new classes through Project Lead the Way and a change in requirements for freshmen. Starting next year, freshmen will be required to take physical science or advanced physical science. In past years, certain students have had the opportunity to skip ahead to biology without taking physical science, but this will no longer be an option. Students will still be able to take biology as a freshman if they meet the prerequisites. “We needed to be able to give all of our students a stronger foundation in physical science. Some students in the past had not taken a physical science class before taking chemistry or other courses, and we felt we could prepare the students more effectively,” said head principal Kerry Sachetta. Students are being offered a new dual credit class that is run through Missouri Southern State University called contemporary math, or Math 125. The class was added as a college-lev- el alternative for students after completing Algebra II. Prerequisites for the class include the completion of Algebra II and have a minimum ACT score of 19. These changes are planned to be permanent, and the faculty is optimistic for positive long-term impact. “We are looking for ways to improve offerings for students during and after high school, and the courses we are talking about have more rigorous standards and more rigorous responsibilities. It will give our students better opportunities and have a better feel for what lies ahead,” said Sachetta. Project Lead the Way is also expanding its courses by adding a new business retailing class for grades 10-12, a medical interventions class for grades 11-12, a nutrition class for grades 1112 and an engineering design class for seniors. There may be a removal of courses based on enrollment numbers, but this will be determined at a later date. “The vast majority will still be on there, and we will see what kids choose,” said Sachetta. New school board members Joplin Board of Education members sworn in on April 12 Jennifer Martucci 3-year term Sharrock Dermott 3-year term Lori Musser 2-year term Christopher Sloan 1-year term

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Science Research Update Science research students complete projects and advance to higher levels of competition Story and Photo By Gil Salgado Science research class enables Joplin High School students to experience a college-level course strictly driven by a passion and will for experimenting in science. Students are instructed to design and execute a science project revolving around their own interests. Science research teacher Karisa Boyer acts as a well-informed mentor, allowing each student to explore and discover new information individually inside and outside of the lab. Boyer is in her second year of instruction for the research course and plans to continue enriching the minds of her pupils. “Science research has allowed me to learn about the various aspects of our daily lives and has only furthered my curiosity and awe of the possibilities of scientific research,” said junior Farhath Sulthana. Sulthana researched the effect of four natural oils: sandalwood, manuka, turmeric and Aloe vera in relation to the inhibition of Propionibacterium acnes’ (P. acnes) growth. During her studies, she became knowledgeable about various chemicals, bacteria and other microorganisms. This class has directed Sulthana toward the path of becoming a physician. Her experiment relates to her future goals because she treated her “patient” (petri dish with P. acnes) with various treatments in order to find the best solution. Sulthana is not alone in her helpful take away from science research. Senior Anum Ahmed has been studying the effects of a steroid, lanosterol, on cataracts in the human eye. This year is the second year of science research for Ahmed and her project ties in with her previous research. Her project involves investigating the properties that make lanosterol such an effective topical treatment for cataracts. Ahmed knows that the independence experienced in sci- ence research is similar to the college atmosphere. She has learned new lab techniques that she is sure to use in the near future when attending University of Missouri-Kansas City. Due to Ahmed’s love for research and a fascination with the human eye’s anatomy, she hopes to become an opthamologist following her college education. “We follow the scientific method, first determining the question we want to address and then developing a plan for addressing it,” said Ahmed. The science research class competed in the Missouri Southern Regional Science Fair on March 29. Students presented their science boards to several judges in hopes of gaining recognition for their research. Ahmed won the grand prize with Sulthana as her runner up. Every research student from Joplin placed in their division, winning cash prizes. The students also competed in Missouri Junior Academy of Science competition, writing formal research papers and presenting their findings in front of a separate panel of judges. Judges are from the Missouri Southern State University departments of science and math and gave each student a rating from 1 to 3. Students receiving a rating of 1 were allowed to advance to the state competition. The following students received 1 ratings: Anum Ahmed, Noah Chotrow, Madeline Fitchner, Jennifer Nguyen and Farhath Sulthana. The class is offered to the junior and senior class. Boyer encourages any students interested in and devoted to research to join the class next fall.

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feature | 7 Quality Service JHS students spend time giving back to the community By Annie Le and Sarah Peterson Volunteering can take many forms. It ranges from smallscale to large-scale, overseas to down the street and life-saving to day-brightening. In the Joplin community, there are countless service opportunities for people of all interests, abilities and personalities. Art Feeds is a local nonprofit organization that combines art and service. Their mission is to encourage self-expression in grade school students by providing therapeutic art and creative education sessions. With the majority of volunteers between the ages of 12 and 17, Art Feeds provides a unique service opportunity for students who are interested in arts and crafts. Senior Anna Blue volunteered with Art Feeds last summer in preparation for their annual fundraiser gala. Blue enjoyed her experience because of the artistic focus of the work and because of the clear positive impact it made. “You know you’re doing it for children, and everything you do will impact them learning creative skills. It’s more of a direct thing that you’re doing, when some places that you volunteer at it’s not as direct,” she said. The Boys and Girls Club is another common location for JHS student volunteers. The organization provides after-school programs for youth and is in need of teenage volunteers to help with sports tournaments or work with younger children. “Even if people don’t really need a bunch of help, they always love to have you around and someone committing time to them,” said junior Ashtyn Turner. Along with Turner, juniors Megan Sparrow and Natalie Eudy are frequent volunteers at the Joplin Boys and Girls Club. All three said that they enjoy volunteering there because of the relationships they form with the children. “It doesn’t feel like volunteer work because you go and you have a good time. It feels really worthwhile because you feel like you’ve done a good thing, and you bond with the kids,” said Eudy. According to Sparrow, the only challenge of working with children is wishing that she should do more to help. “It’s hard because all you want to do is fix their problems for them, but it’s impossible. It’s not impossible, though, when you are around them, to try and help as much as you can and hope things get better for them,” said Sparrow. While most community service opportunities focus on working with people, Joplin Humane Society is an option for students who prefer working with animals. Teenagers with little training are welcome to help by walking and washing dogs. Eudy chose to volunteer at Joplin Humane Society because it aligned with her interests. According to her, it is important for each individual to volunteer with an organization they personally will enjoy. “It’s going to be a lot better if it’s something you’re going to put your heart and soul into because the reward to you and others will be much higher if you care about it,” she said. Turner, along with juniors Spencer Nicodemus and Malachi Love, volunteers at Irving Elementary School. Her most memorable experience was having the students look up to her. “I was helping kindergarteners open the milk cartons, and it was one of the most heartwarming things because they couldn’t figure out how to open up the milk cartons, and they thought I was a superhero,” said Turner. For Nicodemus, volunteering is a positive experience. “This volunteering thing came out of the blue. I’d say volunteering is worth it even though it doesn’t pay. It pays off in the end,” said Nicodemus. Many JHS clubs provide students with service opportunities through various events and organizations. Key Club and Interact, a high school diminutive of Rotary International, help members develop leadership skills and character. SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) is a service club that aims to encourage students to choose safe choices and avoid serious consequences. “[My advice would be to] try to find a club that does a lot of community service because you can get opportunities on a weekly basis. You can meet a ton of people who have the same passion for volunteering,” said Blue.

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Interest | 8 Which JHS Teacher Are You? By Matt McMullen and Emma Thompson 1. What’s one word you would use to describe yourself? A. Blunt B. Complex C. Epic D. Fun 2. What’s your favorite pastime? A. Swimming B. Gardening C. Playing music D. Flea market shopping 3. If you had a million dollars, what would you spend it on? A. Buy a bunch of new cars and have a car derby B. Pay off my farm C. Find all of the most unique tattoos people have and get them so they’re not unique anymore D. Buy a Dr. Pepper machine 4. What was your dream job as a kid? A. Teacher B. Violinist C. Rock star D. Secretary 5. If you could only have one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? A. Homemade cherry cheesecake B. Tortellini soup C. Crab legs D. Baked beans and hot dogs 6. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? A. New Zealand B. Italy C. Maldives D. The Bachelor Mansion 7. What’s something you can’t leave the house without? A. Glasses B. Keys C. Phone D. Hairspray 8. What’s your least favorite food? A. Coconut B. Liver and onions C. Salmon patties D. Corn stew Do you have an idea of which teacher you are most similar to? To find out, tally up the majority of answers you selected and compare with the list below. A’s- Mrs. Fisher C’s- Mr. Ward B’s- Mrs. Primm D’s- Mrs. McGowen

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News | 9 ? Good Endings, New Beginnings Joplin High School’s retiring teachers reflect on their years in education By Maggie Brister Photos contributed Pictured above are JHS teachers retiring this year (left to right) Brenda White, Kristi McGowen and Patty Murray. Retirees not pictured include John Vaughn, Cheryl Fields, paraprofessional Connelaine Gustad and custodian Chester Reynolds. As summer break approaches, we celebrate another year of changes, memories and growing up. Some, however, are ending a chapter in their lives to begin something completely new. Patty Murray, Joplin High School counselor, has been in education for 30 years, at Joplin for three. She is saying goodbye to pursue her dream of visiting Italy. Murray grew up in Springfield and graduated from Missouri State University for both her Bachelor of Science degree in education and her master’s degree. She arrived at JHS the school year following the tornado. To say that she is proud of her job would be an understatement; Murray cannot think of any better job to have had. “[What I will miss the most is] spending time with the kids and being a part of them planning their futures,” said Murray. As she says goodbye to JHS, Murray has a few things she would like to advise her students about. “What you do the first day you step foot in this building matters. Employers look back at what you did from your freshman year; they look back at your attendance and your grades. So, it makes a difference. You don’t have time to play around,” said Murray. Though retirement to many seems scary, Murray is taking this new beginning into her own hands. She plans to move to Springfield to be closer to her grandson and to teach psychology part-time. “I know some things that I want to do. I did sit down and make a list of places within the U.S. I want to go. And my ultimate dream is to go to Italy, so that is why I am going to work part-time trying to make that dream come true,” said Murray. Along with Murray, Cheryl Fields and Brenda White are saying goodbye to JHS. White, English teacher, has been with JHS since August of 2002. White’s favorite part about being at JHS has been the lifelong friends that she has made over the years. “I will miss seeing my friends every day,” said White. Fields, Franklin Technology Center career/guidance counselor, has been with JHS for eight years. “It has been a great job. I love working with young people,” said Fields. She plans to visit Washington and Detroit and spend more time with her husband, Henry, and grandchildren, Lawrence and Landon. “I love this job and will miss it so much when I leave here, but my grandbabies will help me through it,” said Fields. Both teachers believe finding what you like to do and working hard go hand in hand for a successful future. “I always tell [students] to ‘find a job you love to do, and you will never work another day in your life,”’ said Fields. White believes that high school is an important time that students should value. “Work hard, then work harder. Take advantage of everything in high school. Real life is just around the corner,” said White.

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Third Thursday takes place every month from April until October, making it the perfect summer and fall activity. Third Thursday showcases local artists, restaurants and organizations. It is an easy way to get a group of friends together or experience culture once a month. The Spiva Center for the Arts offers exhibits, events and classes all summer long. These are activities that can fill an afternoon or evening with creativity and socializing. Instruction is offered for many age levels, and summer is the perfect time to try something new. Everyone is a beginner at something. If it is a rainy summer day or you need a new hobby or you love painting, RSVPaint is an organization to get painting instruction and spend time with friends. It is a locally owned business and a great way to be involved in the community. Experie Downtown

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The Joplin Art Walk takes place on the first Thursday of every month and is a way to enjoy the weather, appreciate local artists and experience a new atmosphere. erience own Joplin Art Feeds is a nonprofit organization that “feeds” creativity in the community’s youth. It is a great program for younger siblings or relatives. This summer is a time to inspire these people in your life; look for summer internships or open activities. Compiled by Audrey Kanan Whether it is with friends, siblings or alone, Firehouse Pottery is a relatively lowcost way to have fun. They offer a variety of ceramics that you can paint, making it a fun activity for all ages and skill levels. Don’t let your reading skills drop a level over the summer. The library offers books over practically every topic imaginable. There are events for elementary children, volunteer opportunities and many summer days to enjoy the library’s resources.

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Advice from Freshmen Advice from Seniors to Eighth Graders To Freshmen G By Becca Brown From being the oldest at school to back down to the youngest, the transition from 8th grade to freshman year can be a big one. With more freedom and arguably harder classes, it’s fair to say that the real high school experience isn’t exactly like the movies. “I expected high school to be very challenging,” said freshman Keith Schneickert. “Coming into high school, all of the [middle school] teachers were saying how much different high school is and how much more strict they are. While all of that is true, you get used to it pretty quick. I was surprised at how quickly I adjusted to the new school and the new atmosphere.” When going into high school, some students thought it would be a frightening experience. “I thought high school would be really big and scary, to be honest. I was more scared of the people at high school, not necessarily the classes,” said freshman Kamryn Montoya. Some students were scared of high school, but they came to see that it really isn’t that bad. “I was very scared of high school. The thought of all the new people and the size of the school was frightening. The school is pretty welcoming and enjoyable; they do a good job of blending all of us together,” said Schneickert. High school can teach many things, and that isn’t limited to the material learned in class. “I’ve learned that you might know who your friends are, but everyone changes. Some of my friends tried to get me to make bad choices instead of doing the right thing. Find your true friends, and stick by them,” said freshman Addalli Vogt. Being surrounded by true friends might just be the key to having a good freshman year. “The biggest thing that I learned was that no matter what, you need to have loyal people by your side. Without surrounding yourself with the right people, high school would be very difficult,” said Schneickert. Several students have advice for incoming freshmen. “Don’t get stressed over coming to high school; it’s really not as bad as it seems,” said freshman Avery Oehlschlager. Whether keeping up with classes or making friends, it is important to remember not be scared of coming to high school. “You naturally are going to be nervous, but don’t be afraid. This school is very welcoming, and the students are all willing to help you. Just surround yourself with the right crowd,” said Schneickert. By Halli Robinson With the 2015-16 school year coming to a close, seniors will be leaving high school and starting their new lives. But before they take their walk across the stage, they have a few words to share with this year’s incoming freshmen before they go. “My advice to my freshman self would be to take advantage of the things around you,” said senior Methechai McKee. He’s deeply involved in the JETHD program, and wishes he had joined JETHD sooner. “I never really found JETHD until my junior year,” said McKee. “I found something I really cared about, something I had a passion for.” Briley Beck, also involved in JETHD, had a different outlook on her high school years. “If I could give my freshman self advice, it would definitely be to not allow other people to stereotype me, to just stick to myself and [stick to] what I believe in, said Beck. “I think that if I had learned that a lot earlier on it would have saved me some time.” Having a very different experience in high school, senior Megan Hickey has her own words to say to her freshman self. “Experience new things, and don’t be afraid of what will happen,” said Hickey. “I’ve learned that I’m actually good at public speaking in a way. It just took me a long time to realize that I can do something like that.” When she came to JHS as a new student her freshman year, senior Angel Melchor, said that she tended to shut people out. “That’s how I lost a lot of friends, because I shut people out,” said Melchor. As she continued on her path through her high school years, Melchor learned to branch out and overcome her shyness. “I became less shy and more outgoing, and I started talking to people,” said Melchor. “I knew that since I didn’t have that [many] friends since it was a new school, I needed to stop being an introvert. I’m not as shy as I thought I was.” Senior Laura Parker, looking back on her high school years, remembers how she felt as a freshman, that four years of high school would take “forever”. “Now I’m a senior and I think, ‘Wow, high school was nothing. It was four years and it flew by,” said Parker. As they move forward into their new adult lives, this year’s seniors hope that the upcoming freshmen, and freshmen for years to come, can take something from their words of advice.

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Feature | 13 Future Plans Graduates prepare for life beyond high school By Lauren Gower Toward the end of high school, seniors are asked the stress-inducing question: “What are you doing after graduation?” Although this question haunts everyone at one point or another, seniors seem to hear it constantly. Most are so used to being asked by family and friends that they’ve come up with an easy answer such as, “I haven’t made my mind up yet” or “I’ll probably go to college.” But what are they really thinking? Senior Devon Johnson plans on attending the University of Missouri-Columbia with majors in photojournalism and print media. When she graduates, she wants to live in Washington, D.C. and work for National Geographic as a print journalist and photographer. “I took digital photography one and two, and I am the photographer for Fusion, and that has helped me with my photography and Photoshop skills,” said Johnson. She was in Spyglass for two years, which has given her newspaper experience. “I guess just having a journalism course made me realize that I wanted to be a journalist. I’m glad that there are courses that I could take in order to figure out what I want to do,” she said. Cosmetology is senior Kiah Poulson’s main interest. “I’m going to go to a cosmetology school, get my cosmetology license and do something with it,” said Poulson. Senior Gabriel Mayfield plans on using the summer to get in shape and join the armed forces. “I believe high school has given me an understanding of what life is like in the real world. JROTC has structure and leadership. It gave me an idea of what I want to do in the future,” he said. “I haven’t thought about what I what to do in the military, but I want to help people.” After high school, senior James Kensington wants to be a part of City Year. Kensington wants help make children feel a part of the community by helping them succeed. “I’m going to go to one of the schools in need and work on bridging the gap for what the school can provide for its students,” he said. Senior Maggie Baker plans on attending Crowder College and working toward her associate’s degree. She then wants to get a job and transfer to Pittsburg State University and pursue a degree in fashion. “I want to get out and do stuff,” said Baker. “I want to explore, travel and try new things. I’m ready to move on from this part of my life.” Baker eventually wants to move to Canada and work at Herschel Supply Company on their publicity team. Life tends to change direction and graduating high school is a big step toward that change. Having a plan makes life after high school seem easier. From working at National Geographic to helping children succeed, the seniors of 2016 are ready for the next chapter of their lives wherever it may take them. Karen’s Dance Studio •Ballet •Jazz •Hip Hop •Musical Theater •Contemporary Beginning to Advanced! 2113 Davis Blvd Joplin, MO 64804 417-623-1093 karensdancestudio.com karensdancestudio@karensdancestudio.com

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Nebraska Native Cooking JHS senior continues family tradition By Emma Simon A Growing Idea A garden makes a difference in Adam Bell’s life By Nick Maday Born in Nebraska, Kohl Wallace has had a passion for cooking ever since he was little. The different towns in which he grew up influenced his love for cooking and grilling. “In Kansas, my family and I went to my first chili cook-off contest. We got fifth place out of 95 people with 600 people taste testing. A couple months later, we tried a slow cooking contest and just kept placing the more contests we did,” said Wallace. Not only did the places he lived affect his cooking, but so did his parents. “My dad has the better grilling whereas my mom does more cooking. It’s sort of a family tradition,” said Wallace. Having an assortment of cooking styles, it was hard for him to come to a conclusion on which dish is his favorite to make. “One of my favorite homecooked meals is my traditional chili that has a little kick to it. I also like to make T-bone steak and fritters. But my favorite is definitely the Vietnamese bowl. It’s pretty cool,” said Wallace. Even though he has a love for cooking, he does not plan to pursue it as a career. “I am in FTC for welding, which is something I really want to do. So in the future, cooking will probably just be a really fun hobby for me,” said Wallace. Photo by Becca Brown As more advanced pesticides are being used in commercially grown or processed food, an alarm has gone off for many leaders in the food indus- try. Knowing exactly what goes into the process of making food can be very important, as it has a direct effect on the health of the consumer. Adam Bell has taken it upon himself to produce his own food and has seen incredible benefits. With 600 square feet at his disposal, Bell has grown just about every veg- etable imaginable. Rotating what is grown according to the season seems to be a major key for Bell, and he plans to grow about 10 different crops to harvest in early June. One major motivator for Bell to begin growing his own food on this scale was medication consumption. “At one time, I was on about 18 different pharmaceuticals a day for various health issues, and every one of those pharmaceuticals had a nega- “At one time, I was on about 18 different pharmaceuticals a day for tive side effect, and that didn’t make any sense at all,” Bell said. various health issues, and Medicine is not always cheap, and for Bell, having to take so many every one of those different medications left a definite financial footprint. Bell is now only taking two pharmaceuticals a day, which he attributes to the lack of man-made chemicals in his diet as pharmaceuticals had a negative side effect, and that didn’t make any well as the multitude of more nutritional foods available to him. sense at all.” At first, Bell was worried about the investment that it takes to start - Adam Bell producing food for personal con- sumption on a sustainable scale. But after comparing the price of vege- tables at a supermarket and the costs of managing a garden, he found that homegrown food was actually much more cost efficient. Once he took into account the medical benefit, producing his own food seriously became a reality for Bell. Gardening and managing food might not be for everyone, but those who have tried it have found that its benefits outweigh the work that goes into it. Controlling what you eat helps not only financially but nutritionally as well. Even if a garden isn’t used to support all food needs, any amount can help.

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interest | 15 DIY: SUMMER EDITION Raspberry Lemon Sorbet Story and Photo By Nick Maday With summertime approaching, this delicious sorbet can be the key to keeping cool. Follow the recipe below to conquer the heat and enjoy a tasty treat. INGREDIENTS: ½ cup sugar ½ cup water 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice 2 cups raspberries, preferably fresh 1 tablespoon lemon zest 1 handful mint leaves DIRECTIONS: Step 1: To make the simple syrup, combine both the sugar and water in a saucepan or pot and bring it to a simmer until the sugar is dissolved into the water. Set this aside for later. Step 2: Next, put the raspberries into a food processor or blender and slightly puree them. The fruit should be a smooth consistency with some lumps in it. Add about a ¼ of the simple syrup to the raspberries and blend until it is fine. Pour the mixture through a strainer. Step 3: After the mixture has been strained, add lemon juice and the rest of the simple syrup. Thoroughly combine these ingredients and pour them into a freezer safe container. Step 4: Put the sorbet mixture into the freezer for around two to three hours. After the time is up, take the sorbet out of the freezer and use a fork to mix it well. Step 5: After the sorbet has been mixed, smooth out the top and put it back in the freezer. Repeat this step every 30-45 minutes and do so at least four times. I recommend going over this process six or seven times to get the consistency that I prefer. Step 6: To serve, use an ice cream scoop and put it into a small bowl. Garnish with lemon zest and a couple of mint leaves.

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