Spyglass: Volume LVII | Issue III | March 2016


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Volume LVII | Issue III Joplin high School March 2016 H UM ANS reviewer by night | page 4 OUT WITH THE OLD | PaGe 6 SLAM DUNK | PaGe 14 JH OF S EVERYBODY HAS A STORY.


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What's Inside 4 Student By Day, Reviewer By Night 5 Fast Track to the Medical Field 6 Out With The Old, In With The Old Again 8 Caution: Cartoonists at Work 9 It Takes Two 9 Spring Break 101 10 Hogar, Zuhause, Nyumbani, Home 14 Slam Dunk 15 On the Right Track 16 A Day in the Life Of... Joshua Flora 17 A Tough Transition 18 Too Much Emphasis On Standardized Tests? 19 4 Tips for College I Wish I Would’ve Known 19 A Day in the Life Of... Monica Reynolds 20 A Day in the Life Of... Julie McCain students and staff, I’m constantly amazed by the diversity Joplin High School is home to. I’m not just talking about culture; JHS students are rich in their diversity of talent, interests and walks of life. Our student body and faculty participate in a variety of school and extracurricular activities, yet few are recognized for who they are outside of the classroom or for how JHS has molded them into the people they are today. Highlighted in this issue are students, teachers and parents who have a unique story to tell, and we are honored to have had the opportunity to tell fragments of these stories throughout this issue. -Emma thompson, 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 R-8 School District and local business sponsors.Please direct all correspondence to Adviser, Mary Crane, marycrane@joplinschools.org or Emma Thompson, Editor-in-Chief, emmathompson.stu@joplinschools.org. Cover Design by Matt McMullen Emma Thompson Editor-In-Chief Jennifer Nguyen Assistant Editor Sarah Peterson Assistant Editor Matt McMullen Layout & Design Editor Kathleen Hughes Copy Editor William Henness Sports Editor Tyler Viles Online Editor Kobe Collins Business Manager Lauren Gower Audrey Kanan Nick Maday Gil Salgado Karly Weber Annie Le Halli Robinson William Schwarzenberger Nathan Storms Maggie Brister Becca Brown Ashlynn Scott Emma Simon Staff Mrs. Mary Crane Adviser


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tFroomFFiicltimon By Maggie Brister and Nick Maday Through the Looking-Glass, And What Alice Found There Alice in Wonderland is a classic to many. The sequel, Through the Looking-Glass, And what Alice Found There will be appearing in theaters on May 27. This is the second book written by Lewis Carroll after Alice in Wonderland. Alice will be taking another trip down the rabbit hole for a crazy adventure while trying to rescue the Mad Hatter, played by Johnny Depp, once again. “ No, no! The adventures first, explanations take such a dreadful time.” - Lewis Carroll Photo by Annie Le student by day, reviewer by night Junior Allan Wilkinson takes to Youtube to review survival gear By Emma Thompson Many students find their niche in playing sports, performing in the arts and spending time with their friends, but few can say they put their time toward a hobby that results in free products. “(I would describe this experience as) enlightening. It’s helped me prove to myself that if I put my time and effort into something, I can accomplish anything,” said junior Allan Wilkinson. Wilkinson has picked up and maintained a hobby that many people are too afraid to try: YouTube reviews. Since February of 2014, Wilkinson has been reviewing survival gear in the form of YouTube video reviews. “I’ve always had a passion for camping and the outdoors. Making videos about camping products has allowed me to teach others some of my skills while at the same time I am broadening my knowledge on survival in the outdoors,” said Wilkinson. To start his YouTube channel, Wilkinson needed to create a proposal to send to a variety of different survival gear or camping companies in hopes of receiving free merchandise that he might be able to review. Wilkinson has, to this day, received over $1,000 worth of free camping products from a variety of companies including Holland’s Shooters Supply, Henry Repeating Arms, Wise Company Inc., MLL Knives, Schrade, Mountain House, Adventure Medical Kits and Solo Scientific Inc. Wilkinson believes his experience with the people skills it requires to run his channel will help him in the workplace. “I think that this has inspired me to come out of my shell a little and become more confident in myself,” said Wilkinson. ‘”When I first started asking for companies to sponsor me, I was afraid to make professional calls to the owners of companies, but now I realize that if I stay chill in stressful situations, they ease by with no problem. I have emailed hundreds of companies and have only had success with eight. It also takes a lot of patience when waiting for the companies to respond to your request.” Wilkinson’s favorite product he’s received for free and has been able to review is a Woodgroove N690 Stainless Special Version to Survival and Outdoor Practitioners Knife, included in a package worth more than $240. Wilkinson hopes to continue reviewing products and live out the motto expressed on his YouTube page: “Survival is not a hobby, it’s a lifestyle.”


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feature | 5 Fast Track to the Medical Field Photo by Gil Salgado JHS students earn early college credit through new four-year science program By Gil Salgado Health Occupation Students of America is a new club at Joplin High School. Working in cooperation with Project Lead the Way, HOSA prepares JHS students for their future in the medical field. PLTW is structured to incorporate four years of science classes. Incoming freshmen take Principles of Biomedical Science, taught by Seagan Wortley. “Anna Garcia,” a diseased dummy used as an instructional tool, helps students learn how the body operates under extreme stress caused by disease and various disorders. “We talked about a lot of different things that Anna had like diabetes, sickle cell disease and hereditary diseases,” said sophomore Aleacia Bahler. After the first year is completed, students are encouraged to continue with the program by advancing to Body Systems with Jay Reed. “The second year is more fast paced and more project-oriented. We’re building our own mannequins with muscles and identifying key body organs,” said Bahler. PLTW has only been with Joplin High School for the past two years. The third year of the program, medical interventions will be taught by Edie Harrison next year. The final class not yet offered will be biomedical innovation. To qualify for PLTW, students must currently be enrolled in Algebra or a higher math class. PLTW requires that all students participate in a health/medically related club. Joplin has decided HOSA is the best fit for their newly developing program. Although the class does count toward a science credit, Wortley recommends all her students to take upper level science classes such as chemistry in preparation for college. “Chemistry can be very difficult in college, especially if you haven’t had (it) in high school. I’m speaking from experience, because my high school didn’t offer chemistry,” said Wortley. Since the classes offered through PLTW are encouraging independent study and are based off college level material, students can earn college level credit for each class. The end of course exam taken by every student in those classes is scored out of nine. Any student receiving a six or above is eligible to receive college credit through Missouri SMT at Rolla. Wortley had 69% of her students score proficient on the EOC and 28% score high enough to earn college credit. Wortley hopes the scores will improve as the class develops and as she gains experience with the program. Photo by Nathan Storms “ I sacrificed my deep connection with my religion because in India, it’s everywhere. There are rituals, there are festivals, and here it’s harder to get access to everything that I could before. I’m still invested in my religion, but it’s not as strong as when I was and am in India.” - Tulsi Nursariwala, Junior Photo by Gil Salgado “ I love my job and my school. I could say I don’t like change, but I do, and that’s why I teach business. Business is always changing. Joplin is a school based off of technology and I think that’s why I’ve always liked teaching here. We always have new and exciting things happening.” - kristi mcgowen, business teacher


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INTEREST | 6 Out with the Old... and in with the old again And you thought flannels and acid wash jeans ended in the 90s? By Audrey Kanan Results are from a trends survey taken by JHS students in January of 2016. Results were compiled by the Spyglass staff. From feathered bangs to “silver” hair, unique trends mark every time period. This recent dyed-grey look seems absurd to some generations and social circles, but to others, it is simply a hair color and part of normal pop culture. There are questionable trends during every era: some die out fast, some last longer than many people would care for them to, yet most of them come back around. Teenagers may laugh at their middle school style, but odds are they will see a similar look rise to popularity again, just like parents and teachers see in today’s adolescents. From freshmen to faculty, from pegged jeans to purple hair, how do today’s trends compare to those from our teachers’ time as students? Kristi McGowen remembers specific trends from her junior high and high school years, the most prominent being bell bottoms and cut off shirts, what we would call crop tops today. McGowen, LaHeather Fisher and Karisa Boyer distinctly remember pegging their jeans. While Boyer recalls it as a questionable and possibly embarrassing trend, Fisher proudly owns up to taking part in the trend and many others.


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INTEREST | 7 Danny Craven, JETHD Manager, back when he walked in the footsteps of The Beatles on Abbey Road. Craven, college freshman, had visions of being a rockstar back in mid-90s. Visit Pitt State! Schedule your visit TODAY! pittstate.edu/beagorilla In-state tuition. More than 200 programs. “I wore birkenstocks with socks, pegging jeans was a big trend, oh big hair... I still have my Doc Martens, actually all the 90s grunge stuff,” said Fisher. Danny Craven and Nathan Ward were quick to reminisce on their grunge clothing choices and comment on how they see today’s students dressing in a similar style. Both Craven and Ward took part in the 90s rock look with worn T-shirts and acid wash jeans. “I remember this one pair of dark jeans with acid wash splatters all over. They were so cool,” recalls Craven. Ward, on the other hand, wore a T-shirt from his own band. “I had five of the same shirt and I wore it every day, I looked like a cartoon character who never changed his shirt,” said Ward. Craven and Ward also remembered specific shoes they wore. Craven wore black Reebok hightops, wearing them with his pegged jeans, and Ward was even more specific when it came to his fashion choices. Ward was convinced owning Adidas SS 2Gs would make him cool. “I still didn’t fit in. I was a nerd. I mean, what were those shoes going to do?” said Ward. Photos contributed Pittsburg State University 800-854-PITT (7488) • Pittsburg, Kansas


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feature | 8 Photo by Matt McMullen Caution: Cartoonists at Work JHS artists collaborate to create two different comic books during the school year By Kathleen Hughes “When I see people purchase the books that so many students poured so many hours into and see the look of shock on the buyer’s face that this massive book of art was entirely made by high school students, that is one of the best feelings in the world,” said Melody Cunningham, senior Cartoonist Club Vice President of two years. Cartoonist Club was started eight years ago by Joplin High School art teacher Seth Wolfshorndl. The club was created for students who displayed an interest in producing comics. The artists meet after school every week to improve their storytelling abilities through pictures. “You can learn so much by working with people who might have a completely different style. The ability to collaborate is one of the real benefits of coming to a club like Cartoonist Club,” said Cunningham. Through the duration of the school year, club members work together to produce two comic books: Clash of Champions and Scribbled Stories. The Clash of Champions book consists of comics that are completed at a quicker pace opposed to the Scribbled Stories comics which take more time to finish. At the beginning of May the club members sell their pieces of work at Hurley’s Heroes. “If I am working on a singular page for Clash of Champions traditionally, with ink and paper, it might take me about an hour to sketch and ink, whereas a singular page traditionally for Scribbled Stories might take me several weeks on and off to finish fully, maybe consuming 16 plus hours,” said Cunningham. It is estimated that a few dozen copies of the clubs comic books, Scribbled Stories and Clash of Champions, are sold each year. However, this experience wouldn’t be possible without the help a comic and game store in downtown Joplin. “Hurley’s Heroes has been very supportive of the club from day one. They have donated comics for our club to use and are gracious enough to host us for Free Comic Book Day every May,” said Wolfshorndl. Through the comic book making process, students learn about visual storytelling, character creation, creative writing, inking, lettering, artistic collaboration and book publishing. According to Wolfshorndl, members also learn that “having a good idea is only the beginning of the process.” “One could have the most engaging art, but if their story is terrible, nobody will want to read it. I would say learning how to tell stories, even if they don’t have words, is one of the most valuable skills that one learns by being in Cartoonist Club,” said Cunningham. The one thing she loves the most is the ability to learn from and aid other artists. The club offers a unique opportunity for artists to work closely together and help each other out. “It is very energizing to see all of the different ideas and styles of the different members,” said Wolfshorndl. “Their excitement is contagious, and I enjoy helping them get their work out into the world.”


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Photo by Halli Robinson It Takes TooTwo “May the best man win” brings a married couple to teach at the same school By Halli Robinson When Brendan and Amber Cooney first applied to work at Joplin High School as a young couple, they couldn’t have imagined they would end up as a husband and wife working side by side. The Cooneys both interviewed for a job at JHS on the same day, and they had some fun with the competition. “We even had a ‘may the best man win’ conversation. We were shocked when we were both offered positions on the same day,” said Amber. Brendan was the first to find out he got the job, and it was hours before Amber received her notice. “We went out for a celebration dinner which was awful,” said Brendan. “She was just like, ‘I’m so happy for you,’ and you know she’s thinking ‘I’ve got to figure out what my gig is next year.’” When they first began their jobs at Joplin High School, Amber was hesitant to share their relationship with others. “I was a little bit nervous,” said Amber. “I really wanted us to be seen by students and staff as professionals rather than a cute couple. So I wouldn’t let Mr. Cooney talk about it for a while. He thought I was silly. I probably was.” Eventually, though, their relationship began to be noticed. “I referenced my girlfriend often and then eventually students figured it out,” said Brendan. “I had a student in class one day say, ‘Mr. Cooney, is your girlfriend Ms. Gilmer?’ and I just had to say, ‘Yes it is.’” As their relationship grew stronger, they eventually made the decision to get married. “He asked me to marry him on the anniversary of the day he told me he had a crush on me,” said Amber. They began their first year of teaching as a married couple and they find the arrangement works well for them. “It’s nice to have someone to share my hopes and concerns with. He understands my job, and I understand his,” said Amber. Working in the same department has given them the opportunity to learn from each other, which they believe ultimately helps them be better teachers. “Mr. Cooney is a really dynamic, entertaining teacher. I’m always amazed at how students are engaged with him when he speaks,” said Amber. When they get home each day, they try to put their work life aside and focus on other things. “We go home and there are nights where our jobs have been consuming us and we cannot talk about work anymore,” said Brendan. With one daughter, Emma, and one child on the way, the Cooneys are excited to start their new life together in Joplin and at JHS. “We enjoy what we’re doing here at Joplin,” said Brendan. “We enjoy what we’ve started here.” Spring Break 101 Eleven ways to have an unforgettable spring break By Emma Simon Play citywide truth or dare Get a group of friends together and split into pairs. Compile a list of fun things to do around town such as getting matching pajamas or buying a single jelly bean at Candy Craze. FRISCO TRAIL Whether you’re walking a dog, riding a bike or talking with a friend, springtime is always the perfect time to go outside. SEARCH AND EVADE Get a group of friends together, start in a central location and break up into groups. Some in cars, some walking around to get to the designated finish point. If the people in the cars find you, you’re out of the game. THIRD THURSDAY Starting up in March, Downtown Joplin’s Third Thursday is a big event that happens every month. Grab some friends and go enjoy local shops and food. ULTIMATE FRISBEE What’s the harm in a little competition between friends? WILDCAT GLADES Flowers are blooming and the weather is perfect. Why not see what trees you can climb? GEOCACHING It’s like an exciting treasure hunt (but by GPS). THE GRAND FALLS Throw on some sneakers and go climb on the rocks. HAVE A PICNIC Go to your favorite park and make plenty of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for all of your friends. FISHING Grab a pole and some bait and head down to the nearest creek. SPORTING EVENTS Whether it is a high school baseball game or The Royals, it is bound to be fun.


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feature | 11 FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE The diverse population of Joplin High School reflects various cultures of the world. JHS serves as both a home and place of opportunity for many individuals--especially those that have crossed oceans to experience the “American dream.” For sophomore Yourong Tang, immigration to the United States was something that required years of planning. Born in northern central China, Tang experienced a lifestyle and culture that revolved around education. “Your entire focus was on school. Friends were just something that happened during school. And your teachers were the most important people in your life,” said Tang. It was the drive for education that motivated her mother to travel beyond the borders of China in pursuit of a degree at the University of Missouri in Columbia. In January of 2009, six years after her mother’s immigration, Tang made the same journey. “When she (Tang’s mother) came here, she realized it was a really nice environment compared to the one in China, because [there’s] more freedom, and the kids are more creative,” said Tang. While the initial transition was difficult for Tang--she was moved down a grade level due to her age and little knowledge of English--she ultimately experienced an environment where she was able to grow and develop into her own person. Her proudest moment to date is the day she graduated from the fifth grade. “I know that hard work pays off,” said Tang. Roughly half a year ago, junior Owen Richardson prepared for a similar adventure. Originally born as a citizen of Atlanta, Georgia, Richardson moved to the Bahamas when he was nine months old. His parents, both of Bahamian descent, wanted him to experience life growing up in their native country. His family moved back to the United States following a scholarship offer from MSSU, which contracted his brother as a football player for the college’s team. SPANISH TRANSLATION El diverso población de Joplin High School refleja las muchas culturas de el mando. JHS sirve tan una casa y el lugar de oportunidad por muchos individuales – especialmente aquellos que cruzaron los océanos experimentar el sueño americano. Por segundo año preparatoria estudiante, inmigración a la Estados Unidos estuvo algo que requería los años de preparación. Nacía en norteña central China, Tang experimentó un estilo de vida y la cultura que enfocaba en educación. “Tu entera concentración estuvo en la escuela. Amigos estaban solo algo que pasó durante la escuela. Y tu maestros estuvieron la mas importante gente en tu vida,” dijo Tang. Lo era el empujar por educación que motivó su madre viajar mas allá de la frontera de China en persecución de un grado en la Universidad de Missouri en Columbia. En Enero de 2009, seis años después de la inmigración de su madre, Tang fue en la mismo travesía. Angela Vu takes her first steps into the United States. Spanish teacher Mary Vu’s mother lived in a refugee camp in Indonesia for two years before coming to America. profile MARY VU “[My parents] came here as refugees. [They have lived in America for] over twenty years. My dad came here because my grandfather wanted to avoid being part of the [Vietnam] war. He didn’t want to see his children get drafted and die. My mom came here...for the same reasons, for more security and for a better life. Every day, [my maternal grandfather] would take [my mother] to school. One day, he was...taking her as normal, and instead of bringing her to the school, he put her on a boat and said, ‘Okay. We will see you in America.’ My mom had to stay at a refugee camp for a year in Indonesia. [My parents] made me a really strong person just by setting their very own example of being hardworking and having a lot of integrity and just being really generous and kind people. They taught me hard work. They taught me to respect authority.”


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profile tulsi nursariwala “[My mom] was nine when she came here. It was because my grandparents did not have a great life [in India]. Of course [there was] the American dream. They wanted that...so they came here. My dad actually went to Paris first to become a sous chef. He didn’t like Paris that well because it was cold. He went back to India…[and eventually] he came here. They [have] lived here since ‘91. My parents weren’t always this successful. I remember living out of a hotel room with them until I was five or six. My grandparents live with me six months out of the year because they visit from India. The other three months I live in India for the summer. In the beginning I was more heavily [influenced by] the Indian culture because I grew up in India from 18 months to four years. I never stray from that culture. I’m always with my grandparents because they speak my language and [share] my culture. In the house, I can’t speak English. I have to speak my language so I don’t forget.” feature | 12 “I think it is a good experience being here. There are more opportunities here. If I do get the opportunity to go to college, I will,” said Richardson. He has found his experience at JHS to be unique, especially because of his exposure to technology. “It’s phenomenal (technology). [We] didn’t have [that] back at [my] old school,” said Richardson. Family played a role in Junior Hamza Kamran’s immigration to America. Kamran, born in Pakistan, moved to the U.S. because his father found a job opportunity. Having a Pakistani background has influenced his outlook on life. “It gives me a different perspective. I see things unlike other people,” said Kamran. Like Kamran, German teacher Tina Movick moved to the U.S. because of family. Born in Germany, Movick migrated to the U.S. 35 years ago when her mother married an American airman. She had to overcome obstacles such as the language. At the time, classes like English as a second language were not provided. For Movick, living in a world with two different cultures was difficult. “I’ve always felt torn. Part of me is from Germany. Part of me is from here,” said Movick. In contrast, senior Kathy Muñoz recognizes the advantage of being exposed to various cultures. “I have a more open mind than some people, because some people have always lived here, and this is the only world they know,” said Muñoz. While she was born in the U.S., Muñoz has consistently traveled between two homes: one in Missouri and one in Léon, Guanajuato, Mexico. “I like how they’re fun in Mexico, but I like it here, too. I love both. I’ve grown up with both,” said Muñoz. In Mexico, Muñoz was exposed to a culture that focused on family and social unity. In the U.S., she is able to experience a slightly different outlook: one of individualism and self-initiative. “Here, after high school, you’re thinking of becoming independent and staying away from family. Over there, it is really common to see 25-year-olds living with their parents,” said Muñoz. Adapting to the differences that exist between Hispanic and “THIS IS THE LAND OF OPPORTUN Top left: Tulsi Nursariwala’s parents do housekeeping in their motel, Budget Inn. At the time, her parents could not afford employees, so they operated the entire motel themselves. Bottom left: Nursariwala and her sister sharing a moment in their parents’ parking lot. Her family once owned one of the first motels in Joplin. -O


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OF feature | 13 American culture can be difficult, especially in regards to language and communication, but Muñoz has approached each situation with a determination to learn. “It’s a very good challenge for yourself to know about more cultures, and those cultures become part of your experience,” said Muñoz. Just recently, Muñoz established both cultures in her life by earning her Mexican citizenship, while maintaining her American citizenship. Though she misses the food and bustle of Mexico, Muñoz appreciates the students of JHS. “They’re very welcoming and very sociable and they don’t make you feel like you’re not a part.” Despite overcoming obstacles following her immigration, senior Stella Ndauwa can now relate to this feeling. “You can have two homes,” said Ndauwa. “I believe that, and this is my home and I’m finally part of the culture and the people I view as family.” Ndauwa immigrated from Narobi, Kenya, at the age of eight. Her family’s primary motivation for coming to the U.S. was to seek increased opportunities, especially in regards to education. “It was kind of like a lottery thing where you got chosen and you won a green card, so our family kind of won the lottery in that aspect,” said Ndauwa. Upon her arrival, she dismissed many preconceived notions about America, one being that life in the states would be easy. “After that initial enchantment faded, I felt kind of lonely because everyone had their own established group—there was this period of loneliness where I felt like I didn’t belong,” said Ndauwa. Over the years, Ndauwa has grappled with finding the balance in being Kenyan and American at the same time. “What motivates me is knowing that this is really a blessing and it’s being presented to me, and it would be a failure on my part to not take advantage of it,” said Ndauwa. Ndauwa became an official citizen of the U.S. in the winter of 2015. “Citizenship is when I realized that we’re not just kind of included, we’re not kind of in the family. We’ve done our part, we’ve tried our best and we’ve been accepted. We’ve been approved, and we hold complete rights as those that we view as our equals,” said Ndauwa. From recent immigrants to lifelong immigrants, Joplin High School is a place where people of different backgrounds are brought together. TUNITY.” -OWEN RICHARDSON, SENIOR profile Audrey Lauriault-Miller “[We’ve been here] for about five or six months. We were in Canada and...my dad is American. [He is from] somewhere in California. We’ve been wanting to move for six years. We were going to Denver, but we have family here. When we saw the schools, we decided to stay. The people aren’t that different, but the way of life is slightly different, especially school. There’s a lot of interaction between Canada and America. I never went to English school before. When I... [came] here and everything was in English, I...[had] problems.” V I S I T E A G L E A L L E Y. C O M FOR MORE PROFILES


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Photo by Guillermo Hernandez Martinez/News-Leader Joplin senior Darrian Guillory has been able to dunk since the 7th grade. If you don’t believe it, you can simply Google his name and find the numerous videos showcasing his abilities. Recently however, he has taken this skill to the next level, performing in multiple dunk contests. He has placed either first or second in five of the six competitions he has participated in.; His sophomore year, Guillory placed second at the Neosho Holiday Classic. Malik Monk, who recently committed to the University of Kentucky, won the competition.


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SPORTS | 15 Guillory considered this contest one of his favorites. “The atmosphere in that gym was ridiculous and going up against him (Malik Monk) was pretty amazing,” said Guillory. “He’s one of the best players in the country.” Guillory followed that performance up a year later with a first place finish at the Mid-Missouri Bank All-Star Slam Dunk Contest held in Lebanon, Missouri. His other win came at the Joe Machens Great 8 Classic Slam Dunk contest in Jefferson City. Guillory also performed at the Ralph Miller Classic in Chanute, Kansas and at an AAU tournament in Las Vegas where he placed second. In his most recent contest, the Bass Pro Tournament of Champions, Guillory finished second. He believes this was his best overall performance, even though he did not win. “ONCE YOU GET A DUNK DOWN, THE CROWD GOING WILD, THAT’S PROBABLY THE BEST FEELING.” - DARRIAN GUILLORY, SENIOR “There were guys from all over the nation there. Finishing second in that one was definitely a test of my ability,” he said. His go to dunks were a large part of why he finished second at the Bass Pro Tournament of Champions. “I usually start of with a double pump 360 or a reverse windmill, something that looks nice but isn’t too difficult,” said Guillory. Guillory’s favorite thing about participating in the contests is the atmosphere that comes from getting a good dunk. “Once you get a dunk down, the crowd going wild. That’s probably the best feeling,” said Guillory. The contest formats vary, giving participants 30 seconds to a full minute to successfully complete a dunk. Guillory thought that the 30-second format at the Bass Pro Tournament of Champions was a little rushed and admitted that he favors the extra time. “I didn’t really like that format, but it was what it was,” said Guillory. He contributes his success in the dunk contests to basketball and weights training. “Playing basketball helps me to maintain my vertical,” he said. Guillory has proven his ability to throw it down and may have the chance to show his skills more times this year. on the right track JHS track stars train in hopes of returning to State competition By Becca Brown As winter sports are coming to a close, Joplin High School athletes are preparing themselves for the spring sports season that is right around the corner. The season of tennis practices and day long track meets is almost here. Junior Shelby Beaver has been involved in track since 7th grade. She throws the shotput and discus. Beaver has gone to the State competition for the past two years. She placed 6th her freshman year and 7th her sophomore year. As she enters her junior year of track season, Beaver hopes to make it to State for the third year in a row. “This year, I hope to make it to State and maybe get college offers so I can prepare for my future,” said Beaver. With the stress of track meets and improving previous records, it is important for Beaver to have friends along every step of the way. “The people I’m around are my favorite thing about track, because it makes it a more fun environment.” Despite the stress, Beaver is glad she hasn’t given up on the sport. “Track is a lot of fun, but it is a lot of work. If you really like it, stick with it,” she said. Senior Colton Harbin is a member of track and runs the open 100, open 200 and 100 and 200 relays. Harbin is also hoping to return to the competition in order to beat his previous records. “My proudest moment would be last year when I went to State. I qualified with 13th in the open 100 with a time of 10.9. I hope to go to State again and try to beat my record from last year. I also want to place in the top 10,” said Harbin. Like Beaver, Harbin believes it takes practice to get better. “I worked hard every day at practice, trying to get better. Towards the beginning of the season, I just work on pace work, like long distances to get my stamina built up. Once the meets start happening, I just do speed work to get my speed built up.” Harbin also agrees that the best thing about track is being able to do it with his friends. “My favorite thing is having my friends out there with me. Track is a great environment with friends and great coaches,” he said. The school record for the open 100 is 10.66 seconds. One of Harbin’s goals is to beat that record.



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