Spyglass: Volume LVII | Issue II | December 2015

 

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Volume LVII | Issue II Joplin high School December 2015 JHS football players give back to the community with weekend baseball geared towards special needs children Pages 10-12 Around the world | pg 4 zeus visuals | pg 8 king in the ring | pg 14

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What's Inside 4 Around the World in One Day 5 Highly Experimental 6 Behind the Scenes 6 Part-time Employee, Full-time Student 7 Senioritis Survival Kit 8 Zeus Visuals 10 Miracle League 13 Learning the Ropes 14 King in the Ring 15 DIY: Christmas Edition 16 Face the Music 17 Fall Sports Recap 18 Middle School Math Credits 19 Laptop Limbo “Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.” - Albert Einstein students and staff, As Christmas comes around the corner, we like to spend our time thinking about what we’re thankful for: good friends, family and a roof over our heads. We gather with loved ones to express our gratitude for those that have given so much of their time and effort to see us succeed. But this year, along with showing how thankful they are, JHS students are finding big ways to give back to the community, whether it be running canned food drives, buying bicycles for underprivileged children in the community, purchasing pajamas for cancer patients at the St. Louis Children’s Hospital or helping in the efforts of Miracle League. Featured in this issue is not only students’ involvement in the school, but also students’ involvement in the lives of those around them. I can’t think of a better way to show JHS pride and school spirit this Christmas season. -Emma thompson, editor-in-chief 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 Photo by Halli Robinson 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 Briley Beck Audrey Kanan Anna Schweitzer Karly Weber Halli Robinson Annie Le Christina Schweitzer Emma Simon Maggie Brister Ashlynn Scott Becca Brown William Schwarzenberger Staff Mrs. Mary Crane Adviser

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news | 4 ARound the world in one day JHS to host Foreign Language Field Day By Annie Le Photos contributed Hallo. Bonjour. Hola. Due to recent changes in the foreign language department at Missouri Southern State University (MSSU), Joplin High School will host the upcoming Foreign Language Field Day (FLFD) on February 19, 2016. “Because Missouri Southern has had it, I think, for 41 or 43 years and everyone really loved it, everyone was upset, including us, [when they cancelled]. Mr. Young and I looked at each other one day and we said, ‘Let’s do it,”’ said Tina Movick, German teacher at JHS. The planning for the 2016 FLFD began in April and May of the 2014-2015 school year. The change in hosts led to the creation of two new events: translation and grammar. In addition, culture and geography, formerly two separate events, have now merged into one. There has also been a change in the poster contest. In recent years, students were told the theme weeks in advance and created posters before they arrived at the competition. This year, students will be given time and resources to design their posters as an activity during the day. In addition, tests will be graded digitally instead of by Scantrons. “I think it’s going to bring it into the 21st century. We’re able to kind of change some of the competition and make it a little bit more current and incorporate some new ideas that we think will push it into the right direction,” said Chris Young, French teacher. Organizers are seeking volunteers from the community, JHS alumni and university students to help coordinate the day. Foreign language professors from MSSU are attending the event as well. Young and Movick are expecting positive reviews from students and teachers. “We’ll have pretty good feedback. We’re working really hard to make it a great day,” said Young. Students who have long enjoyed FLFD at MSSU are looking Former JHS student Andrew Brown and French teacher Christopher Young pose with trophy won at the 2015 FLFD. Students participating in this year’s FLFD will face competition changes. forward to the new experience. Senior Berenice UrbinaMaturino hopes the 2016 FLFD will mark the beginning of a new tradition for JHS. “With this new building, we have the opportunity to do things like this, and it’s great that we’re taking advantage of it. Mr. Young and the other teachers have been putting in countless hours towards this event, and I am sure that it will show the day of,” she said. For more information on this year’s FLFD, visit www.flfd. weebly.com.

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Seniors Vivian Vu and Noah Chotrow perform a science demonstration on the Eastmorland playground. Members of the JHS science research class take trips to elementary schools throughout the year to coordinate a science camp day for the students. Photos contributed Highly Experimental High school course allows students to conduct scientific research By Sarah Peterson When many people hear the words “science fair,” they think of a painted volcano spouting out baking soda and vinegar. But for the seven students in Karisa Boyer’s science research class, it means a chance to make a serious contribution to scientific discovery as a high school student. “It’s just a really good experience being able to be in the lab, to learn something new and to feel that you’ve actually made a difference in society,” said senior Anum Ahmed. Having completed an award-winning science research project last year, Ahmed is returning this year to study a similar topic. Both projects have focused on finding a topical treatment for cataracts, an increased cloudiness of the lens that can cause blindness. Last year, she worked in the lab adding plant extracts to a solution that simulated cataracts to see if she could decrease the opacity. While she wasn’t able to find a viable treatment, she was able to eliminate plant extracts as a possibility. After winning awards from the MSSU science fair and the Missouri Junior Academy of Science, Ahmed was invited to attend an international science fair in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. “Representatives from so many countries were coming to meet in one place to share their ideas about improving the world,” she said. “It was one of the best experiences of my life.” Her research took a turn over the summer when scientists found a chemical called lanosterol that can dissolve cataracts. For her project this year, Ahmed will test lanosterol on different forms of cataracts in order to monitor and record its effects. “I am truly curious about my results because honestly, nobody knows about lanosterol, so if I could prove that it does work on certain types of cataracts, then that would be amazing,” she said. Senior Gil Salgado is also a second-year science research student, and both of his projects have centered on bacteria and its effect on plant growth. This year, he will test how a certain type of bacteria, cyanobacteria, can be used as a fertilizer. “I think microorganisms have always fascinated me just because they do so much and we don’t even care to think about it,” he said. Senior Vivian Vu plans to study the effects of fluency in multiple languages on a child’s cognitive ability. Having grown up speaking both English and Vietnamese, she had often heard people mention that being bilingual improves cognitive skills but had never seen any concrete research on the subject. “I always see a lot of arguments online about it when I read articles,” she said. “I want to dispel the ideas for myself and see what really is the truth.” The search for a topic was a complicated process for junior Farhath Sulthana. After moving through several different project choices, she finally chose to test the effectiveness herbal remedies on acne bacteria. Her hope is that she will find an alternative to the antibiotics that are quickly becoming ineffective. “[You have] to be self-motivated and to never lose hope because even though it seems really hard at first to find a topic for you, you’ll eventually find one, and it’ll be really fun to carry it out,” she said. The upcoming spring will be filled with hard work for the science research class but also with the exploration of new ideas alongside classmates who share a passion for science and learning.

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feature | 6 Tealar Scott, senior at JHS, works with her favorite model of camera: a Canon 7D. Scott has worked extensively with cameras over her high school career. Behind the scenes Dream job becomes a reality for senior Tealar Scott Story and photo by Briley Beck “What do you want to be when you grow up? What college will you attend? What are you majoring in?” A majority of high school students are asked these questions on a weekly basis, and a good portion have no idea how to answer them. But Tealar Scott, senior at Joplin High School and contributor to the behind the scenes action at JETHD, has just those answers. Scott was offered the position of production assistant at KODE Action 12 News by Nexstar Broadcasting during her junior year of high school. She currently works around 30 hours a week. This opportunity has allowed her to visualize her love for broadcast journalism beyond the classroom. Scott aspires to work at a national news station in New York after finishing college with a television or film production degree. “My [high school] job has prepared me for the real world in many ways, but mostly with communication. Communication is a big deal in my workplace and really, if you want to be successful in life, you’re going to need to know how to communicate with your colleagues,” said Scott. Although she loves her job, it’s not always easy to balance the pressures and responsibilities of being a high school student. “The hardest thing about having a job is finding time to do other things like schoolwork, hanging out with friends and sleeping,” explained Scott. “I stress with balancing schoolwork and my job everyday.” Despite the added responsibilities, Scott wouldn’t change this experience for the world. This job has prepared her for a future career she is passionate about. “Starting so young in this business and having it be my first job gives me a huge advantage with my career as an adult. I already have the skills that some adults are just now being trained for,” she said. “I couldn’t imagine myself working as a waitress or in retail.” part-time employee, full-time student Students balance the stress of schoolwork while maintaining a job By Becca Brown Off the field Phillip Reitz, senior, plays football and is a member of the wrestling team. When he is not on the field or focusing on his schoolwork, he still manages to work a part-time job. Reitz has worked at Price Cutter since early July. Reitz agrees balancing a job and schoolwork can be difficult. “If schoolwork is getting hard, just ask your boss or manager if you can take some time off so you are able to rest and do schoolwork,” said Reitz. Having a job and playing sports has affected the number of hours he is able to work. For Reitz, working while playing a sport often means the sport comes first. “Since it was football season, I only worked weekends. I worked 1-9 p.m. on Saturdays and on Sundays I usually worked 12-9 p.m.,” said Reitz. Off the stage Senior Leah Shipley has been working at Schlotzsky’s for around four months. She believes one of the biggest challenges about having a part-time job while being a full-time student is spending her time wisely. “There are some things I’ve had to sacrifice in order to maintain my job and earn money I need. It gets a little stressful at times because I know that I could be out doing [other] things in the time that I’m working,” said Shipley. When she is not focusing on schoolwork or her job, she participates in show choir, foreign language club, swim and track. Her advice to students who are working as well as going to school is be ready to compromise. “Know what you are willing to sacrifice and don’t take on more than you can handle,” said Shipley. “I had to sadly quit cross country because I didn’t know how to juggle everything at once yet.”

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Caffeine Between college applications, schoolwork and extracurricular activities, late nights are inevitable, and you can get worn down. So, when sleep just does not seem to be an option, coffee usually is. Study groups USE YOUR RESOURCES. This includes other students. This being said, other people’s assignments do not count as your own! Headphones This is a necessity for all high school students, but especially so during senior year. Just remember to listen while your teachers are lecturing. Rogaine Stress causes your hair to fall out. Silver hair may be trending, but I think we can do without going prematurely bald. Nintendo Ds This may actually kill your chances of survival, yet school can get boring. Like with the headphones, please pay attention to your teachers. Tissues You. Will. Cry. Netflix So this may kill your survival chances as well, but since you’ll be procrastinating anyway, you may as well do so by binge-watching Dexter. Panera bread card Panera is like the holy land for seniors and study groups. Having a card is a great way to get rewards since you’ll most likely be there quite often. Budget Food, medications, gas prices, clothes, tissues, this, that, everything! Trust me, the costs will add up, so create a budget for each area of your spending. Creating a good budget senior year will create a good habit for college/ the workforce. interest | 7 Senioritis /sēnyer • īdis/ noun. 1. a supposed affliction of students in their final year of high school or college, characterized by a decline in motivation or performance. 2. The illness that caused me to write this an hour before it was due By Audrey Kanan Senioritis. It’s been said the first step to recovery is admitting to having a problem, and where better to get advice than survivors of this horrific experience? Every person experiences different symptoms, but one graduate described the most common ones. “Symptoms include lack of studying, repeated absences and a generally dismissive attitude,” said Maddie Young, 2014 graduate and current University of Arkansas student. These signs may indicate a need to proceed to step two: seeking help. However, if help is not available, some alumni offered ways to overcome moments of senioritis. The most important treatment is to find a source of motivation, a big one being the cost of college. The possibility of getting money or being introduced to opportunities for the next phase of life pushes seniors to keep their grades up and stay focused. “I kept pushing myself until the end because good scores on my AP exams could save me time and money in college,” said Adelle Kanan, 2014 graduate and current University of Washington student. Step three is dealing with stress. After the initial diagnosis, all the work and applications can feel overwhelming. Identifying primary sources of stress is vital to a full recovery. Young and Kanan both found the preparation for college and life after high school to be the most stressful part of senior year. The best plan is to get college applications and scholarships out of the way to allow time to maintain grades and build memories with friends. Kanan completed her college preparations early so she was able to socialize more and appreciate her final year with childhood friends. Step four includes managing time well and learning to ignore distractions. A typical response to stress is ignoring the problems at hand and filling time with unproductive activities. Being excessively involved in clubs, making final memories with friends and just relaxing can distract from schoolwork and add to stress. The key is to first finish assignments and applications so “relaxation” isn’t constantly interrupted with reminders of an essay or test. “Starting a new show or going to a party always has and always will sound better than staying home and reading a statistics book,” said Kanan. Even though studying and preparing for college is important, the most common advice was that going to school events and appreciating the limited time with friends was what made senior year memorable, not getting distracted with Netflix and giving into the laziness of senioritis. Instead of trying to persevere by ignoring responsibilities, make the most of every minute. “If you hit a spot where you become too stressed worrying about your future, take a second, breathe, think of something funny and realize that there are worse things out there in the world than what you’re worrying about,” said Young.

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feature | 8 JETHD advisers by day, “Zeus” co-founders by night. While Danny Craven and Nathan Ward are usually found collaborating with students in the TV Production rooms of B100, their day doesn’t simply end with the school day. In addition to teaching, both Craven and Ward serve as co-founders of a company that caters to production and marketing. Zeus Visuals was created in 2012. “We started a production company because we’re both creative people and we like to have a creative outlet. Danny and I work very well together, and we thought we could offer our services creatively to people who needed them,” said Ward. Through their company, Craven and Ward offer various services that pertain to branding and visual content, including web design, graphic design, advertising and video production. “There’s always a need for this type of work. There are a lot of people around town and even out of town that need a website produced, a video shot, and we know how to do those things, and we’re good at it,” said Ward. Zeus Visuals serves a wide spectrum of clients ranging from starting businesses to larger scale clients, some cases even being classified as corporate. While they’ve completed works for national clients, most of their work is implemented locally. Given the circumstances of locality and observation, they strive to implement reasonable, local rates. “We are always aware of price, making sure that we do great work and meeting the needs and expectations of the client. We produce ‘national quality work at a local price,’” said Craven. Local telecommunication companies, salons and interior design companies are all but a small sample of the recipients of their work. “When we work for somebody, it’s not just necessarily they hire us to do a website. We go in and find out about that company and do a rebranding on how they look to the customers,” said Ward. Whereas a number of companies fail in their ability to truly encompass the phrase “customer service,” Zeus Visuals prides itself in its ability to develop not only short-term, but also long-term client relationships. “We’re really proud of our communication that we have between ourselves and our clients,” said Craven. Nathan Ward Danny craven Photos contributed

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“The things we do in production aren’t bound to necessarily an eight to five timeline, so that’s what allows us to do those things and still be able to commit 100% to our eight to five jobs.” Nathan Ward, TV Productions Teacher While both Craven and Ward agree balancing two jobs can be difficult at times, they are sure about one thing: their time at JHS is spent focused on their students, and their time outside of JHS is theirs to attend to other occupations. “We really do an excellent job of keeping both time and equipment separate; there is our school life and our work life: Zeus life,” said Craven. “The things we do in production aren’t bound to necessarily an eight to five timeline, so that’s what allows us to do those things and still be able to commit 100% to our eight to five jobs,” said Ward. Combined, Craven and Ward have over 30 years of experience in the advertising industry. Even so, they are constantly monitoring current trends and techniques as the industry changes and applying the techniques observed in Zeus Visuals to their high school curriculum. “We haven’t fallen victim to becoming out of touch with our industry. Zeus keeps us in a position where everything we teach is current. Our knowledge hasn’t stopped,” said Ward. Photos by Annie Le “ My favorite piece of artwork I have ever created was a picture of a bug (pictured right). I made it solely with ink. I like it because normally whenever someone sees it, I can tell if they are artsy. If they are artsy then they will see it and go ‘wow,’ but if they aren’t a really artistic person then they look at it and wonder ‘what is this?’ It can be viewed in two different ways. It’s technically a disintegrating bug, but more positive people tend to view it as a bug coming together and more negative people see it as falling apart. I feel like it just depends where you are in the world right now.” - Jaylene Juarez, Senior “ I want my story to [be] shared with the world in order to help change lives. I live my life as a transgender male student. I go through everything that comes with that. I live with that on a daily basis. I’m someone who gets up everyday and leaves the house to be judged and ridiculed, just to be a role model. I get called plenty of names like ‘it’ and ‘that thing.’ But it doesn’t stop me; I still do me. Not just for myself, but for others who also struggle.” - gino mitchell, Senior

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LMeiaragculee Joplin High School football team strives to better the lives of special needs children in the community By William Henness Photos by Halli Robinson

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“Every child deserves a chance to play baseball.” For the past 15 years, Miracle League has used this motto to reach out to the special needs community. The organization wasn’t able to get to where it is today without help from the community. With volunteers such as the Joplin High School football team, Miracle League has grown to over 240 affiliated leagues serving five different countries. Focused on delivering the special needs community the chance to play baseball, Miracle League openly accepts help from all groups and individuals. Led by new head coach Curtis Jasper, the Eagles soared their way to the best season in years, earning a home district playoff game. But it was their achievements on a different field that drew the attention of many. Making the trip to Will Norton Miracle Field every Saturday to act as “buddies,” the football players have formed relationships with many of the local Miracle Leaguers. “It’s great socialization for the kids. They really develop relationships with the ‘buddies’, coaches and their fellow teammates,” said League President Cameo Harrington. JHS Principal Matthew Harding, a parent and coach for the organization, finds the football team’s commitment beneficial not only for the Miracle League players, but also for the JHS team. “I think it was absolutely amazing for both the kids and the athletes,” said Harding. “It’s good for the football players because it opens up their eyes to the struggles that other kids face just to be able to play the sport.” Football player Korbin Dalton found it especially eye opening. “These kids are amazing. They have feature | 11 A player for the Cardinals swings at a pitch during the Saturday session. Each player is assigned a buddy to help him or her throughout the game. Christian Plassman, senior, leads local miracle leaguers around the bases at Will Norton Miracle Field. The field is made of a rubberized material to reduce injuries and allow for wheelchairs. Spanish Translation Cada niño merecen a oportunidad jugar el béisbol. Durante quince años, Miracle League hicieron este lema su meta. La organización no están en la posición son actualmente sin ayuda. Con los voluntarios tal como el equipo de fútbol americano de Joplin High School, Miracle Leauge crecieron a mas de doscientos y cuarenta afiliado las ligas, mientras sirviendo cinco diferente los países. Centraban en estáis dando la comunidad de necesidades especiales la oportunidad a jugar el béisbol, Miracle League abiertamente aceptan ayuda de todo los grupos y los individuos. Con un entrenador nuevo, The Eagles han tenido una temporada mejor que han tenido en años y años, obtuvieron un barrio desempate partido en casa. “It’s a chance for kids to be kids, to get the support that they deserve, to get to participate in baseball.” - Matthew Harding, Principal

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“A lot of the kids have been told they can’t do things; we tell them that they can.” -Rick Evans, Miracle League Coach so many obstacles to overcome in their lives, and yet they are always smiling and enjoying the game of baseball,” said Dalton. Joplin’s fall season lasted from August 29th to October 3rd. Practices took place on Saturdays and consisted of three one-hour sessions beginning at 9 A.M. and finishing at noon. During the length of the game, every child bats once per inning, gets on base and rounds the bases to score. David Fulton, one of the league’s parents, found the program to be very favorable for the kids involved. “[Miracle League] really builds self-confidence, a sense of accomplishment and self appreciation in the kids. This is a place where families and kids can come out and be themselves,” said David. Miracle League coach Rick Evans has similar views. “The structure of Miracle League really creates a strong backbone,” said Evans. “A lot of the kids have been told they can’t do things; we tell them that they can.” Jasper believes giving back to the community is very important. A variety of structured teams have helped Miracle League since its arrival in Joplin in 2013. Evans believes it means a lot to the children to have a group of mentors they can play with on the field. Speaking on behalf of the special needs community, Miracle League player Roland Fulton is especially thankful for the football team’s help. “It feels good for them to come out here to help the special needs kids. It makes us feel like we are all one community,” said Roland. Community is an important aspect of Miracle League. Harding would love to see more people get involved. “It is the best hour of my week. I’d like to see more involvement, both from kids coming out to play and the number of volunteers. It gives people the chance to see both the athletes and the special needs kids in a different light,” said Harding. The JHS football team helped the organization conclude a successful fall session. “It has been awesome having the football players’ help. We have enjoyed them coming out. It makes it a lot more enjoyable for the players. We want them to come back every year,” said Harrington. Miracle League stresses the importance of giving the special needs community an enjoyable time while also allowing them experiences out of their comfort zone. The JHS football team helped to reinforce this concept. Much like Roland said: “It is just a lot of fun out here.” Buddies Christian Plassman and Truman Lankford (pictured left to right) run with a local miracle leaguer. The Joplin football team volunteered at Miracle League every Saturday during the 11 a.m. session.

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Photos by Karly Weber Jonathan Peña helps a fourth grade student with an assignment. The cadet teaching elementary program has made him change his career path from law enforcement to education. "I have enjoyed working with the children and learning the ins and outs of education." -Jonathan PEÑA, Senior feature| 13 Learning the Ropes Jonathan Peña discovers a new vocation direction while volunteering in the classroom By Kathleen Hughes “There have been a few students each year that come into the program to fill credits and think it will be an easy class, and they end up loving the program and wanting to go into the education program in college,” said Jennifer Morgan, Joplin High School FACs and cadet teaching elementary teacher. Jonathan Peña, senior, happens to be one of the students who became involved in the program and developed a passion for it this year. “Originally, my career plan was to go into law enforcement, but this course has provided an opportunity for me to explore education as a profession,” said Peña. “This course helped me make the decision to change my career path. I now plan to go to college to become a teacher. I am going to get a degree in physical education with a minor in sports medicine.” Peña helps Mr. Eric Beezly at Irving Elementary School teach fourth grade. Although the students learn from him on a daily basis, Peña also benefits from spending time with them. “So far I have learned that they are not shy to come up to me and ask questions. I haven’t been around young kids a lot in my life, so I have observed how innocent they are and how funny they can be. Kids really enjoy life if they feel supported by their teacher,” said Peña. Not only has he learned the ropes from students, he has also obtained knowledge from a teaching standpoint through his cooperating teacher. “[Mr. Beezly] has a lot of energy and teaches with enthusiasm which inspires me to be a great teacher. He is really good about taking time to stop his lesson to answer any questions the students have before he moves on,” said Peña. Having nearly a semester of cadet teaching under his belt, he has made many memories, but there is one that is ongoing. “Everyday this sweet little Spanish speaking student tries to tell me ‘Hi Mr. Peña’ and ‘Bye’ in English. This doesn’t seem very significant, but her native language is Spanish. She doesn’t speak English well so it always puts a smile on my face,” said Peña. His experiences in the program have influenced his life in many different ways. “The biggest change [the cadet teaching elementary program] has made in my life is that I want to become a teacher now. I have enjoyed working with the children and learning the ins and outs of education,” said Peña. He has greatly enjoyed the class and has been taught important skills and values necessary to become a teacher. “I would recommend this to upcoming seniors because I think that if you can teach young kids like first, second or third graders, then you can teach any grade level,” said Peña. “I think even if you are not going to be a teacher that it’s a great experience for everybody.”

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feature| 14 Photo contributed JHS senior makes waves as one of the leading amateur boxers in the area By Karly Weber “If you practice as hard as you should, the fights will be nothing.” This is senior Ishman Wilson’s motto for one of the things he is most passionate about: boxing. Wilson began wrestling his freshman year through Joplin High School. During his sophomore year, he started boxing through Heartland Boxing Gym in Galena, Kansas, alongside his trainer, Dallas Cook. “Ishman is a very talented young man who is very coachable,” said Cook. “The number one reason I love training him is because he has great work ethics and puts his all into working hard at the gym.” During his first two years of boxing, Wilson didn’t participate in any fights. While some people might have been eager to get in the ring, he understood why practice was important. “It wasn’t frustrating not being able to fight the first two years,” said Wilson. “There are a lot of really cool people at my gym I got to spar with, and I knew I needed the practice to be successful.” When he started boxing simply as a hobby, he had no idea how far along he could get in just a few short years. His boxing has improved more than he ever imagined it would. He now has a record of seven and one. “Working hard in the gym has paid off,” said Cook. “It shows in the ring with his exciting fighting style and by him having the best amateur record in the gym.” One of Wilson’s favorite aspects of boxing is being able to to fight alongside some of his boxing role models. He has sparred with every member of Four State Franchise, a group of five local professional boxers, all of whom Wilson looks up to. “I think it’s cool to box because of Dillon and Jesse Cook,” said Wilson. “They really sealed the deal for me.” Wilson has plans much bigger than just continuing boxing as a hobby. “After I graduate, I plan on doing about three more years of amateur boxing, then I want to go professional,” said Wilson. With big dreams, the people around Wilson believe that he has the kind of talent it takes to do whatever he puts his mind to. “Heartland Gym is very proud of him,” said Cook. “And I am looking forward to following him to even more success in and out of the ring.”

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No-Fire S’mores By Christina Schweitzer DIY: Christmas edition Christmas drops By Anna Schweitzer Photos by William Schwarzenberger and Annie Le It’s snowing outside, but you’ve been craving s’mores for days. Don’t waste your time pouting when you could be learning how to bake yummy and delicious No-Fire S’mores. Materials: 10 Jet-Puffed Marshmallows 1 ½ cups of Milk Chocolate Chips 40 Mini Twist Pretzels 8 peppermints 9x13 Baking Sheet Directions: Step 1: Preheat the oven to 200°F. Step 2: Lay out the 9x13 baking sheet on a baking pan. Step 3: Lay 20 pretzels, one inch apart, on the baking pan. (five rows with four pretzels in each) Step 4: Cut the marshmallows in half and place one on top of each pretzel. Step 5: Place the baking pan in the oven for five minutes. Step 6: Crush eight Starlight Peppermints in a bowl. Melt one cup of chocolate chips in the microwave for 45 seconds. Stir the melted chocolate chips until smooth. Step 7: After the five minutes are up, remove the baking pan from the oven and immediately place three chocolate chips on top of each marshmallow. Then place one pretzel on top of the three chocolate chips. Step 8: Place the pan back in the oven for two minutes. Step 9: Remove the baking pan from the oven and drizzle the melted chocolate chips over each s’more. Sprinkle ½ tablespoon of the crushed peppermints on each s’more. Have you ever wanted to wow your friends with something delicious? All it takes is a moderate amount of knowledge on how to use kitchen utensils and the ability to boil liquid; simple enough, right? Listed below is a stepby-step process of how to amaze friends, family and even your grandmother! Materials: ½ cup of chopped green onions ¼ cup of finely sliced garlic 5 eggs 1lb of sausage 1 Tbsp mustard 2 ½ cups of vegetable oil 2 cups of breadcrumbs 1 ½ cup of flour Directions: Step 1: Boil the eggs. This will take approximately 5-7 minutes. Step 2: Mix green onions, garlic, mustard and sausage in a large bowl. Step 3: Spread the flour evenly on a small plate. Put the breadcrumbs in a medium sized bowl. Step 4: After the eggs have cooled, peel the shells carefully. Coat them in flour and then mold the sausage mix around them. Cover them in breadcrumbs. Step 5: Fill half a pan with oil and heat to 365°F. Step 6: Use prongs to place the eggs carefully in the oil. Leave them to cook on one side for 4 minutes, then turn them over and repeat. Preheat the oven to 450°F. Step 7: Put the eggs on a pan and place in the oven to cook for 7-10 minutes. Step 8: Take them out and set them on a plate. They are now ready to eat!

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