Spyglass: Volume LVI | Issue V | May 2015


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Volume LVI | Issue V Joplin High School May 2015 back On the grind Page 10 Missouri scholars academy | Page 4 Fun in the sun | Page 12 The legend. the legacy. the student section | Page 18


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4 Missouri scholars academy 5 ap vs. dc 6 post-high school: in progress 7 What comes next? 7 ap test tips 8 jhs sees one retirement this year 9 hitting the target 10 Back on the grind 12 fun in the sun 13 s’more pie, please 14 divergent continued 15 jet14 becomes jethd 16 break beyond borders 18 the student section legacy 19 new opportunities at jhs Spyglass is a 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 correspondance to adviser, Mary Crane, marycrane@joplinschools.org or Rylee Hartwell, Editor, ryleehartwell@joplinschools.org eaglealley.com Cover photo by Katelyn Davis Editor-In-Chief Emma Thompson Assistant Editors Jennifer Nguyen Rylee Hartwell Layout & Design Editor Matt McMullen Sports Editor Chris Martucci Copy Editor Kathleen Hughes Photographer Devon Johnson Business Manager Logan Whitehead Adviser Mrs. Mary Crane Staff Emma Claybrook Nene Adams Maggie Baker Sarah Peterson Taylor Ford


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Feature | Page 4 A summer opportunity creates “a ‘once in a lifetime’ experience” By Jennifer Nguyen For a portion of students, a year’s worth of schooling is more than enough. For those in hopes of attending Missouri Scholars Academy (MSA), the educational experience fails to be interrupted by the coming of summer. Each year, Joplin High School nominates three students to attend MSA, an academic program partially funded and administered by the University of Missouri. The academy, which takes place on the MU campus, accepts 330 of Missouri’s highest-achieving sophomores in high school. Over the course of three weeks in June, scholars are exposed to a curriculum of liberal arts that vary between different traditional styles of high school teaching. “It’s a once in a lifetime experience,” said Kiersten York. Both York and Savannah Spencer, current juniors, represented JHS at the 2014 session of MSA. “(I) learned how to communicate ideas better and how to work with peo- ple more to come up with new ideas, to work through tough problems,” said Spencer. While on campus at MU, scholars reside in dorms and experience a schedule similar to that of the collegiate level. In the morning, each individual attends a major class for three hours followed by a minor in the afternoon and a session of Personal and Social Dynamics (PSD). In addition to classes, a variety of co-curricular activities allow scholars the chance to participate in workshops and observations revolving around different aspects and levels of creativity, innovation and discussion. “I’ve become a lot more outspoken and cultured in general, just because I’ve experienced so many more things because of it (MSA),” said York. One of Spencer’s favorite memories when reminiscing the program includes the performance of a one-man Shakespeare play. York enjoyed PSD, which allowed her to find confidence and discover herself. Both were touched by the annual slam poetry contest held at the academy. Scholars wrote and performed poetry that depicted their personal experiences and observations concerning the subject of life. “I didn’t perform in that (slam poetry), but I loved listening it. It was amazing,” said York. Heading into its 31st year of operation, MSA continues to pose a unique learning community. The JHS attendants for the 2015 session include Sarah Peterson, Anna Graves, and Kendall Vowels. “It’s going to go by a lot faster than expected, so take time to experience everything you can and pay attention. Be open and meet as many new people as you can. It’s a really unique experience to meet that many people,” said Spencer in recommendation to future attendants. Photos contributed by Chris Holmes Scholars enjoy the summer sun while engaging in course objectives. MSA was established as a three-week academy in 1985.


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interest | Page 5 Dual Credit vs. Advanced placement Tips on whether to take Dual Credit or Advanced Placement courses throughout high school Story and photo by Emma Thompson Whether it’s freshman or senior year, class enrollment is a stressful and sometimes lengthy process that requires much contemplation and decision making. A number of courses require prerequisites, others require auditions, and still others cost money that may be hard to come by. A common dilemma for many upperclass students is the choice between AP (Advanced Placement) and DC (Dual Credit) courses. While some may immediately lean towards the more economically doable/efficient decision, there are many factors that need to be taken into consideration when deciding which classes to take over the course of a high school career. GPA Cost AP: AP courses are weighted on a 5.0 grade scale, mean- ing achieving an A in the class would earn a 5.0, a B would earn a 4.0, and so on. This can considerably raise students’ GPA if a heavy amount of AP classes are taken. (If a student does not obtain the highest grade possible, it is possible for a student taking a regular class to outscore you. If this would be of concern, take into consideration the difficulty of the course before taking it.) If high class ranking is of importance, AP classes are probably the way to go. DC: Unlike AP classes, DC classes are weighted on a 4.75 grade scale. This does not mean that a DC course is easier than an AP course under the same title. If a high standing GPA is important, however, the student might prefer to take the AP classes. Many colleges/universities and scholarship programs use the students unweighted GPA, so high school students should take this into consideration when deciding courses. AP: While actual AP classes are free for students, AP ex- ams cost $50. Students are not, however, required to take the AP exam at the end of the year; if a student wishes to only attend the class and not take the $50 test, they are free to do so. High school credit will then be the only credit given for that course. DC: DC classes, on the other hand, cost $150 per course, per semester. While DC classes do cost more money, students do not take a required test at the end of the year in order to get college credit. The grade the student achieves in that class is the grade that will be on his/her college transcript. Scholarships through Innovation Campus are available for students who struggle financially. applying this credit to college AP: Credit earned in an AP class can apply to almost any university across the country. If planning on transferring credit to an out of state college, AP may be what a student may want to lean towards in order to gain this credit. In addition, the score achieved on the AP exam determines how much college credit the student earns. If a student earns the score of a five on an AP end of course exam, this credit will be more widely accepted by colleges across the country than if the same student had earned only a three. Most colleges only accept scores of three or above for college credit. If scoring high on the AP exam is a worry, this may be something students should take into consideration before taking the AP class or signing up for the AP exam. DC: DC class credit will not apply to all colleges in the country. DC classes are offered through local colleges such as Missouri Southern State University and Crowder Community College. These are the first universities that will accept and recognize the credit earned through taking these courses. As a student, make sure to check with the colleges interested in attending to see if they accept the credit that may be earned by taking a DC class, because not all universities in the state of Missouri will recognize the credit earned by taking a DC course in high school.


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Feature | Page 6 post-high school: in progress As one school year ends, another begins Story and photos by Nene Adams As the school year comes closer to an end, especially for seniors, time flies by. Many different questions arise when it comes to college and choosing the right one. Samantha Stout University of Arkansas Fayetteville, Arkansas Accounting Major, Finance Minor Deciding to attend the University of Arkansas, Samantha Stout chose this college due to their nationally ranked business school, great housing options and wide variety of student organizations. Stout didn’t just come up with this conclusion without looking into details, though. Instead, she researched each school she was interested in and made multiple college visits to determine the school she wanted to attend. Prior to the college research, she didn’t want to attend the U of A until she visited the campus and discovered all they had to offer. This resulted in her decision to major in Accounting and minor in Finance at U of A. “I would advise incoming seniors to never procrastinate! Go on multiple college visits to your top schools,” she said. “A college may look a certain way online, but the feel of the campus when you’re actually there can say a lot about a school.” Logan Debyle experienced a similar feeling when he visited the Northwest Missouri State University campus. When comparing it to other universities, the college stood out to him because of the friendliness of the community and the beauty of the campus, which is recognized for a storied athletic program and quality academics. Debyle received a full-ride scholarship, combining academics and athletics. According to Debyle, going through the process of finding a university that is right and then the process of getting accepted can be a bit overwhelming if not prepared. His word of advice to younger students would be to establish a solid GPA, ACT score, and a class rank in the top 50%. “Leave your options open; just because you think you found your dream school doesn’t mean you really have,” he said. “Sometimes the best things are the unexpected ones.” Logan Debyle Northwest Missouri State University Maryville, Missouri Sports Marketing Major, Divinity Minor Kassi Neely Nuremberg Institute of Technology International Business and Business Law Nuremberg, Germany When it comes to Melissa Danner and Kassi Neely, going to college in Germany was an unexpected decision for both of their families. After seeing a picture on Facebook that claimed university tuition was free in Germany, both girls decided to research more into the topic and found out it was true. They came up with the idea that they would attend college in Germany together. Neely strives to go into International Business and Business Law at Nuremberg Institute of Technology, while Danner hopes to attend Guttenberg. Both Neely and Danner had to complete 100-150 hours of German language class before applying. According to Neely, the main reason she wants to go to Germany for college is because she will save a lot of money by doing so. “It will be weird leaving my family and going somewhere new, but I am up for the challenge,” said Danner.


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What comes next? JHS teachers give advice on choosing colleges and applying for scholarships Story and photo by Kathleen Hughes When enrolling for senior year, students may be excited to finally finish their high school career. But then comes the scary part: college. There are many steps an individual must take to get into the college of their choice. Applying for multiple colleges, universities and a vast amount of scholarships can be overwhelming if a person does not pace oneself accordingly. Some things to take into consideration are the price of tuition, all of the possible studies to major in and the scholarships available for certain programs. “I would say that the most difficult aspect would be knowing what you want to major in and which colleges actually have what you want at a price you can afford,” said Kathleen Reiboldt, sophomore English teacher. “Some of the most difficult aspects of applying for scholarships is getting everything completed, submitted correctly and in on time. Many scholarships are time sensitive.” Due to the deadline for applications, students may have a tendency to put off filling out the necessary information until the time comes, which will catch up in the end if not acted upon when initially received. “The best advice I could give to upcoming seniors about applying to college and for scholarships would be to not put it off,” said Rebecca Jakaitis, JHS math teacher. “I personally have a bad habit of procrastination and it certainly doesn’t make my life any easier, especially in stressful times like trying to make a major life decision about what you will be doing after high school.” According to Reiboldt “make sure all required areas are filled out. With student competition for some college spots, you don’t want to be left out because of carelessness and not taking the time to double-check all your information.” Making one mistake could potentially take an individual out of the running to be accepted into a certain college. Remember to fill out applications effectively, but “don’t lose your senior year with your friends because you’re stressed out about something that hasn’t even happened yet,” said Jakaitis. “Don’t defeat your own self by waiting too late to get started with the college or scholarship process. Remember: The early bird gets the worm--or maybe in this case, the dorm,” said Reiboldt. four ways not to stress on the ap test By Chris Martucci With the ushering in of May, the end of school and very important tests are fast approaching. For Advanced Placement (AP) students, it’s also a time to prepare for the AP tests. For most students, the results on these tests determine whether they are accepted into the honors college at the university of their choice or even if they have to worry about taking the same classes while at college. To state the obvious, there is a lot of pressure riding on these tests. #1 Don’t Waste Time on Questions You Won’t Get “Go to the ones you can get easily first,” said JHS AP Literature and Composition teacher Susan Primm. “Then go back to the hard ones.” Everyone has their strengths and weaknesses on something. On the AP test, it’s best to answer the questions you know right off the bat rather than waste time on ones you find difficult to figure out. Save your time and energy. #2 Go From Easiest Essay to Hardest “If a question jumps out at you that you know you can answer fully, do that one first,” said Primm. “It is to enable you to get the most points that you possibly can on the essays.” If one essay question jumps out to you and you know you can really go off on that one, answer that one first before going to the others. #3 Study Throughout the Year “It is very important that you study throughout the year,” said history teacher Will Keczkemethy. “Otherwise, you won’t be able to do well on the test.” It is very important that you study constantly throughout the school year because if you study enough, you’ll know the material like the back of your hand when the time comes to take the test. #4 Get a Good Night’s Sleep “Getting a good night sleep is very important because you will be rested and ready to do your best.” This has been said since the beginning of time; always get a good night sleep the night before the test so as to maximize your potential to do really well. At least eight to eight-and-a-half hours of sleep will do you a lot of good for being prepared.


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Feature | Page 8 JHS sees one retirement this year Kathleen Reiboldt retires after 12 years of teaching Story and photos by Rylee Hartwell “There’s a good kid inside most kids, and somewhere along the way you have to believe in each student,” said Kathleen Reiboldt, English II teacher who at the end of the school year will be the only retiree Joplin High School is anticipating. During her tenure at JHS, one of Reiboldt’s most memorable moments came to her during her first year on the job. After a rough morning in the classroom, Reiboldt was paid a visit by a student. He was returning a book from earlier in the day but had an important goodbye for his teacher. “I’m dropping out, Mrs. Reiboldt, and I wanted to make sure you had your book back,” the student quietly said. “My heart sank,” she said. “I asked him if some of the problems in the classroom that morning had a bearing in his dropping out,” she said. He told her that it wasn’t what she had done but that he “had to leave.” She quickly sat down, talked with the young man and made him make a promise to her before he left: to work for his GED. She assured him that she would “keep tabs” on his progress. The young man, from that point on, periodically came back to school to visit and update her on his life. “All he needed was somebody who was there as a shoulder to lean on and to talk with,” she said. Reiboldt has taught at JHS for the past nine years. She began her teaching career after time as a church secretary and her role of being a mother and the wife of a dairy farmer. The decision to pursue a teaching career later in life seemed something that “fit” for Reiboldt because of a love for the English language and education. After a quick decision to enroll in a single course at Crowder College, Reiboldt decided to proceed “full speed ahead” with her degree. That summer, she enrolled in 18 credit hours and began an accelerated course load to be in the classroom quicker. She then attended Missouri Southern State University to receive a Bachelor of Science in English. After doing both her junior internship and student teaching at JHS, she was encouraged by her colleagues in the English department to apply for a teaching position. Much like other new teachers, Reiboldt “spent the first year getting her feet wet” in her newly chosen profession. In 2009, she chose to work toward a Masters Degree in Teacher Leadership. In 18 months Reiboldt graduated with her M.S. from Northwest Missouri State University. In her retirement, Reiboldt is planning on giving more time to a long-time hobby: gardening. She also has plans to become more involved in the community, care for her father, nurture relationships with old friends forgotten, and be a helpmate to her husband with his duties in Jefferson City, where he serves as a state representative. Mrs. Reiboldt has been married to her husband, Bill, for 42 years. Together the couple have made their home on the Reiboldt family farm in rural Neosho. The two have three children and eight grandchildren.


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feature | Page 9 Photos contributed Over the past few years, archery has become a trend that everyone wants to get in on, and now JHS is taking on the trend too. Joplin High has offered archery as a club for two years. With help from Brent Lovekamp, Kevin Sawyer and Adam Bell, the archery team is able to learn and put into practice new skills through archery. Bell saw how much Fusion was making an impact in the student population, and decided he wanted to impact the student body in a similar way. “At times it is difficult being the tech guy when my only interaction with students is when they are in trouble or having computer issues,” Bell said. Bell finds it an important matter to connect with students and share life experiences. As a young child, Bell grew up hunting with his father and discovered a new eagerness for the outdoors. “About 20 years ago I got into bow hunting and my passion quickly grew to an obsession.” Now, The archery team, led by Bell himself, competed at many tournaments and received fourth place at the state tournament. Sami Lee, junior, was also placed third in the female division and qualified to participate in the national tournament. “When I heard that the school was getting a team, I knew I wanted to join,” said Lee. Hard work has paid off for Lee who is ready to welcome newcomers to the team. “We are a big family and everyone is always welcome,” Lee said. Each week before a tournament, a shoot off is held to see who will earn the 24 spots on the team. “We do this before every tournament so that our team continues to get stronger as the season goes,” Bell said. Each week, the team will practice for an hour and forty-five minutes five times a week. Members are only required to attend three out of the five. When the shooters compete, they are scored on 15 shots from 10 meters and 15 shots from 15 meters for a possible total of 300 points. The Joplin archery team is a growing program. “The single largest accomplishment this year was showing up at every tournament with a team capable of winning the tournament and knowing that all 24 of them were passing every one of their classes,” Bell said. Contact Adam Bell if interested in joining next year’s archery team. hitting the target JHS Archery club takes big strides this school year By Maggie Baker o wnership • decisions • people yoWureLaOreCPARLLOYU-ODWtoNbEeD independent bank. Since 1979, all of our decisions are made right here by people you know! We offer all the great services you expect. 417.623.5959 smbonline.com Joplin • Carthage • Duquesne • Neosho • Jasper • Alba


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back On the grind Baseball player reflects on all the hard work and dedication it took to get back into the game after a life changing accident Photo and story by Devon Johnson


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Feature | Page 11 Photos by Katelyn Davis “One of the best moments of my life was getting back on better,” said Hall. that field again,” said Joplin High School junior, Zachary Hall, Ever since that game, Hall has been getting a lot of positive varsity baseball player who endured a traumatic accident feedback not only from his friends and family, but from the resulting in the loss of half his right leg. Joplin community. On July 4, 2014, Hall was enjoying his Independence Day “All of their support really just gets me motivated to be the at the lake with friends when the unimaginable happened: best that I can be and even better than that,” said Hall. a driver of a boat did not see him in the water and the boat’s Kirk Harryman, JHS Varsity Baseball Coach, is very happy propeller struck his right leg. Hall was then lifeflighted to for Hall and enjoys watching him play. Freeman Hospital and taken to Children’s Mercy located in “Seven months ago it was a question of whether or not he Kansas City. would even be able to walk. Now for him to “My first thought was, am I going to survive or not?” said Hall. “And then along the lines of, when am I going to be able to “Seven months come back this fast and be able to compete at the level he is at is fun to watch and I am very happy for him,” said Harryman. get up and walk again?” Hall spent 16 days in the hospital, ago it was a It means a lot to Hall knowing he can still play the game. Through this process, enduring countless surgeries. In the beginning, Hall said it was a question of the high school pitcher feels like his life is falling back together. physical as well as a mental struggle because of the timing of the healing process. whether or not “At first, when I was in the hospital I definitely felt like giving up and didn’t think “It was definitely a mental challenge considering I didn’t know if I would ever be able to play again,” said Hall. “Right now it is more of a physical challenge just because of the accident itself and losing a part of he would even be able to walk.” I was ever going to play baseball again. Actually, I told my dad that I wanted to be a movie star. I was giving up and trying to find a different path. But now I made my way back to the game and everything is your leg puts you behind the other people. going pretty well.” It’s a grind to get back.” Harryman believes Hall helps with the To get to the place Hall is at now, he has had to endure many treatments in -Kirk Harr yman, emphasis the team uses in baseball about overcoming adversity. Arkansas, Kansas City, and Joplin. Hall described the process as difficult and Baseball Coach “We preach that in life, like the game we play, you will be faced with adversity frustrating, but says his family has helped and how you respond to adversity in life him out the most during this time. reveals your character. I believe Zach has “They made everything available for me and would travel shown his character and his will power in responding to this so I could get treatment at the right treatment facilities. They adversity life has sent his way,” said Harryman. pick me up when I am down and, besides that, my friends Harryman also believes Hall has always had the potential and teammates have really helped me out as well,” said Hall. to be a leader. He witnessed this trait in Hall when he was a After receiving a prosthetic leg that he is now able to use freshman and continues to see it throughout the season. Hall for almost any physical activity, Hall is now back on the field has a very good baseball IQ and has been a big help to the as a starting varsity pitcher. He pitched at the first home young pitchers and players. baseball game, earning a win against McDonald County. “I believe Hall is an inspiration through his comeback on “Getting back on that field was very heartfelt and what a person can accomplish if they put their mind to it and emotional. We won that game so that just made it way work hard to reach their goal,” said Harryman.


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Photo by Emma Thompson fun in the sun Activities to cure your summer boredom By Logan Whitehead Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center Frisco Greenway Trail The Grand Falls Mini Golf Bowling 66 Drive-In Theater Third Thursday Swimming Joplin Aquatic Center Cunningham Ewert Photos by Clara Gillum


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interest | Page 13 s’more pie, please An easy, fun summer recipe By Logan Whitehead Photos by Devon Johnson Looking for a simple, sweet snack for your late summer nights? S’more pies are as easy as pie! The finished product will be a flakey brown crust with gooey chocolate and marshmallows inside. It is great for an easy snack and can be shared with others. Each serving makes about 4-6 pies, depending on the size. Ingredients: · 1 pie crust · 4.4 oz Hershey’s XL Milk Chocolate Bar · 2 cups mini marshmallows · 1 egg white- beaten · flour Instructions: 1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. 2. Sprinkle a pinch of flour onto your surface and unroll the pie crust. 3. Cut the pie crust into evenly sized rectangles, and then knead and flatten the extra dough to produce more rectangles. 4. Break the Hershey bar into segments. 5. Place 3 chocolate bar segments on a rectangle of dough and then place 5-10 marshmallows on top of the chocolate. 6. Place another rectangle of dough on top. 7. Press the edges of the dough together, enclosing the marshmallows and chocolate, and crimp the edges with a fork. 8. Place the pies on a cookie sheet and brush the beaten egg white on top of them. 9. Bake for 14-17 minutes. When done, take the sheet out and let them cool for a few minutes. 10. Enjoy!


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opinion | Page 14 Divergent Continued Insurgent: The second installment in the Divergent series and its recently released movie counterpart By Guest Columnist, Janessa Pasimio-Field The world of dystopian novels was recently gifted with the second installment of Veronica Roth’s best-selling trilogy. Following it’s hit predecessor “Divergent,” “Insurgent” was received with high thrills and anticipation. While Theo James and Shailene Woodley wowed the audiences with their performances, there’s no escaping the die-hard book fans that no doubt scrutinized the movie script to death. After reading the book one day before seeing the movie, I had the advantage of being able to identify every difference the film had. I have to say that while I enjoyed the movie, I definitely prefer the book. Starting with “Divergent,” the storyline consisted of minor alterations, though they did nothing to divert too much from the original plot (See what I did there?). What upset me the most in “Divergent” was the lack of Zeke and Uriah; were they not important enough? At least “Insurgent” introduced Uriah, though I didn’t realize it was him until he already had fifteen minutes of screen time...woops. “Insurgent” was composed of many alterations, though they’re either not worth mentioning, or contain huge spoilers for those who haven’t seen the movie yet (One of those being the relationship between Tris and Four; talk about surprising…). The concept that pushed me to favor the book was the circumstances in which Tris was held captive by the Erudite. In the book, Tris is kept prisoner so that Jeanine Matthews, the leader of Erudite, can run tests to discover more about Divergent people, therefore learning how to eliminate them. In the movie, Tris, the most powerful Divergent that anyone has ever encountered, is held by the Erudite to open...wait for it… A box. That’s right, a box. Granted, the box contains valuable information that could make or break the faction system, but still; I find the tortuous tests run on Tris in the book much more interesting. I expect that there are many people who agree with me and many others that will argue with me for hours; with that being said, the debate all comes down to one thing: a book is a book, and a movie is a movie; a movie cannot ruin a book, nor can a book ruin a movie. I guess we’ll have to agree to disagree.


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News | Page 15 Photos by Emma Thompson Joplin eagles television sees name change JET14 becomes JETHD after local programming changes By Rylee Hartwell Joplin Eagles Television 14 has faced changes over the past few weeks. Due to a programming change with CableOne with broadcast channels, JET14 will move from channel 14 to channel 8. The change also marks a name change for the organization. Effective April 6, JET14 became JETHD. Danny Craven, founder of the program, says that the change will not affect what happens in the classroom. However, the biggest change is upgraded systems that were purchased at the beginning of the school year. The program is now ready to use outlets throughout the school and at all outdoor sports fields. These outlets allow JETHD students to be able to broadcast all sporting and extra-curricular activities live to the community. Previously, all events were recorded and then taken to a server for them to be uploaded and aired. The server was housed at the Joplin Schools Administration Building until the change to JETHD. Now, the system is in the JETHD control room at Joplin High School. In addition to the move the system has the capability to broadcast not only in high definition but also in 4K (a step up from HD). Craven believes with the updates that students have a significant advantage in both the job market and college. “You will be really hard pressed to find technology like this anywhere out there in this area,” he says. Craven also notes that none of the local television stations, colleges, or high schools have the ability to broadcast in 4K or live on a public access station. JETHD serves the exclusive television station for the Joplin School District. The station began in 2005.



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