Spyglass: Volume LVI | Issue IV | March 2015


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Volume LVI | Issue IV Joplin High School March 2015 Missing in action | Pg 7 Media’s Mask | Pg 14 Branded, bubbly and blonde | Pg 16


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eaglealley.com @EagleAlleyJHS Cover photo by Matt McMullen 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 correspondances to adviser, Mary Crane, marycrane@joplinschools.org or Rylee Hartwell, Editor, ryleehartwell@joplinschools.org Locked In Distant Relatives Facing the Ultime Let-down Missing in Action A Haitian Holiday Oh the Places You’ll Go Teen Suicide Media’s Mask A New Start One Swimmer, Two Swimmers Branded, Bubbly and Blonde Swapping Out The Real Superheroes Stranger Danger 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Rylee Hartwell Emma Thompson Matt McMullen Chris Martucci Kathleen Hughes Devon Johnson Logan Whitehead Mrs. Mary Crane Editor-In-Chief Assistant Editor Layout & Design Editor Sports Editor Copy Editor Photographer Business Manager Adviser Staff Emma Claybrook Nene Adams Jennifer Nguyen Maggie Baker Sarah Peterson Taylor Ford


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4 NEWS Joplin High School Locked In Metal fencing goes up around perimeter of new high school Story and photo by Emma Thompson Students and faculty alike have been confused by the metal fencing surrounding the high school. One question is still up in the air: What is the purpose of these fences? According to Kerry Sachetta, the design and openness of the school was taken into consideration when deciding to implement the fencing. “We decided that we wanted an extra layer of protection because we felt like the courtyards were places that students and teachers would want to be in for activities that they would be involved in,” said Sachetta. Sachetta discussed the “long term safety that would be good for our school” and the ability for students to utilize the courtyard space before and after school. The design of the new fencing is similar to that of the rod iron type fences that served as a protective barrier for the Rose Garden at the old high school. This safety precaution allowed students to visit the outside courtyard between classes or during lunch without having to worry about their safety. A similar idea was behind the fencing at the now new high school. “If you don’t have the fence, you don’t have the opportunity for security,” said Sachetta. “It’s another barrier for someone to get over. This isn’t a college campus; this is a high school campus. (And) We want to protect them (the students).” The fencing is not limited to only in-school activities; it could easily be utilized to hold different dances or blackbox theater performances where tickets could be taken at the door/fences and then the gates would be closed to keep those participating in the play and audience safe inside. Students agree that the implementation of the fences could be useful and would allow enjoyable outside activities during the day. “I’ll look forward to being able to go outside... It makes it a lot easier to come to school, because you don’t feel like you’re trapped in the school all day if you can go outside,” said Annie Strickling, junior. While the safety that will be brought with the fencing is apparent, some are skeptical of the appearance. “It is necessary for the safety of the students, but I feel like the fence out there is too industrial (looking),” said Kristi McGowen, business teacher. “It doesn’t enhance our school; it takes away from the beauty of it,” said Estrella Arreola, junior. According to Sachetta, landscaping will come in time to make the fences look more appealing and inviting. This could include heightened evergreens or other plants over time. “There needs to be something besides the school that catches your attention in some way,” said Arreola. “Maybe they could find a way to represent the school on the fences.”


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eaglealley.com FEATURE 5 Distant Relatives JHS students visit extended family in countries all over the world By Sarah Peterson For some people, a visit to a grandparent’s house is as easy as driving a few minutes up the road. For others, the trip is thousands of miles and the time between one trip and the next can be years. Six years passed between Junior Anum Ahmed’s visits to see her extended family in Pakistan. Her recent trip was only the second she can remember. “It’s so different to see everyone grown up after six years,” she said. According to her, Pakistan is unlike America in many ways, but most notably in the cultural values. Families in Pakistan are more connected. “My parents raised me have Pakistani values, so it’s nice to be around the same type of people,” she said. Visits are even less frequent for senior Omar Ahmed, whose aunt and cousins live in Karachi, Pakistan. The only time he has ever traveled to see them was eight years ago. “Since I hadn’t seen them ever before in my life, I knew they were family, but it didn’t seem like it,” he said. He agrees that Pakistan is not at all like America. One aspect that is strange for him is seeing his own race not in the minority. “The experience overall is completely different. It’s like a new world,” he said. Sophomore Annie Le’s entire extended family, including over 30 cousins, lives in Vietnam. She visits every three years, but has trouble staying in contact otherwise. “In a way, I’m envious of people whose families live closer,” she said, “but I’ve gotten used to it.” Since her holidays can’t be spent with her relatives, she spends it with other Vietnamese families around Joplin. “You kind of think of them as your family because they are in the same situation as you,” she said. Almost all of senior Suma Ancha’s family lives in India, which she visits about every year. She describes Indian cities as a very different experience from American ones. Major differences include the crowdedness and the religious respect for cows. Her favorite part of visiting is seeing how much her family has grown up and how much everything has changed over a few years. “At first, it feels like they’re just friends because I don’t see them very often. After a few weeks, though, it feels like normal,” she said. Although it’s not always easy to be away from family for long periods of time, people with family in far away places get to enjoy the time they have together and experience a different way of life. Junior Anum Ahmed visits the Badshahi Mosque. She traveled to Pakistan over Christmas break to see her family there.


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6 FEATURE Joplin High School Facing the Ultimate Let-down Basketball athletes overcoming injuries during season By Nene Adams “Being an athlete, I’ve always done something. I’ve never stood still,” said Carlos Santillan, senior boys basketball player. “I wasn’t fine with that (being told to do nothing), I needed to go out and shoot or something and to get better.” As basketball season began, students interested in being a part of the team came forward. Santillan and along with his teammates went through weeks of practice and training in order to be ready for the first game. The way he thought his season would go, quickly changed. On Dec. 20, Santillan broke his arm during a game against Webb City, when he was going up for a shoot and his legs were knocked out from underneath him. Trying to brace his fall, he put his hands out in front of him, snapping his bone. X-rays of his arm, revealed it was a clean break. Santillan burst into tears. He felt at that time, all his hard work was for nothing and with it being his final year to play for Joplin made the injury more difficult to face. “I had such big expectations for myself going into the season and this happening, it just crushed my heart,” he said. Devastated, Santillan said he had never been in a dark place in his mind. However, when the injury occurred and he was at the hospital, he was angry at the world. “I’ve cried in my lifetime but I’ve never cried so much like I did,” he said. According to Santillan, he overcame the pain, injury, and mental effects through strong support from family and friends. When he thinks back to that moment, he realizes that family and friends is the reason why he didn’t give up. “It was some pretty bad adversity that I came across. But without them keeping my spirits alive, I don’t know if I’d be at the mindset I am right now,” he said. Santillan had an operation on his arm the following morning after the break. He was in a cast for about a week in a half. According to the doctor, it was amazing because an injury similar to Santillan’s would usually take up to about four months to heal. Not long after Santillan’s injury came Brittany Dutton’s. A sophomore on the girls basketball team, she broke her wrist in two different places in the middle of December. During the Seneca basketball game, Joplin vs. Seneca, Dutton was shooting a basket and coming down, a girl from Seneca was right behind and made her fall, resulting in landing on her wrist. “It kind of put me down because it was a major setback with not being able to play basketball for awhile. And not being able to do a lot of things,” she said. “It was just hard to overcome, realizing the fact that I’d be out most of the rest of the season.” From this injury, Dutton realized how much she used her right hand as she learned to focus on how to use her left. In basketball, players learn to dribble with both hands, so not only did she improve with dribbling with her non-dominant hand. As of the middle of February, Dutton is learning to lead from the bench as she watches her teammates play, encouraging them. After being in a cast for two weeks and then a splint, she has been working with a physical therapist to help the healing process. After going to every single one of their teammates games, both athletes want to come back and play stronger than they had. As days go by, they learn to face their obstacles, work through it and overcome it. “I can’t really be a part of the team when I wanted to be. But I kind of am, just not ‘how’ I wanted to be,” said Dutton. As the beginning of February, both athletes are on the court once again after being released. The boys basketball team will wrap up their season near the ending of February, the last week, district started and conference being Feb. 6. While girls basketball season will be wrapping up about Feb. 23. Brittany Dutton, second from left, watches her teammates at a home game. Dutton broke her wrist during a game against Seneca. Photos taken by Yearbook Staff Carlos Santillan chest bumps with fellow team member Jace Braker. Santillan sat out due to a broken arm early in the season.


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eaglealley.com FEATURE 7 Missing in Action Joplin “HOPE” sign has been moved to a new location By Kathleen Hughes After the tornado hit Joplin, Missouri on May 22, 2011, one of the many things that helped to lift the residents’ spirits from grief was seeing an individual had written “HOPE” on the Joplin High School sign with grey duct tape. This outreach was able to help draw our community closer together and become “Joplin Strong”. Due to construction, the sign was moved to the Joplin Museum to be assembled for the public to view. “The school district decided to move it there so the memory could be shared for future generations as a part of Joplin history,” said Dr. Kerry Sachetta, JHS principal. Even though there are not any plans, at this time, to move the sign back on JHS grounds, there is a painting in the li- brary of it that was donated by a local artist. “The sign was a reminder of the spirit of our school family, what is important to all of us ‘education’ and mainly the community spirit in Joplin to help rebuild our schools and our town. Also, to many, the sign is a stark reminder of the 161 people who lost their lives and the tragedy,” said Sachetta. With the sign being held at the local Joplin Museum, it will be available for tourists, community members and children in the future to come. Sachetta said, “Many people recall the destroyed high school in the background, but they also remember we would not let the tornado stop us, or define who we are as a community.”


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8 FEATURE Joplin High School A Haitian Holiday Junior Esmeralda Lindsey volunteers at an orphanage in Haiti By Sarah Peterson Esmeralda Lindsey, junior, is reunited with one of the Haitian children on her most recent trip. This is her fourth time working with Haitian Christian Mission. “We have fun with the kids and bring some toys for them and just let them know that there are people who do care about them.” -Esmeralda Lindsey, Junior Instead of spending her Christmas break relaxing and catching up on sleep, junior Esmeralda Lindsey, did volunteer work for the people of Haiti. Lindsey has taken four week-long service trips to Haiti since she and her family first got involved with Haitian Christian Mission about a year ago. Her visits usually include working at an orphanage of ten children sponsored by her family. She plays with the children and teaches them English. Communication can sometimes be a difficulty between the Haitians, who speak a mixture of Creole and French, and Lindsey, who only knows a little bit of Creole. However, with the help of an interpreter, Lindsey says she has formed many bonds with the children. “We have fun with the kids and bring some toys for them and just let them know that there are people who do care about them,” Lindsey said. In addition to spending time with them, Lindsey’s family helps the children cover their daily needs. She and her mother recently helped them find a new place to live, and they bring donations of food and clothing. According to Lindsey, it is hard for the children to focus on their learning when they haven’t had enough to eat. “When we buy food for them, they can have more than just a little bit in their stomachs and can comprehend more,” she said. She has participated in many different service projects over the course of her visits. While working at a hospital during her first trip, she got to help deliver a baby and hold it after it was born. She identified this as the most memorable experience of her time in Haiti. Another way she often helps out is by putting together “baby bags” with supplies for new mothers. “We make blankets and things so that moms who don’t have anything can have something for their child when they’re born,” she said. Lindsey finds it a lot different to return to America after one of her trips because of how difficult living conditions are in Haiti. While there, the heat is constant and the air conditioning rarely works. There aren’t many roads because of the earthquake, so it takes hours to get from one place to another. “You’re changing the way you live when you go down there,” Lindsey said. According to Lindsey, most Americans have it easy compared to the people of Haiti. Education is not free there, and it is hard for people to find jobs. Many Haitians make goods which they sell on the streets to try to earn some money. “They make their way through life living day by day not knowing what they’re going to do, what’s going to happen, or how they’re going to eat. Most of the time, they only get one meal a day or not even that,” said Lindsey. Lindsey says that her trips have helped her focus on people in need rather than herself, and she hopes to visit Haiti again in September.


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eaglealley.com FEATURE 9 Oh the Places You’ll Go From the classroom to the workplace, FTC welding instructor provides essential skills to students By Briley Beck Life after high school can be a scary thought for most students. It’s a huge transition, no matter what kind of student you are. It’s almost like you’re entering a world of the unknown with the biggest question of all, “What am I going to do?” But luckily with the hands-on training that Franklin Technology Center has to offer, some of that unnecessary added stress can be minimized. Dave Noah, the welding instructor at FTC, encourages his students to obtain a higher education after his program if they so choose. “It just all depends on what you want to do,” he said. Noah teaches one of those hands-on program, with 80% of the time spent in the welding shop and 20% of it is spent in the classroom. He is able to teach his students everyday skills that can be utilized for the rest of their life; whether it’s going into field work, fabrication or becoming an instructor. “With the construction trade that I teach, safety is the number one thing,” Noah said. “Of course, I’m here watching out for their safety. But once they leave me, of course, I don’t go with them.” He works to give them safety training that will eventually follow them into the workforce. Even with some of his most highstrung students, Noah is able to train students to enter in the work field and how to carry themselves in a professional setting. “This is a very serious deal. Accidents happen and death occurs. That’s the very last thing that I want out here,” he said. Noah wishes the very best for his students and wants them to succeed in life, whether it’s through his program or not. Walking out of his classroom with the basic necessary knowledge that can be applied in any field is his goal. “I just want my students to know that they can always come back to see me and have me as a resource.” “Of course, I’m here watching our for their safety. But once they leave me, of course, I don’t go with them.” -Dave Noah, FTC Welding Instructor Photo by Tealar Scott


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Teen Suicide The silent danger haunting America’s teens By Jennifer Nguyen Photo by Matt McMullen


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The real question Amidst the list of sensitive topics, suicide is a subject often ranked near the top. While the severity of this health issue is increasingly made evident through media coverage, especially in recent occurrences, the general public tends to steer away from this discussion because of its “sensitivity.” Even so, many individuals have started questioning the silence that accompanies such a serious matter. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in the United States alone, approximately 39,000 lives are lost annually to intentional self-harm. Of this figure, teenagers and young adults ranging from 10-24 account for nearly 4,600 deaths. To some, 4,600 may not seem that significant of a number. But coupled with the fact suicide is the third leading cause of death in adolescents and young adults, the statistic is far from subtle. The real question remains: What drives an individual to the point of suicide— ultimately, choosing death over life? Investigation: the influence of stress While there isn’t any direct method to understanding the mindset of an individual suffering from suicidal thoughts, health professionals believe there is a way to investigate the general logistics leading up to such a drastic measure. Marda Schroeder, counselor at Joplin High School, credits the basis of understanding the science of suicide to the technical aspect of the human body. Stress is an indicator. The human body responds to all stress in the same manner, whether it be distress or eustress, stress associated with positive experiences. Being able to find a balance with a manageable amount of stress can be a difficult task, and when individuals are stuck in a situation yielding high stress, the “solution” to the problem is not always one that fixes it. Still, this doesn’t explain the entire situation. Nor does it solve the number of deaths resulting from suicide. The overall number on CDC charts has risen each year since 1999. And its stand as third on the teenage death toll hasn’t altered in the past 30 years. Even more alarming is the parallel between suicide and homicide. While homicide is the second leading cause of death in ages 10-24, a graph disclosed by the CDC in 2010 revealed that the number of deaths by homicide did not stray exceedingly far from the number of suicides that occurred that same year. The estimated count surpassed suicide by a slight 200. This means almost as many individuals took their own lives as those that had their lives taken from them. So, why is it American teens are so prone to self-harm? According to Sara Ruth, a mental health counselor at JHS, teenagers are especially vulnerable to experiencing the panic of stress at some point during their development. In fact, it’s normal. Factors such as home life, environmental changes, trauma and personal loss are few of many contributors to the phenomenon. “I think teenagers are under a lot more pressure than we adults seem to think. They’ve got home life stuff, things going on at school, all different kinds of issues that they’ve got to juggle on a daily basis,” said Ruth. Added up, simple everyday aspects of life could become a burden, especially if a youth is experiencing stress from an overwhelming occurrence, such as a busy schedule or even a change in regularity. The first domino to fall produces a problem. Although seemingly simple to an outsider, this initially causes the individual an emotional imbalance. Hormone levels alter, and the individual typically experiences a change in behavior. Examples of this include isolation, varied eating habits and a drain in energy. Suddenly, the motivation to accomplish something is lost, and the individual experiences the feeling of being alone. Intentional harm, means of coping If the problem isn’t resolved and neglects to be addressed, the pressure generally leads to alternate forms of coping. Coping is displayed through various actions and methods. But coping effectively is entirely different from coping self-destructively. Most people automatically refer to habits such as cutting when confronted with the phrase “self-harm.” But it’s important to note that self-harm can take many forms. Substance abuse is one of the more recognized forms. Overdosing on medication, engaging in alcohol abuse and compounding substances are all forms of selfharm that eventually degrade the body to a status unsuitable for ordinary life. “I want to open people’s eyes with awareness and education concerning how we personally respond to stresses and events in life.” -Marda Schroeder, Counselor Joplin high school’s Mental health counselor sara Ruth OCoufnfseilcore’s Suicide prevention hotline CALL 1-800-247-0661 Text 720-7-TXTOZK c100 c228


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12 FEATURE Joplin High School “Is it immediate suicide? No. But it’s behavior that can lead to long-term consequences,” said Schroeder. The more physical aspects to self-harm are unavoidable in such a topic. Common methods used by teenagers are usually executed with tools of availability, which explains the increase of practices such as cutting and burning of the body. But this is not the only facet of physical infliction. Essentially, by putting oneself in a dangerous situation, a person is enabling potential self-harm. Each year, 157,000 youth are medically treated for selfinflicted injuries. The CDC confirmed that more young people survive suicide attempts than those who actually meet death. According to health professionals, most individuals that practice self-harm aren’t seeking death, they are simply trying to cope. And when coping becomes insufficient, suicide becomes a feasible option. This, in itself, is a silent call for help. The list of thoughts that run through the minds of adolescents considering suicide is endless: depression, loneliness, the feeling of being a burden. In addition to these thoughts, the influence of society often adds another load to the shoulder. As said by Schroeder, the words and actions of fellow peers make a difference. Phrases that are presumed to be jokes quite possibly could mean the difference between life and death for a person. Sayings as simple as, “kms,” which translates to “kill myself” and is often used in a kidding manner online, are not to be taken lightly. This is evident in social media when individuals target a user. Multiple cases of cyber-bullying could be discussed, but the point driven by numerous counselors and teachers stands: the power of words, if abused, could be lethal. Without seeking help, individuals clouded with the mentality of self-harm as means of comfort are ultimately exposed to the option of suicide. The snowball effect takes place—one thing leads to another until someone thought to be the farthest from considering such an act, commits the final act. Self-health in today’s society Schroeder believes the importance of self-health in a society such as one that exists today is greatly overlooked. Mental health is associated with social stigmas, and suicide is misunderstood as simply a call to attention. And yet, she said, the depth of such a topic fails to be discussed, and the numbers continue to rise. What can be done to fix this problem? While the answer to this question has yet to be discovered, certain things can be done to counteract the snowball effect with the butterfly effect, the idea that small changes can make a larger difference. Awareness is one of them. “I want to open people’s eyes with awareness and education concerning how we personally respond to stresses and events in life,” said Schroeder. By promoting awareness about teen suicide and allowing individuals to recognize that mental health is not an issue to be ignored, society is ultimately taking a step towards improving the well being of America’s teens. The right message, one that relays the importance of understanding mental health instead of ridiculing it, makes an impact, if only even a small one. Both Schroeder and Ruth agree education is the key. Learning to cope and be proactive about self-health is the first step. Educating others to do the same is one that naturally follows.


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eaglealley.com EDITORIAL 13 Media’s Mask Outside forces are pressuring young women By Logan Whitehead The media is filled with examples of how to look and what is considered “cool.” Girls constantly have immense pressures added to their lives by the heavy demands of society. If they don’t wear what is approved by society or have their hair styled a certain way, they’re judged. And this is not just by their peers but by what the world tells them is right. When walking through the mall or looking through magazines, girls are bombarded with ideas of what is “right.” But what is the actual definition of “right”? The newest trends are thrown in the faces of teens who begin to see them everywhere. Girls cannot walk down the halls of a school without seeing a plethora of the same fashion and next big fads. Girls are looked at negatively if they have a different fashion taste or act differently than others. Since when did different become “wrong”? In elementary school, I remember being told countless times to not only be myself but to also believe in myself. I was told that I am is perfect, just the way I am. But as I’ve grown older, that perception has seemed to shift. Being yourself in high school no longer delivers acceptance from peers. Putting someone down is no longer mean; it’s now just known as expressing an opinion and “being real” with someone. Every girl is at fault for letting society shape these ideas of the perfect girl, but everyone also has the power to overcome them. So how does one avoid the shaping of society and become a woman uninfluenced by the judgement of those around her? The first step towards change is forgetting what society says. Long hair and perfect eyebrows do not make you beautiful. The way people treat others and present themselves does. Statuses in the popularity rankings do not define what individuals will amount to. The real beauty comes from something much deeper than what’s on the outside, and that’s what needs to be remembered. The second step is to be accepting towards others. If someone acts a little differently than or is interested in something most people don’t take interest in, embrace that. Embrace the fact that a person has found who they are and what makes them happy. Personalities are not all carbon copies of each other. That’s what makes each person so beautiful and unique. Everyone is designed to bring something special and different to this world, and that should be acknowledged. The change in today’s society begins with everyone. Each person has to take that step and realize being different is okay. Realizing that people do not all have the same ambitions, and do not all need to look the same in order to fit in is what will transform the world. Originality is the new cool. The first step towards change is forgetting what society says. Long hair and perfect eyebrows do not make you beautiful. Photo by Matt McMullen


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14 SPORTS Joplin High School A New Start Jeff Williams begins the season as head girls basketball coach after two decades as a boys coach By Rylee Hartwell The Joplin High School coaching staff has seen an in house switch in staff this year - between the boys and girls basketball teams. Jeff Williams has taught at JHS for five years, of those years he has been in a head coaching position. He was hired as a boys basketball coach after serving for twenty-five years in a head coaching position. Once Williams moved back to Joplin, his hometown, he continued his career in coaching. Williams soon found out that he was a neighbor of JHS graduate and University of Missouri basketball player, Jeff Hafer. Hafer at the time was working in a regional sales and marketing position and was getting acclimated to his new and sometimes hyper neighbor, Jeff Williams. After some prodding, Hafer was convinced by Williams to work with and be a mentor to the young men. In three years Hafer quit his corporate job, began teaching on a provisional teaching certificate, and joined Williams as assistant boys basketball coach. At the end of the 2013-2014 school year Williams stepped down as head boys basketball coach - only to willingly give the position to Hafer. A young aspiring coach. The sudden resignation of girls head basketball coach, Dustin Larson, made an opening for Williams to begin a new adventure. He hit the ground running recruiting what would become the new Lady Eagles basketball team. “I turned over every rock in the school and hallways to get these girls,” he said. That effort paid off with one of the largest groups of girls trying out for the team in recent JHS history. This is the first year since the May 2011 tornado that the girls basketball program has a Freshman team - a feat that can be attributed to Williams hard work. “Continuity has to be there for any program. You have to be in one spot and to figure out what works best for that community to be winners,” he said of his plans to build the ravished program from the “ground up”. Williams also says that this is an ideal time to be coaching in Joplin. “Helping build a program from Kindergarten to high school is extremely satisfying to me.” He also credits new gymnasiums at each elementary school with more flexibility in helping district wide coaching staff. Photos taken by Yearbook Staff Joplin Carthage Duquesne Neosho Jasper Alba


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eaglealley.com SPORTS 15 One Swimmer, Two Swimmers Sisters Ali and Kate Stauffer leave and continue a swimming legacy at JHS By Chris Martucci It’s quite the rarity to wind up being coached by a member of an athlete’s family. It’s much more rare to have an older sibling coach a younger sibling. For new Joplin High School girls’ swim team assistant coach, Ali Stauffer, and head men’s coach, there is no greater joy than seeing her younger sister, JHS senior Kate Stauffer, competing in a big meet and doing well in it. “As a swimmer, you always get more hype at the big meets,” said Ali. “The atmosphere is there to swim fast and it’s better competition.” Ali and Kate seem to have always been around the pool together. Both participating on the Joplin Stingrays summer swim team together for five seasons. Ali went on to have a successful swimming career at Missouri State. At MSU Ali was a three-time All Missouri Valley Conference first team swimmer as well as an MVC Conference Champion in the 200 freestyle. Her sister Kate will also be advancing to swim at the collegiate level next fall at Lindenwood University in St. Charles. Kate has also had a stellar career at JHS by first making State as an alternate on a relay her freshman year, then qualifying for the 50 and 100-yard freestyles her sophomore year, though she did not qualify for finals. Last year, she swam the 100-yard breastroke and 200-yard individual medley in the B finals, winning the B final in the breastroke and finishing fourth in the IM. Her breastroke time would have placed sixth overall if her time had qualfied in the A final. To top it all off, she qualified in five events, including the two events she swam, this year as well as last year. So far this year she has qualified for the State Championship meet in the 200 IM, the 100 breastroke, 100 freestyle and 50 freestyle. The meet will take place Feb. 20-21 at the Rec Plex in St. Peter’s, Missouri. Kate views having her sister around as a positive influence and a big reason for her drive and determination to be able to do the best that she can do. “(Having Ali around) has affected me in a good way by working with me on the little things I need help on to make me a better swimmer,” said Kate. Sisters Kate and Ali Stauffer discuss Kate’s way to the top in her event. Kate and Ali have been swimming together for nine years. Photo by Kathleen Hughes



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