Spyglass: Volume LVI | Issue II | October 2014


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4 Biden Visit 9 5 A Flying Start 9 6 Serving the Homeless 10 7 Taking the Extra Mile 12 8 Coffee Shop Craze 12 8 Let Me Do The Honors 13 Editor-In-Chief Rylee Hartwell Assistant Editor Emma Thompson Layout & Design Editor Matt McMullen Sports Editor Chris Martucci Staff Emma Claybrook Nene Adams Jennifer Nguyen Maggie Baker Sarah Peterson Taylor Ford The Wheel Deal 13 Hard Work Honored 14 Fall Sports Update 15 Sew Unique 16 The Crucible 17 Serious Spooking 18 An On-Screen Scare Unsung Heroes Memorable Memoirs Violence in Sports Calorie Crunching Damaging Words Copy Editor Kathleen Hughes Photographer Devon Johnson Business & Advertising Logan Whitehead Adviser Mrs. Mary Crane Students, Fall is here and so is the Spyglass. In this upcoming edi- tion, you will see some of the highlights of the year to date - including coverage of Vice President Joe Biden’s visit to Joplin High School. Students here at JHS are doing some incredible things; from serving the local homeless meals, the drama department making their own costumes, and the continued success of our student run coffee shop JoJoe’s. To the community, thank you, for your continued support and encouragement of the Spyglass and the students at JHS. If you have any stories you would like to see in the Spyglass, tweet me @ryleehartwell or @EagleAlleyJHS to submit those ideas. Serving you, Rylee Hartwell, Editor-In-Chief 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 distrubuted throughout the Joplin R-8 School District and local business sponsors. Please direct all correspondance to adviser, Mary W. Crane, marycrane@joplinschools.org or Rylee Hartwell, Editor, ryleehartwell@joplinschools.org eaglealley.com Cover Photo by Kylie Jones


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NEWS Photo by Matt McMullen Photo by Emma Thompson Vice President, Joe Biden, shakes Kerry Sachetta’s hand before the dedication on Oct. 3. Biden spoke to the students before the dedication and ribbon cutting. Anne Sharp, Board of Education President, joins Gov. Jay Nixon in welcoming Vice President Joe Biden. Sharp was one of eight speakers at the dedication. Joe Biden Speaks at JHS Ribbon Cutting Federal officials join community and school for official opening By Rylee Hartwell @RyleeHartwell Vice President Joe Biden praised Joplin’s “grit and decided the children of Joplin deserved much better. They determination” at a dedication and record-breaking ribbon built a high school not for yesterday, not for today but for cutting which officially “opened” Joplin High School on Oct. tomorrow.” 3. Duncan also praised Joplin superintendent CJ Huff for his In addition to Biden, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, leadership in building a “21st Century learning facility” for Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and U.S. Representative Billy Long students and community. attended the ceremony as the community marked the Mayor Mike Seibert gave a personal account of his high completion of the last major school rebuilding project. The school career at Parkwood High School and how the new 480,000 square-foot building opened Sept. 2 for more than building will serve the students for years to come. 2,200 students. “I can say that if you went to either of the old buildings, can After praising the community’s strength, Biden spoke about you say jealous?” laughed Seibert. local city leadership and the school district’s recovery. After firing up the student body to win their homecoming “I am here because you are the heart and soul of America,” game that evening, Seibert praised Joplin for being, “the Biden said. “We never bend. We never break. We never stop. town that is the new standard of disaster recovery and And we always rebuild.” redevelopment.” Duncan, who spoke regarding his previous trip to Joplin after the “We never bend. We never break. We storm, said he was “full of hope” before leaving JHS in early 2012. “Three years later, it blows me never stop. And we always rebuild.” away. But honestly, I’m not surprised. In that one day I had a sense of the -Joe Biden To round out the ceremony, a portion of a 6.5 mile ribbon was cut by student body President Sadie Wallner. The ribbon is expected to break a previous word record and served as a souvenir for students. For complete video coverage of the fiber of the community. It would be much easier to build a high school Vice President of the United States dedication visit: highschoolcube. com and search “Joplin Eagles that was just here in the past and Television.” replicated that. But the community 4


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FEATURE A Flying Start Alumni encouraged by unity under one roof By Maggie Baker and Matt McMullen @maggiebaker_1 / @_mattmcmullen If students were to compare the graduating Classes of 1959 and 2015, they wouldn’t find many similarities, if any. However, both have more in common than most would think. In 1959, Joplin High School students moved into a new high school which was later damaged by the May 22, 2011 tornado. Recently, the Class of 1959 became one of the first groups to tour the new high school on Sept. 13. “I had a brand new school too and this one is even bigger and better,” said Danny Baker, JHS Class of 1959 graduate. Their class was the first to graduate from, at the time, the new high school. “I enjoyed my time, I don’t think I would’ve changed anything back then,” said Judy Lytle, JHS Class of 1959 graduate. With the new facility’s features, opportunity is chief among older and younger classes. “I’m most excited that the students will be able to attend such an amazing new school and all the opportunities the new facility may bring regarding faculty and programs,” said Stevi Selby, Class of 2011 graduate. The Class of 2011 graduated on May 22, the day of the tornado. With many challenges, it was a time where new opportunities could arise. New courses were created , a 21st Century learning facility was introduced, and Career Pathways was put into action. Now that all campuses have joined together, there is more of a possibility for underclassmen and upperclassmen to build relationships. “I like being at the same campus because it feels like an actual high school. There’s unity between the grades that were previously split up,” said Lauren Stringer, current senior at JHS. 5


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FEATURE Serving the Homeless On Wheels Salvation Army introduces outreach program to bring mobile services to the homeless By Jennifer Nguyen @smiliefacejen Isolated. Nearly 150 people call Jasper County home, yet are secluded from the general population. Most suffer from addiction or mental health and many live in entrenched areas, as well as communities hidden from the public eye. Receptive to makeshift homes and tools, these people understand life on the streets. These people are the homeless. “In Joplin’s community, when dealing with the homeless, there’s an awareness of the homeless population. A desire to help. I think it’s the avenues in which we need to seek out to find the most advantageous way to assist the homeless people from that point into becoming a person that can live independently,” said Captain James Curry, officer of the Salvation Army. Curry, minister of the local center in Joplin, hopes to seek and serve a larger portion of the homeless community with a program predicted to start early next year. By establishing a mobile canteen unit, the Salvation Army aspires to locate homeless communities within Jasper County and supply individuals with resources including food, winter clothing, and hygiene products. “Ultimately, we’re establishing a core with them and a sense of trust that we’re not out there to hurt them in any way. We’re actually out there wanting to help them in every way and supply them with necessary referrals to meet the needs that they might have.” As the program develops, the Salvation Army anticipates expanding with multi-family units, but before any further plans are possible, volunteer involvement is needed. Their jobs include: assembling meals, goodie bags, hygiene kits, recording demographics and working hands-on at the mobile unit. “Since I’m president of Key Club, it opens up a lot of opportunities to get involved and see poverty and how homelessness is a real thing. For service, we go to the Salvation Army and serve food. It allows for something new in action to provide for something needed,” said Ashley Nicholson, Joplin High School senior. Nicholson is driven to volunteer because she is reminded of her blessings everyday. “A student alone is never going to end homelessness. But someone can easily become involved through school organizations and community organizations. One thing will lead to another and you will see that your involvement in someone’s life may not affect the entire population, but making that one change is amazing.” Curry agrees. “Volunteers, get engaged and come. Get involved. It’s really about community participation. It’s not a Salvation Army function,” said Curry. “It’s more of a community collaboration in wanting to assist our homeless in a pure practical way that I don’t think any of them have experienced.” Throughout his 18 years spent with the Salvation Army, Curry has always been eager to see improvement and expose his passion for the homeless to other people. His desire to make a change comes from personal experience. Before his recruitment to the Salvation Army, Curry resided as a homeless person on the streets of Los Angeles. His life was significantly changed when the Salvation Army saw a chance in him. “I’m grateful for the officers that took me under their wing and gave me opportunity and love and showed me the love of God, and therefore I do the same. And that’s why I have a passion for homeless people. I understand it. You understand it? It really drives you to want to help people.” The Joplin Salvation Army is expecting a new facility predicted to be complete by spring of next year. 6 The local program has been serving others since 1889.


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FEATURE Taking the Extra Mile Connie Wilkinson runs to return to the Boston Marathon By Kathleen Hughes @KatHughes10 “I like the solitude and thinking time. I also like being able to socialize while running,” said Connie Wilkinson, a new teacher at Joplin High School. While she may be new to the Joplin area, she isn’t new to the teaching career. In her time away from the classroom, she is running the extra mile by training for marathons. After she married and began a family and they were at an age where she could competitively run again, Wilkinson began training to run her first marathon. Wilkinson said, “My first marathon was in 2004 in St. Louis and it was bitter cold. There was freezing rain and the temps were below 32 degrees the entire race.” In addition to running in St. Louis, she has also run marathons in Chicago, Kansas City, Boston and Memphis. She is currently training for her 19th marathon, which will be run in Kansas City on Oct. 18. Wilkinson is also going to be running in the Bass Pro Marathon on Nov. 2, 2014. In preparation for the 26.2 mile run, she has joined a group at the South YMCA and is getting in shape by running five to 20 miles a day. After running in an earlier Kansas City marathon, she was notified her time qualified her for the 2015 Boston Marathon. Depending on if she runs in Austin, Texas in February, the Boston Marathon will be her 21st or 22nd marathon “I ran in the Boston Marathon 10 years ago and am super pumped to be running in it again. My 23 year old daughter also qualified. A lot of my family is going and it will be such a memory-making milestone marathon. I also will turn 50 years old before I run it,” said Wilkinson. Her motivation to run competitive marathons began in high school. “I ran cross country in high school and was the only girl on my team for all four years. I went to state a couple of times and I also ran in college,” said Wilkinson. By being immersed in different delegations throughout high school, Wilkinson found her passion and way to relieve stress when needed. “You need to be involved in some type of extra curricular activity whether it is a sport or a club. There are a ton to choose from and it would be silly not to be doing something. You are only in high school once and you don’t realize that until you are an adult,” said Wilkinson. Less thIna-nst3a0temtiuniutitoens.away. Pittsburg State University www.pittstate.edu • Pittsburg, Kansas


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Michael Swanson, junior, makes a cappucino at JoJoe’s Coffee Shop. Swanson has been a barista for two years. WHAT’S NEW AND BREWING Coffee Shop Craze Keeping students caffeinated and giving business students experience By Emma Claybrook @EmmaClaybrook The craze for coffee at Joplin High School has grown into almost a cult following. JoJoe’s, the student run coffee shop at JHS, has been up and running for four years now. Having all of the students together in one building has made the demand for caffeinated beverages grow exponentially. Michael Swanson, a senior who works the coffee shop, said it is a great way to start his day. “I like the pressure of running JoJoe’s. I’m never sluggish in the mornings because I’m always on my toes making drinks for students,” Swanson said. The busiest time of day in the coffee shop is between 8:10 and 8:30, with 20 to 30 students in line at one time. “Before school is the best and worst time for business,” said Swanson. “Students may or may not get their coffee because of the line.” A new regulation in the coffee shop this year is that JoJoe’s is not open during passing time. In the past, students have been late to class because they were getting coffee. Once the bell rings, students can get coffee if they have permission from their teachers. A typical day at JoJoe’s starts at about 6:30 A.M. when Kristi McGowan, business teacher and supervisor, starts to brew the coffee. Students who run the coffee shop arrive at 7:30 to start serving customers. To be a barista at JoJoe’s, a student must be enrolled in Business Leadership, a marketing student, or a teacher assistant for McGowan. Most of the students who meet these requirements are seniors. One major development this year is the use of about 1,000 cups a week. “We have increased our supplies by about four times,” McGowan said. “We’ve gone from using five tubs of cappuccino mix a week to 20. We also upgraded from a three hopper cappuccino dispenser to a five hopper dispenser.” McGowan estimates JoJoe’s serves about 300 students per day. Swanson believes that the students appreciate having a coffee shop at their fingertips. “I think that students would miss it, but the teachers would miss it equally as well,” said McGowan. “The kids respect JoJoe’s too much to take it for granted. It is a great learning tool for students.” The reputation of the coffee shop extends to students of Franklin Technology Center, traveling to schools such as Sarcoxie and Carl Junction who have students that come to FTC for classes. Let Me Do the Honors Two additional honor societies are chartered at JHS By Emma Thompson and Nene Adams @emmat106 / @znene777 8 With a new school, comes new opportunities for students to find different outlets for themselves. National English Honors Society is a new opportunity for Joplin High School honor societies. Officially registered as the Langston Hughes Chapter of the NEHS, Susan Primm, English teacher, will serve as the adviser. To be considered for NEHS, a student must have taken at least three semesters of advanced English classes in addition to an average English GPA of at least a 4.0. Students must also be in good standing with an overall GPA of at least 3.0 and no behavioral issues. She hopes the organization will serve as a way for students to share their love of reading and writing with each other, while also becoming involved in the community. “My favorite (aspect) is getting to see students who excel in English have a common purpose,” she said. “(NEHS will) provide students with a means of sharing literature and writing with not just each other, but students across the country.” If interested in NEHS, visit Ms. Primm in room E225. The first induction will take place in October. Another addition to the list of honor societies is the National Art Society, a society to connect students to the community headed up by Lacey Santillan.With the creation of the National Art Honor Society, Lacey Santillan hopes students will be able to to show off their talent more by getting involved in the community. “Just having the students involved in the community and helping volunteer with the arts program is what I most look forward to,” said Santillan. To become a member, students must complete 15 art-related service hours during the school year. Students are also required to keep a GPA of 3.0 or above, as well as pay a $6.00 membership fee. For more information stop by Ms. Santillan’s room, B-215.


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WHAT’S NEW AND BREWING The Wheel Deal Parking Passes reinstated at a higher rate to students By Rylee Hartwell @RyleeHartwell Students have seen their parking passes come with a required cost. The fee associated with parking had been waived since the May 2011 tornado, previously passes were $8. When the fees were reinstated at the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year, that cost rose to $20. Kerry Sachetta, building principal, explains there were plans to raise fees pre-tornado, but that was voided. “We really wanted to be able to help families out, because many were hurting at the time and we didn’t want to increase that burden after the storm.” According to the Missouri Department of Education and Secondary Education (DESE), JHS ranks as the sixth largest school in the state. Despite this ranking, the school’s parking fees are one of the lowest in schools comparable in size. JHS has a similar demographic to all Springfield public high schools, however students looking for a parking pass at Springfield will face a $35 fee. In more affluent public school districts in Missouri such as Clayton and Ladue, students are charged upwards of $180 per pass. How Fees Are Spent With minimal funding from upper administration for security cameras, parking lot maintenance and enhanced security systems, JHS is faced with closing a funding gap. To close the gap, building administration opted for allocating all parking fees into a fund which by Oct. 1 has raised an estimated $15,000. One of the benefits of the account is a new system called “Raptor.” Originally purchased with a grant, it will be maintained by parking fee funds. The program, which claims to be the leading in its field, is synchronized with the national sex offender registry. According to the company’s website, they lead in school safety. “Over 11,000 K-12 schools and community facilities such as YMCAs use the Raptor system every day, making it the most popular choice for organizations that seek to keep children safe from sexual predators. Raptor has always been dedicated to school safety and protecting children. Raptor has identified over 15,000 registered sex offenders attempting to enter our clients’ campuses in the past decade.” Additional Parking Spaces Due to trimming the final budget of the building, Board of Education members, in conjunction with building administration, chose to eliminate two additional parking lots that had been part of the original plans. According to Sachetta, previous to the storm, JHS had roughly 480 parking spots designated for students. Today, with construction ongoing, students have 513 designated spots. Once construction is complete there will be two gravel parking lots added on Grand Ave. which are expected to provide 150 more spaces. Sandra Cantwell, freshman principal at Joplin High School, was awarded Assistant Principal of the year by the Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals on Oct. 7. Cantwell was recognized for her positive leadership and dedication to students’ Hard Work performance at JHS. “I feel so honored and very humbled. I talked to other principals “I am representing many people who love who talked to other people who are doing amazing things. I am repre- their jobs. For whatever the reason, I get Honored senting many people who love their jobs. For whatever the reason, I get that honor.” On days that seem rough to Cantwell, she remembers the stu- that honor.” - Sandra Cantwell, Freshman Principal JHS Principal recognized by fellow dents she serves. “The number one thing are those administrators 2,200 kids who walk through that door that gave me the award. The only way I have it is through them.” Kerry Sachetta, building principal, said Cantwell brings a variety of skills to the position of assistant principal. “She has an excellent work ethic, her interest in the students and her oversight of the freshman mentoring program have all been excellent,” said Sachetta. “She is helping transform our school.” Cantwell is the representative for the Southwest Missouri region of MOASSP and is now By Emma Claybrook @EmmaClaybrook competing for state assistant principal of the year. 9


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The soccer team will head to districts on Oct. 25 - Nov. 1 Mikaela Cox pitched a no hitter during their first game on the new field, Sept. 30. Lady Eagles golf qualified as a team to the state competition on Monday, Oct. 6. Composed of Samantha Stout, Alyx Colson, Lynsey Fichtner and Anna Iorio, they placed second in sectionals. The state competition will be Oct. 13. Junior Sydney Butler, right, qualified for State on Oct. 7. She won 6-1 and 6-2 at sectionals. Gretchen White, senior, made it to the final round of sectionals before falling to Nixa. Cross-Country has had a solid performance for the year. The team will head to districts on Oct. 25. Photos contributed by Yearbook Staff “It was a first time experience that we’ve been waiting for for four years,” said Senior Lauren Stringer, libero. Haley Sloan qualified for the All Tournament in Carl Junction.


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The softball team heads to the playoffs on Oct. 8. The team has achieved a no loss conference record. Junior Makenzie Goswick hit the first home run during their first game. State qualifiers for swim: Chris Martucci, 100 butterfly, 500 freestyle, 200 freestyle; Andrew Chesney, 500 freestyle; 200 free relay composed of Martucci, Ramsey Ramirez, Blake Stearnes and Michael Swanson.


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FEATURE Sew Unique Bonnie Johnson uses sewing skills to create costumes for dramatic productions By Emma Claybrook and Maggie Baker @EmmaClaybrook / @maggiebaker_1 Bonnie Johnson, the head costume maker at Joplin High “I just adore Bonnie, the fact that she is so young and School, has used her sewing skills to make her creative vi- already has her mind set on what she wants to do and goes sions come alive on the stage. Johnson has been sewing for out and finds every opportunity she possibly can to get more seven years, but started making costumes when she attended experience,” said Trotnic. East Middle School. She believes that Johnson’s talent is so bright that she intro- “I was one of those weird kids that wore spaceships on my duced her to several theatres outside the realm of Joplin High head and planets around my waist,” said Johnson. School. A seemingly strange hobby has turned into a possible Johnson’s favorite show to costume has been Joplin Little future career for Johnson. Planning to attend Missouri Theatre’s production of The Boyfriend. For this particular Southern State University after high school, Johnson wants to musical, Johnson had to make around 40 costumes. The musi- continue costuming and get a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a cal is set in the 1920’s in France. Johnson made costumes that minor in Costume Design. were particular to the era including bathing costumes (bath- For each show Johnson costumes, she spends about 40 ing suits) and simple dresses called frocks. hours designing and producing costumes with her crew. For Johnson’s all time favorite costume she has made is Poop- the upcoming fall show, Johnson will be designing and mak- sie’s picnic dress in the JHS production of The Pajama Game. ing each costume for The Crucible. The dress was pink, frilly, and polka-dotted. Since Johnson’s sophomore year, Ashley Trotnic, the theatre “This dress reminded me of every little girl’s dream dress,” director at Joplin High School, has watched her grow and said Johnson. learn in the art of making costumes. Double, Double, Toil and Trouble Theater department presents realistic drama By Maggie Baker @maggiebaker_1 When it comes to life or death, would you rather live and confess to a crime that you didn’t commit? Or would you rather die, leaving your name and reputation in the community pure? Those attending this production of “The Crucible” will be shown how the power of a lie can bring devastation to all. The story takes place in Salem, Mass. and follows a few characters such as John Proctor, Abigail Williams and the relationship between them that got a few fires burning. As the show progresses, the audience will notice how the set, lights and costumes are all tied in together and how the storyline brings it all in sync. Keep in mind that this was a historical event. All these characters represent actual people. Ashley Trotnic, the director of “The Crucible,” is having the students prepare to portray their characters by journaling in the mindset of their character to get a feeling for how to react during the play. Writing about past experiences is a way for the students to relate their personal life with their character’s story. “These are real people and I wanted to make sure we are doing justice for their story,” said Trotnic. Those interested in witnessing the dramatic events of this factual play, can attend the performance Nov. 13, 14 and 15 at the former 9-10 campus. Tickets for students are $5 and $7 for adults. 12


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INTEREST Serious Spooking Students work in local spook houses By Logan Whitehead @loganwhitehead_ Around Halloween time, most people await the exciting time when spook houses open. They can’t wait to give their money away to be scared to the point of practically crying. But others, like juniors Hanah Schrader and Jesse Brower, get to experience the other side of the fright: working in a spookhouse. Being her first year working at a spookhouse Schrader will be scaring at Wolfman’s House of Screams. Every five years, Wolfman’s adds a new room to the spookhouse; the latest addition is an all black room with multiple doors that can change at any moment. Individuals are meant to find a way out of the room while going through a pitch black maze. Schrader’s job is to lead people around the room and scare them before they leave. Wolfman’s has been updated and altered this year to live up to everyone’s standards. Their goal is to scare every person that comes through and their costumes help do just that. “We wear all black and wear masks or get our face painted. My favorite part is seeing people I know come through the spookhouse and being able to scare them,” said Schrader. Brower works at Twisted Forest, which is claimed to be a haunted property that has been possessing people who lived on it for the past two centuries. He has been working in spook houses for four years. This year he is a clown in the maze and wears a clown costume and mask. In the past years, his roles in the spook house have required makeup including liquid latex, fake blood, and tissue paper to portray the look of distorted faces. So far, Brower has enjoyed his experiences in the maze. “My favorite part about working in a spook house is probably when a group of “tough guys” come through the trail. They all try to show off for their friends by acting like they aren’t scared and make jokes about the spook house. Then we scare them and they end up screaming like little girls,” said Brower. If you are in the mood to be scared, try out the following spook houses. Local Spookhouses Zacharias Nightmares The Twisted Forest Joplin Manor Haunted House Gates of Hell Barns on Haunted Hill Wolfmans House of Screams The Fear Factory Spook House An On-Screen Scare “The Blair Witch Project” a must for Halloween plans By Taylor Ford @Taylor_ChuX With Halloween right around the corner, scary movies are a must have for a spooktacular night. “The Blair Witch Project” is a thriller and horror guaranteed to keep viewers on the edge of their seats. The whole movie is filmed with a camcorder, giving the overall film a realistic yet creepy and suspenseful feeling. The effect makes the viewers feel like they are standing right next to videographers. A 1999 production, the film was directed by Eduardo Sanchez and Daniel Myrick. Today’s critics have compared it to “The Exorcist.” The film opens up to introductory text, explaining that in October 1994 three filmmaking students disappeared in the woods near Burkittsville, Md. while shooting a documentary trying to prove that The Blair Witch exists. The film follows the story of Heather, Mike and Josh as they courageously venture into the woods. In the movie, the Blair Witch is, according to legend, the ghost of Elly Kedward, a woman banished from the Blair Township for witchcraft in 1785. “The film came out when I was in college, I’ve seen bits and pieces of it. But no, I did not go to the theater to see it like everyone else,” said Amber Travis, psychology and world history teacher at JHS. “At the time I remember everyone thinking it was real, the filming and camera use made it feel real. But over time I began to think it was ridiculous.” Travis agrees that “The Blair Witch Project” definitely has a scare factor. “I can’t watch all scary movies,” said Travis. “My husband has to remind me it’s all fake.” If you don’t mind sleeping with the lights on, or you’re looking for a really good scary movie, this film is definitely the perfect choice. 13


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FEATURE Unsung Heroes Technology specialists and custodians worked hard to get JHS ready for the 2014 school year By Emma Thompson @emmat106 35 miles. That is how far Dusty VanGilder, Technology Specialist at Joplin High School, walked while setting up furniture and moving into the new JHS. VanGilder explained the move in as hectic, but there was never a shortage of people willing to help. Concerning the technical aspect of the new building, he said that it was difficult to work around contractors and others, such as custodians, working on the building at the same time. A willing and patient technology team made these things easier to work around, he said. “We have a very good technology team. Everybody will just drop everything and help if somebody says they need (anything).” The typical summer work day for custodians would begin at 6:30 a.m. with non-stop cleaning and eventually moving furniture. According to Patricia Lewis, the”fast paced” and sometimes “crazy” moving-in environment seemed to slow down and “level-out” after getting into the routine of things for the JHS custodians. With the start of school, it has been helpful for students to get in their own routine as well, said Lewis. Overall, those involved with the the transportation and extensive set up of furniture at the new JHS have all been appreciative of one aspect of the big move: volunteers and other outside help, including other custodians sent from surrounding Joplin district schools to help with the set up of the new JHS building. “Everyone chipped in to help,” said Lewis. “We all worked together as a team.” NEWS IN BRIEF Sinkhole found in baseball field By Rylee Hartwell @RyleeHartwell The Joplin High School athletic department was dealt a blow on Oct. 6 when an apparent sinkhole opened up on the newly built baseball field. The hole was inspected by a geologist on Oct. 8 and was determined to be 12 foot wide by 12 foot deep. Jeff Starkweather, athletic director, says the hole was originally found while workers were laying new turf on the field. “We were very fortunate that no workers were hurt out there,” he said. For more updated coverage visit eaglealley.com 14


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INTEREST Memorable Memoirs Interesting non-fiction books to read for class or recreation By Sarah Peterson Not everybody is thrilled when a teacher assigns their class non-fiction books to read. After all, nonfiction books are dry, boring textbooks full of pointless facts that you just have to suffer through, right? Wrong. There are plenty of nonfiction books with fun characters and captivating plotlines. The fact that they actually happened makes them all the more interesting. Whether it’s a requirement for class or just to try a new genre, here are some readable nonfictions that might be worth the time. “Warriors Don’t Cry” by Melba Pattillo Beals Warriors Don’t Cry is the memoir of Melba Patillo Beals, one of the Little Rock Nine. She was sent along with eight other black students to integrate an all-white Little Rock high school in 1957. Although the nine were victims of constant verbal and physical abuse from the white students, they were unable to react, because the segregationists would take any chance to expel one of them. Melba’s memoir recounts all of the difficulties they faced and the ways she found of overcoming them. It was sad to read about the way Melba put aside her childhood and grew up quickly in order to overcome the challenges she faced. There were times while reading when I thought the white students’ actions were unrealistically cruel. I then had to remind myself that these things really happened. The story ends on a positive note and reminds us to be proud of how far our country has come since the Little Rock Nine. “Riding the Bus with my Sister” by Rachel Simon Riding the Bus with my Sister is the story of two sisters, Beth and Rachel Simon, and how they came to understand each other after being strangers for years. Rachel is a hard-working writer and journalist who often forgets to take the time to enjoy herself. Beth, on the other hand, has mild mental retardation and chooses to spend most of her time riding around on the city’s buses talking to the bus drivers and passengers. In an attempt to get to know her sister better, Rachel agrees to ride the buses for one year. The writing was straightforward and not as sentimental as I expected. It was easy to sympathize with Rachel and her struggles accepting Beth for who she is, bridging the gap between them, and figuring out how much of her sister’s personality is determined by a medical condition. She sometimes gets annoyed with Beth and with her own responsibility to constantly be the one who looks after her, but also comes to see her sister as an inspiration to notice the people around her and enjoy life. 15



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