Spyglass: Volume LV | Issue III | March 2014


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SPYGLASS volume lv / issue III joplin high school spring 2014 Is media becoming obsessive? Mission Mexico pg.6 The DIY Cult pg.16 Cookie Couture pg.4


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contents Cookie Couture pg.4 There’s No Place Like Home pg.5 Mission Mexico pg.6-7 I Volunteer as Tribute... pg.8-9 Obsessive Media pg.10-11 Good Grief, Charlie Brown pg.12 Is trying enough? pg.13 Driving Down Memory Lane pg.14 Risky Business pg.15 The DIY Cult pg.16 Analytical Zebra pg.17 InstaHiking pg.18 EagleAlley.com 2


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SPYGLASS Kylie Davis Editor Grant Shurley Layout & Design Editor Rylee Hartwell Assistant Editor Mrs. Mary Crane Adviser Chris Martucci Nene Adams Kathleen Hughes Matt McMullen Devon Johnson Jennifer Nguyen Sydnie Pederson Emma Thompson Karly Weber Logan Whitehead Staff 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. Cover Photo by Matt McMullen Photo: Katie Earll 3


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feature Cookie Couture Sophmore’s hobby turns into local business By Sydnie Pederson Jordan Cox, 16 year old sophomore, has launched her hobby of hand making and decorating cookies into a full on business. This business is called Jordan’s Cookie Couture. In the summer of 2013 Cox and her mother thought of the idea of baking and selling cookies to their friends, coworkers, and family. Cox really liked the idea of making money from this process, whereas her mother didn’t want to continue on with the hobby. Cox decided to take on this hobby and make it into her job, rather than working at a retail store or a food service company like most teens do. Cox’s business has a variety of flavors that include raspberry, lemon, almond, buttery sweet dough, red velvet, and pumpkin. Each dozen of cookies are hand baked and decorated to whatever the costumer wants. Cookies designs range from Mickey Mouse cookies to New Year’s Eve cookies. She has a design for about any event. A dozen of cookies are 15 dollars each. Each order is a twoday process, and Cox usually gets two to three orders a week. As far as having a business and balancing school, Cox doesn’t let the two interfere with each other. Homework is always put first, and she isn’t allowed to work or bake any cookies until all her homework is completed. On the other hand, Cox admitted that it is a very stressful process especially since she does all of the work on her own, and her kitchen is at her house with one small oven and one mixer. The only help she gets is when her mother chips in around the holidays because the sales increase around those times for gatherings and parties. “I’d like to open up a bakery in a big city that specializes in cookies, but also has other treats and stuff,” said Cox about her future with cookies and her business. “It’s kind of a dream of mine.” Photos Submitted 4


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Photos Submitted There’s No Place Like Home By Rylee Hartwell interest Sachetta visits with Jolanda Vesely Torraca. Torraca helped arrange his adoption in 1961. Kerry Sachetta outside the Opera Assistenza Materna, the orphange he was adopted from in Rome, Italy March 5 1961. A baby boy was born in Rome, Italy, near the infamous Roman Colosseum. His birth mother was from a large Italian family, a hard working family, and the young woman could neither read nor write. This woman chose to birth her new baby at a local orphanage which was called, Opera Assistenza Materna. The son to whom she gave birth was given up for adoption and was meant to be sent to an American family. The adoption was left under the direction of Italian socialite, Jolanda Vesely Torraca. She was the wife of a wealthy journalist in Rome and did extensive work in the city to help orphaned children. Torraca had studied adoption in America and had been to New York at least two times to learn the American adoption system. She also received the Italian equivalent of an American civilian Medal of Honor. The baby that was born into the orphanage was Joplin High School building principal, Kerry Sachetta. Adopted through the Catholic Social Service to his two parents, Louis and Mary, residents of Scammon, Kan., he came to the United States when he was four months old. “Most kids were not allowed to come over from Italy at that time, till they were at least six months old. But I was told I was big and healthy, so they let me come over early,” Sachetta said. Growing up in southeast Kansas, Sachetta said he felt privileged to be able to take advantage of what the area had to offer. Something, he said, that wouldn’t have happened if he had grown up in Italy. “Both my mother and father have taught me so much and given me opportunities I would have never had in Italy. I was truly very fortunate to be adopted to my mother and father in southeast Kansas as a baby.” Sachetta has tried to find out information about his biological parents. Recently in Rome there have been laws drafted to unseal records of mothers who gave their children up for adoption. He is an active member of a Facebook group that actively updates adoptees in the United States of the status of laws and regulations that attempt to unseal adoption records. The group serves as something to relate to other grown adoptees from Italy. “It’s amazing to think that many adopted children are conversing now about their lives and the fact that we were all born in the same place,” said Sachetta. However one of Sachetta’s proudest moments of his Italian-American heritage came in the past three years. A conversation he had with his aunt after the 2012 Joplin graduation. “And to think, you came over here with nothing more than blanket and diaper, and now you have introduced the President of the United States at graduation. Your mother would be be so proud.” To Sachetta, “That moment says it all.” 5


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interest Mission Mexico Christmas at home takes a backseat for five students By Emma Thompson Lauren Berryhill holds a young resident of Peidras Negras, Mexico. 6 “The trip makes me realize every day how lucky I am,” said Lauren Berryhill, JHS senior. “I now walk through life realizing how blessed I am.” From December 26-30, five JHS students, Jaytrick Carlos, Kortnie Roberts, Lauren Berryhill, Julia Berryhill, and Jessica Turner, took up temporary residence in Peidras Negras, Mexico, a city close to the border of Texas. During the trip, they sang, held a vacation bible school and played games with the children there. All of the students’ motivation for wanting to attend the mission trip was to serve those less fortunate than them and to serve God. “I want to love on the children who don’t get much love,” said L. Berryhill. “I want to love Yeshua.” Carlos, a senior, described the mission trip as “a great opportunity to love on others and be Christ-like to kids who don’t know Christ.” To prepare for the trip, the students spent time together as well as on their own praying and reading the Bible. “I prepared myself by praying to the Lord and asking Him to let me be willing to sacrifice anything of myself and my fleshly desires to serve Him and to serve the people,” said Turner, senior. The JHS students got to know the children through many games and activities, including soccer, basketball, duck duck goose, worship time and face painting. Though they were able to form relationships and bonds with the children, the students explained there were many challenges, one of which was the language barrier. But they did not let this get in the way of them showing love to the kids. “I learned that I cannot let the inability to communicate through words stop my ability to communicate through love,” said Turner. “How I show love... is through speaking with people and really trying to get to know them. (Because) I speak English and they all spoke Spanish, it felt difficult to actually get to know them. But I know that they could tell that I loved them because of my actions.” “I was able to witness to them through my actions, how the love of God is so precious,” said Roberts, senior. Though the language proved a barrier in most cases, Roberts and Turner recalled times where the lack of verbal communication brought the children and high school students together. In one situation, Roberts sat next to a little boy drawing with chalk. The boy could not understand her, so she wrote her name down with the chalk. He in turn wrote his own name down. Roberts proceeded to draw a cross, which he copied and then smiled. She replied by telling him that Jesus loved him very much. “We got to experience Sunday morning church in a different language,” said Turner. “To see my Mexican brothers and sisters in Yeshua Christ lift their hands in worship was absolutely amazing. It literally brought me to tears.” The students cherished their one-on-one time with the kids and adults the most. Carlos formed a special relationship with Donny, a four year old who “didn’t live a life of comfort.” “I was amazed because everyday would be a day of survival,” said Carlos. “He is limited to how much water he should drink, to how much he should eat I looked around his neighborhood and I saw stray dogs and kids running around in the cold wearing flipflops. . . I was heartbroken to see where he was growing up. But he was just so happy and joyful, it mended my heart.” Turner explained she invited a woman with an illness to the church in Peidras Negras and had the opportunity to pray over her. “I got to go door-to-door evangelizing and I had the opportunity to share my testimony and what the Lord has done in my life with a few people,” said Turner. Not all of the impact came from the kids; some came from those also working around and with the students. “I met a really cool girl from Tyler, Texas, named Leighellen Rogers,” said Turner. “She impacted me because a week after we got back from Mexico, she came to Joplin for a conference at my church and she shared with me how I impacted her. She told me how she saw the Holy Spirit working through me and there is no


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Photos Submitted interest Kortnie Roberts communicating with two new friends despite a language barrier. Kortnie Roberts and Julica Berryhill with children they met on their mission trip Jaytrick Carlos, plays with a young boy in Mexico during Christmas break greater blessing than to have someone tell you who you are in the Lord.” The students learned a lot about themselves and discovered their passions during the trip. “I learned (about) the joy that they have (even though they have so) little; it helped me to be more thankful for the things that I have here in America. It taught me that there is a world that is so in need of God’s love and I just want to give that to everyone. And I want them so badly to know Yeshua like I do,” said Roberts. “(I’ve learned to) humble myself and always be grateful, thanking the Lord with everything I do and every trial that hits me. I thank Him because He allowed me to breathe today,” said Carlos. “It’s been about three weeks and every single day I think about those kids. It’s impacting me already because it makes me absolutely resent being comfortable. I have so much compared to those kids and all I want to do is switch my life with theirs so they wouldn’t have to worry about things little kids shouldn’t even worry about.” “I benefitted from the trip because I realized that all the poverty that we speak about is real and takes place for thousands of people. It moves me to want to do more,” said L. Berryhill. All the students are planning on going on a mission trip some time in the near future. While Turner would like to go to Kazakhstan, Russia to help with an orphanage, Roberts would like to go to Haiti and help with girls who have gone through sex trafficking. L. Berryhill already has plans in the works to visit Taiwan and help with an orphanage there this February. “The Lord tells us to go and make disciples so I don’t take that very lightly; wherever the Lord tells me to go, whether that be dangerous or uncomfortable, I say, use me Lord and I will go,” said Roberts. “He crushed me with grace and sent me with mercy,” said L. Berryhill. “I am forever his to do whatever work he has for me.” o wnership • decisions • people yoWureinLadOreeCpPeAnRLdLeOYnUt-ObDaWntokN.bEeD 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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Photos Submitted news Grace White is a active volunteer at Art Feeds, an organization that provides therapeudic art. I Volunteer as Tribute Students volunteer at local organizations By Jennifer Nguyen “It’s amazing when a group of people from so many different walks of life join to achieve a common goal: creating a positive impact in the community.” Grace White, Junior Passion. The beauty of a simple word can make the greatest difference in a community. “It’s amazing when a group of people from so many different walks of life join to achieve a common goal: creating a positive impact in the community,” said Joplin High School junior, Grace White. An active volunteer since the early stages of childhood, White is a current participant of JHS Key Club, a community service organization, as well as Art Feeds, a local non-profit organization. “Last spring break, I helped Art Feeds paint a 4,500 squarefoot mural at Cecil Floyd Elementary School. It was amazing to see blank walls turn into a vibrant and inspirational mural but seeing the smiles on the students’ faces when they came back to school was even better,” said White. White’s aim as a volunteer is to give back to the community in gratitude of what she has received from it. In fact, she was a recent recipient of Soroptimist’s Violet Richardson Award in honor of her work as a volunteer. “My favorite memories are of all the laughs and smiles that I have been able to share with community members while volunteering. Just making that connection with others can really brighten any day,” said White. By taking time to participate in these service events, White is able to explore various opportunities, as well as interact with a multitude of people. In a similar sense, Sarah Peterson, also a member of the JHS Key Club, dedicates time for volunteering with the Salvation Army and her community church organization. “I think it’s nice to see you can make people’s lives better. It’s good when you’ve been given a lot to give back to other people,” said Peterson, freshman. Even with schoolwork, Peterson tries her best to make time during breaks and free weekends for volunteering. Her


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Sarah Peterson prepares a meal for residents of the Ronald McDonald House news Students take time outside of class to volunteer within the favorite experience as a volunteer traces back to working at the Salvation Army, because she knows she’s able to provide the help they need. “I feel like I’m making a difference every time I go,” said Peterson. JHS sophomore, Maddie Fichtner, can relate to the feeling. “It’s the feeling that little things make a difference. It’s the greatest feeling in the world,” said Fichtner. Since June of last summer, Fichtner has dedicated every Tuesday afternoon to volunteering at her local Freeman hospital. Part of her job as a volunteer at the front desk consists of delivering flowers and just being a general problem-solver for patients and visitors. “Your community does so much for you, even if you don’t realize it. It’s so important to try and give even a fraction of that back,” said Fichtner. Fichtner, whose goal in life is to become a pediatrician, has logged about 90 hours of community service with her work at the hospital. In addition to helping out the community, she is able to be involved in a great educational experience. “I’ve always been someone who enjoys helping people as much as possible and this allows me to do that,” said Fichtner. Coincidentally, Fichtner isn’t the only JHS student that volunteers at the hospital. Berenice Maturino, also a sophomore, devotes her free time to volunteering at the hospital, as well, but as a Spanish translator. “I was in the emergency room one day with my parents, and I was translating for my mom. A lady saw me and asked if I would be interested in being a translator. I thought it would be a really cool experience,” said Maturino. Although Maturino has been called in before, she usually volunteers on her own time. “It’s kind of easy, because I enjoy volunteering. A lot of groups I’m affiliated with do volunteering on their own, and by being involved with those clubs I get involved. Make it a priority. If you enjoy it, it’s easier to do, like with church,” said Maturino. In addition to volunteering with the hospital, Maturino is also an active member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church Youth Group. Last summer, she had the opportunity of attending the Just 5 Days Retreat in Kansas City. Her goal was to help refugee families move into their new homes. “On a hot summer day, most people wouldn’t want to help but it felt so nice to see their (refugees) faces. To most people, that wouldn’t seem like much, but it was everything for them. Helping make the difference was incredible; they were so grateful, and I’ll never forget the looks on their faces,” said Maturino. Through volunteering, Maturino is capable of connecting to individuals on a deeper level. JHS senior, Tiffini Reding, has also experienced this connection with her work at the Rapha House, an organization that originated in Joplin before expanding to the Dominican Republic and Cambodia. Their universal mission is to rescue young girls and women being forced into sexual trafficking and exploitation. The Rapha House offers a place for these young women to reconcile and experience counseling before transitioning to life alone. “I was always taught to give to the less fortunate when I was growing up and being about to help other people, even in other countries, is helpful and an eye opening experience,” said Reding. Reding, who has been volunteering at the Rapha House for about six months, found out about the program through research in her humanities class. The first time she visited the local center, she fell completely in love and has been volunteering there ever since. “Seeing pictures of young girls I have never met, but knowing that I’m helping them, and other girls like them, that’s what empowers me to want to volunteer. Knowing that I am giving a little girl a brighter future is really uplifting,” said Reding. Reding usually volunteers when she has a clear schedule. In fact, volunteering is usually the first thing that comes to her mind. By volunteering, Reding has learned to appreciate life and it’s beauty, in addition to helping others. “It’s important to volunteer, because not only are you helping other people but you also meet new people who have similar passions for the same things,” said Reding.


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feature OBSESSIVE MEDIA By Kylie Davis The first time I heard about Facebook coming out I distinctly remember thinking, “Why would I need this? I have AOL Instant Messenger and MySpace!” Well, times have changed. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and the vast number of social media sites have brought the world closer together, yet many would say the world has been driven further apart. With the exception of a few universally offensive statements or pictures, it’s a rule-free zone where one can interact with society while accepting minimal personal responsibility for the implications of what they say or post. “It is easier for students to say hurtful things to one another through social media without connecting the emotional feelings at the time they type and send the words. Most of the hurtful words they type they would never say to the person’s face,” said Jennifer Morgan, JHS FACS teacher. So not only can there be issues with deterioration in personal relationships, but some would say social media can cause distractions within the classroom. “Some students are inundated with using Twitter, Instagram, Vines, Facebook and other social media outlets that it does have an impact on their success in the classroom.  I would assume that these social media outlets serve as more of a distraction than as a benefit to their education,” said Christopher Young, JHS French teacher. In absence of guidelines for healthy and polite social media etiquette, one is left to determine their own boundaries for navigating the seemingly endless opportunities available. “I feel social media was originally created to be a positive avenue of sharing pictures and important moments of your life with friends and family. Some students still use it this way with friends and significant others. But for this generation, it is not the majority,” said Morgan. Morgan believes social media does not only have an impact on a student’s schooling, but relationships from all aspects. “I think that social media can be used to cause more problems in romantic relationships because you are missing a large aspect of communication, which is body language. Sometimes the words students say to each other isn’t what they actually mean. Miscommunication happens and then it causes them to argue and fight more during school,” she said. 10 Before another selfie is snapped, post is typed, or video is vined students might benefit from a brief pause—an extra moment to ask three simple questions to suggest it’s time to unplug, or at least reconsider, when and how social media is used: 1. Is this post going to build people up or down? 2. Am I posting this for the approval of others? 3. How is this post going to affect my future?


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A Week in the Dark: Shelbie Dewitt feature How much time on average do you think you spend on social media a day? I used to spend around about 2 hours a day now I probably spend about an hour.  What are the positives and negatives you take from social media? Social media can be a great place to express yourself and your opinions but it can easily be turned into an unhealthy outlet for attention in the wrong ways. How do you think social media affects the relationships in your life? With the relationships in my life social media allows me to see what my friends far away are up to and they can see what I’m doing. It can also be used as a tool to find out information easily if you tweet a question, you’re most likely going to get an answer. On the negative side of things it can sometimes be a big distraction when you’re spending time with friends when they’re on their phone instead of paying attention to each other. How did it come about you deciding to go without social media for a week? Going without social media for a week came about when a friend told me I wouldn’t be able to go without out social media at all because of how much I was addicted to it. I’m pretty competitive so I took the bet.  When going a week without social media, what were the major changes you realized in your daily life? Going without social media made me realize how much time I waste on it. When I wasn’t picking up my phone every spare chance I didn’t know what to do with myself. Eventually I decide to put use to the spare time and accomplished tasks I had been putting off, got homework done, and had time to do crafts and do things worth while. I also noticed how much other people were on there phones. I would go out to eat and be the only one not looking at my phone and not know what to say. What are some changes you have noticed in using social media since you went a week without? I’ve noticed since I started using social media again that I don’t enjoy it the same way, I get more annoyed by social media. Now I don’t pick up my phone every five seconds to see the latest update but I keep myself busy with actual beneficial things or just enjoy the view. I still spend too much time on social media than I should but no where near what I used to and when it’s nice outside I barely spend anytime on social media. In your opinion, what is an appropriate amount of time to be spending on social media? In my opinion the appropriate amount of time spent on social media can’t really be defined but if you’re spending every spare second online instead of enjoying the people and views around you, it’s time to log off. What advice would you give to others in regards to using social media? My advice for other people using social media is to not make it more interesting than the people your with or the beautiful places you go, appreciate what’s right in front of you before you tune into the cyber world. Is there anything else you’d like to add? I think weather has a big factor on the amount of time we spend on social media. When it’s cold and gloomy outside people tend to be lazy. When it’s sunny outside there’s more of a drive to go out and do something. I know for myself, during the summer I’m never on my phone looking at social media but when it’s winter and there’s nothing to do that’s when I tend to stay online. 11


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sports 12 Photo by Katie Earll Good Grief, Charlie Brown Brown ends high school career as top Joplin basketball recruiting pick By Chris Martucci Team leaders are individuals who have a knack for leading the others around them. Through the good times and the bad times, they are always there to lead their team to persevere and do their best. Joplin High School senior basketball player, Charlie Brown, embodies those qualities. “Being a leader of a team is good because you have a lot of control and just means you have a big voice and your teammates listen to you,” said Brown, who has been playing basketball since he was five years old. Joplin coach, Jeff Williams, credits Brown’s upbringing to making him the individual that he is today. “His mother is a strong woman,” said Williams. “She has raised a quality young man.” Brown has led the basketball team in scoring the last three seasons surpassing 1,000 points during his high school career. But according to Williams, it’s his ball-handling skills that make him the great player that he is. “He has exceptional ball-handling skills with a wide range of offensive moves that allow him to score,” said Williams. Brown, however, is very down-to-earth when it comes to how he views the game.“Without hard work, none of my basketball accomplishments would be possible.” Universities such as Long Beach State of California, Missouri Southern and Colorado State are currently recruiting Brown. “There are many things I will miss about Charlie when he graduates,” said Williams. “But Charlie is a really good person and there’s no price you can put on that.”


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Photo: Rebecca Cenzasto sports column Is trying enough? Should athletes be recgonized for their hard work, not just results? By Nene Adams Athletes all the time see those who are the best in their team exalted, but not others on that team. Sports is full of kids with talent and also full of kids who are determined, yet are not as talented as others “I think, if they try hard then they deserve it, but the people who try just as hard should also be put in the media,” said Jaden Humphrey, junior. For people like Humphrey this just gives them more of a drive. Being her third year of swimming, on the swim team, the reason she keeps on trying is because she believes that maybe she can get as best as others. “You can do it! I always think to myself you can do it, you can complete this task,” said Humphrey. And with determination, anyone can. People should not let others discourage them from doing what they want. It’s that person’s life, they should be able to live it the way they want. Even so, it does not stop people from wishing they had the talent that others have in their sport. Knowing that if they had that talent as others do then they would do some remarkable things with it. “If I had that much talent (in running), I would run every- day- miles and miles,” said sophomore, cross country and track athlete, Delaney Cash. Everyday, Cash tells herself that she tried her best and she does as much as she can. Motivating herself she goes after those who are ahead of her by trying to get better and push through any pain she experiences. It takes guts to keep moving even when you feel as if you can’t go any farther. To push yourself everyday, coming to practice, even when you know you are not the best to get “better,” takes more than guts but heart. Cash is considered, by one of the members on the team as a very committed person of the team. She thinks about how far she has to go and goes for it. “The reason I keep trying is because were a family (her team) and they don’t judge me,” says Cash. “I realize that and for that I try.” Jessica Beebe, freshman, wishes she had the talent that oth ers have but then again, she doesn’t. By not being the best it gives her more of a work ethic. Bebe is also part of the JHS swim team and she uses the other girls on the team as her motivation to get faster. Bebe looks at her goal and she goes to catch it. “I know the more I try, the better I get in it (swimming),” said Beebe. One thing Humphrey and Beebe are affected by is people who don’t work as hard, but still win. Beebe thinks that they don’t appreciate it and it makes her want to show them that it takes more than talent. “I don’t like things just being handed to me, I want to work for it.” Humphrey said, “As long as I do my best, I can be as good as I want to be.” “The reason I keep trying is because were a family and they don’t judge me, I realize that and for that I try.” Delaney Cash, Sophmore 13


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feature DMreivminogryDLoawnne Teachers reflect on their first car By Devon Johnson Tips for Buying your First Car 1) Start Saving Before Your 16th Birthday. Saving money before you turn 15 or 16. It will be easier because you will be closer to getting your car by the time you’re driving. Saving Christmas and birthday money is just one small step that can help you out in the long run. 2) Set a Goal. Set a goal and a specific date you want to reach. T his will motivate you to work hard. 3) Get a Job. There are few places 15 year olds can find work such as Orange Leaf, babysitting or being a lifeguard. A16 year olds can find work in various service and retail positions. 4) Set up a Savings Account When money is kept in a wallet it’s tempting to spend but not when it’s kept in the bank it’s harder to access and therefore you will be more likely to save it. 5) Keep Your Spending Under Control. Control your spending by cutting down on unimportant things. Do you really need $10 OPI nail polish or $20 Nike Elite socks? Focus on things that you need not just thing that you want. Photo: Devon Johnson In high school, students hit many milestones such as, going to their first prom, graduation and also buying/getting their first car. Whether you buy your first car, your parents buy it for you or you share your car with your parents, they all mean one thing; Freedom. Virginia Gormely, Communication Arts teacher, had a 1966 Red Volkswagen Beetle. “Girls didn’t have cars. Our job was to have a date on Friday and Saturday nights and believe me, I did my job,” said Gormely. It’s been said that your car reflects your personality, which makes since because David Welling, biology teacher, first car was a 1963 red and white Volkswagen Microbus also known as the hippy van. Looking back on your first car holds a lot memories for Justin Crawford, 21st Century Learning Coach. His first car was a 1965 Buick Skylark convertible which was his parents first car when they were married. “They still have it and I want to eventually rebuild it with my dad,” said Crawford. Many memories of first cars have to do with the used condition of the car, for example a broken door handle, how the windows don’t work, or the heat, air conditioning, etc. But thats what makes good memories. Nathan Ward, TV Productions teacher, had a 1990 Chevy Lumina that was red on the outside and had a red interior. “I think everyone should start off with a junky car,” said Ward. Another memory that has to do with cars is naming it. Danny Craven, JET 14 Manager, had a 1965 Chevy Truck. “It was my dad’s and we restored it to its original beauty. It’s name is Ol’ Blue, and I still have it.” No matter how old we get, or how successful we become, we will always have the memories of our first car. “It was my dad’s and we restored it to its original beauty. It’s name is Ol’ Blue, and I still have it.” Danny Craven JET 14 Manager 14


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Risky Business Tobacco cigarettes vs. Electronic cigarettes By Matt McMullen news Worldwide, tobacco use causes more than 5 million “By the time a teenager fully comprehends and cares about the consequences of smoking it can be too late. They are addicted and it is so hard to quit smoking,” said Holly Toney, JHS 9-10 campus nurse. Everyday, 3,800 teenagers, 18 and younger, all around the world smoke their first cigarette, while 1,000 teens start smoking on a daily basis. On average, smokers die 13 to 14 years earlier than their expected lifespan according to the Center for Disease Control. “Infants and children that are exposed to secondhand smoke are more likely to have allergies, asthma, ear infections and other chronic health conditions. They are also at increased risk for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS),” said Toney. According to Do Something, a national activist organization, for every person that dies from a smoking-related disease, there are 20 more who suffer from at least one serious illness associated with smoking. Toney thinks teenagers start smoking at such a young age because of multiple reasons: they have seen smoking modeled for them in their homes and are exposed to deaths per it daily, peer pressure and they don’t clearly understand the consequences of smoking and year; and how addictive it is. Some teenagers have understood the current trends consequences of smoking and have turned to electronic cigarettes, but is there enough show that knowledge of these to know if it’s healthier than smoking a cigarette? Electronic cigarettes were introduced to the United States market in 2007 and were an alternative way to smoking. Health experts tobacco use will cause are still debating on whether the e-cigarette is a safer way to smoke. E-cigarettes are sold more than 8 million deathsonline, allowing teenagers to easily get access to them versus a regular cigarette. E-cigarettes contain pure nicotine liquid which makes experts curious on whether or annually by not it is healthier to smoke than a cigarette. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are 2030. worried about quality control, whether or not manufacturers control the amounts of ingredients that go into e-cigarettes, as well as they are not listing the correct amount of According to the CDC ingredients.



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