Spyglass: Volume LV | Issue II | December 2013


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SPYGLASS volume lv / issue II winter 2013


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SPYGLASS Kylie Davis Editor Grant Shurley Layout & Design Editor Rylee Hartwell Assistant Editor Cassie Lloyd Copy 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. contents Joplin High how dear is she... pg.3-5 Talent: On the Court and On the Stage pg.6 More than an experiment pg.7 Coloring outside the lines pg.8-9 What will be your legacy? pg.10-11 Teammates are family pg.12-13 EagleAlley.com You’ve got a friend in me pg.14-15 65 Years of Key Club pg.16-17 The reason for off-season pg.18


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feature Joplin High how dear is she... Inital Story by Rylee Hartwell & Parkwood and Memorial by Sydnie Pederson Since the chartering of Joplin High School there have been many different “normals” for the students of Joplin’s public high school. In the early days of the national education system, many students did not attend secondary school, and those who did came from local affluent families. During this time compulsory attendance was not required by the state. In 1885, JHS began with a few students, soon after Joplin as a town became formally incorporated. The building stood where the current Memorial Hall sits at 8th and Joplin Avenue. Curriculum was expanded to meet a greater need for more students as the student body grew. According to Board of Education documents, on October 15, 1915, the Joplin Board of Education unanimously voted to approve the plan to construct a new building at the corner of 8th and Pearl, the current location of the Memorial building. Board documents cited inadequate lighting, overcrowding and minimal fire protection as reasons for the construction of the new facility. The cost was estimated at $350,000. The Joplin Globe reported that a bond was approved by the Board and in Nov. 1915 the citizens approved the bond, 2,256 supporting and 484 opposing. The cornerstone was laid Feb. 22 1917. The Class of 1913 donated $79.95 for the purchase of the cornerstone. O.P.M Wiley, president, Board of Education, filled the cornerstone with papers, lists and other artifacts of the day. The Joplin Globe reported, “wild cheers and pennants were waved (when the time capsule was sealed and the cornerstone was laid.) Despite the previous accomplishments, the Class of 1918 would be a class to make history. According to Board of Education documents, the class boasted the largest graduating class in the school’s history and they established the first “Student Council” under the direction of the building principal, Harry Blaine. Until 1933 JHS, was contained in one building. Due to an increasing black population, the Joplin Board of Education directed that “all negro students” would be educated in a separate building, a first grade through twelfth center that would be called Lincoln School. “I would pass the white school each day going to Lincoln.” - Jim West Lincoln School was the only segregated school in Joplin’s history, it began in 1914 due to a growing “negro” population. The building sat at the current corner of 7th and Minnesota. According to Board of Education documents, the school had always seen a small attendance, averaging 58 students each year much of which is credited to a historically low “negro” population in Joplin. The Lincoln School was the home of the Tigers. In 1945, they were the state basketball champions. The Tigers won the Negro Class B State Basketball championship after their first two games against St. Charles, and Mexico. The team was coached by Gandy Smith and M.W. Dial, principal. Jim West, a lifelong Joplin resident, attended Lincoln School until its closure in 1954, when Brown vs. Board of Education ruled that all schools must integrate. The Joplin Globe reported that the Joplin Board of Education wasted no time when closing Lincoln. “Joplin Negro students will be given their choice to attend either Lincoln High School or Joplin Senior High School white students living in the Lincoln school area may attend that school if they desire.” Superintendent Roi S. Wood read a letter to the board that some students wished to stay at Lincoln due to that 3


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feature being their last year in school. West began his schooling at Lincoln and was a graduate of Joplin Senior High School. At the time he attended Lincoln, there were five teachers for the elementary, junior and high school portions of the school, all of which were African American. Mrs. Thelma Meeks, Mr. Gandy Smith, Mrs. Berneice Smith and Mrs. Mary Lee were the teachers at the school, along with Mr. M.W. Dial, longtime principal of the Lincoln School. In the 1954-1955 school year, Lincoln saw its smallest graduating class, two students received diplomas from Mrs. Reba Blanke, president of the Board of Education. Those two diplomas were awarded to Dorothy Brown and David Edmonson. In the 1956-1957 school year, assistant superintendent Cecil Floyd presented the plans for the use of Lincoln, “Three classrooms would be provided for Negro children, two rooms for the orthopaedically handicapped, and one or more special education rooms as needed.” Those plans quickly changed. In the 1957-1958 school year, Lincoln would be abandoned as a school following the complete integration of all students in Joplin Schools. In 1957, 16 women started practical nursing school at the past Lincoln school, as a part of the Joplin Public School Vocational program. Lincoln was now a vocational education site. In 1982 the building was torn down and was later sold to the Unity Baptist Church. “All you need to remember is to dream.” - Melvin Alford In 1945 a young man moved to Joplin from Asbury Mo. Melvin Alford was 17 and wasn’t exactly thrilled about moving into town. “I had a chip on my shoulder and I didn’t like it one bit,” Alford said. He had moved near 5th and Connor streets in a “rough and tumble” area. Stories of fights and a type of person that he had never met before were shared. “We once had a lady come try to fight with my sister; she had came into our area. When we were done with them, they never came back,” he said. “All the teachers were great. I had other teachers that had helped me, especially in the second grade. However Mrs. Headlee taught me something I will never forget,” said Alford. Headlee was an English teacher at JSHS, and offered helpful advice to a group of senior boys. “If you use a four letter word at anytime, you are completely ignorant of the English language,” he quoted her saying. This same story has been consistently told to his family since Alford left high school, according to his daughter, Kathleen Reiboldt, current JHS Communication Arts teacher. Alford graduated from Joplin Senior High School in 1947. He married, and raised five children, owned a dairy farm and was elected and re-elected as the Newton County Commissioner. He currently resides in rural Diamond Mo. Parkwood and Memorial In 1969, Joplin High School made the decision to split into two schools due to overcrowding. The two new schools for the next 17 years were Parkwood High School and Memorial High School. On Tuesday, Sept. 3, 1969, Memorial became Joplin’s official second high school. “We were known as Baby Boomers because all of our parents came back from the war and had all these kids and it just kind of peaked in the late 60’s-early 70’s,” said Mark Butler, former student at Memorial and a current art teacher for JHS. Earl Whitehead, currently the owner of Joplin Venetian Blind, was a student that attended Parkwood from 19691971. “It was very exciting because it was a brand new time for Joplin. It was the first time Joplin had freshmen in high school,” said Whitehead about the two split schools. Butler attended from 1969-1972 making him a freshman when he attended his first year at Memorial and a part of the first class to graduate from Memorial for all four years. “High school was great because I had so many friends and I got to participate in so many activities,” said Butler. Butler played three sports: football, basketball and baseball. In 1972, the football record was 14-1-9. Butler’s baseball team made it to the State Championship game his sophomore year. He also competed in speech tournaments and was in singing groups. “A good friend of mine was in choir with me. The choir teacher let us go off by ourselves and sing and play guitars because he liked us so much,” said Butler. “We also developed a bond that lasted, and still lasts to this day, from playing in bands with him, from 20-50s.” Students like Butler, who attended Memorial didn’t go through much of an environment change because they stayed in the same building as the original high school. Memorial’s colors were red and white 1885 4


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feature with blue when desired and their mascot was the Eagle. On the other hand, Parkwood decided to go with the colors green and white with the Bear representing their school. Randy Branham, a former student of Parkwood, carved Brutus the Bear from wood. This bear became a big symbol for the school, but after one of the alumni borrowed it, it wasn’t seen again. Local urban legend says that the bear is being passed around from former student to former student and is being hidden from the school district today. Students like Whitehead, who went to Parkwood went to a building located at 2104 Indiana St. As the students became more comfortable with the split, Parkwood and Memorial students became more identified as separate schools. “Parkwood had a whole different type of students. It was like we were urban and they were suburban,” said Butler. A heated rivalry between the two schools also began to peak. Joplin was torn between being a Parkwood Bear or a Memorial Eagle. “It was a big rivalry, especially when it came time to play each other in sports. It was your common high school rivalry,” said Whitehead. Memorial’s Eagles gained a football victory over the Parkwood Bears, the score 27-14 with an overflow crowd at Junge Stadium on Friday, November 22, 1968. It was the first meeting between the two schools since the split. According to The Joplin Globe, in the following years through 1975-1982, Parkwood entered the hall of fame for football. The Bears’ record was undefeated after 14 games and concluded with a 20-13 victory against Hazelwood Central, winning the State 4A Championship game. The Bears were told to be a legacy and were expected to play with Joplin Senior High School Class of 1947 AMlefolvridn For extended coverage of Alford’s time at Joplin and life lessons, visit EagleAlley.com the same persistence throughout the continuing seasons. “Several years they won the state championship, and for several years they had really good teams,” said Kerry Sachetta, Principal of Joplin High School, about the Parkwood Bears football team. For both schools, the dress code was very strict according to both Butler and Whitehead. The boys were not allowed to have their hair covering their ears, sideburns passing their earlobes or a beard. They were not allowed to wear shorts. Wearing socks and having their shirts tucked in was a requirement. For the ladies they had to wear dresses, but they were not allowed to be too far above their knee. Students could choose electives from art, foreign languages, drama, yearbook, newspaper, band and athletics. “Back then it was more of a general curriculum. There were no computer classes and you barely had a calculator,” said Whitehead. The sports were also very different than they are today. There was football, baseball, basketball, wrestling, golf and tennis were available for the men. Women were allowed to run track. The sports that weren’t available for high school at the time was soccer, swimming, or volleyball. In 1983, Memorial High School had a fire after second hour. This forced Memorial and Parkwood to share the Parkwood High School facility for the rest of the school year. Parkwood went to school at the beginning of the day from 6:30 am to 11:32 am, while Memorial went from 12:00pm until 5:03 pm. The fire is not cited as the reason for the two schools to join back together in 1985. According to Sachetta, the two schools joined due to the decision to allow the students to have equal opportunities and based off of the school’s finances. The two schools joined back into one in the beginning of the 1985-1986 school year. Since then, the high school has been called Joplin High School. Joplin High School was housed at the same location for 26 years, until 2011. In May 2011 Joplin High School sustained a direct hit from an EF-5 tornado, causing cataclysmic damage to the structure. JHS is now split into two different campuses, a 9-10 center located at Memorial and a 11-12 center at Northpark Mall. JHS is being rebuilt in the its past location, at 2104 Indiana, and is scheduled to be opened in August 2014. The new facility will also house Franklin Technology Center. 2013 5


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interest Talent: On the Court and On the Stage JHS students participate in the community By Emma Thompson & Logan Whitehead 6 The Joplin High basketball team scores points for kids in the surrounding community. In an effort to share their passion for basketball and help younger students, the girls and boys basketball teams hosted a camp for students in kindergarten through second grade. The purpose of the camp was to teach the younger students the basics of basketball and give the high school students hands on experience. It lasted five weekends during the months of September and October. “We are providing the younger students with opportunities they won’t forget. The coaches say they look up to the varsity players and by us instructing them they will learn from us,” said Charlie Brown, senior. “It gives the kids the opportunity to meet new people and get out of their comfort zone,” said Keiondre Adams, senior. Brown described his experience in the program with one word: Humbling. Williams plans to make basketball more of a priority in Joplin by provid- ing more clinics and opportunities for younger students. “There’s three things(purposes). We want to have fun, we want to expose them to basketball; that’s our second thing. And the third thing is to teach them a little bit about some of our skills,” said Jeff Williams, JHS boy’s head basketball coach. Williams has seen the program influence not only the younger students, but also the older. “Its been really good for our guys at the high school. I think they’ve really realized how much they are looked up to by these little guys and they’ve had fun working with them. It’s been a good two way street. The little guys love it and I think our guys are liking it, too,” said Williams. “My favorite part about being involved was to see the growth and knowing you’re helping out the players that will represent Joplin as they get older,” said freshman, Kinsley Stewart. Williams feels that he has reached his goal as a coach to reach out to the younger kids as best he can. “I think it’s my job as the head coach to make sure that I’ve got every school aged child covered with some sort of program in basketball and this kind of completed the task of kindergarten through 12th for me,” said Williams. The basketball players aren’t the only students making connections in the community; The curtain rises for Joplin Theater students in a new atmosphere. Aside from their regular participation in academics and various after school commitments, many students have been involved in community plays such as “Gypsy ” and “Rocky Horror Picture Show.” Emma Claybrook, junior, Adelle Kanan, senior, and Clary Wright, freshman have recently participated in a production of the musical “Gypsy” at The Joplin Little Theater. The commitment required practices until 10 at night during the school week starting in the first week of August. Claybrook, Kanan, and Wright portrayed a variety of characters throughout the show, including “Hollywood Blondes”, mothers, Chinese waitresses, toreadorables, and Burlesque dancers in the Garden of Eden. Claybrook explained the unique experience of participating in a theater production. “What I liked about participating in Gypsy was the experience of it all. Every show you are in is different. You meet new people every time and get to play a new character every time and that is something that is really special and fun.” All three students plan on auditioning for the school musical in the spring, with Wright also planning on auditioning for a summer production at Joplin Little Theater. Hardy participated in the production of Rocky Horror Picture Show, as well as Connor Barnett and Ethan Settle. The commitment was only Friday night practices at first, but later increased to rehearsals every night starting at 9:00 p.m. According to Harding, the production united and connected the students throughout the practices and performances. “The best part about participating in Rocky or let alone any play are the bonds you make with the cast,” Hardy said. “You almost feel like this is your family; you can come to them for anything...it’s been a week since Rocky closed and we all still hang out.” Hardy played a phantom in the play, the equivalent of a backup dancer and singer for this particular production.


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Todd Gardner’s fifth grade class call them the Joplin High School scientists. Visiting the Irving Elementary School each month, the JHS science research class will do a project with Gardner’s class in an effort to develop an interest in science. “I just think it’s the right thinking to do; we have the resources and we have the time, it’s just kind of what we should be doing,” said Nathan Mutic, JHS science teacher for the research science class. This is Gardner’s first year teaching. The idea was hatched over the summer, when the two had been discussing ways to get the science research class involved in the elementary school. They decided to bring the research class to Irving once a month in order to conduct a lesson for Gardner’s class. “I think it’s really awesome that they’re coming here and teaching us because I want to be a teacher,” said one fifth grader. The activity for the scientific kick-off in October, was a tie-dyed t-shirt. Mutic wants to get the children to be enthused about the future of their education. To help the students understand the value of learning, the high school students were encouraged to tell the children about the careers they plan to pursue and about the science research class. A lesson for the day was to practice safety in the lab and to keep mess to a minimum. “You guys (the high school students) get to do what I do every day and clean up after the kids,” joked Mutic. The enthusiasm isn’t restricted to the elementary audience. “I think it’s exciting to show these kids how fun science can be,” said Celeste Graves, senior. “Everyone was excited, especially my kids. And that made for a successful day,” said Mutic. Science research is a course in which students have a year long project that requires the students to come up with a problem and analyze data. The goal is to be published in the Journal of Experimental Secondary Science (JESS.) “I think for the research students, it gets them fired up about what they’re doing, something for them to be proud of. They’ve become more excited about being involved in the class and building relationships with these kids. It’s just at Irving right now, but hopefully in the future we can expand that, just start small and not bite off too much,” said Mutic. interest More than an Experiment By Cassie Lloyd


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innetewrsest Coloring outside the lines By Kylie Davis After the outpouring of compassion and aid following the May 22, 2011 tornado that destroyed businesses and homes in Joplin, MO. Joplin High School students are creating an opportunity to pay it forward to another community in need through a project, Color Estes. Estes Park, CO is currently rebuilding their town after deadly flooding destroyed homes, businesses and lives the fall of 2013. On Sept. 12, 10 inches of rain in 48 hours sent three local rivers out of their banks into homes and businesses in Estes Park and surrounding communities. Joplin Schools are partnering with Art Feeds, a non-profit organization that uses therapeutic art to help children create, and heal, following traumatic circumstances. Art Feeds, in partnership with Joplin Schools, is creating the relief effort to bring this opportunity to the children of Estes Park Elementary School, which reaches children of Estes, Glen Haven, Drake and Pinewood Springs CO. They do this by providing over 500 art packs and the resources to conduct 12 weeks of disaster curriculum. The first lesson will be conducted by Art Feeds staff and trained JHS students in March 2014. It will focus on learning about real life heroes and superpowers. “It will focus on making the children creatively feel invincible in a place that has felt out of their control,” said Meg Bourne Hulsey, founder of Art Feeds. Art Feeds has implemented similar lessons in Joplin and Moore, Okla. following their respective natural disasters. Nathan Ward, JHS television productions teacher, and Danny Craven, Joplin Schools multi-media center manager, helped initiate the idea for Color Estes. After seeing footage of the flooding in Estes Park, Craven wanted to help a town that he has visited since a young age had a desire to help. “At this point the project is very positive; it is a service learning project. Just as we received donations and help, we are in turn paying it forward so the students can feel what it is really like to give back,” said Craven. Three senior students have headed the Color Estes project, Zane Craigmile, Shelbie Dewitt and Grant Shurley. From working on marketing strategies to brainstorming fundraising ideas, this team has operated as a marketing group. “It’s not just busy work. It’s not just something I’m going to get a grade on, but something that will affect real peoples’ lives and that’s cool,” said Craigmile. The overall cost of this project is estimated to be around $9,000 and the team behind Color Estes has set a fundraising deadline for themselves on December 19. Hulsey is excited a group of high school students are the ones coming up with the concept. “Something we really encourage in our culture at Art Feeds is that age plays no factor in the change that you can create,” said Hulsey. Many ways exist for contributors to get involved: “become a fundraiser,” purchase a t-shirt online or run in a 5K. “Become a fundraiser” is an initiative where one commits to personally raising $28 in a way they can choose, tracking their progress online. The concept behind this idea being the cost of one art pack to send to Estes will be $28. T-shirts are available for purchase. One option is to purchase a t-shirt with a blank logo where the consumer can personalize their own Color Estes logo. The final fundraising event will be a 5K color run in December in Joplin that will be partnered with local businesses. “As we move out of reaction and recovery mode in Joplin, it is incredibly important to take the important lessons we have learned as a community and the compassion we have seen as a community and share that with others,” said Hulsey. For more information or how you can help visit www.colorestes.com 8


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news JHS Students meet the Color Estes crew. A “Become a Fundraiser” page. A resident of Estes Park sports a Color Estes shirt. Students color messages to send to Estes Park Elementery. “It will focus on making the children creatively feel invincible in a place that has felt out of their control.” Meg Bourne Hulsey Art Feeds Founder The Art Feeds crew hang with the Color Estes crew. Shelbie Dewitt and Grant Shurley take a picture with Doug, Grant’s dog, during Third Thursday. Elementary student sold hot chocolate during Third Thursday to support Color Estes. JoJoe’s Coffee donated proceeds to Color Estes. 9


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feature What will be your LEGACY? By Matt McMullen & Jennifer Nguyen “Hard work and persistence pays off. Even when you think something’s not going to work out, always be persistent and determined.” Justin Yeater 2007 Graduate of Joplin High School High school students, no matter what generation they come from, all have one thing in common. They all leave behind their own legacy that contributes to the modern world in a unique way. High school is just the first level. “Realize where you’re at now in high school is just the beginning and that for the rest of your life, you should be a student. AlwWays be learning and growing,” said Rick Starkweather, 1980 graduate of the former Parkwood High School. Starkweather, owner of both ChickFil-A restaurants in Joplin, is a native of the area and knew since he was a child he never wanted to live anywhere else. He grew up with the dream of one day owning and operating his own restaurant. “I love what I do, and I’m happy to come into work any day. I enjoy working with the people that work here and have a good time making an impact in their lives; they, in turn, change my life,” said Starkweather. Cary Fuller, Joplin High School graduate of 2003, can relate to being inspired at an early point in life. “My mom taught me to love reading from a very early age and later, beginning in high school, I discovered Ben Schrank’s fiction column in Seventeen magazine--his prose was snappy and efficient and captured the teenage mind in a way I could relate to. I wanted to do the same!” said Fuller. As a student, Fuller began the basis of her writing career as an active member of the JHS Spyglass. “As editor in chief of the Spyglass from 2002-2003, I learned how to write for an audience and not just myself. I also learned how to work with other writers and editors to plan and pro- duce an issue from the concept phase to the final print. Seeing our words and ideas turn into a real monthly paper was so exciting,” said Fuller. Following high school, Fuller attended The University of Missouri and graduated with a degree in English and History. She moved to New York to pursue a career in fashion editorial and currently resides as Women’s Fashion Editor at Ralph Lauren. “Ralph Lauren is a global corporation with a very clear philosophy and mission, and every day, I work with a team of approximately 200 people to translate that philosophy into an entire lifestyle that anyone can buy online. Projects can take months to finish or just a few days, and we work to achieve the highest standard of creative success. It’s a high pressure, high reward environment,” said Fuller. Another organization striving towards a distinct mission is Washington D.C.’s Young Invincibles, a non-profit political advocacy organization that works with young adults between the ages of 18 and 34. JHS 2007 alum, Justin Yeater, became involved in the organization after being exposed to its cause over an online job searching website. He currently holds the position of Organizing Fellow and works to make higher education affordable and possible to others through hard work, leadership, and guidance. “Hard work and persistence pays off. Even when you think something’s not going to work out, always be persistent and determined,” said Yeater. During Yeater’s high school experience, he participated in football, Future Business Leaders of America, and graduated as Joplin High’s senior class 10


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feature president. He hoped to pursue a career in the medical field, but instead, ended up graduating from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Science. His advice to current high school students is to be aware of all the resources available and create a good work ethic. “Do really well in school. Work on your communication skills, because I’ve realized a lot of people just don’t communicate very well. Get involved with student organizations, and make a lot of new friends,” said Yeater. Yeater wasn’t the only student that started out with an ambition for the medical field. A fellow peer and 2007 graduate, John Nolan, also had this impression. “You’ll realize when you’re in high school everything seems to be revolved around this one goal that you have in your head about how everything is going to turn out,” said Nolan. While attending Truman State as a pre-med student and full time football player, Nolan had a change of fate. What started as a simple side job of mowing lawns revolutionized into a heavier focus on the construction and development industry. To this moment, Nolan remains the co-founder and president of the DVRA Development Group located in Kirksville, Missouri, a business that assists in the blossoming of multiple smaller business. North American Landscape Solutions, one of the businesses Nolan currently manages, is active in the Joplin community with the landscaping of the future East Middle School and Soaring Heights Elementary. “The single most important thing in being successful in the next level after college is being able to get along with and effectively communicating with other people,” said Nolan. Nolan graduated from Truman State with a degree in sustainable development-business ownership and found the entire college experience to be very helpful in preparing for the real world, in a sense that it gave him the opportunity to get creative and make independent decisions. “College is kind of like educational entrepreneurship,” said Nolan. Derek Carter, JHS graduate of 2012, is currently living the college life, being a second year at the University of Alabama. He is pursuing degrees in Economics and Mathematics and strives to one day be involved in the business field. As a participant of the club tennis team, the UnlockED organization and coordinater of a program called Town Hall, Carter definitely has a busy schedule. “It’s difficult to balance everything going on. I have a giant whiteboard in my room with a continuous list of everything I need to get done. Most of the time it is manageable, but during test weeks I have to remind myself on the board to eat or I won’t leave any time for that,” said Carter. Adjusting to his first semester of college was a bit of a struggle for Carter, but high school taught him many valuable skills that assisted his transition into this new lifestyle. The ability to manage groups of people, work with different leadership styles, and handle a vigorous schedule helped Carter tremendously. “One of the big things I learned in high school was to adapt to new circumstances. Especially in my senior year at the mall campus, we all had to adapt and make the best of it. I’ve taken that lesson with me and it has proved incredibly valuable,” said Carter. While Carter attended JHS, he participated in FBLA, tennis, and National Honor Society. He was engaged in Advanced Placement and Dual Credit classes that prepared him for college course work. Compared to other schools, Carter believes JHS provided a diverse and strong selection of different courses to meet different students’ needs. “Joplin High gave me a ton of opportunities to explore my passions. I was able to get involved in a wide variety of activities and develop a range of skills. This, along with the great education JHS provided has allowed me to achieve my goals,” said Carter. Rick Starkweather Parkwood High School Class of 1980 Current Residency Joplin, MO Occupation Owner of both Joplin Chick-fil-A locations “Continue to learn leadership skills. I hope if I live to be 80, I’ll be a better leader at 81 than I was at 80.” Cary Fuller Joplin High School Class of 2003 Current Residency New York, NY Occupation Women’s Fashion Editor Ralph Lauren “Good manners open far more doors than a resume, but it’s best to have both. The education you receive by simply living in a densly populated area with new, interesting people and easy access culture is invaluable.” YJuesattienr Joplin High School Class of 2007 Current Residency Washington D.C. Occupation Organizing Fellow at Young Invincibles “Do really well in school. Work on your communication skills, because I’ve realized a lot of people just don’t communicate very well. Get involved with student organizations, and make a lot of new friends.” 11


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sports Teammates are like family By Chris Martucci Playing a sport where an older or younger sibling is playing on the same team can be a Jekyll-Hyde experience: it can be good sometimes and be bad others. But in the case of the Chesney brothers and the Banwart sisters, it’s quite the opposite. “It has a positive effect on my game to play alongside my sister,” said Anna Banwart, senior and sister to junior, Molly Banwart. “She gives me feedback without a filter.” The Banwart sisters, who have been playing together in volleyball since Anna was in third grade and Molly was in second grade and soccer since Anna was four and Molly was three, don’t treat each other any differently on or off the field and court. “On the team we’re not only sisters, but teammates,” said Molly. “We rely on each other both on the floor and off the floor.” Whether on the field or off, they are still there for each other, no matter what. “She’ll come over and help me when I fall down.” says Molly. “The same goes for me with her.” For the Chesney brothers, Alex and Andrew, who have been swimming together for the past nine years, their relationship is no different. “Since we are brothers, our relationships gets stronger in the water as well as at home.” freshman Andrew Chesney says of his and his older brother, senior Alex Chesney’s relationship. They both hope to get to state and compete there. Andrew will be competing at state this year in the 500-yard freestyle, where Alex is always down there to be his lap-counter. “It’s a special moment because it symbolizes that he’s always there to support me and help me out.” Andrew says. Alex and Andrew’s relationship is not always perfect. They’re typical brothers: they fight sometimes but they’re always there for each other. “We get on each other’s nerves sometimes,” says Alex. “But he pushes me to do better in all my swims and improve my times.” Alex is very proud of Andrew for his accomplishment of getting to state and hopes to get there too. “I’m very proud of my brother for getting to state in the 500 freestyle. I hope I’m there with him at state competing in the 100-yard breastroke.” The Peterson sisters, Rachel and Sarah, run cross-country and have a great relationship, no matter what the circumstances or challenges. “Our relationship doesn’t change no matter what setting we are in,” said Rachel, a junior at Joplin High School. Rachel, who has been running cross-country all three years at JHS, says her sister, Sarah, a freshman, pushes her to work harder. “Having my sister on the cross-country team with me pushes me to work harder. At first it became a competition to see who could do better, but we both have learned that we both succeed when we work together instead of trying to race each other.” Sarah sees her and her sister’s relationship as an encouraging one. “We can talk to each other if we’re nervous before a meet, and celebrate together if we do well,” said Sarah. “There isn’t ever really any tension between us as far as competing is concerned because neither of us is particularly competitive.” Even with the addition of Rebecca Cenzato, an exchange student from Italy who is staying with the Petersons, the girls see it as more encouragement rather than more competition. “Having Rebecca on the team only positively affects my race,” said Rachel. “We both encourage each other and train together as well, so having her on the team not only makes me a better runner, but it also strengthens our relationship.” Sarah also agrees. “Rebecca’s just like a sister. She is really close to my pace, so we get to run together a lot.” So no matter what the trials and tribulations that comes with it, it is sometimes fun to have a sibling on the same sport and team. Whether it’s always being there for each other or supporting each other, having a sibling on the same team could be a fun thing. 13


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news You’ve got a friend in me By Devon Johnson & Kathleen Hughes “People who work with special needs students have a genuine heart,” said Matt Harding, sophomore principal. Peer Buddies is a program where students are partnered up with kids who have special needs and are provided with an opportunity to be a part of the community and to help them with skills they will need when they graduate. Peer Buddies is a program started by Special Education teacher Brooke White in order to help students with special needs be more involved with the community. White had the idea for the program for many years but finally put it into action in the 2012-2013 school year at Joplin High School. “Our kids don’t get much interactions with their peers outside of class time and so we wanted to do something so they would get that typical teenage experience,” said White. Although, getting approval for the program was not a problem they faced. “It wasn’t too difficult, with Harding and Mrs.(Sandra) Cantwell they were all for it and approved of it. Administration was good for it as well,” said George Cowin, special education teacher. The teachers and principals are very excited about the program up and running, they are excited to see what it has in store for the students that is serves. “I think the peer buddies program is an amazing program because for years children with special needs were forgotten and thats why I love Joplin because a lot of the special needs students are treated equal and the students take them under their wing,” said Harding. With the programs first year under their belt, they have kicked off the second year with minor changes. One being they have taken away the community service requirement, as well as adding a couple more field trips to the list and an interview process to help them decide who to keep to be the “buddies” for their students. “I think last year went well. Our only concern was that a number of buddies didn’t participate as much as we would’ve liked. This year will be better because we had so many interviews and so many great students wanting to be a part of this program.” said Cowin. White has similar feelings about the first year as well. “The first year went good because there was a lot of interest in it from the students and the parents were happy the program was starting. This year will be better because we know what to expect, and because there are so many students who wanted to participate and want to be in the lives of the special needs students,” said White. It is believed that this year will be better because the number of students that signed up more than doubled. “I absolutely believe the first year was successful. Especially since last year we had only 40-50 kids sign up and this year we had about 200 and over the years I think the numbers will be huge. The amount of kids wanting to be apart of this program is amazing. The goal is for 20 students to be partnered to be one peer buddy. If you have that amount of kids giving it makes your school great,” said Harding. With the program starting, they have set goals which they hope to achieve. One being to help the students with their social interaction. “With the help of the peer buddies positive peer pressure, I believe it can be achieved,” said Cowin. The biggest goal for the special needs kids is to understand how to communicate outside of school in the public because for many reasons they are sheltered for safety reasons. 14


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news “Teaching them social skills is very important and make them feel comfortable with their student,” said Harding. Iverson has had experience with special needs students for around five years. Iverson’s mom works with Special Services which has given her experience with special needs children. “I enjoy making other peoples day brighter,” said Alize Iverson, sophomore and Peer Buddy helper. Although Iverson did not participate in Peer Buddies last year, she plans on continuing throughout her high school career. “It makes my heart warm being a part of this program. I feel like I have made a change and it makes me care more about people and giving them my time because time never hurts anybody.” Kaleb Martin, who is a sophomore and is a peer buddy helper along with Iverson has had experience with special needs children as well but in a different way. “I have been good friends with Josh Cornell and Kylie Huggins since middle school and I want to have another friendship like I do with the both of them,” said Martin “I enjoy helping others out while knowing I am gaining a friend at the same time.” Not only are the Peer Buddy helpers and the teachers enjoying the program, the students are as well. “I like Peer Buddies because it’s fun to spend time with people I have never met.” said Emily Kessler, freshman and Peer Buddy participator. Kessler’s peer buddies are Cara Marshall and Breonna Muldoon. Kessler is looking forward to bowaling and the Special Olympics the most. Kessler’s favorite event is the softball throw. In her free time she enjoys playing cards, playing on the computer, watching television, and spending time with family. Just like Kessler, Kenny Harcrow enjoys Peer Buddies as well. “I like Peer Buddies because it’s a fun time to go out and have fun with my friends.” said Harcrow. Harcrow is a sophomore at JHS and his peer buddies are Jake Packard, Skye Paulk and Eric Grant. Harcrow’s favorite memories so far this year have been spending time with Packard and Paulk at the Homecoming football game, as well as going bowling. In his free time he enjoys spending time on the computer. “Being in peer buddies makes me happy. It has made my high school experience easier because the people are fun and make me laugh,” smiled Joshua Cornell, sophomore and Peer Buddy participant. Cornell is in his second year of peer buddies. Cornell’s peer buddies are Colby Cornett and Hudson Lankford. Cornell is looking forward to running and bowling at the Special Olympics. With his second year starting, he is looking forward to meeting new people from other schools and grades and making friends. The main thing the peer buddies and students are looking forward to with the program is making new friends. Because of the Peer Buddy program, this is able to happen. “Its awesome seeing people want to be apart of this organization, it’s great seeing people have the same desire and joy to hang out with our kids. Too many people shy away from it,” said Cowin. FIND M RE BATH & BODY WORKS BUCKLE | HOLLISTER CO. MACY’S | MAURICES VICTORIA’S SECRET VINTAGE STOCK Go to VisitNorthparkMall.com for a calendar of our extended holiday hours. 3rd & Rangeline Road 417.781.2121 VisitNorthparkMall.com 117 E. 4th St. Joplin, MO 64802 (417)627-7288



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