Spyglass: Volume LV | Issue I | October 2013


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SPYGLASS Fall 2013 | Volume LV | Issue I | Joplin High School


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SPYGLASS Kylie Davis Editor Grant Shurley Layout & Design Editor Rylee Hartwell Assistant Editor Cassie Lloyd Copy Editor Lorissa Drewes Business & Advertising Tristan Ash Business & Advertising Mrs. Mary Crane Adviser Chris Martucci Nene Adams Kathleen Hughes Matt McMullen Devon Johnson Jennifer Nguyen Sydnie Pederson Emma Thompson Karly Weber Logan Whitehead Cover and Inside Photos: Katie Earll Breaking Bad four - five A Locke on Nationals five Tradition Pioneers six - seven Heading Home eight - nine A World of Opportunities ten - eleven Work. Learn. Exceed. twelve - thirteen FTC Heads to Nationals fourteen No Argument. fourteen Futbol or Football? fifteen Spyglass is a student publication of Joplin High School. All articles are student produced and opinions are that of the author. The magazine is distributed throughout the Joplin R-8 School District and local business sponsors. Please direct any correspondence to Mrs. Mary Crane, marycrane@joplinschools.org, or Kylie Davis, kyliedavis@joplinschools.org


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Traditions By Kathleen Hughes TWIRP day is one of many traditions Joplin High School a Friday night in which a ceremony is held for the queen has had over the years, along with Homecoming, The candidate and her court, nominated by their peers. The Military Ball, Prom, receiving of the caps and gowns, queen remains anonymous until halftime at the football Break the Rock. Some are beginning while others are game. The Saturday evening after the football game is ending. the homecoming dance in which the entire student popu- “The Woman Is Required to Pay” Day, otherwise lation is invited to attend. known as TWIRP Day, is not a well-known tradition by “It is a fun time to get dressed up and dance all night students these days. with your friends,” said Jordan Cox, sophomore. Roy Greer, who was the JHS principal at the time, A long-standing tradition at JHS has been the ROTC established TWIRP day in 1954. On this day, girls did Military Ball. everything in which social etiquette, at the time, required According to 1st Sergeant Richard Banks, the formal boys to do normally. Some examples were: pay for their dance has been held every year since February 23,1919, lunch, carry their books and open doors. Later that night, which makes Joplin High School’s ROTC program cur- a dance took place in honor of the seniors in which the rently the oldest continuing one in the country. seniors, juniors and sophomores all were invited to go. The ROTC department sponsors The Ball in order to The catch was, girls escorted the guys to the dance celebrate the cadets heritage and tradition. However, it rather than the other way around. has since switched from being held in the winter, to be- “It was a fun evening!” Said Jeff Starkweather, current ing in the spring, April 11 this year. All ROTC cadets are JHS Athletic Director and JHS graduate, Class of 1982. One of the fairly new traditions pertains to the football team, “Break the “Traditions help us know about our invited, as well as their dates and other invited guests. “Young men wear their uniforms and young ladies wear formal gowns,” said Banks. Rock,” begun during the 2010 off-season. history, bind us Throughout the night, three adult judges assess how the Keegan Tinney and Griffin together aroundSontany, both Class of 2011 ladies interact with other attendees and pick one to be the graduates and former foot- activities, and helpball players, were the two queen. Prom is another event built who came up with the idea. define who we are,”With the help of their coach, up throughout the school year. Organized by the junior class, it Tobin Shultz, and principal, was originally an effort for the Kerry Sachetta, they put the plan into action. At the juniors to say their farewells Kerry Sachetta to the seniors. Teachers and beginning of the season, before the first home football Joplin High School PRINCIPAL parents help set up fund raisers to pay for the cost of refresh- game, each senior on the ments, decorating expenses football team takes the pick-axe and whacks the rock and a DJ. Prom is held in the spring, on a Saturday night. with it. The majority of guys wear tuxedos and girls wear formal Like every tradition, this one has a symbolic mean- gowns. ing. One of the symbolic purposes was the fact Joplin is But the dance is only a portion of the evening’s events. a mining town. The idea of teamwork is needed to be “After discussing the need for some fun, safe activities successful. Mining is a tough field and hard work was after prom, we came up with the idea of Project Prom,” put into it, a similar work ethic required to be success- said Jim Whitney, math teacher at JHS. ful in football. Another focal point was the recognition Taking place after the dance, the all night festivities that one person cannot “break the rock” by themselves. started in the spring of 2005 and is one of the most It takes teamwork, coming to practice everyday and the recent traditions. It was set up by Jim Whitney and Deb- mentality of swinging the pick-axe. bie Leatherman. All prom attendees and their dates are “Griffin and I had no idea how long this would last. We allowed to attend. had always joked about saying it would sure be cool to “Project Prom is designed for students to go out and come back after we graduated and see them still circling have a fun, safe, and memorable night,” said Whitney. up before a home game and striking the rock,” said Tin- It is a planned ‘all nighter’ for students to go enjoy the ney. night and win prizes. Some places they attend throughout Although TWIRP day has died off from years past, the night are Carousel Park, Amplify Gym, bowling alley, Homecoming is still chugging along. movie theater, Flip Shop, and Gusanos Pizza. Festivities begin with a school-wide Spirit Week, in Beginning with a lot of planning and resulting in which certain days are designated to be a certain dress. memories, the traditions serve an important role in the Homecoming is celebrated with a home football game on school’s identity. 3


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BREAKING BAD The Class of 2013 changes a long standing trend of Joplin Schools By Matt McMullen & Logan Whitehead When most people hear the word ‘graduation’ they think of cap and gowns, diplomas and a new chapter of life. The Class of 2013 changed many peoples’ thought of that word. Joplin High School graduated 86.8 percent of their senior students in the 2012-2013 class, and as of the end of August it reached over 87 percent - a total of 480 graduates- according to C.J. Huff, the Joplin Schools Superintendent of six years. The average graduation rate for the state of Missouri was 87.9 percent. From 1999-2012 the graduation rate stayed in the 70th percentile, said Kerry Sachetta, head principal of JHS. Joplin nearly reached 79 percent in both 2011 and 2012. According to Sachetta, the steady increase in the graduation rate isn’t one single emphasis. “It’s all a collection of things working together,” he said. A wide range of programs has been offered to high school students to help them reach their goal of graduating, including night school, the Eagle Flex Program, Missouri Options, which helps students receive their GED, and the hiring of more counselors to help guide students through to graduation. “The flex program gives students an opportunity to reach graduation in a non-traditional way,” said David Armstrong, Eagle Flex instructor. “It positively affects students who have lost their way on the path to graduation. It offers hope to some who may have lost hope.” The Eagle Flex program offers an alternative to the average high school day. It helps students focus on one subject at a time, getting all the guidance they need, allowing students to continue with school and have a full time job or work out in the community. In the past two years, Eagle Flex has graduated a total of 40 students. “The flex program is a huge reason why the graduation rates improved,” said Huff. “The staff does an amazing job guiding these students. I’ve heard success story after success story.” A program targeting incoming freshmen was introduced in the 2011-2012 school year. Called Link Crew, the initiative encourages a positive outlook on their first year of high school and accountability. Junior and seniors mentor a group of 8-13 freshmen throughout their first year of high school. “The peer influence is very powerful for students,” said Sachetta. The diligent work of students and staff have played as one of the main factors in the graduation rates increasing, according to Cheryl Fields, the career guidance counselor at Franklin Technology Center. Currently, the curriculum of JHS and Franklin Technology Center is designed to help students find interests and hopefully make students be self motivating. 4


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“Do what your passion is. Once you find something you love to do you never work another day in your life,” said Fields. Franklin Technology Center provides many ways for students to get involved in, including engineering, construction, health occupations and culinary arts. Fields said when students get involved in extracurricular activities, they want to be at school more. Jeff Starkweather, Athletic Director, agrees. “Get involved in something that can keep you plugged in and regardless of issues that may happen, keep plugging away,” said Starkweather. While his job is to do the behind-the-scenes work of making sure the athletic program functions smoothly, Starkweather highly recommends students to be involved with their school, whether it’s sports or clubs. He believes those activities teach students many positive life lessons like discipline and teamwork, and it gives them goals to work toward and inspire them to keep moving forward in school and extracurricular activities. “Don’t give up, just keep trying. Find a buddy, a teacher, or an administrator and tell them you’re not getting it, and don’t ever give up,” said Anne Sharp, School Board Member. Many teachers could agree with Sharp, including JHS math teacher Angela Delph. “Don’t be afraid to ask for help if they (students) encounter any obstacles,” she said. Delph has taught at JHS for 27 years. Opportunities for younger students to become aware of the topics of high school and college have been now given to elementary students. Operation College Bound, launched in September 2012 at Columbia Elementary, is offered from students in kindergarten all the way through fifth grade. Huff said the goal is to get younger students to become aware of college and what it offers. Each grade is given the opportunity to go to a certain college for a day every year of their elementary career. A Locke on Nationals By Chris Martucci Penalty kicks. They are the equivalent of overtime in football, the final seconds in basketball, a shoot out in hockey and extra innings in baseball. One miss or make can destroy or establish a team’s hopes to win. In the case of Locke McAlister and his team, the Springfield Soccer Club, it worked out in their favor. With the win in penalty kicks in the regional finals, the team went on to nationals. “It was the best feeling ever to be a winner,” said McAlister. “Getting to accomplish something I’ve always dreamed of was the best ever.” McAlister, who has played soccer since he was in second grade, was at a loss for words when describing what it was like to go to nationals in Kansas City against teams all across the country. “It was crazy!” McAlister said. “It was hard but fun at the same time because you’re playing the best of the best.” McAlister thanks his family and the entire community for their support throughout the whole experience. “Knowing that something like this, someone going to nationals from Joplin, doesn’t happen that often, it was an amazing feeling knowing that I was able to do that,” he said. According to McAlister, the whole experience was very rewarding in the sense of making him a better player and opening his mind to other great players around the country. “It’s an experience I wouldn’t trade for anything. It was the most amazing experience.” In order to get to nationals, teams have to play in the State Cup for their retrospective state, then they go to regionals; if they win they then have to play other Cup winners. The winner of regionals then goes on to nationals. 5


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Students are paving the way for the next generation of Joplin High School By Kylie Davis & Sydnie Peterson 6


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Three years after Joplin High School ized training in specific areas of work and study. moved from traditional textbooks to Macbooks Both students and staff for the most part seem there are still mixed feelings between students to agree the laptops and technology will give and staffs. students an upper hand in whichever career they Due to the EF-5 tornado that destroyed decide to pursue. JHS in May 2011, for the past three years they “I believe our students are leaving high has been learning the ropes of the 21st century school with a variety of technology skills that puts through technology. The technology has had its them ahead of other high school students. I also ups and downs but overall teachers and students believe they are leaving with better problem solv- agree to be making the best of the situation. ing skills because working with technology takes a “Rather than dealing with the limitations lot of patience and problem solving,” said Taylor. of the books we can find in classrooms and at the Due to the split campuses Joplin High library, we have a whole world of information at School resides in during the construction of the our fingertips. With just a click of our mouse, we new high school, freshman and sophomore are can access any piece of information we can pos- separated from the junior and seniors. While the sibly imagine,” said Tess upper classmen spend Harmon, junior. Throughout the transition to laptops JHS has been faced “Rather than dealing with the the majority of their limitations of the books we can find in classrooms and at days at the mall campus the lower classmen are across town at another with the “challenge” of training the teachers on how to use them in the classroom. 21st cen- the library, we have a whole world of information at our fingertips. With just a click temporary facility, Memorial. “It (technology) links the students together. tury learning coaches have provided many professional develop- of our mouse, we can access any piece of information we Since we’ve had to split campuses, it can be difficult for the upperclass- ment opportunities. Angela Delph, JHS math can possibly imagine,” men to connect with sophomores and fresh- teacher, has had to work men. The technology on balancing the use of technology within her curriculum. Tess Harmon makes it easier for us Joplin High School junior to feel like one student body,” said Harmon. “When we first Some distractions started I think we were overwhelmed with so come with the technology. CJ Huff, Joplin Schools much information. We didn’t know what was go- Superintendent, believes the key to using technol- ing to work for us personally or in our classroom,” ogy efficiently is self-discipline. said Delph. “I have a laptop, my kids have laptops-- In addition to training the instructors, JHS appropriate use of technology is a 21st century has had the task of hiring new technology coach- skill that has to be taught. It can be a very effec- es to deal with problems such as internet filtering tive and efficient tool, but it takes self-discipline and bandwidth issues because of the increased in using it appropriately and not being distracted. number of people on the district wireless system. That opportunity is always there. Question is, Rayma Taylor, career pathway coordina- ‘Are we providing the right training?’” Said Huff. tor, is grateful to the district leaders who have “I think the fact that students are able to seen the importance of providing the faculty and use computers daily in their classes is excellent. staff with a support system through 21st Century It can allow our students to be exposed to dif- Coaches. Taylor believes implementing 1 to 1 with ferent software packages that lend themselves to this support and good professional development industry standards on a daily basis. Our teachers has proven to be successful. can challenge the students more frequently to Many programs are being put in place at utilize problem based learning activities, and have Joplin High School to help encourage students to quick access to the web with many different re- consider their post high school plans such as Ca- sources,” said Kerry Sachetta, Joplin High School reer Pathways and new classes regarding special- Principal. 7


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Joplin High School has been in transition end of the year. since 2011. But with recent construction Dr. CJ Huff, Joplin School District Super- milestones, intendent, said a permanent the high school school for building is on students and track for near- teachers is on ing completion, the horizon. with the ex- Currently at ception of the the new JHS performing arts campus, iron center. studs are being Students are installed, pre- expected to at- cast panels for tend the 2014- the performing 2015 school arts center are year in the new being set and high school. the roof should Huff said the be completed building will by the begin- allow teachers ning of 2014. The east side of the new Joplin High School. Currently, all iron is framed. to reach their At the begin- full potential ning of September, Franklin Technology Cen- with the tools given to them “It is like get- ter was fully framed and masonry work was ting back at home, and we are ready to be estimated to be nearing completion by the home,” he said. HEADED HOME Construction and preparation continues for the new Joplin High School By Rylee Hartwell Photos: Kylie Davis 8


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Changing traditional education motivators. “It will be an evolving process The outer structure of the new high school is not the only change that will be noticeable to the student population. Curriculum is hand-tailored for the needs of the students, the school district has hired four new Career Pathway coordinators to spearhead the operation. “What we are creating isn’t anywhere else in this country,” Huff said. “We will be teaching rigorously, to provide students an edge [in today’s time].” Dr. Kerry Sachetta, building principal at JHS, says a 21st Century Learning Facility wouldn’t be possible without the to involve many other standards and ideas,” said Whitney Warren, coordinator of the Arts and Communications Pathway. “We will work with what the industry wants, and know that will help the student be an effective citizen in our community, through this program.” Warren and the other coordinator, Susan Mathes, are using their community connections that they attained while in the private sector. “We are blanketing all industries to let students have a connecting piece to the community and for business have an ‘ah-ha’ moment when seeing our students,” Warren said. support of the people in Scheduling fck“hcbSeJsimetepstanasaheoaWtoanddrleiaiouadtc,viaeipn““KmacdguwtdyecsedecwTTtmlhmeac.iechhfderihhnteat.tcioswioyeiai“ono”othmiet.totnnrmshTnzitctahlgtnkgoekteaigpscutanainomovcsnseanooobttt(aogoosegcntomtrtluaanfi,ldioertieohthswln”ss-iodaetRu-,e,desaghhnarter.tweeestgbiiobrlpuui.pwlnoleifllsissdfodlAlutitrtnaunrhwb,gntdgaeihEaedeteBwnrnbBdhewrgateisallstsscleiivhl.esoknl)bnheedc”frdtoiuioaItwonrIhrrflggltfeoPoyeherrrrs,utekes”ehanar-niRetidAfedteraeyn,PsacsitbhtcaeuwutohadneditenledteadonhcrncttstethsoR-wyillel ebeHainrtadhnmoefptwlhrmirpeeeeeseeoNletlxclpyecibiduolad.betuistkisnilissanhltesecdssuregauiensdwtdsanghwcsemehdsaMcbnareeotiyetesmuvndstaAtse.dubmditui)rcrrnll”gdauiio,envuclscJrCsegtkolition,oshnp2nwnesal0tcimgmpnion1htr-4dc,oaiet.sshgne“deatr,Iryreuemyhsitltcshitin.tgohiwoenghmapastsniimwrcck,itnnliuetccshpatsalchtiigehrcahartcAoaonlrursbirhlh.ialmchyeocnnondlcmlleehubootrooIhnguesbsn,mssmeeonpeol.aeennt,eegsrlagsuledpbtdOs,arasstiresadcseduroineetilwftnefd,chcoetuilahsr(rns-ligtahicwnatordine-tthtamodduantmheshgrons-rnegnesi-sda-ge;teess Career Pathways The hallmark of the new building will be “Career Pathways,” which is a method of learning in conjunction with current industry The Joplin R-VIII School District is also rebuilding East Middle School, Soaring Heights and Irving Elementary Schools, all of which are expected to open in January 2014. 9


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OPPORTUNITIES Joplin foreign exchange students create remarkable memories By Jennifer Nguyen & Nene Adams Americans. UnforgettableAmt“h.nIeedhdfaitrahvieeejunytsdoatlirsemeasnayt’ktptehfesaaoStttphValAeenmEmdI NehvlraJoiiocvoAlaekennelVsitvk.AeaeTrrDhtemheDaeEtt,R.”mcrfssthrRactwIsbttateahiayfVdfitahdtactnnhhhaeeoouaooiathraelrnnnreeeiaoaaemasygtomladrgciseerrnila““BCS““SO“Aadddvrckdlessrbtdoileegeylh.Ayosn,rIIIIuyyvieohierinccteeeenndtceit,e.nliiedxs,sgyilaytIacactlggdhhdb.eyhgcdnfnye-sicwdape,theseI,nolectkorrnn.Gah.uioommet,ceccgrzttoorledoauaiehidtmat,riiaahatcroaemaanezansooegreeuiidmihrbsenTiterveoaddudllita.xtrsnnremthresttxxgtiiCooomtohedeldtphAckeottnncmgehuedapeccsiahe,,mneeansetyottneealgtamyddothheadeiram,iatoboycrenymwwtatSmvcotn”eecnaaypylbhldeaeattaeAwzatwetcytwehentpAihhnnneoycaspinorianfonamrahhgtmnr,foas,otoaoiaatggxmooimrcstdmesdt”adtlacm,e,agoairlfiyrpeureeoetiihttAatoelda.snteeloasihielwbvseohtdeltglsi1issymtsrnf.tmdathnzdhyosinaemreompnia3arrVot,nrittwTcisenitfseteioaVtlenrugocuhh.domtleelauoasIhgymnygb’araydaaAdodsstrowrtrdn,donLnn1iasetwoeieeStncidt.gtefumSulchyd1ccotuetdeianasyaSiyvhreactidnuanhteac-Apeasotrefnsnvktn,yeievhheroEheewtsze1aftreixpaatrneaassstddveGrridfsrmoafaon2h,reepnsnen.ontleirdhstaen’arclctnfelwlugeihdesjigyitoydmoiri.nineSuJCojunsfsandSdorlordearbsteeoposiuitHthrpmo.nfIli,hatsfkatcene!eypate1ftlrmchr,ordbhiSfVmwheheufbtwegn2n,hrooaeentIeaiIGIhsfeetea,aermooreatytnmh,rcoccathsoo”piJefwsefe.sdopasusc,atiokeoyiiunaH,detsut,ia,ssrstnhct-edlath,i,nugoil-dlactslylaSfh“sdicolpntfhehcunpthtropssoio,oaoeehedpatsesyeto,ndhooiffmnmrhhJcalsrelis.-yotaoevCtHteiatttieeoibtdlidhimhrnhe,lolo.lenaSouayeSJfodedewhtwjmvnAgSfa,oltuihsumldemAfeHzmnchmrddssatoeotgtlipwreanhhhttdfa,eorSnersnhiule.oftideewmlaitasvdbeoeyttrdafaAhiActyehai,,giuroytiFPencitreeMedmmhty,tmnrtitaaenda”Othprntkwhseahwwnet.tetreetetenVseteRhnstoaeiurroyoeedaohxa,irolietuspEcichMstu-nsnoaWfd.pytanbiaoiaoealiInthvnsdepdrodenGnnd-esaegeIhetaoroastis,ybNralshrhf.ilk-dessie-sEXCHhtVmJfIbIeodefcChtjShcharutihueuohaAwfixncaaaooarressaylemehspuh““AV“D“A“epvsjsdmtnpcteoNtlIEIITataelsremeaifdnuobzieg.phsazyimvlewhhehnts“bsdrsGaeidrvoreaoeoaIzeiieteiaheaadtdethrewaaamnemdoprfettaErv.ovaasliieotnanrelklwpyngnfldreeleae..merbeeerteotcetr,tgdprahctaSodbo.,hC“eahtshattylte”sptssaBgbemuaiwohnstgoeoTulhetnilxothtisa.eyunotpaidoanvhwaeopegsoUnsealentttafriztlle’etahntasl.ttrhbtlnherDafh.yolhhm.begoryresiegiejaxttoierentoeoaedbEteAnhocastpAtfpIracimmrypaebnlotth’efrNreeuooserflnasnuoegtoclmiaomweermmyumoldTrAeoutsessirtsiamIs,eiktniietewdnofmytogonnotrttgaAneuaheeea,.ohSplasmomCath,oruggrloyGfecvtn”mlehwiimsetktlnercpoookaesit,teuseaflhdrmeeayeaJIhstah“TOisyoaetupnodnweiosstsronsdoibtmIraftcian,ahmnnttnldtoe,hcrehzumvtseepalaeihilwt”tbadileviehgtgoaadAenemoekcracshsonnrliroennttaeaansidstnemsaoeacreivrmtarnoItsscofor.lSoesedn,rntaawdoetndbnynelnstctkoyld,pfbhwncritydlen,sosmhteris’’dhieoimeet-”ipsiethtpteemesofbfseerdowmdercxooro..aoehibarfexldmaobuyaetssfSicanthtihiuopofonslrhafpreeeteppcainrirneaylccf’caoiensfglmIezildtlsdttithvess,ire,deh,endrleneonduoogtagrtoaodteesrcaxtptrsimadbstgtttmhdnensitmyevtu.heaAsalgihieohhctnVlghnciuesasmairesaentkrtneinrhitnemyaok,dgoaeedtlythtiente,yytcelaotndhratelcteuo”dyeowimtbreef.aeehehpertnvfeglaa.m,“mrfMgodadnrlrtCt,ag?reinoiiirdreyvdtgihunshc,enedroihteTogelohaecijus,entfhlokeeeotr,bnlicbahoymhaEsrotabnene.nSlcfgAeaity.wiylytd,t,replttnwanenchroatahnzclfeoedllhemsloycyseanArgmtegacssstheiwt,taspreeep,abv”.pmasksksllhtmtumtemdsAiieaaehshoeaeu.aasaknaseoapTsrsitvtirmlhtyeyha,eserlysonsiiingalalotvuehldcunseeyyocsettouprmpdkibdsiaaestetdaagderifasinumc,deflcspahituhtyikrIe”nlnelaorgbdhwsoih,aebilfomlebttedisc”y,einddatmell.hemsanynptlioorteat.oiitatseatseenbohdtseltdeshnt.-neaisndkeeedyn”iiid--dnaraI-. 10


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Photo: Kylie Davis Lukas Schmidt Challenge. That’s how Rebecca Cenzato, Joplin High School senior and current foreign exchange student from Italy, explains her cross-country season so far. Even though she has enjoyed running a lot, she lets people know the trials, positives and negatives, she has faced when it comes to doing cross country. “While running I can free my mind and relax, concentrate on myself and my work,” said Cenzato “But I also have to concentrate on if I’m going to die or not.” While Cenzato is used to track training, it’s still very different from what she is used to in Italy. There, she practiced hurdles for track, as well as triple and long jumps. She says that the way we practice in America is more professional. She thinks here is harder than in Italy, she believes that it’s maybe a little too hard. Cenzato went from running at full speed over a short distance in Italy to racing a distance of four to six miles or even longer than that, here. She is not the only one that thinks this way while running though. “What you have to know is the way you’re feeling, is probably the same as your friends are feeling.” Her best friend, Svenja Vadder, and JHS junior foreign exchange student from Germany has also experienced similar tasks while doing cross country, but she has a different perspective than Cenzato. “I don’t like running that much. I enjoy it because I feel better afterwards, but the starting is hard because everything in your body is hurting,” she said. Vadder focuses on her aim, which is to be able to run with the varsity runners and to not stop running in the middle of workouts. She tries not pressure herself because she is convinced that she isn’t the best in cross country and won’t be the best, but knows that she’ll be better in swimming. In Germany, her primary sports were swimming and basketball. Starting at age four, when her parents enrolled her in swimming classes, Vadder has been swimming for 7 years and has confidence in her swimming season this year. In Vadder’s host family, the Weiss, all their previous foreign exchange students had competed in cross country, so she decided to do the same. For JHS cross country coach, Jason Riddle, this is the first time having two foreign exchange students on the team. He is most impressed about their personalities. “They are hard working and a pleasure to be around. I enjoy bringing them to the team,” he said. Left to Right: Svenja Vadder; Rebecca Cenzato Riddle thinks Cenzato’s running is coming along and even though, Vadder has been suffering from shin splints after she recovers he believes that she’ll do fine. He thinks there is a special opportunity out there for them. Cenzato, he thinks that cross country will help her in track as well as Svenja and he knows they will have lots of potential. Vadder and Cenzato says that cross country is hard mostly because of the heat, but Cenzato likes these type of challenges and loves to do her best even if she doesn’t believe that she is the best. They look up to Rachel Peterson; a varsity cross country junior at JHS and others on the team as motivation. Admiring the team spirit that they share with one another, they believe that even if cross country is not a team sport the mood of the team is a fascinating thing. Some people believe that they need to have a role model in order to motivate yourself, but Lukas Schmidt, and sophomore JHS foreign exchange student from Germany, is his own person. He doesn’t look up to others when he does football. Ever since he saw the super bowl football game, last year, Schmidt has always decided to do football. As a junior varsity, possibly Varsity, JHS corner/wide receiver football player he only wants to improve himself. Which he lets people know that it is lots of hard work “It’s crazy, practice is longer here, and here we practice for three hours. In Germany, we only practiced once a week. So it’s very different and hard, mostly because it’s hotter here than in Germany but I like it.” Schmidt doesn’t stress his mind with anything when doing football, he just does it. He doesn’t only plan on doing football, but baseball and wrestling, also. Back home, he did the triathlon, bodybuilding, and drum lifeguard. So, football is a major challenge for him and definitely something that he is not used to. Just like Vadder and Cenzato, Schmidt knows what he enjoys most about the sport he does and that’s the awesome feeling of tackling someone. It might be such a big deal to others but it’s a special moment for him. Monday, September 9, was his first game, which was a magnificent experience. “I got called out on the field, four times, to play for corner position and wide receiver.” Most people say that you can spell a me in team, which means I do what I want and don’t need help by anyone. People like Vadder, Cenzato, and Schmidt know its true meaning and it’s just liked its defined and that’s “two or more people working together to achieve a common goal”. What they have experienced is that everyone probably has that same goal that you have and that’s to be your best. They agree that to become the best is not something you can just do on your own. “Everyone is so nice and it’s beautiful, how we’re all working and we all try to get better…together.” 11 Photo: Chris Pasimio-Field


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Work. Learn. EXCEED. Jasper County becomes the first ACT National Certified Work Ready Community By Cassie Lloyd 12 Last spring, another first for Joplin, or Jasper County, rather, was featured in the news. Jasper County became the very first Certified Work Ready Community (CWRC) County in the nation to receive the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC). Awarded through the ACT program and the Missouri Department of Economic Development, the cer- tificate was presented to Governor Jay Nixon during a press confer- ence held March 8 at Franklin Technology Center. “The competition we are in is just to get dollars invested here,” said Nixon. “It’s not just to get jobs created, but is to make sure that everyone in our state and quite frankly our country is ready to com- pete with anyone in the world.” The accomplishment showcased the partnerships with businesses, education, economic and workforce development. While Jasper County was the first county to be- come certified, it was also the first county to meet 100 percent of ACT’s criteria, which is based on de- mographics charting success, as well as goals estab- lished by ACT and community leaders. This initiative is a national effort led by ACT to provide a foundation for states to attempt to strengthen economic development using a commu- nity-based approach with the gumption to certify counties as work-ready. The Southwest Missouri Workforce Investment Board also headed up this achievement and serves Jasper along with six ad- ditional counties. Many citizens believe this will impact not only the town of Joplin, but the people in it. Cheryl Fields, counselor at Franklin Technology Center, thinks that every high school senior should take this test. “On the test last year, we tested 146 seniors, of which 17 were gold, 75 were silver, 30 were bronze, seven failed the test, and 17 were unfin- ished. For us, that is a great accomplishment be- cause we did not have any pretests,” said Fields. The work keys test consists of three different areas that stu- dents are tested on. They are tested on applied mathematics, locating information, and reading for informa- tion. Anyone can take the test, but there is a fee. “Work based skills and abilities are the number one thing we are looking at now. It’s work ethic and workplace skills,” said Thomas “Bubba” Evans- co, of Joplin-based WIB. Evansco believes that having the Work Ready certification will make future employees all over Jasper County an exceptional hire that will draw more businesses in.


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“We hear that college graduates have trouble finding jobs, even with their degree. So although they have their diploma, they’re having a hard time as well. The thing about the certification, is when you have that career readiness certificate, it makes you more appealing to hire. It separates you from the other people who have the same credentials you have. It’s a way to prove that you have work skills,” said Evansco. Hundreds of businesses represent and support the NCRC, and 87 employers in Jasper County have declared their support as well and plan to use it for future hiring criteria. Over 3,000 citizens of Jasper County have earned the NCRC at the bronze, silver, gold, or platinum levels since 2006; 1,000 of said certifications have been earned since January of 2012. Susan Mathes of Career Pathways at JHS believes students will benefit from the Work Ready program. “Joplin students will be striving for higher certifications to secure better jobs and Joplin businesses will get new employees with higher skill sets,” said Mathes. Mathes stated that she thinks this certification could be an attraction for bringing more industry and businesses to Joplin. “Businesses will be able to hire new employees already knowing what their skill levels are. Many community businesses will recognize these Work Ready certifications as qualifications for hiring” said Mathes. A county is awarded this certificate by the state after established goals are achieved. To be individually certified, one has to complete a series of tests that relate to everyday situations occurring in the workforce. Several believe this could be the start of a stronger, more credible beginning for Jasper County and the people in it. For more information on the NCRC, and a complete list of participating businesses, please visit www.workreadycommunities.org SAVOR M RE BURGER KING CHARLEY’S GRILLED SUBS CHICK-FIL-A | SBARRO PIZZERIA SUBWAY Purchase $20 or more in the Food Court and receive one movie ticket to Regal Northstar 14. Redeem your receipts at Burger King. Offer valid while supplies last. 3rd & Rangeline Road 417.781.2121 VisitNorthparkMall.com o wnership • decisions • people yoWureLaOreCPARLLOYU-ODWtoNbEeD independent bank. Since 1979, all of our decisions are made right here by people you know! We offer all the great services you expect. 417.623.5959 smbonline.com Joplin • Carthage • Duquesne • Neosho • Jasper • Alba 5


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Photos Submitted FTC TEAM MAKES IT TO NATIONALS By Emma Thompson Senior FTC students Alexia Tignor, David Walker, Nathan Whener, and Luke Nelson, with the addition of Amon Hennedy, reached national ranking in the Skills USA Program for the 2012-13 school year. “This is an opportunity of a lifetime and students recognize and appreciate this special event,” said Deonna Anderson, Skills USA sponsor and teacher to many of the students who competed. After qualifying in the district and state rounds, the students competed nationally and for the very first time in the entrepreneurship category on June 23-29 in Kansas City. Students were required to create and present a business plan. “The atmosphere at the competitions is electric,” said Anderson. “Students are nervous, excited and often outside of their comfort zone, but looking forward to the challenges.” Skills USA is a leadership organization available to high school students across the nation with their core goal being to develop leadership and teamwork qualities, in addition to the ability to prepare for their careers in the near future. The students all agreed on their goals for this year regarding skills USA. According to Nelson, the whole Skills USA program is the attraction. “[It’s] Awesome! You get to experience new life skills and meet new people,” he said. Plans are to repeat the award-winning achievement. “Our goals would be to win first place at state again with the entrepreneurship team [and] make it back to nationals,” said Tignor. 14 No argument. Zaidi places ninth in nation. By Jennifer Nguyen JHS senior Laela Zaidi not only competed in a national level competition last summer. But she placed ninth in Congressional Debate, despite never qualifying to a state level. “Representing Joplin in finals was an honor. Going into the tournament, I felt very much like an underdog since many prestigious private schools dominate the national circuit,” said Zaidi. Zaidi, who is currently entering her fourth and final year on the JHS Speech and Debate Team, qualified for the national level after competing in a district tournament. “When I first entered the Congressional Debate tournament, I wasn’t sure what to expect. This event is not very popular in Missouri despite its competitiveness elsewhere in the country,” said Zaidi. The competition took place in Birmingham, Alabama, at the Sheraton Hotel and Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex. Zaidi arrived in Birmingham on Sunday, June 16, and stayed until the following Saturday. Over 250 competitors were entered into her division. “It was a record-breaking year for entries in the House, so the competition was even harder this year,” said Zaidi. In preparation for the competition, Zaidi started researching as soon as last school year ended and pushed herself to strive for the best. “The National tournament is exciting and full of motivated, bright students. There was no reason to waste the opportunity by not giving it my all, since competing against students from across the country is a rare opportunity,” said Zaidi. While competing, Zaidi had support from fellow teammates Genny Richards, Tess Harmon, Saniya Abblatt, Zane Craigmile, and fellow national competitor Evan Blue, and her debate coach, Bobby Stackhouse. “It was very exciting to have a student represent Joplin that well. As far as I know, it’s the best that any (JHS) student has performed in their main event at that level. It’s a great feeling to have a JHS student on stage for the ceremony at the national level,” said Stackhouse. Zaidi was ecstatic after finding out that she had placed in the top 14. After she was called for ninth, she accepted her trophy and celebrated with teammates. “By being the first student to break to finals, I hope I can be a leader to other students trying to find their voice in Speech and Debate or in the Constitution Team,” said Zaidi. According to Zaidi, many competitors find being on stage stressful and nerve-racking, but for her, it was simply an honor. Photo Submitted


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Futbol or Football? Soccer and Football player takes dominate role on both teams By Jennifer Nguyen & Karly Weber Most high school students find that participating in one sport is overwhelming enough. But according to Brock Renken, who plays both soccer and football at the same time, a balanced schedule can be created to fit both teams’ practices and games. “If you don’t do good at practice, then you won’t do good at games,” said Renken. “And I try to even it out.” Renken, senior, first started out as goalie for the soccer team before he decided to take on the new responsibility of kicker for the varsity football team, which he fulfilled for two years now. “I figured I could learn something new and open doors for new opportunities for the next level,” he said. Even though Renken finds himself closer to his soccer team, he still takes his position on the football team very seriously and does his best to contribute to the game. “I never train for a tackle. I had to do what I could for the team’s benefit,” said Renken, in reference to a key tackle during the home season opener against Before each soccer, as well as football game, Renken prepares himself mentally by making sure he knows the positions and his job on the field. “I know some coaches would not allow a soccer player such as Brock Renken,” said Chris Shields, head varsity football coach. “But personally, I am fine with it. Brock is as dedicated and hard working player as we have in our program. He is a joy to be around, takes his craft and role on the team extremely seriously.” Renken said his success as a player on both teams can be attributed to simply motivation and effort. Photo Submitted Photos: Katie Earll Renken kicks an extra point durning the Rolla game. He has not missed an extra point attempt this year. Renken kicks the ball away from the goal during a game. He has played soccer all four years of high school. 15



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