Spyglass: Volume LIII | Issue VII | March 2012


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Spyglass Joplin High School Joplin, MO 11 & 12 Campus: 101 N. Range Line Rd, Bldg. D 9 & 10 Campus: 310 W. 8th Street Franklin Tech: 420 S. Grand Volume LIII Issue 6 March 2012


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2 PAGE March 2012 w hat’s inside Spyglass 3 PAGE March 2012 r ebuilding Spyglass JHS: Building close to heart for many Joplin residents; currently demolition underway Spyglass is a student publication of the Newspaper class at Joplin High School in Joplin, Mo. All articles are student produced, and all opinions are those of the newspaper staff. Spyglass is produced approximatley monthly and is delivered to all students, faculty, and staff of Joplin High School. S pyglass Front page photo by April Holloway. Joplin High students do the “roller coaster” during a varsity boys basketball game. Inside cover photo by Jenna Herr. Freshmen cheer squad cheers during the 9/10 lipdub filming. Filming took place February 14 and incorporated all freshmen and sophomores. Spyglass Staff Taylor Camden, Editor-In-Chief Shelby Hass, Assistant Editor Lydia McAllister, Photo Editor Colin Hughes, Sports Editor Caravana Randall, Design Editor Molly Baker Margo Grills Lexi Brown Jenna Herr Brittany Czirr Brett Holcomb Kylie Davis All students write stories, take photographs, sell advertisements and design pages. 6 Look into the Spyglass Page 4 & 5 Stuco raises money for Joplin family Tennis Players to travel to L.A. in spring Page 6 & 7 Briefs and Signings Soccer has a new Asst. 10 Page 8 & 9 Underclassmen perform lipdub Page 10 & 11 JET14 students at work Student directors 16 Page 12 & 13 Discipline in area schools Art Feeds inspires staffer Page 14 & 15 “The Help” in review Entertainment By Taylor Camden “It’s bittersweet. I’m glad to see Joplin advancing and rebuilding so quickly, but at the same time…it’s like I’m watching my memories be torn down with Joplin High School,” said senior Sydney Long. On February 17, the demolition of Joplin High School began nearly nine months after the May 22 tornado. The site holds precious memories for thousands of Joplin residents dating back to 1958, when the school was built. Intending to hold 2,000 students, through a $2 million bond issue, the building was built at 2401 S. Indiana Ave. Over the years the building expanded to accommodate more students enrolled at Joplin High School. The building housed students for 23 complete school years, ending with the class of 2011. Before demolition could begin, the crews had to complete pumping out 10 feet of water from the flooded basement and boiler room. The procedure took weeks to complete. Asbestos was also an encountered problem, due to the time the school was built. Experts in asbestos filtered the water before letting it drain into the streets. But after several delays and tedious work, the walls of Joplin High School began to come down on February 17. Demolition to the building began after crews finished pumping water from the base- ment and completely remov- ing asbestos. They then began tear- ing down the north wall of the school. The demolition process will take several weeks to complete. All but the gym and auditorium will be torn down. The school district hope to break ground in May on a new campus that will be combined with the Franklin Technology Center and to have the new campus open by 2014. But, before they can break ground, residents will vote in April on a $62 million bond issue for the rebuilding of schools, the addition of safe rooms, and two new combined elementary schools. On April 3, voters will check their ballots for the bond issue. A $62 million bond would increase the levy by 35 cents, from $3.31 to $3.65 per $100 of assessed valuation. The district must receive a 57.14 percent of the vote in favor of a bond issue for it to pass, required by law. If the bond issue does not pass, the district would first focus on rebuilding permanent schools for the younger students who currently are in temporary locations, including Irving By law, the district must receive 57.14 percent of the vote in favor of a bond issue for it to pass. If the bond issue does not pass, the district would first focus on rebuilding permanent schools for the younger students who currently are in temporary locations, including Irving students at the old Washington Elementary, East Middle School students at a repurposed warehouse in an industrial park and Duenweg/Duquesne students sharing the Duenweg building. But the district would have to postpone plans for Joplin High School, Franklin Technology Center and safe rooms for all of the schools. Without the bond, the district would not be able to match a portion of the funding the Federal Emergency Management Agency could provide toward safe rooms. The new JHS and FTC building is the largest and most underfunded, so the district would look at replacing it at a later date since its temporary facilities are better than the others, accord- ing to C.J Huff, Super Intendant of Joplin Schools.


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4 PAGE March 2012 s tudent feature Spyglass Spyglass s tudent feature 5PAGE March 2012 STUCO gives back JHS students are taking the court MSA accepts three STUCO does fundraiser to help the Nevin’s family By Lydia McAllister By Caravana Randall and Brittany Czirr Having great passion and been part of the JHS skill for tennis is something tennis team for three select students have in four years. He Wells, CA. Morgan Butler, looks. There is a long trainsenior at JHS, started play- ing process you have to go ing tennis when she was through. First we had to pass JHS sophomores for Members of JHS STUCO are doing something very admirable. They recently heard of a great opportunity to give back to a very deserving family, and organized a way to help them. “At a meeting a few weeks back, one of our members told us that there was a little boy who was diagnosed with cancer. He goes to one of the elementary schools in Joplin. We knew that we had to help him in some way since he was a member of our school district. Luckily, the basketball homecoming game was just around the corner. We contacted Mrs. McGowen, who kindly let us sell the sunglasses and use the profit to help the boy and his family out,” said STUCO member, Megan Bell. “We all saw the Nevin’s family tornado story on Extreme home makeover and were devastated when we found out they had a son who had been diagnosed with leukemia. They have several children and are important to our community. We knew there wasn’t anyone more deserving right now,” said senior STUCO officer, Julia Lewis. Lewis has many ideas as to what the money will go towards, and is intent on helping this young boy. “It felt great to know that we were making a difficult situation better by contributing even a small amount of money. The money will go to help with travel costs as they must go to Kansas City several times a week for treatment, and other costs that surround having a child with leukemia- such as special diet foods, needs in the home, and other need specific items,” said Lewis. The total amount of money sold is still undecided because STUCO is still selling the sunglasses and coming up with more ways to help. Helping out this young man leaves a great impact on Bell. “It’s fulfilling knowing that we can help a young student, who is going through more than I could ever imagine going through.” Photo by MaKenzie Jones Seniors, Josh Banwart and Ryan Davidson, sport their sunglasses from STUCO’s fundraiser at the homecoming game February 17. common at JHS but having the opportunity to travel cross-country to Los Angeles, California would have been just a dream before the May 22 tornado. “The USTA (United States Tennis Association) wanted to help Joplin out after the tornado so they made donations to both the girls and the boys tennis team and wanted to do more,” said Derek Carter, senior at JHS. “So they talked to Coach McWilliams and wanted Joplin to be represented at the Paribas Open asking for several students to be ball kids at the tournament.” Carter has been playing tennis for six years and has won the quarterfinals and second in conference his sophomore year. The Paribas Open, also known as the “5th Grand Slam” is being held March 8-12 where competitors from the France Open, Wimbledon, and Australia Open will be competing against the United States in Indiana young and has played for JHS two years. Butler is excited for all the opportunities that come with this trip. “I hope to make some new friends from all over the world and meet the professionals,” said Butler. Throwing balls to the professionals may seem like an easy task but it is not. It requires hours of practice and passing several tests. “It is not as simple as it summer programthe writing test with at least a 94% and pass a physical test. We also have to roll balls the full length of the By Kylie Davis court, to the targets, and they Due to academic can not bounce at all,” said Carter. With that much responsibility and the pressure of “I’m looking for- achievements the University ward to being of Missouri has accepted three being on international television the students are a little with other people Joplin High School students anxious. “I do not want to mess up the players, they are the best and they expect you to be the best,” said Carter. that have the drive to to attend the Missouri Scholars excel and learn new things...” Academy June 10–June 30, 2012. The three- -Amon Hennedy sopHomore week program is to provide 330 of Missouri’s gifted sophomores with special opportunities for learning and personal develop- ment in order for them to realize their full potential. Three Joplin High School sophomores were selected to attend. The academy provides criteria for the preliminary Iprism or Iprison? February filled with JHS awards DECA Districts FBLA Districts Nevada Classic selection, which includes PLAN scores, GPA’s, and intelligence testing. Out of nine sophomores evaluated, the top three composite scores were chosen. The nominees to represent Joplin High School are Cody Chlanda, Celeste Graves and Amon Hennedy. By Brett Holcomb The security software on the school-issued laptops has been a popular topic among students. Some of them are upset due to their favorite websites being blocked while others are tolerant of it. Adam Bell, technology specialist at Joplin High School, understands these concerns but says it is a necessary component in order to protect the students. “We are not here to make the students hate us,” Bell said. “We are here to help and support (them) with the technology that is available.” The security software used, DeepNines and iPrism, both filter content. According to Bell, they block websites based on content but give them (the technology specialists) the opportunity to allow sites they verify as safe as well as block any deemed inappropriate. “We are required by federal law to block social networking, adult content, drugs, (and) weapons,” said Bell. “Media sharing sites, whether video or audio, are blocked due to copyright laws.” Some people may argue that certain sites currently blocked are educational and should thereby be unblocked. Bell says it could be argued that almost every site could be school related. One site, Twitter, perhaps has been argued to be educational because it is not currently blocked. “Youtube, Pinterest and some other websites that are popular at school do indeed have some educational benefits,” Bell said. “However, they also contain some adult and questionable content.” 1st place: Clara Barr, Celeste Graves, As for certain cases of students getting past the security Tristan Ash, Josh Banwart, Cole Lawyer, software in order to get on blocked websites, the iPrism Raycee Thompson, Dalton Smith. software will help. Bell says that it is no secret that se- Placing first makes a student eligible for cured sites are unable to be blocked. State competition. “What students need to understand is that by (getting around the firewall) they are putting our Internet and fed- 2nd place: Brad White, Kelly Streeter, eral funding in jeopardy,” Bell said. “To avoid this, we are Chloe Hadley, Lane Freeborn, and Sam in the process of moving to iPrism which will allow us to Williams. block secured sites.” According to Bell, iPrism also receives an updated list of 3rd place: Lexi Sherwood, Cassie Mickus, all proxy sites several times a day and blocks them imme- Wyatt Bruner, Michelle Turner, Quinton diately. Anderson, Morgan Butler, and Kellie “I believe that Stringer. we have pretty good kids in NEO Festival our schools but young people do JHS Chamber Orchestra earns a 1 rating at not always make NEO festival. the best deci- sions and they do Sarah Kessler, Mary Jean Miller, Devin not understand Walker, Taryn Parker, and Kymber Resler the lifelong im- all recieved 1 ratings on their solos pacts of some of those decisions,” Winter Guard Bell said. “So we have to do Winter Guard got 1st place in Scholastic B what is necessary at the Kickapoo Festival. They are head to to protect our world championships in Dayton, Ohio. students.” 1st place, Derek Carter, Chloe Hadley, Maggie huff, Landon Taylor, Miriah Johnson, Brandon Holman, Richie Lyons, Alex Mammele, Matthew Bennett, Emma Cox, Madi Lieurance, Kellie Stringer, and Laela Zaidi 2nd place: Raycee Thompson, Drew Cox, Ryan Davidson, Chanci Mcgowen, Kellie Stringer, Julia Lewis, Logan Cash, Brandon Holman, Amon Henady, Jeff Herr, Lucas Garritson, Chloe Hadley, Taylor Hughes, Morgan Butler, Anh Nguyen, Celeste Graves, Rebecca Martin, Kylar Thielen, Colton Simmons, Shelby Greninger, Alex Mammele. 3rd place: Cole Lawyer, Raycee Thompson, Evan Wilson, Leigh Doner, Miriah Johnson, Julia lewis, Matthew Bennett, Richie Lyons, X Vongkittiarorn, Hannah Bettasso, Derek Carter, Laurna Alumbaugh, Zach Wages, and Lucas Garritson Derek Carter took home Mr. FBLA! Our Junior Varsity show choir placed 4th Saturday at the Nevada Showchoir Classic in the B division. These 20, 9th and 10th graders topped many larger and more experienced choirs not only in their division but in classes 3 and 4. Sophomore Alex Chesney was named top male vocalist for his division, an incredible honor. Sound Dimension had a great showing and was 1 point from bringing home a trophy. Carthage Sound Fest New Expressions- our Fresh/ Sophomore showchoir. They were bumped up into the 4A class for this weekend’s Carthage competition and won 1st place. Congratulations to Touch of Class received 4th place in the B division. Drum Line Eagle Pride Drum Line got 4th at the Kickapoo Festival. aCwoanrgdreadtusltautidoennstst.o all Missouri Scholars Academy focuses on the liberal arts, a variety of stimulating extracurricular activities. According to the organization’s website, its goal is to “enable students to be part of a unique learning environment.” “I’m looking forward to being with other people that have the drive to excel and to learn new things in an environment that is built for learning,” said Hennedy. Currently Joplin School district has been able to provide the tuition fee for the selected students. As years progress there’s no way to ensure if funding will be available to do so. “One main benefit to the students, in my opinion, is they get the opportunity to inter mingle with other top Missouri students and share ideas with guided direction from university staff,” said Bill Lemaster, sophomore counselor at Joplin High School. Joplin High School has taken advantage of this program and sent students for well over 10 years now, like junior Taylor Hughes who attended this past summer along with Kyle Dillon and Daniele Doerr. “My advice would be to engage in every activity you can and try to get involved with as many activities as you can,” said Hughes. Chlanda, Graves and Hennedy are all keeping their options open when considering attending the University of Missouri. “I’m looking forward to meeting all kinds of new people and getting an education experience that can’t be matched,” said Graves. For more information on the Missouri Scholars Academy, go to www.moscholars.org.


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6 PAGE March 2012 s ports Easton to assist as girls Spyglass Spyglass s ports Winter Sports Roundup soccer coach By Shelby Hass Despite difficulties for “He has always been a the JHS girls’ soccer team; good coach, but I can tell a new coach is not among that he’s really helping our them, believes junior soccer school’s team already,” said player, Jordan McGrane. McGrane. Jim Easton began this Easton was approached February as the assistant soc- by coach Miller at the be- cer coach, replacing Johnny ginning of the year about Adame. filling the position of assis- McGrane has been a tant coach. Members of the member of the team since team agree that the team is freshman year and will play goalie for the junior varsity team this spring. “It’s been a tough year for all the girls to already shap- “He has always ing up to have a been a good good season. coach, but I can tell “There are that he’s really helping our school’s team already.” -Jordan McGrane a lot of good freshmen coming in, and I think the coaches are get motivated, excited about but he (Easton) has really girls’ soccer this year,” said been helpful,” said Mc- McGrane. Grane. Orange Crush, a traveling Jimmi Easton, Easton’s team of 16-20 girls played daughter, is a junior this in tournaments such as the year; playing midfield and Show Me State Games, and forward for the junior var- was coached by Easton for sity team. Easton says her five years. McGrane be- fathers’ career dates back lieves Easton’s skills as a to ten years of experience, coach of that team are car- coaching for the Joplin Soc- rying over to the way he cer Club (JSC). coaches now. McGrane, who played “We always had fun play- for the private girls’ soc- ing for him and learned a cer team, Orange Crush, lot,” said McGrane. “He which Easton coached; says really pushes us, but in a his coaching skills are only good way. I’ve noticed that improving. he helps the girls to connect Photo by Jenna Herr Senior cross country and track runner Ryan Davidson signed to run with the University of Central Arkansas on February 7th. Davidson is a 4 year letterman in cross country and track. Not only will he compete in cross country and track, but he will also begin competing in indoor track during the winter months while at UCA. Davidson says he chose UCA because of the reputation of their prephysical therapy program which he intends to study. Photo by Lexi Brown Boys JV Coach, Matt Crane draws up a play during a timeout against HIllcrest. Crane is in his third year of coachhing with the Eagles. Photo by Marylin Lopez Senior wide receiver Dayton Whitehead signed a National Letter of Intent to play football for the Pitt State Gorillas. Whitehead is a 3 year letterman for the Eagles. While at Pitt State, Whitehead is leaning towards studying marketing or physical education. He intends to redshirt his freshman year so that he will have a better transition from the high school to the college level of play. Swimming The Joplin High School girls swim team was very successful according to head coach Denise Krolman. The team took 8 events to state, 6 individual events and 2 relays, 3 of which placed in the top 16. Krolman said that the 8 events that qualified for state this year is much better than what qualified last year. Krolman’s highlight of the season was seeing the girls accomplish some of their goals by competing in the state meet. Despite the team’s accomplishments this season, the team did have to deal with some injuries. “We had a lot of injuries this year, most of them were shoulder problems,”Krolman said. As far as improving on for next season, Krolman said that the members of the team should join a summer swim team to continue to improve. The eight events that the team took to the state meet were swam by 4 members of the team. Juniors, Madi Wood, Genny Richards and senior Michelle Barchak each qualified for 2 individual events and 2 relays. Kate Stauffer, a freshman, was the 4th member of the two relay teams. Girls Basketball Vicki Spivy, the girls basketball coach at Joplin High School, said that this season was successful as far as the team’s members improving individually. Spivy is also confident that this season was one of the more productive seasons since she has been the coach. The most exciting part of the season for the Eagles came during a tournament in the early part of the season. Probably the best moment of the season was when we played Ray-Pec in the Nevada tournament and won in overtime,” Spivy said. This year the team did not have a whole lot of trouble with injuries according to Spivy. As far as improving for next season, Spivy says that the team needs to improve on one thing specifically. “There are a lot of tings to improve on but choosing one, we need to be more consistent with our scoring,” she said. This year the Lady Eagles only had 3 seniors on the team. Holly O’Dell, Casey Wheeler, and Mariah Johnson have each played basketball for 4 years in the Joplin High School program, only three of which have been under Spivy. Boys Basketball The Joplin High School boys basketball team was a success overall according to head coach Jeff Williams. “Our win-loss record was not indicative of how close many of our games were. We were a young team overall and the future looks very bright for us,” Williams said of the season. The team was hampered by one key injury as junior Daniel Stokes missed most of the season due to injury. “Daniel was a key injury for us and I don’t think people realize how much he would affect our team because he was our leading assist man and a real solid kid that understands the game,” Williams said. As for the most exciting moment of the season, Williams could not choose just one. Instead he was happy with the way the team played during the Kaminsky Classic. “When we were playing here at the Kaminsky Classic, We put together three good games against 3 quality teams,” he said Williams said he is optimistic about the direction the team is heading after this season. “I’m proud of how they battled adversity,” he said. “I think some of our young kids will continue to grow and we will have to continue to work on the fundamentals for next year.” 7PAGE March 2012 Wrestling The Joplin High School wrestling team had a difficult season according to head coach Shawn Finch. Finch said that the tough season was due to the amount of injuries the team sustained. “By the end of the season, we had 7 of our 14 varsity starters out for the season,” he said. Finch also added that in light of all of the injuries there were some positive things that came out of the season. There were many individual highlights for Keegan Loyd, Don Hollingshead, Danny Drouin, and Noah Hembree,” Finch said. “Beating Webb City for the 8th year in a row is always a highlight,” he added. Finch also mentioned that this year was a lot different than years in the past. “This season was about overcoming obstacles that life throws at you. We had to practice at a warehouse, we had our matches at the old middle school and we had multiple injuries,” he said. “These guys learned more this year about perseverance than they ever will and are better young men and wrestlers for it.” Although the team did not have any state qualifiers this year, Finch said that Juniors Don Hollingshead, Danny Drouin and Keegan Loyd and senior Alex Karnes were some of the team’s top performers this season.


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8 PAGE March 2012 L ipdub Spyglass Spyglass s tudent life 9PAGE March 2012 Read my lips: Students at the JHS 9-10 campus show their school spirit in their very own Lip Dub video By Jenna Herr On February 14, the atmosphere at the 9-10 campus was exciting to say the least. The freshmen and sophomore classes were able to hold a Lip Dub showing off their school and JHS spirit. The Lip Dub was filmed in hope to put the spotlight on the 9-10 campus, reminding people that they are JHS eagles as well. “Many students have spoken about the inequities of the two schools and specifically projects and media attention of the 1112 center. I figured this would be and easy and effective way to close the gap,” said Mike Davis, teacher and Lip Dub director. The planning for the Lip Dub was started in early November. The process included deciding the path the camera would take, obtaining copyright permission for the songs, and choosing lip syncers for specific zones. “We began with an initial sign up to get an idea of how students wanted to do what. We then held meetings to which some students decided they did not want ot have such an intense part so the weeding of talent sort of worked itself out,” said Davis. In the process of putting it all together, Davis acquired assistance from administration, and even gathered good ideas from high schools all across the country willing to give advice. “I’ve had some input from many different areas including a large portion from students, principals, and teachers. I have also been in contact with schools around the nation discussing the development process of their Lip Dubs,” said Davis. The Lip Dub was a mashup of five songs starting with “We Will Rock You” followed by “Forever”, “Jump Around”, “Life is a Highway”, and ending with Katy Perry’s “Firework” and the Joplin High School Fight Song. Luke Lenhart, senior and TV Productions 3 student, was chosen to film the Lip Dub. “Any and all students activities and clubs will be in the video. The overall atmosphere at the 9-10 center was buzzing with excitement and anticipation,” said Davis. According to administration, all the students were “pumped” for the Lip Dub. As the filming day got closer, students approached Davis asking about what they could do for the video. “I think the Lip Dub has really brought the school together, it is a great way for us to show our spirit,” said sophomore, Shelbie DeWitt. The day before the Lip Dub was intended to be a practice day for the lip syncers. Since it was a snow day, the students were especially chaotic on filming day. An added challenge was the fact the intercom system was being replaced the day of the filming, so there was no way to broadcast announcements and instructions. “Nobody had any idea what we were supposed to do at first since we had no chance to do a run through. After everything was under control, the final take ended up going really smoothly, I’m excited to see the whole thing when it’s finished,” said sophomore, Hannah Bettasso. In hope to bring the school together and get media attention on the 9-10 campus as well, the day ended with a successful last runthrough. “Since the high school is already split in two, I think the Lip Dub is a reminder that we are still a part of JHS,” said sophomore, Kilty Box. Morp-ing into a new dance tradition By Shelby Hass According to junior, Callie VanOstran. STUCO is planning an event “Instead of dressing up, people VanOstran, anyone who has ever at- called Morp, which she describes as a can dress down and even take tended Joplin’s basketball homecom- backwards Prom. it as far as eating dinner at a really ing dance in the past could have ex- “The idea is for everyone to do the cheap fast food restaurant instead pected students in downplayed attire opposite of what they would for Prom of going somewhere nice.” and a very low turnout. or Homecoming,” said VanOstran. Due to the early dismissal of classes VanOstran, last spring, Morp who has been a did not come to- member of JHS gether in time, al- STUCO for three though VanOstran years, says that says she was STUCO made a inspired to put the collaborative de- idea into action cision to cancel last year. the traditional “My mom basketball home- started telling coming dance all me one day about together. how her high “No one nor- school had Morp, mally goes,” said and I thought it VanOstran. “We sounded like a (STUCO) decided really cool idea,” that it would be said VanOstran. in everyone’s With the stu- best interest to dent population just cancel it.” of JHS being split Those con- between two cam- cerned that there puses, VanOstran will be fewer sees an event opportunities to such as this as an dance it out at a The traditional basketball homecoming dance was not held after the game opportunity to school function need not worry, however, says this year. However, JHS Stuco is planning an event called Morp for this spring. Photo by MaKenzie Jones connect the upper and lower classmen. “We (STUCO) thought this would be an ideal opportunity for the 9 and 10 graders to get involved,” said VanOstran. “It’s a way to let them know that they’re still a part of the high school and we still want to hang out with them.” As far as planning for Morp goes, VanOstran says that STUCO is still in the beginning stages. “We think it would be fun to chill outside, so currently we’re looking into holding the dance in the South Middle School or Calvary Baptist Church parking lots,” said VanOstran. Overall, VanOstran believes Morp; which will be held in the spring, most likely a few weeks after Prom; is a good idea and hopes for it to become an annual tradition. “We hope for a big turn out. And with the one year anniversary of the tornado approaching, I think every Joplin High student can use some fun like this,” she said.


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10PAGE March 2012 a round jhs Spyglass Spyglass a round jhs Lights, camera, action Missouri Art Education art show Jet 14 students step outside the school and into the world of news By Caravana Randall JHS Jet 14 students with a passion for film are working to achieve their dreams by filming for local news stations. Sam Friskey, senior at JHS, has been er. “It was more for fun in the beginning, but I started to see films in a different way and became interested more than just a hobby,” hart does teleprompter and is being trained at an early age. on audio. Putnam works with cameras and “It’s a job I enjoy because I benefit from learning computer graphics. it and I’m around people I enjoy. I can take Putnam has been working at KSN for the responsibility that this job gives me, seven months and one thing I have “Iplans to pursue a career in film making short films and documentaries. ’ve always watched films from a differ- learned is that I have to be more time observant,” said Putnam. ent aspect, how they did“I find a job sitting at a desk boring. With A job in broadcasting not shots and edited the film.film, I can go out, make videos and have only helps with experience in SfCMNhsawwmltiHEineeoreTpoidyiaoeatconiltginhossutldrynfv,Buuhk,ser.scdhaAooardhCaiTS,feMenlumiGoitrkalhdnJcdirod,oaoreiaheigamsetsarn,ploanhasttialnsTlutgneooaAreisCdSadrhtgntdluhnhyshyaete,Wsrsoisfeilirnho,tMJioewpolunAetoroDMaclrdJsbopweatirJtuieJubaAyrShntlaoonnittr,-aeSpn-isehctotthslUd-tnin,-n-, adbDoScWipLsammnanniipuaaioaT“eesialddsrptadtypIrmlashibotntlJsfoih’DeBeYaeioroeseonnrtycwnaeJritapusvilhaeanaira.qhknwenumitsntgsuoenirecsshot,yt.eimgayehhhaorajnukuoeMehlwroIfdixit’nworkftiavJsaceiosroRerooeyistwbwerytshreftiaebSosaihanbnst.efepuoukissegolsepomnidkra,n,f”reng,ano-e,hr- I always wanted to be be-the freedom to do what I want with my high school but will prepare stu- hind the scenes and makework,” said Putnam. “I like making videos dents interested in going into film filming them, putting them together, seeing films that everyone will get experience for college. remember.”how they turn out in the end and I like us- “I went to a college visit recently ing my imagination.” and they informed Lenhart enjoys film as a hobby and likes the freedom of -S Fam me with this job riSkey in broadcasting I am already ahead film and making his of my class,” said thoughts become a Putnam. reality. KSN supports their workers allowing Lenhart is going to pursue a career in fire- them freedom as they learn new things and fighting but sees his job at KSN as prepara- Photos by Lexi Brown get to enjoy their job. tion for the technology to come in the future. Sam Friskey, senior, works at KODE on audio during the nightly news at 10. involved with Jet 14 for three years and was said Bainbridge. “I’m someone who wants to “I like seeing what I want come to life. If I get an idea in my head I can run with it and make that idea show on the screen. If you have an idea set in your “Anything that you do from now on is going to involve technology will help us in the long run,” said Lenhart. Three shows, two the first of the group to be involved with filming outside of school. He has worked at KODE action 12 news for two years and is do broadcasting, it’s something that comes easy to me and I really enjoy.” Bainbridge will pursue his dreams by mind no one can change that idea, hours, ONE acts working his way to the top to pursue his love going to college for film at MSSU and will it’s yours,” for film. “I’ve always watched films from a differ- finish his schooling in Colorado for art in- said Lenhart. stitutes. He is using his training at KODE as “I like the By Lexi Brown ent aspect, how they did shots and edited the film. I always wanted to be behind the scenes and make films that everyone will remember,” said Friskey. “I plan on pursuing a life a way to explore different jobs and see how life will be after college. “This job helps me realize the different jobs there are in broadcasting. It takes more freedom that we have at KSN. We get to learn a lot The Joplin Drama Department is holding “One Act.” These are like the little shows the students get to have in between all of plin get more involved. Cornish’s One Act had only freshman and sophomores casted in them. He said that it was so frustrat- long dream of going into film and someday than just memorizing a script, it takes time to of new things the schools big productions. ing directing everyone, but so rewarding. directing films that everyone can talk about put everything together,” said Bainbridge. and it’s not The seniors in drama had the opportunity The underclassmen were so dedicated and and hopefully inspire them to do what they Friskey sees this job as a way of getting as strict a to pick, and direct their very own plays. they were constantly practicing lines. You want to follow their dreams.” into the world of filming, doing all he can to work environ- Having the students direct these gives them should never underestimate the underclass- Friskey works with the live newscast on show his talent. ment. You’re a chance to learn all of the little technical man’s ability to work hard. the 5, 6, and 10 p.m. shows as a camera operator, audio operator, and sports photographer and is currently training to be a computer graphics operator and director. When they first begin work they have a basic job but as they progress they are given more duties. Ben Bainbridge, junior at JHS, just began work at KODE three months ago and has learned camera operator and teleprompt- “It gives us experience in the broadcasting world, it’s a way to get your foot in the door,” said Friskey. Luke Lenhart and Blake Putnam, seniors at JHS, have been part of TV Productions for three years and both work for KSN channel 16 news. They work the four, six and 10 evening shows on weekdays and the six and 10 evening shows on the weekends. Len- allowed to express yourself.” Students find they can benefit from this job now and teaches responsibility Photos by Lexi Brown Ben Bainbridge, junior, setting up on the teleprompter for the KODE nightly news. things that it takes to be a director. The productions are all under the genre of comedy. Cecil Cornish directs the One Act called “Darcy’s Cinematic Life.” Brad White chose the One Act called “Check Please.” And Ethan Richter chose “I’m a Teenager Get Me Out of the Family.” They also help the underclassmen of Jo- “I really do enjoy the leadership I was able to have directing, but I really love performing, too,” said Cornish. One of Cornish’s favorite things about getting to direct a One Act was passing down all of the skills that he knows, so that they can pass them down again, and again. Photos by Lexi Brown 11PAGE March 2012


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12PAGE March 2012 b eyond jhs Spyglass Spyglass o pinion 13PAGE March 2012 Going beyond Barrington Barrington students visit Joplin Schools with a check for 5,000 dollars to help with rebuilding efforts. By Brittany Czirr Lions and tigers and yoga pants, oh my: Photo by Lexi Brown Jake Herb, Barrington sophmore, presents check to Sachetta to go towards rebuilding the Joplin High School. After donating over 13,000 dollars to the technology center at JHS, some students and adults involved with the Go Beyond Barrington program, a combina- Barrington sophomore, Madi Sellers joined the pro- Comfort becomes center ofgram because she wanted to help communities in need. “It is kind of unreal to us. It did not hit hard until tion of Colts Leadership (a program at Barrington High School) and Boy Scout controversy at the 9/10 campusTroop 21, visited JHS on we got here. We saw all of the pictures and skyped people but it is different,” said Sellers. February 24. After conversing and creat- Barrington student and boy scout, Jake Herb, ing lasting friendships over lunch the group presented Dr. By Lydia McAllister started the program along Kerry Sachetta with a check with five other students and three adults. After deciding they for 5,000 dollars to help with rebuilding efforts. Go Beyond Barrington School’s across the United States have start- that just happen to be a little tight. wanted to help people in different communities, the started when both organizations came together to fulfill one ed banning girls from I find it completely ab- group traveled over 700 miles to eat lunch and see goal that was created. To help Joplin after they caught wind of wearing yoga pants to surd that girls have got- the school from a more personal view rather than the devastation to JHS over the summer. school, and the epidemic ten in trouble for wear- from a computer screen. “After our fundraisers, we started planning for the future and decided a trip was in order,” said Herb. Photo by Lexi Brown Cecil Cornish, senior at JHS, visits with another student from Barrington. Their goal was to help people in different communities in need, said Sellers. “How can we do a service project in Boy Scouts in a has found Joplin Schools now as well. Shorts and now yoga pants. Why not ing yoga pants. Doesn’t it sound plain ridiculous? I would love to hear the “We just wanted to make an actual connection, we wanted to form a relationship,” said Mackenzie Hess, bigger way,” asked Steve Burgeon, president of Go Beyond Barrington. “We knew that as leaders we immedi- just have uniforms? conversation between junior at Barrington High School. ately pursued it and then Joplin’s situation happened.” I’m kidding. I would a mom and her daugh- Discipline, Punishment Students from area high schools speak up about what they think of discipline in school By Taylor Camden Most students at Joplin High School can relate to the feel- “Just because someone else gets punished differently for do- ing of getting sent down to the principles office and getting ing the same thing, doesn’t mean they are inconsistent. I’m sure in trouble. Whether it’s for skipping class, being on your cell there are specific reasons for every punishment given. If you phone or any other behavioral problem, most have encountered didn’t break the rules, you wouldn’t have to worry about it,” the punishments that follow. says Alex West. Discipline is high school is considered an At CHS, if a student looks suspicious, they are issue in itself. But, consistency in discipline is a whole other ball game. While types of punishment vary in schools throughout different districts, ranging from after school detention to “swats”, “It would just be nice to know what was going to questioned on the spot. But if they are known to be involved in activities they usually aren’t, said VanLanduit. Junior at Webb City High School, Zach Morris describes a time that he got in trouble at his school. consistency of punishments do as well. A student at Carthage High School says that in her opinion, punishments are given out based on who you are and what you’re involved in. “I’ve seen plenty of people get caught for happen to me after I break the rule, before “I was messing around at lunch taking a picture of my friend and a teacher wrote me up for an after school detention,” said Morris. “A few days later a I break it.” student in one of my classes had his phone confis- -NathaN Morris cated after getting caught with it during class. She JuNior at Webb City high sChool gave it back to him at the end of the hour!” skipping class and receive detention for it. Morris describes Webb City discipline to be I’ve skipped a lot though, and have never inconsistent with punishment, yet still in the right received punishment for it,” says Emily VanLanduit, Vice Presi- for having punishing students at all. dent of Student Council at Carthage High School. “Honestly, it “I understand why we get in trouble. If we didn’t break the really just depends on who you are, whether or not you will be rules, there wouldn’t be reason for it. It would just be nice to punished.” know what was going to happen to me after I break the rule, Alex West, a junior at Carl Junction High School, says that she before I break it,” said Morris. thinks the consistency in discipline is fine at her school. hate uniforms. And I honestly see nothing wrong with yoga pants. Sure they’re tight fitting. So are jegging’s (the leggings that resemble jeans) that half the other girls at school wear. I would argue that yoga pants are a step up from most of the things that young women wear these days. They’re not showing any skin for starters, and they aren’t a flashy fashion statement either. They are pants. Pants ter as to why she got in trouble. “Did you cheat on a test? Skip school? Did you get in a fight?” “No mom, I wore yoga pants.” Absolutely preposterous. The students at JHS have had to deal with more than anyone’s fair share of stress. Let the poor girls wear pants that are comfortable and focus on the problems that actually matter. “Love Naively. Give Generously. Be Foolishly Compassionate.” By Lexi Brown What do you think a dollar could buy these days? Art Feeds is a 501c3 non-profit organization that uses art to empower children by letting them express their creativity and feelings. They use after school programs and also a mobile art center. Art Feeds’ goal as an organization is to provide children with a safe place for creative healing and creative development with art. The first time I volunteered for Art Feeds was over Christmas break at South Middle School for a day camp for elementary through middle school kids. Before we started we were mixing glue and shaving cream as fake snow and matching up tissue paper. As my other volunteers and I passed out red paper, markers, and fake snow I couldn’t help feel a little warm inside, because of seeing the excitement in the kids. They all started drawing their houses and snowmen so that they could have somewhere to put the fake snow. I was very happy watching all of them use their creativity, when a couple of 3rd grade boys decided to use the brown markers mixed with the fake snow to make their drawing look like a tornado. Then, I could really see what Art Feeds was all about: letting students express themselves in order to heal and grow by drawing, painting, dancing, music, photography, performing arts and so much more. I’ve always known that art was one of the main ways that people -- and chil- dren -- can get out anger, sadness and other feelings that they may be bottling up. I’m happy that there was a sweet girl that wanted to make an organization that would make sure kids would have some other ways to get out those feelings, not just in an art class once a week in school. The organization is more focused on elementary aged students who have undergone trauma in Joplin, Ghana, and other West African nations. All of the sessions are free of cost to the students and are held mostly in after-school programs. They want these kids to be able to cope and understand the trauma they have gone through. “Art Feeds strives to live by the lesson the children teach us, these are to – Love Naively. Give Generously. Be foolishly Compassionate,” from the Art Feeds website, www.artfeeds.org. There are campus reps, interns and volunteers that help with lessons and running the organization. Each art lesson is different, geared for the growth and expression of the elementary kids they work with. They have helped more than 1,400 children in West Africa alone. Different investors, sponsors, palette members, individual donors, fundraisers, events, and grants fund the organization. It is a mere $1 per child. To me, that’s a heck of a bargain. And worth more than just a dollar.


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14 PAGE March 2012 r eview Spyglass Spyglass e ntertainment 15PAGE March 2012 Awaken to the world of the Underworld By Caravana Randall Want vampires, werewolves and a thrill that doesn’t sparkle? Look no further than Underworld: Awakening. Join Selene in the fourth of the Underworld series in a whole new adventure, she no longer has to fight the Lycans (werewolves), but her new enemy, the humans. The humans have found out about the other species living among them and intend to kill. Selene fights to escape the humans with her lover, Michael, but is stopped in her tracks with no chance of escaping. From there we flash forward to a women frozen in ice, this woman is Selene and someone has broken her free from the prison of ice that held her inside for 12 years. Confused and angry Selene escapes to find Michael who she believes set her free but instead finds herself looking at a new face. As Selene tries to make sense of this different life she finds that even the humans have something to hide. With a new story line comes new characters and surprise wait around every corner. This movie is filled with story twists that will leave you wanting to know more. In a series that has been around for sometime directors Björn Stein and Måns Mårlind have done well to introduce a new story line that will spark the interest of Underworld fans all around. A story line that I thought had gone on far to long I found myself instantly surprised with the twist in the story beginning a new excitement in the Underworld series. This movie has plenty of action for those who like excitement this movie is a must but is not recommended to those with a weak stomach due to violence, blood and gore. A timeless ‘Help’ to understanding relationships and race By Taylor Camden It must’ve been hard living life in Jackson, Mississippi during the 1960’s. After reading The Help, I learned of those hardships faced by black maids. Before picking up this book, people had told me that it was amazing and would totally change my way of thinking. Well, they couldn’t have been more right. I personally related to this storyline. Not because I’m a black maid raising white peoples’ children, but because I am persuing a career in writing, just as one of the main characters “Skeeter” does. The book follows the coming of age of a young white woman, one raised and wellloved by her own family’s black maid, Constantine. When Skeeter goes away to school to learn a trade in writing, she maintains a long distance relationship via letters. When the letters suddenly stop, she is hurt by the silence, but knows she will get an explanation from Constantine when she gets home. Little does she know at that time, she will never see her loving maid again. She soon finds out that Constantine was sent away by her mother and soon after that, passed away. The hurt she feels along with her past drives her to write a book of the hardships of black maids. She beings by speaking with Aibileen, initially for answers to domestic questions. Eventually, Aibileen agrees to an interview concerning her life as a maid, raising the children of white folk. Soon black women from all over the town were interested in getting their stories published. When the book is completed, hell is raised in Jackson. Fingers are pointed and jobs are lost and gained. The novel portrays human emotion better than anything else I’ve ever read. Readers will find themselves laughing, crying and smiling at every page. The characters are gutsy and bold, pulling you in, and earning your respect. A great book for your library. Handcrafted Internet radio: what could be better? Horoscopes Aquarius 21 Jan.-18 Feb Your luck is likely to turn in the near future. Pisces 19 Feb. - 20 March Leprechauns are friendly as long as you stay away from their gold. Aries 21 March - 19 April Stay away from fatty foods this month. Taurus 20 April - 20 May You will have a good month. Gemini 21 May - 21 June Don’t be afraid to challenge authority. Cancer 22 June - 22 July You’ve got to know when to back down. Leo 23 July - 23 Aug. Take some time and be unproductive, but not too much time. Virgo 24 Aug. - 22 Sept. Be respectful and others will respect you. Libra 23 Sept. - 23 Oct. Leprechauns are not friendly they are mean and stingy. Scorpio 24 Oct. - 22 Nov. Summer is only three months away. Hang in there. Sagittarius 23 Nov. - 21 Dec. There is a chill in the air. Something strange is on its way. Capricorn 22 Dec. – 20 Jan. There is no such thing as an abominable snowman. Stop looking. St. Patrick’s DayWord Search Irish Green Dance Luck Leprechauns Blarney Stone Music Party Paddy Shamrock Parade Food Poems Cards Celebrations Folklore What brings you good luck? “My blue bobbypin because everytime we won first place last year in winter guard I was wearing it,” said Megan Detter, junior. “The number eight because I like it and when you turn it sideways it makes the infinity symbol,” said Amanda Breckenridge, junior. “Blue Sprocket because it was my dads. He rides bikes and I would like to ride bikes like him,” said Jordan Hamilton, senior. By Lydia McAllister Are you sick of the same old stations on Pandora? There’s an answer. It’s called 8tracks, and it’s one of the best Internet radio stations out there. Algorithm- powered “personal radio” services like Pandora are all very well. But they don’t feel nearly as personal as 8tracks, a music site where real people do the choosing of tunes. Members pick at least eight songs (hence the name) from their own collections, upload them and share them as handcrafted mixes that seem like a happy throwback from the cassette era. You can find mixes created by your Facebook friends or simply follow other members who share your tastes. And it’s legal – the 8tracks people pay the necessary licensing fees to the music companies. The 8tracks app also has a Featured tab that offers up curated mixes by big brands like Rolling Stones, SPIN magazine, Pitchfork and others. And there’s a tab to see what mixes are hot right now on the network. Like other music apps on the iPhone these days, 8tracks music is able to play in the background even when you switch to another app. And the app uses Apple’s AirPlay technology to stream music to compatible devices anywhere you go. Unlike Pandora, where you pick an artist and listen to music either by that artist or related to that artist, 8tracks approaches music choice differently. They have genre’s for almost any occasion. Say you need some background music while writing a paper; there’s a station for that. Need motivation while working out? There’s a station for that. There’s virtually anything and if there’s not something you need, making your own station is just as easy as looking one up. The downsides are the same as on the site itself: mixes can have no more than two songs by any single band/artist. And track playback has to be randomized the second time someone listens to a mix. This means that if you really like a song, it could take a bit of effort to find it again, but hopefully you starred it in the mix so you can always get a 90 second preview through iTunes before you buy it. There’s also no way to upload music, or just bored with what you’ve been listening Taylor Camden Editor-in-Chief Meet the Editors Shelby Hass Colin Hughes Assistant Editor Sports Editor Beginning with her second semester freshman year, Camden has been a consistant contributer to the Spyglass Staff, last year as assistant editor and this year as editor-inchief. Hass began work on the Spyglass her sophomore year, she continues to contribute her junior year as Assistant Editor. Hughes began work on the Spyglass his sophomore year contributing mainly as the sports writer and is now the Sports Editor. Lydia McAllister Photo Editor As a sophmore, McAllister began work on the Spyglass and continuing to her senior year as the Photo Editor. Caravana Randall Design Editor Randall, a part of the Spyglass staff starting her sophmore year, continued writing into junior year and is now contributing as the Design Editor.


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Last year’s homecoming queen, Jessie McMullan crowns this year’s queen, Simone Scott. (above) Students wore their Bright- Out t-shirts to the homecoming basketball game to support Stuco’s theme. (left) Amber Travis, head of the prom committee held a meeting for the seniors, who ended up getting the surprise of their lives April 21. Prom will be sponsored by Katy Perry and the Ambush team. Perry has vowed to give the students “the prom of their dreams.” (pictured above) Seniors, Clare Davis, Madison Lieurance, and Kellie Stringer pose for the camera during a swim meet in Webb City. (above) The 9/10 center did their own LipDub February 14. Four different songs were played, while utilizing the entire campus. Jet-14 students filmed the production and it is on it’s way to Youtube. (left and right)



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