Spyglass: Volume LIII | Issue V | January 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 5 February 2012


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2 PAGE Febraury 2012 w hat’s inside Spyglass 3 PAGE February 2012 r ebuilding Spyglass 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. Spyglass Staff Taylor Camden, Editor Shelby Hass, Asst. Editor Lydia McAllister Colin Hughes Caravana Randall Miah Allison 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. S pyglass Page 4 & 5 Students in the Community JHS Musicians Page 6 & 7 9-10 Campus Murals Constitution Team One step closer to breaking ground By Taylor Camden Joplin High School is one step hopes to have a contract signed closer to its reconstruction with soon by the owner of the final a recent agreement with the piece of property the district Front page photo and back page photos by Margaraet Walner Inside cover photo by Kylie Davis owner of the last property the district is pursuing for the location for the new building. will need to aquire for the new high school building to replace the one destroyed in the May 22 “We’ve been dealing in real es- tornado. tate now for the last six months, District officials say the old and it’s been challenging with JHS was built in a flood plain close to 80 properties,” said Dis- and that the district would lose Page 8 & 9 Page 12 & 13 trict Superintendent C.J. Huff. millions in federal aid if it were Home Depot Grand Opening Page 10 & 11 Cartoonist Club Mr. Ward Takes Over 7 Homes in 7 Days New Art Business Page 14 & 15 Drug and Alcohol Entertainment The Joplin Board of Education rebuilt in the same location. “We’ve had “The focus now is on the rebuilding of everything from properties being donated to long negotiations JHS, and I’m glad to have with a number of people,” said this chapter closed so we Huff. “There’s been a lot of can move forward,” ~C.J. Huff Superintendent of Joplin SCHoolS time spent on the part of our team (for these acquisitions).” The district has aquired 76 properties to the south and west of Joplin High School and Franklin Technology Center so far. Huff said that the contracts and the cost to purchase all of the properties will be released to the public once the final contract is signed. He anticipates the contract will be signed in the next six weeks and that there may be some Federal Emergency Management Agency funding to help offset the purchases. “The focus now is on the rebuilding of JHS, and I’m glad to have this chapter closed so we can move forward,” Huff said. Located on one of the properties the district has purchased is a partially rebuilt house. Paul Barr, chief financial adviser, said the district did not receive any bids on the house. Now, the plan is to move the house to another location where it will be finished by the students of Franklin Technology Center and then put up for sale. As Joplin continues in its rebuilding, the district may also purchase properties at other sites. The district bought five properties next to the destroyed East Middle School and plans to build a combined Duenweg and Duquesne Elementary School there, said Huff. District officials hope to break ground at all of its building sites in May. Phoros credits Front page: Tracy Fisher Back page: Lexi Brown, Shelby Norvell 6 10 12


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4 PAGE February 2012 f eature Spyglass Roar like a lion at MSSU By Brett Holcomb Missouri Southern State University offers not only a convenient, but a cost-effective college education. Located in Joplin, MO, MSSU is in a prime location for those looking for a local university. The campus, being minutes from the Kansas, Arkansas, and Oklahoma borders, is host to many out-of-state students. The home of the Lions offers an in-state tuition and fee of $4,816 per semester and an out-of-state tuition and fee of $9,106. Justin Trotter, a fourth year computer technology major at MSSU, says the school is great price-wise and, since he lives in Joplin, was even able to reduce the overall price of the degree by eliminating the cost of living. Not only that, but he enjoys the school because it is smaller in size. “The school has an easy-going atmosphere because of the smaller classes,” said Trotter. With an average class size of 24, and an overall student population of about 5,700, MSSU provides the opportunity to learn, as well as have the time to visit with professors outside of the lecture setting. “I like having the chance to really get to know the professors as well as have them get to know me,” said Trotter. Although MSSU doesn’t provide many graduate degrees, it provides a great opportunity for an undergraduate degree. “Even if MSSU isn’t one of the big guys, it is still a great stepping stone for life’s later choices,” said Trotter. 704 E. 35th Street 417-347-2526 Hard work pays off: Part time job for school credit turns into paying job for JHS student By Colin Hughes The “job sites” program is a program at Joplin High School that places students who have little to no work experience at various locations around Joplin to teach them basic job skills that can be used in the job market. According to the director of the program, Amy Wright, the goal of the program is to teach students skills that are used every day and to get them ready for a competitive job market. The program also allows the students to deal with some type of change in their daily routine. “The goal of the program is to instill job skills such as being on time, pay attention, and don’t have electronics out while you are at work,” said Wright. The program places 52 JHS students at various places in Joplin ranging from the Audubon of Missouri to Freeman West Hospital. According to Wright, a student’s job description at a certain place is the same as it would be for someone else who has that job. Billy Sherrick, a junior at JHS who is involved with the job sites program, was recently hired at Roper Body where he works. Sherrick has been working at Roper Body off and on for the last two years Wright describes Sherrick’s job at Roper Body by calling him “the gopher”. “He does very basic tasks such as moving boxes and taking out trash,” Wright said. “But it’s not anything he cannot handle.” Sherrick says he likes pretty much everything about the job but his favorite part is locking the cars up when they’re done being worked on. Sherrick being hired at Roper Body is a big deal because it is fairly uncommon for students to be hired by their employer. Wright says this is due to the fact that the student either cannot work without a job coach or their work ethic is different from what the employer is looking for. Wright also says that the students typically only keep the job for a 9 week period because of the program’s emphasis on teaching the students to deal with change. This means that a student could possibly have 16 jobs over a 4 year period. Students from the program are not paid with money due to the fact that they are working to earn a school credit. However, now that Sherrick has been hired by Roper Body, he can be paid while earning a credit. Spyglass s ports Girls love football, too By Lydia McAllister • The Joplin High School girls were able to participate in a fairly new activity: Powderpuff football. Powderpuff football is actually just flag-football but with only girl players. Money collected from the teams entry fee’s went towards Project Prom. “My girls put the team together and asked me to coach, I couldn’t turn it down!” said Lane Freeborn, captain of one of the two junior class teams. “We would try to practice at least once a week, usually on Sundays since nobody had sports then,” said Tara LaNear, member of the junior class team. The coaches, mostly football players, had a difficult time adjusting to coaching females in a sport as opposed to males. “It was a lot harder to get them motivated. But that's not a knock on them. I just think guys are more naturally competitive when it comes to pick up flag football games that don't really matter. Plus they didn't see me as an authority figure or a real coach. But all in all they did an awesome job,” said Freeborn of his junior team. By the time game day rolled around, tensions were running high. “Coming into game day they were pretty nervous because they realized we were a bit unprepared with the lack of practice time. But when it was game time they showed up! I was very proud of them. Granted, it was hot and some of them didn't want to be there but they still played great and at the end of the day the records didn't matter to me,” said Freeborn. For the girls, being on the field instead of watching from the stands was a unique experience. “We tried to make up plays in practice, but when it got to game time we basically winged it. It was way more intense than I thought it would be. Morgan Butler ripped my shirt trying to get my flag off !” said LaNear. “I played center, which snapped the ball back to the quarterback and blocked the first person to come at her. The most memorable moment for me was when Morgan Butler tackled two girls back to back and the game got called. Another one was when we won the championship game. The joy that came over our team was unforgettable,” said Audrey Lawellin, member of the senior class’s team. Powderpuff turned out to be a rewarding experience for both the coaches and teams. “I loved coaching. And my girls were so awesome! It was a lot of fun. Plus I think I will be with the same girls and they will want to be a lot better than this year. And I can be a lot better coach with one year of experience under my belt. So I think we'll practice a lot more and a lot harder. So I can't wait for next year! I plan on winning it all,” said Freeborn. The senior team, The Cougars, won the tournament in a “landslide victory,” said their coach, Evan Wilson. “It was a wonderful endeavor. The girls really showed up to play and had an attitude for victory. We started off early Saturday morning with some trouble executing plays, but we significantly improved over the course of just an hour to an efficient football machine that dominated everything in its,” said Wilson. through the Gorilla Advantage progr big value- In-state tuition available through the Gorilla Advantage Program Scott Hill, Marketing, BBA ’00 big selection- Attorney and Partner at Hite, Fanning & Honeyman LLP More than big careers150 academic programs big opportunities- start at Pitt State Internships available with the world’s Choosing a university is one of largest companies the biggest decisions you’ll make. 1-800-854-PITT Become a Gorilla and join the 7,200+ students who have dreams as big as yours! Pittsburg State University 1701 S. Broadway • Pittsburg, KS 66762 • www.pittstate.edu > S I G N I N G S > 5PAGE May 2012 Senior Mariah Sanders signs with Missouri Southern State University for Track and Field. Sanders will pole vault for the Lions next year. She plans to major in sports medicine and physical therapy. Senior Mariah Johnson signs with Missouri Southern State University for Track and Field. Johnson will be competing in the high jump for the Lions. She plans to major in high school education and minor in business. Senior Colton Simmons signs with William Jewell College in Kansas City, Missouri. He will be competing in the hurdles for the Cardinals. He plans to major in pre-med biology.


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6 PAGE February 2012 a round jhs Spyglass Speechless History: Area artist translates Joplin High School’s history into four panels Spyglass s ports Boys Basketball The Joplin High School boys basketball team is off to a 9-7 start to their season. Head Coach Jeff Wil- 7PAGE February 2012 they have suffered one big loss. “Daniel Stokes recently had a knee injury, possibly season ending. It’s By Kylie Davis progression of the high school,” said Matt Feeling like I was doing something felt “The mural is good because it takes liams feels like his team has had a made us take some of our inexperi- Have you ever heard a picture is worth a thousand words? Well, the students of Joplin High School can relate. After Joplin High School being hit by the May 22nd tornado the 9-10 campus looked especially “bland.” This is hoped to be changed by the aid of a mural. As one would expect, the majority of the summer was spent getting the two campuses ready to start school on time; moving desks, classrooms and getting organized. There wasn’t time to put much thought into the atmosphere, though this was more present at Memorial with it being erected in 1917. Leah Willcoxon, whose son is a freshman at Joplin High School, drew this to attention when contacting Harding. Harding, sophomore principal at Joplin good. The students have been through High School. a lot and it touched my heart that hope- This led to contacting Carthage artist fully I could Sherry Pettey, do something creator of the four-piece mural. This idea did not “Ijust kept thinking how my son would never to help,” said Pettey. There have been many take place over night, it took lots of know where I worked and I wanted the mural to repre- positive responses to the mural. planning and designing. sent Joplin’s history.” “It [the mural] adds color Once decided to an other- Pettey started the murals October 31 ~Matt Harding wise blind SopHoMore principal school,” said Rylee Hart- and finished well, freshman us back to our old school in a way,” said Quinten Sargent, sophomore at Joplin High School. Others agree. “I think in a way it’s a reminder of what happened, but it also makes us look towards the future,” said Anna Banwart, sophomore at Joplin High School. Not only students have noticed a change in atmosphere, but teachers as well. “I think it brings a sense of community and togetherness to the school and makes us remember this tragic event and how we powered through it,” said Nathan Ward, TV Productions instructor at Joplin High Photo by Kelsey Long School. The mural will be transferred to the new building once finished in 2014. Joplin sophomore Charlie Brown shoots over a Lebanon defender during a game on January 10. The eagles went on to lose the game 54-45 chance to win in most of the team’s losses. He says that for the team to continue to improve they need to every player to continue to improve. “We have to develop our depth in order to be successful as the season progresses. Our season will get tougher as we roll into Springfield schools in conference play.” The team has not faced many injuries over the course of the season but enced players and develop them,” Williams said. “Along with that are some growing pains as well.” Williams says that the best moment of the season was the team’s overnight trip to the tournament in Chanute, Kansas. “We went over to the tournament in Chanute Kansas, taking our varsity team for a day and a half to spend together was a really nice time to bond and feel like a second family.” Girls Basketball The Joplin High School girls basketball team has seen a lot of improvement “When designing the mural I just kept thinking how my son would never know where I worked and I wanted the mural to represent Joplin’s history. So when someone looks at the mural they’ll see the the day before Thanksgiving. The murals were hung up at the 9-10 campus over Christmas break. “It [the mural] represents staying current, the school will not be deprived. at Joplin High School. For the sophomores who attended the high school most responses were more reflective. “I just feel like I’m one of many thou- sand to see Joplin recover so I was glad I Swimming could do my part,” said Pettey. The Joplin High School swim team is having a pretty good season ac- cording to junior Genny Richards. Wrestling The Joplin High School wrestling team has improved steadily over the course of the season according to as a team throughout the course of the season according to head coach Vicki Spivy. Spivy said the biggest surprise of the season has been how the younger players have stepped into larger roles with the var- “We have a lot of new swimmers senior Alex Karns. sity team. this year and they are continually get- The teams hard work in practice The Lady Eagles, who ting better and faster,” she said. “We paid off when the team traveled to are 3-12, are a fairly have yet to qualify a relay to state, but the Miami tournament. young team consisting we’re super close and we’re going to The team brought only 8 wrestlers of three seniors and one keep trying.” and 4 of them placed in the top 4 in junior, have not been ham- Richards says that for her, the best their weight class. pered by injuries. Spivy moment of the season was winning Karns also added that the team has said the team has only the team’s home meet. had some trouble with injuries. suffered from one major “That victory gave us a sense of ac- “Injuries have had a major impact injury. complishment and pride in our home on our team this year. From concus- For the team to improve, pool,” she said. sions early in the season, keeping Spivy says that the main The team has also lost a few swim- Landon Taylor and Billy Nguyen thing the team needs to fo- mers due to shoulder and back prob- out for a month or so, to me recently cus on is being consistent lems. hurting my shoulder and ending my every night. “Our coaches really stress proper season,” said Karns. The Eagles will play No Sympathy Vote Here stretching before and after practice, Karns is also impressed at how their last three home but some girls started the season with much junior Don Hollingshead has games of the season With no resources and no books, the months of preparation paid off for the Joplin High School Constitution team, once again. The team placed first at the state competition, and will head to nationals in Washington D.C. in April. “We didn’t have anything to start with, so we really had to buckle down if we wanted to shoulder injuries which only wors- progressed since last season. on February 8, 9, and ened with the extra stress. “Don was among the few wrestlers 13 against Camdenton, Despite the injuries, Richards knows who competed in freestyle and Greco Kickapoo, and Glendale place at state,” said Constitution Team, Mr. William Keczkemethy. The team was coached by a professional to help prepare them for competition. Just like last year, their main opponent was Westminster High. “At the beginning of the day, they were actually ahead of us by eight points. But we were what the team needs to look forward competitions over the summer and respectively. to. ended up taking 4th at Greco State,” Photo by Emilee Wills “In order to continue improving, I Karns said. “With his progression, he Joplin Senior Miriah Johnson shoots over a larger defender during a able to come back and get first place,” said Keczkemethy. Headed to Washington D.C. in just three months, there is no doubt the team will be work- ing hard in order to be successful at nationals. think the team needs to stay motivat- will surely go far in the sport.” ed and focus for conference in February,” Richards said. recent game. Johnson is one of three seniors on the girls basketball team this season.


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8 PAGE February 2012 r ebuilding Spyglass New year, new building That’s the power of Home Depot Story and photo by Jenna Herr Hard-hat giveaways, balloon drop, board cut- ting, and prizes. Wednesday, January 11, was a big day for Joplin’s local Home Depot. After spending seven long months rebuild- ing from the May 22 tornado, the store was finally able to hold its grand opening “Neighborhood Night.” “May 22 was probably one of the toughest things I have ever had to deal with, but we are back and better than ever before,” said Ann-Marie Campbell, Home Depot Southern Divi- sion President. The opening event was quite the kick-off for The Home Depot. At 5:00 p.m, nearly 500 customers began to pour through the doors of the orange- carpet affair. The night included per- formances by the JHS winter drum- line, a $500,000 check presented to the Joplin Recovery Fund, and smiling faces praising the many jobs given back to Joplin. “Jobs are important, that’s why I’m here today. This is a big step in our community’s road to restoration,” said Mayor Mike Woolston. The Home Depot was able to make a quick journey to recovery thanks to the 200 generous associates that flew in from Atlanta, Georgia. In the process of rebuilding their own store, the Atlanta retailers made a commitment to help Joplin as well. “We received a lot of help from Atlanta and the Home Depot Foundation, we could not have done it without them,” said Campbell. The new store is built much like the old one, with the addition of a few features that make it very unique. This is the only Home Depot with a tornado safe interior room made of concrete that can hold up to 150 people. It also has a plaque at the front of the store, in remembrance of the seven people who died there on May 22. “I don’t think you’ll find a better Home Depot in America than right here in Joplin,” said Steve Cope, store manager. There are 100 thankful citizens now employed at The Home Depot. Of these 100, five of them were on hand before the tornado struck. They continue to be leaders inside the store, and serve the hundreds of store customers with a positive attitude. “Without leaders and managers, there’s no script to deal with that kind of disaster. When our associates lead us, our team rallied. It’s because of the people in the community that rallied together, that’s why we are here today,” said Campbell. One “big-box” store at a time, Joplin continues to restore itself. The Home Depot grand opening marks a milestone in the town’s road to recovery. “Thanks to the spirit of the community, tonight is our start. We are going to be here for Joplin every single day until it is better than it ever was before,” said Campbell. Spyglass 9e agles on film PAGE February 2012 JHS Drama club performs a skit portraying obnoxious couples at the movie theater. Jordan Wood is assisted by his dad in painting canvases for a stop action film in TV Productions. The project took three days to complete. Past TV productions teacher, Mr. Vonderharr, enjoys a goodbye cookie cake. Members of drama club perform a skit. Dr. Sachetta speaks during the dedication of the 9/10 campus murals. Students on the Constitution team being coached. Photos by: Zebrina Riggs, Tracy Fisher, Maggie Wallner, Lexi Brown, Jenna Herr Artist, Sarah Petty shares thoughts on the new 9/10 campus murals. Junior, Adam St. Peter warms up before a varsity basketball game.


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10PAGE February 2012 e ducation 11Spyglass PAGE February 2012 e vents Spyglass Cartoon Club Conquers Fist-A-Cuffs Story and Photo By Margo Grills I, robot: New course offering allows students to build their own robots At the 11-12 campus of Joplin High School some- thing has been brewing. War! The tensions exploded last President Jamie Walters works on one of her characters during the Cartoonist Club meeting. month at the JHS Cartoon Club in a intense battle for supremacy. This battle is called: Fist- A-Cuffs. The Cartoon Club was inspired to hold a Fist-A-Cuffs contest by the website: Fist-A-Cuffs. blogspot.com. Fist-A Cuffs is a contest where in the club members draw characters and use them to fight battles. Every battle is carried out through ‘Smack Talks’, comic strips or pic- tures that show why a character would win the battle. After the ‘Smack Talks’ the club votes on who won. So that no one is eliminated in the first round there is a winners bracket and a losers bracket. At the end of Fist-A-Cuffs emerge two winners, the victor out-right and the King or Queen of the Losers. This year the winner was Aiden Shipley with Idea Ishmael. The Queen of the Losers was Bekah Walkers with Le Metal Flure. Ward Takes Over Story and Photo By Brett Holcolmb The Cartoon Club meets every Wednesday after school. pretty talented and as an artist it is energizing to be around By Lydia McAllister The faculty adviser Wolf started other artists.” said Wolf. What do PVC pipes, obstacle courses the club in 2008. Every year the President Jamie Walters joined and underwater racing have in common? Cartoon club puts out a comic because of Wolf and said about her Robotics competition. book. Each member writes and fellow members, “These people A new class had been added this year illustrates a story, usually on a are my friends and I can get a lot at JHS. Thanks to various groups giving theme, for the comic book to be of good tips and improve on my donations after the May 22nd tornado, presented along with a group art here.” Kaci Dorton project for which. Wolf writes Wolf said that being a cartoonist was able to the script. This years’ theme is means to be able to creatively and finally get the nature. The club usually attends visually tell a story. robotics class a comic book convention called Vice President Ariel Aldrighetti up and run- Hurley con. Hurley con has been joined the club two years ago and ning. canceled this year but Wolf says said that she likes making art with “Honestly, he will try to coordinate another a group of people, She likes draw- I’ve always event with Hurley’s to increase ing and seeing a lot her friends. wanted to distribution of the yearly comic Some of them, although they share add this class book. The club intends to begin similar interests, don’t see each since begin- selling the comic books in the other much outside of club. ning teaching school store either towards the At the beginning of each year at JHS/FTC 6 end of this year or next year. the club starts out with “Jam years ago, but Wolf said that he started the Comics” in which each member due to the Cartoon Club because of his life draws one pan per page. They also tornado and long love of cartooning, “My do “Creature Jams” where each the complete friends and I have made our own member draws a different part of a change of comic books since we were in character. buildings and middle school, so when I started Member Jordn Wyatt Bruner available labs teaching at the old south middle school I started a club.” When Wolf began teaching at The cover of last year’s comic book put out by the JHS Cartooon Club joined Cartoon Club this year as it really worked into our best interest an artistic outlet. Bruner had been for the Technology Education Depart- coming to the open studio time ment this year to add the program,” said Joplin High School he brought the club with him. Wolf sponsored by Wolf when he decides to join the Cartoon Dorton. says that he loves working with the Cartoon Club because Club. “It gives me a something to do and I get to express Senior, Ryan Kersey, expressed interest he enjoys seeing the creativity of the students. “They are myself in a different way.” in the subject so his counselor put him in the class. “Only upon entering the class did I Penpals Give International Prespective to Students realize the first semester was a robotics competition,” said Kersey. The class divided into teams and each team bought a robotics kit with donated money and built the robots over a period of a few months. “The competition involved taking the robots we had built and racing them through an underwater obstacle course,” said Kersey. The only catch to building the robots was that the students did not actually get to design their own custom robot. “Unfortunately we were not allowed to alter the robots and had to follow the pre-made instructions step-by-step,” said Kersey. Although the guidelines were set out for them, a lot of work went into creating each robot. “We had to cut PVC pipes for the frame of the robot and also had to solder wires for a circuit board for the controls,” said Kersey. The competition consisted of an obstacle course constructed of PVC pipes. The class sunk the course in a pool at the Main Street YMCA and proceeded to race against the other teams to see who could make it through the course the fastest. “I felt very confident going into the competition because my team finished our robot first and had time to test it extensively before the day of competition,” said Kersey. Kersey learned a lot from the competition and has a different outlook what goes into a competition as a result. “I learned that failure is always an option and that when it arises you must learn to troubleshoot on the fly. My team’s robot actually failed on the first attempt as one of the motors became strung up in its own wires. However, my team was able to address the problem and come back to win the competition,” said Kersey. Kersey’s interest in robotics was also inspired through working with the robots in class. “My ultimate plan for the future would be to work on robotics either as a career or hobby. They have always fascinated me and I will continue to maintain an interest in them as the science of robotics grows in the coming years,” said Kersey. As for the future of the robotics class, they are still very busy working with robots. “Students just began working with VEX robotics where they will design, build, and program their own robot to com- Photos curtesy of Kaci Dorton Students raced their robots at the pool located in the downtown YMCA. The course was constructed out of PVC pipes and sunk in the pool. plete required competitions. VEX is also partnered with TSA (Technology Student Association) which is the student club offered by the Technology Ed Dept, for students to go compete at the state and national levels. More info on VEX at vexrobotics.com,” said Dorton. Nathan Ward, a 2005 Joplin High School graduate and teacher of TV Pro- ductions at JHS, has plenty of experience for the job. “Straight out of high school I went with Sunrise Media Group,” said Ward. “I was their sole videographer for five Ward shows 10th grader Chase Hall operate a camera how to and a half years.” Along with his ex- perience at Sunrise Media Group, Ward was also the video marketer for Choice Marketing. He has been working with JHS since December 12th and took up the teaching position when Bruce VonderHaar left after the first semester to as- sume the role of Assistant Athletic Director at JHS. Since the tornado, Ward believes that JHS as a whole is certainly different but it is a step in the right direction toward a new high school. He also enjoys his teaching posi- tion at JHS. “It’s excellent,” said Ward. “All of the kids are great and I am glad to share my experience with them. By Brittany Czirr Learning a different language can be difficult one may study words and sentences then regurgitate them for a test and move on but Christopher Young’s French students have been given the choice to get an email pen pal broadening their views of France and helping them learn the language. “I wanted to expose people to more than what is right in front of them creating a passion not just for the language but for the culture, appreciation of diversity,” said Young, French teacher at Joplin High School for four years. Young went to Missouri Southern and later transferred to L’Université d’Orléans in France and taught English in France. Jamie Walters, a senior at JHS, would like to do the same thing and is even considers giving her students the chance to get a pen pal. “It would be good for them because it is easier to learn when you have somebody right there and not having to fight over the teacher with other students. Also they can help with individual needs,” said Walters. Having a pen pal is optional for Young’s students but some students that have gone a step further and became Facebook and Skype friends. Young’s class even had a Skype conference call with one of the pen pals. “Its not a requirement if it was an assignment it would be time consuming but some kids doing really well,” said Young. Sarah Flowers, junior at JHS and a French III student has a pen pal named Hugo and hopes to continue talking to him even after this school year. “I decided to get a pen pal because I thought it would be a good opportunity to experience the French culture in a different way and it will also help with my formation of sentences and conversation,” said Flowers. Statistics from an American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) reported that from 1890-2000 there had been a rise of high school students studying Spanish and a down fall of studying French but there is a reason Brant Smith, senior, wanted to learn the French language. “I decided to take French because it is the most beautiful language to me,” said Smith. Walters has wanted to learn French ever since she was a child. “I guess ever since I was little I always liked Europe especially when I was a kid watching The Hunchback of Notre Dame and ever since I wanted to visit it,” Walters said, “and you see it a lot in stories and on posters, people using French.” Thanks to a rich musical background, Joshua Hudson was able to compose JHS’s brand new Alma Mater. Student composer recruited to write new school song By Margo Grills Junior Joshua Hudson has received the honor of composing Joplin High School’s new Alma Mater. JHS Principal Kerry Sachetta presented Hudson with this opportunity after Dr. Pete Havely recommended Hudson for the job. Havely is the former head of music at MSSU. “I know there are a lot of students who can’t compose, and I know Dr. Sachetta had wanted this done for a long time. I had experience composing and this was a great opportunity to show everyone what I can do.” Hudson said. Hudson’s favorite classical composer is Bach; and Hudson draws inspiration from classical music, film scores, and religious music. “My favorite part of composing is probably when I am just in the middle of finishing a piece. Everything comes together and you see what you’ve created. It’s a great feeling.” Hudson JHS Alma Mater remarked on his creative process. Like all good assignments, Sachetta Truth, Honor, Loyalty gave Hudson specific criteria to follow. “I gave Josh only two parameters when he wrote a possible version of Joplin High, how dear is she! the alma mater,” said Sachetta. “First, he words Truth, Honor and Loyalty needed to be in the song because they Red, Silver and Navy Joplin High School, are on our crest; and second, it needed to be short and the music something students could easily remember.” Hudson feels honored to have been Alma Hail to Thee! Mater, Home friends, of chosen to write the school song. Hudson plans to attend Ozark Christian College and get a bachelors of arts in Truth and honor we’ll defend. music in order to lead music ministry. Another vocation possibility under consideration for Hudson is to compose Eagles triumph to the end, Joplin High-so dear to me! music scores for films.


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12 PAGE February 2012 a round joplin Spyglass Spyglass o Joplin’s art studio: MoilndtiongarptiasttrsonsStory by Molly Baker Lions and tigers andJoplin’s own fired art clay studio begins to mold its way The studio will offer ceramic classes in collaboration with in the community as the opening date nears. A studio with the purpose of bringing a sense of creativity for people of all ages, the business will introduce a unique hands-on yoga pants, oh my:Franklin Technology Center giving students the opportunity to earn credit for their work. People in the community who desire affordable art classes and hands-on experiences can experience in clay. Executive director, Heather Grills, and also enroll in the course offerings. managing director and head clay instructor, Brent Skinner, will be teaching many classes including beginning wheel, cups and mugs, and hand building using the pinch and coil Grills has no particular medium of art that she prefers – she said she enjoys them all. But she recognizes each medium has different things to offer for each artist. Comfort becomes center of method. Grills has been considering a business like this in Joplin for years as a result of attending art conventions and work- controversy at the 9/10 campus“My favorite (medium) is whatever I’m expressing my idea in at the time because that’s the point - expressing my idea,” said Grills. shops in other cities. The studio will sponsor live demonstrations on the Third “These places are really cool, we need something like this in Joplin,” Grills recalled. “I kept thinking that it’s a shame Thursday Art Walk on Main Street featuring national guest artists who will display art work, give demonstrations, or By Lydia McAllister that I’m the only one using all this equipment. It needs to be shared with the community!” The studio is named Phoenix Fired Art while the Phoenix symbolizes the mythical bird that burns fiercely and reduces even teach part of a course. Grills hopes to be hosting workshops and increasing varieties and mediums of classes in the future. The classes being offered will be taught by trained artists who are pas- School’s across the United States have start- that just happen to be a little tight. to ashes and a younger bird arises and is reborn. The studio involves intricate art that will be fired at high temperatures sionate for this expressive hobby. The studio is located at 1603 S. Main Street in Joplin ed banning girls from I find it completely ab- making unique, personal and legitimate art. “We want people to know that this is not a craft fair - this Missouri. The inaugural opening exhibit visit is February 3 at 6 pm and will feature works from 16 artists from six wearing yoga pants to surd that girls have got- is national quality ceramicists. We’d like to attract people in this community and surrounding communities with the quality service that we will give. We want to have that reputation here in Joplin,” said Grills. Photo submitted The Phoenix Fired Art studio gives students the opportunity to create art. 7 homes in 7 days Story and photo by Lexi Brown states. The exhibit runs through April 13. The gallery has more than 800 square feet of display space and a lounge with comfortable seating, Wi-Fi, coffee, tea and a refrigerator and microwave. Memberships are available. Thousands of volunteers coming together for one purpose school, and the epidemic has found Joplin Schools now as well. Shorts and now yoga pants. Why not just have uniforms? ten in trouble for wearing yoga pants. Doesn’t it sound plain ridiculous? I would love to hear the conversation between After the May 22 tornado thousands of Joplin I’m kidding. I would residents were out of homes without any sort of plans on where they might go. The Extreme hate uniforms. And I a mom and her daughter as to why she got in Makeover: Home Edition crew chose seven lucky Joplin families whose homes were to be honestly see nothing trouble. reconstructed. The show aired Friday, January 13, 2012. To wrong with yoga pants. “Did you cheat on a me, it was so odd to see something so familiar on a television station that so many people Sure they’re tight fit- test? Skip school? Did tuned in to watch. It is a show I have watched since I was young. Seeing Joplin profiled felt so personal and it was a really emotional ting. So are jegging’s (the leggings that resemble you get in a fight?” “No mom, I wore yoga experience because it resurfaced many harsh memories from the week of the tragedy. jeans) that half the other pants.” The show illustrated how hard it was for Joplin to experience such a devastating disaster girls at school wear. Absolutely preposter- while displaying the amazing resilience that shone through in the town of Joplin through the I would argue that yoga ous. The students at JHS entire process. EMHE did an excellent job of showing assis- pants are a step up from have had to deal with tance that Joplin has recieved throughout the most of the things that more than anyone’s fair aftermath. One local non-profit organization was Art Feeds, a group created to help kids young women wear these share of stress. Let the through hard times by painting, drawing, dancing, photography, and performing arts. The days. They’re not show- poor girls wear pants show gave Art Feeds many things - one being a mobile art bus. ing any skin for starters, that are comfortable and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition is one of many awesome things that has happened to Jo- and they aren’t a flashy focus on the problems Art Feeds held a party to view the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition episode. The night also included a silent auction benefitting Art Feeds. plin after the tornado. The support the country has shown, has been an aid to Joplin making it easier to pull through this rare experience. fashion statement either. They are pants. Pants that actually matter. pinion 13PAGE March 2012 “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 February 2012 o pinion Spyglass From child’s play to society’s dismay Soar to excellence or fail By Miah Allison I remember the time everyone was so naïve, so innocent. A time when the only wor- ries a parent had about their children were if they had eaten too many cookies before bed, or made sure they brushed their teeth. These worries have suddenly grown. Now it’s common for a parent to have a tracker on their child’s phone, for the parent to be strict about where this child should and shouldn’t go. What happened? Teenagers these days are seeking fun in all the wrong activities. What occurs the most: drug and alcohol abuse. Alcohol use remains extremely widespread among today’s teenagers. Nearly three quarters of students (72%) have consumed alcohol by the end of high school, and more than a third (37%) have done so by eighth grade. The alcohol consumption not only in the society, but our school, is ridiculous. As a student at Joplin High School, I witness everyday the conversations involving my classmates over their use of drugs and alcohol consumptions. Students discussing the party they went to over the weekend, or the alcohol they got a hold of. The list goes on and on. What makes abusing drugs and alcohol okay? What gave these teens the incentive to harm themselves with these mind-alternating substances? Drugs and alcohol change the way a per- this old generic answer to society’s problem son thinks, changes the way they function, ultimately making whoever is consuming has been outdated. I think there is definitely a deeper answer. By Taylor Camden the substance not themselves. Illegal drugs aren’t good for anyone, but they are particularly bad for a kid or teen whose body is still growing. Illegal substances can damage the brain, heart, and other important organs. Cocaine, for instance, can cause a heart attack — even in a kid or teen. “Life is painful. Life is boring. It’s kind of a scary thing. When you have people telling you that you have to do this and that while you’re still going through high school, it’s a lot easier to get high and not think about problems going on in your life,” said Chris Parks, part of Joplin High School outreach. From kids who have everything to kids Below average is all it takes to graduate high school. You don’t have to be excellent, above average or even just average to get a diploma. All you are expected to achieve is a status of below average. But if you drop out, you will fail. At Joplin High School, kids are drop- While using drugs, people are also less who wish they had anything, there seems ping like flies because they are unable to able to do well in school, sports, and other to be always something missing in a teen’s produce the little effort that it takes to life. That missing link is often filled with obtain that below average status. Let’s substance abuse. be honest, our teachers here do not typi- Teens think that abusing drug and alcohol cally pile on the homework or ask more will help them forget about their worries, of us than they know we can handle. I and escape reality. But reality is always think most all of us seniors can agree going to be there. Stress. Wanting to be that classes from Algebra I to AP Lan- accepted. Parents’ control. Rules. Lack of guage and Composition haven’t been so attention.Teens all over the world have and stressful that we couldn’t handle it. are currently suffering from these things. I am understanding of situations out- So the question isn’t why are they doing side of school that can affect the capacity this, the question really is how do we stop of a student’s workload; but even then, them from doing this? we are provided with all sorts of pro- It starts one person at a time. It starts with grams to ensure everyone can have a di- me, it starts with you, then I progresses to ploma. Programs like FLEX, night school, our school. This society has gotten confused after school tutoring and even seat time with the importance of our teens. all were designed to ensure no one could Henry David Thoreau once stated, “Every walk out of this high school a failure. generation laughs at the old fashions, but There are 27 seniors that are expected follows religiously the new.” Thoreau is to be walking out of this high school with right. Today’s teens are engaged in this not only a license to be a Certified Nurs- trend that needs to stop. Substance abuse ing Assistant, but a pathway to the career harms not only the teen, but their peers, they have always dreamed about. This their family, and everyone around them. is only one of the amazing opportunities We must realize that it is highly important JHS provides its students. This is possi- to help shape today’s teens, and illegal ble for all students at Joplin High School activities. It’s often harder to think clearly substances just shape them the wrong way. who raise the bar and become excellent. and make good decisions. People can do In order to achieve the just society that We are given opportunities in this dumb or dangerous things that could hurt American strives for, we must see that all school to be great; unfortunately not all them — or other people — when they use aspects of our society is taken care of. Let’s will take advantage of these programs. drugs. stop this trend before it gets out of hand, But lucky for you, you aren’t expected to But why would high school students want before it reaches an all time high. Before the be excellent. You are only expected to be to alter their thinking? Why would that want teens of today’s society are wasted. below average. It takes little to hardly to feel a way other than what they already any effort to achieve that status. If you feel? To be honest, no one really For further information or help with substance abuse can’t handle that, than you really are a failure. knows the answer to those questions. What we hear in the please contact Chris Parks and Amy school outreach. Engelage, JHS media the class is Chris Parks; that teens consume illegal substances majorly because of peer pressure. But cparks.joplin.k12.mo.us Amy Engelage; aenelage.joplin.k12.mo.us Spyglass e ntertainment 15PAGE February 2012 Across Down 2. Many people give or send one to friends on Valentine’s Day. 4. Another term for sweets that are given on Valentine’s Day. 9. Sometimes on Valentine’s Day, a secret ________ will give you an anonymous present. 11. If you don’t get any Valentines, you might do this into your pillow. 12. Herseys is one kind of this type of candy. 15. Roses, carnations, and daisies are these. 17. When you really, really like someone, you ____ them. Also you ______ your parents. 19. If you give someone a treat on Valentine’s Day, it usually is this. This word is also used in the expression “______ Heart”, a nickname husbands and wives call each other. 20. This expression is often said on Valentine’s Day: “___ Mine” 1. The color of hearts on Valentine’s Day. 2. The fictional character that shoots arrows at people. 3. These flowers come in many colors, but usually red ones are given on Valentine’s Day. 5. What cupid shoots at some poor unsuspecting person, that makes them fall in love. 6. If you want to give a friend roses, you would give them this color. 7. The name of this holiday! 8. Doilies are usually made out of this material. 10. Moms and Dads may want to get away for a _________ dinner or weekend.(mushy, mushy, mushy) 13.One of the shapes used often on Valentine’s Day is ______ (plural). 14. These are made out of paper or material that are lacy. 15. The abbreviation for the month that Valentine’s is in. 16. The man that this holiday is named after is, _______ Valentine. 18. If you get flowers for Valentine’s Day, you will want to have one of these to keep them in. Who’s Your celebrity crush? “John Krasinski, because he is adorable. I love The Office, he has a really good personality on the show.”- Sarah Flowers, junior. “Lil’ Wayne, because I get where he is coming from with his music and he is handsome.”- Shelby Ingrahm, junior. “Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, because of her accent and all of her attributes are flawless.”- Abe Hueller, junior. “Carrie Underwood, because she has a voice of an angel and I listen to her everynight before bed. My favorite song from her is Before He Cheats.”- Dayton Whitehead senior. HOROSCOPES Aquarius 21 Jan.-18 Feb Good intentions combined with morally corrupt actions are a recipe for disaster. Leo 23 July - 23 Aug. Love is not a thing to be sought after it appears when you least expect it. Pisces 19 Feb. - 20 March Don’t be afraid to take a chance. It might turn out well. Then again… Aries 21 March - 19 April Stop and smell the coco. Take some time for you. Virgo 24 Aug. - 22 Sept. Good behavior brings its own reward. Libra 23 Sept. - 23 Oct. Being snowed in can be fun. Now, do a snow dance. Taurus 20 April - 20 May When you need to sleep, sleep. Running yourself ragged is not good. Scorpio 24 Oct. - 22 Nov. Telling someone you like them can be hard. Try getting them a present to break the ice. Gemini 21 May - 21 June Let go of some of your stress before it consumes you. Sagittarius 23 Nov. - 21 Dec. Sometimes it is harder to love than to be loved. Be patient not overbearing. Cancer 22 June - 22 July How can you be sure the truth is the truth? Capricorn 22 Dec. – 20 Jan. Be strong like bear! You can make it through this year! Cut out these valentine’s and give them to that special someone. Happy Valentine’s Day! -Staff Be Mine Ur Sweet Kiss Me XOXO


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