Spyglass: Volume LIII | Issue III | November 2011


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Spyglass Volume LIII Issue 3 November 2011 Joplin High School Joplin, MO 11 & 12 campus: 101 N. Rangeline Rd Bldg. D 9 & 10 campus: 310 W. 8th Street Franklin Tech: 420 S. Grand


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2 PAGE November 2011 w hat’s inside 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 Lyndsay Cobb Molly Baker Margo Grills Lexi Brown Jenna Herr Zach Prickett Brittany Czirr Brett Holcomb Kylie Davis All students write stories, take photographs, sell advertisements and design pages. S pyglass Page 4 & 5 School Board Recognized Place’s past Reibolt at home in room Page 6 & 7 Sportsmanship & Pep Club Debate & Constitution events Page 8 & 9 Extreme Makeover & Maple Leaf Parade College Page 10 & 11 Arrowhead stadium Drama and music departments Page 12 & 13 Clubs utilizing Facebook ROTC building project eagles Page 14 & 15 Job fair Dinner and a show Page 16 and 17 Thanksgiving traditions Book and movie review Page 18 & 19 Working together Thanksgiving fun Please direct all correspondence, letters to the editor, news ideas, and other material for the staff to either Mrs. Crane, any staff member or e-mail: taylorcamden@joplinschools.com 5 10 14 Joplin Schools: Receive gracious donationsSpyglass d onations 3PAGE November 2011 By Taylor Camden Joplin Schools have received many donations this year following the May 22 tornado. From small to big—time to money, the district has graciously received it all. The district administration and the Joplin community leaders have been around to see and acknowledge each donation ceremony for the school. One of those recently received, was a donation of $500,000 to the second- ary education science department and labs. Governor Jay Nixon and Superinten- dant CJ Huff were there to receive the gift. “This money is for the future education of the kids here in Joplin. The future depends on this,” said Governor Jay Nixon to a cafeteria full of students at the JHS Mall Campus. Nixon said that the community has been an inspiration to the nation and that its leadership was visionary in a time of disaster. The donation to the science department was made possible through a partnership between Coventry Health Care and The Rawlings Foundation. Michael Murphy, CEO of Coventry Health Care of Kansas, also spoke at the check presentation. He said that when The Rawlings Foundation approached his company about donating money toward those in need somewhere in the nation, it immediately thought of Joplin. “Putting money towards doing a quick fix on something doesn’t really make sense,” Murphy said. “By working with the high school and developing their interest in science and health, that ensures that down the road the Joplin commu- nity is going to be stronger and the people who are going to be the future leaders of Joplin will benefit Photo by Taylor Camden from this donation.” Another dona- Governor Jay Nixon, Joplin Schools administration and JHS science tion Joplin Schools department staff accept a recent donation from Coventry Health Care. received came from Barry Manilow himself. The famous singer/song-writer donated a hefty amount of instruments valued at $300,000 and together with Jopling’s Fitterling Dentistry made an additional cash donation to the music department. “We are just thrilled,” said Rick Castor, band director at JHS. “He is such a nice person”. This donation has not only moved Castor, but even the students at JHS. “It’s so upsetting to think of the loss the music department had. It’s great to know someone was will- ing to help us save the music,” said Mariah Sanders, senior at JHS. Many other donations have also been donated to the school. Each one has touched the lives of Joplin High School fac- ulty and stu- dents.


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4 PAGE November 2011 t eacher feature JHS School Board receives outstanding award By Jenna Herr The Joplin School Board was honored with the Outstanding Board of Education Award in the parent and community engagement category given by the Missouri School Boards’ Association this year. The school board was recognized for the way the community has been involved with the Bright Futures program. “I am very proud of our board because they sincerely listen to community input and work to balance all ideas based on what is best for kids,” said Dr. Angie Besendorfer, assistant superintendent of Joplin Schools. This award ceremony took place on October 2nd at the 2011 MSBA Annual Conference held at Lake of the Ozarks. Joplin School Board received this award because of the development of the Bright Futures program and the way the board has made the city a part of it. Community members help assess the needs of students through this program. Bright Futures is proof that the city values each Joplin student and takes responsibility to help support him or her. “I was not at all surprised when they announced Joplin School Board as the winner because of the great success we have had with bringing business, social services, and faith-based partners into our schools to benefit our students,” said Besendorfer. The Bright Futures program brings the community together and meets a student’s needs within 24 hours. This is believed to lower the dropout rate and help the student be a more successful learner. “I know our board deserved this award because they have each been per- sonally involved in the work of engaging the community in our schools,” said Besendorfer. The Joplin School Board will continue to show leadership and keep the Joplin School Board members attended the 2011 MSBA Annual Conference and accepted the award. This ceremony was held on October 2nd in Lake of the Ozarks. community a part of the school district. Education is the main value of the rapid response team, Bright Futures, and teachers, students, and community members have came together to keep that value going. “We have dedicated board members who give tirelessly for our students and our community,” said Besendorfer. Words of wisdom: change vocabulary to ‘I can.’ By Brett Holcomb A 1947 graduate of Joplin Senior High School took a trip down memory lane on Thursday, October 14. Melvin Alford, 83, father of Joplin High School Communication Arts teacher, Kathleen Reiboldt, visited his old homeroom, the very same room he sat in more than 60 years ago and the room she teaches in this year. “I’m in awe,” said Alford. “I am just in awe.” Alford spoke with Reiboldt’s 4th-hour Pre-AP CAII class to answer questions about the differences between the school then and now, and offer advice. Among the changes, he said, was the additions of both the southern part of the school and the elevator. “It is so different now,” Alford said. “Even though it has advanced so much, it is still a walk back in time.” When he was told he would be able to revisit his old class- room, he said he was shocked. “I would have never dreamed that I would be able to talk to these kids like I am today,” he said. Alford’s advice for students is to appreciate teachers, who, Alford thinks, sacrifice so much to pass their knowledge to their students. “These teachers care for you,” he said. “They love you. They put all these hours into learning for you.” When in school, he was, he said, a bit of a renegade. When asked what he liked about school he said “nothing” and followed that with a laugh. “I had some wonderful teachers,” Alford said. “But I didn’t realize until years later that a teacher has to study and work to accumulate all of the knowledge he or she has to transmit to the students. I didn’t realize how appreciative I was until later in life.” Along with his advice of appreciating teachers, Alford encouraged students to dream and to persevere. Mrs. Reiboldt’s father, Melvin Alford, speaks to her class at the 9-10 center. Her classroom is Alford’s old homeroom from when he attended Joplin Senior High School in the 1940s. “Take one word out of your vocabulary,” he said. “That word is ‘can’t.’ Replace it with ‘I can.’ See if it makes a difference in your life.” For emphasis, Alford reiterated his advice to the student audience. “When you get out there and have one of those bumps in life, say ‘I can.’” Spyglass Both sides of the spectrum JHS teacher begins second term of public ser v ice By Miah Allison September 11th had many effects. Three buildings burned to ashes, over 2,000 deaths, and an empathy in Coach Ethan Place’s head that gave him the idea of joining the United States Marine Corp, eventually leading to him becoming a sniper. The determination of serving his country helped build his character as a teacher, build his character as a man, and ultimately, build his character as a United States citizen. “I knew that if I wasn’t going to college I wanted to serve my country,” said Place. The 9/11 aftermath played a big role in Place’s career decision. Less than a month after the 9/11 tragedy, Place left for boot camp. After 4 years of being active in the Marine Corp, Place decided to go inactive and go to college to become a teacher. “It’s [teaching] what I’ve always wanted to do, kind of a long term goal. Both of my parents were in education,” said Place. Going into education has always been something Place wanted to do; he was just looking for the right time. “It was kind of one of those things that if I didn’t get out, I’d never get out. If I didn’t make the change at that point, I never would,” said Place. He always knew he wanted to serve his country, just in different ways. “They’re both serving a country in just two different ways. You’re just on two different ends of the spectrum,” said Place. While being in the Marine Corp and being a teacher seem like two complete different things, they have some similarities. Both professions have taught Place things that he would be different without. Ultimately, that serving your country can be achieved in many different ways. From being a sniper, to teaching the basics, Place succeeds in helping his country take further steps toward greatness. Spyglass s tudent feature JHS band member By Molly Baker They are called the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band. Made up of 125 elite musicians across the country, the band comes together in January of 2012 in San Antonio, Texas to perform at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. The event features not only the nations top high school football players, but also the nation’s top high school senior musicians. As an honor to Joplin High School, Gareth Evans has been selected to participate in this unique opportunity. “I am very excited for this opportunity. It will let me experience the lifestyle of a major marching band giving me a chance to perform for colleges and hopefully get a scholarship from it,” said Evans. Gareth is the first student from Joplin High School to make the All-American Band. After being nominated by Joplin “I think Gareth will make a goes All-American very good impression and will give the Joplin Eagle Pride Band and Joplin High School something to be really proud of” - Rick Castor High School band director, Rick Castor, an audition was sent to The National Association for Music Education for Evans to be considered a candidate eligible for one of the few participator slots. “Gareth has been a good student and leader for me over the past four years and any time I needed him this summer he and his mom were always there to help us out even though they lost their home,” said Castor. The National Association for Music Education chose the participators for the event to follow their motto by advancing music education while encouraging the study and making of music. The Army hosts the event making it the only all-star program in the US that is completely free giving the participa- Gareth Evans accepts his position in Photo submitted the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band tors a total focus on the importance of furthering their music education. “This will be a great opportunity for Gareth to see more of the country and experience musicians from all over the US. It will look very good when he starts working on his resume for college,” said Castor. The level of honor for the All-American Marching Band gives these musicians an opportunity to experience something special that they are truly passionate about. “I think Gareth will make a very good impression and will give the Joplin Eagle Pride Band and Joplin High School something to be really proud of,” said Castor. JourneyfromGermany Story and photo by Lyndsay Cobb To Most people moving is hard but moving to a whole different continent could be very difficult. Sarah Jaschultowski, a junior at JHS, came to Joplin from Germany August 2nd, Leaving Germany. “My night from Germany to New York was on August 2, so I’ve been here for about three months,” said Jaschultowski. “I was really nervous on the first day, when I stepped through the doors for the first time. I talked to some girls; one asked me if we had running water in Germany. Another asked if we had things like cell phones, TVs and iPods.” “It always depends. America is way different in so many ways, but I really like it here. I miss my family and friends, but I’m not really homesick and my school in Germany is not as a=big as JHS, it has around 700 students from grades 5-13. I really like my school, “ said Jaschultowski. Jaschultowski is from Ludenscheid, West Germany. Ludenscheid is roughly 5,000 miles away. Her old school is very different from JHS. “Well at Geschwister Scholl Gymnasium (sic) we don’t have Laptops. Also the whole school system is set up different in Germany. But at JHS I wouldn’t change anything,” said Jaschultowski. So far, Jaschultowski has attended her classes with a happy attitude and eager to learn. “After I go back to Germany I would love to cam back! At this point, I avoid thinking about leaving because I love it here so much. When I go home I will miss everything, its just cool here and meeting all these people and its just so much fun,” said Jaschultowski. PAGE Swingi5ngNovember 2011 into State By Lydia McAllister Most athlete’s aspire to go to state, but for one senior golfer that dream became a reality. Cassidy Grooms started her golf career when she was younger, and after taking a break, started back up again last year. “I started playing golf when I was about 10 and played till I was about 13. I decided to play golf again when I moved schools to Joplin last year because they had a golf team and my old school didn’t. And also I figured it would be a good way to make new friends in a new school.” “I think I have definitely improved throughout the year. What has helped me improve this season has been practicing on my own on the weekends along with my team after school on school days. Being the captain, I wanted to be the best I could so I practiced a ton. Realizing that I had potential also made me want to practice more,” said Grooms. Since the beginning of the sea- son Grooms has hoped to make it to state but didn’t necessarily think she would get there. “My goal was to make it sec- tionals. Going to state was just a plus! Districts was my best round all season. And at sectionals because I started off playing really bad and got really frustrated but decided I wasn’t going to give up and and was going to make it state even if it killed me. And barely slid by into state because they took the top 12 individuals and I tied for 12th place!” said Grooms. Grooms hopes going into the State tournament were positive. “My hopes were to do my best and see where I stand against other Mis- souri golfers.” Grooms has had a great golf sea- son and has created many lasting memo- ries with her teammates and coaches. “My favorite memory would have to be just getting to know all of the other golfers on the team and helping them out since a lot of them are begin- ners,” Said Grooms By her side throughout the season has been her golfing coach, Shannon Neill. “She has been there supporting me from the beginning and helping me stay positive through it all.” Grooms isn’t sure if she will play golf in college, but it is an option. “I would love to, but I’m still exploring my options right now.


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6 PAGE LendinNgovmemobrere20t1h1an a hand By Lydia McAllister A lot of good has entire team came up to us come out of the bad that the and wished us luck in the May 22 tornado brought season and gave sincere well upon Joplin. One particu- wishes, not just the regular lar instance is the amazing ‘good game’ that proceeds sportsmanship the teams every football game. Waynes- around the area have showed ville fed us pizza after the to our JHS athletes. game, which was pretty Not only have these tasty,” said Evan Wilson, athletes shown that sports- football captain. manship means more than The compassion of just playing a game, they have the other schools towards given strength and support JHS athletes has been very to our athletes in such a time inspiring and emotional to when they very much needed athletes and coaches. it. “I am very humbled “They have given and appreciative of the our teams everything from way other athletic teams money for their programs, have seen a need and have to gift bags for every player, responded to our needs. I praying with the teams, feed- liken it to a family. All of the ing the teams and several athletic teams are a fam- teams from out of town came ily and when one of their down and helped in the members is hurting, the relief/clean up efforts. The kindness and generosity of family responds to help. In difficult times, you really people has been wonderful!” learn to appreciate your fam- said Jeff Starkweather, JHS ily and friends because you Athletic Director. lean on them for support and “When we went to our game assistance,” said Starkweather. in Kickapoo they gave a donation and Experiencing the incred- made an announcement before the ible empathy game. Following the game, our team of the opposing teams has and the Kickapoo team took one large redefined what sportsmanship picture together and they passed out means to many cupcakes to us,” JHS athletes. “It has -Audrey Lawellin, senior Volleyball player at JHS shown me that the schools in this area are more than just opponents in “When we went to our various sports. We are our game in Kickapoo they all parts of a collective effort gave a donation and made to promote athletics and an announcement before the sportsmanship, and they game. Following the game, are willing to support us to our team and the Kickapoo help us recover from May 22. team took one large picture They appreciate the concept together and they passed out that everyone deserves a cupcakes to us,” said Audrey chance to succeed, regardless Lawellin, a senior on the of the adversity they face. varsity volleyball team. These acts have helped me “There have been all realize that sportsmanship kinds of examples of the far- goes beyond the field. It is an reaching kindness of schools. all-encompassing force that We have received donations plays a major role on how we from schools in Kansas City, helping us replenish the sup- enjoy sports,” said Wilson. plies we lost to the tornado. After the Glendale game, the s ports Spyglass “Pro-pep” at JHS By Taylor Camden Joplin High School has started a new club this year. This new group calls themselves “JHS Pep Club”. Towards the beginning of the year, students at JHS received an e mail that introduced the club and told students how to join. What we are: we will go to as many out of town games we can, plan pep assemblies, plan aci- tivities to go along with spirit week, fundraisers, go to KC to support our team, tailgates, and any other school spirit activity you can dream up, according to the e-mail that was sent out to students. “What develops of this club depends on you guys [the students], this is your club,” said Mike Da- vis, teacher at the 9-10 center. The club has already began it’s quest for pep and school spirit. Pep club arranged for buses to be taken to Arrowhead Stadium, so that all students could come and support this team. “It was a really great experience getting to support our football players in Kansas City. I’m Photo courtesy of JHS Pep Club Facebook page so glad that it could all be arranged,” said Sydney Students get ready to load to Arrowhead Stadium. up on the buses and head Long, JHS senior, You haven’t seen the last of this “pro-pep” club. For years to come they will be raising the amount of school spirit that Joplin High School has. Spyglass a round jhs 7PAGE November 2011 Third time’s a charm: JHS speech and debate still among top programs nation wide By Colin Hughes The Joplin High School speech and debate team received an award for being a member of “The 200 Club” for the third time since Bobby Stackhouse has been with the program. To be a member of “The 200 Club” means the Joplin Speech and Debate team is among the top 5% of teams in the nation. To become a member of this exclusive “club,” the speech and debate team has to accumulate National Forensics League (NFL) points for performance in a competition. For example, the team earns six points for winning a debate or being ranked first in another individual event. Students on the Speech and Debate team typically compete in two or three events at a tournament. The first few degrees are easy to reach because there are only 50 to 75 points between degrees according to Stackhouse. However, the higher a student get in degrees, more points have to be gained to earn another degree. Eventually the team may have to get between 150 to 500 points in order to achieve a new degree. Stackhouse is excited about having his team recognized. “We are excited about the award. It shows that our hard work and determination has paid off,” he said. “It is nice to be recognized on a national scale.” The achievement was earned not just by a couple of individuals but by the entire team, according to Stackhouse. “The award recognizes the success our Speech and Debate program has had as an entire team. We have had some extremely successful individuals over the years but this would not be possible without the help, success and determination of all of our team members. It’s an award that measures the quantity and quality of our team,” he said. Stackhouse is hopeful his team will be able to continue their success this year. “We have some students who had success on the novice level last year,” Stackhouse said. “The success of our team will be based on how well they make the transition to the varsity level. We have potential to be fairly good this year, and really good in years to come. The future is extremely bright.” JHS Media scores big at Southern Media Day By Kylie Davis Joplin High School’s Spyglass publication and JET-14 submitted entries into the 15th annual Southern Media Showcase at Missouri Southern State University. Awards recognized outstanding work in print and video projects 11 area high schools who entered the competition. The Spyglass winners are as follows: Feature Writing: Shelby Hass, 1st place; Miah Allison, honorable mention; Page One Design: Lydia McAllister, third place; Best Overall Newspaper: Joplin High School Spyglass 1st place. The Joplin High School’s video competition winners are as follows: Animation: 1st place Mitchell Miranda and Liberty Bechtel; 2nd place Ashleigh Hoke and Luke Lenhart, 3rd place tie, Sam Cafferty. Comedy Drama: 1st place Jake Wisener, Mariah Evans and Zebrina Riggs; 2nd place, Mitchell Miranda and Rachael Foster. Commercial/Public Service Announcements: Evan Wilson, 2nd place; 3rd place, Sarah Ingle, Niki Barlos and Courtney Oberaitis; Honorable mention; Sam Friskey, Jake Wisener, Jared Fuller, Jhad Rahmeh; Honorable mention: Akilah Medlock and Cassie Reynolds. Instructional/Informational: Will Norton 1st place; Emma Cox, Morgan Davis and Brad White 2nd place; Honorable mention; Will Norton, Alex Karns and Sam Williams. Music Video: 2nd place; Hayden Murphy; 3rd place, Lexi Willcoxin and Lydia McAllister. News Format: 1st place; Emma Cox and Morgan Davis, 2nd place, Olivyah Parker and Blake Putnam, 3rd place Meg Carlisle and Alexa Wattelet. Newscast: 1st place; Emma Cox and Brad White. Sports Format: JET-14 Sports broadcasting class won first place and Nick Duke and Sam Friskey won 2nd place. Joplin High School was the Video Sweepstakes Winner. In memory of Will Norton, Missouri Southern has created a Passion for Video Award and this was awarded to Luke Lenhart this year, a close friend of Will Norton. This award is open to any school and will be awarded to one individual who shows an extreme passion for video. “Video was Will’s passion. He did it in school and in a lot of his free time and this area meant a lot to Will. For someone to win this it’s quite an honor and it keeps the memory of Will alive and that’s something we want to do at Joplin every year,” said VonderHaar, JET-14 sponsor at Joplin High School. Saint Louis University School of Law brings students and faculty to Joplin High School By Brittany Czirr Students and faculty from Saint Louis University School of Law, a private school located in Missouri, visited Joplin High School on Monday October 24_25 to judge the high schools constitution team. The constitution team includes a group of seniors who study, discuss, and debate American government and politics. “The culminating event would be mock senate hearings where our students are asked deep and broad questions about our founding fathers, constitution, structure of government, function of government, politics, and rights and responsibilities of citizens,” said constitution team coach William Keczkemethy. One of the various law students and staff members who came to Joplin was John Ammann, a professor at SLU Law and is the director of the legal clinic. “We had Doctor John Ammann and other faculty members as well as law students from SLU Law to act as United States Senators who questioned the various members of the constitution team regarding United States Government and Politics,” Keczkemethy said. The high school students asked the law students and faculty a total of two questions per day and the five-eight law students and faculty in the room critiqued and judged them. “We have hearings and we usually have our classmates judge us but instead we had them (law students and faculty) judge us,” said Siri Ancha, senior and constitution team member at Joplin High School. “They gave us a lot of feed back we can use for the state championship.” The people from SLU Law not only visited Joplin to help with the constitution team but to also help with rebuilding efforts. “They brought about 20 people and the half who was not judging were out with Americore helping with rebuilding efforts,” said Julia Lewis, senior and constitution team member. Keczkemethy expressed how happy he was hosting experts on the law who were wiling to share their time with JHS students and the Joplin community, he is also impressed by his students and he hopes to work with SLU Law again. Photo Submitted The winner of the Constitution practice hearings was Unit Two, Julia Lewis, Derek Carter and Siri Ancha who put in a lot of hours outside of school to secure their number one title.


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8 PAGE November 2011 a round jhs Spyglass Extreme Makeover: Joplin Edition Students share opinions of TV shows rebuild efforts By Shelby Hass Oct. 19, round-the-clock build efforts kicked off as the cast of ABC’s Extreme Makeover Home Edition (EMHE) geared up with The Homebuilders Association of Southwest Missouri, Millstone Custom Homes of Springfield, and nearly 8,000 volunteers from Joplin and surrounding areas. Not only did the crew meet their goal of constructing seven houses in seven days, but stuck around to rebuild Joplin’s Cunningham Park, as well. “I think it’s really neat that they (EMHE cast) have taken notice of the tragedy,” said Lauren Fenske, junior. “It reminds us that we aren’t in this alone.” According to the EMHE website, each of the homes is about 1,500 square feet and caters to the needs and personalities of the individual families. “It’s awesome they’re specifying things for the families because they’ve probably lost everything and they’re going to need that,” said Livi Wills, sophomore. During the build efforts, a moment of silence was held to commemorate the lives of those lost as a result of last spring’s tornado. “I love that they did that (held a moment of silence),” says Fenske. “That’s really a testament to how much the cast truly cares.” The project was developed in order to provide “anchor” construction to serve as a model for future developments in the city. “Their efforts are really a great way to kick off Joplin’s recovery,” said Wills. “The future for Joplin is bright.” 45th Annual Maple Leaf Festival marches on By Margo Grills During the 45th annual Maple Leaf Festi- val, more than 80 thousand visitors flocked to Carthage to enjoy the entertainment and activities including a duathalon run, a baby beauty pageant, a dog show, bouncy houses, a rock wall, a car show and live music on the historic Car- thage Square. All of the products sold during the eight-day festival are hand made. This year there were 320 booths of wares. Susan Fisher has been attending the festival with her booth of scarves and hats for 22 years. When asked about her opinion of the festival, Fisher shouted over the din, “I love it.” There are several groups that attend the fair in or- der to raise money for a good cause. Gene Presson has lived in the area (Joplin) since 1960 comes almost every year. Presson and other women from her church make quilts. The money for the raffle tickets for the quilts help support the church’s Benevolence Fund to help people who cannot help themselves with utilities and food. When asked about her part. I the parade, love all of it: the bands, the floats, and the music.” Starting at the Carthage R-9 auditorium and winding through Carthage, the parade was a showcase of area bands, sports teams, churches, and local businesses. The biggest draw for spectators was the band competition. As the bands started out, the air was crisp, cold, and smelled like donuts that were being sold to benefit Carthage High School’s Project Graduation. The parade route was crowded with spectators some of whom had been camped out for hours before the parade. The band instruments shone in the sun as bands from all over the area marched the parade route. Lebanon, once again, took first place in the band competition. The Joplin High School Band took home second place in the Parade and had their highest percentage of points ever in the competition, a 90.67. When asked about the judging, Rick Castor, band director, commented, “I think it was pretty fair, the band from Lebanon beat us… The first year they beat us by 38 now it is like four so we are closing the gap.” On the topic of his students, Castor said, “I think they [the kids] enjoy Maple Leaf. Its 2-½ miles and the weather was perfect, there was a lot of people there.” Dawnie Beaver, trumpeter, agrees. “It was fun, definitely a killer… I definitely would do it again just because I like marching,” she said. Spyglass a round jhs Start your freshman year off with a roar Story and photo by Lydia McAllister For those students who would like to get away from their hometown, but no more than a four hour drive, the University of Missouri should be taken into consideration. Mizzou is located in Columbia, and was the first university west of the Mississippi River. Considered one of the nation’s top-tier institutions, Mizzou has a reputation of excellence in teaching and research, and is the flagship campus of the four-campus Univeristy of Missouri. “Life at Mizzou has been amazing. I can’t even begin to describe all the wonderful memories I’ve had here because there have been so many. My favorite part about being here at Mizzou is having met all the awesome people that I did. I never thought that I could develop new friendships with so many new people, and actually become super close with each other. And it is also very nice moving from a town where you thought you knew everyone, to knowing very few and seeing different types of people every second of everyday,” said Taylor Sharp, sophomore at Mizzou and graduate of JHS in the class of 2010. Mizzou offers over 600 student organizations, making it easy to find one that interests students. “I am very involved in my sorority here on campus called Gamma Phi Beta. I absolutely love it and am so glad that I chose the one I did. I also took two classes at Mizzou that had Service Learning required hours built into their classes. Service Learning is basically volunteer hours you do at a place of your choice. My overall experience was great and would love to continue doing extra hours this semester,” said Sharp. Living on campus at Mizzou adds to the college life experience. Mizzou’s residence halls are more than just a place to live. Many are based on academic interest and career paths.Whether you’re moving in with a friend or looking to meet someone new, Mizzou has the roommate situation covered. “When I first moved into the dorms I thought it was going to be awful living with about 25 other girls on one floor and sharing two small bath- rooms. I also thought that the dorms were not very nice or clean because they have been around since my first grade teacher went to Mizzou, and believe me she’s pretty old! But there were perks to living in the dorms such as meeting so many friends. My neighbors ended up becoming my new best friends. We had sleep overs, and to make our RA’s mad we moved all four mattresses into their two person room and had one huge sleepover. It was fun!” said Sharp. The fact that Mizzou is located in the fifth-largest city in Missouri provides many off-campus activities. “The city-life is awesome. It’s always popping in Columbia, Missouri! There is so much to do and so many people to meet. It’s always a great time,” said Sharp. Mizzou has a lot to offer undergraduates in terms of academics, athletics, and the over-all college experience. “I am so happy I came to Mizzou and still am. I never wish I went somewhere else, and have no regrets. I love Mizzou!” said Sharp. 9PAGE November 2011 Mizzou’s greek town participated in the homecoming festivities with each sorority/fraternity pairing up to create a float for the annual Homecoming Parade. This float was created by the Tri Delta and Delta Upsilon pair, with their theme being “St. Patrick’s Day.” Four seasons of college prep begins By Brittany Czirr It is that time of year when the seniors who are planning on attending college are mostly in the dark. They realize there is so much to do such as take the ACT, decide what schools are in their price range and field they want to attend, turn in the applications before deadline along with about a million other things but are not sure where to begin. How can one person do all of these things in just one year? First if it is broken up into seasons it is easier to accomplish. Fall is the list season. First, the senior needs to narrow their list of colleges to five to eight, get the applications and financial aid from their counselor, and visit as many of the colleges as possible. They also need to make a master calendar of all of the due dates, test dates, and fees so not to miss the chance for the college of their dreams. Finally decide whether to apply early action or early decision. Winter is the due dates season. Most applications are due between January 1st and February 15th. Have the high school send transcripts to the schools and contact the colleges to make sure they have received the applications. If financial aid is needed the student needs to submit their FAFSA as soon after January 1st as possible. Spring is the worrying season. Acceptance letters don’t usually get mailed until the middle of April. And the final decision needs to be made by May 1st. Every college must know of the acceptance or rejection of admission or financial aid by this date as well. Summer is the “sigh” season. It is time to take a breather after the high school sends the final transcript papers and the graduated senior can start planning for the school year ahead! For more information you can go to collegeboard.com or commonapp.com and also schedule an appointment with your counselor the sooner you start the better. ACT tips & calender -Answer the easy questions first, then go back and answer the more difficult ones if you have time remaining on that test. -On difficult questions, eliminate as Registration Test Datemany incorrect answers as you can, then make an educated guess among those Deadline remaining. December 10, 2011 November 11, 2011 -Answer every question. Your scores on the multiple-choice tests are based on February 11, 2012 January 13, 2012 the number of questions you answer cor- rectly. There is no penalty for guessing. April 14, 2012 March 9, 2012 -If you complete a test before time is called, recheck your work on that test. June 9, 2012 May 4, 2012 -Mark your answers properly. Erase any mark completely and cleanly without smudging.


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10PAGE November a round jhs Spyglass Students and Players at JHS headed to Arrowhead Stadium for a Ray-Pec face-off By Colin Hughes The Joplin High School football team had an opportunity that not many schools in the United States have had. They played a game at Arrowhead Stadium against the Raymore-Peculiar Panthers from the Kansas City area. Though the Eagles lost 42-27, the game was still exciting in many ways. The game, which was meant to be a fundraiser for tornado relief, was played on October 21. It was also televised in the 4 states so that fans who did not make the trip could watch the Eagles from their home. A total of 235 students signed up to take buses with the Pep Club and an ROTC bus also took about 35 students according to pep club sponsor, Mike Davis. The club initially requested two buses to take students to the event, but as the game drew closer, the sponsors arranged for more buses to make the trip because the goal of the event was for it to be open to every high school student. “Preparation for bus transportation was somewhat difficult due to growing popularity of the event,” Davis said. “First we had to get approval from our sponsors, as well as Dr. Sachetta and Jeff Starkweather to add buses and then we had to secure the student buses.” The game was initially supposed to be played at Ray-Pec’s field but Starkweather was contact- ed by Ray-Pec about a Kansas City TV station wanting to broadcast the game to the Joplin area. The Chiefs then heard about it and contacted JHS as well as Ray-Pec to see if the schools would be interested in moving the game to Arrowhead and using the game as a way to raise money for the Joplin Schools tornado fund. The buses arrived a few hours before the game started, however there was not a lot of down time. The sponsors for the event put together a pep rally of sorts for the students and fans who arrived at the stadium early. “We had food supplied by Hyvee, footballs and frisbees supplied by Bright Futures, and the Chiefs gave free tours through the KC Hall of Fame and Sports Science Lab,” Davis said. “We also had Howie Baby pumping music and running contests to give away free sky box tickets.” Howie Nunnely, who goes by “Howie Baby” on the radio, said his job was to hype up the crowed before the game. Howie Baby said he felt the event was important for the JHS students and players. “This event is big enough for the players and fans to remember forever because this is a once in a lifetime thing for most people,” he said. As the game was about to start the JHS band took the field along with the Ray-Pec band to spell out the word “Hope” while they played a song. After the bands left the field, dance teams from both schools combined for a performance. Soon after, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback, Matt Cassel walked over to the JHS sideline where he was an honorary captain for the Eagles. Before the teams came onto the field, Cassel met with the Eagles in the locker room. “He was a really cool down to earth guy,” said senior wide receiver Dayton Whitehead. “He just told us that a lot of high school kids haven’t been what we have been through and that he was going to be rooting for us during the game.” For senior linebacker Josh Banwart the most memorable part of the trip was meeting Cassel as well as Chiefs wide receiver Jonathan Baldwin. Banwart was also excited to have played at Ar- rowhead Stadium. “It was really cool. The stadium surrounding the entire field was different but cool,” said Banwart. “Everything seemed louder and the field was really nice.“ The game did not only attract fans from Jo- plin or Ray-Pec. Four students from a Christian school in Kansas City came to cheer in the Jo- plin student section. One was dressed as a chicken while he other three were dressed as a tiger, policeman and a penguin. According to one student there was plenty of school spirit during the game. “I saw the more school spirit from Joplin than I have in a long time. Everyone was focused on cheering on our team,” said sophomore Adison Wright. Paige Kussman, a freshman, was also pleased with her experience at the game. “The football game at Arrowhead was just an amazing experience. I lost my voice but it was worth it,” she said. “The game was so much fun. It is an experience I will never forget.” There was also a member of the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition team at the game that night. Paige Hemmis, a designer for the show was part of the halftime festivities. She held a live chat from Arrowhead Stadium, with the families who were having homes built for the TV show. Also at halftime, Drury University announced that they would be giving $1,000 scholarship to any Jop- lin student who attends the university. This game was one of many fundraisers for the Joplin schools tornado fund this year. Many sports teams from other schools have donated money JHS and Starkweather also added that this is not the last planned fundraiser for a JHS sport- ing event this year. Spyglass a round jhs 11PAGE November 2011 “The ‘earth’ without ‘art’ is just ‘eh’” Heartland Opera Theatre performs to raise funds for JHS vocal music and drama departments Story and photo by Molly Baker It was a night that sent chills down the spines of the members sitting in the audience at Missouri Southern’s Performing Arts Center. A tornado benefit gala was recently presented by Heartland Opera Theatre to raise money for Joplin High School’s Theatre and Vocal Departments. The concert was made possible by vol- unteers participating in the chorus and orchestra around the area, and performers from Seattle to New York City. The Heartland Opera Theatre is a non profit organi- zation that has provided high quality opera, musical theatre, cabaret, concerts and more to the people of Joplin for almost 14 years. The choir and orchestra were comprised of Joplin High School music pro- gram members along with students from Webb City, Carthage, Carl Junction, Mis- souri Southern, Crowder College and other Joplin citizens. “I loved performing in the chorus! It was just a great experience. Getting to know Italian, and all these people who care so much for us, is just a great feeling,” said Morgen Collins, junior. The first half of the night featured numbers from operas and the second half included numbers from popular Broadway musicals. Joplin High School’s vo- cal director, Eric Eichenberger, had the opportunity to perform in a number with Joplin High School graduate, Stephanie Harter Gilmore, and Music Theatre Wichita performer, Karen L. Robu. Performers (from left) Stephanie Harter Gilmore, Karen L. Robu, The benefit gala was organized by Joplin High School graduate, Nicholas and JHS vocal music director, Eric Eichenberger prepare for the Gilmore, who also conducted the orchestra. Gilmore was inspired by the fact that Heartland Opera Theatre performance at Missouri Southern’s today, many music and theatre classes are being cut. Performing Arts Center. “Music and theatre classes combine language, problem solving, teamwork, critical thinking, coordination, multitasking, and so many other skills. Regardless of the student’s chosen field of study after high school, the arts will help them to not only succeed, but soar,” said Gilmore. The Heartland Opera Theatre made a strong point that “The ‘earth’ without ‘art’ is just ‘eh,’” as quoted by one of the night’s performers, Ann Grace Lile. The concert was not only a success in that it raised money for these needed departments, but it also presented Joplin citizens with a night of fun and entertainment.


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12November 2011 PAGE around JHS SPYGLASS Communicating in the era of Facebook By Margo Grills In the age of technology, communication is as easy as pushing a says that he uses Facebook more now that ITS has been split up into two button. One of the top websites used for communication is Facebook, mak- locations. ing mass communication especially simple for groups. Clubs at Joplin high “We send reminders about events the day before to let people school have been using Facebook to communicate quickly and efficiently. know. Because we are split up we don’t get that sense of unity that we did The majority of clubs at Joplin Schools have a Facebook page or group. before. With the Facebook page though we can hear from each other daily Mary Jean Miller, President of Joplin High School Key Club, says like we did before.” that over the summer Facebook was their greatest asset. “The page is really Ritschel also used Facebook to get his story out about the tor- useful for events and getting the word out,” Miller said. nado. “Three days after the tornado, I contacted many theatre education “We didn’t only text over the summer; we posted about events officials VIA Facebook. These officials wanted a first hand account on the on Facebook and then officers post the event as their status to get the word damage and what we would need. The Educational Theatre Association, out.” she said. the parent group of ITS, put my plea for help on their facebook wall. The Joplin High School Key Club not only has a Facebook page on other integral function of Facebook was contacting ITS members. After the which they post about events, but the officers also post about the event tornado many people lost their cell phones. We contacted many people on their pages or in their statuses so that even people not involved in Key on Facebook using the ITS Facebook group. This is the only way that people Club directly can volunteer and spread the word more easily. The more knew we were meeting.” he said. people know about events and show the more successful events are. It is not only the clubs that have used Facebook to find people in The Joplin chapter of the International Thespian Society (ITS) a time of need. After the tornado the Joplin School District made it their has been using Facebook to contact its members. Every year Joplin High first priority to account for all students. The Joplin Schools Facebook page School puts on two main stage productions. The play Almost Maine is was the main medium used by students to check in with one another and November 17,18,19 and the musical in May. Ethan Ritschel, president of check in with the school. Video competitions help JHS departmentsITS, uses Facebook to get the word out about these productions. Ritschel By Kylie Davis After being hit by Joplin’s EF5 tornado on May 22 the majority of Joplin High School’s departments are in need. The athletic department and music department have decided to do something about this. The athletic department entered Johnsonville’s nation wide contest, SPIRITVILLE. Joplin High School’s music department entered Glee’s nationwide contest, glee give a note. Glee give a note is focusing on helping music programs in need. They are awarding a total of $1 million. The three grand-prize winners will be awarded $50,000. The 10 first place winners will win $25,000. There are 60 second place winners, five in each region. Each of the second place winners will receive$10,000. The Johnsonville nationwide contest, SPIRITVILLE, featured high school’s spirit and tradition. “I think it (the contest) will have a proud effect on the whole school and com- munity since they’re contributing in voting,” said Bruce VonderHaar, television productions teacher at Joplin High School. Joplin High School is in now placed in one of the seven finalists which qualifies Joplin to win a $500 Visa card to use for a tailgate party. The grand prize winner will be awarded $10,000 toward their athletic department. Bruce VonderHaar, Mary Crane, Kristi McGowen, and some of their students formed the entry. It was comprised of an essay describing what makes Joplin High School’s ath- letic department special, photos depicting the first home football game, and a one and a half minute video showcasing Joplin High School’s spirit. “I think this is a chance to show off how we’ve re- sponded to the tornado and how playing at Junge is important. The tornado took away a lot from us but it didn’t take away our spirit or our field. And it will remain to be a part of our school pride and we’ll remain proud of it forever,” said VonderHaar. Photo By Zebrina Riggs Photo from the first home game chosen out of many and posted on the SPIRITVILLE website. Spyglass ROTC keeps c lubs JHS together as PAGE one co1r3eNovember 2011 By Caravana Randall Reserved Officer Training Corps (ROTC) has shown its school spirit this school year helping Joplin to prosper through these troubling times. One way they are doing this is through Project Eagles. Amanda Hosp, junior at JHS, recently did a presentation to push the passing of Project Eagles. Hosp has been in ROTC for three years and was given the task as spokesperson due to her rank as S3. Dr. Kerry Sachetta approved the project and Hosp will now have to get the project passed by the school board. The idea for Project Eagles is to honor the organizations and countries that helped recovery in Joplin due to the May 22 tornado. If approved, there will be a pavilion built with the names of the countries and organizations that helped with the tornado aftermath. “I really hope that we can get this approved because I think this is a really good way to give credit for the volunteers who helped to support Joplin after the tornado,” said Hosp. Project Eagles is just one way ROTC shows its school spirit; the program as a whole has a deeper connection. “We’re promoting good citizenship and positive leadership,” said Tanner Crawford, senior at JHS and Major Executive Officer in the JROTC. Crawford is on the drill team and has been a member of ROTC for four years this year. He plans on pursuing a career in the military after high school. “Both my parents served in the military and I feel I need to serve my country,” said Crawford. One project ROTC has helped with are the wooden sculptures seen around the high school such as the carved eagles in the front of the school and the eagle bench found by the front doors. “We hired the carver that did all the eagles. That includes the statue out front and the bench. We are giving a wooden eagle to each elementary school to help with fundraising. It’s to help preserve the spirit of the old high school,” said Crawford. Many in ROTC agree that these carvings will last for the years to come. “It’s one of those things for the first time we can make a tangible difference down the road,” said Connor Dickens, senior at JHS. ROTC has always been a leadership program dedicated to helping its school and community. “Some people see it as a really strict organization but a lot of the good that we do is in the community outside of school and a lot of students don’t see that. They see the uniforms we wear and don’t really study the program a lot,” said Crawford. ROTC participates in other events by Fun Company, contracted by two companies Compass Rose and Incredible Events. ROTC helps with any com- pany picnics the companies have. “It’s pretty fun. It gives you a chance to take responsibility,” said Matthew Fernandez, senior at JHS and Battalion Commander in the ROTC. Along with Fun Company, ROTC has been part of both the Maple Leaf Parade and the MSSU Homecoming Parade for the first time this year. They also built the Saber Arch for JHS Homecoming this year. “The response to the Joplin sec- tion of the parade was very enthusiastic for us not being from that area,” said Crawford about the Maple Leaf Parade. Students that belong to ROTC do not just see it as a leadership program but a way to improve and care for one another “ROTC gives students something to break the norm of the class scheduling. It’s like a big family because you know who people are and everyone in ROTC is looking out for each other,” said Dickens. Some would say that JHS was split up as if in two separate groups after the tornado. But ROTC believes that no Photos courtesy of Kelsey Pickard matter how far apart students JHS is still together as one core. Amanda Hosp presents the idea for Project Eagles to Kerry Sachetta. FIND M RE A GREAT SHOPPING PLACE AÉROPOSTALE AMERICAN EAGLE BATH & BODY WORKS BUCKLE CHICK-FIL-A NPM_JoplinHS_AD_1024_Horiz.indd 1 FAMOUS FOOTWEAR PACSUN RUE21 VANITY 3RD & RANGELINE ROAD | 417.781.2121 VISITNORTHPARKMALL.COM FACEBOOK.COM/VISITNORTHPARKMALL CBL & ASSOCIATES PROPERTIES, INC. 10/24/11 12:03 PM



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