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Spyglass Volume LIII Issue 2 October 2011 Joplin High School 101 N. Rangeline Rd, Bldg. D, Joplin, Mo.


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2 October 2011 PAGE what’s inside SPYGLASS SPYGLASS feature 3October 2011 PAGE 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 8 & 9 Athlete profile Powerhouse Gym Page 4 & 5 Cancer survivor Cafeteria ladies National Merit finalist Page 6 & 7 Homecoming Obama cabinet members Page 10 & 11 Artwalk Community Mural Page 12 & 13 Skype at school Students and spookhouses Front page photo by Zebrina Riggs, Inside cover photo by Shelby Hass Back page photos by Kylie Davis, Lexi Brown, and Olivia Hoskins Page 14 & 15 Books vs. laptops Cadet teaching Page 16 and 17 New library Horror film review Page 18 & 19 School vandalism Storm devestation Word search Rising above the Rubble By Taylor Camden Many residents of Joplin--alumni, students and future students, have always held Joplin High School close to heart. Rebuilding in the same area that the school was previously located, will not only keep tradition, but will be a huge milestone in Joplin’s recovery after the devastating May 22nd tornado. “The biggest decisions pending right now revolve around facility master planning and budgeting,” said CJ Huff, Super- intendent of Joplin Schools. Rebuilding in the same area will require more land. The space that the high school was originally constructed is considered a flood plain. The school will need to be built on higher land. Of course, other areas were looked at to build on, but yielded no prospects. The effort to acquire new land began with a June 29th letter to 69 property owners in the area. The district has either acquired land, has a verbal agreement, or is progressing toward an agreement with 97 percent of the property owners in the area behind Franklin Technology Center (FTC) along Grand, and from 22nd to 24th Streets be- tween Iowa and Grand. In every case, Joplin Schools has offered services to land owners in return for the land acquisition such as: free legal sup- port to potential sellers, review of individual property owner “I’m excited. I see a building that incorporates policies to help them understand their insurance claims and help the best design concepts in the nation to with seeking other property in the area for relocation. support learning in the 21st century.” It is critical for Joplin Schools to acquire the properties -CJ Huff, Superintendent of Joplin Schools surrounding the old high school for many reasons. One important reason is that by moving the school out of the flood plain, Joplin Schools will be eligible for millions of dollars in potential federal aid for the construction of the new building. “It has to be bigger because the old JHS was too small and the hallways were too narrow. So constructing a larger high school that is more welcoming and comfortable for our high school students is important. We are also looking at how we can better utilize our facilities so they can become a hub for community activity as well. It’s all about the design,” said Huff. The new building that will be Joplin High School will be bigger and better than ever, according to Kerry Sachetta, Principal of Joplin High School. The new design will incorporate technology and academics throughout, and be welcoming and in- viting to students. “It will be high tech, relevant learning opportunities that connect our students to the real world that we are preparing them for, and a dynamic system of supports that encourages innovation and risk taking in a school environ- ment. If this country is going to improve its position in this global economy, we need to be producing the top leaders and innovative thinkers in the world. I be- lieve we can do it,” said Huff. 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 7 10 16


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4 October 2011 PAGE teacher feature SPYGLASS It will all pan out Cooks work hard at the new JHS kitchen By Brittany Czirr and Caravana Randall The cooks at Joplin High School arrive at JHS at 6:30 in the morning to prepare the food students eat every school day. Cooking food for around 60-70 students for breakfast and 550-650 for lunch. After all the food has been prepared it is stored in warmers and rolled back to the school ready for students to eat. This is a drastic change from last year and will take adjusting for staff and students. “Same for the kids as us, we have to get used to the adjustment,” said Dolores Ogden, seven year veteran to the school cafeterias. With the food preparation area being outside of the school building new problems have to be taken into consideration. “My biggest concern is the safety with the snow and ice coming this winter,” said Brenda Frost, manager and nine year veteran to the Joplin Schools cafeteria. Many other changes have occurred in school lunch this year other than the location of cooking. The lunch has began to add baked items that used to be fried such as fries to the lunch menu. “I don’t do a lot of cooking the things that I think have been the biggest notice is the fries be- cause they took the fryers away so they have to bake them now,” said Judy Stoll three year veteran at Joplin Schools cafeteria. With the fryers gone and other changes being made the food is considered healthier than the past years. “I think it is healthier because there is no frying they are really watching Photos by Caravana Randall sodium intake this year we are offering a lot more healthier choices you know a lot more low fat things like that low sodium its just healthier that way,” said Stoll. Teena Dunn (left) and Dolores Ogden are hard at work in the kitchen. The kitchen is a trailor seperate from the high school. The cafeteria is also offering Chik-fil-A every Wednesday and have been adding to the menu with new meal options such as orange chicken. There are less students during each lunch this year and only two registers for students to buy their lunch. Time has been cut in half as it now only takes an average of 24 minutes to get each lunch through the line. JHS Counselor; Cancer Survivor By Kylie Davis “Once a friend told me, ‘Cancer is the gift Soon after Hamilton began radiation treatments, 28 treatments five days a week. She was off “Once a friend told me, ‘Cancer is the gift that keeps on giving,’ that keeps on giving.’ I didn’t quite understand until I ventured into the journey; then I understood,” said work again till February 2009 of that school year. “I had so many people, family, friends and I didn’t quite Charla Hamilton, school counselor and invasive ductal carcinoma (breast cancer) survivor. colleagues (high school administration and staff) who helped me through this experience. My husband, of understand until I ventured into the journey; Hamilton was first diagnosed in July of 2008, when a doctor found a 2.7 cm. tumor and had 35 years now, was very supportive,” she said. “And my former middle school, North, where I taught (was then I understood,” an excissional biopsy. Shortly after, more cancer was discovered, so Hamilton had a double mastectomy. In helpful).” Hamilton is now a member of Hope For said Charla Hamilton. addition to the health issues, Hamilton was adjusting You, a breast cancer support group. to her new role at the high school, having previously “It clicked and I was like oh yea, I could be worked at North Middle School. helping someone else!” said Hamilton. In September of 2008 Hamilton began che- Hamilton has had a long history of monitor- motherapy, which consisted of six cycles every three ing test results; she had her first questionable tumor weeks. Hamilton lost all her hair just two weeks into discovered at age 14. the chemotherapy treatments. “I want to encourage women to do their “It gave a new meaning to having a ‘bad monthly self breast exams and report any changes to hair day,’” she said. their doctor. Yearly mammograms are recommended Hamilton’s hair did not begin growing back for women 40 and over. However, not all cancers until about six weeks after she had finished the last show up on mammograms. I did my mammograms chemo treatment. Returning to work in February of faithfully, but because of the density of (the tissue in) 2009, Hamilton wore a wig until school was out that my breasts, the tumor did not show up on the mam- spring. mogram. It wasn’t until there was a palpable mass “At the beginning of the 2009-10 year, I had that a doctor recommended an excisional biopsy,” a very short hairstyle, but was comfortable enough to said Hamilton. go without the wig,” said Hamilton. One in eight women will develop invasive Because the cancer was hormonally receptive, Hamilton underwent another surgery to remove her ovaries. breast cancer according to breastcancer.org, a nonprofit organization dedicated to spreading awareness photo by Kylie Davis of breast cancer. Charla Hamilton (right), freshman counselor, talks “It strengthened my faith and made me realize that I am not in charge--even though I try to be sometimes,” said Hamilton. “I’m one of the fortunate ones and I feel with students about conflicting issues. Hamilton has very blessed,” said Hamilton. worked at the high school for three years. SPYGLASS student feature October 2011 PAGE National Merit Semifinalist: Derek Carter By Taylor Camden This year, Joplin High School has three seniors who qualify as a Semifinalist for the National Merit Scholarship program. Having three students from Joplin High School score high enough to receive a spot as a Semifinalist, breaks the record for Joplin High School. The finalists are Michelle Barchak, Siri Ancha and Derek Carter. In early September, about 16,000 students were notified that they had a good enough score to qualify as a Semifinalist, scoring the highest in Missouri. The National Merit Scholarship Corporation provides scholarship application materials to Semifinalists through their high schools. To be considered for the scholarship, they must advance to Finalist standing in the competition by meeting high academic standards and various other requirements. “I honestly had no idea that I would score high enough to be a Semifinalist,” said Derek Carter. Derek Carter is President of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), President of National Honors Society (NHS), a member of Student Council and also plays tennis. “Winning a scholarship would definatly make going to college easier. But I’m not expecting anything,” said Carter. Carter has been persuing schools such as Vanderbuilt, Alabama and Stanford. He realizes that this achievement makes his chances of getting in, even greater than before. “If it weren’t for Mrs. Emerich and Mr. Claxton, I don’t think I would have scored as high as I did,” said Carter. “They’ve been great teachers and Academics Plus really helped.” 5 Michelle Barchak and Siri Ancha also qualified as National Merit Semifinalists Derek Carter is one of three Semifinalists representing JHS. LIVING IN By Miah Allison Watching football games come with many quirks. Tailgating, team spirit, and of course, The cheer leaders. Watching the cheerleaders one wouldn’t imagine how difficult CHEER cheer can get. Varsity cheerleaders, Michelle Turner, Alexis Woods, Summer Movick, Katie Cloyd, and Hannah Sparks enjoy cheering so much, they are involved with two cheer squads; the school squad, and a competitive squad. From pom poms to hair bows, cheerleading has it’s generalizations. Most of which, according to these varsity cheer leaders, are completely wrong. “Even though both are cheer squads, they are very different. In school cheer you are ‘pumping up’ the crowd and in competitive cheer you are showing your hardest skills, and seeing how good you can be,” said Michelle Turner, 4th year on JHS cheer squad. Turner’s reasoning is the reason why many cheerleaders on the varsity squad are involved with more than one team. They enjoy cheering for their school, while also cheering competi- tively to show off their strong talents. “I like school cheer because I like being involved in school spirit, I also like competi- tive cheer because you get to compete and show off your skills, and I like the high energy,” said Summer Movick, 4th year on JHS cheer squad. When students look at cheerleaders, many don’t consider it a sport, let alone how competitive and serious it gets. “I enjoy the difference between them because competitive cheer is harder, I like the challenge,” said Alexis Woods, 3rd year on JHS cheer squad. With doing two cheer squads, many people would think cheering would get tiring. It’s the thrill and excitement that keeps these cheerleaders going. “I like being at the games, and seeing the excitement of the audience,” said Katie Cloyd, 3rd year in JHS cheer squad. Cloyd, as well as the others, get a rush of adrenaline when cheering. There’s a strong difference between school cheer and competitive cheer, but one thing they have in common; they not only excite the audience, but they excite the cheerleaders. “I like being involved in an ex- tra circular activity and being able to do something we all like to do with my all of my closest friends,” said Hannah Sparks, 4th year on JHS cheer squad. Cheering on two squads helps these six cheerleaders do what they love to do while also being with their friends. From bloomers to big smiles our varsity squad includes cheerleaders who enjoy every aspect of cheer. These girls not only inspire the sports team to achieve greatness, but they also inspire themselves By Miah Allison to do the same. Raychelle Jones, Alexis Woods.... cheer at the first home football game


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6 October 2011 PAGE homecoming SPYGLASS David Cook performs at JHS Homecoming By Molly Baker The curtains opened, voices screamed, and the familiar face of Season Seven ‘American Idol’ winner came into view. David Cook was the surprise performer at Joplin High School’s homecoming dance. After rumors were confirmed by the intro- duction of Cook, the band performed a personal 45 minute concert as the kick-off of their tour for the students who attended this night of surprise. “It was pretty cool,” said Maddie White, junior. Although the music was concert struc- tured, students of Joplin were privileged to be a part of this unique and exciting opportunity. “How many other people get David Cook at their dance?” said senior Siri Ancha. The appearance of Blue Springs native, Cook was made possible by Wal-Mart and other individuals in the school district. According to Photo’s by Olivia Hoskins David Cook sings at JHS Homecoming. Students gathered around to enjoy the performance. the Joplin Globe, Cook was honored to follow through with this special night. “It was an important thing to me personally. I wanted to do something here,” Cook said. “I’m really glad that Wal-Mart and the high school and everybody involved really made it happen. We just showed up and plugged our guitars in and played, so the accolades should go to all those people.” Photos by Marylin Lopez JHS Homecoming: “Lost at Sea” By Taylor Camden On October 7th, Joplin High School students celebrated their Football Homecoming. JHS Varsity Football team played Camdenton. Joplin won with a score of 38-21. This years theme for the dance was “Lost at Sea”. JHS Seniors sported T-Shirts with the saying “Wastin’ Away Again In Senioritaville” to show school spirit. Juniors and Sophomores also showed support for their school with the sayings, “Drop You’re Anchors, Sink Camdenton” and “We Came to Get Down“. Royalty this year was selected by voting as usual, but instead of the ordinary tallies Pep rally was held at Memorial Hall. Homecoming candidates participated in a game in which they were blindfolded in order to play musical chairs. on paper, this year students were able to log on to a website to cast thier votes for queen. Attendants this year were freshman Reed Campbell, sophomore Sammy Nicodemus, junior Megan Bell, and seniors Chloe Hadley, Hannah Sparks, Kellie Stringer and Shelby Greninger. This years Homecoming Queen was Rachel Berryhill, Varsity Cheer Co-Captain. Ra- chel is also involved in Sound Dimension, Future Business Leaders of America, Future Edu- cators of America and National Honor Society. Due to the tornado, the dance and pep ralley were held at Memorial Hall. There, students were surprised with a guest performer David Cook, ‘American Idol’ winner from Missouri. “It’s great to be back here, thanks for having us” Cook said during the performance. Homecoming was different for students this year, but overall the experience was a great one. Though out of tradition, students were still able to have a night they’ll always re- member. SPYGLASS relations 7October 2011 PAGE Joplin Schools: Shaping the schools of the future By Brett Holcomb Members of President Obama’s presidential cabi- net visited the Joplin School District on Thursday, September 22. A conference was held at Joplin High School at around 11:30 AM until 12:10 PM to give students the opportunity to ask questions for the secretaries. Several students, including members of student council, members of FBLA, as well as members of the football team and members of the speech and debate club were invited. Among the discussion were topics such as 21st Century learning, continued integration of technology in education, and balancing as well as raising standards in education. “We are thrilled to be here,” said Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education for the United States, as he sat down for the conference. The discussion started with 21st Century learning and how it will develop in the future. The goal of education, according to Duncan, is to give everyone the opportunity to be successful. With a 25 percent dropout rate, Duncan said his goal is to make it zero. “We have a long way to go.” The reason behind focusing on education is jobs. Many countries are more educated in science and mathematics than the U.S., including Japan, South Korea, and the United Kingdom. “Jobs will go where the knowledge is,” said Duncan. Some proof of this might come from the unemployment rate in the U.S., at 9.1 percent as of August 2011 according to the Bureau of Labor Services, compared to Japan, at 4.7 percent as of July 2011 according to the Trad- ing Economics website. To help with dropout rate, Duncan said the key is to provide more challenge for students. According to him, studies have shown that students given more of a challenge are less likely to drop out than those that have less challenge. “The more challenge there is, the better you will do,” said Duncan. “The more we ask (of you), the less likely you are to drop out.” Providing students with more responsibility is an effective way of increasing the challenge in school. A study conducted by researchers at Northeastern University’s College of Criminal Justice showed that students involved in extracurricular activities are less likely to participate in juvenile delinquency, which includes dropping out. When asked about the integration of technology in education and the possible replacement of teachers, Duncan was reassuring. “Studies have proven that the best learning experience goes on when you have both a teacher and technology,” he said. Duncan went on to explain how technology can level the playing field when it comes to class availability in urban and inner city schools. Technology allows students who don’t have advanced classes readily available to them to actually access that education via Internet or computerbased communication with a teacher of that subject, he said.. The discussion switched focus to Secretary of Homeland Security for the United States, Janet Napolitano. “Every morning I get a security briefing of worldwide threats,” said Napolitano when she explained how communications play a role in recovery efforts. According to her, these threats include fires, earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, and other natural disasters. She was reassuring when it came to continuous FEMA aid for those affected by such disasters, including Joplin. The students asked Duncan how his role had switched after he was appointed Secretary of Education. Having never worked at a national level before then, he said it was difficult to switch from being CEO of Chicago Public Schools to his new position. “I went out and spoke with people,” he said. “Talking with students, teachers, and parents helps a lot, sitting in an office in (Washington) D.C. does not.” Among other achievements, Duncan is especially proud of the increased access to college-level education. The government has provided forty billion dollars in grants for financial aid. “We now have to maintain this (increased) access,” said Duncan. Duncan spoke about schools with budget cuts, adapting into technology. “(Those schools) are going all digital,” he said. He explained that they are spending less money on textbooks and more on educational technology like laptops while finding a good balance between the two and how he thinks the country will follow suit. “I believe Joplin Schools will show the country where to go,” Duncan said. “I think Joplin Schools will shape the design of the class, the school of the future.” Photos by Rylee Hartwell


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8 October 2011 PAGE sports SPYGLASS SPYGLASS Davidson running away from the competition By Colin Hughes Ryan Davidson, a senior at Joplin High School, likely has a bright future ahead of him for running. Davidson’s competitive running career began when he was in sixth grade when he started running with the Amateur Athletic Union. Davidson’s, freshman and sophomore cross country seasons ended at the sectional meet, while last year’s season ended early at the district meet due to sickness. “Last year was bad because I was always tired and my legs hurt no matter how fast or how far I ran,“ Davidson said. At the beginning of his junior year cross country season Davidson said he was having a “rough time running”. Early in the season he passed out during one race, but finished. And during another he had to drop out completely. In November of last year, after the District meet, he found out that he was anemic. Anemia is a condition in which the body’s red blood cells are not healthy enough to provide the needed amount of oxygen to the bodies various tissues. In Davidson’s case, his muscles were not getting the oxygen needed to allow him to run as fast as he should have been able too. “The doctors told me I was to the Davidson, far right, leads the team during a practice meet at Missouri Southern at the beginning of the season. By the end of the track season in the spring, with his iron levels close to normal, he could tell that he was getting back to his old self. During one meet he finished the mile race in 4 minutes 26 seconds, beating his personal best by 22 seconds. To make sure that his senior season is the best one so far, Davidson ran about 800, miles this summer to help him have a past,” said Davidson. “It is my final season as a high school athlete, and college is right around the corner, so I want to go out with a bang.” As much as Davidson likes running there are days when even he does not want to run. “In order to get where I am, you have to run when you don’t want to. Get up Girls Tennis The Joplin High School girls tennis season was said to be a successful one by senior Lexi Wilcoxen. She said that the team earned a second place finish at the district tournament. However, the season is not over for senior Siri Ancha and sophomore Laela Zaidi who qualified for the sectional tournament as a doubles team. Wilcoxen said that her favorite part of the season was the teams trip to a tournaPhoto from G. 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I may not and never got the transfusion,” Davidson said. “I also started eating right and I got on a good nutritional diet.” “This season is different because my coaches, parents and myself have much higher expectations than we have in the son said. “It’s terrible, but it’s worth it.” An example of one of those runs is when Davidson ran during a snow day last February. Davidson says it was 0 degrees Weights class held off of JHS campus bbeea tthse t amleonstt twalheennt etda loeuntt tdhoeersen, ’bt uwt ohrakrd h warodr,k” Boys Soccer Davidson said. “I live by that statement.” The JHS boys soccer team is pro- gressing very well according to head coach Ed Miller. The team is is 11-3-2 overall and 6-1 in Ozark Conference competition, which gives them a chance to win the conference Photo courtesy of Powerhousee Staff By Colin Hughes The Joplin High School advanced weights class is being held at a location off of the schools campus this year. A onventional weight room was left out of the school when it was put in an old department store. In order to continue to hold the advanced weight class, the school had to find a gym of some kind that would take the class in for one hour a day. Athletic Director Jeff Starkweather contacted Jason Zurba, the General Manager of Powerhouse Gym & Fitness center in Joplin about the possibility of holding the class at his gym. Zurba admits that he was skeptical about the idea at first. “There were concerns, but I was never in doubt about our need to help out the students,” he said. “Without Powerhouse, this class may not have even been offered.” Brett Graham, a junior who has the class at Powerhouse, says that he likes going to powerhouse. “My favorite thing about going benefits,” he said. Zurba said that other than a little more “clean up” there has not been any negative effects of having the class there in the morning. One may also think that adding 20 to 30 students to the gym between 8 and 9 o’clock in the morning would have an effect on the amount of paying members who come at that time. Graham thinks that the presence of the students may have a bit of an effect on the paying members. “Sometimes I feel like we annoy the other gym members and get in their way while we are there,” he said. However, Zurba said that there has not been that much of a change in the amount of paying members checking in. “The check ins at the time when students use the facility has remained steady, in fact I have seen a little bit of an increase at that time,” Zurba said. “Perhaps the students are motivating some of my members with their youthful, fun attitudes at that time of the for the first time. Miller says that for the team to continue to improve the team needs to work on its spacing. “Right now we aer passing and moving quite well,” Miller said. “Right now I think we need to work on our separation. Miller is also excited about possibly having the chance to complete on of the teams goals for the season. We set a goal to beat the big three. We beat Glendale and kickapoo and we still need to beat Rolla and I think we’ll win our conference,” he said. Last weekend the varsity team won its own tournament with a 3-1 win over College Heights. Senior Logan Grant works out while seniors, Nathan Cox and Bryce there is the various workouts that can keep morning.” Lawless look on. us busy all hour and each one has its own sports 9October 2010 PAGE Sports Briefs Football The JHS football team improved to 3-4 with a 38-21 win over Camdenton on the night of homecoming. So far this season head coach Chris Shields, has been impressed with the play of the play of players who are in their first year on the varsity team. We’ve had a lot of kids who have stepped up and contributed to the varsity team,” Shields said. “This is Jordan Wood’s first year playing football and its great to see how he contributes to varsity.” Shields says his goal is for the team to continue to improve through the end of the season. “We just need to play fundamentals, expect to win every game and prepare to win.” The only major injury that the team has suffered so far this season is losing senior Zack Bitticks. However, Shields said that senior Logan Perry has stepped up to take his spot well. Softball The Joplin High School softball team finished 14-15 in their first season with a new head coach. “Overall we had a really good seaso. We were a really off and on team but in the dugout there was always a lot of energy,” said senior Morgan Davis. Davis was also happy with the way the team improved over the course of the season. “We lost to Miami and Carthage at the start of the season and came back to run rule them later on,” Davis said. “ That was my favorit part of the season because it showed how far we came as a team.” According to Davis the team only had a couple of injury problems throughout the season. Junior Haley Mason was out during the first part of the season with a knee injury. And Mariah Sanders struggled with shoulder problems towards the end of the season. Volleyball The JHS volleyball team placed 3rd in the Neosho tournament last weekend. The Eagles lost to Carthage in the Semifinals. Heading into the tournament the team was 14-4 overall and 3-1 in Ozark Conference play, according to assistant coach Danielle DeVader. Devader also said that the team has been lucky to not have any major injuries so far this season. According to DeVader the most exciting part of the season has come from playing in a different facility from last year. “I’m suprised at how well all of the kids have adapted to playing in a different gym,” she said. The team’s final two home games of the season will be against Parkview on October 13, and Waynesville on October 20. Girls Golf The JHS girls golf team has a member who qualified for the state meet on October 17 and 18 at the Sedalia Country Club. Senior Cassidy Grooms earned a spot in the tournament after shooting a 93 which earned her 12 place in the individual standings at the sectional tournament. Grooms was not the only member of the team to qualify for the sectional tournament. Freshmen Samantha Stout and Lynsey Fichtner shot 96 and 106 respectively at Rivercut Golf Course in Springfield Missouri. Cross Country The JHS cross country team has been improving all season but still has a lot of work to do to complete their goals according to coach Dustin Dixon. He said that the team needs to continue to work hard every day. “We’re at a hard point in the season,” said Dixon. “They need to believe in the work that they have already done, they have put in much more work than most Joplin cross country team in the past.” Dixon said that the most exciting part of the season has ben seeing the runners set personal records. At a meet in Nixa, the team saw 12 runners improve on their previous records. Last weekend at the Ozark Conference Championship, Sophomore Shelbie DeWitt earned All-Ozark Conference Second Team honors with a 12th place finish. Senior Ryan Davidson earned first team honors with his 4th place finish.


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October 2011 10PAGE arts SPYGLASS Joplin High School students take part in downtown “third Thursday” activities By Shelby Hass and Lexi Brown Have you ever driven down Main Street on a Thursday, only to find roadblocks; fire twirlers or dancers in the street; and people wandering the sidewalks, perusing in and out of shops or restaurants? If you answered yes, you witnessed Joplin’s Artwalk; an event held on, you guessed it, the third Thursday of every month from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Juniors KD Coloumbe and Madi- son Peavler are regulars at the event, enjoying the art and gathering of Joplin residents. “I come every time this happens,” said Coloumbe, “Because I enjoy fine art and you see a lot of people you know here.” “I think it’s great just to be out- doors,” added Peavler. The September Artwalk fea- tured the Joplin High School Jazz Band, Drumline, and Winter Guard. Freshman Drumline member Zach- ary McDonough says the groups wanted to play for Joplin to show they hadn’t been put down after last spring’s tornado. “I’m really just glad I got to play because once I realized how big the tornado was, I thought band wasn’t going to happen,” said McDonough. “The Artwalk gave us a chance to show off that we’re still going strong.” Ben Bainbridge and Kristin Menejias, juniors, both enjoyed the Sep- tember Third Thursday, agreeing that the event adds character to the Joplin area. “These are good for Joplin,” said Bainbridge. “Especially after the tornado, because more people come out to feel like everything is normal again.” JHS students not only enjoy the activities, but often take part in them. Believing that all Joplin residents should participate in the Artwalk one way or another, senior, Justin Collins has been playing guitar at the events since they began two years ago. “Playing guitar is the only way I really know how to entertain people,” said Collins. “The Artwalk is an outlet for me to do what I love.” With different events taking place each month, such as dog shows, running of the bulls, and raffle ticket giveaways; the experience is one that Collins believes cannot be compared to. “One of the greatest things about the Artwalk are the various forms of entertainment, and I just love all the people,” he said. With restaurants running special discounts for the event and downtown businesses displaying local art, Collins emphasizes the utilization of the Artwalk and the importance of the event to Joplin. “Buildings that would normally be empty open up for this. They turn into galleries and fill with the sounds of local musicians,” he said. “It gives us all a chance to experience the culture of our own town. It’s just something that everyone should experience.” On the Other Side: Communitymembersconveyemotions of last spring’s tornado through art From 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., activities such as face painting took place on September 15 at the Joplin Artwalk. The public is welcomed to take place in the festivities on the Third Thursday of every month. Photos by Lexi Brown By Shelby Hass “We hope people will come here and see the tornado through different eyes.” ~Joe Mueller, Spiva Center for the Arts Director The two and three-dimensional pieces are part of an artist challenge, titled On the Other Side, which will be open through November 6. Spiva Center for the Arts, featuring different themes of art from local professional and amateur artists, hosts events for the Artwalk such as film festivals and artist challenges. The September-November gallery opened Saturday, September 17, debuting 20 works of art as a response to last spring’s tornado. Filled with works of art by Joplin Community members of all ages, the pieces convey the artist’s emotions toward the disaster, and in some cases are even constructed from rubble. “We hope people will come here and see the tornado through different eyes,” said Joe Mueller, Spiva director. Mueller stresses the importance of the gallery as a therapeutic technique to the community. “Art is often used for healing,” said Mueller. “Through these emotional pieces, people can express feelings that are normally so much more difficult to express.” Spiva gallery and gift shop coordinator, Shawn Conroy, believes the gallery will be important to the healing of Joplin students, in particular. “They (Joplin schools’ students) have all had such great losses,” said Conroy. “This can help them to see it in a different light.” SPYGLASS arts 11October 2011 PAGE The Butterfly Effect: Community mural brings color to Downtown Joplin Story and photo by Shelby Hass Located at the corner of 15th and Main in downtown Joplin, the Jo- plin Community Art Project has created an exterior mural as part of the Mid-American Arts Alliance (MAAA) Mural Project. Being led by artist Dave Loewenstein, the project was in works since fall of 2010 with the help of a group of professional artists, and a design team made up of Joplin residents. Loewenstein says that although the project was set up before last spring’s tornado, the devastation to the area was taken into consideration when the initial design was put together. “Being here after the storm I’ve seen that people are much more focused on questions of their identity in terms of being from Joplin,” said Loewestein. Taking into consideration the significance of the tornado in Joplin’s history, but realizing there is more to the town; Loewenstein explains that the mural begins at the left side of the wall, where images depict the origin of Joplin; including a miner pointing out toward the future, and George Washington Carver examining a plant speci- men. To the right, two children drawing pictures ac- tivate an imaginary landscape that unfolds to reveal the center of the mural—images depicting clean up activi- ties after the May 22 tornado. Following the challenges of the storm depicted in the mural, new flowers bloom, trees sprout new leaves, and children come out to play. JHS Senior, Ashley Bilke, was a member of the project’s design team. She created the design for the far right side of the mural, which depicts eagles carved from tree stumps downed during the tornado. The carvings are then illuminated by the light of a Phoenix taking flight. “The Phoenix taking “The mural really exhibits the potential of a community to manifest what it wants to see itself become.” -Dave Lowenstein, lead artist flight represents a new begin- ning,” said Bilke. “These are images that everyone in Joplin is going to be able to relate to.” Starting work in July, with a collaboration of nearly 300 people from Joplin, both Loewenstein and Bilke believe that The Butterfly Effect, as the mural has been titled, will bring color and positivity to Joplin. “The mural really exhibits the potential of a community to manifest what it wants to see itself be- come,” said Loewenstein. Along with working to paint the 15th Street mu- ral, artists Nicholas Ward and Amber Hansen have been filming a documentary following Loewenstein’s efforts, not only in Joplin, but the other five states Lowenstein will be touring to as well. The documentary, Called to Walls will feature the Joplin mural and is scheduled to release to the public in early 2014. Ward has high hopes that the video will convey the experiences of those who worked on the MAAA projects in a way that will inspire future commu- nity art projects. “Because we’re outsiders, we get introduced to more things than those who live in the town, so the documentary will be obtuse,” said Ward. “It will re- examine the history of small towns, celebrate what makes them unique, and introduce communities to the idea of large scale artistic projects that help express that area’s identity.” After power washing, priming the wall with nearly 15 gallons of paint, transferring the image using a projector set up across the street, and the hard work of all those involved; three months have passed since the designing of the mural began. To kick off its completion, a dedication and celebration ceremony of the Joplin Community Mural was held on Sunday, September 25, beginning at 2 p.m. The public was welcomed to stop by and view the mural as Loewenstein spoke of his experiences working with the Joplin community to create the mural. Other artists involved also spoke of how the project helped connect members of the community, as well as add color to an area which greatly needed it. “This mural is the best thing I’ve worked on so far,” said Bilke. “It’s really great for Joplin and adds to our identity. It shows that not only will we be okay, we’ll be better than before.” For more information on the MAAA projects, visit www.maaa.org or http://joplincommunityartproject.blogspot.com


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12October 2011 PAGE around JHS SPYGLASS The hype of Skype has reached JHS students By Taylor Camden and Jenna Herr Faculty and staff question the need for Skype at Joplin High School. It has been thought to be a distraction but also a valuable tool in learning. But the question remains, should stu- dents be allowed to have Skype? “I don’t think that I will ever use Skype in my class. In my opinion it is way too big of a distraction and the students, especially 9th graders, can’t handle it yet,” said Tricia Copley, teacher at JHS. Despite the fact that over half the students are logged in to Skype each school day, Dr. Kerry Sachetta, principal at Joplin High School, continues to look at the more positive aspects of Skype. “There is educational value in Skype, we just need to raise the level of usage in the classroom,” said Sachetta. Many students are wondering why teachers didn’t just take Skype off the computers after they realized it was becoming a distraction. “I think it could be used as a very valuable tool. But unfortunately some people are taking advantage of it,” said Sydney Long, senior. After faculty discussed the value of Skype, they decided to keep it on as long as the positive influences balance out the negative ones. “I’m not opposed to limiting Skype, but it’s better to have it than not have it at all,” said Sachetta. However, Sachetta is aware of students using Skype as just another social tool. If Skype continues to be a distraction inside the classroom or used inappropriately, rules will be more strictly enforced and there will be consequences. Photo by Taylor Camden “Right now we are just giving warnings, but if it keeps up then students will be written up and eventually have Skype removed from their individual computer,” said Sa- Seniors, Audrey Lawellin and Sam Williams, Skype each other chetta. during their lunch hour. Unlike Lawellin and Williams, many Next school year, the laptops will be reimaged. If faculty decides to eliminate Skype off of each student’s laptop then they have the ability to do so. students use Skype as a social tool inside the classroom. “So far we have had a few issues, but I am proud of the work faculty has done to create lessons, we will continue to refine what we are doing,” said Sachetta. Chris and Tracy are here to help Story and photo by Lyndsay Cobb Joplin schools have had lot problems over the past year, but now the students and teach- ers are getting a safe place to talk about everything. In an effort to help, all of the Joplin schools are developing support groups to help with processing feelings about the storm and about challenges with every day life. “I want the students to learn the skills to deal with not only the tornado but other prob- lems in life as they arise. For example loosing a loved one or struggling with an eating disorder,” said Tracy Clements, a support group counselor. She has been a counselor since 1995. These groups will be held during lunch at both the high school campuses. There will also be groups for the middle schools and elementary schools. “The hope is that as the student body starts growing, there will be leaders that will go out into the community that will help out other people they come into contact with,” said Chris Parks. There will be groups for everybody to join. Parks and Clements both do individual, one on one session. Then during the lunchtime groups, students will be gathered into small groups. “No more than eight kids in each group,” said Cements. “I love my job. I love working with kids and being able to help young people develop skills. The school district in whole impressed me. I was glad to be a part of it, “ said Clements. “This school year is all about the students and making sure they are okay and happy.” Helping the students is the number one priority of the groups. They are also aiming to Support group counselors, left to right, Tracy Clements, Amy Engelage, and Chris Parks at the Joplin High School 11-12 campus. These counselors are make sure every voice gets heard. “It’s an awesome place to work. It’s not a job to me. Every student needs to be heard and tell their story because everybody has one,” said Parks. It is believed these groups will not only help the students who attend them, but the entire school. available for one on one sessions during lunch at both high school campuses. “I think when you make a positive change, it will affect us as a whole,” said Clements. “Everything we do is confidential. We do have to tell parents that you have signed up for a group, but we don’t talk about what the kids talk about.” Anything that causes stress and trauma, they can help the students and staff get through it. “We aren’t here just to talk about the tornado. There are other things that cause trauma,” said Parks. In these groups anybody could talk about anything. Everybody needs to talk about something. “The reason behind it is we are trying to show, through counseling, Joplin will be stronger and come out of this and show people we are capable to help each other,” said Parks. So no matter what the case may be everybody can always talk to them about anything. Also here to help with more physical needs is Amy Engelage. SPYGLASS around JHS A spooktacular Halloween By Lexi Brown As the fall season is nearing it is easy to tell all of JHS is getting more excited about dressing up and going to a costume party, knocking on their neighbors’ doors and asking for candy; even though they are clearly too old to be “Trick or Treating.” But, spook housing is clearly not for someone at a young age. A haunted house is often perceived as being inhabited by disembodied spirits or ghosts. Activity involving the supernatural is often believed to be caused by violent or tragic events in, or around, the building that is said to be haunted. Whether you believe the phenomena to be fact or fiction, everybody loves a good Spook House or two in October. For those who get a thrill out of Halloween themed plastic masks, costumes, and cheesy props, there are a big variety of spook houses in Joplin that would be of interest for you. “I personally really like spook houses. They get me in the mood for the fall season. It’s a great bonding experience with your friends and it’s always sure to be a good time,” said John Zippro, junior at JHS. But, some students aren’t as excited as others. Alexis Woods said, “I walk through every spook house with my hands over my eyes. Every time!” Some JHS students say that they made it a tradition to go to as many spook houses as they can after going to Homecoming. “I think spook houses are a ton of fun, I really look forward to them around Halloween,” says Megan Bell, junior. Another thing spook house lovers might be interested in is the “Dream Spiral LLC.” They are showing off and telling about some of Joplin’s creepier history with ghost tours and reenactments. The Dream Theatre Troop, a performance group, is putting this on. 13October 2011 PAGE Calling all hogs By Lydia McAllister The University of Arkansas, the flagship campus of the University of Arkansas system in Fayetteville, resides on a former hilltop farm overlooking the Ozark Mountains to the south. At the university’s founding in 1871, the site was described as “second to none in the state of Arkansas.” Today, the University of Arkansas encompasses more than 130 buildings on 412 acres and provides nearly 200 academic programs, more than some universities twice its size. At the same time, it maintains a low student-to-faculty ratio (currently 18:1) that makes personal attention possible. Graduated senior, Autumn Lewis (’10), was lucky enough to have all of her college paid for. “A big part of my decision to go to Arkansas was the fact that I had a fullride scholarship. I knew I would have a lot of opportunities to get involved and that the unique experience of going to a SEC school (football games, greek life) would make for a great undergraduate school.” With the enrollment for 20102011 being close to 21,500 students, Arkansas may seem like too big of a cam- pus for some. “With so many students it can be overwhelming but everyone finds his or her own core group of friends, giving you a sense of community,” said Lewis. Fayetteville was ranked number 23 on Outside Magazine’s list of “Coolest College Town’s in the Nation” and Lewis couldn’t agree more. “The city of Fayetteville is amazing! There are a lot of locally owned restaurants and boutiques. Dixon Street and the Square are common places to go and eat, shop, or go out. It is definitely a college town in the best sense of the word. The city’s support for the Razorbacks is also really cool. Businesses always have signs for game day about the Hogs.” With over 350 student organizations, there are many activities that University of Arkansas students can get involved with. “It doesn’t matter what you do, but do something. Upperclassmen love to see younger people getting involved. I know from experience that it can be intimidating to approach someone who is older to talk about an organization or leadership role that interests you, but it can truly change your whole college ex- perience. I met some of my best friends by getting involved on campus and it has made my time at Arkansas so much bet- ter than if I only went to class and stayed in my dorm.” Lewis thinks that one important thing to keep in mind going into your freshman year of college is to design your schedule to fit your needs. “This can be difficult with the times that classes are offered but if at all possible, be realistic while making your schedule. If you aren’t a morning person, don’t sign up for a 7:30 class. Also, go- ing to football games and sitting in the student section is an experience that you U of A Quick Factswon’t be able to have again after your four years in undergrad so take advan- tage of it. They were some of my favorite memories of freshman year. Another thing to keep in mind: your parents • Instructional faculty: 950 • Student-to-faculty ratio: 18 to 1 aren’t with you at college to tell you to • Campus size: 300+ acres, 200 buildings do your homework, it’s all about you. So keep on top of deadlines and reading or it will be bad news when you have a • States represented: 50 and District of Columbia • Countries represented: 119+ test or paper due. In my experience, a • Students, female/male: 49 percent/51 percent planner is a necessity.” • Average enrolled freshman GPA: 3.6 • Average enrolled ACT: 26


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October 2011 14PAGE around JHS Technology taking over textbooks By Jenna Herr Joplin High School is one of the first high schools in the nation to have a sneak peek into 21st century technology. Each student has been issued a MacBook laptop to use all school year in replacement of the textbooks lost in the tornado. To all other teenagers around the country, Joplin High is considered “lucky.” However, some students and teachers at Joplin miss the old school pencil, paper, and textbook feel. “I prefer using textbooks because it’s harder to comprehend everything when you only have the Internet,” said junior, Allie Pederson. Some teachers and students were anxious coming into this school year with all the new technology. Even though the laptops give students access to online textbooks, Internet is not available to 100 percent of the student population outside of school. “Textbooks are just more convenient and students never have to worry about not being able to access WiFi,” said junior, Olivia Hampton. According to Mrs. Copley, 9th grade communication arts teacher, books are an essential. “I think laptops are great as a tool. But to replace every- thing? No,” said Copley. She, as well as other teachers, believe teaching completely on the laptops is unnecessary. “I’d rather have books over laptops because I like to be able to underline, highlight, and take notes on the pages,” said Coach Macqueeney, communication arts teacher at the 11-12 campus. However, laptops do have their advantages. For example, they point out mistakes when students are typing an essay. Also, students now have the option of using any website for homework instead of just a textbook. “I don’t mind the laptops at all because it’s faster and easier to look up something on Google rather than in a book,” said junior, Jordan Potorff. Being a high school with the first look into the future has its ups and downs. All students will eventually be technologically advanced enough to use the computers for many different educational purposes. But for now, it’s safe to say the student body has mixed feelings about the new 21st century learning environment. Photo by Jenna Herr Juniors, Jimmi Easton and Nikki Allen, demonstrate the learning difference between laptops and books. Easton, right, studies using a laptop while Allen, left, studies using a book. Internet restrictions got you down? Limited usage at school is here for a reason By Shelby Hass “Deep Nines Technologies: The Internet Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) restricts access to the web page you requested.” We’ve all seen these oh-so-familiar words which pop up on our screens when we attempt to access Facebook or YouTube at school, and even sometimes when we Google research topics. According to the waivers we signed at the beginning of the year, this is an attempt to eliminate distractions and keep students off of sites that we shouldn’t be accessing. But is the blocking of certain sites taking it too far? “It happens more when you’re looking for pictures,” said junior Thea Voutiritsas, “I was trying to look up stuff about the Boston Massacre, and a lot of the pictures looked like they’d be really helpful, but you couldn’t view them.” Junior Olivia Hampton believes blocking certain sites to be necessary, but says she finds it to be an annoyance when researching certain school related topics. “Anatomy creates some difficulties for me,” said Hampton. “You Google certain things for that class and they just don’t show up, it’s kind of annoying but I think it’s pretty understandable.” Voutiritsas and Hampton both agree with the blocking of certain sites, however. “I agree with blocking Facebook because it’s a distraction. It’s not a learning tool,” said Hampton. “If we had access to it at school, I wouldn’t get anything done.” According to the Missouri Sport Blog, the Camdenton, MO., school district is currently being sued by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) as part of a campaign to stop schools’ Internet filtering software from blocking access to educational websites about gay, lesbian, and transgender issues. Voutiritsas believes the school district is correct in its filtering. “I don’t think the ACLU should be suing them (Camdenton school district) because they’re not directly blocking kids from certain websites. They block things based on filters of certain words, so I’m sure the school had filtered something they found inappropriate and it just happened to block those sites,” she said. Rick Freeborn, lead technical support at JHS says that the filters on the computers are based on certain words deemed inappropriate. Larger sites such as Facebook and YouTube are blocked because they are seen as distractions. Overall, Voutiritsas and Hampton agree with the current system. “Yeah sometimes it may be annoying because stuff that you need for school is blocked, but I can’t really think of how they would do it differently,” said Hampton. “I guess they could thin the filter, but then you’d have more kids with access to stuff they shouldn’t be looking at—this is school, after all.” “If something is blocked at school and you really have a problem with it, just wait until you get home to look it up,” said Voutiritsas. “It’s probably blocked for a reason.” 15SPYGLASS JHS has zero tolerance for SPYGLASS By Shelby Hass J H S s t u d e n t sWimhaptr egsaosereosdudwoniwdthnJnHmeSuws tFcroa nmkel iunpT: e c h October 2011 PAGE building laptop abuse Offering career training in Auto Mechanics, Welding, Business Administration, Medical Assistance, and countless other paths, Franklin Technology Center has been a large part schedule. “It didn’t change my mind at all,” said Birch. “I already enrolled for Culinary Arts last year, so I’m glad I was By Brittany Czirr of the identity of Joplin High School since 1998. Following the still able to take the class after the tornado.” destruction of the May 22 tornado, the JHS FTC center has been Despite the loss FTC encountered last spring, the “We want the kids to enjoy them (the school-issued laptops) and use them for both educational and entertainment purposes outside of the classroom. But inside the classroom about 60% of kids probably abuse their privileges of their computers,” said Rick Freeborn, the computer support technician and technology specialist at JHS. At the beginning of the year the Joplin School District issued every high school student a packet explaining the rules and regulations for laptop use students had to follow in and out of school. One stipulation addressed eating and drinking by the computer. By the end of September, several laptops were ruined. “About 25 (laptops) damaged were from food and drink, liquid spills,” said Freeborn. “The others that have been brought in that were damaged were from drops, from accidentally being sat on (or) stepped on.” The regulations are the same rules students had to follow when using computers in the previous high school building, and if these rules were not followed they relocated to 420 Grand Avenue. Culinary Arts program has not made any cuts to the projects Enrolled in the FTC second block Culinary Arts pro- from past years. gram, junior Moni Davis says there are notable changes in the “We’re still doing the same stuff,” said Birch. “We new facility. bake stuff for different events, and eventually we’re even “Everything is up to date, cleaner, and more orga- going to make something for the whole school—which is like nized,” she said. 700 students.” Junior Maja Birch, enrolled in the morning block for Exciting activities, such as a Saturday field trip to Culinary Arts, says she enjoys the larger work area in the new Tulsa, are also available to FTC students. building. “We’re going to watch a Foodnetwork challenge,” said “The building as a whole isn’t bigger, but the actual Davis. “I’m excited because we’re going to learn from that, but culinary room is,” said Birch. “And more space makes things it will be really fun too!” easier on us.” Thanks to donations from the community, FTC was Although the new building presents many positive able to renovate the 420 Grand Campus in just two months, changes, the convenience of walking across the street is no Davis and Birch both stress how thankful they are to still be longer the case. With the ride to the new center taking nearly allowed the opportunities given through the FTC courses. 15 minutes every day, Davis was initially worried about how it “It (Culinary Arts) isn’t just a class you get to enroll would effect her class. in. Everyone had to interview for this last year,” said Davis, “I “I was worried it would take a lot of time out of our was really looking forward to it so I’m glad I still got to take class, but I’m over there for fifth, sixth, and seventh hour, so it’s the class.” not that big of a deal,” said Davis. “This new building is really nice. I’m impressed with The biggest change, notes Davis, are the block periods. how quickly they got it put together,” said Birch. “Mostly ev- In the past, JHS students were allowed to enroll in FTC classes erything was donated too, and I think we’ve all learned not to for one period. This year, however, students must set aside take it for granted.” “ S h o w M e ”three periods of their day for FTC classes due to the bussing teac Culinary Arts students Photo by Kelsey Long h e r sparticipate in hands-on training. lost their access to use them. This year there have already been some students who have had their technology privilege adjusted because of computer abuse: some have lost their laptops, a few Story and photo by Molly Baker He had special needs and she had been trying to reach out to him everyday. He never looked at her. He never talked to Thompson, a freshman at Crowder, is currently pursuing an education degree with tuition paid for through the A+ Program. Thompson had previously planned to become a kindergarten can use theirs during school but have to return it before going home, and some will go back to the old ways of pen and paper only. “As we continue to see inap- her. He never interacted with her. Finally, one day on a field trip, he walked up to her, grabbed her hand, and walked with her. Her day was made. teacher, but after certain experiences, has found her passion in working with special education. “There is nothing more rewarding than helping a child achieve their goals, big or small. I know I will always look back fondly at the memories of my propriate use of student laptops, we are This favorite memory of former assigned kindergarten class,” she said. expanding our monitoring activities. We JHS Cadet Teacher, Lauren Thompson, Senior tutors learn professionalism by ex- are able to watch and freeze your screen was instrumental in helping her decide perience in the classroom, shadowing a teacher, and at any time while your computer is on upon teaching as a career. hands-on activities with students. EagleNet. Non-instructional use of Skype “I found my passion for special “I think Cadet Teaching is a beneficial pro- while at school, as well as the downloading education through the A+ Program,” she gram because it gives you some of the experience of music, games, and other programs, will said. that would be helpful if you are planning on going be met with zero tolerance. You now risk The advantages of Cadet Teach- into teaching,” said Bethany Drew. losing your laptop. In addition, any illegal ing are exceptional to the future educa- While learning the important role of the downloading of music and pirating of mov- tors of America. This semester program teacher in this program, cadet teachers experience ies will be met with consequences as set has roughly 100 participators and allows personal relationships with the students in their forth by copyright violation laws,” said an seniors to tutor students in a designated classroom. email sent to every student at JHS. classroom, being at an elementary, middle “I enjoy being a cadet teacher. My favor- The email was proved true as the or high school campus. ite part is building relationships with the kids and school administry but a giant lock on all Tobin Schultz, adviser, believes Bethany Drew interacts with students during morning procedures at getting to know them and see them everyday,” said of the computers that have been illegally downloading items and the students were the program is a great leadership tool for future educators. Cecil Floyd Elementary. Drew. The program allows for seniors to request a grade called down to the office for further inves- “Cadet Teachers can learn what a teacher goes through on a daily basis, as and school, giving the most valuable experience for future intentions. tigation. well as how to motivate, and manage a variety of different students, while forcing them As senior students attend their classroom each day, they become connected to develop leadership skills,” said Schultz. to the class while being exposed to different learning styles and adjusting to differ- As a Cadet Teacher, students have the opportunity to be an A+ student. This ent methods of teaching. With projects to tutor students and assist the teacher with a program requires 50 hours of tutoring at any grade level. After completing the require- classroom display, the cadet teacher gets a taste of the real world as a teacher. ments as an A+ student, scholarship opportunities are available to these students for “Cadet Teaching gives students an idea of what life would be like as a teacher, area colleges. Students who attend Crowder College, can do so tuition free, while Mis- and for those that know they want to be teachers, they get the benefits of experiencing souri Southern offers a limited amount of scholarships. that firsthand,” said Schultz.


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October 2011 16PAGE around JHS SPYGLASS SPYGLASS review 17October 2011 PAGE Drama kings and queens Trouble in Paradise ByLyndsayCobb “Leaving Paradise” by Simone Elkeles is a sweet, emotional, and I think a really important part of this book is when Caleb talks JHS adds new club for budding actors exciting story. to his sister. It shows how much he cares about her and how he would do The accident that ruined Caleb and Maggie’s lives was the very anything for her. His twin sister Leah was best friends with Maggie before thing that brought them back together. Caleb may not have caused the ac- the accident. Now they don’t talk and Leah hates herself for what hap- Story and photo by Molly Baker They were all there. Security guards and secret service, all watching the president. A sudden movement caused a rippling effect throughout the security detail. Fingers pressed to the ear for confirmation. Other security guards become aware of the situation, eyes dashing every which way around the room. “Down Mr. President!” They yell, tackling The President of the United States, pushing him to the ground. This scenario was acted time and time again at Joplin High School’s first Drama Club meeting. before a formal induction, with a goal of obtaining membership in I.T.S. “While I.T.S. sounds awesome, it seems mostly for the older kids who have the points to join. I think Drama Club is a good way for us to stay connected to acting until we are able to join I.T.S,” said Wallner. As a member of Drama Club, students have the chance to be involved in theatre productions as an actor or a technical worker, monthly meetings, workshops and training. Underclassmen also have the opportunity to receive an “My favorite part of Night O’ Drama was definitely meeting the older drama kids. With there being two school campuses, I hardly ever see the juniors or seniors with the exception of Night O’ Drama,” said Wallner. This win-win situation will continue to build this program up while stimulating involvement in a personally fun and freeing atmosphere. “The best thing about drama club is that it is an outlet for kids to truly be who they are, allowing them to shed all their inhibitions,” said Ritschel. cident but he definitely had a part in it and for that he went to jail. When Caleb gets out of jail Maggie wants nothing to do with him but that is hard when he lives right next door, and when he starts to work with her. As they grow closer Caleb’s ex-girlfriend begins to want him even though she is dating Caleb’s best friend Brien. She would do anything to have him. Even blackmail. I really like how Elkeles wrote this. There is a some mystery in it. This book is full of twists and turns that keep you on your toes. This book was really good, the only thing I wish is that it had is a bit more elaboration on some of the events of something. This book is all about letting stuff go. pened. “Leaving Paradise” was an Abraham Lincoln book Award semi-finalist. It was a 2008 RITA Finalist. Book Sense also put “leaving Paradise” on 2007 summer picks. This book is definitely one of my favorite ones I’ve read by Simone Elkeles. Between the Perfect Chemistry Series, her Leaving Paradise Series, and her How to Ruin Series, it is my favorite. I enjoyed reading this book. I believe that Elkeles is a good writer not only “Leaving Paradise” but all of her books. The Leaving Paradise series contuines in “Return to Paradise”. Okay fine, no real security guards, and the presi- upperclassmen mentor, to increase their theatre knowledge dent wasn’t really there either. This was just one example of and satisfy their interest. an improvisational structured game played during this kick- “It is a good initiative to jumpstart underclassmen By: Lydia McAllister “21”: The New “19” off meeting. As one person puts their finger up to their ear, other people in the room notice and begin to do the same. The last person to notice, or the last person who still doesn’t have their finger up to their ear, gets tackled as the words, involvement in theatre. They also get to meet upperclassmen who will be role models to them,” said I.T.S. senior president, Ethan Ritschel. As Drama Club held their first ever meeting in Her debut album, “19”, was one of my favorites of 2008. We were in the midst The next song, “Rumour Has It”, has a strong Motown vibe with Doo-Wop of a soul music revival, in a time before Winehouse moved to an island to play with background vocals. The moral of this story is don’t cheat on Adele because she will call monkeys and before Duffy became a one-hit wonder. She gained popularity in the U.S. you out and turn the tables on you. After busting this sorry man for fooling around with “Down Mr. President” are shouted out. September, the night was a huge success. Dubbed Night O’ after she won the Grammy for Best New Artist in 2009. There was much anticipation another, younger and, less-adept-at-everything chickadee; she ends the song with, “Ru- With the new Drama Club for Joplin High School, underclass men have the opportunity to be involved in the Theatre Department before they have earned enough hours to be in International Thespian Society (I.T.S.). “I think it’s a great way to get involved and make new friends while doing something fun and creative,” said Drama, roughly 35 students came together to get to know each other, share a meal, and participate in fun improv games. “I believe people genuinely enjoyed themselves and they seemed interested in theatre,” said Ritschel. While I.T.S. members hope for increased under- for the release of “21”. Each of her albums is named after the age she was during the recordings. The majority of her shows, for her upcoming North American tour, sold out in mere minutes. Scalpers were selling tickets for $150 each shortly after they sold out. It’s hard to believe all of the things Adele has accomplished at the young age of 22. But here Adele is, back to belting out ballads about heartaches and the boys who’ve mor has it he’s the one I’m leaving you for.” See how she officially turned the tables! Funnily enough, “Turning Tables” is the name of the next song on the album. The album slows down and loses some steam on the tempo front. Instead of Adele turning the tables on her former lover, she’s the one on the receiving end. Adele covered Bob Dylan’s “Make You Feel My Love” on “19”, which she did so well you’d think it freshman Sadie Wallner. classmen involvement in the theatre department, underclass- stomped on her loving soul. She takes writing about the boy who broke your heart in was her own. But I’m kind of biased since I think a howling cat stuck in dryer sounds The prestigious theatre club requires ten points, equivalent to one hundred hours of intense theatre work. Drama club gives underclassmen a sense of acceptance men look forward to being involved. This new club is a way for all the theatre-interested students in Joplin High School to connect, due to the separated campuses. your diary to a new level. better than Bob Dylan. She continues the tradition of a cover on “21” with The Cure’s Produced by the legendary Rick Rubin, Paul Epworth, Minnesota’s own Semi- “Lovesong”. She slows it down to a jazzy lounge feel. It’s not as successful of a cover sonic frontman Dan Wilson, and current pop music producer king Ryan Tedder, “21” as “Make You Feel My Love”, and not as strong as the original. begins with the radio single “Rolling in the Deep.” There is something true and storied about Adele’s music. I can’t get behind the Library starting a new chapter “Rolling in the Deep” tells the story of a relationship that crashed and burned. statement that “21” is more mature than “19” because I thought that “19” was a near Adele’s realization that there could have been a fairytale ending but instead the fact that flawless album—she was already at a high point of maturity. She’s still singing about she was played for a fool leaves her scorned. The song’s strong, upbeat tempo flows the same themes and still has an amazing one-of-a-kind voice. “21” is an extension Story and photo by Zachery Prickett One of the largest losses of Joplin High School in the May 22nd tornado was the library. Thousands and thousands of books were lost, along with a collection of educational DVDs and CDs. However, JHS is building its way back to having a new library. (were donated),” said Debbie Castor, library secretary at JHS. “I think we’ve gotten 1,500 for (the 11th/12th grade campus), and 5,000 for the (9th/10th grade campus).” The libraries at both buildings already have a limited number parallel with the experiences she tells. It’s also been stuck in my head for the past two with bits of things she’s learned along the way since “19”. In this case age truly ain’t months, but that’s a good thing. nothin’ but a number. The Wolf Howls again equally chilling. The new film is dripping in blood and there are instances of graphic violence. In comparison there is very little violence and no gore in the original and the film is far from scary by modern standards. “For the district, I think I could safely say over 250,000 books of books ready to be checked out. The only books salvaged from the damaged library were all of the Joplin High School yearbooks, dating back to 1914. Since no other books were rescued, the library had to start from scratch this year. “(One of the benefits of getting a new library is) we didn’t’ really have to weed out our collection anymore, the tornado took care of that for us,” said Castor. “We can go in and order a lot of favorites, and more recently published books. But we still feel a big loss from all of the Supports Joplin Eagles By: Margo Grills The new “Wolfman”(2010) movie is an interesting take on the 1941 classic horror film. The original movie introduced the legend of the werewolf to the mainstream and the new one exploits all of the gore and violence the legend entails. The werewolf is the origin of one of the most popular Halloween The “Wolfsuspenseful movie enjoy horror but ence a classic “Wolfman” man”(1941) is a good for those who do not wish to experispooky tale. The (2010) is a things we had at the old building.” The library isn’t finished yet, though. There are at least a thousand books on order, with more to be placed. “I’m going to spend as much of our budget as I can,” said Castor. costumes as well as more than a few scary stories. The plot unfolds in a gory tale picturesque English village, the perfect setting for this creepy tale. The origi- intrigue, nal takes place in 1941; but the new movie transports the scene back to the and mad- of family suspicion, ness. The The donations were so plentiful that the JHS library at both buildings now contains a shelf filled with books that students can have – for free! “There were books that we already had multiple copies, or books that were paperback or older than what we wanted to keep, put on Victorian era, adding a level of social commentary on the values of that time. new Wolf The production of the first film was cutting edge, for its time. The the 1941 change underwent by the werewolf is shown through stop motion photogra- expands the phy. The production of the 2010 movie is extremely well done. The special adds gore, man takes version and plot and violence, the shelf,” said Castor. Another benefit of having two separate libraries at differ- ent centers means that the books can be separated based on reading level. The collection at the junior/senior center will be for more mature effects including the change are done with computer graphic imaging. Also the sound of the new move makes a large impact. The howl of the wolf, crunching of the bones during the change, and the screams of the terrified and gore. The (2010) is a movie. “Wolfman” horror fan’s The new library at the Joplin High School 11th/12th grade center. The shelves are slowly but surely filling. readers, while books at the freshman/sophomore center will be geared 704 E. 35th Street victims are all


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October 2011 18PAGE opinion Vandalism is no joke Respect our new school By Caravana Randall Picture this: you’re sitting in class minding your own affairs when you notice your arm has a dark stain. Wondering where this mark came from, you look to your desk to see a thick dark line made by a pencil stretched across the desk. An act of this kind is called vandalism; the action involving the deliberate destruction or damage of public or private property. Vandalism happens in schools everyday and in most cases is never taken seriously. The smallest act of vandalism can cause a lasting effect on others. You may think it was just a simple act of writing on a desk and that it can be erased, but this is vandalism and that’s what it should be considered. Every act of vandalism in school should be handled in a serious manner. “Our (Joplin Schools) position is that if By Caravana Randall Writing on a desk is only one form of vandalism found in high schools. Schools have faced other acts of vandalism such as broken windows and damaged walls. minor situations are allowed to go unaddressed then it gives the appearance that any situation would be ignored,” said Jim Hounschell, attendance and safety officer at JHS. If we allow students to vandalize property now, no matter how simple it is, how do we expect these students to act once they become adults and venture out into the real world where vandalism will not be accepted? We should be sending well-behaved students out into the world, not promoting criminals. Penalties for vandalism often include repairing the damaged property, paying for someone else to repair the property, fines as high or higher than $500, expulsion from school, detention in a juvenile facility, community service, up to three years on probation and in some cases even jail time. “Simplest (act of vandalism) would be detention, picking up or cleaning up an area,” said Greg Boyd, Junior principal at JHS. “Biggest long term suspension, pay restoration and criminal charges filed.” In the state of Missouri, average fines for vandalism are $5,000, average jail time is five years and average probation is two years. “(Punishment for vandalism) ranges on the degree of the vandalism, anywhere from the replacement cost, to criminal pros- ecution,” said Boyd. It would be nice to be able to sit down in class and look down to a clean desk everyday. There have been many times through my high school career that I have looked down to see a desk scribbled on and could swear I had walked into an elementary school classroom. During our high school years we are approaching adulthood, where you would expect maturity to be a major priority. Many teens want to be treated like adults, so we should treat them as such by adding punishment to those who are irresponsible and find it “fun” to vandalize the high school. “I wish and hope that students will take care of the equipment in our school,” said Boyd. “For example, students have re- ceived a 1,600 dollar laptop and need to treat these items with respect and care.” Administration at JHS has taken a stand against vandalism showing that they disagree with any such act. It’s the job of the students to take a stand just as the administration did and take care of the new Joplin High School. SPYGLASS SPYGLASS entertainment 19October 2011 PAGE Troubled Waters and Closed Hearts By Margo Grills Recently there have been numerous natural disasters. All natural disasters are traumatic. Bickering over which disaster is worse or who deserves aid more is foolish and wastes time. Time, which could be spent helping those in need. It is obvious that whether it is an earthquake, tornado, flood, or hurricane, those involved are impacted deeply, emotionally and physically. It has come to my attention that there are a number of people who find themselves worthy to rate the pain of the people involved. It is frustrating to hear degrading statements about people in distress. Human pain is one of those things that defy judgment. All people in distress deserve relief and sympathy. An editorial by Mike Pound on the Joplin Globe website was way off base. Pound compared the flooding in North Dakota to the tornado in Joplin, explaining that the North Dakota Park did not deserve any money from the Coca Cola voting marathon. These are two disasters that cannot be measured on the same scale. The tornado killed more people but the flood damaged more land leaving more people homeless. We in Joplin were able to begin hauling rubble and rebuilding right away. The flood victims were unable to build because homes were flooded for months and they could not rebuild. One can never know the emotional toll of a disaster, on another individual, whether it is personal or widespread. So please don’t judge the pain of others. It will end up making you look foolish and hard hearted. Kindness and empathy are essential for the recovery of any society after a disaster. Just Another Sunday The Eagle Soars By Russ McDonald The eagle soars above the rest, the ruler of the sky, A mighty symbol of Joplin’s best, he calls a victor’s cry. Sent by the Creator, a reminder to us all, There’s nothing we cannot achieve when summoned by the call. Just another Sunday as many thought that day, ‘Til Mother Nature opened up and blew their town away. They saw the devastation and heard of those who died, And when, at last, it all sunk in they hung their heads and cried. Disaster struck in Joplin, the future sure looked grim, The chances they’d rebuild their town looked nil to mighty grim. But the spirit of the eagle would not let them give in, And now they were determined to build it up again. The high school building was destroyed, torn beyond repair. No more would students fill the halls, a sigh of great despair. How could they have a place to learn when school resumed next fall? Then someone had a great idea, “Let’s put it in the mall.” The school is not the building that’s built up brick by brick. It’s the students and the staff at work that makes the whole thing tick. The spirit of the eagle was there to show the way, And Joplin High was ready for school on opening day. The eagle is respected by those he flies above, Sent by the Creator, a symbol of His love. He said to keep him flying, he will watch over you, He’ll help you through your hard times and through your sadness too. The eagle is a part of us and those who lived before, We look to the Creator, we see the eagle soar. He sent his to remind us that He is always near. The eagle soars the great blue sky to take away our fear. Happy Halloween from the Spyglass staff HOROSCOPES Capricorn: Jan. 20-Feb. 16 The time has come to take control of your life. You know what needs to be done. Get on with it. Aquarius: Feb. 16-March 11 You could use some internal self-improvements. Look within; do you like what you see? Pisces: March 11-April 18 The stars say you need to be more productive. Stop procrastinating. Aries: April 18-May 13 You need some extra good fortune. For good luck walk backwards next Tuesday. Taurus: May 13-June 21 Do not look for love. It will find you when you are ready. Gemini: June 21-July 20 An opportunity is on its way. Trust your first instinct. Cancer: July 20-Aug. 10 Stay indoors on the next full moon. Trust me, do not go out. Leo: Aug. 10-Sept. 16 You are going to have a bad week. You should have stayed home. Virgo: Sept. 16-Oct. 30 Don’t believe everything you hear. Gullibility brings misery. Libra: Oct. 30-Nov. 23 You forgot something. Try setting an alarm or write it down to remember next time. Scorpio: Nov. 23-29 You will never reach your full potential if you stay in someone’s’ shadow. Branch out and do your own thing. Ophiuchus: Nov. 29-Dec. 17 Now is the time to be an individual. Try wearing your shirt inside out to make a statement. Sagittarius: Dec.17-Jan. 20 Break free of the stress that is weighing on your soul. Meditate for 15 minuets once a week. WHoardllSoewarcehen By Shelby Hass What was your favorite Halloween costume? Vampire, age 6, I used to watch a lot of shows with vampires in it. -Latasha Eaves Ladybug, age 7, not many people dress up as ladybugs so it was unique. -Taylor Harris Pink M&M, age 6, I was pink. -Leigh Doner Angel (5 years in a row), age 5, I thought angels were beautiful. -Racyee Thompson Pumpkin, age 4, I liked to say pumpkin. -Alyssa Farney BLACK PUMPKIN SPIDER HALLOWEEN MONSTER TREAT CAT GHOST BAT SKELETON TRICK WITCH The Spyglass wants to hear from you. Tell us what you think of our paper, what you would like to see in future issues and what you think of our layout. Send to: taylorcamden@joplinschools.com


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