Spyglass: Volume LIII | Issue I | September 2011


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Joplin Eagles: Soaring above the Rubble

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2 September 2011 PAGE what’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 8 & 9 Sports Practices New Fitness Center Page 14 & 15 Summer Travels Band Feature Page 4 & 5 Mr. Brown does rodeo Mr. Wolf knows building Page 10 & 11 I Am Joplin Tornado Relief Efforts Page 16 and 17 Facebook Troubles Missouri Boy’s State Page 6 & 7 Tech Team Irving Elementary Page 12 & 13 New buildings Green Building Page 18 & 19 Dress Code Eagles on film Front and back page photos by Lexi Brown Inside back page photos by Shelby Hass, Zebrina Riggs, Shelby Norvell and Kelsey Long 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 9 10 17 Joplin Eagles: Soaring above the RubbleSPYGLASS feature 3September 2011 PAGE By Taylor Camden For the 2011 graduating class of Joplin High School, May 22 was to be a day that they would never forget; the day they would walk across the stage to receive a diploma that they’d worked so hard for. Only moments after the last student walked, a tornado had begun to form over the city of Joplin. Within minutes, it would tear through the town and devastate thousands of buildings and structures; including schools within the Joplin School District. May 22 will now always be remembered as the day an E-F5 tornado came through Joplin. In those first 72 hours after the storm, some of the most important decisions and some of the most incredible work had been made and done for Joplin Schools. Someone to look up to and thank for helping make it all happen is Dr. CJ Huff who has an inspirational story to tell. CJ Huff was driving home from graduation on Shifferdecker Road when the storm hit. At first he was not too concerned. Soon enough trees surrounding him began to fall. Once home, he and his wife waited out the storm in their basement. The Huffs were fearful of their lives, but thankfully only sufferered minor roof damage and a broken car window. Once they had gone outside and seen the damage, Huff knew he needed to get out there and help. So he put on a pair of work boots and gloves, and they drove out to the damaged parts of town. The first thing they saw was St. Johns, and while continuing driving Huff says the scenes got worse and worse. He sent his wife home and walked the distance to his office to retrieve his laptop and a few other things. Huff then began receiving messages about schools that had been hit. “I suddenly relized I wasn’t going to be able to run around town and help people, and that I was going to have to step up as Superintendent of Joplin Schools and start making some decisions,” said Huff. Huff hitched a ride to the emergency command center. He quickly began making all of Joplin Schools resources available to the city of Joplin. Buses for people and buildings for shelter were made available that night. The next day the leadership team met to establish a plan to locate and account for all students, teachers and faculty in Joplin Schools. Also structural engineers began doing damage assessments over all the buildings that had been hit. On Monday night, Huff was able to rest and try to get some sleep. But thoughts of destruction and devastation lay heavy on his heart, keeping him from sleep. “We had lost half of our buildings and 4,200 students didn’t have a school to return to the next day. There were 86 days until the next school year would begin. I thought ‘Can we do this?’” said Huff. That next day Huff announced that school would begin August 17, and since then has been dedicated to making sure the students of Joplin Schools receive a high quality edu- cation. The district’s biggest challenge would be finding space for all the students. The leaders of the administration hit it hard according to Huff, and quickly found build- ings large enough to sustain the large amount of students who no longer had a school to go to. “I originally wanted juniors and seniors to attend Memorial and to have freshman and sophomores attend the school at the mall. I wanted our seniors “We had lost half of our buildings and 4,200 students didn’t have a to feel like they graduated from a high school. But school to return to the next day. There were 86 days until the I’m very proud of the way the mall set-up has worked next school year would begin. I thought ‘Can we do this?’” out. It really looks like a school,” -CJ Huff, Superintendent said Huff. Joplin Schools have not cut any programs due to the recent tornado, they have actually added a few. The schools are gaining a 21st Century learning environment that they did not have before. According to Huff, Joplin Schools have not taken a step back, but taken a step forward. “We lost seven great kids and a staff member of Joplin Schools. We owe it to them to make the very best out of the situation at hand. We’ve been working very hard towards providing these kids a good, high quality education,” said Huff. Photos by Lexi Brown


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4 September 2011 DreaPmAGEjob full of teacher drama feature SPYGLASS Story and photo by Lexi Brown New drama teacher at Joplin High School, Sarah Brim, starts the year fulfilling one of her life long dreams of being a teacher. “Joplin Schools were actually my dream job,” said Brim. She made it her goal when she was a sophomore in college at Missouri Southern to get hired by Joplin. Brim has always loved school. She was always teaching her peers, and teachers encouraged her to take up teaching as a career. She has always wanted a larger program like the one she had when she was in school, and Joplin could provide that for her. Brim taught at East Newton High School for two years before she moved to Joplin Schools. When she taught at East Newton, she taught drama on top of advising their debate program. Brim just wanted to teach drama. She signed her contract one week before the tornado, which did not weigh heavily on her decision to teach at Joplin. “If anything, the tornado made me commit even more to this school,” said Brim. Brim works at both Joplin facilities. She said she was especially excited about 9 -10 cam- “If anything, the tornado made me commit even more to this school.” -Sarah Brim, JHS drama teacher pus’ drama room because it has an actual stage. Brim also mentioned that she has a little bit of an advantage being a new teacher here because she has a whole new perspective, opposed to already knowing what it was like at the old school. Utilizing all the new technology, her age was another advantage she said she’s got under her belt. Something Brim really wants to make sure of, is that the seniors this year get just as good of a year as they normally would. “Every senior looks forward to this year because they are finally ‘top dog,’ and this is what they’ve worked for all these years,” she explained. Needless to say, Brim loves teaching. She says that every year is so different, and every year the students are so different. School can’t teach everything that teachers need to be prepared for; there is no perfect immedi- ate answer for anything with this job. Brim says she has changed so much throughout her career so far, and she hopes to keep evolving. Mrs. Brim posing in her new 11-12 classroom, enjoying her dream job. Working in the same, old building By Taylor Camden As you may know, the new 11 and 12 grade center for Joplin High School has been vacant for 10 years prior to this school year. From 1999-2001, the building held the name Shopko. What you may not know, is that a teacher at Joplin High School used to work there. “It’s really amusing to me that I’m back here, but it’s very interesting,” said Seth Wolfshorndl. That’s right. JHS art teacher, Wolfshorndl worked at Shopko in Joplin while he was attending college at Missouri Southern. During high school, Wolfshorndl lived and worked in Montana. There, he worked at his town’s Shopko for three years. “It was nice because when they opened the store in Joplin, I walked in with three years of experience,” said Wolf- shorndl. “It’s really amusing to me It is hard to imagine the building the way it used to be, said Wolfshorndl. Though he does remember the set-up. He describes that that I’m back here, but it’s very interesting.” where the art department is set up, is the area that he worked in. 10 years ago, that very spot contained toys and sporting goods. “The only thing I can recognize is the ceiling tiles,” said Wolf- -Seth Wolfshorndl, JHS art shorndl. Converted to its current use in 89 days,everyone has a different teacher opinion about the new center. But Wolfshorndl’s is a positive one. He says that the people behind it all, have done a great job. “It’s been a step forward for the art department,” said Wolfshorndl. Since gaining the center, the art department has been able to provide a new class, digital photography. They have added storage and were even able to have sinks. “It’s been pretty amazing,” said Wolfshorndl. Mr. Wolf showing off his old Shopko badge, in his new art classroom. Photo by Taylor Camden SPYGLASS teacher feature 5September 2011 PAGE From kids to cattle: Weekdays finds JHS teacher wrestlin’ the technology of 21st Century Learning; week-ends find him ropin’ and ridin’ By Jenna Herr Teaching is not the only thing that comes easy for Jeff Brown, his- tory and special education teacher at the 9-10 campus. He has practiced and been involved in rodeo in the Midwest area ever since he first hopped on the saddle at age 17. Rodeo seasons are 12 months long, with the busiest time being June through August. Outside of teaching, Brown dedicates most of his time to preparing for the 40 rodeos he participates in per year as a Team Roper. “I practice four to five days a week for about two hours. I also have a workout routine at the gym three days a week,” said Brown. Being a part of the rodeo industry can be pretty gratifying according to Brown. He has traveled as far as Reno, Nevada, and seen crowds get up to a thousand people. “My most memorable experience is from Franklin PRCA rodeo, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill were in the stands watching,” said Brown. To him, a rodeo is not all about the competitors themselves, but the animals and fans are a big part of the show as well. “I think it’s amazing the preparation it takes to compete for just a few seconds. The horses used in my event are something to watch as well, they are the coolest athletes in the arena,” said Brown. Not only is he a member of his roping team, but Brown and his wife also band together when it comes to sharing the passion of roping. “My wife has roped all her life and grew up with horses. She is a huge reason that I have been successful over the years,” said Brown. From personal experience, Brown knows being a team roper takes patience and exertion to excel. He plans to continue to practice and Mr. Brown participates in the Team Roping event. He has competed and medaled in this compete in this skill he has come close to perfecting. event for sixteen years. Photo Submitted A whole new ball game Photo and Story by Lyndsay Cobb Another factor adding to adjustments for the student and teacher population this year is the addi- tion of a student teacher, Coach Carter Lance. A familiar face to some from last spring, when he helped coach baseball. “I chose this school because I helped coach baseball in the spring and I already knew some of the kids,” said Lance. “I haven’t had a lot of work yet this school year. I’ve just been getting to know the students.” This school is original with a different instruc- tional form that has students working conceivably all day on the laptops. “We are kind of leading “We are kind of leading the way into the technology age,” said Lance. “I knew it would be different from other high the way into the technology age” schools because the resources are different.” The assignment for student teaching at JHS has come with some surprises, Lance said. “I was astonished by how many came back to -Carter Lance student teacher school with so many kids displaced,” he said. Coach Lance student teaches for his personal finance class. This is just one of his many classes during the school day.


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6 September 2011 PAGE around JHS SPYGLASS Programming not effected by the tornado: clubs and classes By Lydia McAllister The devastating tornado on May 22nd took lives, homes, businesses, and a significant toll on the Joplin School District financially. Nonetheless, the district has managed to cut maintain clubs and classes that have been offered in past years. “No classes or clubs have been cut due to the tornado. The only change is the travel required because some classes are being held in different buildings. Dr. Sachetta is actually working with teachers to add more classes and clubs,” said Sue Day, JHS counselor. This is no small feat after the budgeting expenses that have had to be carefully constructed in order to preserve the curriculum and salaries for all of the district’s employees. “Before the tornado, we planned to budget $850,000 new revenue and $821,000 new expenses which were primarily due to a 1.3% raise in pay to employees. The prior year was 0% raise, and the year before that was 1% raise. After the tornado hit, we decided to keep this part of our 2011-2012 budget intact. The pay raise causes our retirement cost to rise $140,000. We also planned on utilities to increase $50,000,” said Paul Barr, chief financial officer of Joplin Schools. “Since the tornado our budgeted expenses have increased significantly. We estimate additional expenses of: $2.5 million for temporary construction of facilities in leased buildings to provide school for students in place of the damaged buildings,$800,000 in lease payments to FEMA for modular units to supplement our temporary facilities, and $467,500 for lease of buildings for temporary facilities.” Despite the increased expenses, the district has worked hard to keep cuts in all departments to a bare minimum. “We will closely monitor enrollment and try to keep the teacher/student ratio in proper balance. We will need to remain very frugal with our budgets in the coming years in order to pull thru the effects of the tornado. Our fund balances will help us deal with the short-term cash flow demands we will have until we can rebuild and move into new facilities after three or so years. The Board of Education must develop those plans first. We must always make best use of limited resources,” said Barr. Even in the face of such a challenging future, Barr remains positive about the 20112012 school year. “It will be a challenge for teachers, students, parents and administrators to provide high quality instruction in the face of so many post-tornado challenges to our staff and student families. By supporting each other, showing patience with compassion, and committing to do our best, we will learn in spite of the tornado and be proud of our collective efforts.” JHS “goes paperless” Laptops push traditional curriculum into the 21st century Story and Photo by Shelby Hass One chalkboard on the wall, several grade levels in the Both Maize and Keczkemethy say their classes will not be same classroom, pencils and paper. The scene described may ditching paper and pencils completely. Maize’s classes are still seem like an episode of Little House on the Prairie, but this was required to hand write their notes, being later allowed the oppor- reality for JHS teacher, William Keczkemethy, when he was in tunity to type them for extra credit; and Keczkemethy’s We the school. People and U.S. History AP classes both still use textbooks. Although the times are Students have noticed the changing and the school obvious changes springing has “gone paperless” with from doing so much on the the introduction of personal computer as well. Junior, laptops this year, Keczke- Thea Voutiritsas, says she is methy says it is the same appreciative of the laptops, curriculum. but does miss some tradi- “The difference tional teaching methods. is that the students have “I kind of miss writing to go more in depth on the things, I mean I can’t doodle Internet,” said Kezckemethy. on my laptop while I’m typ- “It’s all about whether or not ing up notes,” said Voutirit- the students are gonna be sas, “But on the bright side, able to get their hands on the my words per minutes has information online.” increased.” What began as an attempt Voutiritsas believes to save money on textbooks the new Apple notebooks, after the destruction from Students in Mr. Young’s French 2 class use their laptops to take notes. The laptops were having been purchased with the May 22nd Tornado, has purchased with a donation made to the Joplin School District after the May 22 tornado. a $1 million donation from transformed into countless the United Arab Emirates, to learning opportunities, as well as presented challenges for stu- be a good investment. dents and teachers alike. “It makes sense because they’re saving a lot of money “(The laptops) can really be an advantage in some ways, and that they’d have to spend on replacing textbooks,” she said. “It’s devoted students are gonna do whatever they need to do to suc- also good preparation for college.” ceed,” said Keczkemethy. “There are a handful of students out Although teachers are writing on smart boards rather there who will misuse them, however.” than with chalk, and students may be doing math problems online Keczkemethy says he has not had much of a problem with the rather than on notebook paper, school is still school. It’s the same laptops being a distraction to his own students, but the case is not curriculum, the same finals at the end of the semester, and the the same for social studies teacher, Lindsay Maize. same diploma at graduation. Joplin High School is simply keep- “It’s just too tempting for them to not be looking at other things ing up with the rest of the world as it takes another step forward while their computers are open,” said Maize. “So when I need their full attention, I just make them put the lids down.” in the use of new technology. Books-A-Million 1010 S Madison Norma’s Kitchen 423 S Range Line Rd 1901 S Main St Hardees Panera Bread WiFi HOT SPOTSCharlie’sChicken 2020 E 32 st Freeman Hospital East 932 East 34Th Street Freeman Hospital West *1641 West 7th St *812 South Range Line Rd Joplin KOA (Free Wifi RV Park) 4359 Hwy 43 2401 E 32nd S Price Cutter 1850 S. 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Teachers were not let back in the building after the tornado to recover neces- sary supplies needed for the next school year. Support programs stepped up and made the transition easier for Irving. “We still have the tight Every classroom was adopted by someone affiliated with the family feel” Adopt-a-Classroom program. This program has members of -Wendy Henady the community partner with teachers to help fund and pur- chase resources for the class- room. Teachers had the opportunity to stay with the same students from the previous year. Henady describes how this concept has helped the students. “They [the students] still talk about the old building. But they see teachers they know, and feel secure with the same staff,” said Henady. Although Washington Education Center has similar layout as Irving, there weren’t enough classrooms so trailers were brought in for additional space. Fourth grad- er, Alex Hunt, has his own opinions about the new facility. Alex Hunt works on his morning assignment. Photo By Molly Baker “I like the old building better because it’s closer to where I live. I like that it was all one building,” said Hunt. This change is a factor that not only the students had to adjust to, but the teachers as well. “I appreciate this. But in the old building, we were all together and here we are separated. We still have the tight family feel though,” said Henady. Despite the alterations for Irving Elementary, the staff has remained firm providing the students with a stable learning environment. First year, look here. By Lyndsay Cobb • Don’t be scared of the sophomores; they were you last year. • Do not procrastinate; the more you get things done, the easier they will be. • Don’t be afraid to ask for • Even if you’re not having help. Have fun. Just because a good day, stay positive. it’s a bad time doesn’t mean • Be organized. you can’t have fun. • Be involved in extracur- • Don’t be ashamed to ask ricular activities. a question. Questions are a • Don’t give in to peer pres- good thing. sure! • Don’t be in a rush; you’ll • If you don’t get it the first have plenty of time to get time, keep trying. to your classes without run- • Don’t try to fight with ning through the halls. your teacher. Most of the • Don’t stop in the hall; peo- time they are on your side. ple will keep going and run • Always walk on the right into you. You won’t make side of the halls; you run many friends that way. into less people that way. • If you see somebody drop • Don’t think you won’t their things stop and help use what you learn in high so they won’t feel so out of school because you really place. will. • Make good first impres- • Don’t listen to the stuff the sions, not just on your peers upper classmen tell you it’s but on your teachers, too. not that bad.


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8 September 2011 PAGE sports SPYGLASS Teams practicing and playing at different facilities By Colin Hughes It took only minutes for the Joplin High School sports teams to lose their practice and playing facilities on May 22. Although finding a place for each sport to practice was not first on the agenda for the school district, it had to be dealt with in order for the sports to continue this fall. When athletic director Jeff Starkweather started arranging for practice and playing facilities he received offers from the city of Joplin, MSSU, and other neighboring school districts. This fall there are four sports practicing at different facilities than last year. Softball holds its practices and games on the MSSU campus. Senior Morgan Davis has mixed feelings about playing at MSSU’s field. “We always griped about how we wanted lights or that our field wasn’t as good as someone else’s field, but I’d give anything to play there this year,” she said. “It doesn’t feel like home playing at MSSU, but I am grateful that they are letting us use their field.” Davis also showed some sympathy for the players who come from the 9-10 center saying that they have to find a place to leave their equipment during the day because they are bussed to the field after school for practice. Softball is not the only fall sports team who will be practicing at MSSU this season. The soccer team also practices on the schools campus. Junior soccer player, Ryan Estus, says he likes driving to practice every day after school. “I like driving to MSSU because I think to myself, ‘at least we have a field to practice on.’” Volleyball is also practicing at a new facility this season. Not only do they practice at the old Memorial Middle School, they will also play their games there. Chloe Hadley, a senior volleyball player finds it stressful to drive from the 1112 center at the mall to Memorial for practice every day. “As soon as school gets out we all rush to our cars and try to get out of the parking lot. The drive takes about 10 to 15 minutes, and it is usually bumper to bumper,” said Hadley. “But I’m still thankful that we were given a gym to practice in.” Although the football team is not displaced from their normal practice facility, the players still have to deal with traveling from two different schools to practice. Senior Dayton Whitehead does not like the drive to Junge each day. “I don’t like it that much because you feel rushed to get to practice and the traffic is pretty busy so it is difficult to get around,” Whitehead said. “And you use a lot of gas,” he added. Although most of the athletes do not enjoy driving from school to their practice facilities, they are all grateful for the fact that they have a place to practice this season. “I think the fact that we found a place for every team to practice shows how Joplin has really come together,” said Davis. New coach off to 2-1 start By Colin Hughes Chris Shields started his 14th season of coaching, first season with Joplin, with a 50-37 loss to the Glendale Falcons on August 26. After coaching to a record of 27-26 at Holt High School in Wentzville near St. Louis, Shields was happy to get the job in Joplin because of the schools size. “I was interested in the job because it is a 6A school. I think anyone who goes into coaching eventually wants to get a job at a big school like Joplin,” said Shields. Shields is not new to the southwest Missouri area. “I love this part of the country,” said Shields. “I grew up around here, its very beautiful.” He grew up in Altamont, Kansas and graduated from Labette County High School before going on to play college football at Southwest College. He eventually earned his masters degree from Wichita State. According to Shields, the team had their weights and conditioning program in Webb City five days a week and held team camps at Junge Stadium. Shields made it clear that he expected his players to show up every day with a good attitude and a good work ethic, adding that the athletes have done that so far this year. As far as goals for the season, Shields said that the team has the same goal every year. “Our goal is to win the conference championship and hopefully earn a playoff birth by winning some district games,” Shields said. In the next few years Shields also hopes to establish some winning consistency not only at the high school level but also at the youth level. Shields described his coaching style as intense and passionate saying that he loves the game. “I’m passionate about it because it has done a lot off good things for me and allowed me to successful so far,” he said. “Hopefully it can do the same for the young men I’m coaching.” Photo by Colin Hughes Joplin freshman Locke McAllister dribbles the ball in a game against Willard on September 1. The Eagles won the game 4-0, scoring all four goals in the first half. Sports Briefs Softball The JHS softball team improved to 5-6 on the season after defeating the Camdenton Lakers in an Ozark Conference Game. The Eagles won the game easily by the score 9-1. Joplin’s Kelsey Gould gave up only two hits in the game and struck out six batters. Girls Golf The JHS girls golf team is having a successful season so far. Last week the Eagles placed second behind Girard at the Girard Tournament. The Eagles will play in the Carl Junction Tournament on September 15 and will play in the Ozark Conference tournament on September 20. Girls Tennis The JHS girls tennis team started a busy season wth a dual against Webb City. The team also participates in many tournaments in surrounding areas including the Springfield Invitational on September 20. Senior, Lexi Wilcoxen says that the teaam has improved a lot throughout the season by mixing up doubles partners. Wilcoxen is optimistic about the season. “I really look forward to having a winning season this year, and hosting districts at home this year,” she said. The District tournament will be held in Joplin on October 3, through October 7. SPYGLASS sports 9October 2010 PAGE Sports Briefs


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September 2011 10PAGE around JHS “I am joplin” PROVIDES PLATFORM FOR COMMUNITY TO REFLECT ON PREVIOUS LOSS AND LAUNCH NEW SCHOOL YEAR By Miah Allison After more than 150 deaths, 8,000 buildings left with structural “The future is difinitley brighter for We’re gonna move on. We’re gonna Joplin. be strong. survived. Cassie Loyd, JHS freshman, had a similar damage, and an estimated $3 billion worth We’re eagles, ya know.” experience, but was fortunate enough to of rebuilding due to the ~Brant Smith, JHS senior have not been at her May 22 tornado; Joplin home during the storm. Schools Administration stood strong and decided to start “I walk in, and someone’s fence is sitting next to school on its scheduled date. Taking into consideration my house, the tile was caked in mud, there was a chande- what the students had lost over the summer, Joplin and lier in my yard and sticks everywhere,” said Loyd. local areas decided to step in and give the children some- As defined by Merriam Webster’s online diction- thing to look forward to. Officials arranged a gathering ary, a home is one’s place of residence. What happens entitled “I Am Joplin,” for students to see their friends; when one’s place of residence is destroyed? Do they no receive school supplies; and ultimately, gain some clo- longer have a home? Through everything, the I Am Joplin sure. event succeeded in Students showing all Joplin such as freshman students and citi- Paige Kussman didn’t zens that they have expect the event to be a home, and it’s much help, consider- name is Joplin. ing how much she A combina- had on her mind. tion of games, food, “I didn’t and giveaways at I expect games to make Am Joplin helped everyone happy, I students emotion- thought it would be ally prepare for the depressing,” said new school year. Kussman. As a video of the Think- students who had ing nothing of the passed away was weather warnings shown, Kussman on the day of the and others who tornado, sophomore attended admit that Alexandra Ovieda they began to truly remembers back to appreciate the value the day and how she of life, and realize initially ignored the the hope in Joplin. tornado sirens. By six While tears shed o’ clock, however, she as they released a would walk out of her butterfly for each closet with tear filled life lost, the crowd eyes, eye glasses that stood in awe, and no longer had lenses, became proud to windows without say they are from glass, and a home Joplin, Missouri. without a house. “The “Everything future is definitely was gone, we walked brighter for Joplin. out of our house and We’re gonna move we were like zom- Mrs. Gormely participates in one of the activities at “I Am Joplin.” The event, held on on. We’re gonna bies,” said Ovieido. She looked around, only to see August 6, allowed students to reconnect with one another and educators before returning be strong. We’re to school after last spring’s tornado. ~Photo courtesy of eagles, ya know,” said Smith. people running; Perhaps searching for loved ones, pets, and anything remotely it wasn’t the school supplies, the entertainment, or the tangible. refreshments that made the I Am Joplin event so suc- Brant Smith, JHS senior, had an experience that cessful. Instead, it was the powerful message that it gave many people in the world wouldn’t know how to handle. the students, teachers, and the Joplin community: that As Smith stepped outside his destroyed home, he heard through darkness and sadness, soon comes happiness. the sounds of screaming, crying, and fear. He began to question if he and his family were the only ones that SPYGLASS SPYGLASS around JHS 11September 2011 PAGE Road to Recovery:Joplin Joe’s: where everyone goes Donations and Volunteers play a significant role in Joplin recovery by Zachery Prickett By Shelby Hass After the events of the May 22nd what teachers had before. “We hoped to use the money that was donated to buy some new stuff in the What do you do when it’s 8:20, you can tornado, people future. Right now, it is just to replace what we had,” said Reed. hardly stay awake and you’re dying for that Folgers in your across the world cup (after all, it is the best part of waking up), but you have have been working no time to brew a fresh pot or even run by Starbucks? Have very hard to get no fear, Joplin Joe’s is here. Joplin Schools back up and running. Whether From Australia, to you’re looking the Middle East, to for the bitter right here in Joplin, taste of black donations of time, coffee or the material, funds, sweet taste of and love have been Hawaiian Ha- large. zelnut, Colton Simmons says Joplin Joe’s at the 11-12 cam- pus has it all. Enrolled in the Business Lead- ership Tech- nology (BLT) class, Simmons and 30 other seniors all take part as employ- -Photo by Lexi Brown ees. Although the employees and Senior Allie Johnson prepares to open the store in the morning. Johnson is one of 30 who rotate shifts in the store. members of BLT do not get paid, Simmons says the work is worth it. “So far it’s been a fun experience, and there’s a real business atmosphere, so that really helps to get you ready for the real world,” he said. “(I felt) a simply sick feeling in my stomach when I learned that Joplin High School had been hit,” said Kim Vann, Director of Community Development for Joplin Schools. Vann has been working diligently to ensure that the high school gets everything it needs to give the students a good education. The morning after the tornado, calls were pouring in to donate items to the schools. Communication was very limited, though. Donations began arriving later that week. “In funds, we’ve received over $3 million. We cannot put a dollar amount on the goods that we’ve received,” said Vann. The United Arab Emirates donated half a million dollars to the school system. This money was used to help buy the Macbook laptops the students at Joplin High School are using now. The funds have also gone towards specific departments, such as the science department. “One company donated nearly $30,000 to our department,” said Jay Reed, a teacher of biology, and anatomy and physiology at Joplin High School. “To know that people cared that much made me feel humble.” Most of the science equipment lost in the tornado was covered by the school’s insurance. The money was used to replace Unfortunately, there is much that cannot be replaced. Exquisite student work displayed in the halls and classrooms was lost, as well as personal belongings and lesson plans. “I lost 35 years of lesson plans,” said Janet Myers, communication arts teacher at Joplin High School. “(What was) especially hard, I had some artifacts from student work that some students generously shared for me to use as models for other classes. That’s really hard too (to lose).” Myers personally received assistance for her classroom. “I was adopted by the graduating class of 1995, so I’ve received some financial donations and purchase some of those items back,” said Myers. “I also received some money from the MNEA (Missouri National Education Association).” “As a country, we tend to get calloused sometimes and think there’s no good left in the world,” said Vann, “but we’re here to tell you, there’s a lot of good left in the world.” Taking inventory; counting back change; brewing coffee; and of course, dealing with a rush of students in the morning are all part of the job description. In the past, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) has raised money to send its members to state through countless fundraisers, often leaving members be- hind due to lack of funding. Thanks to Joplin Joe’s, how- ever, Simmons believes this will no longer be the case. “All the money made from the coffee shop goes to FBLA, and this really builds opportunities for the club,” said Simmons, a fourth year FBLA member. Job experience, club funds, and affordable coffee for students and teachers are all great attributes presented by having a coffee shop within the school, believes Simmons. However, he says the shop would not be possible without business teacher, Kristi McGowen. “Mrs. McGowen is the one who goes out and buys sugars and creamers, she even found us a coffee pot that brews a whole batch in two minutes and 29 seconds,” said Simmons. Because of the hard work of McGowen, Simmons, and all the other BLT students, the coffee shop is able to open every day from 7:30 a.m., all the way through first hour. Although the shop has run smoothly so far, Simmons says he is looking forward to testing which days of the Photo By Maureen Wrona week sell the most coffee and what brands or flavors are Friday, at the JHS 9/10 Campus, the ROTC classes were honored to have the Retired Enlisted Association as 704 E. 35th Street preferred, in order to increase profit for the FBLA Club, and make sure the Joplin Joe’s customers continue getting what they want. guest speakers. George Pope Jr., Don Mosely, Dan M. Barger, Dennis Gilbert, Bill Welsh, Adolfo Castillo, pictured with 1st Sgt. Richard Banks, also presented the JROTC program with a check.


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September 2011 12PAGE In with the...old? around JHS SPYGLASS SPYGLASS The Green aSrocuned JnHS e 13September 2011 PAGE Students, staff go to school at Memorial again Story and photo by Kylie Davis Story and Photo by Margo Grills additional coating, and was “quick and easy.” “In with the new, out with old,” no longer applies to the returning Converting a Shopko The walls were built in an open manner to accommo- former Memorial Middle School students who are now attending department store into a tem- date the existing heating and cooling, and electrical systems. It Memorial as Joplin High School. Due to the devastating EF-5 tornado porary high school was a huge was easier and more cost effective to use the old systems rather that hit Joplin on Sunday May 22, 2011 at 5:42 pm Joplin High undertaking. Architect Chad than replacing them, as would have been done in a permanent School was destroyed. In effort to keep Joplin High School continu- Greer and a team from Cross- facility. ing “strong and proud” the district has set up two separate facilities. land Construction built the The cooling system is run on central air-conditioning, Juniors and seniors are attending high school at a center created at The temporary building that will using the original system in place by the former owners. It North Park Mall and freshmen and sophomores are attending high house the junior-senior Joplin works for the school, because of the open structure of the school at Memorial Middle School, which for some is not unfamiliar. High School until the perma- school’s inner walls. While it is practical for a large retail loca- “The setup of the building of course is basically the same, but nent building is completed. tion it is not practical use in a school, where better control is although Memorial doesn’t have the atmosphere of the high school it Greer and his team attempted, needed in separate spaces. doesn’t feel like were in middle school,” said Marissa Queen, sopho- on a budget, with a limited more. time frame.“[We wanted to] The air-conditioning and electrical systems account There have been some minor renovations to Memorial such as build a place students could be for the majority of energy consumption of any building. This the installation of an elevator, renovations to the restrooms, addition proud of.” system is low efficiency and high cost and would be impractical of trailers and many others, but to returning students there’s no ques- The building process in a permanent building. tion it’s the same old Memorial. was completed in 55 days. It During the construction process the lighting in the “I was looking forward to being with the upper classmen, but was designed to be a flexible school was upgraded. The new lights are high efficiency that’s not the case anymore,” said Maggie Walner, sophomore. space, suitable for the up-and- fluorescent fixtures and bulbs. The bulbs are, Greer calls them, Many issues have arose due to having split grade levels such coming technology driven “Chicken Buckets and Flying Saucers” because of their unique as rides to after school activities, advanced class schedules, and classroom. shapes. organizing clubs but considering the circumstances “everyone seems The general consen- Had his assignment been for a more permanent build- to surprisingly be adjusting very positively,” said Rhonda Sloan, com- sus is that the new school is ing for Joplin High School, Greer said he would have investi- munication arts teacher at Memorial High School. student and teacher friendly. Students study at JHS 11th and 12th grade center, at one of the many gated more “green design” and put effort into finding “native Former Memorial Middle School students are not the only ones returning, some teachers are as well, such as Sloan who taught at Mrs. Sloan and her student, Meagan Camden, talking about an assignment. Memorial Junior High. “The biggest difference between the junior high and the high This school year is the second time for Sloan and others to be at the Memorial location. But how environmentally friendly is it? “Not a lot of considerations were taken,” said study areas found throughout the building. materials” (local materials that have no gas toll from being shipped) in order to design “A well maintained space that has a durability factor, is sensible to environmental maintainability, and has flexibility for teachers to interact with new technology.” school would have to be the fact we have air conditioning now. Kids are taller, better said Kelsey Johnson, sophomore. Greer discussing the enviornmental efficiency. He admits that he and his team sacrificed But despite its limitations, Greer is pleased with the campus facility and thinks it behaved and obviously there is a significant impact due to the new technology. But it’s Though many people have different views on the temporary high school, most seem durability due to the temporary nature of the building. He traded durability for flexibility will provide a good place for students. interesting because there’s not as big of a change as you might think,” said Sloan. to agree on one thing: it’s good to have a place to go for school. and cost effectiveness. Greer said, as it was they built with “Whatever we could find.” “I hope that students will have fond memories of high school in this building,” he Some disagree. “It’s just great to see how everyone around the country, or even the world have come The inner walls, built on the framework of the original building, are mostly com- said. “New students and new teachers, new rules and more homework, remodeled build- together to make this year possible and enjoyable,” said Queen. posed of a vinyl-coated drywall. This was used because it is cheap, needed no paint or ing and even more crowded halls. I couldn’t compare the middle school to the high school,” Students bring booming business How to Build a School in 55 Days Story and photo by: Brittany Czirr Walking into the 11-12 Center of Joplin High School brings to mind all the new things that come with a new school, and more, including the voices of classes around you, the smell of fresh brewed coffee in the morning, and the sight of laptops as far as the eye Story and Photo by Miah Allison “I get kind of sick of being here, I’m here from like 8 in the morning until 10 o’ clock at night. I Although Brooke Gipson, freshman college student, em- working at ployed at Pretzel Place. According to Gipson, with the mall may the 11th and 12th grade center next door plus the can see. There were a lot of discussions that needed to be made before school started in- never want to go to the mall in my cluding where it would be held. “At first you think ‘Boy, do we want to have school at the mall?’ But after many conversations we (district administrators) were excited.” Dr. Kerry Sachetta, the Joplin High School principal, said. But how did the Joplin School District turn a warehouse at the North Park Mall into a high school for the juniors and seniors just 55 days after the beginning of construction? “Architects gave us a lot of input,” Sachetta said. “And we included teachers, students, and parents.” With this many minds together, the school district managed to create a “unique” free time,” said Zebrina Riggs senior at JHS, employed at JC Penney. Riggs is one of the many students who attend school while also maintaining a job. But how many of these students work in the same building they go to school in? While be- school. However, before the grand opening there were some people who were a little unsure ing able to go to class, and then go on how it was going to turn out. straight to work seems like a favor- have downfalls for the students, it has some improvement for the local shops. “Usually right after school gets 10% discount, Pretzel Place gets quite busy after school. “I don’t love it or hate it either way. It’s good for business. It has that rush, that boom that every business needs,” said Gipson. While the business next door may be at a high point, shops located further in the mall are not getting as much business. “There’s a lot more people walking around in the mall, not coming in the store,” said Danielle Tables, chairs, and t.v.’s in the middle hall way of the 11-12 center. Annie Carter, a junior who transfered from McAuley Catholic High School even after able plan, it has its downsides. the school was gone, said. “(Before) all I did was hear the rumors of what was going to happen, I got kind of excited about it. (Afterwards I thought) it is huge! I think with all of the colors and everything it’s really nice and fresh looking.” But with all of the changes to the school such as the new building, different atmosphere, and new laptops there are some things that stayed the same. Amanda Hosp, a junior, who was relieved to see that she saw the same familiar faces, said. “One of the things that I am glad did not change are the teachers.” Hosp also likes the free reign such as having a coffee bar and getting the laptops, “It’s just nice to have that “It saves gas, I can just walk,” said Riggs. She saves gas and has an opportunity to always make it on time for work, but Riggs thinks of Northpark Mall in a whole different sight now. Working almost everyday after school, Riggs gets a little freedom,” she said. tired of constantly being at the mall. out we get really busy with a lot of high school students. Mostly because we give them a 10% discount,” said Walker, senior, recently employed at Finishline. Walker expected there to be much more business than before, considering there’s an highschool within walking distance. While it may benefit only some people, having a school in the Mall is ultimately something everyone will have to get used to. Being able to get a quick snack after school is definitely helping.


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September 2011 14PAGE around JHS Here, there and everywhere Joplin High students travel near and far By Caravana Randall SPYGLASS SPYGLASS around JHS 15September 2011 PAGE JHS Band: back to marching in style Summer of 2011 created a feeling of adventure for students who got out of Joplin to see the world. Ashby Welch, senior at Joplin High School, began traveling at the age of two to places such as Germany, Turkey, France, Greece and Costa Rica; this past summer he traveled to Mexico, Honduras and Belize. “Traveling is a great experience that I encourage everyone to do,” said A. Welch. A. Welch traveled by cruise ship and got to enjoy all the benefits that cruising has to offer such as swimming, scuba diving, tourism and shopping. A word of advice from Welch is to, “be polite and patient, learn the language, and don’t shop alone.” Ryan Kersey, senior at JHS, has traveled to various places including Colorado, Kansas City and Texas. He began traveling at the age of two. Over this past summer he took a cruise to Vancouver, Canada and Alaska. Kersey enjoyed food found on the upper deck of his ship and the beautiful landscape found in Alaska. “Alaska is the single most beautiful place I have ever seen. The abundance of wild life, un- touched forest, snow capped mountains and blue glaciers make this land a marvel of God’s creation. I would highly recommend a visit to anyone who enjoys natural wonders of the world,” said Kersey. Nathan Parker, junior at JHS, began traveling at the age of one and has visited Canada, Miami, Kansas City, Colorado, Kentucky and many other places. Over the past summer Parker traveled to New York City due to the loss of his house in the May 22 tornado. “Mike Hukabee wanted us to be on the show to talk about our experiences,” said Parker. Parker was most impacted by the energy found in New York, and enjoyed eating at the Pizzeria. Drew Welch just recently began to travel. The summer of 2010, he traveled to Show Low Arizona for a mission trip. He traveled with his youth group to Carbondale, Illinois. D. Welch traveled to this area for a CIY or a Christ In Youth Conference. “CIY for high school students during the summer is incredible, the atmosphere was great and it was just fun to be away with my youth group for a week, I highly suggest going,” said D. Welch. Photo courtesy of Nathon Parker Nathon Parker photographed here with Mike Huckabee. Photo courtesy of Ryan Kersey Ryan Kersey and his family visit Glacier Bay National Park standing here in front of Marrgerie Glacier. Writing that pays off Alyx Colson, freshman at Joplin High school, recently won an award from the Jasper/Newton County Medical Association Alliance. Colson entered the competition in eighth grade by recommendation from a teacher. Colson won second place for her essay of why smoking wasn’t for her. As a prize Colson received 125 dollars and Hereby Award. “I was excited when I was informed that I won second place,” said Colson. By Brett Holcomb The May 22nd the donations. Tornado hit the city of When asked Joplin hard as well as the how the word was Joplin School District spread about needing but help was on the way. aid, Castor said that he Along with actually started getting major damage to other calls wanting to know school buildings, Joplin how they could help. High School was devas- Diana Wil- tated. The high school liams, band director music department lost of Webb City High their entire music li- School, emailed other brary, valued at roughly directors around Mis- $800,000 as well as most souri to get the word of their equipment and out. Mike Foster, a uniforms estimated at bowler and musician around $400,000. out of Tulsa, OK, held Rick Castor, a bowling tournament band director of JHS, has and all donations col- been receiving donations lected were to go to for the music department the JHS Music Depart- all summer long and ment. there is still more com- Castor said one ing in. Castor said there of the most moving have been roughly 450 donations was from instruments donated so a young girl. “My far, with hundreds more neighbor’s grand- on the way, including a daughter brought me truck from Massachu- a huge cinnamon roll, setts with 200 or 300 using all $40 she had instruments. Barry Ma- JHS band performs in their new uniforms at the first home football game. By Shelby Hass saved up,” he said. nilow and his manager have also been in contact with Castor, working to arrange some donations. Several organizations, including the Hot Topics Foundation and the NAMM Foundation (National Association of Music Merchants) have donated roughly $50,000 collectively. Overall, there has been about $150,000 worth of donations for instruments, some of which are professionalgrade, and repairs of instruments. “Never in a million years would I have guessed we’d get this much support,” said Castor. Even parents of students are doing what they can. Castor said a parent asking him if he was the band director stopped him and said they had found a flute and clarinet they were willing to donate. “It’s absolutely amazing,” Castor said. After the tornado, students as well as staff weren’t allowed in the building as it was deemed unsafe. With the ongoing support and donations from all over the country, it will only be a matter of time before the music department is back on its feet. “People have been so generous that it has been very hard to keep up with all the giving,” said Castor. “We just want to let everyone know how much we appreciate all the wonderful help that has been given.” “More and more of the roof caved in ev- ery day,” he said. “It was certainly not safe.” Castor wasn’t able to tell if any of the instruments or equipment in the band room was salvageable. According to Castor, some of the band uniforms were found two miles away after being blown away by the strong winds. After the storm, the band still had to keep on track with their schedule. Summer band camp started August 1st for JHS. At that time, they had nowhere to practice. However, thanks to the Webb City High School band and administration, they were allowed to use their fields for practice. “They [the students] were thrilled,” said Cas- tor. 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September 2011 16PAGE around JHS SPYGLASS SPYGLASS around JHS 17September 2011 PAGE Friendless friend list on Facebook By Zach Prickett and Brittany Czirr Democracy depends on me Are you mad that Facebook got blocked at JHS? Before you get upset, here are a couple of reasons why. “Teachers cannot establish, maintain, or use a work-related website unless it is available to school administrators and parents, or have a nonwork-related website that allows exclusive access with a current or former student,” according to the new state law that was slated to go into effect the end of August, but may not take effect till February 2012. This legislative piece is becoming notoriously known as “The Facebook Law.” The law is called the Amy Hestir Student Protection Act. The law basically states that using a social site that allows private chatting between a student and teacher is not allowed. “(The law) is a good approach, just because when you have a private communicatin, some people unfortunately can misuse it; and there could be lots of problems,” says Tim Oster, a chemistry teacher at Joplin High School. In 1980, Amy Hestir, who the law was named after, was inappropriately involved with a teacher at the age of 12 and she spoke to lawmakers in support of the law on February 6, 2008. “It’s a crime that there is nothing I can do to stop (the teacher), except to think about how I can impact the teachers that come into the classroom for my own son, who is 10, and the generation that’s out there now,” said Hestir. The law not only bans teachers and students from communicating privately online, but it will also require annual background checks for teachers, get rid of the non-disclosure clauses between districts, and add more to the list of offenses which can leave a teacher without a teaching license. The Missouri State Teachers Association (MSTA) has put an injunction on the law. The MSTA’s Legislative Director, Mike Wood, said, “While MSTA is supporting teachers statewide with its lawsuit on Senate Bill 54, we are also working toward a legislative fix, despite what some critics have said. MSTA is working with all other education associations in Missouri to craft legislation that recognizes that appropriate use of social media can help students.” The MSTA claims that the Amy Hestir Student Protection Act infringes on a teacher’s rights of free speech, associa- tion, and religion. On the other hand, teach- The individual is the one with the power to change the world ers (are considered) role models for students. Students learn to trust and rely on their teachers, either for personal problems or homework help. “I would want youth pastors, responsible adults, and teachers to be a part of my child’s Facebook,” said Greg Boyd, the junior principal at Joplin High School. “It’s just a law that in my mind doesn’t make sense. We need responsible adults in our children’s lives.” This, of course, isn’t the only reason Facebook was blocked. After being unblocked for the first day of school, and the first few hours of the second day, many students were shocked to see that instead of the familiar white and blue background of Facebook popping up, the black text of the Deep 9 Technology restriction appeared. “Using Facebook during the school day is an inappropriate use of school time,” said Boyd. This is why Facebook was blocked. However, Facebook was an important part of the recovery efforts after the tornado, helping faculty and staff to determine students’ safety. “It was very effective. We probably had more contact through Facebook than through the phones because the lines were down,” said Mary Vanfleet, senior secretary at JHS. Story and Photo by Molly Baker With a focus on an individual’s role in society, Boys State sponsors a summer leadership program. Joplin High sent seven delegates to last summer’s event. Jerad Fisher, Ian Mense, Matt O’Dell, Logan Perry, Adam Schilling, Nathan Stripling, and Zack Wages attended the program, having been nominated for their leadership, character, scholarship and citizenship. “I was hesitant at first, but after reviewing the website, I saw how they incorporated social, educational and creative aspects of the program and it sounded cool,” said Stripling. The hands-on program has influenced some of the nation’s finest leaders including former president Bill Clinton, first on the moon Neil Armstrong, and basketball legend Michael Jordan and continues to locally encourage young men to follow a path of individual success and leadership. Boys State has become one of America’s foremost leadership programs, according to the organization’s website. “I was taught leadership by developing the desire to influence others and to be outgoing in general while encouraging others to come out of their shell,” said Stripling. Nathan Stripling, senior, overlooks footage in Joplin High School’s Studio Control Room, applying skills learned in a Journalism focus group at Missouri Boys State this summer. Fisher and Mense were involved in the political areas of the program. They attended schools on campaigning strategies and how to serve once elected. Fisher was elected State auditor and Mense was elected Supreme Court Justice for the student run mock government. These experiences developed maturity in leadership. “I had to give speeches in front of hundreds of people and I now know how to better organize and run a meeting,” said Fisher. Stripling showed interest in the Journalism school and took the opportunity to be executive producer of the radio station. Being in charge of what went on the radio, Stripling got a taste of real world experiences. “I felt like I was living my everyday life for my future,” said Stripling. Fisher attributes his improvement in social skills because he had to reach out and be open to other peers. “People respond positively if you’re friendly,” said Fisher. The motto of Missouri Boys State has proven itself once again to make a difference in the lives of those with the power to change the world. “It was one of the most life changing experi- Every student attended a school of in- ences I’ve ever had the opportunity to take part in,” struction of their choice during this learning experience. Some of these schools included said Stripling. law enforcement, law, legislative, journalism and a democracy academy. Joplin is buzzing with rumors of every sort Missouri State University: More than meets the eyeBy Lydia McAllister As students start to switch gears from summertime fun into fall education, the thing you could want.” DiD you hear?... topic of colleges will no doubt start to cross the minds of upperclassmen. When considering college possibilities, keep MSU in mind. An hour away and By Caravana Randall There are many top-notch colleges and universities in the area, but one in par- unlimited possibilities, MSU is not a university to be overlooked. ticular is located only 60 miles away, in a place many of us go to get that “bigger city” feel. “I’m very happy with my choice. I was between Mo State and a couple other We’ve all heard them from the television, magazines and radios. Now we are hearing rumors right here in Joplin. Many rumors have spread throughout the community, such as the Black Eyed Peas, Taylor Swift and many other celebrities will be here in town. One that has stood out the most to Rachel Berryhill, senior at JHS, is one that features Justin Bieber. “I really like Justin Bieber, I think he’s really talented,” said Berryhill. Rumors of Justin Bieber have flown through Joplin saying that he would be at I Am Joplin, which proved to be false, and that he would be at JHS for homecoming. When Berryhill heard this she was ecstatic. “I started hearing them (the rumors) before school started and I was like ‘I want to be the only girl to go to homecoming so only I can be the only one to meet him’,” said Berryhill. Though Berryhill wishes these rumors were true. But she believes there are too many things to lead her to think otherwise. “He wasn’t at ‘I Am Joplin’ and I think there would be too much security needed to be here, and because he was doing a tour in South America at the time,” said Berryhill. “I wish they were true; but I don’t think they’re true.” The most unrealistic thing Berryhill can see is the fact that there would be more than one celebrity to visit Joplin. “It would be hard to have more than one (ce- lebrity) come,” said Berryhill. “I think it would be really great if he did come. I would be so sad if he came and I didn’t get to meet him.” Along with the rumors about celebrities there have been many rumors revolving around Joplin High School. These rumors have caught interest to Katelyn Earll, sophomore at Joplin High School. “The rumors about the high school building are the most exciting in my opinion,” said Earll. “I do not think that the new school will be built within a two year time span because there are so many schools to build. And they have just started to tear down the old high school.” The rumors of the new Joplin High School are that the school will be built more like a college campus. Though the rumors about the high school are unlikely, Earll would like them to be true. “Yes I would like just the rumors about the new high school to be true, because I wish I was going to be able to go to the new school,” said Earll. “It would be really cool if the rumors were true, (but) it is not very likely.” Missouri State University is Missouri’s second largest university. Located in Springfield, MSU boasts a student population of over 20,000. “Mo State has been one of the best experiences in my life. With the little time that I’ve spent here I’ve met a lot of great people. On the academic side, It’s made me twice the student I was in high school,” said Tanner Gadberry, JHS graduate in the class of 2010. Of course, there is more to college that just getting an education and MSU offers its students over 250 organizations. “I’m involved in the nursing program and also play some intramural sports. There is always something going on. Whether it be a pick up ultimate game or listening to live music down at the Student Union,” explained Gadberry. Another topic on many college-bound minds is the dorms. “The dorms were a love/hate relationship for sure. The dorms are definitely one of the best ways to meet people. I would recommend anyone going away to college to live in the dorms for at least a semester. Living on campus also makes going to class a lot easier. There’s never a dull moment in the dorms.” Gadberry recommends students interested in MSU to take a tour of the campus and see what a normal day would be like. “Another thing would be to live in the dorms and get involved in either your major, clubs or even Greek life,” he said. As for the city, Springfield is the third largest in the state of Missouri. According to the 2010 census, the population is around 150,000, and including the surrounding metropolitan area is more than 400,000. “Springfield is awesome. The downtown area is a lot of fun. There also is a pretty big mall that has a lot of different stores than Northpark has. Springfield has every- universities and I can say with confidence that I wouldn’t rather be anywhere but here in Springfield,” said Gadberry.


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September 2011 18PAGE opinion SPYGLASS SPYGLASS Really? New dress code rules cramping our style By Lydia McAllister Another school year has begun, and with it, another year of students battling the dress code. In past years, the dress code has been somewhat subjective. If a teacher or principal saw a student wearing something obviously inappropriate, they would be either warned not to wear the said inappropriate item again or worse, demanded to either change, or be sent home. This year, the dress code has undergone a significant makeover. After a lovely dress code Powerpoint was shown to the students, they now know they’re expected to be completely covered, circa Victorian era. Not only are you strongly discouraged to wear shorts, now even tank tops are cause for chastisement. Tank tops. The things girls have been able to wear to school for as long as I’ve been learning. I can understand a rule against halter tops, and tube tops, and shirts with open backs. But, tank tops? Really? Two straps holding together a garment that is meant to be worn in the summer (which is still the season, regardless of whether or not school has started), is now cause enough to be sent home to change. Keep in mind tank tops do not necessarily mean spaghetti straps. Tank tops can be a plethora of clothing items varying in strap size and fitting. To say that “tank tops are inappropriate” is like saying you can’t wear flipflops because they show too much toe. Tank tops. Really. As if that weren’t frustrating enough, now shorts might as well be banned. The rule has always been “fingertip length.” Now it seems, either wear shorts down to your knees or don’t wear shorts at all. Honestly, the short situation wouldn’t be an issue at all if it weren’t ranging from 95-100 degrees outside everyday. It’s summertime! It’s hot! People wear shorts when it’s hot. The reasoning behind this change in dress code law is that shorts that are too short are “distracting.” Distracting? We spend 90 some days in the hottest months of the year wearing shorts daily. If seeing shorts is too distracting for you, then there are bigger problems on hand. I understand that we are in a learning environment and I agree that “booty shorts” are better left at home, but some of the girls I’ve seen sent home for shorts that are “too short” just doesn’t make sense to me. As if being told that what you’re wearing isn’t okay, the punishments are becoming just as embarrassing. In the 9th and 10th grade center numerous girls have been sent to ISD for their shorts and forced to stay there until they’re parents brought them up a different pair. I was always under the impression that ISD was a place for students that have acted out and caused a disruption in their class. I was not aware that ISD is for perfectly well-behaved girls who just happened to not make the “finger-tip” cut. If administration would take into consideration that there are still a few more weeks of summer, a few more weeks of hot weather, and that shorts and tank tops are the norm in that season, these issues might be less of a consistency. But for now, be sure to assess the risk of your apparel while dressing in the morning. You might even want to buy some turtle-necks and full-length pants. Why I stopped eating our furry little friends By Margo Grills For the past four years I have not eaten a single bite of meat. Well, except for fish. The most common question asked of me, on this topic, is: “Why?” This is a more complicated question then it appears. The circumstances around my “conversion” to Pescetarianism (a diet excluding all forms of meat, sans fish) are not really that significant. Originally I went “cold turkey” (no pun intended) because I wanted to live more healthily. However, as I did research on the topic, as I am prone to do, I uncovered other benefits to my diet. I read every article on vegetarianism, veganism, and pescitarianism in which I could get my hands. I found out that not only is fish oil good for hair, nails and skin, but is excellent for your heart. I kept up my new eating habits, and eventually, after a few months, I felt the benefits I had read about: had more energy, lost weight and, my acne cleared. I had never felt better. The next step in my research took me to the cons of the carnivorous behavior I left behind. What first struck me was the beef production-consumption in America produces more carbon dioxide than the American car industry (including all cars currently on the road. Secondly I noted what few people think about: The negative impact of a meat-heavy diet on the human body. Some of the risks involved in a semi-carnivorous diet are: increased risk of heart disease, obesity and colon cancer. Reading this shocked me. At first I tried to convert my family and friends to pescetarianism. It wasn’t much of a problem in my household; my father is a doctor and has always encouraged us to eat healthily. My friends were resistant and, to this day, I have not convinced one of them to stop chow’n down on our furry friends. I even bribed them with unlikely alternatives: chik’n nuggets, veggie chili, and tofurky. After a while I became more passive and stopped bugging people by reminding them what animal they were eating or naming their burgers. I have concluded that as people we all have a right to “the freedom of eat”. Learning to cherish the small things in life Spyglass will provide a voice for students who wish to share their story following the May 22, 2011 tornado. Articles will run in every 2011-2012 issue on the editorial page. Voice stories can be e-mailed to taylorcamden@joplinschools.com or mwcrane.joplin.k12.mo.us When something extreme happens to you it can change your life forever. On May 22 we had an E-F5 tornado hit Joplin, Missouri. I was one of the lucky ones who didn’t lose my house. However, I lost a job, car, and friends that day. I was at Freddy’s when the tornado hit. The walls shook, the ceiling fell; the pressure was so bad I thought my ears would burst. Everyone at work survived. I feel so fortunate now to be able to wake up everyday. When you go through something tragic like a tornado you come to find out that nothing else in life really matters. As long as you have your family then its an automatic that everything will be alright. You can lose your house and all your other materialistic possessions but you learn to cherish the small things in life. Everyday I get to wake up I remember that on average 155,204 people die each day, and I got to wake up today! -Meiya Hallmark, senior eagles on film 19September 2011 PAGE


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