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2 April 2011 PAGE what’s inside SPYGLASS SPYGLASS feature 3April 2011 PAGE Front page photo by Mark Clements Page 2 photo by Caravana Randall Spyglass is a student publication of the Newspaper class at Joplin High School in Joplin, Missouri. All articles are studentproduced, and all opinions are those of the newspaper staff. Spyglass is produced approximately monthly and is delivered to all students, faculty, and staff of Joplin High School. Spyglass Staff Sarah Sticklen, Editor Taylor Camden, Assistant Editor Colin Hughes Lydia McAllister Caravana Randall Shelby Hass Lyndsay Cobb Elisabeth Heimberg Emma Meek Miah Allison Keegan Tinney Cartoonist: Gus Oberg All students write stories, take photographs, sell advertisements and design pages. Please direct all correspondence, letters to the editor, news ideas, and other material for the staff to Mrs, Crane give to any staff member, or email to: mwcrane@joplin.k12.mo.us. What’s Page 5 Will Norton Plans to attend Chapman University’s Film School Inside... Joplin ROTC raises funds to help aide efforts in Japan “It’s kind of an A+ deal” By Lydia McAllister Joplin High School was recently renewed as a school accredited with distinction. The accreditation is a rigorous process that covers seven standards: vision and purpose, governance and leadership, teaching and learning, data and analysis, resources and support systems, stakeholder communications, and commitment to continual improvement. Being accredited with distinction means JHS has been deemed a “highly functional” school. Most schools register on an “operational” level, which is still good, but not outstanding. “Being a ‘highly functional’ school is really an A+ kind of deal,” said Dr. Kerry Sachetta. JHS scored four commendations and had three areas to improve. Strengths were in governance and leadership, which includes teacher leadership, the availability of leadership roles, and all of the people included in making leadership decisions. The AdvancEd board also commended JHS on a positive school climate and public image, the employment of the professional learning community model, the goal of increasing graduation rate, and all of the interventions JHS has to help students reach the graduation goal. The required action the school must complete within a year to keep this distinction is to always try and improve the participation of students in classrooms, and the need to look toward other schools that are of similar size and diversity. “We have been in contact over the years with schools outside Southwest Missouri, but we haven’t collaborated on a real targeted basis, yet,” said Sachetta. The last required action is to refine a system to analyze data. This will include changing Eagle Time in order for students to get the full potential. “Reworking and repositioning Eagle Time might help connect with students and help them to get to where they need to be,” said Sachetta. Being so highly accredited with distinction is an honor that sets JHS apart from other schools in the area. “Being accredited means we have gone through a rigorous accreditation process. We have that extra layer of quality, and in 2015 we will have had that quality distinction for 100 years.” Page 10 Constitution Team On their way to Nationals Page 14 Editorial Come together, right now Photos by Taylor Camden Joplin ROTC raised money for Japan in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake. These students from MSSU have contacted family in Japan and know they are alive and well. They were on hand to acknowledge the help and express thanks. Students in the ROTC program went out in the community to get pledges to raise the money, collecting $1,350 total. The money was then sent to the Red Cross to aide recovery efforts. Staff photo Dr. Kerry Sachetta addresses the faculty about the findings from the recent AdvancEd February visit. The committee recommended Joplin High School’s accreditation with distinction be renewed.


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4 April 2011 PAGE students SPYGLASS SPYGLASS college bound 5April 2011 PAGE Poster contest winner Norton heads to Chapman University’s Film School Duty, Honor, Peace and Pride By Sarah Sticklen When senior Will Norton posted his This has allowed Norton to purchase top- By Lyndsay Cobb first YouTube video in 2008, he had no idea notch film equipment, resulting in better film that the video’s success would set the stage quality for his videos. for his future. The video, an informational In addition to the Common Duty, honor, peace and pride are the first words to the mission statement for JHS. video on how to take care of pet sugar Application, Chapman’s application Positive Behavioral Intervention Support (PBIS) has been in JHS for three years. gliders--a kind of flying squirrel--received a required a two-minute video about Norton, “The first three years are to build the foundation,” said Ashley Hallmark, shocking 17,000 views on the first day it was a portfolio, a creative resume, a hypothetical communication arts teacher and PBIS Team Leader. posted. Three years and over 65 videos later, lifetime achievement award speech, and PBIS had a poster contest to see which student could make a poster to remind the Norton’s YouTube site, www.youtube.com/ a recommendation letter from someone students to be a classy eagle. One student’s poster stood out from everybody else’s because it will, has received around 5.4 million views familiar with the applicant’s video production expressed the mission and has 4,446 subscribers, enabling Norton work. statement the best. Hetal Patel, “Some of the things that go on in sophomore, won the poster contest. the schools, like all the fights in “I didn’t expect that I would win the contest,” said the hall, inspired me to make the Patel. “Some of the things that go on in the schools, like all poster.” --Hetal Patel to propel toward his goal—film school. In February, Norton was accepted to Chapman University in Los Angeles. Chapman’s Film School is ranked second in the nation, falling just behind New York University (NYU), and only accepts 200 incoming freshmen per year. “It’s comforting knowing that my hard work was appreciated. I’m really fortunate to be able to pursue my dreams,” For his recommendation letter, Norton chose TV Productions teacher and former KODE Sports Director, Bruce VonderHaar. During his two years at JHS (Norton transferred from Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School his junior year), he has been very active with the TV Productions program. Besides being enrolled in the TV Productions III course this year, Norton is VonderHaar’s teacher’s assistant, helping the fights in the hall, inspired me to make PBIS Poster winner said Norton. students with editing techniques and other The Chapman application process film skills. the poster.” was lengthy, says Norton, but his YouTube “He’s like a second teacher,” said PBIS is a program to help improve the behavior of the school. experience definitely gave him a huge VonderHaar. “His two years here have meant The first time she was recognized by the school was this PBIS contest, Patel said, advantage. a lot to him and to us. We’re lucky to have “It’s the first time I won anything from the school.” PBIS is also starting to hand out tokens that can be traded in at the store for prizes. If a teacher sees a student doing something good, they can get tokens, and at the end of the year can be applied to be eligible to win some larger items like a laptop. So look out for the new poster in the hall. Martial Arts is sweetByMiahAllison Online Masters Degree Programs Moreno sets the bar high; will attend West PointSince he was five years old, Photo by Sarah Sticklen Will Norton works on a film project in TV Productions class. Norton is heavily involved with the JHS TV Productions program and feels that the program has helped further his videography skills. “I like to watch them advancing Designed to Advance Your Career. Customized to Fit Your Schedule. Convenient. MET Engineering Technology MS Human Resource Development MS Educational Leadership Building Level MS Educational Technology Library Media or Technology Integration Specialist MS Reading Specialist Licensure or Classroom Reading Teacher MS Health, Human Performance and Recreation MS Teaching in ESOL Flexible. Practical. Pittsburg State University www.pittstate.edu/cgs Office of Continuing & Graduate Studies 1701 S. Broadway • Pittsburg, KS 66762 cgs@pittstate.edu • 620-235-4223 Matthew Sweeten, junior, dreamed about one day being as good of a fighter as his talented hero Bruce Lee. Sweeten, at the age of nine, enrolled to begin taking classes in Tae Kwon Do. Little did he know, by the age of 17 he would co-own his own Tae Kwon Do/Martial Arts School with his father. Sweeten started a dream and then progressed to a plan. “There’s just something about it, the thrill, the adrenaline,” said Sweeten. Many JHS students look for his or her own passion. Teaching and doing martial arts just happens to be Sweeten’s. “I like to be able to take a kid in who may have made bad choices and put them in the gym with discipline, to make their life better,” said Sweeten. He not only enjoys the satisfaction of helping others, but also the feeling of confidence that martial arts brings him. “It helps with self confidence,” said Sweeten. “Just being able to go into a (competitive) fighting situation and be confident, not really afraid.” Sweeten not only sees this confidence in himself, but in his students as well. to their next belt, it’s just a confidence boost. And it just makes them feel better By Emma Meek about themselves,” said Sweeten. Although he has had many positive experiences in fighting, Sweeten said he wouldn’t be to where he is now without the negatives. Sweeten’s toughest challenge was the day he didn’t advance to his brown belt in Tae Kwon Do and watched his teacher tear the belt apart. This nightmare of his made him want to pursue his dream even further. “(Without that experience) I don’t think I’d be at the level of experience that I am at now,” said Sweeten. Eventually, with Sweeten’s gathered learning and experience, he plans to fulfill his hunger to fight competitively, making it a career. “I’d like to run a school along the coast and make fighting a career,” said Sweeten. Sweeten went from copying Bruce Lee movies, to fighting competitively himself. He went from gaining confidence, to giving it. But most importantly, he went from dreaming a dream, to living it. “I know I have what it takes to succeed and if I settle in a less vigorous academic setting I knew I would not be happy,” said Vivien Moreno, JHS Senior, about her motivation to apply and be accepted to The United States Military Academy, or West Point. Since her freshman year, Moreno, has striven for the best to enhance her acceptance to the academy, which some compare to an Ivy league education. “The actual application process starts junior year. It includes essays, recommendations, a fitness test, and nomination from congressmen. It takes perseverance,” said Moreno. “Applying for college is hard and it helps if you have someone you can turn to for support. It doesn’t necessarily have to be your parents, but just find someone that doesn’t allow you any slack to procrastinate with the college process,” said Moreno. A group of teachers were her motivation throughout the vigorous process. Moreno admires the prestigious environment of the school. “West Point is one of the best. And by setting the bar high, I can’t lose,” she said. Accepted students receive tuition funded by the United States Army, and upon graduation cadets are commissioned as second-lieutenants and required to serve at least five years of active duty. The rigorous military training isn’t the only benefit for Moreno. From an academic standpoint, West Point is among the best. “In college, I plan to major in either cognitive science or physiology with a possible minor in French,” said Moreno. This major allows her to study the relationship of the human mind and the brain, with plans to become a neurophysiologist. “Everything the man was, is, and is going to become is in three pounds of nerve cells and I want to poke and prod it,” she said. Moreno’s high standards have pushed her throughout high school and will allow her to reach her goals in college. “Where I’ll end up, I don’t know; just as long as I keep on learning.” Norton says that since he was self-taught in film through YouTube, the material he sent to Chapman to be reviewed showcased his natural talent and hard work in a field in which he has had no professional background. Also, Norton’s videos are so successful that companies actually pay him to put their advertisements next to his videos. him and will miss him.” VonderHaar thinks the JET-14 program has laid the technical groundwork for what Norton wants to do for a living. “I honestly think that if he sticks with this, then we could see his name on some big projects in the future,” said VonderHaar. Aaron Frost signed with Missouri Southern State University’s football program on March 29, 2011. Frost plans to play quaterback next fall for the Lions. joplin hs 5.18x5.indd 2 12/7/10 3:49:12 PM


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6 April 2011 PAGE sports SPYGLASS SPYGLASS sports 7April 2011 PAGE Spring Sports Briefs Baseball Tennis By Colin Hughes By Colin Hughes The Joplin High School baseball team is hoping to improve on last season’s 10-17 record. According to senior outfielder Lucas Cox, the team’s ultimate goal is to Girls Soccer By Colin Hughes win a state championship but to also decrease the amount of strike outs and The Joplin High School girl’s soccer team is on their way to a winning season with a 3-1 record so far this season. The team has six returning seniors. The captains are Ashlea Norman, Mikaila Craig and Lauren Thompson. The other three seniors are Vivien Moreno, Kaylee Sexton and Kim Campbell. All three of the team’s captains have played soccer together “This year we have a since elementary school. Also having an impact great bunch of girls. We on the team are freshmen Leigh-Anne Craig and Anna get along well off the field Banwart. The two played together on a club team as well.” and have played significant -- Kaylee Sexton varsity time this year. According to Senior, Varsity Soccer Lauren Thompson, the errors. Cox said the team has six seniors and many juniors who have gained varsity experience this season. Sophomores Adam St. Peter, Tyler Russell, and Brett Graham have also seen varsity action this year. “Graham is a sophomore that has really come on strong this year and is someone we expect a lot out of,” said Cox. Cox also said that he is looking forward team’s chemistry. strong start is due to the to hosting the district tournament this season. “We work well together on the field, connecting passes and encouraging each other,” said Thompson. “I think we have a good shot at winning them, and Photo by Marylin Lopez Seniors Lauren Thompson, Kim Campbell, and freshman Leigh Ann Craig warm up before a game against According to Thompson, the team is looking forward to having a winning season and possibly winning the district tournament. it’s always fun to play at home,“ said Cox. Glendale on April 5. The Eagles lost the game 6-0. The district tournament will be held on May 14- Track and Field By Colin Hughes The Joplin High School track team is hoping to have another successful season. According to head coach Paul Boys Golf By Colin Hughes “We actually have toFreestyle Wrestling Photo by Shelby Norvell 19. A young Joplin High School tennis team is looking to have a good season and improve on last season. Coach Sean McWilliams says that the teams goals are to place in the top three in the Ozark Conference, perform well at the district tournament, and to qualify someone for the state tournament. The eagles return some varsity experience in junior Derek Carter and senior Zach Cox. McWilliams also says that sophomore Richard Perry and freshmen Edran Ali and Luke Frogge are showing a lot of promise and progressing very well. McWilliams is also happy with the amount of depth that the team has this Photo by Victoria Smith season. “We have more depth but it is very young depth. And hopefully that turns out to be a good ting for us,” he said. As for what he looks forward to the most, McWilliams said he is looking forward to working with the kids and seeing how they improve. work now” Chambers, the Eagles’ goals for the season are to improve on times and win a conference title. Story and Photos By Keegan Tinney Chambers also said that the team “My passion is the weight room.” Students and coaches alike believe is led by seniors Nathan Fisher and Matt McCoy and junior Ryan Davidson. “Our girls team is pretty young, but Sharae Alford, Mariah Johnson, Mariah Sanders, and Holly O’Dell are all very consistent competitors,” said Chambers. All four are juniors. Just like every year there are some questions to be answered. According to Chambers, this year’s team is young. As for what he looks for most about the season, Chambers said that he enjoys the competition that the team will face this season. The Eagles will hold their home meet on April 12. The Joplin High School golf team has high expectations for the season, according to junior Jeff Herr. The team’s main goal is to make the sectional tournament as a team, not just individually. According to Herr, he and senior Chris Moss are the oldest varsity golfers. “Nick Yuhas, a freshman, is playing in our number one spot right now and is definitely an impact player on our team,” Herr said. That sums up Michael Lawrence, a five-year coach and teacher for the Joplin Lawrence’s workouts are effective and School District, who took responsibility of student workouts in the weight room. efficient. Lawrence’s goals for the weight room are two-fold. Senior Parth Patel thinks coach’s “I think you need to keep your sports kids moving forward and get female attitude workouts are getting the job done. turned around in the weight room,” said Lawrence. “We actually have to work now. I’m He also would like to see each sport glad though because my bench (press) has have an in- gone up!” Patel school workout and an after “I think you need to keep said. school workout. Coach your sports kids moving and get Lawrence gets ideas for his female attitude turned around Coach Lawrence helps Johnny Presley with the stretch bands. in the weight room.”workouts from calling different coaches, --Michael Lawrence Jeff Williams, head boys basketball coach, enjoys having Coach Lawrence in the weight room. “I have seen a physical change real quick. Mike attending JHS Weight Room Coach (Coach Lawrence) is an expert and I catch any idea I can from Herr is looking forward to the district tournament at the Millwood golf course in Springfield. “Districts is the ‘make it or break it’ moment of our season. It is truly the tournament that counts the most,” he said. The district tournamet will be held at Millwood golf course on April 26. Story and Photo by Taylor Camden New to Joplin High School this year is a Freestyle Wrestling Club. Heading up this new club is head wrestling coach at JHS, Shawn Finch, and biology teacher, Nathan Mutic. All students with any wrestling experience at any level are welcome to come. The club meets on Mondays and Wednesdays in the JHS Mat Room from 4:00-5:30. If you’re interested in wrestling, check out this new club. coaching clinics and visiting different weight rooms. Then he molds all that he sees into his own style. “The equipment you have dictates your workouts,” he said. Coach Lawrence instructing students on a work out. him.” Coach Williams implemented various workouts he learned from Coach Lawrence to the basketball team. Coach Lawrence had roots in many other locations before he landed at Joplin High School. For the last four and half years, he coached middle school P.E. and coached the D-line for the Eagles football team. But before coaching at the middle school, Coach Lawrence was the strength and conditioning coach for Missouri Southern. Rumor has it that Coach Lawrence was the personal trainer for Shawna Twain. Coach Lawrence enjoys being at the high school and has high hopes for the athletes at JHS.


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8 April 2011 PAGE students SPYGLASS SPYGLASS students 9April 2011 PAGE And the beat goes on Great showing for JHS Winter Guard this season JHS drum line takes their talent to a new level Story by Caravana Randall It’s a common saying “Practice makes perfect.” For the JHS winter drum in the regional division and finals at By Emma Meek Hazelwood Central in St. Louis, resulting line, that has proven true. in being bumped up into the next class, After nine years of competing in “All of our wins are well deserved Scholastic B. This made the judging The JHS Winter Guard has just finished their and we practice how we perform and more difficult and detailed. But drum line most successful season yet. practice always pay off,” said Grant Evans continued to succeed, placing third at Ozark However, it is a glory that many JHS senior and snare drum player for drum Championships. may not know about. line. Evans has been involved with band “It’s nice to be able to end with “It (winter guard) is a show put on since sixth grade. our third place victory. It’s nice for years to with props and dance-work that coincide to Drum line consists of 30 students come to always look back on this year as a make an effect or story,” said Korina Self, who compete as one entry: the battery-- great season,” said Evans. four year senior member and soloist this which marches out on the floor and Drum line members agree that they year. includes drums and cymbals; and the front have worked hard and have done well as a “It’s a sport of the arts. It’s very ensemble-- who stand in the front to provide group. social. You meet a lot of people who you a melody. This year’s drum line used “I think it’s good and shows ability never would have talked to,” said Brandon mallets, synthesizer, drum set, guitar and to work together despite the loss of a few Nichols, junior member and the only male bass guitar. really good players (from last year). And on this year’s team. Not only was this Philip Soule’s how important team work and show concept Winter guard is under the direction first year as JHS drum line director but was is,” said Gilbert Randolph, JHS junior and of Rick Castor who began the program at his first year directing any drum line. With electric guitarist for drum line. JHS nine years ago and helped develop the a background in woodwind he was not as Practice may take extra time and Missouri State University Winter Guard familiar with percussion. work, but it pays off. when he studied there. Each member plays an important “At the beginning it was stressful The show this year, “Ebb and role and puts in time and effort to contribute and we were always busy with practice. But Flow,” was choreographed to the song “In as a whole. when we got to our competitions, we did the Mirror” by Yanni and had a water theme. “It taught me that hard work does well and I was proud of us all,” said Emilee Castor hired choreographers from Tulsa pay off,” said Evans. Wills JHS sophomore and snare drum Union High School, one of the top guards in Drum line worked hard to improve player for drum line. the nation, and cooperatively they came up and build the program since last year. In drum line, growth can be seen in with the idea based on the music selection. Practice was held on Mondays, Thursdays more than just musical talent. Then, the guard met with all and Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 8:20 a.m. and “A lot (of improvement) towards three creators to learn the show. They had Thursdays and Fridays from 6 to 9 p.m., an discipline, drive, technical facility and practice on a Friday when the Tulsa Union average of about 8 or 9 hours each week. musicality,” said Soule. “I’m holding them choreographers came to teach and then During practice they worked on techniques to a high expectation. The kids drive is there for 12 hours on a Saturday. Following that like drill, movement, working on music, they want to be there and are very hard weekend, practices were held every Monday, creating a clean sound, breaking into working. And I’ve had a blast being their Tuesday, and Wednesday from 3:45 to 6:00 sectionals and watching tapes of their show director.” and on Thursday from 6:00 to 9:00. Several performance to see where improvement was Soule may appreciate the drum line other 12 hour Saturday practices were also needed. but the members also take a personal pride held. “We always try to improve in all the achievements of drum line. The number of members on the ourselves first and not necessarily worry “I hope people take more notice team varies from year to year. Although the about the groups,” said Soule. “It’s always of the drum line and how hard everyone team has mainly consisted of girls, many good to know where you stand, but improve works to get things together. And hopefully times a male member will be brought into yourself first.” sometime we’ll actually have students the guard. This year, one of only six boys The practice resulted in several coming out to watch competitions,” said who has ever tried out, made the team. accomplished efforts. They placed first Randolph. “You get a lot more pressure because the judges watch guys. It is intimidating,” says Nichols. Interested In Drum Line? After going to four festivals this year and winning each one, the guard got bumped up to one of the highest classes in Missouri, Scholastic B. When they went to the next competition in the more competitive Fall drum line tryouts will be April 18th-22nd class, the guard again won first place. Once a guard competes at two festivals, they are eligible for the MCCGA Photos by Mark Clements and Caravana Randall The JHS Drum Line shows off all that hard work at the preview show held the night before their final competition the end of March. Contact Mr.Soule or Mr.Castor Room F101 *students who are interested need to stop by F101 to pick up (Mid Continent Color Guard Association) Championships. With their success, Castor and the team hosted a preview show the night before the big competition with a total of eight schools participating. This was the first time audition material Joplin held this event, and the money raised will go toward the guard next year. Students felt that this opportunity was beneficial for them going into the next day. “Preview night was my best performance,” said Self. The Joplin guard was seated fifth going into the championships and took home third place in Scholastic B. For some, this event was one of the most memorable of the year. “My favorite performance was championships. I thought I rocked it and we did wonderful,” says Nichols. “I was thrilled. This was the first time that when I woke up in the morning that I thought, ‘They’re ready.’ That’s the best feeling,” said Castor. The sentiment was similar for the guard. “I was really proud of the girls. Being pushed up a class and still getting bronze is really incredible,” said Self. Previously, the JHS Winter Guard has competed at the World Championships, with a mid way placement through their class. Self had the opportunity to be on guard the year they competed at Worlds. “I loved watching all the guards. That was when I wanted to push myself to be in the upper class,” says Self. If the team continues on the path they were on this year, Castor plans to attend another World Championships. He has high hopes for the success of the team in the future. Every year there are tryouts to determine the group. “We always start with stretching and across the floors with different dance techniques and basic equipment fundamentals,” said Castor. However, the tryout changes yearly with the theme and difficulty level of the show. Castor says that he has cut a lot of people, or none at all, depending on the performances. “It (last year) was the best tryouts we have ever had and I wanted them to have the best show we’ve ever had,” said Castor. Many of the members of the team are involved in Color Guard in the fall. The main difference is the Color Guard is more band oriented while the Winter Guard stands more on its own. However, being on Color Guard is very beneficial for Winter Guard. “Winter Guard is a great deal harder than Color Guard. It would really help to make a better Winter Guard if everyone knew all the basics,” says Self. If any student is interested in being in Photo submitted The JHS Winter Guard practices at a dress rehearsal prior to championships. The group completed a successful season and earned a bronze medal at the final competition.


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10April 2011 PAGE Club Updates Jazz Band earns honors at contest The Joplin High School Jazz Band earned a 1- rating at the Pittsburg Jazz Festival on Friday, April 1. The band performed three pieces--two of the pieces they had less than a week to learn and rehearse. Nonetheless, the band liked the pieces enough to include them in their contest pieces, said band director Rick Castor. Speech & Debate: five to Nationals The Joplin High School Sppech and Debate Team qualified five students to nationals at the Carver-Truman District Tournament on March 18-19. The qualifiers are James Hoff in U.S. Extemporaneous Speaking, Stewart Pence in Extemporaneous Speaking, Max Mammele and Emma Meek in Duo Interpretation, and Siri Ancha in Lincoln-Douglas Debate. Pence also won the District Student of the Year Award and will run for National Student of the Year. Nationals will be held in Dallas in June. Joplimo Yearbooks The 2011 Joplimo yearbooks are currently in the plant and are on schedule to be ready for distribution the week of May 9. Students who have paid for a book can pick them up during Eagle Time according to their classification, using the following schedule: only seniors, Monday, May 9; only juniors, Tuesday, May 10; only sophomores, Thursday, May 12; freshmen, Friday, May 13. Any students wanting a book can still pay for one by seeing Mrs. Crane in D-105 before school or after school only. Books can be purchased at distribution, but will be given out on a first come, first paid for basis. FFA Students Bound for State The Joplin FFA Dairy Cattle Evaluation team qualified three students to State at the Missouri Southwest District Career Development Events/FFA Contests. Senior Faith Mowry placed 3rd out of over 140 competitors, and along with senior Shelby Jensen and sophomore Grant Reynolds, will represent Joplin High at the State competition in Columbia this week. around jhs SPYGLASS SPYGLASS around jhs 11April 2011 PAGE Missouri judges speak to senior government classes “It’s like my mom’s a celebrity” By Sarah Sticklen Since the CupcakesbyLiz boutique opened on Main Street almost one year ago, Liz Easton’s cupcake business has turned into an extremely popular dessert establishment. CupcakesbyLiz has over 4,000 fans on Facebook and has created over one hundred cupcake flavors. What does all this sudden popularity mean for Liz’s daughter, sophomore Jimmi Easton? “It’s like my mom’s a celebrity,” said Easton. However, Easton remarked that the business’s fame has not overtaken her family’s life. Though the family helps bake and assemble both custom order and boutique cakes and cupcakes throughout the week, Easton said she and her brother are still able to be largely involved in extracurricular activities, which their parents are still able to attend. It is not until the weekend that the family puts in long hours at the boutique, and then the business is truly a family affair. “It’s like ‘family bonding time,’” said Easton. Easton works from 3:00-10:30 on the weekends, and her personal role is to bake all of the cookies and assemble the ‘oozies.’ This spring, Easton hopes to contribute to the business even more with the addition of her own cupcake creation to the new spring specialty cupcakes that CupcakesbyLiz will offer. Following in the footsteps of her mother who, according to Easton, “dreams up” her cupcakes ideas, Easton received the idea for her creation in a dream. The cupcake will be vanilla cake filled with peach curd frosting, topped with cream cheese frosting mixed with fresh peaches. Stop by the CupcakesbyLiz boutique this spring to try Easton’s cupcake and many more! Photo by Sarah Sticklen Jimmi Easton picks out a cookie for a customer at the CupcakesbyLiz boutique, where she assists her Photos by Elisabeth Heimberg family on Friday and Saturday nights. Tuesday, March 8, Joplin High School sponsored an open public forum, allowing students to discuss their constitutional rights with Missouri Judges. Beginning at 10 a.m., the forum was held in the JHS auditorium, welcoming media and public to attend. The judges scheduled to speak included Judge Zel M. Fischer of the Supreme Court of Missouri; Judge Glenn Norton of the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District; Judge Daniel Scott of the Missouri Court of Appeals, Southern District; and Jasper County Associate Circuit Judge, Stephen Carlton. Judge Scott moderated the event, introducing Judge Fischer to first present topics and cases dealing with the Kickin’ it to college First and Second amendments of the U.S. Constitution and developments in state constitutional law. Following, Judge Norton presented topics regarding the Fourth and Fifth amendments and their applicability to our daily lives, with Judge Carlton finishing up by discussing how the Constitution applies in trial courts. By Lydia McAllister Most high school athletes dream of playing I was originally supposed to graduate at semester, but their sport in college against bigger teams and better players. For one Joplin High School junior, that dream now I’m graduating a whole year early.” will be happening a year early. Although the thought of graduating would Parker Maher has been playing soccer for 11 have most juniors in tears of joy, Maher was facing a years, but soccer was not the only sport in which he did hard decision. well. “It was a tough decision because another “Since basketball and soccer have always school was also recruiting me and that coach was also conflicted, I knew I was going to have to choose one of my old club coaches.” one eventually. Ultimately I knew I could be more A lot of time and discussion went into the successful with soccer,” he said. final decision. After he chose soccer as the sport in which he “My parents had a lot to do with my final wanted to focus, Maher started to look for competitive decision. My brother also goes to school at MoState club teams that would help him improve. and since I’ll be a fairy young freshman, Springfield is “I actually tried out for Tulsa Soccer Club only an hour from home.” but I didn’t make the team. My second club option, Another factor is that his SSC coach up until Springfield Soccer Club (SSC), was the next closest this year is the assistant coach of MSU. Mike Seabolt club to play for.” has seen Maher as a player and Maher will have some Once Maher made the cut for SSC, he started familiarity on the field. having practice two to three times a week, excluding “Seabolt has had great success through weekend tournaments. his many years of coaching. He’s given me a lot of “It was difficult driving up there all the time. attention and has made me a smarter player. I’m glad I’d have to leave right after school sometimes, and he’ll continue coaching me in college,” Maher said. Attention seniors! after I got home I still had homework to do,” he said. Although excited, Maher is still a little Maher is appreciative for the skills he has nervous about his decision. acquired from playing soccer for SSC. “I’m going to miss the social life and high The Joplin High School 2011 Project Graduation will be held at The Bridge on May 22 from 9pm-6am. Food will be provided, as well as a wide range of games and activities including “Competitive ball, [SSC], definitely got me school soccer. Just the other day I was thinking of the to where I am now as a player. You have to put time little stuff, the football games, Mr. JHS…” into it in order to succeed.” As much stress there was in making his Fear Factor, Rock Wall, XBox, and Wii. Seniors must register early. The cost is $5.00, which goes toward the t-shirt. Look for the JHS Project Grad booth in the cafeteria to register. The skills and soccer smarts Maher received choice, Maher knows he’s on the right path. playing competitively, would then catch the attention “I love soccer and I hope to keep moving of Missouri State University coaches. forward in my career. I know this is what I’m supposed “MSU started recruiting me five months ago. to do.” Photo by Meghan Matheson Parker Maher finished his last year of high school soccer and will be playing Division I soccer for Missouri State this coming fall.


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12April 2011 PAGE prom SPYGLASS SPYGLASS Do you believe in magic? around JHS 13April 2011 PAGE By Miah Allison As defined by Merriam Webster’s dictionary, “prom” is a formal dance given by a high school or college class. But this definition is missing something: dedication, hard work, celebration, and excitement. For some, unfortunately, prom can also mean disappointment. Debbie Leatherman, communication arts teacher, understands those who may get disappointed about prom. Leatherman has been touching the hearts of many JHS students and, through her Fairy Godmother role to help decrease the disappointment in prom; “I had a girl say to ultimately, it demonstrates me, ‘You know, this is too to young ladies they truly are good to be true.’ And it really is.”beautiful. In 2004, Leatherman organized a Debbie Leatherman sponsor of Operation Fairy Godmother group named “Operation Fairy Godmother” to supply students who might not otherwise be able to afford proper prom attire. This operation provides dresses, shoes, and jewelry for gals, and tuxes for the guys. On the day of prom, volunteers help the ladies get ready. All of these materials still aren’t the operation’s main goal. From the beginning to the end, Leatherman just enjoys helping the girls find their true beauty. “They are beautiful and some of them think they are not,” said Leatherman. “It’s not that it wasn’t there, we just help them find it.” Leatherman inspires these girls and gives them a reason to feel happy and excited for prom. “I had a girl say to me, ‘You know, this is too good to be true.’ And it really is,” said Leatherman. Leatherman puts a lot of time and effort into the operation, but she owes a lot to the community. “We have a community out there that’s willing to give for the sake of a child they’ve never even met. And that’s huge,” said Leatherman. A recent in-school fundraiser held by the Fairy Godmother organization supplied the operation with more than $2000. And the Joplin community has helped Leatherman succeed in achieving to help these students enjoy their prom experience, through individuals such as hair dressers, and photographers. This year, the Fairy Godmother organization expanded their program to include area schools. In this year alone, the operation succeeded in helping more than 150 students from JHS and over 600 students total. Although she gets outside help and volunteers, Leatherman still “We have a community dedicates a lot of her time to the out there that’s willing to give program. “It wears me out, for the sake of a child they’v there’s a lot of time, and hours never even met. And that’s spent. But what I love most is the huge.” Debbie Leatherman sponsor of Operation Fairy Godmother final package-- and I get to see them walk into prom,” said Leatherman. “That’s my favorite thing, is to watch them transform.” Leatherman not only sees changes in the young people she helps, but she sees them in herself as well. “It reminds me of who I am as a mother, who I am as a teacher, and who I am as a woman,” said Leatherman. Leatherman’s role here at JHS is truly inspirational, wanting but one thing: to help the students realize they are beautiful, and worth spending time on. “Beauty comes in all shapes, sizes, and colors,” said Leatherman. Leatherman helps the young ladies realize beauty is in everyone. As defined by Merriam Webster’s dictionary, a “fairy godmother” is a generous friend or benefactor. But this definition is missing something: Debbie Leatherman. Photos courtesy of Fairy Godmother The Drama IV class performed a preview of “I Hate Shakespeare” by Steph DeFerie during third hour on April 5th. Great enthusiasm was needed in order to properly fulfill the comedic modern take on Shakespeare. Some students had more than one part, while others helped in the directing of the production in addition to some stage time. Phots by April Hollway and Kylie Davis Win this Xbox! text: yea jhs to 313131 VERY IMPORTANT: an empty space is required between “Yea” and “jhs” Drawing on April, 25th A second drawing for another Xbox on June, 11th One entry per person. visit:www.yeafsf.com for more information Previous items given away include: $10.00 gift cards to Red Hot & Blue • Complete oil changes at Nixons Garage at 7th and St. Louis • Movie rentals at Vintage Stock Yea Free Stuff Fast (yeafsf) is a registered LLC with the State of Missouri


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14April 2011 PAGE opinion Come together, right now SPYGLASS SPYGLASS Story and Photo by Taylor Camden Let’s face it: we’ve all seen it. Most of us have seen it and didn’t do anything about it—and some of us were the ones doing it. I’m talking about that day in the cafeteria when the kid across the table made a cruel joke about someone overweight. I’m talking about the day your best friend spread a rumor about someone and you didn’t do anything to stop it. I’m talking about the day you decided you were better than someone else. I’m not suggesting that everyone at Joplin High School is guilty of this, but I seriously doubt that few are not. I’m not even suggesting that this affects you much, but perhaps it should. To your peers, it could be affecting them more than you think. I’m suggesting that we make a change—for everyone. About six months ago I got to know someone who I wouldn’t typically befriend. I had been convinced to believe that this person wasn’t someone with whom I’d want to align myself. Certain situations crossed our paths and I was interested in getting to know this person. Now, I’m so glad that I did. This person isn’t my best friend or even someone that I talk to regularly. But this person is someone who I value now as a person. The consequences to our actions are great. Here, right now, we are creating and shaping our futures. In a perfect world, we would be attending a school where everyone tried their hardest and everyone cheered each other on. Reality check—we aren’t. But who says that we can’t come close? Don’t be the person who looks back and regrets. Be the person who looks back on their time in high school as one of the best times of their lives. Sure, we all can’t wait to get out of here. But since we’re stuck here, we should be making the best out of it. At JHS, criticism and judgment are running high. Support and acceptance need to run higher. No one here is perfect, including you and me. We all have our flaws. I suggest that we all try together to make a change. Reach out to someone—you never know how much it could mean to someone, or end up meaning to you. staff 15April 2011 PAGE Snow days push school until June By Shelby Hass For some of us, the memory of those two weeks of school missed back in According to Dr. Huff and Dr. Sachetta, the school year will be extended until What happened to the March edition February may be difficult to remember, whether we’re trying to forget the plethora of terrible Netflix movies we watched, or our memory is simply clouded from cabin fever. We are reminded of this little break, however, when we think of the horrifying reality June 3. So unless you are one of those lucky seniors out there, you’ll be making up nine of the 12 school days that had been cancelled. To me this seems reasonable, but what does the public at large think? of the Spyglass? that awaits us: making up for those snow days. Do you believe some of the snow days should be excused? In February, the Joplin Metro Magazine approached us to about compiling an issue not only covering students and programs at Joplin High School, but also written by Joplin High School students. A month later, we submitted the work, but we were then unable to produce a March edition of the Spyglass. However, you “After a certain point I do, depending on the statute of the state. If, for example, most of the state’s schools lost well over a dozen school days, I think the state should consider forgiving a small number of the days.” -Kerry Sachetta “I have mixed feelings about it. Certainly no one likes to go to school well into June. But the work of our teachers is important, as are the learning opportunities for students.” -CJ Huff Joplin Superintendent “Honestly I think they should have forgiven less because I think kids need something to do with their time.” -Alexandra Oviedo Freshman “They should excuse all of them can expect the special Joplin Metro Magazine edition, written by us and about you, later this month! because it wasn’t our fault it snowed, so we shouldn’t have What’s your favorite Easter candy? to make the days up. It’s taking away from our summer.” Sarah: Cadbury Cream Eggs Taylor: Reese’s Eggs -Maja Birch Sophomore Emma: Peeps Colin: Reese’s Eggs Lydia: Starbust Jelly Beans JHS Principal “I think we should have forgiven more. It was a natural disaster.” -Jared Fuller Junior “I think it’s good they forgave a few of the days because the two weeks probably counted as a natural disaster.” -Matt Beasley Sophomore “I would honestly rather, instead of relieving the days, to have just gone on Saturdays. I know that’s not a popular decision, but I would have preferred that.” -Bruce Vonderhaar TV Productions “I think it’s pretty good the way it is because we don’t have to go too late. But we still make up for what we’ve missed.” -Megan Lawson Junior By Gus Oberg Keegan: White chocolate crosses Caravana: Snicker’s Eggs Elisabeth: Peeps Miah: Easter egg gumballs Shelby: Reese’s Eggs Lyndsay: Peeps


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16April 2011 PAGE eagles on film SPYGLASS Photos by Shelby Hass, Marylin Lopez, April Holloway, Kylie Davis, Elisabeth Heimberg, and Adrienne Self



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