Spyglass: Volume LII | Issue III | December 2010


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Spyg l a s s Holiday Issue 2010 Volume LII Issue 3 Joplin High School Newspaper 2104 Indiana Joplin, Missouri


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2 Holiday Issue 2010 PAGE what’s inside SPYGLASS SPYGLASS holiday feature 3Holiday Issue 2010 PAGE Photo by M. Crane Room D113 celebrates the season with a visit from Santa, complete with “Grinches” for everyone. Spyglass is a student publication of the Newspaper class at Joplin High School in Joplin, Missouri. All articles are student- W h at’sproduced, and all opinions are those of the I n s ide. . . newspaper staff. Spyglass is produced approximately monthly and is delivered to all students, JHS Fall Play faculty, and staff of Joplin High School. Pages 6-7 Spyglass Staff Sarah Sticklen, Editor Taylor Camden, Assistant Editor Students Colin Hughes Lydia McAllister Page 8 Caravana Randall Shelby Hass Lyndsay Cobb Elisabeth Heimberg Emma Meek Dylan Prauser Cartoonist: Gus Oberg All students write stories, take photographs, sell advertisements and design pages. Teacher Feature Page 15 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. Around JHS Pages 10-11 Front page and inside photo by Caravana Randall Front and inside: Greenhouse and Landscape managment classes grow and take care of the poinsettias. Second year students include Joseph Bennett (seen on front page), Jarred English, Kelsey Pace, Jeremiah Sooter, and Dakota Wald. First year students include Geoff Aiken, Logan Long, Zachary Meneses, Brett Stearnes, Latosha Treat, Danielle Turner, Andrew Vice and Nathaniel West. ‘Tis the Season... JHS is home to a very diverse group of students with various cultures and religions. Find out how your fellow classmates who aren’t Christian celebrate the holiday season. Parth Patel, senior Q. What is your religion? A. Hindu Q. Do you recognize Christmas? A. I kind of did when I was little, but not anymore. Q. Does it offend you that Christmas is regarded as the main holiday? A. No, it gives [us] a break from school, so I’m all for it. X, junior Q. What is your religion? A. Buddhism Q. Does it require any celebrations during the holidays? A. No. Q. Do you still celebrate Christmas as more of a commercial holiday? A. We do celebrate Christmas, but not for religious intention. We celebrate the holiday simultaneously with the New Year’s Day. We have all been heavily influenced by the Western cultures over the years, so there’s no surprise that Christmas has been a “minor” part of us now. The little ones recognize Christmas trees, Santa Clause, reindeer, and many other Christmas characteristics. Nevertheless, we don’t celebrate Christmas individually. At home, we don’t put up a Christmas tree and all that. Q. Does it offend you that Christmas is regarded as the main religious holiday? A. No, not at all. You know, getting gifts is always nice. Photo by Sarah Sticklen National Honor Society Czar of Community Service Griffin Sonaty, along with other NHS officers, shops for a Thanksgiving feast for NHS’s adoptive family. In December, STUCO spear-headed a canned food drive to benefit the local Salvation Army. Dana Jacobs, junior Q. What is your religion? A. Judaism Q. Does it require any celebrations during the holidays? A. I celebrate Hanukkah. It lasts for eight days. We light the menorah and exchange presents each night. Q. What is the history behind Hanukkah? A. Israel was ruled by Antiochus. He wanted all the people to worship him and his Greek gods. He outlawed Judaism. He set up idols in the Temple and made forbidden sacrifices. One day a soldier came to the town of Modi-in with a statue of Antiochus. He wanted all the Jews to worship this idol. Mattathias smashed the idol and said, “All who fight for the Lord, follow me.” And this is how the revolt began. Mattathias and his five sons led the revolt against Antiochus and his army. Judah, the strongest son, was nicknamed Maccabee, which means “hammer.” Judah became the leader of the freedom fighters, who came to be known as the Maccabees. After three years, the Maccabees freed the city of Jerusalem. They cleaned out the Temple and prepared to rededicate it, but the needed oil for the Menorah. The Talmud tells us that they found enough oil for only one day. Surprisingly, it lasted for eight days. So. Each year on the 25th day of Kislev, we commemorate the rededication of the Temple, and the miracle of the light, by celebrating Hanukkah and lighting candles for eight days.


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4 Holiday Issue 2010 PAGE clubs SPYGLASS SPYGLASS sports 5Holiday Issue 2010 PAGE You’re not in DECA? What the heck-a? Swimming By Lydia McAllister The Joplin Eagles swim team will start a new chapter this season as Denise Krolman takes over as the new coach. The Joplin High School chapter of the Distributive Education Clubs of America Krolman, who swam competitively as a child, didn’t swim in high school because (DECA) has over 150 members. But it was not always this popular. DECA went from JHS did not have a swim team until her senior year, has never held a coaching position. having 14 members in 2006, to 25 members in 2007, to over 150 members in 2010. According to Krolman the team will be lead by seniors Alayna Jones, Kaylee Alan Linden has been the DECA adviser for the past four years, along with Sexton, and Kasey Grant. The juniors are Michelle Barchak and Regina Sapp. Sophomores Jeanetta Moss, who has been a part of DECA for the past two years. are Madi Wood, Genny Richards, Niki Barlos, Danielle Turner, Eliza Fausto and Christina “DECA covers a pretty broad spectrum; from sports, to entertainment, to working Edwards. out in the field. It benefits everybody,” he said. The freshmen are Kylie Davis, Tabitha Love, and Tamra Wyrick. Krolman said that Linden admitted that in the beginning, DECA was an organization with which even these three will likely have an impact this season. the advisers knew little. But over the years he has learned more and been able to become “I’m looking forward to getting to know the girls and watching them reach their more involved. goals,” said Krolman. “At first, most kids didn’t know what DECA was all about. Over the years more The team’s first meet is the Springfield Relays on December 7, and their home students became informed and got others to join. The advisers actually learned more about meet will be on December 17 at Missouri Southern. DECA as the students did,” Linden recalled. The growth of DECA can be attributed to its less traditional approach as a club: preparing students for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high Photos courtesy of Photography by Terra schools and colleges in a way that makes it fun. “We try to do more fun activities. We take field trips to places like the Harley Davidson shop, the chocolate factory, MSSU, and Springfield Cardinals baseball games. We provide a wide variety to show kids how marketing works in different fields,” he said. Cynthia Moss, junior, is the daughter of Jeanetta and an active member of DECA. “The idea of marketing has always been an exciting one for me. And being able to spend time with my friends while doing something I like is pretty great,” she said. Even though Parker Maher, junior is new to the club, he still feels very involved in the club and excited about the future. “I wanted to join DECA because the club really involves its members in many events. You get to have a lot of fun and gain knowledge about the ‘business life,’” remarked Maher. The future of DECA at JHS is looking bright, with hopes of more involvement in the club and continued growth. It took two yearbook club photos of DECA to show the 2010 membership at Joplin High School. The club attributes its growth to the unique approach of the group. “We will do a better job of getting kids into the competitions, which in the first years was something I didn’t know all that much about,” said Linden. MSSU Media Day The 2010 Southern Media Showcase JHS Winners in the TV Production Division: winners were announced at Missouri Commercial/Public Service Announce- Southern State University on Thursday, ment: 1st place - “Bullying,” by Alicia Shof- November 4, 2010. The Awards recognize outstanding high school work in print and video projects by the area students who enter the ner, Allison Cox, Tressia Blum 2nd place- “Stop Trafficking,” Alicia Shofner Honorable Mention-“Art Feeds,”Will Norton competition. Over 250 students attended the event and the winners were awarded with Long Format: 1st place - Joplin vs West medals. This is the 14th year for the Media Plains televised football game; JHS Sports Showcase Awards, which are presented by Broadcasting Class the MSSU Communications Department. Newscast: 1st place - JET-14 News: Alexa JHS Winners in the Print Division: Column- 1st place Wattelet & Will Norton “Gulf devastation blown out of proportion,” Sarah Sticklen, (September 10 issue). News Story: 1st place - “Budget News Story,” Alicia Shofner Feature Photography- 3rd Place “Dissection is the cat’s meow,” 2nd place - “Pursuing a Dream,” Mikey Johnson Sarah Sticklen, (May 10 issue) Instructional/Informational: Page One Design- 3rd Place 1st place - “Alicia in Africa,” Alicia Shofner Stevan Freeborn tackles Taylor Tidwell, 3rd place - “Obama,” Emma Meek Lauren Thompson & Sarah sticklen (September 2010 issue) Music Video: 2nd place - “Fader,” Will Norton Best Overall Newspaper- 3rd Place Spyglass; Sarah Sticklen and spring Spyglass staff, Honorable Mention - “I’ve Got Friends,” Jake Wisener (March 10 issue) JHS Spyglass sweeps at Globe Workshop The Joplin Globe Newspaper Workshop, held November 16th, was attended by 11 area schools. Joplin High School won awards in five catgories. The awards recognized exceptional work in area high school newspapers. All JHS submissions were based on the September 2010 Spyglass. Feature Photo - 1st place for Front Page cover photo of Stevan Freeborn by Lauren Thompson. Feature Writing - 1st place for “JHS student spends 33 days volunteering for orphanage in Kitale, Kenya,” by Shelby Hass. Sports Writing - 1st place for “Run, Hallmark, run,” by Carvana Randall. News Writing - Runner up - “Hazing,” by Colin Hughes. Column Writing - Runner up “Gulf devastation blown out of proportion,” by Sarah Sticklen. Super STUCO Adviser Photo by Lydia McAllister Keegan Loyd, sophomore, wrestles his opponent from Carl Junction at a meet in Webb City on December 2nd. Jeff Warstler, JHS math teacher, was awarded the Missouri Association of Student Councils Southwest District Adviser of the Year at the high school level, according to the Joplin School District. W a r s t l e r has been a teacher at JHS for 23 years and a Student Council adviser for 20 years. During his years as adviser, the student council has won the association’s Gold award for the past 19 years. Photo by Colin Hughes The wrestling bench watches the Keegan Loyd challenge. Wrestling The Joplin High School wrestling team is looking to improve on a team that only lost two seniors from last season. Head coach Shawn Finch says the teams goals are to improve throughout the season and qualify as many wrestlers to the state tournament as possible. He seniors on this year’s team are Brycen Miner, Brent Eagles, Dustin Hill and Tyler Morris. Those four along with Junior Alex Karns are the team leaders. “We have several leaders on the team and everyone on the team leads in one way or the other”, said Finch. According to Finch, sophomores Keegan Loyd, Raylee Guthrie and Landon Taylor along with junior Billy Nguyen should surprise a lot of people this season. Finch also added, “I enjoy the process of seeing the guys work so hard to accomplish their goals and to fight through the difficulty of the season to come out on the other side a champion.” Boys Basketball The JHS boys’ basketball team is looking to rebuild after losing eight seniors from last years team. Head coach Jeff Williams says that even though the team is young, they definitely have potential. Williams says that the goal for the season is to take a diverse group of ages and make a competitive team. At this point in the season the team is also looking for leaders. “We’re still looking for an athlete or athletes to step up and lead this team,” said Williams. The main obstacle for the team this season seems to be the lack of starting experience. Williams commented that the team has a freshman point guard, Charlie Brown. “We went from having a veteran squad last season to a team that has very little experience even practicing at the varsity level,” Williams said. “This year is a total rebuilding year.” Girls Basketball Vicki Spivy is ready for her second season as head coach of the Lady Eagles basketball team. What she is looking forward to the most is getting better and improving on last season. According to Spivy the team has three senior captains this season. Jessie McMullen, Taylor Costley and Ashley Norman, all three seniors, will lead the team this season. Spivy also said that sophomores Olivia Hampton and Tylan Martin will have an impact this season. Spivy also added that this season should be better because the team has been together for a year and they should be able to build on that. Senior Vivien Moreno placed 10th at the cross country conference meet at Lake Springfield on October 9. Moreno went on to qualify for the state meet at Jefferson City, where she is pictured running, finishing 66 out of a field of 173, with a time of 20:24:.5. Moreno was the only athlete from a JHS fall sport to qualify for State competition. Congratulations to the Varsity Cheerleaders for finishing 6th out of 24 teams at the State competition. All conference teams for the 2010 fall sports: Soccer •First Team- Junior Parker Maher and Senior Austin Bolt •Second Team- Seniors Nathan Fisher and Blake Ward •Honorable Mention- Senior Lucas Kemper; sophomores Griffen Locke and Joe Rice Football •First Team- Griffin Sonaty, Stevan Freeborn, Alex Woodard, seniors; Dayton Whitehead, junior. •Second Team- Aaron Frost, Keegan Tinney, Trayton Wehmeyer, seniors; Cameron Rector, junior; Jarad Bader and Chris Payton-Barba, sophomores. •Honorable Mention- Tyler Morris and Gabe Sharp, seniors; Adam St. Peter, sophomore. Softball •First Team- Shauntel Jewitt, Sarah Sticklen and Taylor Costley, seniors; Kelsey Gould, sophomore. •Second Team- Senior Mikaila Craig •Honorable Mention- Freshman Leigh Ann Craig Volleyball • Second team- Jessie McMullen, senior. • Honorable Mention- Juniors Kellie Stringer and Chloe Hadley and sophomore Olivia Hampton.


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6 Holiday Issue 2010 PAGE arts SPYGLASS SPYGLASS math + science = theater? CAST (Order of apperearnce) HELSA WENZEL..............Mollie Sanders FIGURE IN BLACK...................Sarah Jane Story and photo by Sarah Sticklen became enthralled with theatre production. “It was really cool,” said Purser. “I really liked it, and I was going to work.” Stage-managing, however, requires a strong theatrical background as well as the ability ELSA VON GROSSENKNEUTEN......Niki Rowe MICHAEL KELLY.......Christopher Jones PATRICK O’REILLY..........Ethan Ritschel It’s not often a high school student is able to excel in both the arts and the sciences. Senior David Purser, however, is one of those students who has a foot planted firmly in each department. like, ‘wow, I could totally do this.’” Purser first became active in the theatre department as a member of the lighting crew, a job that requires a high level of math intelligence. Lots of angles are to effectively oversee an entire KEN DE LA MAIZE..........Max Mammele production. Basically, the weight of the entire show lies in the stagemanager’s hands. According to Purser everything that happens NIKKI CRANDALL...............Emma Meek EDDIE MCCUEN.....................Brad White MARJORIE BAVERSTOCK...................Mia during the show is ultimately the Craigmile Throughout his high school career, involved with lighting a stage, said stage-manager’s responsibility. ROGER HOPEWELL............Brant Smith Purser has excelled in trigonometry, physics, and calculus classes. In Purser, and one has to be able to determine what kind of light to use, “Stage managing is probably the most difficult (job) BERNICE ROTH...............Taylor Haddad fact, he even earned a five, the such as a special spotlight. Purser because during show nights, I’m highest score, on the AP Calculus exam last year. On the arts side, he has certainly made his mark in the drama department, merging uses his knowledge of trigonometry to determine the exact angle of the light projected. “Honestly, that’s probably in charge of the entire show,” said Purser. “If anything goes wrong, I have to figure out how to fix it.” All in all, theatre has been PRODUCTION STAFF Director............Bonnie “B.C.” Schurman Technical Assistant.......Charles Parker his exceptional science and what I’m best at. It’s all electronics an incredibly rewarding experience Stage manager....................David Purser mathematical skills with his love for the theatre. Purser has been a strong part of Joplin High’s theatre department since his freshman year and computer based,” stated Purser. Set design not only requires a strong mathematical background, but also a familiarity with theatre in general. for Purser and has given him the opportunity to meet all kinds of different people. “Theatre people are really Assistant Stage manager.............Lauren Barker Set Designers......................David Purser weird, but they’re also really cool,” & Max Mammele and is currently the stage manager, co-set designer, and chief of lighting crew. While attending a friend’s play in Carthage, Purser first “Everything in this set is mathematical,” said Purser. “It’s a design thing, but you also have to know a lot about theatre to know what’s going to work and what’s not said Purser. “Whenever you have Set Construction Chief.......................Max 15-20 theatre people in the same place for a long time, cool things happen.” Consume Mammele Designer/Chief.......................... Magdalena Vargas David Purser studies the play script during rehearsal. Make-up Designer/Chief........................... Emma Meek Parker does plays? “ItWasaDarkandStormy By Caravana Randall Night” Lighting Designer/ Chief........................... David Purser Sound Chief..................................................... Sydney Holtsman Props Mistress............................................... When most JHS students hear the name Charles Parker, chemistry comes to mind. Think again. There’s more to Mr. Parker then his genius in chemistry. Parker has been teaching at JHS since 1985. He first discovered the school theatre in the spring of 1986 when he went to see the spring play. “I found students who don’t do well in my subject, (acting skills) a different perspective. You think this kid’s a moron. Then you realize, he’s not a moron, he just has different interests,” said Parker. Parker tried working in design for Joplin Little Theatre but discovered that his calling was building. Narrator 1........................Alex Mammele Narrator 2.................Magdalena Vargas Nancy.................................Kelly Campbell Chris..............................Jordan Chambers Allison.........................................Erica Zeyn Mrs. Meers.............................Molly Baker Taylor Haddad Publicists........................Mia Craigmaile & Mollie Sanders “I was just so impressed with what Parker himself was never involved Bennie...............................Zane Craigmile they did; it looked like a lot of fun. So, I asked if I could join them,” said Parker. Over the years Parker has dedicated himself to helping out with the plays. In all this time he has only missed one show. with plays when he was in school. “That’s why I have an interest in it now. I’m reliving my childhood,” said Parker. Many challenges are faced when Inspector Jenkins.................John Fisher Radio Announcer/Foley Artist.....Greg Morse Foley Artists..................Amie Howard & Parker’s participation has been building set. Sarah Matthews varied. “It would be hard to say the most “I’ve acted once. I was a doctor in challenging because every set has its own ‘32nd Street’ the first time we did it. I just challenge. ‘Noises Off!’ was a challenge don’t have the personality for that kind of because it was a really big set. ‘Little Shop acting,” said Parker. “I just build set. I enjoy of Horrors’ was tricky because it had an that and I can do that.” ensemble on it,” he said. Parker also helps students make Parker has been working building decisions when designing and has attempted set for the fall play ‘The Musical Comedy Students perform “It Was a Dark and Stormy Night,” an original 1940s working with lighting. Mystery of 1940.’ “I tried lighting, but being color “It should be excellent. I haven’t blind I couldn’t do lighting,” said Parker. seen any rehearsals yet, but they almost radio show, during intermission of the play performances. Interacting with students outside always have a good production,” he said. of class on these projects has changed his Photos by Elisabeth Heimberg outlook on the students, he said. arts 7Holiday Issue 2010 PAGE It was a dark and snowy night.... The JHS theatre department put on The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 for their fall play. A comedy writing team gathers at the home of Elsa Von Grossenkneuten and gets snowed in. Then they find out the reason they are there isn’t just for laughs. Will they solve the mystery before anymore people die? Photos by Lyndsay Cobb and Elisabeth Heimberg


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8 Holiday Issue 2010 PAGE students No Baby Blues Her9eSPYGLASS SPYGLASS students Holiday Issue 2010 PAGE David Layng, pictured at the extreme left in photo above, and his family see the “local” sites, which in China includes the Great Wall. aFnrodmbaCckhiangaation Joplin By Emma Meek After being in China for five years, freshman David Layng has returned to the United States. Layng has only visited the Joplin area once since the age of nine, when he stayed with his grandparents after living in China for two and a half years. Now he’s back to Joplin to begin his freshman year. “It’s not a whole lot different from here. I would be living the same life,” he said about the minor adjustment. Layng’s father is a Christian Counselor and moved the family to Beijing out of a desire to continue his work in an international setting. The family’s ministry has been supported primarily through small churches since the move to Beijing. Most ninth graders have much to adjust to at the high school level. Because he was home-schooled while in Beijing, Layng has also had the added adjustment of more students in which to relate. He said he has been enjoying the perks of public school life. “I like public school. It’s a lot more social. At the same time I’ve noticed how much more you can get done home schooling,” said Layng about the educational transition. However, being home-schooled in China has also been a challenge. “In my family, there are now five of us. Education has been hard, especially for my mom because we are all in different grades. It’s been hard to keep up with the schoolwork for multiple ages,” said Layng. As for a social life, he has made some great friendships across the globe. “I don’t have any Chinese friends. I can’t communicate. A great majority of my friends are foreign (to China),” he said. There are 200,000 foreigners in Beijing, and he has met many friends from one of the only Christian churches in China in which foreigners are exclusively allowed inside. His American experience will be again cut short as he returns to China this coming January. However, he plans to return to the states for college and visit his friends from Beijing frequently. “I miss being able to jump on a bus and go through half the city on a bus or the subway,” said Layng. His favorite memory consists of the best Chinese food around. “Every Monday night, I hang out with my friends in a hole in the wall Chinese restaurant… the best Chinese restaurant.” Bethany LaMar refines her craft sewing in Mrs. Carnahan’s class. Photo and story by Caravana Randall Some may find sewing boring or a challenge; but Bethany LaMar, senior at JHS, has a different view. LaMar has been sewing ever since her grandma, Pat, taught her when she was young. “I thought it was really interesting [that] you could make anything using fabric,” LaMar said. Lamar began selling items such as pillows a year ago to her parents’ friends. She later started selling to a business, her first item being a baby dress. “People would see some of the things I would make and then come to me and see if I would make it for them,” said LaMar. LaMar makes a variety of things, such as make-up bags, blankets, pillows, baby headbands, and hair clips for adults and children. But her favorite, she said, is baby clothes. “I enjoy making baby clothes more than other things. I think I just get more satisfaction out of it because it fits something so tiny and adorable,” said LaMar. At this time, LaMar has only sold her items to the business “Love Bugs” at the North Park Mall. “I don’t know how much more I’ll be continuing it. I hope to be making a website, email, and hopefully a Facebook,” said LaMar. LaMar describes her sewing style as creative and unique. She plans on pursuing a career in design and merchandising. “I would like to start my own boutique that includes baby and maternity material; just things you wouldn’t find at different stores that’s unique,” LaMar said. “I plan on expanding more to maternity and formal dresses and also casual apparel.” LaMar wants to go to college in Joplin and would like her future business to stay local. Her satisfaction in her work isn’t just about making money. “I really enjoy when I sell something to someone and they get excited because they really enjoy it. I think that makes it all worth it in the end,” she said. Photos courtesy of David Layng “Every Monday night, I hang out with my JHS upperclassmen get friends in a hole-in-the-wall Chinese ‘schooled’ on self-esteem restaurant... the best Chinese restaurant.” --David Layng and healthy relationships JHS Freshman Joplin High School students in the tenth through the twelfth grades recently attended “class” at another location in town. Being bussed by grade and gender, students arrived at The Bridge for a day-long workshop addressing selfesteem and healthy relationships, titled “Man Up” for the guys’ program and “My Life” for the gals’ program. The idea was suggested to Dr. Kerry Sachetta, head principal, who thought the concentrated time spent on the topic could be helpful. According to Sachetta, he has received only positive feedback and plans on having the programs repeated in another two to three years. 1503 S Range Line Rd Joplin, MO (417) 659-8115 Students receive 10% off with a valid JHS student ID Senior Sanquez Moss takes on the challenge of hand wrestling with one of the program presenters at the guys’ “Man Up” session. He was cheered on by fellow classmates. Photos by Caleb Perkins


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10Holiday Issue 2010 PAGE around jhs SPYGLASS SPYGLASS around jhs 11Holiday Issue 2010 PAGE On November 3, SADD sponsored its annual Grim Reaper Day to promote awareness for underage drinking and impaired driving. Every 33 minutes, the “grim reaper” entered a classroom and pulled a selected student out of class. Each victim’s face was painted white and had one teardrop outlined on his/ her face. The victims were “dead” for the rest of the day and couldn’t speak to anyone. The victims symbolized those who had died as a result of an impaired driving crash. These included not only the drivers, but also innocent bystanders who were harmed because of someone else’s destructive decision. Forty students were pulled out of class and selected as “the dead.” SADD is also sponsoring the Lights on for Safety Campaign. They put up lights in Eagle Alley and A Hall to encourage students to be safe during the holiday season. Students are encouraged to be sure to drive with their headlights on at night as well as leave their porchlight on to promote awareness. In Jay Reed’s anatomay classes, students dissected cow eyes the week of Halloween. At left, seniors Taylor Sprenkle and Zach Cox observe first-hand the complexities of a cow eye. “Stuff shot and oozed out,” said Sprenkle. “It was so nasty.” Above, Shalea Purdy and Adam Lopardo work together to explore their cow eye. Photos by Elisabeth Heimberg and Lyndsay Cobb The art classes of Jennifer DeGroot made textiles out of yarn. The students made looms out of cardboard cutouts and then learned how to weave a wall hanging and hackey-sack.


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12Holiday Issue 2010 PAGE around jhs SPYGLASS JHS Calendar of Upcoming Events December 6 Orchestra Concert at the JHS auditorium 7:00pm December 9 Touch of Class and Sound Dimensions church concert at 7:00pm at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints December 10 Elementary school performance for Touch of Class and Sound Dimensions 5th & 6th hour December 13 Band and Jazz concert JHS auditorium 7:00pm December 14 Varsity Vocal Concert appearances by both Touch of Class & Sound Dimension Auditorium 7:00pm December 15 JAM Club classic-rock concert JHS Auditorium 7:00pm December 16 Finals odd hour classes December 17 Finals even hour classes Early Release 12:00 December 18 Snowball Dance 8:00 p.m. December 15 - 31 Christmas Break January 3 Classes Resumes January 15 JHS Trivia Night 1:00 pm January 17 No School: Teacher Development Day/ Martin Luther King Day Rapped and rhymed morning announcements Story and photo by Shelby Hass The bell rings releasing third hour and the hallways fill with students. Some hurry to their next class while others take their time, stopping to talk to everyone along the way. Whatever the case, students are wondering when they should return athletic equipment, if parking tickets are still being issued for violators, or simply what the date is. Shortly after fourth hour begins, however, these questions are sure to be answered by senior Robert Hatfield. Hatfield began doing the morning announcements early this year as an office runner during fourth hour. Students and teachers alike both enjoy the way he spices up the usually unexciting information. “I really enjoy him,” says Coach Mac. “He makes things a lot less boring.” Senior Victoria Smith recalls how unruly classmates used to be during the morning announcements last year and says Robert is a much needed change. “I like it because you can actually hear what he says now. Our class gets quiet and listens,” said Smith. Whether it’s in the form of a rap, a rhyme, or just Hatfield’s normal voice, students can expect to not only get the information they’re looking for, but a little entertainment to go along with it. COME SUPPORT PROJECT GRADUATION! On Saturday, January 15, 2011, JHS will host a Trivia Night at 1 p.m. Teams consisting of 10 members will compete in categories such as history, music, geography, and current events. The cost is $10 per person, and all proceeds will benefit this year’s Project Graduation. Senior December Check List oSubmit admission applications oCheck the JHS Scholarship file from any computer with Internet access by going to www. joplineagles.org and clicking on “Guidance” and then “Scholarships,” or see the scholarship file in the Guidance Office SPYGLASS franklin tech center 13Holiday Issue 2010 PAGE JHS Medical Science classes hold Blood Drive at FTC “We had an awesome year! Last year 298 pints were donated. This year we had a goal of 300 (pints). We collected 329.” --Mrs. Shelly Hartley Certified Nurse Asst. Teaching Staff Photos by Lyndsay Cobb Above: First-time blood donor Brayden Kyger, sophomore, awaits assistance. While he was unsuccessful in donating a pint, one of 49 similar students who tried, he thought the effort was worthwhile. “I wanted to donate to help save lives,” he said. Medical personnel check in students at the recent blood drive at Franklin Tech. Students in the medical technology program assisted with the blood drive. This fall’s effort resulted in over 300 pints donated by JHS students. aTevachilanbiclaelttoraJHinSinsgtudents By Shelby Hass Many JHS students are familiar with the building across the street; it’s Franklin Technology Center (FTC). However, FTC’s assistant director, Steve Reed, believes that JHS students need to become more aware of the benefits that come from taking FTC courses while still in high school. Reed says he would like to help encourage students to think about their future careers and what is available to them. FTC offers a wide range of career paths including health services, arts and communication, business management and technology, natural resource agriculture, human services, and industrial and engineering technology. According to Reed, heading down these career paths now not only allows students to gain experience, but means saving big bucks later on down the road. “We have many adult students take our programs and about one third of them are students under the age of 25, who graduated high school, tried the college scene, and either it didn’t work out or they couldn’t afford it,” says Reed. “These adult students pay anywhere from 7,000 to 11,000 dollars to take these same programs that high school students can take for free,” he added. Some of these students simply didn’t have the skills to find a decent job, believes Reed, but with the courses offered by FTC, high school students can gain these skills early on without the high cost. In an effort to increase student awareness, any student interested in the FTC courses should talk with their counselor about their career goals and what classes are available to them.


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14Holiday Issue 2010 PAGE Guess Who? teacher feature SPYGLASS SPYGLASS teacher feature 15Holiday Issue 2010 PAGE This break from school not a vacation But this communication arts teacher does get to experience some of the Japanese culture By Shelby Hass of respect,” said Gloyer. “There was a lot of bowing and just simple politeness.” Thirteen years ago, the United States Army Japan in co- While in Hokkaido, Gloyer was able to enjoy the soldiers’ sponsor with the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force began an company, as well as the scenery of the snowy mountains, and annual field training exercise called Orient Shield. The training authentic Japanese sushi. was designed to improve U.S. Army and Japan Defense Force “I figured if I was in Japan, I had to try sushi for the first time,” joint operations while enhancing combat readiness. said Gloyer. “And I actually liked it!” Phil Gloyer, communication arts teacher at JHS, was Despite his positive encounter with new foods, new cultures, recently able to take part and even the cold weather, in this specific training Gloyer says there was one program after joining the down side; being away MO National Guard on from family and students. Tripoli directs the JHS orchestra for their performance during the week of Halloween. Photo by Victoria Smith All of the performers December 22, 2009. Members of the National Guard are required to serve To make the transition easier, however, Gloyer had his wife substitute in dressed in costume in honor of the holiday. one weekend per month, and two weeks per year. his classroom during the absence. Gloyer left for Japan on “I provided a detailed The hills are alive with the sound of TripoliBy Brett Holcomb October 30, 2010 with the 1st Battalion/138th Infantry Regiment for his first twoweek service. report for her on what my classes would be doing, and having her as the substitute made it easier to It was the first time that the orchestra had Springfield, MO, with a major in music but she also teaches private vocal and violin The battalion stayed communicate about what played the music. They were attempting to education. Not only does she teach orchestra lessons. at Camp Kami Furano was going on,” he said. play Green Day. Commonly known as “sight and sponsor the Strolling Strings program, She said she wants to see her students in Hokkaido Japan, and Gloyer added that the read,” the orchestra was playing enjoy playing music and would like to teamed with the 26th school district has been the song while reading the sheet see them continue to play in orchestras, Infantry Regiment of the very helpful and supportive music for the first time. Within minutes, the orchestra, directed by Kylee Tripoli, began to get the feel for it. I stood witness to familiar Green Day songs such as choirs, or bands. Japanese Ground Self- While she is the only one in her Defense Force. family that is a musician, her family has Soldiers took part in provided plenty of support for her over various daily training the years. exercises involving Photo courtesy of P. Gloyer Gloyer breaks language barriers while getting to know members of the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force at Camp Kami Furano in Hokkaido Japan. since he made the decision to join. “I’d thought about serving for the military for a long time, but it was always “Wake Me Up When September “They’re not musicians, but they’re a helicopters and participatin on the back burner,” he said. Ends” and “Boulevard of Broken great audience,” she said. with the rest of their team. However, as the unit’s chaplain, Sgt. Eddie Hukill visited Gloyer’s class last year to make Dreams” being combined The performance aspects of her career Gloyer’s duties were different from the other battalion members. students more aware of the benefits of joining a military branch. with the sound of a traditional continues. She plays in the Missouri “My primary job is to make sure that their (the battalion “I saw all the benefits of joining appealed to me as well,” said orchestra. I soon found myself Southern Symphony and also enjoys members) religious freedoms are protected,” said Gloyer. “I Gloyer. “And I found out I wasn’t too old to join!” tapping my foot to the beat. performing with smaller ensembles like make sure they have access to the religious books they want and As for anyone that is considering joining the National Guard, “You can’t forget the classics quartets. act as a minister.” Gloyer has a few words of advice. like Beethoven…but there’s a She listens to just about any kind of Gloyer accompanied the soldiers to each training exercise and “There are some really great opportunities out there. If you’re lot of music out there,” the new music except country and some heavy provided direct counseling on a daily basis. thinking about it, just make sure you have all your questions orchestra teacher, Tripoli, said. metal. “Suicides have become a high concern, so I’m there for any asked before you decide,” he said. Tripoli is a 2004 Joplin High “It hurts my ear drums,” she said. Her soldier that needs to talk. And because I’m new to this unit, Gloyer returned from Japan November 14 and says he enjoyed School graduate. Music became choice is selective and various when it I spend a lot of time just getting to know these guys,” added having the opportunity to meet with the Japanese soldiers, and a part of her life when she was comes to heavy metal. Gloyer. that over all he is pleased with his decision in joining. in fourth grade. Violin and vocals are her instruments of choice. During her high school career, Tripoli was part of many Similar to her music tastes, she’ll Cultural differences among the soldiers were most evident also play just about anything. She likes in the formal level of respect offered by the Japanese, Gloyer up-to-date and current music. She also noticed. enjoys playing songs from well-known “Even just going to the grocery store you can see the amount Those interested in joining the National Guard can talk with Mr. Gloyer in his room, A 217, or contact Sgt. Eddie Hukill by calling 417-624-0722, or emailing eddie.hukill@us.army.mil prestigious clubs and classes movies. The orchestra’s practice session, such as National Honor Society, performing Green Day, is proof of her As par- Orchestra, Tri-M, Strolling Strings, and other service organizations. The classes aided her in the musical aspects as well as giving her the opportunity to witness her teachers in their element. “They helped me decide to eclectic tastes. Teaching the orchestra class, however, doesn’t come without its challenges. “It’s very easy to get off-task and talk about random stuff,” she said, laughing. But she is enjoying her return to the halls of JHS. Her senior farewell, ticipants of Orient Shield, American soldiers join forces with members of published in the 2004 JHS Joplimo, the Japa- become a teacher,” she said. sums up her teaching philosophy: “Til nese Ground Tripoli attended Missouri we meet again…dream big!” she wrote. Southern State University in Photo by Victoria Smith Tripoli talks her orchestra before their Halloween per- formance. Self-Defense Force, and sit together to discuss their training. Japanese and American soldiers train together for emergencies while learning helicopter protocol, one of the numerous exercises that members of the two forces took part in at Camp Kami Furano. Answers on Page 19


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16Holiday Issue 2010 PAGE reviews SPYGLASS SPYGLASS 17Holiday Issue 2010 PAGE December movie reviews by Rotten Tomatoes Little Fockers The story is set around Greg and Pam from the movie’s prequels, “Meet the Parents,” and “Meet the Fockers.” New to the cast are their mischevious sons who make their lives a wreck. If this third movie in the series proves anything like the first two, it will be all laughs, with a gentle tug at your family’s heart strings. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader Lucy and Edmund return to Narnia with their cousin Eustace where they meet up with Prince Caspian for a trip across the sea aboard the royal ship The Dawn Treader. Along the way they encounter dragons and dwarf camps before reaching the edge of the world. Tron: Legacy Sam Flynn, the tech-savvy 27-year- old son of Kevin Flynn looks into his father’s disappearance and finds himself pulled into the digital world of Tron where his father has been living for 25 years. Father and son embark on a life or death journey of escape across a visually-stunning cyber universe. True Grit A tough U.S. Marshal helps a stubborn young woman track down her father’s murderer. Starring Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, and Josh Brolin, and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, the movie is scheduled to hit theaters this Christmas. How Do You Know A romantic comedy centered on the love triangle between professional softball player Lisa Jorgenson, a corporate executive, and a major league pitcher. Hits theaters on December 17. ChRienvaieWwok By Elisabeth Heimberg Wok is Cahfainiraly nhinaeswJobpreelicsnot,ambuuertaonintte pnofloamwce.yIsfdatoivdoenra’ittte ulikseedCthoinreesaelly food, but lately Ienjuosutgchano’ft igt.et Some odfismheysfaavtoCrhitiena Wok are their scwhiecektenan, adnsdouofr course, the fried rice. Perhaps the best thing WabookutisCthhiantanot only is the food uathmnebapezlriiniecgve,asbbaulrete. cahnidckcerinsTpihsye,nitrihcee raoinfcdtehtiishsejwuysostrelorduv,te ftsahomamtilyuyo,cufhr,ifyeoonouddrs, tathhniadst maynoeyuaolenwnejioethylse caallninjuhsatClshf.pinliat it stWaasottiksefiybsuysdousurerantod ywCohiutihnreicsthseeccclukaisbssoiinocek apnridcerse.asonable Online Degree Programs Designed to Advance Your Career. Customized to Fit Your Schedule. Convenient. MET Engineering Technology MS Human Resource Development RN to BSN in Nursing MS Educational Leadership MS Educational Technology Library Media or Technology Integration Specialist MS Reading Specialist Licensure or Classroom Reading Teacher MS Health, Human Performance and Recreation ESOL Endorsement 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 cHINA wok Dine-in, carry-out or drive through Hours: Monday-Sunday 11:00-9:00 Phone: (417) 625-1024 1130 E 32nd Street, Suite A Joplin China Wok 10% DISCOUNT For any JHS student or staff with a valid ID joplin hs 5.18x5.indd 2 10/8/10 4:33:49 PM


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18Holiday Issue 2010 PAGE opinion 19SPYGLASS Holiday Issue 2010 PAGE fun & games SPYGLASS Juniors, don’t fret over ‘supposed’ graduation requirements! Graduation Requirements Communication Arts: 4 It’s the most wonderful time... By Lydia McAllister As the school year whizzes by, most juniors are figuring out what else they must do in order to graduate. Let’s be honest: high school students strive for the path of least resistance, the easy way out. Rumors have been flying about that there might, in fact, be no “easy” way out, after all. How terrible. You might have heard, or even told people, that the graduation requirements have changed for the class of 2012. Not true. The requirements are the same for the seniors, juniors, sophomores, and freshmen: 4 communication arts credits, 3 social studies credits, 3 math credits, 3 science credits, 1 fine art credit, 1 practical art credit, 1 P.E. credit, ½ credit of personal finance and ½ credit of health. It seems like a lot, right? But, anything’s better than 4 credits of math? Actually, this is where it gets tricky. You only need 3 math credits to graduate, but to graduate with honors, 4 credits of math are required. However, this is where I have been spoon-fed story after story; Algebra 1 in 8th grade DOES, to the shock and awe of almost everyone, count toward the 4-credit honors requirement. Hold on now, there’s got to be a catch. Well, yes there is. Algebra 1 counts towards the 4 credits of math for honors but does not count towards the standard 3-credit requirement to graduate without honors. Granted, it is very confusing and doesn’t make any sense at all, but at least Algebra 1 counts for something, which far surpasses my wildest dream. I’ve gone through this entire year positively mad with fear that I might possibly have to take trig with vectors or calculus (gasp!). That is because I’ve been told that Algebra 1 in 8th grade didn’t count toward honors. I’ve actually been harboring a deep, insatiable hatred toward all things math related because of this. After talking to Ms. Bowman and realizing my stupidity, I felt everyone else who thinks Algebra 1 was little more than a waste of time should become aware of their foolishness. So, as the school year whizzes by, you (and I) can end the impending doom of calculus or trig with vectors and be wildly happy that you passed Algebra 1. Edward L. McAllister D.D.S. General Dentistry Math: 3 Science: 3 Social Studies: 3 Fine Art: 1 Practical Art: 1 P.E. Credit:1 Personal Finance: 1/2 Health: 1/2 Electives: 8 By Gus Oberg Spyglass Staff Questions What’s your New Year’s Resolution? Sarah- To make an impact in someone’s life Taylor- To do my math homework Colin- Learn how to knit Lydia- Learn how to play Wizard’s Chess Caravana- Save up enough to buy an iPod touch Shelby- Learn how to whistle Lyndsay- To help my sister more Elisabeth- To pass my sophomore year Emma- To be as cool as Colin Find this hidden candy cane in this issue and come to room D105 after Christmas break and get a candy cane! New Year’s Word Search 1530 S. Rangeline Road Joplin, MO 64804 (417) 623-1414 By Gus Oberg Answers for the Guess Who challenge on pages 14 & 15 Mrs. Bonnie Schurman Calli VanOstran Collins Mwai Sgt Holt Officer Sly Julia Lewis Nathan Fisher Alayna Jones BEGINNING CELEBRATE FIRST FRIENDS HOLIDAY JANUARY MIDNIGHT MILLENNIUM PARTY RESOLUTION HAPPYNEWYEAR


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20Holiday Issue 2010 PAGE potter night SPYGLASS JHS Project Graduation, in conjunction with the Route 66 Theatre in Webb City, hosted “Potter Night” in honor of the midnight release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I. Students could purchase tickets for $15 to attend a special encore performance of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince followed by the midnight premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I. With the purchase of a ticket, students also received a free drink and small popcorn. Five dollars from each ticket went toward Project Graduation. Project Graduation raised over $500 from ticket sales. Zach Cox strikes a Potter-like pose. Akilah Medlock, Cassie Reynolds, and Becky Cooper stand in line to receive their free drinks and popcorn. Photos by Sarah Sticklen Gram Booth, Eli Oberg, and Celeste Graves relax in between movies. Don’t forget to come to JHS Trivia Night on January 15 to help support JHS Project Graduation!



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