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2 October 2010 PAGE what’s inside SPYGLASS SPYGLASS feature 3October 2010 PAGE MO National Guard returns from Afghanistan 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 Dylan Prauser 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 8 Students help with cancer awareness month I n s ide. . . Photos and story by Taylor Camden and Shelby Hass The 203rd Engineer Battalion was welcomed home from Afghanistan at Memorial Hall on September 20, 2010 at 10:00 A.M. Walking into the cheers of friends, family and veterans, the 203rd sat through a brief ceremony honoring their service. “Every one of these people is a volunteer. It’s a job well done by people supporting our country,” said Jack Cable, a Vietnam veteran, and recipient of a Bronze Star and Purple Heart. In support of Operation Enduring Freedom, the 203rd Battalion eliminated Improvised Explosive Devices (IED’s) from priority routes to safeguard the passage of U.S., Coalition, and civilian traffic. “To be a part of this is an honor,” said Tanner Crawford, ROTC member, before the posting of the colors. “Seeing people come home and families reunite may effect my decision to join.” Freshman, Chelsey Pippin and her two older sisters, Megan and Amanda, arrived to pick up their father, Sgt. Scott Pippin after his 12 months of service. “It was an unparalleled experience to anything I’ve ever been through,” said Megan. “We’re excited for it all to be normal again,” added Chelsey. This being their father’s first deployment, the girls described the “I ask that when you say your prayers of thanks to these soldiers, that you also pray for those still overseas,” Governor J. Nixon experience as long, but say they have no regrets. “You don’t really appreciate having him there until he’s just not,” said Megan. Consisting of over 900 soldiers, the battalion conducted more than 1400 missions, and successfully cleared in excess of 107,000 kilometers of routes and located more than 426 IEDs out of an approximate 554 encountered. The battalion had a 77 percent find rate and conducted over 150 combined action missions with Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF). They conducted more than 115 counter insurgency missions. The battalion was awarded the Combat Action Battalion Streamer and numerous individual Page 10 FTC welcomes new fish hatchery Page 4 2010 Senate Election Front Page Photo By Taylor Camden Inside Photo By Shelby Hass Page 12 Eichenberger takes place as New Choir Director Jack and Debbie Cable await the arrival of the 203rd so they may honor the soldiers in a way he says Vietnam veterans were not. “It was an honor to be apart of this day with the soldiers and their loved ones. It was hard to focus on taking pictures and interviewing people when all I wanted to do was be apart of it myself. These people who volunteer and sacrifice their lives so that others do not have to, greatly deserved this honor.” ~ Taylor Camden awards. Among the more than 900 soldiers of the 203rd Battalion was Lt. Adam VonAllmen, who was welcomed back to his home in West Plains by his wife and three sons. “It’s been a long, long time to be away from his family,” said wife, Shannon. “It feels like it’s taking forever!” said son, Max. VonAllmen was deployed to Afghanistan for almost a year, adding to the now 20 months of the 51 since his youngest son, Max, was born. Governor J. Nixon also attended the ceremony to pay tribute to the sacrifice made by the soldiers of the battalion and their families. During the ceremony the soldiers and their families paused in silence to honor Sgt. Dennis De Leon Kisseloff and Sgt. Robert Wayne Crow, who lost their lives in action. “I ask that when you say your prayers of thanks to these soldiers, that you also pray for those still overseas,” said Nixon. “Their sacrifice will not ever be At left: Megan, Amanda and Chelsey Pippin help carry their dad’s things while escorting him to the car. “After we began talking with the families and loved ones of the troops, I didn’t feel like I was just reporting anymore. Every one of their emotions was so real and their stories so moving that I felt like I was a part of it all. To meet these people and experience the ceremony was truly an honor.” ~ Shelby Hass


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4 October 2010 PAGE 2010 election SPYGLASS SPYGLASS 2010 election 2010 Senate Race: Republican Roy Blunt v. Democrat Robin Carnahan Reiboldt: Politics gets personal 5October 2010 PAGE Photo courtesy of politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com Missouri’s candidates boast political experience By Sarah Sticklen The 2010 Missouri Senate race between Republican Roy Blunt and Democrat Robin Carnahan is in full swing. The race is estimated to be close, with Blunt sporting only a thirteen point advantage (cnn/time. com). Both Blunt and Carnahan are powerful political names. The Carnahan family is considered a political dynasty in Missouri; while under the Bush administration, Blunt was considered the third most influential Republican in the country. Both candidates also hold plenty of government experience. Carnahan was elected Missouri Secretary of State in 2004. Blunt was elected as Missouri Secretary of State in 1984 and as a U.S. Congressman in 1996. As Congressman, he also served as the Republican House Minority Whip. Key factors on both sides of the election include the economy, health care, and education. Since the economy is the biggest voting issue in this election, both candidates have strong viewpoints on the country’s recovery. Blunt is against stimulus packages, saying Americans can’t “borrow our way out of debt.” He also wants to reduce taxes and is in favor of a Balanced Budget Amendment to impose honest accounting. Carnahan similarly would like to see low taxes for working families and greater investment in job training and small businesses. In addition, she is against bailouts to companies that ship jobs overseas. Both Blunt and Carnahan are can- cer survivors and have placed high emphasis on the American health care system. Carnahan would like to cut costs, prevent insurance companies from denying patients coverage, strengthen Medicare, and provide greater health care access to those who are uninsured. Blunt would like to expand access to health benefits to small businesses, enhance health information technology, and expand health coverage to young Americans. He is also against President Obama’s current health care reform program, calling it “government-run” health care. Concerning education, Blunt encourages policies that emphasize school improvements and show strong results. He believes the funding and control of classrooms should be state and locally decided. Carnahan plans to increase family involvement in education through the Parents as Teachers program and would also like to reform No Child Left Behind. Both candidates have key personal issues as well. Carnahan wants to reduce dependence on foreign oil by increasing cleanenergy industries, which would provide jobs and benefit the state’s health and economy. She also wants renewable energy through bio-fuels and to support farms through rural infrastructure. Blunt believes that there aren’t enough checks and balances within the current government because both the executive and the legislative branches are controlled by Democrats. He believes a Republican Senate would provide the necessary checks and balances needed for a successful government. By Kylie Davis Q and A with Congressman Blunt Kathleen Reiboldt, communication arts teacher at Joplin High School, spent a lot of her summer on the campaign trail, with the purpose of helping elect her 1. What impact do you think the Tea Party is going to have on local and state politics? 3. What effort is being made to husband, Bill Reiboldt, to the State Repre- make up for costs cut from Missouri public schools? sentative seat for the 130th district, which includes Newton County and McDonald County. He was elected in August because I’ve been doing something they are not doing in Washington, D.C.--listening to them and hearing their concerns. It’s great to have so many new people involved in the political process and engaged on the issues of spending and limited government. Their participation is crucial to not only ensuring conservative candidates get elected in November, but that those same voters stay engaged after the election where the real fight will continue in reigning in the Obama, Reid, Pelosi agenda of out-of-control spending and an ever expanding federal government. As a former classroom teacher, I understand that funding and control of classrooms belongs to the states and to local communities, not to Washington D.C. Heavy handed, one-size-fits-all regulations from the federal government will hinder our students, not help them. The federal government will never know more than a classroom teacher, principal, or school board about what a school needs to do to succeed and it will never care more than an involved parent. When we do spend federal dollars, we must demand results. he is unopposed in the general election. Reiboldt believes her teaching experiences made the campaign less stressful: many people she encountered were much like her students; and yet everyone was different. The most exciting part of the election was meeting people, Reiboldt said. “I met people lots of different ways- from door knocking to campaign meetings. We were just out there,” she said. The key to juggling both her career and the election was staying organized, Reiboldt said, which wasn’t much of a change considering a big part of teaching is staying organized. B. Reiboldt’s main goal during his term is to be a good and effective representative, said Reiboldt. He will be working on new legislation and representing the 130th district in Jefferson City. “Election day was wild, but it was the best feeling as the returns started coming in,” she said. A crowd of 150-200 people were at the headquarters in Neosho. Reiboldt ran back and forth from the courthouse to the headquarters all day getting returns and updating her husband who was in McDonald County on election day. Reiboldt got the chance to inform her husband he won the election with hundreds of people standing behind her in silence. “The campaign was hard work, but it was very much worth it. I’d do it again in a second,” she said. Photo courtesy of K. Reiboldt With the federal government’s limited role, I 2. A recent NBC News Wall Street Journal poll showed that 70% of voters want to elect newcomers into office. Why should we vote in the will continue to work to encourage policies that emphasize improvement in our schools and fight for greater local control so our children can be successful in life. Who are you voting for? 2010 Senate race when both the 4. How does the Republican party Blunt and Carnahan names have plan to draw in young voters? been in politics a long time? We need to continue keeping the lines of I’ve never served in the U.S. Senate and I believe Missourians want someone who will go to Washington and fight for them. My opponent comes from three generations of communication open. It is important to listen to young people and communicate with them so they know where you stand on the issues that matter to them and their future. Washington politicians. My mom and dad were dairy farmers, and I was the first person in my family to graduate from college.I was taught there was nothing you couldn’t achieve through education and hard work. Young voters, like most Missourians, are asking ‘where are the private sector jobs?’ My ‘Jobs for Missouri’ plan incorporates the ideas and solutions I’ve received from job creators across the state. This plan will Missourians know elections have consequences and they know the issues matter. Voters know how important the issues are help create real, sustainable private sector jobs for young Missourians and working families. that come November 2, they’ll base their decision on what’s best for them and their family. This election is about whether the government is bigger than the people or the people are bigger than the government. I think the people are going to win. Young Missourians know what is at stake in this election and I encourage them to go to RoyBlunt.com to learn more about my views and my campaign. I’d also encourage them to go to my YouTube channel at YouTube.com/BluntforSenate2010 and look for the video “Life After the Diploma” to hear what young people are saying about our campaign. Bekah Collins, senior “I think Robin (Carnahan) would be the most effective Missouri senator. Education is an issue we should all be focused on because the policies made regarding edu- cation will affect us as students. Robin’s family has always been Will Norton, senior “I’m voting for Roy Blunt because of his strong economical ideas. Fiscally, I couldn’t agree with his ideas more. Also, I’m very impressed with his reputation in the Missouri area.” Aaron Frost, senior “Roy Blunt, because of his conservative values and views on the government’s involvement in our everyday lives.” involved with the education sys- tem, and she clearly understands Note: Carnahan did not respond to attempts for comment. the need to encourage more family and community involvement.”


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6 October 2010 PAGE sports SPYGLASS SPYGLASS sports 7October 2010 PAGE Girls’ Tennis The 2010 girls’ tennis season has come to an end, after the Individual District tournament October 8th, at the Cooper Complex in Springfield. The team has progressed “very well,” said head coach, Shawn McWilliams. “We had a young squad with very limited varsity experience. We had the tough tournaments early, but overall the team has improved greatly.” The team placed second in the Thomas Jefferson tournament, beating out two teams they had lost to previously. Improvement as a team was across the board, but Megan McCreary, sophomore, picked up a racquet for the first time the summer before the season began and secured a number two varsity spot. “She’s faced tough competition, but held her own. She’s done really well this season,” said McWilliams. Coach McGregor assisted Coach McWilliams this season. McGregor is new to the season but not new to Joplin tennis. He retired after coaching 15 years of boys’ tennis and assisted McWilliams for six seasons for the girls. “I was excited to bring him out of retirement,” said McWilliams. The team has faced a few difficulties in the form of injuries and sickness. Dana Jacobs, junior and varsity player, was unable to finish out the season due to a case of mononucleosis. “Overall I’m proud of the girls’ performance this season and am looking forward to watching their growth as players in the seasons to come,” said McWilliams. Photo by Colin Hughes Junior, Leah Collins, plays at the Joplin Tennis Complex during the district match against Neosho. VoGllierylsb’all The Joplin Girls Volleyball team will finish their season on Monday, October 25 with the Carthage Districts Game. “I think varsity has done pretty well so far,” said junior, Shelby Norvell. The team holds a record of 11 wins and 15 losses so far, and looks forward to their senior night on October 19th. “The seniors, Jessie McMullen, Beth Cox, and Allison Cox have all done a great job this season,” said Coach Travis. “Now we’re just hoping to do very well in districts and get as far as we can.” Altogether, the team feels they’ve done well this year and high hopes for the returning players next season. “I hate to see the season end, but next year we’ll have some great players,” said Norvell. Photo by Lydia McAllister Junior, Audrey Lawellin, spikes the ball against Kickapoo during a game October 12th in the JHS gym. Girls’ Golf The Lady Eagles Golf team wrapped up their season on October 7th with the sectionals match in Sedalia, Mo. “We finished off the season okay, considering most of the girls are new,” said freshman, Kylie Davis. At the teams districts match, the Fall top two teams faced off, with the top 15 girls advancing to sectionals. Among those who S p o r t splaced was junior, Cassidy Grooms. Grooms currently holds the number one position on the team, according to captain Autumn Reynolds and Coach Shannon Neill. “It felt really good to qualify,” said Grooms after the district meet. As a whole, the team feels they did Br ie f s:their best and has high hopes for the returning players next year. “We started kind of rough, but finished off well,” said Grooms. “We’re all looking forward to next season.” FEoaogtbleall The JHS football season has been good according to head coach Doug Buckmaster. The Eagles have an overall record of 4-5. “We were picked to be in the bottom half of the Ozark Conference and right now it looks like we will finish third,” said Buckmaster. “We’re exceeding a lot of peoples’ expectations,” he added. The highlights for the Eagles so far include an overtime victory at Hillcrest and a blowout win over Waynesville at home. Unfortunately, Joplin lost their homecoming game 36-28 to Rolla. The Bulldogs scored three touchdowns in the last quarter of the game to overcome a 21-14 halftime deficit. In the game Chris Payton- CCoruonstsry The Joplin cross country team had two runners qualify for the sectinal meet in Camdenton. Senior, Josh Fox tuned in a time of 17:17.6 and Vivian Moreno, also a senior, ran a 20:05.9. The JV team finished their season with the conference meet at Lake Springfield on Saturday, October 9. According to junior Ryan Davidson, the season for both teams was good. “We have a young team with some freshmen who definitely have potential,” said Davidson. “This year was a learning year for them.” Davidson said that the best part of the season was the Pittsburg meet where the varsity boys took 3rd overall and freshman Celeste Graves won the JV girls race. Barba, a sophomore had two touchdowns. Davidson also said that injuries Dayton Whitehead, junior and Keegan haven’t been bad this season. Tinney, senior, each had one touchdown. “Injuries haven’t really been a As far as the rest of the season, problem his season but we have some key Girls’ Softball Buckmaster had this to say. runners on both sides (guys and girls) who “We want to go out and win every are injured right now,” said Davidson. “So Friday night and finish the season strong,” he hopefully we can get them healthy before The JHS softball season was said to came down to the last out, and our 20th win said. districts. be a success according to head coach Kirk of the season was an 11 inning 1-0 victory Harryman. The team finished the season over Camdenton which was pretty exiting,” with 21 wins. The eagles finished 8-1 in he said. conference play, which earned them second Harryman also added that the team Out for the season place in the Ozark Conference. Harryman said that the teams pitching improved the most over the course of the season. “The biggest question early was pitching and Kelsey Gould and Jessica Greninger threw the ball well and gave us chances to win,” he said. Another positive part of the season was the teams .315 batting average. Throughout the whole season there were at least two games that stood out to Harryman. We had a 2-1 win over Ozark that sweaassolunc.ky“Unosut atollyhatvheeraenyarme asjoomr einsjuorrieesarthmiss By Colin Hughes Injuries are a very common by the middle of the season but we were veryoccurrence among high school athletes. It’s fortunate this season,” said Harryman. pretty safe to say that if you play a sport, The Missouri All-District Teamsyou’ve dealt with an injury at one time or have been announced. On the First Teamanother. Blisters and soreness are easy to from Joplin are senior, Sarah Sticklen, andovercome but back injuries and broken bones senior, Nana Jewett. can take weeks, maybe even months to heal. The Second Team players from In sophomore, Cheslie Cook’s case, Joplin are freshman Leighann Craig, seniora back injury has kept him sidelined for the Taylor Costley, and sophomore Kelseyentire football season. Cook has three stress Gould. fractures in his back. “The doctor and I think it happened in weights or squatting and then got worse over time,” Cook said. This is very likely because of the amount of pressure put on the spine when someone is lifting heavy weights. Before he was hurt, Cook was supposed to take the place of injured senior Larinzo Hackett, who is also out because of a broken leg. “I was supposed to start this year when Larinzo got hurt,” said Cook, “But I joined him for the season.” No athlete ever wants to hear that his or her season is over. Cooks’ situation was no different. When he received the news he says it was a shock that he would be unable to dress out every day. “I’ve played football since third grade and never missed a game, let alone a season,” Cook said. Another thing that is new to Cook is standing on the sidelines. “It’s weird watching from the sidelines,” he said. “I’m used to being out on the field.” What Cook misses the most is playing. Sitting out for a whole season is enough for an athlete to realize how much they miss being able to play. “What I miss most about playing is strapping on my shoulder pads and helmet and hitting someone and making the crowd cheer,” said Cook. Photo from Dawn Sticklen Kelsey Gould, sophomore, pitches against Waynesville on October 4th. Cheslie Cook, sophomore, was due to start this year but his injury forced him to sit out the season. Larinzo Hackett, senior, broke his leg while in pursuit of a Glendale player in the first game of the season. His injury has benched him the entire season. SBoocycse’r The JHS soccer team has had a good season so far according to head coach Ed Miller. The team is 13-8 overall and 5-3 in conference play. But Miller feels like his team is better than their record shows. “We’re outshooting our opponents in all but one of our losses this season.” Miller said. “With an extra break or two we could easily have another couple of wins.” Injuries have been a problem for the Eagles so far this season. Senior midfielder Danny McDonald was very productive before suffering a strained Abductor Muscle. Seniors Zach Cox and Nathan Fisher have also been battling knee injuries. “Everyone has injuries, we just need people to step in and do their jobs, which has happened so far this season,” Miller said. The teams overall goal for the season is to win the district tournament and enter the state playoffs. “I feel we have a strong team,” Miller said, “Hopefully we have learned from our mistakes and it should show in our remaining games.” Edward L. 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8 October 2010 P o w e r o fPAGE students 9SPYGLASS SPYGLASS students October 2010 PAGE JHS celebrates homecoming 2010 P i n k Story and photo by Lyndsay Cobb Homecoming 2010 was kicked off October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month with Spirit Week, Sept.27 – Oct. 2; Monday was tie-dye day, Tuesday was western day, Wednesday was sports day, Thursday was animal print day and Friday was eagle pride day. The student body voted on the attendants and the queen. Freshmen attendant Keaton Burns was thrilled with the recognition of homecoming court. “I didn’t believe that I would win. I thought it would be somebody else. I was excited to walk out on to the field in front of everybody. It made me feel like people like me and it makes me feel good about myself,” she said. Sophomore attendant was Erin Lawellin was pleased that the sophomore class voted for her. “I was nervous but okay because I had friends walking out on the field with me. I was mostly excited about the game. ” Zebrina Riggs, the junior attendant, saw the election as an attendant to be the fulfillment of a dream come true. “I was ecstatic. I felt nervous and excited all at the same time. One of the unforgettable memory of the whole week was getting ready on the big day and seeing everyone at the football game,”said Riggs. The Homecoming Queen for Joplin High School was Allison Cox. “I was very honored that I get to represent Joplin and the school. I was very excited because I didn’t think I would win queen but I’m happy I did.” Other senior queen candidates were: Hannah Doerge, Alexa Wattelet, Shelby Woods, and Sarah Turner-Hill. “The best moment would have to be the pep rally. It was funny playing the game,” said Woods. Julia Lewis is chair of the dance committee. “A lot work went in to getting ready for homecoming. We worked after school, after the game, and [during] the dance.” Photo by Dawn Sticklen The JHS Lady Eagles softball team hosted its first annual “Fight Like a Girl” fundraiser for the Mammograms for Friends Fund for Freeman on October 4, during their last home game. The team raised over $120 and continued to wear pink ribbons for the month of October. Above right and at right: JHS National Honor Society assisted the faculty’s effort to pay tribute to Mrs. Connie Robson. NHS members were available in Eagle Alley prior to school to collect donations for breast cancer research and distributed pink ribbons to be worn in support of the cause. Photos by A. Hallmark JHS Faculty, in conjunction with Panera Bread, offered special bagels October 15. Two dollars of the money used to purchase each bagel was donated toward breast cancer research. The event was in honor of Mrs. Connie Robson, former teacher and colleague at JHS. Mrs. Debbie Leatherman was one of the event’s planners. “I thought the students did an amazing job of participating and dressing in pink in understanding for the cause,” she said. Meiya Hallmark, JHS junior, was in elementary school when her mom was diagnosed with stage two breast cancer. Hallmark said her mother’s experience left its impression on her life. “We were afraid that she wouldn’t survive, it was a scary thing for my whole family,” said Hallmark. “I was so young at the time, I didn’t understand the concept of her diagnosis. But as I got older and she was going “ “through her remission, I realized I was one of the lucky few whose mother survived.” Tuesday, October 26, Woody’s Woodfire Pizza on 7th Street will donate 10% of its proceeds throughout the entire day to JHS Project Graduation. Project Graduation provides a safe and entertaining environment for all JHS seniors on graduation night while creating an atmosphere that fosters interaction in a manner that is enjoyable to the graduates. Woody’s will offer delivery through volunteers. All tips go toward Project Graduation. From 5:00 p.m.- close the weight staff will include JHS principals. There will also be special kareoke guest appearances throughout the evening. Be sure to order lunch from Woody’s or plan on Woody’s that night for good food and entertainment all in support of a good cause! Record graduation rate By Lydia McAllister Last year’s graduation rate climbed to 82.8%, which is by far the best recorded graduation rate in school history. The JHS class of 2010 had a final count of 484 graduates with 108 students recorded as drop outs over the duration of their four years of high school. The prospect of this year’s class is looking promising, as well. To date there are a possible 470+ graduate count and the total count of seniors who have dropped are 102 over a four year period. Some things that have been done to improve the graduation rate is the introduction of Eagle Time, a focus on student course passing tests, tutoring options both before and after school and the expansion of the Missouri Options program and its successes. In the future JHS will continue to look for new and innovative approaches through our building school improvement program in order to see this high graduation rate continues. There have been no changes to the graduation policy for this year and the faculty is very happy that the graduation rate improved as much as it did last year. Many years of work by the faculty made the difference to help more of JHS students realize their goal of graduation. 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10October 2010 PAGE around jhs SPYGLASS SPYGLASS around jhs 11October 2010 PAGE Fish for class not food Too many students? By Caravana Randall Most think of fishing as a pastime not an educational option. But students at JHS have the option to appreciate both, thanks to the combined efforts of Randy Commons, former vocational agriculture instructor and Jason Cutler current vocational agriculture instructor. The final construction of the fish hatchery is one of the first of its kind on the high school level in the state of Missouri. “Mr. Commons really got the fish hatchery started. It was a process of a couple years,” said Cutler. “He got in contact with Lincoln University; they modeled the system here after Lincoln University but on a smaller scale.” Looking to attract students to the vocational agriculture program, Randy Commons began the research and initial construction of the fish hatchery. “Some of the reasons for the fish hatchery had to do with Joplin being a more urban agricultural program. We had to make it easier for students, as far as interest goes. Fish was something we thought we could attract more students with,” said Cutler. The hatchery, which was installed last year, is now expanding students learning abilities in Cutler’s fish and wildlife class. Fish fits perfectly with one of the many things he teaches at FTC. Cutler enjoys fishing and spent his last two summers fishing in Alaska. Certain students are allowed to work in the fish lab, such as students in the fish and wildlife class. There is also a student who has responsibilities even outside of class. “One student in particular, Jarred English, takes a primary responsibility for daily operations,” said Cutler. A junior at JHS, English was manage the fish lab; it will be his second year working with the fish hatchery. “It’s my job to maintain fish health, any fish offspring, and the entire fish lab,” said English. “Last year I helped Eli Moran with the larvae and maintaining the lab. After he graduated I took over.” English was trained specifically for this job by his former agriculture teacher Commons. He also learned new ways to take care of fish with Cutler. “Jarred and I both got to visit Lincoln University and study aquaculture systems there,” said Cutler. Students who are interested in taking the fish and wildlife class can expect to learn many things. “The class gives students the chance to do things like water quality and to do things that may correlate with jobs in that field, such as water quality or disease On September 29, the Joplin Globe published an article summarizing the school board retreat in which the increased student population at the elementary schools and high school was discussed. Several solutions are being considered, including the possibility of a separate ninth-grade center. Here’s what some JHS students have to say about the idea of a ninth-grade center: Ashley Baumhover, freshman- “It would be a lot easier to learn if we had a seperate school because then we would have more one-on-one time with the teachers.” John Cole, sophomore- “In my opinion, there could be an argument for both sides, but I do not believe that they should single the freshmen out. If we put freshmen into their own environment, then they will still act liPkeh omtoidBdlye AscnhnoaolL seteudCeonptse, and that would give them no room to grow before they hit sophomore and junior years.” Julia Tucker, sophomore- “Many eighth-graders get overwhelmed and afraid when they think about going to the high school, so if they moved on from junior high to a less crowded and less chaotic environment than Joplin High, I think the transition from middle school to high school would be easier.” Colten Brandenburg, junior- “If the school district does decide to build a new center, it will cost us money we don’t have and require us to hire more teachers we cannot afford to hire.” JHS Calendar of Events October 27 -- Club Pictures October 28 -- Blood Drive October 29 -- Early Release (noon) November 18, 19, 20 -- Fall Play JHS Auditorium 7:00 November 24, 25, 26 -- No School Thanksgiving Break Franklin Joplin Eagle Pride Band and Dance Team place 2nd at Maple Leaf Parade Technology The Joplin Eagle Pride Band and Dance Team placed 2nd in their class in the parade and came in 2nd overall in the competition later in the day at the Center recent Maple Leaf Marching Festival. The second place achievement was won out of a field of 22 music performing groups, said Rick Castor, JHS Director of Bands. In prelims we came in A Great Place to Start 2nd in our class and earned a one rating in the field show and won outstand- ing Horn Line, which is the first time ever for us. In finals we came in 6th place. Photos courtesy of Grant Bennett. Secondary and Adult programs 2020 Iowa, Joplin, MO 64804 www.ftcjoplin.org Ph. 625-5260 Ph. 625-5269 No debate: Joplin High’s NFL is recognized with national award The Joplin High School Speech and Debate program has been recognized for its work last year in garnering 200 or more degrees and has become a member in the National Forensic League’s (NFL) elite 200 Club. The NFL recognizes the achievements of their sponsored programs and awards only the top 5% of NFL chapters nationwide with membership in this prestigious standing. Bobby Stackhouse, NFL adviser and coach, was pleased with the recognition. “The debate program is more of a team performance and it’s not just recognizing one student,” he said. Senior Check List October/November o Take or retake the ACT and/or SAT o Make a final list of your top college choices o Attend college fairs o Finalize application packages o Send early decision and early actions applications o Promptly respond to any request from admissions officers o Check 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


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12October 2010 PAGE teacher feature SPYGLASSSPYGLASS reviews 13October 2010 PAGE New Director of Choirs: Mr. Story and Photos by Taylor Camden Taking the place of retired director of choirs, Susan Ideker, Eric Eichenberger is the new director of choirs for Joplin High School. Sound Dimension; the mixed show choir, Touch of Class; the all girls show choir, and Varsity Chorale; the chamber choir, are all under the direction of Eichenberger this year. “Susan Ideker left big shoes to fill. After 25 years she established a great program,” said Eichenberger. “In some ways I think it’s going great; in other ways I think I still have a lot to learn.” Eichenberger has introduced a different style of music and choreography to the groups that differ from previous years. This new style has increased the need for enthusiasm in the groups. “I think Mrs. I would be really proud,” said Rachel Berryhill, a member of Sound Dimension. “I think she would like the fact that Mr. Eichenberger is trying to make the group really energetic about their show.” His goals for this year and for future years are to maintain the number of students that are enrolled in vocal music and to keep them enjoying it. He also plans to have a vocal booster club for parents. “I think Mr. Eichenberger is doing a good job this year,” said Rachel Berryhill, “He has a lot of neat ideas for the groups”. Not straying from tradition, Eichenberger plans to keep having the groups perform “Like an Eagle” at graduation and the Senior Spotlight concert, and still plans to invite alumni to performances. Eichenberger Cotton candy By Lydia McAllister To be completely honest, the mainstream pop ballads are not usually what I subject my ears to. However, I know half the population, high school teens especially, listen to each new single as if it held all the answers in the world. Katy Perry’s new album, Teenage Dream, includes singles that fall into the categories of either masterfully crafted pop with hooks that get permanently engrained in your mind, or the more available, awful kind of catchy that can cause you to itch and burn like a bad poison ivy outbreak. The album rockets off to a solid start with the title track, “Teenage Dream.” The song reveals a softer side of the otherwise bratty bombshell with lyrics like: “You think I’m pretty without any make-up on/ You think I’m funny when I tell the punch line wrong.” The lovesick lyrics mixed with Perry’s whispered intimacy over blaring guitar strums ultimately make you want to feel the same way about someone. It would be morally unacceptable to praise the next track, “Last Friday (T.G.I.F.).” Perry, leave the songs about glitter and drunken hook-ups to Ke$ha. The track, “Peacock,” shocked me. Then again, Perry lives for the shock factor. The infectious, cheer-tastic celebration is past naughty. If you still have doubts about what I’m referring to, I wouldn’t advise you, but feel free to listen for yourself. In interviews leading up to the release of her new album, Perry expressed her desire to fill the void of an Alanis-Morissettetype pop figure in today’s market. “Circle the Drain” is the result of such a desire. The song is one of the most heated, angry tracks on the album. The lyrics explode over a chaotic beat, while verbally ripping her ex-flame to shreds. “E.T.” and “Who Am I Living For?” follow along a similar path, trying to emulate Morissette-type sounds. The tracks give little to be loved and much to be desired, leaving the attempt to break away from her musical rut an obvious epic fail. At best, Teenage Dream is another addition to the party-pop anthems already too present in our generation’s music scene. With the exception of a few moments of cotton candy-stuffed brilliance, (“Teenage Dream,” “Firework”), Perry fails to separate herself from looking like a bad Ke$ha wanna-be and fails to open herself up to a more dynamic sound. If nothing else, Teenage Dream will keep the pop charts happy for a few weeks, but leaves me disappointed in this artist who tries so hard to separate herself from the norm, but ends up blending right in. There’s always next time, Katy. let down Photo from www.crazythemes.com/images/Katy-Perry-Hot-Images.jpg Reach for the Halo Familiar face in new place Harding to fill sophomore principal position for 2010-2011 Story and Photo by Elisabeth Heimberg Former JHS teacher, Matt Harding, has become the new sophomore principal on an interim basis for the 2010-2011 school year. Harding has been with JHS for 11 years, teaching social studies and coaching football. Harding’s role for this year is to be available for teachers and students, if needed. He believes this job will be overwhelming because he was not as prepared as most people starting a new job would be. “I did not have all spring and summer to plan and know what I’m doing,” said Harding. “But I like the challenge.” Dr. Kerry Sachetta, Principal at JHS, interviewed him for the position. Harding was selected by consensus of a panel of teachers, a central office administrator, and the principals at JHS. “Mr. Harding has done a quality job in the classroom as a teacher, and has shown he is a leader in our social studies department,” said Sachetta. His experiences in the classroom and coaching sports were indicators taken into consideration of his potential to be a principal, said Sachetta. Harding’s knowledge of the building and ability to work with effectively with students were also factors in his selection. “A lot of my friends had him as a teacher before he became principal. They all said he was awesome,” said Kelsey Gould, sophomore. “I think we have a good principal this year,” said Alexandria Adams, sophomore. Photo from http://windows7themes.net/halo-reach-trailer-vga.html By Colin Hughes Halo: Reach is the newest and final installment in the very successful Halo series. What makes it different is that it takes place prior to the main Halo trilogy. What this means is that instead of playing as a familiar Master Chief, you play as Noble 6. This new character is a rookie to his team of Spartans on the planet Reach. You get to know each member of your team throughout the campaign. If you have played Halo games in the past you should feel right at home killing aliens on the battlefield in campaign mode. Another good addition is the battlefields themselves. Unlike past games, battles in Reach take place on many unique landscapes. The whole campaign takes eight to ten hours to play on heroic difficulty. This is level three of four on a scale of difficulty. When players aren’t playing the campaign mode, they can choose to test their skill in online matches. Most game types are a variation of team slayer. Teams of four face off against each other to see who can get 50 kills first. Online play features 13 maps, 4 of which are from former Halo games. Perhaps the most drastic change to the games is the addition of armor abilities. There are certain perks that can be given to your player, giving it a special ability. These temporary but reusable abilities are sprinting, jetpacks, invisibility and armor lock. All are pretty self explanatory with the exception of armor lock, which temporarily makes your player invincible but they are unable to move. Another addition is health kits. If at any point in the game your health is decreased, you can find one of these and instantly restore your health. When playing the game either online or in campaign mode, you earn credits. By getting kills in the game you earn credits. These credits are used to purchase armor upgrades and customizable features that change your players appearance in the game. Another way to earn credits is to take part in daily and weekly challenges that earn you hundreds of credits at a time. Overall, Halo: Reach is a fantastic game that, while similar to former Halo games, introduces new components. The multiplayer mode didn’t change much with the exception of armor abilities, which speed up the games. The campaign didn’t change a lot either, but the improved landscapes make the game seem much different. Whether you prefer playing alone or with friends, this game provides something for everyone.


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14October 2010 PAGE opinion SPYGLASS SPYGLASS staff 15October 2010 PAGE By Gus Oberg Community Blood Center of the Ozarks Franklin Technology Blood Center Thursday, October 28th, 2010 8:00 A.M. to 2:30 P.M. Franklin Tech School Store room 32 and Bloodmobile in parking lot *All participants get a free t-shirt * Must be 16 or older to donate. Bring a photo I.D. with proof of birth date on day of the blood drive for more info, Contact Ms. Shelly Hartley at FTC SPARK creativity By Emma Meek When looking at the last several years in the Joplin community, it becomes clear that the city is making progress toward more artistic opportunities. Specifically, the Third Thursday Art Walk downtown has become a major success and is a monthly event the community can be proud of. Along these same lines, city manager Mark Rohr is proposing a plan to expand art involvement citywide. The new program called SPARK, Stimulat- ing Progress through Art Recreation and Knowledge of the past, has the potential to not only bring mon- etary gain to the city, but to provide experiences for residents in and around the Joplin area that otherwise might not be available. The SPARK program involves taking all of the walking trails around the area and maneuvering them to end in a town green. The town green will be somewhat of a park with an art museum as well as opportunities for outdoor sculptures and an amphi- theater available for outdoor performances. In the winter, the entire area has the option to be flooded and frozen, creating a public ice skating rink. The op- portunities this area could bring about seem endless and this is only the beginning. Eventually, Rohr plans to open a performing arts center allowing national performing tours an op- tion to make a stop in Joplin. Our area is in a key sec- tion of the nation therefore, if given the opportunity, many renowned performers would more than likely feel the need to stop here giving the area residents countless opportunities. The goal of this project is to have no finan- cial burden to the city or its citizens, and therefore I can see no problem with implementing the program. Shelby Hass Personally, I believe this plan can bring Joplin to its full potential. A place for community involvement, such as this, will allow for young adults Grade: School sophomore activities: newspaper, speech to stay near home when looking to start a family as and debate well as draw in new residents from all over the area. We have the talent and the ability in Joplin, we just need the drive to excel in our community activities. Favorite story news writing style: feature Constantly while growing up I went all over to view Future Goals: I want to go to a lib- concerts, plays, museums, and other renowned artistic opportunities. I believe Rohr is doing just that as he puts eral arts school and major ism. I also want to design in journallayouts for this plan into action. I look forward to the future of a magazine. our city and for upcoming generations to enjoy the benefits of the town green. Lyndsay Cobb Grade: sophomore School Activities: newspaper, concert choir, ETS Hobbies: reading and babysitting Favorite book: A Walk to Remember or The Notebook Future Goals: I either want to be an author or a doctor. Elisabeth Heimberg Grade: sophomore School Activities: newspaper, A+ Program Favorite magazine: Sports Illustrated Future Goals: My goals for after high school are to go to a two-year college in Missouri then off to Pittsburgh, Pennslyvania to finish college. Spooky Staff Questions What’s your favorite Halloween candy? Shelby- gummy eyeballs Lyndsay- candy corn Elisabeth- candy corn Sarah- dark chocolate M&Ms Taylor- orange PopRocks Colin- I like it all Lydia- Halloween Kit-Kats Caravana- candy corn Emma- gummy bears What’s your biggest fear? Shelby- spiders Lyndsay- creepy crawlers Elisabeth- riding elevators Sarah- Freddy Krueger Taylor- Snooki Colin- blindness Lydia- ghosts Caravana- mice Emma- pythons


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16October 2010 PAGE eagles on film SPYGLASS Photos by Victoria Smith, Shelby Hass, Sarah Sticklen and Grant Bennett



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