Spyglass: Volume L | Issue VI | May 2010


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Spyglass Joplin High School Newspaper May 2010 2104 Indiana, Joplin, Missouri Volume L Issue 6


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May 2010 2 PAGE inside SPYGLASS 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 is currently available online through Joplin High School website links. www.joplinschools.org Spyglass Staff Sarah Sticklen, Editor Kayla Buchmann Taylor Camden Becky Cooper Colin Hughes Lydia McAllister Emma Meek Aaron Murray Dylan Prauser Caravana Randall Cheyanna Padilla All students write stories, take photographs, sell advertisements and design pages. Cartoonist: Gus Oberg W hat’s Inside... Cat Dissection Page 4 Page Dayton Whitehead Page 7 B. White: Thank you for dedicating years of service to the Joplin High School Journalism Department, especially the Spyglass. We appreciate everything you’ve done for us; you’ve taught us more than just what it takes to put together a successful newspaper. The memories we’ve created will live on between the lines. You’ve impacted all of our lives in a way no one else could. There are no goodbyes, only Zool. -Spyglass Staff ‘09-’10 Teacher Feature The Spyglass Staff would like to thank the Joplin Globe for printing Special OlympicsPlease direct all correspondence, letters to the editor, news ideas, and other ma- Page 10 Page 12 terial for the staff to Ms. White in Room A219, give to any staff member, or email to Page One photo contributed by Margie M. Black our newspapers. We would aslo like to thank the students, faculty. and administration at Joplin High School for being apart of all publications bwhite@joplin.k12.mo.us. Page Two photo by Aaron Murray this year.


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SPYGLASS feature Ticket prices: Adults $ 7 Students $ 6 Senior Citizens $ 4 Children $ 4 Refreshments will be available at intermission May 2010 3PAGE Performance Times: Thursday & Friday: 7 p.m. Saturday: Children’s Matinee at 2 p.m. - Act 1 only Regular show at 7 p.m. Ticket booth opens 45 minutes prior to show Photo by Kayla Buchmann Characters played by Lauren Bynum and Andrew Noel get into trouble during rehearsal. “Over the river and through the woods..” By Kayla Buchmann What do a baker, “Since the first time I watchedawolf,Cinderella, With such a small group, funny Little Red Riding the show and have learnedHood, and a boy moments are bound to happen back with his cow all have in common? about it, I’ve wanted to do it, stage. Schurman They all go into and this year I said ‘Let’s dothe woods to get a recalls a day when the high school wish fulfilled then in Act II get the it’.” -- Ms. Schurman yearbook came to take photos and the tables turned on cast wore costumes them for the wish they had granted. for the first time. The wig Arlisa Arwood wears, In James Lepline’s Into the Woods, with music and lyrics by Steven Sondheim, all of these who plays the role of Repunzel, made her look just like her mother. Photo by Kayla Buchmann The cast of Into the Woods rehearses before opening night. characters and others that are later introduced Being a Sondheim show, one of the throughout the show, are sent into the woods for personal reasons to get or have something happen in their life. Bonnie Schurman, director for the show, most difficult parts to master was the music, but Schurman says the cast is doing very well. She says she loves all the characters and can’t pick a favorite for that reason, but her “This is a show I have been waiting a while to says, “Since the first time I watched the show and favorite song out of the show is “No One is Alone.” make happen and amhave learned about it, I’ve wanted to do it, and this Audiences are in for a funny, interesting show with year I said ‘Let’s do it.’” Into the Woods starting May 6th and running until excited about openingOne thing that is different this year from the 8th. previous years is the cast size, only 20 actors is For Schurman, “This is a show I have been night.” --small compared to the gigantic cast of Once Upon waiting a while to make happen and am excited Ms. Schurman a Mattress last May. about opening night.”


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May 2010 4 PAGE feature SPYGLASS “Cats are extremely muscular and help the student to visualize where the muscles are and how they function.” --Jay Reed “We learned what the organs look like.” -- Devany Allen “That cats’insides are a lot like humans’.” --Colton Hoffman Joey Verhaar and Ryan Howard remove the stomach from their cat. Dissection is the cat’s meow Anatomy and Physiology students on cutting edge Photo by Sarah Sticklen By Caravana Randall Jay Reed’s anatomy and physiology classes have been dissecting for 13 years. “I enjoy this more as a teacher because I get to see the students’ faces light up as they get to see something new,” said Reed. In biology you only dissect pigs, and in advanced biology you dissect sharks. Mr. Reed dissects cats every year for anatomy and physiology. The importance of this dissection is to see the cat’s muscles. “Cats are extremely muscular and help the student to visualize where the muscles are and how they function,” says Reed. He also says that it “gives a better understanding of how their (the students’) bodies work and hopefully shows them why they need to take care of their body.” When people oppose to the dissection of cats, they are given an alternative assignment to work on. Colton Hoffman is understanding of this because “people have them as pets.” Hoffman would participate in another dissection on one condition: that it was “not with a household animal.” DevanyAllen enjoyed the dissection. Her favorite part was “cutting open the stomach and the intestines, because we found a tape worm.” Both students learned things they hadn’t known before. “We learned what the organs look like,” saysAllen. Hoffman learned “that cats’ insides are a lot like humans.” Photo by Sarah Sticklen Julia Lewis studies the internal organs of her cat.


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SPYGLASS around jhs Senior parents prepare for Project Graduation By Aaron Murray Graduation is almost here, and it’s time to make the plans. When seniors walk, the parents in the audience watch as the seniors finally leave their high school careers behind. So what’s the next step in the process? Why, a party, of course. After the graduation ceremony, seniors from all over Joplin are invited to the Project Graduation Celebration held at the Bridge. Families of the seniors are invited, as well as the teachers. And the best part is, it’s completely run and planned by senior parents. Committee members and their children have worked hard in order to get this shindig together. They stuffed bags for the Taste of Home Cooking Show, they sold Project Graduation and Joplin Eagles Merchandise, they sold 50/50 raffle tickets at all the football games. Door prizes will also be given out during the event, and according to Julie Damer, the “prizes will be awesome.” “There are fabulous prizes,” says Damer “[Some prizes] are a flat screen TV, a laptop, large cash prizes, mini fridges, and large gift cards.” This group of parent volunteers also runs the Senior Banquet, of which Damer is also in charge. “We’re all in charge of fundraising,” says Damer “But we’re all broken down into committees, and we’re all in charge of separate things.” During the banquet, videos and pictures of seniors were shown, and Mythos Greek Restaurant on Range Line catered. Hundreds take first step for babies By Becky Cooper On Saturday, April 24, hundreds of people supported the March of Dimes organization in walking for babies. According to their annual report, the March of Dimes helps moms have full term pregnancies and healthy babies. They also research the problems that threaten the babies, and are striving towards preventing that. March of Dimes held its annual walk at Landreth Park. With registration beginning at 10 in the morning, students from Joplin High School’s Key Club arrived ready to walk, in spite of the rain. “Rain or shine, the march is always fun. This year they handed out ponchos for us, so we all looked crazy and colorful,” says junior, Kalli McCoy. The duration of a pregnancy is measured by gestational age, and if the baby is born before 37 weeks gestation, it is considered to be prematurely born. According to BabyZone Editors, about 11% of all babies are born premature. These infants require long hospital stays and may also need attention in a special care nursery. Premature delivery is one of the most important causes of serious illness among newborn infants. March of Dimes is dedicated to improving the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality. May 2010 5PAGE Super Smarties By Lydia McAllister Here among us at Joplin High School are many vastly intelligent graduating seniors that are attending prestigious universities around the country. Caitlin Hoff, future attendee of John Hopkins University, plans on majoring in International Relations and Romance Languages. Her dream job would be, “anything where I am able to travel abroad and communicate with people of foreign nations.” Hoff has been inspired to succeed by several of her teachers but namely Coach Mac and Mr. Parker. “I have really enjoyed the all-class, hyper-opinionated conversations in Coach Mac’s class. Mr. Parker’s somewhat off-beat nature was like a refreshing drink of water on a monotonous day.” Being involved in over 14 different clubs and activities as well as taking tough classes has kept Hoff very busy. “Being a part of so many different clubs and being able to take many different classes has really allowed me to broaden my ways of thinking because every sector of the school is filled with a multitude of different students who are all passionate about various things.” Hoff’s favorite high school memory was the Constitution Team State Trip. “After the competition, we all decided it was time for a welldeserved swimming break. However, the pool was broken and about 4060 degrees. Being the competitive people we are, we decided to have a competition to see who could stay in the ice-cold pool the longest. I stayed in so long, my skin started to crack. Even though it was a school function, the Constitution Team State Trip seemed more like a mini-vacation because I got to share it with all my friends.” Although college will be new and exciting, Hoff said she is going to miss a lot of things about JHS. “I am going to miss all my super eccentric friends and all the teachers and faculty members who have inspired me over the years.” Hoff’s advice to her fellow graduates is, “Don’t take life so seriously, and do what you love. Life was meant to be enjoyed.”


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May 2010 6 PAGE sports Sport Shorts SPYGLASS Track The season is continuing, and track is staying strong. The season is pretty good according to Paul Chambers, head track coach. “Were making progress getting where we need to be,” Chambers said. During their last meet on April 20 in Nevada, both boys and girls received third. Ashlee Shimmin ranked 44th in the nation for shot put. According to Chambers, no matter how well you do there is always room for improvement. “Always look to improve in everything. Even if you’re the best in the state you still want to improve,” says Chambers. State championships will be held in Jefferson City Memorial Day weekend. Girls’ Soccer The girls’ soccer season continues. Ed Miller, head soccer coach, has been working hard to improve the team. “We’re improving with each game, but I think we let a couple games get away from us,” says Miller. According to Miller the girls have been putting forth a good effort and working hard to fix any problems that arise. “Some results aren’t what we want, but we’re working on fixing those problems,” says Miller. One of Millers duties is, “Going over the game situations and improving our decision making to solve problems.” The game at Carl Junction went well according to Miller. The team won the game with a score of 4-1. This game also allowed seven team members to contribute who hadn’t before. During the game in Carl Junction Taylor Sharp scored her first varsity goal and had her first assist. Julia Lewis scored her first career varsity goal. Yasmine Farfan-ulloa scored her first goal. Mikiala Craig, who was in the field earlier in the season, is now playing goalie. Districts will be held May 15 at Willard High School. Tennis Joplin High School tennis team will play in the Ozark conference tournament on Thursday May 6. This season the Eagles achieved second place in the Thomas Jefferson Invitational. Jenks, who is the number one ranked tennis team in Oklahoma, won the Joplin tennis tournament on March 31. The District tournament will be played on Friday May 14. The state tournament for teams will be on Thursday May 27. The individual state tournament will be held on May 28 and 29. Baseball The Joplin High School baseball team improved their record to 9-14 with a win over Camdenton on Tuesday May 4. The Eagles will finish their season with games on Thursday May 6 against Glendale, starting at 5:00 p.m., and Saturday May 8 against Webb City. That game will start at 12:00 p.m. Varsity will play first and JV will follow. The tournament will start on May 15 in Carthage. Boys Golf The Joplin High School golf team has had a successful year. Recently, Chris Moss, shot a par 72 to win the Missouri State Aldo Sebben Relays in Springfield, Missouri. The only other player to shoot in the 70’s was Matt Ditto with a 78. Austin Jones shot an 83, Brenden Weeks had an 89, and Jeff Herr scored a 92. Joplin Will play in the district tournament on Tuesday, May 4. The state tournament will be in Sedalia, Missouri on May 17 and 18.


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SPYGLASS sports May 2010 7PAGE Photo by Lydia McAllister Dayton takes a swing in the batting cages after the team played Nixa and won. Whitehead starts the season off strong By Colin Hughes Dayton Whitehead, a sophomore at Joplin High School, has been starting for the varsity baseball team all season. He likes playing varsity saying, “My favorite part is being able to make friends with the older guys and having to go out each day and prove that you belong there.” However there is one thing Whitehead doesn’t like about playing baseball. “My least favorite part is having to do ab workouts,” he said. Whitehead also admits that he was nervous about starting at first. Whitehead said, “I was really nervous before my first couple of games, but the older guys helped me out.” Whatever the older guys said worked because he has been successful both in the field and in hitting. Whitehead has played shortstop, second base and even third base at times for the Eagles, but says he prefers second base. He also says that he tries to model his game after Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees and Ian Kinsler of the Texas Rangers. As for who has played the biggest role in influencing his career, Whitehead says his dad and grandpa have influenced him the most. If his dreams to play sports in college do not follow through, Whitehead has an alternate plan. “I would like to play a sport in college, but if I don’t get an athletic scholarship I want to join the Marines,” said Whitehead. “My favorite part is being able to make friends with the older guys and having to go out each day and prove that you belong there.” “My least favorite part is having to do ab workouts.” Belden takes tennis to the next level By Sarah Sticklen friendships, playing on the Joplin High For senior Alec Belden, playing tennis team has created many fond memories tennis has been a lifelong activity. for Belden. Beating the Nahon brothers from “I’ve played since I was five years Glendale with his doubles partner, sophomore old,” says Belden. “My family always played Derek Carter, was one of his best moments tennis. My grandma would take me to play playing tennis, says Belden. Glendale and with her when I was Joplin have had an ongoing rivalry since little.” When Belden grew older, he began “I’ve always enjoyed tennis, and I think it’ll help me join Joplin’s number one rank last year, John Lazenby, beat taking professional instruction from coaches at Millennium Fitness in with the community Westminster.” at Paul Nahon at state playoffs last year. Recently, tennis Center in Joplin and has presented Belden playing in United States a new opportunity— Tennis Association (USTA) tournaments. a college education. Westminster College in Then, Belden’s junior year of high Fulton, Missouri, has offered Belden a tennis school, he transferred from College Heights scholarship. Christian School to Joplin High School and Belden is very excited about joined their tennis team. A year later, he has continuing his sport in college, especially at developed many new friendships and gained such a prestigious school, says Belden. the number one rank on the team. “I’ve always enjoyed tennis, and I Besides creating important think it’ll help me join in with the community at Westminster,” says Belden. Moreno runs toward success By Sarah Sticklen Though this is only junior Vivien Moreno’s first year on the track team, she is already making vast improvements and has set high goals for herself. Moreno participates in the one mile, two mile, and 800 meter races. She decided to run long distance races in track this year with the intention of becoming stronger and faster, ultimately making it to cross country state. Last year, she was only eleven seconds away from qualifying to state. “I’m hoping track will help me get there,” says Moreno. With cross country, and now track, running has become a big part of Moreno’s life. During the off season, she runs five times a week, with the goal of running 25 miles a week and eventually working her way up to 35 miles. Though running 25 miles a week requires a lot of effort and will power, Moreno feels that running has been very beneficial for her in many ways and has taught her important lessons. “Running every day or every other day helps build determination,” says Moreno. “You’re not going to get better unless you actually get out of bed and go run.” Moreno also feels that running and competing has made her a generally good person overall. Running helps her keep her body healthy and toned, and she has developed great friendships with her teammates. Running has affected Moreno’s life in many positive ways, and she says that any girls who might be interested in being a part of the track or cross country teams should definitely join. G’ day!!!It’s not too late to sign up for Australia in Summer 2011. See Ms.White in A219


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May 2010 8 PAGE students Prom 2010 Recap Italiana Romantica SPYGLASS Photo courtesy of Mackenszee Roberts Prom queen Mackenzsee Roberts and senior Victoria Dubuis pose for a picture after prom. Photo courtesy of Griffin Sonaty Junior Nick Thompson gets in touch with his inner cowboy at prom. By Emma Meek Joplin High School Prom 2010, went out with a ang as seniors had their last dance at JHS. When walking in seniors were invited to sign a eepsake chalkboard, a new tradition. Photos and backdrops lled the two rooms at The Holiday Inn Convention Center. ictures were available for purchase and craft supplies were et out to decorate keepsake masks. Toward the end of the night, the main room split in he middle to form an aisle for prom court. Jessica Cashion, Lauren Johnson, MacKenszee Roberts, Amelia Warstler, and Olivia Watkins were all on the ballot for prom queen. While Luke Barr, Mike Jenkins, Robbie McPheeters, Andrew Noel, and Collin VanOstran were up for king. After much anticipation, Mackenszee and Robbie were crowned. As for the traditional queen and king dance, Robbie didn’t feel it was necessary. “I didn’t dance with that girl. I didn’t know her!” Robbie instead danced with his date and had an awesome senior prom night. Many prom-goers attended Project Prom with the number of students raising above 300. This being the biggest Project Prom, JHS students filled the town at the Flip-Shop, The Amazing Race, Carl Richard’s Bowl East, House of Bounce, Route 66 Carousel Park, and Skateland. Ending with breakfast in the early hours of the morning, most students went home for a Sunday full of rest. Italiana Romantica Prom 2010 was a huge success giving all students that attended a night to remember.


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SPYGLASS students May 2010 9PAGE Joplin High School students prepare for AP testing By Sarah Sticklen During the first two weeks of May, many high school students participate in AP exams—standardized tests that evaluate a student’s knowledge of a specific subject. AP courses and exams offer college credit, a weighted GPA, and may even help students stand out in the college recruitment process. According to the College Board, 31 percent of colleges and universities look at AP experience when determining scholarships. Also, AP students are more likely to graduate from college in four years, saving up to $19,000 for their entire college education. This year, many students at Joplin High School chose to enroll in one, or several, of the nine AP courses the school had to offer. Other students chose to study independently for an AP exam over a course that the school did not offer. An AP exam veteran, senior Phil Davis is taking two AP exams this year, AP Government and AP Literature and Composition. Davis says he decided to take AP courses to avoid rudimentary freshmen college courses, enabling him to get a head start in college. Another AP veteran, junior Zach Cox has chosen According to the College Board, Parker, several times to review test material. “The AP Chemistry exam looks good on any hopeful 31 percent of colleges and universities med-student’s resume,” says Ancha. Unlike Ancha, Davis and Cox are enrolled in AP lookatAPexperiencewhendetermining courses that the school offers. Because of this, their classes scholarships. Also, AP students are cover much of the test material, and a lot of their classes’ curriculum is based on the test. more likely to graduate from college To prepare for the exam, they’ve been discussing in four years, saving up to $19,000 for exam questions in class and taking AP practice tests. “You’re going to do a lot better [on the AP exam] if their entire college education. you’re familiar with the material,” says Cox. While both Davis and Cox agree that the AP exam to take AP courses in order to boost his grade point average (GPA) as well as gain college credit. Other students, like sophomore Siri Ancha who will be taking an AP exam for the first time this May, plan to use the AP exam as another line on their college resume. Ancha is studying independently for the AP Chemistry exam because Joplin does not offer the course. To study for the exam, she has bought several AP Chemistry test prep books and has met with her chemistry teacher, Mr. is more difficult that the ACT, they still believe that the test is not as difficult as it seems. “You think it’s going to be the hardest thing in the world, but it’s not as bad as you think,” says Davis. Cox attributes this to the amount of preparation the AP classes at Joplin have to offer. “The test is very standardized, but at the same time it’s familiar,” says Cox. “You’ve been going over the material all year.” Don’t get carried away ... Joplin S.A.D.D held a Mock Car Acciedent on Wednesday, April 14, 2010. Spyglass Staff Photo Photo by Sarah Sticklen Cynthia Moss and Alex Mammele act out a scene from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream for their Drama II class.


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May 2010 10PAGE around jhs Bloodstock 2010 SPYGLASS Democracy in action for JHS By Dylan Prauser The students at Joplin High School have cast their ballots for the 2010-2011 Student Council. Class officers, representatives and the student council officer team have been elected to represent the students for the 2010-2011 school year. “Student Council gives students the opportunity to participate in a student body government and make decisions that impact others,” said Mr. Warstler, JHS Student Council sponsor. Student council gives students the experience to make decisions that affect more than a few people. Students learn how to compromise on ideas and do what is better for the majority. “Student council members get an opportunity to learn how to consider all the participants when they make decisions,” adds Warstler. Mr. Warstler would like to add that students who are interested in joining but failed to run this year, should see him in room B207. Associate members are added on to each grade level and you are encouraged to participate in student council. STUCO gives students good leadership practice. According to Warstler, colleges look for STUCO experience when seniors are applying. “Many seniors have received scholarships because of their participation in student council,” he says. Photo by Lydia McAllister Meg Carlisle gets her blood pressure taken before giving blood Friday, April 9. Overall there were 150 people registered to give blood, and 105 units were collected aided by 54 first time donors. Special Olymics proves to be an ‘awesome’experience for students Photo courtesy of Mrs. Saunders From left to right, Carson Mulick, Andrew Townsend and Matthew (Mutt) Suthern take a break from their events at the Special Olym- pics. By Aaron Murray On Friday, April 16th, Mrs. Saunder’s special eduacation class, along with volunteers, went to the Special Olympics, held at the Fred G. Hughes Stadium at MSSU. There were more than 650 participants, as well as coaches, parents, and between 400 and 500 volunteers. Adults and students alike competed, some as young as elementary-age. There were seven competitions for the kids: the softball and tennis throws, a 25-meter walk, a 50- and 100meter dash, the running long jump, and the high jump. One of those competing was Billy Sherrick. Sherrick competed in the softball throw, the high jump, and the 50 meter dash. “I had fun” said Sherrick. “We went out for pizza after that. I like pizza” And so did Brittany Utley, fellow competitor. She won one ribbon and two medals. “It was awesome” she said. “I ate pizza. It was awesome” Naomi Tate won five gold medals, she said, at the Special Olympics. Tate competed in the 100-meter dash, softball toss, and both jumping events. “I got first, second, second, and second,” Tate said happily. “They all had a good time,” said Staci Saunders, teacher and director of the JHS special ed class. “It’s always a great time. The kids love to work with the regular education kids, and I think that the regular education kids enjoy it too.” FTC does well at TSA competitions By Dylan Prauser On April 9-10, students from various programs in the Franklin Technology Center competed at Jefferson City for the 32nd Annual Missouri Technology Student Association. The competitions are designed to give students the opportunity to exploit their talents and what they learn in the classroom in a testing environment. “The TSA competitions test our engineering and technical skills,” said Dylan Shuler, junior. The competitions focus on group and individual events. The competitions are divided into three main categories: building, written tasks, and performance speaking. Competitions range from all forms of technology from globalization to car and bridge design. TSA has many events for individuals and teams such as quizbowl, written essays on technology, carbon dioxide cars, debate, extemporaneous speaking and many others. In order to place at these state competitions, the school has to have both group events, such as quizbowl, and individual speakers. According to Stewart Pence, junior, “We won state as a team and had many individuals do well also. We had a small group but a lot of talent.”


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SPYGLASS Kudos 2 U Compiled by Staff Choir According to Susan Ideker, director of choir/music department chair, Sound Dimension received a I – superior rating in MSHSAA state 5-A mixed choir competition on April 22 at MSSU. Women’s Choir received a I – superior rating in MSHSAA state 5-A women’s choir competition. “This is the highest rating choirs can receive. “These talented students worked very hard and represented JHS and Joplin schools admirably both on and off the stage,” says Ideker. Math League According to Angela Delph, JHS Math League Team won first place in the 4-A Division of the 2009-2010 math league competition at MSSU. Michelle Barachak was the top individual in the 4-A Division. JHS Math League has won first place 14 out of the last 15 years. FFA According to Meridith Johnson, the executive committee of the State FFA Association selects individuals each year to be honored during the annual state FFA Convention in appreciation for their work with the FFA and agricultural education programs. Randy Commons received an Honorary State FFA Degree during this year’s Missouri FFA Convention in Columbia. Speech and Debate Bobby Stackhouse, JHS Speech and Debate Coach, offers congratulations to the students for placing at the MSHSAA State Speech and Debate Tournament. Stewart Pence won second place in Lincoln Douglas Debate. Andrew Noel and Jordan Preston won fourth place in Public Forum Debate. FBLA According to Kristi McGowen, FBLA advisor, Business Dept. Chair, these students placed at State FBLA competition in Columbia. Hannah Ingle and Chelsea Hardy placed fourth in Business Report. Luke Barr placed eighth in Business Calculations. Autumn Lewis and Collin Venostran placed fifth in Business Ethics. Lauren Johnson placed sixth in Database Design. Derek Carter placed ninth in Introduction to Technology. Zack Winking, Aaron Brown, and John Schimidt placed fourth in Network Design. National Qualifiers are Stewart Pence and Katie Martin. They will compete at the FBLA National Conference in Nashville in July. Jopin Eagle Pride Band According to Rick Castor, Director of Bands, the Joplin Eagle Pride Band received a 1 rating from all three judges at the MSHSAA competition April 22 at MSSU. They also received a straight 1 rating from the sight-reading judge. around jhs May 2010 11PAGE


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March 2010 12PAGE teacher feature SPYGLASS Photo by Sarah Sticklen Alex Woodard, Nick Thompson, and Keegan Tinney stand with Mrs. Schwarting as she shows off her official sideline pass. Schwarting retiring after 25 years of teaching By Sarah Sticklen After 25 years teaching in the Joplin R-8 School District, Diane Schwarting has decided to retire following the 2009-2010 school year. During these past 25 years, 12 of them spent teaching mathematics at the high school, Schwarting’s positive influence has gone beyond the realm of academics. She strives to help students feel good about themselves and be the best they can be in every way, not just math. “My biggest wish would be for every student to succeed,” says Schwarting. Schwarting often uses different teaching methods, such as singing the quadratic formula, that have helped many students learn and remember key mathematical concepts. Junior Keegan Tinney believes that her ability to explain math in new ways and teach visually, rather than lecturing or taking notes, is what makes her such a great teacher. Throughout her teaching career, Schwarting feels that she has learned just as much as she has taught. “Almost everyday I study and teach I learn something new and realize why things work the way they do,” says Schwarting. The ability to be constantly learning, she says, gives her the ability to better explain the reasoning behind some math concepts as well. Schwarting also feels lucky to have been able to be part of a school district that values teaching skills and supports its teachers, and she thinks that this has made her a better teacher. “Even though it’s been more hard work, I feel so fortunate to work in a district where the professional level of teachers has been a goal,” says Schwarting. She also feels that teaching in Joplin has given her the ability to serve her community and help its youth. Schwarting has not only helped her community, but she’s also become an active part of the school district and has developed strong relationships with many of her students. During the 2009 football season, three football players—Keegan Tinney, Alex Woodard, and Nick Thompson—surprised Schwarting one day in class by giving her a an official sideline pass to their last game. That game, she stood on the sidelines among the team, with the three boys’ numbers painted on her face. “Nothing could’ve been more joyful for me,” says Schwarting. “I never felt more a part of the school family as much as I did that night.” Likewise, the boys were thrilled to see Schwarting supporting them on the field, says Tinney. Events like this remind Schwarting of the thing she’ll miss the most about teaching—the students. “If you have a mutual respect for students, and if they know how much you care, they’ll respect you and want to do well,” says Schwarting. The students, says junior Autumn Reynolds, will certainly miss her as well. “She’s a loving, caring woman that everyone holds dear to their hearts,” says Tinney. “She’s a great mentor and rolemodel.” Photo by Sarah Sticklen Mrs. Schwarting and Brody Stout engage in a friendly conversation before class.


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SPYGLASS features May 2010 13PAGE Ask Audrey Dear Audrey, I’m a very excited senior this year, and there are only a few weeks left until graduation. I’ve sent out everything and have also been accepted into the schools I want to attend. The only thing is, my mom doesn’t want me to go to the school I absolutely love. Anytime I bring it up, she immediately points out all the negative things about it. I know she probably doesn’t want me to move away, but I really feel like this is the right school for me. I almost feel like I should just choose a school around here so she will be happy. What do you think I should do? College Bound Dear College Bound, Congratulations on getting accepted into the school you wanted! It is always a very exciting feeling. You said you had tried talking to your mom about going away for college, but you should definitely keep trying. Be sure to mention why you love the school and why you feel it is right for you. If you really feel like this is the perfect school for you, keep trying to pursue your dream. Never settle for less, if you know you can get what you want. Sincerely, Audrey Dear Audrey, This will be my last summer before I start college, and I want to do a senior trip of some sort, but I don’t really know what to do. I can’t decide to go with just friends, or with my family. I know that going with my friends would be the logical thing to do, but I don’t want to hurt my mom’s feelings either. What should I do? Ready for Fun Dear Ready for Fun, Generally, people don’t go on their senior trips with their parents, but if that’s what you to do, then you should. But if you don’t want your mom to go with you, which is understandable, you should definitely sit down with her and ask her if it’s okay. Even though you graduated, and you’re getting ready to start a new chapter in your life, it is very important to respect your parents. Sincerely, Audrey With the Pink skillet! Recipe for a Successful Senior 1 part perseverance 1 part punctuality 1 part teamwork a dash of fun a pinch of kindness mix in laughter gradually as needed Let it set for four years and enjoy Serving size: 458 Good Luck!!


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May 2010 14PAGE review SPYGLASS The Last Song By Taylor Camden Nicholas Sparks’ latest novel, The Last Song, was published in 2009 and released as a major motion picture starring Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth in 2010. The story line unfolds slowly, but still holds a strong grip on your heartstrings. Throughout the first three-quarters of the book, I found myself uninterested and only kept reading in the hopes that something interesting might happen. In the end, that is exactly what I got. I encourage readers to watch the movie after reading the book; it only made me love the book more. The role of Ronnie is played by Miley Cyrus, who couldn’t have done a worse job. Her incapability to close her mouth and walk and her snaggle tooth were beyond distracting. If it were not for Liam Hemsworth and the amazing, young actor who played the role of Ronnie’s little brother, I would say the movie isn’t worth watching. Saying that music plays a huge role in the story line would be an understatement. I expected the movie to incorporate a lot of music into it, and was disappointed that it did not. The overall experience that you get from reading The Last Song is a good one. It is appealing to all readers and expresses love on many levels, and is demonstrated as love that can break our hearts, and heal them. Photo from screencrave.com COD Craze By Colin Hughes It seems like you can’t go anywhere without hearing someone talking about “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2”. What is it about this video game that has teenagers in a frenzy? Is it the great graphics or the intense action? The campaign mode is short, but packed with excitement. Your goal is to hunt down terrorist Vladimir Makarov. Players will assume two roles during the single-player campaign, fighting as a soldier in a special forces squad and as a member of the army Rangers. The game keeps you on edge as you dodge grenades and have bullets flying by your head. The best part of the campaign is that you play in a variety of environments: the mountains of Europe, villages in Brazil, neighborhoods, and even Washington D.C., to name a few. However, the multiplayer mode is what people have the most fun with. Players can play a variety of game modes. Team death match is the most common type where teams try to beat each other to a score of 75 kills. Each kill earns the player at least 100 experience points. Players are also rewarded for using their weapons effectively. For example, getting a certain amount of kills with a weapon will unlock silencers and grenade launchers for that weapon. After using these things to their potential, you continue to unlock other attachments for the weapons. You can also unlock perks as you advance through the ranks of the game. These are elements that will improve certain parts of the player’s game such as being able to sprint faster, make your footsteps silent so that enemies cannot hear you, or make you invisible to enemies on radar. There are many more perks; however, you can only apply up to three to your player at one time. One last thing about multiplayer mode is that players can unlock kill streak rewards. A kill streak is when a player gets at least three kills in a row and they can activate a UAV which makes enemies visible on your team’s radar. Other rewards are air strikes and EMP’s, which disable enemy electronics. These are only a few of the kill streak rewards that can be unlocked. But keep in mind that you can only use three at a time. The best kill streak reward that can be achieved is a nuclear bomb drop. It ends the game with a win for the team of the player who earns this kill streak. To get this you have to get a 25 kill streak. Without a doubt “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2” is one of the best video games ever released, and people will continue to enjoy it in the future. Giddy for “Glee” By Emma Meek part of April, who was introduced in the beginning of the fall The much-anticipated second installment of the first episodes as a high school dropout student brought back to help season of the growing television phenomenon “Glee” hit the the club. airwaves April 13. After a booming thirteen episodes in the fall Wrapping up the drama from the first thirteen episodes of this year, Glee has returned. has become a high priority so far in this installment. With The first episode of the installment’s purpose was to show-stopping numbers including songs by Madonna, The All primarily set the stage for another drama filled competition. American Rejects, and Chenoweth’s farewell ballad from “The After winning sectionals, the newly formed “New Directions” Wiz” “Home,” the show has promise to have another successful show choir is headed to regionals. run. The second episode had a “What would Madonna do?” The producers have opened up auditions for season theme with songs ranging from “Like a Virgin” to “Vogue.” two to the public. Myspace, Cincinnati Bell, and Fox have all Cheerios (Cheerleading) coach Sue Sylvester let her had online and in person casting calls for the new role additions thoughts on the “Power of Madonna” be heard from the moment to be added in the second season. she took the screen. A rival for resident diva Rachel, along with a love The controversial episode had some great moments interest for Kurt and a male R&B singer are sure to come in bringing the eighties music relevant to modern day society. season two. The third and what I would say best episode yet, Until then, be sure to catch the last bit of “Glee” season featured guest star Kristen Chenoweth. Chenoweth played the one on Tuesdays at 8:00 PM on Fox. Finding the Light By Lydia McAllister What do you get when you have a Hasidic Jew who mixes traditional Jewish themes with Reggae, rock, and hip-hop? A novelty. When Matthew Paul Miller, better known by his Hebrew name, Matisyahu, crashed onto the music scene in 2004 with his album Shake off the Dust…Arise, people didn’t know what to think of him. Here was a young man dressed in traditional Jewish attire with an unruly beard, spitting rhymes over Jamaican beats. Matisyahu didn’t start out the orthodox Jew he is today. He grew up a Phish-loving “dead-head”, sporting dreads, learning how to beat-box and rapping with the best of them: basically embodying a teenage hippie. By grade 11 Matisyahu noticed something missing in his life. Colorado’s Rocky Mountains found the young man with an intense belief in a greater power. Soon after, a trip to Israel left him craving a bigger need for spiritual Photo from judahgabriel.blogspot.com structure, which was found in Judaism. Back in New York, he felt a disconnection from his faith that he filled by immersing himself into his music. Little by little, Matisyahu continued to stun audiences everywhere by mixing together clever, uplifting beats amongst heavy-hitting lyrics concerned with youth and survival. Matisyahu draws upon the past of his people and struggle in today’s society, freshens it up, and weaves it into album after album of faith in the future. “One Day” is the smash-hit that’s landed Matisyahu most of his recent fans. This song is what he is all about: hope in tomorrow’s generation. Lyrics like: One day this all will change/ Treat people the same/ Stop with the violence/ Down with the hate/ One day we’ll all be free/ and proud to be/ Under the same sun/ singing songs of freedom. What more is there to say? Matisyahu is a true visionary inspiration. The rest of Matisyahu’s album, Light, doesn’t leave much to be desired. Motivational, change-driven lyrics with spacey, dancehall Jamaican style beats are sure to keep your head bobbing and mind reeling. There is no doubt Matisyahu will continue to stun and awe critics everywhere. He told Rolling Stone magazine, “At least as long as I have more to say, I have more to give.” I look forward to seeing what else this dreamer has to offer.


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SPYGLASS editorial May 2010 15PAGE Gus Oberg ‘10 Graduation Tickets By Cheyanna Padilla As graduation approaches many seniors are excited and can’t wait until they get to walk across that stage. They want everybody close and dear to them to be there for that joyous moment. Unfortunately for many that will never happen. Tickets for graduation are scarce and are getting scarcer by the year. Last year’s seniors were allowed 10 tickets, and this year it is rumored to be even less. The amount of graduation tickets is decided on the amount of seniors walking at graduation. This year’s senior class is the biggest in 20 years, so do the math. More seniors equal fewer tickets per senior. It’s great that our class is the biggest class in twenty years and so many are getting to graduate, but I think our school should adapt to the growing size. When I say adapt, I mean make it possible for more people to attend graduation. As a senior coming from a big family, I can totally relate to this. My immediate family alone takes up six tickets. I’m not the only one with this problem, many seniors out there are dealing with the same ordeal. Parents and seniors are scavenging for as many extra tickets as possible. Limiting graduation tickets is unfair. Seniors should be allowed to invite as many people as they want. Limited graduation tickets put the senior in a pretty tough position. They are left to decide who gets to come and who cannot come to graduation. They are left to deal with their family asking, “Why don’t I get to come? How come they were chosen over me?” How can this problem be resolved? We hold graduation in a bigger place. The Missouri Southern State University football stadium could be used. The Fred G. Hughes Stadium holds 7,000 and the Leggett and Platt Athletic Center, where graduation is held, only holds 3,200 people. Not only does the stadium hold 7,000 people, but the extra space along the sides could also be used to view the ceremony. Graduation Used to be held at the Fred G. Hughes Stadium around ten years ago, so why couldn’t it be held there again? Many would say, “What about the weather? What if it rains?” In that case two dates should be set. One would be the actual date and the other would be an alternative one just in case the first doesn’t work out. The benefits of a change like this would be great. Seniors would be allowed to invite more people and would be able to enjoy this moment with their families. No longer would the seniors be put into the tough position of deciding who gets to come. I am by no means an expert on this sort of stuff, I am just a senior who would like to have her family get to see her graduate. I am one of the many seniors who come from a large family. This day is supposed to be one to remember for all. Though I know nothing can be done about it this year, maybe next year’s seniors will get it better. Joplin R-8 undergoes challenges in ‘not typical’ year By Dr. C.J. Huff This is always a busy time of year in the Joplin Schools. Graduation day is around the corner, school is preparing to “shut down” for the summer months, we are developing plans for summer school, summer maintenance, and the start of the 2010-11 school year. These are common challenges we face in a typical year. However, this year is not typical by any stretch of the imagination. Much of the work we do as a district is accomplished as a result of hard work and adequate funding to support that work. The state of the national economy has hit Missouri hard. As a result, state funding for public schools has taken a step backwards this year and will most likely be reduced even further in the next 2-3 years. The biggest challenge we have is developing creative ways to garner additional financial and human resources to continue the good work we are doing as a district to improve the graduation rate, provide quality services to our students, and allow for all of the extra/co-curricular activities that our students enjoy. If I were a student at JHS I’d want to know what the changes in state funding mean to me. In a nutshell, the district continues to be committed to providing quality opportunities to our students. Regionally you will not find a high school with such a wide array of educational and career related programs. In fact, many of the programs we provide our high school students serve as a model at the state and national level. That is what makes us unique and that is what gives you that broad base of experience you need to be competitive in an increasingly competitive job market. We need to hold on to that uniqueness. Another important component of your life at JHS is the numerous activities that are available to students. Clubs, organizations, academic and athletic programs are abundant. I don’t intend for that to change. From time to time I hear people say our students don’t need those programs and if we cut all of these programs we will save money. Without question, we could cut those programs and save money. The problem is that the benefits you receive from the availability of those programs far outweigh the costs. You know as well as I do that those programs are important. I personally learned a great deal playing football, participating in track, playing the trumpet in the band, and being an officer in the FFA. I don’t see the programs we provide to you as a luxury, but as a necessity. In fact, our current long-range vision for our extra/co-curricular activities is to provide more…not less. I guess as the superintendent this is what I would want you to know; we have good people looking out for the best interest of our students and many of the changes that are taking place you will never notice. That is intentional on our part as we try to keep any budget cuts as far away from you as possible. In fact, there are some very exciting plans in the works that will be impacting you in the near future in a positive way. I believe with all my heart that the best is yet to come for all of our students. In the meantime, continue doing the great work you are doing. You represent us wonderfully everywhere you go. I’m proud to play a role in your education and feel blessed to have the opportunity to lead this great district through some very challenging times. The bottom line is…it’s going to be o.k.



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