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March 2010 Volume L Issue 4 Joplin High School Newspaper 2104 Indiana, Joplin, Missouri Spyglass


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2 APRIL 2010 PAGE inside SPYGLASS SPYGLASS feature 3MARCH 2010 PAGE ‘Teaching sex ed in America has never been an easy thing.’ 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 Please direct all correspondence, letters to the editor, news ideas, and other material for the staff to Ms. White in Room A219, give to any staff member, or email to bwhite@joplin.k12.mo.us. s ex “I think [sex education programs] make a difference to some people.” “I do not think it’s working.” d The sex 5 Prom By Taylor Camden May Issue Story Ideas 9 • Student Council Elections • Cat Dissections • Spring Musical 1 0 1 education debate • senior profiles/senior senior quotes 8 Even Against the Odds By Sarah Sticklen Becca Mascher By Sarah Sticklen Volunteers at Hospice By Candace Neff Page One photo by Taylor Camden Page Two photo by Taylor Camden Photos courtesy of TJ Formal • senior page • Sports districts • Retiring teachers 11 • AP testing • Staff page-senior goodbyes • Project Graduation • Earth Day If you have a letter to the editor, please drop it off in room A219 (Ms. White) or send it in an e-mail to sarahsticklen@gmail.com. Letters will be edited for appropriateness. By Taylor Camden The need for sex education programs began in the 1970s and 1980s with a rise in teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Over this time period, the number of states that had policies or encouraged teaching of sex education grew rapidly. Twenty-one states and the District of Columbia mandate that public schools teach sex education. Missouri is not one of these states. Missouri mandates that IF a school is teaching sex education, abstinence must be stressed. Contraception is neither required to be stressed nor covered. Under the Bush administration, “abstinence-only-until-marriage” emerged as a new approach in reducing United States teen pregnancy and STD rates. Over $1 billion in federal and mandatory state matching grants has been sent to promote premarital abstinence among young Americans since 1996. “I do not think it’s working,” says Brad White, sophomore at Joplin High School, describing the sex education program taught to students attending Joplin High School. With a rise in teen pregnancy, beginning to increase in 2005, fingers have been pointing the blame at sex education teaching methods. Out of the twenty-one states that mandate sex education programs stress abstinence, no state requires that contraception be stressed. Sixteen of the twenty-one mandate that contraception be covered. Sex education programs are designed to educate teens and correct any misinformation that they have. One theory as to why teen pregnancy is increasing is the lack of knowledge teens have about protection. While schools are stressing abstinence, teens are not receiving enough information on contraceptives. “Teaching sex ed in America has never been an easy thing,” says Dr. Kerry Sachetta, Principal at Joplin High School. “One particular health class may or may not make a huge difference.” Along with speculation that abstinence only programs are not working, there is also evidence that abstinence-only programs have a positive effect on students. Virginity Pledge Programs have been proven to be dramatically effective in reducing the number of sexually active teens. Findings from the National Longitudinal Study on adolescent health compared students who had taken a formal pledge of virginity with students who had not taken a pledge. Authors discovered that the level of sexual activity among students who had taken a virginity pledge was one fourth to the level of sexual activity among students who had not taken a virginity pledge. “I think they [sex education programs] make a difference to some people,” says Jessica Greninger, eighth grader attending South Middle School. Some states’ policies are changing, due to the changes in times. With changes in times, there always comes changes in the things around us. The question is, should teachings change from abstinence-only to prevention just because of the time? Twenty one states and the District of Columbia mandate that public schools teach sex education. Missouri is not one of those states.


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MARCH 2010 4 PAGE around jhs SPYGLASSSPYGLASS student activities 5MARCH 2010 PAGE Prom memories on a shoestring Gurley: ‘We have JHS band, orchestra, choir take NEO some smart kids here.’ by storm, receiving high ratings By Dylan Prauser their solos and ensembles. By Kayla Buchmann A lot of people are strapped for cash this year when it comes to prom but want to impress their date without breaking the bank. Here are some ideas to make prom cheaper so you can splurge on other areas of prom of life in general. The dress and accessories: Many don’t know this, but corsages are actually simple to make and fun to do if you have the time and don’t want to spend almost $50 on one that will wilt and come apart at the end of the night. If you have a nice neighbor or know someone that grows roses or lilies or any flower with a big bud on it, you can ask them to donate a flower to you and go to a craft store and find a metal or bendable plastic durable enough to hold a couple ounces of weight. You could even go to a dollar store and find a cheap glow stick to wrap around it to make it glow in the dark. With all the supplies it should be under $10 and would be more unique than the same corsage all the others have. You can also do a couple things to get a dress. If you have friends that are out of high school but are around your size, you can borrow a dress from them. If you have a creative side you could buy fabric, a pattern, and look through a popular prom magazine, find a dress you like but make it more unique and base your gown off of that. If you are not a seamstress, grandmothers are good mentors for that and the high school sewing class teacher can help you also. Getting to prom: Instead of a big fancy limo you and your friends can see if someone with a big car can carpool you all to prom. Pin dark blue or black fabric to where you can still see out for a secretive feel in the back where people are sitting, hook up your iPod or bring cds for a party bus experience all can enjoy. Wash and wax the car to really make it nice and stand out. Dinner & post prom plans: Instead of spending a lot of money for skimpy portions, think of your favorite restaurant and get together with friends to have your own dinner party. You can buy easy to make foods such as pasta, lasagna, tacos or even seafood that you can help make or be put together in an hour. Get card tables or even a long coffee table for a oriental feel and have people sit in the floor. Put candles on the tables and plain paper with crayons so guests can draw pictures while the food cooks. If you want to feel classy with something bubbly find a pot or bucket you can use to put ice and sparkling grape juice in with a dish towel draped over the label to make it more authentic. If you don’t care to stay out extremely late on prom night but still want something fun to do afterwards, if you have a zoom box projector or a big screen TV you can have your own drive in movie experience. Pop popcorn and pin a sheet over a garage door or side of the house and have people sit in their car to feel like they’re at the real thing. If you hold it inside, turn off the lights and have Christmas lights on to find your seats or buy some cheap colored light bulbs like red, green, or purple from a hardware store for a cool atmosphere. Picture time: If you like the fancy backdrop look but don’t like what they charge, find out what the theme is and find things around your house you can lay in front of a sheet you can hang in front of a wall even and put chairs there to make it more professional. ANikon, Canon or high megapixel camera usually makes good pictures you can print on photo paper for the same result. By Emma Meek On February 18, students involved in Physics Club sent teams to compete in Kansas City and are waiting to hear their results. “Well, being a member is fun because we get to go to competitions and compete in tournaments,” club president, Chase Cox, reveals. Club sponsor, Mike Gurley, started the club 12 years ago and conducts meetings every Friday morning. The meeting consists of discussing upcoming competitions and what to prepare for each. “A lot of the members have a strong math/science background which helps and then we study the material from past competitions to get ready for new ones,” says Cox about preparation. The team competes in rocketry, in which a rocket is built outside of class, as well as team competitions in engineering and math, Science Knowledge Bowl, Pittsburg State Science Day, engineering design, solar bike races, and Science Olympiad, each requiring something different from the members. Gurley admits that his favorite part of being the sponsor is “seeing some very intelligent students do very well against some tough competition.” If any student is interested in being a member of The Joplin High School band, orchestra, and choir each took the stage at NEO music competitions February 17-18. Students who compete are rated on a 1-3 scale with one being the best. Judges critique the students and based on how few mistakes are made, they issue their rating. NEO is preparation for students who go to districts then possibly state. Rick Castor, JHS band director was pleased with the band’s performance. The concert band received a 1 rating and the jazz band received a 2. “The band did well both in behavior and performance. They represented Joplin well,” said Castor. The JHS orchestra received a 1 rating for 8 of Both Linda Hailey, JHS orchestra director and Susan Ideker, JHS choir director said they were very proud of their students and they represented Joplin well. The JHS show choir also competed at NEO. Of 46 entries for ensembles and solos, 31 were rated 1 on their performance. With NEO complete, the band, orchestra and choir now prepare for district competitions on March 6. NEO allows the students competing to know what they need to work on and on improve in order to advance from districts to state. “NEO helps us to know where we stand and what to work on for districts,” said Ideker. FBLA competes in Carthage tournament By Caravana Randall On February 24 FBLA attended a competition at the Fairview Christian Church in Carthage Missouri. There were over 40 events. Some events were business ethics, business calculations, and personal produce documents such as reports and letters. Some students completed testing by performing in certain areas such as a job interview, public speaking, and client services. Events such as these are performed in front eligible to participate the students who participate are chosen by the business teachers. JHS qualified 18 students in 13 events for state. The state competition is April 18-19 in Columbia, Missouri. Physics Club next year, meetings are held every Friday at 7:45 finance. of a panel of judges. Judges usually “It’s rewarding to see their starting at the beginning of the year. The competition includes consist of retired business teachers hard work pay off when they walk up “We have some smart kids here,” Gurley admits, and tests taken before the competition and local business owners. on stage to receive their award,” said hopes to see more faces in Physics Club next year. and a production section where they Any student in FBLA is Kristi McGowen, FBLA sponsor. Class choices can be interesting and fun Think about adding some of these to your schedule “Into The Woods”-- Cast and Technical Positions By Cheyanna Padilla With the end of the year coming so soon, you can’t help to think about the year ahead. Some will be in college, others in the real world, and some will be moving on in high school. For those still in high school, the thought of what classes will you choose for the upcoming year appears. Though most of you have already chosen your classes, here are some fun and interesting classes to consider. Civil War: Want to learn about the deadiest war in American history? The war that had killed over 600,000 Americans? If you’re interested in what really happened during the Civil War, than this is the class for you. It goes in depth about the war from basically the beginning of America to the end of the war and even the reconstruction period. Civil War is a semester long class headed by Brian Harding. “You really get a firm grasp on why this war happened.” says Harding, “ I just think it’s fascinating.” There are many things about the class that make it interesting. Each class takes a field trip to Wilson’s Creek Battlefield and get to look at and learn about a battle that took place not too far from home. “…The field trips, some of the stories, the visuals, and stuff like that just kind of made it more real for [the students].” says Harding. Anatomy and Physiology: If you like science, are thinking about pursuing a career in the medical field, or just want to learn more about the human body, than this is the class for you. It is an introduction to the different systems and involves a laboratory aspect. What is it that makes this class so interesting? According to Jay Reed, “The most interesting, that I think that the kids have the most fun, is when we actually are doing the dissections. There’s the cat dissection where they study the muscles of the animal and how they work.” Another thing that make this class interesting to students is that they get to learn about their own body. “It’s just one of my favorite subjects,” says Reed, “and the fact that I see the kids and their faces light up and to see some kids wanting to go on into the medical field. It’s just very rewarding to me. I love it!” Drama I, II, III/IV: Do you have a knack for drama? Want to learn more about the theater business? Then maybe you should consider drama. The drama class, as well as Production the school plays, is headed by Bonnie. Schuman, a.k.a. “B.C.”. There are three drama classes. The first year is basically a survey course. “[You] learn about all the various aspects of theater, all the way Da t e s : May 6, 7, & 8 from acting to stage craft…all the things that are involved in putting a production Technical crews now formingtogether.” Says Schurman. As you move on to the next level of classes, it becomes more performance based. According to Schurman, drama is interesting to For applications, the students because, “…it allows for a lot of creativity and imagination. Just by the structure, we don’t have desks, we see Mrs. Schurman have chairs and we do all of our performances on a little stage. It is definitely a different kind of atmosphere.” Narrator/Mysterious Man: Andrew Noel Cinderella: Becca Mascher Jack: Max Mammele Jack’s Mother: Charity Musick Baker: John Fisher Baker’s Wife: Mollie Sanders Cinderella’s Stepmother: Emma Meek Florinda: Tamara Zajac Lucinda: Tori Mitchell Cinderella’s Father: James Wenthe Little Red Riding Hood: Amelia Warstler Witch: Lauren Bynum Cinderella’s Mother: Sarah Matthews Granny: Magdalena Vargas Rapunzel: Arlisa Arwood Rapunzel’s Prince: Greg Wingfield Cinderella’s Prince/Wolf: Brant Smith Steward: Ethan Ritschel Giant: Sydney Holtsman Snow White: Jaclyn Wright Sleeping Beauty/Transformation Double: Mia Craigmile Milky White: Keo Akuna Stage Manager: David Purser Student Director: Sydney Holtsman Set Design: David Purser/Max Mammele Set Construction Chief: Max Mammele Costume Design/Apprentice: Magdalena Vargas Costume Crew Chief: Libby Andrew Lighting Designer/Chief: David Purser Makeup Design/Chief: Emma Meek Sound Chief: Sydney Holtsman Props Chief: Taylor Haddad Apprentices: Costumes : Sarah Phillips Makeup: Lauren Layne Publicity/Sound: Bekah Collins Lighting: Alex Mammele Set Construction: Brad White Assistant Stage Manager: Jessica Cashion CChhairclkiee’sn 2020 East 32nd Joplin Evening Help Wanted 417-621-9900 Matthew Lansaw


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6 MARCH 2010 PAGE sports Spring brings A sign of the future signings of JHS athletes SPYGLASSSPYGLASS Photo by Meg Carlisle On February 22, Zach Williams signed with Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas. The Moundbuilders, who are coached by Ken Crandall, went 3-7 last season. Williams who was a starting offensive lineman for the Eagles, will likely play defensive end in college. sports 7March 2010 PAGE Eagles shine on senior night By Colin Hughes On February 19, the Joplin High School boys basketball team defeated the West Plains Zizzers 71-40. But this was not just another game, it was senior night. Seniors on the team this year were Matt McCreary, Phillip Davis, Derek Stokes, Zentrell Shannon, Nick Brown, Tevin Triplett, Devin St. Clair and Brad Hefley. In their final game in front of the home fans, McCreary had 26 points, and Stokes added 14. On their first possession of the second half the Eagles went to McCreary and he scored his 1,000 point of his career at JHS. The Eagles quickly called a timeout as the announcer told the fans about McCreary’s accomplishment. The student section responded by chanting his name. With this final win at home the Eagles improved to 18-7 on the season and 5-4 in games against Ozark Conference opponents. Three of their losses this season have been in tournament games. Their conference losses have been against Parkview, Hillcrest, Kickapoo, and Glendale. Joplin will play in the District tournament in Carthage starting on February 24. Eagles battle Hillcrest, Springfield Central in tourney By Colin Hughes The Joplin High School boy’s basketball team played in the district final against the Hillcrest Hornets on Saturday February 27. To get there the Eagles held off a Willard rally and won 59-46. Hillcrest overcame a 32-16 halftime deficit to beat Carthage 61-48. The championship game between the Eagles and Hornets was close until Hillcrest went on a scoring run and lead 3225 at the beginning of the third quarter. At the beginning of the fourth quarter the Eagles started a comeback, when Tevin Triplett knocked the ball away from a Hillcrest player. Matt McCreary took the ball down the court and dunked it. The Hornets’ lead was cut to 44-40 with about a minute and a half left when Matt hit a three pointer. However, the Eagles eventually lost 52-42. The Lady Eagles also played in the tournament in Carthage. They lost their first and only game to Springfield Central, 6557. The Hillcrest Hornets also went on to win the girls district championship after beating Willard. Photo by Sarah Sticklen Arlisa Arwood officially signs with the University of the Ozarks. Arwood signs with Ozarks’softball and cheerleading programs By Sarah Sticklen On Thursday, February 11, Arlisa Arwood signed with the University of the Ozarks’ softball and cheerleading programs. Ozarks is located in Clarksville, Arkansas, just an hour east of Fayetteville. Ozarks’ softball coach, Elizabeth Carosio, noticed Arwood while Carosio was attending a Carl Junction game against Joplin. Arwood’s pitching caught Carosio’s eye, and she felt that she would be a strong asset to her team, says Arwood. Carosio spoke to Arwood after the game, and after numerous e-mail and phone calls Arwood visited Ozarks’ campus. While touring the campus, Arwood met Ozarks’cheerleading coach who became interested in Arwood as well. Arwood sent the coach her cheer film and was offered a spot on the cheerleading team. Arwood also looked into Wash U in St. Louis, UMKC, and Arkansas, but she chose Ozarks because of their phenomenal medical program. Ozarks has a 100 percent acceptance rate into the Little Rock Medical School. Arwood was also drawn to Ozarks’ small school atmosphere; they have a student population of 600. Arwood says that everyone seemed to know each other around campus and was very friendly. During her high school career, Arwood was named 1st TeamAll- Conference pitcher and 1st Team All-District pitcher. She hopes to carry her drive to win to Ozarks. “They’ve never won their conference so I want to go down there and help them win their conference,” says Arwood. Photo by Jordan Preston JHS team “The Pink Ladies” prepare to launch dodgeballsz at their opponent. Over 40 teams competed to raise money for the JHS baseball team. Dodgeball tournament benefits baseball team By Aaron Murray Photo by Meg Carlisle where a Ah, high senior can school. throw a The only big rubber place ball at a small child and get away with it! Especially Max Duncan, with parents David and Kim, poses after he signed to play soccer with Drake. when it’s for a good cause. Duncan totaled 84 goals and 51 assists over the last four seasons at Joplin High School, On February 20, Joplin Coach Kirk and will continue his soccer career at one of the top NCAA Division I programs in the na- Harryman and the baseball team held the tion. Duncan, a first team all-Ozark Conference and all-district selection all four years and annual dodgeball tournament. Forty teams a second team all-state pick as a senior, chose Drake over Tulsa and some Division II and comprised of 6-10 people competed to be Division III programs. the dodgeball champions of Joplin, but only one would take the glory. The Young Guns, headed by Dayton Whitehead, headed home with the Grand Prize, a gift certificate for Buffalo Wild Wings in Joplin. “[The tournament] has gotten bigger every year,” says Harryman, “It mainly spreads by word of mouth, and I have already been asked about when we’ll be hosting next years tournament” Teams included 28 from the high school, four from the teachers, six from the various middle schools, and two teams comprised of fourth graders. Proceeds will go to the baseball team to buff up the equipment fund.


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10 MARCH 2010 PAGE around jhs SPYGLASSSPYGLASS around jhs Heart of the Ozarks tourney ‘successful’ One Photo by Sarah Sticklen Speech and debate assisstant coach Mike Vogt reviews ballot results with team members working in the TAB room. DECA competes at MSSU By Sarah Sticklen The Joplin High School speech and debate team hosted its 46th Annual Heart of the Ozarks tournament on February 12 and 13. Sixteen schools from across Missouri attended the tournament. The Heart of the Ozarks tournament is always held on Valentine’s Day weekend and is the speech and debate team’s main fundraiser. The team spent around $1800 to put on the tournament, but profited $2,000, a much larger profit than in past years. “It’s always good to raise more than you spend,” says Joplin speech and debate coach Bobby Stackhouse. Stackhouse believes the tournament’s success was largely due to the great group of kids who helped organize the tournament as well as the supportive parents and teachers who helped with judging. He says he couldn’t have asked for more. “I have to say that this was one of the most successful years we’ve had in general,” says speech and debate president Evan Ash. “I’m really proud of everyone; everyone just did an outstanding job.” The tournament ran very smoothly, says Stackhouse, and the only glitch was that the tournament finished too early. The award ceremony was finished by 5:20, but “I’m really proud of everyone; everyone just did an outstanding job.” --Evan Ash semi-finals for debate weren’t scheduled until 6:00, so there was a forty-minute gap in between. Next year, Stackhouse plans to build off this year’s successful tournament and make a few minor changes. The semifinals start time will be moved up and there will be more mandatory team meetings to help better organize the tournament. Ash recommends that next year’s president wear comfortable shoes for all the running around that the president is required to do during the tournament. Ash says that that the president is “the gopher”, doing anything that needs to be done, including gluing trophies back together due to a “trophy malfunction.” “Comfortable shoes is the key to a good tournament,” adds Ash. Sly Guy By Caravana Randall Officer Victor Sly is a man we don’t know well enough. Officer Sly has worked in law enforcement for over 18 years. He is married with two kids. To help the JHS students and the School, Officer Sly’s main goal is to reduce crime, such as theft in the locker rooms. “I would like to have more presence of staff and administrators in the hallway and cafeteria to reduce fights,” he said. Officer Sly would like to be available to students to advise and council them on their problems. He would change nothing about his job. “ I enjoy the positive interaction I have with students and staff in the school compared to on the street,” says sly. To deal with the drug issue in the school Officer Sly would like to educate the staff so they can see signs of someone who might be using drugs. To also deal with this matter he would like to be more proactive in the school parking lots. He would do this by being stricter when it comes to smoking on school grounds. He has a good opinion of JHS students. He enjoys that overall the students do well. Office Sly says those who belong to gangs are “Losers, the administarators and I have zero tolerance for any type of gang. Practice, practice, practice 11MARCH 2010 PAGE “ I enjoy the positive interaction I have with students and staff in the school compared to on the street.” --Officer Sly Photo by Caravana Randall Officer Sly talks to a student in Eagle Alley. By Caravana Randall On February 17 DECA had a competition at MSSU. The National Organization sets up this competition. pays off for JHS drumline At this competition the students competed to qualify for state. The students must first take a written test, which the By Emilee Wills and they needed to be ranked higher. Carthage school district grades. Joplin High School’s Winter Drumline has been They played in the Percussion Super Show in After the written test, the students competed against practicing for about two months for competition. Their Blue Springs South February 20, their first competition each other in role-playing. show this year is called “Flight 2010.” in Division A, and got fourth place after prelims and went During the award ceremony the score is taken from Not only do they blow the crowd away with their on to finals. There they got third out of eight bands and their written test and averaged out with the score from their intense music, but also they move around the floor to scored a 76. role-play. The students are ranked depending on how many make eye-opening pictures. They also zoom around like “Winter drumline has helped me develop skills are in the competition. airplanes for visual effect. that I’ll use for the rest of my life, like self-discipline and Top two students qualify for state, JHS DECA had At their first performance February 13, which responsibility. It is also a great team-building activity three qualify for state: Sara Hobson, Rachel Lazenby, and was in Nixa, they placed first in Division B. They got a because you have to depend on each individual to give Taylor Sharp. There were thirty-eight DECA members from JHS that competed this year with 138 DECA members at JHS. DECA members wear their winning medals. Bottom row, left to righPt:hBotloakceoWuratreds,yDoafnJieeal nMecttDaoMnaolsds,7M2a,rtshheahlli“gWAhoellosttdhD.eivpirsaicotnicBe score in Missouri this year. has paid off,” said snare drum their best every time,” said bass drum Cali Evenson. Saturday February 28, they performed at Ozark High School and placed first in Division A. Their score Sara Hobson was chosen to go to state during spring Levi Andrew; top row, left to right: Sara Hobson, Tyfannie Wiesner, Michayla Bjorklund, Abbe Kilgore, They made it official on Monday February 15 break, March 14-16. Co-sponsor Jeanetta Moss’s favorite part compition was “seeing the students get recognized.” of the Taylor Sharp, Rachel Lazenby, Lauren Johnson, Chastidy Claar. All these district competition. Taylor Sharp and Rachel Lazenby qualified for state. students placed 1st to 3rd inthat Joplin A was bumped up to Division A. judge from the Nixa competition said music was more difficult than the other Division that their B bands, was an 81.8. “We put in a lot of practice and we’ve worked really hard and we’re turning a lot of heads this season,” said Corey Hounschell, junior. Photo by Sarah Sticklen The Joplin High School drumline performs at the basketball homecoming pep rally on Friday, February 19. “We’re turning a lot of heads this season.” --Corey Hounschell


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8 MARCH 2010 PAGE students The highlight of the day SPYGLASSSPYGLASS students 9MARCH 2010 PAGE Autumn Lewis crowned JHS 2010 basketball homecoming queen By Sarah Sticklen attendants get their hair and make-up Photo by Sarah Sticklen Leah Collins, Shelby Greninger, Madison Photo by Sarah Sticklen Lieurance, Kellie Stringer, Autumn Lewis poses with her escort Andrew Noel after being crowned the 2010 and Nichole Yeoman dress basketball homecoming queen. Ingle reaches fame, but family values are not changed MMaeent OurByKaylaBuchmann up for “Highlighter Day” during Spirit Week. Friday, February 19, Autumn Lewis was crowned the 2010 basketball homecoming queen. With eight senior attendants, this year’s court was one of the largest and offered a wide variety of queen candidates. Sophomore attendant Mariah Sanders says that this year’s court was a good group of girls, and it was fun to get to know all of them. “Being a part of the court is very fun and exciting, but it also comes with the stress of buying a dress and asking boys to be your escort,” says Lewis. With the honor of being a homecoming attendant comes a lot of preparation and planning, says Sanders. Attendants must have a dress to wear for the game and make sure their escorts’ suits perfectly match their dresses. The day of the ceremony, the attendants get out of class to take pictures and practice where to walk and stand on the basketball court. The night of basketball homecoming, most of the done, says Lewis. The night of homecoming is very nerve wracking, says Sanders, but it’s also very special and exciting. Lewis agrees saying, “I was afraid that I would fall down the stairs in the gym in front of everyone. After I made it down the stairs, I wasn’t nervous at all though, and I just had fun.” Lewis was surprised and thrilled when senior Steffan Triplett announced her name as the 2010 basketball homecoming queen. “There were girls who participated in a variety of activities, so it was a diverse group of girls,” says Lewis. “I thought that everyone who was on the court deserved to be queen, and I was honored to be chosen as queen.” Lewis says she couldn’t stop smiling after her name was called. “I was happy because I felt that I had represented Constitution Team well!” Lewis adds. Everyone remembers the days of being in grade school when they would tell their friends their dream job when they got older. There’s always the cliché fire released film Alice in Wonderland. His newest album, What is Love hit number four on the iTunes hit charts and his most popular song from the album is “Can’t Stand It.” He also has his own record label With his career taking him to new heights, a lot of people forget about the other parts of his family that make him strong and were his fans when he was just an eighth grader with a dream to be a big star. One She said one of the most common things she gets asked is “ will you talk to him (Chris) for me?” She is known now more by his fans, she says, as his sister, especially when Gus By Becky Cooper Have you ever wondered, “Who is Gus Oberg, really?” Meet our cartoonist, fighter, model, policeman, ballerina, movie called Love Way Records. of his closest siblings and fans is his sister she hangs with him in Joplin or attends his a man who works behind the star, and singer. Most kids realize later on He has performed a live concert Hannah, a senior at JHS. concerts. She doesn’t go to as many as she scenes to create our editorial that their dream career is just a fantasy and at the Mall of America and has gone from In the family tree of siblings she did at the start, but “if it’s in a place I’d like cartoons. Gus Oberg ‘10 have to get a normal job and their dreams of opening act to headlining band. is very close age-wise with Chris, only one to go,” she says, “then I’ll go”. She recently A junior at Joplin stardom are crushed. His band name came from an old year from him. Sarah, his other sister, is flew to see him live in New York City and High, Gus enjoys spending his Then there are some who keep up song he had written and liked, but according three years younger than Hannah. Although took a friend along with her. free time creating art for the with their dream and work hard to make to his sister Hannah he wishes now that he fame puts a spotlight on the family as well Even with his constant travel and Spyglass. “It gives me a chance it happen. Chris Ingle, known on stage as would have related it more to himself, like as the band, it hasn’t changed the Ingles that recording,he has months of down time and to test my cartooning ability and Christopher Drew, has made his dreams in The Christopher Drew Band or something to much. Hannah says she isn’t “begged for visiting days during holidays when he stays apply it to a real concept, like the vocal world come true by starting a little that effect. tickets” and “sticks around her same groups in town to spend time with his family. fantasy football or zumba,” says band people have come to know as Never! Shout! Never! Chris, who has been featured in Vogue and Rolling Stone, and signed with Warner Brother Records. He has been on tour with Boys Like Girls, Hellogoodbye, and We the Kings, and for his latest feat has recorded a bonus track for the soundtrack of the newly He is 19 and currently lives in an apartment in Joplin when he is not recording in L.A. He tries to keep himself grounded and live a normal life like any late teen guy. He has developed a theme of tattoos all over his body promoting peace and love. The first tattoo he got was on his wrist and was faith in Hebrew. of friends that were there before.” She has, however, encountered stalker-like instances back when Chris was just starting out and still lived at home. Fans would call their house asking to talk to Chris. The family ended up changing their number and being more cautious about answering the phone from then on. So can we see another Ingle in the music business in the future? Hannah says she is not interested in singing as a career although she likes what her brother does a lot. She is taking a different path and attending the University of Missouri and majoring in business. It is still early for her to know what will happen in her future. Oberg. Some of his other hobbies include drawing, basketball, tennis, video games, and crosswords. Oberg first became interested in art at a very young age. “Since at least kindergarten, drawing assignments have always been my favorite,” he says. He currently isn’t taking any art classes, but has still enjoyed his junior year. “Aside from having to sit in a plastic chair for eight hours, it’s been pretty good. Except in Kecz’s class, I sit in the loveseat.” As for his senior year, he plans to take several art classes. Oberg enjoys creating cartoons for the Spyglass, but doesn’t consider himself an artist yet. “No, I don’t believe I’ve reached that point yet.” Even though he doesn’t agree, the Spyglass staff considers him an artist, and


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12 MARCH 2010 PAGE around jhs SPYGLASS SPYGLASS Author Alan Gratz speaks to JHS students around jhs 13March 2010 PAGE By Aaron Murray Something rotten has come to Joplin High School, straight out of Tennessee, and he’s packing paper goods. With the help of his good friend Horatio Wilkes, Alan Gratz brought his advice to young writers and readers on February 12. Gratz has always held an interest in the writing career, ever since the second grade, when he wrote and distributed a home-published newspaper in his neighborhood. He has since written six full-length novels, four of them have been published. During his visit, Gratz shared how he became an author and the road it took him on. “My professor said I was good, but I just needed discipline. Me, being a young fool, blew him off and did it my own way” He talked about his writing career and the process he had to take in order to get to where he is today. Gratz used to write for a show called A&E True Crime, a show where they cover small town murders. Gratz had to take huge notebooks full of quotes and condense them into forty pages. “It taught me the discipline I needed,” says Gratz. “I’m glad he told us that,” said JHS teacher Janie Jarett. “It showed me how to get organized. It was good advice for the kids, and I hope they put it to good use.” “He was very inspirational,” says Sophmore Ashley Bilke “He really gave some good advice and showed us how to get organized” Afterwards, he talked about his first book, Samurai Shortstop, in which a Japanese boy named Toyo tries to incorporate the Bushido code of his father into the school sport, baseball. In all, he said it took him nine months to write, but he still wasn’t done when he sent it to the publishers. “The editors wanted more about the school days at Ichiko in the book,” he said, “so I talked to my college professor and showed him the manuscript. In turn, he showed me this book titled School Days in Feudal Japan. It was even about Ichiko! The book just fell into my lap.” After the presentation, he took questions from the audience about what it was like to be an author and how cool he thought it was. When a question was asked about his books, he responded with another question “How much do you think I make off each book sale?” As it turns out, he only makes about a dollar fifty each sale, but he also said that he gets paid about $20,000 per each published book. In his own words, Alan has had one heck of a writing career behind him, and he expects to have a better career in front of him. Books from Alan Gratz will be on sale at the Changing Hands Book Shoppe, located at 528 South Virginia Avenue here in Joplin, starting at six dollars, autographed. Photo by Aaron Murray Alan Gratz lectures a group of students. Students learned about what it really takes to be an author. Students in Ms. Pittman’s 4th grade class at Emerson Elementary are working on their morning assignments. “It’s awesome to be around the kids. Although I’m not planning on being a teacher, I really enjoy it. It’s a great way to start out the day.” -Cody Washburn “I love it! It’s a great time to see if this is something you could really be interested in doing in the future. It teaches you a lot and I love being able to be a good example to young kids.” - Becca Mascher Students choose to be role models www.joplineagles.org Keep up with all the latest information on the Joplin High School website By Becky Cooper a lesson to their classroom. For many years, students have been given the opportunity to be involved in cadet teaching. “I’ve had numerous students continue to go Matthew Harding, advisor of the elementary cadet teachers, enjoys seeing students Cadet teaching is a tutoring opportunity through A+ program. The A+ program is to the elementary schools even after they graduate. offered for all high school students enrolled at Joplin High. It’s important for them to get involved. “I especially enjoy when students build that bond with the elementary classes,” says Harding. Though there are other If involved in cadet teaching, one may receive hours have that role model.” opportunities to receive hours for A+, students seem to favor towards their A+ log. Cadet cadet teaching. “I’ve had teaching is offered for seniors who numerous students continue to are interested in working in a classroom setting. go to the elementary schools even after they graduate. It’s It is offered at Joplin elementary schools during important for them to have that role model,” says Harding. first hour, and at Joplin middle schools during seventh. It is If you are a junior interested in doing Cadet also offered at the high school. Teaching next year, schedule an appointment with your Throughout the year, cadet teachers work with counselor as soon as possible. kids in the classroom on a one-on-one basis, and help when needed. They are also required to occasionally teach Story and Photos by Becky Cooper


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14 MARCH 2010 My Si st er’s Ke eperPAGE reviews SPYGLASSSPYGLASS MFAACharcters and Cast ‘Kate Fitzgerald’- Sofia Vassilieva By Emma Meek Book v. Movie By Taylor Camden After reading My Sister’s Keeper, I walked away from the book loving the story more than I’d expected to. After watching the movie, I loved the story even more. The movie allows readers to go beyond the pages of the book and see the translation of emotions. For readers who are true to the written storyline, the turn of events at the end of the movie can be surprising. As readers and movie watchers of My Sister’s Keeper know, the book and movie end drastically different. This big change has had a bittersweet reaction. Some readers believe that the book ending should not have been changed, including Picoult herself. In my opinion, being able to experience the changed movie ending, with all the same passion I received reading the book, was great. After watching the movie, the feeling I had of wondering how the story would go if the ending were changed, was gone. Of course not every detail of the written storyline could be included in the movie, but the way the emotions were portrayed was exactly the way I felt while reading the book. If you have only seen the movie, I encourage you to read the book. If you have only read the book, then I encourage you to see the movie. My Sister’s Keeper is a wonderful book, and the movie is just as great. By Becky Cooper When I first heard that Hollywood was producing a movie based off of one of my favorite books, My Sister’s Keeper, I couldn’t have been more excited. I marked the date on my calendar, and informed my mom that we had to go see it. Prior to the release date, I made sure I had reread the book and knew everything I could about all of the characters. I knew movies were never as good as the book, but I never expected the differences in this movie to be so large. While reading this book, I felt pained for the family as I read what they were experiencing. Kate and Anna’s brother, Jesse are greatly affected by the disease too, as shown by this quote: “Don’t mess with the system, Anna,” he says bitterly. “We’ve all got our scripts down pat. Kate plays the martyr. I’m the lost cause. And you, you’re the Peacekeeper.” In the ending of the book, I was shocked to see that the ending was not how I expected it. In the written storyline, the author has Anna die in a car crash, allowing Kate to have new organs and fight off the cancer once and for all. Even though this does allow Kate to live the life she wasn’t going to be able to have, I was still upset. I felt if anyone deserved to live, it should have been Anna, because she was expecting to live. The ending of the movie was completely different than that of the book. Instead of Anna’s, Kate’s life was taken by the leukemia. I was confused as to how a producer could be content with a change that drastic. But, once again, the movies are never as good as the books they are based off of. In my opinion, My Sister’s Keeper is so much better as a book than as a movie. ‘Anna Fitzgerald’-Abigail Breslin ‘Sara Fitzgerald’- Cameron Diaz ‘Brian Fitzgerald’- Jason Patric ‘Jesse Fitzgerald’- Evan Ellingson Background Information on My Si st er’s Keeper • My Sister’s Keeper is written by Jodi Picoult and was first published in 2004 • It was released as a movie in 2009 • Kate is diagnosed with Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia • Anna is born specifically to save her sister’s life • Anna takes parents to court for the rights to her own body • Obvious tension arises between family members The Missouri Fine Arts Academy has been a summer program for the artistically gifted in visual, dance, instrumental, theatrical, and vocal art since 1995. For three weeks in June, selected students are invited to stay at Missouri State University in Springfield and take classes to further their artistic growth. I was honored to be nominated and to be accepted into the academy in 2009 with a discipline in dance. Looking back on that summer, I can recall it as the most influential experience of my life. The academy is geared toward teaching students to value art and further their ability in their given discipline. Other than discipline specific classes, the faculty strives to enforce an interdisciplinary base to the curriculum, teaching the students to appreciate and expand their knowledge of different art forms. Along with classes, academy attendees are invited to participate in on campus theatre performances, and travel to art galleries. Each night, an activity is planned of some sort. Some days were as simple as open studio, in which studio space was available for those who wish to use it in a creative environment. In my opinion, the best part night activities were the staff, student, and resident assistant showcases. My jaw hit the ground when I listened to one man perform a ten minute long piece on a gong. The room vibrated with the instrument that created such beautiful sounds. My eyes welled with tears when a student my age performed a self-written monologue about experiences with her father. I saw indescribable performances in which I will never have the chance to experience again. These showcases were inspiring. Trying to describe them in words is impossible. The academy allows this kind of art to be seen by the next generation. This program allows for students to one day do the inspiring. Putting driven students with a similar passion in the same place allows for a memorable experience. Growing and learning from each other along with the staff happens naturally during the threeweek time frame. While there, I met people who I will never forget not only because of their talent, but their passion, and now consider many of them my best friends. The importance of a program like this is indescribable. The academy teaches high school students with a gift how to use it properly, along with giving them a new attitude to bring back and share. If you would like to share your opinions on My Sister’s Keeper, send your letters adressed to the editor and deliver them to room A219. Mayer’s really wins, in heartbreak warfare.” for Squares. These tracks showcase Mayer The next track, “All We Ever Do is going out of the box, breaking free from Say Goodbye”, is a definite miss. It tells the his regular pop-swagger into a much more MFAA has been sponsored by the state since its creation providing the experience to students regardless of their economical “Your Body is a Wonderland”. The acoustic, situation. However, the funding for this coming summer has been “Do You Know Me” doesn’t hurt the album drastically cut by two thirds forcing the upcoming students to pay but doesn’t add much to it, either. The final $1,200 for the three-week academy. story of love gone awry and the difficulty in intimate singer/songwriter. “Assassin” is track, “Friends Lovers or Nothing” is a six- I realized the importance of this program several weeks after Battle with putting a final end to it. It has a slow, lacking beat, but for some reason this song randomly starts playing in my head. my favorite track on the album because it’s so ironic. Mayer depicts himself in this song as a sort of heartless person, minute song with a solid groove and is a returning home. It impacted me as a person, forcing me to look at strong way to finish out the album. my entire life differently. It deeply disturbs me that people in a tough Overall this album took some economical state may not be able to have that epiphany. getting used to. At first I was so let down I firmly believe that the state of Missouri needs to reevaluate heartbreak “Half of My Heart” is up next, coming across too pop-ish for my taste. It has tiresome, sappy love lyrics. incapable of love, which is such utter nonsense because this whole album is Mayer singing about all after the captivating tracks of Continuum, the decision to cut the funding of the academy. The appreciation and but every artist changes and people have to education of the arts needs to be furthered in our community, which realize that. Instead of the MTV pop star he is what the academy was created to do. By cutting the education for used to be, Mayer has trans-formed into a the artistically gifted high school students, we are only preventing By Lydia McAllister John Mayer’s Battle Studies album opens with an airy, futuristic feel. Floating drums and a great guitar riff make “Heartbreak Warfare” one of the strongest tracks on the album. Mayer intently focuses on the physicality of heartbreak with lyrics like: “Clouds of sulfur in the air, bombs are falling everywhere. It’s heartbreak warfare. Once you want it to begin, no one every Maybe it’s my disgust for anything Taylor Swift that makes this song is my least favorite on the album. No offense, John. The next three tracks, “Who Says”, “Perfectly Lonely”, and “Assassin” are the three best tracks on this album in my opinion. These shine such light on the changes Mayer has gone through since his first album Room of his horrible heartache. He finishes up the album with five more solid tracks. “War of My Life” reminds me a little of “Heartbreak Warfare”, but in it’s own is unique and stands out. “Crossroads” is a total miss for me. Mayer tries too hard to be soulful and I’m really not feeling it. This track is a total skipper. “Edge of Desire” is a modern, mature update of deep, soulful artist. creative growth for the state of Missouri. Either respect it or don’t as Mayer With this said, I applaud Joplin High School for sponsoring so proudly declares in “Who Says” -- he just Max Mammele who was accepted into the academy of 2010 with doesn’t care. This album is about heartbreak a theatre discipline. The allowance of this into the budget will be and the struggles of relationships. He gives beneficial to our school and the fine arts department. I hope other you an insight into his life, an honest look school districts will follow in Joplin’s example. into his heart, which I think is something to The Missouri Fine Arts Academy allows Missouri high respect. All in all, this is John being nothing school students to let their light shine. Without the funding available but John, so of course I love it. the financial burden may be too great for many highly talented students. I hope that another generation can gain the experience, and be as inspired as I was. editorials 15MARCH 2010 PAGE Teen drinking: The difference is you By Sarah Sticklen Underage drinking has always been a concern with parents and teachers, but why has it rarely been a point of concern for teens? I hear my peers engaging in serious discussions and debates over the war in Iraq, Obama’s healthcare, and the economic recession; yet the thing before driving is the same as pulling into a Starbucks that directly concerns us the most—teenage alcohol drive-thru and drinking a latte behind the wheel. consumption—is regarded as a humorous topic or the I’ve even heard a girl I’m friends with defend her simple description of one’s “crazy” weekend. Maybe boyfriend’s drunk-driving by saying, “He’s good at Not only is underageit’s this irresponsible and carefree attitude toward drinking that has driving when he’s drunk.” I’ve had other friends relate a drunk teen’s contributed to the uncanny behavior as if it were a drinking irresponsiblepercentageofteenalcohol consumption.SAMHSA’s National Survey on Drug personality trait, like there’s nothing at all wrong with them showing up to a high and illegal, but it canUse and Health showed that by age 15, 50 percent of teens have had at least school basketball game drunk; it’s just who they are. They’re also just downright one drink, and by age 18, hilarious when they’re drunk also have some serious70 percent of teens have had at least one drink. Seven out of ten high too. Has it never crossed their minds that they had to drive to get to the basketball consequences.school students will have consumed alcohol before even graduating from game? That they could have been standing outside in the parking lot and been hit by high school, while they someone who’s incoherent? are still three years under This “drunk entertainer” the legal drinking age. who adds so much humor to Though we often seem to forget, it’s illegal for high a sporting event could have killed someone on their school students to drink. way there, they could’ve killed a classmate or a close Not only is underage drinking irresponsible friend. and illegal, but it can also have some serious Drinking alcohol is dangerous, especially consequences. If an athlete at Joplin High School is while driving, and there’s absolutely no sane way to caught drinking, he/she will be suspended from all argue that it’s not. There’s no argument against the in-season and off-season activities for 90 days. The fact that drinking changes a person’s ability to think athlete may have the penalty reduced to 45 days only clearly, alters their behavior, and makes them act by having a substance abuse evaluation and providing in a way that a sober person wouldn’t. I know that written documentation of enrollment and regular some of my friends know this, but they view these attendance in a certified drug education counseling traits as entertaining rather than deadly. Those that program approved by the school.A 45 day suspension, do fully understand the consequences of alcohol just the minimum suspension requirement, may still consumption are few and quiet. I even find myself keep an athlete from playing at all that season. Not laughing at a story about a drunk friend’s behavior, only is this disappointing to the athlete, but it’s even dismissing the actions as funny rather than harmful. more disappointing to the coaches and the team. This needs to end right now. It’s our duty as teenagers, One night of stupidity forfeits the athlete’s ability to classmates, teammates, and friends to explain the perform, and maybe even harms the team’s ability to heavy consequences of drinking. Teenagers are more perform to its full potential as well. likely to listen to their peers than their parents and Athletics isn’t the only thing drinking can teachers, so it’s our job to stop teen drinking. Our affect. Drinking can ruin the most valuable and peers will listen to us andº respect us. The issue of important thing we have—life, whether it’s the teen under aged drinking can easily be tackled by keeping drinking or an innocent person caught in the wrong our peers from drinking, rather than encouraging place at the wrong time. Sixty percent of all teen them. We need to stand up against the irresponsibility deaths in car accidents are alcohol related. Do these of drinking instead of overlooking it. We are the statistics not mean anything to teenagers? They sure difference between right and wrong, between life and scare me. Drinking has become such a way of life death. to many of my peers that they act like having a beer


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16 March 2010 PAGE staff SPYGLASS What the Spyglass staff eats from Orient Express: Sarah- Vegetable Lo Mein Taylor- Cashe w Chicken Lydia- General Tso’s Chicken Kayla- Sweet & Sour Chicken Colin- General Tso’s Chicken Beck y- Cashe w Chicken Aaron- Tangy Treasure Emma- General Tso’s Chicken Dylan- Orange Chicken Cara vana- Orange Chicken Kayla Buchmann Q: If you could be any height in the world, how tall would you be? A: “6’2” Q: If you could have any superpower in the world, what would it be? A: Cure peoples problems Aaron Murray Q: If you could be any height in the world, how tall would you be? A: 100 ft. Q: If you could have any superpower in the world, what would it be? A: Super Mega Awesome Ninja of Justice! Sarah Sticklen Q: If you could be any height in the world, how tall would you be? A: I would be Heidi Klum Q: If you could have any superpower in the world, what would it be? A: I would be Heidi Klum Caravana Randall Q: If you could be any height in the world, what would it be? A: 6 ft. Q: If you could have any superpower in the world, what would it be? A: Read minds Colin Hughes Q: If you could be any height in the world, what would it be? A: “6’4” Q: If you could have any superpower in the world, what would it be? A: Ladies man Delivery and carry-out Orient Express215 E. 20th, Joplin, MO 206-3999 Lunch Specials 11:00 am – 2:30 pm All Buffet style just $6.05 catering Comes with fried rice, egg roll and crab Rangoon Drinks Ind. Bottle $1.35 Sweet and sour chicken (white Green pepper steak 2 Liter $2.10 meat) Garlic beef Cashew chicken (white meat) Vegetable delight Moo goo gia pan (white meat) Lo mein with chicken, beef or shrimp ~ No Checks Please ~ Kung poa chicken Fried rice with chicken, beef or Chicken with broccoli shrimp Garlic chicken Tangy treasure Beef with broccoli General tso’s chicken (white meat)



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