Spyglass: Volume L | Issue III | February 2010


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2 February 2010 PAGE inside SPYGLASSSPYGLASS feature 3February 2010 PAGE Choose your poison, and SHAPE UP! 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. 4 Jam Club By Sarah Sticklen 6 Sports Signings By Colin Hughes and Sarah Sticklen 5 Haiti By Sarah Sticklen 10 Snowball By Sarah Sticklen 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. 16 Prom Preview By Kayla Buchmann Upcoming Issue Alan Gratz author visit Feb17 Basketball homecoming Heart of the Ozarks debate tournament Mr. JHS Arlisa Arwood signing Feb.11 Prom Theme reveal Gus Oberg Spotlight Chris Ingle / Hannah & Sarah Physics Team Competition Officer Sly FBLA Districts Connelaine Gustad teaching yoga to her class. By Becky Cooper Throughout the week, the Joplin Family YMCA’s offer a variety of classes designed for people who enjoy several different kinds of workouts. If you are looking for a new, fun way to get physically active, then Zumba might be the thing for you. Zumba is a Latin aerobic dance workout that is a fun way to burn calories. It is considered to be a high intensity workout and very fast-paced. With its “Ditch the workout, join the party” attitude, many people have become hooked. “I think Zumba is a fun way to get in shape with getting to meet people in your local area. I keep going because it’s really motivating and the people there are really nice,” says sophomore Jacqueline DuBuis. With up to 150 people at our local Zumba class, Zumba is considered to be all the craze for women, and even men too. While most people enjoy the fast-paced workout, some may prefer the sereneness of yoga. Yoga is an eastern Indian tradition that focuses on strength, flexibility, balance, and endurance. Both Zumba and yoga classes are offered at both Joplin YMCA’s. Connelaine Gustad, a teacher at Joplin High School also spends her time teaching yoga at the YMCA. It is offered five nights a week. Three of the classes are power yoga (yogalates) and the other two are gentle yoga. “There are a lot of great things about yoga. There’s no pain but yet you gain,” says Gustad. Photos by Becky Cooper While some people immediately think religion when they hear the word yoga, that is not always the case. “Some people think yoga is a religion, but that is a misconception. I believe it can be spiritual, but you could feel that in other sports as well,” says Gustad. Yoga is considered to be very beneficial for athletes as well. Gustad explains that it is important to have balance in everything you do. “Yoga doesn’t mean to replace an other exercise program, it just complements it.” So the choice is yours. You may be the fast-paced type of person, or the relaxed type. You could even enjoy both! Gustad enjoys Zumba as well. “I love Zumba! It’s so fun! I love to dance. It’s just fun,” says Gustad. “It’s great because anybody can do it, from the very young to the very old.” -Connelaine Gustad


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4 February 2010 PAGE feature SPYGLASS SPYGLASS world news 5February 2010 PAGE Haiti’s Helping Hands Americans reach out to support Haiti relief By Aaron Murray On Friday, January 22, George Clooney and Wyclef Jean hosted a telethon for the survivors of the Haiti earthquake. The telethon raised over $61 million. The telethon was broadcast from three different locations. It was a star-studded occasion, with appearances by Shakira, Sting, Bruce Photo by Sarah Sticklen Max Mammele is shown with the Teens For Jeans Springsteen and Bono, as well as Twilight’s Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart. But the telethon is really not over. If you missed the performance, but you still want to hear it, each individual song is available for download on iTunes for 99 cents each, or you can buy the whole album for $7.99. donation box to benefit Haiti. Jeans can be donated in Mrs. Joplin High School students showcase their talents at the fall JAM Club concert An epic disaster; a labor of loveMr. Keczkemethy performs at the JAM Club concert. Photo by Sarah Sticklen Photo by Sarah Sticklen Bryce Paden plays the drums with his band Model 550. Boyer’s room. By Sarah Sticklen jean drive, Tuesday, January 12, a massive 7.0 thanks to junior By Sarah Sticklen Wednesday, December 16, Joplin High School’s JAM (Joplin American Music) Club hosted a concert displaying their musical talents in an effort to promote and raise money for JHS musical programs. The concert took place in the JHS auditorium with an entrance fee of $5.00. JAM Club is sponsored by Mr. William Keczkemethy, history teacher at JHS. The club was founded about seven years ago, with the intention of creating a student produced safe classic-rock concert, while still providing teen entertainment. JAM Club hosts two concerts per semester. The first one is offered free of charge to all JHS students during seventh hour the day of the performance. The second one takes place in the evening and is open to the public, creating more of a full performance atmosphere while offering a wider range of music. Performances vary from at night I think the audience really appreciates the music more.” Those who attended the concert, such as Griffin Sonaty, agree. “I believe the musical presentation was superb,” says Sonaty. “I think the performers did a fine job of showcasing their musical talent.” The JAM Club concert did just that—it gave high school students the ability to get on stage and share their musical passion and talents with an audience. “It’s really awesome to be on the stage,” explains Colby Ritter, guitarist for $Money$. “It’s a way to have a crowd without being a huge band.” For JAM Club band Model 550, the concert was a way to introduce their music to the public. During the concert they played five of their original songs. “We are trying to put a fresh twist on a lot of hard work. Bands $Money$ and Model 550 began practicing for the concert months in advance. Ritter says that $Money$ began their initial preparation by practicing once a week a couple months in advance, moving to two times a week as the concert date drew near. Doerge and Perkins began practice two months before the concert, practicing on Tuesdays and Thursdays for a couple hours after school. The day of the concert was crunch time, or as Keczkemethy would say, the day of the concert is like D-Day. “The preparation for the concert was an all day affair,” states Paden. “We got to the school at 7:30 a.m. the day of the concert, and people were setting up and adjusting things all day. We didn’t get done cleaning up until about 10:30 at night after the concert.” Though the concert required the students to put forth lots of time and effort, especially during the performances during the concert were a vast im- earthquake hit the Republic of Haiti, a small provement from past concerts. He says this could country on the western part of the island of be due to the increasing amount of JAM Club Hispaniola. members, which has doubled this year. On January 15 the UN stated that Those involved in JAM Club all agree that it has approximately 300,000 Haitians have been left provided them with an opportunity to meet and homeless. The International Red Cross also stated perform with other students who share their in- that an estimated 150,000 people have been terests. killed. “I enjoy being with other musicians. It is neat to Efforts from countries all over the world, watch other bands and see how they do things. including 5,500 U.S. soldiers and Marines, have It’s always cool to be around people that share the been made to ease the pain of those suffering from same common interests that you do,” says Paden. the quake. Cox agrees, saying, “I’ve made a lot of friends Groups such as the American Red Cross, just from playing in JAM Club, and I really enjoy Yele Haiti, led by Wyclef Jean, and the Salvation playing shows with them every year.” Army have teamed up with mobile phone The club also gives students a chance to work companies to provide an easy way for Americans to with Mr. Keczkemethy outside of the classroom, donate money to Haiti earthquake victims. Phone a great experience for both parties. company customers can send a text to a hotline “Everyone loves Kecz as a teacher, but when you number donating a certain amount of money to be work with him and music you see a side of him added on to their phone bill. Max Mammele who works at Aeropostale. Students can bring a pair of jeans by Mrs. Boyer’s and put them in the “Teens For Jeans” donation box. The jeans will clothe homeless teens in Haiti. Students who donate jeans will receive 25% off a new pair of jeans at Aeropostale in the Northpark Mall. The jean drive will last until February 12. Not only will Aeropostale donate used hard by the earthquake. Donations can be made directly to NEA or to the MNEA Charitable Fund. All of the proceeds will go toward securing lives full bands to acoustic guitars and bongo drums, modern worship music. We want to show people stresses of prepping for college and semester fi- many don’t,” explains Cox. “Kecz has a love for Even local Joplin citizens are becoming jeans to Haiti, but also for every 100,000 used and supporting the resumption of education in and range in genre from 60’s rock to modern day how much fun playing music can be,” says Model nals, their hard work definitely paid off. music like no other and it’s awesome to work be- involved in the Haiti crisis. For example, junior jeans donated Aeropostale will donate 100,000 Haiti. alternative rock. 550 drummer, Bryce Paden. “Our recent concert was one of our best,” states side him as a friend and fellow musician and not Kalli McCoy is partnering up with Key Club to new jeans, says Mammele. Joplin’s Northpark Mall “JAM has become a bit more dynamic For JAM Club newcomer, Hannah Do- Keczkemethy. “With the exception of a few tech- as just a teacher.” make t-shirts to raise money for the earthquake alone is striving to donate at least 100 used pairs thanks to the greater number of participants,” erge, the concert presented musical networks and nical and “pack-up” issues, the show was excep- “It’s great to collaborate with talented students in victims. The shirts will cost $12, and all the profits and 100 old pairs. Mammele is excited to be able to states Keczkemethy. “We have more acts than we friendships with fellow club members, namely tional. We had a decent spectrum of music, plenty roles other than instructor. When everyone con- will go toward Haiti. have such a strong role in helping homeless teens started with, so we offer a good mix of styles.” Doerge’s guitar player and JAM Club veteran, of talent, and really good vocals.” tributes, outside the typical classroom structure, it McCoy also hopes that with the shirts she in Haiti and hopes other students will participate as “JAM Club is really just a celebration of Caleb Perkins. “This concert was definitely our best show ever,” is easier to realize that we are all flesh and blood,” can raise awareness about the current condition in well. music for all ages,” says Chase Cox, drummer for “I loved being able to get up there and says Cox. “The bands really seemed together and says Keczkemethy. Haiti. Other American corporations are putting JAM Club band $Money$. sing with Caleb!” exclaimed Doerge. “He’s be- the technical problems were very minimal. Over- JAM Club will put on another concert in the “The more time goes by, the more people their efforts towards Haiti as well. The National “The day show is really fun, and the come one of my best friends after working so all the concert was amazing, and we can only spring, this time hopefully outdoors at Landreth forget,” says McCoy. Education Association (NEA) is participating in crowd seems to get more into the music, though hard to get ready for the concert. “ hope for it to get better for the spring show.” Park and free to the public. JHS’s Key Club is also participating in the Education International Solidarity Fund, which Preparing for the concert was indeed Ritter agrees, stating that the musical quality and Aeropostale’s Third Annual “Teens For Jeans” gives direct support to Haitians who have been hit TEXT CONBTRIBUTIONS 90999 Red Cross $10 20222 Clinton Foundation $10 85944 International Medical Corps $10 25383 International Rescue $5 52000 Salvation Army $10 501501 Yele Haiti $5 Send the word “Haiti” in a text message to the numbers listed above to donate the listed amount of money via your cell phone bill. PHONE CONBTRIBUTIONS American Red Cross 1-800-733-2767 Habitat for Humanity 1-800-422-4828 Mercy Corps 1-888-256-1900 The Salvation Army 1-800-725-2769


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6 February 2010 PAGE sports Hefley goes south, U of A bound By Colin Hughes On Wednesday February 3, JHS senior Brad Hefley signed to play football for the University of Arkansas. Hefley is excited to play for the Razorbacks next year. “It’s the SEC; it doesn’t get any better, and they use their tight ends the way I like to play,” he said. Despite the change from high school to college, Hefley seems calm. “I’m not really nervous, I’m more excited about everything that’s going on. I’m ready for it,” he said. The thing that he can’t seem to wait for is the first game of next season. “The very first time I run out in front of all those people. I’ve wanted that ever since I was little.” Hefley said. The university first found out about Hefley at the beginning of his junior year at Riverton. His weights coach, who is an alumni, contacted Arkansas. The distance from home did play a part in Hefley’s decision to choose Arkansas. It is only about an hour and a half from Joplin. “It’s more convenient,” said Hefley, “and my parents and friends can come watch if they want to.” Hefley said that he wanted to thank his dad and his old weights coach for helping him get where he is today. “They taught me physicality and dedication and my desire to play since I was little.” PSU to benefit from Sanders’ talent By Sarah Sticklen Wednesday, February 3, senior Gates Sanders signed with Pittsburg State University’s football program. He will be a red-shirt freshman for the Pitt State Gorillas. Sanders was also contacted by Central Methodist, Missouri Southern State University, and Hawaii University but chose Pitt State because he liked its campus and the football program’s strong tradition. Another factor was Pitt State’s location in Pittsburg, Kansas, only about a thirty minute drive from Joplin. Sanders will join the Gorillas as a wide receiver and kick returner, positions he received many accolades for from high school ball. Sanders is a 1st Team All-Conference wide receiver and kick returner as well as a 1st Team All-District wide receiver and kick returner. He’s awaiting results for the All-Globe team. Sanders is excited to play college football and hopes to win a national ring. “College football is different than high school and requires more dedication,” says Sanders. Fuller’s first By Madison Wood, Journalism student Have you ever wondered how it feels to get first place? Senior Mallory Fuller knows that feeling well, because she captured first place in several swimming events. At the Joplin meet on Tuesday, January 26, Fuller swam at took first in both of her individual events, the 100 and 200 meter freestyle. Fuller also swam in the 200 free relay, and the 400 free relay. In the 200 medley relay she swam with Michelle Barchak on the backstroke, Niki Barlos on the breaststroke, Madison Wood on the butterfly, and Fuller finished with the freestyle. The relay claimed first place. Fuller swam the 400 free relay with Madison Wood, Genny Richards, and Michelle Barchak. This relay also got first place. Fuller is going to college at MSU if she can swim on their team. If not she’ll go to school at Missouri Southern. “Leaving (Joplin High School) is bittersweet, but I’m going to continue.” Fuller said. Other first place winners in individual events were Richards and her 400 metter freestyle, and Barlos in her 100 meter backstroke. “I’m only three seconds off my state cut.” Richards said. SPYGLASSSPYGLASS Thaman signs with MNU Going up! sports 7February 2010 PAGE Spring into sports Coaches talk about upcoming season. Photo courtesy of Joplimo staff By Sarah Sticklen On December 14, Kayla Thaman signed to play basketball at Mid-America Nazarene University (MNU) in Olathe, Kansas. Thaman signed on an academic and athletic scholarship, with MNU completely covering her tuition. Thaman visited many other colleges such as Central Methodist and Baker University, but MNU offers her decided major, athletic training. She was also drawn to MNU’s small size as well as its Christian atmosphere. “The people there are so nice,” says Thaman. “They make you feel so welcome.” Another perk MNU has to offer is its athletic facilities. “Their gym is amazing,” says Thaman. Thaman also loves the basketball team and the coaches she will play for. She is looking forward to begin her freshman year at MNU in the fall of 2010. Photo by Sarah Sticklen Joplin senior Derek Stokes goes up for a rebound in their game against Central High School at home on January 26. The eagles crushed Central with a final score of 75-46 By Caravana Randall in attaining our goals.” Spring is coming and with it the spring The record for this season at this point of time sports at Joplin High School. is 4-11. When asked if Spivy is confident in the season she replied “I am confident in every player Wrestling that puts on a Joplin uniform that they will always The wrestling season started in the be- give one hundred percent.” ginning of November. This season ends with the When it comes to outstanding players state championship on February 18-20. Spivy says, “Our players are all equally important Shawn Finch is the head coach along with as- to our team for success. We each are a piece to the sistant coaches Jim Hudson and Will Hedrick. Ac- puzzle for us to be successful.” cording to Finch, the season is not going as well as expected but expectations Track are very high. The track season starts “Our players are allThe record for this season is 11-6. The outstand- on March 1st there will be no tryouts. The first ing players are senior Josh equally important to ourHutching, junior Brycen Minteam for success. Weer, junior Brent Eagles, and meet is Joplin relays on March 25th. There is no limit to each are a piece to thesophomore Alex Karns. When asked if Finch the amount of people that can be on the team. There was confident in this season he said, “Yes, we have kids that set high goals for them- puzzle for us to be successful.” are about sixty boys and thirty-six girls. Last season accord- selves and their teammates and work extremely hard to -- Vicky Spivy ing to head coach Paul Chambers was good. realize those goals.” There were boys and girls in the top four of confer- Boys Basketball ence and three in district. The boys basketball season began early According to Chambers, if you want to November and ends February 20th. According to join track you need to have the paper work in by Jeff Williams, Joplin High School boy’s basket- the time they start practice. Need to work hard ball coach, this season is the best JHS boys have and be at practice everyday. Practice will be from done in the last decade. 3:45- 5:45. Williams says the team has 14-3. The re- cord this season for conference is 2-0. Williams Swimming says we have a really good balance with eight se- The swimming season started on Novem- niors. ber 16th and ends on February 19th and 20th. When Williams was asked if he was con- When asked how the season was going fident in the season he replied we are gaining con- head coach Vicki Carnahan replied, “ The season fidence with every game. is going better than most. We are gradually com- William’s, opinion on coaching boys ing together as a team, and not just a bunch of basketball “ I love Joplin High School, I’m very individuals.” happy I am here.” The record for this season at this point in time is 8-4. Outstanding player on the swim team Girls Basketball is senior Mallory Fuller. The girl’s basketball season started prac- When it comes to being confident, Car- tice November 9th. The first game was December nahan says, “If we continue to compete as a team, 1st. The season ends February 20th. and support each other, encourage each other and Vicki Spivy, the girl’s basketball coach, says “The practice hard, we’ll have a good season.” season is going good. We are making great strides Sport Schedule: Boys Basketball: 2/9/10 Hillcrest Home 6:00 p.m. Wrestling: 2/12-13/10 Districts Jefferson City TBA 2/18-20/10 State Columbia TBA 2/12/10 Kickapoo Away 6:00 p.m. 2/16/10 Glendale Away 6:00 p.m. 2/19/10 West Plains Home 6:00 p.m. 2/22-27/10 Districts at Carthage Away TBA Girls Basketball: 2/8/10 Hillcrest Away 6:00 p.m. 2/11/10 Kickapoo Home 6:00 p.m. 2/15/10 Glendale Home 6:00 p.m. 2/18/10 West Plains Away 6:00 p.m. 2/22-27/10 Districts at Carthage Away TBA Girls Swimming: 2/12-13/10 South West MO Championship Springfield 1:00 p.m. 2/19-20/10 MSHSAA State Championship St. Peters 3:00 p.m.


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8 February 2010 PAGE Holidays are all about helping Photo courtesy of Becky Cooper First United Methodist Church in Joplin was the home of the eleventh annual Operaton toy event. Numerous children received toys and coats. By Becky Cooper On December 20, 2009, volunteers gathered at First United Methodist Church for the church’s annual Operation Toy event. Operation Toy is put on for qualified families who wish to get a coat and toys for their children. Parents and their children were able to pick out a coat, and their children were able to pick out a toy of their choice. This was the eleventh year for the church to host Operation Toy. The event was presented by other ministry organizations as well as First United Methodist Church: First United Methodist Preschool, Wyldlife, Younglife, and The Youth Ministry Program of Joplin’s First United Methodist Church. Kasey Grant, junior, a member of First United Methodist Youth, was a volunteer. “It’s a really great experience to get to be involved with something like that. My favorite part is always seeing the looks on the kids’ faces when they get to pick out their toys.” Including volunteers, there was a total of 1,924 people involved. There were 1,087 children represented, including the children whose parents came on behalf of them. First United Methodist is planning on hosting Operation Toy next year as well, and donations and volunteers are always welcome. Excitement buzzed through the air, and volunteers could hear the children’s anxious voices, trying to decide what color of coat they wanted, or what toy they hoped to find. To an outsider, one would simply dismiss these words as kids just being kids. To a volunteer helping run Operation Toy, the words mean so much more. community South Middle School Joplin, Missouri January 2010 SPYGLASSSPYGLASS Teen Jobs community 9February 2010 PAGE More trouble than it’s worth? By Lydia McAllister Nowadays, it is no surprise to go to your favorite restaurant or grocery store and see one of your classmates behind the counter. Between 70-80 percent of teens have worked for pay some time during their high school years. Pressure from bills, gas, college, parents, and extra spending money are all factors when teens decide to get a job. Blake Ward, junior, said, “I have to pay 50 bucks a month for my truck and it’s always nice to have some extra cash.” Many people argue that teen jobs bring about more negative aspects than positive ones. Some of the positive aspects are teens obtain valuable work experience, learn time management experience, form good work habits, learn how to manage finances, gain useful and marketable skills, and become financially independent. The negative aspects of teen jobs range from less time spent on homework, less academic effort, lack of sleep, higher rates of absenteeism, and lower grades to sleep deprivation, stress, and poor social life. According to the Fair Labor Standards Act, fourteen and fifteen year old workers can only work three hours a day, 18 hours a week. Sixteen and seventeen year old workers have no limits on hours, which could mean working late on school nights. Jason Van Orman, junior, said, “I usually get all my homework done in school and if I do have homework, I won’t work late that night.” Ward said, “I sometimes work on school nights, but I don’t work past ten. But very rarely. The movie theater where I work allows us to do homework in between rushes.” Many teens decide a part-time job would be too much stress when added to their already busy lives. “I don’t have a job because I can’t drive. I also play sports and don’t have much extra time. A job would take a toll on my grades if I tried to juggle life, school, and a job,” said Morgan Davis, sophomore. Whatever the reason, a teen job can have its positive and negative aspects. Van Orman and Ward both agreed life was easier without a job. “But like I said, I can pretty much do anything with my friends any time now that I always have some extra money on me,” said Ward. Davis said, “Having a teen job shows they have ambition and aren’t lazy. Teens who work seem not to expect things just to be given to them. I definitely respect that.” Ultimately many teens enjoy their extra spending money and sense of independence that their teen job brings about and are willing to deal with any complications a teen job can create. Gus Oberg‘09 See ... Get In Shape on page 3 Doors open for new middle schoolPhotobySarahSticklen By Dylan Prauser The passage of the 2007 bond issue has opened the door for academics in Joplin middle schools. The new South Middle School building held its ribbon cutting ceremony on January 4, 2010. Opening the new building in the middle of the year could have caused some serious problems. According to Dr. C.J. Huff, superintendent of Joplin R-VIII district, “The transition went really well. (There were) a lot of supplies and furniture to move, but it took two days and eleven working hours to complete the move.” The teachers and students adjusted to the building quickly and efficiently. “The students and teachers adjusted really well, just trying to find all the light switches and other little things took a while to get used to,” said Dr. Huff. The new $18 million, 137,000 square foot building gives its 600 plus students a lot of breathing room. Class sizes range from 25-28 per core class. The building includes a spacious auditorium, gymnasium, and commons area for students. The building was not completed 100 percent on the first day. Base trim pieces needed to be placed on the bottom of the walls, some items were on backorder, FACS rooms needed their stoves, and a few loose ends needed completion. The safety of students is a primary concern for the building of the middle schools. Visitors must go to the office after school starts to ensure no one enters the building without being sighted. The construction of the building enables one to stand in a central location and see the end of the building in all four directions. Also, a school resource officer has been stationed in all middle schools to ensure security. The new South building is not the only project that the bond issue has taken on. North Middle School has been renovated and had a new classroom wing built on to it, giving the students more class space. An addition, approximately the same size as the original building, has been built on to the current standing building. The gymnasium has been converted into a twostory classroom hallway to give students more room. Also, a new commons area has been added to the building. The Memorial School building is also being remodeled. An estimated $500,000 is being used to fix up the building and could possibly be the site for some classes for Joplin High School. Also, the Professional Development Program seminars will be held in the building for the teachers in the district. The old South building is still owned by the school district. Due to remodeling of the elementary schools, the building may be used as an interim school for the elementary schools. Blake Ward Jason Van Orman Raycliff Manor presents “Ghouls Gone Wild” Compiled by Aaron Murray Are you looking for a little spooky fun over spring break? Looking to spook about town? Raycliff Manor might just have what you’re looking for. On March 19 and 20, Raycliff Manor will be holding “Ghouls Gone Wild,” a show that just might scare you right out of your pants. This will be the last showing of “Ghouls Gone Wild” before renovations start in the fall, and tickets are only $15. But, you can pay 13, If you’re not scared of needles, that is? Raycliff has partnered with the Community Blood Center of the Ozarks, or the CBCO, to reduce ticket prices. By donating one pint of blood, which takes anywhere from five to fifteen minutes, you can save two dollars off a general admissions ticket, which is good for both Raycliff Manor and the Raycliff Manor Carriage House. Raycliff Manor can be found at 4706 Gateway Drive here in Joplin, about 3 miles south of I-44. The attraction is not recommended for pregnant women, people with heart conditions or weak hearts, or wimps. Show up if you dare. Joplin High School Website: www.joplineagles.org f Joplin R-8 School District Website: www.joplinschools.org


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10 February 2010 PAGE around jhs SPYGLASSSPYGLASS around jhs 11February 2010 PAGE Photo courtesy of Jessie Goben Steffan Triplett and Jessie Goben after being crowned king and queen. Photo courtesy of Taylor Tyrrell Photo courtesy Joplimo yearbook Photo courtesy of Joplimo yearbook Joplin High School presents its 2009 Snowball court. JHS students competed in the parade and the field competition at the Cotton Bowl. The Jazz Band and the Color Guard joined the band at the festivities. Joplin High students dance away at the Winter Masquerade Cotton Bowl welcomes JHS Band to competition By Sarah Sticklen Saturday, December 19, Joplin High School’s student council put on the annual winter dance, Snowball. This year’s theme was Winter Masquerade. STUCO dance coordinator Julia Lewis said that STUCO decided on this theme because it was elegant and enjoyable, yet simple and would look put-together. Winter Masquerade turned out to be a good choice. “The decorations were lovely, and I thought the theme was very mood-setting,” says Arlisa Arwood, senior. Toward the end of the dance, the annual Snowball Court ceremony is held, where students who attend the dance vote for a senior Snowball King and Queen. This year’s court consisted of Steffan Triplett, Brad Hefley, Spencer Davidson, Devin St. Clair, Jacob Murdock, Tyler Evans, Taylor Sharp, Jenny Hill, Jessie Goben, Taylor Tyrrell, Chelsea Hardy, and Tamara Zajac. Steffan Triplett and Jessie Goben were crowned king and queen. “It’s always an honor to be nominated and respected by your peers,” says Tyrrell. “I’m sure we all felt special to represent our class and be a part of the Snowball Court.” Tyrell also thinks that this year’s court represented the senior class well. “The winners were worthy of their crowns,” stated senior Gary Montgomery. Another Snowball tradition is that the girls ask the guys to the dance, and many girls choose to ask in a unique way. into his hAoruwseooadndsuprparinisteindgh“eSr ndoawtebbayll?s”neoankihnigsBy Emma Meek bathroom mirror. Senior Cody Maples’ date took Early on the morning of December 30, snowflake ornaments and spelled out “Snowball?”70 band students and sponsors gathered at Joplin across the floor. High School to depart on their journey to the Lewis felt that the decorations and theDallas area. After fundraising throughout the year, theme also turned out well and feels that all thethe band earned $800 a person enabling them to hard work STUCO put into the dance paid off andperform in the Cotton Bowl. was gratifying. The Joplin Eagle Pride Band sent in a “It’s cool to come to the dance and seevideo to be judged by performance officials and that everyone’s enjoying it, and I took a part inwas awarded with an invitation to perform in the it,” says Lewis. half-time show and parade. According to Mr. Castor, band director, the band makes a big trip once every two years and has attended the Cotton Bowl in Dallas one other time about eleven years ago. The color guard, as well as both the marching and jazz bands, went on the trip along with plenty of chaperones. The band received their music earlier in the year from the coordinators of the show and later, a DVD followed that was given to the guard to learn the dance for the performance. While in Dallas, the band not only performed, but also went to a rodeo, The Galleria mall, a New Year’s Eve party at Southfork Ranch, and a go-kart track. “My favorite part was going to Speed Zone and racing everyone!” color guard member, Christina Mann, said. The JHS jazz band placed first in the jazz competition. The marching band took second in the field show competition and received an honorable mention in the parade. When game day arrived the band awaited eagerly and then performed during halftime of the nationally broadcasted OSU vs. Ole Miss game. “It felt really cool because it’s such a big field,” said Castor who stood on the fifty-yard line during the halftime performance at the new Dallas Cowboys stadium. The band was placed in sections with other bands from around the country and played several songs including: “Land of a Thousand Dances,” “Give Me Some Lovin’,” “Proud Mary,” and “Joy to the World.” After the rush of performing in front of 79,000 spectators, Mann added, “It’s a once in a lifetime experience that I’ll never forget.” Clinicals keep FTC class busy second semester By Aaron Murray Thomas Strait trains doctors for a living directly from Franklin Technology Center. Dr. Thomas Strait teaches Diversified Health Occupations, a class at FTC that trains future doctors and surgeons as a career. During the first semester of class, students do mainly bookwork and labs, which are training exercises that take place in the classroom that act as hours for their clinicals, as well as having to memorize over 1000 medical terms. Clinicals, which take place during second semester, are when students go to Freeman hospital and job shadow doctors and surgeons to get better acquainted with their job and the day-to-day activities that they will be performing in the hospital. “We mostly watch Registered Nurses do paperwork, but I think we’ll be job shadowing later,” said Sierra Hutchinson. Sierra is excited for job shadowing the doctors and nurses in the Operating Room. She says she’s not sure, but she thinks she wants to be a Surgical Technologist. Dr. Strait was a chiropractor for twenty-two years before he began teaching in the 2003-2004 school year. When his students go to clinicals, Dr. Strait only goes with them for the first few weeks. “I go initially,” he said. “We start in the hospital for a tour of the facility and orientation, but after that, students branch off on their own.” Later in his class, students get to set up their own clinicals based on their interests, which range from Dentist Aide to M.E.T.S driver. His class prepares students to go on to any medical program in a technical or medical school and provide entry-level preparation for a number of professions available right out of high school. To get into Strait’s class, one has to take Introduction to Medical Sciences with Mrs. Edie Harrison as a junior because Diversified Health Occupations is only offered to seniors. TV Productions students place in the “Show-Me a Movie Contest” Compiled by Sarah Sticklen JHS TV Production students Michael Johnson, Liberty Bechtel, and Zebrina Riggs are recent winners of the “Show-Me a Movie Contest,” held in December. The “Show-Me a Movie” contest is a state-wide competition held by Cooperating School Districts of St. Louis, with entries from more than 30 schools across Missouri. More than 160 entries were submitted, with Joplin submitting 12. Joplin won two of the four categories held in the high school division. Johnson and Bechtel won the Show Me a Story category with their video “Pursuing a Dream.” Riggs won the Show Me a Challenge category with her video “Don’t Throw it Away, Throw it Back,” a PSA concerning the importance of recycling. Photo courtesy of Sheri Wilson Zebrina Riggs, Michael Johnson, and Liberty Bechtel


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12 February 2010 PAGE students Mod el Be h avior By Emma Meek Joplin High School’s Lauren Layne has been modeling since age eight and has recently been seen in multiple spreads for Seventeen. After going to a convention in Kansas City, Layne was teamed with her now agency Click in New York City. Along with Click, she is a part of Vision modeling agency, located in Los Angeles, and Exposure agency in Kansas City. It was through Click that Layne got her shoot with Seventeen. After visiting their office, her agent was contacted by the magazine. She was featured in an article in the November issue and has a beauty spread coming out this month. Another big opportunity of her career thus far is her ongoing job with Kohl’s. She has photo shoots in Wisconsin for the department store through Vision. She has been featured in their advertisements many times, and her newest catalogue will be out in April. Layne has not only been in magazines and advertisements, but also nationally broadcasted commercials. She has been in two thus far, one for Sprint, and the other for the remote control Hovercraft. “Traveling is really cool,” Layne admits as her favorite part of the process. Every summer she makes a trip to New York along with Los Angeles for test shoots and is flown to out of town each time her agent gets her a new job. As for the number of shoots she’s done, she can’t even remember. “Umm… a lot?” She adds, trying to pinpoint an exact number. Each shoot is a full day from about nine to five. “I just take a shower and go.” Lauren adds, and all else is taken care of for her. When she arrives two hairstylists, two make-up artists, and a manicurist are waiting for her. After being made up, she is pinned into all the clothes to ensure proper fit and is then ready to start her job. Although countless photographers have shot Layne, she still gets nervous in front of the camera. “I’m really shy before I get to know them. It’s really nerve racking and awkward.” However, at the end of the shoot she loves seeing the result in her pictures. After high school, Layne plans to move to New York and pursue a career in modeling while attending the New York Fashion Institute. She hopes to eventually use her experience to travel to Milan for runway modeling. After her career as a model comes to a close, Layne plans on having a career of some sort in the fashion industry. For now, she gets jobs from her three agencies frequently and tries to live life as normal teenager. One of Lauren’s photos for Exposure Modeling & Talent Agency. Photo from exposureinc.com Photo courtesy of Jessie Goben Jessie and her partner perform at the UCWDC Jessie Goben places 3rd at the United Country World Dance Council By Taylor Camden Jessie Goben, senior at Joplin High School, competed and placed first at the United Country World Dance Council (UCWDC) in Nashville, Tennessee on January 5, 2010. Goben competed in the ProAm Female Open Newcomer division. At the ProAm Open Newcomer skill level, an amateur dancer is coupled with a professional dancer. Only the amateur is judged. The age division is open to dancers over 18 years old in the Newcomer skill level. Goben competed against eight other girls from around the world in the world competition. Her dance partner and teacher, Sloan Hansen from Fort Worth, Texas, trained with Goben the previous year, starting last January until competition day. “It was a fun experience. I’ve worked really hard,” says Goben. She was judged on her style of dance, presence, look, memory of dance and how well she worked with her pro. “I didn’t expect to win”, says Goben. “All I really wanted was to do my best”. Goben has been on the Joplin High School Dance Team for four years. She has also been the captain all four years. “My parents have always been willing to do anything to help me accomplish my dreams. They are amazing,” says Goben. Her parents put her into dance classes when she was three, and she has loved it ever since. After placing first in the UCWDC, Goben says, “Winning taught me to work hard for what I want.” SPYGLASSSPYGLASS students 13FEBRUARY 2010 PAGE Joplin High’s Constitution Team promotes success By Emma Meek “We the People” at JHS is not only a class, but a competition in itself in which students compete at the state level annually. According to William Keczkemethy, history teacher, for “any student interested in debate, government, politics, or law, this is a good team for you.” The team is “exploration and research based,” said Keczkemethy and believes that “the team has been successful because the students that join want to be cooperative and team oriented.” The class is separated into six units of up to five students per group. Each unit covers Photo courtesy of Sheri Wilson JHS senior nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Citizenshipa different aspect of American government and politics. For example, unit one covers the foundation of American politics, ideology, and beliefs. Compiled by Sarah Sticklen fcsrtbobqheouoreeuaarsmeceadtpantsnhpseutayijueensoutrpteshcndirertoioetgei,n“TJhou”vdevHTgehnnediKarhrSot.dteboeiheuendhouteicshcsauglzmsoueysthkatmnaohoeabrlitcemneuopteekhayteteheterntttoihatihihathnstfelcirieeyganoseocresygxnfomridoeecnvaiipravingnesstreeorvpeds,ateamvoeisiodlnlneeltsoe.fvugcrtnwaidhc2nabtooeh0gtaofanuintnucytfrthsdhushdteeeenhatatdhcrharsrseaevepa.pyeemstIihtentaaaecttlnheh,eAwECsbiCCncydooiaschtsusumliotouzcnhomencdacelniotiiaiinlssmtoStghttineuOTtoiifaenpdorhAnntea.oereiwptsnneroJtBatadCeshafrwsodneiafetaauoicnfSrrzaorrSddteeorarocnytsithoOcsoissveifhnguae3tidhiltEsMp0vsae,dteErfSaiynrussdntotsscutaudemoaodtciSnuteniaifiicerotgotwihfhsinrtoA,oeeSh.noecotCtAM,alnhhttaohieepierlcspeuebvsorBMMbyeoimsnolmueiiicamcrlssReieirssphndiciooBtatitttuutgeleoieasrrhdnerrfii, early 1990’s, Joplin started to become known for the State Board of Education, and the Missouri Department of Elementary and Second education was formed to nominate the fifteen recipients. To be nominated for the Outstanding Achievement in Citizenship award, a student must demonstrate “knowledge of the principles of government and citizenship through academic achievement, participation in extracurricular activities, and service to the community.” During the spring a banquet with be held in Jefferson City for all recipients, where the Missouri State Board of Education and other state leaders will honor them. consistently winning state. But, ten years ago the team started regularly placing a close second to the same rival school. “Often, we actually tie the number of units won, but in the end they squeak past us.” Keczkemethy added. This happened this past year as unit four and five from Joplin won the individual unit competition. This was enough to tie JHS for first place. However, when it came down to point scores, the team was narrowly beaten. However, winning isn’t everything as Keczkemethy thinks about the experience, “The best thing about the team is that I get to watch students grow, develop, and become successful at educating themselves.” Freshman Spotlight Gabe (Sachetta) is not alone By Colin Hughes Gabe Sachetta is a freshman at Joplin High School, and his father is Dr. Sachetta, the principal. Gabe says that it is very useful to have his dad at school with him. “I always have an easy ride to and from school, and I know when school events are,” he said. But along with the good is some bad. There is a downside to having your dad be the principal at your school. “Teachers always know how to get a hold of my dad, so I can’t hide bad grades,” said Gabe Despite having his dad at school all the time, Gabe does not feel any pressure to do better in school. Gabe said, “I just feel like I should pass and not flunk out.” Despite the fact that Dr. Sachetta has two thousand other kids to look out for at the high school, Gabe insists that his dad does not act any different. “He’s not that different at all, but he doesn’t yell at me at school,” said Gabe with a smile. Even though Gabe’s dad is at JHS all the time, it doesn’t seem to bother him. Gabe said, “Its not as bad or weird as they think, it’s really convenient.” Photo by Lydia McAllister Emilee Dailey signed with Mizzou’s track program on February 8th.


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14 February 2010 PAGE teacher feature SPYGLASS SPYGLASS editorial 15May 2010 PAGE “If I had to do it all over again, I would not change one day.” The Voice of Teaching By Emma Meek and Taylor Camden Susan Ideker, Joplin High School vocal director, is retiring at the end of this year after being with the district for 25 years. “I always wanted be a teacher, I’m very passionate about my music and wanted to share my passion with other students,” says Ideker. It was because of her passion that she pursued a Master’s degree in teacher leadership at Northwest Missouri State. Before coming to JHS, she taught at Joplin Junior High and started the New Expressions show choir. Two years later, she received the job she currently has as the Joplin High School vocal director. “It is really hard when you think of all the years,” says Mrs. Ideker. One of those memories was a few years ago when the Christmas tree fell at the Christmas show. “Everyone just kept singing,” Mrs. Ideker described. “If I had to do it all over again, I would not change one day,” says Mrs. Ideker. Although Ideker loves her job, she believes that this is the right time to move on. “I’m in a place in my life where I want to enjoy my grandchildren. I also have two elderly parents and a husband that I want to take care of,” says Mrs. Ideker on deciding to retire. “I was upset at first. I told her to stay for my senior year. She said no, but I understood,” says Hannah Doerge, junior. After 25 years, Ideker has had many students she will never forget. When looking back, Mrs. Ideker will always remember the, “many, many, many talented students that have walked through the doors that have, and will, touch many lives.” “I always wanted be a teacher, I’m very passionate about my music and wanted to share my passion with other students.” -- Mrs. Ideker By Gus Oberg 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 Photo by Taylor Camden Students surround Mrs. Ideker in a familiar pose at the piano. Students are (from left) Alayna Jones, Tori Mitchell, Morgen Collins, Charity Musick, Katie Martin, Catherine Doscher, Kassandra Downard, and Hahhan Cady. 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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16 February 2010 PAGE prom preview Prom SPYGLASSSPYGLASS 2009 in review 17February 2010 PAGE Notable Deaths of 2009 puts people on edge Compiled by Taylor Camden Patrick Swayze (Sept. 14, 2009) “My prayers go out to his family. I am really going to mis his dancing.” -Mariah Sanders Save the Date Naomi Sims (Aug. 3, 2009) When:April 17th Where:Holiday Inn Convention Center Time:8 p.m. By Taylor Camden Known for being the fisrt AfricanAmerican supermodel Lucy Vodden (Sept. 28, 2009) Known for having a song written Theme: To be be revealed in next issue! By Kayla Buchmann For a lot of people the post Christmas break rush can make your head swirl with The next Hallmark greeting card holiday of don’t be shy with the sales people after all they work to please you. Bring with the approximate size heel you plan on Miep Gies died at the age of 100 on January 11, 2010. Leaving behind an inspirational story, she will be remembered. Ms. Gies is known for hiding the Franks and the Van Pels during the Holocaust and preserving the diary of Anne prom plans. If you choose to get a date, make sure to keep them on track as many have experienced that some tend to Frank. She cared for the two families while they hid in a secret When Otto Frank returned from the concentration camp, about her by the Beatles called Ms. Gies then gave him the diary and it was soon published. “I never foresaw the impact Anne’s diary — as well as “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” my saving that diary — would have. I just picked it up in order Micheal Jackson to give it to Anne when she would return,” said Ms. Gies. (July 25, 2009) Ms. Gies wrote a book that was published in 1987 titled, Known for Valentine’s and prom right around the wearing so you can get accurate height on your dress procrastinate, keep them on track with this friendly annex that was located above a shop that was owned by Otto Anne Frank Remembered. Her book describes the story of Anne being an Corner, many find themselves on a never ending treadmill of to-do lists and reservations Not to mention limited budgets. so you know how much to have hemmed before the big day. Look online for clearance items not advertised in schedule so you both can feel at ease by April.Also don’t forget to thank your date if they volunteer to pay for things just as general courtesy, after all everyone Frank. For 24 months, Ms. Gies supplied the families with part Frank from her own personal point of view. American singer, The story invites readers to get to know Ms. Gies as dancer, To make things more difficult,prom has been stores and if the store has the option of registering your likes feeling appreciated! of her food rations, news of the outside and friendship. more than an individual that helped eight people in hiding. entertainer and rescheduled this year.Don’t bite your nails yet ladies, but prom will be on April 17th which is a whole week earlier than in previous years. Here are a few tips to help the weary make it through to April. January-February Begin getting an idea for the dress and prom experience, figure out how and who is paying for it. When dress, do it. Some places even made it a rule where they will not sell the same dress to another student from your school so you won’t show up as someone’s twin. Some dress stores like Don’t freak out! With this to-do list, anyone can have fun. Spring Break: Shop around for hair stylists and During a Scholastic interview in 1997, Ms. Gies said, “I am just a very common person. I simply had no choice. I could compare prices.Buy foresee many sleepless nights and a life full of regret if I would dress or get ready to buy dress soon,guys go in for tux fittings if have refused to help the Franks, and this was not the life I was looking for, at all”. you couldn’t earlier. Providing refuge to Jews carried a punishment of at In 1994, Ms. Gies was awarded the Order of Merit of fashion icon the Federal Republic of Germany. In 1995, she received the Yad Vashem medal, and in 1997, she was knighted by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands. Brittany Murphy (Dec. 20, 2009) Known for being an American Through Anne Franks diary, that Ms. Gies preserved, actress she is remembered by millions of readers and because of the shopping for dresses decide ahead of time what type of dress you are looking for.Do you want a sleek,elegant straight dress , a lacey southern belle number, or TJ Formal make it easy on working girls by allowing them to put down money on a dress and keep it on a lay-away program in the store safe and spoken for March- least six months in a concentration camp. Having always known April (After Spring Break) reserve limo if you want one ,buy dress, make dinner reservations , decide on hairstyle and the look this, Ms. Gies always had insisted that she had done nothing extraordinary. courage she had, two families were able to share 24 months more with each other before they were found and sent away. “I don’t want to be considered a hero. Imagine young a puffy Cinderella ball gown. Then you can decide Long or short gown? It may be more fun and easier for the non- so someone else cannot get your dress before you can buy it. You don’t have to rely on a dress store either. Places like Craigslist and Name Brand Clothing carry you want to go for that night. Practice dancing in your Without Ms.Gies, Anne Frank’s story would never have dress a week before to make sure all the hemming is right and you can move without feeling your gown tightening too much or tripping over your dress. been told. Ms. Gies found Anne’s diary scattered on the floor the day that the two families were found and captured from the people would grow up with the feeling that you have to be a hero to do your human duty. I am afraid nobody would ever help other people, because who is a hero?” said Ms. Gies. decider if you bring with your previously owned or worn dresses that are elegant April (pre prom night) Get hair done (wear secret annex. close friends that can give you gowns for a fraction of the original price. button down shirt to stylist),pick up tux, put tickets in an honest friendly opinion about If you plan on wearing a ball gown a nice accessory safe place and decide what hand bag to bring to prom , what you choose, so you don’t break the bank on a flop to make your dress stand out even more is a crinoline get dress from tailor, pick up corsages and boutineers, More Information on Miep Gies of a gown, but just keep in mind if you feel you look slip.It acts like a hoop skirt and flips out your dress decide where you’re getting ready and when you plan best and are ok with the price, in the end it is “your keeping it off the ground and making it easier to move on having dinner and going to prom.(If you eat a lot dress” and you have to make the final call. in. at dinner and have an hour before prom to spare with o Miep Gies was born as Hermine Santrouschitz in 1909, in Vienna, Austria. When visiting a dress shop make a list before going February-March(pre spring break) Decide whether nothing to do, go to the mall and walk it off, it’s a great in of what you want in your dress including the top you want a date or not, buy prom tickets early for a way to show off your pretty gown and great looking o Her adoptive family gave her the name Miep, feeling Hermine is too formal. “I wasn’t that upset when I heard about dollar you are willing to spend so pushy sales people cannot talk you into something uncomfortable price wise for you.Remember ladies: prom dress shopping is a battle of it’s own and it’s every girl for herself so good deal(before spring break in March),guys get measured for a tuxedo if you’re getting one custom fit, buy shoes, find out your date’s dress color to get idea for a corsage, decide on transportation and post date.) Don’t freak out! With this simple to-do list anyone can have a fun, stress-free time. o In 1922 Miep Gies moved to Amsterdam and in 1933 she began to work for Otto Frank. o She married Jan Gies in 1941 and they had their first child, Paul Gies in 1950. his death. But the commercials aren’t the same without Billy. -Alayna Jones


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18 February 2010 PAGE features SPYGLASSSPYGLASS editorials 19February 2010 PAGE By Kayla Buchmann The parking lot was damp with one lone street lamp lighting the lot. There werebarsonthewindows,andtheplaceseemedprettyemptyforaSaturdaynight.All you needed now was some music from The Godfather and you would think this was a scene from a classic mob movie and not the outside of Granny Shaffer’s on North Rangeline. I had always seen this mom and pop type restaurant with the blue chicken outline on my way to Webb City but had never thought to stop and try a bite. This time I was a brave soul and decided they deserved a chance. From the moment I hit the door, I felt like I was in a friendly small town where everybody knows one another rather on the outskirts of a small city. The facility is very big for the amount of people there on a weekend and shows they could accommodate large crowds like wedding or business groups. This is one of the few restaurants that still gives the option of sitting in the smoking section when you arrive. In the lobby while waiting to be seated, one will notice the many smells of food, cigarettes, and an old fashioned feel in general. By the cash register enclosed in a glass display case are homemade pies made daily for diners. In the non-smoking section on little wooden boards are the names of the delicious pies. The booths are very roomy and fairly comfortable to sit on. The menus have lots of choices on them with breakfast served all day like IHOP but served in larger portions and fixed similar to the way grandma might make them. There is one downfall however. If one wants to have dinner their choices, since they appear to be catering more to the late night truck-driving crowd who might stop in after a long night’s haul for a big breakfast. If looking for a quiet mom and pop dining experience, the atmosphere is excellent here. I decided to try their breakfast menu to see if they could compete with the breakfast food chain Ihop. I was pleasantly pleased with what I had. I ordered one egg and hashbrowns with wheat toast. One thing that is also different about their breakfast from IHOP is the portion sizes ranging from small to large, to the price index according to what sides you order. The more you want, the more it will run you. For example, if you ordered raisin toast instead of wheat it would cost almost a dollar more. If I was to compare dollar sense though, IHOP is a bit cheaper but the food isn’t made with as much personal attention as it is here. After my meal, I felt that this place deserved 3 of my pink skillets for a friendly staff and decent food but a little on the pricy side and for not having a large dinner section. Overall, I find that despite its grim appearance the restaurant is one I would visit again. Ask Audrey Dear Audrey, After the disaster in Haiti, I really feel like I should help out. I feel so bad for them, but since I’m only a freshman, I don’t feel like I can do that much. Do you have any ideas on what I could do to help? Hurting for Haiti Dear Hurting for Haiti, It’s great that you want to help. There are several ways that you can. First, see if there are any local organizations helping provide aid to Haiti. They will always welcome donations, whether it is medical supplies, or a small amount of money. There are also several national organizations you could look Photo by Sarah Sticklen Key Club selling Orange Crush bottles at lunch. Valentine’s Day my way By Sarah Sticklen soda for Valentine’s Day (or the school day closest Valentine’s Day. What does it mean to to Valentine’s Day). Sure, you may not get a box you? Valentine’s Day was originally created to of chocolates from your crush, but most likely “celebrate love and affection between intimate you’ll get a funny card from your best friend or companions.” It also served as a great marketing at the very least a Dove chocolate heart from the holiday for Hallmark Greeting Cards. person who sits next to you in algebra. Photo courtesy of blogspot.com However, to me, it’s not just a time to I feel that society places too much show your love for your significant other, or be emphasis on couples for Valentine’s Day instead Book Review: painfully reminded that you have no significant of emphasizing friendship and love in general. other. As I see it, Valentine’s Day is a holiday Too many of my friends dread Valentine’s Day Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson devoted to showing love and kindness toward because they think that they must be dating everyone. In elementary school, it’s a day to pass someone in order to enjoy the holiday. Instead of By Becky Cooper “We fall into clans: Jocks, Country clubbers, Idiot savants, Cheerleaders, Human waste, Eurotrash, Future Fascists of America, Big Hair Chix, the Marthas, Suffering Artists, Goths, Shredders. I am clanless.” Written by Laurie Halse Anderson, Speak was written to inspire teenagers who feel like they don’t fit in. Throughout the book, readers will follow the life of freshman Melinda Sordino. Melinda is started off her high school career on a bad note: Her old friends won’t talk to her, and she has a secret that forces her to stay silent. I think that some readers will be able to connect and relate with Melinda, as they read about her experiences of her first year of high school. Throughout the book, Melinda begins to find who she really is through her art class, and out Valentine’s cards and candy to your class, even those you wouldn’t ordinarily get along with. This tradition has even carried to high school; many students bring candy and cards to hand out in class, and Key Club sells bottles of Orange Crush looking forward to another excuse to eat all sorts of candy and chocolates and spend time with friends, many people I know feel that Valentine’s Day is another agonizing way to remind them of being “single.” Tragedy in Haitifriendships that come and go. I think the author portrayed an average teenager really well. In Speak, the story deals with peer pressure, different accounts of abuse, and By Katie Martin in their loved ones on doors and bed mattresses, discovering who you are. On January 12th, 2010 a 7.0 magnitude to see doctors on street corners and in shacks. At the end of the novel, Melinda is able earthquake hit the poorest and most vulnerable After the port area was somewhat cleared ships to let things out that she had kept hidden inside of country in the Western Hemisphere. Haiti’s docked and sufficed as offshore hospitals and her. capital, Port-au-Prince, was left in shambles. A care facilities. These helped tremendously with This was the authors’ first novel, and I nation that was already under the distress of an healthcare and cleanliness. With the help of these think she did an excellent job of reaching out to unstable government now was stuck in an abrupt medical teams three women were pulled from her readers. erosion of total chaos. The United Nations under houses and fallen buildings even nine days building’s foundation was crumbled, a building after the earthquake’s initial strike. symbolizing peace and understanding was now For many people back in the States, it was into as well. If you really want to feel like you’re making a difference, consider hosting a benefit feed or even raise money around school. Anyway you contribute, you will be making a difference for the country of Haiti. Audrey Dear Audrey, A few weeks ago, my parents decided to get a divorce. It was right around the holidays, and it’s been very hard for me. Lately, I feel as if I’ve just been going through the motions. They both say they want me to be happy, but then they get upset when I choose one over the other. I don’t really know how to adjust to this, please help. Adjusting to the New Year crumbling at its core. Every man, woman and child in Haiti was Dear Adjusting, A lot of people think that parents won’t get a divorce while they are in high school, but it happens. Adjusting to this while you’re in your teens is especially hard. One of the best things to do is sit down with your parents and tell them that it hasn’t been easy for you. You could also mention that you would appreciate it if they could work out a schedule for you. Be honest. Major things like this take time to overcome. The most important thing is that everyone is happy. Audrey effected by the surge of uncertainty. Not long after, American response teams, along with doctors from an international span, construction teams, military search and rescue teams, and missionaries swarmed to Haiti. The entire aim was to make a country’s community calm during a time where that was impossible. As food was distributed, the Haitian people confused the date the food was processed with the date the food was to expire. Occurrences like this were fervent, because unlike Katrina of 2005, there were language barriers working against the virtuous efforts. Nonetheless, this did not stop the volunteers from persevering through the debris and countless dead bodies. heart-wrenching to watch the pictures of small children with eye patches and broken arms try to find something as simple as clean drinking water. President Obama spoke to the American public and asked for all to assist in “a swift, coordinate and aggressive,” plan of action to help the Haitian people surmount a “cruel and incomprehensible tragedy.” However, this process of assistance should be carried out differently than most people’s original idea. Since aftershock is still prevalent it is more effective if people donate necessary items such as towels, food, soap, money, etc. instead of flying over to Haiti to only become back up traffic on the already crowded human highway system that is currently in Haiti. If you are in the medical profession or can help Much of America watched Haitian people carry rebuild, that is a different story. Nevertheless, as I This Valentine’s Day, let’s treat this lovefilled holiday as just that—a day with love all around. Let’s not get caught up in all the pressure society puts on relationships for Valentine’s Day, but let’s have fun with our friends this year. Girls, have a movie night or a girls’ night out. Boys, take this opportunity to get the guys together for a basketball or poker tournament. If you are dating someone, don’t devote the entire holiday to just them. Drop your friends a note, letting them know how much you truly love them. Enjoy the company of those close to you this year and keep the excitement of Valentine’s Day in the air. To initiate the Valentine’s Day spirit, I wish all of you a great February 14, filled with love and excitement. I hope you enjoy my all-time favorite holiday as much as I do. talked to a recently returned missionary from Haiti she spoke of how leaving Haiti was the best thing their family could do. Though her husband still stayed to help with help and rescue teams flying in from the local airport, she and her five children returned. Mrs. Jennifer Lotz told the congregation that, “The people are organizing ten cities,” and that the reconstruction process with not be a quick fix. As I looked into the face of her oldest son, Wilson, and I watched him talk about his trip back home from the orphanage, I was amazed by the amount of respect he had for the time he spent in Haiti. Wilson too agreed that it was “really crazy back there.” Though Haiti looks as though they are hanging on by one last strand, I personally have faith in the passionate young peoples in Haiti and their glowing pride for their country. The only way to know the strength of a nation is to test it in time of complete and utter catastrophe. I have the utmost respect for those who have risked their lives journeying to Haiti, but for us who cannot pack up our bag to travel, I encourage to donate whatever they can to the many organizations that have relief funds, because we would want the same kind of hospitality if this had happened to us. The New Decade: Looking Forward to Looking Back By Morgan Olds As we turn the corner to 2010, we turn the corner onto a new decade, and as we do that you can be certain that many will be looking back. Honoring the past decade, reliving certain moments… some of which many wish they could take back. Moments like Janet Jackson’s infamous “wardrobe malfunction” at Super Bowl 38. Then there are the moments in every decade where we will always remember exactly what we were doing the very second it happened. Moments like September 11, 2001, or January 20, 2009 when we all witnessed history in the making as the first African-American was sworn in as our president. While I do not detest that looking back is necessary, as it’s been said, “those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it,” many of you reading this are beginning to understand the cold hard reality of the ever so nearing future. And for many, it’s not as easy or as amusing as looking back. As most of you already know, especially you juniors and seniors, we’re coming up on a time in our lives where we have to start making some major decisions. Decisions, unlike many in the past, that will have a major effect on the rest of your life. Decisions like, where do you want to go to college? And the ever more frequent question, do you know what you want to do with your life? A question I believe is a favorite of my parents. These questions take a lot of thought; there seems to be a million things to take into consideration. For example, when choosing colleges, is it more important to stay close to home, or should I venture out? The answer to this question could drastically change the course of your life. Both answers seem to have their own advantages and disadvantages. With the economy the way it is, many students have chosen to stay close to home simply because it can often be cheaper. However, in a study conducted on the University of Chicago’s campus, many students believe that had they chose to stay close to home, they wouldn’t have learned the life lessons they have about living on their own. So when looking back in the next decade, what do you think will be more important? Well, it may be a new decade, but instead of looking back, admiring and shaking my head at the past, we’re looking to the future. When the next decade rolls around, what do you want to see? What decisions will you have made? So good luck to all of you as you make these decisions. I hope that with all the decisions you’re going to have to make about your future, you’re looking forward to looking back.


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20February 2010 PAGE NewYear’s Resolutions Becky- I want to be more wise and tactful. Dylan- I want to not make a New Year’s Resolution. Sarah- During 2010, I’d like to achieve all of my goals. Also, I want to attend a Jonas Brothers and/or a Miley Cyrus concert. Taylor- This year, I want to take more pictures. Colin- I want to eat more carrots, grow dreads, and run a 25k. Caravana- I want to get a new house. Aaron- I want to be more comfortable singing in front of people. Kayla- I want to find a nice man. Emma- I want to become a fan of 500 pages on Facebook and keep my room clean, enabling me to keep an organized life. Lydia- I want to go to more concerts and stop saying “lol” and “haha” when I’m not actually laughing. staff SPYGLASS The Spyglas s st aff would like t o t hank The Joplin Globe for print ing our paper! Be My Valentine? Staff Questions Aaron Murray What’s your favorite Sweet- heart color? A: I prefer Sweetarts Chocolate or roses? A: Chocolate Do you have a valentine? A: Yes Cheyanna Padilla What’s your favorite Sweet- heart color? C: Pink Chocolate or roses? C: Roses Do you have a valentine? C: No Becky Cooper What’s your favorite Sweetheart color? B: Yellow Chocolate or roses? B: Roses Do you have a valentine? B: No Chicken Name Contest Winners! Thanks to everyone who submitted names for the chickenss. Tune in daily to hear the rooster call! Bad Mamma Jamma David Keczavarez Sweet and Sour Shelby Hass General Tso Shelby Hass Colonel “KFC” Sanders Sydney Holtsman Alfredo Shelby Hass Mojo Jo Joe David Keczavarez



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