Spyglass: Volume LI | Issue II | December 2009


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December 2009 Volume LI Issue 2 See Chickens in the Courtyard, page 3 Photo by Emma Meek JOPLIN HIGH SCHOOL NEWSPAPER 2104 INDIANA, JOPLIN, MISSOURI


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2 DECEMBER 2009 PAGE inside Spyglass is a student publication of the Newspaper class at Joplin High School in Joplin, Missouri. All articles are student- produced, 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. Photo by Caravana Randall 3 Chickens in the Courtyard By Emma Meek 6 Sports Sections By Colin Hughes 11 Advanced Placement vs. Dual Credit By Taylor Camden 12 Student Spotlight By Taylor Camden 14 Volunteering By Lydia McAllister 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. 15 Politics By Sarah Sticklen Chickens in the... Courtyard?!SPYGLASSSPYGLASS from the cover 3DECEMBER 2009 PAGE We’re online! Check us out By Dylan Prauser The Joplin Spyglass has reached the digital age. Thanks to the progression of technology, our school paper is now available 24/7 on the Web. All features, stories, editorials, pictures, etc. are now available and can be updated by the minute. The staff now has the advantage of working from home, rather than just a 48-minute class period. This will allow us to keep up timeliness with the school activities and to decrease the time it takes to have a print issue that reaches the students. The Spyglass has acquired a Facebook page, and we are encouraging students to join and read our work. The page will send invites to upcoming events that are taking place in Joplin High School in order to increase the student involvement in activities. The Spyglass will keep its print issue and will come out regularly. However, the online edition is just a way for the newspaper to come of age in this age of technology. With the addition of the on-line edition of the Spyglass, students can also check out other high school newspapers across the nation. Students can use what they see to give us ideas about how we can improve our paper. After all, our goal is the satisfaction of the students we serve. To view our site, go to www. my.hsj.org/mo/jopin/spyglass. By Emma Meek While in the library or certain classrooms this year at JHS, you may hear noises not usually associated with studying. Sleeping in school has become a thing of the past thanks to Mr. Welling and his addition of a rooster in the JHS courtyard. This Rhode Island Red rooster, a Plymouth Rock hen, three small banties, and one chicken of “You couldn’t unknown origin have made their home smack in the middle of Joplin High. Dave Welling, science teacher, realized last year walk out there that the courtyard seemed almost unusable due to the amount of bugs that inhabited the area. without being “You couldn’t walk out there without being covered with grasshoppers,” Welling said. After clearing it with Superintendent CJ Huff, Welling covered with went to Atwoods and bought six banty chicks to eventually rid the school of the bug problem in an organic way. The chicks were then placed in the back of his classroom grasshoppers!” while they grew until the spring of last year. However, when three chicks were stolen out of his room, students brought some replacements, producing the wide range of chickens, lovingly referred to as “eaglets,” that inhabit the area now. Every morning, student volunteers feed the “eaglets”, and when -Dave Welling school is not in session Welling comes back to take care of them. As the first winter draws near, he plans to build a shelter, which will also be suitable for laying eggs when the time comes. The chickens seem to be doing their job as Welling is pleased to What Does The Staff Think?report:“Ihaven’tseenabugouttheresince.” Be sure to check out our “Cock-A-Doodle...Who?” contest on page 20! “We aren’t sure which came first, the chicken or the egg.” -Mr. Boyd “Is that where our school nuggets come from?” -Mr. White “Everytime I hear the rooster crow I think of my grandparents farm.” -Mrs. Milliman


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4 DECEMBER 2009 PAGE prizes Joplin wins big at MSSU Media Showcase By Cheyanna Padilla Every year Missouri Southern State University holds a media showcase for surrounding high school newspaper and TV Productions classes. The media showcase has been going on for 13 years now, but the newspaper portion was recently added 5 years ago. This year it was held on November 5. “The showcase is a place where area schools and both of their video and newspaper departments can come together and show their work and compare it to other schools and learn techniques and share ideas.” Students met at Webster Hall in the W. Robert Corley Auditorium for an introduction and a guest speaker. This year’s guest speaker was Noppadol Paothong, a photographer for the Missouri Department of Conservation. Said Ms. White, sponsor for the Spyglass, “… he (Noppadol) was a really interesting speaker because you know everyone knows what the Missouri Conservation is, and when they see the pictures they had no idea that it took so long to get a good picture.” After the speeches, the showcase flowed into the award presentations for print and video. Your very own Joplin High School newspaper, the Spyglass, won many awards and honorable mentions. The awards are as followed: first place for news photo by ’09 Sr. Mary Bath Roush, second place for page one design by ’09 Sr. Nikki Burkett, second place for feature writing by ’09 Sr. Hunter Dowell, four third place awards, and six honorable mentions. Since the deadline for entries into the showcase was October 3, all the issues entered were from the 08-09 school year. Many of the awards were won by graduated seniors from the class of 2009. Once the awards presentations were finished, the video and newspaper department split into breakout sessions. The newspapers were critiqued on their issues. After going through everything on the agenda for the showcase, the Spyglass got a special tour of the Chart, the MSSU campus newspaper. Joplin High School sophomore and Spyglass member Lydia McAllister says, “I enjoyed getting to see the Missouri Southern Chart and talking to the administrator…it was really cool to see what college newspapers do and how much bigger they are.” By the end of the day students not only had gotten to enjoy themselves, but also learned new and important techniques. Joplin High school junior and member of the Spyglass Becky Cooper says, “It’s always really fun to go there and see what other newspapers are doing and learning form their ideas.” Lydia McAllister says, “I just learned what we need for our newspaper to win, and what our newspaper needs to do to step it up.” Photo by Emma Meek Alexa Wattlet, Meg Carlisle, Bethany Lamar and Jessie McMullen get creative while filming their alphabet videos for class. Rock the Vote Compiled by Taylor Camden U.S Cellular is calling all communities and will be awarding $100,000 to ten schools across the nation. All schools are eligible to win. Big or small, public or private. Individuals 18 or older can visit any U.S Cellular store to receive a code that will allow them vote online for their school, until January 15, 2010. The top ten voted most for schools will receive $100,000 dollars to spend however they choose. Last year’s Calling All Communities campaign was driven by U.S. Cellular associates’ grassroots efforts and communities rallying behind their schools. More than 120,000 votes were cast for 6,500 schools across the country. Winners represented public and private schools in Wisconsin, Illinois, Oklahoma, North Carolina, West Virginia, Tennessee, Nebraska and Iowa. Funds were used for everything from scholarships and computer labs to playgrounds and gymnasium renovations. The 9,000 associates of U.S. Cellular believe a wireless phone enhances people’s lives and a wireless company should be in the business of bringing people together. U.S. Cellular has a wide range of monthly plans, including those with unlimited nationwide calling, unlimited free incoming calls and options to prepay. The company has a growing catalog of phones like the BlackBerry® Tour and Pearl Flip, and the touch-screen LG Tritan, which offer e-mail and Web access. Based in Chicago, U.S. Cellular is the nation’s fifth-largest full-service wireless carrier, serving 6.2 million customers across the country. To learn more about the company visit one of its retail stores or uscellular.com. Students: encourage your parents to pick up a card, go online and vote for Joplin High School. SPYGLASSSPYGLASS Proud Supporter of the Joplin Eagles William S. Hughes, D.O. -Family PracticeBoard Certified 702 E. 34th Street, Suite 202 Joplin,Missouri 64804 417-347-2526 Healthy snacks easy for after school Strawberry Smoothie All you need for one (1) Smoothie is: 1-1/2 Bananas 6-7 Strawberries 1/2 an orange (or a splash of orange juice instead) 1-2 Tablespoons of sugar (or honey) Ice cubes A blender 1.Place the 1/2 Orange (peel removed & split into sections) into the bottom of the blender first. 2.Break the banana(s) into chunks and add next. 3.Then add the strawberries (rinsed and cored). 4.Finally, add the sugar or honey. 5.Blend briefly - just enough to get it down to a liquid form. 6.Then add 1 cup of Ice chunks, and crush them in the blender longer than you’d think... to make it less “icy” and more “smoothie”. Bonus Smoothie Making Tips: 1. You get the best results using crushed ice (from your icemaker, for example) rather than whole ice cubes in the blender. For variety, leave out the orange and use 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract instead Recipe from: food.thefuntimesguide.com Easy fruit medley 1-cup blueberries 1 cup halved strawberries 1 cup sliced kiwi 1 cup canned mandarin orange segments, drained, reserving 2 Tbsp. of the liquid 3/4 cup thawed COOL WHIP FREE Whipped Topping How to make: TOSS fruit with reserved orange liquid. SPOON evenly into 6 individual serving bowls; top each with 2 Tbsp. of the whipped topping Recipe fom www.kraftfoods.com feature Exercise gurus everywhere agree the most Move it!important thing to keep ourselves fit is to 5DECEMBER 2009 PAGE Compiled by Caravana Randall Exercise to some can seem boring or hard. Maybe it’s just that they haven’t found the right form of exercise. Three forms of exercise are discussed below: Aerobics, Strength Training, and Yoga. Aerobic Exercise Aerobic exercise is any extended activity that makes you breathe hard while using the large muscle groups at an even pace. Easy ways to use aerobic exercise consist of everyday activities, such as bicycling, swimming, ice or roller-skating, jogging and brisk walking.Aerobic equipment such as a treadmill or stationary bike may also be used. There are two different forms of aerobic exercise: high impact and low impact. High impact uses actions where both feet must come off the ground. This causes more jarring of the joints when that body weight hits the floor. In low impact one foot always stays on the floor. This foot supports the weight of the body. Strength Training Strength training has many different forms; you don’t always have to use weight machines or free weights. Forms of strength training include isometric training, isotonic training, and Plyometric training. Isometric exercise involves no joint movement and has a continuous muscle contraction. Isotonic exercise uses a particular range of motion that’s caused by active contraction of the muscle. A visual for this would be as the weight is lifted, the muscle shortens, and the joint moves. Plyometric training is also called “jump training”. This is a form of functional fitness this is used to improve overall conditioning and improve overall sport performance. Yoga Yoga covers four broad areas. These areas include Karma Yoga, Jnana Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, and Rhaja Yoga. Karma yoga focuses on giving oneself without expecting any award. Jnana yoga is a philosophical approach to uncovering the illusions of the world. Bhakti yoga is channeling emotional energy into ones spiritual practice. Rhaja yoga focuses on mind control and concentration. Within Rhaja yoga we find Hatha yoga. Hatha yoga is physical practice; this is what’s usually referred to when using the term “yoga”. There is more than one style of Hatha yoga. Some popular styles of Hatha yoga include gentle yoga, Kundalini yoga, and power yoga. Gentle yoga focuses on long stretches along with flexibility. With slow, deep breathing this form of yoga can be very soothing for the mind. Kundalini yoga focuses to achieve a feeling of high enlightment. Through the use of rapid breathing one can heat the body from the bottom up eventually achieving high enlightment. Power yoga is also known as Vinyasa yoga. This is an active form of yoga. This gives a challenge to the muscle by moving a person through poses very quickly. C. Cox Auto Sales “Where everybody buys used cars and trucks” JHS students get active by playing basketball. From left Garrett Ward, Callie Vanhoustran, Olivia Hampton, Caleb Garton, and Marvin Ward Photo by Caravana Randall 2637 E. 7th Joplin Kyle Cox Carl Cox 417-850-8174 417-439-5377 Bookmark it! www.my.hsj.org/ mo/joplin/spyglass


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6 DECEMBER 2009 PAGE sports SPYGLASSSPYGLASS sports 7DECEMBER 2009 PAGE New coach excited Lady Eagles take the court Football could be real to you, but to some it’s just Fantasy for first season By Colin Hughes To make sure the season will be a Joplin High School’s new boys successful one, Williams has been holding basketball coach, Jeff Williams, is optimistic open gym for anyone who wants to play about the upcoming season. basketball. This takes place every day after Williams, who is in his first year school. The group works out every day at JHS, came from “I believe Joplin is aChanute, Kansas. and does some form of conditioning to prepare While there, he diamond in the rough.compiled 206 wins for the season. Williams also has and only 135 losses. long-term goals for the However Through hard work andthe larger school basketball program. He worked on the formation will small pose some problems persistence I believe this of a youth league. basketball for Williams when community can be goodchoosing the team. “We put a lot of effort into forming “Obviously there at basketball.” a youth league for 3rd through 6th graders. In are a lot more kids a few years this should to select and choose from,” Williams said. “I produce fundamentally sound kids for our think the competition to make starting lineups program,” said Williams. will be tougher as well.” Overall, Williams is excited and may Williams has high expectations for even consider himself lucky to have earned the team this season. the job as boys basketball coach at JHS. “This varsity team will set their Said Williams, “I believe Joplin is goals pretty high considering how hard they a diamond in the rough. Through hard work have worked and how much time they have and persistence I believe this community can put into basketball. We are expecting a very be good at basketball.” successful season.” Photo by Sarah Sticklen Joplin’s Mariah Sanders defends a Neosho ball handler. The Eagles went on to win the game 55-48. By Colin Hughes Fantasy sports are sweeping the nation. This time of year fantasy football is the main attraction, and millions of people are playing it around the world. People who participate in the sport are called owners and are put into leagues or groups. These groups can have anywhere between 4 and 20 teams. Then with their leagues the teams participate in a draft. The draft is where the owners choose their players that they want for the season. These players are from real NFL rosters. Upon choosing their players the teams are ready to play. Scoring in fantasy football is very simple. Players earn points for their team with individual accomplishments on the field. For example making a tackle or catching a pass scores points for your team. The game originated in 1962. Bill Winkenbach and four of his friends were on a trip with the professional football team, the Oakland Raiders. They created the first league. Then with the rise of computers and the Internet in the 1990’s, fantasy football became what it is today. There are different levels of interest in the game. Some people spend an hour or two a week and spend all their free time on fantasy sports. “I spend one to two hours a week on it (fantasy football),” said Josh Banwart, a sophomore at Joplin High School. Jerad Fisher, also a sophomore said, “I usually get on Sunday morning and switch out my players who have a bye week.” A “bye,” means that that players team does not play on that week. People usually join a league with friends or family but you can also join a league with players you dont know. You could say that the game connects people who dont know each other from across the country or around the world. Fisher is in a league with his family. “I have more than one league,” said Banwart who has a league with his friends and a league with random people. “It gives me a cheap thrill,” said Fisher, “But it is definitely not as fun as it is addicting.” Everybody that plays fantasy sports will agree with you that they are addicting to a point. But what is it that makes these fake games so fun. It could be the control that the player has over his or her team, or friendship that can be formed with your opponents in your league. Or maybe it is just the thrill of the competition week after week. We may never know. Gus Oberg ‘09 Briefs Boys Basketball The boys’ varsity basketball team began their season with a 66-21 victory over Monett in the Carthage tournament. In the game, seniors Matt McCreary and Nick Brown scored 19 and 11 points respectively. The junior varsity season will begin on December 7 with a game in the Willard Tournament. The freshmen basketball team will begin their season on December 2, with a game in the Central Tournament. Wrestling The Joplin High School wrestling team will begin their season on December 3. They will travel to Carl Junction to compete with both Webb City and Carl Junction teams. The eagles will have two home meets this season. The first one will be against Carthage on Tuesday, December 15. They will then meet with Neosho on Thursday, December 17. Both of these will start at 6 o’clock. Girls Basketball The girls’ varsity basketball team began their season with a 55-48 win over Neosho in overtime. Jessie McMullen, a junior, scored 21 points for the Eagles. The junior varsity and freshmen teams also won their games. The Eagles will play their next game in Carthage on December 8. The game will start at 6 o’clock. The varsity girls will host the Lady Eagle Classic in Joplin. The games will be played December 10 through December 12. Swimming The girls’ swimming season will begin on Tuesday, December 88 with the Springfield Relays in Springfield in Missouri. This will start at 4 o’clock. The team’s home meet is scheduled for Friday, December 18. It will be at Missouri Southern State University, and will start at 4 o’clock. www.my.hsj.org/mo/joplin/spyglass


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8 DECEMBER 2009 PAGE features SPYGLASSSPYGLASS ‘And then I’ll tell you how Ask I became perfectly beastly’ By Becky Cooper A fairy tale from the guy’s point of view? Right, like any author with common sense would attempt that. Lo and behold, Alex Flinn did and succeeded. In Flinn’s modern day version of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, she changes up the point of view. Instead of the female’s perspective, it is from the male’s, Kyle Kingsbury’s. Kyle Kingsbury has it all: good looks, money, and the gorgeous girlfriend. What he doesn’t know is that there is more to life than your rank in popularity. The story begins when Kyle decides to pull a prank on a fellow classmate. He decides to invite the most unpopular girl to a dance. At the dance, he ditches her in front of the entire school. Kyle doesn’t realize that all actions have consequences. After the dance, something strange starts to happen. Kyle wasn’t aware that a spell had been cast upon him. Hours later he had been turned into a beast. Kyle and his father then attempt to find a doctor who can cure him. They travel all over the nation, but find no one. His father decides that it’s best for Kyle to stay out of sight and arranges for Kyle to reside in a house just outside of New York. Enter Magda and Will. When Kyle first arrives at the house, it is just him and his housekeeper, Magda. He also acquires Will, a blind tutor who becomes his closest friend. During his stay in his second home, Kyle discovers who he really is. He drops the name of Kyle, and starts going by Adrian. Kyle finds out that he has a passion for gardening, especially growing roses. While he is living on his own, the witch who cast the spell on him frequently comes to visit. Kyle then finds out that he has two years to find someone that will love him for who he truly is, despite his looks. Enter Lindy. After a bad experience with an intruder, Kyle makes a deal with the man that if he brings his daughter to live with him, he won’t turn the man in to the police. I personally thought this was a little odd. It just seemed a little sketchy to me that a man would force his daughter to live with a stranger so the stranger can avoid the law. The story continues. Whether he gets the girl or not, that is for you to find out. I finished this book within a few days, and found it to be an enjoyable read. Beastly is a 2009-2010 Gateway Nominee and is available in Joplin High School’s library. Audrey Dear Audrey, I like this guy. He treats me like crap in front of his friends and acts like he only wants one thing. But when it’s just him and me he’s totally different. My problem is, my dad won’t allow me to be with him because of race. It upsets me that my dad’s like this because he doesn’t understand where I’m coming from. What do I do when my dad won’t allow me to be with someone I think I might love? Black-N-White Dear Black-N-White, It’s obvious you’re in a tough situation. It can be difficult to be in a disagreement with a parent. While you may think you are right, it is important to respect your parent’s decisions. You should try talking to him about it frequently. If you handle the problem with a mature manner, he will notice your efforts to handle the situation correctly. I’m not saying he will change his mind, but it will definitely give you brownie points. Now for the other problem: why would you go through all of this trouble to be with a guy who obviously doesn’t respect you? It’s your call. Audrey By Kayla Buchmann With the Pink Skillet If you are a lover of Tex-Mex food like me but are tired of fast food versions of these tasty creations, then look no further than Moe’s Grill. Located in a small strip mall by Vintage Stock, it is one of the best hidden treasures to ever be had. The inside has art pieces that reflect mottos and a positive vibe that the business gives off about their business and their food.The atmosphere is very clean and friendly with bright cultural colors reflecting a Spanish cafe. Music associated to Spanish culture and other alternative music can be heard softly playing from the P.A. system. As soon as patrons step in, they notice a big and bright yellow menu on the wall and assembly line service similar to Subway.The staff are friendly and take their time to make sure each order is filled to the customers satisfaction. Although most orders are pricier than Taco Bell, the kinds of things on the menu each are some that I’ve never seen before: guacamole, strip steak, jalapeno peppers, or pinto beans. Patrons can get a fresh baked hard or soft shell, and all ingredients are made fresh daily. They also cater to vegetarians with bean tacos with plenty of veggies and meat alternatives to be put in instead. All orders come with crispy tortilla chips and a drink. You can have sweet or unsweetened tea, water, or soda. During the summer Moe’s will start up the slushie machine, but it was not filled when I came. Besides their great tacos and burritos, they have other favorites such as nachos, salads, quesadillas and fajitas. I decided this time to give Moe’s a 4 out of 5 of my prized pink skillets. If you’re expecting cheap Mexican like other joints in town, this place may shock your wallet a bit, especially if eating with a party of six. The menu is sort of confusing with similar choices on different orders with one to two things different. I will give them points for great atmosphere, food, and a clean building. Dear Audrey, My best friend has gone off the deep end. She is fifteen, and her “boyfriend” is nineteen. She’s been sneaking around with him behind her mom’s back. Of course, she tells me everything. She says she is in love, but I don’t think its mutual. Should I fess up and her mom? Or let her make her own choices? I’m scared for her. Please Help, Stuck in the middle Dear Stuck in the middle, It seems you really are stuck in the middle. Letting her make her own choices might seem like the right thing to do, but it isn’t. If she’s sneaking around her mom’s back, then she’s probably not doing very good things. This could result in permanent consequences. You might feel like you want to be loyal to her, but in reality, not telling her mom could really potentially hurt her. If you feel like your friend is in the wrong, the best thing to do is to do what you think is right. Audrey *To submit letters, you can either bring them to room A219, or even send a message to the Joplin Spyglass Facebook page. We reserve the right to edit the length of letters due to space capacity. www.my.hsj.org/mo/joplin/spyglass visit our sponsor 9DECEMBER 2009 PAGE


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10 DECEMBER 2009 PAGE Trendsetters Boutique presents Dead Cities reviews AdvDanucaeldvsP.Clarceedmit entSPYGLASSSPYGLASS around jhs 11DECEMBER 2009 PAGE PBS at JHS Compiled by Sarah Sticklen On ºThursday November 12, Trendsetters Boutique threw a fashion show at Trio’s downtown to celebrate the release of their new fashion line, Dead Cities. The designer of Dead Cities, Jordan Wunder, began designing at the age of 14, making jeans, bags, jackets, and shirts inspired by late 70’s New York and UK punk scenes. “I even hand-made belts starting at the age of 14 and sold them to a local punk and hippie store,” says Wunder. “I would go find empty bullet shells and machine gun links from army surplus stores, put them together to make into belts, and sell them for about $30.” Just a few years after DIY (do it yourself) clothing, Wunton started the Dead Cities fashion line. In 2005, Dead Cities began selling to stores all over the world, including New York, L.A., London, Japan, and Canada. The Dead Cities line has been in music videos shown on MTV, as well as several magazines such as Revolver, Punk Rock Confidential, Glamour, and The Alternative Press. “My inspiration as a designer comes from all over,” says Wunder. “I’d say the overall look of Dead Cities comes from my passion for rock n’ roll and from love of the crazy city of Oklahoma City, where I’ve lived my whole life.” The Dead Cities line can now be Photo by Sarah Sticklen found at Trendsetters Boutique on North Range Line across from the Northpark Mall. Models Jeremy Willouby, Lauren Hall, Chase Milner, and Andrea Newman show off the clothing line after the fashion show. Photo by Sarah Sticklen Cameron Paul wearing a t-shirt by Dead Cities at the fashion show “It was an awesome first fashion show with fun, loving, awesome people.” - Lauren Hall, model Photo By Becky Cooper Students watching a powerpoint presentation in Coach Mac’s AP Literature and Composition class. JHS drama team performs ‘Noises Off’By Aaron Murray For the 2009 fall play, JHS performed Noises Off, a play written by Michael Frayn. The show is about what can go wrong within a touring show. Relationships form, die, and get revenge. One character enters, exits, enters, exits, and enters again, all within the span of minutes. Props are misplaced, or worse, left in place, and lines are messed up beyond belief. Frayn captured the essence of the traveling show in Noises Off. The play is divided into three acts. In the first act, we see the play from the front of the set, where there is only one actor onstage. Lauren Bynum, playing Mrs. Clackett, is onstage with her newspaper and her sardines, having a relaxing time while the master of the house is away in Spain. Photo by Aaron Murray From Right to Left: Andrew Noel, Max Mammelle, Lauren Bynum, Clayton Stehm, Libby Andrew, Emma Meek Then enters Andrew Noel and Emma Meek, playing Gary and Brooke, respectively. Then, something goes wrong, and Clayton Stehm, playing Lloyd Dallas, the director, calls out from in the audience “Hold it!” By Taylor Camden Advanced Placement (AP) and Dual Credit (DC) courses In the second act, the entire set flips around, and we see what goes on backstage a few months later as the show has been months into traveling. The show has deteriorated slightly, and we see that relationships have formed. Gary and Brooke had a fight, so they’re not talking. Gary and Mrs. Clackett are also fighting, and everyone but Balinda, played by Libby Andrew, and Phillip, played by Max Mammele, are trying to fix this mess to no avail, while Selsdon, played by Brad White, keeps disappearing and no one can find him. Lloyd shows back up and wants Tim, played by Cecil Cornish, to buy gifts for Brooke, but they accidently go to Poppy, and Gary swings an axe at Mrs. Clackett’s head. There was a lot of action going on this scene, and for one to follow it all without a script is a rather difficult occasion. Finally, the stage flips back around. Props are left in place when they’re supposed to be taken offstage, and lines are stumbled over, forgotten, and omitted entirely. All in all Noises Off, as presented by Joplin High School, was an awesome show. It was a good time. available at Joplin High School are designed to challenge students and to ideally provide college credit. Dual Credit courses that are offered at Joplin High School this year are: Business Computer Applications CIS 101 & 102 DC, Accounting II DC, Personal Finance DC, Desktop Publishing DC, English Composition II DC, Art Appreciation DC, Music Experience DC, Fundamentals of Physical Science DC, General Biology DC, College Algebra DC, and Trigonometry DC. Dual Credit courses allow students to receive college credit simultaneously while earning high school credit. They allow academically skilled students to experience affordable, high quality, college-level courses. Dual Credit courses were designed to provide students that have fulfilled the high school curriculum with collegelevel coursework that is more rigorous that high school-level coursework. Advanced Placement courses that are offered at Joplin High School this year are: English Literature & Composition AP, Calculus AP, U.S. Government and Politics AP, U.S. History AP, Biology AP, Physics AP, Theory of Music AP, French Language AP, German Language AP, Spanish Language AP, and Computer Programming AP. Advanced Placement courses are among the most rigorous courses available for students to take at Joplin High School. Advanced Placement course work is more advanced than both high school-level and Dual Credit coursework. Advanced Placement courses can make a student more appealing to colleges in the selection process. Taking an Advanced Placement course shows the students willingness to further their education and get in-depth learning on subjects that they are truly interested in. Dual Credit and Advanced Placement courses are both taught at a college level. Advanced Placement classes are weighted at a 5.0 scale, while Dual Credit classes are weighted at a 4.5 scale. Students who pass a Dual Credit class automatically get college credit on their transcripts. Only students who pass the Advanced Placement end-of-course exam will receive college credit. Of course, not all colleges will accept the credits received in high school. Finding out which colleges do, is a good idea before deciding which course fits the student’s needs. By Emma Meek This year at JHS, a new support system of reward and focus is being implemented. Ashley Hallmark, communication arts teacher, was asked to become involved in a nationwide group called PBS, or Positive Behavior Support. According to the PBS website the program is, “The application of behavior analysis and systems change perspectives within the context of person-centered values to the intensely social problems.” The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, DESE, has been pushing the organization, which instigated this system in the district’s elementary and middle schools where it has had great success for several years. While most of the staff is fairly familiar with the program, the principals are highly active in PBS, especially when disciplining the students. Focusing on the positive rather than the negative without eliminating consequences is an extremely important aspect of PBS. “The program has been implemented to reinforce more of a positive environment, correct the bad in a positive manner, and develop school pride,” says Hallmark. This year only a few students will be asked by the principals to become active with the program. However, in years to come, student participation is key and will be needed as much as possible. Hallmark says she would love to see school spirit and pride grow, which made her passionate about this project. The program in is extremely important because it, “targets a population of students otherwise left out,” Hallmark adds. PBS’s main goal is to bring a sense of community and pride to Joplin High School and begin to build better citizens as early possible. Positive Behavior Support has had success so far in the Joplin district at the middle and elementary school levels. In the years to come, Hallmark and the rest of the district-wide committee hope for the program to continually grow and make a positive difference in all of Joplin Schools.


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12 DECEMBER 2009 Student SpotlightPAGE students SPYGLASSSPYGLASS around jhs 13DECEMBER 2009 Steffan Triplett Stayin’ named semifinalist alive in National CPR at JHS Acheivement Program By Taylor Camden Photo by Sarah Sticklen Steffan Triplet is participatiing in a group discussion in English Comp Dual Credit. “When I took the [Preliminary SAT] I felt like I did decent, but I did not think I would become a semifinalist,” says senior, Steffan Triplett, semifinalist for the National Achievement Scholarship Program. The National Achievement Program is designed to provide recognition to academically outstanding African American high school students. To qualify for National Merit Scholarship Corporation Programs, juniors take the PSAT. Only about 1,600 of the 160,000 students that apply for the National Achievement Program become semifinalists. “Mrs. Day let me know in late August when they notified the school, but I had to keep it a secret from everyone outside of my family until the end of September. I was happy [when I found out I was a semifinalist]” says Steffan. All Achievement Scholarship designees are selected based on the students abilities, skills and accomplishments, according to the National Merit Corporation. Steffan is Student Council President, FBLA Secretary, NHS Historian, an FCA Leader, plays the keyboard for Jam Club and is also a member of Math League, Student Voice and Foreign Language Club. “This is a great accomplishment because my studying and work paid off, but I’m more glad of all the things I’ve done and people I’ve met in high school,” says Steffan. In late January, about 1,300 students will be notified that they qualify as finalists. In late February, about 800 of those finalists will be notified that they have been selected to receive a National Achievement Scholarship. “Hopefully I’ll become a finalist and then hopefully I’ll be awarded a scholarship, but if not it will be okay too,” says Steffan. Considering that school is expensive, Steffan says scholarships are definitely a factor in choosing a college. “I visited Washington University in St. Louis in October and I really liked it there,” says Steffan. Message from Steffan to others: “I’d like to thank my Math and English teachers for preparing me for the PSAT and I’d like to thank my friends that were supportive and happy for me.” A member of the Freeman Screen Team, Nurse Rayla Kanakis explains to a JHS health student the proper way to perform CPR. “Statistically, the students will either perform or see it performed at some point in their life,” says Tracy Saunders, health teacher and athletic trainer. This is the 11th year the Screen Team has come to JHS, and Joplin is the only school in the area to take advantage of the nurses. Saunders adds, “The more you know the more likely you are to do it.” Photo by Emma Meek JHS clubs do good for communit y inLAnaeumswttuaeimstden4th By Taylor Camden Joplin High School senior Autumn Lewis was Autumn is involved innamed second alternate (fourth in state) for the position of delegate in the United States Senate Youth Program. Student Council, FBLA,The United States Senate Youth Program was established in 1962 by U.S Senate Resolution. To qualify students have to be attending high school and be active in student government and other NHS, Math League, activities. Autumn is involved in Student Council, FBLA, soccer, volleyball and NHS, Math League, soccer, volleyball and FCA. The program is designed to give outstanding high FCA. school students interested in pursuing careers in public service a unique educational experience. Each delegate will also be awarded a $5,000 college scholarship for undergraduate studies. By Dylan Prauser FCA Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) is an organization dedicated to gathering students for Christ. Although the name says athletes, you don’t have to be an athlete to join. All you have to do is just want to build a relationship with Christ. FCA is a group that you can join and play fellowship games, sing songs and have a message every week. The group meets every Friday at 7:45 in the auditorium. For more information, contact Ms. Epperson in AB202. Key Club If you like to do volunteer work, Key Club is an organization you need to join. The club meets every Thursday morning in AB203 at 7:45. Key Club is a service organization that does many community service projects throughout the year, ranging from helping with the Boys and Girls Club, to Children’s Miracle Network telethons. A new additional project Key Club has acquired this year is Make a Wish Foundation. If you want to help out the community, get involved with Key Club. For more information, contact Mrs. Boyer in AB203. TATU Teens Against Tobacco Use is an organization that does just what its name implies. The students that participate are striving toward a goal of a smoke-free school environment. The students in TATU go to middle schools and elementary schools trying to convince the students that a smoke-free life is a much healthier and better lifestyle than one involving tobacco use. Another goal of TATU is to get cigarettes under the authority of the FDA, which will ensure that people know the ingredients in tobacco products and will make them relativity healthier, although smoking still causes cancer. TATU is in need of students to join. If you are interested in joining TATU, contact Ms. Rhea in B3. SADD The SADD organization is one dedicated to informing students of the consequences of harmful decisions, such as drinking while driving. This is the issue that the group focuses on the most. To inform students of the risk of driving under the influence, SADD is hoping to book Memorial Hall and put on a skit of a mock car wreck with state troopers and statistics about the crash rates of teenagers who drive under the influence of alcohol. SADD is in need of people to join. If you are interested in joining SADD or getting more information, contact Ms. Carr in A111.


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DECEMBER 2009 14 PAGE students SPYGLASSSPYGLASS national 15DECEMBER 2009 PAGE Doing a Good Turn Daily By Lydia McAllister Badges, uniforms, Scout’s Honor-all these things come to mind when thinking of a Boy Scout. However, there is much more to a Boy Scout than tying knots. Brothers, Spencer and Ryan Davidson, know the truth to that statement. The Boy Scouts of America is one of the largest Youth organizations in the U.S., with over four million youth members. Since its founding in 1910, more than 110 million Americans have been members of the BSA. The Boy Scouts really hit it big in America in the twentieth century when there were concerns in society that young men were not learning patriotism and individualism. Nowadays there are many reasons for joining the Boy Scouts. Ryan Davidson said, “I joined Boy Scouts because it runs in the family.” Ryan’s brothers, father, and grandpa were all Boy Scouts. Spencer Davidson recently became an Eagle Scout, the most advanced level of Scouting. “An Eagle Scout is the highest rank a boy in Boy Scouts can earn. To earn the rank of Eagle, you must complete 21 merit badges, complete different ranks, and then complete a community service project,” said Spencer. Spencer wanted to earn the rank of Eagle because he knew it was a very special award. “Also, I love going on all the trips with the troop, we have fun.” “I agree with him sending troops. I just wish he’d been more consistent with his decision”- Olivia Watkins, senior Being an Eagle Scout is definitely a high honor. “I like being looked up to by younger Scouts, and on campouts I don’t have to do dirty work!” Spencer said. The Boy Scouts of America is rich with history and members. Every Boy Scout can count on being a part of something much bigger than themselves. Spencer said, “I really enjoy it [Scouting]. It’s something not everyone is a part of. It sets me apart.” Spencer and Ryan’s Boy Scout group takes a climb up Windom Peak, 14,082 feet above ground in June 2006. Photo courtesy of Ryan Davidson “I think the decision to send more troops into Afghanistan is a good one, but he Volunteering Feels Good Photo courtesy of nytimes.com probably would have sent more had he not recieved that Nobel Peace Prize. I think he is just trying to appease his liberal backers By Lydia McAllister “Horse-handlers only deal with the Obama commits 30,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan by saying it is plausible that we will be out of Afghanistan soon.”- Caitlin Hoff, senior Christmas: a time to give and a time to receive. What better way to give this season than to give time and energy volunteering at one of the many options available in the Joplin area? One of the options is the Joplin Humane Society. You can get involved by downloading a volunteer application and dropping it by the Humane Society located at 4400 N. Swede Lane. Megan McAllister, a senior at JHS, said, “Volunteering there is a lot of fun. My favorite part is taking the dogs out for walks and getting to meet all the different dogs and their personalities.” Other jobs include giving horses well-being, while side-walkers help the kid stay on the horse and succeed in tasks,” said Lexi Willcoxon, sophomore at JHS and an active volunteer. The kids learn responsibility as well as a sense of accomplishment by putting on the saddle and bridle and taking them off, as well as learning the basics of horse management. “I feel very good after volunteering for Horses of Hope. I helped make a difference in someone else’s life!” Lexi said. If you are interested in volunteering for Horses of Hope, call the riding center at (620) 674-3458. By Sarah Sticklen Tuesday, December 1, Barack Obama declared at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York that he would issue 30,000 additional American troops to fight in Afghanistan. The troops will be sent to Afghanistan by Christmas; however, Obama also promised to begin an immediate withdrawal of the troops within 18 months. Obama plans to deploy troops as soon as possible so he can bring the war to an end quickly and “so that they (U.S. troops) can target the insurgency and secure key population centers” with the further intent of demolishing the extremist terrorist group al- Qaida. “We must deny al-Qaida a safe haven,” stated Obama. “We must reverse the Taliban’s momentum. ... And we must strengthen the capacity of Afghanistan’s security forces and government.” Obama also believes that Afghanistan should be America’s main concern in the Middle-East and considers the Afghan war “a war worth fighting.” Since his presidency the American troops in Afghanistan have expanded from 34,000 to 71,000. He has also asked NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) allies to supply between 5,000 and 10,000 additional troops. “It is from here that we were attacked on 9/11, and it is from here that new attacks are being plotted as I speak,” said Obama. Obama feels that America could help get Afghanistan back on its feet saying, “Afghanistan is not lost.” He plans to support Afghan ministries who are currently devoting their time to aiding Middle-Eastern people. With more help and funding, these efforts could increase, he said. While many American generals and cadets support Obama’s handling of the war in Afghanistan, he has received negative feedback from Republican and Democrat senators as well as the American public. In a survey conducted by the Gallup organization, only 35 percent of Americans agreed with Obama’s decision while 55 percent disagreed. “The way that you win wars is to break the enemy’s will, not to announce dates that you are leaving,” said Senator John McCain. Surprisingly, many liberal House Democrats, led by Senator Russ Feingold, have threatened to try to block the funding for the deployment of troops to Afghanistan. They fear that the 30 billion dollars set to be spent on the war is unnecessary and will result in a rise health care costs or gas prices. baths, socializing with the animals, and cleaning out the cages. The Humane Society also welcomes donations such as toys for the animals, food, and supplies. “Volunteering out there makes me feel really good inside, and I want to take all the dogs home with me,” said Megan. Another unique volunteer program is Horses of Hope. Horses of Hope focuses on providing services to persons with disabilities through therapeutic riding. Volunteers are trained to be either horse-handlers or side-walkers. WHERE TO VOLUNTEER WHO TO CONTACT Boys and Girls Club: Fred Lundien (417) 623-8072 Big Brothers Big Sisters: Don Greenlee (417) 626-9244 Ronald McDonald House: Tara Horinek (417) 624-2273 Souls Harbor of America: Joan Lewis (417) 623-2550 American Red Cross: J.J. Travis (417) 624-4411 Crosslines: Margret Lawellin (417) 782-8384 What do you think about Obama’s first year as president? “Since he was elected into the biggest mess America’s ever been in, I think he’s done a good job and people don’t give him enough credit.”- Carly Deburger, senior “Nobel Peace Prize? Really?”- Spencer Davidson, senior “At first I didn’t like him. I didn’t want him to win. Now, it doesn’t really bother me. However, I’m kind of mad that he announed our whole battle plan.”- Tori Mitchell, sophomore “I believe that President Obama has done an extremely good job his first year as president. He has put many things in place and has tried to fix many things that I believe needed changed. I think people just need to remem- ber that democracy takes time and should Photo courtesy of Jenna Herr Jenna Herr makes a new friend volunteering at the Humane Society. give him some slack. He is President and we should respect him.”- Logan Spangler, junior


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16 DECEMBER 2009 PAGE teacher feature 17SPYGLASS DECEMBER 2009 PAGE teacher feature SPYGLASS Room AB201 is full of tunes on any given day. Communication Arts teacher Janet Myers and her classes are.. Photo by Kayla Buchmann Sarah Turner-Hill gets assistance from Mrs. Crane in yearbook class. Mrs. Crane recently moved to Joplin from Ackley, Iowa, to be the new yearbook and journalism teacher for JHS. She and her husband Randy are currently living in a farmhouse they are restoring in the Loma Linda area. Crane lands at JHS; stop the presses! By Kayla Buchmann This year, Joplin High has opened it’s doors to yet another new teacher to become part of the good teachers serving here at JHS. Meet Mrs. Mary W. Crane, a returning resident to Missouri and newcomer to Joplin. In Mrs. Crane’s hometown of Ackley, Iowa, she taught at AGWSR. At this school the average graduating class is under 50 people. The cities surrounding Ackley are so small that the school system combined the schools into one school with Ackley, Geneva, Wellsburg, Steamboat, and Rock counties nicknamed by the locals as “the alphabet school.” Mrs. Crane says she has always been a Southern girl at heart. Born in Cottenwood Falls, Kansas, her story is growing up in a small town and meeting her sweetheart in college, at Kansas State University. After getting her teaching degree, she and her husband Randy moved around a lot with her teaching jobs. she filled in, substituted and was at the time a full time teacher. Her previous experiences and job opportunities led her to JHS doors 15 years later. She has three children now fully grown. The oldest is Todd who is now 26 and studying to be a doctor in Kansas City. Newlywed Megan, 24 lives in Colorado Springs. Youngest is Bethany, who is 21 and at Iowa State majoring in music. When Crane’s family lived in St. Louis, the local zoo would open early on select week-days and have free admission for that morning. Some attractions with spare room or seats would allow visitors in the very back row for free of charge. Mrs. Crane recalled there was so much for the kids to do they never had time to get in trouble. Although she is small in stature at five-foot-one, she says she can be found running around to one of the three classes she teaches during the day. She teaches journalism, yearbook, and personal finance. Mrs. Crane said, “ I enjoy teaching. My favorite class is journalism”. She has outside hobbies, which include restoring a farm house outside of Joplin by Loma Linda. When Mrs. Crane graduated she said she had the biggest class at her high school of 44. She laughs and says, “ I have the biggest class in common with this year’s Seniors.” When not in school, she enjoys eating at local cafes on the weekends, reading mystery novels, and drinking coffee in the mornings. She also relaxes to her favorite Celtic band Cherish the Ladies. Although she seems to like everything, one thing she dislikes is tailgaters who follow her closely on the highway. “ I enjoy teaching. My favorite class is journalism” -- Mrs. Crane Learning frLom ythreics Photo courtesy of Janet Myers Janet Myers with Darryl McDaniels of Run DMC “You’re completely valued in your profession everyday you’re there. Everybody in the museum knows exactly who the teachers are.”Janet Myers Photos courtesy of Janet Myers Janet Myers with Mike McCartney By Sarah Sticklen During June of 2009, Janet Myers, a communication arts teacher at JHS, presented a breakout session at the Cleveland Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museums’ Summer Teacher Institute Program. One of the missions of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is education. The Summer Teacher Institute Program was founded in order to help teachers learn how to integrate music into their classrooms. The program lasts five days and welcomes teachers from all over the country. After fist attending the program in ’08, Myers felt renewed and reinvigorated in her teaching. “You’re completely valued in your profession everyday you’re there,” says Myers. “Everybody in the museum knows exactly who the teachers are.” The following year, during a breakout session, Myers presented a lesson on multi-genre research. Her students researched famous rock ‘n roll musicians, combining research and creative writing. Also, during the Summer Teacher Institute Program ’09, Myers met Mike McCartney (Paul McCartney’s younger brother) and Darryl McDaniels (D.M.C of hip-hop group Run D.M.C). They were both guest speakers at the program and spoke about the value of education. Myers was especially fascinated with McDaniels’ speech and believes that everyone she knows would have found at least one aspect of his speech entertaining or informative. “Everybody I know would’ve found something interesting.” McDaniels’ presentation also inspired Meyers to look at other aspects of music. “It (McDaniels’ speech) made me look at song lyrics, really evaluate them, and look at their messages.” She now has her students listen to music in class, analyze the lyrics, and match the theme of the song to themes they’re studying in class. Myers asks her students higherlevel thinking questions over the lyrics as well as has them identify certain literary elements such as figurative language, metaphors, or similes. Also, Myers sometimes gives students a song and lets them develop their own questions.


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18 DECEMBER 2009 PAGE around jhs 19SPYGLASS DECEMBER 2009 PAGE editorials SPYGLASS BreannaSIDEBakerLhelpsIMrs.NSchwartingEget readyDforUTY Photo by Sarah Sticklen College Bound? By Sarah Sticklen The BC-Mess Shortcoming of College Football Bowl Selections By Stewart Pence High school seems to be traveling at the speed of light, the time left decreasing right before our eyes. The idea of going to college doesn’t see so far away anymore and leaving our friends and family behind slowly becomes a reality. We hear our parents talk about their high school experiences and realize we’ll soon be in their shoes—telling our children about our very own high school experiences. As a junior, I feel like the rest of my life is approaching very quickly, and everything I know now will soon be changing. The decisions I make the next few years will affect the rest of my life. Where I go to college, my decided major, and how I choose to spend my time will mold the rest of my life. The people I hold close to my heart will soon be distant figures I once knew. My family won’t be there to annoy me in the best way possible. As much as teenagers say they hate their parents, when it gets right down to it, it will be difficult to survive without them. Despite all this, I feel that while preparing for college, we as teenagers and prospective university students tend to overlook these things. We look at our parents as overprotective and our siblings as simply nuisances. We take our friends for granted, forgetting we could potentially lose all contact with them in one or two years. While getting into our desired college is extremely important, we focus more on it than preserving our friendships and cherishing soon-forgotten memories. Instead, we spend all our time and efforts staring at test prep books for hours, filling out numerous and lengthy college applications and/or prospective student-athlete questionnaires, stressing over our grades and test scores that “aren’t cutting it,” and talking about how much we can’t wait to get out of this town A different kind of Joplin team dances their way to the Capital One Bowl project By Kayla Buchmann This year, the Joplin High School dance team is honored to attend the Capital One Bowl in Orlando, Florida during the New Year’s holiday. The group realized that with great power and privilege comes great responsibility, and since there were no fairy godmothers in sight they would have to raise money to make their dream come true. The result was a talent show, with casting open to the entire school that was being shown to the public. Ticket admission was charged to help raise money for the trip, along with a silent auction before and during the show. After 2 weeks of casting, the dance team came up with a pretty even turnout of dancers, singers, and bands performing a 12-act show in all. On show night, contestants put their fears behind them and all went quiet in the auditorium as the first act took the stage. The curtain opened and the band Even Against the Odds could be heard backstage, pumped up the audience’s support for the school and excitement for the competition. Between the acts, the varsity dancers entertained the crowd with jokes and enthusiasm, as the three judges critiqued the contestants from anonymous seating. There was a 20-minute intermission with a chance to buy concessions. Guests could also place their final bets for the silent auction of themed gift baskets in the auditorium lobby. The night ended as basket winners were announced. There were also prizes of money and gift certificates given to the top three performances for the night. Starting with third place, Even Against the Odds took bronze, singer Hannah Doerge took silver, and band Model 550 took home the gold. The show was a sure success raising a total of $1,600 for a great cause and encouraged some students to keep with their talent. By Becky Cooper For students in Karisa Boyer’s class, second quarter is sure to be remembered long after the class is over. The students had the job of creating a children’s book, either written as a fact book or an actual story. Junior Carol Weaver and her partner, Siri Ancha, created a storybook. “The project was really fun. It’s always fun to work with your friends, and making a children’s book wasn’t your typical project.” says Weaver. Students had the choice to write about one of the vertebrate groups chosen by Mrs. Boyer. These included fish, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, or birds. “I like doing this project because of the groups of animals we study, I figure the students know more about these and this allows them to show their creative side.” Says Boyer. The students had two weeks to complete the project. On November 23 and 24, groups presented their books to the class. “There are some that I honestly think could go on and be published. It is a lot of work, but the students do seem to enjoy the project. And, along the way, a little science knowledge is learned!” says Boyer. and away from our classmates. While searching for the “perfect” college, we need to keep things in perspective. Stressing ourselves to the point of having mental breakdowns or to the point of annoying everyone else around us is beneficial for no one. We have to remember that the college doesn’t necessarily make the person—the person makes the most of the college. With this in mind, when picking the best possible college I think that we should look for something that is the best for ourselves, not anyone else. We should still focus on our grades and test scores and still take the college application process seriously, yet we shouldn’t lose sight of who we are or where we came from. Throughout this long, tiresome process we need to keep our families and friends close, and more importantly keep ourselves in check, or bring ourselves back to reality. Annual discussions about college football, and its post-season, are regularly featured on ESPN, Fox, and other sports networks as the month of December draws closer. Experts debate which teams are in prime position to clinch a bid to the title game, while simultaneously arguing for undefeated teams who haven’t risen to the appropriate BCS (Bowl Championship Series) rank to ascertain appropriate selections. Hardly an anomaly, the controversy over college football’s modus operandi is scrutinized year in and year outbut with little significant change. Why there has been a lack of reform throughout the conflict contains a lot of gray area: yet most point fingers to an NCAA study of 2000 that projected $150 million in gross revenue. Still, even conspirators can agree that that’s an issue still unresolved. Despite differences is causal link, many people can still obliged to feel slighted from a full football experience under the current system. As long as the BCS stands in place, there will only be exacerbated differences between different parties: fans, teams, conferences, the haves and the have-nots. Unless the NCAA wishes to preserve camaraderie and an undisputed passion for the game, they must make significant reforms to the process itself. Whether it be a system that relies on a play off, be it plausible or likely, is an entirely different issue. Delateralizing the process however, is something almost all fans can believe in. (Note: Being a staunch OU fan, I do believe that major conferences should take precedence in major bowls. But a system that fails to give those outside of the elite a chance cannot be seen as competitive, fair, or even American.)


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DECEMBER 2009 PAGE 20 staff page SPYGLASS Cock-A-Doodle ... Who? The chickens in the courtyard as previously mentioned in this issue, are nameless. Mr. Welling, along with the JHS Spyglass staff, find it necessary to fix this problem. Each chicken is pictured below with a line for name suggestion. Please submit all ideas to room A219 by January 5. The finalists will be chosen by the staff, and the winning names will be chosen by Mr. Welling. The winners will be announced in the next issue of the Spyglass. Good luck! #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 Your Name _____________________________________________________ Fourth Hour Class Room Number __________________________________ All I want for Christmas... Sarah - Fossil watch Emma - Snuggie Taylor - “Indecisive” Kayla - Laptop Carvana - Dave Mathews Band CD Lydia - Ugg Boots Dylan - 12 gauge pump-action shotgun Colin - 2010 Camaro Becky - My two front teeth Aaron - New Toaster Do you know what I know...? Staff questions Becky Cooper Is your Christmas tree real or fake? B: Fake Favorite holiday movie? B: Elf! Favorite holiday song? B: Baby it’s cold outside Do you like Fruit Cake? B: Eww! Lydia McAllister Do you play in the snow? L: Yes. Christmas or New Year’s? L: Christmas. Have you gotten others gifts? L: Yes. Favorite Holiday dessert? L: Any cookie with icing. Colin Hughes What meat do you eat at Christmas dinner? C: Turkey...Ham. Christmas or New Year’s? C: Christmas Favorite Holiday dessert? C: Anything sweet. Photo courtesy of blogspot.com



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