Spyglass: Volume XXIV | Issue V | April 2009


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Spyglass KUDOS kudos KUDOS KUDOS KUDOS KUDOS Key Club shines at MO/Ark Key Club Convention Compiled by staff The first weekend in March was quite an event for JHS Key Club. The 62nd Annual MO/ARK Key Club Convention was held in Arkansas. The JHS Key Club competed against all Missouri and Arkansas Key Clubs. Photo by B. White Lt. Governor for Division 7- MacKenszee Roberts was elected. She will help coordinate and keep all Division 7 clubs Students Prom informed. This is a district office. Distinguished Officer Awards: Distinguished President Award- Caleb Wheeler Distinguished Vice President Award- Amie Mays ★Kudos to... ★Senior Spotlight Page 3 Page 4 ★ Prom Theme ★ Fairy Godmother Page 9 Page 10 Distinguished Treasurer Award- Vanessa Albrecht Club Awards: Recognition for donating at least $150 to Make-A-Wish (JHS Key ★Student Spotlight Page 5 ★ Prom Fashions Page 10 Club donated $1060) Make-A-Wish Superstar award 2nd place- District Project- for most hours/ member 2nd place- District Project- for most money/ member Special Occasions Features 1st place- traditional scrapbook- this is eligible to go on to the International Convention in July held in Dallas, Tex. Partners in Service Award- various projects for Children’s Miracle Network, UNICEF, March of Dimes ★Secretary’s Day ★Earth Day ★Decade Pages Page 6 Page 8 Pages 13&14 ★ Blogging ★ Horoscopes ★ Game Page Page 11 Page 15 Page 16 Public Relations Award The JHS Key Club received one of the highest homors available to Key Clubs: “Distinguised Club”. It is awarded based on completion of all their service projects, fundraising, etc. Individual Awards: Talent Show finalist: Jessica Cashion “earth, wind, water, air, fire” 3rd place Oratory contest: Noelle Kownslar Outstanding Kiwanis Sponsor- Mr. Mike Richardson (only one is Front page photos by John Butler given in the district) Photo Courtesy of Karissa Boyer Artwork by Mary Beth Roush FTC: Skills to spare at SkillsUSA District Competition The Spyglass is a Joplin High School student publication. The newspaper is printed monthly or quarterly and distributed free of charge to Joplin High School students, Franklin Tech students, faculty, and other staff members. Funds are raised through advertising only. Opinions expressed in this publication are those of the Spyglass student staff and not of the Joplin R-VIII school district Changing Times Editorial By: Nikki Burkett Since kindergarten, students all over the world have whined and complained while rolling out of bed. Saying such things as “But mom I am tired. I need more sleep.” or “I DON”T WANNA GO!” Well, the complaints have been heard. On Thursday March 5, 2009 the Joplin School Board were faced with a rather important issue. Joplin schools will now be starting at different times. The middle schools and elementary schools will be starting at 7:45 and the high school will start at 8:30. However, by staggering starting times so elementary and middle schools start at 7:45, and high schools would start at 8:30 the district could cut their bus routes down by nine and use the bus drivers more wisely. Currently the majority of students live in the immediate areas of the schools being used, which causes a problem with the new schools locations. Having the schools in such a remote location will add about 400 students to its bus pick up schedule according to Assistant Superintendent Doug Domer. In order to get all the students to school, the district would have to put several new bus routes into effect and buy several new buses. Though this staggering of start times could save the district a good amount of money, it would ultimately be detrimental to the students. The number one concern of this school district should be keeping the students best interests in mind, not saving money. Unfortunately, this would cause elementary and middle school students to be out of school by 2:45 and high school students by 3:30. This fact could cause a problem because several high school students are responsible for picking up their younger siblings from school. Not only would pick up be a problem, but also the students that are in extra curricular activities would be News Editor: Nikki Burkett Staff Reporters, Photographers, Designers: Sarah Sticklen Mary Beth Roush John Butler Hunter Dowell Aaron MurTraayylor Qwyntnn Camdon Brown Compiled by staff The SkillsUSA District Competitions were held throughout the month of February, announced Deonna Anderson, FTC Engineering Graphics/Pre-engineering Design. FTC registered 124 students for competitions in Technical Written Information, Skills and Leadership contest. First and Second place students in Skills and first, second, and third place in Technical Written Information and Leadership will advance to State competitions in April. First Place Skills: Precision Machining PS, Brian Little; Related Technical Math, Kenneth Bernhagen. Second Place Skills: Arch. Drafting, Kyle Sills; Automotive Service, Dustin Doty; Basic Health Care, Patricia Quesada; CPR, Josh Jarnett; HVAC, Stephen Reynolds; Nurse Assisting, Crystal Lane; Precision Machining PS, Jose Alverado; Related Technical Math, Zach Jaggers; Web Design, Joplin Team A. First Place Technical Written Information: Advertising Design, Austin Belk; Arch. Drafting, Derek Artega; Culinary Arts, Ashley Draper; HVAC, Samuel Wannell; Precision Machining PS, Marcus Tackitt; Technical Spelling, Taybor Parker. Second Place Technical Written Information: Advertising Design, Bryana Fortner; Automotive Service, Dustin Doty; Carpentry, Anthony Cox; HVAC, Stephen Reynolds; Precision Machining PS, Brian Little; Professional Development, Bethany Reed. Third Place Technical Written Information: HVAC, Jerome Davis; PS, Michael Beaunoyer; Precision Machining PS, James Terney. FBLA District 17 champions NEO math contest results; pressed for time everyday. A high school student to school from 8:30 to 3:30, then go to practice or wreohueladrsgaol Compiled by staff Speech and Debate go to statetoatfwihrcfmoouttmiusevhliedtctaoiabqenudousosouetfisnotohtgrfinooomlmtnuyhi.redehwTtdaoshlovetesrueikyadxmneardaenninsqtedssduleesigdbrmtieryldaelmditngnhetoeneastrretetytriionmssbglcuefehaatetolphwlgo.eootlyEhousaxdtglundtorndtahbieghiangchortuhestm’rlsayrseircscehhtluheaooleveuaopyertlABwrisynhsnlteeeyrrs,GBfRFrauoirarsmryisismntotehPansels,TaAFaPceyecrbolcoSrcourteu,aadnbtruteyuirnseQFigsnBu;eILJaIso;lsAihOfitneDesaraSicssmch:threaimrcCtaihdn1otd7,wCFcdoBohmmLupArpyeu,tatiBedtirvouiPnssir.onoreb,slasenmCnooSumonmlcveuindngitc;haOetiqsoaunmasl;aifiAelrysssaand students do. Chowdhury, Understandably the district is trying to think of aCyber Security; Sarah Chituck, Database; Ali Worley and Jordan Nolan, E-business; Autumn good way to save money but what they are ultimately missingLewis, Colin VanOstran and Steffan Triplett, Entrepreneurship; Jordyn Pierce, E-portfolio; is the fact that changing these times will be detrimental toSarah Turner-Hill, FBLA Principles and Procedures; Shekkur Dukkipati and Rhyasa Valezquez, AROUND JHS / SPYGLASS APR 2009 3tdatkhhmeoeeenopsesuti,tannubrgtdteioecntnfhagteumstsinoemwonthreehmsyoeaatbahslerasetsthttaietisrhyntejthuteimasrmetvasesetiosnawmlowciefloltathnyhcicseonessgbretnettsehhtonauef.tddwtehiniselttlsrdihicisatsvttareoicltkaote.rgebIpeeftSGoploPeabakarlliinaBgmTuIehs;nieKntaJerorysysps;tlPaiTnrloaBCyceelhoedacruphrtCeeeorrs,;saStRllpsehoryye,waaIdsonasnthrVoefiaerlttseo;tzSpqBeluaucecsozeinn, fdeMosPrsaltrCahkceeoeitmriSnsmgtca;ruatMnepibcQaoallutooiakorly.nifisF;eurElslt:ehrZa,naAccPhcuaotrmuynaCtnion,xgP, IuI.nbtlrioc Compiled by staff Angela Delph, JHS math teacher, announced the following results from the NEO Math Contest. Geometry: 1st Place , Lucas Garritson; 2nd Place, Siri Ancha. Algebra II: 3rd Place, Michelle Barchak. Trigonometry: 1st Place, Hao Chen. Advanced Math/Calculus: 3rd Place, Luke Barr; the Joplin Team received second place in the Advanced Math/Calculus event. Mike Vogt, JHS, announced the following state qualifiers from the Speech and Debate team.Andrew Frost, Original Oratory & Public Forum debate; Jordan Preston, Public Forum debate; Ethan Putman, Public Forum debate; Tim Pendergraft, Public Forum debate; Stewart Pence, Lincoln-Douglas debate; Emma Meek, Storytelling - District Champion.


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Did Somebody Say By John Butler John McDermid a JHS senior has been involved in sports his whole life. It began with soccer and baseball eventually leading to football and basketball “I first started playing soccer when I was really little. I’m not real sure why I started. I think my parents signed me up at the Y. It was a long time ago.” The competition has evolved over the years since John first started playing. The game means different things now and the coaches have changed. “Sports when I was younger didn’t really matter if we won or lost. The games weren’t as intense as they are now. The players weren’t as good and now it’s more about winning and you get yelled at a lot more,” said Mcdermid. Playing sports and watching them differ greatly. McDermid said, “I really like watching college basketball a lot. It’s exciting and entertaining, especially around march. My favorite to play is actually baseball. It’s a lot of fun and I’ve been playing a while so I’ve gotten pretty good.” With doing all these activities it doesn’t leave much time for other things, like having a job, hanging out with your friends, and relaxing. “I don’t get much time for myself. I’m usually doing homework. It’s really hard when we have games cause sometimes when they are away I don’t get back till real late. So, when the weekends come around, I have to use my time wisely.” John recently signed to play baseball with Butler County. “I chose Butler County because they were my favorite school that was looking at me. I went down and looked at the campus before and they seemed have some nice facilities.” Sometimes sports aren’t everything. You got to have a back up plan of what you want to do if everything doesn’t follow according to plan. “I plan on going to college for baseball but I was also thinking about majoring in pre med. Its something I’ve grown interest in recently.” McDermid? Fresh moves in New York at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade By Taylor Canden Joplin High Schools’ very own Kit Thompson and Olivyah Parker were chosen to be dancers at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade over Christmas break. They were chosen, along with twenty other girls, over girls all over the country to do this. To audition, Olivyah and Kit both had to send in an application and a video of them doing different kinds of dance. “I cried when I found out,” said Olivyah Parker. Both girls say they were excited when they found out they would be spending their Christmas break in New York. The hotel that they stayed in was actually in New Jersey, but they spent their days practicing in New York City. They visited the top of the Hard Rock Café, the Statue of Liberty, Madison Square Garden, (where they did a lot of shopping) and ate at the bottom of the Empire State Building. “It was sad to leave [Garce Dance Studio] because we were like a family,” says Kit Thompson. This last year was the last year that Garce Dance Studio will be open, which is where both girls have been doing dance. Kit is now moved on to Ovation in Carthage and Olivyah isn’t currently dancing anywhere. “Doing this helped me come out of my shell, rather than staying in my comfort zone. I’m more outgoing because of it,” says Kit Thompson. “I’ve always wanted to live in New York. Going just made me feel stronger about that,” says Olivyah Parker. Photo by Aaron Murray Shekar the test taker By Hunter Dowell “Everything is pretty much up in the air.” Saihari Dukkipati, or Shekar to most everyone in this school, a senior JHS, exclaims about his future plans and college choices. Shekar is an acclaimed student here at JHS ranking nationally in Debate and now is a finalist for the 54th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. He claims the qualifying test wasn’t hard. “It wasn’t hard, as in killer hard.” Shekar compares the test to one that most other students are familiar with. “It definitely wasn’t as long as the SAT or the ACT and not as hard, but you can make fewer mistakes and get a lower score than the SAT or ACT.” Once a student has taken the test then wait patiently, or very nervously, for the scores. “The scoring system is kind of like the SAT; it is out of 240 instead of 2400, there are three different sections of eighty questions.” “The scoring is relative, but I believe about a 150 is probably a low score, with 170 being average. 202 is commended, really good. And, well it depends on the state, in Missouri 213 is the semifinalist score.” Shekar was very enthused when receiving a score that allowed him to become a semifinalist. After this, all he had to do At the NFL districts Shekar did not was write an essay and keep his academ- qualify for nationals, “I was the first ics up, “The difference between a finalist alternate at Lincoln Douglas Debate and and a semifinalist is that only finalists Foreign Extep. Speaking, and we still can be eligible for the scholarships. To have one event to go, Student Congress, become a final- and I hope to ist they look at qualify for that your academic which is placing record to make “I am known for my experience... I have in the top first or sure you do gone through all kinds of situations, second place.” well in school, witnessing both losses and wins. I have “I am known and you have to steadily improved since my freshman year, for my experi- write an essay gaining respect.” ence and my about you.” -Saihari Dukkipati style of debate, for I have gone Besides doing through all kinds very well in of situations, academics, this witnessing both senior sweeps at debate tournaments. He losses and wins. I have steadily im- has won various awards in Extemporane- proved since my freshman year, gaining ous debate. respect.” That is when, “You draw three Shekar takes in all his accom- topics; the topics are about foreign na- plishments, calling none of them espe- tions and current issues, and teams debate cially great, but pretty good. He wants over them.” Shekar goes on to say, “I to live life all the way learning all he can like doing a lot of foreign issue topics.” about the people around him. Both photos by John Butler Jesse Goben, Currently a Junior at Joplin High School, began dancing at the age of three, when her parents put her into a dance studio. She’s currently heading up the dance team as the Junior captain. With nearly 14 years of experience beneath her belt, Jesse had some interesting stories about her life and her dancing Dancing career. According to Goben, her parents saw talent in her at a young age. “My parents put me in class when I was 3. Whenever music came on, I would sing and dance to it.” Jesse’s through favorite music to dance to is hard for her to choose from. “Ballet, life some classical, usually upbeat, some popular, like some pop and some country ballroom dancing, which is country music, then some lyrical and contemporary” Lyrical and contemporary music are like classical, soft and slow, like a ballad. Jesse hopes to go on and dance as a career, dancing her way through life, college, and even through to her Photo and Story By Aaron Murray retirement. Jesse said that when you go pro, you have the option of teaching the amateurs and training them to compete in what’s called a ProAm competition, where professionals and amateurs compete together as a dance team. The dancing competition is kind of like a Cinderella story, minus the glass slipper and the romance. It takes place in a big room, on a big floor, with famous people. Says Goben “ [The Competition] is structured kind of like ballroom dancing. It goes around the floor and it stays stationary at times, too. And we’re taught by professionals and celebrities, also.” Normally, the competitors do two types of dancing: The Country Western Two Step and the Waltz. Jesse says that she dances as a way of interpreting herself, as a way of getting her emotions out. Jesse even says that she dances because “It’s really fun. I can really express my emotions, and I can dance my anger out. I know it sounds cliché, but it’s true.” But dancing isn’t all Jesse’s life. She has plans for spring break, which might just include dancing. “I think I have practice” she says, “And I’ll probably just rest because of the stress of school, and hang out with my friends, really I just dance when I can, I really have practice almost every night of the week.” Exploring the art of dance By Sarah Sticklen Sophomore Emma Meek has been selected to attend Missouri Fine Arts Academy (MFAA). MFAA is a month long summer camp at Missouri State University where 200 students across Missouri are chosen to expand their knowledge and technique in various aspects of fine arts. Emma sent a video of her ballet performance and submitted an essay of why she should be accepted into MFAA back in November, and received a letter saying she qualified in February. “I saw Andrew Noel’s Facebook status saying he got in (MFAA), so I ran to the mailbox!” Emma was chosen for dance, but hopes to explore other areas of fine arts such as theater. “I really like performance as a whole, and dance just adds to that,” says Emma. Looking forward to MFAA, Emma says, “I hope it improves my technique and strength in general, and I think it’ll be a great experience. I’m really, really, really excited!” Emma has been dancing since she was three years old and started competing in third grade. Emma participates in ballroom competitions and, this December went to the United Country Western Dance Council World Championship in Orlando, Florida, and received fifth place. “I like having people watch me when I’m performing, and they’re like ‘how did you do that?’” Emma says. Emma’s favorite styles of dance are musical theater, jazz, and character, which is a musical theater song you act and dance. Emma wants to minor in performing arts, and hopes MFAA will help her get into her ideal university, Northwestern. Emma says, “I think it’s going to beneficial and will help me in the future.” Emma also will be going to MSHSAA debate state districts for storytelling on April 24-25. Photo by Sarah Sticklen 4 SPYGLASS APR 2009 / STUDENT SPOTLIGHT STUDENT SPOTLIGHT / SPYGLASS APR 2009 5


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Joan Stephens Sheri Wilson Tracie Buck Cheryl Warstler Susan Foster Pat Waldo Fortunate for these fine ladiesSuzanneDimmit By Qwyntnn Brown Mary VanFleet April 22 marks a special day each and every year: Secretary’s Day. This is a day principals and business folk alike take time out of their busy days to show appreciation to the brave women manning the front lines of our offices. Here at Joplin High School we have nine brave ladies taking each day head-on. The duties of a secretary range from attendance to makeshift guidance counselors. “Some come in because they don’t know where else to go and they hope we can help,” said Suzanne Dimmit Guidance Secretary. From time to time some questions start to annoy. “Where’s Cravens?” said Pat Waldo Senior Secretary. She also said that another annoying part of her job is keeping track of Cravens Senior Class Principal. Some secretaries deal with students others with other members of the high school. “I deal more with coaches than I do the kids, so my number of kids in and out would be small,” said Cindy Brubaker Athletic Director Secretary. Even though the work can be rigorous a secretary’s day can also be very rewarding and challenging. “I never know what challenge is coming next. I love to problem solve and make things work, so I like it when I have to work hard to figure things out and make it all come together,” said Cindy Brubaker. Every secretary’s day starts out differently. Cheryl Warstler, Budgetary Secretary, described her day: “I start out at the admit window for thirty minutes everyday, then go to my office to do my job which includes paying bills, ordering supplies, managing some of the departments budget accounts, accounts for the various clubs and organizations, as well as keeping track of what students owe such as textbooks and uniforms.” There are many common misconceptions about secretaries but Suzanne Dimmit wants to lay one to rest: “I think some people might be surprised to learn that some secretaries are very well educated and even quite intelligent.” These ladies are well appreciated not only on Secretary’s Day but everyday of the year. “I sincerely value the contributions that Ms. Foster makes to our office. I feel very fortunate to have such an excellent coworker to assist me in my office each day,” said Greg Boyd Freshman Class Principal. “The more you know about computers the more marketable you are. Once you become a secretary, I would also encourage workshops and seminars. Going to seminars can give you a fresh new perspective,” said Cindy Brubaker. If you are aspiring to become a secretary here is some advice for you, straight from Susan Foster Freshman Secretary: “Make sure you have lots of patience.” Cindy Brubaker 6 SPYGLASS APR 2009 / BEHIND THE DESK PROM SPECIALS / SPYGLASS APR 2009 7


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EARTH DAY IS APRIL 22 8 SPYGLASS APR 2009 / WELCOME TO CHINA By Jacinda Benham Spring Break takes students to Hawaii By Sarah Sticklen During the spring break of 2009, students from JHS went to visit places such as Hawaii and Florida. Freshmen Josh Banwart and Brad White went to the island of O’ahu, Hawaii, and visited places such as Honolulu, Waikiki beach, the Bonzaii pipeline, Pearl Harbor, and even hiked the massive dormant volcano, Diamond Head. Brad’s favorite thing about Hawaii was learning how to surf. “Surfing was fun, and it’s something I’ve always wanted to do,” Brad says. Sophomores Keegan Tinney and Scott Lauridson went to St. Petersburg, Florida. While in Florida, Keegan and Scott went parasailing, snorkeling, and saw the Philadelphia Phillies play the Minnesota Twins during a spring training game. A couple of the highlights of their trip were seeing a great white shark while parasailing and watching the greyhound races in Tampa Bay. Junior Eddie Wilson and freshman Evan Wilson visited Destin, Florida. “We swam in the ocean, played in the sand, and went snorkeling,” says Evan. Their favorite moment of their trip was when they first walked out onto the beach and saw the ocean stretch out as far as they could see. prom theme: Oriental Mystique By Aaron Murray Prom. The biggest night of your average teen’s life. Girls have to go out and buy the hottest new dress, get their hair and make-up done, and pretty themselves up. Guys have to go rent a tux, and shower. But some things should always be considered before going willy-nilly to the most formal dance many of you will ever go to. There are many things to consider, but there is one in particular that everyone should consider: the Prom theme. This year’s prom is “Oriental Mystique”, more commonly referred to as Asia behind closed doors until its release date. The colors scheme is simple this year, just 3 basic, easy to find colors: red, black, and gold. The prom this year will be held in the same place as it’s been held for the past six years or so, at the Holiday Inn Convention Center, formerly known as the John Q. Hammons Convention Center. Live music will be provided, but bands are still welcome to apply. If interested, contact Amber Travis, more famously known as Amber Hemphill, at atravis@joplin.k12.mo.us. Photographers and refreshments will be provided on site. Hope to see you there! Executive Tailoring LLC 618 Kentucky, Joplin 417-782-7140 HOURS: Monday-Friday 9-5 Saturday 10-1 *Experienced European seamstresses *Specializing in custom made wedding & prom dresses, costumes, curtains & drapes *Professional alteration of men’s and women’s apparel and leather items. 20% OFF all Prom Alterations* for Joplin High School Students *Bring a friend and receive 25% off! WELCOME TO CHINA / SPYGLASS APR 2009 9


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Prom Fashion Passion! By Sarah Sticklen One of the biggest prom dilemmas prom fashions as well. Maranda Collings, is deciding what to wear, whether it’s finding assistant manager of Deb, says that the perfect dress, tux, or shoes. Sometimes, patterns, animal prints, bright citrus colors, the perfect prom ensemble can be more and anything with lots of glitter and sparkle difficult to find than the perfect prom date. are very popular this year. She also says In February, the Brierwood that the most popular style is the “cupcake” Country Club hosted the Western New York dress, or a slim, cinched top with a full, lacy Prom Show, which previewed many of the bottom. 2009 prom styles for both boys and girls. Aneetha Arunachalam, sales For girls, this year’s styles are clerk in the junior’s department says that casual elegance and haute couture. Animal orange has been the most popular color prints are very popular along with off-the- and “Cinderella” dresses, or long flowing shoulder gowns, which are sophisticated dresses are the most popular style. and flattering for any body type. Color also seems to be popular for For boys, this year’s fashions are prom shoes this year, as well as glittery or jewel-toned tuxes with matching bright ties. Pinstriped tuxes are popular this season as lace-up heels. well. Prom dress stores in Joplin, such All photos courtesy of Deb at the mall Photo by B. White Photo by B. White “Cupcake” dress at Deb as Deb and JCPenny’s, have their own 2009 Photo by B. White Animal print dress at Deb projePcrtom Ftoaitrhyegroedscmuoet!hersByQwyntnnBrown By Mary Beth Roush Operation Fairy Godmother is run by Debbie Leatherman here at Joplin High School. This program helps girls with financial needs to be able to attend their Junior/Senior Project Prom is a five-year- they would like to go, then we talk to the old tradition going along with Prom possible locations about whether they would Prom. All the gowns, accessories, and shoes are donated and have, for the most part, either been used only once or never used at all. The girls are invited to the Project Prom Fair by festivities at Joplin High School. “I don’t be willing to work with us and whether it a teacher and can get all their prom needs for under $20. A list of rules for the girls that are really care where we go, just as long as would fit into our budget,” said Whitney. invited to the fair includes: everyone is safe and having fun,” said Jim Whitney Project Prom Coordinator. In order to provide safe and fun post-prom activities, Whitney said that he along with a team of people work on organizing the event as well as getting donations all year long. “We take about a month off right after prom, then we start trying to raise money for the next year. Some time in late August the committee starts working on the budget This year the Project Prom Committee chose seven different locations to bus students to they include Starbucks, Carousel Park, Bowl East, Hollywood Theaters, Flip Shop, Skateland, and an Amazing Race at the Mall. “For $17, everyone gets to go to 3 locations, pizza, soda, water, energy drinks, a t-shirt, plus breakfast and a chance for prizes at the end,” said Whitney. There are some rules to Project Prom. • Must be a Junior or Senior currently enrolled in high school. • Others are not permitted to shop for girls unless the girls are physically present • Each girl must have and present a valid student ID • Volunteers will serve as personal shoppers for the students attending the fair. • Students will be asked to wait until a volunteer personal shopper becomes available before she can begin shopping. • Each girl is permitted to bring one additional female guest to shop with and working on new locations and renewing First and foremost you have to attend JHS her. the old ones,” said Whitney. He estimates that prom, and you need to be present for coronation • Gowns/accessories are given on a first-come first-serve basis. Project Prom costs around $12,000 every year. This money again comes by donations and by the $17 fee to attend. “The fee helps, but mostly the money comes from donations. Area businesses donate money, some even sponsor part of it, like the t-shirts,” said Whitney. The students play a part in picking the businesses the groups visit. “The students let us know. They give us ideas on where at 11 pm to receive your t-shirt which is your ticket to Project Prom. After you receive your t-shirt, you have approximately half an hour to change out of your prom attire and meet at the high school where the night begins. “There is nothing like this anywhere in the area. You have no idea how fun it is until you experience it,” said Whitney. • Each girl is allowed to receive one gown, plus related accessories and makeup, if available • Each girl must complete an information card prior to entering the fair Gowns cost $5 and any additional accessories cost $1-$2. There is also a $5 additional fee for the salon, and a $5 attendance fee for the fair. Most of the dresses available come from the ½ of ½ Store on Range Line. Dresses are also donated by anyone that has dresses just sitting in their closet that have only been used once. Operation Fairy Godmother volunteers also collect as much accessories, makeup, and shoes as they can whenever they can to contribute to the fair. Several businesses also contribute, and an anonymous principal in the Joplin school district pays for all of the dry cleaning. If anyone here at Joplin High School has dresses or accessories they would like to 10 SPYGLASS APR 2009 / WELCOME TO CHINA donate to this program, bring them to Debbie Leatherman at D107. Blogging v. Journaling By Taylor Camden People have been writing and with the publicity of an online blog. of Internet stalking, and many times kids keeping journals for hundreds of years, but Many blogs focus on a particular do not act wisely when online and maybe more and more people are switching from topic, such as a web design, home staging, give away too much of their information pen and paper to a “web log” or “blog”. The sports, or mobile technology. Some are to strangers or make friends with someone question is, what’s more effective? more eclectic, presenting links to all types before knowing anything about them. The beauty of keeping a journal is of other sites. Others are more like personal Basically, depending on what you that it is your book. You get to choose not journals, presenting the authors daily life want and how you want it determines if a only when to write, but what to write. You and thoughts. personal journal or a public online blog is can write as little or as much as you want United Kingdom psychologists better for you. with the privacy of a written journal. challenged advantages of journal writing, If you’re more of a quiet person Journaling is an easy way to get finding that regular journalists were who keeps their thoughts and opinions to your thoughts out of your head and onto more likely than non-journalists to suffer themselves, then maybe a journal would be paper, which gives you insight you would from headaches, sleeplessness, digestive more effective for you. If you’re an outgoing otherwise never see. They can also be used problems and social awkwardness. person who enjoys sharing their thoughts to record specific records like, food intake, These findings challenge with others, perhaps an online blog would travel, and sleep. assumptions that people find it easier to get fit your needs. The beauty of keeping a blog is over a traumatic event if they write about getting to share your thoughts, opinions, or it. ideas with all kinds of different people. You Of course, blogging has its can write what you want, when you want disadvantages too. There have been cases Text Life Do 4I k1n7Fo5Ww5:y5ou6?342 By Sarah Sticklen Over the last ten years, text messaging has been one of the biggest issues with teenagers across the United States. In 2008, the average number of texts sent and received from teens ages 13-17 was 1,742 per month, while the average number of texts sent and received from middle-aged adults (ages 35-44) was only 236 per month. Teens not only use texting as a method as communication, but also as a way out of face-to-face conversations and invading another person’s privacy. Texting, for some teens, has even taken over their social life. “I went to the movies one time and there was this couple on a date. They weren’t even paying attention to each other, they were just on the phone the whole time,” says sophomore, Taysom Wallace. Juniors Kaylee Riddle and Evan Ash fear that text messaging has taken over society in a very negative way. “I think people view a text message as more important than what’s right in front of them,” says Kaylee. “If you even look at etiquette, a person won’t hold a door open for you anymore or even say thank-you,” says Evan. Evan also thinks there’s a noticeable difference in speech between today’s teens and the generation before. “Things have gotten the meaning taken out of them. ‘I love you’ has changed to ‘luv u’”. Another con to text messaging is that the messages are readable to everyone, as long as you have the phone in your hand. “Texting can cause drama because people can get my phone and read the texts,” says freshman, Tori Mitchell. While there are cons to texting, there are also pros, such as being a quiet way to get information from one person to another, or even as a stepping stone in a relationship. “Texting is a great way to start to things off. It’s not too much too soon,” says sophomore, Stewart Pence. “It’s become an essential part of getting to know someone.” STUDENT INTEREST / SPYGLASS APR 2009 11


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Student Teachers at JHS Ms. Harper Attending school at: Pittsburg State University Favorite pastime: Listening & playing music Favorite food: Pizza “I have really enjoyed my time here. The students and teachers are very cooperative. I will be sad when I have to leave.” Ms. Littlefield Attending school at: Missouri Southern Favorite pastime: Track & Field Favorite food: Pizza “I’ve enjoyed my experience at Joplin High and getting to know my students.” Ms. Jones Attending school at: Missouri Southern Favorite pastime: Acting Favorite food: Mom’s chicken noodle soup “I was just absolutely love all of my students! They’re creative and fun and I really enjoyed getting to know them.” Ms. Rogers Attending school at: Missouri Southern & Missouri State Favorite pastime: Preparing for the birth of her baby Favorite food: Mexican food “It’s been a really great learning experience and I’m glad I could be here.” Ms. Fluarty Attending school at: Missouri Southern Favorite pastime: Reading Favorite food: Starbucks The Word Game Mr. Charles By Aaron Murray Attending school at: Missouri State The JHS Writer’s Guild recently held a writing contest for all current JHS Favorite pastime: Golf students. Over 150 poems and at least 65 short stories were entered. Faculty from Favorite food: Italian Pittsburgh State University will be judging the contest on April 28., where the chosen Mr. Armstrong winners be required to read their poems to the audience. Poetry winners will read their entire poems, while the short story winners will read up to two pages of the winning story. The reading will start at 6:30, but time is subject to change. Four prizes will be given: first place gets $25, second place gets $15, third place gets $10, and fourth place Attending school at: Missouri Southern Favorite pastime: Cinema Favorite food: Italian “I have the best students.” will receive and honorable mention. “Once Upon A Mattress”The auditions have happened for the Spring Musical: Compiled by Nikki Burkett Auditions for “Once Upon A Mattress” included four different types of performance: improvisation, singing, acting, and dancing. First were improvisation auditions. The director called the name and asked the person to say a line or act out a scenario. Singing auditions were split into those who wanted to audition for the ensemble and those wanted to have a lead or supporting role. Those who chose ensemble would audition in small groups singing a song they all learned from the show. Lead and supporting roles called for solos. Those auditioning would choose from songs in the show and sing for the director. Acting auditions were the same day as singing. A group of students chose a scene and, and after practicing, performed it for the director. The choreographer handled dancing auditions. The people auditioning were taught a dance to a song in the show and after practicing it, auditioned in groups of eight for the choreographer. The Cast List Sir Studley- Robert Sheverbush Sir Luce- Bailey Woods Minstrel- Hunter Dowell 1st Knight- Brad White Pantomime Princess/ Lady Beatrice- 2nd Knight- Colllins Aguirre Emma Meek 3rd Knight- Dale Crouch Sir Harold/ Pantomime Prince- Cecile 1st Lady in Waiting- Shea Ketchum Cornish 2nd Lady in Waiting- Mollie Sanders Pantomime Queen/ Lady in waiting- 3rd Lady in Waiting- Libby Andrew Bethany Reed Sir Harry- James Zerkel Princess No. 12- Cheyla Navarre Kitchen Wenches- Tonya Drake, Wizard- Joshua Daugherty Rebekah Collins Lady Larken- Meredith Mitchell Princess Winifred- Nikki Burkett Queen Agravain- Skye Smith Lady Mabelle- Kayla Buchman Prince Dauntless- Richard Merriman II Nightingale of Shemarkin- Becca King Sextimus the Silent- Andrew Noel Mascher Jester- Max Mammelle Ladies in Waiting- Courtney Bowling, Danielle Campbell, Jordan Chambers, Robyn Chelsic, Leah Collins, Mia Craigmile, Bailey Knight, Noelle Kownslar, Sarah Matthews, Mileah McGuire, Tori Mitchell, Alixi Morris, Charoty Musick, Regina Sapp. Knights- Zach Bradley, Caleb Brand, Cecil Cornish, Ethan Ritschel, Jeffrey Shepard. Page- Jimmi Wenthe Servants- Samantha Wilcox, Sydney Holtsman, Roni Leonard Musicians- Jessica Cashion, Mariah Hibbard, Sarah Phillips, Nicole Rowe 12 SPYGLASS APR 2009 / IN THE SPOTLIGHT The Early Years 1958-1961 January 9, 1958 Forensic League to conduct First JHS speech tournament This tournament hosted 37 schools from three states from January 31 and February 1. Schools from Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Missouri were invited to send contestants, as well as area schools. This contest offered both individual and debate events. December 15, 1958 Joplin Christmas Parade joined by ROTC On Dec. 2, 1958, Drum Corps, as well as cadets were invited to join the Joplin Christmas parade. The 650 cadets and the drum corps marched proudly to show that they want to be invited for future parades. April 9, 1959 Hungarian refugees tutored by JHS teacher Two Budapest natives fled Hungary during the Revolution in 1956. The Communist government pushed them out of Budapest, as well as Hungary. They traveled to Austria, France, and finally to the U.S. They eventually wound up in Joplin. Mr. and Mrs. Tibor Kiraly are being taught mastery of English by Larry Dunham. Dec. 14, 1960 New Annie Oakley team starts action E.V. Thomas of the guidance department is sponsoring the new girls’ rifle team. The will practice much in the same as the boys’ rifle club. The girls will learn gun components, as well as gun safety. May 10, 1961 Four qualify for state track meet On May 19, in Colombia JHS will feature four of its track athletes. Our four events will be the 880, high jump, 100yard dash, and the mile run. Good luck to all, boys!!! Emblem of the National Forensic League Times of Prosperity for Joplin 1962-1965 Nov. 12, 1963 Senior ROTC cadets train sophs and juniors Senior officers would train younger cadets in the arts of self-confidence, speaking abilities, and make a presentation of a well-organized plan. As luck would have it, Major Smith has formulated this plan to better prepare ROTC cadets for the future. April 15, 1964 Learn now! Army may teach all later The U.S. Army will begin on July first requires that all boys that are eighteen years of age need to sign up for the selective service. During this process, they will need to take a mental and physical exam. Those who do not meet requirements will be specially trained. They will then serve their required term. May 7, 1965 JHS juniors to attend Boys State Twelve Joplin High boys were selected to attend the Missouri unit of the American Legion at Central Missouri State College in Warrensburg. Each boy is sponsored by a Joplin civic organization. Boys State shows government in action for attending students. The boys attend lectures by well-known attorneys and state officials. This was an educational experience to see how government works. DECADE PAGE / SPYGLASS APR 2009 13


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JHS Changes It Up 1966-1967 May 11, 1966 The woman is required to? One of the many traditions at JHS is twirp day. Seniors will parade around all day in shorts, knee knockers, and such. The ladies will treat the gentleman. It will be most appropriate that this year’s Twirp Day falls on Friday the 13th. September 22, 1966 Enrollment up; new courses given as completed as Tech building opens This year’s classes will start in the new Franklin Tech building located at 2020 Iowa. The Federal Vocation Act of 1963 made the construction of the new building possible. Due to the new complex, more students will now be able to enroll. There are also new classes being offered at Franklin Tech. Feb. 2, 1967 School’s history dates from 1894 Compared to the 1,918 students we have enrolled right now, Joplin’s first high school looks like a homestead. The original high school building was located at Fourth and Byers; it was named Freshman High. The second location was at Eighth and Wall, which is now Joplin Junior College. Finally, in 1958, all was moved to its present location at 2104 Indiana. It’s Batman; it’s Robin? No, the JHS Batbird IF YOU WERE BORN IN THIS YEAR IN CHINA ... If you were born in the Year of the Rat ... You make the best out of what you have and what you receive. You charm your friends with your witty sense of humor and your trendy style. You are a wonderful storyteller and people will come from miles around just to hear one of your famous jokes. You are very observant of the doings of those around you, or in other words nobody can “pull one over on you”. 1936 1948 1960 1972 1984 If you were born in the Year of the Ox ... You are a wonderful friend to all you meet. People value your dependability and way of always knowing just what to do. If your friends were to describe you they would say that you are a very kind and patient person that always likes to lend a helping hand. You accomplish a lot in a short period of time because when you are set to do something you do it. 1937 1949 1961 1973 1985 If you were born in the Year of the Tiger ... You are one of those people who will stop at nothing to accomplish something. Your strong willed nature has gotten you into trouble a time or two. But the fact that you get everything done you set your mind to will overshadow any trouble you may have gotten into in the past. Your honesty is one thing that sets you apart from other people. You can’t tell a lie even if it is to cover up a surprise. 1938 1950 1962 1974 1986 If you were born in the Year of the Rabbit ... You are very intelligent and witty; you always have a good “come-back”. You can be a bit random at times, and most of the time people don’t know what is going to come out of your mouth next. Your unpredictability is enchanting to all those that surround you. Even though you have wonderful manners, it is hard to control your random comments without interrupting people every now and again. 1939 1951 1963 1975 1987 If you were born in the Year of the Dragon ... You are very outgoing and have set great life goals for yourself. You are a very positive person even when you are surrounded by negativity. You take the world by storm with your ambition to succeed. One of your wonderful characteristics is that you stick to your beliefs and defend them no matter what; you will go far because you know what you want. 1940 1952 1964 1976 1988 If you were born in the Year of the Snake ... You are very quiet and like to keep to yourself. You love your friends but you like being by yourself even more. You work hard to get things done and people admire you for your efficiency. Your calm nature allows you to keep yourself from getting stressed out. 1941 1953 1965 1977 1989 If you were born in the Year of the Horse ... You are very graceful and everybody admires you for it. You take each day in as if it were your first breath of springtime air. You tell it like it is. You leave nothing unsaid. Although some people love the fact that you’re straightforward with others, that is not the case. You are a very independent person and you like to speak your own mind, which are great characteristics to have. 1942 1954 1966 1978 1990 If you were born in the Year of the Sheep ... You are a performer. You love to express yourself, and as far as your concerned you don’t care who is watching. You are very easy going and would help out anybody in need of an extra hand. You are a total perfectionist. You don’t stop until something is perfect, at least by your standards. One characteristic that everybody around you wishes they could have is that you are very persuasive; you would be a perfect used car salesman. 1943 1955 1967 1979 1991 If you were born in the Year of the Monkey ... You have a wonderful imagination; you totally had an imaginary friend when you were little. Having an imagination is something that escapes most adults but not you, you have held onto it for dear life. You are very sure of yourself and your surroundings, you make sure that everybody around you is happy but you make sure you are satisfied first and foremost. Your friendly nature makes you a “hot-item” with all your friends. 1944 1956 1968 1980 1992 If you were born in the Year of the Rooster ... You are one heck of a jokester. You like to make a joke out of just about everything you see. You are a very random person at times it seems as though you pull random statements out of the air. You know how to get what you want you are a very persuasive person and use it to your advantage when you are in “need” of something new. You are confident in yourself and which makes for a very productive worker. 1945 1957 1969 1981 1993 If you were born in the Year of the Dog ... You are very quick-witted and you speak in a very matter-of-fact manner. Your ambition takes you over the top. When you get set on something you want you find a way to get it. You are very loyal and wouldn’t leave a friend even if a mountain lion was chasing you, your friends can trust you to always be there. 1946 1958 1970 1982 1994 If you were born in the Year of the Wild Boar... You are one that if you make a promise you are going to keep it, even if it keeps you from something you want. You are very intelligent and love to show it, without being cocky that is. You are a very determined person that gets what they want, unless somebody is in need you then come to the rescue. People always know they can call on you for help. 1947 1959 1971 1983 1995 As originally written on January 13, 1967 By Hal Fontinelle Something new has recently been added to our gymnasium. A large eagle will now watch over basketball games played here. It is the end product of two years of saving broken bats from the baseball team and six weeks of hard work. Baseball coach Gary Starr, who also teaches crafts, got the idea that some kind of sculpture could be made from the large supply of broken bats. This fall he had an idea--an eagle emblem in relief sculpture for the campus. Following this idea came the design for the eagle now in the gym. Juniors Randall Grant and Floyd Kerr did all of the work on the emblem, devoting many of their free periods and all of their spare time to it. The eagle’s head was fashioned after the statue of a small eagle in Mr. Greer’s office. The broken bats, sliced in half by Mr. Haines at the technical school, were placed on the backround circle around the head to represent the feathers, wings, and legs. However, the original plan to use the sliced bats for all of the emblem was interrupted when a custodian burned almost all of them, mistaking them for trash. He overlooked just enough to complete the present emblem. The JHS Batbird, which guarded the gymnasium. 14 SPYGLASS APR 2009 / DECADE PAGE THE LAST WORD / SPYGLASS APR 2009 15


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HIGH SCHOOL NEWSPAPER To celebrate the great newspaper staff at JHS we have come up for you the “Spyglass Game Page”. There are our profiles for you to guess which staff member is which, and a fun yet challenging crossword puzzle for you to finish. A B C The name game is a thread on different networking working sites such as Facebook and Myspace, this particular one is derived from Facebook. You can have fun and discover new names for you and your friends much like our newspaper staff. 1.WITNESS PROTECTION NAME (father and mother’s middle name): Qwyntnn Brown is Louise Whyman 2.NASCAR NAME (first name of your mother’s dad, father’s dad): John Butler is George Paul 3.STAR WARS NAME (the first 3 letters of your last name, first 2 letters of your first name): Mary Beth Roush is Rouma 4.DETECTIVE NAME (favorite color, favorite animal): Hunter Dowell is Teal Squirrel 5.SOAP OPERA NAME (middle name, town where you were born): Nikki Burkett is Nicole Edmond 6.SUPERHERO NAME (2nd favorite color, favorite drink, add “THE” to the beginning): Aaron Murray is The Orange Pepsi 7.FLY NAME (first 2 letters of 1st name, last 2 letters of your last name): Sarah Sticklen is Saen pronounced “Sin” 8.STREET NAME (favorite ice cream flavor, favorite cookie): Mr. Armstrong is French Vanilla Snickerdoodle 9. CROSS DRESSER NAME (first pet you had, first street you lived on): Taylor Camden is Tigger Mississippi 16 SPYGLASS APR 2009 / AROUND JHS D SPYGLASS GAME PAGE Photo by A. Armstrong EF GH STAFF FAVORITES I Across 2. SARAH’S OFFICE BUDDY 5. M.B.’S NEW HOBBY 7. THE GAME YOU JUST LOST 8. NIKKI’S FOOT APPAREL Down 1. PHONE DROPS BY BROWN 3. TAYLOR’S LOVE IS UP A TREE ON A HILL 4. JOHN’S #2 6. HUNTER’S TWO PLUS ONE 7. AARON’S PRISON



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