Spyglass: Volume XXIV | Issue IV | February 2009


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Joplin High SpyglassSchool Volume XXIV Issue 4 FEBRUARY 2009 Student Spotlights Editorials Pages 8 and 9 Page 13 ROTC 90 years Page 10


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Spyglass Personalities ★ Dr. C.J. Huff page 3 ★ Spotlight Christian Underwood page 8 ★ Spotlight Taylor Costley page 8 ★ Spotlight Greg Wingfield page 8 Reviews ★ Benjamin Button/Doubt page 6 ★ Top Albums of 2008 page 7 ★ Itunes Genius page 7 Photo by Taylor Camden Features ★ Think Before You Ink page 11 ★ Cell Phones page 5 ★ Sword Fighting Teens page 4 Editorials ★ FBLA Guest editorial page 13 ★ R-VIII Name Game page 13 ★ Be the change page 13 “There are good people in this community and we are all in this together at the end of the day. I know we are doing the right thing and pushing Joplin forward.” -- C.J. Huff, Superintendent Photo by Qywntnn Brown Dr. CJ Huff prepares for a day of work in the Joplin R-8 school district. uper new to Joplin R-8 school district “ROTC 90 Years” Front page photo By Nikki Burkett 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 staff or administration. News Editor: Nikki Burkett Staff Reporters, Photographers, Designers: Hunter Dowell Qwyntnn Brown Mary Beth Roush Aaron Murray John Butler Taylor Camden Sarah Sticklen Photos provided by Kristi McGowen FBLA students volunteer at Soul’s Harbor during holidays By Qwyntnn Brown A man from the small town of Eldon, Missouri became soccer with the students during recess. the Superintendent of Joplin Schools on July 1, 2008. Dr. C. J. Even though playing soccer at recess is fun, at the end Huff has thirteen years of experience as an elementary teacher of the day recess is a reminder of the declining graduation rate, and principal. not only in the Joplin School District but rather our nation as a “The single thing I miss the most would be the fact that “...We need to provide our whole. “I think every parent has the dream of their kindergartner graduation from kids with the tools they arein the elementary school I got to know all the kids in the building,” high school and going to college,” Huff said. Huff said. In order to get to know going to use...” One very tedious goal Huff has for the future is a 100 percent graduation rate. some of the kids in the district, He would like every student that enters Huff had planned to visit every building three times a month, but JHS to graduate. “If you can just hang in there for the next 3-4 with his activity-filled schedule he now visits each building once years, your quality of life is going to increase,” Huff said. a month. This includes thirteen elementary schools, three middle Another big possibility for the future is the one-to-one schools, and JHS. Huff says that one of the most shocking things initiative, which gives a laptop for every high school student. from school to school is the height of the students. Apple is scheduled to meet with the school board to see if we “I went from being around little kids elementary age are ready for such a program. to kids that are 6’5 and 6’7, bigger than I could ever imagined “In a fast-paced society we need to provide our kids being,” Huff said. with the tools they are going to use for the rest of their lives,” When Huff visits the schools the size of the kids Huff said. This could also aide the district in fulfilling the doesn’t matter on the playground he might be found playing goal for 100% graduation rate as well as the goal to achieve accreditation. Huff said that being accredited with distinction requires 14 points in various areas such as attendance, graduation rate, advanced placement classes, ACT scores, MAP scores, college placement classes, among others. “The high school gets targeted a lot. The attendance and graduation rates need to go up. If these two areas do not go up, the district is in jeopardy of not being accredited with distinction a sixth year,” Huff said. Yet another award has been thrust upon the Joplin school district in recent months. Joplin High School was dubbed one of America’s Best High Schools. Unlike Distinction, an application was not turned in for this award. Joplin High School was recognized out of the 577 high schools in Missouri and the bronze medal was handed over based on the outstanding scholars at Joplin High School. “There are good people in this community and we are all in this together at the end of the day. I know we are doing the right thing and pushing Joplin forward.” Huff said. WHO KNEW? / SPYGLASS FEB 2009 3


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Student Dagorhir Participants Realistic medeival combat History of the Cell Phone 1983-2009 Sophomore Clara Roush is involved in Dagorhir and shares a bit of her experience on the The best alternative to video games! battlefield. What she enjoys most in Dagorhir is “The By Mary Beth Roush fighting and the fact that when you meet people (in Dagorhir) it’s almost as if you’ve been best friends with them your whole life”. “My favorite fighting style is ‘sword and board’, which is fighting with a sword Everyone has seen them in the park at one time or another. People dressed up in medieval garb and hitting each other with foam-padded weapons. These groups are called LARP groups The battles are hardcore re-enactments of how real battles were back in the medieval time periods. There are Dagorhir groups or provinces all over the Ozark area. The one in Joplin meets on Sundays from 3 Although the combat is what makes Dagorhir, there are some participants that prefer other activities rather than fighting. For those that may not want to be on the battlefield, there are plenty alternative activities in Dagorhir. and shield. I’ve tried different (Live Action Role Playing). One p.m. to sundown. There are also dagorhir Examples would be armor smithing, fighting styles like archery or particular LARP group called provinces in Stockton, Pittsburg, and leather crafting, jewelry crafting, sewing dual wielding. Sword and shield Dagorhir is a group that focuses Springfield. They can be found pretty medieval garb, and even cooking. Many just felt more natural to me.” on sheer combat rather than much anywhere in the U.S. and are easy crafters will participate in their Dagorhir role playing. It is a full contact to spot at local parks. trades as well as the fighting. and fast paced sport based Dagorhir has been around Dagorhir is a sport in which on medieval or fantasy battle since the mid 70’s and has groups all anyone can participate. Even women strategies and fighting styles. over the nation. Swords aren’t the only will find that they will pick up fighting weapons that fighters will practice. techniques very quickly, though most The weapon choices include war would prefer archery over melee hammers, glaives, spears, javelins, combat. There are fighters of ages that flails, and even daggers. You will range from 13 to 45 or even older. also see a lot of “sword n’ board”, Some areas or provinces are fighters which is fighting with a larger than others. Dagorhir in Kansas sword and shield, and archers that City is probably the largest group in use real bows and arrows but with the Missouri area with an average of arrows that are padded down safely 60 fighters in the park for their weekly to where it can never puncture the meets. There are other smaller groups skin no matter what. that can be found throughout Missouri. There are numerous Dagorhir Joplin’s group fights in Schifferdecker camping events that take part Park on Sunday afternoons. They throughout the year that are are always looking for more fighters run by some provinces or local and always give a warm welcome to groups. Most of them are weekend newcomers. campouts of fighting during the days and feasting in the evenings, others are simply one- Dagorhir Weapons day get-togethers of neighboring provinces. However, the largest Dagorhir event held in the summer is a full week of camping out, large-scale battles, and feasting. It is called Ragnarok. Ragnarok is the one event where fighters will travel from across the country to attend. It can be described as a one-week renaissance festival on steroids. Like other camping events, Ragnarok has the battles during the day and the feasting and celebrations during the night, On the left, 25 year old Tim Rosenbaum is dressed in his battle attire of black leather armor and a dark cloak as he prepares to confront a fellow Dagorhir participant. Photo by Mary Beth Roush but it also has countless numbers of venders that sell medieval garb, armor, weapons, jewelry, etc. *Free to Join! *Safely Padded Weapons *Fast-Paced *Unrehearsed Dagorhir Dark Ages Battle Games www.dagorhir.com http://ravenwood.weebly.com Schifferdecker Park; 3 p.m. Sundays *Full Contact *Great Workout *Cheap gear crafting *Build Self Confidence Joplin Contact: Eldrin- E-mail: Timmy_page44@yahoo.com 4 SPYGLASS FEB 2009 / FROM THE STAFF Txt me!LOL Re: Taylor Camden and Hunter Dowell 1983 Motorola 1991 DynaTAC 1994 1993 iDEN Digital Radio 1995 1996 GSM Cellular System Texting was introduced Two-Way Pager Most students could all say that cell phones are teens use their phones, texting or otherwise, about an a necessity to our daily lives. It could be finding a ride hour a day. home from a basketball game, calling your mom to tell With teens, especially in a high school setting, her you have practice after school, or just talking to cell phones seem essential. Cell phone companies are your friends. Other people could say that cell phones are believed to have “conquered” the teen world, and have a nuisance and don’t want them being used when they moved on to children. The Yankee Group, a technology are around. Obviously, cell phones aren’t allowed at research and consulting firm, estimates that 54 percent school. Most students would disagree with this rule, but of 8 to 12 year olds will have cell phones in three years. there is good reason for it. The Joplin High School Student Handbook “(Cell phones are) wonderful technological requires students to limit cell phone use to non-school devices,” says Mr. Boyd, freshman principal. That is his days or after 3:00 p.m. on school days. This means cell opinion on cell phones outside phones should be off and not vis- of school, at least. He believes that cell phones are to this gen- “No one talks to anyone ible during the school day. Texting provides the same eration as computers where to his. Boyd says that cell phones become a nuisance in anymore. Everyone texts.” -Mr. Hueller punishment as making phone calls. Most people feel texting is a great way to communicate. Others think it’s destroying the school for students don’t follow way people talk to each other. the rules the school has provided for them, he figures “No one talks to anyone anymore. Everyone texts,” says spending at least ten hours a week investigating stolen Mr. Hueller. phones qualifies as a terrible waste of time. In California, effective January 1, 2009, the Boyd believes the student in a classroom has a new “Wireless Communications Device Law” makes it right to learn, and cannot do so while someone next to illegal to write, send or read text-based communication you is ferociously vibrating all hour. on an electronic wireless communications device, such A few years ago Boyd says that polls showed as a cell phone, while driving a motorized vehicle. Here only 50% of students had cell phones and that now he in Joplin, Mr. Cravens says that this law being effective wouldn’t doubt 90% of students have them. here is “unrealistic.” Although he may be right when talking about Whether it’s carrying a cell phone in class, the high school, but U.S. Cellular statistics point out texting in class or making a phone call in class, it’s that roughly 60 percent of teens do own a cell phone, all against the rules. The simple solution, to turn your (that’s 1200 out of the 2000 students here at the high phone off during class, right? school, using the statistics). They also point out that The Yankee Group, a technology research and consulting firm, estimates that 54 percent of 8 to 12 year olds will have cell phones in three years. StarTAC Wearable Phone 1999 GPRS Cellular Phone 2000 iDEN i1000plus Handset 2003 A760 Cellular Phone 2004 MOTORAZR V3 2007 iPhone 2006 Motorola MING Smart Phone 2009 2009 LG Watch Phone Palm Treo Pre Screen AROUND JHS / SPYGLASS FEB 2009 5


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“Doubt” and “Curious” mix the dramaReviewoftwoastonishingdramas By Hunter Dowell Undoubtedly, “Doubt” is one of the best dramas I have seen in a very long time. Not knowing much about the subject matter going into the movie theater, I expected nothing but some great actors and actresses, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Meryl Streep, with some watered down social commentary of the Catholic Church. What I got was an extraordinary movie with amazing performances, with a theme that all will take away with them. The basic story of Doubt is a Catholic Church scandal in 1960’s Bronx. Father Flynn (Hoffman) gives an astonishing sermon about human doubt and the impact of doubt on our lives. Sister Aloysius (Streep) is gravely taken aback when she begins to think, and voices to the other sisters, that there may be some unusual behavior happening at the church and school, and to watch for anything suspicious. Sister James (Amy Adams, Disney’s “Enchanted”), observes a strange relationship beginning to develop between Father Flynn and Donald Miller, the school’s only African American altar boy. Doubt thus begins to settle into the hearts of Sister James and Sister Aloysius, about the Father’s relationship and also themselves. The film has a very profound ending that leaves you feeling, of course, doubtful, and your heart not uplifted. You are doubtful about the intentions of other human beings, and doubtful of people you hope have good, significant impacts on your life. Doubt is a great movie, with superb acting, directing, writing, and vision. Doubtful thoughts pass through the minds of Meryl Streep and Amy Adams. Courtesy of ew.com. Pitt, Blanchette amaze in “Benjamin Button” By Hunter Dowell “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”, is an amazing movie, one of the most beautiful movies, both visually and emotionally, I have ever seen. This film is graphically pleasing to the eye. The colors are so well presented and overall tone of the film seems to take on a separate character that help guide you through this fictional story of something so spectacular that every inch of you wants to believe this story did exist. Brad Pitt, who I was afraid I would not be able to take seriously, brings Benjamin off the screen into pure reality, while Cate Blanchett never ceases to amaze. The story line, which will not do the film justice, is as follows. A baby, horribly disfigured with old age, is left on the doorstep of a nursing home where a nurse finds him and starts to mother him, not caring what he is or what he looks like. As Benjamin (Pitt) grows older, his mind also grows older, while his physical appearance grow younger. Through his small ventures in the nursing homes he meets a young woman, Daisy (Blanchett). His life takes him away from the safe nursing home and into the hands of the frightening world of the mid 1900’s, Benjamin begins to live his life to the fullest, his mind getting older, and his body growing younger. There is only one way this movie can end, though we all hope it will never happen. All the ups and downs of life are shared with us through this amazing film and the life of this extraordinary character. This movie is spectacular and I hope you don’t miss it. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button movie poster courtesy of ew.com. LOOK FOR THESE DVDs STARTING FEBRUARY 3! Feb. 3 Feb. 3 Nick and The Secret Norah’s Infi- Life Of Bees nite Playlist Feb. 10 Nights in Rodanthe Feb. 10 W. Feb. 10 My Name Is Bruce Feb. 10 Raging Bull (Blu-ray) Feb. 10 Pretty Woman (Blu-ray) Feb. 10 Donnie Darko (Blu-ray) Feb. 17 Feb. 17 High School Flash Of A Musical 3 Genius Feb. 17 Changeling Feb. 24 What Just Happened OK, Genius ... iTunes’ new gadget By Hunter Dowell Apple’s iTunes has a new gadget for you music lovers out there -- Genius. This tool helps find songs and artists you would like based on your music. Genius also builds playlists according to a speicific song you can pick out. Based on that song, it gathers information from iTunes, your likes and dislikes, and other users. The more you use it and others use it, the more Genius will be able to make great mixes and be able to select songs you will like. 6 SPYGLASS FEB 2009 / IN REVIEW Spyglass mix By Hunter Dowell The new year of 2009 brings many new resolutions and hopes for a better year. The Spyglass staff would like to celebrate the New Year not with resolutions that will soon be broken but with “The Ultimate Spyglass Mix.” TOP 5 ALBUMS OF 2008 1. FLEET FOXES – “FLEET FOXES” 2. BON IVER – “FOR EMMA, FOREVER AGO” 3. VAMPIRE WEEKEND ,“VAMPIRE WEEKEND EP” 4. DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE – “NARROW STAIRS” 5. KINGS OF LEON – “ONLY BY THE NIGHT” I was following the pack Fleet Foxes first full length album hits number one By John Butler The five young members of Fleet Foxes make up a very different sort of rock band, describing their own music as “baroque harmonic pop jams”. The effortless vocal harmonies and gently woozy, folky feel give the album a nice ear-pleasing sound. Vocals play such a primary role in Fleet Fox’s music that the lyrics at times sound like a delivery system for harmonies. However, these are ultimately carefully and well-crafted compositions. “White Winter Hymnal”, a fire-lit roundelay best showcases the band’s vocal interplay, with the lyrics “I was following the pack, All swallowed in their coats, With scarves of red tied round their throats, To keep their little heads from falling in the snow, And I turned round and there you go.” Who knows exactly what the words mean, but the fairy-tale like story comes through in full color, and with the simple floor-tom beat and the complicity of the band’s harmonies dispel the threat without diluting the mystery and making this track on the album my favorite. IN REVIEW / SPYGLASS FEB 2009 7


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Junior: Greg Wingfield By Aaron Murray Cadet Staff Sergeant Greg Wingfield, Junior, has been involved with the Joplin High School ROTC program for three years. Recently, the JHS ROTC was subjected to an inspection to determine the current rank of the battalion. The ROTC Unit underwent the inspection to determine whether or not the unit would be given the designation of being called an Honor Unit with Distinction, meaning that they are the best of the best. It also determines whether or not they keep their current rank of 3rd Battalion instead of the standard 5th Battalion. “This is a huge deal for us,” says Wingfield. “It tells us what kind of unit we are, like if we’re an honor unit, an honor unit with distinction, or just a regular unit. Right now, we have the gold stars on our lapels, which means that, right now, we are the best of the best.” According to Wingfield, the one opinion of the ROTC is that they are too uptight and stuffy, and that they look down their noses at people. “Most people don’t like us in ROTC,” he says. “”They think we are too uptight. ROTC is really just a huge brotherhood of ninth through twelfth graders. People really just don’t understand what ROTC is really about, because we do a Photo by Taylor Camden lot of different stuff, like going to Camp Clark. Being in ROTC is a really great Christian Underwood flashes a smile after getting up from his seat in front of his favorite movie “Power Rangers”. experience.” Camp Clark is a weeklong boot camp for ROTC members that takes place over the summer. They stay up in the camp for about one week, and they Freshman: Christian Underwoodbasically just train for a future in the military. ROTC is a divided brotherhood, so to speak. ROTC is split into different teams, like Color Guard, the Saber teams, Honor Guard and others. By Taylor Camden Says Greg “ We have Color guard and Honor guard and Saber team and Christian Underwood is a student this year at “I’m the green one!” said Christian Underwood, different stuff like that. We even have the military ball coming up in March. The Joplin High School who says his freshman year is going taking off his headphones and pointing to his Power Saber Team does that. We have all kinds of people coming in, and sometimes we great. Rangers DVD, apparently adding his self to the Power even go to Nevada for the ball” He has met a lot of new people and only claims Rangers cast. Over Christmas break, Christian enjoyed The ROTC was up in Jefferson City for the gubernatorial inauguration to miss a few things about his last school (South Middle staying home and watching his favorite movies. parade. Greg had a few things to say about that as well School). Christian’s last teacher Mrs. Kathy Weaver, is On January 20, only sometimes glancing up “ It was pretty fun. It was about a 5-1/2 hour bus ride up there. We went one of them. at the television, Christian witnessed Barack Obama’s up there on Monday, the twelfth of January, and we marched about 12 blocks, and One of Christian’s favorite things about high inauguration. “He does the best job,” said Christian, talking afterwards we headed to the inauguration. We sat with a lot of people in suits, school is the marching band. about Barack Obama becoming our new president. and Jay Nixon was there. We couldn’t see him. We were in the back, so we had “He wears a pair of white gloves 24/7,” says his This summer he is looking forward to summer to listen over loudspeakers. Also, the U.S. 135th army regiment military band was teacher, Mrs. Brooke White. If you ask him why he’ll school, church and wants to visit Disneyland again with there. I’ve got to say, they’ve got some pretty good players.” proudly say, “For marching band.” his parents Caroline and Randy, and his two brothers. The Joplin ROTC is going for its second year being considered as an Christian loves to sing and dance, and he almost After his fun-filled summer he plans on preparing for his Honor Unit with Distinction. This year, those gold stars sitting on those lapels will always has his microphone in his hand. His favorite type sophomore year at Joplin High School. have a whole new meaning of honor for the Joplin High School ROTC. of music is rock, and he favors Elvis Presley. Sophomore: Taylor Costley From basketball court to homecoming court While a common stereotype of homecoming attendants is someone with “just a pretty face”, Joplin’s Taylor Costley proves this stereotype false. Not only does Taylor have the pretty face and the popularity, but is also involved in softball, basketball, and Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA). Taylor’s favorite sport is softball. “I’ve been playing for a long time, and it’s something that I really enjoy. I like hanging out with all the softball girls,” says Taylor. Taylor also is an enthusiastic believer in girls’ athletics. “It’s a good way to meet new people,” she says. Taylor views sports as a good experience that creates great memories and keeps you in shape. “I enjoy sports and have a good time.” Taylor goes on to say that she was surprised she was voted sophomore attendant. Taylor didn’t even vote for herself. She voted for Alexa Wattelet saying, “She’s one of my good friends, and I think she would have liked it (being homecoming attendant).” The basketball homecoming court, Taylor says, proves there is no stereotype for attendants because of its diversity. She says it’s nice that all the attendants are into different things. Being the basketball homecoming attendant is also somewhat symbolic for Taylor as a basketball player. “It’s cool that I’m the basketball homecoming attendant during basketball season,” says Taylor. Taylor chose Evan Menke to be her escort for the pep-rally, and Jason Van Orman to be her escort for the game. They’re two of her best guy friends and knows they’ll have fun. 8 SPYGLASS FEB 2009 / WHO KNEW? Story and photo by Sarah Sticklen SAenioyr:eSahera Kfeotcrhumone Midsummer Night’s Dozens of rehearsals, one dream By Nikki Burkett Joplin High School’s Shea Ketchum awed thespians from Joplin High School and high schools alike across the state on the night of January 8. Shea and fellow thespians put on a remarkable rendition of A Midsummer Nights Dream for the Missouri State Thespian Conference. After a rigorous audition at last year’s conference Shea and other anxious students awaited their fates. Upon the announcement of the all-state cast Shea was over come with joy to receive the part of Mustardseed. For on whole year Shea and other cast members would journey to St. Louis to put in their rehearsal time, one weekend for each month. Finally all the rehearsal paid off. Shea and the other cast members did two shows, one for parents and family of the cast members, and the other for the thespians of Missouri. After doing these two shows Shea had to get out of costume take off her makeup and help strike (take down) the set. But that was not all for this busy little bee the next morning Shea and other hopeful students auditioned for college scholarships hoping to awe scouts from schools all over the nation. Shea recently returned from an audition for Otterbein a school in Ohio, the audition required singing, dancing, and acting only eight of three hundred applicants would be accepted into the school. She is planning to major in acting musical theatre and minor makeup design. Shine ’n ’09! Thespians rock conference By: Nikki Burkett Shine in ’09! That was the theme for this year’s Missouri State Thespian Conference in St. Louis, Mo. Actors and techies alike from all over the state came together to watch wonderful shows, go to valuable workshops, and listen to important speeches from people just like them. Welcoming students to the conference and telling about his magnificent success was Missouri’s own big time success Matthew Leiner, he grew up around theatre, and through hard work has grown to become the stage manager for the touring production of “Wicked”. Along with this magnificent keynote speaker, students were offered a chance to attend workshops that could teach them lessons in anything from lighting design and placement and stage combat, to hip hop dance. The conference had a little something for every thespian. And if the workshops just were not for you there were The Fairies in A Midsummer Night’s Dream get together for a picture. Photos courtesy of Shea Ketchum. two one act plays a day presented by different schools in the state. Each evening all the schools came together to experience main stage shows: the first night was the Missouri All-State show. The next night students were entertained with musical talent in “Working the Musical”. The last main stage show was a show called “Emma” a work by Jane Austin. Teaching and inspiring students all over the state, Conference has somethng for everyone. STUDENT SPOLIGHT / SPYGLASS FEB 2009 9


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Joplin’s own little piece of History Think Before You Ink By John Butler Joplin’s JROTC prepares for star- studded celebration By Nikki Burkett What makes a program truly special and significant? Is it the uniqueness, or the sponsor, or maybe the kids that are in the program. How about a program running for 90 consecutive years ran by incredible teachers, who teach students valuable lessons like citizenship skills. Sounds amazing, right? Well it is. That is exactly what this year marks for the JHS JROTC program. “The community as a whole does not understand what we do here, with our program. The general perception is that we whip ‘em into shape (students) and put them in the military. People think that,” said 1SG Banks. On April 11, 2009 a commemorative celebration will take place at Memorial Hall. “I thought this is a good time to have a party. This is a good time to have a celebration while using that as a medium to educate the community on what we do,” explained Banks. During this celebration students will be participating in workshops teaching them advance exhibition skills. Teaching the students will be none other than the United States Army Old Guard Drill Team; this drill team is an illustrious group of military personnel that guard the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery, along with other Presidential duties. After the workshops the students will participate in an exhibition drill performance, demonstrating the skills they have acquired through the program. And for musical entertainment JHS has invited the Missouri National Guard Band. Ending the day all alumni from the program for the past 90 years will be honored, and the Old Guard Drill Team will perform. Congress authorized the JROTC program in 1919. At that time there were only four high schools that were approved to have the program in their institutions, two on the west side of the Mississippi River and two on the east. Joplin High and St. Joseph were the two approved schools on the west side. These schools were given equipment from the military to practice their skills. Joplin’s JROTC program is one of the oldest running programs in the country, and the longest running program at Joplin High. So what do you do to celebrate 90 years of going strong? You party, of course. The JROTC program teachers have decided to throw a celebration bash in honor of this anniversary. Every program has teachers; JROTC teachers are required to be retired military personnel. These teachers are to instill the moral, physical, and educational uplift of American youth. Students study ethics, citizenship, communications, leadership, and life skills as part of this program. 1SG Banks, like many other teachers, found a program that really spoke to him, “I have been here for six years and when I first came here I saw how awesome the program was and the potential to have a positive impact on students lives, and I wanted to be a part of that.” It will be a star-studded event full of fun and knowledge. This program has truly made a difference during the past 90 years for students and teachers alike, and finally we have the chance to thank all that have been involved. Photos by Nikki Burkett 10 SPYGLASS FEB 2009 / STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS Tat·too: A tattoo is a permanent marking made by inserting ink into the layers of skin to change the pigment for decorative or other reasons. Tattoos on humans are a type of decorative body modification, while tattoos on animals are most commonly used for identification or branding. Stereotypically, tattoos have been seen under a negative light, but in some cultures they are used with a significant meaning or as an award of completion. Most might usually get tattoos in remembrance of someone or something that played a big part in their lives that they want to keep with them forever. Senior, Dylan Spicer said, “I chose to get my tattoo for my dad. He was really big into Bob Dylan and really influenced me on his music. It’s a treble clef with the musical notes going around my arm. It’s got the lyrics ‘William Zanzinger killed poor Hattie Carroll’ in it as well”. Others sometimes get a single word or phrase; for example, Senior Blake Aggus’s tattoo reads, “Live everyday as if it were your last.” He said “My cousin said it before she died.” Tattoos originated for the most part in Egypt. Women tattooed symbols on their forearms indicating their particular skill. When the Egyptians expanded their empire, the art of tattooing spread as well. Greece, Persia, and Arabia picked up and expanded the art form. Around 2000 BC tattooing spread to China and eventually spread to North America. The popularity of tattoos is rising, rapidly. Teachers with tattoos have been a recent topic for the Joplin R-8 school board to discuss. Any teacher with a tattoo has to have it covered up during school hours. According to the JHS handbook, students are allowed to have their tattoos visible. They just can’t be inappropriate (depicting violence, drugs, sex, etc.). You must be at least 18 years old to get a tattoo in Missouri. If you are younger than 18, you must obtain the written consent of a parent. Or have a legal guardian in the presence of the tattoo artist. For someone who is considering a tattoo, they must first think about a few things before they get it. Is the tattoo artist experienced? An experienced professional will be knowledgeable in the proper cleansing of equipment, and also how to create designs that the customer will enjoy. Will the tattoo image be as important to you in the future as it is right now? Can you afford the tattoo? The larger the tattoo, the larger the cost. What type of tolerance do you have for pain? Tattoos don’t necessarily feel good. Finally one of the biggest ones to consider, are you prepared to deal with possible consequences that may arise out of getting a tattoo? Think about the future. Most jobs frown upon tattoos and will not hire you if you have one visible. AROUND JHS / SPYGLASS FEB 2009 11


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“What is your impression of Barack Obama’s inauguration as President of the United States?” “I enjoyed the parade and liked Obama’s daughters. All in all it was very captivating.” - Akilah Medlock “I’m very happy to have such an attractive, intelligent president now.”Carly Mae Deburger “I don’t think Obama knows how to dance, but overall it was great and showed that America is striving for improvement.” -Sheriddan Robinson “Since Barack Obama is going to be president for the next four years, we should respect him, whether we like it or not.” -Levi Adams “It was a historic moment that I’m glad I could have been a part of. Its something I’ll be able to tell my grandkids about.”Dane Kolkmeyer “I was completely excited. This was a huge deal, a time of change that America was wanting.” -Mr. Brown “Obama becoming president is very important to me as an African American, and I’m sure to many others. Him in office shows how far our country has come since the ‘60’s during the Civil Rights movement and all the racial hatred. Seeing him in office gives me hope that as an African American I can become something more than what is expected of me. Obama’s change and hope is something that our country strongly needs. He reminds me of John F. Kennedy who once said, “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.” -Shelby Fowler “It’s not really who I wanted to win, but there’s nothing I can really do about that. I respect the fact that he is president and I think everyone else should too.” -Jeffery Wright “I really liked it. His speech was very inspiring. The way he spoke of the American spirit, and the American Way, helped me imagine an America ready for change.” -Erin Snyder “The parties, both republicans and democrats, came together to listen to the new president, Obama, speak with such articulation. He spoke of hope, peace, and equality for all.”Mrs. Gustad “This event was history magic! America is ready for a new kind of government.”Amie Mays I thought the transition of power went well. I am very hopeful that he (Barack Obama) can do something to help our economy.” -Mr.Reed “This inauguration was the best I have ever seen. Obama and his speech were filled with goodness, hope, love, and respect. It was the best!” -Mrs. Wrona “This presidential inauguration was a very sobering moment for all of us. I was especially struck by the emotions shown by all groups of people. A joyous, history- making event is not an every day occurrence. Even the mix-up by Chief Justice Roberts was allowed to slide quietly into history (later corrected). I’m extremely happy that Barack Obama is our new president. Our society does not seem so obsessed with barriers any more. We will be the land of the free eventually.” -Mr. Livingston 12 SPYGLASS FEB 2009 /JHS SPEAKS Our Say - the editorial page Joplin R-VIII FBLA GUEST EDITORIAL by Andrew Childs and Kayleigh Shuler New president brings hope for new attitudes The fact that there are many people in need throughout our community and country is a problem that seldom registers in the minds of most of our nation’s youth. We have become a collection of people who see altruism as a lost cause, a generation that sees charity as a sacrifice, and a school that sees volunteering as a way to appeal to colleges. All too often we think of clinics, establishments, and centers but rarely of people. In his inaugural address, President Barack Obama called for the citizens of our nation to take action to change this trend. He said that all Americans, “have duties to ourselves, our nation and the world, duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing... so defining of our character than giving our all.... This is the price and the promise of citizenship.” Students at Joplin High School are beginning to realize that giving a helping hand is a rewarding experience. The Joplin FBLA community service program started this school year with a new focus on non-profit organizations. The members have served food at Soul’s Harbor, “Trick or Treated” and “caroled” for canned goods, and raised money for Crossline Food Ministries in an effort to start a school wide movement of caring about our community’s people. We should all take note of this effort and open our eyes and hearts to those in need. Be the change you want to see by Brenda White Hats off to America. No matter your politics, how could you help but feel the excitement, the soaring spirits that surrounded the historic election and inauguration of our new president? Infectious as it is, how can you escape the optimism so obvious on the faces of onlookers who were lucky enough to witness the event firsthand? Around the world, people are happy for us, smiling in their hearts for us. Maybe they are hoping, as we are, for America to regain her glory, her status, her influence. After all, she is generous and thoughtful at her core as well as a tough cookie on her face. She is, alongside all else that is true about her, the most powerful nation on earth. The historical aspect of this election has been beaten nearly into cliché, so I won’t dwell on that. However, new starts -- many new starts -- are what this administration is about. New ways of thinking, of tackling issues, of solving problems. Fresh ideas, perspectives, outlooks. Tackling issues head-on with policy based on the collective experience, knowledge, and intuition of a new generation of political thinkers. Despite all the hype and the buzzwords, some things look pretty grim in these United States right now. Money has tightened up and in places jobs are drying up. We have huge issues. How can we, a few people, make a difference in the bigger scheme of things? Volunteerism is our vehicle. Times are not as bad now as they have been in the past, but we can bring forward some lessons from those bitter times. When we help each other, we help ourselves. Does your neighbor need help with her yard, or does the shelter or Ronald McDonald House need someone to run errands or do chores? Then volunteer. Can you provide supplies, support, expertise to a neighbor, friend, stranger, club, organization? Chip in. Invest your time working to make someone else’s life better. Remember, what goes around comes around. It’s a new day. No, it’s a new decade. So, in the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and President Obama, find a way to dedicate yourself to doing good, to helping others, to solving problems, to finding a better way. When we are successful, we will have earned not only self-respect but respect from our fellow Americans and our neighbors around the world with our willingness to sacrifice when needed, to work harder when required, to give more when asked. Don’t be excited today and forgetful tomorrow. Make the most out of this tidal wave of optimism and hope that we are riding now and just do your part. You’ll be glad you did. plays the name game by Aaron Murray, Spyglass staff Well, with the construction of a new middle school underway, as well as a few repairs to some that desperately need it, one would have to think that the school board would just got ahead and renovate and rename the middle schools as a whole, like an effort to make Joplin schools newer, right? Well, apparently not. In a Joplin R-VIII board meeting on Monday, January 12, the board voted unanimously to leave the school names the way they are. Superintendent C.J. Huff had proposed to name the middle schools after notable Joplinites. The suggested names were Lena Beal South Middle School, Marion Dial East Middle School and John Malang North Middle School. But nothing came of it, since the board gave the motion a big thumbs down. Honestly, why name these schools after these rather obscure people from Joplin’s past? It’s not like renaming the schools after them would really matter anyway. No one would ever say that they ended their middle school career at “Lena Beal South Middle School in Joplin, Missouri.” That just sounds so lame! Instead, your average, normal person would say that they attended “South Middle School.” Actually, not even South Middle School. Just South. And on another note, what about the famous Joplin people that are well known? Why not “Langston Hughes North Middle School” instead of “John Malang North Middle School”? What was the problem with the Memorial Middle School, anyway? Did they really need to shut it down and convert it into something else rather than leave it the way it was or just repair it? Memories have been made in this school! From its old days as Parkwood High to its short conversion as a middle school, it was fine just the way it was. You know, instead of building a new middle school, why don’t we send those funds elsewhere into our public education system? There’s always room for improvement, and this presents no exception. Take, for instance, the weights in the weights room. Some of these weights, the dead weight circlets, are covered with a coating of rubber to protect bystanders in case you can’t handle the weight and drop it. But, some of this coating has come off of half the weights, and could possibly present a danger to someone standing by. And, could we possibly try to pay teachers a little bit more? I mean, they educate the doctors and the lawyers and the people we pay thousands of dollars to so that they can protect us in just the slightest bit discomfort, so shouldn’t we thank them for doing what they do, which is providing a future for everyone they meet on the job site? So, all in all, the educational decisions being made in Joplin are very poor, and a lot of the time I find myself disagreeing with what has been done and thinking of a better idea that could have been decided. Who knows, maybe I’m just tutoring these ideas to my specific interests, but in the end I think that some of these ideas could have been done just a bit better than they already are. EDITORIAL / SPYGLASS FEB 2009 13


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JHS Newspapers Spirit Cheerleaders promoted by Pep Club recognized 1968-1977 at Arkansas Memorial battles Warriors Saturday Eagles to face be ars Student Power Parkwood Highschool Spectator Staff member 1976 University aptrholgertgairmcowing in grid contest Eagles whip Parkwoodtonight “Students are no longer sitting quietly in straight classroom rows. They are rising, speaking out, and moving to the other side of the desk. The social revolution has reached the high school,” wrote Dr. Kenneth L. Fish, author of “Conflict and Dissent in the High School.” “What are students saying? What is it all about… school protests range from peaceful one-day demonstrations such as the boycott by forty junior high school girls… to wild rampages of hundreds of students in inner city schools…” Students, in the past decade, are no longer quietly abiding by cultural standards set by their parents. During the [tumultuous] period of the 1960’s spreading into the early 1970’s, American students, both high school and college, received worldwide attention for their political activism. Beginning on college campuses, high school students soon followed their older brothers and sisters in demanding cultural change. Focusing on civil rights, college and high school students sponsored sitins”, demonstrations, and student strikes to bring their point across to the “establishment.” Most high school conflicts, according to Dr. Fish, a high school principal who earned his Doctorate in Education from Harvard University, areracerelated.“Thespecificprovocationsofprotestsinschoolsthroughout the country include recurrent themes… The ‘no-black cheerleader’ is a classic. Another is the denial of the request to have an exclusive, all black organization for black students. Overly-restrictive dress codes are another, as are suppression of the underground newspaper. Inadequate emphasis upon black history and black culture is common complaint.” Aerosmith’s latest album declared best AEROSMITH’S LATEST RELEASE, “Rocks,” is considered by many to be one of their best recordings. Available in quadraphonic as well as stereo, “Rocks” features “good rhythm and lots of guitar.” In the early days before there was an AEROSMITH; Tom Hamilton and Joe Perry were playing in a group called JAM BAND. The pair came across a sensational singer, Stephen Tyler, who has already recorded with a group called CHAIN REACTION. Joe, Tom and Steve found they had it all together, and soon after they added guitarist Brad Whitford and drummer Joey Kramer, AEROSMITH was born. Since AEROSMITH has begun, they have recorded four albums. The first and the most mellow, “Aerosmith’s Dream On.” The second recording about a year later was, “Toys in the Attic” when their hit singles “Big Ten Inch” and “Sweet Emotion.” Their third album, “Get Your Wings” finally gets the AEROSMITH style. “Train Kept a Rollin,” its hit single has a quick beat and an unreal guitar solo. AEROSMITH’s best and most recent sound “Rocks,” is all rock with good rhythm and lots of guitar. Joe Perry and Brad Whitney on guitar will blow you away, if you like gutsy rock. “Last Child” AEROSMITH’s latest hit has been on the charts for weeks. It and “Back in the Saddle” are probably the two best songs on the album. “Back in the Saddle” will undoubtedly be it’s second hit single. (There) are three mellow songs, “Home Tonight, “ “Lick and a Promise,” and “Combination” have good lyrics and enough guitar to keep them interesting. Perhaps the least popular songs are “Rats in the Cellar” and “Sick as a Dog.” They both tend to be monotonous. The other two songs, “Nobody’s Fault” and “Get the Lead Out” gives everyone in the group to show their talents, and they really get down. Stephen sings in agony while the boys play their hardest. Columbia also printed AEROSMITH’s “Rocks” in Quadraphonic as well as two channel. 14 SPYGLASS FEB 2009 / DECADE BLAST FROM THE PAST / SPYGLASS FEB 2009 15


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HOROSCOPES By Qwyntnn Brown Aquarius: January 21- February 18 In the last month you have made it a point to start letting people around you know that you value their friendship. This is by far one of the greatest things you could do to build an even closer friendship, and by building a closer friendship you are sure to make these friends last for a lifetime. Pisces: February 19- March 20 You have finally accepted those that may be a little different from yourself. This will build strong friendships. Accepting others is key to accepting the differences and imperfections in yourself. Aries: March 21- April 20 If others are happy your mood will surely fall under that happiness category. Happiness spreads like wildfire, so if you’re around it you’re sure to become in possession of a smile. Taurus: April 21- May 21 You are still doing well in your relationship, but don’t lose sight of your priorities. Although it may seem that your “significant other” is your top priority that simply isn’t the case. School is your top priority or at least it should be. My advice to you is love is good but don’t be “dumb in love”. Gemini: May 21- June 21 Make sure to keep you friends close and you enemies even closer this month. Although high school can be fairly hard to handle at times and you may think everybody is your enemy. You need to realize that this simply isn’t the case! Even though you may think your situation is the worst in history, there has always been someone somewhere who has been through the exact same thing you have been through. Cancer: June 22- July 22 You have finally started to put the past behind you and getting over it more and more with each passing day is a great strategy. It is always easier for are hearts to heal and for our minds to broaden, when we wean ourselves off of something that brings us down and depresses us. Leo: July 23- August 23 You have finally gotten back to normal; everything has finally fallen back into place. Now that you have put your happiness above the happiness of others, the stress has finally subsided. If you keep up the good work more fruits of your labor are sure to flourish. Virgo: August 24- September 2 You have started living life to the fullest, but start to go out and meet new people. Meeting new people and experiencing new things in life is sure to bring happiness to your life. Libra: September 23- October 23 You have finally gotten your priorities in order. When people thought that you would never be able to get back on track again, you finally did it. One thing that you need to work on is your temper sometimes the things you say get in the way of other people being happy. Work on your temper and you are sure to be happier than you ever have been! Scorpio: October 24- November 22 Staying out of the drama that comes along with high school is becoming a natural way of life in recent days. If you stick to your problems and not worry about the problems of all the people that surround you, the rest of the year is sure to be a cakewalk. Sagittarius: November 23- December 21 Make sure to have fun, but be safe while having fun. Don’t stay out late on school nights it could affect your work. Stick to your conscience on what is right and what is wrong. Don’t let the differentiation between the two become hazed. Capricorn: December 22- January 20 You have been taking more time to yourself to enjoy the things in life that make you time worth living. Keep this “wake-up and smell the flowers” attitude. If you do, your life is sure to be filled with happiness. Trendsetters Resale Boutique Opens February 1 116 N. Rangline Rd. Ste 101 Joplin, MO 64801 417-625-1933 Trendsettersresaleboutique.blogspot.com Trendsetters is a resale boutique specializing in young adult clothing We will sell new and used clothes and will be buying outright as well We will have name brand clothing in excellent condition Time to clean out your closets and make some money! We will buy outright! Brands Hollister AE TrueReligion Juicy Abercrombie Seven Jeans and more School Discount Days- 10% off if you show your school ID Monday – Joplin Schools Tuesday – Webb City Wednesday – Carl Junction Thursday – Neosho & McDonald County Friday – MSSU, NEO, Crowder and Pittstate 16 SPYGLASS FEB 2009 / NOTE TO SELF



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