Spyglass: Volume XXIV | Issue III | December 2008


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Joplin SpyglassHigh School Volume XXIV Issue 3 DECEMBER 2008 Swimming Senior Kayleigh Shuler Spotlight Senior Daniel Friskey Guidance Heck of a good Day In Review


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Spyglass student spotlights Basketball: Matt McCreary Page 5 Junior: Tanner Gadberry Page 5 Senior: Daniel Friskey Page 7 Swimming: Kayleigh Shuler Page 9 recipes Christmas English Toffee Page 4 Forgotten Cookies Page 5 Holiday Cracker Dip Page 10 Chocolate Chip Cookies Page 10 Noodle Kugel Page 11 Blended Potato Latkes Page 11 “SPOTLIGHT ON FRISKEY” Front page photo By John Bulter around campus ★Anatomy Class Page 5 ★... a few of our favorite things Page 10 ★Christmas a new way Page 11 ★Dark Knight Page 12 ★DVD releases Page 12 ★CD releases Page 12 ★John Lennon Tribute Page 13 ★Decade Pages Pages 14-15 ★Horoscopes Page 16 ★Club Meetings Page 16 teachers and staff ★Coach Mac ★Mrs. Day Page 4 Page 6 News Editor: 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: Design Editor: Nikki Burkett Qwyntnn Brown Staff Reporters, Photographers, Designers: John Butler Mary Beth Roush Aaron Murray Hunter Dowell


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Who knew? Spyglass Poinsettias being sold by Franklin Technology Center Just in time for Christmas a classic flower blooms at FTC Compiled by Mary Beth Roush The Franklin Technology Center is currently selling poinsettias. They are for sale at $10 each if you order less than 10. If you order more than 10 then they will be $8 each. So far, 300 of the plants have been sold. The three different colors of poinsettia that you can order are red, white, and pink. To order, call (417) 625-5268 or e-mail at rcommons@joplin.k12.mo.us. The poinsettias will be available untill they are gone. Any poinsettias that are left over will be sent home with the students for their families. Photo by Randy Commons Students (left to right) Faith Mowry, Kelsey Pace, Zoe Mowry, and Paula Spina show poinsettias to be sold by FTC class. Guess who’s coming to dinner? December 2008 3 Photo by Mary Beth Roush Travis Zeyn (left) played Sheridan Whiteside in the production “The Man Who Came to Dinner”. The wild and energetic Banjo, played by Brad White, is carrying around the nurse, Miss Preen, played by Mollie Sanders. Photo by Aaron Murray Junior Mackenszie Roberts stacks food for the Joplin High School Key Club, which they will donate to the needy at Christmastime this year.


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4 Spyglass December 2008 From the Staff “ I have always liked adventures and seeing new things, and sucking the marrow out of life as Henry David Thoreau says.” Chrsitmas English Toffee From the kitchen of: Coach Mac 1/4 cup of water 4 sticks of butter chopped pecans (opt.) 2 cups sugar 6 Hershey bars 1. Melt four sticks of butter in 1/4 cup water in medium sized pan on low heat. Stir in 2 cups sugar, stirring constantly with wooden spoon 2. Bring up to 298 degrees on a candy thermometer. 3. Pour onto cookie sheet. (careful its hot!) 4. Spread 6 Hershey bars evenly over the toffee. Spread melted chocolate evenly with butter knife. Add chopped pecans (optional). 5. Place in refrigerator for one hour. Enjoy! Photo by Nikki Burkett Coach Mac teaches his fouth hour AP Lit class. One Of A Kind By Nikki Burkett There are people that you meet during your lifetime that you know are one of a kind and you will never forget them. Thomas MacQueeney is one of those people. He is fondly known through out the halls of JHS as Coach Mac. MacQueeney was born in Virginia to a sports loving father who stressed education. He attended Bishop O’Connell, a Catholic school in Arlington, Virginia, for his elementary education and later went on to Mary Washington University in Fredericksburg, Virginia where he played soccer and majored in English. After finishing his B. A. in English, he continued on to graduate school at Oklahoma University where he received his Master’s. He taught eighth grade in Virginia and then moved on to teaching high school and has been teaching high school ever since 1984. After college MacQueeney’s adventurous side took over. MacQueeney and his college buddy Dale Williams hitchhiked from Virginia to California and back. California proved to be a great place for MacQueeney and his love for surfing. “ I have surfed a lot of different beaches of the world just because I love it.” His passion for surfing and scuba diving took him all over the world to places like Baja Mexico, Hawaii, Florida, and Cape Hatteras North Carolina, Bermuda, and the Caribbean. “ I have always liked adventures and seeing new things, and sucking the marrow out of life as Henry David Thoreau says.” His love of nature followed him through out life. While in Boston visiting his grandparents, MacQueeney saw an ad for a teaching job in New Hampshire. He went to an interview and got the job. He found himself living only eight miles from the famous poet Robert Frost’s house. “ I loved Robert Frost (always did) and there I was living near his house. It was kind of like fate.” He began to hike the small 4,000-foot mountains, ski and snowboard everyday loving every single moment of it. After moving to Missouri he had to find better things to climb. “ I try to do the Colorado’s 14,000 footers with Kez. Every summer we go out hike a few of those.” You can sum up MacQueeney’s life in four words: books, sports, nature and relationships. The most important thing, he has discovered is relationships. He thrives off of bouncing ideas off of Kez at work, and the students who share their thoughts in class. He says there is not a thing that is more important than relationships. Drawing by Mary Beth Roush


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Around JHS Spyglass December 2008 5 Ever wondered what’s in your kitty? By Aaron Murray Every year, students in Jay Reed’s anatomy class learn about the human body and all it’s functions and systems, even the bones and muscles. And the only way to get a good view at any types of muscles is to cut open the skin and get a good look. To save the gruesome self-mutilation, and owing to the fact a cadaver in the High School would be majorly creepy, Reed instead orders dead cats. The students dissect for two weeks, until the beginning of Christmas break. Photo by Aaron Murray Jamie Orlando and Max Mammelle locate muscles on Greta, their dissected cat. Greta is just one of 16 cats dissected in Mr. Reed’s anatomy class this year. Lights, Camera, LIGHTS By: Nikki Burkett While most sophomores are worrying about getting through math class, and finally getting used to the building, David Purser is dreaming about his next big project. David is now the lighting designer and lighting crew chief for JHS’ theatre department. The fall show of this year, “The Man Who Came To Dinner”, was David’s first show of designing lights by himself. As a freshman last year, David was the apprentice for J.J. Winfrey. David learned how to place, design and run the light board, learning all the while how to be a good lighting chief. Now it’s David’s turn to experiment and make the lights his own. “ Fox Navara (David’s friend) invited me to one of her plays in Carthage, and J.J. (Winfrey) was in the show. He said I should do lights for the high school and so… I did.” David loves working on the lights for the high schools shows. “Lights are my passion,” he says. He does everything from designing the lighting patterns for each show to climbing up the ladder and placing the lights himself. “ I love working lights because I love the power. Lights are a very powerful thing, and I love being in charge of them.” And it is a large responsibility placing, fixing, and running lights during each show David and his lights are as much a part of the shows as the lead character. Not every leader has to be on stage and out in the open, often you find the best leaders are the moving force behind the scenes. Hometown holiday hero FORGOTTENCOOKIES From the kitchen of: BWhite Instructions: By Qwyntnn Brown Junior Tanner Gadberry plays football in the fall and is very involved in his studies at JHS. His dad is currently enlisted in the army branch of the military, and has been for seventeen years. Every year for the last past six years his dad has left around this time, missing Christmas. “My dad has missed the last past five birthdays and Christmases,” Gadberry said. “It is frustrating that I don’t get to see him but there are other people that have to be over there too, I have definitely gained more respect for my dad,” Gadberry said. Tanner’s dad is overseas in Afghanistan now for the second time. This is his sixth tour in the Middle East in the last six years. In the last six years he has dotted the Middle East from Afghanistan to Iraq for three tours, Kosovo last year, and back to Afghanistan on November 8, which is eight days before Tanner’s Birthday. Although his father only goes in six to nine month intervals, he has left every year since the war has started. “If I didn’t know what I was doing with my life I might join the military.” Gadberry said. A dad with a military background has gained a lot of respect from his son. Gadberry said. “This whole thing has definitely made me look up to my dad more.” 2 egg whites 1/8 tsp. salt -----2/3 cup sugar 6-oz chocolate chips 1 cup pecans 1 tsp. vanilla 1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. 2. Beat the egg whites with salt until stiff. 3. Gradually add the sugar and beat some more. The mixture will be shiny and form stiff peaks. 4. Fold in the chocolate chips, pecans, and vanilla. 5. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet. Immediately put in the oven and TURN OFF THE OVEN. Close door and leave overnight or until oven is cold. Do not open the oven door during this period.


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6 One heck Spyglass December 2008 Guiding Light of a Day By Mary Beth Roush Sue Day has been counseling at Joplin High School for the past 13 years. She started working at Franklin Tech in 1988. Seven years later she came over to the Joplin High building to counsel. Counseling has its rewards and it’s downfalls. Day talked about how counselors had plenty of paper work to do when they didn’t have student visitors. “The most rewarding part is the students because no two students are the same. Just when you get discouraged a student does something that makes you say ‘never give up on a kid’ because they’re so resilient; it’s just unbelievable how they can just make your day… I think they make our day as much as we help them.” There is a lot of training to become a counselor but even after that there is still much to be learned while on the job. One of the big lessons to be learned is judgment by appearance. “You remember when you deal with kids, never judge anybody by their appearance, and I think that no matter how much we try to do this, we’re all too guilty of seeing somebody at the mall who’s got tattoos up and down their arm and making a judgment.” Although counseling may be a very rewarding job, like all jobs, there are times when it can be a bit tough. Day stated that the hardest time as a counselor was at the beginning of the school year with all the schedule change requests. Many don’t realize how many students need a schedule change when the year begins. “When you start at the first of the year… we’d probably see an average of ten kids an hour, which is a lot for the day… I think the schedule changing, for me, is the most stressful, only because you know that having that schedule right and having Photo by Mary Beth Roush Sue Day enjoys a conversation with Jaymes Wright during a break from a makeup PLAN test. those kids in with the teachers they want to be with and that they can relate to is so important to their success.” Besides counseling, Day had a few other jobs that she believes would be fun and interesting. Some of the kids that visit her in her office had a good suggestion. “When I first started counseling, one of the first things the kids would say, because I was pretty good on the computer at that time, and they would say ‘You don’t have to be a counselor, you can become a secretary!” In Sue Day’s time, job opportunities had little variety. Although she enjoys being a counselor, she didn’t have a lot to choose from when it came to job choices. “There weren’t a lot of choices… as a female you we either a teacher, or a secretary, or a nurse.” Day had to go through a lot of college education become a counselor. Though it may not be necessarily difficu training but it is definitely a lot of time spent for training. “You have to have 48 hours of master’s degree program in guidance and, believe it or not, counseling is the only job education that requires a masters except for administrators.” AMISH BAKED OATMEAL 3 cups uncooked oatmeal (quick is okay) 1 cup sugar 1 stick butter, melted From the kitchen of: BWhite 2 tsp. baking powder 1-1/2 tsp. salt 2 eggs 2 tsp. vanilla Mix everything together in a bowl and spread in a 9x13 pan. Bake for 30-35 minutes at 350 degrees until it is browned around the edges. To serve, spoon out into a bowl, add warm milk and fruit, if desired. Enjoy! Great for a crowd. . SPICY CHICKEN DIP From the kitchen of: Sue Day 2-8 oz. packages and 1-3 0z. packages cream cheese 1/2 cup sour cream 1 small can diced green chiles 1/2 cup diced red onion 1 t. chili powder 1 cup cooked diced chicken breast 1/4 cup jalapenos 1/2 cup medium picante sauce Tortilla chips Mix all ingredients together: Chill for a couple of hours and serve with tortilla chips. For a quicker version, you can use a can of shredded chicken instead of the diced chicken breast. For a low fat version, use fat free cream cheese and sour cream and serve baked tortilla chips. It is extra pretty with colored tortilla chips.


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In the spotlight Spyglass December 2008 7 Photo By John Butler “Everything that I play just comes out the way that it does. I don’t necessarily have a set genre I want to play. I just let it go as it goes.” Catchjune: an experiment gone right! By John Butler “Since I was little, I always had a love for music. My parents bought me a bass guitar for Christmas one year and the next year they bought me an acoustic guitar. One night I was talking to a friend on the phone and she asked me to play her a song. It really took off from there.” A musician’s name is almost important as the actual music. The name is usually the first thing fans hear before even hearing a song. “I originally came up with a name that I didn’t like at all and I wanted something new that was motivational. That’s where the catch part came from. I threw June in there basically because a lot of good things happened to me in June.” Like any artist, they gather their inspiration from other group’s music and everyday encounters “I get most of my inspiration from other bands, any band that has good lyrics that I can relate to really inspires me.” His music can be described as simply acoustic. Friskey said, “Everything that I play just comes out the way that it does. I don’t necessarily have a set genre I want to play. I just let it go as it goes” Friskey has only been doing Catchjune for about half a year. “I’ve really only been doing this since this past summer, so maybe 5 or 6 months. Not too long.“ He plans to continue it as long as people still listen to him. Touring usually comes hand and hand with someone who plays music. Friskey said, “I’ve definitely considered playing shows. I’m not really happy with how I sound now. Maybe later when I get better I’ll play a show or two.” Nowadays, anyone with a computer and a guitar can make music. Most artist record they’re songs and put out an E.P, a CD that contains more music than a single but is too short to qualify as a full-length album, to distribute and get their music noticed. “I have a cheap 20 dollar Wal-mart mic and my dad’s laptop to record. If my music progresses and gets better I will probably go and record professionally. But until then I’m going to continue to record the way that I am now.” When playing and recording music, your choice of musical instruments is very crucial. “I have a Kay acoustic that I use, it’s the only one I have besides the bass.” Friskey’s music is that of a simple arrangement, using guitar, keyboards, vocals, and the occasional double tracking of vocals to emphasize words in the lyrics. “My music is pretty basic, nothing too complex about it. Simple would be the best way to describe it.” You can check out Catchjune at www.myspace.com/catchjune. Europe 2009 Sign up now! Price increase on December 20 See Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris, and London Contact White A219 MacQueeney 209


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8 For the LGOAVMEEof the Spyglass December 2008 Who knew? By Aaron Murray The Eagles have had a phenomenal basketball season so far, going undefeated, as they rise through the ranks of high school sport. Junior Matt McCreary is a guard for the JHS basketball team. Matt has dedicated himself to the sport that he loves. “We should be an excellent team this year,” says McCreary. “ And I hope we can make a run at a spot in the Final Four of the State Tournament in Columbia.” McCreary plays guard for the team, and according to him, he is the “little guy on the team.” Now, if you’ve ever seen Matt McCreary, you know he’s not exactly the little guy of anything, measuring in somewhere around 6’5”. McCreary has been playing basketball for quite some time, since about the age of 6. “I’ve been playing basketball for as long as I can remember,” McCreary says. “I started organized basketball at the Joplin Family YMCA over ten years ago.” Maybe that could explain his passion for the sport, but McCreary says that he got his love of the game, and all of its glory, from his father. “My dad gave me a lot of things, but one of the gifts I am especially thankful for is his love of the game. And his height, too.” But apparently, the love of the game has only shown itself in one of the three McCreary offspring, as neither of his brothers have shown any real interest in the game. But what about the rest of the team? No one man can stand alone and play a good game of basketball against another full team. McCreary had this to say about his fellow players. “We are a fairly inexperienced team. Only four players have gotten serious varsity action. Every game the team will get a little more experience and a little more comfortable out on the court.” Is McCreary single-mindedly a basketball player? Yes, in fact, he is. When asked if he played any other sports, all he had to say was, “No, not very well.” But McCreary isn’t all just basketball, basketball, basketball. He has a life outside of the court. So what does he do when not chasing the ball? “I just do normal stuff,” he says. “Play video games, watch television, procrastinate on homework. What every other high school kid does.” Everyone in encouraged to join the basketball team. Matt had this to say for those of you who wish to join the team: “Most players forget that basketball is just a game that is played for fun. When it gets to be work and isn’t fun anymore, then kids need to remember why they are playing the game.” So remember, those of you who want to play basketball, and those of you who do, just have fun with it! It’s a game, not a job. “My dad gave me a lot of things, but one of the gifts I am especially thankful for is his love of the game. And his height, too.” Photo by Aaron Murray Matt McCreary juggles random objects in Upper A Hall. McCreary is looking forward to the JHS basketball season this year. RECIPE NAME Streuseled Sweet Potaotoes From the kitchen of: Matt McCreary 5lbs Sweet potatoes of equal size 1/2 cup Choped Almonds Olive Oil 1/3 all purpose flour 1/3 cup Cane Syrup 1/3 light-borwn sugar 1/2 lb. Kosher salt 1/2 lb tsp ground cinnamon 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper 3 T cold cup unsalted butter Heat Oven to 350. Rub potatoes with oil. roast in oven for 60 minutes. Let potatoes stand to cool and then raise oven temp to 375. Meanwhile, heat butter, syrup, salt, and pepper in a small bowl over medium heat, whisk to combine. Open potatoes and scoop out insides into large bowl: drizzle mixture over potatoes; mix well. Transfer to 1 1/2 quart casserole dish.In another bowl, combine nuts, flour, cinnamon, and a pinch of salt. Add butter and rub in until streusel forms with clumps. Sprinkle over sweet potatoes. Bake 35 minutes, or until streusel is brown. .


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Student Spotlight Spyglass December 2008 9 Swimming through life “I think we rock!” By Hunter Dowell “You are all alone, and you’re under water so you can’t hear anything. You can think about your day, and chill out.” Senior Kayleigh Shuler transcends while talking about her experiences swimming here at Joplin High School. The fourth year swimmer has been challenging herself all her life. Her freshman year she started really getting into swimming, “Actually I joined cross-country and this girl on the cross-country team, Lacey Carnahan, whose mom is the swimming coach, talk me into it.” She said that she was very reluctant, “I was very afraid, and didn’t want to do it...” Seems like this fish out of water made the right choice, for she goes on to say, “I ended up joining it, and here I am fours years later, and I love it!” Kayleigh’s years of swimming have led her to one conclusion, that the team here at JHS has changed her life. She concludes, obviously, that, “I think we rock! We are pretty much the best swim team ever! We have a really good swim team this year, we got a lot of new people, and some experienced people, so, I think we are going to do very well.” She might be a little facetious, but she really meant it. Kayleigh works very hard at whatever she does and swimming is no exception. She says that meets are very exciting but stressful; in fact she calls most of them “...intimidating!” But she still has her favorite meet. “Conference is definitely my favorite, because it’s at the end of the season, it’s everything you have been working for. That’s where you get to show your stuff, and you see whose been really training hard from the beginning.” She then exclaims her least favorite, the most stressful and intimidating, “The Pentathlon!” It sounds pretty scary, she goes on to explain, “At this one you have to swim a hundred of every stroke, even if you are the slowest person ever at it and you know you are going to get disqualified, you still have to swim it.” She describes the meet as “...very grueling!” While being stressed with the “grueling” meets she has placed at Conference. She also exclaims that she does have a few medals that she is very proud of. Kayleigh seems to have a caseload while working her hardest on cross-country and swimming, but she says her academics do not take the back seat. “It does get hard in the middle of the season because it just wears you out.” Kayleigh’s schedule is exhausting, “Whenever I get home, we practice for two hours every day so, by the time I get home from Southern it’s usually almost six, then all I want to do is eat, because I get starved whenever I swim. After a snack or dinner I sleep. It becomes a challenge; it’s all about finding the balance, and catching up on the weekends.” Kayleigh then protests that none of her classes have been interfered with yet, she says laughing, “I haven’t had a problem yet, but get back to me in the middle of December whenever we’re doing grueling workouts then I bet I will be changing my mind.” Unfortunately, Kayleigh’s plans after high school do not involve swimming as a career or in college. “I just like to do it for fun. I think I’ll swim for the rest of my life, because it’s a great way to stay in shape, a great exercise. I’m not going to swim in college or anything like that.” When first asked about her future she responses with an, “Oh, crap! Does anyone really know?” She laughs. But she does have a bright view on what her future holds, “Right now I am trying to get this scholarship to St. Louis University, and I want to be a Speech Pathologist, that’s what I want to be today.” She explains that it could change. “You know, last week I wanted to be a whale trainer at Sea World, and a couple of weeks ago I wanted to be a teacher.” Ocean Water Ingredients List 3 tablespoons water 2 tablespoons sugar 1 teaspoon imitation coconut extract 2 drops blue food coloring Instructions 1. Combine the water and the sugar in a small bowl. Microwave for 30-45 seconds, then stir to dissolve all of the sugar. Allow this syrup to cool. 2. Add coconut extract and food coloring to the cooled syrup.stir well. 3. Combine the syrup with two 12-ounce cans of cold Sprite. Divide and serve. NO BAKE COOKIES From the kitchen of: BWhite 2 cups sugar 4 Tbsp. cocoa 1 Tbsp. vanilla 1/2 cup milk 1/2 cup peanut butter 1 stick butter, softened 3 cups oats Boil sugar, milk, butter, and cocoa for 1-1/2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in remaining ingredients. Drop on waxed paper and chill.


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10 Spyglass These are a few of OUR favorite things The Spyglass Staff has decided to show you, the reader, a few of their favorite gifts they want for the holidays. Qwyntnn Brown Nikki Burkett 1968 Convertible Shelby Mustang Apple iphone Macbookair New Car preferably one that works New Phone One that is not cracked MONEY Hunter Dowell Wreck This Journel by Keri Smith Tales of Beedle the Bard by J. K. Rowling Will & Grace season 8 Mary Beth Roush A new gaming PC computer Photoshop Painting kit with lots of brushes and acrylics John Butler Nikon D90 Epiphone EJ-200 Acoustic Guitar MXL V63M Studio Condenser Microphone Aaron Murray iDog soft speaker Racheal Ray 365: No repeats— A year of delicious dinners. Singstar: I love the 80’s December 2008 Note to Self From the Kitchen of... Spyglass wirters release thier great Holiday recipes Holiday Cracker Dip From the kitchen of: Qwyntnn Brown • 2 packages cream cheese • 3⁄4 cup sour cream • 6-7 green onion stalks cut into slices • 2 packages of beef deli meat cut into small squares • Ritz crackers Add cream cheese to small bowl, mix until softened. Add sour cream to softened cream cheese. Add in both green onion slices and deli meat squares and your dip is finished. Serve with Ritz crackers and enjoy! Serves 10-15 people CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES From the kitchen of: Mary Beth Roush Party Ryes From the kitchen of: John Butler • 3⁄4 cup white sugar • 1 tsp vanilla • 3⁄4 cup brown sugar • 1 tsp baking soda • 2 eggs • 1⁄2 tsp salt • 1 cup butter, softened • 2 1⁄4 cup flour (2 sticks) • 2 cups chocolate chips Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Mix all ingredients. Scoop cookie dough in a spoon or cookie scoop and place in pan 1 1/2 inches apart from eachother. Bake for 10 - 13 minutes or until slightly browned on top. Ingredients List • 1-pound regular pork sausage • 1/2 pound of hamburger • 1-teaspoon oregano • 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce • 1/2 teaspoon of sweet basil • 1-pound Velveeta Instructions Cook meat and drain. Melt cheese and stir all ingredients to- gether then cool. Spread on small party rye cocktail bread. Bake at 350 for approximately 10 min. Can be made ahead and frozen prior to baking. Serves 15-20 people Serves 15-30 people


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Who knew? Spyglass Hanukah: the miracle of oil Merry Christmas! This is something we hear almost every day around this time of year, but what about other holidays? Hanukah is right around this time of year, and yet we never hear too much about it. Is Hanukah a celebration? What does it celebrate? “Hanukah commemorates the miracle that was preformed after the destruction of the second temple,” Mr. Schnur, a teacher here at JHS, explained. “When the Romans destroyed the second temple, they used the oil that should have been used for this eternal light (Ner Tamid) that burns over the ark (the ark of the covenant).” After finding enough oil in the temple to get the lamp going again, the priest discovered they only had enough oil for one day, and to get to the oil grove and back took eight days. The miracle is that the lamp burned for all eight days of the journey, when there was only enough oil for one. Very few know the meaning of a menorah and how you light each candle. “On Hanukah you light a Menorah, and a Menorah has eight candles. One of the candles is higher than the others. The main candle is called the Shamash and it represents the one-day of oil that they had, while the other eight candles represent the days the miracle was preformed.” Something that celebrates such a miracle would seem to be a major religious holiday. However, Hanukah to Jewish people is not such a holiday. “There are two types of holidays. There are the major religious holidays and then there are festivals, Hanukah is a festival,” says Schnur. Hanukah is just one way that the diverse people of our states celebrate the holidays. With such a large population, who knows what other interesting holidays you could find? December 2008 NOODLE KUGEL From the kitchen of: Jacob Schnur 1/2 lb. noodles 3/4 stick butter 3 oz. cream cheese 1 cup apricot juice 1/2 c. sugar 3 eggs 1 cup milk Topping: 1/2 cup sugar 1 tsp. cinnamon 3/4 stick butter 2-3 cups corn flakes Çook and drain noodles; mix with butter. Cream the sugar and cheese. Beat eggs and add to cheese mixture. Add milk and juice. Put noodles in a well-greased baking dish and pour over cheese mixture. TOPPING: Mix all ingredients together well. Sprinkle over top of noodle mixture. Bake 1 hour at 350 degrees. IMPOSSIBLE CUSTARD PIE From the kitchen of: BWhite 4 eggs 3/4 cup sugar 1 tsp. vanilla 1/4 cup margarine, melted 2 cups milk 1/2 cup Bisquick 3/4 cup coconut Blend everything 1-2 minutes in a blender at moderate speed. Pour into a well-greased 9-inch pie pan. Bake 40-50 minutes at 350 degrees. Serves 6-8 11 BLENDED POTATO LATKES From the kitchen of: Jacob Schnur 2 eggs 1/2 onion 5 potatoes Dash flour or matzo meal 1 tsp. salt Dash pepper Potatoes may be peeled ahead of time, cut in cubes, and kept in cold water in refrigerator, but latkes should be made at the last minute. Drain before using. Put eggs in a blender, then onion, blend briefly. Add half the potatoes, blend just until they are chopped. Add rest of potatoes a few at a time. If blender gets too full, pout off some of mixture into bowl. Add flour, salt, and pepper. Fry in vegetable oil.


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12 LOOK FOR THESE CDs STA RT I N G DEC. 16 Spyglass December 2008 Entertainment Watch this Bat soar! By John Butler Coming out December 9th, The Dark Knight DVD arrives with tremendous hype. Calling it the best superhero movie ever seems like a little too much. Harvey Dent is Gotham City’s new district attorney, charged with cleaning up the crime rings that have paralyzed the city. He enters an uneasy alliance with the young police lieutenant, Jim Gordon and Batman the caped man who seems to trust only Gordon. They make progress until a psychotic and deadly new player enters the game: the Joker, who offers the crime bosses a solution “Kill The Batman”. Further complicating matters is that Dent is now dating Rachel Dawes, the longtime love of Batman’s alter ego, Bruce Wayne. Horton Hears a Who- December 9 Knight has major DVD features Two-disc DVD Features: *Gotham Uncovered: How Christopher Nolan and his team developed the new Bat-suit and Bat-pod and composer Hans Zimmer musically characterized the Joker’s reign of chaos. *The Dark Knight IMAX® Scenes: View these 6 action-packed sequences--shot on the largest format possible--in their original IMAX framing, just as they were intended Gotham Tonight: 6 episodes of Gotham Cable’s premier news program *The Galleries: Poster art and production stills Digital Copy of the feature film Burn After Reading - December 23 Mama Mia!- December 1 LOOK FOR THESE DVDs STARTING DECEM BER 9! Eagle Eye- December 30 Dec. 9 The Dark Knight Dec. 9 Man on Wire Dec. 9 Horton Hears a Who Dec. 16 Generation Kill, Traitor. Dec. 16 House Bunny, Mamma Mia! Dec. 16 Dec. 16 The In the Name Mummy: of The King: Tomb of A Dungeon the Dragon Siege Tale Emperor Dec. 23 American Teen, Fanboys. Dec. 23 Dec.23 Dec. 30 Dec. 30 Burn After Death Race An Ameri- The Reading & can Carol, Dutchess, Hamlet 2 Baghead, Sufer Dude Eagle Eye. & Ghost Town, Towelhead.


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Entertainment Spyglass December 2008 28 Years Later ByJohnButler 13 It started off like any other morning. John Lennon woke up, said “good morning” to his wife, read the paper and ate some breakfast. Photographer Annie Leibovitz was coming over to do a photo shoot for Rolling Stone magazine. She had promised Lennon a photo would make the cover, but wanted to get a picture with just Lennon alone. Lennon insisted that both he and his wife be on the cover, and after shooting the pictures, she then left their apartment. After the photo shoot Lennon gave an interview to San Francisco DJ Dave Sholin. At 5:00 p.m., Lennon and Ono left their apartment to mix the track “Walking on Thin Ice” at Record Plant Studio. Upon leaving the Dakota apartments, Lennon and Ono were approached by many fans seeking autographs, among them was a man named Mark David Chapman. He silently handed Lennon an album and Lennon obliged with an autograph. After signing the album Lennon asked him, “Is that all you want?” Chapman simply nodded and did not say a word. The Lennons spent several hours at the Record Plant studio before returning to the Dakota at about 10:50 p.m. Lennon decided not to eat out so he could be home in time to say goodnight to his then five-year-old son Sean before he went to sleep. They exited their limousine on 72nd Street, even though the car could have been driven into the more secure courtyard. Ono exited the limousine and Lennon followed, someone called out, “Mr. Lennon?” It was Mr. Chapman, the man seeking an autograph earlier. He had waited outside the building for Lennon’s return. He then dropped into a combat-like stance and fired five shots hitting Lennon four times. Two shots struck him in the left side of his back and two more penetrated his left shoulder. All four bullets inflicted severe gunshot wounds, with at least one of them piercing Lennon’s aorta. Lennon staggered up six steps to the security/reception area, said, “I’m shot,” and collapsed. Outside, doorman Jose Perdomo shook the gun out of Chapman’s hand then kicked it across the sidewalk. Chapman removed his coat and hat for the police arrival to show he was not carrying any other weapons and sat down on the sidewalk. Doorman Perdomo shouted at Chapman, “Do you know what you’ve done?” to which Chapman calmly replied, “Yes, I just shot John Lennon.” “Shots fired at the Dakota”. The first policemen to arrive were Steve Spiro and Peter Cullen. The officers found Chapman sitting “very calmly” on the sidewalk. Chapman had dropped the revolver to the ground and was holding a paperback book, J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye. The second team, Officers Bill Gamble and James Moran, arrived a few minutes later. They immediately carried Lennon into their squad car and rushed him to Roosevelt Hospital. They placed Lennon in the back seat. Officer Moran asked, “Do you know who you are?” Lennon nodded slightly and tried to speak, but could only manage to make a gurgling sound, and lost consciousness shortly thereafter. At 11:07 p.m. the squad car reached Roosevelt Hospital. John Winston Lennon was pronounced dead on arrival. He was 40 years old. The cause of death was reported as hypovolemic shock, caused by the loss of more than 80% of blood volume. Shortly after local news stations reported the shooting, crowds gathered at Roosevelt Hospital and in front of the Dakota, reciting prayers, singing Lennon’s songs and burning candles. After hearing the news sent by ABC News chief Roone Arledge, sports announcer Howard Cosell, who had briefly interviewed Lennon on Monday Night Football in 1974, was the first to announce the news of Lennon’s murder during a televised football game: “This, we have to say it, remember this is just a football game, no matter who wins or loses. An unspeakable tragedy, confirmed to us by ABC News in New York City: John Lennon, outside of his apartment building on the West Side of New York City, the most famous, perhaps, of all The Beatles, shot twice in the back, rushed to the Roosevelt Hospital, dead on arrival.” On 14 December 1980, millions of people around the world paused for ten minutes of silence to remember Lennon, as a request by Ono. Thirty thousand gathered in Liverpool, and over 100,000 converged in New York’s Central Park, close to the scene of the shooting. Lennon continues to be mourned throughout the world and has been the subject of numerous memorials and tributes. www.fearandloafing.com Lennon here signs an autograph for his soon-to-be assassin. “I’m not afraid of death because I don’t believe in it. It’s simply getting out of one car, and into another.” - John Lennon


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1978-198714 Spyglass December 2008 Decade Parkwood Joplin shocked by hotel cave-in by Todd Patterson (Graduate of Parkwood High School) After 80 hours of captivity within the rubble pf the Connor Hotel, Alfred Summers, 30, of Joplin was found alive in a cave of cement and dust. He was found in the basement area at approximately 3:00, Tuesday afternoon by rescue workers. After hours of work to recover Summers, he was taken to St. John’s hospital. He was in “good spirits” at the time, but complained of a damage pelvis and rib. At press time, he was listed in satisfactory condition. Weakened by the lack of support within her, the Connor Hotel collapsed without warning last Saturday at 9:15 in the morning. Three members of the demolition team were trapped in the wreckage. Rescue teams moved I and began work within minutes of the event. National Guardsmen, workers from A&A Wrecking and employees from area construction companies joined in the cleanup. Debris was carried by dump trucks to Zora and N. St. Louis Streets where it was dumped. One attempted in recovering the missing men was done Sunday when buildings to the north of the hotel were destroyed in order to provide working room. The northeast corner was cleared of debris and only workers tools were recovered. The men were not found. A few people were eyewitnesses to the hotel collapse. One of these, Todd Anderson of Joplin, described his feelings as he saw a nine-story structure fall to a two-story height. “Shock...my initial state was shock. I was fascinated as well as dumbfounded. It was unreal...petty words can’t describe it.” When asked how the entire situation progressed he said, “I was taking some shots of the Connor before it was to go down. Then I saw it fall. I ran to Spiva Park and in a split second I saw a cloud of dust. The collapse caused a short wind to pass then I looked and saw what happened.” Anderson mentioned “it seemed like slow motion as the building fell, like a minute had passed, when actually it was 4 or 5 seconds.” For the rest of the day Anderson took pictures around the site. According to Police Chief Larry Tennis things are running more smoothly then the beginning of the clean up. Improvements have also been made through the use of machinery at the site. One such example is the sound sensor device that was flown in from Philadelphia, Pa. to aid in detecting life below the rubble. Cranes, backhoes, bulldozers and loaders are being used to their maximum extent, also. Some questions are answered and new clues are being found as the disaster is being further attacked by rescue teams. Still, a large question remains; what will happen to the annex? The annex is just west of the old section of the hotel and is beginning to show signs of settling. Several have noted that the building is slightly leaning to the north. Precautions have been taken if the building decides to collapse; for instance streets are closed around the area as well as several businesses. It is still uncertain how the annex will be brought down. The death of the 70-year-old Connor has proven to be much more than expected. It has wrought astonishment, grief, excitement, and confusion within many area residents as well as people across the nation. It will certainly be a while before the memory of the Connor Hotel in it’s state of self-destruction will be erased from the minds of those many people involved. Yes that gas is 67 cents! The space shuttle, Challenger explodes killing 7 crew members. Connor Hotel aftermath. Mrs. Ideker points in rhythm. Students rehearse for the spring musical “Anything Goes” Charles Parker talks to his students in about Africa.


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The Road to Uniting Two RivalsBlast from the past Spyglass December 2008 15 Joplin High School Timeline of Interesting he decade of 1978-1987 was as time for great change in Joplin. Parkwood and Memorial were destined to be forever apart in the small town of Joplin. Com- ining these two giants created a mega school known as Joplin High School. he student body was to have an attitude of optimism, even if they rubbed houlders with their enemy of so many years. As the first issue from Joplin igh School exclaims, “There is no doubt that each student, whether form Parkood or Memorial, considered his school ‘the best.’ So, now we’ve combined... means that we have ‘the best’ plus more.” This was the year and decade that Headlines77-Smoking in bathrooms increases greatly! 77-Too Many Teachers not No enough New Advanced Placement Classes Food During Class Hours! Students! 77-Abortion Study! more then anything would be remembered for combing two school rivalries into ne super school, “We are the Joplin Eagles and proud of it!” Mascot: Eagle Colors: Cardnal Red, Grey, and Navy Yearbook: Joplimo Newspaper: Spyglass 78-Total Eclipse of the Sun! BSriexaTkafardstieCslEubquCaol mSaetsuBrdaacyk!Detention. Song: Texas Fight Song L7o8m-NaeLwinHdoa!using Develpment, AIDS Scare Administration 82-First Maroon and White Marquee 88-Bush Visits Joplin! Memorial Tragedy shocks nation by Jeff Barnett (Graduate of Memorial High School) s8u5m-Pmroejreocfte1d9p8r6icies 86-$7 of gas in the $1.25! Million Deal for Modernization of School! The space shuttle, Challenger, disintegrated in a catastrophic explosion Tuesday, January 8, killing all seven crewmembers including New Hampshire schoolteacher, Christa McAuliffe. The unexplained blast, 74 seconds into flight, occurred approximately 10 miles high and ght miles downrange from the Kennedy Space Center launch pad from which it took off. It emed like a perfectly normal launch until the tragedy occurred. This flight was to have been was to have been known as the “teacher-flight” Mrs. McAuffe, a high school teacher from Concord, N.H., was to have taught lessons from space. She had er lesson plan made out well in advanced. There would have been two fifteen minutes lessons on e sixth day of the flight, which would have been beamed directly into the classrooms of 2.5 milon students. From moments after the actual occurrence all the way up to the most recent newscasts the p news stories have primarily dealt with the speculation on ideas for the reason for the explosion. heories ranging form ice causing cracking in the fuel tank to one of the rocket boosters exploding ausing a rupture of the huge orange tank. “We are not ruling out anything,” said Jerome Hamack, chief shuttle safety engineer. The Soviet news agency, TASS, reported that the explosion as caused by explosives being carried on-board to be used in President Reagan’s Strategic Missile Defense System, the space-based missile shield. One very aspect of the shuttle tragedy is the delay of acknowledgement of a problem. Even though the Mission Control Commentator could see pictures as the explosion as it happened he continued to speak as if things were normal: (taken from point of command for full throttle) MISSION CONTROL: (11:39:-02 a.m. EST) Challenger, go at throttle up. (11:39:14 a.m. EST, explosion occurs) MISSION CONTROL COMMETATOR: We’re at a minute 15 seconds, velocity 2,900 feet pre second (1,977 mph), attitude 9 nautical miles (8.05 stqtute miles). (LONG SILENCE) MISSION CONTROL COMMENTATOR: Flight controllers are looking very carefully at the situation. Obviously a major malfunction. We have no downling (communications). One clear point came through loud and clear through the whole ordeal: the space shuttle program will continual President Reagan called the shuttle astronauts “seven heroes” and said that the nations mourns their loss together. “Although the program will be discontinued until the cause of the crash has been determined, it will go on, for as President Reagan said, “The future doesn’t belong to the fainthearted; it belongs to the brave.”



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